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Jesse Cornelison

Jesse Cornelison, b October 24, 1836 in Barry County, Missouri, d June 13,1912 at San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, and returned to be buried by his wife (and mother of his children) in the Blue Ridge Cemetery at Blue Ridge, Falls County, Texas - was the second child of Martin and Linea Frances (Brandon) Cornelison. Jesse came to Texas in the Fall of 1840 with his parents - stopping first at Bucksnort (extinct community site now in Falls County), and settling in the Spring of 1841 near Palestine in Houston County (the part which in 1846 became Anderson County). Here, in 1844, his father, Martin Cornelison, died - leaving his widow and five young children: Elizabeth Jane, Jesse, James Harrison, Miles, and Benjamin Franklin Cornelison. On December 25, 1845 in Houston County, Texas, Martin Cornelison's widow, Linea Frances (Brandon) Cornelison was married second to Thomas McKissick Garrett - himself a widower with two small children - two others having died in infancy.

Thomas McKissick and Linea Frances (Brandon-Cornelison) Garrett had seven additional children of their own. All the family settled in late 1850 (after Thomas McKissick Garrett began in 1849 to build a new home) in the north Blue Ridge area of Falls County, Texas, and Jesse Cornelison resided in Falls County most of the rest of his life - dying in the home of a son at the end of his life. On September 30, 1855 in Falls County, Jesse married Mary Elizabeth Saxon, b January 18,1839 in Laurens District, South Carolina, d June 18, 1878 at the age of 39 years, "of Diptheria" and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery - a daughter of Pleasant and Ethelinda (Franks) Saxon, who relocated to Monroe County, Mississippi where they died, leaving Mary Elizabeth, Samuel Milton, Joshua Arnold, William McCall, John Wesley, and Thomas Lewis Saxon as orphans by July 1841. Although returned to relatives in South Carolina, they came or were brought to Texas prior to 1855, settling in Falls County.


Jesse and Mary Elizabeth settled in the Lower Blue Ridge (later referred to at times as "Salt Branch", but now called simply "Blue Ridge") of Falls County, where Jesse engaged in farming and became an active citizen in the community. Having been reared in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he and his family were members of the Methodist - Presbyterian Union Church in North Blue Ridge (now Stranger), until they started sending their children to the Blue Ridge Baptist Church.

Jesse was a Master Mason, and in politics he was an "independent." Although Jesse was opposed to secession, and was one of the three in his precinct who voted the Union ticket, he supported his State when she became one of the Confederate States and enlisted in 1863 in the Confederate States Army as a member of Company K. Captain B. A. Nalley, of Cook's Heavy Artillery. To show his feelings and sentiments about the secession of Texas from the Union, he named a son - born during the Civil War - "Jesse Union Cornelison." Jesse and Mary Elizabeth (Saxon) Cornelison were the parents of thirteen children. 

The Saxon Family
Mary Elizabeth Saxon was the daughter of Pleasant Saxon and Ethelinda Franks.  They were married in about 1830 in Laurens, South Carolina.  Ethelinda Franks was the daughter of Joshua Samuel  Franks and Prudence Potter, he being the son of a Revolutionary War patriot, Nehemiah Franks of Virginia.
Shortly after their marriage Pleasant and Ethelinda Saxon made the journey to Monroe County, Mississippi.  In 1841, they both succumbed to Yellow Fever leaving all of their children as orphans.  The children were sent back to South Carolina where they were taken in by their aunt and uncle, Robert and Nancy Bolt, Nancy being Ethelinda’s sister.  We find that the children ended up out west again around the 1850’s.
Will Of Joshua Samuel Franks
Joshua's will makes bequests to his grand children: Samuel Saxon, Joshua Saxon, William M. Saxon, John W. Saxon, Mary Saxon and Thomas L. Saxon
We do find Prudence Potter Franks and her youngest son and wife( William Lewis and Sarah Ann Franks)  buried in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.  Prudence and William in 1853 and Sara Ann in 1849.  Chickasaw County is next door to Monroe County where Pleasant and Ethelinda met their end.

Pleasant and Ethelinda had six children:

1.  Samuel Milton Saxon  1832-1907
2.  Joshua Arnold Saxon  1833-1864
3.  William McCal Saxon  1835-1862
4.  John Wesley Saxon  1837-1854
5.  Mary Elizabeth Saxon  1839-1878
6. Thomas Lewis Saxon  1841-1882
     Franks Cemetery, Houka, Chickasaw County, Mississippi
Prudfence P. Franks
William L. FRanks
Sarah ann Franks
1.       Samuel Milton Franks
Samuel Milton Saxon, Confederate veteran, was born in South Carolina in 1832. After immigrating to Texas in 1858, Saxon enlisted in the Confederate Army on January 2, 1862, in Millican, Brazos County. He was thirty years old and was mustered into service as a private in Captain E. M. B. Sawyer's Company in Speight's Battalion Texas Infantry, which later became Company A, 15th Regiment Texas Infantry. 15th Infantry participated in numerous engagements and campaigns, which include: Stirling's Plantation on September 29, 1863, the Teche Campaign, October 3 through November 30, 1863, Bayou Bourbeau on November 3, 1863, the Red River Campaign and Camden Expedition from March to May, 1864. On May 26, 1865, the 15th surrendered with General E. Kirby Smith at Galveston, Texas.
Following the War, Saxon worked as a farmer. In 1899, while living in Angleton, he applied for a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas and was approved. Sometime after, he moved to Marlin, Falls County. On April 12, 1904, after the death of his wife, whose name is not currently known, Saxon moved to Austin to live in the Confederate Men's Home. He was a resident of the Home until his death on May 27, 1907. Saxon, though, did not die in the Home; he passed away in Whitesboro, Grayson County, while on furlough. After his body was returned to Austin, he was buried in the Texas State Cemetery. 
Listing at the Texas State Cemetary

