Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family. Most recently I've been posting about my Barnes
and Hoyt ancestors. I am now turning briefly to a third related family, the Colbys.

9x great grandfather Anthony Colby is the immigrant ancestor in the line. From
William Richard Cutter:

Anthony Colby, founder and  American ancestor of one of the prolific families in 
New England, came in Winthrop's fleet in 1630 and his name appears as ninety-third
on the list of members of the church. He came from the eastern coast of England,
and was driven by religious persecution to seek a home in the new world. He appears
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1632, on his marriage with Susannah Sargent, but in
1634 removed to Salisbury, and thence in 1647 to the west side of Powow river, in what
now is Amesbury. He was recorded as a planter and received land in the first division in
1640 and 1643. He was one of the first commoners in Amesbury. had grants of land in 1654 and 1658. and his widow in his right in 1662 and 1664, he having died in Salisbury, February 11, 1661. His widow, Susannah, married, in 1663, William Whittridge or Whitred, and was again a widow in 1669. She died July 8, 1689. Anthony Colby's children were: John, Sarah, Samuel. Isaac, Rebecca. Mary, Thomas, and one other died young.
Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 4(Google eBook) Lewis Historical Publishing Company,
1910 Boston (Mass.)

I've boldfaced the name of Susannah Sargent for a reason. There are various theories as to her identity. When I first started working on my family tree I found her name given as
Susannah Haddon. I hadn't seen it as Elizabeth Sargent until I saw the above entry from William Cutter. There is an entry for Anthony Colby in The Great Migration Begins in which the issue is addressed (p416) and since there seems to be no definitive proof to support either name I've now left Susannah's maiden name blank on my database.

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