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History of the Colton Family in the United States


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1. Charles Wesley COLTON, son of William COLTON and Lucinda Emery , was born on 18 Sep 1860 in Waterman, Clinton Twsp, DeKalb Co., IL, died on 24 Dec 1935 in Rockford, Winnebago Co. IL at age 75, and was buried in Genoa City Cem., Genoa, DeKalb Co., IL.

General Notes: 1. Qt. Geo. Colton & Desc #1486
2. History of the Burr Family (John William Burr). Farmed in Dekalb Co., IL on family homested till 1905, moved to McHenry Co., IL; proprietor of "Burr Oak Farm" in Riley Twsp. and owned the "Griffeth Farm" where they lived in Coral Twsp. in 1908. One of the first officers of the S.I.A. when chartered in Nov 1912, listed as Vice Pres. Then lived in Franklinville in 1913 till 1916 then to Rockford where he was in Insurance business & served as a Winnebago Co. supervisor While living in Loves Park, IL until his death from pneumonia.

Noted events in his life were:

Census: 1930 U.S. Census, 11 Apr 1930, Loves Park, Winnebago Co. IL.

Charles married Helen Isabel Burr , daughter of Frank Burr and Sarah E. Baker , on 3 Oct 1881 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. Helen was born on 9 Apr 1856 in Torrington, Litchfield Co, CT, died on 4 Jul 1936 in Rockford, Winnebago Co, IL at age 80, and was buried in Genoa City Cem., Genoa, DeKalb Co., IL.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.   Carrie Gertrude Colton was born on 15 Dec 1883 in Clinton Twsp, DeKalb Co. IL, died on 3 Aug 1978 in Hartland, Waukesha Co., WI at age 94, and was buried in Genoa City Cem., Genoa, DeKalb Co., IL.

         ii.   Grace Louise Colton was born on 12 Mar 1886 in Clinton Twsp., DeKalb Co., IL, died on 8 Feb 1968 in Rockford, Winnebago Co. IL at age 81, and was buried in Spring Lake Cem. Aurora, Kane Co. IL.

        iii.   Helen Isabel COLTON was born on 13 Sep 1887 in Clinton Twsp, DeKalb Co. IL, died on 29 Jan 1987 in Rockford, Winnebago Co. IL 61103 at age 99, and was buried in Genoa City Cem., Genoa, DeKalb Co., IL.

         iv.   Elmer Todd COLTON was born on 16 Aug 1889 in Clinton Twsp. DeKalb Co. IL and died in Oct 1970 in Aurora, Kane Co. IL at age 81.

          v.   Ellis Burr COLTON was born on 16 Aug 1889 in Clinton Twsp. DeKalb Co. IL, died on 3 Oct 1961 in Kewanee, Henry Co. IL at age 72, and was buried in Genoa City Cem., Genoa, DeKalb Co., IL.

         vi.   Luman Wesley COLTON was born on 5 Feb 1893 in Waterman, Clinton Twsp. DeKalb Co, IL, died in Sep 1971 in Rockford, Winnebago Co, IL at age 78, and was buried in Genoa City Cem., Genoa, DeKalb Co., IL.

        vii.   Frank Gordon COLTON was born on 22 Nov 1897 in Waterman, Clinton Twsp. DeKalb Co, IL, died on 13 Oct 1986 in Aurora, Kane, IL at age 88, and was buried in Riverside Cem., Montgomery, Kane Co., IL.


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2. William COLTON, son of Reuben COLTON and Rhoda Law , was born on 4 Oct 1811 in Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY and died on 25 Aug 1905 in Clinton Twsp., Waterman, DeKalb Co., IL at age 93.

