Artemesia Holliday and Joseph Collins

ARTEMESIA HOLLIDAY was born Nov 21, 1846 in Copiah County, MS, and died Feb 28, 1913 In Goliad County, TX. She was the third child of Thomas Johnston Holliday and Margaret Emily Patton.  She married JOSEPH COLLINS in 1866 in Texas.  He was born Aug 18, 1837 in Kentucky, and died Jan 26, 1896 in Goliad Co. TX..  Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Goliad County, TX.

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Children of Artemesia Holliday and Joseph Collins

JAMES FOSTER COLLINS b. Abt. 1869, Texas Occupation in 1900: teacher
ROBERT JOEL COLLINS b. Abt. 1871, Texas; m. OPHIA FANT
Zelime Collins b. 05 Dec 1872 in Texas, m. W.D. Pettus
Custer Lee Collins b. 28 Apr 1875, d. 08 Sep 1945 in Texas
Roberta Holliday Collins b. 03 Aug 1878, May 1953 in Texas; m. William Bradley Howard
HELEN DELORES COLLINS b. 10 Nov 1885, Texas, d. 13 Sep 1957, m. James B. Lott

Genealogical Sources

  • HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF THE CATTLE INDUSTRY AND THE CATTLEMEN OF TEXAS AND ADJACENT TERRITORY (Woodward and Tiernan Printing Company, 1895)
  • Census: 1850, Copiah County, MS, Dwelling #237, August 20, 1850, John McDonald Ass’t Marshall
  • Census: 1870, Calhoun County, TX, Lavaca, Precinct 2, HH 6, June 6, 1870
  • Census: 1880, Goliad County, TX, Precinct 2, ED 63, HH 89, June 3, 1880
  • Census: 1900, Goliad County, Precinct 1, ED 47, HH 60, June 3, 1900
  • James Cox, HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF THE CATTLE INDUSTRY AND THE CATTLEMEN OF TEXAS AND ADJACENT TERRITORY (Woodward and Tiernan Printing Company, 1895), p. 645 [complete]:  “With a reputation that will live for generations, a record of a half
    dozen fortunes made and lost, a life of activity and enterprise, Joseph
    Collins has at last retired from his labors and is enjoying well-earned
    quiet and comfort at his home in Goliad, Texas. Following the events of
    his life from his birth in Clark County, Kentucky, in 1837, we find that
    almost from his boyhood he has taken a prominent part in the development
    of the cattle industry of the Southwest. His father, Albert G. Collins,
    born in Virginia in 1803, in early life moved to Kentucky, where he
    married Miss Pamelia Foster of that state.
    In 1838 they crossed over to Missouri and dwelt there until the year
    1845, when the family cast its fortune with the State of Texas, moving
    to Dallas County, where the father engaged in the occupation of farming
    and cattle raising until the year 1880, when, having grown too old for
    further active duties, gave up his business and spent the balance of his
    days with his children, his death occurring in 1889. There were eleven
    children in the family and six of them are living at the present time.
    When Joseph was eighteen years of age he was employed by his uncle,
    James M. Foster, who at that time controlled all cattle shipping via the
    Morgan and other steamship lines from the ports of Texas. Thus he
    embarked at the beginning in the cattle industry from an advantageous
    standpoint, and all his life has been interested in large and important
    cattle transactions. His initiation into the science of handling large
    numbers of cattle took place in the year 1857, and two years later he,
    with his brother, James A., took an interest in the shipping business
    with their uncle. At this time he had just reached his majority and was
    assigned to the duties of buying for the company, the transactions
    running at this time to between 12,000 to 15,000 head per year. They
    did a large and successful business until the Civil War coming on
    interfered and brought about a complete collapse in their business which
    ended in failure.
    Cattle buying was suspended for the time being and Joseph joined Terry’s
    Texas Rangers and was in the service until the final surrender. When
    the war was over, shipping was resumed from Texas ports and Mr. Foster
    again closed a contract with the steamship companies to handle cattle
    for the vessels sailing from Indianola, taking our subject, his brother
    and A. H. Pierce into partnership. The next year Pierce withdrew and
    James D. Reed took his place in the firm. This partnership continued
    until July, 1867, when it was succeeded by Messrs. Allen and Pool, of
    Galveston. Mr. Collins became interested in the latter firm and
    discharged the duties of buyer. In 1868, in connection with A. H.
    Pierce, he bought the Hour-Glass and Daniel Wheeler stocks of cattle and
    opened a ranch in Matagorda County. The following year he disposed of
    his part of the above herds to his partner, Mr. Pierce. Himself and Mr.
    Pierce then took an interest with Allen & Pool. The next year he
    accepted a position with the latter as a buyer at a salary of $500 per
    month. He could not remain on the outside long and before the year was
    out he was again a member of the firm and remained so until 1872, when
    he retired from the business and formed the Adams and Collins Cattle
    Company, starting out with a grand total of 60,000 head of stock
    cattle. They branded 10,000 calves the first year and after a lapse of
    three years sold out to Cud Adams. He then engaged in buying and
    shipping beef cattle for about a year, when he purchased the Vance brand
    for $12,500, and in a few months sold out for the handsome sum of
    $29,000.
    In 1881 he established a ranch on the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos
    River, but the following year disposed of it to O. J. Warren and again
    took up his favorite occupation of buying and shipping beef cattle from
    Colorado City as his headquarters. It will be noticed through the
    annals of Mr. Collins’s life as a cattleman that his transactions have
    been remarkable rapid and that it has been his policy to buy and sell
    and turn over his money as quickly as possible. He has always followed
    out this principle, and in 1882 made money rapidly. In 1884 he, being
    bankrupt, took charge of a herd for Seth Mabry, receiving a half
    interest in the profits. The succeeding year he took a large herd of
    cattle for Albert Rachal from the Coast country and delivered them to
    the Capital Syndicate Company. Returning again to the Coast, he
    embarked in buying and shipping to Chicago, but lost about $10,000 in
    this venture on account of the temporary boom in the cattle market. His
    health became impaired about this time and he temporarily withdrew from
    business and went to live at Goliad. At the present time he deals in a
    small way in cattle, but nothing like his former large transactions.
    His marriage to Miss Artie Holliday occurred at Goliad, Texas, in 1866,
    and they have six children, as follows: James F., R. J., both residents
    of Goliad; Lemie, who is the wife of W. D. Pettus, also lives at Goliad;
    and Custice Lee, Roberta and Helen D. live at home with their parents.
    [Note: Joseph Collins died in 1896, and Artie Holliday Collins in 1913.
    They are buried in Oak Hill cemetery, along with their sons James F. and
    Lee Collins.]”

