PART EIGHTEEN

 

The Halesworth (Suffolk) Line

 

Issued May 2020

 

Originally, the initial details for Halesworth were included as two appendices in the

pre-2020 version of Part 18 – The Main Suffolk Line

 

Five known men with the surname Collett were living in Halesworth

during the first decade of the 19th Century, possibly brothers

 

Those five Colletts were James, Charles, James, Thomas and Robert, all of whom were married men, with Charles Collett most likely being the father of the latter other three.  From their provisional dates of birth, it would appear unlikely that James and Charles were brothers, unless their father took a second and younger wife.  Alternatively, they may have been cousins.  However, this new line of another Collett family of Suffolk starts with Reynold Collett, the great great grandfather of the first James Collett and, although the new information relating to Reynold, son John, and his son William, and his son William, comes from an unvalidated source, they have been included here in the hope that their details might be confirmed as some future time

 

 

 

Reynold Collett [18i1] was possibly born around 1610 and was the father of John Collett

 

John Collett [18j1] was born circa 1635 (not proved)

 

John Collett [18j1] may have been born around 1660, the son of Reynold Collett.  John Collett subsequently married Margaret Barfoot

 

18k1 - William Collett was born circa 1685 (not proved)

 

William Collett [18k1] was probably born between 1680 and 1685, the son of William Collett and Margaret Barfoot.  The later married of William Collett and Mary Sherning produced a son of the same name

 

18l1 - William Collett was born circa 1708 (not proved)

 

William Collett [18l1] was the son of William Collett and Mary Sherning and may have been born between 1705 and 1710.  It was at Halesworth where William Collett married Mary Brooks on 24th June 1731.  It therefore seems strange that their son was born fourteen years after their wedding day, maybe an indication that he was a younger member of their family

 

18m1 - James Collett was born circa 1745 (not proved)

18m2 – Charles Collett was born circa 1755 (not proved)

 

James Collett [18m1] was born around 1745, according to his later death record, the son of William Collett and Mary Brooks.  He was a breeches maker of Halesworth who married Ann Smith there, according to Boyd’s Marriage Index.  Their marriage is believed to have given rise to a son John.  In February 1783 James had an apprentice, John Chapman, working with him in Halesworth.  James Collett died at Halesworth on 28th November 1818, at the age of 73, and nineteen years after being widow, Ann Collett passed away at Halesworth on 24th September 1837, when she was 86.  The death of Ann Collett was recorded at Blything (Ref. xii 235) during the third quarter of 1837

 

18n 1 - John Collett was born circa 1778 at Halesworth (not proved)

 

Charles Collett [18m2] may have been born around 1755, that year determined from the census in 1841 and, if correct, his wife Mary was some years older than Charles.  Charles was a miller and a baker of Halesworth and is mentioned in numerous records for the town.  In January 1791, Charles Collett and Matthew Swan were working together in the milling business.  Fifty years later, Charles’ granddaughter Frances Caroline Collett married William Swan at Halesworth.  Nearly three years after that, on 7th December 1794, when Charles Collett would have been around fifty years of age, he was described as a miller.  Fourteen years later, Charles Collett, a baker, took on an apprentice on the 4th September 1808.  After another five years, when Charles Collett was approaching his seventieth birthday, he sold the windmill on Mill Hill in Halesworth on 13th November 1813, while still continuing to help run the baker’s shop in the town.  It may even have been his son Robert who took over the milling side of the family business, as he was described as a miller on the occasion of the birth of his second son in 1815.  The next record was a notice of death published in The Ipswich Journal on Saturday 29th August in 1818, which read “Saturday night died, at Halesworth, much respected, Mrs Collett, wife of Mr Charles Collett, confectioner, aged 74 years."  Shortly after that, in September 1818, there appeared an advertisement for the sale of household furniture, stock, etc, of Charles Collett of Halesworth, due to his intention to decline business.  Eventually, another advertisement published in 1833, announced that the Halesworth baker’s shop of Charles Collett was to be sold.  Sometime between 1818 and 1833, Charles married (2) Mary, from nearby Sotterly, just eight miles north-east of Halesworth, who was living with him at New Court in Halesworth in 1841.  Charles had a rounded age of 85, while Mary was recorded as being 69 years of age.  Also living at New Court in Halesworth at the time of the census in 1841, and again 1851, was the family of William Collett (Ref. 18N26), an agricultural labourer, who was born at Fressingfield in 1793.  Eighteen months later, the death of Charles Collett at Halesworth was recorded at Blything (Ref. xiii 280) during the last three months of 1842.  By the time of the next census in 1851, his widow was residing at Chediston Street in Halesworth, where Mary Collett from Sotterly was 79 and a pauper.  She was still living in Halesworth, when the death of Mary Collett was recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 525) during the first three months of 1855

 

18n2 – James Collett was born circa 1780 at Halesworth

18n3 – Thomas Collett was born circa 1780 at Halesworth

18n4 – Robert Collett was born circa 1785 at Halesworth

 

James Collett [18n2], whose origins have not yet been determined, was a tailor at Halesworth who was married to Elizabeth, who may have been Elizabeth Reid from London.  The Suffolk baptism records have been found for just three of the five children listed below.  It is only the South London birth and baptism of the couple’s first two children that have not yet been located, before the family settled in Halesworth.  By 1841, James Collett of Collett’s yard in Halesworth was a widower who had a rounded age of 60, when he had living with him two of his daughters, Matilda Collett aged 25, and Harriet Collett aged 20, all three of them recorded as born within the county of Suffolk.  Staying with the family that day, was George Girdlestone who was five years of age and also born in Suffolk, the son of James’ eldest daughter, who was married nine years earlier.  Living only two doors away from James Collett that day, and also in Collett’s yard, was his daughter Frances Collett who also had a rounded age of 20.  Six years after that census day, the death of James Collett was recorded at Blything (Ref. xiii 323) during the first quarter of 1847.  It is possible, although not proved, that his wife’s family came from Newington in Surrey, since it was there that an Elizabeth Collett of Paragon Row, Newington, was buried on 13th January 1830 at the age of 40

 

It seems highly likely, but has not been proved, that James and Elizabeth also had a son at Newington in Surrey, before the family moved to Suffolk.  Hs name have been included in the list of children below, while the details of his life have been inserted into the appendix at the end of this file

 

18o1 – Emma Collett was born in 1812 at Newington, Surrey

18o2 – Matilda Collett was born in 1814 at Newington, Surrey

see Appendix for George Thomas Collett who was born in 1816 at Newington, Surrey

18o3 – Harriet Jesse Collett was born in 1819 at Halesworth

18o4– Frances Collett was born in 1821 at Halesworth

18o5 – William Henry Collett was born in 1822 at Halesworth

 

Thomas Collett [18n3] may have been the brother of James Collett (above) and Robert Collett (below).  All that is currently known about him, is that his wife was Elizabeth (Betsy), with whom he had at least three children, all of them born and baptised at Halesworth

 

18o6 – Marianne Collett was baptised on 29th September 1813 at Halesworth

18o7 – Elizabeth (Betsy) Collett was baptised on 1st September 1815 at Halesworth

18o8 – Edward Collett was baptised on 23rd September 1819 at Halesworth

 

Robert Collett [18n4] was possibly born in 1785, the younger brother of James and Thomas (above), and the son of Charles Collett miller and baker of Halesworth.  Robert married (1) Mary and, tragically, their second son, named jointly after Robert’s father and Robert’s older brother, was born and died in the same year at Halesworth.  Although no birth or baptism record for the couple’s older son has so far been found, his year of birth has been determined from the later census records.  Upon the baptism of the couple’s second son, Robert Collett’s occupation was recorded as being that of a miller, so maybe he had joined his father in the family bakery business.  His mother died in 1818 and, although no record has been found to date, Robert’s wife also passed away and, by the time his surviving son had reached the age of 20 years, Robert Collett was remarried and living in Norwich.  The property, in the St Augustine’s district of the city, comprised a shop and a house on Pitt Street, where Robert was recorded in the electoral rolls from 1833 through to 1847.  On the day of the census in 1841, Robert Collett from Suffolk was incorrectly recorded as being younger than his wife (2) Hannah Collett from Norfolk, when they were living at Pitt Street Yard.  After 1847, the couple left Pitt Street and by 1851 Robert was managing the post office for the Chamber of Commerce on the thoroughfare known at St John Madder Market.  He was 66 and his place of birth was confirmed as Halesworth, when Hannah Collett from Little Melton, on the western edge of Norwich, was 58.  Another move during the 1850s, saw the couple living at Dukes Palace in the St John Madder Market area of Norwich by 1861.  Once again, their recorded ages were confusing, with Hannah being eight years older than Robert, who was then working as a baker.  It was also at an inflated of 88 years, that the death of Hannah Collett was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 93) during the first quarter of 1868.

 

18o9 – Robert George Collett was born in 1813 at Halesworth

18o10 – Charles Thomas Collett was baptised on 2nd June 1815; died on 11th June 1815

 

Emma Collett [18o1] was born at Newington within the London Borough of Southwark, the eldest child of James and Elizabeth Collett.  It was on 2nd February 1832 that she married Owen Girdlestone at Halesworth, where their first two children were born, before settling in nearby Fressingfield at New Bridge.  By 1841, Emma had given birth to four children, although the couple’s eldest son was staying with Emma’s widowed father at Halesworth, George Harry Girdlestone being five years old having been born at Halesworth on 25th May 1836.  He may have been a poorly child, because his death was recorded at Blything early in 1851.  The three children living with Emma and Owen in 1841 were Sarah aged nine, Owen who was three and James who was one year old.  Following the loss of son George, and with son James away a boarding school, the Girdlestone family was residing at Chediston Road in Halesworth in 1851, where her unmarried sister Matilda (below) was also living.  Owen was 40 and a master whitesmith from Halesworth, Emma from Newington – her stated place of birth in all the later census returns as well, was also 40, and their children were Sarah Ann aged 18 and Owen who was 13.  Curiously, three different teenage children were living at Pound Street in Halesworth with Owen and Emma in 1861, and they were Harry Girdlestone 19, Matilda Girdlestone 16 and William Girdlestone 15, all born at Fressingfield before the move to Halesworth.  Over the next three decades the couple lived alone at Pound Street, where first Emma died in 1893, followed six months later by Owen on 7th February 1894.  The Will of Owen Girdlestone was proved at Ipswich on 27th February 1894, when the sole beneficiary was his eldest surviving son James Clark Girdlestone

 

