Vardemon "Vardy" Navarrh Collins

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Vardemon "Vardy" Navarrh Collins

Also Known As: "Vardy", "Vardemon"
Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: New River, Grayson, Virginia, United States
Death: 1860 (96)
Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Hancock County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Navarrah Henry Collins
Husband of Margaret ’Peggy’ Collins
Father of Letitia "Lottie" Williams; Morgan Collins Sr; Allen Collins; Simeon Collins; Alfred Collins and 3 others
Brother of Solomon Collins

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About Vardemon "Vardy" Navarrh Collins

Y DNA Haplogroup R1a1, European, German / Slavic


Vardemon Navarrh Collins

M, b. 1764

Vardemon Navarrh Collins settled in Blackwater Valley, Tennessee in 1797. In 1810 he had already acquired 100 acres of land, as listed for the Captain Looney Company, Puncheon Camp Valley (Pore Valley), along with Benjamin Colings, 90 acres; Hennery Collings, James Collings, 100 acres; John Denhan, Gerden (Jordan) Gibson, 100 acres; Yearby Gibson, Shepard Gibson, 50 acres; Charels Gibson, Tiry Gibson, 50 acres; Royal Gibson and Vallingtine (Valentine) Collins, 100 acres. The William Nichols list of 1812 includes Jesse Gibson 30 acres, and John Denhan, 30 acres.

Vardy Mineral Springs, operated by Vardemon Collins for many years and Vardy School, a Presbyterian Mission School, were both named for him. According to Court records of Wilkes County, North Carolina, Vardy Collins, born in 1764 in North Carolina, was involved in a lawsuit - Case 10, State vs Vardy Collins, as shown by Court Records of Wilkes County, of which Ashe County was a part at the time. In the same record, Case 11 was entitled, State vs Jordan Gibson.

Vardy Collins was said to be a full-blooded Indian. Probably half-blooded. His wife Margaret Gibson, was Spanish, probably full-blooded. Their descendents are mostly of dark skin, some with straight dark hair, though many have a wave in the hair, some have curly, even kinky hair. This may come from the Spanish or mixture of Irish.

Vardy and Peggy came in from North Carolina from near Red River, or crossed the Red River. They took practically all the land from the Virginia State Line to Mulberry Gap, between Newmans Ridge and Powell Mountain.

Vardy was the son of James Navarrh H. Collins (he was called Henry), born in 1699 in Virginia. Henry was the son of Henry Collins, the indentured servant of Thomas Wood. He is listed in the Court Book of the Virginia Company dated 15 December 1619 and 23 June 1620. See Manchester Papers #241, Public Records Office, London, England, List of Records #58.

Where they got the money for this much land we do not know. Possibly it was a grant for some Military service, though he is not listed as a pensioner or having been in any military outfits under the name of Vardy. Some sources said his name was Henry Navarrh Collins, and that later it was changed to Vardimon or Vardy. Possibly Peggy came from a rich family and had the money before they moved here. Or it is possible that Vardy came from a rich family, or was in business and made it before he came to Tennessee. Vardy built a big double log house near the Vardy Springs. It was counted as one of the biggest houses in the county at the time. It is rumored that travellers stopped to stay over night there and were never heard from again. From the nature of the case we can not be sure of the truth of these traditions. Perhaps it is better to think that he came by his money in honest ways, and freely practiced the open and free hospitality of the backwoods and the mountains, and likely being a man of force and resolute habit, he likely was envied by those who were less successful, and suspected where there was but little truth or little cause for it. Vardemon Navarrh Collins was also known as Vardy Collins. He married Peggy Gibson. Vardemon Navarrh Collins was born in 1764 at New River, Grayson County, Virginia.

Children of Vardemon Navarrh Collins and Peggy Gibson

Lottie Collins

Morgan Collins

Effie Collins

Clarkia Collins

Allen Collins+ b. 1802

Alfred Collins+ b. 1810


Update May 2018

Ref: http://jogg.info/pages/72/files/Estes.pdf page 49

Vardy Collins Group ethnicity

Y DNA Haplogroup R1a1, European, German / Slavic


"Vardy Collins" was a landowner and owned an inn. http://historical-melungeons.com/vardy_collins.html

http://historical-melungeons.com/vardy_collins.html

Vardy was mentioned in a journalist's account of a stay at the Inn that Vardy operated in the valley between Newmans Ridge and Powells Mt, in 1840;

   Littell's Living Age - No.254-31 March, 1848
                               The Melungens
 " The doctor was, as usual, my compagnon de voyage, and we stopped at

"Old Vardy's", the hostelrie of the vicinage. Old Vardy is the "chief cook and bottle-washer" of the Melungens, and is really a very clever fellow; but his hotel savors strongly of that peculiar perfume that one may find in the sleeping-rooms of our negro servants, especially on a close, warm, summer's evening."

  The legend of how Vardy and Shepard Gibson came to Hawkins/Hancock  Co was told in Will Allen Dromgoole's "Four Branches of Melungeon Tree" (1890's)

(refering to Shepard as "Buck") ;

"These two, Vardy Collins and Buck Gibson, were the head and source of the Melungeons in Tennessee. With the cunning of their Cherokee ancesters, they planned and executed a scheme by which they were enabled to “set up for themselves” in the almost unbroken Territory of North Carolina.

