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Benjamin CORBIN
Sarah SIAS
Husband:  Benjamin CORBIN
Birth:  1722 or 1730 or ca. 1732, Baltimore Co., MD
Death:  16 Jun 1813, Westminster, Baltimore [now Carroll] Co., MD
Father:  Nicholas CORBIN
Marriage:  9 Dec 1755, St. John's Parish, Baltimore Co., MD
Wife:  Sarah SIAS / SYAS / SYAR / SYER / SIER / SIERS / SEARS / etc.
Birth:  1736-40, Baltimore Co., MD
Death:  1813, Westminster, Baltimore [now Carroll] Co., MD
Siblings:   Joseph SIAS, Benjamin SIAS, and Keziah (SIAS) LANE

Some secondary sources give Sarah these parents, 
Father said to beJohn SIAS
Mother said to beMary CHAMBERS
but I have found no proof of the connection.

Children born in Patapsco Lower Hundred, Baltimore Co., MD:
1.  Ezekiel CORBIN, b. 1757; m1. Ms. __?__; m2. Lydia CORBIN 
2.  Elijah CORBIN, b. 1760; m. Sarah KELLEY
3.  Benjamin CORBIN, b. ca. 1762; m. Eleanor GIVENS 
4.  Micajah CORBIN, b. 1765; m. Mary KELLEY
5.  Joseph CORBIN, b. 1770; m. Nelly GROVER
6.  Asahel / Asel / Achel CORBIN, b. 1774; m. Eleanor CORBIN 
7.  Sarah Ruth CORBIN, b. 30 Apr 1774; m. Nathan GREENLAND
8.  Nicodemus CORBIN, b. 1775/78; m. Mary BROWN
9.  Keziah CORBIN, b. 1784/5; never married 

If Asahel really was born in 1774, then he has to be the twin of Sarah Ruth.

Two additional children have been attached to Benjamin & Sarah by secondary sources, but they were not mentioned as children of Sarah (SIAS) CORBIN by her granddaughter, Keziah (GREENLAND) SHANAFELT, in her letter of 1858 (see below) and surely a daughter knows the identities of her mother's surviving siblings.  Further supporting that these two are not our subjects' children is that there is no room for either Sophia or Shadrach as children in Benjamin & Sarah's 1790 census record (see below).  And, as if we needed more proof, in the 1880 Census, James SIAS, son of James & Sophia (CORBIN) SIAS, indicates that his mother was born in North Carolina, which makes it impossible for Sophia to be Benjamin & Sarah's child because Benjamin & Sarah were born, lived, and died in Maryland.
Sophia CORBIN, b. 1776, NC; m. James SIAS, b. VA
.  Shadrach CORBIN, b. 1780
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Year Location Event
1730 MD: Baltimore Co. birth of Benjamin CORBIN
    birth of Sarah SIAS
1750 MD: Frederick Co. formed from Baltimore Co.
1755 MD: Baltimore Co. marriage of Benjamin CORBIN & Sarah SIAS
    birth of son, Benjamin
1755-74   birth of son, Micajah
1764   birth of son, Elijah
1768   birth of son, Ezekiel
1768 MD: Baltimore Co. Beniamin CORBIN signed Joppa Petition
1770   birth of son, Joseph
1773 MD: Baltimore Co. Benjamin CORBIN buys 109 a.
1774   birth of son, Asahel
1774   birth of daughter, Sarah Ruth
1778   birth of son, Nicodemus
1785   birth of daughter, Keziah
1785 MD: Baltimore Co. marriage of son, Elijah, to Sarah KELLY
1790 MD: Baltimore Co. marriage of son, Joseph, to Eleanor GROVER
1790 Census MD: Baltimore Co.: Patapsco Lower Hundred Benjamin CORBIN, head-of-household
1797 MD: Baltimore Co. marriage of daughter, Sara, to Nathan GREENLAND
1800 Census -
1810 Census -
1813 MD: Westminster death of Benjamin CORBIN
1813   death of Sarah (SIAS) CORBIN
1837 MD: Carroll Co. formed from Baltimore and Frederick Cos.
Geographical Note:  Benjamin is said, in a letter by his granddaughter, to have lived 30 miles northwest of Baltimore, "near Winchester."  Winchester is, today, known at Westminster and is the county seat of Carroll County.  All of the records pertaining to Benjamin put him in Baltimore Co., which means he must have lived at least a few miles east of Winchester/Westminster because, while the town was in Baltimore Co. from 1698 to 1750, it was in Frederick Co. from 1750 to 1837 practically on the county line between Frederick and Baltimore Cos., but on the Frederick side.   In 1837, Carroll Co. was formed from Frederick and Baltimore Cos., placing Westminster/Winchester in about the center of the new county.


