NOV. 10, 1848
MAR. 7, 1880
Blessed are the pure in heart
For they shall see God
Veturia. What a wonderful name and it intrigued me. So I searched for her grave, up one row and down the next. Considering that I thought she would be close to my Keyes ancestors, I had a fair amount of searching to do. When I finally found her grave, it was up close to the fence line, next to the road. It was so close to the fence, that I was leaning against the fence to get this picture of her headstone. Her final resting place is far from the Keyes area of the cemetery, and I did not find any Cornett's in the cemetery. So Veturia's headstone stands alone - a way from kith and kin.
Although I have a fondness for the name Veturia, it appears that she preferred to be called Ann, as that is how she is listed in the 1870 Federal Census, Johnson Co., Tennessee. She married Jacob Cornett, October 25, 1866. They had 5 children while they lived on their farm in Johnson Co., Tennessee. Sometime after 1877, they decided to move their family from Tennessee to Oregon, to where a number of the Keyes family had migrated. She had two brothers, Zachary T. and Robert Russel Keyes, and a sister Margaret C. Thomas, who were living in Wheeler Co., Oregon. Her uncles, John, James, and David Lowery Keyes and David's family were prosperous settlers in Benton Co., Oregon.
By 1880, the Federal Census, Benton Co., Oregon, reflects that Veturia Ann Keyes Cornett, at only 31 years of age, had died. She left her husband Jacob with six children, including a newborn.
Now, perhaps only I remember that Veturia lies beneath the headstone, up next to the fence line -- alone -- far from kith and kin.