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Collins, Smithson, Furman, Bransford, Steelman, Lake, Lippincott, Miller, Adams, Chamberlain, Hatchett, Smith, Ingersoll, Webb, Davis, Clark, Patteson, Scull, Woodson, Leeds, English, Allen, Crichton, 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Here are historical documents and a few photos connected with my ancestry file at  http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/~garyscottcollins/.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 Acrobat Reader.  Graphics are in JPG format.

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/.

Richard Collins (1725-1808)

The earliest known Collins from whom I inherited my surname.  He immigrated to the US from Ireland about 1755, possibly from Tyrone County in (Northern) Ireland, and was the first doctor in area of modern Atlantic County, New Jersey, 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 member buried in the Collins burial grounds 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.  Please 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.
John Collins (1806-1900)

Grandson of Richard Collins, John Collins was a sea captain and prosperous farmer in Port Republic, New Jersey

Daniel Charles Newman Collins (1865-1953)

Great-great-grandson of Richard Collins and grandson of John Collins, D. C. Newman Collins was an architect and industrial engineer.   Completing only the 8th grade at school, he first apprenticed with a firm in Haddonfield, NJ, where he grew up, from 1882 to 1888.  Then he worked with three engineering and contracting firms until 1901, at which time he set up his own architecture and engineering firm in New York City.  He designed and constructed Cableways for the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal and many buildings and industrial plants in New York City and around the country in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Below are various professional documents, including curricula vitae, and photos and designs of his buildings.    Through the 1920's, he was township engineer and manager of Cranford, NJ, where he 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, painting, photography, woodworking, and building and racing yachts.    These are described in part below and especially in "Two Brothers."   Newman was a renowned story teller, some of which comes through his notes below.  

Dillard Collins (Abt 1760- Abt 1821)

The Collins name also appears in my paternal grandmother's lineage, of which the earliest firmly known member is Dillard Collins.  His 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.

John Dillard Collins (1823-aft 1880)

A 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 war.  

Williams Barnard Furman (1845-1884)

Married Jessie Paralee Collins, daughter of John Dillard Collins.  A medical doctor.  He and Jessie died young, after which surviving children Lucy Salome Furman and Rosalie Allan Furman were raised by their aunt, Rosalie A. Collins.

Rosalie A. Collins (abt 1852-aft 1907)

Daughter of John Dillard Collins, schoolteacher.  Graduated from State Normal School of New Jersey, 1870.   Taught in public schools in Evansville, Indiana.  She raised nieces Lucy and Rosalie Furman after deaths of her sister Jessie Collins and brother-in-law Williams Barnard Furman.  

Lucy Salome Furman (1869-abt 1958)

School teacher, author, active member of Women's Christian Temperance Union, and advocate of legislation to outlaw trapping of animals using inhumane methods.  For 10-20 years, she taught in the Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Knott Co., KY.   Aunt Lucy was sister of my grandmother, Rosalie Furman.

Relationship between American Scrimzeour and Scottish Scrymgeour families

The Scrymgeour family holds the title of hereditary Royal Standard Bearers of Scotland, from before Scotland and England were united.  My grandmother Rosalie Furman and her sister Lucy were descended via Eliza Ann Scrimzeour (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 family before the Scottish House of Lords over who had the right to hold the title, recounted by Chandler Furman and Norval Scrymgeour from opposing American and Scottish perspectives, respectively.

Miller (Müller) family documents

Carnefix family documents

Smithson family documents: mostly West Virginia (many transcribed by David Smithson)

Crichton, Webb and Todd family documents: mostly Scotland and Dundee, Illinois

1880 US Census Snapshot of the Family

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

A survey of census entries of my great-great-great-grandparents, born about 1790-1800, shows that some in the South were significant slaveholders.  These include
Against these are ancestors from the North who held no slaves as well as these ancestors from border states in the South:

Various obituaries


For additions, corrections, comments and, especially, if you wish to contribute documents, photos or links for these pages, please contact Gary S. Collins at garyscollins(at)gmail.com..

Gary S. Collins, 19 Jul 2008.  You are visitor since September 2006.