Tuesday, August 16, 2011

(Partial) Descendants of Samuel Collins Volume 2


Deposition J, P-29 & 30
On this 11th day of Oct 1905, etc. Elisha BREEDING, etc. Tillie, I am 35 years old.  Am a farmer, P.O. as above  I am not related to claimant Luella Collins nor interested  I have lived 1/4 mile of her for four years I had known claimants deceased husband George Collins ever since I can remember was raised 5 miles from him his wife was Lucnda Bowen  I never knew them to be separated she died 15 or more years ago.  I was not at her burying but heard of it at the time.  Sometime after Lucinda died I heard that claimant and George Collins were married.  I was near neighbor to them for several years before soldiers death and know that they were never separated soldier died last Jan. I forget the date I went to his burying Claimant has not re-married to my knowledge since soldiers death.  I never heard that soldier was ever married more than twice.  I never heard that claimant was married more than once before she married soldier her first husband was John Craft  Claimants youngest child George W. was born sometime last spring  I heard of its birth at the time but cannot fix the date or the month.  Soldier left a farm of about 100 acres of very rough land and I dont consider the farm to be worth more than $400 soldier never made enough on the place to do him  I know I sold him corn for a year or two.  I have not seen claimants crop and don't know how much land she has planted but am satisfied that she will not make three hundred bushels of corn on the place.  I don't know of her raising anything else.  No I do not know of claimant having any source of income outside of the farm and the post office.  Elisha Breeding written over erasure before signing. I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded.  s/Elisha Breeding (x)Witness:  Irvin Banks, Ch? or Lee Adams, sworn 11 Oct 1905 etc. W. W. Anderson.

Deposition J, P-31 & 32:
On 11 Oct, 1905, Tillie etc. Henry P. COLLINS, I am 69 years old.  Am a farmer, P.O. as above.  I am not related to claimant Luella Collins nor interested.  I was a first cousin of deceased soldier George Collins. Soldier and I were raised close together.  HIs first wife was Lucinda Bowen.  I was not prsent when they were married but I understood that she was married to him soon after the war.  I was living 1/2 mile from them when Lucnda died.  I did not see her after she died and was not at her burying.  I understood a tthe time that she had died  she died in the winter of 1890.  I never heard of her and her husband being separated.  It was not long after she died that soldier got claimant to come and keep house for him  so he told me  I had known claimant from the time she was a small girl she married John Craft who was sent to the penitentary after their marriage for rape or attempt to rape.  I heard that soldier was indicted for living in adultry with claimant and he told me he went and got a license and married claimant to keep from paying a fine over it.  This was after the death of his first wife  I cannot say whether they were married or not as I was not present  they lived together as man and wife from that ----to his death.  It was before the birth of claimants first child that soldier told me he had married claimant but I cant fix the date.  I have not heard of claimant having re-married since soldiers death.  The soldier was only married the two times that I ever heard of.  I do nto know the ages of any of claimants children.  Claimants youngest child was born after soldier died some three or four months after it was a right smart bit  I cannot recall the date or month of its birth it was born sometime last spring  I don't think there is over one hundred acres in the farm soldier left. I know that some mineral ? ------ ---- to by soldiers land and soldier told me he ----- take $10.00 ----- for his land.  I would judge the land is worth about $6.00 and acre for farming purposes most of it is rough hillside land. The crop claimant has in corn ought to make $50.00  or 300 bushels of corn if well tended  I don't know whether his crop is in good condition or not. She has not raised anything else to ----to anything mowed about 1 acre of grass. Her income from the farm gross ought to be $150.00 or $200.00.  I know of no other means of support besides what she derives as postmaster of the tillie P.O.  I expect it pays her about $75.00 a year.  I expect her necessary expenses in running the farm would exceed $50.00 I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded. s/Henry P. Collins, sworn 11 Oct 1905, etc. W. W. Anderson.

Page 6 & 7, Dep.
A. September 20, 1911, Deposition A, Case of Luella Collins, Cert. #600.258: On this 20th day of September 1911 at Hindman, County of Knott, State of KY, before me, Wayne W. Cordell, a Special Examiner for the Bureau of Pensions personally appeared LUELLA COLLINS, who being by me personally sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says:  I am 40 yers of age; my post-office address is Hindman, Knott Co., KY, Occupation: Housekeeper.  I am the widow of George Colins who was a soldier during the War of the Rebellion but I do not remember his company and regiment.  I was married to Mr. Collins in May 1890 and he died about seven years ago.  I have not remarried since his death.  I had been previously married to John Craft but I got a divorce from him at Whitsburg, KY before I married Collins.  I never was married except to the two men I have named.  I am drawing a pension of $12.00 per month and $2.00 per month for each of my four children under 16 years of age as follows:  Tilda Belle near 15 years; Harriet, near 13; Cinda May near 9; George W., near 7.   These children are all under my care and protection.

P-7:  Yes sir, I have a boy about one month old. The father of the child is Ben Burgey.  I had a miscarriage about two years ago.  He was the cause of my condition at that time. I mean Mr. Amburgey was.  He has been having sexual intercourse with me about three years.   Yes sir, I had sexual intercourse with John Breeding and Sam Cook. This occurred about three years ago.  I have had sexual intercourse with one other fellow beside the three named.  This fellow is John Harrison.  I have heard the deposition of Ben Amburgey, John Breeding, Sam Cook, H. H. Amburgey, Brack Spigman and Cerild A. Amburgey read.  I do not desire to cross.  (See Luella for further text)




Notes for Lucinda Bowen Tyree:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Dau. of Perrin  and Hannah TYREE BOWIN.
MARRIAGE:  B-2, P-30.

Affidavit of 5 June 1897, O. D. GIBSON, in case of George W. Collins:  O. D. Gibson, physician and farmer, no school, no license, practiced medicine 3 years.  Knew Geo. W. Collins since 1861.  (see Geo. W. Collins and Luella Thomas for remainder of affidavits).

Affidavit of 7 Jun 1897, J. Edwards Thomams, age 47, stated Geo. W. Collins was his son in law.

Affidavit of 6/7/1897, of Geo. COMBS, age 55, stated he had no military service.  Old Mr. Bowen (Lucinda's father)  was dead. .

Irving Banks and John Stidham witnesses for signature of Geo. Combs of Letcher.

Divorce of John Craft, defendent, recorded in Civil Order Book I, page 234, Letcher Co., May 21, 1890.

Notes for Luella Thomas:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  census records; children's births from pension papers; Polly Niece was there for births of children, 1891-1894; Polly dead by 1905. In Aug. 1911, Luella  had a child by Ben Amburgey.  Had been previously pregnant with his child but had a miscarriage, according to pension information. Luella d/o Edward and Sarah Thomas.  According to The Beverly Bunch (bbunch@bright.net), on 2/18/2000, the son was named Arnold.
DEATH:  Death Records, Vol. 19, #09415, age 93; accordingto descendants of Luella, she died in 1963, not 1968; the date of 1963 is consistent with her age at death.
MARRIAGE:  #1, To John CRAFT, at Pete Adkins on Rockhouse, info. contained in her pension application; #2, same, at Spencer Adams house; #3 info. from pension papers, she was paid pension until 8/4/1911.

According to Thhe Beverly Bunch, Paula Beverly stated in her e-mail of 2/18/2000 that she spoke with Robin's Aunt Ivory recently and was told that her mother, Tilda Belle Collins, had always told her that Louella died when Ivory's older Brother, George, was a baby.  This would lhave been about the mid 1920s.  She also stated that the baby fathered by Ben Amburgey was named Arnold.

DIVORCE:  5/21/1890, from John CRAFT, who was sentenced to prison for rape. Recorded Civil Order Book 1, P-234, on May 21, 1890, Letcher Co., KY.

CENSUS:  Lived in Hindman, Knott Co. in 1911

  Widow's pension stopped 8/4/1911.  By 3/19/1917  she was married to E. W. Roberts, Seco, KY.  Did pension stop because she had Ben Amburgy's child, or because she remarried?

According to pension record, Luella was deeply in love with Amburgy. She was 1/2 Indian.  Henry P. and George were first cousins.  Lucinda, first wife of George, died winter of 1890.  Nancy Moore's husband Jim is dead by Oct. 11, 1905.  Nancy is 54.  Nancy Ann Adams, wife of Sam, was 40, Sam son of Spencer, Celia was wife of Spencer.  Affidavit 10/11/1905. George and Tom lived with father until enlistment.  Elizabeth Collins, wife of Larkin, died Dec. 1904. Willson collins is dead by 8/30/1897, was brother in law to George. James Manor? Hale served in 14th KY Cav, Co. M.  Henry Collins, Wesley Collins, O. D. Gibson were neighbors. Henry Collins was Pvt in Co. L, 14th KY Vols., cousin to George.  America Collins was d/o George.

DEED:  9/11/1900:  Geo. W. Collins & others to Sarah Hunt:  This deed made and entered into this the 11th day of Sept. 1900 by and between Geo. W. Collins and Luella Collins, his wife,  Thomas Collins and Mary Collins, his wife, Nancy Moore and James Moore, her husband & Henry Collins and his wife Martha Collins, Carter Collins and his wife, Sarah Collins, R. L. Collins and his wife, Sylvana Collins, all of the County of Letcher and State of Kentucky except the said Henry Collins and his wife and Carter Collins and his wife who are residents of the State of Kansas, parties of the first part and Sarah Hunt of the town of Ceredo, County of Wayne and State of West Virginia, parties of the second part, Witnesseth that the said parties of the first part, George W. Collins, Luella Collins, Thomas Collins, Mary Collins, Nancy Moore, James Moore, Henry Collins, Martha Collins, Carter Collins, R. O. Collins, Sylvana Collins and for and in consideration of one dollar each in hand paid and other valuabe consideration the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and bargain and sold and by this writing doth convey unto the said Sarah Hunt, said party of the second part,  all their certain interest in all the lands which belonged to their father Robert Collins, deceased, or of any real estate in which he had title or interst either legal or equitable at the time of his death.
  To have and to hold the same with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the said party of the second part, her heirs and assigns forever with convenants of special Warranty only and the said Luella Collins, Mary Collins, Martha Collins, Sarah Collins and Sylvana Collins hereby join thier respective husbands in this conveyance and waive all rights titles or interest which they have or may have in and to said property by rason of courtesy, dower interest or otherwise.
  In testimony whereof the said parties of the first part have hereunto subscribed their name the day and date being first above written.  Mary Ann, R. L., Sylvana, Larkin, Elizabeth, James, Nancy all made their marks.  The others signed their names.

Stateof Kentucky, County of Letcher:  I, R. B. Bently, Clerk of the County Court for the County and State aforesaid certify that the foregoing deed of Conveyance from George W. Collins, Luella Collins, Thomas Collins, Mary Ann Collins, R. L. Collins, Sylvana Collins, Larkin Collins, Elizabeth Collins, James Moore, Nancy Moore, and others to Sarah Hunt was on the 15th day of September 1900 processed to me in said County and acknowledged before me by (names repeated) was on the 15th day of Sept. 1900 produced to me in said County and acknowledged before me by party grantors thereto to be their act and deed.

O. D. Gibson, Physician and farmer, no school, no license, practiced medicine 3 years.  Knew Geo. W. Collins since 1861.  Affidavit  June 1897.
Geo. A. Collins, son in law of J. Edward Thomas, Affidavit . 7 June 1897) age 47. 
Geo. Combs 55, affidavit 6/7/1897, no military service.  Old Mr. Bowen (Lucinda's father) dead.
Irving Banks and John Stidham witnesses for signature of Geo. Combs, Letcher Co.
           
Children of George Collins and Lucinda Tyree are:
47.       i.          MARY ANN5 COLLINS, b. October 01, 1865, Little Colley Cr, Letcher Co., KY; d. June 17, 1911, Little Colley Cr, Letcher Co., KY.
            ii.          WILLIAM THOMAS COLLINS, b. 1868, Little Colley Cr, Letcher Co., KY.
            iii.         JOSEPH P. COLLINS, b. 1872, Little Colley Cr, Letcher Co., KY; d. November 20, 1906, Laramie, , WY; m. JANE HALE BREEDING.

Notes for JOSEPH P. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  d/o Geo. Wash. & Lucinda Bowens (or Tyree) Collins; I also have a birth
place of Tillie, Letcher Co.


48.       iv.         ROBERT H. COLLINS, b. April 01, 1876, Little Colley Cr, Letcher Co., KY.
49.       v.         GEORGE WASHINGTON COLLINS, JR., b. April 04, 1876, Little Colley Cr, Letcher Co., KY; d. January 15, 1933, Tillie, Letcher Co., KY.
50.       vi.         NANCY ELLEN COLLINS, b. July 27, 1879, Little Colley Cr, Letcher Co., KY; d. January 15, 1951, Alamasa Co., CO.
51.       vii.        SUSAN FRANCES COLLINS, b. November 25, 1881, Letcher Co., KY; d. June 13, 1963, Woodland, Yolo Co., CA.

           
Children of George Collins and Luella Thomas are:
            viii.       WILSON EDWARD5 COLLINS, b. January 13, 1891.

Notes for WILSON EDWARD COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Mother's pension application.
MARRIAGE:  Letcher Co., KY Fam. History, P-314, possible to Levy Hall,
6/2/1894-3/10/1984 who mar. first to Melvin Holbrooks on 3/9/1911 and second Ed
"Shotgun" Collins, she d/o Elijah and Minnie Belle Huanter Hall.


52.       ix.         SARAH HELEN COLLINS, b. November 27, 1892, , KY; d. August 21, 1976, North Judson, Starke, IN.
53.       x.         JAMES MATTHEW COLLINS, b. August 25, 1894, , KY; d. September 19, 1948, Letcher Co., KY.
54.       xi.         MATILDA BELLE COLLINS, b. September 10, 1896, Knott Co., KY; d. April 23, 1971, , KY.
            xii.        HARRIET ELIZABETH COLLINS, b. February 17, 1899, Knott Co., KY; d. February 16, 1915.

Notes for HARRIET ELIZABETH COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Father's Pension Record.
DEATH:  Father's Pension Record.


            xiii.       MARTHA JANE COLLINS, b. November 02, 1901, Knott Co., KY; d. March 1903, , KY.

Notes for MARTHA JANE COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Mother's pension application.
DEATH:  Same.


            xiv.       CINDA MAY COLLINS, b. March 06, 1903, Knott Co., KY; d. March 05, 1919.

Notes for CINDA MAY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Father's Pension Record.
DEATH:  Father's Pension Record.


            xv.        GEORGE WASHINGTON COLLINS, b. April 18, 1905, Knott Co., KY; d. March 05, 1919, , KY.

Notes for GEORGE WASHINGTON COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Father's Pension Record.
DEATH:  Father's Pension Record.



14.  Margaret4 Collins (Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born February 22, 1848 in Letcher Co., KY, and died August 20, 1884 in Letcher Co., KY.  She married Green Berry Hughston Tyree June 09, 1868 in Letcher Co., KY.  He was born February 28, 1850 in Letcher Co., KY, and died March 06, 1914 in Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for Margaret Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Also have date from Ella of 2/2/1843; if she was twin of Thomas as in-
dicated on Census, the year was 1848 according to pension of Thomas or 1843
according to his tombstone.
DEATH:  The Tyree Trail, by Ella Rae Coleman, P-65.
MARRIAGE: B-2, P-58.

Vera Hoskins Tyree states Margaret a very large woman.

CENSUS:  1880 Letcher Co., KY, Precinct 3, Whitesburg, 1 Jun 1880, #136/136:
Houston Tyree 30, farmer, K V N; Margaret 35, wife, Keeps house, K N K; Amos
12, son; Franklin 10, son; Millard 8, Son; all children born KY.


Notes for Green Berry Hughston Tyree:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman, P-65; s/o David & Mary Ann Harriet Susan THOMAS TYREE.
DEATH:  Same.
MARRIAGE:  B-2, P-58.

Lived in Cattlesburg, Boyd Co. OCCUPATION:  Farmer; surveyor for the county for a number of years.

