Cornelius was born about 1795, the son of Edward Hotchkiss and Margaret Baad. The place is not known.
He died on 16 MAY 1872 in Bothkennar, Stirling, Scotland.
His wife was Rebecca Simpson, who he married on 8 NOV 1828 in Bothkennar, Carronshore, Stirling, Scotland. Their four known children were Christian (1832-?), Edward (1834-1912), Robert (c1837-<1851) and Margaret (c1839-1889).
|Death||16 MAY 1872||
|Christening||12 MAR 1797||
!Note: Parish records show christening name as Cornelius Hodgecase. Expect that the one christening record with parents illegible except the name Hodgecase for Cornelius in 12 Mar 1797 is this Cornelius. Name at marriage was recorded as Cornelius Hotchkiss. Occupation was coalminor. This is assuredly the same last name. However, the priests in the two parishes spelled the name differently. Earlier records show occasional occurances of Hodgecase in Bothkennar, and Occurances of the same man with the same wife, with his name spelled both ways. Census of Scotland 1871 lists his birthplace as Airth and his age as 77. Census of Scotland 1851 lists birthplace as Airth & age as 48. Census of 1841 lists age as 40, but Tom Paterson tells me that the 1841 census was supposed to round all ages over 15 down to nearest 5 term. There being only a limited number of possible Corneliuses recorded as being born, from which he certainly must have been one, I for the longest time thought he went with the one who was born closest to about 1802. However, the above information, and viewing the death certificates of both Corneliuses, given to me by Tom Paterson, finally settled the question.
!Note: Death Certificate: Deaths in the Parish of Bothkennar in the County of Stirling. - No. 27 - Name and Surname./Rank or Profession, and whether Single, Married, or Widowed. Cornelius Hotchkis/Coalminer/Married to Rebecca Simpson- When and Where Died. 1872, May Sixteenth 9 hr PM / Carronshore, Bothkennar - Sex. M - Age. 77 years - Name, Surname, & Rank or Profession of Father. / Name, and Maiden Surname of Mother. Edward Hotchkiss Coalminer (Deacesed) - Cause of Death, Duration of Disease, & Medical Attendant by whom certified. Senile Desibility Attent. by J.D. Watson Surgeon - Signature & Qualification of Informant, and Residence, if out of the House in which the Death occured. Edward Hotchkis His X Mark Son Also present Andria Ferguson Registered Midwife - When and Where Registered, and Signature of Registrar. 1872 May 23 At Bothkennar Andrew Ferguson.
!Note: I am making a guess that Cornelius mother died in childbirth. This may be the reason his christening and death certificate did not list his mother, and could also account for the names of his 1st daughter being the same as the mother who raised him, and his second the same as his wive's mother and his natural mother.
!Source: Ancestry.com Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
Name: Cornelius Hodgecase
Baptism Date: 12 Mar 1797
Baptism Place: Airth,Stirling,Scotland
FHL Film Number: 1040210
!Source: Ancestry.com 1861 Scotland Census
Name: Cornilius Hotchkis
Estimated birth year: abt 1795
Spouse's name : Rebecca Hotchkis
Where born: Airth, Stirlingshire
Registration Number: 473
Registration district: Bothkennar
Civil Parish: Bothkennar
Occupation: Coal Miner
Household schedule number: 14
Cornilius Hotchkis 66
Rebecca Hotchkis 60
Wm Simpson 55