Matilda Collett [18o2], whose date of birth has only been established from the census records, was born around 1814, and that may or may not have taken place at Halesworth, as stated in the census of 1861, while in 1851 and 1881 her place of birth was given as Newington, Surrey in South London.  Matilda was 25 years old at the time of the census in 1841, when she was living at Collett’s Yard in Halesworth with her widowed father James and younger sister Harriet.  Matilda never married and in 1851 she was 38 and head of the household when she still was living in Halesworth, but at Chediston Street, from where she was employed as a stay-maker.  That was the first occasion when her place of birth was recorded as Newington in Surrey.  By 1861 she was living at 39 Bridewell Lane in Bury St Edmunds, the home of her married brother William Henry Collett (below), where she was described as Matilda Collett aged 46 and a stay-maker from Halesworth.  It seems likely that her brother assisted the census enumerator to complete the form perhaps, ignorant that his eldest sister had been born in South London.  Ten years later in 1871, the census that year placed her once more living in Halesworth at the age of 56.  According to the next census in 1881, Matilda Collett, aged 69 (sic), was again living at on Chediston Street in Halesworth.  She was still working as a stay-maker when again, her place of birth was given as Newington in Surrey.  Four years later, the death of Matilda Collett was recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 515) during the quarter of 1885, when she was 72 years old

 

Harriet Jesse Collett [18o3] was born at Halesworth in 1819, where she was baptised on 21st November 1819, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Collett.  By 1841 she was living with her widowed father James and her eldest sister Matilda at Collett’s Yard in Halesworth.  After a further ten years, Harriet Collett from Halesworth was a dressmaker who was a lodger with the Deane family at Quay Street in Halesworth, when her age was incorrectly recorded as 28 years

 

Frances Caroline Collett [18o4] was born at Halesworth in 1821 and was baptised there on 11th February 1821, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Collett.  In the census of 1841, she was living just two doors from her widowed father and her two of her three older sisters at Collett’s Yard in Halesworth, where she was a domestic servant at the home of the Chilvers family.  It was as Frances Caroline Collett that her marriage to William Swan was recorded at Blything (Ref. xiii 605) during the third quarter of 1844.  By the day of the census in 1851, Frances had presented William with five children, all born at Halesworth, where the family was still living in 1851.  William Swan from Friston was 34 and a hairdresser, Frances C Swan from Halesworth was 30, William Swan junior was five, Sarah E Swan was four, Frederick R Swan was three, Fanny Swan was two and John Swan was approaching one year old.  Assisting the family was domestic servant girl Mary Ann King who was 17, plus apprentice hairdresser Joseph Culham aged 14.  Three more children were added to the family. and they were Edward James Swan, George C Swan and Charles E Swan.  The family was again living in Halesworth in 1881, when only two children were still living with William and Frances, and they were unmarried daughter Sarah who was 30, and Charles who was 19.  William Swan senior passed away during the following decade, leaving Frances Caroline Swan, nee Collett, who was 85 years old, when her death was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 608) during the fourth quarter of 1906

 

William Henry Collett [18o5] was born at Halesworth in 1822, where he was also baptised on 21st October 1822, the only known son of James and Elizabeth Collett.  He was originally believed to be the son of William Collett (Ref. 18N24) and his second wife Sarah Baldry, although that has now been disproved as a result of new information received from Liz Whittaker (Ref. 18R14) during 2011.  In 1841, the census that June recorded William Collett, aged 18, living in Beccles, where he was working as a painter.  It was eight years later he married (1) Mary Goddard, a widow, during 1849 within the Blything registration district, which includes Halesworth.  In 1841 Mary Goddard, aged 27, was living in the Thoroughfare in Halesworth with her husband, grocer John Goddard, and their eleven-months old son of the same name.  The records for Blything include the deaths of three John Goddards; one in 1843, one in 1846, and the most recent in 1847

 

It was also at that same address that William and his wife Mary were living in 1851, when his occupation was that of a coach painter and a grocer, indicating that he had taken on his wife’s late husband’s business.  The census return listed the family as William H Collett, aged 29 and from Halesworth, Mary Collett, aged 35, sons-in-law (stepsons) John Goddard, aged nine years, and William Goddard, aged eight, daughter-in-law (stepdaughter) Fanny Goddard, who was seven, and William’s own son and namesake, William H Collett who was just one month old.  Two more children were born into the family while they were still living in Halesworth, although the first of them suffered an infant death.  Sometime after the birth of the second of those two children the family left Halesworth, when they moved south to Bury St Edmunds, where they were recorded in 1861 as residing at 39 Bridewell Lane in the town.  For some reason, from that time onwards, William and Mary appear to have given their age as being younger than their actually years.  By that time the family comprised William H Collett, a painter aged 34 (rather than 38), Mary Collett, aged 41 (rather than 43), son William H Collett who was 10, and daughter Alice Collett who was said to be three years, when she was actually that age.  Also living with the family was Fanny Goddard, aged 18, who was described as the daughter of William Collett, and Matilda Collett who was listed as the sister of the head of the household William.  She was 46 and a stay maker from Halesworth

 

Three years later Fanny Goddard married Ebenezer Bates and during the following two years she gave birth to a daughter Elizabeth Bates, who was born in London.  At the time of the Bury census in 1871, Elizabeth Bates, granddaughter, aged five years was living with William and his family at 6 Sparhawk Street in Bury St Edmunds.  The census in 1871 confirmed that William was 45 (rather than 48), his wife Mary was 53 (her correct age), and their daughter Alice was 13, still a few years short of her real age according to the year of her birth at Halesworth.  The only other person with the Collett name living within the same registration area of Bury St Edmunds was Thomas Collett who was 16, while no trace has been found of their son William who would have been around 20 years of age.  Just a few years later William was made a widower when Mary Collett, formerly Mary Goddard, died at Bury St Edmunds, following which William married (2) Mary Ann Borley around the end of the 1870s.  That second marriage produced a final son for William when he was in his late fifties

 

According to the next census in 1881, William and his much younger new wife were still living at 6 Sparhawk Street in Bury St Edmunds.  William H Collett, aged 54 (rather than 58) and from Halesworth, was a master painter employing one man and a boy.  His wife Mary Ann Collett, aged 42, came from Beyton near Bury St Edmunds, while their son was one-year-old Albert G Collett, who had been born at Bury.  Living with William and Mary Ann and their only known child was school girl Jane Borley who was ten years old and described as daughter-in-law to head of the house William.  However, she was actually William’s stepdaughter and the base-born child of Mary Ann Borley.  At the time of the earlier census in 1871 Mary Ann Borley was not married but was living with her married brother William Borley and his family in Bury St Edmunds.  Shortly after the census day that year Mary Ann gave birth to her daughter Jane Borley.  By the time of the census in 1891 William Henry Collett, a painter and house decorator, was 63 (rather than 68) and was still living at 6 Sparhawk Street in Bury St Edmunds with his wife Mary Ann Collett who was 52.  Also still living with the couple was their son Albert George Collett, who was 10, and Jane Emma Borley, aged 19 and a dressmaker, William’s stepdaughter.  It seems that Mary Ann Collett nee Borley died at Bury St Edmunds during 1900 at the age of 61, while William Henry Collett had died two years earlier in 1898.  Two years before that Jane Emma Borley had been married in Bury St Edmunds during 1896

 

18p1 – William Henry Collett was born in 1851 at Halesworth

18p2 – Alice Collett was born in 1852 at Halesworth

18p3 – Alice Mary Collett was born in 1854 at Halesworth

18p4 – Albert George Collett was born in 1880 at Bury St Edmunds

 

Robert George Collett [18o9] was born in 1813 at Halesworth, the son of miller Robert Collett and his first wife Mary.  He was in his mid-thirties when, under his full name, his marriage to Harriet Hunn was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. xii 478) during the first three months of 1847. Just over twelve months later, the couple’s first-born child arrived, the birth recorded at Norwich where Robert’s father and stepmother had been living since 1833.  On the April 1850 baptism of the couple’s two eldest children, the family’s home address was at White Friars Street in Norwich.  One year later, according to the census in 1851, the new family was living at Cowgate in Norwich, just north of the river, with Robert’s father living nearby, but to the south of the river.  Robert Collett from Halesworth was 38 and a licenced victualler, his wife Harriet from Acle, to the west of Norwich, was 34, and their two children were George Collett who was three and Harriet Collett who was one year old.  Helping the couple was servant Sarah Ives who was 17.  At the joint baptism of the two children in April 1850, the parents were confirmed as Robert George Collett, a publican, and his wife Harriet Collett.  As far as can be determined, just one more child was added to the family six years later, the baptism record at the Church of St Martin at Palace stating the father was a baker in Norwich.  Soon after the birth of his last child at Cowgate, Robert ceased to be a baker, when he took over an ale house in Cowgate.  However, by 1861, Robert was still managing an ale house, but at St Martin at Palace Plain in Norwich, where five people were boarding with the family on the premises.  Victualler Robert G Collett from Halesworth was 47, Harriet was 44, George Robert was 12, Harriet Eliza was 11 and Charles Joseph was three years of age.  Two years after that day, the Norwich electoral roll identified Robert George Collett as the publican at an ale house on White Friars Street, just round the corner from Palace Plain

 

It was during the 1860s that Robert gave up serving ale, and took a desk job as a clerk, which was how he was described in the Norwich census of 1871, when he and his family were residing at Balaclava Terrace in the St Helens area of the city.  They had moved to that address during the previous year, and remained living there until 1873.  By 1871, the two eldest children had left the family home, leaving Robert G Collett who was 58, Harriet Collett who was 56, and Charles J Collett who was 13.  On that occasion the place of birth of the couple’s youngest son was said to be Surlingham, a few miles south-east of Norwich.  Further family moves followed, with Robert and Harriet being recorded at Bridge Street in 1875, at Flowers Court on Wensum Street in 1876 and 1877, and at Elm Hill off Wensum Street by 1881.  On the day of the census in 1881, Harriet and son Charles were visiting the London home of the couple’s eldest son George, while Robert was a boarder at the Norwich Elm Hill home of Rebecca Longfield.  It may have been his landlady who assisted the census enumerator to complete the census return, as it contained some incorrect information.  That was, that George Collett from Halesworth was 62 and an insurance agent, when in fact Robert would have been 68.  Although the record of the passing of Robert George Collett has not been found, Harriet Collett was a widow by 1891 when, at the age of 75, she was living with her married eldest son at 569 Holloway Road in the Islington area of London.  Three and a half years later, the death of Harriet Collett, aged 79, was recorded at St George Hanover Square register office (Ref. 1a 270) during the last three months of 1894

 

18p5 - George Robert Collett was born in 1848 at Norwich

18p6 – Harriet Eliza Collett was born in 1850 at Norwich

18p7 – Charles Joseph Collett was born in 1857 at Norwich

 

William Henry Collett [18p1] was born in 1851, the eldest of the four known children of William H Collett and Mary Goddard, his birth recorded at Blything (Ref. xiii 441) during the first three months of that year.

