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Daniel R. Currey (1838-1921)
Born in New Brunswick, N.Y., established first harness shop in Bay City, and was newspaper publisher.

1883 biography. - Added Feb, 2012

The History of Bay County, Michigan, 1883


was born in New Brunswick, December 25, 1838, and at the age of eighteen months removed with his parents to Youngstown, N. Y. He removed again with his parents to Paris, Canada, at the age of twelve, and at the age of eighteen began business for himself as news agent on the Great Western railroad, running from Niagara Falls to Detroit. He came to Michigan in 1859, and engaged in the harness business at Almont, in Lapeer Co. From there he went to Rochester, Oakland Co., where he remained three years, after which he came to Bay City, and started the first hardness shop here. He did a very successful business for two years, and after selling out to Thomas Luxton, removed to Pontiac, and engaged in the wholesale grocery and liquor trade. He continued there for a couple of years, and returned again to Bay City, and soon after entered upon the business of journalist, which he continued for eight years. He then sold out, and for a couple of years was a commercial traveler, and is now a special traveling agent for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company for Michigan.

He was married January 15, 1863, to Miss Mary E. Jones, of Rochester, Mich., and has two daughters, named May and Grace, the former being sixteen and latter twelve. His residence is 914 Sixth Street, Bay City, Mich.

Property in Rochester Hills. - Added Feb., 2012.

Rochesteravonhistory/Blog.com (Friday, July 24, 2009)

Subdivision Stories: Golden Hills.

Today's post looks at the Golden Hills subdivision in Rochester Hills. Golden Hills lies in section 15 of Rochester Hills, and is situated north of Harding Road and east of Livernois Road. Lots in Golden Hills were first offered in a public sale held on October 2, 1926, on behalf of Misses Grace and May Currey. The women were the surviving daughters of Daniel R. Currey (1838-1921) and his wife Mary Ellen Currey (1843-1921), who had owned the 77-acre parcel comprising the east half of the northwest quarter of section 15, abutting the western boundary of the village of Rochester. According to newspaper adverstisements for the sale, lots could be secured for two dollars down and one dollar per week payments, with sale prices starting at $195. Twenty-eight lots were sold on the first day they were offered.

The Rochester Clarion reported that the streets in the new subdivision would be name for members of the Currey family. The original street names were Currey (for Daniel R. Currey), Mary Ellen (for his wife), Grace and May for his daughters, and Burgoyne Boulevard (for Burgoyne Jones, the father of Mary Ellen Currey).

Additional Notes.

    Find A Grave.

  • Daniel Curry, (father of Daniel R.) b. Jul. 19, 1801, Canada
  • Sarah Gidney, (mother of Daniel R.) b.? death abt. 1840.
  • George Edward (1824-1880)
  • Charles Dean (1825-1887)
  • William H. (1927-1895)
  • Joseph G. (1836-1887)
  • Afred (1839-1908)
  • Daniel Robert (1840-1920)
  • Thomas Samuel (1859-1938)

    1860 - Census: Almont, Lapeer, Mich.

  • Currey, Daniel R., b. 1840, Canada - border at home of John H. Tatem.

    1863 Michigan Marriages: Portsmouth, Bay Co.

  • Daniel Currey was witness to marriage of Joel P. Gillett, of Bay City.

    1869 Historical Timeline, Bay Co., Mich.

  • Daniel R. Currey opens the Growler newspaper, became Saginaw Valley Growler (weekly) in 1871.

    1870 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Currey, Daniel, age 30, b. New York - editor of paper.
  • Ellen, wife age 25, b. Mich.
  • May, daughter age 3, b. Mich.

    1872 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Currey, Daniel R. - editor and propr. Saginaw Valley Growler, Center St., res. 902 S. Madison cor. Seventh, 1234 S. Jefferson.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Curry, D. R. - b. 1838, Canada printer.
  • Ellen, wife b. 1845, Mich.
  • May, daughter b. 1867, Mich.
  • Grace, daughter b. 1872, Mich.

    1886-7 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Currey, Daniel R. - insurance, 914 6th.

    1900 Census: Rochester, Oakland, Mich.

  • Currey, Daniel R. - b. 1839, Canada.
  • Mary E., wife b. 1846, Mich.
  • May C., daughter b. 1874, Mich.
  • Grace C., daughter b. 1878, Mich.

    1921 Cemetery Transcripts for Oakland Co., Mich.

  • Daniel R. Currey, born 1838, and his wife Mary E., born 1843, died in 1921, and buried at Mt. Avon Cemetery, Avon Twp.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Currey, Wm. W. - nephew
Bay City Newspapers 1937
People Referenced
Currey, Charles D. (bro)
Currey, Daniel (father)
Currey, Daniel R. (Subject)
Currey, Geo. E. (bro)
Currey, Grace C. (dau)
Currey, Joseph (bro)
Currey, May C. (dau)
Currey, Thomas (bro)
Currey, William (bro)
Gidney, Sarah (mother)
Jones, Burgoyne (f-inlaw)
Jones, Mary E. (wife)
Luxton, Thomas
Tatem, John H.
Subjects Referenced
Almont, MI
Avon Township, Oakland, MI
Bay City, MI
Conn. Mutual Life Ins.
Detroit, MI
Great Western RR
Growler newspaper
Lapeer County, MI
Mt. Avon Cemetery
New Brunswick, NY
Niagara Falls, NY
Oakland County, MI
Pontiac, MI
Portmouth, MI
Rochester, MI
Rochester Clarion
Saginaw Valley Growler
Youngstown, NY
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.