Jacob Correll, Senior,
Families on Coldwater Creek, China Grove, Rowan County, North Carolina
1793 - present


Deeds and Other Civil Records Tracing the Lineage of Jacob Correll Forward Four Generations to Jacob Fisher Correll


Fisher Correll (1862- 1942) is my great grandfather, born in China Grove, North Carolina. He moved from China Grove to Baltimore, Maryland after c1906. His daughter, Helen Correll, my grandmother, was born March 11, 1904 in China Grove, Rowan County, North Carolina, and died as a young married woman in Brooklyn, New York, in 1929, leaving one orphan daughter, Nancy Irene Cummings, later place into adoption by her father, Montie Floyd  Cummings.

Fisher Correll was the son of Jacob and Harriett Groner Correll. Fisher was born March 22, 1862 in China Grove. In 1900, he was an assistant postmaster in Charlotte, NC. He was married to Ida Elizabeth Austin on October 3, 1902 in South Carolina. Jacob moved to Baltimore, MD after 1906, where he raised several children, namely Helen Elizabeth (aka Nelly Grey), Theodore Roosevelt, Jacob Fisher, Mary Ida, and Audrey Geneva, as well as step-children Nancy Irene Terry, Ethel Terry, and Charlotte Terry. I would like to hear from any and all Corrells. I would especially like to make contact with members of the family of Fisher Correll.

Below are records that document the ancestry of Fisher Correll back to Jacob Correll of Rowan County.


Jacob Correll to John Correll, 1822

Jacob Correll came to Rowan County, North Carolina c1790-1793 from Pennsylvania. Jacob, and brother Philip, settled in southern Rowan County on Coldwater Creek by 1793. The deed records below proves that Jacob was the father of John Correll, husband of Elizabeth Castor. John's tombstone at Mt Zion (Savitz) Church in China Grove states that he was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania on June 21, 1788.

In 1822 Jacob Correll deeded land to John Correll in which he identified John as his son. The deed is transcribed below. Please take careful note of the physical description of the land survey, given in chains [I have also converted the lengths to poles]. Later deed transfers of this land identify John Correll Sr as the father of Jacob Correll (1827-1899), husband of Harriett Groner, and father of Jacob Fisher Correll.

Deed Book 30 p. 869-70. This indenture made the twenty first day of December in the year of our Lord one thusand eight hundred and twenty two between Jacob Correll of the County of Rowan in the State of N Carolina of the one part and John Correll his son of the County of Rowan & State of North Carolina of the other part. Witnesseth: that the said Jacob Correll for and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred & seventy one dollars to him in hand paid by the s'd John Correll the receipt whereof the said Jacob Correll doth hereby afirm...sell & bargain unto the said John Correll and his heirs and assigns forever all that tract and parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Rowan on the waters of Corrells Mill Creek beginning at a post oak the beginning corner of the old original tract Jacob Deals corner on the line of the tract on which said Jacob Correll now lives running thence with said line S 88o Wt crossing the mill race at 16 ch[ains] [64 poles] and passing his and Jacob Shupings hickory and post oak stump corner at 38 1/2 chains then with Shupings line twenty chains more in all fifty eight chains and fifty links [232 poles] to a large black oak his and John Sechlers corner thence No 1o Wt passing said Sechlers and John Corrells black oak (Philips son) at 7 1/2 chains this & John Beavers white oak corner at 25 chains. Then with Beavers line 19 1/2 chains more in all forty four and one half chains [178 poles] to a post oak his corner on Henry Pless's line with Pless's line North 87 1/2o Etpassing his and Jacob Deals hickory post corner at 26 1/2 chains in all fifty seven chains [228 poles] to a small white oak a corner on John Corrells with his line South 3o Et forty five and one half chains [178 poles] to the beginning containing two hundred and fifty seven acres....
Signed: Jacob Correl (seal)
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Jacob Shulibarrier, Adam Stirewalt
Proved February Session 1830 by oath of Adam Stirewalt

The above tract was not the only land owned by Jacob or his son John Correll and some of their adjoining land was mentioned in the survey. Jacob lived on an adjacent tract south of the above property. Also, another John Correll was identified in the deed as the son of Philip Correll, the Revolutionary War soldier from Berks County, who also owned land on branches of Coldwater Creek.

