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Thomas J. Collins, Witherbee
Possibly is the Thomas Jefferson Collins born October 10, 1834 in Wayne County, Indiana, marrying Elizabeth Ann Tracy September 1858 in Jefferson County, Indiana, then marrying Melinda Elizabeth Cook February 20, 1859 in Doniphan County, Kansas.
In 1850 Gentry County Missouri, Samuel Collins is 37, Sidney 34, and they have James 17, Thomas J. 15, William H 9, Martha 7, Marget 5, Samuel 3, and Eliot 1.
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Collins ! My great great grandfather, Samuel Collins, was born
October 28, 1810 in Gallia County, Ohio, the youngest child of Jesse
Collins and Jenny Ewing. In 1830 the Collins family moved with others to
Madison County, Indiana later settling in Hancock County. On September
4, 1831 Samuel Collins married Sidney
Ingels, the daughter of
Joseph and Nancy Crooks Ingels, in Madison County. Later in
1842 Samuel and Sidney Collins moved to Gentry County, Missouri and
still later, about 1853, to Andrew County. Then in the Spring of 1855
they moved across the river to Doniphan, Kansas where Samuel, perhaps
under the auspices of the Massachusetts Immigrant Aid Society, set up
the first steam saw-mill in Kansas. One history of Doniphan County calls
the saw mill "a very complete affair for the times and cost not far from
ten thousand dollars." He is also said to have assisted, perhaps as a
lay preacher, the Rev. A. L. Downey who established the first Methodist
Church in Doniphan. Samuel Collins was very active in Free-State
politics and during the summer of 1855. Several of the special elections
held his section of Doniphan County mention his name, sometimes as an
election official and sometimes because his saw mill served as a polling
place. During that summer he was one of several persons elected to be
delegates to a Free State party convention to be held in October at Big
Springs. Another delegate elected from Doniphan was a man from Kentucky
by the name of Patrick Laughlin. Laughlin was also elected as a free-stater.
He and Samuel Collins attended the Big Springs Convention together
passing through Pottawattamie on their journey to pick up another
free-state delegate who was a son of the famous John Brown who would
arrive in Kansas a few months later. Samuel Collins and Pat Laughlin
both served on the Platform Committee at the Convention and from the
report of the committee, it is clear that he and many of his free-state
colleagues, while opposed to slavery, still held very prejudiced views
of blacks. As the documents below will show, Laughlin was in reality a
spy for the pro-slavery forces and revealed himself as such a few days
later in the incident at the office of Dr. Oscar Brown in Doniphan. This
argument led to the confrontation the following morning on the main
street of Doniphan in which Samuel Collins was killed by Laughlin and
his friends. Following are several accounts of the incident at Doniphan
which took place prior to the better known Coleman - Dow episode. Most
of the many accounts of Samuel Collins' death are written from either a
free state or a pro slavery point of view. It seems likely that a more
object I've idea of what actually happened emerges when one reads them
The same post has Samuel dying October 25, 1855, buried in Doniphan, Kansas.
Children :James Wesley Collins, Thomas Jefferson Collins, Nancy Jane Collins, Phoebe Ann Collins, William Harrison Collins, Martha Collins, Margaret Collins, Samuel Harry Collins, Eli Franklin Collins, Elias Perry Collins, Mary Emaline Collins
One tree said that his brother-in-law James Wm. Ingles was with him in Nodaway County, Missouri.
The following account is from the November 7, 1855 edition of the
From Chapter 4 of John Brown: The Making of a Martyr by the late Poet
Laureate of the United States, Robert Penn Warren. Published by Payson &
Clarke Ltd. New York, 1929 and reprinted in 1970 by the Scholarly Press
in St. Claire Shores, Michigan:
One witness testified " After Mr. Collins had knocked Mr. Lynch down,
he turned round and advanced towards Laughlin, with the barrels of his
gun raised as for a blow. Mr. Laughlin had his pistol out and fired at
Mr. Collins, who dropped his gun barrels and clasped his arms around his
breast, and cried out, "Oh, Lord!" He soon sank down on the ground, and
died in a few minutes. Mr. Laughlin was knocked down with a club, just
So it's likely that Thomas and/or William were present when their father was killed
In 1860 Atchison County, Kansas Sidney "Colins" is 45, male ? has Wm. 20, Martha 18, Margarett 15, Saml 13, Elias P. 9, and Mary 7.
William Harris Collins
William H. Collins, was born on July 3, 1840, at Hancock county, Indiana. He father was Samuel Collins and his mother was Sidney (Ingels) Collins. He enlisted on Oct. 12, 1861, in the Seventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry Co. I. as a Private. He was killed on Dec. 5, 1862, while in action at Coffeeville Mississippi. He's on the rosters as being from Doniphan.
Sidney is in Atchison in 1865, 50, with Samuel 18, Margaret 20, Perry 14, and May 12.
In 1880 Richardson County, Nebraska Thomas J. Collins is 43, born in Ohio, Elizabeth 38 Missouri with William 15 and Frederick 5, both Nebraska.
One tree said a brother Elias Perry Collins born 1850 in Gentry County Missouri, married Sarah Jane Ward 1869 in Doniphan County, and died 1834 in Arvada, Colorado. Elias was also in Fort Collins in 1900.
In 1890 Larimer Count Elias P. Collins transferred twenty acres in 14, 7N 69W "with water" to B.B. Harris for $1,800., and B.B. Harris transferred a lot in Fort Collins for $1,800.
In 1894 Elias P. Collins transferred eighty acres in 12, 6N 69W for $2,000 to Johanne Helgeson.
He was a Second Lieutenant in the 13th Kansas Infantry.
One tree said they had Eleanor A. Collins June 1860 in Atchison, Kansas, William A Collins Feb 7, 1865 in Nebraska.
Thomas cash-claimed a quarter in 30, 5N 42W in 1891
In 1900 Larimer County is Thos. J. Collins, Jr. born Oct 1834 in Ohio, married 41 years to Malinda born August 1841 in Mississippi. He's a farmer, and they have four "inmates"
They're in Larimer County in the 1910 and 1920 census years.
In Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins, "Lieut" Thomas J. Collins, 1834-1925 and Malinda Elizabeth Collins - Aug 10, 1844 - Dec 20, 1928.
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