GENEALOGY of WILLIAM CORNETT
by J. D. CORNETT
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“Genealogy of William Cornett's family by his first wife Rhoda
Gilliam. William Cornett born in Henrico County, Va., A.D. 1761, died in
Perry County, Ky. Nov. 26, 1836.
“He was the son of John Cornett. While a resident of Buckingham County, Va.,
in 1779 he enlisted in the Revolutionary War and served six month (sic) in Capt.
Anthony Winston's Company, Col. Scripps Va. Regiment. In 1780 he re-enlisted as
a private, and served six months in Capt. Saunders Co. Col. Pattersons Va.
“He was allowed a pension on his application executed Aug. 12, 1833.
“[p. 2] He first married Rhoda Gilliam and to them were born four
Lucy Cornett and
“(1) John Cornett married Rachel Smith and settled on Carrs Fork, and the
following children were born to them: (a) Robert S. Cornett, John Cornett, Arch
Cornett, Rusel Cornett, Rhoda Cornett, Mary Cornett, Elisabeth Cornett, Frankie
Cornett, Nancy Cornett, Harden Cornett.”
“(a) Robert S. Cornett married Adaline Brashear; John
Cornett married Nancy Combs; Rusel Cornett married Milley Combs; Rhoda
Cornett married Madison Pigman; Mary married John Stacey; Elisabeth married Bill
Ashley; Frankie married Bill Owens, Nancy married Wilburn Amburgy; Hardin died
when about 18 years old
ROBERT S. CORNETT
(a) To Robert S. Cornett and his wife Adaline Brashear, were born the
following children: Manton Cornett , Thiophilis Cornett, Newton Cornett, Jasper
Cornett, Elisabeth Cornett, Rachel Cornett, Rhoda Cornett, Nancy Cornett, Wm.
Riley Cornett, J. Dixon Cornett, Mary Cornett, and Robert S. Cornett.
Manton married Julia Godsey; Newton married Nancyan Davidson; Jasper married
Rebecca Hale; Elisabeth married Lee Kelly; Rachel married Samp Combs; Rhoda
married Spencer Combs; Nancy married Alexander Young; Wm. Riley married
Elisabeth Campbell; J. D. Cornett married SurrildaRichie; Mary married Simon
Stacey; Robert S. married Cornelia Amburgy; Theophilis died in infancy.(a) To
Robert S. Cornett and his wife Adaline Brashear, were born the following
children: Manton Cornett , Thiophilis Cornett, Newton Cornett, Jasper Cornett,
Elisabeth Cornett, Rachel Cornett, Rhoda Cornett, Nancy Cornett, Wm. Riley
Cornett, J. Dixon Cornett, Mary Cornett, and Robert S. Cornett.
Manton married Julia Godsey; Newton married Nancyan Davidson; Jasper married
Rebecca Hale; Elisabeth married Lee Kelly; Rachel married Samp Combs; Rhoda
married Spencer Combs; Nancy married Alexander Young; Wm. Riley married
Elisabeth Campbell; J. D. Cornett married SurrildaRichie; Mary married Simon
Stacey; Robert S. married Cornelia Amburgy; Theophilis died in infancy.
(d) To Rusel Cornett and his wife Milly Combs were born: Jason Cornett, William Cornett,
Rebecca Cornett, Martha Ellen Cornett.  Jason married Malissa Combs;
William married Milly Allen; Rebecca married Thee Combs; Martha Ellen married
(3) Lucy Cornett married Woleary
Eversole, son of Jacob Eversole. Jacob Eversole migrated to Ky. from N.C. He
had six sons and Woleary was one of them. To Woleary Eversole and his wife Lucy
Cornett were born three sons and one daughter.
Joe 1818, John 18--, William 1814, and Elisabeth 1820.
Joe Eversole married Sarah Bolin and lived at Chavies, Ky., near the mouth of
Grapevine Creek. To them were born four sons: Capt. William Eversole, 14 Ky. Cav. Civil War.
Eversole, Lieut. in same regiment.
Eversole who was a Sgt. and Maj. John
Eversole. Bill Eversole lived in Owsley County, Ky., was married twice and
had large families.
Eversole had five sons and one daughter: William, Ance, Bige, Charlet, Rosol
William Eversole married Mary Johnson; Ance married Sarah Daniels Aloway
Abijah married Littie Hall; Rosol married Minnie Robinson.
MAJOR JOHN EVERSOLE
Maj. John Eversole married Nancy Duff and lived near the mouth of
To them were born: Joe Eversole, George Eversole, Clark Eversole, Harry
Eversole, John C. Eversole, Jane Eversole, Polly Eversole and Elisabeth
Joe Eversole married Susan Combs, daughter of Josiah H. Combs and to them
were born Wm. Cashus Eversole, John B. Eversole, Dr. Chester Eversole, Harry
Eversole and Pet Eversole.
(IV) Elisabeth Cornett married William Campbell. The following children were
born to them:
Wm. B. married Katie Creech.
Woleary married Celia Creech.
Lewis married Polly Caudill.
Lucy married Roland Eversole.
John married Harret Watts.
Rhoda married Hiram G[-ilbert] Pratt.
Nancy married App Blair.
Judy married Joe Blair.
Sally married Eli Brashear.
Elisabeth married John Pratt (Knock).
Patsy married Henry Caudill.
Polly married Joe Creech.
WILLIAM B. CAMPBELL
To Wm. B. Campbell and Katie Creech were born Sally Campbell, Elisabeth
Camp-bell, William G. Camphell, Catherine Campbell, John H. Campbell,
Lewis Campbell, Woleary T. Campbell, Pollyan Campbell and Peggy Campbell.
Sally married Esquire Watts; Elisabeth married John Watts; Wm. G. married
Mariah Brashear; Catherine married Alamander Whittaker; John H. married
Elisabeth Maggard; Lewis married Arinda McIntire, 2nd wife, Rebeca Fields;
Woleary T. married Polly Begley; Pollyan married Wm. Maggard, 2nd husband, Wes
Sparkman; Peggy died while young.
To Woleary Campbell and Celia Creech were born Enoch Campbell, Henry
Campbell, Susan Campbell, Joe Campbell, John Campbell and Sally Campbell.
To Lewis Campbell and his wife, Polly Caudill, were born Elisabeth, Martha,
James and Hiram.
To John Campbell and his wife, Harret Watts, were born Thomas, Ann,
George,Elisabeth, Hart, Stephen, Jep, Vina, Esquire, Judy and Polly.
