I am researching the Corbin/Corbyn family in NC in the 18th century.
The will of Edmund Corbin of New Hanover county was witnessed by James Moore and Job Howe on January 30, 1781. One of the three named beneficiaries was Mr. Frederick Jones, Jr., who received "my plantation whereon I live" [which was NOT Point Pleasant].
Another beneficiary was Thomas Craik, a clothier who had been secretary of the Wilmington Committee of Safety in 1775 and subsequently Commissary of Stores for NC during the War of Independence. Although not a member of the Committee, Edmund Corbin wrote up the copy of its Minutes now in the State Archives.
Edmund Corbin had two children by a slave Nelly, who belonged to Margaret Moore (daughter of Mr. George Moore), and all three were to be emancipated under his will.
The New Hanover Tax List of 1762 includes Arthur Howe, Job Howe, and Thomas Howe as well as Francis Corbin (then living at his wife's plantation, Point Pleasant, on the northeast branch of the Cape Fear) and John Corbyn (a surgeon then living at Lot 60 in Wilmington, who had been married to Ann Moore, daughter of Col. Maurice & Elizabeth (Lillington) Moore.
Edmund Corbin, son of another Francis Corbin (of Wilmington, NC) who died before his widow remarried in 1752, came of age by 1767 (when he first appears in a Tax List). He was a cousin of and heir to the Francis Corbin at Point Pleasant, who died intestate in 1767 or 68.
I am hoping that somebody can throw light on where the two witnesses, the beneficiary Jones, and Nelly's owner fit into the local families of their surnames.
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