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From: "David C. and Emma J. Richardson" <>
Subject: Re: [GM-L] Cornhill or Cornwall
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 17:21:37 -0500
A Corn hill reference in the Richardson Memorial c1876 from someone who was there!!
William Richardson 6(William, 5 James, 4 James, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas
1), eldest son of Col. William 5 and Esther (Joslin) Richardson, of
Princeton, Mass.; born in that part of Lancaster which became first a part
of the district, and afterwards of the town of Princeton, Mass., Jan. 28,
1757; married a lady of the name of Miles.
He was a dry-goods merchant in Boston, dealing especially in silks. At
what time he commenced business in Boston is not known; but the fact is
certain it was previous to 1797. See below. The Boston Directory for 1800,
now before me, represents him as "William Richardson, shopkeeper, No. 65
Cornhill." The name Cornhill at that time was applied to that part of
Washington Street which extended from Milk Street northward. It appears
from other sources that our William Richardson imported dry goods of
various kinds, and did a profitable business. His brother Peter kept a
tavern at the same time on "Exchange Lane." The compiler's (J. A. Vinton)
father had a dry-goods store a few doors from the store of William
Richardson, and nearly opposite to Water Street.
William Richardson and Dudley Walker, both of Boston, merchants, took a
mortgage, May 12, 1797, from John Peck, of Boston, of 4,480 acres of land
in Township No. 1, adjoining to New Pennycook and Androscoggin River, in
Cumberland County, Me. [Cumb. Deeds, xxvi. 178.]
Dudley Walker, at that time, was a shopkeeper, at No. 24 Cornhill.
William Richardson named one of his sons for him.
This mortgage seems to indicate prosperity. He spent his latter years
> Hi Clifford,
> Checked out the Massachusetts towns website and found no Cornhill or
> Cornwall, Mass. Check for yourself at
> http://www.vineyard.net/vineyard/history/allen/mass_cities_full.htm. It
> gives anything you want to know about current or old towns of Massachusetts.
> Harold G. Simms
> Norwell, MA 02061
> At 10:43 PM 11/21/99 -0500, you wrote:
> >Does anyone know of the town Cornhill or Cornwall, Mass. I am researching
> my fathers family and Have a John Ranes, born Cornhill or Cornwall, Mass.
> in 1740 and came to Halifax,Canada in the 1750's. Trying to verify the town
> name of either Cornhill or Cornwall. Do they still exist or did they become
> part of a larger town over the years. Any help would be greatly appreciated
> on this matter. Regards, Clifford J. Rines
David C. and Emma J. Richardson
130 Gingercake Ct.
Fayetteville GA 30214-7600
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