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The Story of the Cory Family
Research by Sheila Holmes February 2016
Front cover photo of Rev Charles Page Cory
Introduction The Rev Charles Page Cory was Rector of St John the Baptist Church, Campsea Ashe, Suffolk, from 1915 to his retirement in 1937. Charles Page Cory was born in 1859, the youngest of 8 children. He was educated at Sedburgh, Carlisle and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He took Holy Orders and was ordained in 1883. Prior to Campsea Ashe, he served in Madagascar and Burma. He lived life to the full serving 30 years overseas, eventually becoming Archdeacon of Rangoon. The Ven. Charles P Cory died in 1942 in Woodbridge, Suffolk. This is the story of the Cory family dating back to the beginning of the 17th century when a Thomas Cory was born. Generations of the Cory family were well respected and had successful professional careers. They became solicitors, attorneys, surgeons, doctors, clergymen and architects. The Heritage Group is grateful to the granddaughter and grandson of Rev. Cory for providing much background information and photographs concerning the Cory family. Sheila Holmes February 2016
Contents Introduction 3 The Early Cory Family 5 Robert Corys family 7 Children of Robert and Ann Cory 10 Children of John and Emily Cory 15 Charles Page Cory and his family 18 Children of Charles and Grace Cory 23 Robert Rising 26
The Early Cory Family The Cory family story has been traced back to the beginning of the 17th century, to one Thomas Cory, born 1603. There are references to a Thomas Cory in the Yarmouth area in the Minutes of Court Mayoral 1632-1635. These relate to Thomas Cory being sitting in hearings, disputes and trials. So it seems that he was present at these occasion in an official capacity. There are also references to a John Cory in the same capacity. Another entry in the Minutes relates to Alderman Cory, who sent up to court five pounds to be distributed on the day of the burial day of Mistress Ann Cory, his daughter. These records about Thomas and John Cory have not been verified as being this Cory family The next four generations of the direct line starts with John, 1636-1676 married to Elizabeth Swatman, and his son also John 1668-1708 married to Mary Daynes or Daines. John and Marys son Thomas 1696-1738, married Jane Brown on 6th October 1720. They had a son Thomas 1721-1761 who married Ann Crosskill. This information has come from the Public Members site on Ancestry. com. These facts have not been verified but it appears that several researchers into the Cory ancestors agree. My research into the Cory family begins with Robert Cory, born 1749, son of Thomas and Ann. He married Esther Riches, (born 1755) on 25th October 1774. They had at least 13 children. It has been suggested that Robert was Registrar of the Admiralty Court, Mayor of Great Yarmouth and solicitor by profession, buying and selling property. All his sons except Augustus Hanrott Cory who died young, went to Cambridge University and were successful in their chosen professions. Robert was their first, born 1776 and Henry their last, born 1798. They had eight sons and five daughters. It appears that three of the children did not survive infancy. One of their daughters, Caroline, born 1785, married Philip Augustus Hanrott, solicitor, on 20th May 1807. Links with the Hanrott family feature in several members of the Cory family.
