I am searching for Step Roberts. Step Roberts married Stacey Jones (maybe Hawkins at one time). Stacey's name appears in my ggg grandfather, Jeptha Hawkins Civil War papers. The papers are more than 200 pages and we are trying to connect Step and Stacy to Jeptha. My cousin sent me information out of Step's Bible. Below is the information. I also found a letter from Step to his family and it also is listed below.
I was born in Missouri and live in Overland Park, Kansas.
"This was taken from the old Bible handed down from Mr. Step Roberts as can be seen by the record within this record. This is being copied from the original record by Elvin W. Harper this June 18th, 1957."
- MARRIAGES -
W. D. Hawkins and G. A. Sinyald (not sure of name) was married June 7th, 18-- (the last two digits are in the margin and not on my copy per Sharon)
M. L. Burns and Etter Hawkins was married fourth Sunday in August 1905
James Hawkins and Cora Key was married May 20, 1906 (May God bless both o- you is my prayer)
Gordon Walker and Annie Hawkins was married August 29th 1908
- BIRTHS -
W. D. Hawkins was born March 30th 1857
Georgia Ann Hawkins was born March 6th 1859
Thomas Roberts was born January 15th 1870
Mary Grant was born November 7th 1860
J. H. Stafford was born August 25th 1863
Step Roberts was born July 9th 1867 (1816) (not sure when reading)
Charley Hawkins was born June 25th 1878
Idey Jane Hawkins was born August 18th 1880
Mary Elizabeth Hawkins was May 7th 1882
Etta Josephine Hawkins was born Jan. 18th 1884
James E. Hawkins was born Feby. 1st 1886
Willey Hawkins was born Oct. 12th 1888
Stacy Hawkins was born Sept. 31 1890
Annie Hawkins was born May 8th 1892
Minnie Hawkins was born April 28th 1894
Ethel Hawkins was born March 11th 1899 (1899)
Howard Hawkins was born Feby. 1st. 1901
Beulah Hawkins was born March 3rd 1899
Ada Turner was born October 15th 1898
Maude Turner was born was born October 3rd 1900
Mary Hawkins was born Jan. 9th 1901
Clifford Largent was born Jan. 26th 1901
Step Roberts his Bible ----- ----- 1899 (notation)
A NOTED FAMILY
A few days ago, the writer had a pleasant call from Wm. J. Collins, the excellent superintendent of our Bartow county pauper farm, and in the course of conversation he gave us the following facts:
In the year 1841, his father, James Collins, moved to this county from Cleveland county, N.C. Fifty-one persons came together in company, and of that number all were related by consanguinity except one young man by the name of Logan. They reached Pickens county (then called Gilmer) a short time before the Presidential election of 1844. The political excitement was exceedingly high, and all along the route these emigrants were saluted and questioned as to politics. Mr. James Collins was a staunch democrat and he decorated his wagon-covers with pokeberry juice in broad stripes. In the front and rear huge poke-stalks were planted, and above all towered a hickory pole, in memory of "Old Hickory" Jackson. Our friend, Wm. J., was only eight years old, but he recollects they passed a farm house where they were engaged in digging sweet potatoes. Seeing the red poke stripes on the white wagon-cover, the farmer insisted on sharing his potatoes with his democratic friend most liberally. These staunch democrats were not allowed to vote, however, by the Whig managers at election time.
The wagons halted in old Gilmer and the new settlers proceeded to build houses. They got all the corn they wanted at fifteen cents a bushel and a sufficiency of meat at two and a half cents a pound. James Collins settled near "Skeerd Corn" church and camp ground (which the writer remembers very well from a visit made to it in the year 1879.) There was only one grave when the Collinses settled there, now there are between two and three hundred. The mother and two brothers were laid to rest at this spot before the family scattered. The father lies on the hill above the Baptist church in Cartersville.
