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George Jean (Cordary) Codori

   
 

59 W. Middle St. Gettysburg, PA.

Home of Jean George Codori.

Jean "George" Codori was taken prisoner at the end of the Battle of Gettysburg. It's not known for sure why but it is though that he may have had a union hat on, thus thinking he was in the union Army. He spent the rest of the Civil War in a southern prison. He died a few days after his return to Gettysburg of pneumonia. He is buried at St. Francis Xavier church at Gettysburg. During the early 1980s a new head stone was made (by Jim Codori of the Codori memorial Co.) in recognition for his time spent in the southern prison. 
 
 Joint Resolution in 1865: 
 
 War of The Rebellion
 Officer's Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
 Series II, Volume 8, page 426.
 
 JOINT RESOLUTION of request to the Secretary of War to secure the release of certain unarmed citizens of this Commonwealth from rebel imprisonment.
 
 Whereas, during the battle of Gettysburg certain unarmed citizens of this Commonwealth were captured by the rebel forces, taken to Richmond, and afterward sent to Salisbury, where they yet remain in close confinement in rebel prisons: Therefore,
 
 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in General Assembly met, That the Secretary of War be respectfully requested to use his utmost official exertions to secure the release of J. Crawford Gwinn, Alexander Harper, George Codori, William Harper, Samuel Sitzer, George Patterson, George Arendt and Emanuel Trostle and such other civilians, citizens of Pennsylvania, as may now be in the hands of the rebel authorities, from rebel imprisonment and have them returned to their respective homes in Pennsylvania.
 
 A. G. OLMSTEAD
 Speaker of the House of Representatives
 
 WM. J. TUNELL
 Speaker of the Senate
 
 (Indorsement)
 
 Approved the 23d day of March, A.D. 1865
 A. G. CURTIN
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 Also from Patti Kehler's web site, about 2001.
 
 Jean George Cordary (b. February 3, 1806, d. March 25, 1865)
 Jean George Cordary (son of Andre Cordary and Marie Cecile Frisson)307 was born February 3, 1806 in Hottviller, Wholmeinster Co., France308, and died March 25, 1865 in Gettysburg, Adams, PA.. He married Regina Wallberger on January 27, 1829 in Sacred Heart Catholoic Church of Conewago, PA
 
 Notes for Jean George Cordary:
 CODORI, GEORGE: TOWN PROPERTY, W. MIDDLE ST., GETTYSBURG 29 AUG. 1865 SENTINEL.
 
 CODORI, GEORGE: CIVIL WAR, ADAMS CO. IN 1861-65. 190 ACHLS (CARD FILE)
 
 CODORI, GEORGE FROM R. MCCURDY DEED. CUMBERLAND TWP. 1861. ACHLS (CF)
 
 AKA: Jonh George. Codori@aol.com - Ancestry World Tree. They also list death date as 23 March 1865.
 
 George Codori was one of the original parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church in Gettysburg.
 (For God & Country St. Francis Xavier Church 1831-1931, page 4)
 
 ACHLS: newspaper article from "Out of the past - Times 100 years ago - 3-29-1865" 
 "Mr. George Codori, sen., of this place, who returned from his southern captivity of 20 months, a week or two ago, died on Thursday last, of pneumonia. His age was about 59. He emigrated to this country in 1828 and has been a resident of this place ever since. He was a very industrious and managing man and gathered about him a snug property. He remains were interred on Saturday last in the Catholic Burial Ground, attended by the Gettysburg Beneficial Association, and a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends."
 
 1865, March 20: Gettysburg Complier:
 "Prisoners returning. The return of Mr. George Patterson, a citizen of this county, who was carried off with others, about 5 or 6 by Lee's Army in 1863, has already been noticed. On Monday last Mr. George Codori got back. He looks well but underwent many inconveniences. Messrs. Guin, Harper, Pitzer and Trostle have also reached home, but we have not seen them (Why these citizens were captured is a mystery they were probably wearing some kind of uniform or were taken as hostages)." (source: Catherine Codori Cole).
 
