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1 homestead of John Colyer  The original John Colyer farm was located at what is currently highway 192 at Pittman creek. Here is picture of a house that might be of one standing where original homestead of John Colyer stood according to Elaine Avera. The ancient photograph may be the same house as it existed when the John Colyer family lived there. The photo was found in the home of Ray Colyer , Frankfort KY in 2005. You will note that it is an ancient photo (mid to late 1800ís) that had an artistís enhancements such as charcoal/water color touch ups and colorization applied. I traced the deed of the John Colyer property located on current hwy 192 Somerset Ky at the Pulaski County courthouse to a deed located on this site in documents, wherein it proves that the property located at hwy 192 at Pitman Creek is in fact the home place of John Colyer Sr. John Colyer bought the majority if not all the property from a Langdon family by deed in 1842. It is believed the house was built in 1805 (date determined by scientific tree ring dating dendrochronology report). The property was sold by the heirs of John Colyer in September 1865 to Andrew Warren per deed on this site. Per hand notes of Edith Colyer Curtis, a slave cemetery stood 1/4 mile up hill on same side of street as this house. According to Kentucky Place Names publ 1988 Univ Ky Press Robert Rennick, The first post office at this area was established by Mathew Warren July 1888 and called Juno. It was closed 1896. In 1908, a local shopkeeper named Rufe Ashurst reopened it naming it for daughter Ruth, with Mathew Warren again becoming postmaster in 1916. Rufe Ashurst's wife, Ms. Cox, is buried in Soule's Chapel Cemetery per boyscout inventory project of cemetery. Rufe Ashurst was the city of Somerset Engineer per Mar 20 1906 Interior Journal newspaper. He also acted as land agent.

The old photo original has written on back "Colyer, 2109 Ross Ave."
After internet search it was determined that there is not a ross avenue currently in somerset ky. There is however a 2109 ross ave. in fort worth texas. Could this have been where Sam Colyer lived in 1910 ? It is known from family history stories that Sam lived in Ft. Worth for a while and then came back to Somerset after his dad died at the request of his mother.

Maps of Ft. Worth today show this address 2109 Ross Ave. near 21st street in Ft Worth. Search of familysearch.org shows 1910 census of Ft. Worth with Sam Collier and wife Leona and daughter Ruby in the 12th ward. They show Sam as 25 years old, wife as 23 years old daughter Ruby 3 years old.

It was determined that it appears that 2109 Ross Ave, currently one block off 21st St. is in the 12th ward.

THEREFORE, I CONCLUDE THE OLD HOUSE PHOTO BELONGED TO SAM COLYER FAMILY AND THEY HAD WRITTEN THEIR FT. WORTH ADDRESS ON THE BACK OF THE PHOTO WHEN LIVING THERE IN FT. WORTH TEXAS. The foundation, concrete porch and other architecture makes for a conclusion that the picture is NOT of the Sam Colyer residence in Ft Worth Texas. My guess is that a frame shop wrote the Colyer name and Texas address on the back to know whom it belonged once framed. Reviewing the city directory of Ft. Worth TX from 1908 reveals that Sam Colyer lived at 2109 Ross Ave. Google street view of 2109 Ross Ave shows a large 2 story house there today. This could be house from 1908. City directory appears to show two residents at that address and other notations indicating that possibly two families rented the large two story house at 2109 Ross Ave. Conclusion: the old picture of house is not that of 2109 Ross Ave, therefore must have been notation re owner of picture Sam Colyer to identify.

Based on excavation during renovation, it is thought that the 3 foot high enclosed area to left of porch was the water well next to kitchen.

Tax records on this page show that the property first appeared in 1805 to Henry Waggoner. Dendroarchaelogical reports on this page show logs were cut therefore built in 1805. Deed on this page dated 1813 sale from Henry Waggoner to John Langdon 1813. Tax records 1814 show John Langdon. Based on recent restoration work, and expert advise from Mark Bowe of Greenbriar WV observation, that the house faced the creek when built based on ceiling rafter direction. That the fireplace in this picture was originally a back door. There are two covered 2nd story windows on this fireplace wall in the log structure, which would have been back windows. The original fireplaces would have been on the right and left side of the main structure. The roof would likely have been on the structure the opposite direction to this picture. Based on this and examination during restoration, it is concluded that when John Colyer purchased the home in 1842, a major remodel was done to accomodate his large family. At that time the roof direction was reversed and the side fireplaces removed to accomodate the addition to the right in this picture of the dormitory and on the left of this picture of the summer kitchen and dogtrot. The 1842 remodel also would have put the chimney in the back door as seen in this picture. It is thought at this time the staircase in the home was moved to current location. At his time, the chimney holes on either side were likely enlarged to accommodate the addition of the dog trot/kitchen and side dormitory building. There were other major remodels done to the house in 1865-1900 when the Warren family purchased the home. The ceilings were raised from pioneer era 7 foot level and interior log walls were covered with paneling. 
