Cornelius Cemetery


Biography of F. Cornelius

This cemetery is on private property northeast of Midfield near Juanita Creek . There are nine graves, seven of which are members of the Friedrick Cornelius family. There is no access road. This survey was done 17 April 1989 by Maxine Cornelius Johnson and Bobbie Duffy Dykes.

Pictures and map courtesy of Deean Griffith.

1. Mary J. Cornelius born June 30, 1886 - Feb. 22, 1959

2. Estelle Lulu Cornelius
Born Aug. 16, 1872 , married to F. C. Cornelius, Oct. 24, 1899
Died Feb. 13, 1922
Gone from our home but not from our hearts.

3. F. Cornelius, Sr.
Dec. 2, 1850 - April 30, 1946

4. Annie Cornelius
Born Dec. 18, 1852
was married to F. C. Cornelius June 24, 1875
Died April 2, 1894  
Back of stone: No pain, no grief, no
anxious fear
Can reach our loved
one sleeping here.

5. Infant daughter of F. C. & Annie Cornelius
Feb. 15, 1888 - Feb. 16, 1888
Back of stone: Suffer little children Come unto me,
for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven .



6. William Casper Melbourn 
Dec. 29, 1910 - Jun. 23,  1912  
Footstone: SCM
(Child of Will & Helen Cornelius Melbourn)

7. Annie E. Cornelius 
March 23, 1877 - October 23, 1878   Footstone: AEC

(This child was buried near Cash's Creek
and later moved to its present site by Jim Cornelius.)

8 & 9. Milo Wilson
1853 - 1929
Mary E. "Molly" Wilson 1849 - 1931
(The Wilsons were a childless couple and were friends of Fredrick Cornelius)

F. C. Cornelius Dies at El Campo

F.C.Cornelius Sr., 96, a native of Germany, who came to the United States at the age of 20, died at El Campo Tuesday, according to word received here by relatives. Mr. Cornelius, the father of 13 children, was a resident of Midfield. He lived at Indianola, Carancahua bay, Trespalacios, Casher's creek and Juanita.

Burial will be at the family cemetery in Midfield.

Surviving children are Mrs. Dora Duffy of El Campo, Willie Cornelius of Markham, Mrs. Julia Taylor of Aztec, N.M.; Louie Cornelius of Blessing, Mrs. Helen Melbourn of Port Lavaca, Tom and Fred Cornelius of Midfield, Young Cornelius of Sargent, Mrs Juanita Graybill and Leon, James, Foncie and Eugene Cornelius of Houston.

Courtesy of Joe Cornelius

Unknown newspaper, April 30, 1946

Mrs. Mary Cornelius

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary J. Cornelius, wife of the late Fritz Cornelius of Midfield, were held Tuesday in the Wheeler Funeral Parlors in El Campo at 2 p. m. Mrs. Cornelius died Sunday morning in El Campo, where she has made her home in recent years.

Burial, which will be in the family cemetery at Midfield, has been delayed due to the excess rains. 

Mrs. Cornelius left no immediate relatives. She is survived, however, by several step children and step-grandchildren.

Matagorda County Tribune, February 26, 1959

Milo Wilson

Our community was saddened on Thanksgiving day in the passing of one of our oldest citizens, Mr. Milo E. Wilson, whose death occurred about ten o'clock in the morning, after only a short illness. Mr. Wilson had been failing for some time, but hs condition was not known to be serious for but a few days, and his death came rather suddenly from heart disease. The funeral took place Friday afternoon, at the home, with Rev. Charles Founze conducting the service, and the body was laid to rest in the private cemetery of Mr. F. Cornelius, on his ranch near here. Mr. Wilson moved to Midfield with his wife in 1911, from Ohio, and have resided here ever since. His wife survives him, also a niece, Miss Ollie Burden, who has made her home with them for several years, besides a sister and a brother, who live in Ohio. Mr. Wilson was a member of the Methodist Church in Midfield, a good neighbor and friend, and will be missed in the community.

Palacios Beacon, December 5, 1929


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Dec. 2, 2004
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