PART TWELVE

 

The Oxfordshire Chipping Norton Line - 1560 to 1900

 

Updated August 2015

 

This is the family line of Iain Collett (Ref. 12R4) of Derbyshire

who kindly provided the new information regarding his family line

which is now depicted by the names in capital letters

 

This is also the family line of Sheila Collett (Ref. 12Q3) of New South Wales

whose daughter Marion O’Shea kindly provided much of the information relating to her family.

This line, depicted by the underlined names, shares a common ancestor with the

line of Iain Collett (above), that being John Collett (Ref. 12L5) 1780 to 1848

 

 

The Colletts listed in this section were mostly born or lived within a triangle of rural Oxfordshire defined by Chipping Norton to the north (the apex) and Burford and Witney (the base line).  The actual starting point still requires some research as there are some missing elements, possibly from outside this defined area.  For example it must be assumed that Ursely Collett (Ref. 12F1) and Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 12F2) had a younger brother, let us say Ref. 12F3.  If he was born around 1570 and married around 1590 his son could be John (Ref. 12G1) below

 

Although not yet confirmed as being part of this family line, but only discovered recently, was John Collett who married Elizabeth Souch at Spelsbury on 9th October 1619, a village approximately one mile from Chadlington.  This is likely to mean that John was born in the late 1590s, thus being 10 to 15 years older that the John Collett below, who seems likely to be his cousin and perhaps the nephew of Elizabeth Collett.

 

It may be of interest that Part 64 – The Gloucestershire Upper Swell Line contains details of [a] Susanna Collett (Ref. 64M4) from Oddington in Gloucestershire who married Thomas Lardner at Bledington in 1816, that [b] John William Collett (Ref. 12n2) married an Anne Lardner at Charlbury around 1860, and that [c] the aforesaid Anne Lardner, born at Churchill in 1838, was the daughter of Thomas Lardner of Churchill who was born there around 1802.  In addition to them, William George Collett (Ref. 12m6) from Oddington was a servant to Henry Lardner of Little Compton near Oddington in 1851.

 

Those villages are all within ten miles of each other across the county boundary between Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.  Details of the Oddington Colletts of Gloucestershire from 1723 to 1836 are included in Appendix B at the end of the section for completeness, and to help with future research into this line.  Some of the contents from Appendix B have already been removed and inserted in Part 64 – The Gloucestershire Upper Swell Line.

 

 

 

12F1

Ursely Collett may have been born around 1563 and may have been the older sister of Elizabeth Collett (below).  What is known is that she married Thomas Tidmarsh at Chipping Norton in 1583.

 

 

 

 

12F2

Elizabeth Collett, whose estimated birth date was around 1565, married John Stapleton or Stapleford on 7th November 1586 at Chadlington, a village just south of Chipping Norton.

 

 

 

 

12G1

John Collett, whose estimated birth date was around 1610, married Elizabeth Robbins on 17th March 1632 at Chadlington.  In the absence of any other information at this time it has been assumed that John was the nephew to Elizabeth Collett (above)

 

 

 

 

12H1

There is a missing generation here, which is likely to be the children of John Collett (above), one or more of whom produced the three children listed below; William Collett (Ref. 12I1); Richard Collett (Ref. 12I2); and Robert Collett (Ref. 12I3).

 

 

 

 

12H2

Thomas Collett, who may have been born around 1660 or earlier, married Audrey Hancock at Chipping Norton on 1st October 1682.  They couple could therefore be the parents of the next three Collett men listed below, but further work needs to be undertaken to confirm this.

 

 

 

 

12I1

William Collett, whose date of birth was possibly around 1685, may have been the grandson of John Collett and Elizabeth Robbins (above) and even possibly the son of Thomas Collett and Audrey Hancock (above).  William married Ann Bridgman in 1706 at Shipton-under-Wychwood, and their son John Collett was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Ascott-under-Wychwood, just a couple of miles south of Chadlington.  By the time of the birth of their second son William and Ann were living at Enstone and it was there at St Kenelm Church that the child was baptised.

 

 

 

Also a ‘William Collett of Ascott’ died at Enstone, where he was buried on 24th May 1743.  It seems very likely that he was this William, in addition to which it is also very likely that it was his wife ‘Ann Collett, a widow’ who was buried at Ascott on 20th March 1747.

 

 

 

12J1

John Collett

Baptised on 14.11.1710 at Ascott

 

12J2

William Collett

Baptised on 20.01.1712 at Enstone

 

 

 

 

12I2

Richard Collett, whose date of birth was around 1685, may have been the grandson of John Collett and Elizabeth Robbins (above).  He is likely to have married Mary at Ascott around 1710 as there is reference to the burial of ‘Mary Collett, the wife of Richard’ on 19th July 1753.  All of their children listed below were baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Ascott.  The same parish register includes the burial of Richard Collett on 18th December 1756, although it is possible that this could refer to the couple’s eldest son Richard Collett.

 

 

 

12J3

Richard Collett

Baptised on 18.01.1712 at Ascott

 

12J4

Matthew Collett

Baptised on 05.10.1715 at Ascott

 

12J5

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 14.03.1717 at Ascott

 

12J6

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 15.05.1720 at Ascott

 

 

 

 

12I3

Robert Collett, whose date of birth was around 1700, may have been the grandson of John Collett and Elizabeth Robbins (above).  It is known that he married Elizabeth and that they lived in the village of Fawler, five miles to the north of Witney.  The baptism of their daughter Nan Collett was recorded in the parish register of St Mary’s Church in the neighbouring village of Charlbury.  Elizabeth Collett died while living at Fawler and was buried at Charlbury on 18th September 1738, when the parish register confirmed that she was ‘the wife of Robert Collett’.  It looks very much like she may have died giving birth to her daughter Nan whose baptism was then delayed until she was a little older.  The parish register for St Mary’s Church in Charlbury also includes details of the burial of Robert Collett on 6th July 1753 and includes a reference to the fact that he was living at Fawler.

 

 

 

12J7

Nan Collett

Baptised on 31.03.1745 at Charlbury

 

 

 

 

12J3

Richard Collett was baptised at Ascott on 18th January 1712, the son of Richard and Mary Collett.  No other details have been discovered at this time, except the burial at Ascott of a Richard Collett on 18th December 1756, who may have been his father.

 

 

 

12K1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1743 at Ascott

 

12K2

John Collett

Born in 1745 at Ascott

 

 

 

 

12J5

Thomas Collett was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Ascott on 14th March 1717, the son of Richard and Mary Collett.  He married Ann Gilks in 1751 at St Mary’s Church in Charlbury, where their children were also baptised.  It would be reasonable to assume that their son Thomas was their first born child, which may indicate that Thomas married Ann when he was in his early thirties, while she may have been much younger.  Although not proved, it is possible that further children were born to Thomas and Ann and that one of them, born after 1753, may have been the father of John Collett (Ref. 12L8) who married Mary at Charlbury around 1797.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett died in 1770 and was buried at Charlbury on 11th March 1770, while Ann lived on as a widow until she died twenty-six years later and was buried with her husband at St Mary’s Church in Charlbury on 9th March 1796.

 

 

 

12K3

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 06.05.1753 at Charlbury

 

12K4

unknown Collett - not confirmed

Born circa 1754 at Charlbury

 

12K5

Ann Collett

Baptised on 04.07.1756 at Charlbury

 

 

 

 

12J6

Joseph Collett was baptised at Ascott on 15th May 1720, the son of Richard and Mary Collett.  It was also at Ascott where he married Ann around 1740-1743, and where all of their children were baptised.  Ann Collett was buried at Ascott on 16th September 1765, only a few months after the death of their son Matthew Collett, and just one month before the death of two months old daughter Sarah Collett.  The Ascott parish burial record stated that she was ‘Ann, the wife of Joseph Collett’ who was also buried there on 30th April 1779.

 

 

 

12K6

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 02.10.1743 at Ascott

 

12K7

Richard Collett

Baptised on 27.10.1745 at Ascott

 

12K8

Jane Collett

Baptised on 19.04.1747 at Ascott

 

12K9

Ann Collett

Baptised on 15.05.1749 at Ascott

 

12K10

Matthew Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1750 at Ascott

 

12K11

Mary Collett

Baptised on 15.10.1752 at Ascott

 

12K12

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 05.05.1755 at Ascott

 

12K13

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 09.04.1756 at Ascott

 

12K14

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 14.05.1758 at Ascott

 

12K15

William Collett

Baptised on 30.05.1762 at Ascott

 

12K16

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 28.07.1765 at Ascott

 

 

 

 

12K1

Thomas Collett was born at Ascott in 1743, the son of Richard Collett.  Sadly he only survived for a few weeks, when he was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Ascott on 5th April 1743.

 

 

 

 

12K2

John Collett was born at Ascott in 1745, the son of Richard Collett.  He later married Sarah Berry on 13th November 1767 at St Nicholas Church in Chadlington, where all of their children were baptised.  The witnesses at the wedding were John Berry, possibly Sarah’s father, and James Holloway.  Sarah was born in 1747 according to her burial record below.  Curiously the parish register recorded John Collett as being ‘buried by the parish’ at Chadlington on 29th October 1783, which might indicate he died as a pauper, while his wife Sarah Collett nee Berry was buried there on 19th March 1835 when she was 88.

 

 

 

12L1

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 14.05.1769 at Chadlington

 

12L2

Mary Collett

Baptised on 08.03.1772 at Chadlington

 

12L3

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 19.03.1775 at Chadlington

 

12L4

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 04.01.1778 at Chadlington

 

12L5

John Collett

Baptised on 02.07.1780 at Chadlington

 

 

 

 

12K3

Thomas Collett was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Charlbury on 6th May 1753, the son of Thomas Collett and his wife Ann Gilks.  He was twenty-seven when he married (1) Hannah Ward at Charlbury on 9th April 1780.  It seems likely that Hannah presented him with a son during the following year (see note below from Thomas’ burial record), and that he may have been followed by further children, including daughter Sarah who was confirmed as having been born into the family at Charlbury.

 

 

 

Hannah Collett nee Ward died after just seven years of being married to Thomas and was buried at Charlbury on 3rd November 1787.  Two years later ‘Thomas Collett, a widower’ married (2) Hannah Chapman on 17th November 1789 at Charlbury.  Thomas Collett died towards the end of 1809 and was buried in the churchyard at St Mary’s in Charlbury on 22nd December 1809.  The service was conducted by the Vicar John Cobb as detailed in the parish register, which described the deceased as ‘Thomas Collett senior’.  Therefore it would perhaps indicate that he had a son of the same name, although this still has to be confirmed.

 

 

 

12L6

Thomas Collettassumed son

Born circa 1782

 

12L7

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 05.08.1784

 

 

 

 

12K4

An unknown Collett may have been born at Charlbury around 1754 and have been the brother of Thomas Collett (above) and the son of Thomas Collett and his wife Ann Gilks, none of which has been confirmed to date.  Neither has it been confirmed that he married and had a son John who was very likely born at Charlbury around 1776.

 

 

 

12L8

John Collett –assumed son

Born circa 1776

 

 

 

 

12K9

Ann Collett was baptised at Ascott on 15th May 1749, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Collett.  She was around twenty-two years of age when she married Thomas Jackson at Ascott on 10th August 1771.  The witnesses at the wedding were John Harris and John Wayne.

 

 

 

 

12K10

Matthew Collett was baptised at Ascott on 25th December 1750, the son of Joseph and Ann Collett.  Although he lived longer than his brother Joseph and sister Elizabeth (below), Matthew died while he was still a teenager and was buried at Ascott on 14th July 1765.  The parish register confirmed that he was ‘the son of Joseph Collett’.

 

 

 

 

12K12

Joseph Collett was baptised at Ascott on 5th May 1755, the son of Joseph and Ann Collett.  He only lived for a few days and was buried there on 11th May 1755, the burial record referring to him as ‘the son of Joseph Collett’.

 

 

 

 

12K13

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Ascott on 9th April 1756, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Collett.  Just like her brother Joseph (above), Elizabeth only lived for a short while.  She was buried at Ascott on 13th April 1756 and the parish register verified that she was ‘the daughter of Joseph Collett’.

 

 

 

 

12K14

Joseph Collett was baptised at Ascott on 14th May 1758 and was named in honour of his brother who had died three years before he was born.  He was the son of Joseph and Ann Collett and it was also at Ascott where he was buried on 8th October 1806.  It is unclear whether or not he was ever married, but it seems unlikely.

 

 

 

 

12K16

Sarah Collett was baptised at Ascott on 28th July 1765, the youngest child of Joseph and Ann Collett.  Sarah ‘the daughter of Joseph Collett’ was buried at Ascott on 4th October 1765, less than three months after her brother Matthew Collett (above) and less than a month after her mother Ann who may have never recovered after the birth.  Could there be a common cause for the three deaths, such as a serious illness or plague, and was that the same reason for the deaths of the two other infants Joseph and Elizabeth Collett (above) when they passed away ten and nine years earlier respectively.

 

 

 

 

12L1

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Chadlington on 14th May 1769, the eldest child of John Collett and his wife Sarah Berry.  It was on 27th December 1792 at Chadlington that she married John Drinkwater who was also from Chadlington.  The witnesses at the wedding were James Burden and Mary Mears.

 

 

 

 

12L2

Mary Collett was baptised at Chadlington on 8th March 1772, the daughter of John and Sarah Collett.  Mary later married Thomas Dring of Charlbury at Chadlington on 17th August 1793.  The witnesses at the wedding were Mary’s brother-in-law John Drinkwater (above) and her sister Sarah Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

12L3

Sarah Collett was baptised at Chadlington on 19th March 1775, the daughter of John and Sarah Collett.  She married James Keary (or Kearsy) on 18th September 1798 and the witnesses were Sarah’s brother-in-law Thomas Dring (above) and Martha Berry, a possible relative through her mother Sarah Berry.  The parish records relating to Sarah’s son Henry Collett appear to indicate that he was initially base-born, that is she was not married at the time of his birth.  The Chadlington baptism record of 6th December 1807 stated that he was christened Henry Keary, and that the name Collett was ‘erased’.

 

 

 

It may be worth noting here that William Collett (see Appendix B – Oddington at the end of this family line) who was born during 1801 married Elizabeth Kearsy (or Keary) at Chadlington in 1835, so could this be a case of the same family name being misspelt in one of the parish records.  What is known is that Elizabeth, who was born in 1801 and who died in 1859, was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Kearsey, the five times great uncle and aunt of Don Cameron of Belmont in New South Wales whose family details can be found in Part 62 – The Trowbridge to New Zealand Line.  It is also interesting that Edwin Collett (Ref. 12n1), the son of Elizabeth Kearsy and William Collett, attended the school at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1841 that was owned and managed by John and Frances Kearsey, as did his sister Mary Collett (Ref. 12n4) ten years later.

 

 

 

12M1

Henry Collett (later Kearsy)

Born before September 1798

 

 

 

 

12L4

Hannah Collett was baptised at Chadlington on 4th January 1778, another child of John and Sarah Collett.  She lived to be just four years old before she was buried at Chadlington on 1st March 1782.  The parish burial register recorded that she was ‘the daughter of John and Sarah Collett’.

 

 

 

 

12L5

John Collett was baptised at Chadlington on 2nd July 1780, the son of John and Sarah Collett.  Twenty-three years later he married Mary Hucking, also of Chadlington, at Chadlington on 5th November 1803.  John’s occupation was recorded as being that of a cooper, both at the time of his own marriage and those of his daughter Mary Ann Collett in 1844, and his son William Collett in 1847, the year before he died, as well as in the census of 1841.  Mary Hucking was the daughter of William Hucking and Mary Gardner and was baptised at Chadlington on 26th September 1784.  The witnesses at his wedding were John Hucking, Mary’s brother perhaps, and Sarah Holloway.  See the marriage of John Collett (Ref. 12K2) and Sarah Berry in 1767, at which James Holloway was a witness. 

 

 

 

All of the couple’s children were baptised at Chadlington, and it was there that John’s wife Mary was buried on 16th April 1834, aged 50.  Just over seven years later, the first census in 1841 recorded widower John Collett as living at Mill End in Chadlington.  John, like the four children still living there with him, was recorded as being born within the county (of Oxfordshire) with a rounded age of 60, and the occupation of a cooper.  Living with him, and very likely performing the role of housekeeper, was his daughter Mary Ann Collett who had a rounded age of 20.  The three other children were his sons Charles Collett, age 20, who was also a cooper, Mark Collett, age 15, who was a carpenter, and Jabel Collett, who was also 15, but employed as a tailor.

 

 

 

John Collett died seven years later at the age of 65 (sic), and was buried at Chadlington on 21st November 1848.  However, his quoted age at the time of his passing does not correspond to that of his birth or baptism, so it may have been a genuine mistake by a member of his family, or a misinterpretation of his actual age of 68.

 

 

 

12M2

Mary Collett

Born during 1804 at Chadlington

 

12M3

Caroline Collett

Baptised on 12.05.1805 at Chadlington

 

12M4

John Collett

Born during 1806 at Chadlington

 

12M5

William Collett

Baptised on 05.06.1808 at Chadlington

 

12M6

John Collett

Baptised on 27.05.1810 at Chadlington

 

12M7

Frederick Collett

Born circa 1811-1812 at Chadlington

 

12M8

Mary Ann Collett

Born circa 1815-1816 at Chadlington

 

12M9

Charles Collett

Baptised on 29.06.1817 at Chadlington

 

12M10

James Collett

Baptised on 07.08.1820 at Chadlington

 

12M11

Mark Collett

Baptised on 04.06.1823 at Chadlington

 

12M12

Jabel Collett

Baptised on 16.02.1825 at Chadlington

 

 

 

 

12L6

Thomas Collett was possibly born at Charlbury around 1782, the son of Thomas Collett and his wife Hannah Ward.  No actual date of birth or baptism record has so far been found and his existence is based purely on the fact that his father was referred to as ‘Thomas Collett senior’ at the time of his death at Charlbury in 1809.

 

 

 

 

12L7

Sarah Collett was baptised at Charlbury on 5th August 1784 and was the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Collett.  Tragedy hit the family when Sarah was only three years old, when her mother died, possibly in childbirth.  Although her father married for a second time just over two years after the death of his wife, there may have been an adverse effect on little Sarah, which caused problems for her in subsequent years.

 

 

 

What it known is that she later gave birth to a base-born daughter Hannah Collett, named in honour of her late mother, who was buried at Charlbury on 31st August 1809.  The parish burial record confirmed that Hannah was ‘the illegitimate daughter of Sarah Collett of Charlbury’.  However, neither the age of the child at the time of her death, or the date of her birth are known, but it seems likely that it would have been between 1804 and 1809.  Furthermore it has not been established whether Sarah was ever married or what happened to her after 1809, when it must be assumed that she was still a spinster living in Charlbury at that time in her life.

 

 

 

12M13

Hannah Collett

Born 1804-1809 at Charlbury

 

 

 

 

12L8

John Collett, who may have been born at Charlbury around 1776, married Mary at Charlbury around 1796 and he may have been the cousin of Sarah Collett (above).  This is only an assumption and is not based on any factual information, but is needed to provide the parents for the following two children both of whom were baptised at Charlbury.

 

 

 

12M14

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 21.05.1797 at Charlbury

 

12M15

Stephen Collett

Baptised on 23.12.1798 at Charlbury

 

 

 

 

12M1

Henry Collett was base-born at Chadlington in the years prior to the marriage of his mother Sarah Collett to James Keary (or Kearsy) on 18th September 1798.  It is not known if James was his father or not, but Henry was later baptised Henry Keary (or Kearsy) on 6th December 1807 at Chadlington, and may have been adopted by James Keary (or Kearsy).

 

 

 

 

12M2

Mary Collett may have been born at Chadlington in 1804, but no birth or baptism record has been found for her to date.  However, her burial record of 17th December 1806 at Chadlington confirmed that her parents were John and Mary Collett, and that she was buried less than two weeks before her brother John (below).

 

 

 

 

12M3

Caroline Collett was born at Chadlington and was baptised there at St Nicholas Church on 12th May 1805, the daughter of John and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

12M4

John Collett may have been born at Chadlington in 1806, but again no birth or baptism record has been found to date.  However, his burial record on 30th December 1806 at Chadlington confirmed his parents as John and Mary Collett and that he was buried less than two weeks after his sister Mary (above).

 

 

 

 

12M5

William Collett was born in 1804 according to his burial record below, but was not baptised until 5th June 1808.  That event took place at Chadlington where he married Harriet Smith on 20th January 1847.  At that time William’s occupation was that of a carpenter, as it was seven years later at the birth of his second son, and later still at the time of the marriage of his first born son James in 1878.  The witnesses at wedding of William and Harriet were, Jabel Collett (below) - William’s youngest brother, and Ann Smith - who was possibly Harriet’s mother.  William’s father was listed as John Collett, a cooper, while Harriet’s father was Francis Smith, a farmer.

 

 

 

The couple’s second son Francis William Collett was baptised at Chadlington, although no record has so far been found of the birth or baptism of their first son James Collett, even though he was listed with the family in the census records.  The census recorded the family in 1861 as William, age 54, his wife Harriet, age 44, and their two sons as James, who was eight, and Francis William, who was seven, and both born at Chadlington.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was still together and was still living at Chadlington where William was 66, Harriet was 56, James was 19, and Francis was 16.  William Collett died five years later and was buried at Chadlington on 18th August 1876, aged 72.  The note in the parish register stated that William had died as the result of a fall from the top of the house that he was building at that time.  Four years after that, according to the 1881 Census for Charlbury, Harriet Collett was a 66 years old widow, an annuitant, and her place of birth was Chadlington, like that of her late husband.  Just three years later in May 1884 Harriet passed away at the age of 70 and was buried with her husband on 10th May 1884 in the graveyard of St Nicholas Church at Chadlington.

 

 

 

12N1

James Collett

Born during 1852 at Chadlington

 

12N2

Francis William Collett

Baptised on 10.09.1854 at Chadlington

 

 

 

 

12M6

John Collett was born around 1808 and was the son of John Collett and Mary Hucking.  He was baptised at Chadlington on 27th May 1810 and he later became a farmer and, around 1830, he married Mary Aynsley.  By the time of the birth of their son Joseph it is very likely that they were living in the village of Glympton, which was where Joseph said he was born in the various documents that have been discovered.  Furthermore his farmstead in Australia was named Glympton Park. 

 

 

 

Whether John and Mary had any other children has not been determined at this time, but it is known that they left England for Australia after their son who emigrated there at the end of 1855.  His entry papers that year stated that his parents John and Mary were living at Norwood in Surrey.  Once their son and his wife were settled in Australia John and Mary followed not long after.  And it was in Australia that John Collett died in 1858, his death recorded that year at Windsor, just outside Sydney.  It is also believed within the present day family that John, Mary and son Joseph were some of the first Colletts to settle in New South Wales.

 

 

 

John’s brother Frederick (below) also had a connection with Glympton, in addition to which Appendix A at the end of this line refers to Part 39 – The Clanfield Oxfordshire Line which contains another Collett connection with Glympton.  There is therefore a strong possibility that they may be a link between Part 12 and Part 39, but that link is still waiting to be unearthed.

 

 

 

12N3

Joseph Collett

Born in 1833 at Glympton

 

 

 

 

12M7

Frederick Collett was born at Chadlington around 1811, the son of John Collett and Mary Hucking.  He is known to have married Ann Price of Glympton around Christmas time in 1835 and, according to the 1838 baptism record for his daughter Caroline Collett, Frederick’s early occupation was that of a tailor of Chadlington.  The couple’s wedding banns were recorded in the register at St Nicholas Church in Chadlington on the three occasions of 29th November, and the 6th and 13th December 1835.  It is very likely that the marriage ceremony was conducted at Glympton.

 

 

 

The Chipping Norton, Witney & Woodstock registration district census in 1841 included Frederick Collett with a rounded age of 25, his wife Ann was 31, and their only child at that time was Caroline who was three years old.  By the time of the marriage of the couple’s only known daughter in 1859, Frederick was recorded as an inn keeper and, a few years later for the marriage of his son William in 1867, his occupation was stated as being that of a publican.  In between those two events the family was recorded in 1861 as living within the Charlbury & Chipping Norton area, at which time it comprised Frederick, age 49, Ann who was 51, and their two sons Frederick, age 18, and William, age 15.  It was during the next decade that Frederick‘s wife may have died and during those same ten years his two sons left the family home.

 

 

 

So for the next census of Chadlington conducted in 1871 Fredrick (sic) Collett was 60 years old and the only occupant of a dwelling on Bull Hill in the village, from where he was still working as a tailor.  Curiously his status was still that of a married man, as it was ten years later, while his place of birth was confirmed as Chadlington.  It was a similar situation ten years later when the census return for 1881 described Frederick Collett from Chadlington as being married, aged 70 years, and living alone in a dwelling immediately next door to the Sandy Arms Inn at Chadlington.  Once again his occupation was that of a tailor although, it is understood that during some of the intervening years he had also been the landlord of the Sandy Arms Inn.  However, his single status was reaffirmed by the census in 1891 when Fredrick (sic) Collett from Chadlington was 80 years of age and a widower, who was a tailor living alone at Mill End in Chadlington.  Just over six years later the parish records for Chadlington confirmed that Frederick Collett died during 1897, aged 86, and that he was buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church on 9th October 1897.  His death was recorded at Chipping Norton (Ref. 3a 525) during the last quarter of 1897.

 

 

 

12N4

Caroline Collett

Born in 1837 at Chadlington

 

12N5

Frederick Henry Collett

Born in 1843 at Chadlington

 

12N6

William Price Collett

Born in 1845 at Chadlington

 

 

 

 

12M8

Mary Ann Collett was born at Chadlington around 1816 according to her stated age in census of 1881.  However, in the earlier census of 1841 she was recorded with a rounded age of 20, when she was living with her widowed father John Collett at Mill End in Chadlington.  With no stated occupation it seems more than likely she was the housekeeper for her father and her three younger brothers.  Three years later Mary Ann was married, and four and a half years after that her father died.

 

 

 

Mary Ann married Thomas Hill at Chadlington on 10th March 1844, when she was recorded as being the daughter of John Collett.  Thomas Hill was a carpenter, while his father was a wheelwright.  The witnesses at the wedding were William Collett (above) - Mary Ann’s older brother, and Mary Hill who was possibly Thomas’ mother.  According to the Census of 1881, the couple were both aged 65 and born at Chadlington, and were living at Charlbury, with Mary’s youngest brother Jabel Collett (below) living there with them.  Thomas Hill was listed as being a builder, while Jabel Collett was a boarder and a tailor born at Chadlington.

 

 

 

 

12M9

Charles Collett was born around 1816 and was baptised at Chadlington on 29th June 1817.  In the census of 1841 Charles had a rounded age of 20 while still living at the family home in Mill End in Chadlington.  By that time in his life his mother had passed away seven years earlier, and his occupation was that of a cooper, like his widowed father, with whom he was living with his sister Mary Ann (above), and his brothers Mark and Jabel (below).

 

 

 

Just over five years later Charles Collett, then described as a farmer, married Judy Fletcher of Chadlington at St Nicholas Church in Chadlington on 14th November 1846.  The witnesses at the wedding were his brother Jabel Collett, and Ann Hill, who was possibly the sister of Thomas Hill who married Charles’ sister Mary Ann Collett.  Charles’ father was recorded as being ‘John Collett a farmer’, while Judy’s father was listed as Samuel Fletcher, who was also a farmer.  There is a possibility that Judy Fletcher was in fact Judith Hope Fletcher – see later notes (below).

 

 

 

The census of 1851 confirmed that Charles was 32 and that he was living in the Chipping Norton & Charlbury registration district.  Living with him were his first two children, Elizabeth Collett, who was three, and James Collett who was one year, although there was no mention of the children’s mother on that occasion.  Like his father John Collett, Charles Collett was initially a cooper by trade, but from 1852 he was listed as either a farmer or a labourer on the baptism records of his children.  All of their children were born at Chadlington and baptised at St Nicholas Church in the village.

 

 

 

By 1861 the family living at Chadlington, within the Charlbury & Chipping Norton area, comprised Charles Collett who was 45 and a farmer, his wife Judith Hope Collett aged 36 and born at Ramsden - midway between Witney and Charlbury, and their seven children.  They were Elizabeth Ann Collett who was 13, James Collett who was 11, Arthur Collett who was nine, George Collett who was seven, John Samuel Collett who was five, Amelia Mary Collett who was three and Caroline Winifred Collett who was one year old.  Staying with the family at that time were two of Judith’s aunts; Mary Fletcher who was 78 and Fanny Fletcher who was 60, both of them born at Ramsden.

 

 

 

Also, just like the reference in the 1861 Census, from 1862 onwards Charles’ wife was listed in their children’s baptism records as being Judith Hope Collett.  It has not been determined whether Judith Hope Collett was the same Judy Fletcher that Charles had married in 1846.  The alternative solution could be that Charles may have been married twice, although no records of the death of Judy, nor his marriage to Judith, have been found.  So the greater likelihood is that they were one and the same person.  What is interesting is the second Christian name of their daughter Fanny, which was Judy’s maiden name.  Was it a tribute to a death in Judy/Judith’s family or was it as a result of the passing of Judy.  Either way the baptism record confirmed the children’s father was Charles Collett.

 

 

 

More children were born into the family during the next decade, so by 1871 the family residing at Chadlington was made up of Charles Collett, age 56, and his wife Judith H Collett, age 44, and their eleven children.  Only the couple’s eldest sons James and Arthur had already left the family home by then, more likely to ease the overcrowding in their home.  The children listed with Charles and Judy were Elizabeth A Collett 22, George Collett 16, John S Collett 14, Amelia M Collett 13, Caroline W Collett 11, Charles Collett who was nine, Lewis E Collett (Louis) who was seven, Fanny F Collett and Susan K Collett who were both aged four years, Frances Collett who was two and one year old Frederick who sadly died at the end of the following year.

 

 

 

There is further evidence of the family in the census of 1881.  On that occasion Charles Collett was recorded as being married and was 63 years of age and had been born at Chadlington.  His occupation was that of a farmer of 76 acres employing one boy, while living at Charlbury.  However, Charles’ wife Judy was missing from the census record.  Living with Charles was his son Arthur Collett, age 29 and a farmer’s son and an assistant on the farm, his son Lewis E Collett, age 17 and a scholar, the twins Fanny and Susan, both 14, and Frank Collett who was 12 who had been baptised as Francis.  All of the children were confirmed as having been born at Chadlington.

 

 

 

A search for the wife of Charles Collett in 1881 has been conducted, but without success.  However, ten years on from then Charles and his wife were recorded together in the Charlbury census of 1891.  Charles Collett was 75, his wife Jude Collett was 62, and just two sons and two daughters were still living with them.  Arthur Collett was 36, Charles Collett was 29, while the twins Fanny and Susie Collett were 23, with all four children and their father confirmed as having been born at Chadlington.  Living close by at Mill End in Chadlington was Charles’ older brother Frederick Collett who was 80 years of age.

 

 

 

By the time of the 1901 Census Charles Collett was 85 and was living on his own means at Charlbury.  Living there with him was his eldest daughter Elizabeth A Ogend (sic) who was a widow of 53 who had been born at Chadlington and whose actual surname was O’Grady.  However, he only survived for another twelve months, when he died during April 1902 aged 87, following which he was buried at St Nicholas Church in Chadlington.

 

 

 

12N7

Elizabeth Ann Collett

Born in 1847 at Chadlington

 

12N8

James Collett

Born in 1849 at Chadlington

 

12N9

Arthur Collett

Born in 1851 at Chadlington

 

12N10

George Collett

Born in 1854 at Chadlington

 

12N11

John Samuel Collett

Born in 1856 at Chadlington

 

12N12

Amelia Mary Collett

Born in 1858 at Chadlington

 

12N13

Caroline Winifred Collett

Born in 1859 at Chadlington

 

12N14

Charles Collett

Born in 1861 at Chadlington

 

12N15

Lewis Edward Collett

Born in 1864 at Chadlington

 

12N16

Fanny Fletcher Collett              twin

Born in 1866 at Chadlington

 

12N17

Susan Kate Collett                    twin

Born in 1867 at Chadlington

 

12N18

Francis Collett

Born in 1868 at Chadlington

 

12N19

Frederick Collett

Born in 1870 at Chadlington

 

 

 

 

12M10

James Collett was born on 7th August 1820 at Chadlington where he was baptised on 20th August 1820 at St Nicholas Church.  The church’s baptism record confirmed his parents as John and Mary Collett.  However, following the death of his mother in 1834, James was not living with his widowed father at Mill End in Chadlington in June 1841, nor has any later record of him been found.  So he too may have died while he was still a child.

 

 

 

 

12M11

Mark Collett was baptised at Chadlington on 4th June 1823 and was recorded with a rounded age of 15 years in the census of 1841, when he was living with his widowed father and four siblings at Mill End in Chadlington.  His actual age would have been 18, and by that time in his life was he working as a carpenter.  He later married Rosannah who was born in 1827 and their two children were both baptised at St Nicholas Church in Chadlington.  She was recorded as Rosannah for the birth of the first child and was Rose Anna for the second.  At the time of the birth of his two oldest daughters Mark was working as a labourer, but he was listed as a carpenter in 1870 in the parish register for the wedding of his daughter Mary Ann.  Just fourteen years earlier a third daughter had been added to their family.

 

 

 

The census of 1861 listed the family at Chipping Norton & Charlbury as Mark Collett, age 38, Rose Anna, age 34, and their two daughters Angelina who was 11, and Mary Ann who was nine years old.  Daughter Lucy would have been four years old, but was not listed with the family on that occasion.  However, by 1871 Mark was 47 and Rosanna was 44, and living with them was Angelina, age 21, and previously absent daughter Lucy who was 14.  Their missing daughter that year was Mary Ann, age 29, who was already married by then.

 

 

 

By the time of the Census of 1881 both daughters were already married and had left the family home.  The census return for Charlbury stated that Mark Collett, age 58, was a carpenter born at Chadlington and that his wife Rosanna, age 54, was born at Salford, a village one mile west of Chipping Norton.  The couple was still living at Charlbury in 1891 when Mark was 67 and Rosanna was 63.  However, less than three years later Rosanna passed away at the start of 1894 and was buried at Chadlington on 20th January 1894 at the age of 67.  Following the death of his wife Mark left Charlbury and moved to Oxford, where in 1901 he was a farm labourer aged 78. 

 

 

 

It was just over two years later that Mark Collett, a carpenter of Chipping Norton, died on 18th September 1903.  It took five years to settle his estate which was resolved at Oxford on 18th November 1908 when administration of his personal effects worth £5 was granted to his eldest daughter Angelina Susan Derby, a widow.  Tragically, after working all his life, it was at the Chipping Norton Union Workhouse that he was living when he passed away at the age of 80.

 

 

 

12N20

Angelina Susan Collett

Born during 1849 at Chadlington

 

12N21

Mary Ann Collett

Born during 1852 at Chadlington

 

12N22

Lucy Collett

Born during 1856 at Chadlington

 

 

 

 

12M12

Jabel Collett was born at Chadlington in 1824 and was baptised there on 16th February 1825.  He was also listed with a rounded age of 15 in the census of 1841, when he was living at Mill End in Chadlington with his father and three older siblings.  The census also confirmed that he was already employed as a tailor by then.  Five years later he was one of the witnesses at the marriage of his older brother Charles Collett (above) and Judy Fletcher in 1846.  In the Charlbury censuses of 1861 and 1871 Jabel Collett was listed as being aged 35 and 45 respectively.  It may have been his unusual name that is the reason he has not been identified in the census of 1851.

 

 

 

He never married and in 1881 he was working as a tailor while lodging at the Charlbury home of his sister Mary Ann Hill (above) and her husband.  His age was given as 56 and his place of birth was confirmed as having been Chadlington.  In 1891 he was still living at Charlbury, where he continued to be employed as a tailor at the age of 66 as he was in 1901.  By then he was 76 years of age and had return to Chadlington where he was then living.  Jabel Collett remained at Chadlington, and it was there that he died, and where he was buried on 17th December 1907 at the age of 84.

 

 

 

 

12M13

Hannah Collett was the base-born daughter of Sarah Collett and was named after Sarah’s mother who had died when she was only three years old.  Her date of birth is not known but it very likely took place at Charlbury after 1804, where sadly she died during August 1809.  Hannah was buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church at Charlbury on 31st August 1809, where the parish register described her as ‘Hannah the illegitimate daughter of Sarah Collett of Charlbury’.

 

 

 

 

12N1

James Collett was born in 1852 at Enstone in Oxfordshire and was very likely baptised at St Kenelm’s Church in Enstone.  In the census records for 1861 and 1871 he was living with his family at Chadlington when he was aged eight years and 19 years respectively.  James was 27 years old and a carpenter when he married Isabella Smith on 26th December 1878 at Chadlington, where they lived and where all of their children were baptised.  Isabella was 26 years of age at the time of the marriage and was born at Chadlington in 1852.

 

 

 

According to other details in the record of their marriage, James’ father was William Collett, who was also a carpenter and a witness at the wedding, while Daniel Smith, a labourer, was Isabella’s father.  The second witness was Sarah Ann Collett who may have been James’ sister-in-law, the wife of his younger brother Francis (below).  James’ father William Collett had married Harriet Smith, so it seems very likely that Isabella was the niece of her mother-in-law.

 

 

 

By the time of the 1881 Census James Collett, born at Enstone, was 29 and a carpenter employing two men, while his wife Isabella, born at Chadlington, was 28. Living with them at Charlbury was their daughter Elizabeth Alice, who was one year old, and Richard Southam, of Steeple Aston in Oxfordshire, a 19 years old boarder and carpenter’s apprentice.  Ten years later in the Charlbury census of 1891, James Collett was 39, his wife Isabella was 38, and living there with them was Elizabeth Alice Collett, age 11, Olive Louisa Collett who was five, James William C Collett who was two, and Francis Campbell Collett who was under one year old.

 

 

 

By March 1901 James, age 50 and from Enstone, was a carpenter and builder living in Chadlington with Isabella who was 49.  With them on that occasion were their two daughters Elizabeth A Collett who was 21 and an assistant school mistress, and Olive L Collett who was 15, together with their two sons James W C Collett who was 12, and Francis C Collett who was ten years old.

 

 

 

Eight years later, at the time of the wedding of their daughter Olive Louise Collett in 1909, her father James Collett was recorded as being a builder.  Two years after that, James and Isabella were still living in Chadlington at the time of the census in 1911, when James Collett from Enstone was 60, and his wife Isabella was 58.  James and Isabella lived long lives and it was over twenty-five years later, in December 1936 that James Collett passed away and was buried at Chadlington on 10th December 1936, aged 85. 

 

 

 

Isabella lived for almost another three years before she died on 13th September 1939, following which she was buried with her husband at St Nicholas Church on 18th September 1939, aged 86.  At the time of her passing Isabella was residing at Grove Cottage in Chadlington.  Her Will was proved in Oxford on 1st November that same year, during which her eldest son James William Claude Collett was referred to as a retired bank official and her youngest son Francis Campbell Collett was described as a bank manager, when her estate was valued at £882 10 Shillings 5d.

 

 

 

12O1

Elizabeth Alice Collett

Baptised on 03.08.1879 at Chadlington

 

12O2

Eva Annie Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1881 at Chadlington

 

12O3

Lillian Edith Collett

Baptised on 27.05.1883 at Chadlington

 

12O4

Olive Louise Collett

Baptised on 28.06.1885 at Chadlington

 

12O5

James William Claude Collett

Baptised on 05.08.1888 at Chadlington

 

12O6

Francis Campbell Collett

Baptised on 11.01.1891 at Chadlington

 

 

 

 

12N2

Francis William Collett was born at Chadlington where he was baptised on 10th September 1854, the son of William and Harriet Collett.  He was seven in 1861 and was 16 in 1871 while he was living with his family at Chadlington on both occasions.  It would appear that Francis married (1) Sarah of Combe Martin in Devon before Boxing Day in 1878, as it seems likely that Sarah was the witness at the wedding of Francis’ older brother James (above) on that day

 

 

 

Certainly by early April 1881 Francis and Sarah were married and living at 25 New Cross Road in the St Paul district of Deptford in London.  (New Cross Road is the A2 trunk road).  Francis was 27 and of Chadlington and his occupation was that of a clerk, while Sarah was 28.  Their financial status was perhaps indicated by the fact that they had a servant and general domestic in the form of 43 years old unmarried Emma Bencon from Shottisham in Suffolk.  Living with them in 1881 was Sarah’s married sister Jane Trelease of Combe Martin who was described as a draper and sister-in-law to head of the house Francis.  It is also highly likely that it was Sarah’s connection with her married sister’s Trelease family that resulted in her son William being given Trelease as his second forename, as confirmed by the census in 1911.

 

 

 

The marriage appears to have produced just the one son for Francis and Sarah and by 1891 the family of three was living in the Greenwich & St Paul Deptford registration district.  Francis Collett was 36, Sarah Collett was 37, and their son William T Collett was seven years old.  Whether it was during the birth of a second child, or perhaps through a separate illness, but Sarah must have died sometime after 1891 since, during the next decade, Francis married (2) Emily.  The census of 1901 confirmed that Francis Collett was 47 and that he was still a clerk living in Deptford.  With him was his wife Emily, age 44, who had been born at Deptford, while living with the couple was Francis’ son William T Collett who was 17, and whose place of birth was curiously stated as New Cross rather than Deptford.

 

 

 

From the next census in 1911, it would appear that Francis’s second wife had died during the first ten years of the new century, since by that time Francis William Collett, age 56, and from Chadlington in Oxfordshire, was married to (3) Rose Melina Collett who was only 40, and they were living alone in the Fulham area of London.  At that same time, Francis’ son William was still a bachelor who was living and working in the Greenwich district of London, where he was recorded as William Trelease Collett, age 27.

