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|Birth||20 Aug 1781||Henry County, VA|
|Died||18 Aug 1851||Ruth, Ky [3, 4]|
|Buried||Soule's Chapel Cemetery, Somerset, Ky|
|Person ID||I1027||John Colyer family of Somerset Ky|
|Last Modified||11 Nov 2016|
|Father||William Colyar, b. 1754, Greenbriar Co., Virginia , d. 1819, Pulaski county kentucky|
|Mother||Agnus "Nancy" Ann St. Clair, b. ABT. 1760, Scotland , d. ABT. 1839, Pulaski county kentucky|
|Married||30 Aug 1777||Henry Co., Virginia|
|Family ID||F256||Group Sheet|
|Family 1||Martha Minus, d. 1816|
|Last Modified||22 Oct 2016|
|Family ID||F042||Group Sheet|
|Family 2||Lydia Memes Purvis, b. 26 May 1798, North Carolina , d. 25 Dec 1874, Pulaski county, KY|
|Married||6 Jan 1818 [2, 3, 4]|
|Last Modified||07 Nov 2007|
|Family ID||F051||Group Sheet|
|Family 3||Polly (Sinclair) St. Clair, b. Abt 1780, d. Abt 1815|
|Last Modified||22 Oct 2016|
|Family ID||F8017||Group Sheet|
|Photos||John Colyer farm|
The original John Colyer farm was located at what is currently highway 192 at Pittman creek near Somerset, Ky. Here is picture of land that was the original farm. Now known locally as the old Warren farm.
|homestead of John Colyer|
The original John Colyer farm was located at what is currently highway 192 at Pittman creek. Here is a 2004 picture of house standing where original homestead of John Colyer stood according to Elaine Avera. Per hand notes of Edith Colyer Curtis, a slave cemetery stood 1/4 mile up hill on same side of street as this house.
|John Colyer grave|
Photo of gravestone of John Colyer in Soule's Chapel cemetery. (updated photo in 2004) The stone very difficult to read in 2004 says this the best I can make it out "
In Memory of
Was born in Virginia in
Year of Our Lord 1781
Was married in 1818 _____
Moved Pulaski County
KY in the year of our Lord
1808. __ was a member
of ____ ____ ___ years
Died August _, 1851
Note that it says that John Colyer was born in Virginia. So it appears that William Colyar of Washington County TN migrated to banks of Nolichucky after 1781 but before 1790 for that is when he shows up there in Washington county TN on tax lists in 1790. Alternatively, William and his wife Agnes Nancy Ann Sinclair could have gone back to her parentís home in Sinclair Bottom Virginia for birth of John. Tennessee was new settlement at the time. See last page of write up on Grenade Colyer from files of Dean Hunter that has copy of info on Virginia history references to Colyers. It shows a William Collier who was said to be a trapper and hunter. Also, note that the obituary of Charles Granade Colyer below, says that John Colyer was first married to a miss Sinclair rather than a Martha Minus. This is interesting given the Sinclair connection from John's father. It may however be erroneous based upon research done by descendant of Martha Minus and John Colyer......Mr. John Parsons of Tullahoma TN. Perhaps the writer of the obituary had confused Mr. John Colyer's mother maiden name with that of his first wife, as other earlier sources also state that John Colyerís first wife was a lady named Minus---see letter from Dr. Welby Colyer above that gives Minus as the first wife name. See link to inventory of Soule's Chapel cemetery here:
|homestead of John Colyer|
The original John Colyer farm was located at what is currently highway 192 at Pittman creek. Here is picture of a house that might be of one standing where original homestead of John Colyer stood according to Elaine Avera. The ancient photograph may be the same house as it existed when the John Colyer family lived there. The photo was found in the home of Ray Colyer , Frankfort KY in 2005. You will note that it is an ancient photo (mid to late 1800ís) that had an artistís enhancements such as charcoal/water color touch ups and colorization applied. I traced the deed of the John Colyer property located on current hwy 192 Somerset Ky at the Pulaski County courthouse to a deed located on this site in documents, wherein it proves that the property located at hwy 192 at Pitman Creek is in fact the home place of John Colyer Sr. John Colyer bought the majority if not all the property from a Langdon family by deed in 1842. It is believed the house was built in 1814 (date original owner John Langdon appears on tax records this location). The property was sold by the heirs of John Colyer in September 1865 to Andrew Warren per deed on this site. Per hand notes of Edith Colyer Curtis, a slave cemetery stood 1/4 mile up hill on same side of street as this house. According to Kentucky Place Names publ 1988 Univ Ky Press Robert Rennick, The first post office at this area was established by Mathew Warren July 1888 and called Juno. It was closed 1896. In 1908, a local shopkeeper named Rufe Ashurst reopened it naming it for daughter Ruth, with Mathew Warren again becoming postmaster in 1916. Rufe Ashurst's wife, Ms. Cox, is buried in Soule's Chapel Cemetery per boyscout inventory project of cemetery. Rufe Ashurst was the city of Somerset Engineer per Mar 20 1906 Interior Journal newspaper. He also acted as land agent.
The old photo original has written on back "Colyer, 2109 Ross Ave."
After internet search it was determined that there is not a ross avenue currently in somerset ky. There is however a 2109 ross ave. in fort worth texas. Could this have been where Sam Colyer lived in 1910 ? It is known from family history stories that Sam lived in Ft. Worth for a while and then came back to Somerset after his dad died at the request of his mother.
Maps of Ft. Worth today show this address 2109 Ross Ave. near 21st street in Ft Worth. Search of familysearch.org shows 1910 census of Ft. Worth with Sam Collier and wife Leona and daughter Ruby in the 12th ward. They show Sam as 25 years old, wife as 23 years old daughter Ruby 3 years old.
It was determined that it appears that 2109 Ross Ave, currently one block off 21st St. is in the 12th ward.
THEREFORE, I CONCLUDE THE OLD HOUSE PHOTO BELONGED TO SAM COLYER FAMILY AND THEY HAD WRITTEN THEIR FT. WORTH ADDRESS ON THE BACK OF THE PHOTO WHEN LIVING THERE IN FT. WORTH TEXAS. The foundation, concrete porch and other architecture makes for a conclusion that the picture is NOT of the Sam Colyer residence in Ft Worth Texas. My guess is that a frame shop wrote the Colyer name and Texas address on the back to know whom it belonged once framed. Reviewing the city directory of Ft. Worth TX from 1908 reveals that Sam Colyer lived at 2109 Ross Ave. Google street view of 2109 Ross Ave shows a large 2 story house there today. This could be house from 1908. City directory appears to show two residents at that address and other notations indicating that possibly two families rented the large two story house at 2109 Ross Ave. Conclusion: the old picture of house is not that of 2109 Ross Ave, therefore must have been notation re owner of picture Sam Colyer to identify.
