256. John CORSON
(259) was born about 1660 in Gravesend, L.I..
He died about Jul 1728 in Cape May Co, NJ. He was a Farmer, Yeoman. Very little
concerning the life of John Corston, Coston or Corson has been preserved in the
records. From the Book, we can judge him from the records, he was, no doubt,
a farmer by occupation and a man of considerable means. The story about his move
from Long Island to Cape May NJ is rather interesting if true. In the latter
part of the 17th Century the whaling industry flourished. It is said that John
and his brother Peter hunted whales during the winter months. During one of
these expeditions, the crew of the ship became very roudy with drinking and carousing
aboard the ship and in their own language the brothers "could not stand
such goings on." They left the ship while off the coast of New Jersey and
landed in Cape May Co. They are said to have spent their first winter in a cave
along a creek, and in the spring when the waters became high they had to move
to another celler or cave on higher land. The name of this creek was therafter
Celler Creek and the cave was on what was (in 1930) the Ezra Corson farm.
John seems to have stayed in New Jersey from this time on. The brothers began
purchasing land from 1695 and there were many land deeds recorded. John apparently
never could write his name, as he always signed with an X His brother Peter did
sign his own name.