Part 1 - The Suffolk Line 1830 to 1870

PART EIGHTEEN

 

The Main Suffolk Line 1830 to 1870

 

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

 

Updated May 2020

 

 

Harriet Anne Collett [18P1] was born at Ubbeston in 1829, where she was baptised on 9th August 1829, the eldest of the four children of Anthony Collett and Harriet Pett Hannam.  The village of Ubbeston in Suffolk lies midway between Framlingham and Halesworth.  By 1841 Harriet was 11 years old and was still living at Ubbeston with her family.  Not long after that, the family moved to Bury St Edmunds, where Harriet was 21 in 1851.  She later married the considerably older, Reverend John Ley, Rector of Waldron in Sussex, and the couple initial settled in Devon.  John Ley is reputed to have owned land in Canada, although this has not been verified.  According to the Torquay census of 1881, John Ley, aged 76, was Clerk in Holy Orders for the Care of Souls who had been born at Ashprington near Totnes in Devon.  His wife was described as Harriet Anne Ley, aged 51, a clergyman’s wife from Ubbeston in Suffolk.  The couple’s address was given as Tor Church, Beechcroft Road in Tormoham, where they were supported by two female servants.  At that time Harriet’s unmarried sister Maria (below) was still living with their mother at Dover.  However, during the 1880s, Harriet’s husband and her mother both died, at which time the two sisters lived together at Torquay, as confirmed by the census in 1891 when Harriet A Ley was 61 and her sister Maria was 57.  That arrangement continued for a further three years, until 1894 when Maria died.  Following the death of her sister, Harriet left Devon when she moved to Guildford in Surrey, where she spent the remainder of her years.  That was confirmed by the census returns in 1901 and 1911; in the first of which she was listed as Harriet Anne Ley, aged 71 and from Ubbeston, who was living on her own means, and again in 1911 when she was 81

 

Maria Collett [18P2] was born at Ubbeston in late 1833 and was baptised there on 11th January 1834, the second child of Anthony and Harriet Collett.  She was seven years old in the Ubbeston census of 1841.  Over the following years her family went to live in Bury St Edmunds where she was living with them in 1851 at the age of 17.  With the death of her father during the 1850s, Maria’s mother moved to Dover St James where the family was recorded in 1861 and 1871, when Maria Collett was 27 and 37 respectively.  She never married and in 1881 she was still living with her widowed mother Harriet Pett Collett and her sister Frances Ellen Collett (below) at 6 Camden Crescent in Dover St James.  Her place of birth in the census that year was given as Ubbeston Green.  After the death of her mother during the 1880s, Maria moved to Torquay to live with her widowed sister Harriet (above).  It was there in 1891, at the age of 57, that Maria was living within the Newton Abbot & Torquay census registration district with her sister.  Also staying nearby at a lodging house in Torquay at that time was her brother Anthony (below).  It was just three years later that Maria Collett of Ubbeston died in 1894

 

Anthony Collett was born at Ubbeston in 1835, where he was baptised on 13th November 1835, the only son of Anthony Collett and Harriet Pett Hannam.  He was five years old in the Ubbeston census of 1841, but shortly after his family moved to Bury St Edmunds, where he was still living with his family in 1851 aged 15.  He was initially educated at Bury School under Doctor Donaldson, and then on 3rd March 1854 Anthony Collett from Ubbeston entered Trinity College in Cambridge.  He was 18 years old and the son of Anthony Collett of Bury St Edmunds.  He gained his Bachelor’s degree in 1859 and his Master’s degree in 1869.  Upon completion of his BA, Anthony was ordained as a deacon at Canterbury, and in 1860 he was ordained a priest.  From 1859 until 1874 he was the curate at St Mary’s Church in Dover.  It was after the death of his father during the late 1850s, that Anthony and his sisters Maria (above) and Frances (below), travelled with their mother to Dover St James where they were living in 1861, when Anthony was 25.  Anthony and Maria were still living with their mother at Dover St James ten years later in 1871, when Anthony was 35.  After 1874 and up to 1880 Anthony was the Curate of Hastingleigh, where he assisting the frail Gostwyck Prideaux who had suffered a stroke.  From 1880 to 1895 Anthony Collett was Rector of Hastingleigh with Elmsted, and Vicar of Bredhurst from 1895 to 1905.  Hastingleigh and Elmsted are adjacent villages to the east of Ashford in Kent.  By the time of the census in 1881, bachelor Anthony was 45 and was living at The Rectory in Hastingleigh, when his place of birth was recorded as Ubbeston in Suffolk.  With him at The Rectory, he had two servants, housekeeper Mary A Hedge aged 30, and George Wyborn, groom and gardener aged 24

 

Whether because of the recent death of his eldest sister’s husband, Anthony Collett was temporarily staying at Endsleigh House, a lodging house in Church Road, Torquay in 1891, not far from where his eldest sister Harriet Anne Ley was living, and with her their sister Maria.  The census that year also confirmed that Anthony was 55 and from Ubbeston, and that he was Rectory of Hastingleigh.  Three years later his sister Maria died at Torquay, and by March 1901 Anthony was living at Boxley near Maidstone in Kent with his youngest sister Frances.  Anthony Collett, aged 65 and from Ubbeston, was a Church of England clergyman, while his sister Frances E Collett from Bury St Edmunds was 52.  The two siblings were still living together ten years later, but by then they were living at Canterbury.  Anthony was 75, and his sister was 61.  Towards the end of his life Anthony resided at Barton Fields in Canterbury, and it was there also that he suffered a tragic end to his life, when he was found dead in his bath on 10th December 1924.  And it was at Elmsted Church that he was buried with two of his sisters on 15th December 1924.  The following obituary appeared in the Kentish Express newspaper two days after the discovery.  “The Reverend Anthony Collett, aged 89, was found dead in the bath at his Canterbury residence.  At the inquest a verdict of natural causes was returned. The reverend gentleman was formerly Curate at St Marys Dover, Rector of Hastingleigh, and Vicar of Bredhurst.”

 

Eight days later the same newspaper ran the following article on 20th December regarding his funeral at Elmsted:  As briefly announced in our last issue, the Rev. A. Collett M.A. of Ellerslie, New Dover Road, Canterbury was found dead under tragic circumstances at his residence on Thursday week.  The deceased gentleman, who was 89 years of age, was apparently in his usual health considering his advanced years and had walked into the town with Miss Blofield who was staying with him.  They subsequently had dinner and prayers and after, saying Good Night, Mr Collett went to his bath.  About midnight Miss Wilson, a maid, not having heard Mr Collett leave the bath room, became anxious, woke up the other maid and they went to the housekeeper’s room.  The housekeeper receiving no response to her knock at the door, called Miss Blofield, who called in Mr Simmons living nearby.  He, bursting open the door, found Mr Collett lying face downwards in the bath with his head covered with water.  The bath was emptied, the deceased gentleman removed, and Dr Stewart Wacher sent for, who on arrival found that death had taken place an hour or so earlier.  At the inquest at which a verdict of Death by Natural Causes was returned, Dr Wacher said death might have been due to accidental drowning or a heart attack before falling into the water. He had attended Mr Collett for the past three years for giddiness due to a weak heart action.  The late Mr Collett, who was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and ordained in 1859, had spent the whole of his active ministry (over 47years) in Kent.  He was Curate of St Marys Dover until 1874, Curate of Hastingleigh with Elmsted 1874-1880, Rector of Hastingleigh with Elmsted 1880-1895 and Vicar of Bredhurst 1895-1906.  Since his retirement he had resided at Canterbury, where he had frequently assisted at church services.  He was a member of several societies and took a keen interest in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital and other charitable institutions; he was highly respected and beloved by many

 

