How Some Curlings Became Curlins

The Curlin Family is a branch of the Curlings of Norfolk County, Virginia. The earliest known Curling in America is Joseph, who in 1665 was deeded land in Lower Norfolk County, on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in the Virginia Colony. He was born at the Isle of Thanet, Kent County, England in 1646, son of Nicholas Curling and Ann Wild.  He emmigrated to Virginia as a young man.  Joseph's descendents largely remained nearby in Lower Tidewater Virginia, except for a few that ventured into adjoining counties of North Carolina in the 18th Century.

Among those who left was John Curling and his wife, Courtney Savells. In 1772 John and Courtney settled in Currituck County, North Carolina, a short distance below the Virginia-North Carolina line.

Their son, Thomas, is the patriarch of the Curlin branch of the Family. In 1789 Thomas and his wife, Sophia Cooper, moved their family to Halifax County, North Carolina, near Enfield to an area that became known as "Curlin's Crossroads." Thomas' surname was spelled "Curlin" in the 1790 census, and that spelling continued with their offspring as they moved to settle the "western lands" during the great migration of the early 1820s-1830s.

The current brood of Curlins is largely found in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The younger generations have scattered to the four winds.

We would be pleased to hear from anyone with information about, or interested in, the Curlin/Curling or related families with assurance that we will freely share our information with you.

Kim Curlin Wettroth
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