Robert Cory Family Born 1776
Robert Cory (1776 1840) = Ann Preston (? 1840)
Isaac Preston Cory (1801 1842)
Horace Cory (1802 1867) = Emily Jane = Ellen Marianne Smith (? 1896)
Marianne Barnett Cory (1803 1871)
Harriet Cory (1804 - ) = John Joseph Scoles (1796 1836)
William Hanrott Cory (1806 1868) = Martha Palmer
Charlotte Compton Cory (1809 1831)
Louise Lucy Cory (1810 - ) = Henry Augustus Hanrott
Robert Woolmer Cory (1811 1882) = Frances Mary Hare (1806 1837) = Lucy Morse
Charles Cory (1813 1869) = Mary Nalton Hanrott (1812 - )
Alexander Turner Cory (1814 1897) = Mary Hampshire (1835 1887)
Laura Ann Cory (1816 1876)
Elizabeth Parish Cory ( 1817 - )
John Augustus Cory (1819 1887) = Emily Ann Holl (1822 1891)
Ann Augusta Cory ( ? 1807)
Robert Cory, eldest son of Robert and Esther, nee Riches. Robert was born in 1776 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He married Ann Preston on 22nd May 1800 in Gt. Yarmouth. They also had a large family. They had at least 13 children, who were all born in Gt. Yarmouth so it can be assumed that they lived most of their married lives there. The eldest was Isaac Preston born 1801 and the youngest, John Augustus, born 1819. (John was Charles Page Corys father.) Of the 13 children, seven were boys and 6 girls. It is thought that 2 children died young. Robert and Anns son were also successful in their lives and chosen professions. Robert was an attorney in Gt. Yarmouth and at one time town clerk and also Mayor. He was a highly respected man. Robert bought land beside the river for a ferry crossing and built a suspension bridge. Sadly the bridge collapsed 5 years after his death with terrible loss of life, 79 in all, 59 of them were children. (1845).
Taken from Yarmouth and Gorleston Throughout Time by Frank Meeres Will of Robert Cory Robert Cory died in 1840. From his will, the following information has been summarised. It seems that Robert did not have much money in his personal effects as his will states that he was insolvent. He did however, have funds in his real estate. He appointed his eldest son Isaac Preston Cory, Fellow of Caius College, Cambridge and his other son Alexander Turner Cory, Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, executors.
Robert bequeathed 400 yearly to his dear wife Ann, for life. The residue of the estate after all expenses and debts paid was to be equally divided between his eleven children. The following children were named as Isaac Preston, Horace, Marianna Barnett, Harriett, or Harriott, wife of Joseph John Scoles, William Hanrott Cory, Louisa, wife of John A. Hanrott, Robert Woolner, Charles, Alexander T., Laura A, John A. Robert also stated that his daughters inheritances would be for their use only and not their husbands. It seems from this list that two children were not living in 1840, Charlotte C. and Elizabeth P. In 1840, it would be more usual for the father to name his eldest son as the main beneficiary and also that his daughters would inherit a small sum of money each and even less if they were married. Robert divided the residue of his estate equally between his children, including his daughters. So Robert appears to have been ahead of his time and treated all his children the same. Robert and Ann had 13 children in all from 1801 to 1819. Ann must have been pregnant for most of 18 years.
Robert and Anns Children
Isaac Preston Cory The eldest son was Isaac Preston Cory, born 1801. He was educated at Clare College, Cambridge in 1820. He was called to the Bar at Lincolns Inn in 1824. From 1839 until 1841 he was a Fellow of Caius College. He was also an author and wrote several books, which were published. He did not marry and died at the age of 40 in 1840 in Blundeston in Suffolk.
Horace Cory Robert and Anns second son was Horace, born 1802. He was educated at Caius College, Cambridge, entering in 1822. He became a Batchelor of Medicine and later owned a manufacturing chemist. He married Emily Jane but sadly she died in Stepney in 1863. Date of the marriage is not known. The following year, Horace married Ellen Marianne Smith on 5th May 1864. The 1861 census for Limehouse, London recorded that Horace had a pharmaceuticals business, employing 11 men. Horace died on 6th June 1867 and his sole executor was his widow, Ellen. Ellen died in 1896, 29 yeas after Horace.
Marianne Barnett Cory Marianne was Robert and Anns first daughter, born in 1803. Not much is known about her life but appears that she did not marry. She died on 21st March 1871 in Brighton, Sussex. Her will was proved and probate granted to Alexander Turner Cory, her brother.
Harriet (Harriott) Cory Harriet, the next child was born on 4th April 1804. She married on 6th October 1831 to Joseph John Scoles in Gt. Yarmouth. They lived in London and had ten children, three sons and seven daughters. Their youngest son George died in Los Angeles, California. Joseph died in Hammersmith in 1863 aged 65 years.
