Hello Lawrence! I stumbled upon your e-mail to Carolyn Hill with some interest, as it contained some information I had not hitherto been aware, although I think you might benefit from my perspective as well.
Whether the name is Cordray, Cordrey, Cordery, Corderie, Cowdrey, no matter how many ways you slice it, there is only one heraldric name that I am aware of, and that is from the heralds in London themselves, and that is the surname Corderoy, the anglicized version of Corderoi, from Coeur de Roi, translated "Heart of the King." It has been an accepted fact that with a Norman name, the Corderoys came with William the Conqueror in 1066, and for their valiant effort at Hastings King William I gave the family land in the county of Berkshire, the ancestral home of the Corderoys, Corderys and Cordrays. I wonder, how did the name Assulf Querderia come about? And the connection to Yorkshire is most interesting, since the Corderoys are an ancient west country family, having married into the Glanville family in the 17th century. So the connection to the village of Stainborough comes as quite a surprise. Assulf is actually an old anglo saxon name, is it not?
You will note that there is also some considerable geneology, apparently by our Cherokee related brothers and sisters in the states, tracing the actual Corderoy who made the trip with William the Conqueror, whose name was Souchville Cordery, father of an unknown Cordery who was in turn father to Assult, born in 1086, so there is some discrepancy in your findings. Alas, since I began researching the Corderys recently, I have found nothing but discrepancies, especially in the period 1600-1800, when most of my family, the Corderys, wound up as paupers in Union Workhouses. It is not a very uplifting story, although many Cordery's today are quite prominent and successful, no longer playing second the servant class role to the titled, moneyed and landed Corderys. My own direct desendants came to Utah as Mormon converts between 1910-12 from Norwich, Norfolk England. There were Corderoys as well in Jamestown, and they have found there was to Australia, New Zealand and even Bermuda. After all, when you are faced with the poor house, wouldn't you pack your bags and leave?
Unfortunately, I am having difficulty in my research, because of the plague, religious persecution and that lovely gent Oliver Cromwell, who seemed to think he knew what was best for everyone.
I am very grateful to everyone who has submitted this wonderful family tree back to the Normans, as this has always been family lore and legend, but we have never actually been able to trace it. The fact that this information is now accessible is wonderous and no doubt attributable to global communication. Even more wonderful are the google searches, that have enable me to connect with many incredible sources related to my family the Corderys.
Best of luck in all your searches, and lets contibute to our collection knowledge of this great ancestral family! Richard Cordery Rickmalou@aol.com