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# Person ID Last Name First Name Birth Date Death Date Living note Tree
51 I2723  Botkin  Howard  14 Apr 1891  13 Oct 1978  See Curtis family connection of Howard Botkin by going to home page and searching for Howard Botkin.  colyer 
52 I0083  Botkin  Louisa  1865  13 May 1910  Lived in Denver Colorado many years because Louisa had Tuburculosis and they thought the climate would help. They are both buried in Somerset Cemetery.  curtis 
53 I0562  Botkin  Maranda Ham  30 Mar 1836  21 Nov 1915  Jack Curtis remembers his father Earl Curtis, talking about visiting his grandfather Botkins farm out in Ruth Kentucky as a boy. Earl often remembered his grandfather Botkin as a taskmaster, working him hard on the farm visits when he was a small boy say of the age of about 12 years old. Jack remembers Earl saying that one time he got so tired of working so hard on the farm upon visiting out there that he and his brothers walked all the way back into Somerset home.  curtis 
54 I0562  Botkin  Maranda Ham  30 Mar 1836  21 Nov 1915  Owned a 365 acre farm in Ruth Ky area 3-5 miles east of Somerset  curtis 
55 I0562  Botkin  Maranda Ham  30 Mar 1836  21 Nov 1915  From Howard Botkin files:
Morandy Ham, the ninth cild of William Botkin, was raised near and around Corbin, Williamsburg and Rockhold, Ky.  
56 I1905  Botkin  Moses Matison  18 May 1829  1876  Moses was the fifth child of William Botkin. He married Elizabeth Gastineau. The moved from Pulaski County Ky to Missouri in may and June 1858. They headed west from Somerset, KY in ox carts drawn by three yoke of Oxen. Elizabeth walked behind and drove three milk cows. They had planned to settle around Sedalia, Missouri, but when they got to Missouri, Moses became ill and they were forced to stop.

The story has been told to us by several members of the family that they traded two yoke of Oxen and the cart for 160 acres of land on Bee Fork in Reynolds County, between Centerville and Reynolds, Missouri.

We found the deed recorded at the county seat at Cernterville, Missouri, and obtained a certified copy. It is recorded in Book 2, page 27.

When they came to Missouri, they only had one child, James Morandaham, which was 2 years 4 months of age when they started their near two month journey. they also brought Moses youngest sister, Nancy Adeline, 13 years old and a boy, whom we think belonged to one of of Elizabeth's sisters. We do not know which one. We think he was about 7 years old when they came here. The only name anyone has ever been able to recall is "Little Jackie". When he was about 16 he fell a tree on himself and died before help could get to him.

Also coming along with them was another one of Moses younger sisters, Emily, age 20 years, her husband Jim Lay and their son, Jessie Lay, who was just a baby at that time. As the story goes, one of Jim's Oxen died on the way and they had to put one of milk cows to work with the other Ox.

The women had to wash diapers when they stopped for the night and dry them on the carts the next day as they traveled.

Sometime after they moved here, Elizabeth took Lula White at the age of 11 or 12 to raise, after her mother died. Later Lula married Moses and Elizabeth's youngest son George. They also took three other children to raise, Mary Cavicy and her two brothers. Mary later married James M. Botkin's oldest son, Mackawain. That made six children Elizabeth raised as well as seven children of her own.

Stories have been told to us by older members of the family, about the Soldiers (they called them Bush-Whackers) that came through robbing them of everything they could. Moses was sick in bed with his only pair of pants hanging on the bed post and they took them. Elizabeth had to take a roll of cloth, which she had made, from the attic where she had it hid and had to make Moses another pair of pants before he could get out of bed. They also stole their mik cows and horses. Elizabeth followed them till they camped that night and after they were asleep, she stole the cows and horses back and brought them home and hid them up a hollow in case they came back. They had to go so far to Bunker or Salem for their salt and staples, she kept them hid in cans in the brush pile up on the hill behind the house. This gives us a small picture of the hardships and the kind of life they had in those days. Moses died at age of 47, from the affects of an old over heat.

Three years after Moses died, Elizabeth bought another tract of land, joining the tract they already owned. This deed being recorded in Book 7, page 185. She paid $400 for 127 acres, making total 287 she owned. At this time in 1977 we have just learned the original total acreage is all back together and owned by one person.

We are not sure just when they built the new home to replace the old log house, the one that still stands on the place, which has been remodeled, but the story told to us by Lena Wells from Bremerton Washington and Ethel Botkin of St. Louis, Mo. was that Elizabeth hauled the brick for the fireplace from Centerville, which was 7 miles away. She drove a team of Oxen and a cart. She took George with her and he was still in dresses and the Oxen ran away with them.

We are told by another member of the family that someime after Moses died, Elizabeth was married for a short time to Jamers Sutterfield. "Uncle Jimmy" was born Sept 5, 1840.

Elizabeth died from acute indigestion at the age of 78, 2 months 13 days. Both Moses and Elizabeth are buried in the Bee Fork Cemetery. 
57 I0378  Botkin  Savannah Rachael  18 May 1870  7 Jun 1957  NEWS: Excerpts from The Somerset Journal, 25 June 1920
Sells More Edens. The Somerset Hardware Co. gives a lit of those who have
purchased Eden Washing Machines in an "ad' this week. Since the "ad" was
printed the company reports the following sales which should have been added:
Kenwick Hotel, Mrs. Chas. Colyer, Newtonian Hotel, and Mrs. J.C. Curtis.

Jack Curtis said that the Kenwick Hotel was at the end of Main Street in Somerset in the 90 degree turn before going down the hill toward the old Somerset Mill.

