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INDEX to Curtis files
Deane [Ref] says that Richard, Thomas, John and William Curtis of Scituate were brothers.
RICHARD CURTIS (d. 1693) of Scituate
Parents: Unknown Curtis
Richard Curtis died in 1693. [Ref, p. 252] He married first Ann Hallett in 1649. [Ref, says Lydia Hallet][Ref, 2;340] He married second Lydia Unknown.
He is in the Scituate section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. [Ref]
He was in Marblehead in 1648. [Ref][Ref, p. 251] He purchased land in Scituate in 1648. [Ref, p. 251] He build a house between Gowin White's and the harbour. [Ref, p. 251]
At the 9 (5) 1645 court at Salem, a number of inhabitants of Marblehead were presented, having made accusations about each other. Richard Cooke was presented for offering to trade neckclothes with John Peach, Sr. and daring him into the woods. A postscript to the warrants, served on 9 (7) 1645, says that Richard Curtis was not cleared of a presentment. [Ref]
Richard was the constable in Scituate in 1659. [Ref, p. 51] He was surveyor of the highways in Scituate in 1650. [Ref, p. 58] He was a grand juryman there in 1677. [Ref, p. 58] He was in the Scituate military company. [Ref, p. 74]
It was decided, partially because of the town's size, to split Scituate into two societies, each with its own house of worship. Some residents who lived in one society chose to support the other. An Oct 1680 order of the court clarified which residents were to pay taxes to support which society. Mrs. Tilden, Richard Curtis, and John Turner, Jr., although living in the area of the old society, were to pay taxes to support the new. [Ref]
In his will of 1692, Richard mentions his eldest son John, his wife Lydia, his son Thomas and his daughters Hannah [Anna?] Curtis, Elizabeth Brooks, Mary Badcock and Martha Clark. [Ref, p. 251]
Children of Richard Curtis and (presumably) Ann Hallett
THOMAS CURTIS (1659-1738) of Scituate
Parents: Richard Curtis and Ann Hallett [Ref]
Thomas Curtis was born on 18 Mar 1659. [Ref] He died on 3 Jan 1738 in Scituate. [Ref] He married first Mary Cooke on 6 Mar 1694 in Scituate. [Ref gives only the year][Ref] She died in Jun 1703 in Scituate. [Ref] He married second Mary Guilford on 19 Sep 1711 in Scituate. [Ref]
Thomas settled on a tract of land in Scituate called Egypt in 1693. [Ref,
Children of Thomas Curtis and Mary Cooke:
Children of Thomas Curtis and Mary Guilford:
THOMAS CURTIS (1704-1757) of Scituate
Parents: Thomas Curtis and Mary Cooke
Thomas Curtis was born on 5 Mar 1703/4 in Scituate. [Ref] He died on 20 Jan 1757 in Scituate. [Ref] He married Ruth Wade on 21 Aug 1729 in Scituate. [Ref] She died on 14 Nov 1763 in Scituate. [Ref] He married second the widow Mercy Web in 1775. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Curtis and Ruth Wade:
ELI CURTIS (1733-1818) of Scituate
Parents: Thomas Curtis and Ruth Wade
Eli Curtis was born on 12 Aug 1733 in Scituate. [Ref] He died on 26 Jan 1818 [Ref] in Scituate. [Ref, 83 years, ten months] He married first Mrs. Desire Turner on 14 Dec 1758. [Ref] She died on 17 Aug 1775 in Scituate, age 41. [Ref] He married second Elizabeth Baily on 22 Jan 1777 in Scituate. [Ref] Elizabeth was the daughter of Dea. Joseph and Elizabeth (White) Baily. [Ref, p. 214] She was born about 1732 or 1733. She died on 6 Oct 1781, aged 48 or 49, in Scituate. [Ref] He married third Bathsheba Nichols on 14 Nov 1782 in Scituate. [Ref] She was born about 1736. She died on 1 Aug 1812, age 76 years and four months, in Scituate. [Ref]
In his diary, Israel Litchfield recounts that on 23 Apr 1775, a sabbath, and on 24 Apr 1775 he went to breakfast at Eli Curtis's. [Ref]
Eli was a private in Ensign Otis's Royal Americans on the Lexington Alarm. [Ref]
In 1790 Eli headed a household in Scituate consisting of one white male 16 and over [himself] and two white females [Bathsheba and someone else]. [Ref]
Children of Eli Curtis and Desire Unknown
ABNER CURTIS (1762 - 1839) of Barrington and Bucksport
Parents: Eli Curtis and Desire Turner [Ref]
Abner Curtis was born on 31 May 1762 in Scituate. [Ref][Ref] He died on 30 Jun 1839, age 78, and is buried in the Riverview Cemetery in Bucksport. Click here for a photo of his grave. He married Tamsin Atwood on 9 Oct 1786 in Barrington. [Ref][Ref, no date]
Abner was in Barrington early. [Ref] He moved from Barrington to Maine. [Ref, p. 2] He was elected the first town clerk and the first treasurer of Bucksport on 6 Sep 1792. [Ref]
The first Methodist sermon in Maine was preached on Aug 1795. The only two church members then were Abner Curtis and his wife, "who came from the British provinces." [Ref].
