Theodore Sheldon Cornell

19 June 1863–3 February 1931 (Age 67)
Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

The Life of Theodore Sheldon

When Theodore Sheldon Cornell was born on 19 June 1863, in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, his father, Oscar Demster Cornell, was 23 and his mother, Sarah M Sheldon, was 23. He married Martha Mae Bessey on 12 December 1898, in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. He died on 3 February 1931, in Comstock, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

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Theodore Sheldon Cornell
Martha Mae Bessey
Marriage: 12 December 1898

Spouse and Children

12 December 1898
Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Oscar Demster Cornell


    Sarah M Sheldon




World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 16

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 18

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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)

  • Theadore Cornell in household of Oscar Cornell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Theodore S Cornell in household of Oscar D Cornell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Thoedore S. Cornell, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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