Sunday, April 3, 2011

Backward Glance - George Patterson Coryell

According to his death record, George Patterson Coryell was born in about 1810 in Nichols, New York. This is consistent with other records found, so far, for him. His parents were Charles A. and Sarah "Sally" (Patterson) Coryell. They divorced, and Sally died in 1826.

In about 1832, George married Harriet Nancy Fields, presumably in New York. She was born on October 11, 1815, and was the daughter of Cyrus and Nancy (Baxter) Field. George and Harriet were the parents of four children: Sarah, Charles, Grace Eliza and Martha; all of whom were born in New York.

Between 1840 and 1850, George moved his family to Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin. On the 1850 census, he was listed as a tanner. He eventually moved to Chicago, where he was a practicing physician. On at least two censuses, George and his family were enumerated with his son-in-law, William T. Allen.

George was descended from at least two Revolutionary soldiers: Major John Coryell, Captain Emanuel Coryell, and the Honorable Amos Patterson, a Superior Court Judge. The Coryell family owned a ferry and were instrumental in providing boats for General Washington's crossings of the Delaware River.

Harriet Coryell died on October 2, 1891, at their home in Riverside, Illinois. On November 28, 1898, George died in Chicago, at the home of his daughter, Grace Marguerat. He is buried at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.

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