PART THIRTEEN

 

The Stroud to South Africa and New Zealand Line

1750 to 2010

 

Updated June 2017

 

 

This is the family line of Philip Godfrey Collett (Ref. 13R73) of Cape Province,

and Brigid Louise Schalker nee Collett (Ref. 13R128) of Grahamstown, SA.

Philip’s line is denoted by the names in capital letters,

while Brigid’s line is denoted by the underlined names

 

To date, no link has been found to connect William Collett (Ref. 13M2), or any of his siblings, to any of the other Collett family lines.  However, there were many members of the wider Collett living within a three-mile radius of Stroud at the end of the eighteenth century.  One of them was the recently discovered Charles Collett (Ref. 13O1) who sailed to a new life in New Zealand where other members of the Gloucestershire family from that area of the county had already settled.  Prior to December 2014 the family line of that Charles Collett had been included as an Appendix in Part 6 – The New Zealand Line, but has now been placed in its rightful here in Part 13, hence the change in the title of this family line.  This discovery is all thanks to Kelvin Parker in Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

Much of the original information used in the June 2008 edition of this family line was extracted from www.1820settlers.com and the UK Census records

 

 

 

13L1

Undiscovered Collett parents born circa 1750 and married circa 1770.  It is purely the common place of birth of the children of the three gentlemen named below which has prompted the assumption that Joseph, William and James were indeed brothers and the sons of hereto unknown parents.

 

 

 

13M1

Joseph Collett

Born circa 1772

 

13M2

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born circa 1775

 

13M3

James Collett

Born circa 1778

 

 

 

 

13M1

Joseph Collett was born circa 1772 and he married Elizabeth Ricketts on 22nd July 1798 at Painswick.  All of their children were born and baptised at nearby Stroud.

 

 

 

13N1

James Collett

Baptised in 1803 at Stroud

 

13N2

William Collett

Baptised in 1805 at Stroud

 

13N3

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised in 1807 at Stroud

 

13N4

George Collett

Baptised in 1809 at Stroud

 

13N5

John Collett

Baptised in 1813 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13M2

WILLIAM COLLETT may have been born around 1775.  However, he was not the William Collett (Ref. 33M2) who was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 24th December 1765, the eldest son of William Collett and Anne Matthews, who later married Sarah Hollands on 12th August 1789.  It is established that this William Collett married Martha at Gloucester on 5th March 1797, while all of their children were born at Stroud.  Martha, who was also born around 1775, died at Burford in Oxfordshire on 21st October 1837 at the age of 62, while William had died at an earlier time, possibly around 1830.

 

 

 

13N6

JAMES LYDFORD COLLETT

Born in 1800 at Stroud

 

13N7

Joseph Collett

Born in 1803 at Stroud

 

13N8

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1806 at Stroud

 

13N9

Sarah Collett

Date of birth unknown at Stroud

 

13N10

Ann Collett

Date of birth unknown at Stroud

 

13N11

Rhoda Collett

Date of birth unknown at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13M3

James Collett was born around 1778.  He married Priscilla Golding on 18th June 1801 at Stroud.  All of their children were baptised at Stroud and all were listed as the children of James Collett and Priscilla Golding except daughter Susanna, who was oddly recorded in the IGI as the daughter of James Collett and Susanna Golding.

 

 

 

13N12

Harriett Collett

Bapt on 04.07.1802 at Stroud

 

13N13

Charles Collett

Bapt on 04.12.1803 at Stroud

 

13N14

Charlotte Collett

Bapt on 03.11.1805 at Stroud

 

13N15

Susanna Collett

Baptised in 1808 at Stroud

 

13N16

Sophia Collett

Bapt on 08.04.1810 at Stroud

 

13N17

James Collett

Bapt on 19.04.1812 at Stroud

 

13N18

Daniel Collett

Bapt in 1814 at Stroud

 

13N19

Robert Collett

Baptised in 1818 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13N1

James Collett was baptised at Stroud on 6th March 1803, the son of Joseph Collett and Elizabeth Ricketts, and he married (1) Harriett Simms on 25th December 1826 at Stroud.  It would appear that some of their children were born at Stanley End in Stroud, although all of the baptisms took place at Stroud.  According to the 1841 Census the family was living at Rodborough within the registration district of Cirencester, Stroud and Tetbury.  The family at that time comprised James, with a rounded age of 35, and his wife Harriet aged 30, and their children Charles 14, Joseph 12, Eliza 10, William who was eight, John who was six, George who was four, Sarah who was two, and Ann who was under one year old.

 

 

 

Tragedy may well have hit the family during the following year, since no record has been found for James’ wife after 1841.  Therefore it is possible that she died during the months following the birth of the couple’s last child, Ann Collett, who also missing from the family in 1851.  Following the death of his wife, James then married (2) Sarah from nearby Bisley with whom he may have had two further children, unless of course they were born to James and Harriet prior to her passing.  No baptism record for either child has been found to date.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851 James Collett, age 47, with his new wife Sarah, age 43, was once again living in Stroud.  The members of his family who were still living there with him were William Collett, age 18, John Collett, age 16, George Collett, age 14, and Sarah Collett who was 12.  James’ older son Joseph was 22 and was also living nearby in Stroud on that occasion, although no trace has been found of his eldest son Charles or his daughter Eliza.  The three missing oldest children had been replaced by two new arrivals who were Harriet Collett, who was seven, and Samuel Collett who was four years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861, James Collett was 58 years old, his wife Sarah was 52, and the only children still living with them at Stroud was his youngest daughter Harriet Collett, who was 17, and his youngest son Samuel Collett who was 14.  After a further ten years, all of the children had left the family’s home within the Stroud & Rodborough registration district, leaving just James Collett, who was 68, and Sarah Collett, who was 62.

 

 

 

During the 1870s James Collett died at Rodborough, so by the time of the next census in 1881, his widow Sarah was 72 and her place of birth was confirmed as Bisley.  At that time she was living alone at Butter Row in Rodborough, where she was described as a housekeeper and formerly a woollen cloth worker.  Her absence in the next census very likely confirms she passed away during the next few years.

 

 

 

13O1

Charles Collett

Bapt in 1827 at Stroud

 

13O2

Joseph Collett

Born in 1829 at Stanley End

 

13O3

Eliza Collett

Born in 1831 at Stanley End

 

13O4

William Collett

Bapt in 1832 at Stroud

 

13O5

John Collett

Born in 1834 at Stroud

 

13O6

George Collett

Born in 1837 at Stroud

 

13O7

Sarah Collett

Bapt in 1839 at Rodborough

 

13O8

Ann Collett

Born in 1841 at Rodborough

 

The following are the likely children of James Collett by his second wife Sarah:

 

13O9

Harriet Collett

Born in 1844 at Stroud

 

13O10

Samuel Collett

Born in 1847 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13N2

William Collett was baptised at Stroud on 10th March 1805, the son of Joseph Collett and Elizabeth Ricketts.  He married Sybil Vines on 31st July 1825 at Stroud.  All of their children were born at Stroud, but so far no record of any member of the family has been located in any of the UK censuses, so this may indicate that they emigrated to one of the colonies.  However, in the census of 1871 William Collett was 76 and was still living in Stroud, although he was very likely a widower by then, since there was no record of his wife Sybil living with him at that time.

 

 

 

13O11

Joseph Collett

Bapt on 31.07.1825 at Stroud

 

13O12

Henry Collett

Bapt on 04.11.1827 at Stroud

 

13O13

Alfred Collett

Bapt on 14.11.1830 at Stroud

 

13O14

Mary Ann Collett

Bapt on 02.09.1832 at Stroud

 

13O15

Enos Collett

Baptised in 1837 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13N3

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Stroud on 12th July 1807 and in the census of 1841 she was had a rounded age of 30 when she was living within the Stroud & Stonehouse registration district.  No further record of her as Elizabeth Collett has been found after that time, which may indicate that she was married by 1851.

 

 

 

 

13N4

George Collett was baptised at Stroud on 3rd December 1809 when he was confirmed as the son of Joseph Collett and Elizabeth Ricketts.

 

 

 

 

13N5

John Collett was born at Stroud on 31st January 1813, the youngest child of Joseph Collett and his wife Elizabeth Rickets.  By the time of the first national census John Collett was (1) married to Sarah and the marriage had produced at least one child for the couple.  However, the census that year only listed John Collett with a rounded age of 25 living within the Stroud & Rodborough area, with no record of his wife or his daughter who was baptised at Leonard Stanley.  It is therefore possible that both mother and daughter died shortly after Emma was baptised.  John Collett, age 38 and from Stroud, was still living alone in 1851, and by that time he was living and working in the Frampton-on-Severn area within the Wheatenhurst & Frampton registration district.

 

 

 

It would appear that he married (2) Jane during the years following the census in 1851, since by 1861 he and Jane had a daughter and the family was still living at Eastington within the Frampton sub-registration area.  John Collett from Stroud was 48, his wife Jane was 37, and their daughter Amelia Collett was five years old.  Upon leaving school their daughter Amelia appears to have sought work elsewhere, since by 1871 John and Jane were still living in Eastington but with no trace of their daughter.  By that time in their lives John was 58 and Jane was 47. 

 

 

 

During the following decade the couple left Eastington and moved south a few miles to Wotton-under-Edge, where they were living in 1881 at a dwelling in Bradley Lane.  John Collett, age 68 and from Stroud, was a non-domestic flower gardener, while his wife Jane Collett from Horsley in Gloucestershire was 57.  Living and working in domestic service nearby in Wotton-under-Edge was their daughter Amelia who was 25.

 

 

 

13O16

Emma Collett

Bapt on 28.12.1832 at Leonard Stanley

 

The following is the only known child of John Collett by his second wife Jane:

 

13O17

Amelia Collett

Born in 1855 at Eastington

 

 

 

 

13N6

JAMES LYDFORD COLLETT was born at Stroudwater in Gloucester on 14th February 1800.  At the age of 15 years he was articled to an attorney in London.  He asked his father to grant him permission to emigrate to one of the colonies but his father refused.  So he stowed away on a sailing vessel bound for Australia and was discovered and put ashore at Cape Town.  James had travelled on board the ship Salisbury which arrived at Table Bay on 8th December 1821, having set sail from England on 14th August.  His name on the emigrants’ list was amongst the party headed up by Major General Colin Campbell on which he was described as an indentured labourer.  Once in South Africa he secured work as a clerk assisting with the landing of settlers.

 

 

 

He was 23 when he married Rhoda Ann Trollip, who was 18, on 5th February 1824 at Grahamstown in Eastern Cape after she too had emigrated to South Africa.  Rhoda was born at Horningsham near Frome on 21st December 1805 the daughter of Joseph Trollip and Susanna Crouch and had sailed to South Africa the previous year onboard the ship Weymouth in Mr Hyman’s party.  At the time of their wedding James owned a small farm near Port Alfred.  He later bought farms at Olifantsfontein and at Koonap River and imported Merino sheep from New South Wales and Saxony.  In 1842 he bought three large farms in the Cradock area and in 1854 he was chosen as a member of parliament to sit on the first Cape Parliament.

 

 

 

The couple’s homestead was called Grassridge and over the years James became a successful and wealthy farmer.  He was one of the first men to breed merino sheep on a large scale and used to enter as many as 500 merino rams for sale at one time.  However, due to drought and a recession he was made bankrupt in 1862 and was forced to sell all of his many farms.  As a result he and Rhoda were offered a cottage on Mulberry Grove by his son-in-law Joseph Trollip, before their own son John offered them accommodation at Dassie Krantz.

 

 

 

Following a frightening incident with a defiant servant, James and Rhoda were eventually moved by their son John back to Grassridge where the couple lived out the rest of their lives.  James Lydford Collett died on 10th August 1875 at Grassridge Farm, Fish River in the Cradock District of Eastern Cape at the age of seventy-five.  He was also buried at Grassridge Farm.  Rhoda Collett nee Trollip died at Rietvlei, Middelburg in November 1895.

 

 

 

Apart from his own marriage to Rhoda Trollip, three of James’ children also married members of the Trollip family.  James Lydford Collett was well educated and played an important part in the early community life of the Eastern Cape.  He was only 34 when he was nominated for the Legislative Council at the Cape Parliament in 1834, and he was a member of the committee which formed the Eastern Province Agricultural Society in 1841.

 

 

 

13O18

Rhoda Ann Collett

Born in 1824 at Bathurst, Eastern Cape

 

13O19

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1826 at Grahamstown

 

13O20

Susanna Collett

Born in 1829 at Grahamstown

 

13O21

Martha Collett

Born in 1831 at Grahamstown

 

13O22

James Alexander Collett

Born in 1833 at Bathurst, Eastern Cape

 

13O23

William Collett

Born in 1835 at Olifantsfontein

 

13O24

Joseph Collett

Born in 1837 at Grahamstown

 

13O25

George Collett

Born in 1840 at Eastern Cape

 

13O26

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1844 at Groensfontein

 

 

 

 

13N7

Joseph Collett was baptised on 15th February 1803 at The Old Meeting House Independent Church in Stroud, the son of William and Martha Collett.  At some time in his life he was given £200 by his brother James (above), perhaps a few years after he had married Mary Benfield who was born at Bledington in 1808, the daughter of James Benfield and Mary Austin.  One unconfirmed source states the wedding took place at Bledington in Gloucestershire on 10th October 1823 and that the couple’s first child was born in England during the following year.  It now seems their second daughter was also born in England before the family set sail for America, where Joseph was known to be farming at Auburn in Cayuga County, New York State in 1838.

 

 

 

Another unconfirmed source of information places the Atlantic crossing of the family of labourer Joseph Collett in 1831, which would validate that both daughters were indeed born in England.  All four members of the family were named on the passenger list of the barque The Duke De Orleans which sailed into New York on 27th June 1831.  Joseph Collett was 26, Mary Collett was 27, Ann Collett was seven and Charlotte was five years of age.

 

 

 

In 1840 the family of four was recorded at the New York State township of Yorktown, while at the end of that decade just three on them were residing at the township of Skaneateles in Onondaga County, New York State, where Joseph was 45, Mary was 44 and their daughter Charlotte was 22.  All three of them were recorded as having been born in England.  The couple’s eldest daughter had left the family home to be married two years earlier.

 

 

 

During the years from 1858 to 1860 Joseph was living at Enterprise in California, possibly as part of the gold rush, after which he returned to farm in Cayuga.  However, in the census of 1860 Joseph Collett, aged 56 and from England, was a farmer still living at Skaneateles with his wife Mary Collett who was 57 and from England.  It was on 15th April 1866 that Mary Collett nee Benfield passed away at the age of 63.  She was buried at Old Sennett Cemetery in Cayuga County where a headstone marks her grave with the words Mary Collett, wife of Joseph, who died on 15 Apr 1866, aged 63 years and 3 months.

 

 

 

It was during the following year 1867, that Joseph returned to California, by sea on that occasion, as the head of a large quartz mining company.  The Voter Registration that took place on 27th October 1868 included the name of Joseph Collett from England, a resident of Enterprise in Butte County.  Less than two years later, on 13th August 1870, the census that day recorded at Mountain Spring township in Butte County listed Joseph Collett from England aged 65 as living with fellow miner J Dwinelle who was 22.  Adoniram Judson Dwinelle (named after a Baptist missionary to Burma) was born in New York on 9th January 1825 and he was Joseph's son-in-law, the husband of his eldest daughter Ann Collett, thus making the twenty-two-year-old miner living with Joseph in 1870 his grandson Judson A Dwinelle who was born at New York on 22nd February 1848.

 

 

 

The only other currently known fact about Joseph Collett is that he died in California on 26th December 1875 and was buried at Oroville in Butte County, where a headstone marks his grave.

 

 

 

13O27

Ann Collett

Born in 1824 in England

 

13O28

Charlotte Collett

Born in 1826 in England

 

 

 

 

13N8

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1806 and is known to have sailed to a new life in America, probably with her sister Sarah (below) and very likely supported by their brother Joseph who was known to be living there in the mid-1820s.  It is understood that when Elizabeth was married for the first time she became Elizabeth Shayler, and that her husband died before 1866, the year she married for a second time to become Elizabeth Bradley, the wife of Lucius Bradley.  There were no children arising from either marriage and it was at Cayuga County in New York State that Elizabeth Bradley nee Collett died during December 1892.

 

 

 

 

13N9

Sarah Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is known to have followed her brother Joseph (above) to America, most likely with her sister Elizabeth (above), where she had two sons and four daughters.  It was also in America that she died.

 

 

 

 

13N10

Ann Collett, whose date of birth is not known, possibly emigrated to America with her siblings.

 

 

 

 

13N11

Rhoda Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is known to have married Thomas Arnott of Glamorgan in 1841 from where she went to live in South Africa.  By early June in 1841 Rhoda and her husband must have left Britain as she was not listed in the census either as Arnott or Collett.  Rhoda is known to have presented her husband with a son Thomas Arnott in 1843.

