Cornelius Calvert (b. 1698, d. January 18, 1746/47)
Cornelius Calvert was born 1698 in Lancastershire, England, and died January 18, 1746/47 in Norfolk, VA. He married Mary Saunders on July 27, 1719 in Princess Anne Co., VA, daughter of Jonathan Saunders and Mary Bennett.
Notes for Cornelius Calvert: Cornelius Calvert is said to have come to this country from Lancastershire, England, shortly before he was married. He was a sea captain in command of a vessel and married Mary Saunders July 27, 1719. They settled in Norfolk where he was "active and industrious" and his wife was "prudent and managing". They "soon made a clever little estate and he was enabled to leave off going to sea, though he still did business about vessels and had some concern in them...He used to employ his boys as soon as they were big enough, to carry stones to make land in the water. He owned, too...four valuable negroes who were good seamen and brought in good wages. Shortly after his marriage and before he left the sea, he made a voyage to England to see his mother, who, residing in some part of the country, received him with great kindness; but having now married a second husband, could not do much for him. However, on his being about to take leave of her, she accompanied him some miles, driving him in her chair, and when they came to the place where they must part, she said to him, 'My son, we are about to separate and I never expect to see you again in this world; I am sorry I have nothing to give you but this ball of yarn. Take it. It will serve you to mend your stockings when you get on board the ship. - I suppose you mend your stockings?- And mind, you must unwind it yourself'. So my grandfather took the ball and feeling it to be very heavy, when his mother left him, he was very anxious to find out what might be in it, and long before he got to the ship, unwound the ball and found, to his great joy and surprise, sixty solid gold guineas. After my grandfather left the sea and was growing old, he became (if he had not always been) very pious and was always reading his Bible and writing verses on it. (From Memories of Mrs. Helen Maxwell-Read, entitled "My Mother", written from his mother's lips by the late William Maxwell). Published in "Lower Norfolk County, Va. Antiquary".
Cornelius Calvert was a Justice of Norfolk County from July 18, 1729 to Jan. 17, 1729/30. He was a member of the Common Council of Norfolk Borough, and on July 7, 1741, was appointed a member of a committee to "form a law" to prevent "all Persons being Servants or Slaves ...from Purchasing any Rum or Spirituous Liquors under two gallons". His will was proved June 18, 1747. Recorded in Norfolk Will Book, p. 270. He left his brother Joseph's dau. Mary, five pounds. His wife's will was dated Aug. 18, 1762 and proved Oct. 21, 1762.
More About Cornelius Calvert: Will: June 18, 1747, Proved Norfolk Co., VA.
More About Cornelius Calvert and Mary Saunders: Marriage: July 27, 1719, Princess Anne Co., VA.
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