Simon's Family History


John Curtis - Properties

John is recorded in several Parishes in Essex, and is associated with numerous properties :-

1754 & 1756 - West Thurrrock (Marriage & 2 children's baptisms).
1759 - Fobbing (Son's baptism).
1763 - Stanford-le-Hope (Son's baptism).
1770 to 1788 - West Thurrrock (2nd & 3rd Marriages and children's baptisms.)
1799 - Fobbing (Burial notation).

There are numerous properties mentioned in his will

Curtis Farm, Fobbing

In his will John leaves an un-named tenement in Fobbing to his wife "I also give and devise and bequeath unto my wife Sarah Curtis all that tenement customary with an orchard heriotable with the appurtenances in Fobbing". This was likely to be his main dwelling. A property, Curtis Farm, is located on Fobbing's main street, There was also a Richard Curtis in Fobbing during this period, however the relationship between them is not known at present. Richard did not leave a will, so there is a good chance that Curtis Farm was John's.

Nazewick / Narswick, Fobbing

Taken from Marsh Lane looking east towards Bowers Gifford. The farm buildings no longer survive.

From John Curtis' will of 1799 :-
"And I further give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Sarah Curtis all that freehold fresh and salt marsh containing about one hundred and sixty acres be the same more or less commonly called or known by the name of Narswick Marsh or by whatsoever name or names the same is called or known with the appurtenances together with all houses barns stables and buildings thereupon erected situate lying and being in or near Fobbing in the County of Essex all which premises I purchased of William Hornby esquire and Martha his wife and also all the stock both live and dead and crop growing thereon and other things that may be standing growing and being thereon at the time of my decease..."

Fox & Goose, west Thurrock

In Essex Record Office document D/DDw/T278/9, the Fox & Goose is referred to as a Public House and skittle alley. The alley no longer survives.

From John Curtis' will of 1799 :-
"And I further give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Sarah Curtis .........all that my freehold messuage or tenement situate standing and being at West Thorock (Thurrock) in the County of Essex aforesaid now in the tenure or occupation of Richard Smith called or known by the name or sign of the Fox and Goose and a close or piece of garden ground containing by estimation one acre and a half adjoining to the said messuage or tenement"

My thanks to my sister Mary, and her husband Garry, for the above photos.



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