My Corbet ancestors

Corbet is supposed to have been first recorded in Pays de Caux, Normandy, as the name of a Norman baron named "Corbet le Normand" (Corbet the Northman) who was born in the early 11th century. The name Corbet derives from the Anglo-Norman French word corb, meaning "crow." It is a diminutive form, hence meaning "little crow." The modern French word corbeau is generally translated as "crow". Variants of the name include: Corbet, Corbett, Corbitt, Corbit, Corbetts, Corbete, Corben and possibly the variant of Corbin.It has cognates in other languages: the Spanish name Cuervo, for example, which generally means a raven or rook. The underlying derivation is from the Latin word corvus, crow. Generally it is thought to be a jocular reference to a person who was thought to resemble a crow: in hair colour, tone of voice or shape of nose. However, the Scandinavians believed that a raven in the battlefield was a good omen and ensures victory. Source: Wikipedia 

The following history on the Corbet line is from the book
 "Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell" by Carl Boyer, 3rd.

01. Hugo Le Corbet, Cevalier of Pays de Caux, Normandy, flourished from 1040 and 1076, and was dead before the Domesday survey of 1086.

02. Roger Fitz Corbet, Domesday Baron of Cause, formerly Alretone, Shropshire, England, as it was called in Domesday, was born about 1050 to 1056, and died about 1134 as Pagan Fitz John, sheriff and governor of Shropshire, having succeeded Richard de Belmeis, held Cause in 1134, and would not have dared to take it during Roger's lifetime; the castle was destroyed by the Welsh attacking Pagan Fitz John.  It had been one of the strongholds along the Welsh border between the rivers Dee and Wye.  He married the heiress of Talsey.

03. William Corbet,  second Baron of Caus, lived in Wattlesborough as the Castle of Cause was destroyed by the Welsh attack on Pagan Fitz John. 

04. Simon Corbet, of Pontesburie, close to the Welsh frontier, and probably died before his father, William.

05. Thomas Corbet, called the Pilgrim.

06. Sir Richard Corbet, of Wattlesborough flourished in 1217 and 1222.  May be the same person as #7, Richard Corbet below.

07. Sir Richard Corbet of Wattlesborough died before 1255.  He married probably by 1196 to Joanna Toret, coheir of Bartholomew Toret of Moreton Toret, Salop, who flourished in 1196-1229 and also had lands in Yorkshire.

08. Sir Richard Corbet, son of Richard, knight of Wattesborough, flourished 1225-1248, and was Lord of Morton at the Inquest of Bradfort Hundred taken in 1255.  He married Petronilla, lady of Edge Baldenham and Booley, who was living in 1272, made a grant to Buildwas Abbey in 1223, succeeded his grandfather Bartholomew Toret, and was Jusiciar of Shropshire.

09. Sir Robert Corbet, son of Richard and Petronilla was born abt 1234 in Morton Corbet, Shropshire, England.  He married 2nd, Mathilda De Arundel in about 1280.  He was of full age in 1255, and apparently served as the Sheriff of Shropshire (1288-1289).  He died in 1300 and was buried in the chapal at Alberbury which he had built.

10. Thomas Corbet, son of Robert and Matilda was born abt 1281.  He married Amice, possibly Hussey, daughter of Ralph Hussey.  Thomas died in 1310 at age 29.

11. Sir Robert Corbet, son of Thomas and Amice was born on Decmeber 25, 1304.  He married Elizabeth Le Strange, daughter of Fulk le Strange and Eleanor Giffard before March 1323.  He was noted as lord of the Vill of Moreton Corbet in 1316, but had not been granted knighthood by 1326.  He purchased Shawbury from Giles de Erdington, which property was conveyed to Thomas Gery, vicar of Morton, and Thomas de Lee of Southbache.  He went to some lengths to pass his lands to Roger Corbet's heirs.  Robert died on Decmeber 3, 1375.