Both Lavonia Hyman and Jack Curtis remember Savanah as one to tell of her ailments in great length as an older woman.

Savannah R. Curtis ... From the Springfield News and Sun, Springfield, Ohio, June 7, 1957 ... 87, born May 18, 1870 ... daughter of Randolph and Mary Catherine Hunt Bolkin ... Preceded in death by husband John C. Curtis in January 1940 ... Survived by 5 sons; 2 brothers; sister; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren 
58 I0151  Botkin  William H.  2 Jul 1791  Nov 1862  A teacher according to Howard Botkin  curtis 
59 I1368  Bouldire  Mary  1903  1982  findagrave.com
Mary Elizabeth Lewis
BIRTH 1903
DEATH 9 Dec 1982
BURIAL Bellevue Cemetery Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, USA
MEMORIAL ID 83573691 
60 I0120  Bradley  Francis      Lived in Clayville VA  curtis 
61 I1953  Bradley  Sion (father to Sion ?)      1802 Adair County tax records:

Note that Russell County KY was formed from Adair County KY in 1825. That the Greesy Creek area is in current area of Jamestown KY in Russell County KY. 
62 I1953  Bradley  Sion (father to Sion ?)      wiki discussion of Russell County Kentucky History: The county was formed on December 14, 1825 from portions of Adair, Cumberland and Wayne Counties and is named for William Russell  curtis 
63 I1953  Bradley  Sion (father to Sion ?)      Ky secretary of state website for land grants:10642.) Patent #: 17073 Grantee: Bradley, Sion
Grant Book & Pg: 33 248 Acreage: 21
County: Russell WaterCourse: Greasy Cr.
Survey Name: Bradley, Sion Survey Date: 04/22/1850
Grant Date: 07/07/1851 
64 I1953  Bradley  Sion (father to Sion ?)      There is a Sion Bradley that has land and dies in Missouri in 1846. Not sure if this is same one. His will mentions Thomas Bradley as a son. The Missouri Sion Bradley was a early Christian Church minister.   curtis 
65 I1959  Bradley  William  Abt 1780  1850  Grantee: William Bradley
Number of Acres: 100
Survey Date: 9 Oct 1824
County: Adair
Watercourse: Greasy Cr
Book Number: P 
66 I1959  Bradley  William  Abt 1780  1850  Name: William Bradley
[William Bradly]
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Russell, Kentucky
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 9
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 11
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 11 
67 I1885  Bradshaw  Isiah Charles  1848  29 Jun 1929  By 1900 is in Bell County Texas on census age 52. In 1911 is appointed postmaster of Fisher Texas. Wife family had connections to Texas. Was married in 1870 in Stamford Texas  curtis 
68 I0027  Bradshaw  Lavonia  1871  1899  parents ran rooming house in Russell Springs, KY. Jack Curtis thought it might have been a mineral springs resort type hotel. They were from Jamestown KY. Lovonia died at about age 29 of TB and is buried next to church in Jamestown Kentucky.  curtis 
69 I1960  Bradshaw  Seth  1824  09/27/1864  findagraveName: Sgt Seth Jefferson Bradshaw
Birth Date: 23 Jul 1823
Age at Death: 41
Death Date: 27 Sep 1864
Burial Place: Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA 
70 I0124  Brown  Charles      He kept hotel in McDonough for a short time. and was brother of William Brown who was proprietor fo same hotel for many years. They lived also in Otselic NY.  curtis 
71 I0085  Bryan  Lillie      Was a registered nurse 20 years in Denver, CO before retiring 1955. Moved to Denver in 1906 and lived remainder of life there.   curtis 
72 I0236  Calvert  John  19 Oct 1781  13 Sep 1839  TSeabaugh@aol.com wrote:
> Hello my name is Troy Seabaugh, According to our family record book I do
> believe we have the same entry. If you see this to be true please let me know
> so that we may work discuss this.
> William Calvert
> born Feb. 26, 1757 died May 31, 1834
> Married July 18, 1780 to Elizabeth Nodding born 2 -29-1761 died 11-6-1826
> Children
> John Calvert Oct. 18, 1781 died Sept. 13, 1839
> Married Dorcas Collyar 
73 I0236  Calvert  John  19 Oct 1781  13 Sep 1839  http://files.usgwarchives.org/mo/cooper/bibles/jcalvin.txt
The John Calvert Family Bible
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Washington County, TN - BIBLES - The John Calvert Family Bible
According to the contributor, the Calvert family moved to Cooper
County, MO after living in Washington County, TN.

According to the contributor, the Calvert family lived in Loudon County
before moving to Washington County, TN.

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
Ruby Coleman rcoleman@netins.net

John Calvert was born October the 19th, in the year of our Lord, 1781
Dorcas Calvert was born Mrch the 20th, in the year of our Lord, 1785
William Calvert was born Sept the 15th, Anna Domia, 1803
Ursula Calvert was born July 5th A.D. 1805
Leonard Calvert was born Octber the 1st, A.D. 1807
John Calvert was born March 23rd. A.D. 1809
Nancy Calvert was born December 24th. A.D. 1810
Elizabeth Calvert was born Oct the 9th, A.D. 1812
Martin Calvert was born May 12th. A.D. 1815
Noding Calvert was born DEc 13th A.D. 1817
Tabitha Calvert was born Feb. 26th A.D. 1820
Agnes W. Calvert was born the 25th of November 1825
George T. Calvert was born the 1st day of September 1842
Cyrus P. Calvert was born the 8th day of November 1844
Sarah E. Calvert was born the 17th day of November 1846
Laveina A. Calvert was born April 6th 1849
Joseph T. Calvert was born the 7th day of April 1854
Elizabeth Calvert was born August 3rd, 1856
Eri Calvert was born Dec 8 1858
Abigail H. Calvert ws born Nov 2oth 1859
Mary E. Calvert was born September the 24th 1861
Sallie B. Calvert was born March the 6th 1867

