The Corbins settled in Rappahannock County, which is in the Northwest part of Virginia.  Their Plantations were in the Foot Hills, on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains and between Amissville and Viewtown.  It was a Corbin Settlement.  The background of the Blue Ridge )40untains made this a beautiful place to live.


In the early days, there were no cemeteries, so each farm had its own burial grounds.  There is a map showing a few of the most important locations of burial grounds and where their homes were located, also a few pictures to show their condition in 1960, and it should be stated, now, that as far as the records are concerned, all Corbins are related.




It all started when Henry Corbin, born about 1629 came to this country from Halls' End, Warwich County, England in 1654. He died on January 8, 1675, he was connected with the Lee Family of Virginia, and was married several times.  His last wife was the widow of Roland Burnham.  there is no way to prove that John Corbin Sr. was the son of Henry Corbin, but Henry Corbin lived in this part of the country, and there is no record of any Corbins being in this country at that time, so therefore the dates and places make it appear that he was the father of John Corbin Sr.





John Corbin Sr. was first heard of in 1692.  His wife was Elizabeth smith, she was the daughter of William Smith.  William Smith was the son of Major Lawrence Smith.  William Smith had several brothers and sisters, one of his sisters was Elizabeth who had married Captain John Battaile of St. Mary parish1 Essex County, Virginia.  William Smith did not live in this vicinity so he had his brother-in-law John Battaile to make arrangements to buy the following property as a settlement of his estate to his daughter Elizabeth, according to the custom at that time.


Know all men by these present, that I Robert Waight do for me my heirs, exes, and admes, for a valuable consideration in hand.  Already receive, grant, bargain, and sell to John Corbin and Elizabeth Corbin his wife of Richmond County.  Their heirs, exes, admes, and assigners forever a parcel of land lying and being in the said County containing, 100 acres of bounded as follows.

On the main run of Golden vale Creek, beginning at a red oak near the same and extending, thence into the woods S. 30- W. 106 perches to a stake near two red oaks.  Then N. 78 W. 160 thence north 30 fl  106 to a small willow by the said main run side, then down the main run, is several courses to the first mention station which sd land was given by my deceased father, John Waight to my sister, Elizabeth Corbin.  To have and to hold the above sd 100 acres of land with all wood, underwood, waives water, water courses, and appurtenances from me the sd Robert Waight my heirs, exes, and admes or assigners to them ye above sd John Corbin and Elizabeth, his wife, their heirs, exes, and admes and assigners forever.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of August and dom 1696.


There is a deed dated February 21, 1692 where Richard Shippie and wife, Eleanor of Richmond County conveyed to John Corbin 160 acres formerly belonging to John and George Motts. There seems to be something wrong with this deed from Shippie and to cure the above deed, they made him a new one.  This showed that John Corbin Sr. was living in King George County, February 28, 1737, the date the new deed was made-


A deed dated March 2, 1737 follows:  To all Christian people to who these presents shall come, I John Corbin Senior of the Parish of Brunswick and County of King George in our Lord God everlasting now know ye that I the aforesaid john Corbin Senior, for and in regard of the natural affection I bear to my well beloved son, John Corbin Jr. and also dives other good causes, and consideration, me here unto moving have given grant, alien, and confirm unto the aforesaid, John Corbin Jr. his heirs and assigners forever in the aforesaid county of King George, fifty acres of land more or less and boundeth as followeth viz:

Beginning at a chestnut white oak thence running to a corner in Stephen Hansford line to two marked Hickory being the division I made between John Corbin and my Son John Corbin Jr, and thence to a white oak standing upon a ridge by the side of the routing road between potomark and Rappahannock, then down to a branch of lamb creek to a marked white oak, and then up the north east run to the beginning.  It being the rn from Richard Bryan to lamb creek.  This deed was sealed the 4th day of May, 1738.


