William Corbit was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, July 15, 1819. He is a son of John and Elizabeth Corbit, natives of Scotland, who came to America when young people. They were married in Chester county, Pennsylvania, where they spent the remainder of their lives. They were the parents of two sons and two daughters. William Corbit was reared and educated in his native State. He was there apprenticed to learn the mercantile business. In 1835, he was married, in Chester county, to Elizabeth Dean. Mr. and Mrs. Corbit were the parents of six children, four of whom are now living. In 1870 Mr. Corbit came to Iowa, and located near Des Moines, where he engaged in farming. He still owns two hundred and forty acres of land, seven miles west of Des Moines. In 1880 he came to Griswold, where he has since resided. He is now engaged in mercantile business. Mr. and Mrs. Corbit are members of the Presbyterian Church.
Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 825.