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The Cory Family

 courtesy of Fay Sampson

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Cory Family 1888


Standing: Richard Cory, William.

Seated: Jess, Flo, Nell, Ethel, Jane with Edith. Floor: Bert.

This was taken before Jean was born.


The Thomas William Cory Family

Third Photo:

Top Row (right to left).  The right hand figure is Grandfather who was born in 1864 Richard William who married Jane Bushell Baker and was a bricklayer.

Edward (Ted) married Aunt Annie who lived next door in Middle Deal Road and he was a carpenter.

Aunt Sally married a publican and had the Deal Hoy in Duke Street.

William (Bill) was a boatman.

Second Row.  Aunt Polly [Mary] and she married a boatman. Great Grandfather Thomas William married Elizabeth Ann née May.

Minnie [Harriet Annie] married a Royal Marine and as they had no children of their own, Ethel [Richard’s daughter] had a son before she died [of TB], who was illegitimate, so Minnie took the child over.

Bottom Row.  Morris married Maud and lived in Princess Street and he was a boatman.


RICHARD WILLIAM CORY was baptised in 1864, 31 Jan, at St. Andrew's Church, Deal.  He was the fourth child of Thomas William & Elizabeth Ann CORY, Lower Street, Father’s occupation: Mariner.  Richard did not follow his father and two of his brothers as a boatman. Instead, he was apprenticed to a bricklayer.

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JANE BUSHELL BAKER was born 1st March 1862 at 19 Griffin Street, Deal. Her father was William Brett Baker, boatman, and her mother Sarah Elizabeth Baker, formerly Bushell, who registered the birth with her mark X.   Jane was baptised at St George’s, Deal, 23 May 1862.

    Jane’s family have not been found in the 1881 census. However, there is a Jane Bushnell, aged 19 and unmarried, at the Napier Tavern, Beach Street, Deal. She is living with, and working for, her uncle William Bushnell. William is both a boatman and a publican, a frequent combination in Deal. The ages of both would fit perfectly with Jane Bushell Baker and her uncle William J. Bushell. The fact that Jane’s middle name was the same as her uncle’s surname may have confused the enumerator, who entered it as her surname too.

        Bert, seated on the floor in the photo, was a soldier in World War I and was gassed. He was ill thereafter.  Ethel joined the WAAC. She had a son, Norman, while she was still in her teens but died, umarried, of TB. In her final months she was pushed about the town in a basket wheelchair. Her son was brought up by her Aunt Minnie and her husband, who had no children of their own.

        Richard Cory became a builder and decorator with his own firm. His eldest daughter Jess married Ted Hopper. The two men went into business together and lived next door to each other. Richard Cory drank the proceeds and the firm went downhill.  He built a house, Wi Wurry, for his family. Jean Cory’s daughter, Rosemary, said: “Mother was born in 2 Cannon Street and moved to 47 College Road then to Fernside, Middle Deal Road and later to Wi Wurry in Middle Deal Road.

        “Mum’s Mother died 9 days after she was born so she knows nothing about her. When she died Aunt Jess took over the running of household and as Grandfather was a drinker she often had to go in the pub after him, and shame him into giving her the money to run the house on. When she married, Aunt Flo took over the running of the house, she married and Mum then took over, and as my Father (Ron Nightingale) was a miner he would have nothing to do with him so she left. Aunt Flo then took over again.”

        In the end, his daughter Edith took over the household management, until her own marriage to Edmar Sampson in 1830. Edmar said that they had a policeman stationed outside the church, in case her father cut up rough at losing his last daughter.

Richard died in 1939.

Richard Cory and Jane Baker were married in Deal in January 1887. They had eight children:

William Richard, born 1887.

Jessie, born 1888, married Edward Joseph Hopper, 1915.

Florence Elizabeth, born 1893, married Albert Ratcliffe.

Ethel Annie, born 1898, died of TB 1923.

Herbert George, born 1899, married Sarah Teresa (“Rose”) Freegrove, 1925.

Nell, married Frank Vidler.

Edith Maud, born 12 December 1901, married Edmar Sampson, 30 December 1930.

Jane Baker (“Jean”), born 1905, married a miner from Yorkshire, Ronald Nightingale, who worked in the Bettshanger coal mine, which runs under the English Channel.

A street directory of 1898 has a Richard Corey living at 55 College Road, Deal. Richard and Jane would have been in their thirties then, with four children.

Jane Cory died soon after her youngest child Jean (baptised Jane) was born.  William joined the Navy in World War I and was torpedoed in HMS Vanguard July 1917. 

Commonwealth war memorial:

In Memory of WILLIAM RICHARD CORY  Petty Officer 237154

H.M.S. "Vanguard.", Royal Navy

who died on Monday, 9th July 1917. Age 29.

Petty Officer CORY was the son of Richard William and Jane Bushell Cory, of Deal.

Remembered with honour -- CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent.  Panel Number 21.

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