Elizabeth (Betsy) Russell
  b: Jul/1821 - Grayson Co., VA
  d: 1907 - Grayson Co., VA - bur: Cornett Cem.

Father: Phillip Russell, Jr.
Mother: Rebeckah Russell

Spouse: Alfred Alexander Cornett - b: 1/Jul/1818 - Grayson Co., VA
  d: 7/Aug/1905 - Grayson Co., VA - bur: Cornett Cem.
  m: 13/Apr/1837 - Grayson Co., VA

Child-1: Hezekiah Russell - b: 22/Jun/1838 - Grayson Co., VA
                                          d: 11/Nov/1891 - Greenwood Co., KS - bur: Twin Grove Cem.
                                         m: Elvira M. Stamper - 18/Aug/1859 - Grayson Co., VA
          2: Lucinda (Sindy) Jane - b: 15/Jun/1842 - Grayson Co., VA
                                                d: 20/Jul/1926 - Grayson Co., VA - bur: Burton Chapel Cem.
                                               m: Martin Madison Nelson - 21/Jan/1858 - Grayson Co., VA
          3: Sarah Caroline - b: 11/Jun/1843 - Grayson Co., VA
                                       d: ~1915 - bur: Jesse Ross Family Cem.
                                      m: Peter D. Bean - 11/Nov/1859 - Grayson Co., VA
                                      m: William Martin - 4/Oct/1865 - Grayson Co., VA
                                      m: Joel Noah Spicer - 26/May/1875 - Grayson Co., VA
          4: Rosamond Emaline - b: 8/Oct/1845 - Grayson Co., VA
                                              d: 30/Aug/1895 - Wilkes Co., NC - bur: New Covenant Baptist Church Cem.
                                             m: Aaron K. Carrico - 1866 - Ashe Co., NC
                                             m: Joesph J. Gambill - 29/Sep/1874 - Wilkes Co., NC
          5: Reuben William or Wesley - b: 14/Jan/1847 - Grayson Co., VA
                                                         d: 8/Jun/1898 - Grayson Co., VA - bur: Cornett Cem.
                                                        m: Emily (Emaline) Wingate - 28/Aug/1876 - Grayson Co., VA
          6: Fleming Elroy - b: 1849 - Grayson Co., VA
                                      d: 7/Aug/1908 - Grayson Co., VA
                                     m: Nancy E. Taylor - 31/Aug/1870 - Grayson Co., VA
                                     m: Lucy L. Parks - 17/Apr/1872 - Grayson Co., VA - div: 6/Apr/1876
                                     m: Laura Ellen Sutherland - 23/Apr/1884 - Grayson Co., VA
          7: William Christian Armond - b: 28/Feb/1851 - Grayson Co., VA
                                                       m: Margaret *****
                                                       m: Mary Caroline (Callie) Smoot - 23/Oct/1874 - Grayson Co., VA
          8: Stephen M. T. - b: 5/Jun/1853 - d: 9/Apr/1854 - Grayson Co., VA
          9: Helena Adaline - b: 26/Feb/1855 - Grayson Co., VA
                                        d: 1/May/1921 - bur: Sixteen Acre Field Fellowship Cem., Grayson Co., VA
                                       m: William Stamper - 24/Dec/1871 - Grayson Co., VA
        10: Orlena Evaline (Arlene) - b: 11/May/1857 - Grayson Co., VA
                                                    d: 11/Feb /1933 - bur: Waldeck Cem., Grayson Co., VA
                                                   m: Lafayette M. Laws - 6/Aug/1874 - Grayson Co., VA - div: ?
                                                   m: William Hardin Spicer - 3/Mar/1882 - Grayson Co., VA
        11: Alice Celia Victoria - b: 21/May/1859 - Grayson Co., VA
                                              d: 3/Dec/1951 - Grayson Co., VA - bur: Rhudy Brewer Cem., Elk Creek
                                              m: Aaron Lafayette Brewer - 6/Aug/1874 - Grayson Co., VA
        12: Martha Jane - b: 11/Sep/1861 - Grayson Co., VA
                                   m: John N. Burton - 11/Sep/1881 - Smyth Co., VA
        13: Rebecca (Becky) Izadora - b: 11/Jun/1864 - Grayson Co., VA
                                                       d: 6/Dec/1940 - bur: Marmet Memorial Gardens, Kanawha Co., WV
                                                      m: Jeremiah S. Poe - 10/Jun/1880 - Grayson Co., VA

