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WILLIAM and JANE CURRIER
His Story as I know it
William Currier was born
about 1645 in England. There are hints that he may have
been from London &/or
firm documentation exists for either - so far. His parents are
unknown. The Index to
Early Maryland Settlers 1634 - 1682 by Brewster notes that Liber
6, folio 295 found in the Maryland Hall of Records state
that William Courtier (Currier)
was transported 1664.
Our William was married to
Jane by 1687 when they
purchased Helena in Cecil
Ct, on the North East River. The original deed is lost but
Julia Mortenson found a later sale of the same property by their
grandson, which states the date of the purchased from George Talbot Cecil County Deeds Vol 6, page 383.
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 original patent given to George
Talbot, Patent Record
SDA, page 230 in 1683 was 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 area just east was called New
Ireland. William Currer
was the Deputy Surveyor for New Ireland, Nov 1687. This
according to Settlers of Maryland
1679-1700 by Peter Wilson Coldham.
There are numerous court records where William Currier is either a
witness, or in one case noted below an estate appraiser. We
can assume he had an honorable reputation within his community.
4/30/1696 - Abstracts of the Inventories and Accounts of the
Prerogative Court of
John Beavell 13B.110 I 23.17.0 Apr 30 1696
The amount of the inventory also included in #2920.
Appraisers: William Currer,
Abstracts of Cecil Co. Maryland
land records 1673-1751 by June Brown (on Google Books)
10/15/1698 - p. 189 Deed
of Gift James Robinson of Cecil Co. to son James Robinson and
because he is moving 300 acres at Plumpoit by Elk River the land
where his father now lives and holds the patent. 10/15/1698
Witnesses Will Currer,
6/2/1699 - p. 190 Deed
Peter Clauson of Cecil Co. planter to John Cousine of the same
place, planter 100 acres of land on the West side of Elk river,
part of the manor called St. Johnís, by Church Creek and
bounded by the land of Peter Manadee. 6/2/1699 Witnesses Will Currer, James
There is speculation in the Currier files of the Cecil County
Historical Society that Jane
was the widow of Thomas Currier.
to the St. John's Manor Rent
Rolls, Vol 2, page 345, Aug 4, 1664 Joane Currier, widow of Thomas Currier, possessed 100
acres. St. John's
Manor is just southeast of the town of North East.
The timing and name is certainly suggestive.
William and Jane Currier are
believed to have had the following children:
1. William Currier
married Mary Geroge Dec.
2. Katharine Currier
married Joseph Young
Currier married Sarah.
He died May 1738
4. Thomas Currier
married Mary Husband.
There is a note in the Currier
Family Files in the Cecily County Historical Society that
says "On Oct. 29, 1705 Jane Currior,
widow and relict of William Currier,
as administratrix of William
Currier's estate" It also gives his death date as
Oct. 15, 1703. This was written by Grace
J. Currier, but she does not give the sources for her
info. There will be an inventory in the records and very
likely a will. That would be a reasonable source for the
children's names. They were born before the local church, St.
Mary Anne's was keeping records.
It is not known where William
was buried. Nothing more is known about Jane Currier after Oct. 29,
1705. I believe it possible that one of the sons, possible
John became master of Helena. Jane probably continued to
live there until her death. It is always possible she
There are numerous
references to Currier's and interesting speculations of their
origin, current family in the same area, and possible connections to
the Currier of Currier and Ives. For those references click on
this link to More Currier.
If you know the answer please CONTACT
1. Where was William Currier born and who were his parents?
2. What was Jane's maiden name?
3. Where was Jane born, and who were her parents?
4. Find a source for his death date.
5. Get a copy of William's Will or Inventory at least.
6. What happened to Jane after William died?
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