John X Corbin



Note- - In 1692 Rappahannock County was divided into Essex and

Richmond Counties  Richmond was taken from King George County in

1721.  Prince William County was taken from King George in 1731.

Stafford came from out of Westmoreland, 1664 and Fauquire came

out of Prince William, 1759.

John Corbin Sr. lived on the farm he got from Richard Shippie in 1692 until 1737 or 1738 when he moved to another farm he owned in Fauquire county.  Here John Corbin Sr. died, and all his property went to his oldest son John Corbin Jr. according to the laws of that time.


In this same neighborhood that John Corbin Sr. passed away, there lived a Rawley Corbin, it is believed he is a son of John Corbin Sr. and without positive proof he will be listed as a son of John Corbin Sr.



John Corbin, Jr.                                x

Rawley Corbin                                x



John Corbin Jr., son of John Corbin Sr.


The record showed that he had made several transactions of land, but the most important was his will which was probated November 2, 1758 in King George County.



Book No. I

In the name of God Arnen1 I John Corbin of King George County being sick and weak, but in perfect mind and memory.  God be thanked for the same do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, and for what tempered estate God has blessed me with shall dispose of in a manner and form following, items:

I give and bequeath to my Dau. Elizabeth Armstrong one cow and calf which is now delivered to her, and is now in her possession.

Items:  I give to my son Francis one black mare and one gun.

Item:  I give to my son David Corbin one feather bed and furniture.

Item:  I give to my Daus. Alice Corbin, Milla Corbin, and Margaret Corbin 20 shillings each.

Item:  My Will and desire that all my land and personal estate (except what is above mentioned) be sold at a public auction to the highest bidder, and what money is raised from that sale after by debts, legacies, and funeral expenses are paid to be equally divided amongest all my sons and Daus. William Corbin, John Corbin, Francis, David Corbin, Alice Corbin, Milla Corbin, Margaret Corbin, and Elizabeth Armstrong.


John x Corbin Mark


Issue of John Corbin, Jr.


William                                x

John                                x

Francis                                x

David                                x




Elizabeth M. Joseph Armstrong





William Corbin Sr., son of John Corbin Jr. He died December 3, 1796.  M. (1) to Sarah Jenkins, January 1, 1743. H. (2) to Sarah Want, August 2, 1744.


William Corbin moved from Stafford County to Culpeper County in 1758.  There is a deed showing that he bought 81 acres of land from Thomas Bywater


This deed dated March 16, 1758, he paid between 16 and 17 pounds for the same.  This land was a small mountain, and at one time it was considered one of the show places in that County, but now it has grown back into a wilderness.  The burial ground is there showing at least 17 unmarked rocks as markers.  There are other graves scattered around the place.  It is thought that they were Negro graves.  Buried on this place are:  William Corbin, and his wife Sarah Want, Issiah Corbin, son of William Corbin Sr., and his wife Lydia Garnett.  He died on May 1, 1822.  Nelly Corbin and her husband Col. Pierce Perry, also his mothers sister, Mrs. John Washington, who the rest are is not known.  See map for locations of burial ground and homestead.





In the name of God Amen, the 10th day of November one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, I William Corbin of the Parish of St. Mark in the County of Culpeper, being sick and weak in body, but of perfect memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in a manner and form (to wit.) principally and first of all I recommend my soul to the hand of almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to be interned in a Christian burial at the discretion of my executors.  Hereafter mention and as for what worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me in this live, I give, bequeath, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.  Imprimis my will and desire that my debts and funeral expenses be first satisfied and paid.

Item:  I give and bequeath unto my son, Benjamin Corbin my wagon and team of horses which he now has in his possession.

Item:  I lend unto my wife Sarah Corbin, my dearly beloved wife, the slaves and rest of my estate both real and personal during her natural live, and after her decease, I give, bequeath, and dispose of them as follows:

Item:  I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Corbin aforesaid mentioned one Negro wench, Sarah and her child Lydia and all her future increases

Item:  I give in like manner unto my son Isaiah Corbin the land and plantation where on I now live.

