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Ira Gilbert CORBIN
Amanda Catherine GAITHER
PLEASE NOTE:  this family group sheet has been difficult to assemble, in part because Amanda was calling herself a widow in the 1910 census when, in fact, she and her husband had merely split up, and in part because it wasn't initially apparent that Ira CORBIN and Gilbert CORBIN were the same person.  There is more work to be done here, but I believe I've managed to assemble this broken family correctly.  Any help appreciated, especially and obviously, the parentage of our subject.  And, as always, if you feel I've made an error, please don't hesitate to correct me.
Husband:  Ira Gilbert CORBIN
Birth:  Jul 1876, Morgan Co., WV
Occupation:  laborer
Parents:  born in WV
Marriage:  1896/7
Residence in 1900:  Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD
Wife:  Amanda Catherine "Kate / Katie / Mandy" GAITHER / GATHER
Birth:  Feb 1870, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
Death:  aft. 1930 census
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m2. 1920, Arthur D. LEWIS, b. 1876/7, WV
Sister:  Maude E./V. GAITHER, b. Apr 1887, WV
Niece(?):  Lula Mae / May GATHER / GAITHER, b. 1920/1, WV
Father appears to be:  George W. GAITHER, b. Oct 1844, WV
Mother appears to be:  Mary __?__, b. 1846/7, IRL
Children:
1.  Archibald "Archie" Earl CORBIN, b. 2 Mar 1898, Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD
2.  Julian Gilbert / Garfield CORBIN, b. 2 Feb 1902, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV
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Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Kate GAITHER (æ 3/12, b. WV) is living in Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV (p. 194B), with her parents, George GAITHER (æ 24, b. VA) & Mary (æ 22, b. IRL), plus one sibling.

3.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Can't find Ira, at least not under that name.  Katie GAITHER (æ 10, b. WV) is living in Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV (p. 217A), with her parents, Geo. E. GAITHER (æ 34, b. WV) & Mary (æ 32, b. IRL), plus two siblings.

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

5a.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 35):  218 East Autietaw? Street, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD, Roll T623_629, p. 139A, SN 7, SD 4, ED 92, enumerated 8 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
* 218 148 151 Corbin Ira Head W M Jul 1876 23 M 3     WV WV WV Day Laborer 6 Y Y Y R H
      ______ Mandy C Wife W F Feb 1884 16 M 3 1 1 WV WV WV     Y Y Y    
      ______ Archie E Son W M Mar 1898  2 S       MD MD MD     Y Y Y    
*Autietaw?/Aubietaw? Street
Sixteen?!  Mandy was 30.  Her age must be enumerator error, just as Archie's birth locations must have been.

5b.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Maude E. GAITHER (æ 13, b. Apr 1887, WV) is living in Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV (p. 160A), with her father, George W. GAITHER (æ 55, b. Oct 1844, WV), and his (second?) wife, Alice B. (æ 30, b. Oct 1869), plus three siblings; Alice shows children 5/4, so on two counts, Mandy must be George's daughter by a prior wife.

6.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #21 of 29 — indexed "Carben"):  617 ___, Martinsburg City (Ward 5), Martinsburg Magisterial Dist., Berkeley Co., WV, Roll T624_1676, p. 108A, SNA, SD 2, ED 23, enumerated 29 Apr 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 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 23 24 25 26 28
* 617 251 256 Corben Catherine Head M W 40 Wd 2 2 WV WV WV     Eng Laborer W Y Y   R H
      ______ Archibald Son M W 11 S     WV WV WV     Eng None   Y Y Y    
      ______ Julius G Son M W  7 S     WV WV WV     Eng None   Y N Y    
      Gather Maude V Sister F W 23 S     WV WV WV     Eng None   Y N      
*
This appears to be the only time that, as an adult, Amanda Catherine gave her true age.  However, other data suggest she wasn't really a widow.  Prior to the late 20th Century, there definitely was a stigma attached to being divorced (worse yet, deserted).  So, Mandy might have been saving face by saying she was widowed.  It isn't far-fetched that she might have done so because my maternal grandmother did the same thing in the 1900 census.

