John COLLINS 
- Born: 11 October 1829, , Clare, Munster, Ireland
- Marriage (1): Mary Ann McMAHON  [K885-VDB] on 2 January 1850 in Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
- Died: 30 March 1915, Hillsboro, Vernon, Wisconsin, United States at age 85
- Buried: Greenwood, Vernon, Wisconsin, United States
FamilySearch ID: KCQ3-KCW.
Lived with his daughter, Margaret Collins after his wife died and until his death.
The following is from records located in the Vernon County Courthouse, Viroqua, Wisconsin.
John Collins is a native of Ireland, born in county Clare in 1829. When thirteen years of age he left his native land for America. He landed in New York city, from whence he went to Buffalo, where he spent two years in school, thus acquiring an education that has since been useful to him. He then came to Wisconsin, settling in Milwaukee, where he remained until 1849, at which time he went to Richland county in the employ of Ira Haseltine, with whom he remained one year.
He then returned to Buffalo, N.Y. After spending about a year in the east, in various places, he returned to Wisconsin, locating in Waukesha. He was there married, Jan. 2, 1852, to Mary Ann McMahon, born in county Meath, Ireland, in May 1832. She came to America with her parents when thirteen years of age.
In 1854 Mr. Collins came to Vernon county and entered land in the northeast quarter of section 21, He afterwards returned to Waukesha county, remaining there until 1856, at which time he came with his family and settled on his land in Vernon county, where he commenced to improve his farm.
He now hsa 120 acres on section 21, and eighty acres on section 4. Mr. and Mrs. Collins have nine children. Mr. Collins has taken a prominent part in town affairs, and has held offices of trust. He is also clerk of the district, having served in that capacity for several years.
John married Mary Ann McMAHON  [K885-VDB] [MRIN: 145], daughter of Owen W. McMAHON  [LZPV-B6H] and Mary SMITH  [K48Q-1PY], on 2 January 1850 in Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States. (Mary Ann McMAHON  [K885-VDB] was born on 26 May 1831 in , Meath, Leinster, Ireland, died on 18 September 1886 in Greenwood, Vernon, Wisconsin, United States and was buried in Greenwood, Vernon, Wisconsin, United States.)