James Cornell raised prize-winning livestock, and owned the farm depicted in a painting (now in the NGA) by his friend, American naive artist and Quaker, Edward Hicks. Cornell was also part-owner of the bank at Newtown, Pennsylvania. The Cornell family bible, dated 1660, is preserved in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; the names inscribed in it show largely Dutch and French Huguenot ancestry. James Cornell's son Theodore and grandson, Russell Cornell, in turn inherited the Hicks picture of the family farm.
Ford, Alice. Edward Hicks, His Life and Art. New York, 1985.