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Joseph Collins

Birthplace: Lynn, MA
Death: Died in Lynn, Essex, MA, USA
Place of Burial: Of, Lynn, Essex, Mass.
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Collins, of Lynn and Ann Collins
Husband of Mariah Collins
Father of Anne Ingalls; Ruth Graves; Elizabeth Graves; Ezekiel Collins; Joseph Collins and 5 others
Brother of Anne Collins; Henry Collins, Jr.; John Collins; Hannah Collins; Margery Collins and 6 others

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About Joseph Collins

  • Henry Collins of Lynn, and some of his descendants in Southborough, Massachusetts and Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire (1916)
  • 1. HENRY COLLINS, starchmaker, aged 29, with his wife Ann, aged 30, three children and five servants, came in the ship Abigail in June, 1635. They were certified from the parish of Stepney, England. Probably this was not their home, but the place of their last sojourn in England. The servants were evidently his workmen in the business which it would seem he had been carrying on in England.
  • He settled at Lynn. March 9, 1636-7, he was made freeman," which means he became a citizen of the colony, entitled to the privilege of voting and holding office in the colony. .... etc.
  • .... The will of Henry Collins cannot now be found, but it is referred to in probate records. It was dated February 10, 1686, and was probated March 31, 1687. Later an agreement was made by the sons to carry out the provisions of the will, and this agreement is on file at Salem.
  • Ann, the widow of Henry Collins, died September 29, 1691. Her blindness, which she mentions in the following will, explains the fact that she was unable to sign her name, but made her mark instead. .... etc.
  • Children :
    • i. Henry2, b. in England about 1630.
    • ii. John, b. in England about 1632.
    • iii. Margery, b. in England about 1633.
    • 2. iv. Joseph, b. about 1642.
    • v. Benjamin.
  • 2. Joseph2 Collins (Henry1) deposed in the case of Edward Richard's estate in Lynn, March 24, 1689, giving his age as "about fourty & Seaven yeares." This would make his birth fall in the year 1642 or 1643. He was mentioned in the will of his father and was one of the brothers who made an agreement regarding the lands which their father had owned and bequeathed to them, in the year 1694.
  • He was a housewright, or carpenter and builder. He lived at Lynn and owned considerable land. February 20, 1721-2, he deeded land and buildings to his son Ezekiel, on condition of Ezekiel's taking care of himself and wife and paying certain sums to the other children; but March 28, 1724, they joined in a "disannulling" deed.
  • He married first, Sarah ---- ; she died February 25, 1682. He married second, October, 1684, Maria Smith. He died February 4, 1734.
  • Children :
    • i. Dorothy3, b. Mar. 6, 1675-6.
    • ii. Sarah, b. Aug. 1, 1678.
    • iii. Esther, b. Jan. 2, 1679-80.
    • iv. Ruth, b. Oct. 26, 1685.
    • v. Mary, b. Jan. 16, 1687-8.
    • vi. William, b. Jan. 14, 1689-90.
    • vii. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 23, 1692.
    • viii. Joseph, b. Mar. 26, 1695.
    • 3. ix. Ezekiel, b. Feb. 17, 1697-8.
    • x. Martha, b. Apr. 1, 1700.
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  • Descendants of John Collins, of Charlestown, R.I. : and Susannah Daggett, his wife (1901)
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  • HENRY COLLINS, Starchmaker, born in England in 1606, came from London in the Ship "Abigail" June 30, 1635, with his wife, Ann, born 1605, four children and five servants, and settled on Essex street in Lynn, Mass., where he remained until his decease, February 20. 1687, age 81 years.
  • Children :
    • 2 Henry, Jr., born 1630, married, and had six children recorded in Lynn.
    • 3 John, born 1632, married Abigail Johnson, of Lynn, Mass.
    • 4 Margery, born 1633. Nothing known of her.
    • 5 Joseph, born 1635. He may have been born on the way over ; married, and had seven children recorded in Lynn.
  • In Hutton's Original List, &c. , page 97, and in Drake's Researches, &c, page 35, appears the following :
  • "Vltio Junij, 1635. Aboard the Abigail, Robert Hackwell Mr p cert from the Minister of Stepney pish of their conformitie : 1 that they are no snbsedy men.
    • Yeres
    • Children —
    • Henry Collins 5
