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When Isaac Collins brought the family from Wisconsin to the Lima area a year or so after the Civil War, my best guess (bz/Nov2010) is that he share cropped, rented or was allowed to farm some land of Peter Bass in sec 18 of Illyria.Twp. After the death of his first wife Sarah Ann Joiner and at least two daughters and one son, in the early to mid 1870's, he moved to the area between the Albany Mill and Nefzger General Store and either continued to rent or share crop until his second wife Hannah died in May 1884. Apparently all of the family was gone from Fayette Co, by this time if any were left alive. In June, Isaac joined his dau Susan at her claim and laundry in Huron, Beadle.Co.SD, but died within 6 months by late 1884 or early 1885. Susan had returned to Fayette in 1885, then took a train to Chicago to attend bible school in Nov 1886. Susan sailed for missionary work in Africa, April 1887. Susan would not return to Fayette again until 1905, at which time she bought the house and lots in the NE section of Fayette village. Susan left again in 1905 for Africa and would not return to Fayette until Aug 1920. Susan would move into her house for the first time in Aug 1921 and remain living there, with Mrs. Nellie Gothard Crosswhite much of the time, until Susan could not completely care for herself. About about 1935, Susan is moved to the Lewis farm just north of Fayette where she is cared for by Mrs. Harriett Lewis and Mrs. Julia Stepp, until Susan dies in 1940.
Father of Susan B. Collins
Basic descendent tree.
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Descendants of Unknown VA Slave
1 SLAVE, Unknown VA b: in VA? d: in Madison.Co.IL? Note 1: Nov 2010 Collins last reviewed; Barry Zbornik, Hannibal MO, firstname.lastname@example.org Note 5: Son Isaac b. in NC of a VA slave.
2  COLLINS, Isaac b: 1809 in To slave in NC. d: Bet. Dec 1884 - Jan 1885 in Hurion, Beadle.Co.SD Burial: Speculate Hurion area, Beadle.Co.SD, bz/2010. Note 4: Bet. 1819 - 1820 When young master moved family from VA to Madison.Co.IL; made free blacks. Note 5: Grew up in Madison.Co.IL, E of St.L.MO. Note 6: 1844 Age 35, married Sarah Joiner, in Madison.Co.IL Note 7: 1850 Census; Madison.Co.IL, wife SarahAnn24, MaryA6, Indiana4, Miranda1. Note 9: Abt. 1858 Moved to Columbia.Co.WI as farm laborer; apparently took family. Note 10: 1860 Census; farm laborer, $500/200, with Thomas Pashaw, Leeds P.O., Columbia.Co.WI. Note 11: Bet. 1862 - 1865 Enlisted in 'colored' troop from Wisc. Note 13: Nov 1865 Came to the 'Colored Colony' in Fayette & Lima area, Fay.Co.IA Note 17: 1870 Census; farming (share or rent), $0/255, E. of Lima in Illyria.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 18: 1870 Census; Isaac 60/VA, Sarah 45/VA, Wm 17/IL, Wesley 12/IL, Albert 3/IA Note 19: 1870 Dau's Miranda & Susan, domestics in Fayette village, Fay.Co.IA. Note 20: Bet. 1872 - 1877 Wife, 2dau, 1son died from TB, Albany, Fay.Co.IA. Note 22: 1880 Census; farming, living Albany, Fay.Co.IA, between mill & gen. store. Note 23: Bet. 1866 - 1884 No land ownership listed on 1868 or 1879 plats, bz. Note 25: Paper; joined Susan in SD after death of wife (May 1884), died 6m later. Note 26: Abt. Jun 1884 Joined dau Susan in Beadle.Co.SC, after death of 2nd wife Sarah. Note 27: Bet. Dec 1884 - Jan 1885 Reported died in Huron, 6m after wife Hannah died at Albany. Note 28: 1885 Census; dau Susan is in Fayette; so possibly brought father's body back or burial; bz.
... +JOINER, Sarah Ann b: 1825 in KY or VA d: 18 Jan 1874 in E. of Lima in Illyria.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Lima Cem, Westfield.Twp, Fay.Co.IA m: 04 Jan 1844 in Madison.Co.IL Note 11: Cause of death; TB.
3 COLLINS, Mary Ann b: 1844 in Midison.Co.IL d: Bef. 1865 in Speculate IL or WI
3 COLLINS, Indiana b: 1846 in Madison.Co.IL d: Bef. 1865 in Speculate IL or WI
3 COLLINS, Maranda J. b: 10 Mar 1849 in Madison.Co.IL d: 10 Feb 1873 in E. of Lima in Illyria.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: 10 Mar 1849 Lima Cem, sec 2, Westfield.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 8: 1870 Census; domestic servant with Paine family in Fayette village,IA. Note 11: Cause of death; TB.
