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Curmac Annis (1638 - 1717)

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Curmac (Charles) Annis
Born in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Ulster, Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Newbury, Essex County, Mass. Bay Colonymap
Died in Newberry, Essex, Province of Mass. Baymap
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Biography

Carmac (Anglicized to Charles) Annis, first appears in Newbury records on 15 May 1666 when he married Sarah Chase.[1] He is said, by tradition, to have come from Enniskillen, Fermanagh, province of Ulster, Ireland, where he was born about 1638.Walter Goodwin Davis, Massachusetts & Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis., CD-ROM (CD version published 1998 by Broderbund, Novato, CA: original version published by Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, MD, 1996), Vol.1:27</ref>

He settled in Newbury near his wife's family. He took the Oath of Allegiance in 1678 at the age of forty, and the Freeman's Oath in 1679. He was a soldier serving with Capt. Thomas Noyes in 1688. In that year his name appears on the tax rolls with a house and five acres of land. He died Dec. 19, 1717.[2]

His will named his wife Sarah, his boy Malachi Edwards to his wife; his sons Joseph, Abraham, Isaac, daughters Sarah Bagley, Priscilla Godfrey, Anne Warthon and Hannah Weed; grandchildren Dorothy and Judith Warthon. Executrix: wife Sarah. Witnesses: Abraham Morrill, Thomas ffollams(bee), Sr. William Noyes. Dated May 1706, Proved Feb 15, 1717/18.[3]

Children:
1. Sarah, b. Dec 23, 1666; m. as his second wife, int. March 25, 1704, Orlando Bagley of Amesbury.
2. Joseph, b. Augh 18, 1668. married Dorothy Osgood, dau of Christoper who mentioned her in his will. She d. in Newbury March 8,1740, and he died there August 12, 1758, aged ninety-two.
3. Aquila, b. June 4, 1670; a soldier under Capt. Thomas Noyes about 1688; d. s.p. bef 1718
4. A child, b. April 12, 1672; d. April 17, 1672.
5. Abraham, b. c 1674, probably at Newbury. A soldier at fourteen. Married by 1693 Hannah --?--. their deaths are not recorded.
6. Isaac, b. c1675 in Newbury. Married about 1700 Rebecca --?--, who survived him and married secondly Shimuel Griffin of Newbury Nov 6, 1716.
7. Priscilla, b. Nov 8, 1677; m. William Godfrey.
8. Hannah, b. Nov 15, 1679; m. (1) int. May 11, 1700, Thomas Worthen of Amesbury; m. (2) Jul 19 1704, Ephraim Weed. Dorothy and Judith Worthen, remembered in their grandfather Annis's will, were her children.
9. Anne, b. Dec 28 1681; m. George Worthen of Amesbury.

Marriage: "Curmac alias Chas Annis & Sarah Chase was marryed May 15th 1666."[4]

Death: "Annis, Charls, Dec. 19, 1717."[5]


Charles (Curmac) Annis emmigrated to the US from Ireland and arrived in Newbury, Mass. prior to 1666. He was a freeman and a prosperous landowner. His wife's father, Aquila Chase, was one of the first settlers of Hampton, NH in the year of 1639. Charles acquired considerable land in Newbury Township. All of his children were born in Newbury and are recorded in the town's Vital Records. Many of the descendants of Charles and Sarah are listed in Essex Antiquarian into the 5th generation, even though by the mid 1700's many of their descendants had spread to other communities of Mass., NH, and Maine where they are identified by deeds, wills, and vital statistics or in area histories. The US censuses of 1790 and 1800 for New England and New York provide records, following extensive Revolutionary War services, concerning the dispersion and emigration of descendants of Charles to new frontiers.
It is interesting to note that there were always some members of the family in each generation who retained the pioneering spirit. They had been among the first to settle in Maine and to extend the frontier of NH before the Revolution. Immediately after the Revolution they chose to settle on the frontier of Vermont, and before the War of 1812 they pioneered to the western tip of New York. Always, a portion of the family remained to help develop each area , but others continued with the westward expansion to Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon, California, and WA Territory, to name a few of the places luring them on.
The wills of both Charles and Sarah are in the Probate Records of Newbury, Essex Co., Mass and copies are included with the data included in the family genealogy.

Sources

  1. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, online Ancestry.com, Newbury Births, Marriages & Deaths, Marriages p. 141, original record p. 354
  2. Essex Institute, compiler, VRs of Newbury, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1911), Vol. 2, p. 539
  3. Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881, file #755 Charles Annis (1718)
  4. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, online Ancestry.com, Newbury Births, Marriages & Deaths, Marriages p. 141, original record p. 354
  5. Essex Institute, compiler, VRs of Newbury, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1911), Vol. 2, p. 539
  • Walter Goodwin Davis, Massachusetts & Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis., CD-ROM (CD version published 1998 by Broderbund, Novato, CA: original version published by Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, MD, 1996), 1:27-31, Annis of Newbury & Wells

Acknowledgements

Contributors: Bobbie Hall, Tom Elliott, Buck Howe, Stephen Lapointe.



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