Captain Asa H. Cory Home, Coryville, PA
photo credit: Jean Rees Collection

Captain Asa Howe Cory

(from Timeless Home book of Smethport)

Like Thomas Kane, in 1861 Asa Cory organized a regiment for the Civil War, Co. H, Fifty-eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. Unfortunately he was forced to return to McKean county during 1862 following a severe case of frostbite. He served as the postmaster of Coryville, Pennsylvania, a small settlement in Mckean County, which still bears his name. Asa Cory was ealier the editor and publisher of the Beacon and McKean County Journal. In 1839 he sold the press to William S. Oviatt.


McKean County Miner
Death of Mrs. Nancy Holmes
October 1887

Died at the residence of her son-in-law, Capt. A. H. Cory, in Keating Township, on Tuesday, October 11, 1887, Mrs. Nancy Holmes, aged 86 years.

Mrs. Holmes was the relict of the late John Holmes; in his day was a prominent citizen of this section of the country. She removed with her husband to Smethport from Chenango County, NY, in 1833, and has resided here continuously since. She was the sister of Judge Nelson Richmond who dies in Smethport in 1846, and was the mother of Mrs. Asa H. Cory of Keating Township, Mrs. Byron D. Hamlin and Mrs. E. P. Carter of this place.

She was also mother of two sons who died in early manhood. Mrs. Holmes has been in feeble health for several years and not until within the past few months has she been confined in her bed. She was a sweet old lady and was beloved by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Her daughters have watched over and tenderly cared for her in her declining years as none but two daughters can.

She was a member of the Episcopal church of this place, and the funeral services, which were held at Coryville today (Thursday), at 10 o'clock, were conducted by Reverend McCandless of that church. A large concourse of loving relatives and friends followed her to her last resting place.