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Douglas Collins

I came upon this listing for Douglas Collins in the 1860 census in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. This is a town equidistant from Gettysburg and Tuscarora National Forest in the southern central part of the state. Douglas Collins is listed as an … Continue reading

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Tales from Old Carolina

Published in 1965, F. Roy Johnson’s Tales from Old Carolina is an invaluable source of local folklore about the Roanoke-Chowan area. Why? Because unlike many of the ‘liberation narratives’ that emerged in the 1970s, where the maroon communities of the … Continue reading

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Absalom Collins, c. 1730 – c. 1780

ABSALOM COLLINS was perhaps the youngest son of John Collins, planter of Bertie County, whom I have discussed in my previously three posts. Due to the preponderance of people with this surname, it’s hard to conclusively trace this family in … Continue reading

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John Collins, 1690-1751, Part III

IN MY PREVIOUS two posts, I provided a rough outline of the life of John Collins, an early planter of Bertie County in North Carolina, as well as some data on one of his sons, Joseph, who married into the … Continue reading

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John Collins, 1690-1751, Part II

BEFORE I PROCEED, I want to address a few things. The first concerns Martha Collins, the wife of John Collins. Martha Collins first appears in this deed, dated Dec. 28, 1725. Chowan Co, NC – John Collins & Wife Martha … Continue reading

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John Collins, 1690-1751, Part I

A MAJOR LANDOWNER in the Roanoke-Chowan area in the first half of the 18th century, John Collins left behind a brood of mixed race descendants, some of whom inherited his land, others of whom may have been illegitimate. His ancestry … Continue reading

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Anglo-Indians

The above five portraits represent people who descend from a number of North Carolina’s first families. Their ancestors had names like Step, Owens, Collins, Phelps, Bray, and Pugh. They lived in an arc from the Roanoke River to the coasts … Continue reading

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