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George Henry Corkum (1749 - 1836)

Mr. George Henry "Georg Henrich, Georg" Corkum aka Von Gorkum, Gorckum
Born in Westhofen, Rhine, Pfalz, Germanymap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married 16 Sep 1777 in Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Nova Scotiamap
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Died at age 87 in Lunenburg, Colony of Nova Scotia, Colony of Britainmap
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Georg Heinrich Corkum was born 27 April 1749 [1] in Westhofen, Germany.[2] He was baptized a few days later on 2 May 1749 in Pfungstadt, Hessen, Germany [3]. His surname on his baptism record is spelled Gorckum [4].

Georg Heinrich emigrated to Nova Scotia with his parents on the "Pearl" which left Rotterdam June 6, 1752 and arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 22*. [5][6] His name appears on the various victualing lists at Halifax and Lunenburg between 1752 and 1757.[5] (*Gregorian calendar which we use today. Britain still used the Julian calendar at that time.)

His parents are listed in the 1770 Census and George Henry would be one of the four youngest boys who are still at home (the older ones having married.)[7]

He married Elizabeth Collicut on September 16, 1777.[8] Fourteen children are listed in the Town of Chester family records.[9] A record of his death has not been found.


  1. Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898
  2. Descendants of Johan Wilhelm Corkum
  3. Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898
  4. Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898
  5. 5.0 5.1 Register of the Foreign Protestants of Nova Scotia (Ca. 1749-1770) Winthrop Pickard Bell, and J. Christopher Young, 2003. pp. 10 & 189
  6. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
  7. Nova Scotia Archives 1770 Census, Lunenburg (Line 10)
  8. FamilySearch Marriage records of the Dutch Reformed Church, Lunenburg. "By Revd. Bruin Romkes Comingo. 1777. September 16th. George Henry Gorkum, and Elizabeth Collicut."
  9. FamilySearch Heirs of Henry Gorgum (Images 50-51)
  • NS Chester Town Records. Chester, Nova Scotia, Town Records, Record Type: microfilm. MG4, Vol. 13. Repository: Nova Scotia Public Archives and Records Management, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Corkum desc. report. Descendants of Johan Wilhelm Corkum, Recipient: Virginia Basken, Address: Nova Scotia. 6 November 1996
  • 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.
  • "From Gorinchem [Gorkum] Holland, to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada", Location: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Author: Arlene Bailey
  • Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. FHL Film Number: 1195494. Reference ID:B2 p 115.
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010. Place: Halifax, N.S.; Year: 1752; Page Number: 23.


  • Research by Jamie Swindells, imported from Public Member Trees.
  • Research by Marsha Auger.

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Oddly while Henry Corkum apparently had 14 children, only the first four and then Lydia (the 10th) appear in the baptism records of the Dutch Reformed Church in Lunenburg. Baptism records have not been found for the others. Could Lydia's baptism have been coincidental as an opportunity of timing since Henry's brother Peter's daughter Elizabeth born the year before was baptized at the same time in a group of 11 children when the Dutch Reformed minister came to Chester? Except for Lydia, the last child baptized was in 1784. Based on the early baptisms, it seems that Henry Corkum was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church for a few years. Might he have switched to the Baptist church in Chester which was established there in 1788? The Baptists did not perform infant baptisms. That might explain the absence of baptisms of the children before and after Lydia. Lydia Corkum and Henry Frail were married in the Baptist Church. Just some speculation at this point.
posted by Rod Corkum
His birth name would have been Gorkum, The Corkum spelling didn't evolve until some time after the family had arrived in Nova Scotia.

The research note that had been on this profile referred to a census which was for Wilhelm, son of Johann Hermann Gorkum, not the Wilhelm, son of Johann Wilhelm Gorkum.

posted by Rod Corkum

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