A Brief History of the

English Branch of the Collins Family


     The history of the Collinses of Collinsport, Maine, USA, have been widely chronicled by many.  Therefore, I will not attempt to bore you with yet another recitation of that family.  Instead, my narrative will deal with the English branch of the Collins family, which was founded by one Barnabas Collins, only son of Joshua and Naomi Collins, who left the family's home in the early days of 1796.  It is with the founder of the English Collins family that we begin our story.

     The records of the Collins family in the late 1700s, of which only Joshua Collins' has survived, records that his son, Barnabas Collins, departed Collinsport for England in January, 1796.  That winter had seen the death of Barnabas' uncle, Jerimiah Collins, and also saw the end of the lives of Sarah Collins, Barnabas' younger sister;  Abigail Collins, Barnabas' aunt; his mother, Naomi Collins; and Jerimiah's young widow, Josette.  Of these, only Jerimiah's death occurred prior to Barnabas Collins' sudden departure for England.

     Records have been located which substantiate the idea that there was far more to the story than that which Joshua Collins chose to record for posterity.  His records state that Josette du Pres arrived at Collinwood in 1795 to marry Jerimiah, when the fact is that she went there to marry Barnabas.  Historical documents discovered in a museum on Martinique, where Josette's family lived, contain letters from Barnabas Collins to Josette, discussing their forthcoming marriage.

     It is unclear what happened upon her arrival at Collinwood, but the facts are clear:  a marriage license, dated December, 8, 1795, confirms that Josette and Jerimiah were married by a Reverend Fallon.  Jerimiah fell ill within days-and during my research, I discovered the reason:  upon his return to Collinwood with Josette as his bride, he was challenged to a duel by a heartbroken, furious Barnabas Collins.

     Jerimiah was wounded, but lingered for weeks.  Barnabas felt tremendous guilt for his part in the duel, having been so close to his uncle, and turned to another for moral support during this time:  Josette's maid, Angelique Buchard.

     On the very night that Jerimah died, Barnabas Collins asked Angelique to become his wife.  The family was shocked by the idea of the heir to the Collins estates marrying a common servant, and Joshua threatened to disown his only son if he continued on his present path.  The family moved into the "new house", which became the Collinwood that is known today.  The other house-or the "Old House", as it began to be called, was left empty and abandoned.

     Until the decison by Barnabas to marry Angelique in spite of his father's attempts to prevent it, that is.  When Joshua disinherited his son, Naomi, not wanting Barnabas to be forced to leave Collinsport, gave Barnabas the deed to the Old House-which was in her name.

     So Barnabas and Angelique were married on January, 2, 1796, by the Reverend Brand, of the Collinsport Community Church.  The marriage license was kept in the hands of Barnabas Collins, and was discovered in his papers when they were catalogued in 1960 by one of his descendants.  Unfortunately, many of the papers mentioned in this article were destroyed in a fire which also destroyed the seat of the Collins family in England. But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

     Barnabas found that making a living for himself and Angelique was nearly impossible, as his father used his greater influence to keep him from finding employment around the area.  As a result, Barnabas became more morose and depressed every day, a problem which was not aided by the fact that since Josette was now a widow, he felt that he might have married her, if he had waited.  Adding the intense jealousy of Angelique into the equation, we find that the situation in Collinsport must have become untenable, and after a brief illness, he departed Collinsport in late January 1796, alone, intending to send for his wife later, once he had secured employment a place to live.

