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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.
DANIEL CURD was born October 14, 1774, in Albermarle County, Va. His father, John Curd, immigrated to Kentucky before it was a State, and settled on the Kentucky River at the mouth of Dick’s River. In 1786 the Legislature of Virginia by an act of the General Assembly granted him a right or privilege of a ferry across the Kentucky River at the mouth of Dick’s River (it was one of the eight ferries established in Kentucky by Virginia before Kentucky was a State), allowing the grantee to charge three shillings for crossing a man from one side to the other, and the same for a horse. These were the emoluments allowed to the keeper, his heirs an assigns, so long as he or they should keep the same (ferry) according to the direction of the act. John Curd, the father of Daniel, married Lucy Brent, in Virginia, before his removal to Kentucky. Young Daniel was a small boy when he and his father’s family reached their new home on the banks of the Kentucky River. All was new to him. All the luxuries of life had been given up by his parents. They had a few slaves and horses and very little else, save strong wills, honest hearts and minds capable of meeting every trial and emergency, and enduring the vicissitudes of a wilderness life. He received but a limited education, though as good as the country afforded, and he saw much of practical surveying. He was quick and anxious to learn, and was taught to depend upon his own exertions. His mother, as well as his father, was sensible; their example was followed, their advice received and acted upon without hesitation, consequently he grew up a self-reliant man. When still a young man he went to Bowling Green and entered the office of William Chapline, clerk of the Warren circuit and county courts, with whom he remained until Barren County was organized, at which organization he was elected surveyor of the new county, holding the office and giving general satisfaction until his death, which occurred April 18, 1843. While in Warren County he was greatly encouraged and assisted in learning to survey by Joab Watson, Samuel B. Coker, a Mr. Tyson and Long Legged Swanson, who were all surveyors in that day. Soon after his election he married Fannie S. Trigg, a daughter of Hayden Trigg, Esq., one of the first justices of the peace of Barren County. She was born in Bedford County, Va., and they were married by the Rev. John Howe. Daniel Curd was a remarkable man in every respect; he possessed untiring industry and was as brave as he was forgiving. He was liberal to a fault, never deserting a friend, and the poor and hungry never left his door without their wants having been relieved. Being surveyor of the county he soon knew nearly all the vacant lands, and had in his power to appropriate the finest and best for himself. Instead of doing so, he would go to a friend and insist upon him to take it up for his own use. Upon being advised to take up the lands for his children, his reply was “if they are of any account they will have enough; if they are not they will have too much.” He knew not selfishness. He was perfectly self-disinterested, and was hospitable, kind, generous and honest in all things. A few years before his death he united himself with the Methodist Church, lived a quiet and good member, and died in the faith. Notwithstanding he was born and lived on a farm nearly all his life, he was not a farmer. After his marriage he carried on a farm under the management of a trusty colored servant, Powell. Some still living beside Mr. Curd’s children can bear witness to Powell’s faithful character in every respect. Mrs. Curd survived her husband many years, instilling in her children honest and industrious habits. They had nine children, viz: John Brent Curd, Hayden Trigg Curd, Alanson T. Curd, H. Price Curd, Daniel B. Curd, Patsey, Lucy, Eliza and Mary. Hayden Trigg Curd married Martha Edmunds, a daughter of William Edmunds, Esq., of Barren County, both of whom are now dead, leaving children. Alanson T. Curd died soon after reaching his manhood; he was unmarried. H. Price Curd married Letitia Y. Mosby, a daughter of Thomas H. Mosby, both now deceased, leaving several children. Daniel B. Curd is living, having married Maria Stark, a daughter of Theophilus Stark, of Barren County. Patsey married Schuyler H. Murrell; they are both deceased, having left children. Lucy married Woodford Martin; they, too, are both dead, and several children survive them. Eliza married John Snoddy, who is also deceased. Mary married Benjamin Franklin Dickey, and now resides in Mississippi.