James Collins

b. 1876, d. March, 1877
FatherJames William Collins b. about 1848, d. July 2, 1889
MotherCatherine Francis Cronin b. about April, 1853, d. August 7, 1888
(Child) BirthJames Collins was born in 1876 at NY. 
(Deceased) DeathJames died in March, 1877 at NY.  
(Interred) BurialHe was buried on March 31, 1877 at First Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, NY,
He is buried at 1 South, Range M, Plot 1, Grave16 with Mary, Eliza, Lizzie, Kate (mother), James (father) and Ellen. He was 1 year old. James Collins purchased the grave on March 30, 1877.
 
Last EditedFebruary 16, 2012

James Eugene Collins

b. May 28, 1908, d. July 29, 1968
James Collins
FatherWilliam J. Collins b. August 7, 1882
MotherHelen G. Curtin b. July 5, 1888, d. April, 1967
(Child) BirthJames Eugene Collins was born on May 28, 1908 at Brooklyn, NY. 
1910 US CensusHe, listed as 1 year, 11 months, appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Brooklyn, Kings County, NY in the household of his uncle and aunt Charlie and Catherine Lee, and with William J. Collins and Helen G. Collins
1920 US CensusHe, listed as 11, appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Brooklyn, Kings County, NY in the household of his uncle and aunt Charlie and Catherine Lee, and with William J. Collins and Helen G. Collins
1930 US CensusHe, listed as 21, appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Richmond Hills, Queens, NY in the household of his parents, William and Helen G. Collins. James was a Clerk for a Coal Company. 
(Groom) Marriage At age 25, James married Grace Elizabeth McLaughlin, 22, daughter of William John McLaughlin and Grace Elizabeth Ford, on June 24, 1933 at United Methodist Church, Hollis, NY.. Witnessed by Edith Meslin and Wesley Walters. 
1940 US CensusHe, listed as 31, appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Queens, NY in the household of his his father-in-law William John McLaughlin, and with Grace Elizabeth Collins, his wife and 2 children. 
(Deceased) DeathJames died on July 29, 1968, at age 60.  

Family

Grace Elizabeth McLaughlin b. July 5, 1910
Last EditedFebruary 19, 2016

James William Collins

b. about 1848, d. July 2, 1889
(Child) BirthJames William Collins was born about 1848 at Ireland. 
NaturalizationJames was naturalized in 1868. 
(Groom) MarriageJames married Catherine Francis Cronin on May 25, 1873 at Church of St. Mary's, 440 Grand Street, Manhattan, NY.. Witnessed by: John J. Lee and Lizzie McCormack. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Catherine, was born on March 19, 1874 at 88 Cannon Street, Manhattan, NY. 
(Son) BirthA son, James, was born in 1876 at NY. 
(Son) DeathJames died in March, 1877 at NY. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Mary, was born on May 1, 1877 at NY. 
(Daughter) DeathMary died about May 2, 1877 at Manhattan, NY. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Eliza, was born about September, 1879 at NY. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Ellen, was born on December 6, 1879 at Manhattan, NY. 
ResidenceHe lived on June 17, 1880 at 25 Rivington Street, Manhattan, NY. Also living with him was Catherine Collins and Ellen Collins. James was a Porter in a Store. 
(Son) BirthA son, William, was born on August 7, 1882 at Manhattan, NY. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Lizzie, was born on April 11, 1885 at Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. 
(Daughter) DeathLizzie died on January 12, 1887 at NY, at age 1. 
(Spouse) Death On August 7, 1888 his wife, Catherine, died at 376 Hicks Street, second floor, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. 
(Deceased) DeathJames died on July 2, 1889 at Manhattan, NY, of Asthma and Bronchitis..  
(Interred) BurialHe was buried on July 4, 1889 at First Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, NY,
He is buried at 1 South, Range M, Plot 1, Grave16 with James, Mary, Eliza, Lizzie, Kate (mother), and Ellen. Grave was purchased on March 30, 1877 by James Collins.
 

