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[F15676]. Anthony COLBY.
Born in 1595 at Beccles, Essex, England. Weis (source 2) says he may have also been born at
Banham, county Norfolk, England. He was the son of Thomas COLBY  and Beatrix FELTON .
He married Susanna (HADDON or SARGENT) .
He came first to Boston, where he was a member of the First Church before 8 SEP 1633 when his son John was baptized there. He is recorded on page 2 of the Church Record as Anthony CHAULBY.
He settled next in Cambridge where he owned two houses and six acres of land on Brattle Street, which he sold to Simon Crosby in 1639. In 1634 he was an inhabitant of Ipswich. On 14 MAY 1634 he was admitted freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. On 21 JUN 1637 he signed a petition for __?__. In 1639 he aparently moved from Ipswich, for he is then called a "planter" of Salisbury and Amesbury. He was one of the original settlers of Salisbury, and in 1640, he was one of sixty-nine planters to receive "first division lots". He again received land in 1643.
On 2 AUG 1646 he was dismissed by letter from the First Church in Boston to the First Church in Salisbury. Page 24 of the Church Record says, "Our brother Anthony COLBY according to his desires had letters of demission granted unto him with the consent of the church by their silence unto the church at Salisbury." He resided in Salisbury until his death.
On 3 FEB 1650, he is recorded as one of the 66 "commoners" at Salisbury. A commoner was one who had land division rights. On 25 DEC 1650 he paid taxes of 13 s. 2 d., and only 10 of the 66 tax payers exceeded his rate. On 19 MAR 1654-5, he, his son John, and 16 others, became "present inhabitant and comenors heare in the newtowne" when Salisbury was divided to form a new town, which became Amesbury. It did not receive the name of Amesbury, however, until 27 MAY 1668. On 1 MAY 1654 Anthony was one of the 49 signers of the "articles of agreement between the inhabitants of the old town and those of the newtowne." Also in 1654, probably as a result of those articles of agreement, he received land along with 61 others in the Salisbury land division. His name, as well as that of his son John, appears on two petitions about church matters dated 19 MAY 1658.
He died 11 FEB 1660-1 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. This was probably at his residence in the new town area that was later named Amesbury. On 18 JAN 1663-4 Salisbury-new-town voted land to Anthony, John and Samuel COLBY and 22 others. This seems to have been rescinded in 1666 when the new town was incorporated by the General Court of Massachusetts. I do not know why he was named in this, three years after he died, unless it refers to a nephew or is being granted to his estate.
[F15677]. Susanna (Susannah) (perhaps HADDON, but probably SARGENT).
Born about 1610. She married (1) Anthony COLBY . She married (2) about 1663-4 to William Whitridge She died 8 JUL 1689 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
CHILDREN of Anthony COLBY  and Susanna (HADDON ?) :
- John COLBY. Baptized in the First Church of Boston on 8 September 1633. He married Francis HOYT , daughter of John HOYT  and Francis (TUXBURY)  on 14 January 1655-6 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. She married (2) 27 DEC 1676 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts to Cpt. John BARNARD [F3914]. John was a "planter" at Amesbury, where he was granted land in 1658 (30 acres), 1659, 1662, 1666, and 1668. In OCT 1671 his name heads a list of seventeen signatures on a petition presented to the Court at Hampton, by divers of the Inhabitants and souldiers of the towne & military company of Amsbery" that they may continue "under the Conduct of or loveing friend & neighbor John Hoyt, senr, our chosen and established sergeant & chief military officer here. He made his will on 22 January 1674. He died 11 February 1674 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. His will was proved on 24 April 1674.
- Sarah COLBY. Born about 1635. She married Orlando BAGLEY of Amesbury on 6 March 1653 at Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts. He died before 1700. She died 18 MAY 1663 in Boston.
- Infant. Died young.
- . Samuel COLBY. Born about 1638 or 1639. He married Elizabeth Sargent. He died about June 1716 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
- E. Isaac COLBY. Born 6 July 1640 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He married Martha PARRATT (PARRET). She was born 9 October 1649 at Rowley, dau. of Francis PARRATT, Esq. and Elizabeth NORTHEND of Rowley. She died 13 JUL 1730 at Amesbury. He was a "planter" at Salisbury in 1663 and had a seat in the meeting house at Amesbury in 1667. He later lived at Haverhill and Rowley, but returned to Amesbury before he died. He made his will 29 MAR 1684. He died before 15 APR 1684 when his will was proved at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. His estate was divided in 1725.
- Rebecca COLBY. Born 11 MAR 1643 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She married 9 SEP 1661 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts to John WILLIAMS, Jr, who was born abt.1631, son of John WILLIAMS and Jane, of Newbury and Haverhill. He married (2) 5 MAY 1675 at Haverhill to Esther
BLAKLELEY, widow BOND. He died 30 APR 1698 at Haverhill. She died 10 JUN 1672 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.
- Mary COLBY. Born 19 September 1647 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She married William SARGENT, Jr., son of William SARGENT  and Elizabeth PERKINS , on 23 September 1668 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
- Thomas COLBY. Born 8 MAR 1650-1 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He married Hannah ROWELL, daughter of Valentine ROWELL [F15628] and Joanna PINDOR [F15629] on 16 September 1674 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He took the oath of allegiance and fidelity in December 1677. He died before 30 March 1691 when the inventory of his estate was taken at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. His estate was divided in November 1697.
- [S1]. Family Records of Richard Hoyt. 784 (?) Green Valley Dr., SLC, UT 84___. 2)
- [S2]. The Colby Family in Early America. by Frederick Lewis Weis. 1970. Concord, Massachusetts. He quotes from "The Records of the First Church in Boston 1630-1868" published by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, edited by Richard D. Pierce.
- [S2]. Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts. prepared by Keith H. White, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 1966.