James Riley Collins

10 February 1887–8 May 1964 (Age 77)
Birch River, Nicholas, West Virginia, United States

The Life of James Riley

When James Riley Collins was born on 10 February 1887, in Birch River, Nicholas, West Virginia, United States, his father, Hiram S Collins, was 31 and his mother, Kisiah Justice, was 25. He married Viola May Collins on 24 December 1920, in Braxton, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Otter District, Braxton, West Virginia, United States in 1930 and Buffalo District, Clay, West Virginia, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 8 May 1964, in Beckley, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Nicholas, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Riley Collins
Viola May Collins
Marriage: 24 December 1920
Harold Bennett Collins
Herbert Leon Collins
Ronald Eugene Collins

Spouse and Children

24 December 1920
Braxton, West Virginia, United States


    Harold Bennett Collins


    Herbert Leon Collins



Parents and Siblings

    Hiram S Collins


    Kisiah Justice




    Lottie Collins




    Mary J Collins


    Pauline Mildred Collins


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 3

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1890 · Woman's Suffrage

Age 3

An organization formed in favor of women's suffrages. By combining the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association, the NAWSA eventually increased in membership up to two million people. It is still one of the largest voluntary organizations in the nation today and held a major role in passing the Nineteenth Amendment.
1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 21

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coileáin and Mac Coileáin ( see Cullen 1).2 English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Col(l)in, a pet form of Coll , itself a short form of Nicholas .3 Americanized form of French Colin .

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

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Sources (3)

  • James R Collins, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James R Collins, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James Collins in household of Hiram Collins, "United States Census, 1910"

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