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Benjamin Cory[1]

Male 1822 - 1896  (73 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Cory 
    Born 17 Nov 1822  Millville, Butler, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Between 1860 and 1880  [1, 2, 3
    Physician 
    Census 1870  San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1880  San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reference Number 43360 
    Died 18 Jan 1896  San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Address:
    Oak Hill Memorial Park 
    Notes 
    • Find-a-Grave: DR. BENJAMIN CORY
      SAN JOSE'S FIRST DOCTOR

      DR. BENJAMIN CORY, whose residence is No. 435 South Second Street, and whose office is at No. 97 South First Street, San Jose, is a living witness of the wonderful transformation which CA and the Santa Clara Valley, and indeed the whole Pacific Coast, has undergone since 1847. In that year, antedating even the Argonauts, he crossed the plains with the regulation ox team, and arrived in Portland, OR, in September, when the nucleus of that city consisted of a half-dozen houses. Not fancying the outlook, he took passage on the brig Henry for San Francisco, where he arrived in November, 1847. He there found that two physicians, Drs. Townsend and Fourgeaud, had already established themselves, and felt that the field was pretty fully occupied. Learning of the Pueblo de San Jose de Guadeloupe, he took passage on a small sail-boat which plied between San Francisco and Alviso, a trip at that time of twenty-four hours. There he found no houses, but met a young supercargo who had a lot of hides to be shipped to San Francisco y the sail-boat on which Dr. Cory had arrived. Throughout the interpretation of this young man, a Mexican was induced to carry the Doctor's books and baggage on his ox-cart and to hire him his horse for the ride to San Jose, to which point he and the young supercargo came. There being no physician at this town, and in fact no physician having located here up to that time, the subject of our sketch settled down and engaged in the practice of medicine, in which he has continued up to this time.

      In the years 1848-49 Dr. Cory made two trips to the mines, remaining a few months each time. He was elected a member of the first State Legislature, which convened at San Jose, and which organized the machinery of the State government. The district from which he was elected extended from Monterey to Martinez. In 1850 he was elected a member of the Common council, holding that position from 1851 to 1855. He was elected a member of the Board of Education, which place he held for four years. In 1872 he was appointed by Governor Booth, Trustee of the State Normal School, which place he held for ten years.

      Dr. Cory was born in Oxford, OH, November 17, 1822. He attended the common schools of Oxford up to the age of fifteen years. He then entered the Miami University, graduating there in the classical course at the age of twenty yeas, receiving, in 1842, the degree of Master of Arts. he commenced the study of medicine under his father, Dr. James M. Cory, of Oxford, OH, attending later the Medical College of OH, at Cincinnati, where he graduated in the spring of 1845. He practiced medicine for two years with his father, and then emigrated west to the Pacific Coast. He was married in 1853 to Miss Sarah A. Braly, a native of MO, who crossed the plains in 1847 with her parents, Rev. John E. and Susanna (Hyde) Braly. Dr. and Mrs. Cory have eight living children: John B., now engaged in fruit raising at Vacaville and at Lodi, CA; Elizabeth, the wife of Dr. H. C. Ledyard, now residing in Constantinople; Mary, the wife of Dr. F. K. Ledyard, of San Jose; Louis L., now practicing law in Fresno, CA; Susanna, Hattie, Edith, and Sallie. Dr. Cory is a member of Howard royal Arch Chapter, No.14, and Blue Lodge, No. 10, F. and A. M. He has always been a consistent Republican, having voted and worked for the election of Fremont in 1856. His family is of Scotch descent. There is no need to mention here, where Dr. Cory is so well known in his private and professional capacities, the great esteem in which he is held by people of every degree. The book of his life has been an open one, admired and esteemed by all who glance throughout its pages.

      SOURCE: Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H.S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888. page 247-248 Transcribed by Carol Lackey.

      June 23 1860 San Jose Twp Santa Clara California Page 97
      823 314 B Cory 37 M MD [?] 6000 2000 Ohio
      Sarah A " 27 F Mo
      John B " 6 M Cal x [school]
      Eliza A " 4 F "
      Mary " 2 F "
      James Cory 40 M 2500 NJ
      Pat. Daugherty 40 M Servant Ireland
      Rose " 25 F " "

      July 14 1870 San Jose 1st Ward Santa Clara California Alvira PO Page 12
      88 86 Cory Benjamin 47 M W Physician 19000 Ohio x [MC21]
      ---Sarah 38 F W Keeping house Missouri
      ---John B 16 M W California x [school]
      ---Lizzie 14 F W " x
      ---Mary 12 F W " x
      ---Lewis 9 M W " x
      ---Susanna 5 F W "
      ---Harriet 2 F W "
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      Kennedy Jane 40 F W Domestic Servant Ireland x x [father/mother foreign] x [can't write]
      Braley James M 45 M W Farmer 10000 5000 Missouri x [MC21]
      ---Susanna 27 F W Keeping house "
      ---Bessie 4/12 [?] F W California Feb.
      Scott James M 19 M W Bookkeeper 300 Ohio

      June 3 1880 San Jose Santa Clara California Page 8 Sup 7 Enum 246
      Second Street
      568 76 79 Cory Benjamin W M 57 x [married] Physician Ohio New Jersey unknown
      ---Sarah A W F 48 Wife x Keeping house Missouri N Carolina NC
      ---John P [?] W M 26 Son x [single] Copyist California Ohio Missouri
      ---Mary W F 22 Daughter x At Home California Ohio Missouri
      ---Susanna W F 15 Daughter x At school x California Ohio Missouri
      ---Harriet W F 12 Daughter x At school x California Ohio Missouri
      ---Edith W F 8 Daughter x x California Ohio Missouri
      ---Sarah A W F 6 Daughter x x California Ohio Missouri
      Scott Maggie K W F 27 Niece x State Normal School School Teacher Indiana USA Ohio
      Titus Mary J W F 30 Boarder x Teacher State Normal School Wisconsin unknown unknown
      Mayers William B M 45 Servant D Works in Stable x x [can't read/write] Virginia Va Va
    Person ID I43252  Megan's Big Tree
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2016 

    Father James Manning Cory,   b. 2 Nov 1797, Westfield, Union, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1863, Oxford, Butler, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Ann Stayge,   b. 28 May 1802,   d. 18 Oct 1856  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 13 Aug 1818 
    Family ID F17964  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Ann Braley,   b. Aug 1830, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1916  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married 16 Mar 1853  San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Braly Cory,   b. 20 Feb 1854, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth A. Cory,   b. 28 Jan 1856, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Mary Cory,   b. 1 Dec 1857, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1950, Monterey, Monterey, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     4. Benjamin Cory,   b. 17 Mar 1860, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1860, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Lewis Lincoln Cory,   b. 4 May 1861, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1920 and 1930  (Age 58 years)
     6. Susanna Cory,   b. 8 Nov 1864, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Harriet Cory,   b. 2 Dec 1867, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1957, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     8. Edith Cory,   b. 16 Jun 1871, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1959, San Mateo, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     9. Sarah Ann Cory,   b. 2 Aug 1873, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1958, Santa Clara, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2016 14:48:01 
    Family ID F17975  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Benjamin Cory

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] 1860 Census.
      1852-1853

    2. [S14] 1880 Census.

    3. [S12] 1870 Census.

    4. [S16] 1900 Census.

    5. [S797] www.findagrave.com.