1a.  Henry C. Peden, Jr.  1987.  St. John's and St. George's Parish Registers, Baltimore & Harford County, Maryland, 1969-1851: transcribed from Microfilm in the Maryland Historical Society Library in Baltimore, Maryland.  Family Line Publ., Westminster, MD (Broderbund CD-178).  On p. 99:
Page 212 Benjamin Corbin and Sarah Sye married December 9, 1755.

1b.  Robert Barnes.  1978/93.  Maryland Marriages, 1778-1800.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (Broderbund CD-195).
p. 40 Corbin, Benj., 9 Dec. 1755, Sarah Sye (or Lye) 2 BA-212
p. viii 2 BA - St. John's and St. George's Parish; copy made by Harrison, at MHS [Maryland Historical Society].  (Despite the title of the manuscript, the records are chiefly those of St. John's Parish.)

1c.  Robert W. Barnes.  1989.  Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (Broderbund CD-195):
p. 135 CORBIN, BENJAMIN, m. Sarah Lye or Sye on 9 Dec. 1755 (131).
p. 620 SYER, SARAH, m. Benjamin Corbin on 9 Dec. 1755 (131).
p. 723 Church Records, MHS and HR.
Except where otherwise noted, transcriptions of Church Records at the Maryland Historical Society were made by Lucy H. Harrison...
131 - Register of St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church Church. (sic) Index to Register made by Helen W. Brown. Typescript, MHS.

1d.  Marriage Index:  Maryland, 1655-1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-224):
Corbin, Benjamin Sye, Sarah Dec 9, 1755 Baltimore Co.

2.  Richard B. Miller.  1985.  "Index to the Signers of the 1768 Joppa Petitions of Baltimore County, Maryland."  Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 26(4): 393-428 (Broderbund CD-208).
p. 393 By 1768 it had become apparent that the once thriving port of Joppa on the Gunpowder River was no longer capable of handling the commercial shipping for which the port facilities of the rapidly growing port of Baltimore Town on the Patapsco River were needed.  Largely as a result of this shift, it was obvious to most people that Baltimore was a far more appropriate seat for the county government.  The Assembly, however, with great fairness, chose to make this determination on the basis of a popular referendum, and ordered that petitions, both pro and con the change, be circulated throughout the county to be signed by all adult males over 18 -- virtually a census of adult county residents in 1768...
p. 399 Corbin, Beniamen, 533
Page numbers after individual's names are those of Appendix VII, Vol. LXI, Archives of Maryland, from which Miller compiled this alphabetical index. Those opposing the petition have the page number underlined.

3.  John Davis.  1996.  Baltimore County, Maryland, Deed Records, Volume Four: 1767-1775.  Heritage Books, Bowie, MD.
p. 207 2 Feb 1773, Eathan & Mary Loveall, of Baltimore Co., Maryland, to Benjamin Corbin, of same, £15, 109 acres. Signed Eathan Loveall. Wit: R. Richards and Abraham Stevens.
Benjamin's daughter, Sarah Ruth, married Nathan GREENLAND, grandson of Ethan & Mary (ALSPAUGH) LOVEALL.

4.  1790 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #42 of 55 list roughly alphabetized; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1790 MD Baltimore Co. Patapsco Lower Hundred Roll M637_3 p. 206 Ln. 20 Benjam Corbin 2-1-3-0-0
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = Benjamin (b. 1730)
= Asahel (b. 1774)
1 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = Nicodemus (b. 1778)
3 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Sarah (b. 1736-40)
= Sarah (b. 1774)
= Keziah (b. 1785)

5.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but only the City of Baltimore was enumerated, not the county at large.

