Barzillai COLBY

22 October 1731–21 November 1811 (Age 80)
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Barzillai

When Barzillai COLBY was born on 22 October 1731, in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Samuel Colby, was 33 and his mother, Anna Nichols, was 36. He married Elizabeth Plummer on 1 January 1756, in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 21 November 1811, in his hometown, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

Barzillai COLBY
1731–1811
Elizabeth Plummer
1735–1778
Marriage: 1 January 1756
Elizabeth Colby
1757–1849
Enoch Colby
1759–1824
Ichabod Colby
1760–1807
Joshua Colby
1762–1832
Miriam Colby
1765–1832
Ruth Colby
1767–1859
Woodman Colby
1770–1832
Dolly Colby
1773–1807
Dorothy B. Gould
1773–1852
Barzillia Colby III
1775–1814

Spouse and Children

    Male1731–1811Male

    Elizabeth Plummer

    Female1735–1778Female

MARRIAGE
1 January 1756
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
children

(10)

    Female1757–1849Female

    Male1759–1824Male

    Male1760–1807Male

    Joshua Colby

    Male1762–1832Male

    Miriam Colby

    Female1765–1832Female

+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(6)

    Samuel Colby

    Male1720–Male

    Moses Colby

    Male1723–1797Male

    Male1726–1752Male

    Gideon Colby

    Male1729–1795Male

    Male1731–1811Male

+1 More Child

World Events (4)

1776

Age 45

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 45

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 63

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

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)

  • Barzilla Colby in entry for Dorothy B. Gould, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Barzillai Colby, "United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783"
  • Berzilla Colby, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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