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Progenitor Jan Corszen came from Recife, Brazil to New Amsterdam and married Metje Theunis Cray according to the marriage record. His origins are suspected to be Dutch or Walloon, but no solid proof of this has been established. Orville Corson, in Three Hundred Years with the Corson Families in America, offered some explanation, describing that Jan's nine children were all baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church of New Amsterdam.
A Loyalist branch of this family, using the surname Cursa, Curser and eventually Courser, emigrated around 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War to the English colony of Nova Scotia. Captain Isaac Curser or Cursa and his son John settled by 1787 in that part of the colony which later became the Province of New Brunswick. John and his descendants consistently used Courser as their surname.
Two children and a stepchild of Teunis Corsa (1702-aft 1763), grandson of Jan Corszen, used the DeCoursey surname, while descendants of another son took the DeCorsaw surname. Yet another son of his, Benjamin, moved to Marietta, Ohio and left many Racer descendants.
Variant spellings: CORSEN, CORSSEN, COURSEN, CORSZEN, CORSA, COURSER, CURSER, CURSA, CORSAW, DeCOURSEY, DeCOURCY, RESEER, RACER
Division Coordinator: Bob Brindley (M-199)
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