3 COLLINS, Susan B. b: 03 Jul 1851 in Madison.Co.IL d: 07 Jun 1940 in Lewis farm, N of Fayette, Fay.Co.IA Note 4: Bet. 1857 - 1858 Age 7, father moved family IL to Columbia.Co.WI. Note 5: Bet. 1862 - 1865 Age 11-14, father in colored troup during Civil War. Note 6: Bet. 1866 - 1867 Age 15, father moved family to Lima area, Fay.Co.IA. Note 7: Aft. 1867 Attended UIU preparatory (H.S) school abt 4 terms. Note 8: Bet. 1868 - 1882 Domestic at Fayette House and for Fayette families. Note 10: 1882 Took train to Huron, Beadle.Co.SD, made land claim & ran laundry. Note 14: Jun 1884 Issac came to Huron; died abt 6m later. Note 15: 1885 Census; back in Fayette, has sold claim & laundry. Note 16: Nov 1886 To Lucy Rider Meyers Training School in Bible Study in Chicago. Note 17: Apr 1887 Sailed with Bishop Wm Taylor to missionary work in Quessau, Angolia Africa Note 18: Bet. 1887 - 1905 Age 36-54, missionary, started girls school in Quessau. Note 19: 1905 Returned to Fayette; bought house & lots 1,2,3, bk 11, S.R.Roberston Add, Fayette. Note 20: 1905 Returned & stayed in Africa another 15yrs; home rented. Note 21: Aug 1920 Age 69, retired from Africa back to Fayette home; traveled, lectured. Note 22: Bet. 1922 - 1936 Lived in sm. home, NE corner Alexander & State St's, in Fayette. IA. Note 24: 1925 Census; home in NE Fayette, Floyd Coleman fam, adjacent. Note 25: Aft. 1925 Nellie (Gothard) Crosswhite lived with until abt 1934. Note 27: Bet. 1934 - 1940 Cared for on Mrs. Harriett Lewis farm and by Mrs. Julia Stepp. Note 29: Bet. 1887 - 1920 Very successful Angloa missionary for 33ys.
3 COLLINS, William H. b: 03 Dec 1854 in Madison.Co.IL d: 15 Mar 1877 in Albany area, Westfield.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Lima Cem, sec 2, Westfield.Twp, Fay.Co.IA. Note 11: Cause of death; TB?
3 COLLINS, Wesley b: 1858 in Madison.Co.IL or WI d: Aft. 1870 Burial: Not listed in Fay.Co.IA.
3 COLLINS, Albert J. b: 1867 in Illyria.Twp (E. of Lima), Fay.Co.IA d: Aft. 1880 Burial: Not listed in Fay.Co.IA.
3 COLLINS, Unknown Dau b: Bet. 1871 - 1873 in Illyria.Twp (E. of Lima), Fay.Co.IA d: Bet. 1872 - 1875 in Albany area, Westfield.Twp, Fay.Co.IA Burial: Speculate, unlisted in Lima Cem, Fay.Co.IA, bz/2010. Note 7: 1870 Census; not listed, thus born aft 1870. Note 15: Cause of death; TB.
*2nd Wife of  COLLINS, Isaac:
... +UNKNOWN, Hannah b: 1815 in KY d: 04 May 1884 in Albany/Lima area, Fay.Co.IA. Burial: Speculate, nmarked grave, Lima Cem, Westfield.Twp, Fay.Co.IA, bz/2010. m: Aft. 1874 in Fay.Co.IA Note 8: 1880 Census; 65yB/KY, in Albany.IA, with Issac & his dau Susan. Note 15: Paper; death May 1884. Note 18: Cause of death: uterine tumor.
Time Line for free Blacks in Illinois:
1818 Illinois became a State. The constitution
prohibited slavery but permitted an indenture system. In ILL Territory
there were 1,173 B/M, 847 servants/slaves, 326 free persons of color.
1819 Edward Coles, b. Dec 15, 1786, Albermarle.Co.VA, the son of a rich planter received upon his fathers death, twenty slaves for his share. At Wm. & Mary College Edward developed the conviction of the wrong of negro slavery. He became the private secretary for Pres. Madison, making a trip to Russia. Upon returning to the plantation in VA, he removed his slaves to ILL in 1819, purchased 160a for each family and superintended their free black settlement near today's Edwardsville, IL. Abt 1820 he was appointed by Pres. Monroe as Register of the Land Office of Edwardsville (Madison Co.IL, 2 counties north of Monroe.Co.IL), until he was elected Gov. of IL in 1822 (1822-1826).
1820 IL Census; 1512 Af/Am, 688 were slaves, 469 free persons, 375 given no designation.
1830 IL Census; 2384 Af/Am, 747slaves, 1836 free persons.
1840 IL Census; 3929 Af/Am, 331slaves, 3598 free persons.
1847 IL voters ratify constitutional change prohibiting free persons of color from immigrating to IL and preventing slave owners from bringing slaves to IL for the purpose of setting them free.
1850 IL Census; 5436 Af/Am in IL
1853 IL Law enacted making it a crime to bring a free 'Negro' into IL.
1860 IL Census; 7628 Af/Am in IL
1862 Sept Pres. Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation declaring rebellious states abandon hostilities or lose their slaves by Jan 1, 1863.
1863 Jan 1 The Emancipation Proclamation is signed declaring slaves free in all States and Territories.
1865 IL repeals the States black laws, becomes the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the U.S.
1870 IL Census; 28,762 Af/Am in IL.
1874 IL Passes law forbidding segregation in schools.
1880 IL Census 46, 368 Af/Am in IL.
1885 IL passes civil rights act forbidding racial discrimination in public places.
1890 IL Census; 57,028 Af/Am in IL
Time line notes and thoughts:
Isaac Collins' slave family was taken to the Madison/Monroe County area of IL (east of St. Louis) by their master and became free blacks. Isaac was a young boy at the time.
Ex slave and free black, Issac Collins married Sarah Ann Joiner in Madison.Co.IL (East St. Louis county area).
Madison Co, IL, T5N, R8W.
Collins, Isaac, 42yB/NC; wife Sarah Ann (Joiner) 24B/KY; Mary Ann 6yB/IL; Indiana 4yB/IL; Miranda 1yB/IL; John A. Poina 15yM/IL .
1851 Jul 03 Susan B. Collins is born a free black in Madison.Co.IL (east St. L area)
1850-1851 The first Methodist sermon preached
in the vicinity of what would be Fayette, Iowa, was by Rev. John Hindman, on Jan
9, 1850, in James Robertson's home, in the old Wilcox cabin, 1 1/2 miles south
of Fayette. At the first service a class was organized , with James and
Jane Robertson, Elizabeth and Hannah and Desire Alexander, as members.
James Robertson was appointed Leader, which position he still holds!
The class met regularly each Sabbath in the Wilcox cabin each Sabbath thereafter. The preacher arranged an appointment of once a month on Fridays. At the second service Phebe Messenger joined on probation. James Robertson having moved into what would be the Fayette valley, in April 1850, the preaching was continued in his house from April 1850 to 1852.
In the Fall of 1850, Rev. Wm. Greenup was appointed preacher in charge of Otter Creek Mission of the M.E. Church, of which Fayette formed a part. In the Fall of 1851, the name was changed to Turkey River Circuit. That fall of 1851, Samuel and Sabra Robertson, Cyrus and Rhoda Price, joined the class. In the Spring of 1853, the preaching place was removed to the District school house, near by (in the woods off the SW corner of Clary & Mechanic St's, bz/2010).
In 1853 Rev John Cameron was appointed preacher in charge. On June 14, 1853, N.N. and Diana Sykes, and F.M. Robertson joined the class, thus increasing the number of members to 13. In 1853, the name of the circuit was changed to West Union, and Rev. Isaac Newton put in charge. The Fall of 1853, there was a class organized in Lima.
In 1854, a new district of the Iowa Conference of the M.E. Church was formed called the Upper Iowa District, with Rev. H.S. Brunson as presiding elder, and L.S. Ashbaugh as pastor of Fayette.
At the close of 1855, the class numbered 37 members. Rev. J. M. Rankin was made preacher in charge at this Conference. About this time the names of Cortez Pain, and Jason L., his wife Sylvia Paine, and Dr. Charles C. and wife Sarah Parker, as among those uniting with the class by letter.
At the close of 1856, there were 78 members. At the Conference of 1857, the name was changed to Fayette Circuit and was supplied by David Poor, S.H. Halbert, and others.
Columbia Co, Wisc, Leeds P.O. (3 tiers N of the IL border, in the middle of WI).
Pashaw, Thomas, 34yW/MA, farmer, $1600/300; wife Mary L. 32yW/NH; Mary E. 10y/MA; Martha J. 7y/WI; Frank E. 2y/WI; Sarah A. 6m/WI; Jane Dodge 70y/NH; Isaac Collins 50yB/NC, farm laborer $500/200 Isaac's family may be back in Madison.Co.IL. His wife Sarah and children would have been without him during the civil war, either in a free black neighborhood in Madison.Col.IL or Columbia.Co.WI.
1862-1865 Isaac Collins enlisted in Wisconsin and served with a 'colored troop' during the Civil War.
1865 Nov Isaac Collins moved the family to a free black neighborhood in Fayette.Co.IA, and either rented or share cropped land just west of Lima in Illyria.Twp. He likely continued to farm in Illyria.Twp, until after the death of his first wife, 2 dau's and a son from TB, in the early 1870's, then moved into Albany village until his second wife died in 1885.
Fayette Co, Iowa, Illyria.Twp, East of Lima village (Lima is near the Westfield/Illyria.Twp's).
Collins, Issac, 60yB/VA, farming (share or renting), $0/225, Sarah Ann (Joinier) 45yB/VA, William 17yB/IL, Wesley 12yB/IL, Albert 3yB/IA. Note: Dau's Miranda and Susan are domestics in Fayette village, Westfield.Twp, Fay.Co.IA.
1872-1877 Isaac's family is hit hard by at least four deaths
from TB in the mid 1870's.
1873 Feb 10 Isaac's dau Maranda 23y old, dies of TB and is buried in the Lima Cemetery. She along with her sister Susan 21yrs old, had been working in Fayette as domestics in the Fayette House Hotel and for Fayette families.
1874 Jan 18 Isaac's wife Sarah Ann Joiner dies from TB and is buried in the Lima Cemetery. An unknown dau dies of TB about the same time as does a son from TB, either William or Wesley, or perhaps both.
1875-1879 Isaac Collins remarries Hannah Unknown and moved into Albany village living close to the General Store and Mill. He continues to be listed as a farmer but likely was doing day labor work. Dau Susan continued to work as a domestic in Fayette. Susan had attended country school around Lima and probably took preparatory classes (high school level) at Upper Iowa University and perhaps some college level work while in Fayette as it has been reported she took four terms at UIU. Susan would have stayed in Fayette most of the time, traveling to and from Lima/Albany by stage.
W=white, M=mallato, B=black
Dwelling, Westfield.Twp, Fayette Co, Iowa
These families are living within the Albany village area.
67 Orr, John 42yW/Can, stock farm.
68 Hubbell, Mark E, 61yW/Scotland, farmer.
69 Hutcheson, John, 31yW/Scotland, farmer.
70 Clark, Ira, 62yW/NY, farm day labor.
71 Graves, Theodore, 23yW/IL, farmer.
72 Doland, James, 29yW/NY, farmer.
73 Valentine, Robert, 68yM/NC, farmer.
74 Livermore, John, 35yW/PA, farmer.
75 Fauser, Louisa 52yW/Germany, wife of John, weaver (, husb was also a weaver, this would be in Albany village).
76 Carpenter, Lovina, 59y/NY, widowed, living in Albany village; son John Wing 30yW/NY, farmer; son Erwin Wing, 30yW/NY, blacksmith; dau Emma Wing 23yW/NY.
