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Subject:Stephen, John & John, Jr. Coller (aka Collier, Colyer...) of New Hartford,
Post Date:February 25, 2010 at 12:02:32
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STEPHEN COLLIER (aka Coller/Collar/Collyer/Colyer/Colier)

New Hartford Land Records:
Grantor: William Lurvey of New Htfd
Grantee: STEPHEN COLLAR, of New Htfd
Deed Date: 1760 Sept 18
Recording Date: 1760 Sept 22
Vol. & Page: 1:262
FHL Film: 5155
Consideration: 2 L
Witnesses: William Walling, Jr. & Otis Ensign
Land Description: 4 acres; bounded on:
west by William Walling
north by Joseph Cowls
south & east by said William Lurvey

Note 1: William Lurvey - can not find any info on William Lurvey

Note 2: Both witnesses, William Walling, Jr. & Otis Ensign, were brothers-in-law of Oliver Coller, & were married to Alice ____ and Ruth Walling, respectively. Have not been able to determine Alice's surname.

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Ricker Compilation:
John COLLIER, s STEPHEN & Sarah, b. 15 Feb 1763, New Hartford VR
Hannah COLLIER, dau STEPHEN & Sarah, b. 15 Nov 1759, New Hartford VR
Note: no further info on parents or sister Hannah,in www.familysearch.org, www.rootsweb.com or Ricker Compilation.
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New Hartford Land Records:
Grantor: STEPHEN COLLER, of New Htfd
Grantee: William Walling, Jr. of New Htfd
Deed Date: 1773 Apr 16
Recording Date: 1783 Mar 13 (recorded 10 yrs later)
Vol. & Page: 4:138
FHL Film: 5156
Consideration: 4 L
Witnesses: Matthew Gillett, Matthew Gillett, Jr. (JP)
Land Description: 4 acres; bounded on:
west, south & east by land of William Walling
north by Joseph Cowls

Note 1: This seems to be the same 4 acres Stephen purchased from William Lurvey in 1760.
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New Hartford Land Records:
Grantor: Sarah Cowles, of New Htfd
Grantee: STEPHEN COLLER, of New Htfd
Deed Date: 1780 Mar 30
Recording Date: 1780 Mar 30
Vol. & Page: 4:2
FHL Film: 5156
Consideration: 12 bushels of corn & 1 peck of wheat
Witnesses: Zebulon Merrell (JP) & Otis Ensign
Land Description: 8 acres & 1 rod; land measures 21 rods x 63 rods and is piece of land where said Coller now lives. Bounded on:
east by a highway
north by heirs of Caleb Pitkin
south on land set out to Abigail Cowls
west on part of same.

Note 1: Sarah (Williams) Cowles, widow of Joseph Cowles [1726-1777], mother of Asa Cowles; Asa m Sybil Merrell; an Asa Cowles inventoried Stephen's estate in 1804, he was probably the same person. Sarah [1721-1798] was b in E. Htfd, dau of John Williams & Sarah _____. Husband Joseph Cowles was son of Joseph & Mary (Goodwin) Cowles (FamilySearch.org, LDS member submission).

Can not find any link to Stephen Coller or wife Sarah. Joseph Cowles had a sister Sarah, b ~1737 in E. Htfd, but she supposedly married ~1759 Samuel Smith. No further info on couple. Could Samuel Smith have died & widow Sarah (Cowles) Smith then went on to marry Stephen Coller? This does not jive with the birthdate of Stephen & Sarah's dau Hannah, b. Nov 1759. If there was no relationship between these familes, why were they living on Sarah Cowles' land and why was payment in corn & wheat? This is the only transaction I noticed that was not in cash, aside from gifts of land or land swaps. Were the Collers simply tenant farmers on Sarah Cowles' land?
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New Hartford Land Records:
Grantor: STEPHEN COLLAR of New Htfd
Grantee: Stephen Fox of New Htfd
Deed Date: 1785 Feb 4
Recording Date: 1785 Feb 7
Vol. & Page: 5:246
FHL Film: 5156
Consideration: 6 L, 10 shillings
Witnesses: Seth Smith (JP), Gideon A. Knowlton
Land Description: 8 acres & 1 rod: bounded on:
east by a highway
west by part of same lot
north by heirs of Caleb Pitkin
south by land set out to Abigail Cowles

Note 1: this appears to be the land purchased from Sarah Cowles 5 years earlier.

