William Collier (c.1585 - 1671) MP

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Nicknames: "Collyar /Colliar/", "Collyer", "Collyare"
Birthplace: St Olave, South, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Managed by: Thomas Shirley
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About William Collier

Added by Elwin Nickerson II about my Great Grandfather:

William Collier - Merchant of London- Arrived on the "Mary and Jane" in 1633-Came to Plymouth Colony with 4 Daughters- Wife Jane Did not Arrive with him.Appointed  Assistant Counsellor- to the Gov. of Plymouth, Colony. Acting Governor  Two Sessions. Earliest Settlers of Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Burial:  Probably at Harden Hill, Duxbury, Massachusetts


  1. 16 MAY 1611 to Jane Clark in St. Olave, Southwark, England



  •  1941: He was a Merchant Adventurer & Brewer of London, and very active in support of the New England Settlers. In fact, he was one of those to subscribe for special aid to the Plymouth colonists on Nov 15, 1626. He finally decided, like so many other merchants, to remove himself and family to America. It is not surprising to find him, his four daughters and apprentices (not servants), among whom were the brothers John, Job, and Daniel Cole, disembarking from the good ship 'Mary and James,' [Mary & Jane?] together with 190 other passengers when it arrived at Plymouth in 1633. He was an able man and soon took a high position in the Colony, especially in the matter of final settlement of acounts with the London Adventurers. 
  • Records refer to his as a grocer and owner of a brew house in London.  In his youth, he was apprenticed to William Russell for eight years and was entered and sworn in the Gorcers' Company of London on 16 August 1609.
  •   "William Collier - One of the few Adventurers to come to live in New England, was praised by Nathaniel Morton (New England Memorials, p. 91): "This year (1633) like-wise Mr. William Collier arrived with his family in New England, who as he had been a good Benefactor to the Colony of New Plimouth before he came over, having been an Adventurer unto it at its first beginning; so also he approved himself a very useful Instrument in that Jurisdiction after he arrived, being frequently Chosen, and for divers years serving God and the County in the place of Magistracy, and lived a godly and holy life until old Age."   - Pedigree Chart from Nancy D. Adams, 1526 Pelican Point Drive, Sarasota, FL 34231-6792.
  • "He immediately took a prominant position in the Plymouth Colony and was Magistrate and assistant Governor of Plymouth Colony for 28 years. He was a businessman and assisted in the settlement of accounts with the Merchant Adventures and handled the business of the colony. He was commissioner at the first meeting of United Colonies in 1643 and served on the Council of War. He was among the first purchasers of land in Duxbury, Mass. and was the first settler in Duxbury. He was the wealthiest man in the colony, as he paid the highest taxes."  - Charles A. Collier, The Story of our Branch of the Collier Family, (Santa Barbara, CA: Privately printed, 1975).


  • Robert S. Wakefield, "The Children of William Collier," The American Genealogist, Vol. 49 (4), (October, 1973).


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Hon. William Collier's Timeline

St Olave, South, Surrey, England
(St. Olave) Southwark, London, England
Age 25
May 16, 1611
Age 26
(St. Olave) Southwark, Surrey, England
May 16, 1611
Age 26
February 18, 1612
Age 27
St Olave,Southwark,Surrey,England
April 30, 1616
Age 31
Southwark, Surrey, England
September 19, 1616
Age 31
Saint Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England
Age 48
Plymouth, MA
Age 54
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States