I'm looking for records of the Bradley Collins (b. 1787 Orange Co., NC) family who lived in Chariton County mostly between 1839 and about 1848. I believe a few daughters might have married in this county and remained here. He was living in Appanoose County, Iowa in 1850, according to family records when sometime after that (varying years on this one: 1851, 1852 and 1855) he went to visit "children still in Missouri" and died during the trip, probably while at the home of one of said children.
According to his 1830 and 1840 census records, he had, after his oldest daughter married in Kentucky in 1829, at least 8 daughters. I have names of only two of them: Keziah the oldest--who stayed pretty much in Kentucky, and Martha. Martha was named for her grandmother: Martha Robinson Ray. I'm also missing data on at least one known son: James (like his sister Martha, mentioned in his grandmother's will). Other sons were: Andrew, John and Hiram, and I'm missing one name and data on one son entirely. There were 5 sons.
In 1843, Bradley Collins bought 80 acres in Chariton County from a U.S. land office at Fayette. He was also a ferryman. His first wife's name is still unknown. However, she had only 3 children. His second wife was Jane "Jennie" Ray. She died in late 1829 or early 1830 in Clay County, Kentucky. Most of Bradley Collins' children were by Jane Ray. When she died he had three children under 5, obviously needing a mother. He married three more times: to Elizabeth Lunsford Sept. 5, 1830; Catherine Barney July 22, 1831; and finally to Betsy Griffin Feb. 13, 1833. I believe he may have had one child, probably a daughter, by Catherine Barney and then 4 more children: 3 daughters and a son by Betsy Griffin. Altogether there were at least 13 children that Bradley Collins fathered by at least 3 different wives, possibly four if Catherine had a child.
Bradley Collins was a son of Andrew Collins and Isabella Hastings of Orange County, North Carolina. He had a half brother Hiram whose census and other records made the connection along with descendants of Bradley's oldest daughter, Keziah who kept her family records. Hiram named a son George Hasting Collins. It looks like Bradley's and Hiram's mothers were half sisters: one free and one slave. Hiram was a mulatto slave in 1830 on the Kentucky census and free white on the Indiana censes of 1840 and 1850.
The daughters were likely to have named oldest daughters of their own after the infants' maternal grandmothers: Jane, Catherine or Betsy. So I'm hoping that someone is descended from one or more of the 6 daughters of Bradley Collins he brought with him to Missouri and might have some additional information for me as to who some or all of these daughters were, and data on James and the name and data for the missing son. I suspect all the sons, except for the oldest, Andrew were married in Iowa or northeastern Missouri, where they went after Bradley Collins died, but it's possible some conscientious daughter kept a good family Bible record, and maybe some of her descendants added some county marriage records. At least, I sure hope so.
Any document-supported help on this large family is greatly appreciated.
Mrs. Cecilia L. Fabos-Becker, San Jose, CA
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