    • Jo. Collins 3
    • Margery Collins 2
  • Servants —
  • Josua Griffith 25
  • Hugh Alley 27
  • Marv Roote 15
  • Jo. Coke 27
  • Geo. Bnrdin 24 "
  • The following is taken from Newhalls' History of Lynn, Mass.:
  • Page 151 — "Henry Collins was a starchmaker and lived in Essex street. He embarked in the Abigail, of London, 30 June, 1635. In 1639 he was a member of the Salem Court. He was born in 1606, and was buried 20 February 1687, at the age of 81. His wife, Ann, was born in 1605. His children were Henry, born 1630; John, born 1632; Margery, born 1633; and Joseph, born 1635, and his descendants remain."
  • Page 171— "1637 — A town meeting was held this year in which Daniel Howe, Richard Walker and Henry Collins were chosen a committie to divide the lands, or as it was expressed in the records: 'To lay out ffarmes.' The land was laid out in those parts of the town best, adapted for cultivation, and the wood lands were reserved as common property, called the 'Town Common', and was not divided until sixty-nine years afterwards."
  • In a list of names, about one hundred in number, recorded in the town records in the year 1638, which follows the above extract, appears the following: "Henry Collins up-land and meadow 80 acres and ten." The ten acres was a separate allotment, and was undoubtedly his village or town lot where he resided.
  • Other references to the name of Henry Collins in the public records
  • of Lynn show he was a man of importance in that community, was frequently called upon to perform duties of public trust and confidence, and sometimes acted as an advocate in court trials.
  • A. Chalkley Collins of Great Barrington, Mass., in a letter dated Aug. 16, 1900, says: "Henry Collins belonged to the Parish of Stepney in the eastern part of the present city of London and worshiped in the Old Parish Church at that place. This Parish Church of Stepney, dedicated to Saint Dunstan, is the oldest in East London, and one of the oldest in all London. Before Dunstan re-built the church in the tenth century there was a Saxon church there dedicated to all saints. The present church was built in the time of Edward IV, 1471-1483, a few relics of the previous church being preserved. According to the church records several of the children of Henry Collins were baptized in this church, among whom was his son John (our ancestor) at the age of eight days on January 82, 1631. Henry's place of abode is recorded in this record as Tatcliff Highway, and his business that of a starchmaker. His wife. Ann. died at Lynn, Mass., probably in 1690, as her will dated in 1690 was probated in that year."
  • II. JOHN COLLINS, (second son of Henry and Ann) born in England in 1632 and lost by shipwreck at sea with his son John in 1679, married Abigail Johnson, daughter of Richard Johnson, at Lynn. Mass.. and by her had the following children, all born at Lynn, twelve of whom survived him : .... etc.
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  • The pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents (1900)
  • Henry, starch-maker, ae. 29, with wife Ann, ae. 30, ch. Henry, ae. 5, John, ae. 3, and Margery, ae. 2, and servants Joshua Griffith, ae. 25, Hugh Alley, ae. 27, Mary Roote, ae. 15, John Coke, ae. 27, and George Burdin, ae. 24, came in the Abigail in June. 1635, cert. from the parish of Stepney, Eng. He settled at Lynn. Frm. March 9, 1636-7. Town officer.
  • Will dated 10 Feb. 1686, ae. about 82 years, prob. 31 March, 1687, beq. to wife; to son-in-law Johnson, sons Henry, Joseph and Benjamin, daus. Margery, Hannah and Elizabeth; refers to son John, dec.
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Joseph was born circa 1642/3 in Lynn, Essex County, MA. Joseph first married Sarah SILSBEE, daughter of Henry SILSBEE & Dorothy [surname not known] and second married Mariah SMITH


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Joseph Collins's Timeline

June 6, 1664
Lynn, MA
February 13, 1673
Age 8
Lynn, MA
October 15, 1684
Age 20
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 26, 1685
Age 21
Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts
December 23, 1692
Age 28
Lynn, Essex, MA, USA
March 26, 1695
Age 30
Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts
Age 32
Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts
April 1, 1700
Age 35
Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts
Age 37
Age 39