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An American Family History

Ezekiel Collins

The town common (commons) was a small, open field at the center of the town which was jointly owned. It was used as a marketplace, a place for the militia to drill, or for grazing livestock.
American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

Ezekiel Collins was born February 17, 1697/98 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Joseph Collins and Maria Smith. He was a husbandman and housewright.

On February 21, 1721/22, Joseph Collins signed a deed of gift to his son Ezekiel in return for his caring for his parents.

Ezekiel married Rebecca Graves on May 12, 1721. Rebecca Graves was born on April 29, 1698. She was the daughter of Samuel Graves and Sarah Brewer.

Ezekiel and Rebecca had at least three children:
William Collins (married Mary Nichols),
Mark Collins (1729, married Hepzibeth Hardy), and
Meriah Collins (1739, married Ebenezer (Ebenezer, William/John) Collins).

Ezekiel and Rebecca sold their considerable holdings in Lynn between 1724 and 1731/32.

They moved to Worcester County where on August 25, 1733 they bought about thirteen acres in Southborough. They paid 50 pounds to Thomas Bellows for the land.

In 1745 Ezekiel bought land in Westborough for 400 pounds, and 5 years later, in 1750, he sold land in that town to William Upham for 600 pounds.

In 1765 Ezekiel Collins, yeoman, sold his son, Mark Collins, yeoman, for 200 pounds, land "with dwelling house on same where said Ezekiel and Mark now dwell,"Mark was to "carry on the place" and "look after the old people," and

it is the design and true intent and meaning of said Ezekiel, Rebekah and Mark that the said Ezekiel and Rebekah shall have the full free and absolute liberty, privilege etc. during both and each of their natural lives.

mother
First printed in Boston 1745
Children of Joseph
and Sarah Collins
  • Sarah Collins
  • Joseph Collins
  • Henry Collins
  • Ann Collins Ingalls
  • Dorothy Collins Gray
  • Sarah Collins Eliot Richards
  • Esther Collins
  • and Maria Smith
  • Ruth Collins Graves
  • Mary Collins
  • William Collins
  • Elizabeth Collins Graves
  • Joseph Collins
  • Ezekiel Collins
  • Martha Collins Odell
  • A housewright built houses. Housewrights also chopped down the trees and carved the wood into boards.
    Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.

    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

     

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    Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

    from Henry Collins of Lynn

    Ezekiel Collins (Joseph, Henry) was born at Lynn February 17, 1697-8. He married May 12, 1721, Rebekah Graves.  

    The following abstracts show all his sales of land in Lynn:  

    Ezekiel Collins, of Lynn, husbandman, with his wife Rebecca, sold land in Lynn to Henry Silsbee, November 4, 1724.

    They sold to Samuel Graves land and buildings with fruit trees, etc., adjoining his own land, May 10, 1727: and another tract of land to Crispus Graves, March 22, 1728-9.

    They sold to Nathaniel Collins a tract of land originally laid out to Joseph Collins, September 11, 1729.

    "Ezekiel Collins, of Lynn, housewright," sold 25 acres of land with buildings, ''on the road to Lynn North Precinct," April 5, 1731.

    Then, January 3, 1731-2, he sold for 150 pounds to Samuel Hallowell of Lynn, his house, barn and seven acres of land in Lynn, "bounded westerly on the town Common."  

    Thus he disposed of all his holdings in his native place and prepared to remove to a point in the interior of the province. On the records of Worcester County we find a purchase deed which carries his history over from the shore to the highlands: "Ezekiel Collins of Lynn" bought of Thomas Bellows of Southborough, housewright, for 50 pounds, about 13 acres of land in Southborough, August 25, 1733.

    This is the first of a number of real estate transactions, covering a period of more than twenty years, the records of which are found in Worcester County deeds. In 1745 he bought land in Westborough for 400 pounds, and in 1750 he sold land in that town to William Upham for 600 pounds and he and Rebekah signed the deed.

    In 1765 Ezekiel Collins, yeoman, deeds to Mark Collins, yeoman, for 200 pounds, land "with dwelling house on same where said Ezekiel and Mark now dwell," and Rebekah's signature as well as his own is affixed to the deed. Mark was probably the son of Ezekiel and was going to "carry on the place" and "look after the old people," as it is stated in the deed that "it is the design and true intent and meaning of said Ezekiel, Rebekah and Mark that the said Ezekiel and Rebekah shall have the full free and absolute liberty, privilege etc. during both and each of their natural lives."

    If we are right in concluding that Mark was the son of Ezekiel and Rebekah, they had at least three children. Children:  
    4. i. William date of birth unknown, but he was probably older than Mark, as he had a son born in May, 1749.  
    5. ii. Mark, died in Southborough Aug. 20, 1803, a. 74, so he was born about 1729.
    iii. Meriah, b. Nov. 3, 1739; m. Apr. 23, 1760, Ebenezer Collins.
     

    English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.
    Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled by English Puritans in 1629 and was first incorporated in 1631 as Saugus.

     

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