Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

SAMUEL McCOLLAM. No better representative of honest manhood can be found than the above-named gentleman, an influential citizen of Lincoln Township, Anderson County. He is a native of Ireland, and was born November 17, 1828.

The parents of our subject were Frank and Elizabeth (Kirkpatrick) McCollam, both natives of Ireland. After their marriage, they settled in their native county, where the mother died. The father then emigrated to America, where he spent the remainder of his days and died in this county at the home of our subject. The grandfather, John McCollam, died in County Antrim, Ireland.

Of the five living children born to Frank and Elizabeth McCollam, Samuel is the second. He lived in his native country until 1850, and then came to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania. He lived there for two years and followed farming and boating, and at the end of that time sold out and removed to Lee County, Ill. In April, 1857, became to Anderson County and settled in Lincoln Township, where he bought the claim on which he now resides, and which has been finely improved with all the modern appliances necessary for successfully operating a farm. The neat and attractive appearance of the outbuildings speaks of the good taste of the owner and of the industry necessary to convert an uncultivated tract into such a valuable farm. His landed possessions aggregate about five or six hundred acres, all in Lincoln Township.

Mr. McCollam was happily married in Philadelphia, Pa., January 15, 1858, to Miss Margaret Tweed, a native of Ireland, who was born February 11, 1829. This most worthy lady is an unfortunate victim of paralysis but endures her affliction with great fortitude and reconciliation, and is tenderly cared for by her devoted husband. Notwithstanding this severe trial, the home of this estimable couple is often the scene of social gatherings, and the hospitality with which one is greeted leaves a pleasant remembrance. Five children have blessed the union of our subject and his wife, namely: John, Frank; Eliza, wife of Tilford Perry; Rachael, wife of William Perry; and Sarah, who is a school teacher.

Mr. McCollam takes an active part in local and political affairs and always finds time to devote to the cause of religion. He and his wife have been connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years and he has held some important offices therein. His high sense of honor and truth has won for him the respect of the entire community, and his success as a substantial agriculturist of Anderson County is well merited. He is one of the solid men in the vicinity of his home, and a true and reliable man in the fullest sense of the term.

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