Select Carson Surname Genealogy

Here are some Carson stories and accounts over the years:

Corsane Origins in Dumfries

Robert Dinwiddle wrote an article in 1922 entitled Corsanes of Meikle Knox, an Old Dumfries Family in which he stated that the first Corsane in Dumfries was in fact Italian. 

"Tradition asserts that this family is descended from an Italian named Corsini, reputed to be of the many artisans of skill brought from the Continent by Queen Dervorguila to build Sweetheart Abbey around the year 1280.  From the original prefix, "A" or "AP," occurring as a routine in old writs, some authorities question this origin, considering the name to be Celtic and of Galloway origin.” 

Queen Dervorguila had been very devoted to her husband, John de Balliol.  After his death she had his heart embalmed and carried it with her in a little silver casket. To his memory she then built Sweetheart Abbey near Dumfries and after her death she was buried under its altar with the silver casket on her bosom. 

The Corsanes of Dumfriesshire have spelled their name "Corson" or "Corsane."  A characteristic of them was their brown eyes and very dark hair.

John Corsane, Provost of Dumfries

John Corsane, the twelfth in descent from the first Sir John, was Provost of Dumfries in 1621.  This Provost Corsane was one of the richest commoners in Scotland.  Besides his country estates, the chief of which was Meikle Knox, he was said to have owned a third of his native town.  At one time, many of its old houses bore the family arms, the head of a pagan pierced by three darts, with warriors as supporters, and the motto: “præmium virtutis gloria.” 

The Provost died in 1629, in his seventy sixth year, and was buried near the entrance gate of St. Michael’s cemetery at a place where eleven of his ancestors had been laid before him.  His son John, the thirteenth of his line, built a monument to his memory.

Early Carson Scots Irish Emigrants

Samuel Carson (1700-1766), died in Chester, Pennsylvania
Thomas Carson (1710-1790), born in Down and died in Georgia
Samuel Carson (1712-1762), born in Down and died in Pennsylvania
Adam Carson (b. 1730), born in Belfast and died in Maine
William Carson (1735-1801), born in Tyrone and died in South Carolina
Adam Carson (1765-1842), born in Tyrone and died in Georgia
William Carson (1765-1834), born in Antrim and died in Nebraska
Samuel Carson (b. 1768), from Belfast to South Carolina in 1803
Eleanor Carson (1782-1821), born in Monaghan and died in Canada
Thomas Carson (b. 1784), from Derry to Philadelphia in 1834
Catherine Carson (1787-1881), born in Cavan and died in Wisconsin
John Carson (1798-1847), died in Illinois
James Carson (b. 1798), from Belfast to New York in 1848

Matthew Carson (1799-1885), died in Brisbane, Australia.

Carsons from Northern Ireland to South Carolina

Thomas Carson and his family were from a small town near Newry in county Down.  They left Ireland on the Elliott in June 1773 and, after a stormy crossing, reached Charleston, South Carolina four months later.  There were about 40 people in their group, including the McGoughs and McDowells who were their friends and neighbors.  The Carsons originally settled in the Abbeville district of South Carolina which at the time was heavily Scots Irish. 

The Revolutionary War soon came.  Thomas and his sons enlisted on the American side.  In retaliation their home was burned by the Tories.  After the war Thomas received bounty land and moved to Wilkes county, Georgia.  He died there in 1790.  His descendants were to be found in Georgia, Alabama, and later in Texas.

Marshall Carson's Obituary

Marshall Carson, a long-time Iowa resident of Logan, died at his home there on May 21, 1922 at the age of 89.  He had been in failing health for some time. 

He was born in 1833 near Bangor in Maine.  At the age of 21 he moved to Minnesota, working there for two years in the pine forests until the gold discoveries at Pikes Peak drew him west.  Marshall stayed only a short time and then took a claim in western Nebraska.  He married Emmeline Kellogg there in 1870.  To this union came eight surviving children.  They moved to Iowa in 1874 and to a farm west of Logan in 1882. 

Mr. Carson lived a long and useful life and was honored by all who knew him.  Though he was blind and deaf for many years, he bore these great afflictions patiently and with extreme kindness toward all.

Lieutenant Joseph Carson and Miss Charlotte Briggs

While the Civil War was raging, Major John Carson of Georgia became concerned about the education of his children.  So he hired a tutor, a Miss Charlotte Keith Briggs of Greene county in Virginia, who was seeking employment as a governess.  Major Carson arranged for his younger brother, Lieutenant Joseph Carson, to get a furlough for the purpose of escorting Miss Briggs from Richmond to the Carson home in Macon county. 

The story goes that the lieutenant did not want to escort a school teacher to Georgia.  He obeyed orders; but he did not care how he looked and did not bother to change his clothes or shave when he went to meet her.  Imagine his surprise when the school teacher turned out to be a beautiful 25-year-old.  Miss Briggs took one look at the dirty soldier and made up her mind not to go anywhere with such a man.   Joseph Carson, blushing, asked her to think it over and he’d come back later. 

That evening the calling card of Lieut. Joseph Perryman Carson was delivered to her room.  When she came downstairs, a handsome young officer in a new uniform and new boots was waiting for her.  She could hardly believe it was the same man that she had seen that morning.  She changed her mind and went to Georgia with Lieutenant Carson. 

The lieutenant was wounded in battle in 1862 and witnessed his elder brother John dying in a hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia two years later.  But there was a happy outcome.  Joseph Carson married Miss Briggs in Macon county, Georgia on January 15, 1864.  And he survived the war and was able to return to the family plantation.

The Carsons in Utah

George and Ann Carson had begun their lives in Pennsylvania.  Later they made their home in Garden Grove, Iowa.  And it was from there that they embarked with their family in June 1851 on that great trek west to the Mormon colony in Salt Lake valley.  They all arrived there safely.  But George passed away that December. 

His son John and two of his brothers established themselves at Fairfield, a growing town with a number of soldiers living there.  In 1858 John built what is now known as the Stagecoach Inn. Here his family lived and operated a hotel for travelers until its doors closed in 1947. 

The Inn was subsequently restored by the Utah State Park and Recreation Commission and reopened in 1964.

Return to Top of Page
Return to Carson Main Page