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Thomas Cordes (c1827-1901)
1871 Living at Bryn Glase, Malpas, Mon: Thomas Cordes (age 44 born New Cross, Surrey), High Sheriff and Magistrate. Land Owner. Iron Manufacturer employing 700 men and boys; Unmarried. With his mother Mary Cordes (age 68 born USA - British subject). Also their nephew Ernest Louis Cordes (age 10 born Sherborne, Dorset. Four servants.
1901 Thomas Cordes 74, living on own means with Margaret A Cordes 47, Mary M D Cordes 13
1901 August 15th. Died.
We deeply regret to record the death of Mr. Thomas Cordes, of Silwood Park, Snntinghill, and previously of Bryn Glas, Newport, Monmouthshire, which took place at the age of seventy-five, at his Berkshire residence on Thursday week after a protracted illness.
For many years he was a prominent merchant at Newport, Monmouthshire, for which borough and county he was a Magistrate, and also for the county of which he served the office of High Sheriff in 1871, as Deputy Lieutenant. He was also a Magistrate for Berkshire, sitting at Windsor, qualifying for that position in January, 1892; he was Lord of the Manor of Sunninghill, and was formerly commanding officer of the 3rd Monmouthshire Rifle Volunteers.
In August, 1884, he married Margaret Agnes, elder daughter of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne, first Baronet.
At the General Election of 1874 he contested the Monmouth District in the Conservative interest against Mr. Puchin, and was returned by a majority of 648. At the ensuing General Election of 1880 he was defeated by Mr. Carbutt, and at that of 1885 again by the same opponent, though on that occasion by only ten votes.
Deceased was a most generous supporter of all local and charitable institutions, and he will be much missed and his loss greatly deplored. The funeral took place at the Parish Church, Sunninghill, on Tuesday afternoon....