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he was brought by his parents to Franconia, New
Hampshire, and there he resided until 1850. His
education was limited to an attendance of eleven
weeks in the common schools of the district. He
worked on the farm of his father until he had at-
tained his majority, and then learned the carpenter's
trade, which he followed until 1850. About 1840
he removed to Colebrook, New Hampshire, in which
town he held the office of deputy sheriff for two-
years. He removed to Lancaster in i8=;4. and the
following year was one of the corporators of the
Lancaster Manufacturing Company. In the same
year he was one of the corporators of the Coos.
Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and at the first
meeting of the proprietors he was elected a mem-
ber of the board of directors. At the meeting of
the stockholders, September i, 1863, he was again
elected, and on the same day was elected president,,
and held that office until his death. He also served
the company for a long time as one of its solicitors.
He was elected to the board of fire Wards in 1856.
and was re-elected in 1861-62-64-65-66-67-68. He
became sheriff in 1857, and held that office for a
period of ten years. He was appointed deputy
sheriff in 1867, and served in that office for ten
years. He and his son, Charles F., were proprietors
of a harness shop in 1875, doing business under the
firm name of Enoch L. Colby & Son. He was a
Democrat until the "Know Nothing" party arose,
which he joined, but upon the organization of the
Republican party he affiliated with that, and ever
afterward was a staunch upholder of its principles.
He was a delegate to the national Republican con-
vention at Baltimore, Maryland, 1864, when,
Lincoln was nominated for a second term. He
was also a deputy United States marshal for some
time during the civil war, and filled minor offices
of trust and responsibility. Mr. Colby was a man
of sturdy character, and practical good sense, and
had he received a liberal education would un-
doubtedly have made his mark in the world. He was
brought up in the Baptist religion, but later in life-
united with the Episcopal Church.

Mr. Colby married, July 24, 1842, Lucy Ann
Jane Fletcher, born at Charlestown, New Hamp-
shire, December 27, 1823 ; died at Lancaster, New
Hampshire, September 25, 1900. She was the daugh-
ter of Ebenezer and Peady (Smith) Fletcher, and
a lineal descendant of Robert Fletcher, of Concord,
Massachusetts, who came from England in 1630
with Richard Saltonstall and Governor Winthrop.
On the paternal side her ancestors were English,
on the maternal, Irish. Ebenezer Fletcher, son of
one of the heroes of Bunker Hill, was born May
I?' 1775. ^rid died at Colebrook, New Hampshire,
August 22, 1843. He removed to Pittsburg, New
Hampshire, in 181 1, where he was one of the first
settlers, and there erected a frame dwelling house,
a grist and saw mill which were standing until
recently, and bore his name. He also expended con-
siderable money in developing the country in various
other directions. He married at Charlestown, New
Hampshire, Peady Smith, and they had children:
I. Lucretia Eliza, born September 6, 1804; married
Cyrus Eames ; died at Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sep-
tember 21, 1844. 2. Hiram Adams, born at Spring-
field, Vermont, December 14, 1806; married. May
24, 1834, Persis Everett Hunking; died at Lancaster
January 30, 1879. 3. Kimball Batchelder, born Sep-
tember 13, 1810 ; died at Lancaster November 4,
1894. 4. Mary Nassau, born February 28, 1813 ;
married Archalaus Cummings ; died at Colebrook
in 1902. 5. Lucy Ann Jane, mentioned above. Mr.

