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Sarah Anna Thomas Collins
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Birth: Aug. 12, 1821
Seneca Falls
Seneca County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1910
Scotland County
Missouri, USA

Sarah Anna Thomas is the daughter of James W. and Lydia Thomas. On July 1, 1851, she married Silas Perkins Collins in Covert, Seneca County, New York. Their first child, Mary Salina was born there in 1852. Silas was a surveyor and traveler and obtained government land in Scotland County, Missouri. He went first to establish a home there for his family. Sarah and Mary followed later, arriving on September 22, 1856. A second child, Charles Francis was born there in 1857. Raised as a Quaker, Sarah was known for her character and kindness. Silas died in 1859, leaving her to face many challenges including raising a family alone during the Civil War years. Well-educated for the day, she helped support the family by starting a private school in her kitchen. Her daughter Mary (Collins) Honiter died at an early age of tuberculosis, and Sarah also assisted her son-in-law in the rearing of her three grandchildren: Parley Clifton, Zilla Anna, and Beulah Benton Honiter.

Memphis Reveille, Thursday, May 5, 1910
The subject of this sketch was lovingly known among her neighbors and friends as “Grandma” Collins. She was born to James and Lydia Thomas at Seneca Falls, New York, August 12, 1821. She died at her home near Brock, Mo., April 24, 1910, aged 88 years, 8 months and 12 days. She became the wife of Silas P. Collins, July 1, 1851, at Hector, N.Y. To them were born in New York a daughter named Mary S. In Missouri a son whom they named Charles. They left their native state and settled in Scotland County, Mo., in 1856, built their home and entered upon the life of the new settlers, on the farm where she died. In 1860 her husband died when the Civil War was at hand with its terrors. The widowed mother with her two little ones unflinchingly faced the turbulent times, courageously attending to her duties, while none but Christ knew her heartaches. A living must be earned and having a superior education for those days she turned it to good account and opened a private school. Her comfortable kitchen became a busy school room. Her brother, George Thomas, came from New York and for a few years helped her in the management of affairs, but as her son became old enough to assume responsibility she turned to him. When her daughter married Chas. A. Honiter they built and lived near the homestead, then he managed her farm and upon the death of Mrs. Honiter the grandmother made her home with her son-in-law and cared for the family of grandchildren as their mother had desired. She was worthy of the trust, with her high character, true, strong and noble, united with gentleness and sympathy for every one. As old age crept on apace with its increasing feebleness she reaped a rich reward as she has been cared for with a devotion and tenderness rarely equaled, by those to her nearest and dearest. Her sufferings were short when quiet sleep settled upon her and life’s journey ended in sweet peace. Her life is a record of earnest effort, loyal devotion to the best of life and what she believed she owed to God and her fellow beings, aided by the Savior whom she worshipped. She was reared in the religious faith of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, as usually called. She leaves two brothers, George W. Thomas and Charles J. Thomas, both residing near Brock, Mo., one sister, Mrs. Zillah Lamerean, living at Ovid Centre, N.Y., one son, Charles F. Collins in Colorado, a son-in-law, Charles A. Honiter, and four grandchildren, Mrs. Zellah [Zilla] A. Hyde, Mrs. Roy Smith, Parlie [Parley] C. Honiter, children of Mary and Charles Honiter, and Mrs. Nettie Rhoads, daughter of Margaret and Charles Collins, two great granddaughters, Mary L., daughter of Zellah [Zilla] and Roscoe Hyde, and Nellie B., daughter of Beulah and Roy Smith. Funeral services were preached at Brock on Tuesday, April 26, by Rev. Shirley Smutz, who used as his text I. Cor 1:0. Interment was made in the Brock Cemetery.
Memphis Reveille, Thursday, May 5, 1910 (used with permission) 
Family links: 
  James Thomas (1787 - 1867)
  Lydia Thomas (1798 - 1875)
  Silas Perkins Collins (1817 - 1860)
  Mary Salina Collins Honiter (1852 - 1894)*
  Charles Franklin Collins (1858 - 1950)*
  Sarah Anna Thomas Collins (1821 - 1910)
  George W. Thomas (1830 - 1913)*
  Charles Jones Thomas (1841 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Brock Cemetery
Scotland County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Larry and Jane
Record added: Aug 24, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15484496
Sarah Anna <i>Thomas</i> Collins
Added by: Larry and Jane
Sarah Anna <i>Thomas</i> Collins
Added by: Larry and Jane
Sarah Anna <i>Thomas</i> Collins
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