The Curtis Family from Dorset


See the The Curtis Family Tree

See the Mosterton and South Perrott parish record transcripts

See the Census Returns

See the Curtis Family Photos

Further Notes on the Quaker connection

DNA Matches


 Thanks to Dianne Wright and John and Vicki Harris for their help in researching this Curtis branch from which they are also descended. 



Our Curtis line originated from Crewkerne, Somerset and South Perrot, Dorset.  Some members of the family moved to Islington, London prior to 1881.  These were children of George Curtis, a dairy farmer from Mosterton; including my direct ancestor Robert Groves Curtis born 1858.  We knew little about those that stayed in Dorset. I had managed to trace our line to at least a Roger Curtis who married Dianah Saint (daughter of Henry Saint and Dinah Frampton) at Broadwindsor in 1763.  I believe this to be the same Roger who was a Cordwainer, and  mentioned in the 1807 Dorset Poll Book living at South Perrot.  I also found a Settlement certificate of 1740 in which a Roger Curtis was apprenticed to a Cordwainer called Daniel Bryant of Mosterton.   As most apprenticeships took place at the age of about 14, this would fit in with the aforementioned Roger being born in 1725.

This being the case, he most probably the Roger Curtis baptised on 26th December, 1725 at South Perrott, the son of another Roger Curtis and  Mary Ham.  In a will dated 1736 (and proved 1746)  Roger Curtis, Clothworker of South Perrott and mentions sons Roger, Thomas and John. These are all children of Roger and Mary.  The will also mentions a brother-in-law John Ham of Haselbury and a witness Agnes Curtis.  These clues lead me to this Roger being the one baptised on 16th October, 1689 at South Perrott, son of yet another Roger Curtis and Joan.  Agnes Curtis was his younger sister and John Ham married his older sister Joan/Joanna in 1713.  Oh, and John was also the brother of Roger’s wife, Mary Ham!

At this point it got confusing as there were Curtis children being baptised in both South Perrot and Crewkerne in Somerset – which I had to remember was only 1 1/5 miles away!  There is no Roger Curtis born in South Perrot at the right time to be Roger born 1689’s father; ie around 1660. There were two possibilities in Crewkerne: Roger b 1657, son of Samuel, a clothier and Elizabeth and Roger baptised 1658 son of Roger and Mary. The problem with the former was 1. they were Quakers and 2. That Roger died in 1660 [ref Quaker Monthly meetings – but we will return of this Samuel Curtis later….]

So we were left with Roger Curtis being one of 6 children of Roger and Mary all baptised at St. Bartholomew’s Crewkerne. The last part was a bit of a jigsaw as I thought I was dealing with two Rogers and Thomazins;  one in South Perrot and one in Crewkerne until I realised that there were no Curtis baptisms at South Perrott before 1632 but burials of children of the same name after 1645. I have now worked out that a Roger and Thomazen moved from Crewkerne to South Perrott between 1632 and 1635 or they just changed their Parish Church of choice! Hopefully this will become clear.

NB. There is one rogue Curtis already in South Perrott by 1555! a John Curtisse had a daughter Grace baptised there on 24th December 1555 1



The top of our family tree is now Roger Curtyce born about 1560 11. He married Elizabeth Curry on 22nd October, 1581 at Crewkerne.  Roger and Elizabeth had 6 children baptised at St. Bartholomew’s Crewkerne:

Mandolyn Curtyce bp 211.4.1582 Crewkerne                                                                                                                                                                                                        m 18.10.1607 Crewkerne to John Urden                                                                                                                    Richard Courtyce bp 26.11.1583 Crewkerne                                                                                                                                                                                                      m Elizabeth

Elizabeth Curtyce bp 16.5.1587 Crewkerne
                                       m 26.9.1611 Crewkerne to
Richard Cox
John Curtyce bp 27.1.1590 Crewkerne
                             bur 13.6.1593 Crewkerne
Roger Curtyce bp 21.3.1593 Crewkerne                                                                                                                                                                                                          m 19.4.1619 Crewkerne to Thomazen White
John Curtyce bp 17.10.1595 Crewkerne
                             bur 10.1.1524 Crewkerne

Roger was buried on 5th March, 1613 and Elizabeth on 23rd March, 1628 both at St. Bartholomew’s Crewkerne 11.

