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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CORSON LINES

Unless otherwise credited, these brief notes on the various lines are derived from Three Hundred Years with the Corson Families in America, by Orville Corson.  Some of the more common variants are listed with each division.  For a more complete listing of variant spellings go to our Variants  page.


RESEARCH HELP

The organization has established 'Division Coordinators', who have a degree of expertise and experience in researching each of these lines.  For specific research help you are encouraged to post to the RootsWeb Surname Mailing Lists.

If you find a connection, or have any questions about the possibilities, then please contact us and exchange information.  Your contribution to the dialogue will help extend and revise our information for the benefit of all.


THE DIVISIONS

I. NEW ENGLAND

     Cornelius Corson was living in NH as early as 1685.  His son, Samuel was living in Dover, NH in 1710.  Samuel is the only son identified to date.  Two possible daughters are Abigail and Hannah.  Abigail Coursin or Coursonwhitt was recorded as being taken captive by Indians before 1695.  It is from Coursonwhitt that a line became COLSON.
     This division has been divided into seven branches to represent each of the children of the third generation:
Div Sibling Coordinator
I-A Zebulon Melvin N. Corson  M193  Mcrsn844@msn.com
Janet Morgan M004  morganjn@tcainternet.com
I-B Hatevil Roger Whiting M031  RWHITING@execpc.com
I-C Joanna(h) Iverne Rinehart M002  grandmar21@excite.com
I-D Samuel Jr Sheryl Lee Girard M353   slgirard@uswest.net
I-E Mary Iverne Rinehart M002  grandmar21@excite.com
I-F Ichabod Iverne Rinehart M002  grandmar21@excite.com
I-G Hannah Iverne Rinehart M002  grandmar21@excite.com
 

Descendant chart from Cornelius Cursonwhit to his great-grandchildren


*Vol. II, Chap. XIV, pp. 279-284.
Variant spellings: CORSON, COSON, CORSEN, COURSIN, COURSONWHITT, COURSON, COLSON

II. SUSSEX CO., NJ    Coordinator:  Bob Brindley M-199

     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, but no solid proof of this has been established.  '300 Yrs'* offers some explanation, and in fact his nine children were all baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church of New Amsterdam.
*Vol. I, Chap. III, pp. 8-16.
Variant spellings: CORSEN, CORSSEN, COURSEN, CORSZEN, CORSA, COURSER

    Re. Div. II Submitted by William L. DeCoursey CCFHA M010, contact Bill: decoursey@earthlink.net
        I've spent about 40 years of my 68 years attempting to sort out the descendants of Jan CORSZEN.  Many of my research notes and sources can be found in my 20 year old chronology posted about 3/4 of the way down the page on the "Dutch-Uncle" site at:  http://www.teachout.org/du/
        My years of research has led me to think that it is probable that the original French/Walloon surname may have been "de COURSE", "de COURCY" or some variation of that name; and that it was "Dutchified" to CORSZEN in New Amsterdam.  There was a certain Peter de COURSE who visited the site of New Amsterdam as early as 1612.   He had two sons, Arent CORSSE (aka Arent Stam) and Dirk CORSSE (aka Dirk Stam), both in the employ of the Dutch West India Company, which sailed the great circle route from the Netherlands to the Gold coast to Recife, Brazil to New Amsterdam and back to the Netherlands.   Another son of this Peter (de) Course may have been the Jan Corsen who m.Tryntje Van Campen.
        I don't guarantee the complete accuracy of my findings, but they might help sort out some of the many name changes that took place with successive generations on various Branches:   ie: CORSEN, CORSA, CORSAW, DeCOURSEY, DeCOURCY, RESEER, RACER, etc.   The French "Coursier", pronounced "Coursay" is translated to "Stam" in Dutch and to "RACER" in English.  The "REESER" or "RACER" variation came into being about the time of the French and Indian War when a nephew of Benjamin Fletcher CORSA started using that variation [possibly] to disguise his French heritage in upper PA where the French/Indians were raiding the settlments.
        It is interesting to note that two separate branches of the family eventually used the surname "DeCOURSEY" or DeCOURCY".   Maria (Corsa) Staples, dau. of Isaac CORSA (1727-1807) was referred to as "Maria de Courcy" in letters from Recife, Brazil published in the NYGBR:v.23,p.127-30.  Also two children and a step child of Teunis CORSA (1702-aft 1763) used the "DeCoursey" surname, and decendants of another son took the
    "DeCorsaw" surname.  While another son Benjamin Corsa/DeCoursey/Racer moved to Marietta, Ohio and left many "Racer" descendants.

