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References for the Corse
and Dumontet Cases

 John P. DuLong

 First Draft, 9 September 2001

Please cite, quote, or photocopy only with
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This web page contains the references cited on the following web pages:

The Origins of James Corse, ca. 1665-1696, Deerfield, Massachusetts

Alternative Hypotheses Regarding the Origins of James Corse

Elizabeth Corse, the Captive

Origins of Jean Dumontet dit Lagrandeur

Research to be Done on the Corse Case

Table of Contents

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Please note that since 1970, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) collection of books and manuscripts and the Henry N. Flynt Library, also known as the Historic Deerfield Library, have been housed in the same Memorial Libraries building at Deerfield, MA.  

Letters and Emails

Corss, Charles, Lock Haven, PA, to George Sheldon, 15 October 1895, from the Corse File, PVMA.

Corss, Charles, Lock Haven, PA, to George Sheldon, 19 October 1895, from the Corse File, PVMA.

Corss, Charles, Lock Haven, PA, to George Sheldon, 16 March 1896, from the Corse File, PVMA.

Glassel, Thomas L., Brown Deer, WI, to John P. DuLong, 4 April 1994.

Glassel, Thomas L., Brown Deer, WI, to John P. DuLong, 15 July 1999, and packet of miscellaneous photocopies.

Landsman, Ned, Stony Brook, NY, to John P. DuLong, 28 November 1987.

Rogers, Elizabeth B., Utica, NY, to George Sheldon, 5 September 1895 from the Corse File, PVMA.

Shannon, Betty Carillo, Librarian, Barbados Museum and Historical Society, St. Ann's Garrison, Barbados, West Indies, to Thomas L. Glassel, 9 May 1995.

Sheldon, George, Deerfield, MA, to Charles Corss, 7 June 1897 [or 1887, the year is difficult to decipher], Letters of George Sheldon, microfilm, PVMA.

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Catlin Paper.  1685-1911.  "John Catlin, deeds, legal documents, article, program."  Box 1, Folder 1.  PVMA.

Corse File.  1696-1896.  "Corse (also Coss, Cors, Corss)."  PVMA.

Doubleday, William.  N. d.  "Deerfield Probate Inventories Prior to the Year 1740."  Typescript mss.  Memorial Libraries, Deerfield, MA.

Lawrence, Roger.  N. d.  Indian Captives. 2 vols.   Typescript mss.  American-Canadian Genealogical Society, Manchester, NH.   Soon to be published by Quentin Publications.

Massachusetts, Franklin County.  N. d.  Land Records.   Salt Lake City: Family History Library.  Microfilm no. 844472.

Melvoin, Richard I.  1981.  "The Deerfield Town Book 1670-1707: A Transcription from the Microfilm."  Typescript mss.  Memorial Libraries, Deerfield, MA. 

The town records that Melvoin transcribes jumps from 27 June 1691 to 1 March 1696/97.  However, these years are covered in the Williams (19th c.) transcripts on microfilm at the Memorial Libraries, Deerfield, MA.

National Archives of Scotland.  1679.  Entry from the Register of the Edinburgh Tolbooth relating to James CorSsan.  Reference HH11/6, 39.

__________.  1685a.  Entry from Privy Council minutes relating to Elizabeth/Elspeth CorSs, August 1685.  Reference PC1/44, 149.

__________.  1685b.  Entry from Privy Council minutes relating to John CorSan, August 1685.  Reference PC1/44, 140.

__________.  1685c.  Entry from miscellaneous Privy Council papers relating to Elizabeth Corsse, 18 August 1685.  Reference PC12/11a, 51.

Sheldon Letters.  N. d.  "Letters of George Sheldon."   Microfilm, Memorial Libraries, Deerfield, MA. 

Williams, Charles.  19th century.  "Charles Williams Copy 1670-1794."  Microfilm, Memorial Libraries, Deerfield, MA.

The microfilm names Charles Williams as the author, but the online card catalog calls him Charles Jones.   "Misc. Records: March 1817 - Feb. 1868" are on the same reel.  The call number is M 974.42 D312 5.  This microfilm also contains a partial index of the Deerfield town records.

