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Melissa COLBY was born in 1837 in Greene, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She appeared in the census on 26 AUG 1850 in Greene, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. (living at home with father and step-mother.) Parents: George COLBY and Catharine SNIDER.


Melissa COLBY was born on 19 OCT 1840 in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan. She appeared in the census in 1850 in Plymouth, Rock County, Wisconsin. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census in 1860 in Spring Grove, Green County, Wisconsin. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census in 1880 in Oregon, Ogle County, Illinois. (see husband) She was living in 1893 in Decatur County, Kansas. She died on 28 AUG 1913 at Oregon City, Clackamas County, Oregon. Parents: Samuel COLBY and Eliza DOUGLAS.

Spouse: Samuel J. BABCOCK. Samuel J. BABCOCK and Melissa COLBY were married on 9 NOV 1862 in Avon, Rock County, Wisconsin. Children were: Cora Amelia BABCOCK, Nettie E. BABCOCK, Myrtle Louise BABCOCK, Arthur Samuel BABCOCK, Elmer Merrill BABCOCK, Ernest Colby BABCOCK, Dale Guran BABCOCK.


Melissa COLBY was born in 1842 in New York. She appeared in the census on 3 AUG 1850 in Newstead, Erie County, New York. Parents: Hazen James COLBY and Mrs. COLBY.


Melissa COLBY was born in 1850 in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio. She appeared in the census in 1860 in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: Hubbard COLBY and Margaret ARMENTROUT.


Melissa COLBY was born in 1996. Parents: Robert Kenneth COLBY Jr. and Lisa CAMP.


Melissa A. COLBY was born on 2 FEB 1843 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She appeared in the census on 13 JUN 1870 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She died on 15 SEP 1878 at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. Death Certificate, Massachusetts Archives: Year: 1878, Vol. 301, Page 227, No. 485, Mar 2001. "Name: Melissa A. Chase m. n. Colby Date of Death: Sept. 15, 1878
Place of Death: Broad St., Lynn
Residence at the time of death: Broad St., Lynn
Sex: Female Color: White Marital Status: Married
Husband or Wife of: --- If Veteran, specify war: ---
Age: 35 years, 7 months, 13 days Occupation: ---
Birthplace: West Amesbury
Immediate Cause of death: Heart disease
Undertaker: --- Informant: ---
Place of Burial: --- Date of Record: 1878
Father: Mother:
Full Name: Amos Maiden Name: Charlotte F. ---
Birthplace: W. Amesbury Birthplace: So. Hampton."
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She was buried in the Church Street Cemetery at Merrimac, Essex County, Massachusetts Parents: Amos COLBY and Charlotte FRENCH.

Spouse: Alfred Sargent CHASE. Alfred Sargent CHASE and Melissa A. COLBY were married on 15 MAR 1859 in Georgetown, Essex County, Massachusetts.
(Vital Records for the year 1859, Haverhill Library Special Collections, Haverhill, MA. "Date of Marriage: 15 Mar 1859; Names: Alfred S. Chase, Melisa A. Colby; Residence: Amesbury for both; Age: Alfred - 22, Melisa - 16; Occupation: Alfred - ?? (can't read); Place of Birth: Amesbury for both; Parents: Leon' & Mary Jane Chase, Amos & Charlotte Colby; What Marriage: First for both; Married by: REv. Charles Beecher.".)
Children were: Alfred Francis CHASE, Lizzie M. CHASE (twin), Ella S. CHASE (twin), Addie Ellis CHASE, Lillie M. CHASE, Alice H. CHASE, Emma Pratt CHASE (twin), Ella P. CHASE (twin), Alice C. CHASE (twin).


Melissa D. COLBY was born on 29 SEP 1837 in Dresden, Lincoln County, Maine. (SOURCE: FHL Film: 0010820, Town and vital records, 1794-1891 Dresden (Lincoln County, Maine). Town Clerk.)

Name: Millesie D. Colby
Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place: CIVIL, DRESDEN, LINCOLN, MAINE
Birth Date: 29 Sep 1837
Birthplace: CIVIL, DRESDEN, LINCOLN, MAINE
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:
Father's Name: Thomas R. Colby
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Charlotte
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C52109-1
System Origin: Maine-VR
Source Film Number: 10820
Reference Number: 2:1763BFX
Collection: Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900
She appeared in the census on 23 JUL 1850 in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census on 21 JUL 1870 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. She died on 17 JAN 1883 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Parents: Thomas R. COLBY and Charlotte RINES.

Spouse: Daniel R. RINES. Daniel R. RINES and Melissa D. COLBY were married on 6 NOV 1862 in Maine. (SOURCE: Vital Records of Augusta, ME. New England Historic Genealogical Society.)


Melissa F. COLBY was born on 18 JAN 1838 in Madison, Carroll County, New Hampshire. (date calulated from age at time of death.) She died on 13 JUL 1842 at Madison, Carroll County, New Hampshire. She was buried in the Graveyard No. 24 at Madison, Carroll County, New Hampshire Parents: Alonzo COLBY and Judith MERROW.


Melizza Elwood COLBY was born on 27 MAY 1844 in Deer Isle, Hancock County, Maine. She appeared in the census in 1850 in Deer Isle, Hancock County, Maine. (Living at home with father and mother.) She died on 13 OCT 1920 at Deer Isle, Hancock County, Maine.
Melissa Cousins

The following is an obitiuary from the Deer Isle Messenger Friday, October 22, 1920.