77 Padden(sp?), Thomas, 41yW/IN, miller (Albany mill)
78 Earle, Geroge R., 31yW/IL, carpenter.
79 Gregory, Elijah, 54yW/IN, miller (Albany Mill)
80 Collins, Isaac, 71yB/NC, mother b. NC, farmer; wife Hannah 65yB/KY; dau Susan Collins, 28y/IL, domestic servant; son Albert J. 13yB/IL. Note, bz/2010: Isaac's first wife Sarah Joiner, two dau's and one son have been reported dieing of TB in the early 1870's. It can be assumed they were all buried in the Lima Cemetery.
81 Nefzger,Simon 59yW/Germany, general store in Albany.
82 Fauser, John, 52yW/Germany, farmer.
83 Matsel, Robert, 52yW/IL, blacksmith.
84 Fuhsman (sp), John, 53yW/Germany, shoemaker & day laborer.
85 Oelberg, John P, 59yW/Germany, tailor.
86 Widger, Eli, 52yW/NY, insurance agent.
87 Earle, Edwin B, 22yW/Albany.IA, farmer.
1880 Susan Collins is living with her father in Albany village, within a stone's throw of the Albany General Store operated by Simon Nefzger and the Albany (Earle's Mill) Mill being operated by Elijah Gregory. Susan is a domestic servant which means she is living and traveling five miles west to work in the Fayette House Hotel and for various families around Fayette, cleaning and washing.
1882 Susan B. Collins, age 31, took a train to Huron, Beadle.Co.SD, made a land claim and ran a small laundry.
Huron, Beadle.Co.SD is located in east central South Dakota.
Huron's early history was linked to the coming
of the Chicago & Northwester RR. The Huron village site was located in 1879,
surveyed/platted 1880, a town government formed 1881, and incorporated as the City of
Huron in 1883.
1884 May Susan's father, Isaac's second wife Hannah died at Albany.IA, May 1884. Isaac joined Susan in Huron.SD about June 1884. Isaac died six months later or sometime in Dec 1884 to Jan 1885 and one has to speculate is buried at Huron.SD, likely in an unmarked grave.
1886 Susan finds a paper with information about a missionary training school opening in Chicago. Susan, age 35yrs, sells here claim and laundry in Huron.SD in 1885, returns to Fayette, and takes the train to bible school in Chicago in Nov 1886.
1887 Apr 6 Bishop Wm Taylor sails with Susan Collins and others to missionary work in Angola, Africa, serving the next 33yrs. Susan would work without pay for 18yrs with necessities supplied by natives.
1887-1905 Susan, age 36-44yrs, did missionary work without pay, with necessities supplied by local natives.
1905 Sep Fayette Paper, Susie Collins who has been teaching in a mission school in Africa for several years arrived in Fayette. Susan is a guest at the home of Jason Paine and expects to visit the Iowa area for a couple of months and then may go to California for the winter.
Susan wanted to return to Africa but the area M.E. power structure declined her wish. One reason given was that she did not have a college degree. Thus assuming she would be living in Fayette, she apparently bought a home and lots. Susan bought lots 1,2,3, bk 11, S.R. Roberston's Add, NE corner of Alexander & State St's, Fayette.IA.
1905-1920 Susan returned to Africa. M.E. politics on the Pacific Coast (California) felt she was highly qualified, as Susan knew the language, could handle the climate and culture, plus had a great amount of in the field experience. Susan was sent back to Africa, per her wishes.
1905 Dec Fayette Paper, Land Transfer; Ella E. Buchanan to Susan Collins, lots 1, 2, 3, bk 11, Sam. H. Robertson's addition to Fayette. Note, bz/2010: NE corner of Alexander & State St, Fayette, IA. This property had a small house/cottage on lot 1. The cottage was rented out until Susan returned to the States in 1920 and wanted into the house about 1921. It can be speculated that the Jason Paine family monitored the renting and business while she was gone. Cortez Paine and son Jason had championed the abolitionist cause throughout their lives and were strict Methodist. Susan Collins likely was a domestic for the Paine family and became a close friend. Since it has been reported in articles that she worked for no pay in Africa to the time of her visit to Fayette in 1905, it can be speculated that the Paine family may have assisted her in the purchase of the property, and taken care of rental of the home after Susan returned to Africa. Susan likely did not expect to be returned to Africa when the home in Fayette was purchased.
1911 Mar 31 Fayette Paper; Letter from Susan B. Collins; It was 24 yrs last night that I left Chicago for New York. I sailed from Chicago for Africa on April 6, 1887. There will probably8 be greater progress made in the Chistianizing of Africa in the next 24 yrs, than the last 24 yrs. Bishop Harizal and ??, are expected here in May, with special meetings at Quessau this week, when the District Superintendent was with us. Twenty joined the church on proposition of them being from our school.
1912 July Fayette Paper; Lima has sent many students to U. I. U. and are proud of the fact that she sent out Miss Joan Davis whose work in India has made her name familiar to readers of any of the great papers of the Methodist church in the North, her sister Miss Sadie Davis whose work has been in the southern branch of the church, Miss Anna Oelberg who gave efficient service to the orphanage at Luke Bluff and Miss Susan Collins who is rounding out twenty live years of fruitful toil in the continent of Africa. This is not all that Lima is proud of. There is not a better general store in the county than the one which has been conducted by various members of the Oelberg family and now under the firm name of Oelberg Bros., A. R. and C. F., with the former as manager, occupies a superb double room besides nearby wares house. It also conducts a saw and grist mill and provides the community.
1915 Sept Oelwein Paper; Glen Thomas has rented Miss Susan Collins cottage in north east part of town. Note,bz: In Aug 1921, Glen Thomas rented the S. T. Payne residence in the east part of Fayette for a month or until he could find another place. His family was are living in the Mrs. Susan Collins house and had to vacate, as Susan had returned to the States from Africa in 1920 and wanted into her home.