William Hanrott Cory William was Robert and Anns third son, born in 1806. It is not known if William was educated at university. He was however, a surgeon by profession and he must have been well educated. He married Martha Palmer, daughter of Ambrose on 31st May 1839. In 1841 they were living in Lambeth, London but 10 years later he was a widower and that he was MD for Colony of N.S. Wales. William died in Kingston, Surrey in 1868. From the records they did not appear to have any children. Martha Cory died between 1841 and 1851.
Ann Augusta Kenrick Cory
According to records, Ann was another daughter of Robert and Ann. Her date of birth has not been found and so far only the date of her death is known. She died on 30th April 1807 in Gt. Yarmouth.
Charlotte Compton Cory Charlotte was born in 1809 and was baptised on 22nd February of the same year. Charlotte died in 1831 in Lambeth at the age of 22.
Louisa Cory Louisa was born in 1810 and baptised in Gt. Yarmouth on 17th May. She married Henry Augustus Hanrott, solicitor, on 4th February 1834 at Westminster. Henry was born on 25th January1800 in Middlesex. Henry died in September 1852. No record of any children so far.
Robert Woolmer Cory Robert Woolmer was Robert and Anns fourth child. He was born in 1811 and baptised on 18th January. He was educated at Pembroke College Cambridge, 1830 and achieved a BA and MA. Robert was ordained and took up his first ministry at Blundeston, Suffolk in 1835. His first marriage was to Frances Mary Hare (1809-1837) in 1836. She died at the age of 30. He married Lucy Morse on 24th April 1849. Robert was Vicar of Horsey from 1857 until 1865 and Rector of Blundeston 1853 to 1857. In 1851 Robert and Lucy were living in Blundeston with their son, Robert just 9 months. Laura, aged 35, Roberts sister, was staying with them. From 1861, Robert and his family lived at Blundeston. They had five children, Robert Frederick, Elizabeth, Alexander, Mabel, Charles Philip and Horace St. Clara. Rev. Robert Woolmer Cory died on 9th August 1882 aged 71. Probate was granted to his son, Robert Frederick Cory and Frederick Morse of Lowestoft, possibly Lucys brother. Lucy died 24th April 1887, Blundeston, Suffolk. Robert and Lucys Children. Robert Frederick Cory, born 1850, was the eldest son and followed in his fathers footsteps and took Holy Orders. He also became Rev. R Cory in Blundeston. He married Emily Henrietta Houghton in 1908 in London. He died at the Rectory at Blundeston in 1st January 1925. Elizabeth, their first daughter, born August 1854. Alexander, their first son was born in 1858 but died in infancy. Robert and Lucys next child was Mabel, born 1860 followed by Charles Philip baptised 25 June 1861. Sadly he died in 1866 aged just 5 years. Their last child was Horace St. Clare, born 1864. In 1891 he was staying with his uncle John aged 17. Horace died in 1891 in Poole Dorset aged 27 years. His profession was architect. Probate granted to Rev. Robert Cory, Rector of Blundeston, brother. Sadly the Rev. Robert and Lucy lost two children at a young age.
Charles Cory Charles Cory, fifth child, born 1813 and was baptised on 22nd April of that year. He was educated at Trinity College Cambridge 1836. His profession was solicitor.
