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He was buried in Old Liberty Cemetery. Moses was the first personburied in the Old Liberty Cemetery. Moses Cornelius and his wife,moved from South Carolina in 1819, to Alabama. They owned a mill fourmiles southwest of where Oneonta now stands. It was the only mill wehad in this country. He ground corn only. He also built the first sawmill. It was at the time called a sash saw mill. The saw was astraight blade eight inches wide and eight feet long. It had twomotions, upward and downward. It did it's sawing with the downwardstroke. I give this description because they are in use no more. Themill was on a creek where it runs through a great gorge cut throughthe mountain. The bluffs were more than one hundred feet high.Grandfather Moses would cut his saw logs and haul them to the bluffand when he had gotten several hundred he would invite his neighborsto come and see the logs roll off the bluff.
Moses Cornelius was addicted to drink until he was thirty years ofage; but by God's wonderful love and grace he was saved from thecurse of rum and made "a new creature in Christ Jesus."
He joined the Methodist church and became a minister of the gospel. Hewas a great power for God. Under the influence of his prayers andsermons Christians were made to rejoice in the Lord, sinners wereconvicted and came home to God.
He died at the age of sixty-five. His final illness began two yearsbefore his death. He had his casket made and placed under his bed; andwhen he grew suddenly worse, he sent for one of his old friends andcompanions to come and see how a "Christian soldier can die." He diedin 1846. His wife, Cynthia, lived to be eighty-four years of age,dying in 1875.
1830 Blount County Census
Cornelius, Moses 16 2-2-1-1-2-0-1 1-2-1-2-0-1 (16 People in hishousehold!!!)
WILL OF MOSES CORNELIUS - Blount County,Alabama:
Alabama Records, V. 245 - Blount County compiled by Pauline JonesGandrud
In the name of God Amen, I Moses Cornelius, being mindful of mymortality, do this 25th day of November in the year of our Lord 1846,make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following:
First I desire to be decently buried and with as little expense as maybe.
Also I give and bequeath to my wife, Sinthy Cornelius, all my landthat I have or may have at my death, also all horses, hogs, cattle,household furniture, farming tools of every kind that I may own at mydeath, also two horse wagon, one carry all wagon and set of blacksmithtools during her natural life and after her decease the above land andproperty to be sold on a 12 month credit and the money divided inequal shares between my lawful heirs.
Also I do hereby constitute and appoint my Son, Andrew Cornelius, soleExecutor of this my last will and testament, also to collect all myjust debts and to pay off all my just creditors and the remainderafter paying all lawful expenses to be given to my wife for her useand benefit.
Given under my hand and seal the day and year above written.
MOSES x CORNELIUS (His Mark).
Signed, sealed, and published and declared by the said Testator as forhis last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his request, andin his presence, have subscribed our names as witnessesthereunto....William Hollingsworth; MEREDITH CORNELIUS; John H. Box.
Probated 30 July 1847.
The State of Alabama
Orphans Count in Vacation the 30th day of July in and for said countywas begun and held at the court house in the Town of Blountsville onthe 30th day of July 1847. Present the Honorable Thomas Shearer Judgeof the County Court of said county.
Before the County Court of Blount County this day came AndrewCornelius who produced to the court a paper purporting to be the lastwill and testament of Moses Cornelius lately of Blount County deceasedand makes suit to this court to admit said will to probate and toissue letters testamentary on the Estate of the said Moses Corneliusas the Executor. It is therefore ordered that the clerk of this courtissue a citation to any Sheriff of the State of Alabama commanding himto summon Cinthey Cornelius the widow of the said Moses Cornelius andto all the heirs and legatees of said deceased requiring all of themto appear at the next term of this count to be held on the fourthMonday in August next and then if they have anything to allege againstsaid application whey the same should not be granted and the said willbe admitted to probate and letters issued thereupon to the said AndrewCornelius
The following order was made the 25th day of August 1847. On this daythe 25th day of August 1847 came Andrew Cornelius who says that he isthe Executor of the last will and testament of Moses Cornelius andproduced here to the court a paper purporting to be the last will andtestament of the said Moses Cornelius lately of the County of Blountdeceased and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court now herethat a citation has issued to and been duly acknowledged by SintheyCornelius, widow of deceased and Tapley Bynum, husband of Eliza,daughter of deceased, and Cummins Hallmark, husband of Sarah daughterof deceased William Bucknor, husband of Dicey, daughter of deceased,Zachariah Cornelius, Champ. Cornelius, Joel Cornelius, Celia Corneliusand Tillmon Cornelius the only persons interested in said will toappear and show cause whey the same should not be admitted to probateand letters testamentary issued thereon then upon I have caused tocome before me on this day John H. Box, William Hollingsworth andMeredith Cornelius subscribing witnesses to said will who being eachduly sworn say they were each present on the day when said willpurports to have been signed the said Moses Cornelius that hissignature to said will was signed and acknowledged by said MosesCornelius in their presents severally to be his signature and that hesigned published and declared the same to be his last will andtestament and that the said Testator at the time of signing the samewas of sound and disposing mind and of the age of twenty one years.
It is therefore ordered and adjudged and decreed that the said will ofthe said Moses Cornelius be admitted to probate as the last will andtestament of the said Moses Cornelius.
It is further ordered that the same be recorded and registered in thiscourt.
The following Order was made the 25th day of August 1847. This day the25th day of August 1847 before the County Court of Blount Countyappeared Andrew Cornelius executor of the last will and testament ofMoses Cornelius deceased who having entered into bond in the sum ofTwelve hundred dollars with good and sufficient security conditionedas is provided by law in the case of the bonds of Executors andAdministrators. It is ordered that the said bond with the securitiesthereto be approved. It is further ordered that letters Testamentaryon the last will and testament of the said Moses Cornelius issue tothe said Andrew Cornelius Executor as aforesaid.
