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1.1. Michael Hugh COOLEY 1.2. Lonnie Rae COOLEY
2ND GENERATION
2. Allison Claude COOLEY 3. Billie Dell HOGUE
3RD GENERATION
4. McCabe COOLEY 5. Marie Henrietta HENNEQUIN 6. Hugh Wallace HOGUE 7. Birdie Nina MCDOWELL
4TH GENERATION
8. Joseph William COOLEY 9. Araminta D JOHNSON 10. Louis Francois HENNEQUIN 11. Marguerite STEWARD 12. Robert Irwin HOGUE 13. Nancy Joanna FOSTER 14. William Ellis MCDOWELL 15. Euphemia Ruth ASHENHURST
5TH GENERATION
16. Greenbury COOLEY 17. Amelia Mohler PETTIT 18. Wesley Phillip JOHNSON 19. Susan Isabel FISK 20. Louis HENNEQUIN 21. Maria Theresa DRAVIGNEY 22. John Joseph STEWARD 23. Fanny LAURENT 24. John HOGUE 25. Ann R SIMPSON 26. John A FOSTER 27. Martha Jane STRUTHERS 28. William Erwin MCDOWELL 29. Maria HART 30. Oliver Taylor ASHENHURST 31. Sara Eva SOUTHERN
6TH GENERATION
32. David COOLEY 33. Laurinda AIKEN 34. Joseph PETTET 35. Elizabeth MOHLER 36. Elijah JOHNSON 37. Anna Jane FOSTER 38. Edward Curtis FISK 39. Arminta D WOOD 40. Xavier HANNEQUIN 41. Marie Magdeleine BELOT 42. Pierre Joseph DRAVIGNEY 43. Marie Thérèse GILBERT 44. Joseph STEWARD 46. Jean Baptiste LAURENT 47. Jeaninne Henriette VANDERMEULEN 48. James HOGUE 49. Margaret IRWIN 50. Isaac SIMPSON 51. Elizabeth RICHARDSON 52. Samuel FOSTER 53. Nancy ____ 54. James STRUTHERS 55. Elizabeth SAVILLE 56. John MCDOWELL 57. Anna CURRY 58. Joseph HART Sr 59. Susan PICKENS 60. Oliver ASHENHURST 61. Euphemia BISHOP 62. Charles William SOUTHERN 63. Ruth Ruema HOOVER
7TH GENERATION
64. John COOLEY 65. Sela WRIGHT 66. William AKINS 67. Rebecca MCCLINTICK 73. Ruth ____ ? 76. John R FISK 77. Mahala KEMP 78. John WOOD 79. Charity CORSON 85. Jeanne Claude DRAVIGNEY 86. Josph GILBERT 87. Agathe LANGARD 102. Matthew RICHARDSON 103. Ann STOCKTON 104. James Couples FOSTER 105. Jane MORROW 108. William STRUTHERS 109. Janet LINDSAY 110. Robert SAVILLE 111. Deborah ____ 112. John MCDOWELL 113. Jane ERWIN 116. Edward HART 117. Nancy Ann STOUT 118. John PICKENS 120. William ASHENHURST 121. Nancy ASHENHURST 122. Peter BISHOP 123. Eleanor ____ 124. John SOUTHERN 125. Elizabeth DUNCAN 126. John HOOVER? 127. unknown
8TH GENERATION
128. Edward COOLEY 129. Martha RAPER 130. William WRIGHT 131. Martha MORGAN 132. William EAKIN 133. Mary WALLACE 134. John MCCLINTICK 135. Mary Jane MCDOWELL 152. Richard FISK 154. William KEMP 155. Sukey DAMANT 158. Eli CORSON 159. Christianna THOMPSON 206. Richard Witham STOCKTON 207. Mary Ann HATFIELD 210. Samuel ? MORROW ? 218. James LINDSAY 219. Margaret WATSON 220. Samuel SAVILLE 221. Ann BOOTH 224. John MCDOWELL 225. Esther HARRISON 226. William ERWIN 227. Mary ERWIN 232. John HART Signer 233. Deborah SCUDDER 234. St Leger Codd STOUT 235. Susannah SIMPSON 248. William SOUTHERN 249. Magdelaine FORD 250. Charles DUNCAN 251. Margaret KIRK 252->255. unknown
9TH GENERATION