Vera Tyree Hoskins stated that Greenbury and Laura lived in Cattlsburg and had a son named Raymond who had previously been marrid to a woman named Margaret, "a large woman".

           
Children of Margaret Collins and Green Tyree are:
55.       i.          AMOS5 TYREE, b. March 21, 1869, Letcher Co., KY; d. December 05, 1943, Sebring, Highlands Co., FL.
            ii.          FRANKLIN TYREE, b. January 29, 1871, Letcher Co., KY; d. 1902, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for FRANKLIN TYREE:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman, P-65.
MARRIAGE:  To Margaret Rice Hutchinson, dau. of the Rev. Irad Burton Hutchinson and Eleanor Malinda Hutchinson, Cattlesburg, KY.  No Issue.
DEATH:  Accidental drowning in the Big Sandy River.  From The Tyree Trail.


            iii.         MILLARD TYREE, b. November 07, 1872, Letcher Co., KY; d. May 29, 1919, Cincinnati, , OH; m. JESSIE PORTLAND, December 24, 1903, Cincinnati, OH.

Notes for MILLARD TYREE:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman, P-65.
DEATH:  Heart Failure; died during flu epidemic.
MARRIAGE:  Same; no issue.
OCCUPATION:  Attorney in Cincinnati with firm of Tyree, Jones and LaBrawn.


Notes for JESSIE PORTLAND:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman, P-65.
MARRIAGE:  dau. of James and Marietta HUFFMAN PARTLON.



15.  Thomas W.4 Collins (Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born February 22, 1848, and died July 12, 1926 in Smoot Creek, Letcher Co., KY.  He married (1) Mary Ann Johnson April 05, 1871 in Letcher Co., KY.  She was born January 1846 in KY, and died 1914.  He married (2) Sarah Banks September 10, 1915 in , KY. 

Notes for Thomas W. Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Cem. Record.
DEATH:  Same.   I have name of Cem. as American Legion, believe he is buried behind stone on Little Colley.
MARRIAGE: #1, B-3, P-89; #2.

CENSUS:  1850, Dist. 2, Letcher Co., KY, #85, age 4, with Robert and Anna Banks Collins and siblings.

CENSUS:  1900 Letcher Co., KY, P-16, Rockhouse, #284/289:  Thomas Collins 1846, 54, b. KY, father b. TN, mother b. KY; Mary Jan. 1846, 54, mar. 28 yrs., 10 children born, 7 living; George W., May 1876, 24; Henry, Apr 1886, 14; William, Jun 1890, 9; John W., Feb 1894, 6, gs;  mother and all children b. KY.

CENSUS:  1910 Letcher Co., KY:  Thomas Collins 65, KKN, farmer, married twice;  Mary An wife, 64, mar. 40 yrs, 10 born, 6 living, KVV; Henry 21; William 18, all b. KY.

Tax List, Letcher Co., 1875:  Thomas Collins, Prec. 3, nearest neighbor, Charles Mann.


Notes for Mary Ann Johnson:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH: Cem. Record.
MARRIAGE:  B-3, P-89.

CENSUS:  1850 Mary is 5, living in household of Perrin Bowens Tyree, who is
listed as a mulatto, and Hanner, name is listed as Johnson.  Mar. Record gives
name Johnson which is probably correct but apparently at times used name
Bowen or Tyree.

CENSUS:  1860, Mary is listed in household of Perrin and is 15, but listed with
same last name as his.

CENSUS:  1870, Mary is not listed under either Johnson or Tyree.

CENSUS:  1880, is married but not listed in Letcher Co.


Notes for Sarah Banks:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  Ella Rae Coleman gives name as Sarah Banks Thomas, B-3, P-89.

           
Children of Thomas Collins and Mary Johnson are:
            i.          SUSAN5 COLLINS, d. April 05, 1877, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for SUSAN COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
DEATH:  Vital Stats.


            ii.          CINDA COLLINS.
            iii.         MARGARET COLLINS.

Notes for MARGARET COLLINS:
SOURCE:


56.       iv.         EVELINE COLLINS, b. Knott Co., KY; d. 1899, Letcher Co., KY.
57.       v.         ROBERT P. COLLINS, b. 1868, , KY; d. February 26, 1946, Smoot Creek, Letcher Co., KY.
58.       vi.         GEORGE W. COLLINS, b. May 18, 1876.
59.       vii.        WILLIAM A. COLLINS, b. June 13, 1883; d. March 10, 1978, Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY.
60.       viii.       HENRY COLLINS, b. July 17, 1889, Letcher Co., KY; d. October 03, 1969, Letcher Co., KY.


16.  Henry4 Collins (Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born December 1850 in Letcher Co., KY, and died May 15, 1917 in Lawrence, Douglas Co., KS.  He married Martha Collins Abt. 1871, daughter of Calvin Collins and Lucinda Taylor.  She was born April 27, 1857 in Letcher Co., KY, and died February 29, 1932 in Lawrence Co., KS.

Notes for Henry Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1860 Census.
DEATH:  Death Rec.

CENSUS:  1880 Letcher Co., KY, Prec. 3, Whitesburg, 1 Jun 1880, #133/133:
Henry Collins 28, farmer, KKK; Martha 26, wife, keps house, KKK; Minnie 8,
dau; William F., 6, son; Melvina A., 4, dau; Cordelia 2, dau.  All children b.
KY.

CENSUS:  1895, State Census, Lecompton Twp, P-20, #16, Dwelling 4, Fam. 4:
Henry Collins, 44, b. KY, from KY to S; Martha, 37; William, 20; Melvina 17;
Cordelia 14; Jackson 12; Oney 8; Biuity, 6; Oscar --; Jesse, 11 mo.

Lecompton Township, 1895, P-22 and 23, Dwelling and Family 6, there is an r. D.
Collins.

CENSUS:  1900 Douglas County, KS, Vol. 17, ED 66, Sheet 12, Line 78, Lecompton
Township:  Henry Collins, b. Dec 1850, 49 yrs, KY, mar. 29 yrs, farmer, owns
farm, father b. NC, mother b. TN; Martha, b. Jan 1857, age 43, b. KY, has 11
children born and living; father b. VA, mother b. NC; Melvina b. 1/1878, 22, b.
KY; Cordelia, b. 5/1880, 20, b. KY; Jackson, b. 10/1881, 18, b. KY, laborer on
farm; Carrie S. b. 2/1884, 16, b. KY, at school; Ona B. b. 6/1886, 13, b. KY,
at school; Batie, son, b. 2/1889, KS, at school; Oscar, b. 10/1891, 8, b. KS;
Jessie b. Apr 1894, 6, b. KS; Maggie b. Nov 1896, 3, b. KS.

In the Probate Court of Douglas Couanty, Kansas, In the Matter of the Estate of
Henry Collins, deceased, Now on this 30th day of August 1977 comes Martha
Collins and shows to the Court; that Henry Collins, a resident of Lawrence,
Douglas County, Kansas, died on the 15th of May 1917 at Lawrence, Kansas; that
he left no will, and that the following persons are his only heirs at law,
namely:

Martha Collins, widow, Lawrence, KS, RFD 5
Wiliam J. Collins, Son, Adult, same add;
Jackson Collins, Son, Adult, Murray, Utah
Battie Collins, Son, Adult, Lawrence, KS, RFD 5
Oscar Collins, Son, Adult, same add;
Jemima Cummings, Daughter, Adult, Kit Carson, Colo.
Melvina Dolen, Daughter, Adult, Lawrence, KS
Cordelia Shields, Daughter, Adult, Same Add, RFD
Carrie Brime (Brine?), Daughter, Adult, Same Add.
Ona Lower, Daughter, Adult, Sacremento, Cal.
Jessie Collins, Daughter, Adult, Same (Sacremento)
Marguerite Collins, Daughter, 20 yrs, Sacremento.

And she further shows to the court that said Henry Collins died siezed and
possessed of personal property of the estimated value of $900.00 and that the
estate of said deceased should be administered according to law.

Wherefore, your petitioner prays that Martha Collins be appointed administrator
of said estate.  State of Kansas, County of Douglas:  Martha Collins being
first duly sworn on oath says that she has read the above and foregoing
petition; that she knows the contents thereof and that the statements therein
contained are true.  s/Martha Collins.  Subscribed and sworn to before me this
3d day of August, 1917, s/C. E. Ludley, Probate Judge.

1902-3 City Directory for the city of Lawrence, KS:

P-284, Henry Collins, Lakeview; W. I. Collins, Lakeview; t. J. Collins,
Overbrook.

Probate Records of the Douglas County District court, Lawrence, KS: Henry
Collins died 15 may 1917, lawrence, KS, probate document; Martha Collins died
29 Feb 1932, Lawrence, KS; Oscar Collins, died 22 Mar 1935, Lawrence, KS.


Notes for Martha Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH: Birth Records, d/o Calvin & Cynthia Taylor Collins.
DEATH:  Lawrence Co., KS records.
MARRIAGE:  Mar. Rec.

CENSUS:  1900, 11 children born, 11 children living, Seconpton Township, Vol.
17, ED 66, Sheet 12, L-78, Douglas Co., KS.

           
Children of Henry Collins and Martha Collins are:
            i.          JEMIMA5 COLLINS, b. 1873, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for JEMIMA COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  B-7, P=199, to Clinton Cummings, Secompton, Douglas Co., KS on
7/3/1891, lived in Kit Carson, CO.


            ii.          WILLIAM J. COLLINS, b. December 08, 1874, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for WILLIAM J. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Rec.
MARRIAGE:  #1 B-9, P-24, to Agnes Shields, 18, on 4/18/1900; #2, B-13, P-397,
Susie McCallum, she 31 on 11/10/1921 in Ottowa, KS.


            iii.         MELVINA A. COLLINS, b. January 1878, , KY; m. UVED OELEY, April 07, 1902, Lakeview, Douglas Co., KS; b. 1863.

Notes for MELVINA A. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  B-9, P-285,


            iv.         CORDELIA B. COLLINS, b. May 1880, , KY.

Notes for CORDELIA B. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE;  B-9, P-171 to J. E. Shields, 21, on 5/1/1901, Lawrence Co., KS.


            v.         JACKSON COLLINS, b. October 1881, , KY; d. Murray, , UT.
            vi.         CARRIE S. COLLINS, b. February 1884, , KY.

Notes for CARRIE S. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  To ? BRINE.


            vii.        ONA B. COLLINS, b. June 1886, , KY.

Notes for ONA B. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  To ? Lower, Sacramento, CA.


            viii.       BATIE COLLINS, b. February 1889, , KS.
            ix.         OSCAR COLLINS, b. October 1891, , KS; d. March 22, 1935, Lawrence Co., KS.
            x.         JESSIE COLLINS, b. April 1894; d. Sacramento, , CA.
            xi.         MARGARET COLLINS, b. November 1896, , KS.


17.  Nancy4 Collins (Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born 1849 in , KY.  She married James Moore May 20, 1889 in Letcher Co., KY.  He was born December 1853 in , KY, and died Bef. October 11, 1905.

Notes for Nancy Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census.
DEATH:
MARRIAGE:  B-8, P-.  I have another date of 3/26/1891; Info. from Wesley Garrett by e-mail on 7/22/2001, stated that Nancy and James Garrett had child, Sidney.  Sidney listed his mother's name as Nancy Collins and Wesley also found Sidney listed as her child in the Ky Family History which was given to him by his 1st cousin, Lizbeth Joan Ramsey Collins of Letcher Co.  He stated that Nancy's husband is also listed as Jasper Collins whom she married on 31 Jul 1873.  However, other info. in his file states her husband was James Moore.

CENSUS:  1900 Letcher Co., KY, married 12 years, 11 children born, 10 living.

CENSUS:  1910 Letcher Co., KY, 1st Precinct, Rockhouse; #17/17:
Nancy Moore 56, widowed, 11 born, 10 living, KNK
John 23
Bob 21, Widowed
Cavin 18
Riley 15; children KKK



Notes for James Moore:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Son of Malinda and Stufley Moor.
DEATH:  Information from pension record of Luella Thomas Craft Collins; Nancy
stated she was 54, her husband dead, affidavit of 10/11/1905.

           
Children of Nancy Collins and James Moore are:
            i.          JOHN5 MOORE, b. May 1887; m. HETTIE COLLINS, February 01, 1921, Letcher Co., KY; b. October 1896.

Notes for JOHN MOORE:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1900 Census.
MARRIAGE: I have a marriage to America Collins on 11/7/1911.


Notes for HETTIE COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1900 Census.
MARRIAGE:  B-33, P-9, s/o James and Nancy Collins Moore.


            ii.          ROBERT MOORE, b. April 1890.

Notes for ROBERT MOORE:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  1900 Census.
MARRIAGE:  to Allie Collins on 2/24/1909.


            iii.         MALINDA MOORE, b. March 26, 1891, Letcher Co., KY; m. WILLIAM RILEY COLLINS, July 14, 1905, Letcher Co., KY; b. November 1882.

Notes for MALINDA MOORE:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Records.
MARRIAGE:   B-13, P-524.


Notes for WILLIAM RILEY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1900 Census.
MARRIAGE: B-13, P-524.


            iv.         CALVIN MOORE, b. October 1892.
            v.         WILLIAM RILEY MOORE, b. 1899, , KY; m. CARRIE COLLINS, September 12, 1929, Letcher Co., KY; b. 1901, , KY.

Notes for WILLIAM RILEY MOORE:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Mar. Rec, s/o Jim & Nancy Collins Moore.
MARRIAGE:  B-59, P-60.


Notes for CARRIE COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Mar. Rec.
MARRIAGE:  #1, B-59, P-60;  #2, B-62, P-96, she 28 wid, he 32 wid, of Irving
and Susan Halcomb Sexton.



18.  Robert Carter4 Collins (Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born December 20, 1855 in Letcher Co., KY, and died Aft. September 15, 1900 in Douglas Co., KS.  He married Sarah Catherine Tyree September 10, 1873 in Letcher Co., KY.  She was born Abt. 1854 in Clay Co., KY, and died Aft. 1932 in , CA.

Notes for Robert Carter Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth records give his parents as Robert and Anna and his name as Robert.  Father's birth was Scott Co., VA.
MARRIAGE:  B-2, P-106. Mar. Rec. gives parents birth place as NC.; Letcher Co.
Fam. History, Vol.1, P-180 gives date of 7 Apr 1783.

According to Vera Tyree Hoskins, dau. of Samuel C. Tyree, Samuel was
still living in 1985, age 91 on 8/8, in Nashville, TN.  She states Sarah and
Carter married and went to Alberta, Canada.  Samuel C. Tyree's obit says
surviving him was a sister, Sarah Collins, of Calif.  Believed to be in CA in
1932.

CENSUS:  1860, Carter age 5 with family.

CENSUS:  1870, Carter age 15 with family.

CENSUS:  1900 Douglas County, KS, Vol. 17, ED 71, Sheet 2, Line 70, Wkarusa
Township:  Carter Collins, b. 10/1855, age 44, b. KY, mar. 25 yrs, farmer,
rents farm, father b. NC, mother b. KY; Sarah b. 1855, age 44, b. KY, has 6
children, 3 living, father b. VA, mother b. NC; Fredric S. b. 10/1881, 18, b.
WV, farm laborer; Hattie b. 1888, 11, b. KY, at school; Girtie, dau, b. Jan
1890, age 9, b. KS.

Carter Collins, age 18 occupation farmer born Letcher father born in Scott Cty Va North Carolina Sara Tyree born in Ky, Born NC father born in Scott County Va Sept 26th.  (old handwritten document).




Notes for Sarah Catherine Tyree:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Census 1860, Letcher Co., KY; birthplace from Ira's birth record.
MARRIAGE:  B-2, P-106
Dau of David TYREE and Mary Susan THOMAS.  Fa. b. Scott Co., VA.

Above info. from:  The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman, P-67
Moved to Wayne Co., WV ca 1880.  In Douglas Co., KS in 1900; Brother
Samuel died in CA in 1932.  According to the death info. Samuel's sister, Sarah
Collins lived in California and also survived.