 

 

 

 

13N15

Susanna Collett was baptised at Stroud on 3rd July 1808, who may have been born there during the previous year.  Initially it would appear that she married William Canter and by June 1841 she and her family were living within the Stroud & Minchinhampton registration district.  William Canter and his wife Susanna were both recorded with rounded ages 30 years, while their four children were Charlotte Canter 15, Sampson Canter, who was seven, Anna Canter, who was four, and baby George Canter who was one year old.  However, new but unsubstantiated information suggests that she married William Minty and that from 1841 to her death after 1881 she and her family lived in Cheltenham.  In 1841 Susan and William both had a rounded age of 30 when they had two children, David who was 13 and Charles who was 10. 

 

 

 

By 1851 Susan Minty, a widow from Stroud, was 43 when she was living alone in Cheltenham and during the following year she gave birth to a daughter Emma Minty.  Although no record of Susan or Emma has been found within the census of 1861, the two of them were recorded in the census of 1871 at Burton Place in Cheltenham when Susan was 64 and Emma was 18.  Living with then was Susan’s brother Daniel Collett (below).  Ten years later Emma from Cheltenham was 28 and the wife of Albert J Gibbins.  Living with the couple at 6 Bloomsbury Street in Cheltenham were their three children Frederick A Gibbins who was eight, Louisa E Gibbins who was six and Emily S Gibbins who was one year old, all born in Cheltenham like their father.  Also staying with the family was Susan Minty, mother-in-law of Albert J Gibbins, who was a widow of 74 from Stroud.

 

 

 

 

13N18

Daniel Collett was baptised at Stroud on 2nd October 1814, the son of James Collett and Priscilla Golding.  It was on 26th December 1837 at nearby Miserden that he married Eliza Nobbs (Nobes), the event recorded at Stroud (Ref. 11 513), when the witnesses were Charles and Emily Smith, and Richard Collins.  According to the census in 1861 Eliza was born at East Hendred, a village near Wantage in Berkshire and by that time in their lives the childless couple was residing in the Aston district of Birmingham.  Daniel Collett from Stroud was a toll collector at the age of 47 and his wife was 52.  Upon the death of his wife, Daniel returned to Gloucestershire and in 1871 he was staying with his widowed sister Susan Minty and her daughter Emma Minty at Burton place in Cheltenham when he was 57.

 

 

 

 

13N19

Robert Collett was baptised at Stroud on 10th May 1818, the last child born to James Collett and Priscilla Golding.  What happened to Robert in his earlier years has still to be established, but by the time of the census in 1861 Robert Collett from Stroud was married to Louisa and they were living with the Parish of St Mary in Cardiff.  Robert was 42, while his much younger wife Mary was 24 and from Port Isaac in Cornwall.  Listed with them in the census return that year was their daughter Jean Ann Collett who was one year old.  It is likely that their daughter did not survive long after that day in 1861, since in the next census of 1871 the couple’s eldest child was their son James who was only nine years of age.

 

 

 

Perhaps it was the death of their first child that prompted the couple to return to Mary’s hometown of Port Isaac to be near her parents, as it was there that she gave birth to her next three children.  However, by the time of the 1871 Census the family was again residing in St Mary district of Cardiff where they were recorded as Robert Collett from Gloucestershire who was 45 (when he was 52), Mary Collett who was 34, James E Collett who was nine, Lavinia B Collett who was eight and Louisa S Collett who was five years old.  Curiously no record of any member of the family has been identified within the next census conducted in 1881.

 

 

 

13O29

Jean Ann Collett

Born in 1859 at Cardiff

 

13O30

James Edward Collett

Born in 1861 at Port Isaac

 

13O31

Lavinia Binn Collett

Born in 1863 at Port Isaac

 

13O32

Louisa S Collett

Born in 1865 at Port Isaac

 

 

 

 

13O1

Charles Collett was possibly base-born in 1825 or 1826, the latter being when his parents were married during December that year.  Although he was baptised at Stroud on 3rd June 1827, the eldest child of James Collett and his first wife Harriet Simms, he may have been born at Stanley End to the south of Stroud where his siblings were born.  In the census of 1841, Charles Collett was the oldest child still living with his family at the age of 14.  However, it was seven years later, when he was in his early twenties, that he left Gloucestershire and sailed from England, arriving at Sydney in Australia on 4th November 1848.  It is possible that he was influenced by his cousin James Lydford Collett who had attempted to travel to Australia in 1821, but was thrown off the ship at Cape Town as a stowaway. 

 

 

 

Four years after his arrival in Australia, Charles was recorded in the south of the North Island of New Zealand when he married Maria Jones on 26th July 1852 at the Wesleyan Chapel in Aglionby (right) within the Parish of Wellington, in the County of New Munster.  At that time the country was made up of three counties.  New Ulster comprised most of the North Island, New Munster included the southern portion of the North Island and all of the South Island, and New Leinster which comprised Stewart Island.

 

 

 

Charles was 27 years old at the time of the marriage in 1852, placing his year of birth around 1825 and before his parents were married.  He and Maria were married following the reading of banns and with the consent of Maria’s father Henry Jones.  The groom was described as a butcher of full age, while the bride was recorded as a minor, being nine years younger than Charles when she was barely 18 years of age.  Maria was the first of the ten children born to Henry James Jones (1811-1902) and Mary Willett and was born at Preston Capes in Northamptonshire, England on 27th March 1834, following which she was baptised on 13th May 1834 at the Wesleyan Church in Daventry. In the census of 1841 Maria Jones was seven years old when she was still living at Preston Capes with her family.

 

 

 

Maria’s father was a notable early settler in New Zealand.  He emigrated in 1842 with his wife Mary, who was born in Oxfordshire, together with their four children, on the sailing ship ‘London’ which arrived at Port Nicholson in Wellington on 1st May of that year.  One of the children, Mary Jones who was recorded as being only six months old on the passenger list, died at sea on 18th April 1842.  As a result, Henry and Mary gave the same name to the first of their children to be born in New Zealand during the following year.  That Mary Jones, born in 1843, later married David Dixon and the couple were to have another five children in their new country.  A son, James Jones, was born in 1845 and he married Emma Hodder the daughter of fellow passengers aboard the ‘London’, Walter and Emma Hodder.  Henry James Jones was recorded as being an agricultural labourer, a farmer, and a practical herbalist.

 

 

 

The Jones family settled at Wadestown which was situated very close to Aglionby, where Charles and Maria were married, and later moved from Wadestown, a northern suburb of Wellington, to Masterton in the Wairarapa region of the North Island during 1855 where Henry Jones produced vegetables and butter for sale from his farming enterprise in Johnstone Street.  He was credited with being the first man to use a plough in Masterton and the first to start a Sunday School, and was known as the patriarch of Methodism in Masterton.  His sons also farmed in the area and Henry junior was among Masterton's first Bakers. Henry was described as being a very community minded person and between 1858 and 1865 he was a volunteer for the military, in case of an attack by the Maori.  It was in 1855 that he established the Sunday School at his home and, after 1858, the Church Society also met there.  At a meeting in Masterton in 1857 he moved a resolution on sheep or cattle farming in the Wairarapa and between 1858 and 1895 he was a local preacher with over 450 services held by him throughout the Wairarapa district.  In 1870 he sold his farm in Masterton and, with his daughter Mrs Maria Collett, he took up his residence in the township.

 

 

 

Whilst it is known that Charles was a butcher in 1852, by August 1859 when he was 34, he was the proprietor of a butcher shop at Molesworth Street in Thorndon Flat, Wellington.  Thorndon Flat was in the same area as Aglionby and Wadestown.  The first five children of Charles and Maria were born in Wellington, they being Jacob Collett, Eliza Collett, Samuel Collett, Esau Collett who sadly died before his first birthday, and Rebecca Collett.  Sometime after Rebecca was born and before the birth of the couple's next child, the family had relocated to Invercargill in the south of the South Island.  That move was confirmed when Charles Collett, who obviously had opened a butcher shop in Invercargill, came before the Magistrates Court in Southland charged with having committed the offence of “exposing for sale unwholesome meat” as reported in the Southland Times in 1863.  However, the case was dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence.

 

 

 

Thirty years later the following report was published in the Southland Times on 1st July 1893, when Charles would have been about 68 years old.  “Out All Night: As Mr Kirkland of Myross Bush and Mr Horon of Invercargill happened to meet yesterday forenoon at Richmond Grove, on the East Road, they observed an elderly man, well known in town, and named Charles Collett, lying among some tussocks in a paddock.  Proceeding to the spot they found that he had evidently been out all night and, as he could not stand, they concluded that he was in a bad way.  Mr Kirkland immediately went to the police station and soon after Constables Burnett and Emmerson had Collett conveyed to the hospital.  An examination by Dr Macleod showed that Collett had fractured his right leg, between the knee and ankle, and that he was also suffering from a touch of frost-bite.  Collett, who is 66 years of age, had been drinking heavily”.

 

 

 

It was just over three years later when Charles Collett, age 71, died of heart disease on 26th September 1896 at Oteramika, five miles east of Invercargill in Southland, following which he was buried in the nearby Woodlands Cemetery on 28th September of that year.  Once again his age would indicate that he had been born in 1825.  After Charles’ passing his widow returned to the North Island and to her father’s home in Masterton, where Maria Collett nee Jones later died on 7th May 1904 and was buried three days later in the Archer Street Cemetery in Masterton.

 

 

 

The informant for Charles’ death was his son, Charles Collett junior, who curiously did not know, or did not register, many details of his extended family.  The death certificate did confirm that only seven of his eight children, five males and two females, were still alive at the time of his death in 1896.  His grandparents were recorded as being unknown, while the place of his father’s birth was simply listed as England.  He did not know his siblings’ birth dates, nor could he accurately state the number of years that his father had been living in New Zealand when he estimated it was 50, when at best Charles senior had been in the country for only 48 years. 

 

 

 

13P1     (6Ao1)

Jacob Collett

Born in 1854 at Wellington

 

13P2     (6Ao2)

Eliza Collett

Born in 1856 at Wellington

 

13P3     (6Ao3)

Samuel Collett

Born in 1858 at Wellington

 

13P4     (6Ao4)

Esau Collett

Born in 1859 at Thorndon Flat

 

13P5     (6Ao5)

Rebecca Collett

Born in 1860 at Thorndon Flat

 

13P6     (6Ao6)

Charles Collett

Born in 1862 at Invercargill

 

13P7     (6Ao7)

James Henry Collett

Born in 1869 at Invercargill

 

13P8     (6Ao8)

Edward Collett

Born in 1873 at Invercargill

 

 

 

 

13O2

Joseph Collett was born at Stanley End near Stroud on 8th March 1829, the son of James and Harriet Collett.  At the time of the 1841 Census he was twelve years old and was living with his family in Stroud.  By 1851 he was unmarried at the age of 22 when he was still living in Stroud, but not with his family.  Sometime during the following ten years Joseph married Elizabeth and the couple were listed together in the Stroud census of 1861.  Joseph was 32, while his wife Elizabeth was 33.  Ten years later it would appear that it was still just Joseph, age 42, and Elizabeth who was 43, who were living in Stroud, the marriage apparently not producing any children for the couple.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881 they were again living alone at Chapel Street in Stroud.  Joseph was working as a general haulier like his brother William (below).  Joseph was fifty-two and confirmed he had been born at Stroud, while his wife Elizabeth was also born at Stroud and was fifty-three years of age.  Ten years later Joseph Collett was sixty-one and a widower when he was listed as living within the Rodborough & Stroud registration district, his wife Elizabeth having died in the preceding years.

 

 

 

By 1901 Joseph was seventy-two and by that time he was living in the Chalford registration district to the east of Stroud, while ten years later in April 1911 he was eighty-one and was back living in Stroud.  On that occasion he was lodging at 15 Upper Lypiatt Terrace on Horns Road in Stroud, the home of Thomas John Hawkey and his wife Clara Louisa, where he was described as a retired haulier from Stroud.  Joseph was still residing at that same address when he passed away over three years later at the age of eighty-five.  The death of Joseph Collett was recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 428) during the last three months of 1914.  Probate of his personal effects amounting to £132 1 Shilling 9d was granted to William Chandler, a cloth worker.

 

 

 

 

13O3

Eliza Collett was born at Stroud on 4th May 1831 and was baptised there on 29th May 1831, the daughter of James Collett and Harriett Sims.  While she was living with her parents in 1841, when she was 10 years old, she had left the family home in Stroud by 1851 and no trace of her anywhere else has been located.

 

 

 

 

13O4

William Collett was born at Stanley End, possibly in 1832, and was baptised at Stroud on 14th April 1833, and was eight years old in the June census of 1841.  It was towards the end of the 1850s that William married Mary Ann, and by 1861 she had presented him with their first child.  William was 26, Mary A Collett was 29, and Charles Collett was one year old.  Over the next decade three more children were added to their family.  According to the census in 1871 William Collett, age 38, and his wife Mary, who was 42, and their family were living at Randwick within the Stroud & Stonehouse registration district.  Mary was listed as having been born at Stroud, where three of her children were born, with the last child being born after the family had moved to Randwick. 

 

 

 

On that occasion their children were recorded as Charles W Collett, aged 11, Mary J Collett, who was nine years old, Rose E Collett, who was six years old, and Sarah Collett who was just one year old.  However, sometime after 1871 and before the next census of 1881 William’s wife died.  That was confirmed by the census in 1881 in which William Collett, age 50, was a widower living with his family at Fair View in Randwick.  His place of birth was given as Stanley, rather than Stanley End, and his occupation was that of a haulier, like his older brother Joseph (above).

 

 

 

All four of his children were still living with him and all were still not married.  Only William’s daughter Sarah, who was eleven and born at Randwick, was still at school.  All of the three older children were employed as woollen cloth workers, and all having been born at Stroud.  Charles Collett was 23, Maria Collett was 21, and Rose E Collett was 19.  Just after the start of the new century, carrier William Collett was still living at Randwick when, in March 1901, he gave his age as being 70.  Still living with him, and acting as his housekeeper was his youngest daughter Sarah Collett who was 30 years old.

 

 

 

13P9

Charles William Collett

Born in 1858 at Stroud

 

13P10

Mary F Collett

Born in 1861 at Stroud

 

13P11

Rose E Collett

Born in 1864 at Stroud

 

13P12

Sarah Collett

Born in 1869 at Randwick

 

 

 

 

13O5

John Collett was born at Stroud in 1834 and was six years of age in 1841 when he was living at Rodborough with his parents James and Harriet Collett.  Ten years later he was still living at his parents’ home in Stroud when he was 16.  During the middle of the next decade he married Harriet Holder and by the time of the next census in 1861 the marriage had produced three daughters, all of them born at Stroud.  The census that year listed the family as John Collett, age 26, his wife Harriet Collett, age 25, and their three children as Sarah Collett, who was four, Eliza Collett, who was two, and Martha Collett who was under one year old, who sadly died not long after the day of the census.  The loss to the family was offset by the birth of a further three daughters during the 1860s. 

 

 

 

According to the census in 1871 John Collett was 38 rather than 36, while his wife Harriet was 35.  The five children living at Stroud with then on that occasion were Sarah, age 14, Eliza age 12, Harriet, who was six, Elizabeth who was three, and Alice M Collett who was not yet one year old.  Three more daughters were added to the family during the 1870s, as confirmed in the census of 1881.

 

 

 

By that time the couple’s two eldest daughter had left the family home, presumably to be married as they would have been 24 and 22 respectively.  The other members of family were living at Clark Court off Acre Street in Stroud, where all of them were confirmed as having been born at Stroud.  John Collett, age 48, was working as a labourer, and his wife Harriet, who was 45, was employed as a chairwoman.  Their daughter Harriet, age 16, was a cloth mill hand, while daughter Elizabeth, age 13, was a seamstress.  The next three girls were all attending school, and they were Alice, who was ten, Mary, who was seven, and Ellen who was five.  The youngest child, Lucy, was two years old.

 

 

 

John Collett died three years later in 1884, his death recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 192) during the last three months of that year, when his age was stated as being 53, rather than 50. It is also curious that an unconfirmed record on the internet say that he passed away in a lunatic asylum, which may be a reference to another John Collett.  By 1891 the widow of John Collett was still living in Stroud with her youngest child.  The census return described the pair of them as Harriet Collett age 55 and from Stroud, and Lucy Collett also from Stroud who was 12.  Living in nearby in town was Harriet’s daughter Mary Collett who was 18, while daughter Alice M Collett was 20 and was living in the Rodborough area.

 

 

 

Ten years later Harriet Collett, age 65 and a widow, and her daughter Lucy Collett, then aged 22, were both working as charwomen when they were living in Rodborough, while daughter Alice was most likely married by then.  It was just under six years after that census day in 1901 when Harriet Collett nee Holder passed away at the age of 71, her death recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 268) during the first quarter of 1907.  At that time in her life her address was recorded as The Knoll on Parliament Street in Stroud, while the day on which she died is confirmed as 12th February 1907.

