Henry Cornelius



(miner, rancher)


Henry “Harry” Cornelius was born February 8, 1842 in Redruth, Cornwall, England.

Harry grew up as a mason boy in Redruth. He immigrated to the United States on the ship Colonist, Glasgow to New York City, arriving on May 30, 1859. In 1860, he was a miner living in Esmeralda, Nevada. In 1870, he was a miner living in Pine Grove, Esmeralda County, Nevada.

In 1978, Harry married Mariam Leah Lee (a daughter of John D. Lee) in Virgin. They lived in Silver Reef, Virgin, Toquerville, Hurricane, and on Kolob Mountain.

On the 1880 census, Harry & Mariam and a baby boy were living in Silver Reef. They moved to Virgin about 1883. There they owned a good home on Main Street which still stands today. Harry was appointed an election judge for Virgin City in 1885, 1886, and 1889. On Kolob Mountain they had a ranch and raised fine cattle and horses.

In 1890, four years after his youngest child was born, Harry abandoned his family.

Harry died July 8, 1895 in Eureka, Juab County, Utah Territory and was buried there on July 10, 1895.

Mariam married Ezekial Lyon Pratt on July 4, 1894. When he died in 1907, she resumed the surname of Cornelius. She lived alone in Virgin until she died on January 9, 1942. Miriam was buried on January 11, 1942 in the Virgin Cemetery.


Henry's Parents and Siblings:
    Martin Cornelius
    Grace Williams
        William Cornelius
        Elizabeth Cornelius
        Martin Cornelius
        Mary William Cornelius
        Henry Cornelius
        Grace Cornelius
        John Cornelius
        Henry "Harry" Cornelius
        James Cornelius

(xx/xx/1797-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married 1/31/1825)
(6/21/1825-xx/xx/1874)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(11/15/1827-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/1828or1829-xx/xx/1898)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/~1831-5/20/1892)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(2/8/1842-7/8/1895)   (married Mariam Leah Lee)
(4/20/1843-6/15/1894)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)

Miriam's Parents and Siblings:
    John Doyle Lee
    Mary Leah Groves Lee
        Erastus Franklin Lee
        Mariam Leah Lee
        Lucy Olive Lee
        John Hurd Lee
        Elisha Squire Lee
        Mary Sarepta Lee
        Jacob Lee

(9/6/1812-3/23/1877)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(3/1/1854-11/4/1914)   (married Harriet Elizabeth Stratton)
(4/13/1856-1/9/1942)   (married Henry "Harry" Cornelius)
(xx/xx/1858-xx/xx/1922)   (married Thomas Maloney)
(xx/xx/1860-xx/xx/1938)   (married Martha Titt)
(xx/xx/1862-xx/xx/1937)   (married Eliza Titt)
(7/23/1865-11/23/1897)   (married William Norman Bliss)
(10/28/1867-2/1/1947)   (married Mary Maria Morrey)

Henry & Miriam's Family:
    Henry "Harry" Cornelius
    Mariam Leah Lee Cornelius
        Henry Cornelius Jr.
        Mary Rosalie "Rose" Cornelius  
        John Martin Cornelius
        James Elisha Cornelius

(2/8/1842-7/8/1895)   (married 8/4/1878)
(8/19/1879-9/7/1951)   (married Emma Bradshaw)
(6/19/1881-6/25/1954)   (married Robert Bird Stratton)
(12/5/1886-4/14/1957)   (married Lola Vilate Lee)


Henry Cornelius
Henry Sr.
      Henry Cornelius family
      L-R:   Henry Jr., Henry Sr., Rose, & Miriam


Henry "Harry" Cornelius
A research report by Elaine Young, PhD.

FamilySearch.org entry for Henry Cornelius

Family group sheet for the Henry & Mariam Cornelius family

Geni entry for Henry (Harry) Cornelius

Ancestry entry for Henry Cornelius

Mystery surrounds baby's headstone     [headstone of John Martin Cornelius]
by Samantha Sadlier,   TheSpectrum.com

Find-A-Grave entry for Henry Cornelius, Sr

Death certificate for Mariam Leah Lee Cornelius

Find-A-Grave entry for Mariam Leah Lee Cornelius

Find-A-Grave entry for Mary Leah Groves Lee / Matthews