A Rev. Mr. Lowry traveled the "Skeerd Corn" circuit at the time of their settling in this country, and as a part of his pay for pastoral services Mrs. Collins and several others spun and wove him a suit of clothes. The material was cotton - the warp white and the filling blue. "If some good old sister was to do a like a like deed for some of our fashionable preachers, don't you reckon he'd leave the circuit before he would wear them?" asked Mr. Collins of us.
It was a subject that required thought, and we replied, "Perhaps he would?"
But Brother Lowry was quite willing to put on his white and blue summer suit when he got hold of it. In those days a neighbor was cared for by his friends if he got sick. They would plow and hoe his crop, harvest his wheat and supply him with wood if cold weather overtook him on his bed of sickness. Would they do it now, when they cry out they are ruined if it rains too much, or they are swamped if their crop gets grassy? Were not the good old times the best?
But time rolled on. The Collins family increased and multiplied. Some died and many moved away, but when the war broke out there was a host of them in Pickens, Cherokee, Gordon and Bartow. They made splendid soldiers. Our worthy merchant and citizen, Miles Collins, was orderly in a company of the 23rd Georgia volunteers when they went into the war and he returned their captain. Martin, Berry, Miller, Boswell, William and Bell Collins, went to Virginia, and there the most of them were in camps and on battlefield at the time of the surrender.
In August, '65, there was held a funeral service at "Skeerd Corn" church. On a seat, some three or four steps from the alter railing; William, Berry and Miller Collins were seated. Before the service began a man by the name of Nally, one of a large family, came up to the three persons named, laid his hand on William's knee and said: "Boswell, step out a minute with me."
As Boswell rose, Miller detained him, remarking: "No, if you have anything to say, say it here."
Nally, his brothers, and a man by the name of Gravely, also present, were Unionists, and had gone out of this country during the war to join the Federal forces. On their return they had made threats that no Confederate should live in their midst. Hence, Miller's reply. Nally instantly put his hand behind him for a pistol, seeing which Berry drew his knife and began to defend himself.
Another Nally also began to shoot, and directly the fray was at its height. Berry was shot in the body, but not before he had cut both the Nally's severely. Miller assisted Berry to hold down his assailants, when Gravely was seen to fire from outside the arbor at Boswell Collins, who sat within the altar, killing the latter dead. The shots became frequent, and when it was over two dead men were lying on the ground. A relative of the Collins', who was only married that morning, was shot through the elbow, and a stray shot passed through a small boy's hip. William was unhurt, and says that he had no fear or dread, and that he was determined to stand by his cousins to the last. Mr. Wm. Collins also says that as Berry staggered out from under the stand he held his hand to his breast where the blood was pouring out. As he passed by the rude pulpit he tottered and caught at it, leaving the print of the bloody palm in plain view. He insists that he sees the death mark on the pulpit whenever he visits the well-remembered spot.
But the end was not yet. Mr. Bell Collins lived in our city, Cartersville. The news of the brutal murder came down at once to the friends here. He reported the fact to the commandant of the post, who sent a squad of Federal soldiers to preserve the peace and arrest the murderers. Mr. Bell Collins went with them and their numbers increased as they drew near "Skeerd Corn." A Captain by the name of Smith was in command. On Tuesday night, (after the bloody deed on Sunday,) they found the Nallys and Gravely entrenched in a small log house between Fairmount and Ludville. The logs had been pierced for loopholes and these desperadoes intended to die right there or kill their assailants if possible. As the Federals and Bell Collins approached the Nally's fired a shot from the inside. The attacking party quickly sprang on the door and burst it in. Smith went in first, and one of the Nally's who had been wounded by Berry Collins' knife on Sunday, raised himself in the bed and shot at Smith. As he fell Bell Collins advanced to avenge his brothers' deaths and he was also killed. A Federal soldier then put his musket through a porthole and riddled the blood-thirsty creature, Nally, who fell back dead in the bed. Gravely ran out and cried, "We give up," but as a Federal soldier approached ramming down a charge in his empty gun, he shot at the soldier, whereupon the soldier fired at once, and rushing on him pinned him to the earth with a bayonet a dead man. The father of the Nally boys also ran out, and he was shot and bayonetted, but he was not mortally wounded by either weapon and made his escape.
