The Library of Virginia website has a section called “Virginia Memory” and within this section are digitized copies of records from Virginia counties. Not all counties have been digitized, but many have. Records from Russell, Washington, Lee, and Scott Counties are available at the site. The web address is http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/.
The Scott County, Virginia records contain information about the Cornetts. It is the transcriber’s belief that these are the same Cornetts who moved to Clay, Perry, and surrounding counties. These transcriptions have been made so other interested researchers might read them also. The page numbers match the pages within the digital file. The first page of each file is an index card with the year, and surnames of people. The actual documents begin on page 2. Dann M. Norton
Scott Co: 1822-010 Heirs of William Cornett v. Admr of Wm Cornett etc.
To the worshipful the Court of Scott County in chancery sitting humbly complaining herewith your orators Nathaniel Cornett, William Cornett, Samuel Cornett and Roger Cornett That on the ____ day of ______ 1815 a certain William Cornett your orators father departed this life in said Scott County Virginia Intestate Leaving his widow and Relict Lucy Cornett Fielding Hensley and Nancy his wife who was Nancy Cornett Mary Cornett James Thomas and Sarah his wife who was Sarah Cornett the two latter residing in Henrico County Virginia John Brown and Lucy his wife who was Lucy Cornett in Floyd County Kentucky who together with your orators are the Heirs and the only Heirs of the said William Cornett dec’d
That administration of the Estate of the said William Cornett dec’d was by your worshipful court granted to the said Fielding Hensley who resides within the jurisdiction of your worshipful court and who as administrator etc Returned unto Court an inventory of said Estate the words and figures following to wit __________________ which is referred as part of this Bill.
Your Orators further state that although they are entitled to a Distribution share of the said Estate and have made demand thereof and were ready to give any assurance for (Page 3) the returns thereof the laws of the land required and although the said Fielding has collected the said Estate and has it now in his hands as your Orators are well informed That he refuses to give to your orator or distribute his or her share of the said Estate, All which is contrary to Equity etc.
The prayer of your orator is, that the said Fielding Hensley may be made defendant to this bill with all the others, heirs, except your orators, That the said Fielding may be compelled to render an account of the said Estate and fully answer the allegations hereof.
That the other defts may say what part if any of the estate they have rec’d and whether they are willing a settlement of the said Estate shall now be made etc. They receive their distributive share of said Estate, And that such other and further relief may be extended to your orators as to Equity belongs and is suited to their particular circumstances of their case May it please your worshipful to Grant.
Page 4 is the back of bill dated 1819 Dec. Page 5 and 6: An exact copy of the bill except that the Orator’s name is changed from Nathaniel to Nathan, and it is signed by N Richardson. [A Nathan Richardson is listed on 1820 Scott Co census].
Page 7 State of Kentucky Clay County
This Day came Lucy Cornett being the widow of William Cornett Dec. 1815 in Scott county Virginia and Testified an oath that this is a trew bill given under my hand the 2th of February 1820
R S Brashears
Justice of the Peace for Sd County
Page 8 Answer of Mary Cornett 15 Dec 1819
The Separate answer of Mary Cornett to a bill in chancery filed in Scott County Court by Nathaniel Cornett and other Heirs of William Cornett dec’d against Fielding Hensley and other also heirs of the said William Cornett dec’d. This deft saying the usual exceptions saith That she admits the allegations of the said bill to be correct and true.
That she wished a final settlement of the said estate to be made that each distributee may have his part or portion of the said estate. This deft. Admits She has received from the said Fielding Hensley 15 dollars of the said estate for which she is willing to give credit out of her part or portion thereof.
And being fully answered the said complainants bill.
Scott County to wit
This day Mary Cornett made oath that the facts stated in the above answer are true so far as they depend on her own knowledge and where they depend on the information of others she believes them to be true.
Given under my hand the 15 day of December 1819.
W.F.[hard to decipher]
Page 9 Back of answer.
At Rules held in the Clerks Office of Scott County The 3rd day of January 1821
Nathaniel Cornett, William Cornett, Samuel Cornett, +Roger Cornett} Comps
Lucy Cornett, Fielding Hensley + Nancy his wife, Mary Cornett, James Thomas + Sarah his wife, John Brown + Lucy his wife} Defts.
