FAMILY ROOTS; What’s in a name for Chris?

Alan Cordner
Alan Cordner

ALL may not be as it seems in the ancestry of Hartlepool Mail head of features Chris Cordner.

New research from a distant relative has emerged which casts doubt on his genealogical line - or at least on his surname.

Chris Cordner

Chris Cordner

He explains more.

IT’S quite an astonishing revelation to hear that your ancestral line might not be exactly what you thought it was.

It had all seemed to fit into place until only a few short weeks ago.

Yet suddenly, the pieces were not quite as tightly fit as first suggested.

The doubt emerged after some valuable researcher which was carried out by 70-year-old Alan Cordner from Worksop.

He had looked further into the background of William Cordner, one of my direct relatives, while researching a Cordner in his own direct line.

Alan told me: “My grand father Frank Cordner was killed when the SS Dowlais was torpedoed in 1917.

“Whilst looking for additional information about his death I came across “Death at sea” information for William Cordner in 1918.

“I knew that William Cordner was a son of John Thomas Richard Cordner who had married Frances Defty early in the twentieth century and had died in 1952 - so who was this William?

“A quick check on my computer showed that I had only one William who possibly fitted and he already had “ancestry” although he had not been located on a 1901 census.

“A search of the 1901 census quickly brought forward a William of the correct age in Morpeth, Northumberland and not the expected County Durham.

“This is not of course the expected person as there was no previous suggestion that he was a miner and he had been born in Sunderland.

“My next usual action is to check for the next census that they should appear on, in this case 1911 and indeed there were two William Cordner’s.”

Read more next week on the next twist in the Cordner tale.