Surname Saturday: Cossaboon

Karseboom is a Dutch name, meaning Cherry Tree. One of the many mutations of the name is Cossaboon or Cossaboom.

The Cossaboon name (and it’s similar spellings) appear to be most common in New Jersey and Nova Scotia.

From what I gather, Jan Evertzsen Karseboom was the immigrant ancestor.  He came to New Jersey from Holland in 1665.

I haven’t made the connection to this ancestor yet, but I am hoping that I will someday.

My husband’s line is:

Helen Pierce Cossaboon (his grandmother)

Nicholas Van Cossaboon and Lillian Pierce

Benjamin Cossaboon (b. 1849 in Millville, NJ) and Mary Clevenger

John J. Cossaboon (b. 1804 in Millville, NJ) and Hannah Emmett

Samuel Cossaboon (b. 1764) and Mary

Samuel Cossaboon (b. 1732) and Amy

John Cossaboon

Here is a website that gives some info on Jans Evertzsen Karseboom and his descendants who ended up in Nova Scotia.

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  • Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith - March 13, 2010 - 8:14 am

    Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill 😉
    Author of “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories”ReplyCancel

  • Kally - March 16, 2010 - 12:06 pm


    My family (mother’s side) is directly related to this same line… I am currently doing a university paper on the Cossaboom family and stumbled on to your site! It is incredible the amount different spellings for Cossaboom…it certainly can make researching difficult!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - March 16, 2010 - 3:34 pm

      I have always been really interested in the Cossaboon line. I would love to read your paper! Where do you fit into this line? Can I be of any help? :)ReplyCancel

  • Kally - March 17, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    My paper… well its a work in progress and is due next week haha. I have to follow my family line for at least 5 generations and discuss any children they might have had, education levels etc.

    I am Herbert Cossaboom’s granddaughter.. His father was William Fletcher Cossaboom. William’s father was George (& Margaret Buckmaster Smith) Cossaboom. George’s father was John (& Mary Burns) Cossaboom. John’s father was David Cossaboom (Cosseboom). David’s father was William who’s father was Everts who’s father was Jan Evertzsen Karseboom. So basically I have managed to follow my family line directly back to Jan who you discuss in this post!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - March 23, 2010 - 8:08 am

      Very cool! I’m no help then since I’m from the line I can’t connect. :) Good luck with your paper!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - March 23, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Hi, I am Kally’s mother. I am trying to figure out if Jan Karseboom died in Bergen, the Netherlands or Bergen, New Jersey. There is some mix up but I am assuming it is wrong because he was living in New Jersey so it only makes sense that he died there. I cannot see him going back to the Netherlands to die with all of his family here.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - March 23, 2010 - 4:18 pm

      I am no expert on the Jans Karseboom line. From everything that I have read about him, it is appears that he died in New Jersey or New York. Here is one of the genealogies I’ve seen on the family. Maybe you could try contacting the owner of the site and seeing what documentation they might have?ReplyCancel

  • Ken Cossaboon (Cossaboom) - October 15, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    Love your site would like to help you out I have over 1800 enteries from Jan eversten up to me. We have had members in the wars, Fighting for New Jersey against the british and On the North. In fact The commander of one of our relatives is buried 40 mins. down the high way. We also had the first woman to attend Acadia Univerisity, and a Well known shop keeper in Calis Maine.

    I am located in Saint John NB Canada and have connections to the Nova Scotia New Brunswick and Grand Manan Cossaboom (and associate spelling :-)

    It is all on paper right now in 4 – 4 inch binders plus a file box.

    I am using Family Tree Maker but have a copy of Legends, a very old copy. The biggest problem of entering is the naming of everyone, Benjamin who had a son Benjamin, who had a son Benjamin and so on then you find information on a Benjamin, with no date of birth and you have to cross reference 50 Benjamins :-) Very slow going. As I enter items into the tree I can send you a copy for your records if you would like My email is above. However, I would ask that if you find errors or disagree with some of my information that you let me know so that I can make corrections so that others down the road get the most accurate information possible.

    Lastley I am making a history book, that goes more into the times and what was happening during their time.

