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Mary Elizabeth (Shanafelt) Courson (1806 - aft. 1880)

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Mary Elizabeth (Elizabeth) [uncertain] Courson formerly Shanafelt aka Shannafelt, Schoenefeld
Born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married before [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after in Marion County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Sep 2011
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1806 Mary Elizabeth was born on 31 December to Elizabeth (Cover) and Peter Shanafelt[1]

bef. 1832 Elizabeth marries Benjamin Courson II[1][2]

1845 Benjamin dies sometime this year.[3]

1850 Elizabeth is shown as the head of the household. The children in the household are Catharine (18, b. Ohio), Andrew (13, b. Ohio), Susanah (11, b. Ohio), Isaac (10, b. Ohio), Sarah (8, b. Ohio) and David (6, b. Illinois). A point to note: her place of birth is given as Massachusetts[4]

1880 She is living with her son, Andrew, and his family in Meacham, Illinois.[5]

Research Notes

  • She was originally attached to John B Courson as her second husband, but the research done by Steve Courson shows that she never married again.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Powell, L. Shanafelt. (1994). Early Shanafelt family; p. 64. Provo, Utah: Stevenson's Genealogy Center.
  2. This date is set before the birth of their first child, Catherina
  3. Corson Surname DNA Division II Family Tree : accessed on 14 January 2015 by J. Ricketts
  4. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 September 2015), Elizabeth Corson, Marion county, Marion, Illinois, United States; citing family 966, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 September 2015), Elizabeth Coursan in household of Andrew Coursan, Meacham, Marion, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district 111, sheet 38B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0234; FHL microfilm 1,254,234.
  6. Courson, Steve. Descendants of Benjamin Courson Sr (Private First Printing, Beamsville, Ontario, Canada; copyright 2015); pp. 55, 58-59

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