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GENF^L-OGY COLLECTION 



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GENEALOGY 



GORSER Family in America 



EMBRACING 



MANY OF THE DESCENDANTS 



OF THE EARLY SETTLERS OF THE NAME IN 
MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW HAMPSHIRE 

WITH SOME 

Reminiscences of their Trans-Atlantic Cousins. 

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CORSER veloci * * al lito, 
Tosto eke di Ionian videro il legno." 

— Tassoni. 

Swift RAN they to the ocean's side. 

Soon as from far the ship they spied. (296) 



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GENEALOGY 



CORSER FAMILY. 



ABBREVIATIONS 



USED IN THIS BOOK. 



a. 








aged. 


b. 








born. 


conj. 








conjecturally. 


d. 








died. 


dau. 








daughter. 


dec. 








deceased. 


m. or mar. 








married. 


res. 








residence. 


s. 








son. 


unm. 








unmarried. 


u. s. w. {imd so 


weitev 


[Ger 


•]), 


etc. 



The figures attached (in the manner of exponents, so called, 
in algebraic notation) to the personal or Christian names, 
denote the generation ; as, Asa^ (William% John'), mean- 
ing, — Asa the third, or of the third generation, in the Hne 
of descent, son of William the second, son of John the first. 



CONTENTS. 

Preliminary — Origin of the Corser Surname and 
Family, u. s. w. 
No. 

1 . Primary use of Name. 

2. Derivation of Name. 

3. The Cursores. 

4. Italian and French Forms. 

5. Of French Paternity. 

6. Le Corsour. 

7. Corviser, 

8. Origin of Family — Italian Speculation. 

9. Later Diversions. 

10. The Family Arms. 

1 1 . The Family in England. 

1 1 a. Further Particulars relating to the English Family. 

1 1 b. Family of George Corser, Esq. 

lie. The Rev. Thomas Corser. 

I id. Some Interesting Memorials. 

lie. Corser and Corviser. 

I if. The Family in America. 

II. Early Immigrants of the Name. 

12-15. Families of William and Arculas Courser. 
16. Notes — Registry of Passengers, &c. 

Question of Family Relationship. 

John^ Courser (14). 

Heirs of John^ Courser. 

Settlement of Sister's Claims. 

Reminiscence of John^ Courser. 

Coincidence Extraordinary. 

Sarah"* Courser (14). 



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20 
21 
22 
23 



VI CONTENTS. 

III. Family Proper in America. 
24-235. Lineage of John Corser. 

IV. Supplementary — Biographical and Miscellaneous. 

236. John' Corser (28). 

237. Birth-date of John'. 

238. Residence in Newbury. 

239. Removal to Boscawen. 

240. Death and Place of Burial. 

241. John^ Corser (25). 

242. Settlement on Corser Hill. 

243. Prospect from the Hill. 

244. Family and Settlement on the Hill. 

245. Nathan^ Corser (24). 

246. William^ Corser (27). 

247. Journey to Portsmouth. 

248. Thomas^ Corser (28). 

249. The suit of Corser versus Corser. 

250. Anecdotes of Thomas^ 

251. John^ Corser (31). 

252. David^ Corser (32). 

253. A " Brace of Bullets." 

254. Incidents in the Life of Davids 

255. William^ Corser (34). 

256. Abbyneezer^ (Corser) Gerald (35). 

257. John^ Bowley (37). 

258. Jacob'* Bowley. 

259. Asa^ Corser (38). 

260. John Gerald (35). 

261. James'* Corser (41). 

262. Elcy5 (Downing) Corser (45) — Poem. 

263. Rice'* Corser (64). 

264. Hannah'* (Corser) Adams (70). 

265. Enoch'* Corser (72). 

266. Fields of Labor. 



CONTENTS. VU 

266a. Character as a Preacher. 

267. Reminiscences of Enoch. 

268. Skill in Swimming. 

269. Jane* (Corser) Wadleigh (74). 

270. Caleb B.5 Corser (157). 

271. The Blasdell Family. 

272. The Fitz Gerald Family. 

273. Prof. Lucian Hunt (72). 

274. The Pegasus (10). 

275. "Squire Corser's Daughter" (11). 

276. Corsour, Corviser, and Corsere (6, 7). 

277. Wm. Corser, English Author. 

278. Extracts from Letter of G. Sanford Corser. 

279. Nathan-t Corser (84). 

280. "Gala Days" — Poem by Margaret (Gould) Corser 

(171). 

281. All About Bermuda — Letter from Emma J. Courser 

(203). 

282. " I'll Think of Thee "— Poem by L. A. F. Corser (72). 

283. Life in Colorado — Letter from N. D. Corser (218). 

284. Letter from David^ Corser (32). 

285. Letter from David'* Corser (69). 

286. Letter from David^ Corser (32). 

287. Letter from David^ Corser (32). 

288. Letter from David'* Corser (69). 

289. From Journal of David^ Corser (32). 

290. Family of William^ and Anne* Corser (103). 

291. Nathaniel Corser (119) — Letter from Grace M,? 

Corser. 

292. Letter from Gen. John A. Dix (177, 265). 

293. From Letter of Geo. Sandford Corser. 

294. Table of Land-owners. 

295. Comments. 

296. Concerning the Motto. 
297 — 297X, 

V. Index to Genealogy. 







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THE G0R8ER FAMILY IN AMERICA, 



I. 

PRELIMINARY. 



Origin of the Corser Surname and Family, u. s. w. 



I. PRIMARY USE OF NAME. 

The Corser surname is a genuine product of the law of 
evolution. 

In Middle-English, so called, — that is to say, English of 
the period from about 1250 to 1580 — the word corser (with 
its equivalent courser, a variant spelling of the same word) is 
found in use as a common name, signifying first, a steed or 
war-horse ; and second, a horse-dealer. In the former (or 
primary) sense it is still in use under the variant form last 
named. In the sense of horse-dealer, with the synonymous 
form Jiorse-corser, it is now obsolete, surviving only in its 
robust and doubtless fitter relative, Jiorse-courser. Cognate 
with the word corser, we may add, are also found the Middle- 
English terms cors or corns, signifying a course, and corsmg 
(sometimes corsene), signifying exchange or barter, and also 
(see Halliwell's Dictionary of Archaic Words) horse-dealing. 

2. DERIVATION OF NAME. 

The word is one of a numerous class of vocables, whose 
root is found in the Latin word currere, signifying to run, 
whence cnrsiis, a course, and cursor, a runner ; the latter or 
primitive form of the name being anciently employed as a 
cognomen by the noble Roman family of the Papirii. 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



3. THE CURSORES. 



The Cursores (accent on the second syllable), or Cursors, 
as we should say, — upon whom as allied to us by name, if 
not by blood, it may not be out of place to bestow a cursory 
glance, — figure somewhat conspicuously in history. Lucius 
Papirius Cursor, supposed to have been the first of the name, 
was so-called, says Livy, on account of his extraordinary 
swiftness of foot. He was chosen five times consul and 
finally created dictator, in which capacity he obtained a 
splendid victory over the Samnites. Another of the same 
family achieved immortality by first erecting a sun-dial in 
Rome. These events occurred about 300 years before 
Christ. 

4, ITALIAN AND FRENCH FORMS. 

(This section and the two or three following, of a char- 
acter not especially diverting, if important, to be skipped by 
those who are not fond of delving in placers of this kind.) — 
The Latin currere becomes corrc7'e in Italian, retaining the 
same meaning, whence corsa and corso, a course, corsaro, a 
corsair, and corsiere, a courser. In old French it takes the 
different forms conr, curve, and coiirif, whence we have cors 
and coiirs, a course, corsier, cotirsier, and airsier, all variant 
spellings of the same word, signifying a steed, and cor(c)tier, 
with its variant coiirtier (or coumtier), signifying a broker. 

5. OF FRENCH PATERNITY. 

From the French corsier the Middle-English corser (as also 
from coiirsier, the variant form courser — i. e., regarded as a 
common name, its use as a patronymic being unauthorized, 
though obtaining to some extent in America, the mispronun- 
ciation of the name, Core-ser for Cazvr-ser — in England 
Cazvr-zer, s having the sound of .cr — being perhaps mainly 
responsible for the innovation), — from the French corsier 



PRELIMINARY. 3 

(variant courser), we repeat, the Middle-English corscr (variant 
course)^, when used in the sense of steed or war-horse, 
appears to be immediately derived. When used in the sense 
of horse-dealer, however, lexicographers appear unanimously 
agreed in assigning to the words a different parentage, 
namely, the forms corf c) tier d^nd courtier (or couratier). It is 
a wise child that knows its own father. Lexicographers may 
or may not be endowed with equal wisdom, but their verdict 
it behooves us not to gainsay. Just how it happens that the 
derivatives in this case, instead of assuming, as the rules of 
etymology would seem to require, the forms corter and conrter 
(as in the case of the word barber, for example, derived from 
the French barbier), have donned the liveries, so to speak, 
i. e., taken the names (Anglicized) of their worthy cousins of 
the corsier and coiirsier lines does not appear. A genuine 
case, doubtless, of the survival of the fittest, however the 
seeming anomaly may be accounted for.— The Italian 
corsiere, if thus compelled to renounce, in favor of its Gallic 
rival, the honor of paternal relative once claimed for it, is of 
course near of kin ; as likewise corsaro, with its French 
variant corsairc and German corsar, whose features reappear 
in their twin relatives of later date, Corsar and Corsair 
(reputed Scotch). 

6. LE CORSOUR. 

In regard to the term Corsour, cited by the author of "Our 
English Surnames " (see No. 276), under the form (old 
French or Norman, as supposed), " Le Corsour," as the former 
representative of the Middle-English corser — the word, we 
may remark, is rather, it would seem, to be regarded as but 
a variant spelling of the latter {corser), in common with the 
forms courser, com'sour, and curser, as in the following line 
from old English poetry : 

" He sette him on an hygh corsour" — 



4 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

the word here evidently signifying a steed, although, as the 
precursor of the English patronymic, invariably used, as 
defined by the authority above-named, in the sense of horse- 
dealer. (See Matzner's " German Diet, of old English 
words.") 

7. CORVISER, 

Allusion is made further on (see lie) to the theory enter- 
tained by some of our English friends — based upon a mis- 
conception, if not purely fanciful, as it appears to us — which 
derives the name from an old French word, corviser, to wit, 
signifying a shoemaker (once, it would seem, a flourishing 
patronymic, but now utterly defunct), for which the emble- 
matic figures adorning the family escutcheon, of a trio of 
lapstones, or pegging-hammers, for example, would seem to 
be a far more appropriate device than that of " 3 horses' 
heads couped," etc. 

8. ORIGIN OF THE FAMILY. ITALIAN SPECULATION. 

In correspondence with the belief once entertained, that 
the name came to us directly from the Italian, the opinion 
has prevailed that the family is of Italian or perhaps Latin 
extraction. The record is not very old which rhapsodizes in 
this wise : — "If it be thought not improbable that the blood 
of the ancient Cursores flows in the veins of their modern 
namesakes, whether reposing beneath Italian skies, or planted 
on a foreign soil, we have only to say. Let it floiv ! " There 
is even an obscure legend (if legend it may be called), to 
the effect that the progenitor of the family was an Italian, 
resident at the Scottish court — that haply, or presumably, 
of Mary Queen of Scots — who was honored by his sover- 
eign with the title of Esquire, and granted armorial bearings, 
etc. — all which the record duly makes a note of, and all 
which, moreover, with the exception of the undoubted fact 
that the founder or some remote ancestor of the family was 



PRELIMINARY. 5 

honored in the manner aforesaid, may be set down as purely 
conjectural, if not, in view of the circumstance that the 
French cJicval appears to be ahead in the race, squinting 
pretty strongly (or say rather, if you please, unmistakably) 
towards the apocryphal. 

9. LATER DIVERSIONS. 

The name may or may not be an index to the nationality. 
It is not a matter of great moment. " Tros Tyriiisquc iniJii 
nullo discriniine agctur^ Dido's maxim was a wise one — 
Partiality we II none of it. Had she but always been as level- 
headed ! (see Virgil.) — We own, indeed, to retaining a fond 
recollection of the sunny skies of Italy, which we have so 
often pictured to our " mind's eye " as bending lovingly over 
the " old romantic land " of our ancestors ; and of that fas- 
cinating tongue, with words, as Byron sings, 

" That melt like kisses from a female mouth, 
And sound as if they should be writ on satin," 

and which, in imagination, we have so often heard dropping 
pearl-like from their lips. Yet we have no objection, if you 
please, to tripping it lightly, in search of our ancestors, to 
"Belle France," and interviewing on the subject the famous 
"Je-Nong-Tong-Paw'' ; or, if it be your further pleasure, to 
extending our jaunt northward, where the Danish Korsor 
invites us, and the "viking wild" (of Longfellow), 

" On the white sea-strand 
Waving his bloody hand, 
Saw old Hildebrand," 

if perchance we may find our kindred among the sons of 
those daring sea-rovers, whose brothers came down and 
raided France, and descending on England with William the 
Conqueror, won the victory of Hastings (Oct. 14, 1066), and 
struck a tap-root into the British soil. 

Which struck to the Saxon heart dismay, 
And told the world they had come to stay ! 



6 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

N. B. In the present unsolved state of the problem, that 
the family is of Norman-French origin would seem to be the 
most probable conjecture. 

lO. THE FAMILY ARMS. 

But whatever be the remote relations of the family, the 
earliest trace of it we have been able to discover is in con- 
nection with the interesting event which gave to the family a 
coat of arms, confirming to some patriarchal member of the 
same, worthy perhaps to be called its founder, the supposed 
title of Esquire. The honor appears to have been conferred 
at Edinboro', Scotland (whether or not the residence of its 
recipient can only be conjectured) — at what date is not 
known, but presumably prior to the close, perhaps by several 
decades, of the Middle-English period. Following is a 
description of the arms, as found in the " Encyclopedia of 
Heraldry, or General Armory of England, Scotland, and 
Ireland :" 

" CoRSER (Edinboro'). Argent, three horses' heads couped 
sable, bridled of the first. Crest — a Pegasus proper. Motto 
— Recta Coitrsay Or, in other words — On a white field, 
three horses' heads cut off, sable, with bridles of the first-men- 
tioned color. A Pegasus (winged horse of the Muses) proper 
is one of the natural color, whatever that may be. The 
motto varies as given by different authorities, but we accept 
the above as probably correct. It is supposed to be Latin, 
of the kind known as Low (or Medieval) Latin — the word 
coursa (equivalent corsa, as in Italian) being derived from the 
old French or Middle-English coiirs or cors — and signifies, 
Right Course, or more freely. On the Right Track. 

A second description, presumably of arms granted to 
another rising son of the family, differing slightly from the 
preceding, but with the same general heraldic device, is also 
found as follows : 




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ARMS OF CORSER. (Fio)ii Skctc'i by '•Kale Kni^sbiiiy.")' 



PRELIMINARY. 7 

" CoRSER. Argent, on a chevron sable, three horses' 
heads couped of the first." Here we have three white 
horses' heads displayed on a dark chevron (i. e., figure "rep- 
resenting two rafters of a house meeting at the top "). — 
Arms answering to this description, we may note, appear to 
have been adopted by that branch of the family of which the 
venerable clergyman mentioned below was an honored repre- 
sentative. Crest — same as above. Motto — Recto cursu. 

We find also arms of a somewhat similar description 
inscribed with the name of Co7'sair, suggesting a possible 
family relationship between the owners of the allied patro- 
nymics. 

II. THE FAMILY IN ENGLAND. 

While our earliest notice of the family would thus seem to 
connect it with Scotland, as its probable or apparent birth- 
place, and where, if report be true, the names Corsar and 
Cossar, stray shoots not unlikely from the old parent stock, 
have become domesticated, representatives of the name, from 
whatever quarter hailing, and whether or not of kindred 
origin, as seems proba'ble, with their Scottish namesakes, 
appear to have established themselves early in England, 
where the patronymic is found at the present day, and had 
apparently become a fixture as early, at least, as the middle 
of the 1 6th century. The extent of our information in regard 
to the English Corsers, at this present writing (1878), is 
limited to a few brief items. 

Not many years since (about 1868) there resided in the 
vicinity of Manchester, Eng., a venerable Rector of the 
name — the Rev. Thomas Corser, since deceased, a noted 
litterateur and bibliophile — who advertised for sale, in the 
Boston papers, a valuable collection of books. An inter- 
esting notice of this library appeared at the time in a London 
periodical, from which we quote the following : 



8 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

" The Other library is that formed by the Rev. Mr. Corser, 
Rector of Stand, near Manchester. It has been 50 years in 
formation, with a single eye to old English poetry, literature, 
&c., and is shortly to be sold on account of the advanced age 
and loss of sight of the proprietor. For the rarity and value 
of the contents in the particular branch it was formed to 
illustrate, Mr. Corser's library is equal, if not superior, to any 
of those mentioned, as may be inferred when it is said that 
he possesses every book but two of those described in the 
famous Bibliotheca Anglo-Poetica, published by Longman 
in 1805." 

That the name exists, or at least is well-known, as far 
south as the region of Oxford, we infer from a passage, 
descriptive of a somewhat ludicrous occurrence, in the 
recently published story of " Cripps the Carrier," by R. D. 
Blackmore {locale as above mentioned), in which an unheard- 
of accident befalls the infantile wardrobe of Squire Corser's 
daughter. (See 275.) 

II a. FURTHER PARTICULARS, 

Relating to the English family, furnished by George Sand- 
ford Corser, Esq., of Shrewsbury, Salop (or Shropshire) Co., 
Eng., in a letter addressed to E. S. Corser, Minneapolis, 
Minn., of date Feb. 15, 1888, have come to hand since the 
above was written. We quote the substance of Mr. Cor- 
ser's communication : 

" It is only within a few years," he writes, " that I have 
become aware of the name-bearers existing elsewhere but in 
connection with those of knoivn Salopian origin. My own 
traditionary and other information has been, that the family 
lived at Darleston in the Parish of Frees, county of Salop, 
with relatives at Sheriff Hales, partly in Salop, but princi- 
pally in Staffordshire. 



PRELIMINARY. 9 

" My ancestors, removing from Darlaston, subsequently 
resided and gradually acquired property at Bletchley, still in 
the same district ; and some of them settled at Whitchurch, 
a town in Shropshire, but bordering on Cheshire [at which 
latter place Mr. Corser was born in 1819]. 

" A collateral member settled at the village of Bushbury, 
near Wolverhampton, and his descendants have been lawyers 
of repute, and are to be found in and in the vicinity of 
Wolverhampton, Birmingham, and Stourbridge, in the coun- 
ties of Stafford, W^arwick, and Worcester. 

" Another branch (deriving, I suspect, from Sheriff 
Hales) exists at Stourbridge and in its neighborhood in 
Shropshire. 

" There were Corsers among the laboring class at Hodnet 
and Shawbury, both in the northern part of Shropshire. A 
family (perhaps deriving from the last-mentioned) lives at 
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, the celebrated hunting dis- 
trict, where for two or three generations they have been em- 
ployed in the stables. [In this family, doubtless, we may look 
for some of the genuine Jiorse-co2i.rsers, descendants, mayhap, 
as well as worthy disciples, of our ancient Edinboro' friend.] 

" There was a Henry Corser, ' chirurgeon,' and his wife 
living at Shrewsbury in the 17th century. He does not 
appear to have had any family or other relatives living in this 
town. The last Abbot of Haughmond Abbey, three miles 
from here, is said to have been a Corser [or rather Cof-x'iser 
— see 278]. 

'' In the Australian Hand-book for 1881 I find a firm of 
' Corser & Co.,' General Importers, Kent street, Maryborough, 
Queensland. I have also a cousin residing in New Zealand. 

" In a modern work on Names and Arms appears Corsar, 
given as Scotch. In the London Directories for 1865 and 
1886 the name Corser does not appear, but in the latter vol- 
ume I find * Corsar Brothers ' and ' David Corsar & Sons,' 



lO CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

both firms sail-cloth manufacturers, probably all of Scottish 
extraction. An important town in the island of Zealand, a 
part of Denmark, is called Korsor, Anglicc, Corser. 

" I know of no printed pedigree of the family, and the 
only written one to my knowledge, constructed by my uncle 
George, and furnished me by his daughter, Mrs. Price, unfor- 
tunately does not carry the Corsers beyond 1724, the ante- 
rior names relating chiefly to the Norcross family (resident in 
Shropshire and Lancashire), to whom we are allied. 

" I suspect the Corsers began to rise when the middle 
classes of England originated, after the abolition of feudal 
tenures in Charles II.'s reign (after 1660), and the growth of 
commerce upon the Revolution against James II. (1668). 
The family, so far as I know, have always taken conservative 
but not ultra views in politics, and have been members of the 
established church." 

Thus far Mr. Corser's letter, from which it would seem that 
the family in England is not numerous, and that all, or nearly 
all, so far as is known, are of Salopian origin. Its earliest 
traditions appear to be connected with its residence, or rather, 
we may say, with the last years of its residence, at Darlaston. 
How long it remained in that place, except that it is believed 
to have been seated there for many years, even, as we are 
informed by one authority, from the time of Queen Elizabeth ; 
what was its previous history ; in what soil it originally 
sprung up ; whether, as may be conjectured, it was a plant 
from the Edinboro' nursery, transported hither at some 
unknown period — does not appear. 

lib. FAMILY OF GEORGE CORSER, ESQ. 

The knoivn pedigree of the family, thus much of it, that 
is, of which a record is known to have been kept, or at least 
is forthcoming, appears to extend back but a few years into 
the Darlaston period. Its migrating ancestor, father of 



PRELIMINARY. I I 

George' Corser, Esq., of Bletchley and Whitchurch, whose 
name stands first on our list, was born, as supposed, about 
1 7 10-15, and the son about 1750 or later. 

George' was the father of several children — one, who was 
the father of Rev. Richard K,'' Corser, curate of Stand ; 
another, the father of George Sandford* Corser, Esq., solic- 
itor, of Shrewsbury ; and still another, George^ whose only 
daughter, Frances Selina'', married Rev. Henry Hugh Price, 
of Acton Hall, near Stafford. 

The third and most distinguished of the sons of George' 
was Rev. Thomas^ Corser, Rector of Stand, and Vicar of 
Norton. He was the father of three children, of whom the 
eldest was Rev. George James* Corser, Vicar of Burington, 
near Ludlow ; the second son, Edward*, settled in New 
Zealand ; the youngest, a daughter, married her cousin, 
Richard K.* CorsS.^^^oD aAMOHT .VH>I 

The Rev. George James* Corser. now deceased, was the 

.^V[AjOMa ,3HIHgAbHAJ^ .aMATC 

father of three children — a son, John Lyon^ Corser, recently 

9T8X— 86't.I 

graduated from Oxford, and now (1857) reading for the bar, 
and two daught^fl^^^the o^^^mara-i^t^gi J^dntg^giQ a gen- 
tleman farmer. ^ „_,, , ^o^.. a 

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The above items, gaihcrcu ch>'!j.\- iign >lr. Corser's com- 

8T-II 83ssq 998 "Mrl to ri0l3H8 loT 

munication, and from a letter addressed in May, 1887, to 
El wood S. Corser by the widow of George James* Corser, 
we may supplement with some further particulars of interest 
relating to the Rev. Thomas' Corser, as found in a brief 
sketch of his life inserted in a volume of the Chetham 
5"<?«V/;''j publications after his decease, in 1876. 

lie. THE REV. THOMAS CORSER. 

M. A., F. R. S., son of George Corser, Esq., and Mary 
Corser, daughter and co-heiress of Randall Pythian, Gent., 
of Higher Hall, Edge, Chester Co., England, was born at 
Whitchurch, in Shropshire (or Salop), March 2, 1793. He 



PRELIMINARY. I I 

George^ Corser, Esq., of Bletchley and Whitchurch, whose 
name stands first on our list, was born, as supposed, about 
17 10-15, and the son about 1750 or later. 

George^ was the father of several children — one, who was 
the father of Rev. Richard K.'' Corser, curate of Stand ; 
another, the father of George Sandford"* Corser, Esq., solic- 
itor, of Shrewsbury ; and still another, George^, whose only 
daughter, Frances Selina^, married Rev. Henry Hugh Price, 
of Acton Hall, near Stafford. 

The third and most distinguished of the sons of George^ 
was Rev. Thomas^ Corser, Rector of Stand, and Vicar of 
Norton. He was the father of three children, of whom the 
eldest was Rev. George James'* Corser, Vicar of Burington, 
near Ludlow ; the second son, Edward-*, settled in New 
Zealand ; the youngest, a daughter, married her cousin, 
Richard K.^ Corser. 

The Rev. George James-* Corser, now deceased, was the 
father of three children — a son, John Lyon^ Corser, recently 
graduated from Oxford, and now (1887) reading for the bar, 
and two daughters, the older married to a Mr. Green, a gen- 
tleman farmer. 

The above items, gathered chiefly from Mr. Corser's com- 
munication, and from a letter addressed in May, 1887, to 
El wood S. Corser by the widow of George James-* Corser, 
we may supplement with some further particulars of interest 
relating to the Rev. Thomas^ Corser, as found in a brief 
sketch of his life inserted in a volume of the CJietham 
6"^czV/;/'i' publications after his decease, in 1876. 

lie. THE REV. THOMAS CORSER, 

M. A., F. R. S., son of George Corser, Esq., and Mary 
Corser, daughter and co-heiress of Randall Pythian, Gent., 
of Higher Hall, Edge, Chester Co., England, was born at 
Whitchurch, in Shropshire (or Salop), March 2, 1793. He 



12 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

was educated at Baliol College, Oxford, where he graduated 
in 1815 ; was ordained priest in 1817 ; from 18 19 to 1824 
was curate successively of Stone, in Staffordshire, of Mon- 
mouth, and of Prestwich, near Manchester; in 1826 became 
Rector of Stand, where he remained 50 years, to which 
office was annexed that of Vicar of Norton from 1828. 

He married, Nov. 24, 1828, Ellen, daughter of Rev. James 
Lyon, Rector of Prestwich. She died at Stand April 25, 
1857, leaving two sons and a daughter. 

Mr. Corser was one of the original projectors of the 
" Chetham Society," so-called, formed for the purpose of col- 
lecting and publishing the historical and literary remains 
connected with the Palatine counties of Lancaster and 
Chester. He edited four of its publications, one of the 
most important being an account, bibliographical and descrip- 
tive, of his own collection of early English poetry, entitled 
" Collectanea Anglo-Poetical (See publications of the 
Chetham Society in the Atheneum Library, Boston.) 

Mr. Corser's valuable collection was sold at auction 
between the years 1868 and 1873, the sales occupying nearly 
30 days, and the proceeds amounting to about ^20,000. A 
part of his choice collection of engraved British portraits 
was sold in 1875. 

Mr. C. was a member of various antiquarian and literary 
societies ; was a valuable contributor to " Notes and 
Queries" ; gave also frequent social entertainments — symposia 
in the parlance of the fraternity — to his literary friends. 

He became infirm before the age of 70, being afflicted 
with the sciatica, rendering walking difficult. In 1876 he 
was seized with paralysis, and never afterwards left his room. 
He was cheerful and resigned, finding solace in his books — 
his "never-failing friends were they." His left eye also 
became affected, rendering its removal necessary — an oper- 
ation extremely painful, which he bravely endured without 



PRELIMINARY. 1 3 

the use of anesthetics. The other eye, though somewhat 
impaired, still remained serviceable. He finally succumbed 
to a violent attack of diarrhoea, Aug. 24, 1876, at the age 
of 83. 

He was a man of broad culture and fine literary taste ; as 
a minister, conscientious and diligent in his parish work ; a 
pleasing speaker, whose appeals were more to the intellect 
than to the hearts of his hearers. (See 277.) 

I id. SOME INTERESTING MEMORIALS 

Of "ye elden time," relating to our English friends, 
gleaned from a recent English publication, may perhaps find 
a fitting place here upon our record. In the History (pub- 
lished 1887) of the Church and Parish of St. Julian (Juliana 
the Virgin), Shrewsbury, Salop Co., we find, between the 
years 1649 ^"^ 1721, a record of the marriages, burials, etc., 
of several (included in a long list of others) of the name of 
Corser — from which we quote : 

'' Robert s. of Rob^ Corser, bap. April 8, 1649." 

'^ Mary %v. of Rob^ Corser, barber, bur. Dec. 13, 165 i." 

" Mr. Robert Corser, counsellor of this town, bur. March 
7, 1677." 

" Richard Morgan and Elisabeth Corser mar. March 4, 
1678." 

" Mr. Robert Corser, vyntner. Town councillor, church- 
warden 1665, bur. March 7, 1678." 

"J/r. Henry Corser, chirurgeon, church-warden 1665, 
removed from town council by mandate of James H, bur. 
April 12, 1692." 

" Mr. Aldersey Dickin of the Parish of Hodnet in ye 
county of Salop & Mrs. Mary Corser oi the Parish of Frees, 
mar. March 25, 172 1." 

Epitaph, inscribed upon a mural tablet (" copper-plate in 
wooden frame"), of the above-mentioned Henry Corser a.nd 
Anne, his wife : 



14 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

" The remains of Henry Corser of this Parish, chirurgion, 
who deceased April the nth 1692, and Anne his wife, who 
followed him the next day after. 

" We Man and Wife 
Conjojni'd for life, 
Fetch'd our last Breath 
So near, that Death 
Who part us would, 
Yet hardly could. 

Wedded againe 

In bed of Dust, 
Here wee remaine 
Till rise we must. 
A double pledge this grave doth finde 
If you are wise, keep it in minde." 

lie. CORSER AND CORVISER. 

We also find in the above-mentioned History, between the 
years 1581 and 1615, the word ^r^rj-rr occurring not less than 
fourteen times as a common name, denoting an occupation : 
as, "John Blakeway, corser, bur. July 26, 1587." We find 
also, between 1658 and 1731, the old and obsolete French 
word corviscr, signifying a shoemaker, occurring sixteen 
times. From this word the surname Corser, according to 
some authorities, is derived, if derivation it may be called, 
the one being, in fact, but an abbreviated form of the other 
— an etymology, we may remark, it will be time enough to 
pin our faith to when verified, or there is a dearth of etymons. 
Its relevancy to the case in hand, i. e., the Scottish, or Scotch- 
English horse-dealer, with the unique triple badge of not 
doubtful interpretation, is a conundrum beyond our skill to 
fathom. 

I if. THE FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

The first of the name in this country, so far as is known, 
was William Courser, who early emigrated from England, 



PRELIMINARY. 1 5 

and settled in Boston. He left posterity, the names of 
several of whom are found on the Boston records. It is not 
known that any of his descendants, in the male line, are now 
living. 

Nearly contemporary with William was Arculas (or Arch- 
elaus) Courser, a sometime resident of Cambridge and Lan- 
caster, Mass., the names and birth-dates of whose children 
are found on the records of the latter town — which is all 
that is known of this family. 

Later on the stage, by some three quarters of a century, 
appears John Corser, of Newbury, Mass., afterwards of Bos- 
cawen, N. H., generally believed, upon the authority of tra- 
dition, to have been an emigrant from Scotland. His 
descendants, constituting the family proper in America, are 
numerous and widely scattered, being found in nearly all the 
northern and western States, and in Canada. 

Between this patriarchal trio — progenitors, so far as is 
known, of all of the name in this country (we have heard of 
but a single exception, possibly mythical, that of a miner in 
Nevada, said to be a recent importation from Scotland) — 
a relationship is presumed to have existed, though none can 
now be traced. Whether Arculas was a son of William, as 
may be supposed, or John, a more remote descendant, as some, 
ignoring tradition, have conjectured, the record alone, if such 
document be in existence, can determine. 



l6 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

II. 

Early Immigrants of the Name. Families of William 
AND Arculas Courser. 



12. 

William' Courser, of Boston, supposed to have been the 
first of the name in this country, was born Aug., 1669, 
and died before July, 1673; birth-place unknown; 
was a member of the Church of England, and pre- 
sumably a resident, if not a native, of that country ; 
came over at the age of twenty-six in the bark " Eliza- 
beth and Ann," which sailed from London, May, 1635 ; 
took the freeman's oath. May 25, 1636, — the day on 
which Harry (afterwards Sir Harry) Vane was elected 
Governor of Massachusetts, for whom, as a good 
churchman, he probably voted, — and the next year 
purchased a house near the Common, which he 
afterwards sold to John Chamberlain ; was by trade a 
cordwainer, and at one of the first meetings of the town 
was chosen sealer of leather. Among his children were : 

Deliverance'^, b. Jan. 4, 1638. 
Joanna% b. Dec. 12,1639. 

John% b. March 6, 1642. (See 13) 

13 (12). 
JoHN^ (William'), born March 6, 1642 ; cordwainer ; married 

Margaret , who was born in 1640 and died April 3, 

171 3. Children : 

William^, b. April, 1668. 

Mary\ b. Aug. 27, 1670. 

Samuel^ b. Nov. 5, 1672. 

Joanna^, b. Sept. 8, 1674. 

Sarah^, b. April 13, 1677; m. Alexander Trotter, of Boston, tailor, 

who sold for £100, paid by James Bowdoin (founder of Bowdoin 

College), his " new, brick-built dwelling-house on Union St., Jan. 

15, 1714." A Sarah Courser is also found on record as marrying, 

Nov. 13, 1693, Anthony Thoring. 
Jonathan^, b. Sept. 29, 1679. 
John^, b. Aug. 29, 1681. (14) 



JOHN^ COURSER, OF BOSTON. 1/ 

14(13). 

JoHN^ (John^, William'), born Aug. 29, 168 1 ; ship-joiner; 
m., I St, Sarah, dau. of John and Deliverance Wakefield, 
May 20, 1703, Benjamin Wadsworth officiating clergy- 
man. (See notes, 18-20.) Children : 

Deliverance*, b. Oct. 14, 1704 ; ra. Nathaniel Breed, of Boston, baker 
(19). 

Sarah*, b. July 25, 1707 ; d. March 29, 1771, aged 63 ; in., Nov. 20, 1729, 
Clement Collins, who d. April 24, 1787. Their son, Capt. Clement 
Collins, was the father of the late Mrs. Anna Colesworthy, of Port- 
land, Me., mother of Mr. D. C. Colesworthy, of Boston, the well- 
known writer, author of the poem (published about 1878), " School is 
Out," and bookseller on Cornhill. " The graves of his great-grand- 
parents," writes Mr. C, " are on Copp's Hill, and the stones remain 
unbroken." (See 23.) 

John\ b. Oct. 29, 1709. 

Mary*, b. Oct. 1, 1711 ; single in 1757. 

Anna*, b. April 15, 1713 ; m. Robert Cutler, Nov. 21, 1734 ; d. before 
1757. Her sole heir was Timothy Cutler. 

Jonathan*, b. June 30, 1716 — after which the name (with the exception 
of that of a Jonathan Courser, whether the same with the preceding 
is not known, who m., June 28, 1738, Elizabeth Tyler, and that of 
Deborah Courser, who m. Nathaniel Breed, Sept. 14, 1741) disap- 
pears, so far as the writer has been able to trace, from the record. 
The question arises — What became of William's posterity in the 
male line ? Here are three grandsons and two great-grandsons, of 
whom (with the possible exception of the above-mentioned Jona- 
than) we have no further account. Did they die young, or leave 
no children, or remove from the country? That they should disap- 
pear thus suddenly and leave no trace is indeed remarkable. (P. S. 
See Notes, 19, 20, for a possible clue to a solution of the mystery.) 

15- 

Arculas (or Archelaus) Courser, as appears from Savage's 
Genealogical Diet., resided for a while at Cambridge, 
Mass., and subsequently at Lancaster, where his chil- 
dren were born ; nativity unknown ; m. Rachel . 

Children : 



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RacheP, b. Oct., 1662. 
Simon^, b. Aug. 3, 1667. 
Simorfl, b. June 15, 1669. 

Mary'^, b. May 11, 1670. — No further trace of this family has been 
discovered. 

NOTES. 

1 6. Registry of Passengers, etc. 

The following, bearing date of May ii, 1635, is copied 
from a " Book of Entrie for Passengers," etc., in the Rolls 
Office, Chancery Lane, London : — 

" Theis under written names are to be transported to New 
England imbarqued in the Elisabeth and Ann p'rd. The 
p'rties have brought certificates from the Minister and Jus- 
tices of Peace of their conformity to ye orders and discipline 
of the chh. of England, and yt they are no subsidy men." 
Here follow the names of William Courser, shoemaker, aged 
26, and two others. 

In a previous entrie, of date Feb. 17, 1634, the names of 
a William Courser, aged 24 — perhaps the same with the 
preceding — and 148 others are registered for transportation 
to the Barbadoes, in the ship Hopewell, Capt. Wood. 

The year 1635, remarks a writer, is especially noted for 
"the great movement in England among the friends of reli- 
gious liberty, which, before the year expired, eventuated in 
the emigration to New England of upwards of 3,000 peo- 
ple." Harry Vane arrived in October of the same year. 

17. question of family relationship. 

There are those, as already intimated, who favor the 
theory that John Corser, of Newbury, afterwards of Bos- 
cawen, was a descendant of William, of Boston, his birth- 
date being assigned to a period somewhat later than that 
fixed by tradition. A nut here, containing perchance more 
meat than is dreamed of in our philo.sophy, which let those 



NOTES. 19 

crack who can ! In any event, that a relationship existed 
between the Boston and Boscawen families can scarcely be 
doubted. The identity of the surnames, even to the varia- 
tions in orthography, the mode of spelling being almost 
uniformly Courser in the earlier records, but afterwards 
Corser ; and still more the marked similarity between the 
Christian names of the two families — note the succession of 
Johns, also the common use of the names William, Mary, Sam- 
uel, Sarah, and Jonathan — appear to be strong presumptive 
evidence of a common ancestry. Beyond this point, until we 
are favored with a less hazy atmosphere, we care not to risk 
our Pinta upon its uncertain voyage. 

18. JOHN^ COURSER (I4). 

It appears that John Courser, joiner, m., 2d, Mrs. Sarah 
Winslow, daughter of Joseph Smith, of Boston, 1742, who 
survived him several years. Between him and one Erastus 
Stevens a marriage settlement, of date May 11, 1742, is 
found, by which all her personal property is settled upon 
her for life, and her real estate consisting of two messuages, 
or tenements, at the north end of Boston, is to be to the 
joint use of herself and her intended husband, John Courser, 
during their lives, and one moiety of her whole property to 
the use of his last will. (See Suffolk Co., Mass., Registry 
of Deeds, Lib. 6^, Fol. 265.) 

19. HEIRS OF JOHN^ COURSER. 

John^ died intestate about 1756. His estate, consisting of 
house and land on Bennett and Love Streets, appraised 
;£240, and negro Peter, appraised ^6-i3s.-4d., was divided 
between his three surviving daughters and Timothy Cutler, 
sole heir of Anna, deceased. Date of warrant for division of 
property, Aug. 12, 1757 ; Nathaniel Breed (14) administrator. 
Mr. Breed purchased the shares of Mary and Timothy 
Cutler. (Suffolk Co., Mass., Probate Records.) From the 



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fact that the sons do not appear as heirs we infer that they 
had probably deceased, the name thus apparently becoming 
extinct in the line of John^ with this (the 4th) generation. 

20. SETTLEMENT OF SISTER's CLAIMS. 

Several business transactions by John Courser, joiner, on 
the one part, chiefly conveyances of real estate, are on record 
between 171 3 and 1734. In one, dated May i, 171 3, there 
is a discharge of certain claims to his sister, Sarah Trotter 
(13). As their mother died April 3d of the same year, these 
are presumably claims upon her estate. It does not appear 
that any others held similar claims. Shall we infer from this 
that there were no other surviving children ? that those 
who had deceased probably left no issue — the fact being thus 
accounted for of the apparent extinction of the name except in 
the line of John^ ? (in which, as we have seen, it appears to 
have become extinct with the succeeding generation). 

21. A REMINISCENCE 

Of John^ Courser (as supposed). — From the Records of 
Buxton, Me., (see Hist, and Gcji. Register, vol. XXII, p. 
278), it appears that John Corser, as one of the " Narragan- 
sett Grantees," i. e., soldiers who served in the Narragansett 
war, drew, Nov. 17, 1735, a lot of land in said town, "on 
the right of Samuel Hill." Among others who received 
grants at the same time were several well-known citizens of 
Newbury ; as Nathaniel Clark, Col. Joseph Gerrish (on the 
right of Moses Little, his father-in-law), Joseph Coffin and 
Christopher Bartlett. From the circumstance last-men- 
tioned, as also from the spelling of the name, it was at first 
supposed that the above had reference to John Corser, of 
Newbury. But this is probably a mistake. The Narragan- 
sett war occurred in 1675-6. We find in a late volume of the 
Hist, and Gen. Register, that John Corser (who could have 
been no other than John^ of Boston) was one of the soldiers. 



NOTES. 2 1 

The lots were drawn nearly 60 years later, presumably 
after the death of John% through whom, whatever relation 
Samuel Hill may have sustained to the case, John^ as the 
legal representative of his father, it is natural to suppose, 
may have become connected with the affair, 

22. COINCIDENCE EXTRAORDINARY. 

It would seem that the second wife of John^ of Boston, 
Mrs. Sarah Winslow (18), lived to a great age, being, as is 
supposed (see item in Xht Boston Journal, Jan. 3, 1884), at 
least y^ years old when she became his consort. A some- 
what curious coincidence is the tradition, that John Corser, 
of Boscawen, "had a daughter," so writes Bliss Corser, 
" married in Sandown [till 1756 a part of Kingston] to a man 
by the name of Winslow," and that "she lived to a great 
age." Wanted — documentary evidence (possibly to be 
found in the records of Kingston), confirming such tradition. 
Supposing, however, a marriage of the kind to have taken 
place — contemporaneously, or nearly so, as must have been 
the case, with that of John, of Boston — it suggests, at least, 
a possible family relationship between the venerable bride and 
the said groom, her namesake ; and if such connection existed, 
a probable acquaintance, most naturally accounted for by a 
presumable relationship, between the families of the two 
Johns. 

23. SARAH^ COURSER (14). 

Clement^ Collins, who m. Sarah'^ Courser, was the son of 
Daniel"^ and Rebecca (Clement) Collins. Daniel was the son 
of John^, who was the son of Henry\ who came from Lon- 
don in 1635, and settled in Lynn, Mass., being by trade a 
starch-maker Capt. Clement'^ Collins (son of Clement and 
Sarah) m. Hannah Jenkins. He d. in 1798. Their daughter 
Anna^ m. Daniel P. Colesworthy, father of D. CJ Coles- 
worthy, of Boston. 



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III. 

Family Proper in America — Lineage of John Corser. 



24. 

John' Corser, of Newbury, Mass., the first of the name in 
Boscawen, N. H., was born, according to the family tra- 
dition, in Scotland, about 1678. He is supposed to have 
been connected, as mentioned on a preceding page (see 
No. 17), with the family of William Courser, of Boston. 
The theory entertained by some that he was a descend- 
ant of that early immigrant, his birth-date being assigned 
to a period somewhat later than the above, is purely con- 
jectural, whatever degree of probability may attach to it. 
(In regard to the conjectural date alluded to we may 
say, that its advocates adduce some arguments in its 
favor — based chiefly upon circumstantial evidence — 
plausible indeed, if not conclusive, seeming at least to 
justify the suspicion that amid all the smoke some 
sparks of fire may be lurking. See 237.) 

Emigrating to this country, if we accept the tradi- 
tional account, at the early age of 12 or 14 years, he 
settled in Newbury, Mass., where he married Tabitha 
Kenney, of that place, March 8, 17 16-17 ; removed to 
Boscawen with his family (except his son John, and pos- 
sibly his wife, who is believed to have died in Newbury), 
in the early settlement of the town, probably about 
1736; here tended a saw-mill, situated on Mill-Brook 
near the head of King Street, till disabled by a frightful 
accident which deprived him of sight (see Price's Hist, 
of Boscawen — recorded date of accident, 1745); went 
finally to live with his son John, on Corser Hill, where 
he died, as is supposed, in the autumn of 1776. (See 
236 for a more extended notice.) His children were : 



JOHN^ CORSER, OF NEWBURV, MASS. 2$ 

John^, b. about 1718. (25) 

Nathan^, b. (conj.) about 1720 ; settled in Boscawen, ou Pleasant 
St., about a mile south of Long St. ; m. Susan, dau. of Wil- 
liam Danforth, one of the first settlers of the town, and owner 
at one time, it is said, of the mill near the head of King 
St. She was the sister of Jedidiah, the father of Jedidiah, who m. 
Rachel* Corser (31), and to whom Nathan bequeathed his farm. 
Nathan died, as supposed, about 1800, after which Jedidiah, dispos- 
ing of his farm (to Joseph Couch), removed to Thetford, Vt., where 
Susan died about 1810. No children. (See 245.) 

Tabitha'\ m. Peter Flood, of Boscawen. 

Elisabeth'^, m. John Bowley. (26) 

Polly'^, m. Ezekiel Flanders, of Kingston, N. H. 

Sarah"^, m. Major Samuel Davis, brother, as supposed, of Nathan Davis, 
who m. Jane' Corser (33). 

William^ b. (conj.) about 1730. (27) 

Hannah^, b. (conj.) about 1734 ; m., 1st, in Newbury, Mass., Dec. 9, 
1756, Joseph Atkinson (copied from Newbury records by Wm. 
Temple) ; m., 2d, James Dunlap, of Kingston, who afterwards 
moved to Hartford, Vt. 

25 (24). 

JoHN^ (John'), b in Newbury, Mass., about 1718 ; settled on 
a farm in Kingston, N. H. ; moved afterwards to Ches- 
ter (west part, now Auburn) ; came to Boscawen with 
his family in the autumn of 1764, locating on the swell 
of land in the west part of the town (now Webster), 
since called, from the circumstance, Corser Hill, where 
he died about 1791, aged 73. He m., ist, in Newbury, 
Nov. 24, 1742, Jane Nichols (Wm. Temple from New- 
bury records) ; 2d, 1789, Mrs. Hepzibah Chase, of Dun- 
barton, N. H., who survived him. Children of Jane : 

Thomas^, b. 1743. (28) 

Samuel^, b. about 1746. (29) 

Jonathan^, b. about 1747. (30) 

John^ b. May 13, 1751. (31) 

DavicP, b. in Kingston, Jan. 27, 1754. (32) 

Jane^, b. Jan., 1756. (33) 

William^, b. about 1758. (34) 

Abbyneezer^, b. about 1760. (35) 

Molly^, b. in Boscawen, May 24, ] 765. (36) 



24 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

26 (24). 

Elisabeth^ (John'), b. about 1724; m. in Newbury, Dec. 7, 
1744, John Bowley, who was a resident of Boscawen in 
1772. The following, whose names are found on the 
Boscawen records, are presumed to be their children : 

John^ (Bowley), b. (conj.) about 1750. (37) 

Elisabeth^ m. Robert Hogg, 1782. 

Lucy^, ra. Ebenezer Whittaker, Aug. 8, 1782. 

27 (24). 

William^ (John'), b. about 1730 ; settled in Boscawen, on 
the farm next south of his brother Nathan's, on Pleasant 
St. ; m. Anne, dau. of Thomas Carter, of B. (who m., 2d, 
Jan. 29, 1782, Jacob Flanders) ; enlisted in 1754 in 
Capt. Goffe's company, raised to protect the inhabitants 
of Contoocook and vicinity against the Indians, after the 
attack on Stevenstown. " The company was in service 
during the winter, frequently making long marches on 
snow-shoes." He was drowned in Great Pond, Bos- 
cawen, while returning home from the Plain, by the 
bursting asunder of a birch canoe, in 1767, as supposed 
(not in 1773, as stated in Price's History). His son 
William was drowned at the same time, another son, 
Asa, who was with them, escaping. (See 245, 246.) 
Children : 

Asa\ b. June 26, 1754. (38) 

William^ (or Jesse), b. April 16, 1756 ; drowned with his father iu 

Great Pond, 1767. 
Mary\ b. Aug. 4, 1759. (39) 

Simeon^ b. July 10, 1763. (40) 

Judith^, b. Jan. 29, 1766 ; m. Philander (or Orlando) Carter, of Can- 
terbury, who afterwards moved to Landaff ; had a son known as 
Dea. Carter. 



THOMAS^ CORSER. 2$ 

28 (25). 

Thomas^ (John^, John'), b. 1743 ; settled on a farm on Corser 
Hill, occupying the house now owned by Adams Pillsbury, 
which was afterwards sold to John Gerald, Thomas re- 
moving to a farm on Pond Hill. He m., ist, Ann Dunlap, 
of Chester ; 2d, 1782, Mrs. Mary Downing, of Kingston, 
who d. May 6, 1840, aged 95 ; served four and one half 
months in the Ticonderoga campaign, his compensation 
being 12 shillings per month ; was drowned in Long 
Pond, Boscawen, while attempting to cross over on the 
ice in the night, it being dark and rainy, Dec. 11, 1829, 
aged 86. (See 248.) His children were : 

James*, b. Nov. 12, 1764. (41) 

Polly, b. Aug. 24, 1766. (42) 

Jane\ b. Oct. 23, 1768. (43) 

Jonathan*, b. Nov. 9, 1770. (44) 

Anna* (or Nancy), b. June 1.5, 1773. (45) 

Thomas*, h. May 12 (10, says town record), 1775. (46) 

Sarah*, h. March 17, 1777 ; worked at Silas Call's. 
Tahitha*, b. Sept. 7, 1779 ; m. Thomas Elliot, May 11, 1802 ; lived on 

the William Corser place ; moved afterwards to Landaff, N. H. 
Moses*, b. Sept. 25 (or 28), 1781. (47) 

Elsey* (child of 2d wife), b. March 28, 1783. (48) 

Caleb*, b. Sept. 3, 1785 ; d. single, at his father's, of typhoid fever, Nov. 

15, 1825, a. 40 ; "was a steady, industrious man." 
Dolly*, " a character " ; m. Josiah, son of John Jackman, 1806 ; family 

removed to Sandusky, O. 
Miriam*, b. about 1790 ; m., 1st, her cousin, Samuel* Corser (50), 1806 ; 

m., 2d, Samuel Roby, carpenter, of Warner, N. H., Nov. 25, 1833. 

29 (25). 

Samuel^ (John-, John'), b. about 1 746 ; farmer ; lived on Corser 
Hill, in the house afterwards occupied by Rev. Mr. Price, 
whence he removed to a farm on Pond Hill; m., ist, 
1766, Sarah, dau. of Edward Fitz Gerald (or simply 
Gerald, as the name is often found written), who d. Jan. 
I, 1808, a. 61 ; m., 2d, Betsey Colby, 1808 ; served as 



26 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

corporal in Capt. Abbott's company, Stark's regiment, 
at the Battle of Bunker Hill (William^ and Asa^ Corser 
serving as privates, it may be noted, in the same com- 
pany). He d. in Boscawen, Nov. i, 1826, a. 80; was 
blind in his old age. Children of Sarah : 

Stephen*, b. about 1767. (49) 
Jane*, m. Moses, s. of John Jackman, Oct. 12, 1790, who m.,2d, 1801, 

Hannah Cass, half-sister of Gen. Lewis Cass ; lived near the south 

(or upper) end of Long Pond. 
Sarah*. 

Samuel*, m. Miriam* Corser (28). (50) 

James*, m. Betsey Annis. (51) 

Rachel*, m. Samuel Gookin. (52) 

30 (25). 

Jonathan^ (John^ John'), b. about 1747 ; m. Lucy Foster, 
of Ipswich, Mass., about 1770; settled on Corser Hill, 
on the farm next south of Rice Corser's, on Pleasant St., 
which he afterwards exchanged, with " Squire " Senter, 
for a farm in Vershire, Vt., whither he removed, 
the squire coming to Boscawen ; fought in Capt. Kim- 
ball's company, Stickney's regiment, at the battle of 
Bennington (Aug. 16, 1777); d. in Concord, Vt., 1831, 
a. 84. His wife's mother lived with him on Corser Hill, 
where she died. Children : 

Jonathan*, b. in " Chebacco," Mass., 1771. (53) 

Thomas*, b. in Boscawen, Oct. 4, 1773. (54) 

Lucy*, b. June 14, 1776. (55) 

Josiah*, h. July 2, 1781. (56) 

Polly*, b. April 11, 1784. (57) 

Benjamin*, b. Oct. 4, 1787. (58) 

Friend*, b. April 19, 1791. (.59) 

31 (25)- 

John3 (John^ John'), b. May 13, 175 i ; m. Rachel, dau. of 
Daniel Blasdell, of Salisbury, Mass., who d. May 12, 
1828, a. 76; settled on Corser Hill, on the farm after- 
wards occupied by his son Rice, on Pleasant St., where 



DAVID^ CORSER. 2/ 

he kept a public house for several years ; went finally 
to live with his son David (Rice having bought the farm), 
at whose residence he d. Oct. 19, 1838, a. 8y. He was 
drafted, it is said, to serve in the Bennington campaign, 
but his brother David took his place. (See 251.) Chil- 
dren : 

Daniel*, d. in infancy. 

Daniel*, b. Feb. 28, 1775. (60) 

/o/;?^^b.May24, 1777. (61) 

Dari(R b. March 15, 1779. ' (62) 

Rachel*, b. April 9, 1781. (63) 

Rice*, b. Sept. 29, 1783. (64) 

Joseph H*, b. Feb. 7, 1786. (65) 

Timothy*, b. March 9, 1788. (66) 

Edward*, b. Aug. 18, 1790, m. Clarissa, dau. of Barnard Cass, of Bos- 
cawen ; went West ; worked in the Kenawha salt works, Va. ; bought 
land on the Maumee River, O. ; d. at Maumee ; left children. 
Richard*, b. Aug. 16, 1792. (67) 

32 (25). 

David3 (John^ John'), b. in Kingston, N. H., Jan. 27, 1754 ; 
m. March 17, 1776, Ruth Blasdell, of Salisbury, Mass. 
(sister of Rachel, 31), who was b. April 28, 1756, and d. 
May 27, 1844, a. 88 ; settled on a farm on Corser Hill 
— the homestead, so called, on Pleasant St., where his 
father lived and died, and his children were born — which 
he sold in 1809 to James Kilburn, removing thence to a 
farm near the outlet of Long Pond, where he died Aug. 
23, 1828, aged 74 ; served in Capt. Kimball's company, 
Stickney's regiment, in the Bennington campaign. (See 
252-254.) Children: 

Betsey*, b. March 19, 1777 ; d. of consumption, Aug. 24, 1796, a. 19 ; 

" was a fine singer." 

Ruth*, b. March 10, 1779. (68) 

David*, b. March 22, 1781. (69) 

Hannah*, b. Feb. 2, 1783. (70) 

Polly*, b. Dec. 20, 1784. (71) 



28 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Enochs Rev., b. Jan. 2, 1787. (72) 

Silas^ b. Jan. 14, 1789. (73) 

Jane\ b. Jan. 11, 1791. (74) 

Luke\ b. March 10, 1793. (75) 

Bliss\ b. Aug. 30, 1795. (76) 

Bets€y\ b. June 4, 1798. (77) 

Rachel*, b. Sept. 21, 1800. (78) 

33 (25)- 

Jane^ (John% John"), b. Jan., 1756 ; d. in Michigan at the 
residence of her daughter, Mrs. Ramsey, Dec. 23, 1836, 
a. 80; m., 1772, Nathan Davis, of Conway, N. H., who 
lived awhile in Boscawen, whence he removed to Orford. 
" He had a brother Samuel," says Bliss Corser, "who 
used to call at my father's when I was young." Children : 

Elizabeth^ (Davis), b. Jan. 6, 1773. (79) 

Tabitha*, b. Jan. 5, 1775. (80) 

Nathan*, b. Feb. 1, 1777 ; m. his cousin, Polly* Corser (71) ; lived and 

d. in Orford. 
Samuel*, b. Oct. 23, 1778. (81) 

Jane*, b. July 8, 1781. (82) 

John*, b. about 1783. (83) 

Ruth*, twice m., 1st to Eastman ; went West ; left children. 

Mary*, twice m., 1st to John Ramsey ; lived in Orford ; moved to 

Mich., where Mr. R. died, leaving five children. 

34 (25). 

William^ (John^ John'), b. about 1758 ; settled on a farm in 
Salisbury, N. H.; m. Abigail Gordon, of Croydon ; 
enlisted in the war of 18 12 and d. same year at Platts- 
burg, N. Y.; fought also at battle of Bunker Hill (29). 
He received a bounty in land, situated in Missouri or 
Illinois, which was afterwards sold to different parties, a 
lawsuit being the result. (See 255.) Children : 

William*, b. about 1778 ; d., as supposed, about 1860 ; went West or 

South ; m. and left children. 
Abigail*, b. about 1780; res. in Salisbury, where she d. Sept. 15, 

1858; unra. 



ABBYNEEZER^ CORSER. 29 

Nathan\ b. about 1782. (84) 

Sally^ m. William Bailley. (85) 

Eliphalet*, d. single, as supposed, in the West Indies. 

Jeremiah'^, d. in the army. 

John*, served in the army ; m., 1812, Betsey Colby, dau. of Betsey 

Colby, second wife of Samuel^ Corser (29). 
Susan*, d. young. 
Jane*, d. single. 

Ellas*, m. Davis ; lived in Sebec, Me. ; two children. 

Betsey*, b. about 1798 ; d. single in Salisbury, March 7, 1865. 

Leiols*, enlisted in the army, 1818 ; d. single. 

Orrin*, b. about 1803. (86) 

35 (25). 

Abbyneezer3 (John'', John'), b. about 1760; m., 1775, Lieut. 
Edward, son of Edward Fitz Gerald, who d. Dec. 11, 
1817, a. 66. She d. Oct. 11, 1836, a. y6; Hved on 
Corser Hill, in the house now occupied by Henry Pear- 
son, whose father purchased it of her son John, then in 
possession. She lived afterwards with her son Enoch. 
(See 256.) Children: 

Enoch* (Gerald), d. young. 

Abhyneezer*, b. Aug. 11, 1777. (87) 

Manj*, b. May 14, 1779 ; d. about 1799. 

Jane*, b. Feb. 12, 1781 ; d. m Colebrook, N. H. 

Edward*, b. Nov. 4, 1782 ; m. Abigail Kimball, of Dover, N. H., 1807 ; 

enlisted in the war of 1812 ; went to New York. 
Sarah*, b. Sept. 11, 1784. (88) 

Mehltable*, b. May 19, 1786 ; m. her cousin, Washington^ Corser (49), 

who went West. 
Enoch*, d. young. 

Ruth*, b. May 1, 1789. (89) 

Enoch*, b. March 15, 1791. (90) 

David*, b. May 19, 1794 ; m. Harriet, dau. of Samuel Gookin, of Bos- 

cawen, 1818 ; served in the war of 1812 ; went West. 
John*, b. March 4, 1796 ; went to Ohio, after selling the homestead, 

where he d. — was burned to death, says Luke Corser ; unm. 
Samuel*, b. April 12, 1798. (91) 

Thomas*, b. April 29, 1800. (92) 

Polly*, b. Aug. 31, 1802. (93) 



30 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

36 (25). 

MoLLY^ (John^ John'), b. in Boscawen, May 24, 1765 ; m., 
Feb. 9, 1785, Capt. Silas Call, of B., who d. while sta- 
tioned at Portsmouth, Nov. 9, 18 14, a. 56. She d. Oct. 
II, 1839, a. 74 ; res. in B., on Water St., second house 
north of Mill Brook. Children : 

Hannah'^ (Call), b. Aug. 21, 1785. (94) 

Polly\ b. July 2, 1787. (95) 

Silas\ b. Oct. 9, 1790. (96) 

Lemuel*, b. July 15, 1792. - (97) 

Betsey*, b. May 5, 1797. (98) 
Royal*, b. Jan. 27, 1800 ; physician in Hopkinton, N. H., and Lowell, 

Mass. ; m. Mary Putney, of H. ; two children. 

Euth*, b. Dec. 31, 1802. (99) 

Moses*, b. April 9, 1805. (100) 

Jonas*, b. Jan. 8, 1808. <. (101) 
Phebe*, b. Sept. 7, 1811 ; d. Oct. 25, 1834, a. 23. 

37 (26). 

John3 (Bowley) (Elisabeth^ John'), b. (conj.) about 1750; 
m. Joanna Foster, of Canterbury, N. H., 1776 ; lived 
in Boscawen, near Bowley Brook, so called (north of 
Corser Hill), in a house no longer standing ; moved after- 
wards to Salisbury. (See 257.) Children: 

Jacob*, b. May 17, 1778. 

Hannah*. 

Sally*, b. Sept. 8, 1783 ; m. (second wife) Isaac Atkinson, of Boscawen. 

John*, b. April 26, 1789. (102) 

38 (27). 

AsA^ (William^ John'), b. in Boscawen, June 26, 1754 ; m. 
Jane Fitz Gerald ; was drummer in Capt. Kimball's com- 
pany at Bennington; served also seven months in the first 
campaign at Cambridge, his compensation being seven 
shillings per month ; moved to Thetford, Vt., where he 
died. (See 259.) Children: 



MARY^ CORSER. 31 

Su-san*, in. David Manuel, of Derby, Vt. 

Mehitable*, m. Edmund Hardy, of Pelham. 

William*, ni. his cousin, Anne Corser, dau. of Simeon^ (40). (103) 

Sally*, m. in Canada. 

39 (27)- 

Mary3 (William-, John'), b. in Boscawen, Aug. 4, 1759; d. 
April 1 4, 1834, a. 74 ; m. James Uran, of B., who d. Nov. 
18, 1845, a. 88 ; lived in the old hip-roofed house on 
Queen St. Children : 

Hannah* (Uran), b. Dec. 4, 1779. (104) 

Samuel*, b. July 16, 1781 ; d. June 22, 1828, a. 46 ; m. Huldah Dear- 
born, 1808. 
Anna*, b. Jan. 16, 1787. (105) 

Molly*, b. June 13, 1789 ; d. April 8, 1818, a. 28 ; unm. 

40 (27). 

Simeon^ (William^ John'), b. in Boscawen, July 10, 1763; 
" lived with his uncle Jonathan Corser" (so writes Hiram 
Courser, of Troy, Vt., in 1878 — a mistake, probably, 
for his cousin Jonathan^) after the death of his father (in 
1767); m., Jan. 19, 1782, Lois Severance ("English," 
says H. C), of Hopkinton, N. H.; moved to Thetford, 
Vt., about 1793-95 (after the birth of Simeon^) ; thence 
to Troy, in 1806; and finally to Sutton, Canada, where 
he died, and where descendants of his now reside. 
Children : 

Nicholas*, d. young. 

Nicholas*, m. Achsa Morse, of Norwich, Vt ; no children. 

Jesse*, b about 1788. (106) 

Anne*, b. about 1791 ; m. William^ Corser (103). 

Simeon*, b. 1793. (107) 

Edmund*, b. about 1795. (108) 

Lois*. 

Clarissa*, d. young. 

Sarah*. 

Hiram* (Courser), b. April 9, 1807. (109) 



32 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

41 (28). 

James'* (Thomas^ John% John'), b. in Boscawen, Nov. 12, 
1764; m., 1st, March 12, 1786, Martha Fitz Gerald, 
who was b. June 10, 1766, and d. Feb. 16, 1828, a. 61 ; 
m., 2d, Mrs. Ruth (Corser) Gookin (68), July 24, 1828 ; 
lived on or near Little Hill, Boscawen, in the house after- 
wards occupied by his son Amos, whence he removed to 
a farm near Long Pond, where he d. Aug. 23, 1852, a. 
^y. (See 261.) Children: 

Rebecca^, b. Oct. 24, 1787. (110) 

John^, b. July 13, 1791 ; d. young. 

^mos5, b. July 15, 1793. (Ill) 

42(28). 

PoLLY^ (Thomas^ John^ John'), b. Aug. 24, 1766 ; m., Nov. 
16, 1786, John Fitz Gerald, b. 1761 (272) ; they lived on 
Corser Hill, in the house previously occupied by her 
father ; afterwards went West. Children, b. in Bos- 
cawen : 

Annw' (Fitz Gerald), b. June 5, 1787. (112) 

Polly^, b. May 20, 1789 ; d. aged about 16. 
James^, b. June 5, 1791 ; went West. 
Susanna^, b. Sept. 5, 1793. 
John^. Clarissa^, 

43 (28). 

Jane'^ (Thomas^ John^ John'), b. Oct. 23, 1768 ; d. Feb. 13, 
1 82 1, a. 52 ; m., Dec. 20, 1787, David Call, brother of 
Capt. Silas Call. He lived in Boscawen, on Water St., 
in the house next north of his brother's ; afterwards left 
town. She was afflicted with the St. Vitus's dance. 
Children : 

Nancy^ (Call) (twin). 

Mehitahle^ (twin), m. Jacob Jones, 1805. ' 

Phebe^. Susan^. Abigail^. 

David^, m. his cousin, dau. of Nathan Call, of Meredith, X. H. ; 
went West. 



JONATHAN* CORSER. 33 

Rachel^. 

Faiuu/, ni. (2d wife) Ezra, son of Oliver Hoit, of Concord, N. H., 

who was b. July 15, 1789. 
Rebecca^. 

44 (28). 
Jonathan'* (Thomas^, John'), b. in Boscawen, Nov. 9, 1770; 
m. Nancy Badger, May 31, 1792 ; lived on Corser Hill, 
in the house afterwards occupied by John Corser ; moved 
thence to Colebrook or Stewartstown, N. H.; was in the 
latter town in 1816 ; returned to Boscawen, where he d. 
Nov. 30, 1 82 1, a. 51. Children: 

Nancy^. 

Miriavv'. 

Gilman^, b. in Boscawen, June 17, 1797 ; farmer in Colebrook ; m. 
Nancy Titus, April 12, 1822 ; celebrated 60th anniversary of mar- 
riage in 1882 ; d. in Colebrook, Nov. 17, 1888, a. 91. 

John^, b. about 1800. (113) 

Harriet^, b. 1813 ; d. in Boscawen, 1838. 

45 (28). 
Anna* (or Nancy) (Thomas^ John'), b. June 15, 1773 ; m. 
Jonathan Downing, June 21, 1792; res. in Boscawen, 
near the head of Long Pond ; was killed by lightning, 
while holding her son Samuel in her arms, June 12, 18 16, 
a. 45. Hem., 2d, Ruth Call, by whom he had Ruth, Joshua, 
Hiram, Daniel, Abby, Susan, and Maria. Children of 
Anna : 

Caleh^ (Downing), b. Jan. 20, 1793 ; went South. 

Elci/, b. Oct. 18, 1794 ; d. Sept. 20, 1847 ; ra. Joseph H." Corser (65)- 

Sally^ b. Sept. 23, 1796. (114) 

Mary^, b. Nov. 7, 1798 ; m., 1820, Thomas* Gerald (92). 

Nancy^ b. Oct. 29, 1800 ; d. Jan. 1, 1859 ; m. (3d wife), 1851, Enoch* 

Gerald (90). 
Dolly^ b. Aug. 6, 1803. (115) 

Jonatharv', b. Dec. 3, 1807 ; res. in Lowell, Mass. ; two children. 
Samuel^, b. Oct. 25, 1812 ; farmer in Webster, N. H. ; twice m. ; d. 

Aug. 1, 1901, a. 88. 



34 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

46 (28). 

Thomas'* (Thomas^ John^), b. in Boscawen, May 12, 1775 ; 
m. Abigail Holcomb, Oct. 18, 1798 ; moved to Thetford, 
Vt., thence to Western N. Y. Children : 

Benjamirfi, b. in B. 

True^. Lavinia^. Holcomb^. 

47 (28). 

Moses-* (Thomas^ John^), b. in Boscawen, Sept. 25, 1781 ; 
res. in B., on "White Plain," so-called; moved thence 
to Vt.; returned to B., where he d. April 19, 1830, a. 48 ; 
enlisted in the army with seven others from B., trouble 
with France brewing, 1798 ; but "war being averted, the 
soldiers were discharged." He m., ist, 1804, Ruth 
Clough, of Warner, N. H.; 2d, Betsey Burgess, of Chel- 
sea, Vt. Children : 

Mittie^ (first wife), m. Davenport; res. in Franklin, N. H. ; one 

daughter. 
Martha'^. 
Sally^, m. Charles W. Spaulding. (116) 

Roxena^, m. Holden. (117) 

William Bfi (Courser), b. 1814. (118) 

Charlotte^, m. Alva Fife. 

Benjamin^ (second wife). 

Betsey^, m. Sumner Pratt, of Lowell, Mass. ; deceased ; one child. 

Mercy^, m. West ; went West. 

Benjamin Ffi, m. Burnham ; musician and writing-master; res. 

in Lowell, Mass., about 1848. 

48 (28). 

Elsev* (Thomas^, John^), b. in Boscawen, March 28, 1783 ; 
d. Sept. 12, 1843, a. 60; m. Amos Thorla, 1803, who 
died March 6, 185 1, a. 74 ; lived in B., on or near Pond 
Hill. Children : 

Mary^ (Thorla), b. Aug. 11, 1805; d. May 20, 1854, a. 48; m. Hiram 
Koby, of Warner, N. IL, 1829. Children : Caleb<^ (Roby) ; Mary'^, 
who m. Geo. Smith, of Warner ; Hiram^ ; Lyman^. 

Betsey^, b. Aug. 17, 1810 ; m. Jonas Barton, of Newport, N. H. 



STEPHEN'* CORSER. 35 

Fanni/, b. July 12, 1813; m. Jonas Procter, dec; res. in Waltham 

Mass. ; one daughter, Janette^ (Procter). 
Jeremiah^, b. April 13, 1816. 
Rosamond^, b. Jan. 14, 1819; d. in Boscawen, 1843, a. 24; m. 

Graham, of Lowell, Mass. ; daughter, Mary Jane^ (Graham), who d. 

a. about 17. 
Alice^, b. June 3, 1822 ; m., June 5, 1845, Amos Whitney, of Lowell, 

brother of Mrs. Elisabeth (Bills), second wife of Luke Corser ; one 

son who d. young. 
Fidelia^, b. Sept. 20, 1824 ; m. David Hunt, of Salem, Mass., who 

went to Cal., where she died. 

,g (,9). 1158957 

Stephen-* (Samuel^ John^), b. in Boscawen, about 1767 ; m., 

1st, Sarah, dau. of Nathaniel Gookin, of B., June 30, 

1789 ; m., 2d, Rachel Noyes, of Amesbury, Mass.; lived 

on Pond Hill in B., whence removed to Vt., thence to 

N. Y. Children : 

Nathaniel'^, b. in B., about 1790. (119) 

Huldah^, m. and lived in Vt. 

Washingtorv', m. his cousin Mehitable^ Gerald (35) ; went West. 
Dolly^. Judith^. Thomas''. 

50 (29). 

Samuel'* (Samuel^, John^), b. in Boscawen ; stone-cutter ; m. 
his cousin, Miriam-* Corser (28), June 12, 1806 ; lived on 
Pond Hill in B.; went to Va., where he died. His widow 
m. Samuel Roby, of Warner, N. H. Children : 

Sarah^, b. about 1807 ; m. John L. Pressy, of Canaan, N. H., Oct. 29, 
1829. Children (report of Viator, Nov. 1, '85) : Sarah^, who m. 
Geo. Randlet, of Lyme, N. H., and another daughter, who m. 
Charles S. Jones, of Canaan. 