John Correll to Charles and Jacob Correll, 1841 & 1855

In 1841 John Correll divided the above tract and sold 75 acres Charles Correll, identified in the deed as his son. Please note that the surveyor started at the same corner as the 1822 deed, but went counter clockwise, and so the metes and bounds are in reverse order.

1841 Deed Book 35, pp. 160-161. This Indenture made this 20th March 1841 between Jno Correll of the County of Rowan and State of North Carolina of the one part and Charles Correll his son of the County of Rowan & State of North Carolina of the other part: Witnesseth: ...in consideration of the sum of 375 dollars...all that tract or parcel of land lying in the County of Rowan and State of North Carolina bounded as follows, viz: Situated on the waters of Cold Water Creek being a part of the tract of land held by said John Correll beginning at a post oak the beginning corner of the old tract & corner to Jacob Deal, thence with Deals line N 2o West 178 poles to a white oak Samuel Deals corner, thence with his line S 88o West 60 poles to a Hickory on the old line, a new corner, thence a new line S 2o 87 poles to a small post oak on a hill side then South 16o West 95 polescrossing the creek & race to a pile of stones on Daniel Correll's line thence with his line N 88o E crossing the mill race & creek again in a 90 poles to the beginning containing by survey 75 acres of land be the same more or less...
Signed: Jno. Correll (seal)
Signed Sealed & delivered in the presence of Jno Correll Jr & Martin Shine.
Proven in open court by the oath of John Correll Jr, May Session 1841

In 1841 Daniel Correll and wife Nelly Pence lived on the tract where Jacob Correll Sr lived in 1830, and mortgaged it to Peter Deal, husband of Mary Ann Correll, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Castor Correll.

John and Elizabeth's sons, Charles and Daniel Correll, were listed in the household of John and Elizabeth in the 1850, US Census of Rowan County, China Grove. Son Jacob was listed as an apprentice cabinetmaker in the household of Richard Fox in Salisbury.

1850 School District 14 p. 194
John Correll 61 white male PA
    Elizabeth 57 white female NC
    Charles 35 white male NC
    Daniel 33 white male NC

In 1855, John sold the remaining piece of 182 acres to Jacob Correll, also identified as his son, in consideration of taking care of his aging parents. John Correll's wife, Elizabeth (Castor) was also identified in the latter deed. The adjoining land where Jacob lived in 1830 was now owned by another son, Daniel Correll.

1855 Deed Book 40, p. 499-500. Know all men by these that I Jacob Correll Jr of the County of Rowan and State of North Carolina, am here and severally bound unto John Correll Sr (my Father) in the sum of one thousand dollars to be paid unto John Correll Sr his heirs executors...this 30th day of October A.D. 1855. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above named John Correll, Sr has this day sold and conveyed unto his son Jacob Correll all that tract or parcel of land in which the said John Correll Sr is now living containing 182 acres more or less and the said John Correll nevertheless retains unto himself and his wife the possession of the said land and premises the dwelling house barn and all out houses to occupy and use them as he chooses during his as well as his wifes natural life and is agreed upon and understood that as the above bounden Jacob Correll shall provide his Father John Correll and mother Elizabeth Correll to hold peacable possession of the dwelling house, all out houses, barn and so much of the plantation as the said John Correll shall choose to cultivate for his ease and comfort during his life time and will furnish him and his wife as much of the flour, meal, corn, hay, straw, oats, pork, beef, coffee, sugar, molasses, salt, firewood, and things else that may become necessary, during their natural lifetime, and that he will house and take care of the said John Correll & his wife Elisabeth, and in time of such needs pay all Doctors bills that may become necessary from this time and at their death provide for them a decent burial and pay all funeral expenses, then this obligation to be said otherwise to remain in full force and effect
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Levi Correll, John Sloop
Recorded November term 1855.

