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David H. Corbett (1832-1897) and Family


Born in Nova Scotia, in 1832, David H. Corbett was in the United States by the early 1850s. He married Sarah P. McIntosh, who was born in Stoughton, on July 24, 1856 at the Congregational Church in that town. The family came to South Dedham shortly thereafter.


Corbett was a blacksmith by trade. He worked for the late Charles Morse for 5 years and then he hired J.W. Roby’s shop and opened his own business with his brother, Thomas. He retired from blacksmithing due to cancer of the lip. After his recovery, he was employed at the New York & New England Car Shops on Lenox Street until his death at 65 on February 13, 1897, of pneumonia after only 2 days of illness. He was an expert workman, a thoroughly good and faithful man, and one of Norwood’s most esteemed residents. He had the friendship and good will of all his shop mates at the Car Shops.



Eighteen years later, in February of 1915, Corbett’s widow, Sarah P. McIntosh Corbett, 76, died after a month-long illness. Sarah’s chief interest was in her home but she had a large circle of friends and she was a member of the Women’s Relief Corps. Her funeral was held at

their home, 240 Nahatan Street.



Interred with the couple in Old Parish Cemetery are their son, Herbert A. Corbett, who predeceased his mother in 1903, their daughter, Sarah C. Corbett, who died in 1935, and an infant son who had died in 1868. The Corbett family gravestone is a twentieth century stone with the tools of the blacksmith trade engraved on its face.


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