PART FIFTEEN

 

The Kenilworth & Coventry Line - 1700 to 2010

 

Updated August 2016

 

 

This is the family line of Neil Collett (Ref. 15P45) of Ashow near Kenilworth,

his line of descendants denoted by the names in capital letter.

I first met Neil in June 1996 at the Collett Reunion at Shepton Mallet.

 

It is also the family line of Mal [Malcolm] Collett (Ref. 15R4) who has contributed

all of the new photos for Feb 2012, plus lots of details about his family.

His line is denoted by the names in italics which converges with Neil’s line at 15J4.

 

 

 

Much of the earlier information contained within this family line has been kindly provided by Neil, and towards the end of 2010 he also provided more details of the Colletts of Warwickshire.  While the vast majority of the information has been included in the main family line here, some of the details relate to other families for which no direct link has yet been made.  Therefore, those particular details have been included in the Appendices at the end of the file for completeness, and in the hope that they may be connected at some time in the future.  Some however, relate to members of the Collett family in Part 33 – The Bourton-on-the-Water Line, thus cementing that fact that the town Bourton has connections with the neighbouring county of Warwickshire

 

 

 

 

 

This line has its origins in Part 1 – The Main Line starting in 1485 with Thomas Collett (Ref. 1D1) and moving forward through the years using Part 14 – The John Kyte Line to Thomas Collett (Ref. 14I5) of Bourton-on-the Water, who starts this part.

 

 

 

 

 

Further information has been received during 2011 which indicates that the earliest Collett resident of Coventry was Richard Colet back in 1434.  The details, taken from the Coventry Leet Book, have been kindly provided by Mick Coggins of Rothwell in Northamptonshire who works in Coventry, whose only family line is Part 1 – The Main Gloucestershire Line.  The details supplied by Mick can be found in Appendix Five at the end of this family line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THOMAS COLLETT was born in the area of Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire.  He married Mary Tombe and the union produced four children for the couple and all of them born at Bourton.  From their individual records, it is evident that as the children grew up they left Bourton to make their own way in the world.  The couple’s two sons made their way north and settled in Coventry, whereas it would appear that the two daughters possibly entered domestic service which took them respectively to the Burford and Banbury areas in the adjacent county of Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

It would seem that Thomas and his wife spent their whole life together at Bourton-on-the-Water, since it was there that Thomas Collett died in 1739, following which he was buried in the graveyard of the Baptist Chapel in the town.  Sixty years later, in 1799, his son Thomas was buried in the grave next to his father.

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Born circa 1713

 

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Hannah Collett

Born circa 1715

 

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Thomas Collett

Born circa 1723

 

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WILLIAM COLLETT

Born circa 1729

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water around 1713 and it was there that she was baptised on 13th May 1716, the daughter of Thomas Collett.  It was just twenty years later that the archdeacon’s marriage bond permitted the marriage of Ann Collett of Bourton-on-the-Water to William Young of Islip in Oxfordshire to take place at Burford on 13th June 1736.  William was 24 years old and a bachelor, while Ann was 23 and a spinster living within the Parish of Burford.  However, no apparent record of the wedding has been located within the Burford parish register or the IGI.  William Young was baptised at Islip on 3rd April 1711, the son of William and Ann Young.

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water around 1715.  It would appear that it was through her sister Ann’s marriage to William Young (above) that Hannah formed a relationship with Richard Young who, also being from Islip like William, may well have been his cousin, since both had different parents.  So just over eight years after her sister Ann married William Young, Hannah married Richard Young on 22nd December 1744 at Idbury in Oxfordshire.  Once again the event was approved by the archdeacon’s marriage bond, which stated that Richard was a bachelor and yeoman of Islip, while Hannah from Bourton-on-the-Water was a spinster at the Parish of Swalcliff, which lies south-west of Banbury.

 

 

 

Richard Young was baptised at Islip on 24th August 1719, the son of Richard and Mary Young.  Unlike her sister’s wedding, which took place in Burford, Hannah and Richard were married in the Oxfordshire village of Idbury, five miles to the north of Burford.  But just like her sister’s wedding, no record of it has been found in the parish register or the IGI.  Once married, Richard and Hannah returned to Islip where their first child was born, but shortly after that the family moved eight miles due north of Islip and settled in the village of Ardley, where their remaining children were born.  The children were Mary Young (baptised on 29th January 1745 at Islip), Richard Young (baptised in 1748 at Ardley), Hannah Young (baptised in 1753 at Ardley), and Hannah Young (baptised in 1755 at Ardley).

 

 

 

Hannah Young nee Collett died on 16th July 1781 at the age of 67.  In her Will made on 1st April 1780 she left the residue of her estate to her brother Thomas Collett (below), Alderman of the City of Coventry, whom she also made executor of the Will.  High up on one of the walls inside the Church of St Mary at Ardley there is an interesting coat of arms on the memorial plaque to Richard Young.  It would appear to be a shared coat of arms with his wife Hannah.  The right hand side shows the design of the Young family crest, while the left side has the distinctive chevron design of the Collett crest, and includes three flowers or rosettes.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1723, where he was baptised on 24th January 1724, the son of Thomas Collett.  Sometime after completing his schooling in Bourton, Henry eventually left the town when he moved north to settle in Coventry, where he remained for the rest of his life.  Thomas Collett was around twenty years of age when he married Elizabeth Rebecca Gibbard at Holy Trinity Church in Coventry on 22nd February 1744.  Elizabeth was baptised as Rebecca Gibbard at Southam in Warwickshire on 18th August 1719, the daughter of John and Mary Gibbard.

 

 

 

Thomas was a leather dresser (a currier) and later in his life he was Mayor of Coventry from 1762 to 1763.  The name of Thomas Collett, currier, was included in a list of principal inhabitants of the City of Coventry for the year 1791.  Thomas Collett died in Coventry during 1799, following which he was buried alongside his father in the grounds of the Baptist Chapel at Bourton-on-the-Water, as instructed within his Will.  When his wife Elizabeth died two years later, during the summer of 1801, she was buried inside Southam Church where there is a stone tablet set in the aisle floor at the Church of St James, which states that “Here lyeth the body of Elizabeth Rebecca Collett, wife of Thomas Collett”.

 

 

 

The Will of Thomas Collett, currier of Coventry, was proved on 8th April 1801, the death duty abstract of which refers to his wife as Rebecca.  Others mentioned were his niece Ann Collett and nephews John Collett and William Collett, his nieces Sarah Smith and Hannah Pettifor, his nephew Henry Collett, and lastly his niece Rachall Lea who was the former Rachel Collett.  From this information, it can perhaps be deduced that Thomas’ brother William Collett (below), and the father of all of the nephews and nieces named in his Will, had also died by then, together with his wife Ann who was also not mentioned.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Rebecca Collett also left a Will which was proved on 9th October 1801, and this named William Gibbard and Thomas Wyatt of Coventry as executors.  The estate was divided between William Gibbard and Rebecca Wyatt, the wife of Thomas Wyatt, indicating that the marriage of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Rebecca Gibbard had produced no surviving children.  William Gibbard and Rebecca Wyatt were probably Elizabeth’s nephew and niece, the two children of Elizabeth’s brother John Gibbard and his wife Mary.  William Gibbard was baptised at St Michael’s Cathedral on 20th October 1756, the son of John and Mary, while Rebecca Gibbard was baptised there on 8th March 1759, the daughter of John and Mary, where she later married Thomas Wyatt on 26th June 1782.

 

 

 

During his life Thomas Collett had links with Edward Remington, an apothecary of Coventry.  In October 1751 both of their names featured in a conveyance made over to them as trustees by Robert Stone, gent of Hollington in Derby.  And four years later, currier Thomas Collett was named in the 1755 Will of Edward Remington, when he received the sum of one hundred pounds.  It is possible, although not proved, that Thomas and Elizabeth may have had children.  From the wedding date in 1744, there is a probability that children would have been born during the following two decades.  It is also likely that if that was proved to be true, that they would have very likely named one of their sons Thomas Collett.  The records for St Michael’s Church in Coventry include the baptism of Henrietta Collett in 1768, who was the daughter of Thomas Collett and his wife Mary.

 

 

 

 

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WILLIAM COLLETT was born around 1729 at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Like his brother Thomas (above, William also left the family home in Bourton when he joined his brother in Coventry.  It was also in Coventry that William Collett married Ann Mathews of Coventry.  William Collett and his wife Ann may have both died before 1799, since neither of them was mentioned in the Will of his brother Thomas Collett who died that year.  However, named as beneficiaries under the terms of the Will were seven of their nine children.  And it is the order in which they are named in the Will that they are shown below, with daughter Ann Collett assumed to be the eldest child, since she is the first to be mentioned, through to Rachel who is the last.

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Date of birth unknown at Coventry

 

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William Collett

Date of birth unknown at Coventry

 

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John Collett

Born circa 1752 at Coventry

 

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Sarah Collett

Born circa 1754 at Coventry

 

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Hannah Collett

Born circa 1756 at Coventry

 

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Oliver Collett

Born circa 1758 at Coventry

 

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Thomas Collett

Born circa 1760 at Coventry

 

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HENRY COLLETT

Born circa 1762 at Coventry

 

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Rachel Collett

Born circa 1764 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the eldest child of William and Ann Collett.  She was referred to in the 1801 Will of her uncle Thomas Collett and, since her name was the first of the seven children of William and Ann Collett listed, it might be assumed that she was the oldest.  Also, she was obviously not married by that time as she was included as ‘niece Ann Collett’.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett, who was born at Coventry the son of William and Ann Collett.  What is known is that he married Elizabeth Townsend of Coventry and was named in the Will of his uncle Thomas Collett of Coventry which was proved in 1801.  It was previously thought that, because he had his father’s name, he was the eldest son of William and Ann, although in the Will the name of ‘nephew William Collett’ appears after that of his sister Ann Collett (above) and his brother John Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Coventry around 1752 and was the son of William and Ann Collett.  It was also in Coventry that he married Mary Bostin on 22nd April 1782 at the West Orchard Baptist Chapel in the Holy Trinity district of Coventry.  Just over a year after they were married, John and Mary had a daughter, followed by a son two years later.  A second son was added to the family after a further seven years and the Coventry baptism records for all three children confirm the parents as John and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

It is possible that there were more than just these children, one such child may have been William born at Coventry around 1793.  Although no baptism or birth details have been located, his details are included here in the hope that this can be verified at a future date.  The family was completed by the beginning of the new century, with the addition of two more daughters for John and Mary.

 

 

 

John Collett was named as one of the seven beneficiaries under the terms of Will of his uncle Thomas Collett of Coventry.  In the document, proved in 1801, he was referred to as ‘nephew John Collett’ and his name followed his sister Ann Collett (above) and before his brother William Collett (below), which may indicate that John was the second child of the family of William and Ann Collett.  Rather curiously it was in 1815 when John Collett was baptised at the age of 63.  The church record at Vicar Lane Independent Chapel in Coventry confirmed that he was the son of William and Ann Collett, and it is that event which has provided his approximate year of birth.

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1783 at Coventry

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1785 at Coventry

 

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John Collett

Born in 1792 at Coventry

 

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William Collett

Born in 1793 at Coventry

 

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Rachel Collett

Born in 1798 at Coventry

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1800 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett, who was born at Coventry around 1754, was the daughter of William and Ann Collett.  However, the year of her birth has been based on her assumed age at the time of her marriage in 1775.  Sarah married Thomas Smith of Coventry at St Michael’s Cathedral on 11th November 1775.  Sarah was another child of William and Ann Collett to be named in the 1801 Will of her uncle Thomas Collett of Coventry, when she was included as ‘niece Sarah Smith’.  The marriage of Sarah and Thomas Smith produced three children for the couple.  The first of these was James Smith, who was baptised at Coventry Cathedral in 1786, who married Ann and, who in 1841 was a whitesmith living in Much Street in Coventry with his wife.  Their second child was Rosanna Smith who was baptised during 1795, but who died the following year, while the last child was Elizabeth Smith who was baptised at Coventry Cathedral in 1797.

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of William and Ann Collett.  Hannah Collett married Joseph Pettifor of Coventry at St Michael’s Cathedral on 2nd March 1778, just over two years after her sister Sarah (above) was married there.  This event could indicate that Hannah was born at Coventry around 1756.  Hannah is known to have presented Joseph with two sons; Thomas Pettifor was baptised at Coventry Cathedral on 7th March 1780, while Joseph Pettifor was baptised there during the following year.  Their son Joseph Pettifor married Elizabeth Lloyd at Holy Trinity Church in Coventry on 29th March 1801.  It was also ten days after that event that the Will of Hannah’s uncle, Thomas Collett of Coventry, was proved and in which ‘niece Hannah Pettifor’ was named as one of the beneficiaries, together with six of her siblings.

 

 

 

 

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Oliver Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of William and Ann Collett.  Oliver was probably born in Coventry where the remainder of his sibling seem to have been born, and this is likely to have been at sometime during the end of the 1750s.  However, it is known that he had died before 1799, because he was one of only two of the nine children of William and Ann not to be mentioned in the 1801 Will of his uncle Thomas Collett of Coventry, the other sibling being his brother Thomas Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of William and Ann Collett.  Just like his brother Oliver (above), he too was very likely born at Coventry around 1760.  What is known is that he later married Ann of Coventry, possibly during the latter couple of years of the 1770s.  Although no record of the marriage between Thomas and Ann has so far been found, the couple are known to have had three sons, although yet again, no record of their baptisms has been found.  However, it would seem as if Thomas Collett, and perhaps even his wife Ann, had both passed away before the end of the eighteenth century, since neither of them was mentioned within the Will of Thomas’ uncle, Thomas Collett of Coventry, which was proved in 1801.

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett

Born circa 1780 at Coventry

 

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John Collett

Born circa 1782 at Coventry

 

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Henry Collett

Born circa 1784 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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HENRY COLLETT was born at Coventry around 1762, the son of William and Ann Collett, although an alternative source suggests, perhaps in error, that he was born at Wolston in 1758.  He married (1) Esther Mann on 8th August 1785 at Wolston, which is situated immediately north of Stretton-on-Dunsmore and herein after referred to as simply Stretton.  Esther was the daughter of William Mann and Mary Browne and was baptised at Wolston on 17th May 1762.  She died in 1788 the same year that their only child, Esther Collett, was born and died.  Therefore it is highly likely that these two events were linked, that is that both died during childbirth.

 

 

 

Following her death Henry married (2) Sarah Wells on 30th December 1794 at Stretton.  Sarah was fourteen years younger than Henry and was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Wells.  She was born in 1776 and tragically died in early 1805 and just after presenting Henry with their fifth child.  It was four years earlier, in April 1801, that the Will of Henry’s uncle Thomas Collett of Coventry, was proved, and in which ‘nephew Henry Collett’ was named as a beneficiary.  In the listing of beneficiaries, Henry Collett was named in front of his youngest sister Rachel, which may indicate that Henry was the youngest son of William and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

Just over a year after the death of his second wife, Henry married (3) Susannah Currell who was eighteen years younger.  This took place at St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry on 19th January 1807.  Susannah was born on 10th June 1780 and was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Currell.  Over the next sixteen years Susannah presented her husband with a further eight children, the youngest being thirteen when Henry died.  Henry Collett of Stretton was described as a cordwainer (a shoe maker) when he died in 1836.  Susannah survived him by ten years when she died in 1846.

 

 

 

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Esther Collett

Born in 1788 at Wolston

 

The following are the children of Henry Collett by his second wife Susannah Currell:

 

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Anne Collett

Born in 1795 at Stretton

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born on 04.11.1796 at Stretton

 

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Esther Collett

Born on 15.09.1799 at Stretton

 

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Sarah Collett

Born on 16.12.1801 at Stretton

 

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HENRY COLLETT

Born on 14.12.1804 at Stretton

 

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Mary Collett

Born on 16.04.1807 at Stretton

 

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Mary Ann Collett

Born on 02.10.1808 at Stretton

 

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Thomas Collett

Born on 23.02.1810 at Stretton

 

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William Collett

Born in 1813 at Stretton

 

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Charlotte Collett

Born in 1815 at Stretton

 

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Oliver Collett

Born in 1817 at Stretton

 

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Maria Collett

Born in 1819 at Stretton

 

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John Collett

Born in 1823 at Stretton

 

 

 

 

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Rachel Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the youngest child of William and Ann Collett.  It was at St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry that Rachel Collett married Thomas Lea on 26th March 1787.  This might indicate that she was born during the middle of the 1860s.  Rachel Lee was named as ‘niece Rachall Lea’ in the Will of her uncle Thomas Collett of Coventry, and it is the fact that she was last of the seven children to be named which has given rise to the fact that she may have been the youngest child of William and Ann Collett.  Thomas Lea was a weaver and he and Rachel were living at Bonds Hospital in Coventry in both 1841 and 1851.  Their marriage produced three children, the first of which, Mary Ann Lea was baptised on 10th September 1792 at St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry. 

 

 

 

The couple’s second child was Benjamin Lea who was baptised there on 17th February 1974, while their third child, Charlotte Lea was baptised on 1st July 1799.  Benjamin Lea was a tailor and on 24th March 1811 he married Mary Burnham at St Lawrence’s Church in Foleshill, Coventry.  In 1841 Benjamin and Mary were living in Far Gosford Street in Coventry, and ten years after that, at Primrose Terrace.  Over the years from 1812 to 1826, the couple had five children.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born at Coventry in 1783 and it was there that she was baptised on 22nd January 1784 at Holy Trinity Church, the eldest child of John and Mary Collett, formerly Mary Bostin, who were married there in 1782.  

 

 

 

It may also be of interest that, according to the IGI, Ann Wainwright Collett was born on 3rd December 1782, the daughter of John and Mary Collett.  However, she was baptised at the Vicar Lane Independent Chapel in Coventry on 28th October 1821.  Other records show that she never married and that she died in Coventry during 1897.  This then brings into question the stated date of her birth, since she would have been 115 years old at the time of her death, and raises a further question, was she the daughter of Ann’s brother John Collett (below) who was married to a Mary, which seem more likely.  So it is with them that she has been placed.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Coventry in 1785, where he was baptised at St Michael’s Cathedral on 8th May 1786, the eldest son of John and Mary Collett.  Thomas married Mary around 1810, and their marriage produced three daughters for the couple, and all of them were born at Coventry.  Although no record of Thomas or Mary has been found in the census of 1841, Thomas Collett age 65 was living in the Parish of St John & St Michael in Coventry in 1851, with his unmarried daughter Elizabeth living and working nearby within the same parish with her two children.  The baptism records for all three daughter confirmed that Thomas and Mary were their parents.

 

 

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1811 at Coventry

 

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Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1814 at Coventry

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1816 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Coventry in 1792 or 1793 and he was baptised there at the St Michael’s Cathedral on 1st January 1794, the son of John and Mary Collett.  It is believed that that John was married to Mary, possibly Mary Wainwright, and that the marriage produced a daughter for the couple who was baptised in Coventry in 1821.  However, the same IGI record on the Family Search website gives her year of birth as 1782, but that may be an error.

 

 

 

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Ann Wainwright Collett

Baptised on 28.10.1821 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Coventry around 1793, although no actual birth or baptism record has been found to confirm this.  Why he has been included here it because his grandson was a watch finisher in Coventry, the same occupation as other members of the Collett family detailed later in this family history.  He was married to Hannah Linden at St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry on 25th December 1811, Hannah having been born around 1790.  It is now confirmed that William Collett, who died in 1850, and his wife Hannah Lindon had another son prior to son Thomas and daughter Hannah, and he was Oliver Collett who was born at Coventry within the first year of their marriage, but who sadly died and was buried at Holy Trinity in 1816. 

