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Emeline Collins Birdsell
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Birth: Mar. 22, 1815
Chatham
Columbia County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 13, 1904
Memphis
Scotland County
Missouri, USA

Emeline Collins Birdsall (from Collins Family History, compiled by Fanny McMunn, 1936)
“Emeline married Jesse Birdsall, of Cornwall on Hudson, a widower with two grown sons, on May 5, 1869, in Friends Meeting House, 20th St., New York City. They were living at Cornwall-on-Hudson when he died, November 19, 1875. They owned the “Storm King House” there, Washington’s old headquarters, which she was conducting as a boarding house. she always had a zeal for managing boarding houses, and in 1845, persuaded her father, Dr. John Collins, to leave Hector, move into Reynoldsville, N.Y. nearby, and conduct the hotel at that place. It was here that the daughter Caroline died of consumption. After two years of unprofitable experiment at Reynoldsville, the family returned to Hector. After this, Emeline went to New York City where she was employed in a millinery concern, making ladies’ Quaker bonnets. She took the two youngest of the family with her to the city, where Hannah [Aunt Fanny’s mother] was engaged painting the features on dolls; and William, the brother, went, as a clerk, into a dress goods store on Broadway. Emeline enjoyed her city experience, and having these two with her. Many opportunities for improvement were offered and pleasing contacts made by each of them. Emeline remained in the City until the time of the death of her mother, 1856, when she returned to Hector to care for her aged father. After his death in 1858, she again went to the city and stayed until her marriage, when she removed to Cornwall where her husband had a home and where the family of her deceased sister, Mary Isaac, lived. Having borrowed money to keep the business going, and being unable to carry on, the Storm King House passed into the hands of William Isaac, brother-in-law to Emeline, after the death of Mr. Birdsall. After this she spent some time with kin and, always energetic, was variously occupied. Five years were spent as matron of the Good Shepherd’s Home, Richmond, VA. In the meanwhile, about 1866, she had assumed the care and education of her brother Amos’s two little daughters, following the death of their mother. Emeline went to Scotland Co., Mo., to visit her sister, Hannah MacMunn, and the two brothers Silas and Amos Collins. While on this visit she offered to educate these young girls, Frances and Elizabeth, than about 13 and 12 respectively, offering them the contacts of New York City, over a pioneer country environment, and the father consented. Elizabeth died in abuot a year, and Frances remained, taking on all the education offered. When Frances began to be self-supporting by her teaching, she often had her Aunt Emeline with her in various places in Orange and Westcester counties, where she was teaching. Emeline was for many years companion and housekeeper to various Friends. About 1890 she went to live in Ossining, on Hudson, with this niece, Frances Collins, who was employed there in the city schools. In 1896 Emeline came to Memphis, Mo. to live with her widowed sister, Hannah MacMunn. She often made long visits in the home of her niece Elizabeth Isaac-Lawrence, then living near. It was while visiting there she died of pneumonia, February 13, 1904, and was interred in the MacMunn plot at the Brock cemetery. Funeral was preached by Rev. D. J. Little of the M.E. Church. Emeline was a consistent Quaker all her life, very devout, and used the plain language of the Quakers always. Helping others was an obsession in her life.”
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Collins (1781 - 1859)
  Elizabeth Perkins Collins (1789 - 1856)
 
 Siblings:
  George Fox Collins (1812 - 1863)*
  Emeline Collins Birdsell (1815 - 1904)
  Silas Perkins Collins (1817 - 1860)*
  Amos Sands Collins (1821 - 1882)*
  Caroline Elizabeth Collins (1823 - 1846)*
  Lydia Wilbur Collins (1827 - 1872)*
  Hannah Earle Collins MacMunn (1829 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Brock Cemetery
Brock
Scotland County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: Larry and Jane
Record added: Aug 24, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15483948
Emeline <i>Collins</i> Birdsell
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