10. ROBERTA5 COLLINS (ARTEMESIA4 HOLLIDAY, THOMAS JOHNSTON3, AYRES2, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1878 in Texas. She married WILLIAM BRADLEY HOWARD Abt. 1897 in Texas. He was born Abt. 1867 in Tennessee.

More About ROBERTA COLLINS:
Census 1: 1880, Goliad County, TX, Precinct 2, ED 63, HH 89, June 3, 1880
Census 2: 1910, Childress County, TX, ED 24, HH 12, April 15, 1910

More About WILLIAM BRADLEY HOWARD:
Census: 1910, Childress County, TX, ED 24, HH 12, April 15, 1910
Occupation: 1910, Attorney

More About WILLIAM HOWARD and ROBERTA COLLINS:
Marriage: Abt. 1897, Texas

Children of ROBERTA COLLINS and WILLIAM HOWARD are:
i. WILLIAM BRADLEY6 HOWARD, JR., b. 24 Oct 1897, Childress County, TX.

More About WILLIAM BRADLEY HOWARD, JR.:
Census: 1910, Childress County, TX, ED 24, HH 12, April 15, 1910

18. ii. JOSEPH COLLINS HOWARD, b. 06 Oct 1899, Childress County, TX; d. 27 Jan 1977, Childress County, TX.
iii. GRELINE HOWARD, b. Abt. 1901, Childress County, TX.
iv. HELEN HOWARD, b. Abt. 1903, Childress County, TX.

More About HELEN HOWARD:
Census: 1910, Childress County, TX, ED 24, HH 12, April 15, 1910

v. WELDON E. HOWARD, b. 27 Sep 1906, Childress County, TX; d. 27 Feb 1978, Houston, Harris County, TX.

More About WELDON E. HOWARD:
Census: 1910, Childress County, TX, ED 24, HH 12, April 15, 1910

19. vi. ELIZABETH L. HOWARD, b. 28 Jun 1909, Childress County, TX; d. 03 Dec 1995, Canadian, Hemphill County, TX.

Generation No. 4

18. JOSEPH COLLINS6 HOWARD (ROBERTA5 COLLINS, ARTEMESIA4 HOLLIDAY, THOMAS JOHNSTON3, AYRES2, WILLIAM1) was born 06 Oct 1899 in Childress County, TX, and died 27 Jan 1977 in Childress County, TX. He married CLAUDIA C. BUSTER 1920 in Childress County, TX. She was born 16 Feb 1901 in Texas, and died 22 Feb 1996 in Childress County, TX.

More About JOSEPH COLLINS HOWARD:
Census: 1910, Childress County, TX, ED 24, HH 12, April 15, 1910
Occupation: 1930, Tool foreman – Railroad shop

More About JOSEPH HOWARD and CLAUDIA BUSTER:
Marriage: 1920, Childress County, TX

Children of JOSEPH HOWARD and CLAUDIA BUSTER are:
i. BARBARA J.7 HOWARD, b. Abt. 1921, Childress County, TX.
ii. JOE B. HOWARD, b. Abt. 1922, Childress County, TX.

19. ELIZABETH L.6 HOWARD (ROBERTA5 COLLINS, ARTEMESIA4 HOLLIDAY, THOMAS JOHNSTON3, AYRES2, WILLIAM1) was born 28 Jun 1909 in Childress County, TX, and died 03 Dec 1995 in Canadian, Hemphill County, TX. She married JOHN D. GLENN 1931. He was born 28 Mar 1908 in Texas, and died 25 Dec 1998 in Canadian, Hemphill County, TX.

More About ELIZABETH L. HOWARD:
Census: 1910, Childress County, TX, ED 24, HH 12, April 15, 1910

More About JOHN GLENN and ELIZABETH HOWARD:
Marriage: 1931

Child of ELIZABETH HOWARD and JOHN GLENN is:
i. JOHN7 GLENN.

 

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