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William Collier

Also Known As: "Collyar /Colliar/", "Collyer", "Collyare"
Birthplace: of St. Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey, England
Death: between May 29, 1670 and July 05, 1671 (80-90)
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Collier and Mary Sarah Collier
Husband of Jane Collier
Father of Mary Prence; Hannah Collier; Rebecca Cole; Sarah Park; John Collier and 6 others
Brother of Elizabeth Collier; Mary Collier and Rebecca Collier

Occupation: Grocer of London, brewhouse operator, Acting Gov of the Plymouth Colony, Wealthiest Man in the Colony, Grocer; Brewhouse Operator
Immigration Year: 1633
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About Hon. William Collier, of London & Duxbury

William Collier. Born ca 1585. William died in Duxbury, MA ca 1670/1671. Occupation: grocer


From the Southworth Genealogy:33

William Collier was one of the merchants of London who aided the Pilgrims in coming to Plymouth, furnishing the money for their outfit. After the partnership between the Pilgrims and the Adventurers was terminated, he came over in 1633 in the "Mary and Jane" with one hundred and ninety-six passengers; with him came his four daughters: Sarah, who married Love Brewster; Reberea, married Job Cole; Mary, married Thomas Prence; Elizabeth, married Constant Southworth. There is no mention of his wife, so she probably died before he came over. It has been said that he was; not content to share the profit of the enterprise of the Pilgrims without also sharing their hardships.


Profile last modified 16 Aug 2020 | Created 22 Jul 2010

William Collier

Born about 1585 in St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England

Son of Abraham Collier and Sarah (Voss) Collier

[sibling%28s%29 unknown]

Husband of Jane (Clark) Collier — married 16 May 1611 in St. Olave, Bermondsey, Southwark, Surrey, England

Father of William Collier, Mary (Collier) Prence, Hannah Collier, Rebecca (Collier) Cole, Sarah (Collier) Parke, John Collier, John Collier, Elizabeth (Collier) Southworth, Catheren Collier, James Collier, Martha Collier and Lydia Collier

Died before 5 Jul 1671 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony

William Collier migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See Great Migration Begins, by R. C. Anderson, Vol. 1, p. 446) Join: Puritan Great Migration Project Discuss: PGM Contents

[hide] 1 Biography 2 Children 3 Chronology 4 Sources Biography

William was born in 1585. He passed away in 1671.

William Collier[1] was born about 1585 in County Surrey, England, based on his approximate age at marriage.

He was married at St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey to "Jane Clark" on 16 May 1611.[2] There is strong evidence that Jane was a widow at the time of this marriage.[3]

Note: The parish register in St Olave Bermondsey, Southwark (not St Olave Southwark) is the location of their marriage: reads: Will Colliar Jane Clarke 16 May 1611. [4]

He was a grocer in England, migrated to Plymouth in 1633, where he was admitted as a Freeman on 1 January 1633.[5].

He served on a number of important committees in Plymouth, moving to Duxbury by 1639;[6] he continued to serve in important positions until his death.

His estate was administered 5 July 1671.[7][8]

His wife, Jane Clark, died sometime after 28 June 1666, as she signed a deed at that time.[9]

Known as the wealthiest man in Duxbury and was the highest person listed on the Plymouth Colony Tax List.


The Great Migration Begins lists twelve children, most born at St. Olave, Southwark between 1611 to 1625. Two were born at St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey in 1622 and 1625. Eight of those children died young and were buried at St. Olave before 1625. Children:

  1. Mary christened 18 Feb 1611/2 St. Olave, married at Plymouth 1 April 1635 to Thomas Prence.
  2. Hannah bp St Olave 14 Sep 1613; bur. there 31 Aug 1625
  3. Rebecca christened at St. Olave 10 January 1614[/5], married at Plymouth 15 May 1634 to Job Cole.
  4. Sarah christened St. Olave 30 April 1616 married at Plymouth 15 May 1634 to Love Brewster.
  5. John bpt St. Olave 18 Mar 1616[/7]; bur there 24 Aug 1618;
  6. Elizabeth christened at St. Olave 9 March 1618[/9], married at Plymouth 2 November 1637 to Constant Southworth.
  7. John bpt St. Olve 23 Mar 1619[/20]; but ther 6 Aug 1625
  8. Catheren bur St. Olave 13 Jan 1621[/2]
  9. James bpt St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey 16 Mar 1622[/3]; bur. St Olave 24 Aug 1624.
  10. Martha bpt St. Mary Magdalen, 28 Mar 1624; bur St. Olave 30 May 1625
  11. William bur. st. Olave 12 Aug 1625
  12. Lydia bpt St. Olave 8 Mar 1625[/6]; bur there 12 Mar 1625[/6]


1633: from Eng. on the Ship "Mary & Jane" with 4 daughters (and possibly wife).

1634: Elected Asst. Councillor of Governor to Plymouth, yearly re-elected until 1666 (except for 1653).

1664-5: Acting Governor of Plymouth Colony.

1643: Appointed Commissioner of Plymouth Colony.

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).
  • Licensed to sell Wine and Strong Waters in Duxbury, June 13, 1660.


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Hon. William Collier, of London & Duxbury's Timeline

Southwark, Surrey, England
(St. Olave) Southwark, London, England
February 18, 1612
St Olave,Southwark,Surrey,England
September 14, 1613
St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England
January 10, 1614
Southwark, Surrey, England
April 30, 1616
Southwark, Surrey, England
March 9, 1619
Saint Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England
March 23, 1620
St Olave Southwark, Surrey, England