Re: Ancestry of the Corbins of Madison Co., VA
I will review Chancery File 11 in Madison Co., VA this week to see if I agree with your interpretation.
In regard to the use of land tax books to compile lists of citizens, I have found many cases where one individual owned property in more than one area of a county, or in more than one county, in which case the individual would be listed multiple times. It is not always clear that this is the case. Sometimes there was a comment like "home plantation," which suggested that more than one tract of land was owned by that individual, however, that was not always the case. I prefer to use the personal property tax lists. I will review the data for Culpeper Co., VA from 1782-1792 again this week, but my recollection is that there were only two William Corbins listed in the early records, i.e. father and son.
You are correct in your assessment of the surviving records in Stafford Co., VA. Many of the pre-Civil War deed and will books were either confiscated or burned. However, there are a number of surviving tax lists. See for example,
"Stafford County, Virginia Tithables Quit Rents, Personal Property Taxesand Related Lists and Petitions, 1723-1790",John Vogt and T.William Kethley, Jr., 1990.
I don't remember any mention of any William Corbins in these lists, however, I will also recheck this data.
I expect that the reason that Peter Corbin wasn't mentioned in the will of William Corbin of Culpeper Co., VA in 1789 was that, per your post #2517:
"Son Peter died in 1782"
According to the theory that you have proposed, there were two William Corbins, both elderly by 1790, both born prior to 1725 (based on the marriage dates in the Overwharton Parish records and the ages of their children), and both married to women named Sarah at about the same time in Stafford Co., VA. Since these two Williams were only a couple of generations removed from the original 17th century immigrant, there are very limited options for "fitting" them both into the family tree.