Full Name:Samuel Milton Saxon
Location:Section:Confederate Field, Section 2 (D)
Row: T  Number:11
Reason for Eligibility:Confederate Veteran 
Birth Date:1832 
Died:May 27, 1907 
Confederate Home Roster Information:
Birth Place:South Carolina 
Marital Status:Widower 
Came To Texas:1858 
Residence:Marlin, Texas 
Admitted To Home:April 12, 1904 
Religion:M. Baptist 
Regiment:15th Texas Inf. 

Pherebee Elizabeth "Bettie" Saxon

Birth:     Mar., 1839
Alabama, USA
Death:     Oct. 2, 1878

P.E. per Saxon data  was Pherebee Elizabeth Gafford. She was married first to William Henry Wright, two daughters, Dora Wright Millerman and Ida Wright Grizzard. P.E. was Bettie on 1860 Upshur Co. Tex. census with Wright and Elizabeth on 1870 Falls Co. with Saxon. Also per census she born Ala. 
  William Ida Wright Grizzard (1862 - 1936)*
Sacred to the Memory of: Hold the Fort for I am coming Jesus SIgnals
Blue Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery 
Blue Ridge
Falls County
Texas, USA


2.       Joshua Arnold Franks

Joshua Arnold Saxon was born in Laurens District, South Carolina, October 11, 1833, and died May 1, 1864. He was a cavalryman and bugler in the Confederate army and was shot from his horse. He married Miss Lucy Frances Rogers in Falls County, Texas, in 1857.


Three daughters were born to this marriage: Eliza Jane, Mary Alice, and Henrietta Arnold. The family were farmers and Baptists. A touching letter he wrote to his three little girls is worthy of a place in these chronicles. It is as follows:


Alto Springs, Falls County, Texas, 26 September 1862
Eliza Jane Saxon, Mary Alice Saxon, Henrietta Saxon:

My Dear Little Children: -

I am now going to start to the war to contend with a treacherous  and unfeeling enemy who are now invading our country and destroying everything as they go.

It grieves me sorely to part with you my loving children, but it has become necessary for your welfare hereafter that I should go and give all the assistance I can to the Confederate States, that we may gain our rights and liberty.

If it should be my lot to fall in the defense of my country, or die in the army, I want you all to meet your father in Heaven, where we will never part. Be obedient to your mother, love and respect her always, love and respect each other, and be kind to everybody. "Remember your Creator in the days of thy youth." Always keep good company and absent yourselves from bad company in every instance. I want you all to meet me in Glory.  May God bless you and save you in my prayer

Written by your father,

Joshua A. Savon

His Three Daughters
Eliza Jane Saxon  married Hiram John Norman
ELIZA JANE SAXON was born on March 3, 1858, in Falls, Texas, her father, JOSHUA, was 24, and her mother, LUCY, was 21. She married HIRAM JOHN NORMAN on June 23, 1875, in Texas. They had nine children in 22 years. She died on November 17, 1942, in Ennis, Texas, at the age of 84.
HIRAM JOHN NORMAN was born in August 1849 in Holmes, Mississippi, his father, James, was 30 and his mother, Bethelin, was 24. He married ELIZA JANE SAXON on June 23, 1875, in Texas. They had nine children in 22 years. He died after 1920 in Texas.
Mary Alice Saxon married William Joshua Lattimore
BIRTH 25 DEC 1860 • Alto Springs, Falls, Texas. USA
DEATH 21 MAY 1904 • Ross, McLennan, Texas, USA
BIRTH 15 OCT 1853 • Jackson, Rankin Co., MS
DEATH 24 SEP 1898 • Ross, McLennan Co., TX
Will, died when he fell off his wagon and hit his head on a rock. His wife died six years later with pneumonia leaving the family of kids alone with the oldest child, Fannie, to take care of them until they were old enough to work.
Henrietta Arnold Saxon married Joshua Vandiver "Jot" Cobb
HENRIETTA ARNOLD SAXON was born in September 1862, her father, JOSHUA, was 28, and her mother, LUCY, was 25. She married JOSHUA VANDIVER "Jot" COBB on September 2, 1879, in Falls, Texas. They had one child during their marriage. She died as a teenager on June 10, 1881, in Texas.
Joshua Vandiver "Jot" COBB was born on 2 Jun 1852 in AL.3 He died
on 16 Apr 1942 in Falls Co, TX. He was married to Henrietta Arnold SAXON
(daughter of Joshua Arnold SAXON and Lucy Frances ROGERS) on 4 Jul 1879
in Falls Co, TX. Henrietta Arnold SAXON was born about 1857 in Stranger,
Falls, TX. She died in 1881 in childbirth.  Joshua Vandiver "Jot" COBB
and Henrietta Arnold SAXON had the following children:
Mary Alice COBB.

