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Mary (Collins) Jennings (abt. 1717 - abt. 1776)

Mary Jennings [uncertain] formerly Collins aka Brockman
Born about in Essex, Virginiamap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1734 in Orange, Virginia, British Colonial Americamap
Wife of — married about 1757 in Virginiamap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Orange County, British Colony of Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Aug 2011
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  • Profile Represents Mary Collins (1710-1783) m John Brockman and Kelly Jennings (daughter of Joseph Collins and Susannah Lewis)
  • This profile is a collaborative work-in-progress. Can you contribute information or sources? Recent research availability has helped to solidify some of the mis-information; Researchers are encouraged to reverify (and add source) information; making adjustments to profiles as necessary



No original source records have been located to confirm birth or marriage records. It appears that some erroneous information may have been published, and perhaps republished/reported, making the “actual facts” obscure. There is a great deal of conflicting information surrounding the Collins Family of Essex – Many Source-to-Source discrepancies; co-mingling, Lack of records; conflicting family stories; number of Collin’s with the same names, etc. An Effort has been made to update/split individual information from the Contemporary Profiles frequently containing co-mingled data on the various "Joseph's, Richards, etc., (see individual profiles for more detailed information). See Also Collins Family Research Notes



Mary Collins daughter of Joseph Collins and Sarah Lewis[1][2]


Birth Estimate 1715-1717 Essex, vs King & Queen County, Virginia (Mary's date of birth is variously reported as 1710, 1714, 1717 or 1720 Spotsylvania Co., VA.)


Marriage Estimate 1733-1737
  • m 1st about 1734 1758 most likely Essex Virginia -- John Brockman (1715 - 1756) (son of Samuel Brockman and Mary Collins[3][2] Find A Grave: Memorial #96777797;[4] Find A Grave: Memorial #96775901;[5] John Brockman's 1755 estate named Mary and +11 identified children [Brockman-61|John Brockman Will transcription - 8 Aug. 1755]]; Orange County, Virginia will Book No. 2, 1744-1778 Pages 223-26; Will of John Brockman of St. Thomas's Parish in Orange County Virginia – Being unhealthy, dated 8 Aug. 1755. . . .Will of John Brockman dated 8 Aug 1755, proved 22 Apr 1756. Named and provided for wife Mary, sons Samuel, John, William, Joseph, daughters Susanah Atkins, Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary, Rachel, and child wife "is now with child with". All daughters except Susanah Atkins, who was already married, were to receive their inheritance "at the age of eighteen or at the day of marriage", implying that they were born after 1737.
He named wife Mary and son Samuel Brockman executors, thus Samuel was likely at least age 21, born before 1734. Witnesses were Roger Bell, and the testator's brother Samuel Brockman, who signed with a "B" - his mark - and "jur" (junior) to distinguish himself from their father who was the senior Samuel Brockman living in Orange Co VA in 1755.
  • m 2nd about 1758 Orange County Virginia -- Kelly Jennings (1710-1773 (son of Unknown)[2] (He died Bef. 1773 in Goochland County, Virginia. 3 Identified Children)
  • 1758 - Kelly Jennings was named as guardian of the minor children of Mary and John Brockman 24 Nov 1758. Orange Co VA Order Bk 6 p.441, FHL Film # 007897258 Image 527 [County Court general index to orders and minutes; order and minute books , 1734-1867]
"At a court continued held for Orange County on Fryday the 24th of Nov. 1758 ... ... - William Brockman + Sarah Brockman Orphans of John Brockman decd. Infants above the age of fourteen years came into Court + chose Kelly Jennings their Guardian + it is ordered that the said Jennings give Bond + Security in the Clerk's office in the sum of Thirty pounds for securing the sd. Estate and indemnifying the Court. - Kelly Jennings is by the Court appointed Guardian to Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary, Joseph, Rachel + Major Brockman Orphans of John Brockman decd. Infants under the age of fourteen years + that the sd. Jennings give Bond + Security in the Clerk's office in the sum of Thirty pounds for securing to the sd. orphans their Estate + indemnifying the Court."
In 1759, Mary's son, Samuel B. Brockman, was named guardian in place of Kelly Jennings (in Goochland co., VA).
1773 Kelly Jennings left a will in Goochland co., VA dated 7 Jun 1770; probated 15 Feb 1773. In this will he named his wife Mary and three children, Caleb, Joshua and Mary.


