John Peter Corn (1751 - 1843)

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Birthplace: Albermarle St, Lynchburg, VA, USA
Death: Died in Hendersonville, Henderson, North Carolina, United States
Occupation: Farmer
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lorna_workman  (View posts)  Posted: 2 Jun 1999 12:00PM GMT  

Classification: Bible

Surnames: Corn

Taken from the Henderson County North Carolina Genealogical and Historical Society Journal

Vol 1

Number 3

CORN FAMILY BIBLE

Now in possession of a descendant, B.F. Capps. Submitted by Ector Capps.

John P. Corn was born March the 15th in the year of our Lord 1751.

Elizabeth Corn the wife of John P. Corn was born June 14th 1764.

NAME BIRTH DEATH

Adam Corn May 2, 1783 Sep. 19,1871

William Corn Feb.5,1785

Samuel Corn Feb.6, 1785

John Corn Dec.20,1789

Sarah Corn Oct.5, 1790 Oct.21, 1874

Peter Corn Sep.18, 1792 Feb.26, 1869

Arthur Corn Jun.27, 1794 Feb.5, 1847

Jesse Corn July 27, 1796

Elizabeth Corn Aug.5, 1797

Miriam Corn May 7, 1880 Feb.14, 1802

Noah Corn Jan.25, 1802 Oct. 9, 1874

Silas Corn Sep.18, 1803

Mathew D. Corn Oct.5, 1805 Jan.3, 1892

Mary Ann Corn (Capps) Oct.18,1807 Feb.14, 1890

Adah Corn Oct.3, 1811 Feb.12,1891

John Peter Corn and Elizabeth Parr were married May 24, 1781.

John Peter Corn died October 14, 1843. Elizabeth Parr Corn died March

16, 1853.

First owned land on top of Blue Ridge, sold in 1830 to Judge Mitchell King, after which John Peter Corn moved to a place on Devil's Fork,

about 500 acres, a portion of which later became the property of Mary

Ann Corn Capps. This portion lay on old Howard's Gap Road, near Devil's Fork.


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John Peter Corn [Parents] was born on 15 Mar 1751/1752 in , Albermarle, Virginia. He died on 11 Oct 1843 in Hendersonville, Henderson, North Carolina. He was buried on 14 Oct 1843 in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery , Henderson, Nc. He married Hannah Elizabeth Parr on 24 May 1781 in , Henry, Virginia.

[Notes]

Hannah Elizabeth Parr [Parents] was born on 14 Jun 1764 in , Henry, Virginia. She died on 16 Mar 1853 in Hendersonville, Henderson, North Carolina. She was buried in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Henderson, Nc. She married John Peter Corn on 24 May 1781 in , Henry, Virginia.

They had the following children:

  M i Adam Corn 
  M ii William Corn was born on 5 Feb 1785 in , Henry, Virginia . He died in 1843 in , Lumpkin, Georgia.  
  M iii Samuel Jackson Corn "Sr" 
  M iv John Corn 
  F v Sarah "Sally" Corn 
  M vi Peter Corn 
  M vii Arthur Corn 
  M viii Jesse Corn 
  F ix Elizabeth Parr Corn 
  F x Miriam "Mary Ann" Corn was born on 7 May 1800 in , Wilkes, North Carolina . She died on 12 Feb 1891.  
  M xi Rev. Noah Parr Corn 
  M xii Silas Peter Corn "Sr" 
  M xiii Mathew DeWitt Corn 
  F xiv Mary "Polly" Ann Corn 
  M xv Adah "Addie" Corn was born on 3 Oct 1811 in , Buncombe, North Carolina . He died on 12 Feb 1891.  

Notes:

John Peter Corn

1. John Peter Corn enlisted 8 Feb 1776 in the Revolutionary War, and a member of George Washington's commissariat, charged with securing supplies for the troops.

2. He was reputed to be a Revolutionary War "hero" who joined the Forces of General George Washington and fought through the terrible Winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge.

3. 14 Nov 1835. Wake Co., N.C. John Peter (X) Corn of Buncombe County declares in the winter of 1776, in December or in Jan. 1777, having been taken with a fever and ague, he at Williamsburg obtained a furlough from his captan for thiry days to return home. He remained sick and unable to return into the service until the summer following, he thinks in June.

4. In Oct 1777 at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they were in a scirmish with the British Guard near Philadelphia. Eight of his regiment were killed and John Peter was wounded. Afterwards, he went to Valley Forge Camp to take up winter quarters 1777-1778. There he suffered from exposure and near starvation furing the extreme winter of 1777. He was discharged after two years by General Wm. Woodford and returned to Virginia.

5. John & Hannah lived in Virgina for about 12 years before finding their way to Henderson County, North Carolina.

6. They lived in Surry County, North Carolina 5 years, Wilkes County, North Carolina 5 years, Buncombe County, North Carolina and finally Hendersonville, Henderson, North Carolina where they both died.

