Records are located with Miss Connie Andrea
4204 Devine Street
Columbia, South Carolina.
Microfilmed for the Genealogical Society
of Salt Lake City, Utah
at Columbia, South Carolina
March 11, 1974
Microfilm located at the Family History Center
Salt Lake City, Utah

John Collins
of Spotsylvania Co., VA settled on North Elkhorn in Scott Co., Ky.

married Catherine Cmtcher(?) 6 children:

1. John Collins b. 1735 (not the eldest) to N.C.

2. Richard Collins b. 1737 m. Sara Gatewood. have this line

3. Ambrose Collins b. abt 1739 have more on this line

m. (2) abt 1793 Mary Walker

4. Robert Collins have some on this line

m. Elizabeth (Ellis) Haskins, widow of John

5. Edmond Collins (perhaps the oldest child) m. Elizabeth _?_

6. Mary Collins m. T. Harper, stayed in VA. No children



William Collins of VA, Orange co., m. Martha _?_ (not proven)

Bourbon county Ky Children (Of): Foster Collins of Orange Co., (VA)
b. 1777, to Ky in 1797

d. Feb 22, 1847, age 70. Came to Kentucky with his mother and 3 sisters.

m. Jul 22, 1789 Elizabeth Matheny (d. 1835. dau. of David

Matheny) 10 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters

1. Willis D. Collins b. mar 13 1810. m. Oct 2, 1834 Bourbon Co.,

Ky. Sally Ann Palmer (b. 1817 dau of Robert and Nancy (Fretwell) Palmer.

children: William L. b 1836, Elizabeth b. 1837, Lucinda

b. 1840

2. S. Westberry Collins (3 sons) b. 1817. m. Sep 12, 1839

Bourbon co., Ky. Elizabeth H. Handsford, dau of Willis Handsford.

Children: Mary E. Collins b. 1840

m. Nov 15, 1859 Bourbon co., KY

Robert Owen Collins b. 1840

There may be others

3. Fanny Collins m. Sep 4, 1815 Bourbon co., KY William Parker

(Pennins History page 532)

4. William Collins b. 1802. m. Dec 31, 1822 Bourbon co., KY

Rachel Wright (b. 1802 dau of Robert Wright)

Children:(may be others)

Mary Jane Collins m. (1) _?_ Champ

(2) 1853 John Soper, son of Lawrance

Soper and his cousin Luraner Soper.

6 Soper children, 3 died in infancy

Eugene Soper b. 1857

L. A. Soper b. 1862

John Soper b. 1873

Champ children:

William b. 1830

Thomas F. b. 1835

Robert W. b. 1837

Lucinda F. b. 1841

Berry C. b. 1842

Garrett D. b. 1845

5. Nancy Collins m. Feb 13, 1827 Bourbon co., Ky m. Samuel Black

6. Lucinda Collins m. Mar 24, 1825 Bourbon co.,

m. Robert Sconee (?)

7. Lucy Collins m. _?_ Phenuster

8. Benjamin Franklin Collins d. Mar 13, 1867 (will)

m. Dec 12, 1844 Sally Tumey b. May 16, 1822 d. Nov 8, 1853 dau of Pete Tumey & Judith Collins

Granddau. of Daniel and Susan Tumey

Granddau. of William and Martha Collins

8 children:

Peter T. Collins 1846 - 1862

Lucinda J. Collins b. 1847 m. May 17, 1866 John T. Tabbert

Crittenden Taylor Collins b. 1849 m. Oct 24, 1878 Frankie Hamilton

William F. Collins b 1852

Judeth Annie Collins b. 1854 m. 1877 Wellis Boston

George F. Collins b. 1858 m 1889 Eliza Green

Lucretia E. Collins b. 1806 d. 1879 m. 1878 Sidney Dills

Fannie L. Collins b. 1863 m 1891 Dr Auston Fisher

Sallie T. Collins m. 1882 John T. Turner

9.Judia D. Collins m. Nov 23, 1837 Bourbon co., Ky

Thomas T. Palmer.

child (may be others) Nancy Palmer b. 1838

m. 1857 W. H. Speaker b. 1831

10. Lewis Collins



Page 519 Foster Collins will to daughter Lucinda Sconee to daughter Lucy Phennster to son Westberry Collins to son Franklin Collins (Benjamin) to daughter Judea Palmer (a clock) to son Lewis Collins to son William Collins to son Wellis Collins (bible) to daughter Fanny Parker, her husband Wm. Parker to daughter Nancy Black to Westley Jameson the staff his father willed me.

Robert W. Sconee, William Collins and Wellis Collins executors made Nov 27, 1845 (signed) Foster Collins

Wit:  John Morris William Turney Codicell Feb 22, 1847

Wit: Lewis Campbell Wm. W. Campbell


Benjamin F. Collins

wife, not named

daughter Lucinda son Taylor son William Children under age (not named)

Thomas Talbott, Wellis D Collins Executors, made Mar. 10, 1867

(signed) Benjamin F. Collins

Wit: S. W. Collins

Jas. W. McKee

Pro. April 1, 1867


Robert Collins Sr., son of J.W. Collins, DAR No 292434, came from Culpepper Co., VA. Known for sure two of his children were born in VA, have no birth date but gravestone and bible shows death date April 2, 1816. m. Mildred _?_ d 1822 in Franklin co., Ky. Children:

1. Dudley Collins d 1819 m. 1807 Peggy Riddle

2. Sarah (Sally) Collins d 1839

3. Nancy Collins m Samuel Yates d 1822 Franklin co., Ky

4. Robert Collins Jr b 1781 d 1865 m 1809 Susannah Lillard b 1790

5. Thomas Collins b VA 1783 d 1834 m 1811 Mary Ann Bowrne

1794 - 1864

6. Catherine (Kate/Katty) Collins d 1850

7. Edmond Collins d 1821 m 1812 Mary (Polly/Molly) Lillard

1796 - 1833

8. Richard Collins b VA 1793 - 1865 m 1816 Margaret Lillard

1799 - 1865

9. Thomas Collins 1783 - 1834 m 1811 Mary Ann Bowrne

(Note: The following three children were listed with this family, but could not be their children. I will record just as Mr. Andrea had them)

10. Robert Elliott Collins 1813 - 1822 (2 child) m 1835 Permelia Lane 1821 - 1884

11.William Leslie Collins 1850 - 1901 m (2)1874 Emma Jane Gowdy

1854 - 1943

12. Ethel Lynn Collins b 1876 m (2)1919 Herbert R Crager



Captain Joseph Collins Spottsylvania Co., VA Will 1757, wife Susannah

Children: X Have list of children of all these.

_?_ Collins, dau. Amy Collins

John Collins m Ann Cook dau of Thomas Cook, Orange Co. deed 1746

(with Brockman Kilgore, Patterson Perry to Spartanburg

James Collins (eldest son) of N.C. m may have been husband to

(Kershaw) Elizabeth

William Collins of S. C. Kershaw, Beaver Creek

Thomas Collins m Susannah Bartlett, dau of Wm and Susannah Wyatt

Davis. To KY

Lewis Collins of S.C.

Ann Collins m John Wisdom d. 1769

Mary Collins m. John Brockman to Spartanburg, S.C.

*Supposed to be grandsons of Joseph and Susannah Collins of

Spottsylvania co., VA. As we have Lewis, Wm, Thos. lines it leaves John and James to be their ancestors, but no proof of
their being grandsons of Joseph. Where this started do not know but ever one seems to think so.

X 1. Stephen Collins Rev.War in Carolina b. 1755 lived Estell co., KY, m. Catherine McIntoshe, dau of Brig

Gen. Alexander McIntoshe of S.C.

(Note: This information is not true. Stephen Collins

was the son of Joseph and Lucy Marchbanks Pricher Collins. He married Catherine Mackendree, dau of James Mackendree of
Amelia co., VA. This is documented)

X 2. Joseph Collins Rev Sol. b 1760 d. 1831 lived Woodford Co., KY m Susan _?_

(Note: He is the son of Joseph Collins Sr and brother of Stephen. They were from Pittsylvania co., VA)

X 3 Josiah Collins Rev War b. Halifax co. VA 1757

d. Bath Co., KY 1845 m 1790 Juliette Bohannon

4. Joel Collins b 1757(?) settled in Franklin co., KY

(Note: Joel settled in Butler co., Ohio and died
there. He married (1) Elizabeth Beeler (2)Mrs Mary

Woodruff. There were no children)

5. Elijah/Elisha Collins Rev Sol went from Bourbon co., KY also lived Montgomery Co., KY to Alabama d. 1838 Green co., Al m 1783 Francis Madison

(Note: Mr Andrea has Elijah and Elisha mixed up.

There was only an Elisha in this family and all the information he gave for both names belong to Elisha)

X 6. Chloe Collins lived Woodford co., KY m Rev Sol Robert Bowman d 1828 age 88

X 7. Tabitha Collins b in Halifax co., VA m. Elisha Prewitt lived in Shelby co., KY

8. William Collins



Thomas Collins (son of Joseph & Susannah) before 1754 m Susannah dau of

William & Susannah Bartlett. Children:

1st lt Bartlett Collins (Spotsylvania co., VA militia)

m Elizabeth _?_.

Children, Guess there are others

Lewis Collins, d 1851 Mo.


Thomas Collins Lexington, Ky 1802 - 1851 Single

John H. Collins (Texas) Linn co., MO m Charlotte _?_

Lewis Collins Boone Co, MO m Rebecca A. _?_

Bartlett Collins m Kitty Ann _?_

Mary Collins m Daniel B Neale (Ark) Boone co., Mo

Nancy Collins m Joseph Waters Boone Co., Mo

Elizabeth Collins m Thomas Selby

Susan Collins m William Nelson Linn co., MO

Ref: The above is from settlement of the estate of Thomas Collins

Deed Book 31 Fayette Co., KY.

Boone County, Mo wills Page 46

Lewis Collins will 1851

Thomas Collins (Ky) page 47, Oct 21, 1851, May 8, 1856


Abstract of Norfolk County, Virginia 1746

Amy Wyatt mentions dau. Mary Collins (wish I had copied all of it.
See you have it in your list)

1710 - 1753 John Wardan will 1741 To nephew John Collins & Edward Collins

William Kelley 1710 mentions brother Edward Grant, to my kinsman John Collings, to Elizabeth Collins

Elizabeth Collings (widow) 1712 to sons John and Edward Collins dau Mary Collins; to brother Edward Grant


Scott County, Kentucky First citizen

Lewis Collins 1792

Bartlett Collins 1794 1811

Betsy Collins 1785


Henry Collins b June 13, 1772 Virginia, settled in Allen Co., 1797 Ky.

M 1800 Kitty Bruce


1. Annie Collins 1802 - 1804

2. Dudley Collins died at birth

3. Polly Collins

4. Lucinda Collins (twin)

5. Lucy Collins (twin) died

6. Larkin D. Collins died

7. Sarah Ann Collins died at age 26

8. William Lewis Collins

9. Pegy Collins

10. Malinda Collins

11. Richard Perry Collins

12. John Henry Collins

13. Nancy Ellan Collins m _?_ Spillman


Harry Gatewood Sr Spotsylvania co., Va d. before 1799 m Mary _?_ Children:

Sarah Gatewood m Richard Collins, son of John Collins and

Catherine Critcher

Mary Gateweed m Moses Quisenberry of Orange

Margaret Gatewood m Wharton Schooler

Dorothy Gatewood m John Edwards, son of Uriah Edwards and

Milly Head

Harry Gatewood Jr. m Anne Webb


From records of W. H. Collins of Louisville, Kentucky

Sarah Gatewood m. Richard Collins, son of John and Catherine

(Critcher) Collins Children:

Dorothy Collins

Mary Collins

Catherine Collins m John Brown 1794 Scott co., Ky

Lewis Collins

Henry Collins b 1772 Indian War 1793

John Collins

Sarah Collins

William Collins to Allen co., Ky 1815 (?)


Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Henry Gatewood will January 28, 1777

m. Tabathia Collins, dau of Joseph and Susannah Collins

(Joseph Collins will 1757)

Tabathia (Collins) Gatewood widow and John Holloday (widower)

made deed of trust as the entended to marry 1777


Richard Gatewood

Dudley Gatewood m Sarah Spotsylvania co. deeds 1745 - 1772

Henry Gatewood m Mary

William Gatewood m Ann deed 1755

Peter Gatewood m Sarah deed 1765

Larkin Gatewood m Catherine Penn dau of Joseph Penn Sr and

Elizabeth will 1763

Keziah Gatewood m _?_ Sandridge

Dorothy Gatewood m _?_ Foster

(James Gatewood of Amhurst VA, and Frances made deeds in

Spotsylvania 1761, may be a son but not proven)



Compiled for:

Mrs Dudley W. Conner Mr. Oliver H. Joyner Mrs Ernest Mehringer

220 South 22 Avenue 2925 Oceola 7728 S. Muskegon Ave.

Hattiesburg, Miss. Columbia, S. C. Chicago 49, Illinois

Mrs. Dorothy S. Beaty Mrs Amanda B. Robertson Mrs Ivan Wimmer

Eleventh Avenue SW 5855 N. 4-Mile Run Dr 1215 Sixth Avenue

Moultrie, Georgia Arlington 5, Virginia Safford, Arizona

Compiled by:
Leonardo Andrea
4204 Devine Street
Columbia 25, South Carolina 

Feast Day of St. Leonard 1757


Collins........An Introduction.......Leonardo Andrea

These sheets are arranged in order of FIRST NAME or ENTRY in the UPPER

RIGHT-HAND corner and when several of the same first entries, the earlier entry comes first.

Variant spellings of COLLINS

COLIN CULLIN There are also some other variants of the

COLLIN CULLINS spelling of this surname.......I have seen

COLLINS CULLINGS the recording clerk have it entered under

COLLINGS CULIN K as Kollin....Kollins

As new sheets come to you, please add to your file and have the upper

right-hand corner as your guide as where and when to place the new sheets.


JOHN COLLINS 21 March 1801 File 19-409 Abbeville County, S.C.

John Collins: His estate was administered 21 March 1801 by Andrew Collins.

The bond was signed by Capt. John Hamilton and Campbell Kennedy

The inventory was made by John Hamilton Jeremiah S. Terry Patrick Cain

In the Citation "ANDREW COLLINS is the next of kin to John Collins"

In the file is a mention of the Estate of PETER COLLINS and see this in Abbeville, sg. 27 June 1785 by Campbell Kennedy


DANIEL COLLINS WILL sg. 7 Feb 1815, pr. date not listed.

Book 6, Page 109 Recorded January Court in 1816

DANIEL COLLINS names in his will:

Eleanor Collins...Wife and Ex.

Children and no surnames used


Polly.....dau who also shows as Mary



Adam McKane...friend and Ex.

Witnesses Sarah X Collins

Jenny X Collins

James Marshall

Comments by Andrea:

Perhaps by an examination of the File 12-94 will give additioonal data.

The file records plus the deed records in a county always give very valuable additional genealogical data, that does not show in the will itself....     This applies for all wills

(signed) Leonardo Andrea


CHARLES COLLINS WILL sg 12 July 1836 pr. 26 August 1836

File 14-301 Abbeville County, SC


Names in his will

Jane Collins

Children and no surnames used




Franky...Dau who also shows as Frances

Charles Jr...Son and EX



Manassa...Son and EX


Benjamin Rosamond...Friend and EX

T. A. Roasmond...EX

Witnesses: Adam Crain Jones Jr.

