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Abigail COLBY was born about 1848 in Deer Isle, Hancock County, Maine. Parents: Oliver Lane COLBY and Abigail Yeaton KNOWLTON.


Abigail COLBY was born in 1848 in Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. She appeared in the census in 1860 in Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census in 1870 in Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census in 1880 in Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: Hiram COLBY and Judith SIMONDS.

Children were: Elmer Howard COLBY.


Abigail COLBY was born in 1852 in Wisconsin. She appeared in the census on 17 SEP 1860 in Shawnee, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census in 1880 in Brighton, Marathon County, Wisconsin. Parents: William James COLBY and Cordelia HILTON.

Spouse: George M. JEWETT. George M. JEWETT and Abigail COLBY were married on 2 NOV 1878 in Clark County, Wisconsin. Children were: Hattie JEWETT, Dora JEWETT.


Abigail (Abbe) Hall COLBY was born in 1841 in Greece, Monroe County, New York. She appeared in the census in 1850 in Greece, Monroe County, New York. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census in 1860 in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census in 1880 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. (living with father) Parents: Hall COLBY and Elizabeth BARRETT.


Abigail (Abbie) Laura COLBY was born in 1882 in Illinois. She appeared in the census on 14 JAN 1920 in Des Moines, Lee County, Iowa. She appeared in the census on 24 APR 1930 in Des Moines, Lee County, Iowa. (BOOK SOURCE: "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: Gideon A. COLBY and Mary Etta MERCHANT.

Spouse: Edward Oliver EVANS. Edward Oliver EVANS and Abigail (Abbie) Laura COLBY were married about 1906. Children were: Dorothy E. EVANS, Oliver E. EVANS, Donald Colby EVANS, Robert D. EVANS, Edward Ora EVANS.


Abigail Blaisdell COLBY was born on 5 JAN 1791 in Thornton, Grafton County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) Parents: Hon. Enoch COLBY and Lydia WORTHEN.


Abigail Currier COLBY was born on 6 FEB 1838 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Newbury.) She appeared in the census in 1850 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: 1850 Massachusetts Census. Newbury, Essex County, page 310. Age 12.) She appeared in the census on 9 JUN 1870 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. She appeared in the census on 3 JUN 1880 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. She died on 26 SEP 1916 at Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts (BOOK SOURCE: "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: Capt. William Thomas COLBY and Mary Jane CURRIER.

Spouse: Capt. John Nash PRITCHARD. Capt. John Nash PRITCHARD and Abigail Currier COLBY were married about 1858 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. Children were: William Henry PRITCHARD, Rufus A. W. PRITCHARD.


Photo Abigail Dow COLBY was born on 25 APR 1822 in Epping, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) She died on 24 JUN 1835 at Epping, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She was buried in the West Epping Cemetery at Epping, Rockingham County, New Hampshire Parents: Thomas Chellis COLBY and Abigail KENDRICK.


Abigail G. COLBY was born on 5 JUN 1819 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850. Amesbury.) OTHER (BOOK SOURCE: "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: William COLBY and Sally PAYNE.


Abigail H. COLBY was born on 22 JUN 1818 in Weare, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) (BOOK SOURCE: "The Gove book : history and genealogy of the American family of Gove and notes of European Goves." Author: Gove, William Henry, Date of Publication: 1922.) Parents: Joseph COLBY and Lydia GOVE.

Spouse: Elijah MEADER. Elijah MEADER and Abigail H. COLBY were married about 1835 in Lincoln, Addison County, Vermont.

Spouse: Nelson CHASE. Nelson CHASE and Abigail H. COLBY were married in 1870 in Lincoln, Addison County, Vermont.


Abigail H. "Abbie" COLBY was born on 29 AUG 1845 in Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. She appeared in the census in 1850 in Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census on 30 JUN 1870 in Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. She appeared in the census in JUN 1880 in Antrim, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. She appeared in the census on 20 JUN 1900 in Antrim, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. (3 children, 3 living.) She appeared in the census on 11 MAY 1910 in Antrim, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. (3 children, 3 living.) She appeared in the census on 17 JAN 1920 in Antrim, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. She died on 22 JAN 1921 at Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. Married Squires Forsythe. Parents: Cyrus COLBY and Eliza CARR.

Spouse: Squires FORSAITH. Squires FORSAITH and Abigail H. "Abbie" COLBY were married on 11 DEC 1866 in Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. Children were: Stella Frances FORSAITH, Mary Ellen FORSAITH, Edith Belle FORSAITH.


Abigail Hunt COLBY was born on 22 DEC 1828 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Newbury.) She appeared in the census in 1850 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: 1850 Massachusetts Census. Cambridge, Middlesex County, page 98. Age 21.) She appeared in the census on 14 JUL 1870 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She appeared in the census on 3 JUN 1880 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Married a Mr. Shepard.
(BOOK SOURCE: "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: Benjamin COLBY and Mary Greenleaf LANE.

Spouse: Jared SHEPARD. Jared SHEPARD and Abigail Hunt COLBY were married on 11 DEC 1850 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. They appeared in the census on 12 JUN 1860 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Children were: Nellie L. SHEPARD, Mary A. SHEPARD, Fannie F. SHEPARD.


Abigail I. COLBY was born in 1841 in Eaton [Madison], Carroll County, New Hampshire. She appeared in the census in 1850 in Eaton [Madison], Carroll County, New Hampshire. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: Abraham COLBY Esq. and Mary Ann MARCH.


