Gilliam Cornell

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Gilliam Cornell

Death: between 1776 and 1778 (32-35)
Prison Ship Whilby, Hudson or East River, New York (starvation &/or disease (POW))
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacobus Cornell and Margarietje Strycker
Husband of Femmetje Vanderveer Cornell
Father of Margarietje Cornell
Brother of Cornelia Van Siclen and John Cornell

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About Gilliam Cornell

Gilliam(5) Cornell, born in New Amersfoort on 20 June 1743 [JV Bible], wrote to his parents while imprisoned by the British during the Revolution. Neither his death nor marriage is noted in the JV Bible abstract. Gilliam's request to be remembered to his "Father and Mother Van Der Vear" is clearly a reference to his parents-in-law. He then mentions his wife and children, though not by name. What became of Mrs.Cornell and her children is a matter still to be determined.

Letter from the Prison Ship 'Whilby'

Addressed "To Mr. Jacobes Cornell at The New Lotts on Long Island.."

"On Bord of the Ship Whilby Laying Opisit Bedlows Island in the North River the 26 of Sept 1776~"

"Dear Father & Mother~

Thes Lines Comes with my Kind Love to You and to Let You Know I am at Present well, and in Good health, Thanks be to God, Considering the Disagreeable Situation I am in. Being Confined, on bord this Ship amongst a Considerable number of Prisoners Amounting 250. I desire You wold Send me By Som Safe Hand, Som Money, Let it be in Silver, for I am Greatly Destressed for want of a Little Liquor to Rase my Druping Spirits, we have nothing allowed us, only Salt Pork and Biskit, and no kind Vigatebles. I desire You wold Apply to All my Friends to make all the Interest That Lays in thear Power to Get me Releaved from this disagreeable Plase of Confinement. I am Greatly in want of Som Cloathins and wold be Glad You wold Indeaviour to get Som Convadill* to me, it is Verrey Sickley on bord this ship Remember my Love to my Father and Mother Van Der Vear and my Wife and Children, I am Sometimes So Low in Spirits, and am afraid I shall never see aney of You again I have no more to add at Present But Subcribe my Self Your Dutifull Son

Gilliam Cornell"

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Gilliam Cornell's Timeline

June 20, 1743
August 20, 1769
Age 32
Prison Ship Whilby, Hudson or East River, New York