Miriam^, m. and lived in Salisbury, N. H. ; three children. 

51 (29)- 

James-* (Samuel^, John^), b. in Boscawen; m., 1807, Betsey 
Annis, of Warner, N. H., sister of Sarah, wife of Silas 
Corser (73) ; res_. on Pond Hill, removed to N. Y. 
Children : 

Friend^, res. in N. Y. 

Charles^, tailor in Victor, N. Y. 



36 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

52 (29). 

Rachel'' (Samuel^ John^), b. in Boscawen ; m. Samuel, son 
of Nathaniel Gookin, of B., 1794 ; lived in B., in the 
house now occupied by Orlando Fitts ; removed to 
Ohio. Children : 

Clarlc^ (Gookin), b. in B., Jan. 25, 1796 ; settled in Ohio. 
Harriet^, m., 1818, David Gerald (35), who went West ; " a pretty 
girl," says Luke C. 

53 (30). 

Jonathan-* (Jonathan^, John^), b. in "Chebacco," Mass., 
Aug. 29, 1771 ; farmer in Thetford, Vt., where he d. 
Jan. I, i860, a. 88 ; m. Rhoda, dau. of Samuel ("Joiner") 
Jackman, of Boscawen. She was b. May 22, 1774, and 
d. 1863, a. 89. Children, b. in Thetford: 

Ward^, b. Aug. 22, 1798 ; farmer in Thetford ; d. single at an advanced 

age. 
Rhoda^, b. May 25, 1800; residence in Thetford, whence she removed 
in 1882 to Painesville, O., the residence of her sister, Mrs. Stebbins 
(126) ; d. single in Concord (a few miles S. of P.), July 9, 1886, a. 
86. " She will be affectionately remembered by all who knew her 
many good qualities of mind and heart," says an Ohio paper. 
Cyrus^ b. March 13, 1802. (120) 

Clark^, b. June 19. 1804, (121) 

Jonathan^, b. May 17, 1806. (122) 

Martha^, b. April 22, 1808. (123) 

Subrnit^ b. April 4, 1810 ; d. in Thetford, June 8, 1863, a. 53. 
Proctor^, b. May 10, 1812 ; res. in Suffield, Conn. ; unm. 
Oliver^, b. Feb. 7, 1814 ; d. young. 

Mary Ann\ b. June 21, 1815. (124) 

Ruth^, b. March 4, 1817 ; m. Newton Smith, of Suffield, Conn., who d. 

1870, a. 66 ; no children. 
HannaJfi, b. July 20, 1819. (125) 

Lucia A. Janette^, b June 23, 1822. (126) 

54 {30). 

Thomas'* (Jonathan^ John'), b. in Boscawen, Oct. 4, 1773 ; 
farmer ; m. Mercy Bennett, of Thetford, \''t. ; went to 
N. Y. Children : 
Erastus^. Phebe^. Caroline^. 



LUCY^ CORSER. 3/ 

55 (30). 

Lucy-* (Jonathan^, John^), b. in Boscawen, June 14, 1776 ; 

d. 1853, a. "jj \ m. Jonathan Bartlett, of Norwich, Vt., 

Jan. 19, 1801. Children: 

Foster^ (Bartlett), died. 

Lucy^, m. Arba Burr. Child : Bartletf' (Burr), who resides in Cal. 

56 (30). 

JosiAH-* (Jonathan^, John^), b. in Boscawen, July 2, 1781 ; 
settled in Canada, whence he removed, about 18 12, to 
Guildhall, Vt.; lived afterwards with his son Erastus in 
Chester, Vt., where he died Sept. 14, 1854, a. 73; m. 
Prudence, dau. of Job Heath, of Salisbury, N. H., who 
d. May 20, 1858, a. about jy. Children : 

RutJv'y m. Joseph Farnham, of Lancaster, X. H. 

Orinda^, b. Dec. 6, 1810 ; d. May 6, 1869 ; m. Daniel Shaw, of Spring- 
field, Vt. 
Erastus Thomas^, b. Jan. 26, 1812. (127) 

Susan^, died. 

Tamson^, m. Eben York, of Peterboro, N. H. 
Angeline^, m. Mills Webb, of Lancaster. 
Emeline^, m. John H. Spaulding, of Lancaster. 

57 {30). 

Polly-* (Jonathan^, John^), b. April 11, 1784; m., 1801, 
Ephraim, son of Job Heath, of Sahsbury, N. H.; lived 
successively in Salisbury, and in Thetford and Brain- 
tree, Vt. Children : 

Nehemiah^ (Heath). LucyK John^. Mehitahle^. Ephraim^. Moses^. 

58 (30). 

Benjamin-* (Jonathan^ John*), b. in Boscawen, Oct. 4, 1787 ; 
removed to Minn., where he d. about 1873, a. 85 ; m. 
Sarah Gove, of Wilmot, N, H. Children : 

Susan^, d. single. 

Friend^, d. single. 

Polly^. Timothy''. DorothyK 



38 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Sarah^, m. Zell, of Woonsocket, R. I. 

Maria^. George^. 

Charles Afi, shoe-dealer in Holyoke, Mass.; State senator in 1881-2 ; m. 
and has children. 

59 (30). 

Friend'^ (Jonathan^, John^), b. in Boscawen, April 18, 1791 ; 
blacksmith ; m. Rachel Joan Kidder ; d. in Fitchburg, 
Mass., Aug., 1849, a. 58. Children: 

Lucy A.^, b. Aug. 17, 1815. (128) 

PTiehe J.^, b. June 22, 1817 ; deceased ; res. in Winchenden, Mass. 

Rosaline D.^, b. July 22, 1819. (129) 

Emmaranza^, b. Nov. 16, 1822. (130) 

Samuel Azro^, b. Dec. 6, 1824. (131) 

George Azor^, b. Dec. 28, 1826. (132) 
Adelia L.^, b. July 3, 1829 ; deceased ; m. John A. Nims. 

Josephine L.^, b. Dec. 26, 1831. (133) 

Friendly J.^, b. Feb. 10, 1836. (134) 

60 (31). 

Daniel'* (John^, John^), b. in Boscawen, Feb. 28, 1775 ; d. 
in Portland, Me., at the res. of his son Solomon T., July 
28, 1853, a. y8; m. Lucy Taft, of Upton, Mass., Jan., 
1801 ; settled in Thetford, Vt.; returned to Boscawen 
(having disposed of his farm in T. to his brother Joseph, 
who afterwards exchanged it for the " Newton Place," 
so called, in B., then occupied by Mr. Barrett), locating 
on Corser Hill, where he kept a public house for several 
years, and where his wife d. Jan. 15, 1834, a. 54. His 
tavern stand was on the corner east of Geo. Little's 
store. The building had been previously occupied as a 
store by " Master Davis " and others. Children, b. in 
Thetford : 

Lucy Fisher^, b. Feb. 13, 1802 ; m. April 3, 1840, Daniel M. Winch ; 

res. in Pepperell, Mass. ; d. at Upton, Jan. 31, 1880. Children : 

Harvey C*, and Willie Augustus^, who d. in infancy. 

Solomon Taffi, b. Dec. 14, 1805. (13o^ 

Harvey Fisher^ (Courser), Col., b. Feb. 13, 1809. (136) 



JOHN'* CORSER. 39 

6i (31). 
John'* (John^ John^), b. in Boscawen, May 24, 1777; d. at 
the Plain, Dec. 21, 1866, a. 89; m. Mehitable, dau. of 
Daniel and Mehitable (Hale) Clark, of B., Nov. 17, 1801, 
who died April 17, 1837 ; lived first on Pleasant St., on 
the farm next south of the "Newton Place"; moved 
afterwards to Corser Hill (house next west of the church), 
and thence, about i860, to the Plain (residence of his 
dau. Mary). His children were : 

Bernice^ b. July 21, 1802. (137) 

Meldtable^, b. Oct. 18, 1804 ; d. Oct. 7, 1829. 

Mary^, b. July 23, 1807 ; d. at Concord, Aug. 19, 1891, a. 84 ; taught 

school ; unm. 
John^, Capt., b. Oct. 15, 1809. (138) 

Phehe H.^, b. May 15, 1812; d. July 21, 1812. 
Paul C.6, b. June 25, 1813 ; d. Jan. 21, 1816. 
Phebe^, b. April 26, 1816 ; d. Dec. 22, 1855, a. 39. 

Eunice^, b. May 17, 1818. (139) 

Charles Hfi (Courser) (twin), b. May 19, 1827. (140) 

George L.^ (Courser) (twin), b. May 19, 1827 ; m. Oct. 26, 1848, Lydia 

Burbank, of Hopkinton, N. H. 

62 (31). 

David'* (John^ John^), b. in Boscawen, March 15, 177S ; d. 
there Dec. 26, 1863, a. 85 ; farmer; res. on Pleasant St.; 
m., Jan. 30, 1805, Abigail, dau. of Thomas and Anna 
(Plumer) Kilburn, of B. Children : 

Freeman^, b. April 29, 1806. (141) 

Mary Ann\h. 1810; d. May 30, 1836, a. 26; m. Aug. 16, 1835, B. F. 

Locke, of Lowell, Mass. Child : Benjamin P.^, who d. Dec. 25, 1836, 

a. seven months. 
Ruth^, b. Dec. 18, 1817. (142) 

63 (30- 

Rachel'* (John^ John^), b. in Boscawen, April 9, 1781 ; m. 
Oct. 22, 1 80 1, Jedidiah, son of Jedidiah Danforth, of 
B.; family settled in B., whence removed to Thetford, 



40 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Vt.; returned to B., locating on the "Mutton Road," so 
called, near Salisbury, where he died. She d. in S., Nov. 
19, 1854, a. 73. Children: 

Jedidiah^ (Danforth), b. May 27, 1803. (143) 

Nathan C.^ b. July 1, 1805. (144) 

John B.^, b. July 31, 1807 ; d. 1846, a. 38 ; m. Dorothy J. Fisk, who d. 

May 27, 1853. 

Sarah R.^ (twin), b. Sept. 6, 1809. (145) 

Rachel C.^ (twin), b. Sept. 6, 1809. (146) 

■ Charlotte S.^, b. June 23, 1812. (147) 

Prentice S.^, b. Dec. 22, 1820 ; m. Sarah N. Hoit, 1841 ; was drowned 

in Boston Harbor, June 3, 1852. 

Harriet^, b. Nov. 6, 1827. (148) 

64(31). 

Rice'' (John*, John^),b. in Boscawen, Sept. 29, 1783 ; d. there 
May 12, 1852, a. 68 ; tanner and farmer ; followed the 
sea from 18 10 to 1821, spending some years in China, 
and suffering shipwreck off the coast of Holland ; settled 
on the homestead on Corser Hill ; m., ist, Feb. 19, 
1826, Abigail O. Stickney, of Brownfield, Me., who was 
b. May 22, 1795, and d. May 11, 1835, a. 39 ; m., 2d, 
Irene Greeley, of Salisbury, N. H., May 26, 1836, who 
was b. July 26, 1806, andd. in Salisbury, Feb. 18, 1901. 
(See 263.) Children: 

Marcia Quincy^, b. Feb. 27, 1827 ; d. Aug. 18, 1850, a. 23. 

Octavia Edimrds^, b. March 27, 1830 ; d. May 11, 1853, a. 23. 

Sarah Jane\ b. March 22, 1832 ; d. March 30, 1848, a. 16. 

Elisabeth Johnson^, b. Jan. 26, 1834 ; d. July 13, 1854, a. 20. 

Abba Stickney^ ^second wife), b. May 31, 1838; m. James Brown, 

1884 ; residence in Salisbury ; dec. 
Edwin Greeley^, b. April 17, 1840. (149) 

John Harlan^, b. May 7, 1843 ; d. July 11, 1843. 
Rice V.^, b. Nov. 29, 1844 ; d. 1848. 
Rice H.^ b. July 26, 1847 ; d. Sept. 5, 1848. 



JOSEPH H/ CORSER. 41 

65 (31). 

Joseph H.-* (John^ John^), b. in Boscawen, Feb. 7, 1786; 
farmer; m., ist, Elcy, dau. of Jonathan and Anna 
(Corser) Downing (45), 1815, who d. 1847, a. 52; m., 
2d, Lydia Butman, of Bradford, N. H., 1849; lived on 
the "Newton Place" in B., whence he removed to a 
farm near Sweatt's Mills, where he d. Jan. 6, 1873, a. 86. 
Children of Elcy : 

Judith P.^ b. Nov. 9, 1815; m. Moses G. Downing, June 16, 1833; 

res. in Lowell, Mass. ; no children. (See 262.) 
Rice F.5, b, Jan. 26, 1818. (150) 

Ursula^, b. Oct 2.5, 1820; m. Harvey Newton, of Orange, Vt., Xov. 

11, 1838. 
Nancy Afi, b. Sept. 2.9, 1823. (151) 

66 (51). 

TiMOTHV* (John^, John-), b. in Boscawen, March 9, 1788 ; d. 
there, at the residence of his father, Sept. 6, 18 19, a. 31 ; 
m., Feb. 15, 1S15, Abiah Eastman, of Hopkinton, N. H., 
who m., 2d, April 30, 1834, Nathaniel Greeley, of Salis- 
bury. She was b. 1791, and d. 1869, surviving her 
second husband three years. Children : 

Ann E.^, b. April 1, 1816. (152) 

Louisa^, b. Dec. 25, 1818. (153) 

67 (31). 

Richard-* {John^ John^), b. in Boscawen, Aug. 16, 1792 ; m. 
Rhoda Shepherd, of B., Aug. 19, 1817 ; moved to Ohio 
and thence to Canandagua, N. Y., where he d. Aug. 20^ 
1845, a. 53. His children were: 

Daniel B.^, b. in Boscawen, Oct. 8, 1818. 

Austin (?.6, b.in B., March 1, 1820. 

Ann Maria^, b. in N. Y., July 21, 1827. ^ 

Charles H.^, b. June 3, 1829. 

Mary Jane^, b. Sept. 20, 1831. 

Lucretia S.^, b. Oct. 25, 1833. 



42 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

68 (32). 
RuTH'* (David^ John''), b. in Boscawen, March lo, 1779 ! "i., 
1st, 1797, Daniel, son of Nathaniel Gookin, of B., who 
d. while on a visit to N. Y., of typhoid fever, August, 
1825 ; m., 2d (second wife), 1828, her cousin, James 
Corser (41). Mr. G. was a clothier by trade ; had a mill 
in Vermont ; lived afterwards on a farm in Warner, 
N. H., whence his widow removed to B. She lived, after 
her second marriage, on the place owned by her husband 
at the north end of Lond Pond. Children : 

Luther^ (Gookin), b. June 24, 1798 ; d. in Ohio, Sept. 17, 1819, a. 21 ; 

excelled as a mathematician. 
Hiranv-, b. Oct. 30, 1800 ; d. of consumption, Nov, 3, 1836, a. 36. 
Julia^, b. April 15, 1803. (154) 

Jerome^, b. Sept. 2, 1805 ; d. May 3, 1813. 

Nathaniel^, b. May 28, 1813. (155) 

Harriet^, b. Jan. 21, 1818 ; m. (second wife), Jan. 1, 1859, Charles W. 

Spaulding, of Lowell, Mass., who d. March 15, 1883 ; res. in Webster, 

N. H., where she d. Oct. 9, 1880. Child : Charles Henry^, who d. 

in childhood. 

69 (32). 
David'* (Davids John^), b. in Boscawen, March 22, 1781 ; 
m., Jan. 12, 1801, Judith, dau. of Samuel and Eunice 
(Pettengill) Burbank, of B. ; settled in B. as a farmer ; 
bought mills and engaged in the lumber business ; became 
involved financially, chiefly through the failure of one of 
his principal debtors (Timothy Dix) ; removed in the 
winter of 181 5-16 to N. Y., locating first in Farmington, 
and finally in Ogden, near Rochester, where he pur- 
chased a farm of 300 acres, which in 1850 was valued at 
;^30,ooo ; d. in Ogden, of dropsy. May, 1850, a. 69. 
Children : 

Gardiner*, b. in Boscawen, Dec. 29, 1801. (156) 

Caleb Burhank^ Col., b. Oct 14, 1803. (157) 

Ruth^, b. Aug. 2, 1805. (158) 



HANNAH^ CORSER. 43 

Francis Sylvester^, b. June 24, 1808 ; d. with lumber abscess, Nov. 26, 

1831, a. 23 ; fitted for college. 
Eunice Pettengill^, b. Nov. 25, 1810 ; m. William Hewes, of Canan- 

dagua, N. Y. ; no children. 
Harriet Lavinia^, b. in N. Y., March 3, 1824. (159) 

70 (32). 

Hannah'' (Davids John^), b. in Boscawen, Feb. 2, 1783 ; m., 
1 80 1, William, son of Samuel Adams, of Salisbury, 
Mass., carpenter, who d. July 26, 18 16, a. 39; taught 
school ; d. in Amesbury, Mass., by the bursting of a 
blood-vessel, July 30, 1829, a. 46. (See 264.) Children: 

Charles W.^ (Adams), b. in Boscawen, 1801. (160) 

Betsey^, b. July 5, 1803 ; m. Louis Frederick Alexander Bissell, a for- 
eigner of wealth and eccentric habits (said to have been a son of the 
Gov. of Java), who hunted, kept a coach and horses, built a sort of 
palace in the woods in Uerry, N. H., finally went West (to Rushville, 
111.), where she died. He d. in the war of the Rebellion, leaving a 
second wife and several children. 
Anne^, b. in Salisbury, Mass., March 7, 1806. (161) 

George^, b. Oct. 14, 1811. (162) 

Warren^, b. March, 1813. (163) 

71 {32). 

PoLLV* (David^ John^), b. in Boscawen, Dec. 20, 1784 ; m., 
June 20, 1803, her cousin, Nathan Davis (33), of Orford, 
N.H., where he kept tavern, following also the business of 
a drover, for many years ; d. in Grantville, Mass., at the 
res. of her daughter, Mrs. Fuller, Oct. 8, 1867, a. 82. 
Children : 

Bliss^ (Davis), b. Sept. 25, 1807. (164) 

Enoch^, b. Oct. 5, 1810. (165) 

Silas^, b. Feb., 1813 ; fariner in Orford ; m., 1845, Mary Newton, who 

d. Jan. 18, 1877, a. 60. No children. He d. . 

Mary Ann^, b. Dec. 3, 1815 ; m. (secoud wife), Alvin Fuller, post-master 

and station-agent at Grantville, Mass., who d. Jan. 6, 1877, a. 70 ; 

had children who d. in infancy. 
Thomas Gilbert^, b. Aug. 17, 1817. (166) 

Maria^, b. April 17, 1821. (167) 



44 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

72 (32). 

Enochs Rev. (Davids John^), b. in Boscawen, Jan. 2, 1787 ; 
studious from boyhood ; fitted for college with Rev. Dr. 
Wood, of B.; graduated at Middlebury, 181 1 ; taught 
school at Danvers, Mass., two and a half years ; studied 
theology with Rev. Dr. Harris, of Dunbarton, N. H.; 
settled over the Cong, church in Loudon, 18 17; dismissed 
from same, 1837 ; preached afterwards at Northfield and 
Sanbornton Bridge (1838-43), Plymouth (1843-44), 
Epping (1845-48), Loudon, a second time (1857-59), 
and other places, all (with one or two exceptions) in 
N. H.; removed to Boscawen Plain in 1848, where he 
died of paralysis, June 17, 1868, a. 81. He m.. May 29, 
1 81 7, Sally, dau. of Col. Joseph and Mary (Bartlett) 
Gerrish, of B., who died of heart disease, Jan. 17, 185 1, 
a. 64. Mr. Corser possessed vigorous powers of mind, 
and was highly popular and successful both as a preacher 
and as a teacher. (See 265-8.) Children : 

Samuel Bartlett Gerrish^, b. in Loudon, N. H., Nov. 15, 1818 ; studied 
two terms at Gilmanton Academy and Concord Literary Institution 
(fellow-student at the latter place, as well as roommate, the am- 
bitious, and even then formidable disputant, not least in political 
debate, Henry — afterwards Vice-President — Wilson ; Preceptor, we 
may add, Rev. T. D. P. Stone; year, 1837), in fitting for college; 
graduated at Dartmouth, 1841, teaching school, while in college, two 
winters in Northfield, N. H. ; studied languages and general liter- 
ature, gave instruction to private pupils, and read law, 1842-3 ; 
taught academical schools for longer or shorter periods, as follows : — 
In Plymouth, N. H. (Prof. Lucian Hunt, Rev. J. U. Parsons, and 
Miss M, E. Blair associate teachers), 1844-.5 ; Durham (Miss Julia 
A. A. Sargent preceptress), 1846 ; Franklin, 1847 ; Boscawen (Miss 
Jane Tracy preceptress), 1848-9 ; Standish, Me., in connection with 
Prof. Hunt, Principal (Misses Stowe and Ilight in the female 
department^, 1853-5; since 1850 has given his attention chiefly to 
farming, finding congenial occupation for his leisure hours in study 
and with his books, possessing a library of above a thousand vol- 
umes, with a special liking, it may be noted — attributable perhaps 
to an early acquired taste for grammatical and kindred studies — 




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SILAS"* CORSER. 45 

had his youthful aspirations materialized, he might perhaps have 
been a printer, and haply '• made a mess of it " by attempting to 
put in type this volume, now so worthily being done by Printer 
Evans — with a special liking, to return from this diversion, for 
those in foreign tongues, of several of which latter, as the Latin, 
Greek, Hebrew, Italian (a favorite language), German (next in 
favor), French, Spanish (Prof. H. would add Swedish and Anglo- 
Saxon, having inflicted upon us the reading of his books for a brief 
space once upon a time), he has obtained a smattering; occasional 
translations from some of which, as also sundry original sketches in 
both prose and verse, he has contributed to the periodicals ; has 
joined his forces, in compiling the Corser Genealogy, with those of 
E. S. Corser (see 228) — but for whose tireless hand at the oar the 
chances are that this frail craft, with its mixed freight not easy of 
reproduction, would never, or but very tardily, have arrived in port ; 
residence (since 1848) on Boscawen Plain. 

Elisabeth Mary Jane", b. Jan. 4, 1821 ; taught several terms of school 
in Northfield and Boscawen ; excelled as a teacher ; was a leading 
singer at church for many years ; d. single at her residence on Bos- 
cawen Plain, of heart-disease, Jan. 8, 1890, a. 69. 

Lucretia Ann French^, b. Sept. 10, 1823 ; possessed a lively fancy ; was 
witty and original ; fond of poetry and imaginative literature ; 
wrote verses ; d. of heart-disease at Boscawen Plain, May 7, 1880, 
a. 56 ; unm. (See 282.) 

73 (32). 
SiLAS"* (Davids John^), b. in Boscawen, Jan. 14, 1789 ; m., 
1st, Nov. I, 1 8 10, Sarah, dau. of Thomas Annis, of 
Warner, N. H.; m., 2d, Evehne Keeler, about 1825 ; 
moved to N. Y., in 1818 ; worked for Mr. Church, at 
Spencerport, for many years ; d. at S., March 17, 1847, 
a. 58. Children : 

Elhridge B.^, b. in B., Jan. 18, 1812 ; d. of consumption, at Spencer- 
port ; ran a boat on the canal ; unm. 
Emeline°, h. July, 1814. (168) 

Ruth% b. Oct., 1816 ; mar. ; d. at S. 
Henry Hfi, b. Nov. 12, 1818 ; m. and went to Cal. 
Susanna^, b. Dec. 31, 1822. 
Henrietta^ (second wife), b. May 16, 1826. 
Sarah Jane^, b. March 28, 1828. 



46 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Martha M.^, b. March 25, 1833. 
Elisabeth^, b. June 23, 1835. 
Helen A.^,h. March 17, 1838. 
RutM, b. June 15, 1840. 

74 (32). 

Jane^ (David^, John='), b. in Boscawen, Jan. 11, 1791 ; d. in 
Amesbury, Mass., 1863, a. 72 ; m., ist, Joseph, son of 
Capt. Joseph Wadleigh, of SaHsbury, Mass., cooper, 
schoolmaster, town clerk, and grocer, who d. in S. about 
1830; m., 2d, Richard Allen, an Englishman, by trade 
a house painter, who went West with his family about 
1835 ; lived in Canandagua and Parma, N. Y., about 
1840; afterwards in Detroit, Mich, (with their son-in- 
law), whence they returned to Amesbury about 1850. 
Adopted daughter : 

Elisabeth (Taylor), niece of Mr. Wadleigh; m. Lucius O. Fuller, mer- 
chant's clerk. No children. 

75 (32). 

LuKE'* (David^ John^), b. in Boscawen, March 10, 1793 ; m., 
1st, 1824, Mary, dau. of Joseph Clough, of Loudon, 
N. H., who d. Feb. 25, 1854 ; m., 2d, Mrs. Elisabeth 
(Whitney) Bills, dec; settled in B., on the farm inherited 
from his father, near the outlet of Long Pond, whence 
he removed, about 1865, to his late residence, near 
Sweatt's Mills, where he d. Sept. 13, 1884, a. 91. He 
was an intelligent observer of men and things, fond of 
reading, and a skilful farmer and mechanic ; represented 
the town (Dea. Thomas Gerrish colleague) in the Legis- 
latures of 1845 and 1846. Children of Mary: 

Joseph Cfi, b. Nov. 23, 1824 ; d. in Loudon, at the res. of his grand- 
father, while a student at Gilmanton Academy, preparing for college, 
with a view to entering the ministry, Oct. 13, 1843, a. 18; was a 
youth of rare ability and promise ; possessed extraordinary powers 
of memory ; was especially interested in the study of astronomy. 




BLISS' COKSHR (76). 
{Giianl, Pa.) 



BLISS-* CORSER. 47 

Francis Henry^ b. Jan. 10, 1827. (169) 

David TF.5, b. Aug. 19, 1829 ; d. May 25, 1833. 

David Bfi, b. Sept. 21, 1835. (170) 

76 (32). 
Bliss"* (Davids John^), b. in Boscawen, Aug. 30, 1795 ; 
taught school in Ohio in early life ; settled in B., on a 
farm on Pond Hill ; kept a public house at the Bartlett 
Gerrish stand, on the Plain, from about 1830 to 1833 ; 
removed to New York in 1834, and thence, about i860, 
to Fairview, Erie Co., Pa., where he devoted his atten- 
tion to farming till towards 1880, when he removed to 
the neighboring village of Girard, which he thenceforth 
made his home till his death, March 3, 1889, at the age 
of 93 years, 6 months, and 3 days. He m., ist, July 
I, 1824, Hannah, dau. of John and Sarah (Russell) 
(Adams) Farmer, of Billerica, Mass., being a descend- 
ant (in the 5th degree) of Capt. Edward Johnson, of 
England, who settled in Woburn, Mass., 1630, author of 
a famous history of New England, called " Wonder- 
Working Providence." She was b. Nov. 15, 1794, and 
d. at Portageville, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1852. He m., 2d, 
Prudence Parmelee, of Ogden, N. Y., who d. in Fair- 
view, Pa., Oct. 2, 1877, a. 74. He was a man of strong 
and clear intellect, well-informed, ingenious, with facul- 
ties which remained unimpaiied till near the close of life. 
In 1878, and again in ii^3, on the occasion of Bos- 
cawen's celebration of the 1 50th anniversary of its 
settlement, he made a visit to his native place. Some 
30 or 40 years ago he obtained a patent on a valuable 
machine devised by him for sawing lumber. Children : 

Bliss Wood^ b. :^Iay 29, 1826. (171) 

John Farmer^, b. Nov. 30, 1834. (172) 



48 • CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

77 (32). 

Betsev* (Davids John^), b. in Boscawen, June 4, 1798 ; m., 
1822, Joseph Morse, of Bradford, N. H., carpenter, who 
d. in Manchester, Feb. 29, 1868 ; family lived for many 
years in Bradford, afterwards in Boscawen and Man- 
chester. She d. in M., Dec. i, 1881, a. 83. Children : 

Judith Maria^ (Morse), b. Feb. 22, 1823. (173) 

Jane Wadleigh^, h. Aug. 10, 1824. (174) 

Joseph W.^, b. July 12, 1826. (175) 

Betsey A.^, b. Dec. 16, 1829 ; d. Feb., 1831. 
Horace^, b. Aug. 13, 1831 ; druggist in Manchester ; spent several years 

in California ; d. single, Nov. 30, 1880, a. 49. 
John Hfi, b. April 20, 1835 ; d. Sept., 1841. 
Frank A. ^, b. Oct. 6, 1837 ; went to Cal. 

78 (32). 

Rachel'* (Davids John^), b. in Boscawen, Sept. 21, 1800; 
m., Jan. 25, 1829, Daniel G. Runels, of Warner, N. H., 
who was b. Jan. 8, 1801 ; res. in W., where she d. July 
14, 1839, ^- 38. Mr. R. was a blacksmith and stone- 
cutter by trade ; superintended the construction of the 
locks on the Concord section of the projected canal 
(never completed) up the Merrimack valley ; was also 
employed on the Blackstone canal in Mass. He m., 2d, 
Dolly Weed, of Topsham, Vt., by whom he had Daniel, 
b. Oct. 31, 1841, Helen, b. April 30, 1845, -dnd Ellen 
Jane, b. Jan. i, 1849. Hed. in Warner, June 26, 1866, 
a. 65. Children of Rachel: 

Sarah George^ (Runels), b. Aug. 9, 1830. (176) 

Mary ClougW, b. Dec. 27, 1832. (177) 

Daniel H.^, b. July 8, 1835 ; d. July 25, 1837. 

79 (33)- 

Elisabeth* (Davis) (Jane^ John^), b. Jan. 6, 1773 ; m. Philip, 
s. of John Knowlton, of Boscawen ; family moved to 
Wentworth, N. H. Children: 



TABITHA'* DAVIS. , " 49 

Nathan^ (Knowlton), d. in the war of 1812, at Plattsburg, N. Y. 
Hannah^, dec. 

Abigail^, m. Libbey ; res. in Warren, N. H. 

And others. 

So (33)- 
TABiTHA-t (Davis) ( Jane^ John^), b. Jan. 5, 1775 ; m. Parker 
Stevens; res. in Orford, N. H. Children: 

William^ (Stevens), b. Jan. 3, 1796; m. Wolcott; went West ; 5 

children. 

John Osgood^, b. Aug. 31, 1797 ; m. Oilman ; 3 children. 

Nathan D.^, b. Sept. 22, 1799; m. Jane Ramsey; res. in Orford; 5 

children. 
Samuel D.^ b. June 3, 1802 ; went West ; 2 children. 
Charles J.^ b. July 5, 1806; res. in Lyme, X. H. ; twice mar.; 8 

children. 
Ruth J.5, b. Nov. 16, 1812 ; res. in Groton, N. H. ; mar. ; no children. 

81 (33)- 

Samuel^ (Davis) (Jane^, John^), b. Oct. 23, 1778; res. in 
Orford, N. H.; m. Lydia Tyler ; was killed in Rumney. 
Children : 

Samuel^, d. in Chicago ; one daughter. 
Louisa^, ra. Benjamin Leavitt ; no children. 

82 (33). 

Jane^ (Davis) (Jane^, John^), b. July 8, 1781 ; m. Joseph 
Hoit; lived in Orford, N. H., and in Lowell, Mass.; d. 
at the latter place ; received severe injuries from the 
accidental burning of a car, while traveling in Maine. 
Children : 

Theodosia^ (Hoit), m. Parker ; no children. 

Lydia^, thrice m., 1st, to Samuel Davis, of Orford, by whom she had a 

son, James^ (Davis), who settled in Cambridgeport, Mass.; m., 2d, 

Whitcorab. 

George^, m. Amanda Flanders ; went to Cal. 
Elsey^, d. single, in Lowell, Mass. 
LeiL'is^, m. Bacon ; lived in Low^ell. 



50 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Elmira^, d. in Orford, a. about 18. 
Laura^, res. in Maine. 

83 (33)- 

John"* (Davis) (Jane^, John^), b. about 1783 ; lived in Orford, 
N. H., whence he removed to Wentworth, where he 
died. He m., ist, Elsey Ramsey; 2d, Susan McCon- 
nor; 3d, Sally Ramsey. Children : 

Mary Jnne^ (first wife), m. Ramsey, who d. in the War of the 

Rebellion ; res. in Wentworth; 2 children. 
Sarah Ann^ (second wife), m. William Thistle; went West, where she 

died. 
Elsey^, m., 1st, Stephen Eastman, by whom she had 4 daughters ; 2d, 

Bowles; lived in Haverhill, N. H. 

Thomas R.^, m. Sarah Hall, dec; lived in Exeter, N. H., where he d. 

Dec. 6, 1887, a. 69 years and 11 months ; 2 children. 
Stephen^, single ; res. in Wentworth, with his sister Mary Jane. 
Charles^ (third wife), went West; twice m. 
Susan^, res. in Wentworth ; m. James Hall ; 4 children. 
Elvira^, lives in W., with her sister Mary Jane. 

84 (34). 

Nathan^ (William^, John"), b. about 1782 ; went to N. Y. or 
Penn. ; m., as supposed, Ann Freeman. Children of 
Nathan and Ann (from record of E. S. C.) : 

Hiram^, b. 1818. (178) 

Leemarv'. George^. Caroline^. 
Elvira^. Susan^. And others. (See 279.) 

85 (34)- 

Sally^ (William^, John"), m. Wm. Bailley, of Salisbury, N. H., 
cooper, who enlisted in the war of 1812. Children : 

Moody^ (Bailley), went to Maine. And others. 

86 (34). 

Orrin4 (William^, John^, b. about 1803; d. March, 1877; 
res. in Salisbury, N. H., and at one time on Boscawen 
Plain ; cooper by trade ; m. Tucker. Children : 



ABBYNEEZER* GERALD. 5 I 

Eliphalefi, lived in Franklin, N. H., whence he removed to Lowell, 

Mass., and afterwards to Boscawen. He m., 1st, Hill; 2d, 

Nov. 27, 1886, Sarah A. Glines, of B. Children (first wife) : Ada^, 
who d. at Penacook, of dropsy, Feb. 15, 1888; and others. 

William^. 

John^, d. in Boscawen, March, 1884 ; left a widow. 

Charles W.^, res. in West Concord, N. H. ; had charge of the picker 
room of the Concord Manufacturing Co. for several years ; was on 
a farm in Salisbury in 1882 ; twice mar. ; first wife d. in Concord, 
Feb., 1884 ; he d. in C, leaving several children, among them 
Alice M.^, whom., Feb. 2, 1898, W. A. Fraser, of C, "vl r//(wr Corser 
best man." 

Nathan Ffi Abbie^. Mary Ann^. 

S7 (35). 
Abbyneezer-* (Gerald) (Abbyneezer^ John'), b. Aug. ii, 
1777 ; m., Feb. 6, 1797, Moses, son of Oliver and 
Rebecca (Gerald) Hoit, of Concord, N. H., b. March 11, 
1768, grandson of Joseph, of Boscawen. Oliver settled 
at Horse Hill, 1772 ; there also settled his brother Joseph, 
whose son Amos, b. 1800, lived on the homestead in 
1855. (See Bouton's HisL of Concord.) 

88 (35). 
Sarah-* (Gerald) (Abbyneezer^, John'), b. Sept. 11, 1784; 
m., Oct. 4, 1803, Samuel Cole, of Orford, N. H.; d. July, 
1842. Children: 

John^ (Cole), m. Anna Morrison ; d. in " Squog" village, Manchester, 

N. H. ; 5 children. 
Benjamin^, d. in " Squog." 
Daniel^, went "West ; twice mar. 

Sallf, b. Jan. 8, 1812. (179) 

Mary^, m. Joseph Wilson, of Dracut, Mass ; no children. 

89(35). 
RuTH'* (Gerald) (Abbyneezer^, John^), b. May i, 1787; m. 
James McDonald, who had a son John by a former mar- 
riage, b. 1800 ; went West. Child, b. in Boscawen : 

Lois^ (McDonald), b. June 11, 1810. 



52 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

90 (35)- 

Enoch'* (Gerald) (Abbyneezer^ John^), b. in Boscawen, 
March 15, 1791 ; lived on Corser Hill ; was miller for a 
while at Fisherville (now Penacook), N. H. He m., ist, 
181 1, Hannah Sweatt, who d. 1828; 2d, Lois Elliot, 
sister of Rev. Moses Elliot, 1836, who d. Sept. 6, 1850 ; 
3d, Nancy, dau. of Jonathan Downing (45), Feb. 8, 185 i ; 

4th, Mrs. Wallace, mother of wife of Charles 

Danforth, of Concord, N. H. ; 5th, Mrs. Adeline Couch, 
dau. of Royal Hale. Children : 

Edivard^, mar. ; d. iu Concord. 
Tilton^, d. single in N. Y. 
Priscilla^, d Sept. 20, 1822, a. 6. 
Flora Ann^, d. young. 
Mary Jane^, d. young. 

91 (35)- 

Samuel^ (Gerald) (Abbyneezer^ John^), b. April 12, 1798 ; 
m. Hannah Eastman, 1819; went West. Child: 

Chellis^, b. in Boscawen, Jan. 2, 1820. 

92 (35)- 

Thomas'* (Gerald) (Abbyneezer^ John^), b. April 29, 1800 ; 
m, Mary, dau. of Jonathan Downing (45), 1820; res. in 
Junius, N. Y. Child : 

Gerrish^, b. in Boscawen. 

93 (35)- 

PoLLV* (Gerald) (Abbyneezer^, John^), b. in Boscawen, Aug. 
31, 1802; d. Aug. 3, 1841, a 38; m., 1822, Adonijah 
Fellows, brother of Hezekiah and Moses, of B. He 
was b. March 17, 1804, and d. April, 1864; res. in 
Livonia, N. Y. Children : 



HANNAH'* CALL. 53 

Sarah Stevens^ (Fellows), m. Briggs, of N. Y. 

Mary^, m. Moses F. Little, of Hill, N. H., 1869. 
Ahbyneezer^, d. young. 

Ably Amanda^, m. Wing, of N. Y. 

Lorany Maria^, m. Priestly, of Mich. 

John Fitz Gerald^, m. Runion, of Livonia. 

Adonijah^,A. young. 
James M.^, d. young. 
Eliza Jane^, res. in Livonia. 
Adonijah^, d. in War of the Rebellion. 
Liicy^, d. young. 

94 (36). 

Hannah" (Call) (Molly-\ John^), b. Aug. 21, 1785 ; m. Wil- 
liam Walker, of Warner, N. H. ; lived in Boscawen, on 
Battle St. ; moved thence to Salisbury. Child : 

Silas C.6 (Walker), b. Aug. 10, 1806 ; graduated at Dart. Coll., 1829 ; 
went South ; d. in Ai'kansas, 1858. 

95 (36). 

PoLLV* (Call) (Mollys John'), b. July 2, 1787 ; m. George 
Flanders, 1806 ; res. in or near Orford, N. H. Child : 
Freeman R.^ (Flanders), b. March 24, 1807. 

96 (36). 

Silas" (Call) (Mollys John'), b. in Boscawen, Oct. 9, 1790; 
m., 1st, Sarah Eaton, maternal aunt of Irene (Greeley) 
Corser, 1814; m., 2d, Polly, dau. of Edmund and 
Susanna (Atkinson) Chadwick, 1837, who d. P^eb. i, 
1852 ; lived in B., on Water St., and later on the Plain ; 
moved finally to Iowa, where he d. 1885, a. 94. Children 
of Sarah : 

Silas^, d. young. 

Silas E.^, b. 1816 ; d. 1818. 

Sarah Anrfi, b. Sept. 21, 1821 ; d. Sept. 20, 1849. 

Emily^, b. Aug. 20, 1823 ; dec. ; m., Jan. 1, 1846, Moses Stevens, of 

Salisbury, N. H. ; 4 children. 
Silas^, b. Dec. 10, 1825. (180) 



54 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Nathan^, M. D., b. Sept. 25, 1827 ; graduated at Dart. Med. Coll., 1854 ; 
in. Charlotte Colby, of Hopkinton, N. H., 1854; practiced in Bos- 
cawen (1859-64) and Suncook, N. H. (1864-75) ; d. at Suncook, June, 
1875, a. 47, " greatly lamented." No children. 

97 (36). 

Lemuel'* (Call) (Mollys John^), b. in Boscawen, July 15, 
1792 ; d. there ; m., ist, 18 12, Nancy, dau. of Dr. Daniel 
Call (brother of Capt. Silas), of Meredith, N. H., who 
d. 18 1 4, a. 17 ; m., 2d, Rhoda Sweatt (aunt of Jesse 
Sweatt). Children of Rhoda: 

Reuben Mfi, b. June 6, 1816. (181) 

Nancy^, b. July 12, 1819 ; m., March 11, 1847, Daniel Jones, of Warner, 

N. H. ; 3 children. 
William W.^ b. Jan. 13, 1822. 
Hannah W.\ b. 1824 : d. 1825. 

Jonas^, b. April 24, 1826. (183) 

Pierce Sfi, b. Jan. 16, 1829 ; res. in Windham, N. H. ; mar., and has 

several children. 
Phebe^, b. Jan. 28, 1836 ; m. Samuel Brown ; 7 children. 

98 (36). 

Betsey'* (Call) (Mollys John^), b. May 5, 1797 ; m. Samuel 
Knowles, 18 15. Child: 

Calvin^ (Knowles), dentist; res. in Cal. ; m. Katie Lake; 3 children. 

99 (36). 

RuTH"* (Call) (Mollys John^"), b. in Boscawen, Dec. 31, 1802 ; 
taught school in early life ; m., 1824, Peter, son of George 
Stone, of B., a well-to-do farmer and deacon of the 
Christian church; res. on the Province Road in B. ; 
family removed to Cal. in 1879. Children : 

Phebe C.6 (Stone), b. Sept. 24, 1825. (184) 

Charles J. Ffi, b. April 21, 1827. (185) 

Hannah Elimbet¥, b. Dec. 12, 1828. (186) 

Silas C.6, b. Nov. 14, 1830. (187) 
Mary Jane^, died. 

Mary Jane\ b. Nov. 3, 1833. (188) 



MOSES'* CALL. 



55 



Ruth Emma^, d. a. 5 years. 
Charlotte A.^, b. Feb. 25, 1839. 
Frederic P.s, b. March 24, 1841. 
Nathan J.^, b. June 11, 1843. 
Ruth Em7na^,h. July 6, 1845. 



(189) 
(190) 
(191) 
(192) 



100 (36). 

Moses-* (Call) (Mollys John-), b. Aug. 9, 1805 ; physician 
in Newcastle, Me.; m. Sarah Bryant. Children : 

Norman^, physician in Boston. 
Manfred^. 

101 (36). 

JoNAS^ (Call) (Mollys John-), b. Jan. 8, 1808 ; m. Harriet 
Bond. Children : 

Eva\ 

Justin^. 

Silas^. Amanda^. Manley^. 

102 (37). 

John"* (Bowley) (John^ Bowley, Elizabeth^ John'), b. in 
Boscawen, April 26, 1789; m. Sarah Fellows, of Salis- 
bury, N. H., 1808 ; settled in Livonia, N. Y.; had 2 sons 
and 3 daughters, of whom the eldest dau. d. in 1869. 
The eldest child was 

John Langdon^ (Burleigh, as they now spell the name) ; res. in Avon, 
N. Y. 

103 (38). 

William-* (Asa^ Wi]liam% John'), b. about 1780; lived in 
Thetford, Vt.; m. his cousin Anne^*, dau. of Simeon 
Corser(40), who d. leaving several children ; m. a second 
wife, by whom he had 4 children. Children of Anne : 



Benjamin^, h. 1810 ; d. 1853. 

Hira^, b. 1811 ; d. single, 1844, a. 33. 

Acsah^, mar. ; 5 children. 



(192a) 



56 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Harlow^, b. about 1815 ; barn burned in South Braintree, Mass., 1879 ; 

dec. 
Mary Ann^, b. in Thetford, Nov. 9, 1817. 
Persist And others. (See 290.) 

104 (39)- 

Hannah'' (Uran) (Mary^ William^ John'), b. in Boscawen, 
Dec. 4, 1779; m. John P., son of Nathan and Sarah 
(Plummer) Kilburn, of B., who was killed in Chichester 
by the wheel of a loaded wagon passing over him, 1803, 
a. 25. He was brother of James, who bought the old 
Corser homestead in 1809 ; lived on Pleasant St. in B. 
Children : 

Salhj^ (Kilburn), b. Aug. 10, 1800 ; m. (second wife) George Jackman ; 

lived on Queen St. in B., where she died. 
Mary^, b. Sept. 4, 1802. (193) 

105 (39)- 

Anna-* (Uran) {Mary^ William^), b. in Boscawen, 1787 ; 
d. there, Aug. 3, 1821, a. 34 ; m. Daniel, son of Thomas 
and Anna (Plumer) Kilburn, of B., Jan. 30, 1810. He 
was brother of Abigail, who m. David Corser (62) ; he 
m., 2d, Mrs. Judith Lang, of Weare, N. H. Children: 

^Z5er< P.5 (Kilburn), b. Nov. 1, 1810. (194) 

Charles^, b. Jan. 18, 1814 ; d. March 12, 1839. 

106 (40). 
Jesse-* (Simeon^ William^), b. in Boscawen, about 1788 ; m. 
Hannah Elkins, of Canada ; settled in Sutton, P. O., 
Can., where he d., and where also his parents d. and 
were buried. Children : 

Simeon^, d. in Parishville, N. Y. He had a son Richmond E.^, father 
of George SJ, of Guthrie Centre, la. ; also a son Homer R.^, resident 
in or near Potsdam, N. Y., who d. Dec, 1897, and who was the father 
of 2 sons. (From record of E. S. Corser.) 

Catherine^, m. Jehiel Chappel, of Can. 

Ruth!^, m. Morgan ; lives in Minn. 



SIMEON'' CORSER. 57 

Ephraim^, lives in Mich. 
Harvey^, res. in Can. ; later in Dakota. 
Judith^, res. in Can. 
George^, settled in Minn. 

Moses^ b. 1819 ; d. 1897. Children : George^ b. 1852 ; and others. 
(Rec. of E. S. C.) 

107 (40). 
Simeon'' (Simeon^, William^), b. in Boscawen, 1793 ; settled 
in Sutton, Can.; m., 1820, Betsey Miller, b. in Sutton, 
1803. Children : 

Riley^, b. in Sutton, 1821 ; single. 

Simeon^ b. 1822. (195) 

James^, h. 1824 ; m. Judith Eastman, 1849. 

Rosina^, b. 1826 ; m. Anson Sai-gent, 1843. 

Betsey^, b. 1828 ; m. Wm. Brown, 1846. 

Furniss^, b. 1830 ; m. Orisa Drew, 1852. 

Charity^, b. 1837 ; m. Aruna Wright, 1855. 

108 (40). 

Edmund'' (Simeon^, William^), b. in Thetford, Vt., about 
1795 ; settled in Sutton, Can., where he died. "Jesse, 
Simeon, and Edmund were buried in one graveyard," 
writes Hiram Courser (109). Children : 

Nicholas^, lived in Canada about 1878. [" Nicholas Courser, a farmer 
of North Troy, Vt.," d. of accidental poisoning, March, 1883, a. 52. 
See item in N. H. Statesman.'] 

Sterling^, res. in Canada. 

Hiram^, res. in Can. 
And others. 

109 (40). 

HiRAM'' (Courser) (Simeon^, William^), b. in Troy, Vt., April 
9, 1807 ; m. Mary A., dau. of William Perkins, of Lyme, 
N. H.; res. in N. Troy, Vt. Children : 

Derwin F.^, lived in Boston in 1878 ; m. Effie M. , who d. in Boston, 

May 21, 1878. 
Truman W.^ 
5 



58 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA, 

Levi^, of Troy, Vt. 
Jesse G.^, lived in Boston in 1878. 
Peter^, d. June 8, 1875, a. 33. 
Thankful^. Mary^. Sarah^. 

110 (41). 

Rebeccas (James*, Thomas^ John^), b. in Boscawen, Oct. 24, 
1787; d. there, Dec. 8, 181 5, a. 28 ; m., Nov. 29, 1804, 
Jeremiah, son of Timothy and Hannah (Richardson) 
Eastman, of B.; Hved on the corner of Battle St. and 
the Province Road. Mrs. E. was a famous accoiicJieiise. 
Children : 

Martha^ (Eastman), b. Feb. 5, 1811. (196) 

Amos\ b. Feb. 17, 1813. 

111 (41). 

Amos5 (James*, Thomas^ John^), b. in Boscawen, July 15, 
1793 ; m., 1819, Betsey Bean, of Salisbury, N. H., who 
d. April 8, 1885, a. 91 ; lived on or near Little Hill in B., 
on the farm inherited from his father, where he d. Feb., 
1873, a. 79. Children : 

Elisabeth Bean% b. Aug. 8, 1820. (197) 

NeivelJ.% b. 1821; d. 1829. 

Melecca Ann^, h. July 30, 1827. (198) 

112 (42). 
Annas (Gerald) (Polly*, Thomas^, John'), b. June 5, 1787; 
m., Dec. 27, 1803, Charles Straw, of Warner, N. H., 
blacksmith, who lived on Corser Hill till his shop was 
burned, when he removed to Warner, and finally went 
West. Child : 
Liberty^ (Straw), b. 1805. 

113 (44)- 
Johns (Jonathan*, Thomas^, John"), b. in Boscawen about 
1800; moved with his parents to Colebrook, N. H.; m. 
Ruth M. Crawford. Children (from record of T. S.) : 



SALLY5 DOWNING. 59 

Almira^, m. Leander Babb, of Great Falls, N. H. 

Almelia^,ra. John C. Milton, of Lawrence, Mass. 

Gilman^, m. Emma J. Stewart ; 2 children. 

Henry^, res. in Sanbornton, N. H., in 1897. [The buildings of Henry 

J. Corser, of Clarksville, N. H., were burned June 1, 1882.] 
Emma^, m. John C. Poor, of Stewartstown, N. H. ; 3 children. 

114(45)- 
Sally5 (Downing) (Anna^ Thomas^ John^), b. Sept. 23, 
1796; d. June 3, 1847, a. 50; m., Feb. 6, 1821, Jesse, 
son of Edward and Miriam Sweatt, of Boscawen ; lived 
on the " Mutton Road " in B.; moved afterwards to Cole- 
brook, N. H., where he died. Children : 

Maria G.^ (Sweatt), b. Nov. 22, 1822. (199) 

Mary Ann^, b. Dec. 5, 1824. (200) 

Laura% b. Sept. 30, 1827 ; m. Albert Fletcher ; d. Sept. 27, 1875, a. 48. 
Wyatt B.% b. May 22, 1829 ; d. July 19, 1857, a. 28 ; m. Betsey M. Little. 

Child : Ira'', d. young. 
/ra6, b. June 4, 1831. (201) 

Tyler C.% b. Oct. 11, 1840. (202) 

115 (45)- 

Dollys (Downing) (Anna*, Thomas^ John^), b. Aug. 6, 
1803 ; d. 1840, a. 36; m., Jan. i, 1821, John Call, of 
Boscawen ; lived in B., near the head of Long Pond. 
Children : 

Eudocia^ (Call), b. Nov. 5, 1821 ; m. George Hoit, of Bradford, N. H., 

1842 ; res. in Francestowti ; had several children. 
Julia Ann^, b. Oct. 5, 1826; drowned in Blackwater River, June 14, 

1842, a. 15. 
Nathan^, b. 1833. 
Joseph^, b. 1836. 

And others. 

116 (47). 

Sallys (Moses^ Thomas^, John'), b. about i8io;m. Charles 
W. Spaulding, of Lowell, Mass., who m., 2d, Harriet 
Gookin, of Boscawen {6d>). He died March 15, 1884. 
Children of Sally : 



60 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Charles Henry^ (Spaulding), d. of heart-disease, a. 21. 
Sarah^, dec. ; m. D. M. Prescott, of Lowell, Mass ; no children. 



117 (47)- 

Roxenas (Moses^ Thomas^ John='), b. about 18 12 ; m. 

Holden ; res. in Lowell, Mass. Children : 

Martha^ (Holden), dec. ; m. Ames. Child : Charlotte Elisabeth'', 

who m. Morse. 

Horace^, died. 

118 (47). 

William B.s (Courser) (Moses-*, Thomas^ John^), b. 1814 ; 
farmer in Warner, N. H. He m., 1st, Nancy Morey ; 2d, 
Mary Ann Whipple, of Lisbon, N. H.; 3d, Ellen Thomp- 
son. Children : 

Thomas Jefferson^ (first wife), b. July, 1836. (203) 

Nancy% b. Nov., 1838 ; m. George Rand, of Warner ; dec. ; 3 children. 
William M.^ (second wife), b. Aug., 1843. (203a) 

James H.% b. Nov., 1846 ; m. Abbie Ticknor, of Tilton, N. H. ; one 

child ; d. in Suncook, N. H. 
Mary F.% b. 1849 ; m. Geo. Parker, of Springfield, Mass. ; daughter, 

Lillian' (Parker). 
Ella J.^, b. Sept., 1855 ; m. John Sawtelle ; 2 children. 
Anna^ b. March, 1858; m. Dec, 1885, Joseph H.e Corser (150). 

119 (49). 

Nathaniels (Stephen-*, Samuel^, John-), b. in Boscawen about 
1790 ; mar. and settled in Vt.; d. 1867, a. yy. Children 
(record of E. S. C.) : 

Clark G.^, b. about 1817 ; res. in Waukegan, 111. 
Willard S.% b. about 1819 ; res. in Waukegan. 
Austin^ b. about 1828 ; res. in Ontonagon, Mich. 
George W.^, b. about 1835; res. in Barron, Wis. 
And others. (See 291.) 



CYRUS5 CORSER. 6 1 

120 (53). 

Cyrus5 (Jonathan'*, Jonathan^ John^), b. in Thetford, Vt., 
March 13, 1802; farmer in T. He m., ist, Marcia 
Clough ; 2d, Lucretia Heath, dec. Children : 

Marcia J.% b. 1841 ; d. 1874, a. 33 ; teacher. 

Edith^, b. 1844. 

Ellen A.^, b. 1845 ; d. 1863, a. 18. 

Alfonzo% b. 1851 ; d. 1863, a. 12. 

Omer B.% b. 1854. 

121 (53)- 

Clark5 (Jonathan-*, Jonathan^, John^), b. in Thetford, Vt., 
June 19, 1804 ; farmer in Royalston, Mass.; m., ist, 
CaroHne Preston, who d. Jan. 16, 1836 ; m., 2d, Mercy 
West, who d. March 30, 1854. Children : 

Hersey C. P.«, b. Dec. 5, 1835. (204) 

Leon W.% b. Feb. 10, 1850. (205) 

122 (53). 

Jonathan^ (Jonathan'*, Jonathan^ John^), b. in Thetford, Vt., 
May 17, 1806 ; d. 1869, a. 63 ; farmer in Suffield, Conn. 
Hem., 1st, Clarissa Woodworth ; 2d, March 18, 1847, 
Salome Shores, who d. Jan. 28, 1875. Children: 

Martha J.% b. Aug. 2, 1840. (206) 

Albert J.% h. Aug. 2'i, 1848; farmer in Suffield ; m. Mrs. Elisabeth P. 

Leach, Aug. 26, 1874. 
Harriet L.\ b. March 8, 1851 ; drowned in canal, June 30, 1856. 
Azro B.^, b. Feb. 21, 1853 ; m. Julia Cook, of Windsor, Conn. ; farmer 

in W. 
Mary J.% b. Feb. 1, 1855. (207) 

123 (53). 

Marthas (Jonathan'*, Jonathan^ John^), b. in Thetford, Vt., 
April 22, 1808. She m., ist, Wm. Howard, of T., who 
d. out West ; 2d, Caleb Strong, who d. in Strafford, Vt.; 
3d, Benj. Bradbury, who d. in Strafford ; res. in 1882 in 
Thetford. Children : 



62 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

William D.^ (Howard), b. 1833 ; d. 1838. 

Lucy J.% b. 1836 ; dec. ; m. Berry, who went West. 

Azor W.^, b. 1838 ; m. and has children ; res. in Malta, De Kalb 
Co., 111. 

Jonathan^ (Strong), b. 1851 ; mar., and lives at White River Junc- 
tion, Vt. 

124 (53)- 

Mary Anns (Jonathan^, Jonathan^, John^), b. in Thetford, 
Vt., June 2 1, 1815 ; d. 1865, a. 50; m, Geo. M. Sawyer, 
of Norwich, Vt., farmer. Children : 

Melissa^ (Sawyer), b. Feb. 3, 1836 ; m. Blodgett. 

Cordelia H.% b. April 6, 1838; ni. Ambrose Currier. 
Candace Mfi, b. March 17, 1840 ; d. Feb. 13, 1866. 
Washington Sprague^, d. young. 

Lucia A. J. 6, b. March 12, 1844; m. Slack; 2 ch. 

Martha i.«, b. June 26, 1846 ; m. Slack ; 3 ch. 

Albert Sprague^, b. June 3. 1848; d. Jan. 19, 1863. 

Marcia% d. young. 

Clarissa M.% b. Sept. 2, 1851 ; mar. 

George W.% b. Jan. 11, 1854. 

125 (53). 

Hannahs (Jona.-*, Jona.^, John^), b. in Thetford, Vt., July 20, 

1819; d. 1853, a. 34 ; m. Jacob, son of Jacob Bartlett, 

of Salisbury, Mass., carpenter. Children : 

Luella /.6 (Bartlett), b. 1842 ; d. 1866, a. 23. 

Charles H.^, b. 1845 ; m. Abbie Hodge ; res. in Lowell, Mass., about 

1878. 
Esther^, b. July 20, 1848 ; m. John Atkins ; res. in Marblehead, Mass. 

126 (53). 

Lucia A. Janettes (Jona.^, Jona.^ John^), b. in Thetford, 

Vt., June 23, 1822 ; m. Horace Stebbins, of Painesville, 

O., farmer. Children : 

Flavel W^ (Stebbins) , b. May 12, 1845 ; d. Oct. 19, 1865, a. 20 ; 

served in the War of the Rebellion. 
Homer C.% b. Oct. 23, 1847. 
Lucia Ann^, died. 
Ellen J.«, b. March 6, 1852. 
Horace Dwight^, died young. 



ERASTUS THOMAS* CORSER. 63 

127 (56). 

Erastus Thomas* (Josiah'*, Jona.^ John-), b. in Compton, 
Can., Jan. 26, 1812 ; farmer; settled in Chester, Vt., 
whence he removed to Bartonsville, and thence, about 
1867, to Dummerston. He m., ist, Harriet Evans; 2d, 
Laura Grow ; 3d, Nancy Ayer, who was b. June 5, 1821, 
and d. Sept. 24, 1854; 4th, Lucy Ayer, b. April 26, 
1832. Children: 

Guy r.6 (first wife), b. Feb. 15, 1835. (208) 

Charles D.% b. May 4, 1838. (209) 

Henry C.«, b. May 31, 1839 ; d. Oct. 16, 1862, a. 23. 

Celina A.^, b. April 29, 1841. (210) 

Maria N.^ (third wife), b. Oct. 10, 1851. (211) 

Frank E.^ (fourth wife), b. March 30, 1857 ; d. 1862. 

Alfred^ b. Jan. 29, 1861 ; d. Dec. 22, 1861. 

Adelbert M.% b. June 30, 1863. 

George E.\ b. July 8, 1865. 

Mary E.% b. July 5, 1868. 

Etta C.% b. May 17, 1873. 

128 (59). 
Lucy A.* (Friend^ Jona.^ John^), b. Aug. 17, 181 5 ; m. Cyrus 
Beal ; res. in Keene, N. H. Children : 

Phebe^ (Beal). 

Abbie^. Nettie^. Nellie^. 

129(59). 
Rosaline D.* (Friend^ Jona.^, John-), b. July 2, 1819 ; m. 
Luther Keyes ; res. in Charlemont, Mass. Children : 

Oscar F.^ (Keyes). 

Emma^. Adelia^. Fred^. Abbie^. Rose^. 

130 (59)- 
Emmaranza* (Friend^ Jona.^ John^), b. Nov. 16, 1822 ; m. 
Albert Danforth ; res. in Danville, Vt. Children : 

Albert L.^ (D&nioTth). 
Emma^. Alice^. Harry^. 



64 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

131 (59). 

Samuel Azro^ (Friend'*, Jona.^ John-), b Dec. 6, 1844; m, 
IvUthene Frost ; res. in West Chiesterfield, Mass. 
Children : 

Ida^. Ada^. Lizzie^. 

George A.^, b. in Greenfield, Mass., about 1844 ; enlisted from Bolton, 
where he was then living, in the War of the Rebellion, Sept. 16, 1862, 
in the Fifth Mass. Reg. of 9 months men ; reenlisted for 3 years, 
June, 1863, in the Heavy Artillery ; d, at Newberu, N. C, of yellow 
fever, Nov., 1864, a. about 20. (See Bolton Reb. Records.) 

132 {59)- 

George Azor^ (Friend^, Jona.^ John^), b. Dec. 23, 1826. 
He m., 1st, Diantha J. Danforth ; 2d, Maria J. Trask ; 
res. in Leicester, Mass. Children : 

Luella J.^ Georgiana Mfi 

133 (59)- 

Josephine L.s (Friend'*, Jona.^ John^), b. Dec. 26, 183 1 ; m. 
Wm. Fletcher ; res. in San Francisco, Cal. Children : 



Harry^ (Fletcher) K^ins 
Bertie^ \ 



134 (59)- 

Friendly J.s (Friend*, Jona.^ John^), b. Feb. 10, 1836 ; m. 
E. E. Johnson ; res. in Chicago, 111. Children : 

Annie^ (Johnson). Et infans. 

135 (60). 

Solomon Tafts (Daniel, John^ John"), b. in Thetford, Vt., 
Dec. 24, 1805 ; removed with his parents to Boscawen 
at an early age ; learned the tanner's trade with Isaac 
Dow, of Concord, N. H.; settled in Portland, Me., 1827, 
where he engaged for a while in the manufacture of 
gloves ; was afterwards, for some years, agent for a line 




SOLOMON TAFT= COR&ER (135). 




HAkVKV FISHER''- COURSER (ijfc). 



HARVEV F1SHER5 COURSER. 65 

of Stages, with headquarters at Portland; about 1847 
became connected with the Grand Trunk R. R., which 
he served in the capacity of Superintendent or President, 
for 16 years ; was then appointed collector of customs at 
P., a position he occupied for 1 3 years ; served after- 
wards as Superintendent of the Rumford P'alls and 
Buckfield R. R., which office he resigned in 1879. 

The career of Mr. C, in a business point of view, has 
been one of marked success. He is a man of few 
words, but possesses the rare qualities, without which 
life's battle but too often ends in defeat, of sagacity, 
decision, enterprise, and strict integrity. He has been 
for many years a prominent member of the Episcopal 
church; m., Jan. i, 1829, Margaret F. Sawyer, of Cape 
Elisabeth, Me. (He died — since the above was written — 
Feb. 17, 1890, a. 84.) She d. July 29, 1894. Children: 

Harriet Luaf, b. Feb. 15, 1830. (212) 
George Hfi, b. Nov. 11, 1831 ; d. Aug. 31, 1850. 

David Frank^, b. Jan. 14, 1835. (213) 

Margaret Ellen^, b. March 27, 1845. (214) 

136 (60). 
Harvey Fishers (Courser), Col. (DanieP, John^, John'), b. 
in Thetford, Vt., Jan. 20, 1 809 ; removed at an early age to 
Boscawen, N. H.; thence, at about the age of 18, to Con- 
cord, where he entered the service of the Kent family, 
pursuing, while a resident of the place, a course of study 
under the tuition of John Farmer, Esq., the distinguished 
antiquarian ; was afterwards employed for three years as 
a mail-agent ; in 1835 located at Nashua, N. H., in the 
dry goods business, which he continued till burned out 
in 1848 ; went thence to Boston, where he was employed 
in the same business 5 years ; returning to N., formed a 
partnership, some years later, with his son-in-law, Wm. 
H. Greenleaf, in the grocery trade, which was continued 
till the spring of 1883 ; d. at Nashua the same year, 



66 CORSER FAMILY TN AMERICA. 

Dec. 26, a. 74. He received his title from service in 
the old State militia ; never held or sought public office ; 
was a man of amiable qualities and genial social nature, 
a member of the Congregational church, generous of 
heart and hand, widely known, and highly esteemed. 
He m.. May 14, 1839, Maria Estey, of Nashua, b. Feb. 
18, 18 18, her death occurring Feb. 15, 1895. Children, 
b. in Nashua : 

Lucy Anna% b. April 3, 1840. (215) 

George Augustus^, b. Aug. 12, 1842 ; d. Sept. 1, 1843. 
Caroline L. E.% b. July 16, 1848 ; d. Aug. 10, 1849. 

137 (61). 
Bernices (John'*, John3, John^), b. in Boscawen, July 21, 1802, 
m., Nov. 7, 1827, John, son of William and Olive 
(Elliott) Danforth, of B., who d. Feb. 18, 1850, a. 65. 
She d. Dec, 1878, a. 76. Children: 

Orrin^ (Danforth), b. June 5, 1831. (216) 

Mehitahle C.^, b. Oct. 16, 1834. (216a) 

138(61). 
Johns (John-*, John^, John^), b. in Boscawen, Aug. 15, 1809; 
d. at Fisherville, Aug. 21, 1872, a. 63; carpenter by 
trade ; fitted for college, and completed one term (fall 
of 1833) at Dartmouth; taught school; was in a book- 
store at Concord; m., 1838, Mary A. Greenough, of 
Bristol, N. H., where he resided for many years; after- 
wards worked at his trade out West, and in Boscawen ; 
m. a second time, and lived for a while in Hopkinton. 
He was a good scholar and workman. The writer is 
indebted to him for his first French dictionary, which is 
still in use, and for his first copy of Virgil, which, 
between us, was entirely worn out ; also for the nicest 
handsled a boy (or paterfamilias, for that matter) ever 
coveted, which is still as good as new. He was a Chris- 



EUNICES CORSER. 6/ 

tian man, and had health permitted, might have studied 
for the ministry, even at the risk of spoiling a first-rate 
mechanic. His children were: 

William C.^ (first wife), b. Aug. 29, 1839 ; died. 

Brackett G.%h. Sept. 5, 1841. (217) 

Mary Maria% b. April 4, 1843 ; m. Le Roy C. Shear, of N. Y. 
Norman De F.% b. Aug. 24, 1845. (218) 

139 (61). 
Eunice^ (John^ John^ John-), b. in Boscawen, May 17, 
1818 ; m., April 2, 1845, George C. Lancaster, of North- 
wood, N. H., where the family resided for several years, 
moving thence to Boscawen, and later to Concord, where 
she d. Feb. 19, 1873, a. 54. He d. in Tilton, April 17, 
1899. Children, b. in Northwood : 

Auguxtus C.^ (Lancaster), b. March 10, 1847; d. in Concord, March 
27, 1875, a. 28 ; was bookkeeper in Minot & Co.'s banking estab- 
lishment. 

Emma F.% b. Sept. 5, 1849 ; died. 

Mary F.^ b. June 28, 1851 ; d. Oct. 6, 1853. 

Emma F.^, b. Aug. 6, 1854 ; ni. Charles L. Clay, superintendent of 
schools. Harvard, Mass. Child : Paul Lancaster'' (Clay), b. Dec. 6, 
1896. 

Georgie E.^, b. Oct. 12, 1859 ; teacher for several years ; m. Edward J. 
Young, of Tilton, N. H. 

140 (61). 
Charles H.5 Courser (John^, John^ John-), b. in Boscawen, 
May 19, 1827 ; miller and carpenter ; located in Henniker, 
N. H., 1856; m., Nov. 9, 1848, Mary J. Blanchard. 
Children : 

Fitz H.% b. in Boscawen, March 20, 1850; miller; m., 1876, Abbie H. 

Jones. Child : Harry F.\ b. March 24, 1877. 
Evander A.^, b. March 19, 18.56 ; railroad employee ; m.. May 25, 1885, 

Eva E. Carter, of Concord. 
Helen F.^, b. Jan. 16, 1858; m. J. M. Hollywood; d. in Brockton, 

Mass., Oct. 7, 1900, a. 41. 
Abnoti E.^,h. Jan. 17, 1860 ; railroad employee. 
Charles E.^ b. Feb. 19, 1863 ; m. Emily T. Pritchard. 
Grace £.«, b. July 16, 1869 ; died. 



68 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

141 (62). 

Freeman^ (Davids John^ John-), b. in Boscawen, April 29, 
1 806 ; was a life-long resident of the town (that part of 
it now Webster), where he d. Jan. 20, 1884, a. yy ; was 
a farmer and mill-wright ; m. Harriet Crowell, who was 
b. May 12, 181 1, and d. Feb. 19, 1874, a. 62. Children : 

Ariadne Augusta^ b. Oct. 24, 1834. (219) 

Sarepta^, b. Sept. 20, 1836 ; d. May 16, 1858, a. 21. 

Hamilton F.^, b. Aug. 17, 1839 ; enlisted in the War of the Rebellion, 
1861, in the Second N. H. Reg. (Goodwin's Rifles), and soon after 
reenlisted for 2 years ; in 1863 enlisted for the third time in the 14th 
Reg. ; was wounded at the battle of Winchester, and was in the 
hospital when the Reg. was discharged ; in 1867 went to California, 
where and in Nevada he was engaged in gold-mining ; returned in 
failing health, in the fall of 1880, to Webster, N. H., where he died 
of consumption, Oct. 8, 1881, a. 42. 

Hamlet^, b. May 13, 1843; farmer; m. Belle Holmes. (219a) 

David S.^, Col., b. Aug. 6, 1847 ; attorney at law ; served in the War of 
the Rebellion (14th N. H. Vols.— known as "Old Abe's Pets"), 
enlisting at the age of 14 ; received his education at the Boscawen 
and Hopkinton academies and at the State Normal School, Ply- 
mouth ; studied law with Judge Fowler, of Concord, and was 
admitted to the bar in 1875 ; practiced his profession in C. from 
1875 to 1884 ; was Republican candidate for State Senator in 1882; 
chosen messenger of the U. S. Senate in 1884, and now (1885) fills 
the office of assistant doorkeeper of that body. He received his title 
as assistant Adjutant-Gen. on the staif of Gen. Clough ; is a man of 
ability and pluck, a stalwart Republican, and a partisan, if in arms, 
worthy of his foeraan's steel ; m., Nov. 18, 1884, H. Pauline, dau. of 
James Heath, of Contoocook, N. H. 

John C.«, b. Feb. 9, 1849 ; d. in Nevada, where he had been engaged in 
mining operations. 

142 (62). 

Ruths (David^ John^, John'), b. in Boscawen, Dec. 18, 
18 17; m., Aug I, 1840, William Green, of Waterford, 
Me. Children : 




COL. DAVID S.« CORSER (14' 



JEDIDIAH5 DANFORTH. 69 

Abbie^ (Green), b. 1845 ; res. (1900) in East Bridgewater, Mass. 

