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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cornies Grave Markers

In a previous post, information about Alexander Cornies was provided.  He and his brother Georg were both sons of Heinrich Cornies  (No. 63 in Nachkommen von Martin Cornies version 20110313).  Alexander was buried in Newton, Kansas, USA.  His grave marker can be seen by clicking  here.  His brother Georg was buried  in Fresno, California, USA.  His grave marker can be seen by clicking here.

(Thanks to Pamela Stephenson for providing these links)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Корнис, Давыд Давыдович (Cornies, David Davidovich)

Johann Cornies of Germany found the following image at a Russian internet site and we are both wondering how or if this person fits into the Cornies family tree.  Information that accompanied the image is as follows:

David Davidovich Kornis
Date of Birth:  __.__.1906,
Place of Birth:  Ukrainian SSR, Stalin region., Selidovsky borough with Marinovka

Date and place of the call:  09/10/1941 RVC Salda, Sverdlovsk reg.

Military rank:   soldier

The reason for retirement:   missing

Date of departure:   __.02.1942   

Корнис Давыд Давыдович 

Дата рождения: __.__.1906 ,

Место рождения : Украинская ССРСталинская обл., Селидовский 


Дата и место призыва : 10.09.1941 Салдинский РВКСвердловская 


Воинское звание : красноармеец 
Причина выбытия : пропал без вести 
Дата выбытия : __.02.1942

If anyone can add further information, please send an email or feel free to leave a comment.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Funeral Procession

Continuing with the life of Johann Cornies (No. 44 in Nachkommen von Martin Cornies version 20110313) , following are two photographs of his funeral procession.  These photographs would have been taken in Schönfeld.

(click on the photograph for a larger image)

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Johann Cornies (No. 44 in Nachkommen von Martin Cornies version 20110313) in the previous post was Mayor or "Oberschulze"  of the Schönfeld colony for a period of time.  Below is a detailed map of that colony in Ukraine prepared in 1912 by the teachers of the Schönfeld school.  This map provides the places and names of the people living in the colony.  One can see that Johann Cornies' farm was located at the far right of the map image below. (click on the map for a larger image)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Details of Cornies / Driedger Family 1912

The above photograph is a larger image than the one in the previous post.  This is a photograph of the Cornies / Driedger family taken circa 1912.
Johann Cornies (No. 44 in Nachkommen von Martin Cornies version 20110313) married a second time after the death of his first wife.  The document shows that his second wife was Katharina Warkentin.  Warkentin is likely her maiden name as her first husband was Driedger and so, at the time of second marriage, she would have been known as Katharina Driedger.
The above photograph shows the married couple in front and centre with his children and her children surrounding them.  On the far left is David Cornies (No. 128) with his wife Sara in front of him.  Next is Jacob  Heidebrecht with his wife Maria (No. 127) sitting in front of him.  Beside Jacob is Abram Driedger, then Marie Driedger and then, Nicolai Driedger (perhaps better known as Reverend N.N. Driedger).  Next to Nicolai is Peter Cornies (he was killed by anarchists in Ukraine in 1919).  Next to Peter is Johann J. Cornies (No. 126) with his wife, Justina, sitting in front of him.  At the far right is Jacob Driedger and his wife Marianne Driedger sitting in front of him.
Johann Cornies died in 1915 but the rest of above family eventually emigrated to Canada except for Jacob and Maria Heidebrecht who decided to remain in Ukraine or Russia and Peter Cornies who was killed.  

Friday, September 30, 2011

Cornies / Driedger Family 1912

Johann Cornies of Germany found the following photograph posted at  If anyone has a membership at that site, they will likely be able to retrieve a larger image with better resolution than the one posted here.  If possible, please forward that image to the email address shown on the sidebar.

I believe this image is that of Johann Cornies (No. 44 from Nachkommen von Martin Cornies version 20110313), his children and his step-children from his second wife.  It is of particular interest to myself since this particular Johann Cornies is my great grandfather.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Photographs of artifacts from the Cornies family archives have been provided by Tamara Kranz.  Her great grandmother was Anna Cornies (No. 58 in Nachkommen von Martin Cornies version 20110313.pdf) who married Cornelius Toews (son of Johann Toews and Elizabeth Wieler).

The first artifact is a kettle.  Of this kettle, Tamara's grandmother wrote:

"Diesen Kessel bekam ich von meiner Mutter Anna Cornies und Herrn Peter Cornies geschenkt bevor sie vor dem Kommunismus verschickt wurden im Jahre 1927. In Ohrloff Molochnaya Kasachstan geschmiedet von Herrn Düeck (Kopperdüeck - Kupferdüeck)"

Photographs of this kettle are shown below:

The family also has a Bible that was brought to South America from Russia when Anna Cornies immigrated to Paraguay.  Photographs of this Bible are shown below:

The family would like to dispose of these artifacts.  If someone is interested in these artifacts, please contact the writer at wcornies at (@) who will provide the email address to contact the owner of these artifacts through private email.  

(Please note that the intent of this blog is not to solicit the purchase or sale of goods and services)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Heinrich Cornies 1931 - 1953

In a previous post, Wilhelm Cornies was the subject as an individual who chose to serve his country in the armed forces.  That choice was a diversion from his Anabaptist roots and the belief in non-violence.