256. John COOLEY 257. poss Sarah MATTHEWS 258. Thomas RAPER 259. Martha HAM 260. Richard WRIGHT Sr103 261. Ann 262. James MORGAN 263. Mary DAVIS 316. Jacob CORSON Jr 317. Charity STILLWELL 318. Benajah TOMSON 319. Prudence ELDREDGE 412. Samuel STOCKTON 413. Rachel STOUT 414. Joseph HATFIELD 415. Phoebe CLARK 442. Robert BOOTH 443. Ann GASTON 452. John ERWIN 453. Jane WILLIAMS 454. Francis ERWIN 455. Jane CURRY 464. Capt Edward HART 465. Martha FURMAN 466. Richard Betts SCUDDER Jr 467. Hannah STILLWELL 468. James STOUT 469. Mary Ann CODD 496. John SOUTHERN ? 497. Margaret KIDD ? 500. Charles DUNCAN 502. John KIRK Sr 503. Margaret BROOKS 504->517. unknown
10TH GENERATION
518->823. unknown 632. Jacob CORSON Sr 633. Naomi 634. Nicholas STILLWELL 635. Sara HAND 824. Richard STOCKTON 825. Susannah WITHAM 826. Col Joseph STOUT 827. Ruth BRYMSON 828. Abraham HATFIELD 829. Phoebe OGDEN 829. John CLARK 904. Edward ERWIN 905. Frances FRANCIS 908. see 904 909. see 905 910. William CURRY 911. Sally YOUNG 928. John HART 2nd 929. Mary HUNT 930. Josiah FURMAN 2nd 931. Sarah STRICKLAND 932. Richard Betts SCUDDER Sr 933. Hannah REEDER 936. see 826 937. see 827 938. Capt St Leger CODD 939. Mary HANSON 1000. John DUNCAN 1001. Dinah BRADFORD 940->1035. unknown
11TH GENERATION
1036->1263. unknown 1264. Jan CARSTENSEN 1265. Maria Elias DAAS 1268. John STILLWELL Jr 1270. George HAND 1648. Richard STOCKTON 1649. Abigail ____ 1650. Robert WITHAM 1651. Ann HOAG 1652. Jonathan STOUT 1653. Anne BOLLEN 1654. Daniel BRYMSON 1655. Frances GREENLAND 1856. John HART 1st 1857. Mary ____ 1858. Ralph HUNT 1859. Elizabeth JESSUP 1860. Josiah FURMAN 1st 1862. Edmund STRICKLAND 1863. Hannah ____ 1864. John SCUDDER Jr 1865. Joanna BETTS 1866. John REEDER 2nd 1867. Hannah BURROUGHS 1876. Col St Leger CODD 115 1877. Anna BENNETT 115 1878. Col Hans HANSON 1879. Martha Kelts WOODARD 2002. John BRADFORD 2003. Mary MARR 1880->2071. unknown
12TH GENERATION
2072->2079. unknown 2528. Carsten JANSEN 2529. Barbara 2530. Elias DAAS 2536. John STILLWELL 2537. Elizabeth PERRIN 2540. Thomas HAND 2541. Katherine STUBBS 3296. John STOCKTON 3296. Eleanor CLAYTON 3304. Richard STOUT 3305. Penelope VAN PRINCIS 3306. Capt James BOLLEN 3307. Anne VAUQUELLIN 3308. William BRINSDON 3309. Margaret ____ 3310. Dr Henry GREENLAND 3311. Mary BAREFOOT 3312. Thomas HATFIELD 3313. Anna 3314. Cornelius MELYN 3316. John OGDEN 3317. Jane BOND 3718. Edward JESSUP 3719. Elizabeth BRIDGES 3720. John FURMAN 3728. John SCUDDER Sr 3729. Mary KING 3730. Capt Richard BETTS 3731. Joanna CHAMBERLAYNE 3732. John REEDER 1st 3733. Hannah THORPE 3734. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 3735. Hannah WAY 3752. Col William CODD 115 3753. Lady Mary ST LEGER 115 3754. Gov Richard BENNETT 3755. Mary Ann LONGWORTH113 106 3756. Andrew HANSON 3757. Annika ____ 4006. John MARR Sr 3758->4143. unknown
13TH GENERATION
4144->4159. unknown 5072. William STILLWELL 5073. Hannah 5074. Daniel PERRIN 5075. Elizabeth 5080. John HAND 5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN 6592. John STOCKTON 6593. Eleanor CLAYTON 6608. John STOUT 6609. Elizabeth BEE 6614. Robert VAUQUELLIN 6615. Jeanette 6622. Walter BAREFOOT 6632. Richard OGDEN 6633. Elizabeth HUNTINGTON 7456. Thomas SCUDDER 7457. Elizabeth LOWERS 7458. William KING 7459. Dorothy HAYNES 7460. John BETTES 7461. Mary BIGGS 7462. Rev Robert CHAMBERLAYNE 7463. Elizabeth STOUGHTON 7466. William THORPE 7467. Garthered BLITHE 7468. John BURROUGHS 7469. Johanna JESSUP 7470. James WAY 7504. William CODD 7505. Hester LAMPORD 7506. Sir Warham ST LEGER115 7507. Dame Mary HAYWARD115 7508. Thomas BENNETT 7509. Anstie Tomson SPICER 7512. John HANSON 8012. Daniel MARR 7511->8287. unknown