Anna^, died. Hattie^, died. 

Thomas^, b. 1851 ; m. Georgie R. Holden ; res. in East Bi-idge water, 

Mass. Children: William A. ~ ; George HJ 
Ruth^, b. 1853 ; m. J. Arthur Chadbourne ; res. in N. Bridgeton, Me. 

Children : Ruth Anna' (Chadbourne) ; James Green' ; Wm. Warren" ; 

KaOierine' . 

143 (63)- 

Jedidiah5 (Danforth) (Rachel, John^ John-), b. May 27, 
1803 ; farmer in Boscawen in 1850 ; removed afterwards 
to Fisherville and later to Franklin; m., ist, Aurelia 
Bickford, who d. 1838, a. 3 1 ; m. 2d, 1838, Mary, 
dau. of Samuel and Eunice (Kilburn) Fowler, of B. 
Children : 

George Henry^ (first wife), b. Feb. 5, 1830. 

Aurelia Jane^, b. May 8, 1832 ; m. Hall. 

Ednah^h. 1835; d. 1841. 

Ruth Augusta^, b. Nov. 17, 1837 ; m. Walter Burleigh, of Franklin. 
Samuel'^ (second wife), b. Jan. 20, 1841 ; d. in Franklin, Feb. 12, 1901, 
a. 60. 

144 (63)- 

Nathan C.s (Danforth) (Rachel, John^, John^), b. July i, 
1805 ; stone-cutter ; lived in Fisherville (now Penacook), 
N. H., where he d. May 25, 1888, a. 82 ; served in the 
War of the Rebellion (5th N. H. Vols., Co. A, Col. 
Sturtevant) nearly 3 years ; m. Sophia Brown, who d. 
1882. Children : 

Sarah Frances^, b. June 8, 1836; m. Farwell ; d. in Fitchburg, 

Mass., Dec. 1, 1887, a. 51. 
Sylvester Prentice^, b. Aug. 14, 1838 ; res. in Concord, N". H. ; m. 

Morgan, of Fisherville. 
Calista Susan^, b. June 18, 1840 ; d. June 23, 1869, a. 29. 
Horace H.^, b. March 29, 1842. (220) 

Sylvanus^, b. July 21, 1844 ; served in the War of the Rebellion ; res. 

in Concord. 



70 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

145 (63)- 

Sarah R.5 (Danforth) (Rachel'*, John^, John'), b. Sept. 6, 
1809 (twin) ; m., May 17, 1837, Benjamin Fisk ; res. in 
Lowell, Mass. Children : 

Rachel Maria^ (Fisk), b. May 8, 1888. 
Jane G.^, b. May 13, 1840. 

146 (63). ■ 

Rachel C.^ (Danforth) (Rachel-*, John^, John^), b. Sept. 6, 
1809 (twin) ; m., April 2, 1833, Elijah Clark, of Lowell, 
Mass., who went West. Child : 

Charles^ (Clark). 

147 (63)- 

Charlotte S.^ (Danforth) (Rachel-*, John^ John^), b. June 
23, 1810; m., 1st., Thomas J. Fisk, of Boscawen, who 
kept a public house on Corser Hill, where he d. July 29, 
1846, a.. 37 ; m., 2d, Rev. Wm. H. Nason. Children : 

Thomas Edwin^ (Fisk), b. Oct. 8, 1836. (221) 

Charles K.^ b. July 4, 1839 ; d. 1842. 
Charles TF.«, b. Oct. 25, 1842. 
George A.^ (Nason). 

148 (63). 

Harriet A. 5 (Danforth) (Rachel, John^ John^), b. Nov. 6, 
1827 ; d. 1851, a. 23 ; m. B. F. Page, of Salisbury, N. H. 
Children, two sons, of whom the younger was : 

Harry^ (Page). 

149 (64). 

Edwin Greeleys (Rice^ John% John'), b. in Boscawen, 
April 17, 1840; settled on a farm in 111., whence he 
removed to Concord, N. H., where he d. May 9, 1875, 
a. 35 ; m., Nov. 25, 1862, Bella Pilkington, of Ellsworth, 
111., who was b. Jan. 23, 1837, and d. in Salisbury, 
N. H., Sept. 7, 1891, a. 54. Children : 



RICE V.S CORSER. 7 1 

Lizzie Irene^, b. Oct. 6, 1863 ; m., May 5, 1885, Justin T. Stevens, of 

Salisbury, N. H. 
Willie Rice^, b. Aug. 12, 1865; res. (1901) in Higginsville, Mo. 
Harry Towers^, b. May 1, 1868 ; living in Tilton in 1898. 
Marcia Octavia^, b. April 23, 1870. 
Judith Alberta% b. May 29, 1873. 

150 (65). 

Rice V.5 (Joseph*, John^ John^), b. in Boscawen, Jan. 26, 
1818; m., 1844, Sarah J. Page; res. in Webster; d. at 
Tilton, Sept. 8, 1896, a. 78. Children: 

Atherton P.\ b. 1844 ; d. 1846. 

Joseph H.% b. May 4, 1847 ; died. 

Ursula^ b. 1849, m. Horace Ballou, of Hill, N. H. ; d. April 12, 1880. 

Lizzie F.% b. 1851. 

Emma^, m. John McPhail. 

Frank B.^, m. Sarah Cross, of Northfield, N. H. 

Joseph Herbert^, m. Anna Courser (118), Dec, 1885. 

Elmer E.^, b. 1861. 

151 (65). 

Nancy AJ (Joseph'^, John^ John^), b. in Boscawen, Sept. 
29, 1823 ; m., 1845, ^Vm. E. Shattuck, of B. Child: 

Richard P.^ (Shattuck), b. May 2, 1846. 

152 {66). 

Ann E.s (Timothy*, Jojin^, John^), b. in Boscawen, April i, 
1816 ; d. Dec. 3, 1878, a. 62 ; m., 1836, John Jay, son of 
William Coffin, of Deerfield, N. H. He was b. 1812, 
and d. March 5, 185 i, a. 40 ; went West soon after mar- 
riage. Children : 

William T.^ (Coffin), b. in Chicago, HI., 1837. (222) 

Sarah^, b. in Wis., Jan. 15, 1840 ; d. 1846. 

Louisa A.% b. in Wis., 1842. (223) 

Clara^, b. 1847. 

Thomas Hfi, b. 1849 ; m. Martha M. Cross, 1874. 

John TF.6, b. 1851 ; d. 1853. 



72 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

153 (66). 
Louisas (Timothy*, John^ John=), b. in Boscawen, Dec. 25, 
1 8 18 ; d. Aug. 4, 1892 ; m. June 2, 1841, Solomon Bart- 
let Greeley, of Salisbury, N. H. Children: 

Nathaniel^ (Greeley), b. April 29, 1842. 

Edward T.% b. July 28, 1844. 

Solomon B.% b. Nov. 6, 1847. (224) 

Octaiiia L.% b. June 27, 1850 ; in. Sidney F. Eastman, of Hopkinton, 

N. H., May 10, 1876. 
Frances T.% b. Aug. 3, 1853. 

Adelaide^, b. 1856; d. Sept., 1895; m. Scribner. 

FredE.% b. Dec. 11, 1859 ; m. Eastman. 

154(67). 
Julias (Gookin) (Ruth"*, Davids John^), b. April 15, 1803; 
d. July, 1 84 1 ; m. Phineas Huntoon, of Salisbury, N. H. 
Children : 

Luther^ (Huntoon), farmer in S. ; m. Betsey Heath, of S. Child: 

Nahum\ who d. 1882. 
Cyrus G.^, cabinet-maker ; m. Eliza J. Stearns ; d. at Fall River, 

Mass., 1876. 
Julia G.6, b. Sept., 1839; d. 1840. 

155(68). 

Nathaniels (Gookin) (Ruth^*, Davids John^), b. May 28, 

181 3 ; stone-cutter; lived in Lowell, Mass., where he d. 

Dec. 16, 187 1, from injuries received by accidentally 

slipping under a moving train of cars ; m., Jan. 11, 1838, 

Sophronia, dau. of Samuel P. and Priscilla (Shattuck) 

Sweatt, of Boscawen. Children : 

Jerome^,h. March 17, 1839 ; d. Aug. 17, 1840. 

Livonia^ b. July 31, 1840 ; d. in Steubenville, O., Feb. 13, 1864, a. 23. 

Jerome% b. May 28, 1842 ; stone-cutter; res. in Lowell. 

Ruth Emma^, b. April 24, 1844. (225) 

Octavia G.«, b. March 11, 1846; d. Jan., 1886, a. 40. 

Julia^ b. Feb. 23, 1849 ; m. Frank Livingston, of Lowell, railroad 

employee. Child : Helen SJ (Livingston), b. March, 1883. 
Frank- Lorenzo^, b. June 3, 1851 ; farmer and carpenter in Salisbury 

N. H. ; dec. 



GARDINER5 CORSER. 



7?^ 



. 156(69). 
G ARD I NER5 (Davids David-', John-), b. in Boscawen, Dec. 29, 
iSor ; farmer ; settled in Gates, N. Y., removing to that 
State with his father about 1816 ; d. July 4, 1840, a. 38 ; 
m., Tan. 11, 1825, Mercv Ann Thomas, an inmate of the 
family of " Squire ~ Y. She ra., 

2d. S ' " "Id place. 



'A, ]S:^3. (227) 

y 3, J^aVH-.J*atgaiS^5|. 32: m., July 4, 1S53, 
Jonathan Thomas, of -'^^<^*^VV^'f_^cia 

'nrio[ — i-nrio^'^-^ ^bivsa — ^bivfiQ 
Caleb Burbanrs, Col. (David-*. David\ John^), b. m Bos- 

cawCF: '""'^ 14, 1S03 ; rem ' ' '" tather to 

\''.- "rbe aizc of i "; : in Gat^s, 



Spencerport, 

Chapman, of East Haddam, C 
near Rochester, in 1863, whert i, 
71. (See 270.) Children: 

Helen X.e (first wife),b. Dec. 22. 1829 ; m. ( 
dec; res. in Spencerport; d. in Rochestt 

Francis S.", b. July 13, 1833 ; has been in Auei. 
lived in Brighton, N. Y. 



^irighton, 
. 26, 1875, a. 



ultou, musician, 
i. 1883, a. 53. 
111., and has since 



GARDINER5 CORSER. 73 

156(69). 

Gardiner5 (Davids David% John-), b. in Boscawen, Dec. 29, 
1 801 ; farmer ; settled in Gates, N. Y., removing to that 
State with his father about 1816 ; d. July 4, 1840, a. 38 ; 
m., Ian. 11, 1825, Mercy Ann Thomas, an inmate of the 
family of " Squire " Willey, of Ogden, N. Y. She m., 
2d, Samuel Carroll, continuing to reside on the old place. 
Children : 

Charles A.^, b. Sept. 25, 1825 ; d. Jan. 20, 1828. 

Lewis H.^, b. March 11, 1827. (226) 

Laura A.^, b. July 19, 1828; m. Lewis Bagley, of Pembroke, N. Y., 

farmer, Oct. 24, 1826. 
Frances Jane^, b.Sept. 10, 1830 ; m. Edmund Carroll, brother of Samuel, 

Sept. 15, 1855; res. in Pembroke, N. Y. 
Charles A.\h. April 14, 1 833. (227) 

Caroline F.% b. May 3, 1835 ; d. Aug., 1867, a. 32 ; m., July 4, 1853, 

Jonathan Thomas, of Alden, X. Y. 

157 (69). 
Caleb Burbank^, Col. (David-*, Davids John^), b. in Bos- 
cawen, Oct. 14, 1803 ; removed with his father to 
New York at the age of 1 3 ; settled on a farm in Gates, 
Monroe Co. ; was Justice of the Peace for 20 years ; 
represented the Rochester district in the legislature of 
185 1-2; was a man of ability and clear judgment; 
industrious, prudent, economical ; of cultivated tastes, 
and equally ready with the tongue and pen. He m., ist, 
Oct. 12, 1828, Henrietta L., dau. of Squire Spencer, of 
Spencerport, N. Y., who d. in 1840; 2d, R. Maria 
Chapman, of East Haddam, Conn. ; removed to Brighton, 
near Rochester, in 1863, where he d. April 26, 1875, ^■ 
yi. (See 270.) Children: 

Helen L.^ (first wife),b. Dec. 22, 1829 ; m. Geo. R. Poultou, musician, 
dec. ; res. in Spencerport ; d. in Rochester, Sept. 23, 1883, a. 53. 

Francis S.^, h. July 13, 1833 ; has been in Australia; m.,and has since 
lived in Brighton, N. Y. 



74 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Ehvood 5.6, b. Oct. 3, 1835. (228) 

Fred G.^ (second wife), b. June 12, 1849; architect; res. in Minne- 
apolis, Minn. 
Caleb E.% b. 1851 ; d. young. 
Henrietta M.% h. 1853 ; d. young. 

158 (69). 

Ruth5 (David'*, Davids John^), b. in Boscawen, Oct. 2, 1805 ; 
m. Hiram Hubbard, whose father lived in or near Spring 
Water, N. Y. He worked first on the canal, and after- 
wards kept a livery-stable in Canandagua, where he d. 
Jan. 19, 1848. After his death she went to live with 
her father in Ogden. (It was Mr. H., it is alleged, with 
how much truth we are unable to say, who was employed 
— in 1827 — as teamster of a conveyance which spirited 
away — no one knows whither, except that he was after- 
wards traced to Niagara river — the famous William 
Morgan, a tailor of Batavia, N. Y., who was supposed to 
be about to disclose the secrets of the Masonic order, of 
which he was a member. He disappeared suddenly, and 
liis fate remains still shrouded in mystery.) Children of 
Jluth : 

Louisa Caroline^ (Hubbard), b. Jan. 18, 1831 ; m., July 30, 1850, 

OrvilleC. Morris; d. May 29, 1863, a. 32. 
Sarah Ann\ b. Oct. 22, 1832 ; m. James B. Newton, Sept. 20, 1845.' 
Harriet L.^h. Jan. 13, 1835; d. 1860, a. 25. 
Frank Hiram^, b. April 30, 1837 ; lived with his grandfather Hubbard 

after his father's death ; m. L. Bartlett, Feb. 10, 1863. 
Henrietta Laura% b. Dec. 27, 1840 ; d. Oct. 22, 1853, a. 12. 
George W.% b. Feb. 22, 1844 ; hardware dealer in Flint, Mich. ; ni., 

March 25, 1868, Amanda L. Gunn, of Ogden, N. Y. 

159 (69)- 

Harriet Lavinia^ (David-*, Davids John^), b. in Ogden, N. 
Y., March 3, 1824 ; d. at Lowell, Mass., Feb. 19, 1886, 
a. 61 ; m., Nov. 12, 1844, Henry C. Church, b. May 9, 




Frederic Gardiner "^ Corsfr 

Minneapolis, Minn. 
Age 52—1901 




Caleb B.5 — David* - Davids — John^ - Johni 
Page 223 Par. 157—69—32—25—2431 



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74 CORSEK FAMILY IN AMRRJCA 

Eltaoor ■ I. ii, J83(> (228) 

>i'.ii':- 1-', ■ >i. in Minne- 



< . 



158 (69). 

KuTH^ (David'*, David^ John^), b. in Boscavven, Oct. 2, 1805 ; 
m. Hiram Hubbard, whose father lived in or near Spring 
Water, N. Y. He worked first on the canal, and after- 
wards kept a livery-stable in Canandagua, where' he d. 
Jan. 19, 1848. After his death she went to live with 
her father in Ogden. (ft was Mr. H., it is alleged, with 
how much truth we are unable to say, who was employed 
— iiiaJgHGD-^ 5?HHiaHAD OIHHaHH'^ i'ed 

aWcl} ■ - nCi v?.';,' :: - ::;;:•: . , . --..- .ICT- 

wards traced ■l^^^ialW^'^^WM the famous William 
Morgan, a tailor of^^frit'-rS^v^S^ > to 

^l!&^^^\5^St" ^biv.a ^- ^bivBQ - ^.H dsI.D 
wiucT) hi" vva, ■ 

hw fate reVn •)??-,. "^ Children ot 

Ruth : 

Louisa Caroi.iiuv (^riunoaia;, d. .iaii. ja, i-?..u ; m., July 30, 1850, 

OrvilleC. Morris; d. May 29, 1863, a. 32. 
Sarah Ann'^, h. Oct. 22, 1832 ; m. James B. Newton, Sept. 20, 1845." 
Harriet L.^ b. Jan. 13, 183-5 ; d. 1860, a. 25. 
Frank Iliram^, b. April 30, 1837 ; lived with his grandfather Hubbard 

aft«r his father's death ; m. L. Bartletfc, Feb. 10, 1863. 
Henrietta Laura% b. Dec. 27, 1840; d. Oct. 22, 18.53, a. 12. 
George W.\ b. Feb. 22, 1844; i r in Flint, M" 

March 2.'», 1868, Amanda T.. < , N. Y. 



Harriet Lavinias (David\ Davids John" ....«;n, N. 

Y., March 3, 1824 ; d. at Lowell. M ig, 1886, 

a. 61 ; m., Nov. I3, 1S44, Hem . b. May 9, 



CHARLES W.5 ADAMS. 75 

1813. He was formerly proprietor of a paper-mill, in 
Rochester, N. Y. ; also had charge of a tannery in Spen- 
cerport ; in 1880 was engaged in the paper trade and 
insurance business in Lowell, Mass., where he died. 
Children, b. in New York : 

Harriet Augusta^ (Church), b. Nov. 30, 1845. (229) 

Henry Ward^, b. April 4, 1850. (230) 

Frederic Cameron^, b. Aug. 26, 1857. 

160 (70). 

Charles W.s (Adams) (Hannah-*, David^, John'), b. in Bos. 
cawen, 1801 ; went to N. Y. about 1832 ; worked in 
Parma and other places ; m. Lydia Tripp, of P. ; 
removed to Manchester, N. H., about 1850; d. there 
P'eb. 8, 1863, a. 61 ; was a prominent freemason ; shoe- 
maker, tanner, and paper-hanger by trade. Children, b. 
in N. Y. : 

William Henry^,h. 1840; bookkeeper in Amesbury, Mass.; later went 

West. 
Fanny^, b. 1842 ; m. Charles B. Danforth, reporter for the Boston 

Herald, who d. Jan. 15, 1890, a. 48. She d. Sept. 17, 1898. Children : 

Charles FJ and Frank P.' (Danforth.) 

161 (70). 

Anne5 (Adams) (Hannah^ David^ John^), b. in Salisbury, 
Mass., March 7, 1806 ; m. Enoch Lord, an Englishman, 
who d. June 28, 1871 ; lived in Amesbury, Saxonville, 
Wrentham, and other places in Mass., where Mr. L. was 
employed in factories; res. from 1875 in Lowell; d. 
1892. Children : 

Enoch^ (Lord), b. Dec. 3, 1830 ; furniture dealer in Portland, Me., 
whence he removed to Minneapolis, Minn. ; thrice m., 1st, to Letitia 
M. Sawyer ; 3 children. 



76 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Robert^, b. Aug. 30, 1832 ; res. in Lowell ; m. Angeline Grant, of Pros- 
pect, Me. ; 4 children, among them Frank'', an artist of marked 
skill, -who d. April 7, 1882, a. 24. He early developed a talent for 
drawing ; learned the lithographic art in the studio of Buford & Sons, 
Boston ; did work in San Francisco and Philadelphia, and acted as 
special artist for Frank Leslie's paper ; " was a young man of fine 
ability, amiable disposition and high character ; a worthy member 
of the Paige St. (Lowell) church," says a Lowell paper ; left a 
widow, Jennie (Gibbie). 

Friend^, b. Dec. 29, 1834 ; jeweler ; res. in Lowell, where he d. May 3, 
1888. 

Frosfi, b. May 28, 1837; served in the War of the Rebellion ; m. Laura 
Ann Cutting, who d. June 22, 1889 ; 3 children ; res. in Attleboro, 
Mass. 

Hannah^, b. Oct. 25, 1840; m. Charles A. Groves, of Boston, who d. 
May 18, 1890. Child : An7m Elisabeth' (Groves), b. 1870. 

Anna Victoria^, b. June 9, 1842 ; m. Stewart Wallace, dec. ; 2 children ; 
housekeeper for her uncle Warren, San Francisco, Cal. 

Jasper Morton^, b. Dec. 1, 1846 ; served in the War of the Rebellion ; 
res. in Lincoln, Neb. 

162 (70). 

Georges (Adams) (Hannah-*, Davids John^), b. in Salisbury, 

Mass., Oct. 14, 181 1 ; settled on a farm in Norwich, 

Vt. ; moved afterwards to Manchester, N. H., where he 

was city-crier for some years, and owned real estate of 

considerable rentable value ; was twice m., ist, to 

Clymene B. Armstrong, of Norwich ; d. at Manchester, 

April, 1882. Children of Clymene: 

Hannah D.^ (231) 

Gelano 0.^ (232) 

Frank R.^, m. Percy W. Tracy, of N. Y., shoe-dealer. 

Georgie^ (232a) 

163 (70). 

Warrens (Adams) (Hannah^ David^ John'), b. in SaHsbury, 
Mass., March, 181 3 ; m. Susan Carter, of Warner, N. H., 
who d. Aug. 29, 1883 ; was a house-painter for some 
years ; kept a livery-stable in Boston about 1850 ; failing 
in business went to Cal. in 185 i ; d. in Hyde Park, Mass., 
at the res. of his daughter, Jul)' 26, 1894, a. 81. Child : 



BLISS* DAVIS. JJ 

Harriets b. Aug. 29, 1840; m. Rev. G. W. Pratt, of Jacksonville, 111.; 
res. (since about 1890) in Hyde Park, Mass. Six children : Lillian 
Bowdilclv (Pratt), b. 1860; Wm. Granville', b. 1863, died; John 
Herman', b. 1864 ; Mabel Davenport' ; Lutie Clifton' ; Leon Appleton'', 
b. Jan., 1871. 



164 (71). 

Blisss (Davis) (Polly^ David^, John'), b. in Orford, N. H., 
Sept. 25, 1807; farmer; res. in Orford, afterwards in 
Sanbornton and Plymouth ; m., Jan. 7, 1840, Harriet C, 
dau. of Payson Tucker, of Sanbornton. She d. in Ply- 
mouth, March i, 1879. ^^ d. Jan. 18, 1897, a. 89. 
Children : 



Payson T^, b. in Orford, Dec. 25, 1840 ; d. Feb., 1850. 

Carlos .1.6, b. Sept. 24, 1842 ; d. in AVest Newton, Mass., Feb. 10, 
1866, a. 23. 

Caroline L.% b. in O., May 14, 1844; m., Jan. 9, 1872, Sylvester Mel- 
ven, commercial traveler ; res. in Lawrence, Mass. 

Ansel r.6, b. in Sanbornton, March 7. 1847; m.. May 21, 1876, Ella C. 
MuUikin, of Rumney, N. H. ; in trade at WeUs River, Yt. Children : 
Bertha Mabel', b. Feb. 13, 1880 ; Maud Evalyn', b. July 22, 1886. 

Freeman Nathan^, b. in S., June 22, 1850 ; m. Nina J. Lewis, of Grove- 
land, Mass. ; res. in Dover, N. H. 

Orrin Bliss'', b. in S., Feb. 24, 1852 ; m. Emma Harriman ; res. in 
Plymouth ; was killed on the railroad in P., by coming in collision 
with the cars while attempting to cross the track with a team, Oct. 
7, 1892, a. 40. 



165 (71). 

Enochs (Davis) (PollyS David^ John'), b. in Orford, N. H., 

Oct. 5, 1810 ; m. Harriet Ellis, who died Oct. 25, 1866, 

a. 47 ; res. in Warren, Mass. ; was employed for many 

years on the railroad ; deceased. Child : 

Ella Elisabeth^, b. June 8, 1851. (233) 



78 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

i66 (71). 

Thomas Gilberts (Davis) (Polly*, Davids John'), b. in 

Orford, N. H., Aug, 17, 181 7; farmer in Westboro, 

Mass. ; m., ist, Maria Allen, of West Newton, Mass., 

who d. April 14, 1883, a. 67 ; m., 2d, May, 1884, 

Mrs. Frances M. Reardon. Children of Maria : 

Allen^, b. Aug. 18, 1853 ; d. July 11, 1876, a. 22. 

iMarf, b. Nov. 8, 1855 ; ni. Wilder F. Brown, of Westboro. Child : 

Fred LJ (Brown), b. 1879. 
Eugene^, b. June 26, 18.59. 

167 (71). 

Marias (Davis) (Polly^, David^ John^), b. in Orford, N. H., 
April 17, 1821 ; deceased ; m. Augustus Allen, a farmer 
of West Newton, Mass. Children : 

Alfred^ (Allen). 

Hattie^. 

Emma^. 

168 (73). 

Emelines (Silas'*, David^ John^), b. in Boscawen, July 9, 

1814 ; m. Wright, dec, rake-maker by trade, also 

an employee on the Erie canal ; res. in Albion, N. Y. 
Children : 

Elbridge C.^ (Wright), b. Jan. 27, 1844 ; d. same day. 
Charles M.^, h. Oct. 17, 1847 ; mar. Child : Louisa Pauline'', b. Oct. 1, 
1875. 

169 (75). 

Frances Henrys (Luke-*, Davids John-), b. in Boscawen, Jan. 
10, 1827 ; farmer in B., whence he removed to Canter- 
bury, where he d. Feb. 25, 1856, a. 29 ; m., Feb., 1850, 
Sarah Perkins, who d. in Concord, March 30, 1863, a. 
35. Child: 
Clara CS b. in R., Dec. 16, 1850; ni., June 11, 1874, Col. Frank 0. 
Churchill, merchant, of Lebanon, N. H. 




DAVID !!/• CORSER (170). 



DAVID B.5 CORSER. 79 

170 (75). 

David B.^ (Luke'', DavicP, John^), b. in Boscawen, Sept. 21, 
1835 ; m., May 24, i860, Mary E., clan, of Benjamin and 
Judith (Burbank) Carter, of Concord, N. H., who was 
b. June 8, 1837, and d. April 10, 1885, a. 47 ; partner in 
the firm of the Prescott Organ Co., of Concord, where 
he resides ; is a man of artistic and scientific tastes ; has 
among his curiosities prepared specimens of some 200 
different kinds of wood ; possesses also a fine cabinet of 
minerals, having made the study of that science a spe- 
cialty. Child : 

Francis Henry^, b. Feb. 15, 1862 ; partner in the firm of Corser & Powell 
(late Kimball, Corser & Powell), of Concord, clothiers ; m., Sept. 
28, 1886, Sarah, dau. of Jonathan Eastman and Sophia M. (Tilton) 
Lang, of Concord. Children : Eastman Lang', b. March 20, 1888 ; 
Mary Louisa', b. Jan. 25, 1892. 

171 (76). 

Bliss Wood^ (Bliss-*, David^, John^), b. in Boscawen, May 29, 
1826 ; mill-wright ; went West with his parents at an 
early age ; lived for many years in E. Saginaw, Mich., 
whence he removed in 1878 to Minneapolis, and later to 
Fort Snelling, Minn. ; m. Margaret Gould (see 280), of 
Oswego, N. Y., b. May 24, 1834. Child: 

Charles F.^,h. in Conneaut, O., 1857.. (234) 

172 {76). 
John Farmers (Bhss'', David^ John-), b. in Brighton, N. Y., 
Nov. 30, 1834 ; boot and shoe dealer in Towanda, Brad- 
ford county, Pa.; m., at Portageville, N. Y., Sept. 4, 
1 861, Hattie Emily Smith, b. March 29, 1842. Children : 

Harry Prosper^, b. at Portageville, April 13, 1864 ; graduated at Lafay- 
ette Coll., Easton, Pa., 1885. 
Archie Farmer^, b. at P., July 27, 1868. 
John Bliss\ b. at Towanda, Oct. 14, 1873. 



8o CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

173 {77)- 

Judith Maria^ (Morse) (Betsey*, Davids John^), b. in Brad- 
ford, N. H., Feb. 22, 1823 ; m., Nov. 15, 1849, Dr. Z. 
Colburn, of Manchester, N. H., where he d. Nov. 21, 
1864. Dr. C. was long a practitioner in M.; spent sev- 
eral years (1852-59) in California ; had by a former 
marriage a son William, who graduated with high hon- 
ors at Harvard Coll., studied law and settled in Boston, 
marrying Mary Dinsmoor, a schoolteacher of Manches- 
ter—at which latter place he d. suddenly, Sept. 9, 1875. 
Children of Judith Maria : 

Cliarle^ H.^ (Colburn), b. in Manchester, May 22,1852; carpenter; 
res. in M. ; m., Jan. 1, 1876, Fannie Robie. Ctiild: William Gar- 
diner', b. Oct. 26, 1876. 

Arthur M.^, b. April 17, 1860 ; went to Colorado, April, 1882, returning 
1884 ; res. (1894) in Colby, Wash. ; m., Nov. 5, 1891, MoUie S. 
Atkinson. Children : Charles EJ, b. Nov. 2, 1892 ; and others. 

Jennie M.% b. Oct. 3, 1862 ; d. Aug. 3, 1863. 

174 i77)- 

Jane W.s (Morse) (Betsey*, Davids John-), b. in Brad- 
ford, N. H., Aug. 10, 1824; m., June i, 1859, J. L. 
Fletcher, a farmer of Derry, dec. ; removed from D. to 
Manchester in 1888. Child: 

Everett^ (Fletcher), b. in D., June 15, 1860; in trade at Manchester 
about 1890; present res. (1901) in Thompson, Conn. ; m., March, 
1888, Margaret Donahue, of Dorchester, Mass. 

175 {77)- 

Joseph Wadleighs (Morse) (Betsey*, Davids John-), b. July 
12, 1826; farmer and carpenter; res. in Whitingham, 
Vt.; ra. Mary E. Starr. Children: 

Manj Etta^, h. Jan., 1853 ; d. 1861. 

Nettie C.% b. Jan., 1865 ; ni. Clarence Shepardson, merchant ; res. in 
Whitingham, and later at Bellows Falls. 




CHARLES S. PILLSBURY (177). 




MRS. CHARLES S. PILLSBURY (i; 




CHARLES GEORGE^ PILLSBURY (177). 



SARAH GEORGES RUNELS. Si 

176 (78). 

Sarah George^ (Runels) (Rachel-*, Davids John^), b. in 
Warner, N. H., Aug. 9, 1830; m., April 2, 1850, Jere 
C. Call, of W. ; res. in Lowell, Mass., where Mr. C. was 
for many years foreman in a bobbin shop ; d. in Lowell. 
Apr. 17, 1886, a. 55. Children: 

Frank Hanson^ (Call), b. June 8, 1852 ; d. Feb. 19, 1858. 

Mary Ellen^, h. ^lay 24, 1856 ; d. Oct. 2, 1856. 

Charles Henry^, ]\I. D., b. Oct. 15, 1858 ; res. for some years in 

Dakota. 
Willie F.e, b. May 7, 1863 ; d. March 23, 1864. 
Emma Frances^, b. Aug. 4, 1870 ; dec. 

177 {7^)- 

Mary Clough^ (Runels) (Rachel'', Davids John^), b. in War- 
ner, N. H., Dec. 27, 1832 ; taught school for some years, 
a part of the time in Ohio ; m., Dec. 24, 1863, Charles 
S., son of Gen. Moody A. and Abigail (Dix) Pillsbury, 
of Boscawen. (Abigail was the daughter of Timothy 
Dix, of B., and sister of Gen. John A. Dix.) Mr. Pills- 
bury has had several years' experience of life in Australia, 
of which he gave, in 1862, an interesting account in two 
lectures, delivered before the students of Elmwood Lit. 
Institute, Boscawen ; made a voyage to Europe with his 
son, visiting England and France, in the summer of 
1883 ; resides on a farm in Londonderry, N. H., where 
he has held various offices in the gift of the town ; has 
been Justice of the Peace for many years. Children : 

Charles George^ (Pillsbury), b. Feb. 15, 1865 ; graduated at the Xew 
Hampton (N. H.) Lit. Institution, 1884 ; went into business in Col- 
orado, whence returned in 1888 ; res. in Londonderry, where he has 
been superintendent of schools, and also taught school for some 
years ; m. Alice E. Miller, of L., June 20, 1894. Children : Helen 
lona', b. Mar. 8, 1895 ; d. Mar. 9, 1895 ; Vera Dix', b. May 25, 1897. 

Adams Dix^, b. March 23, 1868 ; d. May 3, 1877. 

John Arthur^, b. Aug. 26, 1872 ; d. Jan. 17, 1873. 



82 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

178 (84). 

Hirams (Nathan^, William^, John% John'), b. 1818 ; cl. about 
1871 ; m. Roxana Black. Children : 

MichaeR 

Myron 3I.% b. 1843 ; res. (1877) in Cherry Valley, Montgomery Co., 

Kansas. 
Milton^. 
Eliza Ann^. And others. 

179 (88)- 

Sallys (Cole) (Sarah-* Gerald, Abbyneezer^, John'), b. in 
Orford, N. H., Jan. 8, 18 12 ; d. in Boscawen, 1877 ; m., 
1835, Leonard Morrison, a farmer of B., who was b. 
Oct. 27, 1807, and d. 1877. Children: 

Charles E.^ (Morrison), b. Jan. 8, 1836. 

John C.6, b. July 18, 1837 ; m. Clara B. Simpson, Feb. 3, 1866 ; d. Nov. 

23, 1896, a. 59. Children : Marij SJ ; Lena MabeP. 
Maria<^, b. Feb. 10, 1839 ; m. Charles Rolfe, of Fisherville, N. H. 
Benjamin C.^, b. Jan. 2, 1841. v 

Joseph i.6, b. March 15, 1843. 
Mary Frances^, b. Aug. 11, 1844. 
Josejih 17.6, b. Sept. 13, 1847. 
Sarah E.\ b. Jan. 25, 1850. 

Samuel W.^, b. June 6, 1852 ; mar. Bessie Weeks ; 6 children. 
Kate Elisabeth^, b. Sept 10, 1854 ; d. March 7, 1898, a. 43 ; m. A. F. 

Rolfe. Child : Joseph NJ (Rolfe). 
Arthur Herbert^ b. May 29, 1856. 

180 (96). 

Silass (Call) (Silas-* Call, Mollys John'), b. in Boscawen, 
Dec. 10, 1825 ; m. Laurina Bullock, 1853 ; moved to 
Iowa. Children : 

Adna^ b. in B. ; d. of pneumonia, March 3, 1878, a. 19. "The 
deceased," says the Shenandoah (la.) Reporter of March 8, 1878, 
" breathed his last at his father's home, in the immediate vicinity 
of Shenandoah. Devoted to study, and of a religious and spiritual 
turn of mind, he was preparing as an evangelist to preach the glad 
tidings, when God said to him, ' Come up liigher.' " 

Mabel^. 



REUBEN M.5 CALL. 83 

181 (97). 

Reuben M.s (Call) (Lemuel Call, Mollys John^), b. in 

Boscawen, June 6, 1816; m. Mary Stickney ; res. in 

New London, N. H. Children: 

Sarah^. 

Eveline^, m. Morgan. 

Manj^, m. Call. 

Phebe^, m. Call. 

Frank Pierce^. 

182 (97). 

WiLLL\M W.5 (Call) (Lemuel Call, Molly^ John^), b. in 
Boscawen, Jan. 13, 1822 ; m. Mary French; went to 
California by the overland route, 1849; worked in the 
mines; removed with his family to San Francisco, 185 1 ; 
d. at Santa Rosa, Feb. 14, 1884, a. 62. Children : 

Annie^. Emma Frances^. 

183 (97). 

JoNAS5 (Call) (Lemuel^ Call, Mollys, John^), b. in Boscawen, 

April 24, 1826 ; went to Cal. with his brother William, 

1849; worked in the mines; kept a boarding-house; 

returned East, and m. Mary A. Stone, of Acton, Mass.; 

came East a second time, with his family, about 1871, 

remaining till 1873, when he returned to engage in a 

new mining enterprise. Children : 

A lice^. 
Arthur^. 

184 (99). 

Phebe C.5 (Stone) (Ruth-* Call, Mollys John-), b. in Bos- 
cawen, Sept. 24, 1825 ; d. July 22, 1863, a. 37 ; m., 
March 15, 1849, John A. McClure, a farmer of B., who 
m., 2d, Susan W. Moore. Child of second wife : Sadie. 
Children of Phebe : 



84 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Echvi7i P.6(McClure), b. July 13, 1850. 

Addie Victoria^, b. Aug. 18, 1853; m. Richmond Simpson. 

Alice Phehe^, b. Nov. 6, 1855; ni. John Ford, of Concord. Child: 

Frank William'' (Ford), b. April 22, 1874, dec. 
Charles James^, b. March 2, 1858 ; m. Eva Shepherd ; 2 children. 

185 (99). 

Charles J. F.5 (Stone) (Ruth-* Call, Mollys John^), b. in 
Boscawen, April 21, 1827; attorney at law, Plymouth, 
N. H., where he d. April 19, i860; m. Abbie A., dau. 
of Meshech Weare, of Andover. Children : 

George W.^, b. Nov. 11, 1857 ; graduated at Dart. Coll., 1878 ; studied 
law in the office of J. M. Shirley, Esq., of Andover, and at the Boston 
Law School ; was admitted to practice, 1882, attaining at his exam- 
ination " the highest per cent. (94§) ever received by a candidate 
under the present system " ; res. at Andover ; represented the town 
in the legislature of 1885-6. 

Charles W.^, b. Aug. 6, 1859 ; graduated at Dai't. Coll., 1878 ; "wisely 
cares for his mother's farm [at Andover], instead of seeking busi- 
ness in a 7 X 9 lawyer's office ; is full of town business, farming, 
lumbering, threshing," etc. " He is the great-grandson of Meshech 
"Weare, Gov. of N. H. in revolutionary times." — Merrimack Journal, 
Sept. 30, 1887. 

186 (99). 

Hannah E.5 (Stone) (Ruth-* Call, Mollys John^), b. in Bos- 
cawen, Dec. 12, 1828 ; d. Oct. 6, 1865, a. 36 ; m. George 
T. Sanborn, of B., Jan. 13, 1850. Children: 

Georgiana E.^ (Sanborn), b. 1850; m. John Chase. Children : MabeP 

(Chase) ; Maud'' ; Fred''. 
Fred George^, b. 1854 ; res. in Cal. 

187 (99)- 

Silas C.5 (Stone) (Ruth^ Call, Molly^ John^). b. in Bos- 
cawen, Nov. 14, 1830; m. Feb. 6, 1854, Julia A. Pattee, 
of Goffstown, N. H. ; master of the Sherwin School, 
Boston (1878) ; res. in West Roxbury, Mass. Children : 



MARY JANE5 STONE. 85 

Akiric^, b. Jan. 28, 1855 ; student in Amherst Coll., 1876. 

S. Abbie% h. J n\y 10, 1861. 

Annie Florence Siockwell^, b. Aug. 0, 1867. 

188 (99). 
Mary Janes (Stone) (Ruth-* Call, Mollys Johir), b. in Bos- 
cawen, Nov. 3, 1833 ; m., June 25, 1852, Moses F. Heath ; 
res. in Webster, N. H. Children: 

Luella Medora^ (Heath), b. 1853; ni. George Simpson. Child: Dora 

Lizzie"^ (Simpson). 
Eur/ene Francis^, b. 1859. 
Eua Mm/, b. 1863 ; m. Wm. Simpson, of Cal. 

189 (99). 

Charlotte A. 5 (Stone) (Ruth-* Call, Mollys John-), b. in 
Boscawen, Feb. 25, 1839. She m., ist, John Sawyer, 
of Concord ; 2d, Joshua Sargent, of San Francisco. 
Children : 

Martha Lottie^. 
Emma Nynie^. 
Ahnn^. 

190 (99). 

Frederic P.^ (Stone) (Ruth^ Call, Mollys John-), b. in Bos- 
cawen, March 24, 1841 ; enlisted in the War of the 
Rebellion, Dec, 1861 ; reenlisted June 5, 1864 ; was 
promoted to captain, June 10, 1865 ; participated in 
above 20 engagements ; was twice captured and sent to 
Libby prison ; m., 1865, Lovilla, dau. of Joseph K. 
Sanborn, of Webster, N. H. ; went same year to Cal., 
and is now (1878) connected with the publishing house 
of Bancroft & Co., San Francisco. Children : 

Charles Fred<^, b. Nov. 22, 1868. 
Josephine L.% b, Feb. 7, 1870. 
Hubert H. B.% h. Sept. 24, 1871. 
DoraB.^, b. 1873; d. 1874. 



86 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

191 (99). 

Nathan J.s (Stone) (Ruth^ Call, Mollys John^), b. in Bos- 
cawen, June 1 1, 1843 ! ^i- Annie Call, of San Francisco, 
Cal. ; res. in Santa Rosa, Cal. ; has traveled extensively ; 
been connected with the publishing house of Bancroft 
& Co. ; in 1878 was in trade in Yokahama, Japan ; has 
had two children who d. in infancy. 

192 (99). 

Ruth Emma^ (Stone) (Ruth"* Call, Mollys, John^), b. in 
Boscawen, July 6, 1845 i ^'^■> Oct. 9, 1863, Frank H. 
Sweatt, of Andover, N. H. ; res. in Santa Rosa, Cal. 
Child : 
Wilbur Morns'^ (Sweatt), b. Nov. 11, 1866. 

192a (103, 290). 
Benjamin^ (William^ Asa^ William^ John'), b, in Thetford, 
Vt., 1810 ; d. at Mechanics P'alls, Me., 1853. Children: 

Lorenzo^ of Bridgeton, Me. (1899). 

William^, b. about 1835; went South — " last heard of, in Texas"; 
twice mar. Childi'en of first wife : 2 sons, one dec. ; Delia Louisa', 
b. in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Feb. 29, 1860 ; res. (1899) in Dorchester? 
Mass. (By D. LJ C.) 

193 (104). 

Mary5 (Kilcurn) (Hannah-* Uran, Mary^ William-, John'), 
b. in Boscawen, Sept. 4, 1802 ; m., Jan. 19, 1829, Daniel 
Webster ; res. in West Charleston, P. O., Can. Chil- 
dren : 

Grace^ (Webster), m. Lyons, a farmer. 

Hannah Frances^, m. Bowker, M. D. 

Anne^. 

194 (105). 

Albert Plumers (Kilburn) (Anna-* Uran, Mary^ William-, 
John'), b. in Boscawen, Feb. i, 1810; m., 1837, Abigail 
Tuttle, of B. ; res. in Webster, where he d. Aug. 3, 
1887, a. yj. Children : 



SIMEONS CORSER. 8/ 

Nancy A.^, b. in Danbury, X. H., March 20, 1838; m., Nov. 20, 1856, 
Hiram C. Little, of Webster ; 3 children. 

Charles Pfi, b. 1840 ; d. 1842. 

Daniel P.^ b. 1845 ; d. 1864, in War of the Rebellion (Co. C. sharp- 
shooters). 

Charles A.% b. 1849; d. 1857. 

Flora E.^h. 1851; d. 1857. 

Charles A.^, b. Dec. 16, 1857. 

195 (107). 
Simeons (Simeon'', Simeon^ William-, John'), b. in Sutton, 
Can., 1822; d. there, 1858, a. ^6; m. Elvira Morgan, 
1845 ; family removed to Parishville, N. Y., about i860. 
Children, b. in Sutton : 

Charles H.^, b. 1846 ; m. Ursula Wright, 1869. 

Orson il/.«, b. 1848; m. Celestia Gray, 1869. 

Cornelius MA b. 1850; m. Ellen Milltiinore, 1875; d. in Parishville, 

Jan., 1883. 
Wallace W.^, b. 1852 ; ni. Augusta Simons, 1881. 
Edgar P.^, b. 1855 ; m. Abbie Langdell, 1880. 
James S.^, b. 1857 ; res. in Parishville. 

196 {l 10). 

Martha^ (Eastman) (Rebecca^, James-*, Thomas^ John^), b. 
in Boscawen, Feb. 5, 181 1 ; m. Cyrus, son of Pelatiah 
Gookin, of B., May 15, 1832. His father was a clothier ; 
carried on the business at " Dodge's Mills," so called ; 
bought afterwards in Salisbury, N. H. Cyrus was b. 
Aug. 22, 1802, and d. at North Salisbury, where he had 
been in trade for many years, Dec. 10, 1873, a. 71. 
Children : 

Hamilton'^ (Gookin), b. March 5, 1833. (235) 

Frank', b. Sept. 8, 1843 ; d. 1847. 

Flora\ b. May 13, 1849 ; m., May, 1870, Francisco C. Shaw, of Hill, 

N. H., nurseryman. 
Myra'', b. May 11, 1852 ; res. in Salisbury. 
Georgiana"^ , b. Sept. 8, 1854 ; m. Sargent, of Exeter, employee on 

the B. & M. Raih-oad. Child : Gladys^ (Sargent). 



88 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

197(111). 

Elisabeth Bean^ (Amos^, James-*, Thomas^, John^), b. in 
Boscawen, Aug. 8, 1820; m., 1843, Cyrus B. Fitts, of 
B., farmer; res. in Webster (formerly a part of B.). 
Children : 
Charles^ (Fitts), b. June 2-5, 1845; ni. Ellen Gay. 
Amos\ b. Dec. 26, 1847. 
Cyrus\ b. June 30, 1849 ; died. 

Mary\ m. James Snyder, of W. Children : Nellie^ (Snyder) ; Mallon^. 
AhUe', m. (second wife) Wm. Harper, of W. Child : William^ 

(Harper). 
Emma\ ra. Albert Hardy ; d. in Franklin, Feb. 23, 1896, a. 29. Chil- 
dren : Ernest W.^ (Hardy) ; dau. b. Feb. 5, 1896, d. in infancy. 
Hattie B.\ died. Nellie^ died. 

198 (III). 
Rebecca Ann^ (Amos^, JamesS Thomas^, John-), b. July 30, 
1827 ; d. 1874 ; m. Wm. Pearson, of Boscawen, Jan. 3, 
1849. Children : 
Clara' (Pearson), b. in 18.59 ; d. same year. 
Charles'' , b. April 23, 1861. 

199(114). 
Maria G.^ (Sweatt) (Sallys Downing, Anna-*, Thomas^, 
John"), b. Nov. 22, 1822 ; d. Nov. 13, 1874, a. 5 i ; m., 
Feb. 8, 1842, Ralph Sawyer. Children: 
Orilla M.'' (Sawyer), d. Nov., 1863 ; ra. Samuel Sargent ; 2 children 

who d. 
Almiron L.'', d. Sept., 1866. 
Orrin?, mar. Children : Elmer^; Nettie^. 
Ina'', m. Charles Moon, of S. Boston. 

200 (l 14). 
Mary Ann*^ (Sweatt) (Sallys Downing, Anna^ Thomas^, 
John^), b. Dec. 5, 1824 ; d. March 3, 1852, a. 27 ; m. 
Wm. Crawford, Feb. 8, 1845. Children: 
Prentice'' (Crawford), carpenter; mar.; res. (about 1885) in Ply- 
mouth, N. H. 
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201 (I 14). 

Ira*" (Sweatt) (Sallys Downing, Anna^ Thomas^ John*), b. 
June 4, 1831 ; m. Sophronia Smart ; res. in Lowell, 
Mass. Children : 

Anna', mar. ; d. 1890. 
Louis^. 

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loei— 5s: saA 

Thomas J.^ (Courser) (William B.?, Moses-*, l homas:-, John'^), 

fnrio]^.-Jtflj^ot8-3-7«;8<t)adt1iTei= ^«©8UMbi*tA,a:ta£ii[IiWjttst!cfe -e^riT 
the Peace ; i%2^e-a«S-t?ii^iil^808t.iTl4^iealer ; for the 
year preceding June, 1885, "shipped 20 full car-loads 

' * ■" '■■" f-^ ^'-- ' — • --"'■:•• -■■ ■- •■<; in the 

..mocratic 

S4, to which 

, has rep- 

st, .Sarah 

h, 1 876 ; 

2d, . . u;t. 24, 1876. 

Childic!. 



Emma Janette'', v. wn. n', iiu, . i-,-. i 
George Woodbury'', b. April 7, 1871 : rt. 
Fred William'' , b. Sept. 19, 1872 ; 1. 

'10, 1901 ; farmer in Web.ster, 
Sarah Abhy\ b. Feb. 22, 1876 ; res. in ( 
( <,..,-.■. Tfpnry'i (second wife), b. Apr 
Uural Coll., Durham, N. H. 



. 14. 
l>iu>Mi,o£ Concord, April 



udent (1899) at 




Thos. J. 



If Sarah Abby ' Courser 

Concord, N. H. 

Age 25—1901 

William B.' — Moses^ — Thos.^ - John^ — John' 
Par. 203—118—47—28—25—24 





IRA^ SWEATT. 89 

201 (l 14). 

Ira'' (Sweatt) (Sally^ Downing, Anna^ Thomas^ John-), b. 
June 4, 1831 ; m. Sophronia Smart; res. in Lowell, 
Mass. Children : 

Anna", mar. ; d. 1890. 

Louis''. 

Bertha', d. young. 

202 (I 14). 

Tyler C^ (Sweatt) (Sallys Downing, Anna-*, Thomas^, 
John^), b. Oct. II, 1840; farmer in Webster, N. H.; m. 
Hester A. Sargent. Children : 

Ida LJ, b. Aug. 13, 1867; teacher; m. Dec. 25, 1889, Fred E. Frost; 

res. in Webster ; 2 children. 
Myra Z.^ b. Aug. 26 , 1872 ; teacher ; d. 1894. 

203 (118). 

Thomas J.*' (Courser) (William B.5, Moses-*, Thomas^ John^), 
b. July, 1837 ; faimer in Webster, N. H. ; Justice of 
the Peace ; is also an extensive cattle-dealer ; for the 
year preceding June, 1885, '"shipped 20 full car-loads 
of stock out of the state, paying the farmers in the 
vicinity over $12,000 for this stock ; " was Democratic 
candidate for county commissioner in 1884, to which 
office he was elected in 1886 and again in 1888 ; has rep- 
resented the town in the legislature. He m., ist, Sarah 
E. Todd, of New London, N. H., who d. March, 1876 ; 
2d, Addie E. Marden, of New Boston, Oct. 24, 1876. 
Children : 

Emma Janette', b. Oct. 30, 1867 ; res. in Concord, N. H. (See 281.) 

George Woodbury\ b. April 7, 1871 ; d. Jan. 16, 1886, a. 14. 

Fred William'^, b. Sept. 19, 1872 ; m. Lora E. Brown, of Concord, April 

30, 1901 ; farmer in Webster. 
Sarah Ahhy'', b. Feb. 22, 1876 ; res. in Concord. 
Charles Henry'' (second wife), b. April 14, 1878; student (1899) at 

Agricultural Coll., Durham, N. H. 



90 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

203a (l 18). 

William Murray^ (Courser) (William B.s Courser, Moses*, 
Thomas^ John"), b. in Warner, N. H., Aug. 13, 1843 ; 
dealer in brick and lumber; res. in Dover, N. H.; m., 
July 26, 1869, Mary Elisabeth Wentworth, b. in Wolf- 
boro, N. H., Feb. 19, 1843. Children : 

Alice Bertha', b. Sept. 4, 1870; m., July 8, 1896, Avery Francis 

Hooper, of Bridgewateu, Mass. 
Mary Ether., b. Jan. 7, 1874 ; d. Sept. 4, 1874. 
William Wentworth\ b. May 21, 1876 : d. July 12, 1901, a. 25. 
Fred E(hvard\ b. Jan. 29, 1881 ; d. July 15, 1881. 
Leroy James', b. June 28, 1887. 

204 (121). 

Hersey C. P.^ (Clarks, Jonathan^ Jonathan^ John"), b. in 
Sharon, Vt., Dec. 5, 1835 ; foreman (1878) of Prouty 
& Co.'s boot factory, Spencer, Mass. ; m. Cynthia Elisa- 
beth Woodcock. Children : 

Imogene E.'', b. in Chicago, 111. 
Edgar PJ, b. in Worcester, Mass. 
George H.\ b. in Spencer, Mass., d. young. 

205 (121). 

Leon W.^ (Clarks, Jona.^ Jona.^, John"), b. in Gloucester, 
Mass., Feb. 10, 1850; farmer in Royalston, Mass. ; m. 
Mary Isadore , of Athol. Children : 

William Leverelt Leon' ; d. young. 
Franklin Leon'' (twin). 
Frederic Hersey'' (twin). 

206 (122). 

Martha J.^ (Jona.s, Jona.^, Jona.% John-), b. in Sufifield, Conn., 
Aug. 2, 1840 ; m. David P. Beebe, of Suffield ; res. in 
Bucklin, Linn Co., Mo. Children : 



MARV J.^ CORSER. 9 1 

Clara Gertrude'' (Beebe), b. Oct. 11, 1862. 
Mary Pease'', b. Dec. 14, 1863. 
Cora Belle'', b. Aug., 1872. 
William Preston\ b. March 8, 1876. 

207 (122). 

Mary J.*^ (Jona.-S Jona.^, Jona.^ John^), b. in Suffield, Conn., 
Feb. I, 1855; d. Nov. 25, 1872, a. 17; m. Eleazer 
Lyman, of S., Aug., 1871, who m., 2d, Ada Risley. 
Child : 

Luella'' (Lyman), b. 1872. 

208 (127). 

Guv T.*^ (Erastus T.5, Josiah^ Jona.^, John^), b. Feb. 15,1835 
paper-maktr ; m. Ellen M. Gould. Children : 

Willie'', d. in infancj'. 

Charles HJ, d. at the age of 4. 

Isabel R.'' 

Willie £".", d. at the age of 5. 

Edgar'', d. in infancy. 

Fred EJ Anna J/." ElUv. Leila''. 

209 (127). 

Charles D.^ (Erastus T.s, Josiah^, Jona.^, John^), b. May 4, 
1838; machinist; res. (1878) in Fitchburg, Mass; m. 
Priscilla R. Upton. Children : 

Mary'', d. in infancy. 
Hattie LJ, b. April 30, 1872. 
William CJ, h. May, 1875. 

210 (127). 

Celina A.^ (Erastus T.s, Josiah-», Jona.^, John^), b. April 29, 
1841 ; m. Frye B. Hopkins, of Springfield, Vt., farmer. 
Child : 

Ida SJ (Hopkins), b. Aug. 13, 1865. 



92 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

21 I (127). 

Maria N.^ (Erastus T.5, JosiahS Jona.^ John^), b. Oct. 10, 
1 85 1 ; m., Nov. 3, 1877, Nelson W. Stevens, of South- 
wick, Mass. Child : 

Lena MabeP (Stevens). 

212 (135)- 

Harriet Lucy^ (Solomon T.5, Daniel'*, John^ John''), b. in 
Portland, Me., Feb. 15, 1830; m. John M. Cummings, 
M. D., of P., March i, 1848. Children: 

Sumner' (Cummings), b. Jan. 10, 1849; m. Annie Leavitt. Children: 

Le Roy Webster^ ; Margaret Fairbanks^. 
Margaret'', b. May, 1852 ; d. Aug., 1853. 

213 (135)- 

David Frank^ (S. T.s, Daniel^ John^ John^), b. in Portland, 
Me., Jan. 14, 1835 J ^- Annie E. Brazier; res. in P. ; 
connected with the Grand Trunk R. R. Children : 

George Harvey'', b. Jan. 13, 1863. 
Arthur Ingraham', b. May, 1866. 

214 (135)- 

Margaret Ellen^ (S. T.5, Daniel, John^ John^), b. in 
Portland, Me., March 27, 1845 ; m., Dec. 7, 1869, 
Rev. David Augustus Easton. He was born in Yellow 
Springs, O., 1842 ; graduated at Bowdoin Coll., 1865, 
and at Andover Seminary, 1869 ; was pastor for some 
years of Cong. Church, in Danbury, Conn. ; in 1879 
removed to New York ; subsequently assumed charge of 
the Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston ; d. March i, 
1894. Child: 

Emma G? (Easton), b. March 1, 1872. 




DAVIU FRANK" CORSER (213). 




MRS. MARGARET ELLEN'' EASTON (214). 
A'eic Vol k. April, iSSi. 



LUCY ANNA^ COURSER. 93 

215 (136). 

Lucy Anna^" (Courser) (Harvey F.s, DanieH, John^, John"), 
b. in Nashua, N. H., April 3, 1840 ; m., Sept. 12, 1865, 
William H. Greenleaf ; res. in N., where Mr. G. was in 
the grocery trade for some years. He was the son of 
Seth Greenleaf, formerly connected with the B., C. & M. 
R. R. ; was a mail-agent for some years before marriage; 
served as representative from Nashua in the legislature 
of 1883. Children: 

Hattie Maria Courser"^ (Greenleaf), b. Nov. 12, 1866 ; 111., Nov. 24, 1888, 
George Frederic Smith, ticket-agent, B. & M. R. R., Nashua. Child : 
Abigail Greenleaf » (Smith), b. April 21, 1891. 

Carrie Thurher', b. March 29, 1893. 

216 (137). 

Orrin^ (Danforth) (Bernices, John^, John^, John^*), b. in 
Boscawen, June 5, 1831 ; twice m., ist, to Abra, dau. of 
Oliver Morrill, formerly of Loudon, N. H. ; res. (1878) 
in Gloucester, Mass. Children : 

Mary'' (first wife). 
Arthur''. 

2i6a (137). 

Mehitable C.^ (Danforth) (Bernices, John'», John^ John^), 
b. in Boscawen, Oct. 16, 1834 ; graduated at Elmwood 
Lit. Institute, Boscawen ; taught school ; was an accom- 
plished scholar and teacher; m., Sept. i, 1865, Pierce 
Bennett, of Concord, where she d. May, 1876. Child: 

Nellie'' (Bennett). 

217 (138). 

Brackett Greenough'' (John5, John'', John^ John^), b. in 
Bristol, N. H., Sept. 5, 1841 ; tailor; res. in St. Johns- 
bury, Vt., and more recently in Lebanon, N. H. ; m. 
Mary G. Hyde, of Meriden, 1862. Children: 

Lulu GreenougK' , b. July 10, 1865. 
William Henry', b. Dec. 24, 1867. 



94 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

218(138). 

Norman De F.*' (Johns, Johir*, John^ John''), b. in Bristol, 
N. H., Aug. 24, 1845; tailor; lived in Fisherville, 
whence he removed about 1880 to Buena Vista, Chaffee 
Co., Col.; served in the War of the Rebellion; m. Emma 
E. Sessions, of Fisherville. Children : 

Lillian GreenougW , b. April 9, 1870. 

Harry ElwooiP, b. Avig. 13, 1871. 

Herbert Howe', b. July 17, 1873 ; d. in Col., Feb. 12, 1887, a. 13. 

Mary Fielding^ b. June 5, 1880. (See 283.) 

219 (141). 

Ariadne Augusta^ (Freeman^, Davids John^ John^), b. in 
Boscawen, Oct. 24, 1834; school-teacher; m. Edson 
A. Eastman, mechanic, b. Feb. 18, 1833 ; res. in Con- 
cord. Children : 

Willie H? (Eastman), b. Sept. 19, 1861. 
Harriet M.\ b. Oct. 21, 1864. 
Lowell F.\ h. Oct. 25, 1866. 
Ellen MJ, b. Sept. 7, 1868. 

219a (141). 

Hamlet^ (Freeman^, David'*, John^, Johir), b. in Boscawen, 
May 13, 1843 ; farmer in Webster ; m. Belle Holmes, of 
W. Children : 

Blanche Alberline'', b. April 3, 1880. 
Stella Mae Belle', b. Jan. 12, 1883. 
Idella Florence'', b. Oct. 29, 1885. 
Helen Joxephine'', b. June 9, 1887. 
Marion Louise''. 

220 (144). 

Horace H.^ (Danforth) (Nathan C.^ Danforth, Rachel*, 
John3, John^), b. March 29, 1842 ; res. in Fisherville, 
N. H., where he d. of consumption, Feb. 26, 1878, a. 



THOMAS EDWIN^ FISK. 95 

34. " He served through the War of the Rebellion, in 
the First N. H. Cavalry, and had a splendid record as a 
soldier. A more kind, unobtrusive man never lived." — 
{Independent Statesman.) He m. Helen, dau. of Asa 
H. Gage, of F'isherville. Child: 

Maud EveUne\ b. Oct. 21, 1870. 

221 (144). 

Thomas Edwin^ (Fisk) (Charlotte S.^ Danforth, Rachel'', 
John3, John^), b. Oct. 8, 1836; m., ist, Nov. 7, 1858, 
Lydia G. Wight, who d. Feb. i, 1870; m., 2d, Jan. 28, 
1871, Etta Davis, who d. May 26, 1876; res. (1878) in 
Gorham, N. H. Children of Etta: 

Lottie C' 
Mamie Etta''. 
Harry Edwin'. 

222 (152). 

William T.^ (Coffin) (Ann E.s, Timothy*, john^, John*), b. 
in Chicago, 111., 1837 ; m. Annie M. Doe, Jan. 6, 1864 ; 
res. in Oshkosh, Wis. Children : 

Edmund''. 
Fannie'', b. 1870. 

223 (152). 

Louisa A.*^ (Coffin) (Ann E.s, Timothy*, John^ John^"), b. in 
Wisconsin, 1842 ; m., Aug. 22, 1863, Edwin E. Finney. 
Children : 

Ina M.7 (Finney), b. Oct. 1, 1864. 
Edwin E.'', h. Oct. 6, 1866. 
William H.'', b. Aug. 4, 1868 ; d. 1869. 
Clarence F.\ b. Sept., 1869. 
Newton S.\ b. April 28, 1873. 

224 (153)- 

Solomon B.*' (Greeley) (Louisa^, Timothy*, John^ John^), 
b. in Salisbury, N. H., Nov. 6, 1847; "^-^ March 15, 
1867, D. A. Holmes. Children : 



96 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Eugene H.\ b. 1872; d. 1879. 
Walter\ b. 1874 ; d. 1879. 
Roherf, b. 1878 ; d. 1879. 

225 (155)- 

Ruth Emma^ (Gookin) (Nathaniels Gookin, Ruth-*, David', 
John-), b. April 24, 1844 ; m. Isaac Allard, of Sheffield, 
Vt., superintendent (1884) of weaving room in the Ham- 
ilton mills, Lowell, Mass. Children : 

Lilliri' (Allard), b. Feb. 8, 1869. 
Arthur'', h. May 10, 1872. 

226 (156). 

Lewis H.^ (Gardiner^, Davids David^ John^), b. in Gates 
N. Y., March 11, 1827 ; m., Feb. 22, 1850, Mrs. Sarah 
E. Wells, of Ogden, N. Y. ; res. in Gates. Children : 

Arabella J.\ b. Dec. 29, 1850; d. Aug. 27, 1851. 
Warren G?, b. July 29, 1854. 

227 (156). 

Charles A.^ (Gardiner^, David^, Davids John^), b. in Gates, 
N. Y., Oct. 3, 1833 ; m. Sally Friedline, of Pembroke, 
N. Y. ; res. in Pembroke. Children : 

Franklin SJ, h. April 15, 1854. 

Nelson A J, h. Oct. 20, 1855. 

Leivis E.\ b.Jan. 1,1858. 

Charles EJ, h. Sept. 12, 1860 ; d. July 3, 1874. 

Melvin D.\ b. Jan. 21, 1863 ; d. Jan. 31, 1874. 

Freddie J.\ h. Dec. 30, 1868. 

228 (157)- 

Elwood S.^ (Caleb B.'=, Davids David^ John^), b. in Gates, 
N. Y., Oct. 3, 1835 ; '"^s- ""* MinneapoHs, Minn. ; senior 
partner (1878) in the firm of Corser & Co., dealers in 
real estate and negotiators of loans ; is also an extensive 
farmer and builder ; served in the War of the Rebellion 




I Caleb B.^ — David^ David^ — John^ ^ John^ 
Pcir. 2L'>s— 157— 69— 32— 25— 24 




96 CORSEK FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Eugene H.\ h. 187-2; d. 1879. 
Walier\ b. 1874; d. IWI^. 
RoberC, b. 1878; d. 1S7!>. 



KuTH Emma (Gookin) (Nathaniel^ G<x)kin, Kuth^, David\ 
John-), i). April 24, 1844 : m. Isaac Allar' ^ "A, 

Vt.. superintendent (1884) ^^ weaving k*. 
ilton mills, Lowell, Mass. Children : 

Lillin' (Allard), b. Feb. 8, 1869. 
Arthur'', b. May 10. 1872. 

2:26 (156). 

Lewis H.' (Gardiner^, David*, David', john^), b. in Gates 
N. Y., March 11, 1827 ; m.. Feb. 22. 1850, Mrs. Sarah 
E.H^M,Q5>dgM?*?.^.ci r^m^M.' Children : 



Arabella J.\ b. Y)^^^^ ^mb^A.fJ^iill^- ^^''^■ 
Warren a.\ h. ,lulv 29, \><ty\. 

toe r— BO 95(A 



CffARftES A* (tj,m!'<Krf , r>.r. -.: ivavKv ionn"'), b. m (rates, 
N. v., ^^rTSV^^^-?;?iTlify'f?ied]ine. of Pembroke. 
N. v. ; res. in Pembroke. Children : 

Franklin S.\ b. April 15, 1854. 

Nelson A.\ b. Oct. 20, 1855. 

Zcww £.T, b.. Jan. 1,1858. 

Charles E.\ b. Sept. 12, 1860 ; d. July 3, 1874. 

Melvin D.\ b. Jan. 21, 1863 ; d. Jan. 31, 1874. 

Freddie J J, b. Dec. 30, 1868. 

228 {157). 
Klwood S.^ (Caleb B.s, David*, David', John"), b in Gates, 
N Y., Oct. 3, 1835 ; res. in Minneapolis. " ior 

partner (1878) in the firm of Corser .Sc - in 

real estate and negotiators of loans ; is aK'* tn extensive 
farmer and builder ; sei-ved in the War of the Rebellion 



ELWOOD S." CORSER. 97 

.'. ,. B.. 93d Reg. N. Y. Vols.) from Oct., 1861, to May, 
1 864, passing through the various grades from private 
to company commandant, and receiving a severe gun- 
shot wound at Spottsylvania C. H., May 12, 1864. His 
company went into the Wilderness, May 5, with 36 men, 
and came out May 12, with only 6 of the number 
vounded. He is a. gentleman of culture and ample 
ns ; alert, every inch a li--' •" ■' --^ ■''-'■-liant, 
■rceful ; is an able writer with; c skill 

luency in the use of language ; has served as aider- 
of his ward, and was the late (about 1878) candi- 
' »f his party for State senator. 
He has made several journeys East since 18S0, nota- 
'ij si;mn><.'r of i.SS;, oimbining business with 
<im'^Qh> -^ifhr^Umfly^mk^iy, he made 
; the mountairis and the.sea-coast, including a 
- nage to Corsev Hill and tne old homestead ot the 
{<:\) ^O }»3liVfitf'^:easion last menlioi(igtj,) *'.|.-.'M' .(3""-eHiM 
(8si) '.3 yifiM^siW t^i^-^n by the av^sJ^)^: ;iA .«{*ibM .'giM 
( 8<:£ ) ».^i;$Iancestral domic^8is)l.^.H,-n^3M feaiW and 
i.vid, now the property of H ■ 

he eyes — if no lo" - 
i>pitalities — of 
of its sons and daughters; also ; 
• he canteen and built' 

..._,. on, and not least, o; 

t Tiioying their lunch under the spi 
umbrageous, if not \y 
standing near the old h' 

1 88 5 — set down as a i- 

enda; of all concerned. 

mn of 1887 (since t tten) 

.-.,.; .,1 I,. k;<; daughu.- " *■> 

■ . Scotland. ■ 
man s daughter^ ma 




Miss E. M. ].- (72) 

Mrs. Mary A. (228) 
Miss Helen H.^ ( 



S. Bartlett G.-' (72) 

Miss Mary E.'' (228) 




ELWOOD S.^ CORSER. 



97 



(Co. B., 93d Reg. N. Y. Vols.) from Oct., 1 861, to May, 
1 864, passing through the various grades from private 
to company commandant, and receiving a severe gun- 
shot wound at Spottsylvania C. H., May 12, 1864. His 
company went into the Wilderness, May 5, with 36 men, 
and came out May 12, with only 6 of the number 
unwounded. He is a gentleman of culture and ample 
means ; alert, every inch a live man ; self-reliant, 
resourceful ; is an able writer withal, possessing rare skill 
and fluency in the use of language ; has served as alder- 
man of his ward, and was the late (about 1878) candi- 
date of his party for State senator. 

He has made several journeys East since 18S0, nota- 
bly one in the summer of 18S5, combining business with 
recreation, in which, accompanied by his family, he made 
the tour of the mountains and the sea-coast, including; a 
pilgrimage to Corser Hill and the old homestead of the 
family. On the occasion la.st mentioned, several fine 
photographs were taken by the artist Kimball, of Con- 
cord, of the ancestral domicile, the home of John" and 
his son David, now the property of Hiram Tilton, which 
has greeted the eyes — if no longer welcoming to its old- 
time family hospitalities — of six successive generations 
of its sons and daughters ; also pictures of Kearsarge 
Mt. and the canteen and bullet-pouch borne by David at 
Bennington, and not least, of the jovial party of six 
enjoying their lunch under the spreading boughs of one 
of the umbrageous, if not perchance ancestral, apple- 
trees standing near the old house. Be this — July the 
17th, 1885 — set down as a red-letter day in the cal- 
endar of all concerned. 

In the autumn of 1887 (since the above was written) 
Mr. C, accompanied by his daughters, made a voyage to 
Europe, visiting England, Scotland, France, and Ger- 
many, and placing his daughters for the winter in a 



98 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

German family at Carlsruhe, Baden, to secure the advan- 
tages of native instruction in the language. He returned 
in November, having been absent about a month. 

He repeated the journey in the summer of 1888 (May 
to Sept.), this time accompanied by his wife, visiting, 
among other interesting localities, Switzerland and the 
western counties of England, Shropshire Co. in particu- 
lar, near whose northern borders tradition locates the 
cradle of the English family of the name ; some pleas- 
ant representatives of which he had the good fortune to 
meet, and exchange with them congratulations upon the 
interesting fact of their presumed relationship and prob- 
able descent from a not very remote common ancestry. 
His daughters returned in the spring of 1889. 

Mr. C, we may add, is much interested in genealogical 
researches, and stands godfather, if not, in some impor- 
tant respects, in the place of paternal relative, to this 
Genealogy. He m., in N. Y., Oct. 18, 1861, Mary A. 
Roycraft. Children, b. in N. Y. : 

Mary ElvmocP, b. Dec. 8, 1868; graduated at Cornell Coll., 1885; m. 

Harlow (iale, Oct. 7, 1892. Children : Mary Roycrofl^ (Gale), b. 

July 12, 1893; Samuel^, b. July 20,1895; Hilde«,b. Sept. 6, 1897. 
Helen Henrietta"^, b. July 13, 1865; educated at Cornell and Vassar; 

tn., June 26, 1890, Austin Lorenzo Belknap. Child: Helen^ 

(Belknap), b. Nov. 1, 1891. 

