THE COLLINS FAMILY

HOME

THE COLLINS FAMILY OF BURKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA AND GEARY COUNTY KANSAS

Marjorie Fletcher     Page Update: November 2011

Price/Brice Collins 1

Major Brice Collins 2

Joseph Lafayette Collins 3

Brice M. Collins 4

Bryce M. Collins 5

Leota M. Collins 6

PRICE/BRICE COLLINS 1 AND ELIZABETH (BRADLEY) COLLINS

    Price/Brice Collins 1 was born about 1712, probably in Somerset County, Maryland and died 1791 in Orange County, North Carolina. He is thought to be (no proof) the son of Price Collins and Rebecca Collins of All Hallow's Parish (formally Snow Hill) in Somerset County, Maryland. He married 12 August 1747 in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware at the Holy Trinity Church, Elizabeth Bradley christened 22 January 1722 in Wilmington, Delaware at the Holy Trinity Church, died before 1800 in Orange County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Henry Bradley and Catherine Lewis. Price/Brice Collins, 1 and Elizabeth Bradley had the following children: (1) John who married Polly Jackson (2) Catherine (3) Enoch born 16 February 1752, christened 25 April 1752 at Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware at Old Swedes Church; died 1844 in Orange County, North Carolina. He married Nancy, last name unknown. (4) Mary (5) Brice born about 1758 in Maryland; died 15 January 1829 in Burke County, North Carolina; buried on his plantation, "Stony Hill" near Morganton (6) Elizabeth (7) Jain (spelled that way) (8) Joseph (9) Margaret. The names of the children of Price/Brice Collins and Elizabeth Bradley were taken from the will of Enoch Bradley of Orange County, North Carolina (Proof of will, 9 November 1800. In his will he named all the children of his sister, Elizabeth Collins. Price/Brice Collins and Elizabeth (Bradley) Collins lived in Hillsboro, Orange County, North Carolina where they both died. I have found his name as "Price" in some records and "Brice" in others in Somerset County, Maryland. Price/Brice Collins had a land patent in Orange County, North Carolina in 1779.

GENERATION 2

MAJOR BRICE COLLINS 2 AND JEMIMA (MOORE) COLLINS

    Major Brice Collins 2 (Price/Brice Collins 1) was in the Revolutionary War. He fought in the battle of Camden in Baron De Kalb's Regiment. He was an eye witness to the death of the brave and gallant Baron and often related the story. At an early age he joined the Army of the Revolution and served 7 years in the service of his country. After his discharge he settled in Hillsboro, Orange county, North Carolina where he owned land. He sold his property in Hillsboro in 1791 after his father's death and moved to Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina. In 1796 and 1799 he was a candidate for Sheriff in that town. In 1800 he moved to Burke County, North Carolina and was a member of the State Legislature, serving 11 times between 1805-1823. He owned a large plantation on the John's River in Burke County that contained over 400 acres of land and had many slaves to work his land. His plantation was about 8 miles from Morganton.

    Major Brice Collins was born about 1758 in the state of Maryland, he being the son of Price/Brice and Elizabeth (Bradley) Collins. Brice was from an old Maryland line of the Collins family that settled in Somerset County in the mid to late 1600's. He married about 1803/1804, Jemima Moore who was born in Maryland about 1780. The Moore family was said to be of Irish descent. It is believed that Jemima Moore was the daughter of James Moore who died about 1802 in Burke County and Rebecca Moore who died about 1824/1825 in Burke County. Dr. Thomas Bouchell was the Administrator of the will of Rebecca Moore's estate in 1825. Jemima Moore had 3 sisters: Jane who married Mr. Connally, Mary (Polly) who married Dr. Thomas Bouchell and Rebecca who married Alexander Perkins, son of John Perkins who was an early settler of Burke County. It is believed that she had one brother named James Moore, Jr. who was married to Henrietta Sherrill. In the 1790 census of Burke County, James Moore is listed with 5 females and 1 male (himself). Jemima's brother, James Moore, Jr. had already left home and had a family of his own by 1790. Major Brice Collins was described as a large muscular man of striking physique. He had a nickname, "Collins Ram" because it was said "he had a head of his own and butted where he pleased". Major Brice Collins died 15 January 1829 in Morganton and was buried with Masonic Honors on his Burke County Plantation at Stony Hill.

THE BATTLE OF CAMDEN

    The battle of Camden was fought at Saunder's Creek near Camden, South Carolina on 16 August 1780, between a British force of about 2,000 men under General Charles Cornwallis and a superior American force, mostly untried militia under General Horatio Gates. Early in the engagement a large part of Gate's militia fled 160 miles to Hillsboro, North Carolina followed by the remnants of his army, leaving the fighting to regulars under Baron Johann De Kalb, who was killed. English casualties numbered about 325, while the Americans lost, in killed and wounded and captured, about 2,000 men. In December, Gates was replaced by General Nathaniel Greene. The Battle of Hobkirk's Hill is often called the second Battle of Camden.

