||John Colyer, b. 20 Aug 1781, Henry County, VA , d. 18 Aug 1851, Ruth, Ky |
| ||1. Bluford Colyer, b. 17 Jan 1809, Virginia , d. 29 Sep 1878|
| ||2. Nancy Colyer, b. 1813, Virginia , d. ABT. 1848|
| ||3. James Alexander Colyer, b. 1809, d. 1888|
| ||4. John Colyer, Jr., b. 1 Apr 1815, Virginia , d. 1 Apr 1855, Bronston Ky |
|>||5. William Colyer, b. 9 Dec 1807, Pulaski County Ky , d. 11/24/1889|
||22 Oct 2016 |
- Is it possible that John Colyer 1781 first wife went by the first name of Polly ? This could be supported IF the John Colyer born 1815 of Bronston was in fact John's 1781 son, since John Colyer born 1815 death record in Pulaski Cty says mother was named "Polly". October 21, 2016 testing results of Y-DNA samples of a descendant of John Colyer 1815 were completed. They show a match on 110 out of 111 Y-DNA markers so within 5 generations ( ie. circa 1800) to a known descendant of John Colyer born 1781. Since the county death record of John Colyer born 1815 shows that his mother's name was Polly, it is concluded based on DNA evidence that the first wife of John Colyer was NOT Martha Minus, but RATHER Polly with unknown last name. The John Colyer 1815 death record does not reveal mother last name. The Somerset Republican newspaper obituary of a son of John Colyer 1781 says his first wife was a Miss Sinclair. Therefore this researcher concludes John Colyer 1781 first wife was named POLLY SINCLAIR.
- Note: one son named James Alexander Colyer has daughter he has named Polly per 1860 census.
- I suspect that Polly Sinclair, John Colyer's first wife, was possibly the daughter of Alexander Sinclair (St. Clair). That is, I suspect John Colyer first married his cousin. 1860 census of James Alexander Colyer says both parents from TN. We know that is slight error, since it is reported that that John Colyer was born in Virginia on his tombstone, but we do know he was raised near Erwin TN Jonesboro TN area. There is a 1790 census record in Pendleton district of South Carolina that shows a Alexander Sinclair along with two other brothers. Then in 1800, there is an Alexander Sinclair that shows up with daughters in Buncombe county NC. This is very close to Erwin TN. At the time Buncombe County NC went to the Eastern TN state line. An area where we find other Colyer's in NC like Charles Colyer Sr., John Colyer's uncle that is the first Pulaski County Ky Colyer settler.