Laura Nancy Cornelius

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Personal and Family Information

Laura was born on 24 OCT 1864 in Arkansas, the daughter of William Cornelius and Arabella White.

She died on 27 MAY 1952 in Woodruff County, Arkansas.

Her husband was Emerson Hall Conner, who she married on 26 JUN 1886 in Woodruff County, Arkansas. Their seven known children were William Bolivar (1888-1947), Ara Pat (1890-1963), Ruth Elizabeth (1892-1981), Christine Nielson (1895-1994), Laura Shell (1898-1990), Emerson Cornelius (1900-1978) and Earl Harold (1901-1957).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

Laura Nancy Cornelius
(1864-1952)

 

William Cornelius
(1827-1876)

   
 
   
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
   
 
 
     
 
 
   

Arabella White
(1836-1868)

   
 
   
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
   
 
 
     
 
 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth24 OCT 1864
Place: Arkansas
Death27 MAY 1952
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Census5 JUN 1870
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Address: Augusta, dwelling 41, family 30. Cornelius, William 43, mw, grocer retail, $2500, $5000, born Ala __ Elizabeth A 15 fw at School, Texas, __ Ellen 13 fw at school Texas __ William Jr 11 mw at school, Tenn __ Laura N 5 fw Ark
Census2 JUN 1880
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Age: 15
Address: Augusta dwelling 32 family 32 McCurdy, Junius wm 24 married 1880, works at flowing mill, born Ark, f Penn, m Ala — Ella wf 23 wife married 1880 keeping house, born Texas f Va, m Tenn Cornelius, Laura wf 15 boarder single, born Ark __ Maud wf 13 boarder single, born Ark, f Va m Tenn __ Willie wm 21 boarder single, born Texas, f Va m Tenn Washington, Sarah BF 32 servant single born Ark
Census1 JUN 1900
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Age: 35
Address: Augusta dwelling 3, family 3 Conner, Emerson H, head, wm, Sept 1859, age 40 married 14 yrs, born Ark, f&m Tenn, merchant __ Laura C, wife wf, Oct 1864 age 35, married 14 yrs, mother of 6, 6 living born Ark, f Ala, m Tenn __ William B, son wm Aug 1888, age 11, single, born Ark, f&m Ark __ Arapat, daughter, wf Aug 1890, age 9, single, born Ark, f&m Ark __ Ruth, daughter wf July 1892 age 7, single, born Ark, f&m Ark __ Christine, daughter wf, Dec 1895, age 4, single, born Ark, f&m Ark __ Emerson C son wm, May 1900, age 2/12 single, single, born Ark, f&m Ark Nash, John servant, B M, Oct 1860 age 39, widower born Mississippi, f&m Mississippi
Census16 JAN 1920
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Address: Augusta, Third Street, dwelling 216, family 228 Conner, Mrs Laura head owns home free of mortgage, fw age 50 born Ark, f&m Ark Conner, Ruth daughter fw age 29 born Ark, f&m Ark Conner Cristine daughter fw 24 born Ark, f&m Ark Conner Laura daughter fw 22 born Ark, f&m Ark Conner, Cornelius son mw 19 born Ark, f&m Ark Conner, Haroldm son mw 17 born Ark, f&m Ark
Census15 APR 1930
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Age: 65
Address: Augusta, Third Street, dwelling 415, family 426 Conner, Laura, head owns home , value $10,000 with radio, fw age 65, widow, born Ark, f Alabama, m Tenn __ Cornelius, son mw 30 single, born Ark f Tenn, m Alabama
Census16 APR 1940
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Age: 75
Address: Augusta, visit 376, owns home valued $2500, Conner, Laura head fw, age 75 widow, 1 yr college born Ark, same house in 1935
BurialMAY 1952
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Address: Augusta Memorial Park, Plot: B, N35° 17.463’ W91°21.708’ with husband Find A Grave Memorial# 34690922
Residence1905
Place: Augusta, Woodruff County, Arkansas
Address: home designed by architect Charles Louis Thompson (1868-1959)
Conner, E.H. and Laura - house
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See Note 2
Will20 NOV 1903
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Address: Augusta. EH Conner will names wife Laura, brother John L, and all 7 children from Woodruff County Record of Wills, Book1, pages 267-272 Transcriped Nov 2017, A. Bowie attached
Will, Conner, E.H.
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Notes

Note 1

The 1948 Devilaire, yearbook for Laura Conner School, Dedication to Laura Conner -"First a teacher, then a material benefactor, and always a constant and inspiring friend of the youth of Augusta."

Note 2

Architect Charles Louis Thompson (1868-1959) of Little Rock, < refer to Encyclopedia of Arkansas History &Culture> designed three houses in Augusta.

E.H. and Laura Conner - 3rd and Plum Streets

John L and Conner - 4th and Main Streets, later used as Maguire Clinic

Willian Nathan and Mary Noel Gregory 2nd and Plum Streets

Note 3

Laura Cornelius Conner (I 864-1952)
L.C. Conner was the wife of E.H. Conner. L.C. Conner attended teaching school in Kentucky. She returned to Augusta in 1884. She taught in Augusta's first public school. It consisted of four large rooms, two above and two below. She was made a lifetime member o f the Augusta School Board . She also taught Sunday School in the Methodist Church for thirty years . Sometime between 1910 and 1912, she donated land for a new public school building. In addition to her education interests, L.C. Conner was the first woman to serve on the Arkansas Penitentiary Commission. While on the commission, she proposed better treatment of the prisoners. The proposal was defeated by a vote of five to one. She resigned in protest of the defeated proposal. It was widely publicized and made Arkansans conscious of the problem.

National Register of Historic Places, Augusta Memorial Park Historic Section, application dated 4/4/2003, listed 6/6/2003

http://www.bookofbowie.net//Augusta/HistoricRegister-AugustaMemorial.pdf

Sources

  1. Historical Southern Families, volume XXII a 29 volume series compiled by John Bennet Boddie
    Source: Historical Southern Families, volume XXII a 29 volume series compiled by John Bennet Boddie
    Authors: John Bennett Boddie and Mrs. John Bennett Boddie Emerson Cornelius Conner (1900-1978) of Augusta and Little Rock, Ark
    Publisher: GENEALOGICAL.COM INC