Cornelius' signature when he was 48, as witness to a promissory note.
Cornelius' gravestone in Acushnet Cemetery. Taken in 2004, part of the stone has eroded. "Of," part of "Cornelius," part of "died," "Oct" and "ye 77th" were fabricated based on other letters and numbers on this stone and others nearby by the same carver and the most logical guess as to placement. Anyone with a photo of the stone undamaged is encouraged to contact Doug
Here is a photograph of Cornelius' stone as it is now.
Eleanor's stone, next to Cornelius', is in very bad condition. This is mostly due to many flaws in the stone that haven't stood up to the weather. On my visit in 2004, I found a piece of the stone on the ground nearby. I photographed it separately
and positioned it in this image where it would have been originally. The gap is accounted for probably by a fissure that eroded and finally gave way. You can just see the bottom of the "I" in "In," and below it "M" for "Mrs."
He is commonly called Cornelius Jenney in references from the past 100 years, roughly, but this spelling of the surname wasn't used by the family before 1800.
The following will and inventory were transcribed from Cornelius' original probate file:(1)
(original spelling is retained, capitalization is modernized)
In the name of God amen the third day of Sept. one thousand seven hundred & seventy one I Cornelas Jenne of Dartmouth in the county of Bristol & Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England being through the goodness of God in perfect mind & memory but calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appinted to all men once to dy I do make & ordain this my last will & testament that is to say principelly & first of all I gave & recomend my soul in to the hand of God that gave it and my body I recomend to the earth to be buried in decant Christeant burael and as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I gave & dismise and despose of the same in the following maner & form with many [resarves?] and exciptions as shall be here after mentioned.
imprimas I gave and bequeath unto Elaner my tru and loving wife the whole of all the estate that she brought to me that shall have a being at my decs & hur choice of one cow & three euws sheep and hur choice of one fether beed & the beding that doth belong to the beed & the beedsted and beedcord togeather I gave her the improvement of the grait room in my dwelling house & the sellar under it & liberty to bake in the oven and to pase two & from the same togeather with the improvement of the one half of the raile estate that I shall here after give to my son Timothy & the lotterry so long as she shall remain a widow
Item I gave and bequeath to my son Jethro and his heirs & assigns for ever a certain tract or percel of land butted & bounded begining at an aple tree standing on the esterly side a stone wall westerly of my dwelling house & from thence to run west ten degs south to a brook the westerly bounds of my homsteed land & then to begin a gain at the aforesd aple tree on the west side the so wall & to run notherly on the west side the sd wall thirteen rods & a bout ten feet to a heap of stones by sd wall & then to turn & run west twenty three degs north to the aforesd brok & from thence to run & bound to the aforesd brook down stream untill it comes to the line that run from the aforesd appel tree west ten degs south
Item I gave and bequeath to my son Levi and to his heirs and assigns for ever a certain tract of land butted & bounded begining at an apel tree aforesd a bound of Jethro land & from thence to run by said Jethro land west ten degs south to a stake standing by a brook a bound of sd Jethro land & then we begun a gain at the aforesd apele tree & run as the fence & wall now stands southerly westerly & easterly untill it come to the lain that leads from my dwelling house & then turn & run westerly as the fence now stands to the aforesd brook and then to turn & run & bound to the aforesd brook up stream untill it come to Jethro land
Item I gave and bequeath to my son Benjamin to him his heirs assigns for ever a certain tract of land butted & bounded begining at a stake standing on the south side of the aforesd. lain by the aforesd. brook & from thence to run easterly as the fence & wall now stands untill it come to a stone wall that runs southerly & then to turn and run southerly as the wall now stands to the southerly end & on the same corse to Capt. Delano land & then to turn & run westerly by Delano land to the aforesd. brook & then to turn & run northerly upstream & [?] to the aforesd. brook untill it comes to the aforesd. stake standing on the south side of the land as aforesd.
Item I gave and bequeath to my son Cornelas and to his heirs and assigns for ever a certain tract of land butted & bounded begining at a maple tree old marked standing in the raing of Jonathon Hathaway land & from thence north two degs east fourteen rods to a stake & then to turn & run west sixteen degs & three quarters of a deg south to a stonewall & then to turn & run southerly as the wall now stands by the line of the land that I gave my son Benja. to Capt. Delano land and then to turn & run easterly and northerly by the lines of the sd. Delano & Jonathon Hathaway lands to the maple tree first mentioned.