BARON JOHANN DE KALB

    Baron Johann De Kalb (1721-1780) was a German soldier of fortune in the American Revolution. He was born in Hittendor, Bavaria and commissioned a Major General in the Continental Army, 1777. He was with George Washington at Valley Forge. De Kalb died of wounds received at Camden.

Children of Major Brice Collins and Jemima (Moore) Collins

1. Joseph Lafayette Collins 3 (Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 24 January 1805 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died 29 February 1860 in Morganton. He is buried in the Collins Family Cemetery in Burke County. He married Elizabeth Ann Truehart Johnson born 6 August 1805 in Burke County, North Carolina; died 6 June 1886 in Burke County; buried in Abernathy Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery, Rutherford College, Burke County. She was the daughter of Philip Johnson and Ann Truehart (Curd) Johnson. Elizabeth Ann Collins married (2) shortly after 1860, John Kincaid, son of James Kincaid, Sr. and Jane Reed. John died soon after the marriage.

2. Mary Selina (Polly) Collins 3 (Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 12 July 1807 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died 2 September 1858 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; buried in the Johnson Family Cemetery in Morganton. She married 10 November 1824 in Burke County, Peter Johnson. He was the brother of Elizabeth Ann Truehart (Johnson) Collins. Peter Johnson ran a mill on Smoky Creek in Burke County, North Carolina in the 1860's. He was a businessman in Morganton during the 1840's and 1850's. The Johnson family owned a large plantation on lower creek. They had many slaves to work their land which produced corn and wheat. Children:  (1) Abraham born 1825 in Burke County (2) Rebekah Evalina born 19 August 1826 in Burke County; died 3 December 1923; married Milas Michael Kibler (3) Calhoun born 1827 in Burke County (4) William born 1828 in Burke County (5) Brice D. born 1831 in Burke County (6) Cicero born 1833 in Burke County (7) Eli born 1835 in Burke County (8) Mary Ann born 1839 in Burke County (9) Martha born 1839 in Burke County; married John Bristol (10) Pinkney Theodore born 8 March 1844 in Burke County; died 22 December 1914; buried in Little John's Church Cemetery, Burke County, married Virginia Clark born about 1854 (11) Stanhope Andrew born 2 October 1847 in Burke County; died August 1931 in Burke County; buried in Morganton, Mt. Pleasant church Cemetery, married Victoria Bristol, widow.

3. Evelina Collins 3 (Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born about 1810 in Burke County, North Carolina; died 1867 in Quitman, Wood County, Texas; married 30 May 1829 in Burke County, Eli R. Shuford born 4 April 1803 in Catawba County, North Carolina; died about 1874 in Mineola, Texas, son of Jacob Shuford and Margaret (Hoyle) Shuford. In the 1850 census Eli was a tavern keeper, he moved to Newton, North Carolina for the purpose of keeping a hotel and sending his children to school. Catawba College was built at Newton about 1850. The family farm was given to Eli Shuford and he lived there until a short time before the Civil War when he sold the farm and moved to Texas. Children: (1) Monroe born 1830 in Catawba County, North Carolina; died 1862 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. Monroe was a Confederate soldier killed in the Civil War. In the 1850 census his occupation was, engineer. (2) Poindexter born 1835 in Catawba County; died 1874/1875  in Quitman, Wood County, Texas. Poindexter moved to Mississippi and taught school in Alexandria, Alabama. In 1859 he lived in Quitman, Texas and practiced law. (3) Dudley born 1838 in Catawba County, North Carolina; died in Quitman, Wood County, Texas (4) Harrison born 1840 in Catawba County, North Carolina; died in Quitman, Wood County, Texas (5) Pinkney (twin) born 1843 in Catawba County; married 3 May 1866 in Burke County, North Carolina Mary Selina Collins born 1843 in Burke County; died 1909, daughter of Joseph Lafayette Collins and Elizabeth Ann Truehart (Johnson) Collins (6) Middlecof (twin) born 1843 in Catawba County, North Carolina. Middlecof was a soldier in the Confederate Army, captured and disappeared. He was a prisoner in Louisiana (7) Lena born 1849 in Catawba County, North Carolina; married a Doctor Gunter.

