ADRIEN CORNELL, eldest son of Gelyam and
grandson of Peter Guilliamse CORNEL, was born in Flatbush, Long Island,
August 22, 1713, as shown by his family Bible now in possession of Thompson
CORNELL of Philadelphia, a great-great-grandson, and died July 28, 1727. He was
eldest son of Gelyam CORNELL by the first marriage of Gelyam, who was a
landholder in Flatbush as early as 1708. Historians have erroneously stated that he was a
son of Cornelis, the brother of Gelyam. Bergen, in his "Early Settlers of Kings
County," makes that statement and gives the date of his baptism as disproven by the
Bible record, as well as by the will of Gilliam of Bucks county, who is shown to be a son
of Gelyam and Conelia, and makes "my nephew Gilliam CORNELL, son of
my brother Adrien," one of the executeors of his will. Adrien CORNELL married
Mattie HEGEMAN, born at Brooklyn, Long Island, November 1, 1718, daughter
of Rem and Peternella (VAN WYCKEN) HEGEMAN, grand-daughter of Elbert and
Marytje (RAPPALVE) HEGEMAN, great-granddaughter of Adrien and Catharine HEGEMAN,
who emigrated from Amsterdam in 1650, settling first at New Albany, but later removing to
Flatbush, Long Island, where Adrien was a magistrate in 1654 and died in April, 1672.
Adrien CORNELL removed to Bucks county prior to June 7, 1739, at which
date he purchased 250 acres in Northampton township, where he was already a resident. In
1751 he purchased sixty-one acres adjoining his first purchase and 205 acres additional in
1772. This land was located in the heart of the Dutch settlement known as Holland, and
much of it still remains the property of his descendants. He died on his plantation
purchased in 1739, July 27, 1777, and his wife Mattie died July 4, 1790, both are buried
at Richboro. Their children were: Gilliam, born April 26, 1741, died March 2, 1809,
married Jannetje SUYDAM, daughter of Lambert SUYDAM; and Rem, born June
9, 1744, died July 18, 1825, married Peternelletje HEGEMAN, born 1751,
died December 19, 1816.
Gilliam and Jane (SUYDAM) Cornell
were the parents of nine children; Adrien, born May 18, 1765, died February 28, 1841,
married Rachel FEASTER; Abigail, born December 17, 1769, married Henry DUBOIS;
Lambert, born July 14, 1772; James, born October 20, 1774, died April 1, 1850, married
first Cynthia, daughter of Rem CORNELL, and second Margaret VANDEGRIFT;
Rem, born April 4, 1777, died young; Mattie born April 23, 1779, married Aaron FEASTER;
Jane, born May 15, 1781, married Christopher VANARSDALEN; John, born
March 29, 1783, married Elizabeth VANDEGRIFT; and Gilliam, born May 13,
1785, married Elizabeth KREWSEN, November 16, 1809. In the division of
the real estate of Adrien CORNELL between his two sons Gilliam and Rem,
the latter retained 203 acres of the homestead tract of 250 acres, and forty-one acres of
the VANDUREN purchase adjoining, and conveyed to his brother Gilliam the
balance of the homestead, fifty-six acres, and 205 acres purchased by their father of VAN
HORN in 1772. These lands were devised by the brothers to their respective sons,
and a portion of both tracts still remain in the tenure of their descendants of the name.
Gilliam divided the homestead between his sons Lambert, James and Gilliam, settling his
son Adrian on eighty-five acres purchased in 1785 of William THOMPSON, and John on 100
acres purchased of Henry DYER.
Rem CORNELL, second son
of Adrien and Mattie (HEGEMAN) CORNELL, born in Northampton in 1744,
married Peterneelitie HEGEMAN, and lived all his life on the old
homestead in Northampton, acquiring later considerable other land in the vicinity. He was
an active and prominent man in the community, and a member of the Dutch Reformed church of
North and Southampton. He died July 18, 1825, in his eighty-second year. His wife died
December 19, 1816, in her sixty-fifth year, and both are buried in the old graveyard at
Richboro. They were the parents of three children: Mattie, born 1770, married John KROESON;
Cynthia, born 1776, died June 7, 1808, married her cousin James CORNELL,
Adrien CORNELL, only son
of Rem, was born on the old homestead in Northampton in May, 1779, and, inheriting it from
his father in 1825, spent his whole life there. He was a prosperous farmer and a good
business man and acquired a large estate, owning at his death in 1857 over 700 acres of
farm land and a fine mill property in Northampton, and over 400 acres in Upper Makefield
township. His wife was Leanah CRAVEN, daughter of James and Adrianna (KROESON)
CRAVEN, and was baptised at Churchville, February 21, 1779. The children of
Adrien and Leanah (CRAVEN) CORNELL were as follows:
1.James Craqven, baptised November 4,
1804, died February 1, 1865, married Judith S. EVERETT.
2. Eleanor, baptised January 10, 1807,
married James KRUSEN.
3. John Lefferts, baptised January 10,
1807, died January 14, 1836.
4. Ann Eliza, baptised August 28, 1810,
married James S. MC NAIR.
5. Charles, baptised March 21, 1812.
6. Lydia, January 18, 1815, married Henry
7. Cynthia, baptised August 11, 1816,
married William R. BEANS. Adrian, see forward, and Mary Jane, wife of
Adrien CORNELL, youngest
son of Adrien and Leanah (CRAVEN) CORNELL, was born on the old homestead
in Northampton, December 21, 1818. He was reared on the farm that had been the home of his
ancestors since 1739, and in the house erected by his great-great-grandfather in 1747.
This house he tore down in 1861, and erected the present mansion house. He was an active
and successful business man. He was connected for many years with the Bucks County
Agricultural Society, of which he was for several years president, succeeding his brother
James C. CORNELL in that position. He married January 8, 1840, Mary Ann VAN
HORN, daughter of Abraham VAN HORN, who survived him many years.
He died on the old homestead, September 17, 1870.
Text taken from page 52-53 of: Davis,
William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago:The
Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed June 2000 by Betty Breithaupt
of CA as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
Published August 2000 on the Bucks
County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at http://www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/