 

 

 

13P13

Sarah Collett

Born in 1856 at Stroud

 

13P14

Eliza Collett

Born in 1858 at Stroud

 

13P15

Martha Collett

Born in 1860 at Stroud

 

13P16

Harriet Collett

Born in 1864 at Stroud

 

13P17

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1867 at Stroud

 

13P18

Alice M Collett

Born in 1870 at Stroud

 

13P19

Mary Collett

Born in 1873 at Stroud

 

13P20

Ellen Collett

Born in 1875 at Stroud

 

13P21

Lucy Collett

Born in 1878 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13O6

George Collett was possibly born in 1836 and was baptised at Stroud on 12th February 1837, the son of James and Harriet Collett.  By 1841 George was four years old when he was living in Rodborough with his family, but then following the death of his mother, his father remarried and the family moved back to Stroud where George was 14 in 1851.

 

 

 

 

13O7

Sarah Collett was probably born in 1839 and was baptised at Rodborough on 21st July 1839, where her parents James and Harriet were living in 1841 when Sarah was two years old.  During the next couple of years her mother died and her father remarried, so by 1851 Sarah, at the age of 12, was living in Stroud with her father and her stepmother.

 

 

 

 

13O10

Samuel Collett was born at Stroud in 1847, the son of James Collett by his second wife Sarah, and in the Stroud census of 1851 Samuel was four years old.  Ten years later it was Just Samuel, aged 14, and his sister Harriet, who was 17, who were the only children still living at the Stroud home of their parents.  Not long after that Samuel made his way to London where he was recorded at the time of the next census in 1871.  Samuel Collett from Stroud in Gloucestershire was 24 and was a shoemaker lodging at the Camberwell home of William and Hannah Lilley.

 

 

 

 

13O15

Enos Collett was baptised at Stroud on 16th April 1837, the youngest child of William Collett and Sybil Vines, his birth curiously only being recorded at Stroud (Ref. 11 318) during the third quarter of that year.  The question may therefore be, did the baptism take place in August that year or in April of the following year.

 

 

 

 

13O17

Amelia Collett was the only child of John Collett and his second wife Jane and was born at Eastington during 1855.  She was five years of age in Eastington census of 1861 when she was living there with her parents, while ten years later she was no longer recorded at the family home in Eastington.  By the time of the next census in 1881 spinster Amelia Collett from Eastington was 25 when she was one of five servants at the Wotton-under-Edge home of the Ricketts family where she was employed as a domestic housemaid.  It should be noted that her paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ricketts, so there may well have been a family connection of some sort.  Also by that time her parents were also residing nearby at Wotton-under-Edge.

 

 

 

 

13O18

Rhoda Ann Collett was born on 27th December 1824 at Camphor's Kraal, Bathhurst in Eastern Cape, South Africa.  On 31st May 1842 she married her cousin Joshua Trollip at Groenfontein Farm in Cradock.  It was also at Groenfontein where Joshua was born on 17th May 1822.  He was the son of Stephen Trollip and Mary Weller and the nephew of Rhoda’s mother Rhoda Collett nee Trollip.  The marriage produced twelve children for Rhoda and Joshua and all were born within the Cradock district of Eastern Cape.  Two of the children died very young, one not quite a year old and the other at just three years of age. 

 

 

 

Rhoda Ann Trollip nee Collett died on 17th November 1898 aged 73 at Mulberry Grove in Eastern Cape and was buried at Katkop Farm in Eastern Cape, where her husband was buried following his death at Doornhoek on 16th April 1887.  One of Rhoda’s daughters, Jessie Harriet Collett Trollip, later married William Jacobus Van Heerden and their daughter Annie Van Heerden married her uncle Albert Henry Collett (Ref. 13P32) the son of John Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

13O19

JOHN COLLETT was born on 27th November 1826 at Beaufort Street in Grahamstown in Eastern Cape.  On 19th July 1854 he married his cousin Mary Trollip at Doornberg Farm in Cradock.  She was the daughter of Joseph Anthony Trollip and Phoebe Whitehead and her father Joseph was the brother of John’s mother Rhoda.  All of their fourteen children were born at Grahamstown in Cradock.  Mary Trollip was nearly ten years younger than her husband, having been born at Cradock on 22nd June 1836.  In the book “A Time to Plant” by Joan Collett (on page 211), John was described as short and calm, while, by comparison, Mary was tall and more excitable. 

 

 

 

Of their children, John and Gervase were noted as being tall, Norman was quite short, and most of them were slow spoken people, although Letty, Rosa and Norman were lively.  And with the exception of Walter, Herbert, Jessie and Dudley who had red/sandy hair, the other members of the family had dark hair.

 

 

 

In 1850 Grassridge Farm was acquired by John and Mary and, thirty-three years after, further land at Rem. Petzer Kraal, Doornberg and two other locations was added, increasing their total holding to almost 2,000 hectares in the district of Middelburg.  The purchase of those extra lands was secured with the help of Mary’s father who was the bondholder for the £2,500 mortgage.

 

 

 

By the time of his death over twenty years later, John’s total holding amounted to 6,715 hectares valued at £7,915.  In the years prior to his death the land was farmed by his son Norman and Dudley.  His estate also included two properties bought by John in Cradock Town, they being 33 Beeren Street which later became a boarding house, and business premises in Adderley Street which was later taken over by the Butler Brothers (see notes below).

 

 

 

John and Mary where founder members of the Fish River Methodist Chapel and upon the death of the couple their children place a memorial tablet in the chapel.  John, who was referred to as ‘John Collett of Grassridge’, died at Grassridge Farm in Cradock on 10th August 1908 aged 81, his wife having died there almost exactly two years earlier on 9th August 1906.  On settlement of John’s estate in 1910 his surviving twelve children each received £950 17shillings and 2pence.  In addition, a debt of £675 owed by James Butler of Adderley Street was waived due to ‘the fall in property prices’ and the fact that James’ financial position was ‘not very strong’.

 

 

 

It should be noted that James Butler was John Collett’s son-in-law, being the husband of John’s oldest daughter Letty.  His brother and business partner Charles Butler was also John’s brother-in-law, he having married John’s daughter Mary.

 

 

 

13P22

Walter James Collett

Born in 1855 at Grahamstown

 

13P23

Annie Letitia Collett

Born in 1856 at Grahamstown

 

13P24

Herbert Joseph Collett

Born in 1858 at Grahamstown

 

13P25

Jessie Marion Collett

Born in 1860 at Grahamstown

 

13P26

Mary Emma Collett

Born in 1862 at Grahamstown

 

13P27

Rosie Phoebe Collett

Born in 1864 at Grahamstown

 

13P28

Rosa Phoebe Collett

Born in 1865 at Grahamstown

 

13P29

John Owen Collett

Born in 1867 at Grahamstown

 

13P30

Martha Rhoda Collett

Born in 1868 at Grahamstown

 

13P31

Agnes Collett

Born during 1870 at Grahamstown

 

13P32

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1871 at Grahamstown

 

13P33

Gervase Chancellor Collett

Born in 1874 at Grahamstown

 

13P34

NORMAN HUGH COLLETT

Born in 1877 at Grahamstown

 

13P35

Dudley Templeton Collett

Born in 1878 at Grahamstown

 

 

 

 

13O20

Susanna Collett was born at Grahamstown on 13th July 1829.  She married Richard John Maskell in January 1849 and the marriage produced seven children for the couple.  Richard was born around 1825 and Susanna died at Besterkraal, Hanover in Cape Province on 29th July 1889, following which she was buried at Dwaal Farm, Karoo in Eastern Cape.  It is interesting to note that Susanna’s eldest son was Joseph John Maskell and that he marriage Rosa Phoebe Collett (Ref. 13P28) his cousin, the daughter of Susanna’s brother John Collett (above).  The complete list of their seven children comprised Emily Jane Maskell, an unnamed infant, Martha Rhoda Maskell, Joseph John Maskell, Ellen Lavinia Maskell, Frances Ida Maskell and Maud Elizabeth Maskell.

 

 

 

 

13O21

Martha Collett was born at Grahamstown on 29th June 1831 and she married John Trollip on 26th September 1851.  John was the son of William Trollip and Patience Everly and was born on 8th May 1828 at Daggaboer Farm in Salem, Eastern Cape.  John was also a nephew to Martha’s mother.  Martha died at Daggaboer Farm on 5th October 1891 aged 60 and her husband died the following year, just nine days after the anniversary of Martha’s passing, on 14th October 1892 at Kaffirslaagte River in Eastern Cape.  The death certificate for Martha stated that she had no children of her own, which indicates that their three children were adopted, with all of them born prior to their wedding day.  Their daughter Sophie Usher Pike was born on 5th April 1847, Louis Henry Meaker was born on 24th July 1849 and Charles Percy Fulton was born on 14th February 1851.  See Martha’s brother James (below) for a possible Usher connection.

 

 

 

 

13O22

James Alexander Collett was born at Grove Hill in Bathurst on 15th May 1833.  He married Mary Simpson on 19th January 1859 at Commemoration Church in Grahamstown.  Mary, who was born at Bathurst on 27th March 1838, was the daughter of the Reverend William Simpson and Ann Usher and the sister of Emily Simpson who married James’ brother Joseph Collett (below).  Also see Ref. 13O24, 13P55 and 13Q36 for further Collett/Simpson liaisons.  James Collett died on 16th December 1910 at Colletton House in Rhyneheath, Karoo in South Africa.  He was then buried at Rhyneheath Cemetery near Graaff-Reinet in Eastern Cape.

 

 

 

13P36

Cecil Ernest Collett

Born in 1859

 

13P37

Charles Hedley Collett

Born in 1862

 

13P38

Annie Alicia Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

13P39

Benjamin Shaw Collett

Born in 1866

 

13P40

Denham Godlonton Collett

Born in 1869

 

13P41

Florence Emily Collett

Born in 1872

 

13P42

William James Collett

Born in 1874

 

13P43

Irene Mary Collett

Born in 1879

 

 

 

 

13O23

William Collett was born at Olifantsfontein (Elephant Fountain) in Cape Province on 7th August 1835.  William was also known as Ian and farmed land at Rietvlei near Middelburg.  He married Anna Maria Cook on 10th September 1862 at Cradock and she was the daughter of Edward Cook and Mary Frances Thornhill.  Anna was born at Nisbet Bath in Great Namaqualand on 29th May 1843.  It is established that the couple’s first five children were born at Middelburg, although it seems very likely that the remainder were also born there, in view of the fact that William was known as the father of the Middelburg branch of the Collett family.  William Collett died on 22nd March 1916 just over twelve years after his wife Anna had died on 16th October 1903, when he was buried at Rietvleil in Middelburg, Eastern Cape.

 

 

 

13P44

Dora Frances Collett

Born in 1863

 

13P45

Harry Grey Collett

Born in 1865

 

13P46

Edith Anna Collett

Born in 1867

 

13P47

William Edward Collett

Born in 1869

 

13P48

Ewart James Collett

Born in 1871

 

13P49

Frederick Slater Collett

Born in 1873

 

13P50

Myra Rhoda Collett

Born in 1875

 

13P51

John Wesley Cam Collett

Born in 1877

 

13P52

Elizabeth Martha Collett

Born in 1880

 

13P53

George Morley Collett

Born in 1882

 

13P54

Ethel Daisy Thornhill Collett

Born in 1884

 

 

 

 

13O24

Joseph Collett was born on 17th July 1837 at Grahamstown where he married Emily Simpson on 4th April 1860.  Emily was born in 1842 and was the sister of Mary Simpson who married Joseph’s brother James Collett (above) and the daughter of the Reverend William Simpson and Ann Usher.  Joseph Collett died in July 1901 at Middelburg leaving Emily a widow for the next twenty-three years before she died at Grapevale in Naauwpoort, Eastern Cape on 25th December 1924.

 

 

 

13P55

Percy Every Collett

Born in 1861

 

13P56

Alice Emmeline Collett

Born in 1862

 

13P57

Amy Josephine Collett

Born in 1864

 

13P58

William Arthur Collett

Born in 1865

 

13P59

Collett Langford Collett

Born in 1868

 

13P60

Isabel Mary Collett

Born in 1870

 

13P61

Elizabeth Anne Collett

Born in 1871

 

13P62

Ada Susannah Collett

Born in 1873

 

13P63

Joseph Collett

Born in 1875

 

13P64

Mabel Winifred Collett

Born in 1877

 

13P65

Cecil Reginald Collett

Born in 1883

 

 

 

 

13O25

George Collett was born on 9th April 1840 at Eastern Cape, where he died during August 1879.  It was at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Cradock that he married Martha Petronella (Susanna) Adendorf on 28th April 1863.  Martha, who was born at Free State in South Africa on 15 Jul 1843, outlived her husband by almost twenty-one years and died at Daggaboersnek in Bedford, Eastern Cape on 28th June 1900.  In her Will just five of the couple’s nine children were mentioned and they were Annie, Jack, Thomas, Eva and James.  Of the others, Martha had died the year after she was born, Horatio had died just three years before his mother, leaving Richard and Norman who must have died sometime before the end of the century.

 

 

 

13P66

Horatio George Collett

Born in 1864

 

13P67

Annie Rhoda Collett

Born in 1865

 

13P68

John Hedley Collett

Born in 1866

 

13P69

Richard Clifford Collett

Born in 1868

 

13P70

Thomas Henry Collett

Born in 1869

 

13P71

Martha Selena Collett

Born in 1870

 

13P72

Eva Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1874

 

13P73

James Christopher Collett

Born in 1877

 

13P74

Norman Collett

Born in 1879

 

 

 

 

13O26

Elizabeth Collett was born at Groensfontein in Cradock, Eastern Cape, on 8th April 1844.  At the very young age of sixteen years and ten months she married Jonathon Crooks on 14th February 1861 at Mulberry Grove in Cradock.  The marriage produced five children for the couple, they being Eveline Eliza Crooks, Albert John Crooks, Amelia d' Egville Crooks, Percy Roland James Crooks and Edith Rhoda Crooks.  Elizabeth’s husband was born around 1840 and both he and Elizabeth died at Eastern Cape.  Elizabeth Crooks nee Collett died in September 1913 and was buried at Steynsburg in Eastern Cape on 22nd September 1913.

 

 

 

 

13O27

Ann Collett was born in England around 1824, the eldest of the two daughters of Joseph Collett and Mary Benfield from England.  By 1838 Ann and her family were farming at Auburn in Cayuga County, New York, while it was eight years later on 10th December 1846 when Ann married Adoniram Judson Dwinelle who was also born in New York on 9th January 1825.  Their marriage produced between six and nine children, the former confirmed by the census of 1860 for the town of Sennett in Cayuga County.  However, it was on that occasion that Ann gave her place of birth as England, rather than New York where every member of her family was born.  Judson Dwinell was 35, as was Ann, while their six sons were named as Judson A Dwinell who was 12, Joseph S Dwinelle who was 10, William who was eight, Edgar who was six, George who was four and Fred who was two years of age.

 

 

 

Ten years later Ann’s eldest son, A J Dwinelle age 22, was living at Mountain Spring in Butte County, California, with Ann’s widowed father Joseph Collett, when they were both working as miners.  It was just before the end of the century, when Ann Dwinelle nee Collett was seventy-four years old that she died in Kansas on 25th May 1899.

 

 

 

 

13O28

Charlotte Collett was born in England on 26th March 1826, the younger of the two children of Joseph Collett and Mary Benfield.  Another source says she was born in New York State, although this conflicts with the fact that her parents did not arrive in America until 1831.  Charlotte later married Joseph Glass whose parents were born in Ireland.  On 15th June 1880 at the town of Sennett in Cayuga County Joseph Glass was 55, Charlotte Glass was 53, and their children were Adelbert who was 25, Frank who was 21 and Mary who was 15, every member of the family confirmed as having been born in New York State.  Supporting the family was a servant Agnes Gardner who was 24 and from Switzerland.  This may be an indication that the family was relatively well set up financially.  It would appear that the family lived out the remained of their lives at Sennett, since it was there that Charlotte Glass nee Collett died on 10th March 1917 was buried at the Old Sennett Cemetery in Cayuga County, where her daughter Mary Glass was buried in 1922.

 

 

 

 

13O30

James Edward Collett was born at Port Isaac towards the end of 1861, the only son and eldest surviving child of Robert Collett from Stroud and his wife Mary from Port Isaac.  In the census of 1871 James E Collett was nine years old, by which time he and his family were living in Cardiff where his parents, and his deceased sister Jean, had been living in 1861.  So far it is not known where Robert of his family were in 1881, but ten years later in 1891 he was a married man wife a family of his own living at 69 Cradock Street in the Canton district of Cardiff.

