- I believe this Richard Collier/Colyer was baptist minister and testified in 1834 on revolutionary war pension applications for Charles Colyer and John Colyer (Grizzy Colyer's husband).
On Mon, 28 May 2001 12:45:26 EDT Grfmtf@aol.com writes:
> Greetings Wesley and or Dan;
> For years I have been researching a Stephen Collier that has been
> reported in
> Baptist Church records as a first cousin to Richard who was also a
> Preacher from about 1810 to 1850. Most of this time they were in
> the general
> area of Rockcastle Co..
Richard Colyer was my g-g-grandfather. He was born in Eastern Tennessee in 1778 and married Martha Ann (Patsey) Garland in Carter Co., TN in April of 1808. They moved to Pulaski Co., KY with their three sons, Humphrey, Jesse G. and Richard, Jr. In 1850, Richard Colyer, age 71, and Patsey, age 70 were living in Pulaski County in the
household of Humphrey Colyer. In 1860, Richard, age 83, Baptist minister,
born in Virginia (could mean Eastern TN?) is still listed with Humphrey, but no Patsey (still in
Pulaski County). I found some Colyer information on the Internet where
someone was listing Colyers in different cemeteries in Rockcastle county.
They said Richard Colyer, (and a note that he was a minister was on his
headstone), is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, which is on the Rockcastle
Pulaski County line. I have just recently made contact with a woman who lives in Pulaski Co., and drives by this cemetery on a daily basis. She is going to look into finding the grave and headstone for me. I will send on any information that I get back from her.
P.O. Box 445
Hubbardston, MA 01452
From Jean Colyer Grumbling site:
Possibly well-known minister.
History of Kentucky Baptists, pg. 620 says:
"RICHARD COLLIER was the most distinguished preacher in this fraternity, and was, for about fifty years, a very useful minister in old Cumberland River Assoc. He was born in East Tennessee, about the year 1783, and migrated to Pulaski Co., Ky. while a young man. Soon after his settling in Kentucky, he commenced exhorting, and was ordained to the ministry, at Mt. Pleasant church in Pulaski Co., about 1811, by Elijah Barnes, and, probably Stephen Collier, who was his first cousin. He was a moderate preacher, but a zealous, faithful laborer; and he did much in building up the early churches in Pulaski Co. His popularity was evidenced in his being chosen Moderator of Cumberland River Association, about 20 years. He was also Moderator of the body now under consideration, at its first session. He rested from his labors in April, 1865."
Quote from Pulaski County Cemetery Record Book (BiCentennial Edition 1776-1976) "Joined Baptist Church 1804. Lived member of same for 60 years. Was Minister of gospel 54 years. Age about 86 years."
- Editor's note: I think based on birth location of this Richard Colyer in Unicoi County TN, he could have rather been the son of Charles Colyer/Colyar Sr. See documentation of Charles Colyer Sr. living in Unicoi County TN on Greasy Cove about time of birth of Richard. Further see 1810 census of Pulaski County KY that lists Charles Sr, Charles Jr., and Richard. Note the Baptist history of KY write up that states that ministers Steven and Richard were first cousins rather than brothers. It is odd however, that this baptist minister, if a son of Charles Colyer Sr., would also testify as a witness to Charles Colyer Sr. revolutionary pension application. There is a Richard Colyar/Colyer speculated to be a brother of Charles Sr. in East TN. Is the 1810 census record the baptist minister or the elder Richard Colyer ? The 1810 Pulaski census indicated the Richard Colyer is between the age of 26-45. Richard Colyer the preacher born 1778 would be in this age range in 1810. Further he preached and is buried at Pleasant hill Baptist on current day hwy 461. This was near 1750 acres of land Charles Colyar/Colyer has acquired from the brother in law of Andrew Jackson that is the subject of a law suit....see Charles Colyer/Colyar. This land was on brush fork of Buck Creek.
- Thomas James Colyer
I am trying to extend my family tree into Rockcastle County. My Great-great-grandfather, Jesse G. Colyer left Rockcastle County for Missouri in the early 1850s (1853?). I believe his father's name might have been Richard Colyer, Sr. and his wife Martha Ann (Garland) Colyer. They were wed in TN in 1808 and soon after came to Rockcastle County, KY. They had several children, Humphry, Richard Jr., Jesse and others. Jesse changed Colyer to Collier when he left KY and then the name reverted to Colyer just before Jesse passed in 1900. Jesse's grandson, Charles Garland Colyer is my grandfather and I strongly suspect the "Garland" connection is what I have been looking for. I would like to document Richard and Martha as Jesse's parents. Of interest, Jesse married Mary M. Pew, also from RCC and I have a relative who has her family back to the Army of the Revolution in Valley Forge.
- The findagrave site entry for Richard, has a photo of a replacement grave marker at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church cemetery in Pulaski County Ky. The replacement marker has his last named spelled Coliar. Also the it says the birth date of 1775 and death date 1864 at age 86. Obviously the replacement marker math does not work and so the date data is suspect.