Helmanus Frederick Wiltbank
(Abt 1640-1684)
Jonakin (Jane) Hill?
(Abt 1642-1693)
Cornelius Wiltbank
(Abt 1660-1724/1724)


Family Links

1. Jane (Maud) Lucas
2. Hannah Kollock

Cornelius Wiltbank

  • Born: Abt 1660 1
  • Marriage (1): Jane (Maud) Lucas after Jan 1692
  • Marriage (2): Hannah Kollock in 1720 in Sussex Co., DE
  • Died: 10 Mar 1724-01 Apr 1724, Sussex Co., DE


Had only one known child - son Isaac Wiltbank from whom this compiler descends. Cornelius appears to be named after Helmanus Wiltbank's best friend, confidant, and fellow Delaware settler Cornelius Verhoof. On 21 Oct 1708 he and the other Representatives from New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties withdrew from the Assembly in Philadelphia to form Delaware's first Legislature, called Assembly of the Three Lower Counties

Was evidently a Quaker and held the first meeting of the Friends (in the area) in 1692 at his home in Lewes, DE. In the 1693 Tax Assessment of Sussex County, Cornelius Wiltbank is listed with land valued at 250. He served on the Sussex Grand Jury in 1695, 1703, and 1705. He was elected as a Representative from Sussex in the Pennsylvania Assembly on May 11 1698.

Cornelius Wiltbank is listed in the Sussex Co., DE Quitrents lists for 1705-1713 as having land in Broadkill Hundred, 150a of 1100a granted to Jno. Winder part of Wm. Dyer's tract sold them in 95 and again by deed on Aug 3 1707 this is part of Wm. Dyer's 2100a on South Broadkill. 212 1/2 of 425a granted by patent from ye prop dated Jan 1 1684 to Hermanus Wiltbank wart. from Sussex Court surveyed Jan 15 1682 Rent at Lewes 1 bushel per C. Cornelius ye eldest son holds this half and his brother Abraham & Isaac hold the other, now sold to Samuel Rowland.

Cornelius Wiltbank's will was written Mar 10 1723/4 and probated in Sussex Co., DE on Apr 1 1724 as follows:
- To well beloved wife Hannah, my horse Derry with her saddle and bridle and a seal skin trunk
- To my two sons in law and daughters in law Ambrose, Jacob, Mary and Comfort White a two year old mare and Mary/Comfort a red side coat with six ____
- Jacob/Ambrose White, a young horse the age of two or three years
- To cousin Cornelius Wiltbank, five pounds current money
- To Margaret Simson, my negro woman named Mary
- To my part of the plantation known as Forest Plantation in Maryland on the mouth of the Nanticoke to be sold to pay debts
- To son Isaac, my negro boy James
- Rest of estate in Sussex Co in province of Pennsylvania (this is modern Delaware), including negroes, gold, plate and goods and chattles to be divided into three parts. To beloved wife Hannah one share and son Isaac two shares of all land and tenements. If Isaac should die before he reaches age 20, then cousin Cornelius Wiltbank shall enjoy the plantation lying on the north side of the Broadkill and other lands called by the name of the Cain Plantation and improvements on the south side of the Broadkill
- To wife Hannah, my mulatto girl Rachel and give my wearing apparel to be given to my brother Abraham Wiltbank.
- After payment of ten sums of money due from Parsly and Arch: Hopkins according to their bonds that they may have their lands made over to them by my executor also a bonnett to wife Hannah
- Appoint friends William Beckett, Gent. and Jacob Kollock as executors
Witnesses: William Fisher, John Yorke, Jane Chambers (SxW-A:174)


Probably the oldest child.

Cornelius married Jane (Maud) Lucas after Jan 1692. (Jane (Maud) Lucas died in 1718-1719 in Sussex Co., DE.)

Cornelius next married Hannah Kollock, daughter of Jacob Kollock and Mary Phillips, in 1720 in Sussex Co., DE. (Hannah Kollock was born about 1688 in Lewes, Sussex Co., DE and died about 24 Oct 1774 in Sussex Co., DE 2.)


1 "Wiltbank of Sussex County, Delaware" by John G. Herndon, PA Genealogy Society Magazine, Volume XVIII - No. 1, December 1950.

2 Lewes and Coolspring Presbyterian Church Records (DE).

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