     He landed in England, with the jewels that his mother had given to him to help him get a start in his new life, and was joined by his wife in the winter of that same year.  Their marriage was intense, marked by arguments and anger, but Angelique bore him two children:  Julia Hoffman Collins, was born August 20, 1805.  She became the apple of her father's eye, and a target of her mother's still intense jealousy.  As a result, Julia and her mother never got along well.  Julia, having inherited none of her mother's beauty, was instead a bright, questioning child, who convinced her father to allow her to become far more educated than most women of the day.  She was ten when Angelique gave birth to her second child:  Barnabas Collins II, born December 18, 1815.  Where Julia was her father's daughter, young Barnabas felt closer to his mother, and is reported to have been devastated by her death  as a result of a riding accident when he was ten.  Julia also left England that same summer, having received an unheard of invitation for a female: the opportunity to attend a small medical college outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to train as a physician.  She knew she would most likely never be able to actually practice medicine, since women were barred from that profession, but she was determined to make the attempt.  She left the family's home in northern Wales, where her father had taken partnership in a shipyard concern, leaving her brother to continue his upbringing in the care of his father, to whom he had never been very close.  The two did not get along well, had very poor communication, and young Barnabas found himself looking forward to the infrequent letters from his sister in America.

    The elder Barnabas died in 1837, just after his son's marriage to Valerie du Bois,  who was the daughter of Barnabas' late business partner.  Barnabas chafed within the arranged marriage, unwilling to accept that the young woman he had married loved him for himself and not for his money, since her father had died almost penniless.

    In 1840, Barnabas wrote a letter to his sister, telling her that he could no longer stand to remain at the Hall, as the family's manor house was known, and that he wanted to come to America to see her.  He suggested that they meet in Collinsport, and introduce themselves to the branch of the family still there.  Julia, while not a student of family history, agreed to the plan, since she was anxious to see her brother again.

    Barnabas and Valerie set off from England, making landfall in New York, where Valerie found herself unable to leave after falling ill with a mild fever.  To keep from disappointing Julia, Barnabas left her with friends there and made his way to his ancestral home of Collinwood.

    Julia and Barnabas' reunion was a delight for both.   Upon his arrival, Julia introduced him to the sister in law of the current master of Collinwood, Quentin Collins.  The young woman, Roxanne Drew, developed a deep affection for Barnabas, and he for her.  Here was the young woman that he had always known he would meet.  But knowing that he was married, he tried to maintain a simple friendship with the young lady.

    Valerie arrived, and Barnabas discovered, to his concern, that his wife could be just as jealous a woman as his mother had been.  Before things could become further complicated, however, Roxanne died of a mysterious illness, for which Barnabas blamed his wife in some way.

    The troubles at Collinwood in 1840/41 are also documented elsewhere, so I will concentrate here on those events directly involving Barnabas, Julia, and Valerie Collins during those events.  While defending his cousins, Quentin and Desmond Collins, on charges of witchcraft, Barnabas made a surprising discovery:  his wife, Valerie, was the reincarnation of Miranda du Val, who had testified at the trial of one Judah Zachary in the late 1600s.  It had been Miranda's testimony which convicted
the warlock and resulted in his beheading.  Valerie recalled enough of Miranda's life to be terrified of what was happening at Collinwood, and begged her husband to take her away from Collinwood.  To take her home to England.  Barnabas refused, insisting that he had to stay and help Quentin and Desmond.  That her inability to understand and consider the needs of others made their marriage impossible to continue.

    Valerie made an attempt to clear the convicted cousins, going so far as to admit to being a former witch herself.  It worked, as the history books claim.  Quentin and Desmond were released to live long and happy lives.  But Valerie's future was still uncertain.  She was questioned and released by the judges about her witchcraft, and returned  to Collinwood, uncertain if she would remain a Collins for much longer.

