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Rachel Curtis (Morgan)

Birthdate: (32)
Birthplace: Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Death: February 5, 1730 (32)
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. John Morgan and Elizabeth Morgan
Wife of Thomas Curtis
Sister of Elizabeth Morgan; William Morgan; Andrea Fowler; Margery Johnson; Joseph Morgan and 2 others
Half sister of John Morgan, Jr.; Samuel Morgan; Isaac Morgan; Hannah Woodbridge; Mercy 'Mary' Williams and 3 others

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  • Morgan genealogy : A history of James Morgan, of New London, Conn., and his descendants; from 1607 to 1869 ... With an appendix containing the history of his brother, Miles Morgan, ....
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  • JAMES MORGAN, the common ancestor of a numerous family now scattered widely over nearly or quite, every state and territory of the United States, was born in Wales, in 1607, but in what precise locality our honest progenitor first saw the light is uncertain, though probably in Llandaff, Glamorgan Co. The family appears to have removed from Llandaff to Bristol, Eng. on the opposite side of Bristol Channel, a short time at least, perhaps a few years, prior to 1636. The name of his father is unknown, but there is some traditionary evidence that it was William.*
  • That year, 1636, in the month of March, he and two younger brothers, John and Miles, sailed from Bristol and arrived at Boston, Mass. in April following.
  • JOHN MORGAN, his next younger brother, who from tradition appears to have been a high churchman and to have exceedingly disliked the austerity of the Puritans, left Boston in disgust for more congenial society in Virginia, soon after their arrival. How far the Morgans of Virginia are descended from him I am unable to say.
  • MILES MORGAN, the youngest brother, born in 1615, on his arrival at Boston, or soon after, joined a party of emigrants, mostly from Roxbury, of whom Col. Wm Pyncheon was at the head, and founded the settlement of Springfield, Mass.
    • * See William, No. 46.
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  • He is said to have been under 21 years of age at the commencement of this settlement, and to have suppressed the fact of his minority in order to share in the drawing for house lots, which minors were not privileged to do. It is certain that he drew a house lot and afterwards built upon it ; and it was the homestead of himself during his life, and of his descendants for many years after. It was situated upon the south side of "Ferry Lane," and in 1845 was sold by the Brewer family to the Conn. River Railroad Co. ; their tracks now covering the original lot, and their repair shop standing upon the site of the old Morgan homestead.
  • He married, about 1643, Prudence Gilbert, of Beverly, Mass., who was a fellow passenger with him in the voyage from England. Of this courtship and marriage, an interesting and curious account is preserved. He had 8 children by this marriage, 4 sons and 4 daughters ; and his wife, Prudence, dying 14 Nov. 1660, he next married Elizabeth Bliss, of Springfield, 15 Feb. 1670, dau. of Thomas, by whom he had 1 son only. His children by Prudence were, Mary, b. 14 Dec. 1644; Jonathan, 16 Sept. 1646; David, 23 July, 1648; Pelatiah, 17 May, 1650; Isaac, 17 March, 1652; Lydia, 8 Feb. 1654; Hannah, 11 Feb. 1656; Mercy, 18 May, 1658 ; and by 2d wife, Nathaniel, 14 June, 1671.
  • This family of Miles Morgan* has numerous ....
    • * See Appendix.
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  • JAMES MORGAN, the elder brother, and our lineal ancestor, may have settled first at Plymouth ....
  • Wherever he settled at first, he is found in Roxbury, near Boston, before 1640. That year, Aug. 6, 1640, he married there, Margery Hill, of Roxbury. His eldest daughter, Hannah, was born there 18 May, 1642, and all his 5 other children, except perhaps the youngest, who d. in infancy, were also probably born there. He was made a freeman there 10 May, 1643. He is named as a resident there in the inventory of John Graves, 1646, and was a freeholder there as late as 1650, the same year that he removed to Pequot, (now N. London,) and had a houselot assigned him there.
  • It has been heretofore supposed, by myself as well as others, that James Morgan was one of the party of emigrants called the "Cape Ann Company," who came ....
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  • 1. JAMES, born in Wales, 1607, m. Margery Hill, of Roxbury, Mass. 6 Aug. 1640, died 1685, age 78. He was settled in Roxbury at first, and all his children except the youngest dau. were probably born there.
  • CHILDREN. ....
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  • Capt. JOHN, (4) b. 30 Mch, 1645, s. of James, m. Rachel Dymond, dau. of John, 16 Nov. 1665, by whom he had 7 children. After her death he m. 2d, Widow Elizabeth Williams, dau. of Lieut. Gov. Wm Jones, of N. Haven, and grand-dau. of Gov. Theophilus Eaton, by whom he had 8 children, in all 15. He removed to Preston about 1692, and died in 1712, aged 67. In his will ....
  • CHILDREN — by Rachel.
    • 38. John, 10 June, 1667, m. Ruth Shapley.
    • 39. Samuel, 9 Sept. 1669, m. Hannah Avery, 30 Dec. 1709.
    • 40. Isaac, 24 Oct. 1670, m. 1st, --- , 2d, Abigail Skiffe, 1715.
    • 41. Hannah, 8 Jan. 1674, m. Rev. Ephraim Woodbridge, 4 May, 1704.
    • 42. Mercy, May, 1675, m. --- Williams, d. 1754, age 79.
    • 43. Sarah, 13 April, 1678, m. John Amos, April, 1694.
    • 44. James, about 1680, m. Bridget --- .
  • CHILDREN — by Elizabeth.
    • 45. Elizabeth, about 1690, died young.
    • 46. William, 1693, m. Mary Avery, 3 July, 1716.
    • 47. Rachel, bap. 19 Apl, 1697, m. Thomas Curtis, 17 March, 1715.
    • 48. Audrea, bap. same day, m. Benj. Fowler, of Guilford, 10 Nov. 1719.
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    • 49. Margery, bap. 9 July, 1699, m. Nath. Johnson, of Guilford, 2 Aug. 1727; 2d, Widow Diana Hubbard.
    • 50. Joseph, bap. 27 Apl, 1701, m. Ruth Brewster, 8 May, 1735.
    • 51. Theophilus, bap. 16 May, 1703, m. Widow Lydia Pierpont.
    • 52. Mary, m. John Norton, of Guilford, 14 Nov. 1729.
  • RACHEL, (47) m. Thomas Curtis, of Wethersfield, 17 March, 1715, as his second wife, probably without issue ; no births recorded.


  • A history of the family of Morgan, from the year 1089 to present times ([1902?])
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    • (A Branch of Tredegar.)
  • I. William Morgan, of Llanvabon, born 1571 (his will describes him as late of Eglwysilian). He bore arms, CILFYNYDD, (see page 11). Issue: 1. Evan. 2.
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  • Thomas. 3. John. 4 James. 5. Watkin. 6. Johnathan. 7. William. Of the above, Evan married Mary Friswyth, and had six children. THOMAS MORGAN, of Bedwas, County Monmouth, after of Eglwysilan, and then of Monmouth, and so described in the will of Janet Morgan, in 1779. He sold Bredwenarth to his brother Watkin, while the elder branch retained Cilfynydd, and the younger settled at Llandough. He married Mary, named in a post-nuptial settlement in 1716, and died 27th March in 1761. They had : 1. Thomas Morgan. 2. John. 3. Mary. 4. Margaret. JOHN MORGAN, called of Cowbridge in his sister's will died in 1775. He married Cecil Williams, of the Beach, Llysworney. They had : 1. William. 2. Watkin, died 20 October, 1793. 3. Jonathan. 4. Ann, who inherited Bredwenarth under her aunt's will. (Died 9th July, 1822, aged 77. Buried at Llandough. She married John Basset, of Bonvileston and had Thomas Basset.) 5. Mary Morgan. JONATHAN MORGAN, D. D., rector of Hedley, County Surrey. Presented 29th Nov., 1791, resigned 1818; married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Richard Dunford, of Woodmanstone, County Surrey, and had : 1. William. 2. Ann Morgan married her cousin Thomas, son of John Basset and Ann Morgan, who was of Bonvileston and Bredwenarth. Issue: Richard Basset, of Bonvileston, and others. WILLIAM MORGAN, M. D. , M. A., was fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. SIR THOMAS CHARLES, son of Thomas, of Basset, was born in London, 1783; knighted, 1814; died London, 1843 He married, 1812, Miss Sydney Owenson, who, as Lady Morgan, earned in her day a distinction in literature which is still recorded in catalogues of English letters. She wrote poems, novels, biography, and an autobiography. But her reputation was won by her political novel, "The Wild Irish Girl," the title of which became her own soubriquet. In 1817.