1920 Aug Oelwein Paper; Miss Susan Collins whose arrival from the Africa missionary fields has been expected for some time, has reached Fayette and is at the Mrs. Jason L. Paine home. She is 69 years old, 67 being the retirement age, but owing to sickness of the person who was to relieve her she stayed at her post for another two years. She may go to California to spend the winter in order to more gradually become accustomed to the change in climate after spending so many years near the equator. She first went into missionary work under the self supporting plan, but later was sent out (supported) by the California Brand of the W.F.M. Society of the M.E. Church.
1920 Sep 30 Miss Susan Collins returned from a visit in the Charles F. Paine home at Eldora.
1920 Oct Oelwein Paper; The
regular monthly meeting of the W.F.M.S. of the M.E. church of Fayette, was held
Friday afternoon, Oct 1, at the home of Mrs. J. W. Dickman. Miss Susan
Collins, a recently returned missionary, gave a very interesting talk, after
which a social and light refreshments were enjoyed.
1921 Aug Oelwein Paper; Glen Thomas has rented .the S. T. Payne residence in the east part of town for a. month or until he can find another place. They are living in the Miss Susan Collins house and have to vacate. Note: Susan had returned from Africa and wanted into her home she had purchased on a return visit in 1905.
1922 -1934 Susan, age 70-83 yrs, lived in a small home built on the NE corner Alexander & State St's, S.H. Robertson's Add, bk11, lots 1,2,3. The lots she had purchased on her 1905 return to Fayette before leaving for Africa a second time. About 1934, Susan became ill enough that Harriett Lewis moved Susan to her farm just north of Fayette, and with Julia Stepp, cared for and watched over Susan until she died in June 13, 1940, age nearly 90yrs.
1923 June Oelwein Paper; Miss Susan Collins went to Atlanta.GA, to be with a friend who is seriously ill.
1926 July 8 Oelwein Paper; Miss Susan Collins' neighbors planned a surprise birthday party for her Friday at the home of Mrs. Jason L. Paine. Miss Collins says this is her first birthday party.
1930 July Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs and daughter were visitors at the home of Miss Susan Collins. They were on furlough from Quessau Africa, and were co-workers with Miss Collins when she was in the missionary field. They came up to Fayette from Iowa City.
1930 Oct Oelwein Paper; Nearly 100 delegates were present at the annual meeting of the second unit of the Dubuque district of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, held at the home of Mrs. J.W. Dickman in Fayette. One of the main speakers of the afternoon was Miss Susan Collins of Fayette on her Africa work.
1834 Susan Collins became very ill and would be moved to the farm home of Mrs. Harriet Lewis, N of Fayette for care. Susan was cared for by Mrs. Harriett Lewis and Mrs. Julia Stepp in her later years, until her death in 1940.
1935 May Oelwein Paper; Mrs. Nellie Crosswhite who for a number of years made her home with Miss Susan Collins passed away there last Friday, May 10. Nellie Gothard was born nearly eighty years ago, in Janesville, Wisconsin, and later when a young girl moved to Milton Junction, Wisconsin, where she married. Mrs. Crosswhite has been a resident of Fayette for a number of years where she has made many friends. Her illness had been of a few weeks duration. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Fox Funeral Home, conducted by Mrs. A. B. Wilson, pastor of the Wesleyan Methodist church. Burial was made in the Pleasant Grove cemetery (2+mi) north of Fayette (in lot 22, unmarked grave, bz/2010).
1937 May Fayette Paper;
Bishop Honors Fayette Negro, Woman, 86, For Mission Work, We Have our Negro
Member, by John D. Clinton.
Fayette is a college town, in Iowa, you may know. Half the town is on the church books of a cruciform Gothic (M.E.) church, built high on a hill. In 1930 the church (congregation) was 80 years old and the membership accepted us a goal for that January Sunday anniversary Sunday anniversary, an attempt to get a class of 80 members for joining. And when the day came, there had registered 81, and the one was of negro race, back for a number of years after 33 years of service in Methodist missions in Africa. Meet Susan Collins. She came to Fayette in 1864 with with her Civil War soldier father. Her education included 4 terms at UIU but her presence in out town was one largely of service in our homes and hotel (as a domestic). Not the least of her service was her ministry in her own home, especially through the sickness and death of her mother.
It was in 1882 she left for the Dakotas to set up a claim (at Huron, Beadle.Co.SD), running a modest laundry on the side. To her came a bundle of clothes wrapped in paper destined to play quite a part. For it told of the news that there was to be a Chicago Training School established where the bible might be studied, preparatory to enlistment of youth in further service. Susan wanted to Go. A further wrapping seemed to make it more possible in that the courses might be followed by correspondence. Meanwhile, her father who had come to live o the claim, died, leaving Miss Collins more independent. She decided for the training school, and in Nov 1886, left SD for Chicago. Before a year of training had passed, Bishop had found her, and she was on her way to Africa. At the training school, they said of her that she was not an extensive student, but hat she was good at bible study.
From our college at Fayette, Upper Iowa University, and largely through the church here as an instrument, there has gone out to the world in such a fashion as Susan. In that they carried this same book which has so well served as a Lamp, I judge it is appropriate that ours be called--Flaming Youth. Some there are who fear lest youth be given too many bible verses to learn these days. I feel that our distinction at Fayette--granting of course all the balanced contributions of the culture of our college--has been the contribution service to the world, by Susan Collins and her two dozen world associates.
