Carson is a name of Scottish origin, possibly from a long lost place-name. The first record of the name occurred in Dumfries in the 13th century in the form of Acarson. The Corsans or Carsans were a long-standing Dumfries family.
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Scotland. Early Carsons were noted for their ferocity. John a'Carson and his followers seized the castle of Dumfries in 1305. They were to settle in Dumfries a hundred years later.
These John Corsanes were provosts of Dumfries during the 1600's and wealthy. John Corsane of Meikle Knox who died in 1777 was the last of this male line. But the name Corsane or Corson, more often now written Carson, is still common in Dumfries.
Ireland. Carsons migrated across the Irish Sea to Ulster at the time of the Scottish Plantations of the 17th century or later. They settled first in county Tyrone and then spread to other parts of the province, especially to Antrim and Derry. A number of these Scots Irish Carsons emigrated; and there is one family history which traces a Carson family from Antrim who made the reverse journey to Ayrshire in Scotland in 1873. But many stayed.
A Carson family had moved to Dublin from Dumfries in 1815. They were a wealthy Anglican family in Dublin during the 19th century. Edward Carson of this family made his name as a barrister in the Oscar Wilde trial of 1895. He subsequently became a politician, espoused Unionism, and led the Irish Unionist party between 1910 and 1921.
America. Carsons in
America are most likely to be of Scots Irish origin.
them was the trapper and Indian agent
Another Carson, John Carson, preceded him. He was an 18th
Indian trader who founded Carsonville in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania
in the 1760's.
One family history traced the story of a Carson familiy from county
Down who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1773 and
migrated to Georgia, Alabama, and then to Brazos county, Texas.
Talk show host Johnny Carson was born in Iowa in 1925. It was
four generations back, who had made the move from
Maine to Iowa in the 1870's and his forebear, Adam Carson, who had
arrived from Ireland in the 1750's.
William Carson grew up in Belfast and migrated
to Canada via New York with his wife Anne in 1832.
He bought land unseen on a bend in the Ottawa
river called Gore of Lock Harbor. The
land must have been all right because he farmed and lived there until
John Carson was another Irish Protestant, in this case a tenant farmer from the Curragh in Kildare, who came to Quebec in the early 1830ís. It is possible that he lost his first wife during the 1832 cholera epidemic in Montreal. He married his second wife Mary in Montreal in 1834 and they moved to the English river area of Quebec around 1850.
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