The Curtis Family
Our Curtis line in America begins with
John with his arrival in America in 1632. One of his descendants
married into the Munson line of our ancestors who, in turn joined the
This is their story, as I know it.
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John Curtis was baptized in Nazeing, Essex County, England on September 15,
1577. In Waltham Abbey, Essex County, is the record of his marriage on April
19, 1610 to Elizabeth Hutchins, as well as the baptismal records of their
children: John, baptized February 26, 1624; William, baptized June 21, 1618;
and Thomas, baptized March 12, 1619/2. Additionally, on the same page as his
marriage is found the marriage of William Curtiss, who married Sarah Eliot,
the sister of John Eliot the Indian Apostle, and one of the original settlers
of Roxbury, Massachusetts. It is quite possible that William and John were
brothers or otherwise related.
The ship Mayflower arrived at Plymouth
Massachusetts in 1620, the place of the first New England settlement. In
1630 the town of Boston was founded, providing an excellent harbor.
Roxbury, now a neighborhood within Boston, Massachusetts was also one of
the first towns founded in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, and
became a city in 1846 until annexed to Boston on January 5, 1868
John Curtis (1577-1639) & Elizabeth Hutchins (1588-1658)
The Curtis family arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on September 16, 1632 on
the ship Lion. They first settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts on fifteen acres
of land. In 1639 they removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut. There is no
record of John's death, but presumably he died shortly after his arrival in
Wethersfield. After the death of her husband, Elizabeth Curtis with her
three sons went to Stratford, Connecticut when the town was first founded.
"Widow Curtiss", first appears on these records, in a list of property
owners about 1650 with her two sons, John
and William. Her lot was near or adjoining that of Rev. Adams Blakeman.
Elizabeth died in June, 1658 and her will was proved at Fairfield,
Connecticut on November 4, 1658.
The Last Will and Testatment of
Elizabeth Curtiss,...being weak yeat perfect in her minde as is...
Inprmis. Unto her two Sonns John Curtiss and William doe give my Mare and
It. Unto John Curtiss & Jonathan Curtiss ye Sonnes of my
Sonnes John & William my Grandchildren I doe give the coalt that my young
Mare hath: And after the sayd young mare hath up her first coalt, Then I doe
give ye sayd young mare to the Rest of my Grandchildren, Sonns and Daughters
of my aforefd Sonns John & William:
It. I doe give one houfe and
Lott to my grandchildren, John Curtiss & Ifrael & Jonathan & Sarah Curtiss
ye children of ye said John & William: And they to enjoy it when they come
to ye age of twenty:
It. I doe give unto my Grandchilde Mary Curtiss
ye daughter of Thomas Curtiss forty shillings & to bee paid unto her by my
sonns John & William within a yeare after my defesase:
It. I doe
give unto my Sonns John & William Curtiss my two cowss, one hiefer, one
bullock and a calf after my decsas; provided yt if my sayd young mare before
given to my Grandchildren should miscarry. Then my Will is if my two sonns
John and William Curtiss should give foure pounds each of them to there
Children yt have no share in my house and Lott to be paid att ye Age of
It. I doe give my Bible to John Curtiss my Grandchilde the
Sonn of John Curtiss allso my desire is yt there be so much of my Corn sould
as may buy a bible for Jonathan Curtiss ye Sonn of my Sonn William and given
The Rest of my goods Within ye house that are moveable goods
I doe give to me Sonns John & William Curtiss to be equally divided betwixt
My two Sonns John Curtiss & William Curtiss I doe make
executors: my will is yt John Burdseye, Henry Wakelyn and Joseph Hawly shall
bee overseers of this my Last Will and Testament.
In ye presence of
This will is
proved by John Curtiss and William Curtiss to bee ye Last Will and Testament
of Elizabeth Curtiss of Stratford: And Court ye app
John Curtis (1615-1707) &
Elizabeth Welles (1619-1681)
John Curtiss, son of John Curtiss of England, was born in England, February
26, 1611, was among the original patentees of Stratford, Connecticut. He was
made Freeman in 1658. He was a prominent citizen of Stratford. In 1678, he
and his brother, William, were on committee to build a new meeting house. He
was a Sergeant of Militia and attained the rank of Ensign as a Soldier in
King Philip's War. He held the office of Town Treasurer in 1675.
In about 1641 John married Elizabeth Welles who was born February 26, 1635
in New England, daughter of John Welles (1585-1610) and Mary Holoster (1586-
) both of Nazing, Essex, England. John and Elizabeth parented 11 children;
Abigail, Lydia, Nathanial, Samuel, Sarah, John, Israel, Elizabeth, Benjamin,
Hannah, and Thomas,
Elizabeth died May 9, 1681 and John on December 2, 1707, both in Stanford.
Thomas Curtis (1648-1736)
and Mary Merriman (1657-1733)
Thomas Curtis, the sixth child of John and Elizabeth, was born in
Wallingford on January 14, 1648. He married, date unknown, Mary
Merriman, born in New Haven on July 12, 1657, the daughter of
Nathaniel Merriman (1613-1694) and Joan Lines (1628-1709). Her father
was born in London, England and I would assume that her mother was also born
in England although several sources have her born in New Haven, CT which is
very unlikely given the date of her birth.
Between 1675 and 1701 there were 11 children born to Thomas and Mary; Mary,
Elizabeth, Hannah, Thomas, Abigail, Jerimima,
Rebecca, John, and Lydia.
Mary is listed by some as having died on August 9, 1733. However, Thomas has
her in his will, written August 9, 1733 so her date of death is not known.
