The Shattles Connection

Shattles Cemetery Marker (photo courtesy of Amanda Johnson)

The Colliers and Shattles were both prominent families in Middle Georgia during the 1800s.  In the early part of the century, as the counties were formed from Indian territory, these families were among the early settlers.  In Upson County, Robert Collier settled near The Rock, while brother Isaac farmed west of Thomaston near the Flint River.  A third brother, Cuthbert, claimed land in adjacent Monroe County, where he eventually built a rail station.  The Shattles families lived in an area which, at the time, was near the Upson-Monroe county line.  Much of that area in Monroe County was made part of Lamar County in 1920.

Historically, the Shattles line has only been traced back to about 1772 with the birth of George Washington Shattles.  Prior lineage is lost in the fog of time, possibly because, as family legend holds, Shattles may not have been the original name.  I find it interesting that an infant would be named George Washington in 1772, four years before the Declaration of Independence.  Of course, in 1772, the original George Washington was a hero of the French and Indian War and was part of the social and political elite of the colony of Virginia.   It is entirely possible the future Father of Our Country had his admirers before becoming President.  Still, it seems odd the Shattles line could only be traced back to a man named at birth for someone who had not yet achieved his greatest prominence.

The information about the Shattles family comes to CHF primarily from the work of Joel Shattles, Sr., who is now deceased.  Beginning in about 1998, Joel, along with his son, Joel, Jr., began tracing their family history.  A bound, unpublished history of the Shattles Family was produced in 2000.

Joel Shattles, Sr. Speaks at the Shattles Family Reunion 2003

There were at least two Collier-Shattles marriages.  It is not the intent here to discuss the entire Shattles line, but to focus on the Collier-Shattles connections.

The aforementioned George Washington Shattles was born in Pennsylvania.  He married his wife, Barbara (maiden name unknown), in about 1791 in North Carolina.  George died about 1859 in Upson County, Georgia.  Both are thought to be buried in a portion of Upson County that was later carved off and made a part of Pike County.

The first child of George and Barbara was John Richard Shattles, who was born in 1772 in North Carolina.  John Richard also took a “Barbara” for his wife in 1811.  John and Barbara had seven children; the first was born in North Carolina, the rest in Georgia.  Information from a page in a family Bible tells us John Shattles died May 13, 1869, and Barbara Shattles died the next month on June 15.

The fifth child born to John and Barbara Shattles was another George Washington Shattles.  This George Washington was born about 1821 in Monroe County, Georgia.   He married Lucinda Kennedy September 6, 1840 in Monroe County.  George died June 4, 1857 in Upson County.  Lucinda’s date of death is given as 1896.  Both are buried in the Shattles Cemetery in Lamar County.

George Washington Shattles Marker (Father of Francis Ann Shattles, Who Married Robert Terrell Collier)

Lucinda Kennedy Shattles Marker (Mother of Francis Ann Shattles, Who Married Robert Terrell Collier)

George and Lucinda had nine children.  The eldest was Francis Ann Shattles, born July 18, 1841.  On November 17, 1859, Francis Ann married Robert Terrell Collier, son of Williamson Collier and grandson of Vines Collier.

George Washington Shattles, Father of Francis Ann Shattles and Grandfather of Absalom Terrell Collier

About 1884, Robert Terrell and Francis Ann moved to Texas and settled in Nacogdoches County, founding the East Texas branch of Vines Collier descendants.  Both Robert Terrell and Francis Ann or buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Upshur County, Texas.

Grave Markers of Robert Terrell Collier and Francis Ann (Shattles) Collier, Upshur County, Texas

John and Barbara Shattles’ six child was James Monroe Shattles, born February 25, 1823 in Monroe County, Georgia.  James, or Jim, as he was also called, married Ann Davidson on July 26, 1876.  James Shattles died June 15, 1883.  No death date is known for Ann Shattles, and no burial location is known for either spouse.

