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|Birth||1757||Fauquier Co., Virginia [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]|
|Died||ABT. 1840||Rockcastle Co., Kentucky [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]|
|Person ID||I0228||John Colyer family of Somerset Ky|
|Last Modified||09 Apr 2022|
|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|
|Last Modified||16 Dec 2012|
|Family ID||F381||Group Sheet|
|Documents||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.
|Charles Colyer mention in Andre Michaux’s Travels in the Tennessee Country|
Andrew Michaux’s Travels in the Tennessee Country contain reference to him in March 1796 arriving at Charles Collier’s 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.
|Charles Colyer pension|
Virgil White's Revolutionary War pension applications
|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
|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.
|Virginia map of counties 1750-1805|
Map showing historic progression of counties in late 18th century. This helps in understanding deeds, etc. on site.
|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.
|1822 March Pulaski County Court Order: Salt Works Road (current day hwy 192)|
Jesse Richardson appointed surveyor of road mentioning route from Meece, to John Langdon to Charles Colyear (Colyer). I have not determined if this was Charles Colyer Sr. or Charles Colyer Jr.
|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.
|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.
|1805 Charles Colyer|
Charles Colyer, believed to be uncle to John Colyer born 1781, first appears on property tax records in Pulaski County KY.
|Charles Colyar/Collier reference in : Greasy Cove of Unicoi County: Authentic Folklore, by Pat Alderman|
Makes reference to the Andre Michaux french botonist visit in 1796 and then in the 1799 survey line setting off State of Tennessee a Collier from same Limestone Cove as hired as pilot. Later fired. Consistent with history of Charles' nephew, Alexander Colyar, working as a river boat pilot in history of Arthur St. Clair Colyar
|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
|1810 deed to Charles Colyer from Andrew Jackson|
Pulaski county 1750 acres on Buck Creek. Andrew Jackson acting as executor of Hutchings estate. Price paid $400. Yes this is the Andrew Jackson who later became president of the United States. Thomas Hutchings was his brother in law. Hutchings was son in law of John Donelson, and with Donelson the founder of City of Nashville. Both were surveyors from Pittsylvania County VA who after arriving in Nashboro as original settler, came to Lincoln County Ky and surveyed and grabbed land in 1780-1783 before returning to Nashville. Andrew Jackson and Thomas Hutchings married Donelson sisters.
|1805 Charles Colyer deed from Andrew Jackson|
Pulaski County KY deed to 1,962 acres on Brush branch of Buck Creek $400. Andrew Jackson as executor of brother in law estate of Thomas Hutchings. Both Jackson and Hutchings, married John Donelson daughters. Hutchings an original settler of Nashville with John Donelson.
|Colyer vs. Hutchings lawsuit and Ky Court of Appeals: Andrew Jackson|
Here Andrew Jackson, the brother in law of Thomas Hutchings files suit against Charles Colyer to collect a $400 horse debt. Colyer claims he was ready to pay at date required and Hutchings was a no show, so not owed any more. Andrew Jackson appeals and wins suit to require Colyer to pay.
|Bluford Colyer 1810 Pulaski County Prop tax records|
Shows that eldest son of John Colyer(born 1781) was named BLUFORD, not BUFORD. Wonder if this is another Bluford, since indications are that Bluford son of John was only born in 1807. Bluford son of John, had a son named Bluford Kirtley Colyer.....Ms. Bray in area in 2005 also knew of "Blufie" Colyer. Also shows Charles Colyer, brother to William Colyar, on Brush Creek. Also may show William Colyar at bottom.
|Charles Colyar 1778 North Carolina Land Grant 640 acres|
on Limestone creek Washington County TN near Jonesborough. This grant appears to have been assigned to Charles Colyer from Richard Caswell who had numerous 640 acre grants continguous and nearby. See note for Charles Colyer Sr. on bio of Richard Caswell, first NC governor and Continental Congress member with John Adams. See here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Brown_Grant_Deeds for history of grants in the area.
|1810 Rockcastle county Kentucky census|
Colyer, Colyar, Collier, Colliar. Charles Coyer Sr. not on 1810 census. He apparently was still in Pulaski County KY not going to Rockcastle county until after he lost court case in 1810-1811 with future U.S. President Andrew Jackson over 1900 acre land.
|1810 U.S. census index Pulaski County KY|