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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, bur. Great Plain Cemetery, Danbury CT) m. 1750 Hannah Knapp (d. 1810, bur. in the Thames River area of Kent County, Ontario). 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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