Family

Catherine Francis Cronin b. about April, 1853, d. August 7, 1888
Children
Last EditedFebruary 25, 2014

Lizzie Collins

b. April 11, 1885, d. January 12, 1887
FatherJames William Collins b. about 1848, d. July 2, 1889
MotherCatherine Francis Cronin b. about April, 1853, d. August 7, 1888
Name Variation Lizzie Collins was also known as Elizabeth Collins. 
(Child) BirthLizzie Collins was born on April 11, 1885 at Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. 
(Deceased) DeathLizzie died on January 12, 1887 at NY, at age 1 at 7:00 AM of asthenia & adynamia, contributing: tubercular meningitis..  
(Interred) BurialShe was buried on January 13, 1887 at First Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, NY.
 
Last EditedApril 28, 2012

Mary Collins

b. May 1, 1877, d. about May 2, 1877
FatherJames William Collins b. about 1848, d. July 2, 1889
MotherCatherine Francis Cronin b. about April, 1853, d. August 7, 1888
(Child) BirthMary Collins was born on May 1, 1877 at NY. 
(Deceased) DeathMary died about May 2, 1877 at Manhattan, NY.  
(Interred) BurialShe was buried on May 2, 1877 at First Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, NY,
She is buried at 1 South, Range M, Plot 1, Grave16 with James, Eliza, Lizzie, Kate (mother), James (father) and Ellen. She was 1 day old. Grave was purchased on March 30, 1877 by James Collins.
 
Last EditedFebruary 16, 2012

William J. Collins

b. August 7, 1882
William Collins
FatherJames William Collins b. about 1848, d. July 2, 1889
MotherCatherine Francis Cronin b. about April, 1853, d. August 7, 1888
(Child) BirthWilliam J. Collins was born on August 7, 1882 at Manhattan, NY. 
ResidenceHe lived on February 16, 1892 at St. John's Asylum, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. 
ResidenceHe lived in the household of Catherine Collins on June 11, 1900 at 130 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. 
(Groom) MarriageWilliam married Helen G. Curtin about 1908 at NY..  
(Son) BirthA son, James, was born on May 28, 1908 at Brooklyn, NY. 
1910 US CensusHe, listed as 26, appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Brooklyn, Kings County, NY in the household of his brother-in-law and sister, Charlie and Catherine Lee, and with Helen G. Collins and James Eugene Collins, William worked in Real Estate. 
1920 US CensusHe, listed as 35, appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Brooklyn, Kings County, NY in the household of his brother-in-law and sister, Charlie and Catherine Lee, and with Helen G. Collins and James Eugene Collins. William worked as a Clerk in a Bank. 
1930 US CensusWilliam, listed as 45 years old, appeared as the head of household with his wife Helen, 42 years old, on the 1930 Federal Census of Richmond Hills, Queens, NY, on 104-15 89th Avenue, recorded April 9, 1930. Their son, James, 21, was listed as living with them. William was a Real Estate Searcher and James was a Clerk for a Coal Company. 

Family

Helen G. Curtin b. July 5, 1888, d. April, 1967
Child
Last EditedFebruary 19, 2016

Mary L. Colton

(Bride) MarriageMary married William H. Miller..  
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Ruby, was born in 1895 at MA. 

