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Henry-5 CORY (m. Sarah Ellis), ROBERT Samuel-4(m. Phoebe Mackey) Phoebe-3 (m. John William Farmer), Florence Phoebe FARMER-2m. Edward Louis SHEPPARD, Sidney SHEPPARD-1 (m. Helen J. Coburn), James Wm. SHEPPARD0 (m. Maureen M. Harding)

Cranworth Church
Cory Grave
Cranworth Norfolk Parish Chruch with gravestone
of John (died 2 April 1795) and Francis Cory
(died 24 July 1791). (Photos: Marge & Bill Richards)


  • Baptised: 29th December 1794 at Cranworth, Norfolk the illegitimate son of Mary COREY
    Was Mary the daughter of John and Frances COREY baptised East Tuddenham 26.08.1777?
  • Bound as apprentice Waterman to Thomas Corsan Wapping 26th January 1809
    • Affidavit: HENRY CORY bound 26th January 1809 baptised 29th December 1794 at Cranworth, Norfolk.
  • Married Sarah Ellis 05 Feb 1816 Northfleet Kent
  • Dau. Sarah Matilda baptised 27 Dec 1816 Gravesend, Kent
  • Dau. Mary Ann baptised Milton Kent, buried 1821 Milton Kent
  • Son John Henry baptised Milton Kent 10 Sep. 1820 Milton, Kent
    • On the death certificate for Henry Cory a Frances Spencer was in attendance at the place of death- The Folly Tavern. He had both a wife and daughter named Frances. John Henry Cory married married Frances Sarah Spencer in Stepney in 1845. In the 1851 census, John Henry Cory appears as the husband of Frances Spencer. Her mother (Frances) also lives at the same address with the rest of her family. (Email from Michael Spencer 2/11/2007)
    • Folly House, Spencer John, Folly Walk, Blackwall (Pigots London 1839 Public House & Publican Directory)
    • Waterman Binding:
      13/11/1834 Blackwall, John Henry bound to Henry Cory (his father?) until 09/12/1841
    • Affidavit: JOHN HENRY CORY bound 13 November 1834 born 10 September 1820 at Milton next Gravesend.
  • Son Henry Edward baptised 26 Jun 1825 Poplar Middlesex
    • Affidavit: HENRY EDWARD CORY bound 10 June 1841 born 18 May 1825 baptised 26 June 1825 at All Saints, Poplar.
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  • Dau. Caroline born 24 March 1828 baptised 19 Oct 1828 Poplar Middlesex
  • Son Robert Samuel born 13 Nov 1830, bap. 22 Apr 1832 Aveley Essex
  • In the Heads of Household only Parish Return of 1831 for Poplar - there is the following entry: COREY (note sp.) - Hy. of Folly Wall - a waterman is found, living in a dwelling of 6 persons (2 male and 4 females) - the full return is at page 494. (Peter De Ath EoLFHS)
  • Died 2 November 1839, Folly House1 Blackwall (Poplar)

1 Alternatively called Folley House. It is in Blackwall Reach which is a part of the Blackwall docks on the Isle of Dogs. There was a pub called the Folly House Tavern right on the docks just off Manchester Road. In the area there are various other buildings with Folly in it, boiler works, customs house etc. all related to the maritime industries and generally associated with the East India Companies. Sylviaann, Biker RootsChat.Com


Robert Samuel CORY was baptised son of Henry (labourer of Purfleet) and Sarah CORY on 22 Apr 1832 at Aveley. (Eric Probert, Aveley PR entry.)

1841 Census Barrack & Ordnance Buildings Purfleet within the walls West Thurrock Essex (HO 107/324/12 Page 14)
Rob't Cory 10 - Not born in County
Extract from 1841 census obtained via RootsChat post:

Purfleet falls within the parish of West Thurrock. In the reign of George III, Purfleet Garrison was built to service 5 powder magazines, arising from concern that powder stored at Woolwich presented a potential danger to London. One of these magazines (No.5) and the proofing house has been preserved. The magazines were built of brick with thickly copper plated doors. The nails are copper and the roof space was filled with sand. There are no windows. All designed to protect the surrounding area should an explosion occur. The magazines could house 50,000 barrels of gunpowder.
(Thurrock Local HIstory Society People and places of historical interest in Thurrock )

The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames Binding Index Vol 5: Bindings 1823-1861.

14 Aug 1845 Robert Samuel Cory Shadwell bound to William Jacob Corsan # 13 Sept. 1855

Affidavit:  Robert Samuel Cory Bound 14 Aug 1845, born 13 Nov 1830, Baptised 22 Apr. 1832 at Aveley, Essex.

