"History of Steuben County, Indiana", 1885,
pub. Inter-State Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill.
pages 532 - 533

George W. Collins is a native of Rutland Co., Vt., born in 1829.  In 1835 his parents came to Steuben County, and July 4 his father made one of the first entries in the township.  The log hoouse near his present home was the first in the township.  His early schooling was limited to three months in the log-cabin schools.  His early life was spent with his parents and he learned in his youth the precepts that have in later life made him a successful business man.  He was married in 1856 to Avis Walter, daughter of Seymour W. and Orra (Coe) Walter, of Essex County, Vt., who settled in Steuben County in 1846.  Mr. And Mrs. Collins have five children---Stillman L., Seymour B.,
Orra E., Lydia A., Bertie L.  Their home is one of culture and refinement, and the stranger and friend are always welcome to share in the good cheer that prevails.  Mrs. Collins parents had a family of seven children---Norris Walter, deceased; Clifton, of Branch County, Mich.; Sydney, of Steuben
County; Avis, Betsey, deceased; Mary A., now Mrs Poulson, of this township; and George, deceased.