John Corbett1

#7948, (circa 1827 - 13 April 1887)
Father*James Corbett1 (s 1804 - )
Mother*Catherine Clancy1 (c 1805 - )


Mary Carroll b. c 1834, d. 1904
Children 1.James Corbett3 (1852 - )
 2.John Corbett10 (1855 - 1918)
 3.Edward Corbett3 (c 1857 - )
 4.Jerimiah Corbett11 (c 1859 - )
 5.Catherine E Corbett+12 (c 1861 - 1943)
 6.Ferdinand1 Corbett13 (1863 - )
 7.Ferdinand Corbett12 (c 1866 - 1893)
 8.Michael Corbett12 (c 1868 - )
 9.Stephen Corbett14 (c 1871 - )
He was a stone mason and, later, an architect. 
John Corbett, "born in Ireland and trained as a mason, and he later emigrated to New Brunswick before 1860 where he first resided in Memramcook, N.B. before moving to Charlottetown, P.E.I. in 1866. He became the favoured architect of the Roman Catholic bishop there who, in 1875, presented him with a gold watch engraved with the inscription 'Presented to John Corbett, Architect, by the Bishop of Charlottetown, as a token of gratitude for his honesty, devotedness and ability in superintending the building of schools, churches and the Episcopal Residence in the Diocese of Charlottetown' (Examiner [Charlottetown], 20 Dec. 1875, 3). He employed a 'pure Gothic' style for his ecclesiastical work, but his public buildings in Prince Edward Island are distinctly his own work, executed in brick or heavy stone masonry in simple rectangular forms with boldly expressed round-arched windows and stone band coursing in a reserved Romanesque Revival style. In 1880 he moved to Ottawa after receiving the appointment of superintendent of lighthouse construction in the Marine Department. Corbett died in Ottawa on 13 April 1887." Thank you to the Biographical Dictionary of the Architects of Canada.2 
Birth*circa 1827He was born circa 1827 at IrelandG.3 
November 1833He accompanied Catherine Clancy and James Corbett in November 1833 to New BrunswickG.1 
1851He appeared on the census of 1851 in the household of Catherine Clancy at Moncton, Westmorland Co., New BrunswickG; (neis. Mary Kennedy; Richard Delahunt; Patrick Hennessey; Florence Donovan; Mary Carroll, age 50, wid.)1 
Marriage*4 November 1851He married Mary Carroll on 4 November 1851 at Westmorland Co., New BrunswickG; (prob. in Memramcook, see citation for poss. location.)4 
Marriage8 February 1853He witnessed the marriage of Thomas Riely and Johannah Corbett on 8 February 1853 at Westmorland Co., New BrunswickG.5 
1861He and Mary Carroll appeared on the census of 1861 at Moncton City, Westmorland Co., New BrunswickG.3 
1881He and Mary Carroll appeared on the census of 1881 at Charlottetown, Queens Twp., Prince Edward IslandG.6 
Death*13 April 1887He died on 13 April 1887 at Ottawa, Ontario.7 
Burial Rites*15 April 1887Burial rites for John Corbett were performed on 15 April 1887 at Church of St. Joseph, Ottawa, Ontario.8 
Burial15 April 1887He was buried on 15 April 1887 at Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.9 


  1. [S83] 1851 Canada Census (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia). Catherine Corbit (46), widow, b. Ireland, farming, entered Colony Nov 1833; first four children b. Ireland.
  2. [S2677] Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800 - 1950, online
  3. [S80] 1861 New Brunswick Province Census. John Corbett (35), b. Ireland, stone mason; Mary (27), b. NB.
  4. [S1600] New Brunswick Marriage Registers 1789-1889, online, Westmorland 1835-1856, img. 263/336, p. 416, no. 3217. John Corbett and Mary Carroll, both of Moncton Par., marr. 4 Nov 1851 by Ferdinand Gauvreau, Missionary of Dorchester and other places; witn. John Kennedy and Ellen Corbett. [Record not found in St-Thomas, shemogue, or St-Anselme Parish registers. In this County Register, the next two entries, also reported by Gauvreau, are of marriages on 24 Nov 1851 and 4 Dec 1851, both found in the Memramcook church register.]
  5. [S2278] New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950, online, Westmorland Co. Marriage Register, Volume B, p. 452, no. 3362, img. 281/336. Thomas Riley [in margin, Reily] and Johannah Corbett, both of Moncton Par., marr. 8 Feb 1853 by F X Lafrance; witn. J Corbett and Margaret Corbett. (Note: not found in either St-Anselme or St. Thomas registers).
  6. [S42] 1881 Canada Census. John (53), b. Ireland, architect; Mary (49), b. NB.
  7. [S2674] Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947, online, Deaths 1887 > no 1978-8634, img. 174/1632, p. 415, No. 245. John Corbett, b. Ireland, d. 13 Apr 1887, age 59, dysentery; inf. Rev. G Bouillon.
  8. [S2675] Ontario, Canada, Roman Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1760-1923, online Church of St. Joseph Parish Register, Vol. II (1882-1901), p. 210, S-11, img. 112/711. John Corbett, d. 13 Apr 1887, age 59; bur. rites 15 Apr 1887.
  9. [S2763] Canadian Headstones, online Shared standing monument. John Corbett, d. 13 Apr 1887, age 59 / his wife Mary Carroll, d. 3 Jul 1904, age 67 / their son Robert F, d. 28 Apr 1893, age 24 / their son Rev. John M Corbett, d. 12 Jun 1918, age 60. Notre Dame Cemetery - Section K, Carleton (incl. Ottawa), Ontario.
  10. [S101] Gabriel Drouin, compiler, Drouin Collection: St-Thomas, Memramcook, Cte Westmorland, 1845-1899 (Montreal, Quebec: Institut Généalogique Drouin), p. 87, B-56, img. 95/1466. John Corbert, age four weeks, son of John Corbert and Mary Carroll; bapt. 17 Jun 1855 by F X Lafrance, sponsors Thomas Delahunt and Sara Kennedy. Same day as Florence Donovan, Thomas McDonald, Catherine Kennedy, Rosanna Kennedy and Ann Delahunt.
  11. [S135] Gabriel Drouin, compiler, Drouin Collection: St-Anselme de Fox-Creeks, Cte Westmorland, 1833-1870 (3 typed manuscripts) (Montreal, Quebec: Institut Généalogique Drouin), Typed p. 47, B-2, img. 48/99. Jeremiah Corbett, age ten weeks, son of John Corbett and Mary Carroll, bapt. 8 Jan 1860 by Jno. Murray; sponsors John Larissey and Catherine Delahunt.
  12. [S42] 1881 Canada Census.
  13. [S110] Gabriel Drouin, compiler, Drouin Collection: St-Anselme de Fox-Creeks, Cte Westmorland, 1832-1841 (original and typed) (Montreal, Quebec: Institut Généalogique Drouin), Mss. p. 164, B-44, img. 105/124. Ferdinand Corbett, age 7 weeks, son of John Corbett and Mary Carroll, bapt/ 12 Jul 1863 by Jno. Murray; sponsors Ferdinand Corbett and Ellen Hennessey.
  14. [S2676] The Ottawa Directory (Ottawa: A S Woodruff), Years 188-89, pp. 171-172. Mary, wid. of John, Ferdinand (steam fitter), Michael (bookkeeper) and Stephen (clerk, Lebel Bros.), all res. 378 Rideau.