Tuesday, August 2, 2011


[Ancestral Link: Lura Minnie Parker (Stagge), daughter of Minnie May Elmer (Parker), daughter of Mark Alfred Elmer, son of Hannah Polina Child (Elmer), daughter of Polly Barber (Child), daughter of Ichabod Barber, son of Mary Barney (Barber), daughter of Israel Barney, son of Elizabeth Brackett (Barney), daughter of Elizabeth Waldo (Brackett), daughter of Cornelius Waldo.]

Here lyes ye body of Deacon Cornelius Waldo. Aged 75 years. Died Janr. ye 3d 1700.

The Memory of the just is blessed.

Forefather Burying Ground, Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Chelmsford Center Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA

Plot: FF/HIS-471-1 findagrave.com

Immigration to New England Colony
Cornelius immigrated to the New England Colony in 1645 and settled in Ipswich County, Massachusetts. Once overheard saying that when he arrived there the city of Boston was seven huts. On January 2, 1652, his father-in-law John Cogswell, give him 49 acres at Chemsford Fall, Massachusetts. He became a large owner of real estate in both Chemsford and Dunstable, Massachusetts. He was chosen Deacon of Mr. Welds church. At that time he was called Cornelius Walso Sr. of Chelmsford. The burial took place in Forefathers Burial Ground, Chalmsford Center, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. On his tombstone is the following: HERE LYES YE BODY OF DEACON CORNELIUS WALDO AGED 75 YEARS DIED JAN. 3 1700 THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED.
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Slave Merchant
As in other maritime colonies of New England, the chief families were among the chief slavers. Cornelius Waldo, maternal great-grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson, was a slave merchant on a large scale, a proud importer of "Choice Irish Duck, fine Florence wine, negro slaves and Irish butter." His ship, Africa, plied the Middle Passage packed with 200 black people at a time crammed below-decks, though lethal epidemics of "flux" sometimes tore through the captives and cut into Waldo's profits.
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Cornelius Waldo
1624-1700 , Massachusetts
Cornelius Waldo, the first by that name permanently located in this country, came from England and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts according to "Savage's Genealogy of Early Settlers", in 1654. Married Hannah, daughter of John and Eliza Coggswell. Children" John, Cornelius, Daniel, Rebecca, Jonathan.

Deacon Waldo removed, in 1655, or 1657, to Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The records refer to him constantly as deacon. He was deacon of a church there during his life, of which Rev. Mr. Fiske was pastor. He owned considerable real estate in Chelmsford, and was at one time an inn-keeper there; and the spacious, comfortable old tavern, with its hospitable landlard, was a favorite among the traveling public of that remote day, when, instead of the steam coach, the "four-in-hand" came rolling up to the door at regular intervals, when the general overturning of baggage and turning out of passengers indicated a short respite and a few hours or night's rest for the weary traveler. Many prominent personages stopped at the inn. It is quite probable the Rev. Edward Bulkley died there. He also owned a farm in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where he settled his son Daniel, who built a grist mill on it in 1695, at the mouth of Stony Brook, below the way that leads to Dunstable, Massachusetts. A grist mill and saw mill were standing upon this spot as late as 1820. The deacon was a leading man in Chelmsford. He died in 1701, June or January 3. His property was divided among his children.
page 9.
The Genealogy and Biography of the Waldos of America from 1650 to 1883. Compiled by Joseph D. Hall, Jr., From town and private records, and from papers carefully collected by Judge Loren P. Waldo, (deceased) of Hartford, Ct., Charles E. Waldo, of Canon City, Col., Mrs. S. G. Waters, of E. Randolph, Vt. Danielsonville, Conn.: Press of Scofield & Hamilton. 1883.
page; x
"Deacon Cornelius Waldo, a native of Peidmont, France, removed to Ipswich, England and from Ipswich, England to Ipswich, Massachusetts in A.D. 1650 and removed with the most of the church to Chelmsford, Mass. in 1654 or 1655 and was descended from the founder or disciples of the Waldenses (Peter Waldo) Piedmont, France and died in 1701. Motto on Coat fo Arms "Nil Sine Deo" (Nothing without God)."

