'Collins01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Collins of Betterton

Commoners reports that "The family of Collins is of great antiquity in the county of Berks, but appears to have come originally from the county of Salop; for in Doomsday Book, the name is found as possessing property in the hundred of Hodnet, in that county."
Thomas Collins of Betterton (a temp Henry VI who r. 1422-1461) mentioned by Commoners
1. John Collins of West Betterton in Lockinge, Berkleyshire (b 1485-6, d before 24.08.1528) the first mentioned by BLG1952
  m. Joan
  A. John Collins of Betterton (b 1521-2, d before 29.06.1582)
  m. Joan
  i. John Collins of Betterton (b 1553-4, d before 15.09.1584)
  m. Joan Blagrove (a 1584, dau of John Blagrove of Elton)
  a. John Collins of Betterton (b after 1563, d before 10.05.1615) the first mentioned by Visitation
  m. Joan Smalebone (dau of (Richard) Smalebone or Smallbone of Steventon)
  (1) John Collins of Betterton (b 1609, d 1656)
m. Maria Dew (d before 31.08.1664, dau of Richard Drew of Harwell)
  (A) John Collins of Betterton (bpt 06.12.1640, b 14.12.1685)
  Commoners shows John's marriage to Ann but then reports a 2nd marriage, to Elizabeth (widow of Richard Matthews of Hampstead Norris) by whom he had 5 children (Richard, John, James, Thomas, Mary). BLG1952 does not mention that 2nd marriage which we presume to have been a confusion with the Elizabeth shown by BLG1952 & Visitation as John's sister.
  m. Ann Fettiplace (dau of Charles Fettiplace of Upper Lambourn)
  (i) Charles Collins of Betterton (bpt 05.11.1666, bur 07.07.1734)
  m1. Anne Head (dau of John Head of Hodcut)
  (a) Charlotte Collins
  m. John Saunders of Wolstan/Woolston
  ((1))+ issue - John, Ann, Katharine, Martha
  (b) Frances Collins
  m. Richard Harland or Hartend of Sutton (d 06.05.1781)
  ((1))+ issue - Richard, Charles
  (c)+ other issue - John (a 1722, dvpsp), 3 sons (dvpsp)
  m2. Elizabeth Coghill of Bletchington (dsp before 1714)
  m3. Ann White (bur 22.02.1723, dau of Ferdinando White of Fryers Court)
  (g) Ferdinando Collins (bpt 17.0.1714)
  m. Catherine Boote (sister of Alexander Boote of Wantage)
  ((1)) Ferdinando Collins (b 28.02.1746, d(vp)sp)
  ((2)) John Collins of Betterton (b 08.07.1753, d 17.03.1826, vicar of Cheshunt) had issue
  m. Martha Smith (d 07.01.1841, dau of James Smith of Rotterdam & Hammersmith)
  ((3)) Ann Collins
  m. Francis Brownsword Bullock of Warwickshire
  ((A))+ issue - Francis (d young?), Ferdinando (d young?), Ann, Catharine, Sarah, Mary
  ((4)) Katharine Collins
  m. Isaac Pickering of Foxlease/Foxleaze
  ((A))+ issue - Berwick, Henry, Katharine, Mary Ann, Eliza, Louisa, Emma, Mary, Ann, Ellen, others (d young)
  (h)+ other issue - Charles (dsp), Lorenzo (bpt 21.09.1719, dsp), Anna Maria
  m4. Sarah
  (ii)+ other issue - John (b 27.09.1664, d young), Jonathan, Richard (dsp), Thomas (vicar of Gosberton & Quadring), Anne
  (B) Elizabeth Collins
  m. Richard Mathew of Hampstead Norris
  (C) Martha Collins (bpt 27.12.1637)
  m. Robert Lydell of Didcot
  (D)+ other issue - Jonathan (bpt 30.04.1647, a 12.1664), Richard (bpt 08.12.1640), Elizabeth (bpt 20.10.1635, d infant?), Frances (bpt 20.11.1644), Johanna (bpt 11.09.1649), Mary (bpt 14.12.1652)
  (2) Joan Collins (d unm before 06.06.1631)
  (3) Martha Collins
  m. William Castle of Ginge (a 1656)
  b.+ other issue (b after 1565, a 1584) - Martha, Elizabeth, Jane, Mary
  ii. Joan Collins
  m. Thomas Dove
  iii.+ other issue - Thomas of Broddocks, William, Robert (had issue)
  B.+ other issue - Richard, Robert, William, John, Joan, Alice

Main source(s): BLG1952 (Collins formerly of Betterton) with support from Commoners (vol 4, Collins of Betterton), Visitation (Berkshire, 1665-6, Collins of Betterton by Lockinge)
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