How well does the writer remember the funeral cortege that brought Bell Collins' dead body to Cartersville the day after he was killed. The whole country was in a state of apprehension and dismay. Two brothers and a brother-in-law (all of the same name), cold and stiff in death, who were on Sunday before well and hearty, at peace with all the world, and with no evil designs toward anybody in their hearts! Those were dreadful times! At some future time we will give the Courant readers a full account of the depredations committed on the people of that region about that time.
In conclusion we bear testimony to the courage of the brave soldiers who left home and fireside to go into the four years war at the call of the country, but who found a bloody death on the very threshold when the war was over.
Notes from Richard Nix :
This narrative was printed in the Cartersville Courant Thursday, July 2, 1885.
The publishers of the Courant were Doctor and Mrs. W. H. Felton. Mrs. Felton (Rebecca Latimer) was the first woman to be a United States Senator. She is probably the one who wrote this narrative.
Wm. J. Collins - son of William James Collins
The mother and two brothers buried at Scare Corn Camp Ground Cemetery at Hinton, Pickens County, GA. wife and two sons of William James Collins.
The father buried on the hill above the Baptist church in Cartersville, is William James Collins. There is a marker for him at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cartersville, GA, but I don't think he was ever moved.
The house I live in at 6 Jones St. is located on this old cemetery. (Richard Nix)
Miles Collins - son of Davis Collins
Martin Collins - son of William James Collins - Martin married his first cousin Derinda Langford.
Berry Collins - son of Ransom Collins
Miller Collins - son of Ransom Collins. Miller married his first cousin Delilah A. Langford.
Boswell Collins - possibly James V. Collins, son of Jacob Collins and Sarah Gladden.
William Collins - William Jasper Collins, son of William James Collins, he is the one who gave this account.
Bell Collins - Fielding Bell Collins, son of Ransom Collins
"Boswell, step out a minute with me." - I think this must be a mistake in printing, and should be berry. See above, William, Berry and Miller were seated some three or four steps from the alter, and see later, Boswell sat within the alter.
"A relative of the Collins' who was married that morning." I don't know who this is. (Richard Nix)
LUDVILLE - named for Thomas Ludwell Langford, who was a son of Mary Collins and George P. Langford. He was a brother of my great grand mother Mary P. Langford Evans. (Richard Nix)
Bell Collins - Fielding Bell Collins was probably buried in the "Old Cemetery" on the hill behind the First Baptist Church.
Letter from Milton D. Garrison to Alice N. Collins
Alice N. Collins was a daughter of William Jasper Collins and Savilla Garrison Collins. The letter is from Milton D. Garrison. Savilla & Milton were brother & sister. Milton was married to Delina Collins, a daughter of Ransome & Rhoda Collins. ---Richard Nix
(Bold type is from printed stationary.)
Office of M. D. Garrison City Marshal, Siloam Springs, Ark.
Siloam Springs, Benton Co., Ark.
Jan. the 13, 1882
Miss Alice N. Collins, Ever Dear Niece
It is with pleasure that I right you a few lines for the first time. This leaves us well at presund hoping this may fine you well, Alice. I have riten to your pa and ma and never herd from them. so I though I would right to you and see if you would answer it. I would like to here from you as soon as you git this. and tell me all about all the conection I you to beshure to right once anyhow, if no more. I rote to father some time ago but never herd from him yet.
I donít no why they donít right. I am shure if they new how I would like to here from them they would shurely right. will Alice I guess you are married before now. if so I want you to send me his dogrytipe and dont you forget it.
tell me all about the entire conection, and where they are and what they are doing.
I want to here from Millers children and tell me all the news about all.
So no more.
Yours truly M. D Garrison
Letter from Ransom & Rhoda Collins to their son in Georgia.
