George CORDEN

Male 1839 - 1913  (74 years)


Personal Information    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name George CORDEN  [1
    Born 18 Apr 1839  Thoresway, Caistor, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    • As per "Information Extracted for Geneology. November 19, 1974":
      Birth in Sub-District of Caistor, County of Lincoln.
      When Born: April 18th, 1839 Where Born: Thoresway, Lincolnshire
      Name: George Sex: Male
      Name and Surname of Father: William Corden
      Name and Surname of Mother: Jane Corden
      Maiden Surname of Mother: Jane Marris
      Occupation of Father: Laborer
      Signature and Description of Informant: Jane Corden, Mother
      Residence of Informant: Thoresway
      When Registered: May 28th, 1839
      Signature of Registrar: John Monday, Deputy Registrar
      Also have certified copy of Birth registration from Caistor, Lincoln (#CJ132372). Mother (Jane Corden) signed with an "X".
    Gender Male 
    Note
    • Religion: Bible Christian (Weslyan Methodist).

      Notes: An old bible, originally the property of George Corden, which he used for his daily bible reading, which had the words of Christ all printed in red, is now the property of Harold Corden. The clipping about Sarah Ann Jarvis's death from the Christian Guardian is pasted in it.
      - an article talks about the great fishing at Corden's Creek by Port Granby (not sure if this is George's land or his son's later):
      Manager C.D. Richardson, of the London Guarantee and Accident Company, and John Bradley, of Port Granby, caught 22 fine speckled trout weighing from one to two pounds in Cordon's creek at Port Granby one day this week. The catch was not attended without difficulty, however. At the start-out the two fishermen upset their canoe and lost all the hooks and bait. They were rescued by some men who were driving sawlogs down the stream and kindled a fire to dry out their clothing. The only hook left was a large one for catching eels, but, nothing daunted, they got a small piece of bait and tried
      their luck. In a few minutes a fine trout was hauled out. Mr. Richardson says that in this fish was found two of the trout hooks which had just been
      lost through the upsetting of the canoe. The fish had evidently swallowed the hooks when scattered in the water. With these two hooks they caught the other 21 fish.
      "Cordon's creek is alive with trout." said Mr. Richardson, "but the floating sawlogs tear off the hooks at a lively rate. Mr. Cordon could make money by
      taking out the sawlogs and extracting the fish hooks lost by the anglers."
      Not a bad hunt.

      Stories: as written by AF.
      George Corden was born in April of 1839 on an estate in northern England at Thorseway, Lincolnshire, where his father was employed as a laborer. This father was William Corden. George was the youngest of three sones. He didn't get much schooling as a child, but learned to read and write with help from his older brothers and from a villager who set copy for him to learn from. When he was twenty-three years old he married Sarah Ann Jarvis. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jarvis who also were employed as Laborers on an estate. She had been born at Minting, also in 1839. They continued to live and work on the estate at Thorseway. They were both ardent Weslyan Methodists and he became a lay preacher as well.
      They had three sons and one daughter born while they were still living on the estate. In 1877 her mother died, and the following year the family emigrated to Canada. They settled in the Port Hope area at a place called Zion. There, they lived on day-work and he continued to conduct Sunday schools in surrounding district and act as lay preacher when his services were needed. In 1883 their eldest child, and only daughter, Mary was married.
      We have, elsewhere in this book, a clipping telling of a farewell and presentation to George Corden from the people of Moorish, on the occasion of his leaving the district after being superintendent of their Sunday School for three years. This was in 1889. We have far found no account of where they lived or what they did from then until 1902 when they came to Manitoba to make their home with their eldest son, John William, and his wife at Miami. Mrs Corden died there three years later and was buried at Miami cemetary. Mr. Corden continued to live with his sone until he too died in 1913.
      There is in existence an old account book belonging to George Corden and now in the keeping of Wilbert Corden, which gives an idea of what wages were paid for day-work in the early days when he first came to Canada from England. I presume he depended day-work for their living, and there is no mention anywhere of his owning any property and farming for himself.
      (The article goes on to show some of the wages and costs of the day).
      (It also states:)
      On April 27, 1886 George Corden bought from Thomas Grant a house and lot fot $600.00. (2.22 Charlecotte?)
      (From the rest of the notes I think that they may have stayed in their home there after he left the Sunday School until they moved on in 1902.??)

      As per AF (Feb 19/90): George and Sarah lived on adjacent farms in Lincolnshire.
    Occupation Abt 1862 
    • As per marriage certificate, George was a Labourer at the time of his marriage in Thoresway.
    Immigration Abt 1878  [7
    • 1878 from Lincolnshire, England to Zion (here first?)

      As per AF (Aug 16/87): At one time Ontario had beautiful white pine and the ship buiilders wanted the pine for masts for the ships, so they would load their boats in England, with rock and come to Canada, dump the rock, get the pine, and return to England. A Bible Christian talked the ship builders into charging and bring immigrants to Canada, instead of stones - and as George was a lay minister of the Bible Christians, that is how he and his family came to Canada. They settled near Port Hope. Later Amy says, she wished she had asked him what it was like coming over in steerage.
    Occupation Abt 1886  [8
    • Lay minister for Bible Christian. Superintendant of Sabbath School at Port Hope for three years (ca 1886 to Apr 1889).