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and Mrs. Colby had children: i. George Henry,
see forward. 2. Charles Frederick, born July 14,
1846, at Colebrook; was a druggist at Lancaster;
died November 17, 1902. 3- Frank Arthur, born at
Colebrook November 4, 1852 ; a physician who served
as stafif surgeon in the Egyptian army in 1875 ; died
at Berlin, New Hampshire, July 14, 1896. 4. John
Irving, born December 24, 1856; was a drug clerk;
died in Somerville, Massachusetts, June 17, 1904.
(in) George Henry, eldest child of Enoch
Libby and Lucy Ann Jane (Fletcher) Colby, was
born in Colebrook, New Hampshire, December 27,
1844. He received his education at the Colebrook
and Lancaster academies, and learned the art of
printing in the office of The Coos Republican, at
Lancaster, and later with the Riverside Press, Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts. Prior to going to Carii-
bridge he had served one year as postal clerk in
the store of Royal Joyslin, and three years with
E. & T. Fairbanks & Company, at St. Johnsbury,
Vermont; had failed in an attempt to establish
himself in the book trade in Lancaster; and had
read law for one year in the office of Ossian Ray,
of Lancaster. He estabhshed The Fairfield
Chronicle in Ivlay, 1869, a weekly newspaper pub-
lished in Fairfield, Somerset county, Maine, which
he managed as editor and sole proprietor for a
period of ten years, and then disposed of it to a
syndicate of Fairfield citizens. He then returned
to Lancaster, and in the summer and fall of 1S79
visited Europe, traveling extensively, and upon his
return devoted six months to travel in the United
States. He assumed charge of the mechanical de-
partment of three newspapers in July, 1880, owned
by Thomas G. Thrumm, in Honolulu, Hawaiian
Islands. One of these papers was The Press, a
weekly newspaper of considerable influence among
the business residents and planters, and which was
founded for the purpose of advocating the annexa-
tion of the islands to the United States. When
this object had been attained the paper suspended.
The Kukoa was published in Kanaka, the native
language of the islanders, and had a circulation of
five thousand weekly. It exerted a great influence
among the native population. The Friend was a
monthly missionary journal, edited and owned by
Father Damon. After nearly two years devoted
to the newspaper and job printing busine:>s at
Honolulu, Mr. Colby ascended the volcano of
Kilauea, and traveled about the islands. He then
visited Australia, and returning east in May, 1883,
opened a book store in Lancaster, where he has
been prosperously located for almost twenty-five
years, thus making a splendid contrast to his failure
in this direction in his earlier years. During this
time he has made a trip to the island of Jamaica;
spent a winter in Mexico; three times visited
Europe; in 1906 traveled to Japan as the invited_
guest of Hon. H. W. Denison, the legal adviser of
the Japan Foreign Office, and in that land spent
a month in continuous travel. He returned in 1907,
on his way visiting Siam, China, India and the
Mediterranean, spending some time at Naples, and
not omitting to visit Pompeii and Rome, thence
home by Gibraltar and the Azores. Upon his re-
turn he delivered free lectures, by invitation, to
about twenty audiences in the various towns ot
Coos and Grafton counties. Mr. Colby is a notable
man of business, and carries about fifty thousand
volumes in his stock, which is the largest number
carried by any house of this kind m the state. He
has been an intelligent observer during his travels,
is an»interesting writer, a lover of books, modest and
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unassuming in his manner, liberal in his views and
tenacious of his convictions. He is a firm believer
in public libraries and schools, and has done much
to further the interests of these institutions. His
religious views are those of the late Robert G.
Ingersoll ; he is an advocate of women's rights ;
and is a believer in cremation after death. He
has been a lifelong Republican, of the Abolition
type, but has never sought nor held public office.
He is a member of Fairfield Lodge of Free and
Accepted Masons, and of the Royal Arch Chapter
of Oakland, Maine.

Mr. Colby married (first), July, 1867, Margaret
Harrington, a Roman Catholic, of Littleton, New
Hampshire, by whom he had a son who died in
infancy. He married (second), in 1871, Mrs.
Martha A. (Small) Gilmore, of Fairfield, Maine,
who bore him two children, both of whom died
in infancy. He married (third), October 2, 1884,
Miss Julia Lizette Hastings, born November 18,
1842, daughter of Lambert and Maria (Holton)
Hastings, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Mrs. Colby
is a most estimable woman, and has been a fitting
helpmate to her talented husband. She is a member
of the Congregational Church in Lancaster. They
have no children.