To Rhoda Campbell and her husband, Hiram G. Pratt, were born Wm. Pratt, Sally
Pratt, Elisabeth Pratt, John Pratt, Joel Pratt, Steve Pratt, Patsy Pratt and
To Sally Campbell and her husband, Eli Brashear, were born Eliza, Elhanon
Elisabeth, James N., Martha, Mary, Wm. C., Cinda and Sallyan.
To Patsy Campbell and her husband, Henry Caudill were born William,
Robert, Elisabeth, Lucy, Rhoda, Harret, Pollyan and Judy.
To Elisabeth Campbell and her husband, John Pratt, were born, John, Eli, Lucy
Judy, Ann, Celia, James, Sally, Nancy and Rhoda. pp. 5-7, GENEALOGY of WILLIAM
CORNETT, 1761-1836 by J. D. CORNETT.
(II) Arch Cornett born Jan. 12, 1789, died 1873. Married Judy McDaniel and
settled at the mouth of Clover Fork of Big Leatherwood Creek, Perry County,
The following children were born to them: William, John, Robert, Arch,
Anderson Hiram, Polly and Elisabeth.
William Cornett married Nancy Miniard; 2nd wife, Becky Morgan; 3rd wife,
(a) To William Cornett and Nancy Miniard were born Judy, Arch (Bud), John
Louisa, William S. and James; H.
Judy Cornett married James Singleton and to them were born William C.
Singleton and Polly Jane Singleton. William C. married Vesta Hall and lived near
Viper, Ky. Polly Jane married Budie Day.
(a) To William Cornett and his second wife, Becky Morgan, were born three
children: Nancy Jane, Wilson and Fred.
(a) To William Cornett and his third wife were born two children: Granville
G. Cornett and Rachel Cornett.
John Cornett married Bettie Holebrooks and settled on Masons Creek. To them
were born: Ran Cornett, Ben Cornett, Theopolis Cornett, Nancy Cornett, Mary
Cornett and Catherine Cornett.
Ran married Sally Brashear; Ben married Lucy Pratt; Theopolis married Nan
Sturgeon, Nancy married Theopolis G. Campbell; Mary married Nute Fields;
Catherine was never married.
Robert Cornett married Peggy McNight and settled at mouth of Beech Fork of
Big Leatherwood. To them were born the following children: Basil Cornett, John
M. Cornett, Joe Cornett, Elisabeth Cornett, Susan Cornett, I.M. Cornett, Judy
Cornett, and Jerusia Cornett.
Basil married Jane Wilson; John M. married Judy Griffith; Joe E. married
Pollyan Brock; Elisabeth was never married; Susan married Frank Cornett; I. M.
married Huldah Fields; Judy married Hiram Holebrooks; Jerusia married I. S.
Arch Cornett married Elisabeth Creech, Jan. 6, 1851 and settled in Leslie
County Ky. To them were born: William G. Cornett, Robert Cornett, Arch Cornett,
Katie Cornett; Judy Cornett, Rhoda Cornett, Betty Jane Cornett, Polly Cornett,
Sally Cornett, Clerinda and Rebeca.
Wm. G. Cornett married Martha Maggard. To them were born: Adam, Belle, Carter
Adam was never married; Belle married D. N. Asher; Carter married Dora
Cornett; Laura married Grant Asher.
W. G. Cornett's second wife was Polly Griffy. To them was born Howard
Hiram Cornett married Jerusia Boothe. To them were born: Larkin Cornett, John
B.Cornett (Kezel), Kernel Cornett, Green A. Cornett and Sis Cornett.
Hiram Cornett's second wife was Polly Griffy. To them were born the following
children: Lincoln Cornett, Lucinda Cornett, Judy Cornett, Sally Cornett, Bunion
Cornett, Boone Cornett, Kenton Cornett, Clerinda Cornett, Sylvania Cornett,
Betsyan Cornett and Columbus Cornett.
Elisabeth Cornett married James Colyer; Polly Cornett married Manon
Anderson Cornett, born Jan. 20, 1820, died Sept. 2, 1883. Susan Harris, his
wife,born Feb. 5, 1819, died June 29, 1886.
Anderson Cornett married Susan Harris and the following children were born to
Judy married Mose Ison.
Manon married Lucinda Cornett.
Maryan married Henry Singleton.
Arch married Martha Combs.
Tilda married Jonah Ison.
Elisabeth married Monroe Young.
Granville R. married Hettie Hogg.
Second wife, Ellen Combs:
Eli H. married Jane Combs.
Susan married Ans Cornett.
To Judy Cornett and Mose Ison were born: Grant Ison, Susan Ison, Anderson
Ison, Jonah Ison, Granville Ison, Gideon Ison, Arch Ison and Rachel Ison.
To Manon Cornett and his wife, Lucinda Cornett, were born: Minnie, Dora,
Bertha, Carrie, Marion and Tina.
Maryan and her husband, Henry Singleton, did not have any children.
Elisabeth Cornett and her husband, Monroe Young, settled in Clay County, Ky.,
and raised a family of four or five children.
Arch Cornett and his wife, Martha Combs settled on Big Leatherwood and to
them were born: Isabell, Marion, Jane, Lizzie, Bauge or Samuel, Sophia, French,
Susan, Lucretia, May and Kirby.
Isabelle married George Mayhew; Marion married Atha Shepherd; Jane married
R.B. Caudill; Lizzie married Frank Horn; Susan married Charley Beams; Hettie
married Willie J. Caudill; Kirby married Mallie Baker; Lucretia married Dr. S.
P. Combs; French has never married; Samuel H. (Bauge) and May died while young;
Sophia married Richmon Combs.
Granville R. Cornett married Hettie Hogg and lived most of his time in and
near Hazard, Ky. To them were born: Urban Cornett, Eli Cornett, Cyntha Cornett,
Ira Cornett, Folger Cornett, Arch Cornett, Floyd
Cornett, Anderson Cornett, James Cornett and Luther Cornett.
To him and his second wife, Ella Combs, were born: Miller Cornett, Robert
Cornett, Arthur Cornett, Edith Cornett, Lucy Cornett and Susan Cornett.
Susan Cornett and her husband, Ans Cornett, settled near, above the mouth of
Rockhouse in Letcher County.
To them were born: Anna Cornett, Grant Cornett, Arch Cornett, Gid Cornett.
Lilly Cornett, Blaine Cornett, Kinley Cornett, Nando Cornett and Granville
Eli H. Cornett and his wife, Jane Combs, first settled on Big Leatherwood and
the following children were born to them:
Manon Cornett, Carrie Cornett, Joe Cornett, Roy Cornett, J. B. Cornett,
Vincent Cornett, Herman Cornett, Corbet Cornett, Callie Cornett, Worthy Cornett,
Dovie Cornett and Eddie Cornett.
