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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN MILTON COLTON, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1849, a member of the banking firm of E. W. Clark & Company, of Philadelphia, resides on the Old York Road, just north of the limits of the borough of Jenkintown, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, his estate consisting of about nine acres with a frontage on the turnpike of nearly a quarter of a mile, the house an example of the Elizabethan period-stone, and half-timbered-and the grounds laid out in a beautiful and artistic manner with trees and shrubs in abundance, thus making it one of the most handsome and desirable pieces of property in that section of the state.

Mr. Colton is descended from a New England family of that name, the pioneer ancestor being George Colton who came from England in 1630 and settled at Longmeadow, Massachusetts, just south of Springfield. George Colton, aforementioned, married Deborah Gardner about the year 1645, and the line of descent is as follows: John Colton, son of George and Deborah (Gardner) Colton, born 1659, married Joanna Wolcott, September 2, 1690, and died 1727. Captain Simon Colton, son of John and Joanna (Wolcott) Colton, born 1709, married Abigail Burt, 1736, who died 1760, and his death occurred in 1796. Major Luther Colton, son of Captain Simon and Abigail (Burt) Colton, born 1756, married Thankful Woolworth, November 30, 1780, who died October 25, 1797, and his death occurred in 1803. Sabin Colton, son of Major Luther and Thankful (Woolworth) Colton, born 1783, married Rhoda Boardman, January 2, 1811, who died 1852, and his death occurred five years later, 1857. Sabin Woolworth Colton, son of Sabin and Rhoda (Boardman) Colton, born 1813, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, married Susanna Beaumont, August 4, 1835, whose birth occurred in 1812, a member of an old English and Scotch lineage. They are the parents of John Milton Colton, of this review. Sabin W. Colton (father) died in 1890, but his wife is living at the present time (1904). J. Milton Colton married, January 22, 1880, Mary Roberts, who is descended from an old Welsh family of Friends (Roberts) from Thomas Roberts, of Bryn-y-neuodd, high sheriff of Carnarvon, 1704, by appointment of Queen Anne. His son, Thomas Roberts, came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1699, with James Logan, at the invitation of William Penn. Through marriage she is descended from the Barclays and Stevensons, both families of distinction in colonial days who aided the colonies in the revolution. Her parents were George H. and (Margaret Barclay Stevenson) Roberts. Three children were born of the marriage of John Milton and Mary (Roberts) Colton, as follows: Milton Beaumont, Margaret Barclay and Mary Ethel Colton.

By marriage Mr. Colton is descended from the Chauncy family through Rhoda (Boardman) Colton, wife of Sabin Colton, as follows: Charles Chauncy, born 1592, died 1761; was second president of Harvard College; married, March 17, 1630, Catherine Eyre, born 1601, died 1667. Sarah Chauncy, daughter of Charles and Catherine (Eyre) Chauncy, born 1631, died 1699; became the wife of the Rev. Gresham Bulkley, October 26, 1659, who was born in 1636, died 1713. Edward Bulkley, son of the Rev. Gresham and Sarah (Chauncy) Bulkley, born 1663, died 1748; married, July 14, 1702, Dorothy Prescott, born 1681, died 1748. Dorothy Bulkley, daughter of Edward and Dorothy (Prescott) Bulkley, born 1716, died 1801; became the wife of Thomas Curtis, January 8, 1741, who was born in 1710, died in 1789. Hepsibah Curtis, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy (Bulkley) Curtis, born 1757, died 1807; became the wife of Jason Boardman, July 7, 1784, who was born 1762, died 1844. All of these families were residents of New England. He was also related through the Chauncys to the following English families: Eyres of Wiltshire; De Roos, Kings of Scotland; Earls of Northumberland, Dukes of Rutland, Earls of Norfolk, Earls of Pembroke; and through French marriages from Henry I of France, and from Charlemagne, and also through the French line of marriage from the daughter of Edward I of England, and the Saxon Kings.

Mr. Colton is a member of the Sons of the Revolution by descent from Major Luther Colton, who served in the war of the revolution; a member of the Order of Founders and Patriots, by descent from George Colton, 1630, and Major Luther Colton, 1776; also a member of the New England Society of Pennsylvania.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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