Tuesday, August 16, 2011

(Partial) Descendants of Samuel Collins Volume 1




Generation No. 1

1.  Samuel1 Collins was born Abt. 1734 in NC, and died Abt. 1790 in Grayson Co., VA.

Notes for Samuel Collins:
SOURCE:
BIRTH:  All information on Samuel and his children, except that of Thomas, was provided by Chuck Runyon (chuckrunyon@home.com and sent to me by Ruth LeMaster June 2002.
There are no sources cited except as follows:

Residence 1770 Botetourt Co., Va-tithables
Residence 1771, Montgomery Co., VA tithables
Residence 1773, Montgomery Co. list of tithables Co., Indian Land 2
1787 Wilkes Co. NC Tax list
Samuel Collins on 1777 Cox Militia of Elk Creek

5th Infantry-Va. Rev. War:
Collins, A. R., Co. H.
Collins, David, Co. B
Collins, Francis, Co. B
Collins, Giles D., Co. B
Collins, Hamilton Wade, Co. BH
Collins, Samuel S., Co. H.
Collins, Seth Dunca, Co. C

Collins, Samuel, 1777 List of Cox's Militia Company

CENSUS:  1850 Johnson Co., KY, #374:
David 43, Farmer, $400, KY
Polly 49, VA
Nancy 22, KY
George W, 19, KY
Andrew J., 17, KY
Hiram, 15, KY
Peter 12, KY
Malissa 10, KY
           
Children of Samuel Collins are:
            i.          AMBROSE2 COLLINS, b. Wilkes Co., NC.
            ii.          DAVID COLLINS.
            iii.         GEORGE COLLINS, b. Wilkes Co., NC.
            iv.         MARTIN COLLINS.
            v.         VARDEMAN COLLINS, b. Abt. 1764, Wilkes Co., NC; d. TN; m. MARGARET GIBSON; b. Abt. 1773, VA.

Notes for VARDEMAN COLLINS:
SOURCE:

1778-100 acreas South Fork New River (NC)
1786-100 acres South Fork  New River
1791-50 acres S. Side, South Fork, New River, all in Wilkes Co., NC, land entries.

Is he really son of Samuel or is he son of Allen who was son of Vardy?

2.         vi.         VALENTINE COLLINS, b. Abt. 1768, Wilkes Co., NC.
3.         vii.        THOMAS COLLINS, b. Abt. 1780, Wilkes Co., NC; d. March 15, 1846, Knott Co., KY.


Generation No. 2

2.  Valentine2 Collins (Samuel1) was born Abt. 1768 in Wilkes Co., NC.  He married Dicy Pricy. 
           
Child of Valentine Collins and Dicy Pricy is:
            i.          JOSHUA3 COLLINS, b. 1805, Hawkins Co., TN; d. February 01, 1854, Johnson Co., KY; m. ELIZABETH DALE, June 21, 1824, Greenup Co., KY; b. 1804, NC; d. February 06, 1876, Johnson Co., KY.


3.  Thomas2 Collins (Samuel1) was born Abt. 1780 in Wilkes Co., NC, and died March 15, 1846 in Knott Co., KY.  He married Nancy Williams Abt. 1800 in , NC.  She was born Abt. 1780 in , NC, and died in Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for Thomas Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH: Based on the 1810 census, male 26-45, with 4 children under 10; if Thomas was 20 when married and had 4 children, figure about 2 years apart, a reasonable date of birth would be about 1780.
DEATH:  Wilson Collins made an affidavit on 9/21/1886, for Thomas Collins, Jr. wherein he stated his grandfather was deceased on 3/15/1846.  However, his daughter, Margaret, and her husband inherited 50 acres of land at his death and this is listed in 1844.
MARRIAGE:  name found in census records.

In a book on the Caudills of Wilkes County and Eastern Kentucky by Samuel E. Sebastian Sr., he states that James Caudill and Stephen migrated to eastern KY with the Adams, Crafts, Williamses, Hammonds, Collinses, Webbs, Holbrooks, and others, about the year 1803.  That the Caudills left part of their children in Wilkes Co.   Since we know that Thomas did not leave until about 1835, one might conclude that his father's brothers or other family members left and Thomas' side of the family stayed for whatever reasons they may have had.

Following Census are Wilkes County:

In 1782, tax, list, John Dist., was Samuel Collins with 100 acres.

In 1784, Nat Banks, John Banks each 1 poll, Nat had 50 acres, John had 100 acres.  George and Ambrose Collins each had 1 poll.

In 1785, #10,  Nat. and Wm. Banks each had 1 poll and 50 acres.  In #4, Samuel and Ambrose Collins each had 1 poll and 0 acres.  George had 1 poll, 0 acres;

In 1786, Nall Dist, the following are listed:  George Collins, Ambrose Collins, Samuel Collins, all with 1 poll.  In #10, Browns Dist. William, Nat and John Banks, Jr. each have 1 poll, William and Nat. both have 50 acres.

In 1787 Ambrose, Samuel and George Collins were found with 1 poll. John, William and Nat. Banks found 1 poll, John and Wm. with 50 acres, Nat. with 100.

In 1788, Ambrose, Valentine, George, Martin, Martin Collins 1 poll. William, John and Nat Banks, 1 poll.  Wm. had 50 acres, Nat 150 acres.

In 1789, 4th Dist. Valentine, Samuel and Benjamin Collins have 1 poll each, Samuel has 100 acres.

In 10th Dist. William, John and Nat. Banks each have 1 poll, Wm. has 50 acres, Nat. has 150.

In 1790, 4th Dist. Valentine and Ambrose Collins and Elisha have 1 poll each. In 10th, William Banks has 1 poll and 50 acres; In 12th Nathaniel Banks, no poll, 172 acres.

CENSUS:  1790:  Ambrose, 1 white male 16 plus; 1 0-16; 2 white females all ages; David, 3 WM 16 plus; 2 WM 0-16; 6 WF all ages; George 1 WM 16+; 2 WM 0-16; 4 WF all ages; Hardy 1 WM 16+; 1 WM 0-16; 4 WF all ages; Martin 1 WM 16+; 3 WM 0-16;4 WF all ages; Vol. 1 WM 16+; 2 WF all ages.

CENSUS: 1790, Wilkes Co., NC: On page 4, were the following Collins: Valentine, 1 male 16 & up, 2 females; Monroe Dist. were Ambrose, 1 male 16 and up, 1 male under 16, 2 females; David 3  males 16 and up, 2 males under 16, 6 females; George, 1 male 16 and up, 2 males under 16, 4 females; Hardy 1 male 16 and up, 1 male under 16, 4 females; Martin, 1 male 16 and up, 3 males under 16, 4 females.

In 1791, 4th Dist. Valentine has 1 poll; In 10th  William Banks has 1 poll and 50 acres, In 12th Nathaniel has no poll and 112 acres, John Banks has 1 poll.

In 1792, Nalls Dist. #4, George Collins has 1 poll, In 13th  Vardy and Elisha each 1 poll.

In 10th John Banks has 1 poll, In 12th Nathaniel has no poll and 112 acres, William has 1 poll and 75 acres; in 13th Vardie and Elisha Collins each have 1 poll.

In 1793 there are no Collins in Dist. 4.  In 10th Nathaniel Banks has no poll and 112 acres; John and William Bankes have 1 poll each, and William has 75 acres. In 13th Vardie, Elisha and Lewis Collins have 1 poll, Elisha has 50 acres.

In 1794, 4th Griffin and David Collins have 1 poll, David has 100 acres (s/o Valentine); In 10th William and John Banks have 1 poll, William has 125 acres; Nathaniel has no poll, 112 acres; In 13th Vardie, Elisha and Valentine have 1 poll each, Vardie and Elisha have 50 acres.

In 1795, 10th Nathan Banks has no poll and 100 acres, William and John Banks have 1 poll each; In 13th Virdie and Lewis Collins have 1 poll each.

In 1796, 4th David, Valentine and Griffin Collins each have 1 poll, David has 100 acres; In 11th John Banks has 1 poll, in 13th Vardie, Merida and Lewis have 1 poll each, Verdie has 100 acres.

In 1797 11th Nathaniel Banks and John  each have 1 poll, Nathaniel has 100 acres; In 13th Vardy, Valentine and Aaron Collins have 1 poll each, Valentine has 50 acres.

None found in 1798.

In 1799, 13th Dist, Ambrose and Elisha Collins each have 1 poll, Elisha has 50 acres; 4th Dist. Capt. Johnson's, Lewis, Griffin and Aaron Collins have 1 poll each, Griffin has 50 acres.  Dist. 4, Thomas Collins, 70 acres, 1 poll.


                                              DEEDS:

Jan. 9, 1779, John Livingston enters 140 acres, headwaters Beaver Creek, joining Thomas Collins land and Thomas Collens line including his improvements., Wilkes Co.

Jan. 2, 1779, Benjamin Cleveland enters 200 acres southside south fork of New River where Reuben Stringer and Samuel Collens now lives.

Jan. 2, 1779, Benjamin Harden enters 600 acres on Dogg Creek of New River near Rattlesnake Den on Dugout, including two old cabbins formerly belonging to George Collins.

Jan.  2, 1779, William Lenoir, 400 acres both sides Rocky Creek below Charles Collins old waste cabin.

Mar. 29, 1779, Thomas heirs enter 200 acres on Bever Creek, Green Co., NC, B-28, P-461, a grant from the Confederate, NC.

CENSUS:  1787, Wilkes Co., NC, Ambrose Collins, 1 white male 21 to 60; 2 white males 0 to 21 or over 60; 2 white females, all ages.

George Collins, 1 white male 21-60; 3 white males 0-21 or over 60; 3 white females all ages.

Samuel Collins 1 white male 21-60; 1 white female, all ages.

CENSUS:  1790 Wilkes Co., NC.:  Ambrose Collins, 1 white male 16 and over; 1 white male 0-16; 2 white females, all ages.

David Collins,  3 white males 16 plus; 2 white males 0-16; 6 white females all ages.

George Collins, 1 white male 16 plus; 2 white males 0-16; 4 white females all ages.

Hardy Collins, 1 white male each category and 1 white female all ages.

Martin, 1 white male 16 plus; 3 white males 0-16; 4 females all ages.

Volentine, 1 white male 16 plus; 2 white females, all ages.

CENSUS:  1800 Ashe Co., NC:  Ambrose, Thomas, Vudery; Valentine, all listed as non-whites.  T. Collins 0000 males, 0000 females.

CENSUS:  1810, Ashe Co., NC, P-8:  Thomas Collins, 4 males 0-10; 1 male 26-45; 1 female 26-45.  Listed as free colored persons.

In addition to Thomas, there were the following:  P-8, J. Collins, 1 male 16 to 26; 2 females under 10, one female 16-26, listed as free colored persons. one female 16 to 26, listed as free colored persons.

P-12, E. (Elisha) Collins, 3 males under 10, 1 male 16 to 26, 1 female 10-16; 1 female 26-45; 1 female over 45, listed as free colored persons.

P-12, A. (Ambrose) Collins, 1 male under 10, 1 male 45 or older; 2 females under 10; 3 females 10-16; 1 female 26-45, listed as free colored persons.

CENSUS:  1830 Perry Co., KY:  James Collins found in Rockhouse Creek Area, P-8; Valentine found in Smoot Creek, P-1.

CENSUS:  1820 Ashe Co., NC, no township, P-2:  Thomas Collins and on P-4 Elisha Collins.

CENSUS:  1830, Ashe Co., NC, P-13:  Thomas Collins 4 males 10 to 24; 1 male 36 to 55; 1 female 10 to 24; 1 female 36 to 55; all listed as free colored persons.

Also listed in 1830 as free colored people, P-34, Elisha Collins, 2 males 10 to 24 yrs, 1 male 36 to 55, 1 female 36 to 55 and on P-35, Levi Collins, 1 male 10 to 24 yrs, 1 female under 10, 2 females 10 to 24. There were no other Collins in Ashe Co. in 1840.

TAX LIST:  1830 Perry Co., KY (Box 71, Drawer 26) -----Collins 1 male over 21, 1 horse (could be Henry)  Do not believe this is Thomas as I believe he went to KY around the spring of 1835.

CENSUS:  1840, Perry Co., KY, P-256:  Thomas Collins, 1 male 15 to 20; 1 male 50 to 60; 1 female 50 to 60.

Also found in Federal Census of 1830, P-34, Elisha Collins, 2 males 10 to 24; 1 male 36 to 55; 1 female same age.

P-35, Levi Collins, 1 male 10 to 24, 1 female under 10 and 2 females 10 to 24. Possibly Elisha is a brother to Thomas and Levi a son of Elisha as they never show up in Letcher/Perry Co., KY.  Both persons listed as free colored people.

TAX LIST:  1843 Letcher Co., KY:  Thomas Collins, Sr.:  1 white male over 21; 3 horses; 10 cattle; 200 acres.

TAX LIST:  1844, Letcher Co., KY:  Thomas Collins, 2 Sr.:  1 white male over 21; 1 horse; 6 cattle.  (who?).

TAX LIST:  1844, Letcher Co., KY:  Thomas Collins, Sr.: 1 white male over 21; 5 horses, 13 cattle, 200 acres.

