Watson Whittlesay Colby


Personal and Family Information

Watson was born on 9 NOV 1878 in Groton, Tompkins County, New York, the son of Frank E. Colby and Estella Marie Hinman.

He died on 22 JUN 1935 in Oswego, Tioga County, New York.

He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Ada L Mosher, who he married on 12 JUL 1896 in Groton, Tompkins County, New York. Their two known children were Walter Frank (1898-1985) and Estella Marie (1903-1986).

His second wife was Nellie W Sherwood, who he married on 5 JUN 1909 in Nicholes, Tioga County, New York. Their only known child was Howard (c1910-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Watson Whittlesay Colby


Frank E. Colby


Lucius H Colby


John Colby




Rosetta F Perkins


Estella Marie Hinman


Milo Hinman


Wolcott Hinman


Abigal Bingham





Birth9 NOV 1878
Place: Groton, Tompkins County, New York
Death22 JUN 1935
Place: Oswego, Tioga County, New York
Place: Tioga Cemetery, Oswego, Tioga County, New York


Note 1

!Source: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nytioga/colby.htm

Family Profile of ELLERY COLBY President of the Owego Bridge Company, written by Ken Colby, who copyrights his text and site presentation. He says he copyrights his "original information" as well, although facts cannot be copyrighted.

!Notes: Per Claudette Wilson, was English, probably born there. Owned a lumber yard and farm. Drank and beat his wife. After her death he married the housekeeper, who gave her son to her mother and had another son by Frank Colby who was said to look exactly like the first. Frank died when his barn burned down and a rafter fell on him.

!Source: http://www.hinmanfamily.com/ The Hinman Family Association.

!Source: Census records for son Walter, say his parents were born in New York.