229 (159). 

Harriet Augusta'' (Church) (Harriet L.^ Davids Davids 
John'), b. in N. Y., Nov. 30, 1845 ; ^n-. Aug. 9, 1866, 
Frederic Allen Leigh, of England, contractor for iron- 
work ; d. July 24, 1887, a 41 ; res. in Boston. Children : 

Uattie Helena' (Leigh), b. Dec. 19, 1867. 
Ethel Louise\ b. Sept., 1871. 
Walter'', b. May, 1873. 

230 (159). 

Henry Ward" (Church) (Harriet LJ, David'*, Davids John^), 
b. April 4, 1850; m., ist, Nov. 20, 1872, Amelie Hill, 



HANNAH D. ADAMS. 99 

who d. Aug. 23, 1874; m., 2d, Oct. 26, 1881, Carrie 
Smyth (niece of ex-Gov. Smyth), of Graniteville, Mass- 
Child : 
Albert HUP, b. Aug. 9, 1874 ; d. July 20, 1875, 

231 (162). 

Hannah D.- (Adams) (Georges Adams, Hannahs David^ 
John-), b. in Norwich, Vt., 1834 ; m. Charles H. Hall, 
mechanic ; res. in Melrose, Mass., whence removed to 
Manchester, N. H. Children : 

George AJ (Hall). 
Charles HJ 
Lillian C.' 
Frank''. Frederic''. 

232 (162). 

Gelana O.^ (Adams) (George^ Adams, Hannah'*, Davids 
John^), b. in Norwich, Vt. ; m. Scott Webber, of Glou- 
cester, Mass. He was superintendent for a time of the 
Cape Ann Granite Co.'s works; has since gone West. 
Child : 

ScoW (Webber). 

232a (162). 

Georgie'' (Adams) (George^ Adams, Hannah-*, David^ John^), 
b. in Norwich, Vt. ; m. Charles H. Allen, a mechanic of 
Fitchburg, Mass. Children : 

Bertha'' (Allen). 

IsabeP. 

Ada PearP. 

233 (165). 

Ella Elisabeth^ (Davis) (Enochs Davis, Polly, Davids 
John''), b. June 8, 185 i ; m. Lyman Crosby, commercial 
traveler, of Warren, Mass. Children : 
George L.'' (Crosby), b. Aug. 18, 1»73. 
Ethel F.", b. 1883. 



lOO CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

234 (171). 

Charles Farmer^ (Bliss W.s, Bliss'*, Davids John='), b. in 
Conneaut, O., 1857 ; train-despatcher (1878) and painter ; 
res. in Minneapolis, Minn. A Minneapolis paper thus 
speaks in 1884 of one of his paintings : " C. F. Corser 
has also come to the front with an excellent study repre- 
senting the sea at night. Darkling clouds form the 
background. * * Furtive rays of light are shed 
from a lighthouse upon the rock ; a ship under full sail 
stands out in the foreground. The effects are weird 
and striking." He m., Aug. 16, 1880, Annie Harris. 
Children : 

Wayne Bliss\ b. Aug. 13, 1881. 
Marion Harris'', b. April 23, 1883. 
Bartlett Gould?, b. Dec. 13, 1892. 

235 (196). 

Hamilton^ (Gookin) (Martha^ Eastman, Rebecca^ James"** 
Thomas^ John^ John'), b. March 5, 1833 ; farmer, res- 
ident in Salisbury, N. H. ; m., Oct. 22, 1855, Mary 
Tucker, b. Aug. 10, 1828. Children: 

Isabel Mfi, b. July 14, 1856 ; teacher. 

Cyrus F.\ b. April 28, 1858 ; res. (1884) in Exeter, N. H. 

AhbieM.% h. March 22, 1860 ; res. (1884) in Laconia, N. H. 

MattieJ.^, b. Dec. 19, 1862 ; m. Charles Prince, of West Salisbury. 

Frank^, b. Feb. 2, 1866. 

Guy^, b. Feb. 5, 1869. 




BARTLETT GOri.D^ CORSER (234), (li 



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IV. 

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BlOGR.\PHICAL AND MISCELLANEOUS. 



236. JOHN' CORSER (24). 

» 

It has been the general belief of the family that John 
Corser, of Newbury, was a native of Scotland, whence he 
came over, at the age of 12 or 14 years — along with a 
younger brother, leaving another brother behind, as the tra- 
dition runs in one branch of the family — to Newbury, with 
Capt. William Moody, of that place. Another account, cur- 
rent in the Call family, is to the effect that he was picked up 
in a boat at sea, and brought to this country, or at least to 
Newbury. Luke Corser (deceased in 1884) was of the opin- 
ion that became directly from Boston to Newbury, affirming 
that he had often heard his father allude to the circumstance. 
This, if true, would seem to favor the theory, advocated by 
some, of his American origin, and probable descent from the 
early immigrant of Boston, but proves nothing of itself. As 
for the theory in question, whether it is one in which it is safe 
to " take stock," or that rests on any firmer basis than " such 
stuff as dreams are made of," unsupported as it is by any 
positive evidence thus far discoverable, it is useless here to 
speculate. We are inclined to believe that the problem is 
insolvable. Let each one invest to suit himself. 

237. BIRTH-DATE. 

The earliest record we have of John, of Newbury, is that 
relating to his marriage, which occurred March 8, 17 16- 17. 
No authentic record of his birth, or of his decease, has been 
found. Tradition fixes the date of the former at about 1678, 
thereby making him nearly 40 years of age when he married. 



I02 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

about 60 when he came to Boscavven, and not far from 100 
at the time of his death — circumstances, argue those who 
are disposed to reject the traditional account, highly improb- 
able in themselves, if not well-nigh incredible ; to which add, 
as furnishing presumptive (if negative) evidence in favor of 
this view, the fact that his name is not found — a possible but 
hardly probable case of accidental omission — in the pub- 
lished list (see N'. H. Historical Collections) of early residents 
of N. H. who died at the age of 90 years or 'upward ; whence 
the inference, plausibly deduced, that his birth did not occur 
until several years later, the conjectural date of 1790-95 hav- 
ing been suggested as marking, approximately, the more 
probable period of that event — his marriage occurring, con- 
formably to this reckoning, at the very reasonable age of 
about 25 years. A volume of smoke here, seemingly, if 
we may use the figure, of rather imposing dimensions, 
naturally arguing, if we mistake not, the existence of some 
fire ; but we do not cpre to dogmatize upon the point (and 
possibly add to the existing obscurity), being of the opinion, 
with Sir Roger De Coverly, when asked to act as umpire in a 
dispute between his friends, that much doubtless might be 
said on both sides. 

238. RESIDENCE IN NEWBURY. 

The following is a copy of his marriage record, as trans- 
cribed from the records of Newbury : " Marriages returned 
by the Worshipful John Dumer, Esq. — John Courser and Tab- 
itha Kenney of Newbury were married March ye 8th, 1716- 
17." Of the family of Tabitha we have no account; but 
she was presumably a relative of Samuel Kenney, whose 
name, with those of his wife Mary and several children, is 
found on record a few years earlier than the above date. 
Eight children were the fruit of this marriage, born, as sup- 
posed, in Newbury, though it does not appear that their names 
were entered on the town records. 



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The precise locality of the family residence we have not 
ascertained ; but in the parish of Byfield, we are told, is a 
tract of land known, within the memory of those still living, 
by the name of the " Corser Pasture," on or near which, it is 
presumed, was situated the ancestral domicile. We are not 
sure whether it was here, or in Kingston, N. H., the home of 
John^ that the traditional corn-hills marking the spot, as 
related by the elders, were still to be seen long after the 
owner had taken root in other soil. 

239. REMOVAL TO BOSCAWEN. 

The exact date of John's removal to Boscawen we do not 
find recorded ; but as he was among the early colonists, it was 
probably not later than 1736, the year next following the 
erection of the first sawmill, of which, it is understood, he 
became joint proprietor, or at least manager, with Dea. Isaac 
Pearson, the partnership continuing till interrupted by the 
frightful accident which nearly deprived him of life. The 
occurrence is thus related in Mr. Price's Hist, of Boscawen : 

" I'j^.^. — John Corser, tending a sawmill alone at the head 
of King street, while using a crowbar about a mill-log, in an 
unaccountable manner, the end of the bar struck his head — 
cutoff his nose — took out his right eye — raised the fore- 
part of his scull-bone, and left the brain bare, but uninjured. 
In this condition he was soon found by William Emery. 
Surgical aid was administered, and his wound healed. He 
however soon after lost the sight of his other eye ; but lived 
and enjoyed good health for more than thirty years." 

There is some question as to the correctness of the above 
date — 1745. If, as Luke Corser seemed to be of the 
opinion, John went immediately to live with his son John^ 
on Corser Hill, the accident could not have occurred 
till nearly 20 years later, as John- did not come into 



I04 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

town till 1764. May not 1745 have been a mistake for 
some later date ? Or did John go to live with one of his 
other sons already settled near Corser Hill? Or — which 
is perhaps as probable, especially as we have an account 
of his living, after he became blind, at the lower end of 
the Plain, on the spot subsequently owned by Col. Joseph 
Gerrish, and of his husking corn, thrashing about him with a 
long pole to keep the hens at a respectful distance — did he 
continue to live in this part of the town till his son John's^ 
arrival .'' 

240. DEATH AND PLACE OF BURIAL. 

John died, as is supposed, in the autumn of 1776. This is 
both consistent with Mr. Price's reckoning, and agrees with 
a memorandum in our possession — when or by whom writ- 
ten does not appear — which reads : " Grandfather died in 
the fall when James Corser was 12 years old," that is, in 1776. 
This could refer to no other than the first John, although the 
word gf-andfathey appears to have been inadvertently written 
for gi'cat-grandfathej^ as in the sentence immediately follow- 
ing we read : " Grandfather was 73 years old when he died," 
which could refer only to John^. The document makes the 
strange mistake of supposing that the first John did not 
come into town till 1764. Verily, the arithmetic of our 
ancestors seems to have been in rather a mixed state. 

He was buried in the old cemetery on the Plain, by the 
side of his son William, who was drowned a few years before. 
The spot, writes Bliss Corser in March, 1877, "was a little 
south of where the old log meeting-house stood. There is a 
stone at the head of his grave, marked with the initials 
'J. C, which were plainly to be seen when I left Boscawen 
[in 1834]. This was shown me by old Mr. Daniel Carter, 
who knew him when he [Mr. Carter] was a boy." The stone 
no longer remains, having been removed, as is supposed, when 
the new path through the cemetery was laid out, passing near 
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SUPPLEMENTARY. IO5 

241. JOHN^ CORSER (25). 
AT KINGSTON AND CHESTER. 

It is not known in what year John^ removed from New- 
bury to Kingston, but we find that he bought a farm at the 
latter place in 1753, and another in 1758, sandwiching 
betwr'c^ ■lem a tract of land which he purchased in Chester 
in he. did not remove to Kingston till about 1753, 

a5. :e, he not only married in Newbury, but had 

5 >- ; '•'"^- • ' - • ^ being born 'in Kingston or 

Che 

His resic*. iescribed as situated on the 

road leading iV-nn liiv. .. ' of the Plains to Danville, 

about half a mile west unction with .that running 

north from the Cfft^^^^'^^Hi ^^QS formerly) the 

more westerly of Uyp two-si('r„bouses stajadinfr-aJone on4.he^ 
.H .va,,(s^3v/A3aorrYJHaMHoT ) aaTgaaW ,jJlH aagnoJ mJ 
north side of the street. 

How long he residl§^"^ ^' i^?fl^r^!^"^t known, but it is 

Chesteri^l«#§Wtj(aadwW aWl ni wrrabiai^ *89blo^¥tU sdtidatBJia^iS the 
road leading from '■: - -'et village. The 
place was aiterv\ , as a tavern. I 
have put up at t. s. it was perhaps the 
same as ^' -^ K el ley (see J A?/ of Mer- 
rimack part of the present town 
of Aub Chester in 1845. 

KMENT ON CORSER HILL. 

Removing to Hoscawen with his family in 1864, he pur- 
chased of Col. Henry Gerrish a large tract of land on the 
Hill, which has since borne his name, making there a perma- 
nent settlement. It appears also that he bought 30 acres of 
his brother William in 1765. The homestead, afterwards the 
property of his son David, and since owned successively by 
James Kilburn, Frederic Coifin, David Macurdy, and Hiram. 




CoRSER Homestead 



On Corser Hill, Webster (Formerly Boscawen), N. H 



Front view in 1885 



ii 



This house was probably built earlier than 1780, by David^ Corser, ami 
I is said to be the oldest residence in the town of Webster 




SUPPLEMENTARY. IO5 

241. JOHN^ CORSER (25). 
AT KINGSTON AND CHESTER. 

It is not known in what year John^ removed from New- 
bury to Kingston, but we find that he bought a farm at the 
latter place in 1753, and another in 1758, sandwiching 
between them a tract of land which he purchased in Chester 
in 1756. If he did not remove to Kingston till about 1753, 
as seems probable, he not only married in Newbury, but had 
5 children born to him there, 3 being born in Kingston or 
Chester, and the last in Boscawen. 

His residence in Kingston is described as situated on the 
road leading from the upper part of the Plains to Danville, 
about half a mile west of its junction with that running 
north from the Cong, church. It is (or was formerly) the 
more westerly of two two-story houses standing alone on the 
north side of the street. 

How long he resided in Chester is not known, but it is 
presumed that his next removal was to Boscawen. The 
Chester homestead, writes Bliss Corser, " was situated on the 
road leading from Hooksett bridge to Chester village. The 
place was afterwards occupied by one Kelley, as a tavern. I 
have put up at that place several times." It was perhaps the 
same as that occupied in 1857 by E. Kelley (see Map of Mer- 
rimack County), situated in the N. W. part of the present town 
of Auburn, set off from Chester in 1845. 

242. SETTLEMENT ON CORSER HILL, 

Removing to Boscawen with his family in 1864, he pur- 
chased of Col. Henry Gerrish a large tract of land on the 
Hill, which has since borne his name, making there a perma- 
nent settlement. It appears also that he bought 30 acres of 
his brother William in 1765. The homestead, afterwards the 
property of his son David, and since owned successively by 
James Kilburn, Frederic Coffin, David Macurdy, and Hiram 



I06 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Tilton, was situated on Pleasant street, a short distance south 
of the spot where the Cong, church now stands, in an enclo- 
sure through which a cross-road has since been cut, passing 
near the house. It was a beautiful location, with grand and 
picturesque natural surroundings, and at one time the center 
of a jovial social life, such as the presence of lOO untamed 
country cousins, whose homes were in sight, can be supposed 
to create. The first dwelling erected was a small building, 
which was afterwards — under the supervision of his son 
David, probably before 1780 — replaced by a large, square, 
two-story house — one of the old-fashioned farm houses — 
still standing, being, as is supposed, the oldest habitation in 
the town of Webster. 

243. PROSPECT FROM THE HILL. 

A few words, descriptive of the natural scenery of the 
region, particularly as embraced in the view from the Hill to 
the north and west, which has been much admired and often 
described by tourists, may not be out of place here. 

At the distance of a few miles, on the extreme right, 
extends the forest-clad, picturesque ridge of Ragged Mt., 
rightly named (2,000 feet high), situated in Andover. Next 
in order, southward, rising to the hight of nearly 3,000 feet, 
towers the noble Kearsarge, from which the famous war- 
vessel that sunk the Alabama took its name, — 

" In outline glorious. 
Pride of the landscape, peerless among hills ! " 

Farther to the left, overlooking the cosy village of Warner, 
the graceful forms of the Mink Hills bound the prospect. In 
the remoter distance, nearly due west, may be seen the beauti- 
ful "globe-shaped" peak of Lovewell's mountain, in W^ashing- 
ton. Near at hand, across the valley, are the humbler eleva- 
tions of Little Hill, Downer's Hill, Pond Hill, with Long 
Pond and White Plain nestling out of sight at the feet of the 




CoRSER Homestead 



On Corser Hill, Webster (Formerly Boscawen), N. H. 
Side view in 1885 ,^ 

See Corser Homestead, Front Yie^ ,^ 



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I06 COKSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Tilton, was situated on Pleasant street, a short distance south 
of the spot where the Cong, church now stands, in an enclo- 
sure through which a cross-road has since been cut, passing 
near the house. It was a beavitif'! V>; ation, with grand aod 
picturesque natural surrounding ;>ne time the center 

of a jovial social life, such as the presence at loo untamed 
country cousins, whose homes were in sight, can be supposed 
to create. The first dwelling erected was a small building, 
which was afterwards — under the supervision of his son 
David, probably before 1780 — replaced by a large, square, 
two-story house — one of the old-fashioned farm houses — 
still standing, being, as is supposed, the oldest habitation in 

the town of Webster. 

GAHTeHMOH HHSHOJ 

243. PKOSPECT KKOM THE HILL. 

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region, particularly as^ggjii^nii''^}^ "^biS '^^' ^™"'' ^^'^^ ^^^^ *^ 
the north and west, which, has been much admired and often 
described by t ' uW^tYs^^q^^- ^^m^^^Ff*^ ^-^fiS^^ahcre, 

At the oi;.t.uKc of a icw ixivc:^, <■:: ih*: extreme right, 
extends the forest -clad, picturesque ridge of Ragged Mt., 
rightly named (2,000 feet high), situated in Andover. Next 
in order, southward, rising to the hight of nearly 3,000 feet, 
towers the noble Kearsarge, from which the famous war- 
vessel that sunk the Alabama took its name, — 

" In outline glorious. 
Pride of the landscape, peerless suiioug im.^ 

Farther to the left, overlooking the cosy viliai^e of Warner, 
the graceful forms of the Mink Hills bound the prospect. In 
the remoter distance, nearly due west, may be seen the beaut i 
ful " globe-shaped " peak of Losewell's mountain, in W 
ton. Near at hand, across the valley, are the humb'k _l 

tions of Little Hill, Downer's Hill, Pond Hill, with Long 
Pond and White Plain nestling out of sight at the feet of the 



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last, and farther southward, in " Bashan," Rattlesnake Hill; 
while below us winds the placid Blackwater, lending enchant- 
ment to the scene, and making the valley lively with the 
music of its waters and the whirr of its busy mill-wheels. 
The prospect in mid-summer, when the hills " stand drest in 
living green," and the valleys are " covered over with corn," 
or in late autumn, when the landscape is attired in its parti- 
colored robes, is pleasing in the extreme. 

244. FAMILY AND SETTLEMENT OF CHILDREN. 

The first wife of John^ was Jane Nichols, married in New- 
bury, and the mother of his children ; nativity unknown. 
There were Nicholses in Boston, Maiden, Hingham, and 
Reading, at an early date ; later also — how early we do not 
know — at Kingston ; but it does not appear that any of the 
name resided in Newbury prior to 1700. In the latter part 
of his life he contracted a marriage, brought about by one of 
his sons, which proved anything but a "breeze of summer" 
in the family, and resulted in the tragic end of one Costello, 
a schoolmaster, who committed suicide to escape arrest for 
having forged a note in favor of the widow of the lately 
deceased John. 

His children settled down around him, the sons receiving 
a slice of the paternal domain as they came of age, and the 
daughters bringing their husbands a substantial " fixing out," 
as it was called. Their children filled the hive, necessitating 
a swarming in the succeeding generations, which has been so 
well followed that scarcely a representative bee can be found 
to-day buzzing about the ancestral cells. In respect to the 

DISTRIBUTION OF THE LOTS, 

Bliss Corser thus writes : " My father [David^] inherited 
the farm on the Hill from his father. The lot on the side of 
the road nearly opposite my father's [east side of Pleasant 
street] was given to John ; the next lot south to Jonathan. 



I08 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

The lot north of my father's was sold [by Thomas to whom it 
was given ?] to John Gerald (42), and a small lot reserved for 
a burial-ground on the sand-hill, where my grandfather 
[John^] and his wife and my sister were buried. The lot 
where Mr. Price lived and where the meeting-house stands 
was given to Samuel. William had a lot in Salisbury, near 
the mountain." 

245. Nathan^ Corser (24). 

Nathan lived on Pleasant street, on the farm known as the 
Couch Place, lying between that of John Kilburn on the 
north and his brother William's on the south. He was a 
man of substantial character, and enjoyed the respect of his 
townsmen, by whom he was elected for many years to the 
important ofifice of tithing-man. Sure to catch it was the 
unlucky urchin or deacon whom he found out of order or 
napping in church. Sitting upon one end of his long staff, 
he would snap the other upon the seat with a force which 
seldom failed of its effect. The identical staff is still in 
existence, being now in the possession of the family of the 
late Harvey F. Courser, who received it from his cousin, 
Nathan C. Danforth, to whom it was given for his name. 

Nathan was present when the bodies of his brother William 
and son, drowned in Great Pond, were taken from the water. 
They were found near the shore in an upright position — 
their heads but partially submerged — clasped in each other's 
arms. It is supposed that the father lost his life in the 
endeavor to save that of his son, who could not swim, 
Nathan lived to an advanced age, being well remembered by 
Luke and Bliss Corser. He served 9 days in the Ticonderoga 
campaign, receiving as compensation, 3s.-7d. 

246. WILLIAM^' CORSER (27). 

According to Mr. Price's chronology, William was drowned 
in 1773. This is found to be a mistake. From papers in 



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the possession of Mrs. Lysias Emerson, it appears that Win- 
throp Carter, Esq., was appointed, Jan. 28, 1768, by Judge 
VVentworth, at Portsmouth, administrator on the estate of 
Wilham Corser, lately deceased, intestate ; whence we infer 
that, as the pond could hardly have been open for boating 
during the winter, he was probably drowned in the latter part 
of the previous year ; which corresponds with the reckoning 
of Hiram Courser, his grandson (109), who writes : " My 
father Simeon (b. 1763) was four years old when William 
was drowned." 

William's property was sold, the proceeds "amounting as 
foloweth, in old tenor : — Real estate, ^600 ; personal 
estate, ^247=ios. ; " besides "what was alowed to the 
widow out of said estate, which was, in old tenor, ^300." 
His personal property was insufficient to pay his debts. Mr. 
Carter's charges for "expence" of journey to Portsmouth 
were ;^iii, old tenor — in lawful money, ;;/^5=:iis., or one 
twentieth as much. The heirs of William, who signed deed 
of "acquittance to Wmthrop Carter," were Anne Corser, 
Simeon Corser, Asa Corser, James Uran, and Orlando (or 
Philander) Carter, all of whom, except the last two, made 
their mark (as did William). The deed was witnessed by 
Daniel Carter, Nathan Kilburn, and Timo. Dix ; date of 
instrument, Sept. 28, 1792. 

247. JOURNEY TO PORTSMOUTH. 

We append, as a curiosity, verbatim, etc., Mr. Carter's 
" Acompt of Expence by a journey to portsmouth in setling 
Estate," etc., as follows: 



I lO 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



to the Judge of probate 

expence at Concord 

at pern brook 

at Notingham, Login & hors-keep 

at Clerks — Notingham 

at Lee 

Newmarket, young's 
Grenland .... 

expence at portsniouth . 
homeward at exeter 
At Kingston — toles & abbots 
At Chester .... 
pembrook .... 
Concord — flip and oats 
three men's time, six days each 
three horses hired 



(Old tenor) 



£ S. D. 
6=0 = 
= 10 = 
= 10 = 
4 = 17 = 

= 10 = 
0— 6 = 
7 = 15 = 

1 = 2 = 
17 = 6 = 

, = 12 = 
5= 8 = 
8= 8 = 

2 = 11 = 
1=7 = 

36 = = 
18 = = 



It would thus seem that horse-hire at that time was worth, 
in lawful money, one shilling per day ; men's time, two shil- 
lings ; a night's lodging and horse-keeping, 25 cents. 

248. THOMAS^ CORSER (28).. 

Thomas was drowned in Long Pond while returning to his 
home on Pond Hill in the evening, Dec. ii, 1829. Loud 
cries for help were heard at the time of the accident, no one 
knowing whence they proceeded. Of the Pond Hill farm 
Bliss Corser thus writes : " My father bought a hundred acre 
lot, and measured 100 acres of it to uncle Thomas, on Pond 
Hill. The lot held out 140 acres ; the overplus he reserved 
for himself ; so that 40 acres and several 20-acre lots of com- 
mon land constituted the Pond farm of 100 acres." 

249. THE SUIT OF CORSER VERSUS CORSER, 

Growing out of the division of this farm, and interesting 
as being one of the first contests in which Daniel Webster 
essayed his forensic skill, was as follows : Thomas sold a por- 
tion of his lot adjoining David's reserve to his brother Samuel. 



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A dispute arose as to the boundary line between Samuel and 
David. The result was a suit at law brought by the latter 
against the former, who was accused of moving the bounds. 
The case was tried before Judge Webster, the father of 
Daniel, at the Sept., 1805, term of court held at Hopkinton, 
Parker Noyes, of 'Salisbury (now Franklin), appearing as 
counsel for the plaintiff, and Daniel Webster, who had that 
year opened an office in Boscawen, for the defendant. David 
won the case. This is believed to have been one of the first 
two causes argued by Mr. Webster before a jury. 

250. ANECDOTES OF THOMAS^. 

Thomas exhibited some eccentricities at times, which 
seemed to increase with his years. He has been classed as 
one of the " characters" of the town. We have the follow- 
ing anecdote of him from W. W. Kilburn : Calling at a 
neighbor's house one day, he asked permission to pray. The 
request was granted. When he had finished, he jumped up 
and clapped his hands, exclaiming, " Wa'n't that a good one !" 

The history of Boscawen is to be credited with the follow- 
ing : He had great faith in the sanative properties of certain 
herbs, which he used to carry about with him and distribute 
gratis to his neighbors. In the case of a sick child, he urged 
the mother to prepare a decoction from some of them, which 
he believed to be of especial efificacy, saying, '' Do it, do it, if 
you want to save his life. // // ki/Is Jiini F II pay for it! " 

251. JOHN^ CORSER (31). 

John^ lived on Pleasant St., on the farm afterwards owned 
by his son Rice, where he kept a public house. He appears 
to have been a man of quiet disposition, a lover of peace, 
fond of home, and pursuing contentedly withal the even tenor 
of his way. His wife, with whom he became acquainted 
while living at Amesbury, Mass., where he tended a ferry, 



112 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

was one of the seven Pleiads, more or less, of the Blasdell 
group (272), a woman of substantial domestic qualities, as 
indeed she must have been to have had the oversight {tiim- 
■ming included) of a nursery of nine wild olive plants of the 
masculine genus. We have the following 

REMINISCENCE OF HER 

from Levi Bartlett, Esq., of Warner, who was a clerk at the 
time (1808) in Evans's store on the Hill: "One afternoon 
in June there came a terrible hail-storm directly across Corser 
Hill, breaking 1 14 squares of glass in Giddings's House. 
After the storm was over a lot of persons went over across 
the fields to Mr. Corser's. When they got there, old Mrs. 
Corser was wringing her hands and said, ' If I had only 
known what was going to happen, I would have had our win- 
dows boarded up, if I had had to do it myself!' " Unfortu- 
nately, remarks Mr. B., we cannot always tell what is going 
to happen. (Letter from Mr. B.) As a 

COMPANION-PIECE 

to this, we may record here the following told of her sister 
Ruth (consort of David^), as we find it in a letter written by 
one of her grandchildren : "At one period two or three of 
my uncles, as it chanced, ' went a wooing ' at the same time. 
They used to wait for each other's return with the team, and 
then slipping the harness onto a fresh horse, start off anew 
on their amorous excursions. Grandmother was somewhat 
annoyed by their movements, and one day, when L. was wait- 
ing, and had already grabbed the bits for a fresh tackle, she 
cried out, ' My son, if I were you, I'd dip those bits into 
cold water, but what I'd have 'em cold once ! ' " 

252. DAVID^ CORSER (32). 

David was a man of good natural ability, with decided 
convictions, energetic, self-reliant, firm of purpose. He was 
noted for his intelligence and probity, and not least fearless- 



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ness, the last especially as shown in his determined efforts to 
bring to justice the enemies of law and order in his adopted 
town. He gave his antagonists in this field no quarter, and 
hence became, at one time, when the spirit of mischief seemed 
to be let loose upon the town, a special target of their malice. 
Shots were fired into his house ; his apple-trees were peeled 
and cut down ; his horses were killed ; his carriages and tools 
destroyed, and other injury done. But right at length pre- 
vailed, and the demon of lawlessness was finally, by persist- 
ent effort, banished from the region. 7^his happened about 
1798, in which year the meeting-house on W'oodbury Plain 
(built in 1769) and the schoolhouse on Water St. were 
destroyed by incendiary fires. (See 289.) Apropos of the 
shotgun practice mentioned above, we may quote here a par- 
agraph from an article printed in the Rays of Light in 1879. 

253. A BRACE of BULLETS. 

" Luke Corser, of Webster, has in his possession a bullet- 
pouch, which did service for his father David at Bennington, 
and which now contains, among other relics, two bullets, one 
of which, in the troublous times of the town (about 1798), 
was fired by some miscreant into his father's house through 
a window in the evening, there being no less than five per- 
sons sitting in the room at the time. It struck the underpart 
of the casing of a girt, ploughing its way through it, and 
passing into a box in the adjoining room. Another was fired 
at the same time, which passed through the wall, about three 
inches below the former, out of doors. Fortunately no other 
mischief was done. The bullet-marks may still be seen in 
the old house on the Hill, now the property of Hiram Tilton. 
The mate to the first-mentioned bullet was taken from the 
body of a horse belonging to Mr. C, which was killed by 
some person, on iniquitous deeds intent, about the same time. 
Another horse was also shot in the mouth, and summarily 
deprived of several teeth, but recovered from the wound. 



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254. INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF DAVID^. 

Born in Kingston, N. H., Jan. 27, 1754, David came with 
his father to Boscawen at the age of ten. He lived one year in 
the family of Phineas Stevens, the first settled minister of the 
town. [This by the way (Jioc obiter). — It is presumed, or at 
least supposable, that David "lent a hand " in drawing wood 
from the lot donated by the town to Mr. Stevens, from a 
"certain parcel "of which his grandson, S. B. G. C, — said 
parcel having been purchased of the Stevens heirs by Col. 
Joseph Gerrish, and from him inherited by the family of Rev. 
Enoch Corser, — has drawn wood for the past 40 years.] The 
education of David did not go far beyond the rudiments, 
though he was a diligent reader of what few books came 
within his reach. His spelling would not have been a model 
for the school-boys of to-day. It is not known that he held 
any public office except that of selectman in 1782, 1783, and 
1 79 1. He served three months in the campaign which 
resulted in the victory at Bennington (Aug. 16, 1777). The 
canteen, as well as bullet-pouch before-mentioned, which did 
service on that occasion, together with some bills of Conti- 
nental money, and other relics of the period, are preserved in 
the family of Luke Corser, as precious mementoes of the 
times that tried men's souls. His death occurred at his home 
near Lond Pond, Aug. 23, 1828. He was a Christian man, 
and we know not if the eulogistic words spoken of him by one 
of his townsmen (Col. Joseph Gerrish) — " David Corser was 
the salvation of the town of Boscawen " — was an undue esti- 
mate of his influence upon the town for good. 

His widow survived him nearly thirty years. She was a 
star of the Blasdell group — an energetic, sensible woman, a 
good mother, who knew how to manage her household, a 
better half, in fine, of the " Simon-pure " coinage, whose 
price is above rubies. 



Qanteen, and Buckskin Bullet Pouch 

Carried by David^ Corser, at Bennington, Vt., Aug. i6, 1777 

Par. 32—253—254 

These are now (1901) in the possession of David B.5 Corser, 
of Concord, N. H. 



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?: ; --^ ' " -•• - :v SHE LIFE OF DAVID^ 

Born iM Kii'i^^iJii. a. il., Jan. 27, 1754, David came vvuh 
his father tu Boscawen at the age of ten. He lived one year in 
the family of Phineas Stevens, the first settled minister of the 
town. [This by .the v<f2iy(hoc obiter). —It is presumed, or at 
least supposable, that David "lent a hand " in drawing wood 
from the lot donated by the town to Mr. Stevens, from a 
" certain parcel "of which his grandson, S. B. G. C, — said 
parcel having been purchased of the Stevens heirs by Col. 
Joseph Gerrish, and from him inherited by the family of Rev. 
Enoch Corser, — has drawn wood for the past 40 years.] The 
education of Dai'id did nqi, ^' far be\-qiid the rudiments, 
though he wa.> a tUfigenT; remier 01 vvliai^tew dooks c^rne ^ 

within ^{^^^■^uW'f.iW'^iM^iA ^^\-hm-i>^^hA^^^i^hi^3 

for the school-boys of to-day i ■ Ve*^ "'ti'-'- *^^^ ^^ ^^^^ 
any public office except that ol ^■.. !■ : man \u ; ,"82.. 1 rb^ ;, ao'l 
1 79 1. He servecl tnree tnc)^ti-^ ^^^^^^^^ ^^ampii^n whicn 
resulted in the victory at Bennington {.Aug. 16, 1777)- ^^^ 
canteen, as well as bullet-[K)uch before-mentioned, which did 
service on that occasion, together with some bills of Conti- 
nental money, and other relics of the period, are preserved in 
the family of Luke Corser, as precious mementoes of the 
times that tried men's souls. His death occurred at his home 
near Lond Pond, Aug. 23, 1828. He was a Christian man, 
and we know not if the eulogistic words spoken of him by one 
of his townsmen (Col. Joseph Gerrish) — " David Corser was 
the salvation of the town of Boscawen " — was an undue esti- 
mate of his influence upon the town for good. 

His widow survived him nearly thirty years. She was a 
.star of the Blasdell group — an energetic, sensible woman, a 
good mothet, who knew how to manage her household, a 
better half, in fine, of the "Simon-pure" comage, whose 
price is above rubies. 



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255. WILLIAM^ CORSER (36). 

William, who enlisted in the war of 1812, and died the 
same year at Plattsburg, N. Y., was entitled to a bomity in 
land (drawn afterwards to his right in Missouri or Illinois), 
which, of course, by his decease, fell to his children as heirs, 
but which his son William-*, who settled in Sebec, Me., sold 
in his own name to Squire Eastman, of Farmington, N. H. 
(.-*), from whom it passed into other hands, till at length it 
came into the possession of one Sensenderfer. Meanwhile 
one Lombard buys up the claims of several of the other 
heirs, and pitches into Sensenderfer with the view of pitching 
him out. A protracted litigation ensues, in which Orrin 
Corser, son of the first-named William, summoned as a wit- 
ness by Sensenderfer, makes oath, before Judge Butler, of 
Fisherville, that he has never sold out, etc. This was in 1871. 
We have never been informed of the issue, and so cannot tell 
who are now the ins and outs. 

256. ABBYNEEZER3 (CORSER) GERALD (35). 

Abbyneczer (spelled Abinezcr in the town records) appears 
to be a name altogether unique ; we do not remember to have 
ever met with it elsewhere. That of Ebenczer, as applied to 
a female, we find in Cotfin's History of Newbury. Are we to 
consider them as perhaps one and the same name, masquer- 
ading under slightly different exteriors } — Mrs. Gerald 
appears to have been a woman of amiable traits of character. 
" She was a nice old lady, I liked her much," is the testimony 
of one of her more youthful neighbors. She married when 
quite young, and, it is said, did not at first favor the advances 
of her lover, emphasizing her dislike one day — prompted not 
less perhaps by a girlish love of mischief, it ivas so good a 
joke, you knozv — by pouring a bucket of water upon him from 
the chamber window ; which, however, had the effect only to 
draw from him the gallant exclamation, " Oh, the damsel ! " 



I 1 6 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

We are sorry to be obliged to renounce the pleasing fiction 
we once entertained, that it was she who used to go out into 
the street, even after the birth of her first infant, and play 
with the children, making mud-cakes. This, it appears, was 
true, or at least was reported, of the wife of Samuel Fowler, 
Esq. (her second husband), who, while Abbyneezer ventured 
upon matrimony at about the age of 15, became a bride, it is 
said (of former husband. Dr. Ezra Carter), at the juvenile 
age of 13 years. Her maiden name was Ruth Eastman ; 
child, by second husband, Ruth (Fowler), who m. Nathaniel 
Green, of Boscawen. (See Eastman Genealogy, p. ']6^ 

257. JOHN^ BOWLEY (37). 

But little is known of the Bowley family. Elisabeth^ Corser, 
daughter of John', married John Bowley, Sen., in Newbury, 
March, 1744. The family settled in Boscawen. John Bowley, 
Jr., the first of the name remembered by Bliss Corser, lived 
near Bowley Brook, so-called ; removed afterwards to Salis- 
bury. His son John, who married Sarah Fellows, settled in 
Livonia, N. Y. (102). One of the daughters of John, Jr., is 
remembered as taking part in an exhibition at Boscawen. 
Her peculiar manner of pronouncing the word ''Islington " — 
giving the letter s its full sound, in which she was apparently 
wiser than some others of her generation — is commented on 
by an elderly lady. His daughter Sally, who married, but 
separated from her husband, is said to have perished by the 
roadside in a storm. 

258. JACOB'* BOWLEY. 

Jacob, the eldest of the family of John Bowley, Jr., is 
remembered for his peculiarities. The following anecdote is 
related of him : He called one day at the store on the Hill, 
and wished to make some purchases on credit, saying he 
would pay for the same in fox-skins. Being asked how much 



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he expected to be paid for his skins, " Oh," said he, " you can 
take them as they run," to which the trader assented, and 
dehvered him the goods. The skins not appearing in due 
time, his impatient creditor was not slow to jog his memory, 
ehciting the reply, that he did not agree to bring him any 
skins. "Of course you did," said the other, "and I agreed 
to take them at the going price." " No," said he, "you agreed 
to take them as they run, and if you want 'em, you must go 
out and catch 'em." We presume that was the last of the 
skins, as it was probably of his credit at that store. 

259. ASA^ CORSER (38). 

Asa, b. 1754, was drummer at the age of 23, in Capt. Kim- 
ball's company, at Bennington. C. C. Cofifin thus apostro- 
phizes him in his centennial Fourth of July (1876) oration at 
Boscawen : " And you, Asa Corser, of Boscawen, beat the 
drum as you beat it at Bennington, that our souls may be 
stirred by the music which has rolled for a century, and 
which, under God, shall still vibrate down the coming ages ! " 

ASA AND "BROTHER DAVE." 

Of " drummer Corser," Major Alfred Little, in his amus- 
ing centennial poem sang at the celebration in Webster, 
N. H., thus makes mention (mistaking, however, the rela- 
tionship between Asa and David, who were cousins instead of 
brothers). The incident related was, of course, on the home- 
coming of the "boys" from Bennington. 

"A noble Boscawen dame 

(Her name I'll ever prize), 
When she saw the boys a-coming, 

Filled her oven with pumpkin pies ; 
Half a pie to each one 

Our good aunt Hannah gave, 
Drummer Corser said he'd ' take one, 

A nd give half to brother Dave .' ' " 



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The allusion is more fully explained in a note appended to 
the poem, as follows : " David Corser (his son Luke Corser 
is still living at Webster [since deceased]), one of the Ben- 
nington soldiers from Eoscawen, was not present to receive 
his half of a pumpkin pie, and — concerning his hungry 
brother, 'drummer Corser,' we will not i}i-sin-ji-ate, but it has 
ever been a question with Boscawen people — did ' brother 
Dave' get his half of a pumpkin pie?" The "good aunt 
Hannah" was the wife of Enoch Little. 

260. JOHN GERALD (35). 

Of John Gerald the following anecdote is related : He 
was not much of a go-to-meeting man, saying he had little 
faith in the minister's prayers. Being urged to go to church 
and test the matter for himself, he concluded to do so one 
Sunday, in a time of great drought. "Now," said he, "if 
Mr. Price prays for rain, and it don't come, that '11 settle it 
— plain proof that it's all priestcraft." He went. The min- 
ister prayed that the rains might descend. The sequel was, 
as expressed in the language of the narrator — "He came 
home in a ducking shower." 

261. JAMBS'* CORSER (41). 

James, or " Uncle Jim," as he was familiarly called, was a 
comical sort of genius, as we remember him, odd, shrewd, 
curious, and full of fun. He had a droll habit of playing 
tunes upon his cane for the amusement of the young folks. 
He was an observant man, and with his quaint maxims and 
original comments, a practical philosopher jn his way. Solo- 
mon-like, he knew all the herbs of the field and their 
virtues ; and had the book-learning of the royal naturalist 
been his, we might perhaps have had from his pen a botan- 
ical treatise rivaling the history of that famous prince. 

He was born, it is said, on the Plain, " in a little old 
house" (long since gone — then occupied by John Hale), 
standing nearly opposite the Dea. Gerrish homestead, while 



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his parents were en route from their late home {in Chester, as 
supposed) to Corser Hill. He lived for many years on or 
near Little Hill, whence he removed to a farm near Long 
Pond, where he died. 

262. ELCV5 (downing) corser (45). 

Lines written on the death of Elcy Corser, wife of 
Joseph H. Corser, who died at Boscawen, Sept. 20, 1847, 
aged 52 years, 11 months, and 2 days. 

MY mother's gravp:. 



My mother's grave, that hallowed spot. 
By me it ne'er shall be forgot ; 
The tomb-stone to her mem'ry placed — 
And shall it be by time defaced? 

Yes, time may crumble that to dust. 
Yet mem'ry '11 be the same. I trust ; 
The letters that do mark her name 
In fancy e'er will be the same. 

Eleven months since, tliis pleasant day, 
The turf enclosed her precious clay ; 
And ah ! what changes since I've seen ! 
And all have passed but as a dream. 

In life's deep ocean, dark and wide. 
Where waves of trouble swell the tide. 
My Mother's Grave shall mark the road, 
That points the way to heaven and God. 

Judith P. Downing. 

263. RICE* CORSER (64). 

We are indebted to Mrs. Abba S. Brown for the following 
items, relating particularly to that period of her father's life 
(18 10-21) in which he followed the sea. 

He learned the tanner's trade in Concord, N. H., of Rich- 
ard Ayer ; after which, having no capital of his own, he 
entered the employ of Pomeroy & Simpson, of Boston. 



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TO CHINA. 



In 1810, business being dull, he shipped as a sailor on 
board of a vessel bound for the Sandwich Islands, and thence, 
with a cargo of sandal-wood, for China, where the merchan- 
dise was exchanged for tea (the wood being burned as incense 
to their gods). On the tenth of April, 181 3, he writes from 
Canton to his parents, saying, he would not have them feel 
anxious about him, as he was enjoying himself. They had 
heard of the war of 18 12, and his captain did not like to 
risk his vessel at sea, as it was an unarmed one. 

ST. DOMINGO AND ROUND THE HORN. 

His next letter is from Boston, of date July 18, 18 18, in 
which he says that he had shipped on board a vessel for St. 
Domingo, at $20 per month, expecting to be gone three 
months. In January of the following year we find him again 
at Boston where he embarked as mate on board the ship 
" Maimion," destined for Manila in the China Sea. A year and 
a half later (June 20, 1820) he writes from Baltimore, that 
had he made a good voyage in the "Maimion," he should 
have come home to see his friends ; but as it was, he had 
engaged to go as second mate in the ship " General Hand," 
on a voyage around Cape Horn. 

COAST OF HOLLAND SHIPWRECK. 

On the sixth of March, 1821, he writes from Rotterdam, 
that his vessel, bound for that city, arrived off the coast of 
Holland in the last of December, 1820. "The weather 
being uncommon cold, the ship got into the ice ; we lost our 
anchors, and were obliged to let her go ashore, and she was 
wrecked. I lost all my clothes and part of my wages." The 
crew barely escaped with their lives by creeping on blocks of 
ice to the shore. 




REV. ENOCH' CORSER (7^)- 



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264. HANNAH'' (cORSER) ADAMS {76). 

Hannah died in 1820, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. 
Lord, in Amesbury, Mass. She was converted under the 
preaching of Rev. Mr. Paul, the colored clergyman, and 
joined the Free-Will Baptist church. Her death was occa- 
sioned by the rupture of a blood-vessel, while in the act of 
taking clothes from a line. A thunder-shower was rising at 
the time, and the shock produced by a sudden clap of thun- 
der is supposed to have been the immediate cause of the 
fatality. She was a schoolmistress, and taught school as 
well after as before the death of her husband, as appears 
from the following note written soon after that event, which 
is interesting both as a relic and as a specimen of her " man- 
ner," punctuation marks and a few capitals excepted, which 
we have ventured to supply. If she sometimes wrote a small 
"i " for a capital ditto, it did not disqualify her for being a 
capital schoolma'am in that day. 

Candia, May 20 [1817]. 

Dear Brother [Enoch], — I have taken the charge of a school — it com- 
menced on Monday last — i expect it will be visited soon by Mr. Jones 
(in a few days), and I wish j'ou would write him in favor of me. Capt. 
Gale wishes me to be in favor with him and everybody else. I shall try 
to recommend myself, but a few lines from you to him would be better. 
Do not disappoint me, and write me soon. I want to hear from you. 

Your sister, 

Hannah Adams. 

265. ENOCH'* CORSER (72). 

Enoch, second son of David, son of John^, b. in Bos- 
cawen, Jan. 2, 1787, spent his youth, till the age of 18, in 
laboring on the " paternal acres " ; but being naturally of a 
studious disposition, he early cherished the desire, which, after 
his conversion, at the age of 1 7, ripened into a purpose, to 
obtain a liberal education. 



122 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

He fitted for college chiefly with Rev. Dr. Wood, of Bos- 
cawen, being under his tuition from Sept., 1805, to July i, 
1806; and again, from Aug. 6, 1806, for longer or shorter 
periods — attending school meanwhile for a short space at 
the academy in Salisbury, and teaching school during the 
winter in the same town — till May 1 4, 1 808, when he entered 
the freshman class in Middlebury College (he entered Middle- 
bury, it is understood, by the advice of Dr. Wood) two terms 
in advance. During his college course he taught school one 
winter in Middlebury, and two winters on Boscawen Plain, 
having for a pupil at the latter place John Adams Dix, who 
received from him his first lessons in the classics. (See 292.) 

Graduating in Aug., 181 1, he opened in the following 
autumn (Nov. 25), a grammar-school at Danvers, Mass., con- 
tinuing the same till April 24, 18 14, or about 2 1-2 years. 
He then (May 10) commenced the study of divinity with 
Rev. Dr. Harris, of Dunbarton, N. H., and in the following 
year (July 5, 181 5) was licensed to preach by the Hopkinton 
(Cong.) Association of ministers. 

266. FIELDS OF LABOR. 

The record of his labors in the ministry, covering a period, 
exclusive of sickness, of about 40 years, is as follows : 

His first pulpit effort was in the upper meeting-house, so- 
called, of his native town, July 9, 18 15. He preached — 

In Comvay N. H., from Aug. 20 to Sept. 3, 18 15 — 3 
Sabbaths. 

At Middletofi, Mass., from Sept. 24 to Oct. 22, 18 15 — 
4 Sabbaths ; and again from Dec. 10, 181 5, to Feb. 25, 18 16 
— 12 Sabbaths, teaching school meanwhile in the same 
place. 

In Colebrook, N. H., and towns adjacent, under the aus- 
pices of the Home Missionary Society, from May 12 to July 
28, 1816 — 13 Sabbaths. He preached during this tour 64 
times in 18 different towns. 



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In Loudon, N. H., from Aug. i8, 1816, to May, 1837 — 
about 20 years and 8 months. He was installed over the 
Cong, church in L., March 5, 1 817, and dismissed from same, 
Dec. 13, 1837. On the seventeenth of March, 1817, he was 
married to Sally, daughter of Col. Joseph Gerrish, of Bos- 
caw en. 

At Meredith Village, N. H., from May 27, 1837, to Sept. 
17, 1837 (3 Sundays excepted, spent in Loudon) — 13 Sab- 
baths. He early received, but declined, a call to settle in 
this place. 

At NortJifield and Sanboniton Bridge, N. H., whither he 
removed with his family, Nov. 14, 1837, from Sept. 24, 1837, 
to May, 1843 — about 5 years and 7 months. He taught 
school also, during this period, one or more terms in the old 
academy at the Bridge. 

In Plyviouth, X. H., from May 24, 1843, to April 28, 1844 
— 5 I Sabbaths. 

In Lyndon, Vt., from May 24 to Aug. 18, 1844 — 1 1 Sab- 
baths. 

In Plymouth again, from Nov. 24, 1844, to March 17, 
1845 — 15 Sabbaths. This was chiefly a gratuity. 

In Epping, N. H., whither the family removed Aug. 4, 
1845, from May 25, 1845, to May 28, 1848 — three years. 
On the thirty-first of May he removed with his family to 
Boscawen, locating on the Plain. 

At Fisherville, N'. H., from June 8 to Sept. 17, 1848— 16 
Sabbaths, when his labors were interrupted by sickness 
(typhoid fever) of some weeks continuance. 

In Frajiklin, N. H., from Oct. 29 to Dec. 24, 1848— 7 
Sabbaths. He also preached at Warner, N. H., Jan. 14 and 
Feb. 1 1, 1849. 

In Henniker, N. H., from April 4 to June 7, 1850 — 2 
months. 



124 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

In Warner, N. H., from Oct. 6 to Dec. 22, 1850 — 12 
Sabbaths. He had engaged to supply the pulpit at W. for 
one year. On the 24th of December, while visiting in 
the parish, he was seized with paralysis, which laid him 
aside from his work for nearly seven years, till Sept., 1857. 

In Loudon, a second time, after an interval of 20 years, 
from Sept. 20, 1857, to Dec. 25, 1859 — 2 1-4 years; and 
again, from April 22 to May 13, i860 — 4 Sabbaths. These 
were his last public efforts in the sacred desk. 

He continued to reside in Boscawen till his death, of paraly- 
sis, June 17, 1868. Mrs. Corser died of heart-disease, Jan. 
17, 1851. 

266a. CHARACTER AS A PREACHER. 

Mr. Corser was a man of vigorous intellect, with strong 
perceptive and retentive powers ; copious in resources ; origi- 
nal and picturesque in his conceptions ; as a theologian, clear 
and decided in his views, and strongly fixed in the great doc- 
trines of the Bible ; a skilful sermonizer, and a ready and 
persuasive speaker. 

" As a thinker," says Dr. Bouton, in the discourse preached 
at his funeral, which was printed, " he was clear, logical, and 
demonstrative. In preparing sermons, he wrote but little 
more than the plan or skeleton ; and hence, in preaching, his 
earnest, impetuous manner, and copious illustrations, often 
bore him along to an undue length. His emotional nature 
was quick, strong, and impulsive ; at times, especially in 
preaching on favorite doctrines, he would rise to a high pitch 
of eloquence, impressing the truth on the minds and hearts 
of his auditors with melting and subduing power." Several 
powerful revivals were the result of his labors at Loudon and 
Sanbornton Bridge. And during "those years when pro- 
tracted meetings were common, he preached in all or most of 
the towns in the limits of the Deerfield Association, with 
remarkable power and success." 



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267. REMINISCENCES OF ENOCH. 

The following reminiscences, illustrating some points in 
his character, may not be without interest : 

A somewhat ludicrous incident is related as occurring on 
one occasion in connection with a pulpit exercise. He was 
preaching at Epsom, N. H., and announced for his text the 
words : " Up, get ye out of this place, for the Lord will 
destroy this city ! " casting his eyes at the same time up to 
the gallery, where sat a colored woman, who, construing the 
warning literally, instantly started and rushed out of the 
house, as if the alarm of Fire ! had been sounded. (We 
have this on the authority of Mrs. N. S. Webster, whose 
father, Mr. Lord, player on the base viol, was at church on 
that occasion.) 

His expressions were often striking and original ; and the 
novelty, as well as profusion, of his metaphors and compari- 
sons would have made the father of similes " arch his eye 
brows." He thus characterized, in a sentence, Dr. Lyman 
Beecher : " He is not so eloquent as he is — ' Here I am, and 
take care, I strike you dozvn .^ ' " " Sin," said he in a prayer, 
" digs hell broad and deep, and fills it with flaming fire." 
The facility with which converts were made by a certain set 
of religionists, he compared to the method of turning out 
bobbins by machinery. To a self-confident political opponent, 
who seemed to him unwarrantably prone to shift his ground, 
he indignantly said, — " You are like a plucked owl — pull his 
wing-feathers out, and he'll go wob, wob, zvob ! '' Upon 
another unstable character he was wont to bestow the original 
(in spelling, at least) epithet of szvishy-szvashy. 

He was a great reader, not only of books in his chosen 
department, but in the field of general literature as well ; 
possessing the faculty of imbibing and assimilating whatever 
came in his way, and of holding it in readiness for future use. 



126 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

He was equally fond of politics and poetry — had in fact a 
poet's fancy, as well as manner of expression — and was as 
much at home in cosmogony (his idea of it) as in theology. 
He was a close observer of nature, whose modus operandi he 
would sometimes explain on original principles, which would 
not always perhaps stand the test of science. 

He had a taste for agriculture and gardening, and knew 
how especially to appreciate a fine horse. Although the 
drudgery of farm-labor was less congenial to him than brain- 
work, yet few could make a better showing with the scythe 
in the hay-field, or apply their strength more effectually in 
placing the bottom stone of a wall, or took greater delight in 
heaping the corn-bin with its treasure of golden ears. 

He possessed an enterprising, stirring nature ; was fond of 
travel and adventure, and generally nothing loath to embark 
in any new scheme which promised useful results. Essen- 
tially a missionary in spirit, " he would willingly, it is under- 
stood, have given himself to that work in a foreign field." 
His sanguine, hopeful temperament made him an optimist. 
"Attempt great things," (still more) "expect great things," 
was his mode of rendering the old adage. 

He was a man of robust physical constitution, and capable 
of great endurance. He would frequently sit up nearly all 
night, preparing his discourses, and come forth fresh the next 
day, with no indication of fatigue — the exercise seeming, on 
the contrary, to be rather invigorating and recreative than 
otherwise. 

268. .SKILL IN SWIMMING. 

We append the following from an article which appeared 
in the Rays of Light in 1877 : 

Mr. Corser was an excellent swimmer in his early days, and 
instrumental in saving the lives of .several who were in danger 
of drowning. He once performed the feat of swimming 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 1 27 

across Long Pond, in Boscawen, out and back, under circum- 
stances which rendered the act an imprudent one, and from 
the ill effects of which upon his health he was long a sufferer. 
To his skill in swimming he once owed the preservation of 
his own life. He was then preaching in Colebrook, N. H. 
The circumstances, as related by him in a letter, were as 
follows : 

"I arose on the morning of the third instant [June, 18 16] 
with a feeling of pain and dizziness in my head, and in order 
to remove it walked out with a friend, and in my walk crossed 
Connecticut River in a boat, just above a mill-dam. Having 
finished my walk I left my friend, and set out to return alone. 
I came to the river, jumped into the boat, and not doubting 
my skill in paddling, shoved off for the opposite shore. 
When I had arrived at the middle of the river, I perceived 
that the current had wafted me quite down to the edge of the 
dam ; and there was now left me no choice, but either to go 
over the dam in the boat and be dashed to pieces on the 
massy rocks below, or to trust my life to my skill in swim- 
ming. I hesitated not for a moment, but chose the latter, 
and jumped into the stream, with my boots, hat, gloves, and 
clothes all on. How deep the water was I know not, but I 
went over head and ears and found no bottom. Now the 
next thing was — for the shore, towards which I made with 
every exertion, and which, after a long and hard struggle, 
against the current and with my sinking clothes, I safely 
reached, with no other loss than that of my boat, which went 
over the dam and was dashed to pieces, and of my mittens 
which were in my hat. [The hat was afterwards found, toss- 
ing upon the water below the falls.] I got, however, a pretty 
thorough wetting, and hope I am taught by it this lesson — - 
never again to put my life in manifest danger, or trust a rich 
cargo at a distance from land in the hands of an unskilful 
pilot." Of this occurrence he thus writes in his diary : 



128 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

" Monday 3d, this week, God brought me near to death 
and brought me back ; I would praise Him for his deHverance, 
This day, O God, do I see thy hand in mercy stretched out to 
save a poor, feeble, vile, unworthy, hell-deserving creature 
from the watery grave ; literally do I see thy promise fulfilled 
in me — ' When thou passest through the waters, I will be 
with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow 
thee.' " 

269. JANE'* (cORSER) WADLEIGH (74). 

"Jane's sweethart," writes one of her brothers in 1809, 
" has been up from Newbury again." Two years later " Jane's 
sweethart " came up for the last time, and carried home his 
bride. The happy pair take this philosophical view of the 
" situation " in a letter written not long after, dated at Salis- 
bury, Mass., Nov. II,, 181 3 : 

" By the subscription of this you will perceive that we have 
entered the marriage state. Whatever may be the opinion of 
those who are strangers to a union of hearts, respecting con- 
nubial felicity, we still are confident in believing, that the 
happiness arising from the marriage state (when entered into 
with proper views and feelings) is greatly superior to that 
which is found in a single life. There may be many little 
anxieties and cares peculiarly attendant upon us in our new 
situation, but since it is our duty, our pleasure, and the study 
of our lives to render each other as happy as possible, we may 
safely presume that our situation will be attended by no real 
disadvantages." 

The letter concludes as follows : " We left our friends at 
Boscawen well on the 30th of October, but are sorry to 
inform you of the decease of grandmother Blasdell ; she died 
last Sunday (Nov. 7) after a short illness of a few days, pre- 
vious to which she had been as well as could be expected for 
so old a person." (Signed, " Joseph and Jane Wadleigh," 
and addressed to" Mr. Enoch Corser, Salem, Mass.") 



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270. CALEB B.5 CORSER (l57). 

Col. Caleb B. Corser, second son of David and Judith 
(Burbank) Corser, was born in Boscawen, N. H., Oct. 14, 
1803. His father's family emigrated to Western New York, 
settling first near Canandagua, about the year 18 16. Soon 
after this, the family made a final removal to Ogden, Monroe 
Co., purchasing a farm of 300 acres of land, 7 miles west of 
Rochester, on what is known as the Spencerport road. 

At the time of the purchase, " Gov. Clinton's big ditch," 
the Erie Canal, was just being completed, and Rochester, 
now (1877) a city of 100,000 inhabitants, was then but a vil- 
lage with a water-power. 

The beautiful Genesee country was only broken here and 
there by settlements overshadowed by the splendid forests 
which covered the intermediate leagues. The unrivalled 
beauty of these forests had but little attraction for the pioneer, 
who was at once confronted with the question of their dis- 
posal. 

The problem was solved by Caleb and his elder brother by 
fire and axe; and soon the farm at " Corser's Corners" 
became a landmark. 

Col. Corser married Henrietta L. Spencer, of Spencerport, 
N. Y., Oct. 12, 1828, and after her death, occurring in 1840, 
married, Oct. 12, 1841, R. Maria Chapman, of E. Haddam, 
Conn., who survives him. 

The one marked trait in the cliaracter of Mr. Corser — 
the corner-stone upon which he built — was a prompt and 
full discharge of every duty. His word was indeed " as 
good as a bond," and the fulfillment of his word never lagged 
behind the promise. 

He possessed an eminently calm, impartial, and judicial 
mind ; and during a continuous service of 20 years as a mag- 
istrate, not a single decision was overruled by a higher court. 



130 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Always keenly alive to passing events in the social and 
political world, he kept even step with the ideas of the age ; 
and although very plain and economical in matters purely 
personal, in his family, and as a citizen, he was broadly 
liberal. 

Col. Corser brought from his early home a splendid physi- 
cal organization, which never failed him. He was of medium 
height and weight, with a frank, open face, and genial 
manner. 

The military instincts of the Corser family carried him into 
a regiment of riflemen, of which he was in command at the 
time of an outbreak on the Canada frontier ; but aside from 
the title, by which all of his earlier friends recalled his mili- 
tary service, no importance attaches to this part of his life. 

He was never a place-hunter, having too much regard for 
his own business to devote himself exclusively to the business 
of others ; yet he was constantly called upon to serve the 
public in positions of honor and trust. In two successive 
sessions of the Legislature in which he served, he evidenced 
his unquestioned integrity and excellent judgment. 

The burden of years indicated the wisdom of retiring from 
farm-labor and care, and in 1863 he removed to [Brighton 
near] Rochester, where, in a beautiful, quiet home, near Mt. 
Hope, he gained new friends, and retained all the old. 

Oct. 24, 1874 — the 71st anniversary of his birth — found 
him in the full enjoyment of life and health ; but a fatal 
malady was creeping upon him, and after a few months of 
pain, borne without a word of impatience or repining, and 
during which the ruling habits of his life bore full sway, lead- 
ing him to make methodical arrangement of every detail of 
his business, and to include in this, careful thought for his 
burial, he died April 26, 1875, leaving an example of a full 
and complete life, which all who knew him will remember. 

E. S. Corser. 



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271. THE BLASDELL FAMILY (31). 

Damel' Blasdell, of Salisbury, Mass., b. about 1730, is 
supposed to have been connected with the family of 
Ralph Blasdell, one of the original townsmen of Salis- 
bury, and Henry Blasdell, admitted freeman of Ames- 
bury, 1690. Remarried Rachel Edwards, whose father, 
a ship-carpenter, came from England. She also had a 
brother, who followed the same calling. Possibly the 
family was connected with that of Matthew Edwards, 
admitted freeman of Rowley, 1669. She died Nov. 7, 
18 1 3, aged upwards of 90 years. (See 269.) Mr. 
Blasdell owned 12 acres of land on Salisbury Point, a 
slice of which he left to each of his daughters, Ruth 
excepted, who married David Corser, because, as he 
said, or surmised, her husband had once got the better 
of him in a trade. It was "all about " a yoke of oxen, 
we believe, purchased by Mr. B. of David. Daniel' was 
the father of 9 children : 

Hannah'^ (Blasdell), whom. Asa Day ; lived in Boscaweii, and later in 
Hanover, where he died. Among their children were : Dolbj^ (t>a,y), 
b. in B., INIay 7, 1794, who m. a Mr. Dow, of Strafford, Vt. ; Polly^ 
(Day), who m. a brother of the preceding ; and Sally^ (l^a-y)- 

Rhoda^, b. in Salisbury, Mass., about 1750, who married Hoyt, of 

Weare, N. H. She was the mother of 11 children, ' of whom 

Betsey^ (Hoyt) m., 1st, Joslyn, of Henniker, 2d, Jonathan 

Straw, of Warner, where she d. April 2, 1876, aged 101 years, 2 
months, and 22 days. 

Enos^ (Hoyt), b. Oct. 15, 1795, was a physician of eminence in 
iVorthfield, N. H., and later in Framingham, Mass. He m. Grace, 
daughter of Asa Crosby, M. D., of (xilmanton, N. H., and had 5 
children : George'^, M. D., Alpheus\ M. D., Dixi\ M. D., Grace\ and 

Fanny*. Grace m. Bigelow, of Framingham, and is the only 

surviving child (1891). 

Daniel^ (Hoyt), a resident of Sandwich, X. H., was the father of 
OtisS M. D., of Framingham, and John-^, M. D., of Xatick, Mass., 
both deceased. 

RacheP, b. about 1752 ; m. John^ Corser, of Boscawen (31). 



132 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

» 
Ruih^ b. 1756 ; m. David" Corser, of B. (32). 
DanieP, settled iu Maine. 
Betsey'^, d. young. 

Polly^, ni., 1st, Colby, '2d, Sweatt, both of Salisbury, Mass., 

by each of whom she had 4 children. 

Dolly^, m. Colby, of Maine. 

NaomiP; m. Adam Wadleigh, of Salisbury, Mass. 

272. THE FITZGERALD FAMILY (29,35). 

Edward' FitzGerald (name often written simply Gerald), 
was one of the first settlers of Boscawen, He was a 
native of Ireland, b. probably about 1718 ; came from 
Newbury to B. ; m., about 1 740, Mehitable Uran (sister 
of John), who d. 1808, aged 90. His residence was on 
the southern slope of the hill, some three-quarters of a 
mile below the Plain, on the road leading to Concord. 
The house is no longer standing. His children were: 

Jane'^, b. Jan. 12, 1742 ; m. Asa^ Corser (38). 

Mary^, b. Jan. 24, 1744. 

Sarah\ b. Feb. 14, 1746 (or 1747) ; m. SamueF Corser (29). 

JameiP' (twin), b. Aug. 10, 1748 ; d. in the army at Ticonderoga. 

Rebecca?- (twin), b. Aug. 10, 1748; m., 1776, Oliver Hoit, of B., who 

moved to Concord (Horse Hill), 1772. 
Edward'^, Lieut., b. Oct. 24, 1751 ; m., 1775, Abbyneezer^ Corser (35) ; 

d. Nov. 21, 1817. 
Susanna?, b. Oct., 1753 ; m. John P. Sweatt, 1773. 
Dorcat?, b. May 15, 1756 ; m. David Carter. 
Rachel'^, b. July 9, 1758 ; m. Samuel Morse. 
John?, b. July (or June) 10, 1761 ; m., 1786, Polly* Corser (42). 
Marthd\ b. June 10, 1766 ; m., 1786, James* Corser (41). This was 

the fifth of the FitzGerald family (2 sons and 3 daughters, all told) 

who became connected by marriage with the Corser family. 

AVhethei- there was a dearth of sweethearts then and there, or the 

FitzGeralds possessed a monopoly in that line, the record does not 

enlighten us. 

The surname FitzGerald is one of considerable antiquity, 
as well as distinction, figuring in EngHsh history as early as 
1 169. The most celebrated of the name perhaps (not 
excepting even the famous one of Byron's satiric line — " Let 



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hoarse FitzGerald bawl ! ") was Lord Edward FitzGerald, of 
Ireland, son of the first Duke of Leinster, b. 1752, who, as 
aide-de-camp of Lord Rawdon in the American Revolution, 
was severely wounded at the Battle of Eutaw Springs (Sept. 
8, 1 781), and afterwards, in a violent attempt, with the aid of 
French troops, to effect the independence of Ireland, was 
seized and condemned to death, but died of his wounds before 
the execution of the sentence. 

It is not improbable that the Boscawen pioneer was an off- 
shoot from the same original stock with his renowned country- 
man and namesake, Lord Edward ; though whether he 
possessed the required abilities for a military leader, may be 
questioned. Sufificient glory, however, that he very nearly 
led the town in the size of his family, though eclipsed in this 
respect by his son, Lieut. Edward — here, indeed, the military 
instinct comes to the surface — who was the father of 15 
children. 

273. PROF. LUCIAN HUNT {72). 

[As preliminary to our sketch of the Professor, written for 
the most part several years ago, we may insert the following 
from the local item column of the Portlatid Argus of Aug. 
25, 1900: "Prof. Lucian Hunt, of Gorham, passed Wed., 
the 22d, at Old Orchard, as the guest of his friend, Prof. 
Corser, a prominent citizen of New Hampshire." Mr. H., 
we may state, came out especially, on this occasion, while his 
"prominence" from the Granite State was seeking diversion 
on a sea-level for a brief space, to hear the Hon. Cabot 
Lodge and other big Rep. guns utter their voice on the polit- 
ical issues of the day.] 

Prof. Hunt, our quondam associate in teaching, to whom 
also we claim a possible relationship through our maternal 
ancestress, Anne Hunt, who married Henry Sewall (see 
Scivall Genealogy), — which fact, coupled with a desire to per- 
petuate in our record the name and fame " {jioinen deciisqtiey 



134 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

of our life-long friend, and fellow (book) traveler as well, in 
studious years, by Ilium's sacred streams, and 'mid Mantua's 
groves (where, "sub tegmine fagi," our friend has lingered so 
long and so lovingly), is our apology, if one is needed, for 
adding his silho7tette to our portfolio of pictures ; — the Profes- 
sor, we say, was born in Cabot, Vt., Jan. 17, 1822, whence he 
removed with his parents at an early age to Sanbornton, 
N. H., the birthplace of his father, Anthony Hunt, where 
he resided till his father's removal, about 1850, to the adjoin- 
ing town of Northfield. 

Educated principally (though owing scarcely less to his 
own independent exertions, for he is stiidiosit-s par excellence, 
and in large measure self-taught) in the Sanbornton schools, 
— of which the academy at the Bridge was in operation in 
i838-'40, a part of the time under the instruction of Rev. 
Enoch Corser, and later, for a number of years, under the 
supervision of Prof. Dyer H. Sanborn ; Mr. Hunt meantime 
making the most of the opportunities thus afforded him for 
acquiring an education, the range of his studies including, 
besides the usual English course (supplemented, we must not 
omit to add, by a thorough and practical training in the 
elocutionary art), the Latin, Greek, French, and German 
languages, — he entered upon his chosen profession of teach- 
ing, first in district schools, and later as academical instructor, 
in which capacity he has taught with distinguished success 
(for a born teacher he is, and one who has not mistaken his 
calling) in the academies of Marlow and Mount Vernon, 
N. H., Standish, Me., and Bernardstown (Powers Institute) 
and P^almouth (Lawrence Academy), Mass. He was also 
instructor for some years in the P^lliot school in Boston. 

He has followed the profession almost uninterruptedly for 
above 30 years, being now (1882) principal, with no apparent 
abatement of his efficiency, of McCollom Institute, Mount 
Vernon. 



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The honorary degree of A. M. was conferred upon him in 
1863 by Middletown Coll., Conn. In 1880 he delivered a 
centennial address at Northfield, N. H., which was after- 
wards published in the Granite MotitJily, and which he has 
since been solicited by the town authorities — an appropria- 
tion having been voted for the purpose — to expand into an 
extended history of the town. {Later — Said task he has 
since fulfilled, to a partial extent at least, in compiling the 
sketch prepared by him for the recently published History of 
Merrimack and Belknap Counties. This was in 1885, about 
which time, we may add, the Professor closed his pedagogical 
labors, and has since — in the retirement of his pleasant home 
in Gorham, Me., surrounded by his books, a very valuable 
and choice collection numbering some 3,000 volumes — 
devoted himself chiefly to literary pursuits.) 

Mr. H. was married in 1863 to Miss Caroline Higgins, an 
estimable lady of Standish, Me., who died at Gorham, May 
4, 1897. He has acquired withal a sufficiency of this world's 
goods — $90,000, perhaps, would not be an overestimate — 
not a bad showing certainly for a humble follower in the foot- 
steps of Francis Glass and Dominie Sampson — of which he 
contributes freely to the necessities of others, and has earned 
the lasting gratitude of thousands of pupils, whose footsteps 
he has guided in their toilsome journey up the Hill of 
Science. 

274. The Pegasus (10). 

{^'Sai'tor Resaj'tus,'' or Some Nczvspaper Stitching RcstitcJted.) 

To the Editor of P. a)id P. : It seems to us that one of 
your correspondents has gone pretty deeply into the business 
of wool-gathering — having, in fact, a pretty thick padding of 
the article in question pulled over his eyes — in a late com- 
munication to your paper, in which he compares a certain 
miserable Rosinante he describes to the immortal winged 
horse — which he degrades to a " Gothic steed," whatever he 



136 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

may mean by that — of antiquity, known as Pegasus. This, 
we think, of all "odorous comparisons " or imputations will 
bear away the palm. 