4. Elvira E. Collins 3 (Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 1812 in Burke County, North Carolina; died 11 March 1886 in Catawba County, North Carolina; married 9 November 1830, Major Andrew Hoyle Shuford born 24 February 1810 in Lincoln County, North Carolina; died 16 August 1880 in Catawba County, North Carolina, son of Jacob Shuford and Margaret (Hoyle) Shuford. Andrew Shuford was a Sheriff of Catawba County, North Carolina, in 1852. He settled in Canton, Georgia. After the Civil War he moved back to Catawba County, town of Hickory. He was a Confederate soldier serving as Commissariat to his friend, Col. Wharton Green in the second North Carolina Battalion and was at the surrender of Roanoke Island, North Carolina. He was, at 19 years of age, high Sheriff of Lincoln County and a member of the legislature from Lincoln County, North Carolina. Children: (1) Delia born 1834 in Catawba County; died 1878. She married Henry George Wilfong (2) Martha Ann born 28 March 1833 in Catawba County, NC; married Dr. Stanhope A. Suddereth (3) Mildred Linsay born 1835 in Catawba County; married 1. Dr. Hartwell Hane Crowell 2. William Henry Ellis (4) Alonzo Brice Collins Shuford born 16 December 1837 in Lincoln County, North Carolina; died 1862 in the Civil War in Georgia; buried 26 October 1862 in Georgia. Alonzo was wounded in the Civil War in Georgia in 1862 and died a short time later. He was at the surrender of Roanoke Island, North Carolina. He was a Capt. in the Confederate Army, never married.

5. Brice Monroe Collins 3 (Major Brice Collins 2, Price/ Brice Collins 1) born 1815 in Burke County, North Carolina. He went by the name of Monroe Collins in the census reports and other records. He was only 15 years of age when his father died. He may have been mentally handicapped as there are guardian court records for him in Burke County past the time that he would have turned 21. His brother, Joseph Lafayette Collins was his guardian after Major Brice Collins died. He was always living with different family members and never married. He was still alive in the 1880 census in Catawba County living with his sister, Elvira Shuford and her husband, Andrew. I have not been able to find a death date for his mother, Jemima. It is possible that Jemima had a difficult delivery and she may have died at the time of his birth. She is not in any census records in 1810 or 1820. I found one record that said his name was "James Monroe Collins".

GENERATION 3

JOSEPH LAFAYETTE COLLINS 3 AND ELIZABETH ANN TRUEHART (JOHNSON) COLLINS

           

    Elizabeth Ann (Johnson) Collins (1805-1886)

    Joseph Lafayette Collins 3 (Major Brice Collins 2, Price Brice Collins 2) born 24 January 1805 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died 29 February 1860 in Morganton. He is buried in the Collins Family Cemetery in Burke County. He married Elizabeth Ann Truehart Johnson born 6 August 1805 in Burke County, North Carolina; died 6 June 1886 in Burke County; buried in Abernathy Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery, Rutherford College, Burke County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Philip Johnson and Ann Truehart (Curd) Johnson, Elizabeth Ann Collins married (2) shortly after 1860, John Kincaid, son of James Kincaid, Sr. and Jane Reed. On her headstone in Abernathy Memorial Methodist Church cemetery it says "Bettie Ann T. Kincaid".

Children of Joseph Lafayette Collins and Elizabeth Ann (Johnson) Collins

1. Elizabeth Ann Elvira Collins 4 (Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born about 1829 in Burke County, North Carolina; died 1884. She married Charles L.H.S. Scott.

2. Brice Monroe Collins 4 (Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 12 November 1832 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died December 1904 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery. He married 13 November 1858 Margaret Elizabeth Warlick of Table Rock, North Carolina.

3. Byard Collins 4 (Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 1833 in Burke County, North Carolina; died in the Civil War.

4. John J. Collins 4 (Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 1834 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina. No further information.

5. Theodore Burnett Collins 4 (Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 1836 in Burke County, North Carolina; died 19 May 1877 (Administration of estate) in Burke County, North Carolina. Theodore Burnett Collins went to California in the 1850's in search of gold. He returned to Burke County sometime before his death. James C. Estes, husband of his sister Rebecca Evelina (Collins) Estes, was appointed Administrator of his estate dated 19 May 1877. Others named as his heirs were his sister, Elizabeth Scott, brother, Monroe Collins and sister Mary Selina Shuford. It appears that he was never married.

6. Rebecca Evelina Collins 4 (Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 30 October 1838 in Burke County, North Carolina; died 19 March 1884 in Rutherford College, Burke County, North Carolina. She is buried in Abernathy Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery in Burke County. She married James C. Estes.

7. Mary Selina Collins 4 (Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price Brice Collins 1) born 1843 in Burke County, North Carolina; died 1909. She married 30 April 1866 (marriage bond) in Burke County, North Carolina, Pinkney Shuford (twin) born 1843 in Catawba County, North Carolina. He was the son of Eli R. Shuford and Evelina J (Collins) Shuford.