Benton County, Arkansas Dec. the 1, 1867
Dear Son, We write you a few lines to let you hear from us. We have stoped traveling at last. We declined the idea of going to Texas and stoped in this state, We met a great meny people coming from Texas and they tell us it is very sickly there for the last two years, and their looks proved it. There is a great many coming in this county from Texas. They say there has been so much rain there for the last two years is the cause of it being so sickly, although they say a mighty good country. Mr. Registure went on to Texas. Capt. Allred was going to stop at Hot Springs in this state. We left them all at Little Rock, Arkansas. We turned to the right and came on here.
We came mighty out of our way. They call it nine hundred miles from here to there and I know we came over one thousand. We are all here in a house together. We have all rented a place here although we can't get the house till New Years Day. Elick and William and John has to build a house, and also Dock. We think we will like this county very well. There is mighty good corn here and they say it is mighty good wheat country, and it is a great fruit country. There is plenty of fruit here now. We ar all living with Raina chastain, all rented from him and we have got mighty good land. They say it has made forty bushel to the acre this year and we have got good spring water and plenty of it, and the prettiest running creek you ever saw and you may depend we haven't saw many of them since we left. The people say here is as healthy a place here as there is in the world and their looks prove it.
And the best of all they are all rebels and say what they please to anybody. When the people come in here they ask them if they are rebels or feds and if they say fed they can't rent land. We think we have seen hard times but we don't know nothing about it to what they have here. They have nearly all been burned out and eat out. They say here they lived on weeds till wheat got so they could frail it out and then boil it and eat and thought they was doing well, but they have all got plenty now. The people say here is the best place for mechanics in the world. They can get almost any price. I can't tell you much about the country now. When I look around a little I can give you more satisfaction. We both stood the trip as well as could be expected. We all had very good luck to travel so far. We haven't been bothered but very little.
Just before we got here I traded Butler off for a mule. We swapped even. He stood the trip very well and I swapped my oxen for a mule. I have got two pretty good mules. We run pretty shor of money before we got here, but not entirely out. We would all be satisfied if you all was here. We are all wanting to hear from you. Write to me where the baby is and how it is getting along and also all the rest. Jum Turnell owed us eighty five cents, get it and buy something for they baby. Give our respects to S. B. and tell her to kiss all the children for me. Some of us will write again next Sunday. We are all well. Say no more at this time.
Ransom & Rody Collins
Notes from Richard Nix:
Elick - Alexander Thomas, married Julia Ann Collins.
William - William Monroe Dodgen, married Sarah Ross Collins.
John - John Calvin Dodgen, married Martha Collins. Martha was a daughter of Wylie Harris Collins and Nancy Martin. John and Martha Dodgen came back to Georgia. John C. and William M. Dodgen were brothers and Sarah R. and Martha Collins were double first cousins.
Dock - Milton Dewey Garrison married Delina Collins
The Baby - Susan Belle Collins, daughter of Miller Collins and Delilah Ann Langford. She married Daniel F. Bradford. Two of her great grand daughters live on Gilmer St., Cartersville, GA.
S. B. - Susan Belle Langford, sister of Delilah Ann Langford, she lived with Miller after Delilah died at the birth of or shortly after the birth of Susan B. (born 18 May 1867) and after Miller was Killed 25 July 1875 she raised the children. She never married.
Letter from Step Roberts, 23rd GA Regt. to Thomas R. Collins, Cherokee, Co., GA, 1863
Dear Cousins Unkle & Aunt I am again permitted the pleasure of writing to you again. I acknowledge neglecting writing to you all as I should have done but stil I hope there is nothing lost. as you have heard long before this that we was taken prisoners and tracked around through Yankeedon awhile I know you have not thought the least harm of not geting letters from us. I am sorry to say that in my rambling I lost the letter I received from you awhile back and have forgotten how you said direct a letter to Bud and since we got back I hear that they have been into a fight and got cut up badly now I want you to write to me all that you know about it and tell me again how to write to A. G. and I will try to be a little fast next time.
