|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1787|
|Death: ||Nov. 23, 1872|
Daughter of John Wilcox and Sarah Walton
Wife of Christoper John Kartchner and Francis B Collins.
To more accurately state Prudence's name and marital history:
Prudence "WIlcox" [nee Kartchner] Collins.
Occupation : Worked a "rag picker" In paper mills. Keep house
Based on entries in her son's, William, biography. Prudence followed the custom of the time and arranged "apprenticeships" for her young sons to help relieve her of the burdens of raising a large family - as reflected in the 1830 Census noted below.
Little is known of her life with Collins, he was supposedly related to a renown axe maker in Virginia, but this can not be confirmed. Supposedly, she and Collins - along with her two daughters - initially moved to what is now West Virginia. Then back to Pennsylvania.
Her Second Husband - Francis Collins:
Death notices, funeral notices, legal notices and newspaper notices of cemetery interments in 1850 in Savannah (Chatham County) Georgia. These are extracted from the Savannah Newspaper Digest from Jan 1 to Dec 31,1850: The dates indicated are the dates of the newspaper issue:
Oct 3,1850 - - Sexton's Report:
T.B. [F.B.??> Collins, 60 years, diarrhea, N J., non-resident
CHATHAM COUNTY, GA - OBITS 1850 (Jan 1 to Dec 31) Misc news (interments, obits, sexton's report)
Prudence filed her first claim with the War Department for Bounty Land Warrants for Christopher's War of 1812 service after her second husband died - but it was denied.
When and how she came to Iowa is not known, the census schedules indicate that she was Irving near or with one of her daughter's families in Missouri. Based on census schedules, at least two of her children, John C. and Sarah, would remain in in Jasper Co, IA - during most of the lives.
During the summer of 1861, Prudence filed a second claim for and received Bounty Land Warrants 15050-40-50 &
9277412055 for 246 acres of land in Powesheak, Jasper County, IA, as a result of Christopher John's service in the Pennsylvania Militia during the War of 1812.
Written about her in later years:
'There was no particular design or reason in the planting of her flower beds, herbs, and vines other than she wanted fragrance and color. It was a large garden enclosed with high picket fence painted white, the little gate swung in and out on its old rusted hinges and a grassy path led to the center where stood an old apple tree strange and sturdy, the bark of Its rugged trunk recording a life time of usefulness and yet in June time pink blossoms added fragrance, mingling with the scent of roses. The old fashioned flowers, pinks, marigolds, forget-me-nots, poppies and touch-me-nots, with their seed pods that would curl up in your fingers when touched were planted in small beds.
Walks through the garden were bordered with mignonette, and lush in the background hollyhock's bright colors mingled with the golden sunflowers as the nodded and turned their faces to the sun. The garden was an enchanting place of beauty and fragrance and here is where you would find her sitting, under the apple tree in a low rocking chair, welcoming friends who came to see her garden. She wore a dress of black with a bit of lace at her throat and a cap with a little rosette of ribbon on her white curls.
Time had robbed away the curves and coloring of youth, yet her eyes were sparkling and her cheeks still the same tint of apple blossoms. Years had not taken from her face the beauty of her inner soul.
Prudence Collins came to Iowa in a canvas covered wagon when the lands were a waving plain of high grass, Indians
were roaming the wide prairies, and only a few log houses had been built on farms made ready for planting. She had
endured the hardships of pioneer life, her kindness and help in sickness in many homes will always be remembered when no other help could be had in this new country. What changes have taken place since the days of grandmother Collins."
[A tribute by Sadie Hurst, a longtime neighbor of Prudence Willcox Kartchner Collins]
She was interned at McKeever Cemetery, IA near her son John C. and many of her grandchildren.
John Christopher Kartchner (1784 - 1826)
Margaretta Kartchner Purvis (1814 - 1870)*
John Christopher Kartchner (1816 - 1911)*
William Decatur Kartchner (1820 - 1892)*
Sarah Ann Kartchner Pigg (1823 - 1907)*
Plot: Lot 2/ Plot 3/ Grave 7
Created by: Kartchner Brothers
Record added: Dec 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45588836
Watching over your memory with all my love for 25 years now!|
Added: Mar. 26, 2013