Curtis Family History

Curtis Family History

+John Curtis; Elizabeth (Hutchinson), and sons John, William and Thomas. On August 10, 1635, the ship Safety boarded passengers for New England at London. It was late in the season, so there must have been a rush to get underway. On the list of passengers was 21 year old John Curtis, on his way to his folks. The senior John Curtis was at his Essex home in Nazeing as late as 1637 - that year he was assessed to pay King Charles' ship tax, levied only in seacoast counties. But shortly afterward, the elderly couple - John was over sixty - together with their other sons Willam and Thomas aged about 20 and 16, emigrated to the Massachusetts colony to join their oldest boy. Records in Roxbury show John Curtis owning land there in 1638-40, and in 1639, a John Curtis (probably Junior) owned a homelot in Wethersfield, where many of the Essex folk who followed Thomas Hooker and Adam Blakeman lived.

John Sr. must have died in Wethersfield. In Stratford, all records show "widow Curtis and her sons." "A note of the estates and persons of the Inhabitants of Rocksbury" (Written between June 1, 1639 and March 1640, but without day of month being recorded) John Corteis had 15 acres, and 5 individuals in household.

This John Corteis (Curtis) is not of further positive record in America. Doubtless, with his wife and three sons, he removed from Roxbury to Wethersfield, Connecticut, but died before he became of record at Wethersfield. His widow, Elizabeth (Hutchins) Curtis, and their three sons, John, Thomas, and William Curtis, removed from Wethersfield to Stratford, Connecticut, within the same year, 1639 or 1639-40; there was another man, Thomas Curtis, who for years did remain at Wethersfield. The said John Curtis, the father and emigrant, was baptized in the parish church of Nazing in the county of Essex, England, as per the register of baptisms of that church, viz; "Baptisms John Curtis Sept. 15, 1577." This John Curtis was a son of William Curtis... (A Genealogy of the Curtiss-Curtis Family of Stratford, Connecticut - Harlow Dunham Curtis)


+ELIZABETH HUTCHINS: Widow Curtis was Elizabeth Curtis, the mother of William and John, with whom she came to Stratford, leaving apparently three of her children at Roxbury, Massachusetts. The reason for the seperation of the members of the family may have been the fact that the father, now deceased, had aquired a considerable property in land at Roxbury which could not readily be disposed of to advantage, and hence three stayed to care for it and three came to Stratford. Widow Curtis' homelot was near or joining Rev. Mr. Blakeman's. She died in June, 1658, and her estate was apprised at 100 pounds 3 shillings 6 quid. (History of Stratford, CT)

Will of Elizabeth Curtis of Stratford, proved 4 June 1658; grandchildren John and Jonathan Curtiss, sons of John and William; to grandchildren John, Israel, Jonathan and Sarah, children of said John and William, my house and lot when they come to age 20; grandchild Mary Curtiss, daughter of Thomas Curtiss; residue to sons John and William; my Bible to grandchild John (son of John), and a Bible for Jonathan Curtiss (son of my son William). (The Families of Old Fairfield)

+5. JOHN3 CURTIS (JOHN2, WILLIAM1)9 Baptism: February 26, 1614/15, Nazing, Essex, England9, and died December 06, 1707 age abt 96? of Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut9. He married ELIZABETH WELLES9,10 164010, daughter of ROBERT WELLES and ALICE. She was born 1611, and died March 09, 1681/82 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut11. On August 10, 1635, the ship Safety boarded passengers for New England at London. It was late in the season, so there must have been a rush to get underway. On the list of passengers was 21 year old John Curtis. Military Service: Sergt., Stratford Train Band12 Residence: Stratford, CT - from Roxbury? At Roxbury 1638 Wethersfield 1639 Stratford 1640?13,14

Children of JOHN CURTIS and ELIZABETH WELLES are:
i. JOHN4 CURTIS15, b. October 14, 1642, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut15,16; d. September 17, 1704, Newark, New Jersey16; m. HANNAH16.

+8. ii. ISRAEL CURTIS, b. April 03, 1644, of Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; d. October 28, 1704, Woodbury, Connecticut.

iii. ELIZABETH CURTIS17, b. May 02, 1647, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut17,18; d. Aft. 1667, of Newark, New Jersey19.
9. iv. THOMAS CURTIS, b. January 14, 1648/49, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut or Wallingford, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. May 05, 1736, Wallingford, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
v. WILLIAM CURTIS, b. Abt. 1650, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; d. December 21, 1702.
10. vi. ENSIGN JOSEPH CURTIS, b. November 12, 1650, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; d. 1742, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.
11. vii. BENJAMIN CURTIS, b. September 30, 1652, of Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; d. 1733, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut..
viii. HANNAH CURTIS20, b. February 02, 1654/55, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut20,21; d. October 21, 1728, 74th year, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut21; m. BENJAMIN LEWIS21..
ix. PHEBE CURTIS, b. 1660, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. .
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Generation No. 4.
+8. ISRAEL4 CURTIS (JOHN3, JOHN2, WILLIAM1)26 was born April 03, 1644 of Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut26,27, and died October 28, 1704 in Woodbury, Connecticut28. He married REBECCA28. Deputy (Woodbury), May and June 1689, May and Oct. 1691, May, Jne and oct. 1692, May, Sept. and Oct. 1693, Oct. 1695, May and Oct. 1696, May 1699, May 1703, Oct. 1704; Commissioner for Woodbury, 1691-97; Lt., Woodbury Trainband, Oct. 1690. An original proprietor of Woodbury, 1672. Agreement 10 Nov. 1704 to divide Est. of Lt. Israel Curtis; widow Rebecca Curtis; daus. Hannah wife of Thomas Minor and Rebecca wife of Ephraim Minor; three sons, Israel, John, Stephen. (The Families of Old Fairfield).

Children of ISRAEL CURTIS and REBECCA are:.
i. ISRAEL5 CURTIS, b. March 18, 1666/6729; died young..
ii. ISRAEL CURTIS, b. May 20, 166830..
iii. JOHN CURTIS, b. October 07, 167030..

+iv. STEPHEN CURTIS, b. August 24, 167330; d. June 11, 1723 Woodbury, Connecticut age 50 after long sickness. He m. November 2, 1699, SARAH MINOR..

v. HANNAH CURTIS, b. about 1675; m. THOMAS MINOR at Woodbury, about 1692..
vi. REBECCA CURTIS, baptized at Woodbury November 1678; d. March 13, 1763 age 96. She m. EPHRAIM MINOR at Woodbury August 21, 1701..
vii. RUTH CURTIS, bapt. April 1681; died young..
viii. JOSIAH CURTIS, bapt. November 1683; died young..
ix. RUTH CURTIS, bapt. Sept. 1687; died young..
x. PETER CURTIS.




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