 

Alice Collett [18p2] was born at Halesworth 4th May 1852, with her birth recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 654) during the second quarter of the year.  Just over eighteen months later, the death of Alice Collett was recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 451) during the first three months of 1854

 

Alice Mary Collett [18p3] was born at Halesworth on 20th August 1854, the second daughter of William Henry Collett, whose earlier daughter of the same forename had died earlier that same year.  Like her two older siblings, her birth was also recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 581).  Not long after she was born, her parents moved to Bury St Edmunds.  Her father seemed to have trouble on the census days giving accurate ages for members of his family including Alice who he said was three years old at 39 Bridewell Lane in Bury in 1861 and 13 years of age at 6 Sparhawk Street in Bury St Edmunds in 1871, on both occasions the census return stated she had been born at Bury St Edmunds.  Alice’s mother died towards the end of the 1870s and her father then married a much younger woman.  It may have been those two events that resulted in Alice leaving the family home and ending up in Lancashire, where she married Henry Vaughan from Liverpool in 1881, but after the census day that year.  That census placed unmarried Henry, aged 29 and an ironmonger employing one man and one boy, living with his widowed mother Sarah Vaughan at 6 Ramle Terrace in Rice Lane, Liscard in Wallasey, Cheshire.  No positive record of Alice M Collett, from Halesworth, has been found anywhere in England that day although, it was during the second quarter of 1881, that the marriage of Alice Maria Collett and Henry Vaughan was recorded at West Derby [Liverpool] (Ref. 8b 831).  Early in the following year, Alice gave birth to her daughter, and two years later the couple added a son to their family, both children born while Henry and Alice were still living in Liverpool

 

By the time of the next census in 1891 the couple and their two children were residing in the West Derby area of Liverpool.  Henry Vaughan was 39, Alice Maria Vaughan from Halesworth was 38, Alice M Vaughan was nine, and Robert Vaughan was seven.  During the next ten years the family left Liverpool and in 1901 they were recorded at Pendleton just south of Clitheroe in Lancashire.  At that time in his life Henry was working as a traveller in hardware at the age of 49.  His wife Alice M Vaughan from Halesworth was 47 and, of their two children, only their son Robert was still living with them at the age of 17, when he was employed as a shipping clerk.  It would appear that their daughter Alice M Vaughan from Liverpool was living at Walton-on-the-Hill, near Bootle, from where she was employed at a local jam works.  Her age on that occasion was a misleading 21 years.  It was during the first decade of the new century that Henry Vaughan passed away and, it was that sad event, which reunited the family since, in 1911, Alice and her two unmarried children were living together in the Barton-on-Irwell district of Eccles, to the west of Manchester.  Alice Maria Vaughan from Halesworth was 57, Alice Maud Vaughan from Liverpool was 29, and Robert Vaughan, who was also from Liverpool, was 27

 

Albert George Collett [18p4] was born at Bury St Edmunds in 1880, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 4a 591) during the third quarter of the year.  He was one year old in the census of 1881 when he was living with his elder father William Henry Collett and his second wife, the much younger Mary Ann Borley at 6 Sparhawk Street in Bury St Edmunds.  Also living there was his half-sister Jane Emma Borley, aged ten and the base-born daughter of Mary Ann Borley.  Albert and his family were still living at the same address ten years later, according to the census in 1891, when he was recorded as being ten years old, when his father was 63 and his mother was 52.  Once again, living with the three of them was Jane Emma Borley aged 19.  Following the death of his father at Bury St Edmunds in 1898 at the age of 72, and then the death of his mother there during 1900, Albert moved into London to seek work.  According to the census conducted in 1901, it was at 68 Falkland Road in St Pancras that Albert Collett, aged 20 and from Bury St Edmunds, was living as a servant at the home of the Frost family, when his occupation was that of a baker’s assistant

 

It was during the first quarter of 1911, when the marriage of Albert G Collett and Rose M Messenger was recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 605), Rose being the daughter of Thomas and Emily Messenger.  A few weeks later, in the census of 1911, the newly-wed couple was living at 252 Hermitage Road, just opposite Finsbury Park, within Tottenham/Stoke Newington district of Middlesex.  Albert Collett from Bury St Edmunds was 29 years old and a barrowman working in the bakery business, presumably selling door-to-door or to local shops.  Why he said he was 29, when he was 31, and said he had been married one year, instead of one month, is not known.  His wife Rose Collett from nearby Hackney was also 29 but had no stated occupation.  It may have been that Rose was already showing signs of expecting the birth of her first child, which may have been miscarried, since the first of the couple’s five children was born two years later.  Their last two children were twins, with the births of all of them recorded at Edmonton register when, in each case, the mother’s maiden was confirmed as Messenger.

 

18q1 – Violet Rose Collett was born in 1913 at Edmonton, Middlesex

18q2 – Clarence Albert Collett was born in 1916 at Edmonton, Middlesex

18q3 – Winifred B Collett was born in 1918 at Edmonton, Middlesex

18q4 – Irene T Collett (twin) was born in 1920 at Edmonton, Middlesex

18q5 – Reginald George Collett (twin) was born in 1920 at Edmonton, Middlesex

 

George Robert Collett [18p5] was born in 1848 at Norwich where his birth was recorded (Ref. xiii 290) during the second quarter of that year under the name George Robert Collett.  He may have been born at White Friars Street, where he and his parents were living at the time of the birth of his sister Harriet (below).  On being baptised at Norwich on 21st April 1850, in a joint ceremony with his younger sister Harriet, his name was recorded as Robert George Collett, the son of Robert George and Harriet Collett.  However, that was obviously an error since, on every other occasion, he was correctly named as George, as in the census of 1851 when he was three years of age and living at Cowgate in Norwich with his family.  By 1861, George Robert Collett was 12 years old and with his family was St Martin at Palace Plain in Norwich, although ten years later he had left the family home in Norwich, when he was living and working in the Shoreditch area of London.  Unmarried George Collett from Norwich was 22 and carriage trimmer and a lodger in that part of Middlesex.  George Robert Collett was still a single man in 1881 who was recorded in the census that year at Long Acre in St Martin-in-the Field, Middlesex London, when he was 32 and carriage builder’s assistant.  Staying with him that day was his mother Harriet and his younger brother Charles Joseph Collett.  It was two years later, that the marriage of George Robert Collett and Elizabeth Tookey Baker was recorded at Bishop Stortford (Ref. 3a 465) during the third quarter of 1883.  Elizabeth was 36 and a widow, formerly Elizabeth Tookey Reavell from Guilden Morden in Cambridgeshire, where she was born in 1846, while her birth was recorded at nearby Royston in Hertfordshire (Ref. vi 602) during the last quarter of that year.  In 1881 Elizabeth T Baker was already a widow, when she was working as a draper’s assistant at Potters Street in Bishop Stortford

 

Elizabeth also had a daughter from her first marriage who, on the day of the census in 1881, was described as a visitor at the Guilden Morden, High Street home of Elizabeth’s older married sister Mary Murfitt of Guilden Morden, the child being Gertrude E Baker who was four years of age and born in London.  The marriage of George and Elizabeth produced six children for the couple although, tragically, only two of whom survived beyond infancy and they were daughters Ethel and Gwendoline, who were both born at Holloway in London, their births recorded at Islington in Middlesex.  In fact, Elizabeth presented George with all six children prior to the day of the census in 1891, including a set of twin girls, four of whom were living with the couple at 569 Holloway Road in West Upper Holloway, where they had all been born.  Also living with the family was George’s mother Harriet Collett from Norfolk who was 75, and his stepdaughter Gertrude E Baker aged 14 and a draper’s assistant, who had been born at 7 Sevington Street in Maida Vale, just north of Paddington.  The remainder of the household was made up of George R Collett from Norfolk who was 42 and a master draper and a carriage builder’s manager, Elizabeth Collett from Cambridge who was 44, Ethel G Collett who was five, Dorothy M Collett who was two, and twins Gladys W Collett and Gwendoline P Collett who were only a few weeks old.  Sadly, within the next six months, Gladys suffered an infant death, while daughter Dorothy had a premature death six years later, by which time the family was living in the Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith area of West London.

 

It was there also, that the family was living at 25 Ellingham Road, midway between Goldhawk Road and Uxbridge Road, in Shepherds Bush.  The census return in 1901 recorded the family as George Robert Collett aged 52 and a commercial clerk, Elizabeth Tookey Collett aged 54 and from Guilden Morden, Ethel Georgina Collett from Holloway was 15 and a probationer at a boarding school, Gwendoline Phyllis Collett from Holloway was 10, and Gertrude Elizabeth Baker from Paddington was 24 and working as a shorthand typist and a clerk.  Curiously, ten years later in 1911, George’s stated occupation, in the census that year, was back to what it had been twenty years earlier, that of a carriage builder’s manager.  Also, by that time in his life, he and his complete family was residing in the Parish of Acton within the Brentford area of Middlesex.  George Collett from Norwich was 62, his wife Elizabeth Collett was 64, stepdaughter Elizabeth Baker was 34 and a shorthand typist with a local newspaper, Ethel Collett was 24 and Gwendoline Collett was 20 years of age

 

18q6 - Ethel Mary Collett was born in 1884 at Holloway

18q7 - Ethel Georgina Collett was born in 1885 at Holloway

18q8 – George Collett was born in 1887 at Holloway

18q9 - Dorothy Mary Collett was born in 1888 at Holloway

18q10 - Gladys Winifred Collett (twin) was born in 1891 at Holloway

18q11 - Gwendoline Phyllis Collett (twin) was born in 1891 at Holloway

 

Harriet Eliza Collett [18p6] was born in 1850 at White Friars Street in Norwich and was baptised on the same day has her older brother Robert (above), that being 21st April 1850, when they were confirmed as the children of Robert George Collett and his wife Harriet.  The record of the baptism also confirmed that the family was living at White Friars Street in Norwich, but not long after that, the family move to Cowgate in Norwich, where Harriet’s father was a baker until just after 1857. After being one year old in 1851, and being 11 years of age in 1861, when living with her parents in Norwich, by 1871 Harriet Collett from Norwich was 21 and a draper’s assistant living and working at Preston in Lancashire.  Twenty years later, her older brother George (above) had the occupation of a master draper, while he was living in the Holloway area of London.  It was also to London that Harriet travelled just after 1871 and where her marriage to Thomas Shortt was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 461) during the second quarter of 1874.  Over the remainder of that decade, Harriet gave birth to three children, as confirmed by the London census in 1881.  The family of five was residing at Union Grove in Clapham, where Thomas Shortt from Plymouth was 33 and a clerk with the Civil Service, Harriet E Shortt from Norwich was 31, Thomas Shortt junior was six and born at Islington, George A Shortt was four and born at Holloway and Charles R Shortt was one year old and born at Strand in Middlesex.  No record of the family has been found after 1881