Matilda Cornett (born Nov. 19, 1846, died Nov. 18, 1917) and her husband,
Jonah Ison, born April 20, 1840, died May 13, 1911. To them were born:
Judy, born May 13, 1856; Usley, Jan. 21, 1868; Maryan, July 27, 1869; Milly,
Feb. 28, 1871; Susan, Oct. 22, 1872; Rachel, Aug. 24, 1874; John, Oct. 10, 1876;
Sally, May 29, 1878; Harvey, Feb. 26, 1880; Bessie, Sept. 29, 1881; Marion,
Sept. 18, 1883; Cora, Oct. 30, 1885; Cinda, June 14, 1888; Charley, June 16,
Judy married George Hogg; Usley married Jack Callahan; Maryan married John B.
Cornett, 2nd time Urb Campbell; Milly, Dr. E. Kelley; Susan, Lee Daniel; Rachel,
J. Dick Cornett; John married Ann Hogg, 2nd., Lodoska Wilson; Harvey was never
married; Marion married Lucy Rollins; Sally married Jesse Morgan; Bessie married
W. C. Eversole; Cinda married Dave Wooton; Charley married Bertha Shepherd; Cora
was never married.
To Judy Ison and her husband, George Hogg, were born Ira Hogg and Nora
To Usley Ison and her husband, Jack Callahan, were born: Cooly Callahan, Ora
Callahan, Daw Callahan, Dishman Callahan, Jonah Callahan, Manon Callahan and
To Maryann Ison and her husband, John E. Cornett (See Charles L. Cornett's
To Milly Ison, and her husband, Dr. E. Kelley, was born Bertha Kelley.
To Susan Ison and her husband, Lee Daniel were born: Allie Daniel, Dewey
Daniel Grace Daniel, Jonah Daniel and Bess Daniel.
To Rachel Ison and her husband, J. D. Cornett (See Charles L. Cornett's
To John Ison and his first wife, Ann Hogg was born George Ison; to him and
his second wife, Lodoska Wilson, was born Karl
Ethel, Tilda, Ted, Howard, Lonnie, Morine, Odet, and others.
To Marion Ison and his wife, Lucy Rollins were born Irene Ison and Ruth Ison.
Irene married Denver Miniard.
To Sally Ison and her husband, Jesse Morgan, was born Maude Morgan. She
married Gilmore Bobbitt.
To Bessie Ison and her husband, Wm. Cashus Eversole were born Karl Eversole,
Joe Eversole, Cashus Eversole, Ollie Eversole, Webster Eversole and Edwin.
To Cinda Ison and her husband, Dave Wooton, were born Elmer Ray Wooton,James
Wooton and Earl Wooton.
To Charley B. Ison and his wife, Bertha Shepherd, were born Pauline Ison,
Mabel Ison, Denver Ison and Quinten Ison.
Polly Harris had three daughters, Susan, Elisabeth and Tilda. Susan and
Elisabeth's father was a man by the name of Stamper. Tilda's father was an
Everge. Susan married Anderson Cornett; Elizabeth married James B. Brashear;
Tilda married Henderson Holcomb.
Polly Harris married Elinza Holcomb after Susan, Elisabeth and Tilda were
born to her.
To them were born William Holcomb, John Holcomb, Harden Holcomb, Hannah
Holcomb, Polly Holcomb and Sally Holcomb.
Wm. married Jane Wilson, John married Elisabeth Turner; Harden married
Rebekah Shepherd; Polly married Ed Griffitts; Hannah married Silas Callahan;
Sally married Andrew Shepherd.
James B. Brashear and his wife Elisabeth Harris, settled on Mases Creek and
to them were born Robert H. Brashear, Emanuel Brashear, Pollyan Brashear and
Robert H. married Judy Pratt; Emanuel married Mary Brewer; Pollyan married
Elhanon Crawford; Elzira married Robert Combs.
To Matilda Harris and her husband, Henderson Holcomb, were born Sol Holcomb,
Martha Holcomb and Liz Holcomb.
Sol Holcomb married a Frasier and settled in Whitesburg; Martha Holcomb
married Will Lewis and settled on Line Fork.
During the period of time extending from Jan. 12, 1789 to April, 1796
*William Cornett's first wife (Rhoda Gilliam) died and in April, 1796 in what
was later Washington County, or what was later Sullivan County, Tenn., he
married Mary Everage, born May, 1770, died Jan. 28, 1852.
Soon after their marriage they came to Ky. and settled near the mouth of Bull
Creek in what was later Perry County, where they lived the remainder of their
lives. They are buried side by side in the Cornett graveyard near the site of
their home. His reason for  wanting to be buried in this particular
place was that he dreamed that he drove his wagon and team upon the hill to a
large Sassafras tree and could never drive them out from under it, so he
requested his family to bury him under this tree.
To William Cornett and 2nd Mary Everage were born the following named children:
Robert Bustard Cornett, born Jan. 17, 1798. Married
daughter of General Combs, Jan. 1822. Margaret, born 1799, died in infancy.
(VI) Roger Cornett, born Jan. 6, 1805, died Sept. 27, 1885. Married
(VII) Nancy Cornett, date of birth not given. Married
(VIII) Rachel Cornett, born Feb. 10, 1807, died April 15, 1887.
Married John A. Caudill, born Jan. 1, 1798, died May 10, 1873.
(IX) Samuel Cornett, born Mar. 4, 1809, died Nov. 24, 1860. Married
Polly Adams, born July 8, 1813.
(X) Nathaniel Woleary Cornett, born April 2, 1811, died Jan. 12, 1889.
Married Lydia Caudill, born July 19, 1816.
(XI) Joseph E. Cornett, April 28, 1814, died May 30, 1891. Married
Sally Brown, born April 23, 1815, died April 19, 1892.
ROBERT BUSTARD CORNETT'S
(V) Robert Bustard Cornett and his wife, Louisa Combs, settled at the mouth
of  Buffalo Creek four miles above Hazard and the following children
were born to them:
Lige Cornett, Henry Cornett, John Cornett, Polly Cornett, Sally Cornett, and
Lige Cornett married Cintha Griggsby and to them were born:
Genny, married Bill Newberry.
Celia (Bink) married W.O. Davis.
Dan married Polly Standafer. Second wife, Martha Dehart.
Ben married Mesa Cornett. Second wife Anna Combs.
Wm. G. married Martha Combs.
Nancy married Bud Morgan.
