Jeremiah Colegrove (31 July 1758 – 26 August 1836) was born to William Colegrove in Scituate, Rhode Island. A man of giant stature, both physically and in the community, he was a prominent farmer and manufacturer in New England. Jeremiah served in the American Revolution and helped to found the city of North Adams, Massachusetts.
Jeremiah Colegrove, who became a captain during the American Revolution, was the grandson of Stephen Colegrove, Esq., an early leader in the town of Foster, Rhode Island. Jeremiah married Lydia Waterman and had at least one recorded son, Jeremiah Colegrove, Jr., also of North Adams, Massachusetts, who would follow his father into the armed forces and become a General. General Jeremiah, Jr. lived and died in a mansion on Main Street.
- “The real prosperity of the Town had its birth in the introduction of the first machinery for carding wool, in 1801, when one carding-machine was put into Jeremiah Colegrove’s Grist-mill… Captain Colegrove erected a two-story mill on the east bank of the south branch, where the Phoenix mill now stands, for wool carding, cloth fulling, and cloth dressing; and he successfully carried on the business for fifteen years, despite the energetic competition of David Estes, who succeeded Roger Wing in the River Street mill…"
Captain Jeremiah Colegrove, along with others including Benjamin Sibley, formed "The Adams North Village Cotton & Woollen Manufacturing Company".
- The History and Genealogy of the COLEGROVE FAMILY in America, 1894, by William Colegrove