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I hope you will enjoy your visit to the CORDARY, CORDARI, CORDORI, CODORI, CADORI, CADORA CONNECTIONS!

The family initially came from the Sarreguemines District of Lorraine, France. They lived and worked in Bettviller, Petit-Rederching, Lambach, Bitche and Hottviller. This area is in the north-eastern part of France. It shares a border with Germany. One can still find descendants of the Cordary family in this area.

Three brothers (Jean George, Nicholas, & Antoine) immigrated from France to Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Jean George and Nicholas arrived in 1828. Antoine came at a later date and settled in Baltimore, Maryland after becoming a naturalized citizen. The Hottviller and Gettysburg areas are physically similar with distant mountains over-looking green rolling hills. Both areas support streams and lakes filled with fresh water fish.

The time period before the brothers immigrated was unsettled. During the late 1780's the populace of France had grown tired of Louis XVI and his queen, Marie-Antoinette. On July 14, 1789, a Parisian mob stormed the Bastille Prison. The Revolution started out as an attempt to reform the monarchy. At first, the Revolution was in the hands of moderates but the radicals gained control of the government. The leaders Robespierre, Danton and Marat established the First Republic in 1792, as well as, the Reign of Terror (1793-1794). During this period the people saw churches closed, religious freedoms curtailed and mass executions. It was a government of medocrity, corruption and weakness which nobody wanted to defend. Napoleon Bonaparte, a general in the revolutionary armies, attacked it and proclaimed himself as First Consul in 1799. France came to control much of Europe through a series of foreign wars. In 1804 Napoleon established himself Emperor of France. A campaign against Russia in 1812 was disastrous for Napoleon. With his defeat in 1814-1815, the Bourbon monarchy was restored under Louis XVIII. This provided France another opportunity to develop a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary government. The nobility and the higher clergy were reluctant to accept the new government. A period of reaction after the accession of Charles X in 1824 led to the revolution of 1830.

It may never be known why the Cordary/Cordari brothers immigrated to America. It might have been the number of military campaigns, changes in government, and the Revolution that convinced the brothers to start a new life in a different country. It might have been the deaths of their father, Andre on March 12, 1816, and their mother, Marie on February 21, 1827 that was the deciding factor. It might have been both reasons or a still unknown one.

As one explores this page, one will come to know the brothers and their descendants. I hope you will enjoy your stay and visit in the future! This is a continuous exercise in family research. Although, I have current information on the family, this page only covers six generations with Jacques Cordari as the first. I will be glad to exchange information with interested persons.
Updated March 12, 2001