           
Children of Robert Collins and Sarah Tyree are:
            i.          WILSON S.5 COLLINS, b. December 30, 1874, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for WILSON S. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:


            ii.          NELSON G. COLLINS, b. December 30, 1874, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for NELSON G. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Rec.


            iii.         MANERVY J. COLLINS, b. March 03, 1876, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for MANERVY J. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Rec.; Also, The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman, P-67.


            iv.         IRA COLLINS, b. July 12, 1878, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for IRA COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Record.


            v.         ROBERT COLLINS, b. Abt. 1879, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for ROBERT COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman


            vi.         FREDERICK S. COLLINS, b. October 1881, Wayne Co., WV.

Notes for FREDERICK S. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman, P-67


            vii.        HATTIE COLLINS, b. Abt. 1882, , WV.

Notes for HATTIE COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman, P-67.
MARRIAGE:  Did she marry T. J. Jackson on 24 Oct 1914, B-18, P-254?


            viii.       GIRTIE COLLINS, b. January 1890, Douglas Co., KS.

Notes for GIRTIE COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  The Tyree Trail by Ella Rae Coleman, P-67



19.  Elizabeth4 Collins (Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born April 15, 1859 in Clay Co., KY, and died December 1904.  She married Larkin Collins August 08, 1877 in Letcher Co., KY, son of Ike Gibson and Mary Collins.  He was born March 14, 1859 in Lee Co., VA, and died April 10, 1944 in Ison, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for Elizabeth Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  From Robet Polley's Book, P-112.;  Mar. rec. gives her birth place, d/o
Robert and Anna Banks Collins.
MARRIAGE:  B-5, P-33;

CENSUS:  Letcher Co., KY 1860, abstracted by Louise M. Perkins; Family 6, P. 1,
with parents Robert and Anna BANKS Collins, age 9/12.

CENSUS:  Letcher Co., KY 1870, abstracted by Eliz. Ann Hall; Family 13, P. 22,
with parents, age 9.

CENSUS:  Letcher Co., KY 1880; abstracted by Genealogical Research &
Productions; Family 128/128, P. 37, married with two children, age 29.

CENSUS:  Letcher Co., KY 1900; abstracted by Louise M. Perkins, Family 267/269,
age 43, b. May 1857, married 30 years, 12 children, 10 living.


Notes for Larkin Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Marriage record gives birth place as Lee Co., VA; Death Cert. as Letcher Co., KY; Mar. Cert. gives parents as Larkin Collins  & Mary Jane Collins.   Larkin was Mary Jane's father. 
DEATH:  Death Certificate, age 85; Vol 21, 10041, of Lobar Pneumonia & Inflamation of the Bladder;  death date of 4/11/1944, bur. Ison Cem., on 4/14/1944,  Widowed.
MARRIAGE: #1 B-5, P-33, he 17, farmer, she 18, father b. Letcher, mother b. Letcher; her father b. Perry, mother b. Letcher; #2 B-14, P-92.

According to the records found on the Internet, Larkin died 1944, age 86, he and Eliz. had 8 boys, 5 girls, she died 1904; he married Randy and had 3 girls, 2 boys, then married Myrtle Willis.

CENSUS:  1900 Letcher Co., KY, Dist. 102, P-16, #267/269:  Larkin Colins, Apr, 1856, 44, KKK; Elizabeth, May 1857, 43, mar. (no. of yrs. not given), 12 children born, 10 living; Leander, Apr., 1884, 16; Floid, Oct. 1885, 14; Blaine, Nov. 1887, 12; Ida, Jan. 1891, 9; Patsy, May 1893, 7; George, Jun, 1894, 5; Jasper, Apr 1898, 2; James, May 1900, 3/12.

This census lists 8 children born by 1900.  I have 11 children shown but only one of them not in 1900 census.

CENSUS:  1910, Letcher Co., KY:  Larkin Collins 48, mar. twice; Randa 32, mar. 2 times, mar. 3 yrs, 8 born, 7 living; Leander 25; Blaine 21; Patsy 17; George 15; Jasper 12; Jim 10;  Sallie Collins, age 15, is enumerated as the step dau. of Larkin. This was perhaps Mallie, misread as Sallie, all b. KY.

Death Certificate, Lived in Ison 40 years, was widowed, born March 14, 1859, age 85 years 26 days, born Letcher Co., Farmer, Retired, father, Larkin Collins, mother, Mary Jane Collins, informant, Blaine Collins of Whitesburg, burial Isom on 4/14/1944, funeral director Archie Craft of Whitesburg, date received 5/1/1944, Registar E. M. Collins; Died April 11, 1944, was attended from Jan. 1,l1941 to Apr. 11, 1944, death occurred at 7 p.m. of Pneumonia, Lobar, infected bladder for 3 years; signed B. C. Backs, Whitesburg.  Funeral Director was Archie Craft, Whitesburg.


More About Larkin Collins:
Burial: Ison, Letcher Co., KY
           
Children of Elizabeth Collins and Larkin Collins are:
61.       i.          BELVEY5 COLLINS, b. September 08, 1878, Letcher Co., KY; d. March 09, 1929, Pike Co., KY.
            ii.          REV. RICHARD COLLINS, b. Abt. 1879, Letcher Co., KY; d. Bef. 1900.
62.       iii.         ARLINA COLLINS, b. May 1880, , KY; d. 1932, Letcher Co., KY.
            iv.         LEANDER COLLINS, b. April 1884; d. March 30, 1946, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for LEANDER COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
DEATH:  Age 62.
MARRIAGE:   Unmarried.


63.       v.         FLOYD COLLINS, b. October 1885, , KY.
64.       vi.         BLAINE COLLINS, b. November 1887, , KY.
            vii.        IDA COLLINS, b. November 23, 1892, Letcher Co., KY; d. July 07, 1934, Letcher Co., KY; m. ROBERT HARVEY, May 04, 1916, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for IDA COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Cem. Records.
DEATH:  Same.
MARRIAGE:  B-21, P-2.


Notes for ROBERT HARVEY:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Son of Henry
DEATH:
MARRIAGE:  B-21, P-2


            viii.       PATSEY COLLINS, b. May 1893, Letcher Co., KY; m. JONAH SMITH.

Notes for PATSEY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1900 Census of Letcher Co., KY, Fam. 267/269, P-144.


            ix.         GEORGE COLLINS, b. June 1894, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for GEORGE COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1900 Census.
DEATH:  Killed by Dow Collins, date unknown.


            x.         MALLIE COLLINS, b. 1895, Letcher Co., KY; m. DEWEY STEELE, November 15, 1923, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for MALLIE COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  B-40, P-111.


Notes for DEWEY STEELE:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  B-40, P-111


65.       xi.         JASPER P. COLLINS, b. April 1898.
            xii.        JAMES ROBERT COLLINS, b. April 26, 1900, Letcher Co., KY; d. July 26, 1954.

Notes for JAMES ROBERT COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Tombstone.
DEATH:  Same.
MARRIAGE:  To Adaline CORONETT on 9/15/1920, Letcher Co., KY, B-31, P-70, d/o
Jess and Raney.  Children:  Otell and Juanita.



20.  Robert Lewis4 Collins (Robert3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born October 1862 in Letcher Co., KY.  He married Sylvania Jent October 16, 1881 in Letcher Co., KY.  She was born April 1864 in Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for Robert Lewis Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Census Rec.
MARRIAGE:  B-6, P-30.

I have a birth date of Robert Lincoln of 12/20/1855 and have him listed as s/o Robert and Anna Banks Collins.

There is a marriage record for Robert Collins, 16, second marriage, farmer, born Letcher, father b. Perry, mother b. Perry, to Tahala Hart, 17, in Letcher Co.  Her father b. Ashe Co., NC, mother (Sarah?) b. NC.

On 2/21/1877 there is a marriage for Nelson Breeding to Tahala Hart, he 16, she 17, remaining info. same as above.

CENSUS:  1910, Letcher Co., KY, #215/215:  Lewis Collins 48; Sylvania 46; Lewis Jr., 25; Millard 14; Evans 12; George 9; Bob 6.


Notes for Sylvania Jent:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  B-6, P-30.

CENSUS:  1900, 7 children born, 6 children living.

           
Children of Robert Collins and Sylvania Jent are:
            i.          SILAS E.5 COLLINS, b. Letcher Co., KY; m. (1) VIRGIE MATSON, January 03, 1917, Letcher Co., KY; m. (2) MARY COMBS, April 01, 1919, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for SILAS E. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE: #1, B-22, P-47; #2, B-27, P-12.


Notes for VIRGIE MATSON:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Mar. Rec., d/o Jesse & Eva Collins Matson.


Notes for MARY COMBS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Mar. Rec.
MARRIAGE:  B-22, P-12.


            ii.          WILLIAM RILEY COLLINS, b. November 1882; m. MALINDA MOORE, July 14, 1905, Letcher Co., KY; b. March 26, 1891, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for WILLIAM RILEY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1900 Census.
MARRIAGE: B-13, P-524.


Notes for MALINDA MOORE:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Records.
MARRIAGE:   B-13, P-524.


            iii.         LEWIS COLLINS, b. 1885.
            iv.         JOSHUA COLLINS, b. May 1891; m. (1) JUDA A. COMBS, August 29, 1918, Letcher Co., KY; m. (2) MARY J. COLLINS, April 21, 1919, Letcher Co., KY; b. August 1899, , KY.

Notes for JOSHUA COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Tombstone, no date.
DEATH:  Same, no dates; located 1/2 mile on left going toward Whitesburg, on
new road.
MARRIAGE:  #1, B-25, P-58; #2, B-27, P-38.


More About JOSHUA COLLINS:
Burial: Collins Cem., Isom,  Letcher Co., KY

Notes for JUDA A. COMBS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Mar. Rec., d/o Riley.
MARRIAGE:  B-25, P-58.


Notes for MARY J. COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1900 Census.
DEATH;  No date on stone; Cem. located 1/2 mile on left going toward
Whitesburg, on new road.
MARRIAGE: B-27, P-38.


More About MARY J. COLLINS:
Burial: Collins Cem., Isom,  Letcher Co., KY

            v.         ANNA COLLINS, b. January 1894.
            vi.         MILLARD COLLINS, b. August 1895; m. (1) ESTHER LEONARD; m. (2) SADA MORTON, January 03, 1917, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for MILLARD COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  #1, B-22, P-46; #2,


Notes for SADA MORTON:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Mar. Rec., d/o Jessie & Eva.
MARRIAGE:  B-22, P-46.


            vii.        EVANS COLLINS, b. November 1898.

Notes for EVANS COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  To a MORTON.


            viii.       GEORGE COLLINS, b. Abt. 1901; m. SARAH MOORE, October 31, 1924, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for GEORGE COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE: B-43, P-73.


Notes for SARAH MOORE:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Mar. Rec., d/o John & Lucy Adams Moore.
MARRIAGE:  B-43, P-73.



21.  Sarah4 Collins (Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born Abt. 1826 in , NC, and died June 28, 1906 in Lerose, Owsley Co., KY.  She married John Sherman Gibson May 21, 1848 in Letcher Co., KY.  He was born April 10, 1822 in , VA, and died April 04, 1896 in Booneville, Owsley Co., KY.

Notes for Sarah Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH: 1850 Letcher Co., KY Census; Grace gives mother's name as Jane Bowman,
no information found regarding a marriage of Larkin to Jane.  Because of the
age difference in Sarah and her brother Sanders A., another marriage is a
distinct possiblity but no information found.
DEATH:  Info. furnished by Grace Sorrell, 601 Skyview Drive, W. Carrollton,
OH, 45449 on 10/4/1989.
MARRIAGE:  B-1, P-31, at home of mother, by James Collins.

CENSUS:  1850, Letcher Co., KY, P 147, #49,  Dist. 1, John Gipson, 20, Farmer,
b. VA; Sarah 24, b. VA; Lafayette 4, b. KY; Larkin 2, Manerva 5 mo, all b. KY.

 Applied for pension in Booneville, Owsley Co., age 74 on 7/28/1896
Affadavit given by Jane Sexton, age 76, resident of Big Creek, Clay Co, and
Lucy Collins, (w/o Charles)  72, of same place.  Sarah made another affadavit on
4/10/1896. Widows pension # 434526.

CHILDREN:  Lafayette and Larkin were born before her marriage to John.
In a letter of 9/8/1989 Grace Sorrell stated that these two children were
adopted by John and that he held one in his arms as he and Sarah were married.

Robert Polley, in his book, lists Jennie Sexton as her mother and Larkin as her father but I have been unable to find any proof of this marriage.


Notes for John Sherman Gibson:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Info. from Lena Stewart, 168 E. Main St., Austin, IN; s/o John and Jennie SEXTON Gibson. (I have mother as Charity as furnished by Grace) Parents names and births of children furnished by Grace Sorrell, 601 Skyview Dr., W. Carrollton, OH 45449
DEATH: Pension papers.
MARRIAGE: B-1, P-31, by James Collins.

CENSUS:  1850 Letcher Co., KY, #49, Dist. 1:  John Gibson 23, b. VA; Sarah 24, b. VA; Lafayette 4, Larkin 2, Manerva 5/12, all b. VA.

MILITARY:  Enlisted 6/29/1863, as private in Co. B, 47th Regiment, KY Inf., commanded by Jackson Roberts.  Discharged at Lexington, KY 12/26/1864. Disabled by fever affecting back and breast at Paris, KY, April 1864. Adjutant General's office, in Affadavit dated Feb. 12, 1889 states that hewas enrolled on 6/19/1863 and mustered in 10/5/1863 at Irvine, KY for 1 year. Was on roll for Nov. and Dec. 63.  Same report to 8/31/64, last muster and payroll on file.  Co. muster out roll dated 12/26/64 reports him mustered out. Returns for 3/64 and 5/64 (last on file) do not report him absent. Co. and Regt. books on file. The records of this office (War Dept) furnish no evidence of disability.  s/r. C. Drum, Adj. General.

On 6/10/1891, he appeared before a notary public in Johnson Co., AK, age 63, residing at Hartman, Johnson Co. and stated he was discharged honorably at Lexington, KY on 12/26/1864 and cannot earn a living because of lungs and back and applied for pension  under appl. No. 679292.

Affadavit signed in Owsley Co. dated 11/2/1888, age 64, same as above affadavit and that he had black hair, black eyes, dark complexion.  Unable to read height in feet but probably 6 feet, 2".  Was never treated in a service hospital. Also stated that since leaving the service he had lived in Breathet Co. and was a farmer.

On 2 November 1888, in Owsley Co., age 64, 5'2", dark complexion, black hair, black eyes, made oath about his enlistment and that he contracted fever in April 1864 and it settled in his back and breast and that he was treated in general hospital.

Deed, P-101, Feb. 5, 1890:  John Gibson et al to George W. Collins: This deed between John Gibson and Sariah his wife Sanders Collins and Silva his wife Finly Collilns and Nancy his wife Jane Collins single woman Wason Collins and Louisa the heirs of Larkin Collins (deceased) all of Letcher Co. KY of the first part and George W. Collins of the County and State aforesaid of the second part, witnesseth that the said parties of the first part in consideration of the sum of four hundred dollars to us in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby duly acknowledged by all the parties of the first part do hereby will grant and convey to the party of the second part his heirs and assigns the following described property viz:  A certain tract or parcell of laind lying on the Cow branch of Little Colley Creek of the Rock House Fork of
the North of the Kentucky River known as a part of the Larkin Colllins Farm and bounded as follows:  to wit:  Beginning on a birch tree on the west side of the Cow Branch known as a large tree between G. W. Collins and O. D. Gibson, thence with the conditional line to the top fo the hill thence with the meanders of the hill to the Cow Gap, thence up the other side to the top of the hill thence with the top of the hill around to opposite the beginning thence a straight line to the beginning in chidering? all of the land that Larkin Collins (deceased) in side of that boundary to have and to hold the same with all the appurtenances thereon to the second party his heirs and assigns forever with
covenant of general warranty, the enter? lining? and rea---? were made before the deed was signed.  In testimony whereof witness ouor signature this -----
day of -----:  Watson Collins, Louisa Collins, Finley Collins, Nancy Collins (all with X), Witness:  Thomas Collins.

