James CURTIS (1816~1887)

Eliza WEAK(1822~1905)

James CURTIS, the son of John and Sarah of Queen Street, Southampton was baptised at St Mary's Church on 14th January 1816.

His father is described as a coachman in a trade directory of 1834, but James was living at  North Front  with only his mother in 1841. At this time James is described as a tailor but by 1851 he had become a dairyman.  He married Eliza WEAK at St George's Hanover Square on 18th May1853 and their son Frederick James was born in March 1854.  Frederick died only 11 months later and their daughter Eliza Jane was born on 26th April 1856. Their other children were Elizabeth Clara (1858), Walter William(1860), Alice Ann (1862) Alfred John (1864) and Arthur Edward (1867).

Link to The CURTIS Family Tree

Contemporary Views at 'Weighbridge' Marland Place

From the 1841 Census, at the time of their marriage, and until about 1862 the family lived at 'Weighbridge' or Marland Place, which was probably the same property, and the 1861 census records James as the weighbridge superintendent and a dairyman.

In 1864 they were living in Bellevue Road, where Alfred died, but from 1871 until 1901 or 1905 the family residence was 22 or 23 The Avenue, which was also known as Warwick House.

James died on 29th March 1887 and was buried in Hill Lane Cemetery  on 5th April in the same grave as his two sons, Frederick and Alfred.

Eliza continued to live at Warwick House until she died on 23rd December 1905. She was buried in the same grave as James on 30th December. 












The Grave after clearance in Autumn 2005


Francis Skinner WILKINS (1868 ~ 1921)    

Alice Ann CURTIS (1862~1953)

Frank Skinner Wilkins the son of Alfred & Emma was born about 1868 in Massachusetts and his father Alfred was born in Reading, U.K. on13th May 1834.

The USA census for 1870 shows the family living in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachussetts:

WILKINS, Alfred Age 36  Caterer & Waiter born in England
WILKINS, Emma Age 35  Keeping House born in England
WILKINS, William A. Age 12 At School born in Canada West
WILKINS, Frederick H Age 10 At School Born in Massachusetts
WILKINS, Alice Age 8 At School Born in Massachusetts
WILKINS, Annie M. Age 6 At School Born in Massachusetts
WILKINS, Frank S. Age 2 At School Born in Massachusetts

The UK census for 1881 shows that Emma has died and Alfred is a Widower living at 214 King's Road, Reading, possibly with an older sister and her family. The  three youngest children, Alice, Annie M. and Frank Skinner WILKINS are all living in Southampton  at 2 Cliff Terrace, St Mary's.

Frank Skinner, at the time of his marriage was living at 1 The Avenue, Southampton.

Alice Ann CURTIS, the daughter of James & Eliza CURTIS was baptised at St Lukes Church, Southampton on 1st June 1862. James was a Dairyman and Superintendent of the Weighbridge at 85 Marland Place. Shortly after Aice's birth the family moved to Bellevue Road and then in 1865 to Warwick House, 23 The Avenue. In 1881 Alice is a 'Private Governess' working for a surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital. In 1891 she is described as  a Draper's Assistant living at 107 Old Christchurch Rd.

On 16th April 1896 Frank Skinner WILKINS married Alice Ann CURTIS in a dual wedding with her sister Eliza Jane CURTIS at The Congregational Church in The Avenue.

Frank and Alice lived initially at Boscombe, where their first two children, Frank Alfred J.K. and Ivy Emma C. were born in 1897 and 1898. They are next recorded at Upton Park, Essex where their son Sydney Arthur is born in 1900 and the 1901 Census shows them living at 6 Elizabeth Terrace Upton Park, Romford where Frank is a Drapers Manager. In 1906 their daughter Marjorie Stella was born and registered at Richmond, Surrey. The Kelly's directory for Southampton in 1915 shows that the family were back in Southampton, living at 95 Atherley Road.

Frank's father Arthur died on 3rd August 1916 and is buried in grave F38 / 82 in Southampton Old Cemetery, Hill Lane.

Francis Skinner WILKINS died on 22nd February 1921 at the age of 53 and is buried with his father.

Write Me As One Who Loved His Fellow Men
Born at Reading May 13th 1834
Died August 3rd 1916
"On That Happy Easter Morning
All The Graves Their Dead Restore
Father, Sister, Child and Mother
Meet Once More"
Also Francis Skinner
Son Of The Above
And Beloved Husband Of
Died Feb 22nd 1921 Aged 53
"At Rest"

Alice Ann CURTIS moved to 'Westbourne', Mousehole Lane, Southampton following Frank's death, and lived there with her unmarried children until her death at the age of 90 years in the Spring of 1953.