Corys who settled in America

The edition of  The American Corys by Vernon Cory & Michael R Cory is based on the settlement and dispersion of Corys in the United States and Canada. This includes chapters on four Cory pioneers to New England settlements in 1640, abbreviated details of which follow.

Gravestone of Giles CoryGiles Cory who was baptised on 19 March 1621 at the Holy Sepulchre Church in Northampton. (See Corys of Harpole, Northampton ) Giles emigrated to America some time before 1844, where he is recorded as a court witness in Salem, Massachusetts. At that time he was employed as a farm worker, but later progressed to be a farmer with 150 acres of land. He had five surviving daughters from his first marriage, but none from subsequent marriages, the last to a widow, Martha. Giles had been, by all accounts, not very agreeable in the past, but at 70 years of age had turned a new leaf, re-entering the Frist Church of Salem. Salem became the scene of hysterical claims of witchcraft leading to accusations and trials. His wife, Martha, accused at 70, was scornful and failed to satisfy the jury so was summarily executed by hanging. Giles was also uncooperative, remained mute and refused to enter a plea, obstructing the legal process. By ancient law he could be persuaded to plea and on 19 September 1692 Giles was pressed to death for refusing a trial. His only response had been to urge more weight to shorten his agony. His refusal to submit prevented his farm from being seized, so saving it for his daughters.

Americ3William Cory was born about 1628 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. He was christened on 21 May 1634 in St James Parish Church, Bristol. His parents were John Corye and Agnis Wauker. His father was a sailor, and after he died, Agnis married John Roome. Agnis died in 1669/70 in Rhode Island.

It is not known when William travelled to America or with whom. The first record of William in Massachusetts was when he received a grant of land at Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He was a carpenter and a Freeman, marrying Mary Earle, daughter of Ralph Earle of Portsmouth, and the family did well in the whaling industry. William returned to England with his brother-in-law in 1669/70 to claim property deeded to him by his grandmother. He died on 8 Feb 1681/82 in Portsmouth, Newport Co. RI. Records for 1667 show the widow of John Roome deeded two mansions in the parish of St James, Bristol, to William but there is no corresponding records in Bristol. William had two sisters and one brother, Thomas, who died in 1623, yet 22 descendants of William Cory of Portsmouth/Bristol took part in the Cory DNA Project. (Tree: The English Corys BJ/1. See also Chapter 16, The Bristol Corys)

The Grate Book
The ‘Grate’ Book

John Corey (born about 1611) was a weaver, whose first record in the US was mentioned at Southampton, Long Island, NY on the 7 March 1644, as a Whale Commissioner for his district, before moving to Southold, Long Island, New York. His wife, Anne, and their son, John were with them when they arrived in America in about 1640. He brought with him, as a gift from his mother, a large leather-bound book of religious treatises, known to him as The Grate Book. It was written by Richard Rogers of Wethsfield, Essex. At the 100th Anniversary of the Western Pennsylvania Area Cory Reunion in 2009 the main event of the weekend was a ceremony to dedicate the passing over of the Great Book to the Little Beaver Historical Society for safe keeping. (See Cory Newsletter No 50.)


Six Cory males from this line took part in the The Cory DNA Project

Thomas Cor(e)y and his brother John Cor(e)y went to America in 1658, it is said from Devonshire, England, and first settled at Charlestown, MA. Sometime before 1671, Thomas is known to have been a resident of Great Brook, south of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where he was an active citizen. Abigail was a teacher and in 1705 she was a ‘school dame’ teaching the community children to read. Their early descendants became distributed in New England, later generations moved northwards to New Hampshire and Vermont, and other moving westward to New York State and beyond.

America4Emigration into America has continued over the centuries. The 19th century saw 12 million Britons leave their homeland and emigrate to the colonies in search of a new and better life. Many bearing the Cory name sailed from Liverpool and most of these came from Ireland. The earliest on these lists is for 1849 but information continues to be added.

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Further reading with American interests in the following newsletters:

Nov.1994    5    The Americans are Coming!
Sept.1996   10    Letters re: Thos Corey & Abigail Gould (Goole);
Will of Col Arthur Cory (d1903)
Dec.1996    11    The Curse of Giles Corey (of Salem)
Aug.1997    13    Captain Eva Cory Budge of the American Salvation Army
Apr.1998    15    Titanic: Mary Phyllis Corey wife of Percy C Corey
Apr.2001    24    Nobel Prize Winners
Aug.2003    31    A Cautionary Tale
Apr.2008    45    An Unusual Connection!
Aug.2010   52    New Canaan Lumber Camp
Aug.2011    55    Obituary: Claude J Cory (1915-2011)
Dec.2015    68    The Rev David M Cory (1903-1996) Preacher of Social Reform
Dec.2015    68    Cory Family Society of America- Southold Event