During the time he was at Elmsted, the reverend gentleman was instrumental in carrying out many much-needed improvements to the churches.  In the years 1877 and 1879 both the Elmsted and Hastingleigh churches were completely restored and re-seated, and later a new organ was installed at Elmsted.  Mr Collett was responsible for the erection of the new Elmsted Vicarage, at Bodsham, and presented the village with the splendid Parish Hall at the Parish Room, Tamley Lane in Hastingleigh.  The funeral took place on Monday at the little church on the hill at Elmsted.  The service, which was of a very simple nature as befitted a man of such unostentatious character, was conducted by the Rev. H Hammond of Elmsted and the Rev. G.C. Clairmonte of Petham.  The hymn ‘On the Resurrection Morning’ was sung and as the cortege left the church for the graveside while Miss Emily Hayward, the organist, played the Dead March in Saul.  The coffin was of plain unpolished oak, with a small brass plate and a large wooden cross on the cover.  The immediate followers were Mr and Mrs Hamman, Mrs J Harvey, Mr J D Harvey, Miss Blofield, Mr and Mrs Collett Mason, Mr and Mrs J Reeves, and the household servants, while those present in church and at the graveside included Colonel Irby, Messrs CF Tappenden (Cubison Tappenden), S Hopkins, J Taylor, W Wetherell, the school master of Bodsham, and H Hopkins, the Misses Kirke-Smith, Mrs Spicer and Mrs M Hopkins

 

Floral tributes were received from Mr and Mrs Reginald Collett, Tony and Bernard, LCAJ and MC Blofield, Mr J S and Mr J D Harvey, Mr and Mrs F M Furley and Mr Walter Furley, Mrs C H Wilkie, Mrs Rogers, Misses Helen and Catherine Collett, Mr and Mrs Collett Mason, Miss Upton, A H Garnon-Williams and Lottie, G J Thompson, Mr and Mrs Reeves, Mr Ley, Mr and Mrs P J Hannam, Ellen and Winifred the housekeepers, managers of St Paul’s Church Schools, Samaritans Committee of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, and scholars and teachers of St Paul’s School in Canterbury.  At the same hour, a short service was held at St Alphege Church in Canterbury, where the late Mr Collett was a regular worshipper.  The Rev. A A Carter (Rector) officiated, and the lesson was read by the Rural Dean (the Rev E L Ridge).  Among those present were the following ladies of the Samaritan Fund Committee of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Mrs G K A Bell (president), Mrs E L Holland, Mrs Brunker, Mrs Williams, Mrs Rogers, and Miss Edwards.  Others present included Admiral Sir R Henderson and Lady Henderson, with Admiral Sir W Henderson, Canon T G Gardiner, Rev. J T Hales, Rev. J G Kemp, Rev. C H Barton, Miss Wilkie, Miss Blomfield, Mrs Graham Wills, Mrs R G Hodgson, Mrs Skinner, Mr F P Carroll (secretary of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital), Miss Purchas (matron at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital), Mr T A Bowen, Mr R Stanbridge and others.  The Reverend Collett’s elder sister Maria is also buried the graveyard of St James Church at Elmsted, together with his other sister Frances Ellen, both not far from his own grave which lies under the shade of an ancient Yew tree to the left of the main entrance to St James Church.  Inside the church, affixed to a wall, is the commemorative brass plate, the inscription on which is reproduced below

 

“In Memory of Rev. Anthony Collett, M.A., Camb. Who for 20 years Was in Spiritual Charge of the parishes of Elmsted and Hastingleigh and by whose efforts both these churches were restored.  He died at Canterbury on 10th Dec 1924 aged 89 years and was buried in this churchyard”.  Immediately below the brass plaque is another plaque in remembrance of his mother Harriet Pett Collett.  In 2011 the former home of Anthony Collett at 54 New Dover Road in Canterbury was being used by the Youth Hostel Association.  In addition to all of this, Collett Close, in the neighbouring hamlet of Bodsham in Kent, is named in his honour, following his creation of a school there and the building of the Bodsham Vicarage

 

Frances Ellen Collett [18P4] was born at Bury St Edmunds in 1848, the youngest of the four children of Anthony and Harriet Collett.  It is curious that, unlike her three older siblings, no baptism record for her has been found, particular bearing in mind the family’s close connection with the church.  It was as Frances Collett age two years that she was listed with her family in the Bury St Edmunds census of 1851.  With the death of her father sometime in the following decade, the remainder of Frances’ family moved to Dover St James, where Frances, aged 12, was living with her mother Harriet, her brother Anthony, and one of her sisters, Maria, in the census of 1861.  It has not been determined where Frances was ten years later in 1871, but after a further ten years, and at the age of 30 (rather than 32), she was still not married and was living with her widowed mother Harriet Pett Collett and her sister Maria Collett at 6 Camden Crescent, Dover St James in Kent.  Following the death of her mother during the 1880s, Frances E Collett, aged 42 was living at Elham in Kent, five miles inland from Folkestone.  During the next decade she was reunited with her brother Anthony, and by March 1901 the siblings were living together at Boxley near Maidstone in Kent, when Frances E Collett from Bury St Edmunds was 52.  The April census of 1911 listed Frances under her full name of Frances Ellen Collett from Bury St Edmunds, by which time she was 61.  On that occasion she was still living with her brother Anthony but, by that time, the two of them had left Boxley and instead were living in Canterbury.  It was in 1915 that Frances Ellen Collett passed away, having spent the previous twenty years acting as the housekeeper for her brother

 

Thomas Trusson Collett [18P5] of Ringleton, which may have been Ringleton Manor, was born in 1840 and married his cousin Georgiana Collett (below) in 1865.  She was born at Monkton in Kent in either 1836 or 1837.  It would appear that, following their wedding, the couple initially settled down to live at Upper Clapton in London Borough of Hackney, where their first two children were born.  Sometime in the early 1870s the family then moved to Kent, where they lived in the village of Woodnesborough near Sandwich, which was where their other two children were born.  Surprisingly a search of the 1881 Census has so far not revealed the whereabouts of Thomas or Georgiana and the three youngest members of their family, although it is known that their children were educated in England and ended their lives in the country, where they also died.  What the census does reveal was that their eldest son, Thomas Collett aged 13, was attending The Lines Private School at Sutton Valence in Kent as a boarder.  That may be a reference to Sutton Valence Grammar School, which was later attended by Thomas’ younger brother Charles Collett prior to going to Cambridge University

 

Their father, Thomas Trusson Collett, sadly died just over four months after the national census day that year, when he passed away on 19th August 1881, aged just 41, when Thomas and Charles were only 13 and 5 years old respectively.  The death of Thomas Trusson Collett was recorded at the Kent register office in Eastry (Ref. 2a 467).  According to the next census in 1891, widow Georgiana was still living at Woodnesborough within the Eastry & Sandwich registration district in Kent.  ‘Georgianna’ Collett was 44, and living there with her were all four of her children.  Thomas Collett was 23, William G Collett was 21, Charles Collett was 15, and Katharine Collett was 12 years old.  During the next ten years Georgiana’s three sons left the family home at Woodnesborough, so by the time of the census in March 1901 it was just her daughter who was still living there with her.  Georgiana Collett from Monkton was 54, while Katharine Collett of Woodnesborough was 22.  Neither lady was credited with an occupation.  It was the same situation ten years later in April 1911, when Georgina Collett was 64 and living on private means, when she was still living at Woodnesborough with her unmarried daughter Katharine Collett who was 32.  By that time Georgiana’s son Charles had died from injuries he sustained in a cycling accident in 1903

 

18Q1 – Thomas Collett was born in 1867 at Upper Clapton, London

18Q2 – William George Collett was born in 1869 at Upper Clapton, London

18Q3 – Charles Collett was born in 1875 at Woodnesborough, Kent

18Q4 – Katherine Collett was born in 1878 at Woodnesborough, Kent

 

Ann F Collett [18P6] was born at Woodnesborough in 1842 and she never married.  In 1881 she was living with her brother George Collett (below) at No. 5 St Mary’s Road in Camberwell in Surrey.  She died in 1941

 

James Tomlin Collett [18P7] was born at Woodnesborough in 1843, the son of Thomas Collett and Jane Tomlin.  Tragically he survived for less than a year, when he died at Woodnesborough in 1844

 