Mrs. Melissa E. Cousins

Mrs. Melissa Elmwood Cousins passed away at her home in Stonington, at 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 13, 1920.

Melissa Elmwood Colby was born May 27, 1844, at Webb's Cove, the daughter of Mr. Oliver L. Colby and Abigail Knowlton Colby. Her ancestors were among the first settlers in this neighborhood, and included the Colbys, Thurlows, Knowltons, Buckminsters, and several others whose names are familiar to those acquainted with Deer Isle's early history.

Somewhat early in life she married Joseph Davis and they had four children, Floreston I., Charles B., Elizabeth V.L., and J. Carlton.

After the death of her first husband she married Samuel E. Holden, and they had one son, Amasa A. Holden. After Mr. Holden's death she was appointed keeper of the Deer Isle Thoroughfare Light in his place, and remained there for two or three years, during which time a change was made from lard oil to kerosene oil as a means of furnishing light, and she was the first to make use of kerosene for that purpose in the lighthouses along the Atlantic Coast.

Her third husband was Charles C. Cousins, and their children are Jennie D., C. Lyman, Robert K., and Ethel F., Willie E. Cousins, the son of Mr. C.C. Cousins by a former marriage, was always loved by her as a son, and she was looked up to by him and loved as a mother. The word mother, with all its fine, sweet meaning, is the word by which she will be best remembered. All her nine children lived to grow up and to marry. Two of them, Floreston I. Davis and C. Lyman Cousins, passed on before their mother, but her other seven children and sixteen grandchildren survive. Every one of her living children came home at the time of her death, although two of them did not arrive in time for the funeral. Charles B. Davis came from Vinalhaven, Maine, J. Carlton Davis and Mrs. Elizabeth V. Pierce from Boston, Amasa A. Holden from Hillsboro, N.H., Mrs. Jennie D. Muttart from Concord, N.H., and Mrs. Ethel F. Heath from Ambler, Penn. In addition to her children she is survived by two brothers, Alonzo and William Colby, and by a sister, Mrs. Joseph Eaton.

Mrs. Cousins had been in rather poor health for some months, but at the end her death was unexpected and somewhat sudden. The funeral was held from her late home in Stonington at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, Oct. 15th. Rev. Eugene V. Allen of the Stonington church officiated and the burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

A useful, helpful, sympathetic life was closed but her influence will continue and increase with time, and her host of friends will never forget her bright, cheerful self sacrificing disposition and her many acts of kindness. Her children, scattered as they are, in several states, deeply mourn their loss, and will miss the almost annual summer visit to their old home and their mother.

Melissa Elwood Colby, born in 1844, died in 1920. Her father was Oliver Colby (grandson of Joseph Colby, Jr.), her mother was Abigail Knowlton. They lived at Webb's Cove (Tea Hill ) Stonington.
Her first husband was Joseph Davis. Their children were Floreston, who drowned at sea in 1888, Charles, Lizzie, who married Frederick Pierce and died in 1957, and Carleton. Lizzie's daughter Dorothy died in 1946.
Following the death of Joseph Davis, Melissa married her former school teacher, Samuel Holden, who had four children by a former marriage, all older than Melissa. Mr Holden was by now retired from teaching and had secured employment as keeper of the Mark Island Light at Stonington (Deer Isle) Thorofare, Penobscot Bay (Green's Landing). Here their son Amasa Amidon was born, 16 March, 1872. Amasa A. became a teacher, as had his father and grandfather before him, then principal of a high scholl in York, Pa. and later a county superintendent of schools in New Hampshire.
When Samuel Holden died in March 1874, Melissa was appointed Lighthouse Keeper (quite a coup for a female in those days!) Melissa kept the light for several years, at the same time caring for her four children on the lonely island.
As was the custom of the time, she kept a table 'covered', that is, set with plates and silver for the next meal with a cloth drape over all. Under thecloth Melissa kept a loaded gun. Whenever a sailor landed at Mark Island and approached the house, she remained near the covered table. She reported prooudly in later years, "I never had to use the gun."
Her third husband, Charles Cousins, was the captain of a three-masted schooner that carried loads of hay, apples, fish, etc, up the Penobscot River from Stonington. He and his four brothers had grown up at sea with their father on the family fishing vessel. He had two sons, William and Percy, by a former marriage to Lizzie Stinson, presumably of Deer Isle. (The Stinson settlement adjoins that of the Joseph Colby, Jr. lot. Cousins' two wives may have been related, a Charles Stinson, the original settler of the lot, married a daughter of Joseph Cilby, Sr.) Parents: Oliver Lane COLBY and Abigail Yeaton KNOWLTON.


Mellie Alice COLBY was born on 11 JAN 1868 in Plainview, Wabasha County, Minnesota. She died on 1 FEB 1881 at Plainview, Wabasha County, Minnesota. She was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery at Plainview, Wabasha County, Minnesota Parents: Loyal Dyke COLBY and Orilla AVERY.


Mellie Marella COLBY was born on 25 APR 1868 in Marion County, Oregon. She appeared in the census in 1880 in South Salem, Marion County, Oregon. (living at home with father and mother.) She died in FEB 1953. Parents: James Augustus COLBY and Amanda Melvina SNYDER.