Abigail J. COLBY was born on 23 JUN 1856 in Illinois. She appeared in the census on 18 JUN 1860 in Silver Creek, Stephenson County, Illinois. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census in 1870 in Silver Creek, Stephenson County, Illinois. (living at home with father and mother.) She died on 27 SEP 1915. Parents: Rowell COLBY and Abigail LIVINGSTON.

Spouse: Mr. FOSTER. Mr. FOSTER and Abigail J. COLBY were married date unknown.


Abigail L. COLBY was born in JUL 1890 in Illinois. She appeared in the census in 1900 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census on 4 MAY 1910 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census in 1920 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: Walter COLBY and Fanny KEELER.


Photo Abigail M. COLBY was born on 2 MAR 1862 in Courtland, Kent County, Michigan. She died on 13 OCT 1938 at Courtland, Kent County, Michigan. Her obituary appeared in the Rockford Register, Rockford, Kent County, Michigan on 15 OCT 1938.
Grand Rapids Herald
October 15, 1938
Page 14

Colby - Miss Abigail Colby, age 87 passed away Friday morning at her home in Courtland township. She leaves one brother, Rothwell of Cadillac and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1:30 at the home.Interment in Courtland cemetery. Arrangements by Erlend M. Hubbard, Rockford.

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Rockford Register
October ?, 1938

Miss Abbie Colby Dies On Friday
Miss Abigail Colby Passes

Miss Abigail Colby, aged 77, passed away Friday morning at her home in Courtland township. She was born on this same farm known as the Colby Homestead. She taught school for several years. She leaves one brother Rothwell, of Cadillac, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were help Sunday at 1:30 at the home. Interment in Courtland cemetery. Arrangements by Erlend M. Hubbard.

It is with sad hearts that many men and women in this community record the death of Miss Abbie Colby.

She was better known as one of the best loved teachers who ever taught in our rural schools. Hundreds of men and women of the 80’s and 90’s went to school to Miss Colby and in her schoolroom “Thoroughness: was her motto. Those were the days when the United States lived close to Christ and schools songs were, “Rescue the Perishing”, “The Great Physician Now Is Near”, and all those precious hymns composed by P. P. Bliss and Ira D. Sankey. Then those trips in the woods on Saturday afternoons - for never a day was taken from the five day a week periods, - when Miss Colby taught, all nature was the manifestation of the love of God.

She was buried in the Courtland Cemetery at Rockford, Kent County, Michigan She attended Union High School in 1878 in Rockford, Michigan. She was a school teacher for 27 year in Michigan.
Parents: Horace C. COLBY and Ruth BARKER.


Abigail N. COLBY was born on 29 APR 1831 in Whitefield, Lincoln County, Maine.
Name: Abigail N.
Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place: CIVIL, WHITEFIELD, LINCOLN, MAINE
Birth Date: 29 Apr 1831
Birthplace: WHITEFIELD, CIVIL, LINCLN, MAIN
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:
Father's Name: Nathaniel Colby
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Charlotte
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C52119-1
System Origin: Maine-VR
Source Film Number: 12312
Reference Number: 2:ZWG09T
Collection: Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900
She appeared in the census in 1850 in Whitefield, Lincoln County, Maine. (living at home with father and mother) She died on 14 JUN 1864 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: NEHGS, Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910.) She was buried in the Choate Cemetery at Whitefield, Lincoln County, Maine Buried at Choate Cemetery, Whitefield, Maine. Parents: Nathaniel COLBY and Charolette LONGFELLOW.

Spouse: George PERLEY. George PERLEY and Abigail N. COLBY were married about 1851.


Abigail R. COLBY was born in 1832 in Aurora, Erie County, New York. She died in 1840 at Aurora, Erie County, New York. Parents: John COLBY and Relief ADAMS.


Abigail Sarah COLBY was born on 21 OCT 1858 in Vershire, Orange County, Vermont. (SOURCE: FHL Film 0027514; General index to vital records of Vermont, early to 1870 Vermont. Secretary of State.) She appeared in the census on 1 JUL 1870 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census on 19 JUN 1900 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. She appeared in the census in APR 1910 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. (8 children, 6 living.) She appeared in the census on 16 FEB 1920 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. She appeared in the census on 6 MAY 1920 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. She died on 7 JAN 1947. (BOOK SOURCE: "History of Corinth, Vermont" by Town of Corinth History Committee.) Parents: Joseph Alson COLBY and Mary Albina MOODY.

Spouse: Benjamin Hinckley DUNHAM. Benjamin Hinckley DUNHAM and Abigail Sarah COLBY were married on 7 MAR 1875 in Washington, Orange County, Vermont. Children were: Frank Hinkley DUNHAM, Martha Jane DUNHAM, Lucy A. DUNHAM, William Cleveland DUNHAM, Fred Victor DUNHAM, Archie Benjamin DUNHAM, Mary Alnina DUNHAM, Harry Ray DUNHAM.

Spouse: James R. WOODCOCK. James R. WOODCOCK and Abigail Sarah COLBY were married about 1908.


Abigail W. COLBY was born on 18 AUG 1841 in Hooksett, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) She appeared in the census in 1880 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. SOURCE: "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell, his wife Who settled in Bow in 1768" By one of them, Concord, NH Printed by the Republican Press Association 1895. Parents: Alvah COLBY and Lucinda HACKETT.

Spouse: Alfred QUIMBY. Alfred QUIMBY and Abigail W. COLBY were married on 19 JAN 1858 in New Hampshire. Children were: Eliza Bell QUIMBY, Rufus Elwin QUIMBY.


