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  • Name COURTIS, Zaccheus 
    Born 15 Apr 1619  Downton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried Nov 1683  Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 17 Nov 1683  Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    WAC 26 Aug 1925  SLAKE Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
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    Person ID I8669  Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith
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    Father CURTIS, Zaccheus ,   b. 1587, Downton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1678, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother PENNINGTON, Mary Delitha ,   b. 1584, Downton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1623, Downton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married Abt 1605  Downton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4637  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 CURTIS, Ruth  
    Married 1636  Downton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F4635  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 CORWITHEN, Joanna Grace ,   b. 1625, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1706, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1645  Gloucestershire, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married 1649 ~SEALING_SPOUSE: Also shown as SealSp 29 Aug 1961, LANGE.
    Children 
     1. CURTIS, Zaccheus ,   b. 1646, Gloucestershire, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1712, Boxford, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +2. CURTIS, John B. ,   b. 14 Oct 1649, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1732, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. CURTIS, Zachariah ,   b. 1651, Gloucestershire, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1712, Boxford, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     4. CURTIS, Abigale ,   b. 1653, Gloucestershire, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1735, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     5. CURTIS, Sarah ,   b. 15 Feb 1654, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1691, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     6. CURTIS, Ephriam ,   b. Abt 1656, Gloucestershire, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Boxford, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. CURTIS, Mary ,   b. 12 May 1659, Gloucestershire, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1745, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F1345  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 CORWITHIN, Grace ,   b. 1629, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1677  Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F4636  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Curtis Rd in Boxford Mass.
    Curtis Rd in Boxford Mass.
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  • Notes 
    • PUBLISHED:
      BIOGRAPHY: This is an ancient English surname, also spelled Curtiss, Curtesse, Curteis, Curtoys. In early New England records it is also variably spelled Curtice, Curteis, Courtes, Cortes, Corteis, and Curtious.

      "It may be from Curthose, a name given for wearing short hose; or from Courtors, a district in France; maybe for polite address of those on whom the name was bestowed a form of courteous."[1]

      Some writers claim that members of the Curtis family removed from England to Ireland, locating in the County of Cork, "where they spent active and useful lives, and where their deaths occurred, among them being the grandfather of John Curtis," early immigrant to New England, who purchased a large tract of land in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.[2]

      I. On the shipping records of London, England, appears the name of "Zacheus Courtis, of Downton, laborer." This place was in Wiltshire. He embarked at the town of Hampton, England, in the ship James, of London, 5 April 1635.[3] His age is given in 1672 as fifty three, which would make him but sixteen years old at the time of his coming to this country.[4]

      In 1646, he had a grant of land in Salem, but moved to Reading and Gloucester, where his daughter Mary was born in 1659. Later, he lived in Boxford, where his son Zaccheus and perhaps others of his children located, and near Topsfield, where his daughter Mary and son John dwelt. The name of Zaccheus CURTIS, sr., appears in the court records of Topsfield as late as 3 June 1678.[5], and from these records and others the ages of some of his sons are ascertained.

      In 1663, he purchased a part of the original farm grant of Zaccheus Gould, one of the largest landowners of Topsfield. He built a house there soon after, which was taken down after the building of a new house on the site, for Benjamin Pike, in 1803. "In the present house, now on hundred years old, a child has never been born." About half way between this site on Rowley Bridge Street and Hill Street, near an excellent spring of water, may be seen the cellar of the house built, probably about 1714, for John Curtis, at the time he purchased twelve acres there from his father, Zaccheus. This house was last taxed in 1767. Zaccheus Curtis married in 1645 to Joanna G. Corwithin.

      CHILDREN:

