William Alexander Collie (see Skinner Family)
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 11 May 2011)
This settler to NW Twp, Williams Co, OH came from Scotland where he was a carpenter and a joiner. He first came to North America via Canada and then after 1851 traveled to various places in Ohio before permanently setting up roots in Williams County, Ohio c1858. His wife, also a native of Scotland, came as a child to the states and lived in Richland Co, OH c1832. This couple had three known children who were reared on the family farm of 180 acres. The Collies were members of the Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church. Alexander, as he was known, served in the capacity of a township trustee, a land appraiser, and by 1882 a Director of the Williams County Infirmary.
He also served in the Civil War as a member of Co C 196th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, entering as a private and mustering out as a corporal. His widow applied for and received a pension for this service on 7 Aug 1890.
This is what is known of the family:
William Alexander Collie (6 Oct 1827, Banffshire, Scotland – 1 May 1887, NW Twp, Williams Co, OH; buried in Malcolm Cemetery) was the son of William and Margaret Morrison Collie. He married Elizabeth Lindsey on 15 July 1854 in Ashland Co, OH.
Elizabeth Lindsey (1826 Aberdeenshire, Scotland – 16 May 1891, NW Twp, Williams Co, OH; buried in Malcolm Cemetery) was the daughter of James and Janette Jeffrey Lindsey.
The couple had the following children:
1. Lindsey James (22 Feb 1860 NW Twp – 16 Aug 1918 NW Twp; buried in Columbia Cemetery; mar Elizabeth Thompson, 29 Dec 1894 Wms Co, OH – Marriage V6 #`335)
2. Jannetta Ann (see previous post on Skinner family)
3. William Alexander (c1867 - ?; mar Ida Fox, 31 Dec 1889 Wms Co – Marriage V6 #146)
NW Township Cemeteries, Williams Co, OH p78, 81, 104, 105
Weston Goodspeed, History of Williams Co, OH, 1882, p247, 811
Shinn’s History of Williams County, OH, 1905, p324-325
Williams Co Historical Society, History of Williams Co, OH, 1978, V2 p487
A timeline for the family through census records shows the following:
1850 Ruggles, Ashland, Ohio; Roll: M432_658; Page: 501B; Image: 246.
h/h 64/64 Lindsay, James 55 Scot farmer
Jeannette 57 Scot
Elizabeth 24 Scot
James 21 Scot
Robert 18 Scot
Ann 14 OH
Note the surname is Lindsay and the family lived in Ohio between 1834-1836 at least.
1851 Scotland Parish: Inveravon; ED: 4; Page: 5; Line: 7; Roll: 514; Year: 1851
There is an Alexander Collie living as a boarder with a Hepburn family; he was a journeyman carpenter; it has not been established whether this is the subject of this detailing.
1860 Northwest, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 12; Image: 27; Family History Library Film: 805052.
h/h 179 Collins, Alexander 31 Scot farmer
Elizabeth 36 Scot
Lindsey J 3/12 OH
James 31 Scot
Note the name on census is Collins; it would appear that Alexander may have a brother James who lived with the family
1870 Northwest, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 152B; Image: 308; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 204 Collie, Alex 42 Scotland farmer
Elizabeth 44 Scotland
Lindsey 10 OH
Jennie 7 OH
William 3 OH
1880 North West, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 433B; Enumeration District: 1; Image: 0506.
h/h 106/108 Collie, Alexander 51 Scot-Scot-Scot farmer
Elizabeth wife 53 Scot-Scot-Scot
Lindsey son 20 OH-Scot-Scot
Jeanette dau 16 OH-Scot-Scot
William son 13 OH-Scot-Scot
Bryan Democrat, 6 Mar 1884
Alexander Collie, Infirmary Director, tendered his resignation on Tuesday. During his two years of service Mr. Collie proved himself a faithful and efficient.