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About William Curtis

William Curtis. Born circa 1592 in Nazeing, Essex, England. William was baptized in Nazeing, Essex, on 12 Nov 1592. William died on 8 Dec 1672 in Roxbury, MA. He was a farmer..

William was in Roxbury in 1632. He came in the Lyon, arriving at Boston 16 September 1632 with wife Sarah and children Thomas, Mary, John, and Philip. He was freeman 4 Mar 1633 and the first named in the list of that day. At Roxbury he had children Hannah, Elizabeth, and Issac. His eldest son William, who came in 1631, perhaps with his uncle, John Eliot, in the Lyon, was ‘a hopeful scholar, but God took him in 1634,’ says the church record.

On 3 Dec 1615 William first married Mary Rawlyns in St Margaret Moses, London. Mary died circa 1618/9 in Nazeing, Essex.

The children of William Curtis and Mary Rawlyns include:

  1. Mary Curtis (ca 1618-19 Dec 1713)
  2. William Curtis (ca 1618-1634)

On 6 Aug 1618 William second married Sarah Eliot, daughter of Bennet Eliot (-Nov 1621) & Lettice Aggar, in Nazeing, Essex, Eng. Born ca 1600 in Widford, Essex, Sarah was baptized in Widford, Essex, on 13 Jan 1600. Sarah died on 26 Mar 1673 in Roxbury, MA and was buried in Roxbury, MA.

The children of William Curtis and Sarah Eliot include:

  1. Thomas Curtis (Died young) (ca 1619-bef 1623)
  2. Thomas Curtis (ca 1623-Jun 1650)
  3. Elizabeth Curtis (Died young) (ca 1624-Jan 1628)
  4. Sarah Curtis (ca 1627-29 Nov 1676)
  5. John Curtis (ca 1629-)
  6. Lieut. Philip Curtis (ca 1632-9 Nov 1675)
  7. Hannah Curtis (ca 1634-)
  8. Elizabeth Curtis (ca 1637-)
  9. Isaac Curtis (22 Jul 1641-31 May 1695)

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born in UK; lived in Stratford, Warwickshire; arrived on ship Lyon in 1632 married to Sara w/four children; had more in New England

note: source for Curtis family info: "Descendants of Wm Curtis, Roxbury 1632, pub in 1869 and updated in 1969

Immigrated to America (Boston, Mass.) from England in 1632, arriving on the ship "Lyon", which also carried Henry Adams and family (ancestors of U.S. President John Adams).

This William in C.G. 1903 edition, is incorrectly said to be the brother of John (b. Sept 15, 1577), who married Elizabeth Hutchins (the Widow Elizabeth). However Mr. Charles Arthur Hoppin in C.G.1953 proves through the will of William Curtis (b.July 9, 1585, and wife of Agnes), and says "Thus, this William Curtis was the nephew of John Curtis, the younger son of the above testator, William Curtis, who died in 1585".

Sailed with his family from London 22 June 1632 on the 'Lion' and arrived Boston 16 Sep. 1632. There were 123 passengers, 50 were children. "These persons were all of the better class, were well educated and possessed a certain degree of wealth that enabled them to live in the enjoyment of comforts".

He brought four children, Mary (bapt.1620) Thomas (bapt.1622) John (bapt. 17 July 1629) and Philip (bapt. 1632) and his eldest son William (b. 1619). This eldest son William was a hopeful scholar but died late in 1634 at Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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William Curtis's Timeline

November 12, 1592
Nazeing, Essex, England
November 12, 1592
Nazing, Essex, England
November 12, 1592
Nazing, Essex, England
November 12, 1592
November 12, 1592
Nazeing, Essex, England
November 12, 1592
March 12, 1620
Age 27