    She was just beginning to discuss that issue with her husband when Lamar Trask, the local undertaker, son of well-known witch hunter the Reverened Trask, and former fiance of Roxanne Drew, burst into the room, accusing Valerie of being a witch and shooting her at close range.  Barnabas chased Trask through the house, finally cornering him in the East Wing.  He stabbed Trask with the man's own knife, after suffering a wound himself.  Thinking Trask dead, he left the body to return to that of his wife, admitting at last that he had indeed loved her, and had been unable to admit it to himself.  Trask's body was never found, and it was believed that he had crawled off to look for help, probably dying from loss of blood.
    Julia decided to return to England with her brother, who was now a heartbroken, pitiful shell of the man he had been.  Once back at the Hall, Julia found herself fighting daily to prevent Barnabas from becoming a total recluse, at last reminding him that as the only male Collins, the line would die out if he didn't marry and have a son.  The appeal to his sense of family duty worked, and in 1846, he married the daughter of a neighboring landowner, one Victorine Prescott, only child of the Earl of Prescott, lately deceased.  Victorine was only twenty, a shy, quiet brunette, the exact opposite of the type of woman that Valerie had been.  But the marriage endured until the death of Victorine during the birth of her only child:  James Collins, born in late 1847.  After the death of his second wife, Barnabas became wholly concerned with his business, leaving Julia the task of rearing young James.

    As a result, the child had a very lonely childhood, surrounded by older adults almost without exception.  He was well educated, and was quick to learn his father's business upon the death of his father in 1867.  James married Virginia Hemphill in the fall of 1868, and a year later, their son was born.  James, at his Aunt Julia's request, named his son Barnabas.  James and Virginia were killed while at sea, in 1880, leaving Barnabas in the care of his seventy-five year old great aunt Julia.
Julia died in the summer of 1895.  Barnabas was devastated by the loss of his aunt, having grown up listening with rapt attention to her stories about the family, especially about Collinwood, and the family there.

    All alone in the world, he made the decision to pay his cousins in America a visit -and reluctantly agreed to take his fiancee-named, oddly enough, Angelique du Bois, along,  with the hope of convincing her that they weren't suited.  He distrusted her for so many reasons:  her name, the fact that she strongly resembled the woman who had been his grandfather's first wife, knowing that she was fascinated with the black arts, and the knowledge that he didn't love her.  They had met soon
after his aunt's death, and she had, in his opinion, trapped him into asking her to marry him by creating a compromising situation.

    Upon their arrival in New York, she met some old friends, and suggested they remain in the city for a time.  But Barnabas saw his opportunity to arrive at Collinwood without her in tow, and told her that she was free to follow him when she decided she was ready, and left her to travel north.

    Upon his arrival in Collinsport, Barnabas found himself the victim of a kidnapper, who bore a remarkable resemblance to himself.  The man kept Barnabas locked up, returning upon occassion to ask questions, then would leave again.  Barnabas spent many months in captivity, until one day, he found a way to escape.  Weakened and ill, he found someone to help, only to be treated with fear and loathing.  The kidnapper had done some terrible things to people, and although he had apparently been caught and destroyed, there were some of the family who weren't as certain of that fact, so Barnabas was forced to prove his identity.

    Welcomed at last, he discovered that Angelique had arrived and had broken off her engagement to him-or rather the imposter, and was planning to marry one of his cousins.  This suited Barnabas quite well, because he had met a young woman who was staying at Collinwood as the guest of Edward Collins.  She was the widow of the Earl of Hampshire,  Katherine Soames, or, as most called her, Lady Kitty.

    Barnabas fell deeply, irrevocably in love for the first time in his life.  He knew that Edward wanted to marry Kitty, but he met with her secretly, tried to convince her that their meeting was fated to happen.  She bore a resemblance to the portrait of the woman that his ancestor,  Barnabas, had brought from Martinique to become his bride and never married -Josette du Pres Collins, and this Barnabas felt that it was indeed a sign that they were meant to be together.  After much confusion
and uncertainty, Lady Kitty was forced to agree that he was right, and the two of them left Collinwood together,  marrying on the ship that took them back to England.

    They returned to the Hall, and in 1900, Kitty gave birth to James.  Sarah was born in 1905, and in 1910, Richard was born.  Kitty's death in 1922 sent Barnabas into a black pit of depression from which he never escaped until his own death three years later, in 1925.  Sarah died a year later from diptheria, an event with deeply affected her younger brother, Richard.  He resented James' high handedness when it came to trying to run his life, and left the Hall on his twenty first birthday, in 1931, to join the army, leaving behind his childhood sweetheart, Evelyn Carrington.   Richard didn't return to the Hall until 1835, to tell his brother that he was going to the Far East, and with the intent of asking Evelyn to marry him if she was still unattached.  She wasn't. Evelyn had married James a year previous to Richard's return.