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Adam, Frank.  [1908] 1965.  The Clans, Septs, and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands.  Rev. by Sir Thomas Innes of Learney.  7th ed.   Edinburgh and London: W & A. Johnston & G. W. Bacon Ltd.

Adams, Henry DeCoursey.  1973.  William DeCoursey, 1756-1841, Private, American Revolutionary Army....  Gaithersburg, MD: Privately printed, 1 October 1971, Supplement 1 June 1973. 

Bain, Robert.  1968.  The Clans and Tartans of Scotland.   Glasgow: Fontana/Collins.

Baird, Charles Washington.  [1885] 1998.  History of the Huguenot Emigration to America.   2 vols.  Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

Baker, C. Alice.  [1897] 1990.  True Stories of New England Captives Carried to Canada During the Old French and Indian Wars.  Greenfield, MA: E. A. Hall & Co.  Reprint ed., Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc.

Baker, C. Alice, and Emma L. Coleman.  1924.  Epitaphs in the Old Burying-Ground at Deerfield Mass.  Deerfield, MA: Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

Barber, Henry.  1903.  British Family Names: Their Origin and Meaning, With Lists of Scandinavia, Frisian, Anglo-Saxon, and Norman Names.   2nd enlarged ed.  London: E. Stock.

Bardsley, Charles Wareing Endell.  1967.  A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, With Special American Instances.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.

Beatty, Alma Gilliland, and Claudia Pearre Shramek.  1971-1974.  The House of deCoursey, A.D., 814-1971, 2 vols.  Reno: NV: Privately printed.  Also, FHL microfilm 896820, item 3 for vol. 1, 1972, and FHL microfilm 962286, item 2 for vol. 2, 1974. 

Bédard, Marc André.  1978.  Les protestantes en Nouvelle-France.  Québec: La Société historique de Québec, Cahiers d'histoire, no. 31.

Bell, Robert.  1990.  The Book of Ulster Surnames.   Belfast, Northern Ireland: The Blackstaff Press, 1988.  Reprinted, 1990.

Black, George Fraser.  1946.  The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History.  New York: The New York Public Library. 

Brandow, James C.  1983.  Genealogies of Barbados Families.   Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.

Bridenbaugh, Carl, and Juliette Tomlinson, eds.  1982-1985.  The Pynchon Papers, Vol. 1, Letters of John Pynchon, 1654-1700, and Vol. 2, Selections from the Account Books of John Pynchon, 1651-1697.  Boston: The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Distributed by the University Press of Virginia.

Carter, Samuel.  1884.  "The Route of the French and Indian Army that Sacked Deerfield Feb. 29th 1703-4 [O.S.], on there Return March to Canada with the Captives."  Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association History and Proceedings, 2 (1880-1889): 126-151.

Charbonneau, Hubert, Bertrand Desjardins, André Guillemette, Yves Landry, Jacques Légaré, and François Nault. 1993.  The First French Canadians: Pioneers in the St. Lawrence Valley.  In collaboration with Réal Bates and Mario Boleda.   Translated by Paola Colozzo. Newark: University of Delaware Press.

Coffman, Ralph J.  1978.  Solomon Stoddard.   Boston: Twayne Publishers.

Not very helpful on details about his family life.  Focuses on his theological beliefs.  Stoddard was in Barbados from 1667 to 1669 as the Chaplin for ex-Governor Searle.

Coleman, Emma Lewis.  [1926] 1989.  New England Captives Carried to Canada Between 1677 and 1760 During the French and Indian Wars.  2 vols.  Portland, ME: The Southworth Press.  Reprint ed., Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc.

Craig, Betty Lee Berry.  1978.  The Corse Family.   Austin, TX: Privately printed.

Daniels, George F.  1880.  The Huguenots in the Nipmuck Country.  Boston: Estes and Lauriat.

Danville Journal.  1897.  "The Corss Family In New England Since 1690."  The Journal (Danville, PA) 4:7 (November), no page number recorded, newspaper clipping photocopy from Brenda J. Babineau, 28 September 1999.

Deacon, Edward.  1893.  Some of the Ancestors of Rodman Stoddard, of Woodbury, Conn., and Detroit, Mich.  Bridgeport, CT: Press of Stiles & Tucker.

