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William Henry COLLINS, Sr

Male 1845 - 1924  (79 years)


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  • Name William Henry COLLINS 
    Suffix Sr 
    Born 11 February 1845  Mudford,Hinton,Somerset,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • According to Harrison Collins letter, Wm. H. Collins was b. in Yeovil- a small town in Dorsertshire,England(about 5 miles west of Sherbourne & 25 miles north of Dorchester).
    Christened 9 March 1845  Bap/ by J.H.Croft Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer  [1
    Died 6 June 1924  Long Rapids,Alpena, MI-80 yrs. old Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Long Rapids Cem. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1900 Census in Long Rapids,MI-NA Mar. 1875-25 yrs. in U.S., Farmer, owned farm
      1920 Census in Alpena- He was 75 years old at the time,living next to brother Henry(Harry)-Widowed,( Came to Canada in 1874 & Alpena, MI in Spring of 1875)- Never became a Citizen of U.S.
      According to a letter to me from Harrison Collins my g-grandfather worked as a gardner on a large estate (Manor House in Maperton). On April 2, 1867 he married Mary Legg who was born December 4, 1846 (Harrison was once told they were married inBrighton, but he couldn’t confirm this).While still in England 3 children were born:Frances b. 16 March,1868,d.28 April 1871 in England--Mary b. 30 March,1871,d. 1935 in Long Rapids,MI--William A. b. 23 November,1873 d. 8 April,1884 in LongRapids,MI. The following children were born in Long Rapids,MI--Ida Pearl (Pearl )b. 30 May, 1876 (he was told that she was born in a log cabin down near the river in Long Rapids,MI--Sanson b. 27 November,1881--Fred b. 22 December, 1881--William H.JR. b. 19 August, 1884 d. 17 February,1915--George W. b. 28 February,1887 d.1957--Helen Katherine b. 9 December,1890 in Bryson, N.C. His grandmother d.1909 and grandfather d. 1924-both buried in the cementary in Long Rapids,MI.
      My husband and I visited Harrison Collins in IL. in 1987. We had a wonderful time and he had many pictures of the Collins family which he shared with me and also many stories about my grandfather William H. Collins ie: When he was eating dinnerone night with the family, William pushed aside some fat he had cut off his meat, his father asked him why he had done that and William replied “that he didn’t like the fat”, at that his father said to him “that some day he may be hungry enoughand wish he had not thrown it away”, William’s reply was “that he’d let him know if that ever
      happened”. Another story goes like this: Henry Collins (brother to William) ran away (at age 16 in 1861) and went to sea, the ship he was on came into Quebec,Canada. He stayed at a boarding house there one winter with the woman who owned thehouse, that was the winter of 1870-1871, he left in the spring and headed toward the U.S. He had shared with the woman about his family and urged him to at least write to his mother and let her know where he was (which he did).He had been gone 10years at that time. His brother William and his family decided to come to Quebec and find Henry. They arrived and went to the same boarding house and was able to talk to the woman who owned it. She told William that Henry was headed to the U.S.and to the northern part of MI to find work. Henry had gotten a job at Speechley dam. One day as Henry was down in the ditch he was digging his brother William came to the side of the ditch and said ,“Hi Harry, how you doing?”Henry replied, Ittook you long enough to get here”.
      Harrison had been to England 2 or 3 times, the last time he was there he went to the Manor House in Mapperton, about 30 miles S.W. of Yeovil. The only person there was a college student( he was a student at Columbia University in New YorkCity)-his parents weren’t there at the time, they were gone for the day. Harrison asked if there was anyone there to help him find out information about his Collins family(his grandfather-William H. Collins) who had worked at the manor beforegoing to America. The young man said he knew where the old Manor records were but knew nothing about them, he took Harrison & Caroline into the chapel and opened a large cupboard beside the alter, there were shelves of old record books, amountledgers,etc.But he again said he knew nothing about them or how to find anything in them. He said his folks were interested and would be able to help,but we couldn’t stay around to see them.After leaving & reflecting on his visit he had animpression that the present owners of the place might be Americans as the son was attending an American University.
      According to Robt. Gleason in his letter to me-In the 1880 Census, William H. Collins is listed with wife Mary, daughter Martha,son Alfred,daughter Ida and son Sampson. When his wife (Carol Atkinson-her father was Joe Atkinson JR.) the old placewas owned by Sampson Collins and her father often mentioned him.George Brown who was born and raised by the Collins place, bought the farm for his son-in-law and daughter Lucille (Brown) Park. Bliss Park tore the old place down and built the stonehouse there today. Carol remembers the old place which was torn down 1928- Then Samp or old William moved to the Village of Lachine,MI. Carol said that her uncle Ernie who married Reba Reynolds lived on the Old (Samp) Collins place when both hischildren were born about 60 yrs. before (1933) he rented it from Collins or Brown.
      According to Caroline and Jeff in their 1999 Holiday letter, Harrison died the 25th of January and in March a Memorial service was held at Sunset Ridge School, in the old front hall that is much the same today as when Harry arrived in the 1940’s.More that 100 friends and relatives attended. Jim, Noami, Robert, and Jonathon all spoke and Jeff’s friend and choir master, Gary Stuart, performed piano music by Johannes Brahms. Melonie Collmann, a Soprano soloist in Gary’s church choir, sangSURE on the SHINING NIGHT by Samuel Barber. The memorial concluded with Jim’s ringing an antique school bell. The bell came from the one-room White School in Wheatland Twp., where Caroline and our Clow ancestors were educated. Jim and Jeff alsoattended the White School for a few years. On a happier note, Caroline moved to the Presbyterian Home in Evanston at the beginning of the summer. She complains about being around so many old people, but keeps her spirits high by attending variousfunctions with her friends, going to theater performanances and tooling around in her new Toyota Camry (red with leather seats). Jim is still our Ambassador to Russia. Needless to say he has had hands full during his assignment there--first theSerbian Conflict, and now the Chechen problem.Jim’s tour will be over this fall. He’s not sure what he’ll be doing next.
      Holiday Letter 2001: The year 2001 has been an enjoyable and rewarding one. We are all well and keeping very involved with our many interests. I have adjusted to living in this wonderful retirement home. It is quite a change, but one must look atthe bright side! I have my car, and so independent. I turned 85 in July and can’t believe the wonderful shape I’m in. I walk a mile every day - in 18 minutes. Not bad, eh? In addition to my daily exercise I am still working on my autobiography,take adult education classes at NorthWestern and am involved in a genealogy group. I also go out often to lunch with my dear friends. So you see, life is never dull! Jeff and I attend many theater productions in the city. And most of all, when Ivisit Jeff’s house, I enjoy the company of our wonderful samoyed, Wee Gordie. Jeff is busy with a new project, a not-for-profit corporatiion he is setting up to present programs at retirement homes, schools and other similar venues. Jim left hisambassadorial post in July, after nearly four years in Moscow, and has now retired fron the State Department. Retired is really the wrong word - it is more like a career change. He now works for the law firm of Akin and Grump in Washington,DCdeveloping global business and investment activities, particularly in Russia. He also travels up to Harvard to take part in seminars and research work at the Kennedy School, is involved with the Library of Congress Russian Leadership Program, andis giving speeches on a regular basis. Now he gets paid for speeches - while a State Department employee, he was not allowed to accept a fee.
    Person ID I28  Lorrie Dowling
    Last Modified 18 November 2010 