Mellisa E. COLBY was born about JUN 1841. Mellisa E. COLBY died on 20 AUG 1847 at Sutton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Mellisa E. COLBY was buried in the North Sutton Cemetery at Sutton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Parents: Uriah COLBY and Sofrania (COLBY).


Melville F. COLBY was born in 1927 in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington. Parents: Llewellyn Oliver COLBY and Annie E. FERRIN.

Spouse: Joyce M. (COLBY). Melville F. COLBY and Joyce M. (COLBY) were married in 1954 in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington. Children were: Steven Royce COLBY.


Melvin COLBY was born on 20 JUN 1828 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) In 1860 he was a painter in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. He appeared in the census in 1860 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. He appeared in the census on 5 JUN 1880 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. He died on 31 OCT 1902 at Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Melvin Colby, the son of Moses Colby and Elsie Abbott, was born in Hopkinton, June 20, 1828, and has always resided on the Anthony Colby homestead in this town. He is a farmer and painter. He has frequently been prominent as a musician. He served as a leader of the Congregational Church choir, and was leader of the Hopkinton Cornet Band at it organization in 1859.

(BOOK SOURCE: "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.)
Parents: Capt. Moses COLBY and Elsie ABBOTT.

Spouse: Hannah Paige EDMUNDS. Melvin COLBY and Hannah Paige EDMUNDS were married on 8 SEP 1852 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. SOURCE: FHL Number 1000976; COLBY, Melvin, Marriage: Hannah P. EDMUNDS; Date: 08 Sep 1852; Recorded in: Birth and Marriage Index for New Hampshire. Children were: Ellen Hazeltine COLBY (twin), Helen Hamilton COLBY (twin), Sarah Belle COLBY, Charles Carroll COLBY, Melvin Crawford COLBY, Hannah Paige COLBY, Fred Henry COLBY, Arthur Putnam COLBY, Mary Atkins COLBY, Melvin Forrest COLBY.


Melvin COLBY was born in DEC 1847 in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. He appeared in the census on 28 SEP 1850 in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: Amos B. COLBY and Caroline R. PHILIPS.


Melvin COLBY was born in 1853 in Van Buren, Wayne County, Michigan. Parents: Walter Scott COLBY and Betsey DALRYMPLE.


Melvin Ambrose COLBY was born on 8 APR 1928 in Plummer, Benwah County, Idaho. He appeared in the census on 16 APR 1930 in Harrison, Kootenai County, Idaho. (living at home with father and mother.) He died on 23 DEC 2009 at Kennewick, Benton County, Washington. His obituary appeared in the Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Benton County, Washington on 31 DEC 2009.
MELVIN AMBROSE COLBY

Einan's Funeral Home

Melvin Ambrose Colby, 81, passed away peacefully on December 23rd at Calloway Gardens in Kennewick, Washington. Mel left a legacy of love and an enduring model of humility, kindness and the value of the simple things in life.

Mel was born on an icy night in Plummer, Idaho, in April 1928. He was the fourth of six children born to Miles and Altha Colby. During WWII, Mel worked three summers with the Forest Service. Mel graduated from Harrison High School in 1945. When he turned 18, Mel joined the U.S. Navy for a 2-year hitch. In 1948, an amazing love story began that would span over 60 years.

Mel married Velda Stephens on May 14, 1949, in Richland, WA. Mel and Velda lived in Couer D'Alene through the winter of 1949 and then moved to Grandview, followed by a move to the Tri-Cities in 1950. The Colby household was an active one with four children Randy, Sandie, and twins Mike and Steve. Square dancing was a favorite shared hobby for Mel and Velda, and they bought and managed the Hoe-Down Center for a number of years. They loved fishing, swimming, camping, and traveling in their motor home to Arizona, Nashville and Mel's beloved northern Idaho.

Mel worked as contract administrator for J.A. Jones at Hanford except for three years in Michigan, where he worked on the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant as a superintendent for J.A. Jones from 1969 to 1972. The family returned to the Tri-Cities, where Mel finished his working years until retiring in 1990. After retirement, Mel enjoyed playing guitar, writing and recording country music.

Throughout the years, Mel and Velda's love for one another was deep and affectionate. Nothing could break or weaken their love, not even the cruelty of Alzheimer's disease, which struck them both and marked another path they took together.

Mel and Velda indeed shared happiness in life, through sickness and in health, and because of the hope we have through the saving grace of Jesus Christ, the celebration has really just begun.

Mel was preceded in death by his father, Miles; mother, Altha; sister, Melba; brothers, Roy and Lyle. He leaves behind his wife, Velda; son, Randy Colby; daughter, Sandie King (Joe); Mike Colby (Joan); Steve Colby, grandchildren, Rick, Matthew and David Colby, Sherrie Martinez; and four great-grandchildren; sisters Monie (Tim) Fish and Donnie Svoboda.

The family is grateful for the loving and caring staff at Callaway Gardens and Hospice.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Mel's life at 1:00 on Saturday, January 2nd, at Memories at Sunset Event Center located on the beautiful grounds at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, WA. Please join us immediately after the service for a reception also at Memories at Sunset Event Center.

The family invites you to express your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.einansfuneralhome.com.



