|Birth: ||May 23, 1837|
|Death: ||May 11, 1898|
Civil War veteran. Co. B, 22nd Regiment Ohio Infantry.
The County Capital (St. John , Kansas)
May 20, 1898
John Goldsmith Cornwell, the oldest of twelve children, nine of whom are still living, was born in Millfield, O[hio], on May 23rd, 1837, and died in St. John, Kansas at 10:12 a. m. on May 11th,
1898, aged 59 years, 11 months and 18 days.
At the age of six years, he removed with his parents to Athens, O[hio], where he was married to Isabel Laird on Feb. 23rd 1862.
During his residence in Athens he learned the trade of carriage builder and became master of his art and successfully operated a large carriage factory there for a number of years.
He enlisted in the early part of the Civil war and served as Sergeant in Co. D 27th Battery. Some time later he was mustered out and reenIisted as Sergeant in Co. C. [?] Ohio Volunteer Infantry. His patriotism was as great at the time of his death as when he went forth to help save the Stars and Stripes in the 60's. A few days before his departure from this life of toil, as the war news were being read to him he expressed his regret at not being able to be up and allowed to again follow "Old Glory'' to victory.
He removed from Athens, in 1875, and located in Newman, Ill[inois], where he resided for three years.
He was one to take advantage of "Uncle Sam's" inducements , and moved to Kansas in 1878 and became one of the early settIers in this part of the state. He took a homestead in Liberty township, Barton county, where he lived until September 1884.
When he left his farm he came to St. John, and engaged in the hotel business, which occupation he has constantly followed. The commercial men have given him the cognomen of "Dad" and he is well known throughout this part of the state as "Dad" Cornwell. He was jovial and kind hearted and to know him was to regard him. He was probably the worst enemy to himself in existence.
One daughter: Lizzie Estella, preceeded him and awaited at the river which marks the unknown shore to welcome his arrival and guide his footsteps along the mysterious path which we all must sooner or later traverse.
He leaves a wife, a daughter and two sons who mourn his departure, but they have the hope of hopes, that of meeting him in the next life.
His last prayer, which he uttered a few minutes before he breathed his last has undoubtedly been answered. It was as follows: "Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done – ". He got no farther, but this death was easy. His last breath came without a
struggle and ere the family and friends who stood beside him could realize, he had been ushered into the great future "from whence no traveler returns."
The immediate cause of his death was due to a complication of diseases and all that medical science could do was done in his behalf, but all to no avail. The time had come and he seemed to realize it and was resigned.
By his personal request C. F. Smith Post No. 103, G. A. R. took charge and conducted the services.
The remains were interred in the St. John cemetery, Thursday morning, May 12th, 1898.
The family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in this and adjoining counties.
Our hope is, that the final meeting may be as happy as was the last parting sorrowful. J. H. Hammitt." END
Isabell Laird Cornwell (1840 - 1920)
Ethel Bell Cornwell Harlan (1862 - 1942)*
Homer Franklin Cornwell (1868 - 1943)*
Herbert John Cornwell (1872 - 1939)*
Fairview Park Cemetery
Created by: Steve Harrison
Record added: Dec 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81956449