I also hear that Littlefields battalion has been into it and like us all got taken. I am sure I dont want any of them hurt bur I think it is time they had done something. I saw some of our kinfolks here yesterday the Hardin and Putman boys but they are gone now to take our place in Virginia and let us rest a while I hope for our boys all look badly since our trip North. I dont think the climate suited them and some of them are very sick but all the connection is tolerable well so far as I know except Bro. John he is sick and has been ever since we left Fort Deleware but he is still able to (?) about we sent him to hospital but he wouldent stay. Asberry Parks was very sick at Fort Del and was brought on back with us to Petersburg Va and there left in the hospital and I have not heard a word from him since I fear he will never be well again. Monce F was left at Richmond sick but was mending at last account.
This is a low swampy country and bad water we may all get sick but we are satiefied with the swamp yet for they will fight in Virginia and they fight to kill that is decidedly the worst part of the war according to my experience. Dock & Jake didn't get hurt in the last fight but I havent heard a word from Tomy and Martin since the fight I don't know how they come out this time Tmy had been badly wounded at sharpsburg but was well again.
We dont draw much to eat from the government but you ought to see the boys grazing round in these swamps gathering huckleberries and anyghing else they can find same as a herd of cattle. vegetables are coming in now and for the highest kind of prices we can buy a litle one dollar a gallon for milck $1.50 per lb for butter $1.50 a doz for eggs and everything else in proportion I recon we will perish after a while
We have an order to furlough one man from every 25 present for duty provided there are none absent from the company without lave that will take a long time to get any body home giving each one 20 days but it keeps a body in a litle heart
Lincy you must give my love to all our kinsfolk to Grandsir & Granny particular tell all about what I have wrote I hope this may reach you in due time and find you all enjoying good health and in fine spirits. I cant see an end to this war yet I recon it will out last us all yet but still I hope we all may meet again in this life but if not I hope we may all meet in heaven from your cousin Step Roberts.
P.S. Direct - Kinston N.C. 23rd GA Regt Co (I) Step Roberts
Researcher's Note: Transcribed from a photo-copy provided by Freda Roberts, Oklahoma City, OK by Danny L. Collins, North Augusta, SC in 1990.
Letter from Davy Wisenaut and wife Jane, Cleaveland Co. NC, to Sarah A. and Jane H. Collins of Cherokee Co., GA, dated Jan. 21, 1870.
Pott's Creek Jan 21 1870
We are to day in receipt of your letter and was glad to hear from you that you was all well - and further it saved me from blistering you for not writing There is nothing new with us - or has been since the death of Addie she was sick twelve days of Typhoid Feaver and Pneumonia combined The Feaver has een raging in this section from last spring until now but two new cases this winter within my knowledge we were bout the edge of the disease mostly down about the mill and from there to the Randall settlement. Zack Earl & wife, A.R. Fergason wife & son Jack Gibbins, Lawson Starnes, one of Jacob Radall's sons - Dixon Randall's child is about all the deaths from Feaver I can think of at present - (also John R. Logans wife) last Saturday morning Ransom R. Logans wife droped dead while at her work in the house I think just finished makeing up her bed - There has been near a hundred cases of Typhoid feaver in the lower part of Cleaveland you may expect - it is your country after it gets older say twenty years from now or probably in less time - and the less physic the better. Keep the bowels open moderatly, drink freely of black snake root tea, cold water on the head when the feaver is high and use spirits freely - when the patient is in collapsed Stages is about as good treatment as I can recommend as a preventive use Whiskey - Garlic & Gum Feotida combined - As to ourselves Wightman and Jacob are going to School and are learning very fast or at least Wightman, as his Teacher gives him the praise in progress in Arithmatic though that is proverbial - with the Whisnauts if they could make bread by figures they would never perish I would send Susan & Sally but it is too far, Marvin P. in our judgment is the brag baby east of the Rocky Mountains ( Oh fie says Uncle Roberts) really though he is good loking