SETH OSCAR COLLINS

BIOGRAPHY

AS RECORDED IN:

COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF 
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE  CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903   P. 1210 

SETH OSCAR COLLINS  is a worthy representative of the farming interests of Coventry, Tolland Co., Conn., where he is well and favorably known, not only as an industrious tiller of the soil, but as an upright and thoroughly honorable man.

Jacob Hicks Collins, the father of Seth O., was born Jan. 16, 1813, and was married Feb. 15, 1837, to Julia E. Redding, a native of Cape Cod, Mass., who was born Aug. 10, 1820, and died May 4, 1893, the husband and father passing away Nov. 22, of the same year.  To them were born:  Carrie L., born March 26, 1838, who married S.E. Handy, of Cape Cod, Mass.;  Henry D., born July 25, 1839, deceased Aug. 4, 1839;  Julia N., born Oct. 28, 1840, deceased Nov. 2, 1890, whose first husband was Daniel Dimock, of West Suffield, and her second, Frank Granger, of East Granby;  Calvin D., born May 15, 1842, deceased July 18, 1882, who lived in Windham, died in Coventry, and whose son Calvin D., is a resident of Willimantic;  Edwin F., born March 28, 1847, who served in the 6th, C.V.I., was wounded in the battle of Richmond, and died in the hospital, Oct. 16, 1864;  Lucy E., born July 5, 1849, who died Sept. 5, 1852;  Laura I., born March 28, 1851, who died when but a year old;  Seth Oscar, born Aug. 14, 1852. 

Jacob Hicks Collins lived with his parents at Providence, R.I., where he became a machinist, and from being much employed in mills, became a millman himself, and was employed as a machinist in mills at Voluntown and Eagleville.  In 1871 he came to Coventry and bought of Elijah Robertson a farm in the south part of the town, which he cultivated until his death.  A Republican in politics he always made it a point to vote.  His wife was a member of the Methodist Church. 

Previous to the purchase of the Robertson property the family made their home for a time in the town of Coventry, and there Seth O. Collins was born.  He received his education in the district school, and was well rooted and grounded in those principles and facts that underlie a useful life.  Jan. 1, 1873, he was married to Mary Alice Bogue, a daughter of John Corey and Lucy (Littlefield) Bogue, a granddaughter of John and Lucy (Latimer) Bogue, and a descendant of one of three Bogue brothers who came over from Scotland, her remote progenitors settling in Saybrook at a very early day.  Her father, John C. Bogue, was born in Lyme, Conn., Dec. 16, 1818, and with his wife is still living in Coventry.  To them were born:  Elizabeth, who died in 1880;  Lovillow, born March 6, 1846;  Mary A., who is Mrs. Collins, born Jan. 6, 1848;  George L., a farmer in Andover.

Mr. and Mrs. S.O. Collins have three children:  Bertha E., born Jan. 7, 1874, married George Gadbois, Feb. 17, 1893, by whom she has had the following children:  George, born April 15, 1894;  Helen, Oct. 6, 1896;  Faith, Jan. 22, 1898; and John, June 7, 1900.  Blanche G., born March 30, 1880, is at home.  Oscar E. was born Oct. 6, 1885.

Seth Oscar Collins was reared to manhood in Coventry, and continued at school until he was sixteen years old.  After his marriage he and his wife located on his father’s farm, which in time came into his possession.  Mr. Collins has grown up as a farmer and thoroughly understands his work, as his farm of one hundred acres by its tidy appearance and rich returns amply shows.  In addition to his farming, he owns a steam grist mill and saw mill, in which he does custom work.  Dairying at the present time is the chief business, and for this purpose he has on the farm about thirty-five head of cattle.  For fifteen years he peddled milk in Willimantic, and for five years did not miss a single trip.  Some four years ago he gave up his milk route.

Mr. Collins is one of the hardest workers in the town, and he says that five hours is all that he needs for sleep.  His milk is sold in Providence, R.I. and he gives the closest personal attention to every part of his work.  In politics he is a Republican, and in religion, Mr. and Mrs. Collins, as well as their daughter, Blanche, are members of the South Coventry Congregational Church. 

Reproduced by:

Linda D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, CT.

 

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