Isaac Agnew

Andrew Agnew

MOSES SMITH, A Revolutionary soldier, in Abbeville County, SC in his will sg. 10 Feb 1837 states "TO MY DAUGHTER JANE CULLINS NOW LIVING


Comment by Andrea: See the will of CHARLES COLLINS Sr. in Abbeville, sg 31 May 1836



For system of numbering, see the SC Census 1790

WILMINGTON DISTRICT John Collins 1-0-3 New Hanover County

William Collings 1-1-4 Duplin County

John Collins 1-2-3 New Hanover County

Joseph Collings 2-0-2 New Hanover County

EDENTON DISTRICT David Collins 1-1-2 Bertie County

Luke Collins 4-2-1 Bertie County

Frederick Collins 1-1-0 Bertie County

Joseph Collins 3-1-1-1 Bertie County

Joseph Collins 1-1-2 Bertie County

Caleb Collins 1-2-1 Tyrell County

William Collins 1-0-0 Chowan County

Christopher Collins 1-2-3 Perquimans County

Noah Collins 2-1-2 Currituck County

John Collins, Jr 1-0-0 Pasquotank County

Josiah Collins 1-3-3 Bertie County

Thomas Collins 2-0-2 Bertie County

Henry Collins 1-0-0 Bertie County

Josiah Collins 3-2-4 Bertie County

L. Collins 0-0-0 Bertie County

Ferrubah Collins 2-1-3 Tyrrell County

Allen Collins

& Dickerson 3-0-0 Chowan County

Jeremiah Collins 1-0-2 Perquimans County

Lamuel Collings 1-3-2 Gates County

William Collings 1-3-2 Gates County

FAYETTEVILLE DISTRICT William Collins 2-1-3 Anson County

William Collins 2-1-3 Anson County

Elisha Collins 1-1-2 Richmond County

George Collins 0-0-0-4 Richmond

Charles Collins 1-1-1 Richmond

Elisha Collins 1-1-2 Richmond

George Collins 1-2-1 Richmond

James Collins 1-2-3 Moore County

Stephen Collins 1-0-2 Moore County

Thomas Collins Jr 2-3-4 Moore County

Henrietta Collins 0-0-4 Moore County

Thomas Collins Sr 1-0-2 Moore County

James Collins 1-1-2 Robeson county

HALIFAX DISTRICT James Collins 2-5-1 Franklin County

James Collins 1-5-2 Franklin

William Collins 1-3-3 Franklin

Abehue Collins 1-2-1 Nash County

Jesse Collins 2-1-1-4 Nash

James Collins 1-0-2 Northampton Co.

William Collins 1-0-2 Chatham County

William Collins 1-1-3 Chatham County

William Collins 1-0-1 Chatham County

John Collins 2-7-2 Martin County

Jethro Collins 1-0-1 Martin County

Margaret Collins 0-0-2 Martin County

Shadrack Collins 1-2-2 Martin County

Timothy Collins 1-2-4 Martin County

James Collins 1-0-0 Martin County

John Collins 3-3-5 Martin County

John Collins 2-3-4 Martin County

Andrew Collins 5-4-5 Wake County

Chatham and Wake are part of Hillsborough District L.A.


John Collins of Granville County

Thomas Collins of Granville County

William Collins of Orange County

Brice Collins of Orange County

John Collins of Chatham County

Andrew Collins of Orange County

Eli Collins of Orange County

Enoch Collins of Orange County

MORGAN DISTRICT Prudence Collins 0-0-0 Burke County

John Collins 1-1-2 Lincoln County

Abram Collins 2-1-1 Lincoln County

Daniel Collins 2-3-5 Lincoln County

Jacob Collins 1-3-3 Lincoln County

James Collins 3-0-2 Lincoln County

Joseph Collins 2-3-0 Lincoln County

David Collins 3-2-6 Wilkes County

Hardy Collins 1-1-4 Wilkes County

Vol. Collins 1-0-2 Wilkes County

William Collins 1-1-2 Rutherford County

William Collins 2-0-2 Rutherford County

William Collins 1-2-2 Rutherford County

W. Collins 0-1-5 Rutherford County

Isaac Collins 1-2-2 Rutherford County

Jno. Collins 1-5-3 Rutherford County

Ambrose Collins 1-1-2 Wilkes County

George Collins 1-2-4 Wilkes County

Martin Collins 1-3-4 Wilkes County

NEW BERN DISTRICT Timothy Collins 1-2-1 Beaufort County

Alice Collins 0-1-3 Craven County

Matthew Collins 1-1-2 Craven County

Shadrach Collins 1-0-0 Craven County

Benjamin Collins 1-2-1 Jones County

John Collins 1-2-3 Jones County

Joseph Collins 1-0-1 (No county listed)

Joshua Collins 2-1-1 (No county Listed)

Henry Collins 1-0-2 Hyde County

Deal Collins 2-1-3 Johnston County

George Collins 2-0-4 Johnston County

Andrew Collins 1-1-1 Johnston County

Thomas Collins 1-0-0 Johnston County

SALISBURG DISTRICT Jeremiah Collins 1-3-4 Stokes County

Roger Collins 1-1-4 Stokes County

Watson Collins 1-4-2 Stokes County

Obediah Collins 1-3-3 Surry County



William Collins 1791 Chathan County

Nicholas Collins 1767 Chowan County

Nehmath Cullings 1795 Craven County

Uriah Collins 1752 Craven County

John Collins 1750 Craven County

Johathan Cullens 1799 Gates County

Lewis Collins 1785 Granville County

Henry Collins 1786 Hyde County

Sarah Collins 1795 Hyde County

James Collins 1762 Orange County

John Collins 1766 Orange County

Andrew Collins 1777 Perquimans County

Christopher Collins 1795 Perquimans County

Andrew Collins 1791 Wake County

Dennis Collins 1785 Wake County

Benjamin Collins 1812 Jones County

Richard Collins 1794 Onslow County

John Collins 1774 Lincoln County

Samuel Collins 1790 Lincoln County

James Collins 1799 Lincoln County

There may be other COLLINS wills in this period....these are names I have picked up from time to time in North Carolina county files and books....The will abstracts will have to be secured from the county seat Court House or else in Raleigh, N.C.




Revolution - COLLINS 1776 - 1783 Several men by the same first name are in the same file. Name may be for 1. Service as a soldier,

2. Supplies furnished, 3. Merely a witness

Names of women are usually for widow's claims.

Capt. Collins Anthony Collins Call Collins

Carey Collins Charles Collins Daniel Collins

Edmund Collins George Collins John Harkin Collins

Henry Collins James Collins John Collins

John Collins Jonah Collins Jonathan Collins

Joseph Collins Levin Collins Lewis Collins

Mrs. Mary Collins Matthew Collins Moses Collins

Nathaniel Collings Patrick Collins Peter Collins

Reuben Collins Richard Collins Robert Collins

Zachariah Collins Samuel Collins Smith Collins

Thomas Collins William Collins William D. Collins

Wyatt Collins


Caleb Collins, NC #S.41490 Eli Collins, NC #S.31615

James Collins, NC #S.1653 James Collins, NC #S8246

James Collins, NC (wife Tempy)#W.6737

James Collins, SC #2173 Solomon Collins NC #R2183

Stephen Collins, NC #S30335 John Collins, NC #41498 41496

John Collins, SC & VA (wife Phoebe) #W6735

John Collins, SC #S8248 Jonathan Collins, SC #S18771

Lewis Collins, SC #21142 Samuel Collins, NC (wife Martha) #W3778

....Several men with the same first name. Pension files can be abstracted by L. Andrea, NC files in Raleigh, National Archives in Washington DC,

Benjamin Collins Dele Collins James Collins M. Collins

Burnell Collins Dillard Collins Jereh Collins Matthew Collins

Burwell Collins George Collins Jeremiah Collins Mathew Collins

Caleb Collins Henry Collins John Collins Phillip Collins

Charles Collins Hezekiah Collins Joseph Collins Josh Collins

Josiah Collins Sampson Collins Samuel Collins Shadrack Collins

Stephen Collins Thomas Collins Timothy Collins William Collins

William Collins John Collings



Explanation of numbers following name (also see North Carolina)

1st for all males over 16

2nd for all boys under 16

3rd for all females

4th for all other whites (Husband, if any, is included in 1st and wife, if any, is included in 3rd.)

BEAUFORT DISTRICT Benjamin Collins 1-1-3

CHARLESTON DISTRICT J. Collins Estate 1-0-0 St. James Santee

Jonah Collins 1-0-0 City

Mary Collins 0-0-2 City

Robert Collins Estate 1-0-0 St Thomas Parish

GEORGETOWN DISTRICT David Collins 2-1-3 Pr. George Parish

Dempsey Collins 1-1-4 Pr. George

Elizabeth Collins 3-3-3 Pr. George

James Collins 1-1-1 Pr. George

Jonathan Collins 1-1-2 Pr. George

Thomas Collins 1-0-4 Pr. George

William Collins 1-1-3 Pr. George

George Collings 0-0-0-7 Pr. George

Prince George included all of Marion County and most of
Georgetown and of Horry Counties.

ORANGEBURG DISTRICT....SOUTH PART North Part was present Lexington County.
South Part of Orangeburg included present counties of Orangeburg, Barnwell, Bamberg, Calhoun, parts of Allendale, Dorchester and Aiken.

James Collins 1-0-2

Anna Collins 0-4-4

George Collins 3-3-5

James Collins 2-2-2

Moses Collins 1-3-3

Leven Collins 1-5-5

Mary Collins 2-0-2

Ann Collings 2-2-2

Cary Collings 0-0-0-6

John Collings 2-1-1

Joseph Collings 2-1-1

Joshua Collings 1-0-0

Stephen Collings 2-1-1

CHERAW DISTRICT.....Included Chesterfield, Darlington and Marlboro....
William Collins 1-2-1

CAMDEN DISTRICT Robert Collins 1-2-2 Chester County

Robert Collins 1-1-4 Chester County

Lewis Collins 1-1-2 Lancaster-Kershaw

Joseph Collins 1-1-1 Lancaster-Kershaw

William Collins 1-3-2 Lancaster-Kershaw

William Collins 3-2-3 Chester County

Edmund Collins 1-2-3 Sumter County

Joseph Collins 2-5-4 York County

Thomas Collins 1-2-2

96 DISTRICT John Collins 1-6-1 Edgefield County

Thomas Collins 1-0-0 Edgefield County

Caul Collins 1-3-1 Edgefield County

Lewis Collins 1-0-1 Edgefield County

John Collins 1-1-2 Spartanburg County

Thomas Collins 3-0-3 Spartanburg County

John Collins 2-1-6 Greenfield County

William Collins 1-0-2 Greenfield County

David Collins 1-0-4 Newberry County

Lucy Collins 0-0-3 Newberry County




Baptist - Collins 1670-1806 Taken from Miss Leah Townsend's Book,

"History of South Carolina Baptists to 1806" (Note: She is an


PAGE 82 DEMPSEY COLLINS AND THOMAS COLLINS with William Allen, Robert Hodges and William Rogers all sign a petition as shown in Association Minter for 1794 for the Gapway Baptist Church in what is now Marion County, S.C.
Re. The Rev. David Owens who came from N.C.

PAGE 47 EUHAW BAPTIST CHURCH in what is nownew Beaufort County had among its members THOMAS COLLINS and his wife ELIZABETH COLLINS who had in 1756 petitioned for land on the Savannah Creek. He came from the Pee Dee River

PAGE 140 JAMES COLLINS AND JOSEPH COLLINS were delegates to the Association from Buffalo Church in 1792 and 1793. This church is on the Broad River and along the Union-Spartanburg line near Thickety Creek.

(See Joseph Collins Inventory 1783)

PAGES 120, 158, 252, 253, 263, 267, 268, 269 THE REV. LEWIS COLLINS was appointed as chairman of the Rhode Island College fund and was at Stateburg, S.C. 
He served from 1793 to 1803 when he retired...From 1787 to 1804 he was the pastor of the Swift Creek Baptist Church along the edge of Sumter and Kershaw County...
From 1794 to 1803 he was also pastor of the Catawba Baptist Church.
DAVIS COLLINS was ordained in 1793 of the Sugar Hill Baptist Church in York County. He probably lived in N.C.

He served as pastor of Flint Hill

(COMMENT BY ANDREA: Two ministers were named DAVIS COLLINS, one was the son of a LEWIS COLLINS who signed his will 15 Jan. 1806 in Kershaw County.)

PAGES 113, 146, 150, 151, 157, 158 THE REV. LEWIS COLLINS was the preacher of the annual sermon at the meeting of The Charleston Association in 1803 and was a delegate from Kershaw County...... In 1803 the Revs. John M. Roberts, LEWIS COLLINS,
Solomon Thomas, John Catoe, Edward Pigg were named as a Committee for the Congaree Baptist Church in Richland County and the High Hill Baptist Church in Sumter County.....

LEWIS COLLINS was for a long time the pastor of the Swift Creek Baptist Church.
LEWIS COLLINS and his wife took 150 acres of land on Wateree Creek of Wateree River in 1763 and took 200 acres at High Hills in Sumter County in 1770. REV. LEWIS COLLINS  was a convert of the Rev. Joseph Reese in 1769 at the Congarees and was likely working in Black River before 1770....In 1804 a report to the Charleston Association mentioned that LEWIS COLLINS was pastor of Swift Creek Church from 1770 to 1804 and in 1804 had a large number of new converts from the Great Revival. (See his will in 1806)

PAGE 172
REV. MATTHEW COLLINS was minister at the Edisto Church in 1790 (Orangeburg county)

PAGE 141, 203
MOSES COLLINS and his wife SUSANNAH COLLINS in 1770 were members of the Sandy River Baptist Church in Chester County, S.C.

In what is now Bamberg County a MOSES COLLINS was in 1787 a delegate to the Association from Salkehatchie. RACHEL COLLINS was one of the original members of Fairferest Church in Union County in 1760. These 13 members came from the Broad River meeting in Fairfield County (Page 126)

Thomas Collins gave 1 acre of land for Coosahatchie Church in Beaufort County in 1762.


Royal land grants and head rights 100 acres for single man (some years only 50 acres) and then 50 extra acres for his wife and 50 acres extra for each child under the age of 16 years.

Collins, Andrew 100 acres in Craven Co., 23 Jan 1773

Andrew 200 acres and 200 acres on 3 Runs Creek, 16 Sep 1774

Andrew 400 acres on Pee Dee River, 17 Feb 1736

Charles 350 acres in Berkeley Co., 21 Feb 1772

Charles 300 acres on branch of Black River in Craven Co.,

19 Nov 1772

Charles 100 acres in St. Matthew Parish, Berkeley Co.,

8 Dec 1774

Charles 100 acres on Congaree River, Berkeley Co., 25 Sep 1766

Elizabeth 130 acres in Berkeley Co., 2 Jan 1697

John 140 acres on Woosaw Creek, Berkeley Co., 29 Mar 1790

John 100 acres on Ned's Branch, Granville Co., 27 Nov 1770

John 100 acres southside of Wateree River, Craven Co.,

3 Jun 1765

John 100 acres on Saluda River, Ganville Co., 1 Sep 1768

John 200 acres at mouth of Steel Creek, Granville Co.,

25 Apr 1765

John 370 acres in Berkeley Co., 28 Sep 1702

John 345 acres in Craven Co., 12 Jan 1705

John 500 acres on Aneda Creek, Colleton Co., 12 Jan 1705

John 376 acres Craven Co., 12 Jan 1705

John 150 acres on Low Grounds of Wateree River, Craven Co.

