An American Family History

Joseph and Sarah Collins

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

Alcohol played a significant role in the daily lives of colonists; even children. They feared polluted water and believed in alcohol's nourishing and medicinal properties.

Joseph Collins and his wife, Sarah, married about 1668 in Lynn.

Their daughter, Sarah Collins, was born on August 18, 1669. She died as an infant on September 19, 1669. Joseph Collins, Jr. was born on September 16, 1671.

On June 18, 1672 a the Salem court

Thomas Newhall, Robort Potter and Henery Stasi testified that they heard that Hathorne said last Christmas day at night Joseph Collins had drunk seventeen quarts of rum in his house and many there were disguised with drink. Also that Joseph Collins' wife was so drunk that she had to be carried to bed and the reason why it was "smothered up" was because Mrs. Laton had a daughter among them. Sworn in court.

From the December, 1672 court

Writ: Joseph Collins and wife v. John Hathorne; slander; for saying in Salem at the last county court that last Christmas day at night plaintiff had seventeen quarts of rum drunk in his house, that many who were there were disguised with drink, and that plaintiff's wife was so drunk that she could not go to bed without being carried;
dated Nov. 18, 1672;
signed by John Fuller, for the court;
and served by Thomas Ivorye, constable of Lin, by attachment of land of defendant's, adjoining the lower end of Mr. Whiting's lot and some back of John Hathorne's house.

Henry Collins was born on November 23, 1673. Ann Collins Ingalls was born on February 13, 1673/4. Dorothy Collins Gray was born on March 6, 1675. Sarah Collins Eliot Richards was born on August 10, 1678. Esther Collins was born on January 2, 1679.

Sarah died in 1682 in Lynn. After her death, Joseph married Maria Smith. The Town Records of Lynn, record that Joseph Collins, age 42, a widower and housewright of Lynn, son of Henry Collins and Ann, married on October 15, 1684 in Lynn, Maria Smith, spinster of Ipswich, daughter of John and Elizabeth Smith.

Ruth Collins Graves was born October 26, 1685. Mary Collins was born January 16, 1687/88. William Collins was born January 14, 1689/90. Elizabeth Collins Graves was born December 23, 1692. Joseph Collins was born March 26, 1695. Ezekiel Collins was born February 17, 1697/98. Martha Collins Odell was born April 1, 1700.

In 1716/17 Joseph Collins, Sr. and his brother Samuel were listed as Quakers, and had their taxes for repairing the meeting house abated.

Three of the Collins children married into the Graves family. Ezekiel and Ruth married children of Sarah Brewer and Samuel Graves.

From Henry Collins of Lynn and His Descendants, Volume 10, Number 4, 1990, page 204. "On 21 February 1721/2 Joseph Collins signed a deed of gift to his son Ezekiel. It was recorded in the Essex County Registry the same day:

I, Joseph Collins, Senior, of Lynn, housewright, for love and good will and affection to my son Ezekiel Collins of Lynn, yeoman, also in consideration that my said son, Ezekiel Collins, re his heirs, executors, and administrators shall and do comfortably maintain me and his mother my wife Merriah during our and each of our natural lives with all things necessary for our comfortable subsistence and we to live in the dwelling house we now live and at mine and my wives decease to afford us a decent burial at his own cost and charge, and also that my said son, Ezekial Collins shall do well and truly pay or cause to be paid within 3 years after my and my wives decease unto my children hereafter named, the several sums hereafter described and set forth in such money as shall then at which time of said payment thereof pass from man to man....

Joseph died in 1734.

A plaintiff (plt, plte, plt) or orator is the person who brings a case against another.
A defendant (def tf) is a person accused of a crime or someone challenged in a civil case.

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.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

John Hathorne was born August 5, 1641 in Salem. He was distinguished in civil and military life and participated in the Indian wars. He was a magistrate and a cruel and intolerant judge during the witchcraft delusion.

Early Quakers were persecuted. In the Massachusetts Bay colony, Friends were banished on pain of death.


ye is an archaic spelling of "the."

from the Record of Births and Deaths in the Town of Lynn
The Genealoge of Joseph Collins and Sarah his Wiff.
Doraty ther Daughter was born the 6 of March 1675-76.
Sarah ther Daughter was born the 1 of August 1678.
Ester ther Daughter was born the 2 day of January 1670.
Sarah the Wiffe of Joseph Collins died the 25 of ffewbruary 1682.

Joseph Collins and Maria Smith was Maried the 15 of October 1684.
Ruth ther Daughter was born the 26 of October 1685.
Mary ther Daughter was Borne the 16th of January 1687 (88)
William their sonn was Borne the 14th of January 1689-90.
Elizabeth ther Daughter was born the 23 of December 1692.
Joseph Collins the sonn of Joseph Collins & Mariah his Wife was born ye 26th of Martch 1695.
Ezckiell ther son was born the 17 of february 1607-8.
Martha tbeir Daughter was born the 1 day of Aprill 1700.

Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War (1675-1676).
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."
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