An American Family History

Sarah Collins

In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.

Some researchers believe the maiden name of Joseph Collins' wife was Hires and other researchers believe it was Silsby.

William Richard Cutter said she was the daughter of Henry Silsby and she married Joseph on February 25, 1682. In 1690 Henry witnessed Ann Collins' will.

She married Joseph Collins about 1688 in Lynn. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Joseph and Sarah Collins.

She died on February 25, 1682 in Lynn.

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 Puritan woman's clothing consisted of underpants, stockings, linen, shift, petticoat, chemise (underblouse), bolster (a padded roll tied around the hips under the skirt), bodice, skirt, apron, coif (cap), outer gown and shoes. A woman might wear a ruff or bow and an apron. Cloaks were worn instead of coats. Women carried a small cloth draw-string bag or reticule and perhaps wore a chatelaine.

    English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.


    Cutter's work is available on CD

    Colonial legislatures granted land to a group of settlers (proprietors) who chose how to divide the land. They had some rights of governance.

    Genealogical and Personal Memoirs edited by William Richard Cutter

    Henry Silsby [Silsbee, Silsbey], immigrant ancestor, was born in England, about 1618. He was an inhabitant of Salem, Massachusetts, as early as 1638, a shoemaker by trade. He was one of the proprietors of the town of Salem in 1639, but soon afterward removed to Ipswich where he was a proprietor in 1647. He bought a house in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1653, and another in 1670.

    The records show that he was employed by Samuel Sharpe when he first came to New England, and as Sharpe came in 1629 Silsby may have come early with him as an apprentice.

    In 1639 he had his first land grant, a half-acre for a house lot near Cat Coue (Cove). Silsby bought the house of Thomas Coates, of Lynn, of Obadiah Flud (Flood), of Boston, and Thomas Coates, of Lynn. October 16, 1651. This house was on Stag's brook, now Fayette street, a few doors cast of Essex street.

    Though he held few public offices he must have been a man of good education and ability, for he often served as witness, overseer and appraiser in the settlement of estates. It was voted by the church, January 8, 1692, that he sit in the deacon's seat in church.

    His will was dated March 17, 1698-99, and proved December 16, 1700. His first wife Dorothy died September 27, 1667. He married, second, Grace Eaton, November 18, 1680. She was the widow of Jonas Eaton, of Reading.

    1. Henry [Silisbee]
    2. Nathaniel, born 1651, married. November 5. 1671, Deborah Tompkins.
    3. Mary, married, August 15, 1664, Lackery Marsh.
    4. John, married, February 15, 1673, Bethia Pitman.
    5. Jonathan, married February 1. 1673, Bethia Marsh.
    6. Samuel, married, July 4, 1676, Mary Biscoe.
    7. Ephraim.
    8. Hannah, married, December 2,1680, Thomas Laughton.
    9. Sarah, married, February 25, 1682, Joseph Collins.


    Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled by English Puritans in 1629 and was first incorporated in 1631 as Saugus.
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