    Furious, Richard tried to make her admit that she still loved him, and even kidnapped her for a few days, hiding her away in an old abbey in which they had often played as children.  When James caught up with them, he threatened to see Richard in jail, but Evelyn convinced him that no harm had been done, and Richard left the Hall, never to return.  He was killed when his aircraft crashed in early 1936.   Evelyn gave birth to a son nine months after her kidnapping by Richard.  Barnabas was
offically the son of James Collins, but a letter left by Evelyn Collins, and an almost obscured entry in her personal Bible, all give the name of Barnabas' father to be Richard.  When the letter and entry were discovered upon her death by her own hand in 1940, James was furious, and as a result, relations between himself and Barnabas were never what they should have been.

    Evelyn's sister, Edith, came to the Hall to take care of Barnabas, trying to escape a bad marriage.  Her husband broke into the Hall one evening, attacking her, and was shot by James.  Edith discovered that she was going to have a child by her dead husband, and James made the decision to marry her to quiet the gossips in the village close to the Hall.  Adam Collins was born in 1941, was raised as Barnabas' brother for the first eighteen years of his life, but upon Edith's death in 1959, James began to constantly remind the two that while Barnabas would one day inherit the entire Collins estate, Adam would get nothing-since he wasn't really a Collins at all.  Barnabas tried his best to make Adam understand that James wasn't well, that Edith's death had somehow affected his mind, but Adam only became angry and hurt.  Barnabas convinced his father to allow Adam to learn the business, making him assistant general manager, under Barnabas, and everyone seemed to be happy.  James decided that it was time Barnabas marry, and arranged a marriage that would be financially advantageous-the recently orphaned daughter of another shipyard owner, Leah Compton.

    While Barnabas didn't feel that he was ready for marriage yet, he did agree to become engaged to Leah in 1961, in the belief that he would come to care for her.  She was a sweet, quiet, obediant girl, just turned twenty, quite a suitable choice to be the wife of the heir to the Collins fortune, and who hated living at the Hall.  She insisted it was haunted, that she had seen ghosts in the mists when the fog rolled in from the sea.  In 1962, while on a business trip to London, Barnabas was introduced to a woman he would later describe as "the most beautiful creature I  have ever laid eyes on".

    Angelique Bouchet was a rising young model, blonde, blue eyed-every bit as exciting as Barnabas had always thought that the Angelique whose portrait hung at Collinwood must have been.  He was so infatuated that he ignored his father's threats of disinheritance and eloped with Angelique to Gretna Green in 1962.

    Upon their return to the Hall, James showed his son a report he had done on Angelique, a report that inferred that Angelique was a fortune hunter, only looking for a wealthy husband, with possible connections to the black arts.  Angelique tried to explain to Barnabas, to tell him that the report was mostly lies, but Barnabas was suspicious.  James kept forcing Barnabas into Leah's company, constantly pointing out what a perfect couple his son and the girl made, angering Angelique.

    After another arguement with Barnabas about Angelique, James suffered a mild stroke that left him bedridden, and left Barnabas with a load of guilt.  He began to spend less time with his wife, and more with Leah.  Adam became Angelique's only friend at the Hall during those days, her confidant, her secret admirer.

