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Edenton in Chowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Francis Corbin

(d) 1767

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2010
1. Francis Corbin Marker
Inscription.  
Granville agent, jurist, legislator. Provoked "Enfield Riot." Home, "the Cupola House, " 2 blks. S.
 
Erected 1982 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number A 69.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics.
 
Location. 36° 3.591′ N, 76° 36.521′ W. Marker is in Edenton, North Carolina, in Chowan County. Marker is at the intersection of N Broad St. and Queen Street on N Broad St.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edenton NC 27932, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barker House (a few steps from this marker); Edenton Tea Party (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Hugh Williamson (within shouting distance of this marker); Chowan County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); James Iredell, Jr (within shouting distance of this marker); Mackeys Ferry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Johnston (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named James Iredell (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edenton.
 
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By Sandra Hughes, August 12, 2010
2. Cupola House
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1. Francis Corbin. Stopping Points entry:
Most of Francis Corbin’s life before his arrival in America remains a mystery. It is assumed that he was born in England, possibly London, in the early 1700s. (Submitted on August 23, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

2. Francis Corbin (d. 1767). North Carolina History Project entry (Submitted on March 7, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. Enfield, North Carolina. Town History:
An event in Enfield's history which probably helped to spark American independence was the "Enfield Riot," one of the earliest political actions against British tyranny. In January, 1759, a group of backwoodsmen seized Lord Granville's land saint, Francis Corbin, in Edenton and brought him to Enfield. (Submitted on August 24, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
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Having moved from England to Edenton, NC, when I married a native of that town - the first colonial capital of North Carolina - I had always been surprised that nobody there knew anything about Francis Corbin's life or family from before he became, in 1749, agent for Earl Granville, the English nobleman who then owned a swathe across the north of NC that was about one-eighth
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By Bernard Fisher, June 28, 2012
3. Francis Corbin Marker
of the total area of the Carolinas. Submitted on August 23, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.
    — Submitted March 7, 2021.
 
House Erected In 1758 by The Notorious Francis Corbin. image. Click for full size.
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4. House Erected In 1758 by The Notorious Francis Corbin.
Corbin was Lord Granville's land agent in America for his betrothed, Jean Junds, both of whom died before their marriage could be consummated. The property was sold by Corbin's brother and heir, Edmund Corbin, to Dr. Samuel Dickinson, and is still occupied by his descendants. The portrait of Mrs. Penelope Barker, of Revolutionary Tea-party fame, hangs in one of its apartments. The assembly of North Carolina is said to have met here formerly. The initials F. C. and date 1758 are still plainly visible upon the gable-post.
From The Magazine of American History, Vol. XXVIII, No. 6, December 1892.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 745 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   3. submitted on July 2, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   4. submitted on October 25, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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