Francis Asbury Collison

25 June 1837–29 September 1918 (Age 81)
Higginsville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States

The Life of Francis Asbury

When Francis Asbury Collison was born on 25 June 1837, in Higginsville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States, his father, Absalom Collison, was 32 and his mother, Mary Virginia Chenoweth, was 24. He married Nancy Jane Howard on 25 October 1866, in Vermilion, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Pilot Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Ludlow, Champaign, Illinois, United States in 1910. He died on 29 September 1918, in Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Ludlow Township, Champaign, Illinois, United States.

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Francis Asbury Collison
Nancy Jane Howard
Marriage: 25 October 1866
Joseph A. Collison
Fred Collison
Lillie Collison
Lula Collison
Harry Collison
Ella Mae Collison
Maud Myrtle Collison
Jessie Blanch Collison
Nellie Hazel Collison

Spouse and Children

25 October 1866
Vermilion, Illinois, United States


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Parents and Siblings

    Absalom Collison


    Mary Virginia Chenoweth




+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 24

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Collins .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Francis Callison, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Francis A Collison, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Francis A Collison, "United States Census, 1910"

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