He was married secondly to Sarah E. BUTTRILL (daughter of William BUTTRILL and
Martha E. ROGERS) on 26 Apr 1884 in Falls Co, TX. Sarah E. BUTTRILL was
born on 28 Sep 1860 in TX. Joshua Vandiver "Jot" COBB and Sarah E.
BUTTRILL had the following children:
Henry Lawrence COBB.
Martha (Mattie) COBB was born on 2 Dec 1887. She died on 10 Aug 1920 in TX. She was buried in Marlin, Falls, TX.
Robert Vandifer COBB.
The widow, Lucy F. Saxon married secondly
                C.S.A Cpl. Willam F. Brooks
William F. Brooks
1870 United States Federal Census

Name:    Eliza Saxon
Age in 1870:    13
Birth Year:    abt 1857
Birthplace:    Texas
Home in 1870:    Precinct 2, Falls, Texas
Race:    White
Gender:    Female
Post Office:    Marlin
Value of Real Estate:    View image
Household Members:    
Name    Age
William Brooks    35
Lucy Brooks    33
Eliza Saxon    13
Mary Saxon    11
Henrietta Saxon    9
Julia Frazier    13
Thomas Martin ("Mart") Cornelison, b August 16, 1856 in Falls County, Texas, d June 2, 1898 and buried in the Kosse Cemetery, Kosse,Texas - married March 8, 1891 in Limestone County to Ida Amanda Wood, b 1873, d 1964 - a daughter of J. H. Wood (1835 -1914) and his wife, Julia A. (1842 - 1912). Mart and Ida had three children - none reaching maturity: twin, Mary Cornelison, b May 9, 1892, d July 1897 and buried in Waco, Texas; twin, Wood Cornelison, b May 9, 1892, d December 22, 1902 and buried in Kosse Cemetery; and Thomas Conrad Cornelison, b June 8,1894, d January 28, 1898 and buried in Kosse Cemetery. Around 1908 - 1909, Ida Amanda (Wood) Cornelison married second to a Mr. Brown, and moved to Runnels County, Texas, where she died, again widowed, in a nursing home in Winters, Texas. She was buried by her first husband in Kosse Cemetery, where her parents and two of her children were buried also. Thomas Martin Cornelison was a general merchant in Kosse, Texas.
Wedding Day August 6, 1873
Elizabeth Cornelison (called "Eliza"), b January 1, 1858 in Falls County, Texas, d May 5, 1895 of Dipheria in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas - married August 6, 1873 in Falls County to Alexander L. Jones (called "Zan"), b March 11,1853 in Bradley County, Arkanas, d. 3 Sep 1931 in Wewoka, Seminole County, Oklahoma.
"Zan" and Eliza had nine children:
Infant son,  Boid, died young,
Jesse Jay,
Wilma - died in 1904, unmarried at age 19 years, Genevieve,
William Mortimer,
Burlington Wesley Jones.
After her death, Eliza's younger children were reared by her sister, Mary Lydia ("Mamie") who had married a brother of Eliza's husband. (Sisters marrying brothers)
The majority of descendants of Alexander L. and Elizabeth (Cornelison) Jones reside in Texas, Kansas, and California, although others have not been located. 
1880 United States Federal Census


Name:  Eliza Jones

Age:  22

Birth Year:  abt 1858

Birthplace:  Texas

Home in 1880:  Falls, Texas

Race:  White

Gender:  Female

Relation to Head of House:  Wife

Marital Status:  Married

Spouse's Name:  Alx (alex) L. Jones

Father's Birthplace:  Missouri

Mother's Birthplace:  South Carolina

Occupation:  Keeping (House)

Household Members

Name   Age

Alx (alex) L. Jones:  26

Eliza Jones:  22

Birtha Jones:  8m

1860 United States Federal Census


NameEliza Cornelison


Birth Year:  abt 1858

Gender:  Female

Birth Place:  Texas

Home in 1860:  Falls, Texas

Post Office:  Marlin

Family Number:  176

Household Members


Jessee Cornelison   24

M E Cornelison   22

T M Cornelison   4

Eliza Cornelison   2

B F Cornelison   1

Wm M Thompson   19

Wm Saxon   26

Benjamin Franklin Cornelison, b April 24, 1859 in Falls County, Texas, married October 2, 1879 in Falls County to Virginia Ann Higgins (called "Ginny"), who died April 24, 1942 in San Angelo, Texas - a daughter of Robert S. Higgins, b April 30, 1811 in Tennessee, d January 6, 1883 in Falls County, Texas and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery, and his wife, Anna Elizabeth (O'Neal) Higgins, b September 27, 1828 in Tennessee, d November 19, 1873 in Falls County, Texas and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery.
In 1889, Benjamin Franklin and Virginia Ann moved to Sherwood, Irion County, Texas, and in 1898 removed to Knickerbocker, Tom Green County - a neighboring county, where some of his relatives lived.
They had ten children: Alonzo, died in 1898 at age 13 years, of a ruptured appendix; Ritchie May, Valjean Franklin, Boyd, Emily b and d 1889, Floyd Shovington, Rubie Myrtle, William Day, Jesse Ions, and Roy Francis. Benjamin Franklin Cornelison was a dirt contractor, a county weigher, a game warden, and a U.S. Marshall at Knickerbocker, Texas. Both Ben and "Ginny" were buried in the Fairmont Cemetery at San Angelo,
Most of their descendants have remained in Texas - primarily in the vicinity of San Angelo and San Antonio.
1910 United States Federal Census

