Monday, August 10, 2020

George Corliss: Immigrant to New England

 


english origins
George Corliss is said to hail from Devonshire. There is no proof to confirm his origins, his parents are unknown. He is supposed to have been born about 1617. His arrival in New England cannot be pinpointed. 

haverhill
George is first recorded in Massachusetts in 1639 in the town of Newbury. He gave his age as 22. On 26 October 1645, George Corliss married Joanna Davis, daughter of Thomas and Christian Bellshire Davis of Haverhill. They settled in the West Parish of Haverhill on a farm called Poplar Lawn. He was also made a freeman of the colony in 1645.

Like all men of good standing he did his civic duties. George served as constable in 1650 and as Selectman in 1653, 1657, 1669 and 1679. 

children

Mary 1646, married William Neff
John 1648
Joanna 1650, married Joseph Hutchins
Martha 1652, married Samuel Ladd
Deborah 1655, married Thomas Eastman, Thomas Kingsbury
Ann born 8 November 1657, married John Robie
Huldah 1661, married Samuel Kingsbury
Sarah 1663, married Joseph Ayer

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George died in Haverhill on 19 Oct 1686. Joanna died 17 April 1688. George left a substantial estate, and bequeathed land of some sort to most of his children. 

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