 

 

 

A few years later Francis and Rose left London for the safety of north Devon as they were recorded living at Ford Cottages on New Road in Bideford during the Great War.  Being that much younger that her husband, the widow Rose Melina Collett died fifty years later at 105 Broadhurst Gardens in Hampstead, London on 10th November 1955, when her Will was proved in London on 23rd December 1955.  The executor of the Will was named as civil servant John William Lawrence Shillidy, the value of her personal estate being £6,422 11 Shillings 10d.

 

 

 

12O7

William Trelease Collett

Born in 1884 at Deptford

 

 

 

 

12N3

Joseph Collett was born at Glympton in 1833.  No trace of him or his parents has been found in the census of 1841, although by 1851 Joseph, at the age of 17, was working as a carpenter and living at the home of Elizabeth Smith in the High Street in Witney.  During the next few years Joseph moved nearer to London and towards the end of 1855 he married Eliza Ann Sharpe at Staines.  Eliza was the daughter of John and Susan Sharpe.  By the time of the 1851 Census for the Windsor & Egham registration district, which included Staines, Eliza Sharpe was 17 and was no longer living with her parents.

 

 

 

Shortly after they were married Joseph and Eliza boarded the ship ‘Morayshire’ bound for Australia, where they arrived on 19th January 1856.  The record of their entry into the country completed by the Immigration Board provided the following information.  Their journey had been one of assisted passage costing £5 and both of them could read and write and were of good health.  The parents of carpenter Joseph were confirmed as John and Mary Collett who were then living at Norwood (Hill) in Surrey.  Eliza’s parents were named as Jonathan and Anne Sharpe of Thorpe (near Staines) in Surrey.  The same document also stated that Joseph had an uncle, Lawes Ainslie (his mother’s brother), living at Kissing Point, while Eliza already had three sisters and a brother living at Ballaratt in Victoria.

 

 

 

Following the couple’s safe arrival in New South Wales, Joseph’s parents made the same sea journey to be reunited with their son and his wife.  Sadly it was around the time that Eliza presented Joseph with the first of their nine children, while they were residing within the Ryde district of Sydney that Joseph’s father died.  Not long after that the family moved to Ulmarra, known as Colletts Island, near Grafton in the Clarence River region of Northern Rivers in New South Wales, which was known as the cedar capital at that time, where their remaining children were born.  Once settled in their new life Joseph and Eliza became established as dairy farmers, a trade continued by subsequent generations of their family right up to the present day.

 

 

 

Joseph Collett died at his farm at Glympton Park, Coldstream in Ulmarra on 20th January 1894 at the age of 61.  His death certificate confirmed that his place of birth was Glympton Park in Oxfordshire, England, and that he was a farmer.  It also stated that he had been ill for six months, and that his father was John Collett, a farmer, and that his mother was Mary Aynsley.  The informant of the death was named as Joseph’s son Fred Collett of Upper Coldstream in Ulmarra.

 

 

 

The same certificate revealed that the death was registered on 22nd January 1894, that Joseph was buried at South Grafton on 21st January by undertaker H H Sanders, that the Church of England minister who conducted the service was the Rev. W Tait, that Joseph had been a resident of NSW for 39 years, and had married Eliza Ann Sharpe at Staines in England when he was 23.  And finally, the certificate confirmed that all nine of his children were still alive at the time of his death.  They were listed on the document as, Mary Ann 36, Joseph William 33, James 31, Henry 29, Frederick 26, George Clarence 24, Louisa Caroline Eliza 22, Elizabeth Sarah Victoria 20, and Rose Violet May who was 12.

 

 

 

What is rather curious is the fact that his Will was proved in London, but not until 13th September 1910, over sixteen years after his death.  The probate record confirmed that Joseph Collett of Glympton Park, Coldstream, Ulmarra in New South Wales, died on 20th January 1894 and that administration of his (limited) Will was granted to George Frederick Mace, an auctioneer, the attorney of his two sons Henry Collett and Frederick Collett.  The personal effects of Joseph Collett were estimated to be worth £160 14 Shillings 5d.

 

 

 

12O8

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1858 at Ryde, Sydney

 

12O9

Joseph William Collett

Born in 1860 at Ulmarra, Grafton

 

12O10

James Collett

Born in 1863 at Coldstream, Ulmarra

 

12O11

Henry Collett

Born in 1865 at Coldstream, Ulmarra

 

12O12

Frederick Collett

Born in 1867 at Coldstream, Ulmarra

 

12O13

George Clarence Collett

Born in 1869 at Coldstream, Ulmarra

 

12O14

Louisa Caroline Eliza Collett

Born in 1871 at Coldstream, Ulmarra

 

12O15

Elizabeth Sarah Victoria Collett

Born in 1874 at Coldstream, Ulmarra

 

12O16

Rose Violet May Collett

Born in 1881 at Coldstream, Ulmarra

 

 

 

 

12N4

Caroline Collett was born during 1837 at Chadlington where she was baptised on 14th January 1838, her parents being confirmed as Frederick and Ann Collett.  And it was also at St Nicholas Church in Chadlington that she later married farmer John Hiatt on 30th June 1859.  Caroline’s father was recorded at that time as Frederick Collett, an inn keeper, who was also a witness to the marriage.  John’s father was listed as Thomas Hiatt, a farmer, and the second witness was his wife Eliza Hiatt who was born in 1806 and who was living at Pembroke Street in Chipping Norton in 1881.  Fifty-eight years earlier Thomas Collett (Ref. 12l11) had married Sarah Ann Hyatt at Oddington in Gloucestershire in 1801

 

 

 

By the time of the 1881 Census Caroline Hiatt was a widow, age 42, living at 45 Sandy Lane at Aston in Birmingham, when her place of birth was confirmed as Chadlington.  Living with her was her family comprising her three Enstone born sons, John Hiatt, age 20 and house painter, Thomas Hiatt, age 19, who was a chandelier filer, and Frederick Hiatt, age 17, a brass caster.  With them was her daughter Mary Hiatt, age 13 and born at Chadlington, and son William Hiatt, age 11 from Chipping Norton.

 

 

 

Caroline Hiatt nee Collett was 52 when she died at 13 Pope Hope Road in Birmingham on 13th November 1890 when her death was recorded at the Aston register office (Ref. 6d 174) during the last three months of that year.  It took nearly a year to settle her estate which only amounted to £168 8 Shillings.  Probate was granted at Birmingham on 15th October 1891 to her son John Hiatt, a painter, whose address was also 13 Pope Hope Road. 

 

 

 

 

12N5

Frederick Henry Collett was born at Chadlington in 1843 and was eight years old in the Chipping Norton & Charlbury Census of 1851.  He was still there ten years later when he was 18.  Sometime over the following years he left Oxfordshire and moved to Birmingham, where he was living in 1871 at the age of 26 (sic).  Six years later it was at St Bartholomew’s Church in Edgbaston that he married Sarah Ann Sargeant on 13th September 1877, when his father was confirmed as Frederick Collett and Sarah’s father was named as Henry William Sargeant.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881, Frederick and Sarah were living at 18 Whitmore Street in Birmingham.  Frederick H Collett was 38 and a brewer from Chadlington, while his wife Sarah A Collett, age 41, was a shopkeeper and a grocer.  Listed with them was their daughter Ann E Collett from was one year old and born in Birmingham.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family of three was recorded living in the Duddeston & Aston district of Birmingham where Frederick was 47, Sarah was 51, and their daughter Ann was 11.  By March 1901 Frederick Henry Collett of Chadlington was a baker at 58, when he was still living in Birmingham with his wife Sarah Ann who was 61, and his daughter Ann aged 21.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade Frederick gave up being a baker and by the time of the census in 1911 his occupation was that of a carpenter.  Frederick Henry Collett, aged 68 and from Oxfordshire, was residing at 34 Railway Terrace in Duddeston-cum-Nechells.  His wife Sarah Ann Collett was 71 and the census return confirmed that she had given birth to one child who was still living.  Frederick Henry Collett was still recorded as living at 34 Railway Terrace within the Edgbaston Ward of Birmingham in the Electoral Roll of 1927 when he would have been around 84.  Whether he was widower by then is not known, but with Sarah being slightly older, that it is very likely she had passed away by then.

 

 

 

12O17

Ann Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1880 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

12N6

William Price Collett was born in 1845 at Chadlington but not baptised there until 24th February 1861.  He was a carpenter by trade and he married 21 years old Elizabeth Mary Gee on 12th December 1867 at Chadlington when he was 22 years of age.  The witnesses at the wedding were William Bond and Sarah Gee, and Elizabeth’s father was recorded as labourer James Gee.  William Price Collett died of ‘consumption and dropsy’ shortly after the birth of their second son and was buried at Chadlington on 27th August 1870, aged 24 years.  Just eight months earlier at the time of the baptism of his son Frederick, William was confirmed in the Chadlington church records as being a carpenter.

 

 

 

So by the time of the Chipping Norton & Charlbury census of 1871, seven months after the death of her husband, Elizabeth was a widow at the tender age of 24, caring for her two young sons, William who was two, and one year old Frederick.  After just over two years as a widow Mrs Elizabeth Collett married Thomas Souls on 26th October 1872 at Chadlington.  She was 26 and Thomas was 27 and a labourer.  As at her first wedding, Sarah Gee was once again one of the witnesses, but on that occasion she was accompanied by her husband James Gee, they being Elizabeth’s parents.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881 Elizabeth Souls was 34 and the wife of Thomas Souls, age 36 and a carter who was born at Sherborne in Gloucestershire.  Elizabeth was listed as being born at Chadlington, as were the two eldest children who had retained their Collett surname.  The family’s third child was Thomas Souls who was born at Spelsbury.  The family at that time was living at 65 Merriscourt Cottages in Lyneham in Oxfordshire, a village a few miles to the south-west of Chipping Norton.

 

 

 

12O18

William Ernest Collett

Baptised on 30.08.1868 at Chadlington

 

12O19

Frederick James Collett

Born on 18.10.1869 at Chadlington

 

12O20

Thomas Souls

Born during 1873 at Spelsbury

 

 

 

 

12N7

Elizabeth Ann Collett was baptised at Chadlington on 29th November 1847, the daughter of Charles and Judy Collett.  She was three years old and 13 years of age in the census returns for 1851 and 1861.  She was still living with her family in 1871 when she was 22, but left the family home to be married just over five years later.  It was in Birmingham that Elizabeth Ann Collett married Patrick O’Grady, the event being recorded at the Aston register office (Ref. 6d 514) during the fourth quarter of 1876.  The witnesses at their wedding were Mary Ann Feak and John Munton.

 

 

 

Once married the couple settled in Aston where they were recorded in the census of 1881.  Elizabeth A O’Grady from Chaddington (sic) was 33 when she was living at 1 Grafton Road in Aston with her husband Patrick who was 39 and a carpenter from Ireland.  The childless couple was still living at Aston in 1891 when Patrick was 50 and Elizabeth A O’Grady from Chadlington was 43.

 

 

 

It would appear that Patrick died during the 1890s since Elizabeth was living with and looking after her elderly father Charles at Charlbury near Chadlington for the occasion of the census in 1901.  Elizabeth was incorrectly recorded in the census return as Elizabeth A Ogend aged 53 although her place of birth was rightly stated as Chadlington.  Her father passed away exactly one year later, while nine years after that Elizabeth O’Grady aged 64 and of independent means was still living in Charlbury at a dwelling in Park Street, the home of John and Ellen Stayte and their family.

 

 

 

Sometime later it would seem Elizabeth went to live with her youngest brother Charles at Milton-under-Wychwood, and it was there where Elizabeth Ann O’Grady nee Collett died on 18th November 1925.  Her Will was proved at Oxford on 21st January 1926 when Charles Collett, a farm labourer, and Charles Guy Collett, a commercial clerk, were named as the joint executors of her estate of £844 12 Shillings.  Charles Guy Collett was Elizabeth’s nephew, being the eldest son of her brother Charles.

 

 

 

 

12N8

James Collett was born at Chadlington in 1849, according to the census return completed in 1881, and it was there that he was baptised on 5th August 1849.  He later married (1) Fanny Lidbetter (Ledbitter) around 1872, following the couple lived in Birmingham where their first four children were born.  However, by the time of the census of 1881 James and his family had left Birmingham and were living at Kemble Road in Croydon, Surrey.  James Collett was described as being 31 and a carpenter from at Chadlington, while his wife Fanny was the same age, but had been born at Horsham in Sussex.

 

 

 

The couple’s four children were all born at Birmingham and were George F C Collett who was seven, James P Collett who was five, Frances E M Collett who was three, and John Collett who was two years old.  Visiting the family at that time was James’ sister Minnie Collett (below).

 

 

 

Sometime during the 1880s Fanny Collett died leaving her husband to be recorded as a widower in the Croydon census of 1891.  Curiously on that occasion his children were recorded with slightly different names.  James Collett was 41, when his four children were listed as George Collett, age 18, Percy J Collett, age 16, Margaret E M Collett, age 14, and John N Collett who was 13.

 

 

 

During the following months James married (2) Sarah Maria Moore from Fundenhall in Norfolk and, by the time of the next census in 1901, the marriage had produced three children for James and Sarah, although by then all of James’s other children had left the family home in Croydon to make their own way in the world.  James Collett from Chadlington was 51 and his occupation was that of a carpenter, while he was living at Croydon with his new wife Sarah who was 43, and their three children.  William Collett was eight years old, Gladys Collett was six and Gladstone Collett was three, all three children having been born at South Norwood in the Borough of Croydon.

 

 

 

Most of the family was still together and living in the Croydon area ten years later, although by then daughter Gladys was working away from home at Norbury, to the north of Croydon.  The census in April 1911 listed the remainder of the family as James Collett who was 60, his wife Sarah Collett who was 53, and their two sons William Collett who was 18 and Louis Collett who was 13.  Upon his son Louis’ discharge from the army in 1918, James Collett was residing at 226 Whitehorse Road in West Croydon.

 

 

 

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George F C Collett

Born in 1873 at Birmingham

 

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James Percy Collett

Born in 1875 at Birmingham

 

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Frances E M Collett

Born in 1877 at Birmingham

 

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John N Collett

Born in 1878 at Birmingham

 

The following are the three known children of James Collett by his second wife Sarah Maria Moore:

 

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William Albert Ernest Collett

Born in 1892 at South Norwood

 

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Gladys Beatrice Gertrude Amelia Collett

Born in 1894 at South Norwood

 

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Louis Stanley Gladstone Leopold Collett

Born in 1897 at South Norwood

 

 

 

 

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Arthur Collett was born at Chadlington in 1851 where he was baptised on 25th January 1852, the son of Charles and Judy Collett, who was 19 at the time of the Chipping Norton census of 1871.  It may be assumed that he never married since in both 1881 and 1891 he was a bachelor still living with his family.  In the first of the census returns Arthur of Chadlington was 29 when he was assisting his father on his 76 acre farm at Charlbury.  It was a similar situation ten years later when Arthur Collett age 36 (sic) and from Chadlington was a farmer’s son living with his parents and three of his siblings at Chadlington.  Following the death of his mother during the 1890s Arthur left the family home and by March 1901 he was working as farm labourer at Nether Langwith in Nottinghamshire when he said he was 41 (sic) and from Chadlington in Oxfordshire.  So far no record of him has been found at the end of the next decade in 1911.

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was baptised at Chadlington on 25th June 1854.  He died from gastric fever and was buried at Chadlington on 2nd May 1872 when he was only 18.

 

 

 

 

12N11

John Samuel Collett was born at Chadlington in 1856, the birth recorded at Chipping Norton during the second quarter of that year.  It was also at Chadlington on 23rd November 1856 that he was baptised.  He was 14 at the time of the 1871 Census while he was still living with his parents.  It was on 25th September 1872 that John was employed by the Great Western Railway at Chipping Norton Station as a passenger clerk on a salary of £25 which has risen to an annual salary of £50 by 1875.  During August 1875 he left Chipping Norton when he was offered the job of passenger clerk at Droitwich Station in Worcestershire where he was earning £60 per annum in March 1876.  Five years later he was living and working at Bromyard in Herefordshire.  According to the census that year John S Collett of Eastend in Oxfordshire was 23, Eastend being the very next village to Chadlington.  His occupation was that of a stationmaster at the recently opened Bromyard Railway Station and on that occasion bachelor John was lodging at the Church Street home of Joseph Turbill, a builder employing five men and a boy.

 

 

 

At the end of the next decade John was no longer a stationmaster.  Instead the census in 1891 described him as John S Collett, age 32, single and a railway clerk, a boarder at Somerset Cottages, Howell Road in Leigh, Malvern Link, Worcestershire, the home of railway clerk Charles J Widdows.  It was six years later when John married Elizabeth Chadbon from Steeple Barton which is midway between Chipping Norton and Bicester.  The event was recorded at Woodstock during the second quarter of 1897.  Once married the couple settled at Bridgnorth in Shropshire where their son Frank was born and where John continued to work as a stationmaster as confirmed by the census for Bridgnorth in 1901.  John S Collett from Chadlington was 43, Elizabeth Collett was 32, and their son was just one year old when the family was living at 3 Dale Millicent Terrace, 1 Victoria Road in Bridgnorth St Leonard.  Elizabeth was possibly expecting the couple’s second child on the day of the census as their daughter was born later that same year, and she was followed by the birth of two further children. 

 

 

 

Whether John lived long enough to see his last child is not known since it was that same year on Wednesday 30th August 1905 that John Samuel Collett died at the age of 47.  That was the end of nine years as the stationmaster at Bridgnorth, where he was buried on 2nd September, when his address was given as 3 Victoria Road.  Administration of his personal estate of £704 3 shillings 8d was granted to Elizabeth Collett, widow, at Shrewsbury on 6th December 1905.

 

 

 

The following notice was published in the Bridgnorth Journal on Saturday 2nd September 1905.  “The painfully sudden death of Mr John Samuel Collett, G.W.R. Station Master, which took place at his residence in Victoria Road on Wednesday last, was a great shock to all those who knew him, and expressions of sympathy for the widow and her three young children were expressed on every hand.  Mr Collett had been unwell and had had medical advice, but the end came quite suddenly.  During the nine years Mr Collett has held the post of Station Master here, he has made many friends, his courtesy and consideration for the travelling public, and the trader, being prominent features in his conduct, whilst his duties were ever discharged in a business-like manner.”

 

 

 

By April 1911 Elizabeth Collett, age 42, was still living at Bridgnorth with her three youngest children, Sybil Collett who was nine, Muriel Collett who was seven and May Collett who was five and possibly born after the death of father.  At that same time in April 1911 Elizabeth’s son Frank Collett, from Bridgnorth, who was eleven years old, was recorded at an orphanage in Wolverhampton.

 

 

 

Historical Note:  The railway station at Bromyard only opened on 22nd October 1877, following the laying of the track from Worcester, as part of the Worcester to Leominster Line built by the Great Western Railway.  Sadly the line closed in 1964, a victim of the notorious Beeching cuts.

 

 

 

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Frank Chadbon Collett

Born in 1899 at Bridgnorth, Salop

 

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Sybil Collett

Born in 1901 at Bridgnorth, Salop

 

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Muriel Collett

Born in 1903 at Bridgnorth, Salop

 

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May Collett

Born in 1905 at Bridgnorth, Salop

 

 

 

 

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Amelia Mary Collett, who was referred to as Minnie, was born at Chadlington in 1858 and was 13 by April 1871.  She was still unmarried in 1881 at the age of 23.  On the occasion of the census that year Minnie was a visitor at the home of her older brother James Collett (above) in Kemble Road, Croydon.  The census record confirmed that Minnie had been born at Chadlington but listed no occupation for her at that time.  Minnie never married and appears to have worked in domestic service for most of her life.

 

 

 

In April 1911 unmarried Minnie Collett from Chadlington in Oxfordshire was 50 (sic) when she was employed as a cook at the home of widow Marian Ridley.  The census that month placed Amelia as one of the three live-in servants of the Ridley family at their dwelling with the name Abingerm situated on the Burcott Road in Purley in the Surrey parish of Coulsdon within the Croydon registration district.  The fact that Minnie said she was younger than her 53 years was reflected thirty years later when, upon her death in 1941, she was described as being only 79 whereas she would have been nearer 82 or 83.  The death of Amelia M Collett was recorded at the South-Eastern register office in Surrey (Ref. 2a 1554) during the first three months of that year.

 

 

 

 

12N13

Caroline Winifred Collett was born at Chadlington in 1859 and was baptised there on 12th February 1860.  She was 11 years of age in 1871.  By the time Caroline was 22 she had moved to London, where she was working in service at the home of Malcolm Cook who worked at the London Stock Exchange.  Caroline was simply described as of Oxford and was employed as one of just two a domestic servants in the house at 9 Land Terrace on the Lower Teddington Road in Hampton Wick.  Lower Teddington Road runs parallel with the River Thames and is still there today.