DEED:  April 1798, DB D, P-329-4, Thomas Collins bought for 15 pds, 70 acres South Side New River. 4th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight between John Taylor of Wilkes County North Carolina and Thomas Collins of the same place witnesseth that the said John Taylor for and in consideration of the sum of one fifteen pound to him in hand paid by ?? Thomas Collins the receipt whereof the said John Taylor doth hereby acknowledge and himself thereto fully ---Deed Book D, Wilkes Co., #329, 4 Apr 1798. The 70 acres was South side of New River, Samuel Phipps line, signed by John Taylor; Wit. Eli Baldwin; Jesse Reeves; John McMillan.

DEED: 29 Nov. 1803:  Thomas, grantee, State of NC, grantor, B-B, P-68, #376, 50 shillings every 100 acres; 100 acres Laurel Fork of Elk River, running to first station, entered 9 Oct 1802, Witness:  James Turner, William White, secretary, signed T. S. Turner, D. Casewell, Pvt. Sec.

DB D, P-71 (or 77) William Richardson to Thomas Collins.

DB V, P-284, Deed of Trust, Thomas Collins to Richard Gentry.

May Term 1806:  Ordered by the Court that Elisha Collins be exempt from working on public roads by reason of infirmity; Ashe Co.

Aug. Term 1807:  Ordered by the court that Elisha Collins be cleared from a pol tax, Ashe Co.

Nov. 11, 1807, Thomas, 50 acres, Wayne Co., Bever Cree, B-28, P-364, KY.

Jan. 1808:  Indenture between Wm. Richardson and Thomas Collins: for $16.00 Thomas bought 25 acres in Ashe County on South Fork of New River.

1808, Nov. Term., P-51. Teste, Wm. Weaver, Sr., Martin Gambill, signed Wm. Richardson, (x), Nov. Term 1808, Oath, Wm. Weaver, Teste, David Earnest CCC, Book D, P-177.

Nov. Term 1809:  Grand Jury sworn, James Collins worked on road from turnpike or near it on Brushy Fork to Abram Linville, Ashe Co.

DEED:  19 Jun 1834, Book Old V; Thomas Collins trust deed to Ri Gentry, 424 acres:  This Indenture made this 19th day of June 1834, Thomas Collans (the name Calloway  was written and stricken through with Collins written above each time the name was used) of the one part, said Thomas Collins of the County of Ashe and State of N. Carolina and said R. Gentry of the County of Ashe and State of N. Carolina, Witnesseth, that the said Thomas Collins for  and in consideration of the sum of fifty cents to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and the said Thomas Collins for and in consideration of the trust? and purposes herein after expressed hath bargained and sold and conveyed and by those presents doth bargain, sell, convey and confirm unto the said Richard Gentry his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Ashe and State of North Carolina on the South Fork of New River containing four hundred and twenty four acres in four tracts, one beginning on a Hickory tree on the bank of the river at Mathias Williams line running west one hundred and forty poles, then North  126 poles, East twenty six poles, to the bank of the river, then up said river 160 poles to the beginning, another tract containing one hundred acres beginning on a cucumber tree near the tip of the single knob running  various courses for compliment, one other tract eighty one acres adjoining Martin Gambills old line and Halsies line running various courses for compliment, one other tract 6.3 acres beginning at a white oak on the bank of the river running west to Gambills line then running various courses for compliment to him the sd Richard Gentry his heirs and assigns forever to have and to hold forever with the ? of him the sd Richard Gentry his heirs and assigns and the sd Thomas Collins doth agree and covenant that is seized in ? of the aforesaid ? and premises and hath full power to convey a good and sufficient title in ???? and then running various courses for compliment, to him the sd Richard Gentry his heirs and assigns forever to have and to hold forever for the sole use of him the sd Richard Gentry his heirs and assigns and the sd Thomas Collins doth agree and covenant that is seized in full of the aforesaid land and premises and hath full power to convey a good and sufficient title in fee to the land and premises and he doth by these presents warrant and defend the sd land and premises to the sd Richard Gentry's heirs executors or administrators against the claim of him the sd Thomas Collins, his heirs and all other persons whatsoever at the foregoing conveyances is for the trust? purposes  that whereas the sd Thomas Collins is indebted to Ephraim Gentry and Ge. Bower in the sum of one hundred and fifty one dollars and sixty one cents, this indenture and conveyance is for to sea? to the sd Ephraim Gentry and Ge. Bower at their sd. debt with the lawful interest to from the date of the aforesaid R Gentry is appointed agent and trustee to carry the objet and trust of this said into examination and of the ? debts with all lawful interest from the date shall not be fully paid to the sd Ephraim Gentry and Get. Bower before the first day of February next  ?  the sd. Richard Gentry shall proceeds in the execution of the trust therein expressed by the sale of the sd. lands and premises hereby convey to him by public auction at the Town of Jefferson for cash after having advertised public notice there of for other days immediately preceding and after discharging his trust? satisfying to the sd Ephraim Gentry and Gel. Bower their debts and interest with all necessary cost of advertising conveyances and to pay over the remained of the purchase money to the sd. Thomas Collins but it is agreed that if the aforesaid debt with the interest as aforesaid shall be paid to the sd. Ephraim Gentry and Bower and or before the --st day of February and then aforesaid conveyance to the sd. Richard Gentry is to  ? void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force and effect.  Witness my hand and seal this 19th day of June 1834.  s/Thomas Collins (his mark) s/Johnson Thomas
State of North Carolina, Ashe County; The execution of the within deed duly  at the oath of the subscribing witnesses to be registered
The County Court Office the 30th day of June `18343; John Ray CCC; Wm., R. ??

Thomas was in Perry Co. in Mar. 17, 1838 on Colly Fork.  Believe he moved there by 1836 when Sanders was born.

DEED:  B-A, P-100, 8 Jul 1847, recorded 14 Mar 1848, Letcher Co., KY: Thomas Collins, dec'd, heirs, sell to Briant W. Collins of Letcher Co., 25 acres for $50.00, near Briant's spring house, East to Gap Branch, between Larkin and Briant, then E., at a black gum near Briants, east to old line between Larkin and Briant, east to Briants.  Larkin and Cinthia; Birdine and wife Mary; Robert and Anna; Carter and Susannah; Charles and Lucy; Thomas and Catharine; Bradford B. Walters and Margaret; s/Larkin, Cinthia; Thomas; Bradford B. Walters; Birdine; Carter; Robert; recorded by Ezekial Brashears, Clerk.  Deed produced 5 Jan 1849, acknowledged by Robert and Birdine on 3 Jan 1848; acknowledged and proven by oaths of Carter Collins for Bradford B. Walters on Jan. 3, 1848; acknowledged by Larkin Mar. 6y, 1848; acknowledged by Thomas and Charles Mar. 14, 1848.

DEED: B-A, P-142, 8 Jul 1847, Letcher Co., KY: Heirs of Thomas Collins sell to Bryant Collins, 80 acres for $200.00, tract on Job Branch including two 50 acre surveys with exception of where Carter Collins' house stands, a certain piece taken out and donated to Carter.  Cinthia relinquishes right to dower.  Acknowledgement o B. B. Walters proven by oath of Briant W. and Burdine, not substituted witnesses.  Witnesses: Nat Collins; Wesley Breeding; s/Briant, Robert, Charles, Larkin, Burdine, Carter (all by X); Recorded by Ezekiel Brashear, Clerk.

DEED:  8/15/1854, Thomas Collins heirs of Letcher Co. sell to Eli Collins of Letcher 50 acres for $200.00 on Colley Creek and Rockhouse, lower end Mill field at line of Larkin and Thomas up to below Nancy Collins, including William Stampers line to Stephen Adams.  Previous or Original owner, William Stamper.  Witness:  Charles and Lucinda; Robert; Burdine; Carter; B. W.; Thomas; Stephen and Nancy Adams.  Recorded by Stephen P. Hogg, Clerk, Recorded 11 Sep 1854. B-B, P-264.

DEED:  B-B, P-363, 20 Feb 1856:  Carter, Berdine, Charles, Thomas, Robert, Bryant W. sold to Samuel Jones 25 acres for $150.00 on Gap Branch, branch of Colley Creek on Gap up to Thos. Collins old line; to Carters; 50 acres Carter sells separately.

Following info. from bscott2@ix.netcom.com in a message on 8/19/1997: Lewis, Merdy, Vardy and David Collins all entered the service the same day and the same district.  Possibly grandsons of old Thomas Collins who has sons Samuel, John, Thomas Jr., George, David and Charles.  She believes one of them to be the father of Meredith, and possibly of Vardy who may be a bro. of Meredith.  I believe one of them, possibly, George, or Thomas may be the father of Thomas, b. abt 1770.

Meredith shows up in Russell Co. in 1800.  Another message states that Valentine and Vardy were the sons of Samuel.  Old Thomas of Louisa Co. had sons Thomas, Jr., Samuel, George, John and Charles.  Lewis Collins pension revealed he was the son of John, who had John Jr., Martin, Milton, Ambrose and David.

1800 Census of Ashe Co. shows Vardy with 4 free colored persons; Ambrose has 4 free colored persons; Thomas has 7 free colored (probably son of Samuel; Valentine has 6 free colored.

Wm. P. Grohse, Rt. 4, Box 33, Sneedville, Tn 37869, wrote on Apr 18, 1986 that "Walk Towards the Sunset" was held for several years and folded about 1975.  Not a factual account of the Melungeons but was more to publicize the town and heritage.  Valley where he lives is named Vardy after Vardy Collins.  Most people there related back to Vardy.  He owned land in Wilkes Co., NC in 1790's, owned 8 Tennessee Land Grants for the Valley in Tenn.  Vardy was born in Grayson Co., VA in 1764; mar. Elizabeth Peggy Gibson, b. 1771 in VA, her brother Shepherd Gibson went with Vardy in 1780's to Tenn and Vardy mar. his sister.

"From Newmans Ridge, Tenn. to Southeastern KY, Highlands", by Norm Isaacs, 240 S.W. 1st St., Richmond, Ind., about Melungeons, pub. July 19, 1983.

1810 Census of Grainger Co., TN, lists Lewis with 10 free colored; Griffin 11 free colored; Joseph 9 free colored; Dowel 5 free colored.

James Kirk vs. Martha Kirk, Apr. 29, 1834:  James Kirk gives his marriage date to Martha Elswick, now Kirk, as 1798 and "enjoyed many years of conjugal happiness with her."  She left him ten years ago and has been "living with George Collins."  James Kirk asks she answer his charges and be made a deft. to this divorce proceeding.  The case was marked "Discontinued-July, 1837."

A Collins, born ca 1839, came with his brother from Ireland and got work on a farm in N.C., the brother left to find work somewhere else and was never heard from again.  The other Collins was Isaac, had son Isaac C. who was born in Rusell Co., VA.  Isaac C. married Susan Ramsey and had two sons, Alexander and George Freeman.  Isaac C. went to Wayne Co., WV in 1854, bought over a thousand acres of farm land in Lincoln Co. and Wayne Co., died about 1870s.  Had three sisters, Polly married John Neace, Suzanner married Mose Marcum and lived in Elliott Co., KY and later came to WVA and Anna married John Elliiott.

Passenger List from Ireland to New York, the Tana arrived 5/18/1803 and Isaac Collins, age 30, laborer, from Monaghan was on it and a son John Collins, age 36, laborer.

From KY obits, p-61, William B. Collins of Louisville, formerly of Lexington, died Aug. 1830; P-157, Foster Collins of Bourbon Co., died 2/22/1847, age 70 and Mrs. Mary Collins died of cholera in Anderson Co., Jun or Jul 1833 and Thomas Collins of Lexington died Apr 23. 1851.

Notes for Nancy Williams:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census, living with son Briant, age 68
DEATH:  There was a Mary who died in Roberson Dist., Feb. 23, 1874, age 88.  If this was the same person, where is she in 1870?
MARRIAGES:  No marriages for Collins names in Wilkes Co.; Marriages for Ashe Co. lost from 1799 through 1816.

In Edgecomb Co., there is a Nancy Anderson, born 1787, who married a Mr. Collins, and her parents were Joel D. Anderson and Hattie McWilliams.  The marriage took place in 1805.  The same marriage is recorded in a different place giving parents as Joel B. McWilliams and Henrietta Jamison.  She born 1787, marrying a Mr. Collins in 1805 in Nash Co., NC.

CENSUS:  1860 living with son Robert, age  80

 Name is listed once as Polly and once as Nancy.

DEED:  B-A, P-174, 26 Mar 1800, Griffith Collins of Ashe Co., NC, sells to Moses Smith of Greyson Co., VA, 50 acres for 50 pounds specie on north fork of Elk Creek.  Witness by Elijah Williams, Wm. Perry, John Memmellon, s/o Griffith Collins, recorded Nov. term 1801.  Could this Elijah possibly be fa. of Cinthia?

17 Oct 1789-Stateof NC, Wilkes County, This day came Lela Williams and declared on oath that Verdie Collins is the father of her child and likewise Mary Williams declared on oath that Jordan Gibson is the father of her child. Sworn before us this 17th of October 1789.  Wm. Nall; James Bruneford. Wilkes Co. Bastardy Bonds & Records, 1773=1834, C.r. 104.102.2.

