If anyone has information regarding the parents of Martha CORNELL (#6 below) or any other information about her or John CORNELL (#5 below) or my direct CORNELL family line, please contact me.

In some sources this family's name is also spelled CORNWELL or CORNWALL.

(1) Thomas CORNELL [Sr.], b. about 1594 probably in Essex, England, d. about 1657 in Portsmouth, RI; m., unknown in England, to Rebecca BRIGGS? (b. about 1600, d. 8 Feb 1673); they resided first in Boston, MA, then in Portsmouth, RI, then in Cornell's Neck, New Amsterdam (now Westchester Co., NY), then back in Portsmouth, RI; their children:

        i. Sarah, b. about Mar 1623, d. 1703, m. 1st Thomas WILLETT,
		2nd Charles BRIDGES, 3rd John LAWRENCE Jr.;
       ii. William, b. about Apr 1625, d. Jan 1628;
      iii. Richard, b. about 1626, d. Nov 1694, m. Elizabeth JESSUP;
[#2]   iv. Thomas [Jr.], b. about Oct 1627, d. 23 May 1673, m. 1st
		Elizabeth ____, 2nd Sarah EARLE;
        v. Rebecca, b. about Jan 1630, d. about 4 Feb 1713, m. George WOOLSEY;
       vi. Elizabeth, b. about May 1631, d. before 1637;
      vii. Kelame, b. about 1631-32, d. Oct 1632;
     viii. William, b. about Dec 1632;
       ix. John, b. about Jun 1634, d. about 1704, m. Mary RUSSELL;
        x. Ann, b. about Aug 1635, m. Thomas KENT;
       xi. Elizabeth, b. about Jan 1637, d. 1708, m. Christopher ALMY;
      xii. Samuel, b. about 1642, d. Feb 1715, m. Grissell?;
     xiii. Joshua, b. unknown;
      xiv. Mary, b. unknown.
Thomas [Sr.] was a constable for Portsmouth in 1641 and an ensign in the Portsmouth Militia 1642-44.

(2) Thomas CORNELL [Jr.], b. about Oct 1627 probably in Essex, England, d. 23 May 1673 in Newport, RI; m. 1st to Elizabeth ____; they resided in Portsmouth, RI; their children:

        i. Stephen, b. about 1656, d. before 1723, m. Hannah MOSHER / HARDING;
       ii. Thomas [III], b. about 1657, d. 14 Oct 1714, m. Susannah LAWTON;
[#3]  iii. John [Sr.], b. about 1660, d. unknown, m. Hannah ____;
       iv. Edward, b. unknown, d. 1708, m. Mary ____.
Thomas CORNELL [Jr]. m. 2nd Sarah EARLE (b. unknown; daughter of Ralph EARLE & Joan AUSTIN); their children:
        v. Sarah, b. about 1668, d. 25 Jun 1748, m. 1st John COLE,
		2nd Zaccheus BUTTS;
       vi. (daughter), b. unknown;
      vii. Innocent, b. about 1673, m. Richard BORDEN.
Thomas Jr. was a Deputy to the General Assembly of RI and held other government posts. He was tried, convicted and hanged for the supposed murder of his mother.

(3) John CORNELL [Sr.], b. about 1660 in Portsmouth, RI, d. unknown probably in Hempstead, Queens Co., NY; m., before 1684 probably in Hempstead, Queens Co., NY, to Hannah ____; they resided in Hempstead, Long Island, NY; their children:

        i. John [Jr.], b. about 1690, m. Elizabeth WILTZIE?;
[#4]   ii. William [Sr.], b. about 1693, d. 30 Mar 1749;
      iii. Edward, b. about 1695, d. 1782;
       iv. Elizabeth, b. unknown, d. before 1717?, m. Joseph DEAN.

(4) William CORNELL [Sr.], b. about 1693 probably in Hempstead, Queens Co., NY, d. 30 Mar 1749 in Hopewell Twsp., Hunterdon Co., NJ; m. to wife unknown (possibly Elizabeth SMITH, daughter of Jeremiah & Anne SMITH); he resided in Hopewell Twsp., Hunterdon Co. [now Mercer Co.], NJ; his children:

        i. Smith, b. 1718, d. 1772, m. Phebe ____;
       ii. William [Jr.], b. about 1720, d. 1791, m. Mary ____;
      iii. Hannah, b. about 1722, m. Edward? HUNT?;
       iv. Elizabeth, b. about 1723, m. Francis BLACKWELL;
        v. Mary, b. about 1724, d. 15 Aug 1813, m. William MERRELL;
[#5]   vi. John, b. about 1725, d. after 1749;
      vii. Benjamin, b. about 1726, d. Jan 1787;
     viii. Sarah, b. about 1728;
       ix. Charity, b. about 1730, m. Edward HUNT;
        x. Martha, b. about 1735;
       xi. Edward, b. 22 Feb 1737, d. 30 Apr 1784, m. Sarah BURT.
William [Sr.] was a justice for Hunterdon Co. in 1728.

