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Adrian Cornell

  • Birth 21 Dec 1818 Holland, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 17 Sep 1870 Holland, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 35942237

The Adrian Cornell Family of Bucks County, PA. Cornelia (Van Noortwyck) Cornel, the daughter of Adrian and Cornelia (Willemsdr) Van Noortwyck, was born in 1692 in Blankenburg, Holland. At the age of three, Cornelia emigrated with her family to America to Flatbush, NY. Her family remained in Flatbush until 1723 before moving to the nearby village of New Utrecht, NY. Cornelia Van Noortwyck married Gelijain (Guilliaume) (Gilliam) Cornel on November 4, 1714. note: An additional L was later added to the Cornel name; as per the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church Records; December 1, 1710. Gelijain and Cornelia Van Noortwyck Cornel had the following children; Abraham, Magrietje, Adrian, Jacobus, Cornelius, Gelijain, Wilhelmus, Johannes and Simon. Gelijain Cornel (1679-1754), the husband of Cornelia Van Noortwyck, was the son of Pieter (Peter) Cornelis of Flatbush, Brooklyn. Peter Cornelis was born about 1635 in Holland. He emigrated to New Netherland and arrived in Manhattan with his father Guillaume Cornelis in the early 1650's. Guillaume Cornelis was born about 1600. His ancestors were among the French Huguenot refugees who fled from France to Holland in the mid 1500's to escape religious persecution. Guillaume Cornelis purchased a patent of land on August 9, 1658 in Flatbush, NY from Director Peter Stuyvesant. In addition, while living in Flatbush, Guillaume and his eldest son Peter, purchased additional building lots in 1661. Peter Cornelis married Margueritie Vernelle in 1675. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Flatbush Militia on May 23, 1689. Peter and Margueritie Vernelle Cornelis had at least four children Pieter (Peter), Guillaume (Gelijain), Jacob and Maria. The surname Cornelis and most likely the Christian names were altered in the years following the final English takeover of New Netherland in 1674. It would have been politically unwise to retain French surnames as well as French Christian names during the English assumption of the Dutch colonies in America. In all likelihood, judging from the ages of his sons and the birth dates of his grandchildren, the History of Bucks County version of the emigration and settlement of the Cornell family in that region is somewhat flawed. In addition, they had other children who remained in the Flatbush, NY area. Gelijain (Guillaume) Gilliam) Cornel no doubt assisted his sons with the purchase and the settlement of the original plantation in 1735. Adrian Cornel, his son, was only 26 years old at the time and was unmarried. The other three brothers were all under the age of seventeen. A marker honoring their parents with the inscription GxC was placed in the Old Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery in Feasterville, Bucks County, PA where Wilhelmus and Gilliam are buried. Gelijain Cornel (1679-1754); Find-A-Grave Number 26085750, is buried in the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery in Flatbush, NY. His tombstone is fairly well preserved. Cornelia Cornel, his wife, is buried there as well. Gelijain and Cornelia Van Noortwyck Cornel had the following children: 1. Adrian Cornel (1713-1777). Adrain Cornel moved to Bucks County, PA. 2. Jacobus Cornel b. 1720. 3. Wilhelmus (1722-1783); emigrated with his older brother Adrian to Bucks County, PA. He married Elshe (Alice) Kroesen at the Southampton Dutch Reformed Church on April 14, 1744. They had seven children of which several are buried with them at the Old Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery in Feasterville, Bucks County, PA. In 1755, in partnership with his brother Gilliam, Wilhelmus Cornel purchased 82 acres oh the northside and 115 acres on the southside of the Bristol Road. It is there that their descendants settled. 4. Gilliam b. (1724-1785); emigrated with his older brother Adrian to Bucks County, PA. Giliam Cornel married Margaret Schench and had seven children. As previously mentioned, he purchased several hundred acres of land near Churchville, Bucks County, PA. He is also buried in the Old Dutch Reformed Church in Feasterville, Bucks County with his brother and several of his descendants.