 

 

 

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Oliver Collett

Born in 1812 at Coventry

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1813 at Coventry

 

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Hannah Collett

Born in 1815 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Rachel Collett was born at Coventry in 1798, and was baptised at St Michael’s Cathedral on 7th August 1798, the fifth child of John and Mary Collett.  Rachel married John Willcox at Coventry Cathedral on 12th February 1816.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Coventry in 1800, the last of the six children of John Collett and Mary Bostin, and was baptised at St Michael’s Cathedral on 22nd July 1800.  Sarah was 24 when she married Thomas Mills at Holy Trinity Church in Coventry on 16th August 1824.  Sarah was with-child on the day of her wedding, and less than three months after she gave birth to a son, Thomas William Mills who was baptised at St John’s Church in Coventry on 12th November 1824.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Coventry around 1780, the eldest of the three known sons of Thomas and Ann Collett.  On 9th April 1804 he married Mary Roberts at the Holy Trinity Church in Coventry, but it would appear that she died very shortly after, perhaps even during childbirth.  Following the death of his wife, widower Thomas Collett then married Hannah Wheelband at St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry on 25th November 1805.  It has not been determined whether they were any children resulting from either of his marriages.  What is known is that Hannah Collett died in 1836 and was buried in the churchyard of St John’s Church in Coventry, where a headstone marks the grave.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Coventry around 1782, another of the three sons of Thomas and Ann Collett.  John died at Coventry on 29th August 1852, prior to which he had married Ann, and was a bookseller in the city.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Collett was born at Coventry around 1784, the youngest of the three known sons of Thomas and Ann Collett.  What is interesting is that Henry Collett married Elizabeth Townsend at the Church of St Nicholas in Willoughby on 22nd June 1815.  Elizabeth was born in 1795, and may have been the niece of Elizabeth Townsend who married William Collett, the brother of Henry’s father.  Willoughby lies to the south of Rugby in Warwickshire, and the earliest Collett found in the church records there dates from 1634 – see Appendix Three for further information on this and other, so far, unrelated Colletts.  It was at Willoughby that Henry and Elizabeth settled after they were married, and it was there also that all of their children were born.  All of them, with the exception of their daughter Sarah Ann, were baptised at Willoughby, while she was baptised at St Michael’s Church in Cathedral.

 

 

 

However, by the time of the census in 1841, with their family complete, Henry and Elizabeth had left Willoughby and instead were living at a dwelling in Butchers Row in Coventry.  Ten years later, in 1851, the census that year recorded the family living at Bishop Street in Coventry, where Henry was a tailor as was his son Joseph who was married by then and also residing in Bishop Street.  Henry’s wife Elizabeth was correctly listed as being 58, the same age also recorded for Henry.  So perhaps he did not want to admit that he was ten years older than his wife.  Just three children were living with the couple on that occasion, and they were Job Collett, age 32, Oliver Collett, age 23, and Isaac Collett who was 20 (sic).  It was just four years after that when Henry Collett died at Coventry in 1855, following which he was buried at the London Road Cemetery in the city.

 

 

 

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Job Collett

Born in 1819 at Willoughby

 

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Henry Collett

Born in 1821 at Willoughby

 

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Joseph Collett

Born in 1824 at Willoughby

 

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Mary Collett

Born in 1825 at Willoughby

 

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Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1826 at Willoughby

 

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Oliver Collett

Born in 1827 at Willoughby

 

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John Collett

Born in 1828 at Willoughby

 

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Mercy Clarke Collett     twin

Born in 1837 at Willoughby

 

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Isaac Collett                  twin

Born in 1837 at Willoughby

 

 

 

 

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Esther Collett was born at Stretton during the first few days of June 1788 and was baptised there on 10th June 1788.  Tragically she died only two months later on 24th August 1788 at Stretton.  Her death seems inextricably linked to that of her mother Esther who also died in 1788.

 

 

 

 

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Anne Collett was born in 1795 and married Joseph Carter of Coventry in 1818.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Stretton on 4th November 1796 and was baptised there on 23rd January 1797.  She was the daughter of Henry Collett and his second wife Sarah.  Elizabeth married John Forster of Stretton in 1820.  Their son Henry Forster was born in 1821 and he died at Princethorpe in 1840 aged 19.  It was also at Princethorpe, just one mile south of Stretton-on-Dunsmore, that Elizabeth Forster nee Collett died in 1870, and was followed by her husband John who also died there, six years later in 1876.

 

 

 

 

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Esther Collett was born at Stretton on 15th September 1799 and it was there that she was baptised on 17th November 1799.  In 1823 she married William Hayward from the village of Ladbroke, south of Southam in Warwickshire.  They had six children, and all of them born at Leamington: Henry Hayward (1824-1868); Sarah Hayward (1826-1846); Hannah Hayward (1829-1836); John Hayward (1831-1831); William Hayward (1832-); and Charles Hayward (1835-1902).  Esther’s youngest child was only five years old when she died at Leamington Priors (Leamington Spa) during 1840, and she was survived by her husband who died thirty years later in 1870.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Stretton on 16th December 1801 and was baptised there on 7th March 1802, the daughter of Henry and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

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HENRY COLLETT was born at Stretton on 13th September 1804 where he was baptised on 14th December 1804.  Sadly he was the last child of the second marriage of Henry Collett, since his mother Sarah died when he was not yet one year old.  Henry married Phoebe Tubbs at St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry in 1840.  Phoebe was born in 1802, and was baptised at Baginton in Warwickshire on 2nd January 1803 the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Tubb or Tubbs.  Henry Collett was Clerk to the Parish of Stretton midway between Coventry and Rugby. 

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851 their family was complete.  Henry was 45, his wife Phoebe was 44, and their two children were Emma who was nine years old, and Henry who was six.  At that time the family was residing within the Rugby & Dunchurch registration district.  By 1861 the couple’s daughter had left the family home in the Rugby & Dunchurch area, so the census that year just recorded the family as Henry Collett 54, Phoebe Collett 57, and their son Henry who was 15. 

 

 

 

Henry Collett died in 1870 and was buried at Stretton, and that same year his son Henry became a married man.  According to the Rugby & Dunchurch census in the following year, Henry’s widow Phoebe Collett was aged 70 and was living alone.  However, five years after that, Phoebe Collett nee Tubbs died in 1876.

 

 

 

15M17

Emma Collett

Born in 1841 at Stretton

 

15M18

HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1844 at Stretton

 

 

 

 

15L16

Mary Collett was born at Stretton on 16th April 1807.  She was baptised at Stretton on 5th July 1807 when she was confirmed as the first child of the third marriage of Henry Collett and his new wife Susannah Currell of Coventry.  Tragically, Mary died just over a year after she was born, when she passed away at Stretton on 3rd May 1808.

 

 

 

 

15L17

Mary Ann Collett was born at Stretton on 2nd October 1808, was baptised at Stretton on 4th December 1808, and died there on 9th February 1815.

 

 

 

 

15L18

Thomas Collett was born at Stretton on 23rd February 1810 where he was also baptised on 13th May 1810 the son of shoemaker Henry Collett and his second wife Susannah Currell.  Thomas was married twice during his life, although it is only the details of his second marriage that are currently known.  It was at St Bartholomew’s Church in Birmingham that Thomas Collett was married to Mary Ann Dixon on 19th July 1851.  Thomas was 40 and a widower whose father was confirmed as Henry Collett, a shoemaker, while spinster Mary Ann was 37 and the daughter of Joseph Dixon who was a publican.  By 1861 he was a widower once again when the census that year placed him living at Chester-le-Street in County Durham when he was 50.

 

 

 

It was also at Chester-le-Street that he was living in 1871 at the age of 60, and living nearby was his younger brother William (below) with his wife Sarah.  Thomas survived for almost another ten years, by which time he and his brother had moved back to Warwickshire and were living at Bubbenhall, just west of Stretton-on-Dunsmore.  And it was there, at Bubbenhall, that Thomas Collett died at the age of 70 on 15th January 1881.  The death certificate issued by the Warwickshire sub-district of Kenilworth states he died from bronchitis and was a retired inn keeper.  The informant was listed as his brother William Collett who was also of Bubbenhall.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born in 1813 at Stretton and was baptised there on 7th February 1813, the son of Henry Collett and Susannah Currell.  William was a shoemaker, but no record of him has been found in the census in 1841, but by 1851 he was still a bachelor at the age of 36, when he was living at Stretton, within the Rugby & Dunchurch registration district of Warwickshire.  Living nearby were his brothers Henry (above) and John (below).

 

 

 

It was during the 1850s that William Collett married Sarah, although marrying that late in his life produced no children for the couple.  However, at some point during that same decade, William’s nephew John Collett, the son of his brother Oliver, was living with William and Sarah, where he was being trained by William in the skills of a shoemaker. 

 

 

 

That situation was confirmed in the census of 1861 when William Collett of Stretton was 46, his wife Sarah Collett from Stretton was 48, and their nephew John Collett from Ladbroke was 16.  At that time in his life, shoemaker William was the publican at the White Lion Inn on the London Road in Stretton, while the occupation of his nephew was confirmed as a shoemaker.  During the 1860s William and Sarah left Stretton-on-Dunsmore, when they moved north to Chester-le-Street in County Durham, where they were reunited with William’s brother bachelor Thomas Collett (above). 

 

 

 

And it was at Chester-le-Street that the couple were recorded as living at the time of the census in 1871, when William was 56 and Sarah was 58.  However, sometime later William and Sarah, and brother Thomas, all left County Durham and returned to Warwickshire, where they all settled in the village of Bubbenhall, near Stretton-on-Dunsmore.

 

 

 

It was at Bubbenhall that William’s brother, and then his wife, both died during the first three months of 1881, William being the informer of the death on both occasions.  So, by the time of the census shortly after Sarah’s passing, William Collett from Stretton was a widower at the age of 66.  He was listed as head of a private house in Bubbenhall in which the only other occupant was a lodger, Henry Clarke a retired ribbon manufacturer 55 years and born in Coventry.  William’s occupation at that time was given as a retired inn keeper, just like his late brother.  Two years later William, then around 57, married (2) Ellen Jones nee Blundell, a widow from Bubbenhall, the wedding taking place there during 1883.

 

 

 

However, at the time of William’s death five years later on 10th November 1886, his occupation was given as shoemaker.  The full death certificate issued by the Warwickshire sub-district of Rugby states that he was 70 and was born at Stretton, and at the time of his death he was living at the Union Workhouse in Rugby.  The cause of death was given as senile decay and the informant was Robert Billington who was Master of the Union Workhouse in Rugby.

 

 

 

 

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Charlotte Collett was born at Stretton in 1815 and was baptised there on 13th July 1817, the daughter of Henry and Susannah Collett.  Charlotte was around two years old when she died at Stretton on 10th May 1819.

 

 

 

 

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Oliver Collett was born at Stretton in 1817 was baptised at Stretton on 16th April 1818 when his parents were confirmed as Henry and Susannah Collett.  During his life Oliver’s occupation was that of a butler.  Oliver married (1) Rachel Mann in 1838 with whom he had four children.  The first child was born while Oliver and Rachel were living at Wappenbury, to the north-east of Warwick.  Almost immediately after the birth the family left Wappenbury when they settled in the village of Ladbroke, to the south of the town of Southam, where their next three children were born.

 

 

 

Oliver’s wife Rachel was born in 1813 and was very likely related to Esther Mann who was the first wife of Oliver’s father Henry Collett.  By the time of the census in 1841, the couple were confirmed as living at Ladbroke within the Southam registration area to the east of Warwick, and with them was their first child.  Oliver Collett and his wife Rachel both had a rounded age of 25, while their daughter Maria was just one year old.  Rachel was possibly with-child on the day of the census in June 1841, since later that same year she presented Oliver with their second child.  Two further children were added to the family over the following four years before Rachel died in 1846.

 

 

 

Following her death, Oliver married (2) Mary Hannah Newcomb with whom he had a further eight children although, at the baptism of the children, the mother’s name was given as Harriet.  However, according to the Ladbroke (Southam) census in 1851, Oliver Collett, who was 32, was married to Eleanor who was 22.  This must therefore be a simple error in transcription, or confusion with their daughter.  The children listed with the couple in 1851 were John Collett, who was seven, and Eleanor Collett, who was five, from Oliver’s first marriage, and Sarah Collett, who was two, and Caroline Collett, who was under one year, from his second marriage to Harriet.  By that time in his life, Oliver had suffered the loss of two of his children from the first marriage, and one from his second.

 

 

 

Harriet was very likely with-child on the day of the census in 1851, since later that same year their son John Oliver Collett was born.  This probably took place at Ladbroke, even though John Oliver Collett later said that he was born at Eathorpe, which is the next village to Wappenbury where his parents were living ten years earlier.

 

 

 

During the remainder of the 1850s, a further three children were born to Oliver and Harriet, but tragically only one is believed to have survived.  In addition to this, Oliver’s second wife, who was born in 1831, died in 1856, and her death may have been linked to the birth of the couple’s last child who also died.  Both mother and child died while the family was living at Shipston-on-Stour, and it was there also that they were buried.

 

 

 

No record of Oliver or the surviving members of the family has been located within the census details for 1861.  Ten years later though in 1871, Oliver Collett, age 53, was living in the Radford Semele area of Leamington, while some of his children were actually living nearby in the town itself.  After sixteen years as a widower Oliver Collett married (3) Mary Hannah Woodward at St Martin’s Church in Birmingham during 1872.  Sadly for Oliver, his third marriage only last for around three years, since he died at Warwick in 1875, and was buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church in Warwick.

 

 

 

15M19

Maria Collett

Born in 1840 at Wappenbury

 

15M20

Ann Collett

Born in 1841 at Ladbroke

 

15M21

John Collett

Born in 1843 at Ladbroke

 

15M22

Eleanor Harriet Collett

Born in 1845 at Ladbroke

 

15M23

Ellen Collett

Born in 1847 at Ladbroke

 

15M24

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1848 at Ladbroke

 

15M25

Caroline Collett

Born in 1850 at Ladbroke

 

15M26

John Oliver Collett

Born in 1851 at Ladbroke

 

15M27

William Collett

Born in 1852 at Ladbroke

 

15M28

Elizabeth Anne Collett

Born in 1854 at Ladbroke

 

15M29

Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1855 at Ladbroke

 

15M30

Thomas Oliver Collett

Born in 1856 at Shipston-on-Stour

 

 

 

 

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Maria Collett was born at Stretton to Henry and Susannah Collett in 1819, just a few months after their daughter Charlotte (above) died.  Maria was baptised at Stretton on 7th November 1819 and was twelve years old when she died at Stretton on 1st January 1832.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born in 1823 at Stretton where he was baptised on 16th November 1823.  John married (1) Elizabeth Ford who was born in 1818.  Their marriage produced four children for the couple, and all of them were born while John and Elizabeth were living in the village of Marton to the north-east of Leamington.  However, only two of the children survived to adulthood.  In the Marton census of 1851 John Collett was 27, and his wife Elizabeth was 32, but only their youngest son Oliver was listed with them at under one year old, since their first child had died in March in 1850.

 

 

 

The family was still living at Marton five years later when their daughter was born, but sadly she never reached her first birthday.  Sometime following her death in 1856, the family left Marton and moved to the St John district of Coventry, where they were living at the time of the census in 1861.  John Collett was 37, his wife Elizabeth Collett was 42, and their two surviving children were their sons Oliver John Collett who was 10, and Arthur Thomas Collett who was eight years old.  Ten years after that, the same family group was still living in the St John district of Coventry.

 

 

 

The census in 1871 described the family as John Collett who was 47, his wife Elizabeth who was 52, and their two sons Oliver Collett who was 20, and Arthur T Collett who was 18.  It was just five years later that Elizabeth died in Coventry in 1876.

 

 

 

Following the death of his wife, John married (2) Ann Golding nee Richards who was born in 1823.  According to the next census in 1881, John and Ann Collett were living at 35 Parliament Street in Aston, Birmingham.  John was working as a cordwainer (a shoemaker) at 58, while Ann from Foleshill in Coventry was also 58.  It may be of interest that the wife of their son Oliver John Collett also came from Foleshill, which might suggest that the wives of both father and son were perhaps related or known to each other.

 

 

 

By 1881 both of John’s sons were married and had remained living in the Coventry area when he and Ann moved to Birmingham.  Their respective census returns revealed that they were both born in the village of Marton, just two miles south of Stretton, in addition to which, the baptism record for John’s deceased son Henry Ford Collett also gave Marton as his place of birth.  The time spent in Birmingham seems to have been fairly short because both John and Ann were once again residing within Coventry parish of St John in 1891, where John and Ann were both aged 67.  Four years later, at the time of his death at Coventry in 1895, John Collett was described as a master shoemaker.  His widow Ann appears to have passed away not long after her husband, since no record of her has been found within the census of 1901.

 

 

 

15M31

Henry Ford Collett

Born in 1849 at Marton

 

15M32

Oliver John Collett

Born in 1850 at Marton

 

15M33

Arthur Thomas Collett

Born in 1852 at Marton

 

15M34

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1855 at Marton

 

 

 

 

15M1

Ann Collett was born at Coventry in 1811 and was baptised at St John’s Church on 8th March 1812, the eldest of three daughters of Thomas and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

15M2

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1813 at Coventry where she was baptised at the Church of St John on 8th May 1814, the middle one of the three daughters of Thomas and Mary Collett.  In June 1841 Elizabeth Collett was still living within the Parish of St John the Baptist in Coventry.  The full census details show that unmarried Elizabeth Collett was a ‘filler’ (a reference to a silk-filler), living at the home of watchmaker and jeweller Harvey Mind, age 50, and his wife Elizabeth who was 30, on the south side of Sovereign Place within the Parish of St John the Baptist.

 

 

 

Elizabeth may have been with-child at that time or just after, since at the beginning of the following year, she gave birth to a base-born son.  He was followed six years later by the birth of a base-born daughter.  In between those two children Elizabeth also had a second son who was also born out of wedlock at Sovereign Place in Coventry.

 

 

 

So by 1851 unmarried Elizabeth Collett, age 34, was a pauper living within the Parish of St Michael in Coventry with her nine years old son Thomas and her daughter Sarah Collett who was three years old.  The two children were described as the bastard children of Elizabeth, while she was described as a ribbon trader and a filler, a shortening of ‘silk-filler’ perhaps.  Where her son Joseph was on that day has not yet been discovered.

 

 

 

At that time, the family was living in an ‘institution’ which was very likely the Whitefriars Workhouse, which later became the Coventry Union Workhouse.  Around the time that Elizabeth’s first child was born that, a commercial silk throwster was contracted to operate a silk mill within the workhouse.  This was to provide employment for the inmates, of which Elizabeth, as a silk-filler, was very like just one of many who were paid five pennies each week.  What happened to Elizabeth after that time is not known, and it is possible that she may have married, whereas her son Thomas C Collett was still living in Coventry in 1861 at the age of 18.  If her daughter Sarah survived beyond infancy, she may have also taken her mother’s married name.

 

 

 

15N1

Thomas Charles Collett

Born in 1842 at Coventry

 

15N2

Joseph Collett

Born in 1845 at Coventry

 

15N3

Sarah Collett

Born in 1847 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

15M3

Sarah Collett was born at Coventry in 1816, where she was baptised at St John’s Church on 8th March 1812, the youngest of the three daughters of Thomas and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

15M4

Ann Wainwright Collett was born at Coventry, where she was baptised at the Vicar Lane Independent Chapel on 28th October 1821, which confirmed her parents were John and Mary Collett.  It would appear that she never married, and that she died in 1897, although no record of her has been found in any census.

 

 

 

 

15M6

Thomas Collett was born at Coventry in 1813 and was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Coventry on 7th March 1814, the son of William Collett and Hannah Linden.  He married Jemima Standbridge on 27th May 1839 at St Lawrence Church in Foleshill, Coventry.  Jemima was the daughter of Thomas and Catherine Standbridge of Kenilworth.  By June 1841 both Thomas and Jemima had a rounded age of 25 in the St John & St Michael district census for Coventry that year.  Tragically the couple’s first child, born during the previous year, had died by then.  However, over the following two decades a further eight children were born to Thomas and Jemima.