James Shattles was an active farmer and landowner.  On the map of Land Districts, dated sometime around 1850, the “Shattles Bros.” place most likely refers to farms of brothers George Washington Shattles and James Monroe Shattles.


Eleven children were born to the union of James and Ann Shattles.  The second born, and the first male, was given the family name of George Washington Shattles.  This George Washington was born December 5, 1849 in Monroe County, Georgia.  George married Mary Delonia Collier on April 24, 1871 in Upson County, Georgia.   He died February 17, 1899 in Gordon County, Georgia.  Mary Delonia passed away in 1916.  Both George and Ann are buried in West Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Gordon County , Georgia.

Mary Delonia (Collier) Shattles at the Wedding of her Son, James Thomas Shattles, to Dorothy Irvin in 1902

Mary Delonia Collier was the daughter of Isaac Peterson and Martha (Dickens) Collier.  The military service of Isaac Peterson Collier is discussed further in this CHF post dated August 18, 2018 and entitled “Nothing But My Duty” (click here).  Mary Delonia’s paternal grandparents were Charles Vines and Rebecca (Owen) Collier.  More information on the Confederate service of the Sons of Charles Vines collier, Sr. and Rebecca Owen Collier and Rebecca is discussed in a post of September 14, 2015 (click here).   Vines and Elizabeth (Williamson) Collier were her great-grandparents.

The Shattles Cemetery is located in Lamar County, on a well-known historic farm known as Sugar Hill.

Some interesting trivia:

The Shattles Cemetery is in a portion of Lamar County that was carved off from Monroe County when Lamar was created.  The area is known as the Redbone Community.  It is thought Native Americans referred to the area as Redbone because of the large number of red fox squirrels they found in the area.

William Merrill Collier, half-brother to Robert Terrell Collier, died sometime around 1870.  He was buried in the Redbone Community.

In 1925, J C Collier had the remains of William Merrill Collier exhumed and re-interred in the Collier Family Lot at Greenwood Cemetery in Barnesville (click here) for related post.

The first born son of George Washington Shattles and Mary Delonia (Collier) Shattles was named Pascal Smith Collier.  For a discussion of the name of Pascal Smith see this post (click here).

Joel Shattles, Sr., was the grandson of George Washington and Mary Delonia (Collier) Shattles.  His great-grandfather was Isaac Peterson Collier.

This picture, taken in 2001, includes some of the Shattles family at the cleanup of the Isaac Collier Cemetery.  See the post about the event by clicking here.





Follow Up to Isaac Collier’s Powder Horn From the American Revolutionary War

Collier Homestead, built by Isaac Fleming Collier, sketched by Walter H. Kiser and published in the Louisville Times in 1938.
From Heather Cecil of Shelby County, Kentucky Historical Society:
My research is complete on the powder horn owned by Isaac Collier, and I wanted to share with the Collier family.  Below is the article I wrote for the Shelby County, KY Historical Society Facebook group, with additional photos.  I hope you enjoy it!
Heather Cecil
The story goes that Isaac Collier was a member of the English Navy. When he left to join the Continental Army during the American Revolution, he gave his elaborately hand-carved, scrimshaw powder horn to his brother, Michael Collier. Michael, a Blacksmith, was one of the first citizens of Shelbyville, Kentucky. Upon Isaac’s departure, he requested that Michael name a son after him, and to pass this gift on to his descendants. Michael indeed named a son after his brother, and the younger Isaac went on to play an instrumental role in the founding of one of the oldest church congregations in Shelby County. Despite the fact that Isaac was not a Baptist at the time, he donated an acre of land on Fox Run Road to the erection of a church there. He later converted, and on June 16th, 1801, Burk’s Branch Baptist Church was organized. A humble log structure was erected there, chinked with mud and stones. The younger Isaac passed away in 1835 and is buried in the church cemetery. The powder horn passed to his son Isaac Fleming Collier, who built a fine home at the southeast corner of Burk’s Branch and Fox Run Roads. While the house has been lost to time, Walter H. Kiser published a sketch of it in the Louisville Times in 1938. When Isaac Fleming Collier had a son, he also named him Isaac, and the powder horn continued to pass from generation to generation, until it was gifted to the Shelby County Historical Society by Charles S. Moore, Sr., to share this piece of our history with future generations of Shelby County.


