[underline]PART 111. SECTION 4 THOMAS(5) CURTIS, FIFTH SON OF EDMUND(4) II.[underline]
13. [underline]THOMAS(5) CURTIS,[underline], fifth and youngest son of Edmund(4) Curtis II. (Edmund(3) I., Robert(2), Robert(1)) by his third wife, Ann Drewry Curtis, was born July 25, 1774.
It seems appropriate to quote from the biological sketch about him in [underline]Virginia Baptist Ministers[underline] by James B. Taylor with an introduction by the Rev. J.B. Jeter D.D., copyrighted in 1859:
"Thomas Curtis was the youngest child of Edmund Curtis and Ann Drewry, and was born July 25, 1774 in that part of York County called Fishneck. In early life he was apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade and continued in the city of Norfolk in that business until the year 1801. During this period in general his character was good excepting the practice of profanity in which he sometimes indulged.
In 1801, or about that time he purchased a farm in Warwick County and there removed, locating himself for life. A remarkable revival of religion was enjoyed in that region under the ministry of Elder Gayle and Matthew Wood, when more than three hundred were baptized. During this season, Elder Curtis was brought under a religious influence and professing religion, was baptized by one of the above named Ministers, in company with nearly seventy others, on the 14th of January 1805. He now became a changed man. It was soon apparent to this bretheren that he possessed qualifications for the deaconry; and this office was conferred upon him by Warwick Church, of which he was a member. This position he retained until called to the ministerial work.