Abner COLBY was born on 19 FEB 1745/46 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts. He died on 3 FEB 1769 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.
SALEM, February 7.
Last Friday Morning a sorrowful Event happened at Haverhill. As two young Men, Sons of Mr. Coleby, of that Town, were passing Merrimack River on Foot, near Sweat's Ferry, they both fell thro' the Ice, and were drowned. Their Bodies were found soon after, under the Ice, near the same Place, and buried. ---Essex Gazette (Salem), Jan 31 - Feb 7, 1769.
Cause of death: Drowning.

SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850. Haverhill; (3) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970; (4) "History of Sanbornton, New Hampshire" Vol II.-Genealogies, by Rev. M. T. Runnels, 1881. Parents: Captain Ebenezer COLBY and Mary CHASE.


Abner COLBY was born about 1751 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (BOOK SOURCE: "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: Sampson COLBY and Betty HOYT.

Spouse: Anna SILVER. Abner COLBY and Anna SILVER were married on 6 JUL 1774 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCES: (1) FHL Number 1000976; COLBY, Amber, Marriage: Anna SILVER; Date: 06 Jul 1774; Recorded in: Birth and Marriage Index for New Hampshire; (2) "Genealogical Abstract of Books 1 and 2 of the First Church Records of Hopkinton, NH'" Taken from the Records fo the congregational church, by Franklin C. Thompson. 1948 found at the NH Historical Society Library # 929.3778b H797t.) Children were: Samson COLBY, Betty COLBY, Anna COLBY, Sally COLBY, Judith COLBY, Abner COLBY.


Deacon Abner COLBY was born in 1764 in Candia, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He appeared in the census in 1830 in Morgan, Orleans County, Vermont.
Males;
60 to 70: 1

Females:
30 to 40: 1
50 to 60: 1

He appeared in the census on 27 AUG 1850 in Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire. (living with son William.) He died at Thornton, Grafton County, New Hampshire. (BOOK SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) "History of Old Chester, New Hampshire from 1719 to 1869". by Benjamin Chase; (3) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: Enoch COLBY and Abigail BLAISDELL.

Spouse: Ruth CHENEY. Deacon Abner COLBY and Ruth CHENEY were married on 16 SEP 1788 in Candia, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: FHL Number 1000976; Marriage: Ruth CHENEY, Date: 16 Sep 1788; Recorded in: Birth and Marriage Index for New Hampshire.) Children were: William COLBY, Mary Clemson COLBY, Daughter COLBY, Ruth COLBY, Samuel COLBY, Osmond V. COLBY, John COLBY, George W. COLBY.


Abner COLBY was born in 1765 in Rumford, Washington County, Vermont. He died in 1827 at Ohio. He has Ancestral File Number 29NM-0C. Parents: Capt. Ezekiel COLBY and Sarah/Sally FOWLER.

Spouse: Cynthia GALPIN. Abner COLBY and Cynthia GALPIN were married about 1798. Children were: Sabra COLBY, Giles COLBY, Alanson COLBY, Clarinda COLBY, Huldah Clarinda COLBY, Clark COLBY, Jacob Ransford COLBY.


Abner COLBY was born on 17 JUL 1773 in Sandown, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970. Parents: Ebenezer COLBY and Lois ELLIOT.

Spouse: Polly FORD. Abner COLBY and Polly FORD were married on 8 FEB 1796 in New Hampshire. (SOURCE: FHL Number 1000976; Marriage: Polly FORD, Date: 08 Feb 1796; Recorded in: Birth and Marriage Index for New Hampshire.) Children were: Deidamia COLBY, Ford COLBY, Betsey Eleanor COLBY, Abner COLBY, Susan COLBY, Ebenezer COLBY, Rufus COLBY, Mary A. COLBY, Theodosia COLBY.


Abner COLBY was born on 5 APR 1773 in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) He appeared in the census in 1810 in Bridgewater, Grafton County, New Hampshire. Parents: Edmund COLBY and Mary (COLBY).

Spouse: Lydia SANBORN. Abner COLBY and Lydia SANBORN were married on 24 DEC 1799 in New Hampshire. (SOURCE: FHL Number 1000976; COLBY, Abner; Marriage: Lydia SANBORN; Date: 24 Dec 1799; Recorded in: Birth and Marriage Index for New Hampshire.) Children were: James P. COLBY, Rebecca COLBY, Osgood COLBY, Asenath COLBY, Lydia COLBY.


Abner COLBY was born on 17 JUL 1787 in Newport, Sullivan County, New Hampshire. He appeared in the census on 10 AUG 1850 in Auburn, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He appeared in the census on 18 JUN 1860 in Auburn, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. (In household is: Walter, 6. is this Abner D. Colby's son?) He died on 26 JUL 1866 at Auburn, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Parents: Abner COLBY and Anna SILVER.

Spouse: Deborah GUNNISON. Abner COLBY and Deborah GUNNISON were married about 1808 in Auburn, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Children were: Caroline COLBY, Eben COLBY, Lois COLBY, Lucinda COLBY, Timothy COLBY, Lucy M. COLBY, Lavina D. COLBY, Sophronia COLBY, Levinia COLBY, John Vincent COLBY, Abner COLBY, Abner D. COLBY, Judith Ann COLBY, Juliet S. COLBY.


