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Photos William Irving Colby and daughter Helen Florence Colby

William Irving Colby 1852-1906 from Warner NH, and his daughter Helen Florence Colby from Battle Creek MI. both photos courtesy of Gorman family collection I was able to locate the line from Town Records, American Ancestors, on Ronald Colby's site Colby Family and Others.

Helen Taylor Colby married Fenmore Daniel Beagle

Helen attended Pratt Institute in Brookline New York 

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 68 page 35 DAR ID Number: 67102 Born in Battle Creek, Mich. Wife of Fenmore Daniel Beagle.

Descendant of Asa Harriman. Daughter of W. Irving Colby (1852-1906) and Carrie Eva Fiske (b. 1857), his wife, m. 1875. Granddaughter of Barnard S. Colby (1825-1908) and Maria Frances Harriman (1835-90), his wife, m. 1852. Gr-granddaughter of David E. Harriman (1793-1861) and Polly Burnap (1795-1885), his wife, m. 1822. Gr-gr-granddaughter of Asa Harriman, Jr. (1766-94), and Sarah Evans, his wife, m. 1786. Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of Asa Harriman and Joanna Beal (1792-1825), his wife, m. 1760. Asa Harriman (1742-1819) enlisted as private in Capt. Eliphalet Safford's company, Col. Samuel Gerrishes' regiment, which marched on the alarm of 1775. He was born in Rowley, Mass.; died in Raymond, N. H. 

William appeared in the census in 1900 in Manhattan, New York County, New York. He died from acute cardiac debilitation; respiratory paralysis on 5 JUN 1906 at New York City, New York County, New York. BDSU, June 20, 1906 Obituaries from and photo above from Colby Family Association


The many friends of Prof. W. Irving COLBY will be shocked to learn of his sudden death at the Flower Hospital, Manhattan, on June 5. Prof. COLBY had been visiting in Providence, and while there did not enjoy the best of health.

Desiring to consult a specialist he came to New York accompanied by his son-in-law. Before reaching the city, Prof. Colby's condition became so serious that on arriving at the Grand Central Station, an ambulance was summoned and he was taken to the hospital where he died a few hours later. The immediate cause of his death was acute indigestion. Prof. Colby was well known in nearly all the large cities of this country as an instructor in the German language, which he began teaching in 1883. He was especially well known in Brooklyn, where he had during the past twelve years taught many classes, his pupils numbering over two thousand. He was author of several German textbooks, among which were "Der Lehrer" and "Der Leitstern" Prof. Colby was a member of Kismet Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, Brooklyn, and of Central City Commandery, No. 25, K. T. of Syracuse. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. FD BEAGLE, of Albany, and Mrs. Walter F. KINGSLEY, of Providence, R.I., and by three grandchildren. The interment took place at Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, on June 8. W. Irving Colby was a man of lovable nature, noble impulses and high aims, from boyhood he could be thoroughly depended upon. He lived for his friends and his family. He had a kind word for every one and few men were as free from selfishness as was he. Always thoughtful of others, he delighted in doing kind deeds, and his life was one delightful service. He had hosts of loyal friends who will never cease to mourn the sudden departure of the strong, gracious, noble spirit that lived and breathed in Will Irving Colby. He was buried in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. He has Ancestral File Number 27KK-W9. He was also known as Irving William Colby.

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Elaine Brown
Elaine Brown
Nov 18, 2020

I wonder which line William came from after Anthony Colby. Mine go through John, Sgt John, John III, Capt Ebenezer, Daniel, Reuben, Florence Colby Nichols, Gertrude Nichols, Ruth Nichols Maples to me. On the Colby fb I know a lot are listed from the Midwest, particularly Ronald Colby who manages the Colby fb

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