Demos, John.  1970.  A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony.  London: Oxford University Press.

__________.  1986.  Past, Present, and Personal: The Family and Life Course in American History.  New York: Oxford University Press.

__________.  1994.  The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

This otherwise well documented and intriguing tale of Deerfield's most famous captive, Eunice Williams, is flawed in terms of Corse information.  Demos claims that James Corse, Jr., traveled to Canada in 1730 to redeem his mother, when in actuality it was to recover his sister (see 178-179, 295, n. 29).  Both are named Elizabeth, which in part explains some of the confusion.  However, the mother was killed on the march to Canada in 1704, only daughter survived the trip.  James Corse, Jr., undoubtedly knew that his mother was deceased soon after the assault on Deerfield.

Dobson, David.  1984-1993.  Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825. 7 vols. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

__________.  1986.  Directory of Scots in the Carolinas, 1680-1830.   Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

__________.  1989.  The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783.   Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

__________.  1990.  Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations, 1650-1775. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

__________.  1992.  Scots on the Chesapeake, 1607-1830.   Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

__________.  1994.  Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785.   Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

__________.  [1994-1995] 1997.  Irish Emigrants in North America: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.  3 vols. in 1.  Reprint.  Baltimore, MD: Reprinted for Clearfield by Genealogical Publishing Co.

__________.  1998a.  The Original Scots Colonists of Early America: Supplement: 1607-1707. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

__________.  1998b.  Scots in the West Indies, 1707-1857.   Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Co.

__________.  1999.  The Original Scots Colonists of Early America: Caribbean Supplement, 1611-1707.  Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

__________. 2002. Scots in New England, 1623-1873. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

Donaldson, Gordon.  1980.  "Scots."  In The Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, 908-916.  Edited by Stephan Thernstrom.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Downey, Edith.  1968.  Queries: Gurley or Gourlay.  The Scottish Genealogist 15 (March): 5.

Durning, Bill, and Mary Durning.  1991.  The Scotch-Irish.   Ed. by Margaret Harris.  Le Mesa CA: The Irish Family Names Society.

Eccles, William John.  1983.  The Canadian Frontier, 1534-1760.  Rev. ed.  Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.

Family Tree Maker. 1998. Immigrant Histories: Huguenot Settlers in North America and Europe, 1600s-1900s [CD-ROM]. N. p.: The Learning Company.

Fairley, John A.  1923.  Extracts from the Records of the Old Edinburgh Tolbooth: 5 August 1657-30 March 1686.  N. p.: N. p.

Fischer, David Hackett.  1989.  Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America.  New York: Oxford Univerity Press.

Fournier, Marcel.  1992.  De la Nouvelle Angleterre à la Nouvelle-France: L'histoire des captifs anglo-américains au Canada entre 1675 et 1760.   Montréal: Société généalogique canadienne-française.

Gannon, Peter Steven, ed.  1985.  Huguenot Refugees in the Settling of Colonial American.  New York: The Huguenot Society of American, 1985. 

Genealogical Department.  1976.  Seventeenth Century Immigration to North America From Great Britain and Ireland.  Salt Lake City: The Genealogical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Series A, no. 53.

Greenwood, Val D.  1990.  The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy.  2nd ed.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.

Grimble, Ian. 1973.  Scottish Clans & Tartans.  New York: Harmony Books.

Hanks, Patrick, and Flavia Hodges.  1988.  A Dictionary of Surnames.  Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Hitching, F. K., comp.  1910.  Reference to English Surnames in 1601: An Index Giving About 19,650 References to Surnames Contained in the Printed Registers of 778 English Parishes During the First Year of the XVII Century.   Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom: C. A. Bernau.

Holmes, Abiel.  1830.  "Memoir of the French Protestants who settled at Oxford, Massachusetts, A. D. 1686." Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, 3rd ser. (2): ???-61-???.

Innes of Learney, Sir Thomas.  1952.  The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland.  5th ed.  Edinburgh: W. & A. K. Johnston, Ltd.

Jacobus, Donald Lines.  [1930] 1986.  Genealogy as Pastime and Profession.  2nd rev. ed.  Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

Jetté, René.  1983.  Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec des origines à 1730.  Montréal: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal.

