John was born about 1789, the son of unknown parents. The place is not known.
His wife was Anna. They were married, but the date and place have not been found. Their only known child was Lucius H (1814-1894).
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.