It seems when the many descendents of families from Upson County follow their roads back home, a multitude lead back to the Collier Cemetery on Old Alabama Road. Researchers, in abundance, frequently seek evidence from the Thomaston Upson Archives; in regards to those that rest in their eternal peace at the now hallowed ground. The General John B. Gordon Camp #1449 Sons of Confederate Veterans maintains the grounds today, however; family members for the last century have performed their inherited duty in preserving this cemetery.
One such descendant, Glenn Collier of Texas, has made his journey back to the roots of his family tree and recently placed a marker commemorating the Collier cemetery and Isaac Collier, the ancestor from who so many derive. The Cemetery Chairman of the Upson Historical Society, Grady Kelley, was delighted with the placement Mr. Collier made this past June, as Grady looks over many cemeteries in Upson County and desires for the families of the lost to take part in the care of their ancestors earthly eternal resting place.
The marker states:
“Isaac Collier, June 6, 1769 – Sept. 4, 1848. Pioneer settler of Upson County. Born in Brunswick CO, VA, removed from VA to Wilkes (now Oglethorpe) CO, GA with his father CA 1780. Served as Clerk of Court for Oglethorpe Co. Elected to Georgia Legislature 1830-1833. Brought his family to Upson County, GA about 1835. The large mound of stones marks his grave. Isaac was one of the thirteen children of Vines Collier, a veteran of the French & Indian War and a Patriot of the American Revolution, and Elizabeth Williamson Collier. The children of Vines & Elizabeth were pioneers and prominent citizens throughout Georgia. Collier Heritage Foundation, 2012.”