Name:    Ben Corneilison
Age in 1910:    51
Birth Year:    abt 1859
Birthplace:    Texas
Home in 1910:    San Angelo, Tom Green, Texas
House Number:    235
Race:    White
Gender:    Male
Relation to Head of House:    Head
Marital Status:    Married
Spouse's Name:    Virginia Corneilison
Father's Birthplace:    Texas
Mother's Birthplace:    Texas
Native Tongue:    English
Occupation:    Contractor
Industry:    Concrete
Employer, Employee or Other:    Employer
Home Owned or Rented:    Own
Home Free or Mortgaged:    Free
Farm or House:    House
Able to Read:    Yes
Able to Write:    Yes
Years Married:    30
Out of Work:    N
Number of Weeks Out of Work:    0
Neighbors:    View others on page
Household Members:    
Name    Age
Ben Corneilison    51
Virginia Corneilison    49
Floyd Corneilison    20
Ruby Corneilison    17
William D Corneilison    15
Ious Or Ions Corneilison    13
Roy Corneilison    10
Ora Underwood    18

1880 United States Federal Census



Name:B . F . Cornelison


Birth Year:abt 1859


Home in 1880:Falls, Texas



Relation to Head of House:Self (Head)

Marital Status:Married

Spouse's Name:V. A. Cornelison

Father's Birthplace:Missouri

Mother's Birthplace:South Carolina

Neighbors:View others on page


Cannot read/write:
Household Members:


