Biography of Charles F. Cornell
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Cornell, Charles Frederick, superintendent of public cemeteries, is the son of John M. Cornell, a native of Attleborough, Mass., and Patience S. Tucker, his wife, daughter of Griffin Tucker and Nioba West, of Bristol county. His grandfather, William Cornell, was a farmer and a soldier in the war of 1812. John M. Cornell came to New Bedford in early life, and for seventeen years was sexton of Oak Grove Cemetery. He died in 1891 and his wife in 1895. Charles F. Cornell was born in New Bedford. Mass., November 20, 1837, received a public school education, and learned the painter's trade. When sixteen he shipped on a whaling vessel. Later he was for twelve years in the coastwise merchant service, filling every position to that of master mariner. In 1872 he was appointed sexton of Oak Grove Cemetery, which post he filled until 1894, when he was made superintendent. Since May, 1895, he has been superintendent of the public cemeteries of New Bedford, taking the office when it was created and filling it with credit and satisfaction. He is a meniber of the Veteran Firemen's Association; the Knights of Pythias; the Odd Fellows and other fraternal societies. In 1857 he married Azubah Mayo Nickerson of Harwich, Mass.

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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