Laura Arrick/Orrick

Last updated Apr 21, 2007

Much of this information is derived from the census and the work of Dennis Jones. Dennis also supplied the pictures.

This Laura Ark who married Pete Cornelison in Coffee Co has a birthdate of 1853, just like the Laura of the Orrick family in Warren Co. She married in 1872 when the Orrick family was also in Coffee Co. and she is not with the Orrick family from the 1880 census on. This family is known to pronounce their name as ARK and are transcribed in the 1870 census as ARKE. Two boys in this family, James and John Riley, used the last name ARRICK. The oldest girl, Sarah (Bettie), has her father listed as JOHN ARK on her death certificate. Another girl, Elizabeth Violet, used the name ARICK. Also, there are no real Ark families in this area during this time, and there is no Laura from the Arp families. Therefore, it is probable that Laura Ark Cornelison is the Laura from this ORRICK family. Still looking for a death certificate and Obit.

The book Laura is holding in this picture has been identified by cousin Donald as Heralds Of The Morning by Asa Oscar Tait. First published in 1899. This is a 7th Day Adventist book.
See this picture

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Name: Laura Orrick - Went by Ark
Father: John Orrick (1827-1862)
Mother: Margaret (1830-1906)
Born: 28 Aug 1853 in Warren Co, TN
Married: Peter Cornelison (1852-1932) on 7 Aug 1872 in Coffee Co.
    Cora L., born Feb 1873 in Coffee Co;
    Beulah V. Vandergriff born 6 July 1875 in Coffee Co, Died 17 Aug 1968, Mt Zion
    William Houston, married Martha J. Tallman;
    Ella P. Born 1879
    James Calvin, born June 1882 Coffee Co, died 1964 in Ft. Worth, TX
    Stephen, born Jul 1885? in Coffee Co, buried Roosevelt, OK
    John Thomas, born 30 Sep 1887 in Coffee Co, died 12 Oct 1964 in Coffee Co, buried Ragsdale Cemetery
    Alexander Elijah, born 23 Dec 1880 in Coffee Co, died 1972
    Elbert, born May 1894. Died OH.
Career: Homemaker
Died: 8 Feb 1922 Can't find death cert
Buried: Zion Hill cemetery Hwy 127, S of Viola in Coffee Co, TN Headstone
Obit: Unknown - Help!
Pictures: Laura and Pete, Laura Late in life, (Large version)
Migration: Apparently Laura Stayed in Middle TN all of her life.



Is there an obituary or death certificate?
I've looked in the TN death records for all years around 1922 with no luck.
I've also contacted the Manchester funeral home and they have no records until 1934.
These documents would help confirm that Laura is part of the Orrick family.

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Husband, Alexander Elija (Pete) Cornelison

Parents were Elijah Cornelison B 1816 in KY, and Rebecca. Both died in Coffee Co.

Kids are John, Jessee, Elizabeth Ann, Isaac, William, Mary M. Franklin C, Nancy.

After Laura's death, Peter married to Daisy Travis and had a son, Edward.


The Arrick Name

Many Orricks pronounced their name "Ark" and it is spelled that way in many branches in several decades. Some of these Orricks eventually used the Arrick name formally.

See this page about how some Orricks became Arricks.



Here is Laura in the Warren Co. TN census: page 1 at the bottom, page 2 at the top.

Orrick, Jno., age 34
Orrick, Margaret, age 30 (b abt 1830), House Keeper
Orrick, Sarah, 12? (b abt 1848)
Orrick, James, age 9 (b abt 1851)
Orrick, Laura, age 7 (b abt 1853)
Orrick, William, age 5 (b abt 1855)
Orrick, Vilet?, age 3 (b abt 1857)
Orrick, Margaret, age 1 (b abt 1859)
All born in Tenn



The 1870 census is full of errors. Here is the family in the Grundy Co census - at the bottom.
Grundy is next to Warren.
The father John has passed, possibly died at the battle of Shiloh.

Arke, Pegy, 50 (1820), cannot read/write -- Margaret
Arke, Bettie, 20 (1850), cannot read/write -- Sarah Elizabeth
Arke, Laura, 18 (1852)
Arke, James, 17 (1853)
Arke, Calaway (male), 15 (1855) -- Is this William?
Arke, Louise, (female), 12 (1858) -- Is this Elizabeth Violet?
Arke, John, 10 (1860) -- Is this John Riley?
Arke, Frances or Fannie, 9 (1861)
Jones, William, 50 (1820), farmer

Peggy is a common name for Margaret
Sarah Elizabeth is named Bettie, as she is in several future census.



Here is the Orrick/Arke/Arrick family in the Coffee Co census - at the bottom.

Laura was married to Peter Cornelsion in 1872 and they are shown with several children. Here is the family in the census.

Cornelison, Peter 27
Cornelison, Laura 26 (1854)
Cornelison, Cora L. 6
Cornelison, Bula B. 4
Cornelison, William H. 2
Cornelison, Ella P. 8M



Virtually all of the 1890 census and special schedules were lost by fire, water, and human distruction.



Here is Peter and Laura in the Coffee Co census.

Cornelison, Peter 50
Cornelison, Laura 45 (1855)
Cornelison, Cora 27
Cornelison, Ella 19
Cornelison, James 17
Cornelison, Stephen 15
Cornelison, John 13
Cornelison, Alexander 11
Cornelison, Eller ?? 6



Mary Smith located Laura and Pete in the 1910 census. Still in Coffee Co, TN.
They are incorrectly transcribed as Edon and Cara Cornealison.

Cornealison, Edon 57
Cornealison, Cara 56
Charles, Glen 26 - Boarder

Nearby are Will and Martha Cornelison, and John and Mary Cornelison.



Peter and Laura's children have moved away and they are now keeping a young lodger.

Cornelison, Peter 67
Cornelison, Laura 66
Hardman, Lillie 12 -- Lodger



Laura died in 1922. According to the 1930 census, Peter is now married to Daisy Travis, and now has a child, Edward. They are listed in the Coffee Co census.

Cornelison, Peter 78
Cornelison, Daisy L 23
Cornelison, Edward L 1-10/12



The 1940 census will be available in 2012. Can you wait?



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