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George Corliss

Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Death: Died in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Corliss and Mrs. Thomas Corlisse
Husband of Joanna Ordway
Father of Mary Neff; Anne Robie; John Corliss; Joanna Dow; Martha Corliss and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About George Corliss

SOURCE: ANCESTRY.COM: George Corliss Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 101,079 Family Trees

Born in Exeter, England on 1620 to Thomas Corliss and Thomas Corlisse. George married Joanna Davis and had 9 children. He passed away on 1686 in Haverill, Massachusetts, USA.

  • Parents: Thomas Corliss 1595-1683 & his wife: 1585-1616
  • Spouse(s) Joanna Davis 1625-1700


  • Mary Corliss 1646-1720
  • John Corliss 1647-1748
  • Joanna Corliss 1650-1734
  • Martha Corliss 1652-1697
  • Deborah Corliss 1648-1703
  • Ann Corliss 1657-1691
  • George Corliss 1659-1750
  • Huldah Corliss 1651-1708
  • Sarah Corliss 1663-1737

George was an immigrant ancestor to the English colony of Massachusetts, what is now the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA.

(said to be the 2nd marriage in that town)

  • 2. JOANNA DAVIS, sister (crossed out in pencil & added "daughter") of Thomas Davis, of Marlborough, England, who was b. ___ , d. ___.
    • Residence : Haverhill, Mass.
    • Occupation : Fanner.
  • Children :
    • CORLISS.
    • (77) 3. Mary, Sept. 6, 1646, d. Oct. 22, 1722.
    • (10) 4. John, Mar. 4, 1648, d. Feb. 17, 1698.
    • (85) 5. Joanna, Apr. 28, 1650, d. Oct. 29, 1734.
    • (94) 6. Martha, June 2, 1652, d. ___ .
    • (106) 7. Deborah, June 6, 1655, d. ___ .
    • (116) 8. Ann, Nov. 8, 1657, d. June __ , 1691.
    • (124) 9. Huldah, Nov. 18, 1661, d. ___ .
    • (127) 10. Sarah. Feb. 23, 1663, d. ___ .
  • 4. JOHN CORLISS(f) married, Dec. 17, 1684, —
  • 11. MARY WILFORD, (+), of Haverhill, Mass., dau. of Gilbert Wilford, b. Nov. 18, 1667, d. ___ .
    • Residence : Haverhill, Mass.
    • Occupation : Farmer, — soldier.
  • Children: .... etc.
    • * See Personal Sketches. (f) Ibid. (+) Mary [Wilford] Corliss married, second, William Whittaker, and had,- Rachel, Nov. 4, 1703; Susannah, Jan. 13, 1705.
  • Pg.201
    • GEORGE CORLISS. (1.)
  • The family records show that George Corliss, the founder of our family in America, was born in the county of Devonshire, England, about the year 1617, and that he came to this country in 1639, and settled, in that year, at Newbury, Mass., but soon after moved to Haverhill, Mass., where he resided until his death in 1686. The original tract of land on which he settled in 1640, and on which he had built a log house in 1647, was in what is known as the "West Parish" of the town, and the farm is now known as "Poplar Lawn," and has never been out of the posession of his direct descendants. He was the first settler in that part of the town.
  • The "New England Historical and Genealogical Register," Vol. 14, 1860. page 337, states that about the year 1635, the custom of registering the names of emigrants from England to America, which had been in vogue, was changed, so that only the number of persons carried in each vessel was recorded. This, doubtless, accounts for the fact that no record can be obtained of the name of the vessel in which George Corliss came across the Atlantic.
  • In several instances, in searching old family records, the name of Thomas Corliss, of Devonshire, England, appears as the father of George Corliss ; but no other source yet searched gives the same or any other information on this point.
  • It is said, and is on record, that George Corliss left England on account of religious persecution ; but it is much more probable that he came over, as thousands of young men did, to build a home in the new colony.
  • On the 26th of October, 1645, George Corliss was married, at Haverhill, Mass., to Joanna Davis (2), who, some of the old records show, came from Wales; but, from the fact that in his will he speaks of his "brother
  • Pg.202
  • Davies by law," referring to a piece of land which he owned which had once belonged to Davis ; and that, in the inventory of his effects, mention is made of the same land as once owned by Thomas Davis, it is fair to presume that his wife was the sister of Thomas, above, who was from Marlborough. England, a sawyer, who came over in the "James and William," in April. 1635.* This was the second marriage in the town. There is a tradition in the family, to the etfect that, at the time of his marriage, George Corliss was possessed of a pair of silk breeches of such generous proportions that his wile afterwards converted them into a dress for herself. There is no further record of Joanna Corliss after the estate was settled at the death of her husband, in 1686, unless it was she who married, Oct. 4th, 1687, as "Johannah Corley," James Ordway, at Newbury, Mass., as shown in county records of births, deaths, and marriages.
  • In "Savage's Genealogical Dictionary," Boston, Mass., 1860, p. 457, appears the following :
    • "George Corless or Corliss. Haverhill. 1645 — had wife Joane. His daughter Mary married. Jan. 23d, 1665, William Neff, who died in 1689, and eight years after she was taken prisoner by Indians and partook in the heroic act of Mrs. Dustin, and died Oct. 22d, 1722. Another, daughter married Thomas Eastman : another married Samuel Ladd ; and Huldah (another daughter) probably, married Nov. 5th, 1679, Samuel Kingsbury. Descendants of the sixth generation still live on his farm. John, of Haverhill (probably a son of the preceeding) , took the oath of allegience Nov. 28, 1667, and perpetuated the farm I suppose."
  • "Chase's History of Haverhill, Mass.," 1861, besides many other mentions of his name, has the following :
    • "George Corliss came from England to Newbury about the year 1639, being at the time about twenty-two years of age. He is believed to be the first one of the name who
    • * Since the above was wrilten, information has been received that tends to throw a doubt on this matter, and makes it possible that Joanna Davis was a daughter of Thomas Davis, instead of his sister. To preserve it, and enable others to solve the matter, the substance of the information, which came from Mr. Henry J. Cross, of Salem, Mass., a descendant of Ann Corliss .and John Robie, is given as follows:
    • In George Corliss' will, he speaks of the land "I recovered of my brother Davis by law." This land, Mr. Cross concludes, was that recovered by George Corliss from Joseph Davis (a son of Thomas), whom he sued in the Norfolk Courts for a debt, a part of which was for a years wages of George Corliss' son John. The verdict, rendered after the death of Joseph Davis, was in favor of George Corliss, and an execution was granted May 1st, 1673.
    • In 1723, John Corliss, grandson of George Corliss, and a "great-grandson of Thomas Davis," was appointed administrator of Thomas Davis' estate, "de bonis non."
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  • came to this country, and the ancestor of most, if not all of that name in New England, he married Joanna Davis Oct. 19, 1645, by whom he had one son and seven daughters. George Corliss was an enterprising and industrious man, and well qualified to take a prominent part in the settlement of a new town. He settled in the West Parish, on the farm of the late Ephraim Corliss (482), now owned by his son Charles (1180), who is of the seventh generation from the original grantee, and at his death was possessed of a large landed property. He owned most of the land on both sides of the old 'Spicket Path,' as it was then called, for a distance of more than three miles." Opposite page 60 of that work is a view of the old Corliss farm, or, as it is now known, "Poplar Lawn," which has been reproduced in this volume.
  • In a pamphlet called " Report of Centennial Proceedings at Orford, N. H., Sept. 7th, 1865," is given the same information contained in "Chase's History of Haverhill," and it also refers to the division of George Corliss' property among his children, and gives other matters of interest to the family, all of which are embodied in various parts of this book. .... etc.
  • The will of George Corliss, reproduced below, .... etc.
  • _____________________________
  • George Corliss
  • Birth: 1617 Exeter, Devon, England
  • Death: Oct. 19, 1686 Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Joanna Davis Corliss (1624 - 1688)
  • Children:
    • Sarah Corliss Ayer (1663 - ____)*
  • Burial: Haverhill City Cemetery Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • From:
  • _____________________________
  • George Corless1
  • M, #119338, b. circa 1617, d. 19 October 1686
  • George Corless was born circa 1617 at Exeter, Devonshire, England.1 He married Joanna Davis, daughter of Thomas Davis and Christian Bellsire (Belcher), on 26 October 1645 at Haverhill, Essex, MA.1 George Corless died on 19 October 1686 at Haverhill, Essex, MA.1
  • Family Joanna Davis b. c 1624, d. 17 Apr 1688
  • Children
    • Anne Corless+1 b. 8 Nov 1657, d. Jun 1691
    • Sarah Corless+1 b. 23 Feb 1663, d. 1695
  • Citations
  • 1.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From:
  • ________________________
  • DAVIS, Joanna
  • b. ABT 1624 Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
  • d. BEF 12 JAN 1692/3 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: Davis, Thomas
  • Mother: Coffin, Christina
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 26 OCT 1645 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
  • Spouse: CORLISS, George
  • b. ABT 1617 Exeter, England
  • d. 19 OCT 1686 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
  • Children:
    • CORLISS, Mary
    • CORLISS, John
    • CORLISS, Joanna
    • CORLISS, Martha
    • CORLISS, Deborah
    • CORLISS, Ann
    • CORLISS, Huldah
    • CORLISS, Sarah
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 4 OCT 1687 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
  • Spouse:ORDWAY, James
  • From:
  • __________________________

He immigrated to America about 1639 and settled in Newbury, MA[8; moved to Haverhill, MA, in 1640. His will was dated 18 Oct 1686 and probated on 23 Nov 1686 at Haverhill, Essex Co, MA.

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George Corliss's Timeline

October 26, 1617
Exeter, Devon, England
Age 21
Newbury, Mass.
Age 27
Haverhill, Mass.
September 28, 1646
Age 28
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
November 8, 1647
Age 30
Haverhill,, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
March 4, 1648
Age 30
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Colony
Age 30
April 28, 1650
Age 32
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
January 2, 1652
Age 34
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

Could have been born either in 1651 or 1652.