    Father Sanson Collins,   b. 1813, Parents living on Lyde Farm,Yeovil, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary Hallet(T),   b. about 1816, Lopen,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1839/1840 
    Family ID F1970  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mary Legg,   b. 4 December 1846, Poocolock,Dorset, Beaminster,England-Mapperton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 June 1909, Long Rapids,Alpena.MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 2 April 1867  Maperton,Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frances Elizabeth Collins,   b. 16 March 1868, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 April 1871, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    +2. Mary [Martha] Collins,   b. 30 March 1871, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 November 1935, Long Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. [William] Alfred Collins,   b. 23 November 1873, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 April 1884, Lachine,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
    +4. Edith [Ida] Pearl Collins,   b. 30 May 1876, Speechley Mill,MI-Log cabin near river in Long Rapids,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 March 1932, Flint,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +5. Sanson [Sans] John Collins,   b. 27 November 1878, Long Rapids, MI-Registration 5 June,1879 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 October 1955, Alpena,MI-76 Yrs. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +6. Frederick Collins,   b. 22 December 1881, County Of Alpena Twp.,Long Rapids,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 January 1966, Olympia,WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +7. William (Will) Henry COLLINS, Jr,   b. 16 August 1884, Long Rapids,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 February 1915, Alpena,MI-Age 30,5 Mos,28days Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
    +8. George Washington Collins,   b. 28 February 1887, Long Rapids,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 February 1958, Lombard,IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +9. Hellen Katherine [Kate] Collins,   b. 9 December 1890, Bryson City,North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 December 1976, New York-VA Hosp.,Buffalo,NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Family ID F19  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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