Peter Cornwell Family

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Who was the wife of Peter Cornwell?

Who was the Anne Cockrell who witnessed Peter Cornwell's Willl?

Is there a Shumate Relationship?

I am not descended from the Peter Cornwell who left his will in 2 Jun 1776 in Fauquier County, Virginia; however, I am constantly referring to this family with the thought that I may be connected in three ways.

  • 1. Was Sarah Ann mentioned in the Will also the wife of Daniel James?
  • 2. Who is Ann Cockrell who witnessed this will?
  • 3. Simon Cornwell witnessed the will of Anderson Cockrell. Is there a connection?
  • Peter Cornwell's will is found in the Abstracts of Fauquier County, Virginia Will, Inventories and Accounts 1759-1800 by John K. Gott, 1972, page 75.
  • Will Book 1 page 293-295

    Peter Cornwell Will

  • Date: 2 Jun2 1776

    Wife: Sarah Ann - the used of all my estate both real and personal for and during her widowhood (except the legacies hereinafter mentioned

    Daughter: Mary - one Good Feather bed and furniture and one cow and calf to be given up to her at the day of marriage or when she arrives to the Age of twenty one years

    Son: Daniel - one dark bay mare commonly called his

    Son: Jacob - one horse of the value of twelve or fourteen pounds

    Son: Simon - the land whereon he lives agreeable to the boundaries made between him & myself supposed to be about 25 acres.

    Son: Jarvice: the land between the Ledge of Rocks and his own line also the land on the south side of his path to the Main Road, this Land I agreed for and bout of Hector Ross, Gent.

    Sons: Daniel and Jacob - all my land at the Pignut Ridge except what is already bequeathed = to be held in joint tenancy to them and their heirs - if eith of them die without issue the survivor to have the whole - if both should die with out issue - the land to be sold and the price arising from the sale be .....on death or marriage of wife all slaves and personal estate be equally divided amongs my children then living except my two sons Daniel and Jacob.

    Daughter Cloe Strange - that such part of my estate as shall become payable to my daughter - shale be in trust in the hands of my Executors for her use

    Exors: Wife Saran Ann, son Simon and Mr William Hunton

  • Signed Peter (his D mark) Cornwell
  • Witnesses J. Moffett, John Dugarde, Anne (her A mark) COCKRELL
  • Proved: 26 Aug 1776, by order of John Moffett and John Dugard. Sarah Ann Cornwell and Simon Cornwell granted certificates to obtain probate.
    Peter Cornwell (Inventory)
  • Will Book 1 page 339 No Date. Approved by Thomas Maddux, Thomas Watts, and George Kennard "being first sworn before John Moffett, Gent., Justice. Returned 22 Jun 1778

    Children of Peter Cornwell and Sarah Ann

  • 1. Mary Cornwell not 21 in 1776
  • 2. Daniel Cornwell
  • 3. Jacob Cornwell married Molly HAYES 7 Sep 1790. Mark Shumate Bondsman
  • 4. Simon Cornwell
  • 5. Jarvice Cornwell
  • 6. Cloe Cornwell married Mr. Strange
  • 6a. Cornwell STRANGE married Susanna Riley 4 Nov 1795 in Fauquier County, Virginia

    Other Cornwell Marriages

  • Strange, Cornwell married married Susanna Riley 4 Nov 1795 bondsman daughter of Edward & Eve

    Other Cornwell Data in Date Order

  • 4 Jun 1763 John Cornwell witness the Robert Wood (Sale of Estate)
  • 7 Sep 1791 Simon Cornwell was a security for Anderson COCKRELL - Again a Cockrell connection? Does anyone know why the connection? Jim Burgess
  • 23 Sep 1793 Simon Cornwell & Peter Cornhill mentioned in the closing estate of John Nelson

    Other Cornwell Researchers

    Daniel SHUMATE Will

    Will of Daniel Shumate
    Leeds Parish, Fauquier County
    29 January 1806
    In the name of God Amen, I, Daniel Shumate of Fauquier County of Leeds Parish being weak of body but of Sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following: that is to say, first I commend my soul to God its Creator in all humble hope of its future happiness through the only merits of my blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and my body to the ground to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and as to worldly estate which God has been pleased to bless me with, I give and bequeath as followeth.
    Imprimes. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Ann Shumate, one feather bed and furniture, one negro fellow named Jo and all the corn and provision now in my possession for the support of the plantation this year to her and her heirs forever. It is also my will and desire that the negro fellow belonging to John Paris and the negro wench belonging to my son William after my death shall remain on the plantation this year as my sons Mark and William promised me if I rented aplan(?) and began a crop they should do so. Item the rest of my estate after the rents and my just debts are paid and one third part given to my wife are to be equally divided between my daughter Judah Parris, Duanna Johnston, Dinah Luttrell and my son Samuel Shumate but in case John Parris takes his negro away, his wife is to have no part of it and to be divided between the other three. Lastly I nominate and appoint my son William Shumate and John Paris executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other by me heretofore made. 
    Daniel (X) Shumate
    Signed sealed and acknowledged
    to be the last will of the testator in
    presence of us 29 January 1806
    Joseph Blackwell
    John (X) Winn
    Jemima (X) Winn
    At a court held for Fauquier County the 24th day of February 1806. This will was proved by the affirmation of Joseph Blackwell and the oath of John Winn witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.
    Teste: H. B. Campbell

    Daniel Shumate Family

    Is Sarah Ann James the wife of Peter Cornwell? Is there a record of adulter in Fauquier County, Virginia?

  • 1b. Daniel SHUMATE II was born about 1730 in Stafford County, Virginia. Daniel married Sarah Ann JAMES or SUDDOTH. Daniel SHUMATE died about Feb 1806 in Fauquier County, Virginia.

  • 1b1. Duannah "Diannah" SHUMATE was born about 1749 in Prince William County, Virginia. Duannah SHUMATE married Moses JOHNSON about 1776 probably in Fauquier County, Virginia. Duannah died after 16 May 1829 in Fauquier County, Virginia. See Jim Burgess Johnson web site at

  • 1b2. Daniel SHUMATE was born about 1752 in Prince William County, Virginia. Daniel married Millicent "Milly" CALLISON about 1774 probably in Fauquier County, Virginia. Daniel died about 19 Jul 1826 in Monroe County, Virgnia.

  • 1b3. Samuel SHUMATE was born about 1754 in Prince William County, Virginia.

  • 1b4. Mark Hardin SHUMATE was born about 1758 in Prince William County, Virginia. Marh Hardin SHUMATE married Deborah DEMARQUES about 1774 probably in Prince William County, Virginia. Mark Hardin SHUMATE died in Claiborne, Tennessee.

  • 1b5. William SHUMATE was born about 1760 in Fauquier County, Virginia. William married Frances NORMAN 26 Feb 1787 in Fauquier County, Virginia.

  • 1b6. Dinah SHUMATE was born abnout 1762 in Fauquier County, Virginia. Dinah married Samuel LUTTRELL about 1785 probably in Fauquier County, Virginia.

  • 1b7. Judith or Judah SUMATE was born about 1767 in Fauquier County, Virginia. Judith married John PARRIS 22 Oct 1796 in Fauquier County, Virginia.