Dennis Corbin


A deposition was given in Virginia on July 8, 1645, by "Dionisius Corbin of Barking" waterman, aged 25.

Dennis Corbin "of Allhallous Barking Waterman" married Mary Disling "of Mileend, W" at St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex, 29 June 1646.

The parish of All Hallows, Barking, was not at Barking in Essex (as the name suggests) but within the City of London, beside the River Thames.
The church, which is very close to the Tower Of London, was founded in the 7th century on land belonging to the Abbey at Barking, Essex.
It is the church in which William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, was christened on 23 October 1644, and in which John Quincy Adams, later sixth President of the United States, was married in 1797.
Mile End was an area within the parish of St Dunstan. W indicates that Mary was a widow.

Strictly speaking a Waterman was a member of the Company of Watermen, established by Act of Parliament in 1555 to regulate watermen and wherrymen carrying passengers by boat under oars on the River Thames.
The Company was reorganized in 1641, and there is a list of Members from that time.
There is no record of Dennis Corbin being a Member of this City Guild, and the description seems to have been more widely used: it was also applied to Francis Corbin's grandfather, Symon Corbin, in the 1667 parish register entry for his eldest son's christening at St Dunstan. At the time of his death in 1691, Symon Corbin was Commander of a ship in Barbados.

No record has been found of any children born to this couple, nor of Mary Disling's previous marriage and husband.

University of Virginia Library.
St Dunstan Parish Register.