JOHN S. CORNELL, who has
now passed the seventy-seventh milestone on life's journey, and throughout his business
career has followed farming, is a representative of one of the old families of
Pennsylvania, a son of John and Elizabeth (VANDEGRIFT)
CORNELL, and a grandson of Gilliam and
Janetje (SUYDAM) CORNELL. His
grandfather, Gilliam CORNELL, had a brother,
Remsen CORNELL, who had two children, a son,
Adrien, and a daughter.
Gilliam CORNELL had eight
Adrien married Rachel FEASTER
and had four children, David, William, Henry and Jane.
2. Lambert married a Miss FEASTER, and their children were: Gilliam, David, James and Aaron. 3. James
married a daughter of Remsen CORNELL, and his
second wife was Margaret VANDERGRIFT, by whom
he had four children, Jacob, Remsen, Cornelia Ann and Jane. 4. John
was the father of John S. CORNELL, of
Northampton township. 6. Jane married Christopher VAN ARTSDALEN, and their children were John,
Simon, Jane, Johanna and Elizabeath. 8. Abbie married Henry DUBOIS, and had six children: Christian, Susan, Ellen, Nancy, Jane and Mary Ann.
John S. CORNELL, Sr., son
of Gilliam and Janetje CORNELL, was born in
1782, baptized at the Dutch Reformed church of North and Southampton. He was devised by his father a farm purchased by
the latter of Henry Dyer in 1793, containing
105 acres, near Holland, and lived there until he died, December 15, 1851. He was married twice. His first wife was Mary Krewson, by whom he had
two children. Matilda, the younger, born
October 21, 1813, died in childhood. Elizabeth,
the elder, was born March 6, 1811, and became the wife of Thomas PURDY, by whom she had six children: Mary Jane, John, Elizabeth Ann, Matilda, Mrs.
Catherine LINGERMAN, and Amanda. For his second wife John S. CORNELL, Sr., chose Elizabeth VANDEGRIFT, of Northampton and sister to Margaret,
the second wife of his brother, James CORNELL. The children of John S. and Elizabeth (VANDEGRIFT) CORNELLwere:
1. William, born August 4,
1818, remained on the homestead; he married Cornelia KREWSEN, and their children were Edmond and Anna
Mary, born October 8, 1819, married James CRAVEN and their children were Annie, Charles,
Elizabeth and Matilda. 3. Alfred, born September 27, 1822, married Jan VAN BUSKIRK, and their children were: Elizabeth, Johanna, Samuel, Matilda, Allen, Frank,
John, Albert, Mary and Susannah. 4. John S.
the subject of this sketch. 5. Louisa, born July 9, 1825, married Isaac RIGHTLEY.
John S. CORNELL, Jr.,
youngest son of John S. and Elizabeth (VANDEGRIFT)
CORNELL, is descended in the maternal line from
Jacob VANDEGRIFT, who served in the
Revolutionary was and afterward removed to Northampton county, Pennsylvania, settling in
the southeastern part. It was his daughter
who became the mother of John S. CORNELL, of
John S. CORNELL, who was
born July 16, 1827, was reared to farm life, and was educated near Holland, in Northampton
county, Pennsylvania. He engaged in farming
at an early age and has followed this occupation to the present time. He resided near the Bear Hotel, at Richboro, until
1877, when he removed to his present farm purchasing eighty acres of land in Northampton
township, which his labors have placed under a very high state of cultivation, and
although now well advanced in years he still gives his personal supervision to its
Mr. CORNELL wedded Ellen BENNETT, a daughter of William and Sarah (WYNKOOP) BENNETT,
and through long years they have been held in favorable regard in Northampton township. Mrs. CORNELL's
ancestors in both paternal and maternal lines were, like those of her husband, of Holland
descent, and among the earliest settlers in Northampton and Southampton counties. Mr. and Mrs. CORNELL have had no children.
Text taken from page 237 and 238
David, William W. H., A.
of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The
Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed January, 2001 by
Donna J. Kling of Pennsylvania as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,
Published Janaury 2001 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb