Henry Corbin (colonist)

Henry Corbin (also Corbyn) (1629–1675/76) was an emigrant from England who went on to serve in both the Virginia House of Burgesses and Governor's Council.

Henry Corbin
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Portrait of Hon Henry Corbin of Buckingham House, Middlesex, Virginia
Hall End, Warwickshire, England
Buckingham House, Middlesex County, Virginia
Resting placeBuckingham House, Middlesex County, Virginia
OccupationPlanter, Agent
Known forVirginia Planter


Corbin was born in 1629 in Warwickshire the son of Thomas Corbin and his wife Winifred Grosvenor. In 1654, at the age of 25, he immigrated arriving aboard the ship Charity, to Virginia settling in Lancaster County, Virginia, which is now part of Middlesex County. The governor and council made him a justice of the county court in 1657.[1] He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses for Lancaster, Virginia in at least the 1659–60 session.[2] In 1663, he was appointed to the Virginia Governor's Council.[3] He remained on the council until his death in 1676.[1]


He married Alice Eltonhead, the widow of Rowland Burnham, before April 5, 1658. They had three sons: Henry, Thomas, and Gawin, and five daughters: Letitia, Alice, Winifred, Ann, and Frances. Henry died on January 8, 1675. His widow married (3rd) Capt. Henry Creyke (or Creeke)[4] Letitia married Richard Lee II, a Colonel, planter, politician, and Member of the Upper House and of the King's Council of Virginia. Ann married William Tayloe, the nephew of William Tayloe (the immigrant) of King's Creek Plantation and High Sheriff of York Co., Virginia, the father of John Tayloe I of The Old House and progenitor of the Tayloe's of Mount Airy, Richmond County, Virginia.[5]


  1. ^ a b Lyon Gardiner Tyler, ed. (1915). Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. 1. Lewis historical publishing Company. p. 128. OCLC 2576742.
  2. ^ H.R. McIlwaine, ed. (1914). Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1619–1658/59. 2. Richmond: Colonial Press, E. Waddey Company. p. 7.
  3. ^ "The Corbin Family (continued)". The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. 29 (3): 374–382. July 1921. JSTOR 4243833. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  4. ^ Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, 2nd edition, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), Vol 1, p 535
  5. ^ "The Tayloes of Virginia and Allied Families," by W. Randolph Tayloe (Berryville, VA, 1963) p.1,79. FHL #929.273 T211t. Cites: (a) York Co., VA deeds.