PART FOURTEEN

 

The John Kyte Collett Line - 1550 to 1810

 

This is the first of two sections of the fourteenth part of the Collett family

 

Updated March 2018

 

It includes a great many references to the Colletts of Bourton-on-the-Water

and should be read in conjunction with Part 33 – The Bourton-on-the-Water Line

 

This line commences at Anthony Collett (Ref. 1F12) in the very first section of Part One – The Main Line.

 

It may be of interest to know that the surname Kyte appears at other times connected to the Collett name.

The first in the Will of Thomas Collett in 1538, the next in 1621 when Robert Collett married

Editha Kyte at Mickleton in north Gloucestershire and again in 1714 when Mary Collett

married Richard Kyte at Westcote near Stow-on-the-Wold.

 

The underlined names indicate the family line of Wayne Arthur Collett (Ref. 14Q10) of Brisbane

 

 

 

The original information used in the composition of this family line around 2006 was obtained from Pedigree 5 of The Collett Saga by Margaret Chadd published in 1988.  Since then a great many more details have been added thanks to numerous contributions from other Collett researchers all around the world.

 

 

 

 

14F1

ANTHONY COLLETT (Ref. 1F12) was born in 1554 at Over Slaughter and he married Elizabeth Hules of Upper Slaughter in 1593.  Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Ann Hules of Over Slaughter.  Ten years after Anthony and Elizabeth were married John Hules made his Will (as John Hulles) in which his wife Ann and her three sons, William, John and Hugh were the main beneficiaries.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

In the Will made on 12th May 1603 and proved in May 1604, the overseers were Anthony Collett (John’s son-in-law), his older brother Thomas Collett (Ref. 1F8) of Over Slaughter and Nicholas Perratt.  Anthony Collett died on 20th May 1627 and his Will, which was made on 8th April 1627, was proved on 5th July 1627 (PROB11/152) and named his four children and his wife Elizabeth as beneficiaries.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

Elizabeth’s eldest brother William Hules, who was one of the three trustees listed in Anthony’s Will, was also one of the witnesses to the signing of the Will.  In addition to William Hules, the other two trustees were Anthony’s eldest son Henry (below) and John Collett of Naunton (Ref. 2G1).  William Hules was also one of the witnesses at the making of the Will of Anthony’s eldest son Henry Collett (below) in 1645.  Under the terms of her husband’s Will, Elizabeth Collett inherited the house, the land and a hall belonging to it, but only if she remained a widow.

 

 

 

14G1

Anne Collett

Born in 1598

 

14G2

HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1601

 

14G3

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1610

 

14G4

John Collett

Born in 1613

 

 

 

 

14G1

Anne Collett was born in 1598 and married Mr T Minchin on 2nd May 1614.  The couple had four children and Anne died in 1647.  Under the terms of her father’s Will of 1627 Anne was bequeathed five pounds, with six pounds being giving to each of her four children, all within two years of his death.

 

 

 

 

14G2

HENRY COLLETT was born in 1601.  With the death of his father in 1627 Henry inherited freehold and lease land at Naunton, together with free lands at Stow-on-the-Wold and Upper Slaughter, plus two hundred pounds, the second-best bed, a plough and a harrow.  Henry married Ann Lombard the daughter of Thomas Lombard and in 1642 he took over half-ownership in Naunton Manor, following the death of his cousin Henry Collett, the previous owned.  Prior to his death, Henry held a lease on a farm at Nethercott which, in 1647 and after his death in 1645, passed to his eldest son Anthony Collett, as did all other lands at Naunton including land at Harford in the Parish of Naunton.

 

 

 

The reason for the delay was that Henry’s Will had been disputed resulting in a lengthy process of proving the Will in which Henry had originally specified the property be passed to his wife Ann.  The arguments over Henry’s Will were eventually settled on 20th February 1647 (PROB11/199).  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

The farm and lands at Nethercott had been previously been granted to Thomas Lombard by the knight Sir Thomas Edmonds, Henry inherited from Ann’s father upon his death.  The property at Upper Slaughter that Henry had inherited from his father was left to his second son Henry Collett (below), together with lands at Bourton-on-the-Water.  All of Henry’s other children listed below were beneficiaries under the terms of the Will and received various sums of money on reaching the age of twenty-one.

 

 

 

Other beneficiaries were (a) Henry Collett’s cousin Henry Collett of Slaughter and his wife Judith Collett who received five shillings of wood per year and (b) the poor of Bourton, Naunton, Upper Slaughter and Stow.  Tragically Judith’s husband Henry also died in 1645 but obviously after the Will had been written.  Further details of Henry and Judith can be found in the first section of Part 2 under the Ref. 2G3.  Henry’s widow Ann Collett nee Lombard lived a long life and died during 1692.

 

 

 

It is unclear what happen to Henry’s half-share in Naunton Manor when he passed away in 1645 because, according to www.british-history.ac.uk, the next owner was Anthony Collett who died in 1719, after which it passed to his brother Henry Collett who died in 1731.  Thereafter the Collett family’s half of manor was passed to William Moore, the son-in-law of the aforementioned Henry Collett and the husband of his daughter Elizabeth Collett.  This father and daughter coupling can be found under Ref. 14I2 and 14J4 respectively, where also, can be found Anthony Collett (Ref. 14I1), the son of Anthony Collett (Ref. 14H1), to whom it must be assumed the half-share in the manor passed in 1645.  William Moore died in 1768 who, by then, was on his second marriage, the manor subsequently passing into the Dawe family via an illegitimate son of William Moore.

 

 

 

14H1

Anthony Collett

Born circa 1632

 

14H2

Elizabeth Collett

Born circa 1633

 

14H3

Sarah Collett

Born circa 1635

 

14H4

Henry Collett

Born circa 1637

 

14H5

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1639

 

14H6

JOHN COLLETT

Born circa 1640

 

 

 

 

14G3

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1610 and died in 1628 shortly after her late father Anthony Collett.  In comparison to her older sister Anne Minchin (above), Elizabeth would have inherited a small fortune from her father’s Will had she lived long enough to enjoy it.  Under the terms of the Will she was left one hundred and fifty pounds, plus the third best bed and other furniture and household items.

 

 

 

 

14G4

John Collett was born in 1613.  As the fourth and youngest child of Anthony Collett, John inherited from his father the fourth best bed and other furniture and fifty pounds, plus ‘all the timber at Nether Slaughter’ and the ‘free lands at Bourton’.  John was referred to as “Gentleman of Naunton, Bourton and Upper Slaughter” and he farmed his own estate.  He was married to Bridget with whom he had just two daughters.  John died in 1690 following by Bridget who died towards the end of the following year and who was buried at Bourton-on-the-Water on 28th November 1691 age 76.

 

 

 

John’s Will made on 14th May 1685 and proved on 25th November 1690 confirmed the names of his wife Bridget, his sole surviving daughter Mary and her husband John Collett, together with their children John, Ann, Mary and Elizabeth - (see Will in Legal Documents).  The Will referred to land and property at Harford in the Parish of Naunton, Smith Mill at Bourton, plus lands at Upper and Lower Slaughter, all of which was bequeathed to John’s grandson John Collett (Ref. 14I12).  Sole executor to the Will was son-in-law John Collett and the overseers were kinsman Thomas Collett of Bourton, Richard Collett of Lower Slaughter and Hercules Lydall of Lower Swell.  ‘Kinsman’ Thomas was probably the son of John’s older brother Henry (above) and the brother of son-in-law and sole executor John Collett (Ref. 14H6), being Thomas Collett (Ref. 14H5).

 

 

 

14H7

Ann Collett

Born in 1654

 

14H8

Mary Collett

Born in 1654

 

 

 

 

14H1

Anthony Collett was born in 1632 and he married Anne Greening in 1673 with whom he had three children.  Although he was referred to “Gent of Bourton”, his estate covered other areas of Gloucestershire and parts of Oxfordshire.  Under the terms of the 1645 Will of his father Henry, Anthony, upon reaching 21 years of age, inherited his father’s property at Naunton, including Harford.  Anthony died at Bourton-on-the-Water on 2nd November 1682 and his Will proved in 1683 left property to his wife for the duration of her widowhood.  The remainder of his estate went to his children upon them reaching 21 years of age. (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

His Will, made on 25th July 1679 revealed the extent of his land and property, most of which was held in trust by Anthony’s wife until his eldest son Anthony (below) reached the age when he was able to take them over.  Only the property at Bourton was directly left to his wife Anne.  The properties that ultimately passed to son Anthony were those in Oxfordshire being at Rawford, Chalgrove, Great Haseley and Watlington.

 

 

 

The lands and property at Naunton including Harford in Naunton were to be inherited by son Henry (below) upon reaching 21 years of age.  Daughter Anne was bequeathed various sums of money under the Will but would only inherit property in the event of the death of her brothers before reaching their twenty-first birthdays.  Anthony’s two younger brother Henry and John (both below) were named as the executors to the Will.  There is a monumental inscription at Bourton that confirms Anthony Collett died on 2nd November 1682 aged 50.

 

 

 

It has been confirmed on the website www.british-history.ac.uk that Anthony’s two eldest sons, Anthony and Henry, were the last two members of the Collett family to own a half-share in Naunton Manor, their ancestor John Collett (Ref. 1F9 & 2F1) being the first shareholder with Giles Venfield from around 1600.  That John Collett was the older brother of Anthony’s grandfather.

 

 

 

14I1

Anthony Collett

Born in 1674

 

14I2

Henry Collett

Born in 1676

 

14I3

Anne Collett

Born in 1678

 

 

 

 

14H2

Elizabeth Collett was born around 1633 and inherited money from her father’s estate following his death in 1645 but only payable to her on reaching her twenty-first and twenty-fourth birthdays.

 

 

 

 

14H3

Sarah Collett was born around 1635.  When she was just ten years of age her father died and provision was made in his Will for Sarah to receive money, but only upon reaching 21 years of age.  It therefore seems unlikely that she ever inherited the money as she died when close to her twenty-first birthday in 1656.

 

 

 

 

14H4

Henry Collett was born around 1637.  It seems very likely that Henry was married to Ann (?), since such a pairing was named within the joint guardianship of Anthony Collett (Ref. 14I1).  Following the death of his father in 1647, and upon reaching the age of 21, Henry inherited property at Upper Slaughter and at Bourton-on-the-Water.  He was also reputed to own property known as the Shapes Closure and Lake Kedow, although these were not specifically named in his father’s Will.  Henry, together with his brother John (below), was an executor of the 1679 Will of their eldest brother Anthony Collett (above).  Henry Collett died in 1684. 

 

 

 

 

14H5

Thomas Collett was baptised on 1st March 1639.  Together with his brother John (below), Thomas benefited from his father’s Will in 1647 to the tune of £8 per year until reaching 21, plus a further £8, on two specified days during each year.  In addition, each was paid two further sums totalling £485 two years after their father had passed away in 1645.

 

 

 

Thomas lived the life of a yeoman farmer at Nethercott near Great Wolford just north of Bourton-on-the-Water.  He married Ann Lumbert and was a nonconformist for which he was fined in 1685 for not attending church.  Thomas Collett died in 1720 at the age of 81 and was buried at Bourton.  It seems very likely that, as the nephew of John Collett (Ref. 14G4) and the brother of John Collett (below), he was one of three overseers referred to ‘kinsman Thomas Collett’ in the 1685 Will of John Collett (Ref. 14G4).

 

 

 

14I4

Elizabeth Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

14I5

Thomas Collett

Buried in 1739

 

14I6

Henry Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

14I7

Hannah Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

14I8

Sarah Collett

Died in 1713

 

 

 

 

14H6

JOHN COLLETT was born in 1640.  Together with his brother Thomas (above), John benefited from his father’s Will in 1647 to the tune of £8 per year until reaching 21, plus a further £8 on two specified days during each year.  In addition, each was paid two further sums totalling £485, two years after their father had passed away in 1645.  He upset the family when, in his 30s and against their wishes, he married (1) his much younger cousin Ann Collett (Ref. 14H7) who died without issue in 1674 aged 20.  There was further upset within the family following her death when, shortly after, John married (2) Ann’s twin sister Mary Collett (Ref. 14H8) apparently, upon the express wish of his first wife when she knew she was dying.  John’s second marriage to Mary Collett took place in 1675 and the witness at the marriage was uncle John Collett (Ref. 14G4) of Upper Slaughter who acted as bondsman.  Uncle John was the father of Ann and Mary and the brother of John’s father Henry Collett (Ref. 14G2). 

 

 

 

It was as ‘John Collett of Upper Slaughter’ that in 1679 John was named as joint guardian of five years old nephew Anthony Collett (Ref. 14I1) following the death of his father Anthony Collett, John’s older brother.  And it was John and his brother Henry (above) who were named as executors of the 1679 Will of their eldest brother Anthony Collett (above), the father of nephew Anthony Collett.  John was named as the sole executor in the 1685 Will of his uncle and father-in-law John Collett (Ref. 14G4), in which his own eldest son John (below) was named as the main beneficiary in his grandfather’s Will.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

Both of the marriages between John and his two cousins were viewed as incestuous and, after John and Mary had been married for ten years, and around the time when Mary was pregnant with their fifth child, the Church made the proclamation reproduced below.  As a result of all the trouble with the church at that time John and Mary turned dissenters and had their goods confiscated.  The property John owned at Upper Slaughter was referred to as Tidmarshes and it was there that all of their nine children were born.  "By virtue of an order from the Lord Bishop and Court of Gloucester, the sentence of divorce between John Collett and Mary, his wife, was pronounced in the Parish Church of Upper Slaughter, the 22nd day after Trinity, November 1st 1685, the said sentence being confirmed by the Dean of Archbishops Court of Delegates. The reason they give is because of the incestuous marriage, she being the natural and lawful sister of his former wife, deceased, by virtue of the same order, the sentence of divorce registered and reported on record".

Signed by Jos. Stone, Minister and Richard Perrett & John Perrett, Churchwardens

 

 

 

It was nine years earlier, when John and Mary were married, that the Church became upset by their union, resulting in the following proclamation after the birth of their first child:  “Gloucester Consistory Court June 12th 1677.  John and Mary Collett - The Articles state that, after the decease of Anne, his first wife, the said John did, within the space of two or three years last past marry Mary the sister of Anne and by her has had a daughter and continues to live with her and so has committed the most vile and detestable sin of incest. Therefore, this pretended marriage ought to be dissolved and defendants condemned in costs.”  Thirty years after the date of their ‘enforced divorce’, John Collett eventually passed away in 1716 at the age of 76, and it is believed that his body was buried in the burying ground of the Meeting House, off Station Road in Bourton-on-the-Water.  Mary, his second wife, who died in 1729 at the age of 75, may have been buried with her husband.

 

 

 

An extract from the history of Upper Slaughter refers to the Collett family in the following way:  “Nearly a third of the population in 1676 was returned as nonconformist and during the 18th century, apart from single families of Presbyterians and Independents, there was a considerable community of Baptists.  They may have drawn their strength mainly from the Collett family, which was numerous and influential in the village.  A certain John Collett was fined for dissent in the 1660's and the same or another was a dissenting preacher in 1715.  In 1842 the house of William Collett was registered as a place of worship, presumably for Baptists, but it seems to have been out of use by 1851.  A Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1885, possibly by a group which had registered a house as a place of worship in 1842, but it had fallen out of use as a chapel by 1931, and perhaps even as early as 1918. It was sold in 1954 by a Major-General Witts, and in 1961 was being used as a shed”.

 

 

 

In 2001 Phyllis Collett Tyler (Ref. 33P38) wrote a booklet entitled ‘Cotswold Romance’ the 17th Century story of John Collett of Upper Slaughter who first married his cousin Anne Collett and, when she died in 1675, he then married her sister Mary.  In doing so, in the eyes of the authorities, John committed the most vile and detestable sin of incest. 

 

 

 

So upset were the authorities by his actions, the sentence of divorce between John and Mary was pronounced in the Parish of Upper Slaughter on 1st November 1685, the sentence confirmed by the Dean of the Archbishops’ Court of Delegates, by virtue of an order from the Lord Bishop and Court of Gloucester.  The document was signed by Joseph Stone (Minister), Richard Perratt and John Perratt (Churchwardens).

 

 

 

14I9

Ann Collett

Born in 1676

 

14I10

Mary Collett

Born in 1679

 

14I11

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised in 1681

 

14I12

JOHN COLLETT

Baptised in 1683

 

14I13

Sarah Collett

Born in 1686

 

14I14

Henry Collett

Born in 1689

 

14I15

Hannah Collett

Born in 1692

 

14I16

Freelove Collett

Born in 1695

 

14I17

Ruth Collett

Born in 1697

 

 

 

 

14H7

Ann Collett was born in 1654, possibly a twin sister to Mary Collett (below).  Ann married her much older cousin John Collett (above) who was born in 1640.  The marriage must have taken place around 1674 when Ann was just 20 years old but tragically she died that same year perhaps during childbirth, although there was no resulting child.  However, Ann must have known there was a chance she might die, as it was pre-arranged with her sister Mary that she would marry her husband John Collett in the event of her death.  See John Collett (above) for more details.

 

 

 

 

14H8

Mary Collett was born in 1654, possibly a twin sister to Ann Collett.  Upon the early and untimely death of her twin sister Ann in 1674 it was agreed that she would marry her sister’s widowed husband John Collett which she did in 1675.  See John Collett (above) for more details.

 

 

 

 

14I1

Anthony Collett was born in 1674 and was just five years old when his father Anthony Collett died.  Thereafter he came under the joint guardianship of his uncles John Collett (Ref. 14H6) and Henry Collett (Ref. 14H4) and his wife Ann.  For whatever reason, Anthony ‘Gentleman of Bourton-on-the-Water’ as he was known, was not baptised until he was 21 years of age in 1695.  It was also at that time that Anthony inherited the bulk of his father’s estate at Bourton and at other locations in Oxfordshire (as listed below). 

 

 

 

Anthony never married and twenty-four years later he died at Bourton on 12th April 1719 aged 45.  In his Will, made on 16th January 1716, Anthony’s estate comprising land at Bourton and at Chalgrove, Rawford and Watlington in Oxfordshire was equally divided between his two siblings Henry and Anne (both below).  The Will also referred to the fact that his sister Anne was married to John Collett and that she and her brother Henry were joint executors of the Will. (see Will in Legal Documents).  Also, within the Will, proved on 15th May 1719, Anthony bequeathed the sum of ten pound per year to be paid to a schoolmaster to teach and instruct five poor boys in Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

Anthony was buried just inside the doorway of St Lawrence’s Church at Bourton and upon the stone slab are the words “Interred under this stone the body of Anthony Collett gent who departed this life April 12th 1719 aged 45”.  Also, at Bourton on the wall inside the church, there is a memorial tablet dedicated in his name which highlights his generous annual donations to support the teaching of twelve poor boys of the town.  Thanks to Peter Davies, and information received from him in 2017, it is now established that Anthony Collett held the half-share in the Naunton Manor passed down to him through the Collett since around 1600, the other half originally in the ownership of Giles Venfield (Ref. 1F9 & Ref. 2F1).  This he held until his death in 1719, when it passed to his brother Henry Collett (below), Anthony having no children of his own.

