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She left Galway Bay, Ireland.

He left Queens County, Ireland, now called Laois (Leash) County.

She came in through Canada to her uncle’s in Chicago, Illinois.

He ducked out through Canada (Against his family wishes.) to Chicago, Illinois and roomed with someone.

She was the eldest of 13 children.

His parents and brother were all in the medical field, but he couldn’t become a doctor because he had no sense of smell.

She didn’t like being a maid so very much, so she became a Nurse’s Assistant at Michael Reese Hospital.

He went to school most of his life, he studied the wireless, he then was bus conducting and when the busses had no more to do, he went to the railroad.  (Mike, my brother, also said he worked 10 years for the post office.)

She was seeing this fellow the family liked a lot and he was a good dancer, which she liked very much.

He came to the dance with his room mate, but he never danced.

He walked her home from that dance.

Then on September 29, 1926 he and she became

Mary Ellen (Griffin) Corbet and Vincent J. Corbet.


Why was our name changed from Corbett to Corbet.


“...there were a lot of English in Ireland, in the old days, you know, and they were kind of taking over.  And there was two Corbett’s going to college in Dublin and my husband’s relative was one of them.  The other Corbett was a Protestant, and in order to be different they went to court and took one T off the name.” 

                                                by Mary Ellen (Griffin) Corbet

        She believes it to be Vincent’s Great Grandfather, so granting 20 years for each generation I put it between 1840-1850.


Klinker Family Tree


The 1860 census indicates that both the Klinker and Quinn families emigrated through the port of Philadelphia in 1846. I cannot find any records to indicate when they got married but they settled in LaFayette, Indiana and raised their family there.  They had 6 boys and one daughter. Joseph Klinker and Rosanna Quinn are both buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in LaFayette, In. The Cemetery records show that Joseph Klinker served in the Indiana Infantry and was wounded in the Civil War and although he died in 1880 someone comes out to the cemetery every year and puts a plastic American Flag on the big monument that marks his grave.  No records from the 1990 census are available due to a fire in the National Archives that destroyed all the records. Rosanna died in 1914.

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First Holy Communions
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The Fourth Generation
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