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George Corliss[1]

Male Abt 1617 - 1686  (~ 69 years)


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  • Name George Corliss  [2, 3
    Born Abt 1617  Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 19 Oct 1686  Haverhill, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3157  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father Thomas Corliss,   b. 1603, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1683, Newbury, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1267  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joanna Davis,   b. Abt 1624, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1688, Haverhill, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married 26 Oct 1645  Haverhill, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Martha Corliss,   b. 2 Jan 1652, Haverhill, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1698, Norwich, New London County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1266  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1617 - Exeter, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - - America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Oct 1645 - Haverhill, Essex, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Oct 1686 - Haverhill, Essex, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Augustus W. Corliss, 'A Genealogical Record of the Corliss Family of America', Yarmouth ME 1875 p. 3, 201-206, 233-235 George was born in county Devon, England, about 1617. Corliss reports that an old family record gave his father as Thomas Corliss of Devonshire, but that no other sources he had searched had given the same, or any other, information on this point. George came to this country in 1639 and settled that year at Newbury MA, but soon afterward moved to Haverhill MA, where he was a farmer, and resided until his death 1686.

      NEHGR 14:337 states that about the year 1635, the custom of registering the names of emigrants from England to America was discontinued, and only the number of persons carried by each vessel was recorded. No record has been found naming George Corliss as a passenger. George had land at Haverhill by 1640, and built a log house upon it in 1647. This tract was in the 'West Parish' of Haverhill, and the farm became known as 'Poplar Lawn'. When Corliss wrote in 1875, the property had continuously belonged to George's descendants. George Corliss married Joanna Davis at Haverhill MA 26 Oct 1645. This was the second marriage in the town. There is a tradition in the family, to the effect that at the time of his marriage, George Corliss was possessed of a pair of silk breeches of such generous proportions that his wife afterwards converted them into a dress for herself. In 1645, George Corliss was a freeman at Haverhill MA. On 22 Jan 1648, and again in 1657, 1669-70, and 1679, he was chosen selectman. On 26 Mar 1650 he was chosen constable. 'It is a fact worthy of record, that George Corliss, his son John, and his grandson John, all died on the same farm, and each one when sitting in the same chair. George's will was dated 18 Oct 1686, and he died the next day. He signed his will by his mark, rather than by signature, probably because of weakness. (A copy of his signature from 1653 has been preserved.) He made bequests of land to each of his children. The inventory, dated 26 Oct 1686, included 482 acres of land, livestock, plow iron and other iron wear; cotton,
      linen and woolen yard and 9 pounds of wool; butter and cheese; wheat and Indian corn; 10 pounds of hops; and a variety of other household possessions. On 27 October 1686, 'Johanah Corles' attested to the truth of the inventory and was granted administration of her husband's estate. She signed by mark. A picture of Poplar Lawn, the family homestead, as it appeared in 1875, is facing p. 233.

      BIRTH-FATHER-RESIDENCE: Lee and Mae Corless, 'A Family Study, Descendants of Jesse and Polly (Chase) Corless...' 1980, p. 17-18: 'A Reginald de Corlies was active at the Siege of Jerusalem during
      the Second Crusale which occurred during the period 1147 - 1188 A.D. Some of the Corlies family emigrated from Belgium to England in the 17th Century because of severe religious persecution which took place over an extended period of time....' The name in England has been variously spelled CORLIES, CORLASS, CORLISS and CORLESS. 'The first Corless (or Corliss, both spellings are found in print) that we found on record on this Continent was George, son of Thomas, born in Devonshire, England about 1617. He emigrated to New England in 1639, settled in Newbury, Mass., and moved to Haverhill where he remained...'

      George Wingate Chase, 'The History of Haverhill, Massachusetts', New England History Press 1983, p. 60, 72 'George Corliss came from England to Newbury about the year 1639, being at the time about
      twenty-two years of age. He is believed to be the first one of the name who came to this country, and the ancestor of most if not all of that name in New England.... 'Corliss was an enterprising and industrious man, and well qualified to take a prominent part in the settlement of a new town. He settled in the West Parish, on the farm of the late Ephraim Corliss, now owned by his son Charles, who is of the seventh generation from the original grantee -- and at his death was possessed of a large landed property. He owned most of the land on both sides of the old 'Spicket Path,' as it was then called, for a distance of more than three miles.' Facing p. 60 is a picture of Poplar Lawn, the estate of Charles Corliss.

      BIRTH-MARRIAGE-DEATH-RESIDENCE: Allen Hazen, The History of a House p. 30 Resided Newbury and Haverhill, 1639 RESIDENCE: John Corliss: Hist. of Haverhill p. 6, 8-9 George Corliss - then spelled Corle - was born in Devonshire County, England, about the year 1617. He immigrated to America, as nearly as can be ascertained, in 1639; and proceeded to Newbury. About 1640-41 he settled in Haverhill, where on 26 Oct 1645 he married Joanna Davis, a native of Wales. His was the second marriage in Haverhill. Tradition has it that, when married, he had a pair of silk breeches, which his wife afterward made into a dress for herself. In 1647, Mr. Corliss built a log house on his farm, about three miles west of the little settlement. The dwelling was erected on a sunny knoll, close by a small brook. In 1885, traces of its cellar were still visible. His will was dated 18 Oct 1686 and he died 19 Oct 1686, leaving a wife, one son and seven daughters. [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S835] Pioneers of Massachusetts, Charles Henry Pope, (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1991), F63.P822., p. 118.

    3. [S836] Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families, Frank R. Holmes, (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1964), p. lvii.

    4. [S838] Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, (1911), Vol II, p. 76.

    5. [S834] Bill Prokasy, Bill Prokasy, (wprokasy database on RootsWeb), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wprokasy&id=I00041.