General Notes: 1. Qt. Geo. Colton & Desc. #756 (Flora E. C. Collett). In early life he moved with his parents to Dryden, Lansing Co. where he received his schooling and grew to manhood. Came to IL in 1846 with his wife & 2 dau.'s, by way of the Erie Canal & Great Lakes. Lived in Jericho, Kane Co., IL (now Sugar Grove) a year then purchased 88 acres (2 purchases of 40 acres each of farmland & 8 acres of timeber at Shabbona Reservation) west of Waterman, DeKalb Co., IL; 01 May 1849 ($50), 25 Jul 1851 ($50) & 03 Aug 1853 ($23.50) under the Public Land Sales Act. He had also bought Lot 6 from a Mr. Wm. Marks on 06 Dec 1849 ($12.50). Listed in 1860 Federal Census as farmer/w 8 children. Farmed for 57 years, at one time oldest living person in DeKalb Co., IL. Cast his first vote for Henry Clay for Pres. of U.S. in 1832 and had voted in every presidential election while living. He was a staunch Republican. Had been overseer of Highways & served on local School Board. There was a 1-room "Colton School" at crn. of Leland Rd. &. in Clinton Twsp. 17 babies were born on the kitchen table at their farmhouse. They celebrated their 60th anniversary and retired from farming, moving into Waterman, DeKalb Co., IL in 1897 to live with spinster dau. Mary Lovinia Colton until the time of their deaths. He had an "evil eye" due to an accidental jab from a fork by one of his grandchildren during a meal at a family gathering. He died as result of Gangrene resulting from stepping on a rusty nail in the barnyard while doing chores at 94 years of age.

William married Lucinda Emery on 3 Aug 1837 in Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY. Lucinda was born on 16 Aug 1818 in Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY and died on 27 Jan 1906 in Clinton Twsp., Waterman, DeKalb Co., IL at age 87.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.   Mary Lovina COLTON was born on 6 Dec 1839 in Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY, died in 1933 in Sandwich, DeKalb Co., IL at age 94, and was buried in Johnson Grove Cem., DeKalb Co., IL.

         ii.   Lucretia COLTON was born on 1 Feb 1841 in Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY and died on 28 Oct 1847 in Sugar Grove, Kane Co., IL at age 6.

        iii.   Sarah Ann COLTON was born on 5 Dec 1842 in Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY and died in 1933 at age 91.

         iv.   Alice Maria COLTON was born on 6 Jan 1845 in Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY and died in 1933 at age 88.

          v.   Frank Benjamin COLTON was born on 3 Feb 1848 in Sugar Grove Twsp., Kane Co., IL and died on 8 Nov 1897 in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA at age 49.

         vi.   William Luther COLTON was born on 6 May 1849 in Sugar Grove Twsp., Kane Co. , IL, died on 2 Mar 1918 in DeKalb, DeKalb Co., IL at age 68, and was buried in Afton Cem., DeKalb Co., IL.

        vii.   Samuel Chapman COLTON was born on 6 Apr 1855 in Sugar Grove Twsp., Kane Co., IL and died on 12 Nov 1871 at age 16.

       viii.   Carrie Lucinda COLTON was born on 20 Oct 1858 in Waterman, Clinton Twsp., DeKalb Co., IL.

1        ix.   Charles Wesley COLTON (born on 18 Sep 1860 in Waterman, Clinton Twsp, DeKalb Co., IL - died on 24 Dec 1935 in Rockford, Winnebago Co. IL)


3. Lucinda Emery, daughter of Abner Emery and Mary Todd , was born on 16 Aug 1818 in Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY and died on 27 Jan 1906 in Clinton Twsp., Waterman, DeKalb Co., IL at age 87.

Lucinda married William COLTON on 3 Aug 1837 in Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY. William was born on 4 Oct 1811 in Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY and died on 25 Aug 1905 in Clinton Twsp., Waterman, DeKalb Co., IL at age 93.
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4. Reuben COLTON, son of Moses B. COLTON and Hannah Hitchcock , was born on 8 Dec 1764 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA and died on 14 Jul 1848 in Yorkshire, Cattaraugus Co., NY at age 83. Ancestral File Number: 1GG4-Z4S.

General Notes: 1. Qt. Geo. Colton & Desc; #348 (Florence I. W. Burgess). He was a Farmer. Previous to 1800 he had lived in Granville, Washington Co., NY, then in Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY and later lived in Conesus, Livingston Co., NY.

Reuben married Rhoda Law on 15 Jul 1790 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY. Rhoda was born on 25 Oct 1769 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY and died on 22 Jan 1844 in Lansing, Tomkins Co., NY at age 74.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.   Eunice COLTON was born on 2 Mar 1791 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY and died in IN.

         ii.   Flavia COLTON was born on 28 Jul 1792 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY and died on 24 Dec 1878 in Bingham, Potter Co., PA at age 86.

        iii.   Timothy COLTON was born on 8 Apr 1794 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY and died in 1832 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY at age 38.

         iv.   Orriel COLTON was born on 16 Jan 1796 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY.

          v.   Clinton COLTON was born on 9 Feb 1797 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY and died on 6 Feb 1894 in Nunda, Livingston Co., NY at age 96.

         vi.   Oramel COLTON was born on 6 Nov 1798 in Granville, Washington Co., NY.

        vii.   Betsy COLTON was born on 31 Jul 1800 in Granville, Washington Co., NY and died on 14 Oct 1841 at age 41.

       viii.   Martin COLTON was born on 13 Aug 1802 in Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY and died on 21 May 1873 in Corry, Erie Co., PA at age 70.

         ix.   Laura COLTON was born on 23 Mar 1805 in Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY and died on 12 Mar 1875 in Conesus, Livingston Co., NY at age 69.

