PART ONE

 

The Gloucestershire Main Line - 1485 to 1800

 

This is the first of four sections of the first Collett family line

 

Updated March 2017

 

 

Significant information received from brothers David and Robin Gee in 2016 seems to suggest that the father of Thomas Collett (Rf. 1D1) was William Collett of Gloucestershire who was also credited to be the grandfather of John Collett, Thomas’ youngest son.  While the aforesaid William was the grandson of Thomas Colet (Ref. 18Z2), the Rector of Little Kimble, whose family line can be found in the first section of Part 18 – The Suffolk Line

 

The information for the July 2012 update was generously provided by Sarah Ahlstrom, Simon Collett, and Kelvin Parker in Christchurch, New Zealand.  The January 2012 update of this file was thanks to new information received from Brian Gregory Collett (Ref. 1R49) from Cairns in Australia, Andrew Collett (Ref. 3Q14), and Marilee Rylett Magder (Ref. 1P85) of Whitby in Ontario.  The information used in previous updates to this file has been kindly provided by Bob Rolfe (Ref. 1N37) and Dennis Collett.

 

The starting point for this family has long been the subject of speculation that it most likely began at Kimble or Wendover to the south of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.  What is known about that branch of the family is that Henry Colet, born circa 1360, was the brother of Thomas Colet who was the Rector of Little Kimble up to 1408.  Whilst Henry married and had children, no such records have been found for Thomas.  However, one of Henry’s grandchildren was a Thomas Colet born at Wendover circa 1430 and, although no such record has been found, he may have had a son by the name of William – see 2017 introduction (above).  He would then have been around the right age to be the father of Thomas Colet of Over Slaughter who was born there in 1485.  Having said all of this, it is also established from records at the British Library, relating to Buckinghamshire, that Thomas Colet left Little Kimble on 9th October 1408, when he travelled to Gloucestershire, where he settled in the village of Barnsley near Cirencester.

 

 

Details of the Colet families of Kimble and Wendover can be found in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line, and Part 63 – Two Collett Families from Buckinghamshire

 

 

 

 

 

1C1

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Over Slaughter around 1454, the possible son of Thomas Colet and the grandson of Thomas Colet (Ref. 18Z2), the Rector of Little Kimble, whose family line is detailed in Part 18.  The names of Thomas and Robert Colet were prevalent in the branches of the Colet family residing at Kimble and Wendover from 1360 onwards.

 

 

 

1D1

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1485

 

1D2

Robert Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

1D1

THOMAS COLLETT was born in 1485 at Over Slaughter in Gloucestershire and he married Alice around 1517.  Thomas was Joint Lord of the Manor of Over Slaughter with Mr Venfield and was godfather to ten children.  For other references to the name Venfield see Ref.1F9 and 1F11.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett died in 1538 and his Will of 24th March 1538 was proved in 1539 (see Will in Legal Documents).  It names wife Alice and son Henry Collett (below) as executors.  The Will, like all of the Wills available to view on this website, has been translated into current day English.  It is understood that Thomas Collett was buried in the south transept of Tewkesbury Cathedral.

 

 

 

Alice died in 1557 and her Will dated 22nd June 1557 (see Will in Legal Documents) included the names of all of her children, with the exception of eldest son William and eldest daughter Marian.  The Will actually refers to her four daughters so it is possible that Marian may have died before reaching her fortieth birthday, although it is known that son William was alive at the time Alice made her Will.  So it is curious why the two eldest children were excluded from the Will.

 

 

 

Important footnote:  In 2013 the website My Heritage included the names of the parents and grandparents of Thomas Collett of Over Slaughter, as placed there by John Riddle in New Zealand.  It must be noted that the details are incorrect, with Over Slaughter being confused with the village of Over in Cambridgeshire.  The details for Thomas Collett who was born at Over near St Ives in 1480 can be found in Part 69 – Other Cambridgeshire Families.

 

 

 

1E1

Marian Collett

Born circa 1517

 

1E2

William Collett

Born in 1518 at Over Slaughter

 

1E3

Henry Collett

Born in 1520 at Over Slaughter

 

1E4

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1521 at Over Slaughter

 

1E5

Alice Collett

Born in 1522 at Over Slaughter

 

1E6

Joan Collett

Born in 1523 at Over Slaughter

 

1E7

Agnes Collett

Born in 1524 at Over Slaughter

 

1E8

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1525 at Over Slaughter

 

 

 

 

1D2

Robert Collett was born at Cutsdean in Gloucestershire and he died in 1544.  He was referred to in the Will of 1538 of Thomas Collett (above) as ‘brother’.

 

 

 

 

1E1

Marian Collett may have been born around 1517 or before.  To date no record has been found for her birth.  However, the 1557 Will of her mother Alice Collett makes no reference to daughter Marion but does include a Robert Rooke who, with Anwin Matthews, received a sheep for ‘their pains’.  Robert Rooke was also a witness at the signing of her Will.  Almost twenty years earlier a Richard Rooke from Bourton-on-the-Water married a Marian Collett of Upper Slaughter at Upper Slaughter on 16th January 1538.  This would place her date of birth around 1517 or slightly earlier and could place her as the first born child of Thomas and Alice Collett.  The later Will of Edith Collett, made in 1597, makes reference to Elizabeth the second daughter of Richard Rooke.  Therefore it seems likely that Elizabeth was the daughter of Marian Collett and Richard Rooke.  Edith Collett was the second wife of Marian’s brother Henry Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

1E2

William Collett was born around 1518 at Over Slaughter and he married (Anne) or Agnes Hanks on 26th October 1542 at Upper Slaughter.  It would seem rather curious that following the birth of the couple’s first child, that the next four children were born to William some thirty years later when Agnes would have been in her late fifties.  The alternative, and perhaps more logical explanation, might be that William was married twice, first to Anne and later to an Agnes who may even have been Anne’s sister, since some of the birth records indicate the mother’s name as either Agnes or Anne Hanks.

 

 

 

William Collett died in 1587 at Upper Slaughter after acting as sole executor of Agnes’ Will which was proved in 1587.  (Over Slaughter and Upper Slaughter are different references for the same village).  From this it might be concluded that William initially married Anne Hanks, with whom he had a son, and later married Agnes Hanks the daughter of Richard Hanks who was born at Upper Slaughter around 1538.  The records also show that all of the later four children were born at Upper Slaughter.  The list of Gloucestershire Wills includes an entry for William Collett of Upper Slaughter, a shepherd, whose Will of 1587 has the reference number 1587/269.

 

 

 

1F1

William Collett (later of Stanley)

Born in 1543

 

The following are the children of William Collett by his second wife Agnes Hanks:

 

1F2

Edmund Collett

Born in 1571 at Upper Slaughter

 

1F3

Joan Collett

Born in 1577 at Upper Slaughter

 

1F4

Robert Collett

Born in 1581 at Upper Slaughter

 

1F5

Thomas Collett

Born in 1584 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

1E3

Henry Collett was born in 1520 at Over Slaughter where he married (1) Joan Hanks in 1540, the mother of all his children.  After her death Henry married (2) Edith Arnold, a lady of some wealth, who was born in Cirencester in 1520 and who died in 1598.  Henry was a Yeoman of Over Slaughter and Church Warden of the Parish.  He was also the sole executor of the Will of his mother Alice Collett.

 

 

 

Henry Collett died in 1592 and was buried in the churchyard at Over Slaughter.  His Will of 20th August 1591 in the 33rd year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, was proved in 1592 (see Will in Legal Documents).

 

 

 

The document named his eldest son Thomas Collett (below) as sole executor.  All of his children, with the exception of Henry Collett the youngest son, were named in the Will with Thomas Collett the eldest son being allow to reside in one half of the house occupied by his stepmother Edith until her death, at which time it would become his property.  It also stipulated that Edith would get nothing if she did not agree to this provision. 

 

 

 

In addition, Henry’s Will also provided for the following:  £10 and the best bed in the house to wife Edith; ten shillings to the poor of the village; £3 of good and lawful money of England to each of seven of his eight children; and a plough and a pair of harrows to his son Anthony Collett (below).

 

 

 

It seems likely that Joan Collett nee Hanks, Henry’s first wife, died during or just after the birth of Henry Collett (below) their last born child.  And it is interesting to note that the child was not mentioned in his father’s Will.

 

 

 

Henry’s second wife Edith Collett made a Will on 18th November 1597 which was proved in 1598 (see Will in Legal Documents).  In this she bequeathed nothing to any member of the Collett family.  The only Collett named in her Will was ‘Thomas - a friend’ who, with Thomas Carter, was charged with overseeing the Will.  Thomas Collett was very likely the eldest of her stepsons and this seems the most likely option since he was also sole executor to her husband’s earlier Will.  The bulk of her estate was shared amongst the members of her own Arnold family, although there is also reference to the Rooke, and Avro families.  In addition, eight pence was bequeathed to every poor house and six pence to every resident of St Edwards Almshouse.

