Ann Brewer Collins 1844 or 46. Died,11/4/26
Nathaniel Stewart Collins May 19, 1845.
Elizabeth Ann was born 1844 or 46 at
Hopkins County, Kentucky. She died November 4, 1926 at Ralston, Oklahoma,
Osage County- Her mother was Mary America (Spelled Amerika in the old
family Bible) Hunter, who married John Brewer. Elizabeth's father was John
Wesley Brewer. John Brewer was the son of Jacob and Eda Brewer, land
owners an Polk County, Missouri in and before 1865. Research is not
validated on America but it looks to be she has some relationship to He-kah-Mon-Kah,
Osage woman, wife of Sam Smith.
When Elizabeth Ann was young her hair was
dark auburn, long with natural curl. She had a sweet voice and her
grandchildren remembered her walking up to their houses singing hymns. She
came from town where she got off the train. One grandchild, now over
ninety, remembers her as having a gentle personality, being always happy
and pleasant. Another grandchild remembers her as stern and a
disciplinarian. Her fragile old letters Bellzona saved show her to be a
caring person, interested in her children, grandchildren and in-laws. She
was a healthy person and continued supporting her children emotionally,
until her death. She visited first one and then the other, and stayed in
communication by mail. Her letters were usually short, one page comments
directed to the whole family, written with wide apart lines. Some comment
would be made as to someone having been killed in the war, or some other
current event in her area. The stationery was marked with a red rose.
Bellzona saved the letters, and when Lee, her son died, Velma, his wife,
passed them on to his children.
During her absence from home, on one of her
visits to her children, she wrote home to her husband Nathaniel Stewart
Collins. He rode to town on a bicycle to pick up the mail, and because he
suffered from asthma, when he returned home, he went to bed with the
malady and died. Nathaniel Stewart Collins, Elizabeth Ann's husband, was
the son of Jesse & Polly Ann Howard Collins. Nathaniel was born May
19, 1845 in Powell, Tennessee, Green County. He died August 22, 1902,
Orlando, Oklahoma, Logan County, Bowcox cemetery. Nathan's personal
description was; Black hair and beard, blue eyes, small delicate hands. He
wore a full beard.
Jesse, father of Nathan, was said to have
been from England, Scotland or maybe the little island of Colinsey off the
coast of Scotland. There are records in Quaker histories that show a
father to son lineage of Jesse to Nathan to Jesse and to Nathan for
several generations. This was shown in Pennsylvania.
Jesse's wife, Polly Ann Howard was the
daughter of William Howard and Annie Blaylock William H. Ashley,
surveyor's office, St. Louis, 1821, show Jesse's home place in Polk
county, section 7, Township 34, Range 22, west in Missouri. The story by
the family tells of Jesse leaving this area with his dark wife and
children during the persecution of the Cherokee, sleeping by day with them
covered in a wagon, and traveling by night, guided by the stars, to Valley
Spring, Arkansas, out of Harrison, Arkansas.
Elizabeth Ann Brewer Collins and Spouse.
Nathaniel Stewart Collins in their youth.
This copy of a snapshot was shared by Mrs.
Paul Honegar, Melvina, descendant of Charity Parilee Collins Dunlap.
Parilee was a sister to Bellzona.