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Cornelius Voorhis
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Birth: May 1, 1827
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1918
Hannibal
Marion County
Missouri, USA

The following biographical sketch of Cornelius Voorhis appears at p. 336 of The Mirror of Hannibal, C. P. Greene, 1905 (revised edition 1990):

COL. CORNELIUS VOORHIS. Col. Voorhis, one of Hannibal's most prominent citizens, was born on a farm in Warren County, Ohio, May 1st, 1827. His parents were Peter and Susan W. (Stephenson)* Voorhis. Peter Voorhis was born on the same farm as our subject, and was a son of Daniel Voorhis, a native of New Jersey. Cornelius Voorhis, grandfather of our subject, was born May 27th, 1767, and was the son of Daniel, who was born in 1737. Daniel was a son of Petres Albertae van Voorhis, born in 1706. The latter was a son of Albert Stevens van Voorhees, who was a son of Stephens Coerte van Voorhees, a native of Hess, Holland.

Peter Voorhis was born May 7th, 1798, and his wife Susan, March 17, 1802. The family is of Dutch origin and progenitors of all Voorhees, having emigrated from Holland in 1660, settling on Flatlands, on Long Island. Our subject was educated partly at the village schools and later at Cary's Academy, situated on Pleasant Hill on the Mill Creek Turnpike road leading to Hamilton, an institution in which Col. John Noble and other distinguished men received their primary education.

After a few years in school he was employed in a dry goods store where he remained a short time and then removed to St. Louis, which at time seemed far away in the uncertain farther West. He finally obtained a situation in a leading dry goods house, and remained for several years, until 1854, giving his entire attention to and becoming acquainted with all the details of the dry goods business. In that year he was offered a promising situation in Salt Lake City, where he remained for three years, when he returned to St. Louis and started in the wholesale dry goods business.

He sought in marriage the hand of Louie B. Hull, daughter of Joseph S. Hull, a retired merchant, and she became his wife, but died suddenly soon after. This was the first great sorrow of his life and for several years he retired from business, attending to his various property affairs. Even during the uncertain days of the Civil War, Mr. Voorhis, by thrift and judicious economy, acquired property interests of increasing value and after a retirement of six or seven years, he in 1874 became a resident of Hannibal, where he became a member of the firm of Worthington & Co. When that firm was dissolved he became connected with Williams & Co., and later with Cobb & Co., in the clothing and shoe business. He has acquired considerable real estate, among which are two farms in St. Louis County, a valuable farm in St. Charles County, two homesteads in Ralls County, and also valuable possessions in both St. Louis and Hannibal.

In November, 1860, he was married to Miss Elizabeth A. Gordon, daughter of a distinguished Kentucky family. To them have been born three children, Lula H., who married R. H. Stillwell; David J. (deceased), and Margaret D., wife of Charles T. Lamb. Mrs. Voorhis died in 1868, mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends. As a citizen Mr. Voorhis is enterprising, always willing to join any measure promoting the general welfare. He has held offices of public trust, such as Collector of Internal Revenue for the Fourth Revenue District of Missouri, and City Treasurer of Hannibal. He was one of the organizers of the Hannibal Bank, and also director of same. He is still hale and hearty, with promise of a long life of usefulness.

*NOTE: "Stephenson" should be "Stevenson"

Cornelius Voorhis b 1 May 1827 OH; d 14 Mar. 1918, Hannibal, MO; age 90 yrs 10 mo 13 da; retired, merchant; son of Peter Voorhis b OH and Susan Stevenson b NJ; burial St. Louis, MO, 15 Mar. 1918; informant Mrs. R. H. Stillwell, Hannibal, MO (MO State Board of Health, Certificate of Death 9785)

Left to right - headstones in front of the Voorhis monument: Cornelius, Elizabeth A., and David J. 
 
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 Parents:
  Peter Voorhis (1798 - 1879)
  Susanna Wilson Stevenson Voorhis (____ - 1888)
 
 Spouses:
  Elizabeth A. Gordon Voorhis (1838 - 1868)
  Louisa Banks Hull Voorhis (1839 - 1859)
 
 Children:
  Louise Voorhis Stillwell (1861 - 1926)*
  David J. Voorhis (1863 - 1888)*
  Margaret D. Voorhis Lamb (1864 - 1941)*
  Cornelius Voorhis (1868 - 1868)*
 
 Sibling:
  Robert Stevenson Voorhis (____ - 1896)*
  Cornelius Voorhis (1827 - 1918)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Lot 1816
 
Created by: Jay
Record added: Dec 06, 2010
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- JJ Coppinger
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