Pegasus, be it known, was of no dubious breed of Gothic 
coursers, but one of the finest creations of Grecian mythol- 
ogy, immortalized by Homer and Hesiod and Ovid, "the 
favorite of the Muses and the pet of the gods." His abode 
was on Mt. Helicon, and with his hoof he raised the famous 
fountain of Hippocrene, sacred to the Muses. After his ter- 
restrial career, he was honored by Jupiter with a place among 
the stars. Who has not traced out the beautiful constella- 
tion of Pegasus, visible nearly overhead on any bright evening 
in the early part of winter ? Pegasus a Gothic steed indeed ! 

We trust our friend M. will be satisfied with this attempt 

of ours to relieve her favorite "bird" from the stigma so 

unjustly cast upon him. 

Cursor. 

275. "SQUIRE CORSER's DAUGHTER " (ll). 

The passage alluded to is found in Chap. XVH of " Cripps 
the Carrier." Cripps relates how he was "counteracted for 
to carry a pig," which got away from him. "Three pounds, 
12 shillings and four pence he cost me in less than three- 
quarters of a mile of road. Seemeth he smelled some apples 
somewhere, and he went through a chancy clock, and a violin, 
and a set of first-born babby linen for Squire Corser's 
daughter." Allusion is also made in Chap. XXVI to the 
Squire's better half. " Squire Corser had married a new sort 
of wife, with a tendency towards the nobility ; wherefore a 
monthly wash was out of keeping with her loftier views, 
though she had a fine kitchen-garden ; and she cried till the 
Squire put the whole of it out, and sent it every week [by 
Cripps] to Berkley [Cripps' place of residence, near Oxford]." 
The story of " Cripps the Carrier," though not a c/te/-d'ceuvre, 
is a meritorious work, novel and interesting, and will well 
repay perusal. 



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276. CORSOUR, CORVISER AND CORSERE (6, 7). 

The passage alluded to (No. 6), under the heading " Le 
Corsour," is as follows : " Our ' Corsers ' or ' Cossers,' little 
altered from the former ' Le Corsour,' represent the obsolete 
' Horse-monger,' the dealer in horse-flesh." To which is 
added in a marginal note the following : " In the Rolls of Par- 
liament special mention is made of the king's coiser, he who 
acted as the King's agent in regard to the purchase of horses. 
A certain 'Johannes Martyr,' corsere [as the word was also 
spelled — see Halliwell's Diet, of Archaic ivords\, occurs in an 
old Oxford record, dated 145 1." The above is from Bards- 
ley's " Our English Surnames," an English publication of 
recent date, to be found in the Boston Public Library. 

Of Con'iser (shoemaker) the author has this to say : 
" 'Wm. Le Corviser ' from the same records [Plundred Rolls], 
or ' Durand Le Corviser,' held a name which struggled for some 
time for a place, but had finally to collapse." Ditto, also, he 
says, of Cobbler {O. F. "lecobeler," H. R.). "'Cosier' (shoe- 
patcher) has fared better, as have 'Clouter' and ' Cloutman,' 
relics of the old ' John ' or ' Stephen ' le clutere, why I do not 
know." 

CORSERE. 

In Halliwell's Diet, above-mentioned the word "Corsere" 
is thus defined : " A horseman ; also a war-horse, as in Todd's 
Illustrations, p. 214 ; and sometimes a horse-dealer." 

In Matzner's Diet, of Old English {Altenglisches Worten- 
biich, 1885), the word Corser (f^oreser, or Courser') is defined 
as follows : 

" S. M-Lat. O/rj-fr^iproxeneta, wie von demselben stam- 
ine, a. fr. coretier, n. fr. courtier. Pferde-Makler oder- 
handler." The same rendered into linglish : 

10 



138 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Substantive, Middle-Latin Cursor, equivalent to proxeneta 
[Latin (from Greek) for agent or broker] ; as from the same 
root, old French coretier, modern French courtier. Horse- 
trader or dealer." 

" The corscr seyd, ' Tak me that goold.' " — Octavian, 818. 

" Florente answered to the corscre.'' — Oct., 811. 

In old French, or Provencal, we find the forms corsor and 
corsour used adjectively, signifying running or flowing 
{coiilant), as in the following examples from Godfrey's Diet, 
of Old French : " Lait corsour " (flowing milk). 

" Amors, Amors, 

Pres m' avez au laz corso7'." 
(Love, Love, you have taken me in a running noose.) 

277. WILLIAM CORSER, ENGLISH AUTHOR. 

Mention is made in Allibone's Dictionary of Authors, of 
another supposed English divine, of the name, as follows : 
" Corser, William, Fast ser. Lon. 1793, 4 to." 

278. EXTRACTS 

From letter (dated Nov., 1889) of George Sandford 
Corser, Esq., Shrewsbury, Salop Co., Eng., addressed to 
E. S. Corser. 

EARLIEST TRACE OF NAME. 

In a late " Calendar of Wills and Administrations relating 
to Shropshire," the name of Margaret Corser, 1547, is found, 
the earliest trace of the name we have as yet discovered. A 
little later on (1548) we find Richard Cawsyar, and in 1551 
William Corviser. 

BRANCH OF THE SHROPSHIRE STOCK. 

A Mr. John Corser and son, William Bidlake Corser, of 
" 50 Garlands Road, Red Hill," a place between London and 
Brighton, were born at Plymouth, the former in 1793. The 



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father of this John, also named John, is beheved to have been 
born also at Plymouth about 1760. They are a branch of 
the Shropshire family. (Letter from Wm. Bidlake C. to Geo. 
Sandford C.) 

ARMS OF G. SANDFORD CORSER. 

The following description of the arms of " George Sand- 
ford Corser, formerly of Whitchurch, but now of Shrews- 
bury, Notary Public," as impressed upon the notarial seal 
used by him, is from the " Transactions of the Shropshire 
Archeological Society": '^ Corser oi Whitchurch, Arg. on 
a chevron sa. three horses' heads couped of the first. Crest — 
a Pegasus current, wings expanded." 

NAME FOUND IN GLOVERS' CO. 

Coj-s^'. is contraction found in list of apprentices of Glovers' 
Co. Among the taverns and houses of entertainment 
frequented by that guild or Co., is mentioned " Robert 
Corser'^ (once), 1657." 

ABBOT OF HAUGHMOND ABBEY. 

" I have found in ' Extracts ' relating to Haughmond 
Abbey, this sentence : ' Thomas Corvisor, last abbot, resigned 
on a pension, Sept. 9, 1539.' This is 350 years ago, and is 
the earliest indication of that name I have found ; from his 
position he ought not to be an ancestor." 

BAILIFFS OF BRIDGEWORTH, SHROPSHIRE. 

1763 — William Corser, and . 

1770 — John Corser, and . 



1 794 — Thomas Corser, and 
1799 — Thomas Corser, " 
1804 — Thomas Corser, " 
1 8 19 — Thomas Corser, " 



140 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

FROM REGISTERS AT FREES, SHROPSHIRE. 

John the son of Oiven Corser of Frees baptd 4 May, 1600. 
John the Sonne of Owen Corser oi Frees buried 25 May, 1600. 
Joh7i the son of Hugh Corviser of the Heats [Heaths?] bap 

10 Aug. 1623. 

Corviser oi Darleston buried 9 Ap. 1645. 

John the son of Hugh Corinsor of the Heats buried 4 

Mar. 1658. 
John the son of Joh7i Corvesor of Darlestone bapt. 25 

Oct. 1660. 
Joh7i Corvisor oi Darleston was buried 27 Nov. 1667. 
John Corser oi Darleston buried 21 Oct. 1684. 
John Corser son oi John Corser of Darleston bapf^ 16 June, 

1696. 

279. NATHAN-* CORSER (84). 

(Corrected from record of Leeman Corser, of date Nov. 
16, 1890.) • • 

Nathan^ (William^, John"), b. about 1782 ; went early to 
N. Y. ; m. (as supposed) Ann Freeman ; d. in N. Y. 
about 1839, a- 57- Children: 

Freemarfi. 

Caroline^. 

HiramP, b. 1818 (178). 

George^. Susan^. Elvira^. 

Leeman^, b. about 1826 ; res. in Greig, Lewis Co., N. Y. ; m. about 

1847. Children: Frank^, b. 1848; Jennie^ b. 1851; Edgar^, b. 

1855 ; Charlotte^, b. 1861 — " all married." 
Eliza^. Harriet^. Eveline^. Orlow^. — Of this family, Freeman is believed 

to have gone to sea ; all deceased except Leeman, Susan and Eliza. 

"The record of the family," says Leeman, "got lost when father 

died." 



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280. GALA DAYS. 

POEM BY MARGARET (gOULD) CORSER (171). 

Sun upon the mountain top, 

Breezes down below, 
All the world a-junketing, 

All upon the go. 

Pink and purple morning-glories 

Tremble in the air, 
Red and amber corn silks 

Flaunting everywhere. 

Russet-brown butterflies 

Sip the golden weather, 
Ranging on a maple leaf 

Hours and hours together. 

Children shout and tumble in 

Among the arbor vines, 
Tender globes a-blushing with 

The glow of royal wines. 

Leap the trains the mountain gorge, 

Humanity's astir ; 
Life times its beating pulses in 

The whirr, whirr, whirr ! 

Hans and Katrine rush along 

The world's great show to see. 
And shake a cordial greeting 

With the old countrie. 

The tropics clasp in finger-tips 

The Northland's frigid palm, 
While nations chant in choruses 

A jubilistic psalm. 



142 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Ambition makes its little speech, 

And sings its little song ; 
Cheers ring out a thousand, and 

The pageant moves along. 

A hundred lights, a hundred towers, 

Shine like a crystal sea ; 
And anthems from a hundred bells 

Swell in a symphony. 

O rare, rich halcyon days ! 

Days all too bright to last : 
Too soon your oriental bloom 

Will grow into the past. 

The lights, the scenes, the actions all, 

Will vanish like a dream. 
And other tides of human life 

As real as this will seem ; 

And festal songs, and garlands gay. 

White harvests gathered home ; 
And sea, and sky, and tender moons, 

A hundred years to come. 

281. All About Bermuda. 

letter from emma j. courser (203). 
(Addressed to Adeline G. Pillsbury.) 

Hamilton Hotel, 
Hamilton, Bermuda, March i, 1891. 

My dear Addie, — * * j suppose you will want me to 
commence at the beginning, so I will tell you about my sea- 
voyage. 

We left New York late Thursday, p. m., Dec. 18, and had 
a pleasant sail down the harbor, and I retired before we were 
out of sight of land. I enjoyed the trip very much, and am 



SUPPLEMENTARY. I 43 

happy to say that I was not at all sea-sick, but was able to be 
on deck all the time. I was the only female able to be out, 
and the Captain said I must be an " old tar." It was simply 
grand with nothing but the blue sky, and the blue, blue ocean 
to be seen. 

* * My first sight of Bermuda made it seem like fairy- 
land, as it was just after a sunrise Sunday morning. The 
only native tree of any size is the red cedar, and you have no 
idea how pretty the white houses looked among the trees on 
the hillside, as we sailed past the islands and into the harbor. 
A pilot came out 20 miles and took charge of the steamer, 
the harbor being a dangerous one. The coral reefs reach out 
for many miles from the islands in every direction. The 
houses are all built of limestone, and most of them have green 
blinds. They are small cottages, as a rule, and are pure 
white, roof and all. Our hotel is the highest building on the 
island except the light-house, and is only five stories. I like 
here very much, yet would not care to spend my life here, 
no, not for the whole island. * * Among the hotel people, 
there is one lady here that I knew at Kineo, who is very agree- 
able company, and we have fine times going about. * * 

The churches are all pretty, but rather small. I like espe- 
cially to attend the colored church. They of course have fine 
singing, and their pastor is very smart. 

It is delightfully warm and very nice here all the time. 
The thermometer stands at about 72^ during the day. About 
Christmas time it was down to 56° one day, and the natives 
called it very cold. 

I have gathered many pretty shells and other pretty things 
to take home. Beautiful roses grow here in abundance — the 
same that grow in our greenhouses at home. * The Easter 
lily is just beginning to bloom, and is a very beautiful and 
fragrant flower. 

This is a quaint old place, and people are never in a hurry 
(the natives, I mean). You would imagine that they had 



144 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

hundreds of years to liv^e. * * The inhabitants number 
about 1, 600, half of whom are colored. The colored people 
are splendid. We have several of the boys in the dining- 
room, and they are very kind, much more so than the girls. 
There are no wells or springs here, so the only fresh water 
we get is the rain^ which is caught and runs into huge tanks 
under ground. * * We get plenty of fruit, and it is cheap 
too. Some of the native fruit that is not exported is very 
fine. * * We have but one mail a week here, and that on 
Monday morning. 

282. I'LL THINK OF THEE. 

POEM BY L. A. F. CORSER (72). 

When the mora is faintly breaking, 
When the early birds are waking- 
Joyful notes so wild and free, 
Then, oh then, I'll think of thee ! 

When the beams of morn are kissing 
Blushing flowers with dew-drops glist'ning, 
Then with hasty steps I'll flee, 
Choicest flowers to cull for thee. 

When with noiseless footsteps treading, 
Night advances, softly shedding 
Mildest radiance o'er the lea, 
Then, oh then, I'll think of thee ! 

When soft slumber's o'er me stealing. 
And sweet visions are revealing 
All thy wonted charms to me. 
Then, oh then, I'll think of thee ! 

When before my Maker bending. 
And my voice in prayer's ascending. 
There, while on the bended knee, 
Then, oh then, I'll think of thee ! 

(Signed) Eva. 




LUCRETIA ANNA FRENCH^ CORSER (72). 



supplementary. 1 45 

283. Life in Colorado, 
letter from norman d. corser (2 1 8). 

BuENA Vista, 
Chaffee Co., Colorado, Feb. lo, 1888. 

Cousin Bartlett, — Your welcome letter of Jan. 28th came 
duly to hand, and has been read with pleasure by us all. * * 

We would like much to revisit old scenes, and much more 
to meet old friends back in the East, and have to confess to 
a lingering liking for old New England and its advantages ; 
for however much we may like out here, we are not prepared 
to admit that there is any better spot on the continent than 
the old " Granite State." 

Buena Vista is beautifully located, with the finest mountain 
scenery I ever beheld. Why, Pike's Peak is rather small with 
us, for we live in the immediate shadow of those high peaks, 
from any one of which we can look down upon the top of 
Pike's Peak. What is called the " Collegiate Range," Mts. 
Princeton, Yale, and Harvard, form the western side of our 
valley here, which is about 6 miles in width, being in length 
about 30 miles. Our town is at the northern end, and stand- 
ing here and looking south, the view I do not think can be 
surpassed in the world, and the climate is as fine as the view ; 
for although the mountain tops and sides lie many feet under 
the snow, the ground and the streets here are bare, and we 
have no snow. We have had thus far this winter only two 
snow-falls, not more than two inches at either time, and the 
first sunshine generally causes the snow quickly to disappear. 

You would be amused at the ludicrous efforts of the people 
here to secure what they call a sleigh-ride when there hap- 
pens to be a light fall of snow. An old box fixed on to some 
barrel staves seems to be quite the thing. I hav n 't had a 
sleigh-ride since we left New Hampshire, almost 9 years ago. 



146 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

But in spite of all that, there is no lack of snow hereabouts, 
if you wish to find it, and snow-slides are numerous, and fatal 
too often when they overwhelm some poor miner or prospector 
who is foolhardy enough to brave them. We have not been 
out of sight of snow for 7 years. 

We live at an elevation of 7,500 feet. We don't realize 
that we are perched up more than a thousand feet higher than 
the top of Mt. Washington, but such is the fact. 

We have as fine mineral springs within a few miles of town 
as can be found anywhere. Hot enough to cook eggs, and 
warranted to cure all the ills that flesh is heir to. 

And further than this, we have minerals enough in this 
county to pay the national debt, and with as fine marble as 
old Vermont can produce, with lime-rock scattered every- 
where. 

Our altitude limits us as to crops. Corn does not ripen, 
nor will any kind of vines do well, but oats, barley, wheat, 
potatoes, turnips, peas, beets and such things, grow to per- 
fection, and such cabbages you never saw ! Some of our 
products took the first premium at Denver last fall. 

* * Our daughter's name is Mary Fielding Corser. I 
thought that I must try and perpetuate good aunt Mary's 
name ; if she receives a reward for her good deeds, she will 
sit far above some of us, I think. * * 

Very truly yours, 

N. D. Corser. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. I 47 

284. LETTER FROM DAVID^ CORSER (32). 

(Addressed to " ]\Ir. Enoch Corser student of Middlebury 
College Vermont.") 

Beloved son) I would in form you that we are all in good 
health through the goodness of God. there has nothing taken 
place of aney Spechel nature Sence you left home ; I have 
put ten dollars in this letter for you. I saw Mr. Bliss a few 
days Sence. he then said he intended to enter Middlebury 
College and Some others with him after August vacation, 
and I intend to convay a horse to you by him if I do not come 
myself, if I do not hear from you, please to Send me a letter 
as Soon as you receive this. 

this from your loving father 

David Corser, 

285. letter from david"* corser (69). 
(Addressed to " Enoch Corser, ^liddlebury Coll.") 

BOSCAWEN AUGU. II*'' 1809. 

Dear Brother, We take this oppertunity to send our love 
to you, that we are all well hoping these lines will find you 
enjoying the same blesing. I received your letter and took 
much pleasure in reading it, and I took good care of the 
remaining part. 

I am don a heying & father is almost done, there is grait 
crops of hey, but grain is a bout one third part cut short. 
Corn looks as though we should not have a half crop. 

Frances has bin very sick, but is now as well as ever. Silas 
is a bout the same as ever. Jane's sweet hart has bin up a 
gain, and we expect you down in a bout six weeks to go to 
newbury with us. as time cuts short so I bid you a dieu. this 
is from your brother & friend 

David Corser 3d. 



148 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

286. LETTER FROM DAVID^ CORSER (32). 

(To " Mr. Enoch Corser, Salem.") 

BoscAWEN, Sept. ^^ i^' 18 12. 
Beloved Son) I take this opertunity to inform you that we 
are in good health hoping you injoy the Same blessing, the 
season has been very wet and Corn very backward and poor 
and hay very badle hurt by the wet weather before it could be 
made. William Adams and famely are att my house. Silas 
is in trouble for money. He has been called upon by Six or 
Seven pearsons for money and he must make out fifty dollars 
or must go to gail for there is no money here, if it is in 
your power to help me to some cash to relieve your poor 
brother (* * *) l should be glad. I shall send your 
trunk to you by mr Plumer. please to send a letter of your 
well fare, this from your loving father 

David Corser. 

If you can send up those Spoons by mr. Plumer I should 
be glad. I do not want them for myself but want them for 
to yous in the family. 

287. LETTER FROM DAVID^ CORSER (32). 

(To "Mr. Enoch Corser, Danvers.") 

October ^^ 17''' 18 12. 

Dear and beloved Son) I would inform you that we injoy 

the blessing of health hoping these lines will find you well. 

I have nothing new to right, only everything wears a glumey 

aspect, the crops are very Short and money very Scarce. 

be prudent as you can of money. I am oblidge to pay mr. 

Knight next week, he is called upon [to pay] five hundred 

Dollars for being bound for Esq'" Dix. Remember me to all 

my friends. I would be glad if you would buy of mr. Pool a 

stout side of Soleather, and send it up by mr. Plumer, for 

leather is poor Scarce and dear here, please to send me a letter 

of your health and afaires. 

David Corser. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. I 49 

288. LETTER FROM DAVID'' CORSER (69). 

(Addrest to "Enoch Corser, Danvers, Mass.") 

B(3SCAWEN, April ii*'' 1814. 

Honord. Brother, In answer to your letter I think it will 
not be to your satisfaction in every perticular, for you 
wrote that you should like to board with me, which I should 
have done with pleasure but I have moved up to water-street 
which will not accomudate you I think. 

You wrote to have me rite in perticular about your steying 
any longer in that place. I don't like to give my opinion in 
ful for it may be to your disadvantage, the only way 
that I know of is to strive for the thing that you think is 
Wright. You know that you have been there some time and 
it appears to me that you might do better in some other plase 
which you never will know untill you try. You wey the 
matter for yourself and not blame me. 

I now calculate to set out to see the western country 25 of 
this month if nothing happens more than I know of now. I 
should like your company very well. I have heard from 
Stephen Webster and he lives within about twelve miles of 
Saccets harbor, he keeps a grait tavern and supposes to be 
worth property. Father talks of going this summer to see 
Webster, but if you think of going with me you can do 
father's business. I have nothing more in perticular to write, 
only we all enjoy a good state of health, please to write by 
the first male if you donot come up. Your friend and brother, 

David Corser, 3*^. 



150 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

289. FROM THE JOURNAL OF DAVID^ CORSER (32). 

(Copied from the Lcbanonian, Lebanon, N. H., of March 
25, 1899.) 

David Corser, great-grandfather (Luke'*, Henrys) of Mrs. 
Clara C.^ Churchill, served at the Battle of Bennington ; as 
did also her great-grandfather, Joseph Clough ; both enlisting 
July 20, I jj'], the former from Boscawen, in Capt. Kimball's 
Company, Stickney's Regiment, the latter from Canterbury, 
in Sias's Company. 

" Boscawen was, during the war, a hot-bed of Tories, and 
Mr. Corser suffered greatly at their hands, as the following 
entries in a journal kept by him will prove : 

' April 26, Ijg8. — Then my barn was set on fire.' 
'May 20, I'jgS. — Then was 39 of my apple-trees pealed.' 
^ Aug. 12, lygS. — Then my sley was stolen out of my 
barn.' 

' Oct., Ijg8. — Then was my horse stolen at Amherst, out 
of Jonathan & J. K. Smith's barn.' 

'July 16, lygg. — Then was 25 of my apple-trees pealed.' 
'July 21, l']g(). — Then was my mear shot and killed.' 
'Aug. 2^, ijgg. — Then was my horse shot.'' 
' Sept. I J, //^p. — Then was my boards and plank burnt.' 
* Sept. 26, IJ()(). — Then was two balls shot into my house.' 
(These bullets remained in the casing until the house was 
burned a few years ago.) [A mistake this last — the house is 
still standing on Corser f^ill, now (1900) the property of 
Hiram Tilton. The bullet marks may still be seen in the 
casing. Mr. Corser occupied this house (which was built by 
him) till 1809, when he removed to a house near the outlet of 
Long Pond. This is the house that was burned (about 1885), 
then owned by Mr. Austin. See 253.] 

' April 22, 1800. — Then was 9 of my apple-trees cut down.' 
'May, 1800. — Then was my pew destroyed in the upper 
meeting-house.' " 



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supplementary. 1 51 

290. Family of William* and Anne" Corser (103). 
(From Letter of Mrs. Berryman.) 

William-* (Asa-% William^ John'), b. about 1780; res 
Thetford, Vt.; d. June, 1855, at the res. of his son-i 
law, John P. Parkhurst, White River Junction, Vt., 
where he was buried ; m., ist, his cousin Anne (dau. of 
Simeon^) Corser, who d. 1828, a. 37 ; m., 2d, a Miss 
Finnic. Children of Anne : 

Benjamin^, b. in Thetford, Vt., 1810 ; " settled in northern N. H. ; " 
had charge of R. R. station ; d. in Maine, 1853. (See 192a.) 

Hira^, d. single, of consumption at Taftsville, Vt., 1844, a. 33 ; buried 
at Thetford. 

Acsah°, m., 1st, Clark, 2d, Read; lived and died in Dor- 
chester, N. H. ; 5 children. 

Lucy^, d. in infancy. 

Harlow^, b. in Thetford, Vt., about 1815 ; lived and d. in South Brain- 
tree, Mass. ; barn burned in 1879 (103) ; m. Hannah F. Parkhurst. 
Children : 

(1) Jane^, b. about 1840 (?) ; m., 1st, Lorenzo Dam, 2d, John Berg. 
Three children : Martha Washington'' (Dam), b. 1867, who m. 
John F. Dietrich, now (1899) of Boston, and has daughter 
Daphne^, b. 1889 ; George Edgar' (Dam) ; Lorenzo JJ (Dam). 

(2) Jess^. 

(3) Addie^, who m. Paul de Lang. 

Mary Ann^, b. at Thetford, Vt., Nov. 9, 1817 ; went to live at the age 
of 11 with Elder Buzzell, Stamford, Vt., where she m., Dec. 27, 1840, 
John P. Parkhurst (b. 1815). Six children : 

(1) Oscar Mfi (Parkhurst), b. at Taftsville, Vt., Oct. 20, 1841 ; res. 
in Springiield, Vt. ; served in the Rebellion. 

(2) Mary £.«, b. in Lowell, Sept. 14, 1846. 

(3) Ida Z.e, b. in Taftsville, Sept. 24, 1849. 

(4) Edgar S.%b. at White River Junction, 1851. 

(5) Louisa A.% b. March 23, 1856 ; d. Dec. 27, 1877, a. 21. 

(6) Hattie J.^ (Parkhurst), b. in Norwich, Vt., Oct. 23, 1861 ; m. 

Berryman ; letter from her to Paul de Lang, husband of her 
cousin Addie^, dau. of Harlow Corser, dated at Taftsville, Wind- 
sor Co., Vt., April 6, 1896, and signed Hattie P. Berryman, in 
which most of these items are detailed. 



152 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Persist, m. Frederic Way, of Chester, Vt., a wealthy and influential 
farmer; has one child, Addie^ (Way), who m. Abram Rowell, and 
who has 2 children, Frederic^ (Rowell) and Anne^ (Rowell). Anue'^ 
m. a Smith, and has daughter Florence^ (Smith). Frederic" keeps 
a hotel in Chester, Vt., and has one son, John^ (Rowell). 

Charles^, m. Louisa (sister of Frederic) Way ; res. in Lebanon, Mo. ; 
2 children, Frederic^, who shot himself, and Nellie^, mar. 

Nicholas^, single, went West ; d. at Salem, Oregon, of dropsy, Sept. 
23, 1887 ; " great Indian scout, trapper and hunter." 

Anne^, d. young. 

Children of 2cl wife : 

Almira^, ni. David Haggett, of Norwich, Vt. 

Robert^, served in War of the Rebellion ; " good boy " ; good singer 

large and powerful man ; worked in a foundry. 
Henry^. 
George^. 

William soon separated from his second wife, he 
taking the two older of their four children, and she the 
two younger. Of the latter nothing further is known. 
He was living in Sutton, Canada, where he married his 
first wife, when the war of 18 12 occurred ; whence, as 
an American sympathizer, he was " warned out," forfeit- 
ing a farm, which was confiscated. He came to Troy, 
Vt., where he was enrolled a minute-man, and was en 
route to Plattsburg when the battle there took place, but 
did not arrive in season to participate in it. From Troy 
he removed to Thetford, where, if Mrs. Berryman be 
correct, his wife "had an own aunt (her mother's 
sister), Louisa, who had married a Kilburn," living. Her 
mother's maiden name, according to the record, was Lois 
Severance. (See 40.) 

William's children (first wife's), after the death of 
their mother, were put out into different families, and 
it fell to the lot of some of them to receive pretty harsh 
treatment. Harlow was always the "good brother," 
kind-hearted and affectionate, of his sisters Mary Ann 
and Persis. 



supplementary. i 5 3 

291. Nathaniel^ Corser(ii9). 

(From Letter of Grace M.'' Corser, lo E. 46 St., Chicago, 
111., of date Jan. 24, '97, to E. S. Corser.) 

Dear Cousin, — I am, as you are probably aware, a stenog- 
rapher, and am employed by the Postal Telegraph Cable Co. 
Just before the holidays I had an opportunity to do extra 
work, at night, for the Pullman Palace Car Co. * * 

My mother has been quite ill, but is now greatly improved ; 
she is so frail, however, that it will take some time for her 
improvement to be noticed in avoirdupois. * * 

My grandfather's name was Nathaniel [5th in descent 
(Stephen-*, Samuel^ John-) from John']. He married Martha 
Stevens. His children were : 

(1) Clark Gookin [^]. of Benton, Lake Co., 111. P. O. address, Wau- 
kegan, 111. 

(2) Willard Snoic, of Warren, Lake Co., 111. P. O. address, Wauke- 
gan, 111. 

(3) John, of Battle Lake, Otter Tail Co., INIinn. 

(4) Nathan. 

(5) Austin. 

(6) George, of Chicago, 111. 

(7) Prudence, residence, as believed, in Mo. 

(8) Harriet, residence in California. 

Austin, my father, and uncle Nathan (both now deceased) 
married sisters. My aunt (Margaret, Nathan's widow) mar- 
ried a Stickney for her second husband. I always spend my 
vacations at aunt Margaret Stickney's, or as she is more 
familiarly known, "Aunt Mag's." She is our favorite aunt. 
* * I hope, when I go out into the country, to be able to 
obtain all the facts regarding the family from her, or from 
uncle Clark Corser. * * 

I have worked in Chicago ten years, and do not think I can 
be blamed for looking forward to two weeks' vacation every 
summer. I am very thankful that the way has been opened 
11 



154 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

for women to earn a living in the same manner as men ; for 
It is sometimes necessary to have at the head of the house a 
girl. At least it has proved so in our family, my only brother 
having died at the age of 20, which was a very severe blow 
to both mother and father, he being the eldest of the family 
[three sisters surviving, Grace MJ, writer of the above, 
Minnie^, and Lillian^ (record of E. S. C.)]. 

292. LETTER FROM GEN. JOHN A. DIX 

(177,265) to Rev. Enoch Corser. 

New York City, i Dec. 1864. 

Rev. & dear Sii: : — 

I had a letter this morning from my sister Louisa, in 
which she makes pleasant mention of you. I was happy to 
hear you were well and had not forgotten me or the fact that 
my first lessons in the classics were from you. The taste has 
never left me. During the last year, notwithstanding my 
arduous duties, I have stolen time (chiefly from the night) to 
read all the Latin poets. So you see your labors were not 
lost on me, even after the lapse of half a century. 

I enclose a photograph of myself taken in October — there- 
fore one of the latest. I do not expect you to recognize your 
pupil of 1 3 years of age. 

I also send my remarks at a late New England festival, 
giving, very briefly, my views in regard to the rebellion. 

With my best wishes, 

I am, very truly, yours, 

John A. Dix. 
Rev. Enoch Corser, 

boscawen, n. h. 



supplementary. 1 55 

293. From Letter, 

Dated July 14, 1896, of George Sandford Corser 
(iia), Solicitor and Notary Public, Shrewsbury, 
Salop Co., Eng. 

Table (compiled by G. S. C.) of names of landowners of 
the Corser surname appearing in " Return of Owners of 
Land, 1873," for England and Wales, sometimes termed the 
Modern Domesday Book, as follows : (See 294.) 

"The 'Return of Owners of Land, 1873,' was obtained 
for Parliament in consequence of an idea that there were very- 
few small owners, and that plots of land were difficult of 
attainment. The Return for England and Wales is compiled 
in two thick large quarto books. That for Scotland and Ire- 
land is not in the possession of the compiler. * * Every 
holding of an acre and upwards is enumerated. * * j 
proceed to comment on the Corsers named in the '■ Modern 
Domesday,' as they appear in order in each county." (See 
295.) 



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SUPPLEMENTARY. 1 57 

295. COMMENTS. 

^^ Chester — Henry, of Whitchurch — my maternal uncle 
in respect of land held to create a vote in Cheshire. 

Hereford — Henry G. J. — my cousin, son of Rev. Thomas 

— his land as Rector of Burrington. 

Kent — John B., I believe, a land-agent or surveyor — 
settled at Seven Oaks — but one of the Wolverhampton 
family. I mean to ascertain. 

Lancaster — Rev. J., Stand —error for Thomas, my uncle, 
Rector of Stand, but the property I take to be a private 
estate he had in Lancashire, not church land. 

Northampton — George S. — myself, in right of my wife, 
but rent reduced 50^^. by agricultural depression. Same 
county — Rev. Thomas — same man as before, in right of 
church land, part of vicarage of Norton by Daventry. 

Salop — George, of Newport — whom I surmise to be one 
of the Sheriff Hales family. 

Salop — Geo. S., of Shrewsbury — my Tilstock property, 
since reduced one-half by losses you have been made aware 
of. 

Salop — John, of Moorhouse, Gent., and John, of Shipton 

— are, or rather were when living, originally of Bridgnorth 
or Wolverhampton branches, but I have never been able quite 
to clear them up. 

Salop — Mary, of Newport, was of the Sheriff Hales 
family. 

Salop — Of Mary, of Wellington, I know nothing — was 
probably of the Sheriff H. branch. 

Salop — Miss C., of Whitchurch, represents land now 
owned by Richard Kidston Corser, my cousin, and myself, 
and fields solely his by purchase. She was my maternal aunt. 

Salop — Robert Corser, my uncle maternally, father of 
Richard K. Address erroneous. He is the same as Robert, 
of Red Hill, and owned a small farm near Hinstock, correctly 
stated. 



158 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Salop — William, of Neenton — no doubt of Bridgnorth 
extraction — places proximate. 

Stafford —T\\^ Staffordshire owners both of Wolverhamp- 
ton branch. 

Sussex — My said uncle Robert, in respect of property 
near Pevensey. 

Warwick — Rev. John G. No such man there. It must 
be Rev. Geo. James, of Burrington, not removed from Rate- 
Book of Wolfhamcote Parish, Warwickshire, of which he was 
incumbent before going to Burrington. 

Worcester — The two Worcester owners are of the Wolver- 
hampton Corsers ; and so, I believe, is the Brecknockshire 
owner. The final entry, 

Montgomery — means myself, but is inaccurate as to owner- 
ship. It applies to land near Glanidloes, of which I was in 
receipt of the rent as agent for mortgages. These have been 
so long in possession as to have acquired ownership. But I 
never was owner. * * 

I will just add that I observed, during my search, ' Cosser ' 
twice in Dorsetshire, names really Scotch ; ' Cogser ' at Can- 
terbury ; ' Cossey ' and ' Cossor ' in Norfolk. My examination 
was made in June, '96, from vols, purchased by me, which I 
have had bound for preservation. Copies are becoming 
scarce, and a reprint very unlikely." 

(Signed) G. Sandford Corser. 
To Elwood S. Corser, Esq., 

Minneapolis, Minn., 

U. S. A. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 1 59 

296. CONCERNING THE MOTTO. 

Of not imfrequent occurrence, in Italian poesy, is the word 
CoRSER in the sense here used, i. e., as a verb (ind. perf. of 
correre ; corsi ; corsd), signifying (they) ran ; being the iden- 
tical surname in form at an early stage of its development, 
with features plainly indicating its family connection. 

THE VESSEL 

Referred to, if of any special significance here — described 
as one of the small fleet of Columbus — what other, surely, 
than the famous Piuta, if a name be sought for it .'* — return- 
ing to a former landing-place on the coast, where several of 
the crew had been left, apparently deserted by their com- 
rades — may easily be supposed to typify (** in a manner " ) 
the frail bark spoken of elsewhere, ere while tossed upon the 
waters, but now, under full sail, or with oars in strong hands — 

^^ Pater ipse manu magna Portunus euntem 
\_ImpeUans~\ " 

(as we fancy we hear the learned Professor, an fait in sports 
aquatic, quote from his favorite classic [Ae. 5. 241]) ; Anglicc : 

Father Portunus with his "breadth of hand " 
Impelling straight our caravel to land, 

— in fair prospect, we are pleased to say, of a speedy entrance 
into port. 

Now shore-ward — our returning ship 
To welcome, as from merry trip ! 

VOYAGING STILL IN ORDER. 

Would that (in this view) it could have taken on board 
"many a youth, and many a maid," besides, not forgetting, 
of course, the fathers and the mothers, too, of our excursion- 
loving kinsfolk, whose " name and fame," unfortunately, so far, 
at least, as this present voyage is concerned, have utterly 
failed to materialize. In many cases, " a cordial invitation " 



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extended to our friends to participate in the pleasures of the 
trip, has, to our regret, whether through fear of mal de mer, 
or of mmfragiiim in mid-ocean, ehcited no response. 

NOTA BENE. 

There is still, however, we may state, opportunity for those 
who will, to join us on ship-board — tickets always free, no 
danger of overcrowding; sorry — our Palinurus (helmsman, id 
est), volunteers the remark — that we have no cJironio to offer, 
but he kindly permits us to say that his picture can be had 
for the asking, while the same remains in stock — as excur- 
sions of this kind will be in order indefinitely, so long, at 
least, as voyagers can be found, and the " breaking waves 
dash " — not too high. 

297. THE CANTERBURY HILLS. 

{From Boscawen — in 1877.) 

Bright in the morning's glow, which wide 

With a crimson flush the horizon fills, 
Across the Merrimack's rippling tide, 

Rise the Canterbury Hills. 

There, at the foot, the meadows smile, 

Where the Colonel(i) reaps his golden grain ; 

And above, from its cheery loft, the while, 

Peers the " Dove's Nest(2) " down on the cosy Plain. 

To the left is the charming " Maple Glade," 
With its winding mead and brook(^) before; 

And beyond, the stately forest's shade, 
In autumn rich with its chestnut store. 

Perched on the crest of the swelling hill, 

Stands Gibson IIall(*), far looking down, 
Here on the stirring Fisherville(^), 

And there on Penacook'sC) blooming town. 



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Beyond, unseen, is my childhood's home ("). 

And where are my childliood's friends ? I sigh. 
Some (^) where the prairies blossom roam, 

And some {^), alas, in the church^'ard lie! 

s. B. G. c. 

(i) The late David M. Clough, known as " the corn-king " 
in granger circles, father of Henry Clough, the present pro- 
prietor of the Muchado i^Sinnmcr Boarding) House, so-called. 

(2) Residence of George Wiggin (familiarly so-called by 
cousins living opposite), now known as the Grand View 
(5. B.) House. 

(3) Stream flowing from Forest Pond, in Canterbury, into 
the Merrimack — by a very devious course, through a charm- 
ing expanse of low meadow land at one point, reminding one 
of Swiss scenery, and furnishing water-power for a number 
of mills. 

(4) Occupied by J. Cogswell in 1890 — situated on a high 
point of land, affording a very wide and pleasing prospect. 

(5) Now Penacook. 

(6) Original name of Concord. 

(7) Loudon. 

(8) Notably the Winslow family — relatives of those of the 
name in Northfield — who emigrated to Illinois in 1837, a nar- 
rative of whose journey out (by " prairie schooner "), now in 
the possession of the writer, affords very interesting reading. 

(9) Among whom may be mentioned former schoolmates, 
and other early friends, members of the Batchelder, Osgood, 
Sanborn, Tilton, Brown, Tenney, and other families. The 
epitaph, a single verse, inscribed upon the slab marking the 
last resting place of a member of the Tenney family, of 
which but two lines now recur to memory — 

" Till Gabriel's trump calls uji the blest. 
When thou shalt rise with all the just " — 

was written by Rev. Enoch Corser, then minister in Loudon. 



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297a. MUCH ADO. 
A Divertisement of Auld Lang Syne. 

" Fact or fancy ? I would know." 
Eke would I, sir — that is so. 
Somewhat as 'twas told to me 
I rehearse it — assez dit. 

Courteous x-eader, — If you ever 
Passed up on the Northern Railroad, 
Through the Merrimack's enchanting, 
Winding, wide, and verdant valley. 
You may on your right have noticed, 
Off against the Plain of Boscawen, 
Stretching broad and wide, a sand-bank, 
Bordering on the east the river. 
Ask its name, and they will tell you, 
Much-Ado the people call it. 
Would you know the reason wherefore 
Much-Ado the people call it ? 
Listen, thereby hangs a tale, sir. 

Once, in days long since departed, 
When our grandsires played at marbles, 
And in plenty were the red men. 
And as mischievous as plenty. 
An old Indian, sly as Reynard, 
And more lucky, for they never 
Catch him could, in chase or ambush. 
Stole from Farmer Winkley's kitchen, 
On a quiet Sunday morning, 
When they least of all suspected, 
Skulking round, a thieving savage, — 
Stole, I say, from Winkley's kitchen, 
Winkley's go-to-meeting garments. 
Just as Winkley was about to 
Put his dainty limbs within them. 
Pawgemucket, this old Indian, 
Got, of course, the start of Winkley ; 
But not long,- for half a dozen 
Men and boys were soon in chase of 
This old Indian, Pawgemucket. 



SUPPLEMENTARY, I 63 

Straight he like a wild horse darted 
River-ward across the meadow. 
On the bank a moment stood he, 
Saw the pale-skins fast approaching, 
Round his body tied the garments, 
Plunged he then into the river. 
Like a beaver swam across it, 
Climbed the sand-bank like a squirrel, 
Gained the summit, loudly shouted, 
Cut a hundred antic capers. 
And displaying Winkley's breeches, 
Stylish, velveteen, and ancient. 
Bid them come across and take them ! 
Then with one more yell triumphant. 
And an extra savage caper. 
Darted off into the forest. 

Later, one of Winkley's neighbors. 
Falling in, as chance would have it. 
Falling in with Pawgemucket, 
AVith this noble child of nature, 
With this record-breaking athlete, 
Asked him how he found the climbing. 
" ]\Iuch ado — hard scrabble," said he, 
Darting off into the forest, 
And so Much-Ado the people 
Ever after called the sand-bank. 

Ralph (the Farmer Boy). 

297b. A Summer Trip to Alaska. 
(from letter of elwood s. corser to s. b. g. c.) 

Mlnneapolis, Minn., Sept. i8, 1901. 

Cousin Bartlett, — You are entitled to a long and interest- 
ing letter, and interesting it should be, or else there will be 
no excuse for its length. * * Naturally you will hardly 
expect me to tell the whole story of my Alaskan trip, and I 
will outline only, glancing at some of the more prominent 
features. 



1 64 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

PASSAGE OUTWARD. 

Crossing the continent by either the Northern Pacific, or 
the Great Northern route, we begin our voyage to Alaska 
from Seattle, Wash., and do not need to step off the steamer 
between Seattle and Nome, Alaska. In fact, the usual 
steamer passage has no stopping-place, although several of 
the steamers stop at Unalaska and Dutch Harbor, near the 
extreme outer end of the Alaskan peninsula, which termi- 
nates in the group of the Aleutian Islands. 

Our outward trip, by the 

STEAMER JOHN S. KIMBALL, 

was of seventeen days (June 5th to 22d). Eight days were 
on the Pacific from Seattle to Dutch Harbor, say 1,750 miles; 
then three days in Dutch Harbor, killing time while the float- 
ing ice in Bering's Sea opened so as to permit passage ; then 
finally six days making 750 miles in Bering's Sea to Nome, 
which included nearly two days waiting in open sea for ice to 
open, and as the ice would /^^^Z open, we took another route so 
as to avoid the packed and stubborn ice-field. 

Out passage was a smooth one, without storm or danger, 
and pleasant, with much of interest. On these Pacific steam- 
ers we (the first class passengers) have staterooms opening 
on the main deck, differing, to the immense comfort of the 
passengers, from the world-lauded great Atlantic steamers, 
which put you in a stateroom below deck, with bungholes 
for outlook and air. 

HERD OF WALRUS. 

The most interesting incidents of the outer passage were 
the ice in Bering's Sea, and the great herd of walrus through 
which we passed. On June 21, about 100 miles south from 
Nome, we were in the open sea, when we found that to the 
right and left of the steamer the sea was alive with walrus, 
sporting in and above the water ; singly, in pairs, and in half 



SUPPLEMENTARY. I 65 

dozens they threw themselves above the sea, the bulls appar- 
ently engaging each other with their tusks, and others tossing 
and tumbling in seeming wanton sport. No estimate of num- 
bers was possible, but the word thousands was heard from all 
who saw the sight. 

FLOATING ICEBERGS. 

Later in the same afternoon we ran through floating ocean 
icebergs, wave- worn and picturesque ; and among these 
detached masses of floating ice the w-alrus in lesser numbers 
were sporting, while in many instances they were seen lying 
lazily on the ice, apparently having a cool siesta, until the 
approach of the steamer alarmed them, and they rolled or 
plunged off their couches into the protecting deeps. The 
floating ocean ice was in masses varying in size from an ordi- 
nary city church to an iceman's usual delivery lump, and much 
of it was wave-worn into fantastic resemblances of gigantic 
chalices, fruit baskets, reading desks, mushrooms, etc. It 
will be understood that it was only the minor part of the 
floating ice which we saw, the submerged portion being much 
the greater fraction. 

NOME. GOLDEN GATE HOTEL. 

We reached Nome on the morning of June 22. We had 
heard at Dutch Harbor that the Golden Gate Hotel, at Nome, 
to which our thoughts were turned, had been totally destroyed 
by fire on the twenty-fifth of May, but was being rebuilt, and 
we found, to our extreme gratification, that this, the leading 
hotel, was rebuilt, and had been occupied during several days, 
so that only about twenty days had intervened between its 
ashes and its re-occupation. As the hotel has more than 50 
good sleeping rooms, and all the other adjuncts of a comfort- 
able hotel, this gives a fair idea of the wonderful rapidity of 
construction, of which Nome is capable in June and July, with 
its 24 hours of daylight, during which the sound of the ham- 
mer never ceases when buildings are repaired. 



l66 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

ALASKA ICEBOUND. 

We found Alaska still frozen. Teller City, the dream of 
1900, on Port Clarence Harbor, about 75 miles north from 
Nome, was still locked in ice, as was also St. Michael's Har- 
bor, a like distance south, and access to these was not had 
until the first days of July. Nome was accessible about June 
15, previous to which date steamers had unloaded on the ice, 
about one and one-half miles or more from the shore. As 
Nome has no harbor the open sea beat upon its ice, and gave 
access to the shore sooner than to the ice-bound harbor at 
Teller City and St. Michael's. 

SUMMER IN ALASKA. 

During two months in Alaska, at Nome and within ten or 
twelve miles, we had an aggregate of possibly fourteen bright 
days, and some of these were hot. The remainder of the 
summer was a repetition of fog, mist, rain, and chill. The 
valleys between the divides gave up their ice and snow very 
slowly, and hardly any serious mining work was done earlier 
than July 5, except in more than usually open and favored 
instances, and even at that date and ten days later the ice-man 
could find supplies in the creek beds and valleys, while in the 
depressions of the higher ranges of hills ice and snow 
lingered, awaiting the coming of the frosts of the winter of 
1901-2. 

THE FIRST SNOW-FALL, 

Whitening the hills about Nome, was seen August 8 and 
9, but soon disappeared. About the middle of July, while 
tramping on a lookout for a water supply for mining purposes 
up along the upper waters of the Glacier Creek, about ten 
miles from Nome, and sweating profusely under the double 
infliction of tramping over the tundra and the down-pour of a 
burning sun, I had occasion to cross a gulch leading into the 
creek, and stood on a snow-bridge of ten or fifteen feet thick- 
ness, scooping the scalding perspiration from my eyes with 



SUPPLEMENTARV. 1 67 

my hands. The icy foundations of the bridge, underneath 
which I could hear the waters rushing merrily, were so firm, 
and the assaults of the sun so intermittent, that I do not 
doubt the bridge still stands ready for another winter. 

ANENT THE TIMBER. 

That part of Alaska along the coast of Bering's Sea has 
no timber, and only a very sparse and miserable growth of 
willow brush gives scanty material for a few fires. Inland, 
and to the south, and especially along the Yukon River, tim- 
ber is abundant. Driftwood along the shores of Bermg's 
Sea has been a resource, but near Nome this is exhausted, 
and the coal supply, with immense charges for transportation, 
is the dear fuel. 

THE TUNDRA. 

Along the coast and far inland the tundra is the interesting 
and vexing fact most in evidence. The tundra represents the 
dead and living vegetation of Alaska's uncounted centuries. 
This vegetation is mainly moss, reinforced by a rather scanty 
and rare grass, and the little aid given by the flower growths 
of July and August. 

Alaska's flowers. 
Here, a little out of the natural sequence, I wish to pay 
tribute to Alaska's flowers. Probably the bleak conditions 
prevailing quicken our appreciation of the beauty of the 
flowers, but during July and August the tundra has many 
lovely flowers, and some of these have delicious odors. Quite 
generally the flowers are of the delicate species, and the 
flowers of the mosses are varied and very lovely, but there are 
many of the more noticeable larger flowers, with lovely 
shades of color. The flower generally called the California 
Poppy is one of these. Earliest among the flowers, and 
blooming from late in June until August, is a lovely pink 
flower, somewhat suggesting phlox and having an exquisite 
perfume. 



1 68 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

THE TUNDRA AGAIN. 

The tundra is the moss growth which has covered the 
country during uncounted ages, and perishing, has deposited 
a vegetable residuum resembhng peat, and having a usual 
depth of about one foot, but often, in depressions, of four or 
more feet. The surface is covered by moss hummocks, vary- 
ing from the size of a small hassock to those having a diameter 
of four feet and a hight of two. This moss and surface peat 
is called the tundra, and beneath it is eternal frost ; the frozen 
ground varies in depth in differing localities, and from various 
causes, from two to six or more feet. 

TRAMP OVER THE TUNDRA. 

When the sun melts and water forms, the tundra softens, 
but as the water, either from the snow or the rains, cannot 
pass down through the frozen soil, it makes a marsh of the 
level tundra, upon which it lies with but imperfect drainage, 
and on the slopes it makes a mush of the peat. To make a 
tramp over the tundra, carrying a pack of supplies weighing 
from forty to sixty pounds, tests the pluck and endurance of 
the prospector or miner ; and whether over the soft marsh 
levels, or climbing the divides between the numerous creeks 
and rivers, the tramp is only for the strong and hardy. 
About the middle of July I tramped over the tundra 20 
miles, twice climbing a divide, between 5.30 p. m. and 
midnight ; and although I carried no pack, my own weight of 
190 pounds was sufficient. 

BEAUTIFUL NIGHTS. 

This tramp recalls the beautiful nights, which from the 
latter part of May for nearly three months are light as day. 
When we ended our tramp at midnight, all the ordinary 
occupations of the day, including reading and writing, could 
be followed, having all the light needed, and within half an 
hour the increasing light showed that another day had 
dawned. 



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VARIABLE WEATHER. 

Citizens who were in Alaska in 1900 all agreed that during 
that season June and July were of unchanging loveliness — 
soft air and generally unclouded skies; but in 1 901, from 
June 20 to Aug. 20, of which I can bear record, there were 
not more than 1 2 or 15 pleasant days. Several of these were 
delightful, but the remaining three-fourths of all those 
months were a succession, as before remarked, of mist, fog, 
rain and chill. 

MINING IN ALASKA. 

The mineral wealth of Northern Alaska is as yet an unsolved 
problem. Very rich placer deposits have been found and 
are being worked in the territory lying between the Snake 
and Nome Rivers. The gold is found at depths varying 
from 5 to 1 5 feet from the surface, in the creeks and the 
"bench " slopes adjoining, and is generally in the strata of 
clay and gravel overlaying the bedrock. As the season for 
mining is so short, the distance from labor and subsistence 
supplies so great, and transportation inland extremely dif^- 
cult and expensive during the summer, mining operations in 
Alaska are very costly ; and in my judgment, it is true thus 
far in Alaska, especially in Northern Alaska, that only a few 
miners will make satisfactory retur-ns on the labor and capital 
invested. Very large claims were made during 1900 for the 
Kougrock and other inland mining districts, but the develop- 
ments of 1 90 1, in most of this overpraised new mining 
territory, have not inspired prospectors and investers with 
confidence. In some rich districts near Nome a water supply 
must be had to make mining remunerative. The proba- 
bilities of profitable quartz mining have not been determined, 
and are, generally speaking, not much considered as yet. 
(In addition to all this, the administration of law by the 
federal officials has been so generally denounced by Alaskans 



I/O CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

during 1900 and 1901, that investors are very reluctant to 
risk their capital. Personally, acting for those who gave me 
money to invest at my discretion, I have not made any 
further investments during my Alaskan summer.) 

WINTER IN ALASKA. 

I have written of the three months' summer of Alaska. 
From about November i to June 15, Alaska is shut off from 
the outside world, having no telegraphic communication ; 
and any possible stray mail coming by dog trains overland 
being so uncertain as hardly to be considered. Practically, 
Northern Alaska has about 8 months of isolated winter. 
During winter on the coast of Bering's Sea, the cold is not 
unendurable, but nearly all business is suspended, and it can 
hardly be said to be desirable to be idle and isolated from the 
world during 8 months. 

It must be understood that I am writing of Northern 
Alaska. The conditions are very different in Southeastern 
Alaska, which is reached from Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, 
and the Southern Pacific coast by vessels making the coast 
trip. Of this Southeast Alaska I have no personal knowl- 
edge. . 

SUIT AGAINST CLAIM-JUMPERS. 

My summer was filled with interesting experiences. Our 
company had one valuable claim about ten miles from Nome. 
Gold was taken from this in September and October, 1900, 
and then our managers left Alaska for the States, leaving 
this rich claim to excite the avidity of others. When we 
reached Nome June 22, 1901, our managers found that 
" others " had not been idle, and contestants representing 
three separate interests adverse to our company were in the 
field. Two of these adverse interests were in possession, 
having divided our claim between them, and were taking out 
gold. It is more than probable from all we have observed 
and can learn, that these parties have taken fully $25,000 in 



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gold from the claim. Meanwhile we have had an uphill 
fight. We have just reached the conclusion of our suit 
against one adverse interest (claim-jumping thieves), against 
whom we have won, but we had to go 700 miles across 
Bering's Sea with our attorney and witnesses to get a 
hearing. 

ASSAULT WITH FIREARMS. 

During the summer I was on the claim with a small force 
of 8 men, all unarmed. About noon of July 5 four of my 
men (the night shift) were asleep in their tent ; the other 
four, the day shift, were in the pit at work. I was in the 
cook's tent writing. Without any warning we were con- 
fronted by the muzzles of eight or ten Winchester rifles and 
ordinary revolvers, in the hands of the same number of 
jumpers — the same crew we have just ousted in court — 
and we were compelled to move our tents off the claim. The 
jumper claimant presented his revolver at my breast, at two 
feet distance, and ordered me off the claim, and when I 
refused said, " I'll shoot you." I replied, with an emphatic 
word, " Shoot, if you choose." I was not afraid of his shoot- 
ing, although he might have got nervous and shot by accident. 
We had previously fully determined on ovir course, which was 
not to shoot or use firearms, as the federal courts were abso- 
lutely dominated by thieves, and if any one of our party had 
given them any pretence for arrest, we would have had a pen- 
itentiary sentence of from three to ten years. We were 
never able to procure warrants for the arrest of any one of 
these men, although their criminal assault on us was made at 
midday, and the members of the attacking party were well 
known. 

JUSTICE SOUGHT OUTSIDE THE LAW\ 

Later, about Aug. 16, a masked body of citizens, who, in 
default of justice in the courts, have determined to have 
justice outside the law, visited this claim between two and 



172 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

four o'clock A. M., and drove off all whom the citizens con- 
sidered trespassers. None of our party were on the claim, 
as we had withdrawn all our men. I was the only person of 
our party who had any knowledge that this night attack was 
to be made, and yet the U. S. Commissioner Stevens, a 
federal official, issued warrants for the arrest of ten or twelve 
persons, several of whom were of our party. Not one of 
these took part in the attack, or had any knowledge of it, and 
one of those for whom a warrant was issued was more than 
30 miles distant, and had not been nearer during the twenty 
days next preceding. [Verily, we sympathize with you, 
brother compilateitr. Hope these things will be righted 
under a new dispensation. Remember the French proverb : 
"Tout vicut a ccs qui attendcjit."^ 

RETURN TRIP. 

I have been well during the season, and need hardly say 
that the experience has been very interesting. Returned 
from Alaska in August, leaving Nome Aug. 19, and reaching 
Seattle Aug. 28, and with one full day in Seattle reached 
home Sunday, Sept. i. This return trip was very pleasant, 
and as I am never subject to sea-sickness, my Pacific and 
Bering's Sea voyages, out and return, were both a success. I 
took a few kodak pictures, and am having some of them 
developed. * *' 

RAILWAY ACCIDENT. 

On the return overland trip on the Great Northern R. R., 
we came quite close to a fatal railway accident. On the even- 
ing of Aug. 30 we were climbing the Rocky Mountain 
range, on our east bound train, and were about 75 or more 
miles west of the summit. Forty miles east from us was the 
west bound through passenger train, stopping at a little sta- 
tion. A heavily loaded freight train of 28 cars became 




EMMA CiOULD' KASTON (214). 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 1/3 

detached from its engine and came rushing down the incline 
towards the west, and struck the west bound passenger. 
There were nearly forty lives lost, and most of these were 
cremated. If the accident had been a half hour later, we 
should have met the west bound train and passed it, and 
should have crashed " head-on " into the detached freight, 
which came rushing down at a fearful speed, and with not a 
soul on it to check it. * * 

Sincerely yours, 

El WOOD S. CORSER. 

297c. Not Opposed to Christlin Science. 

BY EMMA GOULD EASTON (2 1 4). 

(From the CJiristian Science Seiitinel, June 6, 1901.) 

It is a sweet thought to me that no one is really opposed 
to Christian Science. Where there is opposition, whether 
from a theological or a medical standpoint, investigation always 
shows that it has arisen from a mistaken report, or from the 
action of some one who has taken the name without the 
nature of Christian Science, and whose conduct would be 
disapproved of by Scientists themselves. 

LACK OF fair INVESTIGATION. 

The early Christians were not tortured and put to death 
for what they did, but for what the people with whom they 
were surrounded thought they did. They said, " These 
Christians would like to burn our cities ; they are a danger to 
the community. They sacrifice their children alive to propi- 
tiate their gods." This was the direct opposite of the truth, 
but one repeated it to another, till it was generally believed 
and accepted as the truth. The fundamental trouble was, 
then as now, lack of fair-minded investigation. 



174 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

PATIENTS PROPERLY CARED FOR. 

Those who object from a medical standpoint to what they 
beheve to be Christian Science, say it is a menace to the 
community, because Scientists refuse help themselves in time 
of sickness, and prevent others from seeking help. What 
are the facts ? It is now well known that Scientists obey the 
law as regards vaccination and the reporting of so-called con- 
tagious diseases. As for nursing, vv'hen a person, who is being 
cared for by a nurse as well as physician, decides to put him- 
self under the care of a Scientist, he is not required to suffer 
inconvenience from lack of nursing while the demonstration 
is being made, though in most cases, the Scientist in charge 
would think it wise to substitute a nurse who was a Christian 
Scientist in addition to her other qualifications. This is in 
order that the patient may have Science read and explained to 
him, and at the same time be cared for by one in whose 
thought health rather than sickness is uppermost. 

DIVINE HEALING THE SUPREME NEED. 

The difference, then, between a patient under medical 
treatment and one under Christian Science is not the differ- 
ence of one who is law-abiding and one who is not, or of one 
who is properly cared for and one who is not, but of one who 
is looking to drugs for healing and one who looks to the ful- 
filling of the promise in Jeremiah : " I will restore health 
unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds," saith the 
Lord. 

A GROUNDLESS OBJECTION. 

The charge that Christian Science is forced on people 
would be too absurd to answer were it not that many of the 
objections seem to be based on that supposition. In ninety- 
nine cases out of a hundred the practitioner has never seen 
the patient till he comes to his office and as^^s for treatment, 
the patient in most cases having iieard of some good work 
done by the practitioner. 



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BASED ON THE BIBLE. 

The theological objections are even more groundless, for 
the theology of Christian Science is based on the Bible and 
the teachings of the Master, and that platform is (or should 
be) a broad one on which all Christians can meet in friendly 
greeting. 

When one thinks of the beloved 

LEADER OF THE CAUSE, 

the very word objection is objectionable, and not to be 
thought of, for anyone who sees in her any other than a self- 
sacrificing, loving and lovable Christian woman, sees what 
comes wholly from false report and misconception. To those 
who feel that they owe their happiness and even their lives to 
her book, " Science and Health," she is a thousand times 
more beautiful. I have a cousin, not a professed Christian 
Scientist, who has known her from girlhood, he having been 
born and having lived his long life in the vicinity of her birth- 
place and present home, who said of her a while ago, " She 
has only fulfilled the promise of her youth in taking the stand 
she has before the world," referring to the high degree of 
spirituality manifested by her from her earliest days. She 
was a favorite pupil of his father [Rev. Enoch Corser, then 
(1838) teacher as well as preacher at Sanbornton Bridge, 
N. H.], by whom she was held in high estimation for her 
varied gifts of intellect (notably), as well as heart, as he 
wrote me recently. 



lyG CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

297d. A Visit to the Home of the Poet Longfellow, 
(from a private letter written by a lady [m. e. b., 7.2] 

IN 1878.) 

A fortnight ago yesterday, Professor Longfellow invited all 
our schoolteachers and scholars, forming a party of thirty- 
two ladies, to his house in Cambridge. We were escorted by 
Mr. James T. Fields, a special horse-car being provided for 
our accommodation, and a very merry company we were. 
The poet received us with the utmost cordiality, and natur- 
ally we were all charmed with him, he was so genial. He 
conducted us himself through the house, and pointed out 
what was especially interesting. 

This large square room on the left of the entrance-hall 
was Lady Washington's reception-room. Here, among other 
pictures, were the portraits of two lovely little children of 
the poet, who are children no longer. Passing thence 
through an apartment in which he called our attention to an 
old Venetian portrait by Tintoretto, and to a far handsomer 
one of the French artist David by himself, we were conducted 
into a large square dining-room, where was the beautiful 
painting of his three daughters, like a group of youthful 
Graces ; thence through a sort of corridor lined with books, 
mostly French, into the large parlor where Gen. Washington 
used to receive the officers, military and civil, who came to 
wait upon him ; then through another passage containing a 
case of the poet's own works, into his study, where I suppose 
most of the beautiful poems were written, and where was a 
portrait of himself, as I saw him many years ago when he 
was young. It is not too much to say that his face has gained 
in dignity what it has lost in freshness. Here, too, were por- 
traits of Charles Sumner, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hawthorne, 
and Professor Felton, all young. P^merson's face was a very 



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beautiful and piquant one, with a kind of fine and subtle irony 
in its expressive features. I failed to trace the slightest 
resemblance to his present venerable aspect. 

At Mr. Field's suggestion, the poet showed us the manu- 
script of Hiazvatha, written with a pencil* in a very clear and 
legible hand, without blot or erasure. He also showed us, 
among other things, some little bits of wood from Dante's 
coffin, which were sent to him as a relic after the publication 
of his translation of the Divina Coinmcdia . 

First and last was " The Old Clock on the Stairs," which 
I never before knew had an existence outside of the poem. It 
is a tall, old-fashioned time-piece, with chimes which its 
master set in tune for us, and which chanted anew its 
" Forever — never. Never — forever," though if I had not 
remembered the poem, I am by no means sure these are the 
words it would have said to me. Then our courteous host 



Note. — Henry AYadsworth Longfellow was born at Portland, Me., 
Feb. 27, 1807, and died at Cambridge, Mass., March 24, 1882, aged 75. 
To hiiu the family of Enoch* Corser (72), who m. Sally Gerrish, of 
Boscawen, in common with those of the 4th generation of the Stephen* 
(or Boscawen) branch of the Gerrish family, as descendants of Henry 
Sewall, of Newbury, Mass., through Moses^ Gerrish, of Newbury (son of 
William^, of Boston), husband of Jane, dau. of Henry Sewall, and sister 
of Anne,v;\\o m. Wm. Longfellow, of Newburj', great-great-great-grand- 
father of the poet, Henry VVadsworth^ (Stephen^, Stephen*, Stephen^, 
Stephen'^, William^) — sustain, if our reckoning be correct, the relation- 
vship of 5th cousin. 

Addendum — From the Longfellow Genealogy, by the courtesy of Miss 
Alice M. Longfellow. — William^ Longfellow came to Newbury in 1678 ; 
m. same yea-r, Anne Sewall, sister of Jane who m. Moses Gerrish, of New- 
bury ; d. 1690. 

Stephen^, b. 1685 ; d. 1764 ; m. Abigail Thompson. 

Stephen^, b. 1723 ; d. 1790 ; m. Tabitha Bragdon, of York, Me. 

Stephen'^, b. 1750 ; d. 1824 ; m. Patience Young. 

Stephen^, b. 1776 ; d. 18413 ; m. Zilpha Wadsworth. It was through 
the Wadsworths, of Duxbury, that the poet traced his descent from John 
Alden. (See Wadsworth Genealogy.) 



178 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

walked with us through his grounds, which are somewhat 
extensive, and whose chief beauty was the soft, green grass 
with its abundant wild flowers and the old sheltering trees. 
I was glad to see our poet, who has passed his seventieth 
year, walk with a step as alert and brisk as any of the young 
girls who accompanied him. So we spent two delightful 
hours not soon to be forgotten. 

29/6. By Rail to Land's End. 

The Professor, over the pseudonym of Short, thus writes 
to his friend, under the sobriquet of Long, of a pleasant trip 
by rail on the Cape from Falmouth, Mass., where he was then 
"wielding the birch," to Provincetown — "the jumping-off 
place," as the natives are pleased to call it. 

Cape Cod, Oct., 1879. 
Brother Long, — 

Glad to avail ourselves of the opportunity 
afforded us, v^e started, I and my alter ego, about 7 a. m., with 
a party of over 400 excursionists, who were called out by the 
low price of the tickets — $1.50 for the round trip, or about 
one-quarter of the usual fare, the distance, both ways, being 
nearly 240 miles. 

I was surprised on starting, that so many natives of the 
Cape — nearly all I talked with — had never visited Prov- 
incetown. None of the younger generation had seen it, and 
but few middle-aged persons ; even sea-captains who had 
sailed around the world had never been blessed with the sight 
of this famous place at the land's end. 

After reaching the main trunk of the Old Colony at Cohas- 
set Narrows, we were whirled away through Sandwich and 
most of the other pretty towns on the Cape ; by bays and 
ponds and exquisite reaches of water, now on this side, now 
on that, and generally with quite a ridge of land on the side 
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of the Cape, even to Provincetown, where it ends in High 
Pole Hill. Wind-mills with sails flying, little beaches, cosy 
villages, farm houses, etc., were quickly left behind in our 
flight, till finally we were landed at our destination, situated 
at the extremity of this long tongue of land, which here is 
shaped almost precisely like the end of the tail in the Constel- 
lation Scorpio, or the hook used to catch the cod. 

Provincetown is not so barren a place as I had been led to 
suppose. I saw many gardens here, door-yards full of flowers, 
and even some quite respectable trees. I used to think I 
should go over shoes in sand at every step, except on the 
plank sidewalk ; but I was mistaken. 

A boat-race came off, guns were fired in honor of our 
arrival, and flags hoisted. A part of our number. Short and 
lady included, took dinner at Gifford's hotel, which I recom- 
mend to you. It is quite a smart, bustling place. Many of 
us ascended High Pole Hill, where we had a splendid view. 

I afterwards roamed over the place by myself, meeting 
with quite a number of adventures, of which I will mention 
only one. Passing along the further end of Main Street, I 
saw a parrot hanging in a cage close to the sidewalk. Wish- 
ing to be social, I accosted it with, " Polly want a cracker.'' " 
Slowly and gravely it turned its head and responded, " Here 
comes a — " well, the language was very highly seasoned, 
and anything but complimentary. Not caring to continue 
the conversation, I hurried on, wondering at the remarkable 
sagacity of this phenomenon of bipeds. 

We remained four hours at Provincetown. Returning, the 
cars stopped two hours at Truro, to allow us to examine the 
lighthouse. This is 70 feet high, standing on a bank 125 
feet in hight, so that the top of the light is nearly as high as 
Bunker Hill monument. I ascended to the lantern, and then 
went down the bank to the water. Much more I might write, 
but tempiis fiigit, compelling me to cut this 

Short. 



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2gyi. Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. 

(letter from long to short.) 

Brother Short, — * * And then, sir [thus, after 
describing a brief visit made to York Beach a year or two 
before (of which more anon), the writer goes on to say], when 
we, self and ladies, visited you at your pleasant Falmouth 
home [on the cape] last summer [1876] — a charming visit, 
indeed, we had, and a charming reception you and your lady 
gave us, and charming blue-fish dinners, and a charming 
entertainment by the Spaulding bell-ringers in the old Town 
Hall, where I had the pleasure to sit by the side of the cap- 
tain's charming daughter — the sweetest belle of all the 
chime ! — I say, when we visited you, you piloted us through 
the delightful oak woods, ringing with the shrill notes of the 
cicada {cantii qiici'iilce cicad(2 — Virgil), to the vicinity of the 
Punch Bowl (Lake), patronized, probably in the jolly times 
when Rip Van Winkle laid him down to his little nap. And 
you drove us out on that dangerous excursion to the breezy 
coast of Buzzard's Bay, and over the famous Rights of Fal- 
mouth looking down upon the sea, with their picturesque 
growth of old oaks dwarfed by the tempests, and, sprinkled 
among them like raisins in a pie, scores of cottages of unique 
architecture, swarming in summer with their merry occupants 
from the city and the country. But, sir, to our regret, you 
failed to accompany us on our side-trip to 

Martha's vineyard — 

which capped the climax of our 7w?w-antic adventures. You 
are familiar with the route — by rail from Falmouth to 
Wood's Holl, redolent of guano, and with its hundred houses 
creeping up the hillsides ; six miles across the Sound, by the 
" Ocean Queen," to Oak Bluffs, thence 10 miles across the 
island by rail (narrow gauge), to Katama and the South 
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Oak Bluffs ; but no one should fail of a ride on the narrow 
gauge ; very charming it is, and shows you the island, so like 
one's idea of a Western prairie — running enchantingly along 
the shore, then inland, further, by mossy Edgartown, bringing 
up at the (two or three years ago) much vaunted Katama, 
which was to be the rival of Oak Bluffs, and which to-day 
actually contains one really fine hotel, one clambake estab- 
lishment, three cottages, and 600 acres of land, staked out 
into houselots, and waiting with a desolate aspect for pur- 
chasers. Wonder when it will find them ! 

A short fork of the road leads to the south shore jumping- 
off place, where the beach is very shelving, and the " break- 
ing waves dash high," and are treacherous withal as a feline, 
as a gentleman and lady of our party found to their sorrow, 
who were seated in cozy converse on the sand, when the big 
seventh (wave), or seventy-seventh, for aught we know, crept 
up with a stealthy rush, and overwhelmed them to the waist. 

OAK BLUFFS. 

Well, back to Oak Bluffs. Ah, sir, you should have been 
there to enjoy with us the splendid scene upon which our 
eyes feasted from the balcony of the Sea-view House ! A 
"Cottage-City," in truth — of dimensions well-nigh bewilder- 
ing to the new-comer ; with mammoth and costly hotels, 
the "Sea-view," superb beyond description, far surpassing all ; 
paved avenues and drive-ways ; concrete walks ; one fine 
Union chapel of exquisite architecture ; the big tent where 
the camp-meetings are held ; cottages upon cottages, many 
of them costly and highly ornamented, stretching far away 
upon delightfully embowered avenues (the city revels in the 
abounding shade of its thousands of native oaks) ; the whole 
more like a fairy scene — like the vision of a dream, if visions 
so fantastic were ever dreamed — than reality. And here 
the people come by thousands and tens of thousands to 



152 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

spend the summer, and attend the camp-meetings, and take 
their fill of old ocean and have a good time generally. 
Whether we ought to include in this last category the patient 
dealer in blue eye-glasses, whose persistent, but not very 
successful, cry of — "Eye-protectors — protect your eyes 
before you go ."^ " was sufficiently amusing, not least so, appar- 
ently, to himself, — we are in doubt. 

En passant, we must not omit to make kindly mention of 
the gentlemanly proprietor of " Greenleaf Cottage," with its 
flowers and rustic adornments, and pleasant outlook on the 
chapel — H. O. Thomas, of Brockton, Mass. — to whom our 
thanks are due for his courtesy in inviting us, total strangers, 
to a seat upon his piazza, and allowing us freely to inspect 
the neat interior arrangements of his tasty island home. 
But — ^^ tempns f/tgit,'' if you have not a monopoly of those 
words, and so this letter I will not pro- 

LONG. 

279g. HART HILL IN AVINTER. 

[An elevation in Northfield, whilome scaled, and after photo'd (for 
the benefit of the Rays of Light), by the Farmer Boy.] 

Down on the fire-steed's smoke and jar, 

Down on the meadows white and still, 
And across where Kearsarge frowns afar, 

Looks from its eagle perch Hart Hill. 

O Hart ! that once my wildered feet 

AUuredst, in toilsome, eager chase, 
Thi'ough bush, through glen, midst dust and heat, 

To climb thy sheep-grazed, bearded face ! 

Sweet thou sleep'st in the evening glow ; 

Sweet in the morning is thy smile ; 
Yet a prouder peak, full well I know. 

As here I sit, thou veil'st the while. 



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Behind, Moosehillock's crest sublime 
Towers viewless, clad in royal white ; 

E'en so are veiled by the things of time 

The scenes more blest in the world of light. 



Sleep on, fair Hill, in thy robe of snow, 

Till spring shall smile. I haply then 
Shall gaze on the meadows green below, 

With thee from thy airy bower again. 

297h. Excursion to Lake Memphremagog. 

The writer had the pleasure to be one of a party of three- 
hundred excursionists, who made a trip on the glorious 
Fourth [1879], from Manchester and towns above, by way of 
the Northern and Connecticut River & Passumpsic Rail- 
roads, to that gem of the North, Lake Memphremagog. 

The affair — being the third annual excursion of the kind 
— was a perfect success throughout. The weather was 
somewhat sultry at the start, but grew cooler as we proceeded, 
till on the lake it blew a stiff breeze from the polar regions, 
rendering an overcoat not uncomfortable. The train started 
from Concord about 7.30 a. m., reaching the lake, 174 miles 
distant, about 2 p. m., running at some points at the rate of 
40 miles an hour, and passing over a route, what with its 
pretty villages, and well-cultivated farms, and varied scenery 
of mountain and river and forest and lake, picturesque and 
pleasing in the extreme. 

DOWN THE LAKE. 

Dinner despatched, we mounted, at 3 p. m., the staunch 
steamer " Lady of the Lake," capable of carrying, Capt. Fogg 
assured us, 1,800 persons, for a trip down the lake, which we 
traversed throughout its entire length of 30 miles, to Magog 
village, returning at 9.30 in the evening. 



1 84 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

The scenery is very beautiful — wild and mountainous on 
the west, the peak of Owl's Head, visible from all points, 
towering high and shaggy above the lake, a little to the north 
of the Canada line ; more level to the east, the summer cot- 
tages of wealthy Montreal people dotting the shores, and 
pleasant farms diversifying the uplands. Mr. Brown, of 
Fisherville, was the only person we recognized from that 
vicinity, on board the boat ; the music of the French Band, 
not less than the scenery, we presume, having especial attrac- 
tions for him. 

NEWPORT VILLAGE. 

Nestling close to the head of the lake is the pleasant and 
thrifty village of Newport, with its four churches, and two 
or three hotels, chief of which is the famous Memphremagog 
House, capable of accommodating 400 guests, and where we 
had the best of entertainment during our stay. Charges, 
$2.00 per diem. At this point the railroad forks, one branch 
running up on the west side of the lake [through Sutton, 
Can., the residence of many of the Co(u)rser name from an 
early period — See Gen., Simeon^ ct alii'], to Montreal, and 
the other on the east side to Quebec. If any one thinks this 
region is out of the world, he'd better set about revising his 
ideas. 

PROSPECT HILL. 

Half a mile to the south-west of the hotel rises Prospect 
Hill, which we had time to ascend, and from which is obtained 
a very fine and extensive view of the surrounding country — 
the village reposing quietly below, the charming windings of 
the lake, Mt. Orford near its lower extremitv, Jay Peak of the 
Green Mts. range, 4,000 feet high, the remarkable Will- 
oughby Mts., enclosing the lake of the same name, and other 
noticeable points. 



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VIRGILIUS NOBISCUM. 



Among our fellow excursionists, we may mention, was a 
gentleman from Grafton — Virgil Blackman, by name — 
then, or but recently, a student at the Tilton Seminary, 
having the ministry in view, with whom we formed a pleasant 
acquaintance. 

(Later. — Wonder where (ubi gentium) he is now, " nurs- 
ing his studious hours," like his namesake of old ; or if he 
has forgotten the man with whom some small talk was 
indulged in, as to whether his good Methodist brethren would 
approve of his presence at a little Terpsichorean exhibition 
which chanced to come off on board the boat !) 

EPILOGUE. 

We made our return trip on the fifth, starting at 1.30 
p. M., and reaching home at about 7.30 p. m., our rate of 
speed at times, on the down grade, reminding us of that fast 
fellow Puck, who could " put a girdle round the earth in 40 
minutes." We traversed a distance of 400 miles, back and 
forth, from Concord, all for $3.50, at which rate we might 
travel round the world for about $220, with the advantage of 
not having to come back after we had got there ! Cheap 
enough. We advise our friends, and all others of excursion- 
izing proclivities, to try this trip next time, taking with them 
their "sisters and their cousins and their aunts " (and — 
don't be jealous, Matilda mine — -their better halves and 
sweethearts also, an it please you), for whom we predict, if 
they are not too exacting, and can bear a little fatigue, a red- 
letter day in their calendar. 

Long. 



1 86 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

297i. A SEA-COAST RAMBLE. 

" Now York, or never ! Welcome, my lord, to this brave town of 
York." — Shakespeare. 

Quite all the way our jaunt extended, 
From Union Bluff that rambles down 
To kiss the sea in old York town, 
To fair Nantasket where it ended. 

We started on one summer morn — 
A sultrier day was never born — 
To Portsmouth slid, like boys a-coasting, 
W^here barely we escaped a roasting ; 
Mounted the stage-coach, old as " Jacup," 
Through drowsy York then whisked away — 
My ! if we didn't get a shake-up ! 
Now thro' the village staid and gray, 
A bustling city once, they say ; 
Now by the Prex'sf villa fair, 
Coquetting with old ocean there ; 
Whose broad expanse of glistening blue 
Bursts now upon the raptured view. 

And this is York's romantic shore ! 
On, on, along the sands we glide, 
And hear the breaking billows roar, 
And see the bathers breast the tide ; 
Now by where Dover's stately row 
Looks down upon the rocks below ; 
Now where, close hugging ocean's brim. 
Sits Concordville so spruce and trim ; 
Now round the little inlet's rim. 
And here we find us, sure enough. 
At Thomson House on Union Bluff ! 

On Union Bluff, where Fisherville 
Comes down the summer heats to kill. 
And breathe the bracing ocean air, 
And to the winds throw carking care, 
And lounge, and dream, and roam at will. 
Attired in easy dishabille. 

tPresident Lord's, of Dart. Coll. 



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Not long, and we, like oarlees barge, 
In steamer's wake, were found in charge 
Of our good friend,* who fain would show 
The lions to our wondering view. 
Oh, what a goodly, graceful row 
Of cots, thrice half a score, I trow. 
Looked out there on the sparkling blue ! 
Looked out across tlie tiny bay. 
Fair Concord ogling, tlien away. 
Far down the sweep of Neddick's hoary, 
Komantic, rocky promontory. 

"We roamed the Bluff from Union Square 
To where at bowls, on gusty days, 
'Mid antics high, old ocean plays. 
Disporting with the sea-nymphs fair, 
On pebbly point ; then wandered down. 
Across the Neck, to Dover Height, 
And far surveyed the goodly town. 
But chief — oh, 'twas a glorious sight ! 
The grand old beach, that, broad and white, 
Far circled, like a zone of light ! 

Thus sped the waning hours till night. 
Good friends their kindly greetings said, 
Then to the bower of Sleep we fled, 
Who shook his poppies on our head. 
While Luna, gliding full and high, 
Flung o'er the wave her silver light. 
And Ocean sung our lullaby. 

The rest — how on Cape Xeddick's rocks 
We next day picnicked, i-amb!ing down 
To where the Nubble, Neptune's frown 
Defying, at the tempest mocks ; 
And how on York's enchanting shore 
We loitered long, then sped away. 
Far down the coast — all this, and more. 
We chance may tell another day.f 

*Chandler Gage. 

tEven so, as chance may have it: but tlie next station will be Hampton. 

LoxG. 



1 88 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

297J. Ralph at Hampton. 

Extracts from a letter written by the Farmer Boy, undated, 
but reminiscent of the early 70 's, in which somewhat of 
interest may be found relating to old Hampton ■ — as follows : 
* * Six o'clock, p. M., brought us to Hampton depot, 
where quite a number of passengers alighted — several of 
them our fellow excursionists of the morning to the Isles of 
Shoals — bound for the Beach. Hampton wears an aspect 
of old age, though it exhibits a considerable change by way 
of improvement from what it was when I first visited here, 
some years ago. 

We stopped at the hotel over night, and took a walk in the 
cool of the evening, admiring the antique, unpainted farm 
houses, the luxuriant crops of corn, the (to me) new academy, 
and not least, the bright, crimson sky, which can here be seen 
unobstructedly all around, instead of in slices between two 
trees and over a big hill [impliedly, as at Ehn-Cottagc .']. 

Awoke the next morning at 4, breakfasted at 5, started on 
foot for the beach, about 3 miles distant, at 6, and here I am, 
at 7.30, seated on the apex of the Boar's Head, the waves 
roaring and dashing all around me, though it is a very calm 
morning, the waters flashing in the sunshine, the little boats 
riding at anchor near the shore, men catching lobsters, the 
people bathing on the beach a mile away, the little birds 
dipping their wings in the sparkling waters, the little black 
flies creeping all over my paper as I write, ct catcra. 

What more pleasant beach can be found than Hampton } 
What more charming sea-board lookout than the picturesque 
Boar's Head } One of my friends says, if he ever enjoyed 
a moment's unalloyed happiness it was while stretched at full 
length, one fine morning, on the green carpet of the Boar's 
cranium, and looking off from thence upon the ever restless, 
dashing, crashing, leashing waves of Old Ocean ! and, to be 
truthful, I must add, chatting at same time with your humble 
servant. 



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Eleven, A. M. — It is a glorious day, and the people, in 
merry mood, are making the most of it, seemingly intent 
upon getting even for what they lost last week by the rain. 
The beach is covered. A constant stream of carriages is 
pouring in from the country. The people are bathing in 
little squads on all sides ; the boys and girls are screaming as 
the waves go over them ; they are playing croquet on the sand 
in front of me ; tents are spread on the grass behind me ; 
carriages are driving on the beach as far as one can see. I 
have enjoyed the luxury of a bath myself, though I had to 
retire to the borders of Hampton River before I could find 
an unappropriated nook. * * 

The crack hotels are now full to overflowing. I may remain 
here a few days, if I can find a place to lay my head. I like 
here much better than at the Shoals. It is less quiet perhaps, 
but less dreary certainly, and less rocky, and less vague, and 
to me, in my present mood, a thousand times more pictur- 
esque. 

N. B. After a delay of two days, during which I have made 
an excursion to Newburyport and Salisbury Beach — the 
former, or rather the old town of which it once formed a part, 
being the early home of the ancestral John' Corser, and the 
latter — notoriously "all sand," yet a grand old beach it is — 
rejoicing in the possession of a tenement labeled " Courser 
Cottage," the only one of the description we wot of, built, it is 
said, by one Frank Courser, who voyaged to California, but 
never yet bestowed his patronage on the family boat ; and 
what is more, have picked some one's pocket of a copy of 
verses anent " Old Hampton," which I enclose for the benefit 
of whom it may concern — I will at length bring this letter 
to a finis. — Exit Ralph. 

Which poetic windfall, though smacking strongly of some- 
what we have seen or heard before, we accordingly append 
" for the benefit," //. s. w. And so — exit 

Long. 



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297k. HAMPTON REVISITED. 

Old Hampton ! thy delightful beach 

Once more with joyous steps I tread ; 
Once more I hear the thundei'-crash 
Of waves that hiss and foam and dash, 
And break upon Boar's Head ! 



Once more along thy tide-washed sands, 
Well-pleased, I roam for many a mile, 
And with the rippling wavelets toy, 
And snuff their fragrance and enjoy 
Old Ocean's placid smile. 



I hear once more the merry shout 

Of bathers in their motley dress, 
As with unshrinking limbs they brave 
The onset of the white-plumed wave. 
And court its cool embrace. 



Dark eyes again, with witching glance, 

Peer forth from many a snow-white tent ; 
And still like figures seen in dreams. 
Files on the long, dark line of teams. 
Incessant beach-ward bent. 



Anew yon dreamy Isles, that seem 

Like floating sea-birds, greet my eye ; 
Not now, as once, with dazzling wall, 
By strange mirage, encompassed all. 
And lifted to the sky. 



On bare and rock-girt Appledore 

I seem again to plant my feet, 

And hear the surges seaward roar. 

And list tlie drum-beat wafted o'er 

From Whittier's Star-retreat. 



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Ah, here on this rude mossy bench, 

Fain would I linger long and gaze ; 
And watch the lazy-gliding sails. 
And catch the Atlantic's balmy gales, 

And dream of other days. 

Here b}' my side fair Ada sat ; 

'Twas years ago, ere youth had flown ; 
And we built castles in the sky ; 
She sits a bride in hers, and I 

Sit here and dream alone. 

On yonder beach, with gallant Carl, 

I walked and wooed the frowning tide ; 
But Carl in hallowed grave unknown 
At Wagner sleeps, and I sit lone. 

The lonely sea beside. 

Ion. 



2971. HASCAR, 

THE MILLER-BOY — AN ECHO. 

" Under a spreading chestnut-tree." 
'• Sous la collihe, aupres du fleuve." 

Under the hill, beside the stream, 

The ]\Iiller-Boy resides ; 
You may know him well, for he passes by. 

Each morn, with rapid strides. 
And with streaming hair, and matted coat, 

As white as the foamv tiiles. 



The miller he toils in silence on. 
But he wears a thoughtful look ; 

He sees in the falling grains but sands 
That from life's glass are shook ; 

And perhaps he takes from the dusty slielf 
The fragment of a book. 



192 CORSER FAMILY Ii\ AMERICA. 

His simple customers speak aside, 
They look at the boy amazed ; 

And as onward speeds the grinding stone, 
They whisper, " He is crazed ! " 

Alackaday ! — but never for them, 
The fire of genius blazed. 

Yet he heeds them not — he only hears 

The resistless waters' roll, 
And the ceaseless whirl of the rapid stone, 

And the voice of the panting soul,— 
" Thus strong is the spirit's power, thus fleet 

Life hasteth to its ooal ! " 



Though freed at night, in the mill of mind 

To grind he ceases not ; 
He has taken the vows of the miller-boy, 

And grinding is his lot ; 
And he dreams he tends the whirling stone, 

But his grist is a haci of tJ/oiu/Jd. 

Grind on, proud youth ! for the world is naught 

But one vast grinding mill. 
With Passion's tide for its water-power. 

While Genius guides the wheel ; 
Grind on ! this mighty gristmill yet 

May be guided by /A?/ skill ! 



Hafiz. 



297m. INIAN'S TEARS. 
(from the gkrman.) 

Maiden, hast thou seen me weep ? 

Ah ! the teai-s of woman seem 
Like the pure and crystal dew-drops. 

In the floweret's cup that gleam. 

Whether by the dusky night, 
Or by laughing morning shed, 

Sweetly drinks the dew tlie floweret, 
Rears refreshed its drooping head. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. I 93 

But the tears of man are like 

Resiii in the East that grows; 
Deep within the wood imprisoned, 

Seldom of itself it flows. 

Cut you must into the bark, 

Even till the pith appear ; 
Then exudes the noble fluid, 

Ah, so golden, pure, and clear. 

Soon, indeed, the fount is dry, 

And the tree still shoots and grows ; 
Many a spring rejoiced it greeteth. 

But the wound it always shows. 

Maiden! in thy thought the tree 

Of the distant Orient keep ; 
Maiden, of the man bethink thee, 

Whom thou once hast seen to weep! 

Ha—. 



297 n . W E F A D E A S T II E LEAF. 

BY MARGARET (GOULD) CORSER (171). 

So wearisomely flying. 
So dreai'isomely sighing, 
So sorrowfully dying, 
O brown, brown leaf. 

Oaken heart that nourished thee. 
Loving arms that cradled thee, 
Xever more thy stiength shall be, 
O brown, brown leaf. 



Cast upon the earth to die, 
Sti'icken kindred with thee lie, 
None to weep, none to sigh, 
Alas ! brown leaf. 



194 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Cold, forsaken liest thou, 
The death-damp on thy faded brow, 
Who would care to clasp thee now? 
O brown, brown leaf. 

The sodden earth shall cover thee, 
The dust will thy companion be, 
None to know, none to see. 
Poor, dead, bi'own leaf! 



297o. ODE TO THE PLOW. 

(UY THE ANCIENT PLOWMAN.) 



' He that by the plow would thrive. 
Himself must either hold or drive. 



Up, from its wintry covert bring 

The plow beside the wall ! 
AVho breaks no ground in time of spring, 

Shall break no bread in fall. 



Time-honored implement of worth! 

Proud badge of peaceful lands ! 
Of those who cherish Mother Earth, 

First in the hearts and hands. 



Glad harbinger of bliss ! in thee 
Each blessing has its source ; 

Health, plenty, peace of mind has he, 
Who guides thy manly course. 



True source of wealth ! the golden zone 
May yield up all its treasure. 

But 'tis thy products, these alone. 
The worth of gold that measure. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. I 95 

The thrifty arts are nursed by thee ; 

Who flaunts in sill^s and sables, 
The plow may thank not less than he 

AYho eats from lordly tables. 



All honor to the noble share, 

Whicli even kingly pride 
Has not disdained, with rustic care, 

And sturdy arm, to guide. 



Go, from its covert by the wall 
This prince of servants bring : 

Who would a harvest reap in fall 
ISIust turn the ground in spring. 



The plow its moral lessons gives. 

Who'd fame or wealth acquire, 
Right early with the opening leaves, 

Must plow and never tire. 



Life is a warfare — who'd come out 

A victor in the strife. 
Must girt his workman's coat about. 

And plow in ^lay of life. 



[Let him, too, who a wife would get. 

Take care to plow in spring, 
Xot like the Bard till harvest wait. 

Or bridelfiss he will sing. — Printefs D., with compli- 
ments.] 



Up, then, and from its covert bring 

The plow beside the wall ; 
Who breaks no ground in time of spring. 

Shall break no bread in fall ! 



196 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

297p. Side-Trip, 

From plowman to milk-maid, including (main objective 
point) three guests at dinner. — It is very well to sing of the 
plow, especially when it is easier to do so, physically, than to 
follow in its wake. We have had some experience in the 
latter exercise, and found our account in it ; preferring gen- 
erally, however, to look on while some more expert hand 
tugs away at the plow-handles — our friend Smith, for 
instance, over the way, who could draw as straight and beau- 
tiful a furrow as any one we know ; reserving our strength 
for plying later the lighter implements of the shovel and the 
hoe — until, as sometimes happened, we were handicapped by 
the "witch-grass," when music was like to ensue, especially 
if Jack was with us, hoe in hand, not altogether like that we 
hear from Philomel, or of the sort suggested by the Muses' 
favorite, so charmingly emblazoned on the family escutcheon. 
(Verily, there must have been poetry in the heart of him who 
designed that crest of Pegasus, which ought to have immor- 
talized his name, but alas ! so far as now appears, has failed 
to do so.) 

But all this is neither here nor there. We had in mind to 
speak of our ancestor, Stephen Gerrish (from whom, by the 
way, we have inherited, we are pleased to believe — if that 
expression be not of doubtful import — the propensity, in 
common with many of his descendants, to cling tenaciously 
to the soil) — Stephen Gerrish, we say, one of the first set- 
tlers of Boscawen, who owned, we are told, and perhaps 
guided, the first plow used upon our interval. He occupied 
land upon both sides of the river, a " parcel" of which, or of 
that belonging to his son Joseph, on the Boscawen side, we 
now hold in possession. It was during his residence on the 
east or Canterbury side, on the place afterwards owned by 
the late Caleb Mall, that the following incident occurred, as 



SUPPLEMENTARY. I 97 

described by William Temple, formerly of Boscawen, now- 
deceased, in a local paper, under the caption of 

A STORY OF THE INDIAN TIMES 

related to him, says Mr. T., years before, by Capt. Joseph 
Ames, grandson of Capt. Stephen. — It happened on a 
Thanksgiving Day that the family, Mrs. Gerrish excepted, 
went over to Boscawen to meeting, she remaining at home to 
prepare the supper. There came three Indians to the door, 
and asked for something to eat. Though somewhat alarmed 
by their presence, she concluded it was her best policy to treat 
them kindly and grant their request. So she set out her 
table, and placed the dishes, and took the meat from the 
oven that was intended for the supper, and cut off a good 
platter full, and placed it on the table, and told them it was 
ready for them. The leading one, who alone, as it appeared, 
could speak English, said to the others, ''He zuc/coine." 
They took the platter from the table, put it on the floor, and 
squatting down by the side of it, took it in their native style 
without knife or fork. When they had finished and got up 
to go, Mrs. G. said to them, " Now you will not kill my boys 
will you "^ " " Why '■ " was the inquiry. " Because I have 
been good to you and given you a good dinner." ''Kill iini 
quick agin,'' was the ungrateful reply. 

A part of the time the family lived in the fort, on the 
Boscawen side, near where Mr. Gill now resides, and Mr. 
Ames's mother \iicc Jane Gerrish, April 20, 1745] did the 
milking. When she took the pail, the large dog would run 
before her, and swimming the river, go around the buildings, 
and if nobody was there, return quietly to the bank, and she 
would go over in the boat and do her milking. 

W. T., per S. B. G. C. 



198 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

297q. WOOD-CHOPPING — AN IDYL. 

(by the farmer boy.) 

"Woodman! spare that tree."' (?) 

I spent to-day amidst the old brown woods, — 
Not in romantic vein, as poet rapt, 
But — chopping wood ; for I am one of those 
Who Fortune wills should earn their dally bread. 
As our first parent did, by sweat of brow. 
And trust I do my calling magnify. 

The day was warm, and down my face the big 
Drops coursed, as cheerily I swung the axe. 
Rejoicing in my strength. With leaves fresh-fallen 
The ground was carpeted. The old oak trees. 
And the hoar chestnuts tipt with gaping burs. 
And mottled beeches, high above my head 
Flung out their scraggy arms, disrobed and guant, 
Whence ever and anon a lingering leaf. 
Lingering and last, dropped rattling to the ground. 

The hush of woods in autumn, when the day 
Is calm and sunny — how delicious ! Loud 
And clear the echoes of my axe rung out 
Upon the stillness. From the neighboriug birch 
A tiny, solitary bird sent forth 
A shrill and gladsome note. The soothing sound 
Of flowing brooks fell ceaseless on my ear. 
At intervals the sharp report was heard 
Of sportsman's gun, succeeded by the short. 
Quick bark, responsive, of his dog. Anon 
The cheering blast of rustic horn twanged through 
The woodland, calling forth the joyous shout 
Of straggling youth. The sly red squirrel oft. 
Scampering with noisy tread amongst the leaves, 
Like some huge prowling beast (his store of nuts, 
Or chance his striped brother's, up aloft, 
A hollow log betrayed), e'en startled me ; 
And once a bright-eyed little one with wings. 
In suit of sober gray, dropped at my feet, 
Peered curious up a moment in my face, 
Then quick as thouglit, as glared a wood-cat on 
His path, flew screaming up a sheltering beach. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 1 99 

Thus sped the hours, and still I toiled ; and still 
The big drops chased each other down tny brow ; 
And I was proud that I could do so much. 
Meantime the village bell proclaimed the hour 
That aldermen most love. I dropped my axe, 
And sat me down upon a mossy seat ; 
Then from the ample pockets of my coat 
Sundry brown loaves, plump as old Falstatt', drew, 
And lunched with right good will ; a crowd, the while, 
Of wood-nymphs, as I fancied, looking on. 
And wondering much how mortal man could find 
Digestion fit for such emergency. 
{Item — I ween they never chopped cord-wood.) 
Then from the crystal brook I slaked m^' thirst, 
And humming " Auld Lang Syne," resumed my toil. 

Thus flew the hours, till the long shadows fell, 
And Sol went down, and my allotted task 
Was done. Homeward I turned, with thankful heart. 
Thankful for life, and health, and a strong arm ; 
For the broad world of nature and of thought, 
Spread out for my enjoyment ; for the feast 
Of heart-content, and ready will to do 
What Heaven allots. Homeward I turned my steps, 
And as I mused, rough-hewed these simple lines, — 
To her inscribed who baked the generous loaves ! 



297gg. jNIYSOX. 

(from tup: FRENCH OF FLORIAX.) 

Old Myson, for his wisdom rare, 

Through all the land-of Greece was known ; 
Poor, free, content, and without care. 

He sojourned in the woods alone. 
To meditate was his delight. 
And ofttimes would he laugh outright. 
Two Greeks did visit him one day, 
'•Myson, we are surprised," said they, 
" To see you here, alone, so gay." 
" Alone ? that is exactly why 
I laugh so," did the sage reply. 

Ha — . 



200 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

297r. Some Account 

OF THE GERRISH AND SEWALL FAMILIES. 

The ancestor of the Gerrish family in America was Capt. 
William Gerrish, born in Bristol, Eng., Aug., 1617. He 
came over about 1639, settling first in Newbury, Mass., and 
later (1678) in Boston ; m., ist, Mrs. John Oliver, of N., and 
2d, in Boston, Mrs. Ann Manning ; d. in Salem, at the res. of 
his son Benjamin, Aug. 9, 1687, a. 70. 

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM' GERRISH. 

His children (by first wife) were : 

»(1) John-, of Dover, N. H., Judge of Supreme Court. (2) William^, 
M. D., of Charleston, Mass. (8) Jo>^eph'^, minister of Wenham. (4) 
Benjamin^, collector of customs at Salem. (.5) Elisabeth^, who m. Capt. 
Stephen Greenleaf, of Newbury. (6) Moses^, of N. (7) Mary^, who 
m. Dr. John Dole, of N. (8) Henry^ (2d wife), of Boston, who d. 
without issue. 

MOSES^ GERRISH, COL., 

Born May 9, 1656, m. Jane, daughter of Rev. Henry 
Sewall, sister of Chief Justice Sewall, of Mass., and of Anne 
Sewall, who m. William Longfellow, ancestor of the Poet. 
Rev. Henry Sewall, Vv^ho m. Jane, dau. of Stephen and Alice 
(Archer) Dummer, of Newbury, was the son of Henry and 
Anne (Hunt) Sewall, and grandson of Henry, of England. 

REV. HENRY SEWALL AND FATHER. 

Rev. Henry Sewall came over (to Newbury) in 1634-5, 
followed some years later by his father ; m. in 1646, return- 
ing to Eng. the next winter with his wife and her parents 
(Stephen and Alice Dummer), where he appears to have per- 
formed ministerial duties for some years, and where 5 of his 
children were born ; returned to Newbury in 1659, where he 
d. May 16, 1700, a. 86, his wife following him Jan. 13, 1701, 
a. 74. " Their epitaph may still be read upon the stone 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 20I 

which marks their last resting-place in the ' old town ' burial- 
ground." His father came over in 1646 (year of his son's 
marriage), locating first in Newbury Newtown, whence he 
removed to Rowley, where he d. in 1657, a. 80. Of his 
wife, Anne Hunt that was, further mention, if made, has 
escaped our notice. The question, we may remark, of the 
probable relationship claimed for Prof. H. to the family of 
the aforesaid Anne, still remains an unsolved, though not, 
comine on a V cspoir, an insoluble problem. 

FAMILY OF REV. HEXRY SEWALL. 

The children of Rev. Henry Sewall were : 

(1) Hannah'^ (Henry^, Henry^, Henryi, of Eng.), b. in Tamworth, 
Eng., 1649, who m. Jacob Toppan. (2) Samuel*, Chief Justice, b. at 
Bishopstoke, Eng., March 28, 1652, who m. Hannah Hull (first wife), 
of Boston. (3) JoTin'^, b. in Badesty, Eng., 1654, who m. Hannah Fes- 
senden, whence the Sewalls in Me. (York, Bath, Augusta, etc.). (4) 
Stephen*, b. in Badesly, 1657, who m. Margaret Mitchell. (5) Jane*, b. 
in Badesly, Oct. 25, 1659, who m. Moses^ Gerrish, of Xewbury. (6) 
Anne*, b. in Xewbury, 1662, who m., 1st, William Longfellow (drowned 
at Anticosti, an island of rather bleak character, in the Gulf of St. Law- 
rence), and 2d, Henry Short, "all of Newbury." (Short's descendants, 
or his namesakes at least, we have among us, as ditto those of Long, 
some of them eminent in the pedagogical and literary highways and 
byways of life, u. s. w.) (7) Meliitahle*, b. in X., 1665, who m. William 
Moody, possibly the same with Capt. William M., with whom, as 
tradition affirms (see Xo. 236), John^ Corser came to Xewbury — 
whether from over the sea or from Boston, as you will. (8) Dorothy*, 
b. in X., 1668, who m. Xorthend (first husband). Of the Long- 
fellow family and their relationship to the Moses^ branch of the 
Gerrishes, see Xo. 297d. 

MOSES^ AND JOSEPH^ GERRISH. 

Col. Moses- and Jane (Sewall) Gerrish were the parents 
of six children : 



202 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Joanna^, Joseph^, Sarah^, Elisabeth^, Man/, John^. — Joseph^, Col., of 
Newbury — b. March 20, 1682 ; d. Jan., 1765, a. 82 — m. Mary, dau. of 
Moses and Lydia (Coffin) Little. He was the father of 13 children, of 
whom were — (1) Moses\ h. April 15, 1706, who ra. Mary Moody ; lived 
on a farm in Newbury. (2) Col. Joseph^ settled in N. (3) Capt. 

Stephen*, pioneer settler in Boscawen. (4) Mary\ m. Griggs. (5) 

Jane*, m. Rev. Phineas Stevens, of Boscawen, 1741. (6) EUsabeOi*, m. 
Stephen March, of Portsmouth, 1753. (7) Sarah*, adopted by Judge 

Sewall; m. Moses Newel. (8) Judith*, m. Thurston. (9) Samuel*, 

settled in Newbury. (10) Rebecca*, m. Joshua March, of Newbury, 
1752. (See Hist, of Boscawen.) 

JOSEPHS GERRISH (mILLER), OF BOSCAWEN. 

Sarah'^ (Hoses'*) m. Dea. Isaac Pearson, of B., 1751. 
Joseph'^ (Moses-*) removed to B. in 1779, settling on the Black- 
water River ; bought of Henrys Gerrish the first saw- and 
grist-mill erected in the west part (now Webster) ; d. 1819, a. 
78. His son, Moses^, settled on the farm now owned by 
Charles Glitten. Children : 

2 sons, who d. in early manhood, and 4 daughters, of whom Betsey^ 
(oldest child) m. Henry G. Wood, of Lebanon, 1816. 

STEPHEN'* GERRISH AND FAMILY. 

Capt. Stephen-* Gerrish, b. in Newbury, Jan. 22, 1711, 
was one of the first settlers of Boscawen, ancestor of most of 
the Gerrishes of B., those of the Joseph^ (or Blackwater) 
branch, as we have seen, a shoot of several years' later 
growth, being the exception. Stephen* m., ist, Martha 
Chase, of Newbury, 1738 ; 2d, Joanna, dau. of Samuel Hale, 
of N., 1 74 1. She was the sister of Richard Hale, father of 
Capt. Nathan Hale, the martyr spy of the Revolution. (See 
Hale Gen.) Stephen* was the father of 

(1) Henry^, b. 1742 ; d. 1806, a. 64. (2) Jane^, b. 1745 ; d. 1814, a. 69 ; m. 
Samuel Ames, of Boscawen. (3) Samuel^ of B., b. 1748; d. 1825, a. 
77 ; lived first on High St., removing thence in 1776 to a farm in 
Canterbury, on the Merrimack; 3 children. (4) Enoch^, h. 1750 ; d. 
1821, a. 71 ; lived on High St., in B. ; farmer and mechanic ; framed 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 203 

buildings, etc. ; 8 children. (5) Joseph^, Col., b. Sept. 17, 1753 ; d. 
Nov. 21, 1817, a. 64 ; lived in B., at the lower end of the Plain, in the 
house afterwards owned by Dr. Peach, since burned ; m. Mary 
Bartlett, of Newbury, 1779; owned a large tract of interval land, 
bought in part with his wife's dowry, who inherited, it is said, from 
her lately deceased father, her weight in silver. 

HENRYS GERRISH AND FAMILY. 

Col. Henry- (Stephen-*) lived on a farm on Fish St., in 
B.; m. Martha, dau. of Jeremiah Clough, of Canterbury, a 
woman of great strength of character, who d. 1826, a. 84, 
surviving her husband 20 years. Col. Henry was an ener- 
getic business man, — farmer, innkeeper, justice of the peace, 
land-surveyor, blacksmith, town officer, etc. He possessed a 
large landed property, both in and out of town, an important 
section of which, to the Corser family, was the Hill, bought 
about 1764 by John- Corser, and since known as Corser Hill 
— then a part of the " forest primeval," extending uncounted 
leagues to the north and west. 

Eleven children were born to Col. Henrys : 

(1) Jeremiah.^ b. 1764 ; d. IS06, a. 71 ; an ingenious mechanic; built the 
first saw-mill at the outlet of Long Pond in B., owned for many years 
by David and Luke Corser ; willed his homestead on the Plain to the 
Boscawen Religious Society. (2) Sarali^, m., 1784, Capt. Joseph Wood, 
of Lebanon, b. 1759, d. 1859, a. 100 years and 39 days. (3) Moses^, set- 
tled in " Bashan," so-called, in B., father of Jeremiah', the father of 
Henry H.^ and James L.^, and of Sally'', who m., 1819, Col. John Farmer, 
brother of Hannah Farmer, who m. Bliss Corser. (4) Stephen^, an 
inventive genius; made mill-saws and cut-nails; lived on High St., in 
B. ; 8 children ; dau. Sally", m. Edmund Dearborn, of Northfield, father 
of Samuel G.^, M. D., of Nashua. (5) Henry^, lived on the homestead 
on Fish St. (now the County farm) ; 6 children ; d. 1862, a. 90. (6) 

Hannah^, m., 1st, Carter, 2d, ^March. (7) Martha^, m. Jesse 

Little. (8) Jacob^, d. 1861, a. 81 ; lived on Fish St. ; 8 children. (9) 
Susanna^, m. Joel French, of B. (10) JosejJi^, settled in Northfield; 
father of 13 children — 7 of whom attended school at one time to the 
writer — in the Hodgdon district so-called, in Northfield — 64 years 
ago (winter of 1837-8) ; b. 1784, d. 1851, a. 67. (11) Thomas^ Dea., b. 
1786 ; d. 1875, a. 88 ; 8 children. 



204 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

297s. THE PLUVIAD. 

BY A. B. C. 

Oh, what a dripping day ! 
How the streams of water play, 

As I muse ! 
You'd think, with busy pat, 
A little cobbler sat, 

Pegging shoes. 



Now on the window pane. 
As if a thing insane, 

Hear it pour ; 
And now how like a rill, 
O'er the smooth and sounding sill. 

By the door. 



And see at what a pace 
The frolic waters race 

Down the way ; 
She'll never need be chid, 
Who once has sported kid 

Such a day ! 



Some are given to complaining, 
When they see it raining, raining, 

Looking sad, 
As if they'd seen an end 
Of the smiles of every friend 

That they had. 



Well, some have cause to mourn ; 
The beggar, with his torn 

Coat so thin, 
All shelterless, may weep, 
To feel the rain-drops creep 

O'er his skin. 



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Xor marvel I a bit 
(Though queer, to laugh at it 

Were too bad), 
That they who never think, 
With souls as dark as ink, 

Should be sad. 

There are, whose hearts are stored 
With bright images, a hoard, 

As an ark, 
Which shine though it be night, 
Like phosphorescent light 

In the dark. 

I'll never mourn the day 
That shuts out every ray 

From above, 
While bright my bosom glows, 
To sweetly dream of those 

Whom I love ! 

There are, too, who can spy. 
E'en 'neath a cloudy sky. 

Beauty's form, 
Still radiant and fair. 
Smiles beaming everywhere, 

'Mid the storm. 



How beautiful the crops. 
As the fresh-distilling drops 

Them bedew. 
Driuk, drink, as with delight. 
And grow greener and more bright 

To the view ! 



How prettily the flowers 
Peep out amid the bowers 

To the rains. 
And from their little faces, 
Where cluster hidden graces, 

W^ash the stains. 



206 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

I love to see the jay 

Trim his plumes, and then away, 

In a trice, 
And the hen, with feathers prest 
Close to her back and breast, 

Step so nice. 



The sturdy fishermen 
Are merry when the rain 

'(iins to fall, 
As, buttoned to the chin. 
They dash through thick and thin, 

For a haul ! 



And then I think how bright. 
When the clouds are put to flight, 

Earth will seem ; 
How the merry birds will sing, 
And how clear the sun will fling 

Out his beam. 



How the mountain tops will glow, 
And the valleys smile below 

To the skies, — 
Like the face of Eastern maid, 
When she lifts the folded shade 

From her eyes ! 



Ah, not in sun or tide 
Doth cheerfulness abide, 

But the heart ; 
When that is tuned aright, 
Each day will open bright, 

So depart. 



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297t. TWO PICTURES. 
I. The Hand. 

(By Sentimental Stephen — at 20.) 

Tell me not that all is fleeting, 

Like the mist of morning sky, 
Like the foam where waves are beating, 

Or the zephja- flitting by. 
Prints there are, Time's hand evading, 

"Which the scenes of earth impart, 
Deep imprest, and as unfading 

As the transports of the heart. 

Once a hand in mine was folded, 

I ne'er prest such hand before ; 
Fair as ever nature moulded, 

T may never grasp it more ; 
But the thrill, the pulses starting, 

Soul may feel, not words express, 
Swift as spark electric, darting 

Rapture to the heart's recess. 

Fixed as thought that hand's impression ; 

Still is felt that thrill of bliss ; 
Oh, how one pure, glad sensation 

Makes an Eden world of this ! 
Soft as sunlight on the mountain 

Rests the impress on the heart ; 
Not the flow of Ganges' fountain 

Holier influence doth impart ! 

Be her share the boon who granted. 

Richest blessings Heaven confers ; 
Ne'er may that fair hand be planted 

In less holy one than hers ; 
But that impress, emblematic. 

Oft will prompt the fervent prayer. 
That some day, with joy ecstatic, 

I such hand for mine may share ! 



208 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

II. Carmen C^elibis. 

{By Flinty-hearted Stephen — later on.) 
" Melius nil ccelibi vita." — Horatius. 



I'm a jolly old Cselebs as ever you met, 

And I live, oh, the happiest life, 
With no one to tease me, to worry and fret, — 

I'd not for the world have a wife. 

How I pity those love-stricken. Hymen-bound souls, 

At forty so wrinkled and gray ; 
Why, my hair (and I'm fifty) is black as a mole's. 

And I've scarcely a wrinkle, they say. 

I repair to my rest with no one to molest, 

And my sleep is as soft as a child's ; 
And when with morn's beams I awake from sweet dreams. 

All nature doth greet me with smiles. 

No infantile rattling, or conjugal battling, 

Intrudes to disturb my repose, 
And with dog and with cat I can cosily chat, 

When tiresome my solitude grows. 

Then, too, with my steed and my gun and a song, 

I can hie to the forest away, 
Nor fear to be chided for staying too long. 

Or that rogues with my papers will play. 

With books in profusion I'm never alone. 

And my heart is e'er fresh as the spring. 
Demanding no favors, indebted to none, 

I'm as free as a bird on the wing ! 

Oh, amid the world's blisses accord unto me 

But the bliss of a bachelor's life ; 
Retired and contented and cheerful and free, 

I'd not for the world have a wife ! 

p. S. LATEST. 

A blithesome bird is wont, in spring. 

To visit the Lodge at even ; 
Once Whip-pnor-Will he used to sing, 

Now screams he, Whip-poor-Stephen ! 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 2O9 

297U. How I Learned to Read. 

EXTRACT FROM ADDRESS BY PROF. L. HUNT (273). 

Bearing in mind that last year [1900] was the initial Old 
Home year for the natives of Maine, I concluded it was my 
duty to make a pilgrimage to my early home — my Birth 
Place in northern Vermont. 

Accordingly, with my sister, a lady friend, and an accom- 
plished lady artist, I set out, and in due time arrived at my 
destination. ' It is a lonely spot, wild with crags and boulders, 
ponds and brooks and woods of cedar and fir, — and not a 
house to be seen in all that region. My log house birth 
place has vanished. But the ground is there, the cellar is 
there, and the encircling rough nature is there. 

The artist took views, made sketches, and the result has 
been a beautiful landscape of my birth place, of ample size, 
and which in the words of Webster — " At the rising of the 
sun, and at the setting of the sun, and in broad day, will 
remind me," that — 

"Mid Gorham's fine houses altho' I may roam, 
Yet ne'er'U be forgotten my Green ^lountain home." 

From this secluded nook in northern \'ermont I emigrated 
when about five years old. Tho' my stay was so brief, with 
life so young, nevertheless, in that short space, many events, 
trifling and childish to be sure, are impressed on my memory 
to-day, as vividly as when they transpired. To one of these 
little incidents I will call your attention for a moment. It 
has reference to my initiation into the mysteries of school 
life, and the method adopted for teaching me to read. 

During the last year of my stay in that region, it occurred 
to my parents, that it was about time to commence my edu- 
cation. Accordingly I was sent to school — quite a primitive 
one indeed — kept in a log house. My elder sister led me 
to the schoolhouse door, opened it and pushed me in. The 



2IO CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. » 

schoolmistress kindly set me on a front seat, with tacit per- 
mission to stare about. This opportunity I improved. I 
stared about. 

In process of time the schoolmistress called me up to read. 
But some unaccountable freak of obstinacy or stupidity, the 
cause of which has been a mystery and a wonder to me ever 
since, took possession of me at that moment, and I refused to 
read. The teacher, a very pleasant young lady, encouraged, 
coaxed, praised, and flattered me, then told me to look at the 
first letter and say — A. I looked at the letter; but I didn't 
say — A. My lips were as firmly closed as ever were Andrew 
Jackson's or those of the Egyptian Sphinx. 

" Now look at that letter," said she again, "and say — A." 
My ey^s obeyed, but my Zips refused. She pointed to B with 
the same result. " There is the letter — 5 — what a funny 
letter ! Now you say — S." Not a sound. " O what a pretty 
letter! That's — 0/ It looks just like your mouth when you 
open it. Now say — O, and see if it don't." Lips firmer 
than ever. Then she called up another boy, and told us both 
to say — A — together. One of us did say it, but it wasn't I. 

This state of affairs remained in s^aif?^ quo for several days, 
till the teacher in despair felt the necessity of appealing to 
the higher ppwers. Accordingly, she reported that instead 
of a satisfactory climb up the Hill of Science, my Alpha- 
betical progress was at a complete standstill at its very foot. 
In response, my mother sent the teacher an invitation to take 
tea with her the next afternoon. The teacher came. The 
supper passed off pleasantly, and when the tea things were 
cleared away, mother bade me go to the teacher. I went. 
"Now," said she, "read." But the demon of obstinacy 
clutched me still. Not a letter. The order was repeated. 
Result — lips glued as if with wax. Eyes staring at the 26 
fearful ABC Darian monsters, standing apparently on each 
other's heads from the bottom to the top of the page. Like 
Foe's Raven, 

"No word was spoken, the silence was unbroken." 



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Finally my mother arose and gave me an invitation to take a 
promenade with her to an adjoining room. I accepted the 
invitation. Perhaps I thought it would be a breach of eti- 
quette to decline. Perhaps not. My memory is somewhat 
confused regarding those few moments. However, I escorted 
my mother to the log parlor, and while there we had a very 
cozy, social time, intensely interesting to one of the parties. 
The conversation was carried on mostly by my mother, who 
made some decidedly cutting remarks accompanied by remark- 
ably striking illustrations. In short, it was a literary sym- 
posium, — very impressive. 

Have any of my hearers ever stopped to consider the 
marvelous effects that follow the application of the oil of 
birch as a cure-all for the ills that boys' flesh is heir to } 
Nothing like it. It makes the lazy lively, the awkward dance, 
the dull smart. It touches the sensibilities — even to tears, 
as was my experience. 

In old Grecian INIythology it was believed that every tree 
had a rural deity that watched over it as its guardian or 
protector, called a dryad or wood-nymph, varying in character 
according to the tree she was destined to protect. The 
nvmph who had the bircJi tree in charge must have been a 
remarkably interesting lady — a lovely lass. A lass she 
must have been, for many a boy has been moved to cry alas ! 
alas ! when anointed with the oil of her tree. The effect in 
tJiis instance was wonderful. I hauled down my flag — of 
obstinacy. I surrendered to the stars and stripes — especially 
the stripes — and I saiv the stars. 

The paralysis was broken, my tongue was loosed. A halo 
or aureole seemed now to be encircling the letter — A — and 
to be sliding down the whole series of those mysterious hier- 
oglyphics. I expressed a desire to read, and after escorting 
my mother back to the front room, I stood once more before 
the schoolmistress. I read — and read again — and still 
again ; — and I found that performance much more interesting 
than the preliminary exercises had been. 



212 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Said mother,— " You'll mind your teacher now, will you ? " 
"Yes, ma'am." "Always.^" "Yes, ma'am." "You'll 
read when she tells you to ? " " Yes, ma'am." " Always .'' " 
"Yes, ma'am." "You love to read, don't you .^ " "Ye — 
yes, ma'am." 

And, ladies and gentlemen, I've been an inveterate reader 
from that day to this, and have tried to be a good boy ever 
since, and I thank the Lord, and /lave thro' life, for his kind- 
ness in blessing me with a mother who knew how to maintain 
strict discipline in her family. 

297V. P^AMiLY OF Simeons Corser (106). 

(from record of E. S. CORSER.) 

Simeon^ (Jesse-*, Simeon^, William', John'), b. in Sutton, 
Can., Oct. II, 1813 ; m. Betsey Morgan, of Sutton, 
Dec, 1835 ; d. at Parishville, N. Y., June 5, 1856. 
Children : 

Hannah Ann^, b. in Sutton, Can., March 28, 1838; d. at Parishville, 

N.Y., June 21, 1871, a. 33. 
WelfJiy Jane^, b. in Sutton, Jan. 4, 1840. 
Richmond Elkins*', h. Sutton, March 2, 1842 ; m. in Pottsdam, N. Y., 

Oct. 29, 1868, Mary Jarvis. Children : 

(1) George Sumner', b. W. Stockholm, N. Y., Aug. 15, 1869. 

(2) Percy Belle"', b. Guthrie Center, la., March 18, 1871 ; m. Ora Dell 
Cahail. Child: Hazen Helen^ (Cahail), b. INleulo, la., Nov. 13, 
1892. 

(3) Laura Ellen'', b. Guthrie Center, la., Sept. 1, 1873; d. March 24, 
1874. 

(4) Nina May'', b. Guthrie Center, Oct. 17, 1875 ; ni. Paul Saltgaver. 
Child : Helen Ruth^ (Saltgaver), b. Harlan, la., April 7, 1901. 

(5) Nellie Leona"', b. Guthrie Center, la., July 15, 1878. 

(6) Helen Elisabeth"', b. Sept. 29, 1880; d. Guthrie Center, March 13, 
1888. 

(7) Dorothy Maude'', b. Aug. 31, 1882. 

Cinder'dla^\ b. Feb. 24, 1847; d. Winthrop, N. Y., April 24, 1900. 
Homer Rice*', b. Sutton, Can., Oct. 4, 1849 ; d. Buckton, N. Y., Dec. 7, 

1897. 
Ellen Sabra''', b. Parishville, June 14, 1852. 
Florence Gertrude^, b. Parishville, Nov. 25, 1854. 




Nellie Leon a " Corser 

Guthrie Center, Iowa 

Age 23—1901 

Richmond Elkins« - Simeon^ — Jesse^ — Simeon=^ 
William^ — John^ 
Page 212 Par. 297V-106-40-27-24 




Sa)u fiKi! her now, will you 



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ma'am." " You'll 
■ Yes, ma'am" "Always?" 
sa'ara." " You love to read, don't yov: ^ e — 

)••:■, Uiij'am." 

And, ladies and gentleniL. : ...:; .. an eteratc reader 

from that day to this, and have tried to be a good boy ever 
since, and 1 thank the Lord, and Jiavc thro' life, for his kind- 
ness in blessing me with a mother who knew how to maintain 
strict discipline in her familv. 

2Q7V. . \ ■■: * k ■■, - > 1! -M ': - f.\ • v^ uRSEfV ( I06). 
(from kK! ■.;;(• <-i '■ .. < C»RSER.) 

Simeon' (Jesse^ binicAi . ' 'n hutton, 

Can., Oct. II, i^foe^-^So^A Sutton. 

Children: 'nriol. — ^mBlIIiW 

Hannah ^««^^fe^t^i^i^90lu^VT(?S .iB^'siS iV'T ^^^ . .u i,>c.> ,j.<., 

N.Y., June -21,1^71, a. ■):). 
Wellliy Jane^, h. in Sutton, Jan. i, Ih.ki. 
Richmond Elkins^ b. Sntioii. iMarch 2, 184'2 ; in. in Pottsdani, N. Y., 

Oct. 29, 1868, Mary Jarvis. Children : 

(1) George Sumner', b. W. Stockholm, N. Y., Aug. 1.5, 1869. 

(2) Percy Belief b. Guthrie Center, Ta., March 18, 1871 ; ra. Ora Dell 
Cahail. Child: Hazen Helen* (Cahail), b. Menlo, la., Nov. 13, 
1892. 

(:]) Laura Ellen', b. Guthrie Center, la., Sept. 1, 1873; d. March 24. 

1874. 
(4) Nina Matf, b. Guthrie Center, Oct. 17, 1875 ; ni. Paul Saltgav^r. 

Child: i/f/.jn /?uM« (.Saltgaver), b. II 1 " " 

(.5) Nellie Leona'', b. Guthrie Center, la 

(6) Helen Elisabeth'', b. Sept. 29, 1880; «. i.utnr .iaroh 13, 
1888. 

(7) Dorothy Maude', b. Aug. 31, 1882. 

Ciuderilla^, b. Feb. 24, 1847; d. VVinthrop, M. Y.. April 24, 1900. 
Homer Rice\ b. Sutton, Can., Oct. I. l'-!!- ; d. liuckton, X. Y., Dec. 7, 

1897. 
Ellen Sahra^, b. Parishville, June i i. i.i)_. 
Florence Gertrude^, b. Parishville, Nov. 25, 1854. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 2 I 3 

297W. A Family Romance, 

COMMUNICATED BY EL\YOOD S. CORSER. 

Introductory Letter. 

Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 15, 1901. 

To S. B. G. Corser, — 

There is an unwritten romance, of 
which I am the present custodian, pertaining to the lives of 
two of our family, in days following the birth of our nation. 
It is in my thought, so tender and sacred a glimpse of a most 
pathetic tragedy, that I have hesitated to make public the old 
manuscripts, which, in October, 1864, after the death of my 
grandmother, Mrs. Judith Burbank Corser, came into my 
possession. She had at her death been for nearly sixty years 
the custodian of the sad story. I give you copies of the two 
letters of Edward and Betsey Corser, the latter only a frag- 
ment, together with that part of the story which is told in 
the endorsements, attached to the letters, written in 1806 by 
Mrs. Sarah Gerald Corser (Edward Corser's mother), and 
the full story written in 1820 by David Corser. 

It seems to me now, that, as all those who were actors in, 
or had personal or contemporary knowledge of, this romance 
and tragedy of those days long since passed, are no longer 
living, this story of our cousins of those early days may prop- 
erly be told and may interest others of our name, as it has 
interested the writer. 

Sincerely yours, 

Elwood S. Corser. 

P. S. I have in many instances modernized the quaint 
spelling, and in some instances slightly changed the form of 
expression, but never changed the thought. 

E. S. C. 



214 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

LETTER OF EDWARD CORSER TO BETSEY CORSER. 

BoscAWEN, N. H., Feb. 26, 1795. 
Dear Cousin Bess : — 

I shall on your i8th birthday send to 
you the little gift which during ten years past has been my 
usual annual remembrance, ever since you were a sweet little 
girl of barely eight years ; and then you were glad when I 
lifted you up to receive the kiss which I was permitted to give 
to you, and to receive a return in like from " My little Sweet- 
heart." 

How well I can recall those years, when I used to have 
you constantly with me in the house, or garden, in the barn 
or the fields, and even in long tramps in the woods for flowers 
in the spring, and for nuts in the autumn. In those days 
you were broken-hearted when I shot the squirrels as they 
were carrying home the beech nuts to their " wives and 
babies," as you always assured me. 

In those days we used to sit for hours together, while I 
told you of the battles of the war for liberty, which had 
been won by the colonists, poor and ragged, and ill supplied, 
pitted against the scarlet-coated British, and their hired 
Hessian allies. Then you would listen with wide opened 
eyes when I spoke of the brave General Warren at Bunker 
Hill, and the gallant Stark at Bennington. I am certain 
that I gave you to understand that the result at Bunker Hill 
depended very much upon the valor of my father, " Corporal 
Corser," and we had some doubt whether he was not really 
high in command. Then you always came in with the 
exploits of your father David at Bennington, and how the 
Hessians " bellowed " when the Yankee riflemen poured their 
fire into their ranks. I can remember that we had in those 
years no name for the Hessians but " Dutchmen." 

It has come about indeed very naturally, that I have 
always loved my sweet cousin and " little sweetheart," but I 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 2 I 5 

knew but little of this until, as you grew to be a tall girl of 
sixteen and no longer had kisses to give, nor would receive 
mine except when you were home and with your mother 
near ; and especially when in the singing school, and the 
church, your voice was so much the sweetest, that I had no 
thought of any other, — that I came to know that you are all 
the world, and more than all the world to me. Then for 
years you were so timid and so shy, and when two years since 
I began to speak to you of my love, you were at first startled 
and told me I was only your big brother, and although you 
have always been kind to me in many sweet ways, you still 
kept from me any hope, until during the past six months you 
have seemed to give me some kinder glances, and in some 
manner, I do not know how, I have come to have hope again, 
that you may yet become what you so sweetly called yourself 
in those past years. 

In a few weeks our birthday, on the nineteenth of March, 
will be here again, and I shall be twenty-six years old and you 
will be eighteen. I do not need to tell you that I love you, and 
have always loved you, for you know it full well, but I beg of you 
to think well of it, and then after you shall have time to answer, 
— for I would not have you pressed nor hurried — you will I beg 
tell me how it shall be. Your love, if it may be mine, wall make 
my life most happy, and I shall ever endeavor to give to you 
all that I may win for you, to make your life still happier 
than now. If I had the eloquent speech which I so admire 
in others, I would tell you all that I have in my thought of 
you, but I do not need to write it, for you know it all, and so 
I send these words, praying that they may find entrance to a 
heart so gentle, that it will not shut its gates and refuse 
entrance to my messenger. 

Your faithful cousin and lover, 

Edward Corser. 



2l6 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

BETSEY CORSER TO EDWARD CORSER. 

A Fragment. 

***** ^ll\ q£ Ig^^g months I have never dreamed 
of you as my lover. I have always remembered those days, 
long ago before I was eight years old, and long before I used 
to follow you through the fields when you came to my 
father's house, and listened with me to the stories of the war, 
which ended in 1783, when I was only six years old ; and I 
can remember that when we learned that peace was come 
again it seemed as if we were all in a new world. In those 
very early years we would sit listening to your father and 
mine talking of the battles, and of the horrid Indian massa- 
cres, till I would be chilled with fright, and I used to creep 
nearer and put my hand in yours for warmth and for protec- 
tion, for when I was six years old and you were fourteen you 
seemed almost a man grown. 

When two years since you began to speak to me of love, I 
was frightened and tried to avoid you, but I know that from 
the first what you said had a strange and powerful fascina- 
tion, and I have always had to hold myself in restraint that I 
should not appear to seek to give you opportunity to speak 
those words I dreaded, and yet longed to hear. 

Then your letter of last February came just three weeks 
before our common birthday. I am certain that while 
that letter was in your thought to be written, it was by 
some hidden mystery also in my constant thought as already 
written. During all the nights of the month before my 
birthday, and before the letter came, I saw it in my dreams, 
always in one form, and identical in its appearance with the 
real form of the letter which came ; and then always in my 
day dreams, I knew it would come, and would come before 
my eighteenth birthday, and although I still struggled against 
an irresistible fate, I knew what the letter would ask, and I 
knew also what my answer would be. 



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I have withheld my answer for weeks, and now it is June, 
and I have seen the reproach in your eyes, and have felt the 
pleadings of my own heart, aching because it has not been 
permitted speech. You shall have an answer. I feel shame 
in my confession, but wliile I have lifted my voice in songs of 
praise to God, I have often feared that you have been the 
heaven-descended person whom my heart has praised. How 
can I — how dare I write this, but how dare I refrain from 
writing it .' And now it shall be as you wish. This beautiful 
June is so lovely that it seems to me a new earth and a new 
heaven have been created for us. 

You ask that when June shall come again I shall come to 
you, and we shall build our own home. It shall be as you 
wish. I know now that I am yours and I cannot refuse 
w-hat you claim. When June comes again, if you shall claim 
me, I shall come to you, with gladness and with song. And 
now, dear Edward, I pray you do not come to me just yet. 
In this letter I have laid bare my soul, and I am shamed and 
must not see you yet. At least give me time to clothe myself 
with my newly confessed love, and then when you shall take 
me in your arms, I shall not be shamed before you. Dear 
one, when we shall meet, I shall have so much to say to you 
that no period short of eternity shall be sufficient for my 
glad unending speech. How can it be that so much gladness 
has come into my life .' Not the birds alone, but the brooks 
also sing a love song, — the leaves whisper it, and the gentle 
south winds breathe it with sweet perfume on my cheek, as 
I sit in the evening moonlight, hiding my blushes when I 
think that all these, and the bright stars, and the sweet 
heaven know of our love, and all are glad with us. 



2l8 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

NOTE BY ELWOOD S. CORSER.' 

Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 15, 1901. 
This foregoing fragment of the letter written by Miss 
Betsey Corser to her cousin lover is all which remains. 
Whether the balance of the letter, its opening and closing 
pages, were lost after the death of Edward, or were lost later, 
when in the keeping of Mrs. Judith Corser, does not appear. 
All that remain to tell the story are the endorsements on the 
wrapper in which the sad drama of the lovers is told. These 
endorsements are as follows : 

written by MRS. SARAH GERALD CORSER. 

BoscAWEN, N. H., 30th of June, 1806 
These two letters are those which were exchanged between 
my dear Edward and the sweet girl he was to have married 
ten long years ago this month. They were found by me on 
his body that fatal morning, the twentieth of March, 1796. 
I have never shown them. I shall send them soon to Judith 
Burbank, who married dear Bess's brother David, in 1801, 
and who was so close a friend of our dear Bess during her 
short, sweet life. 

When these shall come into Judith's keeping, I beg that 
she may shortly afterward send them, at her convenience, to 
Miss Betsey Corser, who was born two years after Bess's 
tragick death and who bears her sister's name. I cannot 
write more of this. I have had no pleasure 'in life since dear 
Edward's death, nor is his name ever spoken in our family. 
Judith Burbank was fifteen years old when this terrible storm 
destroyed our fond hopes, and blotted out these two lovely 
lives, and I pray that she may write the sad story which 
should accompany these sweet letters. My failing health 
warns me that I have not long to live, and I must send them 
to Judith before the end comes. 

(Signed) Sarah Gerald Corser. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 2I9 

SECOND ENDORSEMENT. 

The next endorsement is in the handwriting of David 
Corser, of Ogden, New York, and is as follows : 

WRITTEN BY DAVID AND JUDITH CORSER. 

March, 1820. 
The inclosed papers came to my wife, Judith Burbank 
Corser, in 1807, while we were living in New Hampshire, 
being given to her by Edward's mother, Sarah Corser, wife 
of Samuel Corser. Afterward, as requested by Mrs. Sarah 
Corser, Judith gave them to Miss Betsey Corser, who, having 
been born two years later than the time of her sister Betsey's 
death, and knowing the close and tender friendship which 
existed between Judith Burbank and her sister Betsey, 
returned them to Judith, requesting that she should keep 
them during her life, and should write and preserve the story 
of the tragick death of the lovers. At Judith's request I 
wrote the following brief account of this matter, as remem- 
bered by my wife, who was Betsey's nearest and dearest girl 
friend. 

THE STORY. 

Edward Corser, the second born child of Samuel Corser 
and Sarah Gerald Corser, was born in Boscawen, N. H., 
March 19th, 1769. Eight years later was born, in Boscawen, 
to David Corser and Ruth Blasdell Corser, their oldest 
daughter, Betsey, born March 19, 1777. She was the sister 
of David (the writer hereof), who was born four years later. 
The fact of these children having their birthday on the same 
day and month, and that they were very often together in 
their childhood, caused them to frequently meet in the home 
of Betsey's father, and the)' were always boy and girl lovers 
from early childhood. Edward's father served as a corporal 
in the patriot forces at Bunker Hill, and David as a private 
soldier under Stark at Bennington. The letter of Edward, 



220 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

which his mother preserved, with the fragment of Betsey's 
reply, tell better than any other can tell, the story of the 
cousins' early love. The story of their tragick death needs 
but few words. They had fixed the date of their marriage 
for June, 1796, and it was recalled later, that during the 
months preceding March of that year they seemed even more 
engrossed in each other than is usual with happy lovers. As 
if they were already living, each in the other's life, it was 
remarked that while Edward, hitherto, impetuous and impul- 
sive, even to brusqueness, was refining in the gentle compan- 
ionship of Betsey, she, although losing none of the gentle 
loveliness which endeared her to all who knew her, matured 
in independence and self-expression. 

Betsey was a sweet singer and her musick took on a new 
and most touching sweetness and tenderness. Their common 
birthday came on March 19, and toward the close of that 
day, as the sleighing was fine, they started out with a horse 
and sleigh for a drive. There was some snow falling as they 
left their home, and Betsey's careful mother cautioned them 
not to drive far and to return early. Just after nightfall the 
wind began rising, and the snow fall became heavy. By nine 
in the evening the storm was terrific and blinding, and the 
family of David (Betsey's father) became alarmed at the 
failure of the lovers to return. It was thought, however, they 
had found shelter at the house of Edward, as they had 
planned to call there upon the family before their return. 
Toward midnight the storm began to break, and Betsey's 
father made his way through the drifting snow to the home 
of Samuel. There they found that the missing children had 
not been seen, and a searching party was organized and spread 
out over the country along the roads over which it was 
known they must have driven. Toward dawn, when the light 
permitted objects to be seen, the body of Edward was found 
about one mile from his home, toward which he had made his 
way for relief. Soon after, about a quarter of a mile from 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 22 1 

the body of Edward, was found the overturned sleigh, shel- 
tered by which and carefully wrapped in the sleigh robes by 
the tender hands of her lover, Betsey was found, still living, 
but chilled and nearly unconscious. 

The lovers had made their drive longer than they were 
aware, and when they could not tell the route, the horse 
fallen and helpless, Edward had loosened him from the sleigh 
and started him for home, trusting to the instinct of the 
horse to find his way to David's and so perhaps give the 
alarm there, while he (Edward), first protecting his companion 
as well as possible in the shelter of the overturned sleigh, 
should make his way on foot to his father's home. Unfortu- 
nately the lines were not safely secured, and the horse, 
although he had started direct for home, had entangled the 
lines in some underbrush and was found only a few rods dis- 
tant on his way home. When Edward's body was exhumed 
from the snow in which he lay buried, upon his person were 
found the enclosed letters, which have been preserved as the 
touching story of these unfortunate, but not unhappy lovers. 

So terrible was the shock to Edward's father and mother 
that the mother's death, which followed twelve years later, in 
1808, was directly traced as the slow effect of this tragedy. 
Lest her reason should be overthrown, the sad event was 
never mentioned, at least in her presence, and this apprehen- 
sion accounts for the fact that no stone marks her son's grave, 
nor does there appear any trace of this son in the family 
records ; the few sad lines written by the bereaved mother in 
1806 are all that tell of this son and of the mother's silent, 
despairing sorrow. 

To the stricken girl there came no knowledge of this sad 
ending of the sweet romance until weeks later, when the first 
grass of the opening spring was already carpeting Edward's 
grave. When she was restored to consciousness in her 
father's home, it was to pass at once, without knowledge or 
memory, into the delirium of fever, from which she only 



222 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

recovered to learn of the past and the present, in the early- 
days of the June followmg, in those summer days which had 
been set for her marriage. The knowledge of her loss w^as 
imparted to her by her mother, and so tender was the heart 
to which came this death blow, that even to Judith Burbank, 
who was always by the sick girl's side, the mother could only 
say, " Betsey was already an angel when with her hand in 
mine and her face hidden on my breast she listened to the 
sad story, and I must not repeat to any one the words she 
spoke to me." She rallied from the fever, but she was a del- 
icate girl, with indications of a tendency to consumption, and 
it soon became evident that she would not long be parted 
from the one to whom she had given herself. She lived until 
August 24 following. She rarely spoke of Edward, and 
when she named him it was as if living and near. A sweet- 
ness so perfect and so pervading as to defy expression in words 
marked these closing weeks of her life. We could not tell 
why, but during the last days of her life all those around 
her felt that she was not alone, but that she rested con- 
sciously in Edward's arms, and it did not then seem unreal 
or strange to those of the household who were near her. On 
the evening before her death, when she seemed quite uncon- 
scious, she roused and said plainly, v/ith infinite sweetness 
and pathos : " Yes, P^dward, I am so glad for you that the 
day has come." Toward morning she roused again and sang 
with her own angelic human voice attuned to heaven's melo- 
dies, and then as her voice failed we caught plainl}^ these last 
words : " Edward ! Immortal life ! Immortal love ! " and then 
she passed with Edward to that immortal life — immortal 
love. 

I have told this story sometimes in my own words, but its 
more tender and personal passages are in the words of my 
wife, Judith, and she bids me add that it falls far, very far 
short of the unspeakable sweetness and pathos of the reality. 

(Signed) David Corser. 

Ogden, N. Y., Aug., 1820. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 22 3 

297X. Voyaging Continued, 
With some later passengers, on board the family boat IV. 
& y. Co{u)rser, if you please — iiear akin, peradventiire, to 
the British ship W. //. Corsar, Capt. Brown, of which we 
read some year- iper, as "arriving yester- 

day /("). (^ 1 -. . iom St. John, N. B., hav- 

im :X\ which she broke from her 

: d stranded, but quently 

■ e hope no sue' ' " 

■ii any of her 
futuie. 



JebS Davids Davids 
Ma8>L03'' i4HO| ^ Hewson, Sept. 

France. Eli^abeilv, b. f?e^^'¥;. ^^^^^^^mn-l. 1804. a. 12. 
CaleW, b. April 2, 1884. fOyJ:— 01 3§A 
Jean\ b. Feli. ^S. lS«fi. 

John\h. Aug. 15, ISDI. fflrioj, — ^nAo\ 

01a., " • ;; 7:4!^^£|^Sfeii;€i9-:it^Sl^:i4ia4 8S£ 32Bq 

.■■■(•>> >!!!!■- . .IoMii.*/['honias*),b.U'l;irksvilfe. N. H., .\; 
I.*^), b. in Colebrouk. .N. r 

won first jiiVMiiiiri! r.; 

21:. 

218. .U'l:u 

18!H; /;- 
214. lumina d.' i^Eatitoii). b. Aiarcli 1 

Coll., ^lass., passing through twi 

Mrs. Eddy, and receiving thtJ hoL' i'. S. D. 

29. Edward*, reputed son of (San ''larch 19, 1"'>'' • 

d. March 19, 1796, a. 27. (See 2; f 

155. Frank L.^ (Gnokin), b. June '6, 1>.-1 , .11, Alice Batchejder, of 

•Salisbury, N. H. ; d. Dec. 8, 1898. Chii<] • Roy B.'' (Gookin). 
jt!t. Lizzie /.« (Edwin iiJ% RiceS John«). b. 1863; m., 1885, Justiu 

T. Stevens. Children : Bella' (Stevens) ; Henry Lee' ; Ruth' ; infant. 
196. Gladys^ (Sargent), in., Sept. 19, 190l,GuyCheney, of Franklin, N. H. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 22 3 

297X. Voyaging Continued, 
With some later passengers, on board the family boat PV. 
& /. Co{ii)rscr, if you please— near akin, peradventure, to 
the British ship IV. H. Corsar, Capt. Brown, of which we 
read some years ago, in a London paper, as " arriYing yester- 
day (Oct. 15, 1890), at Liverpool, from St. John, N. B., hav- 
ing encountered a severe gale, in which she broke from her 
moorings, lost her anchors and stranded, but was subsequently 
hauled off by tugs." We hope no such accident will befall 
the American vessel on any of her voyages present or 
future. 

NO. LIST OF names. 

157. Frederic Gardiner^' Corser (Calebs Davids David^ 
John-), b.June 12, 1849; i""- I-ucinda S. Hewson, Sept. 
9, 1880. Children : 

Frances Elisahetli"' , b. Deo. '2i\ 1881 ; d. Nov. 12, 1894. a. 12. 
Caleb', b. April 2, ISSi. 
Jean\ b. Feb. 28, 1886. 
Frederic', b. June 9, 1888. 
John', b. Aug. 15, 1891. 

219a. Marion Louise"^, b. March 28, 1898. 

113. Henry /.6(John5, Jona.*, Thomas3),b.Clarksville, N. H., April 5,1848. 

113. William B.' (Henry J.6), b. in Colebrook, X. H., JMarch 14, 1877 ; 

farmer in Holderness ; won first premium on Shropshire sheep 

at Fair in Plymouth, 1901. 
212. LeRoy Webster^ (Curamings), b. 1879. 

212. Margaret Fairbanks'^ (Cummings), b. 1885. 

213. Arthur Ingraham', ra. Nellie Hughes. Children : Arthur I.^, b. 
1894; Leonard^, b. 1896. 

214. Emma G.' (Easton), b. March 1, 1872 ; studied at the Metaphj'sical 
Coll., ^lass., passing through two classes under the instruction of 
]\Irs. Eddy, and receiving the honorary degree of C. S. D. 