 

 

 

 

12N14

Charles Collett was born at Chadlington in 1861 where he was baptised on 30th March 1862.  In the census of 1871 Charles was living with his parents and was nine years of age.  Ten years later in 1881 he was recorded as being a visitor at the home of Robert Watts in Chipping Norton.  At that time Charles was 19 and was not credited with an occupation.  Robert Watts of Icomb in Gloucestershire was a butcher, and he and his wife and family were living at premises referred to as ‘Lower Side’ in the High Street at Chipping Norton, which may have been the name of the butcher’s shop.

 

 

 

Charles, age 29, was still a bachelor living at the family’s home in Charlbury in 1891, but it was within the next couple of years that he moved into the city of Oxford where he met Rachel Hadlands, whom he married during the autumn of 1893.  That fact has been determined from the wedding banns that were recorded in the register of St Nicholas Church in Chadlington which listed 10th, 17th and 24th of September as the three Sundays that the banns were posted at Chadlington.  Rachel was noted as a spinster from St Ebbes in Oxford and it seems likely that that was where the couple were married.

 

 

 

Curiously in the census of 1901 and 1911 Charles Collett from Chadlington was married to Lily who, in 1901 said she was born at Witney, whereas in 1911 her place of birth was given as Chadlington.  During the first eight years he was married, Charles had five children, with a further three born after 1901.  All of the children were born while Charles and Lily (Rachel) were living at Milton-under-Wychwood, and it was also there that the family was recorded as living in both 1901 and 1911.  In 1901 Charles Collett was 39 and a farmer, Lily was 34, and the children were Charles Guy Collett who was six, Percy Collett who was five, May Collett who was three, Daisy who was one year old, and Dorothy who was under one year old.

 

 

 

Ten years later the full family was Charles Collett, age 49, Lily Collett, age 42, Guy Collett, age 16, Percy Collett, age 14, May Collett, age 13, Daisy Collett, age 11, Dorothy Collett, age 10, Ivy Collett who was eight, Desmond Collett who was seven, and Marion Collett who was four years old.  Charles Collett was buried at Chadlington on 23rd April 1930 aged 68.  Over five years earlier Charles’ eldest sister Elizabeth Ann O’Grady nee Collett (above) passed away and during the proving of her Will at Oxford in January 1926 Charles Collett, a farm labourer was name as one of the two executors, the other being his eldest son Charles Guy Collett.

 

 

 

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Charles Guy Collett

Born in 1894 at Milton-under-Wychwood

 

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Percy Collett

Born in 1896 at Milton-under-Wychwood

 

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May Collett

Born in 1897 at Milton-under-Wychwood

 

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Daisy Collett

Born in 1899 at Milton-under-Wychwood

 

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Dorothy Collett

Born in 1901 at Milton-under-Wychwood

 

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Ivy Collett

Born in 1902 at Milton-under-Wychwood

 

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Desmond Harold Collett

Born in 1903 at Milton-under-Wychwood

 

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Marion Collett

Born in 1906 at Milton-under-Wychwood

 

 

 

 

12N15

Lewis Edward Collett was baptised at Chadlington on 24th April 1864 and was seven and 17 in the census returns in 1871 and 1881 respectively.  It was on 14th April 1890 when he was a 26 year-old butcher living at Church Street in Charlbury that he married Amelia Annie Kench in Charlbury.  The witnesses at the wedding were Amelia’s brother and sister Henry Stephen Kench and Ada Louisa Kench.  However, it seems rather strange that when the marriage was recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 1333) during the second quarter of 1890 the witnesses were named as John Edwards and Leah Sarah Sandalls.  Amelia Annie Kench was born at Charlbury in 1871 and her father, Percival Kench, was the Hotel Keeper of the White Hart Hotel in Dyers Hill at Charlbury and was later the proprietor of a hotel in Market Street in Charlbury. 

 

 

 

It may be of interest that there were two earlier records of Collett and Kench marriages, and both of them in the same county of Oxfordshire.  The first just prior to 1866 when widower William Collett (Ref. 39N16) of Clanfield married Sarah Kench the daughter of Mary Ann Kench who had been born at Faringdon in 1833.  The second at Witney where in 1868 widower William Collett (Ref. 46N27) married Sarah Kench, the widow of John Kench, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Martin who had been born at Eynsham in 1822.  Whilst not a common name, there are many Kench/Kinch living in Oxfordshire in the latter half of the 1800s, some as far north as Banbury.

 

 

 

Once married the couple settled in Charlbury where their two known children were born.  Ten years later the 1901 Census confirmed that the family was still living at Charlbury where Lewis, age 36, was a butcher, his wife Amelia was 30, and their two children were Daisy who was 10 and Lewis who was six years old.  Sometime after March 1901 the family left Charlbury when Lewis became an inn keeper in the Berkshire market town of Wantage.  Tragically it was at Wantage just four years later that Lewis Edward Collett died on 11th October 1905.  Although not of a significant value, it would seem that there may have been an issue following his death which caused a major delay in the probate process.  It was over three years after his passing that his Will was proved in Oxford on 28th December 1908 when his wife Amelia Annie Collett was named as the executor of his estate of £125 10 Shillings.  With her youngest child still only fourteen years old it was perhaps inevitable that Amelia was remarried during the following year when she wed Samuel Herbert Cruely in 1909.

 

 

 

The next census in 1911 recorded the new family living at the George Hotel in Shipston-on-Stour although the surname was incorrectly stated as Coneley rather than Cruely.  Samuel Herbert was 38 as was his wife Amelia Annie from Charlbury, who was assisting her husband in his business of managing the hotel.  Living with the couple were Amelia’s two children who were recorded in error as Daisy Amelia Collet from Charlbury who was 20 and Lewis Percival Collet who was 16 and also from Charlbury.  One other person was included on the census form with the family and he was Frank Austin who was 28.

 

 

 

Amelia Annie Cruely, formerly Collett nee Kench, died at Woodstock Road in Witney during 1946 following which probate of her Will was granted to her son Percy Collett who was a hotel proprietor like her second husband.

 

 

 

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Daisy Amelia Collett

Born in 1891 at Charlbury

 

12O41

Lewis Percival Collett

Born in 1894 at Charlbury

 

 

 

 

12N16

Fanny Fletcher Collett was one half of a set of twins born at Chadlington and baptised there on 8th March 1867.  Fanny was four years of age in 1871 and was 14 in 1881 when she was living with her family at Charlbury.  It was as Fanny Collett, age 23, that she was still living at Charlbury with her family in 1891.  She was not married by the end of the century and in the census of 1901, when she was 33, she was then living at Chadlington, where he father was buried in 1902.  Fanny never married and died in Oxford during the first week of April 1911 immediately prior to the census day that year, her death recorded at Headington register office (Ref. 3a 59).

 

 

 

 

12N17

Susan Kate Collett was the other half of a set of twins born in 1867 and was baptised in a joint ceremony with her twin sister Fanny (above) on 8th March 1867 at Chadlington.  She was aged four years in 1871 and 14 in 1881 when she was living at Charlbury with her family.  Ten years later she was still living with her parents and her twin sister fanny (above) when she was recorded in the Charlbury census on 1891 as Susie Collett, age 23.  It is believed that Susan Collett married Frederick George T Dent within the next few months, the marriage being recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 3a 1352) during the third quarter of 1891.  The only witness was named as Mary Pratley.

 

 

 

Susan Dent lived a very long life and died at Hungerford on 16th August 1968 at the age of 101.  Her Will was proved at Oxford on 17th November 1966 when the joint executors of her estate of £2,810 were named as Harold Collett Dent, a retired university teacher, and Norman Horrocks Dent, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in Her Majesty’s army.  It is assumed that they were her two sons.

 

 

 

 

12N18

Francis Collett was born at Chadlington in 1868 and was baptised there on 29th November 1868.  He was two years old in Chadlington census of 1871 when he was recorded with his family as Frances Collett.  Ten years later he was 12 years old and was living at Charlbury with his family in 1881 when he was referred to as Frank.  On leaving school Francis secured work at nearby Burford where he was lodging with Charles and Annie Bishop in 1891 when he was working as a butcher’s assistant at the age of 21 under the name of Francis Collett.  Following that occasion Francis appears to have provided subsequent census enumerators with an inaccurate age.  For example in March 1901 Frank Collett who was born at Chadlington was living at Wallingford where he was working as a journeyman butcher, but when his age was recorded as being 25, perhaps an enumerator error.  However, after a further ten years butcher Francis Collett from Oxfordshire was working in Leamington while a boarder at the Blenham Lawrence Hotel on Clements Street in the town.  He was still a bachelor although once again his age was incorrectly recorded as 32 when in fact he would have been 42, the age of the next person staying at the hotel.

 

 

 

 

12N19

Frederick Collett was born at Chadlington in 1870 and was baptised there on 27th February 1870, the youngest son of Charles and Judith Collett.  Tragically Frederick Collett was just two years old when he died, following which he was buried at Chadlington on 23rd December 1872.

 

 

 

 

12N20

Angelina Susan Collett was born at Chadlington during 1849 and was baptised there on 2nd June 1850, where she later married Thomas Derby on 12th November 1883.  At that time she was listed as a domestic servant, age 33, while he was a shopkeeper aged 34, who was living at 114 Holloway Road in London.  Angelina’s father was confirmed as Mark Collett, a carpenter, with Thomas’ father named as William Derby, who was a publican.  The witnesses at the wedding were James and Maria Coleman.

 

 

 

The earlier census of 1881 recorded the age of Annie Collett as 27 instead of 30 or 31.  However, the census return did confirm that she was born at Chadlington.  It also stated that she was a cook in domestic service at the St Marylebone School at Hayes in Middlesex.  Interestingly, her future husband Thomas Derby, age 31, was a porter at the same establishment.

 

 

 

The one year age difference between them at their wedding if applied to Thomas’ aged in 1881 would place Annie’s age as 30 giving her actual year of birth around 1850, the same year in which she was baptised.  By the time of the census in 1891 the childless couple was residing in the Islington & Highbury area of London, where Thomas Derby was 41, as was his wife Angelina Derby from Chadlington.  Following the death of her father in 1903, it was Angelina Susan Derby who was granted administration five years later in 1908 of her father personal effects valued at just £5.  By that time in her life Angelina was already a widow.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Collett was born at Chadlington in 1852 and was baptised there on 25th December 1854, the daughter of Mark and Rose Anna Collett.  She married 28 years old Beriah Wells, a builder, at Chadlington on 5th December 1870 when she was 19.  He was the son of builder Benjamin Wells and his address was listed as 99 Great George Street in Bermondsey, London.  The witnesses at the wedding were Angelina S Collett and carpenter Mark Collett, they being her older sister (above) and her father.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Alice Collett was born at Chadlington where she was baptised at St Nicholas Church on 3rd August 1879, the first child of James Collett by his wife Isabella Smith.  She was one year old in the Charlbury census of 1881 and 11 years old at the time of the Charlbury census in 1891.  Ten years after that she was an assistant school mistress in Chadlington at the age of 21, and it was over three and a half years later, at the age of 25, she married Gerald Hastings Watts on 28th December 1904 at Chadlington. 

 

 

 

Her father, who was a witness at the wedding, was confirmed as James Collett, a builder.  Gerald H Watts, who was 28 and a bailiff from Hookburgh in Lancashire, was the son of John Watts, an agent.  The second witness was Alfred Grimwood, who was probably Gerald’s best man.  In April 1911 Elizabeth Alice Watts from Chadlington was 31 and her husband Gerald Hastings Watts was 35, and they were living in Charlbury.  By that time in the marriage life the couple already had two children, John Francis James Watts, who was three years old, and Gerald Wallace Watts who was seven months old.

 

 

 

 

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Eva Annie Collett was born at Chadlington where she was baptised on 18th October 1881.  She was four months short of her sixth birthday when she died in June 1887.  That tragic event for the family happened just one month after the death of her younger sister Lillian (below) with whom she was buried at Chadlington on 18th June 1887.

 

 

 

 

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Lillian Edith Collett was born at Chadlington and was baptised there on 27th May 1883.  Just prior to her fourth birthday she was suffering with diphtheria from which she later died.  She was buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church in Chadlington on 15th May 1887 and was joined there by her sister Eva (above) one month later.

 

 

 

 

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Olive Louise Collett was born at Chadlington and was baptised there on 28th June 1885.  By 1891 Olive Louise Collett was five years old in the Chadlington census, and ten years later was 15, when she was still living there with her family.  And it was at St Nicholas Church in Chadlington that she later married Arthur Alfred Edgington, a 23 years old farmer of Chadlington, on 5th August 1909.  He was the son of farmer Henry Bryan.  Olive was 24 years old and the daughter of builder James Collett who was a witness at the wedding.  The only other witness was Elizabeth Funnell.

 

 

 

 

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James William Claude Collett was born at Chadlington where he was baptised on 5th August 1888.  By the time of the Chadlington census of 1891 he was two years old when he was recorded with his family at Chadlington as James William C Collett.  He was still attending school in Chadlington by the time of the census in 1901 when, as James W C Collett he was 12 and still living with his parents in Chadlington.  Upon leaving school James left Oxfordshire and moved south to Berkshire, where, in April 1911, he was living and working in Reading, where he was described as unmarried James W Claude Collett, age 22, from Chadlington, although his name was misleadingly included in the census that year as ‘James Waclude Collett’ which presumably should have been James W Claude Collett.

 

 

 

Like his brother Francis (below), James worked in a bank and was described as a retired bank official in the probate papers following the death of his mother Isabella on 13th September 1939.  Also mentioned therein at Oxford on 1st November 1939 was his brother Francis.

 

 

 

 

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Francis Campbell Collett was born at Chadlington in 1890 and it was there he was baptised on 11th January 1891 the youngest child of James Collett and Isabella Smith.  He was just a few months old in the Chadlington census of 1891, and ten years later in 1901 he was still living there with his family when he was 10 years old and attending the village school.  During the first decade of the new century, James appears to have sought work in London, since by the time of the census in 1911 James Collett from Oxfordshire was 20 years old and was living and working in the Fulham area of the city.

 

 

 

At the time of his wedding he was listed as being a Private with the Honourable Artillery Company and his father was named as James Collett, a builder.  Francis married widow Eveline Vinnie nee Roberts on 11th February 1918 at Chadlington, her first husband perhaps having been killed during the war.  Both of them were 27 years of age and Eveline’s father was listed as James Roberts, a schoolmaster.  The witnesses were John Henry Harvey, and Gerald Hastings Watts the couple’s brother-in-law through his marriage to Francis’ sister Elizabeth Alice Watts nee Collett (above).

 

 

 

After the Great War Francis followed in his older brother’s footsteps and entered the world of banking.  He and Eveline resided at Rounds Hill in Kenilworth from where he was employed as the manager at one of the banks in the town.  While working at the bank Francis became a good friend of Harold James Collett (Ref. 15N36).  At the time of the death of his mother in September 1939 Francis was described as a bank manager when he and his brother James (above) were named as the joint executors of her Will which was proved at Oxford on 1st November that year. 

 

 

 

Eveline Collett nee Roberts died at Kenilworth during 1963 when she was around 72 years of age, following which she was buried in Kenilworth Cemetery.  Francis Campbell Collett was a widower for the next nineteen years and was still living at Rounds Hill in Kenilworth when he died in 1992 at the age of 102, after which he was also buried at Kenilworth Cemetery where he was reunited with his wife.

 

 

 

 

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William Trelease Collett was born at Deptford in south-east London on 2nd November 1883, the only known child of Francis William Collett and Sarah, the first of his three wives.  It is possible he was born in the family home at 25 New Cross Road in the St Paul area of Deptford where his parents were living in 1881.  The baptism of William Trelease Collett was conducted at All Saints Church in Deptford on 11th December 1883.  Simply as William T Collett aged seven years and 17 years he was recorded at Deptford with his parents in 1891, but with his father and his stepmother in 1901.  By the time of the next census in 1911 his father, together with his third wife, was living in Fulham, while William Trelease Collett was still a bachelor at 27, living and working in the Greenwich and Deptford area of London.

 

 

 

He enlisted with the army during 1916 and, at the age of 32, joined the Hertfordshire Regiment.  His military record confirms that William Trelease Collett was living at 143 Waller Road in New Cross, south-east London and that his next-of-kin was his father Francis William Collett who, by then was living at Ford Cottages in New Road, Bideford in Devon.  Another record eight years later places William Trelease Collett on board the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company vessel Malwa sailing out from the Port of London on 23rd May 1924 to Marseilles in France when he was 40 years of age.

 

 

 

Four years earlier, when he was still residing at 143 Waller Road, he wrote a letter on 26th April 1920 to the Officer of Infantry Records at the Royal Observer Corps, which opens “Sir, I beg to enclose my Certificate of Transfer to Receive (Z) on demobilisation....”  which sadly thereafter is written so poorly it is virtually impossible to read, except that is at the end, where it finishes by saying “probably a clerical error and I mentioned this in case the alteration is necessary.  Thanking you in anticipation, I beg to remain Sir, your obedient servant W T Collett”.

 

 

 

Why William travelled to France in 1924 and what happened to him during the rest of his life is not yet known, except that he was living in Devon when he passed away in March 1971.  The death of William Trelease Collett was recorded at Barnstable register office (Ref. 7a 811) when he was reputedly 86 years of age.  On that occasion his date of birth was incorrectly recorded as being 1st November 1884, eleven months after he was baptised.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph William Collett was born at Ulmarra in the Grafton district of New South Wales on 11th July 1860, the son of Joseph Collett and Eliza Ann Sharpe.  It was around 1890 that he married Lucinda Dixon who was born on 26th October 1869 at Araluen in New South Wales, the daughter of John Alcock Dixon and Catherine Buckley.  All of their six children were born at Ulmarra (Colletts Island) and it would appear that the couple’s eldest son was original christened as Joseph William Collett after his father.  However, it was in his military records from the Great War that he had the name Joseph Wilton Collett, which was later used on the family headstone (see below), but without the Joseph.

 

 

 

The photo on the right was sent in by Marion O’Shea (Ref. 12R2).

 

This clearly shows the New South Wales headstone for Joseph and his wife Lucinda, together with a memorial to their son Joseph Wilton Collett who perished in the First World War and was buried in France.

 

The inscriptions read:

“In Loving Memory of Joseph William Collett who died 23rd May 1931 aged 71 years, a loving husband and kind father”

 

“Also a tribute to the memory of Pte Wilton Collett, AIF, who died in the Great War aged 20 years”

 

“Also Lucinda Collett died 22nd Jan. 1957 aged 87 years, peace perfect peace”.

 

 

 

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Victoria A Collett

Born in 1895 at Ulmarra

 

12P2

Joseph Wilton Collett

Born in 1897 at Ulmarra

 

12P3

Henry Collett

Born on 14.04.1899 at Ulmarra

 

12P4

Edna Collett

Born on 25.01.1902 at Ulmarra

 

12P5

William John Collett

Born on 25.10.1904 at Ulmarra

 

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Netta Catherine Collett

Born on 17.12.1907 at Ulmarra

 

 

 

 

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James Collett was born at Coldstream, Ulmarra in the Grafton district of New South Wales in 1863. 

 

Bachelor James Collett, age 23 and a farmer from Grafton, later married Mary Robertson of Shoalhaven in Newcastle, New South Wales, who was the daughter of farmer Angus Robertson and his wife Georgina McPherson.

 

The couple were married at the Presbyterian Church in Upper Coldstream, New South Wales on 2nd March 1886.

 

The witnesses at the wedding were Joseph William Collett, and Louisa Caroline Eliza Collett, they being James’ older brother Joseph (above), and his sister Louisa (below).

 

 

 

The marriage of James and Mary is known to have produced seven children for the couple, and all of them were born at Ulmarra in the Grafton district of New South Wales.  Collett family traditions at that time dictated that the children were addressed and referred to by their second Christian name.  James Collett suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Runnymede Hospital in Grafton, where he died on 15th January 1913 at the age of 50.  His death certificate confirmed that he was a grazier, and the son of grazier Joseph Collett and Eliza Ann Sharpe, and that the informant of his death was his eldest son William George Collett of Coldstream.

 

 

 

The death of James Collett was registered at Grafton on 17th January 1913, his body having been buried the previous day at the Church of England Cemetery at South Grafton by Henry H Sanders who also buried James’ father there nine years earlier.  At the time of his passing James still had six children who were still living, although the death certificate also included reference to a deceased female.  The named children were Eliza M Collett 25, William G Collett 24, Elsie Collett 22, Georgina M Collett 21, Raymond Collett 19, and Olive E Collett who was 14.  It therefore identified the deceased child as Mary Collett, who obviously suffered a childhood death.

 

 

 

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Eliza Mary Collett

Born in 1887 at Ulmarra

 

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William George Collett

Born in 1889 at Ulmarra

 

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Elsie Collett

Born in 1890 at Ulmarra

 

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Georgina May Collett

Born in 1892 at Ulmarra

 

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James Raymond Collett

Born in 1894 at Ulmarra

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1897 at Ulmarra; died b/f 1913

 

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Olive Edith Collett

Born in 1898 at Ulmarra

 

 

 

 

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Henry Collett was born at Grafton in New South Wales in 1865.  It would seem he lived most of his life at Grafton and that he was married fairly later in his life to Edith since he was forty years old when his known son was born.

