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Notes for John CORSER

Tradition has it that John Corser, Sr. came from Scotland to Newbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire about 1690, at the age of 14. It is more probable, however, that he came to Newbury from Boston or vicinity. The records of Newbury show the following: "John Corser & Tabitha Kenny of Newbury were married March ye 8th 1716/17".

In 1735, John moved to Contoocook (later called Boscawen) with his family of seven children. His eldest son, John, Jr., had settled in Kingston, New Hampshire.

John, Sr. resided for several years on King street and, with others, erected the first saw-mill. While tending it he met with an accident which deprived him of his sight. His death is supposed to have occurred in 1776.

From Genealogy of the Corser family in America, embracing many of the descendants of the early settlers of the name in Mass. & N.H., with some reminiscences of their trans-Atlantic cousins, by Samuel B.G. Corser & Elwood S. Corser (1902): In 1745 John Corser, while tending a saw-mill alone at the head of K street, was using a crow-bar about a mill log. In an unaccountable manner, the end of the bar struck his head, cut off his nose, took out his right eye, raised the fore half of the skull-bone, and left the brain bare but not injured. In this situation he was soon found by William Emery. Surgical aid was administered and his wounds healed. Shortly afterward he lost the sight of his other eye but lived and enjoyed good health for more than thirty years.

His son, John, Jr., came from Kingston to Boscawen about 1764 and settled on Corser Hill, on the farm later owned by Mr. Tilton. Other facts concerning the first settler, John, may be found in the Genealogy of the Corser family in America.


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