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John Cordes estate book, 1764-1798 (typescript copy)

Identifier: Mss 0034-017

Collection Overview

Typescript copy of the John Cordes estate book (1764-1798) transcribed during a 1935-1937 W.P.A. project. Inventory and appraisal (1764) of the John Cordes estate contains lists of slaves (names and appraised values), dishes, furniture, linens, animals, rice, indigo, and other items. The volume also includes slaves (with names and valuations) taken by Catharine Cordes of Charleston (S.C.), and by Theodore Gaillard. Memorandums signed by the estate's executor Samuel Cordes are with other family members including John Cordes (1749-1798). Accounts list overseers' wages, Negro cloth, salt, beef, Negro shoes, doctor's bills, taxes, horses, wages, schooling for Thomas Cordes, household expenses for Catharine Cordes and her daughter Catharine; and income from work done by Halthan Hall Negroes, indigo grown at Yaughan, rice, and corn.; Additional estate appraisals (1784, 1796) and accounts are for Isaac Barn (Samuel and John Cordes, executors), Samuel Cordes (includes slaves at Lane and Curriboo Plantations and elsewhere), and John Cordes (1749-1798, includes slaves). Also included is a register of Porcher family members compiled by W.M. Porcher in 1850.


  • Creation: 1937


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Inscription written by Catherine Porcher reads "This gentleman Mr. John Cordes, married my grandfather Cordes' sister, Catherine Cordes. Their children were Ellinor, who married Mr. Theodore Gaillard. Catherine, who married Mr. Saml. Priouleau - Octr. 1766. Mr. John Cordes - of Peru - & Mr. Thos.Cordes - of Yaughan." St. John's Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina plantation owner and South Carolina Representative. John Cordes married Catharine Cordes (daughter of Henrietta Catherine Gendron and Thomas Cordes). Their children were: Catharine (1745-1832, who in 1766 married Samuel Prioleau), John (1749-1798), Charles, Thomas (1753-1806), Mary, and Ellinor (who married Theodore Gaillard (1737-1805, a plantation owner and S.C. Representative). Thomas (1753-1806) was a S.C. Representative who lived on Yaughan Plantation in St. Stephen's Parish (S.C.), a tract of land given to him by his brother John (1749-1798).


1 folder (1 item)

Acquisitions Information

Copied from the estate book which was in the possession of Philip G. Porcher, Stratton Place, Mt. Pleasant (S.C.) when transcribed in 1937. By 1945 the estate book had been given to the South Caroliniana Library.

Inventory of the John Cordes Estate Book, 1764-1798 (Typescript Copy), 1935-1937
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