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    Elnathan Curtiss[1]

    Male 1727 - 1812  (84 years)


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    • Name Elnathan Curtiss 
      Born 04 Jan 1727  Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Male 
      Died 03 Jan 1812  Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Buried Long Hill Burial Ground, Shelton, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Person ID I939  Our Family Tree
      Last Modified 3 Nov 2008 

      Father Ephraim Curtiss,   b. 31 Dec 1684, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 May 1775  (Age 90 years) 
      Mother Elizabeth Stiles,   b. 18 Feb 1687, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Oct 1778, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
      Married 26 Jun 1707 
      Family ID F2155  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Sarah Ufford,   b. 15 Feb 1728, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1814, Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
      Married 07 Jun 1745 
      Children 
      +1. Stiles Curtiss,   b. 03 Feb 1761, Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Nov 1827, Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
      Last Modified 29 Feb 2008 
      Family ID F2154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 04 Jan 1727 - Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 03 Jan 1812 - Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - - Long Hill Burial Ground, Shelton, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
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      Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

    • Photos
      Inventory of Elnathan Curtiss's Estate
      Inventory of Elnathan Curtiss's Estate
      Scanned from "The Descendants of Lewis Hart and Anne Elliott," by Jared Sidney Torrance, 1923.

    • Sources 
      1. [S2655423085] The Descendants of Lewis Hart and Anne Elliott, Jared Sidney Torrance, (1923).
        "Dec. 19, 1774, at a town meeting held at Stratford, it was 'voted nomine contra dicente that a committee be chosen in the several parts of this town to observe the conduct of all persons relative to said association (referring to the Continental Congress) and proceed thereon according to the advice therein given.' Elnathan Curtiss served as one of the committee. The following year, 1775, Elnathan, with eighteen others, again served on a 'Committee of Observation' to watch the events which were taking place in connection with the War of the Revolution. There is an account book of the Curtiss family handed down from Elnathan's time and before, now in the possession of Margaret Curtiss of Shelton, Conn. It contains business accounts, births, deaths, and various memoranda. It states: 'Elnathan moved into this house Nov. 16, 1748. His father gave him a farm in Huntington, then Ripton, and tools enough to build a house. They came up the river by boat.' The house referred to was, until about 1850, located in what is now Shelton, Conn. A substantial Catholic Church now occupies the site. The book also contains an entry in Elnathan's writing, made at the time of the marriage of his daughter Ruth, in which he records her as 'Debtor as to a part of her portion to the amount of 80 pounds lawful money.' There are similar entries concerning the remaining children of Elnathan and Sarah who married, and they probably were intended to be taken into consideration in the distribution of his estate.

        "Elnathan's will was filed in Bridgeport, Conn., Apr. 23, 1812, and reads as follows:

        "'In the name of God, Amen, I, Elnathan Curtiss of Huntinton in the County of Fairfield, being weak in body and liable to die but through the goodness of God, am of sound and disposing mind and memory, think it my duty to make this my last will and testament. I do therefore first of all commit my Immortal Soul to God who gave it, in humble hopes of acceptance to Eternal Life through the merits and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ and I also commit my Body to the grave in hopes of a Reserection to Immortal Life and with regard to my worldly goods which it hath pleased a gracious God to endow me with, my will and pleasure is that it be disposed of in a manner and form as follows:

        "'Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Sarah the use and improvements of one-third of my land in the Parish of Ripton, also one-third part of my dwelling house and barn to be for her use, benefit and improvement so long as she shall continue my widow, and if she should ever marry again and after being the wife of another she should become a widow, my will and pleasure is that she should enjoy the use and improvement of the above mentioned one-third part of my estate during her state of widowhood. I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Sarah my two negroes Sampson and Linde, to be hers forever.

        "'Item. My will is that she have the value of forty pounds lawful money out of my moveable Estate to be hers forever, also one cow, side saddle & young mare and clock of my fathers. If my Negro Sampson become unable and is an expense my will is that he should be supported by my three sons and my wife.

        "'Item. I give to my son William Twelve pounds lawful money more than what I have given him by deed, and that to be his portion, no more. Further, my will is I do hereby give my son Stiles Curtiss the House where he now lives, also the Barn and I give to my son Elle Curtis the House where I now live, also the barn, and I further give my two sons, Stiles and Elle Curtiss, all the land I shall be possessed of at my death in the town of Huntington Equally divided between them in quantity and quality, which said land shall be holden to pay all the just debts and charges due from my Estate at my death and also the Legacies provided my moveable Estate shant be sufficient to pay said Debts, Charges and Legacies; and, further, my will is and I do give my daughter Ruth Summers Ten dollars more than she hath already had, and I give to my daughter Phoebe Birdsey Ten dollars more than what she hath already had, and I give to my daughter Charity Wooster the sum of Twenty dollars more than what she hath already had and I give to the heir of my Daughter Sarah Tomlinson, deceased, the sum of Two dollars to be hers forever. And I give to my Daughter Anne Curtiss Forty pounds lawful money and the use of my south chamber as long as she shall continue a single woman, with Liberty to Wash Brew and Bake in the Kitchen and privilege of getting water at the well and privilege of the little cellar. What Bedding, Linen, and Household things she has got is not bequeathed, it being the efforts of her own Labor and not to be considered as part of my Estate. And I also give to my Daughter Anne Curtiss the use and improvement of three-quarters of an acre of land East of my dwelling house beginning at the lower end of my great garden running across to Perry's fence. And I give to my grand daughter Nancy, Daughter of my Daughter Anne Curtiss, thirty pounds of lawful money and to have the privilege of House Chamber and Cellar with her mother as long as she shall live single. And I hereby constitute and appoint my son Elle Curtiss and my son-in-law Luke Summers Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby making void all other and former wills by me made, Declaring this to be my last will and Testament, in witness whereof I have here set my hand and seal this first day of April, 1794.

        "'ELNATHAN CURTISS.

        "'In the presence of
        Danl Bennett,
        William Davis,
        Daniel Bennett, Jr.'"