His Life

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3/24/2011 at 10:52 AM

John Colby was one of the founders of the Methodist Church in Bow.3 John Colby was several times elected to the board of selectmen.3 He was born on 28 February 1749 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.4 He was the son of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell.1,2 Circa 1768 , John Colby settled on the southwest corner of his father's lot on Wood Hill, Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, . The lot assigned to him was twenty acres off from the southerly side of the purchase, and he built his house on the side hill south of the brook crossing the road.5 He moved to Wood Hill, Bow, In the spring of 1768 with Willaby Colby and Sarah Sargent They started for their new home, his wife on horseback with her child in her arms. He soon built a frame house at the northeast corner of the intersection, east of the road where his son Philip afterwards lived. Their first log house stood a short distance south of where William A. Elliot lived in 1892, where his father, Abraham, with the youngest son, Jonathan, lived and died. William "Willie" Colby, and his wife, Frances, lived there until his death on 25 Jul 1969.6 , John Colby built his house on the side hill south of the brook crossing the road. This location is on the right side of Wood Hill Road a short way beyond the home of Henry Cheney in 1970.7 He married Hannah Simonds, a woman of mixed blood of native stock, circa 1770 in Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.8,7 In 1789 John Colby bought 50 acres from John Bryant, in the northwest end of lot 4 in range 17 of , Bow.3

He died after 1805 in , Bow.7

Last Edited=6 Feb 2009
Children of John Colby and Hannah Simonds
John Colby+3 b. 17 Feb 1772, d. 16 Apr 1836
Ruben Colby+3 b. 7 Jan 1774, d. 30 May 1852
Hannah Colby+3 b. 4 Jan 1776, d. 20 Jan 1847

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