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Phebe Collins
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Josiah M. & Phebe Collins
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Sherman Public Library history files

Mrs. Phoebe collins, 91, last September; she is the widow of the late Josiah M. Collins, Civil war veteran who fought with Figthugh's regiment for three years.  He sister is Mrs. E.J. Davis of Sherman.  They were reared in Farmington where the family home is still maintained by Will Collins, a son of Mrs. Collins.  Both attended Willow Springs school in a log house near Farmington.  Theya re daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Wheat, Grayson pioneers.

Sherman Public Library genealogy files

Grayson Pioneer Dies at 95 years
April 7, 1935

Had Resided in This County Continuously for 90 years
(Special to the Democrat)

Howe - Mrs. Phoebe Collins, 95, resident of Grayson county continuously for the past 90 years, died Friday at 9:15 p.m. at the home of her son, W.W. Collins, five miles southwest of Howe in the Farmington community.  She had been in declining health for a long time.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the residence of the son, with interment in Hall cemetery.  The Johnson funeral home of Howe is making arrangements.
Mrs. Collins is survived by her sons and daughters, Mrs. W.M. Robertson of Sherman, Mrs. Tom G. Bradley of Virginia Beach, Va., Mrs. Charles Rhodes of Houston, J.S. Collins of Corpus Christi, and the son with whom she lived.  Surviving also is her sister, Mrs. E.J. Davis of Sherman, 88, and her brother, C.E. Wheat of Howe, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
At her bedside when the end came were Mr. and Mrs. Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Collins, and her brother.  Mrs. Bradley was to arrive Saturday morning from Virginia.
Mrs. Collins was born PHoebe Wheat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Wheat of Arkansas, Sept. 3, 1839.  She came with her parents to Red River county, Texas in 1842, and they moved in 1845 to Grayson County.  Mr. Wheat was a Grayson county commissioner for many years.  On July 21, 1861, Miss Wheat married Josiah M. Collins and they made their home on the farm until his death in 1920.
During the civil war, which followed soon after their marriage, Mr. Collins was a member of Fitzhugh's regiment.  When he returned he saw for the first time his daughter, Alice (now Mrs. Bradley), then three years old.  During that period, Mrs. Collins and other pioneer women in this section underwent the typical hardships of the time, spinning the yarn for the weaving of cloth for their garments, and doing all farm work.

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