 

 

 

 

14I2

Henry Collett was born in 1676 and married his cousin Mary Collett (Ref. 14I10) the daughter of John and Mary Collett (Ref. 14H6).  All of the children of Henry and Mary were born and baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Following the death of his father in 1682 and upon reaching 21 years of age, Henry inherited his father’s land and property at Naunton including land at Harford within the Parish of Naunton.  In addition, Henry and his children, although not named specifically, were listed as beneficiaries in the Will of Henry’s bachelor brother Anthony Collett (above).  Anthony’s estate, comprising extensive lands in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, was divided equally between his only two siblings Henry and his sister Anne (below). 

 

 

 

Upon the death of his brother Anthony Collett (above), a bachelor with no children, the half-share in Naunton Manor passed to Henry in 1719, as his nearest next-of-kin.  Twelve years later Henry Collett died at Bourton during 1731 and Mary followed six years later on 25th December 1737 aged 58, which corresponds exactly with the year in which Mary was born, that being 1679.  By the time of the death of Henry Collett, his daughter Elizabeth was very recently married to William Moore, and it was to him that the Collett half-shared in Naunton Manor passed.

 

 

 

14J1

John Collett

Baptised on 14.04.1706

 

14J2

Richard Collett

Baptised on 15.10.1710

 

14J3

Mary Collett

Baptised on 23.11.1712

 

14J4

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1713

 

14J6

Ann Collett

Baptised on 13.05.1716

 

14J7

Anthony Collett

Born in 1716

 

 

 

 

14I3

Anne Collett was born in 1678 and married her cousin John Collett (Ref. 14I12) on 4th February 1707 at Great Rissington.  John Collett was the son of John and Mary Collett (Ref. 14H6).  See John Collett (Ref. 14I12) for more details.  Anne was just four years old when her father died in 1682 and in his Will Anne inherited £400 on reaching the age of twenty-one.  The Will also stipulated that, in the event her two brothers died before reaching 21, Anne would inherit the whole of her father’s extensive estate in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.  In addition, Anne and her children, although not named specifically, were listed as beneficiaries in the Will of Anne’s bachelor brother Anthony (above).  Anthony’s estate comprising extensive lands in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire was divided equally between his only two siblings Anne and her brother Henry (above).  The Will also made reference to sister Anne being married to John Collett.

 

 

 

 

14I4

Elizabeth Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married in 1718 her cousin Henry Collett (Ref. 14I14) of Bourton-on-the-Water who was born in 1689.  See Henry Collett (Ref. 14I14) for more details.

 

 

 

 

14I5

Thomas Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married Mary Tombe and the union produced four children.  Thomas died at a relatively young age in 1739.

 

 

 

14J8

Ann Collett

Born circa 1715

 

14J9

Hannah Collett

Born circa 1720

 

14J10

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1723

 

14J11

William Collett

Born circa 1729

 

 

 

The continuation of this family line is provided in Part 15 – The Kenilworth Line,

being the family line of Neil Collett of Kenilworth.

 

 

 

 

14I7

Hannah Collett, whose date of birth is not known, died on 4th October 1713 and was buried in St Lawrence’s Church Cemetery where a gravestone bears her name.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

14I9

Ann Collett was born in 1676 and was a beneficiary under the terms of the 1685 Will of her grandfather John Collett (Ref. 14G4).  In that she was to be given two hundred pounds upon reaching eighteen years of age, plus twenty nobles each year for her maintenance and education up until she was eighteen.  Ann Collett married John Gorle at Great Rissington on 1st June 1708.

 

 

 

 

14I10

Mary Collett was born in 1679 and was a beneficiary under the terms of the 1685 Will of her grandfather John Collett (Ref. 14G4).  In it she was to be given one hundred and fifty pounds upon reaching eighteen years of age, plus twenty nobles each year for her maintenance and education up until she was eighteen.  Mary married her cousin Henry Collett (Ref. 14I2) the son of Anthony and Ann Collett.  See Henry Collett (Ref. 14I2) for more details.

 

 

 

 

14I11

Elizabeth Collett was baptised in 1681 and was a beneficiary under the terms of the 1685 Will of her grandfather John Collett (Ref. 14G4) through which she was to be given one hundred pounds upon reaching eighteen years of age, plus twenty nobles each year for her maintenance and education up until she was eighteen.  Elizabeth Collett married Benjamin Horniblow and died in 1726.

 

 

 

 

14I12

JOHN COLLETT was baptised in 1683 and was referred to as “Gent of Bourton” and had property at Upper Slaughter and Naunton.  As the eldest and only male heir at that time, he was the main beneficiary in the 1685 Will of his grandfather John Collett (Ref. 14G4).  The Will also made allowance for his maintenance and education with an annual sum of twenty pounds which ceased upon him reaching the age of eighteen years.  (see Will in Legal Documents).

 

 

 

On 4th December 1707 at Great Rissington he married his cousin Ann Collett (Ref. 14I3).  Ann was from Naunton and was the daughter of Anthony and Ann Collett.  John Collett died in 1734 and his Will made on 15th April 1734 was proved at Canterbury later that same year.  In the Will his eighth child John was referred to as the “eldest son” and was named as the sole executor of the Will, while Thomas was referred to as the “youngest son”.  The only other surviving child being a beneficiary in the Will was daughter Sarah.  For full details of the contents of the Will (see Will in Legal Documents).

 

 

 

14J12

John Collett

Born in 1708; died in 1710

 

14J13

Anthony Collett

Born in 1710, died in 1710

 

14J14

Ann Collett

Born in 1711; died in 1711

 

14J15

Moses Collett

Born in 1712; died in 1712

 

14J16

Joshua Collett

Born in 1712; died in 1712

 

14J17

Henry Collett

Baptised in 1713; died in 1714

 

14J18

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 20.03.1714

 

14J19

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1716

 

14J20

Mary Collett

Born in 1718; died in 1718

 

14J21

Thomas Collett

Baptised in 1719

 

14J22

Henry Collett

Baptised in 1720; died in 1723

 

 

 

 

14I13

Sarah Collett was born in 1686 and she married John Rushton at Great Rissington on 29th September 1708.  It was forty-one years later that Sarah Rushton nee Collett died during 1749.

 

 

 

 

14I14

Henry Collett was born in 1689 and lived at Bourton-on-the-Water.  He married his cousin Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 14I4) the daughter of Thomas and Ann Collett (Ref. 14H5).  In 1734 he acted as trustee for his brother John Collett (Ref. 14I12) and died shortly thereafter.  There appears to be a great number of years between the birth of Henry Collett and the baptism dates of his children.  It is therefore possible that they were born some years prior to their christening dates.

 

 

 

14J23

Thomas Collett

Baptised in 1728

 

14J24

John Collett

Baptised in 1731

 

14J25

Henry Collett

Baptised in 1734

 

 

 

 

14I15

Hannah Collett was born in 1692, she married Job Goodman, and she died in 1756.

 

 

 

 

14I16

Freelove Collett was born in 1695 and she married Joseph Ryland in 1722.  Joseph was the son of John Ryland and was born at Sezincote and had first married a wealthy widow at Lower Ditchford near Shipston-upon-Stour.  That marriage produced no children for Joseph and upon the death of his wife Joseph, who was a bailiff, married Freelove Collett, with whom he had three children.  Their sons were John Collett Ryland, who was born in 1723, and Joseph Ryland, who was born in 1727, while their daughter Freelove Ryland was born the following year, but died young.  It would appear that her mother Freelove may have died during her birth, since it is known that Freelove Ryland nee Collett died in 1828.

 

 

 

The couple’s eldest son John was baptised in October 1741, following which he was taken into the ministry and went to Bristol to study.  In 1750 he was ordained and became Pastor of the Baptist Church in Warwick.  He later moved to Northampton where he was a minister for 26 years and where he established a strong Baptist presence as well as opening a Baptist school in the town.  John was well known as Doctor John (Collett) Ryland and died in 1792.  His brother Joseph initially joined the army but later became a member of the Baptist Church at Eagle Street in London.  For other references to the name Ryland see Ref. 14M10 and Ref. 14N12.

 

 

 

John Collett Ryland married Elizabeth Frith and their son Herman Witsius Ryland was born in England around 1759 or 1760.  Herman joined the British Army and spent 1781 and 1782 in the American colonies. Nothing is known of his activities for about a dozen years after his return to England when, in 1793, Sir Guy Carleton (Lord Dorchester) became Governor of Lower Canada and selected Herman W Ryland as his civil secretary.  The two of them then set out for Quebec together and that was the beginning of a long career for H.W. Ryland as a public servant in Lower Canada.  He served as civil secretary to Carleton (1793 to 1796) and to his successors including Robert Prescott (1796-1798), Lieutenant Governor Robert Milnes (1799-1807), James Craig (1807-1811) and George Prevost (1811-1813).  Herman W Ryland also held the position of Clerk of the Executive Council from 1796 to 1798, and from 1799 to his death.  He was also Clerk of the Crown in Chancery from 1802 to 1833, and treasurer and secretary of the Jesuit's Estate Commission from1811 to 1826.  He was also a political figure, sitting as a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1812 until his death in 1838.

 

 

 

 

14I17

Ruth Collett was born in 1697 and she married John Collett of Loughborough, the son of yeoman John Collett.

 

 

 

 

14J1

John Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water possibly in 1704 and was baptised there on 14th April 1706.  However, before reaching his twentieth birthday he died on 12th April 1719 in the Reign of Queen Ann.

 

 

 

 

14J2

Richard Collett was baptised on 15th October 1710 at Bourton-on-the-Water.  He married Sarah circa 1728 and all of the four children listed below were born and baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

14K1

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1729; infant death

 

14K2

Mary Collett

Baptised on 16.05.1731

 

14K3

Anne Collett

Baptised on 22.07.1733

 

14K4

Anthony Collett

Born in 1740

 

14K5

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 08.08.1742

 

 

 

 

14J4

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1713 and she married William Moore of Bourton-on-the-Water around the time of the death of Elizabeth’s father in 1731.  And it was William Moore who took over the Collett family’s half-share in the Manor at Naunton, which had been held by the Colletts for over one hundred and twenty years.

