October 11, 2015

COLBY of Amesbury and Salisbury Massachusetts

The Colby family actually have Danish origins (any English name with the "by" suffix is Norse, meaning "farmstead").

Generation 1: Anthony Colby was from Horbling, Lincolnshire, born about 1605. His wife Susannah was possibly the daughter of Jarret HADDON, another founder of what would become the town of Amesbury.

Anthony arrived with the Winthrop Fleet sometime in 1630, first arriving in Boston, then in Ipswich by 1637, and finally ending up in Salisbury by 1639. He had married Susannah soon after arriving, about 1631 or 1632. He was apparently not a man to sit quietly by or suffer fools, because in 1640 he was fined one shilling for being "disorderly" in a town meeting.

I'm descended from Anthony and Susannah through four of their children, in five known ways total; they were my 9th (twice), 10th, and 11th great-grandparents.

The Macy-Colby House in Amesbury, originally owned by Thomas Macy, sold to Anthony Colby in 1654.


Generation 2a: Sarah Colby was born in Boston, Massachusetts about 1635 to Anthony and Susannah Colby. On 6 March 1654, she married Orlando Bagley in Salisbury, Massachusetts. She died on 18 May 1663 in Boston.

Generation 2b: Rebecca Colby was bon to Anthony and Susannah Colby on 11 March 1643 in Salisbury, Massachusetts. She married John Williams II, son of John I and Jane Williams, on 9 September 1661 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Rebecca died on 10 June 1672 in Haverhill.

Generation 2c: Mary Colby was born to Anthony and Susannah Colby on 19 July 1647 in Salisbury, Massachusetts. On 23 September 1668, in Amesbury, Massachusetts, she married William Sargent II, son of William Sargent I and Elizabeth Perkins. She died in Amesbury on 27 September 1716.

Generation 2d: Thomas Colby was born in Salisbury on 8 March 1650 to Anthony and Susannah Colby. He married Hannah Rowell, daughter of Valentine Rowell and Joanna Pinder, on 16 September 1674 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. His death date is unknown.

Generation 3a: Hannah Colby was born in 1677 in Amesbury, Massachusetts to Thomas Colby and Hannah Rowell. She married John Tewksbury, son of Henry Tewksbury and Martha Copp. She died unknown.

Generation 3b: Jacob Colby was born to Thomas Colby and Hannah Rowell on 13 April 1688. He married Elizabeth Elliot, daughter of John Elliot and Naomi Tewksbury, on 11 November 1724, and passed away after 1755.

Generation 4: Valentine Colby was born to Jacob Colby and Elizabeth Elliot in Amesbury, Massachusetts on 29 May 1728. On 20 August 1747, in Amesbury, he married Hannah Kimball, daughter of Jonathan Kimball and Lydia Weed. Valentine served as a "minuteman" during the outbreak of the Revolution. He died in Amesbury in 1812.

First page of Valentine Colby's will. Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org.

Generation 5: Thomas Colby II was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts on 11 September 1761 to Valentine Colby and Hannah Kimball. On 31 March 1789, he married Dorothy Barnard, whose parents were Joseph Barnard and Elizabeth Tewksbury, in Amesbury. Thomas died on 4 August 1833.

Generation 6: Dorothy Colby was born on 8 December 1791 in Amesbury, Massachusetts to Thomas Colby II and Dorothy Barnard. She married John Purinton on 11 June 1811 in Amesbury. She died in South Hampton, New Hampshire on 13 September 1847.


Ancestry line #1:

Anthony COLBY (1605-1661) m. Susannah UNKNOWN
Sarah COLBY (1635-1663) m. Orlando BAGLEY I
Orlando BAGLEY II (1658-1728) m. Sarah SARGENT
Sarah BAGLEY (b. 1683) m. Henry LANCASTER
Hannah LANCASTER (b. 1709) m. John JEWELL
Hannah JEWELL (b. 1739) m. Enoch DAVIS
John DAVIS (1761-1831) m. Priscilla BARTLETT
Priscilla DAVIS (1798-1828) m. William FITTS
Sophia Haskell FITTS (1823-1880) m. Isaiah F. PURINTON
Mary Olivia PURINTON (1851-1898) m. George Bailey PALMER
Frank Bailey PALMER (1888-1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 


Ancestry line #2

Anthony COLBY (1605-1661) m. Susannah UNKNOWN
Rebecca COLBY (1643-1672) m. John WILLIAMS
Sarah WILLIAMS (b. 1662) m. Joseph BOND
Rebecca BOND (1685-1775) m. Benjamin HARDY
Philip HARDY (b. 1719) m. Hannah TENNEY
Zilpha HARDY (b. 1756) m. Amos BAILEY
Jonathan BAILEY (b. 1788) m. Sarah CLARK
Arvilla BAILEY (b. 1816) m. Joshua BAILEY
George Bailey PALMER (1850-1926) m. Mary Olivia PURINTON
Frank Bailey PALMER (1888-1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 


Ancestry line #3

Anthony COLBY (1605-1661) m. Susannah UNKNOWN
Rebecca COLBY (1643-1672) m. John WILLIAMS
Mary WILLIAMS (1663-1695) m. Thomas SILVER
Sarah SILVER (1682-1770) m. James PHILBRICK
Rachel PHILBRICK (1704-1767) m. Ephraim BROWN
Enoch BROWN (1728-1768) m. Elizabeth CLOUGH
Rachel BROWN (b. 1765) m. Robert GIBSON
Elizabeth GIBSON (b. 1784) m. Asa BLY
Sophronia C. BLY (1818-1905) m. John MACE
Elizabeth A. MACE (1846-1907) m. James W. WINSLOW
Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 


Ancestry line #4

Anthony COLBY (1605-1661) m. Susannah UNKNOWN
Mary COLBY (1647-1716) m. William SARGENT
Jacob SARGENT (1687-1749) m. Judith HARVEY
Winthrop SARGENT (1711-1787) m. Phebe HEALEY
Mary SARGENT (b. 1745) m. Jeremy TOWLE
Judith TOWLE (1783-aft 1864) m. Samuel SEVERANCE
Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE (1805-1889) m. William WINSLOW
James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 


Ancestry line #5

Anthony COLBY (1605-1661) m. Susannah UNKNOWN
Thomas COLBY I (b. 1650) m. Hannah ROWELL
Hannah COLBY (1677-1730) m. John TEWKSBURY
Isaac TEWKSBURY (1698-1765) m. Sarah SARGENT
Elizabeth TEWKSBURY (b. 1721) m. Joseph BARNARD
Dorothy BARNARD (176201827) m. Thomas COLBY II
Dorothy COLBY (1791-1847) m. John PURINTON
Isaiah F. PURINTON (1818-1890) m. Sophia Haskel FITTS
Mary Olivia PURINTON (1851-1898) m. George Bailey PALMER
Frank Bailey PALMER (1888-1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me

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