Descendants of Jacob Westfall, his son Cornelius Westfall and wife Elizabeth Helmick of (West) Virginia

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Most researchers who have an interest in Cornelius Westfall of Lewis County (West) Virginia accept the theory that he was the son of Cornelius Westfall and Elizabeth Westfall and grandson of Abel.  Based on census records for 1810 through 1840 and other evidence, it appears that our Cornelius (husband of Elizabeth Helmick) was too young to be the Cornelius, son of Abel and Ann Bogart, baptized in Kingston, New York in 1759.  It appears that he was actually ten years younger than Cornelius (Bogart) Westfall.   Some evidence suggests he was a son of one of the Jacob Westfall's of Randolph County, and was probably born in Virginia.  For that reason, I am going against the grain, so to speak, and am listing his father as Jacob Westfall, who had sons Cornelius, Joseph and Jonathan.  This Jacob died about 1795 in Randolph County.  His sons Jonathan and Joseph were bound to Hezekiah Rosencranse until they were 21.  More on this below. 

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Individual:
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WESTFALL, Jacob (CORNELIUS4, ABEL3, JOHN2, JURIAEN1)   In September, 1776 a Jacob Westfall Jr. and a Jacob Westfall Sr. were among the signers in Tygarts Valley of a petition to the Governor of Virginia for a troop of Rangers to protect them from the Indians (the junior and senior meant that one was older than the other, not that they were father and son).  In 1795 a complaint was recorded in Randolph County saying two orphans, sons of Jacob Westfall, living with Hezekiah Rosecrance ought to be bound.  Later that same year Joseph and Jonathan Westfall were bound to Hezekiah Rosencranz until the age of 21.  The following year Joseph Westfall came before the court claiming to be almost 21 (so that he was no longer bound to Rosencranz).  In 1802 the will for Joseph Westfall was recorded in Randolph County naming his brother Cornelius of Harrison County and another brother named Jonathan.  At that time the only Cornelius Westfall found on tax lists in Harrison County was the Cornelius who married Elizabeth Helmick.  Research needs to be done in the Randolph County records to obtain these actual records and any others that might clarify who Jacob was and his relationship to our Cornelius Westfall and to Hezekiah Rosecrance.
Sex:
 
Male
Father:
 
Cornelius Westfall (1721-1783) 
Mother:
 
Elizabeth Westfall (1725-?)
Spouse:
 
Unknown (Sidney Pugh?) Some researchers have claimed that one of the Jacob Westfall's in the records of Randolph County, (West) Virginia was married to Sidney Pugh (I can find no evidence for this claim).  After the death of Jacob Westfall (either the one who died in 1795 or the one who died about 1801) Sidney Westfall married Christopher Lamberton in Randolph County on 16 March 1802.
Birth:
abt.
1752
1753
 
Baptised, Machackemeck, Deer Park Township, Orange County, New York on 11 March 1753; parents were Cornelius Westfall and Lisabeth Westfall;  witnesses were Jacob and Margaret Westfall (probably the father and sister of Elizabeth).
Death:
abt 1795  Randolph County, Western Virginia.
Marriage:
abt.
1769
 
Unknown date, possibly about 1768-69 when Jacob was 16-17 years old - certainly not unheard of in that era (based on the approximate birth date of son Cornelius).
Children:
  Jacob Westfall and his spouse had at least three children, we have evidence of those listed below.
1.
i. Cornelius Westfall was born about 1769-70 in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Helmick on 13 Jan 1796 in Lewis County, Virginia.  We have some evidence for as many as eleven children. 
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ii.  Joseph Westfall was born abt 1774, probably in Hardy County, Virginia, died about 1802 in Randolph County at the age of 28. Probably never married.
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iii. Jonathan (John?) Westfall probably born 1776-1780, Hardy County, Virginia. May be the John Westfall in Lewis and Upshur Counties.
Notes:
   
  11
Mar
1753

Machachemec Dutch Reformed Church Baptisms.
Parents: Cornelis Westfael, Lisabeth Westfael
Child: Jacob
Sponsors: Jacob Westfael, Margriet Westfael (probably Elizabeth's father and sister)