Family

William H. Miller
Child
Last EditedOctober 27, 2010

Rebecca Connell

b. about 1806, d. January 18, 1866
BirthRebecca Connell was born about 1806 at Ireland. 
(Bride) MarriageRebecca married Samuel Tristram on January 19, 1827 at Saint Andrew's, Dublin, Ireland..  
(Son) BirthA son, Samuel, was born before January 16, 1828 at Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland. 
(Son) BirthA son, John, was born before April 2, 1830 at Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland. 
(Son) BirthA son, James, was born before February 15, 1832 at Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland. 
(Son) BirthA son, Thomas, was born about 1833 at Kildare, Ireland. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Maria, was born before October 26, 1836 at Naas, Kildare, Ireland. 
(Son) BirthA son, William, was born about 1838 at Naas, Kildare, Ireland. 
(Son) BirthA son, Richard, was born before August 29, 1840 at Kildare, Ireland. 
ImmigrationShe immigrated on June 24, 1843 to New York City with her husband, Samuel, and with their children, Samuel, John, James, Thomas, Maria, William and Richard. Samuel, listed as a Farmer, and his family left Liverpool, England on the ship Hargrave. 
(Spouse) Death On July 22, 1843 her husband, Samuel, died at 48 Broad Street, Manhattan, NY. 
(Son) DeathWilliam died on April 28, 1847 at 238 Cherry Street, Manhattan, NY. 
1850 US CensusRebecca, listed as 40 years old, appeared as the head of household on the 1850 Federal Census of Manhattan, NY, recorded September 19, 1850. Her children, Samuel, 16, John, 15, Thomas, 14, Maria, 13, and Richard Tristram, 9, were listed as living with her. 
ResidenceShe lived in 1865 at 34 East Broadway, Manhattan, NY. Also living with her was Thomas Tristram, John Tristram, Catharine Tristram, Samuel Tristram and Richard Tristram. John, Richard, and Thomas worked as Wire Workers at 354 Pearl Street. 
(Son) DeathThomas died on August 5, 1865 at 34 East Broadway, Manhattan, NY. 
Newspaper ClippingThe following newspaper article appeared in NY Times on August 6, 1865:
NY Times

FRATRICIDE IN EAST BROADWAY; The Family Seek to Conceal Their Knowledge of the Crime. Coroner Wildey Adroitly Brings the Truth to Light. RUM, AS USUAL, AT THE BOTTOM. THE MURDERER CONSIGNED TO THE TOMBS.

Published: August 6, 1865

We are again called upon to record another tragedy on the East Side. As ever, gin was the author of the crime, but not as usual, the murderer and the murdered are brothers, and the homicide was committed in their own bedchamber, in presence of a third person, and under their mother's roof. The family of TRISTRAM, consisting of Mrs. REBECCA TRISTRAM, the mother, a woman of not unpleasant appearance, and of about 50 years of age; JOHN TRISTRAM, a wire-weaver, of about 30; Mrs. CATHARINE TRISTRAM, a rather handsome woman of about 25, wife of JOHN; RICHARD TRISTRAM, also a wire-weaver, aged 22; THOMAS TRISTRAM, likewise a wire-weaver, aged 31 years, and SAMUEL TRISTRAM, a youth, of about 13 years, son of a deceased daughter of Mrs. TRISTRAM, occupied the second floor of No. 34 East Broadway. They appear to have lived in harmony, and were respected by their neighbors, who knew the sons as thriving mechanics that had joined in supporting their mother and nephew in the best of the few modern dwellings which are left in the southern-most blocks of East Broadway. They are quiet people who have generally attended strictly to their own business.

But on Friday evening the sons THOMAS and JOHN went to a liquor saloon in Division-street, and there drowned their intellects in the fearful beverages which are peddled over so many counters between the Battery and Harlem, and at length they quarreled, fought, and separated in anger. Both brothers reached home at a seasonable hour -- one, however, so thoroughly intoxicated that it was deemed prudent to bundle him off to bed without delay. The other, it appears, remained up awhile, drank his beer at home, and then retired.

RICHARD, however, holding open-air walking to be the best antidote for drunkenness, again went abroad, and on his return, at about midnight, visited a lager-bier saloon under his domicil, to imbibe his night-cap, triumphantly exhibited a fine silver-plated Colt army revolver, which the family had purchased as a present for a brother in California. This magnificent present for the absent brother, we dare say, RICHARD TRISTRAM now wishes in the bottom of the sea; for it drew from the German landlord the remark that it was too heavy for ordinary use, and that he would prefer a lighter weapon; and to this remark RICHARD replied that he had a smaller pistol, and in proof drew a small pistol, which is now a vital witness against him.

