1. See Sources on the children's family group sheets for more
2a. Deposition: by Nathan Greenland, Sr., of Trough Creek,
Huntingdon Co., PA, on 20 May 1854. Found at the Centre County,
Pennsylvania, Historical Society by James CORBIN, who generously shared
scans of the two pages (annotated transcription by DGM):
|I've broken the text into smaller paragraphs and added some punctuation
where I thought appropriate to make the text more readable. I've
also annotated the transcription with my comments. If you think I've
made any errors or you can read the parts I couldn't decipher, please contact
me (see scans of sheet
1 and sheet
The testator here is Nathan
GREENLAND, Sr., husband of our subject's granddaughter, Sarah Ruth
Trough Creek May 25th 1854
I Nathan Greenland Sr married a Miss Sarah Corbin
in the year 1797 a daughter of Benjamin Corbin of Baltimore County
Maryland and his fathers name was Nicholas Corbin resided in the
neighbourhood of what was called gunpowder falls of sd County had several
sons - brothers of Sd Benjamin Corbin.
CORBIN, wife of Nathan GREENLAND was, indeed, a daughter of Benjamin
CORBIN. Benjamin did have at least three known brothers (Nathan,
Abraham, and William), and while I've yet to find direct documentation
that Nicholas is Benjamin's father (e.g., in a baptismal record
or will), this deposition supports that Benjamin's father was named, Nicholas
CORBIN. Gunpowder Falls is near Joppa, and Benjamin was known to
be living there in 1768 and as late as 1790, before he moved to Westminster,
Baltimore [now Carroll] Co., MD, where he died in 1813.
|One aforsd brothers moved to the state of Virginia Some seventy
or eightly years back and from the stock of Corbins in Sd Neighbourhood
they became Scattered into Several States and I never heard of any other
stock of Corbins in the United States but these perhaps these Corbins in
Virginia is the off spring of My father in laws brother that moved
to Virginia and perhaps their can be more sattisfaction obtained by Searching
the records in Baltimore by the [unreadable]
|Seventy or eighty years back would place the move in the 1770s or '80s.
If, indeed, there was a brother who moved to Virginia, it would be of great
interest to CORBIN researchers to know who it was. So far, no one
with a CORBIN ancestry in Virginia who has been Y-DNA tested has turned
up a DNA match with the "Baltimore" CORBINs.
There are, in fact,
other CORBIN "stocks" in the United States, including several in Virginia,
but I don't suppose we can fault Nathan GREENLAND for being unaware of
|[unreadable] have the first stock of Corbins came from England
and I recollect verry well of hearing them talking that in their young
days the business was all done at Joppa and that Baltimore contained but
a few houses but Baltimore increasd and Joppa went pretty much to nothing
and Baltimore became to be the place where the business of the county was
done. I only refer to this on account that it might be of use in
searching the records
|Whether in their minds "England" included the Isle of Guernsey, it's
hard to say. The Isle is a Dependency of the British Crown, but not
part of England.
|Qustian how many sons had Sd Nicholas Corbin
Answer I believe about five or six William, Benjamin,
and Abraham I was personally aquainted with and one of them that
I was not aquainted with I understood moved to Virginia in a early day
a brother of Benjamin and Abraham and William and
some twenty years ago I saw [unreadable] Minutes of the Baptist Assosiation
|End of first sheet.
|Because I can't read the entire last sentence, I haven't a clue what
the reference to the "Minutes of the Baptist Association" means.
We do know that Benjamin had brothers Nathan, Abraham, and William.
Other CORBINs alleged to be his brothers are Joseph CORBIN and Shadrach
|in Virginia in co(?) with Elijah Corbin Son of Benjamin
Corbin I saw the home of a Corbin. Elijah Corbin
made answer and said that he was the off spring of his fathers Brother
and from the hearing of their talk I understood that the Corbins and Jordans
and Joneses were related by Marriage.
CORBIN was, indeed, a son of Benjamin. It's hard to make sense
of the first sentence, unless it means that Elijah CORBIN pointed out to
Nathan GREENLAND the home of an un-named CORBIN who was son of one
of Benjamin's brothers.
