James Metcalf Colby

New York, United States

The Life of James Metcalf

When James Metcalf Colby was born in 1834, in New York, United States, his father, James Colby, was 36 and his mother, Abigail M Metcalf, was 31. He had at least 3 sons and 3 daughters with Anna M Jacques. He lived in Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan, United States for about 10 years.

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James Metcalf Colby
Anna M Jacques
Milton John Colby
William Tecumsah Sherman Colby
Maria Abba Colby
Jo Vesta Colby
Alta Ruth Colby
James Metcalf Colby

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Parents & Siblings



  • Jonas Palmiter Colby


  • Emily Colby


  • William Milton Colby


  • Esther Patience Colby


  • Wealthy Colby


+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Age 3

Michigan is the 26th state.

Age 31

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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)

  • James M Colby, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James M Colby, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James M. Colby in entry for Vesta Colby, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"

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