29. Edward\ reputed son of (SamueP, John'-^), b. March 19, 1769 ; 

d. March 19, 1796, a. 27. (See 297w.) 
155. Frank L.^ (Gookin), b. June 3, 1851 ; m. Alice Batchelder, of 

Salisbury, N. H. ; d. Dec. 8, 1898. Child : Roy BJ (Gookin). 
149. Lizzie I.^ (Edwin G.^, Rice*, John^), b. 1863; m., 1885, Justin 

T. Stevens. Children : Bella' (Stevens) ; Henry Lee' ; Ruth' ; infant. 
196. Gladys^ (Sargent), m., Sept. 19, 1901,Guy Cheney, of Franklin, X. H. 



224 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

298. HO! FOR THE MOUNTAINS. 

THE MOUNTAIN CALL. 

(Stanzas to Brevis.) 



Kearsarge a kindly greeting sends. 
His dinner bell rings out, sir ; 

Come, let us climb his breezy slopes, 
And taste the mountain trout, sir. 



Our ancient friend, the Profile man, 
Proud of his crystal lake, sir, 

Cries, Come and try my looking-glass, 
And here your toilet make. sir. 



And from afar calls Washington, 
In accents shrill and loud, sir, — 

Mount hither to my lofty perch, 
And touch at length the clouds, sir. 



And Conway shouteth down the vale. 
And green are Saco's banks, sir ; 

Come, let us strike our tents and join 
The hill-ward marching ranks, sir. 



Letter from Long to Short, 
plymouth to mt. washington. 

Mt. Washington, Aug. 29, '79. 
Bnouo Fratello into, — 

We arrived last evening, 01 route from 
The Weirs, at the thriving village of Plymouth. This morn- 
ing, at 7.30, we stepped on board the waiting train, bound 
for Fabyan's and cloudland. Now we are whirling up the 
pleasant valley of 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 22$ 



BAKER S RIVER, 



admiring its fine farms and broad meadows ; now plunging 
through its thick fog-blanket — a chronic complaint, it would 
seem, with this stream, at least hereabouts. Now, crossing 
the Wentworth border, we wind around the wooded slopes of 

c.\rr's mt., 

flying onward almost in the eye of the regal Mooselauke, 
"Benton's hoar sentinel," the hotel upon whose top we look 
back and see boldl}' outlined upon the sky. And now, clear- 
ing the summit at Warren, we shoot downwards, past the 
precipitous cliffs of Owl's Head (in Benton), famed for its 
blueberries, past the peak of Sugar-Loaf, w^ithout coveting 
its sweets, and gliding through the pleasant villages of Haver- 
hill, and across the Connecticut, bring up at length at the 
airy junction-station of 

WELLS river. 

Here we have to wait an hour for the arrival of the train 
from Saratoga, patronizing the restaurant meanwhile, and 
"doing" with bird's eye lens Wrmont ; then back again 
across the river, and up the banks of the wild Ammonoosuc, 
the snorting steam horse pants. We soon become conscious 
of a mighty barrier looming heavenward on our right ; it is the 
Franconia range ; that proud peak lording it over all we know 
to be 

LAFAYETTE ; 

and we begin to realize at length that we are getting among 
the mountains. 

Here our ideas somehow become confused. Objects seem to 
jostle each other, and waltz by as in a dream. Hills and forests 
and rocks and streams and squeaks and jolts and bright eyes 
and raven tresses and the man who has been switching off onto 
the narrow-gauge road for the last half hour or so till nobody 



226 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

is much concerned if he gets smashed up on it — all get 
strangely tangled together. * * * And in less time, 
seemingly, than it takes to tell it, we find ourselves whirling 
up the 

WING ROAD, 

halting now at the Bethlehem station, where we look up at 
the observatory on the hill, and see the narrow-gauge man 
switched off onto his pet road, bound for the Profile House 
(sorry we can't stop this time to 

" Gaze on the face of the old, old Man, 
The chill Flume's rocky rampart scan. 
And sail on the crystal Echo Lake ! " ) 

— now flitting by the forest-crowned heights of the Twin 
Mts., and now, with lessening speed, gliding gently to our 
terminus at 

FAB van's station. 

We alight amidst a crowd, look across at Fabyan's, then 
turn our eyes upward to the everlasting Hills, to Washington 
and his compeers, which stand out there before us in all their 
peerless, unclouded majesty. We instinctively take off our 
hat — no, it isn't to the graceful Juno smiling down upon us 

— and feast our eyes upon the glorious vision. 

BOUND FOR THE SUMMIT. 

Time, 2 o'clock, p. m. At 4 the train vvill start for the 
summit. We were not long in making up our mind to test 
the substantial qualities of Jacob's Ladder, and take a look 
at the moon, and haply see the sun rise from the tip-top 
station. * Procuring our tickets (^56), half an hour later 
found us at the lower terminus of the Mountain R. R. — 6 
miles beyond and 1,200 feet higher than P'abyan's. From 
this point the mountain rises 3,625 feet, and the 3 miles of 
railroad about one foot in 4 — at one point 



supplementary. 22/ 

(Jacob's ladder, 

which is a trestle 30 feet high and 300 feet long), i i-8 feet 
in 3. The car is pushed up by the locomotive, by means of 
a large cog-wheel working in a central cog-rail. Every pro- 
vision is made for safety, and not a passenger thns far has 
sustained injury. There were enough of us (about 50) to 
make up two trains, and the ascent, including two stops for 
water, was made in about i 1-2 hours. 

THIN CLOUDS 

were drifting over some of the lower summits as we started, 
but the sky above Mt. Washington was clear. By the time 
we had reached the top, however, the old President had got 
into his night cap, and though he doffed it for a while after 
dark, by the next morning he had got it over his ears double- 
lined and furred. Of course the chance to see the sun rise 
was nowhere. 

THE VIEW 

which opened upon us as we crept upward — so wild, so vast, 
so varied, so unspeakably beautiful, so transcendently glorious, 
so like a vision divine — we will not belittle by an attempt to 
describe further. * I wish you could have seen the eyes of 
the uninitiated dilate and gljsten as we rose towards the apex ; 
it would have been a study for a painter. — " Five minutes' 
stop," says the conductor, " at the 

GULF OF MEXICO." 

We leave the car, and peep dov^n into a wild ravine hundreds 
of feet deep, separating Washington from Clay and Jefferson. 
Some of our company roll down stones, which we cannot stop 
to see reach the bottom. About forty rods from the top we 
pass the monument of Lizzie Bourne. From this point 
onward we are literally " among the clouds." 



228 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

AT THE TIP-TOP. 

A good fire, kept constantly burning, awaited our arrival at 
the Summit House. We found a stiff breeze blowing, which 
increased during the night, whistling round the windows like 
a wintry blast. There are now 8 buildings here, including 
the Hotel (built in 1872 — three stories high — heated by 
steam — with accommodations for 200 guests). The moon 
was near its full, and shone brightly about 9 o'clock. The 
rare spectacle of a 

LUNAR RAINBOW 

appeared two or three times. " Lovely ! beautiful ! " was 
the echo from more lovely lips. A telescope revealed two 
of the moons of Jupiter ; one man thought he could see five ! 
It wasn't the man either who complained of being tipsy on 
account of the rarefaction of the air. Said he — " I've come 
here all the way from New York. It will cost me and my 
wife [who, by the way, rode up on horseback 27 years before] 
$24 for this single day's jaunt. And here we are all 
in a fog. And my head is all in a buzz — tipsy, sir, tipsy. 
And look at these people — nobody of much intelligence 
here, eh } You don't catch me here again." The Hotel 
charges are $4.50 a night, two meals included, which you are 
expected to take and pay for, and pay for if you don't take. 
We were favored with some splendid views in coming down 
the mountain, which we cannot stop to describe, as the order 
was imperative to move on to Crawford's, near the head of 
the Notch, whence we proposed to make the ascent of Mt. 
Willard. 

Fraternally, 

Long. 



supplementary. 229 

299. Crawford's to Portland — Letter Continued. 
I am not aware that you ever ascended 

MT. WILLARD 

if not, when you go through the mountains again, do not fail 
to do so. It stands just at the entrance of the Notch, rising 
2,000 feet above Crawford's, and from its top, as from a grand 
observatory, is obtained the finest view of the Notch Valley 
imaginable. An excellent carriage road, two miles in length, 
leads to the summit. It is also easily ascended on foot, by 
ladies as well as by gentlemen. Our party (self and sisters) 
made the ascent in this manner, taking it leisurely, the 
" round trip " occupying two and one-half hours. Other par- 
ties, of both sexes, made much better time. 

The top, at the point of lookout, is bare of trees, and the 
southern face, that fronting the Notch, is a vast precipice. 
The view, extending down the Notch for several miles, with 

MT. WILLEY 

towering on the right, and the gloomy Webster on the left, 
is a perfect picture; one, too, of exceeding beauty. "As a 
simple picture of a mountain pass," says Bayard Taylor, 
"seen from above, it cannot be surpassed in Switzerland." 
The Flume and Silver Cascade on Mt. Webster, the carriage- 
road winding below, the old 

WILLEY house 

in the distance, the track of the Portland & Ogdensburg 
R. R. running along the face of Mt. Willey, 300 feet above 
the valley, with other objects of interest, are distinctly visible. 
Nor, as the ladies are pleased to remind us, must we omit 
to mention the delicate mountain harebells which grow here 
in profusion, and which fair hands delight to gather as pleas- 
ant mementoes of the excursion. 



230 CORSER FAMILY* IN AMERICA. 

AT Crawford's. 
Descending the mountain at 12 o'clock, we remained at 
Crawford's till 3, p. m., wandering and picnicking in the 
pleasant grove adjacent ; admiring the little pond, the head- 
waters of the Saco, with its pretty nook of " Idlewild " on 
the further edge ; looking whither a guide-board pointed, 
saying, 

beecher's falls — 

a cascade on Mt. Lincoln, with about water enough, a face- 
tious gent informed us, " to run through a boot-leg " ; studying 
the massive summits on either hand ; enjoying, in fine, what- 
ever there was of beautiful and charming in the surroundings 
of this luxurious hotel. 

We here met a venerable gentleman, who, on learning our 
place of residence, began to talk about Salisbury, saying he 
was a native of that town. We inquired his name. 

"JOEL EASTMAN," 

he replied. "The representative to Congress.''" we asked 
(tripping here a little). " Not exactly that." " Well, the 
man who ought to have been." " That was for the people to 
say." The veteran of the law is 82 years of age, and hale 
and vigorous as many a man ten years his junior. He said 
he was more of a farmer now than lawyer ; and afterwards, 
as we rode down with him in the cars, pointed out to us his 
big farm in North Conway. We presently found him at the 
depot enjoying a quiet cigar. Directly a robust old man, 
with very long hair and beard, came down from the hotel. 
This was 

EDWARD MELCHER, 

who lived in Bartlett at the time of the Willey slide (Aug. 
28, 1826), and was one of the first on the grouwd after that 
catastrophe, assisting in taking from the ruins the first two 
bodies that were found. " What is your age, Mr. Melcher.''" 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 23 1 

inquired the lawyer, after discovering that they knew each 
other well towards half a century ago. " Eighty-two years." 
" My age exactly. And what do you do for a living ? " "I 
am a carpenter, sir ; w-ork right along every day, and can lift 
the heavy end of a beam with any of them. Have just 
walked 30 miles from Lancaster down, and can do it again." 
" I give it up, you can beat me. But why do you let your 
hair grow so long .'' " Taking off his hat by way of reply, 
and revealing a mass of hair nearly a foot in length, very 
thick, and but slightly sprinkled with gray, "What do you 
think of that ? " said Mr. M. Whereupon the sage of Conway, 
who is quite bald, lifted his tile, and waggishly repeated, 
"What do you think of that .^ " A tableau vivant, which 
amused the spectators not a little. 

But our time is up. We can hear the whistle of the 
approaching train, and behold us presently "all aboard " for 
Portland. Down we speed 

THROUGH THE NOTCH, 

expectation all on tip-toe, as the conductor announces to us 
the various objects of interest on our route, which have been 
the wonder and delight of all tourists. We enter the " Gate" 
through a stupendous cut, 50 feet deep, in the solid rock-face 
of Mt. Willard. Directly the valley opens between the 
frowning walls of Mt. Willey and Mt. Webster, as before 
mentioned, the sides of the latter deepl)' furrowed by the 
beautiful cascades forever whitening down its cliffs. Soon we 
are passing the 

IRON GIRDER BRIDGE 

spanning the ravine of Willey brook (rising in Mt. Willard), 
140 feet long and 85 feet high. Far below, through an open- 
ing in the trees, we presently see the red (rear) walls of the 
old AVilley House. A few miles further on we pass the 



232 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

FRANKENSTEIN CLIFF, 

just beyond which, crossing a dry ravine, is the famous trestle 
of same name, 30 rods in length and 75 feet high, resting 
on a giddy net-work of iron rods — a wonderful work of 
mechanical skill. Lofty mountains continue to frown upon 
us on either hand ; and as the beholder gazes with awe upon 
the scene, he is filled with wonder at the daring nature of the 
enterprise which resulted in putting a railroad through this 
wild defile. 

At Bartlett we catch a glimpse of the big boulder near the 
Glen Station. Soon the pointed summit of 

PEQUAWKET MT., 

alias Kiarsarge, in Chatham (3,400 feet high), crowned with 
its hotel, appears cleaving the sky on our left. The attrac- 
tions of North Conway (where, or in whose vicinity, we 
remembered that Rev. Enoch Corser preached some of his 
first sermons more than 60 years before — the same perhaps 
that Rev. Mr. Price went to sleep over, when read to him in 
his study by the young student of divinity), as viewed from 
our sitting-point in the cars, we pass over as a conundrum. 
At Hiram our attention is called to the famous falls of the 
Saco at this point, whose waters we behold coming down o\'er 
the rocks in sheets of foam. Now we arrive at the beautiful 

SEBAGO LAKE — 

the rival of Winnipiseogee — an arm of which we cross. 
[Note. — We have enjoyed, we may remark, zn transitu, two 
boat rides on this famous lake — the one, a short excursion, 
in 1853, while wielding the birchen sceptre in Standish, Me. ; 
the second in Aug., 1 894 — friends accompanying. Prof. 
Hunt and lady, and Mrs. Adeline G. Pillsbury — this time 
crossing the lake, some 14 miles, and passing up the Songo 
River — as crooked a stream perhaps as can be found — 
advancing two miles, as the crow flies, in thrice as many 




MRS. SARAH G. PILI.SBURY. MRS. ADELINE G. PILLSBURY. 

MR. S. B. G. CORSER (72). 

{Taken at Old Orchard, Me., Aug. 22, 1900. Chamberlain Photographer.) 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 233 

miles of crookedness ; then across the bay of Naples two 
miles, and finally up Long Lake some 9 miles further to Har- 
rison at its head ; not stopping at Bridgeton, on the way, to 
greet our kinsman, Lorenzo*^ Corser (192a), whose " name 
and fame" had not then materialized to our observation. Of 
the " sweetly sinuous Songo," Longfellow thus sings : 

" Nowhere such a devious stream, 
Save iu fancy or in dream, 
Winding slow through bush and brake, 
Links together lake and lake."] 

An hour or two later found us at the end of our day's jour- 
ney, in Portland, where behold us debarking in the rain 
about dusk, and taking " mine ease in mine inn " at the quiet 

City Hotel, ere — 

Long. 

300. Portland — Munjoy Hill. 

Portland, Aug. JO, iSjg. — * * Yonder is Munjoy 
Hill, whither, after a short stroll about the city, we direct our 
steps, to obtain a view from the observatory — unsurpassed, 
a conspicuous notice informs us, " for beauty and variety 
by any in the world." The building is 70 feet high, and was 
erected 72 years ago — on the site of old Lort Sumner. For 
15 cents we are admitted to the cupola. A splendid pano- 
rama is unfolded before us. On the one hand are seen, loom- 
ing dim in the distance, the peaks of the White Mts. ; on 
the other we look far out to sea, over the beautiful islands 
which stud the harbor and bay, across Cape Elisabeth, and 
beyond the Portland light. Right before us is Cushing's 
island, the largest in the harbor, and a favorite place of resort 
in summer, with its famous Ottawa House, fine beaches for 
bathing, and magnificent ocean views. A steamer plies daily 
among the islands, at the low price of 10 cents for the round 
trip. Yonder, on Cape Elisabeth, is 

16 



234 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

FORT PREBLE. 

You will remember, comrade mine, how, 26 years ago, we 
went over there in one of our pedagogic escapades, to see the 
guns, and how we tested their calibre by thrusting our caputs 
— " Tiium non menin," diets? N'importe, totwn idem — into 
their cavernous throats ! And away there to the right of us, 1 5 
miles, is 

OLD ORCHARD, 

"happy, fair Old Orchard," where we hope soon to be lulled 
to sleep by the wild waves' serenade. Below us to the west 
and south, beautiful as a bride in her summer drapery, with 
her 32 churches, and 20 spires which we can count, lies the 
queenly city. Far inland, through a telescope suspended 
above us, we can literally " survey the landscape o'er," "from 
China to Peru ! " I need not tell the author of the great 
geography (to be), that China is only about 60 miles from 
here. And don't we know that Naples and its charming bay 
are scarcely half that distance } 

Presently a brig appears in the offing over Cape Elisabeth 
with sails full set, though apparently motionless. Up flies the 
signal flag far above our heads, and soon we hear the tinkling 
of the little bell calling the keeper — T. P. Thorndike, an 
old sailor and very obliging withal — to the telephone to 
respond to the swift enquiries coming from various parts of 
the city, as to the character of the vessel. * * But 
enough for the present. To-morrow we hope to be in Old 
Orchard, when you may perhaps hear again from 

Long. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 235 

300a. THE HAPPY MAX. 
An Estray put into Fetters — Bij Ralph. 

An eastern Caliph, at whose board 

A wise man sat, though richly blest 
With all that fame and wealth afford, 

Complained of ennui to his guest. 

" Go, find the man," replied the sage, 

" Whose life from care is wholly free ; 
Change shirts with him, and I'll engage, 

That you a happy man will be." 

" 'Tis good," the caliph answered straight ; 

"I'll search the country far and wide." 
But long he searched, and long did wait. 

Before a happy man he spied. 

At length he found the man he sought ; 

Ah, then the caliph's heart was glad. 
Alas ! his triumph was but short — 

No shirt the happy .fellow had ! 



301. Letter from Henry — 
after\yards yice-president wilson {72). 

Natick, Jan. 13, 1S38. 
My dear Friend, — 

I receiYcd a few days since your letter, 
which was sent to Farmington, and then forwarded to this 
place. I had looked for it long ; late, indeed, it came, but it 
came most welcome ; it came from a friend for whom I feel a 
strong attachment. 

It gives me much pleasure to hear that you are pleased with 
your college life. I wish that I could be one of your asso- 
ciates there. 



236 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Perhaps you would like to hear how I have spent my time 
since you left Concord. Well, I spent the summer term at 
that place, and then went to Wolfborough, where I attended 
school nine weeks, and then came here, where I am now 
teaching school. I have quite a large school — consisting of 
more than 80 scholars. You see I have enough to do. Have 
about 25 classes in school, besides reading classes. The people 
said, when I commenced, that I should have a hard one to 
govern, but I find no trouble. 

About the exhibition, at Concord, last summer — it passed 
off very well, but I do not think it was anything ^rm/ — not 
better than the one we had in the spring. As for Miss 
X , I may say I did xiO\. fancy Jier much. 

You speak of the death of my friend Roberts. He was a 
noble young man — one of the most talented. He called 
upon me when he came from Hanover, spending the night 
here. He was then quite unwell. We parted, hoping soon 
to meet again. * * In a few days the painful news came, 
that he was no more. Painful intelligence, indeed, to me. 
Many pleasant hours we had spent together. Never had I 
been so much attached to any young man. But he is gone. 
All his bright prospects are laid in the grave. A few more 
years, months, days, and we, too, shall be no more. May we 
so live as to be remembered by our friends when we are 
gone. 

I hope you will again write me when you return to Hano- 
ver. We may never meet again, but I hope we shall never 
forget each other — [or, he might well have added, the pleas- 
ant acquaintances we formed at our old boarding-place on 
Centre street, Joseph Grover, landlord ; or our more varied 
experiences, memorable indeed — if sometimes comical to a 
degree — for their far-reaching influence upon our life-careers, 
as our distinguished friend and former schoolmate, Hon. John 
Kimball, even then (or promising soon to be) the tallest of us 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 23/ 

all, can bear witness, — on and off the stage of the old Con- 
cord Literary Institution]. As to my future movements, I 
expect to spend the year here, or go to the West. * * 

I remain your friend, 

H. Wilson. 

Mr. S. B. G. Corser, 

Sanbornton Bridge, N. H. 

P. S. The Whigs go ahead finely. 

302. Family of Francis Sylvester^ Corser (157). 

Francis Sylvester'' (Caleb^, David-*, David^, John-, John'), 
b. in Gates, N. Y., July 12, 1833 J ^y July 23, 1872, at 
Rome, Queensland, Austral., IMrs. Elisabeth A. (Bartle) 
Crase, who was b. in Cornwall, Eng., Oct. 31, 1846. 
Children : 

John Elwood'. b. June 9, 1873, at Westwood. Queensland, Austral. ; d. 
March 20, 1876, in Queensland. 

Henry Spencer', b. Oct. 21, lS7Jr, at Rocky Creek, Queensland, Aus- 
tral. ; m., July 25, 1897, at Manchester, X. Y., Grace Amina, dau. 
of Levi W. and Zilphia (Moore) Totnian. Children : Levi Spencer^, 
b. Bristol Center, N. Y., March 24, 1898 ; Helen Zilphia^, b. Bristol 
Center, X. Y., Xov. 8, 1899. 

Helen Henrietta', b. Dec. 18, 1876, at Rockhanipton, Queensland, Aus- 
tral. ; d. June 16. 1892, at Academy, N. Y., a. 15. 

William Frederic', b. Oct. 10, 1878, at Rochester, X. Y. 

Austin David'', b. Jan. 19, 1882, at Rochester, X. Y. 

Emily Louisa'', b. Rochester, X. Y., March 25, 1875. 

Elwood Sylvester, b. Rochester, X. Y.. Xov. 22, 1887 ; d. at Rochester, 
Aug. 1, 1888. 



238 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

303. HYMN TO ALCYONE, 

The supposed (at one time) Central Sun — embodying, for substance, 
a speculation not improbabl}' true in theory, to whatever mighty orb 
pertaining. 

(by a youthful student of astronomy.) 
" The undevout astronomer is mad." 

Queen of the Seven Stars, Alcyone ! 

Eldest and fairest of old Atlas' race ; 
Whose virgin cluster, and as brightest, thee, 

]My infant vision soonest learned to trace ; 
Led by the compass of thy lucid train, 
Old Athens' navies ploughed the trackless main. 

Virgin of bloom and beauty, Qneen of Spring ! 

Ah, vs^ho thy genial influences can bind ?. 
Who cloud the splendors wafted on thy wing, 

Or pale the blossoms round thy brow entwined? 
Pride of the vernal year, we own thy. sway. 
And hail as Empire-Star the star of May. 

Queen of the heavenly host ! — and art thou found ? 

Whose mighty orb, poised in unfathomed space, 
Ten thousand thousand systems circle round. 

Far as the eye or telescope can trace ! 
And must proud Sirius yield — his flaming car 
Hence glide obsequious to thysceptered Star? 

Thou Central Sun ! ah, who shall span thy blaze? 

Or speak the power that waits upon thy nod? 
Thy distance calculate, or count the days. 

Since thou wast rounded in the hand of God ? 
Conception staggers at the thought of thee, 
And space dilates into infinity. 

Nor stops the bold tho' wildered Fancy here. 

If worlds unnumbered thy vast empire sways, 
Where rests the center of thy boundless sphere, — 

The point the wheeling universe obeys ? 
Thou and thy million sister-suns unknown. 
With choral music circle ve God's throne? 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 239 

Father of Lights, and Architect supreme ! 

Who callest worlds from nothing by a nod, 
To whom but as one day a thousand seem, 

If such thy works, wliat then, art thou, O God ! 
And what is man, amidst thy glory's blaze, 
That thou shouldst deign to listen when he prays ! 



:304. tup: stranger MAID. 

(from the GERMAN OF SCHILLER.) 

Once, in a vale, with humble swains, 
.\s oft as spring her charms displayed, 

When poured the lark his earliest strains, 
Appeared a fair and wondrous maid. 

The vale was not her native place ; 

From whence she came no mortal knew ; 
And none could e'er her footsteps trace, 

When, done her errand, she withdi'ew. 

PLach bosom swelled with joy serene. 
Where'er she shed her blissful ray , 

And yet her lofty air and mien 
Repelled intruders far away. 

Rich stores of flowers and fruits she brought. 
Matured and plucked in distant fields ; 

Another sun illumes the spot, 

Such gifts a happier nature yields. 

ller treasures wide the maiden spread ; 

To some gave fruits and flowers to some ; 
And youth and age with hoary head 

Returned not unrewarded home. 

Welcome, indeed, was every guest; 

But did she meet some loving pair, 
'Twas theirs, of all her gifts the best, 

And loveliest of her flowers, to share. 



Hafiz. 



240 corser family in america. 

305. The Hale Family. — 

Some of the descendants of Robert Hale, of Charlestown, 
Mass. 

Sir Nicholas de Hales, of Hales-Place, Holden, Kent Co., 
Eng., brother of Sir Robert, Lord High Treasurer of 
Eng., who was murdered on Tower Hill by Wat Tyler's 
mob, was the ancestor of three branches of the name 
(de Hales, Hales, or Hale), found severally m Kent, 
Coventry, and Essex counties, Eng. 

I. 

Robert' Hale was a scion of the Kentish branch, and 

came to Mass., in 1630 ; joined the church in Boston ; 

settled, 1632, in Charlestown, becoming Dea. of the 

church there ; blacksmith and land-surveyor by trade ; 

d. July 19, 1659 ; rn- Joanna . Children : 

John^, b. 1636. (2) 

Mary'^. Zecharialfi. Samuel'^. Joanna'^, b. 1648. 

2 (I). 

JoHN% Rev. (Robert'), b. June 3, 1636 ; graduated at Har- 
vard Coll. ; settled in Beverly, Mass. (first minister), 
1667 ; engaged in the crusade against witches, till his 
wife was accused, which opened his eyes. He m., ist, 
Rebecca Byles ; 2d, Sarah, dau. of Rev. James Noyes, 
of Newbury, 1684; 3d, Mrs. Elisabeth (Somerby) 
Clark, of N. Children : 

Rebecca^. ' Roherfi. 

Jamesfi (2d wife), b. 1685; minister at Ashford, Conn. 

Samuel^, b. 1687. (3) 

Joanncfl. Johrfl, drowned in AVells River. 

3 (2). 
Samuel^ (John^ Robert'), b. in Beverly, Mass., Aug. 13, 
1687 ; settled in Newbury, whence he removed to 
Portsmouth, N. H., where he d. ; m. Apphia Moody, of 
N. Children : 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 24 I 

Joanna*, h. June, 1715; ni. Stephen Gerrish, of Roscawen, N. H., 

1741. (See Gerrish family, 297i-.) 

Richard*, b. 1717. (4) 

Samuel*, b. 1718. - (5) 
Hannah*, b. Jan. 24, 1720 ; in. Joseph Atkinson, of Newbury, after- 
wards of Boscawen, N. 11., 1744 ; d. in B., 1791. 

John*, b. 1722. (6) 

4 (3). 

Richard^ (Samuel^ John^ Robert'), b. in Newbury, 1717; 
moved to Coventry, Conn. ; m., ist, Elisabeth Strong, 
by whom he had 12 children, of whom the 6th was 
NatJian^, b. June 6, 1755, "the brave martyr spy of the 
American Revolution," executed in New York City, 
.Sept. 22, 1776. 

5 (3). 

Samuel" {SamueP, John", Robert'), b. in Newbury, 1718 ; 
grad. Harv. Coll., 1740 ; teacher in Portsmouth, N. H., 
for many years ; served in the old French War ; Judge 
of Court of Common Pleas. Children : 

SamueV>, lived in Barrington, N. H. 

Roberl°, lived in Barrington. 

John^, tutor at Harvard, 1781 to 1786. 

William^, of Dover, X. H. ; b. 1756 ; d. 1848 ; Rep. in Cong. 6 years. 

6(3)- 

John" (Samuel^, John% Robert"), b. in Newbury, 1722 ; lived 
in Gloucester, Mass. ; d. about 1787. Children: 

5a??M<e/5, settled in Portsmouth, N. H. ; m. Lydia Parker; Mas the 
father of John Parker*', who settled in Rochester, X. H., and grand- 
father of John P.", of Dover, Rep. to Cong., U. S. Senator, and 
Minister to Spain, who d. in 1873. 

John°. Benjamin^. Ebenezer^. 

Jane^. Sally^. Hannah^. 



242 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

306. BONNY EAGLE POND. 

A MEMORY. 



A charming little body of water this, " navelled in the woody hills " 
of a pleasant town in Maine, not far from " Sebago's lonely lake " — as 
Whittier sings ; not so lonely now, sin oe the iron horse has tramped along 
its borders. 



Sweet bonny lakelet ! sleeping 
In thy rock-environed nest. 

With thy fringe of pines and maples 
Reflected on thy breast ; 

With thy bits of glistening beaches. 
Which thy crystal waters bind ; — 

Like a sparkling gem thou liest 
In my heart of hearts enshrined. 

Twice twenty years have vanished. 
Since, discoursing dreamy lore, 

I and the famed Professor 
Stood on thy smiling shore. 

Then life was in its spring-time. 
The future glowing bright, 

And we bnilt us towering castles, 
That charming summer night! 

Castles of wondrous wisdom, 

Of fame, and wealth, and power. 

Nor thought our fabrics fleeting 
As that rosy twilight hour. 

Alas for man's devices ! 

The prey of time and change ! 
But One, the great Disposer, 

Our life-lots can arrange. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 243 

Yet thou, sweet Bonny Eagle, 

Though apace the years have fled. 
And my airy towers have tumbled. 

And the snows are on mv head ; 



As in the glass of memory 
I look on thee to-day, 

Thou art not changed, I fancy, 
And changest not for aye. 



Thy waters still are sparkling. 

And the green woods girt thee round, 

And on thy glistening beaches 
The pilgrim's step is found ; 



And still thou sujil'st to heaven. 

And hast cheer for man in store, 
As when the wild wood-ranger 

First lingered on thy shore. 

Hafiz. 



307. PARTIAL GENEALOGY 

Of the Corser Family (Darlaston Branch) in England, as 
corrected by C. W. S. Corser, of Cleveden, Eng. (See imper- 
fect sketch ^;//t', p. ii.) 

I. 

John Corser, of Darlaston, Salop, Eng. ; d. 1723. Child : 

John^, d. 1770. (2) 

2(1). 

John'' (John'), attorney, d. at Whitchurch, Salop, Oct. 19, 
1770, a. 74. Child : 

George^, b. 1719. (3) 



244 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

3 (2). 
George^ (John% John'), b. at Whitchurch, 17 19; m. Mary 
Norcross. Children : 

John^, d. without issue. 

George'^ (the George^ of oui- list on p. 11). (4) 

Mary*, m. Thomas Salt, of Rugeley. 

Richard^, rii. 1789. (5) 

Anne*. 

Margaret^. 

Seiina Maria*. 

4(3). 

George^ (George^ John% John'), b. 1755 ; m. Martha 
Phythian. Children : 

Man/. 

John^ b. 1787. (6) 

Anne^, d. in infancy. 

Seiina^, m. Rev. W. Hughes. Children : one son and two daughters. 

George^, b. 1791. (7) 

Thoma^^, b. 1793. (8) 

Letitia^. 

Samuel Sandford^. 

5 (3)- 
Richard'* (George^ John%John'), m., 1789, Amelia Herd- 
man. Children : 

Margaret^, b. 1790. 

Mary M.^ Amelia^. Enima^. 

Roberi-, b. 1795. (9) 

Anne^, m. her cousin, John Corser^. 

Henry^, m. Caroline Saxton. Child : son, died in infancy. 

Eliza^. Alice^, d. in infancy. 

Richard^, d. in infancy. 

6(4)- 

John5 (George'*, George^ John-, John'), b. March 27, 1787; 

d. Sept. 19, 1822, a. 35 ; m. Anne^, dau. of Richard"* 

Corser. Children : 

John^, d. in infancy. 

George Sandford^ h. 1819. (10) 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 245 

7(4). 

George^ (GeorgeS George^, John% John"), b. 1791 ; m- 
Frances, dau. of John and Jane Clay, of Whitchurch. 
Child : 
Frances Selina^, b. 1S27 ; in. Rev. H. H. Price. 

8(4). 

THOMAS5, Rev. (Georges George^ John% John"), b. 1793; 
m. Ellen, dau. of Rev. James Lyon, of Prestwich ; d. at 
Stand, 1876. (See sketch of his life, No. iic.) Children: 

George James^ d. ISS-i. ^ ^ 

Mary EUen^, m. Rev. Richard K.« Corser. 

Edmund (not Edward, as stated on page 11) Norcross% settled m New 
Zealand. 

9(5). 

Roberts (Richard^ George^, JohnS John'), b. i795 . m. Ann 
Burgess, of London. Children : 

(10) 

Richard Kidston^ "^ "' 

Robert^, d. in infancj'. 

Amelia Ann% m. John Price ; no issne. 

Mary% m. Rev. John Edward Syinms ; has children. 

Robert ina^. 

10 (6). 

George Sandford^ (John^, George^ George^, JohnS John'.), 
b. Whitchurch, June 10, 1819; d. 1898; m. Alley 
Thompson, of Daventry. Children : 

Edward George Sandford'. 
Charles W. S.' 
Frank', M. D. 

Also another son and three daughters. 



246 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

11(8). 

George James^, Rev. (Thomass, George^, George^ John% 
John'), m. Mary Hannah Norris ; d. in Burrington, 
1884. Children: 

John Lyorf, b. 1860; barrister, London. 

Ellen EditK^, ni. George Hall Green ; has three sons and three 

daughters. 
Mary Margaref, in. Capt. (now INIaj.) Hay. Children : Douglas W.^ 

(Hay) ; Alida Mary^ (Hay). 

12 (9). 

Richard KlDSTON^ Rev. (Robert^, Richard^, George^ 
John,^ John'). [He was the grandson, not of George^ 
(■♦), as stated on p. 11, but of Richard"^, brother of 
George^ ('*).] Curate of Stand ; m. Mary Ellen, dau. of 
Thomas and Ellen (Lyon) Corser. Children : 

Richard Radcliff¥, who has three daughters. 
Thomas Percy'', died in infancy. 

308. NOAH'S ROCKING-CHAIR. 

Lucy has named it — 'tis a jagged boulder, 
Perched on the summit of the breezy ridge, 
To westward lying of the Pinnacle, — 
Here by some floating iceberg dropped, perchance, 
Ages ago, when ocean whelmed the hills, 
And on its ragged base so nicely poised, 
The firm-prest foot may sway it to and fro. 
On one side Nature a rude seat has carved, 
/ Whereon a man may sit and look abroad, 

And the wide varied panorama view. 
Lucy has named it Noah's Rocking-chair, 
And so henceforth for aye let it be called. 

Here the fair scene unfolded to the eye 
Will well repay the clamberer for his toil. 
A semicircle grand of noble peaks, 
To westward trending from the lengthened ridge 
Of Crotched on the south, in Francestown, 
To the far north, where Whiteface, scarred and torn, 



Rev. George James " Corser 

BURRINGTON ViCARAGE, HERTFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND 

Rev. Thomas-^ — George^ — George^^ — John^ — John* 
Pages 243-6 and 273-4 



246 CORSEK VAMILV IN AMERICA. 

II (8). , 

George James", Rev. (Thomas% (ieorge*, George\ John% 
Johrr'), m. Mary Hannah Nor- ■■ Rurrington, 

1884. Children; 

John Lyon'.h. 1860; bar ri-Ster, London. 

Etlen Edith", in. George Hall Green; ha.s three sons and thr^e 

da\ight,ers. 
Mnry Marguri'V , \n. Capt. (now Maj.) Hay. Q,\\\\6xQn: DougUm W.^ 

(Hay) ; Atida Marf (Hay). « 

1 2 (9). 

RiciiARf) K!DSTON'\ Rcv. (Robert^, Richard^ George-*, 
John,^ John'). [He was the grandson, not of George* 
{*), as stated on p. 11. but of Richard'', brother of 

y>g^^>^^;4P|j^,,,l^i,H^fl<aQ3LTfl3H .aoAHAOiV j^oTO'/iiaaua 

Thomas Percy', died in iufatifx. 
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Lucy has named it — 'tis a jajiitjed moulder, 
Perched on the summit, of the breezy ridge. ,- 
To westward lying of the Pinnacle, — 
Here- by .some floating iceberg dropped, perchance, 
Ages ago, when ocean whelmed the hills, 
And Oh its rugged base so nicely poised, 
The firni-prest foot may sway it to and fro. 
, On one aide Nature a rude seat has carved, 

/ Whereon a man may sit and look abroad. 

And the wide varied panorama view. 
Lucy ha.s named it Noah's Rocking-chair, 
And so henceforth for aye let it be called. 

' ' Here the fair scene unfolded to the eye 
Will well repay the claniberer for his toil. 
A semicircle grand of noble peaks, 
To westward trending from the lengthc.iH.i . 
Of Crotched on the south, in Francestow;,. 
To the far north, where Whiteface, ^. '•'•-. I .;.: imih, 




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SUPPLEMENTARY. 247 

Looks down 4,000 feet on Waterville, 

Frames in the picture. Midway, marking well 

The border line, where Wilmot her fair hand 

To Warner kisses, thrice .900 feet 

His front uplifting, proudly towers Kearsarge, 

In outline glorious, royally arrayed, 

Pride of the landscape, peerless among hills ! 

On his left flank, in humbler guise, behold, 

O'ershadowing Warner's vale, the rounded tops 

Of sunny Mink, with Newbury's boast, the rear 

Well guarding by the lake (if chance unseen). 

Fair Sunapee ; while to the right extends 

The Ragged's loftier range, most fitly named, 

O'erlooking Andover and rocky Hill ; 

With Cardigan's bald rugged peak behind. 

Not far remote, in Alexandria half. 

And half in Orange, sloping toward the west. 

Nor be unnoted passed the nearer heights. 

More to the east, of graceful outline, bare, 

A summer range for flocks, of Salmon Brook, 

In Sanbornton ; or northward, more remote, 

O'erlooking Ellsworth, Carr's wild, woody ridge ; 

Or last and farthest, noblest peak of all, 

With brow upraised thrice 1,500 feet, 

Benton's hoar sentinel, descried from far, 

Moosehillock — Moosilauke in dialect 

Of Indian — mountain-monarch, throned in clouds ! 

Worthy the setting is the varied scene. 
That to the nearer prospect lends a charm. 
Here are deep valleys, smiling plains ; green slopes, 
With browsing cattle dotted o'er ; and fields 
Of waving grain, neat cottages, fat barns, 
And maple-shaded lawns, and swelling hills 
With chestnuts crowned, and the wild woods beyond. 
Fair pastoral scene, where blissful quiet reigns, 
As once, meseems, on Gihon's banks I 

Who would 
With an elixir sweet his spirit soothe. 
Or feast his eye on Nature's nobler scenes. 
Him we commend to Noah's Rocking-chair ! 



248 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

309. SOME MINOR POEMS. 
I. Optimistic. 

Freshman Stephen, who knows all al)out it, delivers himself of a dis- 
quisition on Beauty, which astonishes the Professor. 



What is beauty ? I am told. 

Beauty glows in morning's light, 

When the hills are tipt with gold, 
When the dewdrops sparkle bright. 

What is beauty — ah, what is it? 

'Tis the full-blown rose, they say, 
Blushing as the breezes kiss it, 

Smiling at the break of day. 

What is beauty? Some maintain. 
Beauty is a fancied thing, — 

Offspring of a biased brain. 
Object of our conjuring. 



What is beauty ? Can ye tell ? 

Let the eye of m:ii<len speak. 
And the blushes, too, that dwell 

On the modest female cheek I 



Grief-dispersing, bliss-enhancing, 
Are the charms that there combine, 

Heart-i'eviving, soul-entrancing, 
More than earthly — half-divine! 



Fair one, with the laughing brow. 
Lips that whisper sympathy, 

Beauty's beau-ideal thou. 

Thou the beauty e'er for me ! 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 249 

II. Pessimistic. 

From the Latin of Tibulliis, who appears to have been a man of little 
faith, though a charniing poet. 

My lady saj's — what's more sticks to't — 

That she would marry only me, 
E'en though high Jove should urge his suit. 

But then what women's words may be, 
Well know I ; write them, if you please, 
Upon the w^ave or flitting breeze ! 

We believe it turned out that the poet was " mittened," anyway. 
" Served him right," says the impulsive Matilda. Decision of court 
reserved. 



III. Imperialistic. 

CHANSON. 

(From the French of Montei^quieu.) 

Love, having gained a victor's name. 
As ruling sole the high abodes, 
Went braving all the other gods, 

Vaunting his triumphs and his fame. 

The gods at length, when they could bear 
No longer his imperious air. 
Conspired to drive from heaven's height 
The haughty Cupid, out of spite. 

Banished from heaven to earth he fled ; 
I'll surely be avenged, he said. 
His camp he pitched in thy bright eyes, 
Thence to make war upon the skies. 

But ah ! — those foreign eyes of blue 
So sweetly lodged him from his flight. 
That he has now forgotten quite 

The heavens and gods and vengeance too ! 

17 



250 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



REMARK GRATIS. 



Much — 'tis a fact to be deplored — 
In all our views imperialistic, 

Depends upon tvhose ox is gored : 

Please keep in mind, sir, this statistic. 



IV. Realistic. 

Robert's sad experience in mountain-climbing, once upon a time, as 
told^by him in mournful numbers. 

Parturiit mans, etc. 

Well I remember my first pilgrimage 
To thy fair shrine, Kearsarge ; how we agreed, 
My good friend Richard and myself, to meet 
At an appointed time upon thy top ; 
How, to the compact true, I trudged on foot 
A score of miles, in the hot sun, to Carr's, 
Close nestling at the base ; how the next dawn 
Did find me toiling up, through the dank grass 
And bushes, the dry channel of a brook. 
Rocky and steep, with mighty "tug of war," 
'Till perspiration flooded every pore ; 
How, at the top arrived, I found the sun. 
Which I had hoped to see ascend in flame 
O'er Catamount, up first, the rising mists, 
Scudding to westward o'er the breezy ridge 
Before his leveled lances — scene, in truth, 
Unique and curious ; how in solitude 
Deep as the grave I stood, and keenly felt. 
Almost to pain, what 'tis to be alone, — 
My mountain seeming, as the day wore on, 
And still my friend came not, to a bleak isle 
Transformed, myself to Crusoe, doomed au age 
To reign alone here in this horrid place. 
O, how I roamed the rocks in my vexation ! 
Roamed, shouted, cried, till very echo seemed 
As tired, forsooth, and but in mockery 
To make reply ; and on the loiterer's head 
Invoked, I ween — what but a blessing, sure ! 
But vain he strives who strives against his fate. 
Alone as I went up so I came down. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 2$ I 

And where was he, my bon ami, meanwhile ? 
Ah, thereby liaugs a tale, ne'er told in full. 
It seems, as of the weather or of my 
Good faith distrustful — aught for an excuse — 
The mountain he went past, until he reached 
A near-by village, by the magnet drawn 
(Than which none jnightier or for weal or woe !) 
Of two bright eyes ; there on thy sparkling waves. 
Blue Sunapee, the sky now sudden, as 
By magic, clearing, with my lady fair 
A boat-ride planned ; and so in dalliance sweet, 
'Mid smiles and glances tender, such as kill. 
And in Elysium lap the soul, of friend 
And mount oblivious quite, '• coquetted it " 
(Good Richard will correct, or cnntra-Dick-t, 
If I misquote, or paint- the facts too red). 
And boated it, all day. Thus bore his lance 
My gallant friend in that day's tournament. 
And lived to joust another day. And thus 
It was, Partur'dt mons (lake too as well, 
I ween), et natus est r'uiicidus mus ! 



V. Nostalgic. 

" Xo place like Home." 

(From the Italian of Metastasio.) 

Waters, severed from the deep, 
Bathe the vale and mountain-steep ; 
In crystal spring 

Iniprisoiied go ; 
Far wandering, 
In rivers flow ; 
Ever murmur, e'er complain, 
Till they reach the sea again. 



VI. Courageous. 
Epigram on a Weathercock. 

{By the boy with the hoe.) 
" I ain't afraid." 



252 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Poor libeled weathercock ! to me 
Thy slanderers seem the basest, — 

O, may I ever be like thee, 
The storm that always facest ! 



VII. Enigmatic. 
Lines inscribed in an Album. 

Three flowers there are, the garden's pride. 
Each goodly without measure. 

Whose charms the lingering eye surveys 
With never ceasing pleasure. 

The Tulip, beauty's brilliant type, 

The Lily, with its grace. 
The Rose, steeped in the dews of morn, 

Emblem of loveliness. 

I know a flower which blends in one 

The charms of all the three, 
Both Beauty, Grace, and Loveliness, — 

Its name what can it be ? 



VIII. For Ada's Album. 

An Album ! well, 'tis very long 
Since I in one have written ; 

I'm half afraid the needed skill 
Has given me the mitten. 

Yet should I just one little line 

Refuse to Ada's suing, 
I might not seem the friend I am, 

Which I should be for ruing. 

This is a world of cheer and gloom ; 

'Tis bright to those who will it ; 
Such, Ada, be thy heart's "sweet home. 

May sunshine ever fill it. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 

Life's path is strewn with flowers and thorns ; 

For each a varied dower ; 
Be theirs the thorns who heedless walk, 

But thine be every flower. 



253 



IX. Lines to Vagus. 

Da mi dextrani, Yage care, 
Et quocumque tu vageris, 
Dum arenas lavat mare. 
Mens eris. 



Quanquam petas fines terrae,- 

In futurum me celeris, 
Tamen semper, frater care, 
Mens eris. 

Seu ad aurum tendas manus, 
Seu des lorum puUis feris, 
Pauper, dives, aeger, sanus, 
Mens eris. 

Fors me ligat solo hic ; 

Non me ideo asperneris ; 
Quanquam semper, etiam sic, 
Meus eris. 

Da mi dextram, Yage care, 
Et quocumque tu vageris, 
Dum arenas lavat mare, 
Meus eris. 



Ralph. 



LONGUS. 



X. Ode to the Isle of Skye. 
(^From the Latin of Dr. Johnson.) 



Shut in the deep's recess profound. 

How grateful, Skye, dost thou disclose, 

'Mid tempest clouds that girt thee round, 
Thy green-robed bosom for repose. 



254 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Far hence, I ween, is banished Care ; 

Here gentle Peace has fixed her seat; 
Nor Anger spreads his subtile snare, 

Nor Sadness, in this blest retreat. 

Yet not to climb the mountains hoar, 
Or 'neath the jutting cliff to rest, 

Or list the heaving surges' roar, 

Can heal the heart with griefs opprest. 

Man's strength is weakness. All in vain, 
The Stoics' boasted self-control ; 

'Tis not in mortal to restrain 

The tumults of the troubled soul. 

'Tis thine to swa\^, supremely Wise, 
The ocean of the human breast ; 

The billows at thy bidding rise, 
And at thy bidding sink to rest ! 



XI. Lucille. 

The bird of passage spreads her wing. 

And winter comes apace. 
With cloudy skies and nights of gloom, 

And chilling snow-embrace. 

A bird of passage is Lucille ; 

She plumes her wings for flight. 
And winter follows in my heart. 

With clouds and snow and night. 

The bird returns, and trills anew 

Her cheering notes of glee. 
And summer comes — the loosened rills 

Sport onward to the sea. 

Lucille returns — her charming lay 

Floats on the balmy air ; 
The rills of gladness in my heart 

Are loosed — 'tis summer there. 



Hafiz. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 255 

Sweet is the chime of evening bells, 

And sweet the summer breeze, 
But ah ! the strain of loved Lucille 

Is sweeter far than these. 

Ha—. 



XII. EUI.ALIE. 

Lines inscribed to Sarah Corser Clishy. 

Our Eulalie is young and fair, 
And like the lark she sings. 

And sways, with an enchantment rai'e, 
The soft piano's strings. 

Like a bright bird, one joyous eve, 
She strayed within our bower, 

And sunshine came with song, to give 
To bliss each budding hour. 

She sang — she played — rare melodies, 
Soft airs the heart to move, 

Wild battle-pieces, cheerful glees. 
And tender notes of love. 

We reveled in the tuneful shower, 

Till all entranced were we. 
And thought at last of aught no more. 

Save song and Eulalie. 

Sweet, tuneful, charming Eulalie ! 

Her presence was like light ; 
And when she left us, ah, thought we. 

The moon had left the night. 

Peace be with gentle Eulalie ; 

Sweet sounds in plenty, too ; 
Nor distant far the day when she 

Shall charm us all anew ! 



256 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

XIII. A Wish. 

{Froin the Latin of Cotoper.) 

Ye morning dews, and health-inspiring gales, 

Ye groves, and streams that smiling meads bedew, 

Ye grassy hills, and sweet-embowered vales ! 
If still be mine what guileless joys I knew, 
While yet, a youth, my native air I drew, 

The swift approach of age, to fame unknown. 
Beneath my humble )-oof composed I'll view. 

And calmly sink, life's peaceful moments flown. 

To rest beneath the turf, or quiet marble stone ! 



XIV. Ver. 

Ver venit jucundum, 

Et animat mundum ; 
Sol lucide fulget et zephyri flant. 

Canores sunt aves, 

Et nubes, ut naves. 
Cum velis auratis, per a?thera nant. 

Xunc aquae de collibus, 

Rivis ill moUibus, 
Saltant, et arbores virides stant 

Amoenis in pratis. 

Cum animis gratis 
His bonis fruamur quae veris Di dant. 



XV. Sonnet. 
To the Poet Sotheby, on reading his Poem entitled " Saul." 

Poet of grace and truth and piety ! 

Whose gentle muse, like bird of summer, loves. 

Mid sunny fields and flowers and smiling groves, 
And scenes of rural bliss, to wander free. 
War is thy theme ; yet sweeter far to thee, 

From Carrael to survey the outstretched plains 

And valleys green, where erst Judea's swains 
Tended their flocks, and served in purity 
Of heart the Lord. — How startlingly again 

Live in thy glowing lines that horrid cave 
Of Moloch grim, and famed Astarte's fane ! 

Read we in David's trust, and, proudly brave. 
In rebel Saul, the moral of thy strain, — 

Devoutly own Jehocah'x Power to save ! 



Hafiz. 



supplementary. 2^7 

310. Communication 

From Elwood S. Corser (of date Dec, 1901), 
To S. B. G. Corser, — 

* * In the matter relating to the Corser family, which 
you contributed to the History of Boscawen and Webster, 
published in 1S78 by Mr. Charles Carleton Coffin, and in the 
present Genealogy especially, which you have compiled and 
printed without assistance [always excepting the important 
aid rendered by our esteemed cousin, " but for whose tireless 
hand at the oar," this frail bark, as remarked or intimated on 
a previous page, might have foundered at sea, or at best but 
very tardily cast anchor in port. — S. B. G. C], you have ren- 
dered an invaluable service to all the Corsers in America, and 
have preserved from irremediable loss the foundations upon 
which all future genealogies of the family must rest. I ask, 
as a personal favor, that this very inadequate recognition of 
the great service you have rendered may have insertion at or 
near the close of your book. * * 

I also ask to be given space for a few words of recognition 
of the kindness and courtesy which were so graciously 
extended to me, and to the members of my family, by all 
those Corsers whom I was permitted to meet in England in 
1887 and 1888. These were Mrs. Mary H. Corser, then of 
Clifton (Bristol), the widow of Rev. George James Corser 
(deceased, 1884), and her son and youngest daughter, then 
residing with her; and also George Sandford Corser, of 
Shrewsbury (since deceased), and his immediate family, 
inclusive also of the families of his sons, C. W. S. Corser 
and Edward Corser. These families gave us welcome as 
nationally akin, being of the same great English-speaking 
race, and also recognized the closer kinship of our common 
family name. * * 

Sincerely Yours, 

Elw'OOd S. Corser. 



258 corser family in america. 

311. Response 

Of Superintendent Corser (135) on the reception of a gold- 
headed cane from the employes of the R. F. & B. R. R. 
Co. — [From the Portland {Me.) Argus.] 

Superintendent's office, 

R. F. & B. R. R. Co., 
Canton, Me., Aug. 30, 1879. 

Mr. O. Spauldifig, Conductor : . 

My Dear Sir, — I beg leave to acknowledge the receipt of 
the very friendly note in behalf of the employes of the 
Rumford Falls and Buckfield Railroad Company, together 
with the beautiful gold-headed cane presented to me last 
evening in their behalf. 

For the unexpected testimonial of respect, I beg to tender 
to you and them my heart-felt thanks. 

The gift will be placed among my choicest treasures and 
will ever be valued by me most highly because it has pro- 
ceeded, as you assure me, from grateful and willing hearts. 

I also thank you most cordially for the complimentary 
terms in which you address me, voicing therein the senti- 
ments of the employes of the road. 

It has ever been my constant study to secure the confi- 
dence of all those who have been employed under my 
charge. There is no business where harmony and mutual 
confidence is so much needed as in the working of a rail- 
road. 

The very regular manner in which the trains have been 
run from the opening of the road, July 15, 1878, to the close 
of August, 1879, with no accident, shows that not only the 
men in charge of them, but the section-men and agents have 
performed their part of the duty faithfully and promptly. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 259 

I beg you to make known to those you represent that I am 
deeply sensible of their kindness and respect. 

I am, Dear Sir, 

Yours truly, 

S. T. CORSER. 

The cane is of ebony, with a massive gold head on which 
is inscribed : 

Employes 

of R. F. and B. R. R. 

to S. T. Corser, 

Superintendent, 

Aug., 1879. 



312. Tribute to Roger Wolcott. 

By Charles A. Corser (58), of the Massachusetts Senate, 
Jan. 18, 1 901. — [From Boston Jo!/nia/.] 

Mr. President, a great and good man has fallen. Roger 
Wolcott is dead. When a calamity and sorrow like this fall 
upon a people, the finite mind cannot penetrate the dark 
cloud to see the silver lining, and we are apt to say, in the 
bitterness of our hearts, that a great mistake has been made. 
But it is only for a little moment, for we of New England 
have such full faith in a Supreme Ruler that we know He 
doeth all things well. So we bow in humble submission to 
His will. 

Mr. President, a gentleman, a scholar, a statesman has 
gone home in the prime of his manhood, whose place it is 
hard to fill. Massachusetts mourns her beloved and lost. 
Not only Massachusetts, but a whole nation mourns with us 
to-day for our beloved son, Roger Wolcott. He was truly 
great, he was truly noble, he was truly good ; and I can say 
of him in the language of Mark Antony for his Brutus : 



26o CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

" This was the noblest Roman of them all. 
His life was gentle ; and the elements 
So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up 
And say to all the world, — This ivas a man ! " 

Mr. President, we stand to-day beside his open grave. 
Around us stand three milHon mourners, all citizens of the 
State of Massachusetts, ready to strew pale roses over his 
remains ; and as they drop the pearly tears, they offer one 
united prayer that his resurrection morn may be very, very 
bright and beautiful. 

Mr. President, I stand here in my place to-day, the smallest 
of the forty who sit at these benches, and bring my simple 
tribute of love and affection and place it on the grave of 
Roger "VVolcott. I place it there with sincere sorrow, for he 
was my friend, and in these halls he graced so well we shall 
see his genial face no more. Good-by, good-by, forever. 

313. THE BREATH OF MAY. 
(inscribed in an album.) 



Hark ! a breath upon the mountains ! 

Now it floats down the hills, 
And murmurs by the fountains, 

And the low valley fills ; 
It moves amid the branches 

Of the elm-tree high, 
And where the swallow launches, 

In the bright blue sky ! 



She is coming — she is coming! 

'Tis the soft breath of May ! 
And the dreary and benumbing 

Frosts steal away ; 
And the first flowers are flinging 

Their sweet odors out, 
And the green grass is springing 

Where the lambs frisk about. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 26 1 

Oh, how the earth rejoices 

To feel May's breath ! 
How it wakens sweetest voices 

'Mid the stilhiess of death ! 
How it speeds the blood's rushing 

Through all Nature's veins, 
And with a deeper blushing 

Her bright cheek stains. 

How the heart's to music given, 

At its soft whisperings, 
Just as the breeze of even 

Wakes the wind-harp's strings ! 
And how the spirit rises, 

As the sweet chords play, 

And calm, as to some paradise's 

Bliss, floats away ! 

Hafiz. 



313a. CHRISTMAS SWEETS. 

" May, lovely i\Iay ! " — Bloomfield. 

Aha ! another Christmas gift ? 

Well this, indeed, is queer ; 
Bravo ! good Ralph, you have some friends 

Surviving yet, 'tis clear. 

Is mine, "tis true, I alwaN's knew, 

A tooth of sweetness rare ; 
But May, sly May, how should she know ? 

A puzzle, I declare. 

This, too, by post came from the coast, 

All nice as any cameo. 
O charming Hub, so saccharine! 

Best servant Uncle Sammy, O ! 

Be careful now — with dainty touch 

These envelopes unfold. 
What's here? A Merry Christmas card. 

All red and green and gold. 



262 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

And here are purple paiisies, too ; 

If well I read, they say, 
" Aye think of me." Ah, who will not, 

Of darling Christmas May? 



sweetest May! O rarest May ! 

For see what lies below ; 
Who ever sweeter fruit beheld 

On Christmas tree to srow. 



A brimming box of candied sweets. 
To make the sourest laugh ; 

Confections rare and wonderful, 
I could not name the half. 



O, how Amanda clapped her hands — 
Jack wide his eyes distended ! 

Was never seen, by vote of all, 
A holiday more splendid. 

Dear lady mine, be ever blest ; 

A thousand thanks to thee ; 
Lapped in this paradise of sweets, 
E dulcihus dulcissimus, 

O, won't I surely be ? 



Ralph. 



314. Facts 



Bearing Upon the Question of the Nationality (or 
Mother Country) of John' Corser, of Bosca\yen. 

In considering the facts relating to the early history of 
John' Corser, of Boscavven, in sections 236 and 237 of this 
book, the writer has suggested some plausible reasons, based, 
indeed, upon conjecture, for supposing that his birth may 
have occurred at a somewhat later period than the usual 
accredited date ; not caring, however, as stated, to dogmatize 
upon the point. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 263 

This (diversion purely speculative), it must be borne in 
mind, in our endeavors to arrive at correct conclusions on 
the subject, has reference only to the birth-date of John' 
not to the land of his nativity or to his descent, which are 
entirely different matters, having no necessary connection 
with the former (birth-date), and based upon facts which do 
not admit of conjecture or seeming probabilities, in rebuttal 
of positive evidence pertaining to the question, known to 
exist and of a character not to be ignored. 

To waive further preliminary remarks, the basal facts 
adverted to above — facts persistent, uncontroverted, and we 
may say undisputed, at least by those who, from personal 
knowledge of the matter, are entitled par excellence to a hear- 
ing — are simply these : 

1. The existence, timeout of mind — which means, ever 
since the Corsers of the Newbury stock played a part on the 
world's stage — of a family tradition, oral or otherwise, 
handed down, of course, from father to son, that John' 
Corser, of Newbury, afterwards of Boscawen, was a native of 
Scotland, and came over at an early age to Newbury, with 
Capt. William Moody, of that place — whether by way of 
Boston — an embellishment of equivocal character of later 
date — is immaterial. 

2. The said tradition has been accepted as undoubtedly 
true (how else could it be received, the fact of its existence, 
otherwise unaccountable, being really the strongest proof of 
its truth), not only by the family in general, but by historians 
as well, who have had occasion to refer to the subject, and 
whose information w^as derived from authoritative sources, 
namely, the older members of the family, who could witness 
to the facts from personal knowledge. 

Among works of history which have honored the family 
tradition with a place upon their pages, may be mentioned 
the History of Gihnanton, N. H., by Rev. Daniel Lancaster 



264 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

(1845 — P- 162); Hist, and Gen. Register (Vol. i., p. 46, 
1847) ; short authoritative biographies of Rev. Enoch Corser, 
by Rev. Dr. Bouton and Rev. Mr. Jevvett ; History of Bos- 
cazven (1878), by C. C. Coffin — who, indeed {vide p. 306), 
hazards the — conjecture shall we call it } for which he cites 
no authority (haply because none of appreciable weight was 
forthcoming) — that John' Corser " more probably came from 
Boston or vicinity" (not very complimentary this, surely, to 
the wit and wisdom of the early Corsers, who might be sup- 
posed at least to know their own fathers) ; while elsewhere 
he gives full recognition, as does the compiler of the Corser 
Genealogy in the same volume, to the traditional feature of 
the family belief. 

[3.] A third fact having a possible bearing upon the case 
— not perhaps generally known, but of which the writer is 
cognisant from personal knowledge, not to say occular demon- 
stration, which, indeed, in some manner it was — deserves to 
be mentioned, and that is, that the family in Boscawen had no 
knowledge whatever of the existence of the family of same 
name in Boston, for more than 100 years — not certainly 
prior to 1847 — after the settlement of the said John' in the 
former town. In 1847 appeared Vol. i. of the Hist, and Gen. 
Register, which first brought to the notice of the Boscawen 
family the interesting and withal surprising fact, that William 
Courser, more than 200 years before, was a thriving and 
respected citizen of the town of Boston ! We are not aware 
that the intelligence, whatever bearing it may naturally have 
upon the matter at issue, affected in any manner the usual 
tenor of their way — of thinking, at least. 

In view of the situation as here portrayed, i. e., from the 
standpoint of recognized historical fact, that the article of 
the family faith in question rests upon a foundation not easily 
moved, would seem to be the inevitable conclusion. 



SUPPLEMENTARY, 265 

315. CARMEN MAIO. 

(Latin Version hy Sophomoros.) 

Venit Mail mensis Ifetus ! 
niius accessu vetus 
Mater Terra hilaris 
Vincla rumpit Hierais ; 

Coloribusque maxima 
Splendentibus exornans se, 
Velut nympha, juveni 
Prodit obviam alacri. 



Male laete ! mensis florum, 
Genialiumque rorum 
Atque avium canorum, 
Et nitentium coelorum ! 



Felix, qui hoc mense sit 
Nat as ; cumque advenit 
Mortis dies, felix, nae, 
Qui hoc cedit tempore. 



316. EXCURSION BOSTON-WARD. 

Dear Cousin Matilda, — 

It is with pleasure that I sit down to 
give you, in fulfillment of my promise, a brief account of 
our little excursion Boston-ward, inclusive of some pleasant 
places nestling in more cosey fashion by the " sounding sea " — 
whence we returned after a week's absence on the 30th ult. 
[Aug., 1882]. My sister accompanied me a part of the way, 
and sorry indeed were we that our journey could not have 
been enlivened by your cheerful presence, as was the first 
intent. 



266 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

We started on Wednesday, the 24th, taking in Mount 
Vernon, this State, on the way down, and running out to 
Nantasket and to the Point of Pines, and one day to New- 
port, R. I., where your humble servant had the honor to 
■ shake hands with President Arthur, who, by the bye, me 
judice, is not — well, quite so dzstin^?ie-\ookmg (I am sorry 
to spoil your romance) as one might be led to infer from that 
pretty picture of him you so much admire. 

My friend S., you know, is Principal of the McCollom 
Institute, Mount Vernon. Of course it became me to make 
him a visit, especially as he had done me the honor to put 
my name among the references on his school circular. The 
village is situated on a beautiful eminence, commanding a very 
wide prospect. Noble mountains loom up all around, among 
which we fancied we could espy old Kearsarge. This is, 
par excellence, the place for summer boarders, the number 
ranging some seasons as high as three hundred. 

We went out to Nantasket by boat, returning a part of the 
way — to the terminus at the Pemberton House in Hull — 
by the delightful Beach R. R. There is no more enjoyable 
excursion than a boat-ride in Boston Harbor. And Nantas- 
ket is a glorious beach, thronged wdth people at this season, 
and presenting to us (we must not omit to say) a very differ- 
ent aspect from the pessimistic view outlined by the Farmer 
Boy some dozen years before, on a dusky day, and when old 
Neptune seemed to be in an unusually naughty mood. 
(See 318.) 

We spent a day at the Point of Pines, going out by the 
Revere Beach R. R. This has become quite a famous resort, 
and is really a very attractive spot — a sort of fairy region, 
with grounds beautifully laid out, and supplied in profusion 
with everything that can please and amuse. The beach is 
one of the finest. The nightly illuminations must be the 
despair of all reporters. Lager-beer in plenty here, as every- 
where ! which is not so pleasant a feature. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 26/ 

We spent ten hours in our trip to Newport (from Boston 
— 8 A. M. to 6 p. M. — excursion ticket, $2.50), and four 
hours in our rambles about the city, walking several miles. 
Newport consists of the old and the new town. The former 
is dingy as any antiquated place. The latter, situated for the 
most part on the eastern and more elevated portions of the 
island, is famous especially for its splendid villas, the number 
and elegance of which are (the word hardly begins to express 
it) amazing — their costliness astounding ! One lady, a Miss 
Wolfe, of N. Y., has laid the foundation of a villa, the site of 
which cost $192,000! What must the structure be when 
finished! We passed the villas of Charles J. Peterson, 
James Gordon Bennett, August Belmont, and scores of others 
we cannot stop to name. The principal street, where you see 
the big turnouts, is Bellevue Avenue, on which is situated 
the Ocean House, where the president gave a public recep- 
tion on that day, ciijns pars fui. 

The great promenade is the walk along the famous Cliffs, 
nearly three miles in length, with old ocean on one side, and 
a long succession of splendid villas on the other. This is the 
grandest thing of all. The beach itself is nothing remark- 
able. The " Old Stone Mill," immortalized m Longfellow's 
poem {Skeleton in Arvior) and in Cooper's Red Rover, the 
scene of which is laid in part in Newport, bare and forlorn of 
aspect as it is to-day, looks as much out of place amid the 
green shrubbery of Touro Park as if it had dropped from 
the moon. 

But I am making my letter too long, and must defer the 
rest till another time, if I have not indeed already discharged 
my indebtedness in full. Tout a votes. Believe me ever 

Your aff. cousin, 

Carlos. 



268 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

317. TURDUS MIGRATORIUS. 
(a freshman meditation.) 

'T was the first morn of April, and the sun 

Had scarce begun to streak the east with red, 

And from my eyelids slumber scarce had fled, 
When from without sweet music fell upon 
My sluggish ear. I started at the sound, 

And sleep departed at the red-breast's note. 

How sweet the lay ! how mellow was the throat, 
As on that spray where not a leaf was found, 
Tossed to and fro by every breeze of morn. 

The happy robin did so gaily sing. 
How pleasant, too, to hear at early dawn 

The first new-comer thus proclaim the spring. 
Me with new life it fills ; all sadness gone, 

I feel the joy which hovers round his wing. 



318. NANTASKET BEACH. 

A pessimistic view, as photo'd by Ralph on a lowery day in August 
(1870). 

Nanfcasket ! thou dost look a little bleak, 

And in thy far-famed beach of oozy sand, 

With pebbles strewn, and rough as furrowed land, 
(E'en such I found it, sober truth to speak — 
Whether the flowing tide concealed thy charms. 

Or thou art all a fiction,) I must own 

I'm somewhat disappointed. Years have flown, 
Since I have longed to languish in thy arms, 
As pining lover on his sweetheart's breast ! 

But I have seen my fair adored ! Enough ! 
Along thy ridgy sands, and down the crest 

Of the low, narrow neck, 'midst dust and heat. 
Circling the foot of Strawberry's pleasant bluff, 

To ocean-loving Hull I make my quick retreat. 



supplementary. 269 

319. The Stolen Bride. 
An Indian Legend — By an Amateur Cotitribntor. 

•' Love ! 'tis a passion wild and strong, 
Once lit, 't is a raging flame !" 

— The Predoniad. 

I. THE LOOKOUT. 

The sun was just rising o'er the Canterbury hills, — then a 
nameless range, for the whole region was a wilderness, — when 
the stalwart form of an Indian might be seen, standing lone 
and statue-like upon a tall cliff that rose from the highest 
point in the chain of hills bounding what is now called 
Boscawen Plain on the west, and intently surveying the calm 
waters of the Merrimack, which lay winding and glistening, 
like a silver ribbon, in the beautiful valley below. His brow 
was lowering, his lips fiercely compressed, and deep wrath 
seemed depicted upon every feature of his face. His keen 
eye followed anxiously along the course of the stream, his ear 
was held in the attitude of listening, he seemed to stand in 
breathless suspense, as if in momentary expectation of the 
appearance of some object on the river^ in search of which 
his whole soul seemed to be absorbed. But hush ! what dim 
object is that just emerging from the trees, and now so 
swiftly and noiselessly rounding yonder point .'' He starts — 
it is — it is — he cannot mistake it — the red plume and the 
dark canoe of Jibewah, his mortal foe, and the ravisher of 
his beautiful bride. 

n. THE ROBBERY. 

Wepawmetuc had been the happy husband of Hocaponseh 
but one short week, when Jibewah stole into his wigwam by 
night, seized his blooming wild-rose, and embarking with his 
captive on the head-waters of ' the Merrimack, glided down- 
wards towards the home of his tribe on the borders of Massa- 
chusetts. When Wepawmetuc discovered his loss, his rage 



270 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

knew no bounds. He was not long in ferreting out the 
author of the outrage, and with fury stamping the ground 
and tearing his hair, he uttered a fearful vow that he would 
neither eat nor sleep till he had dipped his arrow in the 
heart's blood of the villainous robber. With two or three of 
his trusty companions he started immediately in pursuit, his 
feet winged with thirst for vengeance, — arriving early on the 
morning of the second day at a point on the river near the 
site of the present village of Boscawen Plain, where he 
placed his men in ambush, taking himself a post of observa- 
tion, as before said, on the neighboring height ; his object 
being to anticipate and intercept his enemy — a movement in 
which, so well-timed were his plans, he was completely suc- 
cessful. 

III. THE PUNISHMENT. 

When Wepawmetuc descried the red plume from the 
height, a thrill of savage joy shot through his heart, and with 
the fleetness of a deer he bounded down the hill, to apprise 
his men of the near approach of the foe. 

