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George A. Cornwell (1861-?)
Native of Canada, prominent grocerer in Bay City.

Portrait & Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892



George A. Cornwell is one of the prominent grocers of Bay City and is located at No. 522 North Washington Avenue, where he has been in business for the past twelve years under the firm name of J. A. Cornwell & Son, our subject being the active member of the firm and the general manager. He was born in Port Burwell, Ontario, December 12, 1861, and is a son of Daniel and Jemima A. (Carpenter) Cornwell.

The father came to this city in 1870 and engaged in the mercantile business here being located at the corner of Third and Monroe Streets for some seven years, after which he removed to the present location, continuing in active business up to the time of his death, which occurred December 24, 1890. He left a widow and four children, namely: Ada, our subject, Charles, and Nettie. Charles is now in business in the city where he is engaged with the Universal Credit agency.

The father had built up a large trade here as he had given his whole attention to the business. He was born at Digby, Nova Scotia, in 1818, and there received his education, but removed to Ontario in 1857 where he married Miss Jemima, daughter of Charles Carpenter. After coming to this city he built a home at the corner of Tenth and Van Buren Streets, which is still the family residence. He was a devout member of the Madison Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church and one of the highly respected business men of the city.

Our subject was educated in the public and High Schools of the city, after which he learned the business with his father, subsequently spending nearly three years in the music store of . He entered into partnership with his father in 1878 and they continued together until the death of that parent, after which the son took the entire charge of the business. He now has one of the largest and most desirable enterprises of Bay City and occupies a store 25x100 feet, using two floors and employing three men.

Mr. Cornwell was married January 7, 1888, to Miss. Jennie Fitch, of Bay City, whose father, Henry Fitch, was a former resident of Welland, Ontario. One child has come to bless this home, a little son, Charles A. Our subject is a member of the Joppa Lodge, F. & A. M., and is also connected with the Knights of the Maccabees. His is a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church on Madison Avenue, and in politics is a straight Republican. He is a man most highly spoken of by his neighbors as worthy of esteem for both character and ability.

Additional Notes.

    1878 - Brown's Directory Saginaw Valley (Bay City, Mich.)

  • Cornwell, Daniel grocer, Water, res s side 10th, bet Jacks and Van Buren.
  • Cornwell, Jemima A, groceries and provisions, e s Wash'n, near cor 8th, res 10th, bet Jackson and Van Buren.
  • Cornwell, J A general gorcer, n e cor Washington and 8th, res 10th, bet Jackson and Van Buren.

    1888 - Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Mich.

  • Date: Jun. 7, 1888, Bay City
  • Groom: George A. Cornwell, age 26, b. Canada. Parents: Daniel
  • Cornwell & Jennie A Carpenter.
  • Bride: Jennie Fitch, age 24, b. Canada. Parents: Henry Fitch & Eliza Stringer.
  • Official: E. W. Ryan, pastor 1st M.E. Church.
  • Witnesses: Charles Cornwell & Annie Moore.

    1890 Directory Bay City, Mich.

  • Cornwell, Charles E - bkkpr A B Griswold, bds 251 N Van Buren.
  • Cornwell, Daniel with J A Cornwell & Son, res 251 N Van Buren.
  • Cornwell, George A (J A Cornwell & Son), res 301 N Van Buren.
  • Cornwell, Miss Jimima A (J A Cornwell & Son), res 251 N Van Buren.
  • Cornwell J A & Son (Jemima A and George A), grocers 522 Washington ave.

    1893 Directory Bay City Mich.

  • Cornwell, Ada L bds 251 N Van Buren.
  • Cornwell, Charles E Mngr Universal Credit Agency, bds 252 N. Van Buren
  • Cornwell, George A (J A Cornwell & Son), res 301 N Van Buren.
  • Cornwell, Jemima A (J A Cornwell & Son), res 252 N Van Buren.
  • Cornwell, J A & Son (Jemima A and George A), Groceries and Provisions, 522 Washington ave.
  • Cornewell, Lewis - propr Bay City Beef Co, 1008 Adams, res Saginaw, Mich.
  • Cornwell, Miss Nettie - bds 251 N Van Buren.
Related Pages/Notes

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People Referenced
Carpenter, Charles
Carpenter, Jemima A. (mother)
Cornwell, Ada (sis.)
Cornwell, Charles (bro.)
Cornwell, Charles A. (son)
Cornwell, Daniel (father)
Cornwell, George A. (subject)
Cornwell, Lewis
Cornwell, Nettie (sis.)
Fitch, Henry
Fitch, Jennie (wife)
Moore, Annie
Ryan, E.W. (pastor)
Stringer, Eliza
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City Beef Co.
Digby, Nova Scotia
J.A. Cornwell & Son
Methodist Episcopal
Port Burwell, Ont.
Universal Credit Agency
Welland, Ont.
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