Posted By:Michael Collier
Subject:Re: Francis Collier b. 10.01.1820 and spouse Sarah A. Smith
Post Date:September 06, 2010 at 01:09:16
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I AM NOT RELATED and have no further information than that which I present, here.

The immediately below information concerns LDS' photocopies of original vital statistics documents from the Court of Ordinary, Coweta County, Georgia. As such, this information is considered SECONDARY source documentation and is properly acceptable for official genealogical citation and proof of lineage purposes.

FamilySearch International Genealogical Index v5.0 -- North America
IGI Individual Record

. Male

. Spouse: SARAH E. SMITH (sic)
. Marriage: 17 DEC 1850, ?, Coweta, Georgia

Source Information:
. Batch No.: M712601
. Dates: 1827 - 1871
>>> Source Call No.: *** 0470364 *** (see source description below) <<<
. Type: Film
. Printout Call No.: NONE
. Type: NONE

Film number: 0470364
. Description: Record of Marriages, 1827-1966 Georgia. Court of Ordinary (Coweta County)

1 copy of Film Nr. 0470364 is located at both the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, and the Los Angeles, California, Regional Family History Center, Los Angeles, CA. Either of these can be temporarily loaned out free of charge to your nearest local LDS Family History Center - you do not need to be a church or library member and the attending staff will be of good help.

Also, see "Abstracted Wills of Coweta, GA," abstracted by "senora1890," Coweta County, Georgia, GenForum,, at this URL:

Go down to Abstract Page Nr. 273 and take a look at the 4th will abstract down from the page nr.: "John A. Smith." (or just search the page <Ctl+F4> for "collier").

This shows that the Lucinda C. Smith (sister of Sarah A. Smith Collier) you mentioned was married to a Thomas Collier who must have been Francis Marion Collier's BROTHER, and not Francis' son, who was also named Thomas.

And finally, I used all of my "tricks" and also could not locate any member of the Francis Marion Collier family in the 1860 Census.

Francis Marion Collier died most likely during Jubal Early's attack on Washington, D.C., in 1864 and is buried in the Confederate Soldier Cemetery Section of the Oak Grove Cemetery, Americus, Sumter Co., GA. His headstone reads:


A fairly decent photo of this headstone is available, if you desire. Email me directly if you want this. Click on my name at the top of this message to find my email address.

Hope this helps. Best of Luck!

Michael D. Collier
Oak Harbor, WA