Ever since I've found the death record for my Great-Great Grandmother Ann Elizabeth (Collins) Nicholls, I've hoped to find more information about her family. Everything I've found for her indicates that she was born in County Cork in Ireland. This is also true for her sister Ellen, who came to live with the family when Ann was hospitalized with TB.
During a late night genealogy session, I believe I found another Collins sister: Hannah. In 1851, she is living in Kensington, Middlesex, England with her husband Thomas Luddy, daughter Mary, son Patrick and SISTER ELLEN.
As I mentioned earlier, Ellen Collins appears with John Nicholls and family in the 1861 British census, after Ann has been institutionalized for TB. I did a lot of searching last night to make sure that the Ellen Collins with the Luddy family doesn't appear with them in 1861, since she can't be in two places that the same time.
In 1861, Patrick Luddy is living with his married sister Margaret (Luddy) Burns. I found that Thomas Luddy passed away in 1855. Mary Luddy is living in Kent as a Housekeeper. I have not been able to locate Hannah Luddy. As experience has not taught me, she may have passed away, she may have been institutionalized (like her possible sister).
I can see that more research is needed and documents found to confirm that this is the same Ellen Collins and that Hannah is my 2nd Great Grand Aunt.
A small step forward on the Collins family tree? I really, really hope so!