Was this our Adam Collins? From Knox Co, KY history:
"November 4, 1805, removals were as follows: ......Adam Collins to Tennessee"
1830 Bedford Co, TN. Was it this Adam living there at census time? He was 30-40 years old and in his household were 1 male under 5, 1 at 5-10, 1 was 15-20, 2 females under 5, 2 at 5-10, and his wife, also 30-40. Down the road lived and Alex Collins, about the same age.
1830-1831 Coles Co, IL. One local history says the Collins family arrived then. From the History of Coles County:
"The first white sellers in Morgan township are supposed to have been John Caldwell and his son, who bore the same name, and John Kennedy. Adam Collins is another of the early settlers of Morgan Township, and is supposed by some to have settled here previous to the Caldwells and Kennedy. "
1840 Coles Co, IL. The census that year recorded him living in a row with nephew Watson Collins and brother Aaron. Living in Adam's house were 1 male aged 10-15, himself at 40-50, 1 female at 5-10, 2 aged 10-15, 1 at 15-20 and another at 40-50 (probably his wife)
9/24/1850 Greesy Creek Pct, Coles Co, IL. It was probably the same residence but having turned the farm over to son David, David was listed as head of the house. Adam was 62 years old. Nephews Zachariah and Solomon Collins lived just down the road.
1860 Georgetown, Vermilion Co, IL. That year he was 70 years old and still living with son David (recorded as Daniel in the census). Adam had no occupation but he did have $5000 in personal property, a lot for that day.
7/14/1870 Cutsville, Morgan Twp, Coles Co, IL. At age 75 (he hadn't aged much in the past 10 years) he was living with daughter and son-in-law/nephew, Sarah and Aaron Collins.
He may have been born in 1795, the date posted is from the 1850 census. The 1860 census says he was born in 1790 in TN.