Elhanon married Rufena Feltner.
Isabell married Felix Feltner.
Mat married Bettie Combs.
Martha married Andrew Singleton.
Elvira married Joe Adkins. Second husband, C. G. Bowmas.
Henry Cornett and his wife Susan Begley, settled near the mouth of Buffalo
Creek and to them were born:
Robert, married Sally Combs.
Bent married Sally Hall.
Whitt married Liza Combs.
John Cornett and his wife, Catherine  Combs settled on Buffalo
Creek and to them were born the following children:
Morgan, married Crick Singleton.
Lizza married Columbus Dixon.
Louisa married Wilburn Dixon.
Nancy Ann married Billie Baker.
(e) To Sallie Cornett and her husband Nickolas Combs, were born:
Kendrick Combs, married Genny Crawford.
Rev. Robert Combs
Nancy Combs married Joe Bruer.
Mary Combs never married.
(f) Cinda Cornett and her husband, Eli Combs, settled on the river near
Buffalo Creek and to them were born Augustus Combs, Leslie Combs, Betty Jane
Combs, Lige Combs, Green Combs and Martha Combs.
Martha Combs married Arch Cornett.
(VII) Nancy Cornett married
Samuel Combs and settled below Hazard on the Ky.
To them were born the following:
Robert Combs, married ............Godsey.
Mary Combs, married Elijah Begley.
Nancy Combs married Bod Davidson.
Linda Combs married Jim Cole.
(VIII) Rachel Cornett and her husband,
John A. Caudill settled at the mouth
of Sandlick Creek one mile below Whitesburg and the following children were born
Wm. A. Caudill, born Feb. 1825, died Jan. 11, 1899. Married Marget
Steven J. Caudill, Nov. 13, 1826, July 26, 1906. Married Elizabeth Adams.
Mary Caudill, Aug. 4, 1828, Dec. 21, 1839.
Benjamin E. Caudill, Feb. 11, 1830, Feb. 11, 1889. Married Martha Asberry of
Tazwell, Va. Col. in Confederate Army.
Sarah Caudill, Oct. 23, 1834, May 17, 1914. Married Joe S. Fairchilds.
John Dixon Caudill, Oct. 6, 1836, June 27, 1917. Married Mary Green.
David Jesse Caudill, Mar. 9, 1839, April 9, 1907. Married Marget Frizell.
Lieutenant Col. in Confederate Army. Was wounded in battle on Big Leatherwood a
short distance below Clover Fork.
Nancy Jane Cauaill, Nov. 5, 1840, Nov. 12, 1922. Married John H. Craft. Lived
in Laurel County, Ky.
Elizabeth Caudill, Aug. 22, 1842. Married Thomas Dotson. Dotson died in
prison  at Camp Douglas. Her second husband, Wm. Green.
Pollyan Caudill, April 15, 1847. Married Enoch Craft (Chunk). He was with
General Morgan's men when Morgran was killed; he helped put Morgan's body on the
train; said it was not mutilated or his clothes soiled.
Watson G. Caudill, June 17, 1849. Married Sabina Caudill [Combs].
Joseph and Nathaniel died in infancy.
End of Rachel Cornett's family.
JOSEPH E. CORNETT
(XI) Joseph E. Cornett, youngest son of William Cornett. Married Sally Brown
and settled on Dry Fork of Ky. River in Letcher County. He helped to lay out the
town of Whitesburg and was elected Judge of Letcher County afterwards. The
following children were born to them: Easter, Nathaniel and Roger died while
young, John B., Bettyan, Samuel A., Rachel, Benjamin, Nancyan, Steven J., Wm. M.
John B. Cornett married Elisabeth Hays.
Bettyan Cornett married Ira Stamper.
Samuel A. Cornett married, (1) Rany Whittaker; (2) Susan Shepherd; (3) Nan
Engle; (4) Alcyan Couch.
Rachel Cornett married James Back.
Benjamin Cornett married (1) Dicy Roberts; (2) Abbyjane Mullins.
Nancyan married Elihu Maggard.
Stephen married Elisabeth Mullins.
Wm. M. Cornett married Arminda Indman.
Mary Cornett married Hiram Whittaker.
Samuel A. Cornett, son of Joe E. Cornett (1814-1891) married Rany Whittaker
and to them were born Joe, Harret, Sally and Betty Jane. Joe married Pollyan
Wells, Harret married Dock Brown. Sally married Wes Brown. Betty Jane married
To Joe Cornett and his wife were born: Liza, William, Minerva, Peggy, Samuel,
Jerry, Watson, Loraine, Alamander, Charley, John Henry, Pearl and Elvira.
End of Joe E. Cornett's generation.
(IX) Samuel Cornett born Mar. 4, 1809, died Nov. 24, 1860. Married Polly
Adams, born July 8, 1813. They were married May 1, 1832. They settled on
Troublesome Creek in what was later Knott County, Ky. Hindman is situated on the
land they settled on. The following children were born to them: Maryan, Joe,
Walter, Wm. G., Mose, Liza, Margaret, Jane, Rachel and Sallyan. Maryan married
Wm. G. married Liza Howard. He was discharged from the Confederate Army at
the close of the Civil War and was never heard of any more.
Margaret married Samuel Honaker.
Rachel married Paten Duke. 
Joe died in Rock Island prison during the Civil War.
Mose married Jane Maggard.
Jane married George Childers.
Sallyan was never married.
Liza and Walter died in infancy.
End of Samuel Cornett's family.
NATHANIEL W. CORNETT
(X) Nathaniel Woleary Cornett, born April 2, 1811, died Jan. 12, 1889. He
married Lyddia Caudill, born July 19, 1816. Settled on Troublesome Creek at
mouth of Big Branch, Knott County.
To them were born the following children:
Joe E. Cornett married Susana Caudill.
Rachel Cornett married Jep Calhoun.
Sally Cornett married George Simpson.
Mary Cornett married Silas Boggs.
Nancy Cornett married Green Holliday.
Pollyan Cornett married Shade Combs. Second husband Shade Smith.
Easter Cornett married George Martin.
Roger Cornett married Nancy Maggard. Second wife Marget Combs.
Benton Cornett married Polly Davidson.
Robin Cornett married Carline Justice. Second wife Susan Smith.
(VI) Roger Cornett, son of William Cornett, born Jan. 6, 1805, died Sept.
27, 1885. Married Polly Lewis,born Oct. 23, 1809, died Mar. 20, 1873.
They were married Jan. 23, 1827.
To them were born the following children: (a) Charles L. Cornett, born Oct.
