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Henry Corse


Henry Corse, a farmer and stock raiser of Perry County, Mo., was born in 1835, and is a son of Charles and Nancy Corse. Charles Corse was of German descent, and was born in Maryland in 1797. When a small boy he accompanied his parents to Kentucky, where he was reared and adopted farming as a vocation. There he was married to Nancy Mason, a native of the State.

After his marriage he removed to Missouri and located permanently in Perry County, where he followed agricultural pursuits and speculated in wood, keeping a wood yard at Corse’s Landing. He owned the landing, which proved a valuable piece of property. After a life of great usefulness he died on February 28, 1862. His wife had died previously in 1851.

Henry Corse was born in Kentucky, and came to Missouri with his parents. He was reared and educated in Southeast Missouri, and in 1862 married Nancy Favell, a native of Missouri, by whom he had three children.

After the death of his first wife, Mr. Corse married Mary Cashion, also a native of Southeast Missouri, born in 1846. To this union have been born six children who are now living: Mary E., Emma Jane, Noah, Alonzo, Ceran and Arthur.

Mr. Corse is a prosperous farmer and a large land owner, owning 50 acres in the mineral regions of Southeast Missouri.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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