An American Family History

William Collins

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.

William Collins was born January 14, 1689/90 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Joseph Collins and Maria Smith. He was a Quaker.

He married Abigail Richards on November 21, 1711 in Lynn. Her parents were John Richards and Mary Brewer.

When her father died in 1713, she received £13 from her father’s estate. 

They had at least one child, Job (or Jacob) Collins who was born on August 19, 1714 in Lynn. Job married Sarah Graves who was the daughter of Samuel Graves and Elizabeth Collins.

William died on May 17, 1767 when he was 78 and was buried in the Old Burying Ground of Lynn.

Abigail was buried after January 17, 1774.

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
  • 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.

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


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

    William Collins' tombstone
    William Collin's Tombstone

    Here lies the body of
    William Collins,.,
    who departed this life
    May the 18, 1767,
    in the 78th year
    of his age.

    Historically an esquire (Esq. or Esqr.) was the title of a man who ranked below a knight in the English gentry. Later it designated a commoner with the status of gentleman and was used by attorneys.

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