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William Curtis (1540 - 1585)

William Curtis
Born in Harwich, Tendring District, Essex, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1555 in Nazeing, Essex, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Harwich, Tendring District, Essex, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Aug 2009 | Last significant change: 13 Oct 2020
16:19: Katherine (Alvis) Patterson edited the data for William Curtis (1540-1585). (Merged Curtis-14051 into Curtis-9: Clear duplicate.) [Thank Katherine for this | 2 thank-yous received]
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Son to John Curtis and Elizabeth Wells


17 May 1540 Harwich, Tendring District, Essex, England


  • Thomas Curtis 1560–1631
  • Mary CURTIS 1562–1674
  • Edward Curtis 1563–1610
  • Gabriel Curtis 1567–1585
  • John Curtis 1577–1639
  • Sarah Curtis 1581–1630
  • Zacheus Curtis 1584–1683

William was born in 1540. He passed away in 1585.

  • Fact: Christening (9 July 1539) Saint Margaret, Stanford Rivers, Essex, England
  • Fact: Burial (17 May 1585) All Saints Church Cemetery, Nazeing, Essex, England
  • Fact: The will of William Curtis as found in "A genealogy of the Curtiss-Curtis family of Stratford, Connecticut - a supplement to the 1903 edition" - compiled by Harlow Dunham Curtis pub. 1953 - pages vii and viii.

(Commissary Court of London; an original will, proved on July 9,1585) "In the name of God Amen the xth day of May in the year of our Lord 1585, I Willm Curtis of ye pish of Nazing in ye county of Essex sick of bodie but of good memorie God have prays do make & ordeyn this my last Will & Testmt in form following ffirst I bequeath my soule into the handes of All mughtie god beleving to be saved by the death of Jhesus Christe & yeald my body to the Earth in hope of the resurrection wth the iust in the day. "Concerning my worldly good I geve & Bequeath the as followeth. I geve to the poore of the pish of Nazing xx of lawfull english mony be distributed unto them at the discrecon of my Executors. Itm I gcv & bequeath to Sara Curtis my daughter the sum of ten poundes of lawful english mony to be payd unto here at the day of her mariadge. Itm I gev & bequeath to Edward Curtis my soon x of lawfull english mony to be payd unto hym at his adge of xxi year. Itm I geve & bequeath to Gabriell my soon the sum of x of lawfull english mony to be payd to him in like mannr at his adge of xxi yeares. Itm I geve & bequeath to John Curtis my yongest soon xx markes of lawfull english mony to be payd allao to him at his adge of xxi yeares. Itm gave to my daughter Mary the sum of forty shillinges of lawfull engliah mony to be payd unto her wthn two moneths next after my deceasse. Ite my will & mynde is that all these legasies heere before geven shalbe payd out of my moveable goodes wihout the house as Corne cattells grain or any such like thing whatsoever & I will that the overplus of the sayd moveables (these legasies above said being discharged) be equally devyded betweene Agnes my wife & Thomas Curtis my eldest son excepting out of my sayd bequest two of my best lambes w°h I geve to my daughter Maryee two children. Concerning my howsehould stuff I do whollie geve the same to Agnes my wife & I make & ordeyn my said wife and Thomas Curtis my son my Executors to see my will truly fullfilled my debts payd & funeralls discharged. And I desire my good freend goodman Bannister & my brother Geordg Curtis to be oversears of this my lasts will & Toetmt. Witnesses to this last will: John Bannister Geordg Curtis & me John Hopkins, Writer. Probatu cora Commissares nono die menss Juni J Anno Dom 1585 by Agnes Curtis relict and George Curtis and Thomas Curtis". The above testator, William Curtis, was buried in the church-yard of the parish of Nazing, Essex, England, as per the record in the register of burials of that parish viz: "Burials, William Curtis 17May 1585.


  • 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.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 36262403 (no photo of gravestone)


WikiTree profile Curtis-1311 created through the import of Briscoe Family Tree.ged on Aug 8, 2011 by K Bris. WikiTree profile Curtis-1574 created through the import of Putnam2-1_2010-01-02_2011-02-16_2011-10-11.ged on Oct 12, 2011 by John Putnam. WikiTree profile Curtis-1150 created through the import of BDM7-7-11.ged on Jul 8, 2011 by Brian McCullough. This person was created on 14 September 2010 through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged. This person was created on 01 March 2011 through the import of Archibald Family Tree.ged. This person was created through the import of Acrossthepond.ged on 21 February 2011.

Thomas Curtis b. c 1587-1591 is the beginning of his line, as registered with the Curtis-Curtiss Family Society. See

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Curtis-14051 and Curtis-9 appear to represent the same person because: These two are duplicates and need to be merged. Please approve and merge.
posted by Karen (Rollet) Lorenz
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
Could the two Agnes's (Spouses of William Curtis) be the same person?

C  >  Curtis  >  William Curtis

Categories: Nazeing, Essex