John Corry1

b. 8 December 1773, d. April 1855
FatherJames Corry2 d. 7 Oct 1780
MotherMary Copeland2 d. 1821
Birth8 Dec 1773 John Corry was born on 8 Dec 1773 according to notes left by his son-in-law. The date is consistent with John's reported age in 1850. However the age reported on his headstone suggests he was born in Dec. 1772.2,1 
Fath-DeathOct 1780  John's father died at the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780. His mother married Capt. John Davis (also a King's Mtn participant) in 1786.2 
Land-Grant29 May 1793  John received a grant for 310 acres on both sides of a branch of Beaver Creek in Washington County, Virginia on May 29, 1793. The land had been surveyed in Nov. 1788. It sat adjacent to land owned by John Davis, Samuel Davis and Charles Cummings.3 
Marriage24 Dec 1801 He married Sarah Davis, daughter of James Davis, on 24 Dec 1801 in Washington County, Virginia.4,5 
  Sarah's father, James Davis, was the brother of John's stepfather. 
Guardian19 Mar 1811  On 19 Mar 1811, John was named guardian of Nancy Davis [his younger half sister].6 
Court Record1815  John testified on behalf of Mary Davis [his mother] in her lawsuit against Mary's stepchildren. John stated that he spoke with John Davis [his stepfather] before his death at which time John [Davis] stated that he had left his estate such that his wife could not be disturbed by any of them during her life.7 
Legatee10 Sep 1827  James Davis wrote his will in 1827 at which time he left "his son-in-law John Corry" $503.33 plus additional monies that were owed him. John was also named as an executor, along with Moses Davis and Robert Davis. When the will was recorded in 1836 John was the only surviving executor.5 
Cens-18301830  John Corry was enumerated as the head of his household in 1830. He was no doubt indicated as the 50-60 year old male. The household also included a 40-50 year old female [no doubt Sarah] and a 20 to 30 year old male [probably son James].8 
  John and Sarah's daughter Mary married Wallace Maxwell in 1828 while their son James married Eliza Jane Williams in 1848 in Washington County, Tennessee. James died the following year. Sarah died between 1840 and 1850.9 
Cens-18503 Oct 1850  In 1850 John was recorded on the first census to name all members of a household. He was 76 and owned real estate valued at $3,000. Living with him was Eliza J. Corry [his widowed daughter-in-law] and 1 year old James Corry [John's grandson].10 
DeathApr 1855 John died from the effects of a cold in Apr 1855 in Washington County, Virginia, at age 81. Records differ as to whether his death occured on the 16th (headstone) or the 20th (death register).1,11 
Burial He was buried at Sinking Spring Cemetery in Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia.1 
Probate Recd24 May 1859  A settlement record for John's estate was filed in May 1859 by his administrator, Wallace Maxwell. Distributions were made to Michael Weathers as guardian of James Corry and to Wallace Maxwell in right of his wife. Reference was also made to legal fees incurred in a suit to divide the land and slaves.12 

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Sarah Davis d. bet 1840 - 1850
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  1. [S2] Catherine McConnell, High On A Windy Hill, p. 73. Stone reported to read: John Corry, d. 16 Apr. 1855, age 82y 4m 7d.
  2. [S2570] James and Mary (Copeland) Corry family data compiled by a grandson-in-law, undated.
  3. [S2571] Virginia Land Office Grants No. 29: 151, Library of Virginia Online; Land granted based on treasury warrant #8464.
  4. [S4] D.E. Brown, Marriages of Washington Co., VA 1781-1853, p. 10. John Corey [Corry] and Sarah Davis, 24 Dec. 1801.
  5. [S695] James Davis will (recorded 1836), Washington Co., Virginia Will Book 7: 122. Will was dated 10 Sept. 1827 with Moses Davis, John Corry and Robert Davis as executors. It was witnessed by James Cummings, George Clark and John Davis. On Nov. 28, 1836, John Corry, as the only surviving executor, posted bond of $3,000.
  6. [S28] Gerald H. Clark, Guardian Bonds Washington Co., VA, p. 10. Entry dated 19 Mar 1811: John Corry named guardian of Nancy Davis, dau of John Davis dec'd; bond: $1,000 with sureties James Davis and Lewis Toncray. Nancy was over 14 years of age.
  7. [S1295] John Corry deposition in case of Mary Davis vs Russell et al; Wythe Co. Virginia Superior Ct. Chancery Pleas Records 2: 37.
  8. [S578] John Curry household, 1830 U.S. cens., Washington Co., Virginia, p. 238 (added script), viewed online at, Nov. 2008, image 27 of 150. Household included 1 M 20-30; 1 M 50-60; 1 F 40-50.
  9. [S679] John Curry household, 1840 U.S. cens., Washington Co., Virginia, p. 208 (stamped on second half page), viewed online at, Nov. 2008, image 20 of 115. Household included 1 M 60-70; 1 F 50-60 [appears Mary is still living in 1840].
  10. [S367] John Corry household, 1850 U.S. Census, Washington Co., VA, pop. sched., 67th District, p. 198 (stamped), dwelling 1896, family 1896, viewed online at, Nov. 2008, image 261 of 289. Household includes: John Corry, 76, farmer, real estate valued at $3,000, b. VA; Eliza J. 35, b. TN; James 1, b. VA.
  11. [S2268] Research of Tom Colley, Hanceville, Alabama; Mr. Colley cites the Washington County Death Register for the year 1855 originally held by the Virginia Bureau of Vital Statistics and viewed as Library of Virginia microfilm reel #30; entry states: John Corry, d. 20 Apr 1855, age 82y, cold, parents unknown, farmer, reported by son in law, Wallace Maxwell.
  12. [S2146] Jack Hockett, Washington Co. VA Will Book 14 1856-1859, abstracted, p. 80. A settlement record for the estate of John Corry, dec'd was recorded on 24 May 1859 in Will Bk 14: 434. Distributees were Michael Weathers as guardian of James Corry and Wallace Maxwell (the administrator) in right of his wife.
  13. [S16] James Curry, a minor (guardian Michael Weathers), is listed as a devisee in settlement records for John Curry. Michael Weathers was appointed guardian of James Curry, son of James Curry on Nov. 26, 1855. The estate of Dr. James Curry was appraised in 1849. Therefore the younger James Curry inherited from his grandfather in right of his deceased father James..
  14. [S4] D.E. Brown, Marriages of Washington Co., VA 1781-1853, p. 44. Wallace Maxwell and Mary Corry; 27 Aug. 1828.