Item:  I give in like manner unto Elizabeth Thacture Corbin, Dau. of my son John Corbin one Negro wench Delpha and all her future increases.

Item:  J give and bequeath unto by Dau. Ann Guant, one Negro boy Daniel and likewise my will and desire is that my said Dau. Ann shall have a young Negro wench to be purchased or raised out of the part of my estate not already bequeathed, during her natural life and that her husband, William Guant shall possess said slaves during his live, providing he shall be the longest liver, but if my Dau. Ann should die without issue that then after her and her husband are deceased the said slaves and their increases to return to my estate and be disposed of by my executors according to law.

Item:  I give and bequeath to my Dau. Margaret Walker one Negro girl Lucy and likewise a young Negro girl to be purchased or raised out of my estate and all their increases.  I likewise constitute and appoint my sons, John Corbin, William Corbin, and my aforesaid wife, Sarah Corbin executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revold, and disannual all and ever former Will and Testament satisfying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.



William x Corbin



This Will was probated April 17, 1797.


There was a son, Peter who was not mentioned in this will.


There was considerable litigation in the estate of William Corbin Sr. in his will.

Item:  I give in like manner unto my son, Isaiah Corbin the land and plantation whereon I now live, William Corbin Sr. had accumulated several hundred acres of land, and Isaiah tried to claim all the land rather than the land and plantation whereon I now live. The slaves he gave to his dan. Ann, the will stated if she died without issue then the slaves were to be returned to his estate after the death of her husband William Gaunt.  She preceded her husband in death (note both died before 1817) and he William Gaunt sold the slaves before his death, the slaves and their increases had been taken to Boone County Kentucky by the purchaser, where they were found and recovered by James Corbin, the grandson of William Corbin Sr.  There was considerable litigation in the settlement of these slaves and the cost of same.







                Peter                x

                John                x

                Mary                N.M.

                William                x

                Margaret               x

                Lewis                x

                Benjamin              x.

                Isaiah                x

                Catey                x






                                Pound                                Shilling                                Pence


Nancy                                                                    50

Ester & 2 Children John & Nob         115

Hannah & 2 children Mow & Phillis      115

Sarah & 2 children Ludsay, Pansey

and Gerard     155

Hannah            20

Delpha             50

Joseph             50

Nan & 2 children

Arron & Soloman            115

Sorel Mare       18

Dark Bay Horse 15

Bay Horse       18

Ditto                 25

sorel Horse      20

Plow                     2                            2

4 Grub Hoes                                    18

5 Hoes               12                            6

5 Hoes                                             10

6 Axes                                                  1                          16

4 pair flames                                    18

5 pair Chains       2                            5

4 Collars &

 Breast Chains    1                            S

2 Back sands                                    4

One wagon      12

2 Steel Traps       1                            4

8 Hogs                 8                            8

3 Hogs                 1                          16

One sow & Pigs 1                            4

One Barrow                                     18

One cow & Yearling               6                          10

10 sheep            4

3 Heifers              6                          15

One Stone Butter Pot                                                        2                            6

One pewter Pint

 Measure                                             2                            9

One 2 Qt. Ditto                                 1

Funnel & Small ??                                                              2                            6

One Pint Sauce Pan                                                     2

One Meal sifter                                2

Soap & small spoons                                                4                            6

Flesh Forks                                         2                            6

5 old Casks         1                            2

9 water Casks     1                            2

One Frying Pan                                S

One Dutch Oven                          110

2 Pr. Pot Hooks                                4

One Griddle                                         2                            6

