Henry Colby letters  1869-1870
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Biography

Henry Colby was born in Maine in December 1835, and left his family in Hallowell to move to East Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he worked as a fisherman and, later, as a house painter. He and his wife, Rosie May, had several children: Edith, Florence, Henry (b. 1874), Lillian, Rinalda (b. 1888), and Laurence (b. 1883). Rosie, born in 1858 and a native of French Canada, worked as a "shoe-stitcher" in 1900.