Biography of Edward Collins

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Collins, Edward, Newstead, p. o. Akron, is a native of Oswego, N. Y., and lived there for the first fifteen years of his life. He was born in 1834 and is a son of John and Mary Collins, who came to this country in 1821, settling first in Ogdensburg and later moved to Oswego. He was a miner and contractor. After his death in 1857 the mother and family moved to Buffalo, where she died in 1884. There were twelve children, only one of whom, besides Edward, is now living. At the age of fifteen Edward became a sailor on Lake Ontario and continued as such until twenty-one years old. After that he spent twenty-five years as sailor and captain on Lake Erie, sailing out of Buffalo. He was captain of the brig Mechanic, New York State, and bark Sweeney; he was later in charge of the bark Waverly and the schooner Kingfisher and many other freight and passenger boats on the lake. In 1877 Mr. Collins accepted the position of superintendent of the H. L. & W. C. Newman Cement Works at Akron and is still acting in that capacity. Mr. Collins married Anna, daughter of Peter and Mary Malone of Buffalo, and they had seven children, five of whom are living. Minnie married Dr. T. J. G. Shehan of Buffalo, and are now residents of South Dakota.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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