4 Mar 1760

Jonah 130 acres on Wahtinaw Creek, Craven Co., 1 May 1770

Jonah 500 acres in St. John Parish Craven Co., 13 Jul 1770

Jonah 370 acres in Craven Co., 30 Jul 1771

Jonah 500 acres on Waccamaw River, Craven Co., 20 Apr 1733

Jonah 1000 acres in Amelia Township on Santee River, Craven Co.,14 Feb 1735

Joseph 100 acres in Amelia Township 7 Oct 1762

Levin 100 acres on 3 Runs Creek, Granville co., 2 Apr 1773

Lewis 200 acres in High Hills of Santee, Craven co., 22 Feb 1771

Lewis 150 acres on Wateree Creek, Craven co., 17 Apr 1764

Lucy 100 acres on Sandy Creek, Craven co., 17 Feb 1767

Peter 450 acres on Savannah River, west side, Granville Co., 2 Apr 1762

Stephen 150 acres in Colleton co., 21 Feb 1772

William 500 acres on Loses Creek, Craven co., 10 Jan 1771

William 150 acres on Wateree Fork, Craven 3 Nov 1762

William 200 acres on Bullskin Branch of Rocky Creek, Craven Co., 20 Jul 1772



If a tax return and no grant above, the new owner who bought or heired the land made the tax return. The four colonial Counties:
Craven, Berkeley, Colleton and Granville. Each county began at the Atlantic Ocean, and ran completely across the state to the North
Carolina line

Andrew Collins - 2
John Collins - 1
Lucy Collins - 1
Barbara Collins - 1
John Collins - 5
Peter Collins - 1
Carter Collins - 1
Jonah Collins - 6
Robert Collins - 2
Charles Collins - 4
Joseph Collins - 1
Stephen Collins - 1
Hezekiah Collins - 1
Levin Collins - 1
Thomas Collins - 1
James Collins - 1
Lewis Collins - 2
William Collins - 3



COLLINS, Abraham, 200 acres on King Creek of Broad River,

4 Apr 1796

Abraham, 500 acres on Wolf Creek in York co., 4 Jun 1804

Ann, 300 acres on Colson Branch in Orangeburg District,

6 Jan 1799

Arthur, 474 acres on 25 Mile Creek in Kershaw co., 5 Aug 1800

Christopher, 850 acres at Craig Pond, Orangeburg District,

2 Jan 1797

Christopher, 850 acres at Upper 3 Runs, Barnwell co.,

3 Nov 1806

Call, 185 acres in Edgefield co. of 96 District, 7 Jun 1790 George W., 56 1/2 acres in Barnwell co. of Orangebrg District

2 Jan 1815

James, 500 acres on Bull Swamp, Orangeburg District at 3 Run,

7 Mar 1796

James, 221 acres on Waxhaws Creek, Lancaster co., 5 Dec 1803

Jeremiah, 189 acres on Rabon Creek, Laurens co., 5 Oct 1818

John, 708 acres on Raburn Creek, 96 District, 7 Jun 1790

John, 400 acres on Tribble Creek, Richland co., 2 Oct 1809

John, 137 acres on Hercules Branch, Barnwell co., 6 Dec 1813

John M., 332 acres on south Tyger River, Spartanburg co.,3 May 1813

Joseph, 8 acres on Windy Mill Branch, Orangeburg District,

3 Dec 1798

Joseph, 18 acres on Tyger River, Spartanburg co.,

2 or 3 Jul 1820

Capt. Joseph, 24 1/2 acres on Pacolet River, Union co.,

4 Dec 1815

Lewis, 160 acres at Stoney Run, 96 District, 4 Jul 1791

Lewis, 253 acres on Beaver Creek, Camden District, 4 Nov 1793

Nancy, 100 acres on Mill Creek, Upper 3 Runs, Orangeburg

District, 6 May 1793

Stephen, 165 acres and 188 1/2 acres on Steel Creek in Orangeburg District,

7 Jan 1793

Thomas, 799 acres on Thicketty Creek in Spartanburg co., 4 Dec 18??

William, 920 acres Gilkey Creek in Union co., 7 Nov 1803

William Collins with Thomas Burchfield, 203 acres in Laurens co., 4 Jun 1804



Abraham Collins -2
Jeremiah Collins -1
Nancy Collins -1
Alexander Collins -1
John Collins -10
Richard Collins -1
Ann Collins - 1
John M. Collins -1
Robert Collins -1
Arthur Collins -1
John S. Collins -1
Stephen Collins -2
Christopher Collins -2
Jonah Collins -1
Thomas Collins -6
David Collins -1
Joseph Collins -5
Thomas B. Collins -2
Dempsey Collins -2
Levin Collins -2
William Collins -4
George Collins -4
Lewis Collins -4
William Collins, George W. Collins -1
Mary Collins -1
Et Al -1
James Collins -4
Moses Collins -1
Wyatt Collins


No Head Right Law.

COLLINS, Alexander, 255 acres in 96 District, 1 Jan 1787 
Dempsey C., 300 acres in Georgetown District 7 Dec 1789 
David, 100 acres in Georgetown District, 6 Feb 1792 
Dempsey, 550 acres in Charlestown District, 22 mar 1816 
Elias, 835 acres in Georgetown District, 5 Oct 1835
George, 200 acres on Salycatcher, Orangeburg District, 5 Dec 1786
George, 100 acres on 3 Run Creek, Orangeburg District, 7 May 1787
George, 540 acres in Orangeburg District, 2 Jul 1787
George, 100 acres in Georgetown District, 3 Mar 1788
James, 200 acres on Broad River, Camden District, 7 May 1787
John, 340 acres in Camden District, 3 Apr 1786
John, 205 acres on South Tyger River, 96 District, 21 Jan 1785
John, 300 acres, McGirt Branch on Black River, Camden District, 3 Oct 1785
John, 100 acres and 300 acres on lower 3 Run Creek, Orangeburg District, 5 Dec 1785
John, 240 acres on Edisto River, Orangeburg District, 6 Feb 1786
John, 283 acres on Biggy Gut, Orangebrg District, 1 Jan 1787
John, 649 acres in Marion co., 21 Apr 1828
John, 1111 acres in Marion co., Georgetown District, 16 Feb 1839
John J., 155 acres in Marion co., 2 Dec 1844
Jonah, 90 acres in Charleston District, 5 May 1788
Joseph, 100 acres Orangeburg District, 4 May 1786
Joseph, 150 acres on McCraw Branch, Camden District, 1 Jan 1786
Levin, 162 acres on White Point in Orangeburg District, 4 Sep 1786
Levin, 150 acres on Edisto River, Orangeburg District, 5 Dec 1785
Lewis, 230 acres on Swift Creek, Camden District, 6 Feb 1786
Lewis, 65 acres in Camden District, 7 Jul 1788
Mary, 100 acres on Tinkers Creek, Orangeburg District, 5 Dec 1785
Moses, 520 acres in Orangeburg District, 4 Jun 1789
Richard, 69 acres and 400 acres on Gilders Creek, 96 District, 5 mar 1787
Robert, 300 acres in Georgetown District, 5 Dec 1791
Robert, 100 acres in Georgetown District, 16 Feb 1839
Thomas, 193 acres in 96 District, 3 Dec 1787
Thomas, 100 acres in Georgetown District, 7 Jan 1788
Thomas, 540 acres in Marion co., Georgetown District, 3 Oct 1802
Thomas, 1000 acres in Marion co., 3 Mar 1830
William, 100 acres on Jeffers Creek, Georgetown District, 2 Jul 1787
William, 60 acres in Georgetown District, 4 Jul 1791
Capt. William, 187 acres in Marion co., 6 Jul 1840
William I. J., 250 acres in Marion co., 3 Aug 1840
Wyatt, 300 acres on Rafting Creek, Camden District, 7 May 1787
Land was granted after the Revolution according to where free land could be found. No limit was set as to head right for this free land.

The new owner had to pay for locating the land and for surveying the land and for making over the title grant by the State of South Carolina



Before the Revolution:
SOUTH CAROLINA TORIES. All are from the York, Union, Spartenburg Counties area. These men may have left South Carolina after the Revolution. Most of the Tories moved west. Some remained in South Carolina.

Bradley Collings

Isaac Collans

James Collins

Joseph Collins

Moses Collins

Moses Collins II


South Carolina Soldiers in the Colonial War,

Cherokee Expedition 1759 - 1760

Charles Collins from Camden District

Thomas Collins from Cheraw-Georgetown Districts (He deserted)

Timothy Collins from Berkeley County

William Collins from Cheraw-Georgetown Districts (He deserted)

Sgt. William Collins from Camden District

Some of the young soldiers from the Coast, when they reached the high mountains of Oconee and saw the wild savage Cherokees, took off for the low-lands and were classed as deserters. One entire company with its' officers "took to the tall timber" when they  first saw the wild Indians.


John Collins, 140 acres on the 19th of May 1677

Robert Collins, 300 acres land in right of himself and of his wife

Elizabeth Collins and his daughter, Elizabeth Collins.

John Collins, and one boy he brought with him, 140 acres

(They arrived in 1679) 9 Jan 1684

James Beamer, 50 acres for transporting into the colony, Mary

Collins 4 Jan 1683

Alexander Collins, 640 acres of land on the 4th of Nov 1710

Elizabeth Collins, 150 acres on the 1st day of Jan 1697

Peter Collins, 100 acres in Craven county 4 Jan 1698

Robert Collings, 130 acres on James Island 4 Dec 1696

Capt. John Collins, two grants of 500 acres each on Awendaw River

27 Feb 1704 and applied for it 26 Feb 1704

John Collins, 500 acres of land in Craven county, 2 Feb 1707



Thomas Collins, York county, England,

York county, Pennsylvania

Rockingham county, North Carolina

Spartenburg county, South Carolina

I have greatly condensed data from the 1900/1901 Genealogical Pages of the Atlanta, Georgia Constitution.

First appeared a query Re. this set of Collins. It was answered by Annie Lee Hudson Hill. She gives as her authority:

Maj. John Collins who died 4 April 1841 and is buried at Nazareth Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg county, SC. She quotes from a pamphlet written by Maj. John Collins titled "A MINUTE ACCOUNT OF

SEVENTY-FIVE OR STATEMENT by John Collins, a soldier of the Revolution."

Mrs Mary Austin Smith who wrote a pamphlet titled, "TALES OF LONG AGO" in which she quotes her grandmother who was a daughter of

Thomas Collins and others

The Rev. R.H. Reid, pastor of Nazareth Church, who wrote "Sketches of Early Families of Nazareth Church" in which he interviewed some 40 people who were born from 14 to 25 years before the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Howe in his History of the Presbyterian Church in SC pages 544 and 545

Mrs Sarah Collins James (See Daniel James Bible, who said she was a granddaughter of Capt. John Collins and remembered him. She stated she had his porcelain pipe and she also had a set of porcelain punch bowls brought from England by Thomas Collins.

You should have a photostat of all of this data by Annie Lee Hudson Hill.

Data as condensed by me. (signed) Andrea


THOMAS COLLINS was born in York, England and came to York County, PA and on to Rockingham county, NC, and then before the Revolution to Spartanburg county, NC and settled between the Tyger Rivers.
Bloody Bill Cunningham, the Tory, raided his house and found the old man in bed and ran his sword thru him several times, and thinking him dead, left him. He lived.

THOMAS COLLINS married Rosannah Dodd and they had these children:

John Collins fought at Cowpens

William Collins fought at Cowpens

Richard Collins fought at Cowpens and settled in Kentucky

Joseph Collins who married Elizabeth Fleming. He also fought at Cowpens

Fannie or Frances Collins

Nancy Collins who married a Thompson

Jenny or Jennet Collins who married Col. William Austin



Josiah Collins was the first white child born in Spartanburg co., SC Aunt Patsey or Martha Jackson is listed several times with quotes from her.

The Rev. James Gilleland, Jr. is quoted and so is Dr. Thomas Collins Austin.

Robert McCann, Great grandfather is quoted and so is Grandfather Hudson.

John Collins was Captain in Revolution. J.P. after the Revolution and later Major in Militia. Mrs James says he was 6 feet and 2 inches tall.

Refused to join any church until late in life and then became a Presbyterian.


(copy of a letter written from Andrea to a person he addressed as Conners. Identy not known)

4204 DeVine Street
Columbia 50, S.C.

Feast Day of St. Anne 1945

Dear Conners

You letter came this afternoon and as always, I was glad to hear from you but so sincerely sorry about the mistaken deed I had sent to you. The enclosed carbon of my letter to the Sumter Clerk of Court will explain itself.

I keep jotting down bits and bits of data for you and some day you will have to have a general housecleaning and burn most of it. Soon, I am going to take some time off and clear up some things for you and Dudley for I get almost all of yours while I am at work for somebody else.

No I do not think that Uriah was a brother of Catlett Conner for as you will note that Catlett I was the only son of his mother and Catlett Conner did not name a son Uriah. My conjecture is that perhaps the father of Catlett Conner I was a brother to Uriah Conner I. I am not sure but I have an inkling that the father of Catlett Conner I was Edward Conner.

I find two contemporary John Johnstons in Newberry and I will have to do a bit of study to determine which is which and who is who.
Today I noted in the daily where somebody writing of Hollywood divorcee said "Somebod0y should bring out an edition of WHOSE WHO" and I think I will have to do the same with Johnstons. For some reason I think your John came down from N.C. Of course the deed I sent and that original Johnston who had the lands in 1752 may have come down and grandsons stayed in N.C. until later.
I want to check on the bounty grant for John Johnston for these were given for Rev. service. By the way have you joined DAR yet? Get the line established from your
Reuben Collins for I do not think anybody has gone in on him and then a byline from John Tisdale.

I have studied a good bit of data and am now convinced that your William and the Granville N.C. Lewis Collins were the original sons of Capt. Joseph and that the Rev. Lewis Collins at Swift Creek was a grandson.
Swift Creek
Lewis Collins took his first S.C. lands about 1765 and was likely then aged 21 and he seems contemporary with your Reuben and also he left minor children who were not 21 until 1811 or thereabouts, but these were by a 2nd wife and there is no telling how old a Baptist minister with lots of land and slaves and perhaps a keen voice and a preaching widower could get a 2nd wife. Edmond and Wyatt Collins were down at Swift Creek and they with the Richland William were likely brothers.
I know
Wyatt and Edmond were brothers.

I wish I were all alone for a week at your cabin and just rest and rerest and then you all join me for a visit after the rest.
I am far from well and that old naval disability from the last war gets me down and past going at times. Columbia is hot and humid and all of us were rudely awakened at 6:32 yesterday morning by an earthquake which threw vases and candlesticks from our shelves.

Capt. Atkinson is gettin a week's leave next week and he and Willie May are going to the cottage of a friend I think. Connie is busy
in summer school at work on her masters. Mother keeps well as common and all join me in kind regards to all three of you





Citation read 1 Mar 1845

John P. Collins died intestate. Citation to administer read 1 Mar 1845 on court house steps by William Howze.

Estate was administered 10 March 1845 by Hugh Simpson, Administrator. Administration Bond was signed by Jason Hicklin and William Lyle.

Inventory of estate made by William Y. Ferguson, William Ferguson and William Lyle.

List of heirs - names not listed. The widow is listed many times but never by name. Several minor children are listed but never by name.

Hugh Simpson and William Y. Ferguson are listed as legal guardians of the minors.

Comments by Andrea:

Usually kinspeople of the widow signed the bonds.

Perhaps a study of deeds and other papers may show the names of the widow and the children The 1850 census for Chester may show the widow and her children, provided they had not moved away. The widow may have married a second time.

From the names of the Bondsmen and appraisers, I judge this William P. Collins resided in northwestern part of Chester or else in the northeastern portion where Lyle resided along with Ferguson and Hicklin. Ferguson and Hicklin and Lyle also resided on western side of Chester. Andrea (Note: Andrea had William P. Collins in this last item.

I think it should have read John P. Collins, subject of this research)




Signed 11 Oct 1834, proved 2 Feb 1835

John Collins names in his will:

Wife ("Bury me beside my dear wife") The first name is not shown

William Collins, son and Executor

John Collins, Jr., son

Margaret Collins, daughter

Lucinda Collins, daughter

Each son and daughter who is married is to have $3.00 each.

Names not listed. ("I gave to them their portion when they were married")

Witnesses: James Wood, John P. Collins
(See his estate 10 Mar 1845),
Thomas Collins

The plantation of land was descrived as being adjacent to:

Thomas Collins, Rebecca Ferguson, John Adams, William Y. Ferguson,

Jonathan Thomas

Final Division as reported 1 Jan 1836

William Collins, the lands as willed to him

Margaret Collins, single daughter and what was willed to her

Lucinda Collins, single daughter and what was willed to her

John Collins, married son and $3.00

Robert Steedman/Steadman, $3.00 for his wife*

Alexander B. Stringfellow, $3.00 for his wife*

John Stewart, $3.00 for his wife*

James Thomas, $3.00 for his wife*

*Names of the wives not listed. A study of land dowers may show their first names.


Stringfellow and Thomas definitely place this John Collins in Northwestern part of Chester near the Union and York County lines.

(signed) Andrea





JOHN FONDREN, deceased

Joint deeds by his heirs signed 12 Nov 1817

To Peter Wylie of Chester District.

NATTGEW FONDREN of York County, Relationship not listed but evidently a son.

THOMAS COLLINS of Spartanburg County, S.C. for his wife.

JOHN DILL of Spartanburg County, S.C. for his wife (daughter*)

HANNAH FONDREN of Jackson County, GA, Relationship not listed.

Hannah could be either the widow or a daughter or else signing a dower for her husband.

SAMUEL RAINEY of Chester County, S.C. for his wife MARY RAINEY.


WILLIAM FONDREN, son of Spartanburg County, S.C.

RICHARD FONDREN, son and sells by Power of Attorney, Residence not listed. Said tract of land was granted by the Govenor of North Carolina to John Fondren bearing date of 28 Oct 1765, but later said land was found to be lying in South Carolina after the line were established. Land is situated at the Cross Roads from Charlotte, N.C. to Chester, S.C.

Witnesses: William Fondren, Jr., John Dill, Jr., Samuel Rainey, Jr.

Deed Book C, page 141

LUCY COLLINS of The Province of S.C. a deed signed 9 Mar 1771 to DENNIS CARRELL of Craven County, Province of South Carolina. 100 acres of land originally granted 17 Feb 1767 by King George III to Lucy Collins and lying on Sandy Creek of the Broad River.

Witnesses: Anthony Duffield, William Stone, James Stone, Thomas

Fletchall, J.P.

This is the first Collins deed in Chester.



REUBEN COLLINS died 1830 Kershaw County, S.C.

Reuben Collins, his bible. Only one page remains from this old Bible that has family data showing. Here are the entries from that page.

The children of Reuben Collins and his wife Monaca Collins

Elizabeth Collins, daughter born 27 Jul 1783

__?__ Collins, _?_ born 27 Jul 1783 Torn.

(One heir of Elizabeth(Collins)Sanders above was Marable Collins)

Susanner Collins, daughter born 7 Apr 1785

Jesse Collins, son born 16 Dec 1790

Lewis Collins, son born 18 Jan 1793

Bartlett Collins, son born 3 Jan 1795

Jonathan Collins, son born 8 Jul 1797

Thomas D. Collins, son born 22 Jun 1802

Also in Bible: Reuben Collins deceast 8 Oct 1830. (See his will

signed that same day.)

From the diary of a Franch Roman Catholic priest who traveled during the Revolution in upper Camden District as a missionary to the Catawba Indians, "Married Reuben Collins to Monica Durand on the Feast Day of the Precious Blood. ,1782" It is known that the wife of Reuben Collins was nee Monica Duren. 

(signed) Andrea.

This bible data was copied from a photostat owned by:

Mrs Dudley Winston Conner
220 South 22nd Avenue
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Photostat was made from original bible page owned by:

Newton E. Collins

Monterey, California



Thomas Duren Collins, born 22 June 1802, died _?_ not listed.

married in Kershaw County, S.C. 10 Aug 1820 to Winnefred Walters, born 4 Feb 1800, died 4 Aug 1859


Elijah J. Collins, son born 9 May 1821

Monaco Collins, daughter born 8 Oct 1;823

Jesse L. Collins, son born 26 Jul 1826

Alexander J. Collins, son born 15 Dec 1828

Asa Walters Collins, son born 14 Dec 1830

Winnaford Collins, daughter born 7 Jan 1833

Sara Jane Collins, daughter born 25 Dec 1;835

Mary Collins, daughter born 7 Jan 1837, died same day.

LeRoy George Collins, son born 27 May 1838

Thomas B. Collins, son born 24 Jul 1841

Daniel H. Collins, son born 7 Oct 1845

Comments by Andrea:

This Thomas Duren Collins is a son of Reuben Collins who died
8 Oct 1830. See his bible and will.

This bible has no death or marriage page left in the badly torn Bible.

This data typed from a Photostat owned by:

Mrs Dudley Winston Conner
220 South 22nd Avenue
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The photostat was made from original page owned by:

Mr. Newton E. Collins

Monterey, California



Signed 8 Oct 1830, proved 18 Dec 1830

Reuben Collins of Grannies Quarter* names in his will:

Elizabeth Sanders, daughter and Ex. "For her loving care to me in my old age my daughter Elizabeth Sanders is to have all of my estate both real and personal."

Witnesses: Isham Powell, John Cantey, Wiley Malone.

* Grannies Quarter is a prominent early settlement in Lancaster County of old Camden District and fell into Kershaw County when that county was cut from lancaster circa 1794.

Comments by Andrea: See the bible of Reuben Collins as a separate sheet.
Elizabeth Sanders, her estate will show later as a part of my Collins ms. She outlived her husband. She had no children. She died intestate and her estate was heired by her brothers and sisters. Their names will show in her file.


Copy of an old bible belonging to Reuben Collins who lived across the line of Kershaw in Fairfield co., SC. This bible was bought in
Ireland and is now owned by a gentleman living in Monterey, CA.
The following was written in old English script and had to be deciphered with the use of a magnifying glass.

(Mrs Dudley Conner, 109 13 Ave, Hattiesburg, MS)

Reuben Collins d. 8 Oct. (No year stated)

Monaca Collins was his wife but dates are not given for her.

(After the name of each birth of a child is written "Son"/"Daughter of Reuben Collins and his wife Monaca")

List of children:

1. __?__ Collins, son b. 27 July 1783 (Could not read first name)

2. Elizabeth Collins b. 27 July 1783. Twin to above son.

3. Susanner Collins b 16 Dec 178_ (last number could not be deciphered)

4. Tepe Collins b 16 Dec 1790

5. Lewis Collins b 18 Jan 1793

6. Bartlet Collins b 3 Jan 1795

7. Jonathan Collins b 6 July 1797

8. Thomas Collins b 22 June 1803

The bible was continued by the son Thomas L. Collins and these entries occx (added???) *About 1835 he moved to Alabama and then to Mississippi.

Thomas L. Collins and Winefred, his wife was married 10 Aug 1820

Winefred Walters was born 4 Feb 1800

Winefred Collins died 4 Oct 1859

Their children:

1. Elijah collins b. 9 May 1821

2. Monaca Collins b 8 Oct 1823

3. Tepe L. Collins b 26 July 1826

4. Alexander T. Collins b 15 Dec 1828

5. Asa Walters Collins b 14 Dec 1830

6. Winefred Collins b 7 Jan 1833

7. Sara Jane Collins b. 25 Dec 1835

8. Mary Collins b. 18 Jan 1837

9. LeRoy George Collins b. 27 May 1838

10. Thomas B. Collins b. 24 July 1841

The bible was continued in a new copy by Elijah: Evidently his father, Thomas L. Collins, had moved from Fairfield to Spartanburg Co., SC from first entry.

"Elijah Collins was born in Spartanburg Co., SC 9 May 1821 and died in March 1887 in Mississippi. He married Penelope McClendon, a daughter of Dennis McClendon of Anson Co., NC"

"Penelope Ann McClendon was born 25 Mar 1828 and died in 1870"

*the death portions of the two entries above were added in pencil later.

Their Children:

1. Jonathan D. Collins b. 22 Oct. 1843

2. Jessie M. Collins b. 9 Apr 1847

3. Silas E. Collins b 23 May 1852 * added later"Died in Texas in 1940"

4. Alexander G. Collins b 13 Aug 1853

5. Penelope Ann Collins b 17 Dec 1854

6. Monacha Collins b 11 Aug 1853

7. Elijah Thomas Collins b 7 Jul 1858

8. Sarah Jane Collins b 14 May 1861

9. William Lee Collins b. 4 Jan 1864 * Added later "d. 28 Aug 1840 Bapt." (Note: this date obviously is not correct or is a typing error by L. Andrea)

10. Mary Sedonia Collins b 27 Dec 1867

11. Theodosha Collins b 28 Aug 1870

It continues with "Mary Sedonia Collins married James Augustus Rayburn on 23 Dec 1885 in Newton County, Miss" and gives list of their children.

Their children:

1. Ella Iola Rayburn b 19 Oct 1886

2. Quincy Elijah Rayburn b 4 Oct 1888

3. Irvin Augustus Rayburn b 24 May 1890 d. 8 Oct 1932

4. Albert Lane Rayburn b 31 Jul 1894

5. Leovonia Rayburn b 1 Feb 1899

6. Sally mary Rayburn b 9 Feb 1901

7. Effie Lois Rayburn b 12 Jun 1904

continuation of the Rayburn Bible

Quincy Elijah Rayburn married Bell Fay Wall 13 Dec 1908. She was born 17 Jul 1892 and died 28 Apr 1937 in Hattiesburg, Miss.


1. Larene Rayburn b 1 Apr 1910 in Union Co., Miss and md. 19 Jul 1923 to Dudley W. Conner of Hattiesburg, Miss and their child

1. Barbara Ann Conner b 17 Dec 1934

2 Louise Bayburn b 15 Apr 1913 and md 6 Jul 1932 to C. M. Scovill.

From an old letter in the original Reuben Collins bible:

"Thomas L. Collins had red hair and his wife Winefred was very dark and Dutch and spake very broken English. I can remember my father telling me that they (Walters Family) that they first settled in York, Pennsylvania and from there to Spartanburg County, SC but my father says they settled first in the southern part of NC (Perhaps Anson Co.)"

* This Thomas L. Collins by having wed in Spartanburg, may account for his leaving Fairfield-Kershaw. The Kershaw Collins also had many relatives to settle in Spartanburg. All of the Mary Collins Brockman set who came to SC settled in Spartanburg and so did the families of the Kilgore and Patterson men who wed the daughters of Lewis Collins Jr. and his wife Lois Hammond.
A branch of the Collins family also settled in Spartanburg. It is thought that they were cousins of the Kershaw set being the sons and grandsons of a brother of Capt. Joseph Collins of Spotsylvania Co., VA


(Will of Joseph Collins)

In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Collins of the County of Spotsylvania being sick and weak but of sound and perfect mind and memory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this Transitory Life Do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, first I recommend my soul to Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buryed, and as to what worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath in the following manner.

Item. It is my will that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid

Item. I give to my Grand Daughter Amey Collins one cow and calf and the sum of five pounds current money, to be paid unto her when she shall arrive at the age of twenty one years or on the day of her marriage.

Item. I lend unto my beloved wife Susana Collins, my whole Estate both real and personal for and during the Term of her Widow hood, and after her marriage or death it is my will and desire that my executors hereafter named doth sell the whole estate both real and personal, at public auction, and I do hereby give the money arising by the sale of my Land to be equally divided between my four sons, James Collins, William Collins, Thomas Collins and Lewis Collins, and out of the money arising by the sale of my Negros and other estate, I give the sum of en Pounds current money to each of my daughters, Ann Wisdom, Mary Brockman, Susanna Golson, Tabitha Gatewood, Drucilla Cook and Catey Glase, and if any thing remain after such legacy's are paid, I give the same to be equally divided between my children, John Collins, James Collins, William Collins, Thomas Collins, Lewis Collins, Ann Wisdom, Mary Brockman, Susanna Gholson, Tabitha Gatewood, Drucilla Cook and Catey Glase. 

Item. I do hereby ordain, constitute and appoint my sons John Collins, James Collins, William Collins, Thomas Collins and Lewis Collins executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made and declaring this to be my last will and testament.

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 27th day of August, 1757

Seal and published Jos. Collins (SEAL)

in presence of
Jos. Brock


Robert R. Gains


Rich'd Long

At a court held for Spotsylvania county on Tuesday November the

first 1757.

This will being exhibited in court by John Collins and Thomas

Collins two of the Executors therein named and was proved by the oaths of Robert Gains and Richard Long two of the witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.

Test. Wm. Waller Co. Clk.

At a court con'td and held for Spotsylvania county, March the 9th, 1758.

James Collins heir at Law to Joseph Collins dec'd failing to appear and contest the validity of the testators will and proclamation being made according to law, it is ordered to be recorded.

Test. Wm. Waller Co. Clk.



Elizabeth Collins Sanders

File 61 2153-54 On 24 Jan 1832 a list of the Collins heirs of Elizabeth C. Sanders is placed on file as follows:

Brother Marable Collins dead and his heirs in Miss. Territory as follows

Thomas Oliver Collins, Rhoda B. Collins and Jesse Collins.

Brother J. Jesse Collins as administrator and living in SC

Sister Susanna Frances Collins, wife of Isham Melton, and living in Miss.

Brother Bartlet Collins and living outside of SC

Brother Thomas L. Collins and living in SC

Brother Lewis Collins dead and his issue living out of SC as follows

Frances S. Collins, George Sanders Collins and Elly Collins(Ev.Ely)

*No brother Tepe is named as an heir. He evidently is dead and without issue.

From the Family Bible of Reuben and Monaca Collins you sent me, I copy (After each child's birth is this Son/Daughter of Reuben and Monaca

Collins)which I did not copy. Children as follows:

1. (Name not legible) son b. 27 Jul 1783 (evidently this was Marable)

2. Elizabeth Collins, twin, b 27 Jul 1783

3. Susanner Collins b. 16 Dec 178_ (last # not legible). This is evidently the Susanna Frances Collins, wife of Isham Melton.

4. Tepe Collins b. 16 Dec 1790 (he is not accounted for in settlement of the estate of his sister and evidently dead without issue)

5. Lewis Collins b. 18 Jan 1793

6. Bartlet Collins b. 3 Jan 1795

7. Jonathan Collins b. 8 Jul 1797 (evidently the J. Jesse Collins above)

8 Thomas Collins b. 22 June 1803 (evidently the Thomas L. Collins above.)

The bible of Thomas above begins with his name as Thomas L. Collins was married to Winefred Walters 10 Aug 1820 and she was b. 4 Feb 1800 and died 4 Oct 1859 in Mississippi and their children:

1. Elijah b. 9 May 1821

2. Monaca b. 8 Oct 1823

3. Tepe L. b. 26 Jul 1826

4. Alexander T. b. 15 Dec 1828

5. Asa Walters b. 14 Dec 1830

6. Winefred b. 7 Jan 1833

7. Sara Jane b. 25 Dec 1835

8. Mary b. 18 Jan 1837

9. LeRoy George b. 27 May 1838

10 Thomas B. b. 24 Jul 1841

* Now in the bible of the son you get the name as Thomas L. Collins and to my mind there is no doubt this is your family. Andrea.

You next have the Bible of Elijah Collins which begins "Elijah Collins b. in Spartanburg Co., SC 9 May 1821 and married Penelope McLendon, a daughter of Dennis McLendon of Anson Co., NC and children born: Jonathan D., Jessie M., (here you have a Jonathan Jesse combination) Silas E., Alexander G., Penelope Ann, Monacha, Elijah Thomas, Sarah Jane, William Lee, Mary Sedonia
and Theodosha Collins.

You have the dates so I did not copy. I think that your Reuben Collins came to Spartanburg and lived for awhile with Brockman relatives there and came back to Kershaw-Lancaster line in Beaver Creek settlement. Spartanburg was too far away for him to have acted as an appraiser unless he was visiting back but he was signing papers re. estate of his sister in 1838 and my conjecture is that he did not live long in Spartanburg county.

Reuben Collins will signed 8 Oct 1830 and proved 18 Dec 1830 in Camden. (You get the year Reuben died 1830) His bible says he died 8 Oct. but the year not legible. He evidently died the day he signed the will. The will is brief and reads "To my beloved daughter, Elizabeth Sanders I leave all my estate and appoint her executor of this my last will." Wit. John Cantey, Isham Powell and Wylie Malone.

The Apprs. werer John Cantey, Robert H. Love, James Love, William Gardner, William Wilson and Thomas L. Collins. and the Inventory was signed by these men 8 Jan 1831.




Signed 27 Aug 1757, proved 9 Mar 1758. When will was proved the son, James Collins was out of the state of Virginia.

Joseph Collins names in his will:

Susanna Collins, wife and to have all as long as she lives or remains my widow.


James Collins, son and EX.

John Collins, son and EX

William Collins, son and EX

Thomas Collins, son and EX

Lewis Collins, son and EX

"My sons to have the lands when their mother dies."

Ann Wisdom, daughter, also called Nancy

Mary Brockman, daughter

Susanna Golson, daughter and also as Gholson

Tabitha Gatewood, daughter

Drucilla Cook, daughter

Catey Glase, daughter who also shows as Catherine Glass

Amey Collins, grand daughter to have half a share

"My daughters to have the slaves when their mother dies."

Witnesses: Joseph Brock, Robert Gaines, Richard Long

Comment by Andrea: Many of the children and grand children of Capt. Joseph Collins came to North and South Carolina.