    Angelique decided to try and confront James, and was in his room when he had another attack.  Barnabas, finding her in the room, and his father near death, ordered her out of the Hall, saying he would see the marriage ended.  Angelique left, saying that she would be glad to see the last of the Hall and the Collins family.  She used the money that Barnabas gave her to hire a solicitor who advertized that he specialized in quiet, discreet, divorces.  By the end of 1963, the marriage was apparently ended, and James insisted that Barnabas and Leah marry as soon as possible.  Barnabas, still hurting from the failure of his marriage to Angelique, agreed to set a wedding date for June of that year.  He saw Angelique during a visit to London, and suggested they remain friends, and Angelique agreed to the suggestion, wished him well on his forthcoming marriage.  Before Barnabas returned to the Hall, Leah recieved a telephone call from Angelique, informing her that the real reason  Barnabas had ended the marriage was that he needed a blind to his father from discovering the truth.  That she and Barnabas were still seeing each other, and that the divorce had been necessary for Barnabas to inherit the estate.  Angelique told Leah that Barnabas was only marrying her because it was what James wanted him to do, and that once James was dead, he would send Leah packing -or find some way to be rid of her-and then bring Angelique back to the Hall, where she belonged.

    Upon Barnabas' return, Leah questioned Barnabas about where he had gone and who he had seen in London, finally asking him if he had seen Angelique.  He tried to lie, but Leah could see the truth, and was devastated by the knowledge that the man she adored and trusted above all others could use her in such a horrible fashion.  James took a turn for the worse, having his final, fatal stroke in April, 1963.  Now in control of the Hall and the remainder of the estate, Barnabas set aside a trust for Adam, since James had indeed treated his second legal son as no better than an employee or servant in his will.  Leah became more frightened by the day, expecting Barnabas to toss her out in favor of Angelique, except that she discovered that in order to be in full control of the estate, he had to marry Leah within a year of his father's death.  On the eve of her marriage to Barnabas,  Leah accidentally picked up the telephone and  intercepted a telephone call from Angelique to Barnabas.  Although the call was a quite innocent one, the idea was planted in Leah's mind that she was being used, and to her mind, there was only one means to prevent that from continuing.  Death.  Barnabas, having realized that Leah had overheard part of the conversation with Angelique, followed her out to the cliffs near the Hall, and was trying to reason with her, to reassure her, when she lost her footing and fell  to her death.

    Barnabas confronted Angelique with the story that Leah had told him before she fell, and she was forced to admit her part in the girl's death.  Barnabas was furious, said he could never forgive her for what she had done.  But Angelique was too deep in his blood for that statement to ever become truth.  In 1965, the Hall was struck by lightning during a particulary fierce storm, and was burned to the ground. Barnabas set up a household in London's Kerdogan Square, seeing no reason to try and
rebuild the family estate.  Adam remained nearby to oversee the operation of the family's business interests in the area.  While in London, Barnabas recieved a visit from Angelique, who told him how sorry she had been to hear about the Hall, and apologizing for her part in Leah's death.  His anger abated, Barnabas accepted her apology, and suggested again that they remain friends.  Angelique again agreed, and he informed her that he was going to America, to meet his cousins there, perhaps to settle in the Old House, to which family still held the deed-one of the few papers of the first Barnabas Collins to escape the fire.  Angelique promised to write him, and they went their separate ways.  Barnabas went to visit Adam, informing him of the decision to go to Collinsport, telling Adam that he was needed there in England to take care of the business, and that, perhaps, in a year or so, Adam could come to Collinsport for a visit if Barnabas decided to stay on there.

    Unfortunately, Barnabas had fallen into his father's habit of not thinking about Adam as a true Collins, so he felt that Adam would have no need to get to know the American cousins.  They were cousins on their mothers' side rather than brothers, for all having been raised as siblings.  Adam was the poor relation, having no money save that which Barnabas saw fit to give him, and he began to chafe at the restriction his position placed upon him,  his anger and resentment growing worse every day.

    Barnabas arrived at Collinwood in 1966, and found himself immediately beset by a strange illness that had seemed to strike all male members of his family at some point during their lifetime.  It was marked by an inability to tolerate sunlight, keeping them confined to the indoors during the day, coupled with a strange lethargy during those hours, which caused them to sleep all day and be wide awake at night.  It was a remnant of a curse which had supposedly been placed on the first Barnabas by his wife just prior to his departure for England.  She eventually removed the curse, but not comepletely.   Each succeeding male generation was forced to endure the same symptoms -temporarily, and for differing amounts of time for each person.  It seldom lasted more than a year, and usually required the care of a doctor to ensure that the anemia, which was another symptom, didn't become fatal.