Biographical Details:

Elizabeth Russell, known familiarly as "Betsy", was the daughter of Philip, Jr., and Rebeckah Russell and was almost certainly born in Grayson County, Virginia.  Her exact birth date is not known; however, upon examination and interpretation of later census records and the birth of her younger brother, James, in January of 1823, it is most likely that she was born in the fall of 1821.  She was married to Alfred Alexander Cornett in Grayson County on April 13, 1837.  They were the parents of at least thirteen children and apparently settled near Elk Creek, residing in this locality for most, if not all, of the remainder of their lives.  The household of Alfred and Elizabeth Cornett appear in the population schedule of the 1850 US Census for Grayson County and in addition to Alfred and Elizabeth themselves, included their six oldest children, viz., Hezekiah R., Lucinda J., Sarah C., Rosamond E., Reuben W., and Elroy F.  Clearly, these names are in close accord with accepted names of the children as asserted by oral family tradition.  Moreover, the 1860 population schedule for Grayson County confirms four younger children, William C. A., Adaline, A. Evaline, and Celia A., in addition to Rosamond A., Reuben W., and Fleming L., who appear in the previous 1850 population schedule.  (Clearly, Elroy F. and Fleming L. must be the same individual, but proper names have evidently been inverted in agreement with later usage and, concomitantly, "L" was evidently written erroneously as a "phonetic initial" denoting "Elroy".)  Furthermore, it is clear that the census record is in substantial accord with accepted marriage dates prior to 1860 for the three oldest children, who were, thus, not then living in their parents' household.  Within this context, compiled birth and death records of Grayson County reveal the existence of another son, Stephen M. T., who was born in 1853 and died at the age of ten months as a consequence of "disease of the head".  Unfortunately, substantial confusion exists concerning younger children of Alfred and Betsy Russell Cornett.1  Indeed, various family researchers have proposed another daughter, "Rebecca", "Elizabeth", or "Rebecca Elizabeth" born June 11, 1854, who, likewise, died before the population was enumerated in the census of 1860.  However, the birth register of Grayson County indicates that Alfred and Elizabeth Cornett were, in fact, parents of a daughter, Elizabeth, born June 11, 1864, i.e., exactly ten years later than the putative birth date of 1854.  Furthermore, a daughter of this age is supported by subsequent census and civil records.  Accordingly, such a coincidence of dates is unlikely to have been accidental and it seems reasonable to conclude that this daughter's birth date has been recorded or transcribed incorrectly in some secondary source; hence, the putative daughter born in 1854 is almost certainly spurious.  Concomitantly, in addition to older children who appear in previous census records of 1850 and 1860, the 1870 population schedule indicates two additional daughters of Alfred and Elizabeth Russell Cornett, viz., Martha and Rebecca, nine and six years of age, respectively.2  It would seem obvious that Elizabeth and Rebecca must correspond to a single individual and that the name Elizabeth was discarded sometime after her birth.  This is further confused by the same researchers who have proposed yet another daughter, "Becky Izadora", born about 1860, who later married Jeremiah Poe in Grayson County, and died in West Virginia in 1947.  Indeed, compiled marriage records of Grayson County affirm their marriage.  In addition, a tombstone for "Izadora Cornett Poe" born in 1864 and died in 1947, can be found in the Marmet Memorial Gardens in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  Therefore, Rebecca Izadora can be identified as the thirteenth child of Alfred and Elizabeth Russell Cornett and, as such, must be identified with the "Rebecca Cornett" appearing in the 1870 census.  According to the work of Jeffrey Weaver, Alfred Cornett and his oldest son, Hezekiah, served with Confederate forces as members of the Grayson County Militia during the Civil War; however, he further indicates that Reuben Cornett, another of Alfred's sons, enlisted on June 30, 1864, and served in Company I of the Second West Virginia Cavalry.3  This was a loyal Federal unit originally organized in Ohio in 1861, which subsequently fought in the mountains of West Virginia and then in the Shenandoah Valley under the command of General Phillip H. Sheridan from August 7, 1864, to the close of the war.  