Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Howard Collins



Howard Goord Collins was born March 8, 1838 in Ohio to William and Poley Kenneda Collins. Howard married Martha J. Sears Brocket on August 15, 1868 in Portage County, Ohio. Martha was born 1836 in Ohio.


Howard and Martha J. had the following children:

  1. Albert Brocket was born 1860 in Ohio.

  2. Nelson Brocket was born 1864 in Ohio.

  3. Edwin N. Collins was born 1869 in Michigan

  4. Mary Ann Collins was born June 7, 1874 in Fremont Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.


Howard Collins enlisted as a Private in Company C, Ohio 7th Infantry on August 30, 1862. Howard transferred to Company C. Ohio 5th Infantry Regiment and mustered out on June 5, 1865. At the time of his enlistment he was living in Charlestown, Portage County, Ohio.


In 1860, Howard was living in Portage County, Ohio.


In 1870, Howard and his family were living in Fremont, Saginaw County, Michigan.


On April 10, 1874, the United States General Land Office in accordance with the Homestead Act of May 20, 1862 granted Howard G. Collins (Homestead Certificate #633 Application 1805) the tract of land on the Northeast Fractional Quarter of Section Two (2) in Township Eleven North of Range One East, in the district of lands subject to sale at East Saginaw, Michigan containing One Hundred Fifty Nine Acres and Twenty Five Hundredths of an acre, signed by Ulysses S. Grant. This land was located on the SW corner of Ederer and Chapin Roads. Howard and Martha J. Collins' neighbors were Henry W. Sears and Edward Trombley.


Howard Collins was elected to the following Lakefield Township Offices:

  1. Drain Commissioner August 16, 1876

  2. Appointed Clerk on October 30, 1876 because S. Peter Vashaw resigned

  3. Clerk April 2, 1877

  4. Clerk April 1, 1878


By 1880, Howard and his family were living back in Charlestown, Portage County, Ohio.


Howard died April 2, 1909 in Charlestown, Portage County, Ohio.

SOURCES: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1900 United States Census; Lakefield Township Records; Mary Ann Collins birth record; Howard and Martha Brocket Collins marriage record; Howard Collins Civil War Record; United States General Land Office; and Howard Collins death record.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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