    Kind regards from Canada

    Ken CossaboonReplyCancel

    • Jen - October 17, 2010 - 11:16 pm

      I am very interested in what info you might have on this family. I’ll email you! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Ben - May 29, 2011 - 8:50 pm

    Hello, I have been searching and searching for some site with info on the Cossaboon family. One of my great-great-grandfathers was Jesse Cossaboon, of Millville, New Jersey, married in 1903 to Bertha Fox, of Deerfield, New Jersey; they had one child, Ida, my great-grandmother. I haven’t been able to go back in his line, though I knew it was Dutch, and now I have found when the Cossaboon family came here. Thank-you!ReplyCancel

  • nick woods - November 28, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    Nick Woods remarked his Grandmother, Lillian Pierce Cossaboon, would receive letters addressed to her husband and herself from relatives in New Jersey with Sender’s last names of Kassaboom, Kaseboon, Cossaboom, and Cossaboon…some Casebone’s, too.
    Of course, he was a little boy, and didn’t think about who those people were in relation to him.
    I wonder where those old letters might be now? Or would any be in some antique store tucked away in a book or under a drawer in a cabinet?
    Thank you so much Jennifer for all the hard work you’ve done.
    Mom WoodsReplyCancel

  • Ken Cossaboom - May 3, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    very nice site. I am a decendant to Jan evertzen Karseboom, the nova scotia New brunswick canada and Calais Me Coseboom/cossaboom’s If there is anything I can do let me know. I am just putting all my information (6000 Enteries) to electronic form. Also correcting information that my family put down compaired to what I find on the net.

    Kind regards and greetings from Saint John NB Canada.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Boon - June 15, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    miss you, Amanda Cossaboon.ReplyCancel

  • Meg Kassebaum - July 27, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    My birth name was “Cossaboom”, but I changed it a couple of years ago to reflect some info that seemed more accurate. Through networking with others, I discovered that more often than not there were many ways of spelling the same surname. And searching under various spellings could uncover roots. Until the 20th century, no emphasis was placed on the spelling selected as long as the sound was reasonably accurate. Especially when families migrated to other countries, there were language difficulties in pronunciation which hindered accurate spelling further. I had difficulty turning up information on my birth name other than tracing it to Nova Scotia and Holland. It seemed to stop there. Then through networking, it all pulled together. I discovered the name originated in Northern Germany. It started as “Kirschbaum”, went to “Kassebaum” (both sounding similar with German accent)and did translate in meaning to “Cherry Tree” (in Hebrew). It was an Ashkenazic Jew name. Germany is known in the German language as Deutschland, and the language is known as Deutsch. That was confusing when heard by foreign ears, and it was assumed to mean “Dutch”. There WERE a number of Kassebaum families who migrated to Holland, but they were immigrants who took up residency. They were not originally Dutch, they were more than likely fleeing presecution in Germany as Jews. The ancestry goes back as far as being slaves in Rome and being turned loose in Europe to resettle elsewhere. Every family name originates somewhere and then evolves. I am a Kassebaum. Could you be one too?ReplyCancel

  • Jane - October 26, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Dear Meg, I have been researching my maiden name of Cossaboom,to Karseboom,to Kassebaum,to Kirschbaum. Could you help me get from 1600’s in Holland back to Northern Germany? I would love to hear their story. As a child,my Father and Aunt always said our name was originally Van or Von Kassebaum. This is Jewish too,I believe. This is very exciting news. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you,Jane CossaboomReplyCancel

  • Kally - November 11, 2012 - 12:12 am


    Just found this site again. I finished my paper and was able to trace my family line from myself all the way to Jan. It was extremely interesting and was able to find quite of bit of information that was directly related to my family. Have you since been able to find anything more out?ReplyCancel

  • Michael W. Robinson - November 23, 2012 - 4:05 am

    My Grandmother was a Cossaboom by birth. She is linked to this tree and it’s family. I have some printed info i would happy to dig up and copy for you if you would like. It was researched and documented by a distant cousin. The info I have is on the branch out of Cananda, but it leads back to Groll, Gelderland Holland… There may be some leads in the papers I have that may help you. Send me an Email and an address and i will happily send it to you. :)ReplyCancel

  • maxine Doucette - October 10, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    Hi! I am very interested in the history of the Cossabooms. My grandmother on my mother’s side was a Cossaboom.ReplyCancel

    • Jenn - October 11, 2014 - 5:01 am

      Did she live in New Jersey? Do you have any info on her Cossabooms and if they might fit in with mine?ReplyCancel

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