Valentine Remembered Part 2

Valentine Ancestors Part 2

Valentine Colby Ancestors

I’m a participant of Amy Johnson Crow’s  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. February Prompt week Feb 12-18: Valentine. This is my third Valentine prompt posting.

Meet Valentine Rowell’s great-grandson, Valentine Colby. Valentine Colby is one of my American Revolutionary War ancestors. He marched from Amesbury on the Lexington Alarm in Captain John Currier’s company of militia, Colonel Isaac Merrill’s regiment. 2,3

Valentine/Vallingtine was born 29 May 1728 to to Jacob Colby and Elizabeth Eliot/Elliot, in Amesbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.

“Valentine Colby, fourth son and child of Jacob and Elizabeth (Elliot) Colby, was born in Amesbury, May 29 1728, baptized June 13, 1736, in Amesbury, died about 1812. His will was dated November 2, 1805, and probated January 4, 1813. He married first August 20, 1747, Hannah Kimball; second, February 1, 1788, Elizabeth Lowell 4, of Amesbury, who survived him. His fourteen children, probably all by the first wife, were: Valentine, died young; Judith, Rhoda, Valentine, died young; Hezekiah 4, Rhoda, Thomas 4, David 4, Hannah 4, Elizabeth 4, Valentine 4, Jonathan 4, Levi 4 and Molly 4. [ I found records for all but Johnathan 4 and Molley 4 other than in Valentine’s last Will in Testament date 2 November 1805. I did find a Joseph born to Valentine and Hannah 1783, in Amesbury Vital Records.]” 1

In the 1790 United States Census, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, I found a Vollint Colby listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards  and 3 females 16 yrs. and upwards; [the next two entries after Vollint were: David Colby listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards and 1 female 16 yrs. and upwards; Tho.s  listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards, 1 male 16  and 1 female 16 yrs. and upwards. In the next column a Hannah Colby listing 2 males 16 yrs. and upwards and 2 females 16 yrs. and upwards.] I feel that Vollint Colby is Valentine Colby born 1728.

{Notation that a head of household, Elizabeth Lowell, listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards and 1 female 16 yrs. and upwards. Possible this is the Elizabeth Lowell who married Valentine in 1788.}

In the 1800 United States Census Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, I found a Vallentine Colley Listing 1 male 45 and over, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 45 and over. [next listing is for Valentine Colley junior, most likely his son.] I believe this Vallentine Colley [Colbey upon viewing], is Valentine Colby born 1728.

In the 1810 United States Census Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, I found a Valentine Colby listing 1 male 16-25, 1 male 26-44, 1 male 45 and over, 1 female 26-44, 2 females 45 and over, 5 household members over 25, total in household 6.

Valentine Colby died 12 December 1812 4 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, New England.

Probate Record  File number 5951, 4 January 1813, will dated 2 November 1805. Valentine is listed as a yeoman. [Yeoman in his era, usually meant small landowner or a military rank.] His will lists his wife [2nd] Elizabeth; son, Jonathan; son Levi; son Thomas; son, Hezekiah; son Valentine (to be executor of will); son David; daughter, Hannah, new wife of John Colby; he bequests to a Molley L___, who he does not list as a daughter [possible it is his second and current wife listed, Elizabeth’s daughter, by her first marriage to Mr. Lowell;] granddaughter, Hannah Colby, daughter of Elizabeth Colby, deceased. Witness by Joshua Plummer, Joshua Colby and _____ Plummer.

Spelling Variations found:
Valentine (Vallingtine, Volentine, Vollint, Volintine)
COLBY (Colbey, Colbuy, Coleby, Collbey, Collby, Colley)

All children born in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

  1. Valingtine Colby, born 11 December 1747, died 1754 in Amesbury.
  2. Judith Colby born 26 May 1749,Not mentioned in father’s will date 2 November 1805 [some records have a death date of 18 April 1843 in West Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.]
  3. Rhoda Colby, born 13 April 1751, died about 1759 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts..
  4. Jonathan Colby born 1753, died 20 July 1808 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  5. Valentine Colby, born 26 March 1755, died 1769 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  6. Hezekiah Colby born 23 January 1757,married Judith Sargent (1766-1806);  he died in about 1817 in Warner, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA.
  7. Rhoda Colby, born 26 August 1759. Not mentioned in father’s will dated 2 November 1805.
  8. Thomas Colby born 11 September 1761, died about before 21 September 1833, probate notation in regards to Daniel Weed unable to fulfill his duties as executor for Thomas Colby, yeoman, of Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  9. David Colby born 25 December 1763. Alive at time of father’s will 2 November 1805.
  10. Hannah Colby was born on 27 May 1766. She died in about 1850.
  11. Elisabeth Colby born 17 August 1768, died before 2 November 1805-date of father’s will. Her daughter, Hannah, is listed as granddaughter to Valentine, by his deceased daughter Elizabeth Colby.
  12. Valentine Colby was born on 23 November 1770. Alive in 1814 to probate father’s will.
  13. Levi Colby born about 1774, mentioned in father’s will 2 November 1805.died about 1850 Warner, Merrimack, New Hampshire.
  14. Joseph Colby born about 1783, not mention in Valentine’s will dated 2 November 1805.

I have not researched my non-direct family members for Valentine. If I found a record mentioning a relationship to Valentine, they were added to my tree for further research.

