of farmers, which was scattered over the county of Norfolk, in considerable numbers, in the seventeenth century.
At the age of sixteen she was employed as a teacher in one of the town schools of Sharon, and afterwards found similar occupation in the adjoining town of Wrentham.
Being attractive in person, and more cultivated than most of her contemporaries, she early won the heart of Mr. Benjamin Curtis, of Roxbury, nephew of the Rev. Philip Curtis, long the clergyman of Sharon, who died in 1797.
Young Curtis was graduated at Harvard College in 1771, when he was nineteen years old. They were married, when quite young, by the bridegroom's uncle.
Meanwhile, Mr. Curtis pursued his education in medicine, and served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary army.
We have heard Mr. Ticknor mention a somewhat romantic incident connected with the first marriage of his mother.
The ceremony took place privately, when young Curtis was about to join the army, and for some time, while the secret w