            Descendants of Samuel Collins


Generation No. 1

1.  Samuel1 Collins was born Abt. 1734 in NC, and died Abt. 1790 in Grayson Co., VA.

Notes for Samuel Collins:
SOURCE:
BIRTH:  All information on Samuel and his children, except that of Thomas, was provided by Chuck Runyon (chuckrunyon@home.com and sent to me by Ruth LeMaster June 2002.
There are no sources cited except as follows:

Residence 1770 Botetourt Co., Va-tithables
Residence 1771, Montgomery Co., VA tithables
Residence 1773, Montgomery Co. list of tithables Co., Indian Land 2
1787 Wilkes Co. NC Tax list
Samuel Collins on 1777 Cox Militia of Elk Creek

5th Infantry-Va. Rev. War:
Collins, A. R., Co. H.
Collins, David, Co. B
Collins, Francis, Co. B
Collins, Giles D., Co. B
Collins, Hamilton Wade, Co. BH
Collins, Samuel S., Co. H.
Collins, Seth Dunca, Co. C

Collins, Samuel, 1777 List of Cox's Militia Company

CENSUS:  1850 Johnson Co., KY, #374:
David 43, Farmer, $400, KY
Polly 49, VA
Nancy 22, KY
George W, 19, KY
Andrew J., 17, KY
Hiram, 15, KY
Peter 12, KY
Malissa 10, KY
           
Children of Samuel Collins are:
            i.          AMBROSE2 COLLINS, b. Wilkes Co., NC.
            ii.          DAVID COLLINS.
            iii.         GEORGE COLLINS, b. Wilkes Co., NC.
            iv.         MARTIN COLLINS.
            v.         VARDEMAN COLLINS, b. Abt. 1764, Wilkes Co., NC; d. TN; m. MARGARET GIBSON; b. Abt. 1773, VA.

Notes for VARDEMAN COLLINS:
SOURCE:

1778-100 acreas South Fork New River (NC)
1786-100 acres South Fork  New River
1791-50 acres S. Side, South Fork, New River, all in Wilkes Co., NC, land entries.

Is he really son of Samuel or is he son of Allen who was son of Vardy?

2.         vi.         VALENTINE COLLINS, b. Abt. 1768, Wilkes Co., NC.
3.         vii.        THOMAS COLLINS, b. Abt. 1780, Wilkes Co., NC; d. March 15, 1846, Knott Co., KY.


Generation No. 2

2.  Valentine2 Collins (Samuel1) was born Abt. 1768 in Wilkes Co., NC.  He married Dicy Pricy. 
           
Child of Valentine Collins and Dicy Pricy is:
            i.          JOSHUA3 COLLINS, b. 1805, Hawkins Co., TN; d. February 01, 1854, Johnson Co., KY; m. ELIZABETH DALE, June 21, 1824, Greenup Co., KY; b. 1804, NC; d. February 06, 1876, Johnson Co., KY.


3.  Thomas2 Collins (Samuel1) was born Abt. 1780 in Wilkes Co., NC, and died March 15, 1846 in Knott Co., KY.  He married Nancy Williams Abt. 1800 in , NC.  She was born Abt. 1780 in , NC, and died in Letcher Co., KY.

I also have a Burnett listed as son of James H. and America Bentley with no
birth date but a marriage date of 1/11/1916 to Lavinia Hall, B-20, P-45.


11.       ix.         THOMAS J. COLLINS, b. Abt. 1821, , NC; d. April 01, 1880, Letcher Co., KY.


Generation No. 3

4.  Robert3 Collins (Thomas2, Samuel1) was born 1805 in Ashe Co., NC, and died March 25, 1875 in Letcher Co., KY.  He married (1) Unk.    He married (2) Anna Banks March 16, 1846 in Letcher Co., KY, daughter of Henry Banks and Catharine Pruett.  She was born Abt. 1825 in Wilkes Co., NC.

Notes for Robert Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census, s/o Thomas and Mary Nancy Williams Collins.
DEATH:  Death Record.
MARRIAGE: #1; #2,  B-1, P-14; Letcher Co. Fam. History, P-181 shows wife's name as Sarah.  I have found no info. re this.

CENSUS:  1830 Ashe Co., NC, P-13:  Robert Collins, 1 male under 10, 1 male 10
to 24, 1 male 24-36; 1 female 10 to 24; listed under free colored persons.

TAX LIST:  1843 Letcher Co., KY:  Robert Collins:  1 white male over 21; 1
horse; 4 cattle; 2 children 7 to 17; 50 acres.

TAX LIST:  1844 Letcher Co., KY:  Robert Collins:  1 white male over 21; 1
horse; 7 cattle; 2 children 5 to 16 yrs.

TAX LIST, 1875:  Robert Collins, 1 male, 5 children.

CENSUS:  1840 Perry Co., KY:  Where was Robert in this census?  Not listed
in Perry.

CENSUS:  1850, Letcher Co., KY, #85, Dist. 2:  Robert Collins 46, b. NC: Anny,
25, b. NC; Wilson 18, b. NC; Mary 8; George 5; Margaret 4; Thomas 4; Larkin 3;
Nancy 1, all b. KY.  Robert and Wilson were farmers.

CENSUS:  1860 Letcher Co., KY, Whtiesburg, P-1, L-35, #6/6:  Robert 55, b. NC,
farm laborer; Anna 36, b. NC; George  17, farm laborer; Margaret 15; Thomas 13;
Henry 11; Nancy 7; Carter 5; Sarah 3; Elizabeth 9/12; Mary Collins 80, b. NC.
All children b. KY; George, Margaret, Thomas, Henry all attended sch. this yr.

I have a birthdate of Robert, s/o Robert, as 12/20/1855; however, there is no Robert born to Robert and Anna shown in the 1860 census.

3/25/1853, Robert sold to Eli 100 acres for $100. on Smoot Creek, top of ridge
between Smoot and Colley, Mathews Camp bottom, below Eli's field to line by
Robert and Thomas, previously owned by Shadrick Cimbs, B-B, P-161.

2/27/1871, Robt. Collins, grantee 50 acres, B-84, P-519, Camp Br. of Letcher.

12/25/1871, Robert Collins, grantee 50 acres, B-88, P-274, Smoot Creek, North
Fork Kentucky River, Letcher Co.

10/9/1873, Robt. Collins, grantee 100 acres, B-101, P-155, Rockhouse Fork,
Letcher Co.

Sep. 11, 1900:  George W. & Louella, Thomas and Mary Ann, Nancy Moore and
James, Henry and Martha of Douglas Co., KS, Carter and Sarah of Douglas Co.,
KS, R. L. and Sylvana, sold all their rights in the land that belonged to their
father, Robert, deceased, to Sarah Hunt of Wayne Co., WV.

HUNT, JAMES J.
  Spouse: COLLINS, SARAH Marriage Date: 13 Apr 1892
  County: Wayne State: WV

1853:  Robert sold to Eli 100 acres for $100.00 on Mar. 25, 1853 on Smoot Creek,
top of ridge between Smoot and Colley Creeks, Mathews Camp bottom, below Eli's
field to line by Robert and Thomas, previously owned by Shadrick Combs. B-B,
P-161.

DEED:  Nov. 12, 1875, B-L, P-103:  Heirs of Robert sold to George W., acres not
given, for $55.00 to line of widow Collins, wife of Eli, deceased, to line
between Robert, dec'd and Wesley.  Heirs:  Robert and Nancy; James, Margaret
Tyree, Jasper, Carter, Dallas:  Wit:  Wilson, Thomas, Elisha, Henry, R. L.
HUNT, JAMES J.
  Spouse: COLLINS, SARAH Marriage Date: 13 Apr 1892
  County: Wayne State: WV


Notes for Anna Banks:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Dau of Henry &  Catharine PRUITT BANKS.
MARRIAGE:  B-1, P-14.

           
Children of Robert Collins and Unk are:
12.       i.          ELI4 COLLINS, b. Abt. 1828, , NC; d. October 1868, Letcher Co., KY.
            ii.          WILSON COLLINS, b. Abt. 1832, Letcher Co., KY; d. November 1909, Wallens Creek, , KY; m. (1) SARAH T. GIBSON; b. Abt. 1830, , VA; d. Bef. August 1889, Letcher Co., KY; m. (2) CINTHIA COLLINS, August 01, 1889, Isom, Letcher Co., KY; b. September 01, 1859, Van, Letcher Co., KY; d. 1940, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for WILSON COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
DEATH: Pension record of wife.
MARRIAGE:  #1; #2, B-8, P-418,  No issue.

MILITARY:  Pension applied for by widow, Cynthia, but claim rejected on grounds
that no such federal unit existed and it must be a state unit. However, a
pension file is on record in the VA office.  According to Cinthia, Wilson died
in Nov. 1909 at Wallens Creek, KY.  She filed for pension on Mar. 21, 1930
Was in Three Forks Btn., Cap. Guards, KY Inf., Claim filed 4/11/1930,
Widow appl. #1665122, no certificate.  XC 2630.568 VA.

CENSUS:  1860, Letcher Co., KY, P-65, L-20, #435/435:
 Wilson Collings 29, b. NC, no real estate, Pers. $204
 Sarah 40, b. VA.

TAX LIST, 1875, Letcher Co., KY: 
Wilson Collins, Smoot Creek, 1 male, 1militia.

CENSUS:  1880 Letcher Co., KY, Precinct 3, House #138, Fam. #138
 Wilson Collins 45, farmer, KKK
 Sarah 50, wife, keeps house, KKK
 Cynthia 18, servant, KKK; Findlay 4, Ward, KKK.

SPECIAL CENSUS:  House 56, Fam. 61, Pvt. 40th Bat. 1, 186- to 186-.
COLLINS, WILSON 
   State:  KY  Year:  1890 
   County:  Letcher County  Record Type:    
   Township:  Rock Haven, Etc  Page:  082 
   Database:  KY 1890 Veterans Schedule 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Wilson lived in Rockhouse on 29 Aug 1907.




Notes for CINTHIA COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Pension Application; according to her death certificate, she was born 1852, died 1940, age 88 years old, info. given by son, Finley; husband was Wilson Collins, dead, born Letcher Co., her father was Ike Gibson born Leslie Co. and mother's name unknown.  
DEATH:  From obits. on Internet; Tombstone gives dates of 1859-1943; Vital Statistics, V-40 #19817, age 88.
MARRIAGE:  B-8, P-418.

 Applied for Pension 3/21/1930, married approx. 1883 under name of Cynthia Collins at Isom, KY by Peter Adkins.  Claim Rejected, on grounds that no such federal unit existed, probably a State Unit.  6/27/1930.

CENSUS:  1900, Letcher Co., KY, Rockhouse, #241/243:  Findley b. 9/1876, age 23, mar. 9 years, 3 children born and living, KKK; Emily, b. 7/1871, 28; Dicey, 5/1894,6; illegible, male, 5/1898, 2; Cinthia, 4/1858, 44, widowed, 1/1/mother.

COLLINS,Cynthia married Wilson Collins had one son. She died at the age of 84. Member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. Written by her sister-in-law, Parthena COLLINS.  According to Wm. Grohse, Cinthia got burned up by smoking her pipe.




More About CINTHIA COLLINS:
Date born 2: 1852
Died 2: August 01, 1940, Letcher Co., KY
Burial: Cinthia Collins Cem., Isom, Letcher Co., KY

            iii.         MARY COLLINS, b. Abt. 1842; m. DAVID KINCER; b. 1843.

Notes for MARY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census; not found in 1860 when she would be 18; possibly married
by then.
MARRIAGE:  Letcher Co. Fam. History, Vol. 1, P-180 gives name of David Kincer b. 1843 but I have never seen any proof of this marriage, no Mary Kincer is mentioned in any of the deeds, wills, etc.


13.       iv.         GEORGE WASHINGTON COLLINS, b. November 24, 1842, Letcher Co., KY; d. January 17, 1905, Letcher Co., KY.

           
Children of Robert Collins and Anna Banks are:
            v.         LARKIN4 COLLINS, b. Abt. 1847, , KY; d. March 15, 1860, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for LARKIN COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
DEATH:  P-5, Age 12, fever; Letcher Co. Fam. History, Vol. 1,P-180 gives date
of 15 mar 1870.


14.       vi.         MARGARET COLLINS, b. February 22, 1848, Letcher Co., KY; d. August 20, 1884, Letcher Co., KY.
15.       vii.        THOMAS W. COLLINS, b. February 22, 1848; d. July 12, 1926, Smoot Creek, Letcher Co., KY.
16.       viii.       HENRY COLLINS, b. December 1850, Letcher Co., KY; d. May 15, 1917, Lawrence, Douglas Co., KS.
17.       ix.         NANCY COLLINS, b. 1849, , KY.
18.       x.         ROBERT CARTER COLLINS, b. December 20, 1855, Letcher Co., KY; d. Aft. September 15, 1900, Douglas Co., KS.
            xi.         SARAH COLLINS, b. December 08, 1857, Letcher Co., KY; d. Ceredo, Wayne Co., WV.

Notes for SARAH COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Rec.
DEATH:  Letcher Co. Fam. History, Vol. 1, P-180 says she died at 10 days.
MARRIAGE:  Unmarried in 1880; Possibly married a HUNT.

CENSUS:  1880 Letcher Co., KY, Prec. 3, Whitesburg, 1 Jun 1880, #135/135: Sarah Collins 22, unmarried, keeping house, K N K; Anna 2, dau, KKK; Robert 15, brother, K N K.  If this Sarah is dau of Robert, and Robert 15 is her brother, then something is wrong with the birth date.  If he was 15 in 1880 then he was not born in 1855.