He married Mary Nalton Hanrott, daughter of Philip and Caroline Hanrott, born 20th May 1841 in Kensington, London. They were related though marriage. Charles was Town Clerk for Great Yarmouth 1851-69. It is said that he was the modern founder of the town. In 1861 the census for Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth Charles was aged 47 and Mary 48. No children were recorded. Their niece Georgianna Scoles, Charless sister Harriotts child lived with them. Charles died at Lugano, Switzerland in 1869 and was buried there. A memorial window to Charles was installed in Great Yarmouth Church. His will was proved by oath and probate granted to Alexander T. Cory and John A. Cory, architect, brothers of the deceased. In 1871, Mary a widow aged 59 and head of the household, was living in Essex with Caroline Hanrott, nee Cory, her mother, also a widow, aged 85, her sister, Elizabeth Hanrott aged 62 and her niece Georgianna Scoles, now aged 31 and single. In 1891, Mary was living in Hastings, Sussex, aged 78. She died on 15th march 1893 at St. Leonards on Sea, Sussex
Alexander Turner Cory
Alexander Turner was Robert and Anns sixth son, born in Great Yarmouth in 1814. He was educated at Eton and attended Pembroke College, Cambridge 1835. He gained a MA in 1842 and he became a Fellow in 1839. His profession was a civil servant and he became Secretary in the Education dept., Whitehall. He married Mary Hampshire. They had at least 13 children, five sons and eight daughters, three of which died young. The children were all born in Kensington, London. In 1891, Alexander T. was a widow, aged 76 and retired. He was living with his four his daughters and his son Montague. Mary, his wife died in 1887. Alexander T. died on 3rd September 1897, aged 83 years. Probate was granted to his son Isaac Rising Cory, surgeon. Effects 16, 495. 12s. Their eldest son, Charles William Cory, (1857-1897) married Frances Christina. At some time, Charles lived in the Alice District of Victoria, Cape of Good Hope where he died on 6th August 1898. His will was proved and probate was granted to Montague Cory, attorney to Frances, the widow. Their youngest son, Francis Aymer, born 1876, married Ann Seymore. Francis worked for Fyffes, the grower and imported of bananas. He made many journeys to the West Indies. Francis and Ann had two sons, Richard and Max. Francis died on 6th April 1953, aged 77 years.
Laura Ann Cory Laura was born in Great Yarmouth on 21st February 1816. In the 1851 Census, she was recorded as staying with her brother Robert Woolmer Cory. She was aged 35 and single.
It appears that she died in April 1876 in Norfolk, aged 60years.
Elizabeth Parish Cory Elizabeth was Robert and Anns last daughter, born in 1818/9. No further information has yet been found.
John Augustus Cory John was the last child to be born to Robert and Ann. He was baptised on 11th April 1819. He was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1839. His profession was architect and surveyor, which he practiced in Durham and Carlisle. He was also interested in the restoration of old churches. In 1862, he was entrusted with the restoration of the walls of Pembroke College, Cambridge. In July 1844, he married Emily Ann Holl, baptised 18th October 1822 in Westminster, London. She was the daughter of Joseph and Ann Holl. In 1851, John and Emily Ann were living with their family, Robert aged 11, Mary aged 2 and Emily aged 9 months. Their son John, born 1846/7 was not with the family. By 1861, John was living at St.Withan. John aged 42 was living with five of his children, Emily, Alexander, Laura, Charles and Annie. He had two servants. In 1871, John and Emily were living in the small hamlet of Botcherby, near Carlisle. He was now 52 and Emily 49. Their son John was staying at the family home, aged 24 and recorded as a widower. His profession, like his father was architect. Their eldest son Robert had left home. In 1881, the census recorded John still living in Botcherby with his daughter Lucy, aged 25 and single. Also staying with John was his nephew Horace, aged 17 and his grandson Harold Cory, aged 4 born, in Shanghai, China. John Augustus Cory died on 5th January 1887 at Bramerton Lodge, Botcherby, near Carlisle. Probate granted to the Rev. Alexander Arthur Cory of All Saints Vicarage, Wednesbury, Staffs. Clerk, the son, and Laura Lucy of Bramerton Lodge, spinster and daughter. Personal Effects 1,695. 10s. John was aged 67. Emily Ann Cory died on 18th March 1891 in Derbyshire. She was living at Red House, Old Whittington. Probate granted to the Rev. Alexander Arthur Cory of the Vicarage, Tipton, staffs, son and clerk and Laura Lucy Cory of the Red House, spinster and daughter, the executors. Personal Effects 1,269. 10s John and Emily had eight children four sons and four daughters.