RICHARD TRISTRAM went straightway from the German's saloon to his bedchamber, wherein in brother THOMAS and nephew, SAMUEL, lay, and there took up the quarrel, threatening the brother's life, as will appear in the following testimony, which was taken before Coroner WILDEY, yesterday, at the Seventh Ward Police-station:
Frederick Eickhoff, of No. 36 East Broadway, sworn -I keep a lager-bier saloon on the first floor of the building Nos. 34 and 36 East Broadway; I closed about one o'clock this morning; I had been about one hour abed when I heard a voice saying: "Say, Tommy, get up, you son of a b_____, you told my brother that you wanted to kill him:" the mother said; "No, he did not;" the mother then told Samuel to go out for a policeman; the same voice repeated: "Get up; I'll shoot you; I'll have your blood;" a voice said: "No, I won't;" about five minutes after this I again heard the voice repeating this language; the mother's voice again saying that life had not been threatened; I heard and recognized Richard's voice previous to the shooting; early in the evening I saw Richard with the pistol here shown in his hands, in my saloon, at about midnight.
The testimony of Mr. Eickhoff was given without reserve, and impressed the jury and spectators, as did that of Samuel Tristram, a small nephew of one of the brothers, who, having been sworn, said: I live with my grandmother; I was out playing in the street until about nine o'clock; my uncle Thomas, the deceased, slept in the back kitchen with me; the report of a pistol awoke me; my uncle Richard asked me where there was a doctor; nobody but uncle Richard and Thomas were with me, and uncle Thomas lay dead with his feet toward the door; uncle Richard and myself went for a doctor; we stepped over the body of uncle Thomas; Dr. Harrison, of No. 46 East Broadway, uncle Richard and myself went back to the house together; the doctor, on seeing uncle Thomas, said that he was dead; I do not know who shot uncle Thomas.

But the rambling, incoherent, and utterly ill-advised chatter of the following named witness was regarded by the jury as manifestly false; and after the witness had battled the skill of the coroner in questioning, he set her aside. We give only the gist of the woman's remarks, as follows:

Mrs. Rebecca Tristram, of No. 34 East Broadway, sworn -- I am mother of John, Richard, and Thomas Tristram; we occupy a second floor; John and his wife Catharine slept in the bedroom adjoining the front room: Thomas Tristram, the deceased, slept in the kitchen last night; John Tristram came home tipsy at about eleven o'clock; his face was disfigured, and I understood that he had been in a row in a liquor saloon; I sent for lager-bier; Thomas was in bed in the kitchen; I gave him beer, but do not know whether he was drunk or sober: I went to bed shortly after eleven o'clock when all but Richard were in bed; I had been abed I do not know how long when the noise as of the falling of a candle awoke me; I rose, lighted a candle, and the first that I saw was Thomas lying dead; I ran into Kate's room and told her that Thomas was dead; Kate came out of her room end returned to wake John; the small pistol here shown (the one with which the murder was committed) belonged to Thomas; Richard and Thomas were always friends.
We publish the following testimony without comment:

Mrs. Emily Seaman, of No. 34 East Broadway, sworn -- At about three o'clock this morning I heard a noise in the room adjoining my apartments, as of persons wrestling; I rose and looked through a side window into the prisoners' room, which was then lighted; I heard the voice of one of the prisoners, saying, "I will have your blood;" the light was next extinguished, and immediately I heard the report of a pistol; I then saw two gentlemen go down stairs, and supposed that they had gone to summon a physician; when they returned a police officer accompanied them. Mrs. Tristram, the mother of the deceased, appeared in the entry when the policeman came into the house, and I inquired what had occurred, but she made no reply.

