After a lot of digging, I've pieced together the following Coller/Colyer/Collyer/Collier family:
STEPHEN COLLER/COLYER 1
d. late Oct/early Nov 1804, New Hartford, Ct
m. before 1759 to Sarah _____
Hannah, b 15 Nov 1759, New Hartford, Ct (no further info)
John, b. 15 Feb 1763, New Hartford, Ct
Stephen bought land in New Hartford in 1760 from William Lurvey. In 1773, he sold land to William Walling. In 1780, he bought land on which he is already living from Sarah Cowles, not for cash, but for 12 bushels of corn & 1 peck of wheat. He sold land to Stephen Fox in 1785. Stephen appeared only on the 1800 census in New Hartford.
Stephen lived in close proximity to Oliver Collar & Oliver Jr., and their known in-laws (Walling & Fox families)and had land transactions with those in-laws. Oliver Sr & Jr moved to Fairfield, Vt by 1810. Oliver Sr. was married in New Hartford & was a contemporary of Stephen. Do not know origins of either Stephen or Oliver or if they were actual relatives.
Other Collar/Coller/Colyers appear in New Hartford, Burlington and Bristol & could be related:
Roxanna Coller, b. 1782, New Hartford, m ~1806 to Richard Stevens, as his 2nd wife (per Stevens Genealogy). They lived in New Marlborough, Mass. Roxanna apparently died 1823-1827, sometime after the birth of her fourth child and her husband's 3rd marriage.
William Coller bought land in New Hartford in 1787 from Levi Fox, and in 1788 from Joel Parks. In 1789, some of William's land was confiscated to pay a judgement to John Camp, "late of Stephentown, NY." William sold land in 1796 to Amasa & Lerah Hinman.
The 1790 census broke out only a few towns in Litchfield County. The rest were combined under the heading "Litchfield." Therefore, the following could all be within New Hartford; they are also listed in close proximity on the original document (listing: Oliver Coller, John Coller, Isaac Coller.
Sally Coller m. 1792, New Hartford to William Calloway of Sandisfield, Mass.
Nathan Coller bought land from Levi Fox in 1794. He sold this land in 1795 to Oliver Collar.
"Roslin" Collar lived in Bristol per 1800 census. Probably the same person as Reuben, below:
Reuben Collar lived in Burlington per 1810 census (note Burlington spun off of Bristol in 1806).
JOHN COLYER 2 (Stephen1)
b. 1763, New Hartford, Ct
d. 15 Oct 1828, Burlington, Ct
m. 27 Aug 1787, New Hartford, Ct to Sophia Hills
no further info found on Sophia Hills
John served in Revolution & was pensioned
John bought land in New Hartford in 1781 from Stephen Pitkin. He sold land in 1785 to Levi Fox.
John Colyer, Jr.,
b. 1790-1795; d. prob. before 1830
Caroline M. Colyer
b. ~1805; d. ?
m. 16 Nov 1825 George Pattison, Burlington, Ct
purchased land in Burlington, 17 Mar 1828, from John Colyer (could be her father or brother)
Catherine Maria Colyer
b. ~1807; d. 21 May 1827, Burlington; unmarried.
d. between 1860-1879, Pottawattomie, Iowa
m. Edmund Andrus or Andrews
Lived in Conn until 1840; lived in Illinois until 1853; bought land in Iowa in 1855. Ten children.
Elizabeth Colyer (possible dau)
b. ~1789; d. betwen 1850-1860, Mercer Co., Penn
m. 21 Dec 1813, Burlington, Ct to Orrin Belden
Lived in Burlington per 1830 census; by 1840, in Ashtabula Co., Ohio. By 1850, Mercer Co., Penn. Three children.
Eliza Colyer "of Burlington"(possible dau)
b. ~1800-1808; d. ?
m. 25 Sept 1826, Torrington, Ct to Nathan Cobb
no further info.
Benjamin Colyer (possible son)
b. ~1794; d. ?
m. ~1815-1820 to ?
Lived in Burlington per 1820 census; no further info
JOHN COLLYER, JR. 3(John2, Stephen1)
b. 1790-1795; d. prob. before 1830
m. March or April 1815, at Canton, to Miss Mehitable Butler of New Hartford. Mehitable prob dau of Ezra Butler and his wife, also named Mehitable.
Bought land in Dec 1820 in Burlington from Theodore Pettibone, Jr. and Jacob Foote. In Burlington per 1820 census and 1822 tax record. Bought more land in Burlington in 1822 from Elias Wooding. The 1830 census shows wife Mehitable Colyer as head of household in Derby, Ct with her 3 children plus another adult female and 2 boys (likely Mehitable's widowed sister[Harriet Ford] & her sons).
Emily, b. ~1816; d. after 1880
m. 25 Jan 1835 in Derby to Jeremiah Lord of E. Windsor
Lived in Wallingford per 1840 census; by 1850 in Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio, then 1860-1880 in Vermilion Co., Illinois.
Ezra B. Colyer
b. Nov 1818, Bristol, Ct (place per death record)
d. 30 Oct 1896, New Haven, Ct
m. 30 April 1854,Glastonbury, Ct to Mary E. Johnson
In Dec 1837, he was issued Seaman's Protection Certificate, stating he was b. Burlington, Ct, age 21. Note that Burlington was spun off of parent town of Bristol in 1806.
Lived in New Haven remainder of life. Listed in city directories and census records there. Was a locksmith. Four children.
EDWIN W. COLYER 4 (John3, John2, Stephen1)
b. ~1821/22, possibly in Wallingford (per death record)
d. 14 May 1897, New Haven, Ct
m. 3 Oct 1842, Wallingford, Ct to Maria French. Both "of Wallingford," per original record.
Lived in Westville section of New Haven, 1849-1851, per kid's birth records and 1850 census. Bought land in Woodbridge (adjacent to Westville section of New Haven) in 1852. However, by 1861-1863, he was boarding with Ezra in New Haven, proper. Appears in New Haven City Directory by 1866 and remains in New Haven for life. Eight children.
Can anyone shed any light on Stephen Coller/Collar/Colyer and his origins - or those of Oliver, his possible relative - or relationship to any other Collyers listed? Many thanks!