 

Charles Joseph Collett [18p7] was born at Surlingham on 23rd August 1857, when his family was living at Cowgate in Norwich, with his birth recorded at Henstead (Ref. 4b 175) during the third quarter of the year, the last child of Robert George Collett and Harriet Hunn.  It was at the Church of St Martin at Palace in Norwich that he was baptised on 1st November 1857, when his father’s occupation was recorded as that of a baker, living in the St Swithins Parish of Norwich.  It was within four of the later census records, that the place of his birth was confirmed as Surlingham, six miles south-east of Norwich.  He was three years old in 1861 and was 13 in 1871, on both census days he was living with his family in Norwich.  In 1881, Charles Joseph Collett had accompanied his mother on a visit to the London home of his older brother Robert at Long Acre, St Martin-in-the-Field.  Charles from Surlingham was 23 and a hairdresser.  Four years later, the marriage of Charles Joseph Collett and Elizabeth Ladly was recorded at West Ham (Ref. 4a 47) during the first three months of 1885.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Bartholomew and Maria Ladly of Norwich and gave birth to a daughter during the following year

 

In 1890, Charles Joseph Collett was paying 10 Shillings a week to rent unfurnished ground floor rooms, front and back, at 63 High Street in St Johns Wood, from landlord Thiele Hugo of 62 High Street.  The following year Charles and Elizabeth were recorded together, living at Stanstead Road in Forest Hill, Lewisham in 1891.  Charles J Collett from Surlingham was 32 and a hairdresser’s apprentice, while his wife Elizabeth Collett was also 32 and born at Norwich.  On that census day, Elizabeth had just given birth to the couple’s second child, who was born at Forest Hill prior to the family moving to Egham in Surrey.  That move took place after 1894, when the electoral roll that year identified Charles Joseph Collett as the tenant of W D Jordan at 93 Stanstead Road in Forest Hill, where the family had two unfurnished first floor rooms.  Charles J Collett from Surlingham was 43 and a hairdresser, assisted by eighteen-year-old Edgar Odam from Plymouth.  Elizabeth was 42 and son Charles was 10 years of age. Charles and Elizabeth continued to be mobile, with their next home being at Hadleigh in Essex.  His occupation was again that of a hairdresser in 1911, at the age of 53, when once again he gave his birthplace as Surlingham, when Elizabeth was 52.

 

18q12 - Catherine Ella Collett was born in 1886 at Ipswich, Suffolk

18q13 - Charles Cyril Collett was born in 1891 at Forest Hill, Lewisham

 

Violet Rose Collett [18q1] was born in 1913, the eldest of the five children of Albert George Collett and Rose M Messenger, her birth recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 1061) during the second quarter of that year.  She was almost twenty years of age, when the marriage of Violet R Collett and Charles E Reid was recorded at the London Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 90) during the first three months of 1943

 

Clarence Albert Collett [18q2] was born in 1916, his birth recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 1013) during the second quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed at Messenger.  Tragically, he was around six months old when the death of Clarence A Collett was recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 677) during the last quarter of that same year

 

Winifred B Collett [18q3] was born in 1918, with her birth also recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 734) during the first quarter of the year.  She was twenty-one when her marriage to Charles Helling was recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 2591) during the second quarter of 1939

 

Irene T Collett [18q4] was the twin sister of Reginald G Collett (below) and was born in 1920, with her birth recorded just before that of her brother at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 1083) during the third quarter of that year.  It was in the middle of the Second World War, that the marriage of Irene T Collett and Leslie F Jordan was recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 2162) during the first three months of 1942

 

Reginald George Collett [18q5] was born in 1920 was the younger twin brother of Irene T Collett (above), whose birth was recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 1083) during the third quarter of the year, the last child of Albert George Collett and Rose M Messenger.  Just after WW2, the marriage of Reginald G Collett and Annie E Feasey was recorded at Lewisham register office (Ref. 1d 1432) during the first quarter of 1946.  Their marriage produced three children for Reg and Annie, the births of which were also recorded at Lewisham, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Feasey

 

18r1 - Raymond D Collett was born in 1950 at Edmonton, Middlesex

18r2 - Christopher Collett was born in 1955 at Edmonton, Middlesex

18r3 - Pauline Collett was born in 1957 at Edmonton, Middlesex

 

Ethel Mary Collett [18q6] was born in 1884 at 569 Holloway Road in Holloway, London, the first of the six children of George Robert Collett from Norwich and Elizabeth Tookey Baker, nee Reavell from Guilden Morden, Cambridgeshire.  Her birth was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 355) during the first three months of the year, and jut over nine months after her parents wedding.  She was one year old, when her death was also recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 221) during the second quarter of 1885

 

Ethel Georgina Collett [18q7] was born in 1885 at 569 Holloway Road in Holloway, while it was at Islington where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1b 209) during the third quarter of that years and around three months after her older sister (above) suffered an infant death.  It was at 569 Holloway Road that Ethel G Collett was living with her family in 1891 at the age of five years.  She was 15 years of age by 1901, when Ethel, her parents, and her younger sister Gwendoline (below), were recorded at 25 Ellington Road in Shepherds Bush.  She had left school by then and was described as a probationer at a boarding school.  After a further decade, Ethel was 24 when, once again, she was living with her family, but at Acton near Brentford in Middlesex, from where she was employed as an assistant teacher.  The marriage of Ethel Georgina Collett and Johnson was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 566) during the second quarter of 1919.  As far as can be determined, they had no children

 

George Collett [18q8] was born in 1887 at 569 Holloway Road, the only son of George and Elizabeth Collett.  The birth of George Collett junior was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 251) during the third quarter of that year.  Sadly, it was during the same quarter of 1887 that the death of baby George Collett was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 182)

 

Dorothy Mary Collett [18q9] was born in 1888 at 569 Holloway Road and her birth was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 248) during the last three months of the year.  She was two years old in the census of 1891, when living with her family at 569 Holloway Road.  It was just less than six years later that Dorothy Mary Collett died, when death recorded at Fulham (Ref. 1a) during the first three months of 1897

 

Gladys Winifred Collett [18q10] was the older twin sister of Gwendoline (below) as her birth was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 221 245) during the first quarter of 1891.  She was born at 569 Holloway Road, where her family was living in 1891, when she was just a few weeks old.  Her death was the second tragedy to hit the family, with her death recorded at Islington (Ref. 1a 139) during the summer that same year

 

Gwendoline Phyllis Collett [18q11] was the twin sister of Gladys (above) and was born at the family home at 569 Holloway Road in Holloway, the second of only two surviving children of George and Elizabeth Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 221 246) in the first quarter of 1891.  Gwendoline and three of her four older siblings were living with their parents at 569 Holloway Road in 1891.  By 1901 she was 10 years old and was living at 25 Ellington Road in Shepherds Bush with her parents and older surviving sister Ethel.  On leaving school in the middle of the following decade, Gwendoline entered higher education, as confirmed by the census in 1911, when she was recorded as a collegiate student at the age of 20.  That year she and her family were living in the Acton parish of Middlesex.  She may have completed her college course shortly after that, and two years later the married of Gwendoline P Collett and Charles E O Carter was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 402) during the third quarter of 1913.  Their marriage produced at least two children.  Laurence R Carter was born in 1914, his birth recorded at Brentford (Ref. 3a 401) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  Dorian M Carter was born in 1916, her birth also recorded at Brentford (Ref. 3a 383) during the second quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was also confirmed as Collett

 

Catherine Ella Collett [18q12] was born in 1886 at Ipswich, Suffolk, the eldest of the two children of Charles Joseph Collett and Elizabeth Ladly.  Her birth was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4a 819) during the third quarter of that year.  As simply Catherine Collett, aged four years, she was living with her family at Stanstead Road in Forest Hill in 1891, having been living prior to that at 63 High Street in St Johns Wood.  Ten years later, Catherine Collett from Ipswich was 15, when she was a patient in the Hammersmith Children’s Hospital for the infirmed and incurable. After a further ten years, and as Ella Collett aged 25 and from Ipswich, she was an inmate at Nazareth House in Hammersmith run by the Poor Sisters (nuns) of Nazareth.  During those years that she had been in care, her parents were living in Benfleet in Surrey and Hadleigh in Essex.  The later death of Catherine E Collett was recorded at Hammersmith register office (Ref. 1a 226) during the third quarter of 1937, when she was 51 years old

 

Charles Cyril Collett [18q13] was born in 1891 at Stanstead Road in Forest Hill, within the London Borough of Lewisham, the only son of Charles Joseph Collett and his wife Elizabeth Ladly, both of them from Norwich.  His birth was recorded at Lewisham (Ref. 1d 1222) during the first three months of 1891, but was not listed with his parent in the March census that year.  He was 10 years old in the census of 1901, by which time he and his parents were recorded at Egham in Surrey.  Charles took up the same occupation as his father and, in 1911, as a boarder at the Benfleet Surrey home of Stanley Rossiter from Wales, Charles Cyril Collett from Forest Hill was 19 and a hairdresser.  No record of any marriage has been discovered, with the death of Charles C Collett being recorded at the Essex Rochford register office (Ref. 4a 648) during the last quarter of 1950, at the age of 59

 

Raymond D Collett [18r1] was born in 1950 and his birth was recorded at Lewisham register office (Ref. 5a 57) during the fourth quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Feasey.  He was nearly twenty-two when he married Lesley J Terry, their wedding day recorded at Lewisham (Ref. 5d 559) during the third quarter of 1972

 

Christopher Collett [18r2] was born in 1955, the second of the three children of Reginald G Collett and Annie E Feasey.  The birth of Christopher Collett was also recorded at Lewisham register office (Ref. 5d 106) during the second quarter of the year.  Just like his older brother Raymond (above), Christopher was also around twenty-one years of age when he married Josephine Wright, the event recorded at Lewisham (Ref. 14 0446) during the second quarter of 1976.  Four years later the couple was blessed with the birth of a daughter, whose birth was recorded at Lewisham register office (Ref. 14 1015) during the third quarter of 1980

