Capt. Ezekiel Colby

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Ezekiel Colby, Capt.

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: December 07, 1791 (52)
Corinth, Orange, Vermont, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathan Colby and Hannah Colby
Husband of Sarah "Sally" Colby
Father of Miriam Davis (Colby); Rev. John Colby; Abner Colby; Nathan Colby and Pvt. Ezekiel Colby
Brother of Nathan Colby and Samuel Colby

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About Capt. Ezekiel Colby

DAR A 024045, Captain of the Scouts, VT.

Capt. Ezekiel COLBY was born on 15 JUL 1739 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.) He was baptized on 22 JUL 1739 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He appeared in the census in 1790 in Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. (family of 5.) He died on 7 DEC 1791 at Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. He has Ancestral File Number BPC0-5R.

Captain Ezekiel Colby is described as a yeoman from Newbury who bought his first land in Corinth, Vt from Col. John Taplin on 1 September 1775, one hundred acres for thirty pounds (lot 35 on town plan dated 1790, on what was known as the South Meadow, later to be known as the Elwin Hastings farm). Ezekiel Colby later sold that property to Hezekiah Silloway for three hundred pounds. Ezekiel used the title 'gentleman' on the contract of sale.

Zadock Thompson's "I Gazetteer of Vermont" I (1824) states that the first men to locate in Corenth, Vt were three sugarmakers who came over from Newbury, Vt viz: Ezekiel Colby, John Nutting and John Armond, sent by Col. John Taplin in the spring of 1777 to spend several weeks manufacturing maple sugar. Each carried a five pail kettle (yes - that is what they are called.) as they traveled the twelve miles through the woods, guided by a pocket compass. They joined a number of others who were also making sugar in Corinth, including Ezekiel's future son-in-law Joshua Davis.


The following data on Capt. Ezekiel (6) Colby was provided by Mrs. Carl A. Bickford of Lisbon Falls, Maine.

"CAPT. EZEKIEL COLBY (Nathan, Joseph, John, John, Anthony) b. 15 Jul 1737, Amesbury, MA; Bap Amesbury 22 Jul 1739. m. 1759 Sarah ("Sally") Fowler, b. 21 Jan 1742, South Hampt, NH, dau of Abner and Sarah (Flanders) Fowler; d 10 Aug 1817. Ezekiel d. 7 Dec 1791, Corinth, VT

In the summer of 1777, Ezekiel Colby, from Newbury, began a settlement in Corinth, where his family was soon joined by others. Col. John Taplin and his sons removed thither, and became citizens of influence." (P. 84, History of Newbury, Vermont, From the Discovery of the Coos Country to Present Time, by Prederic P. Wells, In Behalf of the Town (1902). Ezekiel went to Corinth in the spring of 1777 to sugar (maple syrup) off but his in some references in attributed wrongly to his son Ezekiel. The father bought his first land in Corinth 1 Sep 1775 (p. 50 Corinth His.), and he was in Corinth in the 1790 Census. He was a captain in the local militia and began a settlement in the summer of 1777. Ezekiel's widow started selling land in January of 1793. she deeded 40 acres to Joshus Davis. Ezekiel willed sons Nathan, Hezekiah, Moses, Ezekiel, John, Abner and Henry six acres each and daughters Sarah Silloway, Hannah Noris and Mary Noyes were given three acres each (p. 101 Corinth His.)

Birth records have not been found for the children of Ezekiel and Sarah (Fowler) Colby. The following list has been put together from the DAR application of Joyce Lynn Page and other sources, and a continuing effort is being made to obtain further information on these children.

"Since typing above, I have ascertained that Captain Ezekiel Colby died without a will. His wife was appointed administratrix, and the estate was declared insolvent. The estate papers show that Captain Colby's debts exceeded his assets, which I assume is why the estate was declared insolvent. The lands stated to have been willed to the sons in the History of Corinth must actually have been deeded to them by Captain Colby's widow." Colby Clan News Letter.

SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.

Parents: Nathan COLBY and Hannah WORTHEN.

Spouse: Sarah/Sally FOWLER. Capt. Ezekiel COLBY and Sarah/Sally FOWLER were married about 1760 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Children were: Miriam COLBY, Corpl. Ezekiel COLBY Jr., Rev. John COLBY, Abner COLBY, Moses COLBY, Sarah/Sally COLBY, Hannah COLBY, Henry or Harvey COLBY, Hezekiah COLBY, Nathan COLBY, Abigail COLBY, Mary COLBY.

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Capt. Ezekiel Colby's Timeline

July 15, 1739
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 22
New Hampshire, United States
September 25, 1763
Age 24
Age 24
Rumford, New Hampshire Grants
Age 25
Near Buffalo, Erie, Ny
Age 41
Corinth, Orange County, Vermont, United States
December 7, 1791
Age 52
Corinth, Orange, Vermont, USA