The surname Cornwall is a place name taken from the south-westernmost county
of England. It means the corn or promontory of Wales (Welch, Gaels). At the
present time the forms Cornwall and Cornwell about equally divide the usage of
Cornwall descendents, though Cornwall seems to be supplanting
Capt. John Cornwall, of the British Army, fell in the storming of Ticonderoga under Abercrombie in 1758. His son, William, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, October 19, 1750, came to New York with his mother in 1765. This William Cornwall married in Greenwich, Conn., November 5, 1776, Hannah Finch, and settled soon after in Delaware County, New York. He served in the Revolution as ensign and lieutenant. After the Revolution he moved to Genessee County, New York. He died in 1816 in Jerusalem, Yates County, New York. He had 10 children.
Eli and Hiram went to Mississippi. Elijah, Obadiah and George remained in Jasper county, married and reared large families.
The descendents of Betsy are living around Stone Mountain and Atlanta. The children of Elijah Jr., were; Nancy, Emmeline, George, Elizabeth, Adeline, Elijah and Hugh M., all of whom are dead, but their descendents live in Jasper, Newton, Monroe and Butts counties, Georgia.
Obadiah Cornwell was born September 7, 1804; he married Mary Anne Lane, reared a large family and died June 15, 1873. His children were; Rhoda, Catherine, Eli, Adeline, Joel, Thenia, William D., Mary and Sarah. Eli and Joel were killed in the War Between the States. Mrs. M. O. Faulkner, of Jackson, Ga., is the only surviving child. Obadiah has many descendents living in Jasper County, Georgia.
George W. Cornwell was born March 8, 1808. He married Eliza D. Lane, reared a large family and died January 5, 1863. His children were; Dr. Gibson Hill, Dr, William D., Mary J., Davis Lane, Elizabeth Anne, Adeline F., and Lenora V. All are dead, but their descendents are living Georgia and Texas. Dr. D. H. Cornwell died without issue. Dr. W. D. Cornwell has a daughter living at Monticello, Miss Ada E. Cornwell. Another child, William Davis Cornwell, who was superintendent of schools of Jasper County, Monticello, Ga., died several years ago.
Davis Lane Cornwell has two sons. living in Monticello, George W. and J. Troy Cornwell, and two sons living in Atlanta, Colonel Gibson H. and Joseph Davis Cornwell.
The author of this article is descended on both sides from the Cornwalls. His mother, who was Margaret Colvin, was a direct descendent of Obadiah Cornwall through her mother, Mary Virginia Cornwall, daughter of John V. Cornwall, who married Colonel N. G. B. Colvin. His father, Dr. John E. Cornwall, present clerk of court of Chester County, South Carolina, is a descendent of Eli Cornwall, through his father, John Bennett Cornwall, who married Alice Stone. John was the son of William Cornwall, and the grandson of Eli Cornwall.
The Cornwall family reunion will be held in Chester, S. C., September 1 or 2, and new members will be welcome.
(Transcribed from The Sunday American newspaper, printed in Atlanta, Georgia. Dated August 28, 1932. The above was an article in a section called The "Genealogy Department".)
Taken from the following web site: "http://www.kc.net/~dthomas2/cornwell/corngen.htm"