It is possible the picture is of a Sam's wife's Lewis family. However, after renovation work on the place in 2012, it was shown that the there are sections of log missing from the house where the domitory on the right and the dogtrot on the left would have been attached to the section with the fireplace. Therefore it is concluded that in fact, the old picture IS the modern day structure at Hwy 192 and Pitman Creek in Somerset Ky. Based on excavation during renovation, it is thought that the 3 foot high enclosed area to left of porch was the water well next to kitchen.
Tax records on this page show that the property first appeared in 1814 to John Langdon. Based on recent restoration work, and expert advise from Mark Bowe of Greenbriar WV observation, that the house faced the creek when built based on ceiling rafter direction. That the fireplace in this picture was originally a back door. There are two covered 2nd story windows on this fireplace wall in the log structure, which would have been back windows. The original fireplaces would have been on the right and left side of the main structure. The roof would likely have been on the structure the opposite direction to this picture. Based on this and examination during restoration, it is concluded that when John Colyer purchased the home in 1842, a major remodel was done to accomodate his large family. At that time the roof direction was reversed and the side fireplaces removed to accomodate the addition to the right in this picture of the dormitory and on the left of this picture of the summer kitchen and dogtrot. The 1842 remodel also would have put the chimney in the back door as seen in this picture. It is thought at this time the staircase in the home was moved to current location. At his time, the chimney holes on either side were likely enlarged to accomodate the addition of the dog trot/kitchen and side dormitory building. There were other major remodels done to the house in 1865-1900 when the Warren family purchased the home. The ceilings were raised from pioneer era 7 foot level and interior log walls were covered with paneling.
|John Colyer grave|
in Soule's chapel cemetery Somerset Ky. See this link for complete map and inventory of Soule's Chapel cemetery:
|Soule's Chapel Church|
Photo of Soule's Chapel Church new homestead of John Colyer and his son Charles Granade Colyer. This is where family may have gone to church and where John Colyer, son of William Colyar and father of Charles Granade Colyer, is buried. See historic write up about Souleís chapel under John Colyer. It is reported by June Avera that Charles Grenade Colyer was initially buried there, but after a dispute with Louisa Jane, his wife and the church, she reportedly had him exhumed and moved to the Clay Hill Baptist Church cemetery, where his grave is today. However, from reading the obituary of Charles Grenade Colyer in the Somerset Republican newspaper referenced above, this story must be erroneous since the paper says he was originally buried in Clay Hill Cemetery.
|John Colyer house High Resolution version|
Photo of old picture of what is believed to be the old John Colyer house in Ruth Ky. This a high resolution version
|Ruth Ky store and post office about 1940|
This photo of the Old Ruth Store was reprinted in the Somerset KY newspaper The Commonwealth Journal 11/2/13. According to Verda May Hines Hughes, the Zimmer store was located further out current day hwy 192 at the corner of current Stewart Rd
|John Colyer grave stone|
Thanks to Wesley M. Colyer for this great photo of the grave stone of John Colyer born 1781 at Soule's Chapel before the chapel burned down.
|Ruth KY store|
This is a picture of the Ruth Ky store at Pitman Creek as it appeared about 1940 according to Harold Colyer who remembers it as a boy. Thanks to Harold Colyer for this photo. This store stood on the opposite side of the road from the Warren/Colyer house currently standing at Ptiman creek. This is the version of the store that was reported by Mrs. Iva Dean Ridner and Lyman Alexander to have been washed into Pitman creek in a flood about 1948.
Somerset Journal: June 8, 1938 Half interest: John Alexander has bought a half interest in Elbert Alexanderís store at Ruth.
|homestead of John Colyer after restoration project 2013|
Restoration project complete on John Colyer house at hwy 192 and Pitman Creek.
|John Colyer homeplace owned by Warrens in 1925|
Thanks to Dexter Alexander for this old photo of what then in 1925 was the Warren place. This photo shows when the windows were on the north wall upstairs and the chimney was in the original location.
Inscription on photo's back by John Dexter Alexander (1920 - 2005): "Dad & Mom - John Dexter - Dad holding Roy (before Bob was born). Uncle Ed Aunt Pearlie Warren son Robert - Edith Warren - Dad's Model T - Taken at Uncle Ed Warren's home about 1925." Dad is John Elmer Alexander (1887 - 1968). He is holding his son Roy M. Alexander (1926 - 2007). Mom is Louise "Lula" Pearl Phelps Alexander (1888 - 1969). Bob is Robert E. Alexander (1929 - 1991)
|Documents||1834 ancient map Cumberland River|
You must download and install the special Deju browser plug in from here to read this . The Wait-Bluford Colyer deed references land near Beaver Creek. From looking at ancient map of 1834 (djvu format) , it appears that current day Buck Creek used to be called Beaver Creek. Renaming it to Buck Creek appears to have possibly cleared confusion resulting from many nearby creeks emptying into Cumberland River being designated at Beaver Creek as can be seen from the 1834 map referenced above. This indicates that the John Colyer family while living in the Jugornot area of Pulaski County had family friend named Cyrenius Waite that may be reason a child named after him.) See Cyreinus Waite page where History of Pulaski County Book shows Cyrenius Waite owned coal mines at mouth of Buck Creek on Cumberland River.
|John Colyer estate settlement|
Estate settlement of John Colyer of Somerset Kentucky ( son of William Colyar of Washington County TN)
|John Colyer homeplace deed|
The original John Colyer farm was located at what is currently highway 192 at Pittman creek. I traced the deed of the property in the Pulaski County courthouse to this deed (You must download and install the special Deju browser plug in from here to read this format in your browser) wherein it proves that the photographed property is in fact the home place of John Colyer Sr. John Colyer bought the majority if not all the property from a Langdon family by deed in 1842 and his heirs sell it to Andrew Warren in September 1865. Deed says that Andrew Warren lived there at the time. Further of note, Lindsey transfers several brothers interests he had bought out. The remaining brothers transfer their interest "That descends to them at the death of" their mother, Lydia...being a dower right.....so legally it does not seem Andrew Warren gets clear title until Lydia dies in 1874.
|John Colyer homeplace deed|
The original John Colyer farm was located at what is currently highway 192 at Pittman creek. original homestead of John Colyer stood according to Elaine Avera. I traced the deed of the property in the photo back at the Pulaski County courthouse to this deed John Colyer bought the majority if not all the property from a Langdon family by deed in 1842. The purchaser of the farm from John Colyer heirs was Andrew Warren in September 1865. It is reported by the StrayLeaves website on the James families, that John Colyer's grandson Lindsey Randall Colyer by John's son Lindsey Robert Colyer (Martha Minus) was married in the house to Andrew Warren's daughter Elizabeth Ann "Eliza" Warren in January 1866.