He was buried on 2 JAN 2010 in the Sunset Memorial Gardens at Richland, Benton County, Washington Parents: Miles Alfred COLBY and Altha Florence BAILEY.

Spouse: Velda M. STEPHENS. Melvin Ambrose COLBY and Velda M. STEPHENS were married on 14 MAY 1949 in Franklin County, Washington.


Melvin Crawford COLBY was born on 24 NOV 1860 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) He died on 24 DEC 1864 at Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (BOOK SOURCE: "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: Melvin COLBY and Hannah Paige EDMUNDS.


Melvin Everett COLBY was born on 28 SEP 1914 in Barnet, Caledonia County, Vermont. Parents: Ira Brainard COLBY and Celia HARTWELL.


Melvin Forrest COLBY was born on 12 SEP 1871 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: FHL Film: 1000378; Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) He appeared in the census on 5 JUN 1880 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (living at home with father and mother.) He appeared in the census in 1910 in Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire. He died in 1948. He was buried in the Mountaiview Cemetery at Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire (BOOK SOURCE: "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: Melvin COLBY and Hannah Paige EDMUNDS.

Spouse: Stella Adella WHITCOMB. Melvin Forrest COLBY and Stella Adella WHITCOMB were married on 3 MAY 1898 in Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont. Children were: Elinor Edmunds COLBY, Carroll Burleigh COLBY.


Photo Melvin Keller COLBY was born on 1 MAR 1931 in Sigurd, Sevier County, Utah. He died on 22 DEC 1983. He had Social Security Number 529-32-2621. State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Utah
Actual Death Residence: Utah
Parents: Isaac Ransford COLBY Jr. and Ruby Duncan Robinson KELLER.

Spouse: LaDonna Rose (COLBY). Melvin Keller COLBY and LaDonna Rose (COLBY) were married about 1955.


Melvin T. COLBY was born on 7 AUG 1864 in Westport, Lincoln County, Maine. (SOURCE: FHL Film: 9767; Index to vital records prior to 1892 for Maine.) He appeared in the census in 1870 in Westport, Lincoln County, Maine. (living at home with father and mother.) He appeared in the census in 1880 in Westport, Lincoln County, Maine. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: Rial Plummer COLBY and Mary S. PLUMMER.

Spouse: Georgia RINES. Melvin T. COLBY and Georgia RINES were married about 1885.


Melvina Sarah COLBY was born on 15 MAY 1850 in Bradford, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. She died on 29 MAR 1869 at Bradford, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. She was buried in the New Pond Cemetery at Bradford, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Parents: Robert COLBY and Lovey CARTER.

Spouse: Charles DAVIS. Charles DAVIS and Melvina Sarah COLBY were married on 1 MAR 1869 in Bradford, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.


Meora Chellis COLBY was born on 30 AUG 1840 in Sunapee, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
Name: Merva Chellis Colby
Date of Birth: 30 Aug 1840
Place of Birth: Sunapee, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States
Father's Name: John Colby
Mother's Name: Sarah M
Place Recorded: Sunapee, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States
GS Film Number: 1000378
Digital GS Number: 4243701
Image Number: 02494
Collection: New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900

She appeared in the census in 1850 in Wendall, Sullivan County, New Hampshire. (living at home with father and mother) Parents: John COLBY and Sarah L. ELLIOT.


Mercy COLBY was born on 26 JAN 1776 in Deer Isle, Hancock County, Maine. (BOOK SOURCE: "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.) Parents: Ambrose COLBY and Molly PRESSEY.

Spouse: Captain William TORREY. Captain William TORREY and Mercy COLBY were married on 25 MAR 1795. Children were: Hezekiah TORREY, William TORREY, Eliza TORREY.

Spouse: Amos GORDON. Amos GORDON and Mercy COLBY were married about 1815. Children were: Ambrose C. GORDON, Selina Colby GORDON.


Mercy A. COLBY was born in 1837 in Pennsylvania. She appeared in the census on 11 SEP 1850 in Linn County, Iowa. (living at home with father and step-mother.) Parents: Farnum COLBY and Unknown Wife (COLBY).


Mercy Ann COLBY was born in JUL 1878 in White Creek, Washington County, New York. She appeared in the census on 8 JUN 1880 in White Creek, Washington County, New York. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census on 1 JUN 1900 in Windhall, Bennington County, Vermont. She appeared in the census on 21 APR 1910 in Windhall, Bennington County, Vermont. She appeared in the census on 10 MAR 1920 in Windhall, Bennington County, Vermont. She appeared in the census on 5 APR 1930 in Windhall, Bennington County, Vermont. She died in 1949. Parents: Abner W. COLBY (twin) and Julia Jeanette PRATT.

Spouse: Franklin Adams "Frank" HOARD. Franklin Adams "Frank" HOARD and Mercy Ann COLBY were married about 1897. Children were: George Abner HOARD, Pearl M. HOARD, Ruby A. HOARD, Viola HOARD, Fred Ira HOARD, Maude Mary HOARD, Harold Chester HOARD, Hilda Beatrice HOARD, Lanson Frank HOARD, Oren Walter HOARD, Rodney Willis HOARD.


Mercy Emma COLBY was born on 28 FEB 1858 in Lincoln, Addison 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 17 JUL 1860 in Lincoln, Addison County, Vermont. (living at home with father and mother.) She appeared in the census on 22 JUN 1870 in Lincoln, Addison County, Vermont. (living at home with father and mother.) She died on 1 OCT 1933. No children. Parents: Edmund Gove COLBY and Martha Aldura FARR.