Valentine Colby 1728- 1812 and Hannah Kimball 1728-1788, my 6th great-grandfather;

Hezekiah Colby 1757-1817 and Judith Sargent 1766-1825, my 5th great-grandfather;

Chellis Colby 1790-1862 and Olive Cheney 1793-1886, my 4th great-grandfather;

James Madison Colby 1823-1912 and Nancy A Collins 1827-1864, my 3rd great-grandfather;

Kate E. Colby 1850-1890 and Alonzo Chase 1835-1905, my 2nd great- grandmother;

Clara Jane Chase 1875-1955 and William Frank Nelson, my great-grandmother;

Lillian May Nelson 1895-1934 and Nathan Augustus Stearns 1887-1951, my grandmother; and

Nelson William Stearns 1930-1988 and Shirley Beatrice Pease, my parents.

Just a Fun Wiki Tree Screen Capture 18 degrees to Queen Elizabeth II Windsor

Sources:

  1. Genealogical and Families of the State of New Hampshire, A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4..by Erza S. Stearns, William Fredrick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker, Lewis Publishing Company, Vol 4 page 1569, column 2, 4th paragraph.
  2. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, Volume LXXX, Mary M. De Bolt, Washington 1925, for Mrs. Frances E. Fox Baker, number 79913 pg 333-334.
  3. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, Volume XL, Mary Cooley Bassett, Sarah Hall Johnson, Washington, D.C. 1915, Harrisburg, PA.Telegraph Printing Company 1915, for Mrs. Blanche Colby Fox, number 39125 pg 46.
  4. Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FHRQ-D3J : 4 November 2017), Valentine Colby, 1812; citing Death, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 893,105.
  5. 1790 United States Federal Census, Year: 1790; Census Place: Almsbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Series: M637; Roll: 4; Page: 21; Image: 36; Family History Library Film: 0568144, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010,  Provo, UT, USA, https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/5058/4440869_00036/51943?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/86776289/person/48543203362/facts/citation/1040404909092/edit/record, accessed 17 February 2018 for Vollint Colby
  6. 1800 United States Federal Census, Year: 1800; Census Place: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Series: M32; Roll: 14; Page: 70; Image: 46; Family History Library Film: 205613, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010, Provo, UT, USA, https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/7590/4440846_00046/134567?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/86776289/person/48543203362/facts/citation/1040404909992/edit/record, accessed 17 February 2018 for Vallentine Colley.
  7. 1810 United States Federal Census, Year: 1810; Census Place: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: 18; Page: 124; Image: 0205626; Family History Library Film: 00130, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, Provo, UT, USA, https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/7613/4433190_00130/105293?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/86776289/person/48543203362/facts/citation/343557451544/edit/record, accessed 17 February 2018
  8. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913,  for Vallingtine Colby, s. Jacob and Elizabeth May 29, 1728., pg 66; for Valentine Colby, s. Valentine and Hannah Nov. 23, 1770.; Vallingtine Colby, s. Valentine and Hannah Dec. 11, 1747.; Volentine, s. Valentine and Hannah Mar. 26, 1755.; Thomas, s.’ Valentine and ‘Hannah, Sept. 11, 1761.
  9. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913,  for Colby, Rhoda, d. Valentine and Hannah, Aug. 26, 1759. pg 65
  10. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Rhoda, d. Valentine and Hannah, Apr. 13, 1751. pg 64
  11. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Judith, d. Valentine and Hannah, May 26, 1749, pg. 62
  12. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Hezekiah, s. Valentine and Hannah, June 23, 1757 pg. 61
  13. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Hannah, d. Valentine and Hannah, May 27, 1766, pg 61
  14. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Elisebeth, d. Valentine and Hannah, Aug. 17, 1768. Pg 59
  15. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for David, s. Valentine and Hannah, Dec. 25, 1763, pg 58
  16. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, marriage for Collby Valentine, and Hannah Kimbal, Aug. 20, 1747, pg. 318; Kimbal Hannah, and Valentine Colby, Aug. 20, 1747, pg 403
  17. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, marriage for Volentine, and Elisebeth Lowell, Feb. 1, 1788 * pg 317 Intentions also record
  18. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, death for Vollantine, Colby, 1812, pg 535
  19. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, death for Elisebeth, w. Vollentine, Feb. 24, 1818, a. 83 y, pg. 534  
  20. Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001; pal:/MM9.3/TH-1961-40056-8964-83, Valentine Colby 1728 search, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89XF-WCB5?cc=2061550, accessed 19 February 2018, [ Records Film/Digital Note from FamilySearch.org, Births, marriages, and deaths of Amesbury and Salisbury, Massachusetts, collected from various sources, including town records of Amesbury and Salisbury, abt. 1598-1900 Births and miscellaneous marriages and deaths about 1706-1836 Births from Salisbury, Mass., about, 1637-1812 Births from Amesbury, 1671-1772 Marriages from Salisbury, Mass., about, 1636- 1812 Married in Amesbury, 1656-1800 Deaths from Salisbury, Mass., about, 1641-1838.]
  21. Colby, James W. “History of the Colby Family with Genealogical Tables”. Waltham, MA: Colby Music House, 1895, . Located at https://openlibrary.org/books. Accessed 21 February 2018, American Colby Pedigree page 101-113.
  22. Massachusetts Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015, Provo, UT, USA, Massachusetts, Essex County, Probate Records; Author: Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court (Essex County); Probate Place: Essex, Massachusetts. Search for Volintine Colby, results case number 5951 Probate Records Colebye, P-Cole, J, 1828-1991, Probate Essex, Massachusetts, Probate date 4 January 1815, death inferred 1812, images 355-365 and Valentine Colby 16 October 1827 image 366-381 included.

 

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