 

 

 

James E Collett from Port Isaac was 29 and a letter porveeir (a postman), his wife was Margaret who was 28 and from Aberystwyth, and their three Cardiff born children were Louisa M Collett who was three, Robert L Collett who was two and Bertha S Collett who was under one month old.  Three more children were added to their family over the next ten years and in March 1901 the larger family was residing at 61 Forrest Road in Canton, Cardiff.  The census that month confirmed that James E Collett from Port Isaac was 39 and an employee of the General Post Office where he was working as a head postman.  Curious his wife Margaret said she was 38 and born at Ponterwyd, ten miles inland from Aberystwyth.

 

 

 

Their family on that occasion comprised Louisa M Collett who was 13, Robert J Collett who was 12, Lavinia S Collett who was 10 and previously named as Bertha but perhaps not baptised as Bertha, Gwendoline M Collett who was seven, Walter J Collett who was five and Doris M Collet who was one year old.  One more child was added to the family during the next two years, but by 1911 the three eldest daughters had already left home which was still at 61 Forrest Road in Canton.  Head of the household James Edward Collett was 49, Margaret was 48, Robert Lewis (sic) was 22, Walter James was 15, Doris Miriam was 11 and Hilda Collett was eight years of age, although sadly she did not survive.

 

 

 

13P75

Louisa M Collett

Born in 1887 at Cardiff

 

13P76

Robert Louis Collett

Born in 1889 at Cardiff

 

13P77

Lavinia S Collett

Born in March 1891 at Cardiff

 

13P78

Gwendoline M Collett

Born in 1893 at Cardiff

 

13P79

Walter James Collett

Born in 1895 at Cardiff

 

13P80

Doris Miriam Collett

Born in 1899 at Cardiff

 

13P81

Hilda Collett

Born in 1903 at Cardiff

 

 

 

 

13O31

Lavinia Binn Collett was born at Port Isaac in 1863, while her birth was registered at Bodmin (Ref. 5c 113) during the second quarter of that year.  She was the third of the four children of Robert and Mary Collett with whom she was living within the St Mary district of Cardiff in 1871 when she was described as Lavinia B Collett from Port Isaac in Cornwall who was eight years old.  Although no record of Lavinia, or any member of her family, has been located in the census returns for 1881, it was during the second quarter of 1885 that the marriage of Lavinia Been Collett and Thomas Hale was recorded at Cardiff (Ref. 11a 398), when the witnesses were Mary Jane Isaac and Watson Hubert King. 

 

 

 

Shortly after they were married Lavinia gave birth to a son, who may have been the couple’s only child.  On the occasion of the census in 1911 Lavinia Been Hale from Port Isaac was 47 and residing at 16 Miskin Street in Barry.  She had been married to Thomas Hale, who was also 47, for twenty-six years, while their son Thomas James Hales was 25.  The death of Lavinia B Hale was recorded at Cardiff register office (Ref. 11a 412) during the third quarter of 1929 when she was sixty-six years of age.

 

 

 

 

13P1

Jacob Collett was born at Wellington on 10th July 1854, the eldest child of Charles Collett and his wife Maria Jones.  He married Mary Hannah Fisher during the early months of 1894 and the first of their three children was born later that same year.  By 1897 their family was complete, but tragically it was on 4th October 1897 that Jacob Collett died at the age of 43, following which he was buried at Gore Cemetery in Southland.  Mary was born in Wiltshire, England, during 1864 and was 19 and a servant when she sailed to New Zealand on board the sailing ship ‘Victory’ which arrived at Invercargill on 23rd December 1883.  Mary Collett nee Fisher passed away at the age of 80 in 1944 and was also buried at Gore Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q1    (6Ap1)

Horace Walter Collett

Born in 1894 at Gore, Southland

 

13Q2    (6Ap2)

Leonard Adolph Collett

Born in 1896 at Gore, Southland

 

13Q3    (6Ap3)

Pauline Millicent Collett

Born in 1898 at Gore, Southland

 

 

 

 

13P2

Eliza Collett was born at Wellington on 23rd April 1856, the eldest daughter of Charles and Maria Collett.  She was twenty years old when she gave birth her first base-born child, the son of an unnamed man, and two years after a second base-born son was born, the father being her future husband.  Shortly after the birth, on 7th March 1879 at Invercargill, Eliza married David Low Mill, who had been born on 23rd April 1853.  Sadly, Eliza only had eighteen years of marriage with David when she died at Mandeville in Southland, New Zealand on 10th April 1897, just two weeks before her forty-first birthday.  During those eighteen years Eliza presented her husband with ten further children.  

 

 

 

Those ten children were: Jane Ethel Mill (born 1880); George Bruce Mill (born 1881) - who tragically he died when he was two years old; an unnamed child who died at birth in 1883; Maria May Mill (born 1884); Alexander Charles Mill (born 1890); Henrietta Marion Mill (born 1891); Agnes Annie Emily Mill (born 1893); Francis Albert Mill (born 1894); and Jessie Maud Mill (born in 1897).  The missing child from the list is of particular interest, since it was Eliza’s daughter Alice Low Mill (who was born during 1886) who later married Robert Barrie Collett (Ref. 13Q24).  It is therefore highly likely that Eliza Mill nee Collett died during or just after the birth of that last child.

 

 

 

Following the sudden and unexpected death of his wife, David Low very quickly married for a second time, most likely to help him look after his young family.  That action, so soon after losing his wife, may have turned the couple’s eldest son David, against his father.  Certainly, within the family, it is known there was clearly a rift between David and his father and, whilst they continued to live within the same small town, they did not speak, resulting in a break-down in their relationship.

 

 

 

A newspaper report in the Mataura Ensign of 18th April 1910 provided an insight to where the family of David Low Mill and his surviving children were living at that time, when it stated that ‘Mr David Mill has started a new industry in Mandeville.  He has a poultry yard in which are all the latest breeds of fowls’.  Mandeville is a settlement in the Southland region, 17 kilometres north-west of Gore - where his first wife was buried.  Whether Eliza’s first base-born son William stayed with her after she married, or was raised by someone else, is not known at this time.  Although it seems very likely that her second child David was living with her until around the time of the death of his mother and the remarriage of his father.  David Low Mill died Otamita in Southland on 13th September 1925 at the age of 72, following which he was also buried at Gore Cemetery in Southland.

 

 

 

13Q4    (6Ap4)

William Collett

Born in 1876 in New Zealand

 

13Q5

David Mill Collett

Born in 1878 in New Zealand

 

 

 

 

13P3

Samuel Collett was born at Wellington on 8th February 1858 and was the third child of Charles Collett and Maria Jones from England.  It was also in New Zealand that he later married the much younger Marion Nelson Spowart in 1880.  Marion was born in Scotland during 1866 and emigrated to New Zealand with her parents around 1872.  Her surname was often misspelt or misinterpreted and, apart from being a signatory on a petition for Women's Suffrage, submitted to Parliament in 1893, and being recorded as the next-of-kin of her son Leslie Collett, in his War Records, very little else is known about Marion Collett nee Spowart.

 

 

 

Conversely though, much has been written about Samuel Collett, who led a somewhat colourful life.  He would have been about three years old when the family moved from Wellington to Invercargill via Thorndon Flats and, it is assumed, that his schooling and perhaps his early working life was in the Invercargill area.  Sometime before 1889, and perhaps as early as 1880, he had his own blacksmith business on Irwell Street in Gore, just under forty miles north-east of Invercargill, where the family’s home was conveniently located adjacent to the smithy.  The establishment was known as The Gore Coach & Carriage Factory and General Shoeing Forge and catered for “engineering in all its branches and general smith work” as advertised in several issues of local papers.

 

 

 

An article in the Mataura Ensign on 3rd October 1890 reported the bad luck that had plagued Samuel Collett when the family home was burnt to the ground, and also made reference to the fact that his blacksmith shop had previously been entirely lost as a result of an earlier fire.  A fire occurred in Gore on Wednesday evening between half-past seven and eight o'clock at the residence of Mr Samuel Collett, blacksmith.  It appears that the fire originated through the bursting of a kerosene lamp in one of the front rooms.  The flames caught the wall and, with the wind happening to set in the direction of the main body of the building, its destruction was inevitable.  The fire bell was rung promptly and the brigade was quickly on the scene.  All they could do, however, was to prevent the spreading of the conflagration to the adjoining buildings, and this they did.  Mr Collett endeavoured to save as much of his property as he could, and got rather badly burned in the attempt; but fortunately there was no danger to life, as Mrs Collett and the children happened to be away.  There was insurance on the cottage, a four-roomed dwelling, and its contents, with the New Zealand Insurance Company for £130, and Mr Collett naturally congratulates himself that he does not stand to lose so heavily this time as he did on the last occasion when his whole workshop was burnt down, with not one penny of insurance on it.  General sympathy is felt for Mr Collett, who has fought a hard, uphill battle for many a long year past.’

 

 

 

Just over two years later an advert placed in the Mataura Ensign on 31st January 1893 provided an indication of the stock he had for sale and the prices he charged.  Double buggies, with folding back seats, £35 upwards; single buggies, £26 upwards; pony phateons, in different styles, £30 ditto; [illegible] waggonettes, £40 ditto; farmers’ station waggon and buggies, with shiftable seat at back, £27 ditto; express waggon, £25 ditto; double-seated dog carts, with shiftable seats, with cushions for double seats, £18 ditto; also rustic dog-carts, £15 ditto, with shiftable seats, double-trimmed, spring-carts, £16 ditto; Tilbury carts, £12 ditto; American daisy-carts, one or two-passenger, £11 ditto; road-cart and pleasure-cart, £16 ditto (inspection invited); tip drays £17; farmer's road dray, £18; timber truck waggon, £26 (lifting on and off body extra); two-horse waggon £28; four-horse waggon, £30 to £35 (reversible shafts or pole).

 

 

 

To our Local District Farmers an Oat-Crushing Department has been added to my present business, and our farmers in the surrounding district can get Oats Crushed, while getting their horses shod or any other work or repairs done at lowest rates.  Second-hand buggies or any kind of vehicles taken in on exchange.  Repairs and repainting and the trimming will be done at low rates, and the price will be given to each party for the work to be done, when leaving the vehicle.  Having added steam power to the works, I am able to manufacture vehicles at a much lower price than before.  Intending purchasers are requested to send for an illustrated catalogue before buying elsewhere.’

 

 

 

The early Scottish settlers to the Otago and Southland areas of New Zealand brought with them their family traditions and customs, including a liking for a daily dram or two of Highland Dew, and Gore became known in New Zealand folklore as the home of Hokonui Moonshine.  The Mataura electorate voted no-licence in 1902 and Invercargill followed suit in 1905, although stills sprang up through the area and the authorities began to take an interest in the goings-on in the bush-clad hills with them mounting some of their famous raids on those illicit stills.  Samuel Collett was convicted of selling whiskey, as portrayed in the following extract from a newspaper article in the Southland Times of 1904.

 

 

 

‘Sly-Grog Selling:  At the Police Court, Gore, yesterday before Mr G. Cruickshank, S.M., the hearing of charges of illicit dealing in liquor, preferred against local residents, was begun.  Samuel Collett, charged with selling drink on 24th June, pleaded not guilty.  Inspector Mitchell said the defendant was a blacksmith, and two old friends of his were supplied with drink by him.  D. Stewart said that he called at Collett's shop with W. Stewart where they had whiskey supplied by Collett.  For a second drink he laid down a shilling, but to the best of his knowledge Collett did not ask for money.  A witness said that he had the drinks in the writing room.  It was while there that Collett asked them to have a drink.  He did not call defendant's attention to the fact of putting down the shilling, and he did not ask for money.  I had been a customer of Collett's for twelve years or more.  He suggested the second drink.  Sergeant McKenzie said that when he executed the search warrant in Collett's premises he said he gave the whiskey out of friendship.  He searched the place, and in a bedroom found a bottle of whiskey about a quarter full, in another bedroom was a lemonade bottle containing whiskey.  Collett said he did not know that the bottle was there, and that the bottle in his bedroom was for his own use.  Collett said Stewart gave him no money, but that he had put a shilling on the bench.  Detective McIlveney also gave evidence that he heard Collett say he gave the Stewarts the liquor.  He had no doubt that the shilling was mentioned.  The Defendant said that the two Stewarts came into the smithy together.  After some conversation he asked them to have a whiskey in a room where he did his writing.  Then he took them out and showed them some wheels and afterwards asked them to have another nip.  No money passed.  The Defendant was convicted and fined £50, with costs at 9 shillings. Security for appeal was fixed at £70.’

 

 

 

Just a few months after the court hearing the Gore Coach & Carriage Factory was put up for sale or lease by Samuel Collett during November 1904, when he stated that he was leaving the district.  What subsequently happened to the business is not known, nor is it known if he did leave the district for a while, because by 1917 he and Marion were once again living at Irwell Street in Gore.  At that time in his life he was recorded as being a coachbuilder when his son John Spowart Collett, another coachbuilder, left New Zealand for action in the First World War.  Samuel Collett died on 8th January 1926 and was buried in the Gore Cemetery, while his wife Marion Nelson Collett nee Spowart died twelve years later in 1938 and was also buried in the Gore Cemetery with her husband.

 

 

 

13Q6    (6Ap5)

Charles Henry Collett

Born in 1884 at Gore, Southland

 

13Q7    (6Ap6)

John Spowart Collett

Born in 1887 at Gore, Southland

 

13Q8    (6Ap7)

Leslie Clifford Collett

Born in 1896 at Gore, Southland

 

13Q9    (6Ap8)

Maxwell Nelson Collett

Born in 1899 at Gore, Southland

 

13Q10  (6Ap9)

Florence Myrtle Collett

Born in 1905 at Gore, Southland

 

 

 

 

13P4

Esau Collett was born at Thorndon Flat in Wellington on 9th July 1859, the child of Charles and Maria Collett.  Sadly, just six weeks later he died and was buried at Bolton Street Cemetery in Wellington on 22nd August 1859.

 

 

 

 

13P5

Rebecca Collett was born at Thorndon Flat in Wellington on 1st September 1860, the youngest of the two daughters of Charles and Maria Collett.  It was at Riverton in Southland on 3rd March 1932 that she passed away at the age of 71.  It was during 1881 that she married John Boniface, the son of James and Agnes Boniface, who had been born in New Zealand in 1855.  They had five children who were Selina Jane Boniface (born in 1882), John Charles Boniface (born in 1883), Robert Boniface (born in 1892), Albert Alexander Boniface (born in 1898), and Eileen Rebecca Boniface (born in 1901).

 

 

 

 

13P6

Charles Collett was born at Invercargill, Southland, on 10th December 1862 and was the sixth child of Charles Collett and Maria Jones.  Charles was educated at Invercargill and later became a farmer and firewood merchant of Mokotua.  Mokotua is in the Southland region of New Zealand, about thirteen miles from Invercargill and forms part of the electoral district of Mataura.  On 8th November 1883 he married Agnes Hamilton who was born in New Zealand during 1866, the daughter of Mr W. Hamilton.  Their marriage produced eight sons and five daughters between 1883 and 1905.  Agnes’ brother was Doctor George Hamilton, who had settled at Petone, near Wellington, who possibly later had a practice in the Nelson area. 

 

 

 

George Hamilton was a member of the Plymouth Brethren and was a medical missionary who was a devout Christian and later went to work in Argentina and Bolivia.  Two of his sons went on to carry out his missionary work, while he has a grandson currently living in Canada.  This information has been provided by a member of the Hamilton family living in Melbourne, Australia in 2017.

 

 

 

Initially however, Charles was employed by Messrs McCallum & Company, saw-millers, for twenty years before he bought a farm of about 130 acres, although much of his time and attention were principally devoted to his firewood business.  His plant consisted of an eight horse-power traction engine for cutting and hauling firewood and a large saw-bench with two saws, one three feet and the other four feet six inches.  He sent from 400 to 500 cords of wood to Invercargill annually.  At a meeting of the Southland Land Board on 4th March 1887 amongst the business transacted was the transfer of Section 94, Block VIII, Campbelltown Hundred from O. Bartonshaw to Charles Collett and at an earlier meeting the Town Council had refused Mr Rose's request to transfer the municipal lease of Section 15, Block 44 to Charles Collett.

 

 

 

The last known address of Charles Collett was 56 Ritchie Street in Invercargill, his death occurring on 2nd May 1941, following which he was buried in Block 23 Plot 306 at the Eastern Cemetery, where his wife Agnes Collett nee Hamilton was later buried following her death at Mabel Bush in Invercargill on 24th July 1944.  The gravestone describes the couple as Charlie Collett, age 78, who died in 1941, and Agnes Collett, age 78, who died in 1944.  In addition, the same burial plot includes the bodies of their son James Henry Collett, who died in 1952, and his wife Elizabeth Charlotte, who died in 1968, together with their daughter Evelyn Thelma Collett who died in 1926.  One other Collett, Judith Carolyn Collett is also buried there and she died on 20th July 1950 when she was only five days old.  She was the daughter of James Charles Collett and his wife Lois, James Charles being the older brother of the aforementioned Evelyn Thelma Collett and the son of James Henry and Elizabeth Charlotte.

