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Cory's butcher's shop in St Helier's Central Market in about 1900. Clearly this business thrived, because by the time John Cory wrote his will on 13 June 1912, he bequeathed to Mary Freemant his property in Roseville Street, St Helier, his business of pork butcher at 33 Queen Street and 2 New Bath Street, stating that the last two named properties were never to be used for the sale of liqor but could be used as a druggist or chemist. We are still not entirely certain who owned the business when, or whether there was more than one business. One member of the family changed his trade from tailor to butcher when he followed his sister to Jersey from Cornwall. This was John Cory, brother of James, who was also a master butcher. We have yet to establish how the W Cory, whose name appeared above the market shop in 1900, was related to the two brothers. The family was heavily involved in the Bible Christian Church, a West Country branch of the Methodist Church, and the article below shows that John Cory is considered the founder of the magnificent Chapel which was once the centrepiece of Royal Crescent in St Helier

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Origins of surname

Scottish in origin, this is a locational surname from any of the places in Arran, Dumfriess and other areas named 'Corried'. The name derives from the Gaelic word coire, meaning 'cauldron', and is used in the sense of a circular hanging valley on a mountain.

Early records

The first Corys appear to have come to Jersey from Cornwall in the mid-19th century. The first baptismal records are in St Helier in 1866 and 1869 for Martha Elizabeth and Walter John, children of John and Hannah Ivey. However, the family tree below suggests that there were earlier Cory births which may not have been registered.


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Great War service

  • Geoffrey Robinson Cory (1898- ) (St H ) son of George Herbert and Elizabeth Martha, Sergeant, Wiltshire Regiment

Sons of Robert and Esther Cory

  • Harold James Cory (1880- ) (St H) OV, Sapper RE
  • Percy R Cory (1879- ) (St H) Sergeant, Labour Corps


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