PART ONE

 

The Gloucestershire Main Line - 1800 to 1830

 

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

 

Updated February 2019

 

The September 2011 update was the result of new information

received from Brian Gregory Collett (Ref. 1R63) of Cairns in Australia.

The information for an earlier update was kindly provided by

Rod Murray of Hallett Cove in South Australia (Ref. 1O49)

 

It is also thanks to Martin Davies of Stourton in the West Midlands

that the lines of the three brothers Richard, John and Isaac (Ref. 1N4, N6 & N7)

have been taken forward to form Part 37 – The Oxford City Line

 

 

1N1

Sarah Collett was born in the hamlet of Whelford and, with no church at Whelford at that time, she was baptised at the parish church in Kempsford on 9th August 1818.  She was the eldest child of Robert Collett and his wife Mary Trotman and rather curiously the couple’s youngest daughter was name as Sarah Ann Collett.  It is therefore likely that the first Sarah may have suffered a premature death.

 

 

 

 

1N2

William Collett was born at Whelford in 1820 and was baptised at Kempsford on 20th February 1820, the eldest son of Robert and Mary Collett.  Maybe because of overcrowding in the family home at Whelford prior to 1840, William had left his family by 1841.  Instead, he was in lodgings at the home of the Lea family on the Market Place in nearby Fairford, where he was recorded with a rounded age of 20 years.  Eighteen months later, when he was approaching 22, he married Maria Clargo of Hinton Parva near Swindon.  Maria was four years younger than William, having been born on 15th February 1824 at Little Hinton, the daughter of Thomas Clargo and Ann Pearce.  The marriage of William and Maria was recorded at Highworth, north-east of Swindon, during the last three months of 1842 (Ref. 8 555). 

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851 Maria had given birth to four children while she and William were living in Kempsford, including a set of twin boys who sadly died shortly after being born.  Following the baptism of the fourth child at baptised at Kempsford in 1849, the family left Whelford, when they moved the short distance south to the adjacent village of Castle Eaton, where they were living at Droveway Cottages in 1851.  As a result of their loss, the family on that occasion comprised William Collett from Kempsford who was 30 and an agricultural labourer, Maria Collett from Hinton who was 27, their son Fredrick Collett who was seven, and their daughter Mary who was two years old, both of them also born at Kempsford.

 

 

 

Perhaps William lost his job in Castle Eaton because, just after the census day the family moved again, on that occasion to Highworth, where a further three children were added to the family, which was residing at Red Lane in Highworth on the day of the next census in 1861.  That year the family was made up of agricultural labourer William Collett aged 39, whose place of birth was Whelford, Maria Collett who was 37, and their five children Frederick Collett aged 17, Mary Jane Collett aged 13, Ann Collett who was seven, Thomas Collett who was three and William Collett who had not yet reached his first birthday.

 

 

 

Maria gave birth to a further two children during the 1860s but, according to the census for Highworth in 1871, the three eldest surviving children were no longer living with William and Maria by that time.  The family living at Cherry Orchard Lane in Highworth comprised William Collett from Whelford who was 50 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Maria Collett aged 47 from Hinton in Wiltshire, Thomas Collett who was 14 and working as a shepherd boy, Arthur Collett who was eight and Maria Collett who was three years old.  Living nearby in Faringdon Road was the couple’s married eldest son Frederick with his wife Emma, while the whereabouts of son William, aged ten years, remains a mystery.

 

 

 

Maria Collett died at Highworth on 11th May 1879, where she was buried six days later, leaving just her husband and youngest daughter still living at Highworth in 1881.  Her death was also recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 3), when she was 57.  William Collett was listed as a widower and labourer who had been born at Whelford, although he gave his age as being 58, rather than 60.  At that time in his life he was living at 3 Wrag Cottage in Highworth with his daughter Maria Collett who was 14 and who had been born at Highworth.  According to the next census in 1891, William Collett was still living at Highworth but at the Shrivenham Road home of his youngest daughter, who was married by then with children of her own.  William was described as being a widower at the age of 70 years, who was still working as a farm labourer.

 

 

 

Seven years later, William Collett died at Highworth on 22nd December 1898, following which, he was buried there on 27th December, at the age of 78.  The informant of his death was very likely his youngest child Maria, who perhaps did not know his year of birth because, when she reported his passing, she thought he was 72, as recorded at Highworth register office (Ref. 5a 4) at the end of 1898.

 

 

 

1O1

Frederick Collett

Born in 1843 at Whelford

 

1O2

Joseph Collett               twin

Born in 1846 at Whelford

 

1O3

Ralph Collett                 twin

Born in 1846 at Whelford

 

1O4

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1848 at Whelford

 

1O5

Ann Collett

Born in 1853 at Highworth

 

1O6

Thomas Collett

Born in 1857 at Highworth

 

1O7

William Collett

Born in 1860 at Highworth

 

1O8

Arthur Collett

Born in 1862 at Highworth

 

1O9

Maria Collett

Born in 1867 at Highworth

 

 

 

 

1N3

Mary Ann Collett was born at Whelford and was baptised at Kempsford on 28th July 1822, the daughter of Robert and Mary Collett.  It is possible her absence from the family home in 1841 may have been the result of her being married by then, that or she too may have suffered a premature death.

 

 

 

 

1N4

Richard Collett was born at Whelford in 1824, the son of Robert and Mary Collett, although curiously, unlike his siblings, no baptism record for him at Kempsford has been found.  However, it is established that he was living with his family at Whelford in 1841, when he had a rounded age of 15.  After a further decade, he had left the family home in Gloucestershire and had moved to Oxford with his brothers, and it was there that he met, and later married, Sarah Speake on 12th June 1848 in the area to the south of Oxford known as South Hinksey.

 

 

 

The continuation of this family line is provided in

Part 37 – The Oxford City Line 1820 to 2006 (Ref. 37N1)

 

 

 

 

1N5

Anne (Jane) Collett was born at Whelford and was baptised at Kempsford on 25th June 1826.  She was living with her family at Whelford in 1841, when she was recorded as Jane Collett who had a rounded age of 15.  Eight years later, as Anne Collett, she married William Curtis on 16th October 1849 at Norton, near Gloucester, the event recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 11 477).  William was born in 1824 at either Down Hatherley or Sandhurst, both of which are villages adjacent to Norton, although it was at the latter that the couple were recorded in the Norton census of 1851.  On that day William Curtis from Norton was 26 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Anne from Kempsford was 24 and, with them at Turnpike Road, was their baby daughter Jane Curtis, not yet one year old.  The marriage produced a total of three children for the couple and all of them were born while the family was living at Norton.  They were Jane Curtis (born on 21st December 1850), William George Curtis (born on 18th May 1855) and Alfred Curtis (born on 6th September 1859).  Anne died in 1890 and was buried on 12th November 1890 at nearby Leigh.

 

 

 

William George Curtis was the great great grandfather of Sally Walters of Canada.

 

 

 

 

1N6

John Collett was born at Whelford during the first six months of 1828 and was baptised at Kempsford on 3rd August 1828, the son of Robert and Mary Collett.  It would appear that he accompanied his older brother Richard (above) in a move that took them from Whelford to Oxford, possibly when he was around twenty years of age.

 

 

 

The continuation of this family line is provided in

Part 37 – The Oxford City Line 1820 to 2006 (Ref. 37N3)

 

 

 

 

1N7

Isaac Collett was born at Whelford and was baptised at Kempsford on 26th September 1830, the son of Robert and Mary Collett.  Just a few months before the census in 1851 Isaac’ mother died, so the census return for Kempsford that year recorded Isaac as being 20 and an agricultural labourer, like his father, with whom he was living together with his brother Joseph (below) and sister Sarah Ann.  Isaac later married Emma who was born in 1838 at Cumnor, in what was then Berkshire, to the west of Oxford, which is now part of Oxfordshire following the 1974 boundary changes.

 

 

 

The continuation of this family line is provided in

Part 37 – The Oxford City Line 1820 to 2006 (Ref. 37N4)

 

 

 

 

1N8

Charles Collett was born at Whelford and was baptised at Kempsford on 28th April 1833.  The baptism record at Kempsford confirmed that Charles was the son of Robert and Mary Collett, and later in his life, he accompanied three of his brothers (above) when they moved to live and work in Oxford.

 

 

 

The continuation of this family line is provided in

Part 37 – The Oxford City Line 1820 to 2006 (Ref. 37N5)

 

 

 

 

1N9

Joseph Collett was born at Whelford and was baptised at Kempsford on 24th May 1835, the son of Robert Collett and his wife Mary Trotman.  He was six years old in 1841 and, at the age of 16, Joseph was living with his widowed father at Kempsford, where he was an agricultural labourer like his father and his older brother Isaac (above).  He was also still living there in 1851, together with his older brother Isaac and their younger sister Sarah Ann Collett (below), when Joseph Collett from Whelford was 16 and working as an agricultural labourer.  It was eight years later on 11th April 1859 that Joseph married Piety Chappell (Chapple) at St Nicholas Church in Bristol.  She was born at Hawkesbury in 1839, where she was one year old in the June census of 1841, the daughter of John and Hannah Chapple.  It would appear that Piety gave birth to the couple’s first child towards the end of the same year or very early in the following year.  However, there are a number of unsolved issues relating to the early life of Joseph Collett.

 

 

 

Firstly, the marriage record for Piety Chappell confirmed she was a spinster and the daughter of John Collins Chappell, while the groom was curiously named as George Collett, bachelor, the son of Robert Collett.  To add to the confusion, they were named as George and Piety Collet in the census of 1861, by which time they were living at Wotton-under-Edge with their first two children.  In addition to which, at the time of the baptism of their first child at Berkeley in 1860, the parents were named as George and Piety Collett, as they were in 1873 for the joint baptism of two of their later children.

 

 

 

Two other issues complicate matters further.  The first of them within the census return in 1861, when both Joseph (George) and Piety said they were born at Hawkesbury, albeit recorded in error as Tewkesbury.  So, the questions are, had Joseph left his family through some problem that made him change his name, and why did he not wish to acknowledge where he was actually born.  All of these issues were thankfully resolved in the later census returns when he referred to himself as Joseph Collett from Kempsford.  It seems unlikely that he was Joseph George Collett since there was no previous George Collett in any of the earlier generations of his family.

 

 

 

After being at Berkeley, for the birth of their first child, and at Bowcott at the time of the birth of their second child, in 1861 Joseph and Piety and their two daughters were residing within the Gloucestershire parish of Wotton-under-Edge, at Rushmere Turnpike Gate.  The census that year included George Collett from Tewkesbury who was 25 and a cowman, rather than Joseph Collett aged 25 and from Kempsford.  His wife Piety Collet was 23 and from Tewkesbury, rather than Piety Collett, aged 21 and from Hawkesbury.  Quite simply, these may have been errors made by the census enumerator, or in him translating what the couple said to him.  The couple’s two daughters were named as Elizabeth Collett who was one year old and from Berkeley and Mary Collett who was only a few months old and born at Bowcott, just two miles north-east of Wotton-under-Edge.

 

 

 

Five more children were added to their family during the next decade, during which time the family left Wotton-under-Edge and moved north to Dursley, where they were living in 1871.  Jos Collett was 34 and from Kempsford, Piety Collett was 31 and from Hawkesbury, Elizth Collett was 11, Mary Collett was 10, Sarah (listed as S A Collett) was eight, John Collett was seven, Eliza Collett was five, George Collett was two and Rosa (listed as R E Collett) was only a few months old.

 

 

 

Within a year, the family had moved again, on that occasion to Uley, one mile north-east of Dursley, where all of the couple’s remaining children were born.  According to the census in 1881, the family was settled at Rockstowes, just west of Uley, when Joseph Collett, aged 44 and from Kempsford, was still a cowman and an agricultural labourer.  His wife Piety Collett from Hawkesbury Upton was 41 and still living at Uley with them were eight of their eleven children.  They were Elizabeth Collett aged 21, Eliza Collett aged 15, George Collett aged 12, Rosie Collett aged 10, Albert Collett who was seven, Minnie Collett who was six, Florence Collett who was three and Arthur Collett who was not one year old.

 

 

 

The three absent children were Mary who was working as a parlour at a private hotel in London at the age of 20, Sarah Ann who was a domestic nursemaid with a family at Bromley in Kent, and John was a policeman in Somerset.  Only four of the five youngest children were still living at the family home at Rockstowe in Uley in 1891.  The census that year recorded the reduced family as Joseph Collett aged 54 and an agricultural labourer, Piety Collett aged 51, Rose E Collett who was 30, Minnie K Collett who was 16, Florence L Collett who was 13 and Arthur H Collett who was 10.  Also living and working at Uley Green in Uley was their daughter Eliza Collett who was 26 and a parlourmaid at the home of Baines family.

 

 

 

After a further ten years, Joseph and Piety were still living at Rockstowes, when the census return for March 1901 recorded the elderly couple as still living within the parish of Uley, where Joseph Collett from Whelford was 66 and a cattleman working on a local farm and his wife Piety Collett from Hawkesbury was 61.  Only the two youngest children were still living at the family home in Rockstowes and they were Florence L Collett aged 23 from Uley and Arthur H Collett, also from Uley, who was a general agricultural labourer at the age of 20.  Joseph and Piety both died during the first three months of 1911 and, judging by the record of their deaths held at the Dursley register office, there may have been only days separating their passing.  Their respective reference numbers indicate that Joseph Collett was the first to die (Ref. 6a 193) at the age of 75, and that he was followed very shortly after by Piety Collett, with the very next ledger number (Ref. 6a 194), when she was 71.

 

 

 

1O10

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1859 at Berkeley

 

1O11

Mary Collett

Born in 1860 at Bowcott, Wotton-u-Edge

 

1O12

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1862 at Wotton-under-Edge

 

1O13

John Collett

Born in 1863 at Wotton-under-Edge

 

1O14

Eliza Collett

Born in 1865 at Wotton-under-Edge

 

1O15

George Collett

Born in 1868 at Dursley

 

1O16

Rosa Emma Collett

Born in 1870 at Dursley

 

1O17

Albert Collett

Born in 1873 at Uley

 

1O18

Minnie K Collett

Born in 1875 at Uley

 

1O19

Florence L Collett

Born in 1877 at Uley

 

1O20

Arthur Henry Collett

Born in 1880 at Uley

 

 

 

 

1N11

Frances Collett was born at Highworth on 17th May 1831, where she was baptised on 10th June 1831 at the Independent Congregational Zion Chapel on the High Street, the daughter and eldest child of William Collett and Hannah Dixon. Just over six years later, her parents took the family to live in Fairford, where they were recorded in the census of 1841, when Frances was named as Fanny Collett aged ten years.  On leaving school in Fairford, Frances worked as a laundress, eventually joined by her younger sister Clara, as they were both described in the Fairford census of 1851.  Frances Collett from Highworth was 19 years of age, Highworth also being where Clara was born, but who died just three years later in 1854.  

 

 

 

It was towards the end of the following year when Frances Collett married Joshua Wiltshire, the event recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 641) during the last three months of 1852.  Once they were married, the couple initially settled in Darlaston in Staffordshire, where their first four children were born, although only one of them survived.  Emma Wiltshire was the first child, here birth recorded at nearby Walsall, as were the other three, during Q1 of 1855.  Next was surviving son Joshua Collett Wiltshire born during Q3 of 1856.  The next offspring was given the names of Frances’ parents, when William Dixon Wiltshire was born in Q3 1858, who died in 1859.  The family of only three members was still living at Willenhall Street in Darlaston in 1861, where Joshua was 31 and a blacksmith from Wiltshire, his wife Frances was 29 and from Highworth, and their son Joshua Collett Wiltshire was four years of age.  Just over a year later, another daughter was added to the family at Darlaston, Clara Phillips Wiltshire was born Q2 in 1862, who died one year later.  

 

 

 

However, the loss of those three children may have been the reason why the family of three swapped Staffordshire for County Durham, since by 1871 it was at Throston, an area of Hartlepool, that they were recorded in 1871, by which time Frances had given birth to Emily Hannah Wiltshire at Thirsk (Yorkshire) on their journey north in Q2 1868.  The Throston census in 1871 listed the family as Joshua who was 41 and a smith, Frances who was 39, son Joshua Collett Wiltshire who was 14 and Emily H Wiltshire who was nearly three years of age.  Living with the family was Frances’ mother, the widow Hannah Collett nee Dixon, from Middlesex who was 62.  She may have arrived to look after the family, with daughter Frances most likely suffering with her health, since the death of Frances Wiltshire was recorded very shortly thereafter at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 118) during the second quarter of 1871, when she was 40 years old.

 

 

 

 

1N13

Cornelius Collett may have been born at the end of 1838 or early in 1839, with his birth recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 11 247) during the first three months of the latter.  He was born at Fairford, the second child of William and Hannah Collett, who was two years old in the Fairford census of 1841.  Tragically, two years later, when his mother was about to give birth to another member of the family, the death of Cornelius Collett, aged four years, was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 11 179) during the second quarter of 1843.  His brother (below), born just after, was given the same name.

 

 

 

 

1N14

Cornelius Collett was born at Fairford in 1843, the third child and only surviving son of William Collett and his wife Hannah Dixon.  His birth was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 11 250) during the second quarter of 1843, just after his brother and namesake (above) died.  He was seven years old in the census of 1851, and was an apprenticed plumber at the age of 17 in 1861.  On both occasions he was living with his family at Milton Street in Fairford, but thereafter he moved north to Hartlepool in County Durham.  Eight years later, the marriage of Cornelius Collett and Catherine Gainnes was recorded at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 229) during the last quarter of 1869.  Interestingly, one of the witnesses was Thomas Dixon – his mother’s maiden name, the surname given to Catherine’s last child.  Their first child was born at Hartlepool in 1870 and was followed by another four children who were also born there over the next ten years.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census the family was living at 31 Corporation Road in Throston, a district of Hartlepool.  Cornelius was 36 and was working as an insurance agent.  His place of birth was confirmed as being Fairford, while his wife Catherine was 34 and had been born at Bishops Auckland.  Their family comprised four sons, William Collett who was ten, Albert Collett who was eight, Arthur Collett who was four and Walter D Collett who was one year old, plus their daughter Thirza E Collett who was six years of age.  Two years later, Cornelius Collett died in 1883, when his death was recorded at Hartlepool, as was that of his youngest child Walter Dixon Collett in 1885.  What happened to Catherine and her family after that is not known, as no record of them has been discovered in Great Britain after 1881.  It seems highly likely that the remnants of the family may have accompanied Albert, who is known to have sailed to a new life in Australia.

 

 

 

The known details of the other children of Cornelius and Catherine are as follows.  The birth of William Collett was recorded at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 173) during the fourth quarter of 1870, following which he was baptised at Hartlepool on 11th December 1870.  Thirza Elizabeth Collett’s birth was also recorded there (Ref. 10a 199) during the last three months of 1874.  Arthur Collett was born towards the end on 1876, with his birth recorded at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 142) during the first quarter of 1877, who was baptised on 4th January 1877.  The birth of the family’s last child was also recorded at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 119) during the first quarter of 1880, after which he was baptised at Hartlepool on 11th February 1880.  It was just over five years later that Walter Dixon Collett died at Hartlepool on 19th March 1885.

 

 

 

1O21

William Collett

Born in 1870 at Hartlepool

 

1O22

Albert Collett

Born in 1872 at Hartlepool

 

1O23

Thirza Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1874 at Hartlepool

 

1O24

Arthur Collett

Born in 1876 at Hartlepool

 

1O25

Walter Dixon Collett

Born in 1880 at Hartlepool

 

 

 

 

1N15

Elizabeth Collett was born at Fairford towards the end of 1845, the youngest known child of William Collett of Whelford and his wife Hannah Dixon.  Her birth was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 11 271) during the first three months of 1846.  In the Fairford census of 1851 Elizabeth was five years old, when she was living there with her family.  What happened to Elizabeth over the next decade is not known, while it was during the 1860s that she accompanied her older brother Cornelius (above) to Hartlepool, where she was living in 1871.  Elizabeth from Fairford was 25 and a dressmaker, a lodger at the home of William and Sarah Wilson.  After a further ten years Elizabeth Collett was living and working in South Wales.  According to the census in 1881 unmarried Elizabeth Collett, aged 36 and from Cirencester, was living at 27 New Market Inn in Brecknock St John Evangelist.  Living there with her was ‘her sister’ Harriet Collett who was 18 and born at Llanelly, who was working as an inn keeper, as was Elizabeth. 

 

 

 

However, the reference to Harriet as her sister is very confusing.  It would not have been possible for this to be the case, since Elizabeth’s mother was born in 1808 and would have been 54 at the time of Harriet’s birth.  It is more than likely that she was the youngest daughter of George Collett (Ref. 1O77), from Cirencester, and his wife Rachel from Clydach.  And it was at the Railway Inn at Clydach near Llanelly that George and Rachel were living at that same time in 1881, thus making another connection with the two inns.

 

 

 

 

1N16

Henry Collett was born at Whelford in 1822 and was baptised at Kempsford on 28th July 1822, the base-born son of unmarried Mary Collett who was only eighteen years old at the time of the birth.  His mother was eventually married when Henry was nearly four years old, but he never joined his mother’s family, instead he was raised by his grandparents Whelford.  On the day of the first national census in June 1841 Henry Collett of Whelford was living there at the age of 19, at the home of his widowed grandfather Robert Collett who was 69.  No record of Henry has been identified within the next census in 1851 even though it is established that he married Eliza Boffin on 23rd March 1848 at Harbury, to the south-west of Southam in Warwickshire where the event was recorded (Ref. 16 468).  Henry was 27 and Eliza, who was only 17, was already carrying his child on that day, since their daughter was born at Harbury within the next seven months.  Eliza Boffin was born during 1831, the daughter of Richard and Annie Boffin of Harbury.

 

 

 

Tragically that first child did not survive and was missing from the family in 1861, as was the couple’s fourth child, another infant death.  The birth of their daughter Mary Collett took place at Harbury before the end of October, following which she was baptised at Harbury on 5th November 1848, when she was confirmed as the daughter of Henry and Eliza Collett.  Two more children were added to the family at Harbury, one before 1851 and the other just after, although a search for them and their parents on the day of the census in 1851 has produced no positive result.  During the mid-1850s, Henry’s work took the family from Warwickshire into Staffordshire, where two sons named Thomas were born, prior to a second move into the neighbouring county of Leicestershire.

 

 

 

On the day of the census in 1861 the family was residing in the village of Burbage, near Hinckley in Leicestershire.  The census return that day listed the family staying at The Cock, which may have been an inn/boarding house, as Henry Collett from Whelford in Gloucestershire, who was 36 and a railway labourer (when he was actually nearer 39), his wife Eliza Collett from Harbury, who was 32 (when she was only 30), and just three of their five children, John Collett who was 10 and Elizabeth Collett who was eight – both born at Harbury, and Thomas Collett who was two years old and born in Staffordshire.  Just over one year after that census day, the couple’s sixth child was born at Blaby, just south of Leicester.

 

 

 

Unlike any other family, in my forty plus years’ experience of genealogy, that same Collett family was also recorded in the 1861 census living at Bond Street in Hinckley.  In that census return Henry Collett from Kempsford in Gloucestershire was 36 and a railway excavator, his wife Eliza Collett from Harbury was 32, John Collett was 10, Elizabeth Collett was eight, and Thomas Collett was two years old, with all three children described as having been born at Harbury.  Apart from the location, the words underlined are the only difference between the two entries.  This very unusual situation is perhaps resolved by the enumerator’s note written on the census form when it was delivered to the Bond Street property.  That note stated, the property was unoccupied on Sunday 7th April 1861.  From this, it can perhaps be deduced that the landlord at The Cock had completed the census form for the family staying with him over the Saturday evening/Sunday morning, only for them to move into the Bond Street premises that same day.

 

 

 

Some years following that, the family left Leicestershire, when they moved north to Wigan in Lancashire, where their last child was born.  However, shortly after the birth, the family moved again to Farnworth, near Widnes, midway between Liverpool and Warrington.  It was at Whitfields Entry in Farnworth that the family was living in 1871.  Apart from Henry, as head of the household, and son Thomas, no other member of the family was described as having an occupation but, judging by the fact the family had five boarders staying at the premises, the Collett family may have been managing their home as a boarding house.  According to the census return that year, the family was made up of Henry Collett from Kempsford who was 47 and a railway labourer, his wife Eliza who was 40, and their three youngest sons Thomas Collett who was 12, Joseph Collett who was nine, and Henry Collett who was three years old.

 

 

 

During the next decade Henry Collett died although, so far, no record of his death has been discovered.  By the time of the census in 1881, Eliza Collett from Harbury was 49, a widow and a housekeeper, living at 12 Catherine Street in the hamlet Skelton in the North Riding of Yorkshire, just inland near Saltburn-on-Sea.  Living there with Eliza were her two youngest sons Joseph Collett of Blaby who was 18, and Henry George Collett who was 13 and from Wigan.  Completing the family group were the two grandchildren of Eliza Collett, and they were siblings Annie and Richard Simmons, the children of Eliza’s married but recently deceased daughter Elizabeth.

 

 

 

As far as can be determined, Eliza Collett from Warwickshire was living alone in 1891 at Stanghow Road in Skelton, when she was 59.  She still living in Skelton in 1901, when the census return that year confirmed that Eliza Collett was 69 and born at Harbury who, by then, was residing in Peare Street.  By that time in her life, her four surviving sons had not been living in England since the 1880s, so she had no offspring close at hand when, presumably, she passed way during the first decade of the new century.

 

 

 

1O26

Mary Collett

Born in 1848 at Harbury, Warwickshire

 

1O27

John Collett

Born in 1850 at Harbury, Warwickshire

 

1O28

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1852 at Harbury, Warwickshire

 

1O29

Thomas Henry Collett

Born in 1856 at Norton Canes, Staffs.

 

1O30

Thomas Collett

Born in 1859 at Brereton, Staffs.

 

1O31

Joseph Collett

Born in 1862 at Blaby, near Leicester

 

1O32

Henry George Collett

Born in 1867 at Wigan, Lancashire

 

 

 

 

1N17

Edwin Collett was born at Whelford in 1836 and was baptised at nearby Kempsford church on 25th September 1836.  He was four years old in the census of 1841 when he was living with his family at Horcott near Fairford, just north of Whelford.  In 1851 he was in his last year at school, when he was 15 and still living with his family within the parish of Kempsford.  After leaving school he only ever worked as a labourer, according to the subsequent census returns.  Furthermore, it would appear that he never married.  Following the death of his mother during the 1850s, Edwin was living with his father and two younger brothers Alfred and Frederick (below) at Whelford in 1861, when he was 24 years of age.  It was a similar situation ten years later, when Edwin, aged 35, and his unmarried brother Alfred, were the only members of the family still living at Whelford with their father in 1871.

 

 

 

The Kempsford census in 1881 recorded Edwin in error, as Edward Collett, who was 45 when he and brother Alfred were again the only children living there with their father.  John Collett died during the 1880s, after which Edwin and Alfred continued to live together, as confirmed in the census of 1891.  Curiously, within the Whelford census that year, the birth place of both men was recorded as Horcott, where previous their father informed the census enumerator that it was Whelford or Kempsford.  It was the younger brother who was credited with being the head of the household, while they were both working as farm labourers, when Edwin Collett was 54.  Four years later the death of Edwin Collett was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 231) during the last three months of 1895, when he was 59 years old.

 

 

 

 

1N18

Frederick Alfred Collett was born at Whelford in 1840, his birth recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 11 246) during the second quarter of the year.  He was then baptised at Kempsford on 9th August 1840, the son of John and Mary Collett.  As Alfred, he was just one year old at the time of the 1841 Census when the family was living at Horcott, near Fairford and north-west of Whelford.  Ten years later, as Frederick Collett aged 11 and a scholar, he and his family were residing in Whelford, when his younger brother Frederick was absent that day.  After leaving school he worked with his father as a carrier, as confirmed in the Whelford census of 1861, when he was 21, and again in 1871 when he was 31.  In 1881 Alfred was 41 and was still living with his widowed father John at Whelford, where he was listed as a bachelor, and again having the same occupation as his father, that of a carrier.

 

 

 

Following the death of their father, Alfred and his older brother Edwin were living together in Whelford, where head of the household Alfred Collett was 51 and a farm labourer who had been born at Horcutt near Whelford.  His brother Edwin was also recorded as having been born in the hamlet of Horcott and he was also a farm labourer at the age of 54.  Alfred was living alone at Whelford in 1901, following the death of his brother Edwin five years earlier.  On that day, unmarried Alfred from Horcott, was working as a cider maker at the age of 59.  Ten years later, in April 1911, and for the first time in any census return, he was recorded as Frederick Alfred Collett who was 71, with private means, when he was residing in Whelford.  Just over six months after that census day, the death of Frederick A Collett was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 458) during the fourth quarter of 1911, when he was still 71 years old.

 

 

 

 

1N19

Frederick Collett was born at Whelford on 2nd December 1843 and was the son of John Collett and Maria Ferris, as confirmed by his Kempsford baptism on 2nd June 1844.  In the Kempsford census of 1851 Frederick was not recorded with his family that day, when he would have been seven years old.  Two years later his mother died, so in 1861, when Fredk Collett was 17 and a labourer, he was living with his widowed father and his two older unmarried brothers Edwin and Alfred (above).

 

 

 

During the following year, on 7th November, Frederick joined the Royal Horse Artillery at Woolwich and signed on for twelve years.  In the end, he actually served with them for a total of thirty-two years and one day. 

 

The details of his service life have kindly been provided by his great granddaughter Lurleen Soutar of Portsmouth and are as follows:

 

At the time he joined up he was 5 feet 4¾ inches, with grey eyes and light brown hair, with a fair complexion and no distinguishing marks.

 

The first five years, two hundred and sixty-six days of his military life, were spent in England presumably undergoing training. 

 

 

 

On 1st August 1868 Frederick was posted to India, where she spent a total of ten years, two hundred and three days, during which time he fought in the Jowaki Campaign in Afghanistan from 1877 to 1878.  He was promoted to sergeant on 26th October 1875, a position he held until 29th June 1880 when he was made Master Gunner.

 

 

 

Historical Note:  In November 1877 a British force of some 1500 men was sent out under Colonel Mocatta to punish the Jowaki Afridis at the North-West Frontier.  The short Afghan Campaign forced the Afghan Amir to accept a British Mission at Kabul.

 

 

 

It was while Frederick was in India, and before his involvement in the Afghan conflict, that he married Roseanna Rose.  Roseanna, referred to as Rosa, was the youngest daughter of machine maker Frederick Rose and his wife Martha Blackwell, having been born at Fairford on 13th November 1844.  The marriage by banns of Frederick and Roseanne took place at Campbellpore in India on 28th May 1876.  The marriage certificate gave Frederick’s age as 31 and Rosa’s as 30, he was a bachelor and a sergeant with the Royal Horse Artillery, and she a spinster.

 

 

 

The couple’s first two children were born while they were still in India and shortly after the birth of the second child the family returned to England on 20th February 1879.  The family then spent a relatively short period of five hundred and fifty-two days back in England during which time the couple were blessed with a set of twins of which one tragically died.  At the end of his spell in England Frederick was once again posted overseas, this time to Gibraltar.  This posting commenced on 25th August 1880 and lasted for eleven years and fifty-nine days.  

 

 

 

And it was at Gibraltar where the couple’s next six children, all daughters, were born.  Sadly, only two of the girls survived beyond childhood.  Frederick’s time serving on Gibraltar came to an end on 22nd October 1891.  The following day he was transferred to the island of Jersey where he was appointed Keeper of the Castle at Mont Orgueil Castle, a position he held for three years and seventeen days until he was discharged from the army on 8th November 1894. 

 

 

 

Within in his military service records there was a note that indicated his ‘intended residence’ at the time of his discharge was to be 74 Chapel Street, Gorse Hill in Swindon.  However, the sea journey from Jersey to mainland Britain shortly after may have been too much for Frederick’s wife who never fully recovered from the ordeal and within three months of his discharge from the army Rosa had passed away. 

 

 

 

The death certificate confirmed the date as being 1st February 1895 and that she had died from ‘obstinate vomiting following a sea voyage, exhaustion and a four-day coma’.  The address at which the couple was staying was stated as being 55 Ferndale Road, Gorse Hill in Swindon.  Frederick was the informant and, under occupation for him, was written ‘of independent means’.  Following the death of Rosa, Frederick returned to Jersey where for the next twenty years he was employed by the government as the warder of Mont Orgueil Castle.  

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century Frederick was listed in the 1901 Census as being aged 56 and was living at that time in the St Martins district of Jersey with his daughter Gertrude Collett who was 19.  Frederick’s occupation was confirmed as being warder of Mont Orgueil Castle and his place of birth was simply given as England, while daughter Gertrude’s place of birth was confirmed as being Gibraltar.

 

 

 

By April 1911 Frederick’s daughter Gertrude had left Jersey and in her place were two of Frederick’s nieces and a nephew.  The census record confirmed that Frederick Collett was the 65 years old caretaker of Mont Orgueil Castle and came from Kempsford.  Working with Frederick as assistant caretaker was his niece Lillian Maud Collett 26 from Meysey Hampton near Kempsford.  His other niece Jessie Maria Collett 31 from Kempsford was acting as Frederick’s housekeeper, while the nephew was four years old Frederick Reynold Collett who had been born at St Helier on Jersey.

 

 

 

Both nieces were unmarried ladies and it is possible that Frederick the nephew was the base-born child of one of them who was sent to Jersey to avoid the embarrassment.  The address where the group was living at that time was described as The Lodge, Mont Orgueil, St Martin in Jersey.  What is even more strange is the fact that the youngest of Frederick’s three brothers, Charles Collett (below), died while still a young child, and his two older brothers did not marry and were both bachelors in 1881.  It is therefore possible that the two ‘nieces’ living with Frederick in 1911 were in fact his daughters.

 

 

 

His daughter Jessie was reputedly born in India around 1879 which was when his ‘niece Jessie Maria was born, and his daughter Maud was reputedly born in Gibraltar around 1886 which was when his ‘niece’ Lillian Maud was born.  A fairly extensive search has revealed no suitable alternative to this.

 

 

 

Upon his retirement four years later in 1915, Frederick left Jersey and moved to Derby and where he lived for two years at 94 Uttoxeter New Road before his death on 1st May 1917.  He was aged 72 and the cause of death was stated as ‘valvular disease of the heart’ and ‘syncope’.  The death certificate also confirmed he was an army pensioner and former master gunner.  The informant of the death at Derby was his married daughter Edith Harrison of 12 Hillersdon Avenue in Barnes (which is still there today).  An obituary appeared in the Derby Daily Telegraph on Friday 4th May 1917 which read as follows:

 

 

 

DERBY VETERAN’S FUNERAL

The funeral of an army veteran took place today (Friday) at the Old Cemetery with full military honours.  The deceased was Mr Frederick Collett, formerly a master gunner in the Royal Artillery, who died on Tuesday last at the age of 72.  He served 32 years in the army, most of which time he was in India and Gibraltar.  He held three medals, including one for meritorious service, which entitled him to an increased pension.  After leaving the army he was for another 20 years in the government service being warden of Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey, where he was well known and respected.  The cortege left 94 Uttoxeter Road where he passed away, the chief mourners being Mr and Mrs Fred Harris (son-in-law and daughter), Mr and Mrs Baker (sister and brother-in-law) and the misses Jessie and Lily Baker (nieces).  The Notts and Derbyshire Regiment provided the bearer and firing party under Sergeant Walker, and the Rev. J E S Hackforth chaplain to the forces conducted the service.  The Last Post was sounded by buglers at the graveside.  Some beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends.  Messrs Wathall & Co. were the undertakers.

 

 

 

The three medals he received were the Jowaki Campaign Medal, a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal awarded in 1882, and the Meritorious Service Medal which came with an annuity of ten pounds.

 

 

 

1O33

Edith Collett

Born in 1877 in India

 

1O34

Jessie Collett

Born in 1878 in India

 

1O35

Frederick Collett           twin

Born in 1880 in England

 

1O36

Rosy Collett                   twin

Born in 1880 in England

 

1O37

Gertrude Collett

Born in 1881 at Gibraltar

 

1O38

Annie Collett

Born in 1883 at Gibraltar

 

1O39

Mary Collett

Born in 1884 at Gibraltar

 

1O40

Ida Collett

Born in 1885 at Gibraltar

 

1O41

Maud Collett

Born in 1886 at Gibraltar

 

1O42

Jenny Collett

Born in 1887 at Gibraltar

 

 

 

 

1N20

Charles Robert Collett was born at Whelford in 1848 and was baptised on 11th June 1848 at Kempsford.  In the census of 1851 he was simply recorded as Robert Collett aged three years, but just four months later he died.  The parish records as Kempsford confirm that he was buried there on 3rd August 1851 aged just three years.

 

 

 

 

1N21

Emma Collett was baptised at Kempsford on 13th March 1831, the eldest child of James Collett and Elizabeth Tyrrell, although she was born at Whelford where she was living with her family in 1841 at the age of 10 years.  Not long after that census day Emma’s mother died giving birth to her last child by her husband, who later remarried.  By the time of the census of 1861 Emma had become a married lady and, as Emma Maslin, she was living as a boarder and housekeeper at the Whelford home of her widowed uncle John Collett (Ref. 1M7).  That year’s census recorded that Emma was 29 and that she had with her, her two daughters Jane Maslin who was three and Elizabeth Clara Maslin who was one year old.

 

 

 

Ten years later, according to the next census in 1871, Emma Maslin from Kempsford, at 40 years of age, was a widow and, once again, she was housekeeper to John Collett and his three bachelor sons Edwin, Alfred and Frederick (above), at their home in Whelford.  The children living with her were Elizabeth, Clara, Ernest, Louisa and Angelina, all of them born at Whelford.  The births of her children were all recorded at Cirencester as follows:  Charlotte Elizabeth Maslin (Ref. 6a 343) in 1st Qrt 1860; Emma Clara Maslin (Ref. 6a 336) in 1st Qrt 1862; Ernest Alfred Maslin (Ref. 6a 313) in 3rd Qrt 1863; Louisa Maslin (Ref. 6a 342) in 1st Qrt 1865; and Angelina Maslin (Ref. 6a 313) in 3rd Qrt 1866.  Those last two children were baptised in a joint ceremony at Kempsford on 7th March 1868, after their father had died since, only the name of Emma Maslin was recorded as the lone parent.

 

 

 

It was the same situation in 1881, when Emma Maslin was 49 and still continuing her role as the housekeeper to John Collett and his two unmarried sons Edwin and Alfred.  However, in addition to two of her older children, Albert who was 17 and an agricultural labourer and Louisa aged 16, Emma then had two new younger children with her, they being Francis Henry Maslin, who was seven and listed as deaf and dumb, and Ernest Theodore Maslin who was four years old, both of whom were listed as having been born at Kempsford.  Who the father was, of those two children, has yet to be determined.

 

 

 

After John Collett died in 1889, Emma and some of her children were still recorded two years later living at Whelford where, by then, she was head of the household at the age of 59.  On that her occasion, her place of birth was recorded as Horcott, just south of Fairford and north-west of Whelford.  Supporting her mother, who had no occupation, was her daughter Louisa Maslin who was 26 and her son Ernest Theodore Maslin who was 14.  Eight years earlier, one of Emma’s children gave birth to Ada Frances Maslin, who was also living with her grandmother that day.

 

 

 

During the next decade, Emma left Whelford and moved three miles north to Hatherop, where she was living in 1901 at the age of 69, when her place of birth was Whelford.  Daughter Louisa Maslin was 36, Ernest T Maslin was 24 and, on that census day, living with them was Emma’s daughter-in-law Minnie R Maslin from Fairford who was 31.  She was the wife of Emma’s son Ernest Alfred Maslin who was a farmer in the neighbouring village of Quenington in 1901 and 1911, where Margaret Reeve Maslin was his wife.  Sadly for Emma, her daughter Louisa died eight years later, her death recorded as Gloucester (Ref. 6a 150) during the third quarter of 1909, when she was 44.