  26
Sep
1776
Petition from Tygarts Valley to The Convention of Virginia, "To the Speaker, President, and Gentlemen of the Convention of Virginia. The Petition of the inhabitants of Tigers Valley most humbly sheweth; Theat your Petitioners being in a very remote situation and the very extent of the frontiers and not within less than eighty miles of any relief in case of an emergency, which now we daily expect from the indians, and as our inhabitants consist of about one hundred and fifty families in the course of fifty miles upon the said river of Tigers Valley and including Buchannan NOTWITHSTANDING our weakness and inability we unamiously are willing to exert our utmost endeavours to withstand the enemy. Therefore we you petitioners beg leave to lay before your wisdoms our distressed condition and hope you will allow us three companys as Rangers in the said bounds to be stationed in different ports to suit the said inhabitants, and your petitioners as in duty bound, shall ever pray, & c.
[signed] Benjamin Wilson, Moses Thompson, Jesse Hamilton, Solomon Ryan, Nicholis Smith, John Carr, William Cleaver, George Westfall, Peter Cassity Snr., Daniel Westfall, William White, John Fornelson, Edward Skidmore, James Littell, Joseph Donohe, John Cassity, William Cassity, Adam Obryan, Jonathan Smith, Ephraim Richardson, Patrick Hambleton, Jno. Croutch, Geo. Shavers, John Shavers, Jacob Shavers, Joseph Fornelson, Andw. Croutch, John Croutch, Chas. Fornelson, Aaron Richardson, Joel Wesfall, James Lackey Senr. Jas. Lackey Jr. Danl. McClain., Alexr, McClain, Joseph Barker, Ralph Stewart, Wm. Barker, David Headon, William Westfall, William Gibson, Anthony Smith, Nicklas Wolf, John Yokum, Jacob Westfall Junior, Jacob Westfall senior, Jonas Friend, James Westfall, Peter Cassety Jnr., Adam Obryan, David Cassity, William Smith, Behnjm. Abbott, William Currants, Wm. Elliott, Richard Elliott, Willm. Martin, Jacob Soneacre Senr, Jacob Stoneacre Jun. John Truby, Stufel Truby, Thomas Levet, John White, William Smith, [appears twice,] Jonatan Smith, [appears twice,] Philip Peatro, Leonard Petro, William McKim, Cornelis Bogard, Issac Wood, John Sulivan
  08
Feb
1781
WILL OF CORNELIUS WESTFALL, HAMPSHIRE COUNTY, VA., Dated Feb. 8, 1781; probated, Hampshire Co., Va., March 11, 1783 -
"In the name of God Amen, I Cornelius Westfall of the County of Hampshire and the state of Virginia being very sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory ... do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament... The Worldly Estate which it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give ... and dispose of in the following manner...First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Magdalene Westfall, the privilege of one third of the benefit of my plantation I now dwell on as long as she shall bear the name she is now of.  [Second] Also, I give and bequeath unto my son, Jacob Westfall, my smooth gun.   Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my beloved sons, Isaac Westfall and Zachariah Westfall all my lands and [unreadable] an equal share with the rest of my children of the movable estate except such particulars as I shall hereafter mention. I do not mean for Isaac and Zachariah to hold the land without having it appraised and paying to such as shall be hereafter named in particularly such share of land.   Fourth, I give and bequeath unto Jacob Westfall one fifth part of the value of the lands, and to Cornelius Westfall one fifth part of the value of the lands, and unto John Westfall one fifth part of the value of the lands, and my will is if my two sons, Cornelius and John, should not return that their part of the Estate shall fall to Isaac and Zachariah. [Fifth] I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Westfall, a feather bed and furniture, a cow and a calf, her choice of my cattle, two ewes, her choice, and an equal share of the movable estate.   Now my desire is to have the rest of the moveable estate appraised and let all my children have an equal part. I do constitute and appoint my friend, Samuel Hornback and my eldest son, Jacob, as my executors of this my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of February, one thousand seven hundred and eighty one.
Witnesses present: Stephen Rudelift  Phineas Wells  [Cornelius signed with his mark]
  11
Mar
1783

At Court held for Hampshire County on the 11th day of March 1783, This Last Will and Testament of Cornelius Westfall deceased was presented in Court by Jacob Westfall one of the Executors herein named and proved by the oaths of Stephen Rudelift and Phineas Wells, and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the said Executor, who made it according to law, Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, giving security. Where upon, he together with his Security entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of .... for his due and faithful Execution of the said Decedent's Estate and performance of his Will. Eleanor Westfall, widow of the said Decedent having declared that she wants naught of anything by the same given or bequeathed to her Lecen an need any benefit or advantage she might claim by the Hereby.  Test. And..Wodrow Co. Cur.  Cornelius Westfall's Last Will & Testament  Rec'd and Examined 1783

  23
Dec
1783
Randolph County, West Virginia - Randolph County Land Entry Book #2
Jacob Westfall
Ass..ee of George Harness Ass..ee of John Coldwell Ass..ee of John Lewis Enters 200 acres part of Land Office Treasury warrant of 5000 acres No. 21541 Dated 23d Decemr 1783 on Roaring Creek to begin 100 poles above Buchanon Road and Extending down from the Creek on both sides 300 poles. 
  21
Sep
1784

Randolph County, West Virginia - Randolph County Land Entry Book #2
Jacob Westfall Senr Ass..ee of George Harness Ass..ee of John Coldwell Ass..ee of John Lewis Enters 150 acres part of a Land Office Treasury warrant of 5000 acres No. 21541 dated 23d Decem. 1783 on Dodsons Run a drain of Tygers Valley River Beginning at the first right hand fork above the War Road, and extending up the said fork on both sides 150 poles

  28
Oct
1789
INDENTURE, ZACHARIAH WESTFALL TO JACOB WESTFALL JR.: This indenture of agreement made this twenty-eighth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand, seven hundred and eighty nine, Witnesseth that I, Zachariah Westfall of the County of Randolph and the State of Virginia for and in the consideration of the sum of forty pounds current money of Virginia to me in hand paid by Jacob Westfall, Jr. of the County of Hardy and the State aforesaid, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and do by these presents bargain and sell all my Right, Title and Claim by virtue of my Father's last will and testament one half of a tract of land containing ninety five acres lying in Lord Fairfax Manor on the South Branch and coursed by John Westfall's land on the one side and Joseph Petties land on the other side which land is now possessed by Jacob Westfall Jr. and is in law between the said Jacob Westfall Jr. and John Singleton unto the above named Jacob Westfall Jr. which half of ninety five acres the said Jacob Westfall Jr. should recover the said land by law. The said land is to be his and his heirs and assigns forever and I do hereby by these presents in open and plain market sell and make over for myself, and my heirs all my right and claim of the said land unto the said Jacob Westfall Jr. his heirs and assigns by virtue of my father's last will and Testament. Now if the said Jacob Westfall Jr. should recover the said land by law then I, myself, my heirs or Executors are to make over a deed and lawful right such as the law requires for the more efficient conveyance of land to the said Jacob Westfall Jr. his heirs and assigns. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year above be written.
Zachariah Westfall; Signed Sealed and acknowledged in the presence of Isaac Westfall, Robr. McCabe At a court held for Hardy County the 12th day of April 1790; This Indenture and wording was proven by the oaths of the witnesses and ordered to be recorded
By the Court; Ed Williams
  28
Jan
1793

See the above indenture by Zachariah Westfall.  There were a series of law suits between Jacob Westfall and John Singleton. This was an appeal filed by Jacob Westfall to an earlier ruling that awarded the land to Singleton based on Abel Westfall's "death bed donation" to his son John. John later sold this land to Singleton although his brother Cornelius later took possession of the land.  This was the final ruling that awards the land back to Jacob Westfall as the plaintiff.