20, 1828, died April 15, 1900. (b) Nancy Cornett born Aug. 16, 1830, died Sept.
30, 1857. (c) Wm. E. Cornett, born Jan 3, 1833, died July 12, 1909. (d) Maryan
Cornett, born Jan. 31, 1836, died while young (Aug. 10, 1836). (e) Sally
Cornett, born July 6, 1837, died Jan. 30, 1908. (f) Arch Cornett, born Jan. 5,
1840, died Dec. 16, 1845. (g) Samuel Cornett, born Aug. 4, 1843, died Oct, 12,
1857. (h) Nathaniel Cornett, born Dec. 14, 1845, died Oct. 16, 1857. (i) Audley
A. Cornett, born Nov. 18, 1848, died June 8, 1932. (j) Pollyan Cornett, born
June 24, 1852, died Jan. 31, 1932.
(b) Nancy Cornett married Ezekiel Brashear; he was a soldier in the
Confederate Army; killed in action at Cynthiana, Ky. To them were born Lafayatt
M. Brashear. Born Oct. 20, 1852.
Mariah Brashear, born Aug. 10, 1855.
Sally Brashear, born May 4, 1857.
Lafayatt married Joanna Baker.
Mariah married Wm. G. Campbell.
Sally married Ran Cornett.
(c) Wm. E. Cornett married Matilda Stamper, born Jan. 9, 1836, died Feb. 6,
1890. He was a Lieutenant in the Confederate Army.
To them were born Lucinda Cornett, Ma-linda Cornett, Elsabeth
Cornett, Hiram H. Cornett, Wm. R. Cornett, Martha Cornett, Mary Cornett, Roger
Cornett and John Harlan Cornett.
(a) Lucinda married Manon Cornett.
Malinda married Samp Combs.
Elsabeth married Granville Holcomb.
Hiram H. married Lucretia Hackworth.
Wm. R. married Gertie Johnson.
Mary married Irvin Stacey.
John H. married Rebeca Francis.
Roger and Martha never married.
(d) Audley A. Cornett married Elisabeth Caudill. To them were born Henry C.
Cornett, Sarah Cornett, Patsy Cornett, Judy Cornett, Pollyan Cornett, Lucy
Cornett, Mary Cornett.
Sarah, Judy, Patsy, Walter, William and Robert died while young.
Henry C. Cornett, Sept. 29, 1868, Sept. 30, 1937. Married Mary Barnett.
Second wife, Lucy Call.
Pollyan Cornett married Kelly Back.
Lucy Cornett married Thurman Brashear. Second husband, Bill Nickels.
Mary Cornett married Charley M. Nelms.
Sally Cornett, daughter of Roger Cornett. Married George W. Morgan, Captain
in Union Army.
To them were born Lucinda, Logan, Pollyan and Elizajane.
Lucinda Morgan born Sept. 26, 1861. Married Wm. B. Lusk
Logan C. Morgan, born Jan. 2, 1864. Married Dora Bell Polly.
Pollyan Morgan born Mar. 27, 1866. Married John M. Caudill.
Eliza Jane Morgan, born Mar. 18, 1868. Married Tandy Martin.
(A) To Lucinda Cornett and her husband, Manon Cornett were born Minnie, Dora,
Bertha, Marion, Carrie and Tina.
Minnie Cornett married Robert Gum; Dora married Carter Cornett; Bertha
married J. Miracle.
Pollyan Cornett, youngest daughter of Roger Cornett, married Harvey G.
Brashear and settled in Ark. To them were born the following children:
Joe R. Brashear, born Sept. 19, 1876, died Mar. 29, 1930.
Robert L. Brashear, born Oct. 10, 1878.
George H. Brashear, born Nov. 10, 1880.
Lona M. Brashear, born Sept. 30, 1882.
Grover C. Brashear, born Oct. 30, 1884.
Conner K. Brashear, Aug. 18, 1886.
Fannie J. Brashear, born Sept. 4, 1889.
(a) Charles Lewis Cornett, Oct. 20, 1828, April 15, 1900. Married Polly
Creech, born June 1, 1833, died May 24, 1886. They were married Jan. 10, 1850.
Settled on Bull Creek, Perry County, Ky. To them were born the following
Martha Ann Cornett, horn 1851 or 1852, died  Oct. 16, 1857.
(1) Wm. H. Cornett, born Jan 13, 1854, died March 25, 1895.
(2) Susan G. Cornett, born May 7, 1856, died Nov. 11, 1908.
Rankin R. Cornett, born May 27, 1858, died July 5, 1888.
John B. Cornett, born Oct. 16, 1860.
Sampson S. Cornett, Feb. 23, 1863, died Nov. 8, 1884.
Caroline Cornett, born Jan. 20, 1865.
Margaret Cornett, born Jan. 20, 1867.
Arminta Cornett, born Sept. 1, 1868.
J. D. Cornett, born Dec. 10, 1871.
Charley M. Cornett, born Mar. 17, 1874, died Jan. 10, 1935.
Malinda Cornett, born June 12, 1878.
Wm. H. Cornett's first wife was Elisabeth Crawford, born April 20, 1860, died
To them was born one child, Sampson Carlisle Cornett. His second wife, Ida
Knottingham. To them were born Bontie Cornett, Custer Cornett, and Hurst
Rankin R. Cornett was never married.
(4) John B. Cornett married Maryan Ison and to them were born Margaret,
Georgia, Maud, Rankin, Eva and Madaline.
Margaret married Charley Tabor; Georgia married Eli Combs; Maud married J. 0.
Canon; Rankin married Esteva Webb; Eva married D. C. Long; Madaline married
(4) John B. Cornett married second time to Carrie Sewel. To them were born:
Breck, Mildred, Ralph and Ruth.
Sampson S. Cornett was never married.
(6) Caroline Cornett married David Caudill and the following children were
born to them: Susan, Milard, Watson, Willie, George, Sam Ray, Lina, Jesse, Dixon
(7) Margaret Cornett married G. P. Stacey. To them were born: Windom,
Blanford, Burl, Cornie, Farlee, Charles Blanford, James Burnam, Cornie,
Chandler, Wm. Glanton.
(8) Arminta Cornett married Hart Campbell. To them were born the following:
Dora, Thomas, Esquire, Cannie, Cassie, Lizzie, Little, Less, Troy and Julia.
(9) J. D. Cornett married Rachel Ison, born Aug. 24, 1874, died Oct. 7,
They were married Apr. 21, 1894. To them were born: Mae, Feb. 28, 1895; Wm.
Harry, Sept. 1, 1896; Fred, Nov. 30, 1897; Gracie, Sept. 29, 1899; Helen, Aug.