State of Kentucky, County of Letcher, I John A. Craft, Clerk of the county court for the county and state aforesaid certify that the foregoing deed was this day produced tome in my office and proven by the oath of Thomas Collins, a subscribing witness thereto who proved the signature of Watson Collisn and Louisa Collis his wife Finly Collins and Nancy Collins his wife signature by mark to be genuine and the same being lodged for record is together with this certificate is duly recorded in my office.  Given under my hand this Feb 5th
1890, s/John A. Craft Clerk.

Deposition by Sarah A., widow of John Gipson late Co. B, 47th KY Vol. Inf. No 632.105, onthe 28th day ofJuly 1896 personally appeared before a Justice of the Peace in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths, Sarah A. Gipson, aged 74 yeas, a resident near Booneville in the County of Owsley, and state of KY, whose Post Office addres is Booneville, KY.

I am the  identical widow of the above named soldier who died on the 3d day of April 1896 his death was caused as I believe from disease of breast and lungs and resulting disease of heart and dropsy.  We was married to each other in Letcher Co., KY on the 12th day of May 1845 according to the best recollect I can make and my best recollections by one James Collins a minister of the Gospel, it was our first marriages and we lived together continuously from our marriage until his death never being divorced from each other.  My said husband
John Gipson never served in any military or naval service of the United States other than the Co. and Regt above referred to.

  This affidavit was written by w. B. Bullock of Booneville, KY in any presence and from my own sworn statement to him given on this the 28th day of July 1896 and I further state that I was not aided or assisted by any written personal statement of any kind in making same but of my own personal knowledge.  s/Sarah A. Gipson, Wit:  Wiliam Gipson, Jr. and Rachel A. Gipson

Declaration for Widows Pension-State of Kentucky County of Owsley.  On this the 10th day of April 1896 personally appeared before me a County Court Clerk in and for County and State aforesaid, Sarah A. Gipson aged 74 years a resident of near Boonville County of Owsley Stateof Kentucky who being sworn accordinto law declares that she is the wdow ofJohn Gipson who enlised of with the name of John
Gipson at Irvine Ky on the 29th day of June 1863 in Co. B 47th Regt Ky Vol Infantry (as private) and who was honorably discharged at Lexington, KY on the 26th day of December 1864 and died near booneville KY on the 3d day of April 1896.
 That she was married under name of Sarah A. Collins to said John Gipson on the 12th of May 1845 at the house of her mothers in Letcher Co Ky by James Collins a minister of the Gospell there being no legal barrier to said marriage neither the soldier or myself had ever been married before our marriage to each other.
  That she has not remarried since the death of the said John Gipson.
  That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the Pension Rolls of the United States under former Acts of Congress allowing pension to dec'd soldiers widows who died of wounds or disease contracted in line of duty in service of the United States.
  That she hereby agrees to allow Attorney a fee of $25.00 when the claim is allowed.
  She hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation W. B. Bullock of Booneville, KY her true and lawful atty to prosecute her claim that her Post officce address is Booneville, Booneville Owsley County. s/Sarah A. Gipson, her mark, Attest:  Edgar Needham, h. B. Cawood.

Also personally appeared Edgar Needham residing at Booneville KY and H. B. Cawood residing at Booneville KY persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn by me, say, that they were present and saw Sarah A. gipson the claimant make her mark to the foregoing declarationthat they have every reason to beieve from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her that she is the identical person she represents herself to be and known that said deceased recognized said applicant as his lawful wife, and that she was so recognized by the community in which they resided and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim for pension.  s/Edgar Needham, H. B. Cawood.  Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10th day of April 1896 and I hereby certify that the ? of the above declaration and c was fully made known to the applicant and ?? before swearing
thereo.

State of kentucky, County of Leslie, In the matter of pension of Sarah A.,widow of John Gipson, late Co. B., 47th Ky Vol. Regt, No. 632,105.
  On this 21st day of July A.D. 1896, peronally appeared before me a Deputy Co. Court Clerk in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths.
 Jane Sexton, age 76 years, a resident of Big Creek PO in the County of Clay, and State of Kentucky whose Post Office address is Big Creek, KY, and Lucy Collins, aged 72 years, a resident of Big Creek PO iin the County of Clay, and State of Kentucky whose Post Office address is Big Creek Ky well known to me to be reputable andentitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid as follows:
  We are well acquainted with the claimant Sarah A. Gipson and was acquainted with John Gipson in his lifetime.  We was all raised in same neighborhood together on Colley Creek in Letcher Co., KY.  We recollect that we was at the house of Sintha Collins, who was then a widow, in Letcher Co., KY, when, James Collins a Methodist Minister united the claimant Sarah A. Collins and the decd soldier John Gipson in the holy state of matrimony.  We recollect that the marriage occured on Sunday and that James Collins the Minister held service at
their home before he performed the ceremony and this was, to the best of our recollection on or aboaut the 12th day of May 1845.
  The soldier nor claimant had never been married to anyone prior to their marriage to each other nor was either of them ever divorced from each other during life of soldier, nor the widow since his death, but she still remains his widow.  Our acquaintance with them since we was very small children has been such that if it had been otherwise we would have known it.   This affidavit was written by W. B. Bullock of Booneville, Ky in our preentce from our oral statement to him gien on this the 21st dayh of July 1896 and we further state that we were not aided by assy. (association?) with or oral recital of any kind but of uor personal knowledge.  We further declare that we have no iinterest in said case and are not concerned in its prosecution. s/Isaa? A. Gibson; W. G. Sexton;  Jane Sexton (her mark); Lucy Collins (her mark).

Article of Agreement:  whereas I Sarah A. Gipson, widow of John Gipson decd late Co. B 47th Ky Vol Inf, War of 1861.  Having made application for pension under the laws of the United States.
  Now this agreement witnesseth that for and in consideration of services done and to be done in the premises I hereby agre to allow my Attorney W. B. Bullock of Booneville, KY the fee of Twenty Five Dollars $25.00 which shall include all amounts to be paid for my services in furtherance of said claim and said fee shall not be demanded by orpayable to my said Atty. in whole or in part except in case of the granting of my Pension by the Commissioner of Pensions and that the same shall be paid to him in accordance with the provision of Section 47.68and 4769. RS.  Attest:  Edgar Needham, Sarah A. Gipson, her mark, H. B. Cawood Booneville Owsley Co., KY  State of Kentucky, Cunty of Owsley  Be it known that on this the 10th day of April 1896 personally appeared before me Sarah A. Gipson the above named

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Finance Division, Washington DC Aug. 16, 1906, Sarah A. Gipson, 434,526, widow John Gipson, Co. B 47th KY Inf. U.S. Pension Agent, Louisville, KY, Sir:  You are hereby directed to drop from the roll the name of the above described pensioner who died June 28, 1906, s/H. Davenport, Agent Commissioner. Commissioner of Pensions Sir:  The name of the above described pensioner, who was last paid at $12.00 per month to 4 May 1906 has this day been dropped from the roll of this agency.  S/H. S. Wood, U.S Pension Agent, Aug 18, 1906

           
Children of Sarah Collins and John Gibson are:
66.       i.          LARKIN5 GIBSON, b. August 24, 1844; d. February 06, 1924.
            ii.          LAFAYETTE GIBSON, b. Abt. 1848.

Notes for LAFAYETTE GIBSON:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census, Letcher Co.


            iii.         MANERVA GIBSON, b. Abt. 1850; m. AMBROSE MULLINS.

Notes for MANERVA GIBSON:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH: Info. from Grace Sorrell.
MARRIAGE:  Same, to Ambrose Mullins.


            iv.         LOUISE GIBSON, b. 1853; m. MARK MULLINS.

Notes for LOUISE GIBSON:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH: Info. from Grace Sorrell.
MARRIAGE:  Same, to Mark Mullins.


            v.         ROSANAH MARYETTE GIBSON, b. March 11, 1854, Letcher Co., KY; m. HENSON.

Notes for ROSANAH MARYETTE GIBSON:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Info. from Grace Sorrell.

Grace stated in a letter 9/8/1989 that Rosanah moved to Arkansas and that Grace's grandfather grew up there, moving back to KY when he was grown. According to other information, Rosanna had two children by Bill Terry, including a dau. named Mary.


67.       vi.         WILLIAM GIBSON, b. June 12, 1856, Letcher Co., KY; d. September 12, 1944, Winchester, Clark Co., KY.
            vii.        POLLY GIBSON, b. 1857; m. WOLFORD WASS.
            viii.       JESSE GIBSON, b. 1859; m. SARAH STROUD.

Notes for JESSE GIBSON:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Info. from Grace Sorrell.


            ix.         ALBERT GIBSON, b. November 14, 1865, Athens,  Fayette Co., , KY; d. August 13, 1957, Lerose, Owsley Co., KY; m. (1) MARGARET RILEY; m. (3) RACHEL HALL, February 23, 1893, Booneville, Owsley Co., KY.

Notes for ALBERT GIBSON:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Info. from Grace Sorrell.
DEATH:  Same; bur. in LeRose, Owsley Co., KY.
MARRIAGE: Same;  #1; #2; #3.


            x.         JOHN GIBSON, b. 1870; m. MARTHA SKIDMORE.

Notes for JOHN GIBSON:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Info. from Grace Sorrell.
MARRIAGE:  Same.



22.  Sanders A.4 Collins (Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born March 11, 1836 in Knott Co., KY, and died May 23, 1909 in Cap, Letcher Co., KY.  He married (1) Polly Banks March 20, 1857 in Letcher Co., KY.  She was born Abt. 1842, and died March 1862 in Tilly, Letcher Co., KY.  He married (2) Sylvia Combs August 23, 1866 in Cattlesburg, Boyd Co., KY.  She was born May 1843 in Knott Co., KY, and died February 06, 1903 in Cap, Letcher Co., KY.  He married (3) America Combs February 28, 1903 in Van, Letcher Co., KY.  She was born Abt. 1872 in Perry Co., KY, and died June 18, 1922 in Van, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for Sanders A. Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Pension Record; no record of middle name but probably Andrew as there is a grandson or nephew named Sanders Andrew.
DEATH:  Pension Record; appl. of Mattie Combs Collins states he died of typhoid, according to her memory, and that Delphia was in PA, Della lived with her, that Sanders died in Van.
MARRIAGE:  #1, B-1, P-58; #2 B-2A, P-406; #3, B-12, P-538, at Van, KY by Rev. Wesley COMBS. Married  at Robert Combs in presence of James Hensley and Levi Collins.   Sylvia died three weeks to date prior to last marriage which makes it 7/7/1903.  He remarried on 7/28/1903.  Marriage Certificate:  This is to certify, that on the 28 day of February, 1903, the rites of marriage were legally solemnized by me between Sanders Collins and America Combs, at Robert Combs in the County of Letcher in the presence of James Hensley and Levi Collins.  s/Reverent Wesley Collins.  A copy attest:  Andrew J. Sturgill, Clerk Letcher couonty Court (included in pension application).

MARRIAGE:  22 August 1866:  Book 2A, P-46:  State of Kentucky, Boyd County, S. A. Collins hereby certifies that a Marriage is to be solemnized between himself and Sylvania Walters on the 22d day of August 1866, at the house of Mrs. Walters in  (blank) in said county.
  He is single, aged 30 years, was born in the County of Perry, State of Kentucky; his father was born in North Carolina and his mother was born in North Carolina.
  She is widow aged 23 years, was born in the County of Perry, State of Kentucky; her father was born in Kentucky and her mother was born in Kentucky.
  Dated at Catlettsburg, Boyd County, this 22d day of August 1866, S. A. Collins, his mark
  I certify that on the 22d day of August 1867 at the house of Walters in said county, in the presence of Granville Frazier, Alex Howell I solemnized a marriage between S. A. Collins and Sylvania Walters.  (pension gives date of 1866)
  Given under my hand this date above.  s/J. F. Medley, M. G.

He is buried near Van on top of Hill in the Collins Cem., between Smoot and Colley Creeks.  His grave is located to the east of Smooth Creek which is east of the road running by the Cem.  A small branch is located to the south west of the grave.  Info. on his, Finley's and Calvin's graves given by Letcher Collins and is registered with Veterans Graves.

DEED:  12/2/1887, P-16, Robert Collins by J. S. Collins Cause to Sanders Collins=Deed- In an action of Sanders A. Collins against Robert Collins and others
  Pending in the Letcher Circuit Court an order was entered at the Nov term thereof directing the master Commissioner to execute a deed of Conveyance to the land described herein to Sanders A. Collins but for greater certainty the records and proceedings in above styled cause are referred to.  Therefore this indenture made and entered into between Robert Collins, Jasper Colins, James Robert Collins, Mary Collins, Elizabeth Collins, Finly Collins, Wasson Collins and Nancy Jane Collins, parties of the first part by J. S. Coldiron Martin Commissioner and Sanders A. Collins party of the second part.
  Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the promises the parties of the first part by J. S. Coldiron as Commissioner has and by these presents do convey to the party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever the following described lands to wit:  one tract lying on Smoot Creek in Letcher County KY and bounded as follows:  Beginning on two dogwoods Hickory and Chestnut in the head of the hollow that Shadrack Combs now (then) lived on and then N 25 W 20 poles to a stake S 59 W 28 poles to a stake S 28 W 104 poles to a stake S 25 E 75 poles to a stake N 27 E 142 poles to a stake N 25 W 32 poles to the beginning.
  To have and to hold the said land with its appurtenances to the grantor his heirs and assigns forever.  The said Commissioner conveys all the right (P-17) title and interest legal and equitable of the said parties of the first part in and to said land and warrants the title thereto so far as he is authorized by the judgment orders and proceeding in the above action and no further.  In testimony whereof I hereunto subscribe my name  December 2nd 1887.  s/J S. Coldiron, MCLCC  Acknowledged and approved in open court.  s/H. C. Lilly, Judge

State of Kentucky, Letcher Circuit Court-Set:  I R. B. Bently Clerk of the Letcher Circuit Court do certify that the within and foregoing deed from Robert Collins, Jasper Collins, James Robert Collins, Mary Collins, Elizabeth Collins, Finly Collins, Wasson Collins and Nancy Jane Collins by J. S. Coldiron, Commission of said Court to S. A. Collins was on the 2nd of Dec. 1887 presented in open court by J. S. Coldiron Commissioner and was by him duly acknowledged to be his act and deed.  And the said deed having been examined by the Court was approved and confirmed and so indorsed by the Judge and ordered to be transmitted duly certified to the Clerk of the Letcher County Court for record which now done  accordingly.
  Given under my hand this 2d day of Dec. 1887.  s/R. B. Bently, Clerk Letcher circuit Court
  I  R. B. Bently Clerk of the Letcher County Court certify that the foregoing deed was this day lodged to be and is with this and the foregoing certificate duly recorded in my office.
  Given under my hand this April 4, 1898.  s/R. B. Bently, Clerk.

DEED:  Book L, P-101, recorded Feb. 5, 1890, Letcher co., KY:  John Gibson and Sarah; Sanders and Silva Collins; Finley and Nancy Collins, Jane, single; Wason and Louisa, heirs of Larkin sell to George W. Collins of Letcher, for $400.00 on Cow Branch of Little Colley of Rockhouse Fork of N. of Ky River, known as part of Larkin Collins farm  (no acreage given).  Witness by Thomas Collins; s/Watson, Louisa, Finley, Nancy (all by X) recorded by John A. Craft, Clerk.