Item I gave and bequeath to my son Timothy and to his heirs & assigns for ever a certain tract or percel of land with all the bulding standing on the same butted & bound begining at a stake the north east corner bound of hte land that I gave my son Cornelas & from thence west sixteen degs & three quarters of a deg south by the sd. Cornelas Jenne line to a stone wall a bound of the land that I gave to my son Benja. and from thence to turn & run by Benja. line northerly as the wall now stands untill it comes to the aforesd lain & then to turn & run westerly by the line of Benja. land westerly to the aforesd stake first mentioned the north east corner bound of Cornelas Jenne land as aforsd & run north two degs east by the line of the said Hathaway land sixteen rods & a bout ten foot to a stake & then turned & run west one deg to one quarter of a deg south to the est end of sd stone wall & their to run as the wall now stands to the west end whare there stands a pair of bars to the eastward of my now dwelling house & then to run north ten degs & a half deg east nine rods to a stake & then to run west twenty two degs & one half deg north to a stone wall & then to turn & run southerly westerly & easterly by the land that I gave to my two sons Jethro and Levi untill it come to the aforesd lain that leads from my dwelling house & then to run westerly by the land that I gave to my son Levi to the brook aforesd & then to run southerly doun stream to the land I gave to Benja. Jenne.
out of this gift of land to my son Timothy as above expressed I do except & resarve a way to pas & repas through gate or bars from the westerly corner of the land that I gave to my son Cornelas to run northerly on the east side of the wall to the aforesaid lane as aforesaid way I gave the benifet & improvement to my son Cornelas & to his heirs & assigns for ever also I gave to for ever a way to pas & repas through the land that I have given to my son Timothy where it now goes & to come in to the north end of the aforesd lain & further more I do resarve the benifet & improvement to his mother as to hur set forth further more I do exccipt & resarve liberty for my son Hennery to put what flax & English grain that he shall raise in sum convenant place as Hennery shall think proper in the barn & to thrash it out at his pleashure & to git or brake his flax when it suts him to him his heirs & assigns & Timothy shall keep said barn in such repair that hens dont git in & distroy or hurt his grain and flax.
Item I gave and bequeath to my son Jahazel to him his heirs and assigns for ever a certain tract of land butted & bounded begining at a stake the north east corner bound of the land that I gave to my son Timothy & from thence north two degs east by the line of the aforesd Hathaway land forty one rods to a ded pine tree standing in the range of the sd Hathaway land & then to turn & run west thirty degs south to the end of a wall & then to run westerly as the wall now stands to the west end & so as the wall doth raing to the aforesd brook & then to turn & run & bound to the brook southerly to Jethro land & then to turn & run easterly southerly & easterly by the land of Jethro & Timothy to the first bound mentioned together with the benifet & improvement of the way as mentioned in my gift to Timothy.
Item I gave and bequeath to my son Hennery a certain tract of land to him his heirs & assigns for ever that is to say all the remainder of my homesteed land that I have not yet disposed of butted & bounded on the south by Jahazel Jenne land on the east by the aforesd. Hathaway land on the north by Samll. Jenne land & on the west by the aforsd. brook togeather with the benifet & improvement of the barn & way as set forth in my gift to Timothy of land & buildings.
Item I gave and bequeath to my son Jabez Jenne and to his heirs and assigns for ever one acre of salt marsh meadow with all my upland adjoyning sd acre lying at a place called & known by the name of Samson meadow & at the southerly end there of.
Item I gave and bequeath all the remainder of my salt marsh meadow to my sons that is to say Jethro Jahazel Benja. Hennery & Timothy to be equielly devided beteen them as to quantity and quality.
Item my will is that my son Jethro receving what I have given him that he shall be holden ot pay his sister Jean four dolors one year after my dece.
Item my will is that my son Cornelas receving what I have given him that he shall be holden to pay his sister Jemimur four dolors one year after my dece.
Item my will is that my son Jahazel receving what I have given him that he shall be holden to pay his sister Debroh four dolors one year after my dece.
Item my will is that my son Benja. receving what I have given him that he shall be holden to pay his sister Easter four dolors one year after my dece.
