I have completed an analysis of the 1851 New Orleans Cornelius 4 Paulding will succession and related genealogy documents. This adds some very significant knowledge to both the Demarest and Paulding family history, but by no means completes it. (Numbers in parenthesis are from 1964 Demarest Book)
A. Actual will inventory came to $580,030.56, a real fortune in 1851.
B. His parents were Cornelius 3 Paulding of NYC & Elizabeth.
C. His 6 siblings were Abraham 4, Mary 4 m. Hugh McDermott, Eleanor 4 m. Mr. Blauvelt, Catherine 4 m. George Knox, Elizabeth 4 m. Mr. McCarter, Else 4 (died young).
D. His heirs included (8-1328) Mary Jane Demarest,) m. John Rosell, (8-1329) Cornelius Paulding Demarest “minor”, and (8-1310) James Lawrence Demarest “minor” (all grandchildren of (6-410) David Demarest and Mary Paulding in 1964 Demarest book, children of (7-813) Cornelius Paulding Demarest Sr)
E. Mary 4 Paulding, sister of (Cornelius 4) 1st m. David Demarest 2nd m. Hugh McDermott. Sadly, not all of Mary’s grandchildren shared in the will, but that was probably by design of those heirs intending to keep a larger share for themselves. Money creates greed and deceit. All of the children of Mary’s other son (7-814) David D. Demarest should also have shared, but did not. David D. died before 1860 and his heirs may not have found out about the will in time.
F. This Cornelius 4 Paulding is one and the same person as Cornelius Paulding “Silversmith” as listed by William Eric Voss on his website.
G. Firmly establishes the parentage and lineage of Mary 4 Paulding listed in the 1964 Demarest Book.
H. Contributes to the solution surrounding Mary Amanda Demarest who married Thomas Haskell Wood in Louisiana 14 May 1845. It remains likely that Mary was the eldest daughter (aka 8-1331) of (7-814) David D. Demarest, she was noted but not named in the 1964 Demarest book. Mary and Thomas left Louisiana between 10 May 1850 and 24 Nov 1851, possibly because her Great Uncle Cornelius Paulding died and there was no reason for them to remain. If so, they missed out on the financial windfall associated with the settlement.
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