Rebecca Cornell

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Rebecca Cornell, daughter of Thomas Cornell and Rebecca Briggs, was born probably shortly before her baptism at Saffron-Walden, Essex, England, 31 January 1629/30.1 She died at Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island, 5 February 1713.2

Rebecca married George Woolsey, son of George Woolsey and Frances Roberts, at Reformed Dutch Church, New Amsterdam, New Netherlands, 9 December 1647.3,4,5

Rebecca Cornell was defendant in a suit brought by William Lawrence, guardian of Johannis Lawrence, gentleman of Newtown, Queens Co., non compos mentis. In 1692 John had given care of his money, goods, merchandize, plate, jewells, linen, household stuff and other belongings to his wife Sarah. She in turn, had gone to live with George Woolsey in Jamaica where she lodged for about six years until she died in September 1697. George had refused to give up the items until he died in May 1698. As widow, Rebecca also refused to surrender the items, claiming that Sarah owed £105 for rent for seven years and only £24 had been paid.6

Apparently, son John remained in the family home after George died:
20 Mar 1705, George Woolsey of Jamaica on ye one part & John Woolsey of Jamaica on ye other part said George Woolsey for a sum of money sold unto John Woolsey all his right in a home lott in Jamaica in which John Woolsey & Mother now lives, bounded W by ye land of Thomas Cardale, S by a back street, E by Joseph Barton's lot & N by ye highway. Recorded 15 Aug 1706.7

At a town meeting in Jamaica, 6 April 1708, Nathaniell Denton was chosen "to keepe ye Towne patents deeds & papers which is in Mrs. Rebecah Wolsys hands and to keepe ye same for ye use of ye Towne. . . ."8

Rev. Thomas Poyer preached a sermon on the death of Rebecca Woolsey, aged 93, 5 Feb 1713. This sermon may still survive, but has not yet been located.9


George Woolsey b. 15 May 1616, d. 17 Aug 1698
  • Sarah Woolsey10,3 b. 3 Aug 1650, d. 1734
  • George Woolsey10,3,11 b. 10 Oct 1652, d. 19 Jan 1740
  • Thomas Woolsey+3,10 b. 10 Apr 1655, d. 1742
  • Rebecca Woolsey3,10 b. 13 Feb 1659
  • John Woolsey10,3 b. 12 Jan 1661, d. 1729
  • Mary Woolsey3,12 b. 19 Mar 1664
  • William Woolsey10,3 b. 12 Oct 1665, d. bef. 1698
  • Mary Woolsey10,13 b. 8 Sep 1673, d. aft. 1731
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  1. [S1259] Prentiss Glazier, "Thomas Cornell (or Cornwell), 1594-1655/6, of Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island: His English Origin and His Family in America" , 1975, 2; microform: FHL Film #1014122 Item 1, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as "Thomas Cornell."
  2. [S1265] Jane Fletcher Fiske, Rhode Island General Court of Trials: 1671-1704 (Boxford, Massachusetts: p.p., 1998), 23, further cited as Fiske, Rhode Island Court of Trials.
  3. [S823] John Ross Delafield, Delafield: The Family History, two vols. (New York?: p.p., 1945), 644-646, further cited as Delafield, Delafield.
  4. [S1755] Samuel S. Purple, editor, Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York: Marriages from 11 December, 1639 to 26 August, 1801, vol. I of the collections series of the society, (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1890), 14, further cited as Purple, Reformed Dutch Church Marriages.
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1721, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S1777] Kenneth Scott, Records of the Chancery Court: Province and State of New York: Guardianships 1691 - 1815 (New York: Holland Society of New York, 1971), 1, further cited as Scott, Chancery Court of New York: Guardianships.
  7. [S1742] Alexander Lobel, "Index [of] Deeds of Queens County, Long Island, Libers A,B,C, and Abstracts of Deeds in the Queens County, New York Register's Office, Libers A-D, 1683-1765", Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, New York, microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #17873, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, B2:92, further cited as Lobel, "Index and Abstracts of Queens County Deeds."
  8. [S1739] Josephine C. Frost, Records of the Town of Jamaica, Long Island, New York, 1656-1751, 3 volumes, (Brooklyn, New York: Long Island Historical Society, 1914), microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #928518 (v. 1-2), #928519 (v. 3), Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 3:428, further cited as Frost, Records of the Town of Jamaica.
  9. [S1775] Henry Onderdonk, Antiquities of the Parish Church, Jamaica, (including Newtown and Flushing) Illustrated from Letters of the Missionaries, and other Authentic Documents, with a Continuation of the History of Grace Church, to the Present Time (Jamaica, New York: Charles Welling, 1880), 40, further cited as Onderdonk, Antiquities of the Parish Church, Jamaica.
  10. [S1740] "An Acount of the agees of Mr George Woolseys Children", New York Public Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, James Riker Papers, Memoria Vol. 30, "Extracts from an old manuscript book formerly belonging to Capt. William Hallett of Newtown (who died in 1729 age 81) and now in possession of one of his descendants, Marvin R. Briggs of New York, 1851", 187.
  11. [S1693] Thomas Grier Evans and Tobias Alexander Wright, editors, Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York: Baptisms, vols II & III of the collections series of the society (subtitle varies), (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1901-1902), 32, further cited as Evans & Wright, Records of the Reformed Dutch Church—Baptisms.
  12. [S1693] Evans & Wright, Records of the Reformed Dutch Church—Baptisms, 1:72.
  13. [S817] Wilford Whitaker and Carolyn Woolsey Wilkerson, Woolsey Genealogy Website, online Hereinafter cited as Whitaker and Wilkerson, Woolsey Genealogy.