8. Joseph Lafayette Collins 4 (Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 1845 in Burke County, North Carolina; died 29 August 1862 in Manassas, Virginia. Joseph L. Collins, Private, born in Burke County, North Carolina and by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Alamance County at age 16, 20 June 1861 for the duration of the war. He mustered in as a musician but was reduced in ranks 30 April 1862 while absent on sick leave. He was killed at the second battle of Manassas, Virginia 20 August 1862.

GENERATION 4

BRICE MONROE COLLINS 4 AND MARGARET ELIZABETH (WARLICK) COLLINS

  Brice Monroe Collins 4 (Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 12 November 1832 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died December 1904 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery. He married on 13 November 1858 in Morganton, Burke County, Margaret Elizabeth Warlick born 24 December 1842 at Table Rock, Burke County; died 17 March 1911 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery in Junction City. She was the daughter of Peter Portland Warlick and Mary Ann (Warlick) Warlick (first cousins). See THE WARLICK FAMILY

    Brice Monroe Collins was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. He enlisted 15 April 1862 in Morganton, Burke County for the period of the war. He was a private in company B, 54th Reg't. North Carolina Infantry (State Troops). He was 25 years of age at enlistment. His occupation was a farmer and his height was 5' 7" with gray eyes and brown hair. In July 1863 he had become a Corporal and was in the Farmville, Virginia Hospital convalescing from typhoid fever. He was also in the same hospital in June 1863 with pneumonia. He was taken a prisoner of war and captured at Rappahannock 7 November 1863 and was taken to Point Lookout, Maryland. He arrived at Washington 11 November 1863. He was reported missing in action 7 November 1863. He was exchanged 10 March 1864 and was taken prisoner again at City Point, Virginia and captured 25 March 1865 and was released on 24 June 1865. He took the Oath of Allegiance at Point Lookout, Maryland 24 June 1865 and was released. (Source: Confederate Civil War records at the archives in Washington, DC)

54TH REGIMENT, NORTH CAROLINA INFANTRY

    The 54th Infantry Regiment was assembled at Camp Magnum, near Raleigh, North Carolina, in May 1862. The men were from the counties of Rowan, Burke, Cumberland, Northampton, Iredell, Guilford, Wilkes, Yadkin, Columbus and Granville. It was assigned to General Law's, Hoke's, Goodwin's and W. G. Lewis' Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. The 54th was engaged at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, then guarded prisoners captured at Winchester during the Pennsylvania Campaign. Later they took part in Bristoe and Mine Run campaigns. This regiment lost 6 killed and 40 wounded at Fredericksburg, had 3 killed and 38 wounded at Chancellorsville and 2 wounded and 306 missing at the Rappahannock river. It totaled about 700 men in July 1864 and surrendered with 4 officers and 53 men of which 23 were armed. The field officers were Colonels James C. S. McDowell, Kenneth M. Murchison and John Wimbish; Lieutenant Colonel Anderson Ellis; and Major James A. Rogers.

    Brice and Margaret Collins, with their family, moved to Junction City, Geary County, Kansas (then Davis County) in 1874. In the Collins Family Bible it states that "B. M. Collins and family moved on their homestead in Davis County, Kansas 8 March 1880". The homestead was sold in January 1908.

Children of Brice Monroe Collins and Margaret Elizabeth (Warlick) Collins

1. Frank Alonzo Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 1 December 1859 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died 20 August 1946 in Mendocino County, California; married (1) 22 December 1886 in Kansas, Fanny Lampson born about 1862 in Vevay, Indiana; died 25 December 1899 in Fruita, Colorado. She was the daughter of Charles Bruce Lampson and Mary H. (Hinkle) Lampson (2) Cora Bertha Holdridge born 16 February 1870 in Vermont; died 27 April 1953. She was the daughter of Amasa Holdridge and Delia (Stiles) Holdridge. Fanny died of consumption and she was pregnant at the time.

OBITUARY: Frank Alonzo Collins, The Ukiah (California ) Press, Wednesday, August 28, 1946

    Frank A. Collins, aged 86, a native of North Carolina, passed away at his home 750 North Bush Street, after a lingering illness. Private services were held from Eversole Mortuary, Rev. L. G. Brown officiating. Mr. Collins' remains were cremated at the Chapel of the Chimes, Santa Rosa. Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cora Collins, and 11 children: Fisk A. Collins, Hamett, Idaho; Mrs. Rex Goldsbrough, Soda Springs, Idaho; Mrs. Laura Osborne, Grants Pass, Oregon; Mrs. Theron Jackson, Grangeville, Idaho; Ivan Agnew, Eureka; V. S. Collins, Ukiah; Mrs. C. D. Rupe, Ukiah; Frank D. Collins, Blue Lake; Mrs. Percy Grable, Stockton; Mrs. Frank Fitzgerald, Oakland; Mrs. Preston Cherry, Kenwood.