Item my will is that my son Hennery receving what I have given him that he shall be holden to pay his sister Hannah four dolors one year after my dece.
Item my will is that my son Levi receving what I have given him that he shall be holden to pay his brother Jabez four dolors one year after my dece.
Item my will is that my son Timothy receving what I have given him that he shall be holden to pay his sister Rebeka four dolors one year after my dece.
Item I gave and bequeath to my daughter Rebeka one fether beed and beding as I leave them & three euws sheep.
Item my will is that all my personel estate with in dors & out that I have not here to four disposed of shall be sold for the payment of my debts & funrel charges & if my personel estate as aforsd. dont amount to the sum & sums that I am indebted then my will is that is to say in consideration of what I have here to four given to my sons Jethro Cornelas Jahazel Benja. Hennery Levi & Timothy there receving of there parts of my estate as set forth to them as above sd. my will is that and each of them shall be holdern to pay equielly there prepotion of my debts that my personel estate as aforesd dont ansure & pay and further more I do by these presents constitute make and ordain my son Hennery Jenne to be my sole executor of this my last will & testament confirming this & no other to be my last will & testament in testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal the day & year above written signed sealed & declared to be his last will & testament in presents of us in Dartmouth by the sd. Cornelas Jenne.
November the 3rd 1774
An inventory of all the housol goods and personel estate Cornelas Jenne late of Dartmouth decdeased dyd seizd of as shewn us by the executor & prised at Dartmouth November the 3rd 1774 [?]
imps to cash -14-6
to a grait coat 8/ to his best coat 6/8 -14-8
to a pair of washleather briches 6/ a nother coat [5?]/4 -11-4
to a nother pair of leather briches being old --8
to a flanen jacket ¾ to 2 old jackets 1/ to a pair of old trowsers /6 - 4 10
to 2 linen shorts 4/ to 2 flanen shirts 4/ to 2 pair of old stockens 3/ -11-
to one silk hankchif 1/ to his best hat & hat case 6/9 to a felt hat 1/ -8-8
to a pair of shuse 6/8 to one fether beed & under beed 36/ 2-2-8
to one coverled 18/ to a nother coverled 6/8 to one flanene sheet 8/ 1-12-8
to five cotten & wosteed sheets 40/ to an old beedsted 2/ 2-2-
to 2 linen sheets 6/8 to 2 linen sheets ¾ to 3 cotten & linen pillows bears -14-
to 2 linen pillows bears 2/ to 3 calleco cloaths made with to [tow] 4/6 -6-6
to 4 towels made of to 2/ to a fether beed L [pound] 1 1-2-
to one linen sheet 6/ to one coverled 9/ to one ragcoverled 4/6 -19-6
to 2 pillows 4/ to 3 pillows 3/8 one beedsteed under beed & beedcord 9/ -16-8
to a nother fether beed & bolstor 36/ to one linen sheet 6/ 2-2-
to 2 rag coverleds 7/ to one coveled 3/ to one beedsteed & beedcord 9/ -19-
to one chist 5/ to one old loom 12/ to a side sadle 36/ a pilyon 6/ 2-19-
to old iron 74 pounds 9/6 to one box of a cart wheal /6 -10-
to warping bars 4/ to one foot wheel 12/ to a old foot wheel 2/ 0-18-
to one wooling wheel 3/ an old meeltrof /8 an old chist /8 -4-4
to a sadle & bridle 11/ to a grait chair 1/6 to 6 old chairs 6/ -18-6
to one hetchel 18/ to an old reel /6 -18-6
to a pair of wosted combs & [pad?] 8/ to an [habbud?] 8/ -16-
to a box irons & hetars 4/ to one iron flat 2/6 to an iron gess [goose] -10-6
to a fire slice & tongs 8/ to 3 iron huks ¼ to a burning iron 1/ -10-4
to one iron dog /6 to a pair of handirons 12/ to 2 iron tramels 9/ 1-1-6
to an iron crain & one tramel on sd crain 8/ to one handsaw 3/ -11-
to a pair of stilyards 6/8 to 3 axes 9/ to a drawing knife 3/ -18-8
to a gouge auger & chisel 1/6 to 2 hale hammors 1/8 to an ealspear 2/ -5-2
to one warming pan 2/ to a copper tee kittel 6/8 -8-8
to an iron pot 3/ to an iron kitel 6/8 to a small kittel 2/ -11-8
to a bake kittel 8/ to a small pot 1/6 to a frying pan 3/8 -13-[?]