 

 

 

 

14J7

Anthony Collett was born in 1716 and was baptised in 1717.  He was only sixteen when he died on 14th September 1732, following which he was buried at Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

 

14J18

Sarah Collett was baptised on 20th March 1714 at Bourton-on-the-Water.  She married Andrew Paxford on 31st May 1735 at Upper Slaughter.  Andrew’s mother may have been Ann Paxford who was a tenant of land at Bourton Hill owned by the Collett family and who was listed as such in the Marriage Indenture of 1740 between John Collett and Ann Hanman (below).  It may also be of interest to note that John Collett (Ref. 14K11) married Sarah Paxford at Stow-on-the-Wold on 7th June 1768.  However, it is now known that she was the daughter of Thomas Paxford and Anne Thorne, so was therefore not the daughter of Sarah Collett and Andrew Paxford.

 

 

 

 

14J19

JOHN COLLETT was born in 1716 and he married Ann Hanman on 9th October 1740 at Bourton-on-the-Water as confirmed by the entry in the parish register.  Earlier in that same year a Marriage Indenture was drawn up for the couple and was signed the day before the wedding by John, his future bride Ann, his future mother-in-law Margaret Hanman, and was witnessed by John Reynolds, Richard Boswell and Henry Collett.  (see Marriage Indenture 1740 in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

Ann Hanman was born in 1713, the daughter of the late Robert Hanman and his wife Margaret, and she died in 1794 and was buried at Bourton on 9th February 1794.  The Will of Robert Hanman was dated 20th October 1737 (PROB11/685) while his wife’s Will of 1746 was proved in Gloucester on 22nd June 1749 (PROB11/115).  That latter document made her granddaughter Ann Collett the sole beneficiary, Ann being the eldest child of John Collett and Ann Hanman.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

John Collett died in January 1776 and was buried at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water on 18th January 1776.  His Will, in which he was referred to as ‘Gentleman of Bourton-on-the-Water’ was proved on 28th March 1776 (PROB11/1017) and makes reference to land and property at Northmoor near Oxford.

 

 

 

John’s wife Ann was the sole executor of his Will, in which she was also the sole beneficiary.  There is no reference at all to any of their children who would have all been in their thirties, so perhaps they were already well established financially - (see Will in Legal Documents).  The two witnesses to the signing of the Will were John’s niece Sarah Fox nee Collett (Ref. 14K13) and her husband Samuel Fox.  It is very interesting that Sarah and Samuel Fox were also beneficiaries under the terms of the 1784 Will of Henry Collett (Ref. 14J25).  John’s wife Ann was born in 1713 and died in 1794 and was also buried at Bourton on 9th February 1794.

 

 

 

14K6

Ann Collett

Born in 1741

 

14K7

Sarah Collett

Born in 1743

 

14K8

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1744

 

14K9

Thomas Collett

Born in 1746

 

14K10

Anthony Collett

Born in 1747

 

 

 

 

14J21

Thomas Collett was born in 1713 and baptised in 1719.  His year of birth is known from the fact that in his father’s Will of 1734 was referred to as being the youngest surviving son of John Collett (Ref. 14I12) at the age of twenty-years old.  In 1742 Thomas married Mary Beale who was born in 1712, but who died in 1750.  The eight-year marriage produced three children for the couple.  Thomas died twenty-four years later in 1774.  See references 14K6 and 14M24 for other Beale connections.

 

 

 

14K11

John Collett

Born in 1743

 

14K12

William Collett

Born in 1746

 

14K13

Sarah Collett

Born in 1747

 

 

 

 

14J24

John Collett may have been a few years old when he was baptised in 1731, when his father would have been 42.  He married Mary and their son was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water.  It is possible that John died at nearby Lower Slaughter where a gravestone in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary at Lower Slaughter reads ‘John Collett died September 25th 1797’.  No alternative John Collett has so far been found to whom this might apply.

 

 

 

14K14

William Collett

Baptised on 17.10.1766

 

 

 

 

14J25

Henry Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1734 and all that is known about him is that he appears never to have married and, upon his death after 1784, his Will written on 28th December that year bequeath the bulk of his estate to his nephew and niece John Collett senior (Ref. 14K7) of Upper Slaughter and his sister Ann Beale (Ref. 14K6), the wife of James Beale of Bourton-on-the-Water.  Two others each received five pounds and they were John Collett of Maugersbury and Sarah Fox (Ref. 14K13), the wife of Samuel Fox of Bourton-on-the-Water.  The former Sarah Collett was the daughter of Thomas Collett (above) who was the cousin of testator Henry Collett.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

 

14K4

Anthony Collett was born in 1740.  Very little is known about him except that he died in 1823 and was buried on 19th March 1823 aged 83 at Bourton-on-the-Water as recorded in the nonconformist records at the Baptist Chapel.

 

 

 

 

14K6

Ann Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1741, the eldest child of John Collett and Ann Hanman.  When she was just five years of age her grandmother Margaret Hanman wrote her Will in which her granddaughter Ann Collett was the sole beneficiary.  Margaret died shortly after and the Will was proved at Gloucester on 22nd June 1749 - (see Will in Legal Documents).  She was married by licence to James Beale of Stow-on-the-Wold on 6th June 1768 at Bourton-on-the-Water with whom she had seven children.  James was very likely a nephew of Mary Beale who married Thomas Collett (Ref. 14J21).  Upon the death of her uncle Henry Collett (Ref. 14J25) after 1784, Ann Beale, the wife of James Beale of Bourton-on-the-Water and her brother John Collett (below) of Upper Slaughter were bequeathed equal shares of his residual estate.  Ann Beale nee Collett died in 1811.

 

 

 

 

14K8

Sarah Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1743, where she died in 1744.

 

 

 

 

14K8

JOHN COLLETT was born at Upper Slaughter, the eldest son of John Collett and Ann Hanman, and was baptised there on 11th August 1744.  He married Elizabeth Shelburn on 3rd May 1768 at the Church of St Michael’s in the village of Budbrooke, to the west of the town of Warwick.  Elizabeth was slightly older than John, having been born in 1740.  The birth of all of their children was included in the nonconformist records of the Baptist Chapel at Bourton-on-the-Water, and in which John and Elizabeth were described in each entry as being ‘of Upper Slaughter’.  The chapel records for two of the children also gave the dates that they died, again with the note that their parents were ‘of Upper Slaughter’.  And it was also as John Collett of Upper Slaughter that he was named in the 1784 Will of his uncle Henry Collett (Ref. 14J25) as an equal beneficiary with his sister Ann Beale (above).

 

 

 

John Collett died in 1811 aged 67 and was buried at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water on 23rd May 1811.  Elizabeth his wife died in 1817 aged 73 and was buried on 10th October 1817.  The first entry refers to John as ‘of Upper Slaughter’ while Elizabeth’s states she was the ‘relict of John late of Upper Slaughter’ – relict being an archaic word for widow.  The document ‘The Complete Diary of a Cotswold Parson’, compiled by Alan Sutton, includes a reference to John Collett, the father of Joseph Collett (1785-1827), as John, the Prince of Wales, so called because he was the farmer at Wales Farm.

 

 

 

A plaque on an inside wall of the Church of St Peter at Upper Slaughter makes reference to John Collett who, with the Rector of the Parish and William Cook, were the Trustees of the Lands of Upper Slaughter.  That was a charitable fund set up in 1591 by John Collett (Ref. 1F9) joint Lord of the Manor of Upper Slaughter and his brother Thomas Collett (Ref. 1F8) for the upkeep of the church and support of the poor of Upper Slaughter.  Another William Cook was listed in the 1771 Will of John Humphries together with John Collett’s brother Thomas Collett (below) who married John Humphries’ daughter Mary.

 

 

 

The William Cook of Hawling, mentioned in the Will of John Humphries, was in fact the son of William Cook and Mary Collett (of Naunton) who were married in 1714.  He was baptised at Hawling during 1719 and the licence for his marriage in January 1747 described him as being 27 and from Hawling.  The licence also named John Humphreys of Naunton as a witness, and he and the groom were bound in the sum of £500.  This information was kindly provided by Mike Newton whose earliest Collett ancestor was Hannah Collett the daughter of Thomas Collett and Hannah Dobbins.  Hannah was baptised at Winchcombe on 13th April 1729, while her father from Winchcombe was married by licence to Hannah at Stanway in 1721.  It was also at Winchcombe where Hannah Collett married Michael Cook in 1762.  In the end, Hannah Cook nee Collett died in 1819 at Shurdington, south-west of Cheltenham.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett may have been the Thomas who was born at Hinton-on-the-Green near Evesham, to the north of Winchcombe, where he was baptised on 6th March 1704 when he might have been a few years old.  The baptism record confirmed the parents were Thomas Collett and his wife Susannah.

 

 

 

14L1

John Collett

Born on 28.04.1769

 

14L2

Thomas Shelburn Collett

Born on 06.12.1771

 

14L3

Sarah Collett

Born on 18.04.1773

 

14L4

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 25.10.1774

 

14L5

Ann Collett

Born in October 1776

 

14L6

Martha Collett

Born on 12.02.1779

 

14L7

ROBERT COLLETT

Born on 08.08.1780

 

14L8

Job Collett

Born on 15.07.1782

 

14L9

Joseph Collett

Born on 07.03.1785

 

 

 

 

14K9

Thomas Collett was born in 1746 and he married Mary Humphries at Upper Slaughter on 8th November 1770.  Mary was the daughter of landowner John Humphries and his wife Ann.  During February of the following year John Humphries made his Will in which his daughter Mary Collett and her children were beneficiaries - (see Will in Legal Documents).  At the time of writing the Will, his daughter Mary was four months into the pregnancy of her first child.  Sadly, the child did not survive, but Mary was with child again a short time after.  Further tragedy struck the family when Thomas Collett died around 1774 and just after the birth of the couple’s second child, his death coinciding with the death of his cousin John Collett (below).

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband, Mary later married John Hanks at Little Rissington on 20th October 1779 with whom she had two sons John and Robert Hanks.  And it was as Mary Hanks that she was referred to in the Codicil to her father’s Will which was drawn up in 1780.

 

 

 

What is of interest in the final proved version of the Will (PROB11/1073) is the list of monies loan out as mortgages and bonds by John Humphries.  The list includes a £200 mortgage given to Thomas Collett on 27th April 1762, although at the age of sixteen that was probably not the Thomas that married John’s daughter.  It was more likely to be his uncle Thomas Collett (Ref. 14J21) whose wife had died in 1750 leaving him with a young family to raise.  In addition to that, there were further bonds of £80 and £20 paid to the same Thomas Collett, together with an entry of a note that £180 was handed to Mary Collett now Mrs Hanks.  The very last item on the list was a reference to a Jos Collett who had been paid a bond of £100 which ‘was lost due to the party being insolvent’.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

The later Will of John Humphries’ brother Robert Humphries made in 1802 named Mary Ann Kyte and her two sisters each of whom received £200.  The Will was proved in 1806 just a few months immediate prior to Mary Ann marrying Robert Collett (Ref. 14L7).  Also under the terms of that Will the main bulk of the estate comprising two houses, stables, outhouses and gardens in Bourton was left to Thomas Collett the son of Thomas Collett and Mary Humphries, to which was added £400 - (see Will in Legal Documents).  The same Will also bequeathed £100 to each of the aforementioned son of John and Mary Hanks.

 

 

 

Another of the many links between the Collett and Hanks family was the marriage of Sarah Collett and John Hanks which took place at Bourton-on-the-Water on 5th April 1774.  And a son John Hanks was a beneficiary in the 1839 Will of one Emma Hanks.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

14L10

Ann Collett

Born on 23.09.1771

 

14L11

Thomas Collett

Born on 23.03.1773

 

 

 

 

14K10

Anthony Collett was born in 1747 and died later that same year.

 

 

 

 

14K11

John Collett was born in 1743 and was the eldest son of Thomas Collett and Mary Beale.  It was at Stow-on-the-Wold where John married Sarah Paxford on 7th June 1768.  Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Paxford and Anne Thorne.  At an earlier time, Sarah Collett (Ref. 14J18), the sister of John’s father, married Andrew Paxford at Upper Slaughter on 31st May 1735.  It is therefore possible that Sarah Paxford was in some way related to Andrew Paxford, which may have meant that John and Sarah were second cousins.  Sadly, John Collett died just around the time of the birth of his last child, or shortly thereafter, and around the same time that his cousin Thomas Collett (above) also died.

 

 

 

14L12

Sarah Collett

Born in 1771

 

14L13

John Collett

Born in 1772

 

14L14

Samuel Collett

Born in 1773

 

14L15

Mary Collett

Born in 1774

 

 

 

 

14K12

William Collett was born in 1746, the second of the three children of Thomas Collett and Mary Beale, who died in 1755 when he was around nine years old.

 

 

 

 

14K13

Sarah Collett was born in 1747, the youngest of the three known children of Thomas Collett and Mary Beale.  Sarah was twenty-five when she married Samuel Fox at Bourton-on-the-Water on the 8th January 1772.  However, she tragically died during the birth of the couple’s first and only child which must have taken place after July 1775 – see note below.  Sarah Fox and Samuel Fox were the two named witnesses at the making of the Will of John Collett (Ref. 14J19) on 22nd July 1775.  The relationship between them was that Sarah was the niece of John Collett, she being the daughter of his younger brother Thomas Collett.

 

 

 

It may be of further interest that two earlier Wills were witnessed by a John Fox who may have been the grandfather and father respectively of Samuel Fox, unless they were the same John Fox.  The Wills in question were for John Collett (Ref. 14G4) in 1685 and John Collett (Ref. 14I12) in 1734.  Likewise, the 1683 Will of Anthony Collett witnessed by Mary Fox, who made her mark.  The Fox family also featured in the 1771 Will of John Humphries and that of his brother Robert Humphries in his 1802 Will (see Will in Legal Documents).  It was their sister Elizabeth Humphries who married William Fox who was very likely the brother of Samuel Fox who married Sarah Collett (above).  And lastly Sarah Fox, the wife of Samuel Fox of Bourton-on-the-Water received five pounds under the terms of the 1784 Will of Henry Collett (Ref. 14J25) of Bourton-on-the-Water – her father’s cousin.

 

 

 

 

14K14

William Collett was the son of John and Mary Collett of Lower Slaughter who was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 17th October 1766.  The only other known details about William Collett have been extracted from ‘The Complete Diary of a Cotswold Parson’ compiled in 2017 by Alan Sutton.  In this there are a number of entries relating to William Collett of Upper Slaughter who was a blacksmith, and they are as follows:

4th April 1835 - Dismissed my old Parish Clerk, William Collett; the Churchwardens and principal parishioners acquiescing in the measure.  However, being unwilling to act with severity, I told him that I had arranged with the successor whom I had appointed, Thomas Collett, a young carpenter of the village, that he should be allowed, while he lived, a Sovereign, out of the perquisites of the office, annually.

28th December 1846 - Preparing a Will for Wm. Collett, to be executed by him in favour of his daughter.

13th January to 18th June 1847 - Visiting and reading prayers with an aged and sick parishioner, W. Collett.

22nd June, 26th June, 9th July, 24th July 1847 - Visited an apparently dying parishioner, W. Collett.

31st July, 22nd August, 30th August 1847 - My aged parishioner W. Collett died today, 2nd September.

 

 

 

From this information it can be seen that he was married, and certainly had one daughter, who was alive at the time of his death at Upper Slaughter on 2nd September 1847.

 

 

 

It was previously written here in error that William married (1) Jane, with whom he had two daughters, before being widowed, after which he married (2) Sarah in 1781.  Sarah was born on 11th June 1743 and was the daughter of William Jeynes and his wife Ann of the Parish of Westmancott in the county of Worcester.  The details of their marriage confirmed that Wm Collett, widower of the Parish of Lower Slaughter, married Sarah Jeans of the Parish of Bourton-on-the-Water by Banns at Bourton Parish Church on 9th April 1781.  It was also at Bourton-on-the-Water where the couple’s two children were born.  The birth for both daughters, entered in the Baptist Chapel nonconformist records by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minister, “at the request of Mr Collett”, identified the parents as being ‘of the Parish Lower Slaughter’.

 

 

 

The recorded burial, and the inscription on the headstone, of William Collett raises a major concern.  It was at Lower Slaughter that William died and where he was buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church.  His headstone reads ‘William Collett who departed this life July 10th 1849 aged 83 years’.  This certainly confirms his birth as being around 1766, and therefore the two daughters of William and Jane Collett could not possibly be the children of William Collett who would have been a child himself when they were born.  Likewise, the two daughters of William Collett and Sarah Jeynes were born when William would have been between the ages of 16 and 18, too young for him to have been described as a widower upon his marriage to Sarah.  Therefore, all of the four children listed below cannot be the offspring of William Collett, the son of John and Mary Collett of Lower Slaughter.  Their father would have had to be born during the early 1740s and near the time of the birth of his second wife Sarah.  All of this information has been retained here, in the hope that the correct William Collett can be identified at a later date.

 

 

 

The first two children are the offspring of William Collett by his first wife Jane:

 

14L16

Jane Collett

Born on 26.08.1771

 

14L17

Mary Collett

Born on 04.08.1777

 

The next two children are William’s by his second wife Sarah Jeynes/Jeans:

 

14L18

Ann Collett

Born on 19.05.1782

 

14L19

Hannah Collett

Born on 02.05.1784

 

 

 

 

14L1

John Collett was born at Upper Slaughter and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water on 28th April 1769.  He married Ann Herbert on 20th October 1792 at Little Rissington and their two daughters were both born at Bourton-on-the-Water.  The birth entry for daughter Anne in the nonconformist records of the Baptist Chapel at Bourton-on-the-Water lists her father John Collett as ‘a school master’ although that note does not appear alongside the birth entry for daughter Elizabeth.  The baptism record for both girls gave their parents’ names as John and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

Not long after the birth of Elizabeth, the family left Gloucestershire and moved the fifteen miles north across the county boundary into Worcestershire, and it was at Evesham that they were living when the couple’s two sons were born.  However, the two boys were still baptised at Bourton, where their birth were also recorded by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minister, on 12th November 1811.  Sadly it was less than five years later when John Collett died in 1816.  It may be of interest to note that on 23rd August 1834 at Stow-on-the-Wold an Anne Collett married a James Herbert, but further work is needed to ascertain whether or not she was the daughter of John and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

14M1

Anne Collett

Born on 24.10.1793

 

14M2

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 30.08.1795

 

14M3

John Collett

Born on 01.04.1800

 

14M4

Thomas Samuel Collett

Born circa 1810

 

 

 

 

14L2

Thomas Shelburn Collett was born at Upper Slaughter on 6th December 1771 and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water.  His death twenty years later was also recorded there, the entry stating that he was ‘of Upper Slaughter’ and that he had died on 3rd March 1791.  Thomas’ parents were the first in the family to adopt the mother’s maiden name as a child’s Christian name and that tradition was carried on a great many times hereafter.