 

 

 

 

1N22

Eliza Collett was born at Whelford and was baptised at Kempsford on 18th August 1833, the second child of James Collett and his wife Elizabeth Tyrrell.

 

 

 

 

1N23

Hannah Collett was born at Whelford and baptised at Kempsford on 21st June 1835.  In 1851 she was 16 and was a servant at the home of her uncle John Collett (Ref. 1M7) in Whelford.

 

 

 

 

1N24

Job Collett was born on 8th August 1837 and was baptised at Kempsford on 10th September 1837.  He married Susannah Gibbs at Highworth on 10th March 1863.  Susannah was born at Hampton in Highworth on 7th January 1843 and was baptised there on 8th February 1844, the daughter of Joseph and Charlotte Gibbs.  Job was described as being 25, while his bride was recorded in the parish register as 20.

 

 

 

Once married Job and Susannah settled in Hampton Hill in Highworth, and it was there that six of their seven children were born.  By 1871 the marriage had produced the first two children, when the family was listed as Job Collett from Kempsford who was 33 and working as a hurdle maker, Susannah Collett was 27 and from Hampton, as were their two children, Cornelius Collett who was seven and Mary J Collett who was four.  All of the baptism records, so far located for the children of the family, confirmed that their parents were Job and Susannah Collett.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881, Job was still employed as a hurdle maker, just like his father James Collett, when he was recorded as being 43 and born at Kempsford.  His wife Susannah was 38, and with them were the four youngest of their seven children.  They were Rose Collett who was nine, Winifred Collett who was six, Berthelay Collett who was five and Ada Collett who was eleven months old, and all confirmed as born at Hampton.  No record has been found in 1881 for Cornelius and Mary Jane, who would have been 17 and 14 respectively.  Sometime during the next few years, the family left Highworth when they moved to Whelford, where their last child was born.

 

 

 

That move was confirmed in the census of 1891, by which time the family living at Whelford.  Hurdle maker Job Collett was 52, Susannah Collett was 49, and their three youngest daughters were Bertha Collett who was 14, Ada Collett who was 10 and Olive who was two years old.  It is interesting to note that, at that time, Job’s son Cornelius was still living in Highworth at the age of 27.

 

 

 

Less than one year later, the death of Job Collett was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 315) during the first three months of 1892, when he was 53.  Nine years after losing her husband, Susannah Collett was a widow aged 58 when, in 1901, she was living at Kempsford where she had been forced to take work as an agricultural labourer to support herself and her daughter Olive Collett who was 12 and confirmed as born at Whelford.  By the time of the Whelford census in April 1911, Susannah Collett was 68 and was living there with her son Cornelius Collett who was unmarried at 46, and her daughter Olive Collett who was 22.  Susannah survived for another ten years, when the death of Susannah Collett was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 5a 7) during the last quarter of 1921, when she was 78.

 

 

 

1O43

Cornelius Collett

Born in 1864 at Hampton Hill

 

1O44

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1867 at Hampton Hill

 

1O45

Rose Collett

Born in 1871 at Hampton Hill

 

1O46

Winifred Collett

Born in 1874 at Hampton Hill

 

1O47

Bertha Annie Collett

Born in 1876 at Hampton Hill

 

1O48

Ada Collett

Born in 1880 at Hampton Hill

 

1O49

Olive Collett

Born in 1888 at Whelford

 

 

 

 

1N25

Timothy Collett was born in 1840 and was baptised at Kempsford on 19th April 1840.  Within the next decade his father profession as a hurdle maker took the family to Highworth near Swindon, where they were living in 1851, when Timothy was 11 years old.  After a further ten years Timothy had joined his father as a hurdle maker and, at the age of 21, he was still living with his parents in a tied cottage, while working at Hampton Turville Farm.  Five years later he married Elizabeth Smith at Highworth on 21st January 1866 at a time when Elizabeth was with-child, since the couple’s first son was born five months later.  Both of them were described as being 25, and Timothy’s father was confirmed as James Collett. 

 

 

 

Tragically Timothy’s and Elizabeth’s first child did not survive and it was just the two of them that were listed in the Highworth census return for 1871, when both of them were 30, Timothy from Kempsford and a carpenter and Elizabeth from Highworth.  Having already suffered the loss of his son James, Timothy then had the anguish of losing his wife, when Elizabeth Collett nee Smith died on the 21st June 1872, following which she was buried at Highworth on 25th June 1872, when she was 33 years old.  Her death was subsequently recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 4) during the second quarter of that year.  It was just over one year after being widowed that Timothy married Elizabeth Adams, the event recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 7) during the third quarter of 1873.  Elizabeth Adams was born at Hinton Parva, to the east of Swindon around 1841, the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Adams.

 

 

 

During the next seven years the couple was blessed with the birth of three children, who were all born at Highworth, as was their fourth child, but after the next census day.  According to that census in 1881, Timothy, at 40, was an agricultural labourer living at Westrop in Highworth with his wife Elizabeth from Hinton (Parva), also 40 years of age, and their two oldest children, Albert Collett who was six and Annie Collett who was four years old.  Perhaps rather strangely, the couple’s latest edition, Harriet Collett was eleven months old and was listed as living with Timothy’s married sister Ruth Addis nee Collett (below).

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was still living within the Highworth area in 1891, but at nearby Hampton Turville where carpenter Timothy and his wife Elizabeth were both 50 and living with them were their three children Albert Collett aged 16, Annie Collett aged 13 and Alice Collett who was nine years old.  Their daughter Harriet was 11 years of age and was still living in Highworth with Timothy’s sister Ruth Addis.  Just over seven years after that census day, the death of Timothy Collett was recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 2) during the third quarter of 1898 when he was 57 years of age.  Timothy actually died on 9th August 1898 and was buried with his first wife at Highworth on 13th August that year.  No record of Elizabeth Collett from Hinton Parva has been revealed within the census of 1901, while the death of Elizabeth Collett was recorded at Swindon (Ref. 5a 7) during the fourth quarter of 1925, when her age was recorded by the informant as 81.  It was in the churchyard of St Margaret’s Church at Stratton St Margaret where she was buried on 26th December 1925.

 

 

 

1O50

James Collett

Born in 1866 at Highworth

 

The following are the children of Timothy Collett by his second wife Elizabeth Adams:

 

1O51

Albert Ernest Collett

Born in 1875 at Highworth

 

1O52

Annie Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1877 at Highworth

 

1O53

Harriet Collett

Born in 1880 at Highworth

 

1O54

Alice Collett

Born in 1881 at Highworth

 

 

 

 

1N26

Ruth Collett was born at Whelford in 1842 and was baptised later that year at Kempsford on 2nd October 1842.  She was the youngest child of James Collett and Elizabeth Tyrrell and shortly after she was born her mother died.  Her father later married Susannah of Wanborough, near Swindon.  By the time Ruth was 26, she had given birth to a base-born daughter and it may have been just prior to that when she and her father, together with James’ second wife Susannah, left Whelford and moved to Highworth in Wiltshire, where her baby was born.

 

 

 

Three years later Ruth and her daughter were confirmed as living at Highworth in April 1871 at the home of James Collett and his wife Susannah.  Ruth Collett was 29 and her daughter Elizabeth was three years old.  Sometime during the next decade, while still at Highworth, Ruth met and married William Addis an agricultural labourer who was born at Highworth in 1839.

 

 

 

In the census of 1881 Ruth Addis gave her age as 35 (sic), while William Addis was 41.  The couple was living at Westrop in Highworth with Ruth’s daughter Elizabeth Collett, aged 13, who was working as an agricultural labourer.  Living with the family of three was Ruth’s niece Harriet Collett aged just eleven months, the daughter of Ruth’s brother Timothy (above).  Just over eight years later, the death of Ruth Addis was recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 2) when she was 48.  It was on 27th July 1889 that she died, after which she was buried at Highworth four days later on 1st August.

 

 

 

1O55

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1868 at Highworth

 

 

 

 

1N27

Barbara Collett was born at Bibury either during the latter months of 1798 or the first two months of 1799, shortly after the marriage of her parents in 1798.  She was baptised at the Church of St Mary in Bibury on 28th February 1799, the eldest of the seven known children of Giles Collett and his wife Elizabeth Gregory.  Barbara may well have been married by 1841 since no record of a Barbara Collett has been found in any census return.

 

 

 

 

1N28

Giles Lawrence Collett was born in 1801 at Bibury, where he was baptised as Giles Laurence on 3rd April 1801, the eldest son of Giles and Elizabeth Collett.  It has been assumed that Giles later travelled to London where he took up work as a smith and where he possibly married (1) Elizabeth, although no record of their marriage has so far been found.  What is known for sure is that Giles and Elizabeth had a daughter and her baptism was recorded at St George’s Church in Hanover Square in London on 29th August 1827 (Ref. 724), the parents being named as Giles Lawrence Collett, a smith, and his wife Elizabeth whose abode was described as the Workhouse.  During April of the following year Giles Lawrence Collett was on trial in Gloucestershire and was sentenced to one month in prison for larceny.  What he stole was not mentioned in the papers. 

 

 

 

Six years after that Giles Collett married (2) Ann Ship at the Church of St John the Evangelist in Lambeth on 21st September 1834, presumably following the death of his first wife Elizabeth and possibly even his daughter.  Once married, the couple settled in London and it was at the Church of St Martin-in-the-Field, in Westminster, that their first three children were baptised.  The baptism entry there for their son also revealed that he had been born one month earlier on 14th September 1838.  It is also interesting that Giles Collett was recorded in the Tax Assessments Pavement Rates Ledgers for 1835 as residing at 30 St Martins Lane within the St Martin-in-Fields area of Westminster.

 

 

 

Perhaps times were still hard for Giles and his family, as he once again resorted to stealing and on 25th November1839 he was sentenced at the Old Bailey to seven years in prison.  At that time in his life the record shows his crime was ‘larceny by servant’ when he was a married man aged 34 who was working as a smith.  He was dispatched from Newgate Prison in London on 16th December 1839 and sent to Portsmouth where he was assigned to the ship Leviathan.  The record also indicates that he received a pardon four years later on 9th October 1843.  However, the census in 1841 recorded just Giles Collett, aged 35, on Portsea Island perhaps where there was a prison, but where his wife and children were on that day has still to be discovered. 

 

 

 

Upon his release from prison, Giles was reunited with Ann and his family and, by the time of the next census in 1851, the family was residing at Green Dragon Court in the Middlesex parish of St Sepulchre, within the West London registration district.  Giles Collett and Ann Collett were both 45, and Giles from Cirencester was still working as a smith.  Three children had been added to the family after his release, although there was no record of the couple’s eldest son Leonard.  On that occasion the children were listed as Elizabeth who was 15, Eleanor who was 14, Charlotte who was eight, John who was five and Francis who was two.  All of them, including Ann, were born in London.  It was seven years later that Giles Collett died, his death recorded in West London (Ref. 1c 30) during the first three months of 1858.  The baptism of his youngest daughter Charlotte was conducted at St Sepulchre, while the birth of his youngest son Francis was registered at West London (Ref. 2 265) during the first quarter of 1849.

 

 

 

1O56

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 29.08.1827 in London

 

The following are the known children of Giles Collett and Ann Ship:

 

1O57

Elizabeth Ellen Collett

Baptised on 20.09.1835 in London

 

1O58

Eleanor Isabel Collett

Baptised on 11.06.1837 in London

 

1O59

Leonard Frederick Collett

Born on 14.09.1838; bapt on 21.10.1838

 

1O60

Charlotte Felton Collett

Born on 11.07.1842; bapt on 15.03.1843

 

1O61

John Collett

Born in 1845 in London

 

1O62

Francis Collett – a tailor in 1871

Born in 1848 in London

 

 

 

 

1N29

Isabel Collett was born at Bibury in 1803 and was baptised there on 3rd March 1803, the daughter of Giles and Elizabeth Collett.  Isabel never married and on the day of the census in 1851 Isabel Collett from Bibury was 44 when she was a servant at the Paddington home of Luke Price and his family.  No record of her has been found ten years later but in 1871, and again ten years later, she was listed living within the Kensington district of London.  In 1871 she was 68 and that year she was lodging with the Stevens family when, as Isabella Collett, she was working as a charwoman.  By 1881 she was 78 and an inmate at 87 Portland Road in Kensington, which was described as a home for the aged and the poor.  She had no stated occupation, while her place of birth was confirmed as Bibury in Gloucestershire.  It was just less than five years later that the death of Isabel Collett, aged 83, was recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 98) during the first three months of 1886.

 

 

 

 

1N30

Francis Collett was born at Bibury in 1804 where he was baptised at the Church of St Mary on 22nd November 1804, the son of Giles and Elizabeth Collett.  It was at the church of St Mary de Lode in Gloucester that he married Sarah Elizabeth King on 8th November 1828.  Sarah was the daughter of Thomas and Ann King and was baptised at Coln St Aldwyns on 21st June 1806.  She was not the Sarah King baptised at Bristol on 2nd February 1806, who was the daughter of John and Catherine King.  In the census of 1851 Sarah’s place of birth was named as Coln St Aldwyns, where all of the couple’s children were baptised even though the family was only living there when their three eldest children were born.  Sometime between August 1838 and June 1841 the family settled in the town of Cirencester, where they were living when the first national census was conducted that year.

 

 

 

At that time in their lives, the family comprised Francis and Sarah, who were both given the rounded age of 35, Sarah who was 12, Ann who was nine, Henry who was six and Azaria who was two years old.  After a further ten years the family was living within the Castle Ward area of Cirencester, by which time Sarah had presented Francis with two more children, although sadly their youngest daughter died when she was four years old.  The census in 1851 recorded that Francis Collett, aged 46 and from Bibury, was a whitesmith, that his wife Sarah was 45 and that their three children on that occasion were Henry Collett who was 16, Francis Collett who was 12 and from Northleach, and William Giles Collett who was just two years old and born after the family had settled in Cirencester.  Of the couple’s two absent daughters, it is established that Sarah, the eldest child, had already left England for New Zealand as a servant in the employ of the Reverend Thomas Jackson who is reputed to be the first Bishop of Canterbury, while Sarah is understood to be the first Collett to settle in Canterbury.

 

 

 

It was almost exactly one year later that Francis, together with his eldest son Henry Cornelius Collett who was a carpenter, sailed on the ship ‘Samarang’ to New Zealand, ahead of the rest of the family.  The sailing ship left England on 26th March 1852 and arrived in New Zealand on 31st July that year.  It was believed within the family that Francis came from a long line of stonemasons.  However, the passenger list confirmed that he was a blacksmith, while his death certificate stated that he was a whitesmith, as he had been in 1851.  The Colletts were skilled tradesmen with a fair education, but not affluent enough to set themselves up as businessmen or landowners.  In a list of persons eligible for Jury Service in Christchurch in 1853 a Francis Collett and a James Collett, were both described as blacksmiths of Papanui.

 

 

 

It was seven years after Francis and Henry had arrived in New Zealand that the rest of their family joined them there.  The New Zealand Immigration and Passenger Lists Database included a Sarah Collett amongst the passengers of the sailing ship ‘Clontarf’ which arrived at Lyttelton on 5th January 1859.  Travelling with Sarah were two of her three surviving children, and they were her married daughter Anne Bryan with her husband, and her youngest son William Collett.  What had happened to Azaria Francis Collett is not known at this time, as he too may have died between 1851 and 1859 as his older sister Elizabeth did in 1846.  The place of residence stated for immigrant Sarah Collett, aged 52, was Cirencester in Gloucestershire, England.  Another Collett on board the ‘Clontarf’ for that same journey was Harriet Rayner nee Collett (62M33) of London, who had with her, just nine children, her husband having previously sailed to New Zealand in 1856.

 

 

 

It may also be significant that carpenter Samuel Collett (Ref. 1N71) of Quenington, just half a mile from Coln St Aldwyns, travelled to New Zealand in 1858 and that he and his family also settled in Canterbury.  Having been reunited with his wife, Francis and Sarah were living at Charles Street in Kaiapoi in 1860, when his occupation was simply that of a labourer.  At that time, he was recorded as being eligible to serve as militia man with the Christchurch District Militia for the year ending 31st March 1861.  Also included on that same listing was the aforementioned Samuel Collett of Lower Avon North in Christchurch, whose occupation was confirmed as being that of a carpenter.

 

 

 

Sarah Collett nee King died in May 1861, and was buried on 25th May 1861 at Barbados Street Cemetery.  Following the death of his wife Francis Collett remained living with his daughter Sarah Isabella Roil and her two youngest children, the twins.  One night in 1884 he went to bed with a little devotional reading to close the day.  Nobody could have guessed that it was to be his final sleep.  His daughter found him the next morning with, resting on his chest, the old prayer book given to him thirty-two years earlier in the church near Cirencester.  Francis Collett died at Christchurch, Canterbury NZ, on 17th May 1884 and was buried with his late wife in the Barbados Street Cemetery.  In New Zealand to this day, there is an old prayer book with the inscription “From Cirencester, England – Mid-lent Sunday March 21 1852 to F. Collett, Bibury The Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee”, this being the same prayer book that Francis was holding when he passed away.

 

 

 

1O63

Sarah Isabella Collett

Born in 1829 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O64

Anne Collett

Born in 1832 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O65

Henry Cornelius Collett

Born in 1834 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O66

Azaria Francis Collett

Born in 1838 at Northleach

 

1O67

Elizabeth Mary Collett

Born in 1841 at Cirencester

 

1O68

William Giles Collett

Born in 1848 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

1N31

Catherine Collett was born at Bibury in 1806 and was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 1st January 1807, the daughter of Giles and Elizabeth Collett.  Just as with her eldest sister Barbara (above), no record of Catherine has been found in any census, so there is a possibility that she was married prior to 1841.

 

 

 

 

1N32

Henry Collett was born at Bibury in 1808 and baptised there on 21st October 1808, the youngest son of Giles and Elizabeth Collett.  As with his brother Giles Lawrence Collett (above), no record of Henry of Bibury has been found in any census, therefore he may have died before June 1841 or left the country.

 

 

 

 

1N33

Frances Collett was born at Bibury in 1812 and was it was there also that she was baptised on 6th September 1812, the last known child of Giles Collett and his wife Elizabeth Gregory.  Frances would have been only fifteen years old when her mother died and was buried at Bibury in 1827 and was twenty-one when her father passed away in 1833.  During the last three months of 1852, a Frances Collett married Joshua Wiltshire at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 641), and there is ever possibility that this was Frances Collett from nearby Bibury.

 

 

 

 

1N34

Henry Collett was, it is estimated, born around 1790.  He was married and widowed during his life, and was married for a second time on 14th November 1844 to Elizabeth King at the Church of All Hallows the Great in the City of London.  Henry was described as a widower and the son of William Day Collett, while Elizabeth’s father was named as George Patterson, making it very likely that she was a widow, Henry being her second husband.

 

 

 

 

1N35

Lydia Collett was born at Cricklade during 1799, the eldest child of John and Betty Collett who was baptised at St Sampson's Church in Cricklade on 16th February 1800.  She was only 18 when she married (1) Edmund Wall on 3rd February 1818 with whom she had ten children, and all of them born and baptised at Siddington.  Edmund Wall was baptised on 4th May 1799 at South Cerney, but died on 5th August 1845 and was buried at Siddington on 9th August 1845.  For another reference to the Wall family name, see also Betty Collett (below).  She was Lydia’s younger sister and she married John Chesterman Wall at Siddington, whose death was recorded at Cricklade.  It therefore seems very likely that Edmund Wall and John Chesterman Wall were brothers.

 

 

 

Following the death of Edmund Wall in 1845, Lydia married (2) Harry Packer on 28th May 1849 at Siddington.  According to the Census of 1851 for Siddington, Harry Packer was born at Ashton Keynes and was a labourer at 66.  Living with him at that time was his wife Lydia Packer, aged 52, who gave her place of birth as Siddington, rather than Cricklade, and her daughter Emma Wall who was 11.

