Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
FERDINAND V. COLLINS was born in the town of Barre, Orleans Co., N. Y., Dec. 29, 1827. His father, William U.,
was from Vermont. Caroline, his mother, was born in Victor, Ontario Co., N. Y. Ferdinand was the eldest in a family
of seven children. He received a common-school education, and was bred to the life of a farmer. At the age of seventeen
he embarked in bnsiness life as a farm hand. In 1846 the family came to Kalamazoo County and settled in the town
of Pavilion, where our subject has since resided. He is one of the important farmers, and owns two hundred and
forty acres of land under a high state of cnltivation. He has been prominently identified with the town, and held
various positions of trust and responsibility; has been township treasurer three years, and officiated as clerk
one year. He married, in 1856, Miss Harriet A. Weston, of Pavilion, who was born in Greece, Monroe Co., N. Y.,
May 10, 1836. They have one child, Willie L., born Nov. 20, 1859.
History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.