Thomas date of death is reported to be May 5, 1736, they day after his will
was signed and witnessed. The will states:
In the Name of God, Amen, this Ninth Day of Aug in ye year of our Lord A.D.
on Thousand Seven hundred & thirty-three, I Thomas Curtiss Senr of
Wallingford in ye County of New Haven and Collony of Connecticut in New
England aged about 85 years yet of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God
and Calling to mind ye Mortallity of the Body, do make & ordain this my Last
Will & Testament that to Say principally & first of all & Recommend my Soul
into ye hand of God yt gave it in hopes of his mercy through Jesus Christ
and my Body I Commit to ye Earth to be decently buried at ye Discretion of
my Executors hereafter named in hopes of a Glorious Resurrection and as
Touching Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me in this
Life after my just Debts & Funerall expenses are paid, I Give, Divise &
Dispose of ye Same in Ye Manor & form following (viz)
To my beloved
Wife Mary, I Give & Bequeath one half of ye House & Home Lott and Six acres
of Land in the Plain near Capt. Yales and ye Improvement of all my meadow on
ye West side of ye River during her Nattural Life, mly Mare, a cow & heifer
and all my Movables in ye house, these Movables Estate I Give unto my Wife
to use & Improve & finally to dispose of at her pleasure.
Give to my Son, Nathaniel Curtiss my Chestnut Ground Lott, four acres near
Jeremiah Hulls Home Lott joining to Land of John Ives also four acres at ye
Plain field each piece as they are butted & bounded upon Record.
Item. To my Son Samuel Curtiss I Give & Bequeath ye one half of my fourth
Division and each end of sd Lott.
Item. To my Son Thomas Curtiss I
Give & Bequeath ye other half of my fourth Division which is at West end of
Item. To my Son Joserph Curtiss I Give & Bequeath three
acres of Land upon ye Clear Plain near Capt Yales House at his Mothers
Item. To my Son John Curtiss I Give & Bequeath ye other half
of my Home Lott at our Disease with ye Buildings & orchard upon it also ye
Remainder of my Plain Lott near Capt Yales at his Mothers Disease.
Item. To my Daughters, namely Mary ye Wife of John Crain, Elizabeth the Wife
of Nathaniel Hall, Sarah the Wife of Joseph Parker to my Grandchildren borne
of ye Body of my Daughter Abigail Dead, Late Wife to Joseph Holt and Jemima,
Wife of Nathan Beech and Rebeckah ye Wife of William Munson to those above
mentioned I Give & Bequeath four acres of Meadow & Plain Land on ye West
Side of ye River at a place Calld ye horse pasture also my Sixth Division
near ye West Rocks as they are Butted & Bounded upon Record all this I Give
& Bequeath unto my Daughters & Grandchildren above named to be Divided to
each of them in proportion with what I have already given them to make them
equal Shares of my estate.
Finally I make Consitute & ordain my Son
Nathaniel Curtiss and my Son in Law Joseph Parker Executrs of this my Last
Will & Testament hereby revoking & Disannulling & making void all other
Wills & Testaments Bequeaths & Executors by me made. Establishing &
Confirming this & no other to be my Last Will & Testament in Wittness I have
hereunto Sett my hand & Seal signed sealed Published & Declared by this I
Thomas Curtis to be his Last Will & Testament in witnes
May ye 4th, day 1736
Thomas Curtis (seal)
John Peck, Daniel &
Benjamin Hall all of Wallingford personally appeared and made Solomn Oath
that they waw Capt Thomas Curtiss Late of Wallingford Deasd Sign, Seal
Publish & declare this Instrument to be his Last Will & Testament and yt
they signed in ye presence of ye Testatr as wittnesess and ye Tastatr was of
sound mind & memory at ye time thereof.
Justice of Peace.
Rebecca Curtis (1697-1742)
& William Munson (1695-1773)
Rebecca Curtis married William Munson joining the Curtis line of our family
with the Munson line. This line can be followed at the
Munson Family page.
This very short Family line in our history, in
addition to the Curtis surname ads the family names of Wells, Merriman, and
Lines to our genealogy. These were truly pioneers of this nation. The
content of the wills of some of them, in their original spelling and form
are also of interest. This family is also connected to the Hall branch of
our family through Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Curtis (1648-1736)
and Mary Merriman (1657-1733), who married Nathaniel Hall (1677-1757)
Curtis Relationship Chart
Elizabeth Curtis Pedegree Chart
Cousins & Stuff
The Ancestry.com DNA project discovered a
match to a distant cousin. Starting with the name Peter Burr Curtis in
the B. B. J. family tree (administered by caberkshire1) I found the link to
my Curtis family. My newly found relative known only to me as B. B. J.
is a 9th cousin 2X removed. That would place him or her in the same
generation with my grandchildren. I invite you to view our
Relationship Chart. This cousin is "Double Cousin",
also to be linked through my Tuttle ancestors. See
Another DNA match is also a 9th cousin 2X removed only known to me as
Daniels Relationship Chart. He is also a cousin
in the Bingham Line
and the Beacher Line.
I also have a DNA match to "Tbliss181", an 8th cousin. See
Our Relationship Chart. In this instance Ancestry.com
was able to diagram the entire match lineage. Our nearest common ancestors
are Thomas Curtis (1648-1736) and Mary Merriman (1657-1733).
There is also a DNA match to my Curtis Family line with lpflodin.
Our nearest common ancestors are my 8th great grandparents John Curtis
(1615-1707) and Elizabeth Welles (1619-1681) By this line we seem to be 9th
Lydia Curtis (1721-1810) is descended from
John Curtis (1577-1639) who is my 9th great grandfather. Apparently in this
family line Jim Seymour and I are 10th cousins, once
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aka Harry Ronald Cecora
Dec 29, 2009
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