    For more information about Division II descendants, see the Division II data file under construction for CCFHA's 300+ Project.

III. STATEN ISLAND, NY   Coordinator: Peter B. Corson M307  PBCorson@aol.com

     Cors Pietersen is stated to be of Dutch origins, although some have speculated the family was of French Huguenot descent.  His wife was Tryntje Hendrickse of Dutch ancestry.  By reasons not known, the children of Hendrick Carssen, one of the sons, adopted the surname, VROOM, which in Dutch could mean brave, pious, kind or gentle.  Sometimes this word is encountered after someone's surname as a description.  It is suggested that this was the original surname of this line, but early records have confused this and it was dropped for a couple generations which led to the family using CORSEN and CORSON.  Later generations married spouses with the similar name of CROESEN to further confuse the line.
*Vol. I, Chaps. IV-XXVIII, pp. 17-274.
Variant spellings: CORSSEN, CORSEN, CORSE, CORSON, CARSSEN, KORSSEN, KROESEN, CROESEN, VROOM

IV. CAPE MAY, NJ   Coordinator:  J. Ken Corson M267  corsonjk@aol.com

     Carsten Jansen located in Gravesend, Long Island.  His origins are suspected to be Scandinavian, but firm proof has not been established.  There has been speculation of Dutch origins by a few.  The two sons of Carsten, John and Peter were married in Gravesend, but later settled in Cape May, NJ.
     John married Maria (Mary) Daws/Daas, who it is speculated was of English descent.  This is in contention because her family were members of the Dutch Reformed Church, and due to the spelling of her surname as Daas.  Her father was Elias (Eliose).
     Peter married Deborah.  Her origins and surname have not been established.
     After they settled in NJ John & Peter were affiliated with the Quakers.  Whether they might have been introduced in Gravesend is not established. Gravesend was an area of much Quaker persecution and many other families from that area emigrated to So. NJ.  The family did not remain in the Quaker following.  This is evidenced by the number who served in the Rev. War, and by later military records.
*Vol. II, Chaps. I-XXI, pp. 1-262.
Variant spellings: CORSON, CARSTEN, CORSTON, COSEN, CAUSON, COSTON, KARSTEN, CARSTENSEN

V. GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND   Coordinator: 

    Immigrant families have been identified from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Group V-a: The Scottish line of Corson or Corsan is said by some to descend from Corsani or Corsini brought from Italy to Scotland during the 1200's. These early lines are sketchy, but later the line is more firmly detailed in Marr on the River Nith in Scotland. Later descendants have been identified in Ohio and elsewhere in the US; in Ontario, Canada; and in Australia and New Zealand.*
Variant spellings: CORSON, CORSANE, CORSAN, CARSON, CARSONS, ACCARSONS, CORSANI, CORSINI

Group V-b: The Curzon line in England traces its ancestry to a Courson from France (Britany) who invaded with William the Conqueror in 1066. The family now uses the name Curzon, but other name variants also occur there and have immigrated to the US.
Variant spellings: CURSON, CURZON 
Many 19th and 20th century "Corson" immigrants reached the United States from Ireland, but no family pattern has as yet been established for that country.
*Vol. II, Chap. XXII, pp. 263-269
(The Division V designation was previously limited to the Scottish family)

