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John Colyer's gravestone in Soule's Chapel Cemetery in Kentucky

Per Richard Curtis' website titled "Curtis / Colyer Family of Somerset, Ky"

JOHN COLYER. of Greenbriar County, Virginia (W. Va. now), born August 20, 1781, married in Virginia Martha Minus, daughter of Buford Minus, they had the following children: William, Buford, Alexander, Nancy, and John. Martha Minus Colyer died about 1816. He married a second time in about 1817, to LYDIA PURVIS. daughter of James Purvis. Their children were: Harriet, St. Clair, Lindsay, Elizabeth, Cyrenius, Minerva. Jehu, James Perry, Martin, GRENADE, Wesley, Stephen, Samuel, and Nathaniel. JOHN COLYER and his family settled in Pulaski County1 Kentucky, where he and his wife died.
From Dean Hunter :Newspaper obituary of Charles Granade Colyer April 1910 :

JOHN COLYER, who lived and reared a large family of 19 sons and daughters, and died on the old homestead now known as the Warren farm at the bridge of pitman creek on the Sublimity road. about six and one half miles from this town, and his mother was LYDIA PURVIS who was the old gentleman's second wife and the mother of fourteen of his children and his first wife was a Miss Sinclair, who was mother of five of the older children.

I first became intimately. acquainted with the family 0f JOHN COLYER Sr. In 1856, when my father removed to the farm adjoining theirs on the opposite side of Pitman creek now the Allen farm, and from the first moment was convinced that there never was a more gallant, neighborly or hospitable family in the world. To the young man's mind their home was a model place to get good treatment and have a good time. It was better than a circus to be with those old big boys at the corn huskings or hoeing; threshings or stacking; the log cuttings or rollings, and to have to do hard and heavy work, when four or five of them were on hand and helping at the labor, it was the best kind of entertainment, and we want to tell you that no laddie was ever imposed upon in that good company, for they stood over those in need of a defender on every occasion.

The 1850 Pulaski County Census lists JOHN COLYER, age 69, farmer, born Tennessee, LIDIA, 42, born Ky., GRANADE 18, Wesley 16, Stephen 14, Samuel 12, Nathan 10 (all born in Kentucky) and RHODA PURVIS, 86, born in North Carolina.

 

Soule's Chapel Church Cemetery in Kentucky where the Colyer family may have gone to church and where John Colyer is buried
photo courtesy of Richard Curtis

John Colyer's home in Kentucky

Per Richard Curtis' website titled "Curtis / Colyer Family of Somerset, Ky":

"The original John Colyer farm was located at what is currently highway 192 at Pittman Creek. Here is a picture of the house standing where original homestead of John Colyer stood according to Elaine Avera. Here is an ancient photograph that is believed to be the same house as it existed when the John Colyer family lived there. The photo was found in the home of Ray Colyer , Frankfort KY in 2005. You will note that it is an ancient photo (mid to late 1800’s) that had an artist’s enhancements such as charcoal touch ups and colorization applied. I traced the deed of the property in the photo back at the Pulaski County courthouse to the deed that proves that the photographed property is in fact the home place of John Colyer Sr. John Colyer bought the majority if not all the property from a Langdon family by deed in 1842."

http://www.curtisit.com/curtisfam/getperson.php?personID=I1027&tree=colyer

 

 

 

 

 

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