William Cornett (b. 1781 NC or VA) married Nancy Shaffer (1789 VA) in 1811 while in Kentucky. Her father is Jacob Shaffer and her mother is Nancy Hopkins. Some where around 1820 they (William and Nancy) move to Howard Co. Missouri.
They have 10 children, one of whom is William Jackson Cornett (b. 1817 MO) he died in 1874. William Jackson married four times. He first married Zerilda Pilcher on the 18th August 1843. They have three children together, William Lewis (1844), John L. (1846) and Jimmie (1848). Zerilda dies in 1848 probably because of Jimmie’s birth. Jimmie dies shortly thereafter.
In the same year (1848) William marries Zerilda’s sister Susan Pilcher. Susan and William Jackson have Thomas Benton in 1849 and she dies probably in child birth.
Willima Jackson moves the family into his mother’s (Nancy) home and goes to California over the Oregon Trail. He doesn’t return until 1858.
In 1859 he marries Rebecca Moffat and by March of 1859 is in Henry Co., MO. John L. Cornett (1846) dies October of 1859.
William and Rebecca have two daughter’s, Edith Annie b. 1866 and Mary Francis b. 1868. Rebecca dies because of this birth.
William Jackson marries Angeline (Sarah) Coulson in 1868. They have no children and he dies in 1874.
William Lewis Cornett, Thomas Benton’s half brother and first cousin went ca. 1880 to Colorado and struck the Liberty Bell Mine and helped layout the city of Telluride.
Thomas Benton Cornett ca. 1868 marries Margaret “Maggie” May Martin (b. 1849) , daughter of Claudius B. Martin and Anna Eliza Jarrett.
Some where around 1880 Thomas has moved his family in to Oklahoma and Indian Territory and remains there for some time. By 1900 he is in Johnson County, Arkansas.
Thomas NEVER married twice. Thomas and Margaret have the following children:
Ida L. b. July 6, 1869 in MO.
Ann E. b. Feb 1, 1872 in MO.
James L. b. Nov 17, 1874 in MO.
Margaret E. b. Jan 25, 1877
William B. b. Feb 4, 1879
Thomas O. b. Jan 29, 1880
Virginia E. b. Feb 11, 1883 in IT
Edith E. b. June 28, 1885 in IT
Budd McD (his spelling) b. Oct. 16, 1887 in MO
Marvin E. b. May 17, 1890 in IT
William B. died February 22, 1879
Ida L. marries a William Chancellor and apparently was in Missouri ca. 1900.
Just recently found out that Nancy Shaffer’s (1789 VA) sister Abigail Shaffer (1785/6 VA) marries John Doyle Lee after her first husband, Joseph Woolsey dies. He was tried and executed for the Mountain Meadows Massacre (readily available info online).
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