 

 

Will Notes

Of interest is the name Robert Rooke in the 1557 Will of Alice Collett the husband of Thomas Collett (Ref. 1D1) who was named as an overseer of her Will and who was witness to the signing thereof.  This then raises the question, was Robert Rooke the father of Richard Rooke who married Marian Collett (Ref. 1E1) the daughter of Thomas and Alice Collett and whose daughter Elizabeth was referred to in the 1597 Will of Edith Collett.

 

 

 

1F6

Alice Collett

Born in 1541 at Over Slaughter

 

1F7

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1545 at Over Slaughter

 

1F8

Thomas Collett

Born in 1547 at Over Slaughter

 

1F9

John Collett

Born in 1548 at Over Slaughter

 

1F10

William Collett

Born in 1551 at Over Slaughter

 

1F11

Jane Collett

Born in 1553 at Over Slaughter

 

1F12

Anthony Collett

Born in 1554 at Over Slaughter

 

1F13

Henry Collett

Born in 1556 at Over Slaughter

 

 

 

 

1E4

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1521 at Over Slaughter and was married there to John Bayliss on 19th July 1546.  John, and a Thomas Bayliss who may have been his father, were witnesses for the Will of Alice Collett, Elizabeth’s mother.

 

 

 

 

1E5

Alice Collett was born in 1522 at Over Slaughter and married David Anthony Taylor of Bourton on the Water.  In the 1557 Will of her mother Alice Collett there is a clause specifically excluding the children of Anthony Taylor.  However, later in the Will Eleanor Taylor who could be a daughter to Anthony and Alice was named as being bequeathed one sheep.

 

 

 

 

1E6 1E7

Joan Collett and Agnes Collett were born in 1523 and 1524 respectively at Over Slaughter and one of them married Thomas Hanks the likely brother of Joan Hanks who married their older brother Henry Collett (above).  An Elizabeth Hanks was bequeathed a sheep in the Will of their mother Alice Collett, so Elizabeth was probably the daughter of the couple and therefore the granddaughter of Alice Collett.

 

 

 

 

1E8

JOHN COLLETT was born in 1525 and he married (1) Marion Jakes at Broadwell just north of Stow-on-the Wold on 15th June 1547 or 16th June 1547, where all of their children were born and baptised and where Marion Jakes was born around 1528.  Under the terms of the 1538 Will of John’s father Thomas Collett, John and all of his sisters (above) but excluding Marian Collett, were bequeathed twenty shillings and ten sheared sheep (see Will in Legal Documents).

 

 

 

John Collett of Broadwell died in 1597 and his Will was proved that same year.  It was originally believed that John‘s wife Marion died eleven years after her husband in 1607, but this has been disproved – see note below.  The recent discovery of John’s Will (see Will in Legal Documents) has provided additional information about his wife and children at the time of his death which conflicts with the list of children credited to John and his wife Marion in an earlier version of this file. 

 

 

 

The Will also referred to John’s wife as Katherine who was previously (2) Katherine Sanders who married John Collett at Broadwell on 1st November 1582 or 11th November 1582, Katherine having been born there in 1555.  This means that John’s first wife Marion had died after the birth of their last child in 1558 and before 1582.  John being married twice now makes sense of the statement in his Will about his sons ‘Henry Collett the elder’ and ‘Henry Collett the younger’ that is, one from each of his two marriages.  Therefore the revised lists of his children from those two marriages are now reproduced below, in accordance with the details extracted from his Will.

 

 

 

In addition to his own children, the Will also included the names of two grandsons, they being Thomas and John the sons of Henry Collett the elder.  It is also interesting to note that the witnesses to the signing of the Will were ‘neighbour William Wright of Broadwell and John Collett of Naunton’.  This John Collett (Ref 1F9) was the son of John’s older brother Henry Collett (above) who, at the time of his death in 1605, was referred to as John Collett of Naunton.

 

 

 

Under the terms of the Will of John Collett, the church at Broadwell received twenty pence, and the poor of the town were to receive a strike of corn.  Henry the younger son was to receive the great brass pan and iron bedstead in the nether chamber, while Anthony was to get the second best brass pan and iron bedstead from the upper chamber upon the death of his mother Katherine.  Notable absentees from the Will were John’s daughter Francis and son Robert (both from his first marriage) and Philip and Anne (from his second marriage).  No later records have been found for Philip and Anne, so it seems very likely that they both had died while still very young.  However, the older two children did survive beyond childhood and their adult details are included later on.

 

 

 

1F14

William Collett

Baptised on 08.01.1548 at Broadwell

 

1F15

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 06.04.1550 at Broadwell

 

1F16

Francis Collett (a daughter)

Baptised in April 1552 at Broadwell

 

1F17

Robert Collett

Baptised on 19.08.1554 at Broadwell

 

1F18

HENRY COLLETT ‘the elder’

Baptised on 04.11.1558 at Broadwell

 

 

 

The five children above were the children of John and Marion Collett, and the seven children listed below were the offspring of John and Katherine Collett.  It seems highly likely that the earlier reference to John’s wife dying in 1607, ten years after he had passed away was, in all probability, a reference to his second wife Katherine.

 

 

 

1F19

Henry Collett ‘the younger’

Baptised on 31.08.1583 at Broadwell

 

1F20

Philip Collett

Born in 1584 at Broadwell

 

1F21

Anne Collett

Baptised on 28.08.1586 at Broadwell

 

1F22

John Collett

Born in 1588 at Broadwell; died in 1596

 

1F23

Anthony Collett

Baptised on 07.03.1589 at Broadwell

 

1F24

William Collett

Born in 1589 at Broadwell

 

1F25

Thomas Collett

Born in 1590 at Broadwell; died in 1642

 

 

 

 

1F6

Alice Collett was born in 1541 at Over Slaughter and was the daughter of Henry Collett and Joan Hanks.  Alice later married Mr Humphries.

 

 

 

 

1F7

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1545 at Over Slaughter and was the daughter of Henry Collett and Joan Hanks and she later married Mr Haynes.

 

 

 

 

1F8

Thomas Collett was born in 1547 at Over Slaughter and was the eldest son of Henry Collett and Joan Hanks.  Thomas Collett married Edith with whom he had ten children as detailed in Pedigree 2 of Margaret Chadd’s book The Collett Saga published in 1987.  Margaret Chadd and the complier of this website worked together during the years from 1992 to 1997 to assemble and eventually publish a supplement to The Collett Saga.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett of Over Slaughter, together with his brother Anthony Collett (below) were overseers, with Nicholas Perratt, of the 1603 Will of John Hules of Over Slaughter who was the father-in-law of Anthony Collett who married Elizabeth Hules (see Will in Legal Documents).  Thomas Collett, who was mentioned in the 1605 Visitation, died in 1620. 

 

 

 

1G1

John Collett

Born in 1576

 

1G2

Anthony Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

1G3

Mary Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

1G4

Paris Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

1G5

Henry Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

1G6

Elinore Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

1G7

Richard Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

1G8

Margaret Collett

Born in 1592

 

1G9

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1595

 

1G10

Thomas Collett

Born in 1598; died 1676

 

 

 

 

1F9

John Collett was born in 1548 at Over Slaughter and was the son of Henry Collett and Joan Hanks.  He married Elizabeth Venfield of Naunton in 1583.  In 1591 John Collett, with his brother Thomas Collett (above) and Richard Perratt are listed as Trustees of the Lands of Upper Slaughter which were purchased and conveyed for the repair of the church and the relief of the poor.  John was Joint Lord of the Manor of Over Slaughter with Gyles Venfield, who was possibly John’s brother-in-law, being his wife’s brother.

 

 

 

On a wall inside the Church of St Peter at Upper Slaughter is a plaque dated 1792 with the heading ‘Benefactors of this Parish’ that reads as follows:  “In 1594 certain land were purchased and conveyed to the trustee for the repair of the church and the relief of the poor.  At the enclosure 56 acres were allotted in lieu of the said lands which are now upon lease at £56000.  John Collett, Richard Perratt and Thomas Collett are the only surviving trustees.  Several sums of money have at different times been given to the poor amounting in the whole £52 which is lent upon mortgage to the Trustees of the Church Estate.  The interest is distributed annually.  January 1789 the Reverend F T Travell conveyed by deed to the three Trustees vis the Rector of the Parish for the time being, John Collett and William Cook.”

 

 

 

William Cook was the brother-in-law of John Humphries whose Will was made in 1771.  The document also revealed that John Humphries’ daughter Mary Humphries married Thomas Collett (Ref 14K9).  It is therefore very likely that the aforementioned trustee John Collett was Thomas’ brother (Ref. 14K7) who was known as John Collett of Upper Slaughter (see Will in Legal Documents).  The John Collett here, who was born at Over Slaughter in 1548, died at Naunton in 1605 and his Will was proved later that same year. 

 

 

 

Details of his children and the continuation of his line can be found in Part 2 - The Secondary Line from 1550 to 1775 commencing with the reference 1F9.

 

 

 

This is also the family line of Gordon John Collett (Ref. 3Q5) of Boston in Lincolnshire

and his son Martin who was living in Australia around the start of the 21st Century

 

 

 

From Part 2 the line continues to Part 32 – The Newfoundland Line

as the family line of Max Collett, Bonnie Brown and Natasha Young of Placentia Bay

 

 

 

 

1F10

William Collett was born in 1551 at Over Slaughter and was the son of Henry Collett and Joan Hanks.  He was married by licence to Ann Harwood of Great Rissington in Gloucestershire on 9th November 1576 at Upper Slaughter.  Very little else is known about William and Ann, except that he died in 1633.

