Samuel Curteis

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Born: ~1767 Died: 10 July 1844 Married: Eleanor Croft Mother: Father: Descendant: Mary Jane Curteis
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921

The Rev. Dr. Samuel Curteis was the master of Sunbury School, Sunbury-on-Thames, County of Middlesex, and was the father of Mary Jane Curteis.

In 1824 he was living at Heathfield House, Turnham Green, Chiswick, London.


Samuel Curteis was born in 1767. He was baptised on the 2nd October 1767 at St Mary of Charity, Faversham in Kent.

He was the son of James Curteis and Mary Curteis, brother of Sarah Amelia Curteis, Philadelphia Curteis, and Frances Curteis.

First Marriage

Samuel married Eleanor Croft, daughter of John Croft, of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on the 2nd February, 1792.

They were married at St. Andrew's, Holborn, Middlesex.

From the parish registers of St Andrew, Holborn:

Samuel Curteis of the parish of Saint Andrew Holborn in the County of Middlesex, Bachelor, 
and Eleanor Croft, of the parish of Hitchin, in the County of Hertford, spinster, 
were married in this Church by License 
on the Second Day of February in the Year One thousand seven Hundred and Ninety Two, 
by me M. Cooper Curate 
this marriage was solemnized between Us, Samuel Curteis, Eleanor Croft
In the Presence of us Ann Perry, R.d Perry.


Register of the Baptisms in the Parish of Sandon in the county of Hertford beginning in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six and the Thirty Sixth Year of the Reign of King George the Third. Thomas Jackson R'd Vicar & Samuel Curteis Curate.:

  • Houghton James, Son of Samuel and Eleanor Curteis was born at Enfield in Middlesex on the 10th of November 1792.
  • Mary Jane, Daughter of Samuel and Eleanor Curteis was born at Hitchin on the 24th of October 1793.
  • Edward, son of Samuel and Eleanor Curteis was born at Sandon on the 9th of March 1796
  • Edward Son of Samuel and Eleanor Curteis was baptised July 21st 1796.

Later children:

  • William Calverley Curteis chr. 2 January 1799 Mountnessing, Essex
  • Jeremiah Curteis, born 7th December 1804, Christened 20th December, Registered March 1st, St Mary, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex.
  • Caroline Curteis, b.1800, chr. 6th June 1801, Linton, Cambridge, England
  • Cecilia Curteis, born 20th January 1806, Christened 10th February, Registered March 23rd, St Mary, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex.


News Item: - Norfolk Chronicle 09 July 1808

CAMBRIDGE - July 7th.

The following Noblemen and Gentlemen were this week admitted to the undermentioned degrees:-

2 Doctors in Civil Law.
Dr. Auguftsus Goftling, of Trinity hall. 
The Rev. Dr. Samuel Curteis, of Queen's college, mafter of the celebrated fchool at Sunbury, in Middlefex.

News Item: - The Times, 12th April 1805

SUNBURY SCHOOL. - The Rev. S. CURTEIS, A.M. of Queen's College, Cambridge, acknowledges with gratitude the powerful support which his SCHOOL has received. He is compelled, by some extraordinary mistakes that have arisen, to observe, that he is Dr. Moore's immediate successor, is in possession of the house, offices, and play-ground, which the Doctor held, and has no connection with any person in the Scholastic line. The object here pursued is a Preparation for the Public Schools. The Sons of the Nobility, and of Families of Fashion and high consideration only, are admitted at a very early age. Every kind attention and tender care is shewn to their wants, health, and comfort, by MRS Curteis, who attends personally to them, and is never absent from home. The most satisfactory references may be had by applying to Mr. Curteis.

News Item: - Leicester Chronicle 06 November 1824


On Thursday se'nnight, at Chiswick, Richard Bacon Frank. Esq.,
of Winthorpe Hall, Nottinghamshire, 
to Caroline, second daughter of the Rev. Samuel Curteis, LL. D.
of Heathfield-house, Turnham-green.

Second Marriage

Samuel's first wife Eleanor died in October 1830 at the age of 68.

Samuel Curteis (Widower) married a Margaret Croft (spinster) on the 30th October 1832 (with banns read on the 14th Oct, 21st Oct, 28th Oct, 1832) at the church of St Mary, Islington, (the parish of both of them).

It is assumed that Margaret was Eleanor's sister.

The 1851 census for Jeremiah Curteis of Shelton Rectory (after Samuel's death), shows a visitor, Margaret Curteis (widow, 88, born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire) living with him. This is presumably Samuel's widow.

