I read an interesting note by James Nickens in which he said his family, or clan, had been at different times in history part of five different tribes, with unproven links to two others, so that, in essence, “Which one do we choose?”

I’m starting to feel that way. Nick has advised me to look among the Nansemond and Nottoway for links to my native Collins family. This led me to a very interesting apprenticeship in 1771 — Lemuel Collins to Caleb Manning, in the town of Portsmouth, to learn the trade of a blacksmith, with the consent of his father Thomas Collins. Two very interesting names, in the same place, with some hint that Nick might be right, and that the Collinses migrated south with other Native families to Hertford and then over to Gates.

And yet where did they come from? The epicenter of Collinses among the Powhatan remnants is not in the Nansemond group, but among the Pamunkey. And then why do both names here — Collins and Manning — later wind up among the Tuscarora?

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