VII. HUNTERDON CO., NJ   Coordinator:  Gale Corson M139 galechap@aol.com

    This group of Corsons traces to Jacob Corson, who is known to have been in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey in the late 1700's, living near his wife's parents in Lebannon, Amwell Township.  Jacob married Mary Hoppock (1759-1828) prior to 1790 (probably ca. 1785).  Mary's parents attended the Dutch Reformed Church of Readington and apparently were of Dutch descent.  Mary and Jacob appear to have been part of the same faith.  Incomplete records suggest Jacob may have come from the Staten Island Corsons (Division III), and therefore is also of Dutch descent.  He was quite possibly the grandson of either Benjamin or Douwe Corson, sons of Jacob Corssen and Elizabeth Viele of Staten Island.
    Jacob and Mary had five children: Peter (1787-1826), John (1790-1848), Catherine, Anna (1798-1816) and Jacob (1801-1875).  Most of the family resided in northern New Jersey, although some members eventually moved to PA, NY, and CA.
*Vol II, Chap. XXIII, pp. 270-278.
Variant spellings: CORSON, COARSON

VIII. COLSONS not derived from Corsons   Coordinator:  

    This group includes families whose progenitor was named Colson, Colston, or a close variant.  Examples include Adam Cols(ton), born ca. 1660, who lived in Boston, Mass.  Other Colsons are listed at the site for Colson Family Genealogy.

Variant spellings include: COLSON, COLESON, COULSON, COLSTON, COULSTON

IX. Europe > US  Coordinator: 

     This group is for families whose roots are in Europe (other than the United Kingdom or Germanic countries). Immigrants have been identified from Scandinavia, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Austria, Italy, Greece, Malta, Spain, and the Isle of Man.
Variant spellings include: CORSANI, CORSINI, KORSAN, KORSEN, KORSON, KORZAN, KORZEN, KORZIN.

XI. AFRICAN-AMERICAN   Coordinator:  Iverne Rinehart M002  grandmar21@excite.com

     Census reports show there were Corson families of African extraction in the US at least as early as 1820, when three free Black families were enumerated in New York City.  By 1840 free African Americans were also living in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and in later years the pattern continued to spread. Following the Civil War and emancipation, still more Corson families of African extraction appear in the record, especially in the South. Further research is needed to determine if the surname was adopted from former slave owners, admired acquaintances, or other sources. More research is likewise needed to see if any of these families were related, and if any of the lines continue to the present.
Variant spellings: CORSAN, CORSEN, CORSON, COURSAN, COURSEN, COURSON, CURSON

XII. NATIVE AMERICAN  Coordinator: 

     Census reports sporadically show Corson and Corsum families identified as American Indians. The earliest entries were in 1880 for two families in Texas. By 1900 there were entries in Pennsylvania and Washington state, but no continuity has been found so far. Further research is needed.

XIII. CANADIAN & Other AMERICAS; MISC. & UNATTACHED   Coordinator:  Gale Corson M139 galechap@aol.com

     Several significant "Corson" families live in Canada, including one with Metis roots. A few immigrants have come from Latin American and the West Indies.

 


COMPILED FAMILY HISTORIES
*Orville Corson: Three Hundred Years with the Corson Families in America,  in two volumes with index, hardbound; volume one, 303 pp; volume two, 336 pp., Burlington, Vermont, Free Press Interstate Printing Corporation, 1939 . LOC# CS71.C828 1939 [40007956] (Out of Print; copyright expired)

Reprints are available from: Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington St., POB 778, Salem, MA 01970, tel. 978-745-7170,  <http://www.higginsonbooks.com/>
These are quality hardbound copies made by a photocopy process on a custom-order basis. Either volume may be ordered separately.

Alternately, microfiche copies can be purchased from the New York State Library.

Woodruff, Francis W. (1909), The Coursens of Sussex County New Jersey. A Reprint from The Woodruffs of New Jersey. *Book or CD $10.95
Ullman, Percival G. (1918), The Coursens from 1612 to 1917, Compiled from Ancient and Modern Records with the Staten Island Branch, 88 pgs. *Book or CD $10.95
*Available from Quintin's Family History Centre, Quintin Publications, 22 Delta Dr., Pawtucket, RI 02860, 1-800-747-6687  http://www.quintinpublications.com/familygenealogies_n.html  

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