Could she have married James Marion Hale and moved to Douglas Co., KS. He gave affidavit for George and stated that his wife was a sister of George Collins.


            xii.        FRANCIS COLLINS, b. March 1859; d. April 02, 1859, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for FRANCIS COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
DEATH:  Fever.


19.       xiii.       ELIZABETH COLLINS, b. April 15, 1859, Clay Co., KY; d. December 1904.
            xiv.       UNNAMED COLLINS, b. April 15, 1859, Letcher Co., KY; d. April 26, 1859, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for UNNAMED COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH: Birth Rec.
DEATH:  Same.


20.       xv.        ROBERT LEWIS COLLINS, b. October 1862, Letcher Co., KY.


5.  Larkin3 Collins (Thomas2, Samuel1) was born Abt. 1810 in , NC, and died 1847 in Letcher Co., KY.  He married Cinthia Williams.  She was born Abt. 1808 in , NC.

Notes for Larkin Collins:
!SOURCE:
DEATH:  Apparently died between 3/14/1847 and 7/8/1847 when Cinthia sold home place.  According to Sarah's pension claim, she states she was married in 1845 and her mother was then a widow.

CENSUS:  1830, Ashe Co., NC,P-13, Larkin Colllins 1 free colored male, 20 to 30; 1 female under 10; 1 female 10 to 24.

CENSUS:  1840, Perry Co., KY:  P-256, Larkin Collilns, 2 free white males 0 to 5; 1 male 30 to 40; 1 female 0 to 5; 1 female 15 to 20; 1 female 30-40.

TAX LIST:  1843 Letcher Co.:  Larkin Collins, 1 white male over 21, 4 horses.

TAX LIST:  1844 Letcher Co.:  Larkin Collins, 1 white male over 21, 4 horses, 1 child, 5-16.

DEED:  3/2/1846, 100 acres for $100.00 on Colly Creek, north side Colley to Thomas Collins line south to a gap in ridge, signed 22 Aug 1846. Witness: Stephen Adams, signed by William stamper and Isac D. Stamper,recorded by E. Brashears, Clerk in 1846; B-A, P-63.  Grantor was William Stamper, et al of Letcher.

DEED:  3/14/1848, 20 acres, Camp Branch from Larkin, Sintha etc. to Briant W., Vol. A, P-100.

DEED:  7/8/1848, 20 acres, Camp Branch, from Cinthia to Briant W., Vol. A, P.-100.

DEED:  7/8/1848, 80 acres on Camp Branch, Carter, Bryant, Robert, Larkin grantees to Thomas Collins, Vol. A, P-142.

DEED:  B-L, P-101, Feb. 5, 1890:  John Gibson and Sarah, Sanders & Silva; Finley and Nancy, Jane, single, Wason and Louisa, heirs of Larkin, sell to George W., acreage not listed, for $400.00, Cow Branch of Little Colley of Rockhouse Fork of N. of Ky. River known as part of Larkin Collins Farm. Wit: Thomas, signed by mark, Watson, Louisa, Finley and Nancy.

DEED:  B-33, P-285, 22 Feb 1907:  Finley, Malissie, Mary J., Watson, J. R. to Sanders A. for $200.00, tract on Smoot between Smoot and Colley, to Finley's line to George W. line, land patented by Larkin.  Signed by Finley, Watson, Mary Jane, J. R., Malissie.

DEED:  15 Aug 1854, B-B, P-264:  Thomas Collins heirs of Letcher Co., to Eli Collins of Letcher, 50 acres for $200.00, Colley Creek & Rockhouse, lower end Mill field at line of Larkin and Thomas, up to below Nancy Collins, including William Stampers line to Stephen Adams.  Previous owner, Wm. Stamper. Wit: Chas. and Lucinda; Robert; Burdine; Carter; B. W..  Signed, Thomas; Stephen and
Nancy Adams, recorded by Stephen P. Hogg, Clerk.


I received a letter written on 15 March 1981 from Mae Frazier who stated the following:  I am sorry I cannot help you with the Combs in your family.  I was talking with my uncle, Judge Stephen Combs who is 90 years old this week end.  He remembered the Collins you mentioned, Sanders, Watson, Stephen, Calvin, Thomas and their wives but he does not know what Combs families they are from.
  I knew he would know them when you said they lived on Smoot Creek.  I think I have heard my mother, Steven's sister, mention these names too. Uncle Steve also mentioned Bill and John Collins, I believe he said brother of Sanders.  John was killed by Dimmer Richmond, he said.  Do you know of these two famileis.
  I didn't think to get names of descendents of some of these that are still around in Letcher Co.  Uncle Steve may know some of them.  I will see him again in the next few weeks so I will ask and try to find out if they know anything about the Combs women.
  Sorry I can't help you.  Good Luck, Mae.

Collins, Larkin
Acres:    50, Book:    9 
Survey Date:    12-21-1839,
County:    Perry 
WaterCourse:    Collys Fk Rockhouse 
Reference:    THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
Volume 1, Part 2, CHAPTER X. GRANTS IN THE COUNTY COURT ORDERS (1836-1924) , THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY, page 1130

Collins, Larkin
Acres:    50, Book:    9 
Survey Date:    12-23-1839 
County:    Perry 
WaterCourse:    Collys Br 
Reference:    THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
Volume 1, Part 2, CHAPTER X. GRANTS IN THE COUNTY COURT ORDERS (1836-1924), THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY, page 1130

Collins, Larkin
Acres:    50, Book:    11 
Survey Date:    12-30-1843 
County:    Letcher 
WaterCourse:    Collys Cr 
Reference:    THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
Volume 1, Part 2, CHAPTER X. GRANTS IN THE COUNTY COURT ORDERS (1836-1924), THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY, page 1130

Collins, Larkin
Acres:    50 
Book:    11 
Survey Date:    1-13-1844 
County:    Letcher  
WaterCourse:    Smoot Cr 
Reference:    THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
Volume 1
Part 2
CHAPTER X. GRANTS IN THE COUNTY COURT ORDERS (1836-1924) THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY, page 1130

Collins, Larkin
Acres:    50 
Book:    11 
Survey Date:    1-13-1844 
County:    Letcher 
WaterCourse:    None 
Reference:    THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
Volume 1, Part 2, CHAPTER X. GRANTS IN THE COUNTY COURT ORDERS (1836-1924), THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY, page 1130

Collins, Larkin
Acres:    50 
Book:    11 
Survey Date:    1-13-1844 
County:    Letcher 
WaterCourse:    Smoot Cr 
Reference:    THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
Volume 1, Part 2, CHAPTER X. GRANTS IN THE COUNTY COURT ORDERS (1836-1924), THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY, page 1130

Collins, Larkin
Acres:    50 
Book:    11 
Survey Date:    1-13-1844 
County:    Letcher 
WaterCourse:    Smoot Cr 
Reference:    THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
Volume 1, Part 2, CHAPTER X. GRANTS IN THE COUNTY COURT ORDERS (1836-1924), THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY, page 1130

Collins, Larkin
Acres:    50 
Book:    12 
Survey Date:    7-19-1844 
County:    Letcher 
WaterCourse:    Colbys Cr 
Reference:    THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
Volume 1, Part 2, CHAPTER X. GRANTS IN THE COUNTY COURT ORDERS (1836-1924), THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY, page 1130









Notes for Cinthia Williams:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Letcher Co. 1850 Census
MARRIAGE: #1; #2, By John Caudill, B-1, P-31.

CENSUS:  1850, Letcher Co., KY, dist. 1, P-147, house 48:  Henry Gipson 20,
farmer, b. VA; Cintha 42, b. NC; Sanders Collins 15; Finley 11; Mary 11; Warson
7, all children are Collins, b. KY.

WILL:  Mathias Williams, 1/15/1849, Wilkes Co., NC, wants Polly, wife to have
all his property to do as she pleases and when she is done, wants Wm.
Richardson to have his land.  Is this her father?

DEED:  7/8/1848:  Cinthia sells to Briant W. Collins, 20 acres on Camp Branch,
Vol. A, P-100.

DEED:  7/30/1850:  Cinthia sells to Nathaniel Collins, dower rights of her farm
left by Larkin, for $60.00 on Colley Creek, Vol. A, P-204.

           
Children of Larkin Collins and Cinthia Williams are:
21.       i.          SARAH4 COLLINS, b. Abt. 1826, , NC; d. June 28, 1906, Lerose, Owsley Co., KY.
22.       ii.          SANDERS A. COLLINS, b. March 11, 1836, Knott Co., KY; d. May 23, 1909, Cap, Letcher Co., KY.
23.       iii.         MARY JANE COLLINS, b. October 03, 1836, Knott Co., KY.
24.       iv.         FINLEY COLLINS, b. October 03, 1836, Knott Co., KY; d. May 06, 1915, Upper Rockhouse, Letcher Co., KY.
25.       v.         WATSON COLLINS, b. May 07, 1844, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY; d. September 01, 1927, Cordia, Knott Co., KY.


6.  Burdine3 Collins (Thomas2, Samuel1) was born Abt. 1810 in , NC.  He married Mary Sexton Abt. 1832 in , VA.  She was born Abt. 1815 in , VA.

Notes for Burdine Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census, Letcher Co., KY.

CENSUS:  1840, Perry Co., KY, P-256:  Burdine Collins, 2 males 0-5; 1 male
5-10; 6 males 30-40; 1 female 0-5; 1 female 10-15; 1 female 30-40.

TAX LIST:  1843 Letcher Co., KY:  Burdine Collins:  1 white male over 21; 8
cattle; 2 children 7 to 17; 50 acres.

TAX LIST:  1844 Letcher Co., KY:  Burdine Collins:  1 white male over 21; 8
cattle; 3 children 5 to 16; 50 acres.

CENSUS:  1850 Letcher Co., KY, #50, Dist. 1:  Berdine Collins 40, b. KY; Mary
35; Margaret 17; Calvin 16; Henry 14; Cowden 11; Didama 9; Betsy 8; Zelpha
6; Dallas 3; Letcher 6/12. Mary, Margaret, Calvin, Henry & Cowden b. VA;
other children b. KY.

CENSUS:  1860 Letcher Co., KY, Whtiesburg, P-49, L-1, Dwelling 316, Family 316,
Birdine Collins:  50, farm laborer, Real $200, Personal $400, b. NC; Mary 45,
b. VA; Margaret 26, b. VA; Henry 12, b. VA; Cowden 20, b. VA, he and Henry farm
laborers; Elizabeth 18, Zilpha 12; Dalis 10; Letcher 8, all b. KY.

CENSUS:  1880 Letcher Co., KY, Precinct 3, #129/129:  Byrdine 75, farmer, b.
NC, parents b. NC; Mary 70, wife, all b. NC; Elizabeth 40, dau, b. KY, father
b. NC, mother b. VA; Belle, 10, dau, b. KY, father b. NC, mother b. VA.

DEED:  7/8/1847, Charles and Burdine sold to Thomas 80 acres on Camp Branch,
Letcher, Vol. A, P-142.

DEED:  20 Feb 1856, Carter, Berdine, Charles, Thomas, Robert, Bryant W, of
Letcher sold to Samuel Jones of Letcher, 25 acrs for $150. on Gap Branch,
branch of Colley Creek, a farm of the R ? house, located on Gap Br. up to Thos.
Collins old line; to Carter, sells 50 acres; to Thos. Collins line; to B. W.
line, B-B, P-363, 25 acres sold together, 50 acres sold separately: Witness:
Berdine, Charles, Thos. J., Robert, Bryant W., s/Carter Collins, recorded by
Stephen P. Hogg, Clerk.

A Three Forks Battle Cap. Gds. KY Inf. 24 Aug 1891, Invalid #1049138 Kas. Att.
Jas. Brooks.

           
Children of Burdine Collins and Mary Sexton are:
            i.          MARGARET4 COLLINS, b. Abt. 1831, , VA; m. ALLEN CHRISTIAN, 1860, Letcher County, KY; b. 1803.

Notes for ALLEN CHRISTIAN:
!SOURCE
BIRTH:  Info. from Robert Polley's book, My Ancestors, Your Ancestors, Our Ancestors, P-112.
MARRIAGE:  Same; #1 to Abby Hagin b. 184 on 11/14/1823.

He was a brother to Nancy Christian and became quite wealthy with much land and many slaves. There was a fight over his estate.


26.       ii.          CALVIN COLLINS, b. April 20, 1834, Russell Co., VA; d. April 09, 1911, Cap, Letcher Co., KY.
27.       iii.         HENRY POWELL COLLINS, b. April 18, 1836, Russell Co., VA; d. June 10, 1910, Tillie, Letcher Co..
            iv.         COWDEN COLLINS, b. Abt. 1839, , VA; m. NANCY THOMAS; b. Abt. 1839, , NC.

Notes for COWDEN COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census.

CENSUS:  1850 and 1860 with parents.
Not in 1870 or 1880.

MILITARY:  Pension Record:      P.O. Winshaw, Estil Co., Ky alleges gunshot
wound to left arm in October of 1863.  That he was discharged on 3/24/1864 at
Camp Nelson, was born in Letcher Co., Ky and at time of enlistment was 23,
5'10", dark complexion, black eyes, black hair and was enrolled as a Pvt. in
Capt. Wm. B. Eversole's Co. Co. L, 14th KY Cav., Claim 9/3/1879, Appl. No.
306.930

Sometime after the war, he murdered a man in Madison Co., KY and fled at once.
A true Bill was found against him for murder in the 1st degree and indictment
still stands.  I have some partial information of his whereabouts and hence I
made this inquiry.  Signed T. Edgar Park.  This was a letter to the
Commissioner of Pensions on 4/20/1896 from Irvin, Ky.  Park was Marshall of
Irvin at that time.

Response was that Cowden Collins, 39, resident of Winston, Estill Co.
12/20/18-- gunshot wound left arm between elbow and wrist.  Since 3/24/1864 had
not been in Military, but resided in Estill Co.  Had never applied for a
Pension.  The wound was received at Middle Fork River, KY in Oct. of 1863.
Response was undated.

From Ky. 14th Cav. web page "Collins,Cowden,was,Prv,in Co,L,of,14th Ky Cav"

CENSUS:  1880,  Place: Crooked Creek, Estill, Kentucky
Source: FHL Film 1254412  National Archives Film T9-0412     Page 62B     
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
Letcher COLLINS Self M M W 28 KY Occ: Works On Farm Fa: NC Mo: VA
Susan B. COLLINS Wife F M W 24 KY Occ: Keeping House Fa: TN Mo: KY
Birdine COLLINS Son M S W 1 KY  Fa: KY Mo: KY
Beachum COLLINS Son M S W 3M KY Fa: KY Mo: KY
Nancy THOMAS SisterL F S W 18 KY Fa: KY Mo: KY
Cowden COLLINS Brother M W W 38 KY Occ: Farmer Fa: NC Mo: VA



Notes for NANCY THOMAS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail, by Ella Rae Wilson Coleman, P-49, dau. of William
Thomas.  Name of mother is unknown but believed to be half indian.
ISSUE:  None.

CENSUS:  In 1850 she is in household of Wm. Caudill and Margaret, ages 26 and
28 and William LUSTER, AGE 5.
Not in 1860, 70 and 80.


            v.         DIDAMA COLLINS, b. Abt. 1841, , KY; m. JAMES B. FRANKLIN.

Notes for DIDAMA COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census.


            vi.         ELIZABETH COLLINS, b. Abt. 1842, , KY.

Notes for ELIZABETH COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1860 Census.

In 1870, she is living with parents and has dau. Belle living there also.


28.       vii.        ZILPHA COLLINS, b. October 23, 1845, Letcher Co., KY; d. May 27, 1886, Letcher Co., KY.
29.       viii.       DALLAS COLLINS, b. August 24, 1847, Letcher Co., KY; d. 1912, Leslie Co., KY.
30.       ix.         LETCHER COLLINS, b. Abt. 1850, , KY.


7.  Carter3 Collins (Thomas2, Samuel1) was born Abt. 1813 in , NC.  He married Susannah Banks, daughter of Henry Banks and Catharine Pruett.  She was born Abt. 1813 in , NC.

Notes for Carter Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census.

CENSUS:  1840 Perry Co., KY, P-256:  Carter Collins 1 male 10-15; 1 male 20-30;
1 male 30-50; 1 female 5-10; 1 female 20-30.

CENSUS:  1850, Letcher Co., KY; #238, Dist. 2:  Carter Collins 37, b. NC;
Susannah Banks 37, b. NC; Susannah Banks 8 b. KY.

1875 Tax List:  Precinct 3, Nearest Neighbor Robert, 1 in Mil.

MINUTE BOOK, 1878-1893; Susan Collins v. Randolph Polly, trial set 8:00 in the
morning, 3d day Sep. 18? Parties appeared for trial:  Jurors:  Ira Stamper,
Moses Whitaker, Noah Greer, Ambrion Amburgey, Campbell Pigman, C. A. Gibson,
Byrd Franklin, G. M. Combs, Samuel Neace, Benjamin Everage.  Found for
plaintiff, 9/4/1866.  Date of 9/4/1866 could be wrong as date hard to read and
minute books were dated later.

DEED:  20 Feb 1856-Letcher Co., KY, Grantor: Carter, Berdine, Charles, Thomas,
Robert, Briant W., to Samuel Jones, 25 acres for $150.00, a farm of the R.
house on Gap Branch, branch of Colley Creek, located Gap. Br. up to Thos.
Collins old line, to Carter's line, sells 50 acres; to Thos. Collin's line, to
B.W. line.  25 acres sold together, 50 acres separately.  Wit. Berdine, Charles,
Thos. J., Robert, Bryant W., s/Carter, recorded by Stephen P. Hogg, clerk.
B-B, P-363.


Notes for Susannah Banks:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Census of 1850, shows age as 37, living with husband Carter, and
daughter Susannah, age 8.

CENSUS:  1860, with a daughter Nancy, age 8, born in KY.

CENSUS:  1870, with  Gidion, age 18, and Nancy age 18.
CENSUS:  1870, Letcher Co., KY:   Susan Colloins, age 67; Ezekiel, grandson, 10.

CENSUS:  Neither Gidion or Susan in 1880 census of Letcher.

           
Children of Carter Collins and Susannah Banks are:
            i.          SUSANNAH4 BANKS, b. Abt. 1842.
            ii.          GIDEON COLLINS, b. 1852, , KY.
31.       iii.         NANCY COLLINS, b. October 20, 1855, Clay Co., KY; d. February 03, 1908, Lawrence Co., KY.


8.  Briant W.3 Collins (Thomas2, Samuel1) was born 1815 in , NC, and died 1864 in Letcher Co., KY.  He married Mary Morgan Abt. 1836 in , KY.  She was born August 1815 in , NC, and died Aft. 1900.

(Note..discovered by Marlitta Perkins from her “Civil War in Ky”.. November 1, 1862:
Hiram Hogg is forced by threats from Col. Benjamin E. Caudill's men [CS] to leave his home in Letcher Co. "I left home they ware threatening me and about that time they took old Elisha Breeding and drove him out and two shot hime at one time...
[Hiram Hogg Letter #1]

Briant Collins has went and gave himself up to them they waylade him and shot him"
[Hiram Hogg Letter #1]
Note: Possible motivation for the murder of 49 year old Briant Collins by Caudill's men may have been the fact that two of his sons, Jesse and Fielding Collins, were members of the 14th KY Cavalry [US]. On the other hand, a third son, Carter Collins, was a member of Co. H, 13th KY Cavalry [CS].).

Notes for Briant W. Collins:
!SOURCE:
DEATH:  Between 6/1860 & 11/1865.

CENSUS:  1840, Perry Co., KY, P-256:  1 male 0-5; 1 male 15-20; 1 female 0-5;
1 female 5-10; 1 female 20-30.

TAX LIST:  1843 Letcher Co., KY:  Bryant W. Collins:  1 white male over 21; 1
horse, 7 cattle, 1 child 7 to 17, 75 acres.

TAX LIST:  1844 Letcher Co., KY:  Bryant W. Collins, 1 whtie male over 21, 2
horses, 10 cattle, 3 children 5 to 16 yrs; 125 acres.

CENSUS:  1850, Letcher Co., KY, Fam. 51, Dist. 1:  Briant 36, b. NC; Polly
35 b. NC; Carter 13; Nancy 11; Nelly 9; Jesse 7; Fielden 5; Berdine 3; Hugh
1; Nancy Collins, mother, 68 b. NC.  All children b. KY.

CENSUS:  1860 Letcher Co., KY, P-49, L-17,  Fam. 318/318:  Briant Collins, 47,
farm laborer, Real $1500, Personal $595, b. NC; Mary 40, b. NC; Jesse 17;
Fielding 15; Birdine 13; Huey 11; James 9; Hardy 7; Polly Ann 5; Margaret 1,
all children b. KY.


 Notes for Mary Morgan:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Census Record
DEATH:  Not living in 1910.
MARRIAGE:  #1; #2, B-2, P-28, Wit:  Ruth Collins & Zilda Collins by James
Collins. Name spelled Neace.

CENSUS:  1850, shown with husband Briant and 8 children.

CENSUS:  1860, shown with husband Briant and 8 children.

CENSUS:  1870, shown with new husband, Henry Neece.  She 52, he 84. Her
birthplace is given as VA.  They are living near other Collins families.

CENSUS:  1880, living with daughter Margaret, wife of Calvin Stidham, and
husband Henry.  Henry is blind & disabled.

CENSUS: 1900 shows 1 child and 1 living.

           
Children of Briant Collins and Mary Morgan are:

32.       i.          .  CARTER W.3 COLLINS (BRIANT W.2, THOMAS1) was born May 24, 1837 in Perry (later Letcher) Co., Ky, and died September 23, 1903 in Morgan Co., KY.  He married MARY ROBINSON June 29, 1855 in Letcher Co., Ky38, daughter of WILLIAM ROBINSON and NANCY ?(Tutt?).  She was born March 09, 1836 in Hawkins Co., Tenn., and died April 10, 1934 in Morgan Co., KY39.

Notes for CARTER W. COLLINS:
Morgan County marriage records show that Carter W. Collins, age 19, of Morgan County, born in Letcher County and Mary Roberson, age 16, of Morgan County, born Morgan County were married on June 28, 1855.  Witnesses were M.J. Amyx and A.B. Nickell.

The 1860 Letcher County, Ky Federal Census listed Carter, age 23; Mary, age 24; William, age 4; and Bryant, age 9/12 years.  The 1870 Census also showed the family still living in Letcher County.  The 1880 Census showed the family living in Morgan County, Ky.  Since the two older sons were married in Morgan County in 1876, the family must have moved some time between 1870 and 1876.  The 1879 Kentucky State Gazetteer showed C. W. Collins as a justice of the peace for the Yocum community in northwest Morgan County.
 
During the Civil War, Carter apparently enlisted as a private in Company H, 13th Kentucky Cavalry(Confederate).  Records indicated that he deserted this unit by Nov. 2, 1862. i.e.( Briant murdered Nov. 1862)   The 1890 Veterans Census of Rowan Co., Ky showed that Carter had enlisted in the 10th Kentucky Cavalry(Union) and served between 1862 and 1863 when the unit was disbanded.  Former Confederate soldiers who switched sides and joined the Union army were sometimes called "galvanized Yankees."

Carter served as a Justice of the Peace in Morgan Co. for at least one term during the period of 1878-1883.  The 1879 Kentucky State Gazetteer listed C.W. Collins as the Justice for the community of Yocum (later Blaze), Morgan Co., Ky.

In 1900, Carter and Mary were living in the Morehead precinct, Rowan Co., Ky (1900 Federal Census).


More About CARTER W. COLLINS:
Burial: Collins Cemetery, Blaze, Ky
Emigration: Bet. 1870 - 1876, Carter and family moved from Letcher Co. to Morgan Co., Ky.
Military service: Bet. 1862 - 1863, Enlisted in the Company A, 10th Ky Cavalry(Union), discharged with rank of sergeant.40
Residence: 1860, Letcher Co., Ky

Notes for MARY ROBINSON:
On her death certificate, her father's name is recorded as William Robinson.  Both her and her father's birthplace is noted as Morgan County, Ky.  This information is not correct.  No name is reported for her mother.

The 1900 Rowan Co., Ky Federal Census states that Mary had given birth to 6 children and that all 6 were still living.

33.       ii.          NANCY COLLINS, b. 1839; d. February 23, 1884.
34.       iii.         NELLIE ELLEN COLLINS, b. Abt. 1841, Clay Co., KY; d. June 14, 1913, Owsley Co., KY.
            iv.         JESSE COLLINS, b. Abt. 1843, , KY; m. SARAH L. ROBINSON, January 17, 1869, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for JESSE COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
CENSUS:  1850 Census.
MARRIAGE:  B-2, P-62.


Notes for SARAH L. ROBINSON:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  B-2, P62


            v.         FIELDING COLLINS, b. Abt. 1845.

Notes for FIELDING COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Census.

CENSUS:  1850, with parents.

CENSUS:  1860, with parents, age 15.

CENSUS:  1870, Owsley Co., KY, Booneville, 25 Jul, L-14, P-9, #
Fielding Collins 25, farmer, b. KY; Anna 29, keeps house.

Collins,Cowden,was,Prv,in Co,L,of,14th Ky Cav, (from web page of KY Civil War names

Collins,Feeldon,was,Corp,in Co,L,of,14th Ky Cav,

35.       vi.         BURDINE COLLINS, b. Abt. 1847, Letcher Co., KY; d. Aft. 1912, Douglas Co., KS.
            vii.        HENRY COLLINS, b. Abt. 1849.

Notes for HENRY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 census.

CENSUS:  1850, with family.

CENSUS:  1860, with family.

Not in 1870 or 1880 census.


36.       viii.       JAMES A. COLLINS, b. Abt. 1851, , KY.
            ix.         HARDY COLLINS, b. March 08, 1853, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for HARDY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Records.

Not in 1870 or 1880 Census of Letcher Co.


            x.         POLLY ANN COLLINS, b. April 30, 1855, Letcher Co., KY; m. JEREMIAH SMITH, February 11, 1879, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for POLLY ANN COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Rec.  One Entry gives date of 4/3; one gives 4/5.
MARRIAGE:  B-5, P-192.