      An article from Charlecotte, from the Stabbath School and congregation a presentation to George Corden Thursday before Apr 1/1889 at Morrish when he was leaving them. Parts of it are: "On the 12th of March a "basket social" was held at Morrish, in aid of the Sabbath school and to give the children a treat, ere(?) their kind friend and superintendent, Mr. Geo. Corden took his departure from our midst, as he purposes doing on the first of April. ... After tea was over all repaired to the church where an excellent program was waiting. Mr. Kilgour, our highly esteemed minister, together with Mr. Cordon, who acted as chairman, occupied the platform. ... How little we know of what's ahead of us. On Thursday, Mr. Corden went as usual (how can we do without him in the future) to the prayer meeting, and when he got there, behold an address, a handsome easy chair and a small sum of money awaited his acceptance. The following is a copy of the address:
      To Mr. Corden - Dear Brother - We as a congregation present you with this chair as a slight token of our love and esteem towards you as a Sunday School Superintendent and a helper in the cause of the Master. You have been with us for the past three years and have always been ready and willing to do whatever your hands found to do in the vineyard of the Lord. We hope you will accept this chair, and when you are resting therein, may it help you to think about, and pray for the people of Morrish, and when our journey here is ended, may we all meet at God's right hand where parting is no more. Signed in behalf of the Sabbath School and congregation, John Osborne, Thomas Fletcher, W.A. Bebee(?).
      As your correspondant was unfortunately absent from the prayer meeting, Mr. Cordon's reply is not recorded, but I fancy I hear the earnest and happy manner in which it was given, and I know that the gift is highly prized; not so much for its money value but as a memento of the esteem in which he is held by the people of Morrish, where he has cheerfully done what he could for the Mastor since he came amongst us. We all unite in wishing him happiness and prosperity in his new home, and trust that he may always experience what he ever recommends to others, "true heart-felt religion". April 1st, 1889.

      As per AF (Dec 29/89): The union of the Bible Christian Church in Port Hope with the Wesleyan Methodist Church took place on a Sunday morning in 1885. It was originally located in a house at 7 Hagerman Street (around the corner from the United Church).
      - Just outside of Port Hope is the Zion Church - now lived in by a family. Can't find out if that is the church George was superintendant at or not.
    SW Group
    Reference Number 18 
    Residence 27 Apr 1886 
    • As per AF: On April 27, 1886 George Corden bought from Thomas Grant a house and lot fot $600.00. (2.22 Charlecotte?)
    Residence Bef 1 Apr 1889  Zion, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lived at Zion, N.W. of Port Hope, Ontario up to April 1, 1889.
      (From the rest of the notes I think that they may have stayed in their home there after he left the Sunday School until they moved on in 1902.??)
    Residence Abt 1902  Miami, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Miami - 11 years from 1902. In 1902 moved in with son J.W.Corden (Rge 6, Tp 5, Section 28 SW, and 29 S) Miami, Manitoba

      Not sure where between 1889 and 1902.
      (From the rest of the notes I think that they may have stayed in their home at Ziion after he left the Sunday School until they moved on in 1902.??)
    Died 23 Jul 1913  Miami, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 9
    • Died of Bronchitis (Rheumatism) July 23, 1913 at Miami, Manitoba

      Obituary - Miami Herald 1913
      Wednesday evening, July 23, George Corden, resident of Miami, Man., for the past 11 years, passed peacefully away. Mr. Corden was born in Lincolnshire, England, April 12, 1839, and for several years resided at Port Hope. In 1902 he and his wife moved to Miami, Man., and since that time he has been living with his son, J.W. Corden. Three years after their removal there, Mrs. Corden died of cancer after suffering for years with that painful disease. Mr. Corden was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, and a very acceptable local preacher, a class leader, steward, and, while in Ontario, superintendent of the Sabbath School. While in town and even after they moved out on the farm, he was very regular in his attendance at church, and by his genial, happy disposition won many friends. During the past two years he has been badly crippled with rheumatism and thus confined more at home. On July 16 he had an attack of bronchitis from which he never rallied, and one week after he passed away. His family, all of whom are living, consists of three sons and a daughter: J.W. Corden, Miami; Albert, at Bowmanville; Fred, at Hampton; and Mrs. A. Mallett, at McAuley, Man.
    Buried Aft 23 Jul 1913  Miami, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I3747  Southwest
    Last Modified 20 May 2016 

    Family Sarah Ann JARVIS,   b. 2 Nov 1839, Minting, Wragby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1905, Miami, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 14 May 1862  Thoresway, Caistor, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • As per certified copy from Marriage registration at Caistor, Lincoln (#TD906514).
      - Married May 14, 1862 at the Parish Church in the parish of Thoresway. Neither were previously married. Both resided at Thoresway at time of marriage. "Married in the Parish church according to the Rites & Ceremonies of the Established Church, after Banns". Witnesses: Thomas Cook and Harriet Cook. Both were "of full age".
    Children 
     1. Mary Jane CORDEN,   b. 7 Feb 1863, Thoresway, Caistor, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1958, Winnipeg General Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    Family ID F1221  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Apr 1839 - Thoresway, Caistor, Lincolnshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 May 1862 - Thoresway, Caistor, Lincolnshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1902 - Miami, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jul 1913 - Miami, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 23 Jul 1913 - Miami, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Sources 
    1. [S897] Database, Mallett, Deb, (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), M04S156.

    2. [S767] BC: Corden G, 767.

    3. [S775] Ltr: AF 870816, AF, 775., Place.

    4. [S777] Ltr: AF 900219, AF, 777., Place.

    5. [S780] Ltr: AF 871208, AF, 780., Date.

    6. [S777] Ltr: AF 900219, AF, 777., Re: Living on adjacent farms.

    7. [S775] Ltr: AF 870816, AF, 775., Ship/pine story.

    8. [S778] Ltr: AF 891220, AF, 778., Info on Bible Christian / Methodist merge.

    9. [S775] Ltr: AF 870816, AF, 775., Place died, year.

    10. [S780] Ltr: AF 871208, AF, 780., Date, Place.

    11. [S780] Ltr: AF 871208, AF, 780.