Welcome to the updated Collier Heritage Foundation website! Look around and let us know how you like some of the new features. We’ve added “Regions” for those doing genealogical work in specific areas and a restricted (requiring membership) “DNA” category.
Although the website was in need of revisions, the big change was driven by the loss of the server hosting our data. CHF spent considerable funds having the data transferred to a more secure host, as well as updating the website. All of which brings us to point out the opportunities for financial support for CHF: donations (see the “Donate” button), “Memberships” (tab at the top of the page), and “Shop” (support through the purchase of various Collier-related items). Currently, we have for sale Robert Terrell Collier, His Ancestors and Descendants, by Vaughn Ballard. CHF bought all unsold copies from the author’s estate a few years ago, and there are limited number of these available. We hope to have other interesting items for sale in the future. For any of the methods of support, payment by check, credit card, and PayPal are available.
We try to anticipate issues but we will probably have some rough spots to work out, so let us know if there are problems.
Collier Heritage Foundation has been maintained by volunteers and the donations of only a few folks since its beginning. We hope you take advantage of the opportunities to support this effort.
Please enjoy the mention of Collier items donated to the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. More to follow later.
GHS brief article
Interest in this website continues to grow. As of today, the site has had almost 18,000 views since its startup in 2015. Most of the busiest months have been this year, as shown on the graph below.
In 2012, Collier Heritage Foundation (a legal corporation) applied for tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization. Our application was rejected by the IRS. This meant we had to pay taxes at the corporate rate – about 30% of everything we took in for cemetery maintenance and other Collier history and preservation projects was paid to the government. So we abandoned selling Collier Family T-shirts and collecting CHF dues. Since that time, Collier Heritage Foundation, this website, DNA tests, and the placement of markers at historical sites has been financed by a handful of individuals who want to see the organization go forward.
Now in 2018, with changes in tax laws, we feel a tax-exempt 501(c)(7) classification would be acceptable and that it should be attainable. CHF needs to present itself on the application as a valid entity with a list of members and an active board. Several of the founding members have passed away and replacements are needed. We can show the IRS assets that include several cemeteries, family history items, and a small inventory of Collier T-shirts.
The Board met recently and approved the following Board Members: Dale Collier, Joyce Rogers, Bobby Carter, Elaine Collier Neal, and Amanda Johnson. Glen Collier was named President. The officer positions of Secretary and Treasurer are open at this time.
Below is an application membership in Collier heritage Foundation. If you have an interest in Collier Family History, please consider joining. You can click on “Download” to save and print out the application. Then scan the application and email it back to:
Or send by US mail to:
1120 NW Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75964
Please indicate if you are interested in serving as an Officer or Board member. Also note, no dues will be collected until 2019.
You can download the application below.
Take a look through the website. I think you’ll agree this is a worthwhile organization.
Efford Cobb Collier, son of Robert and Martha Marshall Booker Collier and grandson of Vines and Elizabeth Williamson Collier, was born May 4, 1811 in Georgia. He married Elizabeth Singleton Harris on November 13, 1834. In 1857, lured by the promise of abundant, rich farmland at cheap prices in Texas, Efford and Elizabeth moved their family to the Lone Star State. They settled in the Douglassville area of Cass County, Texas.
Efford died April 26, 1867. Sometime thereafter, Elizabeth and the family relocated to Central Texas. Descendants of Efford and Elizabeth can be found throughout the region today. In the 1920s, those descendants were the subject of a search by Jena Cuthbert Collier (see the Dec. 2015 post, Searching for the Family of Efford Cobb Collier). Another CHF post, Collier Family History, by Elmer Roy Collier, dated Jan. 2016, contains the entire work of Elmer Collier. The document focuses to a great extent on the Efford Cobb Collier branch while including significant research into the Collier line going back to England and France.
According to the Elmer Collier history, Isaac Groves Collier, the son of Efford Cobb and Elizabeth Collier, was born February 2, 1855 in Georgia. Isaac married Elizabeth Ann Phillips on November 24, 1878. Both are buried in Center City Cemetery near Goldthwaite, Texas.
The Isaac Groves Collier Family Reunion, an annual event, was held July 1, 2018, in Goldthwaite. Mike Collier, descendant of Isaac Groves was in attendance and provided CHF an opportunity to photograph in color the Efford Cobb Collier Family Bible. Black and white scans of the genealogy portion of the Bible are included in Elmer’s Collier Family History. According to Elmer Collier, the Bible was purchased in Georgia by Efford C. Collier on July 5, 1838 for the price of $3.30. The first family history page is shown below, followed by a photo of a flower and lock of hair that are pressed between the pages. Any information about the significance of those two items will be appreciated.
