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Benjamin Edward CORBIN
Elizabeth Melinda RAY
Martha Jane Delilah ATKINS
As I start to extract more census records, it's clear that "Linda" and her cohort of children are still alive in the 1900 census, so the alleged death in 1896 is wrong.  That is, it's wrong *if* "Linda" in the 1900 census is the Malinda who married Benjamin E. CORBIN in 1881 and these are their children.

At the moment, I don't see anything proving Linda is Malinda, nor do I see anything proving that the Benjamin CORBIN who married Malinda is the one who partnered with Martha.  There's an overlap in the birthdates of the children between Linda and Martha.  Not impossible if Benjamin was cheating on his wife, but Linda's last child was born in March 1900 in Pickens Co., GA, while Martha's first child with Benjamin (viz., Hattie) was born in March 1899 in TN, and they are in the 1900 census of Hardin Co., TN.  If they all lived in the same county, it would be more plausible that this is one Benjamin CORBIN, but given the distance between Pickens Co., GA, and Hardin Co., TN, it's highly implausible. 

What evidence do we have that the Benjamin CORBIN, born 8 Jan 1861, son of Joseph Edward CORBIN, is the one who married Malinda RAY?  What evidence do we have that Linda CORBIN, who calls herself a widow in 1900, is the former Malinda RAY?  What evidence do we have that the Benjamin E. CORBIN who married Malinda RAY is the same one who paired up with Martha ATKINS, who gives his birth as Jan 1865 in the 1900 census?  The latter connection is the most troublesome because if Linda is Malinda he had a child with Martha in Tennessee a year before he had his last child with Linda in Georgia.

Husband:  Benjamin Edward CORBIN
Birth:  8 Jan 1861, Pickens Co., GA
Death:  1920, Woodruff Co., AR
Occupation:  farm laborer
Father:  Joseph Benjamin CORBIN
Mother:  Eleanor Malinda TOWNSEND
Marriage-1:  4 Dec 1881, Cherokee Co., GA
Wife-1:  Elizabeth Melinda / Malinda "Linda" RAY
Birth:  20 May 1866, Cherokee Co., GA
Death:  18 Mar 1896, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN
Occupation:  homemaker, farm laborer
Marriage:  1892-94, Pickens Co., GA
Wife:  Martha Jane Delilah ATKINS
Birth:  May 1859, Pickens Co., GA
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m1.  2 Oct 1881, Cherokee Co., GA, Henry John LITTLE
Father:  Berry ATKINS, b. 1805/6, SC
Mother:  Mary __?__, b.  1822/3, SC
Marriage:  23 Mar 1917, Woodruff Co., AR
Wife:  Anna __?__
Other Spouse:  m1. Mr. LITTLE
Other Child:  Ruby LITTLE, b. 1909/10, AR
Children with Linda RAY born in GA :
  1.  Elisha Celcior CORBIN, b. 1 Oct 1881
  2.  Elijah Taylor CORBIN, b. ca. 1882; d. 29 Apr 1945, Anniston, Calhoun Co., AL
  3.  Ligle CORBIN, b. Dec 1884
  4.  John CORBIN, b. Oct 1885
  5.  Kimsey CORBIN, b. 20 Dec 1887; d. 5 Dec 1968, Cherokee Co., GA
  6.  Thomas CORBIN, b. Apr 1890
  7.  Mary CORBIN, b. Aug 1893
  8.  May CORBIN, b. May 1897
  9.  Beulah CORBIN, b. Apr 1898
10.  James CORBIN, b. Mar 1900
Children with Martha ATKINS:

10.  [Harriet] "Hatty / Hattie" CORBIN, b. Mar 1899, TN
11.  Naomi CORBIN, b. 1901/2, AR
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee

Sources:

1a.  Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967 (online at FamilySearch.org):

1b.  Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957 (online at FamilySearch.org):

2.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Benjamin CORBIN (æ 7, b. GA) is living in Pickens Co., GA, with his widowed mother (q.v.).

3.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Benjamin or his mother or his sister, but I do find his brother, John Henry, living in Cherokee Co., GA. 
Martha J.D. ATKINS (æ 21, b. GA) is living in Ball Ground, Cherokee Co., GA (p. 135C), with her parents, Berry ATKINS (æ 74, b. SC) & Mary (æ 57, b. SC), plus siblings.

4.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

5a.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 28):  Civil Dist. No. 7, Hardin Co., TN, Roll T623_1576, p. 148A, SN 5, SD 8, ED 31, enumerated 7 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 27
84 85 Corbin B E Head W M Jan 1865 35 M 6     GA GA GA Day Laborer 0 N N Y R H
       "   Martha J Wife W F May 1859 41 M 6 4 3 GA SC SC Keeping House   N N Y    
    Golden Mary L StepD W F Jul 1882 17 W       GA GA GA     Y Y Y    
    Little Lucinda StepD W F Aug 1884 15 S       GA GA GA     Y Y Y    
    Golden Rutha GDau W F Aug 1897  2 S       AR GA GA              
    Corbin Hatty Dau W F Mch 1899  1 S       TN GA GA              
Rutha is Benjamin's Step-granddaughter.

5b.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #12 of 13):  Ludville, Georgia Militia Dist. 1370, Pickens Co., GA, Roll 216, p. 234A, SN 6B, SD 39, ED 115, enumerated 13 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 27
107 107 Corban Linda Head W F May 1876 34 Wd   8 8 GA GA GA Farm laborer 7 N N Y R H
    ______ Ligle Son W M Dec 1884 16 S       GA GA GA Farm laborer 8 N N Y    
    ______ John Son W M Oct 1885 14 S       GA GA GA Farm laborer 8 N N Y    
    ______ Kimsey Son W M Dec 1887 12 S       GA GA GA Farm laborer 7 N N Y    
    ______ Thomas Son W M Apl 1890 10 S       GA GA GA Farm laborer 8 N N Y    
    ______ Mary Dau W F Aug 1893  6 S       GA GA GA              
    ______ May Dau W F May 1897  3 S       GA GA GA              
    ______ Beulah Dau W F Apl 1898  2 S       GA GA GA              
    ______ James Son W M Mch 1900 2/12 S       GA GA GA              
Divorced/deserted wives typically saved face by calling themselves widows my own grandmother did so in the 1900 census.  Also, widows typically fib about their age, and Linda is telling a whopper.

6.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #29 of 33):  Point Twp., Woodruff Co., AR, Roll T624_68, p. 215A, SN 17A, SD 1, ED 139, enumerated 13 May 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 29
21 21 Corbin Ben E Head M W 46 M 18     GA GA GA Eng Farmer General Farm OA     Y Y   R F 11
    ______ Martha J Wife F W 50 M2 18 5 4 GA SC SC Eng None         Y Y        
    ______ Hattie E Dau F W 11 S       AR GA GA Eng None         Y Y Y      
    ______ Naomi Dau F W  8 S       AR GA GA   None             N      
    Rose Joe Lodger M W 21 S       MO KY KY Eng Laborer Carpenter W N 10 Y Y        
Note that Ben does not indicate this is a second marriage.

7.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #24 of 27):  Garden Twp., Woodruff Co., AR, Roll T625_85, p. 229B, SN 12B, SD 1, ED 248, enumerated 5/6 Feb 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28 29
Fm 279 292 Corbin B E Head R M W 55 M   N N GA GA GA Y Farmer General farm OA 180
      ______ Annie Wife   F W 51 M   Y Y MO MO MO Y None      
      Little Ruby StepDau   F W 10 S N Y Y AR MO MO Y None      

Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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

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