 

 

 

The ten children of Lydia Collett and Edmund Wall were Elizabeth Wall who was baptised on 3rd December 1818, Mary Wal, who was baptised on 20th December 1821, Thomas Wall who was baptised on 6th March 1823, Edmund Wall who was baptised on 7th May 1825, William Wall who was baptised on 4th December 1826, Eliza Wall who was baptised on 14th July 1828, Maria Wall who was baptised on 8th May 1831, John Wall who was baptised on 7th September 1833, Jane Wall who was baptised on 14th April 1837 and Emma Wall who was baptised on 10th November 1839 at Siddington and she later married William Poocock.

 

 

 

This is the family line of Doreen Cox of Cirencester.

 

 

 

 

1N36

James Collett was born at Siddington where he was baptised at St Peter’s Church on 28th November 1801, the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Tragically he suffered an infant death and died shortly after.

 

 

 

 

1N37

James Collett was born at Siddington and was baptised there on 28th November 1802 at St Peter’s Church, when his parents were named as John and Betty Collett.  It was also there that he later married Sarah Maysey on 3rd March 1828.  Sarah Maizey was baptised at Fairford on 30th June 1811, the daughter of James and Mary Maizey.  The couple initially settled in Siddington, where the twins were born before the family moved to Bristol, where daughter Jane was born and then on to Bathford in Somerset, where their only known son was born and where the family was living in 1841.  The census that year recorded the family living at Turnpike Gate on Bradford Road, where James Collett had a rounded age of 35, Sarah Collett had a rounded age of 30, Martha Collett was 12, Jane Collett was seven and Charles Collett was under one year old.

 

 

 

No positive record of the family has been found in 1851, although it is confirmed that the couple’s two youngest daughters were baptised at Swainswick near Bath either side of 1850.  However, by 1861 the family was identified residing at Swainswick Street in Swainswick within the Bath & Batheaston registration district of Somerset, where James Collett from Siddington was 59 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Sarah was 52 and making a living as a laundress, and living there with them were three of their children.  They were daughters Jane Collett aged 25 and from Marshfield in Gloucestershire, Eliza Collett who was 12 and Sarah Collett who was nine, both of them born after James and Sarah had settled in Swainswick.

 

 

 

Nearly five years later, Sarah died at Swainswick, the death of Sarah Collett recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 549) during the first three months of 1866, when she was 58.  During the probate process, undertaken at Bristol on 6th June 1866, it was revealed that Sarah Collett died on 1st March 1866, the beneficiary being her husband James Collett.

 

 

 

After a further five years, James Collett aged 69 was a widower and a labourer in the census conducted during 1871, when he and his two unmarried daughters were still living in Swainswick.  They were Jane Collett who was 36 and Sarah Collett who was 19.  According to the next census in 1881, James Collett was again living at Swainswick in Somerset, where he was described as a widower and a former labourer aged 79, who had been born in Siddington.  The only person living with him that day was his unmarried daughter Jane Collett aged 46 and from Marshfield near Bristol, who was a laundress.  Just less than three years later, the death of James Collett was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 464) during the first quarter of 1884, when he was 83.

 

 

 

1O69

Martha Collett               twin

Born in 1829 at Siddington

 

1O70

Mary Collett                     twin

Baptised on 12.06.1829 at Siddington

 

1O71

Jane Collett

Born in 1835 at Marshfield

 

1O72

Charles Collett

Born in 1840 at Bathford

 

1O73

Eliza Collett

Born in 1848 at Swainswick

 

1O74

Sarah Collett

Born in 1851 at Swainswick

 

 

 

 

1N38

Henry Collett was born at Siddington and baptised St Peter’s Church on 28th August 1805, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Henry was an agricultural labourer and he was married by banns to (1) Elizabeth Mills of Painswick in Gloucestershire on 16th October 1827 at nearby Haresfield, all as confirmed by the bishop’s transcript.  Elizabeth was born at Haresfield in 1808 and was baptised there as Betsy Mills on 26th March 1809, the daughter of Edward Mills and Sarah Steel.  However, another source says she was the daughter of William and Martha Mills and that she was born at Painswick on 1st May 1803.

 

 

 

Following their wedding the couple settled in the town of Painswick where their first five children were baptised.  The birth certificate for their fifth children Henry, states that his father was labourer Henry Collett and that his mother was Elizabeth Collett, formerly Mills.  The birth was registered in the Stroud sub-district of Painswick, and Henry Collett signed the register by making the mark of a cross.  Unfortunately, the residence of the informant is not clear to read on the certificate, but it may be that it was ‘Haresfield, Painswick’.  This might indicate that the family was living in Haresfield, but that the children were baptised in Painswick, as perhaps there was no parish church in Haresfield.

 

 

 

Sometime after 1838 the family moved for a short while to Stroud, where their sixth child was baptised, before finally settling down to live at Cirencester where their last two children were born.  The 1841 Census recorded the family living at Watermoor Road in Cirencester with both Henry’s and Elizabeth’s rounded age being stated as 35.  The children at that time were William Collett aged 12, Sarah aged 10, George Collett who was eight, Edwin Collett who was six, Henry Collett who was three and Harriett Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett nee Mills died on 26th March 1850 while the family was living at Cirencester.  From the 1851 Census Henry, an agricultural labourer, was a widower aged 45 and all of his children were still living at Cirencester with him.  They were William Collett who was 22, Sarah Collett 20, George Collett 18, Edwin Collett 15, Henry Collett 12, Harriett Collett 10 and James Collett who was eight years old.  Where their daughter was that day has not been discovered.  The census return also confirmed that Painswick was the place of birth of the first five children, and Stroud and Cirencester for the last two.  Sometime between 1851 and 1861 Henry married (2) the widow Mary from South Cerney.

 

 

 

However, during those same ten years, nearly all of his children left the family home on Watermoor Road, leaving just his youngest child Jane living with him and Mary.  The 1861 Census for Cirencester listed the family as Henry Collett from Siddington who was 55, Mary Collett from South Cerney who was 57, while Henry’s daughter Jane Collett was 17.  With no further record of Henry after that, it seems likely that he died between 1861 and 1871.

 

 

 

Certainly Mary Collett, a widow of 69 and from South Cerney, was still living in Cirencester in 1871, and on that occasion had her granddaughter Selina Pittaway from Cirencester, aged nine years, living there with her.  It was the same situation ten years later, when Mary Collett of South Cerney was 80 and described as an agricultural labourer’s widow, while still living with her at 8 Beeches Cottage in Cirencester was her granddaughter Selina Pittaway, aged 19, who was a dressmaker.  Selina was presumably the daughter of one of Mary’s children from her previous marriage.

 

 

 

1O75

William Collett

Born in 1829 at Painswick

 

1O76

Sarah Collett

Born in 1831 at Painswick

 

1O77

George Collett

Born in 1833 at Painswick

 

1O78

Edwin Collett

Born in 1835 at Painswick

 

1O79

Henry Collett

Born in 1838 at Painswick

 

1O80

Harriett Collett

Born in 1840 at Stroud

 

1O81

James Collett

Born in 1842 at Cirencester

 

1O82

Jane Collett

Born in 1843 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

1N39

Betty Collett was born at Siddington in 1808 and was baptised there on 5th June 1808, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett, as confirmed in the parish register for St Peter’s Church.  Although baptised as Betty she was often later referred to in various documents throughout her life as Elizabeth.  On 16th June 1827 at Siddington she was married by banns to (1) John Chesterman Wall who was also of Siddington, where he was baptised on 14th August 1803.  John was probably the brother of Edmund Wall who married Betty’s older sister Lydia Collett (above).

 

 

 

John Wall died on 9th July 1855 and his death was recorded at the Cricklade District office.  Betty spent the next eleven years as a widow before she married (2) John Tombs on 6th October 1866 at Siddington.  Eight years later on 12th July 1874 Betty Collett died at Siddington as a result of chronic heart disease and asthma.  The death certificate recorded at Cirencester District office gave her age as 67.  That office also recorded the death of Mary Wall on 20th October 1846 who was possibly Betty’s daughter who would have been just been approaching her fourteenth birthday.  From Betty’s daughter Ruth Wall is the family line of Sue and Gareth Kinsey of Hartfield in East Sussex.

 

 

 

The nine children of Betty Collett and John Chesterman Wall were all born and baptised at Siddington and were Jacob Wall (born on 25.07.1828 and baptised on 10.08.1828), George Wall (see below), Mary Ann Wall (born on 03.12.1832 and baptised on 14.12.1832), Emmanuel Wall (born on 18.03.1835 and baptised on 06.04.1835), Charlotte Wall (born on 02.09.1837 and baptised 18.09.1837), Ruth Wall (baptised on 18.08.1838), Stephen Wall (born circa 1842), Caroline Wall (baptised on 30.06.1844), and Alfred William Wall (baptised on 10.12.1848).

 

 

 

Their second son George Wall was born at Siddington on 4th November 1830, where he was baptised on 9th January 1831.  He was still there when he married Elizabeth Cook Saunders by banns in the parish church at Siddington on 5th June 1852.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Saunders and Jemima Cook baptised on 12th April 1833 at Brokenborough, near Malmesbury in Wiltshire.  The couple had nine children born at Siddington between 1852 and 1875, two of which died as children.  For the early part of his life, George was simply a labourer but from the 1871 Census onwards his occupation was that of a shepherd.

 

 

 

In 1881 the family home was at ‘The Quarries’ in Siddington and this changed to ‘The Common’ in Siddington in 1891.  George Wall died of heart failure at Siddington on 4th September 1895 at the age of 65, at which time he was listed as a farmer labourer.  Elizabeth Wall died from gangrene of the leg on 2nd May 1906 also at Siddington at the age of 73 and was referred to as ‘the widow of the late George Wall, shepherd’.

 

 

 

Eldest surviving daughter Selina Wall, born on 28th Dec 1854, married George Woodward at Cirencester on 23rd Dec 1880, this being the family line of Lesley Rolfe of Buckinghamshire

 

 

 

 

1N40

JOHN COLLETT was born at Siddington and baptised there on 12th April 1811, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  He later married Mary Ann Dent of Stoke Gifford in Gloucestershire in 1836.  Mary was born in 1815 and was the daughter of John Dent (1778-1841) and Sarah Iles (1779-1841) of Siddington.  Both of her parents died in July 1841, first her mother on the sixth day of the month, followed by her father exactly three weeks later.  About six years after they were married, on 27th March 1842 a John Collett, who was a labourer from Siddington, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in Gloucester Gaol.  The interval between the dates of birth of John’s third and fourth child suggests that the gaoled man was indeed this John Collett.

 

 

 

By 1851 John Collett was 40 and his wife Mary was 36.  Listed in that year’s census for Siddington with the couple were four of their first five children.  Sarah Collett was 11, Alice Collett was eight, Charles Collett was four and Isabella Collett was two years old, all of them born at Siddington.  All of couple’s next three children were also born at Siddington where, in 1855, John signed the birth register for his son Robert with a cross, at which time his occupation was stated as being that of agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1861 John Collett from Siddington was 49 and his wife Mary was 48.  On that occasion five of their children were living with them at Siddington and they were Sarah who was 21, Charles who was 14, Robert who was 12, Isabella who was three and William who was one year old.  How the ages of both Robert (who would have been six) and Isabella (who would have been 12) were reversed is a mystery, unless it was an error made by the enumerator.  John and Mary were still living in Siddington at the time of the 1871 census, when John was 60 and a labourer, while Mary was 56 and from Stoke Gifford.  The only child still living with them on that occasion was their youngest son Henry who was six years old, following the death of son William during the previous year, his death recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 282) during the third quarter of 1870.

 

 

 

For the census of 1881 John Collett, aged 70, was still working as an agricultural labourer and he and wife Mary, who was 66, were living at Upper Siddington with their youngest child Henry Collett who was 15 and another agricultural labour born at Siddington.  It was within the next twelve months that Mary Ann Collett died, her death recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 250) during the first quarter of 1882.  John survived his wife by nine years, when the death of John Collett was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 291) during the first quarter of 1891, aged 79, and prior to the census day that year.

 

 

 

1O83

Susanna Collett

Born in 1837 at Siddington

 

1O84

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1839 at Siddington

 

1O85

Alice Collett

Born in 1842 at Siddington

 

1O86

Charles Iles Collett

Born in 1846 at Siddington

 

1O87

Isabella Collett

Born in 1849 at Siddington

 

1O88

ROBERT COLLETT

Born in 1855 at Siddington

 

1O89

William Edward Collett

Born on 24.07.1859 at Siddington

 

1O90

Henry John Collett

Born in 1865 at Siddington

 

 

 

 

1N41

Thomas Collett was born at Siddington on 1st October 1813 and was baptised there 24th October 1813, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  He married Elizabeth Gardiner at Fairford on 8th October 1837, where she was baptised on 26th May 1814.

 

 

 

 

1N42

Dinah (Diana) Collett was born at Siddington on 20th April 1816 and was baptised there on 9th June 1816, the youngest child of John and Elizabeth (Betty) Collett.  She was 21 years old when she married John Robertson at Siddington on 31st December 1837.

 

 

 

 

1N43

Nancy Collett was baptised at Stonehouse on 19th May 1799, and she later married James Stockham on 23rd August 1835 at Bisley in Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

1N44

Sarah Collett was possibly born during 1803 and was baptised on 15th April 1804 at Stonehouse in a double ceremony with her brother John Collett (below).  It would appear she never married and died at Stonehouse on 29th February 1840, aged 38 years, which would indicate she was born in 1802 or 1803.  She was buried in the Stonehouse Churchyard with her father and mother, Aaron and Sarah Collett, her brother John Collett, and her baby sister Hester Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

1N45

John Collett was baptised at Stonehouse on 15th April 1804 in a double ceremony with his older sister Sarah Collett (above).  No record has been found to suggest that he ever married, and he died on 20th January 1835 aged 30, just two weeks before his father Aaron Collett passed away, following which John was buried in Stonehouse Churchyard.

 

 

 

 

1N46

Martha Collett was baptised on 28th September 1806 at Stonehouse and later married Samuel James.  Their daughter, Sarah James was born at Berkeley in 1839 and was listed in the census of 1851 as living at the home of her uncle Martin Collett (below).  Martha was referred to as daughter Martha James, wife of Samuel James, in the Will of her father Aaron Collett.

 

 

 

 

1N47

Hester Collett was baptised at Stonehouse on 24th December 1809, but she failed to see her first birthday when she died on 13th December 1810 and was buried in Stonehouse Churchyard.

 

 

 

 

1N48

Martin Collett was baptised at Stonehouse on 7th November 1813, where he later married Elizabeth Taylor on 21st April 1840.  She was born in 1811 and her entry in the marriage register stated she was ‘of Quedgeley’.  In 1835 Martin inherited the family business as a carpenter and wheelwright upon the death of his father Aaron Collett.  He was joint executor of his father’s Will with his mother Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

Six years later in 1841 Martin and Elizabeth were living at Wheatenhurst when their ages were given as 25 and 30 respectively.  Living with them was Martin’s widowed mother Sarah Collett, who was70.  According to the next census in 1851, Martin Collett, aged 37, was an estate builder’s foreman living at Ham, to the south of Berkeley.  Living with him was his wife Elizabeth who was 41, his son John Martin Collett who was five years old, his mother Sarah Collett aged 80, and his niece Sarah James aged 12, who was born in neighbouring Berkeley, the daughter of Martin’s older sister Martha James nee Collett (above).

 

 

 

Martin’s and Elizabeth’s daughter Martha, who would have been six years of age at the time of the census, was not listed with the family, nor has she been recorded anywhere at any time thereafter, so it is assumed that she very likely suffered an infant death.  After a further ten years, Martin, aged 47, and Elizabeth, aged 50, were living in the St John the Baptist area of Gloucester in 1861, together with their son John M Collett who was 15.  During the next decade it would appear that both Martin and Elizabeth passed away, since there was no record of them within the census of 1871.

 

 

 

1O91

Martha Collett

Born in 1844 at Stonehouse

 

1O92

John Martin Collett

Born in 1845 at Stonehouse

 

 

 

 

1N49

Harriett Collett was born at Minchinhampton during 1803, where she was baptised on 1st January 1804, the eldest child of William Collett and Sarah Watts.  Her parents are known to have lived at Bownham Cottage in Minchinhampton, where Harriett may have been born.

 

 

 

 

1N50

Ann Collett was born at Minchinhampton and was baptised there on 7th April 1805, the second child of William and Sarah Collett.  She later married John Gardner at nearby Bisley on 10th July 1825.

 

 

 

 

1N51

John Collett was born at Minchinhampton and it was there also that he was baptised on 12th July 1807, the eldest son of William and Sarah Collett.  It was also at Minchinhampton that he later married Sarah, although nothing further is known as to what happened to them after that.

 

 

 

 




1N52

William Collett was baptised on 7th May 1809 at Minchinhampton and was buried at nearby Woodchester on 1st September 1839 aged 30 years.

 

 

 

 

1N53

Sarah Collett was baptised on 21st June 1811 at Minchinhampton.  She was around 21 when she married James Midwinter on 24th March 1832 at Kempsford, where their daughter Ann Collette Midwinter was born and baptised on 26th March 1833.

 

 

 

 

1N54

George Collett was baptised at Minchinhampton on 18th July 1813, the son of William Collett and Sarah Watts.  Upon leaving school he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a carpenter.  He later married (1) Jane Packer on 23rd December 1834 at the parish church in nearby Leonard Stanley.  Jane was born at Aston Blank, where she was baptised on 13th February 1814.  Both George and Jane signed the marriage register in their own hand, indicating a certain level of education.  The witness to the marriage was Daniel Watts who may have been attached to the church as he also signed the previous entry in the church register.  It is also possible that this same Daniel was the father of George’s mother who was a witness at his parents’ wedding over thirty years earlier.

 

 

 

See also Part 10 – Other Branch Lines for more details of the Watts family.

 

 

 

It was very likely George’s occupation as a carpenter that was the reason for him and his family moving so many times during their life.  Initially the couple settled down for the first five years of their married life in Jane’s home town of Leonard Stanley.  While they were living there their first three children were born, but sadly it was also there that their first-born son also died three days after his birth.  Not long after that tragedy George and Jane, together with their two daughters, left Leonard Stanley and moved the twelve miles north to Leckhampton, just south of Cheltenham, where their next child was born.

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census in early June 1841 George and Jane were confirmed as residing at Leckhampton with their three daughters.  The census record listed the family as George Collett, aged 28, who was a carpenter, his wife Jane Collett, who was 27, and their daughters Sarah Collett who was five, Mary Collett who was four, and Harriet Collett who was just one year old.  Sometime during the next decade George and Jane moved two more times, the first time to Morden, near Kingston-on-Thames, where their second son was born, and then to Colnbrook to the east of Slough, where the next three sons were born.

 

 

 

The census of 1851 recorded the family living at Langley Marish near Colnbrook within the Eton & Iver district of Buckinghamshire.  George Collett, whose occupation was that of a carpenter, gave his age as 36, the same as wife Jane, and their children with them at that time were Mary Collett who was 14, Harriet Collett who was 10, Charles Collett who was six, and Oliver Collett who was only one year old.  The couple’s eldest daughter Sarah would have been 15 but, so far, no trace of her has been found after 1841 and no obvious record of her death has been found.  When their son Oliver was almost ten years old, he passed away, although Jane did presented George with four more children during the following decade, the last of which was born at Langley Marish, also known simply as Langley.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1861 the family was still living at Langley Marish, at Mill Street, and comprised George Collett aged 47 and a carpenter who gave his place of birth as Minchinhampton, Jane Collett aged 46 and from Cold Aston in Gloucestershire, and their three sons Charles Collett aged 16 and from Marden in Wiltshire, Walter W Collett who was eight, George Collett who was six, and their daughter Caroline J Collett who was one year old, all three of them said to have been born at Colnbrook.  It may be safe to assume that eldest surviving daughter Mary, like her sister Harriet, had already left the family home to be married.

 

 

 

Another move of home seems to have taken place during the 1860s since, by the time of the 1871 Census the family was living at Colnbrook within the Stanwell registration district.  George and Jane were both listed as being aged 57 and living there with them were their two sons Walter Collett, aged 18, and George Collett, aged 16, and their daughter Caroline Collett who was 11.  Sometime during the next few years Jane died leaving George a widower to care for his young daughter.