Death Estimate after 1773 most likely Orange Virginia [Jennings Will] vs variously reported as - Dec 18 1760 vs 1810 Virginia vs d. 1759, Orange County, Virginia [2]


See Individual Father 's Profiles for children lists
12 Identified Brockman Children Estimated Births 1726-1755 [Brockman Will][2]
3 Identified Jennings Children Estimated Births 1755-1770[2]


County Formation

ISLE OF WIGHT CO. VA Formed 1634, original Shire;
ESSEX CO. VA Formed 1692 from Old Rappahannock
Spotsylvania formed 1720-1 from Essex, King & Queen, King William
Caroline formed 1727-8 from Essex, King & Queen, King William
Birth 1715-1717 Essex
1734 m 1st John Brockman most likely Essex Virginia
1758 m 2nd Kelly Jennings Orange Virginia
Death after 1773 most likely Orange Virginia


Additional information: Mary 1710-1758 m John Brockman vs Mary (1690-1766 m Father Samuell (Samuel) Brockman Note (Paul R. Brockman Family Historian: 1. A question certainly does exist about the name of Samuel's wife. First, we are quite sure that her given name was Mary (1680). But, what about her family name? It has been seen as: Mason, Munday, Madison, Henderson and Collins. She has been described as having been an aunt to her daughter- in-law, the Mary Collins (1710-1758) who married John Brockman. If this is so, then she could have been a daughter of (Joseph m Catherine (Robinson/Robertson) Collins. (Orange County Virginia Families IV:18). SOURCES INCLUDE: Gen Forum note posted by Paul R. Brockman on 29 Jan 1999: "Re: Samuel Brockman 1685 Maryland." GenForum note posted by Paul R. Brockman on 18 Apr 1999: Samuel Brockman and Mary Collins I. "After talking with Don Page and reviewing the heirs of Joseph Collins, Sr., of Virginia, I have again concluded--as the late Kenneth and Mary Brockman of "Greenway" told me 30 years ago--the wife of the first Samuel Brockman in America (son of the immigrant Henry Brockman) was Mary Collins (1690), an aunt of the Mary Collins who married her son, John Brockman." GenForum note posted by Paul R. Brockman on 14 May 2001 concerning the "myth of Mary Madison." WFT 14:351, information from Arthur W. Bradley, 5561 New Colony Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 234

Thus father s/b Joseph/Catherine -- Not Collins-20708 which s/b merged to Joseph (1686/8)/lewis See Mary on Collins-1800
This Mary Collins (1710) was niece to the Mary Collins 1690-1766 who married Samuel Brockman I. Although not strictly correct, Brockman family genealogist Paul R. Brockman refers to Samuel's wife as Mary (Collins) Brockman I, and to her niece as Mary (Collins) Brockman II, since the latter married John son of Samuel & Mary.

Not Applicable

Mary was the paternal fifth great-grandmother of Tallulah Bankhead.

Mary was born about 1717. She passed away in 1776.


  1. 1754 Will of Joseph Collins Named daughter Mary Brockman (Joseph Collins will dated August 27, 1757), Probate November 11, 1757 Spotsylvania County (VA) Probate Clerk, In custody of Richard N. Fox, Anchorage, Alaska.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Collins Book; Prewitt, Richard A. The Collins Book, Joseph Collins and Lucy Marchbanks and their Descendants is the most complete sourced and consolidated info located for early Collins Families
  3. Mary married about 1734 to John Brockman. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900; by Yates Publishing; Online publication, Provo, UT, by The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.
  4. Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 13 November 2021), memorial page for Mary Collins Brockman (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave: Memorial #96777797, ; Maintained by Lil' Darlin (contributor 47588800) Non-Cemetery Burial.
  5. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 13 November 2021), memorial page for John Brockman Sr. (1715–8 Aug 1755), Find A Grave: Memorial #96775901, ; Maintained by Lil' Darlin (contributor 47588800) Unknown.

Links are provided for reference and convenience only (and are considered unreliable /unproven unless sources are contained within).

See Also


Thank you to

  • Bob Nichol for creating WikiTree profile Collins-4350 through the import of Hamilton.ged on Mar 9, 2013.
  • WikiTree profile Collins-1814 and Collins-1798 created through the import of Gedcom ONE for WikiTree.ged on Aug 7, 2011 by Dolores M. Pringle Pringle which have now been merged.
  • Alabama, Surname Files Expanded, 1702–1981; Alabama Department of Archives and History; Montgomery, AL; Alabama Surname Files; Box or Film Number: M84.0257
  • History of the Hume, Kennedy and Brockman families : in three parts
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900; Source number: 2305.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: DP1
  • A Bledsoe Genealogy; Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly; Vol 11, No 2, page 44;

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Collins-1814 and Collins-1798 appear to represent the same person because: Please approve Merge. Mary Collins m John Brockman (he died Apr 1756 estate probated; Mary Collins Brockman then married Kelly Jennings

Correct Parents should be Lowest LNAB Mary Collins - daughter of Collins-1594 Joseph Collins and Lewis-3484 Susannah Lewis Thank you for your assistance in maintaining 1 profile per person. (Merge Cleanup will be done at final merges)

posted by Sandy Edwards
Collins-4350 and Collins-1814 appear to represent the same person because: These are clearly the same person. Looks like a tree was uploaded with few sources and did not see that Mary Collins, daughter of Joseph Collins and Susannah Lewis was already at WikiTree
posted on Collins-1814 (merged) by Terri (Lewis) Stern
Mary's parents now have three profiles for daughter Mary - this one, Collins-4350, and Collins-1798. Could you take a look and edit/merge as appropriate? Thanks!
posted on Collins-1814 (merged) by Liz (Noland) Shifflett

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