There is a tradition that the family
BURBANK name Burbank is of ancient Ger-
man origin, but whether much im-
portance attaches to vague tradition of this charac-
ter is questionable, although certain renditions of
the name as discovered in old English records
bore semblance and possible relation to the names
known to be of German origin. In "Doomsday
Book" the name Burbank is found just once in a
list of ten thousand land owners in Great Britain,
but that of Bowerbank, which is one of the various
forms of expressing the name of some of the same
family as the Burbanks, is found in several counties
in England. It also appears as Borebancke, Bow-
liank and Burbancke, and some of these crossed the
Atlantic with early immigrants and have found per-
manent lodgement in American nomenclature. It
is believed, however, that the original of all these
renditions is Bowerbank, a name well known both
in England and in America, but it does not follow
that the Burbanks and the Bowerbanks are in any
way related; nor is- the subject one of vital im-
portance to the peace and well being of the Ameri-
can Burbanks who have been known in New Eng-
land history for almost three centuries.

(I) John Burbank, the immigrant ancestor of a
numerous progen}^ settled in Rowley. Massachu-
setts, where he was made a freeman May 16, 1640,
and w^as granted a house lot on Bradford street in
1643. The christian name of his (first) wife was
Ann, and the second was named Jemima, but
nothing appears to show the family name of either.
The latter died March 24, 1693, having survived
him nearly twelve years. He died t68t, "Aged and
Decrepcd." His will was made April 5th of that
year, and was probated on the tenth of the same
month. In this instrument he mentions his wife,
Jemima, sons John and Caleb, and daughter Lydia
Foster. Three of his children, Timothy, Lydia and
Mary, died young.

(II) Caleb, second son of John Burbank, was
born May 19, 1646, in Rowley, Massachusetts, where
he lived. The time of his death is approximated
by the dates of executing and proving his will,
which were February 15, 1688, and March 25, 1690.
In it he mentions "m}' honored and aged mother."



He was married May 6, 1669, to Martha Smith,
born February 5, 1648, daughter of Hugh and Mary
Smith. She survived him and was married (sec-
ond), July 3, 1695, to John Hardy, of Bradford.
The children of Caleb Burbank were : Caleb, John,
Mary, Timothy, Martha, Eleazer, Samuel and Eb-

(HI) Eleazer. fourth son and sixth child of Ca-
leb and Martha (Smith) Burbank, was born March
14, 1682, in Rowley, and settled in Bradford, Mas-
sachusetts. The christian name of his wife is
known to have been Lydia, although it appears in
one place as Hannah in the Bradford records. She
survived him and died June 26, 1771, in her eighty-
seventh 3'ear. Their children were : Daniel, Elea-
zer, Caleb, Sarah, Nathan, Moses, Martha. John,
Lydia, and Abraham. (Mention of Abraham and
descendants appears in this article).

(IV) Moses, son of Eleazer and Lydia Bur-
bank, of Bradford, was born February 6, 1717, in
that town, and was one of the earliest settlers of
Boscawen, New Hampshire. The year of his set-
tlement was 1733, and after coming to the town
he marrjed Sarah Emery, believed to have been a
sister of Edward Emery, the latter also being one
of the pioneers of Boscawen. The children of Cap-
tain Moses and Sarah were : Moses, born June 26,
1741, married Sarah Danforth ; Samuel, August,
1745, married Eunice Pettengill ; Nathaniel, Decem-
ber 14, 1747, married Mary Durgin; Molly, Febru-
ary 22, 1749, married Cutting Noyes and lived in
Boscawen ; David, July 4, 1754, died November 4,
1815; Wells, August 8, 1756, and was a school
teacher; Sarah, September, 1758, married Benjamin
Blanchard ; Betty, December i, 1760, married Ben-
jamin Bolter; Eleazer, January 19, 1763, married
Abigail Burbank.