14TH GENERATION
8288->8319. unknown 10144. Nicholas STILLWELL 10145. Ann 10148. Pierre PERRIN 10149. Andrienne JUBRIL 10160. John HAND 10161. Joan SIMMONS 10162. Henry GRANSDEN 13624. Edward OGDEN 13624. Margaret WILSON 14912. Henry SCUDDER 14913. ____ LOWERS 14914. John LOWERS 14920. Alexander BETTES 14921. Joan LARKYN 14926. Rev Thomas STOUGHTON 14927. Katherine 14936. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 14938. John JESSUP 14939. Joanna KERRICH 15012. Sir Anthony ST LEGER 115 15013. Mary SCOTT 115 15014. Sir Rowland HAYWARD 115 15015. Katherine SMYTHE 15016. Robert BENNETT 15017. Elizabeth EDNEY 15024. Col. John HANSON 15025. Frances PRICHARD 15026->16575. unknown
15TH GENERATION
16576->20289. unknown 20298. Jean JUBRIL 20299. Juvine LOMBARD 20326. William GRANSDEN 20327. Ann 26528. William OGDEN 26529. Abigail GOODSALL 26530. Richard WILSON 26531. Margaret 29792. William de STIRKELAUNDE 29840. Robert BETTS 29876. Francis JESSOP 29877. Frances WHITE 30024. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 30025. Lady Ursula NEVILLE 107 115 30026. Sir Thomas SCOTT 115 30027. Elizabeth BAKER 115 30028. George HAYWARD 30029. Margaret WITHBROKE 30030. Sir Thomas SMYTHE 30031. Alice JUDDE 30032. John BENNETT 30033. Margery 30034. John EDNYE 30048. Thomas HANSON 30049. Janet G GLEDHILL 30050. John PRICHARD 30051->33151. unknown
16TH GENERATION
33152->33279. unknown 53056. Richard OGDEN 53057. Mabel de HOOGAN 53058. Henry GOODSALL 59584. William de STIRKELAUNDE 59752. Richard JESSOP 59753. Ann SWIFT 59754. Alexander WHITE 59755. Eleanor SMITH 60048. Sir Anthony St LEGER 111 60049. Agnes WARHAM 112 60050. George NEVILLE 60051. Lady Mary STAFFORD 60052. Sir Reginald SCOTT 115 60053. Emiline KEMP 115 60054. Sir John BAKER 115 60055. Elizabeth DINLEY 115 60056. John HAYWARD 60060. John SMYTHE 60061. Joan BROUNCKER 60062. Andrew JUDDE 60057. Agnes GLOVER 60096. John HANSON 60097. Agnes SAVILE 60098. John GLEDHILL 60099->66303. unknown
17TH GENERATION
66304->66559. unknown 106112. Robert OGDEN 106113. Joan 106114. Johannes de HOOGAN 119504. William JESSOP 119505. Emotte CHARLESWORTH 119506. Robert SWIFT 119508. Thomas WHITE 119510. William SMITH 119511. Katherine PORTER 120096. Ralph St LEGER 120097. Anne HART 120098. Heughe WARHAM 112 120099. Mary Ann COLLES 120100. George NEVILLE 120101. Margaret FENNE 120102. Edward STAFFORD 120103. Eleanor PERCY 120104. Sir John SCOTT 115 120105. Anne (Amy) PYMPE 115 120106. Sir William KEMP 111 115 120107. Elynor BROWNE 111 115 120108. Richard BAKER 120109. Elizabeth DYNELEY 120110. Thomas DINLEY 115 120112. William HAYWARD 120113. Agnes BALLY 120122. Robert BROUNCKER 120192. John HANSON 120193. Catherine BROOKE 120194. John SAVILE Esq. 120195. Margery GLEDHILL 120196->132607. unknown
18TH GENERATION
132608->132608. unknown 239020. Thomas SMITH 239021. Margaret CLARKE 239022. Augustine PORTER 240192. Ralph ST LEGER 240193. Anne PROPHET 240194. Sir Edward HART 240196. Robert WARHAM 240197. Elizabeth ____ 240198. Geoffrey COLLES 240200->240207. Royal Lineage 107 240208. Sir William SCOTT 115 240209. Sybil LEWKNOR 115 240210. Reginald DE PYMPE 115 240211. Elizabeth PASHLEY 115 240212. Sir Thomas KEMP 111 115 240213. Emelyn CHICHE 111 115 240214. Robert BROWNE 111 240215. Mary MALLETT 115 240218. Thomas DYNELEY 240224. William HAYWARD 240225. Elizabeth BROCKTON 240226. William BALLY 240384. John HANSON 240385. Cicely RAVENSHAW 240386. John BROOKE 240390. John GLEDHILL 240391->265215. unknown
19TH GENERATION
265216->266241. unknown 480384. Ralph ST LEGER 480385. Margaret TYRREL 480400->480415. Royal Lineage 107 480416. Sir John SCOTT 480417. Agnes BEAUFITZ 480418. John LEWKNOR 115 480420. Sir William DE PYMPE 115 480421. Elizabeth WHETEHILL 480422. Sir John PASHELY 115 480423. Lowys GOWER 115 480424. Thomas KEMP 111 480425. Beathris LEUKENER 111 480426. Sir Valentine CHICHE 480427. Philippa CHICHELEY 480428. Sir Thomas BROWNE 111 115 480429. Alianor DE ARUNDEL 115 480430. William MALLETT 115 480448. William HAYWARD 480449. Jane WILCOCKES 480450. William BROCKTON 480768. John HANSON 480769. Cicely DE WINDEBANKE 480770. John RAVENSHAW 480826. Vincent CHICHELE 115 480827->530431. unknown
20TH GENERATION
530432->960767. unknown 960768. John ST LEGER 960769. Margery DONNETT 960824->960829. Royal Lineage 107 960830. Sir Walter D'EVEREAUX 107 960831. Elizabeth MERBURY 107 960832. William SCOTT 960833. Isabella HERBERT 960834. William DE BEAUFITZ 960842. Sir Richard WHETEHILL 960844. Sir John PASHLEY 115 960845. Elizabeth WYDVILLE 115 960846. Sir Thomas GOWER 115 960848. Sir John KEMP 111 960850. Sir Thomas LEUKENER 111 960851. ____ HOO 111 960854. Robert CHICHELEY 960858. Sir Thomas DE ARUNDEL 115 960859. Joan MOYNE 115 960896. John HAYWARD 960897. Margery WEVER 961536. John HANSON 961537. Alice WOODHOUSE 961538->1060863. unknown
21TH GENERATION
1060864->1921537. unknown 1921538. James DONNETT 1921648->1921661. Royal Lineage 107 1921662. John MERBURY 107 1921666. Vincent HERBERT 115 1921688. Sir Robert PASHELY 115 1921689. Philippa CERGEAUX 115 1921690. Sir Richard WYDVILLE 115 1921691. Elizabeth LYONS 1921696. Raulf KEMP 111 1921702. Sir Thomas HOO 111 1921716. John DE ARUNDEL 1921717. Elizabeth DESPENSER 115 107 1921792. James HAYWARD 1923072. Henry DE RASTRICK 1923074. Henry DE WOODHOUSE 1923075->2121727. unknown
22ND GENERATION
2121728->3843075. unknown 3843076->3843327. Royal Lineage 107 3843328->3843375. unknown 3813382. Sir Thomas TUNSTALL 3843376. Robert PASHLEY 115 3843377. Anne HOWARD 115 3843378. Sir Richard CERGEAUX 115 3843379. Philippa FITZALAN 115 3843382. Sir John LYONS 3843432. John FITZALAN 3843433. Alianor MALTRAVERS 107 115 3843436->3846143. unknown 3846144. John DE RASTRICK 3846148. Alexander DE WOODHOUSE 3846149. Beatrice TOOTHILL 3846150->4243455. unknown
23RD GENERATION
4243456->7686151. unknown 7686152->7686655. Royal Lineage 107 7637760. Sir William PARR 7637761. Elizabeth de ROS 7686754. John HOWARD 115 7686756. Richard CERGEAUX 115 7686757. Margaret SENESCHAL 115 7686758. Edmund FITZALAN 115 7686759. Sibyl DE MONTEGU 115 7686864->7686865. Royal Lineage 107 7686866. Sir John MALTAVERS 107 7386867->8486910. unknown
 