 

 

 

 

1F11

Jane Collett was born in 1553 at Over Slaughter and was the younger daughter of Henry Collett and Joan Hanks.  It was also at Over Slaughter where Jane married John Venfield of Naunton in 1573.  John was the brother of Elizabeth Venfield who married Jane’s brother John Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

1F12

Anthony Collett was born in 1554 at Over Slaughter and was the son of Henry Collett and Joan Hanks.  He married Elizabeth Hules of Upper Slaughter in 1593.  The marriage produced four children for Anthony and Elizabeth as detailed in Pedigree 5 of The Collett Saga and as shown in Part 14 of this website.  Anthony Collett died on 20th May 1627 and his Will, which was made on 8th April 1627, was proved on 5th July 1627.

 

 

 

For the continuation of this family line

See Part 14 – The John Kyte Collett Line (Ref. 14F1)

 

 

 

 

1F13

Henry Collett was born in 1556 at Over Slaughter and was the last child born to Henry Collett and Joan Hanks.  Sadly his mother died either during the birth or shortly thereafter.

 

 

 

 

1F14

William Collett was baptised on 8th January 1548 at Broadwell and was the first born child of John Collett and Marion Jakes, and he later married Elizabeth Chegner at Broadwell on 29th June 1579.  His father John died in 1597 and, as the eldest son, the name of William Collett was the first of John’s children mentioned in his Will which was proved in 1597 (see Will in Legal Documents).  However, under the terms of the Will he only received three pence.  Thirty years later, under the terms of the 1627 Will of his cousin Anthony Collett (above), William was to be paid forty shillings each year during his life by his cousin’s son Henry Collett (Ref. 14G2).

 

 

 

 

1F15

Elizabeth Collett was baptised on 6th April 1550 at Broadwell and was the second child of John Collett and Marion Jakes.  She married William Collins on 30th July 1580 at Broadwell, and seventeen years later in 1597 she was a beneficiary under the terms of the Will of her father who had died in 1597.  As Elizabeth Collins, she was to receive two strikes of corn and four pence for each of her children (see Will in Legal Documents).

 

 

 

 

1F16

Francis Collett was born in 1551 at Broadwell and was the daughter of John Collett and Marion Jakes.  The name Francis, spelt this way, would usually indicate a male, but the 1606 Will of Robert Currier (see details under Ref. 1F19) clearly indicates this was a female by mentioning Francis Mason as the daughter of Francis Mason (see Will in Legal Documents).

 

 

 

Francis Collett married Edmund Mason on 1st October 1571 at Broadwell.  Rather strangely there was no reference to daughter Francis in the 1597 Will of her father John Collett who died that year.  This could mean that she had died by then, thus leaving a daughter Francis Mason who was the one referred to in the Will of Robert Currier ten years later.  Furthermore the 1629 Will of John Currier (see also under Ref. 1F19) not only referred to the children of Francis Mason, but also to members of the Collett family including Francis’ half brother Henry Collett the Younger (below) and his children, two of which were specifically named, they being Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 1G17) and Robert Collett (Ref. 1G19) (see Will in Legal Documents).

 

 

 

 

1F17

Robert Collett was baptised on 19th August 1554 at Broadwell and was the son of John Collett and Marion Jakes.  He too, like his sister Francis (above) who may have died, was not mentioned in his father’s Will of 1597, although it is clearly evident that he was alive long after his father passed away.  Robert Collett married (1) Elizabeth but from which union no children were produced, before he married (2) Alice much later in his life.  It was also later in his life that he was referred to as Robert Collett of Guiting Power.  All four of his children were born and baptised at Guiting Power and all from his second marriage to Alice.  The dates of birth of the children indicate that Alice must have been a very young bride compared to an aging Robert, perhaps even thirty to forty years younger than her husband.

 

 

 

1G11

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 22.02.1625 at Guiting Power

 

1G12

Alice Collett

Baptised on 20.01.1627 at Guiting Power

 

1G13

Edmund Collett

Baptised on 29.08.1630 at Guiting Power

 

1G14

Richard Collett

Baptised on 05.09.1633 at Guiting Power

 

 

 

 

1F18

HENRY COLLETT (Henry the Elder) was baptised on 4th November 1558 at Broadwell and was the last child presented to John Collett by his wife Marion Jakes prior to her death.  Following the death of his mother, his father married Katherine Sanders and their first child together was also named Henry Collett (below).  From that time on the two boys were referred to as Henry the elder and Henry the younger.

 

 

 

Henry Collett was married by licence to (1) Elizabeth Insil at Upper Slaughter on 22nd May 1593 and accordingly to the parish register Elizabeth Insil was the daughter of John Insil.  The marriage produced two sons for Henry and Elizabeth and both were named in the 1597 Will of Henry’s father John Collett, as Thomas and John, the sons of Henry Collett the elder.  Sometime after the birth of the two boys it would appear that Elizabeth died leaving Henry to take a much younger second wife some years later, with whom he had a further five children who are listed in Part 4 – The Great Western Line.

 

 

 

1G15

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1594

 

1G16

John Collett

Born in 1596

 

 

 

Henry Collett later married (2) Elizabeth Goodwin of Lower Dorsington in the Parish of Welford.  He died in 1647 at Broadwell and his Will was proved in 1648.  However, to avoid a major revision to the layout of this family line, and that of Part 4, the details of Henry Collett’s second marriage to Elizabeth Goodwin have been retained in Part 4 and it is in there that the family lines of two of their five children are extended. 

 

 

 

Details of the children from his second marriage can be found in

Part 4 - The Great Western Line from 1560 to 1950 commencing with the reference 4F1.

 

 

 

This is the family line of Charles Benjamin Collett (Ref. 4N7), Chief Mechanical Engineer with

the Great Western Railway who designed the Kings and Castles classes of locomotives

at Swindon in the 1920s and 1930s.

 

 

 

 

1F19

Henry (Harry) Collett (Henry the Younger), who was later referred to as Henry Collett of Westcote was baptised at Broadwell on 31st August 1583 and was the first child born to John Collett and his second wife Katherine Sanders during the month of July 1583.  Henry was also the half brother of Henry Collett (above) the last child of John Collett and Marion Jakes. 

 

 

 

In order to separately identify his two sons with the same name at the time of his death, John Collett referred to them in his Will as Henry Collett the elder and Henry Collett the younger.  And it was the younger Henry, who with his brother Anthony (below) shared half of their father’s estate with the other have being left to Henry’s wife Katherine (see Will in Legal Documents).  Henry Collett married Joan Currier of Kempsford in Gloucestershire on 19th June 1609 at Charlton Kings in Gloucestershire.  Joan was the daughter of Robert and Margaret Currier – see below.  All of their children were born and baptised at Charlton Kings.

 

 

 

Henry died in 1642 and his wife Joan was named as sole executor of his Will dated 3rd November 1641 (see Will in Legal Documents).  This refers to seven of their eleven children so an assumption has been made that the missing four children had already passed away by the time of their father’s death.  Second surviving son Walter Collett was the main beneficiary, inheriting all of his father’s land purchased from William Hilton.

 

 

 

The Will also states that eldest son Henry Collett had already had bestowed upon him his inheritance.  For the remainder of his children: Elizabeth received all rents and profits from land at Westcote for the next five years; Walter Collett received the bedstead, furniture, ploughs and harrows and usage of the land for the next twelve years; while Joyce Collett, Sarah Collett, Joan Collett and Jane Collett each received an annual annuity for five years from the land at Westcote.

 

 

 

The Will also set aside money to repair the church at Charlton Kings and there was a gift of three pence for each of the poor people of the village.  Henry’s brother William Collett (below) and cousin Richard Wager were named as overseers of the Will.

 

 

 

Henry Collett was buried at Charlton Kings on 13th May 1642.  In the book ‘Men & Armour of Gloucestershire in 1608' he was described as ‘husbandman of medium stature suitable for Musketeer'.  Henry’s wife Joan died twelve years after her husband and her Will was proved on 22nd August 1654.  In the document she was referred to as ‘Joan Collett, widow of Charlton Kings’.  Henry and two of his children, Elizabeth Collett and Robert Collett, were named in the 1629 Will of John Currier (see Will in Legal Documents) who was the brother of Joan’s father Robert Currier – see below.  Joan Collett nee Currier died twelve years after her husband, when she passed away in 1654.

 

 

 

Robert Currier was married to Margaret and his Will of 1606 (see Will in Legal Documents) named Joan Collett (the wife of Henry) as his daughter and to whom he bequeathed: four sheep, one cow, a corn wagon, a dung wagon both with iron band wheels, a plough, a pair of harrows with small implements of husbandry.  His step-daughter Isobel Gosling, his wife’s daughter from an earlier time, received: £40 to be paid out at the rate of £10 per year but starting in the sixth year after his death, one fallow heifer and two sheep.  Robert’s brother John Currier was appointed as an overseer of his Will in which John’s son William was left free land while younger son John received one bushel of barley.  Curiously the name of Richard Wager appears in all three Wills and is stated as ‘cousin’ in the Wills of both John Currier and Henry Collett.