Johnson, Karlton C.  1977.  Some Notes on the Story of the Corse and Larrabee Families of Greenfield, Massachusetts.  Assisted by Isabel Albro, Gardner Albro, Elizabeth Greene, and David Greene.  Atlanta: GA: Privately printed.

Judd, Sylvester.  1905.  History of Hadley.   Introduction by George Sheldon and Family Genealogies by Lucius M. Boltwood.   Springfield, MA: H. R. Huntting & Co.

Kent, David L.  1980.  Barbados and America.   Arlington, VA: Privately printed.

Landsman, Ned C.  1985.  Scotland and Its First American Colony, 1683-1765.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Lawton, Eba Anderson.  1979.  Family Names of Huguenot Refugees to America.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.

Lefebvre, Jean-Jacques.  1966.  "Les deux familles Dupuis, de Laprairie."  Mémoires de la Société généalogique canadienne-française 27 (Arpil-May-June): 81-99. 

Lower, Mark Anthony.  1967.  Patronymica Britannica: A Dictionary of the Family Names of the United Kingdom.  New York: Heraldic Pub. Co.

MacKie, J. D.  1978.  A History of Scotland.  2nd ed.  London: Penguin Books.

MacLysaght, Edward.  1980.  The Surnames of Ireland.   Dublin: Irish Academic Press.

Martine, Roddy.  1987.  Scottish Clan and Family Names: Their Arms, Origins, and Tartans.  Edinburgh: John Bartholomew & Son, Ltd.

Matthews, Constance Mary.  1967.  English Surnames.   New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

McGowan, Susan, and Amelia F. Miller.  1996.  Family & Landscape: Deerfield Homelots from 1671.  Deerfield, MA: Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

Melvoin, Richard Irwin.  1983.  "New England Outpost: War and Society in Colonial Frontier Deerfield, Massachusetts."  Doctoral dissertation, University of Michigan.

__________.  1989.  New England Outpost: War and Society in Colonial Deerfield.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

While Melvoin's books is a very good summary of his dissertation work, the latter is more valuable to genealogists.  He mentions more minute facts about individuals in his dissertation and has some interesting demographic appendixes that were cut out of the book.

Michelin.  1987.  Michelin Road Atlas of France.   New York: Crown Publishers, Inc.

Morgan, T. J., and Prys Morgan.  1985.  Welsh Surnames.   Cardiff, United Kingdom: University of Wales Press.

Moriarty, G. Andrew.  1913.  "Barbadian Notes."  New England Historical and Genealogical Register 67 (October):360-371.

O'Laughlin, Michael C.  1993.  The Master Book of Irish Surnames: Locations, Ethnic Origins, Variant Spellings & Sources.  Kansas City, MO: Irish Genealogical Foundation.

Phelps, Ansel.  1842.  The Deerfield Captive, and Indian Story being a Narrative of Facts for the Instruction of the Young.  Greenfield, MA: A. Phelps.

Reaney, Percy Hide.  [1958] 1991.  A Dictionary of English Surnames.  Corrections and additions by R. M. Wilson.   London: Routledge, 1958.  3rd ed., 1991.

Rindler, Edward Paul.  1977.  "The Migration from the New Haven Colony to Newark, East New Jersey: A Study of Puritan Values and Behavior, 1630-1720."  Doctoral dissertation, University of Pennsylvania.

Roloson, Louise Catlin Cleaver.  1981.  The Catlin Genealogy.   Edited by Joanne Galbronner Kirchman.  Melbourne, FL: The Kellersberger Fund of the South Brevard Historical Society, Inc.

Roy, Pierre-Georges.  1924.  "Les lettres de naturalite sous le régime françois."  Le Bulletin des recherches historiques 30 (August): 225-232.

Rubincam, Milton.  1987.  Pitfalls in Genealogical Research.   Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, Inc.

Sanders, Joanne McRee, comp. and ed. 1979-1981. Barbados Records: Wills and Administrations, 1639-1725.  3 vols.  Marceline, MO, and Houston, TX: Walsworth Publishing Co. and Sanders Historical Publications.

