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Harriet Love Cornell (1871–1963)

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Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Harriet Love Cornell, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Harriet Love Cornell, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Harriet Love Cornell was born 4 Apr 1871 in Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts to Godfrey Cornell, Jr. and Mary Jane Brownell.1

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Harriet spent her childhood with her parents and sister, Edith, in Westport and attended Fifth Street Grammar School in New Bedford.2 Harriet graduated from New Bedford High School in 1890.3

Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent's Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890.
Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

After high school, Harriet attended The Training School for Teachers in New Bedford, graduating in June 1892 with several of her high school classmates.4

"Superintendent's Report, The Training School for Teachers," Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, June 1892 graduating class.
“Superintendent’s Report, The Training School for Teachers,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, June 1892 graduating class.

Harriet’s first teaching assignment in 1892 was Acushnet Avenue Primary school, where she would teach for decades, while she also taught evenings at Merrimac Street.5 In 1900, Harriet lived with her uncle and aunt, Albert and Cynthia Kirby, in New Bedford.6 In addition to teaching, Harriet visited her parents frequently and, following her father’s death in 1909, she often spent time with her mother.7

"Miss Harriett L. Cornell Visits Parents in Adamsville" newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 23 Dec 1908, p. 4, col. 4.
“Miss Harriett L. Cornell Visits Parents in Adamsville” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 23 Dec 1908, p. 4, col. 4.
"Miss Harriett Cornell Returns from Visit with Mother," newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 9 jan 1912, p. 8, col. 3.
“Miss Harriett Cornell Returns from Visit with Mother,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 9 Jan 1912, p. 8, col. 3.

In 1910, Harriet lived in New Bedford, boarding with numerous other public school teachers.8 Harriet also liked to travel, visiting Vermont and Maine on different occasions.9

"Miss Harriett Cornell Returns from Auto Trip to Vermont and Maine," newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 25 July 1916, p. 4, col. 4.
“Miss Harriett Cornell Returns from Auto Trip to Vermont and Maine,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 25 July 1916, p. 4, col. 4.
"Miss Harriett Cornell Spend Month in Maine," newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 8 Aug 1919, p. 7, col. 3.
“Miss Harriett Cornell Spend Month in Maine,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 8 Aug 1919, p. 7, col. 3.

By 1920, Harriet was living with her mother and sister in New Bedford.10 1920 was a year of health issues for Harriet, with a hospital stay in January and then a fall in November.11

"Miss Harriett Cornell in the Crary Hospital," newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 26 Jan 1920 p. 3, col. 3.
“Miss Harriett Cornell in the Crary Hospital,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 26 Jan 1920 p. 3, col. 3.
"Miss Harriet Cornell Injured in Fall," newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 23 Nov 1920, p. 8, col. 5.
“Miss Harriet Cornell Injured in Fall,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 23 Nov 1920, p. 8, col. 5.

Soon, Harriet was on the mend, entertaining friends.12

"Miss Harriett L. Cornell Entertains at Her Summer Home," newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 29 June 1922, p. 5, col. 2.
“Miss Harriett L. Cornell Entertains at Her Summer Home,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 29 June 1922, p. 5, col. 2.
"Miss Harriett L. Cornell Entertains," newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 3 July 1922, p. 8, col. 2.
“Miss Harriett L. Cornell Entertains,” newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 3 July 1922, p. 8, col. 2.

Harriet traveled to France in 1928, returning from Boulogne-Sur-Mer via the S.S. Rotterdam, on a voyage which, by news accounts, must have been memorable.13

“Student Trip Called Orgy of Gin Fights,” newspaper article, Daily News (New York, New York), 1 Sep 1928, p. 3, col. 1.
“Student Trip Called Orgy of Gin Fights,” newspaper article, Daily News (New York, New York), 1 Sep 1928, p. 3, col. 1.

In 1934, Harriet’s mother, Mary Jane, died at the age of 93; she is buried in Beech Grove Cemetery, in Westport.14

Harriet attended her 45th high school class reunion in 1935; she is pictured in the third row, second from the left.15

“New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
New Bedford High School Class of 1890 Reunion, New Bedford, MA, 14 July 1935, Harriet L. Cornell, 3rd row, 2nd from the left.
New Bedford High School Class of 1890 Reunion, New Bedford, MA, 14 July 1935, Harriet L. Cornell, 3rd row, 2nd from the left.

