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Cornelius Tyson

Male Abt 1652 - 1716  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name Cornelius Tyson 
    Born Abt 1652  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1703  [1
    Fact 1 1716  buried in the Upper Burying Ground of Germantown, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fact 2 was a weaver Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 9 May 1716  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Axe's Burying Ground, Germantown, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I281  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2017 

    Family Margaret _____ 
    Married Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Matthias Tyson,   b. Abt 1686, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1766, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)  [natural]
     2. Alitie Tyson,   b. Aft 1687  [natural]
     3. Barbara Tyson,   b. Aft 1687  [natural]
     4. Peter Tyson,   b. Aft 1687  [natural]
     5. Yannicke Tyson,   b. Aft 1687  [natural]
     6. Williaminse Tyson,   b. 1690,   d. 1769  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F189  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1652 - Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 1 - 1716 - buried in the Upper Burying Ground of Germantown, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 2 - - was a weaver Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 May 1716 - Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Axe's Burying Ground, Germantown, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - Germany Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Cornelius immigrated to America in 1703.

      "Guidebook to Historic Germantown", 1902

      The Upper Burying Ground of Germantown, sometimes called Ax's burying ground,
      from John Frederick Ax, who had charge of it from 1724 to 1756, is on the east side
      of Main street, above the Concord school. Here are buried many of the early settlers
      of Germantown and their descendants. The oldest known grave is that of
      Cornelius Tyson, who died in 1716. Judge Pennypacker takes this to be the oldest
      existing tombstone to the memory of a Dutchman or German in Pennsylvania.

      Wills: Abstracts, Book D : 1714 - 1725/6: Philadelphia Co, PA

      TYSON, CORNELIUS. Germantownship, Philadelphia County. Weaver.
      April 6, 1716. July 27, 1716. D. 54.
      Wife Margaret and youngest son Peter. Children: eldest son Matthias,
      Barbara wife of Matthias Cunrade, Alitic wife of John Cunrade,
      Williaminte wife of Paul Engle, Fanniske wife of Laurentz Henrick.
      Executrix: Wife Margaret.
      Witnesses: William Strepers, Herman Grothausen and Fr. Daniel Pastorius.

      from Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Volumes I-III; Tyson Family:

      Among the later arrivals at Germantown from the little town of Crefeld on the Rhine, the place of nativity of most of the founders of that first German settlement on Pennsylvania soil, was Cornelius Tyson, born in Crefeld in the year 1652. The exact date of his arrival in Pennsylvania is not known, but he was a resident of Germantown in 1703. He was possibly brother of Reynier and Herman Tyson, the former of whom at least, was among the original thirteen families who crossed the Atlantic in the Concord in 1683, and founded Germantown; and the latter, Herman, is mentioned in connection with Reynier in the Streyper correspondence as brother of the wife of Jan Streypers, of Kaldkirchen, near Crefeld, who purchased 5000 acres of land of William Penn on March 10, 1682. An account of Reynier Tyson and his descendants is given in these volumes. The similarity of the names of the sons and other descendants of Reynier and Cornelius Tyson would seem to indicate that they had a common parentage. Renier Tiesen, as the names of both he and Cornelius were originally spelled, was a convert to Quakerism before coming to Pennsylvania, while Cornelius held fast to the faith of his fathers and was a consistent disciple of Menno Simon, and lies buried among the early brethren of that faith, in Axe's Burying-Ground, Germantown, where his tombstone, probably the oldest in existence erected over a German in Pennsylvania, records the fact that "Cornelis Tiesen" died May 9, 1716, at the age of 63 years. His will dated April 6, 1716, and probated July 27, 1716, mentions his wife Margaret, eldest son Matthias, youngest son Peter, daughters, Barbara, wife of Matthias Cunrads; Aeltje, wife of John Cunrads; Williamptje, wife of Paul Engle, and Yanicken, wife of Laurentz Hendricks. The witnesses were Willm. Striepers, Herman Groethausen and Francis Daniel Pastorius. The names of the children of Cornelius Tyson show that he was of Holland and not German origin, though born outside the limits of modern Netherlands. Of the sons-in-law of Cornelius Tyson, the Cunrads, Matthias, who married Barbara in 1705, and John, who married Alice Tyson, were sons of Thones Cunders or Kunders, one of the original settlers of Germantown, and natives of Crefeld. They settled in Horsham township, where Matthias died in 1726, and John later, and both have left numerous descendants.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] "The settlement of Germantown, Pennsylvania, and the beginning of German emigration to North America", Hon. Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker, LL.D.

    2. [S203] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania: Genealogical and Personal Memoirs.
      1911, p. 1_395


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