Collins, Britton Estol
Collins, Britton Estol a Presbyterian minister, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1801. He entered Princeton Seminary in 1824, and remained two years; was licensed by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in April 1828; received under the care of the Huntingdon Presbytery, April 8, 1830, and ordained as an evangelist June 16 following. His first pastoral charge was at Millerstown, then in the bounds. of Huntingdon Presbytery, he being installed there in October 1832. He resigned his charge in 1839, and in October of same year was called to Shirleysburgh. This call he did not accept, but agreed to act as stated supply, in which relation he continued till October 1853, when he retired. During the remaining years of his life, so long as he was able to preach, he spent his time in missionary labor in different parts of the presbytery — chiefly in the churches of Moshannon, Unity, and Mapleton, successively. The last of these owes its existence largely to his liberality and indefatigable labors. He died April 12, 1876. Mr. Collins was a man of humble and undoubted piety; of great simplicity of character; a diligent, faithful, and self-denying pastor; universally respected and loved. See Necrol. Report of Princeton Theol. Sem. 1877, page 22.