Little Walkers Creek

Corder Family


English, originally referred to a craftsman who made and sold cords and ropes.[1]


Edward Corder I was born about 1700 in England and died about 1770 in Frederick County, Virginia. He emigrated from England in 1722 aboard the ship "Gilbert", captained by Darby Lux. He was an English convict transportee and former inmate of Newgate Prison, who later accompanied George Washington in his early years as a surveyor. His wife’s name is unknown at this time. He had a son Edward born about 1730.


Edward II was married to Susannah. On Sept. 6, 1777, Edward Corder took oath of allegiance sworn to state in Captain McCorkles Company of Montgomery County by Stephen Trigg. In April 1781 he was listed in a company of Montgomery County Militia. Edward Corder was on the Montgomery County tax lists from 1787 through 1801. He was on the Wythe County personal property tax lists in 1802 with one tithable over 16 (himself). From 1803 to 1806 there were two Edward Corders taxed, then just one through 1811. He died about 1810. Edward and Susannah had nine children. One being Benjamin born about 1769.


Benjamin Corder married Rebecca Runyon 07 April 1798 in Montgomery County. Rebecca was the daughter of Isaac Runyon and Geertje Charity Haganan. Benjamin died 28 August 1851, age 87, interred in St. John Cemetery, Union township, Ohio. Benjamin and Rebecca had ten children.


COURT OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY OF AUGLAIZE, OHIO : The said decedent died seized in few simple___ of the following real estate, situate in the town of St. John in the said county of Auglaize. In lots, #1,10- 27 & 29 in said town, the following persons are the heirs, having the next estate of inheritance in the premises above declared from said decedent, namely: John Corder, Elias Corder and Rebecca Barber residing in County of Auglaize aforesaid: John Lusk and Mary his wife, and James Corder residing in the State of Missouri, Jacob Bowls and his wife Susannah residing in the State of Ohio; William Corder residing in the State of Virginia; John Wellman residing in the state of Kentucky, and his wife Hannah Wellman. Petition of Robert C. Layton, Adm. of Estate of Benjamin Corder, decd. Dated 07 July 1853 William Corder was born about 1808 in Montgomery County.[2]


William married Rebecca Runyon 27 September 1825 in Montgomery County. She was the daughter of Richard Runyon and Hannah Carden. They had four children. One being Benjamin F. born about 1828, married Julian B. Hammonds 20 January 1849 in Giles County. They had five children: Mary J.. married James H. Bird; William B.; James Larkin; Samuel Snow married Mary Lucy Hudgins; Sallie A. married J. G. Cassell.


Children of James Larkin Corder and Minerva Pauley from the 1880 Bland County census and Bland marriage records:

1.       Ida Josephine born about 1873 in Bland married John Henry Epperson on 31 January 1901 in Bland. John Henry was born about 1862 and was the son of Edward Elisha Epperson, Sr. and Drucilla P. Epperson.

2.       Cora Ethel was born 23 June 1875 in Bland and died 11 July 1907. She is buried in the Burton Cemetery, Little Walkers Creek, Bland County. She married James Andrew Burton on 22 December 1892. He was born 17 January 1868 in Bland and died 08 September 1909. James was the son of James Thomas Burton and Mary Elizabeth Muncy. He is buried in the Muncy Cemetery in Bland. Children from the 1900 Bland census:

2.1.        Samuel Vance born 08 October 1896; died 10 April 1956. Buried in the Bland Cemetery in Bland.

2.2.        Miller T. born 16 May 1894; died 04 October 1918. Killed in WW I. Buried in the Muncy Cemetery, Bland.

2.3.        Mary J. born July 1895.[3]

2.4.        Ida L. born April 1898.[4]

2.5.        Nannie L. born August 1899.[5]


3.       Benjamin Larkin was born 06 March 1877 and died 19 March 1952. He married Frances Bell Davis on 10 August 1899 in Bland. She was born 19 November 1879 and died 25 February 1956. Frances’ parents were James Whitten Davis and Nancy Jane King. Benjamin and Frances are buried in the Hidden Valley Cemetery # 1, Little Walkers Creek, Bland.


Benjamin Larkin bought land from Meek Hoge Davis; it was conveyed to Benjamin on June 12, 1903 “…known as the R. S. King land estimated to contain 40 acres…described in the Bland County Deed Book 4, p. 377…”.This land was part of the Bennett King survey conveyed to Robert King by James Washington King wife Sarah and sons, James D., William S. and Allen A. King. This conveyance was dated 18 March 1881.


Francis Bell Davis Corder was the second Post Master of the Carnot Post Office. She was confirmed as Post Master on June 2, 1929 and assumed charge on July 29, 1929.[7]


Benjamin Larkin Corder and Frances Bell Davis’s children:

3.1.        William Edward born about 1901. *See Banes/Davis Family

3.2.        Benjamin Victor born 09 June 1902 married Ivan Hope Davidson.

3.3.        Edna Bell born 03 September 1904 and died 08 February 1911; buried in the Hidden Valley Cemetery #1, Little Walkers Creek.