(V) David, fourth son and fifth child of Captain
Moses and Sarah (Emery) Burbank, was born July
4, 1754, and died November 4, 1815. He built and
lived in the parsonage on Boscawen plain, and re-
moved from thence to Bashan, where he was a
farmer, and still later to "Schoodic," in Warner,
where he died. His first wife was Mary Little,
daughter of Enoch Little, and by whom he had
eight children. His second wife was Dorothy Low-
ell, who bore him two children. The children of
David Burbank by both marriages were: Sarah,
born February 9, 1779. married Moses Smith, of
Salisbury, New Hampshire : Abigail, born March
20, 1780, died July 18, 1816; Abraham, born No-
vember 16, 1781, died January 14, 1856; Eliezer,
born January i, 1785, married Drusilla Flanders,
of Boscawen ; Little, born February 2, 1787, died
November 17, 1870; Jesse, bom June 13, 1790, died
in the United States navy ; Enoch, born July 20,
1793, moved to Michigan; Judith, born July 10.
1798, married Benjamin Carter of Boscawen.

(VI) Abraham, third child and eldest son of
David and Mary (Little) Burbank, was born in
Boscawen, New Hampshire, November 16, 1781.
He learned the trade of l)lacksmith from his father,
and carried on business with Jesse Little on Little
hill. He was adept in making axes, giving them a
shape and weight much preferred by "woodchoppers
and of such keen temper that "Abe Burbank's
axes" were known all through the region and found
ready sale with the merchants, much to the profit
of the maker. He afterwards settled on a farm in
Bashan and carried on lumbering. His operations
in this direction became quite extensive, and at
one time, in company with his son Friend, he had
mills on Blackwater river, Knight's meadow and on
Pond brook, and nearly every mill in Boscawen

was at one time employed in sawing his lumber,
which was rafter down the Merrimack river to
Lowell and Boston markets. He was much re-
spected by his fellow townsmen, and was repeat-
edly elected to represent them in the state legisla-
ture. He was a cheerful supporter of religious and
charitable organizations, and always alive to every
measure proposed for the public welfare. Abraham
Burbank was twice married. His first wife was
Mary Call, and his second Polly Jackman, daughter
of Benjamin Jackman, of Boscawen. He had five
children by his first and seven by his second mar-
riage, viz: Friend Little, born June 29, 1806; Jo-
anna Call, born March 5, 1808, died February 19,
1843; Mary Little, born November 16, 1809, married
Woodman Jackman. of Boscawen ; Sophronia Ger-
rish, born August 2S, 1812, died February 22, 1847;
Judith Call, born November 2, 1815, married J.
Warren Jackman, and died November 21, 1847;
George Washington, born June 29, 1819, died May
16, 1873; David Emory, born May 16, 1822; Bitfield
Plummer, born March i, 1824, died in California
in i860; Abraham Pettingill, born November 2,
1825, married Augusta Runnels, of Boscawen, and
removed to California ; Azro Sheridan, born Au-
gust 29, 1827; Ezekiel Webster, born June 16, 1829,
married (first) Martha A. Pillsbury, of Boscawen,
(second), Emelie Hunkins, of Sanbornton, and died
on the Mississippi river in 1863, during the civil
war; Amanda Jane, born June 11, 1S31, married
Horatio N. Webber, of Boscawen.

(VII) Friend Little, eldest son and child of
Abraham and Mar) (Call) Burbank, was born in
Boscawen, New Hampshire, January 29, 1806. His
principal occupation in life was lumbering, which he
began with his father and continued it long after
the latter had passed from the field of business
activity. He also took an earnest interest in town
afi^airs, and was selectman in 1844, 1846 and 1848,
and represented his town in the state legislature
in 1852 and 1853. He married Dorothy Jackman,
daughter of Joshua Jackman, of Boscawen, and had
five children: Lucretia Little, born May 21, 1840,
died August 10. 1861 ; William Wirt, born Septem-
ber 13, 1842 ; Joanna Clough, born June 22, 1846,
died December 23, 1848; Irvin Abram, born April
18, 1854; Almon Friend, born October 17, 1857.
(Irvin A. and descendants receive mention in this

