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Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 923-924

Among the progressive farmers and stock raisers of Boone County [IL] is Isaac A. CORNELL, whose pleasant home and excellent farm are to be found in Manchester Township, where he has resided the past 38 years.  His father, Amos CORNELL Jr., was born in VT, 25 Mar 1807, and was brought to Hamilton County, NY, when an infant, by his parents, Amos and Rhoda CORNELL, the former a native of VT, born 03 Feb 1779, and the latter of the same State, born 09 Apr 1781.  Amos CORNELL Sr. was a farmer, and after coming to NY State, settled in the wilderness on 145 acrs of land, the same being in three counties, Hamilton, Fulton, and Saratoga.  He erected a rude log house on the Saratoga corner of his farm, and there he and his thrifty and economical wife resided many years and raised their three children.  When quite advanced in years, they removed to an adjacent village, named Northville, and there Mr. CORNELL passed away when 77 years of age.

Amos CORNELL Jr., father of our subject, selected his wife in the person of Miss Hannah S. AYLESWORTH, of RI, and four living children blessed this union.  They buried one son, John A., who was drowned in a small pond near the house, when but 20 months old.   This was a crushing blow to the bereaved parents.  The children who grew to adult years were:  Martha A., deceased; Isaac A., our subject; Laura M., now Mrs. Halsey G. CLARK, of Rockford; and Lottie A., deceased.  The father of these children died at the early age of 37 years, and the mother received her final summons in Northville on 03 Apr 1864, when 55 years of age.

Isaac A. CORNELL, our subject, was born in Hamilton County, NY, in 1830, and when 24 years of age, he was filled with a desire to try his fortune in the Far West.  In 1854 he came to Boone County, IL, and in Jun 1854 purchased 130 acres at $12 per acre [$1,560], part of his present fine farm.  In Jun 1859 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. CADY, a native of Steuben County, NY, who was brought to Manchester Township [Boone County, IL] when four years of age by her father, Alvah CADY, one of the first settlers of Manchester Township.  [For additional information on this CADY family, see the Boone County, IL, biography of Dewitt C. CADY, brother of Mary E. (CADY) CORNELL.]  After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. CORNELL settled at once on their present farm, and went vigorously to work to make improvements, and get a comfortable home.  They now have 410 acres of good, productive land, for which they paid from $12 to $45 per acre, and Mr. CORNELL is engaged in general farming.  He has worked hard all his life until within the last five years, and has been unusually prosperous.  When first starting, he received a gift of $600 from his mother, and since then he has inherited $1,100, but the most of [p 924] his wealth has been accumulated by years of hard work on the part of himself and wife.  Although they met with some reverses and discouragements, as the best of farmers do, they still persevered, and can now enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Our subject and his wife lost one son, Charles, in 1862, and they now have four living children, a daughter and three sons:  Amos E., engaged in agricultural pursuits on one of Mr. CORNELL's farms, married Miss Mary ROTH, a neighbor's daughter; Alvah A. carries on Mr. CORNELL's farm, and married Miss Eva JOHNSON, of this township [Manchester], and has one daughter three years old; Alice M., now Mrs. Clarence ADAMS, resides in Beloit [Rock County], WI, and has one son; and Charles A., a young man at home, and a sturdy son of the soil.  Mr. CORNELL has voted with the Republicans generally, but is not a strict partisan, and will vote for a good Democrat.  He is a member of but one secret society, the Anti-Horse Thief organization, started in 1858, and he has been its Secretary for many years.  This society has proved a fine thing in the neighborhood. 

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.