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Relics of the French & Indian War American Revolution owned by Soldier Silas Call of Massachusetts




A powder horn, French Musket and accessories used by Silas Call in the private collection of Cynthia Zanne, Colby descendant I met at the Macy-Colby House Family Reunion.

Lieutenant Moses Call and Stephen Call are Revolutionary War Patriots and brothers. Silas also fought in the Revolutionary war. After an amazing and very interesting connection of long lost cousins Cynthia was put in touch with family members that have artifacts from my family dating back to the French Indian Wars and the Revolutionary War.

All the Genealogy and History furnished by Cynthia






First Generation:


1. Philip CALL was born on 17 Jan 1659 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He died in Jan 1690 at Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Cause of death was.

A most revealing deed was executed in Essex County on the 4th of July 1730 (Essex Deeds, 58:141-2): "We John Pressey & Elizabeth Pressey his wife, Philip Challis and Dorothy Challis his wife and Elisha Weed, all of Almsbury... for the sum of 16 pounds... paid by Philip Call of Almsbury, our Brother... quit claim unto him... all our right, title... to a lot of land... called ye Peak... which sd lot do appertain originally to ye Right of our honored Grandfather John Colby late of Almbury aforesd... being Eight Lot in number...."

Elisha Weed, born 15 September 1689, and Elizabeth (Weed) Pressey, born 25 July 1692, were the children of Ephraim Weed and his first wife, Elizabeth Colby, of Amesbury. Elizabeth (Colby) Weed presumably died prior to Ephraim's marriage, 19 July 1704, to widow Hannah (Annis) Worthen. Philip Challis, husband of Dorothy Weed, was also her first cousin, son of Mary Colby and Thomas Challis. The relationship between Elisha, Elizabeth, and Dorothy Weed and their "brother" Philip Call is resolved by two matters heard by the Ipswich Quarterly Court in 1686. The first was among a list of presentments dated 31 March 1686: "Philip Caul, late of Ipswich, and Elizabeth Coalbee of Aimsbury, for fornication. Witness: Ebenezer Blazdell and wife" (EQCR, 9:611). The second, dated 9 April 1686, was a warrant to "Elizabeth Coalbee, for fornication with Phillip Caul of Ipswich, and to witness, Ebenezer Blazdel and wife, signed by John Appleton cleric, and served by William Allen, deputy for Robert Lord, marshal, who returned that was was said that Elizabeth Colby had gone out of the Colony" (ibid., 9:600). Ebenezer Blaisdell's wife, of course, was Sarah Colby, Elizabeth's older sister.

This evidence suggests, if not proves, that Hoyt's Philip Call, husband of Sarah Trussell, was actually Philip Call, born, apparently out of wedlock, to Elizabeth Colby and Philip Call about 1686. Philip was, therefore, the older half-brother of Elisha, Elizabeth and Dorothy Weed, and a grandson of John Colby and Philip Call. (SOURCE: NEHGS, The Essex Genealogist, vol. 14, pg. 173.)

Elizabeth COLBY (daughter of John COLBY and Frances HOYT) was born in 1660 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She died before 19 Jul 1704 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Cause of death was. SOURCES: (1) "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2) "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970. Philip CALL and Elizabeth COLBY had the following children: Philip CALL, born about 1686, Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; married Sarah TRUSSELL, on 20 Jan 1706/7, Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.


Second Generation

Philip CALL (Philip-1) was born about 1686 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (Out of wedlock.)

Philip CALL and Sarah TRUSSELL were married on 20 Jan 1706/7 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.) Sarah TRUSSELL was born about 1690. Philip CALL and Sarah TRUSSELL had the following children:


+3 i. Philip CALL, born on 26 May 1707, Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; married Dorothy HADLEY, on 17 Jul 1729, Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.

