Guide to the Cornett Family Papers, 1798-1899, undated

Summary Information

Title: Cornett Family Papers, 1798-1899, undated
Collection: AC.698
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

The Cornett Family Papers contains historical legal documents, deeds, and receipts from various members of the Cornett Family and others of Grayson County, Virginia and surrounding areas dating prior to, during, and after the Civil War.

Creator: Cornett family

Biographical/Historical Note

The Cornett, Wright, and Jennings families were from Grayson County, Virginia. Stephen B. (Bourne) Cornett (10/12/1822-2/26/1897) was from Elk Creek, Grayson County, Virginia and served in the Confederate Army as Captainin the 63rd Virginia Infantry during the Civil War; he was the son of Archelous & Mary Bourne Cornett; and he married Martha G. Wampler.

Brigadier General Humphrey Marshall (1812-1872) served in the Confederate States Army, and was a Confederate Congressman during the Civil War. He was born in Frankfort, Kentucky and graduated from West Point in 1832. He became a lawyer in 1833, then joined the Kentucky militia.

William Cope (Jr.) may have been born about 1752 in Russell County, Virginia and died in Grayson County, Virginia around 1802.

Scope and Contents

The Cornett Family of Grayson County, Virginia Papers contains approximately 125 documents, includes deeds, land surveys, court summons, tax and sales receipts, correspondence, debt agreements, apple tree orders, and promissory notes. Several of the documents are related to Stephen B. Cornett and his Civil War service. Stephen was a captain in Company C, 63rd Virginia Infantry. Those documents include orders, certificates of underage volunteers (2), and a request from a woman seeking help to secure her husband's back pay, after he was killed in action.


Papers containing and relating to two of people/families, Stephen B. Cornett and the Wright family, have been separated and filed chronologically. Tax receipts of David Cornett of Grayson County are in a separate folder. A few of the more unique documents have their own folders, such as the Special Orders from Brigadier General H. Marshall calling for volunteers from the surrounding area to come and join forces with the 78th Regiment of the Virginia Confederate Army, and one land survey dated 1798.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2010. Accession number AC.2010.011

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, December 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.698: Cornett Family of Grayson County, Virginia Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Advertistment of Collection to Grayson County (Virginia) Historical Society, undated Box 1, Folder 1
Dugdale, Joseph A., Conveyance of Patent of Improvement to Bee Hive to G.W. Connoy and Wilbern Fulton, Grayson County, Virginia, July 1849 Box 1, Folder 2
Papers relating to Stephen B. Cornett, 1847-1883, undated Box 1, Folder 3
Papers relating to Other Cornett Family Members, 1819-1899, undated Box 1, Folder 4
Papers relating to Wright Family Members, 1848-1883 Box 1, Folder 5
Papers relating to Various Other Families, 1834-1891, undated Box 1, Folder 6
Proclamation regarding Sale of Slaves from Estate of Stephen Barnes, April 9, 1800 Box 1, Folder 7
Special Orders No. 1, from Commander Brigadier General H. (Humphrey) Marshall, 78th Regiment, Virginia, March 24, 1862 Box 1, Folder 8
Survey, Copy of Survey for Lewis Brown, assignee of William Cope, Grayson County, Virginia, September 1798 Box 1, Folder 9
Survey, Copy of Withdrawn Survey for Archilous Vaughn and Lewis Brown in Grayson County, Virginia for 300 Acres, undated Box 1, Folder 10
Tax Receipts, Grayson County, Virginia for David Cornett, 1827-1840 Box 1, Folder 11