 

 

 

1G17

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 29.05.1610 at Charlton Kings

 

1G18

Henry Collett

Baptised on 13.09.1612 at Charlton Kings

 

1G19

Robert Collett

Baptised on 30.10.1614 at Charlton Kings

 

1G20

Walter Collett

Baptised on 14.03.1618 at Charlton Kings

 

1G21

Margaret Collett

Baptised on 02.04.1621 at Charlton Kings

 

1G22

Joyce Collett

Baptised on 24.08.1623 at Charlton Kings

 

1G23

Francis Collett

Baptised on 28.01.1625 at Charlton Kings

 

1G24

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 03.05.1628 at Charlton Kings

 

1G25

Francis Collett

Baptised on 12.07.1630 at Charlton Kings

 

1G26

Joan Collett

Born circa 1633 at Charlton Kings

 

1G27

Jane Collett

Baptised on 16.11.1635 at Charlton Kings

 

 

 

 

1F20

Philip Collett was born at Broadwell in 1584 and was the second of four children born to John Collett and his second wife Katherine Sanders.  Curiously Philip and his sister Anne (below) were two of the four children of John and Katherine not to be mentioned in the Will of their father when he died in 1597.  He would have been twelve years old at the time, and therefore it was previously assumed that Philip had already died prior to 1597.  However, it is now known that it was in 1619 when he passed away, so why was he left out of his father’s Will?

 

 

 

 

1F21

Anne Collett was born in 1586 and was baptised at Broadwell on 28th August 1586, the daughter of John Collett and Katherine Sanders.  Anne, like her brother Philip (above), had possibly died before 1597 since she too was not mentioned in the Will of her father who died that year, while it is now confirmed that she too passed away during 1619.

 

 

 

 

1F23

Anthony Collett was baptised at Broadwell on 7th March 1589 and was child of John Collett and Katherine Sanders.  His father died when Anthony was only eight years old and in his Will John Collett bequeathed that half of his estate should be divided between his two sons Henry the younger (above) and Anthony, but that is should remain in their mother’s hands until they reached the age of twenty-one.  The other half of the estate went to John’s wife Katherine.  Fourteen years later, when Anthony had reached the age of 21, he married Mary Perkes at Broadwell on 30th January 1611, following which he received his inheritance.  In the book ‘Men & Armour of Gloucestershire in 1608’ Anthony is listed as ‘husbandman of short stature suitable for Calyver’.  The first child of the marriage was baptised at Broadwell, while the remainder were born / baptised at Bourton-on-Water.

 

 

 

1G28

Ann Collett

Baptised on 09.07.1617 at Broadwell

 

1G29

Anthony Collett

Baptised on 12.02.1618 at Bourton

 

1G30

Richard Collett

Date of birth unknown at Bourton

 

1G31

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown at Bourton

 

1G32

Mary Collett

Date of birth unknown at Bourton

 

 

 

 

1F24

William Collett, whose date on birth is not known, was not named in the 1597 Will of his father John Collett.  His name is included here based solely on a reference to him as an overseer of the 1642 Will of his eldest brother Harry (Henry Collett the younger above) in which William is stated as being the brother of the deceased.

 

 

 

 

1G1

John Collett was born in 1576 the eldest child of Thomas and Edith Collett.  He married Mary and they had a son Joseph. John Collett died in 1657.

 

 

 

1H1

Joseph Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

1G2

Anthony Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of Thomas and Edith Collett and he married Mary Booch.

 

 

 

 

1G3

Mary Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of Thomas and Edith Collett and she married William Arcot.

 

 

 

 

1G4

Paris Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of Thomas and Edith Collett and he married Ann.

 

 

 

 

1G5

Henry Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of Thomas and Edith Collett and he married Alice (Alyce).

 

 

 

 

1G7

Richard Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of Thomas and Edith Collett and he married Elizabeth Tatum.

 

 

 

 

1G13

Edmund Collett was baptised at Guiting Power on 29th August 1630 when he was confirmed as the son of Robert Collett.  He attended Christ Church College at Oxford where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts on 28th February 1659.

 

 

 

 

1G15

THOMAS COLLETT was born at Broadwell in 1594 and was only three years old when his grandfather John Collett died.  In his grandfather’s Will of 1597 Thomas and his brother John (below) were listed as the sons of Henry Collett the elder and they were to receive half a guinea shared between them.  Thomas Collett married Elizabeth Kingly around 1617 at Broadwell and all of the children from the marriage were born and baptised at Broadwell.  The youngest of his known children was only two years old when Thomas Collett died in 1642.

 

 

 

1H2

William Collett

Baptised on 13.06.1619 at Broadwell

 

1H3

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 15.07.1621 at Broadwell

 

1H4

Philip Collett

Baptised on 09.06.1624 at Broadwell

 

1H5

THOMAS COLLETT

Baptised on 28.10.1627 at Broadwell

 

1H6

Maria Collett

Baptised on 02.12.1636 at Broadwell

 

1H7

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 12.04.1638 at Broadwell

 

1H8

John Collett

Baptised on 29.07.1640 at Broadwell

 

 

 

 

1G16

John Collett was born at Broadwell around 1596 and was named as a beneficiary under the terms of the 1597 Will of his grandfather John Collett.  In this John and his brother Thomas (above) received a half guinea which was to be shared between the two boys.  Within the Will, John and Thomas were described as being the sons of Henry Collett the elder, the deceased John Collett having another son named Henry from his second marriage.  John Collett married Alice Marshall on 2nd August 1633 at Guiting Power.  He is believed to have died in 1690 and his Will as ‘John Collett Gentleman of Upper Slaughter’ was proved on 25th November 1690.

 

 

 

 

1G17

Elizabeth Collett was born at Charlton Kings on 29th May 1610 and it was there that she was baptised on 8th June 1610.  She was a beneficiary under the terms of the 1641 Will of her father Henry Collett, her mother Joan Collett nee Currier being the sole executor of the Will.

 

 

 

 

1G18

Henry Collett was born at Charlton Kings where he was baptised on 13th September 1612, the son of Henry Collett and Joan Currier.  Henry married Edith around 1634 at Charlton Kings and known as a Yeoman of Charlton Kings.  All of Henry’s and Edith’s children were born and baptised at Charlton Kings.  In his father’s Will of 1641 he was referred to as already having received his heritance prior to the death of his father Henry Collett.

 

 

 

Henry died in 1669 and his Will dated 5th January 1669 was proved in 1670 (see Will in Legal Documents).  In the Will he names his best friend, John Collett of Cheltenham as an overseer of the Will.  Henry’s wife Edith and his children Margaret Collett, Henry Collett and Robert Collett were all referred to in the Will.  It is therefore assumed that the other two children had already passed away.

 

 

 

The property was divided 50/50 between his wife Edith and his eldest daughter Margaret.  Eldest son Henry Collett received the furniture, while youngest son Robert Collett received a one-plank bed with bed sheet, cushion and blankets.  The aforementioned John Collett of Cheltenham appeared in the 1672 Hearth Tax records as having seven hearths, indicating the ownership of a substantial property.  In the year 1637 he was living at Charlton Kings where his son Robert Collett was baptised on 4th January.

 

 

 

1H9

Margaret Collett

Baptised on 29.09.1639 at Charlton Kings

 

1H10

Edith Collett

Baptised on 14.11.1641 at Charlton Kings

 

1H11

Henry Collett

Baptised on 06.11.1643 at Charlton Kings

 

1H12

Edward Collett

Baptised on 20.10.1646 at Charlton Kings

 

1H13

Robert Collett

Date of birth unknown at Charlton Kings

 

 

 

 

1G19

Robert Collett was born at Charlton Kings and was baptised there on 30th October 1614, the son of Henry Collett and Joan Currier.  It is assumed that he died before 1641 as he was not referred to in his father’s Will of that year.  He was however mentioned in the 1629 Will of John Currier.  It therefore seems likely that he died approaching his twenty-fifth birthday and was not even married before his death in 1639.  The Will of ‘Robert Collett Yeoman of Westcote’ was proved on 4th July 1639 which probably corresponds with Robert’s father Henry owning land at Westcote.

 

 

 

 

1G20

Walter Collett was born at Charlton Kings where he was baptised on 14th March 1618, the son of Henry Collett and Joan Currier.  Apart from his elder brother Henry, Walter was the only other surviving son of Henry Collett to be named in his Will of 1641.

 

 

 

 

1G21

Margaret Collett was born at Charlton Kings and baptised there on 2nd April 1621, the daughter of Henry Collett and Joan Currier.  The lack of any reference to Margaret in her father’s Will in 1641 probably indicates that she had died by then.

 

 

 

 

1G22

Joyce Collett was born at Charlton Kings and it was there that she was baptised on 24th October 1623.  She was one of the children of Henry Collett to be named in his Will of 1641.