Abner COLBY was born on 21 OCT 1793 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. (SOURCE: Film 0027514; General index to vital records of Vermont, early to 1870 Vermont. Secretary of State.) He appeared in the census on 19 AUG 1850 in Sardinia, Erie County, New York. He died on 20 FEB 1863 at Sardinia, Erie County, New York. (BOOK SOURCE: "History of Corinth, Vermont" by Town of Corinth History Committee.) Parents: Corpl. Ezekiel COLBY Jr. and Ruth DAVIS.

Spouse: Patty DAVIS. Abner COLBY and Patty DAVIS were married about 1821 in Holland, Erie County, New York. Children were: Harrison COLBY, Seth COLBY, Elijah COLBY, Jesse COLBY, Ruth COLBY, Charlotte COLBY, James COLBY, Henry COLBY.


Abner COLBY was born on 28 JAN 1802 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. He appeared in the census in 1881 in Eaton, Compton, Quebec, Canada.
FHL Film: 1375834, NA Film Number: C-13198
District: 54, Sub-district: P, Division: 3
Page Number: 26, Household Number:133
Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
Abner COLBY M Male English 79 USA Farmer Baptist
Jane COLBY M Female English 54 England Church of England
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He died on 25 MAY 1887 at Eaton, Compton, Quebec, Canada. (headstone: 25 May 1885.) He was buried in the Eaton Cemetery at Eaton, Compton, Quebec, Canada Parents: Abner COLBY and Polly FORD.

Spouse: Mary Louisa LINDSAY. Abner COLBY and Mary Louisa LINDSAY were married in 1826 in Canada. Children were: Orissa Elsameda "Almeda" COLBY, Charles Grandison COLBY, Althera M. COLBY, Susan Climera COLBY, Amaretta P. COLBY, Milo Jewett COLBY, Orison Eldridge COLBY, Edward James COLBY, Judson Augustas COLBY, George A. COLBY, William Oscar COLBY, A. Herbert COLBY.

Spouse: Jane BARTER. Abner COLBY and Jane BARTER were married on 28 MAY 1866 in Eaton, Compton, Quebec, Canada.


Abner COLBY was born in 1813 in Butler County, Ohio. He appeared in the census on 28 OCT 1850 in Loramie, Shelby County, Ohio. He appeared in the census on 23 JUL 1860 in Loramie, Shelby County, Ohio. He appeared in the census on 6 JUL 1870 in Washington, Shelby County, Ohio. He appeared in the census in JUN 1880 in Washington, Shelby County, Ohio. He died on 9 SEP 1896 at Washington, Shelby County, Ohio. Parents: Joseph COLBY and Parmelia BOOTH.

Spouse: Mary HERCULES. Abner COLBY and Mary HERCULES were married about 1839. Children were: Ann COLBY, Emeline COLBY, Jane COLBY, Andrew J. COLBY, Wallace COLBY, Marsha COLBY.


Abner COLBY was born on 15 OCT 1828. He died on 14 NOV 1828. Parents: Abner COLBY and Deborah GUNNISON.


Abner Chase COLBY was born on 2 MAY 1776 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts. He appeared in the census on 20 SEP 1850 in Darien, Genesee County, New York.
Occupants listed at this residence:
Name Age/Sex Occupation Worth Birth School
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Abner Colby 74 M Farmer $4,500 Mass
Nancy 64 F
Levi H. 31 M Farmer NY
Susan A. 30 F
Levi L. 1/12 M NY
Hiram Colby 25 M Carpenter NY
Harry 22 M Carpenter NY
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He died on 1 AUG 1856 at Darien, Genesee County, New York. Buried at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, Genesee County, New York. He was buried in Darien, Genesee County, New York. (Colby Family Cemetery.) With his brothers, he emigrated to New York after the War of 1812.
SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850. Haverhill; (3) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970; (4) FHL Film 414876, "Ancestry and descendants of the Darien (New York) Colbys : genealogy of five Colby brothers who came to Darien from Canaan, New Hampshire, about 1812" by Rex Chase Bartlett. Parents: Daniel COLBY and Mary FOLSOM.

Spouse: Betsy Laff FLAGG. Abner Chase COLBY and Betsy Laff FLAGG were married on 12 NOV 1795 in Canaan, Grafton County, New Hampshire. (BOOK SOURCE: History of Canaan, NH by William Allen Wallace. The Rumford Press. Concord, NH. p 595 "Abner Chase, son of Daniel, m. Nov 12 1795 by William Ayer, Betsey Laff Flagg.")

Spouse: Nancy STEWART. Abner Chase COLBY and Nancy STEWART were married on 7 NOV 1816 in Darien, Genesee County, New York. Children were: Levi Henry COLBY, Dexter COLBY, Abner Chase COLBY Jr., Hiram COLBY, Harry COLBY.


Abner Chase COLBY Jr. was born on 20 MAR 1823 in Darien, Genesee County, New York. In 1850 he was a blacksmith in Newstead, Erie County, New York. He appeared in the census on 11 SEP 1850 in Newstead, Erie County, New York. In 1880 he was a blacksmith in Pembroke, Genesee County, New York. He appeared in the census in 1880 in Pembroke, Genesee County, New York.
Census Place: District 2, Pembroke, Genesee, New York
Source: FHL Film 1254835 National Archives Film T9-0835 Page 656B
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
Abner C. COLBY Self M M W 57 NY
Occ: Blacksmith Fa: NH Mo: CT
Maria A. COLBY Wife F M W 55 NY
Occ: House Keeper Fa: NY Mo: NY
Jennie ROBERTS Dau F M W 25 NY
Occ: House Keeper Fa: NY Mo: NY
Fred B. ROBERTS SonL M M W 24 NY
Occ: Painter Carriage Fa: NY Mo: NY
Adelbert C. COLBY Son M S W 14 NY
Fa: NY Mo: NY
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He died on 17 FEB 1899 at Nunda, Livingston County, New York. SOURCE: FHL Film 414876, "Ancestry and descendants of the Darien (New York) Colbys : genealogy of five Colby brothers who came to Darien from Canaan, New Hampshire, about 1812" by Rex Chase Bartlett. Parents: Abner Chase COLBY and Nancy STEWART.