CENSUS:  With family in 1860.

Not in 1870 or 1880 census.


37.       xi.         MARGARET COLLINS, b. September 1858, , KY.


9.  Margaret3 Collins (Thomas2, Samuel1) was born 1816 in , NC, and died October 22, 1878 in Ceredo, Wayne Co., WV.  She married Bradford Brail Walters October 22, 1837 in Knott Co., KY.  He was born 1809, and died March 31, 1875 in Wayne Co., WV.

Notes for Margaret Collins:
!SOURCE:
DEATH:  Bible Records of Bradford B. WALTERS. Death Certificate, Record R-Z, page 1, of dropsy; day not given on death certificate.
MARRIAGE: by Rev. Collins; Knott Co. Records, Index-Brel (Brad) Walters, 10/22/1837, age 44, Margaret Collins
Info. furnished by Zona Netherly, gggd of BB Walters, RR1, Box M46, Modoc, IN.
47338.

Story that one of Margarets brothers was cropped and branded.  The sons
of Margaret were Confederate soldiers and taken prisoners by the Union forces
and held captive at the old Fort Monroe, VA.

LAND:  Inherited 50 acres of land from father, Thomas Collins, at his death.

Rosanna, dau. was named for wife of Hiram, (father of Bradford). Hiram named
his first dau. Margaret.  This information, in addition to births of children,
from B. B. Walters Family Bible.

1844:  Margaret and husband, B. B. Walters inherited 50 acres of land from
Thomas at his death, land on Smoot Creek, Letcher Co.


Notes for Bradford Brail Walters:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  From death date; s/o Hiram & Elizabeth..
DEATH:  Info. from Zona; age 66.
MARRIAGE:  #2,  info. from Zona;
SOURCE:  Zona Netherly, RR1, Box M-46, Modoc, IN 47338, GGGd of BB Walters.

DEED:  6 Sep 1848, Nathaniel Collins of Letcher sells to Bradford B. Walters
of Breathit, 50 acres for $50.00, tract on Smoot, beginning at Mattie Combs,
fork of Smoot to a survey in name of Hiram Write; another 50 acres; 100 acres
all, with appurtances;  Witness:  Parker Locust; Robert Collins, s/Bradford B.
Walters, Recorded by Ezekial Brashear on 7 Nov. 1848, Book A, P-134.

CENSUS:  1850 Breathitt Co., KY, 27 July, Dist. 1, John Hargis Enumerator,
#118:  Bradford AB. Walters 41, b. TN; Margaret 28, b. NC; Thomas C. 13, James
P. 9; Josephine 7; Nancy 5; Polly Ann 2.

CENSUS:  1860, Perry Co., KY, Hazard, 1st Dist, P-37:  b. B. Walters 52,
Merchant, b. TN; Peggy 44, b. NC; Thomas 22, laborer, b. VA; James 20, laborer;
Josephine 18; Nancy 15; Polly 12; Sanford 9; Rosannah 1, all b. KY.

Bradford was an orphan.

Patsy's and Bradfords first two children, Hiram and Matilda were raised in
Letcher Co. by Mary and Jeremiah Hampton.

           
Children of Margaret Collins and Bradford Walters are:
            i.          THOMAS4 WALTERS, b. July 06, 1838, Perry Co., KY; m. SYLVIA COMBS, April 03, 1861, Perry Co., KY; b. May 1843, Knott Co., KY; d. February 06, 1903, Cap, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for THOMAS WALTERS:
SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Record from his father's Bible.  Thomas and Silvey had 1 son.
MARRAIGE:  Mar. Rec., Vol. B, P-227, bond by Granville Combs.


Notes for SYLVIA COMBS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Census Records, Birthplace named on Mar. Record, d/o James and Betty Combs.
DEATH:  Pension Papers; died three weeks to day prior to Sander's next
marriage; date could be 2/6/1903 or 7/7/1903,  of heart disease.
MARRIAGE:  #1  in presence of Granville Frazier and Alex Howell at WALTERS home; bond by Granville Combs; Vol. B, P-227; #2, Mar. Rec., B-2, P-406.




            ii.          JAMES P. WALTERS, b. January 15, 1840, Ceredo, Perry Co., KY; d. March 27, 1914.

Notes for JAMES P. WALTERS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Bible Records.
Info. on family from Zona Netherly, gggd of BB, RR1, Box M46, Modoc, IN
47338.  Had one son.


38.       iii.         JOSEPHINE WALTERS, b. October 18, 1842, Magoffin Co., KY.
            iv.         NAN A. WALTERS, b. August 08, 1845, Magoffin Co., KY.

Notes for NAN A. WALTERS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  To Benj. CHRISTIAN.  She had one son during Civil War, by a Major
ASHBY.  He was named Elhannman WALTERS.  His father was killed in the war.


            v.         POLLY ANN WALTERS, b. July 14, 1848, Magoffin Co., KY.

Notes for POLLY ANN WALTERS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  To Wm. HUGHS, had two sons, George and John.


39.       vi.         SANFORD REED WALTERS, b. October 15, 1851, Knott Co., KY; d. May 07, 1940, Wayne Co., WV.
            vii.        ROSANNA WALTERS, b. October 06, 1858; d. September 25, 1860.

Notes for ROSANNA WALTERS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Father's Bible Records.
DEATH:  Fathers Bible Records.



10.  Charles3 Collins (Thomas2, Samuel1) was born Abt. 1818 in , NC.  He married Lucinda Gibson July 30, 1844 in Letcher Co., KY.  She was born Abt. 1823 in , VA.

Notes for Charles Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 census, Letcher Co., s/o Thomas & Nancy Williams Collins
MARRIAGE:  B-1, P-13, by Jas. Collins; possibly married before.  See 1840
census.

CENSUS:  1840, Perry Co., KY, P-256:  2 males 0-5; 1 male 20-30; 1 female
5-10; 1 female 30-50.

TAX LIST:  1843 Letcher Co., KY:  Charles Collins:  1 white male over 21.

TAX LIST:  1844 Letcher Co., KY:  Charles Collins:  1 white male over 21.

CENSUS:  1850  Letcher Co., KY, #36, Dist. 1:  Charles Collins, 31; Lucy, wife
26, b. VA;  Sarah 5, Washington 3, Joseph 9 mo. Chil. born in Ky.

CENSUS:  1860, Family #510, P. 39 (Census by Louise M. Perkins), he 43,
Lucinda, wife 30; Sarah 15; Washington 13; Joseph 11; John 9; James 7; all
children b. KY. (Last child's name could be Jane).

Not in 1870, 1880 or 1900 Letcher Co.

2/24/1866, Letcher Co., KY, Charles Collins, Grantee, 25 acres, B-69, P-486 on
Colley.


Notes for Lucinda Gibson:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 census Letcher Co., KY; probably dau. of John and Caharity Gibson.
Grace Sorrell gives her mother's name as Jennie Bell Sexton.
MARRIAGE:  B-1, P-13.

CENSUS:  1850, 1860 Letcher Co.  Not in 1870 or 1880.

           
Children of Charles Collins and Lucinda Gibson are:
            i.          SARAH4 COLLINS, b. Abt. 1845, , KY.
            ii.          GEORGE WASHINGTON COLLINS, b. Abt. 1847, , KY.
            iii.         JOSEPH COLLINS, b. Abt. 1849, , KY.

Notes for JOSEPH COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  Joseph E. Collins mar. Jospsu? J. blair in 1879, B-4, P-283. Same
person?


            iv.         JOHN COLLINS, b. Abt. 1850, , KY.
            v.         JAMES H. COLLINS, b. Abt. 1853, Letcher Co., KY; m. RACHEL AMBURGEY, June 24, 1883, Letcher Co., KY; b. 1866; d. May 03, 1961.

Notes for JAMES H. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1860 Census.
DEATH:  Letcher Co. Fam. History, Vol. 1, P-176; Cannot be the same person as he married 24 Jun 1883.
MARRIAGE: B-6, P-136


More About JAMES H. COLLINS:
Date born 2: Abt. 1853

Notes for RACHEL AMBURGEY:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE: #1 B-2, P-152; #2 Letcher Co., KY Fam. History, Vol. 1, P-176; d/o Rubin and Elizabeth Franklin Amburgey.

According to info. received from Terry Thesing (LITHONATE@aol.com), dated 11/26/1997, Rahel b. 1869 in Knott Co., KY on Burgeys Creek, May 3, 1894, she married Jasper Collins b.  ca 1872, s/o Robert Collins and had the following children:  Bertha b. ca 1898 mar. 1st Navair Caudill, 2nd Roger Morton; Lizzie b. ca 1903, mar. Bryant Back, 2nd mar. Webster E. Phillips; Zelda b. 1/16/1906 ma. George M. Tucker; Monroe b. 1908; Maggie b. ca 1910; Johnie b. ca 1912.  According to a 1920 Letcher Co. census, there were also 3 gc in the home; Vina 8, Nonie 3 and Millie 1 1/2.  Her mother in law remembers the name Maggie Banks mentioned a lot and thought it was Zelda's sister, although unsubstantiated.



11.  Thomas J.3 Collins (Thomas2, Samuel1) was born Abt. 1821 in , NC, and died April 01, 1880 in Letcher Co., KY.  He married Katharine Thomas February 02, 1845 in Letcher Co., KY.  She was born Abt. 1821 in Ashe Co., NC, and died April 25, 1882 in Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for Thomas J. Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  From Pension Claim.
DEATH:  Same.
MARRIAGE:  B-1, P-8, by Rev. James COLLINS.

CENSUS:  1850 Letcher Co., KY, #47, Dist. 1:  Thomas Collins 29, b. NC
Catharine 29, b. VA; Grazilda 1.

CENSUS:  1860 Letcher Co., KY, Microfilm Reel #380:  Thomas Collins 40, b. NC;
Real Estate $250; Personal Est. $257; Catherine, 39, b. NC; Grazy E., 8; Silas
6; Wesley 5; Nancy E. 4; Mary 3; all children b. KY; Thomas farm laborer.

CENSUS:  1880 Letcher Co., KY, Whitesburg, #132/132:  Thomas Collins 65,
farmer, he and parents b. NC; Katherine 65, keeps house, she and parents b. NC;
Nancy 18; Thomas 15; Elizabeth 24, married, keeps house, all b. KY; Martha 15,
Niece, she and parents all b. KY; James W. 12; Jasper 9; Silas 6, all nephews;
William, s/o Eliz. 3; Mary, d/o Eliz., 2. (nieces and nephews are children of
Briant.)

MILITARY:  Enlisted 12/20/1862, discharged 3/24/1864.  Affidavits stated that
Thomas had dropsy.  14 KY Cav. Claim 5/14/1880 #365.126, Cert. No. 693.981;
Minor 6/9/1887, #356.134; Cert. 318.299

May 20, 1882, War Dept. Adjutant General's Office, May 20, 1882 respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions ,No. 365.126:  Thomas Collins, a Private of Company L, 14th Regiment, KY Cav. Volunteers, was enrolled on the 20th day of Dec. 1862 in
Owsley Co., Ky and is reported on Muster in roll dated Feb. 13, 1863, irvine, KY present.  On Muster roll for Enrollment to Feb. 28, 1863, absent with leave at Clays Furnace to April 30, 1863, absent on sick furlough to June 30, 1863, none on file; to Aug 31, 1863, last on file, absent, disch.
  He was mustered out as private, in the Company, March24, 1864, with remark, absent sick on furlough every pay day.  No Regt. Return on file prior to Aug. 31, 1863.  On Regt. returns for Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec. 1863 and Jan. 1864, (last on file), not reported absent.
  Nature of sickness not stated. No medical certificate for furlough or extension on file. s/A Dickenson? , Asst. Adj. Gen.
Calvin Collins stated that he was first cousin (to Thomas, Jr., s/o Thomas) and that he was raised nearby and lived close always.

George W. stated he was also first cousin to Thos. Jr. and lived nearby. Was 45 at time of affidavit.  Both having been made in 1885.

Thomas Collins, s/o Robert, age 42, Rockhouse, stated he was nephew of Thomas Collins, claimant, and lived 1 1/2 miles away.  Said Thomas was lazy, had stopped at Robert Collins house on way home sick from Army.  Affidavit dated 11/19/1888.  At time of affidavit, Robert was dead.  Thomas (of Robert) in Cincinnati, OH.

Thomas Jr. in October of 1885 lived in Perry Co., KY.  Stated that Tombstones of parents gave Thomas death date as 4/1/1880 and Catherines as 5/25/1882.

On Mar. 17, 1887, Dr. Thomas W. Gibson, about 30 years of age, stated that Thomas Collins had Dropsy and Kidney Disease. Also stated his widow was Cath. and that they had two sons, and Cath. was also dead.  Thomas W. Gibson living in Perry Co., KY at time of this statement.

Sanders Collins and George W. Collins stated Thomas died on or about last of March or early April 1880.

Dr. Ozias D. Gibson made statement on 3/9/1887, Rockhouse, age 52, that he knew Thomas Collins and lived close.

On 9/21/1886 Wilson Collins, age 53, stated he was present when Thomas was buried.  He also stated that Thomas was married about 11/15/1845 and that his (Wilson's) grandfather died 3/15/1846, that Thomas was married the previous November.