Spouse: Lewis BAIN. Lewis BAIN and Mercy Emma COLBY were married about 1878.


Photo Mercy French COLBY was born on 21 JUN 1804 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.)
Name: Mary French Colby
Birth date: 21 Jun 1804
Birthplace: Hopkinton, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
Father's name: Richard Colby
Mother's name: Lois
Recording place: Hopkinton, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
Film number: 1000378
Digital GS number: 4243701
Image number: 02518
Collection: New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900
She was christened/baptized on 21 SEP 1812 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: "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.) She appeared in the census in 1850 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (living at home with mother) She appeared in the census in 1860 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (living at home with mother.) She died on 19 DEC 1866 at Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. She was buried in the Old Cemetery at Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Parents: Richard COLBY and Lois COLBY.


Mercy Jane COLBY was born on 19 MAR 1831 in Henniker, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. She appeared in the census on 9 OCT 1850 in Greene County, Illinois. She appeared in the census on 18 AUG 1860 in Greene County, Illinois. She appeared in the census on 17 JUN 1870 in Greene County, Illinois. She appeared in the census on 5 JUN 1880 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois. She died on 17 SEP 1914 at Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois. She has Ancestral File Number 18DG-DBV. Parents: Oliver COLBY and Sophronia HOWLETT.

Spouse: William CRANE. William CRANE and Mercy Jane COLBY were married on 30 SEP 1847 in Greene County, Illinois. (SOURCES: (1) FHL Number 1310037; CRANE, William, Marriage: Mercy Jane COLBY, Date: 30 Sep 1847; Recorded in: Greene, Illinois; (2) Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900.) Children were: Alvin B. CRANE, Anna S. CRANE, Mary J. CRANE, William Charles CRANE, Oscar CRANE, Judson CRANE, Meade CRANE, Ruth CRANE, Hattie C. CRANE.


Meriam Sawyer COLBY was born on 30 MAY 1842 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) She died on 4 JUN 1930. 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: Jesse COLBY and Sally Persis AUSTIN.

Spouse: William BENNETT. William BENNETT and Meriam Sawyer COLBY were married on 30 JUN 1870. Children were: Lizzie Elsina BENNETT.


Meribah COLBY was born on 20 JUL 1743 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.)
Name: Meribah Colbee
Birthdate: 20 Jul 1743
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: 02456
Collection: New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900

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.


Merle COLBY was born in JUN 1882 in Sunapee, Sullivan County, New Hampshire. She appeared in the census on 14 JUN 1900 in Sunapee, Sullivan County, New Hampshire. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: Eugene Herbert COLBY and Josie E. FLANDERS.


Merle COLBY was born on 3 JUN 1914 in Owen, Clinton County, Indiana. (SOURCE: Clinton County, Indiana Index to Birth Records, 1882-1920, Volume I-II.) She appeared in the census on 4 APR 1930 in Owen, Clinton County, Indiana. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: Rollo Blair COLBY and Annis B. BOZWORTH.


Merle D. COLBY was born in 1864 in Wisconsin. He appeared in the census in 1880 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York. (living at home with father and mother.) He died before 1906. Parents: Reverend Rufus Horatio COLBY and Mary E. SAUNDERS.


Merle Gordon COLBY was born on 21 JAN 1921 in Chelsea, Orange County, Vermont. (SOURCE: Ancestry.com; Vermont Birth Records, 1909-2008.) He appeared in the census on 3 APR 1930 in Chelsea, Orange County, Vermont. (living at home with father and mother.) He died on 6 JUN 2006 at Berlin, Washington County, Vermont. (SOURCE: Ancestry.com; Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008.) His obituary appeared in the, on 8 JUN 2006.
Merle Gordon Colby

June 8, 2006

CHELSEA -- Merle Gordon Colby, 85, of Chelsea, passed away suddenly at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on June 6, 2006. He was born Jan. 21, 1921, in Chelsea, the son of E. Harold and Gertrude (Medcalf) Colby. He attended Chelsea Graded School, graduating from Chelsea High School as valedictorian of his class in 1939.

He was married to Elizabeth McCullough on Dec. 12, 1942, in Plainfield.

During World War II (1941-1944) he was employed by Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Southington, Conn. He and Betty then moved back to Chelsea, where Merle assisted his father in the operation of Chelsea Mills. He did custom hay baling for local farmers before baling machines were common and he also had an independent trucking business for many years. He especially enjoyed hauling Christmas trees from Vermont to New York City and Connecticut. He later worked as a tank truck driver for the Bay State Ice Cream Co. of Chelsea and North Abington, Mass., where he hauled milk and other dairy products throughout New England. He was also a long-time agent for the Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company. In the 1970s he began employment at the Orange County Branch of the National White River Bank in Bethel and remained there until retirement.

He served as a selectman in Chelsea from 1954 to 1957. He was town fire warden for many years and a long-time member of the Chelsea Volunteer Fire Department. He was a 63-year member and Past Master of the George Washington Lodge No. 51, F&A.M. and a member for more than 50 years and Past Worthy Patron of Lady Washington Chapter No. 86, OES, both of Chelsea. He was also active in the Chelsea Hometowners theatre group and was a member of the Chelsea Frigid Frost Fighters snowmobile club in the early days of snowmobiling.

