Nathan Cordrey1

b. between 1775 and 1776, d. 1859
Nathan Cordrey|b. bt 1775 - 1776\nd. 1859|p10444.htm|Thomas Cordrey Sr.|b. bt 1740 - 1750|p10488.htm|Comfort Bryan||p10489.htm|||||||Bennett Bryan|d. 1787|p10667.htm|Rachel Shepherd||p10668.htm|

2nd great-grandfather of Ruth Minerva Fairfield.
4th great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Fairfield and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for Ruth Minerva Fairfield
     Nathan Cordrey was born in 1775 or 1776, probably in Kent County, Delaware.1 He was the son of Thomas Cordrey Sr. and Comfort Bryan.2 He married Dorcas Jane Ayres, daughter of Moses Ayres Jr. and Dianna Kennedy, on 24 July 1798 in Allegany County, Maryland.1,3,4 He died in 1859 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, at age 83.1 He was buried in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County.1
     1830 and 1840 age ranges are consistent, narrowing Nathan's birth year to between 1770 and 1780. He was at least 45 years old in 1820, so he was likely born between 1775 and 1780. This is assuming, of course, that the age ranges are accurately recorded. Francis Cordrey, wrote in his journal that his grandfather was 83 at the time of his death in 1859, so if accurate, he was born in 1775 or 1776. Neither he or wife Dorcas have been located in the 1850 census, but since Dorcas appears in the 1860 census, it is likely they were simply missed in the earlier census.

     Before moving to Ohio, Nathan worked on a keel boat on the Potomac River. His grandson Francis believed he lived at that time in Georgetown which is now part of Washington, D.C. He moved to Tuscarawas County about 1810, and for many years worked as a teamster hauling food and dry goods from Baltimore and Philadelphia to New Philadelphia.

Additional Data
Nathan Cordery appeared on the 1820 U.S. Census in Fairfield township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In his household were 3 males under 10, 1 male 10-16, one male 16-26, one male 26-45, one male 45 and up; two females 10-16, two females 16-26, one female 26-45; three engaged in agriculture.5 Click to view image

Nathan Cordrey was mentioned in his father Thomas Cordrey Sr.'s will dated 23 February 1829 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.6 Click to view image

Nathan Cordrey appeared on the 1830 U.S. Census in Fairfield township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In his household were one male 5-10, two males 10-15, one male 50-60; one female 5-10, one female 40-50.7 Click to view image

Nathan Cordrey appeared on the 1840 U.S. Census in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In his household were one male 5-10, one male 20-30, one male 60-70; one female 15-20, one female 50-60.8 Click to view image

Children of Nathan Cordrey and Dorcas Jane Ayres


  1. [S949] "Francis Cordrey Journal," (MS, 1897; Fort Wayne, Indiana); Charles Horn; Pasadena, Texas. Hereinafter cited as "Cordrey Journal". In a handwritten journal, or more precisely a ledger that he used as a journal, Francis wrote the family history as he knew it. It was among a collection of Cordrey papers and memorabilia that was given to Charles Horn by Francis' granddaughters, Coreinne Bitner and Mildred Bitner Stier. Click to view image
  2. [S968] Karen Wunderlich Siezowski, online <>, Karen Siezowski (unknown location), downloaded 2006.
  3. [S967] Robert Barnes, comp., Maryland Marriages, 1634-1777 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1975), 45, 2 AL 701.
  4. [S985] Allegany County Marriages in Date Order (1791-1825), online <…>. File transcribed and contributed for use in USGen Web Archives by Harriet Moore and the Genealogical Society of Allegany County. The transcription is based on notes donated to the Society by members who collected the data from original court house records.
  5. [S962] Nathan Cordery household, 1820 U.S. Census, Fairfield township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, page 174; National Archives micropublication M33, roll 95.
  6. [S973] Thomas Cordrey Sr. will (1832), Tuscarawas County Will Book Vol. 1-4: 54, County Clerk's Office, New Philadelphia, Ohio.
  7. [S963] Nathan Cordery household, 1830 U.S. Census, Fairfield township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, page 55; National Archives micropublication M19, roll 141.
  8. [S964] Nathan Cordery household, 1840 U.S. Census, New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, page 298; National Archives micropublication M704, roll 430.