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Notes for William Cornell

1698 On May 21, a deed named William and Thomas Cornell, of Rockaway, sons of Richard Cornell, deceased. [1]

1715 "This Indenture made this first day of Febuary" ... "seventeen hundred and fiveteen between William Cornell of Hempstead in Queens County on Nassaw Island in the Province of New York Esq of the one part and Garrett Van. Home of the city of New-York gent, of the other part" for "a certain piece or persel of upland situate lying and being within the township of Hempstead above said at a place commonly called or known by the name of Rockway Neck containing seventy acres more or less as it now lyes within the bounds & lymits hereafter exprest (viz.) westerly by Thomas & John Cornell south by him the said John Cornell north by the boggs and east by the commons or undevided land within the township of Hempstead" Witnessed by John Cornell and Thomas Whitehead. [2] Note that William Cornell and brothers Thomas and John, had inherited land in Rockway from their father [3].

1742-43 "In the name of God, Amen. I, William Cornell, of Hempstead, in Queens County, gentleman, being well stricken in years but of sound mind. I leave to my two sons John and William, all my beach, marshes, and broken lands and others belonging to me at Rockaway beach, and they are to maintain the fence equally between them. After payment of debts, I give to my grand-children, Elizabeth, daughter of my son John, and Phebe Denton, daughter of my daughter Elizabeth, late wife of James Denton, each £5. To Susannah, daughter of my son William, £20. To Elizabeth Stringham, daughter of my daughter Mary, late wife of James Stringham, £10. To Mary Stringham, her sister, £100. To Elizabeth Hazzard, .daughter of my daughter Letltla, late wife of Jonathan Hazzard, £10. All the rest of my personal estate I leave to my son William and my daughter Susannah, and to my grand-daughter Mary Stringham. I make my brother, Colonel John Cornell, and my sons William and John, executors. Dated May 4, 1742. Witnesses, S. Clowes, Joseph Sackett, Jr., Johanab Clowes. Proved, September 1, 1743." [4]

Research Notes:

1725 The will of Jeremiah Smith of Hempstead, Queens County named daughter Elizabeth Smith wife of Cornell with daughters Elizabeth and Hannah, possibly this couple, if Hannah were deceased by 1742. [5] Transcribers note: Elizabeth Smith married William Cornell in 1690.

1735 Some researchers have reported that William Cornell married Jane Creed, widow of Thomas Whitehead, on 8 April Hempstead, Queens County, New York. [6]


[1] Charles T Gritman, Historical Miscellany (NY?: 1920?), 1_390, QR194, Liber A-118, [AncestryImage].

[2] Josephine C. Frost, Records of the Town of Jamaica Long Island, New York 1656-1751, Vol. 3 (1914), 364, [HathiTrust], [InternetArchive].

[3] William S. Pelletreau, Abstracts of Wills on file in the Surrogate's office: city of New York, Vol. 1, 1665-1707 (New York: The New York Historical Society, 1893), 240, Will 5-6.45, [HathiTrust], [InternetArchive], [GoogleBooks].

[4] William S. Pelletreau, Abstracts of Wills on file in the Surrogate's office: city of New York, Vol. 3, 1730-1744 (New York: The New York Historical Society, 1895), 402, citing liber 15, page 93, [HathiTrust], [InternetArchive].

[5] William Applebie Eardeley, Records in the Office of the County Clerk at Jamaica, Long Island, New York 1680-1781. Wills and Administrations Guardians and inventories, Volume 2 (Brooklyn, New York: 1918), 75, citing Abstracts of Wills, liber C, page 121, [AncestryImage].

[6] John Cornell, Genealogy of the Cornell family: being an account of the descendants of Thomas Cornell of Portsmouth R.I. (1902), 152, [HathiTrust], [InternetArchive].