what about them collins
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friend

Corbin, KY

#1 Apr 19, 2009
how many sets of them are in CLAY COUNTY
Serious Answer

London, KY

#2 Apr 20, 2009
friend wrote:
how many sets of them are in CLAY COUNTY
Friend,
In the 1830 United States Federal Census for Clay County are listed Abraham Collins, Hiram Collins, and Bradley Collins. Bradley has a large family. Abraham and Hiram are listed as single but Hiram has 1 male and 1 female slave and Abraham has 1 male slave.These live side by side. Then there is Amos Collins with a large family. Then there is Elijah with a wife. I did not find any Collin's in 1810 or 1820.
friend

Somerset, KY

#3 Apr 21, 2009
to many to count
info

Corbin, KY

#4 Apr 21, 2009
i believe a collins was one of the first settlers of clay co. i think on collins fork at a salt mine.
ron

Warwick, RI

#5 Apr 21, 2009
i knew plenty of collins anyone in this collins topic familiar with tyga if so can any of you please explain who he is
family

Eubank, KY

#6 Apr 23, 2009
one of my suppost to be grandpa's were old man eli collins,from back in the old days.
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London, KY

#7 Apr 23, 2009
family wrote:
one of my suppost to be grandpa's were old man eli collins,from back in the old days.
Family,
There is an Eli Collins that married Lizzie Napier in Clay County in 1877. The oldest Collins record I have found is Jesse Collins married Mary Reid 13th Dec 1827. Abraham Collins married Christine Poulston 6 Apr 1828. There are 98 male Collins marriages and 88 female Collins maarriages between 1807 and 1923. I'd say friend is right, "too many to count".
Fa Fa Fooey

Lexington, KY

#8 Apr 23, 2009
Collins are suppose to be melungeons. Its a mix of Native American, possibly Turkish, and possibly Portguese. Tan people with blue eyes and jet black hair is a good indication of having this background
wandering

Dayton, OH

#9 Apr 23, 2009
My husbands is a collins his family is from down on laurel creek does anyone know any collins from down there. His grandfathers name was Levi Collins,his mothers name was Cora Collins
chat branch

Cincinnati, OH

#10 Apr 23, 2009
collins are more mulatto than melungeon. Migrated down from the virginias and carolinas in the late 1700's.
collins family

Mount Vernon, KY

#11 Apr 23, 2009
my family tree has several collins'. Some are indicated as being mulatto. Jesse Collins is also one of my very distant relatives. We have traced this side of my family tree way back and it is pretty interesting! My Collins family is from Laurel Creek/Collins Fork Road.
family

Eubank, KY

#12 Apr 23, 2009
Serious answer,could be the same one you were telling about old man eli was married a few times an had many kids by each woman,yepper he was a go getter.my grandma was elizabeth woods, which was married to eli collins.i have heard he was married to (thinkin) jane napier,not sure.an yes i guess my tan skin an dark eyes an dark hair would prove that i have some collins blood in my veins but you couldn't make me prove it.
Fa Fa Fooey

Lexington, KY

#13 Apr 24, 2009
chat branch wrote:
collins are more mulatto than melungeon. Migrated down from the virginias and carolinas in the late 1700's.
What is it that makes them mulatto? Native American heritage? I'm related to collins but I know very little about them, and we have some genetic conditions showing up that are common among melungeon / mulatto people.
momma of 3 boys

Robbins, TN

#14 Jul 16, 2009
i am married to a collins... we live in mccreary co. now but he was from goose rock and red bird...
This Is Great

Lexington, KY

#15 Jul 17, 2009
Very interesting information. I was told they were considered "free people of color" and allowed to vote when other people of color could not. I have also heard that it was Portuguese Sailors that started the whole thing. Moore, Collins, Goins and Mullins are a few of the names that could have Melungeon herritage. Wonderful topic for this site.
Also Jesse Collins Family

Nampa, ID

#16 Mar 9, 2010
collins family wrote:
my family tree has several collins'. Some are indicated as being mulatto. Jesse Collins is also one of my very distant relatives. We have traced this side of my family tree way back and it is pretty interesting! My Collins family is from Laurel Creek/Collins Fork Road.
I have tried and tried to find anything out about Jesse Collins who married Mary Reid in Clay Co., KY. According to my research, they had at least five, maybe six, children, but I cannot find Jesse on anything definite after their marriage. Can you help me put some puzzle pieces together?
history buff

Mount Vernon, KY

#17 Mar 10, 2010
Fa Fa Fooey wrote:
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What is it that makes them mulatto? Native American heritage? I'm related to collins but I know very little about them, and we have some genetic conditions showing up that are common among melungeon / mulatto people.
FYI a mulatto in civil war times was considered a person whom was the off spring of a black woman and a french man. Most came out with very distinct skin and eye coloring that they could pass as white. A lot of people unless they knew of their heritage could see them in public and think they were tan skinned whites. They spoke very fluent french. A lot of them lived in the french quarters of Louisiana. A mulatto mistress was a well kept commidity. But they could not marry their lover because too many people knew of their existance and there would always be that question. Most mulatto were born free people. There unique features did not present them as being dark enough to be slaves. On the other hand white people never really liked them because they didn't really know if they had black blood or not. A lot of them were born with almost emerald colored green eyes.
Hmm

East Bernstadt, KY

#18 Mar 10, 2010
some interesting stuff here
Also Jesse Collins Family

Nampa, ID

#19 Mar 10, 2010
I do not believe this mulatto definition is correct. I have checked the 1850, 1860, and 1870 U.S. federal census headings. There were only three choices as to color or ethnicity in 1850 and 1860 -- Black/White/Mulatto. Not until 1870 was there any other choice, and then included were C for Chinese and I for Indian. According to Webster's New World Dictionary, "mulatto" is "of mixed breed," "a person whose one parent is Negro and the other a Caucasian, or white" or "any person with mixed Negro and Caucasian ancestry." Therefore, I believe it incorrect to state that the mixture is French with Black. In fact, in New Orleans, Louisiana a person descended from or culturally related to Spanish settlers in the Gulf states is Creole, loosely defined, a person of mixed Creole and Negro stock. From what I have been told by Cajuns in New Orleans, an Indian and French mixture is considered Cajun (Acadian or Nova Scotian French). In checking the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census where I have Collins who are probably Melungeon, one census lists them as Mulatto, another as White, and still another as Black! I have talked with people in Iowa who personally knew some of those Collinses who were at times listed as Mulatto and Black. In their opinions, none of those people "looked Negro" to them. My great uncle, recently deceased, told me that one of his great uncles (William Collins of Appanoose County, Iowa had copper colored skin as he remembered him. So, whether black, white, green, purple, the Mulatto designation was one decided upon by the census-taker and, therefore, many mistakes and personal judgments must be taken into consideration. And, for all the errors found in old census records, the fact that much of the information being collected was from citizens who could neither read nor write. They could not verify or correct an ignorant or lackadaisical census-taker. So, as much as I enjoy doing genealogy work, my most important rule is: genealogist, beware.
family

Gray, KY

#20 Mar 10, 2010
my grandpa was old man eli collins he was married probably 3 times.had children by each of his women my grandma was elizabeth (woods) collins.i never meet very many of my uncles.uncle abraham thinkin i meet him an his family once he lived in perry co.everybody that know me said i took after that side of the family,with my dark skin an black hair an dark eyes,my dad's side wasn't dark skin an very few had dark hair.i have been called half mexican,lol oh well even been called worse ,lol an i have made jokes about it myself.

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