 

 

 

By 1851 Thomas was 37 and Jemima was 35.  Living with them within the St Michael & St John district of Coventry were five of their six children born during that period, they being William, who was nine, Rebecca, who was six, Edwin, who was four, John, who was two, and Mark who was under one year old.  Missing from the family was their son Alfred who would have been seven years old, had he survived.  Ten years later the family living within the St John area of Coventry was complete and comprised Thomas 47, Jemima 45, William 19, Rebecca 16, Edward (Edwin) 14, John, age 12, Ruth, who was five, and Philip who was two years old.  Once again, during that decade, the family had lost another of their children to an infant death, when their son Mark had died in the 1850s.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1871 the couple’s older sons had left the family home in Coventry.  The census that year listed the family as Thomas Collett 57, his wife Jemima 54, daughters Rebecca 25 and Ruth 15, and sons John age 21 and Philip who was 12.  Thomas Collett died at Coventry three years later in 1874.  Therefore, by the time of the census in 1881, 65 years old Jemima from Kenilworth was described as head of the household, a widow, and an annuitant.  Living with her at 7 Cow Lane in Coventry were her two unmarried daughters Rebecca Collett, age 35 and dressmaker, and Ruth Collett, age 25 who was a ribbon paper box maker. 

 

 

 

Also living with Jemima and her daughters was her unmarried son Philip Collett who was 22 years old and a watch finisher.  All three of Jemima’s children were confirmed as having been born at Coventry, as had all nine of them had over the eighteen years.  It was just a short while after the census day in 1881 that Jemima Collett passed away, following which she was buried with her husband in the London Road Cemetery in Coventry.  It was also in the same family grave that their daughter Rebecca Jemima Collett and their daughter-in-law Clara Collett were later buried, and where a large headstone marks the plot.

 

 

 

15N4

Thomas Collett

Born in 1840 at Coventry

 

15N5

William Henry Collett

Born in 1841 at Coventry

 

15N6

Alfred Collett

Born in 1843 at Coventry

 

15N7

Rebecca Jemima Collett

Born in 1844 at Coventry

 

15N8

Edwin Collett

Born in 1846 at Coventry

 

15N9

John Collett

Born in 1848 at Coventry

 

15N10

Mark Collett

Born in 1850 at Coventry

 

15N11

Ruth Collett

Born in 1855 at Coventry

 

15N12

Philip Collett

Born in 1858 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

15M7

Hannah Collett was born at Coventry within the Holy Trinity district of the city in 1815.  She was the only known daughter of William Collett and Hannah Linden.   In 1833 she married John Warring with whom she had two children, including daughter Sarah Ann Warring who was born in 1846.  Their son William Warring, who was born at Coventry in 1843, married Harriet Ellen who was born at Colchester in 1847.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of four children.  Osborne William Warring was born at Ryton-on-Dunsmore in 1869, Bob Warring was also born there in 1871, as was Ellen Warring in 1873, and by 1877 the family was living in Coventry, where Harry Warring was born.

 

 

 

 

15M8

Job Collett was born at Willoughby in 1819, where he was baptised on 12th April 1819, the eldest child of Henry Collett and Elizabeth Townsend.  In 1851, at the age of 32, Job was unmarried and was still living with his parents in Coventry, where the family had been living for the past ten years.  Towards the end of the next decade, Job became a married man and, in 1861 when he was 40, he was living at Warwick Lane in the Coventry St John registration district with his wife Hannah, who was 33, and their two children Henry who was three and Kate who was under one year old.

 

 

 

Hannah was formerly Hannah Wilson who was born at Wolston near Coventry in 1828.  At the time of the next census in 1871, Job and his family were still living at Warwick Lane in Coventry.  By the time of the census in 1881, Job Collett from Willoughby was a tailor like his father.  He was 62 and was living at 53 New Buildings within the Holy Trinity district of Coventry with his wife Hannah, who was 52 and from Wolston in Warwickshire.  Still living with the couple were their four children.  Henry Collett was 22, Kate Collett was 20, Richard Collett was 18, and Joseph Collett was 10 years old.

 

 

 

Sadly it was during the next year that Hannah died, leaving Job Collett as a widower in the Coventry census of 1891, when the only members of his family still living there with him was his eldest, and unmarried, son Henry, together with his youngest son Joseph.  It was just three years after that when Job Collett died at Coventry in 1894.

 

 

 

15N13

Henry Collett

Born in 1857 at Coventry

 

15N14

Kate Collett

Born in 1860 at Coventry

 

15N15

Job Richard Collett

Born in 1862 at Coventry

 

15N16

Joseph Collett

Born in 1870 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

15M9

Henry Collett was born at Willoughby in 1821, and was baptised there on 21st October 1821, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  In 1841 he and his family were living at Butchers Row in Coventry, and six years after that, on 23rd March 1848, when Henry was 27, he married 17 years old Eliza Boffin at Harbury, to the south-west of Southam.  Eliza was born in 1831, the daughter of Richard and Annie Boffin of Harbury, and may well have been with-child on their wedding day, since their first child was born that same year.

 

 

 

Curiously, no record of the family has been found in the census of 1851, when they must surely have been still living at Harbury where two more children were added to the family.  Shortly after the birth of the couple’s fourth known child, the family left Harbury when they moved to the village of Burbage near Hinckley in Leicestershire.  For the census in 1861 the family was recorded as Henry Collett, who was 36 when he was actually 40, his wife Eliza was 32 instead of 30, and just three of their children, John who was 10, Elizabeth who was eight, and Thomas who was two years old.

 

 

 

Eliza was probably with-child on the day of the census in 1861, because just a few months after she presented Henry with their fifth child, which was born at Blaby just south of Leicester.  Some years following that, the family left Leicestershire when they moved north to Wigan in Lancashire, where their last child was born.  It was at Whitfields Entry in Widnes that the family was living in 1871.  No member of the family was described as having an occupation, but judging by the fact the family had four boarders staying at the premises, may indicate that the Collett family were managing a boarding house.  According to the census return the family was made up of Henry Collett, age 47 (sic), his wife Eliza who was 40, and their three sons Thomas who was 12, Joseph who was nine, and Henry who was three years old.

 

 

 

During the next decade Henry Collett died, so by the time of the census in 1881 Eliza Collett, age 49 and from Harbury in Warwickshire, was a widow.  By that time in her life she had swapped Lancashire for Yorkshire, and was living at 12 Catherine Street in Skelton, within the Guisbrough area of the North Riding of Yorkshire.  Living there with Eliza were her two youngest sons Joseph Collett of Blaby, who was 18, and Hen. George Collett, who was 13 and from Wigan.

 

 

 

Two younger children were living with Eliza and her sons, and they were sister and brother Annie Simmons aged nine years and Richard Simmons who was seven.  They were Eliza’s grandchildren, the children of her recently deceased daughter Elizabeth Simmons nee Collett.  No record of Eliza Collett has been found in the next census in 1891, but by March 1901 she was still living in Skelton.  She was listed as Eliza Collett, age 69 and from Harbury, and was living alone.  It is assumed that she passed away during the first decade of the new century. 

 

 

 

15N17

Mary Collett

Born in 1848 at Harbury

 

15N18

John Collett

Born in 1850 at Harbury

 

15N19

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1852 at Harbury

 

15N20

Thomas Collett

Born in 1858 at Harbury

 

15N21

Joseph Collett

Born in 1861 at Blaby, nr Leicester

 

15N22

Henry George Collett

Born in 1867 at Wigan, Lancashire

 

 

 

 

15M10

Joseph Collett was born at Willoughby in 1824, and it was there also that he was baptised on 13th June 1824, the third child of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  When he was around fourteen years old his family left Willoughby when they settled in Coventry.  It was about six years later that Joseph married Ann Foxon at Coventry in 1844 and, later that year the first of their two sons was born while the couple were living at Earl Street in Coventry.  Ann Foxon was some years older that Joseph, having been born at Burbage within the Hinckley area of Leicestershire in 1819.  By the time of the census in 1851 Joseph, his wife and their first child were living at Bishop Street in Coventry, the same street where his parents were also living.  His father Henry was working as a tailor in 1851, as was Joseph, so perhaps father and son were working together.  Joseph Collett from Willoughby was 27, his wife Ann Collett from Burbage was 36, and their son Joseph Collett from Coventry was six years of age.  Sadly though, the couple’s missing youngest son John, who had been baptised at Holy Trinity Church in 1848, had already died by that time. 

 

 

 

It would appear that Joseph did not continuing working as a tailor and at other times in his life he was employed as a greengrocer, a cab driver and a fishmonger.  According to the next census in 1861 the three members of the family were recorded within the Coventry Holy Trinity area of the city.  Joseph Collett from Willoughby was 38, his wife Ann was 46 and their son Joseph was 15 years old.  However, it was in 1878 that Ann died, while the couple were still living in Coventry.  According to the census in 1881, widower Joseph Collett from Willoughby was a cab driver at the age of 56.  On that occasion he was living alone at 10 Little Butchers Row within the Holy Trinity district of Coventry.  It was at Butchers Row, forty years earlier in 1841, that he had been living with his parents.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891 Joseph Collett of Willoughby was living alone in the Daventry area of Northamptonshire, just over the county boundary from Willoughby, when he was 67.  By March 1901 he had returned to Coventry, where he was living at the age of 77, when he was described as being unable to work.  It was after a further four years that sadly Joseph Collett died on 26th February 1905 at the union workhouse in Coventry, when he was described as a retired fishmonger of Well Street in Coventry.  Administration of his personal estate of £46 8 Shillings was granted in Birmingham on 16th March 1905 to his son Joseph Collett, another fishmonger.

 

 

 

15N23

Joseph Collett

Born in 1845 at Coventry

 

15N24

John Collett

Born in 1848 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

15M11

Mary Collett was born at Willoughby in 1825 and was baptised there on 3rd July 1825, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  By the time of the census in 1841, Mary Collett was 16 when she was still living in Coventry, but by which time she had left the family home and was already in work.

 

 

 

 

15M12

Sarah Ann Collett was born at Willoughby in 1826, like all of her siblings, but curiously unlike all of her siblings, she was baptised at St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry, the city where her father was born.  The baptism on 4th August 1826 confirmed that she was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  She would have been 14 years old in 1841, but she was not listed with her family in that year’s census.

 

 

 

 

15M13

Oliver Collett was born at Willoughby in 1827, where he was baptised on 11th March 1827, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  When Oliver was around ten or eleven years old his family moved into Coventry, where they were living at Butchers Row in 1841.  By 1851 the family was living at Bishop Street where Oliver was 23 years.  However, he failed to reach his thirtieth birthday, when he died at Coventry during 1857, and was buried at London Road Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

15M14

John Collett was born at Willoughby in 1828, and it was there also that he was baptised on 31st August 1828, and where he was died on 13th October 1828, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

15M15

Mercy Clarke Collett was born at Willoughby in 1837, where she was baptised on 29th June 1837, the youngest daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett, and the twin sister of Isaac Collett (below).  No record of the twins has been found in 1841, although by 1851 Mercy’s twin brother was living in Coventry with their parents, to where they had moved from Willoughby prior to 1841.  Mercy would have been 13 by then, so it is possible that she did not survive beyond childhood.

 

 

 

 

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Isaac Collett was born at Willoughby in 1837, and was a twin with his sister Mercy (above).  The twins were baptised in a joint ceremony at Willoughby on 29th June 1837, the last two children born to Henry Collett and Elizabeth Townsend.  Not long after he was born his family moved from Willoughby to Butchers Row in the city of Coventry.  Around the time that he left school, Isaac and his family were living at Bishop Street in Coventry, where Isaac was incorrectly recorded as being 20 years old.  It is highly likely that he worked with his father, since both of them were referred to as ‘tailors of Coventry’.

 

 

 

Nearly ten years later, when he was actually in his early twenties, Isaac married (1) Caroline Warden with whom he had a daughter who was born while the couple were living at Palmer Lane in Coventry.  This was confirmed in the Coventry census of 1861, when Isaac was 23, Caroline was 23, and their daughter Jane E Collett was under one year old.  His wife Caroline was born in 1838, but tragically she died eight years later in 1869.  It was during the following year that Isaac then married (2) the much older Martha Aries.  Martha was the daughter of Thomas Aries and Sophia Blackwell and had been baptised at St John’s in Coventry on 19th February 1829.  It was also at St John’s in Coventry that the couple were married in 1870. 

 

 

 

Once they were married the couple, together with Isaac’s daughter Jane, lived at Little Park Street in Coventry, where they were recorded in 1871.  Isaac gave his age as 40, rather than 33, while his wife Martha was 42, and Isaac’s daughter Jane was 11.  His inflated age may have been given out of embarrassment for the difference between his actual age and that of his wife.

 

 

 

Jane had left the family home at 74 Little Park Street in the St Michael district of Coventry by the time of the census in 1881, when she was working in domestic service elsewhere in the city.  Isaac was still continuing to provide the census with an incorrect age, when he stated that he was 51 instead of 43, while his wife Martha was 52.  Ten years later in the Coventry census of 1891 Martha was still giving her actual age, when she said she was 62, and when once again it was Isaac who inflated his age.  On that occasion Isaac Collett from Willoughby was recorded as 59, and not 53. 

 

 

 

According to the census in March 1901 Isaac Collett from Willoughby was 70 years of age and a grocer’s porter when he was living in Coventry St Michael with his wife Martha who was 72.  It was five years later that Isaac Collett died at Coventry in 1906, and was followed by his wife Martha who died there in 1909.

 

 

 

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Jane Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1861 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Emma Collett was born at Stretton in 1841 and was baptised there on 7th November 1841, the only daughter of Henry Collett and Phoebe Tubbs.  Emma was nine years old in the 1851 census for the Rugby & Dunchurch area of Warwickshire, when she was living there with her parents and brother Henry (below).  No record of Emma has been located in 1861, but two major events in her life took place in 1870, and these were the death of her father and the marriage of her brother.  With her widowed mother Phoebe still living in the Rugby & Dunchurch area in 1871, Emma Collett aged 29 was living and working in the Foleshill area of Coventry.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881, Emma Collett aged 36 was recorded in error as Emma Collite.  She was a housemaid one of ten domestic servants employed at Weddington Hall near Nuneaton in Warwickshire, the home of Magistrate and High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Henry Cunliffe Shaw of Kingsbury in Warwickshire and his wife Georgina.  Just less than four years later, on 1st January 1885, Emma Collett married William Buckingham at St Martin’s Church in Birmingham.  The marriage certificate recorded that she was Emma Collett spinster aged 43 of Smithfield.  William Buckingham was listed as a widower and gentleman aged 60, and also of Smithfield, which was the wholesale market area within the city of Birmingham. 

 

 

 

On the certificate, Emma’s father was described as Henry Collett, a parish clerk, and this ties in exactly with what is known about Emma’s father.  William’s father was given as Joseph Buckingham, a stocking maker, while the witnesses were Samuel Buckingham, possibly William’s son or brother, and Charlotte Constable.  Four years earlier in 1881 William Buckingham, who was born at Plymouth, was living at 8 Bond Gate in Nuneaton aged 60, where he was a chimney sweep.  Living with him was his 35 years old sister Louisa Gibson, a dressmaker who was also born at Plymouth. 

 

 

 

So from chimney sweep in 1881, he became ‘gentleman’ by January 1885, according to his marriage certificate.  Further records reveal that William Collett was born around 1820, the son of Adam and Martha Buckingham, and that his first wife was Ann Mason.  So, not only would it appear he enhanced his status for his second marriage, he also said he was younger by five years than his actual age of nearer 65, that is over twenty years older than Emma Collett.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1901, Emma Buckingham was listed as being aged 59 born at Stretton-on-Dunsmore, a widow living at Nuneaton with her son William Buckingham aged 16.  He was an office worker at an iron mongers and was born at Nuneaton.  Emma Buckingham nee Collett died at Nuneaton in 1906, where she was buried in the same grave as her husband and his first wife Ann.  The single headstone that marks the grave includes the details for all three of them.

 

 

 

Emma’s son William Buckingham married Rose Ellen Green in 1908.  Rose was born in 1884 and died in 1966, while her husband died forty-five years earlier in 1921.  Their relatively short marriage produced a daughter for William and Rose, Laura Rose Buckingham who was born in 1913.  Laura Rose Buckingham married Leslie Arthur Oliver in 1937 and they had two children: Margaret M Oliver born 1939 who married Derek Farnell in 1960 who had a daughter Elizabeth in 1961 and a son Andrew in 1965; and Stephen William Oliver born 1948 who married Lynn Smithson in 1968, and they had a daughter Sarah Louise Oliver born in 1969.

 

 

 

 

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HENRY COLLETT was born at Stretton on 4th May 1844, the only son of Henry Collett and Phoebe Tubbs.  In 1851 Henry was six years old when living in the Rugby & Dunchurch area with his parents and his sister Emma (above).  Ten years later he was 15, by which time his sister had left home to seek work, leaving Henry living with his parents in the Rugby & Dunchurch registration district.

 

 

 

In 1870 Henry Collett married Harriet Field at Rugby Registry Office.  Harriet was born in 1850 at the village of Marton near Stretton.  The couple had fourteen children, all of whom are listed below, although three of them died very young.  By 1871 Henry and Harriet were living in the Southam area of Warwickshire, by which time Harriet had present Henry with the first of their child.  Henry Collett was 25, Harriet Collett was 21, and their son William H Collett was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census, Henry and Harriet were living at 2 St John’s Street in Kenilworth.  With them were five of their six children, all of whom were born at Kenilworth.  The couple’s eldest son William Henry Collett would have been ten years old, but tragically he had died when he was five.  Henry was listed as a labourer aged 34 and born at Stretton-on-Dunsmore.  His wife Harriet was 30, and their five children at that time were recorded as Walter J Collett, who was eight, Emma Collett, who was six, Geo Hy Collett, who was four, Harry Collett, who was two, and Chas John Collet who was four months old. 

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was living at Henry Street in Kenilworth, where Henry was 46 and Harriet was 40.  On that on occasion only seven of their fourteen children were still living with them, and they were Charles 12, Annie 10, Ada, who was eight, Frank, who was four, Harold, who was two, and Ellen who was one day old.  By that time the family had lost Ellen, who died in 1886, and their daughter Emma, age 16, and son George who was 15, had both left home by then, perhaps to ease the overcrowded accommodation that was the family’s home.

 

 

 

According to the Kenilworth census in March 1901 Henry Collett at 57 was a domestic gardener, and his wife Harriet was from Marton in Warwickshire and was 51.

 

By that time only five of their seven youngest children were still alive and living with them in Kenilworth, following the death of the couple’s second daughter named Ellen.

 

The five children recorded as living with them were Henry who was 23, Frank who was 13, Harold who was 12, Jack who was 8, and six years old Ernest.  Once again, all of them were confirmed as having been born at Kenilworth. 

 

Daughter Ada Collett was 17 and was also living and working in Kenilworth, not far from the family home. 

 

 

 

Pictured on the right is Henry Collett standing in Albion Street, Kenilworth.  At that time there were six alehouses along Albion Street, and Henry was a frequent visitor to many of them.  By April 1911 only three of the couple’s children were still living with Henry and Harriet at Henry Street in Kenilworth.  The census that year listed that family as Henry aged 65, his wife Harriet from Marton who was 60, and their sons Frank Collett 23, Jack Collett 17, and Ernest Collett 16.

 

 

 

Henry Collett died two years later on 3th December 1913 at the age of 69, while his widow Harriet survived for a further sixteen years, when she died in 1929.  At the time of the death of their son Reginald Jack Collett, at the end of 1917, Harriet Collett was living at 65 Henry Street in Kenilworth according to her son’s military records.  Henry and Harriet, and their daughter Ada, were all buried in a single family grave in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church in Kenilworth.