|John Colyer homeplace deed 1842|
John Colyer bought the majority if not all the property from a Langdon family by deed in 1842. There was some sort of a road constructed about 1823-1824 according to Pulaski Court records: Pulaski County Kentucky Court Order Book 3, page 367B---"Ordered that Thomas Price be appointed Surveyor of the Road from Pitman's
Creek to Buck Creek on the ____ of Tho. Stephens, and that he with hands_____ within the precinct herein after below mentioned, an _____ in good repair according to law, to wit, Beginning at the Ford of Pitmans Creek at John Langdons from thence a straight Corner to the head of Sugartree Hollow from thence down the same to the south thence down Buck Creek to the Whitley Road thence with the same to Pitmans Creek and up the same to the Begg (except John Brinson, Wm Herrin, John Brinson, Senr, John
Herrin & Shaderick Price)." This Court Order helps determine age of Log house that John Colyer bought in 1842 as having been the residence of John Langdon (ie based on location at Pittman Creek ford) as this road order referencing the residence in about 1822. Therefore, since census shows John Langdon in area in 1820, I conclude the Log house was built before 1819-1820.
|John Colyer Washington County TN deed|
In this deed, John Colyer of Pulaski County KY, transfers land he inherited from his father William Colyar of Washington Co. TN back to his two brothers, William Jr, and Alexander who stayed in TN
|John Wesley Colyer in Confederate Military History|
As possible evidence of William Colyar being a soldier in the Revolutionary War, see the write up of his grandson, John Wesley Colyer of Pulaski County Ky, in the 1987 edition of "Confederate Military History". John Wesley Colyer was the son of John Colyer born 1781 who was son of William Colyar. The Confederate Military History says that John Colyer born 1781 and was of Revolutionary ancestry. John Colyer born 1781ís mother was Angus Nancy St. Clair, daughter of Charles St. Clair. Since Charles St. Clair died in 1768, it was not him that had Revolutionary War connection. So it could be Johnís father, William Colyar born 1754, died 1819.
|John Colyer 1810 census|
1810 Pulaski County Census shows John Colyer and Buford Colyer(was name properly Bluford or Buford ?) Tax records for Pulaski County Ky show him as "Bluford" Colyer. This cannot be son, as son of John Colyer only 2 years old in 1810. Who is this Bluford/Buford Colyer ? John Colyer born 1781 names son for him in 1809.
|John Colyers in Washington County TN|
Sorting out all the Colyar, Colyer and Colliers (really same fold many times as names spelled both ways on same documents at times) in Washington County and the John Colyers in particular is difficult. Note that the John Collyer in pension records: Russell county VA was formed from Washington County VA in 1785
|John Colyer deed to brother Alexander|
In this deed, John Colyer of Pulaski County KY, transfers land he inherited from his father William Colyar of Washington Co. TN back to his two brothers, William Jr, and Alexander who stayed in TN
|Jugornot area of Pulaski County TOPO map|
You must download and install the special Deju browser plug in from here to read this . Jugornot area of Pulaski County concerning Bluford Colyeróson of John Colyer
|John Colyer--1839 Map of Kentucky|
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A map discovered in 2006 of Kentucky in 1839 (djvu format see references on this site to download viewer) shows Buck Creek area at Cumberland River to contain iron works. This it interesting since that land was thought to be originally acquired by original grant to John Colyer in 1809. John, whose father William Colyar (who later evidently came to live near his son John Colyer in this area of Pulaski County Ky called Jugornot ) had owned Lead mines in Bumpass Cove on the Nolichucky River in East TN, which later became iron mines. It shows that perhaps the know how of mining and land suitable for it had been learned by John from his father William while being reared in East TN. It is known that when Kentucky was opened for settlement that land grants were made in Ky if an Iron Works were established. The land owned by John Colyer on the Curmberland River also had coal mines as shown in the1834 map referenced above.
|John Colyer from Purvis deed|
addition John bought land on Buck Creek from William Purvis in July of 1851 one month before he died. John was married to Lydia Purvis.
|Welby A. Colyer letter|
You must download and install the special Deju browser plug in from here to read this . Here is a letter from Dr. Welby A. Colyer (djvu format) believed to be dated sometime prior to about 1940 wherein he states the family descendants of his Grandfather John Colyer (1781). Says that John Colyer 1781 first wife was "Martha Minus".
|Jacob Brown biography|
Biography of Jacob Brown, a early settler and neighbor to William Colyar in Washington County Tennessee. His wife / ex-wife was paid by court for keeping a child John Colyer
|Bluford Colyer - John Colyer deed|
John Colyer sold about 200 acres on the Cumberland River (thought to be near Buck Creek ) that had been patented to him 1809-1831 to his son Bluford Colyer.
|The Life and Travels of the Rev. William Landrum|
Book by circuit riding Methodist preacher who had the Somerset KY circuit 1830. Preached at Gragg's Chapel (predecessor to Soule's Chapel) Somerset KY. Large 10meg PDF.....do search of somerset, gragg's , collier, richardson. See page 52 for reference to Collier. Note William Sears land grant near Buck Creek: 815.) Patent #: 13437 Grantee: Sears, William
Grant Book & Pg: 26 432 Acreage: 100
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Buck Cr.
Survey Name: Sears, William Survey Date: 05/10/1848
Grant Date: 07/03/1849
|Somerset KY First Methodist Church history|
Shows connection to Somerset KY Soule's Chapel
|History of Methodism in Kentucky|
Interesting read of setting in history about 1820 in Kentucky when the Methodist conference of Kentucky was established which included the Cumberland Conf. encompassing the Somerset Circuit. Interesting assessment of what Methodists were like in 1820.
|John Colyer 1830 Pulaski County census|
I had searched for gravesite of William Colyar and his wife, Nancy Ann in east Tennessee. It is reported that he died in 1819. However, a power of attorney made by Alexander Colyar of Winchester TN (Father of Arthur St. Claire Colyer) appointing his son, George Thompson Colyer, as power of attorney recorded in Pulaski County Ky, shows that William and his wife Nancy lived in Pulaski County KY at the time of their death The power of attorney in 1839 (year of Nancy Agnes Annís death) was to collect Alexanderís share of estate. Since only son I know of in Pulaski County Ky is John Colyer, I suppose that William and Nancy, must have moved to live with John Colyer of Pulaski County Ky so John could care for them in their elder years. This is supported by the 1830 U.S. Census that shows a female age 60-70 years old living with John. Johnís mother Agnes Nancy Ann St. Clair Colyar would have been 70 years old in 1830. His father, William, died in 1819 but his mother did not die until 1839. The elderly lady living in the household would not be John mother-in-law, Mrs. Purvis, as both of Johnís parents-in-law were living at the time with Old Mr. Purvis not dying until 1840 or so and Old Mrs. Purvis not until 1852. This indicates that perhaps John Colyer was the closest son capable of financially being able to care for his parents in later years. The power of attorney indicates that both William and Nancy Colyar died in Pulaski County KY. My guess is that they may be buried in some of the unmarked graves in the Jugornot region of Pulaski County as this is where John Colyer had property at Buck Creek on the Cumberland River before moving to the Pittman Creek property in Ruth Kentucky area in 1842.
