Hugh Corbin
 

In 1635 Hugh Corbin and family were one of nine families who sailed from Weymouth, Dorset to Massachusetts Bay on board the Unitie, master John Taylor.

Many early voyages to Massachusetts originated from the port of Weymouth, because emigration was organized by a local minister, the Reverend John White of St. Peters, Dorchester. He along with fellow residents of the Dorset County town founded the Massachusetts Bay Company. The Massachusetts Bay Company was originally concerned with fishing, but when that failed some years after its inception, the trade turned to emigrants.

Hugh Corbin was not the first Corbin to have reached America, having been preceded by John Corbin, master of a ship (name unrecorded) that arrived at Piscataqua (the river that forms the present-day border between Maine and New Hampshire) in 1633.

Upwey [or Upway] is at the source of the Rivey Wey in a valley situated above Weymouth. John Corbin wrote from Upway on 25 March 1651 to his stepson Ralph Sprague at Charlestown, MA.

Sources:
PRO:E190/876/1.
New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 134:198.

 

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