Special Examiner stated that John W. Collins is not related to this set of Collins.  That all witnesses answered questions properly except O. D. Gibson. He has some colored blood in his veins and his professional standing is best represented by a zero.  He is a different man from David O. Gibson. Also stated there is no Watson Collins in that part of the country but Wason is generally called Watson.

He stated the Gibsons have been in the habit of writing the affidavits in the cases to suit themselves, regardless of facts.  That Nancy Gibson is very weak minded.  That Thomas W. Collins has been convicted of similar crimes before and was turned loose out of sympathy by reason of his condition.  That his father (D. O) served one time in the Pen for forgery.  (The latter reference is to the Gibsons and presumably the D.O. should be O.D.)   Above statements by W. C. Kelly.

He also stated there was a large family of Collins on Colly, generally illiterate and weak minded and contrary to the theory of Mathers? they hold undisputed sway in the Valley of Colley.  They are below their surrounding neighbors in social standing and hence, there is but little commingling in a social way.


Nancy Gibson stated she was mother of John S. and was half aunt to Thomas.

Notes for Katharine Thomas:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail, by Ella Rae Wilson Coleman, P-49, dau. of David Tyree,
Jr. and Mary Ann Harriet Susan Thomas; Letcher Co., KY Fam. History gives .
parents as James Thomas and Lucy Proctor Thomas.  This is also given in Thomas Family Legacy as follows below.
DEATH:  Letcher Co., KY Fam. History, Vo. 2, P-633.
MARRIAGE: B-1,P-8,  by Rev. James COLLINS.

Part of Thomas Family Legacy as reported in Letcher Co. Newsletter of March 1999.  James E. married Lucy Proctor (bearpaw) in Granville, North Carolina, about 1815.  They lived among the Ashe County Cherokee during the early years of their marriage. According to The Family Histories of Letcher County, James and Lucy had 10 children.  They are:  1. Catherine (1820) who married Thomas Collins.  She is buried on the ridge that separates the Rockhouse Creek watershed from that of Little Colley.  2. Greenberry (1823) who married Celthany Sexton, and is buried here.  3. Lucy (1825).  4.  Pense (1826) some sources omit this child.  5.  Mary Ann Harriet Susan (1828) who married David Tyree, Jr., and is buried at the Westwood Cemetery, Whtiesburg.  Charles Thomas states in his "Thomas Book" that her Cherokee name was "Oniska".  6.  James Edward (1830) who married Mary Madden.  He was the father of the famed dulcimer maker of the same name.  7.  Dicy Jane (1831) married Riley Sexton.  8.  Solomon (1832) who married Usley Adams.  9.  william (1834)  10.  Nancy (1836) married either Finley Collins or O. D. Gibson.  (she married Finley Collins)

Further info. states that some branches of the family maintain that James Edward, Sr., accompanied his family on the Trail of Tears and died in West Tennessee or Arkansas.  Lucy knew that her father-in-law, Merchant Thomas, had already settled in Letcher County.  Somehow, she managed to escape from the soldiers and bring her children to Letcher County, to be raised as "White Indians" (her own words).  Several other family members appear on the dawes List, indicating that they also survived the Trail f Tears and settled in Oklahoma or Arkansas.

Dicy Jane Thomas, sister to Greenberry, applied for membership and entitlements in the Chereokee nation (Guion-Miller Case #35518, Film #378539 in the National Archives) she stated that she and her brother and sisters were the children of James E. Thomas and Lucy Proctor.  she further stated that her mother was a full blood Cherokee of the Northern Tsalagi band.  Lucy was the dau. of Josephb Proctor and Nuche Bearpaw.

           
Children of Thomas Collins and Katharine Thomas are:
40.       i.          GRAZILDA4 COLLINS, b. 1849, Letcher Co., KY.
41.       ii.          SILAS COLLINS, b. April 08, 1852, Letcher Co., KY; d. Bef. 1917.
42.       iii.         WESLEY COLLINS, b. February 09, 1854, Letcher Co., KY; d. January 20, 1936, Letcher Co., KY.
            iv.         MARY COLLINS, b. Abt. 1857; m. JERRY SMITH.

Notes for MARY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1860 census, with parents age 3.

CENSUS:  1870, with parents age 12.
Not in 1880 census.


43.       v.         NANCY ELIZABETH COLLINS, b. July 24, 1861, Letcher Co., KY.
44.       vi.         THOMAS COLLINS, b. August 25, 1866, Letcher Co., KY.


Generation No. 4

12.  Eli4 Collins (Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born Abt. 1828 in , NC, and died October 1868 in Letcher Co., KY.  He married Mary Barritt March 26, 1848 in Letcher Co., KY.  She was born Abt. 1830 in , KY.

Notes for Eli Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1880 Census shows born NC; Family info. shows Russell Co., VA.
DEATH:  Spouse remarried in 1865.
MARRIAGE:  B-1, P-25, by Preston H. Collier.

CENSUS:  1850 Letcher Co., KY, #85, Dist. 2:  Ely Collins 22, b. NC; Mary 20,
b. KY.

CENSUS:  1860 Letcher Co., KY, P-1, L-22, #3/3, Whitesburg:  Eli Collins 31, b.
KY, farm laborer, real estate $1200, personal $600, Mary 25; Robert 9;
James 7; John 6; all b. KY, Robert and James attended sch. this yr.

Oct. 1868, James D. Hale, administrator, Eli Collins heirs.

8/15/1854: Thomas heirs sold to Eli, 50 acres for $200.00, lower end Mill Field
at line of Larkin and Thomas up to below Nancy Collins, including Wm. Stampers
line to Stephen Adams, previously owned by Wm. Stamper.  Wit:  Charles and
Lucinda, Robert and Burdine, Carter, B. W.  Signed by Thomas, Stephen and
Nancy Adams.  15 Aug 1854, B-B-P-264.

State of Kentucky, Letcher County:  I Stephen P. Hogg Clk ofthe Letcher County
Court do certify that this deed of conveyance from Charles Collins, Robert Collins, Birdine Collins, Carter Collins,  B. . W. Collins, Thomas Collins, Stephen Adams and N. Adams to Eli Collins was this day produced to me and acknowledged to me and in my office by the said Grantors to be their act and Deed whereupon the said deed together with the following certificate have been duly admitted to Record in my office.  Given under my hand this 11th day of Sep. 1854. s/Stephen P. Hogg, Clk.


Notes for Mary Barritt:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  B-1, P-25, by Preston H. Collier
MARRIAGE:  #2, B-2, P-30.

           
Children of Eli Collins and Mary Barritt are:
            i.          UNNAMED5 COLLINS.
45.       ii.          ROBERT COLLINS, b. September 30, 1852, Letcher Co., KY.
46.       iii.         JAMES JASPER BABE COLLINS, b. February 09, 1855, Letcher Co., KY; d. November 25, 1924, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
            iv.         UNNAMED COLLINS, b. February 09, 1855, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for UNNAMED COLLINS:
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BIRTH:  Birth Records.



13.  George Washington4 Collins (Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born November 24, 1842 in Letcher Co., KY, and died January 17, 1905 in Letcher Co., KY.  He married (1) Lucinda Bowen Tyree November 12, 1865 in Letcher Co., KY.  She was born Abt. 1843 in Knott Co., KY, and died February 10, 1890 in Letcher Co., KY.  He married (2) Luella Thomas May 21, 1890 in Tillie, Letcher Co., KY.  She was born August 1870, and died March 31, 1968 in Johnson Co., KY.

Notes for George Washington Collins:
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BIRTH:  Pension Rec; Tombstone; birthdate off?
DEATH:  Same.
MARRIAGE: #1 B-2, P-30, her name spelled Tyra, Wit:  Paron Bowen, Wm. Bowen, by Solomon Yonts; #2 B-2, P-590, at Spencer Adams House in Tillie.

CENSUS:  1900, Letcher Co., KY, Fam. 278/280:   George W. Collins, 58, Nov. 1841, KNK; Louella 29, Aug 1870, Mar. 11 years, 5 children born and living;  Wilson E. 9, Jan. 1891; Sarah H. 7, Nov 1892; Susan F. 18, Nov, 1881; James M. 5, 8/1894; Matilda B. 3, 9/1896; Harriet E., 2/1899, 1 yr. old. (all children b. KY).

MILITARY:  Co. L, 14th Cav. 12/15/1862-3/24/1864; His Appl. 4/26/1887, #607.590, Cert. No. 560.055; Widow 3/17/1905, #823.865, Cert. No. 600.258
Minor 3/22/1912, #983.103, Cert. No. 740.504.  Was in 42d Div., a Pvt.

He and Thomas lived with their father until enlistment.

Page 6, Deposition A, Case of Luella Collins, No. 823865.  On this 10th day of Oct, 1905, at Tillie, County of Letcher, State of KY, before me W. W. Anderson, a special examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared Luella COLLINS, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says:  I am 34 years of age; my post-office address is Tillie, Letcher Co., KY, My occupation is farming and am Postmaster of Tillie P.O. Letcher Co., KY address same.  I am the claimant in the above cited pension claim as the widow of George Collins of Co. L 14 Ky Cav.  I don't know
the dates of his enlistment and discharge but show you his discharge certificate (Certificate shows George Collins Co. L 14 Ky Cav, enrolled Dec. 15, 1862 discharged Mch 24, 1864.  W.W.A Spel. Ax?)  he was drawing a pension of $12. per month under the Act of June 27, 1890 at the time of his death.
George Collins and I were married on the 21 day of May 1890 at Spencer Adams' Tillie P.O. by Spencer Adams a minister of the gospel his wife Celia Adams one of his sons Samuel Adams and his wife Nancy Ann were present.  I can't recall anyone else who was present.  We were married late in the evening.  My husband was married once before his first wife was Lucinda Bowin  they were married in this County shortly after the war.  I never heard of their ever being spearated. She died in Feb. 1890 (shows Bible record "Lucinda Collins died Feb. 10, 1890")  Larkin Collins and  Silas Collins were at her burying. Tom Collins and Nancy Moore know that soldier was not previously married.  My maiden name was Luella Thomas, my parents were Edward Thomas and Sarah Thomas my first husband was John Craft.  I don't recollect the date of marriage but I was about 13 years old  we were married at Peter Adkins on Rockhouse this to by Peter Adkins a preacher my husband was sent to the penitentiary for fornication and George Colins got me a divorce from him and as quick as the divorce was granted we married.  We married the same day the divorce was granted.   No I was not married to anyone else.  I can prove by anybody around here that I was only married twice.  My husband died Jan. 17, 1905 in this house where I now live.  Larkin Collins, Tom Collins, Nancy Moore were at the burying.  I had no children by my first husband. I had eight by my second husband the soldier. One of them Martha Jane is dead.  Those living with their ages are: Wilson E. Collins born Jan. 13, 1891; Sarah H. Collins born Nov 27, 1892; James Mathew Collins born Aug 25, 1894; Tilda Belle Collins born Sept 10, 1896; Harriet Elizabeth Collins born Feb 17, 1899; Cinda May Collins born Mch 6, 1903; George Washington Collins b. April 18, 1905; (Claimant shows bible record of the ages of her children which shows ages to be as above stated, Bible published in 1886 W. W. A. Spl Ex.)
  Polly Niece was with me during the birth of my four first children. She is dead.  I don't know anyone by whom I can prove the ages of the first four. Martha Jane who died was born Nov. 2, 1901, died at the age of 4 months.  Celia Adams was with me during the birth of the last three living children. Nancy
Moore and Sallie Breeding were also present when George W. Collins was born.
 III My husband left at his death the farm on which I live containing 100 acres  more or less assessed at $400.00 one horse one mule six head of cattle two sheep seven pigs four shoats and a sow.  He left us insurance stocks bonds mortgages or money only left $6.00.  I have no other property of any description about half the land is cleared and the balance is timber land.  My  husband sold all the poplar timber.  I cultivate between 15 and 20 acres and  rent about 10 acres.  the rest of the land is not under cultivation  I think I will make about 100 bushels of corn this year.  I will get about 25 bushels as my third of the land that is rented.  I have about one acre in potatoes and about 1/2 acre in cane and about two acres in oats.  I have raised nothing else on the place.  The entire product of the farm will not be more than $125.00 in
value.  I have been getting $36.00 a year from the post office.  On the 1st of Sept. 1905 my salary as postmaster was raised to $72.00 a year.  I have no other means of support or source of income whatever.
  Elisha Breeding and Nancy Moore live close to me and know about the value of the farm produce.  I am satisfied that I could not rent the place for over $100.00.  No I have never cohabited with any man since the death of my husband.  Larkin Collins has stayed at my house two or three nights.  Nancy Moore was also staying with me. Thos Collins also stayed one night and Nancy Moore was also here that time too. They are both my brothers-in-law.
  No other men have stayed at my house since my husband died.  No I have never cohabited with Larkin Collins or Thomas Collins.  Yes, Larking Collins has kissed me and tried to get me to court him since he stayed at my house but I never let him go any farther.  Yes he wanted to but I would not let him.  I heard that my daughter Mary Ann Collins said that she never intended for me to get a pension as long as she lived and Larkins Collins has told me that she accused him of having improper relations with me. She used to try and get my husband to believe such things about me. She and I never could get along together. She has never stayed here.  She was married before I was. She never has stayed at my house ten minutes since my husbands death.  I heard that Mary Ann and her husband John Tivis Collins said that my children were bastards and that they aimed to take the property my husband left and run me off. I was perfectly true to my husband and never gave any grounds for such charges.
  I waive my right to be present or represented during the taking of testimoney in my claim.  I have understood your questons and my answers are correctly.