|1830 Pulaski County KY census extract|
Shows John Collier. The pulaski county census only shows 2 colliers there in 1830, John and Charles. John had large household. See book on site of circuit rider methodist preacher Landrum, who says stayed at Collier's after preaching at William Sears, who lived near the Hails (see 1830 sears census) , my guess across cumberland river from John Collier
|1830 Pulaski county Ky census extract (William Sears)|
Shows William Sears referenced on page 58 of Landrum circuit riding methodist preacher 1830
|Lincoln County Kentucky (predecessor to Pulaski, Rockcastle etc counties) tax records from 1790-1810 era|
|Somerset Ky 1929 Topo map (warning 5meg file size)|
Shows Ruth Ky John Colyer house, Charles Granade Colyer house, Clay Hill Baptist Church and cemetery, Beech Grove School, Soules' Chapel Church, Jugornot Hollow, Pisgah School. See alternative annotated pdf file.
|Somerset Pulaski County Ky 1929 Topo Map: Warning EXTREMELY LARGE 34 meg.|
Shows John Colyer house, Charles Granade Colyer house, Where Charles Granade taught school at Beech Grove, Where Charles Granade buried at Clay Hill Baptist, Where John Colyer buried at Soules Chapel, Where Bluford Colyer eldest son of John Colyer gave land for Jugornot school
|Pulaski County Ky highway map in 1950|
Map shows detail of houses, churches, schools, postoffice etc, but only along roads....not much city streets.
|Map showing Jugornot Hollow|
Showing approximate location of old long destroyed Jugornot school, whose land was donated by Becky Kirtley Colyer, wife of Bluford Colyer, son of John Colyer of 1781. Also shows likely grave site of William Colyar etc.
|Rush Branch Road ? :Kentucky legislative Act creating in 1835. |
This seems to be first step of creating road from Pulaski County Courthouse to the coal mines at the mouth of the Rockcastle and Laurel Rivers on the Cumberland River. The 1942 book on this site about history of American Coal mining confirms. From study of 1845 map on this site as well as 1861 civil war map on this site, it appears that this was current Rush Branch road. Before the lake in 1950's, it appears current Rush Branch Road crossed Buck Creek and continued on to the coal mines on Cumberland River then continued on to Whitley County area where current day town of Williamsburg Ky is county seat.
|Possible Sublimity Road (hwy 192) history: The First Century and a Quarter of American Coal Industry, 1942|
Confirms that the 1835 Ky Legislative act was building road from Pulaski county courthouse to the coal mines located at mouth of Rockcastle and Laurel Rivers on the Cumberland River. However study of maps of 1845, 1861 seem to show that this 1835 Act was for what is currently Rush Branch Road. Before the lake in 1950, based on civil war 1861 map and 1845 map, it appears that Rush Branch Road (may have been known as Whitley Road) crossed Buck Creek and continued to the coal mine area (see 1845 map) then on to Whitley County area south toward current day Williamsburg and Corbin Ky.
|Sublimity Road (hwy 192) Ky legislature Act 1858 creating toll road|
John Colyer house per Granade Colyer obit, was at old Sublimity road at pittman creek.
|Sublimity Road (hwy 192) research: Enclyclopedia Brittanica 1911 about First coal mined in Kentucky in Laurel or Pulaski county 1829|
|Map of Kentucky 1836|
Shows roads from Somerset Ky, and apparent no evidence of Sublimity Road (current hwy 192) going by old John Colyer place at Ruth Ky
|Map of Kentucky roads 1845|
Shows road that appears to be Current Rush Branch road. Ky Legislature funded road improvement in 1835 for coal mines. This may also be what in Pulaski Court orders refer to the Whitley Road....meaning going to Whitley County area around current day Williamsburg Ky. This map lends support to the proposition that the KY Legislative Act of 1835 was for Rush Branch road that is shown crossing Buck Creek and continuing on to Coal mine area and then Whitley area. The Sublimity Road (current hwy 192 and formerly referred to in Pulaski Court Orders in 1821 as Saltworks Rd) may not have been improved until 1850's road Legislative Act.
|1861 Civil War map with Somerset inset showing Sublimity Rd (now hwy 192) and Rush Branch Rd|
This map seems to lead one to the conclusion that the KY legislative act of 1835 on this site for road construction was concerning current Rush Branch Road (formerly known as the Whitley Road in Pulaski County Court Order). The 1861 Civil War map on this site appears to clearly show Rush Branch road at the time crossed over Buck Creek (now since lake formation in 1950's road ends at Buck Creek) and went down to the coal mines on this 1861 map and coincides with language in 1835 Legislative Act. Therefore, it may be that current hwy 192(formerly known as Sublimity Road since 1858 Act, but formerly in pulaski court orders known as the Saltworks Rd) was improved by the 1853 or so Legislative Act sponsored by Christopher Columbus Graham to his resort at Sublimity Springs.
|1820 Pulaski County Census image and 1830 extract|
In re: to determine age of log house John Colyer purchased in 1842 from Langdon's that is still standing in 2011: Shows that John Langdon was living in house in 1820, next to the same neighbors his widow Susannah lives next to in 1830 census. The 1810 census was, I have read, destroyed in war of 1812 and the images of the 1810 census available are index images by last name, which are not helpful in locating where people lived by reference to neighbors since in lastname order, not in order as taken. Susannah Langdon sells 200 acre farm to John Colyer in 1842. Therefore, house that is on the same 200 acre farm at Pittman creek in 2011, whose back faces the 1824-1835 road (ie house built before road thus house faces creek) was most likely built in 1806, the year that John John Langdon has a South of Green River Legislative Act of 1795 Land Grant per court records. These Grants required property settlement and improvement w/ cabin or crops. The Grant was for 720 acres. George B. Cooper (neighbor in census of 1820-1830 also got land grant in 1805.
|Ruth Kentucky Map modern day|
Shows John Colyer homeplace purchased 1842; Charles Granade Colyer homeplace civil war era; Beech Grove Schoool where Granade taught school in 1862; Clay Hill Baptist cemetery where Granade buried.
