Scott County, Indiana
Genealogy and History
From the Scott County Journal, August 4, 1892
"Rev. Zebulon F. Collings Drops Dead at His Home at the age Of Seventy-one Years.
"Rev. Zebulon F. Collings was born in Clark County, Indiana, December 24, 1820, and departed this life July 28, 1892, aged 71 years, 7 months and 4 days. He was a grandson of William Collings who fought the Indians at the time of the Pigeon Roost defeat. He was a soldier in the late war. He joined the M.E. Church at Vienna in the year 1842 and lived a devoted, consistent Christian life until called to his reward. He filled the offices of Sunday school superintendent, class leader, steward, trustee and exhorter, the last position he held until his death. He loved his family, his neighbor, his country, his church and his God. He was married to D.J. Higgins, Jan.21, 1846. To them two sons and seven daughters were born. One son and three daughters have passed on before. He leaves a wife, one son, four daughters, thirty-four grandchildren and one great grandson to mourn his departure. Uncle Zeb, as he was familiarly called, was known and respected by everybody, for his piety, his Christian zeal, his personal integrity and his kind disposition."
"Heart failure was the immediate cause of his sudden death. Rev. Jabe Mahan of Lexington preached an impressive funeral sermon at the New Chapel church where an extremely large audience assembled and the remains were taken to old Chapel Cemetery for interment."
Obituary for Deborah Jane (JANE) Higgins Colllings
Brief Historical Sketch of Mrs. D.J. Collings Who Died February 14, 1900
A Christian Life, a Blessing to the Family and a Benediction to the Community.
D. Jane Higgins Collings was born June 26, 1828 and Died February 14, 1900 aged 71 years, 7 months and 18 days of cancer of the stomach. She was united in marriage to Zebulon F. Collings January 21, 1846. To that union were born two sons and seven daughters. The husband and five children departed this life years before. She leaves a son, three daughters, thritynine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends to mourn her departure. She joined the M.E. church in 1844 and lived a devoted and faithful life until she fell asleep in Jesus. She has been a blessing to her family, a worker in the church, a stay to the Sunday school, a help to missionary societies and a benediction to the community in which she lived. She was a great reader of religious books and papers. The advocate, her church paper, was always a welcome visitor. She was a constant reader, a faithful student, of the Bible and taught her children in early life to obey its teaching. Her patient suffering, her living faith, her expressed confidence in a personal Saviour and her last assurance that "all is well", is demonstration of a noble Christian character. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. J.L. Cooper.