INFORMATION ON THE EARLY CORBIN FAMILY
I have found the book “Allied Families of Read, Corbin, Luttrell, Bywaters” by A. M. Pritchard to be less than useful.From various court records, deed, marriage bonds, etc., I have pieced together the following. When I am speculating it is obvious; otherwise the information is documented.
I believe the progenitor of the Corbins in Madison County, Virginia to be William Corbin.
In 1780 William Corbin and his wife Sarah were living along the Hughes River in Culpeper County, about 4 miles below the Shenandoah National Park boundary. William and Sarah had three known sons: Peter, born before 1754, married Easter _____?; John, born 1762, wife unknown; and Thomas, born 1763, married Susanna Unknown. William sold his son Peter 75 acres on the Hughes River in 1780; and sold 61 adjoining acres to his son Thomas in 1794. In that year he sold the remainder of the 226 acres he owned in 1780 and drops from the record. William would have been about 70 years old at this time and, presumably, he died. Son Peter died in 1782, son Thomas died about 1826, and John died about 1835. When William Corbin purchased his land in 1779 from John Garr and Andrew Garr, the land was described as "that tract of land whereon the said William Corbin, Peter Corbin, and John Jenkins now live." It is possible that William is the William Corbin shown in the Overwharton Parish Records (Stafford County) as marrying Sarah Jenkins January 1, 1743--perhaps John Jenkins is a brother to Sarah?? This needs to be worked on further. But, if this is true--William married in 1743, had Peter born April 23, 1745 (Overwharton Parish Records, Stafford County, Virginia) and had Thomas and John about 20 years later--it would be reasonable to expect other children. Where, and who are they?
After Peter's death his land was sold by widow Easter and a Phillip Corbin; I assume that Phillip is Peter's son.
File 168, Bill dated 30 Oct 1803, Fredericksburg Superior Court, Chancery Records: A deposition taken 9 May 1812 from John Corbin, age 49, says that his father is William. Educated guess is that John, age 60-70, is the male in the 1830 Mad. Co. Census with Bluford who is assumed to be his son but that is not documented. Information from FTM site, "Ancestors of Lulu Bernice Woolums," also gives John as father of Dennis and brother Bluford. This site gives Ambrose Corbin, Sr., and wife Jane Crawford as parents of John but I have no evidence for this. Believe William is correct.
Thomas sells land in 1803 in Madison Co; buys land in Culpeper County in 1803. Susanna died 1809/1810 and Thomas married Elizabeth, widow of Nathaniel Johnston. Last record of Thomas in Culpeper County is in 1826, when he sells the land he lives on.
CHILDREN OF JOHN CORBIN
RODA: Age varies considerably in census records; given as 80 in 1850. Roda's father given as John Corbin.
FANNIE: Fannie Corbin added by FTM site, "Ancestors of Lulu Bernice Woolums." I don't know what the evidence is. She married William Hurt September 8, 1818. Fannie had 10 children and they were bound out by the overseers of the poor to William Hurt July 18, 1818. The 6 boys were to be taught farming and the 4 girls were to be taught spinning and weaving. William Hurt married Fanny Corbin September 8, 1818, and the children came to be known by the last name of Hurt and appear that way in the records. I am listing the children under William Hurt and Fannie Corbin. We have a copy of the document that binds these children out.
NANCY: No information. Speculation.
BLUFORD: Bluford Corbin was baptized at F.T. Baptist Church 13 Aug 1831. Bluford is assumed to be the son of John Corbin based on circumstantial evidence but the creator of the FTM page on the Corbins has done likewise. Bluford first appears in the property tax rolls for Culpeper Co in 1811 and is there in 1812, thereafter on the Madison Co rolls. Bluford was in the War of 1812. Pension Application WC-3788 gives death date and states that Bluford served in Samuel Hawkins and Joseph Ruffner's Co., Virginia Militia. Bluford was a private in Capt. Samuel Hawkins' company from March 2, 1814 to June 17, 1814, serving as a substitute for Abram Hupp. From August 31, 1814 to December 6, 1814, Bluford served in Capt. Joshua Ruffner's company as a substitute for Peter Keyser. Bluford's widow lived in Culpeper County after his death. It is known that Roda Corbin is the daughter of John and that Roda married Thomas Nicholson. Thomas Nicholson is on the marriage bond for Bluford who marries Thomas's niece, Rebecca Nicholson, daughter of Benjamin. 1820, 1830, and 1840 Mad. Co. Census for Bluford; 1850 Mad # 690 with Bluford's son Wallace shown as head; 1860 Mad. # 235, Bluford is 72 or 78 years old, a pauper, and living in the town of Madison with Benjamin Loving. Children of Bluford and Rebecca named as grandchildren by Benjamin Nicholson, Deed Book 10, p. 147, 15 Jul 1828, Madison County.
ELIZABETH: Thomas Corbin on Elizabeth's marriage bond.
JOHN JR. No information. Speculation.
DENNIS: Dennis Corbin is dismissed from F.T. Baptist Church Aug 1849 and it seems likely that he moved out of the area. No marriages for any of his 10 children were found in Mad. or surrounding counties. From a FTM site "Ancestors of Lulu Bernice Wooum" comes information that Dennis and family moved to Ohio. Son Albert moved to Highland County, Ohio sometime between 1845 and 1850. Dennis brought the rest of the family, except for Hansford, before 1850 to Highland County. Dennis got a bounty land warrant in Highland County, Ohio on October 9, 1851 based on service in the War of 1812. Dennis and all of his children (except Hansford) are in the 1850 Highland County census. Hansford moved his family out to Highland about 1853. Dennis remarried after his wife's death to Mrs. Nancy (Noland) Leming, a widow, on June 22, 1865 in Highland County. Dennis died in Highland County. There seems to be a marriage bond for Dennis and Sarah Nicholson, daughter of Benjamin Nicholson and Mildred Sandy dated March 20, 1816. I do not know how to account for this as Dennis's wife is consistently Mary or Polly. But people sometimes obtained a marriage bond and then did not get married. Maybe Dennis got two marriabe bonds and then married Mary Jenkins, the object of the first bond. Sounds a bit unusual but who knows?
HANNA: No information. Speculation.
If anyone finds problems with this let me know and we will try to work them out.