Roger Curtyce, the second surviving son of Roger and Elizabeth was baptised on 21st march, 1593 at Crewkerne St. Bartholomew. He married Thomazen White on 19th April, 1619, also at Crewkerne11.  It appears from looking at the parish registers of both Crewkerne and South Perrot that they moved from Crewkerne to South Perrot between 1630 and 1632. [It seems too much of a coincidence for their to be two Roger and Thomazens plus two children called Nathaniel and John in the same time frame in two places just 1 1/2 miles apart! It was also not necessary to have Settlement papers before the Settlement Act of 1662, so people were free move between parishes]

Their first five children were born in Crewkerne11. After that their burials and three further were recorded at South Perrott: 1

Roger Courtyce bp 22.2.1620 Crewkerne                                                                                                                                                                                                          m ? to Mary
Edward Courtyce bp 4.4.1622 Crewkerne
Samuell Courtyce bp 6.1.1626 Crewkerne
                                     (possibly married Elizabeth and emigrated? see later notes)
Nathaniel Courtyce b 3.6.1628 Crewkerne
                                          bur 28.8.1645 South Perrott 

John Courtyce bp 2.7.1630 Crewkerne
                                bur 28.8.1645 South Perrott                                                                                                                                                             
Joan Curtis bp 2.12.1632 South Perrott
                        bur 14.8.1645 South Perrott
Robert Curtis bp 4.9.1635 South Perrot                                                                                                                                                                  Joanna Curtis bp 24.8.1645 South Perrot

I have not been able to find a burial record for Roger, but Thomazina, wife of Roger was buried at South perrott on 31st December, 1665 at South Perrott1

Roger Courtyce was the eldest child of Roger and Thomazen baptised on 12th February, 1620. His wife according to the Crewkerne baptism records was Mary, but I can been unable to find a marriage as yet.  This Roger also remained in Crewkerne; he and Mary had six children that we know of baptised at Crewkerne St. Bartholomew11:

Roger Curtis bp 25.5.1647 Crewkerne
                            bur 19.8.1649 Crewkerne
Joanne Curtis bp 19.7.1649 Crewkerne 
Mary Courtis bp 28.7.1654 Crewkerne                                                                                                                                                                           
a male Curties b 8.2.1656 Crewkerne  
                                bur 17.2.1656 Crewkerne  
Roger Curtis bp 1.11.1658 South Perrot                                                                                                                                                                                                      m  ? to Joan/Joane?                                                                                                                                                                                John Cortis bp 19.2.1663 South Perrott

I have been unable at this time to find a burial for either Roger or Mary. 

Roger Curtis, son of Roger and Mary was baptised at Crewkerne on 1st November, 165811. According to the South Perrott baptism records, his wife was Joan/Joane, although I cannot find a marriage. If they were married by the age of 21 then there may have had some children earlier thn the ones I have found in the South Perrott registers. [In fact once user has three earlier on their family tree that I cannot confirm, they are certainly not in the South perrott registers; Robert and Edward born 1882 and John born 1885].  However they did have at least four children baptised at South Perrott1.

Joan/Joanna Curtis bp 5.3.1687 South Perrott                                                                                                                                                                                                     m 26.4.1713 Haselbury Plunknett to John Ham                                                     
Roger Curtis bp 16.10.1689 South Perrott                                                                                                                                                                                                   m abt 1725 to Mary Ham                                                                                                                                                                                                     bur 29.12.1736 South Perrott (will dated 22.12.1736, proved 1746)

Elizabeth Curtis bp 17.3.1690 South Perrott (father recorded as “Roger junior”)                                                         
Agnes Curtis bp 9.4.1694 South Perrott                      

I have not been able to find where or where Roger or Joan died. The clues to much of this family came from their son Roger’s will dated Dec 1736 (proved 1746) in which he mentions his brother-in-law John Ham of Haselbury to be the trustee for his children while they are minors. This helped locate the marriage to Roger’s sister Joan in 1713 and also to the baptisms of John (bp June 1699 Haselbury Plucknett) and his sister Mary Ham (bp Feb 1706 Haselbury Plucknett) , both children of Michael Ham and Grace of Haselbury Plunknett 12

Roger Curtis of South Perrott baptised on 16th October, 1689 was a Clothworker. He “married” Mary Ham in about 1725, although that record has not been found.  Roger and Mary had only three children that we know of 1, we only knew about John as he is mentioned in the will:

Roger Curtis bp 26.12.1725 South Perrott                                                                                                                                                                                                  m1 abt 1750 to Sarah                                                                                                                                                                                                            m2 8.9.1763 Broadwindsor to Dinah Saint                                                                                                                                                             bur 15.11.1809 South Perrott
Thomas Curtis bp 24.11.1728 South Perrott
John Curtis b before 1736 (not in South Perrott PRs)

Roger was buried on 29th December, 1736. A Mary Curtis was buried on 9th May, 1736. If this was his wife, as I had assumed, it would mean she died before the date of Roger’s will in which he mentions his “wife”.  Apart from learning about his sister and brother-in-law John Ham, as mentioned above, we also know that all three of his children: Roger Curtis, Thomas Curtis and John Curtis were minors in 1746, although he made his son Thomas sole executor.  The will was not proved until 1746. Why did this take 10 years?



