History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1881
Abner Cornog Biography
The Cornog family early settled in this county, where its descendants are quite numerous. Abner, son of Abraham and Dinah Cornog, married Margaret Davis. To them were born nine children, five sons and four daughters, of whom the eldest son and fifth child, Mordecai Davis Cornog, was born Feb. 18, 1818, in Easttown township. On his mother's (Davis) side he is likewise of Welsh descent. He passed his youth on his father's farm and was educated in the subscription schools. He was married Feb. 18, 1837, to Sophia Curll, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Curll.
This union was blessed with three children: Naomi, married to Watson Lobb; Ella, married to Christian Lapp; and Jennette Davis. He began farming on his own account in Charlestown township just before his marriage, and some seven or eight years subsequently came to the place he now owns. This is the old Cornog homestead of one hundred and sixty-seven acres, to which his parents removed when he was but one year old, and which after his father's death he took at the appraisement. Farming has been his avocation, with considerable attention paid to dairying. He has served on the school board and taken an active interest in educational matters. He belongs to the Great Valley Baptist Church, where he and his family worship.
He is identified with the Republican party, but has never sought political place or power. His post-office is Chester Valley, on the railroad of the same name. His farm is located in a beautiful region, and has upon it fine improvements. He is a highly respected citizen in the community, and is a systematic farmer, raising large crops, particularly of corn. He is a man of good business tact and judgment, as was his father, Abner, who by industry and careful management acquired an estate of over seven hundred acres of choice farming lands.
Source: History of Chester County, J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope; Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts & Co.; 1881.
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