    Barnabas was able to continue to function, just barely, but was falling victim to other, less acceptable -and terrfying- symptoms of the illness, when he had the good fortune to meet Dr. Julia Hoffman, the eminent hematologist and psychiatrist.  She was visiting Collinwood to research the family history, and the two met through their shared interest in that subject.  Dr. Hoffman, once she discovered Barnabas' illness, began to work on trying to help him, albeit secretly, since Barnabas did not wish to alarm his American cousins about his illness.  In 1967, Dr. Hoffman, with the assistance of Dr. Eric Lang, acheived a remission of the illness, which Dr. Hoffman had discovered to be a strange virus in the bloodstream, which would remain dormant until something triggered it.  She surmised that something at Collinwood had set it off, like a switch turning on a light.  Also in 1967, after his offer of marriage to the governess of his youngest Cousin had been refused, Barnabas made the decision to return to England.  He wrote Adam, telling him that since he was returning to England, Adam would be more than welcome to visit Collinwood.

    Adam, seeing this as an acceptance of his status as a Collins, was delighted, and began to make plans to leave England.  But on the very eve of his departure, Barnabas called, informing him that he had decided to remain in Collinsport, and that Adam would need to stay in England after all.  Adam's disappointment led him to lose his temper with Barnabas, something he had never done before, and he informed his "employer" of exactly what he could do with the position Adam held, then vanished from sight.  There was no trace of Adam Collins anywhere, and Barnabas was concerned, hiring an investigator to try and locate him.

    The only lead anyone had was a strange, scarred young man who appeared from nowhere one day, begging food at the Old House.  He seemed to have no memory, couldn't even speak, and looked -except for the scars- almost exactly like Barnabas' cousin Adam.  He began fear that Adam had had an accident, and had come to him out of instinct for assistance.  Barnabas even called the man by his cousin's name.  He and this "Adam" had a falling out, becoming more enemy than friend, and after several months in which "Adam" learned how to talk and survive on his own, with no trace of his memory returning, "Adam" vanished as quickly and thoroughly as Barnabas' cousin in England had done.  The investigator was let go when he failed to turn up any hard evidence regarding the location of either man, and Barnabas decided that he would simply have to live with the mystery of his cousin's disappearance.

    During that same summer of 1967, Barnabas received a cryptic note from Angelique, which informed him that her twin sister and brother might be en route to Collinsport to try and suceed where they believed she had failed, warning him to be careful, especially of her brother.  Her sister, Cassandra, arrived at Collinwood as the new bride of Barnabas' cousin, Roger Collins.  Barnabas confronted her privately on several occassions, informing her that he was aware of who she was and that he would be watching her closely.  Afraid, Cassandra left Collinwood without a word, and during her absence, her brother, Nicholas Blair arrived.  Cassandra returned, only to leave again a few weeks later, after realizing that her brother's plan to force Barnabas to fall in love with her was not going to work.  Nicholas was furious, and sent for Angelique.  She refused to come at first, insisting that Barnabas was a lost cause.  Nicholas told her he had another plan, and she came-only to discover that his plan entailed her hiding in the house he had rented and falling victim to the same illness that had afflicted Barnabas upon his arrival at Collinwood.  She very nearly forced Barnabas into a relapse of his own illness before Julia Hoffman was able to get him away from Collinwood and to her private clinic, Wyndecliffe Sanitarium, some miles from the village.  Angelique and Nicholas left Collinsport, Angelique having found a way to end her illness and thus freeing herself from her brother's hold over her.  She swore never to have anything to do with him or Cassandra again, writing Barnabas to that effect.