|Sublimity Road history by Filson Club|
Ties together the KY Legislative Acts and identifies as Sublimity Road construction. John Colyer house, according to son Charles Granade Colyer obituary on this site, was located on Old Sublimity road at Pitman Creek.
|Historical Sketches and Reminiscences of an Octogenarian, Thomas Preston 1900|
Book by great grandson of earliest founder of Virginia Augusta County wherein is detailed the services of Charles St. Clair (Sinclair) a long hunter, to lead the exploration party of Col. Patton in 1748 to the discovery and naming of the Cumberland Gap and Cumberland river. This was 2 years before what most history books record as Cumberland discovery by Dr. Thomas Walker. Note Walker was in the party also in 1748, but not its leader.
|1810 Federal Census Pulaski County Ky|
Shows John Colyer and a Buford (whom I do not know who it is) in 1810 in Kentucky, believed to be on Cumberland River in Jugornot area of Somerset Ky today. John Colyer did have a son named Bluford Colyer. Some early tax records about 1810 show this "Buford" Collier(Colyer) with name of "Bluford"
|1864 Burnside area Civil War map (10 meg size)|
to right side, shows Ruth Ky area and John Colyer house(then occupied by Andrew Warren) at Pitman Creek. Note that down the road (currently called Clay Hill Road) that runs next to Pitman Creek, is Colyer Mill. I suspect that this mill belonged to Charles Colyer, uncle to John Colyer. See Charles Colyer who received first court order in 1799 for grist mill on Buck Creek Pulaski County and 1822 road order along Pitman creek mentioning land of Charles "Colyear". The map also shows neighbor named Keeney whose name is referenced in a road project in Court Orders Book 5 Pulaski County starting at Widow Langdon's...ie John Colyer house. Thanks to Joe at Ky Dept of Highways Dist. 8 office Somerset for this map. Note that this map is for Burnside area. Other 1861 maps on this site for civil war seem to show current hwy 192 (formerly Sublimity rd.) Therefore this area on this Burnside map may not show it due to purpose not to show roads insignificant to Burnside...ie Sublimity toll road going to resort.
|1835 Pulaski Court Order |
for road starting at Widow Langdon's (owner of house prior to John Colyer). Page 2 is from 1864 Burnside Civil War Map crop. Shows route from current Clay Hill Road at hwy 192 to Cherry Grove Rd back down Clay Hill Rd.
See this road description for road ordered at what became to be John Colyer house (formerly owned by the Langdon's) at current Ruth Ky at Pitman Creek. This helps determine age of log house....ie it was there in 1835. Also note it mentions Keeney that appears on 1864 civil war map on this site. Also note the termination at Cave/Spring....this could be the cave spring that was on current day Strawberry road.
In re the 1835 court order for road between whitley road (Rush Branch rd.) and salt road (which I believe to be hwy 192 from somerset to pitman creek) , trying to decipher what the 1835 order meant and where it was.....below will of William Richardson, the road surveyor, seems to show it to be running up pitman creek toward somerset. We know from John Colyer deed of 1842 from Langdon's that the first tract of land was the current big field which bordered Pitman creek and and went toward Blaze Valley where Jesse Richardson, father of William, had a grant of 1500 acres. We know this because the Colyer 1842 deed says it has a corner with Jesse Richardson property on Pitman creek. The road order of 1835 mentions going up to John Richardson then Hiram Hughs. The Will of William Richardson below, shows him leaving land on Pitman creek to wife, then land "that lies above" it to Matilta Meece (one of Richard Curtis's gg-grandmothers.) This seems to indicate William Richardson's land is running along current hwy 192 towards Somerset from the old Langdon-Colyer-Warren farm. Notice also as it continues in Will he leaves land of Hiram Hughs , who is mentioned in 1835 Court Order of road survey/maintenance.
In Pulaski County Court Order book 3, page 470, (about 1824) There is a road order for Jesse Richardson from Somerset to Pitman Creek , known as the Saltworks Road. It appears that East Mt. Vernon Street which currently turns into to hwy 192, was the Saltworks Road in very early days. The Filson Club member Miss Mary Verhoeff, in her book writes of a KY legislature Act of DEC 21, 1802 which orders a road from the Pulaski County Court house to the Salt Works in current Manchester KY. Evidently, current hwy 192 got it's start in this legislative Act as the Saltworks Road from Somerset.
It appears from 1824 and 1835 Court Ordered roads, that the Whitley Road (current day Rush Branch road, state route 769) came up to Pitman creek and then followed Pitman creek to intersect the Salt Road at the Langdon's and then Saltworks Road (hwy 192) came into Somerset. This has some logic to it, since Hwy 192 turns into East Mt. Vernon Street in Somerset and is a man artery road in downtown Somerset.
Further info on location of John Richardson property mentioned in 1835 Road Order:
1823 March 31st day
This Indenture made this 31st day of March 1823 between William Harris of County of Shelby and State of KY of the one part and John Richardson of Pulaski Co & state aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that the said William Harris for and in consideration of the sum of fifty dollars current money to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained & sold and by these presents doth convey unto the said John Richardson and his heirs forever a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the county of Pulaski and State aforesaid on the waters of Pitmans creek and is thus bounded, to wit, beginning at the upper back corner of six hundred acre survey in the name of OLIVER TERRELL in the East side of Pitmans creek a branch of Cumberland River at an Ash and Hickory thence North 54 W 100 poles with the back line of said Terrells Survey to two sugar trees and beech hby a branch thense N 36 E 150 poles crossing a branch at two poles to two beeches thence S 54 E 100 poles to a large poplar and white oak thence S 36 W 160 poles to the beginning. To have and to hold the said tract of land unto the said John Richardson & his heirs forever and the said William Harris doth convenant & agree to & with the said John Richardson that he will warrant and defend the right & title of said land to him the said John Richardson & his heirs forever against the claim of himself and his heirs forever. In testimony whereof the said William Harris hath hereto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written. W Harris. Book 5: 1822-1825: page 203
25. WILLIAM3 RICHARDSON (JESSE2, JONATHAN1) was born June 8, 1787 in Lincoln, Kentucky, and died July 19, 1853 in Pulaski, Kentucky. He married SARAH W. GIBSON November 15, 1806 in Pulaski, Kentucky. She was born March 16, 1797 in Kentucky, and died Abt. 1850 in Pulaski, Kentucky.