The defts not having filed their answer (except Mary Cornett who admits the allegations of the comps bill to be correct within three months after the complainants had filed their bill having also been sworn with a subpoena at least three months before the said time for filing their answers. On the motion of the Compts by their counsel, the Court doth take their bill for confessed And will proceed at a future day to decree the matters therein contained Unless the said Defts on or before the second day of the Court Next after they shall have been served with a copy of this Order show cause to the Contrary.
Test. Jno S. Martin, DC
Page 11 Back of Conditional Decree
At a court held for Scott County the 9th day of May 1815
Ordered that William Agee, William Forman, Robert Forman, Matthew Click or any three of them being first sworn before a justice for that purpose to appraise the estate of William Cornett deceased and return the appraisement under their hands to the court.
Test. Alfred McKinney
Page 13 Back of order
Your commissioner, to whom was referred the settlement of the accounts of Fielding Hensley administrator of the estate of William Cornett dec’d by an order of the worshipful the County Court of Scott dated on the 9th day of May 1821 [the transcriber believes this should be 1815], hath performed that duty and respectfully submits the following report.
It appears by the appraisement of the personal estate, that it was appraised to the sum of $90.93 ½ . I am informed by the adms. That said personal estate sold on the 9th day of September 1815 for the sum of $130.13. In said appraisement is estate notes amounting to $264.33 Two of said notes the adms informed me were on Thomas Beard and payable in horses to wit one for $110.83 the other for $150 and that said notes were discharged in Horses as they became due valued to the amount which he states to have sold for much less than the amounts of said Notes as will appear from a statement below, also two other Notes one on Bartlett Anderson for L5.6.0 the Other on James Ham for fif
ty bushels of Corn, both of which Notes have not been collected and are herewith exhibited Marked A,
The Adms. Produced receipts for money paid in exchange of claims against Estate amounting to the sum of $7.98, an account for funeral charges proven by his own oath $10.00 and an account for expenses of sales etc sworn to by adm. $12.68 which accts etc are herewith exhibited and filed in a bundle marked B amounting in all to $30.64 which I have deducted out of the amount of sales and given interest on the balance, the account will properly stand thus.
The adms of William Cornett to his estate
To Balance arising from the sales of personal estate after deduction
$30.64 with interest up to this date} 108.08
To amount of Sales of horses received on notes for $10 [?] for $77
which together with Interest amounts to} 97.20 ½
To amount of sales of horses received on note for $150 sold for
$98.25 which together with interest amounts to the sum of} 113.38
323.67 [NOTE: Off by $5.01?]
The total amount of the estate being ascertained above which divided among the heirs (Nine in number including the adms.) amounts to the sum of $35.96 1/3 each.
The adms. Having produced claims against several of the heirs Your Commissioner has therefore made the following statement to (Page 15) show what will be due to each of them separately after deducting what has been paid them.
To Nathaniel Cornett – – – – – – – 35.96 1/3
By Paid said Cornetts tax for 1813 as per ticket produced $4.21
By paid same as per ticket sworn to $9.00
By Interest on above from the date of sale 4.64 1/3 17.85 1/3
Balance due Nathaniel $18.11
To Samuel Cornett – – – – – – – 35.96 1/3
By paid Sheriff of Washington Cy as per ticket produced $0.63
By interest on same from date of sale .22 ½ 0.85 ½
Balance due Saml Cornett $35.11
To Mary Cornett – – – – – – – 35.96 1/3
By the sum paid her as per answer she admits $15.00
By interest on same from date of sale $ 5.25 20.25
Balance due Mary Cornett $15.71 1/3
To John Brown – – – – – – – – 35.96 1/3
By the sum paid for said Brown at the suit of Jno Wolf for his Taxes
as per acct tendered and proven and tickets for [?] produced.} 12.50
By Interest on same from date of sale 4.37 ½ 15.87 ½
Balance due Jn Brown $20.09
Tho most of the claims exhibited by the administrator against the Estate and heirs and accounts made out and proven by his own oath, there being no other evidence produced, Your Commissioner not being well satisfied whether said claims ought to be allowed without further proof begs leave to submit that Question to the Court. The admr produced a small account against the Estate for services tendered amounting to $12.68 which is allowed in this settlement. Your Commissioner is of opinion that further allowance of 5 percent would be a reasonable compensation for his trouble as administrator, which would reduce each heirs part to thirty four dollars sixteen +half cents.