 

 

 

 

14L3

Sarah Collett was born at Upper Slaughter on 18th April 1773 and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water.  The records there also list her death twenty years later as ‘died on 4th April 1793’ and ‘of Upper Slaughter’.

 

 

 

 

14L4

Elizabeth Collett was born at Upper Slaughter on 25th October 1774 and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water, the daughter of John Collett and Elizabeth Shelburn.  Elizabeth Collett married James Ashwin on 12th October 1808 at Bourton-on-the-Water and the marriage resulted in the birth of three children, who were all baptised at Bourton. 

 

 

 

James Ashwin was the son of Richard and Esther Ashwin and was baptised at Bourton on 29th April 1771.  James was also one of the three named trustees in the 1818 Will of Elizabeth’s cousin Thomas Collett (Ref. 14L11).  The three children of James and Elizabeth were: James junior who was baptised on 25th August 1809; Hester who was baptised on 21st July 1813; and Richard who was baptised on 13th October 1815.  James Ashwin died prior to the census day in 1851, so the census return confirmed that Elizabeth of Upper Slaughter was a 76 years old widow and annuitant, and head of the household at Bourton-on-the-Water. Supporting her in her old age were two servants, sixty years old Mary Dickenson from Chedworth, and twenty-two years old Elizabeth Tombs from Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

By 1851 Elizabeth’s eldest son James Ashwin was married to Anne who was forty-three and from Lower Slaughter.  The couple were living at Bourton where James was a farmer of 485 acres at the age of forty-one.  Living with the couple was James’ sister-in-law Sarah Williams who was 33 and a builder’s wife from Lower Slaughter, and servant Louis Mitchell who was 31 from Aston Blank.  Also by 1851 Elizabeth’s other son Richard Ashwin was married with a family of his own.  That comprised Richard, his wife Sarah, the daughter of John and Sarah Harris who was born at Adlestrop in 1809, and their two children Hester Mary Ashwin who was born in 1840 and Richard Ashwin who was born in 1848.  By 1871 Richard Ashwin junior was a farmer of 400 acres at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Elizabeth Ashwin nee Collett died during 1853.

 

 

 

 

14L5

Ann Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in October 1776 and baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water where she died 1791.

 

 

 

 

14L6

Martha Collett was born at Upper Slaughter on 12th February 1779 and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water where she died in 1802.

 

 

 

 

14L7

ROBERT COLLETT was born at Upper Slaughter on 8th August 1780 and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water.  When Robert was 26 he married Mary Ann (Marianne) Kyte, who was 20, on 29th January 1807 at Bretforton in Worcestershire, four miles east of Evesham.  According to the IGI, Mary Ann Kyte was a Baptist who was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 17th July 1786, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Kyte. 

 

 

 

What is of interest is that during the year preceding their wedding, Mary Ann Kyte was named as a beneficiary in the 1802 Will of Robert Humphries proved in 1806 (PROB11/1441) - (see Will in Legal Documents).  In another Will, the 1839 Will of Emma Hanks, there is a reference to Emma’s sister Mary Ann Collett, and she is understood to have been Mary Ann Kyte, making Emma Hanks’ maiden name as Kyte.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

All of the children of Robert and Mary listed below were baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water, although the first four children’s dates of birth were recorded in the nonconformist register at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton.  Each entry in the nonconformist register included the addition note that the family were ‘of the Parish of Upper Slaughter’ indicating it was there that the family was living at the time of the birth of the children and indicating that they were actually born there, rather than at Bourton.  In addition to that, the entry for the first three children stated that they had all been entered in the registers on 12th November 1811 and extracted from the family’s own register.

 

 

 

After the birth of their fourth child the family moved from Upper Slaughter and settled in Bourton where their remaining children were born.  Robert Collett was a miller at Bourton-on-the-Water but was previously a parishioner at Upper Slaughter.  He did not go to church there, preferring the Baptist Chapel at Bourton, nevertheless he accepted the invitation to dine with Francis Witts.  This was confirmed by parson Francis Witts in the parish diary for Upper Slaughter which included the following entries:

2nd November 1827 - The farmers dined with us: Mr. Robert Collett of Bourton-on-the-Water, long a resident here, but now a miller at Bourton. Mr. Joseph Collett [Robert’s brother] was prevented by indisposition.

27th September 1828 - The last charity connected with the parish was the endowment of the Sunday School by my Uncle & Predecessor, Mr. Travell, with £166. 13. 4. – 3 percent. Cons. now standing on the books of the Bank of England in the names of myself, Mr. W. Cook & Mr. R. Collett.

 

 

 

However, it is also understood that the Collett family left Gloucestershire around 1831, when they moved south to Shepton Mallet in Somerset.  It is likely that it was Robert’s work that prompted the move, since it is established that he was the registrar for the town of Bourton-on-the-Water, a position that he also held for many years at Shepton Mallet, where his son Thomas Shelburn Collett was the deputy registrar.  There may have been another, more embarrassing reason, why the family felt they had to leave Bourton-on-the-Water.  On 22nd December 1831 Thomas Collett, the son of miller Robert Collett of Bourton, was charged with trespassing with a gun and a dog at Sherborne, while in pursuit of game.

 

 

 

The first national census in June 1841 confirmed that Robert and his family were living in the town.  Robert Collett was 60, his wife Marianne Collett was 54, and living with them at that time were just three of their children.  They were Emma Collett, age 25, Emily Collett, age 19, and Mary Collett who was 12.  Also living in Shepton Mallet on that occasion was Robert’s and Mary Ann’s married son Thomas with his wife Ann, and their daughter-in-law Julia Collett, the widow of their late son Robert Hanman Collett. 

 

 

 

It was almost eight and a half years later that Mary Ann Collett died at Shepton Mallet on 28th December 1849 so, by the time of the next census in 1851, Robert Collett was recorded as a widower at the age of 70.  At that time he was still working as the town’s registrar, while he was living in the High Street at Shepton Mallet with his daughter Lucy Ann Collett, age 25, being the only member of his family still living with him.  Just over six years after that Robert Collett died at Shepton Mallet on 1st September 1857.

 

 

 

14M5

Mary Ann Collett

Born on 28.07.1808

 

14M6

ROBERT HANMAN COLLETT

Born on 19.08.1809

 

14M7

Thomas Shelburn Collett

Born on 24.01.1811

 

14M8

Elizabeth Kyte Collett

Born on 31.08.1812

 

14M9

Emma Humphries Collett

Born on 23.11.1814

 

14M10

John Ryland Collett

Born on 19.08.1816

 

14M11

Susan Collett

Born on 02.03.1818

 

14M12

Emily Collett

Born on 21.06.1821

 

14M13

Lucy Ann Collett

Born on 27.02.1823

 

14M14

Ellen Hook Collett

Born in 1825

 

14M15

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1828

 

 

 

 

14L8

Job Collett was born on 15th July 1782 at Bourton-on-the-Water and he married Ruth Reynolds in 1806.  Ruth may have been the granddaughter of John Reynolds who was a witness to the Marriage Indenture for Job’s grandparents John Collett and Ann Hanman (Ref. 19J19).

 

 

 

 

14L9

Joseph Collett was born on 7th March 1785 at Bourton-on-the-Water where he married Mary Bryan on 3rd April 1811.  All of the children listed below were baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water, but may have been born at Upper Slaughter, where Joseph was a tenant farmer who died in 1827.  By 1841, his widow, aged 54, was still farming at Eyford, supported by her son George, who was 29, her daughter Martha, who was 17.  On that day though, the three of them were staying with John and Anna Davis at The Square in Upper Slaughter.  The 2017 document ‘The Complete Diary of a Cotswold Parson’ by Alan Sutton, provides information that Joseph Collett (1785-1827), the son of John Collett, ‘the Prince of Wales’, had seven children, the first four of whom were baptised at Bourton.  No birth or baptism records for the last three children have been found, when Joseph and Mary were residing in Maugersbury, where there was only a nonconformist chapel.  However, Alan’s book does include their names, which have now been added to the previously known four names below.  Furthermore, a total of eight members of the Collett family, including Joseph and his eldest son George Bryan Collett, are featured in the book by Alan Sutton.

 

 

 

Mary Collett nee Bryan was still living farming at Eyford in 1851 and, on the day of the Upper Slaughter census, widow Mary Collett from Lower Slaughter was 64 when she was described as occupying 244 acres on which she employed seven men.  Living with her that day were her unmarried daughter Martha Collett who was 27, her son Samuel Collett who was 24, both of them born at Maugersbury, and married daughter Emma (Amy) Naish nee Collett who was 31 and born at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Completing the household was Mary’s grandson George Naish who had only just been born, but at Lambeth in London.  During the next decade Mary returned to Maugersbury, where she was recorded, living alone, in 1861 when she was described as a retired farmer’s widow aged 74.  The death of Mary Collett, nee Bryan, was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 212) during the second quarter of 1862. 

 

 

 

The aforementioned The Complete Diary of a Cotswold Parson includes many dated references to this Collett family, starting with an entry on 21st October 1826 which referred to a visit to the local lunatic asylum to see Mary Collett, the eldest daughter of Joseph and Mary.  This was followed by a whole series of entries, as follows:

 

 

 

2nd November 1827 - The farmers dined with us: Mr. R. Collett of Bourton on the Water, long a resident here, but now a miller at Bourton.  Mr. Joseph Collett was prevented by indisposition.

7th November 1827 - Poor Mr. Joseph Collett, Mr. Dolphin’s Tenant, who was taken unwell on Friday last, when he was engaged to dine here, and whose indisposition was considered in the first instance as trifling, rapidly grew worse.  He sank under his burden this morning, in the prime of life, leaving an attached and amiable widow with nine children, the eldest not sixteen years of age.  Joseph Collett was a dissenter, as his family before him were, but occasionally and frequently, since his return to this parish last spring, attended church.  He was a truly conscientious, upright man, humble & diffident, but possessed of good sense & tolerably educated; a kind husband, father, & master; a most punctual and honest man in all transaction; respected by all, who knew him well, & a great favourite with the labourers.

