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Anna (Cordray) Bernard (1609 - bef. 1671)

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Anna Bernard formerly Cordray aka Cowdray, Corderoy
Born in Chute, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in London (at St Andrew-in-the-Wardrobe), Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Purton, Petsoe Parish, Gloucester county, Virginiamap
Cordray-34 created 11 Sep 2015 | Last modified
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Categories: Gateway Ancestors | Malet-18 Descendants | Quincy-226 Descendants | De Vere-309 Descendants | US Southern Colonist.

Magna Carta Gateway Ancestor
Anna (Cordray) Bernard is a descendant of Magna Carta Surety Barons William Malet and Robert de Vere.



Anna Cordray (or Cowdray), daughter of William Corderoy, Esq., by his wife Bridget, daughter of Edward Goddard, was baptized at Chute, Wiltshire on April 29, 1609.[1]
Anna married the son of Richard Bernard, Esq., and Elizabeth Woolhouse, (as his second wife) Richard Bernard, Gent.,[1] "of Petsworth, Buckinghamshire,[2] at St. Andrews-in-the-Wardrobe [St Andrew by the Wardrobe] November 24, 1634.[1][3]
Richard and Anna had three sons, Richard, Corderoy and "probably Francis," and two daughters, Anna (wife of Maj. John Smith) and Elizabeth.[1]

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Anna (Cordray) Bernard settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.
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They immigrated to Virginia before 2 Jan. 1646/7 and settled in York County.[1] Richard Bernard, Gent., died before 3 April 1651.[1] In 1652, his widow Anna purchased Priors Plantation, near York River. She died shortly before 25 Sept. 1671.[1] In 1661, "Anna Bernard, now of Purton, in Petsoe Parish", Gloucester county, sold Pryor's plantation.[4]

Priors Plantation

There are many references to the house known as "Purton." A 1649 grant for 1665 acres was made to William John Clarke. This house in Gloucester, commanding a view of the York River, was built on that land.[5]

"Old Purton," the early Barnard-Bernard home, and the first church of Petsworth Parish were near each other and were both probably built about 1650. The parish may have been named for Mrs. Barnard’s home parish in England.[5]

Anna Bernard had purchased Priors plantation in 1652 from "Thomas Edwards, of the Inner Temple, London, gentleman, and Margaret, his wife, one of the two daughters of William Pryor, deceased; and the deed is witnessed by Francis Bernard and John Smith. Mrs. Anne Bernard was guardian of the orphans of Col. Samuel Matthews, of Warwick county; and in 1670 Major John Smith was a guardian. In 1653 Mrs. Anne Bernard wrote to Walter Brodhurst, of Northumberland county, a letter, in which she refers to her daughter, Anne Smith."[4]


"On July 2, 1652, Mrs. Anne Bernard obtained a grant of 1,000 acres in Gloucester, at the head of Jone's creek. The headrights were: 'Mr. Richard Barnett [Bernard], Mrs. Anna Barnett, Ellinor Corderoy, Eliza Barnett, Corderoy Barnett, Richard Barnett, Wm. Corderoy, Edw'd Corderoy, Wm. Ironmonger, Fra. Ironmonger, Eliza Ironmonger,'[6] and nine others."[7]
Another source lists all 20 (twice) and gives details of the patents: "On 3 April 1651 in Northumberland County, Virginia, Patent Book 3:306 Mrs. Anna Bernard received 1000 a on the South side Potomeck River. {Beginning on the south side of a marsh & small creek upon the Ewd side of the Upper Matchotiq River adj land called Thomas Peakes land.} Trp. 20 persons: Mr. Richard Bernard, Mrs. Anna Bernard, Mrs. Elinor Corderoy, Eliza Barnett, Cordery Barnett, Richard Barnett, Wm. Cordery, Edward Cordery, Wm. Ironmonger, Fra. Ironmonger, Eliza Ironmonger, Eliza Percy/Perry, Isabel/Eliza Ashton, John Smith, Thomas Sheld, Joseph Bacon, Ann Whitlock, John Fuller, Leonard Lett, Henry Fabitt. On 2 July 1652 in Gloucester County, Virginia, Patent Book 3:204; Mrs. Anna Barnett, 700 acres, part thereof upon the head of Jones his creek, ely upon Rappahannock horse path, sly upon land of Col. Richard Lee & Hugh Doudinge, & wly upon said creek and opposite land of Samuel Sollace; the other 300 acres abutting NW upon the land of Capt. Lee, decd, & sw upon Mr. William Prior, decd. Trs. 20 persons: Mr. Richard Barnett, Mrs. Anna Barnett, Ellinor Corderoy, Eliza Barnett, Cordery Barnett, Richard Barnett, Wm. Corderoy, Edward Cordray, Wm. Ironmonger, Fra. Ironmonger, Eliza Ironmonger, Eliza Percy/Perry, Isabell Ashton, John Smith, Thomas Feild, Joseph Bacon, Ann Whitelock, John Fuller, Leo. Lett, Henry Fablett."[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Magna Carta Ancestry (#Richardson)
  2. Source: #Smiths
  3. License to marry dated December 12, 1632, was for Richard and his first wife, Dorothy Alway. (#Richardson).
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Smiths of Virginia; Wm. and Mary Qrtly., Vol. 4, No. 1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Historic Properties
  6. one source said the Ironmongers listed were her "nephew and nieces", but (my surmise is that William and Fra. Ironmonger are probably her nephews, Francis Iremonger, and William Ironmonger and Eliza Ironmonger is probably William's wife Elizabeth Jones. From Magna Carta Ancestry (#Richardson): "William...immigrated to Lancaster County, Virginia before 1651. He married Elizabeth ______ . They removed to Gloucester County, Virginia before 1666."
  7. "Virginia Gleanings in England (Continued)," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Jul., 1903), pp. 68-79 (Published by: Virginia Historical Society) Stable URL:, see page 75 (accessed September 13, 2015).
  8. from Bernard Family Line
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On 19 Sep 2015 at 20:20 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

review of Magna Carta trail to Malet-18, Quincy-226, and de_Vere-309 completed.

On 19 Sep 2015 at 20:09 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

review of Magna Carta trail to Malet-18, Quincy-226, and de_Vere-309 completed.

On 11 Sep 2015 at 15:21 GMT Lynden (Raber) Rodriguez OCDS wrote:

I was unable to modify the LNAB, so added it along with the other last names field.

On 11 Sep 2015 at 14:44 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

update - LNAB was corrected for Corderay (apparently a typo) to Cordray (spelling chosen by Richardson)

Note - this profile needs to have LNAB changed to Cordray (a request to have that happen has been made). Otherwise, this (first) link in the trail is all done.

Cheers, Liz

On 10 Sep 2015 at 05:21 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! This Gateway Ancestor was listed at Magna Carta base camp as having her trail to Malet-18 ready for review & I've volunteered to review it.

On 22 Jan 2014 at 08:43 GMT J Pictet wrote:

Wife of Richard Bernard — married November 24, 1634 in Chester, Cheshire, England

Anna is 18 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 17 degrees from Joseph Broussard, 24 degrees from Helmut Jungschaffer and 11 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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