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   Name: Charity Corson97 
   Born: 1780s
  Place: Cape May, New Jersey
   Died: 
 Buried: 

"Charity Wood" is mentioned in the will of her brother, Benajah Corson. According to her grandson, J W Fisk, she first married a Captain Stites. A marriage is found for Charity Stites and John Wood, 20 Dec 1818, Clark county OH. She had five children; two with her first husband and three with John Wood.

Julia A Stites 1815-1897 Married Henry Charles Fisk, 1838. Parents of J W Fisk.
Doindia Stites    
John Wood 1820-1891 John was born in Sep 1820 and died 10 Nov 1891 in Slaterville UT. He married Ara Ann Autrey. See the page for his father for more information about his own family.
Araminta D Wood 1821-1904 Married Edward Fisk, Clark county, Ohio, 1841.
Polly Wood c1826-1885+ Fisk, Polly's nephew, says she married a man named Turner and that they had a farm in Marshall county, IA. I have found no such Turners. However, she is found living with her brother, John, in Crawford county IA, 1880 as Polly Renner. She's living with the Ozro Moffit family in Wapello co IA, 1870, also as Polly Renner. (She was the aunt of Ozro's wife, Mahala Fisk Ozro.) She, then, is likely the Polly Renner found on the 1860 census for Marshall co IA with husband Ransom Renner and several children. Polly was Ransom's second wife, his first being Nancy E Brush. Polly, it appears, was childless.11 Researcher Molly Swanson states that Polly is found on the 1885 Crawford co Iowa state census (as Polly Reynard), still living with her brother.