Notes for WILLIAM RICHARDSON:
VITAL STATS: 1853 Deaths, p 3 - Pulaski County, Kentucky
Cause of death: Fever
Contributed by Joyce Hargis
The Will of William Richardson
10 Nov 1852 Pulaski County, Kentucky
In the name of God amen, I, William Richardson of the County of Pulaski and State of Kentucky calling to mind the uncertainty of himan life, And being desirous to dispose of all my wordly Estate as it has pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath the same in the following manner (to wit) First, It is my will and desire that my wife, Sarah, have a portion of my land (to wit) Beginning at a square tree and Dogwood a conditional corner betwen David Richardson and William Richardson, on the bank of Pitman's creek, thence the old line N 44 East 40 poles to a buckeye and double Sycamore a corner to the original Survey thence running with the meanders of the creek S 52 East 40 poles to two Iron woods and white oak in a branch of the creek cleft of the creek thence S 88 East 100 poles crossing a dry branch to a Small black oak and Hickory then south 59 East 18 poles to a Hickry then N 48 East 72 poles to two white oaks then N 53 West 48 poles to a Hickry and Square tree Meec corner then S 63 West 48 poles to a Hickry Meac corner, then due N 65 West 62 poles to two White Oaks Meac corner, then due N 52 poles to a Gum, thence due West 96 poles to a pine-oak and Sugartree thence N 9 1/2 East 30 poles to two sugar-trees and Iron-wood thens S 89 1/2 West 140 poles to a stake on the conditional line between David Richardson and William Richardson, thenc the old conditional line S 28 East 191 poles to the Beginning, containing by Survey 220 acres be the same more or less; all the survey that Langford made for me on the 18th day of Nov. 1851. To have during her natural life or widowhood if she should survive me. Also one horse beast (She may have choice) One Waggon and one yoke of oxen, two cows and ten head of sheep, hogs and corn to hur one year, two plows and two hows, One pare of Gears, one Bed and firneture beside hur own and so much of the Cuberd ware: and Cubboard as will set of hur table, and the big Table, with the Loam and So much of the cooking vesls and washing vessels as the family will especially Kneed for their Support: All the above property named She is to Have the use of it while she keep house and continues to live on land but if she will leave the place by moving of it, then in that case, she will forfet all hur interest in the above name property and all the profits exclusive of the land, is to be divided equally among my children. Secondly, it is my will and desire that at my death-my wife death, that my son William R. Richardson and his hears have all the said track of land that I will to my wife forever. Thirdly, It is my will and desire tht at my death, that my Daughter, Matilda Meece and Ephraim Meece hur husband and their heirs have all my land that lies above the track of land that I will my wife, between that and John Richardson binding on John Richardson's line. All the land I own there forever. Thirdly, it is my will and desire tht my Son William R. Richardson get a possion of the land I will to my wife, that my daughter Unisy Cox and hur heirs have all the land that I bought of Hiram Hughs except what little was cut off in Survey made to my wife; To Have forever. Fourthly, It is my will and desire that my Son Thomas C. Richardson have my big man Jacob, at my death, at five hundred Dollars, to make him even in the land way, or if he should die before he is to have his five hundred Dollars out of my estate. Fifthly, it is my Will and desire, that at my death, that all the rest of my negroes be equally divided among my four children, Unisy Cox and her heirs forever; Thomas C. Richardson, Matilda Meece and her heirs forever and William R. Richardson and his heirs. Fifthly, it is my will and desire that my son Jesse M. Richardson, or his heirs, have no more of my estate, as I have give him more of my estate than any of the rest of my children will get at my death. So he is to have no more as I have given him all my lands in Ballard City and paid upwards of four hundred Dollars for him. It is my will and desire that after my death that my executor sell all my personal property that I have not willed to my wife, on a twelve month credit, and pay all my just debts puncally and the ballance to be equally divided to my children, Unicy Cox, Matilda Meece, Thomas C. Richardson and William R. Richardson except my pare of Brown Dixonarys and the Bible and testament, them I will and bequeth to my son-in-law Ephraim Meece forever. Sixthly, on consideration It is my will and Desire that my wife have Something more (to wit) One pare of fire Dogs, the Clock, one set of shears, one big Whele and little whele, one bed sted, two axes, one log chane and ceck reel and two flat irons and Thirty Dollars in money, ot that amount in any of my personal property She may chose. Seventhly, and lastly, I do hereby apoint and nominate Thomas Gibson my Executor revoking all other and former wills made by me heretofore made, In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my name and affixed my Seal-- 10th day November 1852 William Richardson.
Attest: Thomas J. Clonch, Tandy James, William M. Claunch.
State of Kentucky, Pulaski County Set. At a County Court held for Pulaski County aforesaid, at the court house thereof in the Town of Somerset on Monday, the 15th day of August, 1853. The following instrument of writing, purporting to be the last Will and testament of William Richardson, decd., was produced to the Court as such, and proven to be the act and deed of the Said William Richardson, decd. by the oath of Tandy James and Wm. (alias) William M. Clonch two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and the same done immediately.
|1824 Pulaski Cty Court ordered road route Map by satellite |
refers to John Langdon house at Pitman Creek (see deed where John Colyer buys from Widow Langdon) proving existance of house at hwy 192 and Pitman's creek in 1824. This route went out current hwy 192, down poplarville rd, then appears to connect to Hail Bridge Road at Buck creek, up current state route 1643 to Community of Meece then connecting to state route 769 (Rush Branch Road) back up to Pitman Creek, then following Pitman Creek on current Old Alcade Rd.
|1935 Kentucky Highway Dept map of Ruth Ky hwy192 improvements|
Map showing location of Langdon-Colyer-Warren Log house in 1935 and road improvements to be made. Shows grave yard, location of store/post office in 1935 before reported flood washed post office away. Show changing route of hwy 192
|1958 Kentucky Highway Dept map of hwy192 improvements|
Shows John Colyer log house (formerly Langdon, later Warren property) and how road of hwy 192 changed and items located around it. Note that part of land on same side of road as log house that was transferred to William H Warren from Andrew in 1884 was transferred out of family and not part of current 200 acre farm. This part is that which currently has hwy 192 market on it and farm behind market. Also it looks like part of Andrew Warren property across road that went to Joe Warren that has lumber mill on it in this map was sold off for house lots by 1960's or so. So other land was added to original John Colyer farm to make it 200 acres when sold in 2009. Likely that of woods along Clay Hill Rd purchased by Mathew Warren from court ordered sale of heirs of Alexander Colyer.
|Land grant 1840 Cyrenius Waite|
land on Whitley road (modern day Rush Branch Rd.) between Pitman Creek and Buck Creek and borders with Collier/Colyer. 600 Acres.
|1795 KY Land Grant act South of Green River Settlements|
This act required settlement on the land evidenced by residence
|1810 Telico Land Grant law Kentucky|
This act granted settlers with residence on land right to land grant. This was land obtained by state by Telico treaty with Cherokee and other indian tribes.