18, 1901; Breck, May 8, 1904; Maxie, July 1, 1906; Kirby, Dec. 5, 1907, died
Dec. 15, 1908; Rankin, Dec. 6, 1909; Eunice, Jan. 1, 1912; Woodrow, Dec. 28,
1913; Hubert, May 27, 1916.
Mae Cornett married Wm. Perkins and to them was born James Perkins.
Harry Cornett married Alicia Brasllear and to them was born Wm. Harry
Cornett, (Billie) .
Fred Cornett married Mae Maggard and to them were born: Harold Lee Cornett,
Martha Rachel Cornett and Edna Mae Cornett.
Grace Cornett married Stanton Hume Thorpe.
Helen Cornett married John McIntire and to them were born Virginia Lee
McIntire, Ella Rea McIntire, Dick McIntire and Anna Sue McIntire.
Breck Cornett married Nora Asher and to them are born Bobie Jene and
Rankin Cornett married Beatrice ................
Eunice Cornett married Walter McKeehan. To them is born Gail Cornett.
(10) Charley M. Cornett married Ann Singleton. To them were born the
following: Burnett, Winslow, Arnold, Girtie, Alton (Buck), Otie, Custer, Leon,
Malta, Alma, Vaughn, Lorena.
(11) Malinda Cornett married Solomon Caudill. To them were born: Mary,
Charley, Terressie, Bennie, Mallie, Watson, Clarence, Curtis, Allie and
Mary Everage had two daughters before she married *William Cornett, (Rev. War
vet.), Polly and Sally.
Sally married Thomas McDaniel.
Polly married Robert S. Brashear and settled at the mouth of Little
Leatherwood; he owned the farm known as the Salt works farm around the mouth of
Leatherwood. To  them were born the following children: Joe, Ray,
Thomas, William, Marinda, Eliza, Martha, Mary and Peggy.
Joe married Caroline Baker; Ray married Marthaan (or Maryan) Hogg; William
married Malinda Edwards; Marinda married Granville Combs; Mary married Alex
Combs: Eliz married Bill Dykes; Martha married Wes May; Mariah married Joe
Newland; Peggy married Wash Landrum; Thomas was never married.
Thomas and his mother were buried in the Cornett graveyard near *William
*William Cornett (Rev. War vet.) had a brother Samuel Cornett, born May 7,
1759, died Mar. 12, 1849. Married Polly Davidson and settled on Line Fork in
Letcher County, Ky. To them were born the following children: Clark Cornett, Wm.
Cornett, James Cornett, Samuel Cornett, Hiram Cornett, Joe Cornett, Katie
Cornett, and Linda Cornett.
Clark married Malvina Smith; William married Nancy Lewis Jan. 6, 1830; James
married Morning McKnight; Samuel married Lucy McDaniel; Linda married Jarrit
Lewis. Hiram, Joe and Katie were never married. At least we have no record of
William Cornett, born Oct. 5, 1809, died Aug. 23. 1871, son of Samuel Cornett
(1759-1849). Married to Nancy Lewis Jan. 6, 1830 (?). She was the
daughter of John Lewis, second Judge of Harlan County. To them was born John L.
Cornett, April 2, 1821.
John L. Cornett was married to Precious A. Eli, Apr. 28, 1851. She was born
May 4, 1827. To them were born the following children:
Wm. W. Cornett, born Jan. 28, 1852; Arthur B. Cornett, Nov. 11, 1853;
Jonathan L. Cornett, Apr. 7, 1855; George R. Cornett, Feb. 24, 1857; Nancy J.
Cornett, Aug. 1, 1859; Robert N. Cornett, Aug. 21, 1863; Bethel Cornett, Jan.
To Samuel Cornett (son of Samuel Cornett) and his wife Lucy McDaniel, were
Hiram Cornett, wife Genny McKnight; William Cornett married Sally Caudill;
Dock Cornett, married Susan Ison; Joe Cornett, married Louisa Breeding; Jonah
Cornett, married Arlena Fouts; Peggy Cornett, married Clabe Polly; Mary Cornett,
married Hen Day; Silas Cornett, never married; Martha Cornett, married Dick
A short record of the Everage generation as related by Sally Simpson,
daughter of (X) Nathaniel Woleary Cornett and granddaughter of Mary Everage
Cornett, wife of William Cornett (1761-1836).
There was a man by the name of Abner Everage that lived in North Carolina; he
enlisted in the Army and went away and was never heard of any more. He left a
and four children, Joe, Solomon, Nellie and Mary.
The widowed mother lived with her four children for a few years enduring much
hardship; one day the two boys, Joe and Solomon were out strolling about the
place and when they returned to the house they found their two small sisters
tied to the bed post and their mother was gone; she was never heard of any
The neighbors learned about the children being left without anyone to care
for them and took them into their homes and cared for them until they were able
to care for themselves.
Soon after the girls were grown up, Mary Everage married *Wm. Cornett;
(1761-1836) in Sul!ivan County, Tenn. They soon moved to Ky. Joe and Solomon
came to Kentucky with them. Nellie married Ben Johnson of Raleigh, N. C.
Joe Everage married Silver Griggsby and settled on Betty Troublesome of Carrs
Fork. Solomon Everage married Katie Ison and moved to Rowan County, Ky. He had a
son named Samp Everage that came back to Perry County and married Mary Kelley,
daughter of Nathan Kelley and went to Ark.
A short record of the Creech generation.
John Creech the oldest that we have any record of, married Peggy Wells. To
them were born: Stephen Creech, Enoch  Creech, Celia Creech, Tomie
Creech, Sam Creech, App Creech, Lige Creech, Lish Creech, Will Creech, Sim
Creech, Bettie Creech, Pattie Creech.
To his second wife, who was an Armstrong, was born Emma Creech, Charlottie
Creech, Za Creech and Gib Creech.
John Creech had a brother, Jonathan Creech; he was the father of Lee Creech
and Lee Creech was the father of Rev. John Creech.
Stephen Creech married Sally Gilliarn, (born Dec. 8, 1808, died July 7,
She was the daughter of William Gilliam who was a brother to William
Cornett's first wife, Rhoda Gilliam.
Stephen Creech and his wife, Sally Gilliam settled on Clover Lick Creek in
Harlan County Ky., near a large spring on the left side of the creek as one goes
up the creek, about two miles from the mouth of the creek.
To them were born three girls, Katie, Elisabeth and Polly.