1793 - Fall Term Virginia Court of Appeals; (Part of 12CC270-271, page 227; Draper Manuscripts):
Jacob Westfall vs. John Singleton, Appeal from the High Court of Chancery.
Sometime in the year of 1749, Lord Fairfax by a public advertisement invited settlers to that part of the northern neck where the land in question was, promising to make rights to such as would settle there. A man of the name of Vanderpool, having previously made a settlement upon the tract in dispute, he about this time sold the same to Abel Westfall who took possession and continued to hold it until the year of 1755 when he died intestate, leaving two sons, Cornelius, his eldest, and John. Lord Fairfax having granted a very large tract of country (including within it the land in question) to Bryant Martin, received a reconveyance of it and laid off the whole as a Manor. In the year of 1770 upon the application of the settlers, he, by a writing under his hand, agreed to convey to them their respective settlements for their lives, renewable forever, reserving an annual rent, which agreement was proved and recorded. Cornelius Westfall who at the time of his father's death and long after lived in the state of New Jersey, removed to this Commonwealth and took possession of the land in question about the year of 1773, and continued to hold it until his death in 1782, having by his will devised it to his two sons, Isaac and Zachariah, who afterwards conveyed the same to Jacob Westfall, the Plaintiff. Cornelius paid rent for this land for some years, though Lord Fairfax had refused to convey it to him. The defendant [John Singleton] who claimed under a purchase from John Westfall, the younger son of Abel Westfall, by the defendant's father, and a deed in consequence thereof from Lord Fairfax in the year of 1773 [1775?] and the defendant states in his answer that it was customary in that part of the country, for persons having made settlement rights to transfer the same by deathbed donation which were always considered valid. That Abel Westfall made such a disposition of this land in question to his son, John, who had shared with him his toil and danger of making this settlement; that the defendant and his father held possession until 1774 when Cornelius Westfall took possession. There is some evidence proving a custom similar to that mentioned in the answer. The defendant having recovered the land in ejectment, this bill was filed, praying for an injunction and conveyance. This Chancellor dismissed the bill being of the opinion that the equity therein stated was neither admitted by the answer nor established by the evidence. If Lord Fairfax had not originally invited settlement on his lands on the South Branch by a promise of making them titles, he was nevertheless bound by his advertisement of the 5th of August 1749 to grant title to all persons settled thereon. That Abel Westfall being at that time settled on the land in disputation, was a purchaser from Vanderpool, the original settler, was entitled to a grant thereof from Lord Fairfax in the usual terms of granting his lands; and Abel Westfall dying as untitled in the year of 1755 without making a will or other disposition of it, his equitable interest therein descended to Cornelius Westfall, his eldest son and heir at law (in possession of the land)."
Fall Term, 1793

  23
Feb
1795
RANDOLPH CO. WEST VIRGINIA Minute Book 1787-1799, pg. 238, 244, 248; FHL film #808223; 23 Feb 1795.
( Pg 238) Whereas a complaint hath been make by one of the overseers of the poor of the Valley District that two orphan children, both boys, sons of Jacob Westfall deceased now living with Hezikiah Rosacrons ought to be bound. Ordered that the overseers of the Valley District do provide suitable masters for the said two boys to be bound to according to law, against the next court to be held for the county.
( Pg 244) Ordered that Joseph Westfall and Jonathon Westfall orphan children of Jacob Westfall Deceased be bound by the overseers of the poor unto Hezikiah Rosacrons until they arrive to full age according to law.
(Pg 248) Ordered that a former order passed by this court be rescinded so far as ____ Josiah Westfall’s being bound as an apprentice unto Hezikiah Rosacrons it appearing to the court that he is almost 21 years of age.
  28
July
1800
Randolph Co. West Virginia Min. Bk 1799-1801 Pg 31 FHL film # 1480702 (Item 2).
Where as Joseph Westfall of this County appears to be insane and likely to become chargeable to the Commonwealth, and Zacariah Westfall came into court and said that he would give bond with security to keep the said Joseph Westfall from becoming chargeable to this county and use him the said Joseph Westfall in a good humane and friendly manner and take good care of him. Where upon the said Zacariah Westfall with Nicholas Gibson and Abraham Cutright his securities and acknowledge themselves bound unto James Munroe Esq. Governor of the Commonwealth to wit the said Zacariah Westfall in the sum of one hundred Dollars, and each of his securities above named in the sum of fifty Dollars each to be levied of their goods Lands chattels & Tenaments for the use of the said Commonwealth. Rendered on this condition that if the above bound Zacariah Westfall doth well and truly keep and take care of Joseph Westfall an insane young man and feed and cloath him in a decent manner and take good care of what property real and personal for one year from the date of these presents, which belongs to the said Joseph Westfall then the above obligations to be void otherwise remain in full force.” Zacariah Westfall, Nicholas Gibson, Abraham Cutright (In the 18th century, (1701-1800) someone suffering from epilepsy was considered "insane".  If Joseph had epilepsy, or some similar form of a brain abnormality, it would explain his ability to make a will in 1802 and his early death at the age of 28)
  1
May
1802

Randolph Co. West Virginia Min. Bk 1801-1806 Pg 47 FHL film # 1480702 (Item 1).
Ordered that Abraham Kittle Junr Nicholas _???__ Hezakiah Rosakrance and Thomas Phillips Junr any three of them being first sworn do appraise the estate of Joseph Westfall Deceased and report the same to the next court.

