The Collier family of Howardtown.


Generation One.

John Collier and his wife Elizabeth had a son, Samuel Collier born on 18 July 1769. In Samuel's baptism record, John is described as of Duckinfield. John was cousin to another John Collier of Dukinfield (see Vaudrey-Collier connection).

Generation Two.

Samuel Collier was born on 18 July 1769 in Godley and baptised on 11 October 1772 at Mottram parish church. Glossop parish registers describe him as being of Hurst, Bridge End and Milltown. He was manager at Barrack Mill for John Wood and at Wren Nest Mill. According to Hamnett he was also a clock maker. He married Hannah Kershaw, baptised on 10 May 1777 in Mottram (daughter of John Kershaw) on 5 February 1797 at Mottram parish church. They had seven children:
     Thomas Collier born about 1797.
     John Collier born about 1799.
     Mary Collier b. 26 July 1801.
     Ann Collier born on 25 February and baptised on 26 June 1808 in Glossop parish church.
     Joseph Collier b. 4 January 1810.
     Nancy Collier b. 22 August 1812.
     Hannah Collier.
Samuel Collier, aged 68; of Howard Town died on 18 November 1837 at Littlemoor.
Hannah died aged 73 and was buried on 5 May 1851 at Littlemoor Independent, Whitfield.

Generation Three.

Thomas Collier was born about 1797 in Mottram. Glossop parish register entries describe him as "of Bridge End". He married Martha Sydall, born on 25 October 1801, daughter of James Syddall and Ellen Tatton (see The Syddall family of Glossop) on 22 November 1822 in Glossop parish church. They had six children:
     Ann Collier, baptised 7 March 1824 in Glossop parish church, died 7 May and buried 9 May 1832 in Glossop.
     Betty Collier, baptised 13 November 1825 in Glossop parish church.
     Charles Collier baptised 9 March 1828.
     Eliza Collier baptised 18 July 1830 in Glossop parish church, died in 1853 and buried at Littlemoor Chapel, Whitfield.
     Mary Collier, baptised 20 May 1832 in Glossop parish church.
     Thomas Collier born in 1840, died in 1891, buried in Highgate Cemetery. He was a well known Victorian water colour artist, the subject of the biography by Adrian Bury "Life and Works of Thomas Collier".
Thomas was one of the first shop keepers in the new Town Hall development at Glossop, 5 High Street West being the location of the family business for many years.
Martha died in 1857.
Thomas Collier died on 1 July 1859.

John Collier was born about 1799 in Tintwistle. The Glossop parish register describes him as being of Cowbrook; in the 1861 census the family was living in Howard Street. He married Sarah Hill, born about 1800 in Simmondley, on 5 April 1824 in Glossop Glossop parish church. They had eight children:
     Samuel Collier baptised 30 October 1826 .
     Hannah Collier, baptised 7 December 1828 in Glossop parish church.
     Joseph Collier baptised 21 November 1829 .
     Henry Collier baptised 6 May 1835 in Glossop parish church
     Mary Collier, baptised 6 May 1835 in Glossop parish church.
     Ruth Collier, baptised 6 May 1835 in Glossop parish church.
     Sarah Collier born about 1842 in Whitfield.
     Julia Collier born about 1844 in Glossop.

Mary Collier was born on 26 July and baptised on 12 October 1817 in Glossop parish church. She married John Shaw born about 1800 in Glossop (son of Thomas and Mary Shaw) on 22 November 1832 in St Mary, Stockport, Cheshire. John had been educated at Dronfield School, near Sheffield. They had four children:
     Edwin Collier Shaw was baptised, as Edwin Shaw Collier, illegitimate son of Mary Collier of Bridge End, single woman, on 19 August 1824 in Glossop Glossop parish church. His name was changed to Edwin Collier Shaw when his parents married John Shaw (family records show that his father was John). He died, in his 79th year, on 29 December 1893 and was buried at Top Chapel, Charlesworth.
     Hannah Shaw born in 1832, died in 1917. She married William Henry Bottomley (born about 1842 in Halifax).
     Martha Shaw born about 1835, died about 1866.
     Harriet Shaw born on about 1839, died about 1890.
John Shaw, a farmer at Milltown, was an inventor of musical instruments, amongst other things. and the family were in business High Street East as music sellers for many years. John and Edwin were also gas fitters, being responsible for supplying the pipework and lamps when Glossop's streets were first lit by gas, Edwin later being chairman of Glossop Gas Company.
John Shaw died, aged 65, on 1 December 1865 and Mary died on 23 December 1880. Both were buried at Charlesworth Independent Chapel.

