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Unless otherwise credited, these 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.
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II. SUSSEX CO., NJ: Descendants of Jan Corszen (c.1649-1703)
Maps:Birthplaces of major-Division descendants born with Corson/Colson/Coursen surname (data incomplete):
Immigrant families have been identified from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Group V-b: The Curzon line in England traces its ancestry to a Courson from Brittany, France (see Division IX) 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. The Curzon family used the following device:
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
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.
One prominent family in this group is the COURSON family of Brittany, France. In 1881, descendant Robert de Courson described this family in Historical Research on the Courson Family in Brittany and England from 1066 to 1881 (original title: Recherches historiques sur la maison de Courson en Bretagne et in Angleterre depuis 1066 jusqu'à 1881). The breton family carried the following arms:
One descendant of this family, Joseph Marie Corson, moved to from St. Malo, Brittany, France to Mauritius in 1792. His descendants established a tea company there, the Corson Tea Estate. One of their products:
Census reports show there were Corson
of African extraction in the US at least as early as 1820, when three
Black families were enumerated in New York City. By 1840 free
Americans were also living in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and in later years
pattern continued to spread. Following the Civil War and emancipation,
more Corson families of African extraction appear in the record,
in the South. Further research is needed to determine if the surname
adopted from former slave owners, admired acquaintances, or other
More research is likewise needed to see if any of these families were
and if any of the lines continue to the present.
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.
Several significant "Corson" families live in Canada, including one with Metis roots. A few immigrants have come from Latin American and the West Indies.
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