2023-11-20 20:49:36  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
2 Newspaper article on Hiram Hays  Boyhood mischief  2023-11-05 01:07:48  I0324  curtis  Hays  Hiram Rowe  curtis 
3 1902 homeplace deed to Eva Owens Vaughan  purchased from fellow descendants of her father Dr. Samuel Owens  2023-11-03 10:56:11  I0049  curtis  Owens  Sarah (Eva) Evelyn  curtis 
4 Lucy Alma Colyer James- Obituary    2023-10-29 07:13:46  I0847  colyer  Colyer  Lucy Alma  colyer 
5 Lucy Alma Colyer James    2023-10-29 07:11:48  I0847  colyer  Colyer  Lucy Alma  colyer 
6 1865 Stephen Colyer estate accounting    2023-10-29 07:09:40  I0851  colyer  Colyer  Stephen  colyer 
7 1860 John Colyer Sr. estate accounting    2023-10-29 07:08:41  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
8 1851 John Colyer Sr. estate inventory    2023-10-29 07:07:25  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
9 1867 John Colyer Jr. estate accounting  shows purchase price paid for John Long property on Cumberland River etc. Pulaski wills bk6  2023-10-29 05:08:43  I0110  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
10 1855 John Colyer Jr. estate accounting  Pulaski wills bk4  2023-10-29 05:06:57  I0110  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
11 1855 Stephen Colyer estate accounting slaves  by administrator Linsey Colyer, shows lands and slaves inherited from father John Colyer.  2023-10-29 05:05:33  I0851  colyer  Colyer  Stephen  colyer 
12 1855 Stephen Colyer estate accounting slaves  by administrator Linsey Colyer, shows lands and slaves inherited from father John Colyer.  2023-10-29 05:05:33  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
13 1855 Stephen Colyer estate accounting    2023-10-29 05:03:51  I0851  colyer  Colyer  Stephen  colyer 
14 1854 John Colyer Sr. estate accounting  by son adminstrator Lindsey Colyer  2023-10-29 05:01:44  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
15 1853 John Colyer estate dower to wife Lydia  Pulaski Will bk 4 , wife gets 9 acres of coal lands on Cumberland River plus 1/3 of the timber as dower rights to intestate husband John Colyer  2023-10-29 05:00:15  I0826  colyer  Purvis  Lydia Memes  colyer 
16 1853 John Colyer estate dower to wife Lydia  Pulaski Will bk 4 , wife gets 9 acres of coal lands on Cumberland River plus 1/3 of the timber as dower rights to intestate husband John Colyer  2023-10-29 05:00:15  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
17 1850 Pulaski County KY will bk4 John Colyer estate MYSTERY MAN  Aministrator John Colyer. I do not know who this deceased John Colyer is nor for sure which John Colyer is administrator  2023-10-29 04:58:03  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
18 DNA data at FamilyTreeDNAA on the French Family with Sinclair  Shows supporting data of Donald Sinclair and Michael Flanagan descending from French family  2023-10-27 02:10:48  I3128  colyer  Sinclair  Catherine Deborah  colyer 
19 DNA data at FamilyTreeDNAA on the French Family with Sinclair  Shows supporting data of Donald Sinclair and Michael Flanagan descending from French family  2023-10-27 02:10:48  I35046  colyer  French  William  colyer 
20 1788 Nashville court case defamation Catherine Pruitt  Here Catherine St. Clair Pruitt files dafamation case against a Mr. Crow on false charge of stealing. Court finds for Catherine and make Mr. Crow pay her $5.  2023-10-25 03:06:44  I3128  colyer  Sinclair  Catherine Deborah  colyer 
21 1804 Alexander St. Clair Power of Attorney POA  Wayne County KY  2023-10-24 03:35:56  I3130  colyer  Sinclair  Alexander  colyer 
22 Charles St. Clair (Sinclair) Pruitt bio  Thanks to Ms. Vavette Owens of Texas for this item.  2023-10-24 02:41:28  I35045  colyer  Pruitt  Charles St. Clair  colyer 
23 William Colyar North Carolina Land Grant 1779 more info  Thanks to Ms. Margaret Dent Wagner for finding and supplying this further document concerning the 1779 survey assigned to William Colyar and deeded 1790.  2023-10-23 01:55:16  I1029  colyer  Colyar  William  colyer 
