Cornell Family Tree
My thanks to Tom Cornell
and Richard Cornell, two relatives who I met on the Wide World Web for
expanding my knowledge of our roots.
Our ancestors appear to have come from Essex County, England to America
in about 1638, initially settling in New York.
b. 1516, Saffron, Walden, Essex, England,
Married Margaret Dagnet, d. 1563, Saffron, Walden, Essex, England
b. 1539, Saffron, Walden, Essex, England, Married Susan Casse, d. 1616, Stanton, Harcourt, Oxfordshire, England
b. 1565, Bumstead Tower, Essex, England, Married Mary Terry, d. June 22, 1631, Bumstead
Tower, Essex, England
At least three Children
b. March 24, 1593/94, Fairstead Manor, Essex, England, Married Rebecca Briggs, d. 1655, Portsmouth, Newport, R.I.
When the Cornells arrived
in the New World in the late 1636, they landed in the Massachusetts
Bay Colony. But like a lot of others who came after the initial Pilgrim
settlers they discovered the Puritans were, well, a little too Puritan
from a religious point of view. In 1638 the family packed up and followed
a woman named Ann Hutchinson and other dissenters to the area that became
Rhode Island. The Cornells helped establish Portsmouth, Rhode Island,
the second town in the colony. On Sept. 6, 1630 Thomas Cornell Sr.,
was grated a license to operate an inn in Portsmouth.
When Thomas Cornell Sr. died
about 1655, the family continued to run a boarding house. Rebbeca lived
there with son Thomas and his family. Thomas Jr. was well known in the
community and a deputy to the Rhode Island General Assembly.
On February 8, 1673, Rebecca
Cornell was found burned to death in her room. The coroner initially
ruled her demise as "an unhappie accident," possibly caused by the careless
smoking of her pipe.
On the February 12, 1673,
John Briggs, Rebecca Cornell's brother, who also lived in Portsmouth,
had a dream. The next day he went to authorities and said the ghost
of his sister had come to him and showed him a wound in her stomach
that didn't match up with the accidental death verdict. In those days,
dreams carried more weight as evidence than they do today. So authorities
dug up Rebecca's body. Sure enough, there was a stomach wound that had
A new investigation began.
It was learned that Thomas didn't always treat his mother kindly. She
had told others she planned to sell the property and move in with another
son in the spring. If she had done that, Thomas and his rather large
family would have been out of a place to live. So Thomas was brought
to trial for the murder of his mother. Although the evidence was primarily
based on heresay and a brother-in-law's bad dream, Thomas was found
guilty. On May 23, 1673 he was hanged in front of the Colony House in
Newport, Rhode Island.
b. July 8, 1624, Saffron Walden, Essex, England, Married Elizabeth Jessup, d. Aug. 11, 1694, Rockaway, Long
Richard Cornell, March
27, 1656, Flushing,
Sarah Cornell, June 20, 1657, Flushing
Elizabeth Cornell, June 16, 1661, Flushing
Joshua Cornell, Nov. 3, 1664, Flushing
William Cornell, Feb. 1, 1666, Flushing
Jacob Cornell, Aug. 31, 1669,
John Cornell, July 5, 1672, Flushing
Samuel Cornell, Nov. 18, 1673, Flushing
Thomas Cornell, Dec. 10, 1675, Flushing
Mary Cornell, Dec. 14, 1676, Flushing, m. Richard Betts, William Creed
Rebecca Cornell, Dec. 14, 1676, Flushing
31, 1669, Flushing, Queens, New York, Married Hester Paine, d. Dec. 1, 1758
Jacob Cornell, June 10, 1700
Daniel Cornell, Oct. 1, 1702
Mary Cornell, Sept. 30, 1704
Richard Cornell, Sept. 3, 1708
Samuel Cornell, May 4, 1710
1, 1702, Rockaway, Long Island, New York, Married Mary Vail, d. Aug. 31, 1769
Had 14 children, most born in Westchester New York. Childre include:
Richard Cornell, 1744. m. Mary
William Cornell, 1749, m. Ann Arnott
Samuel Cornell. 1752, m. Sarah Mansfield
Sylvanus Cornell, 1752, m. Johanna Unknown
Letitia Cornell, 1753
Elizabeth Cornwalles Cornell, 1755
Daniel Cornell, March 18, 1757
Thomas Cornell, April 4, 1758
Gabriel Cornell, 1759, m. Abigail Knapp
Elijah Cornell, 1761
Jacob Cornell, 1762
Benjamin Cornell, 1763
John Cornell, 1764
Jane Cornell, 1765
b. 1757, New York, m. Zeuriah Wise, d. 1829, Ontario, Can.