 

 

 

It seems highly likely that George Collett may have met the widow Mrs Emma McCann through his son Charles George Collett who, during the latter half of the 1860, moved to Ham in Surrey where he was married and where he raised his family.  Living within the Kingston-on-Thames registration district in 1871, which also included Ham just to the north of Kingston, was Emma McCann with her three children, one of which Ann was born at Ham in 1861. 

 

 

 

Emma’s husband was Herbert McCann who was a mariner, and it is assumed that his absence from the Kingston census in 1871 was due to a fatal accident while at sea.  Emma was born on the 10th March 1835, the eldest daughter of William and Ann Vincent of Chertsey, where Emma Vincent was baptised on 15th April 1835.  The Chertsey census in 1841 recorded her family as William Vincent, who was 34, Ann Vincent, aged 35, Joseph Vincent who was eight, Emma who was six, Ann Vincent who was four and Edmond Vincent who was two years old.

 

 

 

Emma Vincent married Herbert McCann towards the end of the 1850s, although no record of the couple and their children has been found in the next census of 1861.  However, by 1871, Emma McCann was living at Kingston-on-Thames with just her three children living there with her.  Emma was 35, her eldest daughter, named as Laura McCann rather than Louisa McCann, was 12, Annie McCann was nine, and Herbert McCann was four years old.  It is also understood that Emma had another son, Edward McCann, who died while still very young.

 

 

 

How widower George Collett met widow Emma McCann is not known precisely, but it is possible that it was through George’s son Charles George Collett, as previously mentioned above and discussed further below.  What is known is that George married (2) Emma McCann around 1876, when Emma brought with her into the Collett family her young son Herbert McCann, who had adopted the Collett surname by the day of the census in 1881.  Also, by that time, Emma has presented George with the first of their two children.

 

 

 

So the family recorded as residing at King John’s Palace in Colnbrook in April 1881 was made up of George Collett, aged 66, a carpenter from Minchinhampton, his wife Emma Collett, aged 46, who was born at nearby Chertsey, and their two sons Herbert Collett, who was 14 and born at Kingston-on-Thames, who was described as a carpenter’s son, and Arthur Collett who was three years old, who had been born at Colnbrook.  It should be made clear that Herbert was not described as George’s stepson.

 

 

 

King John’s Palace was a large country cottage which dates from the 13th Century, which today is a Grade II listed building situated on the Bath Road in Colnbrook.  It was never a palace and it is believed that it was first addressed as King John’s Place.  Containing many wooden parts to the structure of the house, it seems very likely that George Collett, as a carpenter, was employed there by the owner of the property at that time, and that he and his family occupied a room or rooms in the extremely large property.  The census in 1881 showed that the owner was very likely Captain Robert Hetherington, late of the Third Somerset Regiment, who was born at Colnbrook.  Also living at the same address as him and the Collett family were six other families whose members included a gardener, a charwoman, two labourers from separate family groups, and two men from two other families who were described as general dealers.

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1881, Emma’s two daughters, Louisa and Anne, were both living and working in Kingston-on-Thames.  Louisa McCann, aged 22 and from London, was a dressmaker, who was lodging at the home of Samuel Lee in East Road, while Anne McCann, aged 19 and from Ham in Surrey, was a housemaid living at 1 Surbiton Hill Park, the home of property owner Jessy Ann Walter.  What is also curious about the census in 1881, is that living with George’s married son Charles George Collett at Ham was Julie Vincent who was 17 and from Ham.  She very possibly related to Emma McCann nee Vincent, providing yet another likely link between her and George Collett, as discussed above.

 

 

 

Within a year of the census day in 1881 Emma gave birth to the couple’s last child and, indeed, she may well have been already pregnant with the child on the actual day of the census, her son Frank being born at King John’s Palace in Colnbrook during 1881/1882.  However, according to the next census in 1891 the Collett family had left Colnbrook, after living there for around thirty years, and was recorded at Bromley in Kent.  George Collett was 77, Emma Collett was 57, Arthur Collett was 14 and Frank Collett was 10 years of age.

 

 

 

By March 1901 the widow Emma Collett, aged 66 and born at Chertsey, was living at Bromley in Kent with her two sons by her second husband George Collett.  Arthur Collett, aged 23, and Frank Collett, aged 18, were both confirmed as having been born at Colnbrook in Middlesex.  Emma died during the first decade of the new century, and her two sons both became married men.

 

 

 

1O93

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1835 at Leonard Stanley

 

1O94

Mary Collett

Born in 1837 at Leonard Stanley

 

1O95

John William Collett

Born in 1839 at Leonard Stanley

 

1O96

Harriet Collett

Born in 1840 at Leckhampton, Glos

 

1O97

Charles George Collett

Born in 1845 at Wick, Wiltshire

 

1O98

Oliver Collett

Born in 1849 at Colnbrook, Bucks

 

1O99

Walter William Collett

Born in 1853 at Colnbrook, Bucks

 

1O100

George Collett

Born in 1857 at Colnbrook, Bucks

 

1O101

Caroline Jane Collett

Born in 1859 at Langley Marish

 

1O102

Herbert McCann - adopted

Born in 1867 at Kingston-on-Thames

 

The next two children certainly came from George’s second marriage to Emma McCann, and they were:

 

1O103

Arthur Charles Collett

Born in 1878 at Colnbrook

 

1O104

Frank Collett

Born in 1881 at Colnbrook

 

 

 

 

1N55

Joseph Collett was baptised on 15th October 1815 at Minchinhampton and was buried at Woodchester on 29th April 1817, only a few months after his father William Collett and his mother Sarah both passed away.

 

 

 

 

1N56

William Collett was born at Leonard Stanley where he was baptised on 4th December 1808, the eldest child of James Collett and his wife Hannah Land.

 

 

 

 

1N57

Thomas Collett was born at Leonard Stanley on Wednesday 19th June 1811, and was baptised there on 14th July 1811, the son of James and Hannah Collett.  When he was around five years old his parents took the family the short distance to live in Woodchester, just south of Stroud, and it was there that Thomas later married Elizabeth Rogers on 1st March 1835.  Elizabeth had been born at Thrupp near Stroud on Wednesday 27th June 1815 at twenty minutes past three o’clock in the morning, the daughter of Samuel and Betty Rogers, and was therefore just under twenty years of age on her wedding day.  Once they were married the couple settled in Woodchester.

 

 

 

After six years of marriage, Elizabeth had presented Thomas with two children, as listed living with the couple at Horne Field in Woodchester in 1841.  According to the census that year, Thomas Collett had a rounded age of 25, when he was nearer 30, his wife Elizabeth was 20 - which was obviously incorrect, and their children were James Collett who was four and Adelaide Collett who was three.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851, Thomas Collett and his family were living on Selsey Road in Woodchester, where he was 39 and a plumber from Stanley.  His wife Elizabeth Collett from Stroud was 35 and a laundress, and their three children were James N Collett who was 13 and a wool sorter, Adelaide Collett who was 12 and Henry Collett who was nine years old.  All three children were confirmed as having been born at Woodchester.  Also living at Selsey Road in Woodchester at that time, was Thomas’ widowed mother and his youngest sister Susannah Collett (below).  It also came to light in 2013, thanks to Jennie Cordner, that the actual time and date of birth was recorded for each of the couple’s three children.

 

 

 

Tragically, just over three years later, the death of Thomas Collett was recorded at Stroud (Ref 6a 176) during the third quarter of 1854.  He was a victim of the cholera epidemic which affected that area of the country at that time.  No record of the family has been found in the census of 1861, by which time son James may have been another casualty of Cholera.  Ten years after that, in 1871, Elizabeth Collett, a widow aged 55 and a beer seller, was living at Woodchester, most likely at Selsey Road where she was also living in 1881.  Living with her, in 1871, was her granddaughter Elizabeth H Collett, the eldest child of her surviving son Henry, who was four years old and born at Newport in Monmouthshire.

 

 

 

Having lost her husband, and with no other means of financial support, Elizabeth was forced to let rooms at her home, as confirmed in the census of 1881.  On that occasion widow Elizabeth Collett was living at The Lodge in Selsey Road, Woodchester, while in the adjacent dwelling was her married daughter Adelaide with her own family.  The Lodge appears to be a very large dwelling since another twenty-three people were also residing there.  Elizabeth Collett, aged 65 and from Stroud, was described as a retired landlady.

 

 

 

1O105

James Nathaniel Collett

Born in 1837 at Woodchester

 

1O106

Adelaide Collett

Born in 1838 at Woodchester

 

1O107

Henry Albert Collett

Born in 1842 at Woodchester

 

 

 

 

1N58

John Collett was baptised on 29th May 1814 at Leonard Stanley, the child of James and Hannah Collett.  In June 1841 he was lodging at Vigar Street in Eastington with the Scott family, where he had a rounded age of 25.  Eastington lies midway between Leonard Stanley and Frampton-on-Severn.  Less than three years later John Collett married Sarah Harrison on 16th April 1844 at Frampton-on-Severn, where their son was born.  Sarah was the daughter of John and Lucinda Harrison and was baptised at Horsley on 4th August 1816 when she was a few years old.  By the time she was 24, Sarah was living at Westbury-on-Severn in 1841, where she may have met her future husband.  In 1851, John, Sarah and their son were lodgers at the Frampton-on-Severn home of John and Mary Brooks.  John Collett was 36 and a mariner, Sarah Collett from Horsley was 37, and their son Charles Collett was five years of age.  In error, both father and son were recorded as having been born at Frampton, as they were in later census returns.  It was a similar situation ten years later when, once again, they were still living in Frampton, at Park Corner, where John was 46, Sarah was 47 and from Horsley and Charles from Frampton was 15, in a reverse situation with widowed John Brooks being the lodger in the Collett household.

 

 

 

Their son followed in his father’s footsteps, by joining the navy, with the couple living on their own at Frampton in 1871, when John Collett from Frampton-on-Severn was still a bargeman at the age of 52 (sic) and his wife Sarah Collett was 57 and a laundress who, on that occasion, gave her place of birth as Tortworth.  Rather curiously, another census return for John Collett from Frampton-on-Severn, was completed at Berkeley, to the south of Frampton, in which he was described as being 52 and a seaman.  It is therefore possible he was working on a barge and away from home that day, with the Frampton census form completed by Sarah.  Just over three years after that census day, the death of Sarah Collett was recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 209) during the four quarter of 1874, when she was 62 years old.

 

 

 

It was previously written here, that John later married Jane, with whom he was living in 1881.  The census on that occasion listed the couple living at Bradley Lane in Wootton Under Edge where John Collett from Stroud was 68 and a flower gardener, while his wife was Jane Collett, who was 57 and from Horsley.  It is now established that John was baptised at Stroud on 13th January 1813, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Collett, and was previously shown to be married to Jane in 1861, when he was a gardener and living with them at Alkerton in Eastington was their daughter Amelia Collett aged five years and born at Eastington.  And they were still there in 1871, when John was again employed as a gardener.  For further details of this family line see Part 13 – The Stroud to South Africa and New Zealand Line (Ref. 13N5).

 

 

 

According to the census conducted in 1881, John Collett from Frampton-on-Severn was recorded as being a widower aged 61 (sic), who was a general labourer living at Frampton Street.  Staying there with him, and described as lodgers, were widow Ann Sutton, who was 59 and from Whitminster, and her grandson Walter Sutton from Whitminster, who was 12 years of age.  Why John continued to place himself as younger than he actually was, is another mystery, however, on the recording of his death at nearby Dursley (Ref. 6a 126) during the second quarter of 1886, his age was more accurately recorded as being 73 years.

 

 

 

1O108

Charles Collett

Born in 1846 at Frampton-on-Severn

 

 

 

 

1N59

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Leonard Stanley on 20th March 1817, the eldest daughter of James Collett and Hannah Land who had been born on 10th February that year.  She later married her cousin Henry Collett (below) on 13th July 1840 at St Mary de Lode Church in Gloucester.

 

 

 

Details of the family and the continuation of this line are provided in

Part 6 - The New Zealand Line from 1800 to 2000 commencing with the Ref. 6N1.

 

 

 

This is the family line of Maxwell Amner Collett of New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

1N60

Edwin Collett was born at Woodchester where he was baptised on 22nd August 1819 at Woodchester, the son of James and Elizabeth Collett.  He was also known as James Edwin Collett by his descendants, although no actual official record of him using the name James has been found.  Before the family moved to Woodchester in 1818, the previous four children of James Collett were recorded with their mother being Hannah, who was Hannah Land, whereas on the death of Edwin’s sister Elizabeth (above) in 1881, her mother was named as Elizabeth Moss.  Even more curious is the fact that Edwin’s youngest unmarried sister Susannah (below) was living with her elderly widowed mother Hannah in 1851.  So were Hannah and Elizabeth the same person and the only wife of James Collett. 

 

 

 

It was also at Woodchester that Edwin later married Martha Ann Baston from nearby Rodborough.  Once married the couple initially settled in the small village of Amberley, which in those days very likely had no church of its own, hence the reason why their first child was baptised in nearby Woodchester.  Edwin was a coachman, but tragically by the time of the census in 1851 the couple’s first child had died just three months earlier.  It may have been that tragedy which resulted in the couple leaving Amberley since, by the end of March 1851, Edwin Collett, aged 31, was living at Selsey Road in Woodchester with his much younger wife Martha who was only 22.  Living in the same street was his mother Hannah Collett with his youngest sister Susannah (below), while in another dwelling on the same road was the family of his older brother Thomas (above).  Six months later Martha gave birth to a second son while the couple was still living in Woodchester.

 

 

 

It was six years later that Edwin, Martha, and their son William, sailed out of Southampton bound for Brisbane in Australia and arrived in Moreton Bay on the sailing ship ‘The Parsee' on 9th February 1857.  The move to a new life in the colony had been prompted by their cousins who had already made the journey to Sydney.  Queensland only became a separate colony in 1859, two years after Edwin and Martha had settled there.  The sea voyage in 1857 may not have been that comfortable for Martha who was pregnant throughout the journey with the couple’s third child.  Just over a month after they arrived Martha gave birth to another son Wallace Edwin Collett who was born on 19th March 1857.  Four years later their family was completed with the birth of a fourth son, James Fords Collett, who was born at Cadargra in Queensland on 27th April 1861.

 

 

 

After nearly forty years Edwin Collett died on 10th October 1896 at the age of 77, and less than six months later his wife Martha Ann Collett nee Baston passed away on 13th February 1897, aged 68.  Both of them were buried at Stone Quarry Cemetery in Jeebropilly, within the City of Ipswich in Queensland.  Of particular interest, is the fact that they were pioneers of Ipswich and actually named their farm Amberley after their home village in Gloucestershire, which lies just south of Woodchester, a name which became established and is now the name of the suburb of Ipswich.

 

 

 

After his death, the following notice was published in the local newspaper.  “Name of deceased proprietor, Edwin Collett of Three Mile Creek, near Ipswich, a farmer.  Date of death 10th October 189.  Names of Claimants: Joseph Foote Cribb of Ipswich, merchant, and William Perrem of Rosewood, farmer.  Description and Situation of Land: Portions 72, 74 75, 75, 78, 179, 180, 184 and 185 in the County of Churchill, parish of Jeebropilly.  Estate claimed to be transmitted – fee simple.  Particulars of Wills or otherwise – Will dated 29th February 1896.  Date within which caveat may be lodged – 20th April 1897,

 

 

 

Wikipedia 2012 states that, Amberley is a small community located in South East Queensland, south of Ipswich.  The origin of the suburb name is from Amberley in the United Kingdom, and was previously used by Edwin and Martha Collett for their residence in the 1850s as it was their hometown.  Australia's biggest air force base, the RAAF Amberley is situated there, and the Bureau of Meteorology has a weather observation station in Amberley.  The Jeebropilly coal mine is located just to the west of Amberley.

 

 

 

New information and photographs were kindly provided by Ross Windle in 2017, the great great grandson of James Edwin Collett of Amberley, whose mother Lydia May Collett (Ref. 1Q74) comes from Rosewood in Australia.  More information can be found at Ref. 1P116, when James’ great granddaughter Edna Sunner was interviewed about her early ancestor’s arrival in Queensland.

 

 

 

1O109

William Henry Collett

Born in 1849 at Amberley

 

1O110

William Edward Collett

Born in 1851 at Woodchester

 

1O111

Wallace Edwin Collett

Born in 1857 in Ipswich, Queensland

 

1O112

James Fords Collett

Born in 1861 at Cadargra, Queensland

 

 

 

 

1N61

Joseph Collett was born at Woodchester and was baptised there on 9th September 1823, another son of James and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

1N62

Caroline Collett was born at Woodchester where she was also baptised on 1st October 1826, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

1N63

Susannah Collett was born at Woodchester where she was baptised on 15th February 1829, when she was named as the child of James and Elizabeth Collett, rather than James and Hannah Collett.  It was also at Selsey Road in Woodchester, within the Stroud & Rodborough registration district, that she was living with her widowed mother Hannah Collett in 1851.  Susanna Collett, aged 22, was a servant, presumably looking after her elderly mother, who actually died less than two years later.  It was around three years later, and just sixteen months after her mother had passed away, that Susannah Collett married James Smart at Woodchester on 26th March 1854. 

 

 

 

 

1N64

Ann Collett was born at Leonard Stanley, the first child of Thomas Collett and his wife Ann Antill, who was baptised there on 30th May 1813.

 

 

 

 

1N65

Mary Collett was baptised on 2nd April 1815 at Leonard Stanley.  She married Augustus Wilkins on 7th April 1842 at St Matthew's Church at Stonehouse.  Ten months prior to her wedding day, Mary Collett, aged 25, when she was still living within the Stroud & Stonehouse district of Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

1N66

Charles Collett was baptised on 30th March 1817 at Leonard Stanley, a son of Thomas and Ann Collett.  While his family was living at Haresfield, between Leonard Stanley and Gloucester, it was in June 1841 that Charles, with a rounded age of 20, his sister Elizabeth and brother Edward (below), were living at Coln St Aldwyns.  Just a few days later, Charles made a return visit to Haresfield when he married Eliza Higgins who was born there around 1815, the daughter of Hester Higgins.  The wedding day was recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 11 625) during the second quarter of 1841, that is in the month of June that year.  Over the following decade, Eliza gave birth to the couple’s first five of their seven known children, all of them born at Coln St Aldwyns.  According to the Coln census of 1851, Charles Collett from Stanley was 34 and a carpenter employing two men, his wife Eliza from Haresfield was 35 and their five children were Eliza Collett who was eight, Charles Collett who was seven, Francis Collett who was five, Eleanor Collett who was three and Aaron Collett who was one year old.  One of the two men working with Charles was apprentice George Greening from Fairford who was 16.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1861 Charles Collett was listed as being 44 and Eliza was 45.  Charles was a builder and wheelwright and he and Eliza were still residing at Coln St Aldwyns where, living with them, were their children Charles Collett aged 17, who was described as ‘afflicted from birth’, Francis Collett aged 15, who was a carpenter, Eleanor Collett aged 13, Aaron Thomas Collett aged 11, Raymond Collett who was seven and Victoria Collett who was three years old.  Eleanor, Aaron and Raymond were listed as being scholars, as they were still attending school.

 

 

 

Ten years on and the family at Coln St Aldwyns then comprised Charles Collett from Leonard Stanley, who was 54 and a carpenter and a builder, Eliza Collett from Haresfield who was 56, Eleanor Collett who was unmarried at 23, Aaron T Collett who was 21 and Raymond J Collett who was 17, who were both carpenters, and Maud V Collett who was 13.  All of the children were confirmed as having been born at Coln St Aldwyns.  Living with the family was nephew Thomas Higgins, aged 14, who was a carpenter born at Haresfield and the son of one of Eliza’s brothers.