  June
1802

Will of Josiah (Joseph) Westfall, dated June 1802 names brothers Cornelius Westfall of Harrison County and Jonathan Westfall; estate appraised in June 1802;

  July
1802
Randolph Co. West Virginia Will Book 1 Page 104 FHL film # 808234; July 1802 court.
The estate of Josiah Westfall Alias Joseph deceased. (This record records the sale of property.  This document clearly shows that Josiah and Joseph are one and the same person).  
  Sept
1809
Randolph Co. West Virginia Will Book 1 Page 104 FHL film # 808234;  Estate sale bill dated September 1809; estated settled same date.  I do not have copies of these documents from Randolph County, which I believe are important to resolve relationship questions.  There is a great need for Westfall research in Randolph County records in the county courthouse is in Elkins, WV.
Sources not listed above:   Delores Jeanne Russell (deceased) transcribed several of these documents and sent them to me in 2006.  She did not give me the specific book and page where some of these were found.
1.
Cutright, W. B., History of Upshur County West Virginia From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time (Clarksburg, West Virginia, privately published, 1907), Google Books on the Internet; http://books.google.com/books, Part 2, COUNTY HISTORY - many references to Westfall family members.
  2. W. Lynn Hutchison of Dublin, Ohio Correspondence (1) (April 17, 1983).
  3. Hutchison, W. Lynn, WEST VIRGINIA WESTFALL FAMILY NOTES (Dublin, Ohio, 1983, , 1983), Papers of Ronald N. Wall.
  4. Vol. V, Collections of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, MINISINK VALLEY REFORMED DUTCH CHURCH RECORDS 1716-1830, (1540 Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, MD 20716, Facsimile Reprint, Heritage Books Inc., 1992 (original printed in 1913)), Internet Archive
(http://archive.org/stream/minisinkvalleyre00vosb/minisinkvalleyre00vosb_djvu.txt), RECORDS OF BAPTISMS OF THE REFORMED CHURCH AT MACHACKEMECK (DEERPARK) 1737-1803.
  5. Virginia Heads of Families, 1782 (First Census of the United States, 1790), National Archives, Washington, D.C., Harrison County, 1785.
     

1. Cornelius Westfall - Elizabeth Helmick and Edith Wilson - The sixth(?) generation from Juriaen, the immigrant ancestor.

Individual:
1.
WESTFALL, Cornelius (JACOB5, CORNELIUS4, ABEL3, JOHN2, JURIAEN1)  
Sex:
 
Male
Father:
 
Jacob Westfall (1752-1795)
Mother:
 
Unknown
Spouse:
1.
Elizabeth Helmick, (ca.1775-1815) daughter of Jacob Helmick;  We know very little about Elizabeth except for her father's will and her marriage to Cornelius, there seems to be little or no documentation that mentions her.  Her date of birth and death are both unknown for certain.  It is appears likely that she died about 1815 and Cornelius remarrried to Edith Wilson, probably the daughter of George Wilson. 
  2. Edith Wilson   (probably the daughter of George Wilson)
Birth:
1769  Probably in Hardy County, Virginia (see notes below for calculation of his birth date)
Death:
abt 1844  Lewis County, Virginia.  Land Records consisting of Lewis County tax lists from 1829 through 1845 seem to indicate that he died between 1844-1845.  Cornelius is consistently listed (along with son John H. Westfall) for those years on Bryant's Fork of Salt Lick Creek (1829) and Saul's Run (1831-1845).
Marriage:
13 Jan 1796   Randolph County, Virginia - Cornelius Westfall to Elizabeth Helmick by Phineahas Wells
  2 Apr 1815 Harrison County, Virginia - Cornelius Westfall to Edith Wilson
Children:
  Cornelius Westfall and Elizabeth Helmick probably had eight children; we have evidence of those listed below.
2.
i. Jacob C. Westfall was born in 1797 in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Smith on 08 Aug 1818 in Lewis County, Virginia.  We have evidence of seven children. 
3.
ii.  Nancy Westfall was born abt 1799. She married Peter Cutright on 11 Dec 1816 in Harrison County, Virginia.
4.
iii. Barbara Westfall was born 1802. She married George Allman on 21 Dec 1820 in Lewis County, Virginia.
5.
iv. Walter M. Westfall was born Abt. 1804 in Virginia.  He married Margaret Montgomery in Randolph County, Virginia on 16 July 1826. He is located in Lewis County on the 1850 census.  We know of six children [13]
6.
v. John H. Westfall was born in 1806 in Harrison County, He married first Elizabeth Allman (1809-1850), daughter of William Allman and Elizabeth Weatherholt; he married second after the death of his first wife, Lydia (Wilson) Smith on 19 Apr 1851 in Lewis County, (West) Virginia. He died on 01 May 1870 in Upshur Co., West Virginia. We suspect his full name to be John Helmick Westfall.
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vi. male Westfall, born abt 1808 in Harrison County, Virginia. (1810, 1820 censuses)
___ vii. male Westfall, born abt 1811 in Harrison County, Virginia (1820 Census)
___ viii. male Westfall, born abt 1814 in Harrison County, Virginia (1820 census)
    Cornelius Westfall and Edith Wilson probably had three children; we have evidence of those listed below.
___ ix. female Westfall, born abt 1816 in Harrison/Lewis County, Virginia (1820 census)
7. x. Peter Westfall, born about 1819 in Lewis County, Virginia; married Barbara Clark about 1840
8.
xi. George Albert Westfall, born about 1821, Lewis County, Virginia; married Mary Ann Cutright on 9 Jan. 1843, in Lewis County; at least 10 children.
Notes:
   