Note 2: Stephen's son John sold land on same day to Levi Fox, brother of Stephen Fox. Per the Fox Genealogy, Stephen Fox m Margaret Collar, dau of Oliver Collar/Mary Walling. Their marriage had to occur in the late 1780s/early 1790s.

Note 3: Per Rootsweb, Gideon A. (Ackley) Knowlton (b. 1758, d. 1810) was son of Thomas Knowlton (b. ~1728, E. Hddm) & Abigail Ackley (b. ~1738, E. Hddm). Married 1st to Lydia Smith; married 2nd to Mary (Polly) Hayden, b ~1781, dau David Hayden & Dorothy Allen. NEHGS' Abstracts of Wills, Administrations & Guardianships in NYS shows Gideon A. Knowlton d intestate in 1810, Otsego Co., NY; admin granted to Mary Knowlton & Harry Knowlton, 17 Dec 1810. He also witnessed the will of Jeremiah Hart of Stillwater Town, Saratoga Co., in 1806.
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1790 US Census - no listing for Stephen in Conn
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1800 US Census - New Hartford, Litchfield Co., Ct (Roll M32-2, p. 714):
STEPHEN COLLAR
1 male 45+ (Stephen, b. <1755 , prob. 1730s)
2 females 16-25 (b. 1775-1784; could include Roxanna, b. ~1782, m. ~1806 Richard Stevens)
1 female 45+ (Sarah, b. <1755, prob. 1730s)
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1804 - Stephen Collar dies probably late Oct/early Nov in New Htfd:
Probate packet contained 3 documents, an inventory, a court order for administration and an administration bond. Generally, administration was ordered when no will was left by decedent. On Nov 16, 1804, the estate was inventoried and appraised by Stephen Pitkin and Asa Cowles. Appraisers were generally neighbors & non-related individuals with no interest in the estate. Sarah Collier gave administration bond on 28 Feb 1805 along with Selah Hall. There was no will or mention of heirs aside from widow Sarah.

Note 1: Selah was used as a male and female name. No record of Selah Hall (except for 2 females - Selah Hall m Rufus Hatch, 1787, Preston; Sela, dau John & Ruth, b 1795, Plainfield) in the Ricker Collection. There is also no census listing for a Selah Hall or Hull(although it is clearly Hall, written twice, on the probate documents). Supposing that Selah Hall could be a brother of Sarah, I checked for a Sarah Hall in Ricker (assuming she was b in Conn). Of the 14 Sarah Halls born in the right time frame (say 1710s-1730s), 5 are possibilities, but no info has been found to determine if any are the Sarah in question:

Sarah Hall, dau Israel & Abigail, b 14 Mar 1722, Wallingford VR; dau Israel Hall/Abigail Powell (Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven)

Sarah Hall, dau Daniel & Phebe, b 7 Jul 1732, Middletown VR;
dau Daniel Hall/Phebe Ward; no further info (Rootsweb.com)

Sarah Hall, dau Francis, b 10 Jul 1734, Fairfield VR;
dau Francis Hall/Anna Seeley; d after father's death in 1738 as mother was appointed her guardian (ancestry.com family trees)

Sarah Hall, dau Elihu & Lois, b 22 Jul 1738, Wallingford VR;
dau Elihu Hall/Lois Whittlesey; father Elihu was a Tory and removed to London

Sarah Hall, dau Isaac & Sarah, b 28 Aug 1739, Middletown VR;
poss. dau Isaac Hall/Sarah Clark; no further info (ancestry.com family trees)

Of course, Selah Hall may not be a relative or in-law,but simply a family friend. And/or, Selah could've been a woman.
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JOHN COLLER, SR.

