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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: William Collier

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: William Collier was born about 1585, based on his date of marriage.

    Death: He died after May 29, 1670, and before July 5, 1671.

    Ship: Unknown, 1633

    Life in England: William Collier was a grocer in England. He had apprenticed to William Russell and became a member of the Grocers’ Company of London on March 3, 1627/8. He was one of the financial backers of Plymouth Colony. He lived in the parish of St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey and operated a brewhouse in London.

    Life in New England: William Collier was admitted as a freeman of Plymouth in January 1633/4. He removed to Duxbury after 1639. William Collier was a very influential man in Plymouth Colony, serving as Assistant Governor for many years, as well as on numerous committees.

    Family: William Collier married Jane Clark in Southwark on May 16, 1611, and had thirteen children. She died after June 28, 1666.

    Children of William and Jane Collier:

    • Mary was baptized in Southwark in February 18, 1611/2. She married Thomas Prence on April 1, 1635, in Plymouth as his second wife and had two children. She died before 1644. He died on March 29, 1673.
    • Hannah was baptized in Southwark on September 14, 1613. She was buried there on August 31, 1625. Rebecca was baptized in Southwark on January 10, 1614/5. She married Job Cole in Plymouth on May 15, 1634, and had three children. He died after 1683 and before his wife’s death. She died in Eastham on December 29, 1698.
    • Sarah was baptized in Southwark on April 30, 1616. She married Love Brewster on May 15, 1634, in Plymouth and had four children. He died in 1650. She married (2) Richard Parke after September 1, 1656. She died in in Plymouth on April 26, 1691.
    • John was baptized in Southwark on March 18, 1616/7, and buried there August 24, 1618.
    • Elizabeth was baptized in Southwark on March 9, 1618/9. She married Constant Southworth on November 2, 1637, in Plymouth and had eight children. He died on March 11, 1678/9. She died sometime after her husband’s will was written, February 10, 1678/9.
    • John was baptized in Southwark on Marsh 23, 1619/20, and buried there August 6, 1625.
    • Catheren was buried in Southwark on January 13, 1621/2.
    • James was baptized in Bermondsey on March 16, 1622/3, and buried in Southwark on August 24, 1624.
    • Martha was baptized in Bermonsey on March 28, 1624, and buried in Southwark on May 30, 1625.
    • William was buried in Southwark on August 12, 1625.
    • Lydia was baptized in Southwark on March 8, 1625/6, and buried there four days later.
    • Ruth was born about 1628. She married Daniel Cole by 1644 and had five children. She died in Eastham on December 15, 1694.
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