From other data, marriages of the children:

John Collins married Ann Cook

William Collins married Elizabeth Bashaw

Lewis Collins married Elizabeth __?__

Thomas Collins married Susan Bartlett

James Collins married __?__

Tabitha Collins married (1) Henry Gatewood,

(2) John Holladay

Drucilla Collins married William Cook

Catherine Collins married Benjamin Glass

Ann Collins married John Wisdom

Mary Collins married (1) John Brockman

(2) Kelly Jennings

Susanna Collins married William Gholson

Joseph Collins was a son who died prior to his father, Amy may have been his child.



Signed 16 Sep 1783, proved May Court 1785

Lewis Collins, Sr names in his will:

Elizabeth Collins, wife and EX


Lois Gaton, daughter. In the will of her mother in SC she is

Lois Gayden.

Betsy Robinson, daughter residing in Virginia. She is in a deed as Elizabeth Robertson

Edward Collins, son and EX. He appears later in Camden, SC

Lewis Collins, Jr. He appears later in Mississippi

Wiley Collins, son. He appears later in Kershaw county, SC

Diannah Carter Collins, daughter. In the will of her mother in

Camden, SC she is called Dianna C. Perry.

Witnesses: John Taylor, Mourning Matlock, Reuben Search C.C.

The will of the widow Elizabeth Collins is on file in Camden, SC in which she refers to lands in Granville county, NC and in Virginia.



Signed 3 Jan 1751, proved March Court 1752

Uriah Collins names in his will:

No wife listed

Henry Collins, son and EX. when aged 21. "To have the home plantation."

Elizabeth Collins, minor daughter

Hannah Collins, minor daughter

Witnesses: Joel Barbee, Richard Wood

Timothy Gradless, friend and EX. "He is also to be the guardian of my


The original will of Uriah Collins is on file in the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, NC


WILL BOOK 5, PAGE 154, Register of deeds, CRAVEN COUNTY, NC

Signed 20 Feb 1749, proved March Court 1750

John Collins names in his will:

Mary Collins, wife and EX

Joseph Collins, son

Samuel Collins, son

Elizabeth Collins, grand daughter

Mary Jues, grand daughter

Mary Jues, grand daughter

Vina Jues, grand daughter

"My three grand daughters will take one share and divide it into three equal portions."

(signed) John (hisXmark) Collins

Witnesses: Jacob Taylor, George Barber, William Smith

Comment by Andrea: Seemingly John Collins had a deceased daughter who was the wife of a __?__ Jues.



JAMES COLLINS, SR. Will Book B, Page 180 Green county, Alabama

Signed 17 Jun 1836, proven 19 Oct 1836

Names in his will: My wife, name not listed. She signed as Martha


Claiborne Collins, son. The son by my second wife, Martha

All my first set of children. None listed by name.

Amos Travis Jr., Ex.

Henry Williams, Ex.

Witnesses: Amos Travis Sr., Eliza Withrow, J. C. Snider, Lazarus Whitehead.

From Barnwell County data in 1820 in S.C. James Collins Sr., married a widow, Mrs Martha Steinwinder, sometimes listed as Stivender

Barnwell County Deed Book L 2, page 72:

James Collins Sr, Deed of gift, signed 4 Dec 1819, To my children by my deceased wife, Mary Collins (See Benjamin Odom 5 Jan, 1801)

James Collins, eldest son (He married Mary Steinwinder)from my Stivender files

Elizabeth Collins, wife of John Rickenbacker

Dorcas, the wife of William Nimmons

Susannah, the wife of John Steinwinder

Lewis C. Collins, a minor My son, James Collins

Martha Collins, a minor is guardian of these

Keturah Collins, a minor three minor children

Witnesses: William W. Dunn, Lewis O'Bannon, John C. Allen, J.P.

In 1822 James Collins gives Power of Attorney from Green co., Alabama

Final Division in Green Co., AL on the 19th of May 1853

Keturah E. Colliins, wife of James Porter

Martha Collins deceased, wife of Arron M. Dowling

See the above children. They were also heirs.

Joshua Collins, a son, sued for his part of the Odom estate and won the suit.
In 1853 Joshua Collins was dead and had heirs

Elizabeth Collins, widow of Joshua


Sarah Collins, widow of Samuel Lee, dau. of Joshua

James Collins, Jr., son of Joshua

Jack Collins, son of Joshua

Daniel Collins, son of Joshua

Lewis Collins, son of Joshua

Williamson Collins, son of Joshua

Lewis Patterson, age 6, grandson, son of deceased dau. Susannah,

wife of Thomas Patterson

Note: See will of James Collins, the elder, in Barnwell signed or proven
on 9 Jan., 1790



James Collins, Sr. Revolutionary Pension No. W.6737 National Archives

Washington, DC Died 23 December 1838 North Carolina

Wife: Temperance Vinson, Aged 82 on Mar 1847, d.19 Dec. 1848

Franklin county, NC

Children (16):


Durum Collins, son born 25 Dec. 1784

Willis Collins, son born 18 Feb 1786

Wilson Collins, son born 9 Jun 1787

Holland Collins, son born 17 Oct 1788

John Collins, son born 14 Jul 1790

David Collins, son born 25 Oct 1791

Polly Collins (Mary), daughter born 20 Jan 1793

Patsey Collins (Martha), daughter born 8 Jun 1794

Henry Collins, son 18 Dec 1795

Jones Collins, son born 28 Jun 1797

Elizabeth Collins, daughter born 2 Jan 1799

Sarah Collins, daughter born 28 Oct 1800

James Collins Jr, son born 24 Jan 1803

Tempey Collins (Temperance), daughter born 19 July 1805

Elisha Collins, son born 2 May 1807

George Washington Collins, son born 12 Nov 1809


Comments by Andrea: I really imagine that Temperance Vinson

Collins was tired after birthing so many children.

In North Carolina two other men named James Collins drew Revolutionary

Pensions: James Collins No. S. 1653

James Collins No. S. 8246


Captain Joseph Collins Will Book B, page 329 Spotsylvania Co., VA

Signed 27 Aug 1757, proved 9 Mar 1758. James Collins, the son

was living outside Virginia when will was proved

Names in his will:

Wife: Susannah Collins


James Collins, son and Ex.

John Collins, son and Ex.

William Collins, son and Ex.

Thomas Collins, son and Ex.

Lewis Collins, son and Ex.

Ann Wisdom, daughter who is also listed as Nancy.

Mary Brockman, daughter

Susannah Golson, daughter who is also shown as Gholson.

Tabitha Gatewood, daughter

Drucilla Cook, daughter

Catey Glass, daughter who is also listed as Catherine

Amy Collins, granddaughter

"sons to have the land when their mother dies and my daughters

to have the slaves."

Witnesses: Joseph Brock, Robert Gaines, Richard Long.

Comments by Andrea: Sons of these children came to NC and SC.

Joseph Collins died prior to his father and is not listed in

the will. Amy may have been a daugter of Joseph Collins, Jr.

Marriage date from other sources:

John Collins married Ann Cook

William Collins married Elizabeth Bashaw

Lewis Collins married Elizabeth __?__

Thomas Collins married Susan Bartlett

James Collins married __?__

Tabitha Collins married (1) Henry Gatewood

(2) John Holladay

Drucilla Collins married William Cook

Catherine Collins married Benjamin Glass

Ann Collins married John Wisdom

Mary Collins married (1) John Brockman

(2) Kelly Jennings

Susannah Collins married William Gholson


Joseph Collins File 20-448, Abbeville County, SC

Of Thickety Creek in 96 District, SC

Inventory of his estate was made 2 Jul 1783

By: Adam Goudelock, John Montgomery, Moses Meek

No further papers show in this file.

Thickety Creek, SC is in what is now Spartanburg County, SC. It flows into a new county of Cherokee that was formed from Spartanburg County and Union County and a part of York County. 

comment by Andrea: See the will of Susannah Collins of Thickety Creek sg. 14 Feb 1784. She mentions her mother as Lucy Collins and mentions "The land on Thickety Creek that belonged to my deceased father, Joseph Collins."



James Collins, the elder Will, Book 1, page 77, Barnwell Co., SC

Signing date missing. Proved 9 Jan 1790

Names in his will:

(no wife listed)


James Collins Jr, eldest son and Ex.

Elizabeth Toney, daughter

Lydia Collins, daughter

Major Croom Collins, son

John Collins, son

Susannah Collins, daughter

Daniel Collins, son

William Winwright Collins, son

Mary Collins, daughter

Relationship for the next two not listed.

Levin Collins, Executor also as Leven Collins

Joseph Collins, Executor


Mentions lands adjacent to Thomas Morris and James Morris

Witnesses: Daniel Odom, Benjamin Odom, Leven Collins

Comments by Andrea:

See Joseph Collins, James Collins, Leven Collins, all as sons-in-law of Benjamin Odom in Barnwell. His estate 5 Jan 1801



Jacob Carrell, Planter Book E., page 309. signed 14 Apr 1815

proved 21 Jun 1815 Richland county, SC includes son-in-law

Joseph Collins

Names in his will:

(wife not named, deceased)


William Carrell, son and Ex.

James Carrell, son and Ex.

Jacob Carrell, son

Joseph Carrell, son

John Carrell, son

Unity Collins, daughter

Joseph Collins, son-in-law

John Collins, grandson

Eliza Collins, granddaughter

"My Collins grand children to take the share of their mother."

200a of land where I live.....160a on west side of Tom's Creek

200a on Tom Creek

Witnesses: Jesse M. Howell, Moses Croft, Thomas Green

Jacob Carrell land grants: 100a on 11 Sep 1770

200a on 2 Nov 1772 on Tom's Creek by

Bright Everett, Andrew Allison, Richard

Adams and Richard Tucker.

Jacob Carrell was a soldier in the Revolutionary War as a Horseman.

Comments by Andrea:

I am under the impression that Unity Carrell Collins was dead and her share was given to her children John and Eliza Collins

Joseph Collins 1755-1839 Twiggs County, GA

Twiggs County, Georgia....census shows that this eldest children were born in South Carolina. He was in Wilkes County, GA in 1792 and later in Lee county and Muscogee county.  He received a Revolutionary Bounty Land Grant.

Wife: Nancy Conner


Ruth Norris, daughter Surnames of daughters

Martha Cunningham, daughter are their married names

Mary Owens, daughter One son-in-law is listed

Sarah Nelson, daughter as Alexander Nelson

Wilson Collins, son


continued data:

Martha Collins was born 1788 in SC and died between 1850-1860 in Macon county, GA. She married S.Cunningham and had children:

Jane Cunningham, born 1810

Samuel Cunningham All of these children were

Joshua Cunningham born in that part of Lee

John Cunningham county now known as Macon.

William Cunningham

Amanda Cunningham

George Cunningham, 1828-1879

Martha Cunningham, born 1831

Wilson Collins was born in SC and married Martha Cunningham, whose mother was a miss Hanna born in Virginia.

Children of Wilson and Martha Collins:

Alexander Collins, mar. a Miss Law

Mary Collins, mar. a Mr Daniel

Caroline Collins, mar. a Mr Rynum

Emily Collins, mar. a Mr Rynum

Martha Collins, mar John Kleckley who was born SC in 1827

Ruth Collins, mar a Mr Cloud

James Collins, mar a Miss Cole

William Collins, born 1829 in GA, mar Annie Lewis

Jane Collins, mar (1)Mr Kleckley

(2) Mr. Daniel


Lewis Collins Sr Will, Book 1, page 436, Granville county, NC

signed 16 Sep 1783, proved May court 1785

Names in his will:

Elizabeth Collins, wife and Ex.


Lois Gaton, daughter who is also shown as Gayden

Betsy Robinson, daughter in VA, also as Elizabeth Robertson

Edward Collins, son and Ex.

Lewis Collins Jr, son

Wiley Collins, son

Diannah Carter Collins, daughter

Witnesses: John Tayler, Mourning Matlock, Reuben Searcy,C.C.

See the will of the widow of Lewis Collins Sr. in Kershaw county, SC signed in 1796

Slaves named in the will:

Violet goes to Lois Gaten

Feedy goes to Betsy Robertson

Choice goes to Edward

Jack goes to Lewis Jr

Phillis goes to Willie

Isom goes to Diannah

Cupid, Plimoth, Peg, Amy, Peter, Plime all go to "my wife."

Granville County, NC Marriage Bonds:

Lois Collins 4 Dec 1782 to George Gaton who however signed as George Gayden. Edward Collins signed the Marriage Bond, Reuben Searcy was the witness.

comments by Andrea:

After the death of Lewis Collins Sr., his widow and family moved to

Kershaw County, SC


Lewis Collins, The Elder
Will, Book ?, File 17-545 Kershaw county, SC.
signed 15 Jan 1806, proved 24 Mar 1806

Named in his will:

No wife named in his will. He was married twice.

My young set of children:

Ann Collins, my young daughter

Lewis Collins, my young son

My old set of children:

Dillard Collins, son

Davis Collins, son

Zerviah Brumfield, daughter

Delpha Arnold, daughter

Susannah Collins, daughter

Hannah Catoe, daughter

Nancy Elliott, daughter

Executors: Alexander Steward, Ex., John Millhouse, Ex.

Witnesses: Jacob Chambers, Michael Chambers

Comments by Andrea: The actual file and the deeds of Kershaw and Sumter Counties have additional data on this man and his family. Dowers give first names of his wives. Susannah, the daughter, married a Collins.

See the sheet for Baptist Collins...this Lewis and his son, Davis Collins were both Baptist ministers along with another David Collins, a Baptist minister who seemed to be a grandson.


Collins - minors 22 Nov 1834 File 106-2695 Abbeville County, SC

William F. Collins and his sister Margaret R. Collins

Both being minors under the age of 21 years and have a combined estate worth $4000.00. Guardianship of these minors was issued on the 22nd day of November 1834 John Collins, Guardian. The Bond was signed by William Collins and Andrew Richey.

The Guardianship papers do not show whose children or heirs these two minor children belong to for this estate.


Moses Collins Will, Book H2, page 146, signed 10 Jan 1797, proved

17 Apr 1797 Winnsboro.

A Haberdasher of Winnsboro.

Names in his will:

No wife listed

Estate to:

Michael Collins, brother and Ex.

Sally Kirby, sister who also shows as Sarah

Ruth Drake, sister who also shows as Ruthy

Ann V. Collins, sister

Elizabeth, sister and Ex.

Witnesses: James Perry, Johathan Perry, James Perry Jr

Comments by Andrea: If the names of the father and mother were known

we would have a good family group.



Peter Collins Jr 27 Jun 1785 Box 106-2726 Abbeville County, SC

His estate was administered 27 Jun 1785 by:

Campbell Kennedy. Bond was signed by Margaret Kennedy and John

Neale. The same estate was re-administered 29 Apr 1786

John Ballenger

Bond was signed by William McKinley and Andrew Pickens

Inventory of the Estate of Peter Collins Jr was made 13 May 1786 by Francis Carlile, James Baskin, William McKinley.


comments by Andrea:

The men who made the Inventory all resided in the Cedar Springs

area and near a modern village called Troy, SC and along the edge

of the present county of McCormick, SC


Susannah Collins, also shown as Sucky Collons

Will, file 106-2733, Abbeville County, SC. signed 14 Feb 1784

proved 6 Jun 1784 of Thickety Creek in 96 District, SC

Names in her will:

Lucy Collings, mother and Ex.

Joseph Collins, deceased father

William Burton, Ex.

Witnesses: James Johnson, William Burton Jr, Phoebe Burton

comment by Andrea: See the Inventory of Joseph Collins made

2 Jul 1783 on Thickety Creek., SC


William Collins Will, Book C, page 39, Kershaw County, SC

signed 10 Jul 1791, proved 29 Feb 1792

Named in his will:

No wife listed. From other data she was nee Elizabeth Bashaw

of VA


Caty Gayden, daughter who also shows as Catherine.

John Gayden, Son-in-law and Ex.

Reuben Collins, Eldest son and Ex.

Elizabeth Jones, daughter (she had three or four husbands)

William Collins Jr, son

Joseph Collins, Son

Nancy Collins, daughter

Bashaw Collins, son

Thomas Collins, son

Sarah Collins, daughter

Witnesses: John Green, Thomas Gardner, Joanna Gayden

This William Collins came from Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

His file and deeds in Kershaw and lancaster give much additional

data on him.


