The Curry surname, in the Bahamas, came from Scotland. According to a 1962 research paper entitled The American Loyalists in the Bahamas: Who They Were, written by Thelma Peters, it proffers that, every Curry in the Bahamas, are in fact the descendants of five Scottish Loyalist brothers. In fact one of the descendants, born in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas, went on to become Florida’s first millionaire in the late 1800s.

The Curry’s from Scotland

Colonel Joseph Curry moved to the British American colonies from Glasgow, Scotland, sometime in the year 1750. He married a Jane (Walker) Curry, also from Scotland. From this, several children were born.

Joseph and Jane had 6 sons.

Five of these sons emigrated to the Bahamas during the Loyalist’s departure, under pain of penalty, from the now independent America.

Patriarch Joseph never made it to the Bahamas; he died during the American Revolution. Joseph’s wife Jane Curry and the youngest son Stephen stayed in South Carolina.

From the brothers and their slaves, every Curry of Bahamian origin may be absolutely related, through this family tree, which traces its roots back to these five Loyalists brothers, Joseph Curry, John Curry, Richard Curry, Benjamin Curry, and William Curry.

Among the Loyalists who remained in the northern islands and intermarried with the Conchs was the Curry family. Joseph…


Joseph Curry (Born: 1739 Glasgow Scotland. Died: October 5, 1791 HARBOUR ISLAND, WEST INDIES, BAHAMAS)

Joseph Curry had two wives.

First wife: Catherine Curry.

Second wife: Rachel Curry (born Weatherford)


Joseph Curry (1761 – 1809)


John Curry (Born: 1748 Glasgow, Scotland. Died: 1792 HARBOUR ISLAND, WEST INDIES, BAHAMAS)

First wife: Mary Curry

Second wife: Sarah Curry


Richard Curry (Born:? Died: March 24, 1800 HARBOUR ISLAND, WEST INDIES, BAHAMAS)

Wife: Jemima Curry

Richard Curry and brother Benjamin Curry moved to Green Turtle Cay, Abaco.

William Curry settled in Nassau…

William Curry (Born: 1747 Scotland. Died: 1800 NEW PROVIDENCE, BAHAMAS


Benjamin Curry (Born: February 14, 1769: Died: June 25, 1829 GREEN TURTLE CAY, BAHAMAS)

Benjamin Curry married Mary Curry.

First child: Jane Curry (named after Benjamin’s mother) was born at Green Turtle Cay on February 14, 1793.

Second child: Son Benjamin (named after father) was born at Green a Turtle Cay on December 24, 1796.

Benjamin Curry (junior) would grow up to marry Martha Albert.

Benjamin and Martha would have a son named William Joseph Curry, born at Green Turtle Cay on September 11, 1821.

William Joseph Curry moved to Key West, Florida in 1837 at the age of 17.

William Joseph Curry died on Thursday 23 January 1896. Curry died being the richest man in Key West Florida leaving $1.5 million dollars to his children and relatives.

William Joseph Curry born at Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

(The Orlando Sentinel, Sunday, 27 March 1983)

(The Miami News, Sunday, 19 August 1945)

William Curry, born in Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas, son of a Scottish descendant Loyalist settler, moved to Florida at age 16, began working for 50 cents a week, and became Florida’s first millionaire