My mother's line: (recent surnames
Stowe, Corbin, Willingham, Whitener/Weidner, Wilson, Mann,
Moseley, Champion, Deweese, Wilde, Dellinger, Buchanan - NC, SC,
GA and AL)
My mother's Mother was Etta Adelle Corbin, b. 19 Dec 1921 in
Oakmon, Gordon co., GA, daughter of Odie Figures Corbin
(1895-1948) of Pleasant Hill, Gilmer co., GA and Jessie Mae
Whitener (1898-1968) of Cherry Log, Gilmer co., GA. Her siblings
were "Merdie" Anderson Corbin m Louise Houston;
"Grover" Edward Corbin m Henerava Renfro; Luther
"Leon" Corbin m Mildred Lawson; Bertha
"Irene" Corbin m Nelson Padgett; Hester
"Venella" Jane Corbin m Vernon Crist; Evelyn
"Louise" Corbin m James Chesnut; "Mary"
Elizabeth Corbin m Calvin Goss, Sr.; "Ruby" Nell Corbin
m 1st Eugene Callahan 2nd Anthony Linzini 3rd William Thrash;
"Clara" Lee Corbin m 1st Dan Wilson 2nd Donald Roy
Smith; James "Jamie" Vernon Corbin m Janice Elaine Ricks.
Prior Corbin Generations working backwards:
Merida Franklin Corbin
(1860-1939) and Cornelia Jane "Nealie" Wilson
(1866-1939) of Gilmer County, GA and AL
(1813-1864) and Manerva Masters (1820-1890) of SC, GA and AL
John Corbin (1776-1853) of SC and GA, and his unknown first wife
Peter Corbin (1750-1795) of VA and SC and Elizabeth ? (1754-1822)
Some say this line goes back to the Corbins of Virginia, and I agree with that,
but others say they are descendants of another line of Corbins. I don't
yet have data proving either supposition correct, so am collecting info on all
the Corbin lines out of Virginia, NC, SC and GA in hopes of one day discovering
My g-grandfather was Odie Figures Corbin, who was
the son of Merida Figures Corbin, b 22 Sep 1860 married 1883 Cornelia Jane
"Nealie" Wilson b 16 Sep 1866 in NC, daughter of Thomas Wilson and
Hester A. Deweese. Hester's father was Rev. Jules Deweese. Merida, called
"Merdie", and Nealie Wilson had the following children: Ary Minnie S.
b 12 May 1885 married J. Sim Brock; Alice E. b 19 Feb 1886 married Joe Allen;
Lemur V. b 9 Oct 1886 married Lester Radcliff; Riley Eugene b 23 May 1889
married Bertha Gertrude Copeland; Walter Columbus b 5 Oct 1890 married Jewel
Beatrice Sellers; Vollie Ershel b 31 Jan 1892 married Hattie Hill - he died in
Gilmer county, GA at age of 24 when kicked in the head by a horse; Virgil Lester
b 31 Jan 1894 married Ina Ellis; *Odie Figures b 6 Jun 1895 married Jessie Mae
Whitner; Elsbury b 11 Nov 1896; Arthur L. b 14 Apr 1898; Otis Winfield b 22 Jan
1901; Ralph Willard b 30 Apr 1903; Hattie Azzilee "Azzie" b 17 Feb
1905; Waldo C. b 27 Feb 1907; Louttie E. b Mar 1912. The last three, my Aunt
Azzie, Aunt Louttie, and Uncle Waldo never married - Waldo was an invalid - and
they lived together in Albertville, AL until their deaths, all in 1991.
Thomas Wilson above was born 13 Mar 1839 in Yancey
county, NC, and married Hester A. Deweese on 21 Nov 1858. His death and what
actually happened to him is a big family mystery with several possibles
including murder by a Southerner since he fought on the side of the Union,
killed in self-defense by Hester one night when he was abusing her, and shot by
a sniper during the War. No one knows for sure what happened to him.
Hester lived out her life with her daughter, Cornelia "Nealie" and
son-in-law, "Merdie" Corbin, and died at Sand Mountain, AL 31 Jul
1930. Their children were Annia Addie Wilson b 9 Dec 1859 in NC who married ?
Drennon; and Cornelia Jane "Nealie" Wilson b 16 Sep 1865 in NC married
Merida Figures Corbin.
My great-grandmother, Jessie Mae Whitener, was daughter
of William Anson Whitener b Sep 10, 1852 and son of Columbus Whitener and Emily
Searcy. "Bill" Whitener married Janie Luvilla Mann, daughter of Emsley
Oliver Mann and Molly Mosley.
Weidner/Whitener generations working backwards:
William Anson Whitener (1852-1934) and Janie Luvilla
Mann (1860-1910) of NC and Gilmer County, GA
(1834-?) and Clara Sarah Emily Searcey (1835-1906) of NC and
Gilmer County, GA
Johannes D. Wilfong Whitener (1784-1885) and
Margaretha Dellinger (1793-1860) of NC and Gilmer County, GA
Daniel Whitener/Weidner (1750-1833) and Mary Wilfong (1765-1827)
George Heinrich Weidner (1717-1792) and Catherine Mull
(1733-1805) of PA and Lincoln County, NC
Peter Weidner (d abt
1730) and Catherine ? (d 1742) of Germany and PA.
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