Ricker Compilation:
JOHN COLLIER, son of Stephen & Sarah, b. 15 Feb 1763, New Hartford VR
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Connecticut Men in Revolutionary War (www.ancestry.com military database):
JNO COLLAR (note: Jno is old abbrev for John)
rank: private
(Col. Elisha Sheldon's 1st Troop of Light Dragoons; served on east side of Hudson, Westchester front)
time of enlistment: Oct 29, 1780 [therefore age 17]
town: New Hartford
trade/occ: farmer
stature: 5'8"
complexion: light
eyes: blue
hair: brown

Note: Dragoons are cavalry = armed horsemen
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According to John's pension documents, he enlisted in November 1780 in Capt. Stanton's comapny or Col. Elisha Sheldon's Regiment of Light Dragoons. About 6 months after enlisting, he was placed in the company of Capt. David Edgar, where he continued until the end of the war. He was honorably discharged and left the service June 12, 1783. Discharge was signed by Gen'l Washington.
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New Hartford Land Records:
Grantor: Stephen Pitkin, of New Htfd
Grantee: JOHN COLLER, of New Htfd
Deed Date: 1781 Nov 19
Recording Date: 1785(?) Feb 7 (could this read 1782?)
Vol. & Page: 5:25
FHL Film: 5156
Consideration: 15 L
Witnesses: Jerijah Merrell & Zebulon Merrell, Jr. (JP)
Land Description: 10 acres; bounded on:
east by a highway
south by Jonathan Marsh, 3rd
north by Hannah Pitkin, and to extend
west so as to contain 10 acres of land.
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New Hartford Land Records:
Grantor: JOHN COLLER, of New Htfd
Grantee: Levi Fox, of New Htfd
Deed Date: 1785 Feb 4
Recording Date: 1785 Feb 4
Vol. & Page: 5:245
FHL Film: 5156
Consideration: 11L
Witnesses: Seth Smith & Emmereth(?) Smith; Seth Smith, Jr. (JP)
Land Description: 10 acres; bounded on:
east by the 8th highway
west by Stephen Pitkin
north by Hannah Porter
south by Damaris, wife of Jonathan Marsh, Jr.

Note 1: this transaction occured the same day John's father Stephen sells land to Stephen Fox, brother of Levi. Per the Fox Genealogy, Stephen Fox m Margaret Collar, dau of Oliver Collar/Mary Walling. Their marriage had to occur in the late 1780s/early 1790s.

Note 2: this sounds like the same land as that purchased in 1781.
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Marriage Records Prior to 1800 - First Cong. Church, Rev. Jonathan Marsh, pastor 1739-1794:
JOHN COLLAR m. Sophia Hills, 26 August 1787, New Hartford, Litchfield Co., Ct
(Early Connecticut Marriages, Bailey)
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Rev War Land Bounty Records, Warrant # 5663:
JOHN COLLAR, private, Sheldon's Dragoons (Conn)
100 acres land bounty issued Sept 4, 1789 to Ezekiel Case
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1790 US Census - Litchfield (sic - actually several towns combined), Litchfield Co., Ct (Roll M637-1, p. 411):
JOHN COLLAR
1 male 16+
3 females
(note: John is listed in between Levi Fox & Isaac Coller. We know that in 1785, John sold land to Levi Fox)
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1800 US Census - can not locate John
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1810 Census - can not locate John
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1820 US Census - Burlington, Hartford Co., Conn (Roll M33-2, p. 66): [also listed on 1822 tax list]
John Colier
1 male 45+ (John, b. 1763)
1 female <10 (dau Sophia, b. 1811)
1 female 10-16 (dau Catherine Maria, b. 1807)
1 female 16-26 (dau Caroline M., b. 1805)
1 female 26-45 (poss. dau Eliza, who married Nathan Cobb of Torrington in 1826)
1 female 45+ (wife Sophia Hills, b. ~1763-1770)
1 person engaged in agriculture
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Burlington Land Records:
Grantor: JOHN COLLIER, of Burlington
Grantee: Caroline Pattison, of Burlington
Deed Date: 17 March 1828
Recording Date: 17 March 1828
Vol./Page: 5:507
Consideration: LOVE & GOOD WILL I HAVE FOR & BEAR UNTO MY DAUGHTER, CAROLINE PATTISON
Land Description: 2nd division of lots; begins 2 rods north of SMALL HOME I PURCHASED OF JOHN COLLAR, JR., thence runs by the highway southeastward to land belonging to the oil mill company, thence southerly by the same about 4 rods, thence northwestward in a line parallel with the highway until it intersects a line on a right angle south from the 1st station. Butts northeastward on a highway, southeastward on said oil mill company; southwest and northwest ON MY OWN LAND. Contains 2 rods with small house thereon.
Witnesses: Simeon Hart & Pamela Hart; Willard Hitchcock, registrar.