 

 

 

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William Henry Collett

Born in 1871 at Stretton

 

15N27

Walter Joseph Collett

Born in 1872 at Kenilworth

 

15N28

Emma Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1874 at Kenilworth

 

15N29

George Henry Collett

Born in 1876 at Kenilworth

 

15N30

Harry Collett

Born in 1878 at Kenilworth

 

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Charles John Collett

Born in 1880 at Kenilworth

 

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Jane Anne Collett

Born in 1881 at Kenilworth

 

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Ada Collett

Born in 1883 at Kenilworth

 

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Ellen Collett

Born in 1885 at Kenilworth

 

15N35

Frank Collett

Born in 1887 at Kenilworth

 

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HAROLD JAMES COLLETT

Born in 1889 at Kenilworth

 

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Ellen Collett

Born in 1891 at Kenilworth

 

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Reginald Jack Collett

Born in 1892 at Kenilworth

 

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Ernest Collett

Born in 1894 at Kenilworth

 

 

 

 

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Maria Collett was born in 1840, possibly born at Wappenbury to the north-east of Warwick, since it was there that she was baptised on 31st May 1840, the first of four children of Oliver Collett and Rachel Mann.  By the time of the census in June 1841 Maria, who was one year old, and her parents were living in the village of Ladbroke to the south of the town of Southam in Warwickshire.  And it was there that she died during 1849.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Collett was born during the second half of 1841 at Ladbroke where she was baptised on 12th December 1841, the second child of Oliver and Rachel Collett.  Like her sister Maria (above), Ann also did not survive and died at Ladbroke in 1847

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Ladbroke in 1843, just one mile south of Southam.  And it was there that he was baptised on 31st December 1843, the son of Oliver and Rachel Collett.  By the time of the Ladbroke (Southam) census in 1851, John Collett was seven years old.  On leaving school, he went to live with his uncle William Collett (Ref. 15L19) at Stretton-on-Dunsmore.  His uncle was a shoemaker, and he trained John to also become a shoemaker.  By the time of the next census in 1861 John Collett from Ladbroke (Ladbrock in the census) was 16 and was a shoemaker, living at the White Lion Inn on London Road in Stretton, where the publican was his uncle William Collett.  What happened to John after that time is not known, except that his uncle left Stretton and moved to Chester-le-Street, so John was forced to make his own way in the world, wherever that was since no record of him has been found in either of the census returns for 1871 and 1881

 

 

 

However, sometime during the 1880s he married Susan who was born in Suffolk and on the day of the census in 1891 the pair of them, and their foster child were living in Stratford-upon-Avon.  The census that year confirmed that John Collett from Southam was 46, Susan was 54 and their foster son was Henry W King aged two years.  By that time in his life John was working as a car driver and groom.  The couple later settled in Surrey as confirmed by the census in March 1901.  John and Susan were then living and working in the Kingston-upon-Thames area of south London.  On that occasion he gave his age as 53, rather than 57, although his place of birth was confirmed as Ladbroke in Warwickshire, as his occupation was that of a general carman.  Susan was six years old than John, as she had been born in 1837, and she died seven years later in 1908.

 

 

 

Three year after losing his wife John Collett said he was 69 when he was residing at 95 Park Road, Kingston Hill in Kingston-upon-Thames, the only person living at that address.  He was described as a widower and his occupation was again that of a carman, coupled with also being a stable man.  Whether it was an enumerator error or not, his place of birth was incorrectly recorded as Kingston in Warwickshire, there being no place of that name within the county.

 

 

 

 

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Eleanor Harriet Collett was born at Ladbroke towards the end of 1845 and was baptised there on 1st February 1846, the fourth and last child of Oliver Collett and his wife Rachel who died shortly after the birth.  In the census for Ladbroke in 1851 Eleanor was five years old.

 

 

 

 

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Ellen Collett was born at Ladbroke around 1847 and was the fifth child of Oliver Collett and the first with his second wife Harriet.  To date no baptism record has been found for the child, although it is understood she may have been named after her late half-sister.  No record of any member of her family has been located in the next census in 1861, but by 1871 Ellen Collett was 23 and was living in the Leamington area of Warwickshire, not far from her sister Caroline Collett (below) who was in lodgings with her brother John Oliver Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Collett was born at Ladbroke in 1849 and was baptised there on 18th February 1849, the daughter of Oliver and Harriet Collett.  At the time of the Ladbroke census in 1851, Sarah Collett was two years old when living there with her family.  Tragically she died two years later in 1853.

 

 

 

 

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Caroline Collett was born at Ladbroke in 1850, and it was there that she was baptised on 30th June 1850, the daughter of Oliver and Harriet Collett. On the occasion of the census in 1851, Caroline was under one year old, indicating that she was born during April, May or June in 1850.  Although no member of her family has been identified in the census of 1861, a Caroline Collett age 10 years was living in Warwick, where she may have been attending school.  Ten years after that, Caroline Collett, at the age 20, was lodging in Leamington with her brother John Oliver Collett (below).

 

 

 

By that time, even though she was unmarried, Caroline Collett had given birth to a base-born daughter while she had been living in Leamington and who was just two months old.  Mother and daughter were living at a house in Villiers Street North, the home of plasterer Hugh Rainbow and his wife Elizabeth.  Caroline’s daughter was baptised at Leamington Priors (Royal Leamington Spa) four months later on 6th August 1871.  Significantly by that time, according to the child’s baptism record, Caroline Collett was the mother, while the father was named as Frederick Collett. 

 

 

 

Whether the child did not survive is not known, but no record of her has been found in the census of 1881 when she would have been ten years old.  It is possible that Caroline had married during the following years and her daughter subsequently took her new surname.  It may be of interest that there is no Frederick Collett associated with this family line around the time of the birth of Caroline’s daughter, so who he was remains a mystery.

 

 

 

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Annie Elizabeth Collett

Born in January 1871 at Leamington

 

 

 

 

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John Oliver Collett was born at Ladbroke in 1851, the son of Oliver and Harriet Collett although, to date, no record of his birth or baptism has been found, nor as any record of him or his family been found within the census returns for 1861.  However, in early April in 1871, John Oliver Collett was 20 years old and was a lodger at the Leamington home of plasterer Hugh Rainbow 25 and his wife Elizabeth Rainbow 24, when his occupation was that of a mail cart driver.  Also lodging at the house in Villiers Street North in Leamington, was John Oliver’s unmarried sister Caroline Collett (above) with her base-born daughter.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Ladbroke in 1852, where he was baptised on 21st November 1852, son of Oliver and Harriet Collett.  No record of William or his family has been found in 1861, but it is known that he married Sarah during around 1870.  By the time of the census in 1871, William and Sarah were living in Leamington, where William was employed as a butler at the age of 20 (sic).  Some of his siblings, Ellen, Sarah, and Caroline were also living in Leamington at that time.  William’s wife was older than him, having been born in 1847, and that fact may have been the reason why he increased his age on the census return from 18 to 20.  Nothing more is known about the couple, except that it is established that Sarah A Collett died in 1927 at the age of 80, and was buried at Southam.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Anne Collett was born at Ladbroke in 1854 and was baptised there on 23rd November 1854, the last confirmed daughter of Oliver and Harriet Collett.  Sadly it was during the following year that she died, and this may have been linked to the death of her unconfirmed sister Sarah Ann Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Collett may have been born at Ladbroke and named in the memory of her sister who had died two years earlier.  If so, she would have been final child of Oliver and Harriet Collett.  Although no baptism record has been found for her, it is possible that she died around the time she was born in 1855, which may have coincided with the death of her sister Elizabeth Ann Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Oliver Collett was born at Shipston-on-Stour in 1856, the eighth and last child of Oliver Collett and his second wife Mary Hannah Newcomb.  Tragically neither mother nor child survived the ordeal, and both were buried at Shipston at that time.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Ford Collett was born at Marton in 1849 where he was baptised on 22nd October 1849, the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Sadly, five months later he died at Marton on 23rd March 1850.  The village of Marton lies approximately two miles south of Stretton

 

 

 

 

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Oliver John Collett was born in 1850 at Marton where he was baptised on 1st December 1850, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Following the death of his sister Sarah Jane Collett (below) in 1856, Oliver’s family left Marton when they moved to the St John district Coventry, where they were living in 1861.  By that time Oliver John Collett was 10 years old, and ten years after that, the same family group was still living in the St John district of Coventry when Oliver Collett was 20.  Five years later Oliver’s mother died in 1876, at which time his father re-married and moved to Birmingham.  It was during 1880 that Oliver John Collett married Margaret Eleanor Birch, although the marriage failed to produce any children for the couple.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the census in 1881, the childless couple were listed as living at Bishopgate Green in the parish of Holy Trinity in Coventry.  And it was from there that Oliver John Collett, age 30, and a watch finisher from Marton, was living with his wife Margaret E Collett age 33 from Foleshill in Coventry, who was employed as a silk-filler.  It may be a coincidence or not but, when Oliver’s father married for a second time, close to when Oliver married Margaret, it was to Ann from Foleshill and, although she was 58 in 1881 compared to Margaret who was only 33, there is a chance that the two ladies were related in some way or at least knew each other.

 

 

 

By 1891 and recorded as Oliver J Collett from Marton was 39 and a watch finisher living at Bright Street in Coventry with his wife Margaret E Collett from Foleshill who was 42 who was employed as a filler in the ribbon trade.

 

 

 

By 1891 Oliver J Collett from Marton was 39 and was a watch finisher still living in the Holy Trinity district of Coventry in a dwelling at Bright Street with his wife Margaret E Collett who was 42 and from Foleshill who was employed as a ‘filler in the ribbon trade’.  It was the same situation ten years after that when the census return for Coventry in March 1901 described Oliver Collett age 50 and from Marton as a watchmaker, while his wife Margaret E Collett from Foleshill was 51 and was still working as a silk-filler.  Oliver John Collett died at Coventry in 1904, so in the April census of 1911 his widow was listed in Coventry as Margaret Eleanor Collett from Foleshill aged 63.  Margaret was born in 1847 and died in 1933.

 

 

 

 

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Arthur Thomas Collett was born at Marton in 1852 and was baptised there on 2nd January 1853, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Four years later his sister Sarah (below) was born at Marton, but she died the following year.  Not long after that tragic event Arthur’s parents left the village and settled in Coventry St John where Arthur Thomas Collett was recorded as eight years old in the census of 1861.  Ten years later the family was still living in the St John district of Coventry when Arthur T Collett was 18.  After a further five years, Arthur’s mother Elizabeth died in Coventry in 1876, after which his father re-married and moved to Birmingham.

 

 

 

It was also that same year that Arthur married Eleanor Cramp Angliss in 1876 and by the time of the census in 1881 the marriage had produced a daughter for the couple, who were living in Mount Street in the St Michael with St John area of Coventry.  According to that year’s census, Arthur T Collett from Marton was 28 years old and was a watch finisher like his older brother Oliver John Collett (above), while his wife Eleanor was a dressmaker aged 29 who had been born at Coventry where their four years old daughter Gertrude had also been born.

 

 

 

During the next decade Eleanor presented Arthur with their second daughter.  The gap between the two girls may indicate that there were other children born to the couple who did not survived.  However, by 1891 the family of four was still living in Coventry, where Arthur T Collett was 38, Eleanor C Collett was 39, and their two daughters were Gertrude 14 and Elsie who was three years old.

 

 

 

Although no record of the family has been found in the census in March 1901, by April 1911 they were still living in Coventry, by which time the couple’s eldest daughter had left home and was presumably married by then.  The remainder of the family were described as Arthur Thomas Collett of Marton who was 58, his wife Eleanor Cramp Collett who was 59, and their daughter Elsie Collett who was 23.  Arthur Thomas Collett was living in Coventry when he died in 1927, while his wife Eleanor died nine years later in 1936.

 

 

 

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Gertrude Collett

Born in 1876 at Coventry

 

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Elsie Collett

Born in 1887 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Jane Collett was born at Marton on 4th April 1855 and was baptised there on 17th February 1856, and it was there also that she died on 25th February 1856 at just eleven months of age.  The parish records at Marton confirmed that she was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Charles Collett was born at Coventry in 1842 and was baptised at St John’s Church in Coventry on 17th April 1843.  Only his mother’s name, Elizabeth Collett, appeared in the parish register, and the later census revealed that he was Elizabeth’s first base-born son of an unnamed father, like his two siblings.  By 1851 Thomas Collett was nine years old, and on that occasion he was living at the Whitefriars Workhouse in Coventry with his unmarried mother Elizabeth Collett who was a pauper, and his base-born sister Sarah Collett who was three years old.  Thomas and Sarah were both described as the bastard children of Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

Whether his mother married after 1851 is not known, but by 1861 Thomas Collett from Coventry was 18 years old and was living within the Coventry St John area of the city.  Just over two years later Thomas married Rosanna Rowney at Coventry, where Rosanna was born.  The record of their wedding is very interesting as it gives the name of Thomas’ father as J Collett.  The full parish record at St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry states that Thomas Charles Collett was 21, and his wife was Rosanna Rowney who was 22, the event taking place on 7th June 1863.  Although not stated in the parish register, Rosanna was the daughter of William Rowney, and she was actually 21 at the time of the Coventry census in 1861, therefore she was nearer 23 years of age when she married Thomas, making her two years older than her husband, as confirmed by the later census returns.

 

 

 

The marriage produced five children for the couple, who were all born at Coventry.  According to the 1881 Census for the Holy Trinity district of Coventry, the family was living at 5 Bond Street where Thomas C Collett age 38 was a watchmaker and finisher, while his wife Rosanna age 40, was a silk winder.  The couple’s eldest daughter Rosanna, age 16, was listed as being a worsted weaver, while their eldest son Joseph Henry Collett age 15 was not in employment.  The other children were Mary Elizabeth Collett who was 13, Herbert C Collett who was nine and Walter Collett who was five years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891 the family was still living in the Holy Trinity district of Coventry, when Thomas C Collett was 48, his wife Rosanna was 50, and just four of their children were still living at the family home.  They were Joseph H Collett who was 25, Mary E Collett who was 23, Herbert Collett who was 18 and Walter Collett who was 14 years of age.  Thomas Charles Collett was 58 in the Coventry census of 1901 and by 1911 he was 68 and was still living there with his wife Rosanna Collett who was 70 years old.  Thomas Charles Collett died at Coventry in 1918.

 

 

 

15O1

Rosanna Collett

Born in 1864 at Coventry

 

15O2

Joseph Henry Collett

Born in 1865 at Coventry

 

15O3

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1867 at Coventry

 

15O4

Herbert Charles Collett

Born in 1872 at Coventry

 

15O5

Walter Collett

Born in 1876 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett was born at Coventry on 28th June 1845, the second of three base-born children of unmarried Elizabeth Collett.  Tragically it would appear that Joseph died at Coventry during the early months of the following year, and seemingly before he could be baptised, since no record of that event has been found to date, nor was he living with his mother and his two siblings in 1851.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Coventry in 1847, and it was there also that she was baptised on 21st April 1848 at St John’s Church, the third base-born child of Elizabeth Collett.  By the time of the census in 1851 Sarah was three years old and was living with her mother and old brother Thomas (above) at the Coventry Union Workhouse.  The conditions in which they were living were particularly harsh, and tragically Sarah died there later that same year.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Coventry in 1840, and it was there at St Michael’s Cathedral that he was baptised on 20th April 1840, when his parents were named as Thomas and Jemima Collett.  He was their first child, but sadly he died later that same year.

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Collett was born at Coventry in 1841, and was baptised at St Michael’s Cathedral in the city on 18th April 1842.  He was the second son, but eldest surviving child of the nine children of Thomas Collett and Jemima Standbridge.  It was around 1865 that William married Harriet Hands who was born at Coventry in 1840, and the couple’s three known children were also born at Coventry.  At the time of the census in 1871 the family comprised William H Collett, age 29, who was a watch escapement maker, living at 31 Bayley Lane in Holy Trinity district of Coventry, with his wife Harriet, age 30 and a former ribbon weaver, and their daughter Harriet who was three years old.  The property adjacent to the Collett family home was the White Horse Inn, at 29 Bayley Lane.

 

 

 

On the day of the census in 1871, Harriet was expecting the couple’s second child, who was born later that year, and that was followed by the birth of their third and last child four years later.  According to the next census in 1881, William Hy Collett, age 38 and a watch finisher, was recorded as living at 4 Theatre Yard, off Smithford Street in the St Michael Stoke district of Coventry, while his wife and their three children were living with William’s mother-in-law.  Harriet Collett, age 41 and a weaver of silk, and her three children were lodging at the home of 73 years old Susan Hands, at 7 Charles Street in the Holy Trinity parish of Coventry.  Harriet’s status was recorded as married, the daughter of Susan Hands, while her three children were described as grandchildren to head of the household Susan Hands.  They were Harriet Collett who was 13, Ada Collett who was nine, and Herbert Collett who was five years old.

 

 

 

The family’s separation at that time may have had something to with the health of William Henry Collett, because it was during the following year, in 1882, that he died.  By the time of the Coventry census in 1891, widow Harriet Collett was 50, and the only member of her family still living with her was her son Herbert who was 15.  Her eldest child Harriet was married by then, and was living in Peterborough with her husband at the home of her elderly ‘cousin’ George Mead, a retired merchant and druggist.  Also staying at the same address with George Mead, was her other daughter, Ada Collett from Coventry, who was 19.  During 1894, Ada was married in Coventry where she died in 1897, possible during the birth of a second child who also did not survive.

 

 

 

It is curious why, three years after the death of her daughter Ada, Harriet was visiting George Mead, age 73 and a retired chemist and druggist from Coventry, at his home at 27 Lincoln Road in the St John the Baptist district of Peterborough.  It is possible that they were cousins, rather than George being the cousin of her two daughters, as stated in the earlier census.  Also, by the time of the census in 1901, both of Harriet’s surviving children appear to have left England for one of the colonies, since neither of them has been positively identified anywhere within the census returns. 

 

 

 

By the time of the census in early April 1911 Harriet Collett, age 70 and from Coventry, was once again living there within the city.  She was described as a widow of a private means residing at 26 Kensington Road in Coventry, where she was support by general domestic servant Agnes Vieduard who was a widow of 53 who had been born in Birmingham.  The census return also confirmed that Harriet had given birth to a total of four children, one of which was still alive at that time.  With only three children already accredited to William and Harriet, it seems likely the fourth and missing child did not survive beyond infancy and therefore was never listed with the family in any later census return.  This leads to the conclusion that the living child in 1911 was either Harriet or Herbert, neither of whom have been identified anywhere in Britain in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

It was just over one year later that the death of Harriet Collett was recorded at Coventry register office (ref. 6d 506) during the second quarter of 1912.  She was 71 years of age and was again residing at 26 Kensington Road in Coventry when she passed away on 10th June.  Probate of her estate of £1,164 18 Shillings 9d was settled at Coventry on 25th July 1912 when the executors of her Will were named as John Garner Stallebrass, an architect, and Ernest William Hayward who was an outfitter.

 

 

 

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Harriet Collett

Born in 1867 at Coventry

 

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Ada Collett

Born in 1871 at Coventry

 

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Herbert Collett

Born in 1875 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Alfred Collett was born at Coventry in 1843, where he was baptised at St Michael’s Cathedral on 27th April 144, the son of Thomas and Jemima Collett.  He was their second child to die during the same year that he was baptised.

 

 

 

 

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Rebecca Jemima Collett was born at Coventry in 1844, where she was baptised on 7th July 1845 at St Michael’s Cathedral, the daughter of Thomas and Jemima Collett.  Rebecca lived all of her life in Coventry and in the census of 1851 she was six years old, in 1861 she was 16, and in 1871 she was 25, and on each occasion she was living there with her parents.

