An American Family History

Joseph Collins

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
  • Joseph Collins was born March 26, 1695 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Joseph Collins and Maria Smith.

    He was a cordwainer.

    This Joseph was not the Joseph Collings or Collins who lived in Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey who married Rachel Dorset.

    According to Massachusetts Marriages 1633-1850, He married Patience Boynton on May 21, 1717 in Lynn. Patience was born in Lynn about 1699. She was the daughter of John Boynton and Hannah Keyes.

    In 1718/19, they sold the land she had inherited from her father.

    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 cordwainer (or cordwinder) made shoes from fine, soft leather. There was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made shoes, and a cobbler who repaired them.



    Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1629 and incorporated in 1649. It was originally a fishing village. Before the Revolution it was home base for privateers who plundered European ships.

    Seals were used to authenticate documents and men were expected to have a personal die. Records in deed books are copies and signatures are usually in the clerk’s handwriting. The clerk drew a circle around the word “seal” to indicate that the original document was sealed.

    from York Deeds

    To all People unto whom this present Writing Shall Come

    Joseph Collins of Marblehead in ye County of Essex within his Majtys Province of ye Massashusets Bay of New England Cordwainer & Patience Collins ye wife of ye sd Joseph Collins Daughter and one of ye Children of John Benighton Late of Saco to ye Eastward In ye Province of ye massachusets Bay

    aforesd yeoman decd Intestate Sends Greeting Know ye that we ye sd Joseph Collins and patience Collins for and in Consideration of ye Sum of Thirty pounds to us in hand well and Truly paid before ye Ensealing and Delivery of these presents by Richd Skinner of marblehead aforesd Shopkeeper and Shoarman

    ye receipt whereof to full Content and Satisfaction we do hereby acknowledge and thereof and Every part thereof do acquit discharge and Exonerate ye sd Richd Skinner his heirs Executors and admrs Every of them forever by these presents and for divers other good Causes and Consideration us hereunto moving

    we ye sd Joseph and Patience Collins have given granted bargained Sold aliened Enfeoffed remised released Quitted Claim and Confirmed and by these presents do fully freely Clearly and absolutely give grant bargain Sell alliene Enfeoffe [feoffment was a transfer of land or property that gave the new holder the right to sell it as well as the right to pass it on to his heirs as an inheritance] remise release Quit Claim and Confirm unto ye sd Richd Skinner

    (in his full Quiet possession and Seizen now being and to his heirs and assignes forEver all our Estate right Title Interes Share part portion proportion Inheritance Devidend property possession Reversion remaindr Claim and Demand whatsoever which we ye sd Joseph and Patience Collins Ever had now have or which we our heirs or assignes in time to Come Can may might Should or in anywise ought to have or Claim of in and to all and Singular the Lands Tenements yards gardens orchards grounds meadows marshes arrable lands up lands wood land Swamps Comons Commonages Town rights with ye priviledges Commodities hereditaments Emoluments and appurtenances whatsoever our sd father or grand father died Seized and possessed of Scittuate Lying and being and adjoyning on ye East of Saco river as aforesd and in any other part of New England aforesd by any manner of ways or means whatsoever or howsoever To Have & To Hold all and Singular ye above granted and released premises with ye appurtenances and Every part and parcell thereof unto ye sd Richd Skinner his heirs and assignes forever to his and their own Sole and propper vse benefit and behoofe from henceforth forevermore freely peaceably and Quietly without any manner of reClaime Challenge or Contradiction of us ye sd Joseph and patience Collens our heirs or assignes & without any accompt reckoning or answer therefore to be given rendered or done in time to Come to us or them So that neither we ye sd Joseph and patience Collins our heirs or assigns nor any other person or persons from us or them or in our or their names right or Stead Shall or will by any ways or means hereafter have Claim Challeng or demand any Estate right Title or Interest of in or to ye premises or any part or parcell thereof but of and from all and Every action of right Estate Title Interest Claime and Demand of in and to ye premises and Every part and parcell yr of we our Selves and Every of them Shall be utterly Excluded and for ever debarred by these presents and ye sd bargained released and Confirmed premises with their and Every of of their appurtenances unto ye sd Richd Skinner his heirs and assignes against ourSelves our heirs or assignes and agast ye Lawfull Claims and Demands of all and Euery other prson and persons whomsoever Shall and will warrant and forEver Defend by these presents

    In Witness whereof we have hereunto Set our hands and seals this fourth day of fleby17 In ye year of our Lord God 1718/9 and in ye fifth year of the reign of our Soveraign Lord George of Great Brittain ftrance and Ireland King

    Joseph Collins (a seal)

    Signed Sealed and Delivered her mark
    Patience Collins (a seal)

    In ye presence of us
    Archable fferguson
    Thaddeus Ridden
    Ebenezer Taylor

    Essex sc ye above named Joseph and Patience Collins personally appeared Before me one of his Majtys Justices of ye peace for sd County and they both of them voluntarily acknowledged ye above written Instrument to be their act and deed

    Dated ye fourth day of February Marblehead 1718/9
    Nathaniel Norden

    Recorded According to ye Original March 30th 1720
    p Jos Hamond Regr

    ye is an archaic spelling of "the."
    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."
    In contracts and pleadings usually people and things mentioned before are designated by the term said (sd ) for clarity. Aforesaid (afd, afsd, aforesd ) means it was already mentioned.
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