Family Record of the James B. Collins & Martha J. L. (Endsley) Family
James B. Collins Martha J. Endsley
Birth date: ca. 1859__ Birth date: 10 Oct 1859
Death date: before 1900 Death date: 10 May 1939
Burial place: Unknown Burial place: Round Hill
Cemetery, Belfast, TN
James B. Collins & M. J. L. Endsley
Were married 12 Nov 1885 in
Marshall County, Tennessee
by J. T. McAdams, J. P.
1. F. Sallie Endsley 17 Dec 1886-21 Mar 1967 m. Enoch C. London
Parents of Husband: Parents of Wife:
Ezra Collins Father: Isaac Newton Endsley
Cynthia A. Collins Mother: Sarah M. Ladd
Notes: I am "guessing" at husband's parents' identities. The only James B.
Collins I found in close proximity to the Isaac Newton Endsley
household in the 1880 Census was James B. Collins, S., 21, Laborer,
in the Ezer Collins household also in the 5th Civil District of Marshall
County. Note that he and Martha J. Endsley were very near the
same age. [NA Film No. T9-1269, page 362 C. ] This is a frustrated
guess, not genealogical research. Further information wanted!
NOTHING FURTHER KNOWN ABOUT JAMES B. COLLINS.
In the 1880 Census of Marshall County, Martha J. Endsley, daughter, is
In the Isaac N. Endsley household. Her age was 20.
In the 1900 Census of Marshall County, Mattie Endsley was 41, born
Oct 1859, (wd?). Daughter, Sallie, b. Dec 1886 was in the house-
hold. Her surname was given as "Endsley."
Sallie married Enoch C. London in 1903. I've not been able to locate
"Mattie" in the 1910 census but Enoch & Sallie were enumerated.
Enoch London died in 1914.
"Matt" Endsley was enumerated as head of household in the 1920
Census as Female, 60, widowed. Sallie and her living children were
also in Matt's household. They were enumerated as:
London, Sallie Female, 31, daughter, widowed
______, Zettie Female, 13, granddaughter
______, Jewell Male, 10, grandson
______, Georgia Kate Female 8
An elder relative who knew her when he was a boy, told me that she
went by the name "Matt" Endsley and was universally referred to by
In the 1930 Census, Sallie London, 44, was the head of household and
Matt was living with her.
Matt died 10 May 1939. Her Tennessee Death Certificate # 10903
Gives the following information: "Mrs. Mattie Endsley, widowed.
Old 5th Dist, Marshall County
Rt 5, Lewisburg
Date of birth: 10 Oct 1859
Informant: Zeda London
M. D.: ?? Leonard
Burial place: Round Hill
This was a frustrating one. For years we thought "Matt" (as she preferred to be called) had had an out of wedlock child and was never married. From the 1900 Census on, she referred to herself as "widowed" and so does her death certificate but she retained her maiden surname in all the census records and on her D/C.
Last week I found her daughter's modest horizonal tombstone at Round Hill. It specifically said: Daughter of James B. Collins and of Mattie Endsley.
So. Jump back in the car and dash to the courthouse yet again and, sure enough, there's the marriage record. "Sallie" wasn't an out of wedlock child after all. They referr to them as "woods colts" in Marshall County.
Submitted by Dick Wood, Dec 2004
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