We all want to understand where we came from from time to time. I have put this page together to help you understand which family line you come from. If you are a CORDER who was born somewhere in the USA there is a good chance I have your lineage in my files.
The below blocks of information is not in any type of order to preference. HOWEVER this page will be updated frequently, and must be used as a path for your own research. This is not written in stone but alot of true information makes us believe the following is correct.
Please also keep in mind that this site should be used as a guide in your own research. If you do use the information on this site, please make proper credit for where you found it.
NEWS: By using DNA testing, we have pretty much determined that there are two primary CORDER families. There is Edward Corder who came from England and the William Corder line. There are a few other lines that have not been proven for proper connectivity to one or the other families, or might just be yet another undiscovered line that came from somewhere else.
William & Alice Corder vs. John & Patience Corder Families
There is no proof currently found, but it is believed that William and John Corder were brothers or very closely related.
DNA testing has proven a very close relationship to these two families.
William and Alice Corder (surname currently unknown or unproven) had at least 1 son by the name of William Corder. For this was proven by court documentation and lease records. William was born circa 1703, this was proven by court records and can be found in his personal deposition in Fauquier County dated 6.March.1793. It is believed that John Corder who was born in Brown Run (present day Fauquier County, Virginia) could have been another son of William & Alice Corder. No proof has been found to date to support this.
This particular John Corder had at least 2 sons. John and James Corder. James married a woman by the name of Mary Felkins 27.May.1797 in Fauquier County, Virginia and died prior to 31.Jul.1835 because his brother John Corder filed for claim for being sole heir of James Corder who became ill.
This brings us to John Corder. This man is well researched and was married twice. First to Hannah Way and second to his housekeeper Mrs. Mary Maddox (widow of Samuel Maddox). John Corder and Mrs. Mary Maddox were married 06.Aug.1845 in Rappahannock County, Virginia. They had no children together mainly because they were very elderly at this time.
To what we currently understand, John Corder and his wife Hannah Way had at least 11 children born to that union: Alexander Corder, Sarah Corder (w/o Jacob Hunsicker), Elisha Corder, Judge Vincent Corder, Elizabeth Corder (w/o John Cowgill), Rev. Martin Corder, Nathan Corder, Elijah Corder, John Corder, Mary (Polly) Corder (w/o Daniel Jackson), and Elias Corder.
Ok, now back to William Corder (believed to be the brother of John Corder - father of John Corder who married Hannah Way :: DO NOT GET THESE FAMILIES MIXED UP.. with similiar names it will be very easy to get confused, but there are 2 generations here in this subject line); who is the son of William & Alice Corder.
William Corder was born in Brown Run (present day Fauquier County, Virginia) circa 1732. This was proven by the deposition of Nancy Corder (daughter-in-law) of William. It was stated that he was currenly 102 years of age on a court document dated 27.Feb.1834.
William Corder was married to a woman by the name of Ann (surname unknown and yet unproven). William & Ann Corder had at least 6 children, they are believed to be: Joseph Corder, Benjamin D. Corder, Thomas Corder, Eve Corder (w/o William Willingham), Catherine (Caty) Corder (w/o James Willingham), and Sarah Corder (w/o John Willingham). It is currently assumed that 3 CORDER siblings married 3 WILLINGHAM siblings, but that is purely assumed and unproven. There are so many WILLINGHAM's in early 1800 Virginia, it may be impossible to figure these families properly without some sort of missing court documentation or family bible entries yet to be discovered.
Joseph Corder (s/o William & Ann Corder had at least 8 children born to their union:
Benjamin D. Corder (s/o William & Ann Corder) was born 04.Apr.1763 in Fauquier County, Virginia. He had been married twice. His first family consisted of 10 children and so did his 2nd famliy. That's 20 kids FOLKS!
NOTE: Some individuals have used DAVID for his middle name. This is purely incorrect and unproven, yet alone made up by someone.. Since then individuals continue to use an unproven middle name for this man. I wish everyone to stop using DAVID as his middle name! If you can't prove it, don't use it!
Children born to Benjamin D. Corder and his 1st wife Mary (Molly).
Children born to Benjamin D. Corder and his 2nd wife Mary A.
Thomas Corder (s/o William & Ann Corder) who was married to Nancy had at least 5 children.
This now brings us to the very early 1800's. "The first 100+ years".
FYI: I (Shawn Corder) personally descend from William & Alice Corder through their son William and Ann, who had Benjamin D. Corder. Benjamin D. Corder is my direct ancestor through his son Joseph Corder. Did you get all that? Basically... William & Alice Corder's great-grandson Joseph Corder is my direct ancestor.