It's not obvious who the CORBIN-JORDAN or CORBIN-JONES connections might
be as I'm not aware of any among the Baltimore CORBINs. A quick search
at WorldConnect and Ancestry Public Member Trees doesn't
turn up any, either.
There are, however, such connections among the Hall End CORBINs (of
England and VA).
|Quest do you know of any of the Mashes married in to the
Corbin family [unreadable]
answer yes Suffia Corbin a Sister of Benjamin, William
[She?] was Married to a Mr Mash and had three sons that I had knowledge
of Joshua - Beal - and Clem
|"Mash" should be "Marsh." Sophia CORBIN, sister of Benjamin and
William, married Thomas
MARSH. They did, indeed, have sons Joshua, Beal, and Clement.
|Quest did you ever hear the Corbin family talking about
a fortune that was their right
Answer I did hear them talk about a fortune that [unreadable] comeing
if(?) they would [unreadable] after it
|So, is this the reason for the deposition?
|Quest did you hear any thing said among the Corbins in relation
to a connection with the Jeninges
Answer Yes it does appear a little like a dream to me that I have
Nathan Greenland Sr
|Frances CORBIN, daughter of the illustrious Henry
CORBIN, of Hall End, Warwickshire, and Virginia, married an Edmund
JENNINGS, who was illustrious in his own right. It does appear
this deposition was intended to support a connection between the Baltimore
CORBINs and the Hall End CORBINs. Was there some kind of inheritance
being sought here?
|Huntingdon County [Ss?]
Personly appeared before me the Subscriber
one of the Justices of the peace in and for Said County the above named
witness and being Sworn acording to Law Says the above Statement is correct
and true acording to the best of his knowledge and belief
Sworn and Subscribed before me
this 25 day of May AD 1854 Nathan Greenland Sr
|The alleged connection between the Baltimore CORBINs and the Hall End
CORBINs does appear to be based on wishful thinking. It would hardly
be the first time a desire to connect to an illustrious ancestor birthed
a family legend.
|I might add here that my maternal grandfather, whose maternal grandmother,
Sarah E. (CORBIN) STRAUB, was a descendant of Benjamin CORBIN, also believed
we had a connection to JENNINGS through the CORBINs, so the legend has
a strong place in the family history. This appears to be another
one that is untrue.
2b. Depositions by several individuals in Huntingdon Co., PA,
on 29 Oct 1858. Found at the Centre County, Pennsylvania, Historical
Society by James CORBIN, who generously shared scans of the two pages (annotated
transcription by DGM):
|If you think I've made any errors or you can read the parts I couldn't
decipher, please contact me (see
scans of sheet
1 and sheet
|Huntingdon County [?] Sate of Pensylvania Abraham Evans
personaly appears before the subscriber one of the Justices of the [?]
for the said County and being duly sworn doth depose and say that he he
heard Benjamin Corbin son of Benjamin Corbin of Batimore
County Sate of Meryland say that there was an estate Comming to the Corbins
from England or would be some day and that there was a man came to said
County the name of Jennings and that he hard the said Benjamin
Corbin say that he wondered if the said Jennings was anny relation
to the Jennings that was marriad to a Corbin and that he
thinks he heard the said Benjamin Corbin call her his Aunt Jennings.
Sworn and subscribe 29th day of October 1858 before
James Hamilton Justice of the... [SS]
EVANS was son-in-law of Micajah
CORBIN, who was son of Benjamin
CORBIN (Sr.) and brother of Benjamin
CORBIN (Jr.). If Frances
(CORBIN) JENNINGS was the "aunt" of the Benjamin (Jr.), then that would
mean Benjamin (Sr.) would have to be brother of Frances and son of Henry.