2. Alice Cora Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 10 October 1861 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died 26 July 1942 in Geary County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery in Junction City, Kansas. She married 2 June 1882 in Junction City, Kansas, Jesse Banks Wingfield born 1853; died 18 October 1908 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery, Junction City, Kansas. He was he son of James Lewis Wingfield and Mary W. (Quarles) Wingfield.

OBITUARY: The Junction City Union, Monday, July 27, 1942 (Alice C. (Collins) Wingfield

    Death of Mrs. Alice C. Wingfield, age 80, passed away at the City Hospital early Sunday morning after a lingering illness. Born October 10, 1861, at Morganton, NC. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Wingfield was active in both the Missionary Society and the Ladies Aid. She is survived by the following children: Miss Fannie A. Wingfield; D. M. Wingfield and Cora Wingfield Schmidt, all of Junction City; J. E. Wingfield of Veterans hospital, Wichita; Mrs. Lizzie Brannick of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Jesse C. Wingfield of Unalaska, Alaska; two sisters, Mrs. Susie J. Rohrer and Mrs. Ada Langvardt, both of Junction City, and three bothers, F. A. Collins of Modesto, Calif., and Lawrence and John Collins, both of Junction City. The body had been taken to the Sawtell Funeral Home where friends may call this evening from 7 until 9 o'clock. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the Presbyterian church with Dr. Mervyn E. Moss officiating. Burial will be made in the family lot in the Humboldt Valley Cemetery. Music for the rites will be furnished by Chester Cormley, accompanied at the organ by Miss Elizabeth Ann Miller. Pall bearers will be Glenn Hamilton, Camden Strain, Jess Langvardt, Harold Rohrer, Sam Harris, Jr. and Ed Ramsour.

3. Mary Elizabeth Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 8 May 1866 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died 10 February 1887 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery, Geary County, Kansas; she married 2 November 1884 Samuel Wingfield Harris. Samuel W. Harris and Mary Lizzie Collins were married at the brides father's house (Brice Monroe Collins 4). Mary Elizabeth (Collins) Harris died following the birth of twin sons. leaving the babies and a 18 month old daughter. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by the Rev. T. D. Shaw of Junction City, Kansas.

OBITUARY:  The Junction City Tribune, Thursday, February 17, 1887....Mary Elizabeth (Collins) Harris

    HARRIS....At her home in this county, on Thursday, February 1, 1887, Mary Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Harris, aged twenty years, nine months and two days. This was a sudden and sad death. The young mother leaves a daughter about two years old and a pair of twin boys born just before her death. The funeral services were conducted at the residence, on Friday by Rev. T. D. Shaw of this City and the remains were interred in the neighboring cemetery on Humboldt Creek. The bereaved husband and friends have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.

4. Charles Jenkins "Jinks" Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 17 March 1868 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died 11 December 1908 in goldfield Nevada; buried in Junction City, Kansas in Humboldt Valley Cemetery. He married 3 May 1899 Mary Belle Colwell (divorced before 1908). Charles died of pneumonia. Charles Collins was a gold miner and had a mine in Alaska.

5. Joseph Lafayette Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 14 March 1870 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died 19 April 1937 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery. He married Agnes B. Webster born 25 September 1876 in Kansas; died 28 April 1954 in Geary County, Kansas She was the daughter of William Webster and Annie (Gunn) Webster.

OBITUARY: The Junction City Union, Monday, April 19, 1937 Joseph Lafayette Collins III

    Joe Collins, 67, well-known Geary county farmer passed away this morning at the home south of Junction City, after an illness of ten days with pneumonia. Mr. Collins was born in Morganton, North Carolina. He came to this country 37 years ago and has made many friends in that length of time. He served as county commissioner from 1912-1914. He served many years on the Morris school board and as Democratic precinct committeeman. Surviving are the widow, five children, Kenneth Collins of Junction City, Vance and Don Collins of Manhattan, Mrs. Earl Younkin of Milford and Margaret Collins of the home; three sisters, Mrs. Richard Rohrer, Mrs. Jess Langvardt and Mr. Lawrence and John Collins of eastern Geary; six grandchildren and many other relatives. The body will lie in state at the Durland-Sawtell Funeral home Tuesday afternoon from 3 until 5 o'clock and Tuesday evening from 7 until 9 o'clock and will be taken to the home south of the city Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Mervyn Moss will officiate and burial will be made in Highland cemetery.

