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Chamberlin Cemetery ~ William W. Collins ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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William W. Collins
BORN: 2 Mar 1843 DIED: 13 Apr 1912 BURIED:  (Chamberlin Cemetery)
BIRTH PLACE:  Warren Co, Missouri
DEATH PLACE: Polk Co, Oregon
1860 OR CENSUS - W.W. Collins, male, age 17, b. Missouri, is enumerated with Smith, age 56, occupation farmer, b. Virginia, and E.E., age 48, b. Kentucky, along with D.C., male, age 15, b. Oregon, A.H., male, age 13, b. Oregon, E.A., age 9, female, b. Oregon, A.S., male, age 7, b. Oregon, and W.J., female, age 5, b. Oregon.
1880 OR CENSUS - Wm. W. Collins, age 37, occupation farmer, b. Missouri, is enumerated with his wife Mary L., age 36, b. Missouri, along with Mary J., age 9, b. Oregon, Laura E., age 7, b. Oregon, Joseph W., age 5, b. Oregon, and son [name not given but must be Eddie], age 1, b. Oregon.
1900 OR CENSUS - W.W., Collins, age 57, occupation farmer, b. Mar 1843 in Missouri, is enumerated with his wife of 30 years, Mary L. Collins, age 55. mother of 6 children 3 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Jul 1844 in Missouri, along with Ralph L., age 17, b. Oct 1882 in Oregon. Also enumerated in the home is Wm. B. Lacy, identified as son-in-law [if W.W.], age 28, occupation dry goods salesman, b. Apr 1873 in Oregon, and his wife of 1 year, Laura, [identified as daughter of W.W.], age 27, b. Aug 1872 in Oregon, in the home of her parents,
William Wallace Collins was born March 2, 1843, near Marthasville, in Warren county, Missouri. He was one of a family of twelve children born to Smith Collins and Eliza Emily Wyatt Collins who crossed the plains to Oregon with ox teams in 1846. He was in the first company of immigrants who came by the way of the Klamath Lakes and through the Rogue River and Umpqua vlleys. This was the first year that the immigrants ever drove their wagons into the Willamette valley. His father settled on a donation land claim about a mile south of the Luckiamute river. After his father’s death he obtained title by inheritance and purchase from others of the heirs, to 320 acres, lying partly in the donation claim where he had his home until the time of his death, which took place April 13, 1912, and was 69 years, one month and 11 days old. In May, 1870, he was married to Miss Mary Leticia Fuqua, of Parker Station, in Polk county. To them were born six children. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs Mollie Wiled of Albany, and Ralph Collins, who resides on the farm. He was an intelligent, active business man and a good neighbor, respected by all who knew him. In politics he was a staunch Republican, but never sought office. He was at one time a Commissioner of his county. Religiously he believed in God, in Christianity and in a pure and honest life, which he lived to the best of his ability to the day of his death.
Polk County Observer, Tuesday, April 23, 1912, 3:4-5
William W. Collins
Mar. 2, 1843 - Apr. 13, 1912
(shares marker with Mary)

Branigar Survey
Saucy Survey & Photographs
1860 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Lane, FA #668)
1880 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Monmouth ED 106, pg 490A)
1900 OR CENSUS (Benton Co., Covallis, ED 2, sheet 13B)
Polk County Observer, 23 Apr 1912

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