7. Source: "Our Family Tree" written by Si & Shirley Corn, 1959.

8. John Peter Corn's grave marker was finally given recognition as a Historical Site April 28, 2002 by DAR and the Joseph McDowll CHPT, at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Henderson County, North Carolina with a Color Guard ceremony.

The funeral of John Peter was conducted under Army regulations. Both the Calvary and the Infantry took part. It was one of the most sacred and touching funerals that had ever been witnessed by the people at that time. The two Companies seemed to have been in the background while the religious ceremony took place. They then stepped forward with drum, pipe and buggle as the Infantry marched to the grave site, half on one side and half on the other. They then all fired blank shots into the empty grave. This type of ceremony had never been witnessed in this part of the country. Some of the folks there were praying, some where shouting, a few even fainted. A grandson of John Peter, George Henry Corn, tells of this. He was there as a child. It was also verified by his older brother Jesse Marion Corn. Both were present and passed on this account.

9. DAR Patriot Index: Corn, John Peter b. 3-15-1752 VA; d. 10-14-1843.

10. Elizabeth Parr: PVT VA WPNS (widow pensioned)

11. Some sources list the birthdate of John Peter as March 15, 1752; however, his tombstone gives his birthdate as March 15, 1751. His epitaph, which is said to have been carved by his grand-daughter Margaret Eliza Corn, reads: "Memory of John P. Corn, Rev. in onor of the United States was bornd Mr. 15, 1751. He lived his life out in obdience to his country and his God, decist October 11, 1843. Was burried under the onors of War".

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First owned land on top of Blue Ridge, sold in 1830 to Judge Mitchell King, after which John Peter Corn moved to a place on Devil's Fork, about 500 acres, a portion of which later became the property of Mary Ann Corn Capps. This portion lay on old Howard's Gap Road, near Devil's Fork.


ORN, John Peter - est 1776 with bro Jesse Albermarle Co., Va where b. 1752 s/o Molley; res Va c 12 years after RW, thence Surry Co., NC for 5 years, then Wilkes Co., NC, for 5 years, thence Buncombe Co., NC, where PN 1832; d 10/14/43 Henderson Co., NC, where res; md 5/1781-2 Elizabeth Parr, Henry Co., Va; wid b. 6/14/1764, & PN 1844 Henderson Co., NC, & res there 1849 & d 3/16/53; ch births; Adam 5/2/1783, William 2/5/85, Samuel 2/6/87, John 12/2/89, Lot 2/24/92, & Sarah 5/17/03; sol bro/o George & Samuel. R655

Source: Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from

Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records

Volume 1 - - Aaron through Cyrus

Compiled by:

Patrick G. Wardell

Lt. Col., U.S. Army retired

Available through: Heritage Books

After enlisting in the American Forces, he was a member of George Washington's commissariat, charged with securing supplies for the troops. At one time he was sent on a foraging trip into Virginia, where at the home of one farmer he visited, he became attracted to a young daughter of the household. When the war was ended, he returned to marry her. They made their home in Virginia for some time, then came to North Carolina, settled on Green River, and established the family, which is represented in such large numbers through this part of the state.


Soldier enlisted in Albemarle Co., VA and the soldier lived in VA for 12 or 13 years after the Revolutionary War, then moved to Surry Co., NC for 5 years, then moved to Wilkes Co., NC for 5 years, then moved to Buncombe Co., NC and applied there on 16 Oct 1832. Soldier married Elizabeth Parr in Henry Co., VA in May 1782 and she was born 14 June 1764. Soldier died 14 Oct 1843 in Henderson Co., NC and widow applied 27 March 1844 in Henderson Co., NC and was still there in 1849.

Widow died 16 March 1853, children were: (names and birth dates mentioned elsewhere). Three brothers of soldier were mentioned to wit: George, Samuel and Jesse. Said Jesse served with soldier.

Genealogical Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files by Virgil White or by Virginia White (do not know which)

Corn - John Peter, Elizabeth, W5885, 1832 October 16 - Buncombe County, NC, VA Line soldier was born in Albemarle Co., VA and was the son of Molley Corn. (His father wasn't named in the file).

Quote from American Revolutionary War.

From "The Story Of Henderson County" by Sadie Patton

"John Peter Corn, who had served with Washington's forces at Valley Forge, came to Green River, near the present Tuxedo, where he lived for many years. When he sold his land in the section to Judge Mitchell King, he purchased land on the Howard's Gap Road, near Ebenezer Church, and lived there during the latter part of his life. He is buried there in the old churchyard.

It has been said that this family has furnished Western North Carolina with more pioneer Baptist preachers than any other known in the annals of the denomination. From the lower edge of Henderson Co. to the Tennessee line, the name of Corn has always been associated with the Baptist Church, down to the present generation.