6. Susan Julia Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 14 May 1872 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; died 2 September 1950 in Geary County, Kansas; she married 25 December 1893 in Junction City, Kansas, Richard Black Rohrer born 19 November 1866 in Kansas; died 24 July 1944 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; buried in Junction City Cemetery, son of Joshua Henry Rohrer and Mary Amy (Dehl) Rohrer.

  OBITUARY: The Junction City Union, Saturday, September 12, 1950, Death of Mrs. Richard Rohrer

    Mrs. Richard Rohrer, 78, a member of one of Geary counties best-known families, died at the City Hospital about 5:30 a.m. today. She had been seriously ill since last June and was taken to the hospital when she became critically ill about 10 days ago. Mrs. Rohrer had been a resident of Geary county for the past 76 years. As a two-year old child, she was brought here by her parents from North Carolina in 1874 when her father took a homestead in the Humboldt Creek vicinity. Mrs. Rohrer, formerly Susie Collins, was born 14 May 1872 in Morganton, N. C., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brice M. Collins. Her father was one of the few veterans of the Confederate army who came to Kansas to homestead. He served under the command of General J. E. B. Stewart. In Mrs. Rohrer's early womanhood she was a teacher in Geary county rural schools, teaching at the Weston, Ebbutt and Hardscrabble schools. Her husband-to-be, Richard Rohrer, was teaching in the rural schools at the same time. They were married on December 25, 1893. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1943. Mr. Rohrer died July 24, 1944. In 1903, the Rohrer's acquired the home at 1995 West Sixth street and Mrs. Rohrer had continued to make her home there until the present time, a period of 47 years. She was a member of the Methodist church and took an active part in its affairs for many years. She was a charter member of the local unit of the American Legion Auxiliary and was one of the Organization's first presidents. She also was a member and past president of the Ladies Reading club. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Ernest Bauman, 1005 West Sixth; Mrs. George O. Haley, Albuquerque, N. M. and Harold A. Rohrer, Route two; six grandchildren, Pat Haley of Albuquerque; Mrs. Harold Ramsour, of Manhattan; David Rohrer, Philip Rohrer, Hugh Rohrer and Ruth Rohrer of route two. Of the original family of 11 brothers and sisters in Mrs. Rohrer's family, only two now survive, including Mrs. J. J. Langvardt, route one and Lawrence E. Collins, of the Humboldt vicinity. Funeral services will be held at the Sawtell funeral home Monday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Harry E. Weed will conduct the service. Pallbearers will be Keith Collins, Sherwood Collins, Camden Strain, Eldon Langvardt, Harold Holm and Charles F. Schmidt. Burial will be made in the family lot in Highland cemetery.

7. Laura Ida Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 24 May 1874 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; died 8 March 1933 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas; buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Topeka; married 1 February 1898 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas Augustine Sackett Strain born 8 April 1863 in Delaware; died 27 August 1948 in Denver, Colorado. In the 1930 census he was a clerk in the Post Office.

OBITUARY: The Topeka Daily State Journal, Wednesday, March 8, 1933, Mrs. Nora C. Strain Dies (Laura Ida Collins)

    Artist had been a resident of Topeka 52 years: Mrs. Nora Collins Strain died at her home, 209 Roosevelt street, this morning. Mrs. Strain had been a resident of Topeka fifty-two years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church and was an active worker in the W. C. T. U. She was also a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Postal Clerks. Her hobby has been painting and her fiends admired her ability for this talent. She is survived by her husband, A. S. Strain; three sons, Camden, Baird and John Strain, all of Topeka; three daughters, Mrs. Ollivieve Janes, of Pasadena, California; Miss M. Strain, of Los Angeles, California, and Clara Strain, of the home address. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the First Congregational Church. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Laura was a teacher in Geary County and was an accomplished artist.

8. Bryce Monroe Collins 5  (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 3 April 1877 in Junction City, Geary County (then Davis County) Kansas; died 10 October 1937 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas; buried in Rochester Cemetery in Topeka. He married (1) 9 December 1903 in Dunlop, Morris County, Kansas at the home of William Robinson, Della Elnora Carson (divorced) (2) 5 July 1930 in Shawnee County, Kansas, Martha Carolyn Seal born 27 January 1905 in Perry, Kansas; died 11 May 1974 in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas.

9. Lawrence Edmund Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 27 October 1880 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; died 9 December 1962 in Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas Council Gove Hospital; buried Junction City, Geary County, Kansas, Humboldt Valley Cemetery; married 21 May 1913 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas at Humboldt Presbyterian Church, Alverda Patience Tracy born 27 December 1891 in Geary County, Kansas; died 18 October 1983 in Geary County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery. She was the daughter of Henry A. Wise Tracy and Anna Louise (Estes) Tracy.