John Calvert and Dorocas Collyar was married October the 14th, 1802
James Mahan and Dorcas Calvert was married November the 25th, 1841
Noding L. Calvert and Agnes W. Brodges was married September 28th, 1841
Eliza Calvert and P.R. Wray was married March 3rd, 1880

John Calvert died September the 13th 1839
Dorcas Mahan, late Dorcas Calvert departed this life June the 1st,
1843, in the fifty-eight year of her age.
George T. Calvert died March the 15th 1847
Sarah E. Calvert died February the 8th 1848
Eri Calvert died December the 19th,1858
Abigail H. Calvert died November the 30th 1860
Lavenia A. Calvert died Sept. the 7th, 1861
Noding L. Calvert , died February the 11th 1870
Sallie B. Calvert died June the 25th 1871
Agnes W. Calvert died August the 4th 1878

74 I2334  Calvert  William  26 Feb 1757  31 May 1834  From book "Tennessee Frontiers" by John R. Finger 2001 University of Indiana Press: page 171 ---" Though Tennessee adoped North Carolina's restrictive manumission laws, it was not uncommon for early slave owners to free their property. During the first decade of statehood a number of antislavery advocates, often employing the rhetoric of morality and revolutionary patriotism, petitioned the legislature to pass more liberal manumission legislation. One such advocate was William Calvert , who in 1804 invoked humanitarian principle in seeking permission from the Washington County court to free several slaves once they had reached adulthood. Calvert insisted, however, that the slaves first compensate him for the costs of their rearing. And the 1796 state constituion tacitly acknowledged the citizenship of African-Americans by allowing free black males to vote and hold certian kinds of property."  colyer 
75 I34522  Canning  Daniel A.      Reported by Pulaski County historical society to have been a local attorney/lawyer who practiced during the 1980's and lived at Ruth Ky in old Warren farm house at Pitman Creek.  colyer 
76 I2237  Cargill  Marie Frances      This was second wife of Charles G. Colyer Jr. having married after death of his first wife.  colyer 
77 I0353  Carpenter  John  16 Apr 1796  2 May 1864  December 2017 facebook post to McDonough NY site:
CARPENTER, John, 55, of McDonough was married to PITTS, Lovina, 42, of McDonough, on Sept. 16, 1849 by Rev. Olney Bennett, McDonough, NY 
78 I1312  Carter        , a niece of Col. Robert Carter, of "Corotoman," per Colonial Familes of the Southern States  colyer 
79 I0394  Cecil  Wilda  4 Nov 1898  1989  NEWS: Excerpts from The Somerset Journal, 18 June 1920
Mrs. William Curtis will leave today for Fort Thomas, Ky., to visit her uncle
Captain Cecil.

NEWS: Excerpts from The Somerset Journal, 22 April 1921
Mrs. Will Curtis is visiting her father at Evarts, Ky.

Miss Carrie Harrison, a pupil in the Somerset Business College, is working
for Judge R.C. Tartar in the absence of Mrs. Will Curtis.

NEWS: Excerpts from The Somerset Journal, 26 Aug 1921
Mrs. Wilda Cecil Curtis, County Road Engineer, has been absent from her duties at
the court house this week on account of illness.

Excerpts from Somerset Journal, 21 Nov 1919
Mrs. William Curtis left Sunday for a visit with her father Mr. R.C. Cecil at
Anchorage, Ky.

NEWS: Excerpts from the Somerset Journal, 7 Nov 1919
A lad by the name of George Bullock was sent from this county to the reform
school at Greendale last week. Mrs. Will Curtis and Miss Ann Hamm
accompanied him.

Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) - June 8, 1988


Deceased Name: SOMERSET -- Wilda Curtis

SOMERSET -- Wilda Curtis, 89, of Britthaven Nursing Home, a former Pulaski County deputy circuit court clerk, quarterly court clerk, and judge's office secretary, wife of William "Bill" Curtis, died Monday at the nursing home. Mrs. Curtis also was a former interim Pulaski County judge and a former president of the Business & Professional Woman's Club. Services 10 a.m. Friday at Somerset Undertaking Co. Visitation after 4 p.m. Thursday.
80 I0394  Cecil  Wilda  4 Nov 1898  1989  August 1921 Mrs. Wilda Curtis was most likely the first woman in Kentucky to be named a County Road Engineer. She was appointed by Judge R.C. Tartar, Judge of the Pulaski County Court.
"She is a young woman of unusual executive ability and will make the county an efficient road engineer." 
81 I0513  Chestnut  Edith Bradley  04 Jul 1943  08 Nov 2009  Somerset Commonwealth Journal
Edith Lay
Edith Chestnut Lay, 66, of Somerset, Ky., passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home. She was born July 4, 1943 in Somerset, Ky., to the late James B. and Ruby Colyer Chestnut. She married Max Lay on Dec. 20, 1964 in Somerset, Ky.Edith graduated Georgetown College in 1964 and returned to Eastern Kentucky University to receive her Masters Degree. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.Edith is survived by her husband and her son, John B. Lay of Lexington, Ky.Preceding her in death are her parents; her son, James Chestnut Lay; and her brother, James C. Chestnut.Visitation for Edith will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory.A celebration of Edith's life will be held Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory with Bro. Darrell Vance officiating. Interment will be in the Somerset Cemetery.Somerset Undertaking and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.Condolences may be expressed at www.somersetundertaking.com.  
82 I0512  Chestnut  James C.  1925  1963  Somerset KY Commonwealth Journal newspaper June 1963:

Businessman killed
Somerset businessman James C. Chestnut died early Saturday morning at the Somerset City Hospital from a gunshot wound received during an argument Friday night.
Chestnut, 38, of North Langdon Street, an owner of the Central Vending Company, died shortly after midnight.
Police Chief Harold Catron quoted witnesses as saying Chestnut was shot with a .410-guage shotgun after a disagreement with William E. Calhoun, 75, of 110 Mills Street.
Chief Catron said that according to reports from Calhoun and other witnesses, Chestnut came to the Calhoun home about 8 p.m. Friday and started abusing Calhoun.
Calhoun was quoted as saying that Chestnut grabbed him by the arm and demanded he be told "something." Calhoun said he did not understand what information Chestnut was seeking.
Calhoun said his wife walked into the yard and that Chestnut released Calhoun?s arm and grabbed hers.
Chief Catron said Calhoun then went into his home and got the shotgun. He quoted Calhoun as saying that he returned to the porch and told Chestnut to leave his premises. Calhoun and witnesses said that Chestnut then walked up on the steps of the porch and was quoted as saying "no Calhoun in Kentucky is going to shoot me."
Calhoun said he fired once at a distance of six to eight feet at Chestnut.
Chief Catron said Chestnut turned, walked to his car and drove away.
Catron said Police Lt. Frank Massey and Patrolman Starlin Phillips arrived at the Chestnut home as he was being taken to the hospital.
Calhoun was arrested and charged with malicious shooting and wounding. The charge later was changed to willful murder.
Chestnut had owned and operated the vending service here for years. He was a member of Duke Memorial Baptist Church.
The son of Mrs. Ruby Colyer Chestnut and the late James B. Chestnut, he was born April 11, 1925, at Somerset. He was married to Ruth Numley in 1949 at Somerset. 
83 I0388                      
84 I2252  Collier  Benjamin  1 Jan 1729/30    of The Peninsular  colyer 
85 I0817  Collier  Charles      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.) (from Rubyann Thompson Darnell, Flower Mound TX)  colyer 
86 I0817  Collier  Charles     
Per Mason County KY court records, inherited 1/4 of 3000 acre land grant of father Thomas Collier. Indications in record show he may have died young as his children got his 1/4 share from estate of Thomas Collier. 
87 I2449  Collier  Charles  1580    POSSIBLE RELATION TO THIS WILLIAM COLLIER???
Isearch-cgi 1.20.06 (File: 13)

John Pate wrote:

> I am interested in any information that anyone may have on
> William Collier. He was supposed to have been born in 1660
> in England, married Mary Eyers about 1682 and died in King
> and Queen County, Va in 1735.


I have some information with those names but with different
combinations. Some of the dates I have are very suspect and
confusing. I'm going to have to re-search.



Robert Collyer, son of Thurston, was born at Staffordshire, England,
in 1566 [This date can't be right if the marriage info is correct—
must be 1546] and died in 1625. He married Margery Straunge, widow, of
St. Botolph, Aldegate on February 3, 1569/70 [ London Marriage
Licenses, 1551-1869, pg 312]
Their children:

A. Charles Collyer was born about 1580 and married about 1614.
The was a cloth worker and merchant in London. He had four children,
two of which have been identified, William Collier and Mary Collier.

1. William Collier, the third child of Charles Collyer, was born
about 1625 in London, England and married Sarah or Mary Culliford.
William was a citizen and weaver in London. William took his family
and went to Virginia where his uncle, Isaac Collier was in York
County. William is mentioned in York County records in 1670. He
later moved to New Kent County where he joined the militia as an
officer. In 1675, he was named Lt. Colonel of that county. William
and Sarah had one son born in England just before they made the trip
to Virginia and three more born in America. They were the ancestors
of the Colliers of New Kent, Hanover, and King William Counties,
Virginia. Their children:

a. Charles Collier who was born in London, England in 1660
and died September 4, 1735 in Virginia and married Mary Eyers on April
21, 1682.
b. Sarah Collier.
c. John Collier.
d. William Collier Jr.

2. Mary Collyer.

B. John Collyer, of London, "Merchant and cloath worker", was born
in 1594 and died in December 1649. He married Regina, daughter of
Mrs. Anna Semiliano. His will, made December 18, 1649 and proved
January 8, 1650, directed that he be buried at Beddington, Surry and
gave 1/3 of his goods to his wife, Regina, 1/3 to his son, Charles and
gave the remaining 1/3, "to my brother, Isaac Collyer Sr., I forgive
E500 he owes me, to my nephew, Isaac Collier Jr., E15O." There were
several other bequests to relatives, in-laws and to the poor. The
executors named were his friend John Throgmorton; brother, Isaac
Collyer; and wife, Regina. He also stipulated that, "If my wife
leaves England at any time, my son, Charles is not to go with her; he
is to be brought up in English learning and the Protestant faith".

C. Mary Collyer was born about 1600. She married John Knight and
they had three children.

D. Isaac Collyer Sr. , our emigrant ancestor, is discussed in the
following section. 
88 I2094  Collier  Cornelius  16 Nov 1720  9 Mar 1810  From G. Brown Goode's Virgina Cousins:

"was born at Porto Bello 1720-30, and removed about the middle of the century to a place on the Meherrin River, where he owned large tracts, probably in Lunenburg Co., and in or near what is now Charlotte Co. His plantation houses were occupied by Tarleton during his raid in 1776. After the Revolution in 1802 he removed with his family to South Carolina. Married Elizabeth, dau. of John W. Wyatt, of Gloucester Co., who was grandson either of Sir Francis Wyatt, Governor of Virginia, or more probably of Rev. Hawte Wyatt, his brother. Issue:-- " 
89 I2525  Collier  Dabney  1770    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.) (from Rubyann Thompson Darnell, Flower Mound TX)  colyer 
90 I2525  Collier  Dabney  1770    Per Mason County Ky court records concerning division of 3000 acre land grant of father Thomas, Dabney inherited 1/4 of the 3000 acres. The book History Of Kentucky And Kentuckians page 1621 reports that Dabney sold his 1/4 share of the 3000 acres and married twice and lived his later years in Nashville TN.  colyer 
91 I34800  Collier  Elizabeth      Inherited 1/4 of 3000 acres from father Benjamin who had evidently died by the time the estate of his father, Thomas Collier of VA's estate was settled. Thomas Collier revolutionary soldier received 3000 acre land grant in Mason County KY, but never lived there. He left it to 4 sons: Benjamin, Dabney, John and Charles.  colyer 
92 I1306  Collier  James  1757  1832  Thomas M. Owen's Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama:
COLLIER, JAMES. Died at his residence near the village, on Monday the 20th instant, after a severe illness of two weeks, Mr. James Collier, in the 77th year of his age. Mr. Collier was a native of Virginia, and at an early period of his life entered the Revolutionary Army. Through the whole of that arduous and protracted struggle for liberty, he manifested the most untiring zeal and unceasing devotion in the cause of his country. He was no less distinguished for his patriotism, than for high-toned honor and those bland and social virtues which endeared him to a large circle of relations and friends.

Overwhelming as is this melancholy bereavement to his worthy family, in which he shone as a most affectionate husband and father, and benevolent master, there is still for them great consolation in knowing that he developed strong hopes of future bliss, that flourish above the tomb, immortal and unfading. Many of his latest moments were spent in prayer; and he maintained throughout this trying interval that propriety which belonged to the character of a man of sense, and that elevated dependence upon a higher power which became a Christian.
Such were, as we have been enabled to sketch them, the life and death of our deceased friend; we see pictured in them the employments of a man bent earnestly and steadily upon the faithful discharge of the duties which pertained to the situation allotted to him by his Creator. No meritorious artifice to attract the popular applause, no disingenuous maneuvering, were perceptible in his character. These qualities rendered him firm and steady in his friendships. His loss will long be felt by the circle of relations whom he has left behind him; and his memory, as a soldier and a man, will be long and affectionately cherished by all to whom he was known.
How often, at the peaceful fireside of this revolutionary soldier, have we heard the tale of the deeds of other years! Even now, can we see, in fancy's eye, the grey-haired sire, traveling with increased emotion through the memorable battles of Gilford, Brandywine, Savannah and Eutaw Springs. His aged and failing eyes glisten again with the fire of youth! At the recollection of their resplendent glories, he springs forward from the venerable chair of age, and in the warmth of emotion, almost forgets, for the time, the lapse of years! But he is gone to the cold and silent tomb, moldering into dust, and mingling again with his mother earth. No more shall his spirit rejoice in the cannon's roar, or the music of the drum. Triana, Madison Co., Ala. Aug. 18, 1832.?Southern Advocate, Huntsville, Sept. 8, 1832.
Mrs. P. H. Mell has collected some additional details, and her sketch is given in full, although it contains some repetitions:
"James Collier a Revolutionary soldier, is buried on his plantation near Triana, Madison County, Alabama, about twenty miles from Huntsville.
"His wife is buried beside him and their monuments, with inscriptions, are now standing in a full state of preservation in the old family burying ground. The inscriptions are as follows:
" 'To the memory of
who was born in Lunenburg Co. Va., Oct. 13th,
A. D. 1757, and died the 20th of August, A. D. 1832.
"And though after my skin worms destroy this body,
yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for
myself and my eyes shall behold and not another."
To the memory of
of Charlotte Co., Va., wife of James Collier, who was born the 13th of Feb., A. D. 1763, and died the 23rd of Feb., A. D. 1828.
"All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as a flower of the field, for the wind passeth over it and it is gone and the place thereof shall know it no more."
"James Collier was the son of Cornelius Collier and Elizabeth Wyatt, of Lunenburg County, Va. He was descended from Charles Collier, of King and Queen County, Va., on his father's side, and his mother was nearly related to Sir Francis Wyatt, Colonial Governor of Virginia. It was the old flax wheel of his (James Collier's) cousin, Mary Collier, the ancestor of the late Prof. G. Brown Goode, which suggested insignia of the Daughters of the American Revolution. James Collier was wounded at the battle of Eutaw Springs by a sabre cut across his cheek, in a hand-to-hand encounter with a British soldier. He killed the soldier and carried the scar on his face to his grave. His brother, Wyatt Collier, was killed in the same battle when only a boy.
"James Collier married Elizabeth Bouldin, July 3, 1788, daughter of James Bouldin and Sally Watkins, of Charlotte County, Va. He was a large land owner in Lunenburg County and resided there until 1802, when he, with his little family, followed his father and other relatives to Abbeville District, South Carolina. He was a large planter in that State until 1818, when he followed his sons to the territory of Alabama, his older sons having settled in that part of the Mississippi territory, now Alabama, in 1812. He settled on a large plantation in Madison County, where he lived and died.
"His wife, Elizabeth Bouldin, was the daughter of James Bouldin, who was the oldest son of Colonel Thomas Bouldin of Colonial fame, who settled in Lunenburg (now Charlotte) County, Virginia, in l 744, coming from Pennsylvania. His wife was Nancy Clark, niece of Captain Richard Wood of the English navy. The family of Bouldins are noted for their intellect and their love for the legal profession. Virginia boasts there has never been a generation without a Judge, even to the present day. This couple left a large family of sons, but there were only four grandsons among, the grandchildren. Governor Henry Watkins Collier was a son of James Collier. He was closely connected with the politics of Alabama from 1822 until his death in 1855.
"The ancestry of James Collier is as follows:
(1) Charles Collier of King and Queen County, Virginia. One of his children,-
(2) John Collier, Sr., (1680-1735), who was married three times, by his third wife, Nancy Eyres, had issue, among others:
(3) Cornelius Collier, born 1725, married Elizabeth Wyatt in Gloucester County, Va., about 1750, lived in Lunenburg County, Va., was a soldier in the Revolution and moved to Abbeville District, South Carolina in 1788; he had four sons and one of them was?
(4) James Collier, the subject of this sketch. The facts of this article were furnished by his great-granddaughter Miss Elizabeth R. Benagh. James Collier is mentioned in the Memorial Record of Alabama, vol. ii p. 415."? Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society, Vol. iv, pp. 536-7.