B. F. Cornelison   21

V. A. Cornelison   19

Ada Adelaide Cornelison, b January 24, 1861 in Falls County, Texas, d February 20, 1932 at Bakersfield, Kern County, California - married September 8, 1883 in Falls County to Sylvester Boardman Gibson of Charleston, South Carolina who died at the age of 87 on April 25, 1942 at Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California. Very little is known about " Board" and “Ada" during their marriage - which ended in divorce; however, it is known that they had four children; Clinton who died young, prior to the 1900 Census; Mary “Essie", "Mary" Elizabeth, and Novia who died young - prior to 1900. Ada Adelaide married second to William Emerson, about whom we have no information. When Ada died, she was buried in the Union Cemetery at Bakersfield, California. Her first husband, Sylvester Boardman Gibson was buried in the Sunnyside Memorial Park at Long Beach, California. The majority of Ada's descendants reside in California.
Samuel Milton Cornelison, b September 16, 1862 in Falls County, Texas, d March 12,1912 of pneumonia at Blue Ridge, Falls County, Texas, and was buried in the Blue Ridge Cemetery - a son of Jesse and Mary Elizabeth (Saxon) Cornelison - was married March 1, 1888 in Falls County to Mildred Ellen Swinnea, b June 27,1869 in Falls County, Texas, d January 24,1938, and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery by her husband - a daughter of Suldon W. and Mary Elizabeth (Hunnicutt) Swinnea.
Samuel Milton was a farmer, and lived in Falls County in the Blue Ridge community all his life, as did his wife. They were the parents of eight children - all born in Blue Ridge:
Infant Cornelison - stillborn in 1889.
Una Pearl Cornelison, b July 10, 1891, d February 2, 1980 at Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas - married James Hansford Tate (called "Dick"), and had two sons. Joseph Jones Cornelison, b July 3,1893, d September 30, 1940 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Alexandria, Rapide Parish, Louisiana, and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery. He married first to Mrs. Kate Bickerstaff, and second to May Woodall, but had no children in either marriage. After the death of his father in 1912, Joe worked for Texaco Oil Company in Port Arthur, Texas. He volunteered to fight in World War I, and was a member of the 36th Division - resuming his employment with Texaco upon his return from the war. Joe was a Presbyterian.
Samuel Marvin Cornelison, b April 16, 1896, d December 8, 1976 and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery - was a farmer-rancher and dairyman by trade. On May 31,1943 in Falls County, he married Mrs. Beulah (Pirtle) Woodland, who had four children by her first husband, William Henry Woodland. Samuel Marvin Cornelison was always called "Marvin," He and Beulah had no children in their marriage. Beulah was born July 7, 1904, d January 21, 1968, and buried by her second husband, Samuel Marvin Cornelison, in the Blue Ridge Cemetery.
Mary Saxon Cornelison, b March 27, 1898, resides in Marlin, Texas. She educated herself by attending college each summer until she earned her degree from Sul Ross State University. She taught school for forty years, before retiring. Mary never married, traveled allover the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico during "summer vacations," and did volunteer work wherever it was needed after her retirement. She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marlin.
Mattie Elizabeth Cornelison (called "Lizzie"), b May 12, 1901, resides in the Blue Ridge community where she was born. After attending college for two years, she began teaching and taught for twenty-seven years, including the schools of Blue Ridge and Stranger. On May 30, 1943 in Falls County, she married Bert Spencer Henderson, b May 10, 1892, d November 3, 1984, and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery. Both Bert and "Lizzie" were members of the Baptist Church.
Lelia Cornelison, b February 9, 1904, resides in Marlin, Texas. She graduated from Reagan High School, and attended college for a while - but disliked it and returned home to Blue Ridge. On July 29, 1925 at Belton, Bell County, Texas, Lelia married Lloyd Wesley Harlan, b February 5, 1897, d November 22, 1977 - a son of John Luther and Elizabeth ("Bettie" McGlasson) Harlan. Lloyd was buried in the Blue Ridge Cemetery, where his parents and Lelia's parents were buried. Lloyd was a cotton ginner and a farmer, and later, Lelia began a cattle herd. Lelia worked regularly in the cotton gin office after their marriage, and Lloyd owned and operated the gin at Blue Ridge for nearly fifty years. They had no children. Lelia continues to assist in financing various community projects, and supports her church, which is Baptist.
Irma Belle Cornelison, b May 7,1906, d November 4, 1978 in El Paso, Texas and buried by her husband in Restlawn Cemetery in El Paso - married May 22, 1937 in El Paso to Jack Henry Stallings, who died July 26, 1978 at Houston, Texas while away from home on business. Jack worked several years for the Federal Government in the Irrigation District on the Rio Grande River, and later became a successful cotton farmer on acreage they bought. Belle was a graduate of Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas, and taught school for thirty-nine years. Jack and Belle lived in the vicinity of EI Paso all of their married lives. They had no children, but Belle reared his son by a previous marriage. Jack and Belle belonged to the Methodist Church.
Samuel Milton and Mildred Ellen (Swinnea) Cornelison were members of the Presbyterian Church at Stranger. Memoirs of their daughter, Mary Saxon Cornelison, were written November 11, 1983, and provide interesting information about her parents, Samuel Milton and Mildred Ellen (Swinnea) Cornelison:
When my parents got married they did not have a honeymoon, but in the fall they went to the Dallas Fair. They stayed in a rooming house near the fairgrounds. During the night Papa awakened to discover someone in the big room. When the burglar discovered that Papa was awake he ran outside and shot a gun so he could act like a hero. But Papa thought he was the one who wanted to steal their money. That was the only trip they ever took, with the exception of visiting relatives, nearby.
My mother was a very smart woman and wanted to go to college, but her father didn't believe in college. He thought whatever learning she got could be in the one-room schoolhouse. She reluctantly got married. (That was what we were told by one of her friends, but she never regretted marrying her husband.) At first they lived in a log cabin on a farm near the Blue Ridge Community.
His brother, Mart, owned part of the farm. Later, papa bought out his part, then bought 50 acres about 11/2 miles from the first farm. He built a five room house on the 50 acre plot. All of his children, except Belle, were born in that house. During those days the doctor came to the house and delivered the babies. They lived in that house until their deaths. Papa was a strict disciplinarian, but a kind father.
Papa always took care of us when we had a community picnic. Mama enjoyed the day of rest and had a good time with her friends and relatives. Mama liked people, and was very good to the sick in the neighborhood when they needed her. She was a good wife and mother. She cooked good, nourishing food for us; most of it from the garden. We were lucky to have a mother like her. When we came home from school she always had cookies or other food for us to eat. We had to eat a cold lunch so she knew we would be hungry. She made most of our clothes, and kept us clean by seeing that we bathed in a washtub, by the fireplace in the winter, and on the back porch in the summer. My daddy was a very kind man and very ambitious.
He let his father (Jesse Cornelison) live with us after his wife died. I never knew the time when grandpa wasn't there. We loved him, and it was a natural thing for him to be there. Papa did help other members of his family. He was one of 13 children. Papa used to take us to Marlin in the wagon whenever a circus came to town. Sometimes he used four mules when the roads were so muddy. Papa was a promoter in the community. He wanted better schools for us, and served on the school board for several years. We walked to school, but if it rained, and on cold days, he would come to school in the wagon to take us home. We covered our heads with a quilt to keep dry. My mother liked to read, and when a man came to our house selling a magazine, he'd take a hen or a chicken for pay. Most of the time it was a farm magazine, but she'd read them all. Our parents took us to Sunday School and church at a Baptist church.
When a new Baptist church was built my daddy donated $100, although he and Mama were Presbyterians. He wanted to help the community where he lived. He bought a long pew where we sat whenever we came to church. He saw that we behaved in church too. Later on the Presbyterians and the Methodists built a church at Stranger, five miles from Blue Ridge; Papa donated $100 to it. Mama wondered where the money was coming from, but there was a way, and I'm sure he was blessed for it. Maybe he was too generous, but he wanted things to be better. He went to the town of Marlin once a week to buy groceries. At that time we did have a buggy and a good horse. We climbed on the top of our storm house to look as far as we could, trying to see Papa coming home. When we saw him we ran to meet him because he always brought us a pound of sugar stick candy.
We had the storm cellar built after our house blew down, but never used it except to store sweet potatoes for the winter. When the storm hit, my mother and three of us were in the house, and she put us under the bed. Fortunately, that one room stood, and no one was hurt. Lelia was a baby, I was 6, and Lizzie was 3. We were fortunate to have our wonderful parents who taught us to be honest, to respect authority, to be kind to others, and to live a Christian life.
Our father taught his children to work on the farm, which consisted of cotton and corn. With the children's help we could live moderately.. His five daughters went to college, four of them taught school. Papa died of pneumonia at the age of 49, and mama had four girls to take care of then. I was almost 14 so I could help with the other three. Her two sons and one daughter were old enough to go on their own and help Mama.
Copyright Permission granted to Theresa Carhart for printing the biographies of these Falls County Families to this Web page. "Families of Falls County", Compiled and Edited by the Falls County Historical Commission, page 95 column 1 page 96 column 1 and 2, and page 97 column 1. Member of Falls County Historical Commission.
Jesse Union Cornelison b: 22 May 1864 in Blue Ridge, Falls Co., Texas m: 26 Dec 1897 in Clyde,Callahan Co., Texas d: 27 Jun 1948 in Daytona Beach......................... Jesse Union Cornelison, b May 22, 1864 in Falls County, Texas, d June 27, 1948 at Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida and buried in Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Miami, Florida. On December 26, 1897 in Clyde, Callahan County, Texas (near Abilene, Texas), he married Elmyra Josephine Loveless of Falls County, d February 10, 1947 at Miami, Dade County, Florida. Jesse Union studied mining engineering at the University of Texas prior to his marriage; and prospected mines in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and many places in Mexico - including the Yucatan Peninsula. He was a farmer, a trader, a miner, and at one point, owned an oil well. "Jess" and "Myra" settled first at Eula, Callahan County, Texas unti1-1910 when they moved to San Angelo. In 1913, they settled in the small town of Gibson, near Mansfield, Texas in Tarrant County - moving to Forest Hill in the same county in 1916. "Jess" has been described as "truly one of Coronado's children - always searching for gold." His adventures eventually took him to Florida. Jesse Union and Elmyra Josephine (Loveless) Cornelison had seven children: An infant who was stillborn - unnamed, Zenobia Ann, Fleta Maria, Hilda Myrla, Jesse Clifton, Audre Lee, and Geraldine Myra. There is no further information about the family, except that their descendants live primarily in Texas and Florida.
Mary Lydia Cornelison was born April 1, 1866 in Falls County, Texas and died November 10, 1957 in Marlin, Falls County and is buried by her husband in Calvary Cemetery at Marlin – was always called “Mamie.”
On December 1, 1884 in Falls County she married Alonzo Pennington Jones (called “Lon”), who died November 7, 1944 in marlin, at the age of 87 years – a brother of Mamie’s brother-in-law Alexander L. Jones.
Lon was a farmer and gin-wright. It is reported that Lon and Mamie had eight children, with only four living to maturity. Two unnamed infants, Lelia who died young, Magnolia who died young, Dovie Dagmar, Itasca, Boyd Cornelison and Verna Elsie. Lon and Mamie settled in Reagan, Falls County, and it was in their home that the children of two of her sister’s were reared after the deaths of Eliza Cornelison Jones and her sister, Zenobia Cornelison Garrett. In later years, Mamie cared for her invalid husband who had been injured in an accident, and after his death, she ran a boarding house in marlin.
The descendants of Mamie and Lon reside primarily in Texas and Colorado
ALONZO PENNINGTON JONES Alonzo Pennington Jones (called "Lon", and later "A. P."), b December 3, 1856 in Warren, Bradley County, Arkansas, d November 7,1944 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas - was a son of Hastings and Mary Ann (Hanna or Hannah) Jones.
By 1870, he had settled with his parents and siblings in Falls County, Texas near present-day Reagan. In 1884 in Falls County, Alonzo married Mary Lydia Cornelison (called "Mamie"), b April 1, 1866 in Falls County, d November 10, 1957 in Marlin, and buried by her husband in Calvary Cemetery at Marlin.
A daughter of Jesse and Mary Elizabeth (Saxon) Cornelison. Alonzo and Mamie had eight children:
Infant Jones - died unnamed.
Infant Jones - died unnamed.
Lelia Jones - died young.
Magnolia Jones - died young.
Dovie Dagmar Jones married first to Jess Crouch, and had no children, and married second to Dorsey Hays and had one son: William Herbert Hays, b March 8, 1922 - married Eleanor Keizer, and had no issue.
Itasca Jones, b February 1899 - married first to Julian Williams, and had no issue; married second on July 7, 1924 to Carl David Currie, b March 20, 1897, d in 1964 in Coleman, Texas, and had one daughter, Carlie Currie, b August 9, 1926 - married Harrison Lowery Saunders and had Sandra Sue b March 20,1947, Carlie Currie b August 1, 1948, and Harrison Lowery, Jr., b August 20, 1949. Itasca resides in Austin with her daughter.
Boyd Cornelison Jones, b February 14, 1903, d October 20, 1975 in Galveston, Texas and buried in Dickinson, Texas - married Opal Clarice Beason, b January 10, 1905, and had issue.
Verna Elsie Jones, b August 16, 1904, d 1971 in Dallas, Texas - married James Herbert Guthrie - a school teacher in the Reagan School, and an attorney. They had three children: James Herbert, Jr. b September 22, 1923; Rosemary b May 23, 1925 who married a Mr. Knight; and Betty Ann, b July 12, 1929.
The family of Alonzo and Mamie settled near Reagan, Texas where Alonzo was a farmer and a gin wright. The family home, a large, white, two-story structure, said to have resembled the famous "House of Seven Gables," was surrounded by a beautiful garden, orchard, and vineyard in which Alonzo took great pride. 
Alonzo Cornelison, b November 18, 1867 in Falls County, Texas, d March 18, 1868, and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery
Leonora Emma, b February 5, 1871 in Falls County, Texas, d May 12, 1872 and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery.
Zenobia Ann Cornelison, b April 18, 1873 in Falls County, Texas, d December 9, 1901 of pneumonia in Knickerbocker, Tom Green County, Texas - married October 14, 1891 in Falls County to James Thomas Garrett, b November 25, 1869 in Falls County, Texas, d January 24,1931 in Tubac, Santa Cruz County, Arizona - a son of Robert Jasper Garrett who was a step - brother to her father, Jesse Cornelison.
James Thomas Garrett was a twin to Gertrude Eliza Garrett who married Holman Kendal Hancock at Stranger in Falls County. Jim and Zenobia settled at Knickerbocker in Tom Green County, Texas, where he was a rancher and cattleman.
They had five daughters: Beatrice Mary, Gladys Zenobia who died of diphtheria on December 7, 1906, Zelma, Pauline Evadna, and Jessie - who was only five weeks old when her mother died.
In 1904, James Thomas Garrett married second to Miss Harriet Jeanette Beard, b August 29, 1874, and they had three children: Hattye Marcella, James Thomas, Jr., and Keith Stanford. In 1912, James Thomas, his second wife, and children of both marriages settled in Arizona.
The descendants of Zenobia Ann are scattered throughout Arizona, California, Oklahoma, and Texas. After the death of James Thomas Garrett, Harriet remarried August 27,1937 to Colonel John G. Gralapp of LeMars, Iowa, who died November 1, 1953. Harriet died June 6,1966, and was buried by James Thomas Garrett in the Masonic Cemetery in Nogales, Arizona. William Houston Cornelison, b October 15, 1874 in Falls County, Texas, d January 24, 1967 in Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, California and buried in the Pioneer Cemetery there - married first on October 10, 1894 in Falls County, Texas to Pearl Woodland, b 1877, d 1927 - a daughter of Henry and Lucinda (Barclay - Menefee) Woodland. They had eight children: Roy Winfred, Charles Barclay who died March 11, 1898, William Herbert who died April 17, 1904, Jarrett Menefee, Jesse Mart, Elma, Richard Edward, and Pearl Will Cornelison.
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Robert Jasper Garrett

