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|Birth||1754||Greenbriar Co., Virginia [2, 3, 5, 7, 8]|
|Died||1819||Pulaski county kentucky [5, 9]|
|Person ID||I1029||John Colyer family of Somerset Ky|
|Last Modified||26 May 2017|
|Father||John Collier, b. 28 Feb 1706/07, king & queen county va , d. 1759, Colliers Creek, Augusta VA|
|Mother||Elizabeth Meredith, b. BET. 1709 - 1711, Hanover , Virginia|
|Married||1739||Hanover , Virginia|
|Family ID||F462||Group Sheet|
|Family||Agnus "Nancy" Ann St. Clair, b. ABT. 1760, Scotland , d. ABT. 1839, Pulaski county kentucky|
|Married||30 Aug 1777||Henry Co., Virginia [2, 3, 5, 10, 11]|
|Family ID||F256||Group Sheet|
Nolichucky River in Washington county Tennessee where Bumpass Creek empties into the river. It is at this site that William Colyar settled and owned a lead mine. He owned 550 acres here spanning both sides of the river.
|Patrick Henry historic sign|
Shows that Patrick Henry, who was namesake of Henry County Virginia, lived on Leatherwood Creek in Henry county, where John Colliar/Colyer received land grant in 1780 for 336 acres.
|Documents||1790 Tax Lists of Washington county TN|
1790 Tax Lists of Washington county TN showing William Colyar
|deed of land Agnus Sinclair 1794|
Thanks to Mrs. Alice Collier Gala of Louisville Kentucky for forwarding this copy of a transfer deed of land found in Washington County VA Abingdon VA where Agnus Sinclair and William Colyar (husband) whereby they sell land in Sinclair bottoms Virginia Nancy Ann Agnus Colyar inherited from her father Charles Sinclair. Deed shows name as "Sinclair" although other spelling found of her name was St. Clair as evidenced by their son and grandson named Arthur St. Clair Colyar.
|Callaway Family.pdf 1925 by Mrs. A.E. Hart|
The Callaway Family.pdf by Mrs. A.E. Hart. This document is from microfilm in LDS library of research done about 1925. In this excerpt of this work, is information on Colyer family in Virginia. In particular references and information on William Colyar of Washington County Tennessee.
|Calloway family work by Mrs. A.E. Hart updated 1934|
Here is an updated version of the Calloway family work by Mrs. A.E. Hart concerning the Colyer family that was done in 1934 and much more information. In particular more references and information on William Colyar of Washington County Tennessee. This work claims that William Colyar took the oath of allegiance with his brothers John, Thomas and Charles in Henry County VA in 1777.
|William Colyar John Colyer Virginia research|
It looks as if several researchers draw on the Calloway document and here (in pdf format) is researchers papers found in Basset Virginia historical library speaking of Collierís of Henry County VA which also show William going to TN and a brother to John Colyer who married Grizzilda Taylor.
|William Colyar related Power Attorney Alexander Colyar|
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, (here in faster loading djvu format) 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.
|William Colyar related power attorney|
Alexander Colyar Power of Attorney djvu format. You must download and install the special Deju browser plug in from here to read this .
|William Colyar deed John Sevier|
Here is copy of deed where John Sevier, Jr. in 1800 purchases 3100 acres that includes the land originally granted to William Colyar. Within this deed, it says that the transfer includes the lead mines, known as Colyar Mines that was on the property. It spells out several tracts of land on north and south of Nolichucky River formerly owned by William Colyar.
|William Colyar / Dorcas Colyar deed|
Deed copied from courthouse in Jonesboro TN, of Dorcas Colyar Calvert transferring property she inherited from her father William Colyar on the Nolichucky River. She transfers 63 acres being one fifth of the property owned by William Colyar at his death per this deed. The deed is dated in 1820.
|oath of allegiance|
The Calloway work claims that William Colyar took the oath of allegiance with his brothers John, Thomas and Charles in Henry County VA in 1777. You can see the Virginia Historic Journal listing of Henry County VA Oaths of Allegiance August 30, 1777 where the Collier men sign oath here is pdf format
|Colyer references in east TN--related to William Colyar|
The connection as the Callaway Family work makes of William Colyar of Washington County Tn to father John Collier of 1707 has not been supported by proof by me. I have various raw research on Collier in Virginia and list most recent work here. 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. Here is research on John Colyers referred to Callaway Family work and also possible related Colyers in Carter and Unicoi Counties TN that both once were Washington County Tn.
|Collier deed Henry County Virginia|
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This is thought to be possibly father of William Colyar
|Collier deed in Henry County Virginia pdf|
thought to be possibly father of William Colyer or brother
|John Colyar as Jonesborough TN stealing|
A John Colyar that may be related to William Colyar who lived with his brothers Richard and Charles in Jonesborough area
|John Colyar of Washington County sentenced to 20 lashes|
a John Colyar sentenced to 20 lashes for horse theif. This Colyar related to William Colyar...as William's Brother Charles, puts up bond for appeal along with Jacob Brown.