"On October 2, 1798, the first Treaty of Tellico was negotiated with the Cherokee Nation. It allowed for safe passage of settlers using the Kentucky road, running through Cherokee land between the Cumberland Mountain and the Cumberland River, in exchange for hunting rights on all relinquished lands, a further refinement of the Holston Treaty of 1791. By 1803, the demand for salt on Cherokee land in Kentucky dramatically increased when England seized American ships involved the salt trade. In 1805, the remaining Cherokee land in Kentucky was considered crucial to the national security of the United States. Between October 25 and 27, 1805, Kentucky Cherokee Chief Doublehead singed the final Treaties of Tellico, ceding the land south of the Cumberland River. Feeling that they had been betrayed and sold out, Doublehead was assassinated on August 9, 1807 in McIntosh Tavern, Hiwassee, Tennessee, by Charles Hicks, Alexander Saunders, and Major Ridgeóhis own people.
|1815 to 1818 KY land warrant / grant law|
This act appears to have allowed for settler land grants for limited period of time 1815-1818
|1820 Kentucky Widows land grant law|
This act does not appear to have any expire date. The life un-alienable right to land grant to Widows may be a reason the sale deed to John Colyer farm in 1865 by his widow, Lydia, mentions her life right to land and required children to join.
|1835 Kentucky Land Grant law: deligated to county courts|
This act appears to be a land free-for-all act, as it does not require settlement on land, but rather a payment for previously unappropriated land to County Court. The money had to be used by County for roads.
|1824 Pulaski Court Order Road from Ford at Pitmans Creek at John Langdons|
This is copy of microfilm of Court Order Book September term of 1824 identifying location of Ford at Pitman Creek at John Langdon's...thus establishing age of John Colyer house at that location to be at least as old as 1824. See deed on site in 1842 where John Colyer purchases house/property from Langdon's.
Pulaski County Kentucky Court Order Book 3, page 367B---
"Ordered that Thomas Price be appointed Surveyor of the Road from Pitman's Creek to Buck Creek on the ____ of Tho. Stephens, and that he with hands_____ within the precinct herein after below mentioned, an _____ in good repair according to law, to wit, Beginning at the Ford of Pitmans Creek at John Langdons from thence a straight Corner to the head of Sugartree Hollow from thence down the same to the south thence down Buck Creek to the Whitley Road thence with the same to Pitmans Creek and up the same to the Begg (except John Brinson, Wm Herrin, John Brinson, Senr, John
Herrin & Shaderick Price)." This Court Order helps determine age of Log house that John Colyer bought in 1842 as having been the residence of John Langdon (ie based on location at Pittman Creek ford) as this road order referencing the residence in about 1822. Therefore, since census shows John Langdon in area in 1820, I conclude house there at least since 1820.
|1825, March Pulaski Court Order mentions John Langdon, former owner of John Colyer house|
This helps determine age of John Colyer log house, in this March 1825 order, it appoints William Richardson road surveyor beginning at John Landon's where the Salt Works Road and the Whitley Road interect (modern day corner of hwy 192 and Clay Hill Road.)
|1825 August Pulaski County Court Order: followup to March order mentioning John Langdon's place ( former owner of John Colyer home)|
This helps determine age of John Colyer log house, in this August 1825 order, it appoints William Richardson road surveyor beginning at John Landon's where the Salt Works Road and the Whitley Road intersect (modern day corner of hwy 192 and Clay Hill Road.)
|1824, September Pulaski Court Order: Road now Jarvis Ave and Rush Branch Rd|
Here John Langdon, former owner of John Colyer log house on current day hwy 192, is on committee to find best way for a road from Somerset to the road along Pitman creek ( what in those days was called Whitley Rd). Current day, this road is Jarvis Ave to Rush Branch road to Old Alcade Road...that use to continue to Strawberry/Clay Hill Rd to hwy 192. John Langdon lived at intersection of these roads.
|John Langdon estate settlement 1825-1835|
John Langdon died in 1825 and his widow sold his house/farm to John Colyer in 1842. Here his estate mentions Charles Colyer (Uncle to John Colyer). This puts Charles Colyer near John Langdon. See deed to Charles Colyer for 1750 acres Pulaski county on Buck Creek on site.
|History of the Salt Works Road|
Pulaski County Kentucky Historical society pub on history of Grundy and the Salt Works Road----see page 4----John Colyer log house on the Salt Works Road
|Sublimity Springs History|
Page 3 contains Pulaski County Historical Society write up on Sublimity Springs which culminated in road improvement that converted road known as The Salt Works Road to be known as Sublimity Road. Reference to the road is contained in Charles Granade Colyer obituary. Was the location at Pitman Creek of John Colyer house
|1814 Pulaski County Property tax records Langdon|
Shows copies from KY archives of Pulaski County KY property tax records of property John Langdon on Pitman Creek. These are property tax records that FIRST appear in 1814. It is concluded that the house at current hwy 192 at Pitman Creek was built in 1814 based on these records. This file shows 1814, 1818 and 1820 with same basic property on Pitman Creek. Langdon appears on Census of 1820 with same neighbors as his widow does in 1830. Property sold to John Colyer by heirs 1842. Concluded that John Colyer log house currently located at Pitman Creek and HWY 192 was built 1814.
|1807-1817 John Langdon land grant|
In researching age of log house John Langdon heirs sold to John Colyer in 1842, traced earliest records on John Langdon in Pulaski County KY on Ancestry.com. Record showed 720 acres grant in 1807. Upon searching records of same in KY archives, discovered grant was for 72 acres not 720 and was in 1817, not 1807. Grant and later records show it was on Buck Creek, not Pitman creek. Therefore was not the property of log house sold to John Colyer 1842.
|1806 Pulaski Property tax record: John Colyer|
Per search of Ky Archives Frankfort, John Colyer FIRST appears on property tax records in 1806 with no land, just horses.
|Welby Colyer letter (Dr. Welby A Colyer)|
Dr. Welby Colyer says in letter dated sometime near his death in 1940, that he knew most of the children of John Colyer 1781, his grandfather, except oldest William. Says that John Colyer, his grandfather, first wife was Martha Minus.
