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Joshua Marsh CORBIN
Jennie Lyle COOK
Husband:  Joshua Marsh CORBIN
Birth:  1847/8 or 1850/1, Bourbon Co., KY
Death:  aft. 1922
Occupation:  civil enginner
Office:  County Surveyor, Fayette Co., KY
Father:  Joshua CORBIN
Mother:  Rachel MARSH
Marriage:  1876
Wife:  Jennie Lyle COOK
Birth:  1854/5, KY
Death:  aft. 1922
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  John COOK
Mother:  Harriet __?__, b. 1807/8, MD
Children born in Kentucky:
1.  Ina CORBIN
2.  Nathan Marsh CORBIN
3.  Margaret CORBIN; m. Walter CASPE
4.  Burnie B. CORBIN
5.  Chester C. CORBIN
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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1880 Census: Every-Name-Index/Extraction (online at FamilySearch.org); Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #21 of 81):  95 Main Street, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY, Roll T9-0413, p. 291A, PN 41, SD 4, ED 65, enumerated 11 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 7 8 9 10 11 13 24 25 26
* 95 379 456 Corbin J M W M 29       /   County Surveyor KY KY KY
      ______ J L W F 25   Wife   /   Keeps house KY MD MD
      ______ O N W M 10/12 July Son /       KY KY KY
      Cook Harriet W F 72   Mother     / At home MD MD MD
      Jackson Letitia M W F 30   Servant /     Domestic KY VA KY
      _______ Ella W F  1   Dau /       IN KY KY
*Main Street
Either Jennie is fibbing about her age, or her mother is inflating hers, or both, because it is virtually impossible for any woman to birth a child at the age of 47.

3.  William Elsey Connelley & Ellis Merton Coulter.  1922. History of Kentucky, Judge Charles Keer, Editor.  5 vols.  American Historical Society, Chicago and New York (online at Ancestry.com):
v. 4,
p. 197
JOSHUA MARSH CORBIN.  For the greater part of half a century Joshua Marsh Corbin has been diligently employed in his profession as a civil enginner, and most of that time his headquarters have been in Lexington.  He is the present county surveyor of Fayette County, and altogether his official association with that office covers twenty years.

Mr. Corbin was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, a son of Joshua and Rachel (Marsh) Corbin.  His parents were also natives of Kentucky and of Bourbon County.  His father was born in 1800 and died in 1869, and his mother died in 1887, at the age of seventy.  Of their seven children, Joshua M. is the only survivor, and he was next to the youngest.  His father was a farmer, and like many Kentucky gentlemen was distinguished by a love of fine horses and high-class cattle.  During the Civil war period he was a stanch Union man, but in politics usually voted independent.

Joshua Marsh Corbin acquired a public school education, and attended Professor Clark's High School at Paris, Kentucky, and took the scientific course of Center College at Danville.  It was in 1871 that he received his first important promotion in his profession, when he was made assistant city engineer of Lexington.  Later he was engaged in the practice of architecture with P. L. Lundon, under the firm name of Lundon & Corbin.  In 1878 Mr Corbin was first elected county surveyor, and he held that office consecutively for sixteen years.  For eight years of that time he also acted as city engineer of Lexington.  In 1896 he was appointed by John G. Carlisle, then secretary of the treasury, as assistant superintendent of construction of United States Life Saving Stations, and he performed the duties of that office for about two years.  In that connection his duties involved a great deal of travel.  He then practiced as a civil engineer, and in 1918 was again elected county surveyor of Fayette County.  Mr. Corbin is an active democrat in politics.

In 1876 he married Jennie Lyle Cook, a native of Lexington and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cook, who are now deceased.  Mrs. Corbin was the youngest in a family of two daughters and five sons.  She and Mr. Corbin have five children:  Ina, Nathan Marsh, Margaret (wife of Walter Caspe), Burnie B. and Chester C.

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