Spouse: Maria E. HILL. Abner Chase COLBY Jr. and Maria E. HILL were married on 5 AUG 1844 in Darien, Genesee County, New York. Children were: Josephine A. COLBY, Hannah Elizabeth COLBY, Esther Ada COLBY, Nancy Elma COLBY, Jane A. COLBY, Ella A. COLBY, Willard W. COLBY, Adelbert F. COLBY.


Abner D. COLBY was born on 1 MAY 1830 in Auburn, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He served in the military from OCT 1861 to JUN 1865 in Civil War.
Abner D Colby ,
Residence: Manchester, New Hampshire
Enlistment Date: 09 October 1861
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: U.S. Volunteers
Unit Numbers: 3017 3017 3017
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 09 October 1861 at the age of 31
Enlisted in Company G, 2nd SS Regiment VO on 12 December 1861.
Promoted to Full Corporal on 24 February 1862
Promoted to Full Sergeant 1st Class on 15 November 1862
Reenlisted in Company G, 2nd SS Regiment VO on 24 December 1863
POW on 06 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA
Promoted to Full Lieutenant 1st Class on 11 May 1864
Promoted to Full Captain on 16 January 1865
Transferred Company G, 2nd SS Regiment VO on 18 February 1865
Transfered in Company U, 5th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 18 February 1865.
Released on 28 February 1865
Discharged Company U, 5th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 21 June 1865 in Concord, NH

He appeared in the census in 1870 in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. He died on 6 JUN 1900 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: NEHGS, Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910.) He appeared in the census on 11 JUN 1900 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In 1900 he was a fireman in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Parents: Abner COLBY and Deborah GUNNISON.

Spouse: Amelia L. HARNEY. Abner D. COLBY and Amelia L. HARNEY were married on 27 OCT 1853 in Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: NEHGS, Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910.) Children were: Walter E. COLBY, Oscar COLBY, Effie Amelia COLBY, Oscar Adelbert COLBY.


Abner Gibson COLBY was born on 17 APR 1884 in White Creek, Washington County, New York. He appeared in the census on 9 JUN 1900 in White Creek, Washington County, New York. (living at home with father and mother.) He appeared in the census on 10 JAN 1920 in White Creek, Washington County, New York. (living with brother Willard L. Colby.) He died in 1938. He was buried in the Woodlands Cemetery at Cambridge, Washington County, New York Parents: Abner W. COLBY (twin) and Julia Jeanette PRATT.


Abner Larabee COLBY was born in 1820 in Deer Isle, Hancock County, Maine. In 1860 he was a fisherman in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. He appeared in the census in 1860 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. He died on 30 NOV 1864 at Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: NEHGS, Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910.) Parents: Joseph COLBY and Deborah LARRABEE.

Spouse: Mary LANE. Abner Larabee COLBY and Mary LANE were married about 1841. Children were: Deborah COLBY.

Spouse: Cyrena Shed FOSS. Abner Larabee COLBY and Cyrena Shed FOSS were married on 4 JUL 1847 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Children were: Joseph COLBEY, Cyrena Ann COLBY, Abner Larabee COLBY Jr., Franklin Pearce COLBY, George Washington COLBY, Alice Elnora COLBY, Carrie Ada COLBY, Abner Larabee COLBY.


Abner Larabee COLBY Jr. was born on 17 AUG 1854 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: NEHGS, Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910.) He died on 3 NOV 1857 at Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: NEHGS, Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910.) Parents: Abner Larabee COLBY and Cyrena Shed FOSS.


Abner Larabee COLBY was born on 23 OCT 1863 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. He died on 10 DEC 1864 at Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: NEHGS, Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910.) Parents: Abner Larabee COLBY and Cyrena Shed FOSS.


Abner S. COLBY was born on 18 JUN 1794 in Warner, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) He died on 31 OCT 1814. Parents: Ezekiel COLBY and Elizabeth SARGENT.


Abner W. COLBY (twin) was born in NOV 1846 in New York. He appeared in the census on 18 JUL 1850 in Jackson, Washington County, New York. (living at home with father and mother.) He appeared in the census on 15 JUN 1860 in Jackson, Washington County, New York. (living at home with father and mother. Listed as pauper.) He appeared in the census on 13 AUG 1870 in Jackson, Washington County, New York. He appeared in the census on 8 JUN 1880 in White Creek, Washington County, New York. He appeared in the census on 9 JUN 1900 in White Creek, Washington County, New York. He appeared in the census on 25 APR 1910 in White Creek, Washington County, New York. He appeared in the census on 3 JAN 1920 in White Creek, Washington County, New York. He died in 1927. He was buried in the Woodlands Cemetery at Cambridge, Washington County, New York Parents: Daniel COLBY and Mercy THOMAS.

Spouse: Sarah M. HERRINGTON. Abner W. COLBY (twin) and Sarah M. HERRINGTON were married about 1866. Children were: Charles COLBY, Albert Edward COLBY.

