Theodocia COLLINS1793 - 1870 (76 years)
Name Theodocia COLLINS Born 15 Sep 1793 CT?? NY?? Gender Female Died 1870 Notes
Bounty Land warrant
1870 census - Cheshire Twp, Gallia Co, Oh
from letter from Wm D Herron, 5/23/1976:
You may have a long search to find Theodocia Collin's ancestors, and you may suddenly come upon them. I have been persuing them for some time and most of the leads have led to blind alleys. I know she was born September 15, 1793 (Bible Record) in Connecticut (census record). She may have been born in Middltown, CT as the Blakes were an old family there. On the way to Ohio, the Blakes lived in Litchfiled County, CT and in Bangall, Dutchess Co, NY. Comfort Blake was Theodocia's first husband. His mother is buried in Benfall. I have never found the Blake-Collins marriage record.
There were three children by this marriage:
Mary Ann, who married my great grandfather, Cornelius Vanderhoof Bellows
Lucy, who married one of Andrew Parker's sons by his first marriage.
There is a Levi Collins in CT, but I have never found any connection, but there may have been one.
Comfort died of yellow fever and was probably buried immediately somewhere along the Ohio River. It is likely that others are buried in the same grave. The date is not exactly known, but it had to be in the early 1820s. His name appears in the 1820 census. Then she married Andrew Parker. Of Lucy's son, I remember Sheldon, Dr George, John, Charles. There were others, I believe.
The name Olive (not common) appears with great frequency and may have come through the Blakes or Collinses: Olive Cameron Murch, my mother, Olive Bellows Herron, Olive Bellow Ely, and Olive Coe Herron, as well as your Olive Briggs, another cousin.
I am enclosing a picture of Theodocia - this must have been taken about 1850 and probably was taken by Cornelius V Bellows who was listed in the 1850 census as a daguerreotypist. The original belonged to Charles Parker, her grandson by the first marriage.
Comfort L Blake must have come to Ohio in 1816, with his brother Samuel L Blake. They settled in Lee Township, Athens County, and both appear inthe 1820 census there.
I think Olive Cameron Murch found the pension papers for Andrew Parker or Theodocia, He seems to have served in the War of 1812. Theodocia died in Cheshire in 1870, I believe.
I never found Theodocia in the Barbour Collection, no Comfort for that matter. I am sure that collection which is available on microfilm is available to you in CA. Of course, it is constantly being added to as it is a card file in the CT state library. She may have been listed under another name.
Person ID I274 WVPioneers Last Modified 24 May 2005
Family 1 Comfort Blake, d. Yes, date unknown Children 1. Levi Blake, d. Yes, date unknown 2. Mary Ann Blake, d. Yes, date unknown + 3. Lucy Blake, b. Abt 1821, Ohio, United States , d. Yes, date unknown Family ID F374 Group Sheet
Family 2 Andrew PARKER, b. 1784, Connecticut or England , d. 27 Jan 1857 OR 26 Jan 1859, Athens, Athens, Ohio, United States (Age 75 years) Married 28 Nov 1825 Athens, Athens, Ohio, United States Notes
1820 Alexander Twp, Athens Co, OH
1830 Alexander Twp, Athens Co, OH
1840 Alexander Twp, Athens Co, OH
1 m 50-60
3 f 10-15
1 f 15-20
1 f 40-50
Athens County Family History - 1987
Great great grandfather Andrew Parker, originally from England, came to New York where he married the mother of his son William. We do not know her name. William was born in 1811 in eastern New York and brought by his father to Athens county, OH, in 1816. We do not know who else was in the party that came by wagon train to Ohio. At one point William, age five, got tired of riding and got out to walk. When they saw he was no longer in sight, they went back to hunt for him and found him about a mile behind, walking unconcernedly along following the wagon tracks.
In 1825, Andrew married Theodocia Blake, the widow of Comfort Blake. Her maiden name was Collins and she was the dughter of a fisherman off Cape Cod, Mass. William Parker married Theodocia's daughter, Lucy in 1838. They had 8 chiildren. . .
Children + 1. Olive PARKER, b. 25 Jun 1834, Athens County, Ohio, United States , d. 4 Apr 1903, Athens, Athens, Ohio, United States (Age 68 years) Family ID F56 Group Sheet
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Photos Collins: Theodocia Collins Parker