 Robert Jasper Garrett, b April 14, 1841 in Houston County, Republic of Texas, d April 29, 1918 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas and buried in Calvary Cemetery - was a son of Thomas McKissick Garrett and his first wife, Margaret Minerva Reed of Giles County, Tennessee. He and his only surviving sister, Mary Elizabeth, were reared by his father and his step-mother, Linea Frances (Brandon) Cornelison Garrett. At the age of ten years, Jasper moved with his family to old Blue Ridge (Stranger) in Falls County, where he grew up and was educated in the early schools there.
     Jasper joined the Texas Rangers under the command of Captain Shapley P. Ross when Cynthia Ann Parker was recaptured from her Indian family. When the Civil War was declared, he enlisted in Captain Lang's Company B, Green's Regiment, but took the measles in San Antonio and returned home. He, later, returned to Confederate States Army duty, and was in the siege of Galveston.
     Jasper's father contracted the measles and died July 2, 1862, leaving an estate that was not completely settled for sixteen years - although Jasper and his sister's two sons received over half of the estate and shared equally in the partition of the other half with his seven half brothers and sisters.
     On June 2, 1863, Jasper married Mary (called "Mollie") Smith, b June 16, 1840 in Mississippi, d July 19, 1895 and buried in Stranger Cemetery - a daughter of Ephraim and Edith (Smith) Smith, whose older children were listed on the 1855 School Census in Falls County - with their father as the responsible parent.
     Robert Jasper Garrett was a prosperous farmer and rancher. Although he was reared in the Cumber- land Presbyterian Faith of his own mother and his step-mother, he became a member of the Baptist de- nomination and was one of the founders of the Blue Ridge Missionary Baptist Church -later Liberty Baptist Church, and finally Stranger Baptist Church. He was asked to be administrator of many estates in the area; and became Tax Assessor and Collector in Falls County, and was a County Commissioner from 1886- 1887. He was a Mason - attached to the Kosse, Texas Lodge.
     Jasper and Mollie were the parents of fourteen children - all born and reared at Stranger:
     Martha Ann Garrett, b August 29, 1864, d June 12, 1940 - married May 10, 1888 to James Archer Dunkum, b June 26, 1858 in Virginia, d September 7, 1931, and had two children.
     Mary Elizabeth Garrett, b March 2, 1866, d December 11, 1942 - married in late 1882 or early 1883 to Robert Ewing Jackson, b February 10, 1859 in Parker County, Texas, d June 4,1900, and had six sons.
     Frances Luella Garrett, b November 1867, d 1956 - married 1887 to Dr. George P. Reeves, b April 1863 in Giles County, Tennessee, d 1918, and had four children.
     James Thomas Garrett, b November 25, 1869, d January 24, 1931- married first on October 13, 1891 to Zenobia Ann Cornelison, b April 18, 1873, d December 9, 1901- daughter of Jesse and Mary Elizabeth (Saxon) Cornelison, and had five daughters; married second on June 26, 1904 to Harriet Jeanette Beard, b August 29, 1874, d June 6, 1966, and had three children - two sons and one daughter.
     Gertrude Eliza Garrett, b November 25, 1869 and twin of James Thomas Garrett, d November 18, 1941 - married December 18, 1890 to Holman Kendal Hancock, b January 19, 1869, d July 16, 1926 - a son of Samuel B. and Louisa Jane (Adair) Hancock, and had seven children.
     Dora Minerva Garrett, b November 29, 1870, d May 27, 1962 - married December 12, 1893 to Sanford Jones Stallworth, b April 18, 1870, d September 10, 1933 - a son of Francis Marion and Lucinda (Jones) Stallworth, and had two sons.
     Robert Lazarus Garrett, b 1873, d 1928 - married 1899 to Minerva Kendall, b 1881, d 1977, and had two children.
     Arrie Ruth Garrett, b August 1, 1874, d December 19, 1969 - married 1893 to Paul Meredith Cluck, b August 1, 1869, d December 15, 1951- a son of Dr. Nathaniel and Mary Jane Cluck, and had four children.
     Joseph Edward Garrett, b March 8, 1876, d March 16, 1961- married December 12, 1908 to Pearl Lovellette, b May 9, 1882, d July 29, 1977, and had three children.
     Donald Weekly Garrett, b 1877, d in Idaho - date unknown - married Effie C. Saline, and had one son.
     Carlotta Estelle Garrett, b January 10, 1879, d March 14, 1943 - married February 20, 1901 to Robert Moore, b February 4, 1876, and had two children.
     Mae Pearl Garrett, b August 3, 1880, d September 21, 1953 - married in 1900 to Richard Jackson, b July 5, 1878, d June 17, 1950, and had two children.
     Lillie Irene Garrett, b April 1882, d December 1882, and buried in Stranger Cemetery in Falls County, Texas.
     Myrtle Ruby Garrett, b October 10, 1884, d October 19, 1977 - married 1903 to Ernest Conrad Hammond, b February 11, 1881, d April 28, 1954, and had two sons.
     After Mary ("Mollie" Smith) Garrett died, Robert Jasper Garrett was married second on June 25, 1896 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to the young widow of William Howell Varnado, b December 22, 1866 in Mississippi, d November 29, 1894 and buried in Stranger Cemetery in Falls County, Texas - Mrs. Lola Angela (McInnis) Varnado, b March 29, 1871 in Mississippi, d July 18, 1951 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas and buried in Calvary Cemetery. Jasper and Lola had one daughter.
     Mabel Erma Garrett, b August 4, 1897 - married March 15, 1920 to James Mortimer Steele, b August 24, 1894, d May 14, 1977, and had two children. In addition to rearing his thirteen surviving children by his first wife, and his one child by his second wife, Robert Jasper Garrett also reared the two daughters of his second wife by her first marriage: Hattie Alma Varnado who married Jasper's nephew, Edward Guy Garrett; and Lila Rebecca Varnado who married Edgar Bright Hoover. 