Following the Benajahs

This "map" may be a good starting point to the understanding of Charity Corson's family.

                Benajah Tomson
                 (1720-1780)
                      |
             Christianna Thompson
                (c1760-1841)
                      |
      --------------------------------------
      |               |                    |
Benajah Corson    Eli Corson        Charity Corson
  (-1827)             |                    |
                Benajah Corson        John Wood
                m Mary Sparks          (c1820-)
                                           |
                                     Benajah T Wood
                                      (1858-1930+)

The latest record I can find for Charity is the 1835 tax duplicate for Columbiana twp, Hamilton county, Ohio. There's a John C Wood of that township in the census for 1840 but he appears to have been born in the 1810s, too old to have been Charity's son. However, the following entry for the 1840 census is likely her son.

    1840  >  OHIO  >  CLARK  >  HARMONY
    Series: M704  Roll: 383  Page: 63

                Males         Females
    John Wood   0000100000000 00010000100000

One would want to guess that the woman aged 50-60 is Charity. The age is right. J W Fisk says in his memoirs that John (Jr) moved to Marion county, Iowa in 1844 "with his mother's family." I find him on the 1850 census for that county with a young family and a 62 year-old woman name Lurena Wood, birthplace not listed. J W says that he knew his grandmother as a child--and he lived in Marion county most of his life--but we know her name was Charity, not Lurena. I'm not sure how to interpret these findings. On the other hand, this woman could have been John's relative from his father's side of the family--his father's spinster sister or widowed sister-in-law.

Fisk goes on to say in his memoirs that his grandmother's maiden name was Carson,1 that she was born in Cape May, New Jersey during the 1770s and that she first married a Captain Stites.97 The somewhat famous Captain (sometimes seen as Major) Benjamin Stites died in Ohio in 1804. He could not have been Charity's first husband as her first child, Julia A Stites, wasn't born until 1815. This marriage in Cape May is a tantalizing:

George Stites & Charity Corson, 15 Nov 1806

It's certainly a worthy lead. However, her grandson (Fisk), states specifically that his grandparents married in Ohio--and there were other Charity Corsons in Cape May. In any event, on 20 Dec 1818 the widow Charity Stites married John Wood in Clark County, Ohio.

Further speaking about his grandmother, Fisk says:

She saw General Washington many times as he was at their house often. Her father was a commissioned officer under General Stark.2 She had moulded bullets many times all night to supply the soldiers rifles...Grandmother's people, that is the male element, were mostly military men. They emigrated together with quite a number of other families to Ohio in an early day. There being no defined roads they were forced to move with pack horses and finally settled in what is now Clark County, Ohio, then a stark howling wilderness.

I can find no evidence of a commissioned officer by the name of Corson in Washington's army. However, read on.

Charity's family, with husband John Wood as the head of household, appears in Harmony township, Clark county, Ohio on the 1820 census. The second and third entries on the 1830 census for the same township are as follows:

1830 > OHIO > CLARK > HARMONY Series: M19 Roll: 128 Page: 100 Males Females Christianna Corson 0000100000000 0010000010000 Charity Wood 0000000000000 0100001000000

If this is as it appears, it would be a fabulous find. John Wood was presumably dead by 1830. The young female in Charity's home listed as 5-10 years old would have been her daughter, Araminta, the future wife of Edward Curtis Fisk. Charity's age is given as 40-50. If accurate, she'd have been born in the 1780s--not necessarily too late to have been a bullet maker for Washington's army. But what of the entry above hers? Could this have been Charity's mother and the true source of the stories? Christianna, according to the census, would have been born in the 1760s. Just right. And Charity's age makes a lot more sense in context to her marriage to John in 1818. Furthermore, she would have been old enough to have married George Stites in 1808. Could J W Fisk have confused the stories about his great-grandmother, thinking they were about his grandmother? It seems highly plausible. This would also mean that the man who served under General Stark could have been someone other than a Corson.

A cursory search on the net shows a Christianna Thompson married to Eli Corson. She was born in 1755, Cape May, NJ and died 1841 in Auglaize, Allen Co., Ohio.3 Although the birth year and place of death are not a perfect match, it's close enough to consider that these are the same people, particular in light of Fisk's story.4

Eli and Christianna Corson had several children. According to Kathleen Wolfe's website,5 their son "Benajah died without wife or children. His will lists siblings as Aquilla, John, Eli, Ruth (Baldwin), Charity (Wood), Letty (Smith), and Angelina (Warwick) deceased." [Will Clark Co OH pg 232]. The pieces are coming together.

