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|Our subjects are "gateway ancestors," whose pedigrees include Magna
Carta sureties and Crusaders,
so it's an understatement to say that American CORBIN genealogists have
sought a connection to them for the better part of two centuries.
Only a few are known to have a solid paper connection, all through Henry's
son, Col. Gawin CORBIN, and one of his patrilineal descendants has now
been tested for the
Y-DNA Surname Project. Results indicate that he is, so far, not
a match for anyone, and that includes all the other CORBIN lines
tested at this time. This may very well have been the most widely
anticipated and most widely disappointing test result, ever, in my
projects! The possibility remains that this one tested individual
may have an NPE
in his patrilineal line, so additional descendants are sought for testing,
but as it stands, none of the many CORBIN claims of a connection appear
valid, except the descendants of Col. Gawin.
Based on Y-DNA test results, the following families have been excluded as kin of Henry: the Northern Neck CORBINs (desc/o John CORBIN of Richmond Co., VA), the Baltimore CORBINs (desc/o Nicholas CORBIN, 1671 immigrant to Maryland), the Muddy River CORBINs (desc/o Clement CORBIN of Woodstock, CT), the Delmarva CORBINs (desc/o George CORBIN of Northampton Co., VA), the Pickens CORBINs (desc/o Peter CORBIN of Pickens Co., SC), the Lexington CORBINS (desc/o Peter CORBIN of Lexington Co., SC), and so on... Please see this page to compare tested CORBIN lines. Also, please see the refutations at the bottom of this page.
|Husband: Henry CORBIN
Birth: 1628/9, Hall End, Warwickshire, ENG
Death: 8 Jan 1675, Buckingham House, Middlesex Co., VA
Migration: 1654, made the crossing on the ship, Charity
Y-DNA Haplogroup: R1b-L48
Father: Thomas CORBIN
Mother: Winifred GROSVENOR
|Wife: Alice ELTONHEAD
Birth: 1627, Eltonhead, Lancashire, ENG
Death: ca. 1685, Middlesex Co., VA
Other Spouses: m1. 1645, Capt. Rowland BURNHAM; m3. Capt. Henry CRIYKE / CREYKE / CREEKE / CREEK
Father: Richard ELTONHEAD (c1582-1664)
Mother: Ann SUTTON (c1586- )
|Children with Alice ELTONHEAD born in Lancaster [now Middlesex] Co., VA:|
|1. Letitia / Lettice CORBIN, b. 1657; d. 6 Oct 1706; m.
1694, Col. Richard LEE GG-grandparents of Gen. Robert E. LEE (1807-1870)
2. Alice CORBIN, b. 14 Feb 1660/1; m. 28 Sep 1679, Hon. Philip LIGHTFOOT
3. Winifred CORBIN, b. 3 Nov 1662; bap. 12 Apr 1662/3; d. 1709; m. Col. LeRoy GRIFFIN
4. Ann CORBIN, b. 9 Feb 1664/5; bap. 29 Feb 1664/5; d. 1694; m. 1685, Hon. William TAYLOE
5. Henry CORBIN, b. 12 Feb 1667/8; bap. 22 Mar 1667/8; died in infancy
6. Thomas CORBIN, b. 1668; d. 4 Nov 1736; unmarried
7. (Col.) Gawin CORBIN, b. 1669
8. Frances CORBIN, b. 1671
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|Sources (n.b., Middlesex Co. was formed in 1669 from Lancaster
1. Robert K. Headley, Jr.. c2003. Married Well and Often: Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800: Marriages and Marriage references for the Counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Old Rappahannock, Richmond, and Westmoreland. Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (online at Ancestry.com):
2. Douglas Richardson. 2005. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. Genealogial Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD:
3. Return Jonathan Meigs. 1940. The Corbins of Virginia: a Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Henry Corbin who settled in Virginia in 1864. Typescript, self-published; printed to order by The Apple Manor Press, Markham, VA.
4. National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 1897. Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia, from 1653 to 1812. Richmond, VA (online at Ancestry.com):
5. William Armstrong Crozier. 1908. Virginia Heraldica, Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armour, with Genealogical Notes of the Families. Richmond, VA (online at Ancestry.com):
6. Stella Pickett Hardy. 1911. Colonial Families of the Southern States of America. T.A. Wright, New York, NY (republished 1958, Southern Book Co., Baltimore, MD; republished 1965, Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; online at books.google.com).
7. Anon. 1915. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. Vol. III. Richmond, VA (online at Ancestry.com):
8. WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).
|Henry's tested patrilineal descendant is
Haplogroup R1b-L48, and people in different haplogroups cannot have
had a common ancestor for thousands of years. This result debunks
all the other existing claims to a descent from Henry, except those through
Henry's only son with male descendants, Col. Gawin. The most common
of these claims to a direct connection with Henry are through a supposed
son, John, born ca. 1746, who is alleged to be one of these three men:
1) John CORBIN (c1600- ), husband of Margaret HOLLAND, of Dorset, England, alleged father of Clement CORBIN (1626-1696) of MA and CT. I've found nothing to prove this John is Clement's father, but even if he were, he was certainly born too early to be Henry's son. In any case, this connection to Henry is disproven because the several tested descendants of Clement CORBIN are Haplogroup G-L140.
2) John CORBIN I (<1630- ), husband of Elizabeth ELLIOTT, who is alleged to have been born ca. 1646, but whom records show must have been born by 1630 because he immigrated to King George Co., VA, in 1652, as an adult. Not only did this John arrive in Virginia before Henry, he was born too early to be his son. It is alleged by some and probably correctly that the next John, listed below, is his son.
3) John CORBIN II (1671-1748), husband of Elizabeth SMITH, of Richmond Co., VA. Y-DNA testing of numerous descendants have shown that this John is the progenitor of a group of CORBINs I have dubbed the "Northern Neck" CORBINs (for the location of Richmond County on the northernmost of the three Virginia peninsulae extending into Chesapeake Bay). This John was born late enough to be Henry's son, and Richmond County is not far from Middlesex County [which is on Virginia's Middle Neck], but mere geographic proximity is not sufficient grounds for making a connection, especially when his connection to the above John I is more plausible and some would say proven. In any case, this connection to Henry is disproven because the descendants of John CORBIN II are Haplogroup I1-Z138.
But the bottom line is: Henry does not name a son, John, in his will, and I think it's time to give up the idea that he had one of that name. At most, it's plausible that Alice's son, John BURNHAM (b. ca. 1646), could have used his stepfather's surname, but then I have to ask, where is the evidence that he ever did? And what actual evidence is there that the alleged John CORBIN, born ca. 1646, even existed? I've not found any.
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