George Corwin

George Corwin (1666 - 1696)

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George Corwin
Born in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married 23 Apr 1688 in Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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George Corwin was born on 26 Feb 1666 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay, the son of John Corwin and Margarett Winthrop.[1]

On 23 April 1688, he married 1st, Susanna Gedney, at Salem, Massachusetts Bay. [2]

By 1693, he married 2nd, Lydia Gedney, at Salem, Massachusetts Bay. [2]

He died on 12 Apr 1696 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay.[3]


  1. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 New England Marriages to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "George Corwin," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed December 30, 2019).

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George Corwin

1690 , Salem

Colonial figure. He was the High Sheriff of Essex County in the Massachusetts Bay colony during the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria and carried out the arrests of the accused and the executions of the condemned. He also presided at the fatal interrogation, under torture, of accused Giles Cory, who was crushed to death with stones over a period of three days. Only in his mid twenties when he held the post, anecdotal history portrays the sheriff as particularly sadistic and corrupt. But official documents that survive indicate he carried out his duties according to the accepted practices and mores of the time. Reviled after the hysteria, when he died a man who was among the accused successfully put a lien on Corwin's corpse delaying its burial until his executors recompensed him for property seized by the sheriff. Later, Corwin's family buried him in the cellar of his house fearing his body might be seized by others seeking revenge or reimbursement. Years later, his remains were exhumed and quietly re-interred in the Corwin family tomb. Surviving evidence shows property seized by Corwin was used to maintain prisoners. Corwin was awarded the High Sheriff's post by Gov. William Phips after he distinguished himself in Phips' expedition against French Quebec in 1690. (bio by: Bob on Gallows Hill)

posted 14 Mar 2011 by Joan (Luxon) Webster
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