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Erle Norval Colby 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 23 Mar 1860, Laingsburg, Michigan
  • Marriage: Alice May Burrell 7 Aug 1887, Denton, Michigan
  • Died: 11 Mar 1923, Ypsilanti, Michigan, at age 62 5
  • Buried: Denton Cemetery, Wayne County, Michigan

  General Notes:

Erle N. Colby was born in 1860 on a farm in Shiawassee County Michigan. From 1879 until 1884 he taught in the schools of his vicinity. After 5 years teaching he went to Flint to learn the jewelry business. He soon came to Ypsilanti, Michigan and located on 37 East Cross Street, where he conducted a jewelry and stationery business. He bought and remodeled the residence at 409 Maple Street. In 1901 and 1902 he served as an alderman for the fourth ward in Ypsilanti. Then he was a traveling salesman for the Michigan Ladder Company.

Ypsilanti City Directories (Ypsilanti Archives, Ypsilanti, Michigan)
1883 No Colby's or Burrell's
1888-89 Colby Earle N, Watches, Clocks and Jewelry; Repairing Fine Watches a Specialty, 25 E. Cross St, res 37 Mill St.
1894 No Colby's
1896 Colby Erle N, Jeweler 37 Cross St., res 409 Maple St.
1899 Colby Erle N (Alice), Jeweler 37 Cross St., res 409 Maple St.
1903 Colby Erle N (Alice M), Jeweler 37 Cross St., res 409 Maple St.
1910 Colby Erle N (Allie M), Trav Agt , res 409 Maple St.
1920 Colby Alice M, Tchr, bds 409 Maple St.
1920 Colby Earl N (Alice M), Trav Slsmn, res 409 Maple St.
1920 Colby Glenn B, Clk, bds 409 Maple St.

Erle married Alice May Burrell, daughter of James Burrell * and Mary Ann Barton *, on 7 Aug 1887 in Denton, Michigan. (Alice May Burrell was born in 1868 in Denton, Michigan, died in 1927 and was buried in Denton Cemetery, Wayne County, Michigan.)


1 Latter Day Saints, 1880 United States Census Index CD, Woodhull Twp, Shiawassee Co, Michigan.

2 Wesley R. Burrell, The Descendants of George Burrell, (Dec. 14, 1978).

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

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

5 Alice (Burrell) Colby, Newspaper Clipping Book
, (before 1927), Obituary.

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