Catharine Tristram, wife of John Tristram, sworn. -- I live with my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and little Samuel; I was out last evening and reached home between ten and eleven o'clock; when Thomas came home he said he had been in a row; I put my husband to bed and went for beer; we gave Thomas a drink; I do not know at what time Richard came home; early in the evening I saw the pistol here shown in his possession; I heard the pistol shot at about 3 o'clock, and about three minutes thereafter my mother-in-law came to my room and told me that Thomas was dying.
Dr. Wooster Beach, Jr., sworn -- I made a post-mortem examination on the body of deceased, and found a pistol-shot wound of the left breast; on opening the body it was discovered that the ball had passed through the lungs, and severed several large blood-vessels; it passed through the body and lodged in the spinal column; death must have been instantaneous.

After further testimony, none of which, however, established any new facts, the case was given to the jury, consisting of Messrs. S.W. Baldwin, Samuel Martin, Daniel Ferris, Bernard McCloskey, Bernard Helles, George J. Walker, Louis Mohakes, William Sohrader and C. Dobler, and three minutes thereafter they returned the following verdict:
"We find that THOMAS TRISTRAM came to his death by a pistol-shot wound at the hand of RICHARD TRISTRAM, on the 5th day of August, 1865, at No. 34 East Broadway."
RICHARD TRISTRAM was now called and interrogated; but he declined to make other reply than that he did not kill his brother, and thereupon Coroner WILDEY delivered him to an officer, to be confined in the Tombs, and JOHN TRISTRAM, SAMUEL TRISTRAM, Mrs. REBECCA TRISTRAM and Mrs. CATHARINE TRISTRAM were required to find bail in $1,000, respectively.
The Tristram family emigrated from Ireland many years ago, and their fortunes appear to have been varied, as one of the sons served in the war upon Mexico, and another, the deceased, was a private in the late great and honored volunteer army of the United States.

The Coroner, the jury and the press are indebted to Capt. WILLIAM JAMESON, of the Metropolitan Police, for courtesies extended.

The Tristram family are said to be well-to-do in the world, being largely engaged in the wire-working business at No. 354 Pearl-street, near Franklin-square. The accused, RICHARD, was in California, and came home in January, with JOHN and his wife. The police found on the premises a silver-plated revolver and gold-plated revolver, of large size, which the prisoner was about to send to California, as a present to another brother. A large navy pistol was also found. The pistol with which the fatal shot was fired is a pocket-revolver, of medium size, with six-inch barrel, break-body pattern. It is now in the possession of the Coroner.
(Deceased) DeathRebecca died on January 18, 1866 at Manhattan, NY.  

Family

Samuel Tristram b. about 1801, d. July 22, 1843
Children
Last EditedFebruary 9, 2019

Mary Connelly

(Child) BirthMary Connelly was born. 
(Bride) MarriageMary married John McCauley..  
(Son) BirthA son, Francis, was born about 1894 at NY. 

Family

John McCauley
Child
Last EditedMarch 29, 2018

Edwin Connors

b. August 17, 1919, d. before January 20, 1982
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(Child) BirthEdwin Connors was born on August 17, 1919. 
(Groom) Marriage At age 22, Edwin married Ellen Virginia Kroboth, 19, daughter of Royal Alfred Kroboth and Anna O. Ondracek, on November 30, 1941..  
(Son) BirthA son, Edwin, was born on March 2, 1943 at Manhattan, NY. 
DivorceHe and Ellen Connors were divorced on December 30, 1960 at Windham County, VT. 
(Deceased) DeathEdwin died before January 20, 1982 at NY.  
(Interred) BurialHe was buried on January 20, 1982 at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, Suffolk County, NY,
plot 5,0,6521.
 

Family

Ellen Virginia Kroboth b. November 13, 1922, d. March 21, 2018
Child
Last EditedMarch 21, 2018