Spouse: Rhoda (COLBY). Abner W. COLBY (twin) and Rhoda (COLBY) were married about 1870.

Spouse: Julia Jeanette PRATT. Abner W. COLBY (twin) and Julia Jeanette PRATT were married about 1874. Children were: Lemuel COLBY, Mercy Ann COLBY, Willard L. COLBY, Abner Gibson COLBY, Elizabeth COLBY, Bertha L. COLBY, Hattie May COLBY, Charles Ezra COLBY.


Abraham COLBY was born on 13 SEP 1600 in Aslacky, Lincolnshire, England. He died on 1 SEP 1625 at Horbling, Lincolnshire, England. He was buried on 2 SEP 1625 in Horbling, Lincolnshire, England. Parents: Thomas COLBY and Anne/Agnes JACKSON.


Abraham COLBY was born about 1679 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He died after 1713 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. In 1713 declared "Non-composmintis" (Mentally unstable).
SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970. Parents: Thomas COLBY and Hannah ROWELL.


Abraham COLBY was born on 7 OCT 1683 in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Rowley.) He died on 30 JAN 1739 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He had administration granted for estate on 17 MAR 1739 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was a yoeman. His mother deeded him house and land in Rowley in 1710, which he sold in 1722. He was dismissed from Rowley Church to the First Church in Amesbury, 1714, and was founder of the 2nd Church in Amesbury, 1726, from which he was dismissed to the First Church in Concord (Pennacook), New Hampshire, 8 November 1730. He bought rights in Pennacook, afterwards called Rumford, and now Concord, NH, in 1729 and 1730; was living there 1729-33, but returned to Amesbury, MA, where he died.

He was disciplined by the 2nd Amesbury Church in 1728, for "coming down from Chester with a cart and ten oxen and two horses on the Sabbath Day."

SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850. Birth, Rowley: Marriage, Newbury; Death, Amesbury; (3) FHL film 0599730 Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; marriage; (4) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970. Parents: Isaac COLBY and Martha PARRAT.

Spouse: Sarah BUCKMAN. Abraham COLBY and Sarah BUCKMAN were married on 21 NOV 1712 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Newbury. Rowley VR says marriage at Newbury.) Children were: Abraham COLBY (twin), Lot COLBY (twin), Lot COLBY, Martha COLBY, Sampson COLBY, Zerababal COLBY, Job COLBY, Mearabah COLBY.


Abraham COLBY (twin) was born on 10 OCT 1714 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850. Amesbury.) He died on 17 MAY 1806 at Conway, Carroll County, New Hampshire. He was a proprietor of Concord, New Hampshire, 1737, and lived successively at Concord, 1735-1738, Amesbury, Massachusetts, 1739-1740. At Concord, New Hampshire again, 1741-1745, at Hopkinton, New Hampshire, 1760-1765, and in Conway in 1773. He was a constable in 1732, and served in the garrison at Concord, New Hampshire, 15 May 1746, at the home of Timothy Walker, Jr.

SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970. Parents: Abraham COLBY and Sarah BUCKMAN.

Spouse: Phebe COLEMAN. Abraham COLBY (twin) and Phebe COLEMAN were married on 6 FEB 1738/39 in Kingston, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: FHL film 0599730 Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Listed in the Vital Records for Amesbury, Massachusetts.) Children were: Sarah/Phebe COLBY, Mary COLBY, Meribah COLBY, Abraham COLBY, Margaret COLBY, Phebe COLBY, Martha COLBY, Colman COLBY, Hubbard COLBY.


Abraham COLBY was born about 1720 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was baptized on 25 JAN 1735/36 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.) He died in 1809 at Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Abraham, with his five sons, settled on Wood Hill in Bow, NH in 1768. On August 16, 1768, he bought of John Leavitt of Stratham part of lots No. 3 and 4 in the 14 range, being 120 acres, for £45, lawfull money. The road through Bow was only a bridle path from the hill where the first meeting house was built, and extending on to where Bow Mills village is now located (1895). The Colby purchase included the land on Wood Hill, both sides of the path, and that portion east of the bridle path was seperated by the road running easterly from Wood Hill to Great Hill.

Here his five sons settled, --Elijah, where P. Green now (1895) lives; Thomas, in the valley, fourty rods west of the road; Willaby, north of the junction of the road east, where Sterling Colby now (1895) lives; John, on the southwest corner of the lot, and Abraham, the father, with his ypungest son, Jonathan, between the lots of John and Thomas, near the Elliot house.

Signed Association Test in Bow, NH.

Comment 2:
His name, and that of his wife Elizabeth, are noted at the Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He was a husbandman (farmer). On 16 August, 1768, he bought 120 acres of land on Wood Hill in Bow, NH for £45 (about $150 at that time). The property was bought from John Leavitt of Stratham, and was located on the westerly side of Wood Hill Road about opposite the intersection of Woodhill-Hooksett Road. It was comprised of Lots 3 and 4 in Range 14 and was divided between his sons. Abraham and his wife spent the rest of their lives there. He signed the Association Test at Bow on 3 Sep 1776 and in the 1790 census, his family was noted as 2-4-3 (meaning himself, 1 son over 16, 4 sons under 16, his wife, and 2 daughters). The "Association Test" stated that "We, the subscribers, do solemnly engage, and promise that we will, to the utmost of out power, at the risque of our lives and fortunes, with arms, oppose the hostile proceedings of the British fleets and armies against the United American Colonies." He marched to Montreal with Gen. Richard Montgomery in 1775. In the latter years of his life, he gave his house to his son Jonathan. In 1791, "The road from Wood Hill easterly between land of Abraham Colby & Willaby Colby thence extending to John Colby's, thence on to Dunbarton line was laid." He died in Bow in 1809, his wife died that same year.