After retirement he enjoyed traveling with family to Florida, the western United States, Canada and Alaska. During the 1990s he took pleasure in using his snow blower to clear the Chelsea village sidewalks of snow and was touched by anonymous donations he received for gasoline.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years of Chelsea; two sons, Edward (and Kathleen) Colby of Grafton, N.H., and Philip Colby (and partner Patricia Urban) of Barre; a daughter, Vicki (and Thomas) Harty of Randolph; one sister, Gail (and David) Cumming of South Barre; four granddaughters, Yvette (Brian) Fontaine of Lebanon, N.H., Justine Seymour of West Lebanon, N.H., Colleen Harty of Cambridge, Mass. and Bridget Harty of Randolph; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Colby.

Calling hours will be held Friday, June 9, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, Main Street, Chelsea. A Masonic service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2006, at the United Church of Chelsea, followed by a funeral service with Pastor Tom Harding officiating. The burial will be held at the Highland Cemetery in Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Chelsea Fire Department, P.O. Box 264, Chelsea, VT 05038, or First Branch Ambulance Services, Inc., P.O. Box 74, Chelsea, VT 05038.


He was buried on 10 JUN 2006 in the Highland Cemetery at Chelsea, Orange County, Vermont He had Social Security Number 046-12-0673.
Social Security Death Index Record
Name:
Merle G. Colby
SSN: 046-12-0673
Last Residence: 05038 Chelsea, Orange, Vermont
Born: 21 Jan 1921
Died: 6 Jun 2006
State (Year) SSN issued: Connecticut (Before 1951 )

Parents: Edwin Harold COLBY and Gertrude Hope MEDCALF.

Spouse: Elizabeth Ann MCCULLOUGH. Merle Gordon COLBY and Elizabeth Ann MCCULLOUGH were married on 12 DEC 1942 in Plainfield, Washington County, Vermont. (SOURCE: Ancestry.com; Vermont Marriage Records, 1909-2008.) Children were: Philip Thomas COLBY.


Merle Leland COLBY was born on 29 NOV 1891 in Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine. He appeared in the census on 2 JUN 1900 in Winslow, Kennebec County, Maine. He appeared in the census on 22 JAN 1920 in Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine. He appeared in the census on 3 APR 1930 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He registered for the U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 draft on 26 APR 1942 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Parents: Joseph C. COLBY and Stella M. (COLBY).

Spouse: Blanche S. COWAN. Merle Leland COLBY and Blanche S. COWAN were married on 1 AUG 1914 in Maine. Children were: Dorothy V. COLBY, Fred COLBY.

Spouse: Effie M. DAVIES. Merle Leland COLBY and Effie M. DAVIES were married in 1928.


Merlie COLBY was born on 27 JUN 1881 in Loramie, Shelby County, Ohio. Parents: Samuel J. COLBY and Lauretta WAGNER.


Merlin COLBY was born on 24 APR 1915 in Lunenburg, Essex County, Vermont. (SOURCE: Ancestry.com; Vermont Birth Records, 1909-2008.) He appeared in the census on 5 APR 1930 in Lunenburg, Essex County, Vermont. (living at home with father and mother.) He died on 30 APR 1941. (BOOK SOURCE: "The Fourteen of Us, A History of the COLBY Family of Lunenburg, Vermont", by Ruby Colby Beecher. Copyright 1985.) Parents: Ralph Smith COLBY and Blanche Hazel LEWIS.


Merlyn A. COLBY was born in 1914 in New York. He appeared in the census in 1920 in Pavillion, Genesee County, New York. (living at home with father and mother.) He appeared in the census in 1930 in Batavia, Genesee County, New York. (living at home with father and mother.) (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: William Grant COLBY and Bessie L. BROWN.

Spouse: Marion EADIE. Merlyn A. COLBY and Marion EADIE were married date unknown. Children were: Marilyn COLBY, Larry COLBY.


Merlyn Royal COLBY was born on 22 NOV 1913 in Faribault County, Minnesota. He appeared in the census on 15 JAN 1920 in Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. (lving at home with father and brother.) He appeared in the census on 25 APR 1930 in Lura, Faribault County, Minnesota. (lving at home with father and brother.) He died on 11 SEP 1975 at Faribault County, Minnesota. (SOURCE: Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002.) Parents: Royal M. COLBY and Ada Mae BLANSHAN.

Spouse: Alyce Marie COTTON. Merlyn Royal COLBY and Alyce Marie COTTON were married about 1939. Children were: Jerry Jo COLBY, Judith Kay COLBY, Thomas James COLBY.


Merriam COLBY was born on 10 JUN 1765 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was baptized on 16 JUN 1765 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She died on 24 MAR 1832 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She signed a will in 1832 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Died unmarried and gave all property to brother Woodman Colby.
SOURCES: (1). "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2). Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850, Amesbury; (3). "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970. Parents: Barzillai COLBY and Elizabeth PLUMMER.


