The memorial shown on the left, is placed in memory of John Collins, and the text above is the text on the memorial.
Gordon Thursfield is related to the Collins family mentioned in the Hints archives. In his search for information about his family roots he has provided some interesting information for us.
We do not appear to have any details about the John Collins who is remembered by a plaque in the Church.To be remembered in such a way John Collins must have been an important member of the Hints community.
Gordon contacted us with these original comments,
The Collins and Kendricks seem to be well rooted in Hints .
The Thursfields ( family of 4 sons and 1 daughter as far as i know ) are Weeford based but we can't track down where the father Thomas came from before then ? ( He married a Rebecca Birch in Weeford 1731 )
The brother of my GGGGG grandfather Thomas - Richard was married in Hints Church to a Elizabeth Jervise/Jarvis around this time .
The eldest of the 4 brothers John Thursfield ( brother of Thomas and Richard ) who stayed in Weeford ( the other three left - Thomas to Wednesbury / Richard to Shenstone / Samuel to Birmingham we think ) is listed in the Weeford burials Weeford as "slitting mill labourer" . Think there might be a reference on marriage entry as well ?
The survey on your Hints' site has the slitting mill in Weeford but essentially together with all the Hints mills and forges are part of one operation exploiting the Bourne Brooke with seemingly the slitting mill producing the final product - iron rods from iron bars produced at the Hints Hammer Mill to be made into nails for the nailing industry ?
And has extended the information like this
Have had a brief look for the John Collins on the plaque in Hints Church and there is a John Collins christened 12 September 1766 in Hints Church son of John Collins and Urram ?
( this seems to fit with John Collins aged 54 and the plaque date of 1820 )
Looks as if John's father remarries after his first wife Urram dies in 1771 in Hints.
The name Collins also appear in the church records
Hints Ministers / ChurchWardens
1703 - 1706 Curate John Husband / ChurchWardens Robert Collins Christoper Bright
1710 - 1713 Curate John Husband / ChurchWardens John Kendrick John Whitehead
1783 - 1785 Curate John Oldershaw / ChurchWarden John Collins
1786 - 1788 Minister Walter Rose Norton / ChurchWarden John Collins
The John Collins ChurchWarden may be the grandson of the earlier Robert Collins ChurchWarden and possibly the father of the plaque John Collins ?
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