I have been stuck on one of my Collier lines for years. I guess my parents were, too.
The record on the left shows that John B. Collier and Rebecca Roberts asking for permission to be joined together in the holy state of matrimony. It is dated the 20th day of February 1852 in Lee County, Virginia.
The record on the right is the minister's return, stating that he joined them together in the holy state of matrimony on 22nd day of Feb 1852. It is dated 3 Mar 1852.
I have not ever been able to find the parents of John. I have scoured the records and the cemeteries and the courthouses of southwest Virginia trying to find something to prove who is parents were. I did keep running across a man by the name of Aaron J. Collier, a physician. He is quite prominent.
I ordered microfilm records of Lee County, Virginia and searched them carefully, only to send them back to Salt Lake City. On a whim, I reordered a birth register for the area to once again see if there was anything I had overlooked.
As a young genealogist, I didn't always look all the way across the page. In the above slide, you be able to see LeGrand Collier's record of birth. His father, John, is in the right column. It is about one-third of the way down.
If you continue on to the last two columns, you can see where the informant is listed as A.J. Colier. His relationship? "G.F."
I'm pretty sure this is the Aaron J. Collier, physician, that I have seen in so many records. But, the relationship has me hopefully optimistic.
Could "G.F." be "grandfather"? Could it? Please, could it?
Could it be little LeGrand's grandfather and John's father?
I know it will take more work to prove this relationship, but it's more than I've had in the past. And, I might have had it earlier if I had just read to the end of the line!