(5) ?John CORNELL, b. about 1725, d. after 1749; m. to wife unknown; he resided in Hopewell Twsp., Hunterdon Co. [now Mercer Co.], NJ; his children:

[#6]    i. Martha, b. about 1750, d. 14 Mar 1841, m. David BALDWIN;
       ii. William, b. unknown;
      iii. Abraham, b. unknown;
       iv. Benjamin, b. unknown;
        v. Jonathan, b. unknown.
Benjamin CORNELL (#4-vii above) mentions in his will his "niece Martha CORNELL, wife of David BALDWIN". Thus, it appears that Martha is a granddaughter of William CORNELL [Sr.]. I believe I have narrowed down the possibilities for her father to either John (#5 above) or an unknown son not mentioned in William [Sr.]'s will.

(6) Martha CORNELL, b. about 1750 probably in Hopewell Twsp., Hunterdon Co., NJ, d. 14 Mar 1841 in Hopewell Twsp., Mercer Co., NJ; m., 30 May 1775 in Hopewell Twsp., Hunterdon Co., NJ, to David BALDWIN (b. 16 Feb 1742, d. 18 Jan 1834).

Continued on my BALDWIN Family Page

  1. Austin, John O. "Cornell". The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, 1887, pages 54-55.

  2. Cornell, Benjamin. His will, written 13 January 1787, proved 27 January 1787.

  3. Cornell, Chester C. A Cornell Family History, From County Essex, England to Winneshiek County, Iowa, 1984, 125 pages.

  4. Cornell, Edward. His intestate probate records, 12 May 1784 to 5 May 1794.

  5. Cornell, John. "A Cornell Corner". New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, vol. 31, July 1900, pages 180-181.

  6. Cornell, John. Genealogy of the Cornell Family Being an Account of the Descendants of Thomas Cornell of Portsmouth, R. I., T. A. Wright Press, New York, NY, 1902, 468 pages.

  7. Cornell, Mary H. Written communication, 10 January 1995.

  8. Cornell, William. "[Abstract of his will, written 7 October 1747, proved 17 April 1749]". New Jersey Colonial Documents, Calendar of Wills - 1730-1750, page 113.

  9. Cornell, William. "[Abstract of his will, written 27 April 1791, proved 25 May 1791]". New Jersey Post-Revolutionary Documents, Calendar of Wills - 1791-1795, page 88.

  10. Emerson, Jesse. Written communication, 15 September 1996.

  11. Glazier, Prentiss. "The English Origin of the Cornwell/Cornell Family". The American Genealogist, vol. 51, no. 2, April 1975, pages 115-116.

  12. Hale, George. A History of the Old Presbyterian Congregation of "The People of Maidenhead and Hopewell", Henry B. Ashmead Press, Philadelphia, PA, 1876, [Cornell information on pages 11, 15, 17, 18, 33, 45, 52, 60, 61, & 72].

  13. "Hunterdon County Freeholders, 1741". Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, vol. 37, no. 2, May 1962, page 52.

  14. Lewis, Alice B. "The Cornell Family". Hopewell Valley Heritage, Hopewell Museum, Hopewell, NJ, 1973, pages 268-279.

  15. Maack, Jean E., & Cornell, C. Clair. "Unraveling One Massachusetts-to-Iowa Cornell Line". The American Genealogist, vol. 58, no. 2, April 1982, pages 77-83.

  16. McCracken, George E. "Who Was Rebecca Cornell?" The American Genealogist, vol. 36, 1960, pages 16-18.

  17. "Mercer County Gravestones: Cornell Family Burying Ground, Hopewell Township". Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, vol. 26, no. 3, 1951, page 72.

  18. Moriarty, G. Andrews. "Additions and Corrections to Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island". The American Genealogist, vol. 35, no. 2, April 1959, page 107.

  19. Moriarty, G. Andrews. "Additions and Corrections to Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island". The American Genealogist, vol. 39, no. 1, January 1963, page 2.

  20. Pennington Presbyterian Church Records, Pennington, New Jersey.

  21. Sperling, Audrey H. Written communication, 17 August 1984.



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