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  • ID: I1511
  • Name: Henry Corbin
  • Given Name: Henry
  • Surname: Corbin 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1629 in Hall End, County Of Warwick, England 1
  • Death: 8 Jan 1676 in Middlesex Co, VA of Killed by Indians 2 1 3
  • Burial: Middlesex Co, VA
  • _UID: 769742B5DE8E40AFBD54F0F1C204E02017AC
  • Change Date: 12 Jun 2008 at 14:59
  • Note:
    Henry, the 3rd son of Thomas Corbin came to VA in ship Charity in 1654. Cpt. John Bosworth. The ship had a stormy crossing and the sailors suspected that an old woman on board was a witch; they tied her all night to the capstan and next day asked Henry to examine her. The terrified ceature at last conffessed she was a witch and the sailors hung her. Inquiry was made into the matter in Maryland and Henry Corbin, aged 25, was one of the witnesses.

    Henry settled in VA on south side of Rappahannock River in then Lancaster Co but afterwards Middlesex Co. He was appointed J.P. ;member of House of Burgesses for Lancaster at the sessions of March 1658-9; March 1659-60 and was appointed to the Counsel 1663.

    His home in Middlesex was "Buckingham" and he had another large home "Corbin Hall" in Middlesex. In 1835 Buckingham's 2500 acres was sold and in 1847 Corbin Hall's 1850 acres with 60 slaves, cattle was sold by James Parke Corbin.

    Wythe Lee Kinsolving states in his book Early History of Virginia and Seven Centuries of Lines, page 7, "Henry settled in Straton - Major, King and Queen, and held lands in Lancaster between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. Owner of 'Justice' Middlesex, 1663; 'Pecatone' Westmoreland, 1664, built of handsome brick, declared to be imported, termed a 'Proud Aristocratic Residence.' It was reputed haunted. People dreaded its ghosts. Henry married several times. Perhaps the earlier wives returned."

    Meigs in "The Corbins of Virginia" states "We find no record of Henry's "several" marriages, but do find conclusive evidence of his marriage in 1656 or 57 at about the age of 27 or 28, to Alice (Eltonhead)Burnham. For on January 14, 1656, in Lancaster County, Virginia, Alice, relict of Rowland Burnham, qualified as administratrix, with Sir Henry Chichley and Hanry Corbyn, securities. And in the same County, May 24,1657, we find "*** the petition of Mr. Henry Corbin for the thirds of the home, etc. of Mr. Rowland Burnham, deceased, which the said Mr Corbyn doth conceive belong to him in right of his wife, the relict of the said Mr. Burnham, ***"

    In A. M Prichards "Allied Families of Read, Corbin, Luttrell, Bywters,: (1930) a group of Corbins are listed, around Culpeper County. They are said to have descended from one John Corbin, whose name first appears in Richmond County in 1692 the year that that county was formed, with Essex, from old Rappahannock County. The point is made that it is "entirely possible for John Corbin, of Richmond County, to have been a son of Henry Corbin, by a previous marriage. (i.e. previous to his marriage to Alice Eltonhead Burnham). But against this interesting possibility, though of course not entirely nullifying it, we find among the descedents of John of Richmond County an entire lack of names peculiar to the known descendents of Henry (Gawin, Lygon, Letitia, Lettice, etc.).
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    Will:
    27Jul1675 - Henry Corbin of Buckingham, Rappahannock River, wife Alice Burnham Corbin; children; Lettice, dau, 2000 acres; Gowin - son - ; Thomas - son; brother; Gowin Corbin...
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    Henry Corbin was killed by Indians in 1676 - source "A Place In Time" Middlesex County, VA 1650-1750
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    It is therefore, "my opinion" he was either a brother or that he was a son of Henry Corbin's by a prior marriage. Henry married Alice Eltonhead Burnham, a widow, at or about the age of 27-28 a rather "old" age for a first marriage. He arrived in VA at age 24 - married? We do not know....For this file - I am showing him as the brother.
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  • Note: (Research):Va Colonial Abstracts = 10Apr1666 - 4000 acres; Rappahannock River sold to George nicols and Mathew Wilcocke



    Father: Thomas Corbin b: 24 May 1594 in Hall End, County Of Warwick, England
    Mother: Winifred Grosvenor

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Eltonhead b: in Eltonhead, Lanchashire, England
    • Married: 25 Jul 1656 in Middlesex Co, VA 1 6
    • Change Date: 12 Jun 2008
    Children
    1. Has Children Letitia Corbin b: 1657 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., VA
    2. Has No Children Alice Corbin b: 14 Feb 1660 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., VA
    3. Has Children Winifred Corbin b: 3 Nov 1661 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., VA
    4. Has No Children Ann Corbin b: 9 Feb 1664 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., VA
    5. Has Children Gawen Corbin b: 1667 in "Buckingham" Middlesex County, VA
    6. Has No Children Henry Corbin b: 12 Feb 1667 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., VA
    7. Has No Children Thomas Corbin b: 1668 in Westmoreland Co, VA
    8. Has Children Frances Corbin b: 1671 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., VA

    Sources:
    1. Media: Book
      Abbrev: The Corbins of Virginia
      Title: The Corbins of Virginia
      Author: Meigs
      Publication: copyright 1940
    2. Media: Book
      Abbrev: A Place in Time
      Title: A Place in Time, Middlesex County, Virginia 1650-1750
      Author: Darrett B. Rutman & Anita H. Rutman
      Publication: W. W. Norton & Company - New York - London - Copyright 1984
      Page: Page 93
      Quality: 3
      Date: 22 Jan 2001
    3. Media: Book
      Abbrev: A Place in Time
      Title: A Place in Time, Middlesex County, Virginia 1650-1750
      Author: Darrett B. Rutman & Anita H. Rutman
      Publication: W. W. Norton & Company - New York - London - Copyright 1984
      Page: Page 93
      Quality: 3
    4. Media: Book
      Abbrev: Virginia Colonial Abstracts
      Title: Virginia Colonial Abstracts
      Author: Beverely Fleet
      Page: Vol 1 Page 158 - Page 350
      Quality: 3
    5. Media: Will
      Abbrev: Will
      Title: Will
    6. Media: Book
      Abbrev: Marriages of Some Virginia Residents 1607-1800
      Title: Marriages of Some Virginia Residents 1607-1800
      Author: Dorothy Ford Wulfeck
      Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co.,Inc - Baltimore, MD 1986
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