I think the following article from History of Gonzales Co. TX will have some bearing on your family and you may also want to consult with the person to whom I sent it. Harold Hopkins (Article & letter follow): Subject: some Texas Ainsworths Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 18:39:51 -0400 From: Harold Hopkins To: email@example.com
I have a History of Gonzales County by Gonzales County Historical Commission. On p. 257 (family F-121) is a sketch on the James P. Collins family, which spent some time in Gonzales County. Here's the entry:
The James P. Collins family arrived in Gonzales County about 1861 from DeWitt County where they had resided for about ten years. A farmer and a justice of the peace, Collins remained in Gonzales County for about eighteen years until his death. He affiliated with the Masonic Lodge at Bellmont in 1864 and with the lodge at Leesburg in 1871. He served the latter organization as tiler from 1874 to 1879. In 1869 he was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace.
Born in 1816 in Wayne County, Mississippi, James P. Collins was a son of ChristopherCollins and Rachel Hendricks. About 1837 he married Eliza G.Ainsworth who was born Feb 11, 1809 in the Mississippi Territory in the area which later became Washington County, AL [this is the old Saint Stephens Parish or District; a slew of Ainsworths lived in Washington County. -- HH]. It was not known who his parents were.
In 1838 James P. and Eliza G.A. Collins migrated to the Republic of Texas. They settled in Liberty County where he was granted 640 acres on the west bank of the Trinity River which became part of Polk County in 1846 and San Jacinto County in 1870.The Collinses lived in or near the town of Swarthout. It was believed that the Collinses went to Texaswith Eliza's relatives, the A.Sebastian Ainsworth and Jeptha Patterson Ainsworth families.The two families were on record as having arrived in Texas on the same day as the James P. Collins family.A.S. and J.P. Ainsworth were probably brothers of Eliza.
While a resident of Polk County, James P. Collins was elected justice of the peace.He was a slave owner and a member of the Masonic Lodge at Cold Spring.In 1851 Collins resigned hisposition of justice of the peace and moved his family to DeWitt Count where several members of the Ainsworth family had migrated.James P. Collins also served as justice of the peace in DeWitt County. He owned land on the Five Mile Coleto Creek, the Twelve Mile Coleto Creek and in the town of Yorktown.
About 1861 James' family moved to the Leesville area of Gonzales County. James's brother Benjamin Collins [Benjamin is also sketched in this book --HH] and his familyhad moved to Gonzales County in 1859 from Mobile County, Alabama (see Collins, B.).
Eliza G. Ainsworth Collins, wife of James P. Collins, died June 3, 1863. She was buried in the Antioch Cemetery near Leesville.On October 1, 1863 James P. Collins married his second wife Mrs. Mary H. Talley Campbell.Collins died Dec. 23, 1879. The location of his grave is not known.
Five chidren were born to James P. Collins by his first wife Eliza G. Ainsworth: Eli L.(Dec 31 1915 Garza County, Texas) married first Anastatia "Annie" Brown in 1859 and second Elizabeth A. Brooks November 8, 1885 in DeWitt County; Asbury Sebastian (February 1850 Liberty County) -August 15, 1908 Mills County, Texas)married Allene; William Greenberry for [or?] Greenhill) (1843 Liberty County, September 4, 1908 Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas) married twice, first wife not known, second wife was Emily Josephine Ables; John Franklin "Frank" (December 11, 1845 Liberty County, Texas; and Carrie Eliza (August 3, 1849 Polk County -- March 28 1914 San Antonio, Texas) married William S. Porter, son of Dr. Starks P. Porter and Martha A.R. Griffin, December 17, 1874 in Gonzales County, Texas, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
The known children of James P. Collins byhis second wife Mary H. Talley Campbell were: Clemente E. (August 28, 1870) Gonzales County - December 8, 1939 Dilley, Frio County, Texas) who married Nannie Teressa Wright in 1851 in Gonzales County; and Amza M.(circa 1876).
-- by H. Martin Soward III.
This book was copyrighted 1986 (Curtis Media Corp., 9954 Brockbank Dr., Dallas, TX75220.Addresses of authors (and copies of book) may be obtained from Gonzales County Archives, 414 St. Joseph Street, Conzales County, TX, or the publisher. [probably in city of Gonzales--HH].