1855 Deed Book 40, p. 504. This Indenture made this the thirtieth day of October in the year Eighteen hundred and fifty five, between John Correll Sen'r of the County of Rowan and State of North Carolina, of the one part and Jacob Correll Jr, son of John Correll Sen'r, of the County of Rowan and State of North Carolina of the other part, Witnesseth,...in consideration of the sum of Four hundred dollars...all that tract or parcel of land lying in the County of Rowan and State of North Carolina, bounded as follows- Beginning at a pile of stones Charles Correll's corner, in the side of the mill creek and race in Peter Deals line, next South 88o West with said Deals line 144 poles to a black oak John Secklers corner, thence South 1o West 168 poles to a post oak Beavers on Plesses, thence S 87 1/2o West 165 poles to a hickory Charles Corrells corner thence S 2o East 87 poles to a small post oak on a hill side; thence South 16o West 95 poles crossing the creek and race to the beginning...containing by estimate one hundred & eighty two acres, be the same more or less...
Signed: John Correll
Witnesses: John Sloop, Levi Correll
Proved November Term 1855 by John Sloop

1855 Deed Book 40, p. 505. Know all men by these presents, that I John Correll Sen'r of the County and State aforesaid in consideration of my support and maintanience for myself and wife during the term our natural lives have granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto Jacob Correll (my son) all of my house hold and Kitchen furniture, all my stock of hogs, cattle & horses, all my farming tools of every description and all other property that I may have and possess at my death to have and to hold the same to himself his heirs and assigns forever, free and discharged of any and all encumbrance whatsoever after my death and my wife Elizabeth's death but not before. And for the better security of the title, hereby conveyed I for myself my heirs executors and administrators to and with the said Jacob Correll his heirs, execs admin'rs and assignees do warrant and forever defend the same from the lawful claims of any and all persons whatever after my death and my wifes death. And it is hereby agreed and understood that so long as I shall live and my Elisabeth shall live one or other of us shall remain in peaceble possession and enjoyment of the aforesaid property,
In witnesseth wereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of October A.D. 1855
Signed: John Correll
Signed Sealed and delivered inthe presence of John Sloop, Levi Correll

Jacob and Harriett Groner Correll did take care of their parents, John and Elizabeth Castor Correll. They lived with Jacob and Harriet as shown in subsequent US Censuses. Jacob F(isher) Correll was in Jacob and Harriett's household in 1870, although the children were listed in the household of a Frederick Korl. Jacob Fisher Correll was baptised September 21, 1862 at Mt. Zion Reformed Church, China Grove.
 

1860 US Census, China Grove, p. 209

1870 US Census, China Grove, p. 481, household 206/207

Jacob Correll 33 white male NC
Harrette E. 28 white female NC
Cornelia R. 4 white female NC
Catherine A. 2 white female NC
Charles E. 6/12 white male NC
John Correll 73 white male PA
Elizabeth 68 white female NC
Mary Pinkston 17 white female NC

161/161 Jacob Correll 42 farmer NC
Hariet E. 38
Sarah Carpenter 20 NC

206/206 Frederick Korl 32 NC
Cornelia E 14 NC
Charles E. 10 NC
Jacob F. 8 NC
Sallie A. E. 6 NC
John W. S. 4 NC
Harriet E. A. 1 NC

207/207 John Correll 82 PA
Ann Groner 62 NC
Catherine A. Groner 40 NC

Estate of Jacob Correll: Division of Lands, Excluding Fisher Correll

Jacob Correll died April 6, 1899. In 1904 Harriett divided the above land among five of her six children. The survey metes and bounds are identical for the subdivided 182 acres that Jacob Correll received from his parents, John and Elizabeth Castor Correll. Fisher Correll was specifically excluded by order of the Superior Court.

Mr Correll's Father Dead
Mr. J. Fisher Correll, assistant postmaster, was called to China Grove, his former home, yesterday on account of the death of his father. Mr. Correll was 60 years of age.  He died of heart disease.  He was well known and much esteemed in his community.

