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Thomas Curtis (bef. 1560 - bef. 1606)

Thomas Curtis aka Curtice, Curtiss
Born before in Nazeing, Essex, Englandmap
Husband of — married 24 Aug 1585 in Nazeing, Essex, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before at about age 45 in Nazeing, Essex, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Aug 2009
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A note on identity: Thomas was a very popular Curtis given name, the Find A Grave: Memorial #36262529 has conflated two Thomases. They are using the baptismal date from this Thomas and the death date of Thomas of Kent. The 1631 death date has become a frequent mis-statement about this Thomas, who clearly was buried 6 Jan 1605/6. A Correction has been sent.




Thomas Curtis was baptized 25 Aug 1560, in the parish of Nazing, Essex, England.[1][2] His parents were not listed on the church register.

William Curtis, died in 1585, in Nazeing, England, leaving a will, that named his son, Thomas, and his wife, Agnes, as executors of his estate.[3]


He married, first, August 24, 1585 - Thomas Curtis and Mary Camp, in Nazeing, Essex, England.[1][2] She was buried at Nazeing on 24 November 1594.[2] They had four children: Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, and a son, still living in 1585.[3]

Thomas Curtis married, second, 3 July 1596 Mary Shelley[2] (her second also) She was named in his will.[3]


"Thomas Curtis, homo, January 6, 1605/6"[4][2] was buried in the All Saints Churchyard, Nazeing, Essex, England


The will of Thomas Curtis was dated 13 Dec 1604, and presented to court 1 Jan 1605. In his will he named his daughters Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, his wife Mary (his second wife). A son is mentioned, but not by name.[5][6]

Children baptized at Nazeing

  • Martha[5] bpt. Oct 1587[2]
  • Mary[5] bpt. 28 Mar 1589,[2] d. 14 Feb 1674; m. Thomas Ruggles[2]
  • Elizabeth[5] bpt. 14 Mar 1590/91[2]
  • Son [William] bpt. 12 Nov 1592,[2] d. 9 Dec 1672; m. Sarah Eliot.
  • Thomas bpt. 21 Jul 1594;[2] buried on 3 July 1594 at Nazeing, Essex, England.[2]
William and Thomas were baptized at Nazing in the years between the marriage of Thomas and Mary Camp and her death. Thomas (child) died young so cannot be the son named in Thomas' will, leaving William to be the unnamed son in Thomas' will.
Note on son William: The profile of emigrant William Curtis in The Great Migration Begins (page 500) names William's parents as William Curtis and his wife Agnes (maiden name unknown), but a correction in the "Addenda and Corrigenda" (page 2090) identifies them as Thomas Curtis and Mary Camp.[7][8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 ENGLAND Nazeing and Waltham Abbey Parish Registers 1560-1645. Download at Curtis/s Society website.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Winters, William. Memorials of the Pilgrim Fathers: John Eliot and His Friends, of Nazing and Waltham Abbey. Waltham Abbey, Essex [Eng.], 1882 p. 46
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Curtis, Harlow Dunham. A Genealogy of the Curtiss-Curtis family of Stratford, Connecticut: a supplement to the 1903 edition. 1953. William's will p. vii link at archive Thomas' will p. viii
  4. 1400-1700 England - Curtis Parish & Probate Records. Download at Curtis/s Society website.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Curtis, Harlow Dunham. A Genealogy of the Curtiss-Curtis family of Stratford, Connecticut: a supplement to the 1903 edition. 1953. p. viii link at archive
  6. John F. Jr. & N. Grier Parke II Camp, The Ancestry and Descendants of Frederick Tracy Camp & his wife Marion Fee, p. 58. Link at ($)
  7. Anderson, page 500
  8. Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633T (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995, vols. 1-3. Volume 3 (P-W) p. 2090.
  • A genealogy of the Curtiss family : being a record of the descendants of widow Elizabeth Curtiss, who settled in Stratford, Conn., 1639-1640, by Frederic Haines Curtiss, 1903. pp. xxviii-xxix. [[1]]
  • A Genealogy of the Curtiss-Curtis family of Stratford, Connecticut: a supplement to the 1903 edition. Complied by Harlow Dunham Curtis. 1953. [[2]]
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. 3 vols. New England Historic Genealogical Society. 1995.
  • Ancestry Family Trees. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.


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A Thomas Curtis m. Mary Camp, see Curtis-8. They did not have a son Richard. I also don't think there was a Thomas bur. in Nazeing in 1688. Can you tell me more about Richard, so that perhaps he can be identified with his correct self.
posted by Anne B
Thomas is John I brother from what I found


William Curtis (1540 - 1585)
Sarah Agnes Howe Curtis (1540 - 1585)
Some Known Children:
Thomas Curtis (1560 - 1631)*
Edward Curtis (1565 - 1610)*
John Curtiss (1577 - 1639)*

Find A Grave Memorial# 36262458

Burial: All Saints Churchyard, Nazeing, Epping Forest District, Essex, England

posted by Andrea (Stawski) Pack
Removed image of copyrighted source. See my comments on the page for his son William.
posted by Ellen Smith
Curtis-3676 and Curtis-8 appear to represent the same person because: sufficient documentation has now been established and these profiles ought to be merged.
posted by Brian McCullough
Curtis-8 and Curtis-3676 are not ready to be merged because: Curtis-3676 has no credible sources and could easily represent someone of the same name. More certainty of identity is needed before merging.
posted by Brian McCullough
Please try to source this a little more fully. "First hand information" is used to say that you were present at the event, be it birth, death or marriage and can personally vouch for the event having happened and on the date indicated. This seems quite unlikely given the years Thomas Curtis lived.
posted by Brian McCullough
Can someone help me with sources for the other children listed on this profile? Everything I can find points only to four children: Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, and William. This is backed up not only by the Curtiss genealogy, but the genforum note on this profile.

The John Curtis listed, I have as this Thomas Curtis' brother. And the listed Thomas (son of Thomas) definitely had a sister named Katherine who married Matthew Sinderland and William Salmon. This Thomas the father had no such daughter. If these sibling relationships are true, please post sources so that I may update my information. Thank you very much.

Curtis-3676 and Curtis-8 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, please review for merge. thank you.

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