- COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE Southern States of America
CAPT. THOMAS COLLIER (5--1),of Charlotte Co., Va., b. 1740 d. 1789; m 1703; he received a grant of 282 acres in BrunswickCo.; served with distinction in Braddock's Campaign, and in theRevolutionary War; was granted by Gov. Patrick Henry, for mili-tary services, as Capt. in the Revolution, 3,000 acres in Mason Co.,Ky., on a part of which some of his descendants are yet living; m. Mary Dabney, of Hanover Co., Va.,
Thomas Collier of Hanover Co. buys 367 acres of land in Charlotte Co. from Abraham Martin and wife, Betty, of Charlotte Co. on 2 Dec 1766 for 143 pounds, on main branch of Horsepen Creek. Witnesses: Saml Perrin, Joseph Crenshaw and William Martin. Recorded 2 March 1767. (Source: "Charlotte County, Virginia 1765-1771 Deed Books 1 and 2" by Joanne Lovelace Nance.) NOTE: Thomas is of Hanover Co. when he buys this land and Joseph Crenshaw (probably his father-in-law) is a witness. (source: Rubyann Thompson Darnell, Flower Mound TX)
In 4 Nov 1771 Thomas and Frances Collier sell to Joseph Collier all of Charlotte Co. (Charlotte Co, VA Deed Book D3, p11-12) 177.5 acre tract in Charlotte Co., for 71 pounds 10 shillings, on main branch of Horsepen Cr. and bounded by patent line, Mays. Frances relinquished her dower. No witnesses signed.
I believe the Thomas Colliers above are the same Thomas Collier who wrote his will in Charlotte Co, VA 18 Sept 1787, probated 3 Dec 1787 (Will Book 1:402-402a). Thomas left to his wife Frances, for her natural life, the "plantation whereon I now reside on Horsepen Creek" and 2 slaves David and Sue and household items and stock of her choosing. At her death the plantation to be sold and money to go to daughters. His wife was expecting a child because he bequeaths a daughter's portion if it is a girl or a son's portion if it is a boy. He names daughters: Elizabeth, Anna, Patsey; sons Benjamin, John, Charles and Dabney. His sons John and Benjamin and friend John Daniel are Executors. Executors are to sell his 517 acres in Halifax Co, VA and money is to go to daughters. The land in Fayette County, KY to go to sons. Inventory and appraisement (Will Book 2:59a abstracted by Bel Hubbard Wise) taken 26 Dec 1787, recorded 6 Apr 1795. Division Jan 1788: Charles Collier, Benjamin Collier, Betsey Collier, John Collier, Frances Collier, Patsey Collier, Anny Collier and Dabney Collier. Mathew Burt did not put his signature on the report as he removed to State of South Carolina and is now dead. Recorded 6 Apr 1795. Division of Thomas' estate (Will Book 2:137b abstract by Bel Hubbard Wise) among his orphans: Benjamin Collier negro Phill, John Collier negro Rachel; Betsey Collier negro Sarah and child Ben, Charles Collier negro Hannah, Dabney Collier negro Abraham, Anny Collier negro Dilley, Patsey Collier negro Aggy, Frankey Collier negroes Any and Moses. Recorded 4 Feb 1799.
3 Dec 1787 Charles and Dabney Collier chose Langston Bacon as guardian and Betsey chose Paul Carrington as guardian (so they were at least age 14, so born before 1773) [Source: Charlotte Co, VA Court Order Book 7 p144]. Langston Bacon is Betsy's guardian by 1792 when he makes his report so she is still under age. (Source: Charlotte Co, VA Court Order Book 9 p24.)
Then in Charlotte Co, VA Order Book 9 (1792-1794) p122-124, 126 John Collier, guardian of Betsy Collier, orphan of Benjamin Collier deceased, reports account.
Charlotte Co, VA Order Book 10 p240 dated 9 Nov 1796 is court case Langston Bacon, guardian of Dabney, Anne, Patsey and Frankey Collier infants, Betsey Collier, John Collier and John Collier, guardian to Betsey Collier, dau of Benjamin Collier, in chancery vs Frances Collier widow of Thomas Collier. Both of these Order Books are abstracted by Joanne Lovelace Nance, 1989 in her "Charlotte County, Virginia Eighteenth Century Orphans and Other Children." I have not actually seen these case papers, if there are any, to know what the issue was.
Thomas Collier's executor (Chesley Daniel, Executor of John Daniel deceased) sells land on both sides of big Horsepen Creek, 190 acres, after the death of Thomas' wife Mrs. Frances Collier, to Philip Goode 4 Feb 1815 and recorded 7 May 1815. (Charlotte Co, VA Deed Book D13, p105-106)
Benjamin Collier married Sarah Gains Collier, daughter of John Collier, bond dated 15 Nov 1787 and married 20 Nov by Rev. John Williams (Source: "Marriage Bonds and Minister's Returns of Charlotte County, Virginia 1764-1815" by Catherine Lindsay Knorr, 1951). Benjamin's will (Will Bk 2:16b abstract by Bel Hubbard Wise in "Charlotte County, Virginia Will Book 2 1791-1805") written 28 April 1791 with codicil 22 May 1791 probated 3 Oct 1791: wife Sarah Gains Collier negro Stephen; to daughter Elizabeth lands in Kentucky on south side of Ohio River devised to me by will of my father Thomas Collier and slaves Phil and Dinah, also to dau Elizabeth that due me from estate of my deceased brother Charles being in no manner disposed to submit to the establishment of his nuncupative will; brother Dabney Collier; sister Betsey a double portion; to "Unkle Joseph Collier" title to 440 in Halifax on Spider Creek. Executors friends John Collier, Paul Carrington Junr and James Hamblett. Inventory and appraisement of estate recorded 5 Dec 1791 (Will Book 2:17b).