John and Patience Corder (surname currently unknown or unproven) had at least 4 sons. Some people have continued to use the surname of DUNLIN for this woman. This is purely incorrect and unproven, yet alone made up by someone who was paid to do research and made a mistake. Since then individuals continue to use an unproven surname for this woman. I wish everyone to stop using DUNLIN as her surname! If you can't prove it, don't use it! John and Patience Corder had lived in Fauquier County, Virginia most of their life. John Corder died 25.Sep.1760 in Fauquier County; to their union were born at least 4 sons that we are aware of:
Joseph Corder (s/o John & Patience Corder) and his wife (name yet unknown or proven) had at least 5 children.
John Corder (s/o John & Patience Corder) married a woman by the name of Gracy. Her surname is yet unknown and unproven. This is purely incorrect and unproven, yet alone made up by someone who was paid to do research and made a mistake. Since then individuals continue to use an unproven surname for this woman. I wish everyone to stop using BARKER as her surname! If you can't prove it, don't use it! To this union were born at least 9 children that we are aware of:
William Corder (s/o John & Patience Corder) married a woman by the name of Phoebe (Pheby); surname yet unknown or unproven. This particular William Corder died from his wounds from teh Battle of Eutaw sometime near Dec.1780. To their union were born at least 5 children:
James Corder (s/o John & Patience Corder) married a woman by the name of Elizabeth George somewhere presumed in Virginia. To their union were born at least 4 children:
NOTE: It is believed that the James Corder who married Elizabeth George is the son of John & Patience Corder. No proof has been found to help establish this connection. But DNA testing does help prove he is related to William Corder who was born circa 1702 as described in the other column.
John Corder (29.Apr.1858-08.May.1912)
This particular John Corder's death certificate was found in St. Louis County, Missouri. We understand he was born in Germany, and his father was Her. H. Corder.
NOTE: Recent DNA testing has been able to prove that the family lines of the following listed are somehow related very closely to one another:
It is currently assumed that the families of Ephriam & Mary Corder and Morgan & Jenny Corder are very closely related to William Corder who married Hannah Gaston.
DNA testing needs to be performed on the following lines to help prove where they properly belong.
Amos Thomas (Mos.) Corder & Jane Mansfield
Mos. Corder was found on the list of passengers taken on board the S.S. Bordeaux of the Cie Commercial De transports ivanpeu Francais where Reculoux is Master from the Port of Antwerp for New Orleans (April, 1884). Amos and Jane his wife with 4 of their children:
Edward Corder (circa 1702-unknown)
This particular Edward Corder came to America for his crimes in England. It was reported that on 6.Dec.1721 he was arrested and tried at the Old Bailey where he pleaded not guilty "for I was drunk and knew not what I did". He was sentenced to Newgate Prison. He arrived on the Gilbert (ship) with 80 other convicts on 16.July.1722 at Annapolis, MD.
The "Town of Washington Monument" states (The Town of Washington Virginia The First Washington of All - Surveyed and Platted by George Washington with the assistance of John Lonem and Edward Corder, as chainmen August 4, 1749.).
To what we understand about Edward Corder born circa 1702 is that he was born in England and lived in Virginia. We have no way to prove his children's names but we assume that he had 2 sons:
John Corder and Elizabeth Branson appears to have 7 children born to them, but it is yet unproven that this is even correct. They are assumed as follows:
Edward Corder born circa 1749 who married Susannah. Since a will or court document listing his children has never been found, so it's purely speculation at this point to help prove any of these descendants properly. So the below individuals believed to be descendants of Edward Corder are as follows in one way or another. By no means are the individuals listed below children of the union of Edward & Susannah Corder; this list only shows a possible relationship of some sort at this level of the tree.
As you can see, there are many CORDER first and middle names found, but there are yet to be more found I'm sure!
These individuals are not listed in any particular order, but are of individuals that are still alive and well:
NOTE: As information continues to be found for this website, it will be updated as properly needed. However, if something is left out, it was not intended to be overlooked. We are thankful for everyone that shares what they know. However, with good genealogy, it's important to stick to the facts and not what is found on the Internet, because.. it might not be correct, or even the right family line.
Thank you EVERYONE for making this project a huge success!
With the myFTDNA website (Family Tree DNA), it has helped with scientific testing that the following family lines are somehow directly connected to one another - but yet to be properly discovered. They could be cousins, they could be brothers, they could be 2nd cousins. We may never find out. But we sure did a good job over the past 100 years trying to find out!
NOTE: If the information you see is not here, do not be discouraged, there is a very good possibility that I have already done research on your family line and it is not posted on this site as of yet. Please send a research request located in the upper right corner of this page.
I have also created a PDF file that is available that helps show the relationships of the R1b1 Haplogroup of the William Corder born circa 1703. I have not created such a document as of yet for the Edward Corder line(s) from England