Thomas Collier

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Collier was born in 1665, in Surry, Virginia, British Colonial America, his father, John Collier Sr, was 36 and his mother, Mary Sowerby, was 16. He married Mary about 1685, in Surry, Virginia, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. In 1720, at the age of 55, his occupation is listed as high sheriff in Surry, Virginia, British Colonial America. He died on 3 April 1728, in Virginia, United States, at the age of 63.

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Thomas Collier
Marriage: about 1685
John Collier
Sarah Collier

Sources (4)

  • Thomas Collier, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Surry County VA Wills, Etc. Book 7, Part 2, pp. 794-795
  • Collier Family Research

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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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