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John Colby

Male 1633 - 1674  (40 years)


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  • Name John Colby 
    Born 8 Sep 1633  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Feb 1674  Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • !John Colby was a twin. He was killed by Indians near Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

      Notes for JOHN COLBY:

      John Colby was a planter at Amesbury, where he was granted land in 1658, 1659, 1662, 1666 and 1668. He was granted thirty acres in 1658.

      He made his will 22 Jan 1673/4, which was proved 24 April 1674.


      John entered a suit against the town of Salisbury, in the Old Norfolk Co. court, at Salisbury, claiming that he was a possessor of the estate of Mr. Samuel Groom in Salisbury, purchased by his father, Anthony Colby, decd.; and that he (John) was entitled to a townsman's rights on account of Groom. As John had been admitted a townsman 8 or 10 years before, the case was decided in favor of the town, Oct 1663.

      John Colby's name heads a list of seventeen signatures on a petition presented to the Court at Hampton, in October, 1671, by "divers of the Inhabitants and souldiers of the towne & military company of Amsbery" that they may continue "under the Conduct of or loveing friend & neighbour John Hoyt, senr, our chosen and established sergeant & chief military officer here." (Weis, 1970; Hoyt, 1857)

      "John Clough of Salisbury, house carpenter, for a 25-acre lot of upland, today conveyed to me by Isaac Colby of Haverhill, planter, conveyed to Jn Colby of Amsbery, planter, a 2-acre division of salt marsh in Salisbury at Mr. Hall's farm, formerly of Mr. Sam Groome, and I bought it of said Isaac Colby, bounded by Richard Singletary, (not in possession of said Cllough), Willi: Osgood and Tho: Hauxworth, Aug 29, 1671. Wit: Tho: Bradbury and William Bradbury, Ack. in court at Salisbury April 8, 1673. John Hoyt, jr., of Amsberie, planter, wife Mary, for 15 pounds, conveyed to Jn Easman of Salisbury, planter, 30 acres of upland in Amsbery, bounded by grantee (formerly John Colby), Robert Jones, a highway and a brook called ye back river yt runs into ye pond, --, 1669. Ack. in court at Salisbury April 8, 1673. John Hoyt, jr. of Amsbery, house carpenter, conveyed to John Colby of Amsbery a 4-acre marsh lot in Salisbury bouth by Willi: Barnes of Mr. Samuell Hall then of Salisbury, and by him given to me, bounded by George Martyn, Sam Felloes, Jn Eaton, Jn Ilsley and Tho: Barnard, March 25, 1672. Wit: Jeremiah Hubbard and Tho: Barnard. Ack. March 25, 1672, before Samuell Dalton, commissioner. His wife, Mary Hoyt, released dower same day." "John Colby of Amsbery, planter, for 20 pounds, conveyed to John Easman of Salisbury, planter, my 30-acre lot of upland in Amsbery, bounded by John Hoyt, jr., Edmond Elliott, highway, and a brook called back river (yt leads to ye pond), May 11, 1669. Wife Frances Colby (her X mark) signed. Wit: tho: Bradbury and William Hooke. Ack. by grantor and his wife frances, who released dower, May 11, 1669, before Robert Pike, commissioner."

      Vol XII, 1908, pg. 84

      "Will of John Colby of amsbery, dated Jan. 22, 1673-4. To my tow sons. To my wife Frances my dwelling house, land, orchard, etc. To my eldest son John Colby (minor), who is to remain with his mother, 1/2 of ye Grooms lot of meadow in ye higledee pigledes, in Salisbury, between ye lots of John Dickison and William Buswell. To my youngest son Thomas Colby (minor) my two lots of land in ye great plain, -- one lot bought of Edward Goue, and the other I had of my father Colby, -- and 1/2 of said Groom's lot.

      To my eldest daughter Sarah Colby my little pasture lying by ye Pawwaus riverside, which I bought of my brother Sam Colby, and my now dwelling house, orchard, etc. To my daughters Elizabeth and Frances Coleby (under 20 years of age). To my daughters Mary and Hannah Coleby (under 23 years of age and unmarried). My wife, executrix, Overseers, my trusty friends my brother Sam Colby of Haverhill and Thomas Barnard, jr., of amesbury. Part of his father Colby's estate, after the decease of his mother, Susannah Whitredg. Wit: John Hoyt, sr., (his H mark) and Thomas Wells.

      Inventory of estate of Joh Colby of amsbury, deceased, 6: 12 mo: 1674-4, appraised by William Barnes (his > mark) and Tho: Barnard, sr., of amsbury 2: 1 mo: 1673-4. Amount 234, pounds, 4 s. (real 170 pounds; personal 64 pounds, 4 s.). House, land, etc., by Pawwaus river, land at Bugmore, in ye great plain, in ye Lyon's mouth, Groom's lot, meadow in ye lower highlede piglede, bible, arms, spinning wheels, etc. Sworn to by Frances Colby, executrix."

      "John colby of Eamesbury, planter, for 10 pounds, 10 s., conveyed to Jn Hoyt, jr., of Eamesbery, carpenter, my 8-acre higgledee pigledee lot in ye Lyons mouth, in Eamsbery, bounded by widow rowell, grantee, a highway and great swamp, March 25, 1671-2. Wit: Jermiah Hubbard and tho: Barnard. Ack. March 25, 1672, before Sam Dalton, commissioner."

      Vol XII, 1908, pg. 178-179

      John Colby's name heads a list of seventeen signatures on a petition presented to the Court at Hampton, in October, 1671, by "divers of the Inhabitants and souldiers of the towne and military company of Amsbery" that they may continue "under the conduct of our loving friend and neighbour John Hoyt, senr. our chosen and establisher sergeant and chief military officer here."

      SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

      1. John Hoyt of Salisbury, by David W. Hoyt, C. Benjamin Richardson, Boston, pub 1857; 2. The Colby Family in Early America 1595-1661, by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970 3. Colby Clan ancester sheets, submitted by various members. 4. Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 5. Essex County Vital Records to 1850, Salisbury, Massachusetts. Listed as Colebey.
    Person ID I6049683  7_families
    Last Modified 29 May 2001 

    Father Anthony Colby,   b. 1584-1595, Beccles, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1661, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Susanna Haddon,   b. 1610-1613, London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1689, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 1631-1632  Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1844706  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mary Ash,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 29 Nov 1689-1690 
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2001 
    Family ID F1866031  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Frances Hoyt,   b. 1636, Of Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 14 Jan 1656 
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2001 
    Family ID F1866032  Group Sheet

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