John Corder

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ChartsAncestors of William Jerome Pierce
John Corder, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born about 1745. He died at Greene Co., Tennessee, in 1809.1

John married his first wife, who is otherwise unknown, about 1768;1 he married (2) Dorcas [Harrold], whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here, at Greene Co., in 1803.1

John Carder received land grants in Greene Co., Tennessee in 1787 and 1791. Court records for 1805-09 show him serving on juries, making bond, and as overseer of the public road "from the ford of Lick Creek . . . to Washington Co. line."

Greene Co. tax books for 1809 show John Corder, 0 polls (possibly indicating he was over 50), 150 acres on meadow Creek. The 1810 record shows the same acreage.

Since John had daughters who married in the 1790's and then sons who were quite young when he died in 1809, Dorcas was probably a second wife and mother of the six younger children. She probably died in 1812 as four of the sons are bound out as apprentices between 1813-15 and Amase Harrold first pays taxes "for John Corder's heirs - 200 acres on Lick Creek" in 1813.

The Inventory and Sales Book includes the "Inventory of the goods and chattels of John Carder Deceased," as of 26 Oct 1812. On 13-14 Nov 1812, all the property except the land was sold. Amase Harrold continued as executor of the estate, paying taxes, etc. through at least 1817. In a Sep 1817 settlement, he noted "Gabriel Morgan to making coffin Widow Carder, $2.00." At that time, he claimed a balance of $81.82 1/2.

Greene Co. marriage records show:
1 Feb 1790, Martha Corder to Jacob Job.
2 Jul 1790, Ruth Corder to Issac Allen (John Corder, security).
7 Aug 1792, Orpha Corder to Robert Montgomery
31 Jul 1794, Orpha Corder to James Seers.
2 Mar 1801, Peggy Corder to William Slaughter (John Corder, father of Peggy, gives his consent.)
5 Apr 1814, Elijah Corder to Polly Glassup.
3 Aug 1826, John Corder to Patsy Harrold.

Greene Co. Court Minutes:
27 Jan 1813: "John Carder an orphan boy aged nine years on 1 Jan, be bound apprentice to Simon Pope . . . until he arrives at the age of 21 years."
24 Apr 1815: "...George Carder an orphan boy aged 5 years on the 1st of Oct last, be bound unto Henry French. . . ."

Washington Co. Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions:
Nov 1812: "...Thomas Carder be bound to David White until he arrive at full age."
Aug 1813: "...Samuel Carder a minor bound unto John Grimsley. . . ."

Greene Co. tax records:
In 1810 show Dorcas holding 100 acres in the Lick Creek Survey and John Carder, Sr. holding 150 acres on Meadow Creek.
In 1811 & 1812 are the same except Dorcas holds 200 acres.
For 1813-5 show, "Amasah Harold for John Corder's heirs, 200 acres, Lick Creek." The Meadow Creek entry for John Carder is continued through 1816.
For 1817-27 are missing.
In 1828 show "Masa Harrold, 92 acres Clearfork" followed by "The same for Carders David 30 acres." This record also lists Jonathan, John, George, and Samuel Carder.
In 1829 is the note, "Same for Carder Heirs 20."

Greene Co. Deed Book 14:
1 Sep 1826, Samuel Carder, son of John Carder descd, sold 28 1/2 acres to Isaac Babb (five shares of 28 1/2 acres and seven heirs at law noted).
26 Mar 1826, Jonathan Justice sold one share of John Carder estate to Isaac Babb.
13 Sep 1828, David D. Carder executed deed for his share to Isaac Babb.
17 Oct 1829, George Carder sold 28 1/2 acres to Isaac Babb . . . mentions as inherited from John Carder as one of the heirs.

Bledsoe Co. Deed Book E, pg 255: David D. Carder of Bledsoe Co. conveyed to Isaac Babb a Deed of conveyance . . . to an undivided tract of land lying in Greene County, Tennessee on the waters of lick creek . . . which descended to me from my father John Carder . . . signed David D. Carder.1

John Corder left a will dated at Greene Co., 14 May 1809.1

Family 1

  • Martha Carder1 b. abt. 1770
  • Ruth Carder1 b. bef. 1772
  • Orpha Carder1 b. abt. 1774
  • Peggy Carder1 b. bef. 1783
  • Elijah Carder1 b. 1793

Family 2

Dorcas [Harrold] d. 1812
  • John Carder1 b. 1804
  • Samuel Carder1 b. abt. 1805
  • Jonathan Carder1 b. abt. 1805
  • Thomas Carder1 b. abt. 1806
  • David D. Carder+1 b. abt. 1808, d. aft. 1870
  • George Carder1 b. 1 Oct 1809


  1. [S355] Letter from Robert B. Goff (Knoxville, Tennessee) to Gregory D. Cooke, 30 June 1986; Compiler's genealogy files Clarkdale, Arizona. The letter cites many county records.
This person was last edited on:15 May 2020