Joseph Collier was born on 4 January and baptised on 1 April 1810 in Glossop parish church. He married Mary Handforth on 7 May 1826 in Glossop parish church and they had six children:
     Ruth Collier, baptised 21 October 1827 in Glossop parish church.
     Robert Collier, baptised 14 June 1829 in Glossop parish church. He married Alice Hannah Bradbury (daughter of Joseph Bradbury) on 14 September 1857 in Glossop Parish Church.
     Ann Collier, baptised 14 February 1831 in Glossop parish church.
     Joseph Collier, baptised 20 August 1833 in Glossop parish church.
     Ellen Collier, baptised 17 April 1836 in Glossop parish church.
     William Collier, baptised 12 February 1843.
Joseph Collier died in 1841 and was buried in Littlemoor Chapel, Whitfield.

Nancy Collier was born on 22 August and baptised on 11 October 1812 in Glossop parish church. She married James Hardman, born about 1811 in Salford, on 10 July 1834 in Glossop Parish Church. They had a son, Henry Charles Hardman, baptised 2 February 1836.
James Hardman was another of the first shopkeepers of the town hall development, being a Boot and shoe maker at 3 High Street West from at least 1841, when he is recorded in the census. He appears to have given up the business in the early 1860s to run the farm he bought at Hurst. He advertised the farm for sale in 1864 but continued to live there until his death.
James Hardman died, aged 60, on 5 March and was buried on 9 March 1870. Nancy died aged 60 and was buried on 15 January 1873. Both were buried in Glossop cemetery.

Hannah Collier was baptised on 12 October 1817 in Glossop parish church. She married Samuel Robinson, born about 1825 in Stockport, on 9 June 1847 in Littlemoor Chapel, Glossop. They had two children:
     Edwin Robinson born about 1849 in Glossop, buried 10 June 1876 in Glossop cemetery, age 27. At the 1871 census he was aged 22, a grocer at 39 Sheffield Road.
     Elizabeth Hannah Robinson born about 1852 in Glossop, died aged 18, buried 14 February 1871 in Glossop cemetery, age 18.
Samuel Robinson was the third member of the family to be in business in the town hall development. He was a grocer and tea dealer at 2 & 4 Victoria Street, a business he had taken over from his father, John Robinson. After retiring, Robert lived at 39 Sheffield Road, where son Edwin was in business (1871 census), and then Talbot Road (1881 census).
Hannah died, aged 60, and was buried on 4 September 1877 in Glossop cemetery.

Generation Four.

Child of Thomas Collier.

Charles Collier was baptised on 9 March 1828 in Glossop parish church. He married Margaret Goodwin, born about 1829 in Whaley Bridge (daughter of William Goodwin) on 4 March 1857 in Glossop Parish Church. Charles and Margaret had two c:
     Samuel Collier born about 1859 in Glossop.
     Eliza Collier born about 1864 in Glossop.
Margaret died on 31 March and was buried on 4 April 1881 in Glossop Cemetery (in Littlemoor register).
Charles remarried, to Elizabeth Betty Bradley, in 1882.
Charles took over the business at 5 High Street West from his father and opened another branch in Station Road, Hadfield.
Charles Collier died on 16 March 1885 in Duke Street.

Children of John Collier.

