It's great you could find a living member of this family. Maybe you can take a trip to Barnwell to check for marriages, deaths, etc.
Mary Jane Collins, "South Carolina Births and Christenings, 1681-1935" Name: Mary Jane Collins Gender: Female Event Type: Birth Event Date: 01 Jul 1883 Event Place: Barnwell, South Carolina Birth Date: Birthplace: Death Date: Name Note: Race (Original): Father's Name: George Washington Carroll Father's Birthplace: Father's Age: Mother's Name: Margaret Ann Dyches Mother's Birthplace: Mother's Age: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C73491-2 System Origin: SouthCarolina-ODM GS Film number: 192348 Reference ID: =========================== Geo/Margaret had Rebecca 1873; Henry 1875; Geo 12-79; Mary Jane 7-83; Ida 4-89.There may be a few more kids born in-between???Margaret d 1889-99, as Geo is m to Agnes 1900. Geo d 1912...findagrave. ============================ I think this is your John D Event Type: Census Event Year: 1900 Event Place: Georges Creek Township, Barnwell, South Carolina, United States District: 20 Sheet Number and Letter: 10B Household ID: 204 Line Number: 99 Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Affiliate Publication Number: T623 GS Film Number: 1241518 Digital Folder Number: 004120534 Image Number: 00475 Household Gender Age Birthplace Head James W Collins M 52 SC; b 12-48 Wife Mary J Collins F 51 SC; 8-49 Son John D Collins M 16 SC; 5-84******* Son Sifly J Collins M 14 SC; 12-86 Daughter Safa Collins F 10 SC; 10-90 Daughter Mattie Collins F 5 SC; 3-95 all parents b SC 1880 they had ch: Wm 1869; Ann 1871; Susan 1873; Mary 1876; Hattie 1878