  27
Jan
1759
MINISINK VALLEY REFORMED DUTCH CHURCH RECORDS 1716-1830, RECORDS OF BAPTISMS OF THE REFORMED CHURCH AT MACHACKEMECK (DEERPARK) 1737-1803.  Baptism of Cornelius, son of Cornelius and Elizabeth Westfall 27 January 1759; children were baptized as soon as possible after birth.  Sometimes as soon as a week, but depending on travel distances sometimes up to a month or more.  This suggests that this Cornelius could have been born as early as December 1758.  This seems to exclude him from being the Cornelius who married Elizabeth Helmick.  None of the census records support this as the date of birth for our Cornelius.
  13
Jan
1796
A Record of Marriages Celebrated within the County of Randolph with dates when Solemnized, pg. 5 (1795-1796) Cornelius Westfall to Elizabeth Helmick (Daughter of) Jacob Helmick, (married by) Phineahas Wells, Jan. 13, 1796. (there are two similar records of this marriage; the other record appears to be a later copy put into a printed register book (pg. 33), while the older document is a two page handwritten document.  The latter spells the minister's name as Phinehas Wells.  His name appears often in the records with the Westfall family in Hampshire and Hardy Counties).
  1810 Census, Virginia, Harrison County; Cornelius Westfall household - males: 3 under 10; 1 10-16; 1 26-45; females: 1 under 10; 1 10-16; 1 26-45. (both adults born between 1765-1784)
  2 Apr 1815 Harrison County Marriage Book 2, pg. 34 - Cornelius Westfall and Edith Wilson (Lewis County was formed from Harrison in 1816)
  26
July
1817

(Abstract of Deed), Lewis County, Virginia Deed - , Alex E. McConnell and Mary his wife to Cornelius Westfall, 26 July 1817, "On the Salt Lick Creek" Lewis County, Virginia "This Indenture made & entered into this 26th day of July" .... 1817 between Alex. E. McCol Atorny [sic] in part for Alexander McConnell and his wife Mary of Ohio County, Virginia and Cornelious Westfall of the County of Lewis ... that for the sum of seventy-five Dollars ... paid by Cornelius Westfall ... a certain tract and parcel of land lying ... in Lewis County on the waters of Briants [Bryants] fork of Salt Lick Creek, being the same land the said Cornelus Westfall now lives and bounded as follows, beginning at a popular the upper corner of George Wilson's land running thence ... [survey markers] thence down the ridge to George Wilson's line ... containing fifty acres (from original deed photo copied at the Lewis County Courthouse, Weston, West Virginia, April 2009. 

The Lewis County Land Records (1822-1840) indicate that Salt Lick Creek and Bryant's Fork lay south of Buckhannon 28 miles.  This would be in the vicinity of Helvetia, WV in Randolph County where there is a small Salt Lick Fork (not creek).  There is also a Salt Lick Creek in the North East corner of Braxton County, which is about the same distance South West of Buckhannon.  I can not find a Bryant's Fork on either of these streams on any maps that I have of West Virginia.

  1820 Census, Virginia, Lewis County, Page 153. Cornelius Westfall household - males: 3 under 10; 2 10-16; 1 16-18; 1 16-26; 1 45 and over; females: 1 under 10; 1 26-45 (male born before 1775, female 1775-1804); this limits Cornelius' birth to 1765-1775).
  1829 Lewis County Land Records, 1822-1840 list Cornelius Westfall (50 acres) and George Wilson (100 acres) on Bryant's Fork of Salt Lick Creek, south 27-28 miles from the court house in Buckhannon. 

17
April
1830

(Abstract of deed), Peter Cutright and Nancy his wife of Lewis County, Virginia to Cornelius & John H. Westfall "of the same place", 17 April 1830 "... in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty-five dollars ..." a tract of land part of 159 acres, a patent granted by the Commonwealth of Virginia to George Bogarth on 30 Oct 1779 and conveyed by deed to Peter Cutright on 22 April 1822 and recorded in Lewis County Court in Deed Book B page 284 .. [land] in Lewis County on Saul's Run a drain of Finks Run ... along each line of the patent down both sides of the glade to Cornelius Westfall's improvements thence across [the glade] with its mill and house the said piece of land containing 100 acres. 40 acres of the 100 acres at the lower end of the tract to Cornelius Westfall ... and sixty acres at the upper end of the tract to John H. Westfall. A note in the left-hand margin says, "Delivered to John H. Westfall Sept. 21st 1835."

This land is along Saul's Run just south of Lorentz, Upshur County, W.Va. in a valley bounded by a ridge on each side. The pictures on the right are from when I visited the area along with my daughter in April 2008.  All of this valley would have belonged to Cornelius and John H. Westfall, our ancestors.  Before that this land belonged to Peter Cutright and wife Nancy (Westfall) Cutright.  Nancy was the oldest daughter of Cornelius.   This is an absolutely beautiful spot.  Cornelius and John H. lived in the area that is today Upshur County.  They apparently came there from Bryant's Fork of Salt Lick Creek, which we have not located on WV maps.

HISTORY OF LORENTZ COMMUNITY, "Cornelius Westfall was the first settler on Saul's Run. He was the grandfather of George W. Allman and the late Jacob M. Allman."


