William Thornton Cornwell

5 July 1835–24 December 1913 (Age 78)
Orange, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Thornton

When William Thornton Cornwell was born on 5 July 1835, in Orange, Indiana, United States, his father, Harrison Edward Cornwell, was 33 and his mother, Nancy Arterburn Cornwell, was 27. He married Mary Bridgett Gallahan on 6 December 1858, in Washington, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States in 1880 and Bewleyville, Breckinridge, Kentucky, United States in 1910. He died on 24 December 1913, in Breckinridge, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Campbellsburg, Washington, Indiana, United States.

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William Thornton Cornwell
Mary Bridgett Gallahan
Marriage: 6 December 1858
Henry Edmond Cornwall
Catherine Cornwall
James M Cornwall
Mary H. Cornwall

Spouse and Children

6 December 1858
Washington, Indiana, United States


    Henry Edmond Cornwall




    Catherine Cornwall


    James M Cornwall




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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 1

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Age 11

Historical Boundaries - 1846: Breckinridge, Kentucky, United States
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 21

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from Cornwell in Oxfordshire, named from Old English corn, a metathesized form of cron, cran ‘crane’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’. 2. variant of Cornwall .

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Cornwell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William T Cornell in household of Harrison Cornell, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Cornwall, "United States Census, 1900"

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