6.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but our elderly couple is presumably living with one of their married children.  The only Benjamin CORBIN in Baltimore County is living in Mine Run Hundred (nowhere near Westminster) and appears to be our subjects' son.

7.  Letter, dated 19 Jun 1858, from Keziah (GREENLAND) SHANAFELT of Clarion Co., PA, to her son, Thomas.  Keziah is a granddaughter of Benjamin & Sarah (SIAS) CORBIN.  The letter is in the possession of Laurel Shanafelt Powell of Colorado; Lorinda Clendenon Greenland generously posted a transcription at her web site. 
My mother's father was Benjamin Corbin; her mother Sarah Sias.  I think they both came from England.  Their ancestors lived in England where some of them still remain.  My two grandfathers (Moses Greenland and Benjamin Corbin), as I understand, lived about four miles apart.  The children of both families attended the same school just thirty miles this side of Baltimore near Winchester.  I never saw Grandfather Corbin.  He died when I was young.  I often saw his youngest brother William.  He came to Huntingdon.  While young he married Betsy Brown, sister to Mrs. Weaver's father.  He lived near Raystown Branch but died in Huntingdon.  Many of his descendants live there yet.  He had a sister, lived in Ohio.  Her family was said to be very wealthy.  I think her name was Marsh.  He [Benjamin] had other brothers, too, but I am unacquainted with their history.  Grandmother had two brothers - Joseph and Benjamin Sias.  I remember seeing them many years ago.  They moved to Ohio.  She had a sister named Keziah Sias.  She was married to a Baptist preacher at Millcreek, old uncle Samuel Lane.  She was his third wife.  He was struck with palsey while preaching in uncle Jacob Dean's house in Trough Creek Valley.  Father was present at the time.  Grandmother visited her friends in Huntingdon twice.  I well remember when she came to Father's, and likewise when she went away.  She died in Maryland at her son Joseph's merely with sickness, weakness and old age.  Most of them came to Huntingdon.  Uncle Elijah and Mycajah married sisters, Sarah and Mary Kelly.  They both died in Cassville since I came to Clarion. Joseph married Nelly Grover.  He lived near Winchester till after his mother's death, then moved to Bedford County until his wife's death, then went west.  Nichodemas married Mary Brown, moved to Ohio.  Uncle Ezekial and Asahal married sisters, Nelly and Lidaiu Corbin, Uncle William Corbin's daughters.  They both died at the ridges near Millcreek.  Their widows are living yet as far as I know.  Aunt Keziah Corbin, mother's only sister, still remains in Baltimore County near Winchester.  She visited her friends twice.  I remember well seeing her.  I think she never married.  If traveling had been as common and conveneint in my young days as it now is, I could give you a more full account of my friends.  The only mode of travel then was on horseback, of course not much of it done.
Jacob DEAN was Keziah's grand-uncle.

8.  Irene A. Nielsen.  1983.  "Query: CORBIN, LYE, KELLEY." Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 24(2): 175.
CORBIN, LYE, KELLEY.  Parents 3 MD CORBIN bros.? (1) Benjamin d. ca. 1815, m. Sarah LYE 9 Dec. 1755, St. John's Parish, Balto. Her parents? (2) Abram bur. nr. Benjamin family farm Westminster, MD. (3) William d. ca. 1822 Huntingdon Co., PA.  Elijah CORBIN, son Benjamin, m. Sarah KELLEY 16 Feb. 1785, Baltimore Co. Her parents?
Someone has mistaken "S" for "L," a very easy mistake to make with 19th-century handwriting.

9.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Vol. 1, Pedigree #2346; Vol. 40, Pedigree #356 (has Benjamin born 1730).

10.  The Gene Pool an entirely secondary source (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Birth Date Birth Place Death Date Death Place Father Mother
Benjamin Corbin 1722 Baltimore,, MD 16 June 1813 Westminster, Carrol, MD Nicholas Corbin Eleanor
They are apparently referring to Nicholas Z. CORBIN and wife, Eleanor.

11.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

12.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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