DEED:  This Deed of Conveyance made and entered into this 7th day of June 1892 between Thos. J. Fitzpatrick and his wife Narcissa S. Fitzpatrick of the County of Floyd and State of KY party of the first part and Sanders A. Collins of the County of Letcher and State aforesaid of the second part witnesseth:  That the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred Dollars in hand paid the receipt fo which is hereby acknowledged do hereby sell and convey to the party of the second part his heirs and assigns the following property towit:  A certian tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Letcher ans Stte of Kentucky and on the white oak Branch of Smoot Creek of the North Fork of the Kentucky River and bounded as follows:  Beginning on a dogwood hickory and chestnut in the head of the hollow that Shade Combs Sr. lived on thence N 25 WSest 20 poles to a stake S 59 west 28 poles to a stake S 28 West 104 poles to a S 25 East 75 poles to a stake N 25 West 32 poles to the beginning containing 50 acres more or less
  To have and to hold the same together with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging with the party of the second part of his heirs and assigns forever.  And the said party of the first part hereby convenants with the said party of the second part that they will warrant the title to the property being conveyed unto the party of the second part and his heirs and assigns forever.
  In Testimony whereof the parties of the firt part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day & year aforesaid.  This Deed is intened to include and recouveyed to Sanders A. Collins all the interest claim and title of the parties of the

DEED:  B-33, P-1, Jul. 17, 1906:  Sanders & America, et al to Eli, N. Fork of KY river on White Oak Branch between pair tracts and Thomas Collins farm.

DEED:  Book 33, P-285, 22 Feb 1907, recorded Feb. 22, 1907, Letcher Co., KY: For $200.00, no acreage given) Finley, Malissie, Mary J., Watson, J.R. of Letcher sells to Sanders A. Collins of Letcher, tract on Smoot Creek between Smoot and Colley to Finley's line, to George W.'s line, land patented by
Larkin.  Previous owner, Larkin Collins. s/Finley, Watson, Mary Jane, J. R.,  Malissie.  First three by X.

DEED: Book 33, P-278, Mar. 2, 1907, recorded Apr. 24, 1907, Letcher Co., KY: For $250.00 America and Sanders sold to Thomas of Letcher Co. (no acreage listed) line between James. Combs and Thomas Collins; around to Eli Collins, line between Eli and Finley and Thomas to Stephen Holcomb. Boundary White Oak Branch.  Land conveyed by Thomas Collins, Sr. to Wesley Collins, from him to Sanders A. and wife, Deed R, P-16.  s/Sanders Collins and America Collins (by X); Recorded by A. J. Sturgill, by Jas. Combs, Clerk.

DEED:  Mar. 11, 1907, P-288:  This Deed of Conveyance, made and entered into this 11th day of March 1907 between Sanders A. Colins, America Collins, his wife, of the County of Letcher and State of Kentucky, party of the first part and Eli Collins of the County and State aforesaid, Party of the second part.
  Witnesseth:  That said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of #25. Twenty five dollars in hand paid they receipt of which is hereby acknowledged do hereby sell and convey to the party of the Second part, his heirs and assigning the following described property, to wit:
  Beginning at a stone on the line of Sanders A. Collins where Finley and Thomas Collins line all connects on top of a point between Spring Branch and White Branch tributaries of Smoot Creek thence with Sanders A. Collins line up point to the top of a high nob between Colly and Smoot Creek, thence with Shade R. Combs line South to Thomas Collins line thence with Thomas Colins line to the beginning containing thirty acres more or less their being the same land conveyed by J. S. Coldiron  M.C. S. C.C. to Sanders A. Collins and recorded in Deed Book R, page 16, in Letcher County Court Clerks office.
  To have and to hold the same, together with all the appurtenances thereto belonging unto the party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever and the said party of the first part hereby covenant with the said party of second part that they warrant the title to the property hereby conveyed unto the said party of the second part and his heirs and assigns forever.
  In testimony whereof the party of the first part have hereunto subscribed their names the day and year aforesaid.
 s/Sanders A. Colins, his mark; America Collins, her mark.
P-289:  State of Kentucky, County of Letcher; I Andrew J. Sturgill Clerk of the County Court for the County and State aforesaid, certify that the foregoing deed of conveyance from Sanders A. Colins, America Collins, his wife of the County and State aforesaid to Eli Collins of the same County and State was, on the 11th day of March 1907, produced to me in said county and acknowledged before me by Sanders A. Collins, America Collins, his wife, parties grantors thereunto to be their act and deed.
  Given under my hand this 11th day of March 19078 s/Andrew J. Sturgill, Clerk by J. W. Combs, D.C.
State of Kentucky, County of Letcher; I Andre J. Sturgill, Clerk of the County for the County and State aforesaid certify that the foregoing deed was, on March 16m, 1907, lodged for record, whereupon the same, with the foregoing and this certificate, hath been duly recorded in my office.
  Witness my hand this 25th day of April 1907, Andrew J. Sturgill, Clerk.

DEED:  3/11/1907---B-33, P-285-287:  This deed of conveyance, made and entered into this 11th day of March 1907, between Finly Collins and Nancy Collins his wife, Watson Collins and Louisa Collins, his wife, Jasper Collins and Nancy Collins his wife, Robert Collins and Nannie Collins his wife, J. R. Collins and Malissie Collins his wife, John D. Bowens and Mary Bowens, his wife and Jane Collins, all of the County of Letcher and State of Kentucky, parties of the first part, and Sanders A. Collins of the County and State aforesaid party of the second part.
  Witnesseth:  That said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of ($225. Two hundred and twenty-five dollars) in hand paid they receipt of which is hereby acknowledged do hereby sell and convey to the part of the second part, his heirs and assigns, the following described property, to wit:
  Beginning at a stone set up in branch below said Collins house on line of Finly Collins thence with said line up the hill on South South side of said branch with cross fence to top of a point thence with said point to the divide between Spring Branch and White oak Branch of Smoot Creek to Eli Collins line
and with same up said divide to the top of a high nob on the ridge between Colly and Smoot Creek to George Collins heirs land thence with said ridge or with line of George Collins heirs to the Cow Gap thence continuing with same to the intersection of said with the point between Spring Branch and Bob Lynn Cut hollow of Smoot Creek corner to Finley Collins and with his line down said point to a sourwood thence leaving said point and continuing with Finley Collins line down the hill to the Beginning, this being the same land pattened by Larkin Collins and now being conveyed by his heirs and assigns
  To have and to hold the same, together with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, unto the party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever and the said party of the first part hereby covenant with the said party of the second part that they will warrant the title to the property hereby conveyed
unto the said party of the second part and his heirs and assigns forever.
  In testimony whereof, the party of the first part have hereunto subscribed their names the day and year aforesaid.  s/J. D. Bowens; Mary Bowens (x); J. R. Collins, mark; Malissie Collins; Nannie Collins; Robert Collins; Jasper Collins; Nancy Collins (x); Finley Collins (x); Nancy Jane Collins (x).

State of Kentucky,
County of Letcher

  I, Andrew J. Sturgill, Clerk of the County Court for the County and State aforesaid, certify that the foregoing deed of conveyance from Jasper Collins and Nancy Collins, Finley Collins and Nancy Jane Collins to Sanders A. Collins, all of the County of Letcher and State of Kentucky was, on the 11th day of March 1907, produced to me in said County and acknowledged before me by Jasper Collins Nancy Collins his wife Finley Collins and Nancy Jane Collins his wife parties grantors thereto to be their act and deed.
  Given under my hand, this 11th day of March 1907, s/Andrew J. Sturgill, Clerk, by J. W. Combs, D.C.

State of Kentucky, County of Knott: Clerks certificate of acknowledgement: I, R. H. Amburgey, Clerk of the County Court for the County and State aforesaid, certify that the foregoing deed of conveyance from John D. Bowen, Mary Bowens, his wife, J. R. Collins, Malissa Collins his wife, Robert Collins and Nanie Collins, his wife to Sanders A. Collins of the County of Letcher and State of Kentucky was on the 11th day of March 1907, produced to me in said County and acknowledged before me by J. D. Bowens, Mary Bowen, J. R. Collins, Malissa Collins, Robert Collins and Nanie Collins, parties grantor thereto to be their act and deed.
  The female grantors being examined separate and a part from their said husbands duly acknowledged the same to be their own free act and deed. Given under my hand this 11th day of March 1907, s/R. H. Amburgey, Clerk, by W. B. Smith, D.C.

I, Andrew J. Sturgill, Clerk of the County Court for the County and State aforesaid (Letcher Co., KY) certify that the foregoing deed was on March 18, 1907, lodged for record, whereupon the same, with the foregoing and this certificate, hath been duly recorded in my office.  Witness my hand, this 25th day of April 1907, s/Andrew J. Sturgill, Clerk.


DEED:  B-34, P-575, 20 Mar. 1908:  Sanders A. & America, Thomas and Eliz. to Rockhouse Realty, release for $100.00; correcting previous deed, sold all mineral and mining and timber rights, etc.

3/11/1907:  Sanders sells to Eli, land adjoining Finley.

DEED:  B-33, P-285, 25 Apr 1908, Deed from Finley.

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

CENSUS:  1860, Letcher Co., KY, Whitesburg, P-1, 5/5, L-31:  Sanders Collins, 23, farm laborer, personal est. $30.; b. KY; Mary 22; Hiram 2; Findly 1, all b. KY.

CENSUS:  1880 Letcher Co., KY, Precinct #3, House #140, Family #140: Sanders Collins 45, farmer, NNN; Sylva 35, wife, Keeps house; Findlay 21, son; Stephen 5, son; Elizabeth 3, dau; Nancy 25, servant; Margaret 3/12. All show that they and parents b. KY except Nancy who shows her father and mother born in NC.

SPECIAL CENSUS:  Sanders A., House 57, Fam. 62, Pvt. Co. L, 19th Ky. Inf. Oct. 1861 to Feb. 1865, 3 yrs.

CENSUS:  1900 Letcher Co., KY, Rockhouse, P-16, #258/260:  Sanders Collins, Mar 1836, 64, b. KY, parents b. NC; Sylva, May 1847, 53, mar. 34 yrs, 4 children born, 3 living; b. KY; Ned, son, b. Jul 1881, 16, b. KY, Fa. b. NC, mother b. KY; Cordelia, gd, b. Oct 1886, 13, b. KY, parents b. KY; Dicey, dau. b. Oct 1887, 12, she and parents b. KY.  Question: Who are parents of Cordelia and what happened to Dicey.

CENSUS:  1910, Letcher Co., KY, #251/252, Rockhouse:
Merica 37, widowed, 7 born, 5 living
Mattie, 14
Nettie 10
John 7
Delpha 5
Della 2
all born KKK

PENSION:  Sanders A., America, minor gdn. B7 & D 19 Ky. Inf. 3/31/1891; Invalid Appl. No. 1008174, Cert. #823864 Ky. Minor 7/29/1909-924778-692481 Ky XC, 3161,266.

An affidavit by Sanders A. Collins was given for Drayton S. Hale stated that he, (Sanders) was a citizen of Letcher County, Kentucky, and is 64 years of age, that he was a private in Co. D, 19th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, that he was well acquainted with soldier and comrade Drayton S. Hale of the same company previous to and at time of enlistment, they enlisted together.
  That in November 1861 the said Drayton S. Hale was taken down with measles and fever at Irvin at Camp Burns, Kentucky.  That soon after he began to be up and about he had a rising or abscess of the ear from which he complained greatly, and some nose or catarrh trouble.  That at his enlistment Hale seemed heathy and vigorous and was in affiant's judgment, in good health every way, but that after an attack of measles and fever he appeared weakly and in poor health for as long as he and affiant were together in the services. About April 1862 affiant further stated that he has no interest, either directly or
indirectly in prosecution of this claim.

Compiled Service Records of Vol. Union Soldiers personal Papers Declaration of Recruitment.  Sanders A. Collins, 27 yrs, 11 mo, b. Perry Co., volunteered at Decrowes Point, Texas on 15 Feb. 1864, 19th reg. of Ky, discharged 14 Feb. 1864.  Grey eyes, black hair, dark complexion, 5'11", mustered in 29 Feb 1864 at Burwick City, La? by G. W. Richardson, 1st Lt. of 67th Ind. Vol.

Tax List of 1861 lists:  Collins:  Sanders A; Wilson; Finley; Thomas J. (3 children); Charles (3 chil.) all on Colley; Sarah and James on Rockhouse; Briant W. on Colley with 5 children 6 to 20; Burdine, 4 children; Henry and Carter with no children, on Colley; Thomas with 5 children and Wesley and Robert both on Rockhouse.

Affidavit by Sanders dated 7/24/1891:  He was age 55, residing Rockhouse on 2/21/1865 when discharged from Company D, 19th KY Inf, transferred from 19th to 7th in winter previous to February and discharged from 7th on Feb 21, 1865. Witness J. M. Whitaker; J. D. Caudill.

Stated in Affidavit that he married Sylva on 8/23/1866 at Cattlesburg, KY, that she was born at Medley?, marriage recorded at Cattlesburg, Boyd Co. that Polly Banks died at Tillie, KY in 1862, that living children were Finley b. 1/20/1859; Eli b. 1/1/1861; S. T. b. 2/ 3, 8, or 5, 1864; (not legible);
Elizabeth b. 1/20/1877 and Edward b. 7/9/1880.  Affid. dated 5/5/1898.

Claim of Sanders A. Collins, Late Co. D, 19th Regt. Ky Inf. Vols. No. 1008.174.

1 Aug 1891:  State of Kentucky, County of Letcher, Sworn to and subscribed before me this day by the above-named affiant, and I certify that I hold said affidavit to said affiant, including the words (nothing filled in) erased, and the words (nothing filled in) added, and acquainted him with its contents before he executed the same.  I further certify that I am in nowise interested in said case, nor am I concerned in its prosecution.  s/oR. B. Bently, Clerk, Letcher County Court.  Samped U. S. Pension Office, dated Aug 1, 1891.  Act of June 27, 1890, No. 1008.174 Claimants Affidavit.  Claim of Sanders A. Collins, Late (blank) Co. D. 19 Reg't Ky Inf. Vols.  Affidavit in reply to official call no. 3, Filed by Joseph H. Hunter, Attorney at Law, and Solicitor of Pension, Patent and Land Cases, Lock Drawer 718, Washington, D.C.

Affidavit 24 Jul 1891:  Pension Claim No. 1008.174, Sanders A. Collins, aged 55, resident of Rockhouse, Letcher Co.:  that he was married to Sylva Collins, Sylva Combs on Aug. 23 1866 at Cattlesburg, KY by Bruce Med??, and there is a record of it, that he was previously married to Polly Banks who died in 1862 at Tillis, KY; that he has children, Finley born 20 Jan 1859, Eli born Jan 4, 1861, S. T. born Feb. 5, 1864, Eliabeth born June 30, 1877, Edward born Aug 2, 1880; Feb. 21, 1865-That he was transfered from the 19th Ky to the 7th Ky sometime in the winter previous to  Feb. and discharged from the 7th Ky Feb. 21st 1865, that he has not been in the military or naval service since that date.  His P.O. address is Rockhouse, Letcher Co., KY, signed with his mark, witnesed by J. M. Whitaker and J. D. Caudill.  (Co. D., 19th Ky.

15 Jan 1898: Certificate NO. 823864 Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D. C., January 15, 1898:  Name, Sanders A. Collins, Sir:  In forward ing to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.  Very respectfully,  s/H. Clay Evans, Commissioner; Sanders A. Collins, Tillie KY

First, Are you married?  If so, please state your wife's full lname and her maiden name.
Answer, yes, Sylva Collins, Sylva Combs!
Second:  When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer, Aug. 233rd 1866, at Cattlesburg, Ky by Bruce Med---
Third, What record of marriage exists?
Answer, Last Marriage Record exists at Cattlesburg, Boyd Co., KY.
Fourth, Were you previously married?  If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer, yes, Polly Banks, Died in 1862 at Tilly, KY.
Fifth.  Have you any children living?  If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer.  yes, Finley Collins Jan 20, 1859, Eli Collins, January 18, 1861, S. T. Collins, February 5, 1864, Elizabeth Collins, June 20, 1877, Edward Collins, July 2, 1880.