 

 

 

She never married and following the death of her father, she was living with her widowed mother at 7 Cow Lane in Coventry in 1881.  At that time she was 35 and was working as a dressmaker.  As the eldest of the three children still living at the family home with her mother, it would seem logical that she maintained the family home following the death of her mother during the 1880.  However, no record of Rebecca has been located in the census of 1891.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1901, Rebecca J Collett, age 56 and from Coventry, was still living in the city at that time, when her occupation was that of a general domestic servant.  It was eight years later that she died at Coventry in 1909, when she was buried with her parents at the London Road Cemetery, where a headstone marks the grave.

 

 

 

 

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Edwin Collett was born at Coventry in 1846, the son of Thomas and Jemima Collett.  In the census of 1851 he was Edwin Collett age four years, while in 1861 he was correctly recorded as Edward Collett who was 14.  By 1871, Edwin was 24 and still unmarried, and was living and working in the St John district of Coventry.  Three years after that Edwin married (1) Clara West in 1874 with whom he had five children.  According to the census in 1881, Edwin Collett of Coventry, age 34, was a draper.  Living with him at 2 Lansdown Terrace in the Holy Trinity area of Coventry was his wife Clara Collett from Wellington in Shropshire who was 30.

 

 

 

The first two of their five known children had been born by then and they were Clara E Collett who was five and Ellen J Collett who was three, both daughters having been born in Coventry.  Edwin’s wife may well have been expecting the couple’s third child on the day of the census in 1881, since it was later that same year that their third daughter was born.

 

 

 

It was three years after that when Clara presented Edwin with a son, while it was four years later on 13th November 1888 that Clara died when she and Edwin were residing at 26 Little Park Street in Coventry.  Her death coincided with the birth of the couple’s fifth and last child, who tragically died the following year.  Clara was only 37 at that time, having been born in 1851.  She was buried at the London Road Cemetery in Coventry, where she was later join by Edwin’s parents and his eldest sister Rebecca (above), a large headstone marking the grave site.  The Will of Clara Collett, wife of Edwin Collett, was proved at the Principal Registry on 23rd April 1890 by the aforesaid Edwin Collett, a draper’s assistant, of 1 Richmond Terrace, Cox Street in Coventry, the sole executor.  Her personal estate was valued at £467 7 Shillings 1d.

 

 

 

Shortly after that Edwin married the much younger (2) Laura Leeson, with whom he had a further two children, both of them born after the census in 1891.  At that time the family had left Richmond Terrace and was living at Earl Street in the Holy Trinity district of Coventry, and comprised Edwin Collett, age 44, his wife Laura 32, and Edwin’s daughters Clara E Collett, age 15, Ellen F Collett, age 13, and Lilian A W Collett who was nine, and his son William E Collett who was six years old.  The latter entry was an error in the census return, as the child should have been recorded as Wallace E Collett.  Edwin’s youngest daughter by his first wife, Beatrice Louise, had died while still an infant.

 

 

 

On the day of the census it was very likely that Laura was expecting the couple’s first child, who was born later that same year, but who sadly did not survived beyond a few months.  Their second child was born at Cox Street in Coventry in 1893, and while she was recorded living with the family in 1901, she died at the age of ten years in 1903.

 

 

 

Once again the census in 1901 confirmed that Edwin, who was 54 and a draper’s assistant, was married to Laura who was 42 and also from Coventry, where the family was still living with their daughter Gwendoline who was eight years old.  However, three children from Edwin’s first marriage were still living with them in the family home and they were his daughters Nellie who was 23 and Lilian who was 19, who were both teachers at a local boarding school, together with their son Wallace who was 16 and a printer’s apprentice.  Edwin’s eldest daughter Clara was married by then.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1911 the only members of the family recorded as living in Great Britain were Edwin Collett of Coventry who was 64 and his wife Laura Collett of Coventry who was 52, and the family of Clara Edith Clemson nee Collett, Edwin’s eldest daughter, which was also still residing in Coventry.  Some years earlier Edwin’s three other surviving children from his first marriage had already emigrated to Australia.

 

 

 

It was just two years later that Laura Collett died in 1913, and she was followed three years after that by her husband Edwin Collett who died in Coventry during 1916.  Both were buried at the London Road Cemetery, where a single headstone marks the location of the grave.  Also buried in the same grave some years earlier were Edwin’s and Laura’s two daughters Florence and Gwendoline, together with infant Beatrice Louise Collett from Edwin’s first marriage.

 

 

 

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Clara Edith Collett

Born in 1875 at Coventry

 

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Ellen Jane Rebecca Collett

Born in 1877 at Coventry

 

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Lilian Annie W Collett

Born in 1881 at Coventry

 

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Wallace Edward Collett

Born in 1884 at Coventry

 

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Beatrice Louise Collett

Born in 1888 at Coventry

 

The children from the second marriage of Edwin Collett and Laura Leeson were:

 

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Florence Christine Collett

Born in 1891 at Coventry

 

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Gwendoline Collett

Born in 1893 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Coventry in 1849, the son of Thomas and Jemima Collett.  In 1851 he was two years old, in 1861 he was 12, and in 1871 he was 21.  It was during the following year that John married Emma Beauchamp at St Peter’s Church in Coventry in 1872.  Emma was the daughter of Samuel Beauchamp of Coventry.  Over the following years Emma presented John with two children while they continued to live in Coventry.  By the time of the census in 1881 John was 31 and a watchmaker like many members of the Collett family in Coventry, while his wife Emma who was 29, was described as a silk winder.

 

 

 

Living with them at 5 Cot (Cottage) at No. 16 Hertford Place in Hertford Close in the St Michael Stoke district of Coventry were their two children, John who was aged seven years and Emma who was four years old, both of them confirmed as having been born at Coventry.  The year after the census Emma presented her husband with their third child, so by 1891 the family was made up of John 41, Emma 39, their sons John Collett 17 and Albert Collett, age eight years, and their daughter Emma Collett who was 14.  Their son Albert only survived for another year, when he died at Coventry in 1892.  Whether connected to this or not, but John Collett then died during the first few months of 1893.

 

 

 

It was later that same year that his widow Emma married widower Henry Tedd, but sadly the marriage only endured for six years, when Emma died in 1899.  It is unclear what happened to her son John Collett, since it was only her daughter Emma Collett who appeared to remain living in Coventry, both in 1901 and 1911.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born in 1873 at Coventry

 

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Emma Collett

Born in 1876 at Coventry

 

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Albert Collett

Born in 1882 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Mark Collett was born at Coventry in 1850, the son of Thomas Collett and Jemima Standbridge.  Sadly he was around three years old when he died at Coventry during 1853.

 

 

 

 

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Ruth Collett was born at Coventry in 1855, the youngest daughter of Thomas Collett and Jemima Standbridge.  During her younger years she was living with her parents in Coventry, when she was five years old in 1861, and 15 in 1871.  Following the death of her father during the 1870s, Ruth Collett, age 25, was one of three children still living with her widowed mother at 7 Cow Lane in Coventry, when she was working as a ribbon paper box maker.  It was later that same year when she married John Leedham at Cow Lane Baptist Chapel.  John was a carpenter by trade, and over the next fourteen years the couple had four children.

 

 

 

The first two children were (1) May Elizabeth Leedham who was born in 1884, who married Fred Haley in 1914, and (2) Thomas Leedham who was born 1888, who married Hannah Martin in 1915, with whom he had two children Thelma Leedham, born at Coventry in 1918, and Ronald Leedham who was born there in 1928. 

 

 

 

Their penultimate child was (3) John Roland Leedham (born 1891, died 1962) and he married Lilian Denny in 1914 with whom he had three children, (a) Leonard Leedham (born 1914, died 1994) who married Josephine Redgrave in 1946 and adopted two children Jane and Michael, (b) Kathleen Annie Leedham (born 1916, died 2007) who first married Cecil Percy Smith in 1940 and from whom she was divorced in 1957, when she then married Ernest Smith that same year, and (c) Muriel Harriet Leedham (born 1920, died 1995) who married Thomas Alfred Hobbs in 1940 and had two children (i) Bernadette Patricia Hobbs (born 1943) who married in 1962 Thomas Bryson (later divorced), but had three children Melanie Bernadette Bryson (b.1964), Andrew Jane Bryson (b.1966) and Daniel John Bryson (b.1973), and (ii) Nickoli Hobbs (born 1950 in Coventry) married in 1972 Richard Michael Smith and had two sons Benjamin Richard Smith (born 1976) and Mark Thomas Smith (born 1978) who married Sally Oliver who now have a son Daniel Benjamin Thomas Smith (born 2007).

 

 

 

While the last child of Ruth Collett and John Leedham was (4) Bernard Leedham, born in 1895 who married Dorothy K Hammond in 1921 who also had two children (i) Anthony J Leedham (born 1926) who married Jennie M Griffiths in 1952 and (ii) Richard J Leedham (born 1930) who married Hazel M Griffiths in 1954.  Ruth Leedham nee Collett died in 1926 having been a widow for around the last four years of her life, while her husband John, who had also been born in 1855, had passed away during 1922.

 

 

 

 

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Philip Collett was born at Coventry in 1858, the youngest child of Thomas and Jemima Collett.  In the following census returns he was recorded as being two years old, 12 years old, and 22 when he was living at 7 Cow Lane in St Michael Stoke in Coventry with his widowed mother and two sisters Rebecca and Ruth (above).  Within the next year Philip married Susan Hickman in Coventry where she was also born in 1859, and by the time of the next census in 1891 the marriage had produced two children for the couple.  Philip was 32, Susan was 31, and their two children were Gladys who was seven, and Horace who was two years old.  At that time the family was living at Lord Street in Coventry.

 

 

 

No further children were added to the family, so by March 1901 Philip Collett was 42 and his occupation was that of a watch finisher, his wife Susan was 41, daughter Gladys was 17 and was working with her father as a watch polisher, and their son Horace was 12 and was still attending school in Coventry, where the family was still living.

 

 

 

Towards the end of the first decade of the new century, Philip’s and Susan’s daughter Gladys left the family home to be married, but remained living in the Coventry registration district.  So in April 1911 the three other members of her family were still living there, and they were recorded as Philip Collett, age 52, his wife Susan Collett, also 52, and their son Horace Philip Collett who was 22.  It was six years after that census day, when Philip Collett died at Coventry in 1917.  He was survived by his wife by a further twenty-three years, when Susan Collett, nee Hickman, died during 1940.

 

 

 

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Gladys Edith Collett

Born in 1883 at Coventry

 

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Horace Philip Collett

Born in 1888 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Henry Collett was born at Coventry in 1857, the eldest of the four children of Job Collett and Hannah Wilson, and in 1861 he was three years old and living at Warwick Lane in Coventry St John with his family.  And it was there also that the family was still living in 1871.  During the next decade the family moved to 53 New Buildings within the Holy Trinity district of Coventry, from where Henry Collett, age 22, was working as a general porter.  Following the death of his mother during the 1880s, Henry aged 35 and his younger brother Joseph (below), were the only children still living in Coventry with their widowed father on the day of the census in 1891.

 

 

 

Over the following years Henry met and married Harriet Green, the event recorded at Coventry (Ref. 6d 922) during the last three months of 1894.  Harriet was eight or nine years younger than Henry having been born at Blockley in Gloucestershire around 1867 while, on the marriage certificate, her name was recorded as Harriet Cooke Green. 

 

 

 

Before the end of the century Harriet had presented Henry with their only known children, as confirmed by the census in 1901.  Henry, who was 44, was still working as a porter, but on that occasion he was employed by a grocer.  Harriet was 36, their daughter Jane was four, and their son Frederick was two years old.  By April 1911 their daughter Jane, at 15 years of age, was not living at the family home in Coventry, but was living and working elsewhere in the city, while still living with his parents was their son Frederick who was 12 years old.  Henry Collett was 55, his place of birth confirmed as Coventry and his occupation was that of a grocer’s porter.  Living with him and his son at 57 St John Street in Coventry was his wife Harriet Collett who was 46. 

 

 

 

It was eleven years later that Harriet Collett nee Green passed away, her death recorded at Coventry register office (Ref. 6d 735) during the second quarter of 1922 when the informant of her death reported that she was 57 years old.  The record of her death described her as Harriet C Collett.  Henry Collett survived his wife by another five years when his death was also recorded at Coventry register office (Ref. 6d 718) during the last quarter of 1927 when his age was reported as being 70 years.

 

 

 

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Jane Collett

Born in 1896 at Coventry

 

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Frederick Collett

Born in 1898 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Kate Collett was born at Coventry in 1860, when her family was living in Warwick Lane in the city.  She was then baptised at St Michael’ Church in Coventry on 7th November 1860.  Twenty years later, according to the census in 1881, Kate Collett was 20 and was living with her parents Job and Hannah Collett at 53 New Buildings in Coventry Holy Trinity area.  At that time she was employed as a beaded trimming maker.  It was four years later, on 10th August 1885 at the Church of St Thomas in Coventry, that she was married James Dowswell who in the census of 1881 was a (house) painter.  Their marriage produced five children, who were all born in Coventry.  They were Kate Dowswell (born 1889), Herbert Dowswell (born 1891), James Dowswell (born 1894), Richard Dowswell (born 1898) and Sidney Dowswell (born 1903).  James Dowswell died at Coventry in 1921 and was survived by his wife; Kate Dowswell nee Collett passing away in Coventry during the first quarter of 1935 (Ref. 6d 850).

 

 

 

 

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Job Richard Collett was born at Alma Street in Coventry in 1862, the son of Job Collett and Hannah Wilson.  In his early years he was simply referred to as Richard Collett and at the time of the census in 1871 he and his family were living at Warwick Lane in Coventry, and by 1881 he was still living with his parents, but at 53 New Buildings in Coventry.  At the age of 18, Richard’s occupation was that of a watchmaker.

 

 

 

During the following year he married (1) Mary Roe who was born in 1863, the daughter of John Roe, and over the next twelve years their marriage resulted in the birth of three children.  Their first two children were born at Coventry, but by the time of the birth of their third child, Richard and Mary were living in America.  However, tragedy struck the family in 1894 when Mary died, possibly giving birth to the couple’s fourth child, who also did not survive.  It is not apparent whether Mary died while the family was still in America, but their absence from the UK Census in 1891 may suggest that they were.  Upon the death of his wife, Richard and his three children returned to Coventry and they may have lived initially with his in-laws, the Roe family.

 

 

 

What is known is that he then married (2) Ellen Roe, his sister-in-law.  The marriage took place at the Coventry Registry Office in 1894, and produce a further four daughters for Richard.  The first three daughters were born in Coventry, the last at Foleshill Road in the city, but shortly after that the family travelled back to America, where their fourth daughter was born while the family was living in Massachusetts.

 

 

 

It was in the earlier British census of 1901 that Richard Collett first appeared as Job R Collett, the additional forename perhaps being adopted upon the death of his father, who also died in 1894 like his first wife.  On that occasion he was 38 and a licensed victualler living at 4 Spon End in Coventry, where his son and namesake had been born twelve years earlier, before the family first sailed to America.

 

 

 

His wife, Ellen Collett, was 28, and living there with the couple was Richard’s five children, and a domestic servant.  The children from his first marriage were Annie Collett, age 15, who was a watch trade polisher, Richard Collett who was 13, and Lizzie Collett who was 11, and a British subject born in America.  The two children from his second marriage were Ellie M Collett who was six, and Lilian M Collett who was three years old.  The servant was Rose Oxley from Coventry who was 17.

 

 

 

Sometime after 1905, and before 1912, the family emigrated to America, where they settled in Massachusetts in time for the birth of their last child.  It was also in Massachusetts that they remained living, up to when Ellen died in 1922.  Job Richard Collett, a watchmaker, was still alive at the time of the US Census in 1930, when he was a resident of Lowell City in Massachusetts.

 

 

 

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Annie Collett

Born in 1885 at Coventry

 

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Job Richard Collett

Born in 1887 at Coventry

 

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Lizzie Collett

Born in 1889 at Coventry

 

The following are the children of Job Richard Collett and his second wife Ellen Roe:

 

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Elsie Maud Collett

Born in 1895 at Coventry

 

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Lillian May Collett

Born in 1897 at Coventry

 

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Marjorie Collett

Born in 1905 at Coventry

 

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Evelyn P Collett

Born in 1912 at Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett was born at Warwick Lane in Coventry in 1870, and was the youngest of the four children of Job Collett and his wife Hannah Wilson.  At the time of the census in 1881 Joseph Collett was 10 years old, when he was living with his family at 53 New Buildings in Coventry.  With the death of his mother during the 1880s, Joseph was still living with his widowed father and his older brother Henry (above) at the time of the next Coventry census in 1891, when he was 20.  Around three years later Joseph married Phoebe Taylor with whom he had three children before his tragic death in the latter part of 1901.

 

 

 

By the time of the census that year, Joseph Collett, age 30 and from Coventry, was working as a tailor like his father before him, while he was living adjacent to 54 White Friars Lane in Coventry St Michael with his wife and their three children.  Phoebe was 28, and the children were Phoebe Collett who was five, Clara Collett who was three, and Thomas Collett who was under one year old, who lost his father when he was still a baby.  Phoebe continued to look after her children over the next three years, before she married machinist, Arthur James Bennett who was born at Coventry in 1868.  At that time, in 1904, Arthur was still living with his elderly widowed mother Emma Bennett, who continued to live with the family after the couple were married.

 

 

 

The census in 1911 revealed that Arthur James Bennett was 42, his wife of six years was Phoebe Bennett, age 36, and by that time they had three children, Arthur James Bennett who was five, Phyllis May Bennett who was two, and William Henry Bennett who was seven months old.  Also living with the family at 85 Craven Street in Coventry was Arthur’s 78 years old mother Emma, and his three stepchild Phoebe Collett, age 17 and a domestic servant, Clara Alice Collett who was 13, and Thomas Oliver Collett who was 11.  The two younger Collett children were still attending the local school.

 

 

 

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Phoebe Collett

Born in 1894 at Coventry

 

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Clara Alice Collett

Born in 1897 at Coventry

 

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Thomas Oliver Collett

Born in 1900 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Mary Collett was born at Harbury in 1848, where she was baptised on 5th November 1848, the eldest of the six known children of Henry Collett and Eliza Boffin.  Although no record of Mary and her family has been found in 1851 when they were very likely still living at Harbury, Mary was not listed with her family in 1861, by which time they were living at Burbage near Hinckley in Leicestershire.  She would have been 12 years old had she survived, which seems doubtful.  Her possible death around 1851, may have been the reason why there was no completed census return for the family at that time.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Harbury in 1850, and it was there that he was baptised on 1st September 1850, the eldest son of Henry and Eliza Collett.  By 1861 the family was living at Burbage, where John Collett from Harbury was 10 years old.  John was not living with his parents in 1871, when they were living at Whitfield’s Entry in Widnes, but was residing in the North Yorkshire town of Marske-by-the-Sea, just south of Redcar and not far from Skelton where his widowed mother was living in 1881.  At that time in his life he was employed as a labourer. Curiously no record of him has been found after the census day in 1871.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Collett was born at Harbury in 1852, the youngest daughter of Henry and Eliza Collett.  It was also at Harbury Church that she was baptised on 10th January 1853.  She was eight years old in 1861, when she was living at Burbage with her family.  As the only surviving daughter of Henry and Eliza, it would appear that she was married around 1870, when she became Elizabeth Simmons.  During the years from 1871 to 1874 she gave birth to two children, but very likely died during the birth of her second child, or at the birth of a third child who also did not survive.

