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Thomas Cordes (abt. 1697 - bef. 1749)

Thomas Cordes
Born about in St. Johns Berkeley Parish, Province of Carolinamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died before before about age 52 in St. Johns Berkeley Parish, Province of South Carolinamap
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Thomas was the son of Antoine or Anthony Cordes and Esther Madeleine Balluet of St. John Berkeley Parish, Province of Carolina.[1]

He married Henrietta Catherine Gendron, and they had children Catherine (b. 1724, m. John Cordes), Thomas (b. ca. 1728, m. Anne Ravenel), Samuel (d. 1796, m. Elizabeth Porcher), Elizabeth (m. Peter Porcher), and James, Jr. (d. 1789).[1]

Thomas Cordes made his Will on 25 April 1748, and it was proved 21 April 1749. He mentions his wife Katherine, children Thomas, Samuel, James, Katherine, and Elizabeth Cordes, John Cordes (husband of his daughter Katherine), and his brother James Cordes. He leaves the plantation on which he lives (800 acres), a plantation in Berkeley County (190 acres), Whiskinboo plantation in Craven County (3,000 acres), Correboo plantation in Craven County (1,390 acres), and a tract at Wambaw Swamp, Craven County (1,000 acres).[2]


Thomas Cordes was a slaveholder. His will,[2] and his probate inventory named and valued the enslaved he held at his death.[3]

For more information please see the Slaves of Thomas Cordes page


  1. 1.0 1.1 Richardson, Emma B. “Dr. Anthony Cordes and Some of His Descendants.” The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine 43, no. 3 (1942): 133–55.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Will of Thomas Cordes "South Carolina Probate Records, Bound Volumes, 1671-1977," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Charleston > Wills, 1747-1752, Vol. 006 > image 162 of 684; citing Department of Archives and History, Columbia.
    • will of Thomas Cordes
  3. South Carolina Probate Re...d Loose Papers, 1732-1964: "South Carolina Probate Re...d Loose Papers, 1732-1964"
    Catalog: Charleston District, South Carolina estate inventories, 1732-1844 1746-1756
    Image path: South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964 > Charleston > Probate Court, Estate inventories > 1746-1751 > No File Description Available > image 98 of 831
    FamilySearch Image: 939L-JZ9W-36 (accessed 31 May 2024)
    • probate inventory
  • Citation: Thomas Cordes Birth: 1697 - St. John's Berkeley, Charleston, South Carolina Death: 1748 - St. John's Berkeley, Charleston, South Carolina Parents: Anthoine Cordes, Esther Madaleine Cordes (born Baluet) Siblings: Magdalen Simons (born Cordes), Esther Marion (born Cordes), Isacc Cordes, James Paul Cordes, Francis Cordes, Anne Cordes Wife: Heneietta Catharine Cordes (born Gendron) Children: Catherine Cordes, Elizabeth Porcher (born Cordes), Thomas Cordes, Samuel Cordes, James Cordes

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