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From: "Brenda Dillon" <>
Subject: [Melungeon] Meredith Collins (1 generation)
Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 17:39:18 -0400
Descendants of Meridith Collins
Generation No. 1
1. MERIDITH1 COLLINS was born 1760 in Va., and died
1841 in Pike Co. KY. He met (1) UNNAMED Bef. 1786 in
NC/VA. He met (2) MARGARET HOLLOWAY 1795 in NC/VA. She was born 1765 in Va.,
and died 1812 in Floyd Co. Kentucky. He met (3) MILLY JOHNSON Aft. 1815 in
Pike Co. Ky. She was born Bet. 1780 - 1790.
Notes for MERIDITH COLLINS:
Meredith Collins appears to have been involved in three relationships of
which no marriage records have been found, altho his first wife is yet
unknown, the second Mary Holloway and third Millie Johnson. The first wife
was mother of first female and Bradley both born in NC. By the time they
appear in Russell Co. Va the family has added two more unknown sons to the
family. These sons are later identified as John W. Collins and Edward
Collins living in areas of Russell Co. Va.1787-1819
1787-1796 No Collins found. 1797 Mar 11 Isaac Colns 1002 Lower District 1798
Apr 25 Isaac Colns 1003 Lower District 1799-1800 No Collins found. 1801
Marady Collins 1000 Upper District 1802 Valentine Colns 1001 Lower District
1803 no Collins found. 1804 May 15 Meredith Collins 1001 Upper District 1805
James Collins 1001 Lower District 1806 James Collins 1000 Lower District
1806 Meredith Collins 1001 Upper District 1807 Meredith Collins 2002 Upper
District 1807 James Collins 1001 Lower District 1808 Taxes were not
collected. 1809 " " 1810 James Collins 1001 Lower District (South District)
1811 James Collins 1002 Lower District 1812 Mar 19 Henry Collens 1001 Lower
District 1812 Apr 1 James Collings 1001 Lower District 1813 line 25 James
Collins 1001 Lower District 1813 line 57 Henry Collens 1001 Lower district
1814 James Collens 1001 Lower District 1815 Apr 10 Griffeth Collens 30032
Lower District 1815 Apr 10 Doury Collins 10031 Lower District 1815 Apr 27
James Collins 10025 Lower District 1816 Feb 15 Bradley Collins 1001 Lower
District 1816 May 13 James Collins 1001 Lower District 1817 May 6 James
Collens 1003 Lower District 1817 May 6 Bradley Collens 1001 Lower District
1818 Apr 22 Thomas Collins 1000 Upper District 1818 Mar 3 Bradley Collins
1001 Lower District 1818 Apr 16 James Colins 1002 Lower District 1818 Apr 16
George Collins jr 1000 Lower District 1818 Apr 16 George Collins Sr 1001
Lower District 1819 Apr 3 Bradley Collins 1001 Lower District 1819 Apr 10
James Collins 1002 Lower District 1819 May 3 Isaac Collens 1002 Lower
While in Russell Co. Archibald, James, William and a daughter and Rubeon are
born. The family move to Shelby Creek south of what is today Pikeville,Ky.,
then named Floyd Co. KY. After the death of "Polly"(1812) Meredith took a
common law wife, believed to be of Indian bloodline,Milly Johnson. The last
child was born of her.(Levi Merdy Johnson Collins)
1776:Meredith,age 16 years, fought in the RevWar under Capt. James McDaniels
in Fincastle-Montgomery Virginia. I have a record showing that Meredith,
David, Lewis and George Collins all entered the RevWar on the same day and
in the same district. Meredith applied for pension in Pike Co. KY however
must have died before it's approval.
Meredith Collins has been accepted by DAR as a recognized patriot. The
Society has two long form applications on him. Referances made of the
following: #1Both applications refer to Pike County, Kentucky Court Order
Book A, p.161. #2 reference on the applications which reads: "p.84
Fincastle-Montgomery Counties, Virginia Revolutionary War Records Book
Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073." #3Mary
Kegley, "Adventures on Western Waters" #4Mary Kegley,"Soldiers of Fincastle
County, Virginia" Hazel F. Kreinheder Minority and Ethnic Genealogist, DAR
Washington DC (Kreinheder, Hazel)
1838:Meredith was placed by court in guardianship of Richard P. Robinsonin .