 

18s1 – Jodie Collett was born in 1980 at Edmonton

 

Pauline Collett [18r3] was born in 1958, the last child of Reginald and Annie Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Lewisham register office (Ref. 5d 11) during the first three months of 1957, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Feasey.  Her later marriage to Michael D Hogben, was also recorded at Lewisham register office (Ref. 14 0574) during the third quarter of 1976

 

 

 

 

 

Collett Tradesmen of Halesworth Not Born There

 

Of additional interest, while focusing on the town of Halesworth, are James Collett, a butcher, and George Collett, a cabinet maker, who were both listed in the Halesworth Directory of 1844

 

Section One – The butcher

 

James Collett was born at Putney in London on 17th January 1807 and was baptised there on 22nd February 1807, the son of James and Elizabeth Collett.  The only other Collett family living in the Putney area at that time, was that of George Collett, son of Henry and Sarah, and Arabella Lawman who were married in 1803, five of their six children born at Putney between 1806 and 1815.  That family can be found in the appendix at the end of the second section of Part 43 – The Staffordshire Line to Kentucky and Michigan.  This raised the question, were James and George related, either as brothers or as cousins.  It would appear that James’ work took him from London to Suffolk where he married Mary Stammers on 20th November 1833 at Sternfield, one mile south of Saxmundham, thirteen miles south from Halesworth.  Mary Stammers was born at Bruisyard near Framlingham in 1812 and was baptised at nearby Brundish on 6th March 1814, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Stammers.  No record of any children has been found and by 1841, the childless couple was living at Chediston Street in Halesworth, where James Collett had a rounded age of 30, when he was 34, and his wife Mary Collett had a round age of 25.

 

The couple was again residing at Chediston Road in Halesworth in 1851, when James Collett from Putney was 44 and a master butcher, and when his wife Mary from Bruisyard was 39.  It was virtually the same situation in 1861, with James being 53 and Mary being 49, when James was still a butcher at Chediston Road in Halesworth.  Ten years later, the pair of them were still living in Halesworth in 1871, by which time James Collett from Putney was 63 and a pork butcher, while Mary Collett was 57, who said her place of birth was Deben or Debenham, both to the west of Brundish.  Nine years later, James Collett died at Halesworth, with his death recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 460) during the second quarter of 1880, when he was 73.  After a further eighteen years, the death of Mary Collett was also recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 632) during the first quarter of 1898, at the age of 86.  One year after losing her husband, widow Mary Collett from Bruisyard was continuing to reside at Chediston Street in Halesworth where, as head of the household, she was described as a butcher at the age of 69, who had living there with her, her nephew Walter Tibnam and his wife Mary Tibnam.  Walter was 29 and from Stratford St Andrew near Saxmundham, and was managing Collett’s Butcher Shop for Mary.  No trace of Mary Collett has been found anywhere within the next census of 1891

 

 

Section Two – The Cabinet Maker

 

George Thomas Collett was born at Newington in Surrey around 1815, and may have been the son of James and Elizabeth Collett who are known to have moved to Halesworth around 1816 with two confirmed daughters, both born at Newington during the preceding years.  It was certainly at Halesworth that George Thomas Collett married the young widow Maria Cornwell Rounce King, who already had a five-year-old daughter from her first marriage.  Maria was from Dickleburgh in Norfolk and was married to George during the first three months of 1838 (Ref. xiii 531).  Just prior to the Halesworth census of 1841, Maria presented George with their only known child, a daughter Ann, whose birth at Halesworth was recorded at Blything (Ref. xiii 341) during the last three months of 1840.  Therefore, in June 1841, the family of four was recorded at George Collett aged 26, Maria Collett aged 30, Ann Collett aged seven months, and Betsy King who was eight years of age.  The Halesworth Directory of 1844 listed George Collett as a cabinet maker, which was confirmed within the Halesworth census of 1851.  On that day, George T Collett was 36 and a journeyman cabinet maker from Newington in Surrey, his wife Maria Collett from Dickleburgh was 42, and the two girls were named as Betsy Collett (formerly King) who was 18 and from Cookley, who was working as an assistant in a shop, and Ann Collett of Halesworth who was 10 years of age

 

By 1861, the family business was doing very well, enabling George to employ two men and two boys that year.  The family was recorded at the ‘Thoroughfare’ in Halesworth on that occasion, where cabinet maker George Collett from Newington was 46, Maria Collett was 52, and their daughter Ann Collett was 20 and employed as a shop maid.  Daughter Ann was probably married during the next decade, since she was not living with her parents in 1871, when George was still working as a cabinet maker at the age of 56 and Maria was 62.  Staying with the couple that day, was Maria Godbold from Beccles who was 18 and their niece, who was working with her uncle as a cabinet makers assistant.  She had been baptised at Beccles in Suffolk on 20th June 1852, the youngest daughter of William and Mary Ann Godbold, who were living at Blyburgate, in Beccles, in 1861.  George Collett from Newington in Surrey was 67 in the Halesworth census conducted in 1881, when he was again continuing his work as a cabinet maker.  Maria Collett was 72 who had a servant girl, Harriet Burgess helping out the elderly couple, who had living with them their grandson George A Gooding from Beccles, who 11 years old. Four years later Maria Collett died at Halesworth, with her death at the age of 76, recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 506) during the last quarter of 1885.  Just over three years after the loss of his wife, the death of George Collett at Halesworth was also recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 521) during the first quarter of 1889, when he was 74 years old

 

Betsy Collett (formerly King) was born in 1832 at Cookley

Ann Collett was born in 1840 at Halesworth

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

When some of the above details were extracted from the pre-2020 version of Part 18 – The Suffolk Line, there were also three brothers who were removed, and they were Roy William Collett, Clive Rex Collett, and Gordon Daniel Collett.  They were originally believed to be the children of William Saunders Collett [18Q135] by his wife Laura Crisp.  However, it is now established that the wife of William Saunders Collett, born at Willow Marsh, Yoxford in 1898, was Violet Lucy Cotton, to whom he was married at Westleton in 1929.  Therefore, rather than delete the three aforementioned Collett brothers, their family line is reproduced here, now it has been established that they were the three children of William Sydney Collett and Laura Crisp

 

 

 

William Collett [18An1] would appear to have been baptised at Broadway on 6th August 1815, the eldest child son of William Collett and Sarah Lane, who were married at Broadway on 6th October 1813.  In his later life, William claimed that he had been born at Hanbury, north of Broadway, in the Bromsgrove area of Worcestershire.  The later marriage of William Collett and Caroline Baynham was recorded at Worcestershire Stourbridge (Ref. xxiii 567) during the last three months of 1840.  Caroline was born on 23rd March 1821 and was baptised at Park Lane Chapel in Cradley, four miles from Stourbridge, the daughter of William and Martha Baynham.  On the day of the census in the first week of June, the following year, Caroline had already given birth to the couple’s first child, two months earlier, which indicates that Caroline was already with-child on the couple’s wedding day.  The family of three, comprising William Collett aged 27, Caroline Collett aged 20, and Thomas Collett who was only a few months old, was living at Coalbourn Brook in the Staffordshire Parish of Old Swinford, near Stourbridge, the home of Caroline’s father William Baynham, who was 59.  Ten years later, William Baynham and his wife Martha were living at Amblecote, just north of Stourbridge, where William was a shoe maker.  Less than three years later, Caroline’s mother Martha died at Amblecote early in 1854.  During the remainder of 1840s, Caroline presented William with another four children, the fourth of them born after the family had settled in Belbroughton, midway between Stourbridge and Bromsgrove, where they were living in 1851.  The census that year identified William Collett from Hanbury, south of Bromsgrove, as being 38 and a farm bailiff, having 136 acres and employing five labourers.  His wife Caroline Collett was 29 and from Old Swinford, while the couple’s first four children were recorded as having been born at Kingswinford.  They were Thomas who was ten, William who was eight, Jane who was six, and Harriet who was four.  Completing the family was Albert, who was eight months old, but who died during the summer of 1852, at the age of two years

 

Just a few months before the death of young Albert, Caroline presented William with another daughter Sarah, and she was following two years later by the birth of another son who was given the name Albert John.  At some point later, towards the end of the 1850s, William’s work as a farm bailiff saw the family travel less than three miles south of Belbroughton, to Bournheath, an area on the west side of Catshill, where the enlarged family was residing in 1861 and where the couple’s last two children (twins) were born near the end of that year.  On the census day that year, the family of bailiff William Collett, aged 46 and from Hanbury, was listed in the census return as Caroline Collett who was 40 and from Old Swinford, Sarah Collett who was nine, Albert Collett who was seven, Henry Collett who was four and Charles Collett who was two years old.  All four children’s place of birth was confirmed as Belbroughton.  Sometime after the birth of the twins, at the end of 1861, William’s work again resulted in another move for the family, on that occasion to Amblecote, just north of Stourbridge, where Caroline’s mother had died in 1854.  And it was at Amblecote that William and the family were living in 1871

 

William was still a farm bailiff at Amblecote, where Caroline was working with her husband and their eldest son Thomas, as a dairy woman.  William was 56, Caroline was 50 and Thomas was a cowman at the age of 25.  Apart from Thomas, it was only the couple’s four youngest children who were still living at the family home by then, and they were Henry who was 14, Charles who was 11, and twins Joseph and Mary, both of whom were nine years of age.  All four children had been born at Belbroughton.  Just over a year prior to the next census in 1881, the death of William Collett aged 65, was recorded at Stourbridge (Ref. 6a 113) during the first quarter of 1880.  Caroline Collett was therefore confirmed as a widow, at the age of 60, in the census Bromsgrove census of 1881 when she was described as a farmer of seventeen acres, being assisted by her eldest son Thomas, who was married by then, even though he was incorrectly recorded as being single.  Living with them at Stourbridge Road, was Thomas’ wife Sarah Collett who was described as the daughter-in-law of Caroline Collett aged 45 and born at Powick, south-west of Worcester, a farmer’s wife.  The only other child of the late William Collett and his wife Caroline, who was still living with her, was Joseph Collett who was 19 and a farmer’s son and, completing the household, was Caroline’s nephew Ernest Booker from Birmingham who was two years old.  His connection to Caroline, may have been though her own family, since no record has been found to suggest he was a member of her Collett family.  With her advancing years, Caroline eventually retired from farming and subsequently travelled to the City of Worcester, to live with her married daughter Mary Robinson and her policeman husband Richard.  By that time in her Caroline was 70 years of age and, around two and a half years later, she passed away with her death recorded at Worcester (Ref. 6c 174) during the third quarter of 1893, when she was 72 years old

