Niagara County

1897 Biography - Peter Collins

Collins. Peter, one of the enterprising farmers of Newfane, was born in Munster, County Clare, Ireland, a son of Andrew and Susan Collins, both of whom died in Ireland. He came to America in 1856 and located in Orleans county, N. Y., where he remained several years, when he came to Niagara county and bought a farm of eighty seven acres in the town of Newfane, where he has since resided. He married Ellen Fox, who was also born in County Clare, Ireland, and came to America with her parents, who located in Lockport, where they died. To Mr. and Mrs. Collins were born eight children, three of whom are living: Martin, the oldest, married Mary Maholland and resides in Lockport; Thomas and Sarah are at home. In 1894 Mrs. Collins and two daughters, Ellen and Mary, died, Andrew died in I890, Daniel P., 1891, and Stephen T., 1892. All are members of the Catholic church in Newfane, which has a membership of about 200. Mr. Collins is a pleasant and sociable gentleman.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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