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Stephen Corey, born 1844, VT or PA information please
Posted by: stephen corey (ID *****8745) Date: June 26, 2004 at 17:14:51
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So many people have done wonderful work on this family tree. My daughter and I have a fairly recent roadblock to linking up with the rest of the family though. My great grandfather was Stephen Corey, born 1844, died 1909 leaving a son who was born 2 months after his death - my grandfather who knows little at all about his father who was either 65 or 68 when sonny was in the womb! A 1900 census shows his birthdate as December 1844 and his birthplace as Vermont. We haven't been able to find a match anywhere in Vermont. We do know that he was a union soldier, supposedly a career soldier, and settled near Ft Monroe in Virginia after retiring, but his wife got no widow's pension which doesn't make sense. He complained to his wife that he had no contact with his 5 brothers from up north. Nothing more is known.

We have recently discovered what may be a match in Pennsylvania, a Stephen Corey, 1 of 10 sons born to Benjamin Franklin Corey. The family moved several times and an older brother, James Kent Corey married in Vermont in 1854 when Stephen would have been 10. A Stephen Corey enlisted in the 1st Cavalry regiment on 10/12/61 with the listed age of 19. If our PA guy is the right one, he would have only been 16 in reality. The age gap would also match the gap between census records and his obituary which showed him as being 3 years older than the census records. However, there was also a "Job" Corey, 22 who joined the same regiment a month earlier from the same part of Vermont. I can't find anything on him, but he could possibly be "John" Corey who was the PA Stephen's brother and would have been 22 at the time. He was killed in action so there are no descendants from him. If anybody is researching the same family line or has anything to offer, I'd greatly appreciate it. We've been looking at this for over 3 years now with little success.


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