This year on April 19, 1937, Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam drove in. The offering taken at the time of his evening's address, was to be sent to Mrs. E. Stanley Jones, one of that 25 of ours. In that her husband had made the suggestion that each church have a negro member, as an introduction to racial friendship; and as we already had ors, I suggested a chief-pastoral call upon Susan Collins. We journeyed a mile out of town to surprise here (at this time Susan was quite ill and was being tended to at the home of Mris Harriett Lewis, and by Mrs. Julia Stepp, north of Fayette). She is in her 86th year, and 1937 is the 50th anniversary of her departure for Africa. As I entered the living room, there was Susan, Bible in hand. "Could I take her picture with the bishop?" Oh, certainly, but wait until she had taken off her apron and put down her bible?....Nothing of the kind. In her white laundered apron, and with her well-thumbed bible...Meet our Susan Collins of Fayette, Iowa.
1937 June 23 Fayette Paper; Fayette experienced a different speaker in Dr. Alexander H. Kemp from Angola, Africa, where he carries on the work there established b Miss Susan Collins of our town. Dr. Kemp, wife and four children and their home made cabin trailer, are all headed for the Pacific coast, where they will leave for Africa in Sept. Visiting Miss Collins en route is a thrill they hoped to experience, and pass the thrills around by giving to Fayette a stereopticon lecture on this field so far away.
1937 June Oelwein Paper; To Visit Miss Collins. For a number of years Miss Susan Collins, returned missionary from Africa has again made her home in Fayette and vicinity, she having spent nearly twenty years of her younger life here before going to Africa. Miss Collins is now in her 86th year. This week she is looking forward to a visit from Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Kemp and family, Dr. Kemp being her successor in Africa. During their stay here the Kemp family and Miss Collins will be special guests at a picnic supper to be held Wednesday evening of this week at six thirty o'clock at the M. E. Church.
1940 June 07 Fayette Paper; Susan B. Collins, age 90, who was been quite ill for some time, died at the Harriett Lewis farm just north of Fayette. Iowa, where she had been taken care of during failing health of the latter years.
1940 June 13, Fayette Leader;
Obit, PASSED AWAY
FRIDAY June 7, 1940, Susan ColIlns Spent 33yrs of Her Useful Life In Missionary Service
In the Field in African.Susan Collins was born July 3. 1851, In Madison
county, IL. Her father was a
slave In Virginia, but In his early days his master took him to Illinois, where
Illinois laws later made him a free man. When a small child her family moved to
Wisconsin. At the beginning of the Civil War her father enlisted in a colored
troop and served until the close of the war. In November, 1865, the family came
to Fayette county, Iowa. Here she had more advantages for attending the public
schools. During the early seventies, her mother, two sisters and a brother died
of tuberculosis, leaving besides herself her father and two brothers. After this
she was able to attend Upper Iowa University several terms. In 1882 Miss Collins
went to Huron, South Dakota, where she took up a claim and opened up a laundry.
Later, she was joined by her father, who made his home with her until his death.
Entered Missionary Field
From a piece of paper which was around some laundry, she learned that Mrs. Lucy Rider Meyers was opening a Bible Training School in Chicago. As soon as possible, she sold her business and went to the Training School. In 1887 Bishop William Taylor took her with other missionaries to Africa under the Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Church. It was a self-supporting station, and for eighteen years she worked without salary, receiving for her food and clothing only those things the natives gave her. Those contributions were very meager, and had it not been for the several boxes of clothing and other supplies sent her by her many friends in the Fayette area she would have suffered greatly. As was her privations were many. The climate in Africa agreed with her better than with the other missionaries sent to that section. Many of them died from the fever prevalent there, and it was Miss Collins who cared for them, prepared them for burial, and sometimes when the men of the mission were ill she superintended the making of the casket and read the burial service, Returned to the United States; Miss Collins came back to the United States on a furlough after eighteen years of service. After being here a few months Bishop Hartsell told her that on account of her age and the fact that she was not a college graduate the Methodist Board had decided not to return her to the mission field. She was keenly disappointed. But the Pacific Branch of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, realizing that her knowledge of the language and her ability to withstand the extreme climate overbalanced her lack of college work, and decided to return her to Quessau, where she had started a school. This time she had a salary and her living conditions were better, and for fifteen years she worked there in the Girls' School. Her work was varied, teaching and mothering the native children who were placed under her care, superintending the building of a large structure which served as home and schoolhouse, and establishing one of the most efficient mission stations in all Africa. Her last years spent In Fayette, Iowa. Out of her salary she was able to purchase the little house on the east part of Fayette where she lived among us for so many years. About six years ago her falling health made it advisable for her to no longer live alone. Since that time she has lived in the home of Mrs. Harriet Lewis north of town, where she has been tenderly cured for by Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Julia Stepp, and often, especially during the last few months when weakness this made her more dependent, she has said repeatedly, "They are so good to me," Although it has been twenty years since she returned from Africa, her heart and thoughts were continually with the people with whom she had worked for thirty-three years, and often, even up to the last she sang and talked to her friends In the Kimbundu languuge. During the winter her failing health was more noticeable. Early in April she became decidedly weaker and has been confined to her bed for several weeks. Early in the morning of June 7 her long wished for call came and her sufferings were over. The last service for her was held Saturday at the Fox funeral home in Fayette, conducted by Rev. Mitchell of West Union. Burial was in the Lima cemetery.
1940, Jun 27 Fayette Leader;
Transfer of Fayette lots from Susan
Collins to the M.E. Women's Missionary Society.
Susan Collins to The Pacific Branch of The Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church WD $1 Lots 1, 2 and 3, Bk 11, S. H. Robertson's Add Fayette (NE corner of Alexander and State St, Fayette, IA).
