Van Gundy Family Tree


Notes for Aaron Sr COLLINS


Residences & events:

1810 Where was this couple at census time?

1820 Capt Winfrey's Dist, Surry Co, NC was where the census taker found him along with brothers William and John and father Anthony. He was the only male in his house and he was 26-45 years old. Living with him were 1 female under 10, 3 at 10-16, and probably his wife at 26-45. There were no Campbells in the county.

1830 Surry Co, NC, still there at census time. He was 40-50 years old and had living with him 2 males under 5, 1 at 5-10, 2 were 15-20, 1 female under 5, 3 at 5-10, 1 at 10-15 and 2 aged 15-20, and 1 at 30-40. Neighbors were unknown names.

E Oakland Twp, Coles Co, IL. When the family moved is unknown but it was probably the fall of 1830 after the above census. Local history said in the winter of the deep snow (1830), his family and that of a Mr. Mason camped on the Embarrass River.

2/1/1831 Coles Co, IL, was his residence when he purchased 80 acres at S20 T14N R103, also in Coles Co. He paid $1.25/acre, a total of $100, at a Federal land sale.

9/16/1831 Aaron was patentee on 80 acres of Coles Co land on that date.

9/1831 Morgan Twp/Greasy Creek, Coles Co, IL. He was one of the first settlers of the area. From 1842 to 1856-7 when the church was built, the Presbyterian sermons were preached at his house as well as a neighbor.

1840 No twp, Coles Co, IL. He was probably at the same residence as the last census. Aaron had a large family consisteing of 1 male aged 10-15, 2 at 15-20, himself at 50-60 and one at 80-90 (who? his father or hers?), 1 female aged 5-10, one at 10-15, and one at 20-30. Next door neighbors were son Watson and James Sublet with brother Adam on the other side of Watson.

1850 Where was he that year?

1860 Willoa Branch Twp, Piatt Co, IL, was his residence at census time but he apparently moved back to Coles Co where he died 3 years later.

There is a date discrepancy w/tombstone & all census listings, being a different age w/each one.

Aaron died without a will and son, George, petitioned the court to be appointed administrator of his estate consisting of monies, credits and household furniture. Heirs listed in the petition were Zachariah, Watson, Elizabeth Campbell, Clara Craton, Mary McAlister, Sarah Clayton, Fanny McAlister, Aron Jr, Solomon, J J, Martha, and the petitioner, George. The estate was valued at $1559.39 and settlement was not made until 6/19/1865 when 11 heirs received $126.40 each. (Solomon was already deceased so his children received his share.)

Cemetery records state he arrived in Illinois in 1830, not 1831.
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