1790 Surry Co, NC. Obediah seems to be the only Collins in the county that year. His family consisted of 1 male over 16, 3 males under 16 and 3 females.
4/?/1796 Surry Co. Henry Hamrick to Obediah Collins 120 ac on Deep Creek. Wit: William Ashley, Richard Gentry.
3/30/1805 William Ashley to Obediah Collins 50 ac on Deep Creek. Wit: William Gentry, Robert Ashley. Rec. Feb 1812.
2/1/1806 Allen Gentry to Isaac Money 16 ac... Wit: Obediah Collins, William Gentry.
1810 Same place. That census recorded Obediah's house containing 2 males under 10, 1 aged 16-25, himself over 45, 2 females 10-15, and 1 at 26-44. Again he was the only Collins.
1820 Surry Co, NC. He was finally joined by family by that census time. Living in the same area were Aaron, William, Adam, and John Collins. His household included himself at age 45+, 1 male 10-16, 1 at 16-26, and 1 female also over 45. Two of them were involved in agriculture.
Was this the will of this Obediah? Names do not match but will remain here until sorted out.
North Carolina Surry County July the 28th 1829
In the name of god amen I do make this my last will and testament. As it was
ordered by the Almighty for men once to die and after death to Judgement.
First I will my Soul to God that gave it to me & my body to the grave & to be decently buried & all my just debts to be paid & as to my worldly goods I give & bequeath to my beloved wife PATSY COLLINS all my real Estate & Personal goods during her Natural life or widdowhood
& then my Son SIDNEY COLLINS I give & bequeath to him 75 acres of land north of my tract beginning at My Maple corner runing East through the tract for compliment
& I give & bequeath to my Son HIROM COLLINS 75 acres to begin at my Red Oak corner on the Oak hill Run East to the never Gold Branch their being a balance of 25 acres I have marked out for my daughter Jar---- TUNNEY(?) where they now lives on.
That I have made no write (?) for but if I survive I shall do so. My Executor must do so if not.
And as to my Daughters CATHARINE & BETHETHA MORISON, ----- FINNEY I wish them to have all my Personal part of my Estate to be equally divided at my wifes Death
& my Daughter ELIZABETH LISK I bequeath & give to her one Dollar out of my personal
part of my Estate
and as to my son JESSE COLLINS I heretofore gave him what I allowed for him,
the above is my will & I subscribe my name to this in the presence of us under my hand & seal. I appoint WILLIAM DAY Esq. my Executor.
P. HOLCOMB OBADIAH (x) COLLINS
JOSEPH (x) ALDRIDGE
Surry County May Term 1830. The foregoing last will and testament of OBEDIAH COLLINS being offered to the Court for probate. PHILIP HOLCOMB a subscribing witness thereto Stated that he saw and heard said COLLINS confirm, declare and notify the same to be his own act & will. That he did it freely of himself and without molestation or Incumberance & that he was of a sound and Disposing mind and memory at the same time & that he saw JOSEPH ALDRIDGE Subscribe his name thereto as witness and on motion the last same was ordered to be recorded.