There is a lot of stories running wild in the mountains of West Virginia. Almost every line that I connect with came through there on their way to somewhere else or settled there and never left. Most have rumors of Indian blood and it is so fustrating not to be able to prove a thing.
Vance, the HCPD group have a large library at Horner ,WV. They are a great group of people active in research.Hackers Creek was suppose to be a hot spot. There was a Settlement named Walkersville and part of it was Collins Settlement:
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Walkersville is situated in the central part of the Collins Settlement district in Lewis county,WV and was founded in 1840 by Wm. Bennett, Jr. It has a population of about two hundred at the present time. In the village there are two general stores, one hardware and furniture store, two feed stores (one of which is a co-operative store incorporated at $10,000), one blacksmith and machine shop, two garages, one harness and saddle shop, two barber shops, one grist and planing mill, one high school building costing $60,000, one two-room public school building, and about fifty dwellings.
The village of Walkersville is on the Weston and Webster Springs road and is a central point for the whole upper end of Collins Settlement district.
The first permanent settlement made in what is now within this district was made by John Collins from whom the
district gets its name. This settlement was made about 1787 on a tract of land granted to Mr. Collins by Col. George Jackson, which was located near and includes the present site of the village of Jacksonville. Collins was followed three years later by Wm. Shoulders who settled near by Collins on what is now known as the Big Bend Bottom, one-half mile south of Jacksonville. Mr. Shoulders died in 1808 and was the first person to be buried at the Long Point Cemetery, near Walkersville. Little, if anything is known of any of the descendants of either Collins or Shoulders.
The next settler was Wm. Bennett, who came from Pendleton County, Virginia, now West Virginia, in the year 1800, and settled near the mouth of the run which now bears his name. This run is just a half mile north of Walkersville. Mr. Bennett secured a patent for 2,800 acres of land adjacent to and including the present site of the village of Walkersville. The original patent for this grant of land is still kept. It is written on parchment and is in a fair state of preservation. It is in the possession of the family of the late Wm. Sprigg.
Collins Settlement District is the most southern in Lewis County; it is bounded north by Court House and Skin Creek districts, east by Upshur county, and south and west by Braxton and Gilmer counties. The northern and middle portions are drained by sand fork. Right fork and Left fork, the upper tributaries of the West Fork river, while the southern portion is watered by Gauley fork of the Little Kanawha.
During the last quarter of the eighteenth century George Jackson, who was a member of several of the earlier American Congresses, became a large landed proprietor in what is now known as Collins Settlement. He was a progressive and public spirited man, but his lands were then far out in the western wilderness; he determined that this region should be brought under the sway of civilized men, and in order to induce emigration he conveyed a title to fifty acres of his best land to a man named George Collins, the only condition being that he should settle upon it. Mr. Jackson hoped thus to form a nucleus around which other homes might be established.
Accordingly in the year 1798, Collins complied with the only condition, and removing into the wilderness reared his cabin upon the fifty acres of land deeded to him by Mr. Jackson. In 1799 he was followed to his wilderness home by a man named Shoulders, who settled at the forks of the West Fork river. A year later, in 1900, William Bennett located on the West Fork river immediately below the site selected by Shoulders. here he continued to reside until 1857, when he died, and his lands, then having become among the most valuable in the county, descended to his heirs. They were later owned by his youngest son, the Hon. J.M> Bennett, late auditor of Virginia. William Bennett, the pioneer, deserves more than a passing notice from the pen of the historian. He was born on the 18th day of September, 1775, and died on the 1st of March, 1857. >>>>>>>>>>
One article gives the name of John Collins and the other says George Collins. It really don't make any difference as the Collins only lived on the land long enough to satisfy his obligation and nobody knowes where he went from there.
My natural father is a COLLINS; my stepfather was a SHOULDERS and I have BENNETT on both sides Unrelated. I haven't heard any rumors of NA blood on the Bennett lines but the other two I have. Amos Ritter Shoulders son of John W. Shoulders and a woman named Nisa/Nicy/Nicah was born in Lewis Co. WV and according to his granddaughter he was Indian medicine man. He was supposely the best herb doctor in the area and treated anybody that came to him for help.
Vance...you mention LAMBERT, Meredith Collins brother, William Collins, married 1) Mary MULLINS and 2) Maryann HATFIELD. From the first marriage William Collins JR married Nancy LAMBERT. All the names you have mentioned in your above post in one way or another have connections to the Collins families. I have heard over the years that in WV Indians were NOT allowed to own any land until after the 1940's. These people would die before they would admit to being Indian because their land would be taken away and their families would starve.These people had lost so much they couldn't risk even passing onto thier children their heritage for fear a child would slip and they would lose all. I know I can't prove it but in my heart I know who my people are.
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