Biography of William Cornell
Yates County, NY Biographies





Cornell, William, born in Ireland March 6, 1841, came to America with his parents in 1851, and first located in Bradford, Steuben County, N. Y. He then lived with Daniel Washburn in Altay, Schuyler County, N. Y., one year and six months, and then resided with his uncle, William R. Baskins in Starkey, until he was twenty one years old. He then came to Milo and worked for George L. Jones. September 4, 1864, he enlisted in Company I, 148th Infantry Volunteers, and participated in the battles of Chapin's Farm and Fair Oaks. In the latter fight he was captured with fifty six others of his regiment and taken to Libby Prison, where he remained a short time, and was then taken to Salisbury, N. C., where he remained until February 22, 1865, and was then taken to Raleigh, where he was paroled and sent to Wilmington, N. C. where he and others were turned over to the United States authorities and sent to Annapolis, Md. He was discharged July 19, 1865, at Elmira, N. Y. December 30, 1865, he married a daughter of Henry Spears, of Tyrone, Schuyler County, N. Y. They have two children, Eva and William.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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