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Cornwell, John F., was born in Theresa, February 22, 1836; he is a son of George W. and Mary (Shurtliff) Cornwell. George W. was the son of Isaac Cornwell, one of the early settlers of Alexandria, and was born in Brownville, reared in Alexandria, and came to Theresa in an early day. He was a cooper by trade, and conducted an extensive business in Theresa, and was also a farmer. In politics he was a Democrat, and served as justice for twelve years. and was also justice of sessions. He had five sons and five daughters. One son died in the late war. He died August 24, 1885, and his widow in June, 1890. John F. Cornwell was reared in Theresa and educated in the common schools. He has been an extensive breeder of driving horses and also an extensive dealer in horses. He has been president of the Antwerp Union Agricultural Society for a number of years; also starting judge at various fairs for about thirty years. He is a farmer of 185 acres, and has a dairy of twentyfive cows. In politics he is a Democrat. In 1863 he married L. Amelia Willard, only daughter of Clark and Mary (Ellis) Willard; she was born August 9, 1839. Clark Willard came to Antwerp in 1839 and bought the farm where John F. Cornwell and family now reside, and also bought the farms where his sons, E. C. and Henry Willard now reside. He died December 12, 1884, and his widow is now living. Mr. and Mrs. Coruwell have one daughter, Mary Evelyn, born October 21, 1864, and educated in Theresa Hight School, and is a music teacher. She married Frank Eddy, of Theresa, and they have two children: Marion Ellis, born March 8, 1885, and Willard Cornwell, born December 18, 1890.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898