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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CAPT. MARCUS COLLINS was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1813, the only child born to Marcus, Sr., and Elizabeth (Swing) Collins. Marcus Collins, Sr., a native of New York, emigrated to Cincinnati in 1817, was a brickmaker by trade, but is now dead. He was a son of Stephen Collins, of New York, who emigrated from England. Mrs. Collins was a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Murphy) Swing, of Pennsylvania. Our subject learned the trade of a mechanic, but after five years at that work went on the river as a laborer, in which he was engaged many years; he was captain of a boat and the owner of several boats, and during his steamboat career he had carrying contracts for the Government during Mexican war. He now lives on his large and valuable farm opposite Aurora, Ind. In 1844 he married Miss Sarah Hoffman, of Cincinnati, who was born in 1825 and died in 1849. In 1853 Mr. Collins married Martha Norris, daughter of Joseph Norris, of Boone County, one of the oldest families in the State. Mr. Collins is a member of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 73 biographies included in the Boone County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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