Thomas Cornell

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Thomas Cornell, son of Thomas Cornell and Rebecca Briggs, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Saffron-Walden, Essex, England, 21 October 1627.1 He died at Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island, 23 May 1673, when he was hung after being falsely accused and convicted for murdering his mother.2,3,4

Thomas married (1) Elizabeth Fiscock, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), before 1653;4 he married (2) Sarah Earle, daughter of Ralph Earle and Joan Savage, before 1668.3,2

Family 1

Elizabeth Fiscock d. aft. 1664
  • Elizabeth Cornell5 b. 12 Jan 1644
  • Thomas Cornell5 b. abt. 1653
  • Stephen Cornell5 b. abt. 1656
  • Samuel Cornell5 b. abt. 1658
  • Edward Cornell5 b. bef. 1664

Family 2

Sarah Earle b. say 1640
  • John Cornell5
  • Sarah Cornell5
  • Innocent Cornell5 b. 1673
This person was last edited on12 Apr 2023


  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. [S85] Mary Lovering Holman, The Scott Genealogy(Boston, Massachusetts: Harriett Grace Scott, 1919), 238, further cited as Holman, Scott Genealogy.
  3. [S620] Mrs. Thomas Eugene Hooker, "Patience Earle of Perquimans County, N. C.," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 104 (Jul 1950): 225-231, further cited as Hooker, "Patience Earle."
  4. [S1259] Glazier, "Thomas Cornell", 3.
  5. [S913] John Osborne Austin, The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island: Comprising Three Generations of Settlers Who Came Before 1690 (With Many Families Carried to the Fourth Generation). Albany, New York: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1887, 54. CD-ROM reprint, Compendium of New England Pioneers: A Collection of 14 Classic Genealogical Dictionaries of Early New England Settlers (Columbia, Maryland: Archive CD Books USA, 2006), further cited as Rhode Island Dictionary.