 

 

 

The following words were taken from an advert placed in the Wellington Evening Post in 1923.  “An application has been made and duly advertised in the 'Patent Office Journal' of the 18th October 1923, for the Restoration of Letters Patent No. 42354, dated 18th September 1919, granted to Charles Collett and James Henry Collett, both of Invercargill, New Zealand, Contractors, for an Improved Skid for Shifting Buildings and the like."  The two Colletts mentioned in the article were most likely Charles Collett, who would have been 60, and his younger brother James Henry Collett (below) who would have been 53, but alternatively may have been Charles and his son James Henry Collett who would have been 33.

 

 

 

13Q11  (6Ap10)

David William Collett

Born in 1884 at Invercargill

 

13Q12  (6Ap11)

Charles Alfred Collett

Born in 1885 at Invercargill

 

13Q13

Jessie Maria Collett

Born in 1888 at Invercargill

 

13Q14  (6Ap12)

James Henry Collett

Born in 1889 at Invercargill

 

13Q15  (6Ap13)

William Collett

Born in 1891 at Invercargill

 

13Q16  (6Ap14)

John Edward Collett

Born in 1892 at Invercargill

 

13Q17  (6Ap15)

Samuel Collett

Born in 1893 at Invercargill

 

13Q18  (6Ap16)

Eliza Rebekah Collett

Born in 1894 at Invercargill

 

13Q19  (6Ap17)

Robert Jacob Collett

Born in 1896 at Invercargill

 

13Q20  (6Ap18)

Rebecca Flora Collett

Born in 1898 at Invercargill

 

13Q21  (6Ap19)

Alice May Victoria Collett

Born in 1900 at Invercargill

 

13Q22  (6Ap20)

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1901 at Invercargill

 

13Q23  (6Ap21)

Lilly Collett

Born in 1905 at Invercargill

 

 

 

 

13P7

James Henry Collett was born at Invercargill on 11th November 1869, the son of Charles Collett and Maria Jones.  It was in 1892 when he married Ellen Barrie who was born in 1868.  However, by then Ellen had given birth to two base-born children, Robert Barrie Collett who was born in 1886 and Marion Dick Barrie who was born in 1888, the father possibly being James Henry Collett.  Over the following years they were blessed with a further five children.  James was 81 when he died on 21st May 1951 and was buried at Winton Cemetery in Southland, with Ellen Collett nee Barrie having passed away nearly two years earlier on 23rd July 1949 when she had been residing at New River Road in Winton, Southland.  Apart from the registration of her birth (Ref. 1888/10904), no further information has been found relating to Ellen’s daughter Marion Dick Barrie.

 

 

 

13Q24

Robert Barrie Collett

Born in 1886 in New Zealand

 

13Q25

Marion Dick Barrie

Born in 1888 in New Zealand

 

13Q26  (6Ap22)

Margaret Ellen Collett

Born in 1894 in New Zealand

 

13Q27  (6Ap23)

James (Jim) Henry Collett

Born in 1898 in New Zealand

 

13Q28  (6Ap24)

Ivy Isabell Florence Collett

Born in 1900 in New Zealand

 

13Q29  (6Ap25)

Grace Collett

Born in 1906 in New Zealand

 

13Q30  (6Ap26)

Myrtle Irene Mavis Collett

Born in 1911 in New Zealand

 

 

 

 

13P8

Edward Collett was born at Invercargill in 1873, the last child of Charles Collett and Maria Jones.  The only other known fact about him is that in 1897 he married Florence Ball.

 

 

 

 

13P9

Charles William Collett was born at Stroud in 1858, the eldest child of William and Mary Ann Collett.  He was one year old in the Stroud census of 1861, was 11 years old in the census of 1871, and was 23 in 1881.  In the latter, he was living at Fair View in Randwick with his widowed father and his three sisters.  His occupation at that time was that of a woollen cloth worker.

 

 

 

 

13P10

Mary F Collett was born at Stroud in 1861 but after the census day that year.  Just like her brother William (above) and her sister Rose (below) her ages in the 1871 and 1881 censuses were at odds with each other.  She was stated as being aged nine years in 1871 and 21 in 1881 and for the latter her name was written as Maria Collett.  Also in 1881, she was living with her widowed father and her siblings at Fair View in Randwick from where she was employed as a woollen cloth worker.

 

 

 

 

13P11

Rose Collett was born at Stroud in 1864 and was six years old and referred to as Rose C Collett in the census of 1871 whereas in 1881 she was Rose E Collett, age 19.  In 1881 she was living at Fair View in Randwick with her family and was working as a woollen cloth maker like her older sister and brother.

 

 

 

 

13P12

Sarah Collett was born at Randwick in 1869, the youngest of the four children of William and Mary Ann Collett.  Sarah was one year old in the Randwick census of 1871 when she was living there with her parents and her three siblings, but not long after that, her mother died.  Sarah was eleven and was attending school in 1881 when she was living with her widowed father William and her three siblings at Fair View in Randwick.  Twenty years later Sarah was the only member of the family still living with her father at Randwick where she was acting as housekeeper for her father.

 

 

 

 

13P13

Elizabeth Collett was born at Stroud in 1867 one of the nine children of John Collett and Harriet Holder.  She was three years old in the Stroud census of 1871 and in 1881 at the age of 13 she and her family were residing at Clark Court off Acre Street in Stroud.  It is understood that sometime prior to the next census in 1891 Elizabeth Collett from Stroud married Charley Brownjohn.

 

 

 

 

13P21

Lucy Collett was born at Stroud during 1878, the last child born to John Collett by his wife Harriet Holder, who was two years old in 1881 when living with her family at Clark Court, Acre Street in Stroud, where she may have also been born.  Following the death of her father in 1884 Lucy was the only child still living with her widowed mother in 1891 when she was 12 years of age, and she was still living with her in 1901, although by then they were recorded as two charwomen living in Rodborough. Around the time of the death of her mother in 1907 at The Knoll, Parliament Street in Stroud, it would appear that Lucy married Hubert Charles Berkeley and by the time of the Stroud census in 1911 Lucy, age 32, had presented her husband Hubert with two sons.  Hubert Charles Berkeley was 28 and their two children were Hubert George Berkeley who was two years old and Frederick John Berkeley who was only seven months old. 

 

 

 

 

13P22

Walter James Collett was born at Grahamstown on 25th April 1855 and it was at Cradock where he married Bremmerina Rose-Innes on 2nd June 1880. She was known as Bremmy and was born during 1857.  Walter was educated at Groen Kloof (probably home schooling) and at Templeton College in Bedford.  Bremmy Collett died in November 1929 at the age of 72, while Walter James Collett survived for another fourteen years, when he died at Cradock during 1943.  However, an alternative source now suggests that Walter James Collett passed away during August 1908.

 

 

 

13Q31

a daughter Collett

Born in 1881

 

13Q32

John Alexander Collett

Born in 1882

 

13Q33

Olive Mary Collett

Born in 1883

 

13Q34

George Chapman Collett

Born in 1885

 

13Q35

Cecil Walter Collett

Born in 1887

 

13Q36

Mildred Kate Collett

Born in 1889

 

13Q37

Hilda Rose Collett

Born circa 1891

 

 

 

 

13P23

Annie Letitia Collett, who was referred to as Letty, was born at Grahamstown on 29th August 1856.  She married James Butler on 28th March 1882 at Cradock.  James was the brother and business partner of Charles Butler who married Letty’s sister Emma Collett (below) and who together ran a company Butler Brothers from premises in Adderley Street in Cradock Town sold to them by Letty’s father John Collett.

 

 

 

James and Charles were the sons of Philip John Butler and Mary Watts.  James was born at Cradock on 22nd July 1854.  Letty was educated at Bedford and was the first of only two of the daughters of John and Mary Collett that did not stay in farming.  Letty died in 1951 while her husband had died many years before on 17th June 1923.  During their life together they had seven children and they were Mary Butler, Ernest Collett Butler, Florence Butler, Alice Butler, Ada Butler, James Butler and Kathleen Butler.

 

 

 

 

13P24

Herbert Joseph Collett was born at Grahamstown on 14th February 1858.  He never married and during his older years he was looked after by his younger sister Jessie (below).  Herbert Joseph Collett died on 13th June 1937 aged 79 and was buried at the Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

13P25

Jessie Marion Collett was born at Grahamstown on 29th May 1860 and like her older brother Herbert with whom she lived in their old age, she never married.  So it was as Jessie Marion Collett that she died on 21st December 1946, aged 88, following which she was buried two days after at the Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

13P26

Mary Emma Collett, who was referred to as Emma, was born at Grahamstown on 4th February 1862.  It was there at Grassridge Farm that she married Charles Butler on 14th October 1891 in a double ceremony with her sister Rosa Collett (below).  Charles was the brother and business partner of James Butler who married Emma’s sister Letty Collett (above).  He was born on 11th January 1864 at Barnstaple in Devon, England and his marriage to Emma produced five children for the couple.  They were Harold Butler, Alfred Butler, Marion Butler, Joseph Butler and Dorothy Butler.

 

 

 

Emma was the second of only two daughters of John and Mary Collett who did not continue in the family business of farming.  Instead she started a newspaper in Vryburg and later, between 1927 and 1940, she was the Mayor of Cradock.  Seven years after she ceased her mayoral duties Mary Emma Butler nee Collett died at Cradock on 25th March 1947 aged 85 and was followed less than two years later by her husband who died at Uitenhage in Eastern Cape on 7th January 1949.

 

 

 

 

13P27

Rosie Phoebe Collett was born at Grahamstown on 22nd February 1864, the daughter of John Collett and his wife Mary Trollip.  Tragically it was there also that she died just two weeks later on 6th March 1864.

 

 

 

 

13P28

Rosa Phoebe Collett was born at Grahamstown on 8th March 1865, and it was at Cradock where she married her cousin Joseph John Maskell on 14th October 1891.  This was a double wedding with her sister Emma Collett (above) and over the following years Rosa presented Joseph with six children.  Joseph was the eldest son of Richard John Maskell and Susanna Collett (Ref. 13O20) who was nearly ten years older than Rosa, having been born in 1856.  Rosa Phoebe Maskell nee Collett died on 3rd March 1956 at Hanover District of Eastern Cape, aged 90.  The couple’s six children were Eric Maskell, Wilfred Maskell, Eileen Maskell, Edwina Maskell, John Maskell, and Kenneth Maskell.

 

 

 

 

13P29

John Owen Collett was born at Grahamstown on 12th April 1867, the son of John and Mary Collett.  He married Kate Gedye on 11th January 1894, Kate having been born in January 1871 and baptised on 20 January 1871 at the Wesleyan Methodist in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of seven children.  John lived a long and fruitful life that produced seven children before his death at Uitenhage on 17th September 1958 when he was 91.  Kate was a widow for the next nine years until her death in 1966.

 

 

 

13Q38

Kathleen Maud Owen Collett

Born in 1894

 

13Q39

Hazel Mary Owen Collett

Born in 1896

 

13Q40

Leslie Owen Collett

Born in 1898

 

13Q41

Elfreda Owen Collett

Born in 1900

 

13Q42

Beryl Owen Collett

Born in 1903

 

13Q43

Rowena Joyce Collett

Born in 1908

 

13Q44

Kathryn Owen Collett

Born in 1910

 

 

 

 

13P30

Martha Rhoda Collett, also known as Agnes, was born at Grahamstown on 15th September 1868.  On 8th October 1900 at Cradock she married her cousin John Hedley Collett (Ref. 13P68), the son of George Collett and Martha Susanna Adendorf.  John was referred to as Jack by the families and had previously been married to Martha’s younger sister Agnes who died before the couple had any children of their own.  John Hedley Collett was born on 4th August 1866 and died two days after his one-hundredth birthday celebration on 6th August 1966 and was buried at Fish River Cemetery with his wife Martha who had died sixteen years earlier on 7th April 1950, at the age of 81.

 

 

 

13Q45

Winifred Martha Collett

Born in 1902

 

13Q46

Enid Hedley Collett

Born in 1903

 

13Q47

Gladys Mary Collett

Born in 1905

 

13Q48

Joan Marion Collett

Born in 1908

 

13Q49

John Hilton Collett

Born in 1911

 

 

 

 

13P31

Agnes Collett was born at Grahamstown in 1870.  Very little is known about Agnes but it is understood she married her cousin Jack Collett aka John Hedley Collett (Ref. 13P68).  It is also believed that the marriage lasted only two years and bore no children for the couple before Agnes’ untimely death.  Widower Jack then married Agnes’ older sister Martha (above).

 

 

 

 

13P32

Albert Henry Collett, who was referred to as Bertie, was born at Grahamstown on 3rd June 1871.  He married his niece Annie Van Heerden on 20th October 1897 at Cradock.  She was the daughter of William Jacobus Van Heerden and Jessie Harriet Collett Trollip and the granddaughter of Rhoda Ann Collett and Joshua Trollip (Ref. 13O18), Rhoda being the sister of Albert’s father John Collett.  Annie was born on 13th July 1878 and during their married life together she and Albert lived at Speelmanskop Farm.  Annie Collett nee Van Heerden died on 3rd March 1958, and was followed three and a half years later by Albert Henry Collett who died on 19th October 1961, aged 90.  Both of them were buried at Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q50

Dulcie Mabel Collett

Born in 1898

 

13Q51

Beatrice Mary Collett

Born in 1900

 

13Q52

May Harriet Collett

Born in 1903

 

13Q53

Iris Miriam Collett

Born in 1905

 

13Q54

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1907

 

 

 

 

13P33

Gervase Chancellor Collett was born at Grahamstown on 10th April 1874, and he later married Rowena Gedye on 9th July 1913.  She was the daughter of James Banfield Gedye and Elizabeth Lillie Kirk and was very likely to be the younger sister of Kate Gedye who married Gervase’s older brother John Owen Collett (above).  Rowena was born on 24th June 1880 at Cosmo House in Portishead near Bristol in England and was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist in Bristol.  After her family emigrated to South Africa she attended school at Port Elizabeth.  Rowena Collett nee Gedye died on 5th February 1971.  Gervase Chancellor Collett had died under three years earlier on 18th June 1968 at the age of 94, and both of them were buried at Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q55

Barbara Kate Collett

Born in 1914

 

13Q56

Rowena Roslin Collett

Born in 1917 at Port Elizabeth

 

13Q57

Rona Marion Collett, known as Pam

Born in 1920

 

13Q58

Jennifer Hope Collett

Born in 1935

 

 

 

 

13P34

NORMAN HUGH COLLETT was born at Grahamstown on 27th January 1877.  He married Gladys Isobel Hart on 28th June 1916, Gladys having been born in 1886.  During their life together they owned property at Katkop where they lived with their children.  Norman Hugh Collett died on 4th September 1966, at the age of 89, while his wife died eight years later in 1974, both of them being buried at Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q59

Neville Norman Collett

Born in 1917 at Port Elizabeth

 

13Q60

GODFREY HUGH COLLETT

Born in 1918 at Cradock

 

13Q61

Keith Dudley Collett

Born in 1922 at Middelburg

 

13Q62

Richard John Collett

Born in 1925 at Cradock

 

13Q63

Ethlyn Collett

Born in 1926

 

 

 

 

13P35

Dudley Templeton Collett was born at Grahamstown on 9th July 1878.  He married (1) Kate Marian Jubb on 3rd March 1920 at Grahamstown.  Kate was born on 22nd March 1880 and died on 24th January 1951, following which, later that same year, Dudley married (2) Alice Jubb his sister-in-law.  He died ten years later on 19th October 1961 aged 83.  Both Dudley and Kate were buried at Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q64

Joan Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13P36

Cecil Ernest Collett or Ernest Cecil was born on 31st December 1859 and he was around twelve years of age when he died in December 1871 at Legkraal in Cape Province.  He was buried at Grassridge Farm in Fish River on 25th December 1871.

 

 

 

 

13P37

Charles Hedley Collett was born in the Hanover District of Northern Cape on 21st November 1862, the son of James Collett and his wife Mary Simpson.  He later married Amy Minnie Williams with whom he had seven children.  Charles lived a long life and died in 1958.

 

 

 

13Q65

Doris Collett

Born in 1897

 

13Q66

Lionel Hedley Collett

Born in 1898

 

13Q67

Douglas Denham Collett

Born in 1901

 

13Q68

Ernest Aubrey Collett

Born in 1903

 

13Q69

Kathleen Mary Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

13Q70

Lillian Anne Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

13Q71

Margaret Rose Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13P38

Annie Alicia Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was referred to in her father’s Will as Annie Alicia but elsewhere throughout her life she was referred to as Alice.