1940 Nov 07 Fayette Leader Sale of Susan Collins home in Fayette Iowa. The Susan Collins property has been sold to John Bahl.
1941 Jan 16 Fayette Leader;
NOTICE 01' THE TIME AND PLACE FOR APPRAISEMENT FOR INHERITANCE TAX PURPOSES.
In the District Court of the State of Iowa in and for Fayette County. In the Matter of the Estate of Susan Collins, Deceased. Probate No. 4643. Notice of the Time and Place of Appraisement. To the State Tax Commission of the State of Iowa, and to Quessau Girls School, Missao (?) Evangelica, Milange, Angola, West Africa, which is the "Girls' School at Quessaw, Africa" mentioned in decedent's will as school she helped to found. Pacific Branch, Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, Methodist Episcopal Church Mrs. E. A. Warner, Treas. at 2237 S. Harvard Blvd Los Angeles, California), Harriet Lewis, Fayette, Iowa, Margaret E. Paine, Fayette, Iowa, Margaret E. Paine, as trustee, Fayette, Iowa, You and each of you are hereby notified that the undersigned, the duly appointed and qualified appraisers for said county of property charged or sought to be charged with the payment of an Inheritance Tax, will at 2 o'clock P. M., on the 8th day of February, 1941, at office of Woodard & Woodard, West Union, in the County of Fayette, State of Iowa, proceed to appraise the real and personal property of the E s t a t e of the said decedent subject to an Inheritance Tax in the form and manner provided by law. You are further notified that you may appear at said time and place and be heard a s to the appraisement of said property or any portion thereof. Therefore, take notice of this proceeding and govern yourselves accordingly. Dated this 24th day of December, 1940. R. O. WOODARD HENRY GEORGE GEORGE B. WOODARD 15-2 Inheritance Tax Appraisers.
1941 Oct 16 Fayette Leader
New Baptismal Font Honors Susan Collins
An Interesting part of the morning worship service at the Methodist Church last Sunday was the presentation of a lovely baptismal font in memory of Susan Collins, missionary who spent 33 years in Africa. The font, in finely grained quarter sawed oak finished to match the chancel pieces, was purchased by Misses Amy and Margaret Paine from the residue of Miss Collins' estate, and given to the Church as a fitting symbol of her life and work. Born in 1851 in Madison county, ILL., Susan Collins came to Iowa with her parents in 1865. After attending school here, including several terms at Upper Iowa, she went to Huron, S. D., where she opened a laundry, which she sold in a few years in order to enter the Lucy Rider Meyers Training School In Chicago. In 1887 Bishop William Taylor took her to Africa, where she worked without salary for 18 years, being aided materially during this time by Interested friends in Fayette and elsewhere. She came home on furlough after 18 years, returning to Africa again under the auspices of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society. After 15 more years of service, during which time she established a line girls' school in Quessau, she returned to Fayette and the little home she had purchased. Her last years were spent in the care of Mrs. Harriett Lewis and Mrs. Julia Stepp, north of town. On June 7, 1940, she was called home by her Master to a richly deserved reward for humble service faithfully rendered. In making the presentation of the Susan Collins Memorial baptismal font, Reverend Kindred said: "Human life, touched by the loving hand of God, led and motivated by the principles of Christ, and dedicated to the service of humanity under divine guidance, achieves worth and significance out of all proportion to that which other (actors might Indicate. No matter how inauspicious a beginning, no matter how humble a heritage, no matter how lacking in the accumulation of material possessions along its way, SUCH A LIFE gathers about it a solid halo of things which then, with Its chance and change, neither dulls nor dissipates, and casts into the shadows of life a light of hope, inspiration and joy which is a source of blessing to those whom it touches. Such a life was that of Susan Collins; beginning in 1851, when many slaves, including her father, were being freed from the restraints of slavery to the much more perplexing task of carving for themselves a place in the world as freemen. Fayette may be glad that the fortunes of life brought the Collins family here when Susan was fifteen, and thereby had a part in not only her education but the leading of her life into the fruitful paths which it chose to follow. One does not sell a business to gain a specialized training to go to a far continent to serve the Lord without a bright light leading the way. From Fayette, through Chicago, to Africa the light that shines from the face of the Lord Jesus Christ led Susan Collins. For a third of a century she told the story of her Master, more through her life than by any vocal eloquence, and gradually built up one of the most effective mission stations on the Dark Continent. Her closing years, spent in Fayette carried into this community again something of the earnest, humble spirit which had gone out years before to do what she could for her Savior. Therefore, It is most appropriate that in this Church there should shine in her honor a star that typifies the light she shed abroad through the world; and that there should be presented In her memory this day a baptismal font, u symbol of the forgiving grace and cleansing power of God's love which is the bond that ties all Christians in one great brotherhood throughout the whole wide earth. This font, purchased from the residue of Susan Collins' estate which produced also a substantial gift to the Missionary Brunch under which she served, and a gift to the Upper Iowa library for booksówill stand in this chancel us long as this Church stands on the hill as a testimony to the life of Susan Collins, and beyond that to the power of God which so persuasively touches human life as to raise It out of Itself and raise In it an everlasting tribute to Him. At this font may there stand those who shall catch that same spirit and in like manner dedicate their lives to the service of God." Those baptized at the font following the presentation were James Wayne, infant son of Dr. and Mrs. Willis Walker, and Miss Zoe Smith.
1957 June Oelwein Paper; Fayette Methodist Circles hole meeting, plant for projects. The Susan Collins circle met with Mrs. Russell Swartz, Mrs. Lucie Wilson led the devotions using the Bible of Susan Collins, who was a missionary in Africa for many years. This was the first meeting since the circles had reorganized. Mrs. Jakie Yearous told of the life of Miss Collins and her work as a missionary.