George Collett [18P8] was born at Woodnesborough in 1844, the son of Thomas and Jane Collett.  He matriculated in 1862, following which he was accepted at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge on 26th May 1862, when he was confirmed as the second son of Thomas of Ringleton, Woodnesborough in Kent.  After four years he obtained his Bachelor of arts degree in 1866 and his Master’s degree after a further three years in 1869.  He was ordained as a deacon in 1874 and the following year he became a priest in the City of Worcester.  In addition to that he was the Curate of Lozells in Birmingham up to 1876, when he was appointed the Curate at Redhill in Surrey from 1876 to 1878.  There then followed a four-year term up to 1884 when he was the Curate at Peckham, after which he was the Vicar at Peckham until 1892.  From 1892 he was the Vicar of Basildon in Berkshire, up until 1910.  He never married and at the time of the census in 1881 George Collett was a Rochester Diocesan Clergyman, with a Master of Arts degree, living at 5 St Mary’s Road in Camberwell.  Listed at the house with him, was his older sister Ann F Collett (above), aged 39, plus four servants.  During the latter years of his life, he resided at Dane Park House in Ramsgate, where he died on 8th May 1918, at the age of 74

 

Catherine Collett [18P9] was born at Monkton in Kent in 1835, where she was baptised on 30th November 1835, when she was named as the child of George Collett and Sarah Crofts.  She was living at Monkton with her father and stepmother in 1861 when she was 25.  It was shortly after that when she married cashier and wine trader Benjamin T Whittington.  In 1881 the couple was living with their four children at 19 St Johns Road in Islington.  The youngest child, at the time, was her nine-year-old son Collett A Whittington.  Catherine died a few years later in 1884

 

George Collett [18P10] was born at Walter’s Hall in Monkton in 1838, the eldest son of George Collett and Sarah Crofts King, although tragically he died in 1844 aged just six years

 

Georgiana Collett [18P11] was born at Monkton in 1846, and was baptised there on 9th July 1846, the daughter of George and Sarah Crofts Collett.  Following the death of her mother in 1850, she was four years old in the census of 1851, when she was living at Walter’s Hall in Monkton with her widowed father and younger brother George (below).  She was under twenty years of age when she married her cousin Thomas Trusson Collett (above) of Ringleton in 1865.  For more details of Thomas and Georgiana go to Thomas Trusson Collett

 

George Alfred Collett [18P12] was born at Walter’s Hall in Monkton in 1848 and was the son of George and Sarah Crofts Collett.  His birth was recorded at Thanet (Ref. v 517) during the first three months of the year.  George was only two years old when his mother died in March 1850, and was three years old in the census of 1851, when he was living at Walter’s Hall with his father and sister Georgiana (above).  No record of him has been found in 1861 but, by 1871, George A Collett was 23 and a farmer’s son, who was again living and working with his father at Monkton.  At the time of the next census in 1881, George was 33 when he was living with his father George Collett, his half-brother Cornelius Collett, and his half-sister Isabella Collett (below) at Walter’s Hall on Main Road in Monkton.  The census stated that he earned his income from land, and that the family employed two servants.  Shortly after the census day, George married Georgina Ching Clemson who was born at Camberwell in 1850.  The couple’s first son was also born at Camberwell, whereas their next two children were born at Ramsgate, and the last two at Monkton, where the family had settled by 1887.  The Monkton census in 1891 listed the family as George A Collett who was 43 and living on private means, Georgina C Collett who was 40, George C Collett who was eight, Alfred Collett who was seven, Dorothy Collett who was five, Harold W Collett who was four and Percy S Collett who was two years old.  On that occasion the family was employing three domestic servants

 

By the turn of the century, George and Georgina were still living at Monkton and, according to the census in 1901, George Alfred Collett was 53 and he, and his eldest son George Clemson Collett aged 18, were both listed as being farmers.  George’s wife was recorded as Georgina Ching Collett, who was 50 and from Camberwell in London, and their daughter Dorothy was 15 and her place of birth was given as St Lawrence Ramsgate.  The couple’s three sons, who were absent from the family home on that occasion, were Alfred who was 17, Harold aged 14, and Percy aged 12, who were all recorded as living within the Margate area in 1901, where they were attending the same boarding school.  With the death of both parents occurring during the following decade, three of the children of George and Georgina were the only members of his family for whom a record has been found in the census of 1911, and they were their sons George and Harold and daughter Dorothy.  It is now known that sons Alfred and Harold both sailed to Canada in 1906, with Harold returning on the death of his father the following year, after which it was Percy who joined Alfred in Canada, where they made their permanent home.  George Alfred Collett died on 16th May 1907 at Monkton, his death recorded at Thanet register office (Ref. 2a 577) when he was 59.  Five days later he was buried at Minster-in-Thanet on 21st May 1907.  The Will of George Alfred Collett was proved at Canterbury on 29th June 1907, when Georgina Ching Collett was named as sole executor of his estate.  It was just three years after his passing, that his widow died, her death recorded Eastry (Kent) register office (Ref. 2a 569) during the second quarter of 1910, at the age of 60 years

 

18Q5 – George Clemson Collett was born in 1882 at Camberwell, London

18Q6 – Alfred Alexander Collett was born in 1883 at Ramsgate, Kent

18Q7 – Dorothy Collett was born in 1885 at Ramsgate, Kent

18Q8 – Harold Willis Collett was born in 1887 at Monkton, Kent

18Q9 – Percy Stapleton Collett was born in 1888 at Monkton, Kent

 

Cornelius Collett [18P13] was born at Walter’s Hall in Monkton on 26th December 1857 and was the first child of George Collett by his second wife Elizabeth Smith, following the death of his first wife some seven years earlier.  Cornelius was three years old in the census of 1861 he was one of three children living with his parents at Monkton.  He attended Ewell School, where he was 13 in 1871, and from where he matriculated in 1878.  Later that same year, on 1st October 1878, he commenced his higher education at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge.  Upon entry he was referred to as Cornelius Collett of Canterbury, the son of George Collett of Walter’s Hall, Monkton, Ramsgate in Kent.  According to the census in 1881, Cornelius Collett, aged 23, was unmarried and described as a Cambridge undergraduate while he was living with his father George Collett and his brother George Alfred Collett (above) at Walter’s Hall on Main Road in Monkton.  It was just over one year later when Cornelius Collett was married by licence to Edith Mary Solly at St Mary’s Church in Lewisham in London on 26th April 1882.  He was a bachelor of 24 whose rank or profession was simply recorded as gentleman who was residing at 4 Selby Villas in Penge, the son of gentleman George Collett deceased who had only passed away three months earlier.  His bride Edith was only 19 and was described as a spinster of 3 Esmonde Villas in Lewisham, the daughter of gentleman George Bushell Solly.  The witnesses at the wedding were Edith’s father and Reginald M Mortimer

 

However, it was in July of the following year that Cornelius is alleged to have beaten his wife, who subsequently commenced divorce proceedings, the detailed papers for which are re-produced here.  “It was on 12th September 1884 that the humble petitioner Edith Mary Collett of 4 Selby Road in Anerley near Croydon in Surrey the lawful wife of Cornelius Collett showeth that after the said marriage (as detailed above) your petitioner lived and cohabited with her said husband at Anerley and that there is no issue of the marriage.  That the said Cornelius Collett has treated your petitioner with great unkindness and cruelty and has frequently struck beat and otherwise assaulted her.  On or about the tenth day of July 1883 the said Cornelius Collett abused and struck your petitioner on the neck several blows violently and behaved cruelly towards her.  In or about the month of August 1883 the said Cornelius Collett turned your petitioner out of the house at midnight in her nightdress and made her stand bare-footed outside the street door for about half an hour and would not allow her to re-enter the house.  On 28th February 1884 the said Cornelius Collett struck your petitioner leaving the marks of his finger and causing her face to swell.  That the said Cornelius Collett is in the habit of getting drunk and whilst in that state abuses and cruelly illuses your petitioner.  That on or about June 14th 1884 the said Cornelius Collett committed adultery with some woman whose name is unknown to your petitioner and thereby contracted a venereal disease.  That on or about the month of June 1884 the said Cornelius Collett wilfully communicated to your petitioner a venereal disease.  That the said Cornelius Collett has frequently committed adultery with diverse other women.  Wherefore your petitioner prays that her said married may be dissolved and that she may have such further and other relief in the premises as to this honourable court may seem fit.  Signed Edith M Collett”

