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Mary (Corbitt) Dailey (abt. 1783 - 1849)

Mary Dailey formerly Corbitt aka McDonald
Born about in South Carolina, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married 25 Jan 1825 in Catahoula Parish, Louisianamap
Descendants descendants
Died [location unknown]
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Mary Corbitt (Corbet, Corbett) was born in Barnwell District of South Carolina around 1783. Her birth year is calculated from her Franklin Parish, Louisiana death record in 1849 which states she was 66 at that time.[1][2][3]

11 August 1829 - State of South Carolina, Barnwell District MARY CORBIT appoints FRIZEL JOHNSON and CHARLES N. JOHNSON of the State and District aforesaid as her lawful attorney to receive monies due from the estate of BENJAMIN CORBIT of the Parish of Catahoula... MARY (x) CORBITT - Witness: JOHN WILLIAMS, CORNELIUS K. BROWN

State of Louisiana - Parish of Catahoula - Before me, HITTOWER after being duly sworn as the law directs, saith she was in the house of BRINKLEY CORBIT when the above MARY CORBIT was born and it was on January 6, 1808 ... sworn to me this 2nd October 1829... /s/ ANNA (x) HITTOWER - Witness: JOHN CHAROIS

Personally appeared before me MARY FILL being duly sworn saith on her oath that the within MARY CORBIT is the daughter and only daughter and heir of BRINKLEY CORBIT, own brother of BENJAMIN CORBIT late of Louisiana ... Sworn before me this 11 day of August 1829. /s/ MARY (x) FILL - Witness: KILLIS HALLFORD[4]

Records in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana

Wife of J W McDonald

At some time between 1800 and 1810, Mary emigrated from South Carolina to Louisiana, likely just after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Her uncle Benjamin also makes this trip. His wife is recorded as Priscilla in Louisiana in legal records.
No records have been located to show when or where Mary married.
Early Catahoula Parish records mention Mary Corbitt and J W McDonald as parents of Benjamin and Priscilla McDonald.
Census of Catahoula Parish Louisiana in 1810 shows Jacob McDonald with 2 sons and a daughter less than 10 years old and a wife 26 - 45 years old.[5]
The last record found of Jacob McDonald is seen in 1819 when he is empaneled on the Grand Jury of Catahoula Parish.[6]

Widow of J W McDonald

Census of Catahoula Parish Louisiana in 1820 shows Mary McDonald as head of household with 2 sons 10 - 15 years old and a son and daughter each under 10 years old.[7]. [8] Therefore, they appear to have had at least 5 children but it is unknown how many other than Benjamin and Priscilla survived to adulthood.
4 January 1823 - Mary McDonald sells for $550 to Benjamin Corbet a negro boy, Charley, about 15 years old... /s/ Mary McDonald, Benj Corbet - Witness: Thomas H. Martin, Samuel Daily (sic Dailey)[9]

Wife of Samuel Dailey

Mary married Samuel Dailey on 25 Jan 1825.[10]
In the Catahoula Parish Probate Court settlement of the estate of Benjamin Corbett, she petitions as Mary Dailey, an heir of Priscilla Corbett, deceased in 1828, widow of her uncle, Benjamin Corbett, deceased in 1825.[11][10]
Samuel Dailey in the 1830 Census has 5 children in the home, 2, one female and one male under the age of 5, and 2 older males and 1 older female, as well as a woman 50 to 60 years of age and 15 slaves.[12]
Mary bore Samuel Dailey two children, Milton and Mary, before he passed away 17 Feb 1832. [13]

Widow of Samuel Dailey

In 1840 Mary Dailey has a son and daughter 10-15 years old and a son 20 - 30 years old in the home. No slaves are listed.[14]


Issue of J W McDonald and Mary Corbitt

Issue of Samuel Dailey and Mary Corbitt

Family Factoid

Half brothers Benjamin McDonald and Milton Dailey marry sisters Sally and Martha Buie. Both men die in separate duels.


US Federal Census Mortality Schedule for 1850 shows that she died in October of 1849 at the age of 66 and was born in South Carolina. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 for Mary Dailey #[1]
  2. Phyllis Thibodeaux #[2]
  3. 1800 United States Federal Census [3]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
  4. First Settlers of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana 1808-1839 Self-Published by Carol Young Knight [4]
  5. "United States Census, 1810," database with images, FamilySearch (#[5] : 1 December 2015), Louisiana > Catahoula > Orleans > image 4 of 11; citing NARA microfilm publication M252, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. Rootsweb #[6]
  7. "United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch (#[7] : 16 July 2015), Louisiana > Catahoula > Harrisonburg > image 8 of 8; citing NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. Rootsweb#[8]
  9. USGW Archive Catahoula Parish #[9]
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wiggins Family (And Allied Families) Daniel K and Amie Whatley Wiggins Children 1784 - 1981 (197 Years) Clara Adrienne Sisk Wilson p. 143 Dailey Family Bible
  11. USGW Archive Catahoula Parish Probate Record of Estate of Benjamin Corbett #[10]
  12. "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (#[11]: 14 August 2015), Louisiana > Catahoula > Not Stated > image 14 of 28; citing NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  13. USGW Archives - Catahoula Parish Probate Records #[12]
  14. "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch (#[13] : 24 August 2015), Louisiana > Catahoula > Not Stated > image 21 of 42; citing NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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