OBITUARY: The Junction City Union, Monday, December 10, 1962, Lawrence E. Collins

    Lawrence E. Collins, 82, an Eastern Geary county resident his entire life and a leader in this community for many years, died Sunday at the Morris County hospital in Council Grove where he had been a patient several weeks following a paralytic stroke. His health had been failing the past year or more. Mr. Collins was born October 27, 1880 in eastern Geary county, the son of Brice and Margaret Collins, pioneer Geary county settlers. He lived his entire life within two miles of his birthplace and was the last survivor of a family of twelve children. The story of his life is a story of service to his community. He was a township trustee and township assessor 46 years and it was said that, although a Democrat, he always was elected by write-in votes, winning election on both the Democratic and Republican tickets until he declined to accept the office again a few years ago...He was a Master Farmer of Kansas, a director of the Central National Bank of Junction City, past director of the Flint Hills REA, past director of the J. D. Co-Op association, past president of the Farm Bureau, a member of the original committee which brought Extension service to Geary County in 1928 and a member of the PMA committee. He was a member of the Humboldt church, serving as an elder and Sunday School Superintendent before it was united with the Junction City Presbyterian church. He was a Mason and member of the Junction City Rotary club and a member of the board of Humboldt Valley Cemetery Association. Surviving relatives include the wife, Alverda Tracy Collins to whom he was married May 21, 1913; a daughter, Ethel C. Young, who is superintendent of the Council Grove hospital; three sons Keith of the home; Dale of Wichita, and Dr. Dean Collins of Topeka. Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday from the First Presbyterian church with the Rev. Joseph Kurtright in charge. Burial will be in the Humboldt Cemetery. Friends may call at the Johnson funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. It was Mr. Collins request that memorial contributions be made to the Heart fund or the cancer fund.

10. Ada Isora Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 1 July 1883 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; died 6 January 1961 in Geary County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery in Junction City; married 1 January 1902 in Geary County, Kansas Jesse Jordan Langvardt, born 13 September 1880 in Kansas; died 1973 in Geary County, Kansas; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery. He was the son of Jorgen Hansen (John) Langvardt and Sena (Nelson) Langvardt.

OBITUARY: Junction City Union, Friday, January 6, 1961, Mrs. Jess Langvardt, Sr. Dies (Ada Isora Collins)

    Mrs. Jess Langvardt, Sr., 77 died at her home west of Junction City early this morning. She had been in failing health for the past two years and seriously ill for the past ten days. Mrs. Langvardt was born July 29 1883 in eastern Geary, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce (Brice) Monroe Collins and had lived her entire life in Geary county. She was married to Jess Langvardt January 1, 1902. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. She is survived by her husband and the following sons and daughters, Mrs. Hazel Barton of Junction City; Mrs. Bernice Sellin of Chapman; Mrs. Neola Hannay of Topeka; Mrs. Fay Glidewell of North Carolina; Mrs. Ardys Place of Lawrence; Jess Jr., L. C. (Jack), La Verne and Eldon, all of Junction City, Harold of Wakefield and Arthur of Manhattan, 33 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. One brother, Lawrence Collins of Eastern Geary, Also survives. The body is at the Johnson Funeral Home where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held Monday from the First Presbyterian church with the Rev Dan Hiett conducting the services, Burial will be in the Humboldt Cemetery.

11. John Warlick Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 15 September 1886 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; died 6 October 1947 in Junction City; buried in Humboldt Valley Cemetery in Junction City. He married 15 October 1916 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas, Mabel Myrna Clark born 16 May 1890 in Kansas; died December 1983, daughter of John S. Clark and Mary Jane (Harris) Clark. On John's W. W. I draft registration, he lived at R. R. Dwight, Kansas. He was a self-employed farmer and he was of medium height, stout, blue eyes and brown hair.

OBITUARY: Junction City Union, Tuesday, October 7, 1947, Death of John W. Collins

    John Warlick Collins, a lifelong resident of Humboldt Valley passed away at his home last night. Born September 15, 1886 in Humboldt Valley, Mr. Collins spent his entire life in that community except for one year in his early manhood spent in Idaho with his oldest Brother, the late Frank A. Collins. On November 15, 1916 he married Mabel Clark who survives him. Mr. Collins, an outstanding farmer, was always a leader in the community, his home, church and school held his deepest interest. He was an elder in the Humboldt Valley Presbyterian Church at the time of its union with the First Presbyterian Church of Junction City. For thirty-five years he served on the District School Board. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge of Junction City. Besides Mrs. Collins, he is survived by one brother, Lawrence E. Collins; two sisters, Mrs. Richard Rohrer and Mrs. J. J. Langvardt; one daughter, Mrs. C. F. Gay, the former Jessie Collins of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; two sons, Sherwood C. Collins and John W. Collins, Jr. and one grandson, John Charles Gray of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Funeral services will be Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. F. P. McDowell officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Humboldt Valley Cemetery. Pall bearers will be six nephews; Harold A. Rohrer, Vance W. Collins, Charles F. Schmidt, Jesse J. Langvardt, Jr., Keith L. Collins and Camden S. Strain of Topeka, Kansas. The Johnson Funeral Home will assist with the services. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening.

