William Cornish

3 March 1757–21 February 1836 (Age 79)
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of William

When William Cornish was born on 3 March 1757, in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Benjamin Cornish Jr., was 29 and his mother, Rhoda Swift, was 23. He married Marcy Swift on 24 January 1778, in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. He died on 21 February 1836, in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

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William Cornish
Marcy Swift
Marriage: 24 January 1778
Lucy Cornish
Joanna Cornish
Polly Cornish
William Cornish
Mercy Cornish
Jane Cornish
Mary Molly Cornish

Spouse and Children

24 January 1778
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States




    Polly Cornish


    William Cornish



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World Events (8)


Age 19

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 19

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 24

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

1 English: regional name for someone from the county of Cornwall, from Middle English corneys, cornysh. Not surprisingly, the surname is common in adjacent Devon, but it is also well established as far afield as Essex and Lancashire.2 Possibly also an Americanized spelling of German Kornisch, a nickname for a sickly or weak person, from Sorbian krne ‘weak’, ‘poor’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Cornish in entry for Mary Bacon, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • William Cornish in entry for William Cornish, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • William Cornish in entry for Lucy Swift Cornish, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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