 

 

 

 

1G23

Francis Collett was born at Charlton Kings where he was baptised on 28th January 1625.  The fact that the next child born to Henry Collett and Joan Currier was also named Francis probably indicates that this particular Francis suffered an infant death prior to 1630.

 

 

 

 

1G24

Sarah Collett was born at Charlton Kings where she was baptised on 3rd May 1628 and was one of seven surviving children of Henry Collett and Joan Currier to be named in her father’s Will in 1641.

 

 

 

 

1G25

Francis Collett was born at Charlton Kings and it was there that he was baptised on 12th July 1630.  However, it would appear that he suffered a childhood death as he was not referred to in the 1641 Will of his father Henry Collett.

 

 

 

 

1G26

Joan Collett, whose date of birth is not known, and the daughter of Henry Collett and Joan Currier and was a beneficiary under the terms of her father’s Will in 1641.

 

 

 

 

1G27

Jane Collett was born at Charlton Kings where she was baptised on 16th November 1635.  She was one of seven surviving children of Henry Collett to be named in his Will of 1641.

 

 

 

 

1G28

Ann Collett was born on 20th June 1617 and was baptised on 9th July 1617 at Broadwell, the eldest child of Anthony Collett and his wife Mary Perkes.

 

 

 

 

1G29

Anthony Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-Water on 12th February 1618.  He married Mary of Great Dorsington around 1660.  He died in 1686 and his Will was proved in 1687.  The couple’s four known children were born and baptised at Dorsington near Welford-on-Avon.

 

 

 

1H14

Dorothy Collett

Born during 1660 at Dorsington

 

1H15

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 11.10.1663 at Dorsington

 

1H16

Richard Collett

Baptised on 01.02.1666 at Dorsington

 

1H17

Mary Collett

Baptised on 03.07.1668 at Dorsington

 

 

 

 

1H1

Joseph Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of John and Mary Collett.  He married Mary with whom he had a son Edmund.

 

 

 

1I1

Edmund Collett

Date of birth is unknown

 

 

 

 

1H5

THOMAS COLLETT was baptised on 28th October 1627 at Broadwell and he married Elizabeth around 1660.  It is understood that he moved to Westcote five miles south of Broadwell, once he was married, to manage the land there which had been owned by his great uncle Henry Collett (the younger).  And it was at Westcote that all of the couple’s children were born and baptised.  Thomas’ wife Elizabeth, who was born in 1630, died during 1701, and was followed four years later by Thomas who was buried at Westcote following his death on 2nd October 1705.

 

 

 

1I2

FRANCIS COLLETT

Baptised on 21.09.1661 at Westcote

 

1I3

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 21.02.1662 at Westcote

 

1I4

Ann Collett

Baptised on 24.10.1667 at Westcote

 

1I5

Margaret Collett

Born circa 1670 at Westcote

 

 

 

 

1H7

Elizabeth Collett was born at Broadwell where she was baptised on 12th April 1638.  It would appear that she never married and that she died in 1701.

 

 

 

 

1H8

John Collett was baptised on 29th July 1640 at Broadwell.  He married Aymer circa 1664.  All of the children were born and baptised at Westcote.

 

 

 

1I6

Richard Collett

Baptised on 28.03.1665 at Westcote

 

1I7

Margaret Collett

Baptised on 05.10.1665 at Westcote

 

1I8

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 05.10.1666 at Westcote

 

1I9

Aymer Collett

Baptised on 17.09.1668 at Westcote

 

1I10

Walter Collett

Baptised on 21.03.1670 at Westcote

 

1I11

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 21.03.1672 at Westcote

 

 

 

 

1H9

Margaret Collett was born at Charlton Kings and was baptised there on 29th September 1639.  She was just one of three children to be named in her father’s Will of 1669.

 

 

 

 

1H10

Edith Collett was born at Charlton Kings and it was there that she was baptised on 14th November 1641.  However, she may have died prior to 1669 since there was no mention of her in her father’s Will produced that year.

 

 

 

 

1H11

Henry Collett was born at Charlton Kings and that may have taken place around 1639 from his stated age at the time of his death.  What is known was that he was baptised at Charlton Kings near Cheltenham on 6th November 1643, where he also later married Elizabeth on 20th March 1669.  Elizabeth was considerably younger than Henry having born in 1651 and she died on 17th August 1724 aged 73.  The couple’s three daughters were all born and baptised at Charlton Kings, as was Henry’s base-born son Henry, who was born two years before his marriage to Elizabeth. 

 

 

 

Henry Collett, who was known as a Gentleman of Tewkesbury, died on 29th September 1712 aged 73 and was buried at St Catherine's Chapel in Tewkesbury Abbey.  In his Will dated 14th January 1712 (see Will in Legal Documents) he was referred to as Yeoman.  The Will was drawn up in the tenth year of the reign of Our Sovereign Lady Anne Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland.  The Will was proved on 26th May 1716 and mentions his wife Elizabeth and their three daughters Joyce Collett, Elizabeth Collett and Sarah Goodrich nee Collett, but makes no mention of any sons or his two younger daughters.

 

 

 

Details of his children and the continuation of his line can be found in

Part 5 – The Tewkesbury Line from 1630 to 1960 commencing with Ref. 5I6

 

 

 

 

1H12

Edward Collett was born at Charlton Kings and was baptised there on 20th October 1646.  As they was no reference to him in his father’s Will of 1669 it has been assumed that Edward had died before then.

 

 

 

 

1H13

Robert Collett, who was born at Charlton Kings but whose date of birth is not known, was referred to as ‘Robert son of Henry Collett’ in his Will of 1669.

 

 

 

 

1H14

Dorothy Collett was born at Dorsington around 1660 where she married Thomas Hemming on 21st October 1684.

 

 

 

 

1H15

Thomas Collett was baptised at Dorsington on 11th October 1663 where he married Susanna Roberts on 12th July 1687.

 

 

 

 

1H16

Richard Collett was baptised at Dorsington on 1st February 1666 where he married Anne, and where all of their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

1I12

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 05.03.1702 at Dorsington

 

1I13

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 03.04.1706 at Dorsington

 

1I14

Anne Collett

Baptised on 23.10.1708 at Dorsington

 

1I15

William Collett

Baptised on 06.06.1714 at Dorsington

 

 

 

 

1I2

FRANCIS COLLETT was baptised on 21st September 1661 at Westcote.  He married Susannah Sanders of Kempsford in 1685.  His occupation was that of blacksmith working at The Old Forge In Kempsford.  Susannah, his wife, was born at Kempsford on 17th January 1654, the daughter of Edward and Sybil Sanders.  She was buried at Kempsford on 4th October 1728 followed by Francis who was buried there on 17th December 1729.  His Will of 19th November 1729 was proved on 24th May 1736. 

 

 

 

All of their children were born and baptised at Kempsford but only sons James Collett and Leonard Collett, and daughter Sarah Collett were referred to in their father’s Will.  It must therefore be assumed that daughter Deborah Collett had already died.  Henry Collett, his only other son, is known to have died earlier in 1716.  The Will is of vital importance to the continuation of this family tree because it verifies what was, before its discovery, the missing link spanning between two generations.  Within the Will the main beneficiary was Francis’ grandson Francis Collett (Ref. 1K10) - the son of Henry Collett (Ref. 1J2) - who was also named as the whole and sole executor of the Will.

 

 

 

Grandson Francis was an orphan and had been taken in and brought up by his grandfather Francis Collett.  That happened following the death of his father Henry Collett when he was only five years of age.  His mother Mary Collett had already died shortly after his birth.  Francis Collett (the grandfather) therefore taught the young Francis his trade as a blacksmith and hence it was logical that he should pass the business onto him.

 

 

 

Through the Will the young Francis Collett, then aged 18 years, inherited the dwelling house, furniture, household goods, the blacksmith’s shop and tools, new and old iron, the penthouse, coal-house, Barn Garden and Backside (the backyard) which comprised The Old Forge at the corner of the High Street and Wharf Lane in Kempsford.

 

 

 

The reason the Will took six and a half years to go through probate, probably stemmed from it being contested by the three surviving members of Francis’ family, all of whom received only a pittance. Each of them, sons James Collett and Leonard Collett, and daughter Sarah Newport nee Collett, received just one shilling of lawful money of Great Britain.  The Will was signed by Francis before witnesses William Edwards, William Leveridge and Charles Cowley.  On the day it was proved the following statement was added. 

 

 

 

“This Will was proved the twenty-fourth day of May in the year of Our Lord 1736 before the worshipful Sir Henry Pomice, Knight Doctor of Law, Vicar General in Spirituals of the Right Reverend Father in God, Martin by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Gloucester and of his Episcopal Convistory official principal Lawfully Constituted by Francis Collett sole executor and so forth to whom and so forth after having first sworn well and faithfully to administer to the said Will and also to exhibit an inventory and render an account and so forth.”