24 1855 pulaski county ky deed JP and JW Colyer  brothers purchase property for store on Saltworks Rd (current hwy 692 Grundy Rd).  2023-10-22 16:41:42  I0827  colyer  Colyer  James Perry  colyer 
25 1855 pulaski county ky deed JP and JW Colyer  brothers purchase property for store on Saltworks Rd (current hwy 692 Grundy Rd).  2023-10-22 16:41:42  I2349  colyer  Colyer  John Wesley  colyer 
26 1838 letter from former slave, "Free Frank" McWhurter (McWorter,McWhorter) to Cyrenius Wait  See book on Free Frank. He was Pulaski County slave who bought his freedom, then over years bought his entire family freedom, moved to Illinois and started his own town for freed slaves. In this letter he asks Cyrenius to find out how his yet to be freed children are doing and tell them he and their mother will be there soon to visit. Notice that this letter discloses that Cyrenius Wait has made Free Frank a loan. Could it be to finance the first cash purchase of an enslaved child, Solomon in 1835 recorded in Pulaski County deed records ? Solomon was purchased from John Eastham, who was a Cyrenius and Free Frank neighbor on Fishing Creek Pulaski county. The next Pulaski record of a child purchase by Free Frank was in 1843, daughter Sally  2023-10-22 02:15:30  I1696  curtis  Wait  Cyrenius  curtis 
27 1829 Bill of Sale slave Frank, son of Free Frank  This is evidently the first child purchase by Free Frank of a child out of slavery. This first purchase is of a son named Frank that has run away 3 years earlier and purchased via barter. Notice it is witnessed by Cyrenius Wait. Later in 1829 Cyrenius Wait purchases from Free Frank property on Fishing Creek containing salt peter operation.  2023-10-21 05:29:44  I1696  curtis  Wait  Cyrenius  curtis 
28 John Colyer born 1744 pension application  History of Crab Orchard KY Lincoln county. Shows another pension record of the Revolutionary War other than than wife Grizelda's and possible origin in Pennsylvania  2023-10-18 01:48:47  I2579  colyer  Colyer (Colyar)  John  colyer 
29 1865 Pulaski county KY property tax: Cyrenius Wait    2023-10-15 01:11:22  I1696  curtis  Wait  Cyrenius  curtis 
30 1860 Pulaski county KY property tax: Cyrenius Wait    2023-10-15 01:10:36  I1696  curtis  Wait  Cyrenius  curtis 
31 1850 Pulaski county KY property tax: Cyrenius Wait    2023-10-15 01:09:51  I1696  curtis  Wait  Cyrenius  curtis 
32 1805 Pulaski County KY tax record Henry Waggoner log house property  This is first year the Pitman creek property shows on Pulaski County tax records. This even though South of Green River land grant shows being surveyed to Henry Waggoner in 1800. However the deed of sale in 1813 to John Langdon from Henry Waggoner, apparently shows the property was not deeded of record to Henry Waggoner until 1813. Thanks to Ms. Margaret Dent Wagner for this property tax record (author: Johann Henrich Wagner-The Chronicle of an 18th Century German Pioneer)  2023-10-15 00:16:51  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
33 1820's - 1840's deed plat  Various deeds to Cyrenius Wait are labeled on a replica of the Town of Somerset town plat and the year recorded.  2023-10-14 02:29:51  I1696  curtis  Wait  Cyrenius  curtis 
34 1820 Pulaski County KY June Court: recording 1801 town plat Somerset  This will be basis to trace various deeds to locations within the town of Somerset that Cyrenius Wait purchased over the years.  2023-10-14 02:27:52  I1696  curtis  Wait  Cyrenius  curtis 
35 1826 Free Frank McWhorter land grant  slave who bought his freedom, took master's last name, gets land grant on fishing creek pulaski county ky, source of salt peter cave that generated income to purchase his entire family freedom. Moved to ILL and established freed black town of New Philidephia ILL. In papers of Cyrenius Wait, likely to establish chain of title for land later purchased.  2023-10-13 02:20:37  I1696  curtis  Wait  Cyrenius  curtis 
