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John Colby (bef. 1633 - 1674)

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John Colby
Born before in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Salem, MAmap
Died in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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John COLBY was christened/baptized on 8 SEP 1633 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He died on 6 FEB 1673 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He signed a will on 22 JAN 1673/74 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He will was proved on 24 APR 1674 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He has Ancestral File Number 9JP1-WC. He was baptized on 8 SEPT 1633 in First Church of Boston, Mass.

Parents: Anthony COLBY and Susannah.

Spouse: Frances HOYT. John COLBY and Frances HOYT were married on 14 JAN 1655 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Essex County Vital Records to 1850, Salisbury, Massachusetts. Listed as Colebey.) Children were: Sgt. John COLBY, Sarah COLBY, Elizabeth COLBY, Frances COLBY, Anthony COLBY (twin), Susannah COLBY (twin), Dea. Thomas COLBY, Mary COLBY, Hannah 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.

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."


Norfolk County Records, Vol. VII. 1903, pg. 89. "The Essex Antiquarian

John Hoyt of Salisbury, by David W. Hoyt, C. Benjamin Richardson, Boston, pub 1857

The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970;

The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt.

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On 31 Aug 2014 at 05:17 GMT Erin Breen wrote:

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