to a toster 5/4 to a choping knife /8 to 3 old sickels 1/ [obliterated]
to a runlet 1/6 to a pail charn & wooden tonel 2. & 2 sifts 1/ -4-6
to one [?] & a chist & a peck of unyons 4/8 to 2 earthen pans & ston pot ¼ -6-
to a half bushel /8 to a mortor pigen & small tub 1/6 -2-2
to an hower glass & candelstick & grator ¼ -1-4
to a tee pot & 5 tee dishes & sassors & canestor 3/ one putter platter 3/ -6-
to 4 putter basens 3/ to six putter plats 4/ -7-
to 3 putter pint porringer & 6 spoons 4/6 to knives & forks 2/ -6-6
to an earthen platter and 5 plats 3/8 -3-8
to an earthen tee pot & mug & bool & deper box 1/3 -1-3
to 7 wooden trenchers /8 to 2 old billes /8 to 5 bottels 1/6 -2-10
to a bred trof & dytol 3/ to an old spounmold 1/ -4-0
to half a small side of uperleather & a small calf scin -7-0
to 6 pounds of wool 7/2 to too [tow] yarn 3/ to a [prob. table] frame 3/ -13-2
to 2 bags 3/ to a pair of belles [perhaps bellos] 1/6 to a round [prob. table] 6/ -10-6
to a betel & 2 iron wedges 4/to a quilting wheal & twists 1/6 & 2 chists 12/ -17-6
to a pair of iron trases 9/ to a collor & hames 1/ -10-0
to a ring & staple & a yoke ring & staple 11/8 to a cops & pin 2/ -7-8
to a nother ring & staple & iron chain 12/ to half an ox cart & wheels 3-2-0
to an iron crank & grinston 6/ to 4 old hous? 6/ to a stealtrap 6/ -18-0
to a nother pair of hames 2/ to 2 huks & stapls 1/6 -3-6
to 2 pitchforks & one rak 3/ to 14 old cask 14/ to 5 bushels of ots 8/ 1-5-0
to 35 bushels of Inden corn 5-5-0
to 5 pecks of wheet 5/ -5-0
to 2 load of English hay 4-4-0
to 2 load of fresh hay 1-16-0
to half a load of corn stalks -9-0
to salt hay 3-12-0
to husks 4/ to 15 gess 18/ to 18 turkes 27/ 2-9-0
to 5 swine 70/ to 10 fowls 5/ 3-15-0
to one beef cow 4-15-0
to one pair of staggs 9-12-0
to one stear 3-15-0
to one heffer & a half of a nother heffer 2-8-0
to one farrow cow 2-2-0
to one mare 12-0-0
to a colt 30/ to 10 sheep 50/ 4-0-0
to one pue? [perhaps pew] 9-0-0
to one pair of stockens -2-0
to two iron bars 6/ -6-0
children of Cornelius and Elizabeth Jenne:(2)
i. Jabez b. 22 January 1722/1723
ii. Jethro b. 18 September 1724
iii. Sarah b. 16 September 1726
iv. Jemima b. 6 August 1727
v. Rebecca b. 6 August 1729
vi. Hannah b. 30 June 1731
Benjamin b. 28 February 1743/1744
children of Cornelius Jenne and Eleanor Cole:
Weston, b. abt. 1748 (d. 12 August 1767 in his 20th year, meaning he was 19 at the time)
Levi bap. 11 April 1750
Jean (m. 3 January 1771 Hananiah Cornish, most reasonably placing her birth after Levi)
Timothy (m. intentions 2 July 1775, Lydia Seekins, most reasonably placing him among Eleanor's children)
These children are supposed to have been of Cornelius but no evidence has ever been published as to why, and I haven't seen anything to even suggest it:
vital records sources: Cornelius' birth and death dates are taken from the Dartmouth, MA, vital records, citing, for his death date, his gravestone in Acushnet Cemetery. His marriage to Eleanor is recorded in the Eastham, MA, vital records.
1. Bristol County (Southern District) probate file
2. Dartmouth, MA, vital records and Cornelius' will.
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