      Zaccheus, aged 28 in 1674; married 4 December 1673, at Topsfield, Mary Bleake, who died there, a widow, 23 August 1745, in her ninety eighth year. They lived in Boxford and Topsfield. He was a soldier in King Philip's War, 1675 - 1676, serving under Captain Joseph Gardiner.[6] He was taxed under Andros, 1687, for house and eight acres, at Boxford. They had four sons and six daughters whose births are recorded in Topsfield.
      John, aged 24 in 1673; married Mary LOOK.
      Zechariah, born around 1651, we know he was aged 22 in 1673.
      Abigail, born around 1653 and died 6 Apr 1735 at Ipswhich, Essex, Massachusetts. About 1680, she married Ebenezer Blackman who was born about 1664 in Stratford, New Haven, Connecticut. He died 10 Nov 1715.
      Sarah, baptized 15 April 1654; married at Rowley, 7 Nov. 1677, James Scales (William), who was born at Rowley, and died 1685. According to a writer in New England Historical and Genealogical Register[7], their son James (born 30 March 1679; died 1746) married (1) 10 March 1702, Sarah Curtis, born at Boxford 27 December 1675; died before 1736, daughter of Zaccheus and Abigail Curtis, of Boxford. If the names are correct, it would indicate that Zaccheus Curtis had married a second wife, for his first one was Mary Bleake. The writer mentioned says that in his will of 17 June 1710, codicil 18 April 1712, and proved 7 July 1712, Zaccheus Curtis mentions his daughter Sarah Scales and son James Scales, referring for the record to Essex County Probate Records 10:244 5.
      Ephraim; four sons and one daughter, born between 1696 and 1707, are of record at Topsfield. Ephraim was born about 1656 in Gloucestershire, Essex, Massachusetts and died in Boxford, Massachusetts.
      Mary, born 12 May 1659, at Gloucester; married 19 November 1678, Jonathan Look (Thomas). They lived at Rowley and Topsfield, at which latter place the births of two sons and two daughters are recorded, between 1679 and 1690. Gage, in his History of Rowley, puts 1695 as the year in which their first child born at Rowley is recorded. There may have been others.

      John Curtis

      II. John Curtis, born about 1649, was married (recorded at Topsfield) 4 December 1672, to Mary[8], daughter of Thomas and Sarah LOOK, born at Lynn, Massachusetts, July 1654.[9]

      He took the oath of allegiance at Topsfield, January 1677[10], having served prior to that in King Philip's War. On Topsfield records he is referred to as corporal[11], indicative his rank in the militia. Their home was in Topsfield, where the death of a John Curtis recorded on 23 February 1732/3 may refer to him.

      CHILDREN, born in Topsfield:

      John, born 11 October 1673; married 25 April 1695, Priscilla Gould, born 2 November 1674; died 16 June 1715. They were the parents of six daughters and two sons, three of whom died in infancy.
      Sarah, born 17 March 1675. Either she or her cousin Sarah, daughter of Zaccheus Curtis, who was born 27 December 1675, became the wife on 12 May 1696, of Samuel Smith, of Salem, and bore eight daughters and two sons.
      Mary, born 27 December 1677.
      Elizabeth, born 15 December 1679; married Zaccheus Gould.
      Thomas, born 2 December 1681; married 16 October 1706, Phebe Gould (probably daughter of John and Phebe (French) Gould, who was born 7 July 1685). They had five sons and two daughters recorded at Topsfield. They removed to Andover.
      Hannah, born 12 January 1685; died 25 April 1712; married 2 February 1708, John Gould (probably son of John Gould mentioned above), who was born 25 August 1687. They had four children, the last two, twins, being born sixteen days before Hannah's death.
      Rebecca, born 20 January 1687; married Samuel SMITH.
      Phebe, born 20 January 1689; married 31 December 31 December 1713, Nathan Towne. Five sons and three daughters are recorded at Topsfield.
      Ephraim, born 28 August 1692.
      Haphzibah, born 28 November 1694.
      Samuel, born 31 May 1698; married 15 June 1720, Hannah Dodge, of Beverly. Four sons and six daughters are on Topsfield records, one dying in infancy.

      Elizabeth Curtis

      III. Elizabeth CURTIS, born 15 December 1679, married, at Topsfield, Massachusetts, 21 January 1701/2, Zaccheus GOULD, born 26 March 1672.[12] For continuation of this family line see the GOULD biographical sketch.
      Rebecca Curtis

      III. Rebecca CURTIS, born 20 January 1687, married at Topsfield, Massachusetts, 25 January 1707/8, Samuel SMITH, born 26 January 1666/7.[13] For continuation of this family line see the SMITH biographical sketch.

      SOURCE: The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] International Genealogical Index(R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, citing microfilm 170707, reference number 6394, downloaded 21 Jan 2010 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S16] International Genealogical Index(R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, citing microfilm 170657, page 65, reference number 13171, downloaded 21 Jan 2010 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S16] International Genealogical Index(R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, citing microfilm 456615, downloaded 21 Jan 2010 (Reliability: 3).