Matthew Corbett, the son of Moses Corbett and Mary Bacon and the brother of Mary and Elizabeth was baptised on 8 May 1764 as Matthias at Middleham Parish Church North Yorkshire. He married three times and had fifteen children, most of whom died in infancy or early childhood. His son Edward Corbett (qv) born in 1812, was one of the few that survived to adulthood
Matthew Corbett’s occupations were many and varied. By 1794 he was working as a Joiner, with an address in Brazennose Street, Manchester, but by 1821 had moved to Pimlot Street, Pendleton, Salford, where he was also a brush manufacturer. At some stages in his career he was a cotton manufacturer and builder. By 1824 his occupation was given as land and building agent surveyor and valuer. At an Inquiry to assess compensation to be paid by Manchester Streets Improvements Commissioners, held in 1825, Matthew Corbett stated that he had been a valuer for more than twenty years. Claims that he also acted as an architect are possible but have proved impossible to verify.
1794: Matthew Corbett, joiner, 23 Brazennose Street, Manchester
1821-2: Matthew Corbett joiner and brush maker, Pimlet Street, Pendleton
1823: Matthew Corbett, Raven Street, Pendleton [Manchester Guardian]
1834: Matthew Corbett Raven Street Pendleton Manchester Guardian 19 July 1834 page 2 – Fate of a Cuckoo
1841: Mr Matthew Pimlot Street, Pendleton, aged 75. census /directory