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Isaac Courson (abt. 1781 - abt. 1865)

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Isaac Courson aka Corson, Corsein
Born about in Sussex County, New Jersey, USAmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married before in Fayette, Pennsylvania, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Bowling Green, Licking, Ohio, USAmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 3 Oct 2011
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ISAAC COURSON, SR 2 (BENJAMIN SR1) was born July 14, 1781 in Sussex Co., NJ, and died Nov. 26, 1865 in Bowling Green Twp., Licking Co., Ohio. He married JANE ORR, the daughter of JAMES ORR, SR. and MARY DALE. She was born about 1783 in Hartford, Maryland and died July 13, 1869 in Bowling Green Twp., Licking Co., OH.[1]

Research Notes

  • Steve Courson identifies his mother as Jannetje Hornbeck, and I've connected her to this profile.[1] -- Fiscus-32 13:56, 16 September 2016 (EDT)
  • Additionally, the Corson Surname Project lists his date of birth as ca. 1781 in New Jersey -- which is consistent with his father -- and his death date of 1860 in Licking County, Ohio.[2] The original marriage date on this profile showed Isaac and Jane marrying ca. 1791, which can't be correct given their ages at the time. I've reset it to bef. 1800 according to the information from Steve Courson in Descendants of Benjamin Courson Sr.[1]
  • There is a transcribed 1840 Ohio Census record here that shows Isaac Courson and George Courson on p. 237 of the census record. As I mentioned in a note on this profile's bulletin board, there were three fires in the Licking County Courthouse, and that may account for the lack of documentation on Isaac and his family.
  • The 1850 Census shows an Isaac and Jane Coursein living in Bowling Green, Licking County, Ohio. It shows that Isaac was born in 1775 in Pennsylvania, and Jane was born in 1798 in Pennsylvania. They have a daughter, Eliza, was was born in 1829 in Ohio. While these look like the right family at first glance, none of the dates and locations match up with the other information we have on Isaac, Jane and their 7 children. I don't think it is the same family.[3] The Find-a-Grave memorial for Isaac also shows this misinformation.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Courson, Steve. Descendants of Benjamin Courson Sr (Private First Printing, Beamsville, Ontario, Canada; copyright 2015), p. 126
  2. 2.0 2.1 Corson Surname DNA Project, documented participant lineages.
  3. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 November 2014), Isaac Coursein, Bowling Green, Licking, Ohio, United States; citing family 1909, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. Isaac Courson, Sr.; Find-a-Grave memorial #44575141; entered by Donald Young on 19 Nov 2009 : accessed by J. Ricketts

See also:

  • Powell, L. Shanafelt. (1994). Early Shanafelt family; p. 65. Provo, Utah: Stevenson's Genealogy Center.

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On 12 Jan 2015 at 04:42 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

I just discovered why it has become so difficult to find records for Isaac Courson and Jane (Orr) Courson. According to the Licking County Genealogical Society, there were three fires in the Licking County (Ohio) Courthouse, and many of the records were destroyed. Also, it would seem that most of their records are not available online.

On 10 Jan 2015 at 16:31 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Courson-155 and Courson-36 appear to represent the same person because: We are definitely talking about the same Isaac Courson here. Unfortunately, not much documentation has been found to confirm or deny any of the dates. I would suggest keeping the birth and marriage dates from Courson-36 and the death information from Courson-155. Thanks!

On 9 Jan 2015 at 06:07 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

I just found a website containing a DNA-proven lineage for Isaac Courson m. Jane Orr. It is here:

It shows that the Benjamin Courson who was his father is the son of Johannes Corssen who married Geertruyde Van Tuyle.

I would like to disconnect Isaac from his current parents and reconnect him to Benjamin Courson.

Unfortunately, this Benjamin's spouse has not yet been identified.

On 9 Jan 2015 at 05:43 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

There is a duplicate of his wife at Orr-609. That profile shows that they were married in Fayette, Pennsylvania. So, I'm wondering if "Fayette, North Carolina" in his birth information was just a mistake.

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