Parr, Hannah Elizabeth (b. 14 JUN 1764, d. 16 MAR 1853)
Death: 16 MAR 1853
Note: Pvt in the 7th VA Regt.
Enlisted at the age of 24 years in Washington's Army on Feb 8, 1776,
serving in Capt. Jouett's Company of Colonel Dangerfield's 7th Virginia
Rgt., commanded by Col. Alexander McClanachan. He was enlisted by Lt.
Leonard Thompson of Albermarle Co., Va. for the term of 2 years, along
with his brother Jesse. They went from Glouster Courthouse, Va., marched
from there to Penn., and were in the skirmish near Philadelphia with the
British Guard, in which the British were defeated, and in which John
Peter was wounded. Afterwards he went to Valley Forge Camp to take up
winter Quarters where he suffered from exposure, and almost starvation
for many months during the extremely cold winter of 1777. John was
discharged after 2 years by General Woodford, and returned to Virginia.
While in the Army, John Peter was detailed by George Washington to gather
provisions for the Army. In carrying out these orders, he called on a
well-to-do planter in Virginia to furnish some apples of which they
seemed to have a bountiful supply. The planter, a Mr. Parr, told him to
gather all the apples he wanted. The planter's daughter, Hannah
Elizabeth, asked her father if she might be allowed to help gather the
apples. Her father told her that she might do so. Before leaving the
plantation John was so impressed with the attractive young lady, that he
asked her if he might call on her when the war was over. She was equally
as impressed with him, and told him he might do so, and as the story
goes, when the War ended, he came back to the plantation to claim her.
They were married in Henry County, Virginia, May 24, 1781, when she was
16 and he was 29. They had a family of 15 children, 10 boys and 5 girls.
Most of the children seemed to have lived to maturity - many to a very
old age. A book in the Hendersonville Library, "The Story of Henderson
County", hendersonville, N.C., by Mrs. Sadie Smathers Patton has much of
The funeral of John Peter Corn was conducted under army regulations, both
the Cavalry and the Infantry taking part. It was one of the most sacred
and touching funerals that had ever been witnessed by the people in that
time. The 2 companies seemed to have been rather in the background while
the religious services were being carried out. They then stepped forward
- - the drum, fife, and bugle sounded and the infantry marched by the
grave, half on one side and half on the other, each firing blank
cartridges into the grave. Then the Cavalry in double file, quick time,
marched by, the same as the Infantry, firing their pieces into the grave.
The like had never been seen on such an occasion. Some were shouting,
some praying, and a few fainted. This account has been handed down by a
grandson of John Peter, George Henry Corn, who was at the funeral when a
child just 5 years old, and verified by an older brother, Jesse Marion
It is said that this family of John Peter furnished western North
Carolina with more pioneer Baptist preachers thatn any other known in the
annals of theat demonination.
Death: 14 OCT 1843 Ebenezer Church Cemetary, ANDERSON CO NC
Note: Purchased Mud Creek in Henderson County and here he Built his plantation.
He preached among the Cherokee Indians. This he did along with others of
the family and the famous Humphrey Posey. Much of the organization of
Baptist Churches throughout Western NC came through the laborious and
loving work of men such as these two, and in later years the work went
forward with Noah's sons, Adam Jefferson and Noah Parr Middleton Corn.
One of the strongest churches to survive time, has been Refuge Baptist
Church in Dana, NC six miles from where this story is written.
Refuge is in a unique location. It is exactly on the crest of the Blue
Ridge, the water flowing from the roof down one side going into the Gulf
and Mexico and that from the other, into the Atlantic Ocean. Noah planned
his preaching schedule with the thought always uppermost to reach all who
were near- whether white or Indian. He truly went "into all the world and
preached the gospel to the whole creation"; at this time it included the
large band of Cherokees in nearby counties. Through an interpreter he
entered their camps, and until his health failed, it was his lifes
Even though he eventually left this world for a higher home, he still
lives on in the hearts and minds of his descendants, and in the yellowed
pages of the churches he helped organize. He truly gave much more than
Quote courtesy of Minnie Corn Ballenger. We find a little more history
of Mud Creek Baptist Church, Henderson County, which can be attributed to
the work of Noah Parr Corn, and we quote: "Mud Creek Baptist Church...
was constituted in 1804. At that time it was known as the Mud Creek
Meeting House and was situated on the Old State Road, that was an
important highway from Tennessee to South Carolina in those early times.
