William COLLIER

Male Abt 1581 - 1671  (~ 90 years)


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  • Name William COLLIER  [1
    Born Abt 1581  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Will Dated 29 May 1670  Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will Probated 5 Jul 1671  Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 5 Jul 1671  Duxbury, , Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I2045  HOGAN, Laurel LaRue
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2019 

    Father Abraham COLLIER,   b. Abt 1560, of London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 1 Sep 1603, of , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Mother Joane Sarah VOSS,   b. Abt 1562, of London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1586, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Married Abt 1582  of London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F2020  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Curtes CLARK,   b. Abt 1590, Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1661, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 16 May 1611  Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Children 
     1. Mary COLLIER,   b. 18 Feb 1612, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1695, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Hannah COLLIER,   c. 14 Sep 1613, Southwark, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1625, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 11 years)
     3. Rebecca COLLIER,   b. 10 Jan 1615, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1698, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +4. Sarah COLLIER,   b. 30 Apr 1616, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1691, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. Elizabeth COLLIER,   b. 9 Mar 1618, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1670, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     6. John COLLIER,   b. Abt 1619, of Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Aug 1625, of Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 6 years)
     7. Edward COLLIER,   c. 23 Mar 1619, Saint Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 6 Aug 1625, Saint Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 6 years)
     8. Arthur COLLIER,   b. Abt 1621, Pine Hill, Hartford, Colony of Connecticut, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Ralph COLLIER,   b. Abt 1623, of Pinefield, , Hartford, Colony of Connecticut, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1670  (Age ~ 47 years)
     10. Martha COLLIER,   b. 28 Mar 1624, Saint Olave, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1625, Saint Olave, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     11. Joseph COLLIER,   b. Abt 1625, of , Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1691, of Hartford, Hartford, Colony of Connecticut, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     12. Lydia COLLIER,   b. 8 Mar 1626, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1626, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     13. Ruth COLLIER,   b. Abt 1627, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1694, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     14. John COLLIER,   b. 23 Mar 1620, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1635, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F1705  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      William came to America in 1633 on the ship "Mary and James". He was one of the Merchant Adventures who financed the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony and one of only a handful who actually migrated. He was very wealthy and built a house next to Miles Standish in Plymouth.
      William Collier was born in England about 1581-5, based on the date of his marriage. He was a purveyor grocer in England being apprenticed to William Russell, becoming a member of the Grocer's Company of London on March 3, 1627/8.
      William came to the Plymouth Colony in 1626 to determine why the Pilgrims had not lived up to their agreement to ship furs, grain and any other available commodities to London in payment of the money the Merchant Adventurers gave them for boat passage, food and supplies. He purchased some land at the time of his visit. When he returned to London he sold his businesses and in 1633 he returned to Plymouth to live. He came on the "Mary and James" vessel with 196 passengers. with him were his four daughters, ranging in age from 17-23 years old, servants and three of his London employees, John, Job and David Col. there is no mention of his wife, so she either died or stayed in London with her sons and came over at a later date.
      He had two wives, some say three. He married Jane Clarke May 1611 in St Olave Southwark, England. She is said to be the sister of thomas Clarke and probably daughter of John Clarke and Elizabeth Hobson. the records also indicate he had another wife, who was known only as Mrs. William Collier. the Plymouth Colony records indicated he married a widow named Jane, who had a daughter named Elizabeth and granddaughter named Sarah (Walker) Warren, in Plymouth Colony.Some say he was married to Jane Curtis.
      Upon arrival in New England "he was made a freeman at once." (2) He immediately took a prominent position in the Plymouth Colony and was Magistrate and Assistant Governor of Plymouth Colony for 28/18 years.(1) He was tax Assessor, 1634 and served on many committees for assigning and laying out land, for building a meeting house, on highways, to revise the laws, etc. He was a member of the Council for War at Duxbury, 1642 and later was one of the two plenipotentiaries at the first meeting of the Congress of the United Colonies in 1643." (4, p 105)
      He was a businessman and assisted in the settlement of accounts with the Merchant Adventures." (1) "William Collier took the liberal side in the attempt to establish religious toleration in the Colonies in 1646." (4, p 105) "He was among the first purchasers of land in Duxbury, Massachusetts and was the first settler in Duxbury. (1) In 1661, he sold his house and all of his land in Duxbury, with the provision that he and his wife would retain ownership until their deaths, the sale being to Benjamin Bartlett, the husband of his granddaughter Sarah Brewster Bartlett." (3, p 268) "He was the wealthiest man in the colony, as he paid the highest taxes. He died in 1671 at the age of 81 years. His grave is not marked as at that time they did not want the Indians to know that a member of the colony had died.
      Sources: 1) "The Story of Our Branch of the Collier Family" C69cc p vii, viii, ix, 2) "Lineage of Henrietta Bearce Baker" v2, 3) "Matthews, Page, Wilson, Dean, Bartlett" 929.273 M4332mk p 268 which sites "History and Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters" by Leon Clark Hills, 1977; "Plymouth Colony, Its History and People" 1620-1691 by Eugene Aubrey Stratton, 1986, 4) "Tarbox and Allied Families" T173t which sites Hills' "Mayflower Planters"; "Saints

      --- on FamilySearch 2 Jan 2019

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] International Genealogical Index(IGI) v5.0, Ordinance Record, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Intellectual Reserve, Inc., FamilySearch (TM); http://www.familysearch.org), Film: Batch F515870, Sheet 051, Source Call No. 1553677 (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S6] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Reliability: 3).
      William Collier; Male; Birth: About 1588 St Olave,South, , Surrey, England; Death: 05 JUL 1671 Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 4/30/2008

    3. [S6] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Reliability: 3).
      WILLIAM COLLIER; Male; Birth: 1585 St Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England; Death: 05 JUL 1671 Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts; Spouse: JANE CURTES CLARKE; Marriage: 16 MAY 1613 St Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 4/30/2008

    4. [S6] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Reliability: 3).
      ABRAHAM COLLIER; Male; Birth: About 1560 , , England; Spouse: SARAH VOSS; Marriage: About 1579 Of St Olave, , Surrey, England
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 5/1/2008

    5. [S6] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Reliability: 3).
      Abraham COLLIER; Male; Birth: About 1560 Of London,Greater, , London, England; Death: London,Greater, , London, England; Spouse: Sarah VOSS; Marriage: About 1582 Of London,Greater, , London, England
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 5/1/2008

    6. [S6] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Reliability: 3).
      William COLLIER; Male; Birth: 1585 St Olave,South, , Surrey, England; Death: 05 JUL 1671; Spouse: Jane CURTES; Marriage: 16 MAY 1611 St Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 4/30/2008