 

 

 

The basis for thinking that she died during the 1870s stems from the fact that her two children were living with Elizabeth’s mother Eliza Collett at her home at 12 Catherine Street in Skelton, Guisbrough, Yorkshire in 1881.  They were Annie Simmons who was nine and born at Farnworth in Lancashire, and Richard Simmons who was seven and born at Brotton near Skelton.  Twenty years later, in 1901, Richards Simmons from Brotton was living at Danby in the North Riding of Yorkshire.  He was 27 and his occupation was that of a stonemason.  Living with him was his wife Ada Simmons, age 28 from Lastingham in North Yorkshire, and their three children, Henry Simmons age four, John Simmons age two, and George W Simmons who was under one year.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Harbury in 1858, the son of Henry and Eliza Collett.  Thomas was two years old in 1861 but, by that time, he and his family were living at Burbage near Hinckley, although they were not there for very long as the family moved to Blaby near Leicester, before later heading for Wigan in Lancashire.  In 1871 the Thomas’ parents were living at Whitfield’s Entry in Widnes, where they appeared to be running a boarding house.  The only siblings living with Thomas at that time were his two younger brothers Joseph and Henry (below), following the likely death of his eldest sister Mary, and the marriage of his other sister Elizabeth (above).  By that time in his life, and at only 12 years of age, Thomas Collett has already left school and was working as a railway labourer, although curiously his place of birth was said to have been Rugeley in Staffordshire.  What happened to Thomas Collett after 1871 has not been determined because, just like his older brother John (above), there seems to be no record of them in any later census return.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett was born at Blaby, on the southern edge of Leicester, in 1861, the third son of Henry and Eliza Collett.  He was born after the census day in 1861, which was on the seventh April.  From Leicester, his family moved north to Lancashire where they initially settled in Wigan, before arriving at Widnes.  It was at the latter, at Whitfield’s Entry, that he was living with his family when he was nine years old.  It may have been following the death of his father, that his mother left Lancashire, when she settled at Skelton in the North Riding of Yorkshire, where she lived for the remainder of her life.  According to the census in 1881, Joseph and his widowed mother were living at 12 Catherine Street in Skelton near Guisbrough, with Joseph’s younger brother Henry (below).  Joseph Collett was 18, his place of birth was confirmed as Blaby, and at that time his occupation was that of an ironstone miner.

 

 

 

 

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Henry George Collett was born at Wigan in Lancashire during 1867, the youngest child of Henry Collett and Eliza Boffin.  Within a year of two of being born his parents moved to Widnes, and in 1881 the family was living at Whitfield’s Entry in the town, when Henry was three years old.  It was the next census in 1881 that confirmed his place of birth was Wigan.  By that time his father had died, and Hen. George Collett was 13, when he was living at 12 Catherine Street in Skelton, near Guisbrough in Yorkshire, with his widowed mother and his older brother Joseph (above).  He had already left school by then, and had started his working life as a labourer.  Although his mother was still living at Skelton twenty years later, no record of Henry George Collett has been located in the census returns for 1891, 1901, or 1911, perhaps suggesting that he may have moved aboard.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett was born at Earl Street in Coventry on 19th October 1844, the eldest son of Joseph Collett and his wife Ann Foxon.  He was baptised at St Michael’s Cathedral on 13th January 1845, when his parents were confirmed as Joseph and Anne Collett.  In the Coventry census of 1851 Joseph was six years old when he was living at Bishop Street with his parents, his younger brother John (below) having died by then.  On that day his father was working as a tailor as was Joseph’s grandfather who was also a resident of Bishop Street, although later his father worked as a fishmonger.  By 1861 Joseph was recorded as being 15 when he was still living with his parents.  It was eight year after that, in 1869, that he married Eliza Ellen Gould who was born at Dudley in 1846, the daughter of John and Esther Gould.

 

 

 

It may have been Joseph who was the first in the family to become a fishmonger, which was his stated occupation in the census of 1871.  By that time the marriage of Joseph and Eliza had produced the first of the couple’s six children when the Coventry census that year revealed that Joseph Collett was 26, his wife Eliza was 25 and their daughter Josephine Collett was under one year old.

 

 

 

Over the following ten years a further four children were added to the family which, by 1881, was living at 21 Upper Well Street in Coventry.  Joseph was 36, and a herring fish curer, Eliza Ellen was 35, and their five children were Josephine who was 10, Frank Joseph who was eight, Sidney who was seven, Leo Andrew who was three and Henry Foxon Collett who was eleven months old.  Sadly the youngest of them, Henry, died later that same year, while Leo died during 1882.

 

 

 

Following the loss of their two youngest children Eliza later presented Joseph with their last child in 1886.  So by 1891 the family comprised Joseph Collett, age 46, Eliza Ellen Collett, age 45, and their three eldest children Josephine who was 20, Frank who was 18, Sidney who was 17, plus their latest arrival Hugh Wilfred Collett who was four years old.

 

 

 

It was also later in that same year that their daughter Josephine was married.  In the March census of 1901 only the couple’s youngest child was still living with them in Coventry.  Joseph, age 56, was still a fishmonger, Eliza E Collett from Dudley was 55, and Hugh W Collett was 14 and had already started work by then.  With the departure of their son to be married during the first ten years of the new century, and following the death of Eliza, Joseph Collett was living alone in Coventry in 1911 at the age of 66.

 

 

 

15O33

Josephine Collett

Born in 1870 at Coventry

 

15O34

Frank Joseph Collett

Born in 1872 at Coventry

 

15O35

Sidney Collett

Born in 1873 at Coventry

 

15O36

Leo Andrew Collett

Born in 1877 at Coventry

 

15O37

Henry Foxon Collett

Born in 1880 at Coventry

 

15O38

Hugh Wilfred Collett

Born in 1886 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

15N24

John Collett was born at Coventry in 1848, the second son of Joseph Collett and Ann Foxon.  Although he was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Coventry on 4th April 1848, when his parents were confirmed as Joseph and Ann, it seems very likely that he did not survive, since no later record of him has been found.

 

 

 

 

15N26

William Henry Collett was born at Stretton in 1871, the first child born to Henry Collett and Harriet Field.  Shortly after he was born his parents moved to Kenilworth, where William died in 1876.  Following his death, he was buried in the churchyard of Stretton Church.

 

 

 

 

15N27

Walter Joseph Collett was born at Kenilworth in 1872, the eldest surviving son of Henry Collett and Harriet Field. 

 

In the census of 1881 he was listed as Walter J Collett, age eight years, when he was living at 2 St John’s Street in Kenilworth with his family.

 

He was only fourteen years old when he emigrated to Manitoba during 1886, which may suggest that he accompanied other relatives of his family.

 

And it was there in Canada that he married Sadie Riley, who was born in 1870.  The marriage produced three children for the couple, all of them born in Canada.

 

 

 

This picture of Walter has been extracted from a larger photograph that was taken at the family reunion in Kenilworth, possibly at the time of his eightieth birthday celebration in 1952.  Other siblings included in the larger picture  were his sister Emma, and his brothers George, Frank, Harold, and Ernest.  Sadie Collett nee Riley died in 1944, while her husband Walter Joseph Collett died at Vancouver in 1956.

 

 

 

15O39

Arthur Edgar Collett

Born in 1903 in Canada

 

15O40

Constance Sarah Collett

Born in 1905 in Canada

 

15O41

Harriet Maime Collett

Born in 1907 in Canada

 

 

 

 

15N28

Emma Elizabeth Collett was born in 1874 at Kenilworth, the eldest daughter of Henry Collett and Harriet Field. 

 

In the census of 1881 she was simply listed as Emma Collett, age six years, when she was living with her family at 2 St John’s Street in Kenilworth.

 

As one of fourteen children, it was possibly due to the cramped living conditions during the late 1880s that Emma left the family home, which was then at Henry Street in Kenilworth.  That was confirmed in the census in 1891, when Emma Collett, age 16, was working as a general domestic servant for beer retailer Joseph Clemson, age 25, and his wife Martha E Clemson, age 24, at The Railway Inn at 21 St Michael Street in West Bromwich. 

 

 

 

On that occasion Emma’s place of birth was given by her employer, in error, as West Bromwich.  What is more interesting is that Martha E Clemson was the former Martha Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 9O12), the eldest child of Robert and Mary Ann Collett, whose family details can be found in Part 9 – The Aldsworth Line.  This raises the question, was Emma in some way related to Martha, or was her appointment purely a chance coincidence.  Eight years later, and sometime during 1899, Emma Elizabeth Collett married Thomas Jones of Bethesda in North Wales, with whom she had four children, although sadly only three of them survived.  According to the next census in March 1901, Emma E Jones, age 26 and from Kenilworth, was living at Bangor in North Wales, where all of her four children were eventually born. 

 

 

 

The census in April 1911, placed the family still living in Bangor, where Thomas Jones was 39, Emma Elizabeth Jones was 36, and their three surviving children were Eluned Collett Jones who was 10, Ceridwen Harriet Collett Jones who was five, and Thomas Collett Jones who was two years old.  Emma Elizabeth Jones, nee Collett, died at Blackpool in 1965.  Her husband Thomas, who was born in 1871 at Trefdraeth in Anglesey, had died many years earlier at Kenilworth, when he passed away during 1938.

 

 

 

The above picture of Emma has been extracted from a larger family group photograph which included her five brothers, which was most likely taken in 1952 at the eightieth birthday celebrations for her eldest brother Walter Collett (above).

 

 

 

15O42

Eluned Collett-Jones

Born in 1900 at Bangor

 

15O43

Eleanor Emma Collett-Jones

Born in 1902 at Bangor

 

15O44

Ceridwen Harriet Collett-Jones

Born in 1904 at Bangor

 

15O45

Thomas Collett-Jones

Born in 1907 at Bangor

 

 

 

 

15N29

George Henry Collett was born at Kenilworth in 1876, the son of Henry Collett and Harriet Field who were living at 2 St John’s Street in 1881.

 

Ten years later in 1891 he had left school and at the age of 15 he was already working and was not living at the family home, but was living not far away, and still within the Kenilworth area.

 

By March 1901 George Collett from Kenilworth was 26 and was living in the village of Coates near Cirencester in Gloucestershire where he was employed as a domestic butler. 

 

What happen to him immediately after that is not known, since no obvious record for him has so far been located within the next census in April 1911. 

 

 

 

This picture of George was taken at the same family gathering referred to under his brother Walter and sister Emma (above), which was probably taken in 1952 at Walter’s eightieth birthday party.  What is known for sure about George is that he was employed as a butler at Hodnet Hall in Shropshire, the home of the Mrs and Mrs A Heber-Percy.  It was also through his work at Hodnet Hall that he met his future wife who was living in the nearby village of Hodnet.

 

 

 

It was in 1922 that George Henry Collett married Mary Ellen Fox at Hodnet.  Mary Ellen Fox was born at Swynnerton near Stone in Staffordshire in 1898, the youngest daughter of Charles and Lucy Lydia Fox.  In 1901 Charles Fox from Chebsey in Staffordshire was a waggoner on a farm, and was living at Swynnerton with his family, including his daughter Mary E Fox who was two years old.

 

 

 

It would appear that George and Mary lived the remainder of their life together at Hodnet, since that was where both of them were buried.  Mary Ellen Collett died on 2nd November 1944 at the age of 45, while her husband survived by a further twenty-five years.  George Henry Collett died on 13th October 1969 and was buried at Hodnet in the same grave as his wife.

 

 

 

In addition to George and Mary, the headstone on the grave in the churchyard of St Lukes Church in Hodnet indicates that Mary’s two older spinster sisters Emma Fox and Lucy Lydia Fox were also buried there.  Emma was 76 when she died on 29th May 1970, while Lucy died on 23rd May 1987 at the age of 90.  What may be significant is, that around two hundred years earlier on 26th November 1781, Thomas Collett married Annie Ralphs at Hodnet.  Annie Ralphs was the daughter of Edward Ralphs and Mary Peacock, and was born in 1752 at Marchamley near Hodnet and died at Hodnet in 1814.  Who Thomas Collett was has still to be determined, but it is understood he was born in Shropshire around 1749.

 

 

 

15O46

George Henry Collett

Born in 1922 at Hodnet

 

 

 

 

15N30

Harry Collett was born in 1878 at Kenilworth.  In 1881 the census that year described him as Harry Collett age two years living at the family home at 2 St John’s Street in Kenilworth. 

 

No record of him has been found within the census of 1891 when he would have been 12, but by 1901 he was still living with his parents at Henry Street in Kenilworth at the age of 23 when, as Henry Collett, he was working as a labourer at a brickyard.

 

Just four years later Harry Collett married Annie Elizabeth Barnwell at Kenilworth during 1905.  Annie was born at Kenilworth in 1876 and, in 1881 when she was four years old, she was living with her parents, labourer Thomas Barnwell and his wife Mary Ann, at School Lane in Kenilworth.

 

 

 

It is quite likely that the photograph of Harry (above) was taken in the first few years of the 1930s when he would have been in his early fifties.  The full picture shows him standing in his back garden (?) formally dressing in a three-piece suit.

 

 

 

In April 1911 Harry and Annie were still living in Kenilworth where their four children were born.  The census return for that year listed the family as Harry 33, Annie Elizabeth 34, and their two children at that time as Albert Harry Collett who was three, and one year old Elsie Doris Collett.  All members of the family were confirmed as having been born at Kenilworth.  Missing from the census was the couple’s eldest daughter Winifred, who had died when she was only two years old.

 

 

 

Harry Collett, and sometimes called Henry, was tragically killed in an accident at the Courtaulds Factory in Coventry on 5th January 1935 aged 56.  Annie Elizabeth Collett nee Barnwell survived her husband by twenty-five years, and in her later years she lived at Earlsdon in Coventry prior to her passing on 20th February 1960 at the age of 85.  The couple was buried in the same grave at the London Road Cemetery in Coventry, where their daughter Doris was also buried a few years later.  A single headstone marks the grave with the following inscription:

 

In Loving Memory of A Dear Husband

Harry Collett who feel asleep on 5th January 1935 aged 56 years

Also Annie Elizabeth his wife died 20th February 1960 aged 85 years

 

 

 

15O47

Winifred Anne Collett

Born in 1905 at Kenilworth

 

15O48

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1907 at Kenilworth

 

15O49

Elsie Doris Collett

Born in 1909 at Kenilworth

 

15O50

Marjorie Gladys Collett

Born in 1913 at Kenilworth

 

 

 

 

15N31

Charles John Collett was born in December 1880 at Kenilworth and was recorded as Chas John Collett aged four months in the 1881 Census when he and his family were living at 2 St John’s Street in Kenilworth. 

 

Ten years later, in the Kenilworth census of 1891, he was listed as Charles Collett age 12, while living at Henry Street in Kenilworth with his parents, although the 12 may have been a poor written 10.

 

Sometime after leaving school Charles signed up for military service and by March 1901, at the age of 19, he was in the Coldstream Guards in London. 

 

Around eight years later Charles John Collett married Florence Cross at West Bromwich in 1909.

 

 

 

Florence Cross was born in 1874 at Walsall and she already had a daughter when she married Charles, and this was confirmed in the census return for 1911, when Olga Alberta Hindley who was ten years old was recorded as living with the Collett family at Walsall.  By the time of the April census in 1911 Charles John Collett of Kenilworth was 30 and was living at Walsall with his wife Florence who was 36, and their one year old daughter Eileen Florence.

 

 

 

The family eventually emigrated to Canada where Charles John Collett died at Port Moody in 1947.  Like Charles, his wife Florence also died at Port Moody, but ten years later in 1957.  It was while the couple was living at Port Moody that Charles built their house, where their daughter Eileen and her half-sister lived for the rest of their lives up until 1997 and 1999 respectively.  Upon the deaths of the two half-sisters, the house was occupied by Charles’ and Florence’s granddaughter Daphne Walker and her second husband Harold Peter St Mary, Daphne being the daughter of Eileen Florence Collett and Arthur Eric Walker.

 

 

 

15O51

Olga Alberta Louise Cross-Hindley

Born in 1900; died 1999 at Port Moody

 

15O52

Eileen Florence Collett

Born in 1909 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

15N32

Jane Anne Collett was born at Kenilworth in 1881.  It was as Annie Collett, age 10, that she was recorded living with her family at Henry Street in Kenilworth in 1891. 

 

With her older brother Walter Joseph Collett having sailed to Canada in 1886, it seems likely that Jane followed him there before the end of the century.

 

It also seems high likely that this formal photograph of Jane around 1907, was taken to celebrate her engagement to her future husband, who also featured in the full photograph, and was used to send to her family back in England.

 

 

 

It was in 1908 at Bradon in Canada that Jane Anne Collett married Patrick Joseph Kelly in the USA.  Patrick from Seattle was born in 1889 and died in 1968, and was followed five years later by Jane.

 

They had three daughters as shown in this delightful picture taken around 1920.

 

The eldest daughter was Alma Marguerite Kelly (1913-1977) who married Julian Roy Storey (1908-1993), with whom she had two children in Seattle – Kenneth Allen Storey (1934) and Patricia Storey (1936) who never married.

 

 

 

Their son Kenneth on the other hand was married twice, the first time in 1957 to June Eileen Olsen, and later to Judy Olsen.  Kenneth and June had three daughters, Eileen (1958), Linda (1960, and Nancy (1963).  Jane’s and Patrick’s second daughter was Ada Kelly (1914-1999) who married Daniel Price (1911-1979), and they a daughter - Joanne L Price (1938-1999) who married Lewis E Walker (1935) of St Maries in Idaho, and had four sons.  The third daughter of Jane and Patrick was Norah Irene Kelly (1918-2007) who married Raymond Joseph Suttell (1911-1999) and they lived in Seattle and had two sons, James Edward Suttell (1945) Director of The Seattle Times, and Ronald Patrick Suttell (1949) Facilities Director Alaska Airlines.

 

 

 

 

15N33

Ada Collett was born at Kenilworth in 1883 and was recorded in the census of 1891 as being eight years old while living at Henry Street in Kenilworth with her parents Henry and Harriet Collett. 

 

Ada was still living in Kenilworth in March 1901, but had moved out of the family home to secure work as a general domestic servant at the age of 17.

 

Ada was still unmarried ten years later in April 1911, when she was recorded in that year’s census as Ada Collet from Kenilworth aged 26 who was still living within the county of Warwickshire.

 

This picture of Ada may have been taken at the time of her engagement to her future husband, who also featured in the photograph in full army uniform.

 

 

 

Four years later Ada Collett married Ernest Letts in 1915.  Ernest was born in 1886 and was killed on 9th October 1917 at Ypres.  He was Private 36676 with the First Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment and was buried at Poelcapelle British Cemetery in Belgium.  At the time of his death Ada was living at 35 Henry Street in Kenilworth, her parents Henry and Harriet living at 65 Henry Street at that time.  Ada Letts nee Collett died at Kenilworth in 1941 and was buried with her parents in a share grave in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church in Kenilworth.

 

 

 

 

15N34

Ellen Collett was born at Kenilworth in 1885, the daughter of Henry Collett and Harriet Field.  Sadly she died the following year during 1886.

 

 

 

 

15N35

Frank Collett was born at Kenilworth in 1887 and was four years old in the Kenilworth census of 1891 when he was living in Henry Street with his family. 

 

Ten years later in March 1901, Frank Collett was 13 and was still attending school while living in Kenilworth with his parents and four of his siblings.

 

He was still living there with his parents in April 1911 at the age of 23, when once again his place of birth was confirmed as Kenilworth. 

 

Two years later during, 1913 Frank Collett married Sarah Huff Simpson. 

 

This picture of Frank was taken during 1952 at the eightieth party of his eldest brother Walter.

