John CURTIS was christened
in Aveley, Essex on the 20 July 1724, the son of Golding & Mary
Curtis. I base
this on John naming a son "Golding", a rare name and no doubt
after his father, and the location, Aveley is contiguous with West Thurrock, one
of John Curtis's stamping grounds. He seems to have lived variously between West
Thurrock and the Fobbing / Stanford-Le-Hope area, his will containing properties
in both areas, and his children being baptised in both.
He was buried on 26 August 1799 in West Thurrock although the Parish Register notes that he
was of the Parish of Fobbing at the time of his death. The burial was by Coroner's Warrant.
Unfortunately the Coroner's records for this period have not survived.
See his Last Will and Testament & Death
John was also a
beneficiary in the wills of Daniel Green and Thomas Green.
The Green's were most likely relations of his first wife Mary Gurnett, the
daughter of John Gurnett and Ann Green.
John's 1st marriage was to Mary GURNETT on 24 October 1754 in West Thurrock.
After their first two children were christened at West Thurrock in 1754 & 1756 there are no
further christenings recorded for this marriage in West Thurrock. However the
next two children were baptised in Fobbing and Stanford-le-Hope. That this is
the same John Curtis is confirmed by the will of Thomas Green in 1763 who noted
that John was of Stanford-le-Hope. Also John's Fobbing connection is confirmed
by his death in Fobbing and the presence of Curtis Farm in Fobbing. John's will
contains numerous properties in this area. His 1st wife died in 1769.
John married a second time to Mary OFFEN at Fobbing on the 25 October 1770 by Licence.
The Marriage Licence describes John as widower and a Yeoman of West Thurrock. His 2nd wife Mary
died in 1773.
John then married for a third time :-
- John Curtis of West Thurrock married Sarah HAWKINS at Hornchurch on the 20 November 1783 by
Licence. Unfortunately the Parish of Hornchurch was a Peculiar
under the control of New College, Oxford. They have confirmed that whilst they have many of the
Hornchurch records the marriage licence allegations and bonds for the period concerned have
Whilst the entry in the Parish Register for his 3rd marriage did not mention his marital status
it is the same John as he used his own mark "O" when "signing" his name in the Register instead
of the usual "X".
His "O" mark appears on the following documents confirming they all concern the same person :-
- His daughter Anna's marriage Licence (daughter from his 1st marriage to Mary Gurnett), she was
a minor hence he signed giving his consent.
- His marriage licence for his 2nd marriage to Mary Offen.
- His marriage to his 3rd wife Sarah Hawkins.
- His Will.
John Moved back and forth between West Thurrock, Corringham and Fobbing
several times. See Land Tax page & also Properties page.
1st wife Mary GURNETT was christened on 25 March 1734 in
West Thurrock. She died on 6 October 1769 and was buried on 11 October 1769 in West Thurrock.
Ann(e)/Anna CURTIS was christened on 10 September 1755 in West Thurrock.
She was buried on 20 April 1814 in West Thurrock.
Thomas CURTIS was christened on 28 November 1756 in West Thurrock.
He died on 7 February 1782 and was buried on 9 February 1782 in West Thurrock.
William CURTIS was christened on 3 April 1759 in Fobbing, Essex. He was buried on 23 October 1797 in West Thurrock. He was married to Sarah BATEMAN.
Golden (Golding) CURTIS was baptised on 12 April 1763 in Stanford-le-Hope,
Essex. .He died on 11 June 1782 and was buried on 15 June 1782 in West Thurrock.
2nd wife Mary OFFEN was christened on 9 April 1744 in Fobbing. She was buried on 13 November 1773
in West Thurrock.
Children were :-
Mary CURTIS was christened on 16 February 1772 in West Thurrock.
Mary CURTIS was christened on 29 September 1772 in West Thurrock. Possibly a public
confirmation of the previous christening?
John Gurnett CURTIS was christened on 30 July 1773 in West Thurrock.
The children of his 3rd marriage with Sarah HAWKINS were :-
George CURTIS was born on the 27 July 1785 and christened on
25 December 1785 in West Thurrock. He was buried on 3.9.1847 aged 62.
Charlotte CURTIS was born on the 20 April 1788 and christened on
25 May 1788 in West Thurrock..