1972 Oct Oelwein Paper; Marking the grave of Susan Collins 1851-1940, in Lima.IA, is a tombstone marked thusly: "She served 33 years as a missonary in Angola Africa."
1975, Mar 20 UIU Press
Susan Collins could play an African piano and one of the reason the M.E. Church at Fayette, Iowa, put a SUSAN STAR in the church ceiling to shine down on 'Susan Sunday.' Oct 18, 1936, and to keep on shining on call. Susan went o Angola, Africa in 1887. She came to Fayette, Iowa in 1864 with her Civil War soldier father. Her education included 4 terms at Upper Iowa University, but her presence in this college town was one largely of service in homes and the hotel. Not the least was her ministry in her own home, especially through the sickness and death of her mother. It was in 1882 she left for the Dakotas to set up on a claim, running a modest laundry on the side. To her came a bundle of clothes, wrapped in a paper destined to play quite a part. For it told of the news that there was to be a Chicago Training School established where the Bible might be studied, preparatory to enlistment of youth in further service. Susan wanted to go. A further wrapping seemed to make it more possible in that the courses might be followed by correspondence. Meanwhile, her father, who had come to live on the claim, died, leaving Miss Collins the more independent. She decided for the training school, and in November, 1886, left for Chicago. Before a year of training had passed, Bishop Wm. Taylor had found her and she was on her way to Africa. At the training school, they said of her that she was not an extensive student but that she was good at Bible study. During the years, from this Iowa school (UIU) at Fayette, there has gone out a group of 25 youths, largely in the fashion with which Susan Collins went to serve. Hearing of " Susan Sunday" in 1936, Methodist Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam had opportunity to come Fayetteway in 1937. Knowing that the church at Fayette had a black member, as a chief pastor in all respects, he desired to make a pastoral call. Susan at 86, had gone to reside at the Hattie Lewis farm where Hattie, it happened was excellent with bees. Bishop Oxnam made his way up that country lane. I entered the living room. There sat Susan, Bible in hand. "Could I take her picture with the bishop?" Oh certainly, but wait until she had taken off her apron and put down her bible?...Nothing of the kind. In her white laundered apron, and with her well thumbed Bible... many had been the great audiences of and with Bishop Oxnam, but this one rated STAR in every respect. And up that lane came their delegations, mainly a scout troop from the church of Susan's membership. Mission: Pan-cake hike with HONEY on flap-jacks sweetening furnished by Aunt Hattie. Now in the role of the scouts own Aunt Jemina. Only now it was with musical accompaniment, Susan Collins on her piano, playing an old favorite, "Jesus Loves Me". First it was English, and then to scouts delight, "Jesusungesola". Well the pan-cake snapshot never left town, but the Boston Zion's Herald, a Methodist Journal, secured a print of The Bishop and Susan and that went as far as Angola. Now listen for the reading of a girl in Susan Collins acquaintance, Florinda Bessa, who succeeded her teacher, Susan Collins. " I showed the picture to one of her old school girls and she wept for joy just to see her in a picture even. It has been so long since any of us have heard from her that we thought she was already with our Lord." And Florinda, to me, included a letter in the hand-writing of Bishop William Taylor "dated Oct.31, 1887, "I have been praying earnestly and believingly that Banana Creek will open". And it did.
Isaac Collins family
burials in Fayette Co, Iowa
|Surname||First, Middle||Maiden||Spouse or Parents||Birth||Death/Burial||Cemetery||City/Twp||Notes|
Colored rows = info/data updated; white rows = not updated, needing data.
|Collins||Hannah||Unknown||Collins Isaac 1809/NC - abt Dec1884/DakotaTer, 2nd wife, m. aft 1874||1815||May 4, 1884||Lima Cem||Lima||Speculate burial is at Lima, bz/2010.|
|Collins||Maranda J||Collins||Collins child of Isaac.||10 Mar 1849||10 Feb 1873||Lima Cem||Lima||Sec 2. Dau of free blacks, Isaac Collins 1809/NC-Dec1884/SD & Sarah Ann Joiner 1825/KY-1874/LimaArea. Cause of death TB.|
|Collins||Sarah Ann||Joiner||Collins Isaac 1809/NC-abtDec1884/DakotaTer, 1st wife.||1825||18 Jan 1874||Lima Cem||Lima||Sec 2. Free black from Madison.Co.IL. Parents unknown slaves. Cause of death TB. Ch; Mary Ann, Indiana, Maranda J, Susan B. Wm H, Wesley, Albert J, Unknown dau.|
|Collins||Susan B.||Collins||Unmarried||3 Jul 1851||7 Jun 1940||Lima Cem||Lima||Sec 2. Missionary in Angola, Africa for 33 yrs. Dau of free blacks Isaac Collins 1809/NC-Dec1884/SD & Sarah Ann Joiner 1825/KY/1874/LimaArea. Died Lewis farm, 1m N of Fayette.|
|Collins||Unknown||Collins||Collins child of Isaac.||1871-1873||1872-1874||Lima Cem||Lima||Sec 2. Son of free blacks, Isaac Collins 1809/NC-Dec1884/SD & Sarah Ann Joiner 1825/KY-1874/LimaArea. Cause of death TB. Speculate nmarked/unknown burial, bz/s010.|
|Collins||William H||Collins||Collins child of Isaac.||3 Dec 1854||15 Mar 1877||Lima Cem||Lima||Sec 2. Son of free blacks, Isaac Collins 1809/NC-Dec1884/SD & Sarah Ann Joiner 1825/KY-1874/LimaArea. Cause of death TB.|
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