I found this on Heritage Quest, if there is any mis-spelling, it will be my transcription error.I thought someone might be interested in reading these excerpts from the book, some of which is repetitive.They do give a bit of familial relationships.
Hart, William H.,
History of Sac County, Iowa
Indianapolis, Ind. :: B.F. Bowen & Co.,, 1914, 1001 pgs.
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JAMES DAVID CORSAUT.
An enumeration of the representative citizens of Sac county would be incomplete without specific mention of the well known and popular gentle-man whose name introduces this sketch.A member of one of the old and highly esteemed families of this locality and for many years a public-spirited man of affairs, he has stamped the impress of his individuality upon the com-munity and added
luster to the honorable name which he bears, having al-ways been actuated by a spirit of fairness in his dealings with the world in general, and leaving no stone unturned whereby he might benefit his own condition as well as that of his friends and the favored section of the great commonwealth in which he has been content to spend his life.Straightfor-ward and unassuming, genial and obliging, Mr. Corsaut enjoys the good will and respect of a wide circle of friends throughout this part of the
James David Corsaut, the son of David and Sarah (Hunt) Corsaut, was born January 12, 1870, in Michigan.David Corsaut was born near London City, Canada, in
1839.His wife, Sarah Hunt, came from Eng-land to Canada when she was three years of age.In 1885 David Corsaut and family came to Butler county, Iowa, and a year later moved to Hamil-ton county, where they stayed for six years.In the spring of 1892 they came to Sac county and settled on a farm of three hundred and twenty acres in Jackson township, where Mr. and Mrs. David Corsaut are now living.They were the parents of six children, five of whom are living: Will and Charles King are at home; James David, whose history is herein delineated; Mrs. Emma Hendrickson, of Sac City, Iowa; Mrs. Zadie Kier, of Spencer, Iowa, and Hannah, who died at the age of two.
James David Corsaut received his education in the public schools of Michigan and Iowa and worked with his father on his large farm until his marriage in 1900.He is cultivating a fine farm of three hundred and twenty acres owned by the family and raises a considerable amount of stock in addition to his general farming.He and his father and brothers make a specialty of the breeding of Percherons.They have three fine stallions, one wo which, "Cato," was imported from Belgium.In 1913 they had nineteen head of horses and forty head of cattle.They always have a fine herd of Shorthorn cattle, and adds not a little to his annual income from the sale of this cattle.
Mr. Corsaut was married January 10. 1900, to Margaret Rebecca Gish-willer, the daughter of Nicholas Gishwiller, the mayor of Sac City.This marriage has been blessed with four children, all of whom are at home:
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Frances Alvira, aged fourteen; Dwight James, aged twelve; Zadie Emma, aged ten, and Lorne Fuller, aged eight.
In his political relations, Mr. Corsaut has allied himself with the Re-publican party, but, owing to his many interests, he has not been able to take an active part in political affairs.The family are all members of the Presbyterian church and give it their earnest support at all times.Mr. Corsaut is a member of the Yeomen and is very much interested in the activities of that order.Two of his children, Dwight and Lorne, drew first prizes in a declamatory contest recently, which was held by the Yeomen.Mr. Corsaut is one of the most important stock raisers in the county and has been identified with the material growth and prosperity of this section of the
state.By his straightforward and commendable course he has won his way to a respectable position in the life of his community and has earned a reputation as an enterprising man of affairs.
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One of the most prosperous farmers and stock men of Sac county is David Corsaut, of Jackson township.He has built up a reputation as one of the leading horse men in the state of Iowa.he has been interested in the breeding of Percheron thoroughbred horses for the past seven years, buying his first brood mare in 1907 at Sioux City, for which he paid six hundred and sixty dollars.The following winter he bought the champion brood mare of Iowa, "Victorine."He now has three of the finest Percheron stallions in Iowa, one of which he imported in the spring of 1913 at the cost of eighteen hundred dollars.This stallion, "Cato," is three years old and weighs one thousand, nine hundred and sixty pounds.He now has over twelve head of thoroughbred Percheron horses on his farm and has had the gratification of taking
sweepstakes at the state fair in Des Moines on more than one occasion.
David Corsaut was born February 10 1849, in London, Canada, and
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is the son of James and Millicent (Farrar) Corsaut.His father was born in New York state, his mother in Connecticut.His mother came from the famous Farrar family of preachers, who trace their ancestry back to John Knox, a reformer of the Middle ages.Mr. Corsaut also traces his ancestry back to the Corsauts of colonial times.His grandparents came from Hol-land and first settled in New York.James and Millicent F. Corsaut were the parents of eleven children, seven sons and four daughters.Five of these children are still living, namely:Ebenezer, of London, Ontario; James, of
Anderson, Indiana; William, of Dakota; Charles, of New York, and David, whose history is portrayed in this connection.Both of the parents of David Corsaut died in
Canada, his mother living to the advanced age of ninety-one.
David Corsaut received all of his education in the schools of Canada and lived at home until he was twenty-three years of age.In 1863 he left Canada and came to Michigan, where he hired out as a farm hand for two years, then settled in St. Clair county, Michigan, where he married and bought a farm, on which he lived until 1886.He then moved to Butler county, Iowa, and the year following went to Hamilton county, in the same state, where he lived on a rented farm for six years.He saved his money with the intention of investing in land at the first opportunity and in 1892 he came to Sac county and purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land for twenty-three dollars an acre.Since purchasing this land he has erected all the buildings, thoroughly tiled and fenced the farm.In 1899 he bought three hundred and twenty acres in Cedar township at forty-five dollars an acre and now owns six hundred and forty acres in Sac county, which is worth two hundred dollars an acre.
Mr. Corsaut was married April 15, 1867, to Sarah Hunt, the daughter of John and Mary (Wilcox) Hunt, and was born in Exeter, England.Her parents came to America in 1870 and settled in London, Ontario, where they lived and died.To John and Mary W. Hunt wre born twelve children, nine of whom are now living:Grace,.Thomas, William, Elizabeth, Harry, Sarah, Fanny, Hunt, Mary Jane, and Ann,
Robert and Samuel, deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. Corsaut have reared six children, one dying in infancy: William and Charles are at home with their parents; James is a farmer of Cedar township, married and has four children, Frances, Dwight, Zada and Loren; Mrs. Emma Hendrickson, of Sac City, who has two children, Fern and David; Mrs. Zada Keir, of Spencer, Iowa, who has children, Robert and Ferris; Hannah died at the age of twenty-two months in Michigan.
Politically, Mr. Corsaut is a Republican and, while taking an intelligent interest in the political issues of the day, he has never been an aspirant for
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any public office.He and his family are loyal members of the Presbyterian church, and ally themselves with various interests of that denomination.Mr. Corsaut has all of those qualities which go to make up ideal citizenship.Among those with whom he associates he is held in high regard.His strong character, farseeing judgment and high purposes have won fo him a large circle of friends and acquaintances, who admire him for the life of strict integrity and usefulness which he has led since coming to this country.