 

 

 

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Joseph Clarence Collett

Born in 1905 at Grafton

 

 

 

 

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Ann Elizabeth Collett was born in Birmingham in 1880 and was one year old in April 1881 when living with her parents at 18 Whitmore Street in Birmingham.  Ten years later Ann then aged 11 and her parents were listed as living in the Duddeston & Aston area of the city.  Her father was a baker and her mother was a grocer and shopkeeper.  Upon leaving school it would appear that Ann took up employment as a bottler of mineral waters as confirmed by the 1901 Census in which she was still living with her parents in Birmingham at the age of 21.

 

 

 

 

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William Ernest Collett was born in 1868 at Chadlington, where he was baptised on 30th August 1868.  The baptism record at St Nicholas Church in Chadlington confirmed his parents as William Price Collett and Elizabeth Mary Collett.  In 1881 William, at the age of 12, was working as a ploughboy with his brother Frederick (below) while living with his widowed mother Elizabeth and her second husband Thomas Soles and their first child Thomas Soles who was eight years old and from Spelsbury.  The family at that time was living at 65 Merriscourt Cottages in Lyneham near Chipping Norton.

 

 

 

Twenty years later, according to the census in March 1901 William was 32 when he was living in Worcester where he was working as a railway goods guard.  It was also at Worcester over four years later that William Ernest Collett from Chadlington married the much younger Alice May Matthews from Worcester.  The event was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 515) during the last three months of 1905.  Over the next five years Alice gave birth to three children while the family was still living in Worcester, although only two of them were still alive at the time of the next census in 1911.

 

 

 

It was also in Worcester where the family was still living in April that year when William Ernest Collett was 42, his wife Alice May Collett was 31, and their two sons were William Ernest Collett who was four, and Frederick Albert Collett who was three years old.  Having already suffered the loss of their daughter during the first half of previous year, Alice May was seven months into her fourth pregnancy on the day of the census and gave birth to her third son just two months later, with a fourth and final son born there three years after.

 

 

 

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William Ernest Collett

Born in 1906 at Worcester

 

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Frederick Albert Collett

Born in 1907 at Worcester

 

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Elizabeth Alice Collett

Born in 1909 at Worcester; died 1910

 

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Thomas Charles Collett

Born in 1911 at Worcester

 

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John Stanley Collett

Born in 1914 at Worcester

 

 

 

 

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Frederick James Collett was born at Chadlington on 18th October 1869 and was baptised there at St Nicholas Church on 26th December 1869.  Just eight months later his father William Price Collett died and was buried at Chadlington leaving Frederick and his older brother William (above) to be looked after by their widowed mother, as confirmed in the census of 1871.  In 1881, just like his brother William (above), he was a ploughboy and was 11 years old, while living with his widowed mother Elizabeth and her second husband Thomas Soles and their first child Thomas Soles.  The family at that time was living at 65 Merriscourt Cottages in Lyneham.

 

 

 

Frederick married 27 years old Agnes Emma Burden on 17th April 1900 at Chadlington.  At that time he was 30 years old and a coalman living at Derby, when he was confirmed as the son of William Price Collett deceased.  Agnes’ father was Daniel Burden, a labourer and a witness at the wedding, as was her mother Ada Mary Burden, Polly Souls, who was probably Frederick’s younger his half-sister and possibly a bridesmaid at the wedding, plus two other witnesses H Burden and A Kilby.

 

 

 

Shortly after they were married Frederick and Agnes were residing in Derby when their daughter, and first child, was born.  In the census a few weeks later the family was listed as Frederick J Collett, age 31 from Chadlington, who was a general labourer, his wife Agnes E Collett, 28 and also of Chadlington, and their daughter Ada Collett who was just six weeks old.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1911, Frederick James Collett from Chadlington was 41 and was still living in the Derby area with his wife Agnes Emma Collett, who was 38 and also born at Chadlington, and their two children, Ada Elizabeth Collett, who was 10, and William Lewis Collett who was four years old.  The census also confirmed that the two children were after the couple moved to Derby.  All that is known about Frederick James Collett after that time is that he died during January 1953.

 

 

 

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Ada Elizabeth Collett

Born on 09.02.1901 at Derby

 

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William Lewis Collett

Born on 28.04.1906 at Derby

 

 

 

 

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George F C Collett was born at Birmingham in 1873, the eldest son of James and Fanny Collett.  Sometime after 1878 the family left Birmingham when they moved to Kemble Road in Croydon, Surrey, where they were living at the time of the census in 1881.  At that time George F C Collett was eight years old and had three younger siblings.  However, the children’s mother died during the following years.  By 1891 the four children were still living in the Croydon area, but with just their widowed father, when George Collett was 18.  Not long after that George’s father remarried, following which he and his three siblings all left the family home upon the arrival of two half-siblings.

 

 

 

Ten years later the census in 1901 revealed that George F Collett from Birmingham was 28, and that he was still living in the Croydon area where he was employed as a tram conductor.  During the next decade George returned to his roots when, by 1911 and at the age of 38, he was once again living in the Birmingham area of the country.  However, the death of George F C Collett was recorded at Staines register office (Ref. 3a 3) during the third quarter of 1923 when he was 50 years of age.

 

 

 

 

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Frances E M Collett was born at Birmingham in 1877, the only daughter of James and Fanny Collett.  By the time of the census in 1881 Frances’ family had settled in Croydon where she was three years old when living at Kemble Road.  Rather oddly she was recorded as Margaret E M Collett, age 14, in the Croydon census of 1891, by which time her mother had died and she was living there with her widowed father and her three brothers.  It would appear that is was Frances who was the first of her family to make the return journey to Birmingham, since it was there that she was living in March 1901, where she was recorded as Frances Collett, age 23 from Birmingham, who was living in the Aston area of the city.

 

 

 

 

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John N Collett was born at Birmingham in 1878, the last of the four children of James Collett of Chadlington and his wife Fanny.  John Collett was two years old in the census of 1881 when he and his family had left Birmingham and were living at Kemble Road in Croydon.  Tragically his mother died while he was still very young, and so in 1891, when he was recorded as John N Collett, age 13, he was living in Croydon with his widowed father and his three siblings.  Just a few months after the census day, John’s father remarried and two new children were added to the family.  Upon leaving school John travelled to the south coast and settled in Portsmouth, where in 1901 he was working as a barman at the age of 23.  His place of birth was confirmed as Birmingham.  No record of John Collett or John N Collett has been found in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

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William Albert Ernest Collett was born at South Norwood in Croydon, Surry on 11th November 1892, where he was baptised on 27th December 1892, the eldest of the three children of James Collett and Sarah Maria Moore.  All three children were still alive by the time of the Croydon census in 1901 when William Collett was eight years old, his sister Gladys Collett was six and his brother Gladstone (below) was three.  On completing his secondary education, when William was nearly fifteen years old, he was taken on as an employee of the London-Brighton South Coast Railway Company on 14th September 1907 and was based at Forest Hill Station.  Two and a half years later William Collett was 18 when he and his family were still residents of Croydon.

 

 

 

The railway employment record for William Albert Ernest Collett, born on 11th November 1892, also includes a note that on 29th April 1915 he moved to a new address in Wimbledon, which may have coincided with him becoming a married man.  It has not been confirmed whether or not he did marry, but it is established that he was living in Brighton when he died at the age of 77, his death recorded at Brighton register office (Ref. 5h 1130 during the last three months of 1969.

 

 

 

 

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Gladys Beatrice Gertrude Amelia Collett was born at South Norwood in 1894, the only daughter of James and Sarah Collett.  It was as Gladys Collett aged six years that she was living with her family in Croydon in March 1901.  Upon leaving school Gladys became of children’s nurse and according to the next census in April 1911 Gladys Beatrice Gertrude Amelia Collett from South Norwood was 17 and employed as a children’s nurse at ‘Ventor’ 10 Roche Road, just off London Road [A23] in Norbury, south West London.  Twenty years later spinster Gladys became a married woman when her name became Gladys Reeves.  The marriage was recorded at East Preston register office in Sussex (Ref. 2b 938) during the final quarter of 1931, Gladys was referred to as G B G A Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Louis Stanley Gladstone Leopold Collett was born at South Norwood on 29th December 1897, the youngest of the three children of James and Sarah Collett.  The census returns for both 1901 and 1911 placed him and his family residing in Croydon when on the first occasion he was recorded as Gladstone Collett aged three years and subsequently as Louis Collett who was 13.  On leaving school he became a jockey, but with the arrival of Great War he was a member of the King’s army and as Private Collett 48290 he served with the 3rd Wiltshire Regiment, having been posted to Trowbridge on 19th January 1918.  However, he was discharged from duty on 13th November 1918, having spent from 22nd August to 20th September as a patient in Glover’s Hospital in Sittingbourne. 

 

 

 

The reason for his discharge was for the fact he was poorly developed and fragile; chest barely 32 inches when expanded and, after a few days training, he broke down and had subsequently only be given light duties.  His weight was a very slight 89 lbs, only 6 stones 5 lbs, a good weight for a jockey but not a soldier.  The military record also gave his father as his next-of-kin, whose address was stated as being 226 Whitehorse Road in West Croydon.  The only other known fact about him is that he was 83 when he died in Gloucestershire, where the death of Louis Stanley L G Collett was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 22 1945) during December 1980.

 

 

 

 

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Frank Chadbon Collett was born at the family home at Millicent Terrace in Bridgnorth, Shropshire on 2nd August 1899, the eldest child of John Samuel Collett and Elizabeth Chadbon.  It was there also at 3 Victoria Road (formerly Millicent Terrace) in Bridgnorth St Leonard that he was still living with his parents in 1901 when he was one year old.  Just over four years later Frank’s father died at 3 Victoria Road in Bridgnorth, so within the census of 1911 Frank was no longer living with his widowed mother and his three sisters, instead Frank Chadbon Collett from Bridgnorth was 11 years of age and when he was recorded as an inmate and a schoolboy at The Royal Orphanage on Penn Road in Wolverhampton.

 

 

 

Frank worked as a bank clerk and was thirty-two when he married by certificate to Cecilia Mary Wilding at Staines register office in Middlesex on 29th August 1932.  Cecilia was the daughter of William Snelling and Eliza Emerson.  The death of Frank Chadbon Collett was recorded at Southend register office in Essex (Ref. 4a 836) on 19th April 1965.  His Will was proved at Ipswich on 27th May 1965 when it was confirmed that he and his wife had been living at 33 Boston Avenue in Southend-on-Sea, where he passed away, and that his widow Cecilia Mary Collett was given administration of his personal effects valued at £302.

 

 

 

 

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Charles Guy Collett was born at Milton-under-Wychwood on 26th August 1894, the eldest child of Charles Collett and his wife Rachel Hadlands.  It was as Charles Guy Collett that he was six years old in the Milton census of 1901 and was described as Guy Collett aged 16 when he was still living at the family home in Milton-under-Wychwood in 1911.  During the First World War Charles Guy Collett served as a private, service number 42656, with the Warwickshire Infantry Division of the Worcester Regiment, from which he was eventually discharged.  However, upon the death of his aunt Elizabeth Ann O’Grady nee Collett, his father’s eldest sister, in 1925 Charles Guy Collett, a commercial clerk, was named as one of the executors of her Will.  The other executor was his father Charles.  What happened to him after that time is not currently known, except that he may have been living within the Reading and Wokingham area of Berkshire at the end of his life, where his death was recorded (Ref. 19 0268) during March 1982 at the age of 87.

 

 

 

 

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Desmond Harold Collett was born at Milton-under-Wychwood on 3rd December 1903, the seventh of the eight children of Charles Collett and Rachel Hadlands who was seven years old in the Milton census of 1911.  He was almost thirty-four years old when Desmond H Collett married Mary V Collins at Brighton where the marriage was recorded (Ref. 2b 508) during the last three months of 1937.  Mary Violet Collins was born at Brighton on 18th January 1911 when her birth was recorded at Brighton register office (Ref. 2b 173).  All that is known about their three children is that one of them was a daughter who married the much older Richard Donald Berry who was born on 12th May 1925 and who died in Witney during 2009.  It was in the second quarter of 1977 that Desmond Harold Collett died at the age of 73, his death being recorded at Oxford register office (Ref. 20 2421).  Mary survived her husband by thirteen years and was still living within Oxfordshire when she died at the age of 79, her passing recorded at Oxford register office (Ref. 20 2668) during the final three months of 1990.

 

 

 

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a Collett daughter

Date of birth unknown

 

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a Collett child

Date of birth unknown

 

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a Collett child

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

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Daisy Amelia Collett was born at Charlbury early in 1891 and was baptised there on 22nd March 1891, the eldest of the two children of Lewis Edward and Amelia Annie Collett.  She was 10 years old in the Charlbury census of 1901 and only 14 when her father passed away.  Four year later her mother married Samuel Herbert Cruely and in 1911 Daisy Amelia Collet (sic) from Charlbury was living at the George Hotel in Shipston-on-Stour where her mother and stepfather were managing the establishment.  It was also in 1911 shortly after the census that Daisy Amelia Collett married Thomas E Clarke at Witney and by 1925 they were living in New York in the United States of America.

 

 

 

 

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Lewis Percival Collett was born at Charlbury in 1894 where he was baptised on 6th January 1895, the only son of Lewis Edward Collett and Amelia Annie Kench.  He was six years old in 1901 when he was still living at Charlbury with his family.  However, just over four years after that his father died and after a further four years his mother remarried.  Sometime prior to the next census in 1911 Lewis’ stepfather Samuel Herbert Cruely took on the role of manager of the George Hotel in Shipston-on-Stour where the family was residing in April 1911.  Although still recorded as Lewis Percival Collet (sic) aged 16 and from Charlbury, it was later in his life that he was known as Percy Collett.

 

 

 

At the time of the death of his mother at Witney in 1946 Percy was a hotel proprietor and was named as the sole executor of her Will.  During his life he was married to Clara Annie Hewer, although it is not known if the marriage ever produced any child for the couple.  What is known is that Lewis Percival (Percy) Collett died at Witney in 1978.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Wilton Collett was born during 1897 at Ulmarra in the Grafton district of New South Wales and may originally have been christened Joseph William Collett after his father, his mother being Lucinda Dixon. 

 

Joseph was a farmer and grazier before he enlisted with the Australian Infantry (AIF) at Brisbane on 31st August 1915, following the outbreak of the First World War in Europe.  It was as Private 4161 Joseph Wilton Collett of the 9th Battalion AIF, from Ulmarra in New South Wales, that he left Brisbane with thirteen reinforcements on HMAT Kyarra on 3rd January 1916 bound for France. 

 

 

 

Like many of his comrades, he was exposed to the gas attacks by the enemy forces at Le Barque near Martinpuich in France between the 14th and 20th of February in 1917.  Such was the effect that Joseph was taken to the 5th General Hospital at Rouen, where he died from pneumonia on 6th March 1917, at the age of 20.  Following his death, he was buried at the St Sever Cemetery at Rouen.

 

 

 

The War Graves Commission recorded that the parents of Joseph Wilton Collett were Joseph William and Lucinda Collett of Ulmarra, Clarence River in New South Wales.  The above picture was kindly supplied by Marion O’Shea.  Upon the death of his father in 1931, a headstone was erected on the grave which also included a memorial to Pte Wilton Collett, the son of Joseph William Collett, who died during the Great War.  The name of his mother was added to the same gravestone twenty-six years later, when she died in 1957.

 

 

 

 

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Netta Catherine Collett was born at Ulmarra on 17th December 1907, the youngest of the six children of Joseph William Collett and Lucinda Dixon.  She was twenty-two when she married Alfred Charles John Joss at Grafton during 1930, the son of Charles Arthur Joss and Olive Sarah Anne Barnett.  He was born at Southwark in London on 7th July 1900 and died in 1970.  Their marriage produced four children for the couple, while Netta Catherine Joss nee Collett passed away on 1st October 1991.

 

 

 

Their first two children were Gladys Catherine Joss, born 1st February 1931, who married Claud Darcy Max Cochrane (1926-1961) and the first of the twins was Donald Anthony James Joss, born 25th June 1933, who married Phyllis Patricia Hadlington on 5th May 1962, and it was Phyllis Joss, who was born at Waverley NSW on 7th September 1935, who kindly provided the details of her Collett/Dixon family.  Netta and Alfred’s other twin was Yvonne Ursula Norma Joss (1933-2009), while the last child was Margaret Dolores Hinemoa Joss, born on 7th November 1940, who married Glen McCarthy.

 

 

 

 

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Georgina May Collett, who was known as May Collett, was born at Coldstream, Ulmarra on 5th December 1892, the daughter of James Collett and Mary Robertson.

 

In 1909 at the age of 17 she fell in love with Clarence Herbert Shannon, age 30, who was employed by May’s father, on his farm.

 

James Collett was not happy with the arrangement and consequently sent May away to relatives in New Zealand, where she lived for the next five years.

 

 

 

It was not known by the relatives that handed down the story, whether her father’s objection to the relationship was the age gap between the couple or the fact that Clarence was the grandson of a convict.  Clarence Herbert Shannon was born at Brushwood in Grafton, New South Wales in 1879 and was the son of Martha Prentice and Thomas Shannon.  The passenger records show that a Miss M Collett (Georgina May) was accompanied by a Miss E Collett on her many trips to and from New Zealand and she may have been either her younger sister Olive Edith or, more likely, her older sister Elsie.

 

 

 

During her period of absence, Clarence Shannon was married to another woman during April of 1912, with whom he had a son around a year later.  However, by the time of the birth of the child, Clarence had already left his wife in December 1912, following which she served him with divorce papers on the grounds of desertion.  On 26th January 1915 May Collett arrived at Sydney from Wellington at the age of twenty-two, having served her five year isolation period.

 

 

 

Possibly on hearing the news of May’s return, the couple were reunited and Clarence hoped to secure the divorce that his wife had petitioned for, but there ensued a long and protracted battle over property which was not resolved until 1926, when the final divorce settlement was granted.  Sometime after her return to Australia in early 1915, May and Clarence rekindle their romance and during 1916 it was confirmed when May was living at the home of Clarence Shannon, together with her brother Raymond Collett.  That was at Casino in New South Wales.

 

 

 

Over the next nine years May presented Clarence with four base-born children, during a period in his life when he was still legally married to his first wife.  Each child was born at a different location, perhaps indicating a nomadic life-style for the couple.  In addition to the named children listed below, there is a high expectation within the family that Georgina May Collett may have given birth to another child while she was in New Zealand, but to date no record of such a birth has been found.

 

 

 

It was only on 22nd June 1926, and following the dissolution of his marriage, that May, then age 34, and Clarence, age 47, were eventually married at The Manse (Presbyterian Church) in Glen Innes, New South Wales.  The marriage certificate confirmed that Clarence was a grazier, and that May was involved in domestic duties.  The document also stated that Clarence was a divorced petitioner, and that May was a spinster.  The couple’s parents were named as Thomas Shannon and Martha Prentice (deceased), and James Collett (deceased) and Mary Robertson, while the witnesses were John A Davidson and John A Robinson.

 

 

 

In addition to Clarence’s and May’s four base-born children, the couple were blessed with a further two children, and they were born within the first three years of their married life together.  All of May’s four base-born children were initially given the Collett surname.  Her eldest son Henry, who was born prematurely, died when he was only seven days old, and her next son was subject to formal adoption a few years after he was born.  Both of the remaining two children were taken into the care of other families who raised them, and from which time they dropped the Collett name in favour of the Shannon surname.

 

 

 

Although the children were eventually reunited in 1848, that happened after both May and Clarence had passed away.  Clarence Herbert Shannon died during 1934, and was followed three years later by Georgina May Shannon, nee Collett, when she died at Casino in New South Wales on 20th September 1937 at the age of 45.  However, some elements of the family are still in contact with each other in 2008 and, Sarah, the granddaughter of son Tom, is attending James Cook University in Townsville, while lodging with Marion O’Shea (her cousin one step removed), the daughter of Tom’s sister Sheila Shannon, formerly Collett.

 

 

 

Georgina May Shannon’s death certificate revealed the following information.  Firstly that she was a patient at The Friendly Society Private Hospital in Casino when she passed, and that her death was the result of an embolism caused during an hysterectomy operation, which had been conducted eighteen hours prior to her demise.  She was buried at the Church of England Cemetery in South Grafton on 21st September 1937, where the witnesses at the burial service were her brother-in-law C R Shannon, who was also the informant of her death, and P C Sanders.

 

 

 

The death certificate also listed the names of only three of her five surviving children, and they were Clarence H Shannon 12, Martin R Shannon 10, and Heather M Shannon who was eight years old.  However, by that time, her son Henry had been dead for eighteen years, her son James had been adopted, and her missing daughter Sheila had been fostered by another family, thus resulting in their absence from the list.