 

18Ao1 – Thomas Collett was in 1841 at Kingswinford

18Ao2 - William Collett was born 1842 at Kingswinford

18Ao3 – Jane Collett was born in 1844 at Kingswinford

18Ao4 – Harriet Collett was born in 1847 at Kingswinford

18Ao5 – Albert Collett was born in 1850 at Belbroughton

18Ao6 – Sarah Collett was born in 1852 at Belbroughton

18Ao7 – Albert John Collett was born in 1854 at Belbroughton

18Ao8 – Henry Collett was born in 1856 at Belbroughton

18Ao9 – Charles Collett was born in 1859 at Belbroughton

18Ao10 – Joseph Collett (twin) was born in 1861 at Belbroughton

18Ao11 – Mary Collett (twin) was born in 1861 at Belbroughton

 

Thomas Collett [18Ao1] was born in 1841 at Kingswinford, his birth recorded at Stourbridge (Ref. xviii 458) during the second quarter of that year.  He was baptised at Kingswinford on 29th April 1841, the eldest child of William Collett of Hanbury in Worcestershire and Caroline Baynham of Old Swinford, Stourbridge.  That day was only around six months after his parents were married during the last three months of 1840.  Therefore, Thomas was only two or three months old on the day of the census in 1841.  The majority of his siblings were born at Kingswinford, while by 1850 the family was living at Belbroughton where, in 1851, Thomas Collett from Kingswinford was ten years old and attending the village school.  After a further ten years, and upon leaving school, Thomas Collett entered into domestic service and secured the position as a footman at the Lower Swinford home of J P Piernay, a merchant in the iron trade, which is   where Thomas was recorded on the day of the census in 1861.  It would appear that he eventually rejoined his family, which had moved from Belbroughton, north to Amblecote near Stourbridge, where he was 19 and working on his father’s farm as a cowman in 1871.  

 

After his father died in 1880, Thomas continued to assist his mother Caroline with a smaller farm of 17 acres at Stourbridge Road in the Bromsgrove area of Worcestershire.  Thomas Collett aged 39 and from Kingswinford was described as a farmer with his mother, and a single man.  The latter detail was most likely a census enumerator error since, living with Thomas and his mother, was his wife Sarah Collett from Powick who was 45 and a farmer’s wife and daughter-in-law to Caroline Collett, the head of the household.  However, no record of their marriage has been unearthed.  In addition to Thomas’ youngest brother Joseph Collett (below), one other person was listed with the family group, and that was Ernest Booker who was two years old and the adopted son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  During the following decade, Thomas’ mother gave up the farm, while Thomas, Sarah and their son continued to live on Stourbridge Road in Bromsgrove.  The three of them was again residing there in 1891, when Thomas Collett was 49 and employed as a groom and a gardener, Sarah Collett was 55, and Ernest was 12 years of age.  The census return, rightly or wrongly, gave his surname as Booton - see below

 

After a further ten years it was just Thomas and Sarah who were still living in Bromsgrove, when gardener Thomas from Wordsley, immediately south of Kingswinford, was 59, and Sarah from Powick was 64.  It was just over six years later, that the death of Sarah Collett was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 6c 197) during the fourth quarter of 1907, when she was 72.  Following his loss, Thomas moved in with his married sister Mary Robinson (below) who had left Bromsgrove, where their mother had gone to live by 1891,after giving up the farm, and had returned north to Wollescote, just east of Stourbridge and less than a mile south of Lye, where Mary’s husband had been born.  The Wollescote census in 1911, described brother-in-law Thomas Collett as being a widower and an unemployed gardener aged 69, who had been born at Wordsley.  Thomas survived for another six years, when his death was recorded at Stourbridge register office (Ref. 6c 21) during the second quarter of 1917, by which time he was 76

 

Whether by coincidence or not, it is possible that Thomas’ adopted son Ernest Booton may have been related to Harriet Booton.  It was at the home of Thomas’ youngest sister Mary Robinson, in Worcester in 1891, that Harriet Booton from Staffordshire was 44 and a widow, a cook and domestic servant, whose relationship with Richard Robinson was that of a sister in the community.  If Ernest Booton was her last child born around 1879, Harriet Booton would have been around 32 when he was born

 

William Collett [18Ao2] was born at Kingswinford in Worcestershire, according to later census records, although his birth was actually recorded at Dudley (Blackheath) in Staffordshire (Ref. xviii 273) during the last quarter of 1842.  It was also in that same area of Staffordshire that the baptism of William Collett was conducted at Rowley Regis on 4th December 1842, the second son of William and Caroline Collett.  It may be that, immediately after he was born and baptised, his parents settled in Kingswinford.  By the time he was six years of age, he and his family were living at Belbroughton in Worcestershire where, in 1851, William Collett from Kingswinford was eight years old.  After completing his education in Belbroughton, where his family was still living in 1861, William was 18 and working as a porter at the Stourbridge, High Street home of Arthur P Morris, a chemist, and his family.  His place of birth on that occasion, was recorded s Blackheath (Dudley).  The subsequent marriage of William Collett and Annie Scott was recorded at Liverpool West Derby (Ref. 8b 674) during the last quarter of 1870.  Just under one year later the birth of the first of their five children was also recorded there, although two of the five suffered infant deaths.  Just six months prior to the birth of their first child, the couple was living in the Allerton district of south Liverpool, where William Collett from Worcestershire was 29 and employed as a gardener, and his wife Annie Collett was 23 and from Sutton Manor, just south of St Helens in Lancashire

 

Anne Scott had been born at New Street in Sutton on 25th December 1846 and was baptised on 26th September 1847 at Burtonwood, four miles east of Sutton, the second child and eldest daughter of William Scott from Scotland and his wife Mary from Ince in Lancashire.  According to the next census in 1881, the completed Collett family was residing at Calderstones Road, adjacent to Calderstones Park in Allerton, from where William Collett was a domestic gardener aged 38 and from the City of Worcester, Annie Collett from St Helens was 33, and their three surviving children were recorded at William H Collett who was nine, Caroline M Collett who was six, and Annie Collett who was two years of age.  The three children were said to have been born at Wavertree, just north of Allerton, still within the Liverpool area of Lancashire.  For some reason, during the following decade, William and Annie took their two daughters south to live in Suffolk, where the four of them were living in 1891.  By that time, their son had followed in his father’s footsteps by taking up work as a gardener, when he was working in Stretton-on-Foss, Leicestershire, that day.  On that occasion in his life William Collett was employed as a head gardener at the age of 48.  Annie D Collett was 44, Caroline Collett was 16 and Annie Collett was 12, when the family was recorded at Orford Road in Sudbourne, a few miles north west of Orford Ness

 

William continued to work in the Aldeburgh area of Suffolk but did not have wife Annie with him in 1901.  On that census day, William Collett from Staffordshire was 57 and a gardener, not domestic, when he was staying at the home of his married son William H Collett and his year family in Aldeburgh.  On the other hand, Annie Collett from Sutton was 53, with no occupation, who was living at Toxteth Park in Liverpool with her widowed younger sister Grace Ogilvie, nee Scott, also from Sutton, and her four Ogilvie children.  Annie did return to William and they appear to spent their last years together in the Woodbridge area of Suffolk midway between Aldeburgh and Ipswich, since it was at Woodbridge register office (Ref. 4a 637) that the death of Annie Collett was recorded during the first three months of 1904.  Seven years later, widower William Collett from Blackheath in Staffordshire was a resident in the village of Rendham, west of Saxmundham, when he was 68 and a domestic gardener.  The only person living there with him was his housekeeper Naomi Cook, from nearby Bruisyard, who was 73.  Five years after that year, the death of William Collett was recorded at Plomesgate register office (Ref. 4a 1262) during the last three months of 1916, when he was 74 years of age.  His Will was proved in Suffolk on 22nd March 1917, when the date he died was confirmed as 5th December 1916, and that the sole beneficiary was his son William Henry Collett who, himself, passed away five years after losing his father

 

18Ap1- William Henry Collett was born in 1871 at Allerton, Liverpool

18Ap2- Caroline Mary Collett was born in 1875 at Allerton, Liverpool

18Ap3- John Collett was born in 1877 at Allerton, Liverpool

18Ap4- Annie Collett was born in 1879 at Allerton, Liverpool

18Ap5- Elizabeth Kate Collett was born in 1880 at Allerton, Liverpool

 

Jane Collett [18Ao3] was born in 1844 at Kingswinford, her birth recorded at Dudley (Ref. xviii 275) during the last quarter of 1844, following which she was baptised at Rowley Regis on 17th November 1844, the third child and eldest daughter of William and Caroline Collett.  She was six years old in 1851, when living with her family at Belbroughton.  Although not located in 1861, it was nine years later that the marriage of Jane Collett and Thomas Vicarage was recorded at Stourbridge (Ref. 6c 171) during the first quarter of 1870.  Just over one year later, Jane had already given birth to a daughter, Mary Jane Vicarage who had been born at Bromsgrove, where the family was living in 1871.  Thomas Vicarage from Claddesley in Worcestershire was 26 and a carpenter, his wife Jane from Rowley Regis was 26, and their daughter was only a few months old.  Staying with the young family that day, was Thomas’ older brother William who was 28 and also born at Claddesley.  After that, the family disappeared and the next record unearthed, was that of the death of Jane Vicarage, which was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 6c 339) during the first three months of 1927, when she was 82 years old.  Her Will was subsequently proved at Worcester on 30th March 1827, following her passing on 28th February, the joint beneficiaries being Elizabeth Maria Gibbs, her daughter, and Albert William Gibbs, her son-in-law

 

Harriet Collett [18Ao4] was born in 1847 at Kingswinford, with her birth recorded at Stourbridge (Ref. xviii 508) during the first quarter of the year.  It was at Kingswinford that she was baptised on February 1847, another daughter of William and Caroline Collett.  When she was two years of age, her father’s work as a farm bailiff took the family south to Belbroughton, near Bromsgrove, where Harriet was four years old in the census in 1851

 

Albert Collett [18Ao5] was born at Belbroughton in 1850, his birth recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. xviii 216) during the third quarter of 1850.  Shortly after being born, baby Albert Collett was baptised at nearby Catshill on 28th July 1850, another son of William and Caroline Collett.  It seems likely his baptism was a rushed affair, with Albert being a poorly child and, whilst he was eight months old in the Belbroughton census of 1851, his death was recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 6c 186) during the third quarter of the following year, when he was two years of age

 

