When I first began researching my Beckley line, I found what would be a reference to my third great grandmother, SALLY COLLINS. A biography of her oldest son, H. Nelson Beckley that was posted on the Meigs County, Ohio rootsweb site,referred to her maiden name Shewould marry Jonathan Beckley between 1806 when his first wife died and 1812, the year Nelson was born. Future Ohio census records would list her as being born in 1790, which often meant somebody was born around said year. Those Ohio census records say she was born in Ct, as was Jonathan Beckley. I can't find a marriage record for the couple anywhere in the Barbour Collection of records for Ct. The Canaan Twp, Litchfield County,now North Canaan Twp or Falls Village Town Clerks can find no marriage record, either. Jonathan's family had been in Canaan Twp, in fact I did find Jonathan's birth record in the collection as well as his parents marriage record(Joseph Beckley and Jane Bosworth) in Canaan Twp, Litchfield County, Ct.
Going through the Barbour Collection I found two ladies about the correct age to be my Sally Collins. One was born in Somers, Tolland County and the other in Barkhamsted, Litchfield County. The one born in Barkhamsted had been my "favorite" due to proximity and her birth record actually listing her as "Sally", just as my Sally had actually signed various records in Athens County, Ohio. Her parents were listed as Nathaniel Collins and Rachel Walling. I've recently found familysearch.org postings suggesting she though married a Reynold Newell, and indeed a man of that name is living near Nathaniel Collins in the 1820 census.
The other Sarah Collins is listed as the child of Joseph Collins and Grace Brown, in Somers, Tolland County, Ct. I always had assumed her to be "too far away". But I always relearn the lesson not to assume. I can't find a listing of marriage or death for her, anywhere on rootsweb, genforum, ancestry or familysearch.org.
Can someone search Somers, Tolland County and Enfield, Hartford County records for either a marriage listing between 1806 and 1812 or death listing after 1787 for Sarah Collins, daughter of Joseph and Grace Brown Collins? I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can someone search Canaan Twp and Barkhamsted and Falls Village, Litchfield County records for either a marriage listing between 1806 and 1812 or death listing after 1788 for Sally Collins, daughter of Nathaniel and Rachel Walling Collins? Again, I can be reached at email@example.com.
I invite anyone who has a listing anywhere in Ct. for a Sarah/Sally Collins being married between 1806 and 1812 or who has a direct ancestor or sibling of a direct ancestor whose name was Sally/Sarah Collins, born around 1790 in Connecticut, to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm sure it's possible the Barber Collection missed someone's records and my SALLY COLLINS may be the child of someone not mentioned herein.