Jesse I Corn (Corne), Sr. (1753 - 1809)

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Birthplace: Albemarle Co., Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Patrick County near Montgomery County line, Virginia, USA
Cause of death: It was reported that death resulted because he caught a common cold.
Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Robert "Cook" Awalt
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About Jesse I Corn (Corne), Sr.

Extensive research of the Patrick County records, particularly the land records, established the ownership of this area from Jesse Corn, Sr’s. initial purchase of one hundred acres in 1794 and subsequent additions and making his residence on this land.

Jesse Corn, Sr., a Revolutionary War soldier and owner of the land surrounding this cemetery, started this family burial ground sometime in the first decade of 1800, when he buried his young son George (born 1799 and died before his father). The second burial came in 1809 when Jesse, Sr. passed away and was buried near his son. Then for just over half a century there were no burials in this family burial ground. Then in the 1860s there were four burials, one in the 1870s, four in the 1880s and the last one in 1897. This was primarily because after the death of Jesse, Sr. his wife and all the children except Jesse, Jr. relocated to Tennessee.

Ownership of the property passed from Jesse Corn, Sr. to his son Jesse Corn, Jr. and then to the latter’s son-in-law, Joseph Madison Stovall, with the condition that the land pass jointly to Jesse Jr.’s two grandsons, George W. and John T. Stovall, with the stipulation that if one of the grandsons died without heirs, the other would inherit the entire home place, including the burial site. There were no difficulties with the joint ownership until an epidemic of smallpox took both the parents (Permelia and Joseph Madison Stovall) plus son George W. Stovall and his wife in 1902. This left several young orphaned heirs and eventually the court decided there was no way the property could be fairly divided and ordered one-half

of the estate (much of which had been passed down from Jesse, Sr. to Jesse, Jr. to Joseph Madison Stovall and to his two sons) sold at auction in 1903 to satisfy the young orphaned heirs. The property sold contained the burial ground which the court formally decreed that an area of seventy-five feet square be reserved as a burial ground for the Corns and Stovalls.

In the meantime the Stovalls had donated land to establish the Goblintown Primitive Baptist Church nearby, and in 1896 a family member was buried on Stovall property adjacent to the church, starting in time what became the Goblintown Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery where Joseph Madison Stovall and his wife Permelia were buried in 1902, and where other family members would be buried thereafter. John T. Stovall and his family continued to live on the unsold half of the Corn-Stovall home place, remaining very close to the family burial ground, and in 1917 he purchased the sold portion and reunited the old home place of his parents and grandfather Jesse Corn, Jr. Then came the depression and John T. lost possession of half of the property in 1935 and the other half in 1936. In all the land transactions there was the legal requirement that one-eighth acre was reserved for a graveyard until a transfer in 1972 which for the first time did not mention the reservation. John T. Stovall died in 1939 and was buried in the Goblintown Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

There has been found no direct references to whom and what care this burial ground received after 1939, some four decades after the last burial in this cemetery. Therefore this place probably soon fell into disrepair with few visits by descendants and possibly little care and upkeep.

JESSE CORN SR, b. 31 Oct 1753 (Bible Record) in Albemarle Co, Va; d.

5 Mar 1809 in Patrick Co, Va near the Montgomery Co line. He had lost

one leg and died after catching cold. He served in Rev. War in Albemarle

& Henry Counties against the Tories. I have been told he was son of

Matthew Corn and Molly his wife.

The children of Jesse Corn Sr & Nancy Hancock (10 were named in

Bible Record, "The New Testament, Edinburgh, 1800 in Jesse Corn's

handwriting)

1. ELIZABETH CORN, b. 4 Dec 1780; living 1850 in Franklin Co, Tn; m.

1798 to Richard Sharp

2. JOHN ADAM CORN, b. 26 Jan 1783; alive 1850 in Franklin Co, Tn; m.

1806 to MARY MOORE; also known as Polly Ware.

3. WILLIAM CORN, b. 11 Jan 1786; d. 16 Jan 1843; m. 1806 to NANCY

SHARP, dau of Wm. Sharp.

4. JESSE CORN JR, b. 11 Mar 1787; d. 12 Feb 1876, age 88 yrs, 11

months, 1 day; m. ELIZABETH BURNETT (1794-1869), dau of John

Burnett and Elizabeth Tate.

5. MARY "Polly" CORN, b. 8 Aug 1789; d. 9 May 1864 in Winchester,

Franklin Co, Tn; m. 1809 to JAMES SHARP.

6. SAMUEL CORN, b. 10 Apr 1792; d. 25 Mar 1854 Jackson Co, Mo; m.

1/ 1810 to MARY SLAUGHTER; 2/ 1819 to SUSAN SLAUGHTER,

daughters of John Slaughter & Mary Hanby.

7. SUSAN "Sukey" CORN, b. 16 Dec 1794; d. Apr 1850; m. 1813 to

JOEL CHITWOOD

8. NANCY CORN, b. 7 Apr 1797; living 1850 in Franklin Co, Tn; m. 1/

1814 to WILLIAM CHITWOOD; 2/ GEORGE McCUTCHEN

9. GEORGE CORN, b. 30 Sep 1799; he is not named in father's estate

records of 1809

10. DICY CORN, b. 18 May 1803; dec'd by 1850; m. ROBERT SHARP.

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Jesse Corn, Sr.'s Timeline

1753
October 31, 1753
Albemarle Co., Virginia, USA
1780
February 21, 1780
Age 26
Albemarle Co./Fluvanna Co., VA
December 4, 1780
Age 27
Resided in Franklin Co, TN
1783
1783
Age 29
1785
1785
Age 31
1787
March 11, 1787
Age 33
1789
1789
Age 35
1792
1792
Age 38
1794
1794
Age 40
1796
1796
Age 42
Jefferson, Kentucky, United States