Daniel Cornell went to Ontario before 1794 when he was granted 500
acres in Beverly Township. He may have been the Daniel Cornell
at Chemung in Chemung Co. (Then Montgomery Co.) in 1790. He filed for a
Revolutionary War pension in 1819 and 1829 and stated that he was at Ft.
Montgomery on the Hudson when it was destroyed by the British (Oct. 1777). It
is in Orange County.
Daniel was living in
Ninepartners in Duchess, Co., N.Y. when he married Zeuriah Wise about 1779.
Daniel’s brother Gabriel
moved to Ontario from Warwick, N.Y. about 1800, with his entire family and
settled near Daniel.
In his later years Daniel
returned to the U.S. and for a time lived in New York and later Ohio. He unsuccessfully tried in 1819 and
again in 1829 to get a Revolutionary War veteran’s pension. (Pension application)
Daniel Daniel died in Canada about 1829 from for injuries caused
when he was struck by the tongue of a horse-drawn bobsled.
Daniel’s seven sons
included John D., Benjamin Benony, Heli, Sylvanus, Daniel Jr.,
George N. and Samuel. His three daughters were Esther, Hannah and Zeuriah C.
Children John D., Benjamin
Benony and Esther apparently stayed in Canada. Some of the others came back to the
states. Heli is buried in Indiana. Sylvanus, George N., Daniel Jr. and
Samuel all died in Ohio.
John D. Cornell b. 1780, m.
Sarah Darby, d. after 1861, Ontario, Can.
John Cornell’s four sons
were Jacob, Benony, Daniel and John Jr. His five daughters
included Sophia, Phoebe, Mary, Hannah and Elizabeth.
b. 1814 Copetown, Ont., Can., m. Susan Shaver, d. 1894, Actinolite, Hastings
Co., Ont., Can.
Benony was a blacksmith. He
and his wife, Susan Shaver, had six sons including George, Salem, Alis, Nelson, Barnabus and Sylvester.
Their daughters were Margaret, Sophrona, Catherine, Deborah and Elsie. Some
of the children died young.
b. April 1, 1844, in Hamilton, Ont., Can., m. Emma
Switzer, d. July 12, 1894, Harrison Twp., Jewell Co., Kan.
Salem arrived in Boone County, Iowa from Canada in 1869. He may have had relatives
living in that area. About 1872, he filed a homestead in Jewell Co., Kan., then returned to Iowa and married Emma Switzer. Salem and Emma had four sons: Adelbert,
Harvey Nelson, Ernest Earl and Charley, who died when about 2 years old. Salem was a farmer. He died the same year as
his father, Benony.
Adelbert Cornell b. 1875, Jewell Co, Kan, m. Bessie Viola Matthews, d.
1967, Middleton, Idaho. (See Matthews Family}
Adelbert married Bessie Viola
19, 1899 at Burr Oak. Adelbert taught school in
Jewell County. But he packed up his family in
January, 1910 and moved from Burr Oak to Middleton, Idaho. (See Personal Account)
He operated a creamery in Caldwell, Idaho for several years. They later
purchased the Boise Valley Herald, the weekly Middleton newspaper.
Adelbert and Bessie’s
children were Irving, Clyde, Vance, Clark, Lois and Boyd.
Clyde B. Cornell
b. 1902, Jewell Co, Kan, m. Edith M. Terry, d. 1978, Kuna, Idaho.
Clyde Cornell published or
worked for weekly newspapers in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon most of his life. In 1941 he moved his
family to a small farm near Kuna, Idaho where he spent the rest of his life. Clyde and Edith published the Kuna Herald newspaper from 1956 until
their retirement in 1968.
Clyde and Edith's children are Lila Claire
(Stover), Particia Joan (Hilty) and Clyde Wayne.
Clyde Wayne Cornell
b. 1945, Boise, Idaho, m. Sara Lynne Case, 1967
I spent most of my life
as a newspaper writer and editor, including more than 20 years at a
Nampa daily, the Idaho Press-Tribune and 14 years as book editor at Caxton
Press, in Caldwell, Idaho. My mate Sara and I are now retired and
reside in Caldwell, Idaho.
We have three daughters:
Melanie Ann, Jennifer Lynn and Tara Kristine.