 

 

 

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Henry Collett

Born in 1919

 

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James Thomas Collett

Born in 1921

 

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Sheila Collett

Born in 1923

 

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Clarence Henry Collett

Born in 1925

 

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Martin Rowland Shannon

Born in 1927

 

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Heather May Shannon

Born in 1928

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Charles Collett was born at Worcester on 9th June 1911, the third son of William Ernest Collett and his wife Alice May Matthews, whose birth was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 464) during the third quarter of that year.  The only other known fact relating to Thomas Charles Collett of Worcester is that his death was recorded there (Ref. B62E/94) during February 1998 when he was 86.

 

 

 

 

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John Stanley Collett was born at Worcester on 10th September 1914, the last child of William and Alice Collett.  Like his older brother Thomas (above) it seems that John lived out his life in Worcester, since it was there in March 1978 that his death was recorded (Ref. 29 0931) at the age of 63.

 

 

 

 

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Ada Elizabeth Collett was born at Derby on 9th February 1901 and it was there that she lived for the whole of her life.  It was in the census of 1911 that she was recorded as Ada Elizabeth Collett aged 10.  She married John Pratley at Derby in 1937 and also died there in February 1971.

 

 

 

 

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William Lewis Collett was born at Derby on 28th April 1906 and was four years old in the Derby census of 1911 when he was living there with his parents and sister Ada (above).  Like his sister Ada, William also lived all his life in Derby where in 1937 he married Evelyn Trowbridge and with whom he had two children.  William’s occupation was that of a turner and lathe worker at the Rolls Royce factory in Derby and he died in November 1978.

 

 

 

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Christine Collett

Born on 25.01.1941

 

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Jeffrey Collett

Born on 15.06.1945

 

 

 

 

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Henry Collett was born at Moree in New South Wales on 10th October 1919 and survived for just a week when he died 17th October 1919.  His death certificate conformed that he died at Nurse O’Hara’s Private Hospital in Moree, and that he had been prematurely born.  It would also appear that his seven days were all spent in the hospital under Doctor Matthew Harris.  The certificate also stated that his mother was Georgina May Collett and that the informant of the death was Olive O’Hara, no relation.  Baby Henry Collett was buried at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Moree, on the same day that he died.

 

 

 

 

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James Thomas Collett, who was referred to as Tom, was born at Toowoomba in Queensland in 1921.  He was the oldest surviving base-born son of Georgina May Collett and Clarence Herbert Shannon and, whilst he lived with them for a few years, he was formally adopted by the Siebenhausen family of Toowoomba, to become James Thomas Siebenhausen.  He was married in the late 1940s and the marriage produced two sons for Tom.  Michael Siebenhausen was born at Oakey in Queensland on 29th April 1949, and Stephen Charles Siebenhausen was born on 30th November 1954 at Clifton in Queensland.

 

 

 

James Thomas Siebenhausen, formerly Collett, died at Pittsworth in Queensland on 7th August 1989.  It is Stephen’s daughter Sarah that is currently attending James Cook University in Townsville where she is studying veterinary science.

 

 

 

 

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Sheila Collett was born at Inverell in New South Wales on 11th January 1923 and was the base-born daughter of Georgina May Collett.  Following the marriage of her mother May to her father Clarence Herbert Shannon in 1926, when she was three years old, Sheila adopted her father’s surname to replace her mother’s maiden, as did her older brother Tom and younger brother Clarence Henry.

 

 

 

However, as Sheila Shannon she was taken into the care of another family and was only reunited with her siblings at a later date.  Her foster parents had tried in previous years to persuade her to meet with her parents but with little success and Sheila last saw them in 1931.  And it was as Sheila Shannon that she later married Herbert Francis O’Shea at Cairns in Queensland in 1942 with whom she had two children.

 

 

 

She was eventually reunited with her siblings in 1948 although they had no knowledge of her existence as they were all too young to remember.  The reunion was not a happy event and no further meetings took place.  Sheila died in 1997 and in the week prior to her passing she expressed a wish that it would be nice to once again meet up with her brothers and sisters, but sadly that never happened.  Since her death Sheila’s two children have been in contact with their surviving aunt and uncle and their cousin, the son of the late Clarence Henry Shannon.

 

 

 

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Herbert Patrick O’Shea

Born in 1942 at Ayr, Queensland

 

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Heather Marion O’Shea

Born in 1944 at Townsville, Queensland

 

 

 

 

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Clarence Henry Collett was born at Drake in New South Wales in 1925 and was the base-born son of Georgina May Collett.  It was during the year following his birth that his mother married his father, following which Henry took up his father’s surname and became Henry Shannon.  Later in his life Clarence was married and his wife presented him with a son Rory.

 

 

 

12R3

Rory Shannon

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

12Q7

Christine Collett was born at Derby on 25th January 1941.  Twenty-two years later she married Edward Mould in 1963 and the couple moved to Bristol where Christine became a school teacher.  Christine died in 1999.

 

 

 

 

12Q8

Jeffrey Collett was born at Derby on 15th June 1945.  As a young man Jeffrey served with the Royal Air Force for several years and was posted to many places around the world, including Africa and Middle East.  Following his military service he settled in Derbyshire where he still lives to this day and where he worked as a quantity surveyor.  It was on 3rd October 1970 that Jeffrey married (1) Diana Morris, the marriage producing two children for the couple who were both born while the family was living at Burton-on-Trent.  Twenty-five years later Jeffrey and Diana were divorced on 1st May 1995 and four years later Jeffrey married (2) Janet Till nee Thomas on 6th March 1999.

 

 

 

12R4

Iain Collett

Born on 10.09.1975 at Burton-on-Trent

 

12R5

Robert Collett

Born on 13.07.1979 at Burton-on-Trent

 

 

 

 

12R2

Heather Marion O’Shea, who is referred to as Marion, was born at Townsville in Queensland in 1944.

 

 

 

Grateful thanks go to Marion as it was she that kindly provided the details of her family line.

 

 

 

 

12R4

Iain Collett was born at Burton-on-Trent on 10th September 1975.  Iain qualified as a chartered accountant and on 23rd September 2000 he married Catherine Sarah Bould in Derbyshire where the couple was stilling living in 2009.  It is interesting to note that Catherine Bould’s brother married Helen Collett of Burton-on-Trent but to date no details are available relating to Helen’s family line.  Grateful thanks go to Iain for providing the new details relating to his family line, the majority of which were originally gathered by his father Jeffrey from the parish records at Chadlington.

 

 

 

12S1

DYLAN ALFRED Collett

Born on 25.01.2012

 

 

 

 

12R5

Robert Collett was born at Burton-on-Trent on 13th July 1979.  In 2009 bachelor Robert was working as a town planner in Gosport where he lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX A – GLYMPTON

 

 

 

It may be interesting to note that in the Oxfordshire Census of 6th June 1841 there appears to be just one Collett family with a Glympton connection. 

 

That was Rachel Collett (Ref. 39M5) aged 67, the wife of William Collett of Clanfield.  Living there with her were her three unmarried sons, Thomas Collett (Ref. 39N4) aged 28, George Collett (Ref. 39N7) aged 25, and James Collett (Ref. 39N8) aged 21.

 

 

 

Further information on all of them can be found in

Part 39 – The Clanfield Oxfordshire Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B – ODDINGTON IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE

 

 

 

The earliest record of a Collett in that part of Gloucestershire, close to the boundary with Oxfordshire, was for Parnell Collett (Ref. 12B/1) who married Thomas Hall on 3rd October 1580.  The next was Anthony Collett (Ref. 12B/2) whose daughter Katherine Collett (Ref. 12B/2/1) was baptised there on 23rd February 1626.

 

 

 

And after them came the following entries.  Robert Collett (Ref. 12B/3) was born circa 1699 and he married Elizabeth Gillett at Oddington on 25th March 1723.  John Collett (Ref. 12B/4) was born circa 1703 and he married Mary Ward at Oddington on 13th October 1724.  Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 12B/5) was born circa 1706 and she married William Hensley at Oddington on 18th February 1728.  William Collett (Ref. 12B/6) married Sarah Poole at Oddington on 13th October 1730, and their daughter Sarah Collett (Ref. 12B/6/1) was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 11th July 1731 when her parents were named as Will and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

Oddington at the start of the next century

 

 

12l1

Thomas Collett, who was born around 1782, married Sarah Hyatt at Oddington on 5th January 1801.  She was the daughter of William and Sarah Hyatt and was baptised at Oddington on 4th April 1784.  It was also at Oddington that Thomas and Sarah settled and where all of their children were born and baptised.  Possibly another Thomas Collett, a widower, was married by licence at Oddington to Ann Taylor on 29th January 1820 and the baptism of their daughter Ann Collett took place during the June quarter of 1826.  That was also the same period that Anne Collett was baptised at Oddington on 30th April 1826 who was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Collett, which is curious because in the census of 1841 Thomas’ wife was named as Ann.

 

 

 

In the Oddington census of 1841 Thomas Collett had a rounded age 60, while his wife Ann Collett had a rounded age of 50.  Could she have been his second wife?  What is particularly interesting though, is that all of the baptism records so far found for the children of Thomas Collett name the mother as Sarah.  Living there with Thomas and Ann in 1841 were two of their three youngest children, their daughters Elizabeth Collett who was 19, and Sarah Collett who was 13.  Nearly sixty years after they were married the marriage between Caroline Collett (Ref. 12N4) and John Hiatt was recorded at Chadlington in 1859.

 

 

 

By the time of the Oddington census in 1851 Thomas Collett was recorded with a more accurate age of 69, placing his year of birth around 1782, when he was described a labourer from Oddington living at Adlestrop, just north of Oddington.  Once again his wife was named as Ann who was 63. 

 

 

 

Another child baptised at Oddington was George Collett whose parents were recorded as Thomas and Elizabeth.  The only reason for mentioning him here is that the said George Collett, together with Thomas’ son James (Ref. 12m7) were both living at Harborne in 1881, perhaps indicating that they were related in some way.  Further details relating to George Collett (Ref. 12m13) can be found below.  It is also interesting that Thomas’ son Charles (Ref. 12m8) lived at Great Rollright from around 1860 and his son Alfred Hyatt Collett, named after his maternal grandmother, was living in the neighbouring village of Hook Norton in 1901.

 

 

 

12m1

William Collett

Born in 1801 at Oddington

 

12m2

Hannah Collett

Born in 1803 at Oddington

 

12m3

Richard Collett

Born in 1804 at Oddington

 

12m4

Thomas Collett

Born in 1807 at Oddington

 

12m5

Jane Collett

Born in 1808 at Oddington

 

12m6

William George Collett

Born in 1810 at Oddington

 

12m7

James Collett

Born in 1812 at Oddington

 

12m8

Charles Collett

Born in 1814 at Oddington

 

12m9

Mary Collett

Born in 1816 at Oddington

 

12m10

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1820 at Oddington

 

12m11

Anne Collett

Born in 1826 at Oddington

 

12m12

Sarah Collett

Born in 1827 at Oddington

 

 

 

 

12l2

Thomas Collett was married to Elizabeth and their only known child, their son George who was born in 1810, was baptised at Oddington of 1st January 1811.  However, another George Collett was born to Thomas and Sarah Collet (above) at Oddington in 1810 and he is referred to in new information received from Paul Woodhead in which he was named as William George Collett, although the Family Bible only described him George.  Thankfully the later census records clearly identify them as two separate people.  Therefore could their two respective fathers named, Thomas Collett, be related in some way, such as cousins?

 

 

 

12m13

George Collett

Born in 1810 at Oddington

 

 

 

 

12m1

William Collett was born at Oddington on 9th March 1801 and it was there that he was baptised on 7th April 1801, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and his wife Sarah Hyatt.  It was at Chadlington in Oxfordshire that William, a farming bailiff of Chadlington, married Elizabeth Kearsy on 21st March 1835, when the witnesses were Robert Townsend and Elizabeth Trinder.  Elizabeth, who was born also in 1801 and who died in 1859, was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Kearsey, the five times great uncle and aunt of Don Cameron of Belmont in New South Wales whose family details can be found in Part 62 – The Trowbridge to New Zealand Line.

 

 

 

Apart from their first child, their son Edwin who was born and baptised at Chadlington, all of William’s and Elizabeth’s subsequent children were all born after the couple had moved to the nearby Oxfordshire hamlet of Dean.  However, with no church there, it is known that all of the children were baptised at All Saints Church, the parish church in Spelsbury just north of Charlbury.

 

 

 

It was only in 2012 that the whereabouts of the couple’s son Edwin was revealed in the census of 1841, when previously it was only known that he was absent from the family group.  The main body of the family was living at Dean where William was 40, Elizabeth was 35, their son John was three, and their son William was two.  It is now established that Edwin Collett, who was six, was a pupil at a school in Stow-on-the-Wold which was owned and operated by possible relatives of his mother’s family, they being John and Frances Kearsy.

 

 

 

The census of 1851 recorded the Collett family living in the Chipping Norton registration district as William Collett, age 50, Elizabeth Collett, age 48, Edwin Collett, age 16, John Collett, age 13, and William Collett who was 11.  At that same time their daughter Mary Collett from Dean was eight years old and was attending the school at Stow-on-the-Wold managed by the aforementioned Frances Kearsey who, by then was a widow.  Also by that time the family’s two youngest sons had already died by then.  It was over eight years later that ‘William Collett of Dean’ was buried at All Saints Church in Spelsbury on 25th October 1859, age 59 years, while his wife Elizabeth was buried there many years later on 25th March 1886, aged 83.  At the time of her death Elizabeth Collett was living at Chadlington.

 

 

 

Five years earlier, and listed as 78 years old Elizabeth K Collett born at Chadlington, she was a visitor at the Manor House in Charlbury where the only occupants on the day of the 1881 Census were Minnie A Gardner, who was five, John W Gardner, who was four, Louise M Gardner, who was one year old, plus 14 years old nursery maid Jane Betts of Chadlington and 17 years old Elizabeth Reason who was a domestic servant from Winderton in Warwickshire.

 

 

 

12n1

Edwin Collett

Baptised on 26.07.1835 at Chadlington

 

12n2

John William Collett

Baptised on 14.01.1838 at Dean

 

12n3

William Collett

Baptised on 04.08.1839 at Dean

 

12n4

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 02.10.1842 at Dean

 

12n5

Charles Collett

Born during 1845 at Dean

 

12n6

James Richard Collett

Baptised on 11.07.1847 at Dean

 

 

 

 

12m2

Hannah Collett was born at Oddington on 21st February 1803 and was baptised there one month later on 23rd March 1803, the eldest daughter of Thomas and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

12m3

Richard Collett was born at Oddington on 12th December 1804, the son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  It would be very easy to confuse Richard with Richard Collett (Ref. 33N7) age 37 in 1841, the husband of Sarah who was 32, whose family are detailed in Part 33 – The Bourton-on-the-Water Line 1770 to 1835.  However, there is the possibility that he may have married and had a son Richard Henry Collett who was born at Oddington in 1834.  Until proved otherwise the child Richard Henry Collett has been included here while awaiting confirmation of his parents.

 

 

 

12n7

Richard Henry Collett

Born in 1834 at Oddington

 

 

 

 

12m4

Thomas Collett was born at Oddington on 12th July 1807 where he was baptised on 11th September 1807, the son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  It was also at Oddington that he married (1) Mary Cole on 26th August 1829 and where all of their children were born and baptised, the parents confirmed as Thomas and Mary.  However, according to the first national census in June 1841 Thos Collett had a rounded age of 30, while his wife was named as Ann who had a rounded age was 40.  Living with them at that time were their three sons, who were George Collett, age nine, William Collett, age seven, and Henry Collett who was four years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later in the 1851 Census for Oddington, Thomas was listed as being 45 and a blacksmith from Oddington, while his wife Mary, age 53, was from Claines just north of Worcester.  The only one of their three sons still living with the couple was Henry who was 14 and a carpenter of Oddington.  Also staying with the family was Elizabeth Collett who was three years old and a niece from London.  She was the daughter of Thomas’ younger brother, James Collett (below), whose wife may have died during the birth.  It is also interesting to note that, at that same time, Thomas’ two absent sons were living and working in London, where they were recorded together in the census of 1851 in the Charing Cross area of the city.

 

 

 

It would appear that Mary Collett died either later that same year or early in 1852, because widower Thomas Collett then married (2) Ann from Eastington in Worcester and their daughter was born shortly thereafter in Cheltenham.  They later returned to the St Michael parish of south Worcester, where they were living in 1871 when Thomas Collett from Oddington was 65, his wife Ann Collett was 54, and their daughter Pricila (sic) Collett was 18.  Supporting the family was a servant, Jane Bailey age 15 and from Worcester.

 

 

 

12n8

George Collett

Born during 1832 at Oddington

 

12n9

William Collett

Born during 1834 at Oddington

 

12n10

Henry Collett

Born during 1836 at Oddington

 

12n11

Priscilla Collett

Born during 1852 at Cheltenham

 

 

 

 

12m4

Jane Collett was born at Oddington on 10th December 1808 and baptised there on 24th January 1809, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

12m6

William George Collett, who was recorded in the Family Bible as simply George Collett, was born at Oddington on 3rd August 1810, the son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  Curiously no baptism record for him has been found, and it was another George Collett who was baptised at Oddington on 1st January 1811, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  William married Elizabeth Bishop during the first quarter of 1840, the marriage being registered at Woodstock, but which probably took place at Combe where previously Elizabeth had lived with her mother Lucy Bishop.  The couple had been married for less than twenty years, when Elizabeth died towards the end of the 1850s, but not before she had presented William with six children. 

 

 

 

No record of William and Elizabeth has been found within the census 1841, although it is evident from the birth of their first two children that the couple was living at Combe up to around 1847 when the family moved to Oddington, where they were recorded in 1851.  The Oddington census that year listed the family as William Collett, age 33, his wife Elizabeth, also 33, and their four children, Georgiana Collett who was nine, William Collett who was six, Henry Collett who was two, and Louisa Collett who was just two weeks old.  At that time William George Collett was employed as a servant at the Little Compton home of Henry Lardner, Little Compton being approximately two and a half miles from Oddington.

 

 

 

Shortly after 1851, the family left Oddington when they moved temporarily to Chipping Norton, where their next child was born.  However, within the next two years a more permanent move north followed, and it was at Peasen Hall in Droitwich that the couple’s final child was born, just before William lost his wife.  According to the Droitwich census in 1861, widower George Collett was 46, and living with him was Henry Collett, age 13, and Louisa Collett, age 10, both of them born at Oddington, Pamela Susan Collett, who was seven, and Alfred Collett who was five years old.  Living and working on the same street in Droitwich was George’s eldest daughter Georgiana Elizabeth Collett who was 18.  No further record of George or his two youngest children has been discovered in any subsequent census returns.

 

 

 

12n12

Georgiana Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1841 at Combe

 

12n13

William Collett

Born in 1844 at Combe

 

12n14

Henry Allin Collett

Born in 1848 at Oddington

 

12n15

Louisa Mary Collett

Born in 1851 at Oddington

 

12n16

Pamela Susan Collett

Born in 1853 at Chipping Norton

 

12n17

Alfred Collett

Born in 1855 at Droitwich

 

 

 

 

12m7

James Collett was born at Oddington on 12th September 1812, although he was not baptised there until 29th January 1813, the son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  What is known is that he was married and that his wife presented him with a daughter, but tragically it seems that she died either during the birth of shortly thereafter.  In the census of 1851 the daughter of James Collett was being looked after by his older brother Thomas and his wife at Oddington, when Elizabeth Collett from London was three years old.  No record of James himself has been found in any census up until 1871 when he was living at Harborne near Smethwick with his daughter, not far from where his brother George was also living at that time.

 

 

 

By that time in his life James Collett was 58 although his place of birth was recorded in error as Hoddington in Gloucestershire, instead of Oddington.  His daughter, in whose home he was living, was described as Elizabeth Collett from London, Middlesex who was 23.  It would appear that Elizabeth was married during the 1870s, since in 1881 James Collett from Oddington was working as an agent at the age of 66.  On that occasion he was a lodger at 337 Bearwood Road in Harborne, the home of spinster Kate Micklewright, a grocer of 32 years from Stourbridge.  No later record of James has been found after 1881.

 

 

 

12n18

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1847 in London

 

 

 

 

12m8

Charles Collett was born at Oddington on 3rd November 1814.  He was six years old when he was baptised there on 1st May 1821 in a joint ceremony with his two younger sisters Elizabeth and Mary (below).  All three of them were confirmed as the children of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  At the time of the census in 1841, Charles Collett was given a rounded age of 20 when he was living at Chipping Norton.  In the mid-1840s Charles married Mary Ann from London, and it was there that the couple’s first two children were born.  In 1851 the family was living within the Goodmans Fields district of Whitechapel in London when the census return revealed that Charles Collett from Oddington was 37.  His wife Mary was 33 and their daughter Sarah Collett was five years old.  Very shortly after the census day that year Mary Ann presented Charles with his only son.

