- 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.
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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."