Henry Curtis born about 1828 in Shepton Mallet, Somerset

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Summary

To be completed.

Parents and family

The registration of Henry's second marriage indicates that his father was William CURTIS, a clothier. From the Census details it would appear that his mother was named Maria.

Birth

About 1829 and in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, based upon the 1841 and 1851 Censuses.

Childhood and education

The detail is unknown, but this was a time of severe decline in the fortunes of Shepton Mallet.

Local mill owners, dismayed by the resistance to modernisation, simply closed their mills altogether and set up business elsewhere. Key craftsmen packed their bags and followed them, and soon the fine mansions stood empty. In the space of just a few years, from 1830-1840, the population of Shepton Mallet halved, and the once proud factories and mills were either burned by gangs of disgruntled navvies or were left to crumble into bleak ruins” [The Shepton Riots. Shepton Mallet Town Council, 2012. Online:http://sheptonmallet.info].

Employment

On the 1841 Census he is at Garston Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. At which time his family comprised -
On the 1851 Census he is listed in Cowl Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, with the JENNETT family.

Marriage

A review of christening details and marriage details available online shows that within the period 1826-1830 there were no Eliza christenings in Maiden Bradley and to surnames that subsequently occur on marriages to Henry CURTIS. However, on the 1861 census there is a visitor with the surname YEATES and one of the HENRY CURTIS marriages is to one Eliza YEATES. That marriage was in the Dec Q of 1860 and registered in the Clifton district (vol. 6a, pg. 200), so too late for the children listed on the 1861 listing to have been born after it. The age of the oldest child suggests a marriage in the period 1851-1854.

Census details suggest that around 1853-4 his son William CURTIS was born in Castle Cary. Castle Cary is covered by the Wincanton registration district and there is a registration there for a William Henry CURTIS (1853 Sep Q 5c 507).

On 14 Aug 1853 one William Henry was Christened by Henry CURTIS and Eliza his wife at All Saints, Castle Cary, at which time Henry gave his occupation as Servant.

Census details suggest that around 1855-6 his daughter Mary Eliza CURTIS was born in Castle Cary. There is a probable registration for a Mary Eliza CURTIS under Wincanton (Dec Q 1854 5c 511).

On 7 Jan 1855 one Mary Eliza was Christened by Henry CURTIS and Eliza his wife at All Saints, Castle Cary, at which time Henry gave his occupation as Servant.

Census details suggest that around 1857-8 his daughter Lavinia M CURTIS was born in Castle Cary. There is a probable registration for a Kavinia Maria CURTIS under Wincanton (Dec Q 1857 5c 510).

On 29 Nov 1857 one Lavinia Maria was Christened by Henry CURTIS and Eliza his wife at All Saints, Castle Cary, at which time Henry gave his occupation as Servant.

On the 1861 Census they are listed at Fore Street, Castle Cary, Somerset with their family, which at that time comprised -
On the 1871 Census they are listed a few at Ansford House, Castle Cary, Somerset, where they are in service.
Their children are listed a couple of families earlier in Ansford Lane, Castle Cary, Somerset, where they are on their own. 
Today the village has no Ansford Lane, only an Ansford Road. According to the A short walk around Castle Cary & Ansford section of the Town Council's 2008 Castle Cary Tourism Leaflet, Ansford House was built by the WOODFORDE family in the late 18th C and is in Crumnock Road near the north end of Ansford Road.

In 1872 the death of an Eliza CURTIS, aged 46, was registered in Wincanton, the registration district for Castle Cary. (Dec Quarter 1872, Vol 5c, Pg 331). This appears to be the death of Henry's wife, as the Eliza Ann CURTIS on later census records was born in Castle Cary, Somerset rather than Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire.

Re-marriage to Eliza Ann Jacobs

The Free-Reg lists a marriage at All Saints, Castle Cary on 11 May 1876 (reg. no. 393) and with the following details:
Probable marriage registration is Henry CURTIS & Eliza Ann JACOBS, Wincaton 1876, June Q 5c 733. The 1871 Census has one Eliza A JACOBS, an unmarried daughter, aged 30 and born in Castle Cary, living in Woodcock Street, Castle Cary, and listed on the same page as Henry & his first wife, Eliza.

On the 1881 Census they are listed at  Church Street, Castle Cary, Somerset. At which time their family comprised:
On the 1891 Census they are listed in Woodcock Street, Castle Cary, Somerset. At which time their family comprised:

Last Will and Testament

Unknown

Death

Probable death registration in Wincanton (Castle Carey is a sub-district)
Jun Q 1895, 5c, 313. Age given as 66 which give birth abt 1829.

The 1901 Census has yet to be checked for Henry's widow and there appear to be no obvious death or marriage registrations associated with her.

Burial

Henry and his first wife are both buried in the churchyard at All Saints, Castle Cary. The headstone is a large and imposing one.

Sandstone headstoneThe inscription is  
"In affectionate remembrance
of
ELIZA CURTIS
who departed this life
November 25th 1872
Aged 46 Years.
She has bid this world a glad farewell.
She has done with suffering now.
And never more one passing grief
Shall shade her peaceful brow.
Also of
HENRY CURTIS.
Husband of the above
Who died June 20th 1895
Aged 68 Years"
View past the church porch to a large Yew treeGravestone under a spreading yew in the corner of the churchyard

Descendants and notable relations

To be continued...


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