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William C. Corel
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Story # 142- Correll - Osage Co., Ks pioneer.The William C. & Margaret A. McGee Corel/Correll FamilyBy Lois Anna Tyson William C. Corel came to Kansas from Virginia. He settled on a farm three miles north of Lawrence, Kansas. William also had a brother Jim and a sister Olivia, who came to Kansas with him. William moved to a farm two miles east of Melvern on the Marais des Cygnes Road. This farm was located at the mouth of Long Creek and the Marais des Cygnes. It is not known the exact year they moved here, but it's believed he was about twenty years old or in 1848. William was also a Civil War Veteran. William was born April 7, 1828 and died at Melvern, Kansas, on August 19, 1903. He married Margret Ann McGee who was born 1828. She died at Melvern on Jan. 20, 1894. They had two children: Rebeka and John. After Margaret’s death, William married Elizabeth Hornbeck, who had some children but how many or their names, it’s not known. William used to ride a horse to Lawrence to see his brother Jim. They were both farmers. Jim later moved to Kansas City. William used to tell his grandson Arvin, that when he first came through Kansas City, you could throw a rock across it, it was that small. Olivia Corel married Tom McGee. He was a plumber and they lived in Kansas City. The name Corel was originally spelled “Corel”. Margaret Ann thought it should be spelled “Correll”, and therefore their son started spelling his name as such. There were several Corel families in Virginia. There was a courthouse in Scott Co., VA that was called the Corel Courthouse at one time near Roanoke, Va.
- Debra Scherdin
 Added: Jul. 13, 2015
So THERE you are! Welcome back to the Corel family.
- Bobby Dobbins Title
 Added: Apr. 4, 2007

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