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Thomas Cornell

Male about 1627 - 1673  (~ 45 years)


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  • Name Thomas Cornell 
    Born about October 1627  Saffron Walden, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 21 October 1627  Saffron Walden, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 23 May 1673  Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • The name of Thomas Cornell’s first wife is not known. His second wife was Sarah Earle.

      From The Genealogy of the Cornell Family:
      1655, March, 17, Portsmouth; he is called Thomas Cornell, Jr.. was chosen with three others to prize land and buildings of John Wood, deceased. 1657, Dec. 10, had a grant of 10 acres.
      1663, Aug. 24, He, eldest son of Thomas Cornell, confirmed a deed his mother had made two years previously to Richard Hart.
      1664-72, several times Deputy to the General Assembly of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
      1670, May 4, he and three others appointed to audit colonies’ accounts.
      1671, June 7, his bill to Assembly for further encouragement of a troop of horse was referred to next Assembly (and there is no further record of the bill); At the same meeting ordered that Thomas Cornell be desired to be a messenger from this court to carry a letter to the Governor of Plymouth, and that he be supplied with twenty shillings in silver by the treasurer, Mr. John Coggeshall, towards bearing his charge.
      1672, April 2, ‘Voted that some persons be employed by this Assembly to goe over to Narragansett and take a view of such places there or thereabouts that are fit for plantations and make inquirie of English and Indians who are the owners of, or who “laie claime”to such lands and signify unto them that the colony doeth intend such lands shall be improved by peoplinge the same, and that the personds doe make return of what they doe therein to the next General Assembly.’ On this committee Thomas Cornell was appointed for Portsmouth.
      1673, May 23, was executed. for the murder of his mother, concerning the injustice of this, and
      the lack of any proper evidence to convict him.
      1674, March 7, ‘Ordered by the Assembly, whereas, Thomas Cornell of Portsmouth, who was lately executed for murthering his mother, Mrs. Rebecca Cornell, whereupon according to law, this court of Tryalls have made seizure of his estate. This Assembly (in consideration of the matter, and for the supply of the wife and children of the said Thoinas), doe see cause to release the said seizure and empowere the council of the towne of Portsmouth to take care and order that the estate of the said Thomas be soe secured and improved that just debts and other charges
      be first paid and discharged, and that then his wife and children be supplyed and relieved and to that end to order and appoint an executor or executors for the true performance thereof, and that this said Towne Council doe make a will according to law, divide the estate to this wife and children of the said Thomas.’
      1674, July 4, a writing was presented to the court of Plymouth by William Earle, of Dartmouth, which was by some termed the will of Thomas Cornell of Rhode Island, late deceased, in which is inentioned the disposal of some estate in our colony. The court deferred accepting it for the present and appointed William Earle, and John Cornell, brother of the deceased, to take care of the estate that it be not squandered.
      1674, Oct. 29, the court ordered that such part of estate as deceased left in Plymouth colony, should be divided as follows: to widow and three children he had by her, one-half; to four eldest children of said Cornell, the other half, which they were to have in land, being sons. The right of widow Sarah for life, in the lands, was to be paid her out of the personal, if she require it.
      Inventory, £77, 19s., 6d., of real and personal estate in Darthmouth, viz.: 8 mares, 4 geldings, 2 two years, 3 colts, 4 heifers, 4 steers, 5 yearlings, house and land, £41, gun, pair of old wheels, scythe, pair of bandoleers, &c. (An inventory of his estate in Portsmouth was made by John Albro and John Sanford, amounting to £452.18.5. Inventory, 22 acres land, loo sheep, cattle, horses, &c.)
      1679, Jan. 4, differences having arisen between Thomas Cornell, eldest son of Thomas Cornell, deceased, and David Lake of Nunaquaquit (a neck in New Plymouth), now husband to Sarah, late widow to Thomas Cornell of Portsmouth, concerning right of dower belonging to said Sarah in estate of late husband, and more especially in farm said Thomas Cornell possesseth, the said differences being in a friendly manner compromised a full discharge is now given by said Lake except a bill of £20. [2]
    Person ID I11118  Schirado
    Last Modified 16 August 2012 

    Father Thomas Cornell,   d. about 1655, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Rebecca,   d. 8 February 1673, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7944  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 [___] 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Cornell,   b. about 1653,   d. 11 October 1714, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
    +2. Edward Cornell,   b. about 1654,   d. 1708, Hempstead, Nassau County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
    +3. Stephen Cornell,   b. 1656, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. John Cornell,   b. say 1660, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1704, Queens County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
    Family ID F8016  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Sarah Earle,   b. about 1647, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1690, Tiverton, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Cornell,   b. about 1671, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 January 1749  (Age ~ 78 years)
    +2. Innocent Cornell,   b. about 1673, Portsmouth, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 15 November 1720  (Age ~ 47 years)
    Family ID F7892  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S127] John Osborne Austin, (Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, 1968 (first ed. was 1887)).

    2. [S129] John Cornell, (New York: T.A. Wright, 1902).


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