Sarah Collett [18Ao6] was born in 1852 at Belbroughton, when her birth was recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 6c 350) during the second quarter of the year.  Around the time that her two-year-old brother Albert (above) died, the baptism of Sarah Collett took place at Belbroughton on 25th July 1852, when she was confirmed as the daughter of William and Caroline Collett.  By the time Sarah was nine years of age, she and her family were residing at Bournheath, near Catshill and, upon leaving school she worked as a domestic servant in Bromsgrove, where Sarah Collett from Belbroughton was 19 in 1871.  It was four years after that, when Sarah was 23, that she married labourer Thomas Collins of Chaddesley Corbett, the son of John and Elizabeth Collins, where they were married on 26th April 1875, the wedding recorded at Kidderminster (Ref. 6c 308).  They made their home at Barrow Hill in Chaddesley Corbett, where their X children were born, three of whom were living there with them in 1881.  They were Henry Collins aged three years, Lizzie Collins who was two, and Edwin Collins who was under one year old.  At least two more children were added to the family at Barrow Hill of the next decade and a half, which by 1891 comprised Thomas and Sarah, 40 and 38, Henry 13, Lizzie 12, Edwin 10 and Ada Collins who was two years of age.  The couple’s last child was Thomas Collins, who was born three years later, one of only three children still living at Chaddesley Corbett in 1901.  By then Thomas Collins was 50, Sarah Collins was 48, Henry Collins was 23, Ada Collins was 12 and Thomas Collins was seven years old.  Sarah was the only member of the household not born there when, in every census return, her place of birth was always confirmed as Belbroughton.  After a further ten years, all of the couple’s children had left the family home in Chaddesley Corbett except Thomas who was 17 in 1911

 

Albert John Collett [18Ao7] was born near the end of 1854 at Belbroughton and was named after his late brother.  The forename John may have been added later, as his birth was recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 6c 375) simply as Albert Collett, during the first quarter of 1855.  His baptism was delayed by two years, and eventually took place in a joint ceremony with his younger brother Henry (below) at Belbroughton on 15th March 1857, when he was named as Albert John Collett, the son of William and Caroline Collett.  It was also as just Albert Collett aged seven years, that he was living with his family at Bournheath, near Catshill, a short distance south from Belbroughton.  However, by the time the census was conducted in 1871, Albert J Collett from Belbroughton was 16 and a coachman’s assistant, who was a lodger at the Birmingham Lady Wood home of the Clements family.  Whilst no record of him has been found in Britain in 1881, by 1891 he was still a bachelor at the age of 38, when he was the butler of retired Colonel John E Kyrle of the Army, how was Justice of the Peace and Magistrate for the County of Hereford, at his Herefordshire home in Much Marcle.  Albert J Collett from Belbroughton, was the most senior of the eleven servants employed within the household.  The death of Albert J Collett was recorded at Bromsgrove register office (Ref. 6c 205) during the quarter of 1904

 

Henry Collett [18Ao8] was born at Belbroughton, either near the end of 1856 or early in 1857, with his birth recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 6c 392) during the first three months of the 1857.  He was baptised with his older brother Albert (above) at Belbroughton on 15th March 1857, another son of William and Caroline Collett.  Apart from living with his family at Bournheath, just south of Belbroughton, in 1861 when he was four years old, and again in 1871 at Amblecote, near Stourbridge, when he was 14 and a horse-driver, Henry would appear to be a man of mystery after those two occasions in his life.  He was later employed as a servant, domestic gardener in 1881, when he described as being 24, single, and a border at a property on Morville Street in the Lady Wood district of Birmingham.  After that day, no further record of him has been discovered in Britain

 

Charles Collett [18Ao9] was born in 1859 at Belbroughton, another son of William and Caroline Collett, his birth recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 3c 361) during the third quarter of that year.  His baptism, like those of his younger siblings, was conducted at Belbroughton on 18th September 1859.  Sometime around the time he was born, his family moved to Bournheath, just south of Belbroughton, where they were living in 1861 which, also had been where Charles was born.  On that census day, Charles was two years old, while ten years later, when Charles Collett from Belbroughton was 11 years old, he was still living with his family, which had moved to Amblecote near Stourbridge prior to 1871.  It is perhaps curious that, while Charles’ brother Henry (above) has not been found in 1891, it is Charles who has not been found in 1881, nor has his marriage to Sarah Ann been identified.  What is established, is that on 19th September 1889, the marriage of Charles Collett and Sarah Ann Johnson took place at Hatton village church, four miles west of the City of Warwick.  The marriage recorded confirmed that Charles was the son of William Collett, while Sarah Ann was the daughter of Nathaniel Johnson.  Eighteen months after their wedding day, the couple was residing in the Oxfordshire village of Hambledon, midway between Henley and Marlow, both on the River Thames.  The census return that year, recorded the childless couple at ‘Wooley’ in Hambledon, where Charles Collett from Worcestershire was a butler and domestic servant aged 31, as was his wife Sarah Ann, from Warwickshire.  There then followed another period of twenty years without any record of the couple, when they re-appeared in the Warwickshire town of Leamington in 1911.  At that time in their lives, they were jointly running a boarding house, where 51-year-old Charles Collett from Belbroughton was described as a lodging house keeper, and Sarah Ann Collett was 51 and from somewhere referred to as Warwick Well (?)  

 

Joseph Collett [18Ao10] was born at Belbroughton in 1861, whose birth was recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 6c 363/28) prior to that of his twin sister (below), during the fourth quarter of the year.  Joseph and Mary were baptised together in a joint ceremony at Belbroughton on 20th October 1861, when they were confirmed as the children of William and Caroline Collett.  While he was still a youngest, his family left Belbroughton and moved north to Amblecote near Stourbridge, where Joseph from Belbroughton was nine years of age.  After another family move, the Collett family was residing in Bromsgrove in 1881, when Joseph was 19 and a farmer’s son, the farmer being his mother and his eldest brother, following the death of Joseph’s father during the previous year.  Joseph never married and would appear to have suffered with poor health since by 1891, at the age of 29, he was a patient in the County & City Hospital of Worcester at Powick within the Upton-on-Severn registration district of the county.  It was also at the Upton-on-Severn register office (Ref. 6c 181) where the death of Joseph Collett was recorded during the second quarter of 1898 at the age of 36

 

Mary Collett [18Ao11] was the twin sister of Joseph (above) who was born at Belbroughton in 1861, her birth recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 6c 363/29) immediately after that of her twin brother, during the last three months of that year.  She and her brother were baptised on 20th October 1861 at Belbroughton, when their parents were confirmed as William and Caroline Collett.  Mary was nine years of age in 1871, although by that time, she and her family were living at Amblecote near Stourbridge.  Ten years later, Mary Collett from Belbroughton was 19 and a housemaid, living and working at a school for young ladies on New Road in Bromsgrove.  Exactly three years after that census day, Mary Collett married Richard Robinson, the event recorded at Bromsgrove (Ref. 6c 562) during the second quarter of 1884.  Richard was a police constable who fathered at least three children with Mary, two of them living with the couple in 1891 at Dutton Street in Worcester.  Richard Robinson was 31, Mary Robinson was 29, and their two children were Albert Robinson was five years of age and born at Stourbridge, while Edith M Robinson was just one year old and had been born in Worcester.  Staying with the family that day, was Richard’s mother-in-law Caroline Collett and widow Harriet Booton who was 44 and a domestic servant, the sister of Richard Robinson

 

According to the next census in 1901, Richard and Mary, and their three youngest children, were living in Wollescote, close to Stourbridge and Richard’s place of birth Lye.  Richard from Lye was 41, Mary from Belbroughton was 39, Albert was 15 and born at Stourbridge, while Edith and William Robison, aged eleven and eight, were both born in the City of Worcester.  The family was again living at Wollescote in 1911, by which time Richard was a coal miner and coal hewer at the age of 51.  Also, at that time in her life, his wife Mary Robinson was 49 and running a shop and outdoor beerhouse.  The couple’s two unmarried sons Alfred, who was 25, and William, who was 18, were respectively described as a brickyard labourer and an unemployed domestic gardener.  Staying the family at Wollescote was Mary’s eldest brother Thomas Collett, who had been widowed a few years earlier.  Wollescote also appears to be the last home for the family since in early 1920, the death of Richard Robinson was recorded at Stourbridge register office (Ref. 6c 27) during the first quarter of that year, when he was 60 years old.  Sixteen years after being widowed, the death of Mary Robinson, nee Collett, was also recorded at Stourbridge (Ref. 6c 66) during the first three months of 1936, at the age of 75

 

William Henry Collett [18Ap1] was born within the Allerton and Wavertree area of south-east Liverpool during 1871, the son of William Collett from Worcestershire and Annie Scott from and St Helens in Lancashire.  His birth was recorded at Liverpool West Derby (Ref. 8b 520) during the third quarter of 1871.  It was at Calderstones Road in Allerton, on the north side of Calderstones Park, that William H Collett from Wavertree was nine years old and living there with his parents and younger sisters Caroline and Annie Collett in 1881.  By 1891, his family had left Lancashire and was recorded at Orford Road in Sudbourne, midway between Aldeburgh and Orford, in Suffolk, where William’s father was a head gardener.  On that same census day, William Collett from Lancashire was 20 and an under gardener who was staying at lodging house on Station Road in the small Leicestershire village of Streeton-under-Foss.  The marriage of William Henry Collett and Rose Eleanor Sawer was recorded at the Suffolk Plomesgate register office (Ref. 4a 1146a) during the first three months of 1899.  Rose was born at Snape near Aldeburgh in 1874 and was the last child born to Jonathan and Catherine Sawer.  In 1901, the young family was living at Aldeburgh, where William H Collett from Allerton was 28 and a domestic gardener, Rose E Collett from Snape was 26, and their first-born child William S Collett was one year old

 

Living with the family at that time, was William’s father and namesake who was 57 and had been born in Staffordshire.  They had a total of six children, with the birth of the first two and the last one all recorded at Plomesgate in Suffolk, the third child’s birth recorded at Blything in Suffolk, and the fourth and fifth born in Bedfordshire and Devon, a reflection of William’s occupation as a journeyman gardener.  By 1911, William and Rose had completed their grand tour of the west country and had returned to Snape, where William Henry Collett from Allerton was 38 and a domestic gardener.  Rose Eleanor Collett from Snape was 36, and on that day the couple’s eldest son was being educated in Yorkshire.  The other five children were recorded as Charles Jonathan, Ralph Scott, Grace Mary, Arthur John and Cecil George.  Over the following years, the family moved a few miles north towards Blythburgh, near Southwold, and it was there that both William and then Rose died.  The death of William H Collett was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1591) during the first quarter of 1922 when he was said to be 49 instead of 50, while the death of his widow, Rose E Collett, was also recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 999) during the second quarter of 1926, when she was 51 years old.  Five years prior to his passing, William H Collett was the main beneficiary in his father’s Will proved in Suffolk in 1917

