Wilday, Cornelius

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Cornelius was born at about 1832 in Berne, Albany County, NY, the son of Johannes Wilday (B. April 7, 1789, D. 1873) and Margaret Ecker (B. Oct 28, 1794, D. Dec 25, 1861).[1]

Marriage & Children

He married Emily Woodcock, a daughter of Richard and Sally Woodcock in Berne at about 1854 and had the following children[1]:

  • Julia Wilday born at about 1854[1]
  • Mary Wilday born at about 1856, she married Josiah W. Barber
  • Catherine Wilday born in September of 1859[1]
  • Elijah Wilday born in November of 1862[1]
  • David Wilday born in October 1864[1]
  • Ira Wilday born at about 1866[1]
  • John Wilday born at about 1873[1]
  • Frank Cornelius Wilday born on March 4, 1874[1]

61st Infantry Battle Flag

Military Service

Residence at Enlistment: Berne[2]
Place of Birth: Berne, NY[2]
Names of Parents: John (Wilday) and Margaret Aker[2]
Marital Status: Married[2]
Occupation: Farmer[2]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[2]
Bounty Received: $100.00[2]
Enlistment Date: 30 Aug 1862[3]
Enlistment Place: Berne, NY[3]
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 61st Infantry
Company: Company I
Muster Out Date: 14 July 1865 [4]
Muster Out Place: Alexandria, Va.[4]
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 31. No Muster out date provided.[3] Regimental History: Entire remaining regiment was discharged on July 14, 1865, at Alexandria, Va.
Sources Used: Ancestry.com, American Civil War Soldiers; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War



Additional Research Notes

All traces of Cornelius and his family disappeared after the 1880 census.

Additional Media

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Berne History Family Files bernehistory.org
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ancestry Military Databases
  4. 4.0 4.1 New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.