Following her mother’s death, Harriet lived with her sister in New Bedford until Edith’s death in 1948.16 Harriet was still active in social circles in 1948, visiting Boston to lunch with a friend.17

"Miss Harriet Cornell in Boston Lunching with Mrs. H.W W. Martin," newspaper article, Boston Globe (Boston, Massachsuetts), 9 Dec 1948, p. 16, col. 1.
“Miss Harriet Cornell in Boston Lunching with Mrs. H.W W. Martin,” newspaper article, Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 9 Dec 1948, p. 16, col. 1.

Harriet Love Cornell died in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts at the age of 92 in 1963.18 She is buried with her parents and sister in Beech Grove Cemetery in Westport.19

Endnotes

1. Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1871, p. 165, no. 10, Harriet L. Cornell, 4 Apr 1871. Parents: Godfrey [Cornell], born in Westport, and May J. Brownell, born in Dartmouth. Father’s occupation: Farmer.

Full name of Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891, p. 23, New Bedford High School Graduating Class of 1890, Harriet Love Cornell.

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2. 1880 U.S. census, Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 75, p. 24, dwelling 264, family 278, Godfrey Cornell, Jr. household.
– Godfrey Cornell, Jr., age 44, born in Massachusetts, farmer
– Mary J., wife, age 39, born in Massachusetts
– Harriet L., daughter, age 9, born in Massachusetts
– Edith H., daughter, age 6, born in Massachusetts

Also, “Admission to the High School,” newspaper articleThe Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 July 1886, p. 5, col. 3.

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3. Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890, Harriet Love Cornnell.

Also, “New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

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4. “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1893), p. 76, June 1892 graduating class of the Training School for Teachers.
Charlotte May AllenLizzie Maria Briggs, Harriet Love Cornell, Ethel Washburn Denham, Dora Amanda DeWolfJulia Crocker Gifford, Mary Luther Hillman, Harriet Newton Hyatt, Annie May King, Ruth Emma Pease, Julia Mason Pilling, Fannie Matthews Spooner.

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5. “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1893), pages 80, 95, 99, Harriet L. Cornell.
– p. 80, Appointments, Harriet L. Cornell, Acushnet Avenue Primary school
– p. 95, Teacher List, Acushnet Avenue, 13, Harriet L. Cornell, assistant, 151 Middle street, $400.
– p. 99, Evening Elementary Schools, Merrimac Street, Harriet L. Cornell, $4.12 per week.

 Also, “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford for the Year 1893, (New Bedford : Evening Journal Company, 1894), pages 106, 110, Harriet L. Cornell.
– page 106, List of Teachers, Primary Schools, Acushnet Avenue, 13, Harriet L. Cornell, assistant, 151 Middle street, $425.
– page 110, Evening Elementary Schools, Merrimac Street, Harriet L. Cornell, $3.00 per week

Also, “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford for the Year 1894, (New Bedford : E. Anthony and Sons, 1895), pages 108, 112, Harriet L. Cornell.
– page 108, List of Teachers, Acushnet Avenue, 1, Harriet L. Cornell, assistant, 151 Middle street, $450.
page 112, Evening Elementary Schools, Merrimac Street, Harriet L. Cornell, $3.00 per week

Also, Miss Harriett L. Cornell Entertains at Her Summer Home,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 29 June 1922, p. 5, col. 2.

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6. 1900 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 189, ward 4, sheet 5A, dwelling 96, family 118, Albert C. Kirby household.
Address: 163 Middle Street
– Albert C. Kirby, age 59, married 30 years, born in Massachusetts, prof livery stable
– Cynthia W., wife, age 56, married 30 years, born Mar 1841 in Massachusetts
– Holder C., son, age 26, single, born Aug 1843 in Massachusetts
– Winifred S., son, age 17, born Feb 1883 in Massachusetts
– Harriett L. Cornell, niece, age 27, single, born April 1873 in Massachusetts, school teacher
– Theresa Garcia, servant, age 22, single, born Mar 1878 in Portugal

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7. Dozens of newspaper articles exist mentioning Harriet L. Cornell. The following are a sampling:

Miss Harriett L. Cornell Visits Parents in Adamsville” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 23 Dec 1908, p. 4, col. 4.

“Miss Harriett Cornell Returns from Visit with Mother,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 9 Jan 1912, p. 8, col. 3.

Also, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Return of a Death, no. 348, Godfrey Cornell Jr, 31 July 1909. Age: 73 years, 10 months, 8 days. Birthplace: Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Married. Parents: Godfrey Cornell and Theresa Howland. Burial: Beech Grove Cemetery, Westport.