While Polly was very young, Stephen went to New Orleans, La., and stayed
there one year. When he came back home he brought with him a negro slave, named
In a short time he began to arrange to go back to New Orleans and Gake
Gilliam (his brother-in-law) decided to go with him. Creech said to some of the
folks, "If Gake  goes with me he will not know any more about my
business down there when he comes back than he does now."
So when they arrived in New Orleans they went to a Hotel and registered.
Creech was pretty busy most all the time, going from place to place arranging to
start back home on a certain day, but he was careful that Gake Gilliam did not
go about with him but little. So in a few days they were ready to start back
home. Creech had another negro slave in possession and he asked Gilliam to keep
the slave at a particular place until he went a short distance to see a man on
some business. Gake Gilliam waited for such a long time that he decided that he
was not coming back so he and the negro started hunting for him but they could
not find him; so Gake Gilliam told the negro to go back to his master and he
came back home.
Stephen Creech was never heard from any more.
The slave ("Jack") that Creech brought home with him would never tell about
how Creech got possession of him. One time he said, "A nice man from this
country can go down there and marry well off some times."
Some of "Jack's" generation are in Harlan County.
Sally Gilliam Creech stayed at home and raised her three girls up to
Katie married Wm. B. Campbell; Elisa-beth married Arch Cornett;
Polly married Charles L. Cornett.
Stephen Creech's brother, Gib Creech, was a soldier in the Union Army. He was
accused of ambushing some of Major Chineworth's men and was captured and brought
into the Confederate Camp on Big Leatherwood Creek; Major Chinewortr [sic] asked
him if he had been bushwhacking his men and Creech answered "Yes, and I will
bushwhack again'. Chineworth's answer was, "It's damned uncertain."
Creech was courtmartialed and shot on the lot where M. C. Cornett's dwelling
now stands. He was buried in the P. H. Hall cemetery.
Gib Creech married Betsy Maggard and to them were born: John Creech, Zay
Creech, Sally Creech, Mary Creech, Charlotie Creech, Cloie Creech, Nancy Creech
and Rebecca Creech.
John Creech married Cintha Creech; Zay Creech married ............Combs;
Sally Creech married Will Vanover; Nancy Creech married Jack Creech; Mary Creech
married Andrew Patrick; Charlottie Creech married James Maggard; Cloie Creech
married Jonathan Hart; Rebecca Creech married Jason Fields.
GENEALOGY OF GIDEON ISON
(I) Gideon Ison migrated from Virginia to Kentucky about the year A.D.,
1800.  He and (*) Wm. Cornett came to Ky. together on a hunting
expedition before they brought their families. He settled on Line Fork in
Letcher County. We have no record of his wife's name.
To him were born five children: (a) Gid Ison, (b) George Ison, Polly Ison,
Cintha Ison and Elisabeth Ison.
(a) Gid Ison married Rachel Stamper; (b) George Ison married ..........
Combs; Polly Ison married Kelly Hogg; Cintha Ison married Stephen Hogg; (c)
Elisabeth Ison married Talton Combs.
(a) Gid Ison and his wife Rachel Stamper settled at the mouth of Defeated
Creek of Line Fork and to them were born the following children: George Ison,
John Ison, Lige Ison, Bony Ison, Mose Ison, Jonah Ison, Dock Ison, Ursley Ison,
(1) George Ison married Hannah Hall and settled on the Ky. River below the
mouth of Kindgom Come Creek in Letcher County, and to them were born Harvey
Ison, Eli Ison and others.
(2) John Ison married Nancy Hall and settled on Kingdom Come Creek.
(3) Lige Ison married Peggy Hogg, and settled on Rockhouse Creek.
Bony Ison married Lethyan Ingram and settled on Defeated Creek of Line
Mose Ison married Judy Cornett and settled on Ky. River above mouth of
Rockhouse Creek. (See Anderson Cornett's generation).
Jonah Ison married Matilda Cornett and settled on Big Leatherwood in Perry
County. (See Anderson Cornett generation).
Dock Ison married Anna Creech and settled on river below Whitesburg.
Ursley Ison married Stephen Adams and settled on the Adams Branch above Doty
Creek of Rockhouse.
Gid Ison married Mary Banks and setlled at the old home at mouth of Defeated
Creek. To them were born, Susan, Dock, Bird, Hettie, Marcum, Boyd, Judy, Tilda,
Riley, Crissie, Maggie and Mattie.
(c) Elisabeth Ison and her husband, Talton Combs, settled near the mouth of
Carr and to them were born, Rev. Ira Combs, Harrison Combs, Carlo Combs and
WILLIAM CORNETT'S FIRST VISIT TO KENTUCKY
About the year A.D. 1796, William Cornett and Gideon Ison came from Virginia
to Ky., on a hunting expedition, as game had become scarce in that part of
Virginia in which they lived.
They had been informed that there was lots of bear, deer and other game in
Ky., so they decided to come and see; though they were a little fearful as they
often heard that  there were still roving bands of Indians in that
part of Ky. where they had heard that the bear and deer were; but the temptation
was so great that they could not resist, so they began to prepare to make the
After gathering their equipment which consisted of corn meal, ax, long-handle
skillet, hunting knife, powder, bullets, pouch, flints, blanket and flintlock
rifles they put their packs on their horses and started for the "Happy hunting
When the two hunters crossed over the Big Black Mountains into "Kaintuck"
they became more fearful of the Indians as the name "Kaintuck" made them think
more about what they had heard, of the "Dark and bloody ground" but they were
too much determined to make the trip to back out so they kept on their way.
After two or three days travel they came to the mouth of Beech Fork on Big
Leatherwood, Perry County, Ky. At this point there are some twenty or thirty
acres of level land which was covered with the finest timber they had ever seen
and they saw signs of plenty of game, so they decided to set up their first camp
While preparing their supper the hunters talked of the beautiful level land
and of the feasibility of bringing their families and living in Ky.
Their only question was whether or not corn, potatoes, beans and other
vegetables  would mature in this country.
They felt pretty sure that all their native crops would mature but to be sure
they decided to cut down a beech tree and come back the next month of June and
if the bark on the tree had bursted from the effect of the sun that would be a
sure sign that all their native crops would mature.
Early next morning the hunters arose very much enthused with the prospects of
the new country. One of them decided to cut down the beech tree while the other
prepared their breakfast.
After breakfast they decided to make an extended hunt for bear and deer as
this kind of game was the cause of their coming to Ky.
After hitching their horses securely to Leatherwood bushes which were growing
thick in the Beech Fork bottoms they started out for the days hunt; one going up
the creek and the other down the creek in order to explore all the country
possible on that day.
