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Johannes Corkum (1792 - 1845)

Johannes (John) Corkum
Born in Chester, Lunenburg, Nova Scotiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 2 Aug 1814 in Chester, Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 53 in Chester, Lunenburg, Nova Scotiamap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Sep 2009
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Born 14 Mar 1792 in Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada.[1][2]

Married 2 Aug 1814 in Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada.[3][4][5]

Died 18 Nov 1845 in Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada.[6]

Research Notes

Two John Corkums appear in the 1838 census of Lunenburg County. Town of Chester: 1. a laborer with 1m. 6-14; 2 f. 6-14; 2 m. >14; 3 f. >14, for a total of 9, including John. Town of West Chester: 2. a farmer, with 1 m<6; 1f<6; 2 m. 6-14; 1f. 6-14; 2 m. >14; 3f. >14 for a total of 11 including John. [7]

When John died in 1845, his obit states that he left 8 children. Only one or two are believed to be Martha Etter's. Did she die young, and did John remarry?

There is a marriage in Lunenburg of one John Corkum and Anna Maria Nauss, 8 December 1818 at the DR church of Lunenburg. Is this perhaps our John?

Obit. for John states he was in 54th yr of his age. He left his widow and eight children. Information for all children except for Sophia Catherine (which is from Ron Barkhouse, and Joseph E. which is from Chester records, comes from Jean Jess of Halifax, NS (1992). There are undoubtedly other children, if eight were left at John's death. Obituary was published in Christian Messenger, states that John's brother George also died around the same time. No probate found so far.

At some point, John became a Baptist. Is this the reason that the births of his later children aren't recorded?


  1. Source: #S10
  2. FamilySearch Records of the Town of Chester. "John Gorgum, Son of Henry, and Elisabeth Gorgum, was born in Chester on the fourteenth day of March, one thousand, Seven hundred and Ninety two. Recorded April 27th, 1792. Ebenezer Fitch, Town Clerk." (Image 50)
  3. Source: #S10
  4. FamilySearch Records of the Town of Chester. "Jno. Corckum, and Martha Etter were Legally Joined in Marriage on the Second day of Augt., , One thousand, Eight hundred and fourteen, By the Revd. Joseph Dimock, of Chester. Recorded the 24th Decr., 1814. Jno. E. Pence, Town Clerk." (Image 17)
  5. The Diary of Joseph Dimock Page 120, "71. John Gorkum son of Henry was married to Martha Etter both of Chester after being Lawfully published by Me Joseph Dimock Clerk Aug. 2 1814"
  6. Source: #S89
  7. Source: #S57
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group to George Corkum consisting of Pauline Eisner GEDmatch M822190, Chris Whitten GEDmatch A820770 and Emily Bigelow GEDmatch M676519 sharing a 17.2 cM segment on Chromosome 4 from 181,444,288 to 186,908,593.
  • S10: Chester, Nova Scotia, Town Records, Record Type: microfilm. Note: MG4, Vol. 13. Repository: Nova Scotia Public Archives and Records Management.
  • S3: Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Lunenburg, NS, Canada. Baptisms: 1770-1819 and 1837-1870. Marriages: 1770-1818. Burials: 1771-1818 and 1837-1854.
  • S57: The 1838 Census Enumeration for Lunenburg County, NS, Canada, Record Type: Census enumeration, Household: John Corkum, Location: Lunenburg County, NS., Record Info: R.G. 1, Volume 449. Repository: Nova Scotia Public Archives and Records Management.
  • S89: The Christian Messenger, 26 Dec 1845, Index #4648 at PANS, Halifax, NS, Canada.


Thank you to the research of Jamie Swindells and Marsha Auger.

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Hey Marsha,

I have an updated GEDMatch for the numbers in the DNA confirmed citation, I am going to update the citation.


posted by Mags Gaulden

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