 

 

 

Sarah Huff Simpson was born in 1889 and was tragically killed on 7th November 1940 during a German bombing raid over Kenilworth.  Sarah was a rest centre worker with the Women’s Voluntary Service and was not was on duty, but at the family home when the house was destroyed by falling anti-aircraft fire.  Her youngest son Frank was also in the house at that time and suffered two broken legs.  A later report of the incident published in the Kenilworth newspaper after the war read as follows:  Sarah Huff Collett aged 51, wife of Frank Collett.  Sarah was injured at her home at 7 Arthur Street due to falling anti-aircraft fire, and died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.  Sarah, nee Simpson, married Frank locally in 1913.  Their son also Frank, had both legs broken in the blast and spent several months in hospital.  Another son Ivan, a Royal Marine, was killed in Sicily in January 1944.  A daughter still lives in Kenilworth.  Sarah was in the WVS, mainly concerned with rest centre work, and appeared as Kenilworth’s only representative on the WVS Roll of Honour.  Sarah is buried in Kenilworth cemetery.”

 

 

 

Sarah Collett was buried at the Kenilworth (Urban District Council) Cemetery where a single headstone bears not only her name, but that of her son Ivan Ernest Collett, who was killed in Italy just over three years after his mother.  Also named on the same headstone is her husband Frank Collett, who died at Kenilworth many years later on 24th February 1965.

 

 

 

15O53

Frederick Charles Collett

Born in 1915 at Kenilworth

 

15O54

Ivan Ernest Collett

Born in 1921 at Kenilworth

 

15O55

Gwenda Marian Collett

Born in 1922 at Kenilworth

 

15O56

Joyce Estelle Collett

Born in 1925 at Kenilworth

 

15O57

Reginald Frank Collett

Born in 1928 at Kenilworth

 

 

 

 

15N36

HAROLD JAMES COLLETT was born at Henry Street in Kenilworth on 24th February 1889, the son of Henry Collett and Harriet Field.  And it was Henry Street in Kenilworth that he was living with his family in 1891 age two years, and ten years later in 1901 when he was 12.

 

His apparent absence from the April census in 1911 may have been due to the fact that he might have been in military service and out of the country on that occasion.

 

What is known is that he later became an engineer with Rover Car Company, and that he married Eveline Fanny Smith at St Nicholas Church in Kenilworth on 31st December 1917.  Eveline was born at Kenilworth on 25th May 1890, the daughter of Thomas and Fanny Smith.

 

 

 

This picture of Harold was very likely taken when he was in his sixties.  In the full photograph he was dressed formally in a three-piece suit and, standing with him, was his diminutive wife Eveline.  Harold was a very tall man, at something over six feet, compared to his wife who was well over a foot shorter.  The occasion at which the photograph was taken was possibly the wedding of one of their sons, Harold or John, who were both married in the early nineteen fifties.

 

 

 

Harold James Collett died during 1972, while his widow Eveline survived him by ten years when she died on 30th July 1982.  The couple were buried in the same grave in Kenilworth Cemetery, where a single headstone erected by their children marks the grave with the following words:

 

Treasured Memories of Our Dear Parents

Harold James Collett 1889 – 1972

Eveline Fanny Collett 1890 – 1982

 

 

 

15O58

Eveline Beatrice Collett

Born on 19.05.1918 at Kenilworth

 

15O59

HAROLD THOMAS COLLETT

Born on 27.04.1920 at Kenilworth

 

15O60

John Henry Collett

Born on 19.09.1923 at Kenilworth

 

15O61

Alan James Collett

Born on 24.08.1925 at Kenilworth

 

 

 

 

15N37

Ellen Collett was born at Kenilworth on 6th April 1891 and was named after her sister who had died just four years earlier in 1886.  However, she too failed to survive, when she died in December that same year and was buried in St Nicholas’ Churchyard in Kenilworth.

 

 

 

 

15N38

Reginald Jack Collett was born at Kenilworth in 1892 and was simply recorded as Jack Collett age eight years in the Kenilworth census of 1901.  At that time he was living with his family at Henry Street.

 

Ten years later in April 1911 he was once again recorded in the census return as Jack Collett age 17, while he was still living with his parents at Henry Street in Kenilworth.

 

Whilst the two references to his age in the census returns for 1891 and 1901 confirm his date of birth, at the time he was killed in action in 1917 his age was incorrectly stated by the military services as being 31 instead of 25.

 

This is Reginald Jack Collett in his army uniform just prior to the Great War.

 

 

 

Reginald Collett was Private 52926 with the Eighth Battalion Royal Fusiliers and saw active service in the First World War and was killed on 24th November 1917.  Below is the record of his death.  As there is no mention of a widow, it must be assumed that he never married.  “Reginald Jack Collett aged 31 died on 24th November 1917.  He was the seventh son of the late Henry and Harriet Collett of 65 Henry Street in Kenilworth.  He was killed during the early days of the Battle of Cambrai and his name appears on Panel 3/4 of the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval Nord in France.”

 

 

 

The Cambrai Memorial is situated near the village of Louverval.  It commemorates the lives of 7,000 British and South African servicemen who died in the Battle of Cambrai from 20th November through to December 1917 under the command of Sir Douglas Haig.

 

 

 

 

15N39

Ernest Collett was born at Kenilworth in 1894, the last of fourteen children of Henry Collett and Harriet Field. 

 

In March 1901, Ernest Collett was six years old while living with his family at Henry Street in Kenilworth.

 

Ernest was sixteen years old at the time of the next census in 1911 when he was still living at the family home in Henry Street in Kenilworth with his parents Henry and Harriet Collett, and his two older brothers Frank Collett and Jack Collett.

 

From his appearance in this photograph, Ernest looks to have been in his twenties when it was taken after the Great War, and perhaps around 1920, and therefore around six years or so prior to his wedding day.

 

 

 

Ernest Collett was in his early thirties when he married Maggie Wilson Philp in 1926, and later that same year the first of the couple’s three children was born.  Maggie, who was also known as Daisy, was born in 1898, the daughter of William and Christina Philp.  Daisy died in 1973, while Ernest survived for a further fourteen years before he died at Kenilworth on 25th December 1987.  They were buried in a single grave at the Kenilworth Cemetery where a headstone marks the site, with the words:

 

Resting

In Loving Memory of

Maggie Wilson Collett ‘Dais’ 1898 – 1973

Also

Ernest Collett 1894 – 1987”.

 

 

 

15O62

Kathleen Marguerite Collett

Born in 1926 at Kenilworth

 

15O63

Peter Ernest John Collett

Born in 1929 at Kenilworth

 

15O64

Alison Christine Collett

Born in 1931 at Kenilworth

 

 

 

 

15N41

Gertrude Collett was born at Coventry in 1876, the eldest of two daughters of Arthur Thomas Collett and Eleanor Cramp Angliss.  She was four years old in 1881 when living at Mount Street in Coventry with her parents, and was 14 in 1891.  Seven years later in 1898, she married William Thompson of Coventry, with whom she had two children.  Doris Thompson was born at Coventry the year after they were married, while Cyril William Thompson was born in 1904, and he married Hilda Annie Steward in 1931, and died in 1987.  Gertrude Thompson nee Collett died in 1954.

 

 

 

 

15N42

Elsie Collett was born at Coventry in 1887, the younger of two daughters of Arthur and Eleanor Collett.  Elsie was three years old in the Coventry census of 1891 and although the family has not been located in 1901, Elsie was 23 and still living with her parents in 1911.  It was four years after that when she married Walter J Bird in 1915.  The marriage produced three children for the couple, including twins, all of which were born while the family was living in the Foleshill district of Coventry.  The twins Thomas R Bird and Constance Bird were born during 1916, while Walter John Bird was born in 1918.  Elsie Bird nee Collett died in 1939.

 

 

 

 

15O1

Rosanna Collett was born at Coventry in 1864, the eldest child of Thomas Charles Collett and Rosanna Rowney.  In 1881 Rosanna and her family were living at 5 Bond Street in Coventry, where Rosanna was working as a worsted weaver at the age of 16.  It was just four year later that she died in 1885.

 

 

 

 

15O2

Joseph Henry Collett was born at Coventry in 1865, the eldest son of Thomas and Rosanna Collett.  He was 15 years old in 1881 when he was living with his family at 5 Bond Street in Coventry.  By that time he had left school but had not yet secured a job.  Later in his life he was employed as a nickel-plater, working in the manufacture of bicycles.  He was 25 in the census of 1891 when he was still unmarried and living with his parents in Coventry.  However, ten years later, the next census in 1901 recorded bachelor Joseph H Collett from Coventry as a nickel plater in the cycle trade who was 35 when he was staying with his younger married brother Herbert at 25 Arthur Street in Coventry.  And it was there that he died three years later in 1904 at the age of 39.

 

 

 

 

15O3

Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Coventry in 1867, the second daughter of Thomas and Rosanna Collett.  Mary E Collett was recorded as 13 in 1881, and 23 in 1891 when, on both occasions, she was living with her family in Coventry.  It is assumed that she was married after 1891, since no record of her as Mary Collett has been found in 1901 or 1911. 

 

 

 

 

15O4

Herbert Charles Collett was born at Coventry in 1872, the son of Thomas and Rosanna Collett.  In 1881 Herbert and his the family were living at 5 Bond Street in Coventry when he was nine years old, and ten years later in 1891 he was 18 years of age.  During 1896 Herbert married the teenage Rose Ann Peacey from Coventry with whom he had four children before 1911.  By March 1901 the Coventry family comprised Herbert C Collett who was 28 whose occupation was a watch dial enameller, his wife Rose who was 23, and their three children Edith R Collett who was four, Thomas C Collett who was two and Herbert Collett who was one year old.  At that time the family was living at 25 Arthur Street in Coventry where Herbert’s older unmarried brother Joseph H Collett (above) was also lodging.

 

 

 

Two years after that census day the family suffered the tragic loss of their youngest son Herbert at the age of just three years.  However, the couple’s loss was offset by the birth of another son during the following year, the baby named after Herbert’s brother Joseph whose premature death was recorded that same year.  The census for Coventry in April 1911 listed the family as Herbert Charles Collett who was 38, his wife Rose who was 32, and their three surviving children Edith Rose Collett who was 14, Thomas Charles Collett who was 12 and seven year-old Joseph Collett.  Herbert Charles Collett was still living in Coventry when he died in 1928.

 

 

 

15P1

Edith Rose Collett

Born in 1896 at Coventry

 

15P2

Thomas Charles Collett

Born in 1898 at Coventry

 

15P3

Herbert Collett

Born in 1900 at Coventry

 

15P4

Joseph Henry Collett

Born in 1904 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

15O5

Walter Collett was born at Coventry in 1876, the youngest of the five children of Thomas Charles Collett and Rosanna Rowney.  Walter was five years old in 1881 when he was living with his family at 5 Bond Street in Coventry.  Ten years later he was still there at the age of 14.  Although no record of him has been positively identified in the census of 1901, it is known that he was a jeweller, and that he died in Coventry during 1906.

 

 

 

 

15O6

Harriet Collett was born at Coventry in 1867, the eldest of the three children of William Henry Collett and Harriet Hands.  In 1871 Harriet and her parents were living at 31 Bayley Lane in Coventry, when she was three years old.  For whatever reason, by the time of the next census in 1881, Harriet, at the age of 13, was living with her mother and two younger siblings (below), at the home of her grandmother Susan Hands at 7 Charles Street in Coventry, while her father was living nearby at 4 Theatre Yard on Smithford Street where tragically he died in 1882.

 

 

 

During the latter half of the 1880s Harriet married William Shepherd who was born at Peterborough in 1866.  It is possible that Harriet met William while she was working for her mother’s cousin, George Mead from Coventry, who was a merchant in Peterborough.  And it was with bachelor George Mead, age 64 and a retired merchant and a druggist, that Harriet and William Shepherd were boarding in 1891.  Also living at 8 Ivy Villas on the Lincoln Road in Peterborough, was Harriet’s sister Ada Collett (below), neither sister being credited with an occupation.  Harriet Shepherd from Coventry was 21 (sic), while her husband William, age 24, was an accountant and a clerk.

 

 

 

No record of the couple has been found in the next two census returns for 1901 and 1911, so it is possible that they had left England sometime during the 1890s.  The same applied to Harriet’s married brother Herbert Collett (below), so they may have emigrated together, following the death of their sister Ada Collett, just a few years after she was married.

 

 

 

 

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Ada Collett was born at Coventry in 1871, but after the census that year, which took place on the second of April, when her parents William and Harriet were living at 31 Bayley Lane in Coventry, where Ada may have been born.  Over the following decade, and after the birth of her brother Herbert (below), Ada’s parents were living at separate addresses in Coventry.  So by the time of the census in 1881 Ada, at the age of nine, was living with her mother and her two siblings at 7 Charles Street, the home of her grandmother Susan Hands.  Her father died during the next year, and a few years later, upon leaving school, it would appear that Ada travelled to Peterborough to live with her mother’s cousin George Mead.  Her older sister Harriet (above) may have also been with her, since both of them were living with him in 1891, when Ada Collett from Coventry was 19.

 

 

 

It was in 1894 that Ada Collett married George John Roe at Wells Street Chapel in Coventry.  George was a widower, the son of George Roe, who had been born in 1864.  The marriage produced a daughter for the couple, Ethel Ada Roe, who was born at Coventry in 1895, but sadly Ada Roe nee Collett died in 1897, possibly during the birth of a second child who also did not survive.  There were other occasions when the family of Collett formed a union with the Roe family.  The first was in 1863 when Job Richard Collett (Ref. 15N15) married Mary Roe, and the second was also in 1894 when the same Job married Ellen Roe, the sister of Mary.  The aforementioned George Roe, father of George John Roe, may well have been a brother of the two sisters.

 

 

 

 

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Herbert Collett was born at Coventry in 1875, the only son, and third child, of William Henry Collett and his wife Harriet Hands.  In 1881 Herbert, aged five years, was living with his mother and two sisters at 7 Charles Street in Coventry, the home of his grandmother Susan Hands, while his father was living and working nearby at 4 Theatre Yard on Smithford Street, where tragically he died in 1882.  During the next ten years both of his sisters left Coventry, so by the time of the census in 1891, Herbert was the only member of the family living there with his widowed mother, when he was 15.  In 1897 Herbert married Edith Lane at St John’s Church in Coventry.  Edith was the daughter of Thomas Lane.  No further record of Herbert Collett or his wife has been found in Great Britain after that time.

 

 

 

 

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Clara Edith Collett was born at Coventry in 1875, the first child of Edwin Collett and Clara West.  She may have been born while the couple were living at Earl Street, since it was there that her sister Ellen (below) was born two years later.  The Coventry census in 1881 described her as Clara E Collett who was five years old, living at 2 Lansdown Terrace with her family.

 

 

 

With the death of her mother in 1888, following which her father re-married, Clara was living with her father and her stepmother at Earl Street in 1891 when she was 15 years old.  It was eight years later that she married Albert Clemson at Queen Street Baptist Chapel in Coventry in 1899.  Albert was the son of Jonah Clemson, and was born in 1875 at Oakengates in Shropshire.  Clara and Albert had four children, and they were as follows.

 

 

 

Clara Prudence Gwendoline Clemson, who was born in Shropshire in 1901, married Walter C Nickerson in Coventry during 1926.  Albert Eric Clemson, who was born in 1902, married Margaret M Swift at Coventry in 1928, and died in 1992.  Alec Edwin Clemson, who was born in 1906, married Marjorie A Ellis in Coventry in 1930, with whom he had a daughter Helen Clemson who was born at Coventry in 1933.  The couple’s fourth child was Harold Clemson who was born in 1908.  The family Clara E Clemson aged 35 and Albert Clemson aged 36, was still living in Coventry in April 1911 when their four children were recorded as Gwendoline Clemson who was 10, Albert Eric Clemson who was seven, Alec Edwin Clemson who was four and Harold Clemson who was two years of age.

 

 

 

 

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Ellen Jane Rebecca Collett, who was known as Nellie, was born at Earl Street in Coventry during 1877.  She was three years old in the 1881 Census when, by which time she was living at 2 Lansdown Terrace in the Holy Trinity district of Coventry, with her parents and her older sister Clara (above).  Her mother died in 1888 and her father was re-married shortly thereafter, and it was with them that she was living at Earl Street in Coventry in 1891 at the age of 13 when she was named in the census return as Ellen J Collett.  Upon leaving school Ellen became a school teacher, and it was as Nellie Collett, age 23, that she was recorded in the census of 1901.  She was still living at home, but was working in Coventry as a teacher at a boarding school with her younger sister Lilian (below).

 

 

 

It seems likely that Ellen never married, although it is known that she sailed to Australia with her brother Wallace Collet (below) during the first few years of the new century.  In 1916 it was as Miss Nellie Collett of Hazelbrook in New South Wales that she was recorded in the military records of her brother Wallace as his sister and next-of-kin.  The only other established record of her was in 1917, when she was a spinster and a schoolmistress living in New South Wales, where he brother Wallace was married that same year.

 

 

 

 

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Lilian Annie W Collett was born at 2 Lansdown Terrace in Coventry during the months after the third of April 1881.  When she was seven years old her mother died and her father re-married.  So in 1891 it was with her father and her stepmother that she was living at Earl Street in Coventry when she was nine years old.  When she finished attending the local school in the mid-1890s, she followed the career chosen by her older sister Ellen (above), when she became a teacher at the nearby boarding school, as confirmed by the census in 1901, when she was 19 and was still living with her family in Coventry.  It is not known exactly what happened to Lilian after 1901, but there is a possibility that she emigrated to Australia with her sister Ellen and her brother Wallace (below), although no evidence has been found yet to confirm this.

 

 

 

 

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Wallace Edward Collett was born at Coventry in 1884, the only son of draper Edwin Collett and his wife Clara West.  Wallace was only four years old when his mother died in 1888, and three years later he was living with his father and stepmother at Earl Street in Coventry, when he was recorded in error as William E Collett age six years.  By the time of the census in 1901 Wallace Collett, at the age of 16, was working as a printer’s apprentice, while he was still living at the family home in Coventry with his father and his stepmother and his two sisters.

 

 

 

During the first decade of the new century Wallace Collett and his older sister Ellen (above), and possibly even their sister Lilian, sailed to a new life in New South Wales, Australia.  It was on 9th March 1916 that Wallace Edward Collett enlisted as a private, service number 2149, with the 53rd Battalion of 4th Reinforcement Brigade of the Australian Imperial Infantry Force.  He was 32, unmarried, a builder and a Baptist living at Hazelbrook with his unmarried sister Nellie Collett, who was named as his next-of-kin.  After four months training Wallace was sent to the Western Front in Europe on board the ship HMAT A44 Vestalia which sailed out of Sydney Harbour on 11th July 1916.  It was while fighting on the Western Front during the next year that he was injured and was sent back to Australia on 21st July 1917.

 

 

 

Following his return to Australia it was at Petersham in New South Wales that Wallace Edward Collett married Henrietta Harris during 1917.  Whether he ever made a return to the war after he was married is not known, although it seems unlikely.  So it may have been as a result of his original injuries sustained in 1917 that brought about his death on 4th July 1919, following which he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery (Plot C, Grave No. 196), at Rookwood in Sydney, New South Wales.  His burial record confirmed that he was 35 years old, that his next-of-kin was his wife, Mrs Henrietta Collett of Summerhill, a suburb of Sydney, and that his father was Edwin Collett.  See WW1 Collett Fatalities

 

 

 

 

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Beatrice Louise Collett was born at Coventry in 1888, the last child born to Edwin Collett by his first wife Clara West who appears to have died, either during or shortly after the birth.  Tragically it was during the following year that Beatrice died in Coventry where she was buried in a grave at the London Road Cemetery which eventually contained the bodies of her father, his second wife, and both of Beatrice’s two half-sisters.

 

 

 

 

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Florence Christine Collett was born at Coventry in 1891, the first daughter of Edwin Collett and his second wife Laura Leeson.  Sadly she died later during the same year.