note: The Bucks county Historical Society has a Cornell Bible that was given to it in 1916. The Bible has the following people plus others..... 12 Oct 1724 Gilliam Cornell born married Margrita Schenck on 8 May 1756
she was born 10 Sep 1735 Other names in the Bible are:
Cornelia Cornell Joannes Cornell Abraham Cornell Gwillen Cornell Remmitje Cornell Margarita Cornell Jan Cornell
Maria Cornell. 5. Johannes b. 1727. He married Maria Lott and lived in Flatbush, NY. 6. Simon b. 1729; emigrated with his older brother Adrian to Bucks County, PA. Simon Cornel married Adrienne Kroesen and settled in Lower Southampton near Philadelphia County. Their sons Cornelius and John were baptized at the Southampton Dutch Reformed Church in 1761 and 1772 repectively. 7. Margaretha married Rem Vanderbelt and remained on Long Island, NY. A Genealogical and Personal History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Vol. II. Page 654 HISTORY OF BUCKS COUNTY. The Cornell family was founded in Bucks county by Adrian and Matchie Hagaman Cornell (*Mattje "Mattie" Hegeman*), who about 1735 (*1739*) purchased a tract of land in Northampton township from Pennington* ...a son-in-law of William Penn. The land purchase was made from Isaac Penington (1700-1742). Isaac Penington was a wealthy Bucks county councillor, member of the assembly as well as a member of the Bucks County Court. William Penn's first wife, Guilelma Maria Springett, was Isaac Penington's 1/2 aunt. The three sons of William Penn, who were the heirs to his estate following the passing of his second wife, secured an additional 1.2 million acres of land in Pennsylvania after the infamous "Walking Purchase of 1737" was concluded. The original Cornell Plantation may have been divided from the original Walking Purchase aquisition. Nevertheless, Adrian Cornell purchased the land from Isaac Penington in 1739 who may have been the agent for the Penn brothers or the proprietor of the original Cornell acreage in Bucks County, PA. If Isaac Penington was the deed holder, he most likely inherited the land from his father Edward Penington (1667-1701) who was appointed by William Penn as Surveyor General of the Province of Pennsylvania. The only legitimately held land in Pennsylvaia outside of Philadelphia County prior to The Walking Purchase was land held in Lower Bucks County.
Edward Penington was the son of Isaac Penington (1616-1679) His step daughter married William Penn. Isaac Penington was an early promoter of the Quaker faith in England. Isaac Penington's father, Isaac Penington (1584-1661), was a devout Puritan and a Lord Mayor of London.
Isaac Penington (1616-1679); Find-A-Grave Memorial Number 5887941, is buried in Old Jordans Cemetery in England where William Penn is buried. Adrian Cornell and his wife came to Bucks county from Flatbush, Long Island, making the journey on a cart drawn by a team of oxen. The tract of land on which they settled was then known by the name of "Holland." They erected a log cabin and thus began their pioneer life in what was then a wilderness. Adrian Cornell was one of a large family, members of which are now to be found in all parts of the United States. The name has suffered many corruptions, being spelled in various ways. Not a few of those to whom it belongs use the form "Cornwall," and from this it is supposed that the family originated in England and was transplanted from Cornwall, in that country, to Amsterdam, Holland, and thence to the shores of the New World. Eldest child of Gelijain (Gilliam) Cornel(l) Cornell and Cornelia (Van Noortwyck) Cornel(l) Cornell: Adrain Cornell (1713-1777).
1.Adrian Cornell, b. 8/22/1713, Flatbush; d. 7/27/1777, Northampton, Bucks Co., Penna. (son of Gelijain Cornel, 8/25/1679-8/1/1754 & Cornelia Van Nootwyck, 6/22/1692, Holland-1742, N.Y., buried in Flatbush Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery) Married Mattje Hegeman, b. 11/1/1718, Brooklyn; d. 7/4/1790, Northampton, Bucks Co., PA. children: I. Gilliam Cornell, b. 4/26/1741, New Utrecht, Kings Co., NY; d. 3/2/1809, Northampton, Bucks, PA; married Jannetje Lefferts Suydam, 6/28/1748 NY; d. 1816, they had 9 children Gilliam and Jane (SUYDAM) Cornell were the parents of nine children; Adrien, born May 18, 1765, died February 28, 1841, married Rachel FEASTER; Abigail, born December 17, 1769, married Henry DUBOIS; Lambert, born July 14, 1772; James, born October 20, 1774, died April 1, 1850, married first Cynthia, daughter of Rem CORNELL, and second Margaret VANDEGRIFT; Rem, born April 4, 1777, died young; Mattie born April 23, 1779, married Aaron FEASTER; Jane, born May 15, 1781, married Christopher VANARSDALEN; John, born March 