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William Collins

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Cdr. William A. Collins
Born 1930s.
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Father of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)], [private son (1960s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1970s - unknown)]
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Results of DNA test:

  • Europe West 46%
  • Ireland/Scotland/Wales 19%
  • Great Britain 16%

(Northern England & the Midlands)

  • Scandinavia 14%
  • Iberian Peninsula 2%
  • Europe South 1%
  • Asia Central < 1%
  • Caucasus < 1%

Results of 23andMe DNA test:

  • British & Irish 52.4%
  • French & German 12.6%
  • Scandinavian 2%
  • Broadly Northwestern European 30.4%
  • Iberian 0.3%
  • Broadly Southern European 0.2%
  • Eastern European <0.1%
  • Broadly European 2.2%

Results of Family Finder Test at FtDNA

British Isles 53%

West and Central Europe 45%

West Middle East < 2%

Haplogroup Y-DNA is R-BY42759 mtDNA is H1-T16311C!


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William was born at home, Third Street in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to a new home at Derstine Avenue, Lansdale. The house was previously owned by Roy, brother of Malcolm Schweiker, the father of U.S. Senator Richard Schweiker. Malcolm was later to become William's employer.

Education was in the Public School system of Lansdale, graduating in 1955 in the last class of Lansdale High School. The next class was that of North Penn High School, due to a merger with several local school districts. It was now time to move to Providence, Rhode Island and matriculate at the Bryant School of Business (which has since moved to Smithfield, RI, and attained University status). Thanks to a working scholarship, and the opportunity for accelerated courses, graduation with a B.S. in Accounting & Finance came in 1957.

Employment started with the Link-Belt Co., as a field accountant on construction jobs. When their jobs became scarce, it was time to move on to a stint of public accounting with a small firm in Souderton, PA. The goal of becoming a CPA was in mind then, so sufficient time for that experience was put in before taking another opportunity as a commercial accountant and office manager, having been hired to help close down a company that had been purchased by a larger holding company.

Several things happened next: Marriage, a child on the way, and the U.S. flying through the Berlin blockade. Draft numbers were being called up, and my number was getting close. The Navy had a much greater appeal than the Army, so an application was made to the Officer Candidate program with the Navy. Well, acceptance to the program came just days after receiving notification to report for enlistment in the Army. It took some scrambling around and calling on the offices of Senator Schweiker for help, before the Defense Dept. decided that I could go Navy. Of course I could have gotten a deferment based on having a pregnant wife, but that is another story.

Life as a Navy pilot. Oh, no, the eyes were not good enough, not even to be a Line officer, so after completing Officer Candidate School, it was off to Supply School in Athens, GA. Tours of duty followed on a Destroyer out of Pearl Harbor, Navy co-ordinator with the Air Force on the F-4 airplane, on an aircraft carrier out of San Diego, and an administrative position with the Navy Technical Training Center in Millington, TN.

Having put in ten years of active military duty, the next move was to that of a plant accountant in Jackson, TN. While there, after a cram correspondence course, the CPA certification was taken care of. Five years in Jackson was followed by a move back to Lansdale, PA with a position of plant accountant that later became a financial planner position and interface between accounting and data processing. In the meanwhile, I continued in the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring from there as a Commander.

Plans were to work to full retirement age, but a sale of the company meant that early retirement had to be taken. This allowed for travel in an RV, (what fun learning how to back up with a fifth wheel trailer behind) and scouting out a place for relocate to. The final decision was made to buy in Summerville, SC.