3.4.        Samuel Richard born 16 October 1906 married Beulah Virginia Clemons. He died 09 September 1979, buried in the Hidden Valley Cemetery #1.

3.5.        Archie C. born 11 November 1908 married Mamie Montgomery. He died 11 February 1990; buried in the Hidden Valley Cemetery #1.

3.6.        James Larkin born 07 August 1911 and died 15 April 1998. He married Agnes Ruth Davis. She was born 04 January 1919 and died 11 February 1996. Ruth was the daughter of Charles Calvin Davis and Lucy Clara Davis. Jim and Ruth are buried in the Goshen Church Cemetery.

3.7.        Alvie Garland born 14 May 1913 and died 05 March 1998. He married Lelia Pearl Millirons, daughter of Estell Hoge Millirons and Ella Augusta Akers. Lelia was born 23 January 1913 and died 10 April 1987. Alvie and Lelia are buried in the Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, West Virginia.

3.8.        Meek D. was born 16 June 1915 and died January 1988 in Botetourt County, Virginia

3.9.        Amy Ruth was born 30 May 1917 and died 06 September 1917. She is buried in the Hidden Valley Cemetery #1.

3.10.     Fayette Francis was born 10 August 1918 and died 02 May 2000 in Pulaski County. He married Clara Elizabeth Brunk in Bland. Clara is the daughter of Walter Herbert Brunk and Nancy Cathern Banes. Fayette is buried in Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin, Pulaski County.

3.11.     Louella

4.       James born about 1879.

5.       Samuel Madison born about 1881 married Effie Pearl Hancock on 23 January 1902 in Bland. Effie was born 21 March 1878 and died 12 February 1934 in West Virginia. Her parents were Marcus L. Hancock and Margaret Virginia Wyrick.

6.       Emily Lea born 17 March 1885 and died 20 May 1911. She married Elexander Stinson Hancock on 21 May 1903 in Bland. He was born 21 December 1878 and died 01 June 1951. Elex was the son of George Washington Hancock and Sarah J. Pauley. Children:

6.1.        Wilbur Weeden born 12 September 1904 married Carrie Belle McMeans. Wilber died October 1986. He is buried in the West End Cemetery, Wythe County.


Mrs. Carrie Bell Hancock was the third Post Master of Carnot having been approved on April 28, 1939.[8]


Wilber W. Hancock was the fourth Post Master of Carnot having assumed charge of the post office on January 1, 1945; confirmed on May 22, 1945. The Carnot Post Office was closed on July 19, 1950; all mail sent to the Long Spur Post Office.[9]


6.2.        George Larkin born 21 May 1906 married Helen Nester.

6.3.        Annie Elizabeth born 29 February 1908 married Howard Preston Millirons. She married 2nd Lewis Peyton Hoback. Annie died 25 April 1994 in Wythe County. She is buried in the West End Cemetery,   Wythe County. *See Akers Family

6.4.        Albert Mitchell born 02 September 1910.


Sometime between 1900-1910 [they were listed in the 1900 Bland census] James and Sarah Davis Corder moved to Pierce County, South Dakota. Sarah supposedly died there in 1908.


Children of James Larkin and Sarah Elizabeth Davis from Bland County, Virginia Births: 1861-96 and the 1900 Bland census

7.       Virgie D. born January 1890.

8.       Walter T. born May 1891.

9.       Mollie N. born 21 May 1893.

10.   Vance S. born July 1895.

11.   John Roach born April 1897 married Gladys Brown Burton 20 June 1931 in Bland.

12.   Sallie E. born September 1899.

Children of James Larkin and Mary Elizabeth Hancock from the 1920 and 1930 Bland census and Bland County Marriage Book:

13.   George born about 1919.

14.   Mary Elizabeth born about 1920 married Robert Luther Hancock on 16 July 1933 in Bland. He was born 21 April 1915 and was the son of Saunders Helton Hancock and Carrie Nellie Louisa Hancock.

15.    Grace born about 1922.

[1] What is in Your Name? Vitalog.net. website http://www.vitalog.net/cgi-bin/select_name.cgi

[2] Courtesy of Estelle Corder Txcorder@aol.com.

[3] 1900 Bland County, VA Census.

[4] 1900 Bland County, VA Census.

[5] 1900 Bland County, VA Census.

[6] Bland County, VA Deed Book 8, pg. 161.

[7] National Archives and Record Administration, Washington, DC, RG 68, Site Location Reports, Carnot Post Office.

[8] National Archives and Record Administration, Washington, DC, RG 68, Postal Records, Site Location Reports.

[9] National Archives and Record Administration, Washington, DC, RG 68, Postal Records, Site Location Reports.