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Loyalist Directory: John Cornwall (Cornwell, Cornell)

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Surname : Cornwall (Cornwell, Cornell)
Given name : John
Rank : Sgt. Commencing 01 May 1778
Where Resettled : Lot 97, New Settlement, Colchester Twp Essex County
Status as Loyalist : Proven (MC 9664-03)
Proof of Loyalty :  
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : Butler's Rangers, McDonald's Company
Enlistment Date : 01 May 1778
Date & Place of Birth : circa 1748, Danbury, Connecticut
Settled before war : Danbury, Connecticut
Date & Place of Death : circa 08 February 1814; Ontario, likely Thames R. area
Place of Burial : burial place unknown; likely Thames R. area
Wife Name : Anne Benedict (born August 1784, died 07 January 1836)
Children : Joahua Cornwall (my 4th gr grandfather) d 01 March 1821 m Anne Hubbel, Wheeler Cornwall m Silvia _____, John Cornwall m Lucinda Hubbel & Mary Cornwall m William McCormick (1st European settlers on Pelee Island).
Biography : See biography of John Cornwall by Ruth Nicholson
Proven Descendants : Bicentennial 2003-02-17 (Mary K Hutchins [MC 9964-03]); Bicentennial 2003.07.14; Bicentennial 2003.09.22; Bicentennial 2004.02.16 (Ruth Hutchins Nicholson [MC 9959-04], Jonathan S. Nicholson [MC 9962-04], Paul E Nicholson [MC 9960-04], Sarah R E Nicholson [MC 9961-04]); Bicentennial 2004.02.23 (Bryce McCloskey [MC 9964-04], Gwendoly McCloskey [MC 9965-04], Susan McCloskey Hutchins [MC 9963-04]); Bicentennial 2004.04.14; Bicentennial 2004.05.17; Victoria 2004.10.18; Bicentennial 2005.08.08; Bicentennial 2007.01.15; Victoria 2004.10.18; Kawartha 2011-03-28;
Military Info : While raising arms for Governor Tryon he was arrested in N.Y.May 1776 & imprisoned on a ship for 5 months at Esopus. The fall of 1776 he escaped, tried to join Gen Burgoyne but failed so retired to the mountains until May 1777. He & Peter Ball marched with 32 men to Col Butler's Rangers on the Susquehanna R. a month later. He stayed with Butler's Rangers until 1778 & then went to Detroit. Cited from: Hamill, Valley of the Thames, U of Toronto Press, p. 347
Loyalist Genealogy : John Cornwall (1748-1814), to his son Joshua Cornwall (d 1821), to his daughter Hannah (Cornwall) Brush (d 1840), to her daughter Hannah A. (Brush) Hutchins I (1820-1854),to her son Francis Gore Hutchins (1849-1918), to his son Maurice Edwin Hutchins (1882-1964), to his son Edwin Earl Hutchins (1919-1996), to his daughters Ruth A. (Hutchins) Nicholson (b 1951), Mary Kathryn Hutchins (1954-2004) & Susan R. Hutchins McCloskey (b 1960).
Family History : John Cornwall went to Detroit in 1778. His sons Wheeler, John Jr. & Joshua didn't join him until 1789. His mother, Hannah (Knapp) & his sister Mary S. Gilbert joined him that same year. John had received Lot 97 of the New Settlement, north shore Lake Erie, in 1786 & he sold it in July 1789. He was granted Lot 13 on the Thames R. i Camden Twp. Joshua & Wheeler got the next two lots, 14 & 15. John Jr. got the lot behind his father's on Con. 2. Cited from Hamill, Valley of the Thames, U of Toronto Press, p. 347
Family Genealogy : Parents of John Cornwall are Capt. John Cornwall b 1727 in Danbury, Fairfield, CT, d 17 January 1792 in Danbury m 1750 Hannah Knapp d 1810 both buried Great Plain Cemetery, Danbury CT. Their children are: Abiah m Stephen Brush, John (my 5th gr grandfather) m Mary Benedict, Francis m Elizabeth Hoyt,Betty m David Shove Jr., Hannah m Eli Hoyt, Lucy m James T. Stewart, Nathan m Sarah Hoyt, Mary Starr m Benjamin Gilbert, Sarah m Ethiel Starr & Lurana m Samuel Taylor Cited from Danbury CT City Hall, Probate Records by researcher Diane Hassan of Danbury Museum
Sources : Information submitted by Ruth Anne Hutchins Nicholson, UE.

• UELAC Certificate Application.
• Ernest J. Lajeuness, C.S.B., The Windsor Border Region: Canada's Southernmost Frontier – A Collection of Documents, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1960.
• J.H. Beers & Co, Commemorative Bigraphical Record of the County of Essex Ontario, Toronto, 1905.
• Danbury Connecticut Museum: research by Diane Hassan, 2014.
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