So who was the commissioned officer that J W Fisk believed he was descended from? There was a Captain-Lieutenant Thompson who served in New Jersey. He was taken prisoner in February 1780 after leading 250 men against the British.6 And there was Captain-Lieutenant Thompson who died the same year, possibly in June.7 Dr James Thacher, in "Military Journal of the American Revolution", describes his death:

In the heat of the action, some soldiers brought to me in a blanket Captain-Lieutenant Thompson of the artillery, who had received a most formidable wound, a cannon-ball having passed through both his thighs near the knee-joint. With painful anxiety, the poor man inquired if I would amputate both his thighs. Sparing his feelings, I evaded his inquiry, and directed him to be carried to the hospital tent in the rear, where he would receive the attention of the surgeons. "All that a man hath will he give for his life." He expired in a few hours.

So far, I've seen nothing to that tells us either officer's first name. But it's interesting that Thacher tells the following story in his journal, dated January 1, 1780. Washington's army was encamped at Morristown, New Jersey (about 160 miles from Cape May) during the winter of 1779-1780.8 Could this lead to confirmation of Fisk's story, that his grandmother had told him that Washington often visited their home?

p 184

January 1st, 1780.-A new year commences, but brings no relief to the sufferings and privations of our army. Our canvas covering affords but a miserable security from storms of rain and snow, and a great scarcity of provisions still prevails, and its effects are felt even at head-quarters, as appears by the following anecdote: "We have nothing but the rations to cook, sir," said Mrs. Thomson, a very worthy Irish woman and house-keeper to General Washington." - "Well, Mrs. Thomson, you must then cook the rations, for I have not a farthing to give you." - "If you please, sir, let one of the gentlemen give me an order for six bushels of salt."- " Six bushels of salt! for what?" - "To preserve the fresh beef, sir." One of the aids gave the order, and the next day his excellency's table was amply provided. Mrs. Thomson was sent for, and told that she had done very wrong to expend her own money, for it was not known when she could be repaid. "I owe you," said his excellency, "too much already to permit the debt being increased, and our situation is not at this moment such as to induce very sanguine hope." - "Dear sir," said the good old lady, "it is always darkest Just before day-light, and I hope your excellency will forgive me for bartering the salt for other necessaries which are now on the table."

Keep in mind that Benajah's first wife, Prudence Eldredge, died in 1778 and that he married Elizabeth Peters on December 4th of the same year and that Washington headquartered at the Ford Mansion while in Morristown. In a report prepared in 1976 for the Morristown Historical Park, Vera B Craig and Ralph H Lewis state that the housekeeper for the Fords during Washington's stay was Mrs Elizabeth Thompson.9

And consider that General Stark (who Fisk says his [great-]great grandfather was commissioned under) had his brigade situated on the east slope of Mount Kemble outside of Morristown. According to Jockey Hollow: the "Hard" Winter of 1779-80,10 Dr Thacher served with Stark's Brigade.

Given the notion that Fisk's recollection of the stories his grandmother told were about her grandfather (Benajah Thomson), not her father (Eli Corson), everything begins to gel: A Captain Thompson, serving under General Stark, died in the vicinity of Morristown during the army's 1780 encampment and his wife, Elizabeth Thompson, could well have been the Mrs Elizabeth Thompson employed by the Ford family, serving as housekeeper to Washingtion, making plausible the General's acquaintance with the Thompson family.

If Eli Corson and Christianna Thomson were Charity's parents, she fits easily into the traditional Corson genealogy, although the following lineage, as far as I can tell, does not indicate a Mayflower descent, as claimed by Fisk. But Daniel Perrin, "The Huguenot" of Staten Island, is certainly an ancestor worthy of the pioneering spirits of Christianna (Thomson) Corson, daughter Charity (Corson) Wood and granddaughter Araminta (Wood) Fisk. A great deal has been written and extensive genealogies compiled about the Perrins. (Elizabeth, below, was Daniel's second wife.) And note that Charity's grandfather, Benajah Tomson, died in 1780, the same year that Captain-Lieutenant Thompson was killed. But the story gets even more interesting. According to legend, Benajah's wife's birth name was Toudl-Hkiligo (translates to "Snowflower") and is said to have been the sister of Na-Mahomie (known as "King Nummy"), chief of the Unalachtigo branch of the Leni-lenape, an Algonquian (Delaware Indian) tribe.