Binding Index: CORY Apprentices and Masters

Married Phoebe Mackeya 15 May 1853b Bexley, Kent
1861 Census Parish of Poplar in Bourgh of Tower Hamlets, All Saints (RG9-309)

9 Norfolk St

Robert Cory Head 31 Waterman Middlesex
Phoebe Cory Wife 29 -- Erith Kent
Caroline E Cory Daug 7 Scholar Erith Kent
Harriet E Cory Daug 4 Scholar Middlesex

1871 Census Parish of Poplar in Bourgh of Tower Hamlets, All Saints (RG 10 585 pg 20)

1 Norfolk Street

Robert Cory Hd M 45 Waterman Poplar
Phoebe do Wife M 39 Erith
Caroline Dau 18 Erith
Hannah Dau 15 Poplar
Phoebea Dau 11 Poplar
Robt Jno Son 4 Poplar
William Son 2 Poplar

aPhoebe Cory married John William Farmer 6 March 1878 in the parish church Stepeny
1881 British Census London, Middlesex, England (RG 11/0510 pg 19)

1 Norfolk St

Robt. CORY Head M 55 Male Waterman & Lighterman Poplar, Middlesex, England
Phebe CORY Wife M 49 Female Erith, Kent, England
Robt. CORY Son unmar 17 Male Waterman & Lighterman Poplar, Middlesex, England
Willm. CORY Son unmar 12 Male Scholar Poplar, Middlesex, England
George CORY Son 8 Male Scholar


Robert Cory died in 1882 age recorded as 45 - death is registered in June quarter 1882, Poplar district London Middlesex Volume:1c

1891 Census London Middlesex England Limehouse, St. Paul (RG 12/297 page 31)

115 Rhodeowelle Rd

Robert Runham Head Widower 30 Wheelwright Kent ?????
Charles W. Son 6 Scholar London. Limehouse
Phoebe Cory M-in-law Widow 59 Kent, Erith
George Cory B-in-law S 18 Boilermaker London, Blackwall

1901 London, Bromley

Phoebe Cory, aged 69, born Erith, Kent
William Cory, aged 31, born Blackwell, London, Lighterman
Phoebe died in 1906 age recorded as 82 - burial is registered in the Poplar district

The 1911 census shows Pheobe (CORY)Farmer a charwoman residing at 6 Hill Street Place Poplar. She and her husband John, had great misfortune in their children. Of the 11 children born to the couple alive, only 2 William Charles and Florence Phoebe were living in 1911, 9 had died. Using the FreeBMD indexes we have been able to find possible matches for the other siblings.

BirthsFirst name(s)Death
Jun 1878NellieDec 1878
Dec 1879William Charles
Dec 1884Florence Phoebe
Sep 1882Alice GrahamSep 1885
Sep 1883HerbertJun 1886
Jun 1886Henry DanielMar 1888
Dec 1892Reginald HaroldDec 1892
Jun 1898Ethel ConstanceJun 1898
Dec 1898Ernest SydneyDec 1898
Mar 1897George FrederickSep 1899
Mar 1900FrancesMar 1900
Mar 1900Alice MaudSep 1900
Mar 1901HenryJun 1901

The following information contributed by Richard Huggett

William Cory, 42, lighterman, born Blackwall and his wife Elizabeth, 40, married 21 years, born Bromley by Bow. They were living at 52 Marner St, Poplar, subdistrict Bromley with 3 of their children:
William Henry, 20, born Poplar and a piano action maker;
Henry Richard, 15, born Bromley by Bow and a boiler coverer;
Elizabeth Rose, 3, born Old Ford.
All 3 children were single. Of the 4 children born to the couple, all 4 were alive at the 1911 census. The fourth child was not identified.

FreeBMD confirms a marriage in Sept qtr 1890 Poplar RD of a William Cory, on the same page of the register is an Elizabeth Nightingale. All 3 children's birth registrations appear in FreeBMD as well.

The WWI record of the elder son, William Henry, shows number 1302 Royal Fusiliers/3rd Battalion City of London Regiment - he joined up aged 23 in 1912 (his information, address 53 Marner St, trade pianoforte action maker, employed by Brooks Ltd, Camden Town, born Bromley, unmarried). It mentions both Devas Street (no. 70) and Marner Street (from the 1911 census). His mother Elizabeth is next of kin, hence presuming that his father William had died and FreeBMD has a death (June qtr 1913 Poplar) which tallies with the age of William in the 1911 census. William Henry was discharged as medically unfit on 26/10/1914 after 2 years 138 days' service.