Samuel Cornett and Polly Davidson had a daughter named Elizabeth.She is not usually included in any of the lists of Samuel’s children.The proof of her existence comes from two records.In the Lunacy trial for Samuel about 1846 in Perry County, KY, two men came forward as witnesses.They were brothers and their last name was Ingram.Searching the Perry County census, it was easy to verify that the two brothers must’ve been Alexander and Washington Ingram, the sons of John and Elizabeth Ingram.During the trial the boys came forward to testify as to their grandfather’s state of mind.They said that they were sons of one of his illegitimate daughters.This was the term used to designate all of Samuel’s children by Polly Davidson.The records of the suit are preserved in the chancery case between Mary Gilliam and Nancy C. Norvell of Scott Co, VA, who were Samuel’s only children by Mary Benham, and half-sisters to the “illegitimate” children.
Online trees sometimes give Elizabeth Ingram the maiden name of Ison.I assume this was a best guess of some researchers as the Ison family did live nearby.Or, perhaps John Ingram had had a previous wife.The death certificate of a daughter, Susannah, though confirms that her mother was “Bettie” Cornett.
A marriage record for Elizabeth Cornett to John Ingram has not been found.Based on the age of their children, Alexander being the oldest, born 1824, they were probably married about 1822 in either Clay or Perry County.
John Ingram is first found in the 1830 census of Perry County, KY.He and Elizabeth are age 20-30.They have two males age 5-10, and two males and one female age 0-5.By 1840, the family had increased.John and Elizabeth were 40-50, with two males 15-20, three males 10-15, three more males and two females 5-10, and one male and one female age 0-5.Their next door neighbor was Gideon isom, and nearby lived the Hardin and Henderson Holcomb families.
By 1850, still in Perry Co, the family included:
John 52 Farmer VA
Elizabeth 52 VA
Goodson 20 Farmer KY
Hardin 17 KY
Catherine 15 KY
Clark 13 KY
Cynthia 12 KY
Archibald 8 KY
Samuel 6 KY
Susanna 4 KY
Next door was Alexander, age 26, with wife Mahala, 26, and daughters, Louisa, 6, and Ann, 1.And next door to them was Washington, age 24, with wife Mary 18, and daughter Susanna, a few months old.
In 1860, the family was located in Letcher County, KY.
John 58 Farmer VA
Elizabeth 58 KY
Catherine 22 KY
Marinda 18 KY
Garrett 16 F.L. KY
Susannah 13 KY
Letha 8 KY
Patsy 2/12 KY
Hiram 2/12 KY
The last three named in the census were grandchildren: Letha was the daughter of Hiram Ingram, the other two were probably children of daughter Catherine.
The 1870 Letcher Co, KY census shows Elizabeth as the head of the household, so John must’ve passed away.
Elizabeth Ingram 70 Keeping House VA
Marinda 25 KY
Next family is
Henry Akeman 28 Farmer KY
Susan (Ingram) 23 KY
Next family is
Catharine Ingram 35 Keeping House KY
Next family is
Garrard Ingram 25 Farmer KY
Mary 20 Keeping House KY
After this are the Isom families.
The Lee Hubbard family file at Ancestry.com states that Elizabeth died on 2 April, 1879.He names her children as Alexander, George Washington, Mary “Polly,” Goodson, Hiram, Hardin, Catherine, Clark, Cynthia, Archibald, Garrett, and Susanna.Although this site also says Elizabeth was a daughter of Gideon Ison, a check of his will shows he had no daughter Elizabeth.The other information seems to be correct.
1880 Letcher Co, KY shows Catharine Ingram, 45, a widow.Children Hiram, 20, Josephine, 17, and Cinda 8.
According to birth records of Letcher Co found at Ancestry.com, Henry Akeman married Susannah Ingram, Garrod Ingram married Mary Akeman, Hiram Ingram married Levicy Fields, Boneparte Ison married Letha Ann Ingram.