Pictures of the valley of Saul's Run just below the town of Lorentz in Upshur County.  This was the land that son-in-law Peter Cutright sold to John H. and Cornelius Westfall
  1830 Census, Lewis Co., Virginia [at this time Upshur County was still part of Lewis] Page 261. Cornelius Westfall household - males: 2 5-10; 1 60-70; females: 1 15-20.  (limits Cornelius' birth to 1765-1770)
  1831 Lewis County Land Records (1822-1840) lists Cornelius Westfall and [John] H. Westfall of Lewis County with 100 acres on Saul's Run, conveyed to the Westfall's by Peter Cutright the previous year.
  July
1834

"Cornelius Westfall of Lewis County an applicant for a Pension.  Declaration made in the Spring of 1834.  "Jacob J. Jackson of Lewis County a Gentleman of character & substance Says that some short time past Westfall being at his house and having previously heard that he had applied for a pension and that subject being introduced in conversation, he Jackson to Westfall.."that in swearing that he had been a soldier in the Revolutionary War he had sworn to a lie."  Westfall replied, "you don't know as much as you think you do."  Jackson then read and explained the Pension Law to Westfall, after which Westfall said he had been [unreadable] upon "by them fellows" that he has been made to believe that he was entitled to a pension for service in the Indian wars that were carried on after the War of the Revolution had terminated.  Westfall had told Jackson that Jonathan Wamsley "had done him disservice."
Respectfully Reported - WG Singleton - Special Agent - July 1834."

[This document proves conclusively that our Cornelius was not a soldier during the American Revolution.  I believe the reason Jackson know it to be untrue was because he knew Cornelius was too young to have served between 1776-1782].

  1840 Census, Lewis County, Virginia, Page 140. Cornelius Westfall household - male: 1 20-30; 1 70-80. females: 1 5-10; 1 30-40; 1 60-70. (limits Cornelius' birth to 1765-1770)
 

1836
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1844

Lewis County Land Records, 1835-1849 list Cornelius & John H. Westfall together with 100 acres on Saul's Run, ten miles east of Buckhannon.  The last record for Cornelius is for the tax year 1844.  Upshur County was formed from Lewis in 1851.
Sources:
1.
Cutright, W. B., History of Upshur County West Virginia From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time (Clarksburg, West Virginia, privately published, 1907), Google Books on the Internet; http://books.google.com/books, Part 2, COUNTY HISTORY - many references to Westfall family members.
  2. W. Lynn Hutchison of Dublin, Ohio Correspondence (1) (April 17, 1983).
  3. Hutchison, W. Lynn, WEST VIRGINIA WESTFALL FAMILY NOTES (Dublin, Ohio, 1983, , 1983), Papers of Ronald N. Wall.
   4. Allen, Frank Hales, WESTFALL FAMILY LINEAGE, Descendants of Juriaen van Westphalen (Lakewood, Ohio, 1945), Papers of Ronald N. Wall.
   5. Virginia Heads of Families, 1782 (First Census of the United States, 1790), National Archives, Washington, D.C., Harrison County,
1785. Cornelius Westfall, 3 in household[This is probably the Cornelius, son of Cornelius and Elizabeth Westfall.  Our Cornelius would have been only thirteen years old].
  6. 1810 Census, Virginia, Harrison County (Provo, UT, Ancestry.com), Ancestry.com, [database on-line], Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Page 102. Cornelius Westfall household - males: 3 under 10; 1 10-16; 1 26-45; females: 1 under 10; 1 10-16; 1 26-45 [both adults born between 1765-1784; Cornelius would have been about 40 years old in 1810]
  7.

1820 Census, Virginia, Lewis County, Ancestry.com, [on-line database] Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Provo, UT, Page 153.
Cornelius Westfall household - males: 3 under 10; 2 10-16; 1 16-18; 1 16-26; 1 45 and over; females: 1 under 10; 1 26-45 (male born before 1775, female 1775-1804); this limits Cornelius' birth to 1765-1775; Elizabeth to 1775).

  8. 1830 Census, Lewis Co., Virginia (Provo, UT, Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), Ancestry.com [on-line database], Page 261.
Cornelius Westfall household - males: 2 5-10; 1 60-70; females: 1 15-20 (limits Cornelius' birth to 1765-1770)
  9. 1840 Census, Lewis County, Virginia (Provo, UT, Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), Ancestry.com [on-line database], Page 140.
Cornelius Westfall household - male: 1 20-30; 1 70-80. females: 1 5-10; 1 30-40; 1 60-70. (limits Cornelius' birth to 1765-1770)
  10. Vol. V, Collections of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, MINISINK VALLEY REFORMED DUTCH CHURCH RECORDS 1716-1830, (1540 Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, MD 20716, Facsimile Reprint, Heritage Books Inc., 1992 (original printed in 1913)), Internet Archive
(http://archive.org/stream/minisinkvalleyre00vosb/minisinkvalleyre00vosb_djvu.txt), RECORDS OF BAPTISMS OF THE REFORMED CHURCH AT MACHACKEMECK (DEERPARK) 1737-1803.
  11. Randolph County, Virginia, County Clerk's Office, A Record of Marriages Celebrated within the County of Randolph, pg. 5 (1795-1796)
Cornelius Westfall Elizabeth Helmick Jan. 13, 1796.; West Virginia Archives & History On-Line Database; photocopies of original vital records of West Virginia counties (not complete).
  12. Lewis County, Virginia Deed Alex. E. McConnell and wife Mary to Cornelius Westfall, 26 July 1817 (Lewis County Court House, Weston, West Virginia, April 2009), Deed Book ?, pg 131-132. (Photo copy of original record)
  13. National Archives Revolutionary War Pension Applications, R-11333, Cornelius Westfall of Lewis County, Virginia
"Cornelius Westfall of Lewis County an applicant for a Pension.  Declaration made in the Spring of 1834. (Denied)
  14. HISTORY OF LORENTZ COMMUNITY, By A. J. Marple 1923 - http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/wv/upshur/history/lorentz.txt
  15. Deed, Peter Cutright and Nancy his wife of Lewis County, Virginia to Cornelius & John H. Westfall "of the same place", 17 April 1830, Lewis County Deed Book, Lewis County Courthouse, Weston, West Virginia, photo copy made April 2009
  16. Lewis County, Virginia Deed - Alex E. McConnell and Mary his wife to Cornelius Westfall, 26 July 1817, "On the Salt Lick Creek" Lewis County, Virginia; photo copy made in the Lewis County Courthouse, Weston, WV in 2009.
  17. Lewis County Land Records, 1822-1840 and Lewis County Land Records, 1835-1849; examined, copied and extracted at the Lewis County Court House, Weston, WV in June 2013 by Jolie Madia, Tonya Madia and Ronald Wall.
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GENERATION 2 From CORNELIUS WESTFALL