Copyright Permission granted to Theresa Carhart for printing the biographies of these Falls County Families to this Web page.
"Families of Falls County", Compiled and Edited by the Falls County Historical Commission, page 177 column 2 and page 178 column 1 and 2.  
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  Robert Jasper Garrett
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William Houston Cornelison (affectionately known as "Tex") and his family first settled in the Reagan community of Falls County, and about 1902, moved to Haskell, Texas.
About 1904, they settled in San Bernardino County, California, and later located in the desert community of Holtville, Imperial County, California, where Will served several years as Chief of Police.
After Pearl's death, Will married second on November 1, 1928 in Yuma, Arizona, to Mrs. Flodie Ethel (Dees) Baldwin. At his death, he was buried by his first wife, Pearl (Woodland) Cornelison, in the Pioneer Cemetery in San Bernardino, California.
Flodie Ethel (Dees) Baldwin Cornelison died July 2, 1982 in Loma Linda, California, and was buried with her family in Evergreen Cemetery in EI Centro, California. The descendants of William Houston and Pearl (Woodland) Cornelison reside throughout California
Pearl Cornelison, b July 19, 1876 in Falls County, Texas, d April 2, 1947 in Dallas, Texas and buried in Kosse Cemetery, Limestone County, Texas - married September 6, 1895 in Limestone County to Thomas Ingram Ouzts of Kosse. Thomas was an oil driller by profession, and they had four children: Pearl, Rita, Mamie, and Thomas Ouzts. Pearl and Tom were divorced, and he remarried. When he died, he also was buried in the Kosse Cemetery.