All of which is respectfully submitted by me this 12 Day of Jan 1821
Jno. S. Martin, Comms
Page 16 Report of Commission
This report excepted to because the proof of credits allowed on defts oath being insufficient
Feb 14, 1822 A.W.McKinney
Page 17 Subpoena for Fielding and the defts, dated 1 Mar 1820. Page 18 Back of subpoena:
“Cornett heirs v. Cornetts heirs Apr 1820”
“Executed on Fielding Hensley the rest are not Inhabitance of this county the 1st day of April 1820.”
- Gillenwater D for Jno. McKinsey, SC
1815 The Estate of William Cornett decest
To the Sheriff Scott County
To Executing order of court for appraisement of the estate by William Agee + others 1.20
Page 20 Back of receipt: Isaac C. Anderson, DS for John Anderson SSC
John Wolf To Shff of Washington
1809 Caps in Hensley + Brown $1.24
C Tate, DS
John Brown Tax 1805
1 levy 70 cts, 1 horse 12 cts $ .82
1806 1 levy 97 cts, 1 horse 12 cts $1.09
D Gray, DS
Page 23 Back of receipt “Jno Brown 1.91”
John Brown Tax 1809
1 levy 93
2 horses 24
Received the above tax. C Tate
Nathaniel Cornett Tax 1800
1 levy 1.14cts, 2 horses 24 cts $1.38
1803 1 levy 1 levy 63 cts, 1 horse 12 cts .75
1804 1 levy 75 cts, 1 horse 12 cts .87
Land tax .39
1805 1 levy 70 cts, 1 horse 12 cts .82
Page 26 Back. N. Cornett 4.21 F Hensley to pay D Gray
1811 To Peyton Drew, Clerk of the General Court,
Dr. ______ cents, recording the Memorial of John Anderson
Deed to you – – – – – – 18
Page 28 Back of receipt
1799 Samuel Cornett
To the Sheriff of Washington
Caps against Strong .63
Wm Carson, DS
Page 30 Back of page
Sl Cornett 63
Page 31 Dated 1809 [A list of orders in a case with Fielding Hensley and John Brown]
Page 32 Back
John Wolf 6.20
The Estate of William Cornett Dec’d
1814 to Francis Reid dr
May 24th For repairs done on the mill while said Cornett kept it. $4.50
Scott County to wit
This day came before me Benjamin T. Hollins
A justice of the peace for said county Francis Reid and made oath that the above account is
Correct given under my hand This 8 day of Sept 1815
Benj. T. Hollins
Page 34 Back of acct
William Cornett Dec’d Estate Dr
To Fielding Hensley administrator
To Expenses of Sale of property the 9th Sep 1815 $3.50
“ Do of Sale of two horses the 9th Jan 1816 including feeding same nine days 2.68
To Feeding four horses eight days and expenses of sale the 8th Jan 1817 4.50
To receiving property + moving same from said Cornetts place to my house 2.00
Page 36 Back of acct
William Cornett Decd Estate
To Fielding Hensley administrator
To sundry articles furnished + services tendered for the funeral of said Wm Cornett $10.00
Page 38 Back “Funeral charges”
To Fielding Hensley
To the sum paid Loving Bledsole for you $3.25
“ Cash paid you 5.75
Page 40 back
Page 41-42 [A list of dates for activities on Estate, the back signed by C.F. McHenry and Hiram Killgore.]
John Brown one of the heirs of William Cornett deceased
To Fielding Hensley adms of the estate of said William Cornett deceased
~Amt of Clerks ticket yourself order John Wolf $5.16
~Do—Sheriff Dr order same 1.26
Atty for ___ + Tax of writ order same 3.00
~paid your tax for 1805 1.91
~paid your tax for 1809 1.17
Tickets is produced for the above except attorney fee + tax which said Hensley made oath to be correct.
Page 44 back
To Fielding Hensley
To an order David Evans which you never accounted to me for – – – – $4.50
Cost of one attachment yourself against William Gardner – – – .63
I promise to pay William Cornett the just and full sum of fifty Bushels of good merchantable corn to be paid against the 25 day of October next it being the value Received of him as witness my hand and seal This 20 day September [no year]
James X Cain <seal>
Test. Jacob Teeters mark
I promise to pay or cause to be paid Unto William Cornett on his order—the full and just some of five pound six shillings corrant money of Virginia to which payment Three pound six shillings to be paid the first day of October next Two pound the first day of May in the year 1786 it being for Value Recvd of him as witness my hand this _____ day of May 1785.
James Arnold Bartelot Anderson