SOURCES: (1) "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell, his wife Who settled in Bow in 1768" By one of them, Concord, NH Printed by the Republican Press Association 1895; (2) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (3) Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850. Baptizim, Amesbury. Marriage listed as Collby; (4) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970. Parents: Thomas COLBY and Frances (COLBY).

Spouse: Elizabeth BLAISDELL. Abraham COLBY and Elizabeth BLAISDELL were married on 23 MAR 1741/42 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.) Children were: Elijah COLBY, Willoughby COLBY, Anna COLBY, John COLBY, Hannah COLBY, Lieut. Thomas COLBY, Eli COLBY, Jonathan COLBY.


Abraham COLBY was born on 22 JAN 1745 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.)
Name: Abraham Colbee
Birthdate: 22 Jan 1745
Birthplace: Rumford, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States
Father's name: Abraham Colbee
Mother's name: Phebe
Recording place: Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States
Film number: 1000378
Digital GS number: 4243701
Image number: 01345
Collection: New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900

(BOOK SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: Abraham COLBY (twin) and Phebe COLEMAN.

Spouse: Mary WALLACE. Abraham COLBY and Mary WALLACE were married before 1764. Children were: Rebecca COLBY, Samuel COLBY.


Abraham COLBY was born on 19 MAY 1779 in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) He appeared in the census in 1850 in Ogden, Monroe County, New York. He appeared in the census in 1860 in Ogden, Monroe County, New York. He died on 4 FEB 1864 at Ogden, Monroe County, New York. SOURCE: Colby Street Cemetery of Ogden, New York, site at http://home.eznet.net/~halsey/cem/colby.htm. He was buried in the Colby Street Cemetery at Ogden, Monroe County, New York Pioneer of Ogden in 1802. Parents: Ephraim COLBY and Mary MERRILL.

Spouse: Sarah PRESTON. Abraham COLBY and Sarah PRESTON were married about 1802. Children were: John Murray COLBY, James COLBY.


Abraham COLBY was born on 28 MAR 1782 in Eaton [Madison], Carroll County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Early Eaton Records, Madison Historical Society.) He died on 17 APR 1806. Parents: Joseph COLBY and Margery WILLIAMS.


Photo Abraham COLBY was born on 22 SEP 1784 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) He appeared in the census in 1850 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.
Occupants listed at this residence:
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Name Age/Sex Occupation Worth Birth School
Abram Colby 66 M Carpenter 500 NH
Sarah Martin 42 F NH
Isaac Martin 12 M NH Y
Sarah is his daughter and Isaac is grandson.
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He died on 8 FEB 1867 at Dunbarton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. He was buried in the East Cemetery at Dunbarton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Buried in the Brown/Nichols cemetery on Dunbarton Center Road in Bow, NH. They lived at the northeast corner of intersection of South Bow Road and Wood Hill Road.
SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970; (3) "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell, his wife Who settled in Bow in 1768" By one of them, Concord, NH Printed by the Republican Press Association 1895. Parents: Lieut. Thomas COLBY and Susannah COLBY.

Spouse: Deborah AUSTIN. Abraham COLBY and Deborah AUSTIN were married on 9 JUL 1807 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. SOURCE: FHL Number 1000976; Marriage: Deborah AUSTIN, Date: 09 July 1807; Recorded in: Birth and Marriage Index for New Hampshire. Children were: Sally A. COLBY, Zebediah A. COLBY, Leonard COLBY, Samuel L. COLBY, Deborah Louisa COLBY, Hannah Q. COLBY.


Photo Capt. Abraham COLBY was born on 28 NOV 1785 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Salisbury, listed as Colbey.) He appeared in the census in 1850 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: 1850 Massachusetts Census. Salisbury, Essex County, page 20. Age 65 Real Estate Value: $1,200.) He appeared in the census in 1860 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. In 1860 he was a retired mariner in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He signed a will on 16 MAR 1865 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
From the Last Will and Testament of Abrham Colby, Essex County Probate records, Vol. 424, pages 28 - 30:
Know all men by these presents that I, Abraham Colby, of Salisbury in the County of Essex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, mariner, being of sound, disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

First, I give and bequeth to Thomas J. Clark of said Salisbury and his successor in trust the dwelling house, land and outbuildings standing thereon situated at the Salisbury Mills Village on Market Street that I purchased of Charles B. Patten and also the sum of one thousand dallars, and also one half of all the personal property that I may die possessed of excepting what I may dispose of in this will to be held by said Thomas J. Clark and his successor in trust, to pay over the income thereof semi-annually or as occaision may require and so much of the principle as the said trustee may deem proper in the case of need, to my daughter, Mary O. Mann during her life. All payment to be made to said Mary O. Mann on her order by the said trustee - all of said payments to be made at her disposal without any controls or any interference from her former husband David Mann, and at the decease of my Mary O. Mann should there be any property left, I have given her the income of, I give her liberty to dispose of it between her children and grandchildren as she may think proper. Her former husband, David Mann, is never to have one dollar of the property I have given her or her children in no manner whatever, direct or indirect, for he has already had his share. Should the trustee of the property I have committed to his trust deem it her interest and with her consent to exchange the property I have given her in trust bearing in mind the safety of the investment rather than the high rate of interest, he has the liberty to do so, and her receipt shall in all cases be his discharge and I also give her the priviledge of living in my house that I now occupy with the priviledge to use my provisions, fuel and furniture during the time after my decease.

