HISTORY OF WABASH COUNTY, INDIANA
WILLIAM COLBERT, the oldest son of HUMPHREY and ELIZABETH (HUDDLESTUN) COLBERT, was born in Champaign County, Ohio December 29, 1827. Young WILLIAM recieved a limited education and remained upon the home farm, engaged at farming, until the death of his parents, which occurred when he was about nineteen years of age. He than had the responsibility of rearing the younger members of the family, and renting a farm conducted it successfully until going to California in 1852, where he remained eighteen years. While visiting in Indiana, April 24, 1862, he was married to ELIZA, daughter of WILLIAM T. ROSS, one of the pioneers of Wabash County. This union is blessed with seven children, viz., SARAH ELIZABETH, VIRGINIA, EDWARD R., LEWIS, CHARLES and RALPH. MR. COLBERT was a passenger on the ill fated steamer Yankee Blade, and losing several thousand dollars, the accumulations of years, was compelled to return to the "land of gold" and commence anew the search for fortune. He returned to Indiana in 1869, locating in La Gro, where he has since become one of the prominent merchants of the village.
Source: History of Wabash County, Indiana - 1884 - Page: 364
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