It is not known why Reuben would have joined Union forces; however, by 1864 it is likely that Confederate sympathies, which was probably never significant in Grayson County, had substantially weakened.  In any case, according to the 1863 Land Tax List for Grayson County, Alfred Cornett was assessed tax on five hundred and ten acres of land located on the "Head of Elk Creek", eight miles northwest of the courthouse.  The land was valued at two dollars per acre and the buildings were valued at one hundred dollars.  At present, this valuation might seem small; however, in the 1860's it would have been substantial.  Alfred Alexander Cornett died on August 7, 1905, and Betsy died in 1907.  They are reportedly both buried in the Cornett Cemetery in Grayson County.  Alternatively, it has also been reported that they moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina, after the Civil War and that Elizabeth Russell Cornett was buried in the New Covenant Baptist Church Cemetery at Hays.  However, neither census records or a survey of the cemetery support this presumption.  In fact, their daughter, Rosamond, did move to Wilkes County and was buried in this cemetery; hence, it is likely that researchers have confused her with her mother.
Source Notes and Citations:
1. Ms. Linda Cuff-Cornett as well as Shirley Ramos and Pat Kratz include Rebecca Elizabeth Cornett as the ninth child of Alfred and Betsy Russell Cornett and further indicate either implicitly or explicitly that she died as an infant.  In addition, they also include among the children of Alfred and Betsy Cornett, a second Rebecca (or Becky) born about 1860.  For the reasons cited above, it is likely that there was only one daughter and that she was born June 11, 1864, and initially called "Elizabeth".  In addition, Ramos and Kratz among others, also propose two daughters named Celia, one of which died as an infant and the other who survived to adulthood.  Again, there is little or no evidence to support such a presumption and it is likely that the non-surviving "Celia" is spurious.  Nevertheless, it is quite possible that Alfred and Betsy did have one or more additional children that died in infancy.  Indeed, this was not at all an unusal occurrence in the nineteenth century; however, any name or names or any other specific details are not known.
     Additional minor discrepancies that merit attention include: 1) Ramos and Kratz assert January 14, 1847, as birth date and Wesley as the middle name of Reuben Cornett.  In contrast, Ms. Cuff-Cornett affirms William as his middle name and his birth date as November 1, 1847.  Although not conclusive, census records are more consistent with the earlier date; 2) Ramos and Kratz and many others affirm 1908 as the year that Fleming Cornett died; Ms. Cuff-Cornett indicates the year as 1911; however, neither Fleming nor Elroy Cornett appeared in the 1910 census, which would imply the earlier date; 3) Ramos and Kratz assert November 5, 1857, as the birth date of Orlena Cornett; Ms. Cuff-Cornett assert May 11, 1857; Grayson County birth records definitively agree with the earlier date; 4) Ramos and Kratz assert 1861 as the birth year of Martha Cornett; Ms. Cuff-Cornett indicates 1863; census records clearly affirm the earlier year.
     In addition, Ms. Cuff-Cornett provides the additional comments: "Alfred Alexander Cornett also signed important documents with the name 'Canute'.  Land deeds were signed with both name variations on the same document; example Cornutt, Cornett or Canute, Cornutt, Cornett.  Alfred Cornett inherited 300 acres of his father's property (Reuben Cornett) and became a major farmer/rancher in the Elk Creek, Grayson County, Virginia area."
     "Vital data was verified against public records; Virginia and Grayson County census, personal and property tax records, property deed information, birth, death and marriage records and military records.  Alfred Cornett was mentioned in a book sponsored by the Grayson County Historical Society, Grayson County: A History in Words and Pictures, 1979.  The book verified his occupation and referred to some of his ancestors (pioneers of Grayson County, VA.)."  (Linda Cuff-Cornett; database - :1016706; worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com, 2002.)
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2. Jeffrey C. Weaver and James J. Stamper, "Annotated 1870 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County - Elk Creek District", Grayson County Hist. Soc., P. O. Box 529, Independence, VA, 24348, 2003.