High resolution copies of the more than 20 photographs may be accessed by clicking the link below. We are grateful to Mike Collier for making this historical document available.
Efford Cobb Collier Bible
Here are some pictures from the reunion, grouped by generation.
Here is a gem for those researching the genealogy of the BOTTS or BURBAGE families. It involves J C Collier and is a reflection of his business manner.
J C Collier was a prolific writer, authoring over 100 letters on a busy day. He began his business career in a time before telephone usage was widespread, so written correspondence was the business norm. Even when phones became more common, calls out of Barnesville, Georgia to places of his business interests, such as New York, Chicago, and Boston, were charged as expensive, “long distance” calls. J C hired stenographers who not only typed his outgoing letters, but transcribed and typed incoming mail. Multiple carbon copies of correspondence were made using thin, onion skin paper.
J C typically posted notices of openings for stenographers in distant newspapers. This is a response to one of his ads from Alma Botts of Abbeville, South Carolina. It is dated September 1, 1925. The sincerity and excitement as 19-year old Alma Botts begins her career is obvious.
Piedmont Development Co.
Having read your ad in the paper for an experienced stenographer, I am writing for you to consider me an applicant for the position.
I am 19 years old, five feet, four inches tall and weigh 112 pounds.
I am a graduate of Abbevile High School, Abbeville, S.C., and of Greenwood Business College.
For the past few months I have worked in the Private Office of the Business College, where I had excellent training in letter writing and general office work. I also have had some experience in a Real Estate Office.
I write and read my notes very rapidly and have a good rate of speed with my typeing (sic).
I could come to begin work at any time you would desire.
I would be willing to begin working at a very reasonable salary. I am very energetic and am not afraid of work.
I have worked very hard to secure my education and I must make good.
If you would only give me a trial I would do all in my power to render you my best service at all times.
Thanking you for any consideration that you may give my application, I am
(Miss) Alma Botts
1925_09_01 Letter Alma Botts to JCC
Miss Alma Botts
211 North Main St.
Always one to make clear his expectations, J C Collier wrote back on September 3, 1925 with details about the job.
1925_09_03 Ltr JCC to Miss Alma Botts
To which Miss Botts responded in a September 4 a telegram with notice of her acceptance.
1925_09_04 Telegram Alma Botts to JCC
And on September 5, she sent J C Collier a telegram of her expected arrival time.
1925_09_05 Telegram Alma Botts to JCC
Further information regarding Alma Botts was not available in J C Collier’s papers. In attempt to reach any of her family, the following was found in an online genealogy site. It appears Miss Botts had returned to Abbeville by 1926 when she married Harold Burbage. Her obituary states she was the last member of her immediate family. This post is made hoping some extended family member will find the story of this young lady.
Alma Botts Burbage
In 1943, D C came upon two silver “beakers” in the possession of a New York dealer in American antiquities. One of the beakers was engraved “Vines Collier” and the other “Sara”. D C, who was living in New York City at the time, visited the dealer (The House of Peters) at least twice.
Here is a letter from The House of Peters to J C Collier offering to sell the beakers for $200.00, which would be equivalent to almost $2900.00 today. The letter was accompanied by a photograph of the beakers. Based on a note inside one of the beakers, the items had belonged to a late doctor (Dr. Norton) who had served in the Union army and who obtained them near Macon in 1864. The supposition is they were stolen during the uncontrolled looting by Sherman’s army in the March to the Sea.
Vines Beaker Letter
Vines Beaker Picture
Vines Beaker Picture Back
J C and D C didn’t purchase the beakers. The country was in the middle of World War II; money was not easily had and the future was uncertain. One of D C‘s two sons was in the US Army in North Africa, the other in the Annapolis Naval Academy. And D C’s daughter was serving with the US Weather Bureau in Puerto Rico. Definitely not the perfect time to invest in unnecessary items.
Or perhaps they felt they weren’t authentic. But if they were, could they have originally belonged to Vines and Sarah Collier from the Lexington area? Or perhaps another Vines Collier and Sara? We all know Vines was a name in common usage in the Collier family.
And, if they were original to the Lexington couple, what family were they stolen from near Macon? Perhaps someone out there has stories of their family losing silver to Yankee troops near Macon in 1864.