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its public schools, and engaging in agricultural
pursuits on arriving at manhood's estate. He
was a devout Methodist, working actively to
advance the cause of religion, and was beloved
throughout the community. He married So-
phia Burdick, and had three children, of whom




Asa B. was the second. The eldest. John
Corbin, Jr., was born in the town of PawHng,
and his education was obtained in the pubHc
schools. He was engaged in business as a
carpenter and wagon maker during the greater
portion of his life. He and his wife Matilda
(Ferris), had one daughter, Alice, who was
born in Pawling, is now the wife of Mr. Gar-
ner, a farmer in Connecticut, and they have
one child. The youngest of the three children
of John Corbin, Sr., Betsy, born 1813, mar-
ried Horace Haviland, and died March 28,

Our subject was born December 16, 18 14,
was educated at the common schools, reared
on a farm, and learned the trade of a carpenter,
later also that of wagon maker. Some forty
years ago he established that business, in con-
nection with undertaking, in Pawling, and con-
tinued same up to his death which occurred-
February 28, 1887. He was a man of good
executive ability, and accumulated a fine prop-
erty. On December 16, 1859, he married
Mary L. Allen, and they had one daughter,
Grace A., born September 22, 1866, now the
wife of Alonzo M. Leach. The mother died
June 16, 1889; she was born April 25, 1835, ^
daughter of Horatio and Hannah (Pendley)
Allen, farming people of the town of Pawling,
who had a family of four children: Susan,
Ruth, Gideon and Mary L. Asa B. Corbin
was a progressive man, originally a Whig, and
later a Republican in politics, finally joining
the Prohibition party on its formation, and in
i860 he served as supervisor of his county. In
temperance work he was extremely active,
giving freely to the cause of his time and
mone}', and he was a zealous member of the
M. E. Church.

Alonzo M. Leach was born January 18,
1855, in Sherman, Conn., a son of David W.
and Samantha M. (Hawes) Leach, who were
the parents of three children, Alonzo M. being
the youngest. Florence, the eldest, married
Edward P. Briggs, a merchant of Sherman,
Conn., and they have one child, Belle.
Charles L, the second in David W. Leach's
family, married Ida H. Wanzer, and they have
had two children, Ray, and one that died in
infancy. They live on the old farm in Leach
Hollow, Conn. The Leach family are of
Scotch extraction, and trace their pedigree
back to Ichabod Leach, who was one of three
brothers (sons of Moses Leach) who came
from Scotland. David W. Leach, the father

of Alonzo M., was born in 1822, a son of
David Leach. He was a Democrat, served as
a captain in the old State militia, and was a
member of the State Legislature, besides hold-
ing other minor offices at various times. Sa-
mantha M. (Hawes) Leach (the mother of Al-
onzo M.) was the third in the family of thir-
teen children born to David Hawes and his
wife. She died in 1877.

Alonzo M. Leach received his primary ed-
ucation at the common schools of the neigh-
borhood of his boyhood home, afterward at-
tending the Golden Hill Institute, Bridgeport,
Conn., where he was graduated in 1874. He
then worked on a farm until 1882, in which
year he came to Pawling, where he entered
the employ of Merwin & Holmes, general mer-
chants, with whom he has remained ever since,
with the exception of one year he spent in
Bridgeport. On October 19, 1892, he and
Miss Grace A. Corbin were united in marriage.
They have one child, Helen M., born Decem-
ber 31, 1894. In his political preferences Mr.
Leach is a Republican.


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