can walk has six teeth I have commenced building a new mill on the west side of the creek as the Old one has nearly give out it may be completed so far as I am interested under the Sheriffs hammer. We had a remarkable dry summer last year and corn is scarce with us selling at $1.25 cts pre bushel wheat from $1.50 to $2.00 pre bushel - field hands can be had from $8 to $12 pr month Freedman has played out - no manner account is the universal cry here they will perish here, for work they wont and steal they dare not do, for fear of the Ku Klux who have become a terror to evil doers in this country - Though we are cursed with high Taxes and will be unil we can get a new hearing which will be at the next election in this state Then the carpet baggers will have to go under, or as yet I am a disenfranchised rebel in all of its different moods and tenses - the railroad will be completed to Shelby this year. I supposed that will stimulate us some what, as to its going further I think it oubtful for the present and may be never completed to Rutherfordton
Several Emigrants leave for Arkansas in a few days by Rail Road as that is said to be the cheapest mode of traveling for Emigrants going west of the Mississippi - the fare being reduced it being some ten or twelve dollars to Memphis Tenn Aunt Sallie insists on us moving to GA I dont think now that we ever will (probably stay here our days out) There is land though in Your section of country that is desireable though inconvienant in some respects.as to the health of this country I think the epidemic has passed over us, this year will decide that matter
It seems my cousins are being fruitful multiplying and replenishing the earth can I hear any thing from cousin Lincey - as for us we have hauled down our colors and will appear hereafter on the retired list
Marthas general health is somewhat better than it has been she wants to go to GA to see her friends. I supose I will come with her - but we have not set the time yet when we will start not until after I finish the mill which will not be until next Fall I will give Jane the other side to write on Write soon Yours as Ever, Our love to all D. Whisnant
Granser P. Harmon - Old George and Old Sallie Harmon have also died this fall.
I will try to write you a few lines in Davys letter we are all well at this time be fore Christmas we was all sick with the cold I had a spell of neuralgia in my head and ears we have all got a bout Strait now. well Aunt Sallie I am at a loss to know what to write as Davy has written a bout all the news of the country I can say to you that I want to see you all vary bad we dont say anything about going west any more I beleave we will live here as long as we live through a nother summer is comeing and know one can tell what it will brain I have got to beleave that there is no use in running from Sickness when your appointed time comes to die you have to go when you write again tell us how Aunt Beckey and Uncle Tom is getting a long Marty dont grow vary fast but he is Stou except croup he has that vary bad some time tell cousin Lincy she wont write any thing about her baby what is the reason of that though maybe She has no babe I have wrote enough to say I have wrote and at last not any thing worth attention so I will close Give all friends and relations my love after you receve a portion your Self Jim Polk and his wife has moved Falles Factory which belongs to N. A. Jackson
Jane H Collins Sarah A Collins
P.S. I see Mothers name has not been mentioned. she is in tolerable health complaining a good deal of rheumatism but is up and about.
Letter from Pinckney D Patterson of Cleavland Co, North Carolina to Thomas R and Sarah A Collins of Cherokee Co, Georgia
July the 22 1859 Cleaveland County N C
Dear uncal and ant this affords me the pleasure of drafting you a few lines hoping those few lines will find you in joyen the same blessing we are all well at present it is very dry here we have not had a Seasen in too month thare is some sickness her I was at Thomas W Harmon we talked more a bout that cuntry thar than ever we did be fore we wold be glad to see the corn groing that I wold be glad to see you all one time more on earth Lincy come over and go to the singing school to morrow with me that you will see all you cosens thar I have been worken away from home a long time but I am at home now when I am at home I think of you all and of my travels thare if I was thar now on rocky mountain I wold looke abroad upon the world wher th wold be pleasure to me it wold be pleasure to me if I cold say haudy to you all a gin but Areha Grimes I wish I cold go a hunting a gin with you and your brothers a gin on them mountains for I have not for giting you all O that I cold Cal back that time a gin when I wrote this I thot of what Lincy said to me when I left thar that morning She said let this not be the las time you cum back I have not got very much to write I received your letter with much joy I have not got very much to write I must Com to a Close my pen is bad my hand is weak my mind is Cattern somethen more at present onley remain your respection until death Thomas R Collins Saria A Collins July the 22 1859
