- Went by the name Bill per Tim Colyer his Great Grandson. Buried in Colyer cemetery on Colyer road off highway 769 (Rush Branch Rd) in Pulaski County KY.
- William was on the Roll of Company C, 6th Ky. Cavalry. He enlisted October 8, 1862 at Somerset, Ky. under General Buford for a period of three years. He was never paid for any service. He was captured at Cynthiana Ky. on June 14, 1864 and taken to Rock Island Barracks, Illinois. He was paroled from Rock Island on March 6, 1865 after having signed a release document that reads as follows:
HEADQUARTERS, ROCK ISLAND BARRACKS, ILLINOIS
I William M. Collier, Private, Company C, 6th Ky. Cavalry of the County of Pulaski, State of Ky., do solemnly swear, in presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Union of the States thereunder; and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all acts of Congress passed during the existing rebellion with reference to slaves, so long and so far as not repealed, modified, or held void by Congress, or by decision of the Supreme court; and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all proclamations of the President, made during the existing rebellion, having reference to slaves, so long and so far as not modified or declared void by decision of the Supreme Court: SO HELP ME GOD.
Signed: W. M. Collier
Subscribed and sworn to before me, at Rock Island Barracks, Illinois this 17th day of May, A.D. 1865.
1st Lt. and Post Adjutant (unreadable)
The above named has fresh complexion, auburn hair, and hazel eyes; is 5 feet 9 inches high, and 19 years of age."
Another form in file lists all enlistment statistics and is signed by copyists:
L. Burton, T.A. O'Brien and H. J. Callahan. It states that he was a Private under Capt. M. B. Perkins Co., Grigsby's Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry.
Tombstone inscription reads: Company C, 6th Regiment, Confederate Cavalry.
William M. COLYER was born on 20 Jan 1846 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He appeared on
the census in 1870 in Pulaski County, Kentucky.(285) He appeared on the census in 1870 in Pulaski County, Kentucky.
He appeared on the census in 1880 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He died on 18 Nov 1926. He was
buried after 18 Nov 1926 in Colyer Cemetery, Buck Creek Boat Dock Road, Pulaski County, Kentucky.
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S REPORT C. S. A.
Pages 666-669 Roll of Company C, Sixth Regiment Cavalry, Kentucky Volunteers, Confederate States Army Roll
Dated Beech Grove, Tennessee, February 28, 1863--
This company was organized in Pulaski County, Ky.; was engaged in constant picketing and scouting in Pulaski and
Rockcastle Counties; went into camp at Beauford, near Danville, Ky., Sept. 20, 1862; was engaged in battle of
Perryville, Ky. Company participated in action at Murfreesboro, Tenn., December 31, 1862.
NOTE: The "Old Roster" 6th Kentucky Cavalry calls this Company "C," and the rolls on file are marked "A." This
company was mustered into service as Company "C" of the 6th Kentucky Cavalry and was always recognized and
known as such in the regimental organization.
Signed: J. W. Alcorn Adjutant 6th Ky. Regt. Cavalry, C. S. A.
- He was married to Mary Jane MODRELL about 1870 in Pulaski County, Kentucky.Children were: Ophelia Bell
COLYER, Lula COLYER, Mary Jane COLYER.
He was married to Amy LEWIS on 17 Sep 1881 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Married at home of Ben Ham
Upon the marriage of William and Amy, Amy's father bestowed $50.00 and 50 acres of land on them as a wedding gift
Children were: Sidney Forest COLYER, James Buford COLYER, Charles C. COLYER, Myrtle O. COLYER, Harry
Watterson COLYER, Katherine COLYER, William M. COLYER, Liela COLYER.