 

 

 

1J1

James Collett

Baptised on 21.10.1686 at Kempsford

 

1J2

HENRY COLLETT

Baptised on 18.03.1688 at Kempsford

 

1J3

Leonard Collett

Baptised on 22.06.1690 at Kempsford

 

1J4

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 28.12.1692 at Kempsford

 

1J5

Deborah Collett

Baptised on 11.03.1695 at Kempsford

 

 

 

 

1I5

Margaret Collett was born at Westcote around 1670.  She died in childbirth in 1690 and was buried on 11th April 1690 at Westcote.  Margaret was never married and gave birth to a bastard son Thomas who was baptised on 14th April 1690.  He died before reaching his second birthday in 1692 and was buried on 11th March 1692 at Westcote.

 

 

 

 

1J1

James Collett was born at Kempsford in September 1686 and was baptised there on 21st October 1686.  He married Elizabeth Haynes of Kempsford on 31st March 1714 at Kempsford.  Referred to as James of Whelford, he was buried at Kempsford on 3rd October 1742.  Elizabeth, his wife, was baptised on 20th June 1687 at Kempsford and was buried there on 17th January 1738.  All of their children were baptised at Kempsford, although it is likely that they may have been born at Whelford, there being no church or chapel at Whelford until the latter part of the nineteenth century.

 

 

 

1K1

Robert Collett

Born in 1715 at Whelford

 

1K2

Mary Collett

Born in 1716 at Whelford

 

1K3

a daughter

Baptised on 29.04.1718 at Kempsford

 

1K4

James Collett

Born in 1719 at Whelford

 

1K5

Dinah Collett

Born in 1721 at Whelford

 

1K6

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1722 at Whelford

 

1K7

John Collett

Born in 1724 at Whelford

 

1K8

Sarah Collett

Born in 1726 at Whelford

 

1K9

Susannah Collett

Born in 1729 at Whelford

 

 

 

 

1J2

HENRY COLLETT was baptised on 18th March 1688 at Kempsford, where he married Mary in 1709. Mary died shortly after giving birth to their only child and was buried at Kempsford on 27th July 1711. Her husband Henry Collett died five years later during 1716.  Once orphaned, their son Francis spent his early years living with his grandparents Francis and Susannah until their deaths in 1729 and 1728 at which time he inherited the family blacksmith business.  More details on this can be found under Francis Collett (Ref. 1I2).

 

 

 

1K10

FRANCIS COLLETT

Baptised on 08.07.1711 at Kempsford

 

 

 

 

1J3

Leonard Collett was baptised on 22nd June 1690 at Kempsford and it was there that he married Susannah Wiggins on 29th December 1715 and it was there that all of their children were baptised.  Leonard died in 1751 and was buried at Kempsford on 17th December 1751.  His wife Susannah had died twelve years earlier and was also buried at Kempsford on 4th August 1739.

 

 

 

1K11

Jane Collett

Baptised on 06.02.1716 at Kempsford

 

1K12

Mary Collett

Baptised on 10.10.1718 at Kempsford

 

1K13

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 04.09.1720 at Kempsford

 

1K14

Henry Collett

Baptised on 02.10.1722 at Kempsford

 

 

 

 

1J4

Sarah Collett was baptised on 28th December 1692 at Kempsford.  She married John Newport on 4th October 1722 at Kempsford.  All of their children were born and baptised at Kempsford and they were Elizabeth Newport (baptised on 1st September 1723), Rachel Newport (baptised on 17th September 1725), John Newport (baptised on 13th November 1727), Susannah Newport (baptised on 7th December 1729), and a second John Newport (baptised on 14th June 1733).

 

 

 

 

1K1

Robert Collett was very likely born at Whelford, following which he was baptised at Kempsford on 13th June 1715, the eldest child of James Collett of Whelford.  And it was there that he was buried on 11th August 1790.  No record has been found to confirm whether or not he ever married.  It seems possible that he did not, and that he shared his life with his unmarried sister Mary Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

1K2

Mary Collett was born at Whelford but was baptised at Kempsford on 25th September 1716, the eldest daughter of James Collett of Whelford.  She was 70 when she was buried at Kempsford on 6th June 1786.  The parish burial record noted that she was a ‘single woman of Whelford’.

 

 

 

 

1K4

James Collett was baptised on 10th November 1719 at Kempsford and was buried there three months later on 12th February 1720.

 

 

 

 

1K5

Dinah Collett was baptised on 12th March 1721 at Kempsford.  She later married John Holyoak at Fairford on 6th July 1760.

 

 

 

 

1K6

Elizabeth Collett was baptised on 27th November 1722 at Kempsford, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Collett.  She never married and it was also at Kempsford where she died on 7th March 1786 at the age of 63.

 

 

 

 

1K7

John Collett may have been born at Whelford or Kempsford during May 1724 and was baptised at Kempsford on 28th June 1724.  It was also at Kempsford that he married (1) Mary Smith on 27th July 1755, and was later buried there on 1st May 1808.  It now appears that John lost his wife around the time of the birth of their son James, who may also have died at that same time.  The records at Kempsford indicate that John Collett, a widower, was married there on 20th October 1761 to (2) Mary Francis just about nine months before the birth of John’s second child Elizabeth.   All of his children were baptised at Kempsford, although it is established that his son Robert was born at nearby Whelford, perhaps where all of them were born, if that was the home of the family.

 

 

 

1L1

James Collett

Baptised on 06.06.1756 at Kempsford

 

The following are most likely the children of John Collett by his second wife Mary Francis:

 

1L2

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 08.08.1762 at Kempsford

 

1L3

Ann Collett

Baptised on 11.02.1764 at Kempsford

 

1L4

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 09.02.1766 at Kempsford

 

1L5

Robert Collett

Baptised on 12.04.1767 at Kempsford

 

1L6

William Collett

Baptised on 25.01.1770 at Kempsford

 

1L7

Martha Collett

Baptised on 19.05.1771 at Kempsford

 

1L8

Michael Collett

Baptised on 10.10.1772 at Kempsford

 

1L9

Mary Collett

Baptised on 28.11.1773 at Kempsford

 

1L10

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 02.02.1777 at Kempsford

 

1L11

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 13.06.1779 at Kempsford

 

 

 

 

1K8

Sarah Collett was baptised on 14th May 1726 at Kempsford and was buried there on 9th August 1730 within a few days of her year old sister Susannah (below).

 

 

 

 

1K9

Susannah Collett was baptised on 8th June 1729 at Kempsford where she was buried on 16th August 1730 one week after her four-year old sister Sarah (above).

 

 

 

 

1K10

FRANCIS COLLETT was baptised on 8th July 1711 at Kempsford and was an orphan from the age of five, his mother having died in 1711 and his father in 1716.  Francis was raised by his grandparents Francis and Susannah Collett (Ref. 1I2) until their deaths in 1729 and 1728 respectively.

 

 

 

Francis’ occupation was that of blacksmith, a trade he had learned from his grandfather Francis Collett and from whom he inherited the family business. 

 

The ‘smithy’ operated from The Old Forge in Kempsford which was situated at the corner of High Street and Wharf Lane.

 

The Old Forge was still there in the early 1930s as shown in this picture.

 

 

 

Francis married Katherine Cowling in 1735 and all of their children were born and baptised at Kempsford.  Katherine’s ancestors were stonemasons and The Cowling (Couling) family had been brought to Kempsford from Oxford to build the church tower in the 1300s, from which time they had settled permanently in the village.  The recent discovery of the marriage certificate for Francis and Katherine in Dean’s Wiltshire Marriage Bonds confirmed the details as follows.  Francis Collett, blacksmith of Kempsford in Gloucestershire, married Catherine Cowley, of Highworth in Wiltshire, on 11th June 1735 at Highworth, the marriage being witnessed by bondsman Joseph Titchener, a tailor of Highworth.

 

 

 

It took almost seven years to resolve and prove the Will of Francis his grandfather, which eventually happened on 24th May 1736.  The delay may have been due to the Will being contested by Francis’ three surviving children each of whom only received one shilling, while his grandson inherited the family business and all the property that went with it.

 

 

 

Francis (the younger) died in Kempsford having lived there all his life and was buried there on 1st September 1768.  He died before making a Will, so a Bond of Administration dated 9th August 1769 (see Bond in Legal Documents) was taken out by his eldest son Henry Collett in order to dispose of his property.  His wife Katherine, who was baptised at Kempsford on 8th October 1713, died on 29th October 1768 and was buried there barely two months after her husband.

 

 

 

Details Katherine Cowlings’ family can be found in Part 10 - Other Branch Lines

commencing with the reference 10H1/Cowling.

 

 

 

The Bond of Administration states that it was drawn up jointly by Edward Harris and Henry Collett for Francis Collett his late father deceased, to make a true inventory of all his goods, chattels and credits.  This he had to produce within a period of approximately twelve months in order to comply with the stipulated expiry date of the last day of August 1770.  Within the text of the Bond reference was made to an Act of Parliament entitled ‘An Act for the Better Settling of Intestate’s Estates’ made in the Two and Twentieth and Three and Twentieth years of the reign of Our Late Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second.