Second, I give to my son, Samuel S. Colby, all the land and buildings that I own at Salisbury Point except the piece of land on the hill not fenced in adjoining my land. I also give him my "waring" apparell, my nautical instruments, charts and spye glass also one half of my personal property that I may be possessed of, excepting what I may dispose of in this will, for his own use and disposal.

Third, I give to Elisa Ann Colby, wife of my son Samuel S. Colby, three hundred dollars at her own disposal.

Fourth, I give Abraham C. Mann, my grandson, a certain piece of land, situated on School house hill, so called and is bounded as follows, southerly by John Merrill's heir's land, westerly by the highway, northerly at the school district's land and easterly on land of Henry Kingsbury's and my land as the fence now stands, reserving a right to pass over said land the south side of said land twenty feet wide, to pass and repass as occaison may require to the wood house now occupied by my son but not to be left open for a common pass way. I also give him my gold watch and five hundred dollars to him and his heirs.

Fifth, I give my granddaughter, Sarah C. Hoyt, all demands I hold against her husband, Enoch N. Hoyt, and also three hundred dollars in cash not to be used for any one person excepting for her and her children.

Sixth, I give Elbridge G. Colby one hundred dollard provided he is alive at my decease.

Seventh, I give Nelson Gee Hoyt, son of Enoch N. and Sarah C, Hoyt of Newton, NH one hundred dollars to be paid out in schooling for him.

Eighth, I order fifty dollars to be deposited in the Provident Institution for Savings in the Towns of Salisbury and Amesbury by my executors. The interest on the same is to be used to keep my lot of land in the burying ground at Salisbury point "in" good repair.

Ninth, I ordain and appoint Samuel S. Colby, my son, and Thomas J. Clark, sole executors of this my last will and testament.

In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in the presence of the witnesses named on the next page, this the sixteenth of March, 1865.
Witnesses: D. L. Dearborn; J. B. Webster; B. E. Fiffield.

He died on 21 SEP 1865 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
The gravestone of Abraham Colby is carved with figure of a man leaning against an anchor. His wife, Sarah's, stone is carved with a woman leaning against an anchor.
His death certificate lists him as dying of consumption.

The obituary in the Newburyport News on September 29, 1865:
Two venerable sea captains, long sailing from the Merrimack River, have died this week: Capt. William LeCraw of this city, a native of Marblehead, who has continued to follow the seas till within two or three years - his voyage being in the ship East India to Calcutta: and Capt. Abram Colby, at Salisbury Point, who retired from salt water several years ago. He was known as sailing a Boston packer, before the days of railroads, when most of the merchandise was carried coastwise in small vessels -- in the days when Salisbury furnished her Osgoods, Bickfords and Fowlers for the business. He was far advanced in life, an honest, useful, upright life, which made his breed the best citizens of this town. As long ago as we can remember, these men LeCraw and Colby, were of the large number who spent much of their leisure time in the Davenport store, at the head of the Ferry wharf. They have nearly all passed to the other side of the great river; we shall never see their like, in many repects, again.


A receipt was found in the home of Warren Mann at 9 Evans Place, Amesbury, MA for a portrait of "Capt. Abram Coleby painted October 28, 1819 by Moses Cole in Newburyport - portrait and frame $8."
Frescoes were painted in the hallway of the house at 436 Main Street, Amesbury, MA. by Rufus Porter, itinerant artist, cir. 1830 - 1835. The house was built in 1809 and is refered to as the "old Captain Samuel Smith Colby House" in the book "Rufus Porter Rediscovered" by Jean Lipman.
No record can be found of Abraham Colby being a "Captain" but he is refered to as a "Skipper" on page 85 of the "History of Salisbury" by Margaret Rice: "Five of the above, Penson (John), Nathaniel and Reuben Osgood, Ezra Morrill, and Abraham Colby, were honored with the title of "Skipper". All were men of outstanding ability who added much to their community." ( Listed by early historian, Alfred Bailey).
A fire bucket from a private collection exhibited by the Historical Society of Newburyport was owned by Abraham Colby: graphic portrayals of a brick Federal-period mansion being engulfed by flames and smoke and a foundering three-masted vessel flank leather fire bucket No. 1 with the popular motto "All Hands/Hoa" and "A Colby" in bold letters. his fire bucket is in the possession of Mary Lou Bartlett Bricket who grew up in the house at 434 Main St., Amesbury.

From "History of Essex County, Massachusetts" page 1479:Captain Abraham Colby married Sarah, daughter of Colonel Jonathan Smith and had two children, Mary O. and Samuel S. Captain Colby in early life learned the trade of tallow chandler, and later in life was engaged in the fishing business, sending out vessels for that purpose, and was also employed for a time in the coasting trade. In 1812 he went privateering in the ship "America"; finally retired from active business and settled down to enjoy the fruits of his labors.

He was president of the Amesbury and Salisbury Savings Bank for several years, and was one of the substantial citizens of the town.

(BOOK SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.)
Parents: Capt. Gee COLBY and Hannah EDWARDS.

Spouse: Sarah SMITH. Capt. Abraham COLBY and Sarah SMITH were married on 26 NOV 1807 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: FHL film 0599730 Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; marriage.) Children were: Mary Odeorne COLBY, Capt. Samuel Smith COLBY.

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