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Cornwells in early 1800s Muhlenberg County Kentucky

Cornwells in early 1800s Muhlenberg County Kentucky

elainecrockett1 (View posts)
Posted: 25 Oct 2009 5:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cornwell, Grigsby
Muhlenberg Co., KY Court Order Book 1


Page 76 January 28, 1800

On the motion of John Cornwell ass'ee of James Worthington who produced satisfactory proof to the Court leave is granted him to remove his Certificate from the Court of Commissioners No. 3600 agreeably to Law.

Page 104 June 24, 1800

Ordered that Lewis Kincheloe, Charles Lewis, Nicholas Lockerman, Joseph Wardin, George Humphreys and John Cornwell Gentlemen be recommended to his Excellency the Governor of Kentucky as proper person to be commissioned as Justices of the peace in and for the County of Muhlenberg.

Page 109 August 26, 1800

Ordered that Charles Lewis and John McKinny be recommended to his excellency the Governor one of whom to be commissioned as a Justice of the peace in the place of John Adams esquire who has resigned And that Benjamin Worthington and John Cornwell be recommended as aforesaid as proper persons one of whom to be commissioned as a Justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid for the neighborhood of William Worthington esquire And that Thomas Irvin and Thomas Ward be recommended as aforesaid to be commissioned as aforesaid to fill the vacancy of Robert Cessna Esquire And that Solomon Rhoads and Jacob Hunsaker be recommended as aforesaid one of whom to be commissioned as aforesaid to fill the vacancy of Richard Morton Esquire and that Matthew Adams and John Vaught be recommended as aforesaid to be commissioned as aforesaid to fill the neighborhood of Leonard Stom.

August 26, 1800

Ordered that William Worthington, William Gibson, John Cornwell and Moses Hogland or any three of them being first sworn do view and mark the best and most convenient way for a road from Greenville to Vienna so as to pass by Lewisburgh and make report as the Law directs.

Page 146 March 23, 1801

Willis Cornwell This day claimed a right to four hundred acres of Land on Thompsons Creek agreeably to entry filed which is granted accordingly.

Page 216 October 26, 1801

John Cornwell this [day] claimed a right to two hundred acres of Land in addition to his former claim on the waters of Green river agreeably to location filed which is granted him accordingly.

Page 227 November 23, 1801

A Report of a road leading from Vienna to Intersect the Road leading from Milligans falls on Green river to Greenville was returned into Court and Examined. It is Ordered that the Same be established the proprietors of the Land through whose Land the Same is to run having consented and It is therefore Ordered that Joseph Arnold be appointed Surveyor of the Same from Vienna to the lower edge of the thoroughfare and that he together with the hands included in the following precinct towit Beginning at the river and up the same to the Island ford thence along the Saltwork road to Include the Settlement of the Pond Station thence a Straight line to include William Worthington's thence to the river so as to include Cornwell thence to the Beginning open and keep the Same in repair as the law directs.

Page 228 November 23, 1801

Ordered that John Mcfarling [McFarland?] be and he is hereby appointed overseer of the road leading from Vienna to Intersect the road leading from Milligans falls to Greenville from the lower edge of the thoroughfare and that he together with the following hand[s] in the following precinct towit Beginning at the Pond Station thence with the Saltwork road to Include Evans thence to Include Lewis Kincheloe thence down the river opposite to Cornwell's thence to the Beginning Open and keep the Same in repair as the law directs.

Page 236 January 25, 1802

…I. [or J.] Stom's land through Caldwell's land to the lick through Adams' land through Cornwell's land to Adams' mill through Joseph Groves' Land and So on up Long Creek the nearest and best way to the County line through Joseph Hunsaker's land and other lands unknown and It is ordered that George Miller be and he is hereby appointed overseer of the Same - George Humphreys, Joseph Hunsaker, John Adams Junr.

Page 236 January 25, 1802

…I. [or J.] Stom's land through Caldwell's land to the lick through Adams' land through Cornwell's land to Adams' mill through Joseph Groves' Land and So on up Long Creek the nearest and best way to the County line through Joseph Hunsaker's land and other lands unknown and It is ordered that George Miller be and he is hereby appointed overseer of the Same - George Humphreys, Joseph Hunsaker, John Adams Junr.

March 22, 1802

Elisha Cornwell this day claimed a right to four hundred acres of Land on the waters of Clifty agreeably to entry filed which is granted him accordingly.

March 22, 1802


On the motion of James Weir assignee of Simon Cornwell leave is granted him to remove his Certificate No. 3641 it having been Laid on Military Land.