One Spinning wheel                                               10

One saddle & Briddle             12

One meal Tub   4

One Pair Wedges 2 Hogs

5 Kegs

1 Pair steel Yards

5 Reap Hooks

One Shovel & Tong

10 Sheep

3 Heifers

One Steer

One Small Steer

One Cow & Yearling

One Cow & Calf

One Small Bull

One Cow & Yearling

5 Bedroom Furniture & Steads

4 Setting Chairs

2 walnut Chests

2 small trunks

one Cow

One Cow

One Cow & Yearling

One Can and Bottle

One Gun Pouch

One Whip Saw

One Pair & Iron

12 Plates

7 dishes

5 Dishes

One Table

Earthen Ware

2 Decanter

One Tea Pot, Cup & Saucers

One Wheat Fan Draw Knife & Jointer

Large Bible


One Razor

TOTAL            912                              2                            6


After the death of William Corbin Sr. Isaiah took the old homestead according to the will of his father, William Corbin Sr., and lived there the rest of his life.  His Will was probated June 17, 1822.  He left an estate of 284 acres of land, 15 Negros consisting of men, women, boys, and girls, stock of all kinds and the crops, household and kitchen furniture, the sale date was September 16, 1822.  (See map for location of this homestead and burial ground.)


At the sale of Isaiah Corbin Sr., Pierce Perry who married the only flau. (Nelly) of Isaiah corbin Sr. bought the old Corbin Place.  Now some call it the Old Perry place, some call it the Perry Mountain and the Perry's call it Mountain View.




William Corbin Jr., son of William Corbin Sr.  P. November 10, 1749  D. April 15, 1815, N. sally Hill February 6, 1781 who died April 5, 1815.


Visiting the old place, we found the house had been destroyed.  One fireplace is standing, part of the foundation is there, giving the information that it was a large house.  In an old shed three fireplace mantels were stored.  One was brought to Missouri.  The surroundings of the hills, valleys, and mountains show that it was a very beautiful place.  This was the homeplace of William Corbin Jr., and his wife, Sally Hill.


See Map for location of the home and burial ground. are also pictures.







Willis  B. April 1, 1782  D. N. M.

Fanney  B. August 18, 1783  D N. N.

Annisted                                x

Thomas                                x

Nit cham                                x

Jarne son                                x

Frances                                x

Susannah                                x

William                                x

Isaiah                                x


The burial ground is located north west of the house located on the slope of a rather high hill, the fence on the inside is lined with box wood, one large tree is there.  One stone giving the information that W. nurrel Corbin is buried there, the rest of the ground is covered with weeds, and brush.  The only life around there now are the little wrens building their nests in the box wood and trees.


The people who are buried there are:  Armisted Corbin and his wife no. 1, sally nywater, and his 2nd wife, Juliet Ann Lultrell.  William Burrel Corbin son of Armisted and 1st wife, Hetty Nelson and Dau. Mary Juliet.


The Will book of 1813 to 1817 at culpeper (Quote) were destroyed by the darn yankees. so there is no record of the Will or invoice of William Corbin Jr.



There is a record showing that he was a soldier in the Revolutionary War according to Mrs. J. Frank Jones of Rappahannock County1 this William Corbin was probably the most famous of all the Corbin's.


A deed dated February 6, 1808.  In the deed book A Page 525 William Corbin purchased the interest of his co-heirs in certain land, which his father owned at his death.  It was described as having 75 1/2.  There is also a deed dated January 10, 1812 recorded in Culpeper, in the deed book H. E. page 508 describing it as 73 1/2 acres of land on crooked run where upon the William Corbins formerly lived.  This last deed was in favor of Armisted Corbin, by William Corbin, and wife, sally.  This certainly is the same farm, but there is a little shortage in acres.


Note:          Rappahannock County was restored about 1830.





William Corbin B. June 4, 1795 D. 1856, M. Nancy Ann Scott who died 1879.  He was the son of William Corbin Jr. and Sally Hill, his wife.  After a full investigation we found this William Corbin to be very important to the Corbins of Lafayette County. He was the father of Benjamin Franklin Corbin.


A visit was made to his homeplace and it was found that he had picked a very beautiful place for a house.  A wind storm had damaged the house, and it was dismantled.  The old rock foundation gave the information that it had a basement, and was a large house.  The two fireplace chimneys still standing showed it to be a two story house.