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COLLINS, Elizabeth Ballinger, minister of the Society of Friends, born in Upper Evesham, New Jersey, in 1755 ; died in 1831. Her father, Joseph Ballinger, died when she was a child, and in 1773 she married John Mason, who died about 1777, and in 1778 she married Job Collins. When in her twenty-fourth year, she felt strongly impressed with the duty of becoming a minister of the gospel, and later she was a noted preacher in her denomination, "laboring zealously to stir up the lukewarm, and speaking a word in season to those that were weary" while the purity of her life, and the Christian meekness that marked her character, adorned the doctrines she delivered to others." Her autobiography was published in Philadelphia in 1859.
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