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Margaret GIBSON
Caroline C. DUNHAM
Husband:  John CORBIN
Birth:  4 Feb 1803, Hopewell Twp., York Co., PA
Death:  30 Mar 1867, Newville, Colusa Co., CA
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Shadrach CORBIN
Mother:  Elizabeth PROUDFIT
Marriage-1:  16 Oct 1828, Brownsville, Fayette Co., PA
Migration:  1836, from PA to Posey Co., IN
Wife-1:  Margaret GIBSON
Birth:  1810, PA
Death:  24 May 1843, presumably in Posey Co., IN
Occupation:  homemaker
Marriage-2:  23 Nov 1844, Posey Co., IN
Wife-2:  Caroline C. DUNHAM, a.k.a., Caroline Cecelia DUNHAM, a.k.a., Clarissa Caroline DUNHAM
Birth:  14 Jul 1813, CT
Death:  1889, presumably in CA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Jesse DUNHAM
Mother:  Clarissa GURLEY
Children with Margaret GIBSON:
born in Fayette Co., PA:
1.  William Robinson CORBIN, b. 1829 or 1833/4
2.  Elizabeth CORBIN, b. 1831 or 1833/4
3.  David Proudfoot CORBIN, b. 1834/5

born in Posey Co., IN:
4.  Mary Eleanor / Ellen CORBIN, b. 1837; d. 1922
5.  Capt. John CORBIN, b. 20 Mar 1840; d. 13 Feb 1911, New Harmony, Posey Co., IN; m. 13 Jan 1869, Mary A. TRUSCOTT
6.  Margaret CORBIN, b. 1843; d. 21 Nov 1895; m. 4 May 1880, Posey Co., IN, George E. BAILEY

Children with Caroline DUNHAM:
7.  Emily Rose CORBIN, b. 1848/9, New Harmony, Harmony Twp., Posey Co., IN
8.  Lewis C. CORBIN, b. 19 Sep 1853, CA; d. 7 Sep 1866, Stony Creek, Colusa Co., CA
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1.  Marriages through 1850.  Indiana State Library Genealogy Database (online at www.statelib.lib.in.us):
John Corbin Caroline C Dunham 11-23-1844 Posey Co.

2.  1830 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 16; official enumeration date 1 Jun 1830; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 PA Fayette Co. Menallen Twp. Roll M19_162 p. 179 Ln. 23 John Corbin 100 020 - 000 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1825-1830 = William (b. 1829)
2 males 20-29 1800-1810 = John (b. 1809)
= ?
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Margaret (b. 1810)

3a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):  not found.

3b.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but some of the New Harmony Twp. pages are unreadable.  I've assumed he was there and made entries for him on my census pages.¤

4a.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 6):  Ringold and its Vicinity, El Dorado Co., CA, Roll M432_34, p. 267B/532, 4/12, enumerated 28 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
John Corbin 45 M   none 650 Pa
Listed among hoards of male miners.

4b.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #39 of 44):  Harmony Twp., Posey Co., IN, Roll M432_166, p. 277A, 359/374, enumerated 23 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Caroline Corbin 32 F     500 Connecticut
John        " 10 M       Indiana
Emily       "  1 F       "
John is Caroline's stepson, child of our subject's first marriage.  Of John's six children with his first wife, Margaret GIBSON, I can only find the three youngest:  John, who is living here with his stepmother; Mary Ellen, who is living with Widow Mary (CARNAHAN) SWIFT; and Margaret, who is living with Caroline's sister, Marsha (DUNHAM) VIETS.

5a.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 6):  Princeton P.O., Union Twp., Colusa Co., CA, Roll 653_57, p. 461A [p. 460 was skipped], PN 43, 445/392, enumerated 20 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
John Corbin 56 M   Farmer 2000 3500 Pennsylvania
Caroline C Corbin 44 F         Connecticut
Emily R Corbin 11 F         Indiana
Lewis C Corbin 6 M         California
James Span(?) 30 M   Laborer    150 Kentucky
Listed four households from Emily's future husband, Elisha CROUCH.

5b.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):   William R. CORBIN is unmarried and living in Monroeville Twp., Colusa Co., CA, five households from his married sister, Elizabeth (CORBIN) WILLIAMS, her family, and their brother, David CORBIN.  John and Margaret CORBIN are living in New Harmony Twp., Posey Co., IN, with their stepaunt, Marsha (DUNHAM) VIETS.

