Which Hannah Baker married which Cornell, and an added bonus problem? [closed]

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Let's start with the added bonus problem: Susannah Baker is shown as the wife of Israel Baker (of Swansea), with a marriage date of 27 November 1742 (location unknown.) Her profile shows no birth date, no death date, just a marriage to Israel.

I find no record of marriage of Israel and Susannah on 27 November 1742 or any other date. No birth of a Susannah Baker at an appropriate time to be wife in 1740-42 for Israel is found.

What I do find are births of TWO Hannah Bakers in Rehoboth (Bristol, Mass.):

18 Dec 1722, Hannah I, d. of John and Susannah, and  29 Nov 1724, Hannah II, d. of Joseph and Margaret.https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/i/14010/525/253490953/ Rehoboth V1, p. 525.]

Also found is the marriage: Israel Cornel [sic.] of Swansea m. Hannah Baker of Rehoboth, 27 November 1740. [https://www.aamericanancestors.org/DB190/i/13932/184/251747124/ Swansea V1, p. 184.] Notice the coincidence of the date with the supposed Susannah. I believe this is likely Hannah I daughter of John and Susannah, since Hannah II d. of Joseph and Margaret would be only 15 years old, 9 days short of 16 on that date.

Introducing another Cornell: Elisha, probably brother of Israel, but I haven't delved into this area at all.

Elisha Cornell of Swansea and Hannah Baker of Rehoboth, Intention of marriage publish 17 December 1743,[https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/i/14010/421/253487293/ Rehoboth V1, p. 421.] and married 2 February 1743/4.[https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/i/13932/177/251746770/ Swansea V1, p. 177.]  Hannah II of Joseph and Margaret would be 19 at this time, and the more likely wife of Elisha.

There is a profile for Hannah II. Her birth is given as 1726, a guess that can be corrected.

My conclusions: Israel did not marry a Susannah Baker, and she should be disconnected from his profile (leaving a son Amos on her profile to sort out.) He did marry Hannah I, because of the reason above regarding the age of Hannah II had she married Israel. And finally, Elisha married Hannah II because she would be an appropriate age to marry at the time of Elisha's marriage.

I invite comments and constructive critiques.

WikiTree profile: Israel Cornell
closed with the note: Chris Hoyt's answer settled the question for me.
in Genealogy Help by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
closed by Jim Parish

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I would leave wife Susannah Baker and assume marriage to Hannah is a transcription error.  Susanna's father John Baker left bequests in his will to daughter Susannah Cornell, and Israel Cornell signed the agreement with his wife.

Israel's will names wife Susannah, and his children: sons William and Amos, and daughters Elizabeth Chase/Chace and Susannah Chase/Chace. 

Added probate to his profile.

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (763k points)
selected by Jim Parish
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Hi Jim, I think your reasoning makes sense.  I am wondering, though, if the name Susannah was just mistaken and that her profile should just have her name changed to Hannah.  Have you determined if Amos' mother was in fact Susannah as opposed to Hannah?  It seems very possible that people just entered the wrong name, since Hannah was the daughter of Susannah . . .

Updated:  I found a record that people probably used for the profiles:  "The Baker Family of Rehoboth, Massachusetts" by Walter M. Baker, article published in "Rhode Island History", Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 85-87, July 1959 by the Rhode Island Historical Society.  Walter Baker shows John Baker, son of John and Hannah (Polly) Baker, born in Woburn 27 June 1687; m. Swansea 17 Jun 1714 to Susanna Wood (daughter of Thomas & Rebecca Wood).  Among the children listed are:

  • Susanna, born Swansea 3 Feb 1717/18; m 27 Nov 1740 Israel Cornell.
  • Hannah, born Rehoboth 18 Dec 1722; m 13 Sep 1750 Elisha Cornell.
by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (437k points)
edited by Darlene Athey-Hill
arrgh! a spanner in the works! But to make it all work, we need another Israel Cornwell, since we do have a definite Hannah Baker marrying an Israel. But for the time being, I'll be doing some digging to rule your discovery in or out or unknown! But thank you, really, for finding another possible solution.

Records of marriage (1762) and a bunch of children for Amos, but no record of parents. In Dartmouth, Bristol County, so a correct county for my drama. Back at it!

I did find the birth record for Susanna Baker at familysearch.org:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZDZ-X9X

I can't access the links you provided to americanancestors.  It may be an internet issue on my end.  Are the links to the actual record, or is it a typed listing in a book?  The ones at Family Search are all typed listings, which makes me wonder if the transcriber entered Hannah when the record was Susannah.

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Case 1348: p. 1-6:  Bristol County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1880, (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized mages provided by FamilySearch.org) , Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2017.  https://www.americanancestors.org/DB2724/i/48299/1348-co6/68077490

John Baker of Rehoboth wrote his will on January 20, 1758:  He names
: wife Susannah
: son William Baker
: son John Baker
: daughters Bathsheba Baker and Rebecca Baker
: son Benjamin Baker
: son Nathaniel Baker
: daughter Susannah Cornal
: grand children Joseph Cornal and Penelope Cornal, children of my daughter Hannah Cornal, deceased

On June 18, 1767 the following heirs of John Baker of Rehoboth, signed there agreement of the executors of said last will and testament of 'our father'
: William Baker
: Benjamin Baker
: Israel Cornell
: Susannah Cornell
: Joseph Cornell
: Penelope
: Bethiah Slaterre
: Ebenezer ?Telbut
: Rebecca ? Telbut

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (763k points)
edited by Chris Hoyt
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Baker-41225 married Elisha Cornell   added sources/bio  children's births etc.

needs merging with https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Baker-9724  other Hannah wife of Elisha
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Hannah Baker https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Baker-41225  daughter of John Baker married Elisha Cornell https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cornell-1131  They had 2 children Penelope and Joseph.

Hannah Baker https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Baker-9724  married the same Elisha Cornell

Another Hannah Baker https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Baker-11291  also married  Elisha Cornell https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cornell-2052  * Note this profile has the correct children - Penelope and Joseph.

Looks like a lot of merging is required.  For both the Hannah's and the Elisha's.
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (763k points)

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