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John Collins, II

Birthplace: Maidstone, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Essex County, Virginia, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Collins, I and (unknown) Collins
Husband of Elizabeth Collins and Margaret Millicent Collins / Goodlowe
Father of William Collins, I and Catherine Collins
Brother of Katherine Collins

Managed by: James Thomas Rigsby
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About John Collins, II

Notes on John Collins Sr (1569-1644), John Collins Jr (1590-1686) and William Collins (1615-1686)

John Collins Sr. was created hereditary Keeper of the Gaol for Maidstone by King Charles I in 1631. This was a titled position with property rights. The title passed to John Collins Jr. upon the death of John Collins Sr in 1644.

All three Collins men had been supporters of King Charles I. The antagonism against King Charles was very strong in the 1630s and 1640s, making the Collins men very anxious. William Collins emigrated to Virginia on 15 May 1635 aboard the ship Plaine Joane. When King Charles was executed by Parliament in 1649, John Collins Jr realized he was in serious danger. John Collins Jr left England sometime before 2 Oct 1655 and joined his son William in Virginia.



John was born about 1590. He was the son of John Collins and Unknown Unknown. He passed away in 1686. [1]

In 1644, John inherited the title Keeper of the Gaol Maidenstone. He also inherited the gaol house and had charge of all its prisoners. This title had been granted to his father by King Charles I by letters patent dated February 27, 1631. This inheritance gave John a position of power and influence that he could pass on to his heirs.

John was a strong supporter of King Charles. After Parliament overthrew and executed Charles, the group that supported him sought safety in Virginia. John Collins left England and came to Virginia sometime before October 2, 1655, when George Frizell and Thomas Moore received land for transporting him to Virginia. It would seem likely that John fled to America, before, or soon after the execution as payment often occurred man years later. John settled in Lawne's Creek, Surry Co., Virginia. This parish was named for Christopher Lawne, who settled at the mouth of the creek in 1619.

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John Collins, II's Timeline

Maidstone, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Age 25
Maidstone, Kent, UK
Age 25
Maidstone, Kent, England, United Kingdom
July 15, 1686
Age 96
Essex County, Virginia, Colonial America
July 15, 1686
Age 96
Virginia, United States