JONATHAN PEARSON COLYAR GRAVESTONE PHOTO
Researched by Margaret E. Haynes:
This is the son
of John Elbert COLLYAR (above). Jonathan
known as J. P. COLYAR, was born in Michigan and moved to Missouri with his
father about 1850, and then he lived in Chanute area and then in El Dorado and
is buried in El Dorado. I have lots
of info. on him and also his obit in Chanute and in El Dorado.
The biography for him appears in The History of Butler Co., Kansas
by Volney P. Mooney, includes information about the C.W. service of himself and
his father. Jonathan said he served
in an Iowa Regiment and that he signed up in Burlington, Iowa, and he was
mustered out in New York Harbor. The
government site of Soldiers and Sailors of C. W. show him serving in Company A,
of the Fourth Iowa Infantry Regiment. (He
had cousins in Iowa and in Indiana as well as Michigan that served.)
In the Soldiers & Sailors Gov't website he is shown as Jonathan
Colyar, Co. A., 4th Iowa Infantry. In
the Iowa State Archives site he is shown as John Collier in the Roster of vets
in the 4th Iowa Infantry, this is the person that I believe is
Jonathan Pearson COLLYAR. He is
shown as CO. A, 4TH IOWA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY, COLLIER, JOHN, AGE 29,
RESIDENCE: FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NATIVITY INDIANA, ENLISTED OCT. 5,
1864. MUSTERED IN OCT. 5, 1864.
MUSTERED OUT JUNE 24, 1865, IN NEW YORK CITY. (This is the only John or Jonathan Colyar or Collier there
is, and the age is right and Jonathan said he was mustered out in N. Y. Harbor. I
read the history of that Regiment at the Iowa C.W. website and it sounds like
one tough fighting unit The fact he
served in an Iowa unit may have been because he lived in Missouri or because of
his relation in Iowa, I don’t know. I
am sending you info. and his obits for your site.
PLEASE NOTE: By
the way, my lookup in the Iowa C. W. website said it only showed one John E.
COLLIER in a Kansas Cavalry Regiment (that would be John Elbert, Jonathan’s
RE: JONATHAN: I
have a copy of his application for Invalid Pension on March 19, 1883 (or 1873),
as Jonathan Colyar, Service: ?Unassd. & A, 4 Iowa Inf., Application #476439,
Certificate #480424, applied from Kansas.
Pearson “J.P.” COLYAR,
was born June 14, 1835 in Cass Co., Michigan, the son of John Elbert and Hannah
(Reams) COLLYAR. Jonathan Pearson
COLYAR retained the old spelling of his surname as COLYAR, but his father John
Elbert COLLYAR changed the spelling to COLLYAR when he moved with his second
wife Mary from Cass County, Michigan to Missouri just after 1850.
It is not known if this was actually changed by John Elbert COLLYAR or if
it was a matter of records and clerk’s spelling. Jonathan Pearson COLYAR died January 29, 1923 in Chanute,
Neosho Co., Kansas; and his body was transported to El Dorado for burial beside
his first wife Olive, in West Cemetery, now known as Sunset Lawns Cemetery, in
El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas. He
was married the first time on April 4, 1858 in Shelby Co., Missouri, to Olive
Marie SHELTON. Olive was
born October 2, 1834, in Hannibal, Marion Co., Missouri; and died April 13,
1916, in El Dorado, Butler Co., Kansas, and was buried in West Cemetery now
known as Sunset Lawns Cemetery, in El Dorado, Butler Co., Kansas.
Jonathan, often shown as J. P. COLYAR, came to Butler Co., Kansas in
1882, while in employment of a grading gang that was constructing a railroad
into El Dorado from Fort Scott, Kansas. He
continued to work in construction until in later years, he was engaged in the
draying and transfer business.
Jonathan and Olive COLYAR had seven children, three daughters: Laura
Ellen COLYAR (an adopted daughter), Mary Virginia COLYAR, Frances Morton COLYAR,
and four sons: John Griffith COLYAR, William Tecumseh Sherman COLYAR, Julian
Harkness COLYAR, and George Washington COLYAR.
his first wife Olive died, Jonathan
Pearson COLYAR married the second time about 1917-1918, to Sarah Elizabeth (maiden name unknown), she was born about 1839,
in Kentucky, both of her parents born in Kentucky according to the 1920 census;
she died Feb. 20, 1922, in Chanute, Neosho Co., Kansas, and according to her
obituary she was buried in Clements, Kansas. About 1917-1918, Jonathan P. and Sarah Elizabeth COLYAR had
moved to Chanute, Kansas, from El Dorado, Kansas.
From the Chanute Daily Tribune, Tuesday, January 30,
1923, pg 1:
P. COLYAR’S FUNERAL
at 9 in Morning at Daughter’s Home,
S. Highland (Chanute).
Funeral services for J. P. Colyar will be held tomorrow morning at 9
o’clock from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Monroe Smith, 1620 S.
Highland Avenue, in charge of the Rev. W. M. Marcin, pastor of the First Baptist
church. The body will be taken to
El Dorado for burial. Mr. Colyar
died yesterday morning at 11 o’clock.
He was almost 90 years of age, veteran of the Civil War and an early
Kansas settler. He had resided here
the past five years since the death of Olive, his first wife, at El Dorado.
Three sons and one daughter also survive.
They are John Colyar of Erie; George Colyar of Neodesha; and Julian
Colyar of Bingham, Utah; and daughter, Frances Morton (Colyar) Smith of Chanute.