4 ii. Obadiah CALL was born on 16 Nov 1709 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

5 iii. Mary CALL was born on 5 Jun 1712 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

6 iv. Sarah CALL was born on 8 Mar 1715/16 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

7 v. John CALL was born on 20 Feb 1717/18 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

8 vi. Martha CALL was born on 7 Feb 1720 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

9 vii. Moses CALL was born on 9 Jan 1725/26 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

10 viii. Stephen CALL was born on 29 Nov 1728 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)


Third Generation

3. Philip CALL (Philip-2, Philip-1) was born on 26 May 1707 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.) Philip Call and Dorothy his wife, of Richmond Co. York, Maine, sold to Obadiah Call of Comtoocook, in 1740, land in Amesbury, belonging to the said Dorothy.

Philip CALL and Dorothy HADLEY were married on 17 Jul 1729 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Dorothy HADLEY (daughter of Samuel HADLEY and Dorothy COLBY) was born on 20 Jul 1712 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She died about 1793 at Corinth, Orange County, Vermont. Cause of death was. SOURCES: (1). "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt; (2). "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970. Philip CALL and Dorothy HADLEY had the following children:

11 i. Mary CALL was born on 4 Feb 1729 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

12 ii. Phillip CALL was born on 27 Dec 1731 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

+13 iii. Elizabeth CALL, born on 20 Apr 1734, Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; married Daniel HEATH, on 2 Mar 1753, Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.

14 iv. Dorothy CALL was born on 24 Apr 1736 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

15 v. Ruth CALL was born on 3 Dec 1738 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

16 vi. Sarah CALL was born on 8 Sep 1740 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

17 vii. Martha CALL was born on 6 Jan 1742 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

18 viii. Hannah CALL was born on 20 Dec 1744 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

19 ix. Mary CALL was born on 21 Jan 1747 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

20 x. John CALL was born on 4 Feb 1751 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.)

Fourth Generation

13. Elizabeth CALL (Philip-3, Philip-2, Philip-1) was born on 20 Apr 1734 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.) Elizabeth CALL and Daniel HEATH were married on 2 Mar 1753 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850 for Amesbury.) Daniel HEATH was born on 25 Feb 1733 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts. Elizabeth CALL and Daniel HEATH had the following children:

21 i. Sarah HEATH was born on 26 Oct 1754 in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

22 ii. Samuel HEATH was born on 22 Apr 1756 in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

23 iii. Hannah HEATH was born on 9 Oct 1757 in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

24 iv. Elizabeth HEATH was born on 6 Apr 1760 in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

25 v. Joshua HEATH was born on 10 Sep 1761 in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

26 vi. Daniel HEATH was born on 22 Jan 1764 in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

27 vii. Mary HEATH was born on 5 Feb 1766 in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

Elizabeth Colby was born in Amesbury MA daughter of John Colby and Frances Hoyt. John Colby, son of Anthony and Susanna Colby, married Frances Hoyt. John was a planter and granted extended lands. John Colby was baptised on 8 Sep 1633 in the First Church, Boston. He died on 1673 in Amesbury 11 Feb 1673/4 He married Frances Hoyt on 14 Jan 1655/6 in Salisbury. John Colby mentions two sons and five daughters in his will of 22 Jan 1673/4. John and his brother Isaac were on a Jul 1667 list of those with meeting house seats in Amesbury. John Colby sued the town of Salisbury because he bought Mr Samuel Groom's estate in the town and claimed that he had not been accorded the town rights and privileges associated with the estate. John was on the trial jury at the Hampton Court on 8 (8) 1667. He was one of several soldiers and inhabitants of Amesbury who signed a petition entered at the 10 Oct 1671 Court complaining that Samuel Foot had ordered them to train in Salisbury, rather than Amesbury. In a writ dated 9 Mar 1671/2, John sued Samuel Foot for reproachful speeches against the minister. John deposed that he was about 37 on 8 Apr 1673. In Apr 1673 John successfully sued Henry Palmer and Andrew Greley for not satisfying him in an agreement.

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