Collins, Isaac Foster
Collins, Isaac Foster a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Wolcott, Wayne County, N.Y., August 24, 1819. He was converted in 1838, removed to Arkansas in 1840, and in the following year entered the Arkansas Conference, and was appointed to teach and preach among the Cherokee Indians. In 1843 he was sent to the Lower Cherokee mission; in 1844 was set off with the Indian Mission Conference, and in 1845 was sent among the Choctaw Indians, to teach in Morris Seminary. In 1846 he located and went to Michigan; began regular work the next year in the Michigan Conference; in 1853 returned to the Arkansas Conference, and was appointed among the Cherokees; in 1854 was transferred to the Missouri Conference, and employed on the Omaha mission. On the formation of the Kansas and Nebraska Conference, in 1856, he became one of its members, and, on its division, he fell within the bounds of the Kansas Conference, and died a member of its active ranks, April 26, 1862. Mr. Collins was decidedly a true friend, an honest man, an exemplary Christian and a thorough, uncompromising Methodist preacher. He was dignified in appearance, humble in spirit, and very neat in person. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1863, page 22.