 

 

 

Following the birth of their son in London the family left the city, when they moved to Great Rollright in Oxfordshire, not far from Chipping Norton.  It was while they were living at Great Rollright that the couple’s last known child was born, and it was there also where the family was residing at the time of the next census in 1861.  On that occasion the family was recorded in error under the name of Collitt.  Charles Collitt from Oddington was 46, Mary Ann Collitt was 40 and from Surrey, and their three children were Sarah Ann Collitt, who was 15, Alfred H Collitt, who was nine, both born at Stepney, and Mary Elizabeth Collitt who was not yet one year old and born at Great Rollright.

 

 

 

Charles was a baker and a shopkeeper at Great Rollright, as confirmed in the next census of 1871.  The dwelling in which the family was living, which presumably was a shop as well, was described as being adjacent to part of the Baptist Chapel.  By that time in his life Charles was 52, while his wife was named as Marianne from Surrey who was 50.  Their three children were recorded as their unmarried daughter Sarah Ann Collett, who was 24 from Stepney but with no stated occupation, their son Alfred H Collett, who was 19 and also from Stepney, who was described as a baker’s son, and Mary E Collett of Great Rollright who was attending the village school at the age of 10.

 

 

 

Ten years later the couple was still living at Great Rollright, but with just their youngest daughter the only child still living there with them.  It is known that their two older children were married by then.  The census again confirmed that Charles Collett, age 62, was a baker from Oddington, his wife Mary Ann Collett was 60, and their daughter Mary E Collett from Great Rollright was 20.  Also living with the family on that occasion was Charles’ granddaughter Florence M Tomkins from Chipping Norton, the five year old child of his daughter Sarah Ann.

 

 

 

Charles Collett died during the 1880s, so by 1891 the census that year recorded Mary Ann Collett, age 73, as a widow still living in Great Rollright with her unmarried daughter Mary E Collett who was 28.  Following the death of her mother some years later, Mary E Collett married shepherd William Smith, and by March 1901 the couple was living at Swalcliffe, near Banbury, with their son Frederick Smith.  Mary from Great Rollright was 38, William was 39, and Frederick was five years old.

 

 

 

12n19

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1846 at Stepney, London

 

12n20

Alfred Hyatt Collett

Born in 1851 at Stepney, London

 

12n21

Mary E Collett

Born in 1860 at Great Rollright, Oxon

 

 

 

 

12m9

Mary Collett was born at Oddington on 21st March 1816.  She was five years old when she was baptised there in a joint ceremony with two of her sibling, Charles (above) and Elizabeth (below), on 1st May 1821, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  By the time of the census in 1841, when she would have been around 24, she was not living in the family home in Oddington and was very likely married by then.

 

 

 

 

12m10

Elizabeth Collett was born at Oddington on 7th December 1820 and was baptised there with her two older siblings, her brother Charles and her sister Mary (above), on 1st May 1821.  She was still living with her parents at Oddington in 1841 when she was 19.

 

 

 

 

12m11

Anne Collett was born at Oddington on 30th April 1826, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

12m12

Sarah Collett was born at Oddington on 5th January 1827, and was the youngest of the child of Thomas Collett and Sarah Hyatt.  In the Oddington census of 1841 Sarah was 13 when she was still living there with her parents and her sister Elizabeth (above).  By the time of the census in 1851 Sarah Collett, age 24, was living with her brother Charles (above) at Goodmans Fields within the Whitechapel area of London.  With her was her base-born son William who was still an infant under one year old.  It is assumed that Sarah was married sometime later, and that her son may well have taken her married name.

 

 

 

12n22

William Collett

Born in 1850 in London?

 

 

 

 

12m13

George Collett was born at Oddington where he was baptised on 1st January 1811, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  Although not traced in the census of 1841, by 1851 he was married with a son when he was working as a live-servant at a residence in Chipping Norton.  George Collett from Oddington was 39, while his much younger wife Mary was only 25, and their son John was five years of age.  Ten years later John Collett, age 12, was the only member of the family living in Chipping Norton.  After a further ten years John Collett, who was 23, was still residing within the Chipping Norton area in 1871, although no later record of him has been found.

 

 

 

No positive record of George Collett has been found in either the census of 1861 or again in 1871.  It is therefore possible that his wife Mary had died sometime between 1851 and 1854, and that her son was then placed in the care of others.  Following her death, George appears to have moved to Worcestershire where he married another Mary who was ten years younger than his first wife.  In 1871 Mary Collett, age 35, was living in Worcester with her son Alfred, age 15, and her daughter Ann who was two years of age.  Not long after the census day in 1871 the family settled at Harborne near Smethwick, where the couple’s next two children were born.

 

 

 

After his absence from the previous two census returns, George Collett from Oddington was living with his wife Mary and their daughter Ann at 10 James Street in Harborne, to the south of Smethwick, in 1881.  George was a general labourer who said he was 73 when he was nearer 70, when his wife Mary was 45 and from High Green (Hay Green, south of nearby Selly Oak).  The three children living there with them were Ann Collett, who was 12 and from Worcester, Charles Collett, who was eight, and Thomas Collett who was four years old, both of them born at Smethwick.  By that time George’s son Alfred was married with a family of his own, and was living nearby at Basons End in Harborne.

 

 

 

George Collett from Oddington died during the 1880s, following which his widow Mary, together with her two youngest sons, moved to Smethwick where they were living in 1891.  By that time Mary was 57, Charles Collett was 18, and Thomas Collett was 13.  Ten years later Mary Collett from Hay Green was 67 and was still living within the Smethwick registration district with her unmarried son Thomas who was 23 and a general labourer.  She continued to live at Smethwick, where Mary Collett, age 77, was recorded in April 1911, albeit at the home of her married son Charles Collett.

 

 

 

12n23

John Collett

Born in 1847 at Chipping Norton

 

The following are possibly the children of George Collett by his second wife Mary:

 

12n24

Alfred Collett

Born in 1855 at Worcester

 

12n25

Ann Collett

Born in 1868 at Worcester

 

12n26

Charles Collett

Born in 1872 at Smethwick

 

12n27

Thomas Collett

Born in 1876 at Smethwick

 

 

 

 

12n1

Edwin Collett was born at Chadlington where he was baptised on 26th July 1835 in the church of St Nicholas, when his parents were confirmed as William Collett and Elizabeth Kearsy.  In the census of 1841 Edwin Collett, who was six, was a pupil at the school in Stow-on-the-Wold which was owned and operated by John and Frances Kearsey, who were related to Edwin’s mother.  Ten years later he had left school and was living with his family within the Chipping Norton registration district when he was 16 and his place of birth was confirmed as Chadlington.

 

 

 

It was during the late 1860s that he married Sarah, who may have been Sarah Walklate who was born at St Albans around 1830, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Walklate.  Certainly Edwin from Chadlington was married to a Sarah from St Albans in 1861 when he was a cattle dealer at the age of 26, while residing at Churchill in Oxfordshire, and Sarah was 28.  Staying with the childless couple was Edwin’s younger brother William (below) when all three of them were recorded under the surname of Collet.  No trace of Edwin and Sarah has been found in any census return after 1861, so it is possible that they left England for one of the colonies.

 

 

 

 

12n2

John William Collett was born at Dean in 1837, but was baptised at Spelsbury on 14th January 1838.  He later married Anne Lardner at Charlbury when he was around 21 or 22 years of age.  Once married they initially settled in Charlbury for the first few years of their married life together.  Anne was the daughter of butcher Thomas Lardner of Churchill and his wife Mary, and was baptised at Churchill on 18th November 1838.  It may well have John’s work as a butcher that brought him into contact with Thomas Lardner, and through that working relationship he developed an attraction to his daughter.

 

 

 

By the time of the Charlbury census in 1861 Anne was due to give birth to John’s first child, which was born nearly four months later that same year.  The census return recorded John as being aged 23 and his occupation was that of a butcher.  His wife was listed as Annie Collett and she was 22.  The couple’s first two children were baptised at Charlbury having been born respectively at Charlbury and at Churchill, a village two miles south west of Chipping Norton and eight miles from Charlbury.  The next three children were all born after John and Anne had settled in London.

 

 

 

In 1871 the family was living in the Holborn & Amwell registration district of the city, where John Collett was 32 and his wife Annie, incorrectly recorded as Minnie, was 31.  The two children living there with him were Agnes who was seven, and John who was three years of age.  John eldest son was living with Annie parents on that occasion, at their home on Heath Road in Churchill.  Retired butcher Thomas Lardner of Churchill was 68, his wife Mary from Lechlade was 66, and staying with them and attending the local school was Allan J L Collett of Charlbury who was nine years old.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1881 the family was reunited and was living at 13 Guildford Street East in Clerkenwell.  Head of the house John Collett was a Police Constable with the Great Western Railway, was aged 42 years and his place of birth was given as Dean in Oxfordshire.  His wife was listed as Annie and she was born at Churchill and was 41 years of age.  Their children were listed as Allan Collett, who was 19 and born at Charlbury, Agnes M Collett, age 17 and born at Churchill, John W Collett, age 13 and born at Clerkenwell like the last two children, Annie E Collett who was six years old, and William T Collett who was only one month old.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891 the family was recorded once again living in the Holborn & Amwell registration district of London, but at 15 Granville Square in Clerkenwell.  John W Collett was 52, his wife Annie Collett was 51, and still living there with them were their two daughters and only two of their three sons.  They were Allan Collett, age 29, Agnes Collett, age 27, Annie Collett, age 15, and William Collett who was 11, when once again the two youngest children were confirmed as having been born at Clerkenwell.

 

 

 

The family was still living in Clerkenwell area just after the turn of the century.  The 1901 Census confirmed that John W Collett of Dean, age 63, was working as a carrier for the Great Northern Railway.  His wife Annie Collett of Churchill was 62, and still living with the couple were two of their unmarried children, Agnes M Collett of Churchill who was 37, and William T Collett of Clerkenwell who was 21.

 

 

 

Following the death of his wife in London during the first few years of the new century, John William Collett returned to the place of his birth and was living in the hamlet of Dean by the time of the census in April 1911.  Living with him, and acting as his housekeeper, was his eldest daughter, when the two of them were recorded as John William Collett age 73, and Agnes Mary Collett from Churchill who was 47.

 

 

 

12o1

Alan John Lardner Collett

Baptised on 28.07.1861 at Charlbury

 

12o2

Agnes Mary Collett

Born during 1864 at Churchill

 

12o3

John William Collett

Born during 1868 at Clerkenwell

 

12o4

Anne Ethelfreda Collett

Born during 1875 at Clerkenwell

 

12o5

William Thomas Collett

Born in March 1881 at Clerkenwell

 

 

 

 

12n3

William Collett was born at Dean and was baptised at Spelsbury on 4th August 1839.  He was 11 years old in 1851 and by 1861, when he was 21, he was living with his recently married brother Edwin and his wife Sarah at Churchill in Oxfordshire when his place of birth was confirmed as the hamlet of Dean.  It is unclear whether he ever married, but he died at Nuneham Courtney, south of Oxford, following which he was buried at Spelsbury on 4th January 1875, aged 35 years.  It was there also that his father had been buried in 1859.

 

 

 

 

12n4

Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Dean but was baptised at the parish church in Spelsbury on 2nd October 1842, the daughter of William Collett and Elizabeth Kearsy.

 

 

 

 

12n6

James Richard Collett was born at Dean and was baptised on 11th July 1847 at Spelsbury, where he was buried on 14th April 1849 at just two years of age.  He was the youngest child of William and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

12n7

Richard Henry Collett was born at Oddington in 1834 and all that is known about him so far comes from the census in 1871.  By that time Rich Henry Collett from Oddington was 37 and a farmer living in the Farm House in Oddington.  The farm comprised 100 acres on which Richard employed three men and two boys.  The only other occupant of the farmhouse was his wife Maria E Collett who was 46.  Sadly no other record of Richard Henry Collett has been located which might confirm his place within the broader Collett family.

 

 

 

 

12n8

George Collett was baptised at Oddington on 5th December 1832, the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Collett.  In the census of 1841 he was nine years old when living with his family at Oddington.  It is understood that on leaving school George and his brother William (below) travelled to London, where they were both employed as porters within the area of St Martin–in-the-Field.  The positions made have been secured by their uncle James Collett, since it is known that he was living in that area during 1847 when his daughter was born.  Both George and William were still living and working at St Martin-in-the-Field in 1851, but separately.  The census return confirmed that George Collett from Oddington in Gloucestershire was 19 and that he was working as a grocer’s porter, while lodging at 14 St Martin’s Street, the home of interpreter Edward Cole and his wife Mina.

 

 

 

No record of George has so far been found anywhere within the census returns in 1861, while two years earlier it is established that he married Fanny Dennis at Holy Trinity Church in Chelsea on 28th July 1859.  The details of their marriage confirmed that George Collett was of full age, was employed as a servant, and that he was the son of blacksmith Thomas Collett.  Fanny Dennis was the daughter of gardener William Dennis and both she and George were residing in Upper Chelsea at that time.  The witnesses were Muriel Dennis, Elizabeth Brown and Henry Collett who was George’s younger brother (below) who was later married at the same church in 1874.

 

 

 

Twelve years later George and Fanny were living and working within the St George’s Hanover Square district of London as recorded in the census return of 1871.  George Collett from Gloucestershire was 39 and a porter, his wife Fanny from Essex was 43, and living there with them was Fanny’s widowed mother Mary Dennis.  Two other people were recorded at the same address and they were Edward Salzman and Mary Randall.

 

 

 

According to the following census in 1881 George was again confirmed as a married man living and working at Marlborough House, St Martin-in-the-Field in London, where he was employed as a domestic gate porter.  He was 49 and his place of birth was confirmed as Oddington in Gloucestershire.  Where his wife was on the day of the census is still a mystery.  His employer on that occasion was German born British subject Maurice Holzman, who was private secretary to the Princess of Wales. 

 

 

 

George Collett from Gloucestershire, age 59, was still recorded in the St George Hanover Square census of 1891 but again without his wife who, it must be assumed, had died perhaps during the late 1870s.  It was eight years later that George Collett died in London at the age of 67, his death recorded at St George Hanover Square (Ref. 1a 369) during the first three months of 1899.

 

 

 

 

12n9

William Collett was born at Oddington where he was baptised on 1st June 1834, the son of Thomas and Mary Collett.  In June 1841 he was seven years of age when he was living at Oddington with his parents and two of his brothers.  It was with his older brother George (above) that William travelled to London for work purposes, and it was at St Martin-in-the Field that they were both recorded separated in 1851, when William Collett from Oddington was 16 and a porter lodging at 18 Warwick Street, the home of master saddler Robert Cuff and his wife.

 

 

 

In 1861 William and his family were living at Broadwell just north of Stow-on-the-Wold and Oddington.  He was listed in the census as being head of the household at the age of 26, by which time he was described as a coal agent from Oddington.  With him was his wife Ann who was 38 and from Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, together with their daughter Mary Ann Collett who was two years old and born at Shalstone to the west of Buckingham.  Thirty years later in 1891 William Collett was 56 when he was living within the Rowley Regis & Dudley registration district with his wife Ann who was 65.

 

 

 

12o6

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1858 at Shalstone, Bucks.

 

 

 

 

12n10

Henry Collett was born at Oddington and was baptised there on 4th September 1836.  In 1841 and 1851 he was four years old and was 14 when living with his parents at Oddington but was not there in 1861.  In 1851 his occupation was that of a carpenter and in July 1859 Henry was a witness at the wedding of his older brother George (above) at Holy Trinity Church in Chelsea, London.  Henry was later married at the same church to the much older Maria Ellen Martin on 13th July 1874.  Henry, of full age, was described as the son of blacksmith Thomas Collett, while Maria was a widow and the daughter of farmer William Brislder.

 

 

 

By 1871 Henry had returned to the village of Oddington and was listed in that year’s census as being 37 and a farmer of 100 acres married to Maria who was 46 and from Upton.  From a young carpenter to a farmer might indicate his new wealth arose out his marriage to farmer’s daughter Maria.  Ten years later Henry was only visiting Oddington on the day of the census in 1881.  He was 44, born at Oddington, married, and an annuitant, a visitor at the home of baker Daniel Potter and his family.  A search for his wife Maria has not revealed her whereabouts on that same day.

 

 

 

After a further ten years Henry and Maria were living alone at Taplow in Buckinghamshire on the day of the census in 1891 where Henry from Oddington was 54 and was once again working as a carpenter.  His wife Maria E Collett was 66 and it would appear that she passed away before the end of the century.  So in March 1901 Henry Collett from Paddington (sic) in Gloucestershire was 64 and a widower and a carpenter who was living alone at Taplow. 

 

 

 

Henry was still living in Taplow in April 1911 when he was 74 and it was over seven and a half years later that Henry Collett died in Buckinghamshire in 1918 at the age of 83, his death being recorded at Eton register office (Ref. 3a 1956) during the last quarter of that year.

 

 

 

 

12n12

Georgiana Elizabeth Collett was born at Combe in Oxfordshire in 1841, but after the census in June that year.  She was baptised at Combe on 10th January 1842, the eldest child of William George Collett and his wife Elizabeth Collett nee Bishop and was nine years old in the census of 1851, following her parents move from Combe to Oddington near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire around 1846.

 

 

 

After a short time living at Chipping Norton, Georgiana’s family eventually settled in Droitwich in 1854, and it was there a few years later that her mother died.  By the time of the Droitwich census in 1861 Georgiana had left the family home, but was living and working in the same street where her widowed father was living with the rest of her family.  The census confirmed that Georgiana Elizabeth Collett from Combe was 18, and that she was employed as a gloveress.  It was during the second quarter of the following year that she married (1) Thomas Griffiths, the marriage being registered at Bromsgrove in 1862.

 

 

 

The couple’s only child, Elizabeth Griffiths, was born at Droitwich during the second quarter of 1863, and by the time of the next census in 1871, Georgiana’s husband had died, leaving her a widow with a young daughter.  The Droitwich census that year confirmed she was a widow at 27, and that she was still working as a gloveress, while living with her at her home in Fox Alley in Droitwich was her daughter Elizabeth Griffiths, who was seven, and Georgiana’ sister Louisa and her base-born daughter of the same name.

 

 

 

Just over one year later, Georgiana married (2) John Crane, who was a pan smith.  Once married the couple lived at Miller Street in Droitwich, although there were no children resulting from their marriage.  According to the census in April 1911, Georgiana and John had been married for thirty-seven years, and by that time they were residing at 36 Burrish Street in Droitwich.

 

 

 

 

12n13

William Collett was born at Combe in 1844, the eldest son of William Collett and Elizabeth Bishop.  Like his sister (above), William was baptised at Combe on 9th June 1844, when he was confirmed as the son of William George and Elizabeth Collett.  He was also six years old in the Oddington census of 1851, but thereafter nothing is known about him.

 

 

 

 

12n14

Henry Allin Collett was born at Oddington near Stow during the first quarter of 1848, and was two years old in the Oddington census of 1851, and was 13 years old in 1861 while he was living with his widowed father at Droitwich in Worcestershire.  Henry married Hannah Huckfield in the last quarter of 1867, the marriage taking place at Pershore in Worcestershire.  Henry Collett was an agricultural labourer in 1871 when he was 24 and living in the Dodderhill area of Droitwich with his wife Hannah Collett, age 25, and their first child, William B Collett who was one year old.  Hannah was very likely with-child, since the couple’s second child was born later that year.

 

 

 

During the next decade Henry progress from farm labourer, and by the time of the census in 1881 he was a farm bailiff.  Henry Collett from Huddington was 35 and was living on a farm at Hadzor just to the east of Droitwich.  The reference to Huddington may simply be a misinterpretation of Oddington.  That same year his wife was described as Ann Collett, age 33, from Bishampton in Worcestershire.  By that time also they had three children, and they were William, Gertrude, and Alfred.  William was 11 and had been born in Worcester, while the other two children, Gertrude who was nine and Alfred who was seven, had been born when the family had been living in Dodderhill.  One more child was added to the family in 1885.

 

 

 

Staying with the family in 1881, were four sailors.  The first two were John Seymour, age 54, from Worcester who was the captain of the ship Martha, and his brother Isaac Seymour, age 38, a ship’s mate, while the other two were father and son, Robert Wood, 41 from Tewkesbury, captain of the vessel Elizabeth and 16 years old Arthur Wood, another ship’s mate.

 

 

 

During the next ten years Henry gave up being associated with the land, when he became a railway labourer, as confirmed by the census in 1891 when the family was living at 337 Dawlish Road in the Northfield district of Kings Norton.  Henry was 46, his wife Anna was 45, and three of their four children were still living with them.  They were William 21, Gertrude 19, plus five years old Harry Collett.  Living not far away was their missing son Alfred, who was 16 and was also living in Kings Norton where he was working.  Ten years later in March 1901, the whole family was reunited and once again living together in the Northfield area of Kings Norton.

 

 

 

According to the census return, Henry Collett from Denham (sic) was 53, and was working as a builder’s labourer by then.  His wife Hannah Collett from Bishampton was 54, and their four children were William from Worcester who was 30, and working as a builder’s labourer with his father, Gertrude who was 28, Alfred who was 26, and Harry who was 15, who was employed as a plumber’s boy.

