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Elizabeth Curtis (Hutchins)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Nazeing, Essex, England
Death: Died in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Hutchins and Maria Hutchins
Wife of John Curtis, III
Mother of Ensign John Curtis; Capt. William Curtis and Thomas Curtis
Sister of Edward Hutchins; Robert Hutchins; George Hutchins; John Hutchins; Joan Hutchins and 1 other

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About Elizabeth Curtis

Elizabeth left England with her husband John and their two younger sons, William and Thomas, and arrived at Roxbury, Massachusetts. Their eldest son John Jr. had gone in 1635. The family left Roxbury either in the fall of 1639 or at the very latest, in the winter of that year, for Wethersfield, Connecticut. In March of 1640, the Widow Elizabeth (Hutchins) Curtis with her eldest son John and youngest son Thomas moved to Stratford, Connecticut. Records indicate that John Sr. died in Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1639 and that it is the eldest son John who was amoung the earliest settlers of Stratford. Son John Jr. died in Stratford in 1707 in his 94th year.

In 1639 in Wethersfield, John Jr. "received" a home lot on the east side of High Street opposite the Common. "This record indicates that this John Curtis's father had died before any land had been granted at Wethersfield to him, and that his son John Jr. received this home-lot." (H.R.Stiles History of Ancient Wethersfield)

The English first made contact with the natives (the Pequot Indians) of Southern Connecticut in 1632. In 1634 a Pequot sachem was killed by Dutch traders and started a long series of events that culminated in the Pequot War of 1637. In the winter of 1634-1635 the English first established Pyquag (Wethersfield), and in 1636 the inhabitants of Watertown Massachusetts migrated to Wethersfield. As a result of the conflict between the English and the Pequot, in April 1937, the Pequot Indians attacked Wethersfield, destroying much property, killing nine English settlers, including three women, an taking two young girls as prisoners. This became the excuse for a full scale Massachusetts and Connecticut colonial war of extermination against the Pequots, terminating in the massacre Pequot's eastern fort on the Mystic River. This attack, which occurred while most of the Peqot men were away, resulted in the deaths of between 300 and 700 women children and old men. The defeats of the Indians in the Pequot War of 1637, and King Phillip's war of 1675, ensured that New England would remain English. (King Phillip or Metacom, was the son of Massasoit of the Pokanoket Wampanoags).

Mr. John and William Curtis and Mr. Joseph Hawley were from Roxbury. After Elizabeth's husband John Sr. died in 1639 at Wethersfield, Connecticut, she and her eldest son John Jr. and youngest son Thomas moved to Stratford Connecticut in 1639. These were the first principal gentlemen in the town and church of Stratford.' (Benjamin Trmbull's History of Connecticut 1789). C.G.1903 says "The Curtis family was from all account one of the most prominent of the first settlers of Stratford, and it has been claimed that they suggested naming the town after Stratford-on-Avon, England. That the name Curtiss was well known in Shakespear's town is shown by the fact that the poet used it as one of the characters in 'The Taming of the Shrew'".

The Widow Elizabeth has long been considered the earliest known descendant of the Stratford branch of the Curtiss family until "A Genealogy of the Curtiss-Curtis Family of Stratford, Conneticut" was published in 1953, in which new documentation of the husband of The Widow Elizabeth and his ancestors was presented. (The records of the parish register of the Church of Nazing; "Marriages: John Curtyce and Elizabeth Huchins April, 19, 1610".)

"I, the within named, Charles Arthur Hoppin, maintain that the mere fact of the names John and Elizabeth as parents of the three known sons, John, William, and Thomas, and the corresponding agreement of American records of the names and ages of the said sons, with their baptismal records at Nazing, England, and the 1635 embarkation record of the son John's agreement with the Nazing John's baptism, and the recorded presence of all five persons in New England promptly following the complete disappearance of them all in the records of Essex, England, CONSTITUTE, in themselves, and WITHOUT mentioning other evidences of a significant character confirmatory thereto, SUFFICIENT WARRANT for my affidavit, as above, whch affidavit, in its entirety I hereby reaffirm this 28th day of December 1935". Charles Arthur Hoppin.

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Elizabeth Curtis's Timeline

1588
April 10, 1588
Nazeing, Essex, England
1610
April 19, 1610
Age 22
Naezing, Essex, England
April 19, 1610
Age 22
Nazing, Essex, England
1611
February 26, 1611
Age 22
Nazing, Essex, England
1618
June 1618
Age 30
Nazing, Essex, England
1619
1619
Age 30
1639
1639
- 1640
Age 50
Stratford, Conneticutt shows widow Elizabeth Curtis and three sons arriving
1658
June 4, 1658
Age 70
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
1931
January 31, 1931
Age 70
January 31, 1931
Age 70