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Moore and Colby

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of Peterborough/Peterboro, N.H., USA

Machine tool makers.

1833 Moore & Colby started business on the site of the old Eagle Factory (started by furniture maker Daniel Abbott, and latterly used as a cotton mill by J&A Tubbs).[1]

A good account of the firm's history may be found here[2], from which:-

'Ebenezer D. Colby was born on 2 Mar 1795 in Bradford, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (SOURCE: Index to births, early to 1900 New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics.) He died on 27 Mar 1857 at Galien, Berrien County, Michigan. He was buried in the Posey Chapel Cemetery at Galena, La Porte County, Indiana. From family papers and letters, it would seem that some years previous to 1837, Ebenezer Colby and William Moore purchased a mill at Peterboro, New Hampshire, which they converted into a plant for manufacturing machinery. This business continued until 1837, when Mr. Colby sold out to Mr. Moore, or to his brother-in-law, William Barnes Bement, who for two years had been associated with the manufactory, and the firm, which had previously been Moore + Colby, became Moore + Bement. Subsequently, Mr. Colby became a resident of Galien, Berrien Co., Michigan. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 264).'

A wooden-bed lathe made by Moore & Colby is described and illustrated here[3] and here [4].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'History of the Town of Peterborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire' by Albert Smith & John Hopkins Morison, 1876
  2. [1] - Moore & Colby
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  4. [3] Practical Machinist forum - post by 'Humphrey Machine', 2014