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Michael Collins

Date of Birth: 
1821
Date of Death: 
1898

Michael Collins was one of the early pioneers in Iowa.  He sailed through Lizard Creek to join his brother Hugh and together they built the first home - a log cabin in Pocahontas.  His cousin Rodger Collins had also pioneered in this area.  They left pre famine times in Ireland but were faced with other pressures in this new land.  Weather was extremely severe in winter and there were dangers from local Indians.  Pocahontas was called after one of the most well known Indian women in early American history.

Michael was born in Doonbeg, County Clare in 1821.  He settled first in Pittsburg but moved with his wife, Bridget Spellacy and three children in 1855 to stake a claim.  He prospered and became one of the wealthiest men in the area.  He was appreciated by those he helped to find homesteads in Pocahontas.  He ferried passengers through the creek and welcomed many to his home. One of the first Catholic masses was celebrated by a visiting priest in his cabin.  His brother Hugh and others donated land for St. Patrick's Church of Lizard.

He was appointed as the first County Supervisor for Iowa.

His daughters were Bridget Collins and Mrs. John Calligan.(possible step daughter Catherine KinnerK)

His son Michael T Collins married Fanny and they had eight children.

Michael J Collins

William J Collins

Thomas F Collins

Elizabeth Collins

David J Collins

Frances Collins

Margaret Collins

Bridget Collins

Location in USA: 
Iowa
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