Records show several different spellings of the name of Colyer such as Collier, Collyer, Colyear, and Colier just to name a few. Even within my family line the spelling of the name has been Colyer and Collier.
My gr-gr-gr-grandfather was John Colyer who was born April 30, 1803 and died October 19, 1876. John married before 1829 Margaret Keller who was born June 24, 1808 and died January 30, 1893. They had seven children: Mary A., born 1829; John W., born 1835; Susan M., born 1839; Elias B., born 1842; Candace E. (my gr-grandmother), born 1846; Samuel W., born 1847 and Joseph M., born 1850. My Colyer line has been found primarily in the Huntingdon and Blair Counties of Pennsylvania.
Over the years a group of cousins have exchanged information on John and his brother, James and their descendants. None of us have ever been able to find any information on their parents or other siblings.
A very dear cousin hired a genealogist to research James Collier and his brother, John. I received a copy of the research and boy was I surprised at the information. All of these years we focused on Blair and Huntingdon Counties and the family was also in Centre County, Pennsylvania. This was amazing because not only did I have their parents and grandparents but also other siblings that I had no idea existed! What a wonderful treasure!