One of our Civil War ancestors

As a challenge, Bill West of has challenged genealogy bloggers to post information about their Civil War ancestors. I’m a new blogger, but thought that it would be fitting that I post some information about one of the first ancestors that I was able to find information on: Alphonso Delano Collins (or ADL, as he was commonly known), my great grandfather. Gotta love those mustaches!

Alphonso D. L. COLLINS was born on 6 Apr 1842 in Allegany, New York to TG and Rachel Wilson Collins. He appeared in the census on 18 Sep 1850 in Smelser, Grant County, Wisconsin and in the census on 21 Jul 1860 in Smelser, Grant County, Wisconsin. He was discharged from the military with an honorable discharge on 1 Sep 1864. He was both a farmer and a miner during his lifetime. Married twice, he sired 8 children who lived to adulthood. He died in a car Accident on 29 Aug 1907 at the age of 65 in Hazel, Snohomish County, Washington. Alphonso was buried on 22 Sep 1907 in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington.

Thanks to the Snohomish County <Washington> Civil War Veterans Project, for this picture taken around the time of his death.

Military Service:

Full Context of American Civil War Soldiers
Alphonso D. L. Collins
Residence: Jamestown, Wisconsin Occupation:
Service Record:
Enlisted as a Private on 12 August 1861
Enlisted in Company C, 7th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 12 August 1861
was Detailed on 08 June 1862
was Returned on 08 August 1864
Mustered out on 01 September 1864
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion. (WIRoster) Published in 1886


Everett Daily Herald
A.D.L. Collins, father of Councilman Bert Collins, and brother of T.G. Collins was instantly killed yesterday while driving with his brother in law, James Stevens, also of Everett, from Darrington to this city. The rig in which the men were riding upset, pinning both between it and the earth. Stevens managed to liberate himself, suffering a sprained ankle, but Collins was dead. Stevens managed to reach a telephone at Hazel and called for assistance. Mr. Collins body was taken to Hazel and brought to this city this morning.
The deceased was about 59 years ols and leaves a wife and seven children. Councilman Collins is enroute from the East to Everett and an attempt is being made to reach him by telegraph. The two men were returning from a trip to the Bornite mine, whither they journed to drive a tunnel. Mr. Stevens retuned to Everett last night.

The funeral of A.D.L. Collins, which has been postponed for some time to await the arrival of his son, Councilman Mert Collins, from the East, will be held tomorrow afternoon from Jerread’s chapel at 2:30. The services will be under the auspices of the John Buford post of the G.A.R. Rev. W.E. Randall will conduct the services at the chapel, after with the body will be taken to Evergreen cemetery to be interred with theritual of the Grand Army.


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2 Responses to One of our Civil War ancestors

  1. Debi Austen says:

    Hey, I’m a new blogger, too – and I’m near Seattle!

    Welcome aboard.


  2. Bill West says:

    Hi Sherry,
    A great way to start your geneablog! I look forward to seeing many more posts
    from you.

    Thank you for sending your first blogpost in to the Challenge!


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