Biography of T. W. Collins
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Collins, T. W. - The grandfather of our subject, Thaddeus Collins, emigrated from Vermont in 1800, settled in Phelps, Ontario county, about three miles south of the present village of Phelps. He removed to Wayne county about 1812 and took up a tract of land comprising a part of the present site of Pine Valley snd extending northward a considerable distance. The house he built and in which he died is still standing and is at present occupied by Mrs. Closs. Stephen Collins, father of T. W., was born at Phelps in 1802, removed to Rose with his father in 1812 and spent the remainder of his days in that town. He died in December, 1892. T. W. Collins was born on his father's farm in Rose April 15, 1830 spent his youth and early manhood in working on the farm. He graduated from Genesee College in 1855, went to the Albany Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1857. He opened a law office at Wolcott in December, 1857, and practiced his profession at that place for nine years. Daring that time he served as supervisor of Wolcott one year (1860), and three years as member of Assembly, the last year (1865), holding the position of chairman of the committee of ways and means. In 1866 was elected county clerk of Wayne county, and removed to Lyons in December of that year. In 1872 went off with the liberals, ran for elector on the Greeley ticket and was defeated. In 1879 was elected judge and surrogate of Wayne county and held the office for a single term, since which he has been practically out of politics and engaged in the practice cf law.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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