Biography of John F. Colburn
Monroe County, MI Biographies

JOHN F. COLBURN, a merchant and for eight years postmaster at Newport, in Berlin township, was born in Ash, Monroe county, Michigan, November 12, 1842. His parents, Josiah and Abigail (Foster) Colburn, came from Vermont and settled on section 36 in Ash township in 1833, taking out letters patent for the land, the papers being signed by Andrew Jackson. His father died January 15, 1886. His brother William was in the 17th Wisconsin for three years, and George enlisted in the 24th Michigan in August, 1862, and was killed at Gettysburg July 3, 1863. His wife, Emeline, is the daughter of Joseph and Sally (True) Doty, who settled in Raisinville in 1836, to whom he was married November 30, 1865. Her children are: Ella, born December 28, 1868, died August 25, 1869; George M., April 7, 1872; Belle, October 16. 1874; Elroy D., born October 19, 1878, died July 17, 1887.

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Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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