History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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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 children:  1.   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.  2.   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 this review.

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 cultivation.

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. M. History 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,

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