Note: can not locate John's original purchase of this property in Burlington, Bristol (Burlington's parent town) or Farmington (Bristol's parent town) land record index.
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Estate of COLLIER, JOHN
Town of Burlington
Date 1828 No. 630
Farmington Probate District
10 total documents
"To Noadiah Woodruff judge of Ct of Probate for the Dist of Farmington
Sir
It is my wish, at the request of the other relatives of John Collier Dec'd that Willard Hitchcock be appointed Amn on the estate of sd Decs
Burlington Nov 22d 1828
(The signature of Sophia Colier) Widw of John Collier Decd"
Two other documents list her as "Sophia Collyer"

Note 1: no other mention of any Collier or Collyer name within the documents

Note 2: Apparently, neither Willard Hitchcock nor his wife, Adeline Welton, are relatives or in-laws. He was simply a disinterested party & town registrar.
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The Hartford Times & Weekly Advertiser, 20 July 1829 issue:
Notice - The whole of the real and personal estate of JOHN COLLIER late of Burlington deceased will be offered at public sale on Tuesday the 4th day of August next, at the late dwelling of said deceased. Sale to commence at 1 o'clock P.M. Willard Hitchcock, Admr, Burlington, July 11, 1829
(source: www.genealogybank.com)
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JOHN COLLIER, JR.

Hale Collection Abstracts:
JOHN COLIER m Miss MEHITABEL BUTLER of New Hartford at Canton [prob. late Mar or early Apr 1815]
Hartford Courant, Apr 2, 1815 issue
Connecticut Mirror, Apr 17, 1815 issue
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Burlington Land Records:
Grantor: JOHN COLYER of Burlington
Grantees: Theodore Pettibone & Jacob Foot of Burlington & Theodore Pettibone, Jr. of Canton
Deed Date: 16 Dec 1820
Rec. Date: 16 Dec 1820
Vol./Page: 4:227
FHL Film 3769
Consideration: $550
Land Description: 2nd division; begins at southward of said piece at heap of stones & white birch & runs east to a highway, then westward & northward by said highway & as far north as a large hemlock tree, and the westward side of the brook; then west of the line of lots by said ___ to land of Benjamin Elton, then south of said Elton's land in the first bound(?). Toward(?) south on land of Uri Smith, eastward & northward on highway, north of land of the grantee's and west in said Elton's land. also, on line of land lying eastward, the road(?) formerly purchased Jeremiah Griswold, westward for part of a nice(?) lot Bulle (?), eastward on land of the heirs of Jeremiah Griswold and north on Thaddeus Daily and west on Highway, both pieces contain 20 acres.
Witnesses: Simeon Hart & Fanny Hart
Conditions: John Colyer to pay notes of hand [total of $280]
$60 payable 10 March
$40 payable 15 September
$60 payable 10 March 1822
$40 payable 20 September 1822
$40 payable 10 March 1823
$40 payable 10 September 1823

