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Advocate (N.S.)

Collins, William Miles

  • Person
  • 1864-1962

Born in Advocate Harbour, NS on 18 April 1864 to Charles Wallace P Collins and Elizabeth Ann Lank. In 1880, at the age of sixteen Collins went to sea initially on steamers. He later turned to sailing with this brother, Captain Frank Collins and his sister Lauretta’s husband Captain Eli Knowlton. His first voyage across the Atlantic was transporting timber on the Endymion to Liverpool, England. After several years of sailing Collins received his master’s certificate in 1892. However, he continued to sail as a mate for some time with the Spicer brothers. In 1900, Collins took his first command on the barque Edward L. Mayberry, from New York to Wellington, New Zealand and was accompanied by his wife Margaret Ellen (Ellie) Reid. Together, Margaret and Collins had six children. Collins sailed the Evade a three-masted schooner for ten years. In 1911, he retired after more than thirty years at sea. He purchased a farm in West Advocate which had a small store. In 1919, at the age of fifty-four, Collins came out of retirement to take command of the Adamac and then the Edward A. Cohan sailing across the North Atlantic. Collins last command was the schooner E.H. Wharton Davies built in West Advocate. He passed away on 17 August 1962 in Parrsboro, NS in his ninety-ninth year.

Knowlton family

  • Family
  • 1757-

Daniel Caleb Knowlton was born in 1757 to Daniel Knowlton Jr. and Zerviah Watkins in Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut, USA. Daniel married Rachael (Jenks) Knowlton (1769-1810) of Digby County, Nova Scotia, daughter of John Olney and Catherine Jenks, circa 1776. Daniel and Rachael had 13 children all born in Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia: Zerviah, Louise Lois, Stephen, Sylvenus, John, Daniel, Rosamond, Robert, Nathan, Mary, Asa, Jesse L. and George. Daniel Knowlton passed away in his early sixties in September of 1821. His wife, Rachael passed away in 1810 in Advocate Harbour, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. They are both buried in the Advocate Cemetery.

Morris family

  • Family
  • 1793 -

Lutheran Morris was born in Woodbridge, Sussex Co., New Jersey (East Jersey) on 17 October 1739. Lutheran served as a member of the 3rd New Jersey Volunteers during the American Revolution. He married Catherine Swan (circa 1739 – circa 1759), of Scottish decent. Lutheran had 15 children including John, Benjamin, Nancy, Samuel, Joshua, Randall/Randolph, Henry, Dorothy, Charles, Isaac, Thomas, Catherine, William, Mary and Lavinia. He was one of the first settlers at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, where he became a farmer. His children were all baptized at St George's Anglican Church in Parrsboro, NS and Lutheran is shown as being baptized as an adult on Dec. 12, 1878 at St. George's Anglican Church in Parrsboro Township. Later in life, Lutheran was a member of Methodist Church in Advocate Harbor, N.S. Lutheran died at Advocate Harbor, on September 14, 1839.