2         x.   William COLTON (born on 4 Oct 1811 in Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY - died on 25 Aug 1905 in Clinton Twsp., Waterman, DeKalb Co., IL)

         xi.   Daniel COLTON was born on 25 Aug 1813 in Lansing, Tompkins Co., NY.


5. Rhoda Law, daughter of Wigglesworth Law and ? ? , was born on 25 Oct 1769 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY and died on 22 Jan 1844 in Lansing, Tomkins Co., NY at age 74.

General Notes: There were 2 other children of this marriage, both died in infancy, no names, dates or other information.

Rhoda married Reuben COLTON on 15 Jul 1790 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY. Reuben was born on 8 Dec 1764 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA and died on 14 Jul 1848 in Yorkshire, Cattaraugus Co., NY at age 83.

6. Abner Emery, son of Capt. Daniel Emery and Hannah Bates , was born on 27 Apr 1796 in NH and died on 30 Sep 1881 in Evansville, Rock Co., WI at age 85.

Abner married Mary Todd . Mary was born in 1798 in East Wallingford, Rutland Co., VT and died in 1842 in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY at age 44.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.   Stephen Emery was born on 14 Aug 1815, died in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI, and was buried in Riverside Cem..

3        ii.   Lucinda Emery (born on 16 Aug 1818 in Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY - died on 27 Jan 1906 in Clinton Twsp., Waterman, DeKalb Co., IL)

        iii.   Lucretia Emery was born on 29 Jan 1821 in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY.

         iv.   Frederic Abner Emery was born on 23 Jul 1824 in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY, died on 11 Oct 1906 in Evansville, Randolph Co., IL at age 82, and was buried in Maple Hill Cem..

          v.   Benjamin Franklin Emery was born on 27 Feb 1827 in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY and died on 21 May 1899 in Evansville, Randolph Co., IL at age 72.

         vi.   Mary Ann Emery was born on 23 Jul 1829 in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY.

        vii.   Hiram Daniel Emery was born on 11 Apr 1831 in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY.

       viii.   Sarah Maria Emery was born on 4 Mar 1833 in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY and died in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY.

         ix.   Eleazer Emery was born on 24 Mar 1837 in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY.

          x.   Mary Ann Emery was born in 1840.


7. Mary Todd was born in 1798 in East Wallingford, Rutland Co., VT and died in 1842 in Dryden, Tomkins Co., NY at age 44.

Mary married Abner Emery . Abner was born on 27 Apr 1796 in NH and died on 30 Sep 1881 in Evansville, Rock Co., WI at age 85.
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8. Moses B. COLTON, son of Isaac COLTON and Mary Burt , was born on 22 May 1724 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA and died on 24 Feb 1777 in Springfield, Hampden Co, MA at age 52. Ancestral File Number: 1GG4-XRK.

General Notes: 1. Qt. Geo. Colton & his Desc. #129.
2. sub by Florence I. Wood Burgess, East Wellington, B. C. Canada. A Moses Colton from MA is listed among the Revolutionary War dead. This Moses Colton's cause of death resulted from Small Pox.

Moses married Hannah Hitchcock on 27 Dec 1753 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Hannah was born on 22 Jan 1731 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA and died on 3 Dec 1787 at age 56.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.   Moses COLTON was born on 7 Oct 1754 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA and died on 20 Oct 1774 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA at age 20.

         ii.   Hannah COLTON was born on 26 Dec 1756 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA.

        iii.   Thankful Experience Colton was born on 21 Dec 1759 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA, died on 1 May 1775 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA at age 15, and was buried in Adams Cem. on Tinkham Road.

         iv.   Nathan COLTON was born on 29 Jul 1761 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA and died about 1840 in Terre Haute, Vigo Co., IN about age 79. Ancestral File Number: 1GG4-Z2D.