Discharge of Sanders A. Collins:  It is hereby certified that  in conformity with the laws of the United States, Sanders A. Collins who was a Private Co. D, 19th Regiment and Co., B, 7, Regiment Kentucky Volunteers Infantry, is entitled to a pension at the rate of Fifteen dollars per month to commence on the Ninth day of March one thousand nine hundred and seven.  Given at the Department of the Interios this First day of November, 1907 and of the Independence of the United Stats of America the one hundred and thirty second., s/James Randolph Garfield, Secretary of the Interior.  No,. 823.864

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE:  State of Kentucky, Boyd County, S. A. Collins hereby certifies that a Marriage is to be solemnized between himself and Sylvania Walters on the 22d day of August 1866 at the house of Mrs. Walters in ------------------------------left blank, in said County.  He is single, aged 30 years, was born in the County of Perry, State of Kentuckey; his father was born in North Carolina and his mother was born in North Carolina.  She is widow, aged 23 years, was born in the County of Perry, State of Kentucky; her father was born in Kentucky and her mother was born in Kentucky.  Dated at Catlettsburg, Boyd County, this 22nd day of August 1866.  S. A. Collins (his mark)tween S. A. Collins and Sylvainia Walters.  Given unde rmy hand this date above.  s/J. F. Medley, M. G.  Page 106, Book 2A.
  I certify that, on the 22d day of August 1867 (1867 listed here) at the house of Walters in said county, in the presence of Granville Frazier, Alex Howell, I solomnized a marriage-----

Letter May 15, 1981 from Mae Frazier:  Stated that she had talked with her uncle, Judge Stephen Combs who is 90 years of age this weekend.  He remembers the Collins, Sanders, Watson, Stephen, Calvin, Thomas and their wives but does not know what Combs families they are from.  Mae had heard her mother, Stephen's sister, mention these names also.  uncle Steve also mentioned Bill and John Collins, she thinks he said brother to Sanders. John was killed by Dimmer Richmond, he said.


Notes for Polly Banks:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Illegitimate dau. of a Banks woman.  From Pension Record of husband.
DEATH:  Pension Records; died on a Sunday, in childbirth.
MARRIAGE:  B-1, P-58.


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.




Notes for America Combs:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1900 Census of Letcher Co; dau Mattie Combs; mar. record gives fathers name as Robert.  Her affidavit for pension named mother as Sallie and sisters as Miranda Collins and  Cissy Collins.
DEATH:  Vol. 2, P-134; Cert. No. 66846; typhoid fever.
MARRIAGE:  At Robert COMBS in presence of James HENSLEY and Levi COLLINS; married by Rev. Wesley Collins.

CHILDREN:  Had three illigetimate children:  Mattie b. 3/9/1894 who married Matthew Collins; Nettie born Sep. 9,1900, married Wesley HAMMONDS 1/28/1919; John born April 1902.

Affidavit of Aug. 11, 1909:  Susana T. Adams, midwife, of Whitesburg, age 41, stated she has been a practising midwife for the past 16 years; that she attended America Collins (wife of Sanders A. Collins, decd) at the birth of a baby girl on or about Dec. 4th, 1907 and that she was afterwards informed that this same baby girl was christened as or named "Della".
  That she is well acquainted with the said America Collins, widow of Sanders A. Collins, decd.
  That she cannot write and so does not keep the exact record of the dates of birth.

Affidavit of Aug. 11, 1909:  Statement by Susan Adams, that America lived in Carrs Creek, Perry Co., KY when small.  Lived 8 yers in Letcher Co., had lived in Knott 4 years before coming to Letcher.  Had known Sanders 5 or 6 years before marriage.

Affidavit on 19 Aug 1909:  L. H. N. Sallie Salyer, aged 74, and Sally Salyer, aged 32 years, a resident of Whitesburg, County of Letcher:  that they have been acquainted with America Collins, widow of Sanders A. Collins, for more than 20 years and never knew or heard of her being married to anyone util she was married to said Sanders A. Collins and that their knowledge of her and acquaintence with her has been such that they belive they woujld have known of it if such former marriage had existed.

Affidavit of 19 Aug a1909:  America Collins, aged 37 years, resideent of Cap, Letcher Co., stated that she is the widow of Sanders A. Collins, decd, and mother of Delpha Colloins, minor child of said Colloins, that when she gave birth to said child, she was attended by Cela Adams, a midwife who is now dead, and that she cannot furnish the affidavit of said midwife, nor any other record proof of the date of the birth of said child, ie there is no church record; no public record, nor family arecord of the date of the birth of said Delphia Collins.

Affidavit on 11/3/1909:  Sanders, Pvt. Co. D, 19th Ky Vol. and Co. B. 7th Ky. Vol, enlisted 11/1/1861, discharged 2/21/1865, he died 5/23/1909 of pneumonia, Delphia b. 8/9/1905; Della b. 12/4/1907; that Celia Adams was present at birth of Delphia and Susan Adams present for birth of Della, both born at home, married at father home in country, that Sanders first mar. Polly Banks, 2nd Sylva Combs, that Sylva died at America's house, that his brothers Finley andWatson lived in Cap and Knott, Mary Jane lived in Letcher.

Case of America Collins, No. 924,778:  Deposition A, On this 3rd day of November 1909, at Cap, County of Letcher,State of KY, before me, A. B. Parkey, a special examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared America 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 37 years of age; my post-office address is Cap, Letcher county, KY, I have no occupation.
  I am the widow of Sanders A. Collins who was a soldier during the Civil War as a private in Co. D, 19th KY Vol., Inf. and Co. B., 7th Ky Vol. Inf. I have my late husband's original discharge certificate which shows that he enlisted November 1, 1861, and was discharged Febry 21, 1865.  If my late husband rendered any service other than as above in the U. S. Army I have no knowledge of the fact, personal or otherwise.
  If late husband ever served in the U. S. Navy or Marine Corps I never heard of it.
  My late husband, the soldier, died here at our home on May 23, 1909, the cause of death being pneumonia.
  Dr. Collins, now residing in Arkansas (Orkausa?) and Dr. Purciful of Whitsburgs, Kentucky, were the attending physicians during husband's last illness.  Husband was pensioned at the date of his death at the rate of $15.00 a month but I do not know on what disabilities he ws pensioned.  I am unable to show that the Army had anything to do with husband's death, and I do not claim pension under the general law.
  I have not remarried since the death of my husband and am now his widow.
  I am claiming pension as guardian of my two minor children by soldier. My husband only left two children under 16 years of age at the date of his death, as follows:  Delphia, born August 9, 1905, Della, born December 4, 1907.
  I have no Bible or other record of birth of these children.  I had no physican to attend me when either of my children were born.
  Celia Adams, dead, was present in the capacity of midwife when Delphia was born.  Susan Adams, of near here, was present and attended me when Della was born.  Both of my children were born right here at our home. Cinda Hensley, and Lizzie Collins were present also when my children were born, or saw them when they were infants, and have seen them weekly almost since to the present. They can probably tell about the ages of my children.  I have the care and custody of them since the death of their father.
  The soldier and I were married at the home of my father, Robert Combs, near this place, in this county, on Febry 28, 1903, by Rev. Wesley Collins. There is a public record of our marriage, a certified copy of which has been procured and filed in the Pension Office.  I was married under my maiden name of America Combs.  I was never married before I married the soldier.  I do not know where I was born, but I was living on Carr Creek in Perry County, Kentucky, when I could first recollect.  I lived with my parents until I was married. I have resided in this community about eight years.  We had been residing in Knott County, Kentucky about four years before we came here.  My mother, Sallie Combs and sisters Miranda Collins and Sissy Collins, all near here, know that I was never married before I married the soldier.  Mr. L. H. N. Salyer and wife, have known me ever since I was a girl.  Mrs. Saalyer and I were reared in the same community.
  I had given birth to three children before I married soldier, but I was not married to the father of the chidlren.  The oldest of these three children is named Mattie, and is now going on 14 years of age.  The next one is named Nettie and is nine years old last September, the youngest is named John and was born during April 1902.  I do not remember what day in April he was born.
  I had known the soldier some five or six years before he and I were married. He was living around here when I first knew him.  I do not know personally where he was born and reared.
  I have understood from persons who have known my husband all his life that he was married twice over before he married me.
  His first wife was Polly Banks.  I do not know when nor where she died but I have understood that she died during the Civil War.  His second wife was Sylva Combs before she was ever married.  She first married a man named Walters, and after his death she married my late husband.  She was the wife of my husband when I first became acquainted with soldier, and she lived with him until she died.  She died here at this house and I saw her after death.  She died about three weeks before soldier and I were married.
  My late husband has two brothers living as follows:  Finley Collins, Cap, Letcher Co., KY; Watson Collins, somewhere in Knott Co.  He has one sister, as follows:  Mary Jane Collins, Cap, Letcher Co.  Attest:  Thomas Collins, Lisy Beth collins, s/America Collins, her mark.

Case of America Collins, no. 924,778, on this 3d day of November 1909, at Cap, county of Letcher, Stateof KY, before me, A. B. Parkey, Special Examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared America 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: My late husband has one son by his first wife named Eli Collins, and who resides near here.  He had three children by first wife, Finely, Hiram and Eli but Finley and Hiram are dead.  He had three children by his second wife, Stephen T., Elizabeth and Edward Collins.  Stephen T. and Edward are dead, but Elizabeth resides near here.  Edward was the youngest child by second wife.  He has been dead six or eight years.  If living he would be about 30 years of age.
 It was a mistake upon the part of the person who prepared the affidavit if I was made to state that my late husband had only been married one time before he married me and that to Polly Banks.
  Joseph H. Hunter, Washington, D.C. is the attorney in my case. I think I have stated on the papers filed that he was to be paid a fee of ten dollars.
  I have paid no fee so far.
 You can see original affidavit and such other you desire to determine the merits of my claim. I do not desire to be present in person or represented by attorney at any further examination of my claim.
  I have  read the foregoing statements, questions fully understood, and my answers have been correctly recorded.  s/America Collins, her mark; attest: Thomas Collins, Elisey Beth Collins.  Subscribed and sworn to before me this 3d day of November 1909, and I certify that the contents were fully known before signing.  A. B. Parkey, Sepcial Examiner.

On this 4th day of November 1909 at Tillie, county of Letcher, State of KY, before me, A. B. Parker, a Special Examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared Randa Collins etc:  I am about 32 years of age; am the wife of Larkin collins; P.O. Address, Tillie, Letcher county, KY.
  I have resided here about 17 years. I came here from Jefferson, Perry County, KY.  I am a daughter of Rob and Sallie Combs.
  This claimant, America Collins, is my full sister.  She and I grew up together in the home of our parents.  Claimant has been married one time only and that to Sanders A. Collins.  She married him about seven years ago, and lived with him until his death.  He died on May 23, 1909. I saw him after his death.
Claimant had lived all her life with or near me, and I would have known it if she had married anyone else except Sanders A. Collins.  She had given birth to three illegitimate children before she married soldier, but she was never married to the father of the children or to anyhone else.  I have known soldier
since about 17 years ago until his death.  My first husband was Stephen T. Collins, and was a son of Sanders A. Collins.  Soldier was married twice only before he married claimant. I do not know who his first wife was, but I understood that she died long before I knew soldier.  His second wife was Sylva
Combs. I knew her well.  She was a kinswoman of mine. He ived with second wife unti she died.  She died near me.  She died just three weeks to a day before soldier married claimant.  I saw her after she died.  I was sitting in the chair by her when she fell out of the chair dead.   The soldier left two children only under 16 years of age at the date of his death, and they were Delphie and Della,. both the children of this claimant.
They are both quite small.  Delphia is about four years and Della is about three years old.  Claimant has had the care and custody of them since the death of soldier.
  No interest.  Have heard read the foregoing statement.  Questions fully understood and my answers have been correctly recorded.  s/Randa Collins, her mark; attest:  Leander Collins, no other witness, present.  Parkey.

On this 4th dayof November 1909, at Cap, etc. personally appeared Elizabeth Collins, etc. I am 33 years of age; am the wife of Thomas Collins; P.O. Address, Cap, Letcher County, KY.
  I have resided here all my life.  I am a daughter of the soldier in this case.  Sanders A Collins. and his second wife, Sylva Collins.
  I am well acquainted with the claimant America Collins. I have known her about ten or fifteen years. I understand that she was never married before she married my father.  My mother died on Febry 6, 1903 and my father married this claimant about three weeks later, on Febry 28, 1903. I saw my mother die.  She died suddenly of heart disease. I am the only child of my mother living. Father and claimant lived together as man and wife from the date of their marriage until the death of my father.  They were never separated or divorced from each other.  Father died at this place on May 23, 1909.  I was present
when he died.
  I have always understood that my father was married but one time before he married my mother.  His first wife was named Polly Banks.  I have always understood that the first wife died before my father married my mother, but I do not remember where or when it was said she died.
  My father left two children, and only two, under 16 years of age at the date of his death, as follows:  Delphia, now about four years old and Della, now about two years of age.  I was present when Della was born and I saw Delphia when she was a little infant.  I know that claimant is the own natural mother
of thse two children, and I know that they are yet in life and claimant has had the care and custody of them since the death oftheir father.
 I have no interest,  have heard, read the foregoing statement, questions fully understood, and my answers hve been correctly recorded. s/Elisey Beth Collins, Deponent.

Depositon E, Case of America Collins, No. 924,778 On this 4th day of November, 1909, at Cap, county of Letcher, State of Ky, before me, A. B. Parkey, a Special Examiner, of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared Mary Jane 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 about 68 years of age; am single; P.O. address Tillie, Letcher County, KY.
  I have resided here in this community all my life.  I am well acquainted with the claimant, America Collins, and her late husband, Sanders A. Collins, ws my brother.  I have known claimant about 13 years.  I had known her about six or seven years before she married my brother.  she was single when I first knew her, and she remained single until she married my brother.  It is my understanding that she was never married before she married Sanders A. Collins.    They were married about Febr. 28, 1903 and lived together as man and wife until the husband's death.  They were never separated or divorced from each other.  The husband died at this place on or about May 23, 1909.  I saw him die.  He left two and only two children a tthe date of his death under 16 years of age, as follows:  Delphia and Della.  Delphia is about four years old and Della is aobut two years old.  I do not know the exact date of birth of either of these children.  they are both living and claimant has had the care and custody of them since the death of the father.
  Sanders A. Collins was married twice only before he married claimant.  Hiss first wife was Polly Collins or Banks.  Polly's mother was named Banks and Polly was an illigitimate child.  Soldier married Polly Banks before the Civil War and he was about 22 years old.  He lived with Polly until she died, though he was away int he Army when Polly died.  She died in March on a Sunday, but I do  not remember the year of her death, but it ws probably 1862.  She died in childbirth and I saw her after death and dressed her corpse.   Soldier's next wife was Sylva Combs, though she was the widow Walters when he married her.  He married her after the war.  He did not marry her here and I do not know just where he did marry her, but he brought her here soon after he di marry her, and he lived with her until she died.  Sylva died abouot a month before he married this claimant.  I saw Sylva aftershe died and attended her burial.  This claimant is the legal widow of my brother, the soldier.  Have heard read the foregoing statement, questions fully understood, and my answers have been correctecly recorded.  s/  Mary Jane Collins, her mark.   Attest:  Thomas Collins; elisy Beth Colins.  Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of November 1909 and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.  s/A. B. Parkey, Special Examiner.

Affidavits of L. N. Jr. and Sallie Salyers.  Her Postoffice address is Whitesburg, Ky, they further declares that they have no interest in said case and are not concerned in it sprosecution.  s/R. B. Bentley, L. W. Salyers;


           
Children of Sanders Collins and Polly Banks are:
68.       i.          HIRAM5 COLLINS, b. December 28, 1857, Letcher Co., KY; d. March 08, 1889, KY State Prison, Frankfort, KY.
            ii.          FINLEY COLLINS, b. January 20, 1859, Letcher Co., KY; d. Bef. November 03, 1909; m. MARTHA GIBSON; b. 1859, , KY.

Notes for FINLEY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Father's pension papers.
DEATH:  Step mo. made affidavit that Finley was living on date of affidavit but stated later that he was deceased by that date.

