2023 Cory Family Society Reunion & Biennial Meeting
September 13-16, 2023
The next Cory Family Society meeting will be in Pacific Grove, California September 13-16, 2023. Pacific
Grove and Monterey peninsula are popular tourist destinations. We have listed Details of Events and
possible tours on our 2023 Meeting page. We would like to get a head count and your
feedback on what would interest you. Please complete and send to us by June 1,2023, sooner if possible. The sooner
we know if you are attending, the better idea we will have of the cost for each tour and the availability of reservations.
Please fill out the Information/Registration form and mail to us.
2022 Cory Friends Get-Together
July 4-8, 2022
Warner Corton Costal Village, The
Street, Corton, Suffolk, NR32 5HR
The Cory Friends group in the UK held a Get-Together this year at the Warner Corton Costal
Village. Their 2022 Newsletter gives an account of the Gathering in July.
Anita Louise Johnson Simonsen
Anita Louise Johnson Simonsen was born in Glendale, California, on June 10, 1944, to Helen and David C. Johnson. Anita died at home in Billings, Montana on March 2, 2022 after a long battle with cancer.
Anita is the second great granddaughter of Lamuel Veneman (1812-1867) and Matilda Ann Cory (1828-1896) from
the John of Southold Line.
When Anita was a few months old her father was called to active duty during World War II, so mother and baby moved to Billings to live with Anita's grandparents. When Dave returned from military duty in the Pacific, he rejoined the family in Billings. Anita's sister, Cheryl, was born in 1947.
Anita attended Billings schools and was the first class at Lewis and Clark Junior High and was a member of the first class to graduate from Billings West High in 1962. On March 21, 1963, Anita married Allen "Al" Simonsen when both were students at Eastern Montana College. In 1964 the Simonsens and their son, Brett, moved to Glasgow where Al taught high school English and Anita worked as a Nurse's Aide between having babies. Four more children were added to the family in the next 8 years. The Simonsens also were foster parents to approximately 75 foster children.
As well as working at the Glasgow hospital, Anita took an Emergency Medical Technician class and worked as an on-call EMT.
When all the children were in school, Anita enrolled at Northern Montana College to complete her nursing degree she had started before she was married. After challenging some classes, she finished her associate's degree in nursing, top of her class.
In 1990, with all kids graduated from high school, the Simonsens moved to eastern California and later Gardnerville where Anita worked for a surgical practice in Carson City. In 2002 they moved to Billings to be near grandchildren, children and parents. Anita immediately got a job at Billings Clinic where she had started her medical career when in high school. Anita retired in 2009 and dedicated more time genealogy.
Anita was a member of Shining Mountain Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution where she was a past-Regent. She was also a member of Daughters of 1812. A Lutheran by marriage, she was a member of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Billings.
Anita is survived by her husband, Al, daughter Brenda Twete of Whitefish, sons Eric, Stuart, and Mark of Billings and sister Cheryl (Dale) Miller of Billings, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Helen Johnson, son, Brett and infant baby girl. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at King of Glory Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 5, 2022. Dahl Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Early History of WILLIAM CORY of Portsmouth, Rhode Island
and his Descendants
by Charlotte Muller
This book contains material not previously published on the William Cory/Corey Family. It includes transcriptions
of early papers, maps, wills, deeds, pictures, houses, and documented stories.
It is available for download here in PDF format.
John 1 of Southold DNA Update
Joseph Corey, our 2019 meeting coordinator, received results from his yDNA submittal to the Oxford Ancestry.
The results confirms the Norse Ancestry with High Confidence. Interesting discussion of Norse control came to
an end in 1472 when the Isles of Orkney and Shetland reverted to Scottish sovereignty. For anyone on the John
1 line, this should save you about ￡500. Joe has furnished three reports:
In other DNA news, Bill Corey, descendant of John Corey of Roxbury, is upgrading to Y-111 at FTDNA. Bill
was one of the original subjects of the Cory Family Society Y DNA testing back in the 2000s. That testing showed
he is in the John Cory I line, and that has been confirmed at FTDNA with Y-67. David A. Cory has spent a lot
of time looking at Bill's ancestry, and has circumstantial evidence that his earliest known ancestor, John Corey
of Roxbury, MA, was a grandson of John Cory I. John Cory I had three grandsons named John. One was John Cory
III, ancestor to Joe, Mark, and David. He was the son of John Cory II. Another grandson died in Southold in
1754. From his will and other evidence, David believes he was a son of Abraham Cory. That leaves John, son of
Jacob. He may be the John Cory who married Mary Griggs in Roxbury, MA in 1713. David plans to finish an article
on the first 3 generations of American Corys that lays out all the evidence. Look for it in a future newsletter.