(VIII) William Wirt, eldest son and second
child of Friend L. and Dorothy (Jackman) Bur-
bank, was born September 13, 1842, in that part of
Boscawen which is now Webster. Beginning at
the age of four years he attended the common
schools of his native town, and afterwards studied
at Elmwood Literary Institute. In 1865 he became
partner in the lumber business with his father, the
firm name being F. L. Burbank & Son. After a
period of fifteen years this connection was dissolved
in 1880, and he continued business alone two years,
after which time he formed a partnership with his
lirother Irvin A., and since that time the firm of
Burbank Brothers has continued business and has
engaged quite extensively in the manufacture of
boxes and other enterprises connected with lum-
bering business in their district. Mr. Burbank is
a man of much executive ability, and is ready in
grasping opportunities and pushing business ad-
vancement. He was one of the originators of the
Kearsarge Telephone Company, and has been its
president since its incorporation. For more than a
quarter of a century he has served as one of the
directors of the Merrimack County Fire Insurance
Company. Mr. Burbank is a courteous gentleman,



and his ability and integrity have led them to select
him for many important official positions. For
fifteen years he was selectman of the town, was
moderator twelve years, town treasurer three years,
and representative in the state legislature in 1881.
He is a steadfast and straightforward Republican
in politics. He joined the First Congregational
Church of Webster in 1858. and has been superin-
tendent of its Sunday school for thirteen years, and
clerk of the church since 1895. He has for many
years been a member of Harris Lodge, No. 91, An-
cient Free and Accepted Masons of Warner, New
Hampshire, and is a past master of that body. He
is a charter member of the Daniel Webster Grange,
and was its first master, serving five years in that
position, and has also filled the lecturer's chair.
He is a charter member of Merrimack County Po-
mona Grange, and a past master of that body. He
was president of the New Hampshire Grange Fair
Association two years, and was four years superin-
tendent of its fair.

Mr. Burbank was married, September 26, 1865,
in Penacook (then Fisherville), to Ellen Maria
Dow, daughter of Enoch Hoyt and Judith Walker
(Chandler') Dow, of Concord. Judith W. Chandler
was a daughter of Captain John (5) Chandler,
(See Chandler VH, Rolfe VHI, and Hoyt V). Mr.
Dow was a selectman of that town in 1837 and
1840, and was captain in the Third Infantry Mi-
litia from February, 1832, to February 19, 1835. He
Avas engaged in the lumber business. He was a
son of Moody and Joanna (Hoyt) Dow. Moody
was a son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Wilson)
Dow, and Ebenezer was a son of John and Eliza-
beth (Moody) Dow. Mrs. Burbank was educated
in the schools of Concord, and Elmwood Literary
Institute at Boscawen. She is the mother of four
daughters, all born in Webster. Ellen Lucrecia.
the eldest, was educated at Penacook Academy, the
high school at Warner, and the New England Con-
servatory of Music in Boston. She is the wife of
Samuel Howard Bell, a pharmacist of West Derry;
Sarah Chandler, the second, died in her twenty-third
year ; Alice Mabel was educated at Pembroke
Academy and Wellesley College and became the
wife of William Bradford Ranney, now residing in
Penacook : Annie Florence, the youngest, was edu-
cated at the Concord High School, Framingham
Normal School and the Teachers' College of New
York City, and is head of the household science de-
partment at Northfield Seminary, Northfield, Mas-