Children of John Augustus and Emily Ann Cory
Robert was the eldest son, born in August 1845 in Kennington, Surrey. He lived at home with the family as a child. In 1861, he was aged 15 and staying with his maternal grandfather, Joseph Holl, a barge builder, in Lambeth. Also living with Joseph were three of his daughters, two were single and one married. Her name was Charlotte Palmer, born 1819 and her daughter, Florence. Charlotte, nee Holl was sister to Emily, wife of John Cory and therefore she was Roberts aunt. Robert was educated at Pembroke College Cambridge and persued a profession in Medicine Robert was Assistant Obstetric Physician Consultant at St Thomass Hospital, London. He made a special study of stillbirths and the deaths of babies shortly after birth. He was an expert in midwifery complications. Robert was a Teacher of Vaccinations and held the Post Vaccinator for 25 years with 80,000 successful vaccinations with only 2 failures. Arm to arm vaccination was the method used. He experimented on himself with lymph samples from children infected with syphilis. Robert was regarded as a scientific martyr. He died after a long illness in 1900. In 1872, Robert married Augusta Mary Frederica Lapidge, (born 1847), at St. Annes Church, Lambeth, on the 1st August. From then on Robert and his wife, Augusta, lived in Lambeth. According to the census records they did not have any children. In 1900, Robert Cory of Lambeth MD died on 19th March at St. Thomass Hospital aged 55 years. Probate was granted to Rev. Alexander Arthur Cory, clerk, his brother. Personal Effects -913. 10s Robert was buried at Norwood Cemetery. In 1911 census Augusta was living at Hampton Wick, Surrey with her brother Macdonald Lapidge, gentleman. Augusta died on 15th February 1925, Kinston, Surrey, aged 78 years.
John Myrie Cory John Myrie Cory was John A. and Emilys second son, born in October 1846. John lived with the family when a child. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge. His profession was architect. John was at the family home in 1871, aged 24 and recorded as a widower. John married Mary Ann Courtman on 19th September 1865. It can be assumed that she died before 1871. No record of death found so far. John married for the second time to Sarah Ann Jackson, born 1841, on 11th June 1872. At some time John and Sarah lived in China. John was working as an architect. Their son Harold was born in Shanghai in 1877.
It is not known when Sarah died. On the Certificate of Marriage between John and Jessie Morrison, Johns third marriage, John is recorded as a widower and Jessie as a spinster. The date of the marriage is not clear as only 6th September 188? can be read. Harold Myrie Cory In 1891, Harold was staying with his grandfather, John A. Cory, aged 4. Ten years later, Harold was staying with Arthur Underhill, surgeon, in Tipton. Arthurs wife was Laura, nee Cory, his aunt. Harold aged 24 was a medical student. In 1903, Harold became a mason in the Basutoland Lodge, Natel. His profession was surgeon. Harold married Sybil Jane in 1905. In 1911, Harold and Sybil were living in Whittington, Derbyshire with their daughter Sybil, aged 5. She was born in Basutoland, South Africa. Harold Myrie Cory died on 16th January 1917 in Hong Kong. He was aged 40. Probate was granted to Sybil Jane, widow. Effects- 300.
Mary Cory John Augustus and Emilys first daughter was Mary, born 1849 in Durham. No trace of Mary after 1852. A Mary Cory was executor to Alexander Corys will. Was she his sister?
