Rufus Henry (R.E.) Cornelius was born January 24, 1872 in Blount County Alabama. Cornelius later moved to Texas, where he organized the music department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminar. He married Macon Temperance Burleson and seems to have stayed in Texas until his death in 1933. Cornelius is buried at Shannon Hill Rose Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas.
The lines above are the only tidbits I could find about R.E. Cornelius. He is most well known for penning the gospel song Oh I Want To See Him. As I googled around, I was surprised to see the Blind Pig & the Acorn url in the list of links. I had forgotten my own research which showed Cornelius came up with the tune for Give Me The Roses While I Live.
I grew up singing Oh I Want To See Him, and Pap and Paul still do the song fairly often. The song is a real toe tapper and fun to beat along with on the bass. I especially love hearing Pap lead the song.
Hope you enjoyed Pap’s lead singing and Paul’s flat top picking! If you have any details about R.E. Cornelius please share them!
“Blount County Gospel Choir holds seventh annual singing | www.blountcountian.com | Blount Countian.” Front Page | www.blountcountian.com | Blount Countian. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2013. <http://www.blountcountian.com/news/2012-08-15/News/Blount_County_Gospel_Choir_holds_seventh_annual_si.html>.
“Give Me The Roses While I Live – Blind Pig & The Acorn.” Blind Pig & The Acorn. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2013. <https://blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2012/07/give-me-the-roses-while-i-live.html>.
“RootsWeb: CORNELIUS-L Re: [CORNELIUS] HYMNOLOGIST R. H. CORNELIUS.” RootsWeb Mailing List Archives. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2013. <http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CORNELIUS/2012-04/1335708017>.
“Rufus Henry Cornelius.” HymnTime.Com – Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2013. <http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/c/o/r/cornelius_rh.htm>.