 

 

8th July 1840 - Called on my parishioner, Mrs. Collett, who is in great distress in consequence of the obstinacy with which her second daughter, just of age, and having lately received a small legacy from a relation, persists in keeping up a connection with a young labourer, son of pauper parents in the village, with whom she seems to have maintained clandestine intercourse, and whom she is bent on marrying.  The second daughter referred to was Amy, two of Mary’s earlier daughters having died by then.

13th July 1840 - Also conferred with Mrs. Collett who has for the present, at least, recovered her influence over her daughter, who has disclosed to her the particulars of her clandestine intercourse with W. Townsend, has been brought to see her error, and to relinquish the connection; she is to be removed from the village to Cheltenham, where her sister [Sarah] has employment as a dressmaker. 

Sarah and Amy were confirmed as living and working together in Cheltenham in the census of 1841.

 

 

 

20th July 1840 - Wrote to Amy Collett, at Cheltenham, a kind but earnest letter, setting before her the risk she had run in encouraging in herself an attachment to a person her inferior in Station.  I had promised my parishioner, Mrs. Collett, to address to her daughter such a letter as might, perhaps, under divine assistance, strengthen good resolutions, and assist to eradicate false views.

23rd October 1840 - My parishioner, Mrs. Collett, claimed my advice and presence at the office of Mr. Straford, the Solicitor, where she had some business to transact respecting which he wished to confer with her in my presence.

1st April 1842 - Mrs. Collett came in the evening to consult me on her private concerns.

17th December 1843 - In the evening Mrs. Collett and her son [Samuel] with me to consult me as to an unexpected and embarrassing demand of money lent on promissory notes given by her to her daughters at Cheltenham, and now recalled on the shortest possible notice by a London Attorney acting for a man of doubtful respectability, who seems to have acquired an improper influence over the young woman.

 

 

 

19th Dec, 23-24th Dec, 30th Dec. 1844, 6th January 1845 - Called on Mrs. Collett; fresh and urgent distress there from the commencement of law proceedings against her for the recovery of the money she holds of her two daughters at Cheltenham.

1st October 1845 - Conferring with Mrs. Collett on her private affairs, as to leaving her farm & c.

10th December 1849 - Visiting sick parishioners - Mrs. Collett and her son, Samuel.

22nd January 1850 - Visited sick parishioners, including Mrs. Collett.

5th February 1850 - Prayed with the widow Rogers and visited Mrs. Collett.

2nd May & 9th July 1850 - Called on parish business at the homes of Mrs. Collett and her son G B Collett.

 

 

 

On page 51 of the 2005 Supplement to The Collett Saga by Margaret Chadd, Joseph Collett is stated as being married to Martha, under which there is a note regarding a subsequent ancestor by the name of Arthur who went to Perth in Australia.  New research in early 2007 has unearthed an Arthur Collett who was born in 1874/5 who was the eldest son of Joseph’s grandson George Collett, who in turn was the son of his own son George Bryan Collett listed below – see subsequent generations for details.  However, the Arthur referred to by Margaret Chadd (whom she met at the Mansion House Dinner on 6th March 1989 given by her father Sir Christopher Collett The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London) was not of this family line.  Instead, he was born in 1913 and his family is depicted in Part 29 – The Turkdean to Australia Line (Ref. 29Q1).

 

 

 

14M16

George Bryan Collett

Born on 08.04.1812 at Bourton

 

14M17

Mary Collett

Born on 01.09.1813 at Bourton

 

14M18

Sarah Collett

Born on 03.07.1815 at Bourton

 

14M19

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 06.12.1816; died 1829

 

14M20

Emma (Amy) Collett

Born circa 1819

 

14M21

Martha Collett

Born circa 1823

 

14M22

Samuel Collett

Born circa 1826; died in 1907

 

 

 

 

14L10

Ann Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 23rd September 1771, although it was many years later on 12th November 1811 that the details were recorded by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minister, and taken from a family register.  The entry reads as follows:  “Ann, daughter of Thomas Collett and Mary his wife of the Parish of Bourton-on-the-Water in the County of Gloucestershire, was born on the twenty-third day of September 1771 – died in infancy.”

 

 

 

 

14L11

Thomas Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 23rd March 1773 and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel.  Like his sister Ann (above), his birth was also recorded by Thomas Coles on 12th November 1811, a Protestant Dissenting Minister who extracted the details from a record provided by his family.  He married Ann Tilling at Bourton on 31st May 1796 where it is believed all their children were born.  Thomas was described as ‘gentleman’ but how he came by his wealth is not known.  On 6th May 1796, and just over three weeks prior to their wedding day, Thomas and Ann signed a Marriage Indenture in exactly the same way that his grandfather John Collett (Ref. 14J19) had fifty-six years earlier.  (see Marriage Indenture 1796 in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

Following the death of his mother’s brother Robert Humphries in 1806, Thomas as the only son and heir of Thomas Collett and Mary Humphries inherited two dwellings, stables, outhouses and gardens in Bourton, together with £400 - (see Will of Legal Documents).  Thomas Collett died there on 9th January 1818 aged 44 and was buried in the St Lawrence’s Church Cemetery on 14th January 1818, as listed in the nonconformist records at the same Baptist Chapel.  His wife Ann Collett nee Tilling died during April 1849 aged 74 and was buried with her husband and their eight years old daughter Martha, as confirmed by the gravestone.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

His Will, written only four days prior to his death, was proved on 13th February 1818 (PROB11/1601).  In that he was referred to as ‘Thomas Collett Gentleman of Bourton-on-the-Water’ - (see Will in Legal Documents).  Only eight of Thomas’ nine children were named in his Will, due to the earlier death of his daughter Martha.  Eldest son Thomas (below) was the main beneficiary of the Will, with all of his other children each receiving substantial sums of money.  Two of the three trustees named in the Will were James Ashwin and John Beale.  James was the husband of Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 14L4) who was the cousin of the deceased Thomas Collett.  And John Beale, the son of trustee John Beale, married Mrs Mary Collett the widow of Thomas Collett junior (below) a few short years after his death in 1869.

 

 

 

14M23

Mary Collett

Born in January 1798

 

14M24

Ann Collett

Baptised on 11.12.1798

 

14M25

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1800

 

14M26

Martha Collett

Born in 1802

 

14M27

Thomas Collett

Born in 1804

 

14M28

John Collett

Born in 1807

 

14M29

Henrietta Collett

Born in 1811

 

14M30

Robert Collett

Born in 1813

 

14M31

Emma Collett

Born in 1816

 

 

 

 

14L14

Samuel Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1773, the son of John Collett and Sarah Paxford, and was baptised at St Within’s Church in Worcester on 22nd October 1777 when he was four years old.  It seems highly likely that the baptism took place when he was seven or eight years of age.  This new information comes indirectly from Alan Stanier via Marilyn Stoddard, whose families feature in Part 48, which suggests the parents of Samuel Collett were John Collett and Sarah Paxford.

 

 

 

For the continuation of this family line

See Part 48 – The Dudley West Midland Line (Ref. 48L2)

 

 

 

 

14L15

Mary Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1774.  She never married and she died in 1823.  In her Will, which was proved on 28th August 1823, she was referred to as ‘Mary Collett spinster of Bourton-on-the-Water’.

 

 

 

 

14L16

Ann Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 19th May 1782, where her birth was recorded by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minster, at the request of her father William Collett of the Parish of Lower Slaughter and his wife Sarah Jeynes.  It is believed, although not yet proved, that she married Thomas Hanks in the early 1800s.  What is known from a headstone in the graveyard at St Lawrence’s Church is that Thomas and Ann Hanks had a second daughter Sarah Hanks born in 1811 and a son Thomas Collett Hanks who was born in 1816.  The headstone epitaph reads ‘Sacred to the memory of Thomas Collett Hanks son of Thomas and Ann Hanks of Little Rissington who died January 30th 1838 aged 22’.  Beneath this are two more epitaphs.  The first reads ‘Also Sarah their second daughter who died April 17th 1866 aged 55’ and the second states ‘Loving memory of two children of Thomas and Ann who died in infancy’.

 

 

 

 

14L17

Hannah Collett was born at Lower Slaughter on 2nd May 1784 and was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water.  Sadly Hannah, daughter of William and Sarah Collett of the Parish of Lower Slaughter, died on 2nd November 1805, her death recorded at the same Baptist Chapel by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minister, at the request of her father.  It is very interesting that nearly thirty-two years later in 1837, within the non-conformist register at Bourton-on-the-Water, was recorded the death of Hannah Collett aged 57.  The entry reads “Hannah Collett, from Bourton-on-the-Water, was buried in the Protestant Dissenters Burying Ground in Bourton on the sixteenth day of February 1837 by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minister”.

 

 

 

 

14M1

Anne Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 24th October 1793, her birth - together with those of her sister Elizabeth and her two brothers (below) - recorded by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minster, at Bourton Chapel on 12th November 1811, when she was confirmed as the daughter of John Collett and Ann his wife of the Parish of Bourton-on-the-Water in the County of Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

14M2

Elizabeth Collett was born on 30th August 1795 at Bourton-on-the-Water where she was baptised with her three siblings at the Baptist Chapel on 12th November 1811 when her date of birth was recorded by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minister.  It was also there that she later married Stephen Marshall on 21st April 1819.