Moved to South Carolina 1802 then to Alabama 1818 per Virgina Cousins by Goode. 
93 I0230  Collier  John  28 Feb 1706/07  1759 


"The Isaac Collier line,though lnteresting,has no special claim on me,for my descent is from the William Collier family Of 1670, whose members drifted. from the coast to King end Queen county, Va.,and thence to Hanover county,Va , ,where John Collier, grandfather of Mary A.Collier,was born and reared,a son of another John Collier, a prosperous planter with several ,sons,besides numerous daughters
(according to family tradition.) One of the brothers, William, moved to Tennessee and was lost to all knowledge of the kindred."

FROM Colonial Families of Southern States:
"CAPT. JOHN COLLIER (4--1.), of King and Queen Co., and later of Hanover Co., Va.; b. 1707. made will Sept. 26, 1749, pro. 1759, in which he names his sons, Thomas, John, and Joseph, daughters Elizabeth Ironmonger Collier, Frances and Sally; and in which he leaves "to my mother-in-law, Ann Collier, of King and Queen County, the part of that tract that was given me by my [p.150] grandfather,. Charles Collier, of King and Queen." He also names his step sister, Martha Games, and appoints George Morriss andDavid Crawford, executors. He served as an officer in a VirginiaRegiment under Admiral Vernon in the Carthagean expedition, 1740-42; and owned large estates in Isle of Wight and Surry Co.'s. He m. Elizabeth Meredith"

There is preserved the will of John Collier, Jr., of Hanover county, dated September 26, 1749, which names sons Thomas, John, Joseph, daughters Elizabeth Ironmonger Collier, Frances and Sally; "to my mother-in-law Ann Collier, of King and Queen county, the part of that tract that was given me my my grandfather Charles Collier, of King and Queen," sister-in-law Martha Gaines. appoints Geroge Morriss and David Crawford executors. Witnesses Thomas Harris, Stephen Harris and ----------- (name faded).

The original will is in the hands of Mrs. Walter S. Osborne, of Mason county, KY. She is descended from Thomas Collier, oldest son of John. Patrick Henry, as governor of the commonwealth, granted to Thomas Collier for military services, as captain in the Revolution, 3000 acres in Mason Co., KY, on a part of which some of his descendants live. He married Mary Dabney, of Hanover county.
Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Vol. 1 (Mike and Carolyn Chapman http://home.comcast.net/~gochapman/)

Other "John Colliers, Colyers" not placed but noted here for info:

Per Lyman Chalkley's work Vol III -Augusta County Va. court records page 403: 27th October, 1760. John Colyer's will----To wife Sisley; to son Alexander, 400 acres akjoining James Davis; to son John, place testator now lives on (infant); to son Moses, tract called Boyd's Entry; to son Aaron; to son (daughter?)Margaret. Executors, wife Sisley and James Gilmore. Teste: Jno. Wiley. Proved, 20th August, 1765, by witnesses. Cicely (her mark) qualifies, with Jas. Trimble, John Summers.

comment: If this is William of 1715's father, seems strange not mentioned in Chalkley will above.


Will of John Colyer, Sr. 1722-1765 Oct 27th 1760 Proved 20th August 1765.
(John Colyer was born ca 1722, Augusta Co, VA)
To wife Sisely: to son Alexaner, 400 acres adjoining James David; to
son John, place testor now lives an (infant); to son Moses, , tract
called Boyd's entry; to son Aaron; to son (daughter) Margaret,
(Aaron's and Margaret' shares are not spe cified in the abstract). Esecutors;
Wife Sisly and james Gilmore Teste: Jno Summers. Jno Wiley. Proved
20th August 1765 by the witness. Cicely (her mark) qualifies with Jas.
Trimble. John Summers. WBK 3, 403, Original court records, Chalkey,