Headstone of Isaac Collier (August 10th, 1780 – February 16th, 1835), son of Michael Collier, Burk’s Branch Baptist Church Cemetery
From the Louisville Times, April, 1893.
For the original post see:

1932 Atlanta Journal Newspaper – DAR Marking the Grave of Vines Collier


On June 24, 1932, the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) placed a monument over the grave of Vines Collier.  Click on the following link to see the February 15, 2015 CHF post on the subject.

Marking of the Grave of Vines Collier, 1932

The Atlanta Journal newspaper reported on the event in its the August 21, 1932 Sunday Edition.  Here is the page with the article.   If you hover the cursor over the bottom left of the image, a zoom option will appear for a closeup look.

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A high resolution electronic copy can be accessed for downloading by clicking on the following link.

Atlanta Journal – High Resolution File

The front page tells what was in the news at the time the article was published.



Please note, information in the article represents the reporter’s understanding of historical events and genealogical connections at the time, and as contributed by various sources.  The newspaper article is presented here as a matter of interest, without the intent to validate its statements.



Followup to Greenwood Cemetery Lantern Tour

The cool fall weather was perfect for the second Greenwood Cemetery Lantern Tour in Barnesville, Georgia.  The November 3 tour began in the historic train depot where guests were offered refreshments while viewing a Lamar Arts Historical Art Exhibit, featuring graphics by Dave Rumfeld.  Below is the graphic poster for the J. C. Collier Family, done by Mr. Rumfeld.

Guests were shuttled to the Greenwood Cemetery in three groups for the approximate 60 – 90 minute tours.   The groups grew progressively larger through the afternoon as the twilight tour was the most in demand.

The first stop on the tour was the Collier Lot and Mausoleum.  J. C. Collier was portrayed by Glen Collier and Evelyn Collier Cason (daughter of J. C.) was portrayed Susan Walter (granddaughter of Evelyn Collier Cason).


Here is a video of the portayal of J. C. Collier.


And the portrayal of Evelyn Collier Cason by her granddaughter, Susan Walter.


Following the tour, posters and tour exhibits were donated to the Old Jail Museum in Barnesville.

The well-attended event was the work of Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc. with the support of other local groups.  The Association’s facebook page is found at

Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association


Greenwood Cemetery Lantern Tour – 2019

On November 3, 2019, historic Greenwood Cemetery in Barnesville, Georgia will hold its second Lantern Tour.  The tour will consist of six stops where presenters will portray prominent citizens at their grave sites.  The first stop on the tour is the Collier Lot and Mausoleum where relatives will present as Jena Cuthbert (J. C.) Collier and Evelyn Collier Cason.   Also of possible Collier interest will be the portrayal J. W. Stafford.  Interesting research linking the Collier and Stafford families is covered in the May 7, 2016 post, The Search for Sarah E. Stafford’s Ancestry, A CHF Success Story (found here Sarah E. Stafford).

The Lantern Tour promises to be a unique event and is an excellent opportunity to put CHF in the spotlight.  Tickets go on sale October 1 at Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce.  Make your plans, and I hope to see you there!

The Barnesville newspaper, The Herald Gazette, on September 3, featured an article about the Lantern Tour that was accompanied by photos highlighting the Collier Mausoleum and J. C. Collier.

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Greenwood Cemetery was founded in the 1830s.  The earliest marked grave is dated 1837.  Proceeds from the Lantern Tour support cemetery beautification and improvement projects, such as the installation of period street lights.

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