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John S. Collard was Jonathan Stark Collard, the son of Lemuel M. Collard and Elizabeth Lindley. He was born 16 June 1837 near Danville, Montgomery County, Texas. He is not to be confused with the Jonathan Stark Collard, his uncle, who was an early surveyor and land speculator in Montgomery County.

His mother, Elizabeth, was the sister of cavalrymen Elijah Lindley, John Lindley, and James Lindley.

On 25 February 1858, John was married to Lydia Vick in Walker County, by Rev. P. W. Sandel, the father of cavalryman Peter T. Sandel. Lydia was the eighth child of Isaiah Vick and Lydia Price and was born 12 May 1839 in Attala County, Mississippi.

In April of 1862, John joined Second Texas Lancers which became Co. B, 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry. He was a private. He gave his age as twenty-four. He had to travel fifty miles to rendezvous at Camp Carter at Hempstead. The value of his horse was $50.00, and the value of his equipment was $45.00.

On the muster rolls of June through October of 1862, a notation appears that Jon was absent on sick furlough; he had been furloughed on June 20th when the regiment was in Rusk County, Texas. This was during the height of the measles epidemic, and in fact, two of the men of his company died that same day.


Jon does not again appear on the rolls of the 24th Regiment until nearly the end of the war, January, 1865, at which time his name is on a Regimental Return of a detachment of the 24th Cavalry, attached to and on duty with the 25th Regiment Texas Cavalry. He was herding beef for Capt. Newton, ACS, Hempstead, Texas, by order of Col. Gillespie.

Muster rolls in the 25th Regiment, Company E, show that he was on recruiting service in November 1864 and in December was “driving beeves” for the AQM Department. A note on the April, 1865, muster roll states that he was at Camp Lubbock and that he had “joined by transfer from the 24th Cavalry.” He may also be the J. S. Collard who is shown as a conscript in the February, 1865, records of the Second Texas Infantry at Galveston. This J. S. Collard was “absent, sick in hospital” in March and April of 1865.

When John was paroled after the war, he signed the amnesty oath in Houston before making his way home to Montgomery County.

Family records show that the last of three children to be born to John and Lydia was born in 1866. Only two children survived.

On 19 March 1872, a Walker County jury granted John a divorce from Lydia. She and her children subsequently lived with her parents in the Kittrell Community in north Walker County.

Jon died 21 November 1900. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Huntsville, Walker County.

Funeral Notice from the files of Johnnie Jo Dickenson

Photo of marker from the files of Johnnie Jo Dickenson

Lydia died 28 January 1915, and she is buried at Trinity, Texas, in the Clapp Cemetery.

Photo of marker from the files of Johnnie Jo Dickenson

This marker photo from, posted by Addie Buttercase

Some of the above family information came from the article about Isaiah Vick, submitted by Mary Vick-Rainey, in the Montgomery County History, 1981; information was also found in the Lindley family file in the Vertical Files of the Montgomery County Memorial Library. Further family information was provided by Johnnie Jo Dickenson, a Walker County researcher, and from a biographical sketch written by a descendant, J. M. Pollard. Jon’s service record is from the Compiled Service Records housed at the National Archives. Further information is welcome. Please contact me with corrections or comments.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at or by contacting Frank at [email protected]

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