 

On 18th September Edith applied to the High Court of Justice for recovery of money for lodging and physician expenses, stating that her husband had since emptied their home at Anerley and had sold all the furniture, a sum of £1,200 being stated.  She continued that Cornelius was intending to dispose of his milk farm in Beckenham and on realising the whole of his estate was planning to move abroad.  In a rebuttal received by the High Court, Cornelius stated that the proceeds from the sale of the milk farm at Beckenham will not exceed £250 and that he still had considerable outstanding debts to settle, while the money from the sale of the furniture had already been used to pay off some of those debts.  He continued by saying that in order to save costs he had moved to Stone Farm, the weekly rent for which does not exceed £2 10 Shillings.  He also denied that he was intending to move abroad and stated that he had already paid his wife the sum of £15 on 15th October, that being £3 per week, and could afford to pay no more.  Then, on 14th Day of November 1884, Edith made a sworn signed statement at 78 Vincent Square in London regarding additional information relating to the contents of the petition of 12th September (above).  This stated that in London on 14th June her husband had been with a known prostitute by the name of Lily, and that on other unknown dates he had been with another prostitute known as Kate.  This was accepted by the High Court of Justice

 

Isabella Collett [18P14] was born at Walter’s Hall in Monkton towards the end of 1860 when she was confirmed as the daughter of George Collett and Elizabeth Smith.  A shortly later she was baptised at Monkton on 30th January 1861, when her parents were once again confirmed as George and Elizabeth Collett, with whom she was living at Monkton in the census of 1861 when she was still under one year of age.  Where Isabella was at the time of the next census in 1871 is not known, but ten years after that Isabella Collett, aged 20, was living with her father at Walter’s Hall on the Main Road in Monkton.  As the senior lady in the house she had no occupation, instead it seems likely that she managed the two female servants on behalf of her father and her old half-brother George Alfred Collett and her brother Cornelius Collett (above).  The two servants supporting the family were Harriet Gilham who was 30 and the family’s cook, and Sarah Setterfield, aged 24, who was a maid.  It would appear that Isabella never married and in 1891 at the age of 30 she was living within the Uckfield & Framfield registration district of Sussex.  Over the next ten years she left Kent and moved into London where, in March 1901, she was recorded as being 40 and residing in the Kensington area of the city.  On that occasion the census confirmed that her place of birth was Monkton, and that she was living on her own means.  Ten years later she was still living in the Kensington district of London when she was 50 years old, although her name was recorded incorrectly as Esabella Collett from Monkton

 

Emily Collett [18P15] was born at Walter’s Hall in Monkton in 1861, the daughter of George Collett and Elizabeth Smith, although it would appear that she suffered and infant death since she was not listed with her family in any subsequent census return

 

Alice Maud Collett [18P16] was born at Walter’s Hall in Monkton in 1863.  No record of her has been located in 1871 and by 1881, at the age of 18, Alice Maud Collett she was attending a private school at 20 Sinclair Road in the Fulham district of London, the establishment of the sisters Maria Jane Lambley and Emily Harriet Lambley of Hillmorton in Warwickshire.  Alice Maud Collett later married the Reverend T W Tidmarsh the Rector of Slapton, and their wedding day was very likely prior to the next census in 1891 since no Alice Collett of Monkton has been identified in that.  Similarly, no record has been found for Alice Slapton either, in 1891, 1901 or 1911

 

Sophia Elizabeth Collett [18P18] was born at Chelsworth on 28th October 1844 and was baptised there on 12th November 1844, the eldest child of William Collett and Mary Cecil Augusta von Linsingen.  Her birth was recorded at Cosford in Suffolk (Ref. xii 333).  From 1851 through to 1856, she was living with her family at Chelsworth, after which her father became the Vicar at Hawstead, where she was still unmarried and living with her family in 1871.  She was recorded as being 26, but with no occupation. Sophia never married and, in 1881 at the age of 36, she was a visitor at the home of Richard D Gough, an 81-year-old Magistrate for Brecon, at Yniscedwyn House in Lower Ystradgynlais in Brecon.  She was living in a flat at 15 Oakley Street in Chelsea, London, during the summer of 1899, and it was there, as Sophia Elizabeth Collett, aged 54, that she died on 15th August 1899.  Her death was recorded at Chelsea register office (Ref. 1a 309).  Following her passing, her body was taken to Hawstead where her father had been the Rector of Hawstead, and where she was buried with her parents on 18th August 1899.  Sophia was an acclaimed painter of miniature portraits and exhibited six works at the Royal Academy between 1889 and 1893 when living in Chelsea, and the Walker Gallery in Liverpool during 1888 from her home at Chapel House, Eastgate Street in Bury, and in 1892 when she was living at Mustow House on Mustow Street in Bury St Edmunds, the home of her two sisters Ellen and Augusta (below).  Her cousin, one-step-moved at Alfred Master Collett (below), was also an accomplished artist, as was Sophia’s half-sister Leonora Collett (below)

 

Ellen Mary Collett [18P19] was born at Chelsworth on 5th March 1846, where she was baptised on 1st June 1846, the daughter of William and Mary Cecil Augusta Collett.  Her mother died in 1864, following which her father married for a second time, but that was short-lived, since his second wife died in 1874.  So, by 1881, Ellen M Collett from Chelsworth was 35 and was the eldest child still living with her widowed father at the Rectory in Hawstead, just ten months before he died.  Later in her life she was referred to as Ellen Mary Collett of Bury St Edmunds, and it was there that she was living in 1891 at the age of 45, when she was recorded as Ellen M Collett from Chelsworth and had living there with her, her younger sister Augustus C Collett (below).  Just like her older sister, Ellen never married and was still residing in Bury in both 1901 and 1911.  For the census conducted in the first of these years, Ellen Mary Collett of Chelsworth was 55 and living on her own needs when living with her was her younger half-sister Leonora Julia Collett (below).  It was the same situation ten years later in April 1911, when Ellen Mary Collett, aged 65 and from Chelsworth, was again living there with Leonora Julia Collett.  Nearly twenty years later, the death of Ellen M Collett was recorded at Bury St Edmunds register office (Ref. 4a 1079) during the first three months of 1930, when she was 84.  Her Will was proved at Ipswich on 12th April 1930, when the main benefactor was Leonora Julie Collett

 

Augusta Cecil Collett [18P20] was born at Chelsworth on 16th December 1847, and it was there also that she was baptised on 27th April 1848, the daughter of William and Mary Cecil Augusta Collett.  She never married and was still living with her two-times widowed father at Hawstead in 1881 at the age of 33.  Her father died ten months later and, by 1891, she was 44 and the only sibling living with her older sister Ellen (above) in Bury St Edmunds.  It was after that, when Augusta emigrated to North America, to where her younger brothers Frederick William Collett and John Anthony Collett (below) had already planned to live.  Although no record of her has so far been found in the US Census of 1900, it is established that she was living in Sonoma County near San Francisco in 1908.  In the years running up to then, Augusta was instrumental, with others, including Mrs Anna Finlaw, in forming the Saturday Afternoon Club, a local church group.  It was during 1908 that the ground-breaking ceremony took place to mark the commencement of the construction work on the clubhouse, as depicted in the photograph below.  Mrs Anna Finlaw is holding the shovel and Augusta Collett is one of the ladies to the left of her

 

 