4         v.   Reuben COLTON (born on 8 Dec 1764 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA - died on 14 Jul 1848 in Yorkshire, Cattaraugus Co., NY)

         vi.   Aaron COLTON was born on 15 Oct 1768 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA and died on 18 Nov 1855 in Antwerp, Jefferson Co., NY at age 87.

        vii.   Eunice COLTON was born on 28 Nov 1771 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA and died on 15 Feb 1855 at age 83.


9. Hannah Hitchcock, daughter of Nathaniel Hitchcock and Hannah ? , was born on 22 Jan 1731 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA and died on 3 Dec 1787 at age 56.

Hannah married Moses B. COLTON on 27 Dec 1753 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Moses was born on 22 May 1724 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA and died on 24 Feb 1777 in Springfield, Hampden Co, MA at age 52.

10. Wigglesworth Law .

Wigglesworth married ? ? .

The child from this marriage was:

5         i.   Rhoda Law (born on 25 Oct 1769 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY - died on 22 Jan 1844 in Lansing, Tomkins Co., NY)


11. ? ? .

? married Wigglesworth Law .

12. Capt. Daniel Emery, son of Daniel Emery and Unknown , was born on 6 Dec 1756 and died on 5 Mar 1826 in Wallpole, Cheshire Co., NH at age 69.

General Notes: He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

Daniel married Hannah Bates .

The child from this marriage was:

6         i.   Abner Emery (born on 27 Apr 1796 in NH - died on 30 Sep 1881 in Evansville, Rock Co., WI)


13. Hannah Bates .

General Notes: She was his 2nd wife. Nothing known abut first wife.

Hannah married Capt. Daniel Emery . Daniel was born on 6 Dec 1756 and died on 5 Mar 1826 in Wallpole, Cheshire Co., NH at age 69.
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16. Isaac COLTON, son of Ephraim COLTON and Ester Marshfield , was born on 30 Jul 1698 in Enfield, Hartford Co., CT and died on 6 Mar 1773 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA at age 74.

General Notes: 1. Qt. Geo. Colton & His Desc. #30. They settled in Longmeadow, MA, where all the children were born, and abt. 1750 moved to Wilbraham, MA.
2. Mar. & Sealing: From IGI, 1988.
3. sub by W. E. Jones 48 E. 1st N., SLC

Isaac married Mary Burt on 1 Jun 1722 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA. Mary was born on 20 Oct 1700 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA and died on 3 Aug 1773 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA at age 72.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.   Mary Colton was born on 13 Jul 1723 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA.

8        ii.   Moses B. COLTON (born on 22 May 1724 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA - died on 24 Feb 1777 in Springfield, Hampden Co, MA)

        iii.   Mercy COLTON was born on 9 Feb 1726 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA and died on 19 Dec 1791 in Wilmington, Windham Co., VT at age 65.

         iv.   Esther (Mary ?) COLTON was born on 30 May 1728 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA and died on 20 Sep 1803 at age 75.

          v.   Isaac COLTON was born on 29 Apr 1730 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA.

         vi.   Sarah COLTON was born about 1731 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA.

        vii.   Abigail COLTON was born on 25 Feb 1733 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA and died on 9 Jan 1822 at age 88.

       viii.   Stephen COLTON Sr. was born on 24 Aug 1736 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA and died on 30 Jan 1812 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA at age 75.


17. Mary Burt, daughter of Dea. Nathaniel Burt and Mary Ferry , was born on 20 Oct 1700 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA and died on 3 Aug 1773 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA at age 72.

Mary married Isaac COLTON on 1 Jun 1722 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA. Isaac was born on 30 Jul 1698 in Enfield, Hartford Co., CT and died on 6 Mar 1773 in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., MA at age 74.

18. Nathaniel Hitchcock .

Nathaniel married Hannah ? .

The child from this marriage was:

9         i.   Hannah Hitchcock (born on 22 Jan 1731 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA - died on 3 Dec 1787)


19. Hannah ? .

Hannah married Nathaniel Hitchcock .

24. Daniel Emery, son of Zachariah Emery Jr. and Sarah ? , was born on 5 May 1730.

General Notes: They lived in Jaffrey, Cheshire kCo., NH.

Daniel married.

The child from this marriage was:

12        i.   Capt. Daniel Emery (born on 6 Dec 1756 - died on 5 Mar 1826 in Wallpole, Cheshire Co., NH)


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