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The Colby Family and the Macy-Colby Property

Anthony(1) Colby (d. 1660), of Salisbury and Amesbury, Planter, he purchased the house and land of Thomas Macy west of the Powow River in 1654.

Widow Susanna(1) (?) Colby Whitridge (d. 1689), she lived in the house her former husband Anthony Colby purchased from Thomas Macy during the term of her widowhood.

Samuel(2) Colby (1638-1716), of Haverhill and Amesbury, Innholder; he married Elizabeth Sargent before 1668 and resided for a time in Haverhill; he established the Colby Tavern in Amesbury in 1678; in 1682 he purchased the house and land where his mother lived, to provide for her during he widowhood.

Samuel(3) Colby (1671-1746), of Amesbury, Yeoman; he lived on the former Samuel Weed homestead east of Main Street from 1695 to 1746; he inherited the former Macy land and other land west of Main Street from his father in 1716; he sold the north part of the former Macy land to John Bartlett in 1729 and 1731.

Obadiah(4) Colby (1706-1749), of Boston and Amesbury, Blacksmith; he married Elizabeth Gee in Boston in 1728 and resided there; he returned to Amesbury and purchased the south part of the former Macy land from his father in 1744; his widow Elizabeth probably returned to Boston after her son came of age and received the homestead.

Deacon Obadiah(5) Colby (1731-1814), of Amesbury, Blacksmith; he inherited his father's house and land when he came of age, and purchased additional land to the west of the homestead from the heirs of Icahabod Colby.

Obadiah(6) Colby (1763-1832), of Amesbury, Blacksmith; he received the north part of his father's land in 1816, where he built a new house.

Hezekiah(6) Colby (1770-1844), of Amesbury, Schoolmaster; he received the south part of his father's land with the house in 1816, and lived there until his death in 1844.

William(6) Colby (1775-1850), of Amesbury, Mariner; he received the house and land from his brother Hezekiah's estate in 1845, which he sold to his son the same year.

Obadiah(7) Colby (1811-1892), of Amesbury, Trader; he purchased the Colby house from his father in 1845, and lived there until his death in 1892; he deeded the house and land to his son in 1885.

William(8) Colby (1851-1909), of Amesbury, Trimmer; he received his father's house in 1885, where he lived until 1899; in that year he sold land west of the house to the Bartlett Cemetery, and the house to his uncle Moses L. Colby.

Moses L.(7) Colby (1820-1901), of Amesbury; lived with his brother and nephew in the old Colby house; in 1899 he purchased the house and then deeded it to the Bartlett Cemetery, to be kept as a memorial of the Colby Family.

The Colby Family and the Macy-Colby Property Maps.