King Philip's War

John Colby was born November 19, 1656 and he took the oath of allegiance and fidelity in December of 1677. He was a soldier in King Philip's War, at the Falls Fight under Capt. William Turner, 18 May 1676. He was a Sergeant of the Amesbury train band, 1680. He died 6 Apr 1717. Administration on the estate of John Colby was granted to his only surviving son, Joseph Colby on 21 April 1719.


King Philip's War was a New England war that began in 1675. King Philip, whose Native American name is Metacomet. He was chief of the Wampanoags and a brilliant soldier. He led attacks against several frontier towns in Massachusetts. But Metacomet was killed in 1676, and his people were sold as slaves.


SOURCES: (1) Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, pg. 106, by David Hoyt, Compiled 1897 - 1919. Reprinted by New England History Press Somersworth, NH 03878. Reprinted 1981,1987, 1990. ISBN 0-89725-026-5; (2) Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150; (3) Essex County Vital Records to 1850, Salisbury, Massachusetts. Listed as Colby. Death, Amesbury; (4) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970.