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Joseph Collins, of Eastham

Birthplace: Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Death: Died in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of (unknown, not Henry of Lynn) Collins and (unknown, not Ann Rial) Collins
Husband of Ruth KNOWLES; Ruth Collins and Sarah Collins
Father of John Collins; Lydia Higgins; Joseph Collins; Hannah Harding; Jonathan Collins and 3 others

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About Joseph Collins, of Eastham

From the genealogical writings of Amos Otis: "Joseph Collins of Eastham, Mass., probably came from Cambridge with Capt. Richard Knowles."

The only persons by the name of Joseph Collins of whom a record can be found, in that locality, at that time, are the one mentioned and Joseph Collins, son of Henry Collins, "The starch maker," who was too old to have been the Joseph Collins of Eastham, and further he was a prominent man in Lynn and lived there all his life. So while it is not proven that Joseph Collins was the son of John Collins of Salem, 1643, it is quite probably that he was, and that he was brought from Cambridge by Capt. Richard Knowles. The first definite record that we have of Joseph Collins is in the Eastham church records, now in the office of the Town Clerk, in Orleans. "Marriages. Joseph Collins and Ruth Knowles. March 20, 1671-2."

Joseph Collins was constable in 1700. Was on the jury several times and was one of the appraisers of the estate of Samuel Smith in 1690. This is one of the events that show that he was closely connected with the Smith family. His first wife, Ruth Knowles, died Aug. 28, 1714, and he married a second wife, Sarah Pike, whom he mentions in his will. After his death she married Capt. Christopher Stout. They lived for a time in Provincetown, then removed to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where she died.

The will of Joseph Collins is preserved in the files of the Probate Court, in Barnstable, Mass. It gives certain effects to his daughter, Lydia Higgins and her husband, Isaac Higgins.

A fine Dragon table cloth to the church in North Eastham, for an altar cloth. He mentions his oldest son, John Collins. To his wife, Sarah, he gives one third of his estate and names her executrix. The remainder of his estate is to be equally divided between his living four sons and three daughters. (M.D. v. 6. p. 204).

Joseph Collins was born 1632 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts and died on 18 February 1724 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.[1]

Parents: Joseph Collins (b1610) & Ann.


  1. on 20 March 1671-72 to Ruth "Duty" Knowles (1657-1714). She was the daughter of Richard Knowles and Ruth Bowers.
  2. ca. 1715 to Sarah Pike (1660-).

9 children of Ruth Knowles and Joseph Collins:

  1. Sarah Collins, b. 2 Jan 1672
  2. John Collins, b. 18 Dec 1674, Eastham, d. 24 Mar 1765, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
  3. Lydia Collins, b. Jul 1676, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
  4. Joseph Collins, b. Jun 1678, Eastham, Plymouth Colony - d. before 29 May 1729 in Truro, Massachusetts. Married: Rebecca Sparrow (1684-1765).
  5. Hannah Collins, b. Feb 1680
  6. Jonathan Collins, b. 20 Aug 1682
  7. Jane Collins, b. 3 Mar 1683/1684, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts; d. 1738
  8. Benjamin Collins, b. 6 Feb 1687; d. 23 Dec 1756, Thurso, Caithness, Scotland
  9. James Collins, b. 10 Mar 1689; d. 31 Mar 1689, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts


  1. The Eastham VR omits the month: "Joseph Collins Senior Dyed the 18th 1723/4"



  1. Smith and Smith, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans..., 1980, 1993. Baltimore MD, 53 (MD15:54).
  • Stanley Newcomb Collins, Jr., "Joseph Collins of Eastham and Three Generations of His Descendants." 1997. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 151:3-30 Page: 11-14
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  • KNOWLES, Ruth
  • b. 3 NOV 1657 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
  • d. 28 AUG 1714 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 20 MAR 1670/1 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
  • Spouse: COLLINS, Joseph
  • b. 1632 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
  • d. 16 FEB 1723/4 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
  • Children:
    • COLLINS, Sarah
    • COLLINS, John
    • COLLINS, Lydia b. JUL 1676 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
    • COLLINS, Joseph b. JUN 1678 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
    • COLLINS, Hannah
    • COLLINS, Jane
    • COLLINS, Benjamin
    • COLLINS, James b. 10 MAR 1688/9 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. d. 31 MAR 1689 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
    • COLLINS, Jonathan
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  • Joseph Collins, Sr
  • Birth: 1632 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death: Feb. 18, 1723 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Possibly born c. 1632 or 1640. 1m in Eastham, Barnstable Co, MA on 20 Mar 1671/2 to Ruth Knowles . 2m in Eastham, Barnstable Co, MA after Aug 1714 to Sarah (Pike) Strout, widow of Christopher. Died c. 1723/4 as an adult. Probably buried in this cemetery in an unmarked grave.
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  • Spouses:
  • Ruth Knowles Collins (1657 - 1714)
  • Sarah Pike Collins (1650 - ____)*
  • Children:
    • John Collins (1674 - 1765)*
    • Benjamin Collings (1687 - 1756)*
  • Burial: Cove Burying Ground Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
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Joseph Collins, of Eastham's Timeline

Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, Colonial America
December 18, 1674
Age 42
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
July 1, 1676
Age 44
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
June 1678
Age 46
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
February 20, 1680
Age 48
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
August 20, 1682
Age 50
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
March 3, 1683
Age 51
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
February 1, 1687
Age 55
Eastham, Barnstable, MA