Walter was born on 14 AUG 1898 in Locke, Cayuga County, New York, the son of Watson Whittlesay Colby and Ada L Mosher.
He died on 10 SEP 1985 in Diamond Springs, El Dorado County, California.
He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Ruth Esther Butterworth, who he married on 3 MAR 1918 in Oswego, Tioga County, New York. Their seven known children were Mildred Geraldine (1920-1992), Marie Louise (1922-c2004), Robert Myron (1925-1988), Daniel David (1927-1966), Wesley Eugene (1929-1984), John Mark (1932-c1995) and Lorrin Phillip (Private) (1942-?).
His second wife was Julia C Elliott, who he married in ABT 1973. The place has not been found. They had no known children.
|Birth||14 AUG 1898||
|Death||10 SEP 1985||
|Burial||16 SEP 1985||
!Notes: Born near Johnson City, in Owego, New York. Had 7 children. Had a vault of family heirlooms, including an old, pre-print Bible. It was a great big, heavy book with a snap, done in beautiful handwitten script, and seen by many of his grandchildren. Walter Frank's second wife Julia is said to have insisted on selling many of the heirlooms. She apparently wanted to donate the Bible to a museum. Walter Frank and Julia lived in Diamond Springs, California at Walter Frank's death. She has since moved to Lawrence, Kansas. She is said to still have the Bible in her possession, although it has not been seen since Walter Frank's death. His body was brought back to Kansas for burial.
!Source: 1920 United States Federal Census
enumerated 16 Jan 1920
Name: William Butterworth
Age: 53 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1867
Home in 1920: Chicago Ward 21, Cook , Illinois
Home owned: Rent
Marital status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Mother's Birth Place: England
Father's Birth Place: England
Butterworth, William, Head, age 53, born Pennsylvania, parents born England, Miller of Flour
-,Cora, wife, age 53, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, home maker
-, Bernice, daughter, age 18, born Kansas, mail clerk
Colbye, Walter, son-in-law, age 24, born New York, parents born New York, farm hand
-,Ruth E, Daughter, age 21, born Kansas, none
Balwin, Albert A, Roomer, age 20, born Kansas
1930 United States Federal Census
enumerated 10 Apr 1930
Name: Walter F Colby
Estimated birth year: abt 1899
Birthplace: New York
Relation to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's Name: Ruth Colby
Home in 1930: Rocky Ford, Otero, Colorado
Colby, Walter F, head, age 31, age at 1st marriage 20, born New York, parents born New York, occupation barber
-, Ruth, wife, age 31, age at 1st marriage 20, born Kansas, father born Ohio, mother born Pennsylvania
-,Geraldine, daughter, age 9, born Kansas
-,Marie, daughter, age 8, born Kansas
-,Robert, son, age 5, born Colorado
-,Daniel, son, age 3-11/12, born Colorado
-,Wesley, son, age 9/12
Denning, Bernice, sister-in-law, age 28, age at marriage 20, born Kansas, father born Ohio, mother born Pennsylvania
-,Dorothy, niece, age 6, born Kansas, father born Michigan, mother born Kansas
-,Maxine,niece, age 2-6/12, born Kansas, father born Michigan, mother born Kansas
!Source:California Death Index, 1940-1997 http://www.ancestry.com
Name: COLBY, WALTER FRANK
Social Security #: 511076939
Birth Date: 14 Aug 1898
Birthplace: NEW YORK
Death Date: 10 Sep 1985
Death Place: EL DORADO
!Source: Social Security Death Index
Name: Walter Colby
Last Residence: 95619 Diamond Springs, El Dorado, California, United States of America
Born: 14 Aug 1898
Last Benefit: 95619 Diamond Springs, El Dorado, California, United States of America
Died: Sep 1985
State SSN issued: Kansas
!Source: Possible match. American Soldiers of World War I. Soldiers of the Great War Volume 2.
There is a listing of “Colby, Frank, Broklyn” under New York Privates.
!Source: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Walter Frank Colby
City: actually says: Owego, Tioga, NY
State: New York
Birth Date: 14 Aug 1898
Nearest Relative: Ruth E Colby
Medium height & build, light blue eyes, light brown hair.
!Source: Lorrin Philip Colby Junior http://geocities.com/lcolbyjr/family/ Provided burial information.
!Source: http://www.hinmanfamily.com/ The Hinman Family Association.