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William Curtis (abt. 1540 - bef. 1585)

William Curtis
Born about in Nazeing, Essex, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 45 in Nazeing, Essex, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Aug 2009
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Disputed Parents

Alleged parents John Curtis & Elizabeth Wells have no known factual basis. The parish registers do not support their existence or relationship.



? 17 May 1540 ? The parish registers in Nazeing don't go back to 1540. 17 May is the same date as his burial. He had children (allegedly) bpt 1560, so 1540 is not totally unreasonable as an estimate.


William was buried 17 May 1585, in the churchyard at the parish church Nazeing, Essex, England[1]


"(Commissary Court of London; an original will, proved on July 9,___[2]
"In the name of God Amen the xth day of May in the year of or Lord 158_[2] 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 Wil & Testmt in form following ffirst I bequeath my soule into the handes of the 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 _____[2] the day.
"Concerning my worldly good I geve & Bequeath the as followeth. Itm I geve to the poore of the pish of Nazing xxs of lawfull english mony to be distributed unto them at the discrecon of my Executors. Itm I gev & 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 xli of lawfull english mony to be payd unto hym at his adge of xxiti year. Itm I geve & bequeath to Gabriell my soon the sum of xli of lawfull english mony to be payd to him in like mannr at his adge of xxiti yeares. Itm I geve and bequeath to John Curtis my yongest soon xx markes of lawfull english mony to be payd allso to him at his adge of xxiti yeares. Itm gave to my daughter Mary the sum of forty shillinges of lawfull english mony to be payd unto her wthn two moneths next after my deceeasse. Ite my will & mynde is that all these legasies heere before geven shalbe payd out of my moveable goodes wthout 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 wch I geve to my daughter Maryes 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 & Testmt.
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".[3]


  • Thomas, eldest son.[3] A Thomas was bapt. at Nazing 25 Aug 1560, and married Mary Camp, 24 Aug 1585.[1]
  • Sara[3]
  • Edward not yet 21 in 1585[3]
  • Gabriel not yet 21 in 1585[3]
  • John not yet 21 in 1585[3] A John Curtis was baptized at Nazing 15 Sep 1577, and John Curtyce and Elizabeth Hutchins were married 19 April 1610.[1]
  • Mary had 2 children in 1585 [3] She married John Read 19 Aug 1582.[1]
  • The Robert, son of a William, attached is uncertain. He was baptized at Waltham Abbey about 6 miles from Nazeing. He was not listed in William's will.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Curtiss, Frederic Haines. A genealogy of the Curtiss family : being a record of the descendants of widow Elizabeth Curtiss, who settled in Stratford, Conn., 1639-1640, 1903. Parish records pp xvii+
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The page was not well scanned and the right edge is missing. Words have been added where they are clear from the context and ____ where they are not clear
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Curtis, Harlow Dunham. A Genealogy of the Curtiss-Curtis family of Stratford, Connecticut: a supplement to the 1903 edition. 1953. p. vii link at archive
  • 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): has multiple errors


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.

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I don't have the energy for this. But, several changes have been made, which have no basis in fact. Note that they were not made by any of the managers or trusted list persons, so it's not your fault.

Lets start with the birth date 17 May 1540. Prove it! Find any legitimate evidence for it. Parish registers in Harwich and Nazeing don't exist for 1540. Find a grave without a stone doesn't count. These parents can't be proven, they were formerly marked uncertain. He had a wife but it wasn't either of these people. She should be unknown. Howe was formerly disconnected and Peacock is new and only sourced by unsourced family trees. The most accurate thing to do would be to revert the profile back to the way I left it 26 Jun 2017. You can see what it looked like before Please. Objections? Thank you.

posted by Anne B
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?

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Categories: Nazeing, Essex | Estimated Birth Date