7a.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 25):  125 N Center [St.], Martinsburg City (Ward 4), Berkeley Co., WV, Roll T625_1948, p. 191A, SN 7A, SD 2, ED 31, enumerated 7 Jan 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).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
* 125 135 144 Lewis Arthur D Head R M W 43 M   Y N WV WV WV Y Dye er Woolen Mill W
      _____ Amanda C Wife   F W 42 M   Y Y WV WV WV Y None    
*125 N Center
Julian is an a boys' home in Washington, DC (see next source).  Can't find Archie.

7b.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 10):  National Training School for Boys, Bladensburg Road, Washington, DC, Roll T625_209, p. 202B, SN 4B, SD 40, ED 258, enumerated 3 Jan 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).
Line 5 6 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 28
59 Corbin Julian Inmate M W 16 S Y Y Y WV US US Y None W
*Bladensburg Road

8.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #12 of 18):  Martinsburg City (Ward 1), Martinsburg Dist., Berkeley Co., WV, Roll 2526, p. 104B, SN 6B, ED 2-20, SD 3, enumerated 5 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30
102 113 Lewis Arthur D Head O 1500 N M W 53 M 43 N N WV WV WV Y Janitor Private home W Y N
    _____ Mandy K Wife       F W 53 M 43 N N WV WV WV Y None        
    Gather Lula May Lodger       F W  9 S   Y   WV WV PA   None        

9a.  Anon.  Thursday, 16 Mar 1916.  "Lad Charged Cruel Treatment to Mother."  The News (Frederick, MD), vol. XXXIX, no. 129, p. 3 (online at Ancestry.com):
LAD CHARGED CRUEL TREATMENT TO MOTHER

12-year Old Martinsburg Boy Picked Up Here—
Cared For by Humane Society.
   Leaving his home in Martinsburg and coming all the way to Frederick because he was treated cruelly by his mother, Julian Corbin, a twelve-year-old boy, was picked up by Chief of Police Bruchey last Friday and was returned to West Virginia authorities yesterday.  When he reached home, he was placed in charge of an agent of a Humane Society.
   The boy arrived in Brunswick on Thursday afternoon and slept over night there under a lumber pile.  The next morning he came into Frederick and made friends with Christopher Woerner, who notified the Chief of Police of the younster's (sic) case.  That night the boy was taken to jail and the pathetic story of his experience at home was told to Sheriff Roderick.  On his arm, Julian displayed a large stab-wound which he said was inflicted by a pen-knife by his mother.  He did not want to return home, for he declared that his mother had left her husband and was living with another man.
   The sheriff searched the lad and on him were found a pistol, a flash-light, a box of cartridges and twenty-nine dollars.
Note that it doesn't say Julian's father had died, only that his mother had left him.  This is 1916, well after Amanda Catherine had said she was a widow in the 1910 census.

9b.  Anon.  Friday, 17 Mar 1916.  "Hearing Tommorow." The News (Frederick, MD). Vol. XXXIX, No. 130, p. 3 (online at Ancestry.com):
Hearing Tomorrow
   Julian Corbin, the Martinsburg boy who told a pitiful tale to Sheriff Roderick, will be given a hearing in the West Virginia city Saturday morning at ten o'clock.  It is likely that he will be sent to a reform school.  The Martinsburg authorities misunderstood that Sheriff Roderick desired to care for the boy, but the Sheriff said this morning he had no such intentions.

10.  World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.  Microfilm Series M1509 (4277 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC (card images and index online at Ancestry.com):
Roll | Serial No. | Order No: 1992327 | 1220 | A811
Name: Archie Earl Corbin
Permanent Home Address: 125 N Center Martinsburg Berkeley WVa
Age in Years | Date of Birth: 20 | March 2nd 1898
Race: White
U.S. Citizen: Native Born
Present Occupation: Labor
Employer's Name: Interwove Inc
Place of Employment: W King Martinsburg Berkeley WVa
Nearest Relative: Name: Mandy Lewis Mother
Nearest Relative: Address: 125 N Center Martinsburg Berkeley WVa
Signature: Archie Earl Corbin
Height (tall, medium, short): Short
Build (slender, medium, stout): Medieum
Color of Eyes | Color of Hair: Blue | Light
Date of Registration: Sept 12 1918
Draft Board: Martinsburg, Berkeley County, W.Va.

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