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George Curwen

Also Known As: "Corwin", "George Curwen (Curwin /Corwin/ ) Capt.", "George Curwen ( /Curwin/ Corwin) Capt."
Birthplace: Workington, Cumberland, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Corwin, of Sibbertoft and Marjorie Corwin
Husband of Elizabeth Curwen (Winslow) and Elizabeth Curwen (Herbert)
Father of Penelope Wolcott; Susanna Lyde; George Corwin; John Corwin; Abigail Russell and 4 others
Brother of Matthias Corwin; Thomas Corwin; John Corwin and Sarah Curwen

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About Captain George Curwen

Note for: George Corwin, 10 DEC 1610 - JAN 1685 Index



    Date:   1638
    Place:   Salem, MA


    Date:   JAN 1685
    Place:   Broad St. Cem, Salem

-------------------- Ann W. Howell: From Papers that My MIL, Lola May Fisk Hickey gave me: "The Corwin Ancestry" "About the year 1880 AD, Judge Torquie, of Ohio, in company with his wife, visited England. And while there procured the Curwen history. Mainly from Hutchinson's History of Cumberland County England. Together with the history of that branch of the family that came to America, the Judge has left the following record. Mrs. Torquie, was a Grand-daughter of Samuel Corwen, the youngest brother of Naome Corwin, who married Timothy Hixson. The Story This English family, have written their name "Curwen" since about 1433AD. Before that it was "Culwen" which name was assumed about 1120AD, from a Scottish source. Hutchinson, in his History of Cumberland County England, gives the records of this family, back to the reign of Ethelred about 870AD. Jon De Talbois is the earliest ancestor named. He married Elgiva, daughter of Ethelred, and his Decendant. Gospratric of the fifth generation, was the first Lord of Workington. And was thus named from his paternal Grandfather. Gospartric's son, Thomas, received by gift from one Rowland, the Lordship of Culwen, in 1140. Thomas died in 1152, and his eldest son, Thomas before his father. In the mean time, Patric, the second son had received from his father, the Lordship of Culwen, and married the heiress of Culwen. Here Patric expected to make his home, but his elder brother dying without issue, Patric removed to Workington Hall, (which was built in 1152) retaining however his new name "Patric De Culwen", which his posterity the Lords of Workington changed to "Curwen." The Curwen family, in the direct line of eldest son, have failed several times, when some younger branch succeeded. A little less than a century ago, with the death of Sir Henry Curwen, a single daughter, Isabella, (born in 1765), was left heiress of all her father's vast estate, she married John Christian, Esq. of the Isle of Man. (John Christian was born in 1756 and died in 1828) who upon receiving a conveyance of the estate in 1790 assumed the arms and the name of the Curwen's and has left a nuerour posterity. The Present head of the family in England is Edward Stanley Curwen.

George Curwen came to America from North Hampton, England in 1638.  He was descended from the ancient family of Workington, Cumberland, England, bringing over with him memorials of such descent as seals with the Curwin arms, etc.

He settled in Salem, Massachusetts, and in company with the celebrated Hugh Peters laid the foundation of the commercial enterprise of that place. He first began the building of vessels in that port, and was afterwards extensively engaged in commerce during the while of his long life. His books of accounts and mercantile correspondence with Sir William Peak, Lord Mayer of London in 1666---show that he engaged in the London trade previous to 1658. The late Rev Dr. Bentley thus notices him in his "Sketch of Salem." "This year, 1685, Salem lost another eminent man, Captain George Curwen, who came here in 1638, with his family and was rich. He was often engaged in town affairs, and commanded a troop of horses. He was also a representative in the General Court. There is a three-quarter portrait of him in the possession of Sam Curwen, Esq., son of the Rev. George Curwen, and his great-grandson. He had a fine round forehead, large nostrils, high cheek bones and gray eyes. His dress is a wrought flowing neckcloth, a sash covered with lace, a coat with short cuffs, and reaching half way between the wrist and the elbow, the shirt is plaits below: an octagon ring and can which still remain. He married first Elizabeth, daughter of John Herbert, Mayor of Northampton, England: second Elizabeth, widow of John White, and third Elizabeth, widow of Robert Brook and daughter of Gov. Edward Winslow of Plymouth Colony of September 22nd, 1669. She died about 1694. He had five children by his first wife, viz. Abigail, John, Jonathan, Hannah, Elizabeth: by his third wife, three viz. George, Penelope, and Susannah. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birth: Dec. 10, 1610 Northamptonshire, England Death: Jan. 3, 1685 Salem Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Son of John & Marjorie Curwen. Also written as Currin or Curwyn of Northampton, England. He was marr. to Wife #1. Elizabeth Herbert White in 1634. Wife #2. Elizabeth Winslow Brook on 22 Sep 1669 in Salem, Essex Co., MA. Occ. Merchant of Salem, Massachusetts.

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Burial: Broad Street Cemetery Salem Essex County Massachusetts, USA GPS (lat/lon): 42.51797, -70.89931

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Created by: Brenda J. Masters Charle... Record added: Sep 28, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 5807057 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- George CORWIN, Captain [1610-1685] m1. Elisabeth Herbert WHITE

                                                                          m2.1669  Elizabeth WINSLOW [c.1630/39-1698]
 George,   s/o John & Marjory Curwen;  on 10 Dec., 1610 in Workington, Cumberland, England;  m1. Elisabeth Herbert White;  m2. 1636, Elizabeth Winslow;  settled in Salem, Mass, in 1638;  engaged in ship building, town affairs and commanded a troop of horse;  died 3 Jan, 1685 in Salem;   interred Broad Street Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts
 Elizabeth Herbert White;  d/o John & Dorothy Herbert;  born 1611 in England;  married first, ?? White;  second George Corwin, 1636  died 15 Sep 1668, Essex County.
 Elizabeth Winslow;  d/o Gov. Edward Winslow & Susanna Fuller;  born 1630/39 in Marshfield Mass;  married first Robert Brooks and second George Corwin;   died c. 23 Apr, 1698;  interred Broad Street Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts

Sources: - from The Early Germans for New Jersey/Corwin/Hunterdon And Warren Counties: George, b. in England, 10 Dec, 1610; from Northampton, England to Salem, Mass, 1638, d. 3 Jan, 1665, m first Elizabeth Herbert, (dau. of John; second. Elisabeth White, (Widow of John); third, Elizabeth Brook, (widow of Robert); had ch: Abigail, John, Jonathon, Hannah, Elisabeth, Penelope, Susannah, George - grave: Broad St. Cem, Salem, Essex, Mass - Wife #1. Elizabeth Herbert White in 1634. Wife #2. Elizabeth Winslow Brook on 22 Sep 1669 in Salem, Essex Co., MA. Occ. Merchant of Salem, Massachusetts.

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Captain George Curwen's Timeline

December 10, 1610
Workington, Cumberland, England, (Present UK)
Age 19
Devon, England
July 25, 1638
Age 27
Probably Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 14, 1640
Age 29
Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 30, 1643
Age 32
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 34
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
July 2, 1648
Age 37
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
September 22, 1669
Age 58
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
August 7, 1670
Age 59
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 10, 1672
Age 62
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony