William Corel and Rebecca Oney
William Corel was born on February 23, 1790. No definitive evidence has yet been found for where he was born or who his parents are.
There are, however, several listings of ‘Carrell’ families living in Tazewell and Russell Counties in 1820 and later according to census records. There is a William Carrell listed in Russell County, Virginia in 1820 on the same page as a Samuel Carrell, Charles Carrell and James P. Carrell. A Benjamin Carrell is also listed in Russell County.
In Tazewell County, Virginia is a listing of William Coral on the 1820 census. I believe this to be our William, as the household members add up to the family: 1 male under 10 (Henry Highland, age 6), 1 male 27-45 (William, age 30), 4 females under 10 (Jemima, age 8; Martha, age 4; Mary Ester, age 2; Sarah, age 1) and 1 female 27-45 (Rebecca, age 29).
The 1830 census shows Carrell families living in Russell, Tazewell, and Washington Counties, Viriginia. In Russell County there is Benjamin, Benjamin, Charles, James P., and Sterling Carrell. In Tazewell County you can find Burdine, Joshua, and William Carrell. Isaac Carrel is found in Washington County. The listing for William Carrell in 1830 shows one male under 5 (William b 1828), one male 15 – 20 (Henry b 1814), one male 20 – 30 (possibly a relative?), one male 40 – 50 (William b 1790), two females under 5 (Louisa b 1825, Cosby Jane b 1830), three females 5 – 10 (Sarah b 1819, Margaret b 1820, Rebecca b 1822), two females 10 – 15 (Mary b 1819, ?), one female 15 – 20 (Jemima b 1812), and one female 40 – 50 (Rebecca b 1791).
The 1840 census shows Henry Correll living with his wife, Nancy and their daughter, Sara Jane. On the next page is a listing for Jefferson Matney. This has one male 20 – 30 and one female 60 – 70, I suspect that this would likely be Nancy’s mother and brother. A couple of pages later is a listing for Joshua Correll. It is believed, but not proven, that Joshua was William’s brother. The William Correll listed a couple of pages after Joshua has one male that I am not able to identify, but I still believe that this is likely our William. This census listing shows two males under 5 (James P b 1832, possibly an infant who died as a child?), one male 10 – 15 (William b 1828), one male 20 – 30 (I believe that this may John Puckett b 1818 married to Mary E Corel in 1839), one male 40 – 50 (William b 1790), one female under 5 (Olivia b 1838), one female 5 – 10 (Nancy b 1834), two females 10 – 15 (Cosby b 1830, Louisa b 1825), two females 15 – 20 (Rebecca b 1822, Margaret b 1820), one female 20 – 30 (Mary b 1818), and one female 40 – 50 (Rebecca b 1791). If the two mystery people in William’s household is not John Puckett and Mary Ester Corel Puckett, there is a John Puckett living in Russell County, with a couple in their 20′s. This is also a possibility for John Puckett. There are also the regular Carrell families in Russell County: Charles, James P., Charles, Sterling, Benjamin, and Samuel. Isaac Carol is still in Washington County. I think the most interesting of all, is that Burdine Correll is found in Peno, Pike County, Missouri. Peno is north of St. Louis, just south of Hannibal.
Rebecca Oney was born on August 26, 1791 in Russell County (Tazewell County, present day), Virginia. No definitive evidence has been found for Rebecca’s parents.
From the clues left for us, I have little doubt that her parents were Richard Oney and Sarah Highland. The first glaring clue is that Rebecca named her first son Henry Highland Corel. However, the first glaring opposition is that she named none of her children Richard, or even Benjamin (Richard’s father). Ironically, however, her youngest daughter, Olivia Gillespie, did name her third son Richard Oney McGee.