GENERATION 5

BRYCE MONROE COLLINS 5 AND DELLA ELNORA (CARSON) COLLINS

Bryce Monroe Collins

ca 1920's

Della Elnora (Carson) Collins

 gr.daughter, Marjorie ca 1932

    Bryce Monroe Collins 5 (Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 3 April 1877 in Junction City, Geary County (then Davis County), Kansas; died 10 October 1937 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas of a sudden heart attack. He married 9 December 1903 in Dunlap, Morris County, Kansas at the home of William Robinson (1) Della Elnora Carson born 10 April 1882 in Eastwood, Brown County, Ohio; died 28 February 1975 at 93 years of age in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California; buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California. She was the daughter of Martha C. Carson. Della worked in the laundry at Fort Riley, Kansas during W. W. 1 ( divorced 1916) (2) 5 July 1930 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, Martha Carolyn Seal born 27 January 1905 in Perry, Kansas; died 11 May 1974 in Emporia, Kansas.  Bryce and Martha Collins had one child, Webster Monroe Collins born 19 December 1925 in Topeka, Kansas; died 6 May 1984 in Burlington Coffey County, Kansas of cancer. He was physical handicapped. Webster was unmarried at the time of his death.

DEATH NOTICE: The Topeka Daily State Journal, Tuesday, October 12, 1937, BRYCE M. COLLINS

    Bryce Monroe Collins, 59 of 1326 North Jefferson Street, died early this morning at his home. Funeral arrangements have not been made. Mr. Collins is survived by his widow, Mrs. Martha Collins, and a son, Webster Collins, both of the home.

Child of Bryce Monroe Collins and Della Elnora (Carson) Collins

1. Leota Margaret Martha Collins 6 (Bryce Monroe Collins 5, Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 24 September 1906 in Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas; died 13 February 1975 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried in Springfield Memorial Gardens, Springfield, Oregon. She married Orange Otto Smith.

Child of Bryce Monroe Collins and Martha Carolyn Seal

1. Webster Monroe Collins 6 (Bryce Monroe Collins 5, Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 19 December 1925 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas; died 6 May 1984 in Burlington, Coffey County, Kansas, Coffey County Hospital; buried in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas, Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Webster is a half brother to Leota Collins. Leota never knew of his existence.

GENERATION 6

LEOTA M. (COLLINS) 6 SMITH AND ORANGE OTTO SMITH

Leota M. Collins

Leota, Marjorie, Orange O. Smith

Leota M. Collins

    Leota M. Collins 6 (Bryce Monroe Collins 5, Brice Monroe Collins 4, Joseph Lafayette Collins 3, Major Brice Collins 2, Price/Brice Collins 1) born 24 September in Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas; died 13 February 1975 in McKenzie-Willamette Hospital of a sudden heart attack in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried in Springfield Memorial Gardens in Springfield. She married 10 April 1926, on her mother's birthday, in Los Angeles, California, Orange Otto Smith born 24 November 1903 in Oscar, Texas County, Missouri; died 12 March 1986 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried next to Leota in Springfield Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Orange was the son of Sidney Otto Smith and Laura Catherine (Smith) Smith (unrelated Smiths) of Junction City, Kansas.

    Leota and Orange met in Junction City, Kansas. Orange's sister, Mabel was a school friend of Leota's and they both went to Junction City High School. Mabel would bring Leota home with her after school and on weekends and that is how Leota and Orange met. Orange decided that he wanted to go to California about 1922 so he and his brother-in law, Otis Austin Smith hoped a freight train to Los Angeles, Orange and Austin got jobs, saved their money and Austin sent for his wife, Gladys (Orange's sister) and his two children, Bob and Margaret to come out on the train to Los Angeles from Junction City. That was 1923 as Margaret had her third birthday while riding the train to California. That would have been October 1, 1923. Orange saved his money and sent for Leota. They were married soon after her arrival in Los Angeles, April 1926. They lived in Los Angeles until 1962 when they moved to Oregon. Orange and Leota had one child, Marjorie.

 

Top of Page          Contact Us