Hon. Robert Ruffin Collier

Male16 October 1804–3 March 1870

Brief Life History of Robert Ruffin

When Hon. Robert Ruffin Collier was born on 16 October 1804, in Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Virginia, United States, his father, CPT Nathaniel Collier, was 29 and his mother, Sarah "Sally" Williamson, was 24. He had at least 8 sons and 6 daughters with Mary Ann Davis. He died on 3 March 1870, in Petersburg, Virginia, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia, United States.

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Hon. Robert Ruffin Collier
Mary Ann Davis
Hon. Charles Fenton Collier
Nathaniel Macon Collier
Roberta Collier
Robert Macon Collier
James Edwin Collier Sr
Sarah D. Collier
Mary E. Collier
Robert R Collier
Robert Williamson Collier
Frances W. “Fannie” Collier
Stirling Kennon Collier

Sources (16)

  • Robert R. Collier in entry for James Edwin Collier, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
  • Robert R Collier, "United States Census, 1850"
  • R. R. Collier in entry for Walter Keran, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989"

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Children (14)

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Siblings (6)

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World Events (8)


Age 4

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 8

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.

1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

Age 20

“The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English colier, in most parts of the country ‘maker or seller of charcoal’, but in some areas (such as Bolton le Moors and Wigan, Lancashire) where coal measures were near the surface, ‘miner or seller of coal’ (in the modern sense, ‘fossil fuel’). The name was taken to Ireland from England and was first recorded there in 1305. In Petty's ‘census’ of 1659, it was recorded as a principal surname in Meath.

English: occupational name from Middle English coilour, coliour, culliour, Old French coileor, coillour ‘tax collector’. Surnames with this origin seem to have died out in Britain.

French (northern): from collier ‘collar’, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of collars.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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