A little bit about genealogy. When growing up, I had been told that I was related to the Queen, but not much was made of that at the time. We had some old books on the family which took us back to the early 1700's, so I knew where my immigrant ancestors came from, and that on one side they had been Quakers. One of my older sisters started connecting some of those early Quaker ancestors, and then I found a cousin, Margaret Hill Collins who had written three books about the Collins genealogy. Her father had been a member of Magna Carta Society. Well, that was enough to get me started, and I've been at that game ever since, nigh on to 50 years now.
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Just another of my ancestor lines
why miss out?
Lots of them in my files
Have descent from all but one of the baron sureties with proven descendants.
also found as Marjarum
My gateway ancestoral family
Many ancestors from 1680's forward, living in the Delaware River area, both in PA and NJ
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  • William Collins: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R-BY42759, FTDNA kit #B8494
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  • William Collins: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H1-T16311C, FTDNA kit #B8494
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On 15 Jul 2018 at 13:22 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

Thanks for your note about the Falls MM record of burials and plot map, William.

When the free-space page is created for the Falls Monthly Meeting, that would be a great addition to the information. Each free-space page is unique but to see an example, seethe one created by Carrie Lippincott for the Evesham Friends Meeting House.

Let me know if you would be interested in being the caretaker of a free space page for the Falls meetinghouses. If so, I'll get it created sooner rather than later and you can start building on it.

See you in the branches,


On 21 May 2018 at 19:48 GMT Chrissy Locke wrote:

On Richard Wright Born 1698. I am seeing a conflict on parents names.So far the only concrete information I have is on the Marrige between him and Mary Rhett.


On 17 May 2018 at 10:23 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi William! I posted a copy of this Gateway Guardian sticker as a comment on Anne's profile. It stays in the comments there, but this sticker is for your profile page - you can copy/paste the coding from the e-mail to your profile (feel free to change the display of your name to suit). Cheers, Liz

On 15 Apr 2018 at 05:51 GMT David Wilson wrote:


Re: How does one handle transfers?

Both monthly meetings should be placed as categories on the profile(s) as additional information may be gleaned from both meetings. The dates of removal and acceptance should ideally be placed in the bio section as that is where we tell the story.

I hope this is clear and if you need further assistance on this just drop me a note and I shall attempt to help.

On 1 Feb 2018 at 23:34 GMT Robin Lee wrote:


Thanks for the information for, however, the source is already listed on the profile.

On 1 Jan 2018 at 23:16 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 16 Dec 2017 at 07:10 GMT Marty Ormond wrote:

Hi Bill,

regarding merge on John Woolman II I'll approve it because there isnt much in dispute.

I see You have underway a major effort on Abbotts and On the Ellis marriage to Woolman I would be interested to actually see what the Old sources contain about the marriage and children and the data on rest of Ellis children. I'm not going to hold you up or try to set your schedule but when you do have some of the specific data entries online Wikitree profiles , could you give me a shout out, so I go take a look. With my other 999 items on to do list I'm sure it will slip out of my mind unless I get a reminder. Then maybe I will have some comments or input about what the family sheet looks like. better to send an email than posting on my page. Regards Marty,

On 17 Aug 2017 at 17:19 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Welcome Bill, and thanks for joining the Magna Carta project!

Check out the project page for info on how we work & go to Magna Carta Base Camp to get started.

Give me a holler if you have any questions, or you can post in G2G (Magna_Carta) or to the Google Group (as requested, I've sent you an invitation to the project's Google Group, which is tied to the Magna Carta project account).

Cheers, Liz

On 8 May 2015 at 17:05 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hello William,

I'd like to invite you to our "Weekend Chat" post on the G2G forum!

New members... say Hello and introduce yourself.

Leaders, Mentors, Pilots, and Greeters please join in and share your wisdom.

Everyone is welcome!

On 21 Aug 2013 at 05:40 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:


Just checking to see how it's going! Hopefully you are enjoying our site. If you have any questions I'm happy to help. Also, feel free to check out our Examples category to see how some members have created outstanding profiles.

Might I also suggest How To Use WikiTree? It's a great guide on how to navigate our site, its features and some great suggestions on how you can improve our ever-growing WikiTree and your experience here.

If you're wanting to delve a little deeper into WikiTree you might want to check out our Projects.

If you need any help with anything, feel free to ask! Thanks!


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