Emily Louisa Cory
Emily Louisa was born in Durham in 1850. She lived with the family in Botcherby until 1871. She married Ambrose Palmer in 1872 in Carlisle. Ambrose was the son of Horace and Charlotte, nee Holl, born in Greenwich. Charlotte was Emily Annes sister and therefore Emily Louisa and Ambrose were related though marriage. In 1881, Ambrose and Emily were both aged 30 and they were living with their two children. They were Charles aged 7 and Eleanor aged 3. Ambrose occupation was a physician and surgeon. Ten years later Ambrose was recorded as a medical practitioner. Ambrose and Emily had two more children, Isobel aged 9 and Marjory aged 2. In 1901, Ambrose and Emily were now aged 50. They were living in Whittington, Derbyshire. Eleanor, aged 23 and Marjory aged 12, were living in the family home. By 1911, Ambrose and Emily had been married for 38 years. All four of their children were all still living. Eleanor, Dorothy and Marjory were still living at home in Whittington and all single. Ambrose died in 1921 in Newport Pagnall, Bucks. Age 71. Emily died in 1922 at Wycombe, aged 72. Charles, Ambrose and Emilys only son, born 1874 was a physician and surgeon like his father. He married Maud Marion Harry in Lambeth and they had two daughters
Rev. Alexander Arthur Cory
Alexander was the third son of John and Emily. He was born in Durham 1852/3? Alexander attended Durham University. He married on 3rd May 1881 to Clara Louisa Thornhill, aged 27 years, at Willenhall, Staffordshire. In 1891, Tipton, Staffordshire, Rev. Alexander was 34 and Vicar of Tipton with Clara, and children Dorothy, born 1883, Mary born 1885 and Alexander born 1890. In the 1901 Census, Alexander was recorded as a clergyman living with Clara in Yoxall, Staffs. Ten years later they were still living in Yoxall. Alexander was now a J.P. Rev. Alexander Cory died on 23rd October 1922 at Yoxall Rectory. Probate granted to Mary Cory, spinster. (Was Mary Alexanders sister?) Children of Rev. Alexander Cory and Clara. Dorothy Augusta, born 1883 Mary, born 1885 Alexander, born 1890, Tipton, Staffs. Alexander Jun. was educated at St. Johns Foundation School, Leatherhead and at Oxford University. He married Dorothy F. Bernard in 1917 in Tamworth, Staffs.
Laura Lucy Cory
Laura was the next child born to John A. and Emily in 1856 in Durham. She also lived with the family in Botcherby until 1871. In 1881 the census recorded Laura living with her father at the family home, aged 25 and single. In 1887 Laura was granted probate to her fathers will. In 1899, Laura married Arthur Stopford Underhill at Yoxall, Staffs. Arthur was a widower and a surgeon by profession. He had at least three children who were still living with their father. Dorothy Palmer, Lauras niece and Harold Cory, nephew were staying in the Underhill household. Lucy died in April 1903 in West Bromwich. It seems that Laura stayed at home and looked after her parents. She only married after they died. Sadly she only has 4 years of married life.
Charles Page Corys Family
Charles was born in Cumberland on 16th June 1859. He was the youngest son of John and Emily. Charles had three brothers, two of which were older than him. Robert was 14 and John 13 years old when Charles was born. Charles wrote in his autobiography that he had a rather lonely childhood. During his early years, he spent all his free time learning about wild life and particularly about birds, recognising all British species and their calls. He was very adventurous and found himself in dangerous situations but he survived with a few bruises. Charles went to a Dame School until he was 9 and then went to Carlisle High School. When he was 16 in 1875, he went to Sedburgh School as a boarder. When Charles was 12, his father arranged for him to live in Stolop, Germany for a while. He went to school while he was there and became fluent in German. Charles was very keen on game shooting. He was given a single barrel shotgun one Christmas by his father. He was also given a little dog, Tip, by Ambrose Palmer. Tip became a great companion for many years. Charles was admitted to St. Johns College, Cambridge. He enjoyed university life to the full and on the long vacations; he spent time with his relations. He particularly enjoyed shooting parties at Horsey. Charles was a successful cross-country runner and played football. He continued to enjoy fishing, Charles gained a degree in Maths and after long deliberations, took Holy Orders and was ordained in 1883. Charles was a curate in Bexley for about a year. He applied and was accepted the post of Vice Principal at St. Pauls College, Madagascar. Charles married Grace Margaret Gross at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk in 1884. Charles and Grace sailed from Dartmouth on 24th May 1884. They settled into the lives in Madagascar and learnt about the culture of the inhabitants. They also learnt their language. Charles worked at the College and in his spare tie he continued to shoot game and to fish. There were many dangers including diseases and crocodiles. Their son Robert Francis Preston Cory was born on 3rd September 1885. Charles Woolnough Cory, their second son was born two years later. After six and a half years, Charles was granted his furlough and the family returned to England. During the long sea voyage, Charles and his son Charles suffered badly from malarial dysentery.
