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Memorable Manitobans: Michael Collins (1844-1912)

Municipal official.

Born in Wellington County, Ontario on 29 February 1844, son of Thomas Collins and Anne Kelly, he helped on the home farm until he was 20 years old, then he worked as a carpenter until he moved in Manitoba in 1878 and took up a farmstead. On 29 February 1888 he married Isabell Switzer. They had five children: Thomas James Collins (b 1888), Michael Kelly Collins (b 1890), Isabella Collins (b 1892), John Sarsfield Collins (b 1894), and Ann Kelly Collins (b 1896). He served for thirty years as secretary-treasurer of the Rural Municipality of North Cypress, in which capacity he attended the 1905 founding meeting in Brandon of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities. In 1912 he turned his farm over to his sons and moved to Carberry.

He died at Rochester, Minnesota in September 1912 and was buried in Carberry Cemetery.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations for Collins children, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 April 2010

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