One of the earliest preachers in what is now Henderson County was Noah Corn, a son of John Peter. A later descendent, another Noah, preached among the Cherokee Indians, making his trips on foot through the mountains.

Military service

John Peter Corn was in Charge of the commissariat department of the Washington Company and once while in Virginia on a food-gathering expedition he met an attractive farm girl, Miss (Mary) Parr.

Am. Revolutionary War; 8 Feb 1776; Albermarle Co., Virginia. 8 Feb 1776 - At age 24, John Peter Corn enlisted for service in Washington's Army. He served in Capt. Jouett's Company of Colonel Dangerfield's 7th Virginia Regiment, Commanded by Colonel Alexander Mclenahan. Lt. Leonard Thompson enlisted him for a term of 2 years. His Captain was Mathew Dewitt (note some researchers disagree with this captain).

His brother Jesse also enlisted. They left the Gloucester Courthouse , VA in the spring of 1776 and marched to Williamsburg, remaining until the early winter of 1777. At this time he went on furlough. Coming back, he joined the regiment and they moved to Alexander, Va. From there they went to Fredericksburg and up to Lancaster Pennsylvania where they were in a skirmish with the British Guard near Philadelphia. Eight of his regiment were killed and John Peter was wounded. This was Oct 1777. Afterwards, he went to the Valley Forge Camp to take up winter quarters 1777-1778. There he suffered from exposure and near starvation during the extreme winter of 1777.

He was discharged after two years by General Wm. Woodford and returned to Virginia.

While in the Army, John Peter was detailed by General Washington to gather provisions for his Army. During the coarse of carrying out these orders, he called upon a planter named John Parr. The planter seemed to have a bountiful supply of apples so John Peter asked if he might pick some. Mr. Parr told him to take all the apples he wanted. The planters daughter, Hanna Elizabeth, ask her father if she might help the young soldier gather the apples. Her father granted her request and as a result, a mutual admiration occurred between the two. John asked if he might call on her again when the war was over. She gladly granted him that request.

As the story goes, he did return to the plantation in Henry Co, VA and claimed her as his bride. Together they raised a family of 15 children.

" John Peter Corn of said County, age 80 declares he was born in 1752 in Albemarle County, VA. He enlisted 8 Feb 1776 for 2 years. He was enlisted by Lt. Thompson; his Captain was Matthew Dewitt; Col.

Dangerfield was commanding; Wm. Nelson was his Major; he served the whole of 2 years and received a discharge in Penn. from Gen. Wm. Woodford at Valley Forge Camp; he was in a skirmish near Philadelphia against the British Guard; they retreated to the city with a loss of 6 killed. They went back to the same camp after this engagement

he funeral of John Peter was conducted under Army regulations.

Both the Calvary and the Infantry took part. It was one of the most sacred and touching funerals that had ever been witnessed by the people at that time. The two Companies seemed to have been rather in the background while the religious ceremony took place. They then stepped forward with drum, pipe and bugle as the Infantry marched to the gravesite, half on one side and half on the other. They then all fired blank shots into the empty grave. This was immediately followed by the Calvary marching by in double formation, quick time, firing their rifles into the grave. This ceremony had never been witnessed in this part of the country. Some of the folks there were praying, some were shouting, a few even fainted.

A grandson of John Peter, George Henry Corn, tells of this. He was there as a child. It was also verified by his older brother Jesse Marion Corn. Both were present and passed on this account.


The word "Rev." on John Peter Corn's tombstone apparently refers to his service as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Some sources list the birth date of John Peter Corn as March 15, 1752; his tombstone, however gives his birth date as March 15, 1751.

His epitaph (original stone), which is said to have been carved by his granddaughter Margaret Eliza Corn, 1829-1909, the daughter of Silas Corn.

Reads as follows: Memory of John P. Corn, Rev. In honor of the United States was born Mar. 15, 1751. He lived his life out in obedience to his country and his God, decist October 11, 1843. Was buried under the honors of War.

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John Peter Corn's Timeline

1751
March 15, 1751
Lynchburg, VA, USA
1781
May 24, 1781
Age 30
Henry, Virginia, United States
1783
May 2, 1783
Age 32
Henry co., Virginia, United States
1785
February 5, 1785
Age 33
Henry, Virginia, United States
1787
February 6, 1787
Age 35
Henry, Virginia, United States
1789
December 20, 1789
Age 38
Henry, Virginia, United States
1790
October 5, 1790
Age 39
Buncombe, North Carolina or Henry, VA, United States
1792
February 24, 1792
Age 40
September 18, 1792
Age 41
Patrick, Virginia, United States
1794
June 27, 1794
Age 43
Patrick Co., Virginia, United States