By Wm H Newman; M J Clements; G W Cambron, 1886

A young farmer in the lower part of Shiloh Precinct, is the son of Joshua W. and Mary (Dodge) Collins. His father was born in Jefferson County in 1817, and on October 20, 1842, was married to Miss Mary Cox, his first wife, who bore him two children that are now lving; Lucinda who married John Paris, and Charles W. who married Jennie Boston. In 1860, a few years after the death of Mary, he married Mary Dodge, sister to Esquire Dodge whose sketch will be found in another chapter. By this marriage are three living children, our subject, Grace, who married Davis Ray, and Hesekiah who is at home. Subject's father of the Baptist Church for forty years, and a member of the Masonic Fraternity for nearly the same length of time. He died at his splendid home in Shiloh, December 2, 1878. Subject's paternal grandparents were John and Nancy (Young) Collins of Virginia, and his maternal grandparents were Richard and Sarah (Wallace) Dodge, whose sketch will be found elsewhere. Subject was born November 2, 1862, and has a limited education but is a fine farmer; here November 28, he married Mary E. Sissen who was born September 15, 1863, her father, Strother Sissen, was born in Jefferson County, February 10, 1820, and is now living in Henderson County, where he is farming. Her mother, Elizabeth (Hendricks) Sisson, was born in Jefferson in 1844; her paternal grandparents were Edward and Mina (Hendricks) Sissen of Irish extraction. Our subject and his wife are an excellent couple, highly appreciated in the neighborhood in which they live. In politics he is a Democrat. In person he manages the Collins estate, consisting of nearly four hundred acres of the best land in Shiloh Precinct. The old residence is a large substantial frame built many years ago. This year, 1886, he had some seventy-five acres of nice wheat up and growing beautifully, and has plenty of fine stock around him. Subject has been a member of the Baptist Church for eight years.