 

 

 

1L12

Henry Collett

Baptised on 13.12.1735 at Kempsford

 

1L13

Lawrence Collett

Baptised on 05.08.1737 at Kempsford

 

1L14

Mary Collett

Baptised on 27.08.1739 at Kempsford

 

1L15

James Collett

Baptised on 28.02.1741 at Kempsford

 

1L16

Margaret Collett

Baptised on 13.03.1742 at Kempsford

 

1L17

Francis Collett

Baptised on 05.05.1745 at Kempsford

 

1L18

ROBERT COLLETT

Baptised on 08.02.1747 at Kempsford

 

1L19

Thomas Cowling Collett

Baptised on 07.10.1752 at Kempsford

 

 

 

 

1K11

Jane Collett was baptised on 6th February 1716 at Kempsford, where she married William Lukes on 6th December 1747.

 

 

 

 

1K12

Mary Collett was baptised at Kempsford on 10th October 1718 where she was later married to William Hill of Kempsford on 31st July 1743.

 

 

 

 

1K13

Elizabeth Collett was baptised on 4th September 1720 at Kempsford, where she married clerk Robert Church on 7th February 1748.  All of her children were born and baptised at Kempsford and it was there that she buried on 25th May 1795.  The children were Mary Church (baptised on 11th January 1748), Leonard Church (baptised on 26th November 1750), Rachel Church (baptised on 3rd December 1752), Elizabeth Church (baptised on 1st December 1754), Robert Church (baptised on 28th May 1757), Susannah Church (baptised on 18th March 1759), and Henry Church (baptised on 22nd February 1761).

 

 

 

This is the family line of Jane Mettler whose husband Alex kindly supplied valuable details of the Wills of many of the Collett family during the late 1990s.  It is also the line of Mick Coggins of Rothwell in Northamptonshire, the five times great grandson of Elizabeth Collett and Robert Church, through their eldest daughter Mary Church.  Mick’s late father John Bernard Coggins was buried at Ramsgate in 1985, while his cousin John Francis Coggins was buried at Coventry on 15th April 2011, his funeral being attended by his brother-in-law of Alex Mettler and the aforementioned Mick Coggins.

 

 

 

 

1K14

Henry Collett was baptised on 2nd October 1722 at Kempsford, where he married Mary Cooper of Kempsford on 10th October 1747.  In the Kempsford parish register at the time of his marriage he was referred to as ‘Henry Collett of Fairford’.  He was buried at Kempsford on 16th July 1808, while his wife Mary was buried there a few years earlier on 1st April 1797.  All of their children were baptised at Kempsford.

 

 

 

1L20

Aaron Collett

Baptised on 24.07.1748 at Kempsford

 

1L21

Mary Collett

Baptised on 26.09.1756 at Kempsford

 

1L22

Ann Collett

Baptised on 24.06.1759 at Kempsford

 

1L23

Henry Collett

Baptised on 06.12.1761 at Kempsford

 

 

 

 

1L2

Elizabeth Collett, was referred to as Betty, was baptised at Kempsford on 8th August 1762, the eldest child of John Collett and his second wife Mary Francis.  She married Richard Arnold on 18th June 1789.  She was his second wife, Richard having previously been married to Jane Harvey in 1782 but who died a few years later in 1786.  Elizabeth and Richard had two daughters Sarah and Margaret and a son John (1791-1851).  John Arnold married an Elizabeth around 1824 and their son William Arnold married Ann Hill.  In the next generation William and Ann’s daughter Elizabeth Arnold (1853-1932) married Joseph Bunker (1841-1934) and their daughter Lilly May Bunker (1882-1921) married George Edward Gay (1884-1954). 

 

 

 

George Edward Gay was the grandfather of Les Durham of Bagnaria in Italy.

And it was Les who kindly supplied confirming information regarding this Collett family.

 

 

 

Further information about the Gay, Bunker, and Arnold families of Les Durham can be found at

http://digilander.libero.it/GAY_FAMILY/BUNKER-ARNOLD-COLLETT.htm

 

 

 

 

1L3

Ann Collett was baptised at Kempsford on 11th February 1764, the third child of John and Mary Collett.  She later married Robert Hewer, who was the 4x great grandfather of David Cook.  It may be of interest that Henry Collett of Sherborne (Ref. 9M6) married Jane Hewer in 1849, and it is known that her family had connections with the Meysey Hampton area near Kempsford.  There was also a connection between the Hewer family and the Bowne family of Stow-on-the-Wold, which is again interesting since William Collett (Ref. 56L3) of Upper Slaughter married Susannah Bowne of Northleach in 1792.

 

 

 

 

1L4

Sarah Collett was baptised on 9th February 1766 at Kempsford, the daughter of John and Mary Collett.  Sadly around the time of her seventeenth birthday she died at Kempsford, where she was buried on 14th February 1783.

 

 

 

 

1L5

Robert Collett was born at Whelford in March 1767 and was baptised at Kempsford on 12th April 1767 the son of John and Mary Collett.  He married Anne Constable by banns at Kempsford on 21st September 1789, as confirmed by the Bishop’s Transcript.  At the time of his death he was referred to as Robert Collett of Whelford when he was buried at Kempsford on 30th April 1859.  Anne was buried at Kempsford on 3rd March 1839 at the age of 70.  According to the 1851 Census for Kempsford, Robert was a widower at the age of 83, when he was a farmer of eight acres who had been born at Whelford, where all of his children were born, although they were all baptised at nearby Kempsford.

 

 

 

1M1

Isaac Collett

Born in 1791 at Whelford

 

1M2

Sarah Collett

Born in 1793 at Whelford

 

1M3

Robert Collett

Born in 1796 at Whelford

 

1M4

Hannah Collett

Born in 1798 at Whelford

 

1M5

William Collett

Born in 1802 at Whelford

 

1M6

Mary Collett

Born in 1804 at Whelford

 

1M7

John Collett

Born in 1807 at Whelford

 

1M8

James Collett

Born in 1808 at Whelford

 

 

 

 

1L7

Martha Collett was baptised at Kempsford on 19th May 1771, the daughter of John and Mary Collett.  She never married, but gave birth to a base- born daughter who was also born at Kempsford.

 

 

 

1M09

Mary Collett

Born in 1793 at Kempsford

 

 

 

 

1L9

Mary Collett was born at Kempsford where she was baptised on 28th November 1773, the daughter of John and Mary Collett.  It seems unlikely that she was only sixteen when she married, although it is very curious that it was at Kempsford that a Mary Collett of that parish married Richard Arnold of Fairford by licence on 18th June 1789, as detailed in the Bishop’s Transcript for Kempsford.  This must be an error because it was Mary’s older sister Elizabeth who married Richard Arnold on that day.

 

 

 

 

1L10

Hannah Collett was baptised at Kempsford on 2nd February 1777, the penultimate child of John Collett and his second wife Mary Francis.  She later married John Eggleton at Kempsford on 23rd May 1802.

 

 

 

 

1L12

Henry Collett was born at Kempsford during November 1734 where he was baptised on 13th December 1735.  His occupation was that of blacksmith like his father Francis and previous generations of his family.  He married Sarah (Frances) Lawrence of Bourton on the Water by licence on 16th January 1769, less than three months after the deaths of his parents.  Sarah was born during 1743.  It would appear that Henry, who having sought a Bond of Administration (see Legal Documents) following the death of his father who left no Will, moved away from Kempsford and took up residence at Bibury where he continued in the family trade as a blacksmith.

 

 

 

He was referred to as Henry Collett of Bibury in various subsequent records and this would appear to be the earliest reference to a Collett living in Bibury.  It was at Bibury that Henry Collett died on 1st April 1799.  Following his death his widow Sarah Collett married Edmund Stone on 5th November 1800 at Bibury.  Edmund, who was born in 1750, died two and a half years later on 22nd June 1803 as inscribed on the gravestone of Sarah’s first husband Henry Collett.  Sarah Stone, formerly Collett nee Lawrence, was buried there on 14th August 1810, as inscribed on the same headstone.  All of the children came from her marriage to Henry and all of them were baptised at Bibury.  Even though it is understood from later records that the couple’s eldest child was born at Bibury, it may be that the family moved to Bibury shortly after he was born, and this may be the reason why no baptism record for him has been found there.

 

 


 

1M10

Giles Collett

Born or baptised on 29.06.1770


 

1M11

Catherine Collett

Baptised in September 1772 at Bibury

 

1M12

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 27.05.1776 at Bibury

 

1M13

Mary Ann Collett

Baptised on 03.06.1779 at Bibury

 

1M14

Henry Collett

Baptised on 05.11.1783 at Bibury

 

 

 

 


1L13

Lawrence Collett was born in July 1737 and was baptised on 5th August 1737 at Kempsford.  It was also there, as Laurence Collett, that he married Mary Edwards on 25th March 1759 who gave birth to his first child within the next five months.  All of their children were born and baptised at Kempsford and it was there where Lawrence was buried on 12th June 1811.  Mary died at Kempsford nearly twenty-two years after her husband when she was 92 and was buried with him on 17th March 1833.  In 2014 unverified information noticed on the internet suggests that Lawrence’s wife was Mary Day, rather than Mary Edwards.  It is possible this is only an assumption based on the second forename of the couple’s third child.