2. Jacob C. Westfall and Elizabeth Smith

Individual:
2.
WESTFALL, Jacob C. (CORNELIUS1, JACOB WESTFALL)
Jacob C. Westfall is listed on the 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850 censuses of Lewis Co., Virginia. He is listed on the same page as Cornelius Westfall on the 1820 census, and close to Cornelius and John H. Westfall on the 1840 census.  On the 1850 census Jacob and his family are listed next to his son John C. Westfall, age 31, and his family.  In 1860 Jacob and his family was located in Roane County next door to his son William.
Sex:
 
Male
Father:
1. 
Cornelius Westfall (abt. 1769-1844) I have found no confirmation of Cornelius' date of death in 1844. He died before the 1850 census.
Mother:
 
Elizabeth Helmick (born abt. 1775-?)
Spouse:
 
Elizabeth Smith (born abt. 1779-1870's)
Birth:
  abt. 1797, probably in Randolph County, Virginia
Death:
 Bef
1870
Before 1 June 1870, date of 1870 census, probably in Roane County, West Virginia 
Marriage:
 8
Aug
1818
Lewis County, Virginia; married by William Hacker
Children:
  Jacob C. Westfall and Elizabeth Smith had at least seven, probably as many as ten as indicated by the 1820-1840 censuses; these are the names of those we know about. 
9.
i. John C. Westfall, born about 1819 probably in Lewis County, Virginia; married Elizabeth Parker, 12 March 1839 in Lewis County.  Notice the big gap, almost eight years, in births between John C. Westfall and his brothers.
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ii. Emanuel Westfall, born about 1828; disappears from records after the 1850 census in Lewis County.

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iii. Asby P. Westfall, born about 1830, probably Lewis County, Virginia; married Elizabeth Cottrell, 14 March 1871 in Roane County
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iv. Granville B. Westfall, born 31 March1835, Skin Creek, Lewis County, Virginia; died 1 September 1853 at the age of 18 years, 5 months, 1 day; parents Jacob and Elizabeth Westfall of Skin Creek.  No cause of death listed; no descendants. 
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v. William P. Westfall, born about 1837 probably in Lewis County; married Rebecca Ann Borough on 07 Oct 1856 in Lewis County; died sometime between 1900 and 1910 (I believe it is possible that some descendant will find his grave); William and Rebecca had at least seven children.
12.
vi.  Perry C. Westfall, born abt 1840 in Lewis County; died 19 Aug. 1907 in Spencer, Roane County, West Virginia; married Elizabeth Reynolds on 01 September 1865.
13.   vii. Marinda J. Westfall, born about 1842 in Lewis County; married Samuel Cottrell, 10 March 1864 in Roane County.
     
Notes:
  Jacob C. Westfall is listed on the 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850 censuses of Lewis Co., Virginia. He is listed on the same page as Cornelius Westfall on the 1820 census, and close to Cornelius and John H. Westfall on the 1840 census. On the 1850 census Jacob and his family are listed next to the household of his son John C. Westfall, age 31, and his family.
  08
Aug
1818
Lewis County, Virginia, West Virginia Archives, vital records (marriages); Pg. 4; Jacob C. Westfall and Elizabeth Smith, 08 Aug 1818
  1820  Lewis County, Virginia census; pg 153; Jacob Westfall household - males: 1 under 10 [John C., age 1]; 1 16-26; females: 1 16-26.
  1830  Lewis County, Virginia census; pg 261; Jacob C. Westfall - males: 2 under 5 [Asby, age 1, Emanuel, age 2],; 2 5-10 [two unknown, born between 1820 to 1825]; 1 10-15 [John C., age 11]; 1 30-40; females: 1 5-10; 1 20-30.
  1840  Lewis County, Virginia census; pg. 139, Jacob C. Westfall males: 3 under 5; 2 5-10; 2 10-15; 1 40-50; females: 1 15-20; 1 40-50.
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Sep
1850

1850 Census, Dist 30, Lewis Co., Virginia, pg. 77, dwelling 1021, 1022
John C. Westfall.......31 M   farmer   [all born in Va.]
Elizabeth................32 F
Rebecca A. .............13 F
Derinda J. ..............11 F
Martha E. ..............  9 F
Matilda .................. 6 F
Felitha .................  2 F
Angelina ............ 2/12 F [two months old - born abt. April 1850]
Jacob C. Westfall ... 53 M farmer
Elizabeth ..............51 F
Emanuel ...............22 M
Asby P. ................20 M
Granville.............. 15 M
William................ 13 M
Perry...................10 M
Marinda J. ............  8 F

