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Was born in Cayuga county, N. Y., February 20th 1920. His father, Wm. Cory, Sr., was born in New Jersey, 1788. His vocation was that of blacksmithing. At nineteen he was married to Miss Rachael Toombs. They raised a family of nine children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the sixth. He resided for a while in Cayuga county, N. Y. In 1866 he removed to Branch county, Michigan, where he still resides at the advanced age of eighty-four years. Mrs. Cory died in Jackson county, Michigan, while on a visit to her son, in 1858.

The subject of this sketch, at the age of eighteen, came to Illinois, stopping first at Griggsville, and then Naples; he also spent a summer in St. Louis, and in November, 1839, went to Mobile, Alabama, and the following spring, to New York, by vessel. In the fall of 1841 he returned to Illinois, and took a "squatter's claim," in Fairmount township, Pike county, Illinois. In 1841 he married Miss Nancy Jane, daughter of James Wilson. They have had ten children, nine yet living. He says he always has been a supporter of the old Jefferson and Jacksonian principles of democracy. At present he resides on his farm, enjoying excellent health. A view of his residence may be seen in this work.