__________.  1982.  Barbados Records: Marriages, 1643-1800.  2 vols.  Houston, TX: Sanders Historical Publications.

__________.  1984.  Barbados Records: Baptisms, 1637-1800.   Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.

Savage, James.  1860-1862.  A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, On the Basis of Farmer's Register.  4 vols.  Boston: Little, Brown and Co.  Also available online at  

Scottish Privy Council.  1908.  The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland.  3rd ser.  16 vols. Edinburgh, Scotland: H. M. General Register House.

Sheldon, George.  1888.  "Notes and Queries: Corse."   New England Historical and Genealogical Register 42 (July): 311.

__________.  [1895-1896] 1983.  A History of Deerfield, Massachusetts.  2 vols.  Reprint ed., Deerfield, MA: Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

Sims, Clifford Stanley.  1968.  The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames with a Vocabulary of Christian Names.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.

Smith, Mary P. Wells.  1928.  The Boy Captive of Old Deerfield.  Illustrated by L. J. Bridgeman.  Boston: Little, Brown, and Co.

This is a novel based on the captive experience of Stephen Williams, but it is valuable for the plan of Deerfield Fort and Street in 1704 after p. 22.

Smith, Philip D.  1992.  Tartan for Me!  Suggested Tartans for Scottish, Scotch-Irish, Irish, and North American Surnames with Lists of Clan, Family, and District Tartans.  5th ed.  Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc.

Tanguay, Cyprien.  [1871-1890] 1975.  Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours.  7 vols.  Montréal: Eusèbe Senécal. Reprint, Montréal: Éditions Élysée.

Temple, J. H.  1890.  "Settlement of Northfield."   Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association History and Proceedings, 1 (1870-1879): 114-140.

Temple, J. H., and George Sheldon.  1875.  History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts.  Albany, NY: Joel Munsell.

Thompson, Francis M.  1912.  "Charles Corss." Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association History and Proceedings, 5 (1905-1911): 20-23. 

Trumbull, James Russell.  1898-1902.  History of Northampton, Massachusetts.  2 vols.  Northampton: Press of Gazette Printing Co.

Virkus, Frederich Adam.  1925-1942.  Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy.  7 vols.  Chicago: F. A. Virkus & Co., and Institute of American Genealogy. 

Warner, Lucien C., and Mrs. Josephine Genung Nichols, Comps.  1919.   The Descendants of Andrew Warner.  New Haven, CT: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co.

Wells, Daniel White, and Reuben Field Wells. 1910.  A History of Hatfield, Massachusetts, 1660-1910.  Springfield, MA: F. C. H. Gibbons.

Whyte, Donald, comp. and ed.  1972.  A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to the U. S. A.  Baltimore, MD: Magna Carta Book Co.

__________.  1986-1995.  A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation.  2 vols.  Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society.

Woulfe, Patrick.  1967.  Irish Names and Surnames; Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes [Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall {romanized form}].  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Co.

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Web Pages and CD-ROMs

The Dutch Uncle Discussion List Home Page.  1999., 24 August.

Historic Deerfield Home Page.  1999., October.  Email: library at

House of Tartan.  1999., 21 August.

James Nohl Churchyard.  1999.  The Catlin and Corse Families of Deerfield Massachusetts, 30 June.

LDS [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints].  1993.  International Genealogical Index [CD-ROM].  Version 4.01, main file March 1993, addendum February 1997, British Isles.  Salt Lake City: Genealogical Department.  Now available online at    

LDS.  1994?.  Old Parochial Registers Index for Scotland [CD-ROM].  Salt Lake City: Genealogical Department.  Available on CD-ROM at the Family History Library and most Family History Centers.  There is also an Old Parochial Registers (OPR) Index for Scotland: Resource Guide available online from

Orr, Brian. 2001.  The Covenanters, 15 September.  

PRDH [Programme de recherche en démographie historique]. 1999-.  This is an online database of vital records from the French colonial period.  You must have an account established with PRDH to use the database.  Each record has a corresponding certificate number, which is the number cited in the Corse and Dumontet web pages.

Savage, James.  1994.  A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England...., 12 September 1999.

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