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A web site for the Cory, Corey, Corrie, Corry, Coray, Corie... Families

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This web site is a combined effort. Through the help of many people that have contributed information, I am able to present this. I thank them, as I know you will. There are, I am sure, many inaccuracies, mistakes, typing errors, etc. Please send any corrections, additions, comments to me so that I may update this site.

Earliest Corys

In the 1530s Thomas Cromwell carried out the Reformation and, of great interest and use to genealogists today, a law to register parish records. Cory names were to be found in many different parishes from as early as the 14th century but the earliest recorded in our archives is Simon de Cory, landowner in Essex 1246 -1253.

Location Earliest Corys
Bedfordshire Thomas Cory, villein 1308.
Bristol, Gloucester John & Johanna Cory, corvesour 1535;Robert Corie, 1567/8 and Richard Corie 1569 apprentice records (as shoemakers) sons of Robert Corie of Barton near Bristol.
Buckinghamshire Thomas Cory, attorney 1344; John Cory, paviour 1386; John Cory, collector of customs 1397.
Devon Walter Cory, building at Cory Barton in 1485 (Burkes Peerage 1939)
Dorset John Cory, Hundred of Whitchurch, Dorset Lay Subsidy.
Essex Simon de Cory, landowner 1246-1253.
Hampshire Richard Cory, elder 1352.
Hertfordshire William and Adam Cory, Inquistion Post Mortem 1358.
Kennington Documents John Cory attorney of Henry, 1343.
Kent Thomas Cory, merchant 1340; John Cory, parson 1387-1405.
Middlesex John Cory, arrested 1374; Adam Cory, 1398.
Norfolk Geoffrey Cory, priest 1324; John Cory, priest 1338; Peter Cory 1348-1356.
Northamptonshire John Cory, prisoner 1394; John Cory, landowner 1442; John Cory of Barnake 1442.
Oxfordshire Richard Cory, 1394.
Rising Documents John Cory, attorney 1344.
Stafford Castle, Staffordshire John Cory, earl’s servant 1433.
Somerset John de Cory, witness 1339; Henry North Cory 1382.
Sussex Richard Cory, killed 1309.
Westminster John Cory, clerk 1341 and 1344; John Cory controller of petty custom in the port of London 1356/7; John Cory, draper of the city of London son of Richard. Will registered 1561 re burial in St Paul’s church, property in Westchepe and elsewhere; Richard Cori, butcher of the city of London, husband of Edith, father of William and John. Will dated 1343 re burial in church of St Leonard in Eastchepe and property in St Leonards, Will registered in 1361.
Wiltshire Richard Cory, trespasser 1400.
Windsor, Berkshire John de Cory, princes clerk 1345.

Cory Branches in America

The Cory families in America sprang from several men who were among the earliest settlers. Among these were: Giles, John of Southold, John of Roxbury, William, and Thomas. DNA analysis has shown, for the most part, they were not related. A second wave of Cory families came from Ireland and England during the Irish immigration from 1830 to 1880.  Several members of these first Cory families in America have been identified, ether via DNA and/or parish records, as to their English origins.

DNA analysis is an excellent first step in determining which branch to research.  Further information may be found on our joint DNA project page.

The English Corys are covered in depth in several publications and research papers of the Cory Society in the UK. The monumental work of Michael and Vernon Cory in The English Corys, published by the Cory Society and available on their website, gives a complete overview of the various Cory families found in England, Scotland, Wales, and their descendants in the Americas and Australia.  They also have several other publications and white papers that update and expand upon The English Corys.

Genealogies of each of the branches will be published on this web site as time permits.  As new information (additions, corrections, changes) is provided, the societies databases are updated.  Please contact the webmaster for latest updates.

The following Genealogies are named after their English origins.  As far as the relationship of the various branches, DNA analysis has shown that there is no generic relationship between the branches. The various families have migrated from various parts of the county (both US, Canada, and the UK) into the same areas and even inter married. I refer you to The English Corys by Michael and Vernon Cory for a discussion of the various migrations.

The genealogies may be found in two places.  The first place is on this website.  These files are updated periodically, about once a year.  The second place in on  They have been placed in a public viewable locations.  Links to both these locations my be found below.