 

 

 

What is of interest is that, during 1869, Francis Collett, the absent son of Charles and Eliza, had married Harriet Allen of Butleigh Wootton and, living with them at Coln St Aldwyns in 1871, was a cousin Caroline Higgins, also of Butleigh Wootton.  In 1851 Harriet Allen and her family were staying with Thomas and Charlotte Higgins in Butleigh Wootton, Thomas being the father of Harriet’s mother Jane Allen nee Higgins.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census Charles Collett was a carpenter employing 3 men and a boy.  His age was given as being 64 and his place of birth was again confirmed as Leonard Stanley.  Living with him at Coln St Aldwyns was his wife Eliza who was 65, his unmarried daughter Eleanor Collett aged 33 and his youngest son Raymond J Collett, who was 27 years old and one of the three carpenters employed by his father.  It was just over seven years after that census day, that the death of Eliza Collett was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 223) during the last three months of 1888, when she was 74.

 

 

 

In the following census of 1891 widower Charles Collett was 74 and was still listed as a builder who was still a resident in the village of Coln St Aldwyns.  Living with him, and looking after him, was his daughter Eleanor Collett who was 43 and described as his housekeeper.  Also, living with them, and under training, was Charles’ grandson George H Collett who was 14 and a carpenter’s apprentice from Eastleach.  The enumerator for the Coln St Aldwyns census in 1891 was Charles’ son Raymond Collett, whilst the aforementioned grandson George Collett (Ref. 1P130) was the son of Charles’ other son Aaron Thomas Collett who had died nine years earlier. Just a few months later, the death of Charles Collett, aged 74, was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 207) during the third quarter of 1891.

 

 

 

1O113

Eliza Ann Collett

Born in 1842 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O114

Charles Christopher Collett

Born in 1844 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O115

Francis Collett

Born in 1845 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O116

Eleanor Collett

Born in 1848 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O117

Aaron Thomas Collett

Born in 1850 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O118

Raymond John Collett

Born in 1853 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O119

Victoria Maude Collett

Born in 1856 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

 

 

 

1N67

Henry Collett was born at Leonard Stanley on 27th April 1818 and was baptised there on 2nd August 1818, the second son of Thomas Collett and Ann Antill.  He later married his cousin Elizabeth Collett (above) on 13th July 1840 at St Mary de Lode Church in Gloucester.

 

 

 

Details of the family and the continuation of this line are provided in

Part 6 - The New Zealand Line from 1800 to 2000 commencing with the Ref. 6N1.

 

 

 

 

1N68

Elizabeth Collett was baptised on 9th April 1820 at Leonard Stanley.  For some reason, at the age of 20 years, Elizabeth was living with her older brother Charles (above) at Coln St Aldwyns on the day of the census in 1841, by which time her family had moved from Leonard Stanley to Haresfield, midway between Leonard Stanley and Gloucester.  Ten years after that, according to the census in 1851, she was 31 years of age and unmarried, when she was living at the home of the Webster family of dressmakers at Ebley, near Stroud, where she was described as an apprentice dressmaker.

 

 

 

 

1N69

George Collett was born in 1822 and was baptised on 26th April 1823 at Leonard Stanley, the daughter of Thomas and Ann Collett.  His family later moved to nearby Haresfield where George was 18 years old and still living with his family in 1841.  George Collett married Harriet Frape at nearby Eastington in 1845, where Harriet had been born in 1821.  The event was recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 11 441) during the third quarter of that year.  According to the census of 1851 the couple was living at Newtown in Stonehouse within the Wheatenhurst & Frampton registration district of Gloucestershire which may have been a temporary home as nearly all of their children were born at Eastington.  Living there with them in 1851 was their son Thomas Collett from Eastington who was five, while George Collett was 29 and a carpenter journeyman and his wife Harriet was 30.  Also living with the young family on that day was Harriet’s mother Hannah Frape who was described as being aged 73 and a widow and a laundress who was also born at Eastington. 

 

 

 

By the time of the birth of the couple’s second child two years later George and Harriet were once again residing in Eastington, less than two miles from Newtown.  It was very likely George’s work as a carpenter that resulted in the family moving around more than perhaps other families would at that time.  At the time of the census of 1861 the family was residing in the New Town area of Eastington, within the Wheatenhurst registration district.  The family on this occasion comprised George Collett from Stanley St Leonards who was 38 and a carpenter and joiner, his wife Harriet who was 39 and born at Eastington, plus their three children, Thomas Collett who was 15, James H Collett who was seven and Sarah Collett who was two years old.  The birth of Sarah Janet Collett was recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 251) during the fourth quarter of 1858.

 

 

 

However, during the months following the census day in 1861, the family left Gloucestershire and moved north to Cheshire and it was at Nantwich that George and Harriet’s fourth known child was born.  That was confirmed by the census of 1871 when the family was recorded as living within the Monks Coppenhall area of Crewe, six miles north-east of Nantwich.  George was 48 and a carpenter, his wife Harriet was 50 and still with them were three of their four known children.  They were James H Collett who was 17, Sarah J Collett who was 12 and Emma Collett who was eight years old.  The couple’s eldest child, Thomas, was married and living in London by then.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1881 the family had moved yet again and, on that occasion, they were living at 35 Oxford Road at Altrincham in Cheshire.  George Collett was 58 and described as a joiner from Leonard Stanley, his wife Harriet was 60 and their daughter Sarah J Collett was 22, both of them confirmed as having been born at Eastington.  Their youngest daughter Emma Collett was living and working in Nantwich at that time, while their second son James Collett was lodging in Manchester, where he was working.  It was the same situation in 1891, with the three of them again living at Oxford Road in Altrincham, by which time George Collett was a cabinet maker and a carpenter.  Harriet Collett was 69 and Sarah J Collett was unmarried at the age of 31.

 

 

 

Within two months of the 1891 census, Harriet died at the age of 70 years, her death recorded at Bucklow Rural District Council office (Ref. 8a 164) during the second quarter of 1891.  It was at St Mary’s Church, in the Bowdon area of Altrincham, that Harriet Collett was buried on 8th May 1891.  Almost nine years later and, just one year prior to the next census of 1901, George Collett passed away and was buried with his wife at St Mary’s Church, in Bowdon on 22nd June 1900.  The death of George Collett was recorded at the register office of Bucklow Rural District Council (Ref. 8a 143) during second quarter of that year, when he was 77 years old.  Following the death of her parents, their daughter continued to live in the family home on Oxford Road where, in 1901, she was recorded in error as being 37, instead of 41, when she was living on her own means.  When Sarah Janet Collett died in 1923 she was buried with her parents at St Mary’s Church in Bowdon on 13th November 1923, when her age was correctly recorded as 65.

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1845 at Eastington

 

1O121

James Henry Collett

Born in 1853 at Eastington

 

1O122

Sarah Janet Collett

Born in 1858 at Eastington

 

1O123

Emma Collett

Born in 1862 at Nantwich

 

 

 

 

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Edward Collett was very likely born in 1824 or 1825 and was baptised at Leonard Stanley on 16th April 1826 and was the seventh children of Thomas Collett and Ann Antill.  Shortly after he was born his family settled in Haresfield to the north of Leonard Stanley and that move may have taken place while he was still an infant, because he later stated that he had been born at Haresfield, rather than at Leonard Stanley.  Up until receipt of new information from Kelvin Parker in Christchurch New Zealand during 2012 very little was known about Edward except that he married Sarah and that at the time of the birth of their first child Edward and Sarah were living at Coln St Aldwyns. 

 

 

 

Edward Collett, aged 16, was living with his older brother Charles and his older sister Elizabeth at Coln St Aldwyns in 1841, when the remainder of their family was still residing in Haresfield.  It was just over five years later that the marriage of Edward Collett and (1) Sarah Kilby was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 11 43) during the second quarter of 1847.  By the time of the census in 1851 their marriage had been blessed with the birth of two children.  Edward Collett was 26, Sarah Collett was 25, Henry Collett was three and Thomas Collett was just four months old and named after his grandfather who was living close by at Coln St Aldwyns.  Edward was a carpenter, whose place of birth was recorded as Haresfield, Sarah had been born at nearby Quenington, Henry had been born at Coln St Aldwyns, while Thomas had been born after the family settled in Hatherop.  And it was also at Hatherop that the couple’s last child was born.

 

 

 

That child, daughter Lucy, was around nine months old when her mother suffered a premature death, with the death of Sarah Collett death recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 322) during the first three months of 1856.  because a few years later Edward Collett married (2) Mary Anne Bracknell on 27th July 1858 at St John’s Church in Kenilworth.  The Warwickshire marriage record confirmed that Edward was a widower and a carpenter living at Hatherop, whose father was Thomas Collett.  Mary Anne Bracknell was baptised at the Parish Church of St Mary in Warwick on 29th January 1832, the daughter of Daniel and Ann Bracknell.

 

 

 

Not long after they were married Edward and Mary Anne left England when they moved to Piltown in County Kilkenny in Ireland, where their son was born during 1859.  It must be assumed that the whole family was still living in Ireland in 1861, since no record of any of them has been found in Britain on that occasion.  However, Edward’s two eldest sons did return and by 1871 Reuben Henry was married and was living in Stratton St Margaret near Swindon, while Thomas had joined the Royal Navy and later married a girl from Kilkenny. 

 

 

 

It is not known precisely what happened to Edward and Mary Anne after their son Edward William emigrated to New Zealand in 1876.  However, within the Ireland Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958 there is a for an Edward Collett who died at Carrick-On-Suir, the registration district for Kilkenny, between July and September 1891 at the age of 67 which would place him as being born around 1824.  There is a strong possibility that this was Edward Collett from Leonard Stanley.

 

 

 

1O124

Reuben Henry Collett

Born in 1847 at Coln St Aldwyns

 

1O125

Thomas Collett

Born in 1850 at Hatherop

 

1O126

Lucy Maria Collett

Born in 1855 at Hatherop

 

The following is the only child of Edward Collett by his second wife Mary Anne Bracknell:

 

1O127

Edward William Collett

Born in 1859 at Piltown, Ireland

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Collett was born on 1st April 1832 at Haresfield near Gloucester, the eighth of nine children of wheelwright Thomas Collett of Leonard Stanley and his wife Ann Antill.  It was a few years earlier that his parents had taken the family from Leonard Stanley, the five miles north to Haresfield just south of Gloucester, where Ann presented her husband with their last two children Samuel and his brother John (below).  And it was also at Haresfield that the family was living when the first national census was conducted in June 1841, when Samuel was nine years old.  Two years later in 1843, Samuel’s mother died and was buried at Haresfield on 11th October 1843 at the age of 55.  Upon leaving school Samuel became a carpenter working with local farmers repairing drays and farm implements, and repairing homes and furniture.  He charged half a crown for each day’s work and by the time he left England he was charging Four Shillings per day.  In 1850 he was working in the Fairford area of Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in March 1851, Samuel Collett, who was two days short of his nineteenth birthday, was no longer living with his widowed father.  Instead he was a lodger at the home of labourer John Smith and his wife Eliza in the village of Coln St Aldwyns, just two miles north of Fairford.  The census that year confirmed that Samuel was a carpenter who was 20 years old (sic), who had been born at Haresfield.  Less than half a mile from Col St Aldwyns is the village of Quenington where, on that same occasion, Samuel’s future bride to be, Elizabeth Gardner, aged 26 and a dressmaker, was still living with her elderly parents, where she had also been born.

 

 

 

Like many couples living in Gloucestershire around that time, the place to be married, according to local historians, was St Mary’s Church in Cheltenham, and it was there that the marriage of Samuel Collett and Elizabeth Gardner was recorded (Ref. 11 226) during the third quarter of 1851.  The details recorded there are as follows - Parish of Cheltenham [St Marys] 1851, Register 6, Entry 457, Samuel Collett, carpenter, father Thomas Collett and mother Ann, married (1) Elizabeth Gardner, father John Gardner cordwainer (shoemaker) and mother Elizabeth, while the couple gave their address as 15 Montpellier Street in Cheltenham.  Once married the couple returned to Quenington where their first three children were born and baptised at the Church of St Swithuns.  In 1858 Samuel and Elizabeth had assisted passage when they sailed to Christchurch in New Zealand on board the barque ship ‘Indiana’.  Travelling with them were their three Gloucestershire born children who were recorded on the passenger list as Ernest, aged five years, Amanda, also five years, and George who was three. 

 

 

 

Also, on board the ‘Indiana’ was Joseph Bates with his family, which is significant because when Samuel’s nephew, Edward William Collett (Ref. 1O127), emigrated to New Zealand eighteen years later on his own, it would appear he knew exactly where he was going and the work he would be doing.  That situation had obviously been prepared in advance for him by his uncle, Samuel, who would have had common interests with Joseph Bates, both of them being carpenters and likely working alongside each other on building houses, churches, etc.

 

 

 

Samuel kept a diary in which he recorded the following details of their sea journey.  Monday 2nd August 1858 went on board the ‘Indiana’ bound for New Zealand, moved out of the docks on Wednesday to Gravesend and stayed until the Thursday afternoon and went onto Sheerness and started on the Friday morning, 6th August.  On Sunday 8th there was a female child born and on Friday met with a vessel in distress.  Supplied her with provisions and proceeded south to Spain. On Friday 20th sailed passed the Island of Madeira.  On Sunday 22nd the new baby was christened Indiana McKirdy, named aptly after the ship and its captain.  The voyage met fair winds and arrived at Lyttelton in New Zealand on 23rd November 1858.

 

 

 

Samuel Collett, occupation carpenter, was recorded as being eligible to serve as militia man with the Christchurch District Militia for the year ending 31st March 1861, as was labourer Francis Collett (Ref. 1N30) of Charles Street in Kaiapoi.  The address given for Samuel Collett on that occasion was Lower Avon North in Christchurch. One further child was added to his family once they were settled within the Canterbury district of Christchurch, not far from the port of Lyttelton, but tragically the child died when he was around four months old.  His death was followed six years later by the passing of Elizabeth Collett who died on 7th March 1866 at the age of 40. 

 

 

 

Samuel maintained a record of his early life in his diary, where he recorded the following notes up until the death of his wife.  Upon arrival in New Zealand he charged 10 Shillings per day for his services, a substantial uplift over his recent charge rate in England.  Potatoes cost 4 Shillings/cwt, pork and beef were 6 pence/pound, wheat 5 Shillings/bushel, milk 2d a pint, and bread 11d a loaf.  He started working in Christchurch for a Mr Inwood, but within the year was self-employed.  At first the family rented a house from Mr Dudley, where the family lived until April 1862.  Samuel did a lot of work for Mr Dudley, while Elizabeth did dressmaking and other jobs for Mrs Dudley.  The rent was always a contra account in favour of the Colletts, even though the cost of making a dress in those days varied from 3 Shillings to 7 Shillings per garment, and children’s stilts were 5 Shillings a pair.

 

 

 

Over the next few years Samuel built houses for several of the early Christchurch settlers, including Messrs J Palmer, A Heron, C Greenstreet, Pitt, Laine, F E Wright, de Troy, F E Stewart, P Kerr, Adley of the Oxley Hotel, Cowlishaw, P Cunningham, Hitchens, Ringwood and Mr Murphy.  In 1869 he started to do a lot of work for Mr W D Wood at the Riccarton Mill, including the building a bake-house in Armagh Street for the sum of One Hundred and Thirteen Pounds.  The following year he spent at Lyttelton building a store for Messrs Wood and Cunningham.  By now Samuel had three employees, one being John Cuff, who travelled on the ‘Indiana’ with him.  They were paid Ten Shillings each per day, while the rail fare of Two Shillings and Six Pence for the return ticket to Lyttelton proved costly.

 

 

 

Over the years Samuel had undertaken repair work for the Avonside Church, certainly as early as 1864, as he sent an account for Two Pounds Twelve Shillings and Six Pence to ‘Stay and brace the Belfry’, a temporary structure which housed one of the bells brought out from England by The Pilgrims.  Samuel was a good churchman paying Two Pounds a year for his church sittings, so it was logical further work from the Anglicans would come his way.  The last recorded work he did on the Church was in 1876 when he built the vestry side of the chancel.  As with most churches in Christchurch, severe damage occurred during the earthquakes in 2011.

 

 

 

Following the death of his wife, Elizabeth was buried in the grounds of the church.  Two years later Samuel Collett married (2) Esther Lennard in 1868, with whom he had a further two daughters, both of whom were born while the couple were still living in Christchurch.  Life was hard in that era and a further family tragedy happened in 1877 when Samuel’s youngest surviving son George William Collett died at the age of 23.  By then George was a married man with a son of his own, who was subsequently raised by his grandparents Samuel and Esther.

 

 

 

South of Christchurch is the town of Waimate, a rich farming area where, on 12th November 1878, five sawmills were operating.  On that day, with a strong north-westerly wind and tinder dry conditions, a fire quickly spread and forest, farms and houses were burnt to the ground.  Waimate went into a decline with high unemployment and people left the district.  Samuel Collett could see the possibilities and took his family to live there later that same year.  His early work was involved with repairing a cookhouse for Mr M Studholme, and building a grain store for Mr H Watts at Studholm Junction, while in the following year another store was built for Mr Frank Slee.  A hotel followed in 1883 for Mr Sherwin, and in 1887 a five-roomed house was built for Mr Chiverton for the sum of 125 Pounds and 16 Shillings. 

 

 

 

His versatility as a building contractor is demonstrated in one account in 1885 for the Rev C Coats, which includes the words ‘to new casements for the Maori Church, repairing the walls, stopping nail holes and easing ventilators’ for which he was paid One Pound 10 Shillings.  As the local Maoris did not use the church, the Reverend Coats had it moved to the back of the vicarage where it was used as a study and a schoolroom.  Samuel also did work for the Catholic Church, Dooleys Hotel and Waimate Hospital.  He built coffins and even conducted funerals.  In 1888 he set up his own undertaking company, cleverly sited opposite the hospital and, up until he handed over the business to his grandson George William Collett upon his retirement in 1899, he had conducted 367 funerals. 

 

 

 

Samuel Collett was also involved in the business of W. R. Collett & Bros, Wine & Spirit Company, which manufactured aerated waters and cordials and was situated in the High Street at Waimate.  The company was established in 1897, but had ceased manufacturing soft drink by about 1903.

 

 

 

He also was a Borough Councillor, and served on the Licensing Board, while both he and Esther grew flowers which they exhibited at the local shows.  Tragedy again struck on 16th June 1896 when a fire totally destroyed a house he owned in Christchurch.  This was rented out and was used as a lodging place which, thankfully was insured.  It was three years later that Samuel, at the age of 67, finally stopped working, when his grandson George William Collett took over all of Samuel’s business interests.  Samuel Collett died at Waimate on 12th July 1914 when he was 82, his wife Esther Collett nee Lennard having died two years earlier in 1912 at the age of 69.  Both of them were buried in the Catholic section at the Waimate Cemetery in New Zealand.  An obituary published in the local newspaper on 14th July 1914 stated that “An old resident died on Sunday in the person of Mr Samuel Collett.  He had entered his eighty-third year and had lived in Waimate for 36 years.”

 

 

 

Hori Coutts Collett, the great grandson of Samuel Collett, via his son of George William Collett, and his grandson George William Collett, lived in Christchurch from 1906 to 2001, and it was he, at the age of 93, who wrote his family’s life story in the book “The History of Two Families”.

 

 

 

1O128

Ernest Collett                             twin

Born in 1852 at Quenington

 

1O129

Amanda Elizabeth Collett         twin

Born in 1852 at Quenington

 

1O130

George William Collett

Born in 1855 at Quenington

 

1O131

Thomas John Collett

Born in 1859 at Christchurch, NZ

 

The following are the two children from Samuel’s second marriage to Esther Lennard:

 

1O132

Edith Amy Eleanor Collett

Born in 1872 at Christchurch, NZ

 

1O133

Alice Mabel Matilda Collett

Born in 1873 at Christchurch, NZ

 

 

 

 

1N72

John Collett was born at Haresfield in 1833, and was the youngest child of Thomas Collett and Ann Antill.  In the first census in June 1841 John was eight years old and was living with his family at Haresfield.  Two years later his mother died in 1843 and was buried at Haresfield.  In 1851 John was 17 and was the only child of the family still living at Haresfield with his widowed father. It was four years later that the marriage of John Collett and Jane Partridge from Kingswood near Bristol, was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 479) during the third quarter of 1855.  While born at Kingswood, Jane was baptised at Leonard Stanley on 5th June 1834, the daughter of John and Mary Partridge.  Once married John and Jane initially settled in Kings Stanley near Stroud, where the first of their six children were born.

