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Cornett family papers

Identifier: AC-698

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.


  • 1798-1899, undated


All materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Biographical 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.


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.


Papers containing and relating to two 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.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2010 and accessioned as AC.2010.011. An additional folder of documents by Stephen B., Rush Floyd, and Archelous Cornett was donated by Cornett descendant Patricia Gregory-Burke, June 2019. The documents donated by Gregory-Burke were in the possession of her aunt, Mary Patricia Crowley Hoppe, who passed away in December 2017.

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. Addition by Trevor McKenzie, July 2019.
AC.698: Cornett Family Papers, 1798-1899, undated
Processed by Anita Elliott
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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