Charles Collins Sr Will, file 14-302, Abbeville county, SC

signed 31 May 1836, proved 16 Jul 1836

Names in his will:

Sarah Collins, wife


Charles Collins Jr, son and Ex

James Collins, son

Cealea Graham, daughter and also as Celia

Esther Pope, deceased daughter

James Madison Pope, son of Esther Pope

Eliza Pope, daughter of Esther Pope

Elizabeth Pope, daughter of Esther Pope

Mary Pope, daughter

witnesses: Stephen Jones Sr, Zachariah Graham, Benjamin Rosamond

Some buyers at the sale: George Pope, William Graham Sr and

William Graham Jr

Comments by Andrea: This surname of Collins also shows as Cullins

Abbeville county, SC, file 24-547

Sarah Collins, widow

Her estate was administrated 29 Aug 1837 by her son, Charles

Collins Jr. His Bond was signed by Zachariah Graham and Stephen

Jones Jr. No List of Heirs in the file.

Her Citation was read at the Walnut Grove Baptist Church.


Wilson Collins 1786-1875 Choctaw County, Alabama. Data from Mrs

J. Ivan Wimmer, Safford, AZ

Wilson Collins was born abt 1786 in NC. Died 1 Dec 1875 near

Louisville, Alabama

married Barbara Beasley. She died before 1850

Children (listed in birth order)

Albert Washington Collins born 3 Jan 1814 in Eatonton, Putnam.

county, GA. Son married Susan N. Thomas

Elizabeth Collins, daughter born abt 1816. Mar. Alexander Johnson

Martha Collins, daughter born abt 1818. Mar Guiles C. Efurd or

Giles C. Efird

Lucy Collins, daughter born abt 1820. Mar. Mr Raley

Sarah Collins, daughter born abt 1822. Mar. Sidney S. Smith

Temperance (Tempey) Collins, daughter born abt 1824.

Mar. James Hurst

Mumford Collins, son born abt 1826. Mar Mary Howell

Hartwell Collins, son born abt 1826. Mar. Susan Williams

The 1840, 1850 and the 1860 census confirms the "abt" birth dates of the above children listed.

Comments by Andrea: See the Revolutionary Pension sheet for James

Collins Sr. of Franklin County, NC #W.6737. I am sure that

Eatonton is in Putnam County, GA


Captian Benjamin Odom (also O'Dom) 5 Jan 1801 File 8-2 Barnwell Co.,SC

His estate was administered 5 Oct 1801 with the consent of his widow Tamer Odom

by his brothers

Thomas Odom and George Odom, administrators

There was a considerable estate consistiong of real and personal property and of slaves

No List of Heirs show in the file.

However in Deed Books in Barnwell County, SC there are a score of papers. One of the best is Book 3, page 219 and Book 3, page 115, plus dowers signed. When the * follows a name it was taken from the dower on this estate and is not in the two deeds mentioned above.

The Heirs of Benjamin Odom deceased, power of attorney signed 6 Feb 1804 to the following neighbors: Gideon Haygood, Darling Peoples, Gasper Trotti, Lawrence Trotti, George Lathan to divide the land and other property of Capt. B. Odom.

Division of the Estate:

Tamer Odom, widow to have one third


Levin Collins residing in the state of Georgia. To have one share in the right of his wife, Catherine Collins, nee Odom*

James Collins residing in Barnwell county, SC to have one share in the right of his wife, Mary Collins, nee Odom*

Lydia Odom residing in Barnwell County, SC. To have one share in her own right. (She died single abt. 1835)

Dorcas Collins, nee Odom and Lee and now deceased. Her heirs to have one share and all residing in GA

Lewis Lee, the first husband of Dorcas and now deceased and one child, Mrs Sarah Durett, nee Lee, to have one portion

Joseph Collins, the second husband of Dorcas, and living in GA and two children, Mary Collins or called Polly Collins, to have one portion.

Catherine Collins called Catey Collins to have one share or portion.

John A. O'Bannon residing in Barnwell District, SC to have one share in right of his wife, Sarah O'Bannon, nee Odom*

Mary Odom, also called Polly Odom to have one share in the right of her deceased father who was a son of Capt. Benjamin Odom.

After the widow received her dower third the estate was divided into six equal portions. A Revolutionary soldier, Benjamin Odom Jr in the SC Archives died in 1792 in Barnwell District. Levin

Collins was his administrator. I think he is the father of the 6th heir, Mary Odom. This Capt. Benjamin Odom was Capt and Major in the SC State Militia after the Revolution. He was also a soldier in the Revolution.


Mrs Thamer Odom, also Tamer Odom, Widow. Will, file 3-14 Barnwell county, SC.
Signed 21 May 1808, proved 12 Jan 1809. This abstract is from the original will.
The WPA copy in SC Archives and in D.A.R. Library in Washington, DC are both in error....Andrea.)

Names in her will:

Mary Collins, daughter

James Collins, son-in-law and Ex. and husband of Mary.

Catherine Collins, daughter

Lydia Odom, daughter

Sarah O'Bannon, daughter

Mary Collins, granddaughter

Sarah Duret, granddaughter

Mary McDaniel, granddaughter: George Odom, Seybert Odom, Mary Smith 

Comments by Andrea: Left out of the will is Catherine Collins, dau of Dorcas Odom and Joseph Collins, who is shown as an heir in the estate of Capt. Benjamin Odom. Sarah Duret, nee Lee, is also a daughter of Dorcas Odom and Lewis Lee. Mary Collins, the granddaughter is the heir who received one share and in right of her deceased mother, Dorcas Odom, wife of Joseph Collins. Mary McDaniel, I take her to be the Mary Odom who heired a share in the right of her deceased father.

D.A.R. membership for Mrs Norman G. Preston, Shreveport, LA.

Mrs Preston joined on the service of Benjamin Odom who was a member of the Volunteer Company of Capt. James Jones of the SC Militia in 1776.

Barnwell Deed Book D, page 434

Tamer Odom, widow of Benjamin Odom, a deed to my daughter, Lydia Odom, dated 21 May 1808 for all my dower rights in the estate of my late husband, Benjamin Odom. Lydia is to care for me as long as I live. At her death this will go to the children of my daughter Mary and James Collins.

Witnesses: William Steed and James Collins


Collins data, Virginia to Kershaw County, SC

Spotsylvania County, VA:

Will of Joseph Collins 1753, wife: Susannah

Children: John Collins

James Collins

William Collins

Thomas Collins mar. Bartlett

Lewis Collins (??given mothers maiden name??)

Ann Wisom or Wisdom

Drucilla Cook

Caty Glass (U.S. Senator Carter Glass descendent)

Susannah Golson or Sholson

Tabitha wife of Henry Gatewood

Mary wife of John Brockman

Wyatt Collins from Virginia took ;up land in Kershaw in 1787

Will of Lewis Collins Sr proved 24 Mar 1806 (a Baptist minister)

Kershaw county, SC (no wife named) Children: Dillard Collins,

Davis Collins, Lewis Collins, Ann Collins, Zerviah Brumfield,

Delpha Arnold, Susannah Collins, Hannah Cator or Catoe, and

Nancy Elliot

Ex.; Alexander Steward and John Millhouse

Witnesses: Jacob and Michael Chambers

Kershaw County will of Elizabeth Collins, widow. proved 10 Apr 1804

Children: Edward Collins, eldest son, Lewis Collins, Lois, wife of George Gayden, Jacky Perry, son of deceased daughter, Dinah and Lemuel Perry, William Collins, my youngest son, Betsy Gayden, my granddaughter Ex: Son William and Thomas Gardner.

Witnesses; C. Gayden, Mary Platt and Peggy Johnson

Kershaw County will of William Collins, proved 29 Feb 1792 (no wife mentioned) Children: Caty, wife of John Gayden, Reuben Collins, Elizabeth Jones, William Collins, Joseph Collins, Bashaw Collins, and Sarah Collins

Kershaw County will of Lewis Collins, proved 20 Feb, 1815.
Wife Charlotte. Children: Wiley Collins, Aletha, wife of Jesse Kilgore, Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Petterson (some of these

Pattersons interwed with the Spartanburg Collins and Brockmans)

To William Gardner, 1/5 of a tract of land. Does not say why or if a relative. Ex. wife

Witnesses: Samuel Kirkland, William Gardner and George Gardner.

Kershaw County will of Reuben Collins proved 18 Dec 1830 (no wife mentioned) My estate to my daughter, Elizaeth Sanders, who is

Ex. Witnesses; John Cantey, Isham Powell and Wiley Malone

Kershaw County will of Lemuel Perry proved 26 Oct 1791. Wife Dinah.

Children: Jackey Perry and unborn child of my now pregnant wife.

Ex. William Kirkland and Lewis Collins

Witnesses: James Perry, Josiah Perry and Thomas Hill

Fairfield county (adjoins Kershaw County) will of Daniel Collins, proved 7 Feb 1815, wife Eleanor.

Children: Cynthia Collins, Polley Collins, Jane Collins

Ex. Adam McKane

Witnesses: Sarah Collins, Jenney Collins, J. Marshall

Will of Mosley Collins, bachelor, proved 30 April, 1797

Brothers and sisters: Michael Collins, Elizabeth Collins, Ann Collins, Ruthey Drake, Sallie Kirby

Ex. Michael Collins

Witnesses: James Perry, Johiah Perry, James Perry Jr.

(These Perry witnesses lead me to believe that this Collins was of the same set as the Kershaw County family....Andrea)

Will of William James Collins of Fairfield County, proven 15 May 1900

His wife was Mary, daughter of Amos Rose.

William J. Collins was born 11 Feb 1819 and died 4 May 1900.

Children: Wyatt Wesley Collins, mar. (1) Mary Boney

(2) Elizabeth Hood

William Calvin Collins

Elizabeth Collins

Lucy Nancy Collins

Ella Julia Collins, mar. Lawrence Bertiand Wilson

The three middle children removed to Alabama where they wed and reared families, except Lucy who died unwed.

(The name of Wyatt leads me to believe that this family comes from the Wyatt Collins of the land grant in Kershaw in 1787...


To show further the connection of the Lewis Collins family of Kershaw with the Spartanburg family of Collins and Brockman. I give the list of John Brockman and his wife Mary Collins, daughter of Joseph at the head of the list.

John Brockman died in Orange County, Virginia and lists his children: 

Samuel Brockman

John Brockman, mar. Amelia Martin

William Collins Brockman

Joseph Brockman

Susannah Atkins

Sarah, wife of Thacker Quisenberry

Elizabeth Brockman

Hannah Brockman

Mary Brockman

Rachel Brockman

Major Brockman, mar. Jessie Jones

In Orange County, Virginia in 1786 Moses Perry mar. Susan Brockman and later settled in Fairfield County, SC

Also Major Brockman mar. 1779 Mary Patterson

John Brockman, son of Mary Collins and John Brockman settled in partanburg County along with the Collins family. He died in 1825.

His children were: John Brockman, mar. Mary K. Brockman

Mary Brockman mar Joel Dean, Annie Brockman mar Thomas Parks of Laurens County, SC, Major Brockman mar. Mary Patterson, Lucy Brockman mar. John Owens and Henry Martin Brockman mar Susannah Patterson, dau of Susannah and Turner Patterson

Henry Martin Brockman and his wife, Susannah Patterson had: Amelia Brockman, mar Thomas Campbell, Mary Brockman mar Theopolius Cannon, Anne Brockman mar Mr. Hammett and moved to Alabama, Francis Brockman mar James Peden, Lucy Brockman mar James Brockman, son of Major, Thomas Patterson Brockman mar Mary Kilgore, Elizabeth Brockman mar

John Dawson Smith.

In Orange county in 1784, Elizabeth Brockman mar David Thompson and some of their children settled in Spartanburg and some in Kershaw and Fairfield. Refer back to the Kershaw will of Lewis Collins Jr and note where two of his daughters wed, one a Kilgore and one a Patterson. All of this leads to the connection of the Kershaw-Fairfield-Spartanburg families.

In Greenville County at the same time and dates Eleanor Collins, mar John Foster in Farfax County, Virginia and settled in SC before 1790.

A daughter of hers wed a Perry.



Anson county, NC DAR file. (note: some of the names here are not Collins.
It is not known if there is a Collins connections or if

Andrea was doing research on other lines)

In Carraway Graveyard are buried with markers:

Joel McClendon 1779-1855

Edward McClendon 1814-1899 and wife Sarah 1819-1881

(I was told that this Joel was brother to your Dennis. Andrea)

Wall Graveyard

Edward Wall, b. 1-13-1813. d. 3-4-1861

James Wall Sr., d. 4-19-1854 aged 73 yrs. 8 mos & 12 das.

From a Wall Bible owned by Mrs. W.W. Bennett, Wadesboro, NC

William Wall m. Jane Hyde 15 Nov 1803

Ch. Susan b. 1805, Mary Jane 1808, George Washington 1809,

Sarah 1810, William 1814, John 1817, Martha Jane 1818, Robert

Melton 1819, Eliza Ann 1822, (2nd)Mary Jane 1825

Grandville County, NC

Will of LEWIS COLLINS signed 16 Sep 1783, proved May Court 1785

Wife: Elizabeth Collins, Ex.


Lowis Gaton (Lois Gayden)

Betsy Robinson in VA

Edward Collins, Ex

Lewis Collins, Ex

Mourning Matlock

This is the same set as the will of Mrs Elizabeth Collins in Kershaw and the same son Lewis buried near Liberty Hill and along with your Reuben. Dr Wardlaw's cousin thought that the father of his Lewis was also Lewis Collins. This is proved now.

*I think that a close examination should now be made as to which were the sons and which were the grandsons of Capt. Joseph Collins. The Rev. Lewis Collins will 1806 I think in Kershaw and the Baptist minister who came to SC 1768 and left minor children who were not of age until about 1813, must not have been the son, but a grandson. Lewis, son of Lewis above in Granville, wife's tombstone near Beaver Creek says she was born VA 1766. I BELIEVE NOW this Lewis of Granville was son of Capt Joseph and the Rev. Lewis a grandson. I still believe your William was the William Collins who wed the Bashaw for he named a son Bashaw. A reconsideration of all these verious generations should be made.

Laurens County SC Will of John Brockman (grandson of Capt Joseph

Collins)signed 27 Nov 1800 and proved 13 Feb 1801

Wife Amelia (Martin) Brockman.


Henry M. Brockman and his son, John

Annie Parks

Mary Dean

Frances, wife of Thomas Mullens

Kennery Brockman

Lucy, deceased wife of John Owens

Witnesses: Daniel Wright, Robert Burton, Asa Wright

* This will, I found, has thrown a bombshell in the Brockman set. The published genealogy of the Brockman family (in which I got first Collins clue) says John Brockman died in 1825 and that a thourgh search had been made for his will in NC and VA, but it had never been found. The genealogy does not list the children as they are in this will and some of the Brockmans try to tell me this is another Brockman. Look at the data I sent you and in G & H which I got from the book, Genealogy of the Brockman Family, compare it and with the will and send me your opinion. Since John Brockman is a grandson of Capt. Joseph and had wedded grandchildren in 1800, your William may also be a grandson and also the Rev. Lewis Collins. This all has put me to studying ans we may have to solve a missing generation.


Granville marriages:

Thomas Collins 1788 Peggy Wyans.

Thomas Collins 1790 Elizabeth Tisdale

John Collins 1790 Nancy Rast Green

This is about all the Granville NC Collins data. Now who is this Elizabeth Tisdale for there is no Tisdale land or other data in Granville. Who is this Thomas Collins and did his 1st wife die and he wed again??

Your William had a son Thomas. The Gayden wed a sister of his and also Gayden wed Lois Collins, daughter of Lewis. This may be your Thomas, brother of Reuben. Where did he get his Tisdale wife? (Andrea)


If you want to join DAR here is your line: I had told you that the Collins of your set William and Lewis and others only sold supplies. For some reason I had overlooked Reuben and he was a Lt.

