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View Tree for Thomas CornellThomas Cornell (b. 24 Mar 1592/93, d. 08 Feb 1653/54)

Thomas Cornell (son of George Cornell and Susan Casse) was born 24 Mar 1592/93 in Bumstead (Essex) ENG, and died 08 Feb 1653/54 in Portsmouth (Newport) RI. He married Rebecca Briggs on Abt. 1625, daughter of Henry Briggs and Elizabeth Spencer.

 Includes NotesNotes for Thomas Cornell:
1638 - Land owner; tavern keeper (RI)
1642 - Land owner (NY) - chased away by natives; to RI.
1641 - Constable, Portsmouth
1642-4 - Ensign, Portsmouth Militia

Hudson-Mohawk Family Memoirs, Vol. II, Hudson-Mohawk Family Histories, page 878: "Thomas Cornell came to America about 1638 with his wife and most if not all of his nine children. He settled first in Boston, from whence he removed to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, later to New Amsterdam; afterward he returned to Rhode Island, but later removed again to New Amsterdam, obtaining there a grant of land on Long Island Sound, now within the limist of Greater New York, from which he seems to have been driven by the Indians. He returned to Portsmouth, where he died."

Ancestral Records and Portraits, Vol. 1 (familytreemaker): "Thomas Cornell arrived in Boston, with wife and family in 1638. In 1641 he removed to Portsmouth, R.I., and from there, in 1643, to Throgg's Neck, N.Y., where, after a brief period, as Governor Winthrop records:
"'The Indians set upon the English that dwelt under the Dutch and killed such of Mr. Throckmorton's and Mr. Cornhill's families as were at home. These people have cast off ordinances and churches and for larger accomodations had subjected themselves to the Dutch and dwelt scattering near a mile apart.'
"Among those who escaped was Thomas Cornell, who, with the remainder of his household, went back to Portsmouth, where, in 1646, he was granted about two hundred acres of land. The same year he received a grant of land in Westchester County, N. Y., known to this day as 'Cornell's Neck.' he died in 1673, having been closely associated with Roger Williams in his colonization of Rhode Island, and having held many positions of trust, among others that of Commissioner, 1643. The place at Portsmouth is still owned by the family. The old house was burnt in 1889. From the windows of the modern house, built in colonial style, can be seen the old burying-ground of the family, where Thomas Cornell, the first of his name in this country, was interred...."

My earlier printout includes notes of Eliza Newton Woolsey Howland: Family Records, 1900 (notes him as cohort of Williams and Ann Hutchinson); also notes from Rhode Island Genealogies, p. 55, including info on land records. Have info from Fred Shonnard and W. W. Spooner: History of Westchester Co., NY (1900) on file (pp 92-95) on file.

More About Thomas Cornell:
Date born 2: Mar 1592/93, Fairstead Manor (Essex) ENG.
Died 2: 08 Feb 1655/56, Cornell Homestead, Portsmouth (Newport) RI.

More About Thomas Cornell and Rebecca Briggs:
Marriage: Abt. 1625

Children of Thomas Cornell and Rebecca Briggs are:
  1. +Rebecca Cornell, b. 31 Jan 1628/29, Saffron Waldon, Essex, England, d. 05 Feb 1712/13, Jamaica (Queens) NY.
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