1751 SC-1816

Moses Collins Sr. (1751 SC-1816), one of eight sons of John Collins and Elizabeth Odom of Virginia and South Carolina, was a Revolutionary War soldier in South Carolina. This Collins line descends from John Collins, Maidstone, Kent County, England, who emigrated to Virginia in the early 1600s. Moses received lands as compensation for service in Georgia, and the family first moved there, living in three counties before moving to the Gulf Coast area. He married Hannah Willis, daughter of William Willis III and Susannah Toney, in South Carolina on 6 August 1774.

Hannah and Moses were parents of 11 children, with one son, Henry (1785-1793), dying as a child in Georgia. Other children were Susannah (1775-1866, m. Benjamin Youngblood, d. Pike County), Nancy Ann (1777-1831, m. John Robinson III, d. Robinson Springs, Madison County), Joseph Collins (1779-1863, m. Elizabeth, then Sarah Williams, d. Grenada County), Moses Collins Jr. (1781-1855, m. Elizabeth Zachary, then Matilda Prestridge May, d. De Soto Parish, LA), Hannah (1783-after 1850, m. Samuel Williams, d. De Soto Parish), Sarah (1787-1843, m. John Hatcher, then James Phillips, d. Jackson MS), Rebecca (1789-1841, m. Archibald McManus, d. Jackson MS), Ailcey (1792-1887, m. Elias Woodruff, d. Desoto County MS), Joshua (1794 - d. Texas), and Seaborn (1796-1868, m. Mary May, d. Dover, Yazoo County).

The entire family, parents, children, their spouses and children, other relatives, and entourage came to Mississippi Territory via military passport in 1811-1812, where they first settled in Jackson County. Moses served on a Jackson County jury in 1812. By 1814, they had moved to Pike County, Mississippi and were censused “east of the Pearl.” Moses had farming interests in South Carolina, Georgia, and south Mississippi. They were members of China Grove Baptist Church in Pike County (now a Methodist congregation, and now in Walthall County), and of Palestine Baptist Church in Hinds County. Moses died in 1816 while visiting his son Joseph, and is buried at China Grove, as is his son-in-law John Hatcher who died there in 1815.

First Family descendant members:
Thomas Edward Collins III
James Brian Gomillion
Mary Collins Landin
Thomas Cantrell Landin
Marsha Elizabeth Lungrin
William Chamberlain Trotter Jr.
Charlyne McLean Watson
The Order of the First Families of Mississippi:  1699-1817
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