 

18Aq1 - William Sydney Collett was born in 1900 at Aldeburgh

18Aq2 - Charles Jonathan Collett was born in 1901 at Aldeburgh

18Aq3 - Ralph Scott Collett was born on 16th November 1904 at Sibton, Suffolk

18Aq4 - Grace Mary Collett was born in 1906 at Bedford

18Aq5 - Arthur John Collett was born in 1907 at Huntsham, Devon

18Aq6 - Cecil George Collett was born in 1909 at Snape

 

[18Ap2] Caroline Mary Collett was born in 1875 at Allerton, Liverpool, her birth recorded at West Derby (Ref. 8b 595) during the first quarter of the year, the second child and eldest daughter of William and Annie Collett.  She was six years old in the Allerton census of 1881, when her place of birth was said to be Wavertree, a village in the West Derby area of in Liverpool.  At that time, Caroline M Collett was with her family at Calderstones Road in Allerton but, in the years after that day the family moved to Suffolk, where they were living in 1891.  It was at Orford Road in Sudbourne, that they were recorded that year, when Caroline Mary Collett was 16 and from Lancashire.  It was only a short distance from south Suffolk into London, where Carrie M Collett from Liverpool was 25 years old in 1901, when she was a draper’s assistant and a servant in the St Marylebone district of London.  No record of her has been found in 1911, by which time she may have been married

 

[18Ap3] John Collett was born at the end of 1877 at Allerton, with his birth recorded at West Derby, Liverpool (Ref. 8b 298) during the first quarter of 1878 year.  Tragically, was around nine months old when his death was recorded at West Derby (Ref. 8b 228) during the third quarter of 1878

 

[18Ap4] Annie Collett was born at Allerton in 1879 and her birth was also recorded at West Derby (Ref. 8b 635) during the first three months of 1879.  Annie was two years of age in 1881, when she and her family were residing at Calderstones Road in Allerton.  By the time she was 12 years old, Annie Collett and her parents William and Annie were living at Orford Road in Sudbourne, Suffolk in 1891.  Although no record of Annie has been positively identified in 1901, it is known she became a nurse and, according to the following census in 1911, Annie Collett from Liverpool was 32 and unmarried, a nursing sister at the Royal Navy Hospital in East Stonehouse in Plymouth, Devon

 

[18Ap5] Elizabeth Kate Collett was born at Allerton in 1880, the last-born child of William Collett and Annie Scott.  Her birth was recorded at West Derby (Ref. 8b 319) during the third quarter of that year, where her death was also recorded that same quarter of the same year (Ref. 8b 344)

 

William Sydney Collett [18Aq1] was born at Aldeburgh in 1900, his birth recorded at nearby Plomesgate (Ref. 4a 1074) during the first three months of that year.  He was one year old in the Aldeburgh census of 1901, where he was living with his parents William and Rose Collett, their first-born child.  Also living there with the family, was William’s grandfather, another William Collett, but from Staffordshire, whereas the place of birth of William’s father, was Allerton in Lancashire.  Whilst his parents, and five younger siblings, were still living in Aldeburgh in 1911, William was absent on the day of the census, because he was attending school in Yorkshire.  As Sidney William Collett from Aldeburgh, who was 11 years old, he was the eldest of ten children being schooled by Annie Price at her premises in Low Harrogate.  It is curious, because the property was described as an orphanage and the children were all recorded as inmates.  It was twenty years later in 1931, the marriage of William S Collett and Laura A Crisp was recorded at Plomesgate register office (Ref. 4a 2639) during the last quarter of that year.  Laura was born at Grundisburgh in 1897 and was the daughter of William Crisp of Grundisburgh and his wife Charlotte.  Their marriage produced three children for William and Laura, whose births confirmed that their mother’s maiden name was Crisp

 

18Ar1 - Roy William Collett was born in 1932 at Blythburgh, near Southwold

18Ar2 - Clive Rex Collett was born in 1938 at Ipswich

18Ar3 - Gordon Daniel Collett was born in 1944 at Ipswich

 

Charles Jonathan Collett [18Aq2] was born at Aldeburgh near the end of 1901, the second son of William Henry Collett and Rose Eleanor Sawer.  His birth was recorded at Plomesgate (Ref. 4a 1089) during the final three months of the year.  According to the census in 1911, Charles Jonathan Collett from Aldeburgh was nine year of age, when he and his family were living in Snape near Aldeburgh after living in Bedfordshire and Devon in the intervening years.  Charles was nearly twenty-eight years old, when his marriage to Winifred Clara Cotton of Yoxford, aged 21, was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1829) during the first three months of 1929.  A few months later, that same year, Winifred’s slightly older sister Violet Lucy Cotton, married William Saunders Collett [18Q137], also recorded at Blything, Winifred and Violet were the daughter of Ezra and Annie Cotton of Yoxford.  It is established that William and Violet never had any children, so the two daughters, whose mother’s maiden name was Cotton, were undoubtably the two children of Charles and Winifred and are therefore included below.  Certainly, the 1939 Register placed Charles and Winifred living with daughter Sheila at a property named ‘Shean’ on Saxmundham Road in Blyth (Blythburgh) near Southwold.  Where their younger daughter Jean was that day, is not known

 

18Ar4 - Sheila W Collett was born in 1930 at Blything, Suffolk

18Ar5 - Jean M Collett was born in 1932 at Blything, Suffolk

 

Ralph Scott Collett [18Aq3] was born on 16th November 1904 at Sibton in Suffolk, his birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1099), another son of William and Rose Collett.  His second forename came from his grandmother’s maiden name and was handed down to his own son.  Under his full name, he was six years old in 1911, when he and his family were residing in Snape near Aldeburgh, Ralph’s place of birth was confirmed as Sibton.  Ralph was thirty years old when his marriage to Nellie E Meehan was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4a 3758) during the third quarter of 1935.  Their marriage provided the couple with two children, their births recorded at Blything register office, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Meehan.  It was early in 1973, when the death of Ralph S Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 2975) when he was 68 years old.  The birth of their daughter was recorded at Blyth (Ref. 4a 1495) during the fourth quarter of 1937, while no record of her being married has been found

 

18Ar6 - Glennys W Collett was born in 1937 at Blyth, Suffolk

18Ar7 - Nigel Scott Collett was born in 1943 at Blyth, Suffolk

 

Grace Mary Collett [18Aq4] was born in 1906 at Bedford, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 3b 282) during the first quarter of the year.  Grace was the only daughter of William Henry Collett and Rose Eleanor Sawer amongst five brothers.  Not long after she was born, the family made the long journey to Tiverton in Devon, where her younger brother was born, before the family travel back to Suffolk and Snape, where her youngest brother was born.  In the Snape census of 1911, Grace Mary Collett from Bedford was five years of age

 

Arthur John Collett [18Aq5] was born in 1907 at Huntsham, with his birth recorded at Tiverton in Devon (Ref. 5b 379) during the second quarter of the year.  During the next year, his family made a return trip to Suffolk and Snape where his mother was born and raise.  It was also at Snape that he and his family were living in 1911, when Arthur John Collett from Huntsham in Devon was four years old

 

Cecil George Collett [18Aq6] was born in 1909 at Snape, near Aldeburgh, whose birth was recorded at Plomesgate (Ref. 4a 1062) during the first three months of the year.  It was also at Snape that his mother was born and where the family was living in 1911, when Cecil George Collett was two years of age

 

Roy William Collett [18Ar1] was born in 1932, the eldest of the three sons of William Sydney Collett and Laura Crisp.  His birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1555) during the last three months of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Crisp.  No record of any marriage for Roy William Collett has been found, even though he was 84 years old when he died on 19th June 2017

 

Clive Rex Collett [18Ar2] was born on 18th October 1938, his birth recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 1386), when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Crisp.  He married Valerie G Knight early in 1964, their wedding recorded at Blyth (Ref. 4b 2045), which was where the births of their two children were also recorded, within the Southwold area of Suffolk.  The death of Clive R Collett was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4b 2660) during the second month of 1971.  He was only thirty-two years when he died at the West Suffolk Hospital in Ipswich on 2nd February 1971

 

18As1 - Paul Andrew Collett was born in 1967 at Blyth

18As2 - Sandra Jane Collett was born in 1969 at Blyth

 

Gordon Daniel Collett [18Ar3] was born at Ipswich in 1944, his birth recorded at the register office there (Ref. 4a 1860) during the second quarter of that year, where his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Crisp.  He was third and last child of William and Laura Collett and, tragically, he was only eighteen years old when he died at Darsham, four miles north of Saxmundham, on 9th January 1963.  His death was recorded at the nearby Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 1131) during the first three months of the year

 

Sheila W Collett [18Ar4] was born on 20th February 1930 at Blything, the eldest of the two daughter of Charles Jonathan Collett and Winifred Clara Cotton.  Her birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1789), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Cotton.  She later married Michael J Burgess at Christchurch, Hampshire, the event recorded at Christchurch register office (Ref. 6b 414) during the second quarter of 1953.

 

Jean M Collett [18Ar5] was born in 1932, her birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1599) during the first three months of that year, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Cotton

 

Nigel Scott Collett [18Ar7] was born in 1943 during the second quarter of that year, his birth recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 1805), the younger of the two children of Ralph Scott Collett and Nellie E Meehan.  He was around forty years old when he married Valerie A Haynes, their wedding recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 2683) during the second quarter of 1972.  Perhaps because of his age, no children have been found for Nigel and Valerie

 

Paul Andrew Collett [18As1] was born on 8th February 1967, his birth recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4b 1482), when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Knight.  He married Dawn A Kemp and has two sons whose births were recorded at Ipswich register office, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Kemp.  The earlier marriage of Paul A Collett and Dawn A Kemp was also recorded in Suffolk, at the Ipswich Deben register office (Ref. 10 3544) in the summer of 1989

 

18At1] - Martin Collett was born on 2nd August 1993 at Ipswich

18At2] - Ryan Lee Collett was born on 25th April 1996 at Ipswich

 

Sandra Jane Collett [18As2] was born in 1969, her birth being recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4b 3409) in the summer of that year, where her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Knight.  She was the youngest of the two children of Clive Rex Collett and Dawn A Kemp