John J COLLINS
Having been orphaned in 1861, and apparently having a step-mother who didn't want to raise him, John, at age 12, moved in with his father's youngest sister, Aunt Martha Carter.
He attended Westfield College from 1871-1873. He then taught school in the winters and farmed in the summers.
He was listed as a farmer, PO Oakland, IL, in 1879
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