Merrell and Meredith Collier were born on May 10, 1782 in Randolph, North Carolina to John Jeremiah Collier and Sara Wood.
They were the first born children after which came:
Nancy Collier b: 1783-1862
Jessie Collier b: 1794-1870
Thomas Collier b: 1798-1880
William Collier b: 1802-1850
John Collier b: 1805-?
Joshua Collier b: 1808-1897
Merrell I found in the 1820 census:
He was married to Patsy Burton on Sept 22, 1807 Jackson Co. Georgia, but she must have died because he's already married to Elizabeth Ward by Nov 20, 1813, Jackson Co. Georgia.
Meredith Collier married Elizabeth Grey on Dec 21, 1806 in Wilkes, North Carolina. I found him in the 1830.
Edwin Gartell Collier
Sarah Ann Collier
George Washington Collier
Most of what I've learned about Merrell and Meredith has to do with them either buying up real estate, and building commercial buildings in the Atlanta Georgia area.
Merrell moved to Georgia about 1820 from what I've found so far he arrived with very little money to his person. Merrell raised one son and the rest girls. his daughter Laura married T.J. Flake, the other daughter Charlotte married Honorable Eli J. Hulsey his son Henry went to medical school and afterwards married and had two children. Merrell was justice of the peace for a while in Panthersville.
Below is an article by Tommy H. Jones titled
G.W Collier House (c.1868)
One of Merrell's children George mentioned in Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia below:
George Washington "Wash" Collier (29 November 1813 – 20 June 1903) was one of the first recognised settlers in the Atlanta area.
Wash Collier came to the Atlanta area when his father, Meredith Collier, purchased Land Lot 104 in 1822. On that land Meredith Collier built a four room house. Wash Collier was one of 15 children and he purchased the house and land from his father. Around 1868, Wash Collier built on the site of his father's house a new house, which still stands today in what is now Ansley Park. He was the first postmaster in the area running mail from the fort at Standing Peachtree on the Chattahoochee River. He held on to his undeveloped land lot 104 most of his life which left the northern part of Midtown in a rustic state.
In 1899 he gave an extensive interview to the Atlanta Journal which is an important primary source for the early history of the area.
Collier built and owned the Hotel Aragon, one of the city's principal hotels.
About Merrell Collier Excerpts from the Atlanta Environs:
1) Wikipedia free encyclopedia on Wash Collier;
2) 1820 US Census from Ancestry.com
3) 1830 US Census from Ancestry.com
4) gmeaders from Ancestry.com
5) Atlanta Environs, A Chronicla of it's People & Events, 1820. - 1870 by Frankliin M Garrett
6) The Chinaberry Tree Chronicles ( A Collier Genealogy) an unpublished by Dwight A. Collier
7) DeKalb County Minutes of Inferior Court 1822-1842.
8) G.W. Collier House (c.1868) by Tommy H. Jones.