Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Nathaniel Everette Collins Cemetery Clean-up

Saturday, March 31, 2007, has been designated clean-up day for the Nathaniel Everette Collins Cemetery in Lawrence, County, MS. Nathaniel was born on Feb 28, 1818, and died near Jayess, MS on Jan 6, 1879. His cemetery is located on old Collins family land, near Jayess. Volunteers are needed to clean this old cemetery. You may contact Patsy Lambert Jones at her email address,, or Mrs. Joyce Lambert at her telephone number, 601-587-2209 for further information.

Nathaniel Collins father was Nathaniel Madison Collins, who is buried in Marion Co, MS. Nathaniel Madison Collins fought with Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. Nathaniel Everette’s grandfather was Elisha Collins, who fought in the American Revolution. Elisha married Frances Madison, a cousin of James Madison, 4th President of the United States. Elisha also moved to Mississippi in his later years, and died in Lauderdale Co, MS on Sept 28, 1842.
Nathaniel Everette Collins had 13 children, all born in Lawrence Co, MS. The names and spouses are as follows:

Dr Franklin Edwin Collins, born Sept 17, 1842, married Eveline E Magee
Susan Adaline Collins, born May 2, 1845 married Nick Gunnels
Jane Frances Collins, born Feb 28, 1847, no record of marriage
John Richmond Collins, born Sept 27, 1848, married Florance Medora May
Nathaniel Monroe Collins, born Feb 26, 1850, married Mary Bridges Magee
Mary Durham “Molly” Collins, born Aug 4, 1852, married Josiah Barnes Lewis
Everette Milton Collins, born June 23, 1854, married Addie Partheny “Duck” Mullins
Lucy Margaret Collins, born Sept 11, 1856, married Needham Jasper Alford
Ann Sophronia Collins, born Sept 3, 1858, married Jesse Obed Magee
Thomas Jefferson Collins, born Oct 28, 1860, married Lizzie Alford
James Monroe Collins, born Oct 28, 1860, died 1861
William Harrison Collins, born Oct 21, 1862, married Victoria E Bush
Nancy Isabella “Id”Collins, born Dec 6, 1864, married Needham Jasper Alford.

It was Nancy’s death wish that her old maid sister Lucy, raise her six children. The family could not accept a single woman living with a single man, so Lucy was required to marry Needham Jasper Alford.

Descendants of those named above, have many of the familiar surnames now in SW Mississippi. Names like, Dunaway, Cothern, Lambert, Greer, Moak, Weir, Rushing, Thames, Mullen, Conerly, Boyd, Carney, Pittman, Stephens, Cochran, Calhoun and more.
If you think you may be descended from Nathaniel Everette Collins, please contact the telephone number or email address listed above. All descendents are eligible to join the Daughters or the American Republic (DAR), Sons of the American Republic (SAR), and the Madison Family Society. The Madison Family Society has a family reunion every 3 years at the James Madison Plantation in Virginia.

Cemetery cleaning volunteers will be provided coffee and pastries. All participants are also asked to bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair. Drinks will be furnished throughout the day.

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