29, 1783, married Elizabeth VANDEGRIFT; and Gilliam, born May 13, 1785, married Elizabeth KREWSEN, November 16, 1809. In the division of the real estate of Adrien CORNELL between his two sons Gilliam and Rem, the latter retained 203 acres of the homestead tract of 250 acres, and forty-one acres of the VANDUREN purchase adjoining, and conveyed to his brother Gilliam the balance of the homestead, fifty-six acres, and 205 acres purchased by their father of VAN HORN in 1772. These lands were devised by the brothers to their respective sons, and a portion of both tracts still remain in the tenure of their descendants of the name. Gilliam divided the homestead between his sons Lambert, James and Gilliam, settling his son Adrian on eighty-five acres purchased in 1785 of William THOMPSON, and John on 100 acres purchased of Henry DYER The Mrs. S.D. Cornell Bible of Newtown, PA (Samuel D. Cornell's wife) Adrian Cornell b. 5/18/1765 10/6/1796 Married Rachel F. (b. 8/26/1776; 3/15/1863) 1. David Cornell (b. 4/9/1798; d. 11/2/1879) 2/26/1824 married Ann (b. 10/29/1799; d. 2/22/1840) 1. Charles V. Cornell (b. 12/18/1824; d. 1886) 2. Thomas J. Cornell (b. 3/13/1828; d. 5/13/1865)
11/25/1840 Married 2nd wife Ann Knight (b. 10/8/1807; d. 11/7/1883) (daughter of Amos & Mary Knight) 1. Amos H. Cornell (b. 8/30/1841; d. 9/7/1845) 2. Rebecca K. Cornell (b. 8/4/1843; 5/28/1900) 6/5/1862 married Lamar Leaw (d. 11/28/1900) 3. Samuel D. Cornell (b. 2/7/1846; d. 4/10/1932) 10/24/1867 married Louisa Willard, daughter of James V. and Mary Willard & married Anna Eliza Stout Night on 7/6/1912 4. Rachel Ann Cornell (b. 8/6/1848)
5. Jonathan Knight Cornell (b. 7/1/1850; d. 8/24/1916) 2/22/1871 married Hannah VansSant (d. 1881) & married Emily Knight 1889 (Anna R. Cornell married Samuel Willard March 2, 1870 – which Anna?) 3. Rachel Ann Cornell (b. 8/8/1837; d. 9/18/1837) 2. William Cornell (4/29/1800)
3. Jane Eliza Cornell (b. 10/12/1807; d. 5/30/1843) Married Vanartsdalen 4. Henry S. Cornell (b. 8/19/1813/;d. 3/29/1873) 5. George W. Cornell (b. 2/23/1819; d. 10/24/1821) II. Rem Cornell, (Rev War Patriot), b. 6/9/1744, Kings Co., NY; d. 7/18/1825, Northampton, PA, 9/28/1768 married Peter Nelletje Hegeman, b. abt 1751, Brooklyn, NY; d. 12/19/1816, Northampton: Rem CORNELL, second son of Adrian and Mattie (HEGEMAN) CORNELL, born in Northampton in 1744, married Peterneelitie HEGEMAN, and lived all his life on the old homestead in Northampton, acquiring later considerable other land in the vicinity. He was an active and prominent man in the community, and a member of the Dutch Reformed church of North and Southampton. He died July 18, 1825, in his eighty-second year. His wife died December 19, 1816, in her sixty-fifth year, and both are buried in the old graveyard at Richboro. They were the parents of three children: Mattie, born 1770, married John KROESON; Cynthia, born 1776, died June 7, 1808, married her cousin James CORNELL, and Adrien. 3 children by Rem and Nelletje Hegeman Cornell 1. Mattje Cornell, b. 10/11/1770, Northampton, PA; d. 7/5/1840, Richboro, PA, 3/17/1791 married JohnKrueson, b. 5/11/1768 PA?; d. 3/23/1847, Richboro, PA, they had 10 children. 2. Seynthia Cornell, b. 10/14/1777, Northampton; d. 6/7/1808, Northampton, PA; 11/17/1803 married Jacobus "James" Cornell, b. 10/20/1774 Northampton; d. 4/1/1850 Northampton. 3. Adrian Cornell, b. 5/15/1779 & d. 1857 Northampton, PA, 11/16/1802 married Leanah Craven, b. 10/29/1778 Warminser, PA; d. 7/10/1860, Richboro, Northampton Twsp., PA. They had 9 children: Adrian CORNELL, only son of Rem, was born on the old homestead in Northampton in May, 1779, and, inheriting it from his father in 1825, spent his whole life there. He was a prosperous farmer and a good business man and acquired a large estate, owning at his death in 1857 over 700 acres of farm land and a fine mill property in Northampton, and over 400 acres in Upper Makefield township. His wife was Leanah CRAVEN, daughter of James Craven (1749-1821); Find-A-Grave Memorial Number 72698092 and Adrianna (KROESON) CRAVEN. Leanah Kroesen Craven Cornell was baptised at Churchville on February 21, 1779. Leanah Craven was the granddaughter of Thomas Craven (1714-1799); Find-A-Grave Memorial Number 54466638 and Tryntie "Catherine" (Van Horn) Craven. Leanah Craven was the great granddaughter of Jacobus "James" Craven (1681-1761) and Ante "Anna" Iniart. Leanah Craven Cornell was the great-great granddaughter of Thomas Craven (1659-1730) who was born in Yorkshire, England and settled in Kinderhook, NY. He later moved his family to Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY. The land on which Jacobus "James" Craven (1681-1761) settled