In 1890, Charles and the family stayed in Sedburgh for about a year. Then he secured a commission in the Rangoon Diocease. In November1891, Charles and Grace sailed for Burma on Sutleg, P and O steamer. Charless congregation was 300-400 Indian Civil Servants and Military Officers and their families. Charles and Grace had a busy social life with parties and dances. Charles played polo and went on shooting trips. From 1901 to 1903, Charles became Chaplain of Rangoon Cathedral. Their daughter Dorothea was born in 1905 when they were living at the Cathedral Parsonage. From 1904 to 1905, Charles was Acting Archdeacon and Commissionary. Finally, Charles and Grace moved to Maymyo and lived there from 1906 until 1914. After over 30 years service abroad, Grace and Charles returned to England. He accepted a living at St. John the Baptist Church, Campsea Ashe, Suffolk in 1915 where he remained until he retired in 1937. Charles and Grace moved to Woodbridge, Suffolk. The Venerable Charles Page Cory of Woodbridge, died on 7th November 1942 at East Suffolk Hospital, Ipswich. Probate was granted to Grace Margaret Cory, widow and Robert Francis Preston Cory, surgeon and Rear Admiral. Effect- 10,153. 3s. Grace Margaret Cory nee Gross Grace Margaret Gross was the daughter of Woolnough Gross, solicitor, and Anne Eliza Maria, nee Wythe. She was born in 1863 in Rickinghall Superior, Suffolk. In 1881, Grace was 17 and living in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk with her parents. She had at least five or six siblings, all older than her. She married Charles Page Cory in 1884. Her father Woolnough, died on 17th July 1894. Her mother Anne died 28th December 1813, aged 90. Graces brother Francis, known as Frank visited Grace and the family at the Rectory at Campsea Ashe. He was a solicitor. Grace died in Woodbridge in 1953. Her water-colour paintings were exhibited in the Walker gallery, Liverpool 1928-1829.
Grace, Robert and Charles Cory outside The Rectory, Campsea Ashe
Obituary in The Times 10 November 1942
Children of Charles Page and Grace Margaret Cory Charles and Grace had thee children, Robert Francis Preston, Charles Woolnough and Dorothea. Robert the eldest was born on 3rd September 1885, Charles born in 1888 and Dorothea, their only daughter, was born in 1905. Robert and Charles were much older than Dorothea. Robert and Charles were both born in Madagascar. They lived with their parents in Madagascar for the some of the time they were there. In 1891, the boys were living with Charles and Grace in Sedburgh in lodgings. By 1901, Robert, aged 15 and Charles, aged 13, were boarding at Sedbugh School. It is thought that they continued their education at university. Robert Francis Preston Cory was lodging in Wandsworth, aged 25 years and a Doctor, Medical in 1911. Robert joined the Royal Navy about 1911/12. He was a Surgeon Lieutenant. He served at the Royal Naval Hospital, Gibraltar. Robert married Gertrude Elizabeth Pepper around 1918/9. Marriage details have not been found. Robert and Gertrude had a son Robert Charles Elderton, born on 13th March 1920, Deben, Suffolk. Robert Jun was recorded on the Navy List as serving in the Royal Marines 1941-1946. He was listed as Act. Captain. According to the passenger lists for the ship Jarvis Bay, April 1929, Gertrude aged 38 and Bobby, aged 8, arrived at Southampton with Dorothea Cory, aged 25. It appears that they boarded the ship at Malta. Robert was recorded as a Surgeon Captain, MRCS, IRCP. In 1941, in the London Gazette, Roberts promotion was reported. He became an Additional Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. It seems that Gertrude died before 1948. Robert married for a second time to Kathleen Isabel Horrex, 1948, Deben, Suffolk. Robert died on 8th May 1961 in Woodbridge, Suffolk. His death was recorded in the British Medical Journal. Probate was granted to Kathleen Isabel Cory, widow, and Robert Charles Elderton Cory, son. Effects- 22,227.
