CORNELL, Benjamin

c.1804 - 1866

Benjamin Cornell, was born at Higham, near Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk about 1804. He married at the adjacent village of Denham on 3 April 1834, Eliza (1807-1890), fourth daughter of Joseph Halls (1768-1838) of Denham Hall, and they came to live in Ipswich where Benjamin was a wharfinger at Smart's Wharf, Ipswich. A member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1835, where he was probably tutored by Henry Davy [q.v.]. In 1851, a 48 year old wharfinger & agent, living at Felaw House, Foundation Street, Ipswich with his 42 year old wife Eliza, born Denham, with four children, Fanny 15, Mary 12, Kate 9 and Joseph 7, all born at Ipswich. In 1861, now a merchant's clerk, was living with his wife at Wattisfield Road, Walsham le Willows, Suffolk. He died at 53 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich on 10 September and buried in Ipswich Cemetery on 14 September 1866, aged 62.