Thomas Ingram (Tom) Ouzts is the son of Alice Medora INGRAM and Dr. Benjamin Franklin Ouzts of the family of Elizabeth HARLING and George Peter Utz (now Ouzts) of hoffenheim Germany and the Edgefield District SC.

He married first to Pearl CORNELISON and they had four children: Pearl Ernestine, Rita Charlotte, Mary Alice (Mamie), and Thomas Marshall (Tom).

He married second to Kate St. John of Kansas.

Thomas Ingram (Tom) Ouzts was an Oil Field Driller by occupation.

Benjamin Franklin Outz

Alice Medora INGRAM married Dr. Benjamin Franklin Ouzts, the son of Charlotte STIDHAM and David Ouzts of Edgefield County, SC. 

David Ouzts is the patriarch of the David Ouzts Line and the second child of Elizabeth HARLING and George Peter Utz (now Ouzts) of Hoffenheim Germany and the Edgefield District SC.

Alice and Benjamin married on February 14, 1870 in Gainesville, Alachua, FL. 

They had six children in Kosse, Limestone County, TX: Benjamin Tillman; Thomas Ingram (Tom), Mary Alice (Mamie), Ernest Louis, David E., and Lillian Lucille.

Lillie Cornelison, b and d in 1878 in Falls County, Texas (some report she was b and d June 18, 1878 - the same day her mother died), and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery in Falls County, Texas.
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