Samuel Cornell was born in Flushing, Long Island, to Quaker parents, and moved in the mid 1750s to North Carolina. He married in 1756 Susannah Mabson of New Bern. Over the next decade, overseas and "triangular" trade made Cornell the richest man in North Carolina. In 1768, Governor William Tryon borrowed £8,000 for the construction of his magnificent Tryon Palace. In 1770, the Governor appointed Cornell to the Royal Council, and in 1771 Cornell loaned an additional £6,000 to support the Governor's troops against rebels in the western part of the state.
Cornell's possessions included a house in New Bern, two plantations on the Trent River, a rum distillery, and warehouses, together valued at £40,976 in 1784. As the political situation deteriorated in 1775, Cornell requested a leave of absence from the Council to go to England; he was described by Governor Martin as "the most opulent Merchant in [North Carolina]. From England he went to New York, securely held by the British.
In December of 1777 Cornell sailed to New Bern under a flag of truce. Although first denied permission to land by the Provincial Assembly, the Revolutionary Governor Caswell later allowed him ashore to collect his goods, servants, and family, for return to New York. Cornell deeded his property to his daughters, but it was still seized under the 1779 Confiscation Act. His effects were divided equally between his five daughters, with these coasters falling to his third daughter, Sarah. She later married Matthew Clarkson, a celebrated officer on the American side of the Revolution.
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