He was listed in court records as being "poor" and census records show he
was in the Robinson household at time of census 1840Pike Co KY.
Pike Co. Court records shows several entries of Meredith taking his sons to
court stating they were stealing his land. Court records show the sons
agreed to take care of the aging father but father refused to live with any
of them. The annals of Floyd Co Kentucky gives these records: Charles C.
Wells's Annals of Floyd County.
On page 41, Deed Book A, entry number 29, there is this: "Jan. 1818:
Indenture from William James Mayo, Guardian, to the heirs of William Morgan,
deceased, to Meredith Collins in the amount of $24.00 for 30 acres on Shelby
On page 180, under the June Term, Monday, the 21st day of June, 1819, there
is this: "Meradith Collins, Anguish Daggs and John Owen are exempted from
paying County levies in the future." There are also several references to
"Meriday Collins." It is likely that this is the same person.
On page 29, Deed Book A, there is this: "May 1816: Indenture to Richard
Damron from Meriday Collins in the amount of $100.00 for 50 acres on Shelby
On page 233, Deed Book B, there is this: "August, 1819: ARTICLES OF
AGREEMENT between Muriday Collins and William Tackett to form a partnership
to try for Salt Water." There is also one reference to a Margaret Collins.
On page 9, Deed Book A, entry number 16, there is this: "Nov. 1809: ARTICLES
OF AGREEMENT for Dissolution of Marriage between Daniel Bence, Jr. and Mary,
his wife, with Daniel Wolf, the father of Mary Bence, of Surry County, N.C.,
acting as trustee for Mary Bence. Daniel Wolf agrees to raise Lewis Bence,
the child of Daniel and Mary Bence. WITNESS: William J. Mayo, Richard
Collins and Margaret Collins.
Meredith was listed on origional microfilm in 1810 as Mulatto and 1820 as
fpc ; also 1830 with 2 slaves appearing to be Millie Johnson and their son..
He is also listed on many early records with his named spelled "Meridia"
pronouced mur-i-day. It is my belief Meridia was of mixed bloodline and in
tracing his life backward I believe he is related to old Thomas of Flatt
Children of MERIDITH COLLINS and UNNAMED are: 2. i. BRADLEY2 COLLINS, b.
1786, NC; d. Aft. 1844, Appanoose Co. ,IA. ii. AMY COLLINS, b. 1788, NC.
Children of MERIDITH COLLINS and MARGARET HOLLOWAY are: 3. iii. JOHN W.2
COLLINS, b. 1797, Va/Tenn (calculated by census record); d. Aft. 1870,
disappears off census, McDowell Co. WV. 4. iv. ARCHIBALD COLLINS, b. 1800,
Russell Co. Va.; d. 1886, Roane Co. WV. 5. v. EDWARD COLLINS, b. 1801,
Russell Co. Va.; d. 1879, War Eagle, Mingo Co. WV. 6. vi. JAMES COLLINS, b.
1804, Russell Co. Va.. vii. FEMALE COLLINS, b. 1805. 7. viii. WILLIAM
COLLINS, b. 1806, Russell Co. Va.; d. 1896, Nicholas Co. WV. ix. RUBEN
COLLINS, b. 1808.
Child of MERIDITH COLLINS and MILLY JOHNSON is: 8. x. MERDY LEVI JOHNSON2
COLLINS, b. 1815, Pike Co. KY; d. Aft. 1890, Lincoln Co. WV.
Brenda Collins Dillon
"Life is a Rainbow Made up of Many Different Colors"
Surnames: COLLINS SPENCER TAYLOR BENNETT WILLIAMS
WOODS ROARK HOLLOWAY BENNETT COTTRILL PERRY
PATTERSON ALLMAN MACE WEATHERHOLT STANSBERRY
FISHER LYONS SHOULDERS PRINCE GODFREY BAILEY
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