(His second wife Sarah Elizabeth Colyar died in 1922.)
Obituary: Jonathan Pearson
“J.P.” Colyar, El Dorado, Butler Co., Kansas
From the El Dorado Times, El
Dorado, Kansas, Wednesday, 31 January 1923
PIONEER HERE FOR BURIAL
body of J.P. Colyar of Chanute, a former resident of El Dorado, will be brought
here this afternoon for burial in *West Cemetery (Sunset Lawns cemetery).
Funeral services were held at Chanute yesterday. Mr. Colyar was 86 years
old. He came to El Dorado in 1881 as a sub-contractor on the Mission
Pacific, which was under the construction here at that time. He lived here
until five years ago, when he moved to Chanute. Mrs. Colyar is buried in *West
* West Cemetery is the old
name for this cemetery as it was on the west side of town.
Currently it is called the Sunset Lawns Cemetery (2007).
This is Funeral Notice in El Dorado, Butler Co.,
Kansas, for his first wife, OLIVE MARIE (SHELTON) COLYAR,
From Walnut Valley Times, El
Dorado, Kansas, Thursday, 13 April 1916
COLYAR WILL BE BURIED FRIDAY
funeral of Mrs. J.P. Colyar, who died at her home on Taylor Street Wednesday,
will be held from the Baptist church at 2 o'clock Friday. The services
will be conducted by the Rev. C.H. Wareham, of Wichita.
(Buried at West Cemetery,
now known as Sunset Lawns Cemetery .)
Pearson COLYAR and Olive (SHELTON) COLYAR had seven children, three daughters:
Laura Ellen COLYAR (an adopted daughter), Mary Virginia COLYAR, Frances Morton
COLYAR, and four sons: John Griffith COLYAR, William Tecumseh Sherman COLYAR,
Julian Harkness COLYAR, and George Washington COLYAR.
Pearson COLYAR’s second wife died in 1922, and this is the obituary for her in
Chanute, Neosho Co., Kansas:
Obituary for Sarah
From the Chanute Daily
Tribune, February 21, 1922:
J. P. COLYAR DEAD
Services in the First Baptist Church at 10:30 Tomorrow.
Elizabeth Colyar, wife of J. P. Colyar, died yesterday afternoon at 2:10
o’clock at the family home, 1702 South Edith Avenue.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10:30 o’clock from the First
Baptist church and the body will be taken to Clements, Kan., for burial.
The funeral party will leave at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon over the Santa
Mrs. Colyar was
82 years old last December and has lived here with her husband for the past four
years, moving to this city from El Dorado.
The old home is at Clements where burial will be made.
Mrs. Colyar leaves no children, her only relatives except her husband
being nieces and a nephew, none of whom live here.
Pages 807-808, transcribed
by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard
Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.
From HISTORY OF BUTLER
"J. P. Colyar, of El Dorado,
is a Civil war veteran, and comes from a long line of military ancestors who
have distinguished themselves in all the principal wars in which this country
has been involved. J. P. Colyar is a native of Michigan, born in 1833, and is a
son of John E. and Hanna (Reams) Colyar, the former a native of Ohio, and the
latter of Michigan. They were the parents of five children, of whom J. P. is the
only survivor. After the death of the mother, the father married again, and
three children of this union are living, John and Newton, who live in Oklahoma,
and Mrs. Hannah Romne, Kansas City, Kans."
"J. P. Colyar enlisted at Burlington, Iowa, during the Civil war, in
an Iowa regiment of infantry, and during the course of his military career
served in many of the southern States. He was with Sherman on the memorable
march to the sea, and at the battle of Bloomington, N. C. had his collar bone
broken while constructing breastworks. At Columbus, S. C., his knapsack was
struck by a bullet. After the surrender of General Lee, Mr. Colyar was
discharged at David's Island, New York Harbor. Mr. Colyar had thirty-two cousins
from Cass county, Michigan, all of whom served in one regiment in the Union army
during the Civil war. Mr. Coylar's father was also a Union soldier during the
Civil war, enlisting at Humboldt, Kans., and served with a Kansas regiment until
he was discharged on account of disability. His hearing was impaired, which was
caused by the concussion of artillery firing. Samuel Colyar, grandfather of J.
P. Colyar, served in the Revolutionary war, as did his father also, the elder
Colyar having attained the rank of captain by the time the Revolutionary war
"J. P. Colyar came to Kansas in 1871, and settled in Chanute, his
father having located there in 1850, which was a very early day in the
settlement of that section of the State. Indians were numerous at that time, and
there were very few settlers in that part of Kansas. In 1882, Mr. Colyar came to
Butler county, while in the employment of a grading gang, constructing a
railroad into El Dorado from Ft. Scott. Since coming here Mr. Colyar followed
constructing, and in later years was engaged in the draying and transfer
"In 1858, Mr. Colyar was married to Olive M. Shelton, of Shelby
county, Missouri. Her parents were Griffith and (Paris) Shelton, pioneers of
Shelton county, Missouri. To Mr. and Mrs. Colyar have been born the following
children: Mrs. Mary Virginia Lewis, deceased; Mrs. Laura J., married and resides
at Ft. Scott, Kans.; Mrs. Frances M. Smith, Chanute, Kans.; J. G. Okmulgee,
Okla.; W. F., Emporia, Kans.; J. H., Salt Lake City, Utah; G. W., Neodesha,
"As a soldier and pioneer. J. G. Colyar has performed his part nobly
and well, and is a citizen well worthy of recognition in a work of this