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Nicholas CORBIN
Many questions are raised by this page for Nicholas.  We know from court documents that Nicholas was in Bourbon Co., KY, by 1800, but how did he manage to elude the census up until 1850?!  The most straightforward answer is that he never married.  Single men were not enumerated as head-of-household, unless they happened to be living alone.  The next questions surround his 1850 census record, when he finally does appear.  My take is that he was not married to Eliza, yet had at least two children with her (viz., Abraham and Rachel), possibly more.  The fact that they and their mother revert to surname CASEY in the 1860 census supports that Eliza was not married to him, as does the marriage of Eliza's apparent daughter, Lucy Jane, under surname CASEY, not CORBIN, in 1855, which also suggests Nicholas had passed away by 1855.  Obviously, it would be desirable to find more documentation here.  Surely there are some court records regarding the dispensation of his estate.
Husband:  Nicholas CORBIN
Birth:  1783/4, Baltimore Co., MD
Death:  aft. 1850 census, prob. by 1855, Harrison Co., KY
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Abraham CORBIN
Mother:  Rachael MARSHALL
Wife:  Eliza CASEY
Birth:  1816/7, KY
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Mr. CASEY
Mother:  Lucy __?__, b. 1790-1800
Just how many of these children were fathered by Nicholas, if any, is uncertain.  The most likely candidates are obviously Rachel and Abraham, for Nicholas's parents, and possibly Ellen (Eleanor) for his sister.  Minor children lakcing a legal father were required to have a male guardian, so surely there are some court records regarding them.

  1.  Emily CORBIN / CASEY, b. 1838/9
  2.  [Lucy?] Jane CORBIN / CASEY, b. 1841/2 m. John William CUMMINS?
  3.  Mary CORBIN / CASEY, b. 1843/4

  4.  Ellen CORBIN / CASEY, b. 1844/5
  5.  Rachel CORBIN / CASEY, b. 1846/7
  6.  Abraham CORBIN / CASEY, b. Oct 1849

  7.  Laura R. CASEY, b. 1852/3
  8.  John O'B. CASEY, b. 1855/6
  9.  Thomas CASEY, b. 1856/7
10.  Elijah CASEY, b. 1860

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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1810 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

3.  1820 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

4.  1830 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

5a.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

5b.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #71-72 of 90; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1840 KY Harrison Co. Roll 113 pp. 163B-164A Ln. 24 Lucy Casey 000 - 101 010 100 no slaves _______
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Emily (b. 1838/9)
1 female 10-14 1825-1830 = ?
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Eliza (b. 1816/7)
1 female 40-49 1790-1800 = Lucy 

6.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #70 of 133):  District No. 1, Harrison Co., KY, Roll 203, p. 85B, 518/518, enumerated 26 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Nicholas Corbin 66 M   Farmer 500 MD
Eliza 33 F       Ky
Emily 11 F       "
Jane  8 F       "
Mary  6 F       "
Ellen  5 F       "
Rachel  3 F       "
Abraham 7/12 M       "
Lucy Casey 48 F       "
If Lucy was in her 40s in the 1840 census, so she is probably in her 50s here, which means she actually is old enough to be Eliza's mother.

7.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #221 of 254):  Flower Creek P.O., Pendleton Co., KY, Roll M653_391, p. 661, PN 230, 83/54, enumerated 9 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
John W Cummins 26 M   Farm Worke   130 Ky
Lucy J    " 20 F         "
James W   "  3 M         "
Henry C   "  2 M         "
Mary O    " 6/12 F         "
Eliza Casey 37 F   House worke   150 "
Rachael  " 13 F         "
Abraham  " 10 M         "
Laura R  7 F         "
John O? B  4 M         "
Thos  3 M         "
Eligiah 4/12 M         "
Eliza is fibbing about her age.  Is Lucy J. (CASEY) CUMMINS actually "Lucy Jane," Eliza's daughter?  I susupect so.

8.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

9.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).  Harrison County marriage records show that John CUMMINS married Lucy J. CASEY in 1855 in Harrison County.

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