and established his homestead was part of a 551 acre land grant from William Penn to William Bingley in 1681. Jacobus "James" Craven purchased the land from William Stockade in 1726. William Tennent preached at the House of Craven (which would eventually evolve into Craven Hall in Warminster, PA). In 1726, William Tennent erected the Log College which was the direct link to the future Princeton University. Craven Hall is owned and operated by the Craven Hall Historical Society which operates the house and grounds as a museum. The John Fitch Steamboat Museum is also located on the grounds of the Craven Hall Historical Society Museum. information on William Tennet and Craven Hall was obtained from an article by John M. Dickey on the Craven Hall website The children of Adrian and Leanah (CRAVEN) CORNELL were as follows: Child No.I. James Craven Cornell, b. 11/4/1804 & d. 2/1/1865 in Northampton, PA, in 1828 married Judith Stryker Everett, b. 8/10/1805 Neshanic, Somerset Co, NJ; d. 11/16/1878 in Holland, PA. They had 10 children. (9th child, Theodore "Dory" built a mansion which still stands at 93 Vanderveer Ave., Holland, PA. James Craven, baptised November 4, 1804, died February 1, 1865, married Judith S. EVERETT. The original Cornell plantation was basically divided between James Craven Cornell and his younger brother Adrian Cornell. The James C. Cornell portion of the plantation can be viewed in a painting by a local artist named Edward Hicks (1780-1849). He was commissioned to paint "The Cornell Farm" in 1848, by James C. Cornell. The oil painting is currently on display in The National Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. Hicks named his work: An Indian Summer View of the Farm and Stock of James C. Cornell. James C. Cornell commissioned Edward Hicks to paint other works as well.
The Theodore "Dory" Cornell Mansion was erected in 1885.
A marble tablet located high above the main entrance reads: Built by T & A.B. Cornell 1885. The land on which the mansion was built was inherited by Dory from his father James C. Cornell and adjoined the land of his uncle Adrian Cornell who erected his mansion in 1861.
The Dory Mansion still stands but is in need of renovation. James Craven Cornell is Find-A-Grave Memorial Number 84085285. 8th child of James Craven Cornell & Judith Stryker Everett Cornell and their descendants:
John L. Cornell, b. 1839 in Northampton, PA; d. 5/16/1867, Northampton, PA (killed by a horse), 11/15/1865 married Mary Jane Craven, b. May 1840, Southampton & d. 9/24/1906, Southampton; 2 children, Elmer & John L. Jr. Mary Jane Craven Cornell married John McClure after her first husband died. They had four children. John L. Cornell is Find-A-Grave Memorisl Number 7161284 Children of Johm L. Cornell & Mary Jane Craven Cornell: 1. Elmer Reading Cornell, b. 3/4/1866 Northampton; d. 8/11/1906 Phila, 11/2/1887 married Anna Leedom Carter, b. 3/18/1868 Northampton; d. 9/17/1955, DesMoine, Iowa. Elmer & Anna had two children Horace S. Cornell & Lida Wiley Cornell Walton. Elmer Reading Cornell is Find-A-Grave Memorial Number 7161286 2. John L. Cornell, Jr. b. Sept 1867 & d. 1952 in Northampton; 1889 married Mary Finney, b. May 1868 & d. 1951 in Penna. Children of Elmer Reading Cornell & Anna Leedom Carter Cornell: 1. Horace S. Cornell, b. 4/29/1888, Churchville, PA; d. 8/6/1947, Phila, 2/11/1907 married Mary Jane "Mamie" Woods, b. 2/24/1888 & d. 11/11/1942 in Phila. They had 8 children. Horace S. Cornell is Find-A-Grave Memorial Number 54873660 2. Lida Wiley Cornell, b. 11/15/1889 in Holland, PA; d. 3/1/2000 at 110 years old in Jenkintown, PA, 5/11/1910 married Albert Conard Walton, b. 12/5/1884 & d. 10/25/1957 in PA. 8th child of Horace S. Cornell & Mary Jane "Mamie" Cornell: Anna E. Cornell, b. 8/27/1924 & d. 1/29/2000 in Phila, 11/16/1957 married Herman J. Speidel, b. 4/23/1925 Phila & d. 8/8/2003 NJ. Anna E. Cornell and Herman J. Speidel had one daughter. Successive Cornell Generations: The daughter of Anna E. Cornell Speidel Anna E. Cornell Speidel (1924-2000) Horace S. Cornell (1888-1947)
Elmer Reading Cornell (1866-1906) John L. Cornell (1839-1867) James Craven Cornell (1804-1865) Rem Hegeman Cornell (1744-1825) Adrian Cornell (1713-1777) Gelijain Cornel (1679-1754) Pieter Cornelis (b. ca. 1635)
Guillaume Cornelis (b. ca, 1600) The children of Adrian and Leanah Cornell Children Numbers II-VIII. II. Eleanor, baptised January 10, 1807, married James KRUSEN. III. John Lefferts, baptised January 10, 1807, died January 14, 1836. IV. Ann Eliza, baptised August 28, 1810, married James S. MC NAIR. V. Charles, baptised March 21, 1812. VI. Lydia, January 18, 1815, married Henry WYNKOOP.