|John Colyer marriage court record 1806|
This is a copy from the Pulaski County Ky court records marriage book 1 of August 29, 1806 recording of John Colyer and Polly Blevins marriage record. DUE TO DEATH RECORD OF MARY COLYER IN JEFFERSON COUNTY KY 1855, DAUGHTER OF SAMUEL BLEVINS, IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THIS IS NOT THE MARRIAGE OF JOHN COLYER BORN 1781
|1804-1810 Pulaski County Tax Records|
Shows Samuel Blevins in 1804, on Buck Creek Pulaski County KY, believed to be father of Polly Blevins, who Pulaski County Court records in 1806 show married a John Colyer. This file is evidence that the John Colyer that Polly Blevins married in 1806 (reported father Samuel Blevins) is the John Colyer born 1781. HOWEVER, ALL IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS AND ASSUMED. FURTHER INFO ON THIS SITE PROVIDED BY BLEVINS FAMILY RESEARCHERS SHOWS THAT "MARY" BLEVINS , DAUGHTER OF SAMUEL BLEVINS, DIED IN LOUISVILLE KY IN 1855 AND THAT CENSUS OF 1850 SHOWS MARRIED TO A JOHN COLYEAR. WE DON'T KNOW WHO THIS JOHN COLYEAR(COLYER) WAS, BUT EVIDENTLY NO RELATION TO JOHN COLYER BORN 1781 OF PULASKI COUNTY. The other John Colyer on tax records and later designated as "Junior", is beleived to be John Colyer Jr. born 1744, whom most of his life believed to live near Charles Colyer, baby brother, who bailed John out of court in Jonesboro TN prior to 1805 when Charles moved to Pulaski County Ky. He shows up in tax records here near Charles and later in Rockcastle County KY where Charles later moved. Without death record of Mary Colyer from Jefferson County KY in 1855 it would have been easy to Conclude that John Colyer born 1781 married Polly Blevins , since we know from pension records on John Colyer Jr. born 1744, he was long married to Grizelda Taylor in 1806. We have information that John Colyer Jr 1744 had son named John, but that he died in Rockcastle County ky in 1833 so not the Jefferson County Ky John Colyear. Further, we have information on a John Collier from Randolph Cty NC who moved to Greene County Tn but died there as did his son John...died in Greene County TN. So mystery continues as to who the Louisville John Colyear was descended from. Could he be descended from John Colyear in Franklin Cty IN who had Revolutionary pension file ?
The 1810 tax records shows Bluford Colyer, so he may have been born before 1809
|1850 Pulaski County KY census John Colyer|
Shows John Colyer, wife Lydia (27 years younger) and children including Charles Granade Colyer. Interesting to see that land value totaled $1400. IF this was solely the 200 acre farm at Pitman Creek and hwy 192, it is interesting to see the dire effects of the civil war such that by 1865 when family sells the farm, it only brings $750 per deed on this website.
|Augusta County VA descendants, Ky Historical Society 1918|
Supplemental book from orginal sources listing notable persons descended from Augusta County VA roots, shows Arthur St. Clair Colyar, who as nephew of John Colyer of Pulaski County Ky. It is believed John Colyer's father William originated from Henry County VA, which was once part of Augusta County VA.
|1853 Pulaski County Ky Births|
Shows slave Sarah born to Amanda owned by John Colyer heirs
|Confederate Veteran publication 1910 Daughter of Confederacy|
Write up on John Wesley Colyer, son of John Colyer of 1781. Says that John Colyer 1781 was of Revolutionary ancestry. That could only be his father, William Colyar since John Colyer 1781's mother would not have been in Revolution and her father was dead before Revolution.
|1937 Pulaski County map|
Cropped section of eastern Pulaski county annotated with noted locations
|Bluford Colyer inherited interest in John Colyer homeplace deed to Andrew Warren|
The children of John Colyer sold their interest in home place in Ruth Ky to Andrew Warren in 1865-1866. Evidently, the eldest son's inherited part had been foreclosed upon and the purchaser at auction here transfers to Andrew Warren purchaser in 1866.
|Kentucky Land Grants price and history|
discusses particulars of various Ky land grants
|DNA test of Harold Andrew Colyer and Curtis Colyer match report|
Harold Andrew Colyer is a documented descendant (great great grandson) of John Colyer born 1781. Curtis Colyer is a documented descendant (great great grandson) of John Colyer born 1815 who lived in Bronston Ky. This DNA test shows that John Colyer born 1815 is son of John Colyer born 1781.
This DNA test results in several conclusions. First, the Bronston KY area Colyers are related via John Colyer born 1781 to the Jugornot area of Somerset KY Colyers. Second, based on death record of John Colyer born 1815, that the first wife of John Colyer born 1781 was Polly Sinclair, NOT Martha Minus.
Although the John Colyer born 1815 death record only states the mother's first name, it is this researcher's conclusion, that the disclosure of her last name in the newspaper obituary of John Colyer born 1781 son, Charles Granade Colyer, as Sinclair, provides for her full name as Polly Sinclair.
|DNA report comparing Harold Colyer and John Collyer|
Shows proof of connection of descendants of John Colyer born 1781. Descendants of William Colyer born 1807 and James Alexander Colyer born 1809.
|DNA test comparison Curtis Colyer vs. John Collyer|
Shows proof of connection via John Colyer born 1781. Curtis Colyer descended from John Colyer Jr. born 1815 and John Collyer was descended from William Colyer born 1807.
|1861 Pulaski County Ky Geology Report|
based on survey in 1858-1859 and names Colyer's Mill, Pitman Creek, Blazed and Long Hollow, Salt Work Road. Coal was mined and a small train took coal from top of current day Clay Hill Rd to intersection of current hwy 192 and Pitman Creek to original Ruth Ky store operated by Mathew Warren, then Mr Alexander, then Ad Colyer then Ridners. Report Calls area at current Burnside Ky as Texas District.
|1884 deed transfer 56 acres Andrew Warren to son William H Warren|
|1884 deed from Andrew Warren to Henry Warren 75 acres|
Trace of John Colyer home place deed that was sold to Andrew Warren....this is Andrew Warren transferring part to son Henry. Another 1884 deed to son William H Warren, transfers another 56 acres. Have not identified yet where other acres went to total the 200 sold by John Colyer to Andrew Warren. One son of Andrew Warren , Mathew, I have not found any land to him yet. Mathew who was first Ruth Ky postmaster, did purchase some acres across street from heirs of Alexander Colyer by court ordered auction. Not that road is referred to Rockcastle Springs Rd. Based on obituary of Charles Grenade Colyer in Somerset Republican paper 1910, it was later referred to as Sublimity Springs Rd. Earliest records refer to it as Salt Works Rd. After 1910 it was known as Ruth Rd and lately as hwy 192.
|1900 deed John Colyer , Ruth Ky farm, passed from heirs of Andrew Warren to Henry M. Warren|
Pulaski County deed book 69-619
|Videos||Soule's Chapel Cemetery John Colyer tombstone|
video of John Colyer and wife Lydis Purvis tombstones in Soule's Chapel cemetery 2010
|Video of Soule's Chapel Cemetery|
Soule's Chapel Cemetery Somerset Ky Aug 2010