 

 

 

 

14M3

John Collett was born at Badsey near Evesham in Worcestershire on 1st April 1800, just after his family moved there from Bourton-on-the-Water.  However, he was baptised at Bourton with his three siblings on 12th November 1811.  This was recorded in the parish register at Bourton-on-the-Water by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minster, which including the following statement.  “John, the son of John Collett and Ann his wife was born at Evesham in the County of Worcestershire on the first day of April 1800”.  John later married Jane and by the time of the first census in June 1841 the couple was listed as being 45, while they were living in the Parish of Church Lench, within the Evesham registration district.  With them on that occasion was their nine years old son John Collett.

 

 

 

Ten years later the couple was residing in a dwelling on the Evesham to Church Lench Road in Atch Lench, where agricultural labourer John Collett from Badsey was 59, while his wife Jane Collett from Atch Lench was 55.  By that time their son John Collett, age 19 and from Church Lench, had left the family home, but was still living in the Evesham area.  It is that year’s census record which would make the year of birth of John Collett around 1792, whereas he would need to have been 51 in 1851 to be born in 1800.

 

 

 

14N1

John Collett

Born in 1831 at Church Lench

 

 

 

 

14M4

Thomas Samuel Collett was born at Evesham around 1810 after his parents, John Collett and Ann Herbert, moved there from Bourton-on-the-Water where his two older sisters were born.  However, Thomas and his older brother John (above), plus their two sisters were baptised together at Bourton by Thomas Coles on 12th November 1811.  Sadly, his father died in 1816 when Thomas was six years old.  Seventeen years later Thomas married widow Elizabeth Goodwin nee Eddles, of Bledington, by licence on 7th October 1833 at Eyford within the parish of Upper Slaughter.  Not long after they were married, Thomas Collett, a carpenter living in the village of Upper Slaughter, was appointed to the position of Parish Clerk, following the dismissal of blacksmith William Collett from the post that same day.  That event was recorded in the parish diary on 4th April 1835 and it was a position he held for three years.  Further references were made to Thomas Collett, carpenter and wheelwright, in the Upper Slaughter parish diary after 1841 – see below.

 

 

 

According to the Upper Slaughter census of 1841 Thomas was 30 and Elizabeth was 28 and with them were four children for which so far only three baptism records have been located.  The census would appear to reveal their first and oldest child was Ann, aged six years and so born in 1834.  The other three children were Elizabeth who was four, Thomas who was two, and Alfred who was one-year-old.  The parish diary entries that followed later that decade were related to the poor health of Thomas’ wife Elizabeth, and the birth and death of their son Samuel Collett, all as detailed below:

 

 

 

27th February 1848 - Summoned early to the bedside of Eliza. Collett, wife of T. S. Collett, who has very lately been confined. 

28th February 1848 - T. S. Collett’s wife, now considered to be out of immediate danger; baptised her infant privately.  

11th March, 6th May 1848 - Visited joiner Collett’s wife, very recently confined, and in a very exhausted and precarious state.  

12th August 1848 - Officiated at the funeral of an infant of T. S. Collett.

 

 

 

Three years later, the 1851 Census for Upper Slaughter confirmed the couple’s details as Thomas aged 40 and a carpenter and wheelwright of Evesham and Elizabeth aged 38 of Bledington.  All of the children were born and baptised at Upper Slaughter and each of the individual baptism records included their father’s name as Thomas Samuel Collett.  The children listed with the couple in 1851 were:  Elizabeth who was 14, Thomas who was 12, Alfred who was 10, Harriet who was nine, Ellen who was seven, Sarah who was four, and Amy who was one year old.  The couple’s youngest son had already died by then.  Over the next three years the Upper Slaughter parish diary included three more entries regarding the family of Thomas Samuel Collett, as follows:

 

 

 

1st to 6th May 1852 - Enquired after T. S. Collett’s wife who is ill.

4 November 1854 - Finding that the Carpenter’s daughter, now temporarily in my employment, M A Collett, is desirous of the situation, appears likely to make a good and intelligent servant, I engaged her.  27th July 1854 -  To Sewell’s office, where conferred with Tipping as to the purchase of the cottages in my village, the property of the widow Collett.  [who she was has still to be determined]

3rd to 7th August 1854 - Having been desired to call at Thos. Collett’s, in respect of his nephew, William’s, cottages here, as to which I have requested to Tipping to negotiate a sale to me, conferred with Mrs. T.C.

 

 

 

Tragically Thomas’ wife, who was born at Bledington in 1812, died three years later in 1857.  That was confirmed by the census in 1861 when Thomas Collett, aged 50, was a widower and a master carpenter from Evesham.  Acting as housekeeper was Thomas’ eldest daughter Mary Ann Collett who was 25 and born at Upper Slaughter.  The only other members of the family living with Thomas at that time were his eldest son Thomas, aged 22 and a carpenter like his father, and his daughters Sarah who was 15 and Amy who was 13.  Daughter Harriett Collett aged 18 was working as housemaid at Upper Slaughter in the house of Edward Witts Rector and Justice of the Peace for Upper Slaughter.  It is interesting to note that ten years later her position at the Witts home had been filled by her younger sister Amy who was aged 21 in 1871.  Rector Edward Francis Witts was the son of the Reverend Francis Edward Witts, the author of all the diary entries listed above, which in 2017 are included in ‘The Complete Diary of a Cotswold Parson’ as compiled by Alan Sutton.

 

 

 

14N2

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1835

 

14N3

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 26.02.1837

 

14N4

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 04.11.1838

 

14N5

Alfred Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1840

 

14N6

Harriet Collett

Baptised on 26.06.1842

 

14N7

Helen (Ellen) Collett

Baptised on 21.04.1844

 

14N8

Sarah Collett

Born in 1846

 

14N9

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 28.02.1848; died Aug. 1848

 

14N10

Amy Collett

Born in 1849

 

 

 

 

14M5

Mary Ann Collett was born at Upper Slaughter on 28th July 1808.  However, it was over three years later that her birth was recorded in the register at Bourton-on-the-Water on 12th November 1811 by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minister, when her name was written as Ann Mary, the daughter of Robert and Mary Ann Collett.  She was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton-on-the-Water, where she was buried following her premature death on 22nd July 1830.  The burial register recorded that she was aged 21 and the daughter of Mr R Collett.  Not long after that her left moved away from Bourton and set up a new home in Somerset.

 

 

 

 

14M6

ROBERT HANMAN COLLETT was born on 19th August 1809 at Upper Slaughter and, like his sister (above) and brother (below), his birth was recorded at Bourton-on-the-Water on 12th November 1811, the details taken from the family’s own register of the births of Robert and Mary Ann Collett.  He was baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Bourton where his date of birth was listed in the nonconformist records by Thomas Coles, Protestant Dissenting Minister.  When he was four years old his family left the village of Upper Slaughter and moved into the nearby town of Bourton-on-the-Water, where they stayed until around 1830.  At that time in his life Robert’s family left Bourton and settled in the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet where his father Robert Collett held the post of town registrar for many years, having previously been the registrar at Bourton. 

 

 

 

Once established in Shepton Mallet it is believed that Robert assisted his father with his work as the town’s registrar until his brother, Thomas Shelburn Collett (below), was later appointed to the post of deputy registrar to his father.  It was also during that phase in his life that Robert met his future wife.

 

 

 

It was during the mid-1830s that Robert Hanman Collett married Ann Julia Speed of Shepton Mallet.  After they were married the couple set up home in the town, and both of their children were born while the couple were living at Longbridge House in Cowl Street in Shepton Mallet.  It was there also that Robert ran an academy for young men.  Sadly, some great tragedy fell upon the house, when Robert died just a few years later in 1838.  As a result, Julia, now a widow with two very young children, moved to a smaller house in Garston Street, where she opened a small grocery shop.  It was there also that Julia was living with her two children in June 1841.

 

 

 

The census that month recorded the family as Julia Collett, who was 25 (sic), her son John Collett, who was five, and her daughter Ann Collett who was two years old.  The family was still living there ten years later, when the Shepton Mallet census of 1851 listed the three of them as Julia Collett, age 39, John Collett, age 14, and Ann Collett who was 13.  At that time there were seven members of the Collett family still living in the town, including Julia’s father-in-law, Robert Collett, and her brother-in-law, Thomas Shelburn Collett.

 

 

 

During the next decade that Julia took her family to live in Cardiff, and to where she also transferred her grocery business.  So by the time of the census in 1861 the family was recorded in Cardiff as Julia Collett, who was 49, John K Collett, who was 25, and Ann M Collett who was 23.  All three of them were confirmed as having been born at Shepton Mallet.

 

 

 

In the years that followed, both of Julia’s children were married, and by the time of the census in 1871 she was still living in Cardiff, but by then also had her son and his wife living there with her.  Julia Collett was 59, while her son John K Collett was 35, and his wife Sarah A O Collett was 30.  It is her son John Kyte Collett who eventually took over the grocery business that Julia had established.

 

 

 

Curiously, according to the census of 1881, Julia Collett, age 69 and from Shepton Mallet, was living at the home of her daughter Ann Mary Cruickshank nee Collett at Back Lane in Crewkerne on the border of Somerset and Dorset, when she was described as being formerly a glover, and the mother-in-law of head of the household James Cruickshank, a baptist minister from Scotland.

 

 

 

Perhaps her time spent with her daughter was limited, since by 1891 Julia Collett, age 79, was living at 21 Windsor Terrace in Penarth near Cardiff.  Interestingly enough, that address also appears in the 1927 Will of her son John Kyte Collett, as the home of Elsie Rogers, one of the witnesses to the signing of the Will.  Julia Collett nee Speed died six years later in 1897, when she was recorded as being 85 years of age, the wife of Robert Collett, and born at Shepton Mallet. 

 

 

 

14N11

JOHN KYTE COLLETT

Born in 1836

 

14N12

Ann Mary Collett

Born in 1838