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Rev. Rufus Horatio COLBY

Male 1835 - 1906  (71 years)


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  • Name Rufus Horatio COLBY 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 24 Jun 1835  Sardinia, Erie, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Jun 1906  Waupaca, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      He is a Baptist clergyman. Res. Waupaca, Wis.

      From “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano” by Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1895
      Rev. Rufus H. Colby. In the person of this well-known minister, who is pastor of the Baptist Church in Waupaca, the city has a representative of Puritan stock and of a family that for generations has been actively identified with the best growth, material, intellectual and spiritual, of the United States.
      Mr. Colby was born in Erie County, N. Y., near Buffalo, in June, 1835. His father, Jesse Colby, a farmer, was a native of Vermont, where he was born in 1805. The father of Jesse was Ezekiel Colby, a native of New Hampshire, and the father of the latter was also Ezekiel Colby, who was commissioned a captain by King George to serve in the French and Indian War. And so the genealogy goes back to honest-hearted old Anthony Colby, who for the sake of his religious convictions crossed the ocean with the Pilgrim fathers, and a livelihood, at the mouth of the Merrimac river. The family lineage is traced back to 1560 at Oldstead Hall, and to Roos Hall, Beccle, England. The family name to Norfolk, 1199.
      Ezekiel Colby, Sr., great-grandfather of Rufus H., married Miss Fowler, of an old Welsh family of Baptist faith. They had a family of eight children of whom Ezekiel, Jr., married Ruth Davis. They reared a family of nine children, eight sons annd one daughter, and in 1810 became pioneers of western New York. Ezekiel served as a non-commissioned officer in the war of 1812, and his son Jonathan held the rank of colonel. Jesse, who was next to the youngest son of Ezekiel, married Mary Annn Odell, in 1833. She was born in Junius, Seneca county, N. Y., daughter of Jeremiah and Prudence (Lamphier) Odell, pioneers of western New York. Jeremiah Odell, who was a man of some literary tastes and ability, died in middle life, about 1820, leaving a widow with ten children. But Prudence Odell was a remarkable woman, of Spartan courage and force of character, and proved equal to the task before her. She raised the entire family of three sons and seven daughters to manhood and womanhood. Jesse Colby, while a farmer, was a man of deep religious nature. He was an excellent musician, and closely attached to his home, which he endeared to his children. His tastes were quiet, and in no manner did he seek notoriety. The children of Jesse and Mary Ann Colby were Rufus H., Caroline, now wife of Rev. E. W. Green, of New York; Seymour J., who served in the Rebellion and who now lives at Ogdenburg, Waupaca county, and Nathan, who died in boyhood. The father in 1863 removed from New York to Wisconsin to be near his children, but died two years later at Waupaca, aged fifty-nine years. The mother died in New York in 1875.
      Rufus H. Colby, the eldest child, remained on the farm until eighteen years of age. He then taught school in New York and in Canada, and the winter of 1856-57 he taught near Madison, Wis. Subsequently attending school at the Springville Academy. Completing his education at the old Chicago University and the Theological Seminary, he entered the ministry in 1859, at the age of twenty-four years, his first call being at the Baptist Church at Weyauwega. Here he remained seven years, and then filled a pastorate for three years at Lamartine. In 1869, he accepted a call from his old church in Holland, Erie Co., N.Y., with which he had united as a member as a young man. In 1877, he was called to Buffalo, and there organized the Emanuel Church, serving for six years. Serving a number of other Churches in the East, the last being at Dundee, Rev. Colby in 1892 came west again as pastor of the Church at Waupaca. Since entering the ministry Rev. Colby has built up a number of new and weak Churches, having shown a great capacity for that important branch of ministerial labor.
      In 1861 he was married to Miss Mary E. Sanders, daughter of David and Chloe (Tucker) Sanders and granddaughter of Job Sanders, a sea captain, who married Nancy Chase, an aunt of Alvin Chase, of Recipe Book fame. Mrs. Colby died at Gowanda, N. Y.Y., and was buried at Strykersville, N. Y., her native home. By this marriage Rev. Colby has four children-Merle D., Jesse Clair, Charles C. and Ray Harold. In 1892 he married Mrs. Mary (Lowell) Oakes, daughter of Rev. Josiah Lowell, of New York. Rev. Lowell was a native of Maine, and one of a family of six brothers, three of whom were ministers and three lawyers. He married Mary Wilcox, a native of Vermont, whose parents became early settlers in western New York. To Rev. Josiah and Mad Mary Lowell four children were born: Childs, Adams, Josiah and Mary. Seth M. Oakes, the first husband of Mrs. Colby, was a native of New York. They were married in native of New York. They were married in 1860, and the following year settled on a farm in Waupaca county, Wis. Mr. Oakes, in 1876, opened a general store at Waupaca and remained in active business until his death in 1888. Mrs. Oakes continued in business for three years, and then sold out. Mr. Oakes was a strong temperance man, a Republican in politics, and was actively interested in the welfare of Waupaca. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. with which Order Rev. Colby is also connected.

      WI Death Record:
      Rufus H. Colby
      24 Jun 1906
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    Person ID I2825  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 

    Family 1 Mary E. SAUNDERS,   b. 1843, Strykersville, Sheldon, Wyoming, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1891, Gowanda, Cattaraugus, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 1861  Strykersville, Sheldon, Wyoming, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Merle D. COLBY
     2. Jesse Clair COLBY
     3. Charles C. COLBY
     4. Ray Harold COLBY
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F1327  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Hannah LOWELL,   b. 19 May 1838, Brewerton, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919, Waupaca, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 1892 
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F1220  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Jun 1835 - Sardinia, Erie, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1861 - Strykersville, Sheldon, Wyoming, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Jun 1906 - Waupaca, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899., Lowell, Delmar R., (Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vt., 1899).