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Zebulon H. Collins

Zebulon H. Collins

Submitted by : Sheryl McClure.


Taken from: Portrait and Biographical Record of Oklahoma, 1901


ZEBULON H. COLLINS, one of the later settlers of Oklahoma, comes of a family which has an enviable record for integrity and patriotism. He is in the prime of early manhood and is making a success of his agricultural enterprises here. In every respect he is a self-made and self-educated man, for his advantages in youth were limited, and he has long been dependent upon his own resources.
The paternal grandfather ot our subject was John C. Collins (or Collings, as the surname formerly was spelled, it appears). He started westward from his old home in Pennsylvania at an early period, and became one of the frontiersmen of Scott county, Ind., when that section of the country was a wilderness, with more red men than white ones. The Indians were very troublesome at times, and both himself and his brother Richard were active participants in the fight at Pigeon Roost. The brother and all of his family, with the exception of one little girl, were massacred. He lived in a log cabin, which had but one door, and when the Indians attacked him he bravely fought for his home and loved ones, his wife loading his guns, until a well-aimed shot from the wily foe, through the window, shattered the lock on his gun. In desperation, Mr. Collins opened the door and rushed into the midst of the redskins, who were so astonished at such an assault that seven of them were knocked down by the butt of his disabled gun and rendered senseless.
In that historic log house occurred the birth of our subject's father, Karns Hoagland Collins, and in that vicinity he grew to manhood, devoting his energies to the tilling of the soil. When the Civil war came on, he enlisted in the Sixty-sixth Indiana Infantry, and served faithfully for three years and three months. On one occasion he was captured by the enemy, but fortunately was among the prisoners exchanged thirteen days subsequently. He then returned to his regiment, and fought under the leadership of General Sherman. He never fully recovered from the effects of his severe army life, and during all of his later years his effort to acquire a living and competence for his family were greatly handicapped. His wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Clark, was a native of Washington county, Pa., and in 1842 she went to Clark county, Ind., with her parents. Two of her brothers enlisted and fought during the Mexican war, and one of these, Ephraim Clark, was killed while thus serving his country. The other, George Clark, and two of the remaining brothers, were heroes of the Civil war, one giving his life for his native land, and another receiving severe wounds on a southern battlefield.
Zebulon Hoagland Collins was born in Scott county, Ind., August 29, 1866, and spent fifteen years of his life on a farm in that section of the Hoosier state. He then accompanied his parents to Pottawatomie county, Kans., and there aided them in the cultivation and development of a homestead. In 1880 he was married and embarked upon an entirely independent career, managing a good farm and by well-applied industry gradually accuniulaling a competence. In 1898 he came to Logan county, where he bought the quarter-section of land which he has since cultivated and improved. The place, which is a valuable one, is situated in section 22, township 16, range 4 west, and the substantial house, fences, barns, the orchard and well and other improvements bespeak the enterprise of the owner. For a companion and helpmate along life's journey Mr. Collins chose Caroline, daughter of John Bah, one of the first settlers of Pottawatomie county, Kans. His homestead, near Havenville, was his place of abode for many years, and until his death some ten years ago. His widow, Lorena Bah, is still living, her present home being in Holden, Kans. Both she and her husband were born in Germany. Six children bless the home of our subject and wife, namely: Anna Florence, Otto. William, Irvin, Fay and Ray. They are promising young people, and the sons are of great assistance to their father in the arduous labors of the farm.


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