Interesting Things

By Ray L. Bellande

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3. William Collins (1819 - 1895)

William Collins (1819-1895)

 

William Collins was born in Mullin-Au-Tara Rathcormac Cork County Ireland in May of 1819.  He arrived in this country through the Port of New Orleans in 1847 by sailing vessel, which took three months to make the crossing.  It is believed that his passage was paid for by his good friend Pat Kennedy, who settled in Biloxi and wrote to him that the land was good for farming.

 

William was naturalized a citizen on 23 November 1857 in Circuit Court of Harrison County.  He died on 4 February 1895 at the age of 75 in Biloxi, Mississippi (three months after his wife).  He was buried in the Old Biloxi Cemetery on Front Beach.

 

Susan Cullen was born in 1821 in County Cork Ireland.  She and William were married in November 1844 in Liverpool England.  She died in November 1894 at the age of 73 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

 

 

William and Susan’s Children

  1.  James Collins was born in 1847 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He died at birth.  He is buried in New Orleans.

  2. Mary Jane Collins was born in September 1848 in Louisiana.  She died in 1900 at the age of 52.

  3. John T. Collins was born on 16 September 1851 in Mississippi City, Mississippi.  He died on 3 January 1929 at the age of 77. (see details in separate link)

  4. Susan Collins was born in 1854 in Biloxi, Mississippi.  She died in 1880 at the age of 26.

  5. William T. Collins was born in 1856 in Biloxi, Mississippi.  He lived at 1314 West Railroad Ave, Biloxi, Mississippi and worked for the L&N Railroad.  He died on 18 February 1897 at the age of 41 in Biloxi, Mississippi. William married Ellen O’Brien, daughter of Michael O’Brien and Mary Gillen, who was born in January 1856. She died on 14 January 1918 at the age of 62 in Covington, Louisiana.  She was buried in the Biloxi Cemetery.

  6. Cornelius Collins was born on 17 December 1857 in Hansboro, Mississippi. He was a carpenter and cabinet maker.  He died in 1939 at the age of 82. He married Katherine “Kate” Scully on 25 October 1887 at St John the Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kate, the daughter of John Dennis Scully and Mary Mahoney, was born on 11 March 1865 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She died in 1913 at the age of 48.

  7. Thomas E. Collins was born in January 1863 in Biloxi, Mississippi.  He was Blacksmith at the corner of Howard Avenue and Caillavet Street.  He married Margaret “Maggie” Desmond in 1888 in New Orleans, Louisiana

 

REFERENCES:

The Daily Picayune,[George] Corr’, August 11, 1887.

The New Orleans State, [Sarah Glancy] Corr’, December 15, 1902.

The Daily Herald, ‘John Collins, Sr. died last night’, January 4, 1929.

The Daily Herald, 'Honor students of Sacred Heart are presented awards', May 26, 1944.