|Ruth Brown paid paid $25 a year for keeping child of John Colyer|
Washington County Court of Pleas Quarter Sessions abstracts WP projectóTN State Archives Library Nashville: the first page ref is to WP project extract, the (p-) reference is to original court
Ruth Brown paid paid $25 a yar for keeping child of John Colyer for 3 months p.288 ( p569)
|John Collyer (Colyear on 1840 Franklin Cty IN census) pension possible relation to William Colyar|
John Collyer who his pension record says is born in 1757 in Cumberland County VA. This John Collyer lives per his pension record in Washington County TN for 2 years. However as seen below, the convict John Colyer was in Washington County area for more than 2 years. Also suggesting connection however to the family of Colliers in Henry county and thus Charles Colyer below is fact that pension record says this John Colyer enlisted first in Pittsylvania VA which was once part of Henry County VA where a Charles, William and John Colyer sign Oath of Allegiance. This John Collyer may be the one who is accused of horse thief, tried and sentenced to 20 lashes. The conviction is evidently appealed to superior court and bail bond for such appeal is put up by a Charles Colyer and Jacob Brown. This John Colyer was a constable in Washington County and had to resign as a result of his conviction. An inconsistency here in the records is that The John Collyer of pension app born 1757 says he lived in Washington County TN 2 years. But the court records of Washington County TN give evidence of the John Collier accused thief of being a constable around 1784 and a court conviction with 20 lashes happening around 1788 resulting in said John Collier having to resign as a Constable. It should be noted that Jacob Brown was the name of the man who was one of the very first settlers of the Jonesboro area. It is reported that he in about 1772 acquired by lease/purchase something like 30,000 acres in the area that he then began selling off to settlers. Also note that in 1795, the court awards a Mary Brown money for keeping a child of John Colyer for three months. Also note that John Brown lived very close to William Colyar--neighbors. Also history Wilkes county NC : History
The county was formed in 1777 from parts of Surry County and Washington District (now Washington County, Tennessee). The first session of the county court was held in John Brown's house near what is today Brown's Ford. The act creating the county became effective on February 15, 1778, and the county celebrates its anniversary as February 15.
In 1799 the northern and western parts of Wilkes County became Ashe County. In 1841 parts of Wilkes County and Burke County were combined to form Caldwell County. In 1847 another part of Wilkes County was combined with parts of Caldwell County and Iredell County to become Alexander County. In 1849 additional parts of Wilkes County and Caldwell County were combined with parts of Ashe County and Yancey County to form Watauga County. Numerous boundary adjustments were made thereafter, but none resulted in new counties.
|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 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
|William Colyar - Washington County TN history|
History of Washington County, TN--this is an excerpt from a book put together by the Johnson City, TN historical society. It was edited by two women, one of which was Ms. Dessie Simmons. The other I am sorry I cannot remember. It is the most thorough treatment of history of this region I have found. Outstanding! On the last page of this extract, it tells of William Colyar and his lead mine where bullets used in battle of King's Mountain.
|Washington county Tennessee|
History of early Tennessee and Washington county summary.
|William Collier who was a hunter and trapper|
Extract of book by Lyman Chalkley on Scottish settlements of Virginia mentioning a William Collier who was a hunter and trapper. Mentions the Col. Christian campaign against Cherokee Indians.
|William Colyar of Washington County TN estate settlement.|
|William Colyar estate|
Handwritten settlement of William Colyar Estate of Washington County TN (born abt. 1754) from Jonesboro TN courthouse
|William Colyar / Dorcas Colyar research|
Miscellaneous papers received from another Colyer (Janis Ragar) who in 1998 lived in Missouri and descended from Dorcas Colyar, daughter of William Colyar.
|William Colyar early Tennessee History|
This is copied pages from book found in Tn State archives library in 1990's that is on Tennesseans prior to 1800. Several references are made to William Colyar and his son who was a justice of the peace in Washington County. It has typewritten extract of settlement of William Colyar estate. Also my handwritten notes of other references in this book I did not copy.
|William Colyar Tennessee deeds|
Various deeds of William Colyar of Washington County TN provided by the most helpful Mrs. Dessie Simmons of Johnson City TN
|Charles St. Clair , father to William Colyar wife|
Information from book "History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870" by Lewis Preston Summers (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1966): talking about Charles Sinclair, the father of Agnus Nancy Ann St. Clair Colyar who was married to William Colyar. Note reference to the Col. Christian campaign in this document and also the Scottish Virginia settlements document below mentioning a William Collier. Charles St. Clair (Sinclair) reportedly was part of a major exploration of the Mississippi along with a man named Johan Peter Saling---a neighbor. These men were gone on a three year trip starting in about 1742, captured by the French near New Orleans.
|William Colyar lead mines|
Here is another write up on the lead mines and history from the Washington County Historical Assoc. by John Nash
|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
|William Colyar/Collier North Carolina Land Grants|
Extract of book of North Carolina Land Grants in TN that lists grants to William Collier as early as 1783 and provides possible hints at connection to Mr. Gann who is said to have married a daughter of William Collier of 1724.
|William Colyar's East Tennessee|
Here is a book concerning the travails facing the pioneers of what was to become east Tennessee and the other regions. In particular, there are interesting sections on the Wautuga area and John Sevier that makes an interesting read. It is The Conquest of the Old Southwest: The Romantic Story of the Early Pioneers into Virginia, The Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky 1740-1790, by Archibald Henderson
|Charles Colyer mention in Andre Michauxís Travels in the Tennessee Country|
Andrew Michauxís Travels in the Tennessee Country contain reference to him in March 1796 arriving at Charles Collierís 10 miles from Jonesborough. A footnote to this comment states that this Charles Collier was of the family from which descended Col. Arthur St. Clair Colyar.
|A.S. Colyar obits|
Here are several newspaper accounts in Nashville TN 12/7/1907, the day A.S. Colyar died. One newspaper account in The Tennessean references his grandfather Colyar(William) involved in the Battle of King's Mountain.
|William Colyar John Colyer Virginia research
It looks as if several researchers draw on the Calloway document and here (in djvu smaller format) is researchers papers found in Basset Virginia historical library speaking of Collierís of Henry County VA which also show William going to TN and a brother to John Colyer who married Grizzilda Taylor. You must download and install the special Deju browser plug in from here to read this .
|Charles Colyer handwritten revolutionary war pension applicaton|
Note that Charles had no proof of service like muster rolls, since his service was back-woods protection against indians. Likely just like William Colyar who also signed oath of allegience with Charles in Henry County Virginia. Pension app says he served under Captain James Shelton.
During the Revolutionary War most of the Pittsylvania Sheltons were in active official or military service, against Indians, Tories and the British. James Shelton and Eliphas Shelton were militia Captains in Henry County. 2
1 - Original petition in Va. State Library.
1 - Henings Statutes Vol. 7, p. 201.
2 - James, Va. Mag. 9-417; 11-90; 14-81; Eliphaz, Va. Mag. 9-263.
|colliar deed land grant 1779 336 acres Henry County VA|
to John Colliar by Thomas Jefferson, possibly John Colyer born 1744 who signs oath of alligience in Henry County. This document referred to in work by Mrs. A. E Hart in 1925-1934
|William Collier/Colyar listed as soldier in 6th regimental line Virginia|
You must download and install the special Deju browser plug in from here to read this . This is book which on about page 91 shows William Collier as soldier in 6th regimental line of Virginia for continental army. See item 66. His captain , Garland, is later reported as living in 1806 in Henry County VA.
|William Colyar/Collier listed in Virginian's in American Revolution|
You must download and install the special Deju browser plug in from here to read this . This is book shows William Collier as soldier in 6th regimental line of Virginia for continental army. His captain , Garland, is later reported as living in 1806 in Henry County VA.
|Map of possible William Colyar father John Colliar migration|
Map shows possible location of father of William Colyar, John Colliar first shows up near Lexington VA. Later a John Collier thought to be related to William, likely brother John born 1744 , shows up in Henry county VA with 336 acres. Map shows where William meets his wife, Nancy Ann St Clair, then settles on Nolichucky river in TN.
|John Colliar and William Colyar migration|
Article, see page 2, discussing migration habits of the time that may tie in to location of John Colliar in Lexington VA, then sons in Henry County VA, then down the "indian trail" to eventually, William settling further toward cumberland gap in modern day Erwin TN
|Lincoln County Kentucky (predecessor to Pulaski, Rockcastle etc counties) tax records from 1790-1810 era|
|Charles Colyer, Jr. newspaper article from grandson|
Mount Vernon Signal newspaper 09/15/1911 letter from grandson about Charles Colyer. Shows that Charles Colyer Sr. along with all his brothers, including William Colyar, were participants in the Revolutionary War.
|Greasy Cove map|
Shows where Greasy cove in Tennessee is where Charles Colyer Sr. had house and relation to Bumpus Cove where brother William Colyar lived. Shows near current Erwin TN. Shows that others migrated from St. Clair Bottoms VA to this TN area like William Colyar and his wife Agnes Ann St. Clair
|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.
|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.
|Colyer log house on Nolichucky river, mentioned Courier Journal newspaper|
May 18, 1913 Louisville Courier Journal newspaper mentions Colyer log house still standing....not sure whose house, since William Colyer house burned well before the civil war according to A.S.Colyer biographical. Could be a son's place, like John Colyer, William Colyar jr. etc.