I don't know who this John Collier is, found in Charlotte Co, VA Will Book 2:49 (abstract by Bel Hubbard Wise) but believe it may be an older John Collier: nuncupative will 8 Dec 1793 probated 2 June 1794 Edgefield County, South Carolina. Mother all estate during her natural life then to his brothers and sisters [none named]. Witnesses: Joseph Collier, Amey Collier and Nancy Collier.
Therefore, I have Thomas Collier's family is: Thomas born 1740s marr before 4 Nov 1771 Frances Crenshaw, children (order listed in his will): Elizabeth 'Betsy' (of age in 1796), Anna, Patsey, unborn child Frances 'Frankey' born 1787, Benjamin (d betw May-Oct 1791), John (d after the 1796 chancery suit or went to KY as some think), Charles (b bef 1773, d pre May 1791), Dabney (b bef 1773). Thomas may well have married Mary Dabney first, as your source states, but he was married to Frances by 4 Nov 1771 when they sold land. Since Hanover marriages aren't extant this is all we have. -- -- Rubyann Thompson Darnell 3/31/03 Flower Mound TX
This is the will of Thomas Collier, who bought land in
Charlotte Co. in March, 1767. His wife was Mary Frances Dabney-
both from Hanover Co. Thomas was the son of John Collier, of
------- Charlotte County Will Book 1, 1765-1791. [Microfilm
obtained through interlibrary loan from the Virginia State
Library]. p. 403. Will of Thomas Collier. Executors: John
Collier, Jr., Benjamin Collier, John Daniel. Proved in court by
oaths of: Paul Carrington, esquire, John Collier, John Hutcheson.
Proved in Dec. court, 1787.
TEXT OF WILL:
I Thomas Collier of the County of Charlotte, sick and weak
of body, of sound mind and memory, knowing the Certainty of
Death, and the uncertainty of life, do make Constitute and
ordain, the following writing to be my last Will and Testament --
- I give and devise to my dear beloved wife Frances the
unmolested use and occupation of the tract of Land and
plantation, whereon I reside on the Horsepen Creek, during her
natural life; I also give to my said Wife, two negro Slaves,
named David and Sue during her natural life. I give and bequeath
to my said Wife Frances, my large bay mare, one third part of my
stock of Cattle, Hogs and Sheep, and as much of my household and
kitchen furniture, as she in her discretion think proper to take
for her Convenience, in which she is permitted to Judge. It is my
will and I do ----- and direct, that after the death of my Wife,
the tract of Land and plantation whereon I now live and [ ]
devised to my Wife for life be sold by my Executors for such
price as may be had, and that the Money arising therefrom, be
equally devided, between all my Daughters, meaning Elizabeth,
Ann, Patsey, and the Child my Wife is now pregnant with if it
should prove a Daughter.
-------- Also of interest:
Charlotte County Va. Will Book 2, p. 60. Division of slaves of
Thomas Collier. Dated Jan. 1788. To Charles Collier, Benjamin,
Betsey, John, Frances, Patsy, Anny, Dabney. Certified 1 Mar. 1795
by Thomas Williams, James Hamlett. Rec. 6 Apr. 1795. Mentions
that P. Carrington is guardian of Betsey Collier. [Microfilm from
Virginia State Library, through interlibrary loan].
- William Sullivant of Charlotte County, Virginia d. 1781
Charlotte County, Virginia Will Book 1, pp. 287-289:
An inventory and appraisement of the estate of William Sullivant was created on August 11, 1781. Most items were for basic household and plantation use. Of interest were two slaves and a parcel of books. William's total estate was valued at 70,555.5 pounds (whereas one pound was valued at 1/200 of a pound specie). The inventory was appraised by Thomas Collier, Richard Collins and John Collier and was recorded in court on January 7, 1782.
Charlotte County, Virginia Will Book 1, pp. 356a-358:
An account current for the estate of William Sullivant was created by his administrator, Paul Carrington, on July 29, 1784. There are too many transactions to list but there were a few worth mentioning. Several people of interest were paid money including an Owen Sullivant, a Pleasant Sullivant and Leanna Sullivant's second husband, James Adams. The widow was allowed money for the making of four hats, there were also four pairs of shoes purchased for the children and at least one child attended Mr. Collier's school. Most of the money went towards the family's upkeep, such as paying people to carry their tobacco to market. The remaining funds were divided amongst the widow, who received one-third, and William's four sons namely Joel, Paul, W. P. and George Sullivant. Each son received a little over two pounds. The widow received almost five pounds. William's estate also received money from several sources. Of interest were cash received from Owen Sullivant for Margt. Hulet's estate and cash from the estate of Margt. Sullivant. It also appears that William had a 1/9 stake in some tobacco made in 1780. Perhaps this was part of an inheritance? This account current was witnessed by Joel Watkins, James Bouldin, Wm. Morton and was recorded in court on August 2, 1784. There were also a few Perrins mentioned in the accounting, namely George, Samuel and Josephus.
A HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS, BY E. POLK JOHNSON, LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY VOL. III, PAGE 1621 PUBLISHED 1912 FOUND IN HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY:
"Captain Thomas Collier was a son of John Collier, )r., and Sarah Collier, his cousin and wife. John,Jr..was the son of John Collier, Sr., and a Miss Gaines, his second wife. John Collier, Sr., was the son of Charles and Mary Collier, and Charles Collier was born in Eng land about 1660. and resided in King and Queen county, Virginia."