File for Reuben Collins of Camden Dist. You can get a photostat

with a good signature of Reuben. There are several papers in his file a 70 days militia duty as private 1779-17780 b 78 days in militia as a Lt. 1781-1782 and indent for 21 pounds 4 shillings made out 27 Feb 1789 when Reuben signs the indent for cash #499 Book Z

c 27 Aug 1784 Reuben swears to the indent

d Col John Marshall swears to the following service as Lt of Horse under him 30 days in 1781 and 40 days ending 22 Apr 1782

e Camden District 8 Nov 1779 had 42 days as private under Col Joseph


f 3 receipts for $60.00 annuity pension from SC to Reuben Collins and

dated 6 Jun 1828, 6 Jun 1829 and 4 Jun 1830

I looked up Pleasant Tisdale and he was listed only in file of John Tisdale. (When indents were made out for the back pay from SC,

they had to be collected in Columbia and often the owners of the indents would
assign to some friend, relative or son to take to Columbia for collection)
This was the case of Pleasant Tisdale.

John Tisdale file: His indent is torn into some 4 or 5 pieces and can

hardly be read. A photostat should be made of it soon or else it will be too late.
On it are signatures of John Tisdale and of Pleasant Tisdale signed with a small "p".
A front and back photostat will cost 75 cents.

John Tisdale file

a. indent for 61 pounds 13 shillings & 8 pence for service with the Continental Troops.

b. Interest on indent for 4 pounds 6/4 which was assigned to John Jennings for colection in Columbia 11 July 1786 and Jennings signs the receipt

c. 23 Oct 1786 John Tisdale assigns the principal to Pleasant Tisdale

d. 20 Dec 1786 Pleasant Tisdale signs receipt for 7 pounds 18/8 as part of the pay he received in Columbia for John Tisdale

e. Pleasant Tisdale assigns the remainder to Gen Thomas Sumter for collection

I will check tomorrow to see if I can find a file for John Murff on Rev. If I do, I will drop you a card from Hist. Com.

Miss Revill has me upset. She has an 8 month job now for Mrs White of Stateburg and Cleveland, Ohio. Janie has it in for me and says "I come to Sumter, stay all day and work and then charge my client only a dollar." She says that I have misled you on Reuben Collins and that his father, William Collins was not the son, but the grandson of Capt Joseph Collins of Spotsylvania. I asked Mr Hutson (to whom she told all this) to ask her for the proof and she said "for $50." I have checked all along thinking that Reuben's father might be a grandson but I think that I am right. Capt. Joseph d 1757 and it seems all his children were wed when he made his will. Your William calls Reuben his eldest son. Do you have birth date of Reuben? Peter Bashaw d. 1745 and Elizabeth was single then but was wed in 1752 when she signed dower with William Collins. Your Reuben must have been over 20 in Rev. to have been a Lt.

Reuben m. before 1783 when his first child was born. If William was md. before 1752 when his wife signed dower and Reuben was oldest son (not child) Reuben could have been born about 1758 and then have been eldest son. Revill says William Collins, father of Reuben was a son of William Collins on page 8 of my data and will Richland County 1787 and this William was father of William who was father of Reuben. You proved William had will Kershaw 1791 which makes the 2 Williams dying only 4 years apart. I am sure there was a close relationship between William of Richland and William of Kershaw but I am still of the opinion that I am right. I thought I would pass this fly in the ointment along for your opinion for I am not one of those who think I am right always and I stay open for opinions pro and con. (signed) L. Andrea 


Reuben Collins Continued

A sale was ordered on 18 Dec 1830 and among those who bought were Thomas L. Collins, Elizabeth Sanders, Bartlett Collins, James Campbell, John Young, John Love, Wylie Malone and David Powell. * This is evidence also that your Reuben was not in Spartanburg nor your Thomas L. for he and his brother, Bartlett were buying at the sale of their father.

Elizabeth may have been a favorite daughter and that is why she was willed all the estate. Several years ago when you first had me to search for your Reuben I found this will and sent it to you but had no evidence that he had any other children. I am now glad that when I ran across the George Sanders Estate and Jesse Collins was named while I was working for Mrs. Troy H. Cribb of Spartanburg, that I decided to write and ask if you would bear my expenses to Camden for a couple of days work.

On File in Camden dated 22 Aug 1791: "I, William Collins of Lancaster County, do hereby appoint my eldest son, Reuben Collins my attorney in fact to transact all my business for me and to sign my name on legal papers" Signed William Collins and wittnessed by Thomas Gardner and Lewis Cook.

The will of William Collins Planter of Liberty Hill and Lancaster County, was signed 10 July 1791 and proved Camden 29 Feb 1792. No wife is named (from sources in Virginia she was a miss Bashaw) and evidently she was dead.
Children listed as Caty Collins, wife of John Gayden Ex.,Reuben Collins my eldest son, Elizabeth Jones, William Collins, Nancy Collins, Bashaw Collins, Thomas Collins, and Sarah Collins. The Excs were approved 25 Feb 1792 and all other papers in file are missing.

In Spotsylvania County, Virginia will was proved 1753 for Capt. Joseph Collins with wife listed as Susannah Collins and children as
John, James, William, Thomas, Lewis, Ann Wisdon, Drucilla Cook, Caty Glass, Susannah Golson, Tabitha Gatewood and Mary Brockman. Most of the children have been traced and Mary Collins Brockman came into Spartanburg County and is ancestor of my stepmother, William and Lewis Collins and a sister in law, Elizabeth came into Kershaw County. The above William of Kershaw will
proved 1792 is the son of Capt. Joseph Collins.

William Collins, son of Capt. Joseph married a Miss Bashaw and I think Elizabeth Bashaw, at any rate she was the daughter of Peter Bashaw whose will was proved in Westmoreland County, Virginia 26 Nov 1745 with wife as Mary and children as Warrener, James, Spence, Peter, Elizabeth, Mary and Sarah. 
* Note William named his first daughter Caty for his sister. His other two daughters were Elizabeth and Sarah and since he named a son of his William for himself, Sarah or Elizabeth could have been named for the mother.
If the Lancaster county deeds were not burned we would be able to find her name when she signed a dower.

Warrener Bashaw, son of Peter above, had will proved 1796 in Westmoreland county, Virginia and wife listed as none.


Ephphroditus(this name is still in SC family), Betty Basey, Caty, Rachel and Lusietta all now living in Prince Williqam and Farquier counties, Virginia, ie last 3 daughters

Of the children of Capt Joseph Collins from data belonging to my stepmother, Mrs Celestine Smith Andrea I give some of the families of the children of Capt Joseph Collins.

1. John Collins mar Ann Cook, dau of Thomas Cook

2. James Collins settled in NC and from dowers signed in NC we know his wife is named Elizabeth and she may be the Elizabeth in Kershaw.

3. William Collins mar. __?__ Bashaw, a dau of Peter and he settled in Beaver Creek Presbyterian Church section and will noted above.

4. Thomas Collins mar. Susanna Davis Bartlett, whose grandmother was Susanna Wyatt of my own line and he had: Bartlett Collins, Edmund Collins, Wyatt Collins and others.

5. Rev. Lewis Collins settled in Kershaw and his will later. He was a Presbyterian and was converted to the Baptist Faith in Virginia and came abt. 1764 to the High Hills in Sumter and organized the famous Swift Creek Baptist Church.
I have visited this church in company with Mr. Oliver H. Joyner who has this same Collins line. The building is standing and is beautiful in it's ruins and is now used to store hay and grain. The woods have uprooted most of the tombstones.
We copied a few: Thomas Hopkins 1803-1831, H.L. wife of Isham Moore died 1831, and William R. Young 1800-1856.

6. Ann Collins mar. John Wisdom

7. Mary Collins mar. John Brockman and had Samuel, William Collins, Joseph Collins, Hannah, Mary, Rachel, Susanna Atkinson, Major mar. Jessie Jones, Sarah mar. Thacker Quisenberry, John mar Amelia Martin. My stepmother comes thru John and Amelia, dau of Henry Martin.

John Brockman and his wife Amelia Martin settled in Spartanburg and had:
John mar Mary K. Brockman, Mary mar. Joel Dean, Annie mar Thomas Parks, Major mar Mary Patterson, Lucy mar. John Owens, Henry Martin mar. Susanna Patterson

Henry Martin Brockman and his wife Susanna, dau of Susanna and Turner Patterson had children: Amelia mar Thomas Campbell, Mary mar Theopolius Cannon, Anne mar __?__ Hammett and to Ala., Frances mar James Peden, Lucy mar James Brockman, Thomas Patterson mar Mary Kilgore and the Senator Bankhead family of Alabama are from him, Elizabeth mar John Dawson Smith, who ws great grandfather to mrs Celestine Smith Andrea.

8. Tabitha Collins mar. (1st) Henry Gatewood and had Richard, Dudley, Henry, William, Peter, Larkin, Hezekiah, James, Dorothy and Tabitha mar(2nd)John Holliday by whom she had no children.

9. Caty Collins mar. __?__ Glass

10. Susannah Collins mar. William Golson or Gholson. Do not have her issue.

11. Druscilla Collins mar. William Cook, son of Thomas Cook and came to Beaver Creek in Kershaw. I do not have her children but in Camden saw land conveyances of William Cook, Reuben Cook and Lewis Cook whom I take to be her family for they lived in Beaver Creek section. In Quaker Cemetery is buried a William Cook and his wife at Beaver Creek. His tombstone says born in
Virginia in 1757 and I once took him to be husband of Druscilla but counting back dates he could not have been. She was called Cook in will of her father in 1753 and this William Cook is more apt to be a son of Druscilla.


No 5 above was the Rev Lewis Collins and his will proved Kershaw County 24 Mar 1806 and signed 15 Jun 1806 with no wife listed. His many slaves and much lands were given to son Lewis Collins and daughter Anna Collins a feather bed and a shilling to dau. Nancy Elliott and 5 shillings each to the following children: Rev. Davis Collins, Dillard, Zerviah Brumfield, Delpha Arnold, Hannah Cator or Catoe. Exc. John Millhouse and Alexander Steward or Stewart. 
Witnesses Jacob and Michael Chambers.

The Executors were approved 24 Mar 1806 and the bondsmen were Dillard Collins and Davis Collins

The brother Davis Collins was made guardian of Lewis D. Collins a minor on 14 Jan 1809 and was released 14 Jan 1811 when Lewis became of age. 
* The Liberty Hill Lewis Collins descendents claim the Rev. Lewis

Collins as their ancestor but I never did agree with them and since I saw this I know I am right for the Liberty Hill Lewis died in 1815 with married children of his own. (Andrea)

The appraisers were Burrell Boykin, Francis Boykin, John Bethany

More than 25 people owed him money on notes and I copied a few names:
Thomas Green, Isaac Rutledge, Cason Scott, Joseph Mickle, Henry Clark, Samuel Wells, Joab Cotton, Bryant Spradley and John Bethany.

Some buyers at the sale were: Anna Collins, Isaac Rutledge, Cason Scott, Jacob and Abraham Shiver, Fleming Watkins, Henry Clark, Bryan T. Spradley, Bond Conway, Robert Bunckley, John Millhouse and others.

Jane, wife of Dillard Collins signs dower to Samuel Ballard 13 Apr 1805

John and Sarah Coates sell land to Lewis Cook 1805 and witnesses were George Drew and James Cook.

John Lockhart of Beaver Creek deeds property to his grandchildren,

Elizabeth Lockhart Collins, James Collins, William Collins and Susanna Naomi Mehaffey Collins dated 28 Sep 1802 and witnessed by Israel Mathis and John Miller.
* This was evidently the children of Bashaw, Edward or Thomas Collins.
It may have been James Collins for in 1803 John Lockhart deeds land to James and Elizabeth Collins


Elizabeth Collins may have been the widow of James Collins #2 on page 3 or else the widow of Wyatt Collins who took up lands in
Beaver Creek section of 300a in 1787 and plat is in His. Com. office. 
This Wyatt was not in 1790 census nor did I find where he had sold his lands in Kershaw. No estate file was found for him. I did find him paying taxes in Culpepper Co., VA in 1784. I base this conjecture that Elizabeth may have been widow of Wyatt for this branch in all its lines still use WYATT as a given name.

I shall try to take up the many papers in the file of Elizabeth

(1) Jacky Perry attempts to administer but is under 21

(2) Thomas Gardner states that under oath he says the son Edward Collins destroyed the will of his mother.

(3) Mrs. Diana Rutledge 21 Nov 1800 makes affadavit that she saw Elizabeth Collins sign her last will and that she with Peggy Johnson and Susanna Gardner witnessed the will.

(4) 13 Dec 1808 a citation was served on Diana Rutledge and Lewis Collins to appear and testify as to the hearing re. will of Elizabeth Collins.

(5) Diana widow of Edward Rutledge deceased and Lewis Collins testify with the Rev. W. Flinn, pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Camden Town that Elizabeth Collins signed her will in 1796 and died in the same year a few weeks after signing it. (Note: A George Gayden mar. Fanny Rutledge, a sister of Edward Rutledge and I wonder if this widower who was father of Betsy Gayden in will of Mrs Elizabeth Collins???)

I thought this might help: William Lang admst. on estate of Samuel Wylie 6 Apr 1783 and widow was Diana Wylie and dau. Sarah Lang.

and the will of Mrs Diana Wylie was proved 7 Feb 1799 Kershaw and signed 6 Apr 1786 and son in law William Lang was exc. and estate to daughter Sarah.
Wit. Thomas Brown, David and Isaac Bush. *Note the given names of Diana and of Wylie in the wills of Mrs Elizabeth Collins.

The great gr. father of Mr Oliver H. Joyner of Columbia for whom I did some Collins data was William James Collins. He was in the migration to Mississippi and served in Confederate War from that state and ca 1875 came back to SC. His will was proved Fairfield Co. 15 May 1900 and his children were: William Calvin Collins, Elizabeth Collins, Lucy Nancy Collins, Ella Julia Collins mar. Lawrence Bertiand Wilson and Wyatt Wesley Collins mar. 1st Mary Boney and 2nd Elizabeth Hood who is still living aged 97.
Lucy did not marry. W.C. and Elizabeth reared families in Alabama where they died. The wife of William James Collins was Mary, dau of Amos Rose.

In 1786 Moses Perry mar. Susan Brockman and came to Beaver Creek.

Elizabeth Brockman mar. David Thompson in VA and came to Kershaw and some children to Spartanburg.

Daniel indexed Collins but sp. Colneys estate Camden 15 Aug 1784

John Hirons ws Admst and apointed at the Court held at Winnsborough.

(Note all records before 1792 are in Winnsboro for Camden Dist.)
Williams Myers was apt joint Admst. 21 Sep 1786 and apprs. were John Hopkins, John Hamilton, Francis Goodwyn and Isaac Raiford.

The estate of William Knight was admst by William Collins in Camden 8 Dec 1783 and apprs. were Arthur Brown Ross, David Jones and

Zachariah Collins. All other papers are missing from file as for Colney above.

John and Susanna Lockhart give mortage to William Collins for lands on Grannies Quarters dated 9 Apr 1794. Wit: Reuben Collins,

William Williams and Oliver Mehaffey.

Robert Blair estate admst. in Camden 16 Apr 1828 by Wyatt Patterson.
Wyatt Stark a lawyer died young in Camden 1816 son of Reuben Stark.

10 April 1805 Jesse Tillman and Lewis Collins were appointed as guardians for the minor children of John Rutledge Jr. deceased via.

William Rutledge and Sarah Rutledge.

The will of John Rutledge Jr and naming his wife Alsey Rutledge and his brother William Rutledge Ex. was proved Camden 4 Apr 1803 and Wit. Edward Rutledge, Solomon Williams and John Burge. Papers in file (1) Isaac Rutledge files claim for $40.00

(2) Agreement for John Rutledge to take all slaves "This must be son John

(3) Lewis Collins and Dinah Rutledge approved as admst. 13 Oct 1804

(4) Dinah Rutledge and Lewis Collins ask permission to sell the dwelling house on Grannies Quarters

(5) Apprs. apts Turner Starke, Robert Brown and Francis Nixon

(6) Paper showing that the slaves were for John and Matilda Rutledge being delivered to the late Edward Rutledge by Abraham and Isaac

Rutledge as executors for the estate of the father John Rutledge Sr on 25 Feb 1803 and hence were not a part of the estate, since they were willed to the grandchildren direct by John Rutledge Sr.

Will of Lewis Collins proved Camden 20 Feb 1815 and wife listed as Charlotte H. Collins. Children: Wylie Collins, Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Patterson, Aletha Lois, wife of Jesse Kilgore.
To William Gardner 1/5 of a tract of land but does not state relationship.