Vol III pg 90. John ColyerSr. married ca. 1743 Sisely ca. 1724 VA
1. Alexander ca 1744
2. John, jr. ca 1746
3. Moses ca 1748 m. 8/1/1769 Lunenburg, VA (lived lincoln kY ca
1790's) Nancy Blank (s)
4. Aaron Sr. 1760 Augusta VA; 1842 Lee Co VA; m. ca 1777 Rockbridge
VA; lived Buck Creek, SEminary, Turkey Cove lee Co VA; FRances
(Frankey/Eliz) ca. 1765; ca 1845 Turkey Cove Lee Co VA5. Margaret
ABout the same time that Aaron appears on tax lists in Lee Co VA; Wm.
Randolph Collier, Sr also appears. Then later ca. 1860 Lewis Collier
of LEE Co VA married Valera Collier d/o Martin Douglas Collier;
Lewis's father is given as Isaac Collier.
Sure do need some help with this bunch of Colliers. I have further
info down from these people and will happily share.

Marsil in NM

Per Dessie Simmons of Johnson City TN (editor for Johnson City historical society past 18 years (8/1/98) and co editor of book History of Washington Co. TN before 1800) her review of book in her possession by the Daughters of the American Revolution called Roster Of Soldiers Buried in Tn--shows a John Collier born 1732 in Pennsylvania that died in 1792 in TN. He was under Col Randolph's Regiment in North Carolina in 1782 in Randolph Co. N.C. Says that he was married to a Margaret and had sons named Thomas and John, Jr.

CNJDR Isearch-cgi 1.20.06 (File: 25)

Dear Randy,

I am always curious when I see "John Collier" had a big plantation and seven sons in North Carolina.

Can you please tell me which county in NC and when.

If it is the John Collier in Guilford/Randolph County during the Rev. War, I want to make sure you don't get yours confused with 11mine." I have been arguing with sources (one live) for years, trying to seperate the two. I have finally done so, to my satisfaction and have documents to prove it. The two John's overlap in time somewhat, but yours stayed and mine moved to Greene County, TN in 1792 So everything after that date should be yours safely.

Mine was the Col. John Collier (1732-1823) born in Harrisburg (Paxtang/Paxton), PA, son of James and Susannah Dougan Collier. He moved to NC after his uncle, Thomas Dougan, Sr., (1763) by 1772 and lived there for 20 years. Any military connection with the Dougan family (and also a Thomas Johnston) will be mine. Col. John was in the NC militia and fought in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. He was also a prosecutor of Tories and was persecuted in return. Fanning and Little burned his house down twice. One night he escaped with three bullet holes through his shirt. His wife was named Margaret.

Col. John also owned a lot of land. Much of it bought after confiscation from the Tories. After the war, much of it was taken away from him. In 1792 he had had enough and started over again in Tennessee.

One lady I corresponded with was convinced that she had been in the large house he had owned which was still standing. That was the large plantation which had been divided among 7 sons. That would be yours. My Col. John, had only two living sons. One died during the persecution of Fanning and LIttle. The sons of my Col. John came to Tennessee with him, John Jr, and Thomas

Mine lived on or near Deep River. The Dougans, his cousins, lived on Deep
River also and are buried in the Bell/Welborn Cemetery in Sophia, Randolph
County, North Carolina.

I have copies of 14 letters written among the members of the Dougan, Collier,
Johnston families from NC and SC back to their family in PA. They range from
1776 to 1828. That, plus some Bible records, county histories, etc. are my

Let me know if I can help you straighten them out. Sincerely,

Brenda Schwall GENEOBUG@aol. com

http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ifetch2?/.../COLLIER+1997+5995529+MESSAGE-BOD 7/25/98[ColyerV2.FTW] 