Augusta was still living in Sonoma County of California in 1910 when she was listed in that year’s census.  Over the following years, it would appear that she devoted her life to the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, the history of which pays tribute to Augusta C Collett and Anna Finlaw for much of the carving within the church, including the altar, the choir stalls, the reredos (a screen behind the altar see below), and the litany desk.  The building today is the oldest church structure in Santa Rosa, having been built in 1873.  It suffered bulging walls during the earthquake of 1906, when it served as a morgue and a hospital for the devastated city of Santa Rosa.  However, the carvings are as beautiful today as they were when they were originally created by Augusta and Anna, as detailed here in the screen behind the altar

 

 

Augusta Cecil Collett never took up American citizenship, and was described as a resident alien in the census of 1930.  By that time in her life she was 82 and had living with her at Santa Rosa, her widowed brother Frederick W Collett (below) who was 73, and who died there early in the following year.  All of the new information about Augusta and her brother Frederick was gratefully received in 2010 from Neil and Heidi Blazey of Santa Rosa, who currently live in the same house that was once occupied by Augusta Cecil Collett, albeit not at the same location, since it was moved to its present site in 1924.  It was on 2nd November 1935 that Augusta Cecil Collett was living at 576 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa when she died, where a gravestone bearing her name also includes her date of birth and the date of her passing.  It simply reads ‘Augusta C Collett - Dec 16 1847 – Nov 2 1935’.  On the day after she died, an obituary appeared in the Santa Rosa newspaper Press Democrat, which read as follows, under the headline

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon for aged woman

“Miss Augusta C Collett died yesterday in her little vine-covered Mendocino Avenue home surrounded in the summertime by its roses and other blooms of which she was fond, and in the fall and winter time with the vari coloured foliage.  She lived and died in the atmosphere she loved the best.  Since childhood she was a devoted member of the Episcopal church and throughout her more than forty years’ residence in Santa Rosa she was constantly engaged in the activities of the Church of the Incarnation, which stands near her home.  Across the way from her home, in Tenth Street, is the clubhouse of the Saturday Afternoon Club, another environment in which she loved to linger.  She was a charter member of the Saturday Afternoon Club.  For many years Miss Collett was treasurer of the Church of the Incarnation, a member of the Vestry, president for a long period of the Altar Guild, and a member of the other guilds of the parish.  Up to within six months of her passing, Miss Collett seldom was absent from the services of the church.  Her childhood faith was long established.  Her father was a distinguished clergyman of the Church of England and at one time was rector of one of the most famous parishes in England, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.  More than half a century ago, Miss Collett and other members of her family came to this state.  During her long residence here, she made several journeys back to the old home land. 

 

She was a gifted woman, well-educated and particularly devoted to art work.  She did the principal carving of the beautiful reredos and altar in the Church of the Incarnation and statuary of the Angels at the entrance to the chancel.  She also carried out the carving of the choir stalls.  In this work she was assisted by a very warm friend, the late Mrs Anna Love Finlaw, who lived across the way from her in Mendocino Avenue.  Miss Collett was a native of England, where she was born more than 87 years ago.  A sister, Lenora Collett, still resides in England.  A brother, John Collett of Seattle, survives and was here with his sister at the time of her passing.  Her death yesterday was particularly reviewed by many of the older members of the local parish and it recounted among other traits her great and sincere devotion to her church and its activities.  The funeral rites will take place at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon from the Church of the incarnation, with the Rev. Egbert B Clark Jr. Officiating.  The choir of the church will sing.  Pallbearers will be R S Knight, Dawson Dixon, W W Shuhaw, Attorney Fred W McConnell, J Y Bittel, and John Lamb.  The body is at the Hampton- Burgen undertaking parlours.  It is thanks to Neil Blazey that we are able to publish this newspaper article.”

 

At the end of her life the Estate of Augusta Cecil Collett amounted to $14,827.98, and in her Will she left a substantial bequest to the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, and to her half-sister Leonora Julia Collett in Bury St Edmund, England and her half-brother John Anthony Collett in Vashon, Washington (both below).  Again, thanks to Neil Blazey we now have a copy of her Will, the Codicil, and the Petition for Probate.  Reproductions of each, extracted from the original document entitled “In the Matter of the Estate of Augusta Cecil Collett deceased”, can be found in Legal Documents under the headings ‘Will 1934 Augusta C Collett’, ‘Will 1934 Codicil for Augusta C Collett’, and ‘Will 1935 Petition for Probate Augusta C Collett’.

 

Mary Louisa Collett [18P21] was born at Bury St Edmunds late 1849, her birth recorded there (Ref. xiii 393) during the final quarter of that year, a daughter of William Collett and Mary Cecil Augusta von Linsingen.  Mary may have been born at 1 Westend in Bury St Edmunds, where she and her family was living in 1851 when she was one year old.  By 1861 the family living at the parsonage on Great Green in Hawstead, when Mary L Collett was 11 years old and at school.  Again as Mary L Collett, she was 21 without an occupation in the Hawstead census of 1871 and also in 1881 when she was 31 and still a spinster living with her widowed father William at The Rectory in Hawstead.  Sometime, following the death of her father during February in 1882, Mary travelled to London and was living at Mandeville Street in Hackney in 1891, where she was described in that year’s census as Mary L Collett from Suffolk who was head of the household, unmarried, 40 years of age, and employed as a church worker.  After a further decade, Mary Collett from Bury St Edmunds was one of fourteen women living together in Hackney, by which time she was 51 and a Deaconess in the Church of England.  It was under her full name of Mary Louisa Collett, that she was a boarder in Hackney in 1911, when once again she was recorded as a Deaconess in the Church of England who was visiting a parish at the age of 61.  Nine years later, Mary Louisa Collett died in Hertfordshire on 25th December 1920 and her Will was proved there on 23rd July 1921, probate naming her younger half-sister Leonora Julia Collett (below) as the main beneficiary

 

William Charles Collett [18P22] was born at Bury St Edmunds on 2nd August 1851, his birth recorded there (Ref. xiii 429), the son of William Collett and his first wife Mary.  He was nine years of age in the Hawstead (Suffolk) census of 1861, when he and his family were installed at the parsonage on Great Green in Hawstead.  He was 19 in the Hawstead census in 1871 and, by 1881, he was 29 and was a colonial managing clerk working in Wimbledon, where he was in lodgings at 13 Ridgeway, the home of master tailor William Kearns.  Following the death of his father in February 1882, William was in Herne Hill, south London, where he met and married Mary King.  Their wedding was conducted on 14th April 1883 at St Paul’s Church in the Parish of Herne Hill, when William Charles Collett was 31 and a clerk residing in Wimbledon, the son of William, a man in Holy Orders.  Mary was also 31 and a clerk, but of Herne Hill, the daughter of William King, a merchant.  Seven years later, the childless couple was recorded in the Wimbledon census of 1891 living at Homefield Road, where William C Collett from Suffolk was 39 and a mercantile clerk working in the fibre trade.  His wife Mary Collett from Warwickshire was also 39, and staying with them at that time was William’s younger half-brother John Anthony Collett (below).  That day William was employing a domestic servant, Esther Ledger from Surrey who was 26

 

Sometime after that, William’s half-brother emigrated to America, while William and Mary continued to living in the Wimbledon area, where William Charles Collett from Bury St Edmunds was 49 and a manager for a fibre merchant.  Mary Collett was also 49 and again stated that she had been born in Warwickshire within the census return in 1901.  That year the couple still employed a servant, twenty-three-year-old Sarah Holmes from Wiltshire.  Just under nine years after that day, William was widowed, when the death of Mary Collett was recorded at Kingston-on-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 317) during the first quarter of 1909.  Two years after losing his wife, William Charles Collett, aged 59 and from Bury St Edmunds, was confirmed as a widower who was still living in Wimbledon, where he was working as the office manager for a general merchant.  The only person living at the same address was his housekeeper, Kate Annie Murray from Surrey who was 36. It was nearly eighteen after that census day, when the death of William C Collett was recorded at Kingston-on-Thames (Ref. 2a 941) during the first three months of 1929, when he was 77

 

Agnes Maria Collett [18P23] was born at Bury St Edmunds in 1854, another daughter of the Rev William Collett and his wife Mary, whose birth was recorded at Bury (Ref. 4a 404) during the third quarter of that year.  By the time she was two years old, her family was living in the village of Hawstead, two miles south of Bury, where her younger brother Frederick (below) was born.  The Hawstead census returns for 1861, 1871 and 1881 recorded Agnes M Collett as being aged six years, 16 years and 26 years, respectively.  In each case, under occupation, was written ‘daughter’.  It was on 27th September 1886, at Axbridge in Somerset, that the marriage of Agnes Maria Collett and Alexander John Woodforde, the Vicar of Rodney Stoke within the Wells district of Somerset, took place and where it was recorded (Ref. 5c 799).  She was his second wife, he already had a lot of children from his first marriage, five of whom were living at Rodney Stoke with Alexander 52 and Agnes 36 in 1891.  They had one child, Dorothy Cecil Woodforde who was born on 20th December 1888, but who died just nineteen days later on 8th January 1889

 

By 1901, her husband was the Vicar of Locking, near Weston-Super-Mare, where Alexander J Woodforde from Castle Cary in Somerset was 60, Agnes M Woodforde from Bury St Edmunds was 46, employed a male and a female servant.  Upon the death of her husband, two years earlier, Agnes was in Weston-Super-Mare in 1911, when Agnes M Woodforde from Bury St Edmunds was 56 and a widow, living off her own small private means, when she was a visitor at the home of the Robinson from London.  Agnes continued to reside at Weston-Super-Mare, where her death was recorded on 24th December 1920, when she was 66 years old.  Probate was completed on 2nd April 1921, when the beneficiaries were named as Robert Edmond Heighes Woodforde and Richard Blackway Drewett.  Alexander John Woodforde was baptised at Castle Cary on 22nd November 1839, the son of George Augustus Woodforde and his wife Harriet Mary.  It was on 11th January 1870 at Castle Cary that he married 20-year-old Elizabeth Lushley, the daughter of George N Lushley.  The death of Elizabeth Woodforde was recorded at Taunton (Ref. 5c 294) during the second quarter of 1860.  Upon the later death of Alexander John Woodforde at Locking on 29th December 1909, his Will was proved on 14th May 1910, the sole beneficiary being his widow Agnes Maria Woodforde, nee Collett

 

Frederick William Collett [18P24], who was born at Hawstead in 1856, was the youngest child of the Reverend William Collett and his first wife Mary Cecil Augusta von Linsingen who died when he was eight years old.  He was educated at Dedham Grammar School, where he was a pupil at the age of 14 in 1871.  Sometime after leaving school, and certainly prior to 1879, he emigrated to North America.  That was confirmed by the US Census in 1880, in which Frederic Collett from England was working in an auger shop, while he was living with William Coon and his wife Maria at Hamden in New Haven, Connecticut.  This would indicate that, on his arrival at New York during the previous years, he did not travel very far, before securing work and settling down.  What is curious is that he gave his age as 22, rather than 24.  It was two years later that Frederick married Emily who was born in England around 1860, of English parents.  According to the US Census in 1910 Frederick and Emily had two children living with them who were both born while the couple was living at New Haven in Connecticut.  The ages of the two children may indicate that there could have been two older children born around 1883 and 1885, plus others between 1888 and 1893. 

 

The New Haven census of 1910 listed the family of four as Frederick Collett, aged 53, who was working as a grocer with his own store, his wife Emily E Collett who was 49, and their daughters Grace A Collett, aged 23, who was unmarried and employed as a nurse, and Hazel M Collett who was 16.  The census return also confirmed that Frederick and Emily had been married for 28 years, and that they were then both nationalised American citizens.  It is known that, by that time, Frederick’s older unmarried sister Augusta Cecil Collett (above) had sailed from England to America, but that she had travelled across the country to live in California.  In 1910 she was recorded in the town of Sonoma, just north of San Francisco.  During the next twenty years Frederick’s wife died, and by the time of US Census of 1930, which was conducted on the first April that year, widower Frederick W Collett, aged 73, was living at the house owned by his sister Augusta in Santa Rosa township in Sonoma County.  At that time in his life he was recorded as having no occupation.  It was almost eleven months later that Frederick William Collett died at Santa Rosa on 28th February 1931

 

18Q10 – Grace A Collett was born in 1887 at New Haven, Connecticut

18Q11 – Hazel M Collett was born in 1894 at New Haven, Connecticut

 

Leonora Julia Collett [18P25] was born at Hawstead in 1871, the eldest of the two children of the Reverend William Collett, Rector of Hawstead, and his second wife Charlotte Stowiczek.  And it was at The Rectory in Hawstead that she was living with her widowed father at the time of the census in 1881 when she was nine years old.  Ten months later her father died on the first day of February 1882, although it has not been determined exactly what happened to her following his death.  Ten years later, at the time of the census in 1891, Leonora J Collett of Hawstead was 19 and was living in the Brentford area of north London.  She later returned to Bury St Edmunds to live with her older half-sister Ellen Mary Collett, with whom she was living in March 1901 when she was recorded as Leonora Julia Collett, who was unmarried at the age of 29, and who was working as a daily governess. 

 

It can now be confirmed that she never married, firstly from the next census in 1911, when she was still unmarried and living at Bury St Edmunds at the age of 39 and then, following the probate process of the Will of her half-sister Mary Louisa Collett (above) in which Leonora Julia Collett was named as the main beneficiary in the summer of 1921.  The later Will and obituary for her half-sister Augusta Cecil Collett, (above) published in a Santa Rosa newspaper on 3rd November 1935, named Leonora J Collett of Bury St Edmunds, where she was still living with another half-sister Ellen Mary Collett (above).  She was also one of the main beneficiaries under the terms of Augusta C Collett’s Will made in 1934, together with her brother John Anthony (below), and the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa.  See Legal Documents for precise details.  New details discovered in 2014 reveal that spinster Leonora J Collett died at Bury St Edmunds, where her death was recorded (Ref. 4b 1205) during the second quarter of 1967, when she was 95 years of age.  During her life, she was known to have a keen interest in art, perhaps through her association with her half-sister Sophia Elizabeth Collett (above) and Alfred Master Collett (below), both established artists from Suffolk

 

John Anthony Collett [18P26], who was born at Hawstead near the end of 1873, was the younger of the two children of the Reverend William Collett, Rector of Hawstead and his second wife Charlotte Stowiczek.  Tragically, his mother died shortly after he was born.  Subsequently he was recorded as John A Collett, who was seven years old, at the time of the census in 1881, when he was living at The Rectory in Hawstead with his widowed father, his sister Leonora (above), and his four much older half-sisters.  At the age of 17, and according to the census in 1891, John A Collett from Hawstead was living in the Wimbledon area of south London with his married older half-brother William Charles Collett (above), having been taken there following the death of their father in February 1882.  During the years after 1891, it would appear that John emigrated to North America, where he was known later to be living in Washington State.  He was still alive and living at Vashon in Washington in November 1935, when his older half-sister Augusta Cecil Collett (above) died, since he was referred to in her obituary as John Collett of Seattle, and was one of the main beneficiaries under the terms of her Will, which revealed he was living in Vashon at that time.  See Legal Documents for precise details

 

Alfred Master Collett [18P27] may have been born at the end of 1858 at Melcombe Regis, an area of Weymouth in the Parish of Radipole, his birth, under his full name, was recorded at Weymouth (Ref. 5a 334) during the first two months of 1859.  He was the only child of Daniel Collett and his first wife Elizabeth Lizzie Pollard, nee Canwell, and was baptised at Weymouth on 9th February 1859.  By the time of the census in 1861, Alfred M Collett was two years old and was living with his parents at 7 St Mary’s Street in Melcombe Regis.  Ten years later, in 1871, the family was still living in Melcombe Regis, but at 7 Grosvenor Road, when Alfred M Collett was 12.  His mother Lizzie P Collett was only 40 years old on that occasion, but died during the summer of 1875, after which his father was married for a second time.  During that same decade, Alfred was educated at Keble Collage in Oxford, where he matriculated on 15th October 1877, aged 18.  He came away from university with a Bachelor of Arts in 1880 and, later, obtained a Master of Arts in 1884.  By the time of the census in 1881, he was recorded again at the family home, 7 Grosvenor Road in Melcombe, with his stepmother Mary Sherwood Collett, when his father was working in London as a civil engineer that day.  Within the census return Alfred M Collett was 22 and described as a BA (Oxon) Student.  It was during the next year, that Alfred M Collett was ordained a deacon at Norwich, from where he was appointed as the priest at the Church of St Mary Stoke on the south bank of the River Orwell in Ipswich.  He was an accomplished artist and, as a member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1883 to 1885 he exhibited his work in each of those three years.  At the time of the exhibition in 1883, he was residing at Mill Cottage, Belstead Road in Ipswich, when he exhibited four monochromes: ‘Witney Church, Oxon’; ‘Manor House, Radipole, Weymouth’; ‘Wimborne Minster, Dorset’; and ‘Magdalen Bridge, Oxford'.  In 1884 he was living at Gipping House, Burrell Road in Ipswich and in 1885, from his home at St Mary Stoke, he entry two monochromes, ‘Sketch of Sproughton’ and ‘Bramford’

 

As the Reverend Alfred Master Collett, he was never married and, following the death of his father in 1889, the Will of Daniel Collett was proved on 28th May 1889 named Alfred Master Collett and his stepmother Mary Sherwood Collett as the main beneficiaries.  Also, during the latter years of the 1880s, Alfred was appointed to the post of Curate of St Mary’s Church in Dover.  That was confirmed in the census in 1891 when Alfred Master Collett from Weymouth was 32 and recorded at the Eastry (Kent) home of the Barton family.  After a further ten years, he was in Cheltenham, at the home of his stepmother Mary, at 5 Selkirk Parade in the town.  The census confirmed that the place of birth of Alfred M Collett was Weymouth and that he was 42, and living on his own means.  And it was a similar situation in 1911 when at the age of 52, Alfred Master Collett was still living in Cheltenham, but as a boarder at the home of elderly Caroline Osborn, by which time he was working as a private tutor.  Alfred survived for a further twenty-six years and was a patient at Cheltenham Infirmary when he died on 4th May 1937, at the age of 79, following which his death was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 443).  His Will was proved at Gloucester just three weeks later on 27th May 1937.  During the probate process it was confirmed that Alfred Master Collett died in hospital in Cheltenham on 4th May and that his personal effects worth £641 19 Shillings 2d were handled by Henry Edwin Daniel, a retired bank official.  Daniel was the maiden name of his maternal grandmother Amelia Daniel, the wife of Cornelius Collett, so it is likely that Henry Edwin Daniel was a member of Alfred’s extended family

 

Emily Collett [18P28] was born at Beverley in 1861, where her recently married parents Trusson Collett and Elizabeth Charlotte Collett, were living at that time.  While her birth was recorded at Beverley (Ref. 9d 91) during the third quarter of 1861, it was at Brightwell Church in Brightwell-cum-Foxhall, near Ipswich, that she was baptised on 18th August 1861, where her grandfather was the Reverend Woodthorpe Collett, the father of Emily’s mother Elizabeth.  The baptism record for Brightwell-cum-Foxhall confirmed that Emily was the daughter of Trusson and Elizabeth Charlotte Collett, Collett also being her mother’s maiden name.  Emily and her parents continued to live in Beverley for a few more years, before they moved into London where they were living in 1881, although their whereabouts ten years earlier has not been determined

 

      Emily Collett                                              her daughter

 

However, it is known that in 1871 Emily Collett from Beverley was attending a boarding school at Bexley in Kent (south London) when she was ten years of age, the head of the school being James Newlone and his wife Eliza A Newlone.  Ten years later, the census in 1881 confirmed that Emily and her parents were living at 178 Goldhawk Road in Hammersmith, where her father Trusson’s occupation was that of a clerk.  Emily’s place of birth was Beverley and, although she was 19 years old, she was listed as a scholar which would indicate that she was participating in higher education.  After a further decade, Emily Collett was a spinster at 29, when she was still living with her parents on the day of the census in 1891.  Shortly thereafter, within the next three months, the marriage of Emily Collett and Leopold Hansburg Norton was recorded at Hendon (Ref. 3a 232) during the third quarter of 1891.  Leopold was an insurance clerk who had been born at Islington in London on 1st November 1865, the youngest son of Robert and Clara Norton, who was baptised at Old Church in St Pancras on 25th November 1865

 

Tragically, Leopold H Norton died after only being married to Emily for three years, but not before the marriage had produced a daughter for the couple.  He suffered with epilepsy and died of tubercular meningitis on 8th September 1894, within the City of London, following which his Will was proved in London on 5th November 1894, when the sole beneficiary was his wife Emily Norton.  The couple’s daughter, Dorothy Annis Norton, had been born at Chiswick two years earlier in 1892.  Such was the grief, that Emily felt following the loss of her young husband, that she never recovered and died on 9th July 1901 while staying with relatives in Suffolk.  The death of Emily Norton was recorded at Blything register office in Suffolk (Ref. 4a 639) when she was 40 years of age.  It was also in Suffolk where her Will was proved on 15th August 1901, when the sole beneficiary was her father Trusson Collett.  No obvious record of Emily Norton has been found within the census of 1901.  On the day, her daughter Dorothy A Norton, aged eight years and from London, was recorded as visiting the Rope family at Blaxhall, within the Blything area of Suffolk

 

Following the death of her mother, Dorothy was looked after by her elderly grandparents Trusson and Elizabeth Collett at their home in London.  That was confirmed in the census return for 1911, when eighteen years old Dorothy Annis Norton of Chiswick was living at 21 Cavendish Road, just of the A5 Edgware Road between Brondesbury and Kilburn.  Also living in the house was Trusson Collett and his wife Elizabeth Charlotte Collett, together with two domestic servants.  Dorothy was described as a scholar since, at that time, she was attending a boarding school in Richmond.  The photograph above, and to the right of her mother, was taken midway between the 1901 and 1911 Census years, when Dorothy Annis Norton was around thirteen years of age

 

Nine years after the census day in 1911, Dorothy Annis Norton, aged 27, married widower Frederic Paul Marcel Tallet, aged 48, at Brondesbury on 2nd June 1920.  Frederic was of French parents and was born in 1872, and was therefore twenty years older than Dorothy.  Once married, the couple settled in Maida Vale, to the south of Brondesbury, and were living at 23 Bloomfield Court at the time of the birth of their two children.  It was also there that Dorothy and her family were living at the end of 1922, when her widowed grandfather Trusson Collett passed away and Dorothy Annis Talet was named as one of the joint executors of his Will.  It was during the previous year that her first child, Gerald Paul Marcel Tallet, was born in 1921 while his sister Margaret Pauline Tallet was born four years later in 1925.  The children’s father Frederic died in 1954 at the age of 82, while their mother Dorothy, who lived to be 97 when she died in 1989, continued to manage her own affairs right up to the end of her life.  Her son Gerald died two years later in 1991, while her daughter Margaret is married with a daughter of her own, who was born at Aylesbury in 1971.  This is Katerina Antalopoulos, and it is Katerina who kindly provided the information that has enabled the story of her mother and her grandparents to be told

 

Frances Mary Collett [18P29] was born at Gillingham in Dorset during 1844, the eldest child of William Lloyd Collett of Little Ilford in Essex and Frances Harriet Smith of Charlton in Kent.  Possibly because of the birth of the family’s fifth child in 1850, Frances and her two younger sisters Anna and Mary were staying with their grandparents at Charlton in 1851, where they were six, five, and three years old respectively.  Frances M Collett of Gillingham was 16 in 1861 when she was living with her family at St Stephen’s Parsonage in Hammersmith, although it is not known where she was at the time of the census in 1871 at the age of 26.  She has also not been located in 1881, even though it is established that she never married.  By the time of the census in 1891 Frances M Collett, aged 47, was once again living with her parents in Hammersmith and, following the death of her father in 1896, Frances and her mother left London and retired to Brighton to live at 10 Charlotte Street, the home of her uncle John James Collett

