Re: Wives of Dennis Corbin (1790-1876) of Virginia and Ohio
I am aware of Dennis Corbin's last marriage. His last wife is mentioned in his military pension file, which I have read.
Dennis was "baptized" in the F. T. Baptist Church (Frank Thornton Valley Baptist Church, located at that time in Culpeper Co., VA; located today in Rappahannock Co., VA) on 13 August 1831. Since Baptists reject infant baptism or christening, Dennis wasn't baptized until he was an adult. His probable brother, Bluford Corbin, was baptized the same day.
My experience with the laws and customs of marriage, divorce, bigamy, etc. during that time period suggest that it would have been extremely unusual for Dennis Corbin to post a bond for the marriage to "Sally" Nicholson in 1816 unless he was free to legally marry. Although "shotgun" weddings did occur at that time, divorce was still uncommon and bigamy was almost unheard of in Virginia.