Kathleen Isabel Cory died on 31st October 1964 in Grundisburgh, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Probate granted to Edwin Philip Horrex. Robert Charles Elderton Cory died in 2000 in the Deben Administrative area, Suffolk
Rear Admiral Robert Cory (National Portrait Gallery 1945)
Charles Woolnough Cory joined the Suffolk Regiment, 5th Battalion. He was a 2nd Lieutenant.
Charles wrote a letter to his little sister Dorothea, Christmas 1915. She was living in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk. This precious letter has survived and is treasured by the family. Charles left for Gallipoli in the late summer of 1915 and was killed on 12th August. He was awarded the Victory, British and Star Medals.
Charles Woolnough in uniform (2nd Lt Suffolk Regiment) Dorothea Grace Cory was born in 1905 in Burma. It is unclear where Dorothea lived as a child. She may have spent some time with her parents in Burma but it more than likely that she lived in England. From 1915, she lived with her parents at The Rectory, Campsea Ashe. There are several photos in her album, 1923-1925, of her parents in the Rectory garden. There are also photos of Bobby, her brother Roberts son, aged 4/5. Dorothea was involved in the Guide Movement with many photos in the album of camps in England and a Guide Training Camp at The High House, Campsea Ashe. It is believed Dorothea married a Mr. Robert Brown, probably in Switserland.
Robert Rising In Charles Corys Autobiography he mentions many of his relations. He would visit them and often enjoyed his favourite sport of shooting when the opportunity arose. One particular relation was Robert Rising, whom he referred to as cousin. The connection however was not clear. After some research, the following was found. Robert Rising, Sen. was born in 1768 and he purchased the Horsey Estate, Norfolk. He drained much of the estate, turning the marshes into fertile land. He married Mary Ann Preston. The family lived at the Hall, Horsey. Mary Ann was the sister of Ann Preston, who married Robert Cory in 1800. This is the link between the Cory family and the Rising family. Robert was the eldest child of Robert and Mary Rising. Sadly his three younger siblings all died at a young age. Robert was born in 1802. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge and was called to the Bar at Lincoln Inn in 1828. He married Elizabeth Parish, daughter of Charles Compton Parish Esq. in 1830. Robert Jun. rebuilt the Hall and made further improvements to the Estate. He was passionate about wild life and the environment. Robert and Elizabeth had six children. One of their sons was Charles Compton Rising. He was a captain in the Royal Navy. However, Charles was dismissed from the Navy in 1880. He was disinherited and had brought disgrace on the family. Robert Jun. died in 1885 and the Hall and its contents sold. The estate was put into the hands of trustees. Eventually the estate was bequeathed to the National Trust. So Charles Page Cory was indeed related to the Rising family. Robert Jun was an uncle though marriage. The second names of some of the Cory children come from the Rising family. There is still one mystery, which so far is unsolved. A record has been found of an Arthur Myrie Cory, born on 2nd September 18?? in Hong Kong. It is thought that he married a Nora Mabel Smith. Was he another son of John Myrie Cory? Jessie, third wife of John, returned to England and in 1901 and 1911 she was living in Rugby. She died in 1938.