Sarah Jane Collins was likely born in about 1790, in the Orangeburg District of South Carolina. Sarah was a daughter of Levin Collins and Ann Catherine (Odom) Collins.

Before 3 Sep 1792, the Levin Collins family migrated from the Orangeburg District of South Carolina to Richmond County, Georgia. On 27 Oct 1794, Levin Collins received a patent to 350 acres of land in Richmond County, Georgia (1313). Levin died on 25 Aug 1806 in Richmond County, Georgia (1316).

On 21 Nov 1808, Sarah Jane Collins and Elijah Johnson married in Richmond County, Georgia (102, 244). At their marriage, Elijah Johnson was a planter living in Burke County, Georgia.

A first child, Amazon Jane Johnson, was born to Elijah Johnson and Sarah Jane (Collins) Johnson in Burke County, Georgia on 16 Dec 1809 (90). Three additional children were born before the 1820 federal census: William L. Johnson in 1813, Moses W. Johnson on 1 Dec 1815, and Sarah A. Johnson in about 1817.

On 28 Dec 1813, Bird Martin acquired land owned by Levin Collins in Richmond County, Georgia and in the town of Augusta, Georgia (1532). Husbands of female heirs to the Estate of Levin Collins who also signed the indenture, including Sarah Jane (Collins) Johnson, the wife of Elijah Johnson.

Sarah Jane (Collins) Johnson died on 25 Mary 1827, likely in Burke County, Georgia. At her death, Sarah was about 37 years old.


90. Gravestone, Amazon J. Emanuel, Parks Cemetery, Wells, Cherokee County, Texas. Find A Grave Memorial 71221210. (Image on file.)

102. Marriage Announcement, Elijah Johnson and Sally Collins, Newspaper, 3 Dec 1808. (Image on file.)

244. Marriage License and Certificate, Elijah Johnson and Sally Collins, Richmond County, Georgia, 26 Nov 1808. Georgia County Marriage Records, 1828–1978. The Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia. (Images: Image on file.)

311. Elijah Johnson Household, 1820 U.S. Federal Census, Waynesboro, Burke County, Georgia. Sheet 27, Reel M33-8, Page 24. (Images: Image on file.)

1313. Patent for 350 acres Issued to Levin Collins. Richmond County, Georgia, 7 Oct 1794. (Print and images on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.) Georgia Headright and Bounty Land Records, 1783–1909, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. (Image: FamilySearch)

1316. Obituary, Levin Collins. Richmond County, Georgia. Augusta Chronicle, 30 Aug 1806. (Print and images on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

1532. Indenture Between Levin Collins Heirs and Bird Martin. Richmond County, Georgia, 28 Dec 1813. Richmond County Book N, Pages 8–11. Print courtesy of Peggy Carter Price. Box 3. (Print and images on file. Box 3.)

 Revised 19 Apr 2023.