See my earlier post re: Christopher Royce Collins. As an update I have found a bit more to fill in the picture of his life. I am still looking and welcome any information. Listed below are Christopher's probable marriage record to Jennie Cleavinger, and the 1900 census listing. I've requested an obituary but have not received it thus far. Except for Christopher's son Stephen Moses Collins who migrated to California, I know almost nothing about his children, who would be my grandfather's first cousins.
Probable marriage record: Daviess County MO, P.209, 23 Dec 1868
This document was difficult to read, but is reasonably consistant with the information we have about Christopher & Jennie Cleavinger Collins.
Missouri, Daviess County, on the 23rd day of December 1868, I joined as husband and wife, G. C. R. Colins, Esta J. Clevinger. This given under my hand this the 17th day of January 1869. V. G. Anderson, A member of the Gospel of the M.E. Church.
Filed for Record Feb, 11, 1869
Robert H. Grantham, Recorder
note: The California Death Index listing for Stephen Moses Collins (son of Christopher & Jennie), lists the mother's maiden name as Cleavinger.
1900 Missouri, Barton County census
Golden City, Dist 20, page 46, 13 June 1900
Collins, Chester: head, born- July 1846 in OH; age 53; married 7 yrs; occupation- harnessmaker; father b. OH; mother b. PA; can -read, write, & speak English; owns his house free of mortgage.
Collins, Annie: wife, b. Jan 1852 in IN; age 48; married 7 yrs; 4 children born - 2 yet living; parents b. IN. can read, write & speak English.
Moore, Mary A: help, b. Aug 1830 in OH; age 69; widow; 8 children born - 7 yet living; parents b. OH; helps in housework; can read, write and speak English.