Patti Kehler
64 Lyman Avenue
Woodbury, New Jersey 08096
United States

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  • Codori Family: 1955 (34 KB)
    Front Row: Brenda, Maggie (Margaret Codori Voce), Richard, Sandra Middle Row: Florence Codori Friend, Stella Codori Hagen. Back Row: Mildred, Myrtle, Roselee, Phyllis, Paul.
  • Codori Farm, Gettysburg, Adams County, PA (323 KB)
    The Codori Farm in Gettysburg, Adams County, PA. Site of three days of battle during the Civil War in July of 1863. Photo taken in 1992.
  • Nicholas Cordori's Tombstone (21 KB)
    Nicholas Cordori (1809-1878) Born: Hottviller, France Died: Gettysburg, Adams Co., PA Tombstone is located in the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams Co., Pennsylvania
  • Shirley June Codori (7 KB)
    Shirley June Codori, daughter of Albert S. Codori and Elsie J. Ericksson
  • Gettysburg Tombstones at St. Francis R.C. Church (334 KB)
    Nicholas Codori, b. May 29, 1809, (France), d. 1878, (Gettysburg, PA.) Elizabeth, wife of Nicholas Codori, d. July 20, 1889, 76 years. George A. Codori, b. Nov. 30, 1835. d. Oct. 25, 1883. (Gettysburg, PA.)
  • Daniel Codori (7 KB)
    Daniel Codori is a son of George Joseph and Mary Velesia Codori.
  • Lorraine, France (214 KB)
    This map shows the towns/villages that the Cordary, Cordari family lived and worked in.
  • George L. Codori's Home (222 KB)
    The home of George L. & Myrtle Codori. Smithburg, Washington Co., MD. He owned a grocery store. George is the son of George J. & Cornelia Codori.
  • Albert, Daniel and Arthur Codori (36 KB)
    Albert, Daniel and Arthur Codori at the beach.
  • Albert S. Cadori & Arthur B. Cadori's Tombstome (67 KB)
    Albert Stevens Cadori (1897-1980) Arthur B. Cadori (1893-1918) Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE
  • Joseph E. Codori (7 KB)
    Joseph E. Codori, son of William F. Codori, Sr. & Caroline May Diller. Manager of Citizens Oil and the Central Auto Company.
  • Maggie, George and Kate Codori (10 KB)
    "Maggie" Margaret Codori Voce, George L. Codori, & "Kate" Cathrine Codori Weldin.
  • Elsie Josephine Cadori - Tombstone (63 KB)
    The tombstone of Elsie Josephine Ericksson Cadori, wife of Albert Stevens Cadori. (1903-1979) Riverside Cemetery: Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware
  • Josephine Codori (7 KB)
    Josephine Codori, daughter of William F. Codori, Jr. & Bell Mills.
  • Albert & Elsie Codori (30 KB)
    Wedding Photo of Albert Stevens Codori, Sr. and Elsie Josephine Ericksson of Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware. Married September 15, 1920.
  • Alyce E. Codori (27 KB)
    Alyce E. Codori. Photo taken in Texas after marriage to Ben B. White. Alyce is the oldest daughter of Albert Stevens Codori, Sr. and Elsie J. Ericksson.
  • Myrtle, George, Maggie, Fred and Florence (187 KB)
    Myrtle Codori, wife of George L. Codori; George L. Codori; Maggie Codori Voce; Fred Friend, husband of Florence Codori; Florence Codori Friend. Photo taken in 1955. George L., Maggie, and Florence are children of George J. & Cornellia F. Codori.
  • Mystery Couple (36 KB)
    Unknown couple. Photo from the Ericksson/Codori Family Photo Album. HELP!!! Does anyone know this couple? Reply:
  • Arthur B. Codori (18 KB)
    Arthur B. Codori, son of George Joseph Codori and Mary Velesia Stevens Codori. Died of flu in 1918.
  • Tombstone: Simon J. Codori (103 KB)
    The tombstone of Simon J. Codori. Located in the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams Co., Pennsylvania.
  • Aurelia Henritta Codori (3 KB)
    Aurelia Henritta Codori, daughter of William F. Codori, Jr. & Bell Mills.
  • Edwin Codori (30 KB)
    Edwin Codori.
  • Mary Velesia Cadori's Tombstone (74 KB)
    Mary Velesia Stevens Cadori (1865-1938). Mary is the second wife of George Joseph Codori/Cadori. The tombstone is located in the Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle Co., Delaware.
  • Elin, Mary & Grace (44 KB)
    Elin Eriksson Ericksson, Mary Velesia Stevens Codori, Grace Stevens.
  • Florence, Maggie, Al & Elsie (31 KB)
    Florence Codori Friend; Maggie Codori Voce; Albert Codori; Elsie Ericksson Codori. Photo taken in 1955 in Maryland.
  • Albert & Elsie Cadori's Marriage Certificate (160 KB)
    Marriage Certificate of Albert Codori/Cadori and Elsie J. Ericksson/Erickson. September 15, 1920. Wilmington, New Castle Co., Delaware.
  • Lorraine, France (214 KB)
    This map shows the towns/villages that the Cordary, Cordari family lived and worked in.

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