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John CURTIS
Father: Michael CURTISMother: Ann (Curtis) STAPLEY
EventsPlaceResidenceNotesSource
Born:14 Jun 1787Rothersfield, SussexDate from baptism register, place from Census

Baptised:14 Jun 1789Independent Chapel, Heathfield, SussexShearness, KentAlso gives date of birth
From register
Married:28 Nov 1810Deptford, St Paul, Kentthis parishNot certain this is the correct couple. After Banns
From register
Died:1871West BromwichLooks likely to be correct

Spouse: Sarah (Curtis) OLIVER
ChildrenBornDied
Mary Barbara (Cadby) CURTIScirca18161871
Unna Ann CURTIS18191893
CensusNamePlaceAddressAgeOccupation
1841John CurtisBrinklow, WarwickshireBrinklow54Excise Officer
1851John CurtisWest Bromwich, Staffordshire73 Bull Street63Retired Inland Officer
1861John CurtisWest Bromwich, Staffordshire7 Loveday Street73Retired Inland Revenue Officer
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Places
High Street in Aswell in the mid 20th century
St Paul's Church
East Street, Crowland
Crowland Abbey
Crowland Abbey and East Street
Trinity Bridge, Crowland
Plaque on Trinity Bridge, Crowland
North Street, Crowland
Heathfield Independent Chapel
Heathfield Independent Chapel
Heathfield Independent Chapel
Outside Heathfield Independent Chapel
Outside Heathfield Independent Chapel
Identity of John Curtis

When Mary Curtis was married in 1838 her father is given as John Curtis, an Excise Officer.
Later censuses give Mary's birthplace as Ashwell in Hertfordshire whilst her sister Una Ann was born in Crowland, Lincolnshire.
The birth of these two girls was recorded in 1837, despite being several years earlier and gives their parents as John Curtis and Sarah Curtis formerly Oliver.

John, Sarah and Ann have been located in the 1851 and 1861 censuses.

There appear to be a different John and Sarah Curtis in Churchover around this time.

The 1841 Census is less certain, John, Sarah and Ann are all listed, but if this is them there are other children including  a girl aged 5. John and Sarah were 54 so it seems unlikely that she was their daugter, as they already had a daughter Mary.  She could be child of Unna Ann who remained a spinster.
    The other children were Caroline (19) and Josiah (17).
    
It seems fairly certain that John was born around 1788 in Rotherfield, Sussex and Sarah around the same time in Hoo, Kent.

There is a possible baptism for John and two sisters at Heathfield Indendent Chapel which is about 7 miles from Rotherfield. The older of the two sisters was baptised in 1784 when the parents were said to be from Rotherfield.  John and a younger sister were baptised in 1789 when they were said to be from Sharenefs (spelling uncertain and place not known) but John had been born in the middle of 1787. So presumably the family moved some time after he was born.

Therefore it seems reasonably certain that John's parents were Michael and Ann.

Only likely marriage for John Curtis and Sarah Oliver is at Deptford. This is possible, particularly if he was already an Inland Revenue Officer.
  
Death of John Curtis

John was living with Sarah in West Bromwich in 1851 and 1861. I have not found evidence for either of them in West Bromwich in 1871.
Therefore I searched for their deaths in West Bromwich district from 1861 to 1871.
Found likely death for Sarah aged 78 in 1866 which would mean she was born in 1787 or 1788.
	1866 Apr-Jun - Vol 6b  Page 494
Found likely death for John aged 84 in 1871 (before the census) which would mean he was born in about 1787
	1871 Jan-Mar - Vol 6b  Page 480
Excise Officer

At the PRO there are some records of customs and excise officers covering 1820-1843.  I looked through all these but found no evidence of our John Curtis.  (See  R-02-Nov-2001)
  
1838 Burgess Roll for Birmingham
Homes and Occupations
YearAddressOccupationSourceNotes
1810Parish of St Paul Deptford, KentMarriage register
1816Ashwell, HertfordshireMarys birth registered in 1837
1819Crowland, LincolnshireUnna Ann's birth registerd in 1837
1841Brinklow, Warwickshire1841 Census
185173 Bull Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire1851 Census
18618 Loveday Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire1861 Census
1866Loveday Street, West Bromwich, StaffordshirePlace at which Sarah died