'Cordell1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Cordell of London, Cordell of Long Melford

The uncertainty on the first generation of this family was much of the reason why we left our first attempts on this page as Draft (launched 03.09.06, revised 04.04.13). The first named by 'The History of Long Melford' is William of Edmonton, Middlesex, father of Robert of London and John of Melford, father of Sir William. Visitation (London, 1568, 'Cordell') starts with Thomas of Enfield, Middlesex, showing him as father of John (father of William) and Robert (father of Thomas). 'The History of Long Melford' and Wikipedia ("William Cordell") both support the view that the last Thomas (son of Robert) was the Thomas who is the first mentioned by Visitation (London, 1634-5).
William Cordell of Edmonton or Thomas Cordell of Enfield
1. John Cordell of Long Melford, Suffolk (bur 07.01.1563-4)
Visitation (London, 1568') identifies John as "of Enfeild". Wikipedia ("William Cordell") identifies Sir William's father as John (d 1553) "from Edmonton ... principal aide to Sir William Clopton". HoP ("William Clopton") describes him (d 01.1563-4) as "a servant of Sir William Clopton".
  m. Emme Webb (d by 1544, dau of Henry Webb of Kimbolton)
  A. Sir William Cordell of Melford Hall (b c1522, d 17.05.1581, Master of the Rolls, Speaker of the House of Commons)
  Part of the reason why we were able to raise the status of this page from Draft was that we obtained confidence that the "William Cordell of Fulham, Master Cooke to Queene Elizabeth" mentioned by Visitation (London, 1568) was the same person as this Sir William, Master of the Rolls, a role that involves presiding over the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) and has nothing to do with cooking!
m. Mary Clopton (d 1585, dau of Richard Clopton of Melford & Groton)
  i. issue (dvp(sp)) - Thomas (bpt 23.08.1564?, bur 12.02.1567), son, Anne, Marty
  B. Edward Cordell of London (a 1536, dsp 09.01.1590, MP, 4th son)
  m1. Elizabeth Harrison of Norfolk (d 1586)
  m2. Abigail Heveningham (dau of Sir Anthony Heveningham of Ketteringham, widow of Sir George Digby of Coleshill)
  C. Thomasine Cordell
  m. Gilbert Gager of Gage
  D. Jane Cordell or Cordall (d 04.01.1603)
  m. Richard Alington of Horseheath (d before 03.02.1561)
  E.+ other issue - Francis (d 23.11.1586), John (dsp)
2. Robert Cordell of London
  A. (Sir) Thomas Cordell of London (mercer) the first mentioned by Visitation (London, 1634)
m. Margaret
  i. Sir John Cordell of London (d 05.03.1648/9, alderman) the first mentioned by TCP
  m. Sarah Bankworth (dau of Robert Bankworth (Bunckworth or Barrow) of London)
  a. Sir Robert Cordell of Long Melford, Sheriff of Suffolk, 1st Bart of Melford (bur 03.01.1679/80) the first mentioned by BEB1841
m. (by 1643) Margaret Wright (bur 24.03.1680/1, dau of Sir Edmund Wright of Swakeleys, Lord Mayor of London)
  (1) Sir John Cordell, 2nd Bart of Melford (b 10.11.1646, bur 09.09.1690)
  m. (by 1674) Elizabeth Waldegrave (bur 26.04.1709, dau of Thomas Waldegrave of Smallbridge)
  (A) Sir John Cordell, 3rd Bart of Melford (bpt 11.11.1677, dsp 08.05.1704)
  m. (24.12.1701) Eleanor Styles (d 04.1705, dau of Joseph Haskin Styles of London by Sarah, dau of Sir John Eyles of South Broom Hall)
  (B) Elizabeth Cordell
  m. Thomas King (son of Robert)
  (C) Margaret Cordell (bpt 08.02.1675)
  m. (07.1710) Sir Charles Firebrace of Stoke Golding, 2nd Bart (b 05.06.1680, d 02.08.1727)
  (2) Margaret Cordell probably of this generation
  m. John Barnardiston (bpt 11.06.1658, dsp)
  (3) Sarah Cordell probably of this generation
  m. Sir William Spring, 2nd Bart of Packenham (d c1684)

Main source(s): Visitation (Suffolk, 1561, 'Cordell of Long Melford'), BEB1841 ('Cordell of Long Melford') with some input/support from Visitation (Norfolk, 1563, 'Cordall'), Visitation (London, 1568, 'Cordell'), Visitation (London, 1634, 'Cordell'), TCB (vol 3, 'Cordell of Melford', p52), 'The History of Long Melford' (Sir William Parker (Bart), 1873, p321),
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