We know this can't be true because Henry died long before Benjamin (Sr.)
|Huntingdon County Sate of Pennsylvania
John Hall personaly appeared before the subscriber one of
the Justices of the peace in and for the said County and being duly sworn
doth depose and say he heard Benjamin Corbin son of Benjamin
Corbin of Baltimore County State of Meryland say that there was a large
estate coming to the Corbins from England or would be if they could
get it and that there was a man came to the said County the name of Jennings
and that he heard the said Benjamin Corbin say he wondred whether
the said Jennings was anny relation to the Jennings that
was married to a Corbin and that the said Benjmin Corben
[unreadable] back and forth for two years and died with him on the 29th
of August 1844 heard him oft talking of this estate, sworn and Subscribed
before October 29th 1858 before
James Hamilton Justice of the peace [SS]
|End of first sheet.
|Delila Hall personaly appears before the subscriber one
of the Justices of the peace in and for the said County and being duly
Sworn doth depose and say that she knows Asa Corbin to be the son
of Michajah Corbin son of Benjamin Corbin of Baltimore County
Sate of Meryland
Sworn and subscribed
before? October 29th 1858
James Hamiton Justice of the peace [SS]
|This appears to be Delilah
(LANE) HALL, wife of Matthew HALL, daughter of Rev.
Samuel LANE & Keziah SIAS, and niece of Keziah's sister, Sarah
(SIAS) CORBIN, wife of Benjamin
"Asa" CORBIN (1799-1880s) was, indeed, son of Micajah,
son of Benjamin.
This Asa is the one who married Nancy DEAN.
|Huntingdon County [?] State of Pennsylvania Elenor Corbin
personaly appears before the subscriber one of the Justices of the peace
in and for the said County and being duly sworn doth depose and say that
she knows Asa Corbin to be the son of Michajah Corbin and
Corbin was the son of her Uncle Benjamin Corbin of Baltimore
County sate of Maryland and that she know that there was a
and her Father brothers of the said Benjamen Corbin. William was
her Fathers name and that there was more of the family that she was not
I do certify that the above Elenor Corbin is of great age
being above 80 years of age acording to her account and that her mantel
facity is unimpeared
Sworn and subscribed October 29th 1858 before
James Hamilton Justice of the peace [SS]
|Eleanor (CORBIN) CORBIN was, indeed, the daughter of William
CORBIN, brother of Benjamin
CORBIN. She was the elderly widow of yet another Asahel
"Asa" CORBIN (1774-1819), this one son of Benjamin — so, yes, she had
married her first cousin.
2c. Instrument found at the Centre County, Pennsylvania,
Historical Society (scans kindly shared by James CORBIN; annotated transcription
|This document appears to be part of the series of depositions being
given in Huntingdon Co., PA, in the 1850s (see others above). Unfortunately,
more is not known about this document, including the date it was written
or the identity of the person being deposed. It does appear as though
a third page may be missing, which presumably would contain that information.
See also scans of the originals: sheet
1 and sheet
2. If you feel I've made any errors, please don't hesitate to
|Huntingdon County State of Pennsylvania, this Instrument is to
Show that the Corbins of the State of Pennsylvania Migrated at An
Early day from the State of Maryland into the aforesaid State of Pennsylvania
where they still remain about the time or Soon after the close of the Revolutionary
War, and the Said Asa Corbin and Micajiah Corbin now residing
in Henderson Township County of Huntingdon and aforesaid State, and the
said Asa Corbin residing in Union Township and aforesaid County
and State, are the Lawfull heirs and Sons of Micajiah Corbin Sr
formerly of the State of Maryland Baltimore County, and the aforesaid
|No one disputes that the CORBINs in Huntingdon Co., PA, came there
from Maryland, specifically Baltimore Co., MD, though the censuses indicates
the move was mainly between 1800 and 1810.
The Asahel "Asa" CORBIN residing in Henderson Twp.... work in progress
"Asa" CORBIN in Union Twp. was the son of Micajah CORBIN and husband
of Nancy DEAN.
|Micajiah Corbin Sr. was the Lawful heir and Son of Benjamin
Corbin who lived and died in the State of Maryland and that the aforesaid
Corbin was the Lawful heir and Son of Micajiah
Corbin, who migrated from England at a very Early day, and settled
below the city of Baltimore in what was called the "Neck" that the aforesaid
Corbin was the oldest Son of Nicholas Corbin, and went and lived
Near Gunpowder falls and that the Aforesaid Nicholas Corbin lived
and died in the County of Huntingdon and that
Corbin is the Oldest Son of Micajiah and Mary Corbin
Now Deceased, and
Micajiah Corbin Jr the Youngest Son of the above
Corbin Sr and his wife Mary
|work in progress...