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Esther (Cordes) Marion

Esther Marion formerly Cordes
Born [date unknown] [location unknown]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1714 in Berkeley County, South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Berkeley County, South Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Dec 2008
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Esther Marion nee Cordes (d. 1758) was the mother of General Francis Marion.

In her will, signed October 7, 1757 in Berkley County, and proved January 1758, Esther Marion named the following heirs:[1]

  • Isaac Marion, son
  • Benjamin Marion, son
  • Esther Mitchell, daughter, wife of Thomas Mitchell
  • Gabriel Marion, son
  • Martha Allston, granddaughter, daughter of Esther Mitchell
  • Job Marion, son and executor
  • Francis Marion, son and executor


  1. Probate: "South Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980"
    Wills and Miscellaneous Probate Records, 1671-1868; Author: Charleston County (South Carolina). Probate Judge
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry ca Record 9080 #1307166 (accessed 20 September 2022)
    Isaac Marion probate.

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