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Collins Family from Cork, Ireland to Chicago
by Carolyn Hermann


John Collins was born about 1755 in Ireland. He is my 5th-great grandfather. His spouse was not known. He had one child, John (my 4th-great grandfather). John Collins II was born about 1780 in Cork, Ireland. Spouse unknown. John had 2 children. John (my 3rd-great grandfather) and Arthur. John Collins III was born in 1811 in Cork, Ireland and was married to Margaret "Marjorie" Boudrien. John and Margaret had 6 children. John Joseph (my 2nd-great grandfather), William M., Maurice B., Mary, Thomas F. and Michael L. John died on 15 September 1873 in Chicago and was buried on 17 September 1873 at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois. Margaret "Marjorie" Boudrien Collins died on 6 February 1891 in Chicago and was buried on 9 February 1891 in Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois. See her death certificate.

COLLINS – Feb. 6. Margaret Collins, aged 86 years. Funeral from the residence of her son, Maurice B. Collins, 145 Fourty-seventh st., at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9 to St. Cecelia’s Church, and by cars to Calvary Cemetery.

John Joseph Collins IV was born in Staten Island, New York about 1837 and was married to Frances "Fanny" Kane. He was a Private of Capt. H.J. Dulton's Company A, 72nd Regime of Illinois Volunteer Infantry Military Service on 26 January 1864 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was transferred to the 33rd Regiment on 17 July 1865. When his service was no longer required he was discharged on 24 November 1865. He was also bayoneted a couple of times and survived. According to his Discharge Paper I and Paper II he was 6 foot 2 1/2 inches tall with a dark complexion, dark hair and gray eyes. John was a Stonecutter by trade. He was one of the stonecutters who had helped build the "Old Chicago Water Tower" in Chicago and the "Washington Monument" in Washington, DC.

John and Frances had 6 children. Mary Frances, Michael John (my great-grandfather), Maurice B. "Morris", John Joseph V (family below pictured), Catherine "Kittie" and William B.  They had also arranged to have Frances Kane Collin's parents, Michael and Catherine Kane and her two brothers, Michael and John to move to Chicago. See these tickets. They immigrated on the Steam Ship Erin from Liverpool Port on 14 July 1870 to Castle Garden, New York. See the S.S. Erin Title Page and the Immigration Page of the actual Arrival Ship Passenger List. According to the 1880 Illinois Census, Frances and her daughter Mary were Lace workers. John died about in 1890 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois.

Michael John "Mike" Collins, born 14 August 1861 in St. Louis, Missouri, was married to Mary Anne Daley on 14 August 1887 in St. Mary's Church in Chicago, Illinois.  They had 9 children, John Joseph, William Maurice, Frances Mary, Anna "Annie" Katherine (my grandmother), George, Joseph M., Edward Thomas, Mary and Ellen. Michael in his early life started out as a Printer in 1880, an Iceman, and also was a Night Watchman for Loftus Bros. Jewelers for 25 years before he retired in 1929. When his wife Mary died on 3 November 1906 of Pulmonary Tuberculosis at the Cook County Consumptive Hospital in Dunning, Illinois, which is now Chicago, he was left to raise his children.

The youngest child Ellen died shortly after on 22 November 1906 and was buried with her Mother on 1 December 1906. They are buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Michael's son Joseph had left home and was riding the rails when he was hit by a train in Henry Creek, Iowa. He was buried 20 May 1912 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Michael died on 14 December 1939 of heart disease and was buried on 18 December 1939 at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois. An interesting note none of the Collins were under six foot 2 inches. My great-grandfather Michael J. was around six foot six inches. He was referred to as "Big Mike" as he had to duck his head when he entered doorways.





The John Collins Clan about 1920

Starting at the top left: William Cullen, John Collins VI, Mary Byrne Collins, John Collins V., Unknown.
Bottom row: Mary (Marie) Collins Nesvacil, Frances Collins Cullen.
Photo on Prairie Street


Joseph Michael Collins
Joseph Michael Collins (1890-1932), son of William and Bertha Slater Collins.




John Joseph Collins VI
John Collins VI (1903-1970), at age 5, son of John and Mary Byrne Collins




John Collins IV on Prairie Street


Michael John Collins
Michael John Collins (1861-1939) with others was the son of John and Frances Kane Collins




Collins Gathering
Michael J. Collins with son George and daughter Frances



Aunt Frances and Michael J.Collins



Michael J. Collins in His Car



George Collins In His Backyard
 George Collins (1898-1990), son of Michael and Mary Anne Daley Collins



Helen Collins Wedding
Helen F. Cosgrove married John Joseph Collins VI about 1925 in Chicago




Marie Nesvacil
Marie A. Collins Nesvacil (1915- ? ), at age 21, daughter of John and Mary Byrne Collins



Nan and Child



Nan Smith and Virginia Collins




John (Jack) Collins VII - son of John and Helen Collins





John (Jack) Collins VII



John (Jack) Collins VII



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