Tuesday, January 07, 2014


Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the 52
Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something evey week
on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. I thought I'd
give it a shot, and start with Edward Colbourne.

My 8x great grandfather Edward Colbourne/Colborne/Colburn/Coburn arrived in
Boston on the ship "Defence" on October 30th, 1635. His age was listed as seventeen.
There is some evidence that he was, for a time, a farmer on land owned by the
Saltonstall family in Ipswich. In 1642 he married his wife Hannah(her last name may
have been Rolfe)in Ipswich and they began having children. By 1666 they had nine
children, two girls and nine boys, one of whom was my ancestor Joseph Colburn.

With that many sons, Edward would have wanted his own land to provide for their
future. At first the family moved to Chelmsford, where his by now grown sons started
their own farms, but apparently Edward felt the need for more. So  In 1668 he bought
part of the land owned by a John Webb from his widow, and three years later he bought
the rest. The land was on the norther side of the Merrimac River and is now in the town
of Dracut, Massachusetts. Edward is credited as one of the founding fathers of the town. 

A few years later the King Philip's War broke out. Edward Colborne by that time had
built one of the classic New England garrison style house. On  March 18 1675 the Wamesit Indians attacked while Edward was guarding the ferry at the Merrimac River. Two sons of Edward's friend Samuel Varnum were killed and the houses in Chelmsford that were owned by Edward's sons were burned down. Other than that the family came through that war unharmed, and also survived the King William's War thanks to the garrison house. Edward died on 17Feb 1700.

You may have noticed I listed all the various spellings I've found for Edward's name. This
is because many of them are used in documents issued in Edward's own lifetime. He seemed to have settled on Coburn by the end of his life, although some of his descendants used Colburn. My own descent from Edward comes to me through my grandmother Cora Barker:
Edward & Hannah Rolfe(?)
Joseph & Hannah(last name UNK)
Moses & Deborah Wright
Caleb & UNK
Moses & Esther Spaulding
Wesley & Lesley Stowe
Lucy & Nathaniel S Barker
FranK W, Barker & Charlotte Barker(cousins)
Cora B, Barker & Floyd E. West Sr.(my grandparents) 


DianaR said...

Hi Bill ~ I like how you showed your line of descent from Edward. I've seen a few people do that and it's something I think I'll start doing going forward.

I'm jealous of all your New England ancestors and how long they've been here!! Most of my ancestors managed to get here in the mid-1800s.

Gary Scott said...
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Gary Scott said...

Very interesting. I enjoyed reading your blog post, I am too a descendant of Edward.

My line is as follows

Edward (9th great grandfather)
Robert, Mary Bishop
Edward, Sarah Heyward
Samuel, Elizabeth Holt
Cornelius, Rachel Robinson
Nabby Colburn, Joseph Preston
Talitha Philena Preston, Leonard Van Alstine
Evaline Van Alstine, Joseph Minor Brown
Margaret Irene Brown, Orson Hull Watson
Helen Dorothy Watson (Grandmother)

This would make me your 8th cousin once removed. I will retweet this on twitter! Great blog post! Thanks. I started doing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on my Facebook page,

Good work,

Schalene Dagutis said...

I found a cousin of my SIL during week one of the 52 ancestors challenge. Pretty neat!

Deborah Marlett said...

I'm a descendant of Edward Colbourne severral times through his sons John, Thomas, Daniel, Joseph and Ezra and grand children Sarah and Josiah. My paternal line is
John Colburn
John Henry
Fred Allen
Paul Francis Colburn m Olive Fox

Lydia m Josiah Richardson
Hannah Richardson m Joshua Coburn
Hannah Coburn m Job Colburn

Ezra Coburn
Joshua Colburn m Hannah Coburn

My maternal line
Ezra Coburn
Henry Goodrich
Orpha Coburn m Lester Fox

Thomas Colburn
Josiah m Sarah Colburn
Mary m David Fox
Darius Lincoln
Eben Tappan
Lester Fox m Orpha Coburn
Olive Fox m Paul Colburn

Daniel Colburn
Sarah Colburn m Josiah Colburn
Mary Colburn m David Fox

Very confusing...

Bill West said...

Glad to meet you cousins Gary and Deborah!

Angela Warn said...

I'm also the proud granddaughter of Edward Colbourne and Hannah Rolfe. And Edward Bishop and Hannah Moore. Then Robert Colborn and wife Mary Bishop. My name is Angela colborn