What’s New Wednesday ~ Julia Ann Corel page complete!

I have just completed the page for Julia Ann Corel, daughter of Henry Highland Corel and Nancy Matney.  The most captivating part of this page, in my opinion, is the detail I found on the company that Willis Myers served with during the Civil War.  For those of you who are equally fascinated by the Civil War, I encourage you to read the narrative of Albert R. Greene, “What I saw of the Quantrill Raid” on Google Books starting on page 430.  The passage is about 10 pages long, but very fascinating!

My next project will be to update Henry Highland’s page with the few details I have about daughters Margaret and Louisa.  Then I will likely create another Corels by Chance page for the Parman family, as the Parman’s are related through Cosby Jane Corel’s line (Rachel Parman is the maternal grandmother of William Justice.) and Rebecca Elizabeth Corel’s line (Rebecca is the youngest daughter of Henry Highland, she married Giles Gilbert Parman, son of George Parman and Lydia Myers.  Lydia is the sister of Willis Myers who married Julia Ann Corel.).  Rachel Parman is an aunt of George Parman and great aunt of Giles Gilbert Parman.

After showing the Parman family, I will do the page for Rebecca Elizabeth Corel that will complete the children of Henry Highland Corel and have me ready to start working on the children of Mary Ester Corel and John Puckett.

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Tombstone Tuesday ~ Julia Ann Corel & Willis Myers

Julia Ann Corel & Willis Myers

Julia Ann Corel & Willis Myers

I found this photo and obituaries for Julia Ann Corel Myers and Willis Myers on Find A Grave on July 24, 2009.  Corel Cousin Bobby Dobbins Title had added the obituaries, and Find A Grave member, June, had added the photo.  I am currently working on a page for Julia and Willis, so I will not share a story about them on this Tombstone Tuesday.  I have gotten caught up in Willis’ Civil War service, but I hope to have the page for this couple completed within the next week.

I will share, that from what I have read, I can imagine that Julia and Willis met before the war broke out, while Julia was visiting her aunt Cosby Jane Corel Justice or perhaps her aunt Nancy Maryland Corel LaHay.  After the death of Julia’s parents, Henry Highland Corel and Nancy Matney, sister Margaret lived with aunt Nancy Maryland and sister Louisa lived with aunt Cosby Jane.  Both aunts lived in close proximity to China Campbell Myers Yates and Abel Yates, mother and step father of Willis Myers.

Willis and his brother, Williamson Silas Myers, both enlisted in military service on July 13, 1861 for 3 year terms.   By March 1862, when the 9th Kansas Cavalry was officially organized, both brothers had been promoted to Corporal in Company A of this regiment.  No evidence of a muster out date has been found for Willis, but it is likely that he mustered out with his brother and the rest of Company A on November 19, 1864 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  I can envision the joy that Julia must have felt upon Willis’ return from the war.  The couple surely must have been deeply in love, as they were married just over a month later on December 27, 1864.

Friday, September 25, 1903

Willis Myers, one of the old time residents of Chetopa, died at Welch, I.T. Monday, September 22, aged 65 years. The body was brought to Chetopa Wednesday and was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Rev. J. R. McFadden conducting the service at the grave. Mr. Myers left a widow and four children, Ed Myers, Nevada, Missouri; Mrs. Will Columbia, Chetopa; Mrs. Roqua Milner, Ardmore, I.T.; and Mrs. Gertrude Crotty, Butler, Missouri.

Thursday, October 16, 1930

Mrs. Julia Anne Myers, aged 86 years, 8 months and 19 days, died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. Columbia. She is survived by one son, E.W. Myers of Nevada, Missouri, three daughters, Mrs. Columbia, Mrs. Charles Milner of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Mrs. John Crotty of Nevada, Missouri, eight grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home yesterday afternoon, Rev. Harry Weed officiating and burial being in Oak Hill Cemetery. The son and one daughter, Mrs. Milner, were unable to be present on account of illness. Mr. Myers died September 20, 1893.

Julia Anne Correll was born January 25, 1944, in Wheeling, W. Virginia. When she was 5 years old she moved with her parents to Lawrence, Kansas, where she grew to womanhood. December 27, 1864, she was married to Willis Myers at Lawrence. To this union were born five children, one of whom died in infancy. Mrs. Myers was a member of the Christian Church and active in its service until a few years ago. She was a charter member but demitted April 2, 1887, after she moved to Chetopa.

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Smile for the Camera ~ They Worked Hard for the Family

Smile for the camera

They Worked Hard for the Family

James Henry Corel Driving Horses

James Henry Corel Driving Horses

Over Memorial Day weekend I had the opportunity to talk with my grandparents about our family history and I was able to go through some old photos, scrapbooks, and other items that had been saved over the years.

I was awestruck when I saw this first photo of my great great grandpa, James Henry Corel  (son of James Pickens Corel) driving his horses – I just think this is a GREAT shot!  James Henry, like many of my ancestors, farmed the Kansas soil to provide for his family.

In having the opportunity to talk with my grandma, I learned some interesting things.  Some things I learned, I probably shouldn’t share, but I will, and I will just hope that no one gets mad or offended!

James Henry Corel on his Plow

James Henry Corel on his Plow

I should probably start with my estimation of the age of these photos.  They were glued (ugh) into a scrapbook on pages that also had photos of my great grandma, Kathryn Corel, as a very young girl.  Kathryn was born in 1908, so I am going to guess that these photos were likely taken around 1910.

Grandma told me that the land that she now lives on used to be covered with potato crops.  Today the fields alternate between corn and soy beans.  I never would have imagined potatoes being the crop of choice, after all, we are the Wheat State!

During World War II there was a prisoner of war barracks just down the road from the family farm.  I still can’t wrap my head around Nazi prisoners being sent to Kansas!  Great Grandpa James Henry had a German that came to work on the farm while he was staying at the prisoner of war barracks.  Grandma recalls that the German would eat with them, just like he was one of the family.  Grandma would ride her horse carrying water for the men out in the fields as a young girl.

James Henry Corel wasn’t always nice to his work horses.  One day one of the horses fought back and knocked him down to the ground and stomped on his ear!  Grandma said that he was lucky that he didn’t die that day and that he just lost that ear.

James Henry Corel with 7 Great Grandchildren

James Henry Corel with 7 Great Grandchildren

I included this last photo of James Henry with his great grandchildren to show that all that our ancestors did, it was always for the family.  Plus, I had teased one cousin about a photo I found and today is her birthday, so I thought it would be a great way to end this post.  This photo was taken about 1953 and has James Henry Corel holding Debbie McCoy and surrounded by Laurie Head, Connie and Sonny Laughlin, Dale and David Corel, and Wayne Hurrelbrink.  Personally, I think that the look on James Henry’s face is simply PRICELESS!!

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Update: Jemima M Corel Page Complete!

Yes, after two months and 52 revisions, I have FINALLY accepted the page for Jemima M Corel!  WordPress saves each revision, so you can go back if you need to.  Normally it just annoys me, because usually if I make a change, it’s because I wanted it!  Today I looked at the Page Revisions section to see just when I started working on this page (May 7, 2009), and how many revisions there were.  I know that if I tried, I could add even more to this page, but it was getting rather difficult to get through.  The history of John Morgan Salathiel was so interesting that I really got a bit caught up in his story, which you will see.

The next page will be Julia Ann Corel Myers.  I know that there is quite a bit of info out there on the Myers family, but I’m hoping I will not get quite as caught up as I did with the Salathiel’s!

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Tombstone Tuesday ~ John Beasley Corel

John Beasley Corel

John Beasley Corel

John Beasley Corel was the sixth child and fourth son born to Emma Augusta Miller and James Henry Corel (son of James Pickens Corel) on Monday, June 27, 1904 at 3 PM in Wakarusa Township, Douglas County, Kansas1.  I often wondered where the middle name of Beasley came from….

In early March 2009, I was surfing Ancestry.com and seeing if I could make any connections with aunts and uncles from previous generations when I found the husband of Emma Miller’s sister, Louisa Miller.  Louisa had married John H. Beasley about 1888.  This was quite a find for me, as although Emma and James had 8 children, only 3 of the children had appeared to be named after other family members.

That John Beasley Corel was named completely after his uncle explains why he had a nickname, if not the reason for the nickname.  Jiggy, or as his wife often called him, Jigs, is a nickname that is still attached to him today, more than 60 years after his death.

John Beasley lived with his parents in Wakarusa Township, Douglas County, Kansas through, at least, 1925 where he is shown on the Kansas Census2.  On June 4, 1927, John Beasley Corel married Miss Gertrude Nichols of Pawnee County, Kansas in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri3.  The couple may have met while John Beasley was serving in the Kansas National Guard.

On August 21, 1928 John was in an unfortunate accident as described by this article from the Thursday, August 23, 1928 Lawrence Daily Journal-World in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas:


Guardsman Wounded by
Machine Gun Bullet
Is Resting Easily


Sergeant John C. Corel, of Co. H. 137th infantry, a Lawrence, Kansas National Guard unit encamped at Camp Whitside, near Fort Riley, Kans., was reported this morning as resting easily after being wounded with a machine gun bullet Tuesday. The bullet struck Corel in the right chest and lodged behind a rib on the right side of his back, according to George Reed, deputy sheriff, who was at the camp yesterday.

A report from the camp this morning stated Corel spent a restful night in the Fort Riley hospital last night, and that if complications do not occur, the injured man will recover. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Corel, of route 2, Lawrence, expected to start for Lawrence today.

Same Bullet Hit Two Men

The accident occurred when a machine gun in a truck was discharged. The bullet struck Private Emmett Smith in the foot and then struck Sergeant Corel in the right chest.

The force of the bullet knocked Corel down, according to accounts from the camp, but the sergeant got up and was looking after Smith when the pain in his chest caused him to fall again. The wound in Smith’s foot is slight, according to the report.

1937 James H Corel and sonsIn speaking with my grandmother, Billie Hahn Laughlin – a niece of John Beasley Corel, about this incident, her recollection was slightly different than this report.  From what she had been told as she was growing up, John was struck by shrapnel while training for World War I.  She recalled that John’s face was also struck by the shrapnel and that he grew a mustache (such as he is sporting in the photo on the left) to hide his wound.  Billie went on to explain that the wound to John’s chest was so extensive that he ended up losing a lung.

As you can see, this photo is from 1937.  Pictured from left to right are Charles Wesley, Eugene William, James Henry, Glenn James, and John Beasley Corel.

I have not been able to figure out what happened with John’s wife Gertrude.  There is no mention of her in the article reporting the accident at Fort Riley.  I have not been able to locate either John or Gertrude in the 1930 census.

Reverend Ernest Jones married John Beasley Corel and Katheryn A. Reeves on January 8, 1941 in Richmond, Ray County, Missouri4.  The couple soon had a daughter, Glenna Kay Corel.

Sadly, the story of John Beasley Corel ends much too quickly.  John passed away on August 10, 1946 in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.  The following is transcribed from a newspaper clipping with a date handwritten of 8/10/46.

To Hospital Tuesday

John Corel, 42 years old, Sunflower Village, DeSoto, Kas., died early today at the University of Kansas hospitals where he was admitted Tuesday. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Kathryn Corel, and a daughter, Glenna Kay Corel, both of the home; his father, James H. Corel, Lawrence, Kas.; three sisters, Mrs. George Dunkley, Lawrence; Mrs. Kathryn Hahn, Lawrence; Mrs. Herbert Buchanan, a resident of the state of Nevada, and three brothers, Charles Corel, Arthur Corel and Eugene Corel, all of Lawrence. Private graveside services will be held at 5 o’clock this afternoon in the Oak Hill cemetery, Lawrence.

These five cases of infantile paralysis were reported:

Ralph Nesbit, 13 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Red Nesbitt, Parkville, Mo., in the General hospital.

Flora Mae Hedrick, 14, of Stotesbury, Mo., in the General hospital.

John Hogan, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Hogan, Polo, Mo., in the Menorah hospital.

John Beeks, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Beeks, Baldwin, Kas., in the University of Kansas hospitals.

Lyle Hunter, Edgerton, Kas., in the University of Kansas hopsitals.


Polio Case Leads to Postponement at Oak Grove

The thirty-second annual Webb family reunion, which was scheduled for tomorrow in Webb park, near Oak Grove, has been postponed until September 15, because of a case of infantile paralysis in Oak Grove. The victim is Donna Owings, 5 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walker Owings.

  1. Family Bible of James Henry Corel.  Photocopy in possession of Paula K. Hawk.
  2. Ancestry.com. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009. Original data: 1925 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-177. Kansas State Historical Society. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=ksstatecen&h=9273146&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt> (accessed February 7, 2009)
  3. Ancestry.com. Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=momarriages&h=7653378&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt> (accessed March 5, 2009)
  4. Ancestry.com. Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=momarriages&h=8503976&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt> (accessed June 30, 2009)
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