Sgt. John Colby

Is your surname Colby?

Research the Colby family

Sgt. John Colby's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Related Projects

John Colby, sgt

Birthplace: Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Amesbury, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Anthony Colby, Sr. and Frances Colby
Husband of Sarah Leithfield Colby; Sarah Sargent and Ruth Colby, (widow of Ring)
Father of Joseph Colby; John Colby; Sarah Jane Flanders; Infant Son Colby; Judith Colby and 3 others
Brother of Sarah Blaisdell; Elizabeth Weed; Frances Prichett; Anthony (twin) Colby; Susannah Colby and 3 others
Half brother of Dorothy Currier

Managed by: David Lee Kaleita
Last Updated:

About Sgt. John Colby

Sgt. John COLBY was born on 19 NOV 1656 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He died on 6 APR 1719 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He has Ancestral File Number FHW0-GN.

Sergeant John Colby took the oath of allegiance and fidelity, Dec 1677 and was a soldier in King Philip's War, at the Falls Fight under Capt William Turner, 18 May 1676, and was sergeant of the Amesbury train band, 1680. Administration on the estate of John Colby was granted to Joseph Colby, the only surviving son, 21 April 1719. Robert Ring, son of the widow Ruth Ring, administered her estate, May 1748.


John rec'd "children's land" in 1659 and a "township" in 1660. Member of "training band" 1680. He d. 06 Apr 1719 in Amesbury; adm est. gr Joseph Colby, only surviving son, 21 Apr 1719.

He was married to Sarah Osgood (daughter of William Osgood and Elizabeth (Osgood)) before 1700 in Prob Amesbury, Ma. Sarah Osgood was born on Feb 7 1653 in Salisbury, Ma. She died about 1716 in Amesbury, Ma. It is cetain from deeds that Sarah Osgood, b 1652/3, was in 1700 and 1708 wife of John Colby, and that she was dead in 1716. The only doubt is whether Sarah Eldridge and Sarah Osgood were the same person. The records may be reconciled in three ways: 1. Perhaps Eldridge should read Osgood. 2. Perhaps Sarah Osgood married 1st _____ Eldridge, of whom we have no other record, and m. 2nd John Colby. 3. the two may be distinct persons, as given above, which seems most probable, though we have no trace of the family of Sarah Eldridge. Wm and Anne Eldred, or Eldridge, of Yarmouth had Dau. Sarah, b.t 1850; but she was six years older than John Colby, and we know of no intercourse between Yarmouth and Salisbury. There was a John Eldred of Hampton in 1640, who apparently soon died or moved away.

SOURCES: (1) Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, pg 106, by David Hoyt, Compiled 1897 - 1919. Reprinted by New England History Press Somersworth, NH 03878. Reprinted 1981,1987, 1990. ISBN 0-89725-026-5; (2) Essex County Vital Records to 1850, Salisbury, Massachusetts. Listed as Colby. Death, Amesbury; (3) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.

Parents: John COLBY and Frances HOYT.

Spouse: Sarah ELDRIDGE. Sgt. John COLBY and Sarah ELDRIDGE were married on 27 DEC 1675 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Children were: John COLBY, Sarah COLBY, Joseph COLBY, Infant Son COLBY, Infant Son COLBY (twin), Infant Son COLBY (twin), Judith COLBY, Hannah COLBY.

Spouse: Sarah OSGOOD. Sgt. John COLBY and Sarah OSGOOD were married about 1699.

Spouse: Mrs. Ruth RING. Sgt. John COLBY and Mrs. Ruth RING were married on 8 FEB 1714/15 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.

view all 14

Sgt. John Colby's Timeline

November 19, 1656
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 27, 1675
Age 19
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
December 27, 1675
Age 19
Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 18
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 22
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
August 1, 1680
Age 23
Amesbury, Essex, MA, USA
February 12, 1686
Age 29
February 12, 1687
Age 30
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
February 29, 1688
Age 31
April 23, 1690
Age 33
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States