Roger Curtis, presumed eldest child of Roger and Mary, born in 1725 was a Cordwainer. In a Settlement Certificate dated 14th January, 1740, Roger Curtis was apprenticed to a Cordwainer called Daniel Bryant of Mosterton 13. As most apprenticeships took place at the age of about 14, this would fit in with Roger being born in 1725.  He appears to have married a Sarah in about 1750, although no marriage can be found. [A marriage to Sarah Skeggs was found for 18th May, 1750 at St. Katherine By the Tower, London, but it seems to be a Roger that lived in London and had a son there in 1750]. Roger had the following children and Sarah was named as the mother of all baptised in the Cheddington registers 2;

Roger Curtis bp 14.10.1750 South Perrott                                                                                                                                                                                                   m 29.10.1772 Corscombe to Elizabeth Ellis, bur 17.2.1824 Corscombe aged 73.
John Curtis bp 27.3.1757 Cheddington
Thomas Curtis Private bp 16.9.1759 Cheddington, bp 11.11.1759 Cheddington                                                                                                                                     m 4.5.1788 South Perrott to Elizabeth Cleale
William Curtis bp 11.11.1759 Cheddington                                                                                                                                                                                                    bur 16.3.1760 Cheddington

I then found another Roger Curtis, also a Cordwainer who married Dinah Saint of Wayford, Somerset (daughter of Henry Saint and Dinah Frampton) on 8th September, 1763 at Broadwindsor.  It was only when I found a will of 1810 –  an important find as it proves that this Roger was the same Roger who had been living in Cheddington. The will mentioned Dinah her and all the children including those of his previous marriage plus a daughter Mary which has not turned up in the parish records.  There is a gap in the parish records that could prove that his first wife Sarah was buried between 1759 and 1763.  However, Roger married Dinah Saint of Wayford, Somerset (daughter of Henry Saint and Dinah Frampton) on 8th September, 1763 at Broadwindsor. They had the following children 1:

Mary Curtis bp 17.6.1764 Wayford                                                                                                                                                                                                            m 10.12.1806 Misterton to John Spurdle                                                                                                                                Robert Curtis bp 2.8.1766 South Perrott                                                                                                                                                                                                     m 4.4.1791 South Perrott to Susanna Cleale
Sarah Curtis bp 19.6.1768 South Perrott
William Curtis bp 25.12.1769 South Perrott                                                                                                                                                                                                  bur 2.3.1771 South Perrott
Betty Curtis bp 1.3.1773 South Perrott                                                                                                                                                                                                       m 21.3.1797 at South Perrott to John Silby
William Curtis bp 16.6.1776 South Perrott                                                                                                                                                                                                     bur 21.4.1784 South Perrott
James Curtis bp 5.9.1779 South Perrot,                                                                                                                                                                                                       bur 25.4.1782 South Perrott,                                                                                                                                                        Joseph Curtis (Cordwainer) bp 5.9.1779 South Perrott * mentioned in 1798 Militia List,                                                                                                                                         m1 to Mary Cottle at Misterton?                                                                                                                                                                                       m2 4.5.1829 Broadwindsor to Hannah Elliot

Samuel Curtis (Dairyman) bp 15.4.1781 South Perrot                                                                                                                                                                                                       m 20.11.1809 Mosterton to Charlotte Dawbney (bp 29.12.1788)                                                                                                                             bur 23.3.1851 Mosterton
Sarah Curtis bp 15.4.1781 South Perrott (a possible twin)

Roger was mentioned in the 1807 Poll Book of Dorset as being a Freeholder living in South Perrott. He died there aged 83 in 1809. He was buried on 15th November 1809 1. He left a will dated 11th October, 1809 and in proved in 1810.  It mentions his three surviving sons from his first marriage plus all his surviving children by Dinah plus a Mary now married to Mr. SpurdleDinah Curtis was buried on 26th July, 1821 aged 83 at South Perrot, St Mary 1  