     79. Charity CORSON (1780s-)

    158. Eli CORSON (1757-1813)
    159. Christianna THOMPSON (-1841)

    316. Jacob CORSON Jr (1730-1803)
    317. Charity STILLWELL (1736-)
    318. Benajah TOMSON (1720-1780)
    319. Prudence ELDREDGE (1756-1778)

    632. Jacob CORSON Sr (c1686-1735/36)
    633. Naomi
    634. Nicholas STILLWELL (1714-1771)
    635. Sara HAND (1718-1776)

   1264. Jan CARSTENSEN (c1660-)
   1265. Maria Elias DAAS
   1268. John STILLWELL Jr (c1694-1714)
   1270. George HAND

   2528. Carsten JANSEN (1634-)
   2529. Barbara
   2530. Elias DAAS
   2536. John STILLWELL (1681-1753)
   2537. Elizabeth PERRIN
   2540. Thomas HAND
   2541. Katherine STUBBS

   5072. William STILLWELL (1648-)
   5073. Hannah
   5074. Daniel PERRIN (1642-1719)
   5075. Elizabeth
   5080. John HAND (1611-c1660)
   5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN (1613-)

  10144. Nicholas STILLWELL (-1671)
  10145. Abigail HOPTON (1610-)
  10148. Pierre PERRIN (1615-)
  10149. Andrienne JUBRIL (1617/18-)
  10160. John HAND (1580-)
  10161. Joan SIMMONS
  10162. Henry GRANSDEN (1562-1623)

  20298. Jean JUBRIL (c1595-)
  20299. Juvine LOMBARD (c1596-)
  20326. William GRANSDEN
  20327. Ann

Finally, there's very active interest in the Corson Surname DNA Project. The DNA evidence combined with the genealogical record substantiates to a large degree the Corson lineage. See the article on Eli Corson for more information.


1. The names Corson and Stites are very common in early Cape May records. Carson is not often seen.

2. "General Stark" was General John Stark (1728-1822), known as the "Hero of Bennington". (See Wikipedia for more information.)

3. Per Brian Gilkison's website.

4. The WDC GenWeb Project puts her birth between 1755 and 1762.

5. Kathleen's source for much of her information is Orville Corson's "300 Years with the Corson Family," Middletown, OH 1939.

6. Military Journal of the American Revolution, by James Thacher, page 190.

7. Ibid., page 202

8. From http://www.nps.gov/archive/morr/morristown_primer.htm: During two critical winters of the Revolutionary War, 1777 and 1779-80, the countryside in and around Morristown, New Jersey, sheltered the main encampments of the American Continental Army and served as the headquarters of its commander-in-chief, General George Washington. The National Park Service at Morristown National Historical Park preserves sites in the Morristown area occupied by the Continental Army and interprets the history and subsequent commemoration of these encampments and the extraordinary fortitude of the officers and enlisted men under Washington's leadership. General Washington twice chose Morristown due to its strategic location, including proximity to New York City, defensible terrain, important communication routes, access to critical resources, and a supportive community. The park encompasses ground occupied by the army during the vast 1779-80 encampment, and the site of the fortification from the 1777 encampment. The Ford Mansion, where Washington made his headquarters, is an important feature of the park and recalls civilian contributions to the winning of independence.

9. "Furnishing Plan for The Ford Mansion (1779-80)", Morristown National Historical Park, Vera B Craig and Ralph H Lewis, Hapers Ferry Service, National Park Service, 1976. http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/morr/furnishing.pdf.

10. See http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/hh/7/hh7c.htm

11. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mhebert&id=I6045

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