So far as it is known it was organized by Noah Corn and members of the
French Broad Church.
The first two meeting houses were log structures. It seems that this land
being vacant, the church body occupied it as squatters, and this became
the Mud Creek Baptist Church near Hendersonville.."
Death: 9 OCT 1874
Note: In the 24th Annual Session of the Carolina Baptist Association held at
Fruitland Baptist Church, August 9-11, 1900, we find on page twelve-
" At last Session this body was called upon to record the death of our
beloved Brother, Rev. J. Wesley Anderson. Now it becomes our painful duty
to record the death of Rev. Adam Corn. In the death of Brother Corn, this
Association and the Transylvania Association have sustained a great loss.
Brother Corn was not a member of this body, but he was well known
throughout Western North Carolina as a man of great force, a true Baptist
in every sense, an earnest and faithful worker in the cause of his
Master. We will miss his wise counsel and generous acts. But our loss is
his eternal gain. He was a pioneer in our Work."
Death: 18 JUL 1900 Transylvania Co., Little River Cemetery near Penrose, NC
keeper of the County Home for many years. Died in his home near Haywood
left five sons and four daughters.
Death: 11 NOV 1912
Note: New Zion United Baptists
This church was founded in 1833 and was deeded by James Corn, In May 19,
1833, James and Margaret Higgins Corns made out the church Deed. On March
23, 1919 George Corn added more Ground to the new Zion Cemetery. In 1930
George Corn gave more ground to the church cemetery for burial purposes
Death: 20 NOV 1900 Rappsbury, Law. Co., Oh buried with wife
Death: 24 AUG 1890 New Zion Cemetery-Rappsburg, Law Co. OH
Death: 21 APR 1976 RICHMOND, VA
Note: being 1/2 Cherokee... but tradition also says it was the mother-in-laws's
family, the Cookseys. We know Elizabeth was from one of the oldest
pioneer families in this area as shown above, and she was most assuredly
a "fittin" companion to this man of the cloth, Noah Parr Corn.
Note: taken from pg 338 of "Corn Stalks and Preachers"
When Jesse Corn died, Nancy Hancock Corn was living with a daughter Mary
Corn Sharpe in Winchester, Tn. At the time of her death she was recieving
a pension due her and the surviving children, through an Act of February
2, 1848 and passed by Congress. Certificate 5-525 was paid at Nashville,
Tn to the following children (marked with an *). We list all children
from this marriage to keep records intact:
*1. Elizabeth Corn, b. 14 December 1780, md Richard Sharpe
*2. John Adam Corn, b. 26 January 1783, Md Mary Moore 27 November 11806
Patrick Co., Va
3. William Corn b. 11 January 1785, md Nancy Sharp; ne died 16 Jan
1843 Franklin Co. Tn
*4. Jesse Corn, Jr. b 11 March 1787, md Elizabeth Burnett on 3 March 1810
*5. Mary Corn, b 8 August 1789, md James Sharp
*6. Samuel Corn, b. 10 April 1792, md Mary Slaughter
7. "Suckey" Corn, b. 16 Dec 1794
*8. Nancy Corn, b. 7 April 1797, md Mr. Chitwood
9. George Corn, b. 30 September 1799
10. Dicie Corn, b. 1803, md Robert Sharp
(More on this family is found in The Corn Family U.S.A. published by
Clyde Corn in 1954, Washington
Death: 17 JUN 1848 Winchester, Tn
Note: "Herman is from the Germanic given name composed of the elements Heri,
hari = army + man = man. Harman is the French cognate of the name, and
Harmon is the English cognate (of Norman origin). The name Hermann is of
ancient origin, and the Latin historian Tacitus recorded the name of the
leader of the Cherusci as the first bearer of the name, in the 1st
century AD. Numerous variants, cognates and diminutive forms exist as
Death: --Not Shown--
Death: 9 FEB 1939 OF CANCER, INGLEWOOD CA
Death: --Not Shown--
Event: Type: Personality/Intrst
Place: COLLECTS MATCH BOOKS
Event: Type: Ethnicity/Relig.
Event: Type: Comment 1
Place: LIVED WITH BROTHER ED TIMMONS WHEN MOTHER
Event: Type: Comment 2
Place: DIED,LIVING AT REDONDO BEACH
Event: Type: Comment 3
Place: HAS CACTUS GARDEN AT HOME
Occupation: Place: WORKED IN BEAUTY SALON,DRUG STORE,CHURCH
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