This is the story of my mother's grandmother and her family:

Jemima Elizabeth N. (Bettie) Collins
(wife of James Bradly Sims, Jr.)

Jemima Elizabeth N. (Bettie) Collins parents were
Abram Collins and Amelia/Pamelia Adeline Horan

Abram Collins parents were
Isaac and Jemima Baggett Collins

Isaac Collins dad was
Isaac Abram, possibly?

Amelia/Pamelia Horan Collins' parents were
William and Naomi Nickles Horan, Jr.
William Horan, Jr.'s parents were
William and Anna Simpson Horan, Sr. (Horan from England)

Naomi Nickles Horan's parents were
Charters and Unknown Annie Nickles (Charters from Ireland)

Jemima Baggett Collins' parents - working on that

The Collins Family came from Scotland



Pauline Collins Rice

      In Goodspeed’s Biographical Sketches of Arkansas, 1890, it is stated that the great grandfather of Walter Henry Collins (brother of Jemima Elizabeth N. (Bettie) Collins Sims-mother's grandmother) was from Scotland and came to the New World to seek his fortune.  There is no further data on him, and I have not found his name mentioned, as to his ancestors.  I think his name must have been Isaac Abram or some other Biblical name as I have found so many of the surname, with given names from the Bible.

      Abram Collins was the son of Isaac, who was born in Southern Georgia in 1785, and Jeminea, who was born in 1790 in South Carolina, according to Conecuk County, Alabama census record of 1830.  They moved to Mississippi about 1845; traveled with Natchez Trace Movement and settled close to Tupelo after first stopping in Lee or Itawamba Counties, Mississippi.  The war record shows that Isaac Collins served in the War of 1812 from Southern Georgia, as does his application for pension, filed in 1853, from Mississippi.  The instrument is signed by Isaac Collins as petitioner, and by Abram Collins as Justice of the Peace or Notary.  He served from Morgan County, Georgia, as a private soldier under Captain William Patrick’s company, 2nd Regiment, Georgia militia.  Isaac and Jeminea Collins both died in Mississippi before the War Between the States.  Abram Collins was born in Conecuh County, Alabama on August 18, 1824.

      He served in the Mexican War.  He enrolled November 7,1847, at Pontotoc, Mississippi, and was mustered in as a private in Captain Wray’s Company, which became Company “D” Battalion Mississippi Rifles (Andersons.)  He was honorably discharged as a private and mustered out June 28, 1848, at Vicksburg, Mississippi.  He was granted land bounty #43183.  He served as Sergeant, Co. “D”, First Regiment Monroe’s Cavalry, Confederate States of America.  At age of enlistment he was 38 years old.  He served from 1862 to 1865.

      Union War records show that Abram Collins was captured October 22, 1864, at Independence, Missouri, and was imprisoned at Camp Leavenworth, Kansas, and at Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana.  After signing the oath of allegiance to the Union, he was sent by boat to Pine Bluff where he was put ashore, and left helpless on the river bank; he was ill, crippled and helpless.  The year was 1865.  He appealed to the Masonic Order, which he had joined in Mississippi in 1858.  They gave him a horse and funds to help him get back to Brownstown.  He belonged to Harrisburg Lodge #156 in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. He was commissioned Justice of the Peace, Beat 9, in Pontotoc County in 1851.

      Early in 1861, a company of militia was formed in Sevier County under the leadership of Captains John G. McDean (McLean?) and William Brown, at the town of Paraclifta, they entered the Confederate Army at Fort Smith and were known as the “Star Group” of militia.

      Abram Collins was a member of the Baptist Church, his wife, a Presbyterian.  He served as County and Chancery Judge during the 1870’s and was chairman of the delegates from Sevier County to frame a new State Constitution, which was passed on in 1874. The log book is in the Archives of Arkansas History Commission in the name of Walter Henry Collins.

      Abram Collins had not originally planned to settle in Arkansas, but after a trip to Texas to visit his brothers living there, he had planned to return to Mississippi, dispose of his property there, and return to Texas.  He returned home and proceeded with his plans.  He started with his family in a covered wagon caravan on the return trip to Texas; however, illness and bad weather forced them to camp near the Pine Woods section in Sevier County for an extended stay, during which time he grew to like the area and decided to settle there.

      He first built a large home on 160 acres of land, afterwards acquired more, and at his death left about 500 acres, with his home place.  The home was a large Colonial house with a gallery around it, bolstered by big columns.  My mother remembered going there after she and Papa were married, and of her impression of the home and the huge willow trees around it.  The house was deeded to Frand and Adelia Collins Johnson in 1892, afterwards changing hands several times between 1892 and 1961 when it was sold for taxes and bought by the Dierks Lumber & Coal Company.  Some people from out-of-state had owned it, during the interim, and had restored the home to its original state, but it had fallen into disuse and dilapidation.

      Other members of Abram Collins’ immediate family had moved West at about the same time, but if any of them settled here in this State, I have not found the link.  Three Brothers and two sisters moved on to Texas, and settled near Galveston.  No record of brother Joel, but Isaac Mc. and Clint moved on to Arizona and stayed there.

 A sister, Martha, married James McCall

                P_____     “    Ballard

                Kate       “    Morphew


      Isaac McClendon Collins, youngest brother of Abram Collins, married Mrs. Elize Wright Beloat; she had two sons by her first marriage.  After the Civil War they moved to Arizona after first moving to California, and returning planning to locate in Texas.  The trip was through undeveloped country, and they were in danger of Indian attacks as Geronimo was on the war-path at the time.  When they arrived at Phoenix, they decided to settle there, and Isaac Collins bought mining property and worked on developing it until shortly before his death, after 1916.

       Abram Collins and Pamelia Adeline Horan were married in Tupelo, Mississippi on the 30th of December, 1852.  They were married by a Presbyterian minister named John W. G. Maxey who had been a close friend to the Horan family in old Ninety-Six District in South Carolina.  He possibly had a connection with the Little River Presbyterian Church, of which the Horan family were members.  Adeline Horan was the daughter of Naomi Nickels and William Horan, Jr., who were married in Mississippi in April 23, 1829. 

Naomi Nickels was the daughter of Carters Nickels and his second wife, Annie (mentioned in Will 1826).  William Horan, Jr. was son of William, Sr., and his wife, Anna Simpson Wallace, who had been widowed in Ireland with two daughters, Barbara and Mary Wallace, who came to America with her.  Aboard ship she met William Horan and a hasty courtship ensued; they were married soon after she arrived here, early in 1800’s.  They lived in South Carolina, close to the place where her father had settled.

      Anna’s mother, Barbara Bowlin Simpson, had died in Ireland, prior to John Simpson’s emigrating to America.  Anna was an only child; she was born in Ireland, County Antrim, August 24,1779.  She married first John Wallace; they had two daughters, Mary Wallace and Barbara Wallace.  Mary Wallace married Ansel B. Godfrey in South Carolina January 30, 1827, died November 4,1855.  No data on Barbara Wallace.  After Anna Simpson Wallace married William Horan, they had three children born in South Carolina, namely, William Horan, Jr., born March 2,1808; Ann Horan died unmarried; Pamelia Horan married James Craddock in Texas.  Mary Godfrey and Pamelia Craddock are mentioned in Ann Simpson’s Will dated 1852.

      William Horan, Sr. was a cotton broker with office in Liverpool, and he returned there on business when the children were small, and died while there.  Ann Horan was left with her family to rear under hardship and privation.  She had a strong determination, and lived to see them responsible Christian citizens and respected.