m. 16 May 1611
Facts and Events
Ref: Southworth Genealogy, p29:
"William Collier was one of the merchants of London who aided the Pilgrims in coming to Plymouth, furnishing the money for their outfit. After the partnership between the Pilgrims and the Adventurers was terminated, he came over in 1633 in the "Mary and Jane" with 196 passengers; with him came his four daughters: Sarah, who married Love Brewster; Rebecca, married Job Cole; Mary, married Thomas Prence; Elizabeth, married Constant Southworth. There is no mention of his wife, so she probably died before he came over. It has been said that he was not content to share the profit of the enterprise of the Pilgrims without also sharing their hardships. He at once took a prominant position in the young colony. He was made freeman in 1633; in 1634 he was one of the tax asessors, was himself rated at L2.05.00. He was on many committees, for assigning and laying out land, for building a meeting house, on highways, to revise the laws, and with his son in law, Constant Southworth, he had the task of looking after Goodwife Thomas, the Welsh woman. He served on the council of war more than once. He was assistant 28 years and was one of the most regular in his attendence, being rarely absent. He was one of the commissioners at the first meeting of the United Colonies in 1643. In 1659, "on account of his age and much business on him," the court ordered the treasurer to procure him a servant and allowed L10 for that purpose. He died in 1670."