Note: I assume that this was John Collier, Jr, although the deed does not stipulate. It makes more sense for a younger man to be acquiring property and mortgage payments.
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...this is the same parcel for the mortgaged land...
Burlington Land Records:
Grantor: Theodore Pettibone & Jacob Foot of Burlington & Theodore Pettibone, Jr. of Canton
Grantee: John Colyer of Burlington
Deed Date: 16 Dec 1820
Recording Date: 16 Dec 1820
Vol./Page: 4:229
FHL Film: 3769
Consideration: $550
Land Description: same as above deed
Witnesses: Simeon Hart & Fanny Hart
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1820 US Census - Burlington, Hartford Co., Conn (Roll M33-2, p. 66): [also listed in 1822 tax list]
JOHN COLLIER, JR.
1 male <10 (Ezra, b. ~1819, age 1)
1 male 26-45 (John, Jr., b 1775-1794)
1 female <10 (Emily, b. ~1816, age 4)
1 female 16-26 (Mehitable Butler, b. ~1796, age 24)
1 person engaged in agriculture
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Burlington Land Records:
Grantor: Elias Wooding & Waite Lowry, major part of the selectmen of Burlington
Grantee: JOHN COLYER, of Burlington
Deed Date: 25 June 1822
Recording Date: 25 June 1822
Vol./Page: 5:93
FHL Film: 3770
Consideration: $6
Land Description: Highway running across grantee's land begining WHERE EZRA BUTLER'S MILL USED TO STAND, thence runs southeast, thence southwesterly to highway sold to Benjamin Elton and is 63 rods in length and 2 rods in width and contains 3 rods & 6 rods of land. Bounded north by highway, south by land of Benjamin Elton, east & west by the grantee's land.
Witnesses: Simeon Hart & Fanny Hart

Note: this deed references his father-in-law's mill, which apparently stood adjacent to or directly on John's current property.
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...father John, Sr., gives small lot and house to John, Jr.'s sister, Caroline. John, Sr. states he purchased it from John, Jr., however, there is no reference in the land records index of this transaction:

Burlington Land Records:
Grantor: JOHN COLLIER, of Burlington
Grantee: Caroline Pattison, of Burlington
Deed Date: 17 March 1828
Recording Date: 17 March 1828
Vol./Page: 5:507
Consideration: love & good will I have for and do bear unto my daughter, Caroline Pattison
Land Description: 2nd division of lots; begins 2 rods north of SMALL HOME I PURCHASED OF JOHN COLLER, JR., thence runs by the highway southeastward to land belonging to the oil mill company, thence southerly by the same about 4 rods, thence northwestward in a line parallel with the highway until it intersects a line on a right angle south from the 1st station. Butts northeastward on a highway, southeastward on said oil mill company; southwest and northwest ON MY OWN LAND. Contains 2 rods with small house thereon.
Witnesses: Simeon Hart & Pamela Hart; Willard Hitchcock, registrar
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It looks like John Colyer, Jr. died sometime between his last deed in 1822 and the 1830 census. I think that his wife Mehitable was living with her widowed sister Harriet Ford, and the extra boys were Harriet's sons.

1830 US Census - Derby, New Haven Co., Ct (Roll M19 -9, p. 309):
MEHITABLE COLYER
1 male <5 (maybe James Ford, b. 1824)
2 males 5-10 (Edwin, ~9-10 & maybe John B. Ford, ~6, b. Oct 1823)
1 male 10-15 (Ezra B., ~12)
1 female 15-20 (Emily, b. ~1816; tracks with 1820 census)
2 females 30-40 (Mehitable & sister Harriet Ford, b.~1794)

Note: Mehitable's father, Ezra Butler, is also listed on the 1830 Derby census, 1 page prior to Mehitable.
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No further census listings found for John, Jr or his wife, Mehitable. No death records in Ricker Compilation or newspaper death notices on www.genealogybank.com.
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If anyone can supply further info on the Colliers, please contact me. Thanks! -Suzanne