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This is a photo of my g grandparents; William Sherman Collins and Louisa Bowlin(g).

William Sherman was born 1868, Wise County, Virginia, the son of Griffin Collins and Rachael Ann Collins. He died in 1951 in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky. “Grandpa” was well known and loved by many. He could remove warts, and “blow out the fire” from a burned hand. He never missed an issue of the Floyd County Times. Grandpa & Grandma were known for their “southern hospitality”, as they always fed and boarded any poor stranger who by chance, found their doorstep.

Louisa (her name was pronounced Luiza) Bowlin(g) was the daughter of Daniel Bowlin(g) and Fanny Halbert Bowlin(g). She was born in 1870, Floyd County, Kentucky, and died in 1944. Sadly, I never saw her, as she died before I was born. My mother has many, many memories of her grandmother, and passes them to me. “Grandma” was a “medicine woman” of sorts, and always dug roots and herbs, boiled and strained them, and bottled them for ailing relatives and friends. She had pierced ears, and always wore her gold earrings. According to my mother, grandma had a trunk that was kept in a back bedroom, filled with wonderful things. Mother said that she stayed with grandma & grandpa a lot, and after the supper dishes were washed, she and grandma would look in the trunk. There were beautiful lace things, china dolls, gold lockets. To this day, we do not know where the trunk went, but we hope that it is safe, and loved and treasured as much as we would.Grandma and grandpa were not affluent by any means, so we cannot imagine where all the lovely things came from. We are inclined to believe that grandma’s parents were not so poor...

Native American features and manners were very evident in both my g grandparents, and I believe that someday, I will find that the John Collins and John Bowling who were named in a 1742 Orange County, Virginia court case as “Saponi Indians” who were ran out of the County for “stealing hogs and setting the woods on fire” will be my several generation “grandpa’s”.

 

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