Thomas Edward Colby Sr

1 February 1858–12 January 1931 (Age 72)
Woodbridge Township, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Thomas Edward

When Thomas Edward Colby Sr was born on 1 February 1858, in Woodbridge Township, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States, his father, Charles Hezekiah or Henry Colby, was 24 and his mother, Jane Baylis, was 20. He married Emma Arabella Peterson on 29 September 1879, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in New York, United States in 1870. He died on 12 January 1931, in Rockville Centre, Hempstead, Nassau, New York, United States, at the age of 72.

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Thomas Edward Colby Sr
Emma Arabella Peterson
Marriage: 29 September 1879
Emma Edith Colby
Thomas Edward Colby Jr
Sadie V. Colby

Spouse and Children

29 September 1879
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States


    Emma Edith Colby


    Thomas Edward Colby Jr


    Sadie V. Colby


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World Events (8)


Age 3

No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).

Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 21

Thomas Edison had been seeking to create a more practical and affordable version of the lightbulb, primarily for home use. Edison had attempted several different materials, including platinum and other metals, before ultimately deciding on a carbon filament. On October 21, 1879, Edison finally carried out the first successful test of this new light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from places in Norfolk and Cumbria named Colby, from the Old Norse personal name Koli (a byname for a swarthy person, from kol ‘(char)coal’) + Old Norse býr ‘settlement’.2 Variant spelling of Norwegian Kolby, a habitational name in Akershus, with the same etymology as 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Thomas E Colby in household of Henry A Colby, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Thomas Colby, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Thomas E Colby in household of Charles H Colby, "United States Census, 1870"

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