Sarah Colby

b. March 6, 1634, d. May 18, 1663
FatherAnthony Colby b. September 8, 1605, d. February 11, 1660
MotherSusanna (?) b. 1608, d. July 8, 1689
(Child) BirthSarah Colby was born on March 6, 1634 at Boston, Suffolk County, MA. 
(Bride) Marriage At age 20, Sarah married Orlando Bagley, 32, on March 6, 1653/54 at Salisbury, Essex County, MA..  
(Son) BirthA son, Orlando, was born on February 18, 1658 at Boston, Suffolk, MA. 
(Deceased) DeathSarah died on May 18, 1663 at Boston, Suffolk County, MA, at age 29.  

Family

Orlando Bagley b. January 10, 1622, d. about 1665
Child
Last EditedFebruary 24, 2016

Grace Evelyn Coleman

b. February 5, 1882, d. July 6, 1949
(Child) BirthGrace Evelyn Coleman was born on February 5, 1882 at Patchogue, NY. 
(Bride) Marriage At age 21, Grace married Clarence Wicks Newey, 20, son of William Shepard Newey and Olive Jane Wicks, on July 22, 1903 at Patchogue, NY..  
(Deceased) DeathGrace died on July 6, 1949 at Islip, NY, at age 67.  
(Interred) BurialShe was buried after July 6, 1949 at Washington Memorial Park, Coram, Suffolk County, NY.
 

Family

Clarence Wicks Newey b. July 13, 1883
Last EditedJuly 8, 2018

Catherine Collins

b. March 19, 1874, d. May 4, 1952
Kate Collins
FatherJames William Collins b. about 1848, d. July 2, 1889
MotherCatherine Francis Cronin b. about April, 1853, d. August 7, 1888
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(Child) BirthCatherine Collins was born on March 19, 1874 at 88 Cannon Street, Manhattan, NY. 
ResidenceShe lived in the household of James William Collins, and with Ellen Collins on June 17, 1880 at 25 Rivington Street, Manhattan, NY. 
ResidenceShe lived on June 11, 1900 at 130 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. Catherine's brother, William J. Collins, listed as 17 years old, lived with her.. Kate worked in Japanning and William (listed as Walter) was a Office Boy. 
(Bride) MarriageCatherine married Charlie Lee, son of William Lee and Mary Selvey, about 1904..  
1910 US CensusShe, listed as 33 years old, appeared with her husband Charlie Lee, 35 years old, on the 1910 Federal Census of Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, on 177 Heyward Street, recorded April 15, 1910. Also living with Catherine was her brother and sister in law, William, 26, and Helen G. Collins, 24 and her nephew, James, 1 year, 11 months old.. 
1920 US Census Recorded on January 3, 1920, Catherine Lee, listed as 42 years old, appeared on the 1920 Federal Census with her husband Charlie Lee, 44 years old, and the head of household. They lived at 708 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. Also living with them was Catherine's brother, William J. Collins, 35, sister in law, Helen G. Collins, 32 and nephew, James Eugene Collins, 11. 
1930 US CensusShe, listed as 53 years old, appeared with her husband Charlie Lee, 55 years old, on the 1930 Federal Census of Richmond Hill, Queens, NY, on 8903 104th Street, recorded April 12, 1930. 
1940 US Census Living at 89-03 104th Street, Catherine was listed on the 1940 Federal Census with her husband Charlie Lee in Richmond Hills, NY, recorded on April 15, 1940. Catherine was listed as 63 years old and her husband, Charlie Lee as 65 years old. 
(Deceased) DeathCatherine died on May 4, 1952 at NY, at age 78.  
(Interred) BurialShe was buried on May 8, 1952 at St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens, NY,
in section 55, range A, grave 56 with her husband, Charlie.
 

Family

Charlie Lee b. March 19, 1875, d. March 11, 1957
Last EditedJanuary 19, 2017

Eliza Collins

b. about September, 1879, d. before July 17, 1880
FatherJames William Collins b. about 1848, d. July 2, 1889
MotherCatherine Francis Cronin b. about April, 1853, d. August 7, 1888
(Child) BirthEliza Collins was born about September, 1879 at NY. Eliza comes from burial records, were she and Ellen twins or was she a niece or other relative? 
(Interred) BurialShe was buried before July 17, 1880 at First Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, NY,
She is buried at 1 South, Range M, Plot 1, Grave16 with James, Mary, Eliza, Kate (mother), James (father) and Ellen. She was 10 months old. Grave was purchased on March 30, 1877 by James Collins.
 
(Deceased) DeathEliza died before July 17, 1880 at NY.  
Last EditedFebruary 17, 2012

Ellen Collins

b. December 6, 1879, d. December 5, 1892
FatherJames William Collins b. about 1848, d. July 2, 1889
MotherCatherine Francis Cronin b. about April, 1853, d. August 7, 1888
Nickname Ellen also went by the name of Nelly. 
(Child) BirthEllen Collins was born on December 6, 1879 at Manhattan, NY, Were Ellen and Eliza twins? 
ResidenceShe lived in the household of James William Collins, and with Catherine Collins on June 17, 1880 at 25 Rivington Street, Manhattan, NY. 
(Deceased) DeathEllen died on December 5, 1892 at St. Joseph's Orphanage, Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, at age 12.  
(Interred) BurialShe was buried on December 7, 1892 at First Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, NY,
She is buried at 1 South, Range M, Plot 1, Grave16 with James, Mary, Eliza, Lizzie, Kate (mother), and James (father). She was 12 years old. Grave was purchased on March 30, 1877 by James Collins.
 
