John Corbett

John Corbett (1835 - 1859)

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John Corbett
Born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Died in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Categories: West Bromwich, Staffordshire | English Coal Miners | Suicides | Murderers.

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John Corbett was born in Staffordshire, England.
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John was born in 1835. He was the son of George Corbett and Mary Law. He was christened on 8 May 1835 at Tipton, Staffordshire [1][2]

In 1841 he lived with his father, step mother and siblings at West Bromwich, Staffordshire [3]

In 1851 he was working as a coal miner and still living with his father, step mother and siblings at Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire [4]

John married Mary Ann Bird on 10 April 1854 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire. [5] They had two sons, Joseph Corbett and George Corbett.

Sadly John and Mary Ann did not have a happy marriage and conflict between them led to the unfortunate circumstances that lead to both their deaths. Newspaper reports from the time describe in graphic detail how John killed his wife and then took his own life. [6][7]

On 6 April 1859 the Derby Mercury reported on the inquest of Mary Ann. [8]

THE MURDER IN STAFFORDSHIRE. - An inquest upon the body of Mrs. Corbett, whose brutal murder by her husband we reported last week, has been held at West Bromwich, and terminated in Corbett's committal for "Wilful murder." The murderer, however, will be little affected by this verdict, the surgeon having declared it impossible that he could live. In cutting his throat he has divided the windpipe and touched the neck bone.

John passed away a few days after the death of Mary Ann in 1859. [9] He was buried on 25 May 1859. [10]

The Manchester Courier of 6 April 1859 reports on an inquest on John:[11]

THE MURDER AT WESTBROMWICH, - On Wednesday an inquest was held at West Bromwich on John Corbett, the miner, who, it will be remembered, after murdering his wife in that town on the night of the 25th of last month, cut his own throat in a most dreadful manner, using for the purpose the knife with which he had just before taken his wife's life. Against Corbett the coroner's jury who investigated the cause of his wife's death returned a verdict of wilful murder. He was then lying at the house of a relative, and was not removed to gaol, but police-offices tended upon him night and day as his nurses until the time of his death, which occurred on Tuesday. The surgeon, Mr. W. J. Kite, after reading the depositions, was decidedly of the opinion that Corbett, when he cut his wife's and his own throat, was not insane; on the contrary, he thought that the evidence of what he did before the murder, and his attempts to strangle himself afterwards, showed that he was a determined suicide. Evidence was then given to show that four days before the murder he showed his wife, at midnight, a large knife, saying, "Do you see this" and adding, "we have both got to die." The jury, first, after some considerable consultation, were (being 14 in number) 10 for a verdict of felo de se, and four for one of insanity; after calling in the aid of the coroner, however, they decided 13 for the former verdict and one for the latter.


  • 1841 - West Bromwich, Staffordshire[3]
    • George Corbett - 35-39 - Staffordshire
    • Mary Corbett - 30-34 - Staffordshire
    • Joseph Corbett - 15-19 - Staffordshire
    • Sarah Corbett - 9 - Staffordshire
    • John Carbett - 6 - Staffordshire
    • Eliza Corbett - 3 - Staffordshire]
    • Jemima Corbett - 1 - Staffordshire
  • 1851 - Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire[4]
    • George Corbett - 48 - Head - Labourer at a Colliery - Tipton, Staffordshire
    • Mary Corbett - 47 - Wife - Colliers Wife - Tipton, Staffordshire
    • John Corbett - 16 - Son - Coal Miner - Tipton, Staffordshire
    • Eliza Corbett - 10 - Daughter - West Bromwich, Staffordshire
    • Jemimal Corbett -10 - Daughter - West Bromwich, Staffordshire
    • Deborah Corbett - 6 - Daughter - West Bromwich, Staffordshire
    • Luke Corbett - 4 - Son - Scholar - West Bromwich, Staffordshire
    • Lucy Corbett - 2 - Daughter - West Bromwich, Staffordshire
    • John Bridgewater - 15 - Son in Law - Coal Miner - Dudley Worcestershire


  1. IGI, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2014), John Corbett, 08 Mar 1835; citing TIPTON,STAFFORD,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 435,872, 435,873, 435,874.
  2. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014, John Corbett, ); citing St. Martin's, Tipton, Stafford, England, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,526,134.
  3. 3.0 3.1 UK census 1841 - West Bromwich, Staffordshire
  4. 4.0 4.1 UK census 1851 - Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire
  5. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), John Corbett, 1854; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1854, quarter 2, vol. 6B, p. 824, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  6. - 06 April 1859 - Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser
  7. - Peterhead Sentinel and General Advertiser for Buchan District 08 April 1859
  8. - 06 April 1859 - Derby Mercury - Derby, Derbyshire, England
  9. GRO index (Deaths) - CORBETT, JOHN     24   GRO Reference: 1859  J Quarter in WEST BROMWICH  Volume 06B  Page 419.
  10. "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991," database, FamilySearch ( : 24 December 2014), John Corbett, burial 25 May 1859; citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,042,394.
  11. - 16 April 1859 - Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser


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