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Cornelia Paterson (Bell)

Birthdate: (28)
Death: November 13, 1783 (28)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Bell and Hannah Bell
Wife of Gov. William Paterson
Mother of Cornelia van Rensselaer; Frances Paterson and William Bell Paterson, Esq
Sister of Andrew Bell

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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
Age 25
Manhattan New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
January 1782
Age 27
November 9, 1783
Age 28
November 13, 1783
Age 28