 1865: Death of George Codori: "We regret to announce that Mr. George Codori, one of the citizens who was carried off by Lee's Army in 1863 died Thursday night of pneumonia. His age was about 59 years. For a number of years he has had attacks of this dangerous disease, almost every winter, during the past 18 months, though suffering the privations incident to the life of a prisoner of the south, he informed us his health was good. 
 On coming back to Annapolis on a crowded transport, he took a severe cold which produced pneumonia and finally death. His remains were interred in the Catholic Burial grounds, attended by the Gettysburg Beneficial Association and a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives.
 George was born in the town of Hottviller, county of wholmeinster in the French Province of D'Lamoselle. Accompanied by his brother Nicholas, they emigrated to this country in 1828. Arriving in Gettysburg on the 20th of June that year. He resided in this place, excepting the 20 months he was a prisoner in the South. By industry and prudent management he acquired means enough to render him comfortable in his old days. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his decease. He was about 59 years old at this death." (source: Catherine Codori Cole)
 
 GEORGE WAS ONE OF 7 GETTYSBURG MEN TAKEN PRISONER BY THE CONFEDERATES. THE OTHERS WERE J. CRAWFORD GWINN, ALEXANDER HARPER, WILLIAM HARPER, SAMUEL SIZER, GEORGE PATTERSON, GEORGE ARENDT AND EMANUEL TROSTLE. THE ARREST WAS FOR WHAT OFFENSE NO ONE KNOWS. HE WAS IMPRISONED FOR A YEAR AND 8 MONTHS. THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE AND SENATE PASSED RESOLUTIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SEC. OF WAR SEEKING RELEASE OF THE GETTYSBURG CIVILIANS. THE DOCUMENT WAS FINALLY SIGNED BY GOVERNOR CURTIN ON MARCH 23, 1865, 10 DAYS AFTER MR. CODORI RETURNED TO HIS HOME HERE AND 3 DAYS AFTER THE POOR SOUL HAD DIED OF AN ILLNESS INCURRED IN THE PRISON AND HAD BEEN BURIED IN THE LOCAL CATHOLIC CEMETERY."
 
 Will: No. 4158 died intestate - filed March 29, 1865. Bond to Commonwealth in estate of George J. Codori deceased: Celcelia C. Martin 2A55 per 711.50, Susan M. Chrismer 2 A 952 84, Adam Euher 4A 1 4750. April 1, 1866 (Mrs. Coles, 51 E. Stevens Ave., Gettysburg, PA) 
 
 Clippings from newspapers from the Past (source: Catherine Codori Cole)
 "In 1838 George J. Codori bought a house at 59 W. Middle Street which later became the property of his children after his death about 1865. Susanne and her brother Nicholas J. deeded their share to their sister Cecelia who married Joseph Martin, this home has been in the family of McSherry until recently a descendant. Nicholas J. Left his wife and three sons and didn't return until 50 years later to die penniless in the County Home in Cumberland Township."
 
 
 More About Jean George Cordary:
 Died 2: March 23, 1865, Record from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Conewago, Pa..
 Emigration: 1828
 Ethnicity/Relig.: ROMAN CATHOLIC.
 Residence: FRANCE, 59 W. MIDDLE ST., GETTYSBURG, PA..
 
 More About Jean George Cordary and Regina Wallberger:
 Marriage: January 27, 1829, Sacred Heart Catholoic Church of Conewago, PA.
 
 Marriage Notes for Jean George Cordary and Regina Wallberger:
 Records from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church show in Latin the marriage.
 Joannes Georgius Kortari married Regina Wallberger 
 Jean George Codori married Regina Wallbarrier. (Catherine Coles)
 
 Children of Jean George Cordary and Regina Wallberger are: 
 +Susanne M. Codori, b. April 1, 1833, Gettysburg, Adams Co., PA.315, d. November 14, 1881.
 +Nicholas J. Codori, b. 1835, Gettysburg, Adams Co.,, PA.., d. February 9, 1916, Cumberland Township, PA..
 Regina Codori, b. November 28, 1839, Gettysburg, Adams Co., PA.318, d. May 2, 1846, Gettysburg, Adams Co., PA..
 Charles A. Codori, d. January 8, 1896, Los Angeles, California.
 +Cecelia Codori, b. September 1829, Adams Co., PA321, d. October 25, 1883, Gettysburg, Adams Co. PA.

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First two photos are of Salisbury prison in Salisbury, NC. one of two prisons where Jean George Codori was held for 18 months.

From the files of Patti Kehler.

Next three photos are of the Libby prison in Richmond, VA., the other prison Jean George was held.

From the files of Patti Kehler.

Birth certificate from Hottviller, France Courtesy of Sandrine Dehlinger of Metz, France.