On this page I will be posting some information on Colliers that should be part of
this family, but I can't quite find the connection. I'm hoping visitors to this page will be able to help.
Loose End #1 :
Which John Collier married Emelia Cooper ?
Emelia Cooper (sometimes spelled Amelia)
was the daughter of George Cooper and Mary Ellis. She is
George's will as Emelia Collier (BK 11,pg 229, probated 22 Mar 1782)
George was the son of William Cooper; Mary Ellis was
the daughter of Caleb Ellis I and Amelia Shockey.
Amelia was a daughter of Richard Shockey, who lived with John Rawlings
when he was a minor and is a tithable in the Rawlings household 1689-92. John Rawlings
was the stepfather of
Joseph Collier and John Collier JR,
sons of Mary Sowerby Rawlings by her first husband
John Collier SR.
Richard Shockey married Alice _____.
Richard bought land from John Collier JR in
1693 : Surry Co. Deeds &
Wills 1687-1694, pg 352:
Deed from John Collier to Richard Shokkee,
recorded 6 Mar 1693, 100 acres, part of 450
acres granted to William Carpenter Apr. 1686
and sold by Carpenter to said John Collier Sep. 1692.
Therefore, Emelia Cooper Collier was the granddaughter
of Richard Shockey,who had close ties to the early
I do not have an exact birthdate on Emelia, but her husband
John was deceased by Sept 17,
1796, and two of her five children by him were already of age. (Surry Co O.B. 1796-1800, pg 113: dated 27 Sept 1796,
Collier appointed guardian of " Lucy, John and George C. Collier, orphans of John Collier,dec'd."
Emelia's will, probated 22 Jan 1816
includes her five children by John Collier: Benjamin, Lucy, John, George C, and
I am guessing her marriage to John Collier to have taken place sometime in the 1770s, and her birthdate
probably abt 1750-55. Her husband John was probably also born about the same time.
Who, then, was this John
Collier ? Considering her grandfather's connections to the Collier family, I believe he was probably a g-grandson of John
Collier Sr, who died 1676 and his wife Mary Sowerby. But there are many blanks in my information on the lines down from John
Sr's sons, and I have no ideas at this time who this John's parents could have been.
Can anybody help ?