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Josiah Collins II was the son of the prominent merchant Josiah Collins, Sr.
He became manager and eventually the owner of the Collins Ropewalk in Edenton
. Under his management, the Edenton Ropewalk
became one of the most prosperous rope manufacturing sites in North America. When his father died in 1819, Josiah II became the temporary owner and manager of Somerset Plantation
until his son Josiah III came of age. Josiah II was also important in the organization of North Carolina’s Episcopal Diocese in 1817.