 

 

 

 

13P39

Benjamin Shaw Collett was born on 9th December 1866 and he married Judith Plessis with whom he had two sons.  The only other fact known about him is that he died in 1949.

 

 

 

13Q72

James William Collett

Born in 1906

 

13Q73

Francis Collett

Born in 1910

 

 

 

 

13P40

Denham Godlonton Collett was born in 1869 and died in 1942, although nothing is so far known about his life between those two years.

 

 

 

 

13P41

Florence Emily Collett was born on 21st June 1872, the sixth child of James Collett and Mary Simpson.

 

 

 

 

13P42

William James Collett was born on 7th February 1874 and was the seventh child of James and Mary Collett.  He was baptised at Graaf Reinet Methodist Church in Graaf-Reinet, Eastern Cape on 1st April 1878.  He later married Alice Maitland Geard with whom he had five children.

 

 

 

13Q74

Vernon Maitland Collett

Born in 1907

 

13Q75

Neville Maitland Collett

Born in 1909

 

13Q76

Joan Maitland Collett

Born in 1911

 

13Q77

Ernest Maitland Collett

Born in 1914

 

13Q78

Ruth Maitland Collett

Born in 1917

 

 

 

 

13P43

Irene Mary Collett was born in 1879 and was the last child of James Collett and his wife Mary Simpson.  She married Joseph Mounsey Grey who was the son of George Grey and Mary Frances Cook and he died around 1910 after the birth of the couple’s five children.  Their children were Godfrey Grey, Doris Grey, Derrick Grey, Phyllis Grey and Hector Grey.  Irene Mary Grey nee Collett survived her husband by six years when she died during 1916.

 

 

 

 

13P44

Dora Frances Collett was born on 25th October 1863 and she married John Forbes on 30th October 1899.  Dora Frances Forbes nee Collett died during 1941.

 

 

 

 

13P45

Harry Grey Collett was born at Middelburg on 20th July 1865.  It was later in his life, perhaps sometime after his older sister Irene (above) had married Joseph M Grey, that he was henceforth known as Harry Grey Collett.  During the Anglo Boer War, while Harry was on active service he met Elizabeth Susannah Shone who was the only daughter of Mary Ann Susan Harebottle and George Clarkson Shone of Clifton in Bedford.  Elizabeth was born on 20th January 1869 at Stanley Farm in Bedford and had ten brothers.  Her grandparents, like those of her husband’s, were also 1820 settlers.

 

 

 

It was on 9th October 1900 that Harry and Elizabeth were married, the wedding ceremony taking place under a big apricot tree on the farm known as Highlands in the Steynsburg district; the farm belonged to two of Elizabeth's brothers.  Fifty years later on 9th October 1950 Harry and Elizabeth celebrated their Golden Wedding.  During their life together they have reared seven children, four sons and three daughters.

 

 

 

One daughter Alice died at the age of twenty-one while working as a nursing at the Settlers Hospital in Grahamstown.  In addition to their own children they also had sixteen grandchildren, all of whom were present at the celebration party.  A record of their day of celebration was reported in their local newspaper, and this is reproduced as the appendix at the end of this family line.  Harry Grey Collett lived for another six years and died at Middelburg on 1st February 1956 aged 91 and was followed by his wife who died there on 4th May 1957.

 

 

 

13Q79

Mary Anna Grey Collett

Born in 1901

 

13Q80

John Grey Collett

Born in 1903

 

13Q81

Alan Grey Collett

Born in 1905

 

13Q82

Wilfred Grey Collett

Born in 1907

 

13Q83

Alice Grey Collett

Born in 1909

 

13Q84

Ethne Grey Collett

Born in 1912

 

13Q85

Victoria Grey Collett

Born in 1917

 

 

 

 

13P46

Edith Anna Collett was born on 4th June 1867, the daughter of William Collett and his wife Anna Marie Cook.  It is not known if she ever married, but it is established that she died in 1910.

 

 

 

 

13P47

William Edward Collett was born on 22nd April 1869.  He married (1) Catherine Bremner on 17th February 1897 with whom he had four children.  Whether Catherine died after the birth of their fourth child is not known, but it is known that Edward, as he was called, later married (2) Kate Perkins.  There seemed to be a family tradition in this family to use the second Christian name in each case.  Edward lived a long life and was 91 years of age when he died in 1960.

 

 

 

13Q86

Robert William Collett

Born in 1903

 

13Q87

Janet Mary Collett

Born in 1904

 

13Q88

Donald Edward Bremner Collett

Born in 1906

 

13Q89

Catherine Innes Collett

Born in 1907

 

 

 

 

13P48

Ewart James Collett was born at Wonderheuwel in Middelburg on 2nd May 1871, the son of William (Ian) Collett and his wife Anna Maria Cook.  Ewart was a military man and saw active service during the Anglo-Boer War, in the years from 1899 to 1902.  The following year he married Helen Liesching Greaves on 3rd June 1903 at Tafelberg in Cape Town.  Helen was the daughter of William Henry Gilfillan Greaves and Wilhelmina Johanna Southey and was born on 2nd May 1880.  The marriage produced five children for the couple, and all of them born at Middelburg in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.

 

 

 

He resumed his military career at the outbreak of the Great War which saw him rise to the rank of Colonel.  He was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order medal for his contribution to the war effort.  However, he was severely affected by the mustard gas used during the campaign from which he never fully recovered and which contributed towards his death at Dunblane in Eastern Cape on 7th December 1927.  Helen lived the next fifty years of her as a widow, up until she died at Middelburg in 1968.  Ewart’s youngest son Anthony followed in his father’s footsteps and saw military active in World War Two, during which he gave his life for King and Country.

 

 

 

13Q90

Evelyn Grace Ewart Collett

Born in 1905 at Middelburg

 

13Q91

Rosalie Collett

Born in 1908 at Middelburg

 

13Q92

Georgina Pauline Ewart Collett

Born in 1910 at Middelburg

 

13Q93

Noel David Ewart Collett

Born in 1914 at Middelburg

 

13Q94

Anthony Ewart Collett

Born in 1924 at Dunblane, Middelburg

 

 

 

 

13P49

Frederick Slater Collett was born in 1873 and his story is a particularly tragic one.  On leaving school he became a journalist and worked for the Daily Mail reporting on events in South Africa and in particular the Boer War.  He married Miss J Kannemeyer just around the turn of the century and shortly after they were married he left his wife to join the Corp of Scouts and served under Captain Raymond de Montmorency in the Anglo-Boer War.  The captain had been awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery on 2nd September 1898 during the Battle of Khartoum and his Corp of Scouts in 1900 also bore his name.

 

 

 

However, it would appear that as a result of their brief time together, Frederick’s wife was with-child around the time when he was killed in action on 23rd February 1900 at Schoeman’s Kop, Weltevreden Farm in Molteno, Eastern Cape.  That was also the same day that Captain Montmorency was killed.  Further tragedy was to strike the family when both mother and child died, possibly just shortly after or during the birth of the unnamed child.  The reference to Frederick Slater Collett in the record of journalists noted that he died at Schoeman’s Farm.

 

 

 

 

13P50

Myra Rhoda Collett was born in 1875, the daughter of William Collett and his wife Anna Marie Cook, and she died in 1960.

 

 

 

 

13P51

John Wesley Cam Collett was born at Middelburg in Eastern Cape on 27th November 1877, the son William and Anna Marie Collett, and he died in 1938.

 

 

 

 

13P52

Elizabeth Martha Collett, who was referred to as Bessie, was born in 1880 and she married Arthur Richmond.  Elizabeth Martha Richmond nee Collett passed away in 1945.

 

 

 

 

13P53

George Morley Collett was born in 1882 and died during that same year.

 

 

 

 

13P54

Ethel Daisy Thornhill Collett was born in 1884 and she later married Morien Mason and died in 1945.

 

 

 

 

13P55

Percy Every Collett was born on 9th January 1861, the first child of Joseph Collett and Emily Simpson.  He later married Mary Every who was the sister of Frederick Every who married Percy’s sister Alice Collett (below) and, from that time onwards, Percy was known as Percy Every Collett.  The marriage produced three children for the couple.  Percy Every Collett died in 1925, following which Mary married Percy’s best friend Cyril Simpson.

 

 

 

13Q95

Cyril Simpson Collett

Born in 1891

 

13Q96

Edgar Every Collett

Born in 1892

 

13Q97

Muriel Baden Collett

Born in 1900

 

 

 

 

13P56

Alice Emmeline Collett was born on 3rd August 1862 and she married Frederick Every, with whom she had seven children.  It seems very likely that Frederick was the brother of Mary Every who married Alice’s brother Percy Collett (above).  The couple’s seven children were Clarence Every, Nora Every, Ina Every, Harold Every, Eric Every, Mildred Every, and Ada Every.

 

 

 

 

13P57

Amy Josephine Collett was born on 15th February 1864.  She married William Atkinson with whom she had five children.  They were Clement Atkinson, Harold Atkinson, Jessie Atkinson, Phyllis Atkinson, and Leo Atkinson.

 

 

 

 

13P58

William Arthur Collett was born on 23rd October 1865, the son of Joseph Collett and Emily Simpson.

 

 

 

 

13P59

Collett Langford Collett was born in 1868.  He married Clara Lomax in 1903 who was the daughter of the Reverend Lomax.  C L Collett died at Rockvale in Louisvale in Northern Cape in 1960.

 

 

 

13Q98

Grace Collett

Born in 1905

 

13Q99

Joseph Arthur Collett

Born circa 1907

 

13Q100

Frances Langford Collett

Born in 1910

 

13Q101

Francis Lomax Collett

Born in 1910

 

13Q102

Wilfred Collett

Born in 1913

 

13Q103

Dorothy Collett

Born in 1914

 

13Q104

Cecil Collett

Born circa 1917

 

13Q105

Clara Irene Collett

Born circa 1920

 

 

 

 

13P60

Isabel Mary Collett was born in 1870 and she married Fred Leonard with whom she had four children.  They were Brian Leonard, Ellen Leonard, Cora Leonard and Neil Leonard.

 

 

 

 

13P62

Ada Susannah Collett was born at Middelburg in 1873 and she married Robert Duthie with whom she had a daughter Emily Robert Duthie.

 

 

 

 

13P63

Joseph Collett was born in 1875 and died during the following year.

 

 

 

 

13P64

Mabel Winifred Collett, who was referred to as Winnie, was born in 1877.  She married Clement Percival Biggs with whom she farmed land at Grapevale in Naauwpoort.  Winnie died four years short of her one hundredth birthday in 1973.  The couple’s six children were Lewellyn Biggs, Shirley Biggs, Norman Biggs, Elma Biggs, May Biggs and Rhona Biggs.

 

 

 

 

13P65

Cecil Reginald Collett was born in 1883 and died in Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

 

13P66

Horatio George Collett was born at Knapsackfontein in Bedford, Eastern Cape on 13th February 1864.  He married Catherine (Kate) Metcalfe Rayner with whom he had just one child before his premature death on 31st August 1897 at Daggaboersnek in Bedford.

 

 

 

13Q106

Horace Rayner Collett

Born in 1895

 

 

 

 

13P67

Annie Rhoda Collett was born on 21st May 1865, the eldest daughter of George Collett and his wife Martha Susanna Adendorf.  All that is currently known about Annie is that she died during 1931.

 

 

 

 

13P68

John Hedley Collett, who was referred to as Jack, was born on 4th August 1866 at Cradock.  He married (1) Agnes Collett (Ref. 13P31) his cousin, but tragically it would appear that she only survived for two years after the wedding before she died, possibly in childbirth.  Jack then married Agnes’ older sister (2) Martha Rhoda Collett (Ref. 13P30) on 8th October 1900 at Cradock.  Agnes and Martha were the daughters of John Collett whose brother George Collett was Jack’s father.  Sadly there were no children arising from his first marriage and the five children from his second marriage can be found listed under Martha Rhoda Collett.  John Hedley Collett was one years of age when he died on 6th August 1966.

 

 

 

 

13P69

Richard Clifford Collett was born at Cradock on 4th February 1868.  It is not known whether he was ever married but there was no reference to him in his mother’s Will following her death in 1900.  It must therefore be assumed that he had already passed away prior to the start of the twentieth century.

 

 

 

 

13P70

Thomas Henry Collett was born at Brak River in Steynsburg, Eastern Cape on 5th September 1869.  And it was also at Eastern Cape that he married Lena Henrietta Michel on 4th November 1904.  Lena was the daughter of Johan Michel and had been born at Eastern Cape, where she later died.  All four their children were born at Eastern Cape.  Thomas had followed family traditions and was a farmer with holdings at Avondale, Readsdale and Stockenstrom.  At the time of his death he left this land, plus four other areas, to his four children.  Sadly, prior to his death, his wife Lena had been suffering with mental health problems and the record of her death curiously read as follows “Lena Henrietta Michel of Stockenstrom, also known as Seymour or Mpofu, was admitted to the Mental Hospital in Queenstown on 27th November 1930.”  The rather odd obituary may point to the fact that Lena was not the wife of Thomas Collett, particularly as an earlier family history record gave the name of his wife as Ethel Michel.

 

 

 

Thomas Henry Collett died on 13th February 1946 aged 76 at Elvanwater in the house of his son-in-law Robert Marshall at Stutterheimaged.  Ten years prior to his death Thomas made his Will at Avondale on 10th August 1936 as witnessed by D F Kemp and E G Wilson.  The sole executor of the Will was Thomas’ oldest son Henry Magnus Collett who finally settled the estate on 2nd December 1947.  Only one of Thomas’ three sons wanted to continue in farming and this was Thomas Kenneth who took over the holding at Avondale.  It may be of further interest that Thomas had a life assurance policy which was left to Julius Magnus Michel, who was very likely his brother-in-law.

 

 

 

13Q107

Thora Michel Collett

Born in 1905

 

13Q108

Henry Magnus Michel Collett

Born in 1908

 

13Q109

Thomas Kenneth Collett

Born in 1912

 

13Q110

Horatio Theo Collett

Born in 1917

 

 

 

 

13P71

Martha Selena Collett was born at Cradock on 17th April 1870 and she died in 1871.

 

 

 

 

13P72

Eva Elizabeth Collett, who was also referred to as Edith, was born at Cradock on 18th January 1874.  She died on 31st December 1943 aged 69.

 

 

 

 

13P73

James Christopher Collett was born at Middelburg on 2nd May 1877.  He married Mary Isabella Annear on 12th November 1903 at Somerset End in Eastern Cape Colony.  Mary was the daughter of Samuel John Annear and Eliza Jane Webber and was born at Somerset End on 18th February 1877.  James and his older brother Thomas Henry Collett (above) had jointly entered into a mortgage bond to purchase land called The Meadows situated at Vlakfontein in Middelburg.  The bond drawn up at Cardock and Daggaboer was dated 5th January 1901.  James Christopher Collett died on 28th September 1959 at Ermelo in Transvaal.  It was also there that Mary Isabella Collett nee Annear died almost five years later on 1st September 1964.

 

 

 

13Q111

George Clifford Annear Collett

Born in 1904

 

13Q112

John Rex Annear Collett

Born in 1906

 

13Q113

James Max Annear Collett

Born in 1910

 

13Q114

Jack Annear Collett

Born in 1912

 

13Q115

Mabel Edith Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13P74

Norman Collett was born at Middelburg in 1879.  It seems likely that he never married and that he died before the turn of the century as there was no mention of him in his mother’s Will when she died in 1900.

 

 

 

 

13P76

Robert Louis Collett was born at Cardiff on 30th March 1889 where his birth was recorded (Ref. 11a 316) during the second quarter of that year, the second child and eldest son of James Edward Collett and his wife Mary.  He was two years old and 12 years of age in the two Canton, Cardiff census returns in 1891 and 1901, and in the latter he and his family were living at 61 Forrest Road in Canton.  It was there also that he was still living with his parents in April 1911 when Robert Lewis Collett was 22 and working as a clerk at a paper works.  Nothing more is known about Robert, except that the death of Robert Lewis Collett was recorded at Cardiff register office (Ref. 8b 905) during the first quarter of 1971 when he was 82.

 

 

 

 

13P81

Hilda Collett was born at Cardiff in 1903, the last child of James and Mary Collett.  She was eight years old in 1911 when she and her family were living at 61 Forrest Road in the Canton area of Cardiff.  It would appear that she died when she was 22 years of age, the death of Hilda Collett being recorded at Cardiff register office (Ref. 11a 414) during the last three months of 1925.

 

 

 

 

13Q1

Horace Walter Collett was possibly born at Gore, Southland in 1894, the eldest of the three children of Jacob Collett and Mary Hannah Fisher, since it was at Gore that he was buried in 1895 when he was just one-year old.