March 2 to March 10, 1886, Orders-Letcher County Court:

Court met pursuant to said judgment on the 8th inst. present John M. Day
presiding.  The following orders were made viz:

It following to the satisfaction of the court that Finly Collins is now
confined in the jail of Letcher County presently on a charge of murder and that
said accused is not allowed bail and that there are reasonable grounds for
believing same Finly Collins will be rescued therefrom by violance and there
being no circuit judge in Letcher co. at this time.

It is therefore ordered by the Court that Hiram Williams, Special Sheriff of
Letcher county immediately take the said Finly Collins and deliver him to the
jailer of Pike County, KY for safe keeping until the further order shall
authorize the said jailer to receive the said Finly Collins and him salfely
keep and the said Williams is allowed two guards to spirit him in conveying
said prisoner to Pikeville, Kentucky and that D. F. Holbrook ?, jailer of
Letcher Co., Ky, will  ------prisoner to said Williams and this order shall be
his authority for doing so.

Ordered by the court that Hiram Williams be and he is hereby appointed special
sheriff of Letcher county to execute and carry into effect the above order for
and to convey Finley Collins to the Pike County Jail and said Williams being
present accepted of said appointment and took the oath required by law.

Finley Collins-white male-murder, life- court term Nov. 1886, admitted 8 Dec. 1886, Comm. #445-age 29, 5' 8" height, 175 lbs, eyes brown, hair black, no education, native of Ky-intemperate, married.  B-7, 1877-1893, Kentucky Penitentary Records. t

Commonwealth of Kentuck Seal-Executive Department, Frankfort, Decr. 13th, 1890:  Mrs. Collins:  IN answer to your letter of the 2nd inst, not  received till this morning, the Governor directs me to say to you that the statement of the Commonwnealths Attorney furnished ----1889 shows clearly that Finley Collins was guitly, and he therefore refuses to interfere with the judgment.  Yours respectfully, s/ J. (?) Porter Thompson, Private Secretary.




Notes for MARTHA GIBSON:
SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1850 Census.

Info. from ESakmar@aol.com, 4/19/1999:  Ozias Denton Gibson and Nancy Thomas Gibson's dau. was Matilda b. 10/14/1872, died 5/26/2926 mar. 11/24/1890, mar. David Maggard Adams b. 11/1854 d. 6/1939, s/o Spencer Adams and Celia Church.  Children of David and Matilda:  Annie Celie, Nancy, Samuel, Floyd (father of ESakmar), Emmaline, George Washington, Jody, Gilbert, Dewey, Ellis.  Matilda was second wife of David, first was Susie Wells, third wife was Hannah Moore.  Children of Susie and David: Milton.


69.       iii.         ELI COLLINS, b. June 01, 1861, Letcher Co., KY; d. November 05, 1939, Cincinnati, Amelia, OH.
            iv.         UNNAMED COLLINS, b. March 1862, Letcher, KY; d. March 1862, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for UNNAMED COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Jane Collins, sister of Sanders, stated in pension record affidavit
that Polly Banks Collins died in childbirth.
DEATH:  Same.


           
Children of Sanders Collins and Sylvia Combs are:
70.       v.         STEPHEN T.5 COLLINS, b. February 05, 1869, Letcher Co., KY; d. Bef. 1909.
71.       vi.         ELIZABETH COLLINS, b. December 20, 1877, Letcher Co., KY; d. Bef. 1910.
            vii.        EDWARD COLLINS, b. July 02, 1880, Letcher Co., KY; d. 1901.

Notes for EDWARD COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  1881?


           
Children of Sanders Collins and America Combs are:
72.       viii.       DELPHIA5 COLLINS, b. August 09, 1905, Letcher Co., KY; d. February 1991, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH.
            ix.         DELLA COLLINS, b. December 04, 1907, Letcher Co., KY; d. April 05, 1963, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for DELLA COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Pension Papers of father; Tombstone gives date of 1903 & name of Dellie Death Cert. gives date of birth as 12/7/1906 and name of Delia.
DEATH:  Pension Papers of father; age 56, of pneumonia, epilepsy and ovarian "neoplasm w/metastasis" ; death certificate, died at Whitesburg Memorial Hospital in Whuitesburg.
Father Sanders, Mother Merkie Combs; death cert. signed by J. B. Tolliver, M.D.,, attended her from Jan. 10, 1962 and last saw her on 5 April 1963 and that death occurred at 6:45 p.m., handled by Craft Funeral Home.
MARRIAGE: Unmarried; lived with Mattie for 17 years, 1926-1943.
BURIAL: Pension Papers; Bur. at 6:45 p.m. on 4/8/1963 in Sandlick Cem; Craft Funeral Home,  Whitesburg.

Statement on Pension Record:  This daughter, Della Collins, is incapable of any self support, Della Collins, this daughter owns no property whatsoever, of any kind.  The claimant receives no income whatsever, Della Collins is an incompetent, I keep her, Claimant is not in receipt of active service pay.  Sanders A. Coloins was my step-father and Della Collins, for whom I am making shi application, was the daughter of Sanders A. Collins and is my half sister and she resides with me and has done so for the past seventeen years.  s/Mattie Collins.


More About DELLA COLLINS:
Burial: April 05, 1963, Sandlick Cem., Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY


23.  Mary Jane4 Collins (Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born October 03, 1836 in Knott Co., KY.  She met Ike Gibson. 

Notes for Mary Jane Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  According to Wason's birth record, mother was born in Clay Co.
MARRIAGE:  Unmarried, 9 children.  Information from the descendents of Ike Hensley that Mary Jane was either married to or had children by Ike Gibson.

CENSUS:  1880 Letcher Co., KY, Precinct 3, #125/125:  Jane Collins 45, unmarried, b. KY, parents b. NC; David 6, son; James 4, son; John 4, son; all b. KY.

DEED:  B-C-D, P-365, 366, 28 Aug 1866:  Mary Jane sells to Thomas J. 50 acres, amount not listed, from Shadrick Combs, Cowpen Gap to a line between Mary Jane and Wasson.

Fam. History of Letcher Co., KY, P-575, lists William M. Sexton and marriage to Jane Collins (3d wife) with three children, John, Jim Collins and Jane.   Since Jane was still single in 1907, it isn't likely these two people could be the same person.

Mary Jane gave an affidavit on 4 Nov 1909 that she was 68, lived in Letcher Co., had always lived there, that Sanders and America mar. 2/28/1903 and Sanders died 5/23/1909; that Polly Banks, wife of Hiram was the illegitimate dau. of a Banks woman; that Sanders was in the Army when Polly died in childbirth between 11/1/1861 and 2/21/1865; she died in March on a Sunday; that Sanders married Sylva Combs, was widow of a Walters, married after the war. Witnesses to affidavit were Elizabeth and Thomas Collins.

           
Children of Mary Collins and Ike Gibson are:
            i.          THOMAS5 COLLINS, b. 1856; d. April 10, 1856, Breathitt Co., KY.

Notes for THOMAS COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
DEATH:  Death Record, father unlisted, resided Breathitt Co.


73.       ii.          LARKIN COLLINS, b. March 14, 1859, Lee Co., VA; d. April 10, 1944, Ison, Letcher Co., KY.
74.       iii.         CINTHIA COLLINS, b. September 01, 1859, Van, Letcher Co., KY; d. 1940, Letcher Co., KY.
            iv.         DIANAH COLLINS, b. 1864; m. HIRAM ADAMS, July 14, 1881, Letcher Co., KY; b. Abt. 1860.

Notes for DIANAH COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH: d/o Mary Jane or Larkin Collins?
MARRIAGE:  B-6, P-13, he s/o Moses and Sarah Adams..

CENSUS:  Not in 1900 Letcher Co..


Notes for HIRAM ADAMS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Son of Moses and Sarah ADAMS; no tombstone date.
DEATH:  No tombstone date.
MARRIAGE: B-6, P-3.

CENSUS:  Not in 1900 Letcher Co.


            v.         NANCY ANN COLLINS, b. Abt. 1870.

Notes for NANCY ANN COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  Possibly to Nathaniel SEXTON on 7/20/1883, Letcher Co., KY


75.       vi.         DAVID COLLINS, b. January 1875, , KY.
76.       vii.        JOHN COLLINS, b. January 1875, , KY.
            viii.       JAMES COLLINS, b. May 01, 1877; m. FRANKEY COLLINS, September 01, 1894, Letcher Co., KY; b. August 20, 1874, Letcher Co., KY; d. 1946, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for JAMES COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Records.
MARRIAGE:  B-9, P.-286

CENSUS:  1900 Letcher Co., KY, Dist. 102, P-17, #269/271:  James b. May 1877,
23, mar. 6 yrs; Frankie b. Apr 1876, 24.

CENSUS:  1910, Letcher Co., KY:  Jim Collins, 35; Frankie, wife, 28, mar. 16 yrs., 0 born, 0 living, all KKK.


Notes for FRANKEY COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Birth Records; Tombstone gives date of 1876; Father's pension record
gives date of 8/11/1872.
DEATH:  Tombstone.

CENSUS:  Not in 1880.


            ix.         WATSON COLLINS, b. November 15, 1878, Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for WATSON COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  to Abbie TURNER on 10/24/1925 in Letcher Co., KY


            x.         MARGARET COLLINS, b. 1880.

Notes for MARGARET COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
MARRIAGE:  To Isaac SEXTON on 3/4/1880, can't be this Margaret!



24.  Finley4 Collins (Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born October 03, 1836 in Knott Co., KY, and died May 06, 1915 in Upper Rockhouse, Letcher Co., KY.  He married Nancy Jane McKinsey Gibson April 03, 1857 in B. W. Collins', Letcher Co., KY.  She was born August 1834 in Willaduce, Clay Co., VA, and died September 24, 1916 in Letcher Co., KY.

Notes for Finley Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  From Pension Papers.
DEATH:  From Pension Papers; death certificate gives date of May 6, 1915 at 7 a.m. from mitral regurgitation, signed by J. M. Bentley on May 8 at Whitesburg, KY.  The informant of parents names was Mrs. Finley Collins at Tilly, KY. Finley was age 76 at death and his wife gives a birth date of 1839, no month or day given.  He died in Letcher Co. at Upper Rockhouse, File #27, Cert. No. 13703. His parents are listed as Larkin and Cynthia Williams Collins and he was buried on May 8, 1915 at Finley Collins Cem. in Whitesburg.  Pension Papers
give death date of 7 May; also death records give date of 7 May; Vol. 28, Death Vol. 15, Cert. No. 13703.
MARRIAGE:  B-1,P-58,  Mar. by B. W. Collins at B. W.'s house.

MILITARY:  Enlisted Ervine, KY on 2/15/1863.  Discharged at Camp Nelson on 3/24/1864.  Had disease of left testicles, hospitalized three months, 20 days in June 1863 in Proctor, KY in Co. L, 14th KY Inf.  Finley, widow Nancy, Co. L. 14th KY Cav. 1890, Ju. 25, widow 6/17/1915, filed, appl. #826043, cert. 849075; widow #1049257, KY. 796667, Att. J. H. Hunter.

DESCRIPTION:  5'9", fair, black eyes, black hair.

DESCRIPTION:  On 6/25/1870, he was 5'll", age 62, dark complexion, grey hair,
grey eyes.

OCCUPATION:  Farmer; lived in Johnson and Letcher Counties.

CENSUS:  1860 Letcher Co., KY, P-65, L-32, #438/438:  Findly Collins 21, farm laborer, b. KY, 0 real estate, Personal $15.; Nancy 22, b. VA; Margaret 1, b. KY.

CENSUS:  1880 Letcher Co., KY, Prec. 3, Whitesburg, 1 Jun 1880, #142/142: Findlay Collins 42, farmer, KNK; Nancy 43, wife, keeps house, VKK; Dicy, 14, dau; Mary 13, dau; Cynthia 11, dau; Lucinda 1, dau; all children KKV.

CENSUS:  1900 Letcher Co., KY, Dist. 102, P-17, Dwelling 272, Family 274; Finley Collins Oct. 1836, 63; Nancy, Aug 1834, 65, mar. 43 yrs, 7 children born, 6 living, she and parents b. VA; Finley Hensley, gs, b. Nov 1885, 14, b. KY.
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CENSUS:  1910, Letcher Co., KY, #247/247:, KNN, farmer
Finley, 74, KNN, farmer
Nancy, 75, mar. 55 yrs, 7 born, 5 livng, VKV
Nancy Hensley, gd, 14, KKK


TAX LIST:  Letcher Co., 1875:  Finely Collins 1 male, 4 children, 2 militia.

DEED:  B-P, P-134:  Deed from Finley and Wife, Oct. 5, 1894.

DEED:  P-295, 3/11/1907:  This deed of conveyance made and entered into this 11th day of March 1907 between Finley Collins and Nancy Collins, his wife, Watson Collins and Louisa Collins, his wife, Jasper Collins and Nancy Collins, his wife, Robert Collins and Nancy Collins, his wife, J. R. Collins and Malissie Collins, his wife, John D. Bowens and Mary Bowens, his wife, and Jane Collins, all of the county of Letcher and State of Kentucky parties of the first part, and Sanders A. Collins of the County and
State aforesaid, party of the second part.
  Witnesseth, That said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of $22 Two hundred and twenty five dollars in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged do hereby sell and convey to the party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, the following described property, to wit:
  Beginning at a stone set up in branch below said Collins house on line of Finley Collins thence with said line up the hill on South South side of said branch with cross fence to top of a point thence with said point to the divide between Spring Branch and White Oak Branch of Smoot Creek to Eli Collins line and with same up said divide to the top of a high nob on the ridge between Colly and Smoot Creek to George Collins heirs land thence with said ridge or with line of George Collins heirs to the Cow Gap thence continuing with same to the intersection of said with the point between Spring Branch and Bob Lynn Cut hollow of Smoot Creek corner to Finley Collins and with his line down said point to a sourwood thence leaving said point and continuing with Finley Collins line down the hill to the beginning, this being the same land patterned by Larkin Collins and now being conveyed by his heirs and assigns.
  To have and to hold the same, together with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever and the said party of the first part hereby covenant with the said party of the second part that they will warrant the title to the property hereby conveyed unto the said party of the second part and his heirs and assigns forever.
  In testimony whereof, the party of the first part have hereunto subscribed their names the day and year aforesaid.
s/J. D. Bowens, Mary Bowen (her mark); J. R. Collins, Malissie Collins, Nanie Collins, Robert Collins, Jasper Collins, Nancy Collins (her mark); Finley Collins (his mark); Nancy Jane Collins (her mark).

State of Kentucky, County of Letcher:  I, Andrew J. Sturgill, Clerk of the County Court for the County and State aforesaid certify that the foregoing deed of conveyance from Jasper Collins and Nancy Collins, Finely Collins and Nancy Jane Collins to Sanders A. Collins, all of the County of Letcher and State of Kentucky was, on the 11th day of March 1907,  produced to we in said County and acknowledged before me by Jasper Collins, Nancy Collins, his wife, Finley Collins and Nancy Jane Collins, his wife, parties grantors thereto to be their act and deed.
  Given under my hand this 11th day of March 1907.  s /Andrew J. Sturgill, Clerk, by J. W. Combs, D. C.

8/5/1909 Affidavit:  Finley, age 71, resident of Cap, gave affidavit, along with Sarah Halcomb, they lived near Sanders at time of his death and had for several years, that Sanders died 23 May 1909, he married Silva Walters, late Combs.  Witness:  J. M. Bentley and W. B. Webb.

Collins,Finley,was,Prv,in Co,L,of,14th Ky Cav (from web page)



More About Finley Collins:
Burial: May 08, 1915, Finley Collins Cem., Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY

Notes for Nancy Jane McKinsey Gibson:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Census of 1900; d/o John and Charity Gibson.
DEATH:  Finley's Pension Record,  Pneumonia.
MARRIAGE:  B-1,P-58,  by B. W. Collins at B.W.'s house.

