Philbrook Colby
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William Colby
Eleanor Lord
William Lord Colby


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William Lord Colby 1 2

  • Born: 27 Apr 1792, Oswego, New York
  • Marriage: Anna Upper Abt 1820, Ontario, Canada
  • Died: 27 Aug 1844, Michigan, at age 52
  • Buried: Spencers Cemetery, Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, Michigan

  General Notes:

William Lord Colby was born on April 27, 1792 in Oswego, NY. The son of William Colby and Eleanor Lord. He married Ann Upper. They lived in Canada for a while and in 1833 they moved their family to Michigan from New York state. They settled east of Ypsilanti where he kept a hotel called "The Colby House". This was the first hotel located on the old Indian trail (Michigan Ave.) between Detroit and Ypsilanti. They also had an 80 acres farm on Rawsonville Rd. The old farm is currently part of Willow Run Airport and the General Motors plant. William L. Colby died on his farm near Ypsilanti, Michigan. His parents are William Colby and Eleanor Lord.

His father and grandfather Philbrick Colby were both in the Revolutionary War.

The entire area was a mass of forest when William and Ann moved to their farm near Ypsilanti Michigan. In those days Indians were often seen. Deer and turkeys were plentiful. Prairie schooners furnished the means of conveyance, but a great deal of hauling was done by oxen.

They had seven children, four girls and three boys. William and Ann are buried in Spencer's Cemetery, Washtenaw Co., Michigan. The headstones were removed long ago and replaced with a single monument.

William married Anna Upper, daughter of ????? John Upper and Unknown, about 1820 in Ontario, Canada. (Anna Upper was born on 6 Apr 1796 in Canada, died on 13 Dec 1874 in Woodhull Twp, Shiawassee Co, Michigan and was buried in Spencers Cemetery, Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, Michigan.)


1 Ronald M. Colby, Anthony Colby of Salisbury, Massachusetts and His Descendants, (Book on CD Rom Version 1.02 March 7, 2003).

2 Ypsilanti Archives, "Obituary File", (Ypsilanti, Michigan).

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