 

 

 

Some years after that, but before the census in April 1861, the family of three moved north to Birmingham where their remaining children were born.  The census that year recorded the family living at Bell Barn Road within the Parish of St Thomas in Birmingham where John Collett was 28 and a carpenter from Haresfield, his wife Jane Collett was 27 and from Kingswood, and their son Charles H Collett was four years old and born at Kings Stanley.  Four further children were added to the Birmingham family over the next decade, so by 1871 the family living at York Road in Birmingham St Thomas comprised carpenter John Collett and his wife Jane who were both 37, together with their five children Charles H Collett, aged 14, Amy A Collett who was nine, Hubert (Herbert) C Collett who was six, Florence J Collett who was four and John H Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

The couple’s last child was born later that same year while John and Jane were still living in the St Thomas district of Birmingham.  However, it was some time during the following ten years that family made the move south to Kings Norton in Worcestershire.  That move was confirmed in the census of 1881 when the family was living at 59 Clevedon Road in Kings Norton.  John Collett, aged 47, from Haresfield was a builder by then, employing four men and one boy.  His wife Jane from Kingswood in Gloucester was also 47.  All six of their children were still living with the couple and they were, Charles Collett of Kings Stanley who was 24, Amy G Collett who was 19, Hubert (Herbert) E Collett who was 16, Florence J Collett who was 14, John H Collett who was 11 and Ernest A Collett who was nine years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later, the family was still living in Kings Norton, but at Priory Road.  The census in 1891 listed the family as John Collett who was 59 and a builder, his wife Jane Collett who was 57, and their eldest son Charles H Collett who was 34, all three of them simply recorded as having been born in Gloucestershire.  The couple’s younger children were Florence J Collett who was 24, John H Collett who was 21 and Arthur E Collett who was 19.  After a further seven years, the death of John Collett was recorded at Kings Norton (Ref. 6c 253) during the second quarter of 1898, when he was 65 years old.

 

 

 

Having lost her husband, Jane Collett from Kingswood in Gloucestershire was 67 in 1901 when she was living on her own means at Sandford Road in Kings Norton.  Living there with her at that time were her two unmarried Birmingham born daughters Amy G Collett who was 39 and Florence J Collett who was 34, neither of them having an occupation.  Completing the household was Jane’s older married sister Emma Groves who was 75 and also from Kingswood, who passed away shortly thereafter.  Jane was still living at Kings Norton with her two daughters for company, ten years later in 1911, when she was 77.

 

 

 

1O134

Charles Hook Collett

Born in 1856 at Kings Stanley

 

1O135

Amy Georgina Collett

Born in 1861 at Birmingham

 

1O136

Hubert Edward Collett

Born in 1864 at Birmingham

 

1O137

Florence Jane Collett

Born in 1866 at Birmingham

 

1O138

John Harvey Collett

Born in 1869 at Birmingham

 

1O139

Arthur Ernest Collett

Born in 1871 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

1N73

James Collett was born at Leonard Stanley in 1824, where he was baptised on 17th February 1828, the eldest child of Charles Collett and his wife Sarah Edmunds.  In the Leonard Stanley census of 1841, within the Stroud & Stonehouse registration district, James was 16 and was still living there with his family.  It is established that James’ father and some of his brothers sailed to Canada during the second half of 1841 but, so far, no record of James has been found within the passenger lists, so what happened to him has still to be determined.

 

 

 

However, he too travelled to Canada and settle on Prince Edward Island, where his three children by his wife Henrietta were born and baptised.  All three children were born at Summerside, while the two eldest children were later baptised on the same day in a joint ceremony at Crapaud in Queens County, using just their first christian names, in addition to which no baptism record has been found for son James.  It is also established that the children of James’ brother Charles John Collett (below) were also born within the Summerside area of the island. 

 

 

 

1O140

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1853 at Summerside, PEI

 

1O141

William Charles Collett

Born in 1855 at Summerside, PEI

 

1O142

James Artemas Collett

Born in 1859 at Summerside, PEI

 

 

 

 

1N74

Aaron Lot Collett was born at Leonard Stanley in 1828, and was baptised there on 21st May 1829, the son of Charles and Sarah Collett.  It was simply as Aaron Collett, aged 12, that he was recorded in the census of 1841, when he was still living in Leonard Stanley with his family.  Later that same year Aaron and some of his brothers sailed to Canada with their father Charles, where they settled on Prince Edward Island.

 

 

 

During the mid-1850s when Aaron was around 26 or 27, he married (1) Eliza, and together they had four known children, two sons and two daughters, before Eliza passed away during the 1870.  The birth of the couple’s first child took place at Westmorland Settlement and, at the subsequent baptism the child’s parents were confirmed as Aaron and Eliza.  Three further children were added to their family during the same decade, but it was after the birth of his youngest son that Eliza must have died.  In 1861 Aaron Collett and his family were residing at Lot 29 in the Queens district of Prince Edward Island.

 

 

 

According to the Canadian census of 1881 Aaron Collett, aged 51 and from England, was a widower and a farmer still living and working on Lot 29 in the Queens district of Prince Edward Island.  His eldest son William H Collett, aged 23, was helping his father on the farm, while the two daughters Louisa A Collett, aged 21, and Lisca Collett, aged 17, had no stated occupation so were probably keeping house for the family.  Aaron’s youngest son James C Collett was still attending school at the age of 13, and all four children were confirmed as having been born on Prince Edward Island.

 

 

 

Aaron was still living in the same district ten years later, when he was recorded as being 62 years of age, while within the next census conducted on 31st March 1901 he was listed as a Canadian nationalised citizen from England.  By that time in his life he was 70 and had living with him his second wife Annie who was 51 and born on Prince Edward Island whom he married after 1891.

 

 

 

1O143

William Henry Collett

Born in 1857 at Prince Edward Island

 

1O144

Louisa A Collett

Born in 1859 at Prince Edward Island

 

1O145

Lisca Collett

Born in 1863 at Prince Edward Island

 

1O146

James Charles Collett

Born in 1867 at Prince Edward Island

 

 

 

 

1N75

Charles John Collett was born at Leonard Stanley in 1829, and it was there also that he was baptised on 20th February 1831, another son of wheelwright Charles Collett and his wife Sarah.  Charles Collett was 11 years old in the Leonard Stanley census of 1841 when he was still living there with his family.  Later that same year Charles, together with his father and his brothers Aaron (above), and Anthony (below), sailed to Canada, where they arrived at Prince Edward Island towards the end of that year.  The original plan may have been for the rest of the family to join them there, once they were settled.  In the event it would appear that Charles’ mother remained in England, since she was still living at Ebley in Stonehouse in 1851.

 

 

 

Upon the death of his father, either during the last two months of 1861 or the first five months of 1862, Charles junior inherited one flock bed and five pounds, for his role as joint executor of the Will, plus one sixth of his father estate comprising the land at Summerside that his father had purchased in June 1855 which was valued at £285, after deduction of debtors’ bills and funeral expenses – see Will in Legal Documents.

 

 

 

Around ten years later Charles, who was very likely a shipbuilder and ship owner, married (1) Annie McLeod on Prince Edward Island and they had five children before Annie, who was born in Scotland during 1836, died on 13th February 1871 at Crapaud on Prince Edward Island.  She was only 35 and it was stated that she had died ‘after much suffering’ following the birth of her last child exactly one month earlier.  The first two children were baptised at Richmond near Summerside, while the remainder were baptised at Summerside itself.  Following her death Charles married (2) Margaret although sadly they had only been married for less than a year when Charles died at Summerside on 12th February 1872.  His death certificate stated that he was 41 and that he was buried that same day in the churchyard of St John’s Anglican Church in Crapaud, just north of Victoria, with his first wife Annie. 

 

 

 

The Will of Charles Collet of Victoria in Queens County was made on 13th January 1872 and was proved one month later on 14th February, two days after he passed away.  The document named his wife as Margaret and listed his children curiously in the following order: Harriet Peters Collet; Sarah Jane Collet; Charles Frederick Collet; Eliza Caroline Collet; and James Beaufort Collet – see Will in Legal Documents

 

 

 

By the time of the Canadian census of 1881 Charles’ and Annie’s eldest son Charles Collett, aged 12, was living on Lot 29 in the Queens district of Prince Edward Island, the same address as his two uncles, Aaron Collett and Anthony Collett, who were also living on Lot 29 on that occasion.  Charles’ eldest daughter Sarah Jane was also recorded in the census that year at the home of the McKinon family, when she was 19.  No record of the couple’s other three children has been found in the census of 1881, even though they were all still alive long after that time.  Eliza would have been 16, and Harriet would have been 14, with James being around ten years old.

 

 

 

1O147

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1862 at Prince Edward Island

 

1O148

Eliza Caroline Collett

Born in 1864 at Prince Edward Island

 

1O149

Harriet Peters Collett

Born in 1866 at Prince Edward Island

 

1O150

Charles Frederick Collett

Born in 1869 at Prince Edward Island

 

1O151

James Beaufort Collett

Born in 1870 at Prince Edward Island

 

 

 

 

1N76

William Collett was baptised on 10th June 1832 at Leonard Stanley, one of the nine known children of Charles Collett and his wife Sarah Edmunds.  Tragically he was just two years old when he died and was buried at Leonard Stanley on 26th July 1834.

 

 

 

 

1N77

Anthony Collett was born at Leonard Stanley in 1832, where he was baptised on 29th December 1833, the fifth son of Charles and Sarah Collett.  Anthony was eight years old in 1841, when he was still living with his family at Leonard Stanley.  His name was on the passenger list of the ship that sailed from England to Canada in the second half of 1841, when he accompanied his father and his two older brothers Aaron and Charles to Prince Edward Island.  

 

 

 

It would appear that Anthony was in his mid-twenties when he married Mary on Prince Edward Island, and judging by the name of their first child, Mary may have been Mary Lowther.  Whilst there is nearly a ten-year gap between the birth of the couple’s first child and their subsequent twins, only one other Collett baptism record has been found amongst the Prince Edward Island records during those years and that was the baptism of Charles William Collett at Richmond, just west of Summerside.  He was baptised on 10th May 1860, when he was named as the son of Mary Collett (below) and not the wife of Anthony Collett.

 

 

 

By the time of the Canadian census in 1881 the family of four was living at Lot 29 in the Queens district of Prince Edward Island where Anthony’s brother Aaron (above) was also living, as well as two children from the family of their deceased brother Charles.  Anthony Collett from England, was 47 and was a miller, his wife Mary who was born at Prince Edward Island was also 47, while their two children were both 14 and were attending the local school in Queens.  By that time their eldest daughter, who would have been 24, was very likely married.

 

 

 

1O152

Hannah Lowther Collett

Born in 1857 at Prince Edward Island

 

1O153

William Collett               twin

Born in 1866 at Prince Edward Island

 

1O154

Elizabeth Collett              twin

Born in 1866 at Prince Edward Island

 

 

 

 

1N78

Sarah Elizabeth Collett was born at Leonard Stanley in 1834 and, as the first daughter of Charles and Sarah Collett she was named after her mother.  It was also at Leonard Stanley that she was baptised on 27th September 1835 and, in the census of 1841, she was recorded just as Sarah Collett aged six years.  It seems likely that she later joined her father in Canada, where she eventually married to become Sarah Goldsmith, which was how she was named in her father’s Will of 1861 when she received one sixth of his estate.  Over the next few years Sarah’s husband died, following which she married (2) the much younger Charles Benjamin Doyle at Amherst in Nova Scotia on 13th August 1866.  Sarah Elizabeth Goldsmith, a widow of 30, was the daughter of Charles Collett and Sarah E (Edmunds).  Charles Benjamin Doyle was only 23, the son of Luke and Mary Doyle.  By the time of the census in 1891 Charles B Doyle, aged 45, and his wife Sarah were residing at Cumberland in Nova Scotia.

 

 

 

 

1N79

Anne Collett was born at Leonard Stanley in 1836, where she was baptised on 11th June 1837, and where she was recorded as Ann Collett, aged four years, living with her family in 1841.  Thereafter it is unclear what happen to Anne and the rest of her family, with no record having so far been found in any later census, except for her mother Sarah, who was living alone in Leonard Stanley in 1851.  However, at the time her father made his Will at Summerside on Prince Edward Island in Canada in October 1861 Anne was referred to as daughter Ann Beers, who received one sixth of his estate.

 

 

 

 

1N80

Miriam Collett was born at Leonard Stanley in 1840, and was baptised there on 4th October 1840, the daughter of Charles and Sarah Collett.  Earlier information may have suggested that her name was Mary, Maria, or even Ann, but it was as Miriam Collett that she was recorded in the census of 1841, when she was under one year old and living with her family at Leonard Stanley.  Like the other members of her family it would appear that she later settled at Summerside on Prince Edward Island where she was later married to become Miriam Gould, as named by her father in his Will of 1861 when she received one flock bed and a pair of blankets, plus one sixth of the value of his estate.

 

 

 

Ten years after the death of her father, Miriam Gould from England was 32, when she and her husband were living at Amherst in Cumberland, Nova Scotia, where her older married sister Sarah Doyle was living in 1891.

 

 

 

 

1N81

Mary Matilda Collett was born at Leonard Stanley after the census day on the sixth of June in 1841, but was baptised there on 1st November 1841, the youngest child of Charles Collett and his first wife Sarah Edmunds.  Most of her family, but excluding her mother, emigrated to Canada around the time she was born, following which they settled on Prince Edward Island where Mary may have later joined them if she did not travel there at the same time.  It was on Prince Edward Island that Mary Collett gave birth to a base-born child when she was around 19 years of age, the child being named after her own father.  By the end of the following year Mary had married and it was as Mary Chaswell that she was named as one of the six children of Charles Collett of Summerside in his Will of 1861 in which she received one sixth of his estate.

 

 

 

According to the Summerside census in 1881 Mary and her large family were recorded under the surname of Croswell.  Mary M Croswell from England was 39, her husband Henry was 51 and their nine children were William Charles Croswell (formerly Collett) who was 21, Minnie L Croswell who was 18, Ann N Croswell who was 20, Sarah E Croswell who was 17, Mary A Croswell who was 15, Amelia M Croswell who was 12, Alberta Croswell who was four, Susan E Croswell who was two and James A Croswell who was one year old.  Every member of the household, except Mary Matilda, had been born on Prince Edward Island.

 

 

 

1O155

Charles William Collett

Born in 1860 at Prince Edward Island

 

 

 

 

1N82

Susannah Collett was born at Lot 29, Upper Westmorland on Prince Edward Island during 1847, and was baptised there on 19th September 1847, the daughter of Charles Collett and the second lady in his life, who may have been his second wife, although no details of her are currently known.  Her father died when she was only fourteen years old, when she was named as a beneficiary under the terms of his Will of 1861 through which she received one feather bed and a pair of blankets, plus one sixth of the value of his estate.

 

 

 

 

1O1

Frederick Collett was born at Whelford in 1843 and was the eldest child of William Collett and Maria Clargo.  Frederick was baptised later that year at the parish church in Kempsford on 1st October 1843.  Following the death of his twin brothers and the birth of his sister Mary Jane (below), Frederick’s family moved to Highworth near Swindon in Wiltshire where they were residing in 1851.  The census that year recorded Frederick Collett as being seven years old, the eldest of the two surviving children.  He was still living there with his larger family in 1861 when he was 17.

 

 

 

It was at St Michael’s Church in Highworth where Frederick Collett married (2) Emma Herbert on 8th August 1869.  Frederick was 27 and confirmed as the son of William Collett, while Emma was 21 and the daughter of William Herbert.  On the day of the census in 1871, the newly married couple was residing at a dwelling on Faringdon Road in Highworth, right next door a beer-house.  Frederick Collett from Whelford was 28 and a labourer, and his wife Emma Collett aged 22, was from Highworth.  Tragically, it was towards the end of that year that Emma Collett died at Highworth on 4th December 1871, where she was buried two days late.  Her death was recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 2), when she was only 23.  It is very likely that she died during the birth of her potential first child, who also did not survive. 

 

 

 

Four years later, the marriage of Frederick Collett and (2) Harriet Austin was recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 5), the event taking place there on 13th March 1875.  Frederick was 30 years of age and the son of William Collett and Harriet was 20, the daughter of James Austin.  That marriage for Frederick produced one known child.  Perhaps living next door to the beer-house from before 1871 through to the late 1870s may have presented Frederick with a new job opportunity since, by 1881, his occupation was that of a brewery labourer.  The census that year recorded the family of three at Westrop in Highworth as Frederick Collett who was 38 and from Kempsford, Harriet Collett who was 27 and from Highworth, as was their son Frederick Collett who was two years of age.

 

 

 

Also, on that same day, other members of Frederick’s family were residing in Highworth, namely (a) Timothy Collett (Ref. 1N25) from Kempsford with his wife Elizabeth and their two Highworth born children Albert and Annie, and (b) Timothy’s married sister Ruth Addis nee Collett (Ref. 1N26) with her husband William, her daughter Elizabeth Collett and niece Harriet Collett, the daughter of the aforementioned Timothy Collett.

 

 

 

Six years later, the death of Frederick Collett was recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 4) when he was 45.  Following his passing on 6th June 1887, he was buried at Highworth five days after on 11th June.  After three years as a widow, Harriet Collett, the daughter of James Austin, married Charles Warren at Highworth on 30th August 1890.  Harriet was 34, while Charles was only 24 and the son of Charles Warren senior.  According to the next census, six months later, Charles and Harriet Warren were residing at Westrop in Highworth, where Charles was 24 and an agricultural labourer, Harriet was 35, and living with them was Frederick Collett who was 12 years of age.

 

 

 

Over the following decade Harriet presented Charles with three children, the family still recorded at Westrop in 1901.  Charles from Lechlade was 34, Harriet was 46, Oliver Warren was seven, Jesse Warren was four and Frank Warren was three years old.  By that time Harriet’s son Frederick was serving with the Royal Navy.  In 1911 the family was living at Bailey’s Piece in Highworth, when Charles was 44, Harriet was 55, Ernest was 17, George was 14 and Frank was 13.  Two years later the death of Harriet Warren was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 5a 5) when she was 58.  She died at Highworth on 5th May 1913 and was buried there five days after on 10th May.

 

 

 

1P1

Frederick Collett

Born in 1878 at Highworth

 

 

 

 

1O2

Joseph Collett was born at Whelford in 1846 and was the twin brother of Ralph Collett (below).  The twins were baptised in a joint ceremony at Kempsford on 14th June 1846, when their parents were confirmed as William and Maria Collett.  Tragically neither of them survived and, by 1851, the family was living in Highworth, without either of the two boys.

 

 

 

 

1O3

Ralph Collett was the twin brother of Joseph (above) and was baptised in a joint ceremony at Kempsford on 14th June 1846, the two sons of William and Maria Collett.  It would appear that both Ralph and his twin brother died shortly after they were baptised since neither of them was living with the family in 1851 or at any time thereafter.

 

 

 

 

1O4

Mary Jane Collett was born at Whelford in 1848, her birth recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 11 244) during the fourth quarter of the year.  She was baptised at Kempsford on 18th January 1849, the daughter of William and Maria Collett.  Not long after she was baptised her family moved to Highworth where they were living in 1851, when Mary was two years old, and again in 1861 when, as Mary Jane Collett she was 13.  It is expected that she was married by the time of the census in 1871, because she was no living with her parents in Highworth.

 

 

 

 

1O5

Ann Collett was born at Highworth in 1853 and was living there with her parents in 1861 when she was recorded as Ann Collett who was seven years old.  No record of her has been found after that time so it is assumed that since she was not living with her family at Highworth in 1861 that she had suffered a childhood death.