 

This indenture, made this the 21st day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and four between Harriett E. Correll <unmarried> of the County of Rowan and State of North Carolina, of the first part and a one fifth each as follows to wit: Alice C. Beaver, Hattie E. Sechler, John W. S. Correll, Sallie A. E. Corriher; and one share to Annie Correll for life; remainder in fee to the children of Edward Correll to wit: Phifer Correll, Franklin Correll, Zena Correll, Ruth Correll, Jacob & Mary Correll, and such other children he may to or hereafter but the children of the said Edward Correll shall only have and ___ a one fifth share or part between them.

Witnesseth, that the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar and love and affection to the said party of the first part in hand paid...the following described real estate except a life interest to her reserved, situate, lying and being in the County of Rowan, and State of North Carolina, bounded as follows, to wit:

Beginning at a pile of stones Charles Correll's corner on the west side of the Mill Creek and race corner on Peter Deals line and runs South 88o West with said Deals line 144 poles to a black oak John Sechler's corner thence N 1o W 168 poles to a post oak Browns corner on Pless' line thence N 87o 1/2 East 168 poles to a hickory Charles Correll's corner thence South 2o E 87 poles to a small post oak on a hill side thence S 16o W 95 poles crossing the creek and race to the beginning corner containing by estimation 182 acres more or less and adjoins the lands of George Deal, William Rogers, Marting Blackwelder and others and lies in China Grove township.

For back title see Judgment of the Superior Court at May Term 1904 in the case of Harriett Correll vs Jacob Fisher Correll, the grantor the said Harriet Correll reserves unto herself a life interest in the above described lands and all rents and profits arising therefrom and during her life she shall have absolute control and management of the same and none of the grantees shall have any power or right that so far as rents, etc. ...At the death of the said Harriett E. Correll then said lands shall be divided into five shares either by sale or division between the parties above named but the children of Edward Correll shall only have one share between them and balance shall go to the other parties above named.

Recorded the 21st day of May 1904 in Superior Court, acknowledged by Harriet E. Correll, the grantor.

The above records prove the lineage of Jacob Fisher Correll. As an aside, the reason for the lawsuit of Harriet Correll vs Jacob Fisher Correll, her son, are not altogether clear. It appears Jacob Fisher Correll refused to vacate the family farm. Here are some other court documents concerning this law suit.

1905 Superior Court Minute Docket, vol. 14, p. 43. Harriet E. Correll vs Jacob Fisher Correll
At a Superior Court held at the Court House in Salisbury, on the 9th day of May 1904. Present: Hon. M. H. Justice, Judge, this action having been called for trial and having been tried by the court and a jury and the jury having answered all the issues in favor of Plaintiff, declaring her the owner of the land described in the complaint, and that a deed had been executed and delivered to her for said lands by the defendant:

It is now, on motion of Orman & Gregory, Craige & Craige, and R. Lee Wright, Counsel for the Plaintiff,

1. Adjudged, that Plaintiff is the owner and entitled to the possession of the following described real estate situated in China Grove Township, Rowan County, State of North Carolina, and bounded and described as follows to wit:

Beginning at a pile of stones, Charles Correll's corner, on the west side of the Mill Creek and race and on Peter Deal's line and runs South 88o W, with said Deal's line 144 poles to a black oak, John Sechler's corner, thence N 1o W 168 poles to a post oak, Brown's corner on Pless's line thence N 87o 1/2 E 87 poles to a small post oak on a hill side; thence S 16o W 95 poles crossing the creek and race to the beginning; containing by estimation 182 acres more or less and adjoing the lands of Geo. Deal, William Rogers and others.

2. That this judgment be docketed in the Clerk's Office as a prescribed by law and that the same be registered in the Register's Office of Rowan County in the Record of Deeds as provided by law for the registration of deeds.

3. That the defendant have 30 days from May 21st 1904 to surrender and give up possession of the aforementioned lands to plaintiff, and that if he fails to do so the Clerk of the Superior Court of Rowan County issue a writ, directed to the Sheriff of said County, commanding him to dispossess defendant and put plaintiff in possession of said land.

4. For costs of this action to be taxed by the Clerk against defendant
Signed: M. H Justice, Judge Presiding.

Jacob Fisher Correll left Rowan County about 1904, possibly after losing the above civil action, and went to Baltimore.


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