 

 

 

 

13Q2

Leonard Adolph Collett was born at Gore, Southland on 22nd December 1896, the only surviving son of Jacob and Mary Hannah Collett.  Sadly, Leonard never properly knew his father because Jacob Collett died before Leonard reached his second birthday.  He was therefore raised single-handedly by his mother and around the time of the Great War they were living at Mary Street in Gore.  At that time in his life Leonard was employed as a motor mechanic at Lister’s Motor Garage in Wyndham, to the south of Gore, when he was boarding at Walkers Hotel in Wyndham.

 

 

 

It was on the 27th June 1917 that he enlisted with the New Zealand Army at Gore.  However, the result of his medical examination on that day declared that he was only Class C with a poor physique.  The full report read as follows:  ‘Leonard Adolph Collett, a British subject of Gore, born on Dec 22 1896 the son of Jacob Collett (deceased), a New Zealander, and Mary Hannah Collett from England.’  The form indicated that he was already a serving member of 14th Regiment.   ‘He was 21 years old, 5 feet 6 inches, weighing 114 lbs, had brown hair, blue eyes, and a fair complexion, and was a member of the Salvation Army.’  The conclusion was that he had a problem with his lungs and that would interfere with the performance of his duties.

 

 

 

Almost one year later he was re-examined by the Medical Board on 19th June 1918 when he was passed fit, his lungs working as normal by then.  And so it was he was accepted into the army on 23rd September 1918 with E Company and was given the service number 90137.  Two days after he arrived in camp and just one week later he was made a private.  However, on 28th November that year, and following the declaration of peace on 11th November, he was given leave without pay in lieu of discharge, so ending his very short military career.

 

 

 

It was ten years after the war that Leonard married Sarah Elizabeth Swain during 1928, Sarah having been born on 26th January 1905.  Leonard Adolph Collett died in New Zealand during 1987 when he was 92, leaving Sarah just nine years as a widow, when she passed away in 1996 at the age of 91.

 

 

 

 

13Q3

Pauline Millicent Collett was born at Gore in 1898, the only daughter of Jacob Collett and Mary Hannah Fisher.  Like her brother Leonard (above), Pauline would have hardly known her father as he died at Gore in the first week of October 1897.  Pauline was also relatively young when she died in 1936.  However, she was nineteen in 1917 when she was married at Gore to John Milne McDiarmid, the son of Gilbert McDiarmid and Jemima Robertson.  Although John was ten years older than Pauline he passed away in his old age, when he died in 1965 at 78.

 

 

 

 

13Q4

William Collett was born in New Zealand during 1876 and was the first of two base-born sons of Eliza Collett by an unknown father.  It was during 1899 that he married Rose Church, the daughter of Charles and Matilda Church, with whom he had a daughter of his own.  At some time in their life the family of three lived at 20 Roy Street in Invercargill.  William Collett died at Invercargill in the first week of 1956 at the age of 80 and was buried at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill on 11th January 1956.  Rose Collett nee Church, who had been born in 1875, also passed away at Invercargill where she was buried with her husband on 27th May 1960, when she was 85 years of age.

 

 

 

In 1920 William Collett was one of seven founding Commissioners of the Otautau Town Board, along with his cousin Robert Barrie Collett (below).  Otautau is a small farming, forestry and milling town located inland on the western edge of the Southland Plains of New Zealand on the banks of the Aparima River and is approximately 40 kilometres north west of Invercargill.

 

 

 

13R1     (6Aq1)

Eileen Bertha Collett

Born in 1900 at Invercargill

 

 

 

 

13Q5

David Mill Collett was born in New Zealand during 1878, the second base-born child of Eliza Collett, the boy’s father being David Low Mill who married Eliza after the birth of their son.  His mother died either during, or just after, giving birth to her last child, when David was around nineteen years of age.  Perhaps as a mark of respect for his mother and following a fall-out with his father after he remarried shortly after being made a widower, David changed his surname from Mill to Collett.  From that time forward David Collett did not have a good relationship with his father, even though they lived fairly close to each other in the same small town.  David’s occupation was that of a builder and when he was around twenty-eight years old he married Helena Louisa Kempton, the daughter of William Fosse Kempton and Louisa Harriet Hudson, during 1906.  Helena was born during 1879 in New Zealand and she presented David with the three children listed below.  Prior to receiving new details from Claire Stevens nee Collett in 2017, it was written here that it was understood that David and Helena may had four other children, which now seems not to be the case.  Claire is the daughter of David and Helena’s eldest son William George.

 

 

 

David Mill Collett died at Brighton near Dunedin in New Zealand on 15th June 1958 when he was 80, while his widow was living at 29A Duncan Street in Dunedin just prior to the death of Helena Louisa Collett nee Kempton passed away on 19th May 1967 aged 88.  The Will of David Mill Collett of 165 Ocean View in Brighton, a retired builder, was made on 30th March 1957 and proved on 17th July 1958.  Within the document, he bequeathed £300 to his wife Helena Louisa Collett.  To his son William George Collett he left his rifle, ammunition, fishing gear and equipment.  All other personal belongings, tools, cash or money in savings, to be equally divided between his three children, William George Collett, David Kempton Collett and Joyce Louisa Pauley.

 

 

 

Sometime during his life, David had a book published, telling the story of his life from the day of his birth up to the time when he became a married man.  This was later serialised in the Mataura Ensign newspaper, a copy of which is currently being searched for.

 

 

 

13R2

William George Collett

Born in 1909 in New Zealand

 

13R3

David Kempton Collett

Born in 1913 in New Zealand

 

13R4

Joyce Louisa Collett

Date of birth unknown in New Zealand

 

 

 

 

13Q6

Charles Henry Collett was born at Gore in 1884, the eldest of the five children of Samuel Collett and Marion Nelson Spowart.  He married Elsie May Cuff in 1908, Elsie having been born at Invercargill in 1886.  Their marriage produced seven children, all as listed below.  Charles Henry Collett died at Gore in 1931, and was followed shortly thereafter by his wife who passed away during 1933.  Both of them were 47 and they were laid to rest together in Gore Cemetery.  Also buried in the same plot at the Gore Cemetery was Allan Raymond Collett the youngest of the seven children of Charles and Elsie.

 

 

 

At the Police Court at Gore in December 1907, a matter of months before the marriage of Charles and Elsie Collett, a case was brought by the Police against Cecil Smith of stealing a lady's silver watch, chain, and greenstone pendant, the property of his girlfriend Elsie Cuff valued at £3 10 Shillings.  Evidence was given by Charles Henry Collett, stating that he had been playing football at Balfour and when he returned to his clothes the watch, chain and greenstone pendant which had been in his vest pocket was missing. After further evidence the accused was convicted and fined £1.

 

 

 

13R5     (6Aq2)

Charles Ronald Collett

Born in 1908 at Gore, Southland

 

13R6     (6Aq3)

Elsie May Collett

Born in 1910 at Gore, Southland

 

13R7     (6Aq4)

Muriel Ada Collett

Born in 1911 at Gore, Southland

 

13R8     (6Aq5)

Olive Lorna Collett

Born in 1917 at Gore, Southland

 

13R9     (6Aq6)

Edna Mary Collett

Born in 1918 at Gore, Southland

 

13R10   (6Aq7)

Florence Edith Collett

Born in 1919 at Gore, Southland

 

13R11   (6Aq8)

Allan Raymond Collett

Born in 1927 at Gore, Southland

 

 

 

 

13Q7

John Spowart Collett was born at Gore on 3rd March 1887, the son of Samuel Collett and Marion Nelson Spowart.  He enlisted with the army at Trentham on 18th October 1815 and left New Zealand on 14th February 1916 bound for Suez and action in the First World War, and within two months he arrived in France.  Upon entry he was 28 years of age and a coachbuilder, very likely working with his father.  His military record also confirmed that he was a Presbyterian, 5 feet 5¼ inches tall, weighing 130lbs, with brown eyes and fair hair.  The only noted distinguishing mark was his appendicitis scar. 

 

 

 

He was assigned to 14th Company of 2nd Battalion on 7th March 1916 and was wounded in the forearm during September 1916, following which he was admitted to the 2nd New Zealand General Hospital at Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, England, on 19th September.  He was later transferred to Codford Hospital near Salisbury, from where he was discharged on 8th October 1916, but remained at Codford Military Depot for a further month.  A year later in December 1917 he was again wounded in action in the field.  It was with 4th Company of 1st Battalion Otago Regiment that he was based at Rouen for the whole of 1917. On 27th March 1918 he marched into Etaples, one hundred miles north of Rouen.  All through the remainder of 1918 he was wounded in action on numerous other occasions.  Private John Spowart Collett service number 8/3533 was sadly killed at Le Cateau in France on 23rd October 1918 when he was 31.  His name is listed amongst the 446 on the Grevillers (NZ) Memorial at Pas de Calais.

 

 

 

 

13Q8

Leslie Clifford Collett was born at Gore on 14th March 1896 and at the time he entered military service on 2nd January 1917 his occupation was that of a post and telegraph cadet with the Post & Telegraph Company in Tuatapere.  He was Private Leslie Clifford Collett service number 42739 with the 1st Battalion Canterbury Infantry Regiment, while it was his mother Mrs Marion Collett of Irwell Street in Gore who was named as his next-of-kin.  Upon attestation at Riverton on 11th November 1916 he was 20 years and 8 months old, with blue eyes, red hair, and a fair complex, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighing 154 lbs.

 

 

 

He served a total of one year and 224 days, just 200 hundred of those days spent in New Zealand.  He was finally discharged from duty on 13th August 1918 when he was no longer physically fit for War Service on account of the wounds he received in action.  He arrived at Etaples on 11th November 1917, but it was on 10th January 1918 that he was severely injured in action in the field in France, with serious wounding to his left thigh and his left arm, a fracture of the ulna.  Within the New Zealand Evening Post newspaper published on 26th January 1918 was the regular item entitled ‘Last Night’s List’, in which on that occasion was the name of Leslie Collett.  On 6th April he was taken on board the ship ‘Marama’ which left Avonmouth for New Zealand, where he disembarked on 19th May 1918. 

 

 

 

Three years later he married Ida Evelyn Adsett during 1921, Ida having been born at Fielding in New Zealand in 1900.  Despite his injuries and the trauma of the Great War, Leslie Clifford Collett survived his wife by fifteen years when she died at Christchurch on 25th April 1964, after which he settled in Napier, where he died on 20th October 1979.

 

 

 

 

13Q9

Maxwell Nelson Collett was born at Gore on 1st December 1899, the fourth child of Samuel and Marion Collett.  In 1927 he married Dorothy Margreutta Wilkinson who was born in New Zealand on 14th July 1900.  Maxwell Nelson Collett, so named after his mother Marion Nelson Spowart, died in New Zealand in 1980, six years after his wife Dorothy had passed away during 1974.

 

 

 

 

13Q10

Florence Myrtle Collett was born at Gore in 1905, the only daughter and the fifth child of Samuel Collett and his wife Marion Nelson Spowart.  Tragically Florence was only 13 years old when she died on 20th November 1918 and was buried at the Gore Cemetery.  Florence's headstone also records a Memorial to her brother, 8/3533 Pte John Spowart Collett killed in action on 23rd October 1918, Beaudignies France, aged 31 years.

 

 

 

 

13Q11

David William Collett was born at Invercargill on 5th June 1884, the first of the thirteen children born to Charles Collett and Agnes Hamilton.  He did not reach his first birthday, when he died and was buried at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill on 3rd June 1885.

 

 

 

 

13Q12

Charles Alfred Collett was born at Invercargill on 20th October 1885, the eldest surviving son of Charles and Agnes Collett.  During his life, he was married three times; his first wife was (1) Marianne (Mary Ann) Louisa Knipe, who was known as Polly, whom he married on 15th April 1908 at Invercargill, and with whom Charles had two children.  Marianne was born at West Plains in Southland on 23rd September 1878 and, following her death in Invercargill Hospital on 30th August 1924, she was buried at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill on 2nd September 1924.  After two year, Charles married the much younger (2) Pearl Constance Philpott during 1926 and, like his first wife, Pearl was also born at West Plains on 11th May 1897.  That second marriage produced another five children for Charles, before Pearl died at Invercargill on 10th November 1955.

 

 

 

For the next three or four years Charles lived the life of a widower until that is, he married older widow (3) May Darling Henderson, nee Adams, during 1959.  May, who was known as Rose, was born in 1876.  Sadly, they were only married for a short while, when Rose died at Invercargill during May 1960.  It was also later that same year when Charles Alfred Collett was buried with his wife on 10th December 1960.  At the time of his passing on 8th December 1960 he was a patient at Park Hospital on Gala Street in Invercargill, when his home address was recorded as 16 Avenall Street in Invercargill.

 

 

 

13R12   (6Aq9)

Louisa Hamilton Collett

Born in 1909 at Invercargill

 

13R13

William John Collett

Born in 1920 at The Bluff, Campbelltown

 

The following are the children of Charles Alfred Collet by his second wife Pearl Constance Philpott:

 

13R14

Florence Emily Collett

Born in 1927 at Invercargill

 

13R15

Charles Daniel Collett

Born in 1929 at Invercargill

 

13R16

Raymond Edward Collett

Born in 1930 at Invercargill

 

13R17

Constance Agnes Collett

Born in 1932 at Invercargill

 

13R18

Violet May Collett

Born in 1934 at Invercargill n

 

 

 

 

13Q13

Jessie Maria Collett was born at Invercargill on 27th January 1888, the previously missing daughter of Charles Collett and Agnes Hamilton.  She was twenty-three years of age when she married George Livingstone at Invercargill on 14th July 1911.  George was also born at Invercargill on 15th September 1878 and it was there too that he died on 14th December 1954.  Jessie presented George with a total of seven children at Invercargill, all as listed below.  Jessie Maria Livingstone nee Collett passed away on 13th June 1968, at the age of eighty, when she was still living in Invercargill.

 

 

 

Their seven children were: Charles David Livingstone (born 14.09.1911, died 03.10.1994), who married Winifred Esther Cannell in 1940.  Winifred had been born in 1918;  George Stanley Livingstone (born 26.03.1913, died 23.11.1997 at Riverton), who married Edna Christine Kelly in 1950, Edna having been born on 03.03.1929 who died at Riverton on 30.06.1988;  Ivy May Livingstone (born 14.04.1915, died 20.11.2003 at Invercargill), who married Vincent James O'Connor in 1938, Vincent having been born on 05.07.1910 at Invercargill, who died there on 10.02.2003;  Lillee Mavis Livingstone (born 02.05.1918, died 02.12.2007), and she married George Henry Sadlier in 1936.  He was born during 1915 and died on 15.09.1967;  David Henry Livingstone (born 03.03.1921, died 1979) and he married Ina Mavis Griffin in 1944 who was born on 07.06.1921 and died in1999;  Winifred Jessie Livingstone (dates not known) married Clive William Hawkins in 1949, who was born on 25.05.1916 and who died during1983;  Gordon Stanley Livingstone (born 1918) and he married Vera Alice Agnes Lake in 1942. His date of birth suggests he may have been the twin brother of Lillee Mavis Livingstone (above).

 

 

 

 

13Q14

James Henry Collett, was born at Invercargill on 20th December 1889, a son of Charles and Agnes Collett.  In the electoral roll for May 1917, James Henry Collett of Makarewa – just north of Invercargill, was described as an engineer driver.  It was two days after his twentieth birthday when he married Elizabeth Charlotte Robertson on 22nd December 1919.  She was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Bettie Robertson and had been born on 2nd September 1897, when her birth was curiously registered as Elizabeth Charles Robertson.  Their marriage produced a son and a daughter for the couple, with the younger child sadly dying in 1926 when she was only nine months old.  The name of Evelyn Thelma Collett is one of five mentioned as being buried in Block 23 Plot 306 at the Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill.  James Henry Collett died on 27th April 1952 when he and Elizabeth were living at Chelmsford Street in Invercargill.  He was buried two days after, on 29th April in Plot 306 at the Eastern Cemetery at Invercargill, where Elizabeth was buried on 18th December 1968 following her death at Invercargill on 16th December 1968, when her address was recorded as 212 Chelmsford Street.  Also buried in the same plot is Caroline Collett, the granddaughter of James Henry Collett through his only known son James.

 

 

 

13R19   (6Aq10)

James Charles Collett

Born in 1921 at Invercargill

 

13R20   (6Aq11)

Evelyn Thelma Collett

Born in 1925 at Invercargill

 

 

 

 

13Q15

William Collett was born at Invercargill on 10th December 1891.  He was an engineer and at some time during his life he was recorded as living at 11 Oban Street in Lawrence, Southland.  He married (1) Florence Ivy Pidgeon on 3rd March 1917, the daughter of Walter Henry Pidgeon and Elizabeth Cox, who was born at Invercargill on 28th May 1897.  That first marriage for William resulted in the birth of a daughter but, after the death of his wife at Dunedin on 1st December 1957, William married (2) Margaret Blackwood who was thirty-four years his junior, having been born on 30th October 1925.  William Collett died at Dunedin on 1st March 1971 and was buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery in Dunedin on 3rd March that year.  The death of his much younger second wife took place thirty-three years after his passing, during 2004.

