14 July 2008

Alpha L. Collins 1844-1881

Alpha L. Collins 1844-1881

Alpha L. Collins was the oldest son of Stephen L. & Mary Marie Helpher Collins. He was born in Ohio 23 Jan 1844.

I have not yet found the family in the 1850 census. If anyone can find them I'd be thrilled to hear.

1860 Nebraska Terr Census Nemaha County, Brownville pages 61 & 62, 29 Jun 1860

Collins, Stephen 44 m Baptist Minister 700 800 New York

Collins, Mary 38 f Ohio

Collins, Alpha 16 m Asst. Farmer Ohio

Collins, Christopher 13 m Ohio

Collins, Maria 10 f Indiana

Collins, Ellen 6 f Indiana

Collins, Charles 3 m Illinois

Collins, Mark 1 m Nebraska


1870 Missouri, Dade Co., Center Twp, p.3

Stephen L Collins 54 b. NY, Minister of the gospel

Mary M Collins 48, b. OH

Alpha L Collins 26, b. OH, farm labourer

Lydia M Collins 20, b. IN

Mary E Collins 15, b. IN

Charles M Collins 13, b. Neb

Ahirah M Collins, 11, b. Neb

Daniel D Collins, 8, b. Neb

John T Collins 6, b. Neb

Emily M Collins 3, b. MO

1880 MO, Center Twp., Dade Co., p.189B

Alpha L. COLLINS Self M Male W 34 OH Pauper OH OH

N. J. COLLINS Wife M Female W 30 TN Keeping House TN TN

Cyrus COLLINS Son S Male W 2 MO OH TN

Alpha married Naomi J. Wright (b. Sept 1849) on the 26th of November 1876 in Dade Co., MO. Alpha's father Stephen L., performed the ceremony. Alpha and Naomi had one child, Cyrus Jerome Collins, He was born, 27 Oct 1878 in Missouri, (and died about Jun 1940). After Alpha's death in 1881, Naomi married, Daniel W. Gamble, 13 Dec 1883 in Dade Co., MO. They moved to Labette Co., KS.

Cyrus Jermoe Collins registered for the WWI draft in 1918 in Labette County Kansas. He lists his birthday as 27 Oct 1878, of medium height, medium build, blue eyes and red hair.

from Lauren Leeman, The State Historical Society of Missouri

rcd 10 July 2008

Greenfield Vedette & the Greenfield Dade Co., Advocate

(same obit ran in both newspapers)

14 July 1881


Died of paralysis, June 30th, 1881, in Centre Township, Dade county, Mo., Alpha L. Collins, aged 37 years, oldest child of Elder S.L. Collins and Mary M. Collins, of this county. He leaves a wife, a little son three and a half years old, parents, brothers, sisters and numerous friends to mourn their loss. He professed Christianity at about 14 years of age and joined the Baptist church and was faithful until the end.