Francis Corbin, was a native of England, served as land agent for Earl Granville from 1744-1759. He also served as member of the Council, Judge of the Court of Admiralty, associate Judge of the General Court, Legislator, Justice, and Colonel of Militia. He got caught up in the politics of the day and was removed from his government jobs. His underofficers as land agent made illegal decisions and charged excessive fees and the populace blamed Corbin. In 1759, at what became known as the Enfield Riot, a posse of men from Halifax, Edgecombe and Granville counties captured Corbin and held him in Enfield, NC and required him to give bond for the reform of the proprietary land office. He afterwards represented Chowan County in the General Assembly. The Cupola House in Edenton was built for Corbin and Corbintown, named in honor of Samuel Corbin, was later renamed Hillsborough, NC.