William David Cornett, Jr. (1848 - 1939)

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Birthplace: Texas, United States
Death: Died in Garza, Texas, United States
Managed by: Dan Cornett
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About William David Cornett, Jr.

Civil War veteran?

Other info has different sets of children, some with 2 wives, some 3. Census of 1880 differs from 1870). Some records indicate name as William Davis.

Death about 1930 -- appears in 1920 census, birthplace of Texas, with Father's birthplace as North Carolina that have Father as b. S.C.; Mother's birthplace shown as Alabama (however, J.W.'s 1880 census lists mother as Texas born). Age is listed as 71 ... which puts birth date ~1849.

Found also in 1930 census (Texas, Jones, Precinct 6, District 16, pg 1), same mother & father birth places; age as 82, (which is consistent with 1848 b. for W.D.). Listed as Uncle of Charlie F. and Aletha Myatt (ages 34 & 31).

1860 Census (Hempstead, Austin, Texas) lists age as 12 (consistent), and father as 43-year-old William (Wm.) Cornett with birthplace as S.C. Lists houshold members Nancy (40 - 1820, Ala.); J K (M-17 - 1842, TX); S E (F-14 - 1845, TX); W.D.; M M (F-7 - 1852, TX); S H (F-6 - 1853, TX); and N J (F-4 - 1855, TX). Not clear where siblings Mame Thrasher and James W fit based on 1860 Census.

1870 Census (Ellis County, pg 393) lists a William as 22 (which would be birth ~1847), wife Mary M. (age 20), and 14-yr Nancy J, and 9-yr George (?) also at the home. Not clear what the relationship is for the two younger ones.

1880 Census (Ellis County, TX, E.D. 51, pg 525) lists a W.D. Cornett as age 32 (consistent) with 21 year old wife Mollie E. (b. Ark.); daughter Willi, age 8 mo. (Sept 1879); brother-in-law Nylic Salns, age 14 (b. Ark.). Also lists Father as born in S.C. and mother in Alabama. Mollie's mother & father both from Alabama.

Thus, I (Dan Cornett) conclude that Will had 1st wife Mary that died before 1880, and 2nd wife Molly was mother of Cullen LeRoy, consistent with her age of ~27 at the time of Roy's birth in 1886.

A George F. Cornett filed Civil War pension claim in 1926 in Texas -- if the same George noted in 1870 census, would be 65 at the time ... but too young to be in Civil War -- unless claiming as dependent of W.D.

Third wife Mattie (Martha) was after Roy's birth (1886), as Roy claimed Mollie was his mother. 1920 Census has W.D. as widowed. The 1900 U.S. Census indicates this 3rd marriage was ~1894, as they had been married 6 years by June of 1900.

Sources

  1. 1870 United States Federal Census; Name: William Cornett; Age in 1870: 22; Birth Year: abt 1848; Birthplace: Texas; Home in 1870: Waxahachie, Ellis, Texas; Race: White; Gender: Male; Post Office: Waxahachie.
  2. 1880 United States Federal Census; Name: W. D. Cornell; Age: 32; Birth Year: abt 1848; Birthplace: Texas; Home in 1880: Ellis, Texas; Race: White; Gender: Male; Relation to Head of House: Self (Head); Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: Mollie E. Cornett; Father's Birthplace: South Carolina; Mother's Birthplace: Alabama; Occupation: Farmer.
  3. Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910; Name: WD Cornett; Year: 1881; County: Ellis; State: Texas.
  4. 1900 United States Federal Census; Name: William Cornett; Age: 52; Birth Date: Feb 1848; Birthplace: Texas; Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 5, Ellis, Texas; Race: White; Gender: Male; Relation to Head of House: Head; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: Martha J Cornett; Marriage Year: 1894; Years Married: 6; Father's Birthplace: South Carolina; Mother's Birthplace: Alabama.
  5. 1910 United States Federal Census; Name: William D Carnett; Age in 1910: 62; Birth Year: 1848; Birthplace: Texas; Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 5, Ellis, Texas; Race: White; Gender: Male; Relation to Head of House: Head; Marital Status: Widowed; Father's Birthplace: South Carolina; Mother's Birthplace: Alabama.
  6. 1920 United States Federal Census; Name: Wm D Cornett; Age: 71; Birth Year: abt 1849; Birthplace: Texas; Home in 1920: Justice Precinct 4, Zavala, Texas; Race: White; Gender: Male; Relation to Head of House: Father; Marital Status: Widowed; Father's Birthplace: South Carolina; Mother's Birthplace: Alabama; Able to read: Yes; Able to Write: Yes.
  7. 1930 United States Federal Census; Name: William D Cornett; Gender: Male; Birth Year: abt 1848; Birthplace: Texas; Race: White; Home in 1930: Precinct 6, Jones, Texas; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Uncle; Father's Birthplace: South Carolina; Mother's Birthplace: Alabama.
  8. Texas Deaths, 1890-1976; Name: William D. Cornett; Death Date: 09 Jun 1939; Death Place: Southland, Garza, Texas; Gender: Male; Race: White; Death Age: 91 Years 3 Months 28 Days; Birth Date: 11 Feb 1848; Birthplace: Texas; Marital Status: Widowed; Father's Birthplace: Unknown; Mother's Birthplace: Unknown; Occupation: Retired Merchant; Place Of Residence: Southland, Texas; Burial Place: Southland, Tex.; Burial Date: 10 Jun 1939; Film Number: 2118255; Digital Film Number: 4030454; Image Number: 1090; Reference Number: Item 3 cn28110.
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William Cornett, Jr.'s Timeline

1848
February 11, 1848
Texas, United States
1877
September 27, 1877
Age 29
Ellis, Texas, United States
1878
November 23, 1878
Age 30
1879
September 30, 1879
Age 31
Ellis, TX, USA
1881
July 7, 1881
Age 33
Texas, United States
1884
July, 1884
Age 36
TX, USA
1886
November 25, 1886
Age 38
Midland, Ellis County, TX, USA
1888
June 3, 1888
Age 40
Ellis, Texas, United States
1890
November 25, 1890
Age 42
Texas, United States
1891
April 12, 1891
Age 43
Auburn, Ellis, Texas, United States