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Curmac Annis (1638 - 1717)

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Curmac "Charles, Carmac" 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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Carmac Annis, whose given name was speedily Anglicized to Charles, appears in Newbury in 1666 when he married Sarah Chase on May 15 of that year. He is said, apparently on traditional authority, to have come from Enniskillen, county Fermanagh, in the province of Ulster, Ireland, where he was born about 1638.

Annis settled in the western portion of the town of Newbury near his wife's family. In 1669 he was one of those protesting against the methods of the selectmen in assigning seats in the town's meeting-house. He and his wife were character witnesses for Thomas Tewkesbury in 1674, saying that "he carried himself well all the time he lived in the house with widow Bartlett," who was a very merry widow indeed. In 1678, aged forty, he took the Oath of Allegiance, and in April, 1679, the Freeman's Oath. With two of his sons he was a soldier under Capt. Thomas Noyes about the year 1688. His taxable property in 1688 consisted of a house, five acres of plowland, three horses, five oxen, two cows, two three-year olds, two two-year-olds, twenty sheep and three hogs. He seems to have lived a quiet farming life, never in legal difficulties. He died Dec. 19, 1717.

Charles Annis's will left his wife Sarah one-half of his dwellinghouse during her widowhood, and all his rights in his boy Malachi Edwards. To his son Joseph Annis, the other half of the house, in which he now dwells, two-thirds of the land bought of Mrs. Sarah Morse, and, after the widow's death, the other half of the house and the remainder of the land. Also to son Joseph, one-half of his marsh in Salisbury. To his son Abraham Annis, the land bought of Mr. Dole on which he now dwells and the other half of the Salisbury marsh. To his son Isaac Annis, the land bought of Deacon Coffin on which he now dwells, and the island of salt-marsh called Acre island. To daughters Sarah Bagley, Priscilla Godfrey, Anne Warthon and Hannah Weed £20 apiece in corn, cattle or money. To grandchildren Doroth and Judith Warthon, 40s. each. Executrix: wife Sarah. Witnesses: Abraham Morrill, Thomas ffollams(bee), Sr. William Noyes. Proved Feb 15, 1717/18. Sarah Annis, widow of Charles, made her will Nov 12, 1718, and it was proved June 6, 1726. To her four daughters Sarah Bagley, Priscilla Godfree, Hannah Weed and Ann Worthen she left her stock, movables, clothing, money, debts due her and her Indian servant. Witnesses: Orlando Bagley, Jr., John Davis, Ezekiel Worthen (Essex Probate 315:378)

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"[1]

Death: "Annis, Charls, Dec. 19, 1717."[2]

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.


  1. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, online, 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
  • 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


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