36 1805 John Colyer log house / farm pedigree  Chain of title beginning with a 1800 KY South of Green River land grant to Henry Waggoner.(from Jillson's KY Land Grants book) There was a Henry II born 1756-1757 and a III born 1785. Henry Waggoner II's father was an immigrant from Germany in 1742. The III was married to Mary Blackledge in Pulaski County in 1807. (See book "Johann Henrich Wagner: The Chronicle of an 18th Century German Pioneer" published 2021.) Henry Waggoner II born 1757, would have built the Log house in 1805 on the farm on Pitman Creek that John Colyer lived/died in. A Pulaski County KY deed is also attached showing the sale of the farm From Henry Waggoner II to John Langdon in 1813. The Waggoner's then moved to Indiana. For a good discussion of German influence on Log houses in pioneer America, see Log House Architecture:  2023-10-12 23:45:45  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
37 Annals Southwest Virginia: Charles St. Clair children sale land  Here are excerpts of court records whereby most of the children after having inherited Sinclair Bottom , some 996 acres, sell it to various parties after death of Charles St. Clair. Notice mention of Thomas Walker on pages with in same area (guardian of Thomas Jefferson). Note that there is a possible mention of William Colyar selling in 1786 land on the Middle Fork of the Holston River. If he was living here as a long hunter, it explains his nearby location to the St Clairs Sinclairs and thereby marrying Charles daughter Nancy. William Colyar first deed on Nolochucky river near modern day Erwin TN is in 1788. May also explain by tombstone of John Colyer, son of William, says he was born in 1781 in Virginia. However, later examination of the deed indicates it was in fact William Collie not William Collier.  2023-10-11 02:17:13  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
38 Annals Southwest Virginia: Charles St. Clair children sale land  Here are excerpts of court records whereby most of the children after having inherited Sinclair Bottom , some 996 acres, sell it to various parties after death of Charles St. Clair. Notice mention of Thomas Walker on pages with in same area (guardian of Thomas Jefferson). Note that there is a possible mention of William Colyar selling in 1786 land on the Middle Fork of the Holston River. If he was living here as a long hunter, it explains his nearby location to the St Clairs Sinclairs and thereby marrying Charles daughter Nancy. William Colyar first deed on Nolochucky river near modern day Erwin TN is in 1788. May also explain by tombstone of John Colyer, son of William, says he was born in 1781 in Virginia. However, later examination of the deed indicates it was in fact William Collie not William Collier.  2023-10-11 02:17:13  I1029  colyer  Colyar  William  colyer 
39 Annals Southwest Virginia: Charles St. Clair children sale land  Here are excerpts of court records whereby most of the children after having inherited Sinclair Bottom , some 996 acres, sell it to various parties after death of Charles St. Clair. Notice mention of Thomas Walker on pages with in same area (guardian of Thomas Jefferson). Note that there is a possible mention of William Colyar selling in 1786 land on the Middle Fork of the Holston River. If he was living here as a long hunter, it explains his nearby location to the St Clairs Sinclairs and thereby marrying Charles daughter Nancy. William Colyar first deed on Nolochucky river near modern day Erwin TN is in 1788. May also explain by tombstone of John Colyer, son of William, says he was born in 1781 in Virginia. However, later examination of the deed indicates it was in fact William Collie not William Collier.  2023-10-11 02:17:13  I3126  colyer  St. Clair  Charles (Sinclair)  colyer 
40 1797 Charles Colyer purchase deed Washington County, Tennessee TN  Deed Acton to Charles Colyer on Indian Creek.  2023-10-08 09:05:12  I0228  colyer  Colyer  Charles  colyer 
41 1801 Charles Colyer sales deed Washington County, Tennessee TN  book 9 page 170 to Swingle  2023-10-08 08:55:34  I0228  colyer  Colyer  Charles  colyer 