"Up! my trusty comrades," were his words, " Jibewah 
with the red plume approaches. He sits in the stern of his 
dark canoe, guiding its course. Hocaponseh pines in silence 
at his feet. The wolf knows not that the hunter is on his 
track. The great spirit delivers the prowling robber an easy 
prey into our hands. Now fit well your arrows to the bow, 
and when he glides past us, exulting in his crime, and unap- 
prehensive of danger, in one deadly volley bury them deep 
in the black core of his heart, and avenge the outrage com- 
mitted upon the Wild Rose ! " 

Scarcely had he spoken these words when the dark canoe 
came gliding silently by, stately as a swan, the red plume 
nodding proudly o'er the head of its stern pilot, and Hoca- 
ponseh, like a faded flower, languishing at his feet, and gazing 
with eyes that scorned to weep, down into the silent depths 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 2/1 

of the river where she would fain have hushed forever the 
beatings of her sorrowing heart in the sleep that knows no 
waking. She is startled from her sad musing by a sudden 
whizzing of arrows, followed by a shriek which rent the 
heavens, and even blanched to an icy paleness her own 
already colorless cheek. But what was her astonishment, 
not unmingled now with a sudden glimmering of hope, when 
she saw Jibewah fall at her feet, writhing in mortal pain, with 
two deadly arrows drinking the life-blood from his heart ! 
And how was her surprise changed into ecstacy when the 
well-known cry of victory, peculiar to her tribe, arose, and 
Wepawmetuc waved the white plume to her from the bank, 
and in triumph shouted her name. 

IV. THE TRIUMPH. 

The canoe was speedily drawn ashore, and the lifeless form 
of Jibewah taken therefrom, and laid upon the ground. After 
glutting their vengeance, in the manner of savage victors, by 
mutilating and uttering execrations over his remains, and 
lastly performing around them a triumphal dance, they laid 
the body back into the canoe, and set the boat adrift to glide 
down the stream. 

Annually, for many years after, Wepawmetuc and his 
friends were accustomed to celebrate the event of the rescue 
by a triumphal dance on the spot where the body of Jibewah 
was drawn ashore. To this spot, in memory of the famous 
deed they gave the name of Contoocook, signifying in the 
Indian tongue, if our interpretation be correct — though 
haply differing from some others claiming to be the genuine 
article, or at least " just as good," in which case the reader, 
if finding any more befitting, or suiting him better, is free to 
choose for himself — signifying, we say, TJie Robbers Death- 
place, a name which came gradually to be applied to the 
surrounding region, including the stream which falls into the 
Merrimack a short distance below Boscawen Plain. 



2/2 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

319a. TO A BEAUTIFUL STREAM, BY MOONLIGHT. 

(^From the French of Sonipes.) 

" Coulez ! eaux belles, argent^es," etc. 

I^'low on, bright stream ! whose silvery sheet 

Flings beauty o'er the verdant lea ; 
Roll on, at my enamored feet, 

Thy proud waves towards the swelling sea ; 
Diana, from her airy height, 
Doth watch thy waters' peaceful flight. 

In thy clear glassy wave below 

I see her form reflected bright ; 
Whether she stoop to kiss thy brow. 

As once she stooped on Latmos' height. 
To kiss Endymion, or trace 
The features of her own fair face. 

And lo ! thy flood is gemmed with stars ! 

Arcturus bright, and Saturn's glow, 
And Orpheus' lyre, and ruddy Mars, 

Reflect their images below. 
Pure sea of crystal ! sparkling bright 
With glowing pearls and golden light ! 

Enchanting stream ! far down the lea, 
Each bank with willows thickly spread. 

Thy gently-winding wave I see, 
Diminished to a silver thread, 

Till, ' mid the dark plains lost from sight. 

It vanish in the shades of night. 

Eternal stream ! by winter's chain 

Thy flowing tide shall ne'er be bound. 

But ever shall the swelling main, 
While Dian runs her orbit round, 

Drink thy pure sparkling waves of blue ! 

Adieu, sweet stream, fair moon, adieu! 



SUPPLKM! 



320. Af>i 
Supplementar) ■ 



eT8I— 08 3sA 

John ), sctlied auci ma 



Richard Kidston*^, Re^ 
John'), b. London, 
Mary Ellen, dau 



Mar. 



George Sanford * Corser 

Shrewsbury, England 

Age 60—1879 

Johns _ George* - George^ — John"^ — John- 
Pages 243-6 and 273-4 



^^ 



\ 



supplementary. 2/3 

320. Additions and Corrections 
Supplementary to " Partial Genealogy,'' etc. (307, p. 243). 

10 (6). 

George Sandford^ Corser (John^, George^, George^ John% 
John'), b. at Whitchurch, Salop Co., Eng., June 10, 
10, 1 8 19, solicitor and notary at Shrewsbury ; m., Aug. 
20, 1850, Amy Thompson, of Daventry ; d. at Shrews- 
bury, Jan. 31, 1898, a. 78. Children: 

Anne Sandford', b. Aug. 19, 1851. 

Edicard George Sandford', b. Xov. 20, lb52. (13) 

John Sandford', b. April 9, 1854; d. in Queensland; utiin. 

Charles William Sandford', h. April 27, 1856. 

Francis Richard Sandford', b. Shrewsbury, Jan. 21, 1860. (14) 

Arthur Sandford', b. Shrewsbury. 

Am)/ Clare'. 

iia (8). 

Edmund Norcross*^ (Thomas^, George^ George^ John^ 
John'), settled and mar. in New Zealand. Children : 

George Herherf. 
Edmund Norcross''. 
Ernest Lyon''. 
Charles ReginakU. 

12 (9). 

Richard Kidston^, Rev. (Robert^, Richard^ George^ John% 
John"), b. London, Dec. 20, 1833 ; curate of Stand; m. 
Mary Ellen, dau. of Rev. Thomas and Ellen (Lyon) 
Corser. Children : 

Ellen Lyon', b. at Stand, Jan. 15, 1872. 

Richard Radcliffe'^, b. June 10, 1873. 

Anne Constance', b. Feb. 5, 1875. 

Thomas Percy', b. June 11, 1876 ; d. in infancy. 

Mary Caroline', b. at Bishopstone, Dec. 21, 1877. 



2^4 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

13 (10). 

Edward George Sandford^ (George Sandford^ Johns, 
George^ George^, John% John'), sohcitor at Shrews- 
bury; b. Shrewsbury, Nov. 20, 1852; m., Sept. 14, 
1880, Elisabeth Dixon Craig. Children: 

Frederic George^, b. April 4, 1887 ; bap. at Meole Brace, May 12. 
Helen Amy^, b. July 2, 1889 ; bap. at Meole. 

Mary^, b. ; d. on day of birth. 

Arthur Geoffrey^, b. Jan. 18, 1894. 
Edward Eric^, b. July 18, 1895. 

14 (10). 

Francis Richard Sandford^ (George Sandford^ Johns, 
George^ George^, John^ John'), b. Shrewsbury, Jan. 
21, i860; m. Kathleen M. Royse Moore, at Bourton- 
on-the-Water, Feb. 20, 1884. Children: 

Kathleen^. 

George Francis Sandford^, b. June 29, 1890. 



321. EXCERPTS FROM DANTE. 

Inferno — Canto I. 

[Dante was lost in a dark wood, whence Virgil, coming to his rescue, 
becomes his guide through the eternal realm of woe and suffering, con- 
signing him finally to the care of Beatrice, who will conduct him 
through Paradise.] 

Life's mazy pathway threading, all unmindful, 
I found myself amidst a gloomy wood, 
Since from the beaten track my feet had strayed. 
And ah ! it were a grievous task to tell 

How wild, and thick, and tangled was that wood, (Line 5) 

Of which the memory e'en renews my fear, — 
So grievous, death could scarcely V)e more bitter ; 
But to relate the good which there I found. 
Of other things I saw there I will speak. 



Edward George Sanford ' Corser 

Shrewsbury, England 

Age 48—1901 

George S.^ — John^ — Geo/ — Geo.^ — John^ — John' 
Pa^ee 243-6 and 273-4 

John^ — George Sanford" — Edward George Sanford^ — were 
solicitors from father to son. 



274 COKSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

13 (10). 

Edward GEOR<iE Sandford' (George Sandford'', Johns, 
George*, George^, John% John'), solicitor at Shrews- 
bury ; b. Shrewsbury, Nov. 20, 1852; m., Ser-t Xd. 
1880, Ehsabeth Dixon Craig. . Children : 

Frederic George^, b. April 4, 1887 ; bap. at Meole Brace, May 12. 
Hden Ami/, b. July 2, 1889 ; bap. at Meole. 

Mar/, b. ; d. on day of birth. 

Arthur Geoffre/, b. Jan. 18, 1894. 
Edward Eric^, b. July 18, 189.5. 

14 (10). 

Franci? Richak;^' Saxofokd^ (Geor:.'C '-'""•''f--'^''' Tohn^, 

21, i860; m. K:;;nK^ ' U--; > Bourton- 

on-the-Water, reb. :; 

roer— 8* ^^a 

•<ttiiq4-^ ^nrio[ — ".osit) — '".oaO — ■nrio[ — ^2 sgioaO 
*-8Ti: fans a-ai-S a^SBl 

3I3W — ^bioinB8-'^§id3i) f)i^Wl53 — »bioinjs8' sgiosD — fnrio[ 
.nog oJ Tt^^^LjPQli .8?p^'^'^02 

[Dante was lost in a dark wood, whence Virgil, coming to his rescue, 
becomes his guide through the eternal realm of woe and suffering, cori- 
sigiiiug him finally to the care of Beatrice, who will conduct him 
through Paradise.] 

Life's mazy pathway threading, all unmindful, 
T found myself amidst a gloomy wood, 
Since from the beaten track my feet had strayed. 
And ah ! it were a grievous task to tell 

How wild, and thick, and tangled was that wood, 1 i"- •"') 

Of which the memoi-y e'en ronew.s my fear. — 
'^" ■ (.MJevous, death could scarcely be more bitter; 
i); f relate the good which there I found, 
Of other things I saw there I will speak. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 275 

I know not how I came to enter there. * * 
But when I reached the foot of a high hill, (13) 

Where ended all abrupt that gloomy valley, * * 
T looked aloft and saw its smiling top 
Now wreathed with that bright orb's returning rays, 
"Which guides aright the steps of other men. 

***** *»* 
Whilst thus I wandered in the gloomy depth, (61) 

Sudden before my eyes a form appeared, 

Of one who seemed by lengthened silence hoarse. 

When him in the great desert I beheld, 
" Have pity on me," thus to him I cried, 
" Whate'er thou art, or shade, or surely man." 

He answer made : " Not man — man once I was. 

My parents natives were of Lombardy, 

And both were born in lovely Mantua. 

My birth was under Julius, altho' late, (70) 

And Rome my home in good Augustus' reign. * * 

A bard I was, and of that pious son 

Of old Anchises sung, who came from Troy, 

After proud Ilium had sunk in flames. 

But wherefore dost return to so much grief V 

Why the delightful mountain not ascend. 

Which is the spring and source of every joy ? " 

" Tell me, art thou that Virgil and that fount. 
Whence flows so rich a stream of melody ? " (80) 

To him with reverend air I made reply. 
" O honored guide and light of other bards, 
May now avail me my exceeding love. 
And my long study, of thy peerless work. 
Thou art my master, and my author thou ; 
From thee alone I learned that subtle grace 
Of speech, whence I have honor among men ! 
But see yon monster, which has turned me hack. 
O, shield me from her fury, sage illustrious, 
Which makes me shiver in each nerve and vein." (90) 

" Thou needs must journey by another road," 
He answer made me, when he saw my tears, 
" If from this savage place thou would'st escape ; 
Since that fell Wolf which so much dread inspires, 



2^6 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Permits no one to pass her direful way, 

But so besets his footsteps that he dies. * * 

Wherefore would'st thou thy greatest good consult, (112) 

Thou'Il follow nie, and I will be thy guide, 

And lead thee hence through the eternal realm. 

Where thou shalt hear the wailings of despair, * * 

And those behold who suffer patiently (118) 

The pains of Purgatory, since they hope 

Some day to greet the blest in Paradise ; 

Whither if thou would'st then pursue thy way, 

A worthier guide is destined thee, to whom. 

When I depart, I shall resign thy care ; 

Since He, the sovereign Ruler of the skies, 

Against whose righteous law I did.rebel, (1-5) 

Wills not that I should enter His abode. * * 

blest, whom he elects to enter there ! " 

To him I made reply : — " O bard revered, 

1 pray thee by that power thou knewest not. 
If so I may escape this woe, and worse, 

That thou would'st lead me there where thou hast said, 

So that I may behold St. Peter's gate. 

And those whom thou hast made so miserable." (l'^5) 

He led the way, this hearing, and I followed. 

Hafiz Intp:rpres. 



XoTE. — The Poet, who had lost his way in the gloomy wood, was 
beset by three savage beasts, — a leopard, a lion, and a she-wolf. By the 
leopard is meant " an appetite for sensual pleasures " (jnaceri disonesti) ; 
by the lion, the vices of ^jriV/e and ambilion : while by the wolf is sym- 
bolized envy, that, to w'it, of his enemies (which was the chief cause of 
all the poet's misfortunes), and perhaps also the avarice of the Guelfs, 
who confiscated his estates, and (according to the poet) ruined Italy. 



supplementary. 2/7 

322. Some Boscawen Views, 

As pictured for the Rays of Light by the Farmer Boy in 
1877. 



We were recently favored with a call from a gentleman 
who has an eye for the picturesque, and who spent an hour 
in studying the somewhat ragged range of hills which shuts 
in our cosey Plain on the west. We dispersed a few " rays " 
on the occasion for his benefit, which we here gather into a 
focus. 

Our noble Cordilleras (on a small scale) consist of four 
principal peaks — historic peaks we may call them — namely, 
beginning on the south. Bull Crag, Coon Crag, The Pinnacle, 
and Mt. Ararat. Bull Crag was so named from an incident 
which occurred many years ago. Some one was getting wood 
from the mountain, and while driving his team of bulls, 
attached to a loaded sled, along the edge of the cliffs, the 
sled gave a sudden lurch, and over went the team, bulls, 
wood, and all together, down the rocks, to the bottom. The 
driver, looking on in dismay, put up a brief pious petition for 
the bulls, and vanished. 

Coon Crag, situated in the rear of the Fowler residence, 
displays now a sufficiently bald pate, but, till within a few 
years, rejoiced in a luxuriant head-covering (of chestnuts, 
etc.), among which the coons rioted, as if never a Davy 
Crockett pointed a gun. One of them lay securely curled 
up in a hollow tree. Davy, who could not point a gun at that 
one, thought to coax him out with a little fire and smoke ; and 
it being a dry time, the fire spread, till it smoked out, not 
one coon merely, but all the "varmints" on the mountain, 
and scalped the old crag pretty effectually. Verily, Coon 
Crag seems rightfully entitled to its name. 



278 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

The Pinnacle towers nearly opposite the Academy building 
(that was). When it received its name we know not, but 
perhaps in the palmy days of the old Institution, when Pre- 
ceptor Gregg illumined the place with his shining talents 
(1829-30), and led his pupils up the Hill of Science to a 
higher pinnacle even than the old granite crag. Upon this 
height we can imagine Daniel Webster as once standing, and 
looking down with intense delight upon the beautiful mead- 
ows below, and upon the spot he had selected for his own 
residence — where Mr. Knowles has since built — little 
thinking how soon he would be too big for the narrow limits 
of Boscawen. Upon this height the Indian Wepawmetuc is 
supposed to have lain in wait, while watching for the coming 
of his enemy down the river, who had stolen his beautiful 
bride. (See 319.) 

Mt. Ararat — a new name — lies to the west of The Pin- 
nacle. A few years ago it was covered with a beautiful 
growth of chestnuts and other wood, where the squirrels and 
the children gathered their store of nuts for the winter. It 
is now bare, and has revealed upon its top a boulder measur- 
ing several feet in diameter, with a chair-like excavation on 
one side, and what is most remarkable, found to be a genuine 
rocking-stone, 

" Upon its rugged base so nicely poised, 

The firni-prest foot may sway it to and fro. 
— Lucy has named it Noah's Kocking-chair ; " 

and what more fitting name for a hill upon which Noah's 
Rocking-chair is found than Mt. Ararat ? The view from this 
point, both mountain-ward and valley-ward, with the noble 
Kearsarge towering in the midst, is alike pleasing and inspir- 
ing. (See Poem, 308.) 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 2/9 

323. THE GODDESS OF THE LYRE. 

A SONG OF EVOLUTION. 

The Muse, in times more ancient, made 

The grove's thick gloom her dwelling place, 

And queen-like her proud scepter swayed 
O'er a submiss and trembling race. 

When stirred her breath the sleeping trees. 

Awe-struck, with fearful feet they trod. 
And when her voice swelled on the breeze, 

Adoring bowed as to a god ! 

Her wildly-murmured strains they caught. 

As echoes from the spirit world. 
Till reeled the brain, to frenzy wrought. 

With mixed amaze and rapture whirled. 

Thus stern, retired, she ruled the earth. 

Till, as new dawned an age of gold, 
A happier era led her forth, 

To dwell with men, like gods of old. 

To dwell with us — to roam no more ! 

Ours is this golden age of bliss ! 
She comes with blessings rich in store. 

And, like a sister, whispers peace. 

Not now with awe-inspiring air, 

But gentle as the meek-eyed dove, 
And clad in smiles which angels wear. 

And with an aspect full of love. 

She greets us at our firesides, when 

Sweet looks to accents sweet respond, 
And breathing soft her tender strain, 

More closelv knits the silken bond. 



280 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Unmingled joy her smiles afford, 

Where meets the mirthful, social throng, 

As, gathered round the festive board. 
Our health she pledges in a song. 



She meets us in our private walks, 

' Mid groves that fairy glens embower. 

When morning gems her purple locks. 
Or vesper rules the silent hour. 



Her hand, upon the beech's rind, 
Marks well, for fair Belinda's eyes, 

(Else vainly murmured to the wind,) 
Thy flame, young Damon, and thy sighs. 



Stern Toil, beneath her gentle sway, 
Well-pleased, unbends his rugged brow, 

With Bloomfield chants the rustic lay. 
And guides with Burns the daisied plow. 



Her form appears the bow of peace 

Upon the clouds that darken life. 
Now bidding sorrow's tears to cease, 

And staying now the hand of strife. 

(She smiles on me — no bard inspired, 

But toiler, as with hoe and spade. 
Who fain at noontide, halting, tired. 

Brief note would pipe in beechen shade.) 

Companion of the pure in heart, 
She tunes the lyre to David's flame, 

And rapt, as mortal scenes depart. 

She hymns the Heaven from whence she came! 



Hafiz. 



SUPPLEMENTARY. 251 

324. ITEMS ADDITIONAL 
To Genealogy of English Corsers. 

[from C. \Y. S. and JOHN LYON CORSER 
(307.10, 11), BY E. S. CORSER.] 



No. 

307.5 — Mary5 Corser (Richard-*), m. Richard Sprent. 

307.9 — Amelia Ann^ (Roberts), b. July 30, 1837. 

320.10 — Arthur SaiidfonP (Geo. Sandford^), b. Shrews- 
bury, April 10, 1862. 

320.10 — Amy Clare' (Geo. Sandford*"), b. Shrewsbury, Sept. 
2, 1866. 

307.11 — Ellen Edith ^ (Geo. James^) b. at Rurrington, 
Nov. 23, 1867 ; m. Geo. Hall Green. Children b. at 
Leintwardine, Hertfordshire : 

Geo. Edward^ (Green), b. April 8, 1888. 
Thomas Corser^, b. Jan. H, 1890. 
Mary Lyon^, b. Nov. 5, 1891. 
Franh Littleton^, b. Oct. 6, 1892. 
Ellen Daicey^, b. June 4, 1895. 
Edith Helen^, b. Dec. 18, 1899. 

307. 1 1 — Mary Margaret^ (Geo. James^), b. at Burrington, 
May 8, 1870; m. j\Iaj. Horatio Thomas Hay, of the 
British army in India. Children : 

Douglas Woulfe^ (Hay), b. Uecamberabad, Deccan, India, 1897 
Adela Mary^, h. Decamberabad, Sept. 11, 1899. 

320.14 — KatJilcen Amy Sandford^ (Francis Richard Sand- 
ford''), b. at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, Dec. 
24, 18S7. 

320.14 — Geo. Francis Sajidford^ (Francis Richard Sand- 
ford"), b. June 29, 1890. 

19 



282 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



INDEX. 



No. 

Adams, Anne^ 161 

Betsey^ 70 

Charles W.s ... 160 

Fanny« 160 

Frank R.« 162 

Gelana O.e 232 

Georges 162 

Georgie^ 232a 

Hannah D.e 231 

Harriets 163 

Warren^ 163 

William 70 

Wm. H.6 160 

Allard, Arthur'^ 225 

Isaac 225 

Lilliu^ 225 

Allen, Ada P.'' 232a 

Alfreds 167 

Augustus 167 

Bertha'^ 232a 

Chas. H 232a 

Emma6 167 

Hattie« 167 

Isabel 232a 

Richard 74 

Ames, Mr 117 

Charlotte E.^ 117 

Annis, Betsey 51 

Sarah 73 

Armstrong, C. B. . 162 

Atkins, John 125 

Atkinson, Isaac 37 

Joseph 24 

Mollie S 173 

Ayer, Lucy 127 

Nancy 127 

Babb, Leander 113 

Bacon, Miss 82 



No. 

Badger, Nancy 44 

Bagley, L 156 

Bailley, M.5 85 

William 85 

Ballou, H 1.50 

Bartlett, Chas. H.® 125 

Esthers 125 

Foster^ 55 

Jacob 125 

Jonathan 55 

L., Miss 158 

LucyS 55 

Luella J.6 125 

Barton, Jonas 48 

Batchelder, Alice 297x 

Beal, Abbies 128 

Cyrus 128 

Nellies 128 

Netties 128 

Phebes 128 

Bean, Betsey Ill 

Beebe, C. GJ 206 

Cora B.^ 206 

David P 206 

Mary P.^ 206 

yVm. P.T 206 

Belknap, A. L 228 

Helens 228 

Bennett, Mercy 54 

Nellie" 216a 

Pierce 216a 

Berg, John 290 

Berry, Mr 123 

Berryman, Mr 290 

BicKFORD, Aurelia 143 

Bills, Mrs. E 75 

BissEL, L. F. A 70 

Black, Roxana 178 

Blanchard, Mary J 140 



INDEX. 



283 



Blasdell, Rachel 31 

Ruth 32 

Blodgett, Mr 124: 

Bond, Harriet 101 

BowKER, Dr 193 

Bowles, Mi- 83 

Bowley, Elisabeth^ 26 

Hannah'* 37 

Jacob'' 37 

John 26 

John3 37 

John* 102 

LucyS 26 

Sally^ 37 

Bradbury, Benjamin 123 

Brazier, Annie E 213 

Breed, Nath 14 

Briggs, Mr 93 

Brown, F. L." 166 

James 64 

Lora E 203 

Samuel. 97 

Sophia .... 144 

Wilder F 166 

William 107 

Bryant, Sarah 100 

Bullock, L 180 

BuRB.\NK, Judith 69 

Lydia 61 

Burgess, Ann 307.9 

Betsey 47 

Burleigh, John L.s 102 

Walter 143 

BuRNHAM, Miss 47 

Burr, Arba 55 

Bartlett^ 55 

BuTMAN, Lydia 65 



Cahail, Ora Dell 297v 

Hazen Heleii^ 297v 

Call, Mr 181 

Mr 181 



Call, Abigail^ 43 

Adna« ISO 

Alices 183 

Amanda^ 101 

Annie 191 

Annie« 182 

Arthur" 183 

Betsey* 98 

Chas. H.6 176 

Daniel^ 43 

EmiiyS 96 

Emma F." 176 

Emma F.s 182 

Eudocia'' 115 

EvaS 101 

Eveline" 181 

FannyS 43 

Frank H.6 176 

Frank P." 181 

Hannah* 94 

Hannah W.6 97 

Jere C 176 

John 115 

Jonas* 101 

Jonas^ 183 

Joseph" 115 

Julia A." 115 

Justin^ 101 

Lemuel* 97 

Mabel" 180 

Manfred^ 100 

Manleys 101 

Mary"..; 181 

Mary E." 176 

Mehitable^ 43 

Moses* 100 

Xancy 97 

XancyS 43 

Xancy^ 97 

Xathau^ 96 

Xathan" 115 

Xorman^ 100 

Phebe* 36 



284 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



Call, Phebe^ 43 

Phebe5 97 

Pfaebefi 181 

Pierce S.s 97 

PoUy* 95 

RacheP 43 

Rebecca^ 43 

Reuben M.5 181 

Royal* 36 

Ruth 45 

Ruth" 99 

Sarahe 181 

Sarah A.5 96 

Silas, Capt 36 

Silas* ; 96 

Silass 96 

Silass 101 

Silas^ 180 

Silas E.5 96 

Susan5 43 

Wm. W.5 182 

Willie F.6 176 

Carroll, E 156 

Samuel 156 

Carter, Anne 27 

Eva E 140 

David 272 

Dea 27 

Mary E 170 

Philander 27 

Susan 163 

Cass, Clarissa 31 

Hannah 29 

Chadwick, Polly 96 

Chadbodrne, J. Arthur. . . . 142 

J. G^ 142 

Katherine'' 142 

Ruth A.7 142 

William W.7 142 

Chapman, R. Maria 157 

Chappel, Jehiel 106 

Chase, Fred^ 186 

Ilepzibah 25 



Chase, John 186 

MabeF 186 

Maud^ 186 

Cheney, Guy 297x 

Church, A. H.'' 230 

Frederic C.« 159 

Harriet A.e 229 

Henry C 159 

Henry W.e 230 

Churchill, Frank C 169 

Clark, Mr 290 

Charles^ 146 

Elijah 146 

Mehitable 61 

Clay, C. L 139 

Frances 307.7 

Paul LJ 139 

Clough, Marcia 120 

Mary 75 

Ruth..' 47 

Coffin, Clara^ 152 

■ Edmund' 222 

Fannie' ... 222 

John Jay 152 

John W.« 152 

Louisae 223 

Sarahc 152 

Thomas H.e 152 

Wm. T.« 222 

COLBURN, A. M.6 173 

Chas. E.' 173 

Chas. H.6 173 

Jennie M.6 173 

William 173 

William G' 173 

Z., Dr 173 

Colby, Betsey 29 

Betsey 34 

Charlotte - 96 

Cole, Benjamin^ 88 

Daniel^ 88 

Johns 88 

Mary5 88 



INDEX. 



285 



Cole, Samuel 88 

Sallys 179 

CoLESWORTHY, Aniia^ 14 

D. C.- U 

Daniel P 23 

Collins, Clement li 

Clements, Capt U 

Cook, Jnlia 122 

CoRSER, Abba S.^ 64 

AbbieS 86 

Abbyueezer^ 35 

Abigail* 34 

Acsahs 103 

Ada<5 86 

Ada6 131 

Addiefi 290 

AdelbertM.6 127 

AdeliaL.5 59 

Albert J.6 122 

Alfonzo^ 120 

Alfred^ 127 

Alices 307.5 

Alice M.« 86 

Almelia^ 113 

Almiras 290 

Almira^ 113 

Amelias 307.5 

Amelia A.^ 307.9 

AmosS Ill 

Amy Clare" 320.10 

AngelineS 56 

Ann C." 320.12 

AmiE.s 152 

Ann M.s 67 

Ann S." 320.10 

Anna* (or Nancy) 45 

Anna M." 208 

Anne* 40 

Anne* 307.3 

Annes 290 

Annes 307.4 

AnneS 307.5 

Arabella J." 226 



CoRSER, Archie F.^ 172 

Ariadne A.^ 219 

Arthur 86 

Arthur G.8 320.14 

Arthur IJ 213 

Arthur 1.8 297x 

Arthur S." 320.10 

Asa' 38 

Atherton P.6 150 

Austins 119 

Austin D.^ 302 

Austin G.s 67 

Azor W.6 123 

AzroB.6 122 

BartlettG.^ 234 

Benjamin* 58 

Benj.s 46 

Benj.s 47 

Benj.s 192a 

B. F.s 47 

BerniceS 137 

Betsey* 32 

Betsey* 77 

Betsey* 34 

Betseys 47 

Betseys 107 

Blanche A." 219a 

Bliss* 76 

Bliss W.s 171 

Brackett G.e 217 

Caleb* 28 

Caleb' 297x 

Caleb B.s 157 

C.E.6 157 

Carolines -54 

Carolines 84 

Caroline F.^ 156 

Catherines 106 

Celina A.« 210 

Charitys 107 

Charless 51 

Charless 290 

Chas. A.s 58 



286 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



CoRSER, Chas. A.6 156 

Chas. A.6 227 

Chas. D.« 209 

Chas. EJ 227 

Chas. F.6 234 

Chas. H.6 67 

Chas. H.6 195 

Chas. B.J 208 

Chas. R.^ ....320.11a 

Chas. W.5 86 

Chas. W. S.7 307.10 

Charlotte^ 47 

Charlotte^ 279 

Cinderilla« 297v 

Clara C.6 169 

Clarissa^ 40 

Clarks 121 

Clark G.6 119 

C. M.6 195 

Cyrus^ 120 

Daniel* 31 

Daniel* 60 

Daniel B.5 67 

David^ 32 

David* 62 

David* 69 

David B.5 170 

David F.6 213 

David S.6 141 

David W.5 75 

Delia L."^ 192a 

Dolly* 28 

DollyS 49 

Dorothy^ 58 

Dorothy M.'' 297v 

Eastman L.' 170 

Edgar6 279 

Edgar'' 208 

Edgar P. 6 195 

Edgar P.'' 204 

Ediths 120 

Edmund* 108 

Edmund N.6 307.8 



CoRSER, Edmund N.^ 320.11a 

Edward* 31 

Edward* 297x 

Edward E.s 320.13 

Edward G.^ 307.10 

Edward G. S.^ 320.13 

Edwin G.6 149 

Elbridge B^ 73 

Elias* 34 

Eliphalet* 34 

Eliphalet^ 86 

Elisabeth2 26 

Elisabeths 73 

Elisabeth B.s 197 

E. J.5 64 

ElizaS 279 

Elizas 307.5 

E. M. JaneS 72 

Eliza Ann^ 178 

EUa^ 208 

Ellen A.6 120 

Ellen E.^ 307.11 

Ellen S.6 297v 

Elmer E.e 150 

Elsey* 48 

Elviras 84 

Elwood S.« 228 

Elwood S.T 302 

EmelineS 56 

EmelineS 168 

Emily LJ 302 

EmmaS 307.5 

Enima^ 113 

Emma^ 150 

EmmarauzaS 130 

Enoch* 72 

EphrainiS 106 

ErastusS. ... 54 

ErastusT.5 127 

Ernest L.* 320.11a 

Etta C.6 127 

Eunice^ 139 

Eveline^ 279 



INDEX. 



287 



CoRSER, Eunice P.5 69 

Florence G.^ 297v 

Frances E." '297x 

Frances J.^ 156 

Frances S.« 3U7.7 

Francis H.s 169 

Francis H.^ 170 

Francis R. S.^ 320.14 

Francis S.^ 69 

Francis S.« 157 

Franke 279 

Frank- 307.10 

Frank B.s 150 

Frank E.s 127 

Franklin L.' 205 

Franklin S.' 227 

FredE.7 208 

FredG.6 157 

Freddie J.^ 227 

Frederic^ 290 

Frederic" 297x 

Frederic G.» 320.13 

Frederic H.' 205 

Freepian^ 141 

Freeman^ 279 

Friend'* 59 

Friend^ 51 

P'riend^ 58 

Friendly J.^ 134 

Furniss^ 107 

Gardiner^ ' 156 

George^ 307.3 

George^. 307.4 

George^ 290 

George^ 58 

George^ 307.7 

George^ 84 

Geoige^ 106 

George^ 291 

George A.^ 131 

Geo. Azor^ 182 

Geo. E.6 127 

Geo. F. S.8 320.14 



CoRSER, Geo. H.6 135 

Geo. H." 320.11a 

Geo. H.^ 204 

Geo. H." 213 

Geo. J.6 307.11 

Geo. S.' 307.10 

Geo. S.« 320.11 

Geo S^ ^ 10^ 

Geo. W.6 119 

Georgiaua M.« 132 

Gilman^ 44 

Gilmans 113 

Grace M." 291 

Guy T.6 208 

Hamilton P.e 141 

Hamlete 219a 

Hannah^ 24 

Hannah'* 70 

Hannah^ 125 

Hannah A.s 297v 

Harlo^v^ \ 1^3 

Harriet^ 44 

Harriet^ 279 

Harriet* 291 

Harriet L.5 159 

Harriet L.6 122 

Harriet L.6 212 

Harry E.^ 218 

Harry P.6 172 

Harry T.^ 149 

Harvey° 106 

Hattie LJ 209 

Helen Amys 320.13 

Helen A.s 73 

Helen E." 297v 

Helen H.' 228 

Helen H.' 302 

Helen J.' 219a 

Helen L.6 157 

Helen Z.« 302 

Henrietta^ 73 



288 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



CoRSER, Henrietta M.*' 157 

Heiirys 290 

HenryS 307.5 

Henry C.6 127 

Henry H.^ 73 

Henry J.6 .. 113 

Henry S.^ 302 

Herbert H." 218 

H. C. P.6 204 

Hiras 103 

Hiram^ 178 

HiramS 108 

Holcomb^ 46 

^or..evR.^ | gJ^J 

Huldahs 49 

Ida6 131 

IdellaF." 219a 

Imogene E.'^ ... 204 

Isabel R.T 208 

James^ 41 

James* 51 

James^ 107 

James S.^ 195 

Jane3 . . 33 

Jane* 29 

Jane* 34 

Jane* 43 

Jane* 74 

Jane6 290 

Jean'^ 297x 

Jennie^ 279 

Jeremiah* 34 

Jess« 290 

Jesse* 106 

Johni 24 

Johni 307.1 

John- 25 

John2 307.2 

John3 31 

Jolin* 34 

John* 307.3 

John* 61 



CoRSER, Johu^ 41 

Johns gg 

Johns 113 

Johns 307,6 

Johns, Capt 138 

John6 291 

Johns 307.6 

John B.6 172 

John C.6 141 

John EJ 302 

John F.s 172 

John H.s 64 

John L.' 307.11 

John S.T 320.10 

Jonathan^ 30 

Jona.* 44 

Jona.* 53 

Jona.s 122 

Joseph C.s 75 

Joseph H.* 65 

Joseph H.6 150 

Josephine L.s 133 

Josiah* 56 

Judiths 27 

Judiths 49 

Judiths 106 

Judith A.6 149 

Judith P.s 65 

Kathleen^ 320.14 

Laura A.^ 156 

Laura E." 297v 

LaviniaS 46 

LeemanS 84 

Leila" 208 

Leon W.6 205 

Leonard^ 297x 

Letitia 307.4 

Levi S.8 302 

Lewis* 34 

Lewis E.^ 227 

Lewis H.6 226 

Lillian' 291 

Lillian G." 218 



INDEX. 



289 



CoRSER, Lizzie^ 131 

Lizzie F.^ 150 

Lizzie 1.6 149 

Lois* 40 

Lorenzo® 192a 

Louisa* 153 

Lucia A. J.5 126 

Lucretia A. F.* 72 

Lucretia S.^. .... 67 

Lucy* 55 

LucyS 290 

Lucy A.5 128 

Lucy F.5 60 

LuellaJ.e 132 

Luke* 75 

Lulu G.' 217 

MarciaJ.6 120 

Marcia 0.« 149 

Marcia Q.5 64 

Margaret* 307.3 

Margaret* 307.5 

Margaret E.6 214 

]\laria* 58 

Maria N.e 211 

Marion H.'^ 234 

Marion L." 219a 

IVIartha* 47 

Martha* 123 

Martlia J.e 206 

iNlartha M.* 73 

MaryS 39 

Mary* 307.3 

Mary* 61 

Mary* 307.4 

Mary* 307.5 

Mary" 209 

MaryS 320.13 

^^^-tA.* ] If^ 

Mary A.* 62 

Mary A.* 86 

Mary A.* 124 

Mary C.^ 320.12 



CoRSER, Mary E.« 127 

Mary E.6 307.8 

Mary E." 228 

Mary F.'^ 218 

Mary J.* 67 

IMary J.s 207 

Mary L.^ 170 

MaryM.* 307.5 

MaryM.« 138 

Mary M." 307.11 

Mehitable* 38 

Meliitable* 61 

Melvin D." 227 

Mercy* 47 

Michaels 178 

Miltone 178 

Minnie" 291 

Miriam* 28 

Miriam* 44 

Miriam* 50 

Mittie* 47 

Mollie^ 36 

Moses* 47 

Moses* 106 

Myron M.s 178 

X ancy* 44 

Nancy A.* 151 

Nathan'^ 24 

Nathan* 84 

Nathan« 291 

Nathan F.* 86 

Nathaniel* 119 

Nellie^ 290 

Nellie L." 297v 

Nelson A.", 227 

NewellJ.6 Ill 

Nicholas* 40 

Nicholas* 40 

Nicholas* 108 

Nicholas* 290 

Nina May" 297v 

Norman b. F.6 218 

OctaviaE.* 64 



290 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



CoRSF.K, Oliver^ 53 

OmerB.6 120 

Orinda^ 56 

Orlows 279 

Orrin^ 86 

Orson M.6 195 

Paul C.5 61 

Percy B.^ 297v 

PersisS 103 

Phebes 54 

Phebes 61 

Phebe H.^ 61 

Phebe J.s 59 

Polly2 24 

Polly* 42 

Polly* 57 

Polly* 71 

PollyS 58 

Proctor^ 53 

• Prudences 291 

Ptachel* 52 

Rachel* 63 

Rachel* 78 

Rebecca^ 110 

Rebecca A.e 198 

Rhodas 53 

Rice* 64 

Rice H.5 64 

Rice V.5 64 

Rice V.5 150 

Richard* 307.5 

Richard* 67 

Richards 307.5 

Richard K.« 307.12 

Richard R.^ 307.12 

Richmond E.^ -j ooyy 

Kileys 107 

Roberts 090 

Roberts 307.9 

Roberts 307.9 

Robertina« 307.9 

Rosaline D.» 129 



CoRSEK, RosinaS 107 

RoxenaS 117 

Ruth* 68 

Ruths 53 

Ruths 56 

Ruths 73 

Ruths 73 

Ruths 106 

Ruths 142 

Ruths 158 

Sally* 38 

Sally* 85 

Sallys 116 

SamueP 29 

Samuel* 50 

Samuel A.s 131 

Samuel B. G.s 72 

Samuel S.s 307.4 

Sarah2 24 

Sarah* 28 

Sarah* 29 

Sarah* 40 

Sarahs 50 

Sarahs 58 

Sarah J.s 64 

Sarah J.s. 73 

Sarahs 50 

Sareptas 141 

Selinas 307.4 

SeliuaM.* 307.4 

Silas* 73 

Simeon^ 40 

Simeon* 107 

SimeonS 106 

SimeonS 195 

SimeonS 297v 

Solomon T.s 135 

Stella M. B: 219a 

Stephen* 49 

Sterlings 108 

Submits 53 

.Susan* 34 

Susan* 38 



tNDEX. 



291 



CoRSER, Susan^ 56 

Susan^ 58 

Susau^ 84 

Susanna^ 73 

Tabitha2 24 

Tabitha" 28 

Tamsou^ 56 

Thoraass 28 

Thomas* 46 

Thomas'* 54 

Thomas^ 49 

Thomas* 307.8 

Thomas PJ 307.12 

Timothy* 66 

Timothy^ 58 

True5..' 46 

Ursula^ 65 

Ursula^ 150 

AVallaceAV.6 195 

AVards 53 

Warren G.' . 226 

Washington^ 49 

Wayne B.^ 234 

Weithy J.6 297v 

AVillardS.6 119 

William^ 27 

William^ 34 

\V illiam^ (or Jesse) 27 

William* 34 

William* 103 

Williams 86 

William^ 192a 

William B.^ 297x 

William C.e 138 

William F.^ 302 

William H.^ 217 

Willie^ 208 

Willie E." 208 

William L. L.^ 205 

AVillie R.6 149 

Couch, Mrs. Adeline 90 

Courser, Alice B^ 203a 

Almon E.6 140 



CouRSKR, Anna* 14 

Anna*5. 118 

Arculas 15 

C.L. E.6 136 

Chas. E.6 140 

Chas.Hs 140 

Chas. H." 203 

Deborah 14 

Deliverance^ 12 

Deliverance* ... 14 

DerwinF.5 109 

EllaJ.6 118 

EmmaJ.^ 203 

Evander A.« 140 

Fitz H.6 ••• 140 

Fred E." 203a 

Fred W.' 203 

George A.^ 136 

George L.* 61 

George W.^ 203 

Grace E.e 140 

Harrv F.' . 140 

Harv'ey F.^ 136 

Helen F.6 140 

Hiram* 109 

James H.^ 118 

Jesse G.5 109 

Joanna^ 12 

Joanna* 13 

John-^ 13 

John* 14 

John* 14 

Jonathan* 13 

Joua.* 14 

Jona 14 

Leroy J." 203a 

Levi5 109 

Lucy A.6 215 

Mary2 15 

Mary* 13 

Mary* 14 

MaryS 109 

Mary E.'' 203a 



292 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



Courser, Mary F." 118 

Nancye 118 

Petev5 109 

Rachel- 15 

SamueP 13 

Sarah^ 13 

Sarah* 14 

Sarahs 109 

Sarah AJ 203 

Simon- 15 

Sinion^ 15 

ThankfuP 109 

Thomas J.e 203 

Truman W.5 109 

Williami 12 

Wm.3 13 

Wm. B.5 118 

Wm. M.6 203a 

Wm. WJ 203a 

Crase, Elisabeth A 302 

Crawford, Emily'' 200 

Prentice^ 200 

RuthM 113 

William 200 

Crosby, Ethel VJ 233 

George LJ 233 

Lyman 233 

Cross, Martha M 152 

Sarah 150 

Crowell, Harriet 141 

CuMMiNGS, John M., Dr.. . . 212 

Le Roy W.s 212 

Margaret^ 212 

Margaret F.8 212 

Sumner'^ 212 

Currier, A 124 

Cutler, Robert 14 

Timothy 14 

Cutting, Laura A 161 

Dam, (ieorge E.^ 290 

Lorenzo 290 

L. J.T 290 

Martha W.' 290 



Danforth, Albert 130 

Albert L^ 130 

Alice« 130 

Arthur" 216 

A. Jane" 143 

CalistaS.6 144 

Chas. B 160 

Chas. F.' 160 

Charlotte S.5 147 

DianthaJ 132 

Ednahe 143 

Emma6 130 

Frank P.^ 160 

Geo. H.6 143 

Harriet A.5 148 

Harrys 130 

Horace H.e 220 

Jedidiah 63 

Jedidiahs 143 

John 137 

John B.5 63 

Mary^ 216 

MaudE.T 220 

MehitableC.6 216a 

Nathan C. 5 144 

Orrine 216 

Prentice S.s 63 

Rachel C.5 146 

Ruth A.6 143 

Samuels 143 

Sarah F.e 144 

Sarah R.s 145 

Sylvanus*^ 144 

Sylvester P 144 

Susan 24 

William 24 

Davenport, Mr 47 

Davis, Miss 34 

Alleu6 166 

Ansel T.6 164 

Bertha UJ 164 

Blisss 164 

Carlos A.« 164 



INDEX. 



293 



Davis, Caroline L.^ 164 

Charless S3 

Elisabeth^ 79 

p:ilaE.6 233 

Elseys 83 

Elvira^ 83 

Enoch^ 165 

Etta 221 

Eugene^ 166 

Ereeman N.^ 164 

James^ 82 

Jane* 82 

John" 83 

Louisa^ 81 

Marias 167 

Mary* 33 

MaryS 166 

MaryA.5 71 

Mary J.s 83 

Maud E.' 164 

Nathan 33 

Nathan* 33 

OrrinB.6 164 

Payson T.e 164 

Rnth* 33 

Samuel 82 

Samuel-* 81 

Samuels 81 

Sam'l, Major. 24 

Sarah A.5 83 

Silas5 71 

Stephens 83 

SusanS 83 

Tabitha* 80 

Thomas G.s 166 

Thomas R.s 83 

Day, Asa 271 

Dolly3 271 

Pollys 271 

SallyS 271 

Dearborn, Huldah 39 

De Lang, Paul 290 



Dietrich, Daphne^ 290 

John F 290 

DiNSMOOR, Mary 173 

Doe, Annie M 222 

Donahue, Margaret 174 

Dow, Mr 271 

Downing, Abby 45 

Calebs 45 

Daniel . 45 

Dollys 115 

ElcyS 45 

Hiram 45 

Jonathan 45 

Jona.s 45 

Joshua 45 

i\Iaria 45 

Mary, Mrs 28 

MaryS 45 

Moses G 65 

NancyS 45 

Ruth. 45 

SallyS 114 

Samuels 45 

Susan 45 

Drew, Orisa 107 

Dunlap, Ann 28 

James 24 

Eastman, Mr 33 

Miss 153 

Abiah 66 

Amos*' 110 

Edson A 219 

Ellen M." 219 

Hannah 91 

Harriet M." 219 

Jeremiah 110 

Judith 107 

Lowell F." 219 

Martha^ 196 

Sidney F 153 

Stephen 83 

Willie H.- 219 



294 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



Easton, David A 214 

Emma Gould'^ | „^-* 

I 29 /x 

Eaton, Sarah 96 

Elkins, Hannah 106 

Elliot, Lois 90 

Thomas 28 

Ellis, Harriet 165 

EsTEY, Maria 136 

Evans, Harriet 127 

Farmer, Hannah 76 

Farnham, Joseph 56 

Farwell, Mr 144 

Fellows, Abby A.^ 93 

Abbyneezer^ 93 

Adonijah 93 

AdonijaliS 93 

Adonijah^ 93 

Eliza J.5 93 

James M.s 93 

John F.5 93 

Lorany M.5. 93 

LucyS 93 

MaryS 93 

Sarah 102 

Sarah S.5 93 

Fife, Alva 47 

Finney, C. F." 223 

Edwin E 223 

E. E J 223 

Ina MJ 223 

Newton S." 223 

Wm. IL' 223 

FiSK, Benjamin 145 

Chas. K.6 147 

Chas. VV,6 147 

Dorothy J 63 

Harry E." 221 

Jane G.^ 145 

Lottie C.T 221 

Mamie E." 221 

Rachel M.e 145 



FiSK, Thomas E.« 221 

Thomas J 147 

FiTTS, Abbie" 197 

Amos^ 197 

Charles' 197 

Cyrus B 197 

Cyrus" 197 

Emma'' 197 

Hattie B.^ 197 

Mary^ 197 

Xellie' 197 

FiTZ Gerald. (See Gerald.) 

Flanders, Amanda 82 

Ezekiel 24 

Freeman R.^ 95 

George 95 

Jacob 27 

Fletcher, A 114 

Bertiefi 133 

Everette 174 

Harry6 133 

J. L 174 

William 133 

Flood, Peter 24 

Ford, F. W." 184 

John 184 

Foster, Joanna 37 

Lucy 30 

Fowler, Mary 143 

Eraser, W. A 86 

Freeman, Ann 84 

French, Mary 182 

Friedline, Sally 227 

Frost, Fred E 202 

Luthene 131 

Fuller, Alvin 71 

Lucius O 74 

Gage, Helen 220 

Gale, Harlow 228 

Hildes 228 

MaryR.8 228 

SamueP 228 



INDEX. 



295 



Gay, Ellen 197 

Gekald (or Fitz Gerald). 

Abbyneezer* .... 87 

Annas 112 

Chelliss 91 

Clarissa^ 42 

David* 35 

— Dorcas 272 

Edward 272 

f 970 

— Edward, Lieut -j "g^ 

Edward* 35 

Edwards , 90 

Enoch* 35 

Enoch* 35 

Enoch* 90 

Flora A.5 90 

Gerrishs 90 

— James 272 

JamesS 42 

— •Jane -j 270 

Jane* 35 

-John I 272 

John* 35 

JohnS 42 

— ]\Iartha -< .-,-.-, 

— Mary 272 

]\Iary j.s 90 

Mehitable* 35 

Polly* 93 

Priscillas 90 

— Rachel 272 

— Rebecca 272 

Ruth* 89 

Samuel* 91 

( 070 

— Sarah -j "gn 

Sarah* 88 

— Susanna 272 

Susanna^ 42 

Thomas* : . . 92 



TiltonS 90 

Gerrish, Sally 72 

William, Capt 297r 

GiRBiE, Jennie 161 

GiLMAN, Miss 80 

Glines, Sarah A 86 

GooKiN, Abbie M.s 235 

Clarks 52 

Cyrus 196 

Cyrus F.8 235 

Daniel 68 

Flora" 196 

Frank" 196 

Franks 235 

Frank L.^ 155 

Georgiana' 196 

GuyS 235 

Hamilton^ 235 

Harriet 35 

Harriet* 52 

Harriet^ 68 

Hirams 68 

Isal)el M.8 235 

Jerome^ 68 

Jerome^ 155 

Jerome'' 155 

Julias 154 

Julia^ 155 

Laura^ 52 

Livonia'' 155 

Luthers 68 

Mattie J.^ 235 

Myra" 196 

XathanieF 155 

Octavia G." 155 

Roy B." 297x 

Euth (Corser) Mrs 41 

Ruth E.6 225 

San)uel 52 

Sarah 49 

Gordon, Abigail 34 

Gould, Ellen M 208 

Margaret 171 



296 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



Gove, Sarah 58 

Graham, Mr 48 

Mary J.e 48 

Grant, Angeline 161 

Gray, Celestia 195 

Grep:ley, Adelaide^ 153 

Edward T.6 153 

Eugene H.^ 224 

Frances T.6 153 

Fred E.6 153 

Irene 64 

Nathaniel 66 

Nathaniel® 153 

Octavia L.® 153 

Robert^ 224 

Solomon B 153 

S. B.6 224 

Walter^ 224 

Green, Abbie*' 142 

Anna^ 142 

Ellen DaiceyS 307.11 

Edith Helens 307.11 

Frank L.s 307.11 

Geo. Edwards 307.11 

George H.' 142 

George Hall 307.11 

Hatties 142 

Mary Lyon^ 307.11 

Rutho 142 

Thomas« 142 

Thomas CorserS 307.11 

William 142 

Wm. A.^ 142 

Greenleaf, Carrie T.'' 215 

Hattie M. C.^ 215 

Wm. H 215 

Greenough, Mary A 138 

Groves A. E.^ 161 

Charles A. 161 

Grow, Laura 127 

GuNN, A. L 158 

Haggett, David 290 



Hale, Joanna 305 

Robert 305 

Hall, Mr 143 

Chas. H 231 

Chas, H.T 231 

Frank'' 231 

Frederic^ 231 

Geo. A." 231 

James 83 

Lillian C." 231 

Sarah 83 

Hardy, Albert 197 

Ernest ^Y.^ 197 

Edmund 38 

Harper, William 197 

Williams 197 

Harris, Annie 234 

Harriman, Emma 164 

Hay, Maj. H. T 307.11 

Alida (Adela?) MaryS. . . .307.11 
Douglas W.s 307.11 

Heath, Betsey 154 

Ephraim 57 

Ephraim^ .57 

Eugene F.6 188 

Eva May6 188 

H. Pauline 141 

Johns 57 

Lucretia 120 

LuellaM.6 188 

LucyS 57 

Moses F 188 

MehitableS 57 

Moses^ 57 

Neheraiah^ 57 

Prudence 56 

Herdman, Amelia 307.5 

Hewes, Wm 69 

Hewson, Lucinda S 297x 

Hill, Miss 86 

Amelie 230 

Hodge, Abbie 125 



INDEX. 



297 



Hogg, Robert 26 

HOIT, HOYT. 

Elmira^ 82 

Elseys 82 

Ezra 43 

George 115 

George^ 82 

Laura^ 82 

Lewis^ 82 

Joseph 82 

Lydia^ 82 

Moses - . 87 

Oliver . 272 

Sarah X 63 

Theodosia^ 82 

HoLCOMB, Abigail. . . 46 

HoLDEN, Mr 117 

Georgie R 142 

Horace® 117 

Martha® 117 

Hollywood, J. M 140 

Holmes, D. A 224 

Belle 141 

Hooper, A. F 203a 

Hopkins, F.B 210 

IdaS." 210 

Howard, A. W.® 123 

LucyJ.6 123 

William 123 

Wm. D.« 123 

HoYT (See Blasdell Fam- 
ily— 271). 

Hubbard, Frank H.' 158 

Geo. W.« 158 

Harriet L.6 158 

Henrietta L.6 158 

Hiram 158 

Louisa C.6 158 

Sarah A.® 158 

Hughes, Nellie 297x 

Rev. W 307.4 

Hunt, Anne 297r 

20 



Hunt, David 48 

Lucian, Prof 273 

HuNTOON, Cyrus G.* 154 

Julia G.® 154 

Luther® 154 

Nahum^ 154 

Phineas 154 

Hyde, M. G 217 

Jackman, George 104 

Josiah 28 

Moses 29 

Rhoda 53 

Jarvis, Mary 297v 

Jenkins, H 23 

Johnson, Annie® 134 

E.E 134 

Jones, Abbie H 140 

Chas. S 50 

Daniel 97 

Jacob 43 

Keeler, E 73 

Kenney, Tabitha 24 

Keyes, Abbie® 129 

Adelia® 129 

Emraa® 129 

Fred® 129 

Luther 129 

Oscar F.® 129 

Rose® 129 

KiDDEK, R. J 59 

KiLBURN, Abigail 62 

Albert P.6 194 

Charles^ 105 

Chas. A.® 194 

Chas. A.® 194 

Chas. P.® 194 

Daniel 105 

Daniel P.® 194 

Flora E.® 194 

John P 104 

Mary6 193 

Nancy A.® 194 



298 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



KiLBURN, SallyS 104 

Kimball, A 35 

Knowles, Calvin^ 98 

Samuel 98 

Knowlton, Abigail^ 79 

Hannah^ 79 

Nathan^ 79 

Philip 79 

Lake, Katie 98 

Lancaster, Augustus CA. . 139 

EmmaF.6 139 

EmmaF.6 139 

George C 139 

GeorgieE.6 I39 

MaryF.6 139- 

Lang, Mrs. J 105 

Sarah 170 

Langdell, a 195 

Leach, Mrs. E. P 122 

Leavitt, Annie 212 

Benjamin 81 

Leigh, E.L.'^ 229 

Frederic A 229 

HattieH.'' 229 

Walter^ 229 

Lewis, Nina J 164 

LiBBEY, Mr 79 

Little, Betsey M 114 

Hiram C 194 

Moses F 93 

Livingston, Frank 155 

Helen S.T 155 

Locke, B. F 62 

Benj. P.« 62 

Lord, Anna V." 161 

Enoch 161 

Enoch" 161 

Franks 161 

Friende 161 

Frost" 161 

Hannah" 161 

Jasper M." 161 

Robert" 161 



Lyman, E 207 

Luella^ 207 

Lyon, Ellen 307.8 

Lyons, Mr 193 

Manuel, David 38 

Marden, a. E 203 

McClure, Addie v." 184 

Alice P." 184 

Chas. J." 184 

Edwin P." 184 

John A 184 

Sadie 184 

McConnor, Susan 83 

McDonald, James 89 

Lois^ 89 

McPhail, John 150 

Melven, S , 164 

Miller, Betsey 107 

Alice E 177 

Miltimore, E 195 

Milton, J. C 113 

Moon, Chas 199 

Moore, S. W 184 

Kathleen M. R 320.14 

Morey, Nancy 118 

Morgan, Miss 144 

Mr 181 

Mr 106 

Betsey 297v 

Elvira 195 

Morrill, Abra 216 

Morris, Orville C 158 

Morrison, Anna 88 

Arthur H." 179 

Benj. C." 179 

Chas. E." 179 

JohnC." 179 

Joseph L." 179 

Joseph W." 179 

Kate E." 179 

Lena M.T 179 

Leonard 179 

Maria" 179 



INDEX. 



299 



Morrison, Mary F.^ 179 

Mary S." 179 

S. W.6 179 

Sarah E.e 179 

Morse, Mr 117 

Achsa 40 

Betsey A.^ 77 

Frank A.^ 77 

Horace^ 77 

Jane W.^ 174 

John H.5 77 

Joseph 77 

Joseph W.5 175 

Judith M.5 173 

MaryE.6 175 

Nettie C.« 175 

Samuel 272 

MuLLiKix, Ella C 164 

Nasox, George A.« 147 

Win. H., Rev 147 

Newton, Harvey 65 

James B 158 

Mary 71 

Nichols, Jane 25 

NiMs, John A 59 

NoRCROss. Mary 307.3 

NoYEs, Rachel 49 

NoRRis, Mary H 307.11 

Page, B. F 148 

Ilarryc 148 

Sarah J 1.50 

Parker, Mr 82 

George 118 

Lillian" 118 

Parkhurst, Edgar S.^ 290 

Hattie J.^ 290 

Hannah F 290 

Ida L.6 290 

John P 290 

Louisa A. 6 290 

Mary E.6 290 

Oscar M.6 290 

Parmelee, P 76 



Pattee, Julia A 187 

Pearson, Chas.^ 198 

Clara^ 198 

William 198 

Perkins, Mary A 109 

Sarah 169 

PiiYTHiAN, Martha 307.4 

PiLKiNGTON, Bella 149 

PiLLSBURY, A. D.6 177 

Chas. G.6 177 

Chas. S 177 

Helen L^ 177 

John A.G 177 

Vera Dix^ 177 

PiNNiE, Miss 290 

Poor, J. C 113 

PouLTON, Geo. R 157 

Pratt, G. W., Rev 163 

John H." 163 

Leon A.'' 163 

Lutie C." 163 

Lillian B.'^ 163 

Mabel D.^ 163 

Sumner 47 

Wm. G.'^ 163 

Prescott, D. M 116 

Prkssy, J. L 50 

Sarahe 50 

Preston, Caroline 121 

Price, Rev. H. H 307.7 

John ,307.9 

Priestly, Mr 93 

Prince, Charles 235 

Pritchard, E. T 140 

Procter, Jonas 48 

Janette^ 48 

Putney, Mary 36 

Ramsey, Mr 83 

Elsey 83 

Jane 80 

Sally 83 

Rand, George 118 

Randlet, George 50 



300 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



Read, Mr 290 

Reardon, F. M 166 

RiSLEY, Ada 207 

RoBiE, Fanny 173 

ROBY, Calebe 48 

Hiram 48 

Hiram* 48 

Lyman* 48 

Mary6 48 

o 1 (28 

oamuel -, _. 

i 50 

RoLFE, Charles 179 

A. F 179 

Joseph NJ 179 

RowELL, Abram 290 

Anne^ 290 

Frederic' 290 

Johns 290 

RoYCRAFT, Mary A 228 

RuNELS, Daniel 78 

Daniel G. 78 

Daniel H.5 78 

Ellen J 78 

Helen 78 

Mary C.5 177 

Sarah G.5 176 

RuNiON, Miss 93 

Salt, Thomas 307.3 

Saltgavek, Paul 297v 

Helen Ruth^ 297v 

Sanborn, Fred G.6 186 

George T 186 

Georgiana E.* 186 

Lovilla 190 

Sargent, Mr 196 

Anson 107 

Gladys^ 196 

Hester A 202 

Joshua 189 

Samuel 199 

Sawtelle, John 118 

Sawyer, Albert S.* 124 

Almiron LJ 199 

Alviii* 189 



Sawyer, Candace M.* 124 

Clarissa M.* 124 

Cordelia H.6 124 

ElmerS 199 

Emma K* 189 

George M 124 

George W.* 124 

Ina' 199 

John 189 

Lucia A. J.6 124 

Letitia M 161 

Margaret F 135 

Marcia« 124 

Martha L.6 124 

M. L.6 189 

Melissa* 124 

Nettie^ 199 

Orilla M.' 199 

Orrin" 199 

Ralph 199 

W.S.6 124 

Saxton, Caroline 307.5 

SCRIBNER, Mr 153 

Sessions, E. E 218 

Severance, Lois 40 

Sewall, Rev. H 297r 

Anne 297r 

Jane 297r 

Shaw, Daniel 56 

Francisco C 196 

Shattuck, R. p.* 151 

Wm. E 151 

Shear, Le Roy C 138 

Shepherd, Eva 184 

Rhoda 67 

Shepardson, C 175 

Shores, Salome 122 

Simons, Augusta 195 

Simpson, C. B 179 

DoraL." 188 

George 188 

Richmond 184 

William 188 

Slack, Mr 124 



INDEX. 



301 



Slack, Mr 124 

Smart, Sophronia 201 

Smith, Mr 290 

Abigail G.8 215 

Florence* 290 

George 43 

George F 215 

Ilattie E 172 

Newton 53 

Smythe, Carrie 230 

Snyder, James 197 

Mallon* 197 

Nellies 197 

Spauldixg, Chas. W \ ,, _ 

( llo 

Chas. H.6 116 

Chas. H.6 68 

John H 56 

Sarahe 116 

Spencer, H. L 157 

Sprent, Richard 324 

Star, Mary E 175 

Stearns, Eliza J 154 

Stebbins, Ellen J.« 126 

Flavel W.e 126 

Homer C.« 126 

Horace 126 

Horace D.« 126 

Lucia A.6 126 

Stevens, Chas. J.5 80 

Bella'' 297x 

Henry Lee'^ 297x 

John 0.5 80 

Justin T 149 

LenaM 211 

Martha 291 

Moses 96 

Nath. D.5 80 

Nelson W 211 

Parker 80 

Ruth" 297x 

Ruth J.5 80 

Samuel D.5 80 

Williams 80 



Stewart, E. J 113 

Stickney, Abigail O 64 

Mary 181 

Stone, Alaric 187 

Annie F. S.6 187 

Chas. F.6 190 

Chas. J. F.5 185 

Chas. W.6 185 

Charlotte A.s 189 

Dora B.6 190 

Fred P.s 190 

Geo. AV.6 185 

Hannah E.5 186 

H. H. B.6 190 

Josephine L.*" 190 

Mary A 183 

Mary J.s 99 

Mary J.^ 188 

Nathan J.s 191 

Peter 99 

Phebe C.^ 184 

Ruth E.5 99 

Ruth E.= 192 

S. Abbie6 187 

Silas C.5 187 

Straw, Charles 112 

Liberty^ 112 

Strong, Caleb 123 

Jonathan^ 123 

Sweatt, Anna'' .... 201 

Bertha" 201 

Frank H 192 

Hannah 90 

IdaL." 202 

Irafi 201 

Ira" 114 

Jesse 114 

John P 272 

Laura^ 114 

Louis" 201 

Maria G.^ 199 

Mary A.« 200 

Myrk L.T 202 

Rhoda 97 



302 



CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



SwEATT, Sophronia 155 

Tyler C.e 202 

Wilbur M.6 192 

WyattB.6 114 

Symms, Rev. J. E 307.9 

Taft, Lucy 60 

Taylor, Elisabeth 74 

Thistle, Wm 83 

Thomas, Jonathan 156 

Mercy A 156 

Thompson, Amy 307.10 

Ellen 118 

Thoring, Anthony 13 

Thorla, Alice^ 48 

Amos 48 

Betsey^ 48 

FannyS 48 

Fidelia^ 48 

Jeremiah^ 48 

MaryS 48 

Rosamond^. ... 48 

TicKxoR, Abbie 118 

Titus, Nancy 44 

Todd, Sarah E 203 

ToTMAN, Grace A 302 

Tracy, P. VV 162 

Trask, M, J 132 

Tripp, Lydia 160 

Trotter, Alexander 13 

Tucker, Miss. 86 

Harriet C 164 

Mary 235 

TuTTLE, Abigail 194 

Tyler, Elisabeth 14 

Lydia 81 

Upton, P. R 209 

Uran, Anna* 105 

Hannah* 104 

James 39 

Molly* 39 

Samuel* 39 

Wadleigh, Adam 271 

Joseph 74 

Wakefield, Sarah 14 



Walker, Silas C.5 94 

William 94 

AVallace, Mrs 90 

Stewart 161 

Way, Addie^ 290 

Frederic 290 

Louisa 290 

Weare, Abbie A 185 

Webb, Mills 56 

Webber, Scott 232 

Scott' 232 

Webster, Anne^ 193 

Daniel 193 

Graces 193 

Hannah F.6 193 

AVeed, Dolly 78 

Wells, Mre. S. E 226 

Wentworth, M. E 203a 

West, I\Ir 47 

Mercy 121 

Whipple, Mary A 118 

Whitcomb, Mr 82 

Whittaker, E 26 

Whitney, Amos 48 

Wight, L. G 221 

Wilson, Joseph 88 

Winch, D. M 60 

H. C.« 60 

Willie A.6 60 

Wing, Mr 93 

WiNSLOw, Mrs. Sarah 18 

Wolcott, Miss 80 

Woodcock, C. E 204 

Woodworth, C 122 

Wright, Mr 168 

Aruna 107 

Chas. M.6 168 

E.C.6 ■ 168 

Louisa P.T 168 

Ursula 195 

York, Eben 56 

Young, Edward J 139 

Zell, Mr 58 



CONTENTS. 303 

CONTENTS, 
Continued from Page VII. 



No. 

297. The Canterbury Hills— Poem. 

297a. ]\Iuchado — Poem. 

297b. A Summer Trip to Alaska. 

297c. Not Opposed to Christian Science. 

297d. A Visit to the Home of Longfellow. 

297e. By Rail to Land's End. 

297f. Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. 

297g. Hart Hill in Winter— Poem. 

297h. Excursion to Lake Memphremagog. 

297i. A Sea-coast Ramble— Poem. 

297j. Ralph at Hampton. 

297k. Hampton Revisited— Poem. 

2971. Hascar — Poem. 

297m. Man's Tears— Poem. 

297n. We Fade as the Leaf— Poem. 

297o. Ode to tlie Plow— Poem. 

297p. Side-Trip. 

297q. Wood-Chopping — Poem. 

297qq. Myson— Poem. 

297r. Gerrish and Sewall Families. 

267s. The Pluviad— Poem. 

297t. Two Pictures : 

I. The Hand— Poem. 

IL Carmen Caslibis— Poem. 

297u. How I Learned to Read. 

297v. Family of Simeon^ Corser (106). 

297w. A Family Romance. 
297x. Voyaging Continued. 

298. Ho ! for the Mountains. 

The Mountain Call— Stanzas. 
Plymouth to Mt. Washington. 

299. Crawford's to Portland. 

300. Portland— Munjoy Hill. 
300a. The Happy Man— Poem. 

301. Letter from Henry Wilson (72). 

302. Family of Francis S.e Corser (157). 



304 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 



303. 


Hymn 


to Alcyone — Poem. 


304. 


The Stranger Maid — Poem. 


305. 


The Hale Family. 


306. 


Bonny Eagle Pond — Poem. 


307. 


Partial Genealogy, etc. 


308. 


Noah's 


Rocking-Chair — Poem. 


309. 


Some Minor Poems. 




I. 


Optimistic. 




II. 


Pessimistic. 




III. 


Imperialistic. 




IV. 


Realistic. 




V. 


Nostalgic. 




VI. 


Courageous. 




VII. 


Enigmatic. 




VIII. 


For Ada's Album. 




IX. 


Lines to Vagus. 




X. 


Ode to the Isle of Skye. 




XI. 


Lucille. 




XII. 


Eulalie. 




XIII. 


A Wish. 




XIV. 


Ver. 




XV. 


Sonnet to Sotheby. 


310. 


Communication from E. S. C. 


311. 


Response of Superintendent Corser 


312. 


Tribute to Roger Wolcott. 


313. 


The Breath of May— Poem. 


313a. 


Christm 


as Sweets — Poem. 


314. 


Facts, etc. 


315. 


Carmen 


Maio — Poem, 


316. 


Excursion Boston-ward. 


317. 


Turdus 


Migratorius — Sonnet. 


318. 


Nantasket Beach — Sonnet. 


319. 


The Stolen Bride. 


319a. 


To a Beautiful Stream — Poem. 


320. 


Additions to Partial Genealogy. 


321. 


Excerpti 


3 from Dante — Poem. 


322. 


Some B( 


ascawen Views. 


323. 


The Goddess of the Lyre. — Poem. 


324. 


Items Additional, etc. 



ERRATA. 305 

ERRATA, ETC. 



Page VII, line 13, for Sanford read Sand ford. 

Page 3, line 1, for courser read coursier. 

Page 7, line 4 from bottom, for "who advertised," etc., read " whose 
valuable collection of books was advertised for sale in the Boston 
papers." 

Page 8, line 3 from bottom, for Darleston read Dadaston. 

Page 11, line 3, for exact dates see p. 24'4, Xos. 3 and 4. 

Page 11, line 5, for " father of " read " father of wife of." See p. 
246, No. 12. 

Page 11, line 13, for Buringtou read Burrington. 

Page 11, line 14, for Edward read Edmund. See p. 245, No. 8. 

Page 11, line 4 from bottom, for Mary read Martha. 

Page 11, line 3 from bottom, for Pythiati read Phijthian. 

Page 12, line 9, for 1857 read 1859. 

Page 13, line 9, for elden read olden. 

Page Ifi, line 2, for 1669 read 1609. 

Page 32, line 2 from bottom, for David^ read Daniel^. 

Page 36, line 6, after West read Laura^ (3d child), inadvertently 
omitted, who was really tlie " pretty girl " spoken of, though both, we 
venture to say, were " beautiful as the morning." 

Page 38, line 2 from bottom, read (135) at end of line. 

Page 40, line 13, for Harriet^ read Harriet A.^ 

Page 42, line 1 from bottom, for Aug. 2, read Oct. 2. 

Page 54, line 13, insert (182) at end of line. 

Page 78, line 7 from bottom, for Frances read Francis. 

Page 84, line 16, for Charles W.s read Charles W.^ 

Page 93, line 12, for 1893 read 1873. 

Page 98, line 21, for Roycroft read Rni/craft. 

Page 105, line 7 from bottom, for 1864 read 1764. 

Page 133, line 12, for required read requisite. 

Page 138, line 7, for Provencal read Provencal. 

Page 165, last line, for repaired read required. 

Page 169, line 7 from bottom, for investers read investors. 

Page 172, line 14, for ces read ceux. 

Page 182, for 279g read 297</.' 

Page 191, line 10 from bottom, semicolon should be comma. 

Page 198, line 25 from bottom, for guaut read gaunt. 

Page 199, for 297gg read 297'/ry. 



306 CORSER FAMILY IN AMERICA. 

Page 199, line 5 from bottom, comma should h& period. 

Page 202, line 9, for Newel read Newell. 

Page 237, line 3 from bottom, for 1875 read 1885 (?). 

Page 245, line 6 from bottom, for Alley read Amy. 

Page 245, line 11, insert (11a) at end of line. 

Page 245, for last line read And others. 

Page 246, XIV., for canores read canorce. 

Page 280, line 8, for vesper read Vesper. 

Page 285, Amelia A.e — see No. 324. 

Page 285, Arthur G.^, for 320.14 read 320.13. 

Page 285, Arthur S.^ — see 324. 

Page 285, Amy. Clare'' — see 324. 

Page 286, Ellen E.' — see 324. 

Page 287, Geo. S.e, for 320.11 read 320.10. 

Page 288, Kathleens — see 324. 

Page 289, for MaryS, 307.5 read Mary^, 307.9. 

Page 289, Mary M.' — see 324. 

Page 290, Selina M.*, for 307.4 read 307.3. 

Page 296, columns 1 and 2, for 807.11 read 324. 



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