Wife and son Wylie. Wit: Samuel Kirkland, William Gardner and Wiley Malone. Appraisers were William Gardner, William Nixon and James Shropshire.

Dr. Patterson Wardlaw now living in Columbia is a gr-gr grandson

of Lewis Collins and states that when aged 8 he went to the funeral of Mrs Charlotte Hammond Collins who died aged 98. Her tombstone in old Beaver Creek graveyard states "Born in Virginia 1767." This graveyard was recently been restored by some person living in Mississippi and a descendent of the early Beaver Creek Presbyterian families. Old Beaver Creek Church was divided ca 1840 and one branch built at Liberty Hill and the other at Beaver Creek in Lancaster Co. The original location was considered unhealthy and most of the people had moved out and scores in the westward migration.

Wylie Collins, son of Lewis and Charlotte died intestate and on 25 Jun 1816 his mother Charlotte Collins was aptd. Admst. in Camden with bondsmens as Joseph Patterson and Samuel B. Hammond. Aprs were Thomas and William Gardner and Francis Nixon.

There was a connection between Wylie and Collins and this:
Mrs Elizabeth Collins may have been a Wylie. I gave above some Wylie data and I found this later on, copied for Mr Joyner. Will of William Wylie proved 22 Nov 1785 with wife Elizabeth and daughter Diana Wylie.

Ex: John Millhouse, William Lang and John Chestnut

"In case my daughter, Diana dies without issue then my estate is to go to my sister Sara Lang's children, James Wilson Lang, Sanuel Lang and

John Wylie Lang." * This Diana Wylie may have been the wife of Edward

Rutledge for I checked back and found Diana Collins Perry was dead and when the child she was pregnant with died..........(unable to read)


BASHAW-COLLINS: Here is the proof that the wife of William Collins was Elizabeth. In Spotsylvania Co., VA William Collins and his wife Elizabeth B. Collins sold 200 acres of land in St. George Parish 1 Oct. 1751.
Witnesses Edward, Lewis and John Collins. Land was sold to James Haley and William Collins stated he was living then in Essex Co., VA

The wife of Lewis Collins of Liberty Hill was Charlotte Hammond.

The will of Samuel Hammond was proved Camden 19 Feb 1807 and wife Mary

(The Wardlaws think she was a Rutledge) and children: John, Samuel, Rawleigh, and Charlotte Collins, and a grand daughter Mildred G. Bruer willed 1 slave.
Witnesses: Robert Bowden and Sherrod Sims.

* There are several Hammond files in Camden which I did not open since they are not your direct line.

Will of Mrs Mary Collins proved Camden 31 May 1878 and wills her
estate to her four youngest children, Mary, Camilla, John and Elizabeth.

Will of William Cook proved Camden 29 Oct 1827 (tombstone says born York Co., VA 1757) and I think a son of William and Druscilla Collins Cook.
Wife not named and is buried at Beaver Cr. Pres. Child in unmarked grave.
Children: Henry F., Jemima, Francis, James Cook deceased's 4 children.
John J. Cook mar. Mary Daniel. Wit. James and Aaron Martin, William Tuttle and David Scrock. Ex Friend, Henry Raines Cook.

John Collins estate file Richland Co. 28 Oct 1816 and Daniel Wade Admst.
Legatees. Sister Sarah, wife of Thomas Kirk and living in Washington Co., AL, Sister Elizabeth, wife of John Phillips and first mar to Wiseman Walker, Her two children got her share, John Phillips and Mary wife of James Farr and living in Baldwin and Washington Cos., AL, William Collins a brother dead and his widow Nancy and her 2 children get his share and living in St. Helena Parish, LA, Sister Mary dead and seems to have been wife of Benjamin Furman of Stateburg and her heirs get her share as follows,
John Furman dead with no heirs, Benjamin Furman last heard of in west and believed dead, Harriet Furman wife of David Fister, Charlotte Furman wife of Henry Clark and then Reuben Holliday and a gr. dau. Rebecca Holliday now wife of William G. Burdell and Mary Holliday mar to McGreger and living in MS, LA, and AL were all Furman heirs. This is interesting file but I am not sending all data, just main heirs

(Note by Andrea in margin of page:"I think these must be children of Thomas, brother to Capt. Joseph Collins")

Fairfield will of Daniel Collins proved 7 Feb 1815 with wife Eleanor and children, Cynthia, Mary and Jane. Ex Adam McKane and Wit.

J. Marshall, Sarah and Jennie Collins.

Will of Moses Collins bachelor proved Fairfield 20 Apr 1797. Bros and Sis.
Ann Collins, Ruth Drake, Sally Kirby, Elizabeth Collins, Michael Collins EX.
Wit James Sr., James Jr. and Johiah Perry

Will of Benjamin Perry proved 8 Oct 1789 Camden. Wife Sarah (was Sarah Collins and may have been sister to your Reuben) Children: Zadoh, Benjamin Ex., Mary Coates and Alsey Rhodes. Wit. James Perry, Elizabeth Benson and Esther Dukes.

Will of Jacob I.P. Perry proved 5 Oct 1780 wife Judith (was of Collins set) 
Children: Lewis my youngest son, Patience, Ruth Watts and her dau. Sarah Watts, Mary Wilson, Samuel and Jesse Perry. Ex Samuel Perry and Robert Dukes, Wit. George Watts and Henry Neel.

Andrew Mclendon died intestate and stated he lived in the High Hills of the Santee near Stateburg and his estate was administered by William McKie and William McGill and Charles Barber. He evidently had much wealth for his bondsmen went under a bond of 14000.00 pounds and the bondsmen were: John Creghton, Patrick McFaddin, William Tensdell (or Turesdale) and Hugh Baird (or Beard) and the date was 9 May 1792. All other papers are missing from file to my deep regret.

No land conveyances in Camden under McLendon and more likely to be in Sumter and if ever in Sumter, I would like to look and see and also see if any estate files under McLendon are there. This Andrew of 1792 must have had much land.
*There are McLendon land conveyances Camden after 1840 for McLendon but no early ones.

Estate settlement in Camden 27 July 1870 for Dennis McClendon (and a Dennis was in that locality as late as 1870 which leads me to think your Penelope was around there since we know Thomas L. Collins was there in 1838 as you will see from Sanders data) Adms. were Eben and Mary Yaroborough and John Brannon.
Bondsmen were S. N. Newman, J. A. McLendon, Joel Yarborough and Elias Brannon.
At the division shares were given to: Mary Yarborough, Charlotte McClendon, D. McLendon, E. McLendon, Mrs E, wife of B.F. Hendricks, and Clyburn, and Delila Hendricks.

Other data:

Capt Joseph Collins had a brother Daniel Collins whose will was proved in Spotsylvania County, VA 1752 with wife Elizabeth and children Isiah Collins, Thomas Collins Jr., Richard Collins (mar. Sarah Gatewood), William Collins and "other children not named to share equally" *How very provoking that these old gentlemen were too lazy to write in the names of all the children. L Andrea

Some of these came to SC.

I think that you have the data on the Spartanburg Collins set.
I know that there was much traveling between the sets of kin in Kershaw and Spartanburg e.g. the Kilgore mar dau. of Lewis Collins was from Sp. bg. and also the Pattersons. I was pleased to find in Camden a will Admstn. on the estate of Nathaniel McDill 1785 by James Peden and wife

Peggy. The and Grn.vl Pedens have searched high and low in Ireland and PA, VA and other places to find the family of Peggy McDill who mar. James Peden and settled in Co. Some of the Pedens wed with Brockmans and Collins up that way.

The family of Bettis have searched high and low in VA, PA and up that way for some trace of a James Bettis with a wife Lucy and they swear on the Holy Bible that the Edgefield Bettis family came direct. I found this. Wife Lucy with John Chestnut Admst. 22 July 1785 on the estate of James Bettice with Bondsman Doughlass Starke and Zachariah Cantey. Apprs: Samuel and Burrell Boykin, Willis Whittaker, Isaac Rose, James Cantey and Samuel Dinkins.

P.S. In taking these two notes for I knew how those families had searched so long, I took a few minutes off to copy and am glad I did for I found 3 land conveyances for McLendon in Camden as follows:

William McLendon 1793 to Burrell Boykn (2)

John McLendon and wife Frances 1794 to james Logan (2)

Charles McLEndon 1795 to John McKie I had jotted these down in my scrawley notes and had forgotten I had them. I think Camden Dist. is a gold mine for lovers of genealogy and my impression is growing that many came there first.
Camden was a big town before Columbia was thought of.



John Collins 1779-1864

Moved from Abbeville county, SC to near Knoxville, Tenn. and then to Hancock Co., Ind. His bible Photostat owned by Mrs Walter C. Holmes Indianapolis, Indiana

William Collins "My father" born 1 Jan 1772 in SC died 22 Feb 1842 in Ind.

Nancy Drake, his wife "My mother" born 29 Nov 1776 died 25 Feb 1865 in Ind.

James Evans born in SC and his wife Elizabeth Wirt born in Tenn.

"Parents of my 2nd wife."

John Collins born in SC 1 May 1799 died in Ind 8 Sep 1864 buried in Mt. Comfort Cemetery

Elizabeth Seawright first wife of John Collins No dates for her.

children by 1st wife:

William Franklin Collins, son born in SC Space for dates but no dates

(M.D. has been added in a different script) Married 1st to

Jane Newlin and 2nd to Mary Faucett.

Margaret Rebecca Collins, daughter born in SC Space for dates but no dates
Married to Robert M. Wallace

Clarissa Evans born __not legible__ 1811 near Knoxville, Tenn.

died 28 Jan 1889 in Hancock County, Ind...."My 2nd wife"


Children by 2nd wife: All born in Hancock County, Ind.

Elizabeth Collins, daughter born 18 Jul 1838 in Ind. died 6 Feb 1889

married the same day as Erskine to Thomas Ferguson [sic]

Martin Van Buren Collins, son born 24 mar 1840 died 12 Sep 1920

Married 21 Nov 1867 to Celia Wright

James Evans Collins, son born 14 Jan 1842 died 3 Jan 1935

Married 21 Nov 1867 to Henrietta Snider

Ebenezer Erskine Collins, son born 28 May 1843 died _not legible_ 1898

Married "same day as Elizabeth" to Hannah Wilson

Christopher Columbus Collins, son born 9 Jan 1847 died 21 Jan 1929

Married _not legible_ 1869 to Mary Cotton

Nancy Bethany Collins, daughter born 25 Jan 1851 died _not legible_ 1932

Married 12 Jul 1876 to Moses Bates

On last page of entries:

"Nancy the wife of James Hodges born in SC and sister of John Collins came to Indiana and entered land now owned by Allen & Estella Eastes"

"Mary wife of Isaac Snider and sister of John Collins was step grandmother of Oliver Snider and was stepmother of the wife of her brother William Collins."

William Collins Jr was brother of John Collins William married Elizabeth Snider and was the father of Leander, LeRoy twins, John A.J., James, William and Elizabeth Collins Smock."

Dr. William F. Collins children were John, Martha Morrison, Chaney, Robert, Kate and Wilkie.

Margaret Collins Wallace children were Angeline, Theodore, John, Ellen, Plesany Jay, Mary (Mollie) Girt and Samuel and Perry Wallace.

Martin Van Buren Collins Bible continued by a son.

Joseph Wright born 27 Dec 1810 in Pennsylvania died 15 Nov 1891 in Indiana

His wife Elizabeth Stephens born 31 may 1811 in NC died 14 Jan 1901 in Indiana

Their daughter Celia Wright born 4 Mar 1843 in Ind died 17 Jan 1877

in Ind. Married in Hancock County, Ind 21 Nov 1867 to

Martin Van Buren Collins born 24 March 1840 in Ind. died 12 Sep 1920 in Ind. (mar. by James McCane)

Children of Celia Wright and Martin Van Buren Collins

Clarissa Clendora Collins, dau born 24 Aug 1868 died 29 Dec 1953

married _not legible_ Feb 1891 to Edward N. Stover

Cora Alice Collins, dau born 26 Feb 1871 died 22 Sep 1879

died as a child - Andrea

John Collins, son born 21 Aug 1873 died __no death date__

Married 16 Aug 1898 to Rhoda Helms, listed later as Rada.

Joseph Pearle Collins, son born 22 Mar 1876 died 8 Jan 1955

Married 17 Jul 1911 to Johanna Prochinger

I return to the data written on last page of the Bible entries

"James Evans children were Clarissa Evans Collins, Bethynia Evans Dunn, James Evans, and these all were born in Tennessee." "Grandchildren of

James Evans were William Evans, James Evans, John Evans, Bradford Evans, John Dunn, James Dunn, Richard Dunn, Robert Dunn and George Dunn and my Collins brothers and sisters.

Elizabeth Collins Ferguson's children were Clara, Gertrude, Anna Wier and Maggie McCreary."

"James Evans Collins children were Maggie Ashcraft, Evert and Charles Collins."

Ebenezer E. Collins children were William, Ellen McConana, Harry and Bessie."

"Christopher C. Collins children were Jennie, Thomas and Norris Collins."

"Nancy B. Bates children were Wirt, Nettiee Holliday, Kate Cook and

Herbert Bates."

comments by Andrea who copied the photostat:

Some of the ink used had faded and I was not sure as to exact data and placed "sic" after it. When dates not legible, or blurred or torn, I added it as ___ .

From the Estate Files of Abbeville County, SC Andrew Seawright married to Margaret Richey. Both are buried at Greenville Presbyterian Church in Abbeville County, SC The estate files show among the children of Margaret Richey and Andrew Seawright, one daughter as Elizabeth the wife of John Collins.
She died in SC and is buried at historic Greenville Church (grave unmarked) and soon after her death her husband John Collins removed to near Knoxville, Tenn. He later moved to Hancock County, Indiana.
(signed) Leonardo Andrea


5 August 1955

5855 North Four Mile Run Drive

Arlington 5, Virginia

Register of Deeds

of Granville co., NC

Dear Sirs:

Please search for the marriage record of George Gayden and Lois Collins 4 Dec 1782 in your county. I would like a certificate of this marriage.

If, in your search you come across any Gayden names will you advise:

The name may be spelled Gayden, Gaton, Gayton.

I am enclosing $1.00


Mrs Benjamin Robertson

Please find enclosed a copy of the marriage bond requested by you.

I checked our records from 1746 through 1858 and I could not

find a single other Gayden, Gaton or Gayton listed on our records.

With kind regards, I am

Very truly yours

Flora O. Mann

Register of Deeds

Granville county, NC


Gayden )

& ) Mar. Bd. 1782


We the Subscribers do acknowledge to owe to Alexander Martin Esq.

Governor of the State of North Carolina and to his Sucessors in Office,

the Sum of five hundred pounds to be levied of our Goods and Chattels

respectively. But to be void on Condition that no lawful cause shall

hereafter appear to obstruct a marriage intended between George Gayden

and Lois Collins to preform which Marriage the said George Gaton hath

obtain'd a license bearing even date with these presents. Sealed

With our Seals and dated this 4th day of December A.D. 1782

Signed Sealed and Delivered

in presence of George Gayden (SEAL)

Reuben Searcy Edward Collins (SEAL)

North Carolina

Granville county,

I, Flora O. Mann, Register of Deeds of Granville County, North

Carolina, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a copy of a marriage

bond executed by and between George Gayden and Lois Collins as the same appears of
record in the office of the Register of Deeds of Granville

County, this the 8th day of August, 1955

(signed) Flora O. Mann

Register of Deeds of

(SEAL) Granville county,

North Carolina


Granville County, NC

Lewis Collins, his will signed 16 Sep 1783 proved

Wife Elizabeth Collins The home plantation and six slaves to hold as

as she lives Ex.

Daughter Lois Gaton (Lois Gayden)

Daughter, Betsy Robvertson in Virginia

Son, Edward Collins, EX

Son, Lewis Collins, EX

Son, Wiley Collins

Daughter, Diannah Carter Collins

Wit: Mourning Matlock, John Taylor, Reuben Searcey C.C.

Slaves named as:







These six to my wife.

Violet to Lois Gaton

Feedy and her youngest child to Betsy Robertson

Choice to Edward, Choice a female

Jack to Lewis Jr

Phillis to Wiley

Isom to diannah










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