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William Curtis

Birthplace: Nazing, Essex, England
Death: Died in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of John Curtis, of Nazing & Wethersfield and Elizabeth Curtis
Husband of Mary ?; Mary Curtis and Sarah Curtis
Father of Jonathan Curtis; Sarah Belding; Jonathan Curtis; Joshua Curtis; Abigail Curtis and 5 others
Brother of Sgt. John Curtis and Thomas Curtis

Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Capt. William Curtis

Capt. William Curtis

  • Birth: Baptized in Nazing, Essex, England June 21, 1618
  • Death: Dec. 21, 1702 Stratford Fairfield County Connecticut, USA
  • Parents: John Curtis, Elizabeth Hutchins
  • Married: 1) Mary 2) Sarah Marvin, widow of William Goodrich.

~My Curtiss Family~

Baptized in Nazing, Essex, England June 21, 1618, he came to America with his parents, JOHN & Elizabeth (Hutchins) CURTISS, settling first in Roxbury, Mass. and later in Wethersfield, where his father died.

By 1639/40 he removed to Stratford in the Colony of New Haven with his widowed mother and his brother & my ancestor, JOHN CURTISS, Jr.. His last name is often spelled "Curtice" in the records.

Although William Curtiss was given a homelot in Woodbury, Conn., there is no record that he ever lived there. By 1650, he was commissioned to Captain of the Trainband in Stratford and served in this capacity for many years. The General Court in Hartford declared in June of 1672 that Capt. NATHAN GOLD was to be the chief military officer of the colony followed by Capt. William Curtiss as his second.

In 1673 he was part of the "Grand Committee" to prepare for war with the Dutch. Two years later (1675) he was ordered to raise 60 soldiers to aid Major Treat in King Philip's War. His two sons, Joshua and Israel, were sent in the first company that went out.

Captain Curtiss married first Mary (unknown) and second Sarah (Marvin) Goodrich, widow of William Goodrich. His second wife died in 1701 and he died in 1702. His will dated Dec. 15, 1702 names children: Daniel, Ebenezer, Zachariah, Josiah, Joshua, Sarah (Curtiss) Wells, Elizabeth (Curtiss) Ross, Jonathan, and Israel.

He died aged 84 years 6 months in Stratford.

Family links:

 John Curtiss (1577 - 1639)
 Elizabeth Hutchins Curtiss (____ - 1658)

Burial: Old Congregational Burying Ground Stratford Fairfield County Connecticut, USA

From Jacobus’s History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield:20    

“Curtis, William, S. of John. Deputy for Stratford, Oct. 1667 - 1692. Commissioner for Stratford, 1671-75, for Stratford and Woodbury, 1676-79, for Stratford, 1680-87, 1689-97. Ca1led Lt., Oct. 1667; Capt., Stratford Trainband, June 1672; Second Military Officer, Fairfield County, June 1672; Capt., Fairfield County Troop, Nov. 1673, Oct. 1675; Militia Committee, June 1672; War Committee, Aug. 1673.”

“Will 15 Dec. 1702, proved 31 Dec. 1702; sons Daniel, Ebenezer, Zechariah, J osiah; daus. Sarah WeIls, Elizabeth Rose; son J oshua Curtis; Jonathan the son of Jonathan Curtis.”


  1. 20. Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Fairfield, CT, 1930.
  2. Town of Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Volume 2, part 2 (1684-1729), "Curtis, William Capt died 21 Dec 1702"


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Capt. William Curtis's Timeline

June 21, 1618
Nazeing, Essex, England
June 1618
Nazing, Essex, England
October 10, 1642
Age 24
Stratford, New Haven Colony (Present Fairfield County), (Present Connecticut)
Age 23
February 14, 1644
Age 25
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
February 14, 1644
Age 25
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
October 1, 1646
Age 28
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
April 26, 1650
Age 31
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
November 16, 1652
Age 34
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticutt
September 13, 1654
Age 36
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States