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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Captain William Marcus Courtenay (brother of Henry Courtenay, of Harrymount, County Down, Esq.) - The Naval Chronicle for 1812

Captain William Marcus Courtenay (brother of Henry Courtenay, of Harrymount, County Down, Esq. and nephew to the gallant officer of that name,
who was killed in the year 1798, while commanding the Boston frigate).

From "The Naval Chronicle for 1812." It displays at once great coolness in battle, uncommon presence of mind, and real nautical wit : "In the action of the 1st of June, 1794, Captain Courtenay was serving as master's mate on board the Thunderer, then commanded by the present Admiral Albemarle Bertie, one of the
ill-fated Captains, excluded from the honourary reward of a medal, because, forsooth, no men were killed or wounded on board his ship, although the Thunderer was in the heart of the action, and nobly did her duty. In the midst of the battle, while the Thunderer was warmly engaged, a spent-shot, 24-pounder, lodged in the fore-yard. A sailor, finding the shot loose, slipped off his neck-handkerchief, placed the shot in it, and brought it to Mr. Courtenay, who was then quite busy lighting some of the main-deck guns, The shot was surveyed for a moment by the surrounding tars, and the question of "Who has any chalk?" was answered by one of the carpenter's crew presenting a piece to the master's mate. The words Post Paid were then made legible on the shot ; and it was placed in a gun, and immediately returned to the enemy. It is impossible to describe the enthusiasm, the joy, and the momentary exultation (to the total
exclusion of every other sentiment), that pervaded the whole ship's crew, at this simple but sudden and singular act, the knowledge of which was conveyed
from gun to gun with talismanic powers; those only who have witnessed the heart-thrilling effects of three cheers in battle, as conveyed from ship to ship
in testimony of each other's prowess or good fortune, can appreciate the value of this kind of stimulus."

Julia Courtenay Campbell Obituary 1924-2008

Julia Campbell Obituary

Julia Courtenay Campbell

Julia Anna Francis Courtenay Campbell, 84, of Charlottes-ville, died Friday, October 17, 2008.

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, on January 30, 1924, she was the daughter of the late St. John and Margaret Beattie Courtenay. Her husband, Thomas Campbell, also preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sons, Everett Lee Campbell and his wife, Christina, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Courtenay Madison Campbell and his wife, Pamela Joy, of Columbia, South Carolina; two grand-daughters, Christina Leonard and her husband, Scott, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Francis Duncan and her husband, Levi, of Herndon; three great-grandchildren, Scott, John and Courtenay Leonard; two sisters, Margaret Jenkins of Sarasota, Florida, and Elisabeth Hamilton of Anchorage, Alaska; and a brother, St. John Courtenay of Huntsville, Alabama.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard in Ivy with the Reverend Miller Hunter officiating.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Obituary for Mrs. Elizabeth "Libby" Courtenay Hamilton

Obituary for Mrs. Elizabeth "Libby" Courtenay Hamilton

Elizabeth ‘Libby” Courtenay Hamilton, 88, of Gulfport died Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in Oxford. She was born in Richland County, SC and was a long time resident of Gulfport. She was active for over 50 years at St. Peters by the Sea Episcopal Church, the Garden Club and Medical Wives Auxiliary.

Mrs. Hamilton was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Edward C. Hamilton; a daughter, Jane Craig Hamilton; son, Edward Courtenay Hamilton; her parents, St. John Courtenay and Margaret Hayne Beattie Courtenay; her husband’s parents, Morris and Jennie Lee Hamilton; a sister, Julia Francis Courtenay Campbell.

She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Hayne Hamilton and her husband, Danny R. Story; a son, Morris Robeson Hamilton, MD and his wife, Margie Crowder Hamilton;

A sister, Margaret Courtenay Jenkins;

a brother, St. John Courtenay;

six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, Edward Mesick and his wife, Alissa Varrati and their daughter, Estelle Carter Mesarrati, Jennifer C. Dixon and her son, Jonas Author Dixon, Hattie E. Schmidlkofer, her husband, Jeremy and their daughters, JJ Marilee Hayne and Karma Martina Hattie, Francis Connor and her husband Major Liam Connor and their son, Gavin McGregor Connor, Morris R. Hamilton, his wife, Kim and their son, Theodore Robeson , Fredrick Hamilton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service is Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peters by the Sea Episcopal Church, Gulfport where friends may visit beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Park, Biloxi.

The family prefers memorials to Fountain Anglican Church, 1740 Jefferson Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655 or Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 773223, Eagle River, Alaska, 99577-3223.

Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.  View and sign register book at

Friday, February 17, 2017

Courtenay Family Gravestone St. Patrick's Church, Newry, N. Ireland (PHOTO - closeup of bottom half of stone)

Courtenay Family Gravestone St. Patrick's Church, Newry, N. Ireland  (closeup of bottom half of stone)

Courtenay Family Gravestone St. Patrick's Church, Newry, N. Ireland (PHOTO - closeup of top of stone with added contrast)

Courtenay Family Gravestone St. Patrick's Church, Newry, N. Ireland ( A close photo of the top half of the stone, with extra contrast added by computer)

Courtenay Family Gravestone St. Patrick's Church, Newry, N. Ireland (PHOTO)

Courtenay Family Gravestone St. Patrick's Church, Newry, N. Ireland

[1st name on Newry Courtenay stone] Edward COURTENAY was born on 15 Oct 1741. Died in 1787 [or 1796]. See (p. 100) Crossle. Marriage notice in the Belfast Newsletter of 26 April, 1765: "Tuesday last (23rd) Edward Courtenay of Newry, Esq., was married to Miss Jane Carlile of same place, a young lady of great merit, and a handsome fortune." Miss Carlile was the third daughter of David Carlile of Newry, by Jane Medill his wife. Note: This Edward is listed as having died in 1796 at age 40 in the St. Patrick's cemetery records, a copy of which was received by St. John Courtenay III in May 1994 [1796 is shown on the Courtenay gravestone in St. Patrick’s cemetery, Newry]. This date conflicts with Crossle's death date of 1787. Edward’s wife Jane is listed in the St. Patrick's cemetery records as having died in 1828 at age 78 and is explicitly denoted as "widow of Edwd". This Edward COURTENAY was the great-grandfather of William Ashmead Courtenay, mayor of Charleston, SC.

He married [5th name on stone] Jane CARLILE on 23 Apr 1765. Jane CARLILE was born in 1744. Died on 9 Jan 1828.

They had the following children:

50 i. Jane COURTENAY, died in Jun 1832 in Newry, Co. Down, Ireland. Buried on 23 Jun 1832 in St. Patricks, Newry. Res: Ballybot, Newry. Died unmarried. see Crossle reprint p. 115
+51 ii. Mary COURTENAY
+52 iii. John COURTENAY
+53 iv. Charles Henry COURTENAY [2nd name on stone]
+54 v. David COURTENAY [6th name on stone]
+55 vi. Edward COURTENAY
+56 vii. Elizabeth COURTENAY

53. Charles Henry COURTENAY [2nd name on stone] was born about 1770. Died on 9 Jan 1809. Buried in Jan 1809 in St. Patrick's, Newry, Ireland.

He married Mary HENRY [7th name on stone]. Mary HENRY was born about 1786. Died on 6 Aug 1852 in Newry, Ireland (Ballybot). Buried in 1852 in St. Patricks Cemetery, Newry. Died age 66.

They had the following children:

+94 i. Edward Henry COURTENAY [8th name on stone].
95 ii. Charles Henry COURTENAY [4th name on stone]was born about 1809. Died at age eighteen on 5 Sep 1827 in Newry, Ireland. Buried on 8 Sep 1827 in St. Patrick's, Newry, Ireland.

He also married Elinor FOXALL on 24 Feb 1800. Elinor Foxall was the 1st wife of Charles Henry Courtenay.

They had the following children:

96 i. Jane COURTENAY [3rd name on stone]
was born about 1801. Died on 25 Aug 1823 [Note: the stone at St. Patrick’s cemetery, Newry shows Jane’s death date as 1824. Jane Courtenay died unmarried.

54. David COURTENAY [6th name on stone]was born about 1771. Died on 28 Jan 1846. Buried on 30 Jan 1846 in St. Patricks, Newry. Note: the stone at St. Patrick’s cemetery, Newry shows David’s death date as 1847.

He married Charlotte BOSQUETT on 10 Nov 1797.

They had the following children:

+97 i. David Carlile COURTENAY Rev. [10th name on stone]
98 ii. Sarah Jane COURTENAY [9th name on stone] was born about 1801. Died in 1871 at age 70. Died unmarried. Crossle (p. 106). Buried on 20 May 1871. Miss Jane Courtenay of Ball's Mill, Co. Louth.
+99 iii. Charlotte Feris COURTENAY
+100 iv. Edward ("Black Ned") COURTENAY
101 v. Mary COURTENAY was born about 1805. Baptized on 14 Aug 1805 in Newry?.
102 vi. Cordelia COURTENAY was born as a child.

94. Edward Henry COURTENAY [8th name on stone] was born about 1804. Died on 3 Jun 1872 in Dublin, Ireland (at residence 28 Burlington Road). Died age 67.

He married Charlotte Jane HARRIET on 29 Oct 1835 in Cheltenham. Charlotte Jane HARRIET was born about 1811. Died on 9 Jan 1898 in Dublin, Ireland.

