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Stanton Family

Curtis Henderson Stanton finished school at 17 and began working for his father in the Mechanical Department of the Ward-Stanton and Company Shipyard in New York. It was through this experience that he became accomplished in repairing and installing boat engines.

The family arrived in Braidentown in the 1880s and commissioned an iron hulled steamer from the shipyard in New York naming it Manatee. Curtis helped build and install the engine himself. The vessel was launched in 1884 and Stanton served as her engineer during her maiden voyage from New York to the Gulf Coast. Once arriving, the family lived on the boat until a suitable home could be found.

After they were established in the area, the steamship line began its routine with calls at Tampa, Palmetto, Manatee and Ellenton. The Manatee remained in service through the 1920s.

Curtis also had a famous brother, Samuel Ward Stanton. In the early 1900s, Samuel became famous for his maritime drawings. On a trip back from Europe, Samuel lost his life on the ill-fated Titanic which sank in 1912. His body was never recovered.

Curtis married Minnie C. Stewart in 1887. Together they had two children. Curtis moved his family to Tampa to become Superintendent of Engineering for the Plant Marine Systems in 1890. After a trip to Philadelphia, he fell ill with Typhoid Fever and passed away in 1892.

After his death, Minnie worked as a stenographer for the Tampa Tribune and never remarried. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Tampa.


Curtis H Stanton, 1885, Courtesy of Manatee County Public Library Historical Digital Collections

Steamer Manatee, 1915-1917, Courtesy of Manatee County Public Library Historical Digital Collections

Curtis Henderson Stanton - Grave #80

All images taken by MVHP staff in 2022 unless otherwise noted.

1 Comment

Nov 03, 2023

When I was around nine years-old, I helped my maternal grandfather, Anna Maria resident and Florida maritime historian Alfred Hart Robson try to clean out the old Stanton home at the site of the current library in hopes of saving it. It was in bad shape having been turned into apartments and neglected through recent decades. I remember talking to my grandfather about Ward dying on the Titanic and thinking even then of the close Bradenton connection to that disaster.

Many years later, my grandfather gave me his files and photographs, which I eventually donated to the Historical Digital Collection, and I assume used here.

I haven’t lived in Bradenton for decades but it’s my hometown and I enjoy keeping…

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