Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday’s Obituary–William Marshall Cornell

I had believed my maternal great-grandfather William Cornell (see post Can Census Records Add to What I Know About William Marshall Cornell?) who lived in Spencer, New York had also died there.  But as frequently happens I was unable to find his death certificate through the Spencer Town Clerk.  Recently I found the following Obituary for William:
Cornell William 1962 obituary
from the newspaper Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York) dated January 28, 1962 and found on

I notice in the above obituary that there is a son Nathan listed, however, there was no son Nathan and son Earl is not listed. 

Research lesson learned...always look for an Obituary before you spend the time… finding the contact information for the Town where you believe your ancestor died, sending the required fee and personal information ...only to find out...your ancestor died elsewhere…ugh!  Now I know where to find his death certificate.

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,


  1. Nathan T Cornell was a brother, not son. 1876-1972
    Earl Isaiah Cornell, 1901 but I don't have death info on him.

    These were pieces I uncovered with the help of Madeline Hopkins in my search for my mother's biological mother, Iva Charlotte Penjuke (daughter of Mary L. Cornell and Stephen Penjuke). Let me know if you want access to my private tree... CUZ

  2. Oh those dog gone lessons. Will we ever learn them all? Probably not.

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