Historical Documents for Gary
Scott Collins's ancestors and related families
Collins, Smithson, Furman, Bransford, Steelman,
Lippincott, Miller, Adams, Chamberlain, Hatchett, Smith, Ingersoll,
Davis, Clark, Patteson, Scull, Woodson, Leeds, English, Allen,
French, Hatcher, Butler, Taylor, Carnefix, Buckman, Dickerson, Holsapple
Here are historical documents and a few photos
connected with my ancestry
file at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/~garyscottcollins/
Documents are in PDF format and can be read using the free Adobe
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For many photos, see http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~garyscottcollins/
For the gedcom file, see http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/~garyscottcollins/
An index page for all my genealogical material is at http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~garyscottcollins/
The earliest known Collins from whom I inherited my surname. He
immigrated to the US from Ireland about 1755, possibly from Tyrone
(Northern) Ireland, and was the first doctor in area of modern Atlantic
living in Collins Mills in Galloway Township, near Port Republic, close
to the shore north
of Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was the most senior family
in Collins Mills (description by Linda
Lewis). Below is a biographical sketch written in 1936 for
the dedication of a Revolutionary Soldier Marker at his grave by the
DAR. I am very interested in learning more about his
origins and life.
let me know of any other information you may have about him or his
descendants. Also, I seek photos of any and all of his progeny.
Grandson of Richard Collins, John Collins was a sea captain and
prosperous farmer in Port Republic, New Jersey
Great-great-grandson of Richard Collins and grandson of John Collins,
D. C. Newman Collins was an
and industrial engineer. Completing only the 8th grade at
school, he first apprenticed with a firm in
NJ, where he grew up, from 1882 to 1888. Then he worked with
and contracting firms until 1901, at which time he set up his own
and engineering firm in New York City. He designed and
Cableways for the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal and many buildings
industrial plants in New York City and around the country in the late
and early 1900's. Below are various professional documents,
curricula vitae, and photos and designs of his buildings.
the 1920's, he was township engineer and manager of Cranford, NJ, where
lived. There, he was architect for Cleveland and Lincoln Schools,
oversaw construction of the raised railway and station through the
town, and worked toward establishing a Rahway River Parkway through
Cranford and neighboring towns.
Extremely adept with his hands, he was highly skilled in music,
photography, woodworking, and building and racing yachts.
are described in part below and especially in "Two Brothers."
was a renowned story teller, some of which comes through his notes
- Photo of DCN Collins with son Harold,
about 1915 (0.8 MB)
- Professional, Musical
and Yachting Autobiographies of D.C. Newman Collins (written ca. 1940)
- "Tom and Newman: Two Brothers",
eulogy for his brother Thomas Jefferson Collins (1862-1905)
- Professional autobiography of D. C.
(written ca. 1910)
- "Industrial Buildings", a promotional brochure from about
1910 (16 images, 0.5-3 MB per page)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
- Report of accomplishments submitted for
in the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was admitted
as full member of the
ASCE in 1901.
- Industrial Community.
poster created ca. 1910 that shows a montage of buildings and designs
D.C.N. Collins. High-resolution scans are also available: 8-10
MB, left, right. The legend of
"An 'Industrial Community' built by D. C. Newman Collins,
and Engineer, New York. -- A group of manufacturing plants
actual existence from designs of D. C. Newman Collins. This
represents ten years of personal experience in a specialty involving
layouts, design and supervision. It means simplicity, efficiency
economy in future work."
- De La Vergne Machine
Catalog frontispiece, showing erecting shed built by Collins around
1910 at upper right (thanks to Michael L. Spera).
- Drawing of design for bridge in
Recife, Brazil, 1916 (3 MB).
- Cleveland School,
Cranford NJ (1914), built as a combined high school and grade
school, later used as an
elementary school that I attended, and recently converted into an
office and shopping plaza. (Photo and caption reproduced from
"Images of America" (Arcadia, 1995), page 76.)
A promotional brochure front page is here (also pages 2, 3, 4 and 5). A newsarticle during
construction is here.
Other constructions designed and built by Collins in the same
include Lincoln School, Cranford (1927), the elevated train station,
(ca. 1925), Franklin School, Garwood, NJ (1913), and a high school in
Park, NJ. He also was early promotor of the Union County Parkway,
road and greenland belt that was to extend along the Rahway River.