Also, Headstone reads: Godfrey Cornell Jr / 1835 – 1909 / Mary J. His Wife / 1840 – 1934 / Edith H. Daughter / 1873 – 1948 | Harriet L. Daughter / 1871 – 1963
Find A Grave, memorial 75774158, Godfrey Cornell Jr. (1835–1909), Beech Grove Cemetery, Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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8. 1910 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 198, ward 4, sheet 12A, dwelling 261, family 273, John Daffinee household.
Address: 16 Fifth Street
– John Daffinee, age 40, married, born in Massachusetts, printer
– Jennie, wife, age 34, married, born in Massachusetts
– Florence, daughter, age 9, born in Massachusetts
– Lillian P. Case, lodger, age 29, single, born in Massachusetts, school teacher
– Harriet L. Cornell, lodger, age 45, single, born in Massachusetts, school teacher
– Varity Crosby, lodger, age 29, single, born in Maine, school teacher
– Helen F. Maxfield, lodger, age 40, single, born in Massachusetts, school teacher
– Annie V. Lyon, lodger, age 30, single, born in Kansas, school teacher
– Sarah A. Russ, lodger, age 45, single, born in Kansas, school teacher
– Mary F. Stephen, lodger, age 40, single, born in Massachusetts, school teacher

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9. “Miss Harriett Cornell Returns from Auto Trip to Vermont and Maine,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 25 July 1916, p. 4, col. 4.

Also, “Miss Harriett Cornell Spends a Month in Maine,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 8 Aug 1919, p. 7, col. 3.

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10. 1920 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 152, ward 5, sheet 5A, Mary J. Cornell household.
Address: 65 Plymouth Street
– Mary J. Cornell, age 78, widow, born in Massachusetts
– Harriet L., daughter, age 48, single, born in Massachusetts, public school teacher
– Edith H., daughter, age 46, single, born in Massachusetts

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11. “Miss Harriett Cornell in the Crary Hospital,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 26 Jan 1920 p. 3, col. 3.

Also, “Miss Harriet Cornell Injured in Fall,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 23 Nov 1920, p. 8, col. 5.

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12. “Miss Harriett L. Cornell Entertains at Her Summer Home,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 29 June 1922, p. 5, col. 2.

Miss Harriett L. Cornell Entertains,” newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 3 July 1922, p. 8, col. 2.

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13. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897, S.S. Rotterdam, Boulogne-Sur-Mer to New York, New York, departure 22 Aug 1928, arrival 31 Aug 1928, third cabin, manifest list p. 112, no. 19, Harriet L. Cornell.
– Harriet L. Cornell, age 57, single, birthplace Westport, Massachusetts, birth 4 Apr 1871, address Adamsville, Rhode Island.

“Student Trip Called Orgy of Gin Fights,” newspaper article, Daily News (New York, New York), 1 Sep 1928, p. 3, col. 1.

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14. Headstone reads: Godfrey Cornell Jr / 1835 – 1909 / Mary J. His Wife / 1840 – 1934 / Edith H. Daughter / 1873 – 1948 | Harriet L. Daughter / 1871 – 1963
Find A Grave, memorial 75774541, Mary Jane Brownell Cornell (1840–1934), Beech Grove Cemetery, Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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15. “New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

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16. 1940 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 20-77, ward 4, sheet 62B, Edith Cornell household.
Address: 415 County Street
– Edith Cornell, age 66, single, born in Massachusetts
– Harriet, sister, age 68, single, born in Massachusetts

Also, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, Death Index, 1931-1935, New Bedford, Bristol County, Mary Jane (Brownell) Cornell, 1934, vol. 62, p. 200.

Also, Headstone reads: Godfrey Cornell Jr / 1835 – 1909 / Mary J. His Wife / 1840 – 1934 / Edith H. Daughter / 1873 – 1948 | Harriet L. Daughter / 1871 – 1963
Find A Grave, memorial 75774903, Edith H. Cornell (1873–1948), Beech Grove Cemetery, Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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17. “Miss Harriet Cornell in Boston Lunching with Mrs. H.W W. Martin,” newspaper article, Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 9 Dec 1948, p. 16, col. 1.

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18. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, Death Index, 1961-1965, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Harriet L. Cornell, 1963, vol. 43, p. 295. Age 92.

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19. Headstone reads: Godfrey Cornell Jr / 1835 – 1909 / Mary J. His Wife / 1840 – 1934 / Edith H. Daughter / 1873 – 1948 | Harriet L. Daughter / 1871 – 1963
Find A Grave, memorial 75775211, Harriet L Cornell (1871–1963), Beech Grove Cemetery, Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Harriet Love Cornell (1871–1963),” Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/harriet-love-cornell-1871-1963/ : posted 2021).


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