 307.  Cornett, Alfred  54  Farmer         1500        1075
(Russell) Elizabeth  38
          Fleming  21  Farm Laborer    300
          Wm. A.   19   Farm Laborer
          Helena   14
          Ostena   13
          Celia   11
                     Martha     9
                    Rebecca     6
 Martin, William   42
 (Cornett) Sarah  27
         Celia E.   3                                KY
               Alexander   1
  Bean, Lovelace(m)   7
"[Family 62, 1860 Grayson Co., VA Census.  Alfred Alexander Cornett, s/o James Cornett, Md. (1) Mary Elizabeth Delp, d/o John Delp on 2/6/1832 and Md. (2) Elizabeth Russell, d/o Philip & Rebecca Russell, 4/13/1837.  James Cornett was  s/o David Cornett & Polly Cooper.  David Cornett was s/o James Cornett, Jr. s/o James Cornett, Sr. the pioneer.  Alfred Cornett's son, Hezekiah Russell Cornett., was living in Wilson District, household 37 in this census.  Hezekiah Cornett md.  Elvira M. Stamper, d/o Ephraim Stamper.  Lucinda J. Cornett Md. Martin M. Nelson 1/21/1858, family 51, Wilson District; Sarah C. Cornett Md. (1) Peter D. Bean 11/11/1859, Md. (2) William Martin, s/o Rial Martin & Elizabeth Vaught, 10/4/1865 and Md. (3) Joel Spicer 5/26/1875.  Lovelace Bean was s/o Sarah and Peter Bean.  Son, Reuben Wesley Cornett Md. Emily (Emaline) Wingate 8/28/1876.  Elroy Fleming D. Cornett Md. (1) Nancy Taylor 8/31/1870 and Md. (2) L. L. Parks 4/17/1872.  Daughter Helena Adeline Cornett Md. William Stamper, s/o Elizabeth Stamper, 12/24/1871. William Christian Armond Cornett md. (1) Margaret ... and md. (2) Callie Smoot; Orlena Eveline Cornett Md. (1) L. M. Laws 8/6/1874, they divorced, she Md. (2) William H. Spicer 3/3/1882.  Daughter Celia Alice Cornett Md. Aaron Brewer 8/6/1874.  Daughter Martha Cornett Md. John N. Burton 9/11/1881.  Rosamond Cornett b. 1845 md. Aaron K. Carrico.  A son, Alfred Stephen Cornett was born 6/5/1853 and died 4/9/1854 of heart disease and daughter Celia V. Cornett died young.  William Martin may be the same as found in Family 85 in the 1860 Grayson Co., VA Census.  Alfred Cornett served in the Grayson Co. Militia, CSA.]"
 363.  Carrico, Aaron  29  Farmer            350 
 (Cornett) Rosamond  26
           Laura   7
"[Aaron Carrico served in the Grayson Co., Militia and in Co. C, 63rd VA Infantry CSA.  Aaron G. Carrico. b. 1841 d. 1872, s/o James C. Carrico & Elizabeth Shuler probably md in NC to Rosamond E. Cornett b. 1845 d. 1895, d/o Alfred Cornett & Elizabeth Russell.  Alfred & Elizabeth moved to Wilkes Co., NC and Elizabeth is buried in the New Covenant Baptist Church Cemetery.  After Aaron's death, Rosa moved to Wilkes Co., NC and md. Joe J. Gambill.  Aaron & Rosa's children were:  Laura E. Carrico who m.d Benjamin R. Spicer in Wilkes Co., NC; Virginia D. Carrico who md. Nathan Harden Gambill, Jr. s/o Nathan Hardin Gambill & Sailla Kennedy; and Emerson H. Carrico who may have moved to Seattle, WA.  Rosamond also had twins, Elisha & Robert Gambill.]"
 367.  Cornett, Reuben   23  Farmer         300          330
 Billings, Wm.  18
"[Reuben Cornett, s/o Alfred Cornett (b. 1818) & Elizabeth Russell Md. Emaline Wingate, d/o Wright Wingate & Elizabeth Wyatt, 8/28/1876.  Alfred Cornett was s/o Reuben Cornett & Celia Pennington.  Reuben & Emily Cornett's children were:  Rosa Cornett md. Blair Sutherland; Elizabeth Cornett md. Steve Bennington; Eula Cornett md. Nora Mitchell; Martha Cornett md. Baxter Blevins; Lissie Cornett md. Kyle Taylor; Ollie Cornett md. John Parks; Julia Cornett md. Malcom Jurnigan; Sally Cornett md. Loy Poe; Nannie Virginia Cornett md. Alex Phipps; and Robert Wesley Cornett.]"  (Jeffrey Weaver (tr), New River Notes, www.newrivernotes.com/va/1870ecdi.htm, 2003.)
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3. Jeffrey Weaver summarizes the military service of Alford (Alfred), Hezekiah, and Reuben Cornett as follows:
     "CORNETT, ALFORD, 41, Farmer, 1860 GCC HH#62, Grayson Militia, Co. I, 51st VA, Enl. in 1863. PWR only. Age 54, Farmer, 1500, 1075, 1870 GCC."
     "CORNETT, HEZEKIAH: 22, Farmer, 1860 GCC HH#69, Grayson Militia, Co. C, 63rd VA Inf., Enl. 5/6/63 at Saltville. Deserted 7/1/63 at Saltville. Farmer, Age 32, farmer, 1870 GCC."
     "CORNETT, REUBEN, Co. I, 2nd WV Cavalry. Enl. on 6/30/64. Age 23, Farmer, 300, 330, 1870 GCC."
   (Jeffrey Weaver (tr), New River Notes, www.newrivernotes.com/index.htm, 2015.)
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Additional Citations:

