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Cornelia Paterson (Bell)

Death: Died
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Daughter of John Bell
Wife of Wiliiam Paterson, Governor, U.S.Senator, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Signer of the US Constitution
Mother of Cornelia Bell Paterson Van Rensselaer

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About Cornelia Paterson

Cornelia was the first wife of William Paterson, signer of the U.S. Constitution. Together they had three children before her death. Her father, John Bell, was a wealthy land owner.

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She was a mother, a faithful and talented correspondent, the mediator in a family of opposing political allegiances, and a model of courage and independence during the American Revolution. The Revolution separated the Bell family first physically and later philosophically, which proved very difficult for Cornelia Paterson throughout her short lifetime. At the time of the outbreak, her brother, Andrew Bell, who had been studying law, espoused the Loyalist cause. Appointed confidential clerk in the office of the British commander-in-chief in New York City, he remained in that service until the end of the war. Their father, also a Tory, remained at Bellifield with his wife, Anna, until his death in 1778.

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Cornelia Paterson's Timeline

June 4, 1780
Manhattan New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
November 13, 1783
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Independence Hall, Philadelphia,

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Biographies of the Founding Fathers

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Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, by the Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. Published in 1829.
The United States Manual of Biography and History, by James V. Marshall. Published by James B. Smith & Co., in Philadelphia in the year 1856.
The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives