Part 18 - The Suffolk Line 1800 to 1830

PART EIGHTEEN

 

The Main Suffolk Line - 1800 to 1830

 

This is the third of five sections of Part 18 of the Collett family

 

Updated December 2015

 

 

 

18O1

Anthony Collett was born at Heveningham on 21st September 1800 where he was baptised that same day, the eldest child of Anthony Collett and his wife Anne Rachel Curtis.  At the age of 26 Anthony was given the family home at Ubbeston by his father, where lived until just after 1841, when he settled in Bury St Edmunds.  During his later life he was known as Anthony Collett of Bury St Edmunds and held the position of Captain of East Suffolk.  Around the time he took over the house at Ubbeston, he married his cousin Harriet Pett Hannam who was born on 20th July 1802 at Northbourne in Kent, the daughter of H Pett Hannam and his wife Catherine Collett (Ref. 18N3).  By the time of the census in 1841 Harriet had presented Anthony with the first three of their four children.

 

 

 

The census return recorded the family living at the Ubbeston house left to him by his father, who had passed away two years earlier.  Anthony was 40, his wife Harriet was 37, and their three children were Harriet who was eleven, Maria who was seven, and Anthony who was five years old.  Three years later the name of Capt Anthony Collett was listed in the Ubbeston Directory of 1844.  Upon moving to Bury St Edmunds just after that, Anthony leased out the Ubbeston property, which he eventually sold in 1847 to a wealthy local philanthropist Edmund Holland, for £600.  And it was Edmund who presented the property to the Norwich Diocese for use as a rectory which still stands there to this day – see Anthony Collett (Ref. 18N1), the father of Anthony Collett.

 

 

 

It was during the following year, in 1848, that the couple’s last child was born.  By 1851 the family living at Bury St Edmunds was made up of Anthony 50, Harriet 48, Harriet 21, Maria 17, Anthony 15, and Frances who was two years old.  Anthony Collett died at Bury St Edmunds during January in 1856 and was buried at Hawstead on 30th January 1856 at the age of 55.  So four years later in the census of 1861 Harriet, age 57, was a widow living at Dover St James in Kent with three of her children.  They were Maria Collett who was 27, Anthony Collett who was 25, and Frances E Collett who was 12 years old.

 

 

 

It was a similar situation ten years later in 1871.  The family was still living within the area of Dover St James, where Harriet P Collett was 68, and living with her was her daughter Maria Collett who was 37, and her son Anthony Collett who was 35.  According to the next census in 1881, Harriet P Collett was 78 and her place of birth was confirmed as Northbourne in Kent.  On that occasion she was living at 6 Camden Crescent in Dover St James, and her income was stated as coming from ‘dividends and land’. 

 

 

 

Living with her were her two unmarried daughters, Maria Collett and Frances Collett, neither of them credited with an occupation.  Maria was curiously recorded as being 40 rather than 47, while her place of birth was given as Ubbeston Green (midway between Framlingham and Halesworth).  Frances was also given the wrong age, being 30 instead of 32, although it did correctly give her birthplace as Bury St Edmunds.  The three ladies were supported by three female domestic servants and, at the time of the census, had staying with them John Perryston, a magistrate, and his niece Catherine Perryston.

 

 

 

Also by that time, Harriet’s eldest daughter was married to the Reverend John Ley, while her son Anthony Collett was the Rector of Hastingleigh in Kent, and Vicar of Elmsted in Kent.  Harriet Collett nee Pett Hannam died during the 1880s, following which her daughter Maria went to live with her widowed sister Harriet Anne Ley in Torquay, who had also just recently lost her husband.

 

 

 

18P1

Harriet Anne Collett

Born in 1829 at Ubbeston

 

18P2

Maria Collett

Born in 1833 at Ubbeston

 

18P3

Anthony Collett

Born in 1835 at Ubbeston

 

18P4

Frances Ellen Collett

Born in 1848 at Bury St Edmunds

 

 

 

 

18O2

Anne Collett was born and baptised at Heveningham on 5th January 1802, the daughter of Anthony Collett and Anne Rachel Curtis.  It was also at Heveningham that Anne married the Honourable Fenton J Hort on 25th April 1826, and shortly after they were married the couple moved to Ireland, where their son Fenton J A Hort was born in 1828.  Fenton was the brother of Viscount Hort.  Fenton Hort junior later went on to become a Hulsean Professor of Divinity at Cambridge and by 1881 he was 52 and was a Clergyman Without Cure, Doctor of Divinity, Professor of Theology living at 6 St Peters Terrace in St Mary the Lesser in Cambridge with his four children.  These were Ellen M Hort 18, Francis F Hort 13, Mary D Hort 10, and Frederick A Hort who was eight years old.

 

 

 

 

18O3

Catherine Charlotte Collett was baptised at Heveningham on 26th July 1805, the daughter of the Reverend Anthony Collett, Rector of Heveningham and his wife Anne Rachel Curtis.  She married the Reverend Thomas John Blofield MA, the Rector of Hellesdon-with-Drayton near Norwich.  The marriage produced three sons for the couple.  In the January to June 1855 edition of the Gentleman’s Magazine, the death of Catherine’s husband was reported, in which he was referred to as the Reverend Thomas Calthorpe Blofield, Rector of Hellesdon.

 

 

 

 

18O4

William Collett was born in 1812 and was baptised at Heveningham on 17th April 1812, the youngest known son of the Rev. Anthony Collett and his wife Anne Rachel Curtis.  Tragically he died when he was only nine years old and was buried at Heveningham on 29th November 1821 when he was described as the son of Rachel Collett formerly Curtis.

 

 

 

 

18O5

Margaret Collett was born at Minster-in-Thanet, near Ramsgate in Kent, where she was baptised at the Church of St Mary on 24th January 1804.  Margaret was the eldest child of Thomas Collett of Ringleton and Margaret Bushell.  Margaret Collett never married and she died in 1865.

 

 

 

 

18O6

Thomas Collett was born at Minster-in-Thanet on 27th May 1805 and was baptised there in St Mary’s Church on 10th June 1805.  Just like his father before him, he too was later known as ‘Thomas Collett of Ringleton’.  He married Jane Tomlin of Ash in Kent and died on 15th August 1873.

 

 

 

18P5

Thomas Trusson Collett

Born in 1840 at Ringleton, Kent

 

18P6

Ann F Collett

Born in 1842 at Woodnesborough

 

18P7

James Tomlin Collett

Born in 1843 at Woodnesborough

 

18P8

George Collett

Born in 1844 at Woodnesborough

 

 

 

 

18O7

George Collett was born at Minster-in-Thanet on 2nd October 1806 and it was there that he was baptised on 12th October 1806 in the Church of St Mary.  He was the third of the five known children of Thomas Collett of Ringleton and his wife Margaret Bushell.  George later married (1) Sarah Crofts King who produced four children at Monkton before she died on 10th March 1850 at the age of 43.  Just over one year later George was 44, and had living with him at Walter’s Hall in Monkton just two of his children.  They were Georgiana Collett who was four, and George Collett who was three.  Around five or six years after that George married (2) Elizabeth Smith of Monkton, with whom he had a further five children, although only four of them survived. 

 

 

 

A few years after he was married for a second time George Collett, age 54, was living at Monkton near Minster-in-Thanet in 1861 with his much younger wife Elizabeth, who was 36.  Also living with them was the first three of their four children, together with George’s eldest child from his first marriage.  Catherine Collett was 25, while Cornelius Collett was three, Charles S Collett was one year old, and Isabella Collett was not yet one year old.  Over the following years it would appear that son Charles died, and that may also have been the case for George’s later daughter Emily who was born in 1862.

 

 

 

Ten years later the census in 1871 placed George at 64 still living at Monkton, but on that occasion the only member of his family listed there with him was his son George A Collett who was 23.  At that same time his younger son Cornelius Collett of Monkton was attending school in Epsom at the age of 13.  Where his wife Elizabeth was, and their two daughters Isabella and Alice, has not been determined, but it is known that the two girls were still alive in 1881, although again no record of Elizabeth has been located anytime after 1861.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1881, George Collett, age 74, was listed as a retired farmer who had been born at Minster-in-Thanet.  The entry in the census return still indicated that he was married, but no trace of Elizabeth has been found.  George was living at Walter’s Hall in Main Road at Monkton in Kent with three of his unmarried children.  They were George Alfred Collett who was 33; Cornelius Collett who was 23; and Isabella Collett who was 20.  All three of them were confirmed as having been born at Monkton.  Missing on that occasion was George’s youngest daughter and last child by Elizabeth, who was attending a private school in 1881.

 

 

 

George Collett died less than a year later on 21st January 1882, just three months before his son Cornelius was married.  Of his younger family it was only his son Cornelius and his daughters Isabella and Alice who survived into the new century.

 

 

 

18P9

Catherine Collett

Born in 1835 at Monkton

 

18P10

George Collett

Born in 1838 at Monkton

 

18P11

Georgiana Collett

Born in 1846 at Monkton

 

18P12

George Alfred Collett

Born in 1848 at Monkton

 

The following were the children of George Collett and his second wife Elizabeth Smith

 

18P13

Cornelius Collett

Born in 1857 at Monkton

 

18P14

Charles S Collett

Born in 1859 at Monkton

 

18P15

Isabella Collett

Born in 1860 at Monkton

 

18P16

Emily Collett

Born in 1861 at Monkton

 

18P17

Alice Maud Collett

Born in 1863 at Monkton

 

 

 

 

18O8

Mary Collett was born at Minster-in-Thanet on 6th September 1808, the fourth child of Thomas Collett and Margaret Bushell, and was baptised in the Church of St Mary on 18th September 1808.  Mary later married Thomas Wickes Solly of Dent de Lion, Margate in Kent, with whom she had three sons and four daughters.

 

 

 

 

18O9

Catherine Collett was born at Minster-in-Thanet on 23rd August 1810, where she was baptised in St Mary’s Church on 7th October 1810 when she was confirmed as the daughter of Thos and Margaret Collett.  She was almost 31 when she married surgeon Henry (Harry) Gordon Harbord of Liverpool on 19th August 1841 at Woodnesborough in Kent.  However, the marriage only lasted for around ten years or so, but during the time it is understood that Catherine presented her husband with six children before she died, presumably during childbirth after the census in 1851.  The only baptism record so far found is for her eldest child, Harry Harbord, who was baptised at St Peter’s Church in Liverpool on 2nd May 1844, when his parents were confirmed as Henry and Catherine Harbord.

 

 

 

The following census in 1851 placed Catherine Harbord, age 40, living at Minster-in-Thanet with only three of her children.  There were Harry Harbord, who was seven years old, Collett Harbord, who was four years old, and Catherine Harbord who was one year old.  Her sons Harry and Collett were born in Liverpool and were attending Marlborough School in Wiltshire at the time of the census in 1861 when H Harbord was 17 and C Harbord was 14.  Ten years later Harry Habord, age 27, was a lodger at Aylesford in Kent, while Collett Harbord, age 24, was Alfold in Surrey where he was supported by a housekeeper and a servant girl.

 

 

 

By 1881 Harry was 37 and was the Reverend Harry Harbord, Curate in Charge of All Saints at Highgate Espennett House in Hawkhurst, Kent where he was supported by two domestic staff. Around four years later he married Ellen Jane from was much younger than Harry.  By 1891 the marriage had produced the first three of their nine children and the family recorded at East Hoathly in Sussex comprised Harry who was 47, Ellen who was 33, Frances who was four, Kenneth who was two, and Stephen who was under one year old.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1901 for East Hoathly, the couple’s oldest three children were away at boarding school, leaving Harry, age 57, and Ellen Jane, age 43, living there with their three youngest children at that time.  They were Geoffrey who was eight, Ellen who was six, and Arthur who was three.

 

 

 

 

18O12

Mary Lynch Collett was baptised at Walton in Felixstowe on 1st November 1807, the eldest child of Charles Collett and Charlotte Lynch.  The baptism was a joint ceremony with her possible twin sister Catherine (below).  Mary married Reverend Edward Raikes Edgar, the Rector of Trimley in Suffolk.  Mary’s and Edward’s second son was Mileson Edgar who was born in 1855 and who later was known as Captain Mileson Edgar.

 

 

 

Captain Mileson Edgar, of Red House Park, married Elizabeth Schreiber on 28th October 1878.  She was the daughter of the Reverend Thomas Schreiber, Rector of Bradwell in Essex.  Two years before he was born, his father’s brother, the Reverend Mileson Gery Edgar, died in 1853 leaving Westerfield Manor with his second wife Elizabeth Arkell, who held Westerfield Manor until her death on 11th June 1890.  The Manor House had been purchased from the Collett family in the early 1800s, it having been originally inherited by Anthony Collett (Ref. 18H8) from the Dameron family in 1600.

 

 

 

Upon the death of Elizabeth Edgar nee Arkell, Westerfield Manor was inherited by Captain Mileson Edgar of Red House Park and his wife Elizabeth Schreiber.

 

 

 

 

18O13

Catherine Collett was baptised at Walton on 1st November 1807 in a joint ceremony with her twin sister Mary Lynch Collett (above).  It is established that Catherine later married Henry Wilkin.

 

 

 

 

18O14

Charlotte Collett was baptised at Walton in Felixstowe on 21st January 1809, the daughter of Charles and Charlotte Collett.

 

 

 

 

18O15

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Walton on 12th May 1810, the youngest of the four daughters of Charles Collett and his first wife Charlotte Lynch, who died around the end of 1813.  It is known that Elizabeth Collett later married Mr P Fletcher.

 

 

 

 

18O16

Charles Lynch Collett was born at Walton-cum-Felixstowe during 1811, the son of Charles Collett and his wife Charlotte Lynch.  It was in December two years that he died and was buried at Walton-cum-Felixstowe on 12th December 1813, with his mother dying just a few weeks later and also being buried there on 1st January 1814, following the birth of his brother Charles (below).

 

 

 

 

18O17

Charles Collett was born at Walton-cum-Felixstowe during the first week of December in 1813, the last child born to Charles Collett by his first wife Charlotte Lynch.  Around the time that he was born his older brother Charles Lynch Collett died at two years of age, and not long after that the boys’ mother died, possibly because she did not recover from the latest birth.  Nine month after he was born he too died and was buried at Walton-cum-Felixstowe with his brother and his mother on 6th August 1814.

 

 

 

 

18O18

William Collett was born at Walton-cum-Felixstowe where he was baptised on 4th December 1818, the only child of Charles Collett and his second wife Elizabeth Harmsworth.  He was educated at Ipswich Grammar School under his cousin James Collett Ebden, where he matriculated when he was 19.  Later that same he was accepted into Peterhouse College in Cambridge on 1st October 1838.  The university records show he was the son of Charles Collett of Walton near Ipswich, and that he received his BA in 1843.  It was during the previous year that he was ordained as a deacon, prior to which he had been the Curate of Belstead in Ipswich.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1841, William Collett, with a rounded age of 20, was still living with his parents at Woodbridge near Ipswich.  Six years later in 1847, and after he was married, he was appointed Curate of Chellesworth, which lies midway between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, and today is known as Chelsworth.  However, another opportunity came his way later that same year.

 

 

 

Four years earlier, at Walton-cum-Felixstowe, William married (1) Mary Cecil Augusta von Linsingen on 29th August 1843.  Mary was the daughter of Count William von Linsingen the Chamberlain to George V, King of Hanover and his wife Mary Ann, and was born in London on 15th March 1815, and was baptised at St Lukes in Chelsea on 9th April 1815.

 

 

 

William von Linsingen, K.C.B, G.C.H, had been a distinguished officer in the German Legion and from the age of fourteen he had been present in all of the continental wars, including the Seven Years War, when he was on the staff of the Duke of Brunswick. 

 

 

 

When only a Lieutenant Colonel in 1794, he commanded a considerable corps of British and Hanoverian troops during the eight weeks defence of Menin in Flanders, not long after which he was taken prisoner.  During the years following this, he came to England to reform his regiment, the 1st Hussars of the German Legion, and was appointed to the rank of Major General in the British Service.

 

 

 

It was during the early 1800s that he is likely to have built a friendship with the Duke of Cambridge (see below).  In 1811 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and received the Orders of the Bath and of the Guelphs from his late Majesty the King, with whom he was a great favourite.

 

 

 

William and Mary Ann von Linsingen were prominent figures in the Ipswich area at that time, and up until 1824 the Count and his family lived at Birkfield Lodge on Belstead Road in Ipswich, which he built in 1818 and which today is the boys school of St Joseph’s College.  However, due to financial difficulties, he was forced to sell the property in 1824.

 

 

 

After their wedding, William Collett and Mary Cecil Augusta settled in Chelsworth, where their first three children were born, although shortly before the birth of the third child, William was offered the post of Chaplain to the Duke of Cambridge, possibly through a recommendation from his father-in-law, the Count von Linsingen.  His new job took William and his family to Bury St Edmunds, and it was while they were living there that the next three children were born into the family.  Also during the years from 1849 through to 1852 William also performed the role of Curate at Stanningfield, near Bury St Edmunds.  By the time of the next census in 1851, William Collett was 32, his wife Cecil Collett was 36, and their four daughters were Sophia Collett who was six, Emily Collett who was five, Augusta Collett who was three, and Mary Collett who was one year old.  In September that year William’s mother Elizabeth Collett from Bury St Edmunds was buried at Stanningfield

 

 

 

During the following year, William was made Rector of Hawstead near Bury St Edmunds, to where the family moved between 1852 and 1855, and it was while the family was living at Hawstead that the couple’s last child was born in 1856.  By April 1861 the larger family was living within the Thingoe & Rougham registration district to the east of Bury St Edmunds, which includes Hawstead.  At that time the family comprised William, age 42, Mary C A Collett, age 46, and their seven children.  They were recorded as Sophie E Collett 16, Ellen M Collett 15, Augusta C Collett 13, Mary L Collett 11, William C Collett, who was nine, Agnes M Collett, who was six, and Frederick W Collett who was five years old.  It was just three years later that tragedy struck the family, when Mary Cecil Augusta Collett died at Hawstead during 1864, aged 59.

 

 

 

Nearly four years later William married (2) Charlotte J C Stowiczek from Hanover in Germany at St George’s Church in Hanover Square in London in 1868.  That second marriage produced another two children for William, both of them born after the next census in 1871.  According to the census return that year, William and part of his original family was still living at Hawstead within the Thingoe & Rougham area.  William was 52, and his wife Charlotte was 41.  Only five of his children from his first marriage were still living there with him, and they were Sophie E Collett 26, Augustus C Collett 23, Mary L Collett 21, William C Collett 19, and Agnes M Collett who was 16.  It seems highly likely that Charlotte was with-child on the day of the census, since later that same year she gave birth to a daughter.  At the end of 1873 Charlotte presented William with another son, and the second of their two children, both of whom were both born at Hawstead.  However, tragedy was to strike the family again, when Charlotte Collett nee Stowiczek died at Hawstead on 11th January 1874 at the age of 44, very likely during, or shortly after, the birth of her son child.  It was also at Hawstead that she was buried on 17th January 1874.

 

 

 

The census of 1881 confirmed that widower William Collitt (sic), age 62 and from Walton, was still the Rector of Hawstead and that he was still residing at The Rectory in Hawstead.  Still living there with him were his four unmarried daughters Ellen M Collitt, age 35, and Augusta Ceal [Cecil] Collitt, age 33, both born at Chelsworth, and Mary L Collitt, age 31, and Agnes M Collitt, age 26, who were both born at Bury St Edmunds.  In addition to the four older daughters from William’s first marriage, there was also Leonora J Collitt who was nine years old, and John A Collitt who was seven years of age, both of whom had been born at Hawstead, the two children from his second marriage.  The household was supported by three domestic servants, cook Priscilla Storey, 23 and from Norwich, housemaid Sally Coe, 21 and from Ixworth, and child’s nurse Clara Pettit, age 19 from Hawstead.

 

 

 

Sadly for the two younger members of his family, William passed away just ten months after the census in 1881.  It is therefore assumed that those two children, aged just ten and eight years respectively, were subsequently brought up their four older half-sisters.

 

 

 

It was originally stated in error that the Reverend William Collett died on 21st November 1889.  However, new information supplied by Tony Copsey in January 2010, and confirmed by the records of the Cambridge Alumni, and the Suffolk burial records, places the death of William Collett at Hawstead as 1st February 1882, following which he was buried at Hawstead on 4th February 1882, aged 63.  It can now also be revealed that his death was reported in The Guardian Newspaper on 8th February 1882. 

 

 

 

In 2010 Tony Copsey was the owner of a property that was once part of the Westerfield Estate which, up to 1868, was in the ownership of the Collett family.  Tony is mapping the history of the property and all those who lived there and his finding so far using the deeds he holds reveal that the Colletts sold the property in 1868 to the aforementioned Edgar family, with whom it remained until 1935.

 

 

 

18P18

Sophia Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1844 at Chelsworth

 

18P19

Ellen Mary Collett

Born in 1845 at Chelsworth

 

18P20

Augusta Cecil Collett

Born in 1847 at Chelsworth

 

18P21

Mary Louisa Collett

Born in 1849 at Bury St Edmunds

 

18P22

William Charles Collett

Born in 1851 at Bury St Edmunds

 

18P23

Agnes Maria Collett

Born in 1854 at Bury St Edmunds

 

18P24

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1856 at Hawstead

 

The following were the children of William Collett by his second wife Charlotte Stowiczek:

 

18P25

Leonora Julia Collett

Born in 1871 at Hawstead

 

18P26

John Anthony Collett

Born in 1873 at Hawstead

 

 

 

 

18O19

Charles Collett was born at Fakenham on 8th May 1823 where he was baptised three days later on 11th May 1823, the first born son of Cornelius Collett and Amelia Daniel.  The entry in the Fakenham Parish Register has the additional note that the child was ‘of Beverley but at this time in this parish.

 

 

 

 

18O20

Samuel Collett was born at Beverley in Yorkshire during 1824 and was baptised at the church of St Mary & St Nicholas on 21st November 1824.  In the 1841 Census for Beverley both he, and his brother Charles (above), were listed as being aged 15 years.  It would appear that he never married and twenty years later he was still single and was still living in Beverley at the age of 36.  By 1871 Samuel had moved to London and was living with his mother Amelia Collett at Clare Lodge in Spring Grove, Isleworth.

 

 

 

 

18O21

Daniel Collett was born at Beverley in 1828 and it was there that he was baptised at the church of St Mary & St Nicholas on 10th August 1828.  He was a civil engineer who appears to have married (1) Elizabeth Pollard prior to 1860, by which time in his life he was living at Melcombe Regis in Weymouth.  Daniel Collett from Beverley was 32 at the time of the Melcombe Regis census of 1861, while his wife, who was referred to as ‘Lizzie Collett’, was 30.  Also recorded living with them was their two years old son Alfred. 

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871 the family of three was living in the Radipole area of Melcombe Regis, where their address was 7 Grosvenor Road.  Daniel Collett, age 42 and from Beverley, was an engineer and an iron founder employing nine men and three boys.  His wife was listed as Lizzie P Collett, who was 40 and from Brighton, and their son was listed as Alfred M Collett aged 12 years who had been born in Weymouth.  The family was supported by a general servant, 22 years old Sarah Seaward.

 

 

 

Over the next few years Daniel’s and Lizzie’s son Alfred attended Keble College in Oxford, where he matriculated on 15th October 1877 at the age of 18.  The record of his attendance confirmed that he was the only son of Daniel Collett of Melcombe Regis in Dorset.  It was also sometime during the 1870s that Daniel’s wife passed away, because during the years after her death he married (2) Mary Sherwood who was born at Cirencester in 1836.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881, the family of Daniel Collett was still living at the same address in Radipole.  However, it was his wife Mary S Collett, age 44, who was the named as the head of the household.  Living with her at 7 Grosvenor Road was her stepson Alfred M Collett, age 22 from Weymouth, who was described as a BA student at Oxford.  Supporting the family were two general servants, Eliza Tompkins who was 20, and Fanny Bascombe who was 17.

 

 

 

Mary’s absence husband Daniel Collett was staying at 178 Goldhawk Road in Hammersmith, the home of his younger brother Trusson Collett (below).  Daniel was listed as being married and a civil engineer of 52 years, who had been born at Beverley.  It seems very likely that his visit to London may have been associated with his work.

 

 

 

It was almost exactly eight years later that Daniel Collett died at Weymouth on 17th April 1889.  Following the death of her husband, Mary moved along the south coast and at the time of the census two years later, Mary Sherwood Collett, age 54 and from Cirencester, was living on her own means at 2 Brooklin Villa in Cockington, near Torquay.  Visiting her on that occasion was 57 years old spinster Sara L Hargreaves from Kent.  The two ladies were supported by servant Elizabeth Reynolds age 26.

 

 

 

Over the following years, it would appear that Mary returned to Gloucestershire where she was living with her unmarried stepson Alfred at Cheltenham in March 1901.  The census that year recorded her as Mary S Collett age 64 from Cirencester, again living on her own means.  Whilst Alfred remained living in Cheltenham, by April 1911 Mary Sherwood Collett, age 74, was living in the Lambeth area of London.

 

 

 

18P27

Alfred Master Collett

Born in 1858 at Weymouth

 

 

 

 

18O22

Trusson Collett was born at Beverley in 1832.  He married Elizabeth Charlotte Collett (Ref. 18O51) who was born at Sweffling near Saxmundham in 1831.  She was the eldest daughter of the Reverend Woodthorpe Collett of Brightwell in Suffolk, and it was at Sweffling that she was baptised on 5th July 1833.

 

The wedding ceremony for Trusson and Elizabeth took place at Brightwell Church to the south-east of Ipswich on 5th September 1860 and was reported in The Times on 7th September and in the Ipswich Journal the following day.  As her father was the incumbent clergyman at Brightwell, he had called upon two family members to officiate on that special occasion.  The first of them was the Reverend James Collett Ebden (Ref. 18M13), the Rector of Great Stukeley in Huntingdon, who was assisted by Elizabeth’s brother, the Reverend Henry Pyemont Collett (Ref. 18O49).

Trusson Collett 18O20 in 1922

 

 

 

The event was special enough to be reported on page one of the 7th September 1860 edition of The Times newspaper.  This stated “On the fifth inst. at Brightwell Church by the Rev. J Collett Ebden Rector of Great Stukeley, Huntingdon, assisted by the Rev. H P Collett brother of the bride, Trusson youngest son of the late Cornelius Collett Esq. of Beverley, Yorkshire to Elizabeth Charlotte eldest daughter of the Rev. Woodthorpe Collett incumbent of Brightwell, Suffolk

 

 

 

After they were married, and at the time of the census in 1861, Trusson and Elizabeth were both 28 when they were living at Paddington in London, from where Trusson was working as a clerk for a wine merchant.  Two other people were recorded at the same address and they were Amelia Collett (nee Daniel), Trusson’s widowed mother who was 66 from Fakenham, and Elizabeth’s sister Catherine A Collett (Ref. 18O52) from Sweffling who was 27.  It would appear that Elizabeth was probably with-child by that time, since their one and only child was born later that same year.  The birth took place at Beverley, where Trusson had been born.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871, the family was living at Maryland Villa in Hammersmith although their daughter was absence on the day of the census.  Just Trusson and Elizabeth, both aged 38, were recorded there, with the third person being domestic servant Lane Gunter who was 26.  It was also in Hammersmith that the family was still living in 1881 when the census that year placed the family living at 178 Goldhawk Road in Hammersmith (the A402 road in 2010), when Trusson’s occupation was still that of a clerk.  The census also confirmed he was 48 and that he had been born at Beverley.  His wife Elizabeth C Collett was also 48 and she was from Sweffling in Suffolk.

 

 

 

The family would appear to be fairly affluent, as the household also supported two female servants and they were Ellen M Pod who was 23 and from Holbrook in Suffolk, and Emma K Wort who was 18 and from Lyndhurst in Hampshire.  The couple’s only child Emily Collett was listed as being 19 years of age and born at Beverley, who was a scholar, presumably in higher education.  Living with the family was Trusson Collett’s older married brother and civil engineer Daniel Collett (above).  Ten years later in 1891 Trusson was 58 and was living at Willesden in North London with his wife Elizabeth, also 58, and daughter Emily, age 29, who was married later that same year.  Again the family was supported by two servants, Mary Adlam 51 and Emily Fiehlock 21.  Only one other person with the Collett name was living within that registration district at that time, and that was Richard Collett who was 45.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in March 1901, Trusson and Elizabeth were both 68 and were still living at 21 Cavendish Road, just of the A5 Edgware Road between Brondesbury and Kilburn within the Willesden registration district.  Trusson Collett was described as ‘living on his own means’.  Later that same year, and following the untimely death of their married, but widowed, daughter Emily, Trusson and Elizabeth took over guardianship of their eight-year old granddaughter Dorothy Annis Norton, whose father had died when the child was just two years old.

 

 

 

According to the next census in April 1911, Trusson and Elizabeth Charlotte Collett were both 78 years old, and living with them at 21 Cavendish Road in Brondesbury was their granddaughter Dorothy Annis Norton who, at the age of 18, was still attending a school in Richmond.  The family of three was supported by two domestic servants Mary Emma Hodgson 53 and Ellen Jane Hobbs 39.  The photograph (above) of Trusson Collett was taken with his wife Elizabeth, most likely during 1912, since it is established that she passed away nine years before her husband.

 

 

 

Trusson Collett was 90 years old when died passed away, his death being recorded at Willesden register office (Ref. 3a 298) during the last three months of 1922.  His Will was proved in London when the joint executors of his considerable estate of £7,421 6 Shillings 7d, equivalent to around £357K in 2013, were named as Percy Norton, a solicitor, and Dorothy Annis Talet, formerly Dorothy Annis Norton his granddaughter, and the wife of Frederick Paul Talet.  The probate process also confirmed that Trusson Collett of 21 Cavendish Road in Brondesbury, died on 29th December 1922 and it was there also that he was living with his wife when she died.

 

 

 

The death of Elizabeth Charlotte Collett nee Collett of Sweffling was recorded at Willesden register office (Ref. 3a 369) during the first three months of 1913.  Probate of her personal effects, amounting to £1,264 14 Shillings 2d, was granted jointly to her widowed husband Trusson Collett and Charles Deighton-Braysher, esquire.  This also revealed that she died on 7th March 1913 while residing at ‘Beaufort, 21 Cavendish Road in Brondesbury.

 

 

 

18P28

Emily Collett

Born in 1861 at Beverley

 

 

 

 

18O23

Frances Jane Collett was born at Little Ilford in Essex on 8th November 1811, where she was also baptised, the eldest child of Robert Henry Collett and Frances Meyler Smith.  She never married and in 1881, at the age of 70, she was living with her younger brother John Collett, at the home of their brother William Lloyd Collett (below) at his vicarage home in Coverdale Road in Hammersmith.  During the next decade Frances and her youngest brother John left London and retired to Brighton in Sussex.  According to the Brighton census in 1891, Frances J Collett was 78 and she and her brother John Collett were residing at 10 Charlotte Street in Kemp Town district of Brighton.

 

 

 

Just less than two years later Frances Jane Collett was 81 when she died at her home at 10 Charlotte Street in Brighton, her death being recorded at Brighton register office (Ref. 2b 132) during the final three months of 1892.  The probate process for her Will stated that she passed away on 18th December 1892 when her estate, valued at £25,152 19 Shillings 3d, was executed by her brother (below) the Reverend William Lloyd Collett of St Stephen’s Church in Shepherds Bush.  In modern day terms the estate would have had an equivalent value of something like £2.7 million.  Ten years after her death her brother John Collett (below) was still living at 10 Charlotte Street in Brighton when he passed away.

 

 

 

 

18O24

Mary Anne Collett was born at Little Ilford on 27th November 1812, the daughter of Robert and Frances Collett.  She was only 25 years old when she died on 16th September 1837.

 

 

 

 

18O25

Robert Henry Collett was born at Little Ilford on 4th March 1814, where he was baptised a month later on 12th April 1814, the third child and eldest son of Robert Henry Collett and Frances Meyler Smith.

 

 

 

 

18O26

Caroline Collett was born at Little Ilford in 1815 where she was baptised on 3rd August 1815, the fourth child of Robert and Frances Collett.

 

 

 

 

18O27

Helen Maria Collett was born at Little Ilford on 10th April 1817 and it was there also that she was baptised on 8th May 1817, another daughter of Robert and Frances Collett.

 

 

 

 

18O28

William Lloyd Collett was born at Little Ilford on 25th November 1818, and it was there also that he was baptised on 22nd December 1818, the son of Robert Henry Collett and Frances Meyler Smith.  He was educated at Queens College in Oxford where he was listed as William Lloyd Collett, the son of Henry Collett of Little Ilford in Essex.  He matriculated on 6th December 1838 when he was 20, and obtained a BA on 18th May 1842 and his MA on 14th May 1845.  It was between those two events that on 25th September 1843 at Gillingham in Kent William Lloyd Collett married Frances Harriett Smith, the daughter of Henry Smith of Morden College in Blackheath.  What is interesting is that William’s father Robert Henry Collett (Ref. 18N13) also married a daughter of Henry Smith who might have been the father of that particular Henry Smith.  Frances was born at Charlton in Kent, which lies between Greenwich and Woolwich, and just across the River Thames from Little Ilford where William was born, although in some later census records she gave her place of birth as Blackheath.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851 William was 31 and Frances was 28, and living with them within the St Pancras & Kentish Town district of London were their two youngest children, Helen who was two years old, and Catherine who was under one year old.  By that time the couple’s three oldest children Frances, Anna and Mary were absence from the family home, due to them staying at Morden College with their grandparents Henry W Smith, age 63 and Treasurer of Morden College, and his wife Susette Smith who was 47.  According to the Charlton census, Frances M Collett was six years old, Anna S Collett was five, and Mary Collett was three.  All three girls had been born at Gillingham near Shaftesbury in Dorset but shortly after they were born William and Frances left Gillingham and moved to Dover with their two daughters, their third child was born.  Just a year or so later the family was living in Winkfield near Bracknell in Berkshire, where the couple’s fourth child was born.

 

 

 

Within a year of the census in 1851 William was appointed to the Church of St Stephen in Shepherd’s Bush, and with that post was accommodation for the family in Hammersmith.  During the next decade a further five children were added to the family while they were living at the St Stephen’s Church Parsonage in Hammersmith, where all of the five new children had been born. 

 

 

 

The next census in 1861 confirmed that the family was living at the Parsonage and that William Lloyd Collett, age 42 and from Little Ilford, was the perpetual curate of St Stephen’s Church.  The family was complete by then, except that the couple’s third and fourth child, daughters Mary and Helen Clara Collett, was absence from the home on the day of the census.  It is likely that Mary had died during the previous decade, but that Helen, age 12 years old, was probably attending boarding school.  The remainder of the family was listed as Frances H Collett, age 38 from Charlton, Frances M Collett 16, Anna S Collett 15, Catherine H Collett 10, Robert W Collett who was eight, twins Alfred and Arthur Collett who were six, Isabella A Collett who was four, and Jessie S Collett who was just ten months old.  On that occasion the younger children had a French governess, 44 years old Elizabeth Masera, in addition to which they also had a nurse, Emily from Stepney who was 33.

 

 

 

Sometime after 1861 William changed from being the perpetual curate of St Stephen’s, when he became the Vicar of St Stephen’s Church at Shepherd’s Bush, which was confirmed by the Hammersmith census of 1871.  Also during that decade the couple’s last child was added to their family and, although he was listed with the family in 1871, no record of him has been found after that time.  The census return for 1871 placed William Lloyd Collett, age 52 and from Little Ilford, as living at St Stephen’s Vicarage on the Uxbridge Road in Hammersmith with his family, when his title was that of Vicar of St Stephen’s Church in Shepherds Bush.  With him was his wife Frances Harriet Collett who was 48 and from Charlton, and eight of their eleven children.  On that occasion it was the couple’s two eldest daughters who had left the family home by that time.  Anna would have been 25 and may have been married by then, whereas it is known that Frances never married and she would have been around 26 that year.

 

 

 

The eight children living with their parents at The Vicarage in 1871 were Helen Clara Collett age 22, Catherine Collett age 20, Robert William Collett age 18, the twins Alfred and Arthur Collett who were both 16, Isabel Augusta Collett who was 14, Jessie Susette Collett who was 10 and Bernard Brockwell Collett who was five years old.  In addition to the four servants employed at the vicarage, two other members of the Collett family were staying there on that day, and they were William’s eldest unmarried sister Frances Jane Collett (above) who was 59 and from Little Ilford in Essex, and his younger brother John Collett (below) who was 38 and from Westerham in Kent.  Neither of them was described as having any occupation.

 

 

 

The two siblings were still living with the family ten years later according to the census in 1881.  William Lloyd Collett was 62 and was still the Vicar of Stephen’s Church in Shepherds Bush, even though the address was changed.  Living with him at The Vicarage in Coverdale Road in Hammersmith was his wife Frances Harriet, age 58, who then said she was from Blackheath in Kent rather than Charlton, together with four of their unmarried children.  They were Helen C Collett, age 32 who was born at Dover, Alfred Collett, age 26 and a civil engineer, Isabel A Collett who was 24, and Jessie S Collett who was 20, all of whom were recorded as having been born at Shepherds Bush.  Neither of the couple’s two sons Arthur and Bernard were with the family that day, Arthur having already died by then, while it was Bernard was attending The Priory School on the High Street in Marlborough.  Again listed with the family were William’s sister Frances J Collett and his brother John Collett.  The household was supported by five domestic servants, they being a cook, a lady’s maid, a housemaid, a kitchen maid, and a parlour maid.

 

 

 

In 1891 a much reduced Collett family was still living at Hammersmith.  William L Collett was 72, his wife Frances H Collett was 68, and still living there with them was two of their unmarried daughters, Frances M Collett who was 47, and Catherine H Collett who was 40.  Towards the end of the following year the Reverend William Lloyd Collett of St Stephen’s Church in Shepherds Bush was named as the sole executor for the Will of his eldest sister Frances Jane Collett of Brighton.  It is also known that William and Frances retired to Brighton where the Reverend William Lloyd Collett died on 9th July 1896, where his death was recorded (Ref. 2b 126) during the third quarter of that year.  His address at that time in his life was 8 Marlborough Place in Brighton and the proving of his Will was placed in the hands of the Reverend George Booker, a clerk, Frances Mary Collett, a spinster, Edmund Vallack, esquire, and the Reverend Alexander Keith Ramsey, a clerk.  His personal effects were valued at £16,697 5 shillings 10d.

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband his widow moved into the home of her brother-in-law John James Collett (below) at 10 Charlotte Street, taking with her two of her unmarried daughters.  By that time her son Alfred and her daughter Jessie had already left England to seek a new life in Argentina, where they were both married.  It was also at 10 Charlotte Street in Brighton that Frances H Collett, age 78, was living on her own means in 1901.  Once again she gave her place of birth as Blackheath, about two miles from Charlton.  Also living there with her were her daughters Frances M Collett age 56 from Gillingham and Catherine E Collett who was 50 and from Winkfield.  All three of them were still residing at the home of her husband’s youngest brother John Collett, age 68 and from Westerham, who was also living on his own means, like the three ladies.

 

 

 

Frances Harriett Collett nee Smith, from Charlton or Blackheath, died on 1st May 1909 when she was residing at 21 Clifton Terrace in Brighton with her two daughters Frances and Helen.  Her Will was proved in London on 5th June 1909 when her daughters Frances Mary Collett and Helen Clara Collett were named as the executors of her estate which was valued at £9,785 15 Shillings 3d.  Less than two year later the census April 1911 named just the three unmarried daughters of William Lloyd Collett as still living in Brighton, and they were Frances Mary Collett, who was 66, Helen Clara Collett, who was 62, and Catherine Hester Collett who was 60.  Another source for this family includes a son Bernard Collett, but so far no other reference to him has been found anywhere else to verify this so, for the time being his name has been omitted from the list of children below.

 

 

 

18P29

Frances Mary Collett

Born in 1844 at Gillingham, Dorset

 

18P30

Anna Sophia Collett

Born in 1845 at Gillingham, Dorset

 

18P31

Mary Collett

Born in 1847 at Gillingham, Dorset

 

18P32

Helen Clara Collett

Born in 1848 at Dover, Kent

 

18P33

Catherine Hester Collett

Born in 1850 at Winkfield, Berkshire

 

18P34

Robert William Collett

Born in 1852 at Shepherd’s Bush

 

18P35

Alfred Collett                twin

Born in 1854 at Shepherd’s Bush

 

18P36

Arthur Collett                 twin

Born in 1854 at Shepherd’s Bush

 

18P37

Isabel Augusta Collett

Born in 1856 at Shepherd’s Bush

 

18P38

Jessie Susette Collett

Born in 1860 at Shepherd’s Bush

 

18P39

Bernard Stockwell Collett

Born in 1866 at Shepherd’s Bush

 

 

 

 

18O29

Henry Gerard Collett was born at Little Ilford on 12th August 1823, and it was there that he was baptised on 11th September 1823, the son of Robert and Frances Collett.

 

 

 

 

18O30

Christopher Theophilus Collett was born at Little Ilford on 4th September 1825 and was baptised there on 5th October 1825, another son of Robert and Frances Collett.  He attended Magdalen College in Oxford, where he matriculated on 21st October 1841 and where he was recorded as the fourth son of Robert Collett of Ilford in Essex.  Curiously in this particular family tree he only has two known older brothers, so whether the college record was incorrect or one of his brothers had died prior to then, has not been determined at this time.  Just like his sister Mary (above), Christopher also died when he was around 25 years of age, when he died on 19th October 1847.

 

 

 

 

18O31

Jessie Collett was born at Little Ilford on 25th September 1827 where she was baptised on 8th November 1827, the youngest daughter of Robert Henry Collett and Frances Meyler Smith.  The only other known detail regarding Jessie, is that she died at Torquay on 16th October 1848 when her age was incorrectly record as being only 18, instead of 21.

 

 

 

 

18O32

Philip Morden Collett was born at Speedhurst in Kent on 14th July 1829, the son of Robert Henry Collett and Frances Meyler Smith, but sadly he died at Tonbridge on 8th March 1830.  His second name may have been taken from Morden College which was attended by one of his older siblings.

 

 

 

 

18O33

John James Collett was born at Westerham near Sevenoaks in Kent on 17th June 1832, the youngest child of Robert Henry Collett and Frances Meyler Smith.  Although no positive record of John or his family has been found in 1841, when they are believed to have still been living at Westerham, by the time of the census in 1851 John Collett from Westerham was 18 and was living at Plympton St Mary in Devon.

 

 

 

He was the only Collett listed in that registration district at that time, which may be significant, since it was at Torquay in Devon three years earlier that his older sister Jessie Collett died in 1848 at the age of 18.  It is possible that he was on vacation in Devon, or visiting relatives, or even attending the grave of his sister.  Whatever the reason for him being there, it is known that he was educated at Wadham College in Oxford where he was listed as the son of Robert Henry Collett of Westerham in Kent.  And it was at Wadham that he matriculated that same year on 18th June 1851 when he was 19.

 

 

 

John never married and in 1881, at the age of 48, he was living with his older sister Frances J Collett at the Hammersmith home of their brother William Lloyd Collett (above) and his wife Frances at The Vicarage in Coverdale Road.  During the years after that, John and his sister Frances left London, when they retired to Brighton.  That was confirmed in the census of 1891 when John Collett, age 58, was living at 10 Charlotte Street in the Kemp Town district of the town, not far from Brighton Pier, with his sister Frances J Collett, who sadly died towards the end of 1892.

 

 

 

In March 1901, and following the death of his brother William Lloyd Collett (above) five years earlier, John Collett of Westerham was 68 when he was still living at 10 Charlotte Street in Brighton.  Living there with him was William’s widow Frances Harriet Collett and her two daughters Frances and Catherine.  All four of them, were described as living on their own means.  It was just eleven months later that John James Collett died at 10 Charlotte Street in Brighton on 17th February 1902 at the age of 69, his death recorded at Brighton register office (Ref. 2b 163). 

 

 

 

The Will of John Collett was originally settled in the sum of £23,115 13 Shillings 5d but was re-sworn in February 1903 when his estate was confirmed as £22,682 14 Shillings 5d.  During the probate process he was credited with property at 88 High Street in Sevenoaks, Kent, and at 10 Charlotte Street in Brighton where he died.  Probate was granted to his unmarried nieces Helen Clara Collett and Frances Mary Collett, two of the daughters of his live-in sister-in-law Frances Harriet Collett, and the Reverend Alexander Keith Ramsey and Edmund Vallak esquire.

 

 

 

 

18O34

Anna Collett was born in 1822 at Bramerton to the east of Norwich.  Following the death of her mother Phyllis Preston Reynolds in 1831 her father William Collett remarried in 1835, at which time the family was living at Thetford where Anna was 19 in 1841.  The subsequent census records revealed that she was not married during the following twenty years.  In 1851 and 1861 she was 29 and 39 respectively, when she was still living with her father and her stepmother at Thetford, where her father was the rector.  However, it was six weeks after the census day in 1861 that Anna Collett married John Michael Croker at Thetford on 28th May 1861, when her father was confirmed as William Collett.  It was during the following year that Anna presented John with a son at Norwich, where they were living in 1871 when John M Croker was 49, as was Anna, while their son John W Croker was nine years of age.

 

 

 

Sometime after that Anna was made a widow with the death of her husband.  So by 1881 she was head of the household at Cantley, a village lying midway between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.  Anna Croker from Bramerton was 59 and described as holding railway stocks and mortgage, which may suggest that John Michael Croker died from injuries he sustained while working on the railway.  Living there with Anna was her son John W Croker who was 19 with no stated occupation who had been born in Norwich.  Supporting the two of them were three servants, a housemaid, a cook and an errand boy.

 

 

 

Mother and son were still together ten years later, as confirmed by the census in 1891 when they were still residing in Cantley.  Anna Croker was 69 and her unmarried son was 29.  By that time they had just two domestic servants working for them.  Just over seven years after that the death of Anna Croker nee Collett was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 97) during the last three months of 1898 when she was 76.  The probate process stated that Anna Croker, a widow of Heighham Hall Asylum in Norwich died on 5th October 1898.  Probate of her personal effects amounting to £4,192 2 Shillings 3d was granted to John Brown Aldis, a bank inspector, and John Empson Toplis Pollard, a solicitor.

 

 

 

 

18O35

William Reynolds Collett was born at Bramerton on 20th May 1823, where he was baptised one week later on 28th May 1823, the eldest son of William Collett and Phyllis Preston Reynolds.  His early education was conducted at Yarmouth Proprietary School, where he matriculated in 1841.  It was then that he was accepted into Caius College in Cambridge on 25th March 1841 at the age of 18.  The college record also confirmed that he was born at Bramerton, the son of William Collett, former Cambridge scholar and Vicar of St Mary’s Church at Thetford.

 

 

 

He graduated from Caius College in Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts (13th Wrangler) degree in 1845, obtained his Master of Arts degree in 1848, and was a Fellow of Caius College from 1845 to 1857.  He was ordained as a deacon at Ely in 1846, and became priest in 1849.  It was from around that time, and into the 1850s, that he was the librarian for both Gonville and Caius Colleges, which is acknowledged in the records at the British Library.

 

 

 

He later married Mary Hoste who was three years older than William, and she was the daughter of Colonel Sir George Charles Hoste who fought at the Battle of Waterloo, and a painting of him in uniform can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery in London.  Sir George was later employed as a gentleman usher by Queen Adelaide, following the death of King William IV in 1837, and was also sent out to Canada to secretly investigate the state of defences of British North American Provinces.

 

 

 

From 1856 until 1902 William Reynolds Collett was the Rector of Hethersett with Canteloff in Norfolk, and lived at The Hethersett Rectory in Wymondham.  The next two census returns, for 1861 and 1871, placed William R Collett of Bramerton as living with his wife Mary within the census registration district of Henstead & Humbleyard, near Norwich.  Their ages were 37 and 40, and 47 and 50 respectively.  In 1871 William’s two sisters Sophia Norgate nee Collett, and Lucy Collett, were also living nearby in Hethersett.

 

 

 

Eight years later William became the Rural Dean of Humbleyard, a title he held from 1879 to 1897.  According to the next census in 1881 William Collett, age 57, was a clergyman rector living at The Rectory in Hethersett with his wife Mary, who was 60 and born at Gravesend.  The couple never had any children, but listed with them were two visitors and three servants.  The visitors were Edmund Frederick Plume, age 28 of nearby Framingham, who was a student at Cambridge University, and Catherine Philippa Jodrell, age 21 of Wood Dalling in Norfolk, who was curiously described as ‘ornamental’.  The servants were spinster Sarah Mildred Goose, age 38 of Coltishall, Rosina Elizabeth Bacon 21 of Brandeston, and Louisa Emms 17 of Ketteringham.  Louisa Emms’ older sister, Mary Emms of Ketteringham, was the cook at the Hethersett home of William Reynolds Collett’s sister Sophia (below).

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891, William Reynolds Collett, aged 67 and from Bramerton, was still living in Hethersett, with his wife Mary who was 70, within the sub-registration district of Humbleyard.  Also living with the couple at that time was William’s unmarried sister Lucy Frances Collett (below), who was 61 and born at Thetford.  It was during the following year that William was made the Honourable Canon of Norwich, a title that he held from 1892 until his death in 1902.   However, prior to his own death, his wife Mary had passed away before the end of the century, and to honour her memory William organised the rebuilding of the chancel at Hethersett Church.  Perhaps rather oddly, William W Collet (sic), age 77 and from Bramerton in Norfolk, was recorded at Hastings on the occasion of the March census in 1901, when he was described as a clerk in Holy Orders. 

 

 

 

Apparently it was following the death of his wife that William joined with other well to do individuals at the Alexandra Hotel in Hastings, where he was staying in 1901.  It was just over eighteen months later that William Reynolds Collett died at Hethersett on 11th October 1902, at the age of 79.  His proved Will confirmed that he left part of his estate, amounting to £946 9 Shillings 3d, to his half-brother Edward Collett of Thetford, which explains how Edward, at the age of 64, came to be married and how he managed to set up a new life for himself.  During his life William Reynolds Collett was the author of two books, and they were ‘A List of Early Printed Books’ (in the College Library), which was published in 1850, and ‘Women’s Work in the Church’, which was published during 1863.

 

 

 

 

18O36

John Collett was born at Bramerton in 1824 and was baptised in nearby Norwich on 10th July 1824, the son of William Collett and his wife Phyllis Preston Reynolds who died at Thetford in 1831.

 

 

 

 

18O37

Charles Preston Collett was born at Bramerton in 1826 and was baptised there on 25th April 1826, the son of William and Phyllis Collett.  He was called to the bar of the Inner Temple at Lincoln’s Inn during 1861 and from 1869 to 1871 he was the Puisne Judge of the High Court at Madras in India.  On 2nd April 1871 Charles was recorded in the census return in Great Britain as being aged 44 and living at St James Square in Westminster, London.  He was not married at that time.

 

 

 

It was following his return to England from India that he married Lucy Ellen Daniels around 1872 while still living in London.  Lucy was born at Islington in 1843 and was seventeen years younger than Charles.  So, at the time of their wedding, Charles would have been 46 compared to Lucy who would have been 29.  It was around that time in their lives that a letter, written by Eliza Ebden in November 1871 address to her sons, gave the place of residence of their cousin Charles Collett as being in Foxley Road in Kennington, not far from the Kennington Oval, the road still being there today.

 

 

 

That may have been their address at the time of their wedding but, shortly after, the couple moved across the River Thames to initially settle in the Kensington area, where their first two children were born, before they made the bigger move to Devon.  The census in 1881 confirmed that Charles had lived and worked in India, since the census return described him as a ‘barrister at law (not in practice) – Madras Civil Service, retired’.

 

 

 

At that time, in early April 1881, Charles and Lucy were living at Highclere House on the Warberry Road in Tor-Moham, a parish of Torquay.  Charles was 54 and of Bramerton, while Lucy was 37 and of Islington in Middlesex.  The first two of their five children were recorded as having been born at St Mary Abbot in Kensington, while the remainder of their children were born after the family had settled in Torquay.  The five children were Phillis Carthew Collett, who was seven, Margaret Morden Collett, who was six, Charles M Collett, who was four, Laura Leslie Collett, who was two, and Arthur Preston Collett who was only seven months old.

 

 

 

In addition to their five children, the family also had staying with them a visitor by the name of Lucy Frances Collett (below).  She was a spinster lady, aged 50, and had been born at Thetford and was one of Charles’ younger sisters.  Charles must have been fairly affluent, as his home was served by six servants.  They were the cook Selina Heard, nurse Elizabeth Inkill, Elizabeth Martin the upper housemaid, Clara Meinbery the parlour maid, Elizabeth Dunstan the under housemaid, and Louisa Spencer the under nurse.

 

 

 

During his life Charles was the author of three books, they being ‘The Treaties on the Law of Injunctions and the Appointment of Receivers under the Code of Civil Procedures’ which was published in 1859, ‘The Manual of the Law Torts and the Measure of Damages’ published in 1866, and ‘The Law of Specific Relief in India’ published in 1882, which was based on the Community Act 1877.

 

 

 

Charles Preston Collett died on 28th January 1891 at the age of 64.  Probate of the Will of Charles Collett Esq, late of Highclere House on Warberry Hill in Torquay was proved at the Principal Registry by Lucy Ellen Collett of Highclere House, his widow.  Two months after his death his widow was named as the head of the household at Highclere House in Tor-Moham.  Lucy E Collett was 47 and only had her two youngest children still living there with her and they were Laura L Collett who was 12, and Arthur P Collett who was 10 years old, both of them born at Torquay.

 

 

 

Also living with the family of three at that time, perhaps helping Lucy to cope with life after the recent loss of her husband, was her younger unmarried sister Ann E Daniels who was 34 and from Islington, where Lucy had also been born.  In addition to her sister, Lucy and her two children were supported by five servants, comprising two cooks, two housemaids, and one children’s maid.

 

 

 

No record of Lucy or any of her children has been found in the 1901 Census although it is established that she never remarried.  Ten years later in 1911 her daughter Laura Collett had moved to London and was still a spinster living in the Lewisham area of the city.  No record of the other four children has been found in 1911.  However, Lucy Ellen Collett nee Daniels was a resident of Bath when she died on 28th November 1933.  Probate of the personal effects of Lucy Ellen Collett of Ormonde Lodge on Sion Hill in Bath valued at £5,466 13 Shillings 6d, was granted in London on 5th February 1934 to her two sons Charles Morden Collett and Arthur Preston Collett, neither having a stated occupations as they had both retired by then.  The amount of her estate was later re-sworn as £5,484 1 Shillings 6d.

 

 

 

18P40

Phillis Carthew Collett

Born in 1873 at Kensington, London

 

18P41

Margaret Morden Collett

Born in 1874 at Kensington, London

 

18P42

Charles Morden Collett

Born in 1876 at Torquay

 

18P43

Laura Lesley Collett

Born in 1878 at Torquay

 

18P44

Arthur Preston Collett

Born in 1880 at Torquay

 

 

 

 

18O38

Sophia Collett was born at Bramerton during 1828 and was baptised at Norwich on 13th May 1828, the daughter of William and Phyllis Collett.  Her mother died when she was only three years old, and she was recorded as being aged 13 in the 1841 Census and was 22 years of age ten years later in 1851.  On both occasions she was living at Thetford with her father and his second wife.

 

 

 

It was during the next decade that she married the much older Colonel Charles Norgate.  Charles had been baptised at Hethersett near Norwich on 3rd December 1805, the son of Thomas Starling Norgate and his wife Mary Susan Norgate.  At the time of the census in 1861, the childless couple was living at Humbleyard near Norwich, where Charles Norgate was 55, and his wife Sophia Norgate was 33.  However, during the next ten years Charles Norgate died, so by the time of the next census in 1871 Sophia Norgate, age 42, was still living at Humbleyard, but had living with her, her niece Gertrude R Norgate, age 19.

 

 

 

Ten years later the widow Sophia Norgate, age 52, was living in a private house at Turnpike Road in Hethersett.  The 1881 census revealed that Sophia was an annuitant supported by two domestic servants.  They were Mary A Emms, age 29 and a cook from nearby Ketteringham, and housemaid Maria Lightning, age 25 from Hempnall.  Mary Emms’ younger sister Louisa Emms of Ketteringham was one of three servants at The Hethersett Rectory, the home of Sophia’s brother William Reynolds Collett (above).

 

 

 

She was still living at Hethersett in 1891 when she was 62, and on that occasion she had living there with her her unmarried sister Lucy Frances Collett (below) who was 61.  Looking after the two elderly sisters were two domestic servants Georgiana Brown and Alice Bennett.  It was the same situation again in March 1901 when Sophia Norgate was 72 and her sister Lucy Frances Collett was 71.  It is understood the Sophia Norgate nee Collett died at Hethersett during the next few years, and she was followed by her sister Lucy in 1908.

 

 

 

 

18O39

Lucy Frances Collett was born at Thetford in 1830 where she was baptised on 27th February 1830, the last known child of William Collett and his first wife Phyllis Preston Reynolds.  Lucy was just sixteen months old when her mother died, after which her father remarried.  Lucy was 11 years old in the June census in 1841, was 21 by March 1851 and was 31 in the April census of 1861.  On all three occasions she was living with her father and her stepmother at Thetford.  Following the death of her father in the late 1860s, Lucy moved to Humbleyard near Norwich, where she either lived with her married sister Sophia Norgate, or her married brother William Reynolds Collett (above).

 

 

 

Confirmation was provided by the census in 1871, when unmarried Lucy F Collett, age 41, was living within the Henstead & Humbleyard registration district of Norfolk, where her brother married William and widowed sister Sophia were also still living.  However, she never married and, ten years later in 1881, she was listed as a visitor at the Torquay home of her brother Charles Preston Collett (above).  The census recorded that she was 50 years old and that she was supported by ‘interest from private property’.

 

 

 

During the next decade she left Devon, possibly following the death of her brother Charles, and returned to live with her older widowed sister Sophia Norgate (above) at Hethersett, between Wymondham and Norwich.  And it was there that she was living with Sophia in April 1891 at the age of 61 and again in March 1901 when she was 71.  Both of the sisters died during the first decade of the new century, with the death of Lucy Frances Collett being recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 76) during the last three months of 1909 when she was she 79.  Probate states that spinster Lucy Frances Collett of St Clements Hostel in Norwich died on 27th December 1909 and that it was her married sister Sophia’s son Charles Bladwell le Grys Norgate, a solicitor, who administered her estate of £9,843 2 Shillings 2d.

 

 

 

 

18O40

Henry Collett was born at Thetford on 6th March 1836 where he was baptised on 27th May 1836, the eldest child of William Collett by his second wife Ellen Clark Bidwell.  He was five years old in the 1841 Census for Thetford and by the time he was 15 in 1851 he was being educated at Tonbridge School in Tunbridge Wells in Kent when the census return also confirmed he was born at Thetford.  He later attended the Addiscombe Military Academy College in Croydon.  The property there was acquired by the British East India Company in 1809 when it was converted into a military academy.  The company imported tea, coffee, silk, cotton and spices, and maintained its own private army.

 

This photograph shows an elderly Henry Collett studying campaign maps

Sir Henry Collett closeup

 

 

 

The officers of that army were trained at Addiscombe before setting off for India.  In 1858, after the India Rebellion of 1857, also referred to as the First War of Indian Independence, the British East India Company went out of existence.  The college closed in 1861 and was sold to developers in 1863 for £33,600. It was then razed to the ground with dynamite, and all that is left today are the two buildings 'Ashleigh' and 'India' on the corner of Clyde Road and Addiscombe Road, together with the former gymnasium on Havelock Road, now converted into private apartments.

 

 

 

Following his graduation from the academy, Henry left England and sailed to India, where he joined the Bengal Indian Army in 1855, rising through the ranks to become Lieutenant-Colonel in 1879.  In the Second Anglo-Afghan War from 1878 to 1880, he acted as quartermaster-general on the staff of Frederick Roberts, First Earl Roberts.  He eventually reached the rank of Colonel in 1884 and was made KCB in 1891, and from 1892 to 1893 he commanded the Peshawar district with the rank of major-general.  He retired from the army in 1893 and was honoured by Queen Victoria, when he became General Sir Henry Collett Knight of the British Empire.

 

 

 

He returned to England before the end of the century and was recorded as being 65 years old, while living at Kensington at the time of the census of 1901.  His occupation was stated as being ‘Colonel retired from the Indian Army’.  Living with bachelor Henry in 1901 was his brother Edward Collett and sisters Mary and Ellen Collett (all below) and sadly, it was not long after the March census day, that Henry passed away, his death being recorded on 21st December 1901 at Kew in London.  The Will of Sir Henry Collett KCB, a retired colonel in the British Army, of 21 Cranley Gardens in Kensington was proved in London on 27th January 1902.  Probate was granted to Henry’s brother Edward Collett, esquire (below), who also appears to be the main beneficiary of his estate valued at £9,852 12 Shillings, which was re-sworn later that same year at £10,912 12 Shillings.

 

 

 

During his life Henry Collett was a keen botanist, collecting plants in Afghanistan, Algeria, Burma, the Canaries, Corsica, India, Java, and Spain.  He was made a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1879.  At his death he was working on a book on the flora of Simla, which was published posthumously as ‘Flora Simlensis’ in 1902.

 

 

 

Just over one hundred years later, as a tribute to his work in the field of botany, he was honoured by husband and wife rose breeders Viru and Girija Viraraghavan of Tamil Nadu in India by the naming of a white climber rose ‘Sir Henry Collett’ which has been registered with the International Rose Registration Authority based in the U.S.A.

 

The story behind this is that Henry Collett found that species of rose in the 1880s when he was in the Shan Hills of Burma.  It is believed that he saw it through a pair of binoculars, as something bright white in the distance, when he was trekking in these hills. 

Sir Henry Collet Rose 2 clipped

 

 

 

He then collected material of the plant and sent it to a Monsieur Crepin, who was at that time the leading taxonomist based in Brussels.  It was Sir Henry Collett who suggested the name ‘rosa gigantea’.  His personal account of ‘the find’ was recorded in the Journal of the Linnean Society, which was reproduced many years later in Gardener’s Chronicle on 11th May 1912 and this read as follows:

 

 

 

“It was found on a plateau at 4-5,000 feet where the traveller was at once struck with the temperate character of the flora.  The trees were mostly Oaks and Pines, whilst the herbaceous plants were represented by species of Ranunculus, Viola, Hyperium, Clematis, etc.  Only two species of Rosa were seen, and both were new.

 

The beautiful R. Gigantean is particularly conspicuous, climbing over the tall forest trees, from the tops of which the long, pendulous branches, covered with very large white flowers, hang down in rich profusion.  The Rose, which has larger flowers probably than any other wild species, is seen from a considerable distance in the jungle, reminding one more of a large Clematis than of a rose.  It is only locally abundant, chiefly in dark shady valleys.”

 

The other rose referred to by Sir Henry Collett, in his statement above, was believed to be Rosa Collettiana, which had yet to be cultivated at that time.

 

 

 

 

18O41

Edward Collett was born at Thetford on 4th October 1837, the second son of William Collett and his second wife Ellen Clark Bidwell.  He was three years of age at the time of the 1841 census for Thetford, and was still living with his family at Thetford in 1851 when he was 13.  He may have been out of the country in April 1861 but, with the death of his father in the late 1860s he had returned to England by 1871 and, at the age of 33, Edward Collett was living at Winchester.  His place of birth was confirmed as Thetford, as it was in 1881 when he was 43 when he was living with his widowed mother Ellen at Trafford House in Ewell Road in Kingston-upon-Thames.

 

 

 

His occupation at that time was that of a duty office clerk with the Inland Revenue Legacy (C S C).  He was still living with his mother at Kingston ten years later but, following her death in the 1890s, he left Kingston and moved to Kensington, where he was living with three of his sibling by March 1901.  By then Edward was a retired civil servant at the age of 63, and his place of birth was once again confirmed as Thetford.  The house in which he was living was also home to his brother Henry Collett (above) and his sisters Mary and Ellen Collett (below).

 

 

 

Just nine months later Edward’s brother Henry passed away, and that appears to have resulted in Edward and his two sisters leaving London.  While his two sisters moved to Hampshire, Edward became a married man and moved to Surrey.  Under the terms of the Will of his older half-brother William Reynolds Collett (above) who died in 1902, Edward inherited nearly one thousand pounds which enabled him to marry Ada Rebecca Moore and establish a new life for himself.  Ada was born at Thetford in 1857 and was around twenty years younger than Edward. 

 

 

 

According to the information in the census return for 1911, the couple had been married for eight years, when they were living at ‘Moorside’ in Tilford Road in the village of Churt, in the parish of Frensham.  Edward Collett was 73 and from Thetford, and Ada Rebecca Collett was 53 and also from Thetford.  The elderly couple were supported by two domestic servants, housemaid Mabel Sexton 28, and Charlotte Ayling 24, who was the cook.  Once again Edward’s occupation was confirmed as a civil servant, when he was described as a retired civil servant.  The death of Edward Collett of Moorside, Tilford Road, Churt near Farnham in Surrey occurred on 13th December 1918 and probate of his estate of £15,712 12 shillings 8d was granted to the Public Trustee and Ada Rebecca Collett, his widow.  Just less than six years later his widow Ada Rebecca Collett nee Moore passed away on 5th June 1924 while living at 21 De Montfort Street in Leicester.  Her Will was proved at London on 25th September 1924.  With no family to inherited her fortune of £25,831 19 Shillings 8d it passed into the hands of the Public Trustee.

 

 

 

 

18O42

Ellen Collett was born at Thetford in 1839 where she was baptised on 9th December 1839.  Tragically she did not survive and died at Thetford on 22nd January 1840.

 

 

 

 

18O43

Mary Collett was born at Thetford on 9th October 1840 and was baptised there on 2nd December 1840, the eldest surviving daughter of William Collett and his second wife Ellen Clark Bidwell.  She was under twelve months old for the Thetford census of 1841, and by the time of the next census in 1851 she was 10 years old.  In 1861, at the age of 20, Mary was still living at Thetford Rectory with her parents.  However, following the death of her father towards the end of the 1860s, Mary’s mother was forced to leave the Rectory in Thetford, where her father had been the rectory for many years.  That upheaval in their life, resulted in Mary, and her two younger sisters (below), accompanying their mother to Kingston-upon-Thames, where they were living in 1871.  On that occasion Mary Collett from Thetford was 30.

 

 

 

Ten years later, at the time of the 1881 census, Mary Collett, age 40 and of Thetford, was still a spinster when she was living with her mother’s sister and her husband at Upper Beulah Hill Haddon in Croydon.  Her aunt was Lydia Grohawk nee Bidwell, who was 55 and from St Lukes in Middlesex.  Lydia’s husband was retired farmer Francis W Grohawk, age 62 of Letheringsett in Norfolk, and living with the couple were their four children, plus five servants.  In addition to Mary Collett, also living with the family was Lydia’s two older maiden sisters (and Mary’s aunts) Laura Bidwell, age 60, and Octavia Bidwell, age 59, both of them from Thetford and both living on independent means.

 

 

 

Forty-year old Mary Collett was also listed as being of independent means, indicating a degree of wealth and affluence.  How long Mary was living with her aunt has not been established, but on the death of her father in the 1870s, her mother Ellen Collett had moved Kingston-upon-Thames.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next ten years Mary had left Croydon and moved the short distance to Kingston where she was living with her mother and younger sister Ellen (below) in 1891 at the age of 50.  Upon the death of their mother, Mary and her sister Ellen moved into the centre of London and in 1901 the pair of them was living with their brothers Henry and Edward Collett (above) at Kensington.  By then Mary was 60 and the census record confirmed she had been born at Thetford and was living on her own means.  With the death of their brother Henry Collett in December 1901, the two sisters left London and moved to Hampshire, where in April 1911 they were still living together at Christchurch.  According to the census that year, Mary Collett from Thetford was 70 years old.

 

 

 

Less than six month later spinster Mary Collett died at Swanton Morley Street off Valerie Road in Bournemouth on 23rd September 1911 when probate was granted on 13th October 1911 to her sister Ellen Anna Collett (below) and Mary Catherine Bidwell, both spinsters, for her estate worth £18,575 13 Shillings 3d, which was re-sworn at £19,268 8 shillings 11d.

 

 

 

 

18O44

Ellen Anna Collett was born at Thetford on 27th October 1842, the second daughter named Ellen of the Rector of Thetford William Collett and his wife Ellen.  Daughter Ellen was still living at Thetford with her family in March 1851 at the age of eight years, and was still there in April 1861 when she was 18.  Following the death of her father in the late 1860s Ellen’s depleted family left Thetford and moved to Kingston-upon-Thames where she and her mother Ellen, and sisters Mary (above) and Laura (below) were living in 1871.  At that time in her life unmarried Ellen A Collett from Thetford was 28.

 

 

 

Ellen was still living with her mother ten years later in 1881, when also living with them at Trafford House in the Ewell Road in Kingston was Ellen’s brother Edward Collett (above).  Once again Ellen, age 38, was not married, nor was she credited with having an occupation.  At that time the three members of the Collett family were supported by three domestic servants, Elizabeth J Hancock, age 29 who was the cook, Emma A Gardiner, age 38 who was a parlour maid, and Helen Mitchell, age 16, who was an under-house maid.

 

 

 

Over the following decade Ellen and her mother were joined at Kingston by her older sister Mary (above) who was living there with them in 1891 when Ellen was then 48.  The next few years saw the sisters lose their mother, after which they moved to London and in 1901 they were living in Kensington with their brothers Henry Collett (above), who had returned from India, and Edward Collett (above).  Just like her sister Mary, 58 years old Ellen was also listed in the census as living on her own means, while having been born at Thetford.  Sometime after the death of their brother Henry Collett in December 1901, the two sisters left London and moved to Hampshire, where in April 1911 they were still living together at Christchurch.  The census return for the Christchurch registration district listed Ellen Anna Collett from Thetford as being 68.

 

 

 

In October 1911, following the death of her sister Mary (above), Ellen Anna Collett inherited her sister’s home at Swanton Morley Street on Valerie Road in Bournemouth where she was living when she died on 12th June 1921.  Probate of her personal effects valued at £16,337 14 Shillings 9d was granted to her niece Phillis Carthew Collett, a spinster, and Charles Alfred Morton Lightly, a solicitor.

 

 

 

 

18O45

Laura Collett was born at Thetford on 9th October 1844 where she was baptised on 8th March 1845, the youngest surviving children of Rector William Collett and his second wife Ellen Clark Bidwell.  She was six years old in the census of 1851 and was 16 in 1861, while living at Thetford with her family.  Laura would have been in her early twenties when her father died and, upon that sad event, she and her family had to vacate the rectory at Thetford and seek alternative accommodation.  A few years later, according to the census in 1871, Laura and her mother, and her two older sisters, were living at Kingston-upon-Thames, when she was described as Laura Collett, age 26, from Thetford.  What happened to Laura after that time is not known for sure.  However, the marriage of Laura Collett and George Coppin at Hartismere in Suffolk (Ref. 4a 715) during the first three months of 1872 relates to Laura Collett (Ref. 20P4) from Wortham whose family line can be found in Part 20 – The Suffolk to Australia Line.

 

 

 

 

18O46

Alfred Collett was born at Thetford during 1848 and was baptised there on 31st October 1848 when he would have been the youngest child of William Collett and Ellen Clark Bidwell had he survived.  The burial of the infant Alfred Collett was recorded at St Mary’s Church in Thetford on 18th January 1849.

 

 

 

 

18O47

Woodthorpe Schofield Collett was born in 1826 at Hainton in Lincolnshire, where his father Woodthorpe Collett had married Elizabeth Pyemont.  He was 14 at the time of the census in June 1841, when he was at school in Ipswich St Clement.  He later attended Clare College in Cambridge, which he entered on 2nd April 1846, having already completed his matriculation that same year.  While at Cambridge he was awarded a Browne Medal, and obtained his BA in 1850.  He was a Senior Fellow from 1851 onwards and achieved his MA in 1853.

 

 

 

He followed in his father’s footsteps by entering the church but, unlike his father Woodthorpe Collett, he never married.  In the census of 1851 he was 24 and was living and working in the Lambeth & Brixton district of London.  Three years later in 1854 he was ordained a deacon, and became a priest at Ely in 1855.  However, six years later the census in 1861 placed Woodthorpe S Collett, age 34, as living and working within the St Albans & Harpenden registration district of Hertfordshire.  Just four years after that, according to Crockford’s Clerical Directory, Woodthorpe Schofield Collett was unbeneficed in 1865, which means that he no longer held a church office which provided an income.

 

 

 

It may have been that action, coupled with the death of his father in 1869 that resulted in Woodthorpe returning to the family home in Colneis, near Woodbridge, since it was there that he was living in 1871, at the age of 44, with his widowed mother Elizabeth, and unmarried siblings Catherine and William (below).  Ten years later in the census of 1881, and following the death of his mother, he was recorded as being 54 and a clergyman from Lincoln, who was living at 13 Windsor Road in Ealing, Middlesex, the home of his married brother Charles Keeling Collett (below).

 

 

 

No obvious record of him has been found in the census of 1891 and 1911, but in March 1901 he was living at Preston, a sub-district of Brighton in Sussex, where he was 73 and his place of birth was given incorrectly as Ipswich.  It was while he was still living in Brighton that he died on 26th January 1913, at the age of 85, the death also being reported in The Times newspaper on 29th January 1913.

 

 

 

 

18O48

John Collett was born in 1828 in Suffolk, possibly at Little Glemham south-west of Saxmundham, and was 13 years old in 1841, when he was living at Woodbridge with his parents Woodthorpe and Elizabeth Collett and the rest of his family, but minus his older brother Woodthorpe (above).  It is established that John was later employed by the P & O Steam Ship Company, but with no further recording of him found in any subsequent census after 1841, it is possible that he had the opportunity to leave Great Britain and settle elsewhere in the world.

 

 

 

 

18O49

Henry Pyemont Collett was born in 1829 at Little Glemham, where he was baptised on 18th October 1829, the son of Woodthorpe Collett and Elizabeth Pyemont.  He was 12 years old in the June census of 1841, and he later attended Trinity Hall at Cambridge University, which he entered on 4th July 1850, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1854.  The record at Trinity Hall confirmed that he was the third son of Woodthorpe Collett, clerk of Hasketon, Woodbridge in Suffolk.  It was at Cambridge in the census of 1851 that he was simply recorded as Henry Collett, age 21, a scholar.

 

 

 

Ten years later, in the next census in 1861, he was still a bachelor when he was living with his parents at Woodbridge where he was incorrectly recorded as Henry Dymond Collett, age 37, instead of Henry Pyemont Collett who was 31.  It was during the following months that he married Isabella Lamb Frazer, and that may have taken place in Wolverhampton, where Isabella was born, or in the Leicestershire village of Shenton, where the couple’s first children was born.  Within the following year, the family moved to Denver in Norfolk, just south of Downham Market, where their other two sons were born.

 

 

 

Two years prior to the 1861 Census, Henry was ordained as a priest in 1859 and by 1861 he was a priest in Norwich.  Overlapping with that, from 1859 to 1862 he was the Curate of Kesgrave in Suffolk.  The four years from 1863 to 1867 he was P C of Fordham, after which, from 1867 to 1874, he was appointed Vicar of St Mary’s Church at Tilney-cum-Islington in Norfolk, midway between Wisbech and King’s Lynn, which is where the family was living at the time of the census in 1871.

 

 

 

The details in the Wisbech & Terrington St Clement census listed the family as Henry Pyemont Collett, age 41 from Little Glemham, his wife Isabella Lamb Collett, age 38 and from Wolverhampton, and their three children Edward Pyemont Collett who was eight years old and born at Shenton to the north of Hinckley, Henry Francis Collett who was six, and John Anthony Collett who was four years old, both confirmed as having been born at Denver in Norfolk.  Also supporting the family on that occasion were two servants, Elizabeth Pitcher, age 20 from Denver, and Ann Elizabeth Ebbeson who was 19 and from Fakenham.

 

 

 

There appears to be a gap in the life of Edward Pyemont Collett from 1874 to 1876, but from then on until 1878 he was the Vicar of Ixworth in Suffolk.  Sometime during the next year or two, the family left Suffolk and by the time of the next census in 1881 Henry, age 51, was teaching at a school in Hasting, while he was living at 12 Springfield Road in Hastings St Leonard with his two oldest sons.  Edward P Collett was 18, and Henry F Collett was 16 and was still undertaking his education. 

 

 

 

Although listed in the census return as a married man, neither his wife, nor his youngest son, were residing with Henry on the actual day of the census.  Instead, the household was completed by two servants, cook Emily Hoile, age 21 and from Kent, and maid Elizabeth Woodland, age 19 and from Ashford in Kent.  However, the wider census of 1881 revealed that Isabella L Collett was visiting her elderly mother, a clergyman’s widow, Phoebe A Frazer, at her home in Lower Green, Tettenhall in Staffordshire.  Isabella was 48 and her place of birth was Wolverhampton.

 

 

 

At that same time, the couple’s missing youngest son, John A Collett, age 13, was a pupil boarder at Norton House College in Luton.  Whether in error or not, his place of birth was given as Leicester like his eldest brother, although later in his life he said he was born at Denver, near Downham Market in Norfolk.  Upon his retirement, Henry and Isabella moved north to the Lake District.  At the time of the census in 1891 Henry P Collett was 61, and his wife Isabella L Collett was 58, at a time in their lives when they were living in the Cartmel area, between Ulverston and Grange-over-Sands.

 

 

 

During that decade Henry and Isabella left the Lake District when they moved south to Dawlish on the south Devon coast.  And it was at Dawlish that Henry Pyemont Collett died towards the end of March in 1898 and, according to a record within the Cambridge Alumni, he had been living at Dawlish where he ‘remained without a cure’.  Upon his death his body was taken to Brightwell in Suffolk, where he was buried near his father on 1st April 1898 at the age of 68.  Following his passing, Isabella was still living in Dawlish in March 1901 where, according the census at the end of that month, she was a widow aged 68, who had living with her, her unmarried son John.  No record of her has been found in the census of 1911, so it is likely that she had passed away by then.

 

 

 

18P45

Edward Pyemont Collett

Born in 1862 at Shenton, Leics

 

18P46

Henry Francis Collett

Born in 1864 at Denver, Norfolk

 

18P47

John Anthony Collett

Born in 1866 at Denver, Norfolk

 

 

 

 

18O50

Charles Keeling Collett was born at Little Glemham in 1830.  He was listed with his family at Woodbridge in the census of 1841, when he was 10 years old and was 20 in 1851 when he and his family were residing in the village of Hasketon near Woodbridge.  No record of him or his family has been found within the next two census returns.  At some time in his life Charles was a bank clerk and during the first two years of the 1860s he married Eliza Skinner who was born at Dacca in India in 1828.  According to the 1881 Census, Charles Keeling Collett, age 50 of Little Glemham, and his wife Eliza Skinner Collett, age 52 of Dacca, were living at 13 Windsor Road in Ealing.  Windsor Road today is adjacent to the Ealing Broadway Centre in London.

 

 

 

Living with them was their son ‘Charles Hubert Edger’ and Charles’s older brother Woodthorpe Schofield Collett (above).  The family employed two domestic servants, and these were the cook Amelia Morton aged 24 of Stafford and housemaid Ann Williams aged 18 of Penryn Coch in Wales.  Although the census return gave their son’s place of birth as Paddington in London, it is known that Charles Hubert Edgar Collett was baptised at Brightwell-cum-Foxhall on 12th July 1863, the son of Charles and Eliza Collett, and that he was born there on 30th December 1862.  It was around eighteen months later when Charles Keeling Collett died at the age of 51, with his death being recorded at the Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 56) during the last three months of 1882.

 

 

 

18P48

Charles Hubert Edgar Collett

Born on 30.12.1862 at Brightwell

 

 

 

 

18O51

Elizabeth Charlotte Collett was born at Sweffling near Saxmundham in 1831, where she was baptised on 5th July 1833, the daughter of the Reverend Woodthorpe Collett.  She was nine years old in the census of 1841 and in 1851, at the age of 18, she and her family were living within the village of Hasketon near Woodbridge.

 

She later married Trusson Collett (Ref. 18O22) the son of Cornelius Collett (Ref. 18N6) of Beverley in South Yorkshire on 5th September 1860, as reported in The Times and the Ipswich Journal.  For the continuation of this family go to Trusson Collett.  This photograph of Elizabeth was possibly taken around 1913, the same year that she died, and also included in the picture with her was her husband Trusson Collett whose photograph can be seen under his name above.

Elizabeth Charlotte Collett 18O39 1922

 

 

 

 

18O52

Catherine A Collett was born in 1833 and very likely at Sweffling, although shortly after, she and her family moved to Woodbridge where they were living at the time of the census in 1841 when Catherine was recorded as being eight years old.  According to the next census in 1851 Catherine Collett from Sweffling was 16 when she was living with her large family at Hasketon near Woodbridge.  No record has so far been found of her in the census of 1861 although, following the death of her father in 1869, Catherine A Collett, age 37 and unmarried, was once again living with her widowed mother within the Colneis sub-district of Woodbridge.

 

 

 

 

18O53

Robert Ebden Collett was born at Ipswich St Peter on 17th June 1835, the son of Woodthorpe Collett and Elizabeth Pyemont, and was baptised at St Peter’s Church in Ipswich on 5th March 1836.  By June 1841 he and his family were living in Woodbridge, where Robert was recorded in error as being seven years old, whereas in 1851 he was 15 and still living with his family which was recorded in the village of Hasketon near Woodbridge.  As with his sister Catherine (above), no record has so far been found of him in any of the census records from 1861 onwards.  However, the record of the death of Robert E Collett aged 78 was registered at Woodbridge in Suffolk (Ref. 4a 107) during the second quarter of 1914.

 

 

 

 

18O54

Bertha Emily Collett was born at Woodbridge in 1837, where she was living with her family in 1841 at the age of five years.  On the day of the census in 1851 Bertha Emily Collett aged 13 and from Woodbridge was a visitor and a pupil at the Ipswich home of forty-two-year old Ann Sanderson who had living with her just her three children Ellen Agnes 17, Annie 11 and Keary Edgar who was six.  At that time Bertha’s own family had settled in the village of Hasketon near Woodbridge which on that occasion had Bertha’s aunt Letitia Pyemont and her brother living with the family, with whom she appears to have had a more permanent connection later in her life.  After a further ten years Bertha Emily Collett, age 24, was back living with her family in the parish of Foxhall, as confirmed by the 1861 census conducted within the Woodbridge & Colneis registration district. 

 

 

 

It was within the next three years that Bertha married William Wright, the couple living in the Woodbridge & Colneis area for the census in 1871.  By that time Bertha had already presented William with the first two of the couple’s three known children, even though neither child was living with them on the day of the census when their daughter Bertha would have been four years of age and their son Algernon would have been one year old.  Nor have they been located elsewhere.  However, after the subsequent birth of the couple’s third child two years later William A Wright, who was born around 1835, died leaving Bertha a widow at the age of around thirty-eight with three children to look after.

 

 

 

The next census in 1881 revealed that Bertha Emily Wright from Woodbridge was 40 and was living with her elderly aunt and annuitant Letitia Pyemont aged 81 from Linwood in Lincolnshire, her mother’s unmarried sister, at 27 Park Terrace on Fonnereau Road in Ipswich St Margaret.  Bertha was described as the niece of Letitia Pyemont, a widow and an annuitant, while with her were her three children.  They were Bertha L P Wright who was 14 and born at Aldeburgh, Algernon Wright who was 11 and born at Trimley, and son Francis Wright who was seven years of age and born in Ipswich. The combined family was served by two servants Matilda Cann 31 and Lydia Harvey 29.  Visiting the families was Charles Deighton Braysher from Cambridge who was 43.

 

 

 

Bertha Emily Wright nee Collett died on 3rd February 1920 while at the Cottage Hospital in Felixstowe and her Will was proved in London on 12th May that same year when probate of her personal effects of £273 5 Shillings 3d was granted to Anthony Keeling Collett, a journalist.  He was her nephew, the eldest son of Bertha’s brother William Michael Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

18O55

William Michael Collett was born at Woodbridge in 1839, the youngest of the nine children of Woodthorpe Collett and Elizabeth Pyemont.  He was baptised at Woodbridge on 2nd April 1839, and it was also at Woodbridge that he was living with his family in 1841, when he was two years old.  The census in 1851 included William Collett, age 12, who was attending school in the Ipswich St Clement area of Suffolk.  He was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Ipswich which was an Endowed Grammar School and at which he matriculated on 31st October 1857 when he was 19.

 

 

 

He then secured an open scholarship at Trinity College, Oxford in 1858 and achieved a First Class Classical Moderations degree in 1860.  That was followed two years later by a Second Class Classical School degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree.  In the next census in 1861, William Michael Collett was 23, and on that occasion he was enjoying some time away from his studies, when he was recorded with his family in the Woodbridge sub-district of Colneis.

 

 

 

William obtained his Master of Arts in 1864 and, a year after that, he secured an open Fellowship at Oriel College Oxford and held the position of Fellow until 1874.  In 1865 he was a tutor and assistant master at Wellington College.  The earlier census in 1871 recorded William Collett, age 32, still living with his widowed mother Elizabeth at Colneis, following the death of his father two years prior.

 

 

 

It was in 1874 that he was appointed the Rector of Cromhall in Gloucestershire, and shortly after that he was married to Alice who presented him with two sons.  By the time of 1881 Census, William was living at The Rectory in Cromhall Lygon, which is near Wotton-under-Edge.  The census record confirmed that he was 42, and that he was born at Woodbridge and that he was the Rector of Cromhall.  His wife Alice, who was born at Paddington, was 33 years old.  Living with the couple were their two sons Anthony, who was three, and John who was seven months old, both of them having been born at Cromhall.  The family was supported by housemaid Rhoda Booth, age 29 of Hatherley, and nursemaid Rosa Higgs age 21 of Yate.

 

 

 

In 1882 the Rev. W M Collett was represented at court by A H Turner solicitor, regarding the non-payment of rent charges amounting to £24 9s 11d that was owed to him by the occupier of Ashworth House near Wotton-under-Edge, the property of Henry Isaac Brown of Bristol.  Nine years later and it would appear that William may have died since his wife Alice, then aged 42, and his son Anthony who was 13, were living at Axbridge near Cheddar in Somerset.  Youngest son John was not with them at that time, as he was an undergraduate at Heysham in Lancashire.

 

 

 

18P49

Anthony Keeling Collett

Born on 22.08.1877 at Cromhall, Glos

 

18P50

John Colet Collett

Born on 30.08.1880 at Cromhall, Glos

 

 

 

 

18O57

Ebden Collett was possibly born at Loddon in Norfolk around 1834.  He was the younger of the two children of James Collett and Sophia Ebden who both died in 1836.  What happened to two-year old Ebden and his sister Fanny, who was four, after those two tragic events, is not known.  What is known is that Ebden Collett was named on the passenger list of the ship ‘Doric’ which sailed out of Lyttelton in New Zealand on Thursday 5th April 1894 bound for London, England, as reported in the Christchurch Star newspaper.  It was reported later that same year that he returned to Auckland in New Zealand, when he departed from the Port of London on 27th December 1894 on board the ship Ionic when he was described as a labourer.

 

 

 

 

18O57x

William Collett was thought to have been born at Halesworth during the 1820s, and was originally believed to be the son of William Collett and Sarah Baldry.  However, new information received from Liz Whittaker (Ref. 18R14) during 2011 raises a number of issues that, in all probability, disprove that theory.  For further information on William Henry Collett, a painter/master painter from Halesworth, the son of James and Elizabeth Collett, refer to the Appendix at the end of the third section of Part 18.

 

 

 

 

18O58

William Collett was born during the first months of 1838, the eldest son of William Collett and his second wife Mary Ann Dye.  He was most likely born at Poringland near Norwich where his parents were married on 19th December 1837.  The birth therefore took place only a few weeks after the couple’s wedding day and was immediately followed by their departure from Poringland and their arrival at Henstead in Suffolk, where the birth was registered during the first quarter of 1838.

 

 

 

After just a couple of years of living at Henstead, where his sister Honor (below) was born, the family of four moved the eight miles south to the town of Halesworth.  And it was there they were living at New Court in June 1841, when William was three years old.  His place of birth appears to have been given as Pantan in Norfolk which does not exist, so this may simply be an error in translation.  Ten years later in 1851 William was still living with his parents who were still living at New Court in Halesworth.  He was then 13 and was already working as a basket maker.  On that occasion there was a slight variation on the place of his birth in the census record, which stated it was Polan.

 

 

 

One possible record of him has been found within the census of 1861 when a William Collett was 22 and a Private (service no. 1964) with the Third Battalion Military Training School at Aldershot in Hampshire.  However it was five years later that bachelor William Collett of Halesworth, a labourer and the son of William Collett, was married at Blything on 1st October 1866 to Eliza Whale a spinster of full age.  Eliza was the daughter of labourer Arthur Whale, while the two witnesses were named as John Alden and Maria Alden, the latter being William’s younger married sister (below).  In the earlier census of 1851 the Whale family was residing at Hound, a village in Hampshire about two miles from Burlsedon, and in 1861 when Eliza Whale was working as a domestic servant she gave her place of birth as Hound.

 

 

 

By early April in 1871 the childless couple was based at St Germans & Anthony near Torpoint and Devonport in Cornwall where William Collett was 32 and a Private in the 57th Battalion, while he wife Eliza was 29.  On that occasion William said his place of birth was Porlan and Eliza said hers was Burlsedon.  What is very interesting is that it has been discovered that Poringland is pronounced Porlan.  Tragically not long after the census day that year William Collett either died or was killed in action because on 24th July 1873 Eliza Collett, a widow, married bachelor George Turner at the Register Office in Stoke Damerel.  George was a Private with the 7th Company Royal Marines. 

 

 

 

Eight years after they were married George and Eliza were living at 4 St Pauls Street, East Stonehouse in Plymouth, where George Turner from Bristol was 42 and still a Royal Marine, and Eliza Turner from Netley (sic) in Hampshire was 38.

 

 

 

 

18O59

Honor Collett was born at Henstead in 1840 and shortly after she was born, she and her family moved the short distance to Halesworth, where they were living in June 1841.  On the occasion of the first national census Honor Collett was one year old when she and her family were living at New Court in Halesworth.  Sadly Honor died when she was just 10 years old, following which she was buried in the graveyard of St Mary’s Church at Halesworth on 16th February 1850.

 

 

 

 

18O60

Daniel Collett was born at Halesworth during June in 1842, the third child of William Collett by his third wife Mary Ann Dye.  Tragically he was only three months old when he died on 7th September 1842 and was buried at Halesworth four days after on 11th September.  The baptism of Daniel Collett took place at Halesworth just three days prior to his death, on 4th September, while the cause of his death was recorded as being inflammation.

 

 

 

 

18O61

Maria Collett was born at Halesworth on 17th October 1843.  In 1851 she was eight years old and was living with her parents at 139 New Court in Halesworth.  Ten years later when she was 18, she was working as a servant at a private boys’ school at Belvedere Cottage on Bungay Road in Halesworth.  Just over four years later in 1865 Maria married (1) John Alden at St Nicholas’ Church in Great Yarmouth, with whom she had five children.  Their marriage certificate recorded that John was a fisherman and that his address was The Row 112, while Maria’s address was the Naval Asylum in Great Yarmouth.  It is assumed, since she was a house servant at her previous address, that she was also a live-in servant at the Naval Asylum.

 

 

 

Row 112 in Great Yarmouth was also previously known as Chambers the Sailmaker’s Row, when the premises were occupied by many trades folk and included public houses.  It was not until 1804 that the numbers were added.  Whilst Maria’s parents gave her correct age in the two censuses of 1851 and 1861, Maria constantly stated that she was younger than her actual age in all of the subsequent census records.  This was particularly noticeable after she married for a second time, when her new husband was her junior by fifteen years.  The figures in brackets [ ] represent her real age.

 

 

 

One year after she was married Maria and her husband were named as the witnesses at the wedding of her older brother William (above) to Eliza Whale.  After a further five years of married life with John, Maria had already presented her husband with their first two children, when the family was living at Raglan Street West in Lowestoft.  Maria was aged 25 [28], John was ten years older at 35 and their children were Louisa Alden, who was four, and Anna M Alden, who was two.  The census reference to Louisa was incorrect, as it should have been her daughter Lavinia.

 

 

 

Maria was with child on the day of the 1871 Census and the couple’s only son John Frederick W Alden was born later that same year.  Over the next six years the marriage produced a further two children for Maria and John, they being Ellen Mary Alden who was born in 1874 when the family was still living at Raglan Street West, and Elizabeth Alden who was born on 16th March 1878.

 

 

 

The family left Lowestoft around 1875 and set off north for a new life in East Yorkshire.  By the spring of the following year they were living at 16 Temple Court on Cogan Street in Kingston-upon-Hull, where the first of two tragedies was to affect the family.  It was at that address that the death of two-year old Ellen Mary Alden was registered on 13th April 1876.  Some good news followed later during the next year, when Maria discovered she was once again with child, which would hopefully help to compensate for the loss of their daughter.

 

 

 

Sadly for Maria it was during her pregnancy that she received the news of the death of her husband in 1877 at the age of 41.  As a fisherman it seems very likely that that he may have died during a fishing trip, as no registration of his death has so far been found in any records.  Maria’s new baby was born while she and her children were still living at 16 Temple Court, and the registration of the birth of daughter Elizabeth confirmed her father as John Alden deceased.

 

 

 

Sometime over the next year or so, Maria and her children left Temple Court and, by April 1881, part of the family was living at 2 Kings place in the Parish of Holy Trinity in Hull.  The census record stated that Maria of Halesworth was a widow aged 32 [38].  Her occupation was given as laundress and living with her was her son John who was 10 and daughter Elizabeth who was three.  Boarding with the family was dressmaker and 66 years old widow Sarah Johnston of Brixham in Devon.  Maria’s son John became a fisherman like his father and, just as his father did, he too died in the North Sea on 17th February 1906 at the age of 35.

 

 

 

As she approached her fortieth birthday, Maria started a new life with (2) George William Wright with whom she had a further three children, all of them born at Hull.  George was fifteen years younger than Maria having been born in Middlesex in 1858.  According to the 1891 Census, Maria aged 42 [48] was the wife of George Wright and they were living at 6 Liverpool Street in Newington Hull.  Living with them were Maria’s three children from her first marriage, Lavinia, John and Elizabeth, plus Lavinia’s base-born daughter Edith Alden.  And in addition the house was also home to Maria’s and George’s two children, Ada Wright who was six, and William Wright who was three years old.

 

 

 

Three years later Maria’s new children by George, had been joined by brother Ernest, so by the turn of the century the family comprised Maria 52 [58], George 43, and their children Ada, William and Ernest.  Maria’s grand-daughter Edith Alden was still in the care of her grandmother, since the child’s mother (Lavinia) was then married and had moved away to make a fresh start in Leeds.  The 1901 Census also revealed that George was a tobacconist, confectioner and baker, and that he and his extended family were living at 395 Hessle Road in Hull at that time. 

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1911, Maria was 61 and had been married to George for 28 years.  The couple was still living at 395 Hessle Road in Hull, where George's occupation was given as Tobacconist, with Maria being described as assisting in the business.  Living with them were their two sons William Henry Wright, age 24, who was an unmarried labourer working at the Fish Dock, and Ernest Wright, age 17, who was an engine cleaner on the railway. 

 

 

 

Also living with them was widow Fanny Frost, nee Collett (below) who was Maria's younger sister.  The house at Hessle Road comprised seven rooms, including a kitchen, but excluding a scullery and a bathroom.  It was at that same address that Maria died nearly seventeen years later on 3rd March 1928 at the age of 84.  George Wright, being that much younger than his wife, survived for another seven years before he passed away on 10th June 1935.

 

 

 

18P51

Ada Wright

Born in 1884 at Hull

 

18P52

William Henry Wright

Born in 1887 at Hull

 

18P53

Ernest Wright – he married Nellie

Born on 07.10.1893 at Hull

 

 

 

 

18O62

Eliza Susannah Collett was born at Halesworth in 1847 and at the age of 13 she was living with her mother at Barrack Yard on Mill Hill Street in Halesworth.  To seek work, Eliza eventually moved to London where in 1871 she was living at Queens Gate Place in Kensington, where she was employed as a cook.  Eliza was still a spinster ten years later and was still working as a cook, but in Sussex.  She was 32 and was living and working at the home of wealthy widow Gertrude Martyn at Roffey Lodge on the Crawley Road in Horsham.  Eliza’s place of birth was confirmed as Halesworth.

 

 

 

To say her employer Gertrude Martyn was a wealthy widow may be an understatement.  For three years earlier she had financed the building of the 300 seat All Saints Church in Roffey in Horsham, in memory of her late husband.  As a direct result, the new parish of Roffey was also created in 1878 to coincide with the opening of the church.

 

 

 

And it was while in Sussex that Eliza met and marriage John Mann who was born in 1853 at Wisborough Green in Sussex.  The 1881 Census placed 28 years old John Mann as the gardener at the home of William Swift in Devonshire Road in Eltham in Kent.  William Swift, at 46, was also a gardener as was his brother George 38 who was also living at the home, along with John Mann’s older brother Jessie Mann, age 33.  It was shortly after 1881 that Eliza and John were married and the marriage produced two children for the couple, these being John William Mann, who was born at Mottingham in Kent in 1884, and Ruth Isabella Mann, who was born at St Albans in 1886.

 

 

 

 

18O63

Fanny Collett was born at Halesworth in 1849 and was 11 years old in 1861 when she was living with her mother at Barrack Yard on Mill Hill Street in Halesworth.  Ten years later Fanny was working as a servant at the Sun Inn in the Thoroughfare at Woodbridge in Suffolk.  She later married William Frost in 1874, but it would appear from the 1881 Census that they did not have any children.  The census return that year recorded William Frost, age 36 of Woodbridge, as a mariner, and that he was living at New Street in Woodbridge with his wife Fanny who was 30 and from Halesworth.  Living with them was Fanny’s brother Frederick Collett (below) who was 25 and also of Halesworth.

 

 

 

Twenty years after that, in March 1901, Fanny Frost aged 50 was living with her husband William Frost at 28 New Street in Woodbridge, from where 55 years old William was employed as a canal porter.  Ten years later, according to the census in April 1911, childless widow Fanny Frost was 59 years old, and was living with her older married sister Maria Wright nee Collett (above) and her family, at 395 Hessle Road in Hull.

 

 

 

 

18O64

John Collett was born at Halesworth on 26th November 1850 and was therefore under one year old at the time of the 1851 Census.  During the latter part of that decade the family must have encountered some difficulty which resulted in John’s father taking him and his younger brother Charles (below) to live at the Blything Union Workhouse in Bulcamp-with-Blythburgh.  And it was there that the three of them were recorded in 1861 when J C from Halesworth was eleven years old.  By 1871 John Collett from Suffolk said he was 22 when he was working as a waiter within the Westminster area of London, while not far away in Kensington was his unmarried sister Eliza (above).  Whilst no record of him has been found in the census of 1881, John Collett from Suffolk was still residing within the Westminster St James census registration district of London in 1891 when he was 42.  It is possible, according to one unconfirmed source, that he travelled to America shortly after that, since it was in Boston, Massachusetts, that he was married during the 1890s and where he died in 1930.

 

 

 

 

18O65

Charles Collett was born at Halesworth on 11th May 1853, the son of William Collett and his third wife Mary Ann Dye.  When Charles was eight years of age he and his father and his brother John (above) were staying at the Blything Union Workhouse in Bulcamp-with-Blythburgh in 1861, but on leaving school he became a blacksmith, which was his stated occupation in April 1871 when he was 17.  At that time in his life he was living with his widowed father and brother Frederick Collett (below) at 112 New Court in Halesworth.  Around the time that he was twenty, Charles met Elizabeth Field who had his child when she was around 18 years of age.  The marriage of Charles Collett and Elizabeth Alice Field took place in Suffolk in front of the witnesses Shadrach Reynolds and Caroline Amelia Kett, the event recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 995) during the first three months of 1874.  Most likely Elizabeth was already with-child and to avoid a disgrace to their families the couple then fled to County Durham and it was at Edmondsley near Chester-le-Street that the child was born later that same year.

 

 

 

Shortly after the child was born the family moved to Sunderland where their second daughter was born, and a couple of years after that Charles and Elizabeth were living in Kingston-upon-Hull when their son was born.  The frequency of the family moves may stem from the fact that Charles was a journey blacksmith and was therefore constantly travelling to seek new work.  By the time of the 1881 Census, the family was living at 4 Johnsons Place in the Holy Trinity district of Hull.  Charles was confirmed as being 26 and born at Halesworth, while his wife Elizabeth was 24 and born at Ipswich.  Charles was still working as a blacksmith at that time.  Their children were Florence who was six, Elizabeth who was four, and Charles who was just one year old.  During that same year, while the family was still living in Hull, Charles’ third daughter Maria was born, but she later died in Ipswich in 1900 at the age of just 19.

 

 

 

Between 1881 and 1891 the family moved back to Elizabeth’s hometown of Ipswich, to live at Vine Cottage in the St George’s district of the town.  Charles’ occupation on the occasion of the 1891 Census was stated as being a shopkeeper and blacksmith.  He was 37, his wife 36, Elizabeth was 14, Charles was 12, and Maria who was nine.  The couple’s eldest daughter Florence would have been 16, although no trace of her has been found.  Ten years later Charles, age 47, and Elizabeth, age 45, were still living in Ipswich in 1901, when their address was The Drift in Britannia Road in the St Margaret’s area of the town, from where Charles continued his work as a blacksmith.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1911, the couple was still living at The Drift in Britannia Road in Ipswich.  By then Charles Collett, age 57, was a market gardener, while his wife Elizabeth was 56.  The census return confirmed that they had been married for thirty-six years and that during that time they had four children, three of whom were still alive and not living with them by then.  However, there were two other people staying at the house, and they were their granddaughter May Johnson who was 10 years old and the daughter of Florence May Collett, and 22 years old Walter Briggs who was a gardener and possibly an employee of Charles Collett.

 

 

 

18P54

Florence Mary Collett

Born in 1874 at Edmondsley

 

18P55

Elizabeth Honor Collett

Born in 1876 at Sunderland

 

18P56

Charles Frederick W Collett

Born in 1879 at Kingston-upon-Hull

 

18P57

Maria Collett

Born in 1881 at Kingston-upon-Hull

 

 

 

 

18O66

Frederick William Collett was born at Halesworth in 1856 and at the age of five he was living with his mother and sisters Eliza and Fanny (above) at Barrack Yard on Mill Hill Street in Halesworth.  Ten years later at the age of 15 he had left school and was working in Halesworth as a baker, while still living with his widowed father and brother Charles (above) at 112 New Court.  The census of 1881 revealed that Frederick, then aged 25, was unmarried and was employed as a footman while living at the home of his married sister Fanny Frost (above) and her husband at New Street in Woodbridge.  It would appear that not long after April 1881 Frederick moved north, perhaps to Kingston-upon-Hull to be reunited with his sister Maria and brother Charles (both above).  It this is true, there is a possibility that while he was in Hull he somehow met or encountered the Mallinson family.

 

 

 

In 1881 Samuel Mallinson aged 30 was the store manager of J Shaws (Provisions) at 3 Livingstone Arcade on the Anlady Road in Hull.  Samuel was married to Maria Alice who was six years younger than her husband and by whom she had had three children at that time.  By April 1891 Samuel Mallinson was an inmate at the Borough Asylum in Hull, so had separated from his wife and family.  Maria and her children had left Hull and were living at Leeds with Frederick Collett.

 

 

 

According to the 1891 Census, Frederick Collett, as head of the household, was living at 5 Clare Street in Leeds.  Also listed as living at the same address as boarders were (Maria) Alice Mallinson and her four children, the youngest of which was Frederick Mallinson aged one year who was reputed to be Frederick Collett’s son.  By the turn of the century Frederick was 42 and was working as a waiter.  As before he was head of the household, but then at 1 Belmont Road in Harrogate where his housekeeper was 44 year-old Maria Alice Mallinson.  Also living at the same address was dressmaker Ellen Mallinson who was 24, Fred Mallinson who was 11, and Marjorie Mallinson who was eleven months old.  It now transpires that the two younger children were indeed the children of Frederick William Collett, as revealed in the next census in 1911.

 

 

 

One unexplained curiosity is recorded in the Harrogate census of 1911 and that relates to the fact that Frederick William Collett aged 52 gave his place of birth as Woodbridge rather than Halesworth some 20 miles away.  On that occasion he was residing at 3 Cheltenham Parade in Harrogate, a boarding house managed by him, and living there with him was his wife Alice Marie Collett who was 54, and their two children Frederick William Collett who was 21 and Marjorie Collett who was 10.  The boarding house had six boarders on that day and they were William Henry Hartley who was 28, Arthur Andrew Dibnah who was 48 with his wife Rose Anna (47), Thomas (55) and Elizabeth Chiyokicko (40), plus Annie Long who was 21.

 

 

 

18P58

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1890 at Leeds

 

18P59

Marjorie Collett

Born in 1900 at Harrogate

 

 

 

 

18O67

William Collett was born at Mettingham in 1822, where he was baptised on 16th April 1822, the eldest child of Henry Collett and Elizabeth Colls.  He had left the family home by June 1841, when he was 18 years old, although he was still living within the Wangford & Beccles registration district which included Mettingham.  He came from a farming background and was a farm labourer for most of his life. 

 

 

 

It was five years later during the second quarter of 1846 that William married Mary Ann Bradnum, the marriage being registered at Wangford.  Mary Ann was born in 1822 at Kirby Cane in Norfolk, midway between Bungay and Beccles.  According to the Mettingham census of 1851, William was 28, Mary was 29, and by then only two of their four surviving children were recorded with them, they being Matilda who was three, and Harriet who was not yet one year old.  It is possible, following two child deaths in the family during the preceding years, the missing children Benjamin and Charlotte were elsewhere at that time, since both are known to have survived to adulthood.

 

 

 

Either side of the birth of their daughter Matilda, it is understood that a further two children were born to William and Mary Ann at Mettingham, neither of whom survived.  They were William who was born in 1847 and Emma who was born on 14th September 1848.  Emma only lived for a couple days and was buried at Mettingham on 17th September 1848, while William was buried there three months later on 24th December 1848.

 

 

 

The Collett family was still living at Mettingham, in a dwelling on Great Road, at the time of the next census in 1861, when William, an agricultural labourer, and Mary Ann were both 39.  On that occasion they had eight children living there with them, although the eldest child was then Benjamin.  The eight children with William and Mary Ann in 1861 were, Benjamin, who was 11, Harriet, who was 10, Joseph, who was nine, William, who was eight, Sarah, who was six, Dinah, who was five, George, who was two, and James who was under one year old.  By that time, the couple’s eldest surviving daughter, Matilda, had left school and was a servant at Home Farm in Gorleston, the home of farmer James and Charlotte Boggis.  It may be of interest that the two eldest Boggis children had been born at Kirby Cane, and therefore it may have been through Matilda’s mother that her employment with the family had been arranged at Home Farm.

 

 

 

The marriage of William and Mary Ann Collett produced a total of twelve surviving children, and all of them were born at Mettingham, where the births were also registered.  Sometime after their family was complete William and Mary Ann left Mettingham and moved north towards Great Yarmouth where they settled down to live at Burgh Castle, overlooking Breydon Water.  The reason for the move was a new job opportunity for William, as a labourer at the cement works, which also came with accommodation provided by his employer as confirmed in the census of 1871 when the family was residing at ‘the cement works’ in Burgh Castle.

 

 

 

On that occasion the family comprised William aged 48, Mary Ann aged 49, and their children William, age 17, Dinah, age 13, George, age 12, James, age 10, Jemima, who was eight, Cornelius, who was seven, and Henry who was five years.  Their eldest son Benjamin had already left the family home by that time, as had daughters Harriet and Sarah who were living and working in Yarmouth, and son Joseph who was living within the same area as his family.

 

 

 

Sometime before April in 1871 William’s and Mary Ann’s eldest surviving child, their daughter Matilda, had left Home Farm at Gorleston to seek work in London.  And it was there, in Islington, that she was recorded as living and working in the census of 1871, at the age of 23.  It was there also that later she secured work for two of her sisters, with all three of them working in London in 1881.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census, only youngest son Henry aged 15 was still living with his parents at 14 Butt Way in Burgh Castle.  William was confirmed as being 58 and born at Mettingham, at a time in his life when he had returned to working as a farm labourer.  Mary Ann was also 58 and her place of birth was confirmed as Kirby Cane.

 

 

 

Farm labourer William and his wife Mary Ann were still living in Burgh Castle ten years later in 1891 when they were both 69.  Their address on that occasion was Porter’s Lane, and living there with them was their unmarried daughter Matilda, and their grandson George who was nine and attending school.  And it was there also that the couple were still living after a further ten years in March 1901, when they were both 79.  During the following year Mary Ann Collett died at Burgh Castle and her death was recorded at Mutford R D during the fourth quarter of 1902.  William Collett was a widower for less than two years, when he died in 1904 and his death was also registered at Mutford R D, during the second quarter of the year.

 

 

 

18P60

William Collett

Born in 1846 at Mettingham

 

18P61

Maud Matilda Collett

Born in 1848 at Mettingham

 

18P62

Emma Collett

Born in 1848 at Mettingham

 

18P63

Charlotte Collett

Born in 1849 at Mettingham

 

18P64

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1850 at Mettingham

 

18P65

Harriet Collett

Born in 1851 at Mettingham

 

18P66

Joseph Collett

Born in 1852 at Mettingham

 

18P67

William Collett

Born in 1854 at Mettingham

 

18P68

Sarah Collett

Born in 1855 at Mettingham

 

18P69

Henry Collett

Born in 1856 at Mettingham

 

18P70

Dinah Collett

Born in 1857 at Mettingham

 

18P71

George Collett

Born in 1858 at Mettingham

 

18P72

James Collett

Born in 1860 at Mettingham

 

18P73

Jemima Collett

Born in 1862 at Mettingham

 

18P74

Cornelius Bradnum Collett

Born in 1863 at Mettingham

 

18P75

Henry Collett

Born in 1865 at Mettingham

 

 

 

 

18O68

Henry Collett was born at Mettingham on 6th March 1823 and was baptised there seventeen days later on 23rd March 1823, the second son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  He was a farm labourer at Mettingham for much of his life, and it was there that Henry Collett married (1) Maria Myall on 14th August 1842.  Maria was born in 1826, the daughter of William and Mary Myall.  The marriage produced six known children for the couple while they were living at Mettingham, although only three survived, before Maria died in February 1854.  Seven years earlier, and after Henry and Maria had been married for five years, Henry was catch red-handed stealing a pocket knife, for which he was sentenced to serve one month’s hard labour in 1847.

 

 

 

In 1851 Henry and Maria were living at Low Road in Mettingham with their three surviving children, having already suffered the death of their second daughter.  Henry and Maria were both 28, and their three children were Mary Ann (Marianne) who was eight, Ellen who was four, and James who was one year old.  Maria was pregnant with the Henry’s fifth child on the day of the census and after two months the couple’s penultimate child was born, but sadly he did not survive, nor did their last child who was born three years later.

 

 

 

Just over six months after the death of their last children Henry’s younger unmarried sister, Susan Collett (below), was expecting the birth of a base-born child which Henry and Maria agreed to take into their family as their own.  Tragically Maria did not live long enough to see her ‘adopted’ daughter baptised at Mettingham in April 1854, as she passed away two months before the event.  Maria Collett was buried at Mettingham on 7th February 1854, at the age of 30.

 

 

 

Four months after the death of his wife, Henry married (2) Catherine Ellis at Mettingham on 5th June 1854.  Catherine was the former wife and widow of Richard Ellis, with whom she had had five children.  Catherine was many years older than Henry, although there was a wide variation in their ages in the subsequent census returns.  At the time of her death it was revealed that she was born at Mettingham in 1809 as Catherine Brighton – see note below.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1861, the family living at Great Road in Mettingham comprised Henry who was 39, his new wife Catherine who was 57, and Henry’s two children from his first marriage, Eleanor who was 13, and James 12.  It is possible that Catherine’s age was a transcription error, her actual age being more likely 52.  Also living with the family was Maria Collett who was seven, the birth daughter of Henry’s sister Susan Collett.

 

 

 

Ten years later, in the Mettingham census of 1871, Henry was 47 and Catherine was 60.  On that occasion Henry’s children were no longer living with the couple, although living and working nearby within the Beccles & Wangford registration district was Henry’s ‘adopted’ daughter Maria Collett of Mettingham who was 18.

 

 

 

The couple were still residents of Mettingham in 1881, when they were living in a dwelling simply referred to as High Road.  Henry was 56 and his wife Catherine was 70.  Less than thirty months after the census day, Henry Collett died and was buried at Mettingham on 16th August 1883 aged 63.  Catherine then had nearly eight years as a widow, during widow time she left Mettingham to settle in nearby Shipmeadow.  Following her death, Catherine Collett of Shipmeadow and late of Mettingham, was buried at Mettingham on 3rd May 1891, when she was 83, and recorded as the daughter of John Brighton.  It may be of interest that, Robert Collett (Ref. 18O92) married Lydia Ann Brighton who was born in 1838, the daughter of Robert and Mary Brighton.

 

 

 

18P76

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1843 at Mettingham

 

18P77

Maria Collett

Born in 1844 at Mettingham

 

18P78

Eleanor Collett

Born in 1847 at Mettingham

 

18P79

James Collett

Born in 1849 at Mettingham

 

18P80

Walter Collett

Born in 1851 at Mettingham

 

18P81

George Collett

Born in 1853 at Mettingham

 

 

 

 

18O69

Maria Elizabeth Collett was born at Mettingham on 25th August 1825, and was baptised there on 4th September 1825, the eldest daughter of Henry Collett and Elizabeth Colls.  It would appear that an illness hit the family in 1834, because in December that year Maria Elizabeth, and her sister Rachel (below), both died while only nine and seven years old respectively.  Maria Elizabeth Collett was buried at Mettingham on 18th December 1834, just thirteen days after her younger sister.

 

 

 

 

18O70

Samuel John Collett was born at Mettingham on 25th September 1826 where he was baptised on 15th October 1826, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  Tragically he only survived for just over three month when he died at Mettingham, where he was buried on 3rd January 1827 aged 14 weeks.

 

 

 

 

18O71

Rachel Collett was born at Mettingham on 24th April 1827 where she was baptised on 4th November 1827, the second daughter and the fifth of nine children of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  Tragically she died when she was seven years of age and was buried at Mettingham on 5th December 1834, just less than two weeks before her sister Maria Elizabeth Collett (above) also passed away.

 

 

 

 

18O72

Mary Ann Collett was born at Mettingham on 22nd February 1828, and it was there also that she was baptised on 28th March 1828, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  At the time of the census in 1841, Mary Collett was listed as being 12 years old, while living with her parents at their Mettingham home.  It was over eight years later on 12th October 1849 that Mary Ann Collett married James Porter at Weybread, just south of Harleston, after the reading of banns.  James was baptised at Ellough near Beccles on 25th October 1821, the son of John and Charlotte Porter.

 

 

 

Once married Mary Ann and James initially settled in the village of Weybread, where the first of their nine children was born in 1850.  However, by the end of March in 1851, James and Mary Ann, together with their daughter Ann Elizabeth, were living at Hoxne near Diss, before they moved to Ilketshall St Andrew, where the couple’s next six children were born.  By 1861 the family living at Tooks Common in Ilketshall St Andrew comprised, agricultural labourer James Porter who was 38, his wife Mary Ann of Mettingham who was 31, together with five of their children, they being Ann, John, Eliza, Emma, and William.

 

 

 

Around 1865 the family moved again, when they travelled the two miles to Ringsfield to the west of Beccles, and it was there that Mary Ann’s last two children were born.  Just after the birth of the last child, the family moved once more, that time to 16 High Road in Worlingham near Beccles, where they were living at the time of the census of 1871, when James was 49 and Marian was 42.

 

 

 

The census that year listed the children as William who was 10 (born 1860), Alice who was eight, (born 1862), Dinah who was six (born 1864), Harry who was four (born 1866), and George who was two years old (1868-1872) who suffered an infant death during the following year.  The older children had already left the family home by then, and they were Anna (born 1850), John (born 1852), Eliza (born 1855), and Emma (born 1857).

 

 

 

By 1881 James Porter was 59 and he was living with his wife and their two youngest surviving sons at 7 Bull’s Green in the village of Toft Monks in Norfolk, just north of Beccles.  Mary Ann was 52, and both of their sons, William age 20 and Harry at 14, were employed as agricultural labourers, like their father.

 

 

 

The couple was still living at 7 Bull’s Green in Toft Monks in 1891 with their son Harry, when James was still employed as an agricultural labourer.  Mary Ann Porter passed away in the latter months of 1893 while the couple was still at Toft Monk, her death being registered at Loddon.  James Porter continued to live there following the death of his wife, and it was there also that he was later buried on 5th May 1900.

 

 

 

Of their nine children, two are of particular interest since they both married their Collett cousins, and they are the couple’s fourth child Emma Porter, and their eighth child Harry Porter, both as listed below.  The third child listed below is also of interest, but for a different reason.  William Charles porter was the great grandfather of Robert Porter who, in September 2010, generously provided a great deal of new information about this particular Collett family, and that shown at the start of Part 19.

 

 

 

18P82

Emma Porter

Born in 1857 at Ilketshall St Andrew

 

18P83

William Charles Porter

Born in 1860 at Ilketshall St Andrew

 

18P84

Harry Porter

Born in 1867 at Ringsfield

 

 

 

 

18O73

Susan Collett was born at Mettingham on 6th July 1830, and was baptised there on 22nd August 1830, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  She was 10 years old in the Mettingham census of 1841 when she was living there with her family.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1851 Susan was still living with her parents when she was 20, but two years later she gave birth to a base-born daughter, who was named in honour of her older sister Maria Elizabeth (above) who had died when Susan was only four years old.  The child’s name may also have been a tribute to her niece Maria Collett, the late daughter of her older brother Henry Collett.  The reason for making this assumption stems from the fact that Susan’s daughter was then taken into the family of her brother Henry, as confirmed by the Mettingham census in 1861.

 

 

 

Around that time in her life Susan was employed as a silk winder, just over three years later she married Edward Moyse, the son of labourer Edward Moyse.  The wedding took place at Mettingham on 3rd October 1857 and resulted in a number of children for the couple, although no census records of the family have been found to date.

 

 

 

18P85

Maria Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 16.04.1854 at Mettingham

 

 

 

 

18O74

Robert Collett was born at Mettingham on 5th December 1831 and it was there also that he was baptised on 1st January 1832, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  Robert was nine years old, and 19 years old, in the two censuses carried out at Mettingham in 1841 and 1851.  On both occasions he was living there with his parents, and for the latter he was working as a labourer.

 

 

 

It was at Mettingham on 24th May 1857 that Robert married (1) Eliza Barber who was born in 1836 at St Michael South Elham, the daughter of Robert and Mary Ann Barber.  By the time of the 1861 Census, the marriage had produced just one child for Robert and Eliza.  The census record for Mettingham revealed that Robert was 29 and that Eliza was 24, and that they were living in Castle Road.  Their son Henry, who was born at Mettingham, was one year old and was later referred to as Harry Collett in the census of 1871, and subsequent records.

 

 

 

A second child for the couple was born at Mettingham eight years after their first, but tragically Eliza died at Mettingham shortly after on 16th December 1868, and was buried at Mettingham on 20th December 1868 aged just 32.  It is therefore conceivable, although not proved, that Robert and Eliza may have had other children between 1859 and 1867 who did not survive.  An obituary was printed in the East Suffolk Gazette which said “COLLETT - On the 16th December, at Mettingham, greatly lamented, aged 32, Eliza, the wife of Mr Robert Collett, of Mettingham”.

 

 

 

It was almost a year after the death of his wife that Robert married (2) Ellen Beckett who was many years younger, having been born at nearby Bungay, where she was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 23rd August 1846.  The record of that second marriage, at Depwade Rural District during the third quarter of 1869, confirmed that Robert Collett was a widower.  Ellen Beckett was the daughter of inn keeper William Beckett and his wife Susannah (Susan) Godbold, while Ellen may have been a shortened version of Eleanor.

 

 

 

Once married the couple left Mettingham and moved the one mile across the county boundary to the village of Broome in Norfolk, where Robert’s and Ellen’s first three children were born.  The move to Broome was the result of Robert taking over the beer house in Broome.  According to the 1871 Census, Robert was 38 and his wife Ellen was 25.  At that time they were listed as living at the Beer House in Broome within the Loddon registration district with their four children, Harry who was 11, Alice who was three, Clara who was two, and new arrival Elizabeth who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

A new job opportunity arose in 1872 which resulted in another family move, on that occasion to the adjoining village of Ditchingham, just to the north of Bungay, where Robert took over the running of the Black Horse Inn.  It was at Ditchingham that they were living when their next four children were born.  And the family was still there in the spring of 1881.  The census recorded that Robert was 47 and of Mettingham and was working as a beer retailer at the Black Horse Inn on the Loddon Road in Ditchingham.

 

 

 

His wife was Ellen, age 36 from Bungay, and their eight children were Alice who was 13, Clara who was 12, Elizabeth who was 10, Horace who was nine, Florence who was eight, Kate who was seven, Robert who was six, and daughter Jessie who was three years old.  The two oldest girls were listed as silk winders, although Clara was also listed as still being at school so was probably a part-time silk winder.  Robert and Ellen added to their family in the 1880s with two more children, the first of which was born at Ditchingham, while the later arrival was born after the family had moved back to Broome.  And it was from that time onwards that the family lived at Yarmouth Road in Broome.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1891 the family was recorded as Robert of Mettingham aged 57, and his wife Ellen (listed as Eleanor) aged 45 of Bungay.  The children that were still living with them at that time were Ellen Elizabeth Collett 20 and Sydney W Collett 12, who were born at Broome, and Florence aged 18, Robert 16, Jessie 13, and Arthur aged 11, who were all born at Ditchingham.

 

 

 

There is a mystery surrounding sons Sidney and Arthur, since neither of them has been located in the census of 1881 when, according to the 1891 Census, they would have been aged two years and one year respectively.  However, there may be a clue in the census of 1901 when Sidney was 12 and Arthur was 17, which would indicate they should have been Arthur 7 years and Sidney 2 years in 1891.

 

 

 

Just fifteen day after the census day in 1891 Robert’s and Ellen’s daughter Florence left the family home to marry Henry Bird, with whom she had three children before 1901.  Just over two years later Robert’s and Ellen’s daughter Ellen Elizabeth Collett died at Broome on 2nd August 1893 at the age of 23.  Four years later Robert and Ellen were still living in Broome when Robert died there on 1st October 1897 at the age of 64.

 

 

 

So by the time of the census in 1901 Ellen Collett was widow at the age of 54.  By then all of her children, with the exception of the two youngest, had left the family home.  The census for Broome listed the family as Ellen Collett from Bungay 56, and her sons Arthur Collett 17 and from Ditchingham, and Sidney who was 12 and from Broome.  Curiously her sons’ ages did not correspond with their ages in 1891.  The family also had living with them at that time Ellen’s granddaughter Ellen Bird aged 3 who was also born at Broome and who was the youngest of the three children of Ellen’s daughter Florence Collett and her husband Henry Bird.

 

 

 

Rather oddly though, in 1901 Florence Bird of Broome was aged 29 and was recorded as living in the London Borough of West Ham with her ‘brother-in-law’ George Bird of Ditchingham aged 31 who was a carpenter’s labourer.  Ten years later Florence and George Bird had five children and were living in Lambeth.  By April 1911, Ellen Collett of Bungay was sixty-four and was no longer living in Broome, but instead was living in the Ipswich area with her three unmarried sons.  These were Horace Collett, Arthur Collett, and Sidney Collett.

 

 

 

18P86

Albert Collett

Born in 1857 at Mettingham

 

18P87

Henry Collett

Born in 1859 at Mettingham

 

18P88

Alice Collett

Born in 1867 at Mettingham

 

The children of Robert Collett and his second wife Ellen Beckett were as follows:

 

18P89

Clara Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1869 at Broome, Norfolk

 

18P90

Ellen Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1870 at Broome, Norfolk

 

18P91

Horace Collett

Born in 1872 at Broome, Norfolk

 

18P92

Florence Collett

Born in 1873 at Ditchingham

 

18P93

Kate Collett

Born in 1874 at Ditchingham

 

18P94

Robert Collett

Born in 1876 at Ditchingham

 

18P95

Jessie L Collett

Born in 1878 at Ditchingham

 

18P96

Arthur Collett

Born in 1883 at Ditchingham

 

18P97

Sidney W Collett

Born in 1888at Broome, Norfolk

 

 

 

 

18O75

Christopher Collett was born at Mettingham in 1836 and was baptised there on 25th February 1836, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  It was at Mettingham where his parents are known to have lived for part of their life together and where Christopher was recorded as being 15 in 1851.

 

 

 

He married Lucy Jones at Chediston, near Halesworth on 16th October 1858, where she had been baptised on 6th August 1838, the daughter of labourer Thomas Jones and his wife Maria.  It was during the year following their wedding day that Lucy presented Christopher with their first child, who was born at Mettingham.  By the time of the census in 1861, the family of three was living at Chediston where Christopher, age 25, was working as an agricultural labourer, Lucy was 23 and their son George was one year old.  During the following year the couple’s second child was born while the family was still living at Chediston, before the family made a more permanent move to Wrentham, four miles north of Southwold.

 

 

 

Four of Christopher’s and Lucy’s remaining five children were all born while the family was living at Wrentham.  According to the census in 1871, the family was living at Cuckholds Green in Wrentham and comprised Christopher Collett, age 34 and from Mettingham, who was an agricultural labourer, his wife Lucy Collett, who was 33 and from Chediston, and with them were their five children.  The three oldest children, who were all attending the village school, were George Collett, age 11 who was born at Mettingham, Ann L Collett, who was nine and born at Chediston, and Frederick C Collett, who was four and born at Wrentham.  The two younger Wrentham born children were Walter H Collett who was two, and Alfred Collett who was one year old. 

 

 

 

One more child was born to the Christopher and Lucy while they were still living at Wrentham, but shortly after, around 1873, a major family move took place which resulted in them leaving Suffolk and heading north to Lancashire.  It was at Winton, in Eccles, where Christopher and Lucy set up their new home, and it was there also that their final child was born in 1874.  Less than two years later the first of three tragedies hit the family with the death of their son Walter Harry, who death was reported to the registrar at Barton-upon-Irwell, which today is a district within the town on Eccles.

 

 

 

It was in the next census in 1881 that the family was confirmed as living at 33 King Street in Barton-upon-Irwell.  Christopher Collett from Mettingham was 44 and was working as a farm labourer.  Lucy Collett from Chediston was 42, and the children still living in the family home with them were Catherine Collett 19 of Chediston, Fred C Collett 14, Alfred Collett 11, Henry Collett who was eight, and Walter Collett who was six years old.  The youngest son was confirmed as having been born at Winton in Lancashire, but the place of birth of his three older brothers was incorrectly recorded as Rendham in Suffolk, rather than Wrentham.

 

 

 

It was at the end of the following year that Christopher Collett, aged 44, died at Barton-upon-Irwell, his death being recorded at Barton register office (Ref. 8c 381) during the last quarter of 1882.  At some time in his life, in addition to being an agricultural labourer, Christopher also worked as a coachman.  The third tragedy to strike the family was the likely death of son Alfred, for whom there is no record after 1881.  Nearly six years after the death of her husband, the widow Lucy Collett married Samuel Bower at Barton-upon-Irwell during the third quarter of 1888.  Samuel was a general labourer and was born at Wilmslow in Cheshire around 1834.  By the time of the census in 1891, Samuel, age 56, and Lucy, age 52, were residing at 9 Elizabeth Street in Barton-upon-Irwell, with just Lucy’s youngest son William Collett, age 16, still living with her, while her two unmarried sons, Christopher (Frederick) and Henry, were living nearby Barton-upon-Irwell.

 

 

 

It was a similar situation in 1901 except that by Samuel and Lucy were listed as living at 23 Ellesmere Street in Eccles, where general labourer Samuel Bower from Wilmslow was 66, and his wife was incorrectly named as Lacy Bower from Chediston in Suffolk who was 61.  Lucy Bower formerly Lucy Collett nee Jones died ten years later during the first three months of 1911, her death being registered at Barton-upon-Irwell.  Just after she passed away, Samuel was recorded in the census of 1911 living at 5 Byron Street in Patricroft, the home of William Collett and his wife Eda, his late wife’s youngest son Walter William Collett.

 

 

 

18P98

George Collett

Born in 1859 at Mettingham

 

18P99

Ann Catherine Collett

Born in 1862 at Chediston

 

18P100

Frederick Christopher Collett

Born in 1866 at Wrentham

 

18P101

Walter Harry Collett

Born in 1868 at Wrentham

 

18P102

Alfred Collett

Born in 1870 at Wrentham

 

18P103

Henry Collett

Born in 1872 at Wrentham

 

18P104

Walter William Collett

Born in 1874 at Winton, Eccles

 

 

 

 

18O76

Charles Collett was born at Earsham, near Bungay, around six to seven months after his parents were married there.  He was baptised at Earsham on 8th June 1827, the only known son of Samuel Collett and his wife Marianne Read.  In 1841 when he was 13, Charles was still living with his parents at Earsham, although he had left the family home there by 1851, when he was living and working just six miles away at Loddon at the age of 22.

 

 

 

Shortly after that, around 1853, he married Ellen possibly at Brooke in Norfolk, where their first child was born.  Five further children were added to their family over the following years, the second and third being born at Hampstead in London, the next being born after the family had returned to Brooke, with the last two being born following the family’s move to Norwich.  Sadly, either during, or not long after the birth of their last child Ellen died around 1868 or 1869.  At the time of the census in 1861 Charles and Ellen and their young family were living in Hampstead, where Charles, age 32 and from Earlham (sic), was employed as a servant.  Living near to where Charles was working was Ellen, who was 33, with her three children, Alfred A A Collett, who was six, Charles C Collett, who was three, and Henry C Collett who was under one year old.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1871 Charles Collett from Earsham was 42 and was living with his six children in the Parish of St Margaret in the West Wymer district of Norwich.  His children were recorded as Alfred Collett, age 17 from Brooke, Charles Collett, age 14 from London, Henry Collett, age 10 also from London, Herbert Collett who was seven and born at Brooke, George Collett who was four and Eliza Collett who was two, both born in Norwich.

 

 

 

What happen to four of the children after 1871 is not known at this time, but in 1881 Charles and two of his sons were agricultural labourers living as lodgers at the Jolly Butchers Inn on Ber Street in Norwich.  Charles senior was 52 and from Earsham, Charles junior was 21, while Herbert was 16 and from Hampstead (sic).  So far Charles’ son Henry has not been located in 1881, and neither he or his brother Herbert are listed in any later British census, while Charles’ two youngest children had been placed with other families sometime after 1871.  Whilst his two eldest sons were married during the 1880s, no trace of Charles himself has been found after 1881, so there is a possibility that he had died before 1891, or had left the country with Henry and Herbert.

 

 

 

18P105

Alfred Ernest Collett

Born in 1854 at Brooke, nr Loddon

 

18P106

Charles C Collett

Born in 1857 at Hampstead, London

 

18P107

Henry C Collett

Born in 1860 at Hampstead, London

 

18P108

Herbert Collett

Born in 1863 at Brooke, nr Loddon

 

18P109

George Collett

Born in 1866 at Norwich

 

18P110

Eliza Collett

Born in 1868 at Norwich

 

 

 

 

18O77

Benjamin Anthony Collett may have been born at Fressingfield, but was baptised at nearby Cratfield.  He was born on 31st August 1824, just six months after his parents were married at Fressingfield, and was baptised at Cratfield on 22nd September 1824, less than a month after he was born.  He was the eldest son of Benjamin Collett and Bertha Philpot, but sadly around the time he was ten years old his mother died, possibly during the birth of his brother Isaac (below).  He was nearly 16 years old when his father remarried and by the time of the first national census at Fressingfield in June 1841 Benjamin was 17.

 

 

 

Just over two years later Benjamin married Sarah Ann Spalding at Fressingfield on 26th December 1843.  Sarah Ann Spalding was born at Earl Soham around 1820, the daughter of James Spalding and Hannah Rose, making her four years older than Benjamin.

 

 

 

One year before they were married Sarah gave birth to a base-born child Sarah Ann Spalding who was born at Fressingfield, where she was baptised on 23rd December 1842, the child of Sarah Ann Spalding.  Young Sarah may, or may not, have been fathered by Benjamin Collett, but once married she too adopted the Collett name.  During the remaining years of that decade the couple had a further six children, although only two of them survived and were living with Benjamin and Sarah at Fressingfield by the time of the census in 1851.

 

 

 

The census return that year listed the family living in New Street in Fressingfield as sawyer Benjamin Collett, who was 28, his wife Sarah Ann Collett, who was 31 and from Earl Soham, their daughter Sarah A Collett, who was eight, and their son Harry Collett who was not yet one year old, both of them born at Fressingfield.  Also living nearby in New Street was Benjamin’s father Benjamin Collett with his second wife Sarah Collett nee Vincent.

 

 

 

During the 1850s Sarah presented Benjamin with three more children as confirmed in the Fressingfield census of 1861. 

 

The census return listed Benjamin Collett, age 37, and Sarah Collett, age 40, with their three most recent children, Jane who was seven, Keziah who was four, and Anthony who was two years old.  All of them having been born at Fressingfield.

 

Their eldest daughter Sarah would have been eighteen years old and may have already been married to William Brundish by that time.

 

This photograph taken on glass and damaged over time, shows the ‘1861 family’ of Keziah, Benjamin, Sarah holding Anthony, and Jane just prior to Benjamin’s death.

 

The group is standing outside a house that is today the Fox & Goose public house in Fressingfield.

 

 

 

It was during December 1861 that Sarah’s daughter Keziah died and, just nine months after losing her daughter, Sarah was made a widow by the death of her husband.  It was in the first week of September that Benjamin Anthony Collett died at Fressingfield, where he was buried on 6th September 1862.  The cause of death was given as phthisis which was a wasting disease usually contracted by those working with cattle or leather and commonly referred to as the cobbler’s illness.  It was the same form of tuberculosis that also killed Benjamin’s father at Fressingfield earlier that same year.

 

 

 

It is possible that Benjamin was buried in a family grave with his father at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church in Fressingfield.  It was also in June 1862 that Sarah Ann Collett nee Spalding produced the last of her children, who was only three months old when her father passed away.  Nine years later Sarah, age 52, was a widow still living at Fressingfield with just two of her children.  They were Jane who was 19 and Anthony who was 12. 

 

 

 

What happened to the family during the next decade is not known for sure, but around 1875 Sarah left Fressingfield, when she moved to Kent to be with her daughter Sarah Ann Collett (formerly Spalding) who was the wife of William Brundish of Fressingfield by then.  Sarah Ann Collett and William Brundish were married around 1863 and their first five children had been born while they were still in Suffolk, while two further children were born after the family had moved to Erith in Kent.  According to the 1881 Census Sarah Collett of Fressingfield, age 62, was a washerwoman and mother-in-law to head of the household William Brundish, a general labourer who was 39.  At that time he and his wife and family were living at 25 Bottle Road in Erith.

 

 

 

18P111

Sarah Ann Collett (formerly Spalding)

Born in 1842 at Fressingfield

 

18P112

Samuel Collett

Born in 1844 at Fressingfield

 

18P113

Jane Collett

Born in 1845 at Fressingfield

 

18P114

Sam Collett

Born in 1846 at Fressingfield

 

18P115

Matilda Collett

Born in 1847 at Fressingfield

 

18P116

Edward Collett

Born in 1849 at Fressingfield

 

18P117

Harry James Collett

Born in 1850 at Fressingfield

 

18P118

Jane Collett

Born in 1852 at Fressingfield

 

18P119

Keziah Collett

Born in 1856 at Fressingfield

 

18P120

Anthony Harry Collett

Born in 1858 at Fressingfield

 

18P121

William Collett

Born in 1862 at Fressingfield

 

 

 

 

18O78

William Collett was born at Fressingfield in 1826, where he was baptised on 12th October 1826, the second son of Benjamin and Bertha Collett.  At the time of the census in 1841 William was 15 and was still living with his family at Fressingfield, by which time his father Benjamin was then married to Sarah, following the death of William’s mother in 1834.

 

 

 

William was a soldier in the army and it is established that he married Ann from Ravenglass in Cumberland around 1847, following which the couple were living in Ireland for the first three years of their life.  In the spring of 1851, William Collett, age 24, was a private with the 4th Dragoon Guards based at Brecon Barracks.  His family was billeted at Brecon St Mary, where his wife Ann, age 21, was living with the couple’s first two children, Henry who was two, and Bethiah who was one year old,

 

 

 

Ann may have been expecting the couple’s third child on the day of the census in 1851 and, by the time it was born, the family was living at Dartmoor in Devon.  Two further children were added to the family during the following six years, the first born at Fressingfield and the last at Whitehaven.  And it was at St Bees near Whitehaven that the family was living at the time of the census in 1861.  By that time William had retired from the army, when he was described as an outdoor Chelsea Pensioner at the age of 34.  His wife Ann was 31, and completing the family were sons Henry aged 12, John who was nine, and William who was five, and daughters Bethia Ann who was 10, and Elizabeth who was three years old.

 

 

 

It was sometime during the next decade that William Collett had died, perhaps from an injury sustained while he was in the guards.  According to the census return for 1871 his widow and four of his five children were living at 103 Scotch Street, at a lodging house in St Bees.  Ann Collett, at 41, was a housekeeper, and the children with her on that occasion were, Bethia Ann Collett who was 21, John Collett who was 19, William Collett who was 15, and Elizabeth Collett who was 13.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1881, the widow Ann Collett from Ravenglass was 52 and was a laundress living at 41 Hawke Street in Barrow-in-Furness.  The only one of her children still living with her by then, was her son William Collett who was 25 and who had been born at Fressingfield, like his late father.  Four other people were listed at the address, and the first of these was Ann’s grandson William Collett who was five and who had been born at Berwick-on-Tweed.  It has been assumed that he was the son of William Collett whose wife, and the mother of son William, had died possibly during a subsequent childbirth.  Three of the other four children of Ann were married by then, although no record married daughter Bertha, or bachelor son John, has been located in the census at that time.

 

 

 

The other three people residing at 41 Hawke Street in 1881 were all boarders, and they were Job Roberts, age 45 from Liverpool, Charles Littlewood, age 27, from Crewe, both of them boiler makers, and 21 years old Agnes Irving, a jute weaver from Ireland.  No record of Ann Collett has been found in the next census of 1891 when she would have been 61.  So the two options are that she may have remarried or passed away during the 1880s.

 

 

 

18P122

Henry Collett

Born in 1848 at West Port, Co Mayo

 

18P123

Bethia Ann Collett

Born in 1850 at Mullingar, Ireland

 

18P124

John Collett

Born in 1851 at Dartmoor

 

18P125

William Collett

Born in 1855 at Fressingfield

 

18P126

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1857 at Whitehaven

 

 

 

 

18O79

John Collett was born at Fressingfield on 19th May 1828, and was baptised there on 26th May 1828, the third son of Benjamin Collett and Bertha Philpot.  Tragically he died almost immediately after his baptism and was buried at Fressingfield on 31st May 1828 at the age of just twelve days.

 

 

 

 

18O80

Charles Collett was born at Fressingfield in 1829 and it was there that he was baptised on 2nd August 1829, the fourth son of Benjamin Collett and Bertha Philpot.  Like his brother John (above), Charles also died very young, when he was buried at Fressingfield on 14th August 1831, and was followed by his mother who was buried there in 1834

 

 

 

 

18O81

Keziah Collett was born at Fressingfield in 1832 and was baptised there on 12th August 1832.  The baptism record confirmed that her parents were Benjamin and Bertha Collett.  According to the Fressingfield census in 1841, ‘Kesia Collett’ was eight years old when she was living there with her father and his second wife Sarah.  According to the census in 1851 Keziah Collett of Fressingfield was 18 years old and was living and working in the South Ockendon & Orsett area of Essex. Although unlike her brother John and Charles (above) who died in infancy, Keziah Collett did reach adulthood before she died in 1854, when she was buried at Fressingfield on 3rd December 1854 at the age of 22.

 

 

 

 

18O82

Elizabeth Collett was born at Fressingfield in 1833.  According to the Fressingfield census in 1841, Elizabeth was seven years old when she was living there with her parents Benjamin and Bertha Collett, her brother Isaac (below), and her two half brothers Charles and George (below).

 

 

 

 

18O83

Isaac Collett was born at Fressingfield in 1834 the same year his mother Bertha died.  The fact that no baptism record for Isaac has been found may indicate that his father Benjamin took the death of his wife badly and could not bring himself to baptise the child, which he may have blamed for the death of Bertha.  By the time of the Fressingfield census in 1841 Isaac was six years old and was living with his father, who by then had remarried, his sister Elizabeth (above), and his two half brothers Charles and George (below).  Ten years after that Isaac was recorded as being 15, by which time he had moved out of his father’s house and had started work, while still living nearby in Fressingfield.  Isaac Collett died at Fressingfield during the first week of 1852, where he was buried on 9th January 1852, aged just 16.

 

 

 

 

18O84

Charles Collett was born at Fressingfield in 1839, and was baptised there on 26th April 1840.  The Fressingfield baptism record confirmed that Charles was the son of Benjamin Collett and his second wife Sarah Vincent who were married at Fressingfield on 21st May 1839, making him their first child.  It was the Fressingfield census in June 1841 that placed Charles’ birth towards the end of 1839, when his age was stated as being two years old, the argument being that had he been born during the first four months of 1840 he would have only been one year old.

 

 

 

For the next census in 1851 Charles Collett was 11 years old which would fix his birth around the end of 1839 or very early in 1840.  At that time he was living at New Street in Fressingfield with his parents and his two younger siblings George and Sarah (below).  On leaving school he took up working on the land, but by the time of the census in 1861, at the age of 21, Charles Collett from Fressingfield was a gunner in the Royal Artillery and was base at Fort Monkton in Alverstoke in Hampshire.  No later record of Charles has been discovered, which might indicate that he was killed in action.

 

 

 

 

18O85

George Collett was born at Fressingfield where he was baptised on 18th April 1841, when his parents were confirmed as Benjamin and Sarah Collett.  His birth was recorded at Hoxne (Ref. 13 436) during the first quarter of 1841 and, according to the June census that year, he was three months old, meaning that he was born during March that year.  He was 10 years old in the census of 1851 when he was living with his family at New Street in Fressingfield.  Twenty years later in 1861, at the age 19, George was the only child still living at the family home in Fressingfield with his parents Benjamin and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

Before the end of that year, George married Harriet Cracknell on 13th November 1861, Harriet being the daughter of labourer Benjamin Cracknell of Saxtead.  Harriet was also born at Fressingfield around 1841.  Over the following eighteen years the marriage produced nine children for George and Harriet and all of them were born at Fressingfield.  The Fressingfield census of 1871 listed the family as George 30 and Harriet 29, and their children Harry Collett who was eight, Mary Ann Collett who was six, Benjamin Collett who was five, Kesiah Collett who was two, and George Collett who was under one year old. 

 

 

 

During the next decade more children were added to the family, which also had to suffer the tragic loss of eldest daughter Mary Ann and son William.  And it was at Fressingfield that the family was still living ten years later in 1881.  Their place of residence was listed as Catchpool Gardens where agricultural labourer George was 40, as was his wife Harriet.  The only children that were missing were the two eldest sons who had left home to seek work elsewhere.  The children still living at the address were Benjamin 15, Keziah 12, George 10, Esau who was six, William who was five, and Sarah who was two years old.  Son Benjamin had left school and was employed was as an agricultural labourer like his father.

 

 

 

Later that same year, in 1881, the family moved the three miles east to Cratfield where, towards the end of the year, son James was born.  Another move quickly followed, since by the time of the birth of their ninth and last child, George and Harriet were living at Cratfield around the mid-1880s.  However, by the time of the next census in 1891, George and Harriet and some of their family were recorded living at St Cross South Elmham near Harleston, within the Wangford & Bungay registration district of north Suffolk.  George and Harriet were both 50, while living with them were William 15, Sarah 12, James who was nine and May who was five years old. 

 

 

 

According to the 1901 Census, George Collett, age 60, was a stockman on a farm at Pixey Green near Stradbroke.  Living with him was his wife Harriet also 60 who gave her place of birth as Saxted.  The only members of the family still living with them were three of their youngest four children.  They were William Collett, age 25 and a non-domestic groom, Sarah Collett, age 22 and a domestic housemaid, and James Collett, age 19 who was an ordinary farm labourer.  The couple’s youngest child, May Collett, was 15 and was a general domestic servant living and working with a family at Fressingfield-cum-Withersdale.  Her place of birth was confirmed as being Cratfield.  Ten years later George Collett was 70 and Harriet his wife was 69, and at that time the couple was still living at Stradbroke, although no other member of the family was living with them by then.

 

 

 

George Collett survived for another thirteen years after then, when his death was recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 4a 879) in Suffolk during the second quarter of 1924 when he was 83.

 

 

 

18P127

Henry Collett

Born in 1862 at Fressingfield

 

18P128

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1864 at Fressingfield

 

18P129

Benjamin Collett

Born in 1866 at Fressingfield

 

18P130

Keziah Collett

Born in 1868 at Fressingfield

 

18P131

George Collett

Born in 1870 at Fressingfield

 

18P132

William Collett

Born in 1872 at Fressingfield

 

18P133

Esau Collett

Born in 1874 at Fressingfield

 

18P134

William Collett

Born in 1876 at Fressingfield

 

18P135

Sarah Collett

Born in 1878 at Fressingfield

 

18P136

James Collett

Born in 1881 at Cratfield

 

18P137

May Collett

Born in 1885 at Cratfield

 

 

 

 

18O86

Sarah Anne Collett was born at Fressingfield in 1843, the youngest child of Benjamin Collett and Sarah Vincent, and was baptised there on 9th July 1843.  At the time of the census in 1851 Sarah was seven years old when she was living at New Street in Fressingfield with her parents and older brothers Charles and George (above).  She was eight years old when she died at Fressingfield, where she was buried on 7th September 1851.

 

 

 

 

18O87

Sarah Collett was born at Ilketshall St Andrew in 1826, and may have been the eldest child of John Collett of Fressingfield and Catherine Baldwin of St James South Elmham.  However, no record of her baptism has been found, nor was she recorded with her family at Ilketshall St Andrew in the census of 1841.  Sarah Collett of Ilketshall St Andrew was 26 in the census of 1851, when she was living and working at Henstead near Kessingland.  Towards the end of the next decade, Sarah took up employment as housekeeper to widower Nathan Rumsby and his four young children at their home in Broad Street in Bungay.  That would have taken place around 1858 when Nathan Rumsby’s wife had passed away.

 

 

 

That situation was confirmed by the census in 1861 in which Sarah Collett from (Ilketshall) St Andrew was unmarried at the age of 34 and was working as a housekeeper to 31 years old Nathan Rumsby, who was a fitter in a smith’s shop, and his four children aged two to eight years.  Also listed in the same census as a visitor at the same address, was Catherine Collett from St James (South Elmham), a labourer’s wife age 56 who, it is believed, was the mother of Sarah Collett whom she was visiting at that time.  With no record of Sarah Collett found after that time, it may be assumed that she was married during the 1860s.

 

 

 

 

18O88

John Collett was born at Ilketshall St Andrew on 1st January 1829, where he was baptised on 22nd February 1829, the eldest son of John Collett and Catherine Baldwin.  At the time of the first national census in June 1841, John was 12 years old and was living with his family at Ilketshall St Andrew.  A few years later he left school, having obtained his School Certificate.  He joined the army at Halesworth when he was seventeen years and nine months.  He was initially with the 16th Regiment, but later transferred to the 54th Regiment.  John spent a total of twenty years and two days with the army, of which eight years and eight months was spent in India.  The records also confirm that he held the rank of a private with the 54th Regiment.

 

 

 

He married (1) Mary Penney on 8th April 1857 at Stoke Damerel, a parish in Devonport, and within a few years the couple were living in India where their two daughters were born.  The first child was born at Cawnpore, and the second one at Maradabad in Calcutta.  Within two years of the birth of their second child the family was extended by the addition of a son, who was also born while John and Mary were still living in Calcutta.  John finally retired from the army in May 1873 and was the recipient of the Indian Mutiny Medal and Good Conduct Medal.  He also received two good conduct awards from the army.

 

 

 

Upon leaving the army John and Mary returned to Ilketshall St Andrew, where he took up work as a labourer.  Sadly Mary Collett nee Penney died in April 1874 from cancer of the womb.  It was on 7th April 1874 that Mary was buried at Ilketshall St Lawrence at the age of 40.  Presented with being a widower with three young children to support, in addition for the need to keep working, John placed his three children with the family of his younger married brother William Collett (below).  Not long after the passing of his wife, John met and married (2) Charlotte Mary Carver on 23rd July 1875.  Charlotte was the daughter of John and Charlotte Carver, and was ten years younger than John and had been born on 13th January 1840 at Homersfield, which lies between Harleston and Bungay.

 

 

 

Tragically the marriage lasted only six weeks when John Collett died from a stroke on 5th September 1875.  His death certificate incorrectly gave his age as 43, whereas he was actually 46 years old on the first of January that year.  Following his passing, John Collett was buried that same day with his first wife Mary in the churchyard at Ilketshall St Lawrence, on the outskirts of Ilketshall St Andrew.  The burial record gave his age as 42.

 

 

 

In the eighteen months after the death of her husband, John’s widow had a liaison with another man which resulted in the birth of a base-born daughter for Charlotte, almost two years after John Collett had died.  The child was baptised at Ilketshall St Andrew in August in 1877, and the later census records also confirm that the child was born in 1877, so she could not have been the child of John Collett.  It was perhaps for that reason that Charlotte then gave up the child, when she passed her daughter into the care of farm labourer William Howlett, with whose family the child was living in 1881.

 

 

 

By that time the widow Charlotte Collett, age 41 and from Homersfield, had left Ilketshall St Andrew and was working twenty-five miles away, as a cook at the home of farmer John Read at Gosling Hall Farm in Debenham, between Stowmarket and Framlingham.  However, during the next decade Charlotte returned to Ilketshall St Andrew where she met Frederick Barber, whose wife had recently died.  Frederick was born at Bungay in 1845 and was therefore five years younger than Charlotte Collett.  Perhaps it was more to help look after his six children that Charlotte married Frederick, and by 1891 the couple was still living at Ilketshall St Andrew. 

 

 

 

Charlotte Barber was 51, Frederick was 46, and the only one of his six children still living with his father was the youngest child, his son Charles Barber who was 11.  Ten years later the same three were still living there when Charlotte from Homersfield was 60, Frederick from Bungay was 56, and son Charles from Ilketshall St Andrew was 20, both men being agricultural labourers.  By April 1911, the census that year confirmed exactly the same situation.  Still living at Ilketshall St Andrew was Charlotte Barber, age 71, together with Frederick Barber, age 66, and his son Charles Barber who was unmarried and 30 by then.  John Collett’s two daughters from his first marriage, Elizabeth and Sarah, were both living and working in London by that time, see their separate entries for more details.  Only his son John was still living with his brother’s family at that time.

 

 

 

18P138

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 08.06.1861 in India

 

18P139

Sarah Collett

Born on 19.12.1862 in India

 

18P140

John Christian George Collett

Born on 21.12.1864 in India

 

The following is the base-born child of Charlotte Collett nee Carver, the widow of John Collett:

 

18P141

Harriet Collett

Born in 1877 at Ilketshall St Andrew

 

 

 

 

18O89

Charles Collett was born at Ilketshall St Andrew on 19th March 1831, and was baptised there on 24th April 1831, the second of the four sons of John and Catherine Collett.  In 1841 Charles Collett, age nine years, was living with his family at Ilketshall St Andrew, and he was still living there with his family ten years later in 1851, when he was 19.

 

 

 

It was around five years later that Charles married Mary Ann Ellis in the Mutford area during the third quarter of 1856.  She was born on 23rd October 1825 at Thurlton in Norfolk, between Beecles and Great Yarmouth, where she was baptised on 13th November 1825, the base-born daughter of Charlotte Ellis.  It was at Reedham, on the River Yare, that the couple initially settled, and it was there that their first son was born and baptised in 1858, after which the family moved to Oulton where they were living in 1861.  It was also at Oulton where their second son was born three years later.

 

 

 

The census return for 1861 recorded the family as Charles Collett, age 30, from Ilketshall St Andrew, his wife Mary who was 34, and their son George who was three years old.  Also living there, and possibly with Charles and his family, was his younger brother Robert Collett (below).  Curiously during the previous year Charles Collett, age 31, was baptised at Oulton on 10th June 1860, and that event may have coincided with a change in his religious beliefs.  It has also been noted that his eldest son was baptised for a second time at Oulton in 1864 in a joint ceremony with his younger brother, again perhaps indicating a change of faith.

 

 

 

By early April in 1871, Charles and Mary were recorded with their two sons in the census for Gorleston living at 4 Common Lane in Southtown, from where Charles was an agricultural labourer.  Charles Collett was 40, his wife Mary A Collett was 44, and their children were listed as George Collett, who was 13, and Charles Collett who was seven years old.  Charles’ eldest son George had left home by the time of the census in 1881, leaving the family of three still living at 4 Common Lane.  Charles was 50 and was employed as a dock labourer, while Mary was 54, and Charles junior was 16 and his place of birth was confirmed as Oulton.

 

 

 

In 1891 the couple was living at East Marsh Road in Burgh Castle, where Charles, age 60, was once again working as an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary was 64.  Living with them on that occasion was their grandson George L Collett, age five years, the son of Charles George Collett.  Just after the start of the new century, in March 1901, Charles Collett, at 70 years of age, was a dairyman living at Common Road in Gorleston with just his wife Mary, age 74 and from Thurlton.

 

 

 

18P142

George Collett

Born in 1858 at Reedham

 

18P143

Charles George Collett

Born in 1864 at Oulton, nr Lowestoft

 

 

 

 

18O90

Lucy Collett was born at Ilketshall St Andrew in 1835 and where baptised there on 18th December 1836, the daughter of John Collett and Catherine Baldwin.  In 1841, at the age of four years, Lucy was living with her family at Ilketshall St Andrew.  At the time of the next census in 1851, her age was given as 16, when she was still living with her family at Ilketshall St Andrew, where she was also living in 1861 when she was recorded as being 24 and hay trusser, like her father and her brother William (below).  It was during the following year that Lucy Collett, age 26, married George Gowing at Wangford on 22nd March 1862.  George, who was 22, was born at Wrentham near Wangford, where he was baptised on 19th July 1840, the son of William and Sarah Anne Gowing.  He was later known as George Gowing of Ringsfield, the next village to Ilketshall St Andrew.

 

 

 

Immediately after the marriage, Lucy returned to Ilketshall St Andrew with her husband, where they lived for the remainder of their lives and where they raised three sons and four daughters, they being Harry Gowing, Emma Gowing, Charles Gowing, Julia Gowing, Ellen Gowing, Sarah Gowing, and James Gowing.  The couple’s first four children were confirmed in the census of 1871 as being aged seven years, six years, five years, and three years.

 

 

 

The next census in 1881 confirmed the family was living in a dwelling house at Great Common in Ilketshall St Andrew, where George Gowing, age 41, was employed as an agricultural labourer and hay cutter, while his wife Lucy was 45 years old.  By that time their eldest son Harry, age 17, was working as an indoor farm servant at nearby Shipmeadow at Codfish Hall Farm, the home of bachelor farmer John Riches.  Lucy’s and George’s eldest daughter Emma, who would have been 16, has not been located in 1881 and may have died during the 1870s.

 

 

 

Of the remaining children Charles, at the age of 15 was working with his father as an agricultural labourer and hay cutter, while the four younger children were still attending school.  They were Julia who was 13, Ellen 10, Sarah 6, and James who was five years old.

 

 

 

Twenty years later in 1901 all of the children, with the exception of youngest son James, had left the family home at Ilketshall St Andrew, leaving just Lucy aged 64 and George aged 60, whose occupation by then was that of a thatcher.  Their son James Gowing was 25 and was employed as a thatcher’s assistant, working with his father.  Of the other members of the family, sons Harry aged 37 and Charles aged 34 were also still living in Ilketshall St Andrew.  Harry was married to Mary Ann aged 37 of Rumburgh by whom he had two children these being Herbert aged 10 and Edith aged 8.  Both children had been born at Ilketshall St Andrew where Harry was employed as an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

Son Charles was also working as an agricultural labourer and was married to Elizabeth aged 38 of Reydon in Suffolk with whom he had six children.  These were all born at Ilketshall St Andrew and were Harriet aged 12, George 10, Ellen 8, Hubert 7, Laura 4 and baby Ernest who was not yet one year old.  There is still a strong presence of Gowing family members living in that area of Suffolk in 2008.

 

 

 

 

18O91

William Collett was born at Ilketshall St Andrew on 18th October 1838, the son of John Collett and Catherine Baldwin.  The birth was registered on 16th November that year, when William’s father was named as John Collett, an agricultural labourer, and his mother was recorded as Catherine Collett, formerly Baldwin.  William was two years old in the June census of 1841, and was 11 at the time of the census in 1851 when, on both occasions, he was living with his family in Ilketshall St Andrew, within the Wangford & Beccles registration district of North Suffolk.  Ten years later, in 1861, he was one of only two children still living in the family home in Ilketshall St Andrew when, at the age of 22, he was employed as a hay trusser, working alongside his father and his sister Lucy (above).

 

 

 

It was as a labourer that William Collett married Emma Rackham on 19th November 1864 at Ellingham near Bungay.  The witness's where Rachel Words, Rose Wilson and Mary A Cobb or Lobb.  Emma was born at Heckingham in Norfolk on 19th July 1837 and was the daughter of John Rackham and his wife Elizabeth Balls although, by the time of the census in 1841, Emma Rackham, who was four years old, was living at Heckingham with the family of Benjamin and Hannah Rackham.  Ten years later she was 14 and was living and working in the Norwich Mancroft registration district and, after a further ten years when she was 24 in 1861, she was living and working as a domestic servant within the Wangford & Beccles registration area. 

 

 

 

Eighteen months prior to their wedding day William Collett and Emma Rackham were both named as the witnesses at the wedding of William’s brother Robert (below) at Ilketshall St Andrew.  It would appear that William and Emma spent their early years together in the village of Ilketshall St Andrew where their three children were born, the first two children being baptised at the Church of St Andrew, with the third being baptised at the Church of St John the Baptist. 

 

 

 

The little village of Ilketshall St Andrew has three churches within one kilometre of the village centre, and they are the two churches mentioned above, plus the Church of Ilketshall St Lawrence which also serves the village of that name to the south of St Andrew.

 

 

 

By 1871 William and Emma had suffered the loss of their third child, who died at three weeks just two years earlier.  The census that year recorded the family as living at Great Common in Ilketshall St Andrew when William Collett was 33, his wife Emma was 34, and their three children were Sarah Collett who was five, John Collett who was three, and new baby William Collett who was only two months old.  Tragically, like the first William born into the family, that second William also died before reaching his second birthday.  Upon the death of his sister-in-law, Mary Collett nee Penney in 1874, William and Emma took into their family the three children of John Collett (above), they being Elizabeth who was 13, Sarah who was 12, and John who was 10.

 

 

 

By 1881 two of their own children had left the home of William and Emma, so they and their family were recorded as follows, where they were living in Ilketshall St Andrew but near the church of St John the Baptist.  William was an agricultural labourer at the age of 43.  His wife Emma was 44 and the only one of their children still living with the couple was their son John who was 13.

 

 

 

Also living with the family in 1881, and working with son John, was the boy’s cousin John Collett, who was 16 and who had been born in India.  His relationship to head of the house William was nephew, and he was the son of William’s older brother John (above) who spent some time in India with the British Army, but who had died in 1875, following the death of his wife in 1874.  At that time William’s and Emma’s daughter Sarah was working within the village, at The Rectory attached to the Church of St John the Baptist.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade William was offered a new job that took him and his family from Ilketshall St Andrew to the village of Reydon Smear, just outside Southwold.  The move, and the change of career, was confirmed by the census in 1891, when William Collett was 52 and a farm bailiff at Easton Farm, his wife Emma was 53, and their son John Collett was 23.  Also living within the same registration district, but not with the family by that time, was John Collett age 26 and from India.

 

 

 

Another family move happened during the 1890s which took William and Emma the few miles north to Lowestoft, which is where they were living at the time of the census in 1901.  By that time William was employed as a general labourer at the age of 60, while Emma was 61, and their address was 3 Waterloo Terrace on the Beccles Road, in the St Peter’s Street district of the town.  Emma Collett nee Rackham died on 25th May 1908, and three years later in the census of 1911 William Collett, a widower of 73, was working as a labourer at a market garden while lodging at the White Horse Inn in Lower Thurlton, between Beccles and Loddon.  Charles Prime age 48, the publican at the White Horse was also a market gardener.

 

 

 

18P144

Sarah Collett

Born in 1865 at Ilketshall St Andrew

 

18P145

John Collett

Born in 1867 at Ilketshall St Andrew

 

18P146

William Collett

Born in 1869 at Ilketshall St Andrew

 

18P147

William Collett

Born in 1871 at Ilketshall St Andrew

 

 

 

 

18O92

Robert Collett was born at Ilketshall St Andrew where he was baptised on 9th August 1840, the youngest child of John Collett and Catherine Baldwin.  And it was there that he was living with his family in June 1841, when he was recorded as being one year old.  By the time of the next census in 1851, Robert Collett was 10, when he was confirmed as the youngest member of his family, which was still living at Ilketshall St Andrew.  However, by the time of the census in 1861, Robert Collett from Ilketshall St Andrew, age 22, was a fisherman on board the boat ‘Glance’ out of Lowestoft harbour, and was very likely living with his married brother Charles (above) and his family.

 

 

 

It was just over two years later, on 7th May 1863 at Ilketshall St Andrew that Robert Collett married fieldworker Lydia Ann Brighton, the daughter of agricultural labourer and husbandman Robert Brighton and his wife Mary, who was baptised at Ilketshall St Andrew on 6th January 1839.  The witnesses at the wedding ceremony were William Collett and Emma Rackham, Robert’s older brother (above) and his future wife, whom he married six months later.  After they were married Robert and Lydia settled in Ilketshall St Andrew where their only known children were born, although their daughter died only eight months after she had been born.

 

 

 

Furthermore the death of the child may also have coincided with the death of Robert Collett sometime after 1866 and before 1871, although it is more than likely that he died as a result of an accident while at sea.  The absence of both of them was confirmed by the details in the census of 1871, which placed Lydia Ann Collett as a widow at the age of 31, and living with her was her son Robert who was seven years old.  At that time they were living in a dwelling by the Common in Ilketshall St Andrew which was four doors along from the Hare & Hounds Inn.  Also living there with them was Lydia’s mother Mary Brighton, aged 77, who was described as the widow of an agricultural labourer, who was on parish relief.  All three occupants of the property were confirmed as having been born at Ilketshall St Andrew.  On that occasion Lydia was employed as a field worker on a local farm, in order to support her and her son.

 

 

 

It was seven years later on 2nd March 1878 that Lydia Ann Collett married widower William Artis at Ilketshall St Andrew where they were both living at that time.  William Artis was born at Ilketshall St Lawrence in 1829, the son of William and Hannah Artis.  It was at Wangford in 1855 that he had first married Amy Girling, who had been born there in 1841, and with whom he had four daughters and a son.

 

 

 

His first daughter, Sofia Artis, was born at Wangford on 19th June 1856, but shortly after the family moved to Ilketshall St Andrew where the next three children were born.  They were Sarah Artis born in 1860, Matilda Artis born in 1872, Alfred Artis born in 1874, and Julia Artis who was born in 1877.  In 1871 William Artis, age 42, and his wife Amy, age 40, were living at Ilketshall St Andrew with just four of their five children, eldest daughter Sofia being the missing child.  It was during the following years that Amy Artis and her three youngest children appear to have died as a result of some illness.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881, Lydia Ann Artis, and her second husband William Artis, were living at Carlton Colville, just south of Lowestoft.  William was employed as a farm labourer and his place of birth was confirmed at Ilketshall St Lawrence, while Lydia Ann’s place of birth was confirmed as Ilketshall St Andrew.  Rather oddly William gave his age as 49, when he was actually 51, and Lydia was incorrectly recorded as Lydianna Artis aged 37, instead of Lydia Ann Artis, age 41.  By that time Lydia’s son Robert Collett was working as a fisherman on board the boat ‘Au Revoir’ which had sailed out of nearby Pakefield, bound for Falmouth, early that year.  So the only person living with Lydia and William in 1881 was William’s only surviving child, Sarah Artis, who was 21.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891 the couple was still living at Carlton Colville, where William Artis was recorded as 56 (instead of 61), and Lydia Artis was 52.  It was only in March 1901 that William admitted that he was older than he had previously stated.  According to that census, William was 71, and an agricultural labourer, living at Gisleham to the south of Carlton Colville, with his wife Lydia who was 61 and from Ilketshall St Andrew.

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband during the first ten years of the new century, Lydia Artis settled in the nearby village of Rushmere, where she was living in April 1911.  She was described as being 71 and a widow and an old age pensioner from Ilketshall St Andrew.  Living there with her were two of her grandchildren from the family of her son Robert Collett, who has not been located in England in 1911.  In addition to her two granddaughters, Norah and Florence Collett, also living with Lydia as a lodger, was Robert Lydamore who was 73 and a farm labourer from Rushmere.  It must be assumed that Lydia died shortly after 1911, but what happened to her two granddaughters has not yet been discovered.

 

 

 

18P148

Robert Collett

Born in 1864 at Ilketshall St Andrew

 

18P149

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1866 at Ilketshall St Andrew

 

 

 

 

18O93

Dinah Collett was born at Wilby in 1850, the daughter of John and Mary Ann Collett, who was one year old in the Wilby census of 1851, and 10 in the 1861 census.  She married Henry Brunning of Horham who was a few years younger than Dinah having been born in 1855.  By 1881 the marriage had not produced any children for the couple, who were living with Dinah’s father at Cole Street in Wilby.  Dinah Brunning of Wilby was 30 and her agricultural labourer husband Henry was 25.

 

 

 

 

18O94

William Collett was born at Wilby in 1852, the second child and eldest son of John and Mary Ann Collett.  William was eight years old in the Wilby census of 1861, but curiously there was no apparent record of William and his family in 1871.  During the 1870s William married Jane from Horham, and by 1881 the childless couple was living at Cole Street in Wilby, close by his widowed father and his sister Dinah (above) and his brother James (below).  William, age 27, was an agricultural labourer, and his wife Jane was 26.  The couple was still residing in Wilby ten years later when William was 39 and Jane was 38, and they were still there in March 1901.  William Collett, age 47 and from Wilby, was employed as a horseman working on a local farm, and his wife Jane from Horham was 46.  No record of either of them has been unearthed in the next census in 1911.

 

 

 

 

18O96

James Collett was born at Wilby in 1862 and was 18 at the time of the Wilby census of 1881.  By that time he was an agricultural labourer working with his widowed father John Collett, the pair of them living at Cole Street in Wilby.  No later record of James has been found in Great Britain after that time.

 

 

 

 

18O97

Martha Collett was born at Wilby on 13th July 1841 and was the eldest child of James Collett and Lucy Mutimer.  In 1845 Martha and her family left Suffolk when they moved over the county boundary into Norfolk and settled in the village of Needham where, in 1851 Martha was nine years old.  It was in the village of Wissett, near Halesworth, on 12th December 1860 that Martha, age 19, married Joseph Peck who was 23.  Joseph was born at Westhall near Halesworth on 16th September 1837, the son of Samuel Peck and Susan Gipson.

 

 

 

The marriage of Martha and Joseph produced twelve children for the couple, all of whom were born at Chediston less than a mile south of Wissett.  These were: Samuel Peck (born 06.09.1861); William Peck (born 01.12.1863); James Peck (born 24.08.1865 who died 27.08.1865); Susan Peck (born 07.06.1867 who died 05.07.1868); Joseph Peck (born 23.03.1869); Catherine Peck (born 13.05.1870 who died 12.11.1926); George James Peck (born 28.01.1872); Lucy Mary Peck (born 10.06.1873); Charles Peck (born 19.02.1876); Rachel Peck (born 07.09.1877); Harry Peck (born 10.12.1879); and Amy Peck (born 02.04.1882).

 

 

 

 

18O98

Mary Collett was born at Wilby during 1842, the daughter of James Collett and Lucy Mutimer.  When she was around three years of age her family left Wilby went they settled in the village of Needham near Harleston in Norfolk.  And it was there that she was living with her parents in 1851, at the age of 8, and again in 1861 when she 18.  It is assumed that she was married during the next few years, since she was not recorded as Mary Collett in 1871.

 

 

 

 

18O99

Emma Collett was born at Wilby on 19th March 1844, the daughter of James and Lucy Collett, but very soon after, her family settled in Needham near Harleston where she was seven years old in 1851.  Emma was not living with her family at Needham in 1861, but seven years later she married Henry Godfrey at Needham on 2nd March 1868.  Tragically the marriage only lasted for four years, when Emma Godfrey died at Rushall in Suffolk on 6th February 1872.

 

 

 

 

18O100

William Collett was born at Needham on 3rd August 1846, the son of James and Lucy Collett.  At the age of four years and 14 years he was living with his family at Needham.  During the 1870s he married Martha who was very likely ten years older than William.  So by 1881 the couple were living at Mill Lane in Attleborough where 24 (sic) years old William from Needham was employed as a corn miller. That must be an error in transcription, since he was actually 34.  His wife Martha was born at Alburgh near Harleston and was listed as being 44.  However, no trace of either of them has been found in any later census.

 

 

 

 

18O101

Dinah Elizabeth Collett was born at Needham on 20th July 1849, the daughter of James Collett and Lucy Mutimer, and was one year old in the Needham census of 1851.  However, her absence from the family home in 1861, may suggest that she suffered an infant death.

 

 

 

 

18O102

Eliza Collett was born at Needham on 9th February 1851, and was just two months old in the census for Needham in 1851.  She was also listed as living there with her family in 1861, when she was 10, but thereafter no record of her has been found in 1871, by which time she may have been married.

 

 

 

 

18O103

James Collett was born at Needham on 23rd August 1852, the son of James and Lucy Collett, and he was eight years old in the Needham census of 1861.  It would appear that he was married in the late 1870s, but tragically, shortly after they were married his wife died, possibly during childbirth.  By April 1881 James was a childless widower at only 28 years of age.  The census for that year placed him as a visitor at 7 Cox Buildings, George Street in Great Yarmouth the home of his sister Rachel French nee Collett (below).  James’ birthplace was stated as being Needham and his occupation was that of a blacksmith journeyman.  No further record of James has been discovered in Great Britain after that time.

 

 

 

 

18O104

Rachel Collett was born at Needham on 24th April 1855, the daughter of James and Lucy Collett.  Rachel was five years old by the time of the Needham census in 1861, when she was living there with her parents but, although she was still living in Needham ten years later, the census confirmed that she had left the family home and was living and working elsewhere in the village at the age of 15.  A few years later Rachel married William French and in 1881 the couple were living at 7 Cox Buildings on George Street in Great Yarmouth.  William, who was born at Norwich, was employed as a boiler-maker journeyman.

 

 

 

Although the marriage of Rachel, age 25, and William, age 22, had produced no children at that time, there were three other people staying at the same address.  They were Rachel’s widowed brother James Collett (above), boarder Charles Collerson, who was 18 and a railway engine cleaner from Norwich, and visitor Emma Langton, a dressmaker aged 22 of Great Yarmouth.  No trace of the couple has been found in 1891, although by the time of the census in March 1901 they had a son and a daughter and were living at Gorleston, just south of Great Yarmouth.  William French was 40 and an engine fitter, Rachel was 40 (sic), and their two children were Charles who was 13, and Emily who was 10, both of them born in the Southtown district of Great Yarmouth.

 

 

 

Ten years later in April 1911 the family was still together and living in the Gorleston area, when William French was 51, Rachel French was 53, William Charles French was 23, and Emily Rachel French was 20.

 

 

 

 

18O105

George Collett was born at Needham on 10th February 1858, the youngest child of James Collett and Lucy Lutimer.  He was three years old and 13 years old in the Needham census returns for 1861 and 1871 when he was still living with his parents.  However, with the death of his father during the 1870s, George was the only child still living with his widowed mother Lucy in 1881.  On that occasion George was 23, unmarried, and was employed as a platelayer working on the railway, while living at Lakenham in Norwich at a dwelling described as ‘opposite 21 Row’.  George married (1) Amy shortly after the census day and the marriage produced three children for the couple while they were living in Norwich.

 

 

 

However, tragically Amy died either during or not long after the birth of their third child, since George was a widower by the time of the census in 1891.  With three young children and no wife, George had living with him his mother Lucy at 43 Mill Street in the Lakenham district of Norwich in April 1891.  By that time George Collett, age 33 and from Needham, was working as a labourer, while his mother Lucy Collett, age 73 and from Wilby, was acting as his housekeeper and was described simply as his relative.  George’s three children were recorded as scholars Ruth Collett, who was seven, and David Collett, who was six, and Philip Collett who was three years old.  Curiously the children’s place of birth was ditto-ed under their father’s place of birth, so appeared in error as Needham.

 

 

 

During the next decade George’s mother passed away, following which the family of four continued to live in Norwich, where George was working as a platelayer at the age of 43 in 1901.  His daughter Ruth, as the oldest child at the age of 17, was listed as having no occupation.  That was probably because she was very likely acting as housekeeper for her father and her two brothers, David who was 16, and Philip who was 13.  On that occasion the children’s place of birth was recorded correctly as Norwich.

 

 

 

Sometime over the next few years George married (2) Hannah and by April 1911 the couple was still living in Norwich.  George Collett was 53 and his wife Hannah was 56.  Still living with the couple were George’s two sons David and Philip, but by that time George’s daughter Ruth was living and working in Hackney, London.  In October 1914 George and Hannah were still living in the Lakeham district of Norwich City Centre, at 40 Harford Street which runs between Hall Road and City Road, when George learned of the death of his son David Collett at the Battle of Loos.

 

 

 

18P150

Ruth Collett

Born in 1883 at Norwich

 

18P151

David Collett

Born in 1885 at Norwich

 

18P152

Philip Collett

Born in 1887 at Norwich

 

 

 

 

18O106

Elizabeth Collett was born at Wilby in 1837 and was the first child born to Robert Collett by his wife Dinah Lockwood.  Unlike most of their other child, no baptism record for the child has been found to date, but she was living with her parents at the time of the following censuses were conducted.  In the Wilby census of 1841 she was three years old, and ten years later she was with her mother at the age of 13, who was living separately from Elizabeth’s father who had fallen on hard times.  Upon leaving school Elizabeth secured work in London, and according to the census in 1861 Elizabeth Collett from Wilby was living and working in the Kentish Town area of London at the age of 22.  With no record of her found in the census of 1871, it must be assumed that she was married by then.

 

 

 

 

18O107

HAMMOND COLLETT was born at Wilby and was baptised there on 31st March 1839, the eldest son of Robert Collett and Dinah Lockwood.  He was born into a poverty stricken family, although their ancestors had been extremely wealthy.  In the June census of 1841 Hammond Collett was two years old when he was living at Wilby with his family.  At the age of 11, in 1850, Hammond and his siblings were living with his mother Dinah at the Hoxne Union Workhouse, while his father served a two-week sentence in Ipswich prison.  However, by the time of the census on 30th March 1851 Hammond was still living at the Hoxne Union Workhouse, but on that occasion he was with his father Robert, his sister Susan (below), and his brother John (below), while his mother and his others siblings were elsewhere.

 

 

 

It was around the time of the 1861 Census that Hammond was working as a carter for a local farmer in Wilby, when he was dismissed from the job.  In 1863 he was a witness at the wedding of his sister Susan Collett (below).  It is interesting to note that both signed their names in the marriage register which, despite coming from an impoverished family, indicates the educated status of the family from the previous more wealthy generations.

 

 

 

A little while later he moved to Brentford to seek work where, in 1864 he secured employment as a malt-man working for one of the many breweries that flanked the River Thames within the Brentford area.  It was through his work that he met Isaac Bradford a maltster at the brewery and through whom he was introduced to his daughter Mary Bradford.

 

 

 

Hammond married Mary during the first quarter of 1865 at Brentford, Mary having been born on 26th December 1840 at Kingston-upon-Thames, her mother being Hannah Bradford nee Iles.  The first child born to Hammond and Mary was a daughter, who sadly did not survive, although two further children were born to the couple prior to the census in 1871.  On that occasion that family of four was living in the Chiswick area of Brentford, where Hammond was 31, Mary was 30, son Hammond I Collett was two, and daughter Mary A Collett was one year old.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1881, a further four children had been added to the family, with a final child born during the following year.  The census return for 1881 recorded the family residing at Back Lane in Chiswick where they were listed as Hammond Collett, age 41 and from Wilby, his wife Mary Collett, age 40 and from Kingston-on-Thames, and their six surviving children.  They were Hammond Collett, age 12, Mary A Collett, age 11, Alfred Lewis Collett, who was nine; Robert Collett, who was five; Ada E Collett, who was three; and John Collett who was just six months old.  Curiously the place of birth for the two youngest children was given as being Brentford, while all of the other children had been born at Chiswick. 

 

 

 

After another ten years the family was complete when it was still living in the Chiswick area in 1891.  Hammond was 51, Mary was 50, Mary A Collett was 21, Alfred L Collett was 19, Robert Collett was 15, Ada E Collett was 12, John Collett was 10, and the last child Rosetta Collett, was eight years old.  Just after the turn of the century Hammond Collett of Suffolk, age 62, was working as a general labourer at Chiswick.  He was living there with his wife Mary and their daughters Ada and Rosetta, close to where their married son Hammond was living with his family.  Eight years later Hammond (senior) died in 1909 at 70 years of age.  His wife lived on for a few more years and in April 1911 she was living with her son Robert and his family in Chiswick, where she was described as widow Mary Collett aged 70.

 

 

 

18P153

Annie Collett

Born in 1866 at Brentford

 

18P154

Hammond Isaac Collett

Born in 1868 at Chiswick

 

18P155

Mary A Collett

Born in 1870 at Chiswick

 

18P156

Alfred Lewis Collett

Born in 1872 at Chiswick

 

18P157

ROBERT COLLETT

Born in 1875 at Chiswick

 

18P158

Ada E Collett

Born in 1878 at Chiswick

 

18P159

John Collett

Born in 1880 at Chiswick

 

18P160

Rosetta Collett

Born circa 1882 at Chiswick

 

 

 

 

18O108

Susan Collett was born at Wilby where she was baptised on 28th February 1841, the eldest daughter of Robert Collett and Dinah Lockwood.  She was just a few months old at the time of the Wilby census in June 1841, and ten years later in 1851, when Susan was 10 years old, she was living at the Hoxne Union Workhouse with her father, and her brothers Hammond and John.  It was also at Wilby that she married Amos Sharman of Brundish on 30th April 1863.  Both Susan and her brother Hammond Collett (above), who was a witness at the wedding ceremony, signed the register.  Amos Sharman was a labourer like his father David Sharman, and was a widower when he married Susan.

 

 

 

By 1881 Susan and Amos and their family were still residents of Wilby, living at Wilby Green.  Their children were Elijah aged 13; Georgiana aged 11; David who was nine; Alvina who was seven; and Arthur J Sharman who was five, and all of them born at Wilby.  Amos Sharman died at Brundish after 1881, as did his wife Susan Sharman nee Collett.

 

 

 

 

18O109

John Collett was born at Wilby and baptised there on 2nd July 1843, the son of Robert and Dinah Collett.  He married Sarah Mallett of Pimlico around 1866.  Their first two children were born at Chelsea with the remainder being born and baptised at Wilby, and buried there as well.

 

 

 

In 1881 the family was living at Framlingham Road in Wilby.  John was a 34 years old bricklayer and his wife Sarah was aged 36.  With them were their children John aged 13, Ephraim 11, Robert 9, Alfred 8, James 5, Charles 4, Sarah 3, and Emily aged 6 months, the first two being born at Chelsea with the rest born at Wilby.  Also living at Framlingham Road in Wilby at that time was John’s brother Alfred Collett (below) and his family who were near next door neighbours, with just one property in between.  John and his family were still living there in 1981 when he was 48 and Sarah was 47.  The children still living with them on that occasion were John Collett, age 23, Robert Collett, age 19, Alfred Collett, age 18, James Collett, age 16, Charles Collett, age 15, Sarah Collett, age 13, and Emily Collett who was 10 years old, with the couple’s three youngest children having died in infancy some years before.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century John Collett, age 57, and Sarah Collett, age 56, were still living at Wilby.  Sarah’s place of birth was confirmed as Pimlico while John occupation was that of a bricklayer.  Following the death of his wife Sarah during the first decade of the new century, John left Wilby and moved the seven miles west to Hartismere near Eye to live with his married son Alfred Louis Collett and his family where he was 67 in April census of 1911.  It seems very likely that John Collett was the last member of the family to live in Wilby after many centuries of continuous residency, since no one of the Collett name was living there in April 1911.

 

 

 

18P161

John Collett

Born in 1867 at Chelsea

 

18P162

Ephraim George Collett

Born in 1869 at Chelsea

 

18P163

Robert Collett

Baptised 17.11.1871 at Wilby

 

18P164

Alfred Lewis Collett

Baptised on 13.04.1873 at Wilby

 

18P165

Harry Collett

Baptised on 27.09.1874 at Wilby

 

18P166

James Collett

Baptised on 30.05.1875 at Wilby

 

18P167

Charles Collett

Baptised on 20.08.1876 at Wilby

 

18P168

Sarah Ann Collett

Baptised on 21.04.1878 at Wilby

 

18P169

Amelia Betsy Collett

Baptised on 01.06.1879 at Wilby

 

18P170

Emily Collett

Born in 1880 at Wilby

 

18P171

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1882 at Wilby

 

18P172

Ernest Collett

Born in 1884 at Wilby

 

18P173

Arthur Collett

Born in 1885 at Wilby

 

 

 

 

18O110

Robert Collett was born at Wilby where he was baptised on 11th May 1845.  He died when he was one year and six months old and was buried at Wilby on 11th December 1846, the son of Robert and Dinah Collett.

 

 

 

 

18O111

Ann Collett was born at Wilby in 1849 and was baptised there on 5th August 1849.  The baptism record confirmed that she was the daughter of Robert Collett and his wife Dinah.  She later married David Bridges at Wilby on 31st December 1873.  David was a labourer of Tannington and was the son of Israel Bridges, himself a labourer.

 

 

 

 

18O112

Alfred Collett was born at Wilby in 1851, the last child of Robert Collett and Dinah Lockwood whose birth was recorded at Hoxne (Ref. 13 506) during the first three months of that year.  For whatever reason, it was at the age of 14, that Alfred was baptised at Wilby on 9th July 1865.  He was under one year old in the census of 1851 and was 10 years old in the Wilby census of 1861, when he was still living with his parents.  No record so far has been found for Alfred in 1871, but just over three years later he became a married name.

 

 

 

It was also at Wilby that he married Caroline Smith on 14th June 1874, the daughter of labourer John Smith who was born at Brundish around 1853.  All of the early children of Alfred and Caroline were born and baptised at Wilby, while the later children were born at nearby Stradbroke.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census, Alfred, age 30 and from Wilby, was a cattle drover living at Framlingham Road in Wilby.  Living with him was his family comprising his wife Caroline, age 27 of Brundish, sons Cornelius and David, who were six and five, and daughters Elizabeth and Anna, aged three years and ten months respectively.  Also living with them was Alfred’s widowed mother Dinah Collett.  Living at the next house but one from Alfred and his family in Framlingham Road in Wilby, was his brother John Collett (above) with his family.

 

 

 

Ten years later, at the time of the census in 1891, Alfred and his family were recorded living at Wilby within the Hoxne & Stradbroke registration district.  Alfred and Caroline were both 40, while their children were Cornelius 17, David 15, Elizabeth 14, Anne 12, and Katey who was seven years old.  With no reference to daughter Dinah, it may be assumed that she had died by then.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century Alfred was living in the St Margaret’s district of Ipswich from where he continued to work as a cattle drover.  On that occasion he gave his age as 52 and his place of birth as Stradbroke, which is the next village to Wilby.  His wife Caroline was not with him at that time, instead she was living at Wootten Green in Stradbroke with her youngest surviving daughter Kate Collett, age 18, and a granddaughter Ethel Minnie Collett from Stradbroke who was three years old.  Head of the household Caroline was 48 and a general domestic servant from Brundish.

 

 

 

However, the couple was eventually reunited and was residing at Wootten Green by the time of the next census in 1911.  Alfred Collett of Wilby was 60, while his wife Caroline Collett of Brundish was 58.  Still living with the couple was their granddaughter Ethel Collett, age 13 and from Stradbroke.  It therefore seems likely, in the absence of any better information, that granddaughter Ethel Minnie Collett was the base-born child of one of their daughters, possibly Elizabeth or Anna, neither of whom has been identified in the census returns for 1901 and 1911.  Less than two years later Alfred Collett died at Wootten Green, when his death at the age of 62 was recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 4a 1159) during the first three months of 1913.

 

 

 

18P174

Cornelius Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1874

 

18P175

David Collett

Baptised on 20.08.1876

 

18P176

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 21.04.1878

 

18P177

Anna Collett

Baptised on 05.09.1880

 

18P178

Dinah Collett

Born in 1882 at Stradbroke

 

18P179

Kate Collett

Born in 1883 at Stradbroke

 

18P180

Ethel Minnie Collett (granddaughter)

Born in 1897 at Stradbroke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

The family of William Henry Collett (previously Ref. 18O57x) born at Halesworth in 1822

 

 

 

 

18n1

James Collett, whose origins have not yet been determined, was a tailor at Halesworth who was married to Elizabeth.  The baptism records have been found for just three of the four children listed below.  It is only Matilda’s baptism that has not been located, but according to the census in 1841 she was living with her father at Collett’s Yard in Halesworth, and again in 1861 she was living with her brother William and his family at Bury St Edmunds.  In 1841 James Collett of Collett’s yard in Halesworth had a rounded age of 60, and living there with him were two of his daughters, Matilda, age 25, and Harriet, age 20.  Living only two doors away and also in Collett’s yard, was his daughter Frances who also had a rounded age of 20.

 

 

 

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Matilda Collett

Born in 1814 at Halesworth

 

18o2

Harriet Jesse Collett

Born in 1819 at Halesworth

 

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Frances Collett

Born in 1821 at Halesworth

 

18o4

William Henry Collett

Born in 1822 at Halesworth

 

 

 

 

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Matilda Collett, 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.  Curiously the IGI only lists one Matilda Collett born in Suffolk and she was baptised at Wethersfield on 6th October 1816, the daughter of Samuel and Catherine Collett.  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 still living in Halesworth.  By 1861 she was living at 39 Bridewell Lane in Bury St Edmunds, the home of her brother William Henry Collett, where she was described as Matilda Collitt, being 46 and a stay maker from Halesworth.  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, age 69 (sic), was still living at Halesworth in a dwelling house on Chediston Street.  She was still working as a stay maker, but her place of birth was given as Newington in Surrey.

 

 

 

 

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Harriet Jesse Collett 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.

 

 

 

 

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Frances Collett 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 older sisters at Collett’s Yard in Halesworth.

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Collett 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, age 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, age 27, was living in the ‘Thoroughfare’ in Halesworth with her husband, grocer John Goddard, and their eleven month 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, age 29 and from Halesworth, Mary Collett, age 35, sons-in-law (stepsons) John Goddard, age nine years, and William Goddard, age 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 they actually were, while the surname was recorded incorrectly as the Collitt.  By that time the family comprised William H Collitt, a painter aged 34 (rather than 38), Mary Collett, age 41 (rather than 43), son William H Collett who was 10, and daughter Alice Collett who was three, which was also not correct, she being around twice that age.  Also living with the family was Fanny Goddard, age 18, who was described as the daughter of William Collitt, and Matilda Collitt 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, age 54 (rather than 58) and from Halesworth, was a master painter employing one man and a boy.  His wife Mary Ann Collett, age 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 Heny (sic) 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, age 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.

 

 

 

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William H Collett

Born in February 1851 at Halesworth

 

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Alice Collett

Born on 04.05.1852 at Halesworth

 

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Alice Mary Collett

Born on 20.08.1854 at Halesworth

 

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Albert G Collett

Born in 1880

 

 

 

 

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Alice Mary Collett was born at Halesworth on 20th August 1854, the second daughter of William Henry Collett, whose earlier daughter of the same forename had died in infancy.  Not longer 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. 

 

 

 

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 around 1881.  The census that year placed unmarried Henry, age 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 Cheshire.  Whist no positive record of her has been located in the census of 1881 it was either later that same year or early in the following year that she gave birth to her daughter.  Two years later Alice added a son to her 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 Collett 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Albert G Collett was born at Bury St Edmunds in 1880 and was one year old in the census of 1881 when he was living with his father William Henry Collett and his mother Mary Ann Borley at 6 Sparhawk Street in Bury St Edmunds.  Also living there was his half sister Jane Emma Borley, age 10, 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.

 

 

 

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.  And it was there at 68 Falkland Road in St Pancras that ‘Albert Collet’, age 20 and from Bury St Edmunds was living when the census was conducted in 1901.  His occupation at that time was that of a baker’s assistant.

 

 

 

During the first quarter of 1911 Albert G Collett married Rose Messenger and, according to the census in April 1911, they were living at 252 Hermitage Road, just opposite Finsbury Park and within the Stoke Newington area of London.  Albert Collett was 29 years old, as was his wife Rose, and was the only Collett living in Britain in the 1911 Census who was recorded as having been born at Bury St Edmunds.  There were no children listed with them at that time, although it is established that they had five children during the following decade, including a set of twins who were born at Edmonton in London, where the earlier children may also have been born.  The birth register for the twins gave the mother’s maiden as Messenger.

 

 

 

Albert was still involved with the bakery business in 1911, but as a barrowman, presumably selling door-to-door or to local shops.  Curiously he was slightly untruthful on his census form since, in addition to incorrectly giving his age, he also stated that he had been married for one year, whereas in reality it was more like one month.  The most likely reason was that Rose was already expecting their first child, which sadly appears not to have survived. 

 

 

 

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Violet Rose Collett

Born in 1913 at Edmonton?

 

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Clarence Albert Collett

Born in 1916 at Edmonton?

 

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Winifred B Collett

Born in 1918 at Edmonton?

 

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Irene T Collett                            twin

Born in 1920 at Edmonton

 

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Reginald G Collett                     twin

Born in 1920 at Edmonton