They had the following children:

+165 i. Charlotte Mary COURTENAY
166 ii. Agnes Anna COURTENAY was born in Cheltenham. Unmarried.
167 iii. John Irving COURTENAY was born about 1837. Died. Died unmarried.
+168 iv. Jane Adelaide Courtenay COURTENAY

97. David Carlile COURTENAY Rev [10th name on stone]was born on 1 Jun 1800 in Dublin, Ireland. Died on 20 Apr 1891 in Dunmore, Kingstown, Co. Dublin. Buried in April 1891 in St. Patrick's, Newry, Ireland. Crossle (p. 103). Buried in common Courtenay grave at St. Patricks, Newry. Section III, grave 122, Plots 4.

He married Dorothea BRADY [11th name on stone]in Jun 1842. Dorothea BRADY, died in 1874. Buried in 1874 in St. Patricks, Newry N. Ireland. Source: Letter dated 22 May 1994 to St. John Courtenay III from John O'Brien, 1 School Road, Commons Newry, Co. Down. Second source: Photograph of the Courtenay stone at St. Patrick’s taken in 1997 during a visit to Newry by Dr. Thomas A. Courtenay of Shelbyville, Kentucky.

They had the following children:

+169 i. Charlotte Letitia COURTENAY
+170 ii. Edward Maziere COURTENAY

Seeking any information on a William Courtney, born somewhere in Ireland in 1756, and later settled in Morristown New Jersey USA

               Seeking ANY information you may have on what family and location in Ireland this       William Courtney originated from.  Please help with this search!  Many thanks.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Obituary: William Courtenay ‘Bill’ Davidson - Nov. 10, 2013

Obituary: William Courtenay ‘Bill’ Davidson /2013/11/13/obituary-william-courtenay-bill-davidson/ 

Oak Ridge Today Obituaries

William Courtenay “Bill” Davidson died Sunday morning, Nov. 10, 2013,
at Greenfield Senior Living of Oak Ridge, where he had resided for a
short time.

The son of Mary Ann and the late Jackson B. Davidson, Bill was born in
Oak Ridge in 1954 and attended Cedar Hill Elementary, Jefferson Junior
High, and Oak Ridge High School, from which he graduated in 1972. He
was active in Scouts and received the Order of the Arrow. He attended
Eckerd College in Tampa, Fla., and later graduated from the University of
Tennessee with honors and a major in French.

He was preceded in death by his father and his sister Anne Courtenay
Davidson; also six uncles, Nathaniel (and his wife Mary), Robert,
William, Hugh (and his wife Loretta), and Lee Davidson and William H.

William Courtenay “Bill” Davidson
Survivors include Bill’s mother; his sister Adele S. Davidson of Gambier, Ohio; his uncle, Thomas A. Courtenay of Shelby County, Ky.; and three cousins with their families: Anne S. Davidson, Julie and Glenn McCaffrey, and Diane Cook and the late R. Fred Cook Jr. Bill lived most of his life in East Tennessee, but also spent time in Washington state and had good friends in the Northwest. In his earlier years, he enjoyed traveling and worked in Scotland and Crete;
his time working in a restaurant resort in Ullapool, Scotland, was one of his favorite experiences. He worked in landscaping, restaurant work, and (briefly) broadcasting.

In recent years, he attended First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge and faithfully helped out with washing the dishes at the church’s Wednesday night suppers. He also participated in the church’s guitar group and donated his piano to the church. He loved music, art, and poetry, and devoted much of
his time to painting. He was an avid reader of The New Yorker—Alice Munro was a favorite author—and Poetry Magazine. He enjoyed reading his French Bible and listening to French stations on shortwave radio, gardening, camping, and barbecuing; he looked after his mother and enjoyed raking the fall leaves in her yard. He practiced yoga with a local group. He was a member of the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Loving and giving in death as well as in life, Bill donated his brain to the McLean Hospital Brain Bank in Cambridge, Mass., for research into causes of schizophrenia and other brain diseases.

Memorial services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. following burial in Oak Ridge Memorial Park at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church after the service.

The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude to Bill’s caregivers in his illness

History of the House of Courtenay - Col. Courtenay Bath England 1812

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Courtenay line, Bristol England, 1800s

Subject: Courtenay line Bristol 1800s
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 12:18:25 -0700
From: Brit Bookworm

Good afternoon,

I am trying to trace which branch of the Courtenay line my family belongs to. This below is from my ancestry uk account and is my 3rd great grandfather .

Would you be able to help with any info of where I might be able to trace this line? Thank you.

Karen Baylis
John Courtenay BIRTH 1817 • Bristol DEATH 2 NOV 1873 • 4 Unity Street St Philip and Jacob Bristol 3rd great-grandfather