News Item:


On Thursday the inhabitants of Diss and neighbourhood learnt, with deep regret, of the death of one of their most respected and venerable neighbours, in the person of Mr. William Calverley Curteis, LL.D., of the Shrubbery, Soole. The deceased was born in the year 1798, and was, therefore, 96 years of age. He was the son of the late Rev. Samuel Curteis, of Sunbury, and was married in 1838 to Frances Elizabeth, daughter of the late Rev. Williem Manning, of Diss. Mr. Curteis was educated at Shrewsbury and Trinity Hall, Cambridge (LL.B. 1821, LL D. 1826); he was admitted an advocate in Doctors' Commons in the latter year, and on becoming associated with Diss was placed on the Commission of the Peace for Norfolk.


Samuel Curteis died on the 10th July, 1844 at Shelton Rectory, Norfolk, aged 76. Shelton Rectory was the home of his youngest son Jeremiah Curteis.

On the 10th inst., at Shelton Rectory, in this county, the residence of his son, in his 77th year, the Rev. Samuel Curteis, LL. D., formerly of Queen's college, Cambridge. - Bury and Norwich Post 17 July 1844

The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 20 July 1844 adds that it was "the residence of his youngest son"

The Gentlemen's Magazine (June to December, 1844):

July 10. At Shelton rectory, Norfolk, 
the residence of his youngest son, the Rev. Jeremiah Curteis,
aged 76, the Rev. Samuel Curteis, L.L.D.
formerly of Linton, Cambridgeshire.
He was of Queen's college, Cambridge, B.A. 1789, as 11th Senior Optime, M.A. 1801, LL.D. 1808.
He was for some years Master of Sunbury school.

Cambridge University Alumni 1261-1900

  • Samuel Curteis
  • Entered: Michs. 1784
  • BORN: 1768
  • Died: 10 Jul 1844

More Information:

  • Adm. sizar at CORPUS CHRISTI, Apr. 21, 1784.
  • Of Kent. [S. of James, M.D., of Tenterden.] B. 1768
  • School, Tonbridge. Matric. Michs. 1784; Scholar; Exhibitioner.
  • Migrated to Queens', Feb. 8, 1788; B.A. 1789; M.A. 1801; LL.D. 1808. Ord. priest (London) Mar. 10 1811.
  • Kept a school at Leiston, Suffolk.
  • Afterwards at Sunbury, Middlesex. Master at Sunbury School for many years, and at Turnham Green.
  • Married Eleanor, dau. of John Croft, of Hitchin, Herts., Feb. 2, 1792.
  • Died July 10, 1844, aged 76, at Shelton rectory, the home of his son Jeremiah.
  • Father of Edward (1816), Jeremiah (1831) and William C. (1815).

His death was registered in Depwade, Norfolk in Q3 (Jul-Sept), 1844, Vol 13, p 35.


News item (date way too late, 1874 ish - perhaps a grandson?):

Prebendary Kemble, through ill-health, has resigned the Vicarage of Bath; Mr. Sidebottom under a bond of resignation that of Sevenoaks, to make way for the Rev. Samuel Curteis; and the Rev. T.O.Blackall that of Seal-sum-Kensing.

In 1791 The Universal British Directory, there is a Rev. Mr. Curteis listed under the clergy section for Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Also listed (not under clergy) Is a John Croft (Apparitor) and a Richard Croft (Basket maker).

In the 1841 census there is a Samuel Curteis (~70, Clerk D.L. Ind.) living at Clarence Place, St. James, Clerkenwell, Finsbury along with a Margaret Curteis (~75), a Jane Wale (~70) and a James Curteis (~45).

Note: One Jane Croft married a Robert Wale in Sandon, Hertford on 21st July 1795.


  • Sarah Amelia Curteis, buried 9th Feb 1839 at Tenterden, Kent, aged 74 (~1765)
  • Philadelphia Curteis, Baptised 25th June 1766 at Dartford Kent (James & Mary Curteis)
  • Philadelphia Curteis, buried 15th Feb 1799, at Tenterden, Kent
  • Philadelphia Curteis, buried 13th Dec 1800, at Faversham, Kent
  • Philadelphia Curteis, buried 28th Aug 1805, at Tenterden, Kent

Will extract:

Whereas the sum of Two Hundred forty Pounds of Cent Annuities 1797 stands in the joint names of:

  • Philadelphia Curteis
  • Mary Curteis
  • Frances Curteis

All of Tenderden Kent Spinsters

and Whereas the said Philadelphia Curteis is deceased as appears by Extract from the Register of Burials of Tenderden with an Affadavid of Identity Annexed Mark'd A. 158

therefore the said £240 is at the disposal of the survivors.

Registered 14th February 1801