|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1817|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 1860|
Silas Perkins Collins is the oldest son of Dr. John Collins and Elizabeth (Perkins) Collins. His father John was a respected physician in western New York. The family was of the Quaker faith. Silas was a bright and curious young man and his education led him to roles as a teacher, surveyor, farmer, and traveler. A family story suggests that his name is carved above the initials of George Washington on the limestone arch of Natural Bridge, Virginia. Washington reportedly visited the area as a young surveyor in 1850 (before Silasí birth).
At the age of 34, Silas met and married Sarah Anna Thomas in Covert, New York. Their first child Mary was born there in 1852. Silas and Sarah purchased land in Scotland County, Missouri, and made plans to settle in northeast Missouri. US government land records show purchases by the family in 1856 and 1858 in the area that was to become Brock in Scotland County. Silas moved west first and was joined on September 22, 1856, by his wife Sarah and their young daughter Mary. Sarah and Mary traveled to Scotland County with the family of Silasís brother Amos Sands Collins and his wife Olive Mahala (Kingsley) Collins and that of his sister Hannah Earle (Collins) MacMunn and her husband Arthur Nicholson MacMunn. Silas and his family settled on their newly acquired land and built a home there. Their second child Charles Frances was born there in 1857.
As the Civil War approached, Silas was an out-spoken abolitionist. However, he died at the age of 45 on September 29, 1860, before the war began, leaving his wife Sarah to raise their two children and manage the affairs of the farm without him. To help support the family, Sarah started a private school, holding classes in her kitchen. Her brother George Thomas came from New York for a few years to help with the management of the farm. After her daughter Mary married Charles Honiter, they built a home of their own on the farm and Charles took over the farming. Mary died at the age of 41 and Sarah moved in with her son-in-law to help with the care of the Honiter children and the management of household affairs. She lived there with Charles and her grandchildren Zilla, Parley, and Beulah Honiter. She remained on the farm until her death in 1910.
(written by his 3G Grandaughter, Jane (McDaniel) Boston and published in "The Brock Community," 2014)
John Collins (1781 - 1859)
Elizabeth Perkins Collins (1789 - 1856)
Sarah Anna Thomas Collins (1821 - 1910)*
Mary Salina Collins Honiter (1852 - 1894)*
Charles Franklin Collins (1858 - 1950)*
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)*
Hannah Earle Collins MacMunn (1829 - 1904)*
Created by: Larry and Jane
Record added: Aug 24, 2006
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