Marietta Ross was born on 15 June 1846 in Ohio to John William and Christenia (Wambaugh) Ross. She was 4 years old in 1850 and 14 years old in 1860 when her family life was disrupted by her parents’ deaths. In the 1870 census she was living with her sister, Euphemia, and her family in Harrison, Champaign County, Ohio.
Two years later, on 25 July 1872, Marietta married Benjamin F. Collins in Logan County, Ohio. Benjamin was born in Pennsylvania on 31 July 1851.
Benjamin and Marietta moved to Montana, Jewell, Kansas just after they were married. Their first son, John, was born in Kansas in 1873. They were still living there in 1900. Three of their children had died before 1900 and there were five still living. Two were living at home, Joseph, who was 23 and Clara, who was 11.
Between 1900 and 1910, Benjamin and Marietta moved to Bremerton, Kitsap, Washington. Benjamin was working as a watchman in a naval yard. Clara, their daughter, was a school teacher.
Marietta died on 30 September 1914 in Olympia, Thurston, Washington. She was buried in the Ivy Green Cemetery in Bremerton. Benjamin died in Bremerton on 10 September 1926. He was also buried in the Ivy Green Cemetery.
Benjamin and Marietta had the following known children:
- John Collins born about 1873 in Kansas.
- Charles C. Collins was born 27 June 1875 in Kansas. He died 5 Oct 1955.
- Joseph William Collins was born in November 1876 in Kansas and died in 1940.
- Marcellus Collins was born 27 October 1878 in Webber, Jewell, Kansas and died 1 Feb 1947 in Tacoma, Pierce Washington.
- Clara M. Collins was born 8 March 1889 in Kansas and died 13 September 1980 in Fresno, California.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1850; Location: Harrison, Champaign, Ohio; p. 322A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Adams, Champaign, Ohio; p. 78.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Harrison, Champaign, Ohio; p. 256A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Montana, Jewell, Kansas; e.d. 125, p. 384C.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Montana, Jewell, Kansas; e.d. 0055, p. 3B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location Bremerton, Kitsay, Washington; e.d. 0226, p. 6B.
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013, database with images. FamilySearch.org. (https://familysearch.org). Logan, Ohio, county courthouses, FHL film 534,837, p. 236, Collins/Ross marriage.
Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960, database online. FamilySearch.org. (https://familysearch.org). Olympia, Thurston, Washington, Bureau of Vital Statistics. FHL film 1,992,190, reference p. 158, Marietta Rosa Collins.
Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960, database online. FamilySearch.org. (https://familysearch.org). Bremerton, Kitsap, Washington, Bureau of Vital Statistics. FHL film 2,022,313, reference 213, Benjamine F. Collins.
Marietta Collins, Memorial #40680817, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Benjamin F. Collins, Memorial #40680795, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.