[Page 12] (actually page 2 & 3)
CORNELIUS WALDO, the founder of the American branch of the family, was born about 1624, probably in England, and died January 2, 1700-1 at Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Of his parentage nothing has been learned. A letter from his brother-in-law, John Cogswell, written from London to his parents in 1653 says: "I have been with my brother Waldo's friends; his mother lives in Berwick; his uncle John is dead; his brother Thomas is in Ireland and his uncle Barrow is dead; the rest are in health." It is probable therefore that Waldo's family was living in or near London. It has been supposed by some that the Berwick where Mrs. Waldo was then living was Berwick on Tweed; but as there are two or three parishes called Berwick within twenty-five miles of Westbury Leigh, County Wilts, from which place the Cogswells came and which were probably known to them, it is not at all unlikely that one of these parishes is meant and that the family of Cornelius Waldo lived near the Cogswells in England and were old acquaintances and friends. Cornelius Waldo married Hannah, daughter of John and Elizabeth ( Thompson) Cogswell of Ipswich, who was born in 1624, at Westbury Leigh, County Wilts, England and came to New England with her parents in the "Angel Gabriel" which sailed from Bristol, May 23, 1635. Elizabeth (Thompson) Cogswell was a daughter of Rev. William Thompson, Vicar of Westbury Parish, by his first wife Phillis. (Cogswells in America, pp. xvi-xx). Cornelius Waldo came to America before 1647 as in Essex County Court Records, Vol. II, p. 213, he is mentioned as having left a fowling piece as security for his brother Thomas for a fine. This is the Thomas who returned to England and was mentioned above as being in Ireland in 1653.

Cornelius probably settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts, soon after his arrival from England and is shown by the Essex County records to have been living in the vicinty in 1647. His name appears twice in the town records of Ipswich (see p. 13, Waldo Gen.), and he seems to have been living there as late as 1664. He pruchased a house or a building lot from Richard Betts and wife of Ipswich in 1652. This house, still standing in 1943 on High Street and known according to Ipswich Antiquarian Papers for March 1880 as "The Old Waldo House," was sold by Cornelius Waldo and wife August 31, 1654 to John Caldwell for twenty-six pounds. Miss Blanche Wildes of 112 Nonantum Street, Newton, Massachusetts, "a direct descendant of John Caldwell" and the present occupant of the house, in a letter of November 14, 1943 says of the Waldo House on High Street, that it was said to have been built by Cornelius Waldo prior to 1654, and was bought by John Caldwell from Cronelius Waldo and was thereafter for many generations owned and occupied by the Caldwell family and is now known as the Caldwell House.

Cornelius Waldo evidently moved to his farm in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, about 1665, where he died and where stands his tombstone in the burying ground. This farm perhaps lay on both sides of the Chelmsford line and "was next to the Tyng farm and extended from that farm to Howard's brook (its Indian name "Little Nacock"), and extended back to Brattle's farm." Nason's History of Dunstable, p. 92).
Continuation of Waldo Genealogy 1900-1943 by Charles S. Waldo, A.B. Attorney at Law. Press of Chas. E. Fitchett, New York City, N. Y.

tanyahydeadded this on 7 Dec 2008
Complied information on Cornelius Waldo, (the first of the Waldo generations in America) from sources. Sources named in the context.
found on ancestry.com

Cornelius Waldo - Life in Chelmsford, Massachusetts
From Touring the Forefathers Burial Grounds by Marti Spalding
Cornelious Waldo was born in England about 1624 and moved from Ipswich to Chelmsford about the year 1665. He was a deacon of the church, both in Chelmsford and later in Dunstable. Waldo was associated with the Wamesit purchase along with Jonathan Tyng. In 1690, Waldo ran a "common publick" house in the town and was licensed to sell liquor. This license prohibited him from serving children, servants, Negroes and Indians after nine o'clock, and from "playing Cards Dice Tables bowls Ninepins Billiards...upon Saturday nights after it is Dark, or on ye Sabbath dais." He was further prohibited from "harbouring...rogues, vagabonds, thieves, sturdy beggars masterless men or women or other notorious offenders."