VII. Cynthia, baptised August 11, 1816, married William R. BEANS. Adrian, see forward, and Mary Jane, wife of Frances VANARTSDALEN. VIII. Adrian CORNELL, youngest son of Adrien and Leanah (CRAVEN) CORNELL, was born on the old homestead in Northampton, December 21, 1818. He was reared on the farm that had been the home of his ancestors since 1739, and in the house erected by his great-great-grandfather in 1747. This house he tore down in 1861, and erected the present mansion house. He was an active and successful business man. He was connected for many years with the Bucks County Agricultural Society, of which he was for several years president, succeeding his brother James C. CORNELL in that position. He married January 8, 1840, Mary Ann VAN HORN, daughter of Abraham VAN HORN, who survived him many years. He died on the old homestead, September 17, 1870. 1. GEORGE W. CORNELL, only child of Adrien and Mary Ann, was born on the old homestead, October 17, 1841, and resided there until the spring of 1904, when he moved to Newtown borough, where he now resides. He was educated at the public schools of Northampton, at the Tennent School at Hartsville, Pennsylvania. He married October 10, 1871, Sarah C. LUKEN, who died May 23, 1873. On June 6, 1877, he married Elizabeth B. CAMM, his present wife, who is a daughter of Joseph C. and Martha (FEASTER) CAMM, and a granddaughter of Aaron and Matilda (CORNELL) FEASTER, Matilda being a daughter of Gilliam and Jannetje (SUYDAM) CORNELL. Her paternal great-grandfather, John CAMM, was a native of England and located in Philadelphia, where his son William and grandson Joseph C., were born and reared. Her father, Joseph C. CAMM, located in Northampton township, Bucks county, after his marriage, and Mrs. CORNELL, was born and reared in that township. On the FEASTER side she is of Holland descent. Her great-great-grandfather, John FEASTER, was born on Long Island in 1798, and died in Northampton township, Bucks county, December 19, 1775. His wife Mary, born in 1706, died May 28, 1774. Their son David, born Aptil 8, 1740, Married Mary HEGEMAN, born March 8, 1743; he died September 28, 1808, and his wife Mary 28, 1783. Their son Aaron, the grandfather of Mrs. CORNELL, was born in October, 1772, and died July 18, 1860. Mr. and Mrs. CORNELL have no children. Mr. CORNELL still owns the old homestead in Northampton, but lives retired in Newtown. In politics he is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Dutch Reformed church.
George W. Cornell died in 1911 and his wife died in 1914.
They are both buried in Newtown, PA. The Adrian Cornell Mansion (1861) and the remaining 203 acres of the original plantation were sold in 1932. The mansion served as the main building (Maria Hall) of what would become Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, PA. The Adrian Cornell Farmstead was called Maple Lane Farm at the time of the sale. The campus of Villa Joseph Marie High School is situated on the land of the original Cornell plantation. On January 23, 2012, the Adrian Cornell Mansion caught fire and much of the interior of the structure was destroyed. The exterior stone structure did not collapse. Efforts were immediately made to restore the mansion. note: The Adrian Cornell Mansion was restored in 2015. Text taken from page 52-53 of: Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago:The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III.




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  • Originally Created by: J. Karl
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 35942237
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Adrian Cornell (21 Dec 1818–17 Sep 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35942237, citing Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Terry T (contributor 47154391) .