The detailed 1800 Hancock county census reports that Abner Curtis lived in Bucksport with two other males and two females. The entire household was between 26 and 45. They had come from Scituate. Also listed, with households the same age and also from Scituate, are Seth, Abel and Asa Curtis. [Ref]
Children of Abner Curtis and Tamsin Atwood:
ELIZABETH CURTIS (1789 - 1868)
Parents: Abner Curtis [Ref, p. 320][Ref, p. 405] and Tamsin Atwood
Elizabeth was born on 1 Nov 1789 in Bucksport [Ref, for son Andrew] . [Ref, p. 320][Ref, p. 405] Elizabeth, the wife of the Rev. Cyrus Cummings, died on 8 Feb 1868 [Ref, p. 320] at age 78 and is buried in the Western Cemetery in Portland, Cumberland, Maine. [Ref] Elizabeth Curtis of Bucksport married Cyrus Cummings on 23 May 1816. [Ref, p. 320][Ref, p. 405]
Bicentennial Committee, The Origins of Bucksport, Bucksport.
Cummins, Albert Oren, Cummings Genealogy : Isaac Cummings, 1601-1677, of Ipswich in 1638 and some of his descendants, Montpelier, VT, A.O. Cummins, 1904.
Davis, Walter Goodwin, "Part of Hancock, Maine in 1800," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 105, 1951, 283.
Deane, Samuel, History of Scituate Massachusetts, Digital Scanning Inc, 2002.
Johnson, Richard Brigham, ed., "The Diary of Israel Litchfield," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 129, 250 -269.
Jordan, William B., Burial Records of the Western Cemetery in Portland, Maine, unknown, Heritage Books, unknown.
Litchfield, Wilford Jacob, To Descendants of Lawrence Litchfield, unknown, unknown, 1901.
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. Online Database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007
Mooar, George, The Cummings Memorial : A genealogical history of the descendants of Isaac Cummings, an early settler of Topsfield, Massachusetts, New York, B.F. Cummings, 1903.
National Archives and Records Administration, First Census of the United States, 1790, M637, RG 29, 12 rolls, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
No Author, Barrington & Argyle, Nova Scotia Vital Records, Online Database, AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.
No author, Gravestones at North Bucksport, Maine Genealogy Archives, http://archives.mainegenealogy.net/2008/12/inscriptions-from-north-bucksport.html.
No Author, New Englanders in Nova Scotia, Manuscript R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Online database. AmericanAncestors.org., New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.
No author, 'Salem Quarterly Court Records and Files,' Essex Antiquarian, v. 5, 89.
No author, Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1909.
Pierce, Ebenezer, Civil, Military and Professional Lists of Plymouth and Rhode Island Colonies, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1995.
Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, Vol. I-IV. Boston, 1860-1862.
Shurtleff, Nathaniel B., "List of Those Able to Bear Arms in the Colony of New Plymouth 1643," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 4, 1850, 255-259.
Upham, F. K., Genealogy and Family history of the Uphams of Castine, Maine, and Dixon, Illinois: with genealogical notes of Brooks, Kidder, Perkins, Cutler, Ware, Avery, Curtis, Little, Warren, Southworth and other families, Newark, N.J, unknown, 1887.
Whittemore, Henry, Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967.
Williamson, Joseph,. History of the city of Belfast in the state of Maine, Portland Me.: Loring, Short, and Harmon, 1877-1913.