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  • and 1821 she essayed historical writing, and succeeded in creating genuine sensations by her "France Under the Bourbons" and "Italy," which appeared respectively in the last-named years. . .
  • I. JAMES MORGAN ( 4 of I above), sailed from Bristol, in the ship Mary, with a kinsman, ROBERT MORGAN (see line of ROBERT, post.), in the summer of the year 1636, and landed in Boston, Massachusetts Bay. Settled first at Sandy Bay, near Gloucester, on Cape Ann, but found the coast bleak and the Indians troublesome. He married in Roxbury, where his first child was born, May 18, 1642. Finding fertile and desirable plantations at the mouth of the river Thames, at New London, in Connecticut, he, with the Sandy Bay colony, headed by its pastor. Rev. Richard Bliman, removed and settled there in 1649. Here he was assigned, February 10, 1650, lands granted him, "on the path to New street, being six acres of upland where the wipwams are, in the path that goes from his house toward Culvers, among the Rocky Hills," (New street is now Ashcroft street, in the city of New London, but it was called "Cape Ann street," in honor of the Cape Ann colony, for more than a century). In 1661 he was one of a committee "to layout the bounds of N. London on the east side of the Great River." In 1662 it is recorded that "James Morgan, Mr. Tinker and Obiadiah Brown are chosen to seat the people in the meeting house, which they doing the inhabitants are to rest silent." In 1662 he is appointed one of a committee to contract to build a house for the ministry at New London, and signs himself "James Morgan, Senior, of New Lon-
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  • don." In this year, 1662, he stands third highest in amount among the taxpayers, he certifying to a holding of £250. He died in his homestead, about three miles from Groton. (occupied as late as 1869 by Elijah S. Morgan, a descendant), on the road to Poquonoc Bridge, about three miles from Groton, in 1685, aged seventy-eight years. He married Margery Hill, of Roxbury, August 6, 1640. Issue: 1. Hannah, born May 18, 1642, (married Nehemiah Royce, Nov. 20, 1660). 2. James, born March 3. 1644, married Mary Vine, Nov., 1666. 3. John, born March 30, 1645 (married, (1) Rachel Dymond; married (2) Elizabeth Williams, widow). 4. Joseph, born Nov. 29, 1646, married Dorothy Park, April, 1670. 5. Abraham, born Sept. 3, 1648, died Aug., 1649. 6. A daughter died in infancy, born Nov. 17, 1650.
  • II. JAMES (2 of I. above), March 3, 1644, m., Nov., 1666, (1) Mary Vine; married (2) Hannah Cromwell. He was deacon of the first church in Groton until his death; captain of the train band, 1692, by order of the Governor and Council; deputy to the General Court from New London, 1689 to 1700, and from Groton in 1706; commissioned to advise and direct the Pequots ten years. His will is dated, Groton, June 25, 1708; probated Jan. 22, 1712. Issue by last wife: 1. James, born 6 Feb., 1667, married Hannah --- , and second wife Anna --- . 2. William, born March, 1669, married Margaret Avery, 17 July, 1696. 3. Mercy, born March 20, 1670, married Thomas Starr, Jan. 1, 1695, 4. Hannah, born June 8, 1674, married William Latham, June 30, 1698. 5. Elizabeth, born Sept. 9, 1678, married Jonathan Starr, Jan. 12, 1698. 6. Jerusha, born 1682, was living in 1712, at date of father's will. MERCY, who married Thomas Starr, of Groton, son of Samuel Starr, of New London, Jan. 1, 1695, had issue: ....
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  • III. JOHN (3 of I. above), b. March 30, 1645; m.(l) Rachel Dymond, Nov. 16, 1665; married (2) Elizabeth Williams, daughter of Lieutenant-Governor Jones, and granddauphter of Governor Theopilus Eaton ; was Deputy to General Court from New London, 1690; from Preston, 1693-4. Issue by first wife: 1. John, born June 10, 1667; married Ruth Shapley. 2. Samuel, born Sept. 9, 1669; married Hannah Avery, Dec. 30, 1709. 3. Isaac, born Oct. 24, 1670; married (1) --- , (2) Abigail Skiffe, 1715. 4. Hannah, born Jan. 8, 1674; married Rev. Ephraim Woodbridge, May 4, 1704. 5. Benjamin, born 1674; married, 1694, Christiana Jordan. 6. Mercy, born May. 1675; married --- Williams; died 1754, aged 79. 7. Sarah, born April 13,1678; married John Amos, April, 1694. 8. James, born about 1680; married Bridget --- . By second wife : 9. Elizabeth, born about 1690, died young. 10. William, born 1693; married Mary Avery, July 3, 1716. 11. Rachel, born April 19, 1697; married Thomas
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  • Curtis, March 17, 1715. 12. Audrea, born — , bap. same day; married Benjamin Fowler, of Guilford, November 10, 1719. 13. Margery, bap. July 9, 1699; married Nath. Johnson, of Guilford, Aug. 2, 1727; 2d. Widow Diana Hubbard. 14. Joseph, bap. April 27, 1701; married Ruth Brewster, May 8, 1735. 15. Theophilus, bap. May 16. 1703; married Widow Lydia Pierpont. 16. Mary, married John Norton, of Guilford, Nov. 14, 1729.


  • CURTIS, Thomas
  • b. 24 DEC 1680 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
  • d. 20 JAN 1751/2 Torrington, Litchfield, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: CURTIS, Joseph
  • Mother: DEMING, Mercy
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 17 MAR 1714/5 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
  • Spouse: MORGAN, Rachel
  • b. ABT 1694 Groton, New London, CT.
  • d. 5 FEB 1729/30 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: MORGAN, John
  • Mother: JONES, Elizabeth
  • Children:
    • CURTIS, Ambrose b. 23 MAR 1715/6 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
    • CURTIS, James
    • CURTIS, Experience b. 12 NOV 1720 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
    • CURTIS, Waitstill b. 22 JUL 1723 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
    • CURTIS, Rachel b. 1 JAN 1727/8 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 30 DEC 1703 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
  • Spouse: GOODRICH, Mary
  • b. 4 SEP 1682 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
  • d. 5 FEB 1729/30 Torrington, Litchfield, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: GOODRICH, John
  • Mother: ALLEN, Rebecca
  • Children:
    • CURTIS, Rebecca
    • CURTIS, Mercy b. 20 JAN 1705/6 Farmington, Hartford, CT.
    • CURTIS, Mary b. 23 MAR 1705/6 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
    • CURTIS, Sibyl b. 23 OCT 1708 Farmington, Hartford, CT.
    • CURTIS, Zebulon
    • CURTIS, Elnathan
    • CURTIS, Prudence
    • CURTIS, Lydia
    • CURTIS, Lois
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April 19, 1697
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
February 5, 1730
Age 32
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America