Maintaining redundant locations for our published databases is time consuming and unnecessary. We have decided
to use Ancestry.com Public Trees for our primary location of published genealogies and will no longer publish
the databases to this website.
Genealogies of each line will be published to Ancestry as time permits.
We not able to sync new information to the published trees every time a database is updated. New information
(additions, corrections, changes) are made almost every day. Please contact the
and he will be happy provide the latest updates.
The following seven of our ten databases have been published to seven Ancestry.com public trees.
Three additional databases, Devon Corys, Irish Corrys, and Scottish Corries
are under development and will be published in the future.
Corys of America, First and Second Editions
by Al B. Cory
Are now available online
Genealogical records assembled in the register format. Consists of two Volumes containing five
books, indexed. These books are the result of many years the compiler and the gracious input by other Cory-Corey
The genealogies described on this site were derived from the databases used to create these books over 20
years ago. The current databases are much more complete and up-to-date. Please contact the
and he will create a PDF version of the line that you are interested in and email it to you, free of charge.
Book I John Cory of Southold, Long Island, New York
Ca 1640 through 1996. Contains 875
pages, Indexed. 13,149 Names, 4407 Marriages, 3,158 Locations and 14 Generations. The book covers New York,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, California, Washington and many more states at different time frames.
Book II.. The Compilers Mother's family.
Includes Busroe, Downs, Willis, Witten,
Cain, Philips and many more. Willis from early 1600's, Virginia and Kentucky. Wittens from 1500's, Maryland,
Virginia, Kentucky. Downs, 1700's Virginia and Kentucky, Busroe 1825 Kentucky. 503 Names and genealogical
data. 44 pages, indexed, 503 individuals, 126 marriages, 182 locations, 9 generations.
Book III William Cor(e)y of Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Ca 1640 through 1995.
Contains 603 pages, indexed, 8,847 individuals, 2,994 marriages, 2,252 locations, 12 generations. The
book starts in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with reference to England, Williams birth place. It continues
throughout the United States with his descendants.
Book IV Thomas Cor(e)y of Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Ca 1700s through 1995. There
are 91 pages, 3,640 names, 478 marriages, 484 locations, and 12 generations of descendants.
Book V Cor(e)y Progenitors
Progenitors who could not be linked in the books above.
Starts ca 1600s. There are 109 pages, 1,955 individuals, 726 marriages, 876 locations, 14 generations. Giles
Cory, the martyr of the Salem Witch Trials is included in this section.
Price Second Edition: Each Volume is $35.00, Both Volumes $65.00, Postage Paid.
Same Progenitors, less information.
The Great Book of John Cory
Cory was a weaver who lived on the eastern end of Long Island in the seventeenth century. Marge Chilson, as
historian of the Cory Family Society, performed a great service to John Cory’s descendants when she published
two booklets—Excerpts from the Greate Book in 1991 and Cory Correspondence
in 1994. The first booklet included photocopies of pages from a book which was passed down through generations
of John Cory’s descendants. The most interesting pages were those with handwriting. The booklet Cory Correspondence
included letters written by James Enos Cory, a descendant who researched the Greate Book in the twentieth century.
The Great Book still exists, though in delicate condition. Even in 1991, Marge noted in her Excerpts, “The book
is in very fragile condition, & it doesn’t bear handling.” Despite the risk of further damage, she and the
descendants then in possession of the book felt it was important to preserve images of some of its pages by
photocopying them, and these copies were included in Excerpts from the Great Book and Cory Correspondence.
In a new essay,
The Great Book of John
Cory, Dr. David Cory, M.D. examines in detail some of the mysteries of the Great Book, and
suggest solutions when possible.
A project was undertaken by the Cory Family Society to determine the genetic relationships between Cory/Corey
family lines in North America and Britain by analyzing Y-chromosome markers. We wished to learn whether or not
the progenitors: William of Portsmouth, John of Long Island, and Thomas of Chelmsford were genetically related.
Each had arrived in America during the period 1635-1645. We also wished to learn where in Britain the progenitors
lived before arriving in America, and to what current Cory lines in Britain they might be related.
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Inquires and Corrections
The Cory Family Society welcomes inquires/corrections. When sending inquires
or corrections, please indicate which line of the family you
are inquiring about.
The Cory Family Society publishes a newsletter three times a year to
its members. All past issues of the newsletters are on-line, in PDF format.
Publications and Articles
Several members of the Society have written articles or published works on their ancestors, check out the
Publications and the Articles pages.