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Col Gibbons Gray Cornwell, Sr
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Birth: Aug. 18, 1861
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 1912
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Gibbons Gray Cornwell, son of Captain Robert Thompson Cornwell and Lydia (Jackson) Cornwell, was born August 18, 1861, at West Chester, Pa. He was prepared for college at the Mathematical and Classical Institute of John H. Worrall, Ph D (BA Yale 1856), in West Chester.

After graduation he studied law at home, was admitted to practice in the Chester County courts June 10, 1889, and before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, February 8, 1892, and since 1889 had been a member with his father of the firm of Cornwell & Cornwell, and had the care of many estate.

During the Spanish-American war he was captain of Company I, Sixth Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was deeply interested in the National Guard of his state, and was colonel of the Sixth Regiment.

While returning from New York City to his home to meet charges of appropriating bonds belonging to a trust estate he shot himself on the train just as it was leaving North Philadelphia, and died instantly, August 6, 1912. He was in his 51st year.

He married at Lancaster, Pa, January 18, 1899, Ella, daughter of Edward M. Eberman. She survives him with a daughter and three sons. A brother received the degree of Civil Engineer from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1901.

Source: Bulletin of Yale University, Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1912-1913
Through streets lined with family sympathizers and curious spectators, the body of Col. Gibbons Gray Cornwell, who committed suicide on a train while being brought here from New York to answer a charge of misappropriating funds of estates in his custody, was borne to Oakland cemetery today. Taps were sounded at the grave, though it was not a military funeral.

Mrs. Cornwell, the widow, has been notified by insurance companies that insurance on her husband's life would not be held up because of his suicide. Col. Cornwell carried about $50,000 of insurance.

Source: Evening Star (Washington, DC), 9 August 1912, p. 1
Family links: 
  Robert Thompson Cornwell (1835 - 1927)
  Lydia Ann Jackson Cornwell (1834 - 1907)
  Ella Eberman Cornwell (1865 - 1932)*
  Mary Gray Cornwell (1900 - 1900)*
  Gibbons Gray Cornwell (1902 - 1986)*
  Gibbons Gray Cornwell (1861 - 1912)
  Martha Jackson Cornwell (1865 - 1955)*
  William D. Cornwell (1874 - 1964)*
  Ada Westlake Cornwell Hemphill (1878 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Oaklands Cemetery
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section C, plot 49, near Parke family plot
Created by: Cindy Cornwell McCachern
Record added: Jun 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91257567
Col Gibbons Gray Cornwell, Sr
Added by: Carol & Pete
Col Gibbons Gray Cornwell, Sr
Added by: Carol & Pete
Col Gibbons Gray Cornwell, Sr
Added by: Carol & Pete
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1900 ~ Worshipful Master, of West Chester #322, F.& A.M.- ~Past Master~
- Keith S. Smith
 Added: Jun. 3, 2012
Rest in Peace my Brother
- Keith S. Smith
 Added: Jun. 3, 2012

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