Info. on OD Gibson:  Denton married Nancy Thomas Neice, daughter of James Thomas and Lucy Proctor of Granville Co. NC.Lucy brought her chldren into Letcher Co. Ky around 1845.They may have come from Ashe Co. NC at that time.James had already died.Greenberry Thomas in the 1850 census of Letcher Co. Ky. was her brother and my great, great grandfather.This is from a source that i know is true. Her name is Nancy meade and she told me Nancy was her grandmother and that Nancy had two children before she married OD or Denton Gibson by a Neice, Neace, Nease, Niece man. I hope it was her husband,but have not found a marriage as yet. It could be somewhere else beside's Letcher Co. Ky.A lot of people do not know that Sarah Belle Neace who married James Thomas the dulcimer was her daughter and Jane Neice that married Peter Madden is also her daughter. Nancy Meade from Lexington, Ky. told me she was named after her grandmother Nancy Thomas Neice Gibson
so i know this information is true. I believe Denton was married two different times.??????? Please, if you have history on my Nancy and Denton, i would love to have it
I was born and raised in Letcher Co. Ky, raised my family in Cincinnati, Ohio, but have been living in Bradenton, Florida around 25 years. I am a retired registerd nurse.I have been doing my family history around 19 years.


           
Children of Finley Collins and Nancy Gibson are:
77.       i.          MARGARET5 COLLINS, b. June 22, 1859.
78.       ii.          JULIA ANN COLLINS, b. October 14, 1860, KY.
79.       iii.         SALLIE COLLINS, b. July 11, 1862, WhitesburgLetcher Co., KY; d. October 12, 1925, Dorchester, Wise Co., VA.
80.       iv.         DICEY COLLINS, b. July 01, 1865, Letcher Co., KY; d. September 17, 1945, Letcher Co., KY.
81.       v.         POLLY ANN COLLINS, b. April 09, 1867, Smoot Creek, Van, Letcher Co., KY; d. April 06, 1940, Letcher Co., KY.
            vi.         CYNTHIA COLLINS, b. August 19, 1869; m. JAMES GARRETT HENSLEY, SR., October 26, 1903, Letcher Co., KY; b. March 18, 1854, Catrons Creek, Harlan Co., KY; d. March 27, 1924, Harlan Co., KY.

Notes for CYNTHIA COLLINS:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  Father's Pension Papers.
MARRIAGE:  Vol. 13, P-70.


Notes for JAMES GARRETT HENSLEY, SR.:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  From Wilson I. Hensley, gggs, 514 Treehaven Drive, Winchester, KY 40391
s/o Wilson and Letitia Earnest Hensley. 
MARRIAGE:  #1; #2, B-6; #3, Vol. 13, P-70; Mar. to Julia  Ann, B-6.

More About JAMES GARRETT HENSLEY, SR.:
Name 2: James Garrett Hensley, Sr.
Burial: Hensley Cem., Martin's Fork, Harlan Co., KY

82.       vii.        LUCINDA COLLINS, b. May 11, 1878, Letcher Co., KY; d. January 05, 1932, Letcher Co., KY.


25.  Watson4 Collins (Larkin3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born May 07, 1844 in Whitesburg, Letcher Co., KY, and died September 01, 1927 in Cordia, Knott Co., KY.  He married Louisa Combs January 22, 1869 in Perry Co., KY.  She was born April 10, 1851 in Knott Co., KY, and died November 01, 1929 in Vecco, Perry Co., KY.

Notes for Watson Collins:
!SOURCE:
BIRTH:  From Pension Record: Another date given of 5/1/1844. Pension Application of Thomas Collins stated that there was no such name as Watson, that the name was Wason, but that persons named Wason were generally called Watson. Tne tombstone gives a date of 5/1/1844.
DEATH:  Same; tombstone gives spelling of name as Watson and date of birth as 5/9/1844.

Microfilm #478, Watson Collins, Louisa, L 14 Ky. Cav. 353 Ky. Inf. 2/21/1884, #506614; 417857, Ky; . Wid:  #1596078 3/9/28, Ky.hood.  They were raised together.

Solomon Adams, 45, knew Watson since bo

AFFADAVIT  Mar 10, 1884, resident of Perry Co., P.O. Box Dwarf. for 15 years previous to enlistment resided in Letcher Co.  Enlisted 12/15/1862 P.O. address in Letcher was Collins Chapel.  Discharged 3/24/1864. Resided in Perry Co. since discharge.   Lung affliction and cough.  Has stout able wife who does most work.

AFFIDAVIT 10/15/1885, W. B. Eversole, age 48, resident of Big Creek in Clay County appeared in leslie Co. and gave affidavit he knew Watson for 23 years.

AFFIDAVIT 10/16/1885, Thomas Kelly, 37, of Knott Co. made affidavit he knew Watson 18 years, lived 16 years within 2 mi.  His P.O. address: Sassafras.

AFFIDAVIT:  P-17, Deposition F:  Case of Wason COLLINS, Nol 506614:   On this 21 day of Nov 1888 at Whitesburg, County of Letcher, State of Ky, before me, W. C. Kelly, Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Geo. (W) Collins, who, being by me first duly sworn to answr truly all interegatories propounded to him during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says:  my age is forty five years, occupation farmer.  Pll. address is Rockhouse, this county.
  I am a cousin to Wason Collins the claimant.  We were raised, and lived near each other u to our enlistment in Co. L, 14th Ky Cav.  He was ? a sound man when he enlisted.
  We enlisted together.  He was sick in Booneville just after we enlisted.
  He was not seriously sick.  Could go about.  Don't know how he complained at this time.  From Booneville we went to Irvine-He was funny on the way, don't know what ailed him.  He was sick at Irvin a while-not seriously.  We returned? to Proctor about May or June 1862, here he got down with some kind of fever, he was very sick.  He was put in a house used for hospital.  He was taken to his mothers from Proctor, I understood.  I did not again see him until a short time before muster out.  He then complained of his breast and lungs and had a bad cough.
  I have seen him from year to year since the war and has continued to be affected as above described.
  (P-18)I have no interest in this claim.
  Your questions have been understood and my answers correctly recorded. s/George Collins, Deponent.  Subscribed and sworn to me this 21st day of November 1888 and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing. s/W. C. Kelly, Special Examiner.

AFFIDAVIT:  , P-19, Deposition G,  21 Nov 1888, Case no. 506614, Wason Collins, Whitesburg, County of Letcher, State of KY, before me, W. C. Kelly, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared SANDERS  A. COLLINS  who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interregatories propounded to him during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says:  My age is fifty two years, occupation farmer pltf addresss is Rockhouse, Letcher Co., KY.
  I am a brother to claimant.  He was sound at enlistment. He was seriously  sick at Procter, Ky early in
the summer of 1863.  Had fever of some kind.  I took him to a private house at Proctor where he remained 4 or 5 days until his regmint left. From Proctor I took him to the old man Unum's about half way between Proctor and Booneville.  I waited on him there a few days when our mother came and took charge of him.
  He was next brought to Booneville and put in Minters' house which was used as  hospital where I left him.
  I next saw him at home-mothers.  He was brought home on a horse.
  Don't know how long he remained at home.  I belonged to 19 KY and went back to my command.
  I can not tell you how he was affected while sick, except that he took a cough.  He was so weak at Proctor that he could not sit up.  The consuption  that he coughed loose.
  He had to use a handkerchief (P-20) to wipe it from his mouth.
  This cough he has had continuously ever since the war and has complained of his breast during this time.
  He has often been compelled to quit work by reason of his breast complaint and cough.
  I have no interst in the claim.
  Your questions have been understood and my answers correctly recorded. s/S. A. Collins, his mark.
Attst:  Alan J. Polly, G. H. M. Evans
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 20th day of Nov 1888 and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.  s/W. C. Kelly, Special Examiner.

AFFIDAVIT:  P-21, Deposition 4:  Case of Wason Collins, No. 506614, On this 22 day of Nov 1888 at Whitesburg, County of Letcher, State of Kyt, before me, W. C. Kelly, a Special Examiner of the Pension Officer, personally appeared FINLEY COLLINS  who being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interregatories prepounded to him durng this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says:  My age is fifty one years, occupation farmer pll? address is Rockhouse, Letcher Co.
  I am a brother to claimant.  We were raised together and lived near each other up to date of our enlistment.  He was a sound man up to enlistment-never heard any complaint.  We both belonged to Co. F, K K Cav.
  He had never ? before I joined the Cav. at  I was told to be jaundice. I was not present and have no formal knowledge of this.  He had typhoid fever at Proctor, Ky in the summer of 1863.  I was nursing and waited on him in hospital then.  He was very sick suffered with ? his hand and one night , don't  recollect which  which nite.    He was in hosital nearly six months.  Was unconscious a great portion of the time.  Dont recollect ? whethr in ? or not.
  From Proctor he was taken to old man Urinns on the road to Booneville.
  Don't know how long he stayed there.  I visited him once or twice ?? He was still out of his head.
(P-22)  Don't know where he was next taken.  The next I new of him I had been home and was returning when I met his mother taking him home.
  He stayed at home sick three or four months.  I went to see him three or four times.  He was confused to his best ????
  About the time he began to walk  about he took a cough in at back and then in the front.  I observed it.
  Yes sir, never had any duty after then I never knew it.  I waited on him the last of our service did his duty fr him.
  He has had a cough and complained of his breast some since the war.
  I have no interst in the claim.  Your questions have been understood and my answers corectly recorded.  s/Finley Collins, his mark, Attst: Thos. Fitzpatrick, W. C Kelly.

AFFIDAVIT:  8/26/1891: ,  Leslie Co., Watson, age 46, reident of Lots Break, Perry Co., stated he had disease of lungs, catarrah of head and lungs.  2/5/1901, weighed 204 lbs., white hair.

AFFIDAVIT:  Thomas KELLY, 37, Knott Co., stated on 10/16/1885, he knew Watson 18 years, lived 16 years within a mi. of Watson.  P. O. Sassafras.

AFFADAVIT:  2/10/1913, stated age 68, resided Cordia, Knott Co., Lived Perry, Knott and Letcher.  Never moved from Letcher until after War. Lived in Letcher for 15 years previous to war.  Since war, resided in Perry except for 2 years in Letcher.  Age 68, dark complexion, blue eyes, black hair, about 5'10" Dr. described him as large, brawny, individual muscles standing out in bold relief, inside of hands hard as horn as result of hard manual labor.  At age 40 he weighed 174, was 5'10", exam by Dr. Manning on 4/16/1884.  Was born 7 May 1844 at Larkin Collins house in Letcher Co.  Was totally deaf in right ear since 1879.  In 1926 received $72.00 per month.

On 9/23/1926, daughter Nerva Ashly wrote Bureau asking for increased help for father who lived with her.  He was helpless, unable to feed or care for self for three years.

Dec 8, 1926, age 83, weight 165, 5'8", ruddy complexion, blue eyes, grey hair, did not recognize doctor.

AFFIDAVIT 4/12/1930, Fieldin Collins, 39, Cordia, Knott Co. made claim for burial of Louisa who died Nov. 1, 1929 at Vecco, Perry Co., KY and was buried at Cordia, Knott Co.  Fieldin, son, Louisa had chronic dilation of heart, became ill Nov. 1, 1928.  Mary Collins, Nerva Ashly, Uland Combs nursed her.  During last illness, she lived at Sassafras. Married 1/22/1869 by Samuel Combs.  Children:  Levi 28, Cintha 26, Nancy 24, Silvanna 22, Larkin 20, Mary 18, Ulanda 16, Balis 13, Manerva 12, Fieldin 7, Katy 4, dated May 4, 1898. Watson b. Letcher.  Record of Marr. at Hazzard, KY (if records not destroyed).
Affidavit by Watson:  Levi b. 1/27/1870; Sintha b. 10/22/1872; nancy b. 9/22/ 1874; Silvany b. 11/11/1876; Larkin b. 12/19/1878/ M.J. b. 3/25/1880; Ulanda b. 12/4/1882; b.W. b. 5/28/1884; Nerva b. 12/15/1886; F.B. b. 1/18/1891; Katy b. 3/6/1893.

Louisa married when about 18, 5'6" or 8, fair complexion, blue eyes, black hair, died at 83, farmer, b. Letcher.  Affidavit of Louisa, not dated. Louisa b. Apr 10, 1851, Perry Co. Watson died 1 Sep 1927 at Cordia, KY, married 1/22/1869 Perry Co., Aff. by Louisa dated 11/3/1927.

Perry County Courthouse burned.  No record of marriage according to Louisa.

MILITARY: Enl. 12/15/1862, P.O. address in Letcher was Collins Chapel.

Discharged 3/24/1864.  Resided in Perry Co. since discharge.  Suffered from Lung affliction and cough.  Resided in Perry Co., KY, P.O. Box Dwarf, at time of affadavit.  Resided in Letcher for 15 years prior to enlistment.

HEALTH:  Typhoid while in Army; Had lung affliction and cough in 1884. Had stout able wife who did most of the work; Catarrah of head, lungs.

In 1891, Watson appeared in Leslie Co. to give affadavit.  8/26/1891 said he was 46, resident of Lots Break, Perry Co., had disease of lungs, catarrah of head, lungs.

Claimant was described as large, brawny, individual muslces standing out in bold relief, inside of hands hard as horn as result of hard manual labor.  He is 40, wieghs 174, 5'10", 4/16/1884, exam by Dr. Manning.

Manerva Ashly 44, and Rachel Combs 43, affidavit said they knew Watson and Louisa since 1893.

Mary Collins said on Oct. 27, 1926 that she had attended her father for 2 yrs. Stated Watson b. 5/1/1844 in Whitesburg, KY.

Elvira Combs stated 9/28/1920, she 24, that she had attended her grandfather Watson.

Henry Maggard made affidavit on 11/23/1888, age 64, that he knew Watson 7 or 8 years, lived 1 to 1 1/2 mil away for about 2 years, just after discharge.

CENSUS:  1880, Owsley Co., KY, Dist. 82, P,43, Enumberation Dist. 82, #350/357: COLLINS, Wasson, 36, farmer, Luisa 28, Levi 10, Sinthy 8, Nancy 6, Silvana 4, Larkin 2, Mary Jane 2/12 May, all b. KY and parents b. KY

CENSUS: 1900 Letcher Co., KY, P-129B, Sheet 17, Rockhouse, L-55, #274/281: Watson Collins, Mar 1845, 55, KY NC NC; Louisa, wife, Dec 1851, 45, mar 31 yrs, 11 children born, 11 living, KKK; Ulanda, Dec, 1885, 14; Fielden, Jun 1891, 9; Katey C., 1894, 6; all children b. KY.  Watson and Louisa were farmers, Ulanda was a farm laborer.

CENSUS:  1900 Letcher Co., KY, Rockhouse:  Watson, 3/1845, KNN; Louisa, 12/1851, KKK; Eulanda, 12/1885, KKK; Fielden, 4/1891, KKK; Katy C., 4/1894, KKK.

CENSUS:  1910 Letcher Co., KY:  Watson, 65, b. KY; Louisa, 59; Fielden, 19; Katherine 17; Elvira Combs, gd, 14; Troy Collins, gs, 8.

Sasssafras, KY September 23, 1926 To the Bureau of Pensions, Washington
  I am writing you in regard to Watson Collins.  He is an old soldier of the Civil War and gets $72.00 a month and I just want to tell you his conditions as just a part I am his daugher Nerve Ashley he has moved from his at Cordia and lives in my house at Sassafras but his folks still go to Cordia and get his mail he hasnt go any mind only jujst at times he never knows when and of his checks comes and its signed up and cashed and used and he don't know anything about it the one who signs them up just puts his hand on the pencil in order to say he signed it and he don't get what I would call dog fair.  What he has to eat is not fit to feed a dog I cant tell you half as bad as it is and I can prove every word I am telling and ten times as much more.  He has been made sign his land away Since he has got so he don't know much and cant see but just a little bit out of one eye perfect blind in one eye.  I think its your duty to see that my father is taken better care of any way see his money is put to a better use I will swear to anything I am telling you and can prove it Yours, Mrs. Nerva Ashley.

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