In 1692, Thomas Henchman deeded property on Stony Brook to Waldo for one of the earliest grist mills. Of this mill, Allen says: "The run of stones designed prinicipally for corn has a small fanning wheel, fixed near the mouth of the shoe, to which motion is communicated by a band from the stone, and which impels a current of air against the grain, as it falls into the eye of the stone, and blows off chaff and other light substances. The bottom of each of the shoes of the other runs of stones is a tin sieve, through which fall sand, sorrel seed and other imputities in the grain which is to be ground. The attentions deserve the attention of all millers."

He had a son of the same name who married Rebecca, the daughter of Samuel Adams. In 1698, his daughter Rebecca married Edward Emerson the schoolmaster. Thus Ralph Waldo Emerson inherited his name. It was said, "Deacon Waldo was a man of distinguished usefulness."
His tombstone reads: "Here Lyes Ye Body of Deacon Cornelius Waldo, Aged 75 Years, Died Jan. 3, 1700, The Memory of the just is blefsed.
found on ancestry.com

Founders of Old Dunstable
Early Generations of the Founders of Old Dunstable
By Ezra S. Stearns Deacon

Cornelius Waldo was born in England about 1624. He settled in Ipswich and there married Hannah Cogswell, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Thompson) Cogswell. He sold his house and lot in Ipswich in 1654 and soon removed to Chelmsford. He was active and prosperous, owning large parcels of land. The story of the Waldo farm in Dunstable is well known. This lead to a residence here of his sons John, Cornelius and Daniel, but none of these remained many years. While they were in Dunstable, they were prominent in the affairs of the settlement. Deacon Waldo died in Chelmsford, January 3, 1700. Three of his ten children were residents of a few years in Dunstable.

John, born in Ipswich; married Rebecca Adams, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Graves) Adams of Chelmsford. He lived in Dunstable from about 1678 to 1688. He was a soldier in King Philip’s War. He was in Captain Wheeler’s Company which met the Indians at a disadvantage near Brookfield in August, 1675. In the encounter, eight of Captain Wheeler’s company were killed and five were wounded. “The fifth was John Waldo of Chelmsford, who was not so dangerously wounded as the rest.” He was a representative, 1689. He removed to Windham, Connecticut. He died before 1702. His children were; John, born May 19, 1678; Catherine, born 1680; Edward, born April 23, 1684; Rebecca, born April 26, 1686; Ruth; Sarah, baptized, Boston, December 6, 1691; married July 4, 1715 Jehosephat Holmes; Abigail.

Cornelius, born about 1655. He served in king Philip’s War, and subsequently lived a few years in Dunstable, but soon removed to Boston. He married Faith Peck, born in Boston December 8, 1658, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Peck. He probably died before 1700. Four children: Cornelius, born November 17, 1684; Elizabeth, born January 7, 1686-7; Rachel, born April 20, 1690; Judith, born January 25, 1691-2.

Daniel, born August 16, 1657; married Susannah Adams, a sister of the wife of his brother, John. After a residence in Dunstable of a few years, he removed with his brother John, to Connecticut. His children were; Susannah, born 1684; Hannah, born July 17, 1687; Bethia, born August 20, 1688; Daniel, born March 25, 1692; Rebecca, born February 5, 1693-4; Marah, born February 10, 1695-6; Esther, born January 3, 1698; Zachariah, born November 25,1701.
found on ancestry.com

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