26 February 2011

Surname Saturday - Coursault

My husband's maternal grandmother was a COURSAULT - Julia Coursault to be exact. Of all the children of Charles and Appelina Coursault, Julia is the most elusive. The couple had several daughters, three were  married at Christ Church in Philadelphia.

I beg your indulgence while I degress for a moment. Christ Church is located on Second Street just above Market. It has been called The Nation's Church. Organized in 1695, this church saw the likes of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. While the people there were very helpful in our genealogical search when we went, it is still an active church. It does still hold two Sunday services in the Episcopalian faith and a Communion Service each week. The burial grounds, located at 5th and Arch, are the resting place of five of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Julia (b 13 June 1885) married Morgan G DEYOE. She died in December 1945 and is buried at the Mt. Peace Cemetary in Philadelphia. Anne (b. 13 March 1899) married Michael RAYMOND on 26 April 1916. She was also chrismated as a child in Christ Church. Marie (b. 1895) married Charles BLACKMAN on 25 November 1912 in Christ Church. Helen (b. 1902) married Frank Fred Falcon on 5 January 1921 at Christ Church. She was buried on 11 June 1930 in the Northwood Cemetary in Philadelphia.

The 1900 census also shows a daughter Katie born in 1887, son Leon born in 1890, son Prosper born 1892 and a daughter June born in 1899 in addition to Julia and Marie. Helen would not have been born yet but Anne simply does not appear here with th efamily then.

The girls' mother - Appelina - was also buried in Northwood. She died in December 1927 and was buried there on the 14th of that month. Her burial records are located at Christ Church.

Charles Coursault was the son of Leopold and Catherine Coursault. I have also found Charles' name recorded as Edward.

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