Above is John Pritchard Colby. He was born January 15, 1875. He died in 1941 in Newbury located in Essex County,
Massachusettes. His wife was Florence. His father was Joseph Lunt Colby and Nellie S. Jackson. John Colby had eight children.
They were John Pritchard Colby Jr., Joseph L. Colby, Marjorie E. Colby, Helen A.B. Colby, Florence Louise Colby, Louis B.
Colby, Alexander F. Colby,and Jackson R. Colby. John P. Colby was one of the men that started dogfighting in America. He produced
some of the best in his era. Some of his dogs ended up in some of the better dogmens hands likw Earl Tudor amd George Armatage.
Then and later on. Loposay crossed them awith Lightner dogs nd got many great dogs.
John Pritchard COLBY was born on 15 JAN 1875 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. He appeared in the
census in 1880 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. (living at home with father and mother) He appeared
in the census on 2 JUN 1900 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. (living at home with father and mother.)
He appeared in the census on 16 APR 1910 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. He appeared in the census
on 16 JAN 1920 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. He appeared in the census in 1930 in Newburyport, Essex
County, Massachusetts. He died in 1941 at Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts. American Pit
John P. Colby (1875-1941) started his strain of American Pit Bull Terriers in 1889, from the best dogs
from England and Ireland brought here by immigrants to such ports as Boston, Ma, Portsmouth, NH and New York. The Colby dogs
have been bred continuously since then. Now, some 116 years later, the strain is still known worldwide for tops in conformation,
temperament, and gameness. A "Colby dog" would be readily recognized by breeders anywhere in this country, as well as many
This is a scan of the original obituary.
John Pritchard Colby, "United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"
John Pritchard Colby, "Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915"
NEWBURYPORT — Mr. Louis B. Colby, 90, of Newburyport, died Sunday, July 10, 2011 in the Country Rehabilitation
and Nursing Center, Newburyport, after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late V. Marie (Butt) Colby, with
whom he shared 69 years of marriage.
Louie was born in Newburyport, son of the late John P. and Florence (Fuller) Colby. He was a lifelong resident
of Newburyport and was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1938. He was a World War II Army veteran and held the
rank of Private First Class, and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, and was a member of the Pigeon Section
of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Louis worked as a salesman for Standard Brands for 46 years until his retirement in 1986. He also worked for
Donahue Brothers in Methuen. Lou was a dog fancier — he was a world renowned breeder of the American Pit Bull Terrier
and of game chickens. The Colby family has been breeding Pit Bull Terriers in Newburyport for over 100 years.
Louie's true devotion was his family and friends. He could often be seen driving a team of horses on a hay
ride through Maudsley State Park, milking cows and racing his homing pigeons. He had a special talent for telling stories
and sharing his life experiences. He also enjoyed driving his standard bred race horses. He was awarded Dog Man of the year
in 2000 by the ADBA.
He was the father to William A. Colby and his wife Lisa of Newburyport, John R. Colby and his wife Cindy of
Duncanville, Texas, Bruce A. Colby of Newburyport, Marjorie Colby Sullivan of Hamilton, Janice C. Morse and her husband Charles
of Berwick, Maine, Peter L. Colby of Seabrook, N.H., Paul F. Colby and his wife Ann of Newburyport, and Scott P. Colby and
his wife Heather of Amesbury. He was the cherished grandfather of his 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many
nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Louis B. Colby, Jr.; father-in-law of the late Phil L. Sullivan, Jr.; and brother
of the late John Colby, Joseph Colby, Alexander "Mike" Colby, Jackman "Dick" Colby, Marjorie Fuller and Helen Scott.
ARRANGEMENTS: Lou's funeral service will be in the Old South Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport, on Thursday
at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be in Sawyer Hill Burial Ground, Newburyport.
The family has asked for donations to be made in Lou's name to the Endangered Breeds Association, c/o Joan Morrison, Route
1, Box 71, Gore, OK 74435. For online register book, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Cuffe-McGinn
Funeral Home, 157 Maple St,Lynn.
Louis B. Colby.
Colby's Pincher 24 time winner
Colby's Twister 3 time winner.
John P. Lewis & Old Gyp
Florence Colby and a Colby Dog.
This is a Newspaper article taken from a historical society. I tell all sides of the pitbull History. Even
if it hurts someone's feelings Pitbulls seldom hurt anyone but a small percent are not trustworthy like any
other dog breed. Children are much more important than any dog and that is why I tell this story. I've had Pitbulls for 50
years and no one has ever been hurt by any of my dogs. I've had several Colby dogs and none would bite a child. So the following
is a rare happening.
Uncle John P. Colby Owner of the Dog NEWBURYPORT, Feb 2, 1909 -- Bert, the 2-year-old son of Mr and Mrs Walter Leadbetter of Lynn, was killed this afternoon by
a fighting Pit bull terrier, owned by his uncle, John P. Colby, at 36 Franklin st. Mrs Leadbetter and her son had come here to visit her brother, who is a dog fancier. The little fellow wandered into
the yard where the kennels are. The dog sprang at the child's neck and grabbed him by the neck. Mr Colby subdued the dog and brought the
child into the house. He was faintly breathing, but quickly all signs of life disappeared. a ambulance was called, found that spine
had been broken at the base of the neck. The other wounds, while serious, were not necessarily fatal. Mr Leadbetter was hastily summoned. Patrolman Hayes, whose beat is at the south end of town heard of the death. The
patrolman was finally able to secure the particulars and it was found to be a terrible accident.. No action has been taken relative to the dog. Mr Colby told the authorities that his own child who was a
three year old had played about the kennels and had never been hurt. John Colby was real broken up about losing a family
member who was a child. Many pitbull clubs have copied this story and it has been rewritten trying to make it sound like
all pitbulls are like this dog. Keep in mind this was a fighting pit bull that had been fought various time and had developed
some bad issues. Not all fighting dogs are bad and not all fighting dogs are good. No big dog should be left alone with
a child. Many big breeds of dogs could have killed this child. I saw where a Chihuahua ate the fingers off
a baby and in another article a Chihuahua ate the toes off a baby. Both these dogs were left alone with the baby while
the parents were outside.and couldn't hear the baby's screams. I Randy Fox and my wife own a half Chihuahua X Rat Terrier
cross. She bit my Grandson Asher in the face but only scratched his face. He moved away fast or she would have got him
good. My Grandson pestered her big time and she hates him. When he is here we put her up in a crate
so she can't bite him. If she were a big stout dog of various breeds. She could kill him. People are at fault
for any of these dog bite injuries not any particular dog Breed are at fault.
Colby's Primo was accepted into AKC.
Primo was registered both as a pitbull and an also an Amstaff.