Any help figure out who John Cornell’s father is would be greatly appreciated

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Chris, I would do a little more digging in Census data to get some potentials.  I didn't see anything that looked good 1865 NY State census but do look at that further.

For 1850 US Census a couple things I noted: John Cornell, 10 years old, of Stephen and Mary Cornell in Ossining, Westchester, NY; and a John Cornell, 10 years old, living with a Caleb and Levina Purdy in Harrison, Westchester (appears to be an orphan). A few other potentials in the immediate NY area and then some farther away such as Chemung County, NY. Also look at southwestern Connecticut and Queens or Kings Counties in NY.

By the way, his Illinois death index record gives his year of birth as 1840 rather than 1839 but that is info reported at the time of death.
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Although the US had ceased using the Julian Calendar before then, it was in use so many individuals used it rather than the Gregorian. The Gregorian Calendar in current use in most of the world for civil purposes was adopted at various times and many immigrants continued to use the Julian or one of its variations. Sweden, for instance did not adopt the Gregorian until 1753 and Great Britain 1752 although the Julian continued in use and many used OS (old style) and NS to indicate which was in use for a particular document. Russia did not switch until 1918. This is why the beginning of the Revolution has two beginning dates- 7 Nov 1917 or 25 Oct OS. The Julian remain in use in some religions to this day although the Gregorian is used for civil purposes.

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