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George Corwin
Birth: Feb. 26, 1666
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 1696
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Colonial figure. He was the High Sheriff of Essex County in the Massachusetts Bay colony during the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria and carried out the arrests of the accused and the executions of the condemned. He also presided at the fatal interrogation, under torture, of accused Giles Cory, who was crushed to death with stones over a period of three days. Only in his mid twenties when he held the post, anecdotal history portrays the sheriff as particularly sadistic and corrupt. But official documents that survive indicate he carried out his duties according to the accepted practices and mores of the time. Reviled after the hysteria, when he died a man who was among the accused successfully put a lien on Corwin's corpse delaying its burial until his executors recompensed him for property seized by the sheriff. Later, Corwin's family buried him in the cellar of his house fearing his body might be seized by others seeking revenge or reimbursement. Years later, his remains were exhumed and quietly re-interred in the Corwin family tomb. Surviving evidence shows property seized by Corwin was used to maintain prisoners. Corwin was awarded the High Sheriff's post by Gov. William Phips after he distinguished himself in Phips' expedition against French Quebec in 1690.  (bio by: Bob on Gallows Hill) 
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  Susanah Gedney Corwin (1663 - 1693)
  Lydia Gedney Corwin (1669 - 1700)*
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Broad Street Cemetery
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Corwin Family Tomb
GPS (lat/lon): 42.51797, -70.89931
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
Record added: Dec 17, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17059213
George Corwin
Added by: Bob on Gallows Hill
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Ann Alcock-Foster was my 2x 10th great grandmother. I cannot for forgive you for her or her immediate family. I can only extend my own forgiveness for you.
- Steven Dunn
 Added: Nov. 18, 2015
May God grant you eternal rest, my eighth great grandfather.
- MrsJTW
 Added: Oct. 1, 2015
Hi Grandpa just stopped by to say Hi and tell you I love you.
- vl beck
 Added: Aug. 19, 2015
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