Page 311 December 19, 1803

Ordered that the following hands be and they are hereby added to the list of hands heretofore allotted to the overseer of the road from Christian County line to Adairs Lick as follows towit John Grigsby, Frederick Phillips, Samuel Grigsby, Willis Cornwell, Dempsey Cornwell, Daniel Groves, Joseph Groves, Jonathan Groves, William Weir, Samuel Tharp, Thomas Garrard, Joseph Humphreys, Peter Groves and Thomas Tetterton and the Said Surveyor together with the above allotted hands and them heretofore allotted open and keep the Same in repair as the Law directs.

Page 284, April 18, 1803

Jarvis Cornwell this day claimed a right to two hundred acres of Land on Long Creek agreeably to entry filed which is granted accordingly.

April 18, 1803

Ordered that Jarvis Cornwell be and he is hereby exempted from paying County levies in future.

Page 315 January 16, 1804

Ordered that the following hands towit Watts Conwen, Samuel Grigsby, Joseph Groves, John Grigsby, Toliver Grigsby, Willis Cornwell, Dempsey Cornwell, Frederick Phillips & W. Totterton be and they are hereby allotted to Peter Boggus [Boggess] Surveyor of the road from Greenville to Adairs Lick and that he together with the aforesaid hands and the hands heretofore allotted him open and keep the Same in repair fifteen feet wide as the Law directs & It is further ordered that the aforesaid hands be exempt from working on any other road.

Page 317 February 27, 1804

Ordered that the following hands be and they are hereby allotted to work on the road from Greenville to Adairs Lick in addition to the former hands allotted towit Watts Corsvin(?), Samuel Grigsby, Joseph Groves, John Grigsby, Willis Cornwell, Dempsey Cornwell, Frederick Phillips & Thomas Tetterton & that they be exempt from working on Humphreys road.

Re: Cornwells in early 1800s Muhlenberg County Kentucky

elainecrockett1 (View posts)
Posted: 25 Oct 2009 8:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cornwell
Forgot one -

Page 253 June 28, 1802

Bashaba Cornwell this day claimed a right to four hundred acres of Land on the waters of Clifty agreeably to entry filed which is granted her accordingly.

This was the same day that Elisha Cornwell came into Court and relinquished his Certificate No. 293 which was heretofore granted him by the Court.

Re: Cornwells in early 1800s Muhlenberg County Kentucky

CindyMcC (View posts)
Posted: 26 Oct 2009 10:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McGuyre, Cornwell
OK. I think Bathshaba Cornwell is the wife of Elisha Cornwell. Elisha had claimed a right to this same land 22 March 1802. I have his wife down as Phoebe--also called "Shabby." I'll bet Shabby was short for Bathshaba. She married first to John McGuyre (who was deceased by March 1801). He died in Spartanburg Co, SC where Elisha had been living. She was married to Elisha by April 11, 1801 when an entry about the Will of John McGuyre says:

The Executors of John McGuyre met according to appointment & the will of said McGuyre was confirmed. Pheby Mcguyre otherwise Cornwil did not appear & was adjudged to pay all extraordinary costs together with the sheriff's fees.

She didn't appear because she had moved from Spartanburg Co, SC, to Muhlenberg Co, KY!

Re: Cornwells in early 1800s Muhlenberg County Kentucky

CindyMcC (View posts)
Posted: 26 Oct 2009 11:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cornwell, Grigsby, Bolling
Here is my take on these entries from Muhlenberg Co, KY. I believe that all the Cornwells mentioned in the entries are descendents of "Saint" Peter Cornwell who married Sarah Ann Bolling. Peter was born in Prince William Co, VA and ended up in Fauquier Co, VA. I believe that Simon, Jarvis and John Cornwell mentioned in the above entries are all sons of this Peter.

Simon--He is only mentioned here through an assignee. I believe he was still living in Fauquier Co, VA at the time. It appears that in 1805 he moved to Jefferson Co, KY.

John--The last time I found him in Fauquier Co, VA was in 1784. He was in Muhlenburg Co, KY by 1799.

Jarvis--Had moved from Fauquier Co, VA to Spartanburg Co, SC in 1792. He was living in Muhlenburg Co, KY by the 1800 census. He may have moved as early as 1794 when 458 acres of land were sold to Baylis Earle "where Jarvis lives." I believe that the following are children of Jarvis:

Frankey Cornwell who married Samuel Grigsby is listed as a daughter of Jarvis Cornwell when she married in Spartanburg Co, SC in 1786.

Elisha Cornwell--He is listed in Fauquier Co, VA records as early as 1785.

Nancy Cornwell

Willis Cornwell--Speculate he is son of Jarvis based on his pproximity to Elisha Cornwell and Samuel Grigsby.

Dempsey Cornwell--Speculate he is son of Jarvis based on his pproximity to Elisha Cornwell and Samuel Grigsby.


I welcome any thoughts or speculation on any of these individuals.
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