Dr. Hiram CORLISS

Male 1793 - 1877  (83 years)


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  • Name Dr. Hiram CORLISS 
    Title Dr. 
    Born 21 Oct 1793  Easton, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Sep 1877  Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I560  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2012 

    Father John CORLISS, IV,   b. 8 May 1747, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1822, Easton, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Lydia HAYNES,   b. 3 Jan 1750/1, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1823, Easton, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married Bef 1769  Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F1585  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Susan SHELDON,   b. 28 May 1794, Easton, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1843, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 6 Apr 1814  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Folger CORLISS,   b. 29 Jul 1815, Easton, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1855, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     2. George Henry CORLISS,   b. 2 Jun 1817, Easton, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1888, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Elizabeth Sheldon CORLISS,   b. 23 Jul 1819, Easton, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1820, Easton, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Rev. Dr. Albert Hiram CORLISS,   b. 11 May 1823, Easton, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1883, Cambridge, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     5. Charles CORLISS,   b. 26 Feb 1826, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1862, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     6. Elizabeth Sheldon CORLISS,   b. 7 Apr 1829, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1905, Binghamton, Broome County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     7. Sarah Sheldon CORLISS,   b. 25 Sep 1831, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1846, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     8. William CORLISS,   b. 5 Nov 1834, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1915, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     9. Susan Frances CORLISS,   b. 12 Aug 1839, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1840, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F1594  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Alma Howland SAMPSON,   b. 1804, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1858  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 11 Mar 1848 
    Notes 
    • 1850 census of Greenwich, Washington County, New York, enumerated 21 September 1850:

      - Corliss, Hiram, age 55, occupation Physician, property value $5,000, born New York.
      - Corliss, Alma H., age 46, born Massachusetts.
      - Barns, Alzena, age 56, born New York.

    • 1860 census of Greenwich, Washington County, New York, enumerated 20 August 1860:

      - Corliss, Hiram, age 66, occupation Physician, real estate value $3,000, personal property $4,000, born New York.
      - Barker, Harriet, age 44, occupation Domestic, born New York.

    Last Modified 1 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F1596  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Sophia Maria GILES,   b. 12 Aug 1811, Leicester, Addison County, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1879, Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 14 May 1861  Greenwich, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1870 census of Greenwich, Washington County, New York, enumerated 28 July 1870:

      - Corliss, Hiram, age 76, occupation M.D., real estate value $40,000, born Vermont.
      - Corliss, Maria, age 57, occupation Keeps House, born Vermont.
      - Cowan, Mary E., age 22, born Vermont.

    Last Modified 5 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F1620  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Oct 1793 - Easton, Washington County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Apr 1814 - New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 May 1861 - Greenwich, Washington County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Sep 1877 - Greenwich, Washington County, New York Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "Corliss Connections," 2/96: Dr. Hiram Corliss, born the son of John and Lydia (Haynes) Corliss on October 21, 1793 in a log cabin in Easton, NY, is perhaps one of the best examples of Corliss "hard-headedness." Convinced that farming was not the life for him, Hiram pursued education, receiving a doctor's certificate from the College of Doctors and Surgeons in New York in 1816. (An honorary MD was awarded him in 1847 after he had established himself as a surgeon of skill and reputation.) His practice was in the community of Union Village, NY, later renamed Greenwich. There he became a town personage without equal, for not only did he perform near-miraculous surgical procedures, but he expressed opinions on the most medical issues of the day (e.g., vaccine for smallpox, etc.) in the local newspapers. Nor were his commitments confined to medicine. In the 1840's and 50's, he became known as the leading abolitionist in the area. So concerned was he about the evils of slavery that he left the local Dutch Reformed congregation in town, which he perceived to be supporting the status quo by its pulpit silence on the issue, and founded a new Congregational Church. There he and others of like mind acted upon their social conscience. Local historians have maintained that Dr. Hiram Corliss' home on Bridge Street near the Battenkill River was a "station" on the Underground Railroad. Dr. Hiram was also a committed tea-totaler who also wrote broadsides in the local press about the evils of alcohol, uring abstention in the county. One local historian says, 'Dr. Corliss was a tall man with a large forehead and penetrating eyes. He had a deep, poweerful voice and boundless energy. He had a hand in nearly everything that took place in Union Village. He is said to have had a liberal amount of patience, good nature and humor, and to have excelled in the social graces. One of the big affairs of the year in Greenwich was on his birthday when he opened the doors of his home to everyone in the village.'"

      From Gail Reynolds's genealogy: Residence: Union Village, NY or what was renamed Greenwich in 1824.
      Physician, Doctor's certificate from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in NY in 1816.
      Honorary MD from U. of N.Y. in 1847.
      He was an abolitionist, Congregationalist
      He was born in a log cabin in Easton, NY.
      He built a large home, "The Mansion" on Bridge Street in Greenwich where he loved to entertain.
      "Dr. Corliss was a tall man with a large forehead and penetrating eyes. He had a deep, powerful voice and boundless energy. He had a hand in nearly everything that took place in Union Village. He is said to have had a liberal amount of patience, good nature and humor, and to have excelled in the social graces. One of the big affairs of the year in Greenwich was on his birthday when he opened the doors of his home to everyone in the village....An ardent abolitionist, Dr. Corliss did much tp make Greenwich a prominent station on the Underground Railroad. He had a station in his own Bridge Street home. There is a tradition that there was a tunnel from his house to the Battenkill for the concealment of runaway slaves.....His greatest disappointment was that he could not go to Philadelphia in 1876 to see his son George's 'centennial engine'."

      From War of 1812 Pensioners, p. 470: "Hiram Corliss (or Hiram Collice), Maria (first husband Moses Cowan) third wife WC-20972. She m. Hiram 14 May 1861 Greenwich, NY. Soldier died 7 Sep 1877 Union Village, NY. Widow died before 18 Aug 1890. He served in Davenport's NY Militia. Lived in Washington COunty, NY."

      From "The Greenwich Community of 1850" by Islay V. H. Gill: "...Doctor Hiram Corliss, now sixty-seven years old, who had for many years been the busiest of the village physicians and was building his pretentious new home on Bridge Street on the bank of the Battenkill. He was a native of Easton." (p. 15) Re the Congregational Church : " a rebel splinter from the Dutch-Reformed Church, was rabidly anti-slavery and pro-temperance. It was making a brave struggle to carry on .... The congregation was small but, under the leadership of such courageous souls as Dr. Hiram Corliss...had an influence all out of proportion to its membership." (p 13)

      From "A History of Greenwich 1809-1909" by Mrs. B. F. Sharpe
      "Dr. Corliss built the Ed Crandall building for a furniture store, and the Odd Fellows had meetings upstairs. Dr. Corliss at that time (1871) occupied the present Heron House, whence he dispensed a large hospitality." p. 19

  • Sources 
    1. [S23] NEHGS, website: www.americanancestors.org.
      Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, Haverhill - V2, pg. 160