15
June
1850
1860 U. S. census, Roane County, Virginia, pg. 32; P.O. Roxalana: dwelling 208, 209
Jacob C. Westfall.....62 M farmer
Elizabeth.............. 60 F
Asba ...................29 M
Perry ..................20 M
Marinda .............. 17 F
Wm. Westfall ....... 23 M
Rebecca A. ..........24 F
Hanna.................  3 F
Eli M. ................  1 M
Sources: 1. Lewis County, Virginia, West Virginia Archives, vital records (marriages), Pg. 4; Jacob C. Westfall and Elizabeth Smith, 08 Aug 1818.; West Virginia Division of Culture & History [On-Line Database] http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx.
2. 1820 U. S. Census, Lewis County, Virginia, pg. 153, digital image, Ancestry.com Operations Inc. [on-line database], Provo, UT; Jacob C. Westfall household.
  3. 1830 U. S. Census, Lewis County, Virginia, pg. 261; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations Inc. [on-line database], Provo, UT; Jacob C. Westfall household.
  4. 1840 U. S. Census, Lewis County, Virginia, pg. 139; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations Inc. [on-line database], Provo, UT; Jacob C. Westfall household.
   5. 1850 Census, Dist 30, Lewis Co., Virginia (Provo, UT, Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), Ancestry.com [on-line database], pg. 77, dwellings 1021, 1022; John C. Westfall household, Jacob C. Westfall household.
   6. 1860 U. S. census, Roane County, Virginia, pg. 32; P.O. Roxalana: Jacob C. Westfall household; Wm. Westfall household.; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Provo, UT.

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3. Nancy Westfall and Peter Cutright

Individual:
3.
WESTFALL, Nancy ( (CORNELIUS1, JACOB WESTFALL)   A few public family trees on Ancestry.com lists as many as eight children.  I can only document Elizabeth Cutright, born about 1818 and apparently never married; Nancy J. Cutright, born about 1840; possibly Rebecca Cutright, born about 1845 (I am inclined to believe she may have been a grandchild).  Other family trees give the names Barbara, Prudence, Cornelius, Phoebe and Salathiel(?) Cutright.  I cannot document any of these as children of Nancy and Peter.
Sex:
 
Female
Father:
1. 
Cornelius Westfall
Mother:
 
Elizabeth Helmick
Spouse:
 
Peter Cutright   was born probably about 1790, according to census returns, although the Register of Deaths for Upshur County states he was 83 on 7 May 1870 when he died; Nancy his wife was the informant.
Birth:
Abt
1799
Nancy was probably born in what today is Upshur County
Death:
  Nancy died in May 1880 in Upshur County.  The couple lived near the village of Lorentz in what is today Upshur County. 
Marriage:
11
Dec
1816
Minister return by John Mitchel gives the date of 9 Dec 1816; however, the marriage bond was dated 11 Dec 1816.  I believe the later date is the correct one
Children:
  Nancy Westfall and Peter Cutright had possibly eight children
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4. Barbara Westfall and George Allman

Individual:
4.
WESTFALL, Barbara ( (CORNELIUS1, JACOB WESTFALL) HISTORY OF LORENTZ COMMUNITY, By A. J. Marple 1923 states that Cornelius Westfall was the first settler on Saul's Run. He was the grandfather of George W. Allman and the late Jacob M. Allman.
Sex:
 
Female
Father:
1. 
Cornelius Westfall
Mother:
 
Elizabeth Helmick
Spouse:
 
George Allman
Birth:
   
Death:
   
Marriage:
   
Children:
  Barbara Westfall and George Allman had at least ____ children
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5. Walter M. Westfall and Margaret Montgomery

Individual:
5.
WESTFALL, Walter M. ( (CORNELIUS1, JACOB WESTFALL)
Sex:
 
Male
Father:
1. 
Cornelius Westfall
Mother:
 
Elizabeth Helmick
Spouse:
 
Margaret Montgomery
Birth:
   
Death:
   
Marriage:
16
July
1826
 Randolph County, Virginia, Walterell Westfall to Margaret Montgomery
Children:
  Walter M. Westfall and Margaret Montgomery had at least six children
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Sources:
1. 1850 census, Dist. 30, Lewis County, Virginia, Pg. 31a,b; Walter Westfall, age 47, Margaret Westfall, age 32.; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., [on-line database] Provo, UT .
  2. West Virginia, West Virginia Archives and History, Marriages, Randolph County Register of Marriages (pasted onto pg 1), 16 July 1826 Walterell Westfall to Margaret Montgomery.; West Virginia Division of Culture & History http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx.
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6. John H. Westfall and Elizabeth Allman

Individual:
6.
WESTFALL, John H. ( (CORNELIUS1, JACOB WESTFALL)
Sex:
 
Male
Father:
 1.
Cornelius Westfall
Mother:
 
Elizabeth Helmick
Spouse:
 
1. Elizabeth Allman
    2. Lydia Wilson Smith
Birth:
   
Death:
   
Marriage:
   
Children:
  John H . Westfall and Elizabeth Allman had at least eleven children
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7. Peter Westfall and Barbara Clark

Individual:
7.
WESTFALL, Peter ( (CORNELIUS1, JACOB WESTFALL)
Sex:
 
Male
Father:
 1.
Cornelius Westfall
Mother:
 
Elizabeth Helmick
Spouse:
 
Barbara Clark, daughter of William Clark and Barbara Helmic (daughter of Jacob Helmic)
   
Birth:
   
Death:
   
Marriage:
   
Children:
  Peter Westfall and Barbara Clark had at least nine children
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8. George Albert Westfall and Mary Ann Cutright

Individual:
7.
WESTFALL, George Albert ( (CORNELIUS1, JACOB WESTFALL)
Sex:
 
Male
Father:
 1.
Cornelius Westfall
Mother:
 
Elizabeth Helmick
Spouse:
 
Mary Ann Cutright
   
Birth:
   
Death:
   
Marriage:
   09 January 1843, Lewis County, Virginia
Children:
  George Albert Westfall and Mary Ann Cutright had at least 10 children
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Updated: 10 June 2013