"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." 
95 I0230  Collier  John  28 Feb 1706/07  1759 
See Mt. Vernon Ky newspaper article under Charles Colyer, where it is stated that there were 6 brothers to Charles, 7 sons total.  
96 I1750  Collier  John  ABT. 1810    1860 Rockcastle county KY census says he was a stone mason.  colyer 
97 I2256  Collier  Joseph  1749    COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE Southern States of America
page 150
5--3. Joseph, 1749 of South Crolina served with distinction in the Revolutionary War; he m. 12-15-1772 Amy Moseller, and had issue among others: 1. Meredith, m. Eliza Grey of Georgia; 2. Merrel, of Georgia; 3. Hiliary, m. Frances Quarlesy of Georgia. 4. Nancy m. John Talbert. 5. Sarah m. John S. Combs. 5. Ann m. ---- Farrar 7. Mary m. Samuel Boyd. 8. Tos. G. Abin 
98 I34951  Collier  Richard G.  1842  1916  Per civil war widow pension application, fought in Ky 6th cavalary. Per 1910 Pulaski County KY census, worked at railroad shops. Lived on Beecher St. Somerset KY.  colyer 
99 I34951  Collier  Richard G.  1842  1916  1910 testified on behalf of Louisa Jane Colyer Confederate widow pension that he know Charles Granade Colyer.  colyer 
100 I2179  Collier  Sir Robert  1515  1587  I researched and compiled a book, ROBERT TERRELL COLLIER, His Ancestors and
Descendants. The search for Robert Terrell Collier's ancestors was through
Upshur and Nacogdoches counties in Texas, back to Georgia during its formative
years from directly after the Revolutionary War and through the Civil War, back
to Virginia during the Colonial days, then to England to a time prior to the
discovery of America, and finally to the family origin in France about 1200 AD.
The origin of the family name Collier was probably the village of Cauliéres
in France, and the first recorded use of the name was in a cartulary of
Selincourt Abbey in 1217 when one of the witnesses was "Frater Johannes de
Caouliéres". [ANTIQUARIES DEPICARDIE, Vol 40, Amiens; grant by Godefrid
deMiannay]. Johannes de Liéstes was born in the village of Liéstre, 44
kilometers southeast of Boulogne, Department of Pas-de-Calais,Artois, in
northwest France. He was the younger son of a baronial family who, as a young
man, was apparently transferred, by the mother abbey, to Selincourt Abbey, which
assigned him as a bailiff or magistrate to the management of the village of
Cauliéres. The evidence indicates that he was not a member of the clergy and the
designation "Frater" was probably a courtesy title because of his duties in
connection with the village of Cauliéres. Johannes adopted the name of the
village of his employment, Cauliéres, as his surname and became the founder of a
prolific family. He did not possess a feudal estate since the entire village
belonged to the abbey, so each of his sons had to acquire his own estate through
purchase, marriage, military service, or other means. As a result, the
Cauliéres family spread widely over ancient Picardy and Artois, but disappeared
from the village whose name they bore. A variety of coats-of-arms arose among
the various family branches. The forename Robert occurred repeatedly throughout
the Department of Pas-de-Calais in this region that our ancestor Robert Coliére
was born about 1453.
Robert Coliére was born near the end of the hundred year war between France
and England. The English kings controlled much of France. William the conqueror
was also the Duke of Normandy, so his heirs continued to rule that important
part of France. Eleanor of Aquitaine, heiress of that vast feudal estate that
included most of southwestern France, was divorced by King Louis VII of France
and married an English prince who became King Henry II of England. The English
kings held their French lands as vassals of the king of France while ruling
England in their own right. In theory their lands were part of the french
kingdom, but in practice they belonged to England. Fighting over feudal claims
went on for several centuries, but in the 14th century the trouble blazed into a
national war that lasted over a hundred years. For a time the war went badly for
the French. Then Joan of Arc changed the course of event, leading the French in
the defense of Orleans. She also recaptured the city of Reins where the French
kings were crowned, making possible the coronation of the Dauphin, heir to the
crown. The new king was lazy and did not follow up on the victories and later,
the English captured Joan and burned her at the stake. According to legend, one
of the English soldiers, who had come rejoice at the death of an enemy was heard
to cry out, "We are lost --we have burned a saint!" The English cause in France
was indeed lost. In the next few years, the French slowly drove back the English
invaders until only Calais remained in English hands. Calais, France was
controlled by England until 1558.
Robert Coliére de Darlaston was a contemporary of Christopher Columbus.
Both may have been in the service of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand at the
same time. Both started a move to America at about the same time. Columbus
reached America first, but Robert's move was more lasting.
Prior to the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, Spain consisted of many
little Christian kingdoms, all engaged in the re-conquest of Spain from the
Moors. Castile finally became the most powerful and in the 13th century managed
to confine the moors to a small area near Granada. The kings of Spain needed the
support of the middle class in this struggle and representatives of the towns
were admitted to the national council. When Isabella, the young Queen of
Castile, and Ferdinand, King of Aragon, fell in love and married they laid the
foundation of a united Spain and together they conquered Granada. A voluntary
association of the towns and the rural gentry to clear the country of brigands
was established in 1475 , with 7-year memberships for foreigners. This
brotherhood or fraternity, called the Hermandad consisted of horsemen in
proportion of one for every 100 families. In the war with Granada, the Hermandad
was employed as soldiers. Warriors from all over Europe swarmed into Spain to
help in this war. It is quite possible that Robert Coliére, as a foreign
legionnaire was among the foreigners, including Englishmen, who were welcomed to
this service in 1475.
In 1482, the Moorish Boabdil, deposed his father, who fled to Malaga, but
the advance of the forces of Ferdinand and Isabella forced him to resign the
task of defense into more war-like hands in 1483. It is not unreasonable to
speculate that, at the end of a 7-year contract, young Robert Coliére might have
been induced to accompany an English friend to England. There in Staffordshire,
as a young, former officer, he would have been introduced into good circles and
thus met and married Sir John Doddington's daughter Isabella.
Robert Coliére's arrival in England about 1482, long preceding the arrival
of other members of this family in England and Ireland. He settled in the
market town of Stone, in Staffordshire County, England. The town stands on the
river Trent and the Trent and Mersey Canal, 7 miles north northwest of Stafford,
7 miles south of Stoke-upon-Trent, and 137 miles from London. Robert was first a
taylor (tailor), then a draper (a dealer in cloth or in clothes), and then a
woolbuyer. Some of these staplers (dealers in staple goods) grew to great
In the year 1503, two years before his death, Robert and Isabella moved to
Darlaston Manor. Robert and his son Thurston leased Darlaston Manor, in the
county of Staffordshire, from Thomas Whalley, then in 1537, Robert's son, James,
purchased the manor from Richard Whalley. Except for a brief time when Robert's
great grandson, James Collier, sold the manor to his father-in-law in 1597 and
until James's son, Francis, repurchased it from his grandfather in 1597, there
was a Coliére as Lord of Darlaston for over 180 years. A
great-great-great-great- grandson, James Coliére sold Darlaston to William
Jervis in 1685.
Robert Coliére de Darlaston's great-great-great-grandson Isaac
Collyer/Collier Sr. emigrated to America between 1653 and 1670, settling in York
Co., Virginia. Isaac was my wife's G-G-G-G-G- G-Grandfather.

The details I have are sketchy and there are a few improbable dates. I would
also like to contact researchers of the English Colliers.

Vaughn Ballard

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