|Birth: ||May 5, 1871|
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1929|
Fort Bend County
My Wife's 1st Cousin 3X Removed. (Biol.)
Married Ella Marie Reynolds (1879-1923) September 4, 1895, Johnson County, Texas.
E.C. was a night watchman who was murdered while performing his duty.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, June 20, 1929, a group of men were returning from a Juneteenth celebration and were sitting in a parked automobile creating a disturbance. When Cornelius intervened, he was shot and mortally wounded. After undergoing an unsuccessful operation, he died at 12:54 p.m. the following day.
A man was arrested for the murder. He was later tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. On October 23, 1930, the sentence was commuted and reduced to life in prison. Govenor Dan Moody had commuted the sentence based on evidence that another man had actually fired the fatal shot. That man died in jail while awaiting trial. He had confessed to his relatives, who signed affidavits to that effect, that he had murdered Cornelius.
Cornelius was survived by ten children. His wife, Ella, preceded him in death.
Death Certificate shows burial Baird, Texas.
Excerpts from (Texas Lawmen 1900-1940: More of the Good & the Bad) by Clifford R. Caldwell & Ronald G. DeLord.
Elijah Benson Cornelius (1847 - 1896)
Mary S. Bynum Cornelius (1849 - 1926)
Elbridge Chapman Cornelius (1871 - 1929)
Lura Samantha Cornelius Gilbreth (1873 - 1903)*
Elijah Benson Cornelius (1885 - 1927)*
Created by: Jeff R. Johnson
Record added: Feb 17, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105375660
Jeff R. Johnson
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