Heinrich (Henry) Cornies (son of No. 152 in Nachkommen von Martin Cornies version 20110313.pdf) also chose to serve his country of the United States of America during the Korean War.  He enlisted in the US Army on November 25, 1952 and was a member of the 663rd Engineer Combat Company, 1169 Engineer Combat Group.  He married Doris Mae Eddy April 5 1953 in Wrightsville, PA (He was 21 and she was 18 at the time of their marriage).  He died on July 24, 1953 in Korea.  The military report read as follows:

"At approximately 1615 hours on 24 July 1953 Pvt Cornies, during the course of his normal duties, was walking South through the company Motor Pool.  As he walked past the rear of a 5 Ton Cargo Truck the driver started to back the truck toward Cornies.  A witness, standing approximately 100 feet from the scene of the accident, shouted to both the truck driver and the victim.  Before either one could take preventive action the left rear corner of the truck struck Pvt Cornies' left side.  The impact knocked him under the right rear wheel of the truck.  Two company officers were immediately summoned to the scene of the accident, and could feel no pulse.  At approximately 1625 hours the 1169th Engineer Group (Combat) surgeon arrived at the scene of the accident and pronounced Pvt Cornies dead.  At approximately 1635 hours the victim was taken by company vehicle to the 49th SH (MA); he was officially pronounced dead on arrival.  The probable cause of death was a fractured skull." 

Heinrich was buried Oct 11 1953 in the Fairview Cemetery in Wrightsville, PA. He was awarded the following medals: Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Thanks to D. Campbell for providing the detailed information above.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Document

A new version of the document Nachkommen von Martin Cornies.pdf has been placed in the Documents Folder.  Johann Cornies of Germany has made revisions and additional information has been provided in the new document Nachkommen von Martin Cornies version 20110313.pdf.  References to numbers in the document Nachkommen von Martin Cornies.pdf from previous posts on this blog may not translate correctly if using this new document.

Thank-you Johann for your efforts in continuing to keep this master document as current as possible.  Wir danken Ihnen sehr für Ihre Hilfe.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Descendants of Heinrich Cornies (b. 1806)

More pictures have been provided from the family archives of Joyce Cornies (no. 205* and no. 335* from the document Nachkommen von Martin Cornies.pdf).  

The father of Joyce was Peter Cornies (no. 75) who married Katharina Fast.  Peter Cornies was the son of Aganetha Cornies (no. 21) and Johann Cornies (no. 55).  It may be interesting to note that  Aganetha married her cousin’s son Johann.  Aganetha’s brother was Heinrich Cornies (no. 17).  Photographs of this Heinrich Cornies can be found in the previous post.  Joyce’s family archives included another photograph believed to be of this same Heinrich Cornies.  The photograph is marked as Heinrich Cornies, Nov 21, 1830 – 1908.  The front and back of this photograph are shown as it represents an identification card.  The Cyrillic writing on the back reads “Italian Photography and Drawings Paolo Baker Nevsky Prospekt, house # 14 In St. Petersburg”.

Two additional photographs were provided.  The people in these photographs can’t be identified.  Perhaps there are other readers who may be able to identify these people.  If so, please feel free to leave a comment.

It appears Peter Cornies (no. 75) and his cousin Heinrich Heinrich Cornies (son of no. 56) both married sisters being Katharina Fast and Justina Fast respectively.  Furthermore, I've been informed that Heinrich's brother Johann (son of no. 56) also married a sister being Maria Fast.  A photo of  Heinrich Heinrich Cornies, his wife Justina and their daughter Maria are believed to be in the following photograph.

*  Joyce Cornies is duplicated in the document since her paternal grandparents are both from the Cornies lineage.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Heinrich Cornies and Alexander Cornies (father and son)

Several photographs have been provided by Pamela Stephenson of Kansas, USA.  Her late Uncle Elman Cornies left these photographs as part of his possessions.
The first photograph is that of Alexander Cornies in his Red Cross uniform (father of Elman).  Many Mennonite men in Russia served as medics in the Russian army during the First World War.  Alexander can be found in the document Nachkommen von Martin Cornies.pdf as the son of Heinrich Cornies listed as no. 17 .

The next photograph was marked “Cornies great grandfather”.  This could be a photograph of Heinrich Johann Cornies (no. 6) although that can’t be confirmed.  Photographic technology likely reached Russia in the mid 1850’s so this is a possibility.  This image could also be a photograph of Heinrich Heinrich Cornies (no.17).

The next photograph was marked “Cornies great grandmother”.  Similarly, this is possibly the wife (nee Nickel) of Heinrich Cornies (no. 17).

The next photograph is marked Henry H. Cornies and is likely an image of Heinrich Cornies (no. 17).  Is this person the same individual as the person in the photograph above?

Perhaps others have similar photographs in their family archives that can confirm the identity of these people?  Please fee free to leave a comment.

Many thanks to Pamela Stephenson for providing these photographs.

Monday, February 7, 2011

David Cornies and Pauline Schäfer

The photo below shows David and Pauline Cornies on their wedding day.  David is the son of David Cornies (1856) and can be located in the document Nachkommen von David Cornies 1856.pdf  (see the blog post immediately below).  This photograph was provided by Johann Cornies of Germany.