    In 1970, while searching for a painting, Julia Hoffman discovered that Angelique was now married to Sky Rumsen, and living just up the coast from Collinwood.  During a family crisis, she was forced to tell Barnabas about this fact, and Barnabas, still trying to help his cousins, paid Angelique a visit.  Rumsen was unaware of the prior marriage of his wife to Barnabas, and Barnabas didn't tell him about it.  He asked Angelique's help, and she reluctantly gave it-until she discovered that the man
responsible for her new husband's business success was none other than her brother, Nicholas.  Upon Nicholas' arrival, she left Sky, returning to Barnabas, seeking solace in her rekindled feelings for him.  But Barnabas sent her to Collinwood, and became even more deeply embroiled in the family's troubles.

    During this time he experienced a recurrance of the illness that Julia had believed finished, and she began to work to bring about another remission.  After the family's troubles were resolved, Barnabas took a short trip to England to sell his business concerns there, and when he returned, Angelique had left Collinwood to resume her modeling career.

    In early 1971, Barnabas, in remission once again, purchased and reopened the local shipyards, and one day while reading the London paper, he discovered that the solicitor which Angelique had hired to obtain their divorce had been revealed to be a charlatan, taking money from distraught women and pretending to file the necessary papers, even going so far as to create false documents, while pocketing the money.  Barnabas was still legally married to Angelique, and he saw it as a second chance for them to try again.  He began a search for Angelique.  A letter from her arrived, informing him that she had decided that this would be her final missive, that she was going to put her past totally behind her and start a new life.  She asked that he not try to contact her or see her ever again.  The idea of that was unacceptable to Barnabas, and he decided to do just the opposite:  he made plans to go to the Paris address that was on her letter.

    But on the eve of his departure, he received word that Angelique had been killed in a hotel fire in Rome.  He was devastated by the news, and Julia, now his best friend and confidant, was forced to admit him to Wyndecliffe for his own protection.  While there, Barnabas met young Amy Jennings, the thirteen year old sister of a friend of his.  Amy's brother and wife had met sudden, violent ends, and she was being treated for shock.  Seeing Barnabas was the best medicine in the world for the
child, and for Barnabas as well.  He had given his word to Amy's brother to take care of  her if it ever became necessary, and so he became Amy's legal guardian.  The two of them returned to Collinwood, with Amy living at the Old House, which she quickly renamed Collins House, but taking her lessons at the main house with young David Collins.

    Barnabas Collins and his ward, Amy Jennings, are presently residing at Collins House on the Collins estate in Maine..  Barnabas has no current plans to remarry.
NOTE:  This article was compiled from papers and information provided by Barnabas
Collins, and his assistance is greatly appreciated.

Collins Family

English branch, established 1796


     Barnabas-----Angelique Bouchard
       b.1770    |   b.1774
       d.1837    |   d.1825  
        _______|______    m.1836
       |                       |            |
     Julia             Barnabas-----Valerie du Bois
    b.1805           b.1815           b.1820
    d.1895           d.1867           d.1841
                                       --|--Victorine Prescott
                                          |   b.1826
                                          |   d.1847
                                          |   m.1868
                                          |       |
                                     James-----Virginia Hemphill
                                     b.1847  |   b.1848
                                     d.1880  |   d.1880
                                                  |    m.1897
                                                  |        |
                                         Barnabas-----Katherine (Kitty) Soames
                                            b.1869    |   b.1873
                                            d.1925    |   d.1922
                              m.1834                 |
                            |                                                    |                                 |
                        James-----Evelyn Carrington          Sarah                    Richard
                        b.1900  |   b.1912                          b.1905                  b.1910
                        d.1963  |  d.1940                           d.1926                  d.1936
                                     |   m.1962
                                     |      |
                          Barnabas-----Angelique Bouchet
                              b.1936        b.1942                           Barnabas' ward-Amy Jennings
                              (Father-      d.1971 (unconfirmed)                                b.1958
                     James ------Edith Carrington Blake
                      (2nd       |  b.1915
                       wife)     |  d.1957
                             Adam Blake Collins
                             (Father-George Blake)

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