Merrill COLBY was born on 16 FEB 1767 in Newton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He appeared in the census in 1800 in Plainfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
males
under 10: 1
26 to 44: 1
Females
under 10: 3
26 to 44: 1

He appeared in the census in 1810 in Plainfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
Males
under 10: 2
10 to 15: 1
26 to 44: 1
Females
under 10: 1
10 to 15: 1
16 to 25: 2
26 to 44: 1

He appeared in the census in 1820 in Plainfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
Males
to 10: 1
10 to 16: 1
16 to 18: 1
16 to 26: 3
over 45: 1
Females
to 10: 2
10 to 16: 1
16 to 26: 1
26 to 45: 2
over 45: 1

He appeared in the census in 1830 in Plainfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
Males
15 to 20: 1
20 to 30: 1
50 to 60: 1
Females
15 to 20: 2
20 to 30: 1
30 to 40: 1
50 to 60: 1

He appeared in the census in 1840 in Plainfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
Males
40 to 50: 1
70 to 80: 1
Females
70 to 80: 1

He died in 1845 at Plainfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
Plainfield town Officers: Moderator 1811 Merrill COLBY

Representatives(to the General Court) 1821-22 Merrill Colby

Selectmen : Merrill Colby 1800-01, 1802, 1803-4, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1810, 1811, 1812, 1817, 1823




(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: Jacob COLBY and Sarah MERRILL.

Spouse: Elizabeth COLBY. Merrill COLBY and Elizabeth COLBY were married on 25 JAN 1791 in South Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. (SOURCES: (1) FHL Number 1000976; COLBY, Marriel, Marriage: Elizabeth COLBY, Date: 25 Jan 1791; Recorded in: Birth and Marriage Index for New Hampshire; (2) FHL Film 15561; Church records from the Church of Christ of South Hampton.) Children were: Hannah COLBY, Rebecca COLBY, Jesse COLBY, Catherine COLBY, Sarah COLBY, Charles H. COLBY.


Merrill COLBY was born on 29 MAR 1787 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 Livonia, Wayne County, Michigan. He died on 22 OCT 1859 at Michigan. Married to Mary_?_ bef 1815. Parents: Ephraim COLBY and Mary MERRILL.

Spouse: Esther CONKEL. Merrill COLBY and Esther CONKEL were married about 1814. Children were: Lucinda COLBY, Merrill COLBY, Martha COLBY, John I. COLBY, Elizabeth COLBY, Edwin COLBY.


Col. Merrill COLBY was born on 1 AUG 1807 in New Hampshire. In 1850 he was a merchant in Nunda, Livingston County, New York. He appeared in the census on 16 OCT 1850 in Nunda, Livingston County, New York. He appeared in the census on 18 JUL 1860 in Corning, Steuben County, New York. He appeared in the census in 1870 in Waterford, Camden County, New Jersey. He appeared in the census in 1880 in Points Pleasant, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. (living with grandson Frank C. Colby.) He died on 16 JUL 1884 at Parma Corners, Monroe County, New York.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Union & Advertiser
Thurs July 17, 1884

TWO CORONER'S VERDICTS

Sudden Death of Colonel Merrill Colby -- Joseph Herbst's Body Found

Yesterday was another bust day for Coroner SHARP. in the afternoon he dragged the canal for two hours and succeeded in recovering the body of Joseph HERBST, the six-year old boy of Mrs. Barbara HERBST, of 177 Pinnacle avenue. The body was taken to Foehner & Maier's undertaking rooms, where an inquest was held this forenoon, resulting in a verdict that death was the result of accidental drowning.

Just before the 4:55 train was about to leave the Central depot for the Falls yesterday afternoon, a trainman noticed that an elderly gentleman, sitting nearly upright in a seat, was dead. He notified the assistant depot master and the car was cut out of the train and left standing in the depot. Coroner SHARPE was notified and he caused the remains to be removed to Jeffrey's undertaking rooms. The contents of the pocket showed that the dead man was Colonel Merrill COLBY, whose home from Vineland, New Jersey, and who, with his wife, had been temporarily living at Parma Corners. While residing there his time had been devoted to settling up the estate of Mrs. STEPHENS, who died there recently. The object of his trip to the city was to consult with Judge HULETT about proving the will of Mrs. STEPHENS. While in the city, as he had informed Judge HULETT, he had consulted a physician who had treated him for heart disease. He had resided at different times in Nunda, Bath, Avon, Corning, and was well known, as a good and honorable man of business, everywhere respected for his probity and generous nature. He was seventy-six years of age and has sons living in Eastern States.
Coroner SHARP held an inquest this afternoon. The verdict was that death was caused by heart disease.
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Rochester, Monroe, NY
Union & Advertiser
Mon July 21, 1884

FUNERAL OF COL. MERRILL COLBY
The funeral services of the late Colonel Merrill COLBY were held at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at the family residence, in Parma. There was a large number of the friends of the family present. Colonel M. T. COLBY, pension agent at New York, son of the deceased; the Rev. F. A. COLBY, of Philadelphia, a grand-son and a number of friends from Rochester, among the number, Rev. Mr. MUDGE, of the Baptist church, officiated and paid an eloquent tribute to the deceased. The Veterans, of Parma, attended the service in a body.
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He appeared in Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper on 19 JUL 1884
Date: July 19, 1884
Location: Pennsylvania
Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
Article type: Mortuary Notice

Brevet Major-General Merrill Colby, of this city, it is reported by telegraph, dropped dead at the railway ticket office at Rochester, NY while purchasing a ticket for Philadelphia.