 

 

 

1M15

James Collett

Baptised on 29.08.1759 at Kempsford

 

1M16

Rachel Collett

Baptised on 21.09.1761 at Kempsford

 

1M17

William Day Collett

Baptised on 11.11.1763 at Kempsford

 

1M18

Thomas Cowling Collett

Baptised on 26.09.1764 at Kempsford

 

1M19

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised September 1765 at Kempsford

 

1M20

Rachel Collett

Baptised on 02.04.1769 at Kempsford

 

1M21

Walter Collett

Baptised on 16.07.1771 at Kempsford

 

1M22

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 26.09.1773 at Kempsford

 

1M23

Lawrence Collett

Baptised on 12.08.1774 at Kempsford

 

1M24

Lawrence Collett

Baptised on 05.08.1775 at Kempsford

 

1M25

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 12.04.1778 at Kempsford

 

1M26

Mary Collett

Baptised on 09.03.1780 at Kempsford

 

1M27

Edith Collett

Baptised on 10.02.1782 at Kempsford

 

 

 

 

1L15

James Collett was born in January 1741 and was baptised on 28th February 1741 at Kempsford, where he died and was buried on 17th April 1742.

 

 

 

 

1L16

Margaret Collett was born on 2nd February 1742 and was baptised at Kempsford on 13th March 1742, where she was also buried just four years after on 18th April 1746.

 

 

 

 

1L18

ROBERT COLLETT was baptised at Kempsford on 8th February 1747, and he later married Mary Tackley at Liddington on 8th September 1768.  All of their children were born and baptised Kempsford.  The recent discovery of the marriage certificate for Robert and Mary within the Bishop’s Marriage Bonds for Wiltshire confirmed the details as follows.  Robert Collett, aged 21 and bachelor of Kempsford in Gloucestershire, married Mary Tackley, aged 21 and spinster of Liddington in Wiltshire, on 8th September 1768, the marriage being witnessed by bondsman Robert Pigot of Chiseldon.

 

 

 

The marriage bond does not make it clear where the marriage ceremony took place but, thanks to Dennis Collett who recently visited the Wiltshire & Swindon Archive in Chippenham, it has been discovered in the parish records there that the wedding took place at Liddington.  Robert Collett died in 1777 and was buried at Kempsford on 4th May 1777.  After his death Mary gave birth to two base-born children, the first by Joseph Bunce, a local blacksmith.

 

 

 

1M28

John Collett

Baptised on 10.09.1770 at Kempsford

 

1M29

Henry Collett

Baptised on 27.04.1772 at Kempsford

 

1M30

JOHN COLLETT

Baptised on 16.05.1774 at Kempsford

 

1M31

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 23.03.1777 at Kempsford

 

1M32

William Collett (base-born)

Baptised on 16.10.1778 at Kempsford

 

1M33

Judith Collett   (base-born)

Baptised on 10.02.1782 at Kempsford

 

 

 

 

1L19

Thomas Cowling Collett was born during September 1752 and was baptised on 7th October 1752 at Kempsford, where he died and was buried four months later on 14th February 1753.

 

 

 

 

1L20

Aaron Collett was baptised on 24th July 1748 at Kempsford.  He married Anne Habgood at Latton near Cricklade in Wiltshire on 5th April 1774, and his occupation was that of blacksmith.  In 1790 he was churchwarden at St Swithun’s Church in Leonard Stanley, just south-west of Stroud, where all his children were baptised, and where he was buried on 15th April 1832.  Aaron’s wife Anne was baptised at Latton on 20th October 1754 the daughter of William and Susanna Habgood who owned and lived at the Habgood Manor, adjacent to the parish church in Latton.  One of the witnesses at their wedding was William Waine who, five years earlier, had married Anne’s sister Sarah Habgood.  Aaron and Anne both signed the register in their own hand.

 

 

 

The adjacent Banns of Marriage in the church register is very interesting as it was for the union of William Jock and Susanna Stockwell who made her marked, while one of their witnesses was James Habgood.  Interesting because one Hannah Stockwell married William Collett at Bibury in 1834.  Like her husband, Anne was also buried in St Swithun’s churchyard almost a year after he passed away, when she was laid to rest with him on 8th March 1833.

 

 

 

1M34

Aaron Collett

Born in 1775 at Leonard Stanley

 

1M35

Anne Collett

Born in 1778 at Leonard Stanley

 

1M36

Mary Collett

Born in 1780 at Leonard Stanley

 

1M37

Miriam Collett

Born in 1781 at Leonard Stanley

 

1M38

William Collett

Born in 1783 at Leonard Stanley


 

1M39

James Collett

Born in 1785 at Leonard Stanley

 

1M40

Susannah Collett

Born in 1787 at Leonard Stanley

 

1M41

Sarah Collett

Born in 1789 at Leonard Stanley

 

1M42

Thomas Collett

Born in 1790 at Leonard Stanley

 

1M43

Charles Collett

Born in 1792 at Leonard Stanley

 

1M44

Hannah Collett

Born in 1794 at Leonard Stanley

 

 

 

 

1L23

Henry Collett was baptised at Kempsford on 6th December 1761, the youngest child of Henry Collett and Mary Cooper.  Although not proved that it is this Henry Collett, but a Henry Collett married Elizabeth Shaw at Kempsford on 5th November 1792.

 

 

 

 

1M1

Isaac Collett was born at Whelford and was baptised on 3rd July 1791 at nearby Kempsford, the eldest child of Robert Collett and his wife Anne Constable.  Sadly it was also at Kempsford that he was buried on 1st January 1794 when he was only thirty months old.

 

 

 

 

1M2

Sarah Collett was born at Whelford and was baptised at Kempsford on 3rd September 1793, the second child of Robert Collett and Anne Constable.

 

 

 

 

1M3

Robert Collett was born Whelford on 15th March 1796, but was baptised at Kempsford on 15th May 1796.  It was also at Kempsford where Robert married Mary Trotman on 28th November 1817.  He was referred to as Robert Collett of Whelford when he was buried at Kempsford on 20th November 1858.  This, and subsequent census records, indicate that Robert and Mary lived in Whelford, where all of their children were born.  However, as there was no church in Whelford (the Chapel of St Anne’s in Whelford was only opened in 1864) the people from the hamlet had to be baptised, married and buried at ceremonies conducted in the nearby parish church at Kempsford.

 

 

 

Mary Collett, Robert’s wife, was also buried at Kempsford on 1st November 1850, aged 57 years.  All of their children were baptised at Kempsford for the reason given above.  According to the 1851 Census Robert Collett, age 54, was an agricultural labourer and a widower living at Kempsford with sons Isaac Collett, age 20, and Joseph Collett, who was 16, both of them agricultural labourers, together with his daughter Sarah Ann Collett who was nine years old, all four of them having been born at Whelford.

 

 

 

The Trotman name occurs again in Part Three – The Chedworth Line (Ref. 3N9)

 

 

 

1N1

Sarah Collett

Born in 1818 at Whelford

 

1N2

William Collett

Born in 1820 at Whelford

 

1N3

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1822 at Whelford

 

1N4

Richard Collett

Born in 1824 at Whelford

 

1N5

Anne Collett

Born in 1826 at Whelford

 

1N6

John Collett

Born in 1828 at Whelford

 

1N7

Isaac Collett

Born in 1830 at Whelford

 

1N8

Charles Collett

Born in 1833 at Whelford

 

1N9

Joseph Collett

Born in 1835 at Whelford

 

1N10

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1841 at Whelford

 

 

 

 

1M4

Hannah Collett was born at Whelford and was baptised on 20th May 1798 at Kempsford, where she was also buried less than two years later on 22nd July 1800.

 

 

 

 

1M5

William Collett was born at Whelford and baptised at Kempsford on 23rd May 1802.  He married Hannah Dixon at Kempsford on either 21st September 1825 or that same day in 1828.  Sometime after they were married the couple moved to Highworth in Wiltshire where their first two children were born before finally settling in Fairford around 1840.

 

 

 

The 1851 Census for Fairford listed the couple as William Collett, age 50 and a carpenter of Kempsford, and his wife Hannah Collett, age 42 and a laundress born in London.  Living there with them were their four children, daughters Frances Collett, age 19, and Clara Collett, age 14, both of them employed as laundresses and both of them born at Highworth, their son Cornelius Collett, who was seven, and their daughter Elizabeth Collett who was five years old, and both of them having been born at Fairford.

 

 

 

By 1861 the family was still living at Fairford where William was 59 and a carpenter, and Hannah was 52 and a laundress.  William’s place of birth was then given as Whelford and that would correspond with that of his father who was referred to as Robert Collett of Whelford.  Only two of their children were living with the couple at that time, and they were Cornelius Collett, age 17, and his sister Elizabeth Collett who was 15.  On that occasion Cornelius was working as an apprentice plumber.

 

 

 

It was five years later that the death of William Collett, at the age of 64, was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 197) during the third quarter of 1866.  Following his passing, his widow travelled north to Hartlepool where she lived the rest of life at the home of her son Cornelius and his family until her own death at Hartlepool during 1877.

 

 

 

1N11

Frances Collett

Born in 1831 at Highworth, Wilts

 

1N12

Clara Collett

Born in 1836 at Highworth, Wilts

 

1N13

Cornelius Collett

Born in 1843 at Fairford

 

1N14

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1845 at Fairford