|The Collier family, Publicans, Commercial Inn, Glossop.
James Collier was born about 1784. James was a shoemaker, Pigot's directory of 1829 listing him at Lane end and that of 1835 as a boot & shoe maker at Rose Green. The Census of 1841 shows James & Sarah as publicans at the Commercial at Rose Green with William having apparently taken over the shoemaking business. At the census of 1851 (following James' death) Sarah, William and Lydia were recorded at the Commercial, Sarah being innkeeper and William a brewer. The Commercial was subsequently taken over by Lydia & James.
James Collier and his wife Sarah, born about 1790, had six children:
John Collier, born 28 February 1814, baptised 13 July 1816 in Glossop.
Jane Collier, baptised 6 July 1816 in Glossop, died 29 August 1851, buried in Glossop.
William Collier, baptised 28 April 1819 in Glossop, died 1860, buried in Glossop Cemetery.
Mary Collier born 1 February and baptised 13 February 1822 in Glossop. Married John Robinson on 12 May 1847 in Glossop.
Lydia Collier baptised 25 January 1825 in Glossop, died 1866. White's directory of 1857 shows her at the Commercial Inn, Rose Green. In the 1861 census she is a 35 year old innkeeper at The Commercial, Hall Street. Also at the Commercial at the time of the 1861 census were two nephews, William Gould (26 year old printer compositor born in Hyde) and James Collier (15 year old engraver born in Manchester).
James Collier, baptised 23 September 1827 in Glossop, died 1885. In the 1861 census he is a 32 year old brewer, at the Commercial, Hall Street.
James Collier senior died on 8 February 1851 and Sarah died on 4 June 1851. Both were buried in Glossop.
Naming patterns suggest that James may have been a son of John Collier and Lydia Vaudrey (see The Vaudrey-Collier connection) but no baptism for him has been found.