30 March 2008

Christopher Royce Collins - I had it wrong!

This is a developing story but I thought I'd post a tease until I have all the facts straight.

Christopher Royce Collins was the brother of Ahira Mark Collins. Both were the sons of Stephen L. Collins and Mary Marie Helpher.

From various sources I had the following about Christopher:
He was born abt 1847 in Ohio.
He married Jennie Cleavinger in about 1868, possibly in Daviess Co., MO.
In the 1870 census, he is living in Daviess Co. MO, Monroe Twp p. 359. The listing shows a Samuel Will age 83 born in TN, unknown relationship; Jenny age 20 b. MO; Clara is listed as 2/12 b. MO.; and Christ age 33, b. OH.
He was living in Nemaha Co., Neb in 1880, with wife Jennie & 3 children:
Clara M. Collins b. abt Mar 1870 in MO.
Stephen Moses Collins b. 30 Jun 1872, in Caldwell Co., MO, died in CA.
Sarah Collins b. 1876 in MO.
Christopher was a harness maker.
Various St Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO, directories have the following:
Christopher R. Collins harnessmkr. r. 311 Middleton Saint Joseph MO 1887
Clara Collins Wood manufacturing co works r. 311 Middleton St Joseph MO 1887
Mrs. Jennie Collins r. 311 Middleton Saint Joseph MO 1887
Arthur McCurdy M. G. Post teamster r. 311 Middleton Saint Joseph MO 1887
Collins Clara seamstress Wood Mfg Co. r 1208 n 3d 1890
Collins Jennie (wid Christopher R.) r 1208 n 3d 1890
Collins Moses driver r 1208 n 3d 1890
McCurdy Arthur H. teamster r 1208 n 3d 1890

Database: Buchanan County, Missouri Taxpayers, 1891-95, 1901
Surname Given Name Township Post Office Year
Collins Jennie St Joseph 1895

From the above I assumed that Christopher had died about 1889, possibly in or near St. Joseph Missouri, but... I WAS WRONG. Through FamilyTreeMaker v16's automatic search feature, which searches ancestry.com, I discovered a 1910 listing for a Christopher R. Collins living in Barton Co., MO, with wife Annie, what a surprise. A further hunt has located a marriage record of Annie Ladd to Christopher R. Collins, married 24 Dec 1892, in Barton County MO. Christopher's 1919 death certificate was also found at Missouri Digital Heritage. I am still looking for the details, but suffice it to say that Christopher did NOT die in 1889 and lived another 30 years. Expect an update in the next few weeks.....as details emerge.