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Anthony Colby (bef. 1605 - 1661)

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Anthony Colby
Born before in Horbling, Englandmap
Husband of — married about [location unknown]
Died in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Colby-38 created 3 Jan 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 16 Jan 2017
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Anthony Colby (1605 – 1661) was born in Horbling, Lincolnshire, England and came to America in 1630 on the Winthrop Fleet. Anthony Colby was one of the first settlers of Salisbury, MA and the new town of Amesbury. He purchased the house and property from Thomas Macy in the year 1654. Nine generations of Colbys lived in this home.

Susanna Colby Whitridge (1610 – 1689) was the widow of Anthony Colby. After Anthony’s death, she married William Whitridge. He died in 1668. Susanna lived in the Macy-Colby house during the term of her widowhood.

Samuel Colby (c.1638 – 1716), the second son of Anthony 1 and Susanna Colby, was the innkeeper of Amesbury’s Colby Tavern. He married Elizabeth Sargent about 1667. He purchased the house and land from his mother in 1682, to provide for her during her widowhood.

Samuel Colby II (1671 – 1746) was the oldest son of Samuel 2 and Elizabeth (Sargent) Colby. He was a Yeoman. He inherited the former Macy land and other property from his father in 1716. He sold the north part of the former Macy land to John Bartlett in 1729, and additional land in 1731.

Obadiah Colby (1706 – 1749) was the seventh child of Samuel and Dorothy (Ambrose) Colby. He was a blacksmith. After his marriage to Bostonian Elizabeth (Gee) Colby in 1728, they resided in Boston. In 1744, they returned to Amesbury, and Obadiah purchased the south part of the former Macy land from his father Samuel 3. It is believed that Obadiah and Elizabeth Colby extensively modified the original homestead to its present structure.

Obadiah Colby [Deacon](1731 – 1814) was also a blacksmith. He was the oldest son of Obadiah 4 and Elizabeth (Gee) Colby. He inherited his father’s house and land when he came of age. He purchased additional land west of the homestead from the heirs of Ichabod Colby.

Obadiah Colby (1763 – 1832) was a blacksmith, like his father and grandfather before him. He was the third child of Obadiah and Mary (Merrill) Colby. He received the north part of his father’s land in 1816, which did not include the ‘Macy-Colby House’ property.

Hezekiah Colby (1770 – 1844) was a Schoolmaster and was the sixth child of Obadiah and Mary Colby. He received the south part of his father’s land with the house in 1816. He never married and lived in the house until his death in 1844. He left the house and property to his brother Captain William Colby.

William Colby [Captain](1775 – 1850) was a Mariner and the younger brother of Obadiah and Hezekiah . He received the house and land from his brother Hezekiah’s estate in 1845, which he sold to his son, Obadiah that same year.

Obadiah Colby (1811 - 1892) was a Trader by profession, and the second son of Captain William and Mary (Long) Colby. In 1845, he purchased the Colby house from his father. In 1885, he deeded the property to his son, William . Obadiah lived in the house with his son until his death in 1892.

William Colby (1851 – 1909) was a Trimmer. He was the second son of Obadiah and Mary Ann (Patten) Colby. 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 Association, and sold the house to his uncle Moses L. Colby .

Moses L. Colby (1820 – 1901) had an adventurous youth. In 1849 Moses Colby headed for California in search of gold. After his returned to Amesbury, he remained a bachelor, and lived in the old Colby house with his brother Obadiah and his nephews. In 1899, he purchased the house from his nephew William , and then deeded it to the Bartlett Cemetery Association, to be kept as a memorial of the Colby and Macy families and to the people of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Records indicate that Anthony came to America with Governor John Winthrop

He was a founder of Amesbury, MA

Born in his Mothers parents house in Horbling. Baptised on 9/8/1605 in St. Andrews Church in Horbling by Rev. Symon Bradstreete. The church & same Baptismal font are still there.


Anthony Colby[1][2][3][4]


1605 Horbling, Lincolnshire, England
8 SEP 1605 Lincolnshire, England
1595 Suffolk, England[4]


1634 Massachusetts Colony, MA[2]
1650 Essex County, MA[2]


8 Sep 1605 Horbling, Lincoln, England


1632 Suffolk Co, Boston, MA[4]


Boston, Suffolk, Mass.[5]
1631/1632 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1630/31 Boston, Massachusetts
1631/2 Boston, Massachusetts
Wife: Susanna Haddon
Wife: Susannah UNKNOWN
Wife: Susanna Haddon
Wife: Susanna Haddon Sargent


11 FEB 1661 Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts[4]


New England Colby Family Founder
Anthony Colby
First Settlers Memorial -1654
Settlement of the Old Town (Salisbury) and the New Town (Amesbury)


  • Brøderbund Software, Inc., LDS Website - (January 12, 1997) & World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1 (November 29, 1995) & World Family Tree Vol. 4, Ed. 1 (August 23, 1996)
  • Ancestry Family Trees (Provo, UT, USA: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.
Birth: 1605 Essex Co, MA.
Birth: 8 September 1605 Essex Co, Salisbury, MA.
Death: 11 February 1660 Essex Co, Salisbury, MA.
Marriage: 1632 Suffolk Co, Boston, MA.
  • Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91 Original data - Paige, Lucius R.. List of Freemen of Massachusetts. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1849.
  • Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890 Author: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Original data - Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
Residence: 1650 Essex County, MA.
Residence: 1634 Massachusetts Colony, MA.


  1. Ancestry Family Trees
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mass. Census
  3. Mass. Applications of Freemen
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Edmund West
  5. Brøderbund Software

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On 16 Jan 2017 at 12:05 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Alternatively, we keep the profiles distinct and remove from 703 any details associated with the immigrant.

On 16 Jan 2017 at 11:59 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Kitty, please look again, the Anthony Colby is clearly the same man, immigrant to New England. We do need to resolve the parents, but he's the same man.

On 16 Jan 2017 at 04:19 GMT Kitty (Chandler) Carr wrote:

Colby-703 and Colby-38 do not represent the same person because: Different parents, different dates and places of birth. Thomas was a common name.

On 16 Jan 2017 at 02:34 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Colby-703 and Colby-38 appear to represent the same person because: Same/similar vitals. Same spouse. Have to reconcile different mothers.

On 2 Feb 2015 at 21:04 GMT Isara (Chellis) Argent wrote:

Nice write-up. Plus, you can see the current rooms, etc. of the historic house.

Anthony is 14 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 13 degrees from Abraham Lincoln, 21 degrees from Ayn Rand, 19 degrees from Peter Roberts and 18 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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