Samuel Collier was born baptised on 30 October 1826 in Glossop parish church. He and his wife Maria, born about 1831 in Bury, had two children:
     William J Collier born about 1864 in Glossop. The 1881 census shows him as a 17 year old Engraver (Artist).
     Edwin Collier born about 1866 in Glossop. The 1881 census shows him as a 15 year old Grocers Assistant.
Samuel took over the Rose & Crown from his brother Joseph in 1879. The 1881 census shows him there as a 54 year old Licensed Victualler with Maria aged 50.
Samuel Collier died in 1887 and was buried in Glossop.
Maria took over the Rose & Crown on Samuel's death in 1887, staying until 1899.

Joseph Collier was baptised on 21 November 1829 in Glossop parish church. He was licensee of the Rose & Crown, High St W, Glossop from 1859 to 1879 when he moved to the Norfolk Arms (until 1898). The 1861 census shows him, aged 31, as Innkeeper of Rose & Crown. The 1881 census shows him as a 51 year old Innkeeper & farmer of 27 acres. He and his wife Ann, born about 1832 in Ratcliffe, Lancs, had seven children:
     Emma Collier born about 1860 in Glossop.
     Elizabeth A Collier born about 1863 in Glossop.
     James Henry Collier born about 1864.
     Clara J Collier born about 1865 in Glossop.
     Maria A Collier born about 1869 in Glossop.
     Louisa A Collier born about 1872 in Glossop.
     Joseph Edward Collier born about 1875 in Glossop.

Henry Collier was baptised on 6 May 1835 in Glossop parish church. The 1861 census lists him aged 29, a railway porter. He and his wife Mary, born about 1832 in Bury, Lancs, had two children:
     Joseph Collier born on ca 1858 in Glossop.
     Hannah Collier born on ca 1860 in Glossop.
Henry Collier died about 1889 and was buried in Glossop.

Child of Nancy Collier.

Henry Charles Hardman was baptised on 2 February 1836 in Glossop Parish Church. By 1859 Henry was in business at 1 High Street West (The Corner) as a chemist and druggist. In June 1865 he advertised that he was selling the business; the reason was that he was moving to farm with his father at Hurst, where he is shown in the 1871 census. The business at The Corner was then run by John Hardman (apparently no relation) then William Parker but in September 1871 Henry took it over again for a few years (it was owned by John Henry Rosson in 1878, possibly earlier). The censuses of 1881 and 1891 show Henry as a retired chemist at Hurst then Hurst Villa. By 1901 he had moved to Lord Street. Henry married Sarah Ann Bramhall, born about 1839 in Glossop, daughter of William Bramhall and Margaret Wood (see A first Bramhall family of Chunal) on 15 October 1873 in Glossop Parish Church. They had two children:
     Ada Hardman born about 1875 in Glossop.
     Clara Hardman born about 1877 in Glossop.
Sarah died, aged 46, and was buried on 6 April 1885 in Glossop cemetery.
Henry Charles Hardman died aged 74 and was buried on 9 February 1910 in Glossop Cemetery.

Generation Five.

Child of Joseph Collier.

James Henry Collier was born about 1864 in Glossop, died 20 September 1928 in Lynn, MA, USA, buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, #112 plot F, Lynn. The 1881 census describes him as a 17 year old Unemployed Surveyor. He married Selina Wilkerson, born on 29 November 1862 in Glossop (daughter of William N Wilkerson and Charlotte Keil) on 3 September 1885 in Glossop. They emigrated to the USA where they had six children (though for some reason their fourth child, Thomas, was born in Northamptonshire, England):
     Charlotte Collier born on 14 April 1888 in Andover, MA, died 14 January 1968 in Melrose, MA, buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, #125 plot F, Lynn.
     Joseph Leroy Collier born on 6 April 1890 in 50 Strawberry Ln, Lynn, MA, died 21 June 1920 in 48 Hood Street, Lynn, MA, buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, #125 plot F, Lynn.
     Robert Nole Collier born on 9 January 1892 in 755 1/2 Western Ave, Lynn, MA.
     Thomas William Collier born on 22 July 1895.
     Edmund J Collier born on 11 August 1900.
     Wilfred Collier born on 7 June 1902.
Selina died on 29 March 1920 in Hood Street, Lynn, MA, USA and James Henry Collier died on 20 September 1928 in Lynn, MA, USA. Both were buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, #112 plot F, Lynn.



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