In the 1870 Census, there is a Nathaniel COLLINS, age 26, enumerated in Barretts, Dawson Co., GA, with his wife Susan COLLINS, age 27, and children Caroline, age 7, William, age 5, and Mary, age 10/12 [at 22 JUL 1870]. Mary is expressly shown to have been born in October. All are shown to have been born in Georgia.
This seems likely to be the Nathaniel COLLINS, age 10, enumerated in 1850 in Davis, Lumpkin Co., GA, within the household of Edley and Jane COLLINS.
Dawson County was created out of Lumpkin and Gilmer Counties in 1857.
In 1860, Susan ROPER, age 22 (b abt 1838 - GA) was enumerated in Dawsonville, Barretts District, Dawson County, GA, within the household of Meredith ROPER, age 59, and Lucinda ROPER, age 39. Also swn is Carolina, age 17. There are several other ROPERs living in close proximity, including household heads William B. ROPER, age 24, Martha ROPER, age 49, George C. ROPER, age 22, and Solomon ROPER, age 23. William seems to be Meredith ROPER's son. George ROPER seems to be Aaron ROPER's son. Solomon ROPER seems to be Jacob and Martha ROPER's son.
Also enumerated just two census pages earlierin this same community was the household of Edley H. COLLINS, age 47, and Lidia COLLINS, age 28. Nathaniel COLLINS is shown to be age 17 that year.
The 1850 Census record for the household of Meredith ROPER, age 50, and Lucinda ROPER, age 49, shows six children: Sarah ROPER, age 22, Matilda ROPER, age 19, William ROPER, age 14, Elizabeth ROPER, age 11, Mary ROPER, age 9, and Emily ROPER, age 5. No child named "Susan ROPER" is shown! Meredith, Lucinda and the two eldest daughters (Sarah and Matilda) are shown to have been born in SC. The remaining children beginning with William are shown to be born in GA, putting this household's arrival in GA at abt 1831-1836. It is possible that the child identified as "Elizabeth" is also "Susan", with one of these being a middle name. That you show her as "Susan E. ROPER" seems suggestive that she might be Susan Elizabeth. But Susan may also have been an unmarried niece or cousin or she might have been the young widow of another ROPER.
The Martha ROPER shown in Dawsonville in 1860 is clearly the widow of Jacob ROPER, age 43, who is shown in 1850 to be residing in Keiths, Lumpkin County, GA, with wife Martha ROPER, age 42, and children Evaline ROPER, age 17, Nancy ROPER, age 14, Soloman ROPER, age 13, Jane ROPER, age 10, Henry ROPER, age 6, and Benjamin ROPER, age 3. Jacob is shown to have been born in SC, Martha in NC, the two eldest daughters in SC, and the youngest four children in GA. This would seem to affix Jacob's arrival in GA at about 1836-7.
Also at Keith's, Lumpkin County, in 1850, is the household of Aaron ROPER, age 50, and Sarah ROPER, age 45. This family includes Marsha ROPER, age 15, Benjamin ROPER, age 14, George ROPER, age 12, Ann ROPER, age 9, Lucinda ROPER, age 7, and Hamilton ROPER, age 5. Aaron and Sarah are shown to be born in SC. ALL of the children are shown to be born in GA, suggesting an arrival in GA before abt 1835.
Enumerated at Savannah, Lumpkin Co., GA, in 1850, was the household of Jacob RAPER, age 27, Malinda RAPER, age 31, Lucinda RAPER, age 6, Martha RAPER, age 5, William RAPER, age 4 and Lewis RAPER, age 1. Jacob is shown to havebeen born in NC. Malinda is shown to have been born in SC. ALL of the children are shown to have been born in GA.
One male child unaccounted for in the 1860 Census is Aaron ROPER's son Benjamin ROPER (b abt 1836 - GA). It is possible that Benjamin could have married Susan and then died, leaving a young widow who was taken in by Meredith and Lucinda ROPER. But, again, the fact that you show a Susan E. ROPER is suggestive that the Elizabeth shown in the 1850 Census record is the child identified as Susan in 1860.
Have you already identified a date and place of death for Nathaniel COLLINS? Do you have any further information to share regarding Caroline, William or Mary COLLINS? Do you have an indication as to the year of birth of Edward Thornton COLLINS? The last record I have found for Nathaniel and Susan is 1870.
Please note that I am NOT directly related to this family and am simply seeking to share some additional primary data and analysis to facilitate the answer to your query.
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