Collins, Joseph M.
March 06, 2007 07:11PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed.,
Kenton Co.

JOSEPH M. COLLINS was born in Kenton County, Ky., June 29, 1832, and is a
son of Richard A. and Harriet (Dictum) Dickerson Collins, natives
respectively of Culpeper, Va., and Kenton County, Ky. Richard A. Collins
was a farmer by occupation and settled in Kenton County when about
eighteen years of age; he was an aid de camp to the governor with the
rank of captain, his commission being dated about 1830; he has a farm of
about 400 acres, and owned twenty slaves; he died in 1861 at the age of
seventy years. Joseph M. Collins received his education under the
private tutorship of Rev. B. G. Fields, of Grant County, when eighteen
years of age began to teach a school. In 1855 he went to Missouri, and
engaged in merchandising. In the summer of 1857, when twenty-four years
old, he made an independent race for Congress in the Third District
against Gen. John D. Clark and reduced the Democratic majority over
2,000. In the winter of the latter year he returned to Covington and
read law with Judge O'Hara, of Covington, and was admitted to the bar
in 1858, when he located in Crittenden, and began the practice of his
profession. August 20, 1861, he married Miss Mary J., daughter of
Judge A. G. Craig, of Gallatin County, who died in 1879, leaving one
child, Albert C., who was born in 1862. April 18, 1883, Mr. Collins
married Miss Kate M. Schmidt, daughter of Paul Schmidt, a celebrated
music teacher of Covington, deceased. Mr. Collins removed from Crittenden
to Covington in 1883, and is now a law partner with Judge W. M. Fenley.
He owns 211 acres of land in Kenton County on the Covington and Lexington
Turnpike, and has a handsome residence on Madison Avenue. He is a
Mason, a Knight Templar, a member of the I. O. O. F., and has always
been a public temperance man, being chairman of the State temperance
convention in 1876. He is a cousin of the State historian, Hon. Richard
H. Collins, assisted in the preparation of the history of Kentucky, and
conducted the suit of R. H. Collins, vs. The State of Kentucky, which
finally resulted in upholding the contract with the State for the
purchase of the history for common school purposes.

Collins Dictum Fields Clark O'Hara Craig Schmidt Fenley
Gallatin-KY Culpeper-VA MO

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