P-9-15, Deposition B.
On this 10th day of Oct, 1905 at Tillie etc. Larkin COLLINS, etc.:  I am 45 years old.  Am a farmer and mail carrier, P.O. as above.  Claimant Luella Collins is my sister-in-law by marriage.  I was not much acquainted with claimant till after she married my brother in law.  I live about 1 1/4 miles from her.  Her husband George Collins was my wife's brother.  My wife died last Dec.  George Collins was married to Lucinda  Bowen they had lived together as man and wife ever since I had known them.  It has been thirty years ago or more since I became acquainted with them.  I lived from one mile to one mile and a half of them  most of the time and know that they were never separated. My wife and I attended her through her three births.  Claimant owns the farm on which she lives free of incumberance  there are about 100 acres of land the five room house in which she lives and a stable a mule and a horse two cows and two calves  I have seen her corn crop and don't think she will get over 100 bushels out of it.  She raises no other produce to amount to anything. A few oats potatoes and a little cane.  I don't guess she will get over $100.00 off the farm and she has no other means of support except what she gets as Postmaster of Tillie P.O.  She owns no property to my knowledge outside of the farm on which she lives.  I don't think she could rent the farm for over $100.00 land about here sells for about $8.00 an acre her farm is pretty mor? all mountain rough land.  I know nothing against claimants moral character and I guess I know more about her than any other man around here.  I saw her nearly every day and sometimes twice a day during the summer as I carry the mail from Tillie P.O.  No, I have never cohabited with her  I have tried four or five times to have her let me cohabit with her have asked her to do so four or five times and she always told em no she did not do that.  No I never had sexual intercourse with her a single time and I think she is a straight woman. I have never heard of her cohabiting with any man since the death of her husband.  And do not know of any man who has had improper relations with her.
  Mary Ann Collins accused me of keeping claimant as man and wife. She was mad at claimant because claimant made her move off the place by her husbands request before his death.  Several people have accused me of keeping claimant as man and wife because I came here and because I stayed at her house three nights  I occupied a different room the first night  I stayed in the room with her Nancy Moore was also in the same room and two of claimants children. Claimant and Nancy Moore occupied one bed and I another bed.  I was courting claimant and wanted to marry her but she would not marry.  I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded.  ("In-law" inserted before signing).  s/Larkin Collins, (x) his mark. Witness:  Willson E. Collins, Sarah H. Collins.  Subscribed and sworn this 10th day of Oct, 1905 etc. W. W. Anderson.

P-16-18, Deposition C.
On this 11th day of Oct. 1905 at Tillie, etc.  Thomas COLLINS etc:  I am 59 years old. Am a farmer.  P.O. as above. I am a brother-in-law of claimant Luella Collins  her deceased husband George Collins was my brother  I am not interested.  I have been acquainted with claimant from a child and I never heard of her being married but twice  her first husband was John Craft she got a divorce from John Craft the same day that she married George Collins.  George Collins and I lived at our father's till his enlistment and about two years after the war he married Lucinda Bowen.  I don't think that I was at the wedding but heard of it at the time he was married in this Co.  I never heard of his being married but twice  his second wife was the claimant.  He lived with Lucinda as man and wife up to her death. I was present when she died.  I don't remember the date or year of her death but I do remember that it was three or four months after the death of Lucinda before soldier married claimant.  I was not at their marriage but he told me a day or two afterwards that he had married claimant.  They were never separated up to the time of his death  I lived about 2 1/2 miles of them and saw them frequently.  he died sometime last Jan.  I was present when he died and was at his burying. I can't recall the date.  Claimant has not since remarried. She has seven living children all born after her marriage to soldier.  Her youngest child George W. Collins is about six months old he was born last April  I heard of his birth at the time but don't remember the date  I do not know the age of any of her other children.  I do not know why no record was made of the marriage. I am under the impression that soldier told me that after his marriage he gave the license to Jasper Colins deputy sheriff to have recorded  when claimant could not find the record I asked Jasper Collins what he did with the license and he told me he never had them.  Claimant has no means of support outside of the farm which soldier left and the Tillie post office of which she is postmaster. I don't think there is more than 80 acres of rough land in the farm. I have seen her crop and don't think she will make more than 150 bushels of corn.  I don't think her entire income from the farm would exceed $100.00  A very small
part of the farm is improved and I don't think it would rent for more than $25.00 cash.  I think that $5.00 or $6.00 an acre would be a fair sale for the place.  Claimants moral character is perfectly good as far as I know there has been a little talk, her and Larkin Collins had been courting a little and she went back on him and he got mad and I understand that he had been talking around some against her.  I understood that he had claimed to have cohabited with her but I don't belive a word of it.  I and my sister and one of my sisters boys stayed with claimant one night since her husbands death I don't remember staying any other time.  I did not occupy the same room with claimant.
 No I never in my life ever had sexual intercourse with her or ever intimated such a thing.  and I have no knowledge that she has ever cohabited with any mansince her husbands death  I have understood your questions and answeres are correctly recorded. s/Thomas Collins.  Sworn and subscribed before me this 11th day of Oct. 1905 etc.  W. W. Anderson.

P-19, Deposition D.
11 Oct etc., Celia ADAMS etc. I am 74 years old.  My husband Spencer Adams died Mach 23, 1905.  P.O. as Above (Tillie)  I am not related to claimant Luella Collins.  Am not interested.  I have known her ever since she was a small girl and knew her late husband Geo Collins for a long time before his marriage to claimant  his first wife was Lucinda  I saw her after her death and know that George Collins lived with her as her husband up to her death.  She had been dead a right smart little bit when George Collins and claimant came to my house and got my husband Spencer Adams to marry them.  I was present and saw them married.  My son Sam Adams and his wife were also present.  After the marrying I saw my husband hand the license to George collins. George asked for the license as he said he wanted to put them in the Clerks office to show that he had been married to keep from being indicted  there had been talk of indicting him for having claimant lived without being married to her.  I cannot recall the year or date of marriage as I piad no attention but I know that it was a right smart bit before claimants first child was born.  I was with claimant during the birth of Harriet and Cinda and George.  I cannot fix the dates of their birth at all.  I cannot say  what season of year George was born, cannot say the date or month in which ----------six months old though.  I have heard read my former statement B.J. 14. I never dixed the dates. John Collins who wrote the affidavit fixed the dates and I thought that the children were born
about the dates fixed and made my mark to the statement.  I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded.  s/Cela Adams (x) her mark.  Witness:  J. W. Hogg, Silas Collins.  Sworn etc. 11 Oct. 1905, W. W. Anderson.

Page 21-22, Deposition E.
11 Oct, Tillie, etc. Sam ADAMS, etc.  I am 50 years old.  Am a farmer P.O. as above am not related to claimant Luella Collins nor interested. I knew claimant before she married John Craft and know that she was not previously married.  I had been acquainted with her deceased husband George Collins since
about 1868  he was then married to his first wife Lucinda Bowen.  I lived about a mile from them and know they were never separated.  I was present when Lucinda died and was at her burying as well as I recollect it was about 1890 and in cold weather  I know that it was three or four months after her death
before claimant and George Collins were married.  I was present and saw them married at the house of my father Spencer Adams  my father married them my mother and I think my wife was present I don't recollect of any else being present.  She and solder were never separated he died about the 18th of last
January.  I was not at his burying but heard of his death at the time. I do not know the ages of any of claimant's children but I know that her youngest child George was not born till some months after the death of soldier. I heard of its birth at the time my mother attended  claimant in her confinement the
child is not more than five or six months old now.  Claimants husband left a small rough farm on which claimant lives.  I have looked at claimants crop and don't think she will make over 150 bushels of corn her only other means of support to my knowledge is what she derives from the Post Office she is
postmaster of Tilie P.O.  I never heard that George Collins was ever married but twice.  I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded.  s/Sam Spencer.   Sworn to etc. 11 Oct 1905, etc. W. W. Anderson.

P-23-24, Deposition F.
On this 11th day of Oct, 1905 at Tillie, etc. Nancy Ann ADAMS, etc. I am about 40 years old.  Am wife of Sam Adams.  P.O. as above.  I am not related to claimant Luella Collins nor interested.  I have known claimant ever since we were children  I live about 1 1/4 miles from her.  Claimant was married toGeorge Collins about 15 or 16 years ago  I cannot fix the date any closer to the best of my recollection  I was present and saw them married at my father-in-laws  Spencer Adams.  Spencer Adams married them  No I cannot state positively that I was present but I think I was.  was well acquainted with George Collins first wife Lucinda Collins  she was a Bowen  I was to see her two or three days before her death but was not at her burying  I know that George Collins lived with her as his wife till the time she died and I know from being neighbor to them that Lucinda died before soldier married Luella.  I never heard that George Collins was married more than twice and always heard that Lucinda was his first wife.  I do nto know the ages of any of claimants children. Her yungest child George W. Collins is an infant and looks to be five or six months old.  I heard about the birth of George at the time and as well as I recollect it was two or three months after the death of soldier.  I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded. s/Nancy Ann Adams (x) Witness:  Willson Collins, J. W. Hogg, sworn 11 Oct 1905, etc. W. W. Anderson.

Deposition G, P-25-26.
On this 11th day of Oct, 1905, etc. Silas COLLINS, Tillie, etc. I  am about 53 years old.  Am a farmer, P.O. as above.   I am a second cousin of claimant Luella Collins am not interested  I have been acquainted with her deceased husband George Collins ever since I was a boy before the war lived about two miles from him his first wife was Lucinda Bowen  he married her sometime after the war and lived with her up to her death.  I am sure I was at her burying but cannot recall the date or year of her death.  Claimant was staying at my house and after Lucinda died George Collins came up to my house and got her to go down and keep house for him and they were not married till after that is how I know his first wife was dead before he married claimant.  I know that he was never married but twice from being acquainted with him since boyhood and never heard of any other marriage. I have known claimant since she was a small child and know that she was only married twice  her first husband was John Craft.  He was sent to the penitentiary.  I never heard that she got a divorce from him. Claimant and soldier were never separated  soldier died last winter. I don't remember the date and I was here when they dressed him and at his burying she has not since remarried.  Her youngest child George W. Collins was born sometime after the death of soldier  it seems like it was something over three
months  I knw it was a right smart while  I heard about the birth at the time from being a neighbor.  I don't know the dates of birth of any of her children.
 I know that Spencer Adams (deceased) married soldier and claimant  I was not there.  The soldier left claimant a house and farm a rough farm and a horse and cow or two and a mule  I would judge that the farm is worth $500 or $600.  I do not know what her income from the farm is but from my knowledge of the way farms produce about here I don't believe she would make over 200 bushels of corn  she also has the post office.  I know of no other means of support.  I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded. s/Silas Collins, sworn this 11 day of Oct, 1905 etc. W. W. Anderson.

Deposition H, P-27 & 28.
On this 11th day of Oct. 1905, at Tillie, etc., Nancy MOORE, I am about 54 years old.  I worked at day labor my husband Jim Moore is dead, P.O. as above I am a sister in law of claimant and sister of her deceased husband George Collins  I am not interested in her pension claim.  I stayed in the same house with Geo. Collins till he married Lucinda Bowen shortly after the war except what time he was in the army  He lived with Lucinda until she died  I was present when she died and was at her burying  I don't remember the date or year but it was a right smart time ago  some three or four months after Lucinda died I heard that my brother had married the claimant  I was not present  I was living 4 miles from them at that time.  I never heard of my brother being married but the two times.  He and claimant were never separated up to his death she has not since remarried.  I have known her ever since she was a small girl  she married John Craft and was divorced from him  I heard I never heard of her being married any other time.  I was with claimant during the birth of four of her children, Mathew, Harriet, Martha Jane (dead) and George W.  I cannot fix the date of birth of any of them never paid any attention to the best of my recollection  George W. was born last April but I cannot fix the date  I cant fix the year of birth of any of the others.  I can come near fixing the age of her oldest child, Wilson by the age of my girl Linda was born Mch 6, and was 14 years old her last birthday and Wilson was born Jan. before Linda.  I have lived within 1/2 mile of claimant for several eyars her husband left her a farm of rough land about 100 acres nothing else except a mule and horse a few head of cattle and household property.  he left no money stocks bonds mortgages or insurance.  Claimant may make about 75 bushels of corn this year her husband never made corn enough on the farm to do him.  she has no other income from the farm her only other source of income is the Tillie Postoffice  Claimant is a woman of good moral character  I have stayed with her near half the time of a night since her husband died.  brother Tom Collins has stayed here one or two nights and Larkin Collins one or two nights  I was present Larkin Collins stayed in the same room with us one night he occupied a different bed from claimant.  I did not observe anything improper.  No claimant never went off in private with either of them. No claimant has never cohabited with any man since her husbands death to my knowledge.  I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded.  I am the identical person who made my mark to B. J. & John Collins made a mistake in writing my name. Nancy Collins  my name used to be Collins till I married Moore.  s/Nancy Moore (x), witness Willson E. Collins, Irvin Banks, sworn 11 Oct etc. W. W. Anderson.

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