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Daniel Collyer

Male 1710 - 1743  (32 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Daniel Collyer was born on 17 Mar 1710 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut (son of Joseph Collyer and Sarah Forbes); died in 1743 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 19 Mar 1710, First Church, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut

    Daniel married Thankful Goodwin on 31 May 1736 in First Church, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. Thankful (daughter of Nathaniel Goodwin and Sarah Easton) was born before 28 Feb 1709; died on 26 Dec 1792 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Sarah Collyer was born before 11 Aug 1736; died on 21 Dec 1785; was buried in Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Joseph Collyer was born in 1668 (son of Joseph Collyer and (Unknown first wife of Joseph Collyer)); died on 25 Sep 1738 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Joseph married Sarah Forbes on 15 Apr 1695 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. Sarah (daughter of James Forbes and Catharine) died after 1712. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Sarah Forbes (daughter of James Forbes and Catharine); died after 1712.
    Children:
    1. 1. Daniel Collyer was born on 17 Mar 1710 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; died in 1743 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Joseph Collyer died on 16 Nov 1691 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    He first appears in Hartford records on 23 Feb 1668, when at the annual town meeting he is chosen one of the chimney-viewers.

    Joseph married (Unknown first wife of Joseph Collyer). (Unknown died before 1676. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  (Unknown first wife of Joseph Collyer) died before 1676.
    Children:
    1. 2. Joseph Collyer was born in 1668; died on 25 Sep 1738 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

  3. 6.  James Forbes died on 27 Mar 1692 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    He was very likely Scottish. Forbes is a Scottish name, and Winthrop Jr. calls him a "Scotchman" in a journal entry in 1658.

    A small cottage industry appears to have developed around the idea that he was a son of Capt. James Forbes of Caithness, second son of Duncan Forbes (1572-1654), first lord of Culloden. Supposedly this James Forbes fought at Dunbar (or, alternately, Philiphaugh), and was then, with his fellow defeated Scotsmen, marched by the victorious English to Newcastle (or, in one especially marvelous version, to the Tower of London), then shipped to America as an involuntarily indentured servant. In some versions he was a "captain in the Royal army" and "fought under Montrose." In most of them he is represented as later becoming "a prominent resident of the Colony" in Hartford. (He was a poor farmer.) Almost invariably, these claims are hedged about, not with citations to primary sources, but rather with throat-clearing language like "it is believed", "most likely," and "indications are." In the mouths of serious historians and genealogists in possession of actual facts, phrases of this sort are meaningful. In barrages of fancy like this, the phrases exist to distract the reader from the emptiness of the claims being made, by suggesting that great intellectual exertions are happening here. These writers have heard these phrases being used by people who know what they're talking about, and they fancy that using them themselves will grant them the same credibility.

    It is entirely possible that James Forbes had an interesting life before coming to Hartford. The fact that he was a poor farmer who played a minor role in Hartford affairs hardly makes this impossible. He may well have had forebears who were notable for one reason or another. But the very language in which these claims are couched reveals them to be the nonsense that they are.

    James married Catharine. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Catharine
    Children:
    1. 3. Sarah Forbes died after 1712.