Colwell, Obadiah

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Obadiah was born at about 1794 in Dutchess County, NY.[1]

Marriage & Children

At about 1814 he married Sally Green who was born at about 1796 a daughter of John Green. [2]Their known children:

  • Frederick Colwell
  • Ransom O. Colwell
  • Thomas Colwell
  • Henry Colwell
  • John G. Colwell

On September 16, 1834 at Westerlo, he married Phebe Prosser who was born at about 1802, a daughter of Benjamin Prosser and Catherine Wendell. Their children:

  • Mary Jane Colwell. She married Robert Barclay Bedell
  • Benjamin Colwell
  • Catherine M. Colwell
  • Elizabeth M. Colwell
  • Adelbert Colwell


Obadiah enlisted on September 7, 1814 as a private in Captain A. Van Derzee’s Company in the New York Infantry. He served his term and was discharged on December 8, 1814.


Sally Green Colwell died at about 1833. Obadiah died on August 10, 1862. Phebe Prosser Colwell died at about 1888.

Obadiah Colwell Will

Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

Obadiah Caldwell War of 1812 pension documents


  1. 1855 census, Westerlo, First election district, Albany Co., NY
  2. Will of John Green, recorded on June 1, 1835, Westerlo, Albany Co., NY