Gid Ison had not traveled more than two hours when he came upon a smouldering
fire. After investigating the surroundings it was obvious that Indians had
encamped there the previous night.
So the first thought that entered Ison's mind was the danger of being scalped
and killed by the Indians, so he did not hesitate but retraced his steps as fast
as he could  back to his horse as he put great confidence in his
horse carrying him out of danger.
After returning to his horse he began to think about his friend and
companion; he knew that he was fleet footed and alert; in everly respect able to
compete with most any redskin single handed, but this thought did not relieve
him of the great fear he was under; he was fearful of the Indians capturing him
or murdering him in any way they could; he finally decided to wait for him at
the camp until dark and if he did not come by the time the first star appeared
in the sky he would mount his horse and start for his home in Va. So he tramped
about his horse the remainder of the day; such a day of worry he had never
known; waiting, watching and hoping that he might see his companion coming into
At last the dark shadows of night began to gather around him, he slowly
unhitched his horse and leaped upon his back; he thought that his companion
could be lost in the thick wooded country so he decided to leave his horse and
all the camp equipment and go home. So the time had come that he had set to
start back to his Virginia home; he could now see the first star. He turned in
his saddle to scan the direction that he was expecting his companion to come and
to his great pleasure he saw him coming toward him some distance away so he
dismounted and  hitched his horse the way he had left him that
morning and acted as if he had suffered no uneasiness; he did not want his
companion to know he had acted so silly; he never would have acknowledged it had
he not been caught up in it.
William Cornett or "Billie", as he was called by his family and friends, came
into camp with a small deer on his back which he had killed that evening.
Usually when a hunter killed a deer they would skin one front leg and one
hind leg from the ankle to the knee and take the bones out and tie the legs
together and carry them shot-pouch fashion so this was the way "Billie" was
carrying the little deer.
Soon after "Billie" Cornett came into camp he began to prepare the venison
for supper. Ison stood by not having much to say, the great strain that he had
labored under for the last six or seven hours had left him almost speechless. At
last Billie Cornett broke the silence by asking this question. "Gid what was you
on that horse for awhile ago? Gid Ison then knew that Billie Cornett had seen
him on his horse and he then began to talk freely, telling about the Indian sign
and that he had imagined that they had killed him and that he was aiming to
start for home soon as he saw the first star; then Billie Cornett broke into the
conversation saying "Damns to hell if I didn't see one's head stuck over a log
today". He said that  the Indian was in front of him as he was coming
toward the camp and that he walked straight ahead pretending that he did not see
the Indian until he passed him, then he started to run; after running a short
distance, he looked back to see if the Indian was after him and saw him running
at high speed in the opposite direction.
So they prepared and eat supper very quietly and then began to pack their
camping outfit preparatory for an early start for home next morning.
The thought that the Indians might attack them during the night was so
impressed on their minds that they did not try to sleep but sat quietly by their
packs all night and when the light of day began to show on the eastern sky they
mounted their horses with their scanty belongings and were immediately on their
way back to their Virginia home.
We have no history of their returning to the Beech Fork bottoms to see if the
bark on the Beech tree which they had cut down had bursted but we do know that
they soon came back to Kentucky and that Gid Ison settled on Line Fork in
Letcher County and William Cornett settled at the mouth of Bull Creek in Perry
WILLIAM CORNETT'S AND MARY EVERAGE'S COURTSHIP
During the last few years of William Cornett's first wife's life Mary Everage
lived near their home with her two little girls. She was very industrious and
was always ready and willing to help Mrs. Cornett with her work, so they became
When Mrs. Cornett became sick (which was unto death) Mary Everage stayed with
her and cared for her all the time that she could.
After Mrs. Cornett had been sick for some time she decided that she could
never recover so one day she called her husband to her bedside and said to him:
"Billie, it looks like I am going to die. When I am gone you will have a hard
time raising the children by yourself. I think that it would be well for you to
get you another wife to help you raise them. Mary Everage is a good woman and
would make you a good wife; you and her could raise your children up together
and get along all right. I think it would be the best for you". "Billie" Cornett
could not speak for some time. Finally he said, "Rhoda, I don't think that I
will ever want another wife. I cannot consider that now."
She said, "Well, I think that it would be well for you to consider it."
It was not long after her death that Billie Cornett began to see the need of
a mother's hand; there was no one to cook his meals, no one to take care of the
children while he was working in the field or out hunting, no one to wash their
clothes or clean the house; he felt that life was not worth living under such
circumstances though he was determined not to marry any more.
One Saturday morning Mary Everage learned that "Billie" Cornett was compelled
to be away from home that day on particular business and would be gone all day,
leaving the children to take care of the home, so she decided to take her two
little girls and go up to his home and stay with them that day.
When she arrived at the house she readily saw that Billie Cornett was a bad
housekeeper, so she began to work, the larger children helping her; by late
evening she had cleaned the house, washed the children's clothes and had
everything looking like it did in Rhoda Cornett's days when she was able to
She ironed the children's clothes and had them to wash themselves and put on
the clean clothing. After this she cooked their supper and departed for home.
She felt very tired as she walked toward home but at the same time felt
enthused over the thought of having done one more days work for her good friend
and neighbor, Rhoda Cornett. Billie Cornett arrived at his front gate just as
the shadows of night began to fall on the threshold of his home, one of his
little girls came running to meet him, crying out, "Look here I am all cleaned
up, Mary Everage has been here with us all day. She left just a few minutes
Billie Cornett walked on into the house. When he beheld his children in their
clean clothes, the house cleaned and everything looking so much like he had so
often seen it during his wife's life, he almost felt that a mother's hand had
The children had many things to tell him about Mary Everage having them to
help her about the work and their many experiences during the past day; but
their father did not have but little to say to them. His thoughts were running
on the council that his wife had given him, "Mary Everage would make you a good
He did not sleep but little that night, his mind seemed to be taking a new
lease on life. He could see in his visions Mary Everage going about the duties
of a mother in his home, directing and counseling his children and the thought
of his dead wife's advise had turned him up side down.
He arose early next morning and cooked a hurried breakfast. After eating
breakfast he instructed his children as to their work for that day, told them
that he would be back home that evening and then started with quickened step
down the road toward Mary Everage's home.
When he arrived, she met him at the door and asked him to come into the
house. He answered "No, I just came to see you about a little matter." "All
right," she said, "what is it?" His heart seemed to choke him; finally he said,
"Mary, I never courted but one woman in my life and I never expect to court
another, but if you will marry me and help me raise my children, I will help you
raise yours and I will go and get the license today." She agreed to the
proposition and they got married.
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