Know all now by these presents that we Andrew Cornelius, SintheyCornelius, Tapley Bynum, Meredith Cornelius, William Buckner,Zachariah Cornelius and Champion Cornelius are held and firmly bondedunto Thomas Shearer Judge of the County Court of Blount County Stateof Alabama and his successors in office the final sum of Twelvehundred dollars in which payment will and hereby to be made we andeach of us do bind ourselves our heirs & ___ by these presents sealedwith our seals and dated the 25th day of August 1847. Now theconditions of the above bond of Andrew Cornelius has been dulyappointed Executor of the last will and testament of Moses Corneliusdeceased. Now of said Andrew Cornelius shall well and duly perform allthe duties which are or may be by law required of him as Executorthere as the above obligation to be void else to remain in full forcead virtue. Andrew Cornelius (his mark), Synthey Cornelius (her mark),Tapley Bynum (his mark), Cummins Hallmark (his mark), MeredithCornelius (his mark), William I. McGuire (his mark), William Buckner(his mark), Zachariah Cornelius, Champion Cornelius, Joel Cornelius.Approved of by me this the 25th day of August 1847. Thomas ShearerJudge.
The State of Alabama, Blount County. In the County Court of BlountCounty sitting for Orphans business on the 25th day of August 1847. Beit known that on this day the 25th day of August 1847 the last willand testament of Moses Cornelius late of said county deceased was dulyproven before said court and by the said court duly admitted toprobate and it appearing to the satisfaction of said court that thesaid Moses Cornelius deceased left goods and chattels rights andcredits suitable to be administered under said will and that AndrewCornelius has according to law taken the oath and given bond andsecurity as the law directs therefor it is certified thatAdministration of all and singular goods and chattel rights andcredits of the said Moses Cornelius deceased any way concerning hislast will and testament was by the said court committed to the saidAndrew Cornelius in the last will and testament of the said MosesCornelius deceased named and appointed and that by virtue thereof hethe said Andrew Cornelius has full power and authority to do all suchacts and perform all such duties as Executor of the last will andtestament of the said Moses Cornelius might and could do and perform.Witness Thomas Shearer Judge of the County Court and the seal of thesaid court this 25th day of August 1847. Testee John C. GillespieClerk CC.
The following order was made 30th September 1847. The inventory of thepersonal estate of Moses Cornelius deceased being filed is examinedand ordered to be recorded.
Order of Sale. It appearing to the satisfaction of the court that thewidow of Moses Cornelius deceased is desirous that the personalproperty of said deceased willed to her be sold for the purpose ofpaying the debts of deceased and all the heirs being will thereto. Itis therefore ordered that Andrew Cornelius Executor of deceased be andhe is hereby authorized to sell at public sale all of said personalproperty on a credit of twelve months after notice in such cases madeand provided.
Inventory of August the 27th 1847. Appraisement of the property ofMoses Cornelius, deceased.
1 carryall wagon - 28.00
11 head of cattle - 32.00
1 horse - 37.00
1 mare - 12.00
6 beehives - 12.00
1 clock - 10.00
1 glass - .73
1 table - 1.50
1 chair - 2.00
2 jugs - .50
1 pair steelyards - 1.30
1 log chains 1 as 2 plows 1 nestock - 2.12 1/2
1 saddle and horse collar - 1.12 1/2
1 hogshead - 1.00
1 cag - .75
1 pot and hook - 1.00
1 tea kettle 1 frying pan and wash pan - 1.30
1 oven and coffeepot - .40
1 water pail 1 half bushel and pigin - .75
2 razors 1 candle stick 2 pitchers - 1.00
6 head of hogs - 6.00
The State of Alabama
Personally appeared before me John C. Gillespie Clerk of the CountyCourt of said County Andrew Cornelius who being duly sworn deposethand sayeth that the within contains a true & full appraisement of thepersonal estate of Moses Cornelius deceased. Sworn to and subscribedbefore me this 28th day of Sept. 1847. Andrew Cornelius. John C.Gillespie, Clerk.. (Blount Co., AL Orphans Court Records, p. 148-151).
Birth: 20 NOV 1784 in Greenville Co., South Carolina
Death: 31 MAR 1846 in Blount Co., Alabama
Father: William Cornelius b: 1754 in North Carolina
Mother: Lettice Cargile b: 1756 in North Carolina
Marriage 1 Cynthia Bynum b: ABT 1791 in Chatham Co., NC
Tabitha Cornelius b: 30 DEC 1800 in Greenville Co., South Carolina
Abner Cornelius b: ABT 1801 in Franklin Co., Tennessee
Zachariah Cornelius b: ABT 1808 in Franklin Co., Tennessee
Joel Adams Cornelius b: 1811 in Greenville Co., South Carolina
Elizabeth Mahala Cornelius b: 1812 in Franklin Co., Tennessee
Sarah Cornelius b: ABT 1813 in Greenville Co., South Carolina
Eliza Cornelius b: 17 MAR 1815 in Franklin Co., Tennessee
Champion Cornelius b: ABT 1816 in Franklin Co., Tennessee
William Cornelius b: ABT 1818 in Franklin Co., Tennessee
Meredith Cornelius b: ABT 1820 in Franklin Co., Tennessee
Andrew Cornelius b: ABT 1824 in Blount Co., Alabama
Dicy Cornelius b: ABT 1825 in Blount Co., Alabama
Celia Cornelius b: ABT 1826 in Blount Co., Alabama
Tilman B. Cornelius b: ABT 1831 in Blount Co., Alabama