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John & Sarah Currier
Their Story as I know it
John Currer was born about
1690 probably in Cecil
County Maryland. His parents are believed to be William
Currer and Jane
Currer or Courter. His mother may have been the
widow of Thomas Currier William's
brother, but a lot more work needs to be done to clarify that
supposition. John was one of at least four children raised at
their plantation called Helena
west side of the North East River. John lived there
until his death and Helena passed on to his eldest son.
John Currer continued the family tradition of being dependable and
communal minded. He was often a witness to court documents
. One example
of Cecil Co. Maryland land records 1673-1751 by June Brown (on
Google Books)p. 354 Deed Henry Hollingsworth
of Cecil Co. for L20 to Martin Cartwell
100 acres by a West branch of Elk river by land of said Martin
Cartwell, part of a tract called Lydia’s Joynture. 2/7/1720/1721
Witnesses: John Currer,
"Lydia's Joynture" on Elk River, Written: February 7, 1721,
Recorded: June 16, 1721
Cecil Co. MD Deed Book 3 p. 354,
John Currier wed Sarah, last name unknown about
1715. So far no hint about her parents or birthplace. The
first second source material we have on this family are the children
born to the couple recorded in the
St. Mary Anne’s Parish records, North East Maryland. The
records were compiled into Early Anglican Church Records of Cecil
County by Henry C. Peden, Jr., page 75 & 61.
The children of John and Sarah Currer/Currier were:
1. John Currier,
born March 17, 1717/18
2. William Currier, born
Feb. 28, 1719
3. Mary Currier, born Nov.
4. Thomas Currer, born Jan
5. Michael Currier, born
Jan 18, 1727
6. Elizabeth Currier,
born Feb. 4, 1729
7. Sarah Currier, born
March 5, 1731
8. Catherine Currier, born
March 9, 1733
9. Ann Currier,
born Auig. 16, 1735
Currier wrote his will April 15, 1738, it was proved
June 13, 1738. Maryland,
Cecil county wills vol 14, folio 345. In this
document he lists his wife, unnamed, but church records confirm
it was still Sarah,
Son John was
named Executor and received his dwelling and plantation.
Sons William, Thomas, and
Michael. Duaghter Ann received 10 pounds outright. Other
daughters listed were Mary,
Sarah and Elizabeth.
following Distribution were made and recorded in the Cecil
County Land Records Deed book 4, page 537:
Jan 12, 1747 Elizabeth Mainly,
wife of John received a
mulatto woman Dinah in
lieu of 60 pounds owed her by her father's estate.
Aug. 6, 1747 Thomas Currier
received 65 pounds sterling to settle the estate of his father.
April 15, 1749 Sarah Currier
received 65 pounds as her share of her father's estate.
Perhaps it took John a
long time to distribute the estate because there was a clause
stating they were to receive the distribution when they came to
a certain age.
Both Elizabeth and Sarah would have been 18
years old. Mary
and Catherine died
before they were 18 years old.
I don't know why William and
Michael were not mentioned. However, Michael was very
ill at the time. Note below #5. I need to get a copy
of the complete document.
Of these children we know or surmise the following:
1. John marrived Millicent
Johnson June 16, 1740 and died Aug 1760. Check
his story for details by clicking the blue link above to his name.
2. William Currier still
3. Mary Currier - I
believe she is the Mary in the Peden Book noted to be buried
Sept 23, 1739. It is on the line before her mother was noted
to be buried 2 months later.
4. Thomas was still
alive in Aug 6, 1747. One researcher stated he married Joane,
5. Michael made a
will 7/1/1757, no wife was mentioned. Cecil Ct Will, vol 4, p
Currer Will – 7/1/1757 - John Currer was Adm. Sister was Sarah Currer (8 pounds).
Brother William Currer
(10 pounds), Rachel Currer
(relationship not stated, but maybe wife of William - one
four pistols peace which she has in keeping), brother John Currer (all other real
and personal property). , Witnesses Nathan Baker, John Herdrick, Robert Zewell.
6. Elizabeth was alive
in Aug 1747 and married to John
Maneby or Mainly.
7. Sarah was alive in
July 1, 1751 and not married.
8. Catherine Currier
nothing for sure is known. There was a Catherine Currier
was died 1737 noted in the Peden book. I believe this is her.
This part of the Maryland is dominated by the Chesapeake Bay and it's
many rivers and streams. At the very northen most reach is the
current town of North East. In 1717 it was the location of the
church and main road each and west. The town came later.
The Bay is considered to begin at the junction of the Susquehana,
North East and Elk River From that point the Susquehanna
is entered by going north west. The North East River by going
north east, and the Elk by going east north east. The point of
land that lies between the Elk and the North East is now called Elk's Neck. There
is still remnants of a boat landing at St. Mary Anne's church from
when parishioners went to church by boat, as well as visiting
neighbors. It was easier than over land. Cecil
Historic Map shows the rivers details in 1785. The
county is that land between the Susquehanna and the Sassafras
Rivers. In the late 1600s it extended south of the Sassafras
Out of the Currier Family file at
the Cecil County Historical Society is a paper done by
Grace J. Currier. She states that in 1687 William and Jane Currior bought
land from George Talbot
called "Helena" on the
North East river. I cannot find the Deed transfer,
but I did find the original patent given to George Talbot. It is
Patent Record SDA, page 230 in 1683 for 32000 acres in Cecil Ct
called New Conought
Mannor also known as Susquehanna Manor. This land is
on the West side of the North East River. The History of Cecil County by George
Johnston 1881 states on page 129, that in June 1687 George Talbot executed the only
deed executed by him for land in Cecil County "that is on
Julia Mortensen found a deed, Cecil County Deeds Vol 6, page 383. It
stated that "John Currer of
Cecil County, Innholder, to James
Paul Heath, Merchant, for part of Susquehannah alias
New Connaught Manor which was sold by George Talbot on 5/31/1687 to William Currer and Jane his wife, grandfather and
grandmother of said John
Currer; Land is named Helena, lying on the North East River
in Cecil Co. bounding tract of land called Cavan, 300 acres,
witnesses Nicholas Hyland, Nathan
Baker. 10/29/1744" This clearly connects
the John of this story to
the older and younger generation. It is probable that our John
inherited Helena from his father, passed it on in his will go his
son, John who then sold it in 1744. In trying to find exactly where
Helena was located I found where the son of James Paul Heath, Daniel Heath sold Helena to Edward Mitchell Esq. Cecil Ct. Deed Book 10, page 270
gives a description of dimensions and describes the muddy gut
running through a marsh. The next deed found Cecil Ct. Deed Book 19, page 37-39
places Helena next to Seneca Point - which is still on current
maps. It lies a half mile south of the southern edge of
The St. Mary Ann's Parish records states that John Currer was buried May 10,
1738 and Sarah Currier was
buried Nov. 1, 1739. It is not known where they were buried. Peden page 61, 62
If you know the answer please CONTACT
1. Who and where was Sarah before she married John?
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Date created: 2/14/2009
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