6a.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #
Roll M653_57

6b.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  daughter Margaret CORBIN (æ 26, b. IN) is living in New Harmony Twp., Posey Co., IN, with her stepaunt, Marsha (DUNHAM) VIETS. 

7.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #28 of 52):  1062 7th Avenue, East Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, Roll 62, p. 343A, PN 28, SD 2, ED 18, enumerated 9 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  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 8 9 10 11 13 21 24 25 26
215 215 Chrouch E W M 49     /   Retired tanner   Ohio Maryland Mayland
    _______ Emily W F 31 Wife   /   House Keeper   Indiana Pennsylvania Connecticut
    _______ Effie W F 12 Dau /     at school / Cal Ohio Indiana
    _______ Berthie W F  6 Dau /     at school / Cal Ohio Indiana
    Corbin Carroline W F 58 M-in-Law     / Boarder   Connecticut Conn Conn

8.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

9.  Vital Records for the Year 1866 from the Daily Evening Bulletin, San Francisco, California:  Deaths.  Typescript (online at Ancestry.com as "California, County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980:  San Francisco: Death: 1866").
CORBIN, LEWIS CASS At Stony Creek, Colusa County, Sept. 7, 1866, Lewis Cass, son of John and Caroline Corbin, aged 12 years, 11 months, 19 days.
Paper of Sept. 24, 1866.
Birthdate calculated from age at death:  19 Sep 1853.

10.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at FindaGrave.com):  John and his wives not found, but there's an entry there for Margaret (CORBIN) BAILEY in Posey Co., IN.

10.  NSDAR.  1919.  Lineage Book.  Vol. 151.  Daughters of the American Revolution (online at Ancestry.com): 
   Born in New Harmony, Ind.
Wife of Elisha Crouch.
Descendant of...

1.  John Corbin (1803-67) m. 1844 Caroline Cecelia Dunham (1813-89).
2.  Shadrach Corbin (1766-1840) m. 1794 Elizabeth Proudfoot (b. 1773); Jesse Dunham (1789-1863) m. Clarissa Gurley (1791-1866)...

11.  Anon.  1886.  History of Posey County, Indiana.  Goodspeed Publ. Co., Chicago (online at archive.org, etc.):
A biographical sketch of our subject's son, John CORBIN, which appears on pp. 548-549.  Here, I will just pick out the genealogically useful information about our subject, his father.

John CORBIN was born 20 Mar 1840, "youngest son in a family of six children born to John and Margaret (Gibson) Corbin, the former born in Pennsylvania in 1805, and the latter in the same State in 1813.  In 1832 the family settled at Farmersville, Posey Co., Ind., but twelve years later moved to New Harmony, from whence the father removed to California in 1850, where he died in 1867.  The mother died in Posey County in 1852."

The remainder of the entry is about the son; if I ever create a family group sheet for him, I'll transcribe the entire sketch.

Son David was born in PA in 1834/5, so the migration date of 1832 is too early (see next source).  Others show Margaret deceased in 1843, which makes more sense considering John re-married in 1844.  We also don't find Margaret in the 1850 Census.

.  John C. Leffel, ed.  1913.  History of Posey County, Indiana.  Standard Publ. Co., Chicago (online at archive.org, Google Books, etc.):
One of the biographical sketches in the book, beginning on p. 336, is of our subject's son, Capt. John CORBIN.  Most of the piece is the usually vanity book puffery, and it includes the bogus assertion that these CORBINs descends from the Hall End CORBINs.  If I ever create a family group sheet for the son, I will transcribe the entire sketch, but I'm here just picking out the genealogically useful facts, in telegraphic fashion:

Capt. John's mother was Margaret GIBSON.  He was born 20 Mar 1840, Farmersville, Posey Co., IN, and died there 13 Feb 1911.  His parents came to Posey Co., in 1836 and settled in New Harmony.  In 1838 his parents moved to Yankee Settlement [now Farmersville], but returned in 1844 to New Harmony.

"In 1854 he and a brother and sister drove overland to California, where their father had preceded them four years.  They remained in the Sacramento Valley until 1858, when he returned to Posey county..."

He served notably in the Civil War and afterwards founded the successful Corbin Milling Company.  He married 13 Jan 1869 to Mary TRUSCOTT, a native of Cornwall, England.  They had five children.

Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com):  a file there calls our subject's wife, "Clarissa Caroline DUNHAM."

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