(VIII) Irvin Abram. second son and fourth
child of Friend Little' and Dorothy (Jackman)
Burbank. was born in the town of Boscawen, New
Hampshire, April 18, 1854, and for the last thirty
and more years has been engaged in active busi-
ness pursuits. His early life was spent at home,
and he was given a good education in the town
schools and the academies at Warner and Penacook'.
After leaving school he began work with his father
and older brother in their lumbering and milling
enterprises, anl in 1882 he became partner with his
brother in the same line. This partnership has
continued to the present time, and the members
of the firm are numbered among the prosperous
and substantial business men of northern Merri-
mack county. Mr. Burbank is always a busy man^
but has found time to devote to public affairs in
his home town, having served in various offices of
a political character, and represented the town of
Webster in the state legislature in TQ03. He is a
Republican in politics, attends the Congregational
Church, is trustee of the Webster Public Library,
and member of the order of Free and Accepted

Masons. He married. October m, 1883, Ellen A.
Little, who was born August 19, 1863, a daughter
of Sherman and Mary A. (Austin) Little (see Lit-
tle VII) of Webster, New Hampshire. Mr. and
Mrs. Burbank have three children : Lucretia L.,
born December 15, 1884; Henry Irvin, born Jan-
uary 6, 1886; Ray C, born December 31, 1887.

(IV) Abraham, youngest child of Eleazer and
Lydia Burbank, was born November 18, 1727, in
Bradford, Massachusetts, and died there September
9, I775> in his forty-eighth year. He was married
.A.pril 25, 1753, to Abigail, daughter of Robert and
Rebecca Savory. She was born April i, 1733, and
died less than a month after her husband, October
6, 1775, in her forty-fourth year. The records of
Bradford show only two children, Eliphalet and

(V) Captain Eliphalet, son of Abraham and Ab-
igail (Savory) Burbank, was born June 22, 1760,
in Bradford, Massachusetts, and passed his life in
that town. He was married in January, 1781, to
Susanna, daughter of Jedediah and Sarah (Stick-
ney) Barker. She was born December 21, 1763.
No record of either appears. Their children were:
Sarah, Abraham, Abigail, Jedediah, Susanna, Eli-
phalet, John and Barker.

(VI) Barker, youngest son of Captain Eliphalet
and Susanna (Barker) Burbank. was born in Brad-
ford, Massachusetts, September 8, 1795, and died
December 23, 1867. He settled in Shelburne, New
Hampshire, where he had a large farm, and was
for many years the most prominent man in all that
region. He was a practical farmer, a successful
merchant, _ and a lawyer of considerable ability.
His dwelling was a large two-story house erected
by him about 1840, which, now somewhat modern-
ized, stands in the center of an ampitheatre of rare
and peculiar beauty. He married Polly Ingalls,
daughter of Fletcher and Mercy (Lary) Ingalls,
and raised a family of fourteen children : Mercy
Ingalls, Robert Ingalls, Mary Ann, Emerline, Alcan-
der, Sarah F., Martin L., Deborah C, Edward P.,
Barker L., Parker C, Buchanan B., Helen and
Helen Mar.

(VII) Edward Payson, son of Barker and Polly
(Ingalls) Burbank, was born in Shelburne. January
14, 1832. He was a prosperous farmer and resided
in Shelburne until a few years ago, when he moved
to Gorham, New Hampshire, where he now lives in
retirement and comfort. He held all the principal
town offices except that of treasurer, and served
two terms in the legislature. He married Mary
Smith, who was born August 22, 1834, and who was
the daughter of Potter and Sarah Smith of Shel-
burne, New Hampshire. They had six children:
Edward Adelbert, Elmer Ellsworth, Nelson P.,
Abraham Lincoln, Sarah Myrtilla, and Barker L.

(VIII) Edward Adelbert, eldest child of Edward
Payson and Mary (Smith) Burbank, was born in
Shelburne. New Hampshire, August 30, 1859. He
was educated in the public schools of Lewiston,
Maine, which he left at the age of sixteen years
and began to learn the trade of tinsmith. In 1881
he became a journeyman tinsmith and then re-
moved to Richmond, Maine, where he worked till
1883, and then he moved to Bethel, Maine, and then
to South Paris, Maine, then to Mansfield, Pennsyl-
vania, where he was in business two years ; then to

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