General Colby was 84 years old, and resided here with his grandson, Rev. F. C. Colby, paster of the Calvary Baptist Church, who immediately upon receipt of the intelligence started for Rochester.

Deceased was at one time, the mayor of the city of Rochester.

At the outbreak of the war, he assisted in the organizing of the Twenty Third Regiment of New York Volunteers.

For distinguished services in the field, he was raised to the rank of brevet major-general.

Colonel Colby, his surviving son, was former cashier at Commercial National Bank of this city and is now special supervising inspector of the pension bureau station in New York.

The aged widow of General Colby was in Rochester at the time of his death.

He was buried in the Parma Corners Cemetery at Parma, Monroe County, New York
To Col. M. Colby
Brookville Pa.

Phillipsburg N.J. Apr. 28,1874

A snow storm commenced 7:00 o'clock Tuesday A.M. , now covers ground over an inch. The trees loaded. No fruit blossoms open yet- we may have a fruit year yet. I have seldom seen so backward a season as this- I have spent the winter and spring mostly at home. Was in Washington D.C. in Feb. about 10 days. My claim was then laid before the committee. My turn of hearing in turn is expexted soon, and I expect to be in W D.C. this week, may go tomorrow if it clears up- not to stay any length of time on account of gardening here.

My health if full middling. My study of what some call (science) but nothing can be called by that name unless true truth is science, no matter what the subject is. The laws of God are not debateable; facts are facts.

The truth of revilation is without compromize. I am still anxious to have you close up and sell out and leave for more genial clime. I hope, if money matters get easy to sell out all my mechanical & nautical matters of interest. Except my copyright. Please write me here or at Washington D.C. before the middle of next week, otherwise to me here in N. Jersey.
Hall Colby

P.S. I remember your age being born about the 1st of Aug. 1806 soon after the great eclipse of the sun; our dear mother died and you lived.

Parents: Zaccheus COLBY M.D. and Abigail HALL.

Spouse: Dorothy THOMPSON. Col. Merrill COLBY and Dorothy THOMPSON were married on 25 APR 1830 in Peru, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Children were: Lt. Col. Newton T. COLBY, Janet L. COLBY, Charles M. COLBY, Henry H. COLBY, Charles M. COLBY.


Merrill COLBY was born in 1819 in New York. He appeared in the census in 1850 in Redford, Wayne County, Michigan. He appeared in the census in 1860 in Livonia, Wayne County, Michigan. He appeared in the census in 1870 in Livonia, Wayne County, Michigan. He appeared in the census in 1880 in Handy, Livingston County, Michigan.
Census Place: Handy, Livingston, Michigan
Source: FHL Film 1254592 National Archives Film T9-0592 Page 118D
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
Merrill COLBY Self M M W 61 NY
Occ: Farmer Fa: NH Mo: NY
Harriett COLBY Wife F M W 61 NY
Occ: Keeping House Fa: NY Mo: NY
David COLBY Son M S W 21 MI
Occ: Works On Farm Fa: NY Mo: NY
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He died after 1880 at Michigan. Parents: Merrill COLBY and Esther CONKEL.

Spouse: Harriett E. SACKETT. Merrill COLBY and Harriett E. SACKETT were married about 1842. Children were: Aditha COLBY, Charles COLBY, Chloe COLBY, John B. COLBY, Mary COLBY, Viola A. COLBY, David Palmer COLBY.


Merrill COLBY was born in 1863 in Iosco, Livingston County, Michigan. He appeared in the census in 1870 in Iosco, Livingston County, Michigan. (living at home with father and mother.) He appeared in the census in 1880 in Iosco, Livingston County, Michigan. (living at home with father and mother.) Parents: John I. COLBY and Elizabeth BARRY.


Merrill Burke COLBY was born on 28 MAR 1945. Parents: Verdette Olson COLBY and Adella RISSMAN.


Merrill Eldon COLBY was born on 7 NOV 1908 in Smith Center, Smith County, Kansas. He appeared in the census in 1920 in Banner, Smith County, Kansas. (living at home with father and mother.) He appeared in the census in 1930 in Banner, Smith County, Kansas. State: Kansas; County: Smith; Township: Banner; Relationship: Son; Age 21; Birthplace: ---; Roll: T626_723; Page 3A. He died on 7 JAN 1973 at Falls Church, Virginia. Parents: Merrill Forrest COLBY and Vergie Estella MUNSINGER.

Spouse: Virginia Fairfax SIMPSON. Merrill Eldon COLBY and Virginia Fairfax SIMPSON were married about 1937 in Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia.


Merrill Forrest COLBY was born on 1 MAR 1884 in Smith Center, Smith County, Kansas. He appeared in the census in 1900 in Center, Smith County, Kansas. (living at home with father and mother.) He appeared in the census in 1920 in Banner, Smith County, Kansas. He appeared in the census in 1930 in Banner, Smith County, Kansas. State: Kansas; County: Smith; Township: Banner; Relationship: Head; Age 46; Birthplace: Kansas; Roll: T626_723; Page 3A. He died in 1955 at Iowa Falls, Hardin County, Iowa. Parents: Wesley B. COLBY and Elizabeth VAN WINKLE.

Spouse: Vergie Estella MUNSINGER. Merrill Forrest COLBY and Vergie Estella MUNSINGER were married about 1905 in Kansas. Children were: Merrill Eldon COLBY, Cecil Duane COLBY.

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