The eldest son of Roger Cordwainer and Sarah was Roger Curtis of Lucam [Lewcombe, near East Charlborough?], born in 1750. He was a Yeoman who married Elizabeth Ellis on 29th October, 1772 at Corscombe. They had the following children 3:

Mary Curtis bp 22.2.1775 Corscombe                                                                                                                                                                                                        m 10.2.1798 to Corscombe to Thomas Harris of Halstock
Sarah Curtis bp 11.11.1777 Corscombe, bur 1777 ?
John Curtis bp 12.8.1780 Corscombe
Elizabeth Curtis bp 11.6.1783 Corscombe
Thomas Curtis bp 23.1.1785 Corscombe
William Curtis bp 1.1.1786 Corscombe

Roger died in 1824; he was buried at Corscombe St Mary on 17th Feb, 1824, aged 73 3. The register states that he was living in Closworth.



Samuel Curtis, the youngest son of Roger Cordwainer and Dinah Saint was baptised  on 15th April 1781 at South Perrott.  He married Charlotte Dawbney, the daughter of Henry Dawbney and Sally Louch (Sarah), on 20th November 1809 at Mosterton. From the Mosterton Parish records, we have learnt that Charlotte Dawbney had two illegitimate children before her marriage:

Charles Dawbney bp Sept 13 1807 Mosterton
Charles Dawbney bp 6 May 1809 Mosterton

I have been unable to find the former Charles in the burial records. Charlotte and Samuel would then have just had time to have their first son Henry who was buried in April 1810, if he died soon after birth.
They had the following children, all baptised at St. Mary’s church, Mosterton 4:

Henry Curtis b abt 1810 Mosterton                                                                                                                                                                                                              bur 11.4.1810 Mosterton
Ann Curtis bp 25.12.1811 Mosterton                                                                                                                                                                                                         m 1832 South Perrot to Edmund Hockley
Henry Curtis (private bp 23.9.1813 Chilton)  bp 10.9.1814 Mosterton
Sarah Curtis bp 31.1.1819 Mosterton                                                                                                                                                                                                          m 1840 Mosterton to Henry Richards
John Curtis bp 31.1.1819 Mosterton                                                                                                                                                                                                           bur 11.1.1867 Mosterton
George Curtis (Dairy Farmer) born abt 1821 Thorncombe, bp 2.7.1826 Mosterton                                                                                                                                                        m1 17.2.1846 Powerstock  to Sarah Groves (b 1823)                                                                                                                                                    m2 21.1.1876 Broadwindsor to Lucy Perry (widow of Francis Perry)                                                                                                                        d 7.2.1881 Forest Gate, bur 10.2.1881 West Ham Cemetery 9

Samuel was a dairyman at Chilton, Somerset in 1813, where his son Henry was privately baptised.  He also appears in 1822 on the Land Tax Returns as the proprietor of his house in South Perrott 14 . On the 1841 census Samuel was shown as an agricultural labourer living in Mosterton with his son John, a shoe maker. There was no mention of Charlotte, so we assume that she had died before 1841.  [The NBI version 2 confirms this with a burial of Charlotte Curtis on 9th Oct, 1823 at Mosterton St Mary.  She was only 35 years old and must have died soon after the birth of George or perhaps a later child.]  Samuel died on 17th March, 1851 at Mosterton and was buried on 23rd of the same month. 




map showing Chapel Court farm near South Perrott

George Curtis was born in Thorncombe in about 1821, according to the 1861 census, although he wasn’t baptised until 1826 at Mosterton. I wonder if this late baptism was due to the death of his mother in 1823?  In 1841 he was living at Chapel Court Farm, Mosterton 5.  His future wife, Sarah Groves, daughter of John Groves and Elizabeth Walden (info many Thanks to Don Groves), lived at the neighbouring Bluntmoor Farm.  They married at Wytherstone parish church, Powerstock  near Beaminster on 17th February, 1846 (the witnesses were Henry Curtis and Hester Groves)6.
George and Sarah had the following children, mainly baptised at Mosterton 4:

Ester Curtis bp 10.1.1847 Kimmeridge                                                                                                                 m 25.9.1865 Broadwindsor to Thomas England
John Groves Curtis bp 21.1.1849 Mosterton                                                                                                                     d 1851 Beaminster  bur 31.7.1851 Mosterton
William John Groves Curtis bp 18.7.1852 Mosterton                                                                                                                    bur 16.12.1873 Mosterton