42 1798 Charles Colyer Washington County Tennessee TN deed  Book 6 page 492 deed from Acton to Charles Colyer on Indian Creek  2023-10-08 08:53:16  I0228  colyer  Colyer  Charles  colyer 
43 1793 Washington County Tennessee TN: North Carolina land grant deed to Charles Colyer  640 acres on Limestone cove TN.  2023-10-08 08:48:13  I0228  colyer  Colyer  Charles  colyer 
44 1797 Washington County Tennessee TN: deed to Stephen Colyer in town of Jonesboro    2023-10-08 08:43:12  I0395  colyer  Collier  Stephen M.  colyer 
45 1816 deed From Robt Scott to John Langdon 70 acre  This adds 70 acres to the 144 acres John Langdon purchased from Henry Waggoner in 1813 on Pitman Creek to form the farm and woods property on Pitman Creek. John Langdon estate in 1842 then sells this joint property in 2 tracts to John Colyer.  2023-10-03 01:07:33  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
46 1822 March Pulaski County Court Order: Salt Works Road (current day hwy 692)  Jesse Richardson appointed surveyor of road mentioning route from Meece, to John Langdon (at pitman creek and hwy 192) to Charles Colyear (Colyer). I have not determined if this was Charles Colyer Sr. or Charles Colyer Jr. Based on 1823 deed to Charles Colyer on Pitman Creek, it appears that Charles Colyer (likely Jr.) had 67 acres closer to current Grundy Rd (hwy 692) on Pitman Creek. It appears this road order is in the direction from Pitman creek on hwy 192 to Grundy Rd hwy 692 and down the same toward where Pitman creek crosses Grundy Rd hwy 692.  2023-10-03 00:48:33  I0228  colyer  Colyer  Charles  colyer 
47 1822 March Pulaski County Court Order: Salt Works Road (current day hwy 692)  Jesse Richardson appointed surveyor of road mentioning route from Meece, to John Langdon (at pitman creek and hwy 192) to Charles Colyear (Colyer). I have not determined if this was Charles Colyer Sr. or Charles Colyer Jr. Based on 1823 deed to Charles Colyer on Pitman Creek, it appears that Charles Colyer (likely Jr.) had 67 acres closer to current Grundy Rd (hwy 692) on Pitman Creek. It appears this road order is in the direction from Pitman creek on hwy 192 to Grundy Rd hwy 692 and down the same toward where Pitman creek crosses Grundy Rd hwy 692.  2023-10-03 00:48:33  I1027  colyer  Colyer  John  colyer 
48 1822 March Pulaski County Court Order: Salt Works Road (current day hwy 692)  Jesse Richardson appointed surveyor of road mentioning route from Meece, to John Langdon (at pitman creek and hwy 192) to Charles Colyear (Colyer). I have not determined if this was Charles Colyer Sr. or Charles Colyer Jr. Based on 1823 deed to Charles Colyer on Pitman Creek, it appears that Charles Colyer (likely Jr.) had 67 acres closer to current Grundy Rd (hwy 692) on Pitman Creek. It appears this road order is in the direction from Pitman creek on hwy 192 to Grundy Rd hwy 692 and down the same toward where Pitman creek crosses Grundy Rd hwy 692.  2023-10-03 00:48:33  I1337  colyer  Richardson  Jesse  colyer 
49 1822 March Pulaski County Court Order: Salt Works Road (current day hwy 692)  Jesse Richardson appointed surveyor of road mentioning route from Meece, to John Langdon (at pitman creek and hwy 192) to Charles Colyear (Colyer). I have not determined if this was Charles Colyer Sr. or Charles Colyer Jr. Based on 1823 deed to Charles Colyer on Pitman Creek, it appears that Charles Colyer (likely Jr.) had 67 acres closer to current Grundy Rd (hwy 692) on Pitman Creek. It appears this road order is in the direction from Pitman creek on hwy 192 to Grundy Rd hwy 692 and down the same toward where Pitman creek crosses Grundy Rd hwy 692.  2023-10-03 00:48:33  I34511  colyer  Colyer  Charles  colyer 
50 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. According to deeds found under James Alexander Colyer, the mill was built by Alexander Colyer after 1854. 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.  2023-10-01 01:44:42  I0228  colyer  Colyer  Charles  colyer 


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