Pinckney D Patterson
Letter from Thomas W. Collins, private, CSA, to S.A. Collins of Pickens County, Georgia, dated 19 June, 1864
Camp of the 18 Regt near Richmond Va June the 19th 1864 my dear coson I this morning Seat my Self to rite you a few lines which will inform you that I and J.A. is well and hav bin fighten ever Sense the 4 of May my compny has lost 6 men prisners (now)? Killed 5 wounded and myself Slitly not a nough to get a furlow I saw Dick Moss yesterday he told me to Direct my letters to Marble Works P O Pickens Co Ga I will rite one to mother and Send it in the Same envelope I want you to rite if you get this imediately and let me hear from you all and what papa has done and whare he is if he is in the army or not and how the yankeys is treating you all I heard that they left Mr prichet and hutchison nothing atall and Some others in the Same fix rite whether Miss Betty and the Miss Holts is Still at home and wat coson Jane is doing I received a letter from her to day it was riten in march She was Still at dalton rite Something about all the folks Step is well John is wounded Ben Fuller is wounded Several others in the compny (Woods)? Fuller is Killed I was with Step yesterday morning I saw Marton he is well Tom was sent to the hospital a few days ago Sick thoe not dangrous general Wofford is (?) get his grigaid (?) to come to that part of the cuntry to cut off the trains from chattanooga to acworth he says he will in Shour no train to run awn that line atall if he comes I will come I have got a furlow and I will weight till no whether he comes or not if I cant get home I wil go to Aunt Betsys and Spend my furlow after a while So I will close for the present Rite Soon and oftain while you can I remain your true coson until deth
T. W. Collins to L.P.A. Collins
Direct your letters to Richmond Va Co. E 18 Regt Ga Vo Woffords Brigaid Kershaws division first army corps
Give my best respects to Aunt Sally and family Granny and Granser and luck and all - Rite
Notes by Danny Collins & Ann Merritt (Ann's notes in italics)
1. S.A. Collins - probably Sarah, the wife of Thomas Robert Collins, an uncle of T.W.'s. the letter is addressed to S.A. since she would have been the head of the household while T.R. was at war.
2. J.A. - Jacob A. Collins, T.W.'s brother also a private in the same company.
3. Dick Moss - possibly an in-law from Pickens Co. Elvy Collins, the daughter of Willie Collins, married a Moss from Marble Works about 1858.
4. Mr. Prichet (Pritchett) - probably of Pickens Co.
5. Hutchison (Hutcherson) - of Cherokee Co.
6. Miss Betty - unknown
7. Miss Holts - unknown Ann Holt m. Jacob Roberts Collins (son of Thomas Roberts Collins)
8. Jane - the daughter of Samuel Collins of Pickens Co.
9. Step - probably Step Roberts, a cousin of T.W. and J.A. He was a 2nd Sergeant in Co. I, 23rd Ga Regiment.
10. John - John Roberts, brother of Step. Records show he was wounded at Cold Harbor, Va. June 1, 1864.
11. (Woods)? Fuller - unknown Woody Fuller, a cousin (descendant of Wm.'s sister, Elizabeth)
12. Ben Fuller - Records show a B.C. Fuller of Co. I, 23rd Ga Regt. wounded at Cold Harbor, Va. June 9, 1864
13. Marton - unknown Martin Collins ? He was a 5th Sgt. in Co. I, Cherokee Legion - Ransom Collins was put in same company
14. General Wofford - Began the war as a Col. in command of the 18th Ga Regt. Was a newspaper publisher and statesman before the war. He was from Cass Co., Ga.
15. Tom - unknown
16. Aunt Betsy - probably a relative in King's Mountain, N.C.
17. L.P.A. Collins - Believed to be Lincy Collins, daughter of Thomas Robert.
18. Aunt Sally - unknown at this time
19. Granny - Jane Hardin Collins, T.W.'s grandmother
20. Granser - Jacob A. Collins, T.W.'s grandfather
This letter was written nine days after the battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia on June 9, 1864. In that battle, U.S. Grant lost 7,000 men in one day; most of them in the first 30 minutes.
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