 

 

 

 

1O6

Thomas Collett was born at Highworth in 1857 where he was baptised on 23rd December 1857, the son of William and Maria Collett.  Thomas was three years old in the Highworth census of 1861 and was 14 in the following Highworth census on 1871.  It was just over six years later that he married (1) Sarah Ann Comley on 14th October 1878.  She was born in 1860 at Clanfield, north of Faringdon in Berkshire, and was already anticipating the birth of their first of their four children, all of whom were born at Highworth.  In 1881 Thomas Collett stated he was 21 and a labourer of Highworth who was married to Sarah who was 20 years old and from Clanfield.  Living with them at 21 Eastrop Cottage in Highworth was their daughter Annie aged one year and born at Highworth.  As there was no record of the couple’s eldest daughter in the census, it must be assumed she had suffered an infant death, even though no record of her death or burial has been unearthed.  A major tragedy occurred for the family just after 1st January 1855, when Sarah gave birth to her fifth child, but died during the ordeal, the child also not being born alive.  It was on 4th January 1855 that Sarah Ann Collett died at only 24 years of age, her death recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 8) and three days later Sarah was buried in the churchyard at Highworth.

 

 

 

With two young children to care for, it was just over four months after being widowed, that Thomas Collett married (2) Dorcas Cockhead on 12th May 1885.  Dorcas was born in 1868 at Bishopstone in Wiltshire and was the daughter of Charles and Sarah Cockhead.  At the time of their marriage, Dorcas already had a daughter Clara Tryphena Cockhead, who was born earlier that year at Stratton St Margaret.  All of the subsequent children of Thomas and Dorcas Collett were also born at Highworth.  According to the next census in 1891, the new family was residing at The Gardens in Highworth, where Thomas Collett was 33 and working as farm servant and his wife Dorcas Collett was only 23.  Living with the couple that day was Clara T Cockhead who was five, plus the children from Thomas’ first marriage.  They were Edith A Collett who was 12 and Harriet E Collett who was eight years of age.  Completing the family group were the four children arising from Thomas’ second wife Dorcas, William T Collett who was five, Ada E Collett who was three, Florence R Collett who was two and Ernest F Collett who was not yet one year old.  

 

 

 

Five more children were added to the family at Highworth between 1891 and 1901, although son Ernest died eighteen months after the census day in 1891.  By the time of the latter, the family was still living at Highworth and comprised Thomas who was 43 and an ordinary agricultural labourer, Dorcas who was 33 and from Bishopstone, plus the following children, Annie Collett aged 21, Ellen Collett aged 19 (aka Harriet Ellen), William aged 15 who was working alongside his father, Ada Collett who was 13, Florence Collett who was 12, Mary Collett who was nine (aka Dorcas Mary), Eva E Collett who was seven, Louisa Collett who was five, Matilda Collett who was two and baby Bernard Collett who was not yet one year old.  Every member of the household, except Dorcas, had been born at Highworth, while staying with the family was the niece of Thomas Collett, May Higgs who was four years of age and born at Stratton-St-Margaret.

 

 

 

The family was enlarged with the birth of another four children during the first decade of the new century which, by April 1911, was still residing in Highworth.  Thomas Collett from Highworth was 54 and employed as a cowman working on a farm, and Dorcas Collett from Bishopstone was 44 and employed as a mat finisher at a nearby mat factory.  Staying with the couple was Thomas’ mother-in-law, Sarah Cockhead who was 75 and also born at Bishopstone in Wiltshire.  Also living with Thomas and Dorcas were six of their seven youngest children.  They were Louisa Naomi Collett aged 14, Matilda Ruth Collett aged 12, Alice Belinda Collett who was nine, Gladys Elsie Collett who was seven, Beatrice Maria Collett who was five and Victor Jesse Collett who was two years of age. 

 

 

 

By then the couple’s son, Bernard Collett, had been kicked by a horse and had died from his injuries.  Thomas and Dorcas’ daughter, Alice Belinda Collett, was responsible for relating a fascinating insight into the life of a young country girl, which is reproduced in part, at the end of the third section of this family line, after the individual entry for Alice Belinda Collett.  In this she refers to her mother (Dorcas) leaving Thomas to ‘go off with another man’ and taking with her the two youngest children, Ria (aka Beatrice Maria Collett) and Jess (aka Victor Jesse Bernard Collett).

 

 

 

1P2

Edith Emily Collett

Born in 1879 at Highworth

 

1P3

Annie Edith Collett

Born in 1879 at Highworth

 

1P4

Harriet Ellen Collett

Born in 1882 at Highworth

 

1P5

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1884 at Highworth

 

The following are the children from Thomas’ second marriage to Dorcas Cockhead:

 

1P6

William Thomas Collett

Born in 1886 at Highworth

 

1P7

Ada Emily Collett

Born in 1887 at Highworth

 

1P8

Florence Rose Collett

Born in 1889 at Highworth

 

1P9

Ernest Frank Collett

Born in 1890 at Highworth

 

1P10

Dorcas Mary Collett

Born in 1892 at Highworth

 

1P11

Eva Ethel Collett

Born in 1894 at Highworth

 

1P12

Louisa Naomi Collett

Born in 1896 at Highworth

 

1P13

Matilda Ruth Collett

Born in 1898 at Highworth

 

1P14

Bernard Charles Collett

Born in 1900 at Highworth

 

1P15

Alice Belinda Collett

Born in 1902 at Highworth

 

1P16

Gladys Elsie Collett

Born in 1903 at Highworth

 

1P17

Beatrice Maria Collett

Born in 1905 at Highworth

 

1P18

Victor Jesse Bernard Collett

Born in 1908 at Highworth

 

 

 

 

1O7

William Collett was born at Highworth in 1860 but was baptised there after the census in 1861, in which he was under one year old.  The baptism record at Highworth confirmed he was the son of William and Maria Collett and that he was baptised there on 16th February 1862.  Curiously William was not living with his family on the day of the next census in 1871 when he would have been around 10 or 11 years of age.

 

 

 

However, according to the census in 1881, when he was 21, William had already left the family home in Highworth for a new life in Kent, where he was living and working a 78 Hills Yard in Sevenoaks, the home of grocer Thomas Hill who was employing William as a servant and grocer’s assistant.  By the turn of the century William had returned to Wiltshire and was back living in Highworth, where he was working with his brother Frederick as a brewer’s cellar man at the age of 38 years.

 

 

 

 

1O8

Arthur Collett was born at Highworth in 1862, the youngest son of William and Maria Collett.  He was eight years old in the Highworth census of 1871, when he was living there with his family.  However, it is unclear at this time as to what exactly happened to him after 1871 when it is known that his mother died and his widowed father was still living in Highworth, but with just Arthur’s sister Maria (below) for company.

 

 

 

 

1O9

Maria Collett was born at Highworth in 1867, the last child born to William Collett and Maria Clargo, whose birth was recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 8) during the third quarter of that year.  Maria was baptised at Highworth on 20th September 1867 and was three years old in 1871 when she was one of only three children still living at Highworth with her parents.  During the next decade her mother passed away so, by the time of the census in 1881, Maria Collett, aged 14, was the only child living with her widowed father William Collett who was still living in Highworth, but at 3 Wrag Cottage in the town.  After a further six years, the marriage of Maria Collett and Charles Pipkin was recorded at Highworth (Ref. 5a 53) during the third quarter of 1887.

 

 

 

With the next four years Maria gave birth to her first two child, while the couple was living at Shrivenham Road in Highworth, where they were residing in 1891.  Charles Pipkin was 27 and a farm labourer, Maria Pipkin was 24, and their two children were George Pipkin who was two and William Pipkin who was one year old.  Living with the family, and described as the father-in-law of Charles Pipkin, was Maria’s widowed father William Collett who was 70 years old.  Five more children were added to their family during the next decade, including twins, all born at Highworth, where the family was again living in 1901.

 

 

 

Just one more child was born into the family which, by that time in 1908, the family was living in North Savernake, near Malborough where Charles was a carter on a farm in 1911.

 

 

 

 

1O10

Elizabeth Collett was born at Berkeley in Gloucestershire towards the end 1859 following the wedding of her parents at Bristol in April that same year.  It was also at Berkeley that she was baptised on 1st April 1860, the eldest child of Joseph Collett and his wife Piety Chappell.  It should be noted that it was under the name of George Collett that her father married Piety, and that her baptism record also named her parents as George and Piety.  Why Joseph called himself George in the official records is not known, whereas in the census returns he did use his correct name of Joseph.

 

 

 

During the next year Elizabeth’s sister Mary (below) was born at Bowcott near Wotton-under-Edge, and by the time of the census on the seventh of April 1861 the family was recorded in the town Wotton-under-Edge when Elizabeth Collett was one year old.  It was around six years later that her parents took the family to live in nearby Dursley before they eventually settled in the village of Uley, two miles east of Dursley.  But it was at Dursley that she was living with her family in 1871 when she was recorded as Elizth Collett aged 11 and from Berkeley.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett, aged 21 and from Wick Berkeley, was how she was described in the Uley census of 1881 when she was the eldest child of the eight children living at Rockstowe in Uley with her parents.  She was not credited with having an occupation, so was most likely helping her mother with her younger siblings.  No record of her as Elizabeth Collett has been found after 1881 so there is every chance that she was married during the 1880s.

 

 

 

 

1O11

Mary Collett was born at Bowcott near Wotton-under-Edge, possible at the end of 1860 or very early in 1861.  Not long after she was born her parents left Bowcott and settled in the town of Wotton-under-Edge where Mary Collett was living with her parents and her older sister Elizabeth (above) in 1861.  After six years or so in Wotton, the family moved again to Dursley, where two of Mary’s siblings were born, before they finally settled in nearby Uley.  The Dursley census of 1871 recorded Mary Collett as being ten years old.  On leaving school during the next few years Mary sought work in domestic service and by 1881 she was employed as a parlour maid at a private hotel at London Wall in the St Mary Aldermanbury district of London.  The hotel was managed by Frederick Rayment and his wife, while parlour maid Mary Collett was recorded as being 20 years of age and from Wotton-under-Edge. 

 

 

 

 

1O12

Sarah Ann Collett was born at Wotton-under-Edge in 1862 and was five years old when her family moved north from Wotton to the town of Dursley, where they were living in 1871.  The census that year included Sarah as S A Collett who was eight years old.  Within the next few months the family moved again, that time to the village of Uley just east of Dursley, where Sarah’s family was still living in 1881.  However, by that time Sarah Ann Collett, aged 18 and from Dursley, was working as a nursemaid at the home of Arthur and Octavia Hayward at Elm Lodge, Southlands Road in Bromley, Kent. 

 

 

 

It seems a long way from Bromley in Kent to Birmingham, but it was there during the last three months of 1882 that the death of a Sarah Ann Collett was recorded (Ref. 6d 65) when she was 20 years of age.

 

 

 

 

1O13

John Collett was born at Wotton-under-Edge during 1863, the eldest son and fourth child of Joseph Collett and his wife Piety Chappell.  By 1871 he and his family were living in Dursley when John Collett was seven years old.  On finishing his education John became a policeman and in 1881 he was described as a police officer while he was in lodgings at Oldland Common in Bitten, Somerset, midway between Bath and Bristol.  He was curiously described as John Collett from Bow Heh in Gloucestershire and was 19, rather than 17.  Although a lodger, he was also head of the householder, which very likely indicates the property in which he was lodging was a police house or police station.  There was one other resident, and that was George Hayward aged 19 from Kempsford.

 

 

 

Rather curiously no record of John has been found within the census of 1891, but was during the first half of the 1890s that John married Elizabeth who was born at Coleford in the Forest of Dean area of Gloucestershire.  It was also there that the couple’s second child was born, with the first having been born across the River Severn at Berkeley, where John eldest sister had been born in 1859.  The census in 1901 placed John and Elizabeth with their first three children living at Tortworth, near Wotton-under-Edge, to the east of the River Severn.  Although it was at Wotton-under-Edge that John had been born, in the census return that year, his place of birth was recorded as Dursley, to where his family had moved when he was around four years old.  John Collett, aged 37, was working as a watchman and lodge keeper, while his wife Elizabeth from Coleford was 38.

 

 

 

The couple’s three children on that occasion were their son Frederick J J Collett who was five, who had been born at Berkeley, their son William H Collett who was four, who had been born at Coleford, and their daughter Alice M Collett who was three years old and born after the family had settled in Tortworth.  The family continued to live at Tortworth for at least another four years, since it was while they were still living there that Elizabeth presented John with their fourth and last children.  Following completion of their family, John’s work required the family to leave Tortworth and to return to Coleford within the parish of West Dean, where they were living in April 1911.

 

 

 

By that time in their life, John Collett from Uley was 47 and a sub-postmaster working for the General Post Office, his wife Elizabeth Collett from Christchurch (nr Coleford) was 48, and their children were confirmed as Frederick J J Collett aged 15 and employed as a carpenter, William H Collett who was 14 and still at school, as were Alice Maud Collett who was 13 and Charles Ernest Collett who was six years old.  By the summer of 1917 John and Elizabeth had returned to Gloucestershire and were living at the Post Office in Christchurch, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean, when they received the tragic news that their eldest son Frederick had been killed during the fighting at the Ypres Salient.

 

 

 

Only the birth of the couple’s second child has not been located, with the births of the other three children all recorded at Thornbury register office, Alice Maud Collett (Ref. 6a 212) during the second quarter of 1898.

 

 

 

1P19

Frederick John James Collett

Born in 1895 at Berkeley, Glos

 

1P20

William H Collett

Born in 1896 at Coleford, Glos

 

1P21

Alice Maud Collett

Born in 1897 at Tortworth, Glos

 

1P22

Charles Ernest Collett

Born in 1904 at Tortworth, Glos

 

 

 

 

1O14

Eliza Collett was born at Wotton-under-Edge in 1865 and was one year old when her family moved to Dursley, when Eliza was five years old in 1871.  Another move later that year saw the family living in nearby Uley, where Eliza was 15 in 1881.  At the end of the next decade Eliza Collett, aged 26 had already left the family home in Uley, but was living and working close by within the same census registration district.

 

 

 

 

1O15

George Collett was born at Dursley at the end of 1868, with his birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 222) during the first quarter of 1869.  He was another son of Joseph Collett and Piety Chappell and was two years old in 1871 when he was still living at Dursley with his family.  When he was around three years old his parents took the family to live at nearby Uley, and it was there in Rockstowe that George Collett was 12 and still attending school in 1881.  By the time he was 22, George Collett from Dursley in Gloucestershire was the only Collett living and working in the Uttoxeter area of Staffordshire, where he was a gardener and a lodger with the Whitehall family of Blounts Green in Uttoxeter.  Soon after that he returned to his family in Uley, perhaps because he was ill or had been injured in an accident, and it was there that he died, his death recorded at Dursley (Ref. 6a 170) during the second quarter of 1892.

 

 

 

 

1O16

Rosa Emma Collett was born at Dursley on 13th January 1871 and was three months old in the Dursley census of 1871 when she was listed with her family simply as R E Collett.  Shortly after that her family moved to Uley, where Rosa was baptised in a joint ceremony with her brother Albert (below) on 13th July 1873, the daughter of George (Joseph) and Piety Collett.  In 1881 she was recorded as Rosie Collett, age 10, who was at school in Uley while living with her family at Rockstowe.  Ten years later the census in 1891 listed Rose E Collett, aged 20, as the oldest of the four children still living at the family home in Uley.  She was still unmarried in April 1901, when the census that month recorded that she was living in Stafford, which raises the question, had she moved north to that county to be with her George (above).

 

 

 

She was still unmarried in April 1901, when the census that month recorded that she was living in Stafford, which raises the question, had she moved north to that county to be with her George (above)?  However, according to the census that year Rosa E Collett, from Bowcott (?) in Gloucestershire was living in the village of Oaken near Codsall where she was working as a domestic housemaid at the age of 30.  After a further ten years spinster Rosa Emma Collett, who was 40 and from Dursley, was once again living within the county of Gloucestershire, in the city of Gloucester itself.  No other Collett was living with her at that time.

 

 

 

Around the time of the Second World War unmarried Rosa Emma Collett was residing at 31 Staunton Road in Coleford, on the edge of the Forest of Dean, and it was there that she died on 21st September 1947, following which she was buried at Coleford with her brother Albert Collet (below) who had died two years earlier.  Her Will was proved in Gloucester on 20th April 1948 when the executor of her estate of £502 was named as Charles Ernest Collett, a motor engineer.  Charles was the son of Rosa’s older brother John Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

1O17

Albert Collett was born at Uley on 8th May 1873, and was baptised there in a joint ceremony with his older sister Rosa (above) on 13th July 1873, the son of George (Joseph) and Piety Collett.  The census in 1881 confirmed that he was seven years old and living with his family at Rockstowe in Uley.  It seems very odd that no record of Albert has been found in any census after 1881, particularly since it is known that he died and was buried at Coleford during 1945 where his unmarried sister Rosa Emma Collett (above) lived at 31 Staunton Road in Coleford, where she he passed away two years later.  New information unearthed in 2012 reveals that he married Elizabeth Cullis at Coleford on 20th September 1902, and that shortly after that Elizabeth presented Albert with a daughter Isabel.  The occupation of Albert Collett was that of a police inspector, similar to his older brother John (above) who was a policeman.

 

 

 

1P23

Isabel Ellen Collett

Born after 1902 at Coleford

 

 

 

 

1O19

Florence L Collett was born at Uley in 1877, the youngest daughter of Joseph and Piety Collett.  At the time of the census in 1881 Florence was three years old and living with her family at Rockstowe in Uley.  Ten years late it was as Florence L Collett, aged 13, that she was still living with her parents at Uley.  It was again as Florence L Collett that she was one of only two children still living with her parents at Uley in 1901 when she was 23 and with no defined occupation.  Following the deaths of both of her parents during the first ten years of the new century, Florence Collett, aged 33 and born at Uley, was still living there alone in April 1911.

 

 

 

 

1O20

Arthur Henry Collett was born at Uley during late 1880 or early in 1881, the youngest and last child born to Joseph Collett and his Piety Chappell.  It was simply as Arthur Collett that he was listed with his family at Rockstowe in Uley when he was only a few months old.  More information about him was given in the Uley census of 1891 when he was named as Arthur H Collett who was 10 years old.  On leaving school in Uley Arthur was employed as a general agricultural labourer, as confirmed in the Uley census of 1901 when Arthur H Collett, aged 20, and his sister Florence (above) were the only children still living with their parents at the family’s home.

 

 

 

Possibly after the death of both of his parents, within the next two years, Arthur appears to have left Uley and travelled north to Tewkesbury, where he met and married Emily who was born there in 1881.  The marriage of Arthur Henry Collett and Emily Elizabeth King was recorded at Tewkesbury register office (Ref. 6a 1027) during the last quarter of 1904.  It was also in Tewkesbury that they initially settled, where their three known children were born, before the family moved to nearby Ashchurch, where they were living in 1911.  On the occasion of the census that year the family was made up of Arthur Henry Collett, from Uley who was 30 and employed by the Great Western Railway Company and a porter shunter, his wife Emily Elizabeth Collett was 29 and from Tewkesbury, and their three Tewkesbury born children.  They were Arthur Charles Collett who was five, Christabel Beatrice Collett who was four and Alfred Gilbert Collett who was two years old.  

 

 

 

The birth of Arthur Charles Collett was recorded at Tewkesbury (Ref. 6a 477) during the third quarter of 1905, as was the birth of Christabel Beatrice Collett (Ref. 6a 433) during the first quarter of 1907 and Alfred Gilbert Collett (Ref. 6a 420) during the first three months of 1909.  No further details of any member of the family have been found after 1911.

 

 

 

1P24

Arthur Charles Collett

Born in 1905 at Tewkesbury

 

1P25

Christabel Beatrice Collett

Born in 1907 at Tewkesbury

 

1P26

Alfred Gilbert Collett

Born in 1909 at Tewkesbury

 

 

 

 

1O22

Albert Collett was born at Hartlepool in 1872, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 10a 198) during the fourth quarter of that year.  It was also at Hartlepool where he was baptised on 11th December 1872, the second of the five children of Cornelius and Catherine Collett.  It was at 31 Corporation Road in Throston, a district of Hartlepool, where Albert Collett who was eight years old in 1881.  Following the death of his father at Hartlepool in 1883 and then his youngest brother Walter in 1885, Albert and the remainder of his family emigrated to Australia, where he lived until his death in 1968.

 

 

 

1P27

Arthur Dudley Collett

Date of birth unknown