 

 

 

 

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Gwendoline Collett was born at Cox Street in Coventry during 1893, the only surviving child of the four daughters of Edwin Collett and his second wife Laura Leeson.  She was eight years old in the Coventry census of 1901, but sadly she died two years later in 1903.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Coventry in 1873, the eldest child of John Collett and Emma Beasuchamp. He was seven years old, and 17 years old in the 1881 and 1891 when he was living in Coventry with his family.  No obvious record of John Collett, age 27 and from Coventry, has been found in 1901 or 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Emma Collett was born at Coventry in 1876, the only daughter of John Collett and Emma Beasuchamp.  According to the census in 1881 Emma, at the age of four years, was living at 5 Cot, No. 16 Hertford Place in Hertford Close in the St Michael Stoke district of Coventry with her parents and her two brothers.  It was the same situation ten years later in 1891 when she was 14.  However, in 1892 her younger brother died, and in early 1893 her father died, following which her mother re-married later that same year.  By March in 1901 Emma Collett was unmarried at the age of 24, when she was working as a ribbon warper in Coventry.  She was still living in Coventry ten years after that in 1911, when she was still a spinster at the age of 34.  It was four years later, in 1915, that Emma married the younger William Henry Clark at the Coventry Registry Office, he having been born in 1880.

 

 

 

 

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Albert Collett was born at Coventry in 1882, the youngest child of John Collett and his wife Emma Beauchamp.  He was eight years old in the Coventry census of 1891 when he was still living there with his family.  However, tragedy struck the family during the following year when Albert died at Coventry in 1892.

 

 

 

 

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Gladys Edith Collett was born at Coventry in 1883, the first child and only daughter of Philip Collett and Susan Hickman.  Gladys was seven years old in the Coventry census of 1891, and ten years later in March 1901 she was 17 when she was working as a watch polisher with her father who was a watch finisher.  Seven years later, in 1908, Gladys married Edward Maher with whom she had two children who were born while the couple were living in Coventry, one before, and one after, the census in 1911.  According to that year’s census return, Gladys Edith Maher was 27, and her husband Edward Maher was also 27.  Living with them was their son Edward Horace Maher who was one year old.

 

 

 

Two years later Gladys presented Edward with a daughter, Gladys I Maher who was born at Coventry in 1913, who married Allan P Whittle in 1936.  They had two children Laurence M Whittle, born at Coventry in 1939 who married Pauline J Smith in 1966, their married resulting in two children, Heather Megan Whittle (born 1972), and Andrew Whittle (born 1975), and Carolyn J Whittle, born 1945, who married John H Burton in 1968, who had two sons Richard Matthew Burton (born 1972), and Andrew James Burton (born 1974).

 

 

 

Gladys’ and Edward’s son Edward Horace Maher (1909-1992) married Phyllis D M Hancock in 1934, and they had two children, the first being Colin Philip Edward Maher, born in 1936 who married Celia L Gilder in 1966, with a son Simon Edward Maher who was born at Rugby in 1970.  Edward’s and Phyllis’ second child was their daughter Marilyn D Maher who was born at Coventry in 1939.

 

 

 

 

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Horace Philip Collett was born at Coventry in 1888, the second of only two children born to Philip Collett and Susan Hickman.  He was simply recorded as Horace Collett in the Coventry census of 1891 when he was two years old, and again in 1901 when he was 12.  He was still living with his parents at Coventry in 1911 when he was 22.  No records have been discovered to indicate that he ever married, but it is known that he died in 1956.

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Collett was born at Coventry in 1898, the only son and second child of Henry Collett and his wife Harriet Green.  He was two years old, and 12 years old, in the census returns for Coventry in 1901 and 1911, when he was living with his parents on both occasions.  He later married Ethel Welch who was born in 1891 and who died in 1963.  The marriage produced no children for Frederick, who died at Coventry in 1991.

 

 

 

 

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Job Richard Collett was born at Spon End in Coventry in 1887, the second of the three children of Job Richard Collett and his first wife Mary Roe.  He was only one year old when his parents sailed to America where, in 1890, his sister Lizzie was born.  It was in 1894 that his mother died, following which his father and the three children, returned to Coventry, where his father Job married his sister-in-law Ellen Roe.  In the British census of March 1901 Job was listed with his family at 4 Spon End in Coventry as Richard Collett, age 13.  By 1905, when his sister Marjorie was born, Job and his family were living at Foleshill Road in Coventry, but shortly after the birth the family emigrated to America, where Job’s youngest sister Evelyn was born in 1912, while the family was living in Massachusetts.

 

 

 

It was also in Waltham, Middlesex County in Massachusetts that Job Richard Collett (1) married Gertrude Louisa Butler in 1910, and at that time in his life he was employed as a machinist.  That marriage produced two sons for Job and Gertrude.  Seven years after the birth of their second son, and presumably following the passing of his wife, Job married (2) Edith who was born in England in 1896.  The wedding took place in 1921 and four years later Edith presented Job with a daughter.  It was also around that time that the family became naturalised American citizens.

 

 

 

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Richard Samuel Collett

Born in 1911 at Massachusetts

 

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George William Collett

Born in 1914 at Massachusetts

 

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Mildred Collett

Born on 15.02.1925 at Waltham, Mass

 

 

 

 

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Phoebe Collett was born at Coventry in 1894, the eldest child of tailor Joseph Collett and Phoebe Taylor.  In 1901 Phoebe and her family were living adjacent to 54 White Friars Lane in Coventry St Michael, where she was recorded in the census return as five years old, which may be debatable.  Sometime during the few months after the census, her father died, and three years after that her mother married Arthur Bennett, with whom she was living in Coventry in 1911.  On that occasion her age was stated as being 17 which, if more accurate than the age given ten years earlier, could mean she was born in 1894 rather than 1896.

 

 

 

However, it was also at Coventry in 1912 that Phoebe married Frederick W Page, so it is more than likely that she was 18 at that time, rather than 16, if she had been only five years old in 1901.  The marriage produced two children, George Frederick Page who was born in 1913, who died in 1989, and Irene M Page who was born at Coventry in 1919.  The difference in their ages may have been a result of the absent of Phoebe’s husband during the war years.  Phoebe Page, nee Collett, died in 1971.

 

 

 

 

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Clara Alice Collett was born at Coventry in 1897, and was the middle child of the three children of Joseph and Phoebe Collett.  Recorded as simply Clara Collett in the Coventry census of 1901, she was three years old and living there with her complete family.  However, this was reduced to just one parent a few months later, when he father died in the latter part of 1901.  Around 1904 her mother re-married, following which Clara and her two siblings lived in Coventry with their mother and stepfather Arthur Bennett.  It was in the census of 1911 that Clara was listed with her family as Clara Alice Collett at the age of 13.  Five years on from then, in 1916, Clara married Harry Worrall and they had two sons.  Thomas Henry Worrall was born in 1917 and died in 2004, and Reginald F Worrall was born at Coventry in 1920.  Clara Alice Worrall, nee Collett, died in 1978

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Oliver Collett was born at Coventry in 1900, the son of Joseph Collett and Phoebe Taylor.  Tragically his father, who was a tailor, died during the months following the March census in 1901 and before the end of that same year.  A few years later his mother married Arthur Bennett, who then became stepfather to Thomas and his two sisters (above).  Thomas was 11 years old in the Coventry census of 1911, when he was living with the Bennett family.  He later married Margaret L Newell at Coventry in 1927, and they had one daughter.  Thomas Oliver Collett died in 1965.

 

 

 

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Sheila Marjorie Collett

Born in 1927 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Josephine Collett was born at Coventry in 1870, the first of the six children of Joseph Collett and his wife Eliza Ellen Gould.  She was under one year old in the Coventry census of 1871 and ten years later she and her family were living at. 21 Upper Well Street in Coventry.  In April 1891, the census return for that year confirmed that Josephine Collett was 20 and that she was still living with her parents in Coventry.  However, by that time in her life she was already making plans to be married, and it was a little later that same year that she married Frederick William Youlton at Holy Trinity Church in Coventry. 

 

 

 

Frederick Youlton was born in 1868 at Stratton, near Bude, in Cornwall, and the marriage register confirmed that Josephine Collett, age 20, was the daughter of fishmonger Joseph Collett.  The couple were married in the presence of Frank Joseph Collett, Josephine’s brother (below).  Ten years earlier, according to the census in 1881, Frederick Youlton was 13 and an apprentice printer compositor, living at the Cot Hill, Stratton home of his grandmother Jane Darch.

 

 

 

It was during the year following their wedding that the couple’s first child was born and, by the end of the century, their family was complete with a total of four children, and all of them born at Coventry.  Eva Ellen Youlton was born in 1892, Elsie Josephine Youlton was born in 1895, Frederick Harold Youlton was born in 1897, and Ralph Cecil Youlton was born 1899.

 

 

 

Elsie (1895-1990) married William H Tunstall in 1922, and they had a daughter Betty Y Tunstall who was born in 1925, and who married Ronald Bayley in 1950.  Ralph (1899-1991) married Selina Hunt in 1924, and they had two sons: (a) Derek Ralph Youlton (1929-1992) who lived in Surrey with his wife Elizabeth Wyatt and their three children; and (b) Terence Youlton who was born in Surrey in 1935 and who married Sylvia M Hemmings with whom he had two children, Jane (born 1960) and David (born 1962).  Josephine Youlton nee Collett died in 1947, and for the last seven years of her life she had lived as a widow, after the death of her husband at Coventry in 1940.

 

 

 

 

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Frank Joseph Collett was born at Coventry in 1872, the second child and eldest son of Joseph and Eliza Collett.  At the age of eight Frank Joseph Collett was living with his family at 21 Upper Well Street in Coventry, and was still living with them ten years later when he was 18.  It was three years after that, when he married Fanny Gertrude Painter who was born at Smethwick in 1873, the daughter of George and Mary Painter.  The marriage produced a total of seven children for Frank and Fanny.

 

 

 

In 1901 the family was living at 21 Osborne Street in Handsworth within the West Bromwich registration district, where Frank J Collett, age 28, was an iron striker (blacksmith).  Listed with him in the census was his wife Fanny G Collett, who was also 28 but from Smethwick, and their three children Evelyn L Collett who was five and born at Coventry, Doris E Collett who was two and also born at Coventry, and Fanny G Collett who was just three months old and born at Handsworth.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family had grown by the addition of a further four children, and in April 1911, the whole family was once again living in the Coventry area.  Frank Joseph and Fanny Gertrude were both 38, and their seven children were Evelyn Louise 15, Doris Ellen 12, Fanny Gertrude 10, Violet who was eight, Phyllis Freda who was five, Frank Henry who was two, and Florence Maud who was only one month old.  Frank Joseph Collett died in 1835, while his wife Fanny survived him by twenty-six years, when she died at Coventry in 1961.

 

 

 

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Evelyn Louise Collett

Born in 1895 at Coventry

 

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Doris Ellen Collett

Born in 1898 at Coventry

 

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Fanny Gertrude Collett

Born in 1900 at Handsworth

 

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Violet Collett

Born in 1903 at Coventry

 

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Phyllis Freda Collett

Born in 1905 at Coventry

 

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Frank Henry Collett

Born in 1908 at Coventry

 

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Florence Maud Collett

Born in 1911 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Sidney Collett was born at Coventry in 1873, the son of Joseph and Eliza Collett.  In 1881 Sidney’s family was living at 21 Upper Well Street in Coventry, when Sidney was seven years old.  Ten years later, at the time of the next census in 1891, Sidney was still living with his parents at 21 Upper Well Street in Coventry at the age of 17, by which time he was working as a labourer.

 

 

 

Three years later, in 1894, Sidney Collett married Charlotte Dingley at Coventry.  She was the daughter of David and Lizzie Dingley and was born in 1874.  The marriage resulted in the birth of eight children, three of which were born before the end of the century.  By March 1901 the family living in Coventry was made up of fish shop assistant Sidney Collett, age 27, his wife Charlotte Collett of Coventry who was also 27, and their three children Joey Collett who was six, Sidney Collett who was four, and Harry Collett who was one year old.  Tragically their son Harry died later that same year.

 

 

 

Also in 1901 Sidney’s father-in-law David Dingley was recorded in that year’s census as a general dealer and amusement proprietor. That may well explain why Sidney changed from being fish shop assistant to become a shooting gallery proprietor in 1907 when his son Frank was born.  Both families were living in Cook Street in Coventry in 1901 and in the previous census of 1891 when Sidney Collett was living at Upper Well Street in Coventry, his next door neighbour was Henry Dingley, the brother of his future father-in-law.

 

 

 

Over the next decade a further four children were added to the family, one of which, daughter Elizabeth, did not survive, and the last of which was born in a caravan at Pitchcroft, Worcester Racecourse, when Sidney’s occupation was that of a shooting gallery proprietor.  New information received from Mal Collett in 2015 provides evidence of where the family was in 1911, when previously it was not known.  The census that year only listed Sidney Collett and Charlotte Collett, both aged 37, living at the side of the road on Station Road in Ellesmere Port when Sidney was described as a Travelling Showman, coincidentally not far from where Mal currently lives.  It is therefore suspected that their children were still receiving their schooling in Coventry.

 

 

 

Two more children were born into the family after 1911 and they could have been born anywhere with the family having a nomadic lifestyle around that time.  Having already lost two children to infant death, further tragedy hit the family during the First World War, when the couple’s two eldest sons were both killed in action in Belgium, when fighting for their King and Country.

 

 

 

Whilst it is known that their eldest son Joseph was killed in action on the Western Front during the Battle of Bapaume in 1918, while Sidney Frederick received serious injuries which enabled him to be brought back to England, where he eventual died in hospital and was buried.  His military record incorrectly spelled his name as Sydney, and at the time of his death his parents were referred to as Mr S and Mrs C Collett of Block 2 in Cook Street in Coventry.

 

 

 

Upon the occasion of the marriage of his son Frank in 1934, Sidney’s occupation was stated as being that of a dealer.  Three years later Charlotte Collett nee Dingle died during 1937, while her husband Sidney survived by another eight years, when he died at Coventry in 1945.  A memorial headstone in the London Road Cemetery marks their grave, on which there is also a reference to their son Private S Collett of the Warwickshire Regiment.

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett

Born in 1894 at Coventry

 

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Sidney Frederick Collett

Born in 1896 at Coventry

 

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Harry Collett

Born in 1899 at Coventry

 

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Samuel Collett

Born in 1901 at Coventry

 

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Elizabeth Ellen Collett

Born in 1903 at Coventry

 

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David Collett

Born in 1905 at Coventry

 

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Frank Collett

Born in 1907 at Worcester

 

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Charlotte Collett

Born in 1912

 

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Albert Herbert Collett

Born in 1914 at Nuneaton

 

 

 

 

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Leo Andrew Collett was born at Coventry in 1877, the son of Joseph Collett and his wife Eliza Ellen Gould.  He was three years old in the census of 1881 while he was still living in Coventry with his family at 21 Upper Well street.  Sadly it was during the following year that Leo Andrew Collett died during 1882, when he was around four years old.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Foxon Collett was born at Coventry in April 1880, the son of Joseph and Eliza Collett, and he was eleven months old when he was living at 21 Upper Well Street in Coventry with his family by the time of the census in 1881.  Tragically it was later that same year that Henry Foxon Collett died at just over one year old.

 

 

 

 

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Hugh Wilfred Collett was born at Coventry on 26th May 1886, the youngest of the six children of Joseph Collett and his wife Eliza Ellen Gould, and was four years old in the Coventry census of 1891. 

 

Ten years later in March 1901, Hugh W Collett, age 14, was the only member of his family still living with his parents, and by which time he was employed at the local telegraph works, presumably for the General Post Office.

 

It was towards the end of the next decade that Hugh married Agnes Elizabeth Barnett in 1909.  Agnes was born at Coventry on 20th April 1891, the daughter of George and Mary Barnett.

 

 

 

Over the next fourteen years the marriage produced five children for Hugh and Agnes, three born before the Great War and two afterwards.  According to the Coventry census in April 1911, Hugh Collett was 25, his wife Agnes Collett was 23, and by then their first child Nellie Collett was one year old.  Tragically, during the German blitz on Coventry in the Second World War, Hugh, his wife Agnes, and their two youngest children were killed on 14th November 1940, all four of them being interred in a mass grave in the London Road Cemetery in Coventry.

 

 

 

The family’s home at that time was 49 Parkside in Coventry, but it was while all four of them were working at the Armstrong-Siddeley Works in Parkside that they were killed, when the factory was the subject of a direct hit by the German bombers.  See WW2 Collett Fatalities.

 

 

 

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Nellie Victoria Collett

Born in 1910 at Coventry

 

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Frederick George Collett

Born in 1912 at Coventry

 

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Elsie A A Collett

Born in 1914 at Coventry

 

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Sidney Albert Collett

Born in 1920 at Coventry

 

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Cyril Ernest Collett

Born in 1923 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

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Arthur Edgar Collett was born in Canada in 1903.  He married Eoined Manning of Vancouver and Palm Springs in the USA.  Eoined was born in 1906 and died in 1994, Arthur having died in 1982.

 

 

 

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Bruce Riley Collett

Born in 1933 in Canada

 

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Daphne Catherine Collett

Born in 1940 in Canada

 

 

 

 

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Constance Sarah Collett was born during 1905 in Canada.  She married James Baden-Powell Robertson of Montreal in 1928.  James was born in 1900 and died in 1990, while Constance died in 1988.

 

 

 

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Andrew Michael Walter Robertson

Born in 1934

 

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James Collett Robertson

Born in 1940

 

 

 

 

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Harriet Maime Collett was born in 1907 in Canada.  In 1933 she married (1) Robert Philpott from whom she was later divorced before marrying (2) Curtis Zell of Los Angeles in the USA in 1959.  Harriet died in 1993.

 

 

 

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Robert E Philpott

Born in 1934

 

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Faye Philpott

Born in 1939

 

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John Philpott Zell

Born in 1947

 

 

 

 

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Eluned Collett Jones was born at Bangor in 1900, and was educated at Bangor University.  She became a school teacher and married hotelier Henry Griffiths of Poulton-le-Fylde near Blackpool.  Henry was born in 1900 and died in 1986 followed by Eluned who died in 1997. 

 

The couple had one son Peter Harlyn Griffiths, born in 1938, who married Susan Brinkman of Letchworth in Hertfordshire in 1967.  The marriage produced two daughters for Peter and Susan, Jacqueline (1969) and Joanna (1971).

 

 

 

 

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Eleanor Emma Collett-Jones was born at Bangor in 1902, where she died in 1905.

 

 

 

 

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Ceridwen Harriet Collett-Jones was born at Bangor in 1904 and, like her sister Eluned (above), she too attended Bangor University, following which she became a schoolmistress and private tutor to the children of diplomats living abroad.

 

During her life she lived at Montevideo in Uruguay, and later at Rottingdean, near Brighton in Sussex.

 

Ceridwen never married and died in 1999 at the age of 95.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett-Jones was born at Bangor in 1907, and followed his two surviving sisters through Bangor University to become eventually a pharmacist.

 

He married (1) Elaine Essery Kemp in 1937 and in 1939, at Whitchurch in Shropshire, their daughter Tamar Katharine Olivia Collett-Jones was born.  Thomas was later divorced from Elaine.

 

Tamar had a son, Anthony Collett-Jones who was born in London in June 1960, but who died in September that same year.  Twenty-nine years later Tamar was living in Hornsea, Essex, when she died in 1989.

 

 

 

In 1954 Thomas Collett-Jones married (2) Roberta Gillies-Malins of Burnham in Buckinghamshire and Ryde on the Isle of Wight, and they had a son Simon C Collett-Jones who was born at Windsor in 1955.

 

 

 

 

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George Henry Collett was born in 1922, the only son of George Henry Collett of Kenilworth and Mary Ellen Fox of Hodnet.

 

In 1945 George married Wilhelmina Alice Irene Rudd who was born in 1924, and their marriage produced four children for the couple.

 

George Henry Collett was 90 years of age when he died at Hodnet in Shropshire on 2nd March 2013.