Coursen, Gersham Bible record and Whitfield Hurd Letter to Ellen Coursen

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Here is the letter letter written on October 3, 1880 by Whitfield Hurd to Ellen, daughter of Gershom Coursen. It is type written on a parchment type of paper that has yellowed. The first three pages comprise the letter from Whitfield Hurd to his Great Niece Ellen Coursen; The 4th page is a chart of the Gershom Coursen Bible record. This page was copied from the family bible by James F. Campbell in December of 1924. The print on this page is darker so possibly this page was typed later, but on the same type of paper. All 4 pages were found together in a business sized envelope in the family history scrapbook of Frances Cabell (Coursen) Perritt. Frances Perritt could have typed it from the original which I would think was written out by hand. Frances could type and did visit the Coursens in San Francisco after her marriage to Raymond Coursen. Louis Lesesne, Jr. cites this letter this way in his Ellen Douglass Coursen tree," Whit Hurd, Letter to Niece Nellie (October 3, 1880). There are two different versions of this letter. At least one has been copied in hand and has information that the other does not...Coursen Family Association Webpage."


  • Typewritten letter on the right from Frances Perritt's Collection, In the files of Lonski-12
  • Lesesne, Louis," Ancestors of Ellen Douglass Coursen", family tree produced by Legacy for Lonski-12 in 2018, stating there are two versions of this letter

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