12. Sir Thomas Corbet, son of Robert and and Elizabeth died about 1359.  He married Elizabeth (Amice).

13. Sir Roger Corbet, son of Thomas and Elizabeth was born abt 1330 in Moreton Corbet.  He married Margaret De Erdington, daughter of Giles De Erdington abt 1363.  He died abt. 1394.

14. Sir Robert Corbet, son of Roger and Margaret was born on December 8, 1383.  He married Margaret abt 1400 whose last name is not known.  As his parents were both dead when he was eleven, his wardship and marriage were granted by King Richard II to Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester, who was obliged at the beginning of the reign of Henry IV to hand over the wardship to John Burley I of Broncroft.  Robert proved his age in 1405.  He served as Justice of Shropshire from March 14, 1410 to February 1416, and served the county in Parliament in 1413 and 1419.  In May 1413 he and Richard Lacon (who held office on the Fitz Alan estates) joined David Holbache and Urian St. Pierre (both of whom represented Shrewsbury) in acting sureties for a Matthew ap Maredudd.  In 1413 problems with tax collections were blamed on the dislike of Robert Corbet and Richard Lacon for their nominees as tax collectors.  As a result indictments were brought agains Robert and Roger Corbet, Richard Lacon, John Burley II and other esquires of the Earl of Arundel.  In 1415 Robert and Roger Corbet served in King Henry V's first expedition to France.  Robert was Sheriff of Shropshire in from November 23, 1419 until he died.

15. Sir Roger Corbet, son of Robert and Margaret was born about 1415.  He married Elizabeth Hopton in 1450, the daughter of Thomas Hopton and Eleanor Lucy.  Roger died on June 8, 1467.

16. Sir Richard Corbet , son of Roger and Elizabeth was born in 1451 in Moreton Corbet.  He married Elizabeth Devereux before 1478.  Elizabeth is the daughter of Sir Walter Devereux and Agnes Ferrers.  Richard died on Decmeber 6, 1493.

17. Sir Robert Corbet , son of Richard and Elizabeth was born in 1477.  Robert married Elizabeth Vernon, daughter of Sir Henry Vernon and Anne Talbot.  He died on April 11, 1513 and was buried in Moreton Corbet.  His wife Elizabeth survived him by fifty years and was called the "old Lady Corbet of Shawbury." Tomb effigys of Robert and his wife Elizabeth are found at the Church of St. Bartholomew, Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England.  

18. Dorothy Corbet, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth was born abt. 1511.  She married Sir Richard Mainwaring of Ightfield.  I descend from their son Arthur Mainwaring.


Surnames that married into my Corbet family






My Descent From The Corbet Line

Generation Father Mother
23 Thomas Corbet (1281-1310) Amice
22 Robert Corbet (1304-1375) Elizabeth Le Strange
21 Roger Corbet (-c1394) Margaret De Erdlington
20 Robert Corbet (-1440) Margaret Mallory
19 Roger Corbet (1412-1467) Elizabeth Hopton (c1427-1498)
18 Sir Richard Corbet (1451-1493) Elizabeth Devereux (c1452-1541)
17 Sir Robert Corbet (1477-1513) Elizabeth Vernon (1481-1563)
16 Sir Richard Mainwaring (1499-1558) Dorothy Corbet (1498-)
15 Sir Arthur Mainwaring (1520-1590) Margaret Mainwaring (1521-)
14 Richard Cotton (1539-1602) Mary Mainwaring (1541-1578)
13 George Abell (1561-1631) Frances Cotton (1565-1630)
12 Robert Abell (1589) Joanna (1610-1671)
11 Caleb Abell (1646-1731) Margaret Post (1653-1700)
10 Zachariah Loomis (1681-1751) Joanna Abell (1682-1759)
9 Ebenezer Jones (1718-1800) Zerviah Loomis (1724-1808)
8 Miles Jones (1764-1812) Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)
7 Miles Jones (1794-1885) Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)
6 Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918) Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)
5 Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944) Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

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