 

 

 

The three youngest children were all confirmed as having been born at Droitwich.  Sometime during the first decade of the new century, Henry Collett passed away, leaving Hannah Collett from Bishampton a widow at the age of 65 in April 1911, still living at Northfield with her daughter unmarried Gertrude 33, and her unmarried son Harry who was 23 was employed as an emery bobber.  By that time it would appear that William was living in the Aston area of Birmingham where he may have been married, while Alfred was certainly married and had a child of his own by then.

 

 

 

12o7

William B Collett

Born in 1870 at Worcester

 

12o8

Gertrude Collett

Born in 1871 at Dodderhill, Droitwich

 

12o9

Alfred Collett

Born in 1873 at Dodderhill, Droitwich

 

12o10

Harry Collett

Born in 1885 at Droitwich

 

 

 

 

12n15

Louisa Mary Collett was born at Oddington during January to March in 1851, and was recorded as being just a few months old and living there with her parents on the thirtieth March census day.  Louisa was around eight years old when her mother died, so by 1861 she was living with her father at Droitwich at the age of ten.  In 1868, when Louisa was around 17 years old, she gave birth to a daughter while living at Dodderhill with her parents.  Her base-born daughter Louisa Collett was baptised at Dodderhill on 11th June 1868, when the parish record confirmed the child’s mother, and only parent, was Louisa Collett.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1871 unmarried Louisa Collett, age 20, was living with her widowed sister Georgiana Griffiths and her daughter Elizabeth at their home in Fox Alley, Droitwich.  Also living there with them was Louisa’s daughter, three years old Louisa Collett.  One year later Louisa Collett gave birth to a second base-born child, when Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Droitwich in 1872, where the parish records show she was baptised at St Andrews Church on 5th May 1872, the daughter of Louisa Collett.  However, it was after a further two years that Louisa Collett married the slightly younger John Solloway at Droitwich in 1875. 

 

 

 

Six years after that Louisa was recorded as Louise Solloway, age 30, whose place of birth was unknown.  Living with her at a house on Worcester Road in Droitwich St Andrews in 1881 was her husband John Solloway, age 28 from Kidderminster, who was a general labourer, together with her two daughters ‘Louise Collett’ who was 13, and Elizabeth Collett who was eight years old.  Ten years later, at the time of the census in 1891, John Solloway was 38 and was described as a scavenger, while his wife Louisa Solloway was 40.  The couple had no children of their own, nor is it known what happened to the couple after 1891.

 

 

 

12o11

Louisa Collett

Born in 1868 at Droitwich; bapt on 11.06.1868

 

12o12

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1872 at Droitwich; bapt on 05.05.1872

 

 

 

 

12n20

Alfred Hyatt Collett was born at Stepney in London during the 1851, but after the thirtieth of March that year.  He was the only known son of baker Charles Collett from Oddington and his wife Mary Ann from Surrey.  His family eventually left London in the late 1850s and in 1861 he and his family had settled in the north Oxfordshire village of Great Rollright where he was recorded in error as Alfred H Collitt from Stepney who was nine years old.  He was still living there with his family ten years later in 1871 when he was 19 and a baker’s son.

 

 

 

It may have been upon becoming a married man that Alfred stopped working with his father and took up the role of publican.  It was with that occupation that Alfred H Collett from London, age 29, was living and working at Back Lane in Chipping Norton with his with Emma from Appleton in Berkshire who was 32.  Living there with the couple was their niece Emma L Collett who was 10 years old and born at Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire.  As Alfred had no known brothers it has not been determined who Emma actually was, unless of course she was Alfred’s stepdaughter, and his wife’s child who had taken the Collett name when they married.

 

 

 

During the next decade Alfred and Emma left Great Rollright and in 1891 were living within the Bloxham area of Banbury, when he was 39 and she was 42.  It was ten years after that when Alfred was named in the census of 1901 under his full name, by which time the couple was living in the village of Hook Norton.  Alfred Hyatt Collett, Hyatt being his grandmother’s maiden name, was 49 and was described as a farmer from Christchurch in Surrey, while his wife Emma Collett from Appleton was 50.  Alfred Hyatt Collett died at Hook Norton during the first ten years of the new century, leaving his widow Emma Collett still living at Hook Norton in April 1911 when she was 63.

 

 

 

12o13

Emma Collett

Born in 1871 at Middleton Cheney

 

 

 

 

12n24

Alfred Collett was born at Worcester during 1855, the son of George Collett most likely by his second wife.  No record of him or his family has been found within the census of 1861, and in 1871 he was 15 when he was still living in Worcester with his mother and his much younger sister Ann.  Just after the census day that year the family moved north to the Smethwick area where Alfred’s two brothers were born.  Alfred was still in his teenage years when he married Clara, a local girl from that area of the country.  It is not known how long after they were married that Clara gave birth to their son, who was born when Alfred senior was around 20 years of age. 

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881 Clara had present Alfred with three children, when the family was living at Basons End in Harborne, just south of Smethwick.  All three children had been baptised at Smethwick and the parents confirmed as Alfred and Clara Collett.  However in the census return for 1881 all of the children and their mother were simply recorded as having been born in Staffordshire, while Alfred’s place of birth was correctly listed as being Worcester.

 

 

 

Whether Alfred had been born with a disability, or which had later resulted from an accident, he was recorded as being blind in 1881, although it did not stop him working as a labourer.  The complete household at Basons End was listed in error under the surname of Collet, and they were Alfred, age 26, Clara, age 24, and their three children, Alfred junior who was six, Ellen who was four, and George who was two.  Also boarding with the family was iron worker Cornelius Dickens who was 19.

 

 

 

Over the next ten years another three children were added to the family, and again all three of them were baptised at Smethwick to Alfred and Clara Collett.  The Harborne sub-district census for the parish of Smethwick in 1891 recorded the whole family as follows.  Alfred Collett, age 36, Clara Collett, 34, Alfred Collett, age 15, Ellen E Collett, age 13, Geo H Collett, age 12, Florence Collett, who was nine, Rose Collett, who was three, and Chas Thos Collett who was one year old.  Their family was finally completed with the birth of two more children, one born just after the census day in 1891, and the other born eight years later, and both at Smethwick.

 

 

 

According to the next census in March 1901 Alfred from Worcester was 48 and was employed as an iron worker, while all of the other nine members of his family had been born at Smethwick.  Clara was 46, Alfred junior was 25 and employed in hardware, Ellen was 23, George was 21 and a corporation worker, Florence was 18 and a laundress, Rose was 13, Charles was 10, Edith was nine, and Edward was one year old.

 

 

 

Tragically for the large family, Clara died during the first few years of the new century, leaving widower Alfred Collett, age 56, still living in Smethwick in April 1911.  Of his eight children, six of them were still living with him.  They were Ellen, who was 32, Florence, who was 27, Rose, who was 23, Charles, who was 20, Edith, who was 19, and Edward who was 11.   By that time Alfred’s two eldest missing sons were married and were living nearby within the Smethwick registration district.

 

 

 

12o14

Alfred Collett

Born during 1875 at Smethwick

 

12o15

Ellen Eliza Collett – born 1877

Baptised on 12.08.1880 at Smethwick

 

12o16

George Henry Collett

Born during 1879 at Smethwick

 

12o17

Florence Collett – born in 1881

Baptised on 30.11.1882 at Smethwick

 

12o18

Rose Collett – born in 1887

Baptised on 01.03.1888 at Smethwick

 

12o19

Charles Thomas Collett – born in 1889

Baptised on 20.02.1890 at Smethwick

 

12o20

Edith Collett

Born during 1891 at Smethwick

 

12o21

Edward Collett

Born during 1899 at Smethwick

 

 

 

 

12n26

Charles Collett was born at Smethwick in 1872 and was the son of George Collett and his second, much younger wife Mary.  In 1881 he and his family were living at 10 James Street in Harborne near Smethwick when Charles was eight years old.  His father died during the following years and by 1891 Charles and his mother and younger brother Thomas (below) were living in Smethwick when Charles was 18.  It was around the middle of the 1890s that Charles married Elizabeth from Birmingham with whom he had at least three children, and all of them born at Smethwick.

 

 

 

The Smethwick census in 1901 listed the family under the incorrect spelling of Collet, when Charles Collet from Smethwick was 28 and a machine packer, his wife Elizabeth Collet was 24, and their first child was Charles Collet junior who was three years old.  Elizabeth was very likely pregnant on the day of the census, since later that year she presented Charles with their second son, who was followed three years after by the birth of a daughter.  According to the Smethwick census in 1911 Charles was 38, Elizabeth was 34, their son Charles E Collett was 13, George was nine, and Lily was six years old.  Living with the family on that occasion was Charles’ mother Mary Collett, age 77.

 

 

 

12o22

Charles E Collett

Born during 1897 at Smethwick

 

12o23

George Collett

Born during 1901 at Smethwick

 

12o24

Lily Collett

Born during 1904 at Smethwick

 

 

 

 

12n27

Thomas Collett was born at Smethwick in 1876 at Smethwick, and was the youngest child of George and Mary Collett.  When he was four years old he and his family were living at 10 James Street in Harborne, but after the death of his elderly father Thomas and his brother Charles (above) were taken by their mother to live in Smethwick.  In 1891 Thomas was 13, and in 1901 he was 23 when he was the only son then living in Smethwick with his mother.  What happened to him after that time is not clear, but by 1911 his mother was living with his brother Charles, while Thomas, age 36 (sic) was recorded at an institution in Smethwick.

 

 

 

 

12o1

Alan John Lardner Collett was born at Charlbury where he was baptised on 28th July 1861, the son of butcher John Collett and his wife Anne Lardner.  Shortly after he was born his parents left Charlbury when they moved the eight miles to Churchill where Alan’s maternal grandparents lived.  And it was with his grandparents, retired butcher Thomas Lardner and his wife Mary that he was living in 1871.  Recorded in the census that year as Allan J L Collett, age nine years, he was described as a scholar of Charlbury, while living at Heath Road in Churchill.  By that time the rest of his family was living in London.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881 Alan was once again living with his family at their new home at 13 Guildford Street East in Clerkenwell, London where Allan Collett, then aged 19, was working as a carman.  It was as Allan Collett, age 29, that he was recorded in the Holborn & Amwell census of 1891, when he was still living with his family at 15 Granville Square in Clerkenwell.

 

 

 

Sometime over the next ten years Alan must have suffered a fairly serious accident while at work, since he was listed in the March census in 1901 as being an invalid.  That year’s census return confirmed he was born at Charlbury and that he was 39.  It has not been determined if he was ever married, nor has any record of him been found in the census of 1911, by which time his father and his sister Agnes had returned to Dean in Oxfordshire, following the death of Alan’s mother.

 

 

 

 

12o2

Agnes Mary Collett was born in the village of Churchill in 1864 and was baptised at Charlbury.  Not long after she was born her parents left Oxfordshire when they moved into London.  According to the census in 1871 the family, less Agnes’ older brother Alan (above) was living within the Holborn &Amwell area of Clerkenwell, where Agnes was seven years old.  Ten years later in 1881, as Agnes M Collett, she was 17 and was living with her family at 13 Guildford Street East in Clerkenwell.  She was still living in Clerkenwell with her parents after a further ten years, when she was 27, but by which time the family home was at 15 Granville Square in Clerkenwell.

 

 

 

It seems unlikely that she ever married since, in the census of 1901, Agnes M Collett from Churchill in Oxfordshire was 37, and was a spinster who was still living with her parents in Clerkenwell.  Ten years later she was still unmarried, but by then she and her widowed father had left London and were once again living in Oxfordshire.  The 1911 Census listed Agnes Mary Collett, age 47, living in the hamlet of Dean with her father John William Collett who was 73.

 

 

 

Unmarried Agnes Mary Collett was living at 88 Windmill Street in Gravesend, Kent when she died on 15th January 1942.  Probate for her Will was resolved at Llandudno on 30th March 1942 in favour of her brother William Thomas Collett, a bank messenger, and his wife May Helen Kate Collett, when her estate was valued at £1,844 5 Shillings 3d.

 

 

 

 

12o3

John William Collett was born around 1868 at Clerkenwell in London, the third child of John and Anne Collett who had only just arrived there from Oxfordshire.  In 1871, at the age of three, John Collett was living with his family in the Holborn & Amwell district of London, which included Clerkenwell.  Ten years later he was living with his parents at 13 Guildford Street East from where John W Collett, age 13, had already left school and was working as a carrier and a parcel boy.

 

 

 

It was just four years later that John William Collett died, mostly like in London and perhaps as the result of an accident at work.  His body was then taken back to Oxfordshire where he was buried at Spelsbury on 10th September 1885 aged 18 years.  However, five and a half years later his family was still living in Clerkenwell, at 15 Granville Square in Clerkenwell.

 

 

 

New information received from Norman Collett during 2012 gives rise to the fact that it may have not been that particular John William Collett who died a young man.  The details received from Norman indicate that John William Collett married Charlotte Sabina Roots who was born at Poplar during 1865.  In 1891 the childless couple was living in West Ham, where John W Collett was 25 and his wife Charlotte was 24.  The new information also confirms that John and Charlotte had a son William Albert Collett who was born at West Ham on 15th June 1897.  From the census in 1901 William may have been a twin brother to Henry.

 

 

 

The census return for West Ham listed the family as John W Collett from Whitechapel, who was 35 and a general labourer at a local gas works, his wife Charlotte S Collett from West Ham who was 34, and their three West Ham born sons.  They were John J Collett, who was nine, and Henry E Collet and William A Collet who were both three years old.  With the couple’s advancing years only one more child was added to the family during the following year.  According to the West Ham census in 1911 John William Collett was 45, Charlotte Collett was 44, John J Collett was 19, Henry E Collett was 13, as was William A Collett, and Leonard A Collett was eight years old.

 

 

 

12p1

John J Collett

Born after 5th April 1891 at West Ham

 

12p2

Henry E Collett

Born during 1897 at West Ham

 

12p3

William Albert Collett

Born on 15.06.1897 at West Ham

 

12p4

Leonard A Collett

Born during 1902 at West Ham

 

 

 

 

12o4

Anne Ethelfreda Collett, referred to as Mary, was born in 1875 at Clerkenwell.  According to the Census of 1881 she was Annie E Collett aged six, when she was living with her family at 13 Guildford Street East in Clerkenwell.  Ten years after that she was again listed as Annie Collett in the Holborn & Amwell census of 1891 when she was 15 and still living with her family.  Sadly, it was only ten months later, at the tender age of just 16 years, that she died at 15 Granville Square in the Clerkenwell area of London.  She passed away on 18th January 1892, the cause of death being influenza and pneumonia.  Five days later she was buried with her brother John William Collett (above) at Spelsbury in Oxfordshire on 23rd January 1892.

 

 

 

 

12o5

William Thomas Collett was born at 13 Guildford Street East in Clerkenwell in either February or March 1881 since in the Census for that year he was listed as being aged one month.  It was simply as William Collett of Clerkenwell age 11, that he was recorded in the Holborn & Amwell census of 1891 when he was living at 15 Granville Square in Clerkenwell with his family.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century William was still living at Clerkenwell with his parents.  According to the census return for March 1901, William T Collett was 21 and his place of birth was confirmed as Clerkenwell.  His occupation at that time was that of a carman, like his older brother Alan (above) prior to his accident.  During the next decade, William Collett of Clerkenwell married May of Clerkenwell and by April 1911 the childless couple had moved to Churchill in Oxfordshire, where William’s mother Annie Lardner had been born.  The census that year recorded the couple as William Thomas Collett of Clerkenwell, who was 31, and his wife May Collett, also from Clerkenwell, who was 29.

 

 

 

At the time of the death of his eldest sister Agnes Mary Collett (above) in 1942 when she was living at 88 Windmill Street in Gravesend it was William Thomas and his wife May Helen Kate Collett who were named as the executors of her estate.  On that occasion William’s occupation was that of a bank messenger.

 

 

 

 

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Alfred Collett was born at Dodderhill to the north of Droitwich in 1873, the third child of Henry Allin Collett and Hannah Huckfield.  At the time of the census in 1881 when Alfred was seven years old, he was living with his family on a farm at Hadzor to the east of Droitwich.  On leaving school he also left the family home which, by then was at 337 Dawlish Road in the Northfield district of Kings Norton.  That was confirmed by the census in 1891 when 16 years old Alfred Collett was living and working close to where his family was living.

 

 

 

During the next ten years Alfred returned to the family home in Northfield, where he was living in March 1901, when he was 26 and his occupation was that of a copper wire drawer.  Two years later, during the second quarter of 1903, Alfred married enamel painter Emily Johnson, with whom he had a daughter who was born the following year.  The census return for April 1911 listed the family at Northfield as Alfred Collett, who was 35, his wife Emily, who was 31, and their daughter Ellen Victoria Collett, who was seven years old.

 

 

 

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Ellen Victoria Collett

Born in 1904 at Selly Oak

 

 

 

 

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Louisa Collett was born at Dodderhill near Droitwich in 1868 and it was there that she was baptised on 11th June 1868, the base-born daughter of Louisa Collett and an unknown father.  In 1871 Louisa was three years old when living at Fox Alley with her unmarried mother, at the home of her widowed aunt Georgiana Griffiths and her daughter Elizabeth Griffiths.  Four years later Louisa’s mother married John Solloway, and in 1881 they were living at Worcester Road in Droitwich, where ‘Louise Collett’ was 13.

 

 

 

It was as Louisa Collett that she married Alfred Lakin during the third quarter of 1885, following which she presented him with one daughter, Elsie May Lakin who was born in Birmingham between July and September 1886.  Alfred Larkin was a brass burnisher and once married the family lived in Erdington.  On leaving school Elsie May Lakin worked in a dyer’s warehouse before marrying Thomas Edgar Lockhart, an engineer’s tool merchant, in the Aston district of Birmingham during the autumn of 1908.  Two years after they were married Elsie presented Thomas with a daughter May Elsie Lockhart who was born at Erdington in 1910.

 

 

 

 

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Alfred Collett was born at Smethwick in 1875 and was baptised there on 22nd August 1876, the eldest child of Alfred and Clara Collett.  In successive census returns from 1881 to 1901 he was living with his family in Smethwick when he was six years old, 15 years of age and unmarried at 25 in 1901 when he was working in hardware.  A few years later Alfred married Eliza Farmer and by 1911 they had two children who were born at Smethwick, where the family was living at the time of the census that year.  In error Alfred said he was 32, rather than 35, Eliza Farmer Collett was 30, Alfred George Collett was five, and Eric William Collett was just one year old.  Further children may have been added to the family during the following years.

 

 

 

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Alfred George Collett

Born in 1905 at Smethwick

 

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Eric William Collett

Born in 1909 at Smethwick

 

 

 

 

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George Henry Collett was born at Smethwick in 1879, where he was baptised on 4th September 1879, the son of Alfred and Clara Collett.  Like his brother Alfred (above) George was also living with his family in Smethwick in 1881 when he was two, in 1891 when he was 12, and again in 1901 when he was 21 by which time he was employed by the local corporation.  George’s mother died over the next few years and that may have been before or after he became a married man.  According to the census in April 1911 the childless couple that was George Henry Collett, age 31, and his wife Kate Harriet Collett, also 31, were residing within the Smethwick registration district close to the rest of George’s family.

 

 

 

 

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Edward Collett was born at Smethwick during 1899, the youngest of the eight children of Alfred and Clara Collett.  He was one year old in the Smethwick census of 1901 and was 11 years of age in the Smethwick census of 1911.  Although nothing further is known about him at this time, it seems likely that he died in Birmingham in 1959 at the age of 59, his death being recorded there (Ref. 9c 264) during the second quarter of that year.

 

 

 

 

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Charles E Collett was born at Smethwick during 1897, the eldest child of Charles Collet from Smethwick and his wife Elizabeth Collet from Birmingham.  In the Smethwick census of 1901 Charles was three years old and ten years after that he was listed with his family as Charles E Collett, age 13.  It would appear that he lived the whole of his life in the Smethwick area, since his death was registered there during the second quarter of 1959 when he was 60 (Ref. 9b 358).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Albert Collett was born at West Ham on 15th June 1897, one of the four known sons of John William Collett and Charlotte Sabina Roots.  In 1901 he was three years old and in 1911 he was 13, when he was living at West Ham with his family.  He later married Edith Emily Watts who was also born at West Ham on 24th March 1898 with whom he had a son.

 

 

 

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Norman William Collett

Born in 1924 at East Ham

 

 

 

 

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Norman William Collett was born at East Ham on 13th August 1924, the son of William Albert Collett and his wife Edith Emily Watts.  He married Muriel Cornford who was born at Forest Hill in south-east London on 25th August 1928, and they had a son David William Collett who was born on 8th April 1958.  And it was Norman who kindly provided the new information for the particular branch of the Collett family.

 

 

 

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David William Collett

Born on 08.04.1958

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other, so far unrelated, Oddington parish register entries are:

 

 

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William Collett was born at Oddington in 1844.  He was another, so far unrelated, member of the family with a connection to that village, and in the census of 1861 he was 16 years old when he was living at Alcester with his mother Maria Collett who was 58 and a widow by then.