 

 

 

13R21

Hazel Louvain Collett

Born in 1918

 

 

 

 

13Q16

John Edward Collett was born at Invercargill on 3rd January 1892 and he was an engineer like his older brother William (above).  He married Annie Edith Pickett on 27th December 1917, the same year that his brother William was also married.  Annie was born at West Taieri, Otago on 7th May 1896, the daughter of Charles Pickett and Annie Dunlop.  John Edward Collett died at Invercargill on 28th July 1978 and was buried at Eastern Cemetery in the town three days later.  It was almost three years after that when Annie Edith Collett, nee Pickett, passed away at Invercargill on 25th June 1981 where, four days later, she was buried with her husband.  The couple’s last address was Peacehaven in Invercargill. 

 

 

 

Footnote Note:  John and Annie’s daughter, born in 1922, who died in 1999, should not be confused with Mona Daphne Collett (Ref. 7Q2) who was born at Caversham in Dunedin in 1920, who married Alan John Campbell in 1946, and who died in 2013.  She was the daughter of George Edmund Collett and his first wife Evelyn Bell, as listed within Part 7 – The Short Australia Line.

 

 

 

13R22

Leona Daphne Collett

Born on 02.06.1922; died in 1999

 

13R23

another daughter Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13Q17

Samuel Collett was born at Invercargill on 14th March 1893 and he married Emily Ada Buddle on 3rd April 1918.  She was the daughter of Leonard Mount Buddle and Emma Elizabeth Colvin and was born at Invercargill on 21st August 1895.  Samuel Collett died at Invercargill on 13th December 1977 and was buried at the Charlton Park Cemetery in Gore.  Emily Ada Collett, nee Buddle, died six years later on 28th June 1983, when was she still a resident of Invercargill, and was buried in the same plot with her husband.  It is believed that Samuel and Emily had five children.

 

 

 

13R24

Leslie Leonard Mount Collett

Born in 1922

 

13R25

Reginald Samuel Collett

Born in 1924

 

13R26

Raymond Lewis Collett

Born in 1926

 

13R27

Samuel Charles Collett

Born in 1931

 

13R28

Agnes Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13Q18

Eliza Rebekah Collett was born at Invercargill on 25th December 1894 but sadly, she died shortly after on 13th March 1895, when she was only ten weeks old.

 

 

 

 

13Q19

Robert Jacob Collett was born at Invercargill on 3rd March 1896 and he too was an engineer like his two older brothers William and John Edward (above).  He married Nellie Constance Hood on 25th August 1920, the daughter of Frederick George Millar Hood and Gertrude Johnson, who was born on 31st August 1900.  The marriage produced at least four children before Nellie suffered a premature death, when she died at Invercargill on 7th April 1934, perhaps during childbirth, following which she was buried at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill.  At the time of the passing of Robert Jacob Collett, on 1st September 1973, he was residing at Hardy Street in Invercargill, following which he was buried with his wife at Eastern Cemetery.

 

 

 

13R29

Mavis Gwendoline Collett

Born in 1920 at Invercargill

 

13R30

Alma Jean Collett

Born in 1921 at Invercargill

 

13R31

Robert Reid Collett

Born in 1922 at Invercargill

 

13R32

William Charles Collett

Born in 1928 at Invercargill

 

 

 

 

13Q20

Rebecca Flora Collett was born at Invercargill on 1st July 1898 and she married David Winter on 1st October 1919, the son of Ernest Charles Winter and Elizabeth Hyslop.  David Winter was born at Blueskin Bay, Otago on 26th September 1896 and he fathered one child with Rebecca, David Albert Winter, who was born on 23rd April 1923 and who died at Invercargill on 28th December 1985..  It was at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill that David Winter was buried on 5th December 1947, having died two days previously at Invercargill, where Flora was buried on 24th June 1976 following her death two days earlier.  Their last known address was Price Street in Invercargill.  Their son David Albert Winter was 62 years old when he passed away at the end of 1985, following which he was cremated on 31st December 1985 and his ashes were interred at the Southland Crematorium on 7 March 1986.  The inscription reads:  “In loving memory of David A Winter beloved husband of Anne died December 28 1985 aged 62 years.”

 

 

 

 

13Q21

Alice May Victoria Collett was born at Invercargill on 27th June 1900 and tragically she was nearly nine years old when she died there on 7th June 1909.

 

 

 

 

13Q22

Albert Edward Collett was born at Invercargill on 15th August 1901, the youngest son of Charles Collett and Agnes Hamilton.  It was on 27th December 1923 when he married Beatrice Beaumont Archer who was the daughter of James Yewlett Archer and Elizabeth Ann Lyons.  Beatrice was born at Clifton in Invercargill on 23rd June 1902 and she died on 8th June 1979 at Invercargill, where she was buried three weeks later, perhaps following a post-mortem report.  Just over five years later Albert Edward Collett passed away at Invercargill on 9th December 1984 and was reunited with his wife at Eastern Cemetery two days after.  His last address was 40 Tanner Street in Invercargill, while it is understood that Beatrice presented Albert with at least two children.

 

 

 

13R33

not used

 

 

13R34

Gordon Albert Collett

Born in 1924

 

13R35

Irene Granger Collett

Born in 1929

 

 

 

 

13Q23

Lilly Collett was born at Invercargill during June 1905 and was the last child of Charles Collett and Agnes Hamilton.  She too suffered an infant death and was buried at Eastern Cemetery on 20th June 1905. 

 

 

 

 

13Q24

Robert Barrie Collett was the base-born child of Ellen Barrie, the father's name listed as ‘not recorded’ on the New Zealand BDM Database.  Robert was born on 31st March 1886 when his mother Ellen was only 18 years old, while it was six years after the birth that she married the likely father, James Henry Collett.  It was at Otautau where Robert married his cousin Alice Low Mill who was also born in 1886, the daughter of Eliza Collett (Ref. 13P2) and David Low Mill.  In October 1917 Robert took over the boot repairing business of Mr A Macdonald, following which he established the firm of Robert B Collett, shoemaker and boot repairer of Main Street, Otautau.  He was 33 years old at that time and just four years later he sold the business during the month of May in 1921.  Together with his cousin William Collett (Ref. 13Q4) and others, Richard was one of seven founding Commissioners of the Otautau Town Board in 1920. 

 

 

 

Before Richard and his family left Otautau for Hokitika in July of 1930 the members of the Otautau Hockey Club met to bid farewell to their president Mr R B Collett; their ex-captain Mrs Collett; and a prominent player Miss Eileen Collett.  Tributes to the Colletts came from various members, noting that Mr Collett had been president for two years, Mrs Collett had been captain, vice-president and the club's delegate to the sub-union, while Miss Collett had proved a good member, and all wished them every happiness and prosperity in Hokitika.  Once settled at Hokitika on the west coast of the South Island, 20 miles south of Greymouth, Robert worked as a civil servant until the time of his retirement.  Later, as Robert died intestate, it was left to his widow Alice Low Collett to manage his affairs through probate which was carried out at the Greymouth Registry Office and her Letters of Administration are produced below.

 

 

 

“I Alice Low Collett of Hokitika, widow, make oath and say as follows:

1. That I knew Robert Barrie Collett of Hokitika, retired, now deceased, when alive and that the said Robert Barrie Collett was resident or was domiciled at Hokitika within this judicial district and that the nearest Registry Office of this Court to the place where the said Robert Barrie Collett resided or was domiciled is at Greymouth

2. That the said Robert Barrie Collett died at Hokitika on or about the 4th day of October 1956 as I am able to depose from having seen him die

3. That the said deceased was my lawful husband and that the said deceased left him surviving me this deponent his lawful widow and four children - that is to say Robert Geoffrey Collett aged 45 years, Eileen Ellen Breeze aged 43 years, Jenny Elizabeth Collett aged 40 years, and Albert James Collett aged 38 years

4. That the said deceased had never been married prior to his marriage with me

5. That since the death of the deceased I have had access to his papers and repositories and that I have searched diligently therein for any Will or testamentary writing made or signed by the said deceased and that I have been unable to find any such Will or testamentary writing

6. That I have made enquiry of the solicitor who acted for the said deceased during his lifetime and of the bankers with whom he banked and of all persons likely to know if the said deceased had made or signed any Will or testamentary writing and I have been unable to learn that the said deceased ever made or signed any such Will or testamentary writing

7. That I do verily believe that the said deceased died intestate and I am his widow

8. That to the best of my knowledge information and belief the estate and effects and credits of the said deceased to be administered by me are under the value of £2500

9. That I will well and faithfully administer the estate of the said deceased and will whenever ordered so to do after the grant of letters of administration to me filed in this Court and verify by affidavit a true full and perfect inventory of all the estate effects and credits of the said deceased which shall have come into my hands, possession or knowledge and also a full distinct and proper account of my administration of the estate which shall set forth the dates and particulars of all receipts and disbursements and show which of the same are in my opinion on account of capital and on account of income respectively.

             Sworn at Hokitika this 11th day of October 1956

             before me a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand and signed by A Low Collett.

 

 

 

Robert Barrie Collett died at Hokitika on 4th October 1956 (Ref. 1956/27852) at the age of 70 and was buried two days later on 6th October at the Hokitika Cemetery, Westland in New Zealand.  His wife Alice Low Collett nee Mill passed away ten years later on 11th February 1967 and was buried in the same plot with her husband on 13th February.

 

 

 

13R36

Robert Geoffrey Collett

Born in 1911 at Otautau

 

13R37

Eileen Ellen Collett

Born in 1913 at Otautau

 

13R38

Jenny Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1916 at Otautau

 

13R39

Albert James Collett

Born in 1918 at Otautau

 

 

 

 

13Q25

Marion Dick Barrie was born in New Zealand during 1888 (Ref. 1888/10904) and was the base-born daughter of Ellen Barrie who married James Henry Collett in 1892, the likely father of Ellen’s earlier child, Robert Barrie Collett (above), who was born out of wedlock.  Once married Marion’s mother gave birth to five more children, although it is unclear what actually happened to Marion.  However, it is interesting to note that her second given name of Dick was the married name of Ellen Mary Collett (Ref. 6P7) who married Robert Charles Dick in 1901.  Part 6 - The New Zealand Line contains the details of Ellen’s father Thomas George Collett who established a farm in the Mangaroa Valley.  A further point of interest is that both Mangaroa, to the north of Wellington, and the Southland areas are known for timber milling and Charles Collett (Ref. 13P6) had been in the timber industry for about 20 years.

 

 

 

 

13Q26

Margaret Ellen Collett was born in New Zealand in 1894, the eldest of the five children of James Henry Collett and his wife Ellen Barrie.  She married Donald Drain in 1918 who was the son of James and Mary Drain who had been born in 1886.  Nine years earlier at the annual dance of bachelors of Spar Bush, Southland, held in 1908 at the local hall, Mr Donald Drain discharged the onerous duties of Master of Ceremonies in a most efficient manner.  Donald also acted as M C at a wedding held at Spar Bush in 1909.  Margaret Ellen Drain nee Collett died in 1965.

 

 

 

 

13Q27

James Henry Collett, who was known as Jim, was born in 1898 and he married Eileen Elizabeth Trapski in 1926.  Eileen was born on 20th May 1902, the daughter of Frederick Ferdinand Trapski and Elizabeth Caruthers.  James and Eileen had at least one known child, Donald Frederick Collett who born in 1933, and most likely one other born at a later date.  At the time of his death James Henry Collett was living in Pukerau, to the east of Gore, where he died on 23rd July 1947, following which he was buried in Block 8 Plot 4 at Pukerau Cemetery in Southland.  It was thirty-eight years after the death of her husband that Eileen died on 5th June 1985, when she was reunited with him at Pukerau Cemetery at East Street in Pukerau.

 

 

 

The epitaph on their shared headstone reads as follows:

In Loving Memory of

James Henry

dearly loved husband of

Eileen Elizabeth Collett

who died 23rd July 1947 aged 48 years

Also the above

Eileen Elizabeth

who died 5th June 1985 aged 83 years

AT REST

 

 

 

13R40

Donald Frederick Collett

Born in 1933 at Pukerau, near Gore

 

13R41

a possible Collett child

Born after 1933 at Pukerau, near Gore

 

 

 

 

13Q28

Ivy Isabell Florence Collett was born in New Zealand on 20th September 1900, the daughter of James Henry Collett and Ellen Barrie.  That was the date recorded at the time of her death, whereas her birth certificate gave the year as 1902 (Ref. 1902/20365).  She was nineteen when she married Douglas McIntosh in 1919, the son of Charles McIntosh and Jessie Robertson.  Douglas was born on 9th December 1898, the birth recorded in early 1899 (Ref. 1899/1157).  Ivy Isabel Florence McIntosh nee Collett died during in 1990 (Ref. 1990/31865).  The last seventeen years of her life were spent as a widow following the death of her husband Douglas McIntosh during 1973 (Ref. 1973/35951) when his birth date was stated as being 9th December 1898.

 

 

 

 

13Q29

Grace Collett was born in New Zealand during 1906, the daughter of James and Ellen Collett.  She later married the much older James Henry Forde in 1928, James having been born in 1885.  James Henry Forde died during 1958, although it is not known when Grace Forde nee passed away.

 

 

 

 

13Q30

Myrtle Irene Mavis Collett was born in New Zealand on 25th October 1911, the last child born to James Henry Collett and Ellen Barrie.  All that is known about her is that she died in 1999.

 

 

 

 

13Q31

An unnamed Collett daughter was born to Walter James Collett and Bremmerina Rose-Innes in 1881 but she died shortly after the birth.

 

 

 

 

13Q32

John Alexander Collett was born on 15th April 1882 and in 1909 he married Gladys Mitford Pringle Bowker who was the daughter of Duncan Campbell Bowker and Beatrice Scott Pringle.  She was born in 1882.  John Alexander Collett died in 1962.

 

 

 

13R42

Herbert Duncan Collett

Born in 1910

 

13R43

Ronald Innes Collett

Born in 1912

 

13R44

Alexander Conroy Collett

Born in 1918

 

13R45

Beatrice Pringle Collett

Born in 1919

 

13R46

Sheila Gladys Collett

Born in 1920

 

13R47

Walter John Collett

Born in 1922

 

13R48

Peter Mitford Collett

Born in 1929

 

 

 

 

13Q33

Olive Mary Collett was born on 17th December 1883.  She lived for almost ninety years and died on 25th August 1973 and was buried at the Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

13Q34

George Chapman Collett was born at either Groen Kloof or Craddock on 20th June 1885 and he later married Hilda Metcalfe Brown on 15th September 1916 at Somerset East with whom he had three children.  Hilda, who was known as Pet, was born at Cradock on 18th September 1886 and was the daughter of William Thomas Tilbrook Brown and Amy Brown Rayner.  She was educated at Vryburg in Bechuanaland (most likely home schooling) and later at the Girls Collegiate School in King Williams Town.  George Chapman Collett died at Grahamstown during 1967.

 

 

 

13R49

Derrick George Collett

Born in 1917 at Cradock

 

13R50

Amy Rayner Collett

Born in 1920 at Cradock

 

13R51

Roger Holden Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13Q35

Cecil Walter Collett was born in 1887 and was just nine years old when he died in 1896.

 

 

 

 

13Q36

Mildred Kate Collett was born on 7th April 1889.  She married her distant cousin Cyril Simpson Collett (Ref. 13Q95) who was the son of Percy Collett and Mary Every.  The marriage produced two children for the couple, Thelma Collett and Walter Ralph Cyril Collett who are listed under Cyril Simpson Collett.  At some time after the birth of their two children Mildred and Cyril where divorced and Mildred later died on 30th March 1974 and was buried at the Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

13Q37

Hilda Rose Collett was born around 1891 and she married Henry Daniel with whom she had a daughter Maureen Ethne Daniel.

 

 

 

 

13Q38

Kathleen Maud Owen Collett was born in 1894.  She married Michael Meyer and died in 1964.

 

 

 

 

13Q39

Hazel Mary Owen Collett was born in 1896 and she died in 1916 at the age of twenty.

 

 

 

 

13Q40

Leslie Owen Collett was born in 1898.  He married Catherine Lategan with whom he had four children.  Leslie Owen Collett died during 1952.

 

 

 

13R52

Joy Owen Collett

Born in 1926

 

13R53

Natalie Ray Collett

Born in 1929

 

13R54

Noel John Collett

Born in 1932

 

13R55

Michael Owen Collett

Born in 1945

 

 

 

 

13Q41

Elfreda Owen Collett was born in 1900.  She lived to be 86 and during her life she was married to Eric Butler Fear with whom she had four children.  They were John Fear, Cherry Fear, Fay Fear and Peter Fear.  Elfreda Owen Fear nee Collett died in 1986.