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Helen Adelaide (Hollister) Collins (1843)

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Helen Adelaide "Adda" Collins formerly Hollister aka Mead
Born in Shelburne, Chittenden, Vermont, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Shelburne, Vermontmap
Wife of — married before in Kansasmap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 29 Nov 2015
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Helen, who sometimes appears as "Adda," married 20 Dec 1860 in Shelburne, Vermont to Horace S. Mead, son of Samuel Mead. [1]

Helen two children by Horace before he died in 1877:

  1. Carrie A., b. 20 May 1863
  2. Grant Eugene, b. 07 May 1869

Helen and her children removed to Kansas sometime after Horace's death, and Helen married second, by 1884 (presumably in Kansas) to James S. Collins of New York. James was named guardian for Helen's son Grant in the 1884 settlement of Horace's estate in Vermont, at which time the family resided in Topeka, where James had a real estate and loan office. [2]

Helen and James resided in Shawnee, Kansas in 1895 with Helen's children Carrie and Grant and James's children John and Grace, who were both born in Kansas: [3]

No record for Helen's death or burial has yet been found.


  1. "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 November 2017), Horace S Mead and Helen A Hollister, 20 Dec 1860, Marriage; State Capitol Building, Montpelier; FHL microfilm 27,628.
  2. "Vermont Probate Files, 1800-1921," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Horace S. Mead, 1877; citing Chittenden County, volume Box 22 File 2855; Probate Court; FHL microfilm 4172061.
  3. "Kansas State Census, 1895", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 November 2017), H A Collins in entry for J S Collins, 1895.

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On 24 Dec 2017 at 18:45 GMT Fred Prisley wrote:

Hollister-4684 and Hollister-1289 are not ready to be merged because: These two may represent the same Helen Hollister who was b. in Shelburne, VT, m1. Horace Mead, and m2. James Collins; but without a source to link the Helen who resided in Shaftsbury (which is over 100 mi. south of Shelburne) with the one from Shelburne, I'm reluctant to merge them.

On 24 Dec 2017 at 17:51 GMT Whitney Rapp wrote:

Hollister-4684 and Hollister-1289 appear to represent the same person because: Possibly the same. If not, know more about who her parents were?

Helen is 28 degrees from Rosa Parks, 24 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 18 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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