The Collins name also appears in my paternal grandmother's lineage,
of which the earliest firmly known member is Dillard Collins.
ancestry is uncertain and of great interest because of an unclear
connection with the
Dillard family name. Below are links to letters
written among descendants that touch on this question.
great-grandfather. Surgeon in the Confederate Army, he journeyed
in a trek with five families from their homes in Henderson County,
Kentucky south to Arkansas and Louisiana, where he is believed to have
directed field hospitals in Pine Bluffs, Arkansas and Keachie,
Louisiana. The families returned to Kentucky after the
- Photo in old age (ca. 1880-1900).
- Collins-Hatchett-Trek from
Kentucky to Louisiana and back, 1861-66 (a description of
participants, chronology, motivation)
- Letter from Cornelia Hatchett
Lester (1929) reminescing about the trek and War.
- Life in Keachie, Louisiana
during Civil War, with Collins family and friends, written by Minnie
Eells, daughter in Family of Rev.
- Biography of "Uncle Maurice"
Kirby) who, with wife Marianna Hatchett, traveled with the Collins
family, written by Rosalie A.
Jessie Paralee Collins, daughter of John Dillard Collins. A
doctor. He and Jessie died young, after which surviving children
Salome Furman and Rosalie Allan Furman were raised by their aunt,
Daughter of John Dillard Collins, schoolteacher. Graduated from
Normal School of New Jersey, 1870. Taught in public schools
in Evansville, Indiana. She raised nieces Lucy and
Furman after deaths of her sister Jessie Collins and brother-in-law
Williams Barnard Furman.
School teacher, author, active member of Women's Christian Temperance
and advocate of legislation to outlaw trapping of animals using
methods. For 10-20 years, she taught in the Hindman
Settlement School, Hindman, Knott Co., KY. Aunt Lucy
was sister of my grandmother, Rosalie
Relationship between American Scrimzeour and Scottish Scrymgeour
The Scrymgeour family holds the title of hereditary Royal Standard
Bearers of Scotland, from before Scotland and England were
My grandmother Rosalie Furman and her sister Lucy were descended via Eliza
(1790- aft 1835), and made efforts to extend knowledge of this ancestry
by contacts in the 1940's
with American and Scottish members of the Scrymgeour lineage.
Around 1820, a legal contest took place between two branches of the
before the Scottish House of Lords over who had the right to hold the
and Norval Scrymgeour from opposing American and Scottish
Miller (Müller) family documents
is the earliest known bearer of the family's Miller surname. He
emigrated with his family from Prussia to the US in
1854. The travel document used to cross France and sail is
here: Top (650 k), Bottom (670 k), Reverse
(280 k). Equivalent to a family passport, the document gives
names and birthdates of Johann, his wife and two children. It is
written in an old, official German script similar to Suetterlin.
The family came from Allenbach, District of Bernkastel, a small village
20 miles east of Trier and 30 miles north of Saarbruecken, in the
Rheinland-Pfalz. The document was notarized by Prussian officials
in Trier and bears stamps from French Commissaires de Police in
Forbach, just across the border from Saarburecken, giving permission to
enter France and travel to Le Havre, and in Le Havre, giving permission
to embark on the ship "Annapolis" for the US. A transliteration and translation into
English was made courtesy of Viola and Thomas Wichert.
The family landed at New York City on 11 Dec 1854.
papers from 1866 of Johann
Friedrich Müller , with name variously anglicized as John F.
Muller and Frederick Miller (1826- abt 1903), who was grandfather of William
Charles Miller (1886-1950) who married Margaret
Rucker Smithson (1887-1946).
Carnefix family documents
Smithson family documents: mostly West Virginia (many transcribed
by David Smithson)
Crichton, Webb and Todd family documents: mostly Scotland and
- Crichton Family History, by Robert C.
and Jean L. Crichton, May 1989 (provided by Paula Smith
A survey of family households at the time of the 1880 census
revealed new ancestors and additional information about known ones.
1830 and 1840 US Census Snapshots of the Family: Slavery
survey of census entries of my great-great-great-grandparents, born
about 1790-1800, shows that some in the South were significant
(b: 1792), a Baptist clergyman and professor in the Furman Academy of
SC, founded by his father, Richard Furman. Samuel held 42 slaves
in 1830 in Beaufort Co., SC.
(b: 1798), Captain in Virginia Militia and farmer, who held 21 slaves
1840. He had misgivings about slavery described in a letter by his daughter.
Patteson (b: 1795), a farmer who held 16 slaves in 1830 in
Buckingham Co., VA.
Collins (b: 1790 or 1798), a physician who held 8 slaves in 1830 in
Clark Co., KY.
Against these are ancestors from the North who held no slaves as well
as these ancestors from border states in the South:
For additions, corrections, comments and, especially,
if you wish to contribute
documents, photos or links for these pages, please contact Gary S.
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