Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Photos of William Irving Colby and Helen Florence Colby

Jeffrey Gorman from New England Family and Genealogy Group sent me these two photos of William Irving Colby 1852-1906 from Warner NH, and his daughter Helen Florence Colby from Battle Creek MI. I was able to locate the line from Town Records, American Ancestors, on Ronald Colby's site Colby Family and Others.

Professor William Irving Colby was born on 29 OCT 1852 in Warner, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. He is the son of Barnard S. Colby and Maria Francis Harriman. Barnard, son Barnard S. Colby and Deborah Dowling d. of Timothy Dowling and Betsey Collins. Barnard SR was s. of Nathan Colby and Sarah Barnard, d.of Thomas Barnard (s. Nathaniel Barnard and Elizabeth Martin) and Judith Jones. Nathan was s. Jacob Colby and Sarah Merrill. Jacob was s. of Zaccheus Colby(s. of Jacob Colby and Hannah Hunt) and Mary Eastman d. of Roger Eastman and Hannah Kimball. Jacob Colby s. of Thomas Colbyand Hannah Rowell. Thomas Colby son of Anthony Colby 
William I Colby married Carrie Eva Fiske on 12 APR 1875 in Warner, New Hampshire. Carrie was daughter of Daniel Fiske and Georgina Woodbury, d. of Ezekiel Woodbury s. of James Woodbury and Judith Worthen and Mehitable Grant d. of Isaac Grant and Tamara Hadley. Georgina married George S Mckean in July 19 1866.
William and Carrie divorced on 14 SEP 1898 in Oakland, Alameda County, California. Children were: Helen Frances Colby and Bertha May Colby.
Professor Colby taught language and was expert linguist. 
From Omaha Excelsior, 7 May 1898

Helen Francis Colby Helen 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. 

Original photo for sale on eBay by antqplsur. Identified on the reverse in old ink: "Bertha May Colby. Age 6 months."
Bertha May Colby (1880-1937) second daughter of William Colby and Carrie Fiske married Walter Francis Kingsley (1871-1963) of Providence, Rhode Island, (son of Albert E. Kingsley, son of Jedediah Kingsley and Elizabeth F. Cole) and Mary E. Himes (d. of Sylvester Himes and Mary Anna Browning) Announcement of marriage in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Brooklyn, New York · Page 16 Wednesday, June 6, 1900.

Walter F Kingsley was private secretary to Robert Rodman, a cotton manufacturer of North Kingstown, and for two years thereafter was a draughtsman in the employ of Charles Rodman, son of Robert Rodman. For two years he was so engaged, in 1892 becoming a decorator with the Anthony Cowell Company, realizing in this association an ambition that had long been dear to him. Until 1903 he remained with the Anthony Cowell Company, then, after a brief period in the same capacity with A. E. Mylod & Son, of Providence, established, in 1904, in independent business. His activity in the beginning was on a small scale, but his work became widely popular and commissions came to him rapidly. His thorough practical experience was supplemented by a course in the Rhode Island School of Design, and he has passed several summers in European countries in study. His studio is in the Hoppin-Homestead building in Providence. He is an able master of his difficult art, taking the greatest pleasure in his work, and is not only an authority on period style but has developed in color treatment an originality always effective and pleasing that is distinctively his own. His standing in his profession is such that he is able to select that work which offers the fairest field for his efforts, and his creations have beautified many residences and buildings throughout the region.

Mr. Kingsley had five years of military experience in the Rhode Island National Guard, enlisting in 1908 as a private in Company A, First Light Infantry Regiment, soon afterward becoming quartermaster officer on the staff of the colonel of the regiment, from which office he resigned in 1913. He is a member of the Providence Central Club. A leader in a profession that is essentially one of study, Mr. Kingsley has carried his studious habits into his recreations. He is a lover of music, a capable performer on the organ, and is an interested student of criminology and psychic research. He is devoted to the best in literature as in music and finds his greatest pleasures in the hours spent with his favorite authors and composers. From American Biography Volume 6

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
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.

Marriage of Georgina Fiske and George S Mckean

William I Colby appeared in The San Francisco Call newspaper on 15 SEP 1898 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California W. I. COLBY DIVORCED. A Separation Granted on the Ground of Desertion.
OAKLAND, Sept. 14.— Judge Hall today granted a divorce to W. I. Colby, the German teacher, from Carrie E. Colby on the ground of desertion. Colby testified at the hearing this morning that he had been married in 1875. and that suddenly about a year ago his wife refused to live with him any longer, the cause of which he had been unable to learn. He intimated, however, that a certain Instructor who had rooms in the house was resnonslble for the wife's actions.
Professor Colby has purchased a ticket for New York, and will depart thither next week.

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