Etta Melissa Cornell

15 May 1874–9 January 1953 (Age 78)
New Albion, Cattaraugus, New York, United States

The Life of Etta Melissa

When Etta Melissa Cornell was born on 15 May 1874, in New Albion, Cattaraugus, New York, United States, her father, Amenzo Beverly Cornell, was 24 and her mother, Huldah O. Greene, was 23. She married Leroy Waite about 1894, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in New Albion, New Albion, Cattaraugus, New York, United States in 1880 and Little Valley, Cattaraugus, New York, United States in 1900. She died on 9 January 1953, in Mansfield, Cattaraugus, New York, United States, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Leroy Waite
Etta Melissa Cornell
Marriage: about 1894
Vera M. Waite

Spouse and Children

about 1894
New York, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Amenzo Beverly Cornell


    Huldah O. Greene




World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1875 · A New Civil Rights Act

Age 1

During the response to civil rights violations to African Americans, the bill was passed giving African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury duty. While many in the public opposed this law, the African Americans greatly favored it.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 22

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 Americanized form of any of the numerous Continental European surnames derived from Latin Cornelius ( see Cornelius ), for example French Corneille or German Kornel.2 Swedish: Latinized form of Horn , meaning ‘horn’; probably a soldier's name.3 English: reduced form of Cornwell or of Cornhill, a habitational name from a place in Northumberland named Cornhill, from Old English corn, a metathesized form of cron, cran ‘crane’ + halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’; or from Cornhill in London, a medieval grain exchange, named with Old English corn ‘corn’, ‘grain’ + hyll ‘hill’, or from some other place elsewhere similarly named.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Etha Waite in household of Roy Waite, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Etta Waite in household of Le Roy Waite, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Etta M Waite in household of Leroy Waite, "United States Census, 1910"

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