John Collins1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11

#2275, b. 29 March 1607, d. 29 March 1670
FatherJohn Collins b. c 1570, d. 15 Oct 1613
MotherMagdalen Trelhern b. 28 Apr 1577, d. 19 Aug 1649


Susannah (?) b. c 1618, d. b 1674


     John Collins was baptized at Ipswich, Suffolk, England, on 29 March 1607.12 He married before 1640 Susannah (?). He died at Boston, Suffolk, Mass, on 29 March 1670 at age 63; Suffolk County Probate Index, 1:224.13

Other Events

     John Collins emigrated from England to Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., in 1639.4 John Collins was admitted to membership at the First Church of Boston on 4 April 1640.14 John Collins became a Freeman at Boston, Suffolk, Mass., on 6 May 1646.15 John was a shoemaker.

No evidence has been found to support the assertion that John Collins was ever a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

John Collins (who was Baptised in Ipswich, England, in 1607) was a brother of Deacon Edward Collins. Whether or not this brother and John Collins (the shoemaker of Boston) are the same person has been debated for over 100 years. Definitive evidence is still lacking. The assumption is made here that they are the same person.
ChartsDescendants of John Collins
Descendants of John the Shoemaker
Descendants of John the Shoemaker, Smith List
Male Descendants of John Collins
Deacon's Descendants
Pedigree of Daniel Quartus Collins
FlaviaCollins-Daniel Quartus Collins
Daniel (11)
John (18)
Mary (20)


Y-DNA Male


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  2. Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston: NEHGS, 2011), 1:357.
  3. Meredith B. Colket, Jr, Founders of Early American Families, 2nd rev. ed. (Cleveland: Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 2002), 077.
  4. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Directory (Boston: NEHGS, 2015), 075.
  5. Ralph D. Smith, "Edward and John Collins and Their Descendants," NEHG Register 61 (1907):283.
  6. William H. Collins, The Collins Family (Quincy, Illinois: Jones & McMein, 1897), 09.
  7. Clarence Lyman Collens, Collins Memorial (Salt Lake City: Family History Library, 1959), 158.
  8. Mary Lovering Holman, Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and his wife Frances Helen Miller, 2 vols. (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1948), 1:214.
  9. Jack L. White & D. Jolene White, The Bramford-Earls Colne Connection (Baltimore: Otter Bay Books, 2012), 151-59.
  10. Edward P. Hulbert, John Collins, Shoemaker of Boston, Mass., and the English connections of Dea. Edward Collins , of Cambridge, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, NEGHS (Boston), Mss A 1237,.
  11. William Richard Cutter, New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, 5 volumes (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co, 1913-1915), 4:1777.
  12. White & White, Connection, 200.
  13. Suffolk County Registry of Probate (n.p.: ), 543.
  14. "Boston Church Records" The Records of the Churches of Boston (Online database. NEHGS, 2008), First Church, 036.
  15. Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686, 5 vols. in 6 (Boston: The Legislature, 1853-1854), 2:294.
  16. Holman, Stevens-Miller, 1:215.