Last EditedJune 7, 2014

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

John Collins

d. July 9, 1936
(Second) MarriageJohn's second marriage was to Helenore Agnes Downs, 18, daughter of George Francis Downs and Mary Cary, on December 11, 1935 at Long Island City Jail, Queens, NY. There is still some question whether this is a marriage or our Helen Downs.
Note
While the Helen Downs/John Collins relationship has yet to be satifactually proved, the
following presents one scenario:

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Joseph Ashley Schwartz – AKA John Collins – racked up two marriages, two babies and a trail of
blood in his 25 years.

According to Family Tree Maker, Joseph Ashley Schwartz is related to me thusly: He’s the
brother-in-law of the brother-in-law of the first cousin three times removed. It’s not a very
solid connection, and I guess I should be thankful. Joseph lived a rather sordid life.

Joseph was the son of Robert Schwartz and Cora Talley, who settled in New Orleans. His father
sold newspapers at night and worked for the city at day. Robert and Cora divorced when their
youngest child was just a baby. Both quickly remarried and built blended families of step
siblings, half siblings and full siblings that made the Brady Bunch look like a small clan.

Robert’s second wife was Mary Louise Boote. She was still a teen-ager when she fell in love
with a traveling salesman named Snodie Munsell. Snodie stuck around long enough to father
daughters named Rose, Ruth and Ruby before abandoning the family. Distraught, Mary Louise
disappeared for a short time – just long enough for her worried mother to contact the police
and the newspapers – but she pulled it together, found Robert and remarried.

But back to Joseph, who would die by the hangman’s noose in New York. Joseph married Mary
Louise’s daughter Ruby after she got pregnant. They had a son whom they named Joseph Ashley
Schwartz Jr. Shortly after the birth, Joseph left his wife and new baby. He wrote Ruby from
Mobile and told her he’d found another girl. Apparently the new romance didn’t stick.

Joseph kept heading north until he ended up in New York.

In New York, Joseph was booked for assault and robbery. He managed to escape the Tombs in
1933, but got into a gun battle with detectives that left his friend William Clark dead. Soon,
Joseph would have more blood on his hands.

Despite the wife and child back home in New Orleans, Joseph struck up a romance with clerical
worker Anna Downey (some newspapers identified her as Helen Downey) in New York. Anna would
describe Joseph as a perfect gentleman who wouldn’t let her say the word ‘damn’ because it
wasn’t something a lady said. Joseph and Anna had some kind of a sham wedding. Then Anna got
pregnant, and they decided to get married for real. There was just one problem (besides the
wife back in New Orleans).

Joseph was in prison for murder and robbery. He supposedly held up a beer garden and killed a
man named Charles Theuner.

The wedding took place at the prison with Anna’s sister and a newspaperman serving as
witnesses. Newspapers loved the story of the condemned man and his beautiful bride. Pictures
of the wedding were published across the country, including in New Orleans.

Ruby saw the photos and showed them to her stepfather. Then she raced across town to show them
to her mother-in-law. One thing puzzled them.

The papers described a marriage between Anna and a John Collins. John looked very much like
Joseph Ashley Schwartz.

Ruby went to the newspapermen, who seized upon the fresh angle to the story. John Collins
denied from prison that he was Joseph Ashley Schwartz, and Anna said it couldn’t be true. Anna
also threw in that – by her math – John couldn’t possibly be the father of Ruby’s baby or the
man that Ruby had to marry because she got in trouble.

Anna also minimized John Collins’ criminal record. By her reckoning, police get your name for
one little thing and then pin everything on you. Poor Anna.

Joseph’s family was left wondering if John Collins was their Joseph – although they couldn’t
have scratched their heads for too long. Joseph had written his sister letters and signed them
John Collins. Although … how did she know who that was when she got the letters? Did he sign
them “John Collins (you know, Joseph Schwartz)?” Curiouser and curiouser.

Ruby sent a letter to Joseph in Sing-Sing. The warden returned it, explaining that John
Collins denied knowing anyone named Joseph Ashley Schwartz. Ruby decided to let the matter
drop. After all, she reasoned, Joseph was condemned to death so she’d soon be a widow with no
reason to pursue a divorce.

If you look up the list of people executed in New York, you won’t find Joseph Ashley Schwartz.
Instead you’ll find the name John Collins, who was one of four men to go to his death in the
electric chair on May 29, 1936.

Joseph – or John – was 25 when he died. He supposedly told the guards “Let’s go” as they
strapped him to the electric chair. At the prison gates, Anna clutched their four-month-old
baby and sobbed.

Later, upon being woken and told about the execution, Ruby was unsympathetic. She reportedly
shrugged her shoulders and showed no emotion. She also told reporters that Anna had fixed her
own little red wagon.
 
(Son) BirthA son, Raymond, was born on March 11, 1936 at Manhattan, New York. 
(Deceased) DeathJohn died on July 9, 1936 at Sing, Sing Prison, NY.  

Family

Helenore Agnes Downs b. June 15, 1917, d. March 15, 2008
Child
Last EditedMarch 16, 2022

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