Old Buck, as he was called, was disguised by a wash of some dark description, and taken to Virginia by Vardy where he was sold as a slave. He was a magnificent specimen of physical strength, and brought a fine price, a wagon and mules, a lot of goods, and three hundred dollars in money being paid to old Vardy for his "likely nigger". Once out of Richmond, Vardy turned his mules shoes and stuck out for the wilderness of North Carolina, as previously planned. Buck lost little time ridding himself of his negro disguise, swore he was not the man bought of Collins , and followed in the wake of his fellow thief to the Territory. The porceeds of the sale were divided and each chose his habitation; old Vardy choosing Newman’s Ridge, where he was soon joined by others of his race, and so the Melungeons became a part of the inhabitants of Tennessee."

  Some researchers believe Vardy was the son of Samuel Collins, and grandson of Thomas Collins, and descended from the Saponi Indian tribe.
  It's highly possible that Vardy had other children besides the ones listed below, perhaps with Peggy or with a previous wife. 

More About VARDY COLLINS: Burial: Hancock Co, TN

Notes for PEGGY GIBSON:

 Peggy was called "Spanish Peggy" and was believed to be the sister of Shepherd Gibson. According to the Grohse papers, Peggy's family was believed to have once been involved in piracy.
   

Children of VARDY COLLINS and PEGGY GIBSON are: 2. i. LETITIA2 COLLINS, b. Abt. 1791. 3. ii. MORGAN COLLINS, b. Abt. 1798, NC. 4. iii. ALLEN COLLINS, b. Abt. 1802, TN. 5. iv. SIMEON COLLINS, b. Abt. 1803, TN; d. Abt. Aug 1836, Hawkins Co., KY. 6. v. ALFRED COLLINS, b. Abt. 1810. 7. vi. ETHIE COLLINS, b. Abt. 1810, TN. 8. vii. CLARKIA COLLINS, b. 11 Feb 1812, Hawkins Co., TN (?); d. 07 Mar 1878, Lawrence Co., OH.

More information on Vardy Collins and many other Melungeon people can be found in the book, Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia written by Wayne Winkler, published 2004, 2005.


The Monacan Confederacy, the Tutelo-Saponi Confederacy, and the Catawba Confederacy; these were made up of the same tribes.


The Saponi, Tutelo, Occaneechi, Nahyssan, Moneton, Monacan, and Manahoac make up the Tutelo linguistic division and Monacan Confederacy of tribes. During the time of colonization, beginning in 1607, most Native American Indians, in the eastern and northern forests, where evolving confederacies to strengthen and share in protection and resources. One key alliance was the Monacan Confederacy. The Monacan tribe held control of the eastern regions’ copper mines. The Powhatan, the Cherokee, and the Erie were dependent upon the Monacan for trade in copper. Powhatan took the opportunity to establish a treaty with the English in order to break the copper monopoly of the Monacans. It is perhaps the only reason that the English were able to establish Jamestown. (Hantman 660-676)
The Catawba are another Siouan linguistic division directly related to the Tutelo division. The Catawba and Monacan were important strategically for the colonies. The Monacan Confederacy was used to buffer the colonies on the north against the Iroquois and was a port of entry to the South. The Catawba held the Southern trade routes of the Occaneechi Trading Path and buffered against the tribes to the south and west, such as the Cherokee and Creek, and helping to confederate other Siouan tribes to act as buffer nations on the early frontier often mustering warriors to attack interior Indians for the colonial government. (Merrell 1-16)
The records from the Colonial Era into the Revolution Era began to take shape in the 1740’s and 50’s. We can pick up certain family groups in the census and land records of the time. The Collins family is one such family that figures into the history of the Saponi. In 1742, Orange county, VA, Saponi men were arrested for utilizing a slash and burn agricultural technique used to clear planting grounds and create meadows for deer and turkey to browse. The charge was made that these Saponi men were terrifying a colonial named Lawrence Strouther. (Orange County, VA 309) Two of the men brought into court were John Collins and John Collins, Jr. It is still controversial in some quarters, however the John Collins in the Orange county court case and the one later in Grayson County, VA, son of Old Thomas Collins and 1st cousin to Vardy Collins of Newman’s Ridge, son of William Collins brother to Old Thomas, are believed to be the same people. DNA testing has proven a male direct line, linking the John Collins and Vardy Collins lines. These are two separate labs scientifically coming to the same results; Relative Genetics: Collins DNA Project and Family Tree DNA: The Core Melungeon DNA Project. (Jeskie and Family Tree DNA) Having traced out all the other John Collins lines in the records of the time, I can only come to the same conclusions.

https://www.familytreedna.com/public/coremelungeon/default.aspx?section=yresults

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Vardemon "Vardy" Navarrh Collins's Timeline

1764
1764
New River, Grayson, Virginia, United States
1791
1791
Age 27
North Carolina, United States
1798
1798
Age 34
North Carolina, United States
1803
1803
Age 39
Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States
1803
Age 39
Hancock County, Tennessee, United States
1810
1810
Age 46
Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States
1811
1811
Age 47
Tennessee, United States
1813
1813
Age 49
Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States
1817
1817
Age 53
Hancock County, Tennessee, United States