4. 1850 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pgs. 213B-214A, (microfilm roll - M432_947; imgs. 110-111).

5. 1860 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 9, (microfilm roll - M653_1348; img. 10).

6. 1870 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pgs. 155B-156A, (microfilm roll - M593_1649; imgs. 311-312).

7. 1880 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 374A, (microfilm roll - T9_1368; img. 184).

8. 1900 US Census Population Schedule for Grayson County, Virginia, National Archives, Washington DC:  pg. 37A, (microfilm roll - T623_1710; img. 543).

9. Register of Births, 1853-1870, Grayson Co., VA, pgs. 1, 11, 26, 43, and 52, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA, (microfilm: roll - City and County Records #19)(Billie White and Ginger Ballard (comp), Jeffrey Weaver (tr), New River Notes, www.newrivernotes.com/index.htm, 2015.)

10. Register of Deaths, 1853-1870, Grayson Co., VA, pg. 2, Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA, (microfilm: roll - City and County Records #19)(Jeffrey Weaver and Ginger Ballard (comp), unpublished, 2003.)

11. Grayson County Land Tax List of 1863,  Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA, (microfilm: roll - Land Tax Records #456). ("Grayson County - Eastern District", Jeffrey Weaver (tr), New River Notes, www.newrivernotes.com/index.htm, 2015.)


12. Marriage Register, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro, NC: Bk. 1, pg. 34.

13. Twin Grove Cemetery, Greenwood County, Kansas (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=93942&CScn=Twin&CScntry=4&CSst=18&CScnty=920&, continuously updated).

14. Burton Chapel Cemetery, Grayson County, Virginia (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=49636&CScn=Burton+Chapel&CScntry=4&CSst=48&, continuously updated).

15. New Covenant Baptist Church Cemetery, Wilkes County, North Carolina (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2287081&CScn=New+Covenant&CScntry=4&CSst=29&CScnty=1747&, continuously updated).

16. Sixteen Acre Field Fellowship Cemetery, Grayson County, Virginia (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=824869&CScn=Sixteen+Acre+Field+Fellowship+Cemetery&, continuously updated).

17. Rhudy Brewer Cemetery, Grayson County, Virginia (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2149376&CScn=Rhudy&CScntry=4&CSst=48&CScnty=2840&, continuously updated).

18. Marmet Memorial Gardens, Kanawha County, West Virginia (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1193070&CScn=Marmet&CScntry=4&CSst=52&CScnty=3083&, continuously updated).

19. Shirley Campbell Ramos and Patricia Campbell Kratz, Descendants of Phillip and Rebecca Russell, Gregath Publishing Company, P. O. B. 505, Wyandotte, OK, 74370, 1997: pgs. 133-42.

20. Henry Hardy Catron, The Kettenring Family in America, 1619 N. 19th St., Springfield, IL, 1956.  (Reprinted by Unigraphic, Inc., Evansville, IN)

21. Joseph J. Sutton, History of the 2nd West Virginia Cavalry, Blue Acorn Press, P. O. B. 2684, Huntington, WV, 25726, 1993.  (reprint of original 1892 edition)

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