Nautical Connections of the Corbins


On January 15, 1622/23 at St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex is recorded the marriage of "Richard Corbyn of Wappingwall Mariner and Francis Childe, M."
On January 1, 1626/27 at St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex was christened, aged 26 weeks, "Christian daughter of Richard Corbin of wapp. wall mariner & Frances". The delay in the christening suggests that Richard must have been away on a voyage when Christian was born.
A son, Jarvis, and another daughter, Jane, were christened at St Dunstan on February 10, 1627/28 and August 31, 1636.
The 1645 will of Abraham Pearsone of "Wapping Wall, Stepney, Mdx, mariner on the ship Starr" appoints as executrix "dtr in law Frances wife of Rich Corbin of Wapping Wall mariner". This suggests that Frances must have been literate, unlike the wives of most ordinary mariners at that time.

Thomas Corbyn, mariner, of Lyme Regis, Dorset, made his will in 1628.

In 1633 a ship (name and port of departure unrecorded) arrived at Piscataqua (the river that forms the present-day border between Maine and New Hampshire), master John Corbin. This is the first record of a Corbin in America.

On April 22, 1637, the Speedwell, master Robert Corbin, sailed from Weymouth, Dorset, for New England. Winthrop mentions Robert Corbin as captain of the Speedwell on August 15, 1637.

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

Henry Corbyn (1629-1676), third son of Thomas Corbyn of Hall End, Warwickshire, became a draper in London. In 1654 he immigrated, on board the ship Charity of London, arriving in Maryland shortly before June 23, 1654. He settled in Virginia, where he served as a member of the Council of Virginia 1663-1675. [see the Corbin family of Hall End]

On February 15, 1664/5, the Tin farmers requested a convoy for Angell Corbyn's vessel, "now at Portsmouth bound for London".

George Corbyn (1626-1669), second son of Thomas Corbyn of Hall End, Warwickshire, became a salter in London. He died on board the ship Blessing of Southampton, returning from the West Indies to England, and was buried at sea. [see the Corbin family of Hall End]

Thomas Corbin, the oldest surviving son of Clement Corbin of Muddy River (now Brookline), Norfolk County, MA, was born in 1656 and went to sea. The ship Blessing was taken by Algerian pirates and he was a slave for 18 years, until he was one of 390 Slaves (English and American) set free, by the payment of 40 each person, by the English government from a fund of 20,000, which was created in 1680. After being freed he settled in England, where he married.

Thomas Corbin of Liverpool, mariner, gave Information before Thomas Brookbank, Esqre., Mayor of Liverpool, on 14 September 1691, stating that he was born in New England and is hired to go with the ship Barbadoes Merchant, to Virginia, &c. [for more about him, see his probable daughter, Rebekah Corbin]

In the church register entry for Francis Corbin's father's christening at St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex, on December 29, 1667, his father's father Symon Corbin is described as "waterman".
Symon Corbin's will of June 23, 1691, begins: "I Symon Corbin Commander of the good Ship called the Elizabeth and Katherine now riding at Anchor in Carlile Bay before the Towne of St. Michaells in the Island of Barbados".

The church register entry for Francis Corbin's christening at St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex, on September 24, 1710, reads: "Francis Son of Capt Francis and Mary Corbin of Ratcliff Marr"
In his will, dated March 1, 1710/11, Francis Corbin's father describes himself as "mariner".

On February 26, 1722/23, Benjamin Pownall, Rector of Christ Church Parish [Mount Pleasant, SC], wrote to the Secretary of the SPG, sending the letter by Captain Corbyn on his ship the Cleaveland.

Joseph Corbyn entered the Royal Navy in 1786, as Captain's Servant on HMS Winchelsea from 19 Mar 1786 to 1787. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1802, Commander in 1814. He was Commander of Greenwich Hospital.

London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Dunstan And All Saints, Register of baptisms, P93/DUN, Item 256. (pg 182, right side, 3rd entry; pg 186; pg 282)
Commissary Court of London Will Abstracts Volume 29 (f24).
Charles Edward Banks. 1930. The Planters of the Commonwealth. Houghton-Mifflin, Boston [republished 1961 and following by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore].
George W. Williams, ed. Letters from the Clergy of the Anglican Church in South Carolina c. 1696-1775. SPG series A, volume XVII, page 86.