 

That was confirmed by the Brighton census in March 1901 when Frances was 56.  In addition to her mother, Frances’ unmarried sister Catherine (below) was also living there with them, as was Frances’ uncle John Collett of Westerham, her father’s youngest brother.  Upon his death early in 1902 Frances Mary Collett was named as one of the executors of his Will with her sister Helen Clara Collett (below).  With the death of her mother some time during the following decade, Frances Mary Collett, aged 66, was still living in Brighton in April 1911, and living with her at that time were her two unmarried sisters Helen Clara Collett and Catherine Hester Collett.  It was just over eleven years later that Frances Mary Collett passed away on 2nd August 1922.  Her address by that time was The Hoo at Aspley Guise near Woburn in Bedfordshire.  It took eighteen for her Will to pass through probate, when it was proved at Northampton on 19th January 1924.  By that time the value of her estate had been published at £8,832 7 Shilling and 2 Pence, while it was her unmarried sister Catherine Hester who was named within the Will, together with spinster Eva Margaret Williams and her brother Edward Taunton Williams [solicitor]

 

Anna Sophia Collett [18P30] was born at Gillingham in Dorset in 1845, where she was also baptised on 2nd November 1845, the daughter of William Lloyd Collett and his wife Frances.  At the age of five she was staying with her grandmother Susette Smith and her grandfather Henry Smith at Morden College, and with her were her two sisters Frances (above) and Mary (below).  In 1861 Anna S Collett was 15 and was attending school in Hammersmith, while she was living with her family at St Stephen’s Parsonage.  By the time of the next census in 1871, Anna would have been 25, and with no record of an Anna Sophia Collett in that census or any thereafter, it must be assumed that she had become a married lady by then

 

Mary Collett [18P31] was born at Gillingham in Dorset in 1847 and was baptised there on 1st August 1847, the daughter of William Lloyd and Frances Harriet Collett.  At the time of the census in 1851 Mary Collett, aged three years and from Gillingham, was staying with her grandparents Henry and Susette Smith at Morden College, where Henry was the college treasurer.  No further record of Mary has been found after that time, so it is assumed that she very likely suffered a childhood death

 

Helen Clara Collett [18P32] was born at Dover in 1848 where she was baptised on 11th April 1849, the daughter of William Lloyd Collett and his wife Frances Harriet Smith.  She was two years old at the time of the St Pancras & Kentish Town census of 1851, but was absent from the family in 1861 when they were living at St Stephen’s Parsonage in Hammersmith, when she would have been 12.  At the age of 22 she was once again living with her family in Hammersmith, but with no listed occupation, which probably suggests that she was supporting her mother.  By 1881 Helen was still a spinster at 32, and was still living with her parents in the vicarage on Coverdale Road in Hammersmith.  It is unsure where Helen was during the next three decades, but in 1911 she was living on her own means in Brighton with her sisters Frances (above) and Catherine (below), when she was described as unmarried Helen Clara Collett, aged 62.  Nine years prior to that Helen Clara Collett was named as one of the executors of the Will of her uncle John James Collett on 10 Charlotte Street in Brighton.  The death of Helen Clara Collett of the Hoo at Aspley Guise in Bedfordshire, the home she shared with her sister Catherine (below) was recorded at Leighton Buzzard register office (Ref. 3b 394) during the last quarter of 1927 at the age of 79.  It was on 19th November 1927 that she died at the Carlton Medical Home in Leighton Buzzard, Beds, following which probate of her personal effects of £10,034 5 Shillings 7d, save and except settled land, was granted in London on 1st February 1928 to Wilfred Godden, a solicitor

 

Catherine Hester Collett [18P33] was born at Winkfield in Berkshire in 1850, the fourth daughter of William and Harriet Collett and was under one year old in the St Pancras & Kentish Town census of 1851.  Over the following years her family settled in Hammersmith where she was 10 in 1861 and 20 in 1871.  According to the next census in 1881 Catherine H Collett from Winkfield in Berkshire was a certified schoolteacher.  On that occasion she was unmarried at the age of 30, and was a lodger at 7 Church Street in Farnworth, Lancashire, the home of coal agent William Farnworth and his wife Ellen.  In 1891 Catherine Collett, aged 40, was again living with her elderly parents at Hammersmith, where her sister Frances (above) was also living at that time.  With the passing of her father five years later, Catherine and her mother, together with her sister Frances Mary (above), moved to Brighton where all three were living on their own means in 1901 at 10 Charlotte Street the home of John James Collett.  Catherine E Collett was 50 and shortly after that Catherine’s mother passed away, at which time a third unmarried sister Helen joined Catherine and Frances at Brighton.  That was confirmed in the census of 1911 when Catherine Hester Collett was 60

 

It was just over eleven years later that Catherine’s eldest sister Frances Mary Collett died at Aspley Guise near Woburn on 2nd August 1922.  Her sister’s Will was eighteen months going through probate, and was eventually proved at Northampton on 19th January 1924, in which spinster Catherine Hester Collett was named as receiving some part of her sister’s estate of just over £8,832.  It was a similar situation in 1929 upon the death of her brother Robert William Collett (below), when his estate was inherited by Catherine Hester Collett.  Following the death of her older sister Helen Clara Collett (above) it seems likely that Catherine continued to live at the Hoo in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, the home that she had very likely shared with her sister until she passed away.  It was also at the Hoo in Aspley Guise that Catherine Hester Collett was living in 1940 when she died.  Her death on 24th June 1940 was recorded at Ampthill register office (Ref. 3b 878) at the age of 89.  Upon her death she left a considerable fortune amounting to £23,452 17 Shillings 8d, probate for which was handed to William Deacons Bank Ltd and Edgar Laurence Newall Tuck, a solicitor

 

Robert William Collett [18P34] was born at Shepherd’s Bush in the Hammersmith area of London during 1852, the eldest of the three sons of William and Harriet Collett.  It was on 8th July 1852 that he was baptised with his full name at St Stephen’s Church in Shepherds Bush when his parents were named as William Lloyd Collett and Frances Harriett Collett, while it was as Robert W Collett, aged eight years, that he was listed living with his family in the Hammersmith census return for 1861.  He was still there ten years later when he was still attending school (medical college) at the age of 18.  He eventually qualified from medical college, when he became a physician and a surgeon with the following initials after his name M R C S L R C P.  After an initial spell working in London, Robert spent a short while at Wick near Bristol, before securing a position at Yarmouth Hospital in Deneside, Great Yarmouth, where he was working in 1881.  By that time, as Robert William Collett, he was described as being aged 28, from Hammersmith, unmarried, and employed as a House Surgeon.

 

Five years earlier there is a record in London of a Robert William Collett who married Christina Louisa Grove at Fulham where the event was registered (Ref. 1a 366) during the last quarter of 1876.  However, that Robert Wm Collett was a plumber and the son of publican Edwin Collett, both of whom are detailed in Part 62 – The Trowbridge to New Zealand Line 1725 to 1880 (Ref. 62N14).  It was three years later when bachelor Robert William Collett married Emily Maria Saunders at Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire during 1884.  Emily was born during 1860 at Brompton in London, the daughter of Thomas B Saunders with whom she was living at the time of the census in 1891.  It seems rather strange that Emily remained in Wiltshire after she married Robert, perhaps to look after her elderly widowed father.  The census in 1891 recorded her as Emily M Collett who was 31 and from Middlesex, a married lady living at Market Street in Bradford-on-Avon, the home of her father head of the household Thomas B Saunders who was 83.  The pair of them was supported by two servants Elizabeth Lye aged 27 and Adelaide King who was 17.  Staying with them on that day was their relative Beatrice C Riley who was 18.  On that same day, Robert Collett, aged 38 and from Shepherd’s Bush, was married and a Doctor of Medicine (London), but on that occasion he was lodging in a boarding house at 7 Lower Rock Gardens in the Kemp Town district of Brighton, not far from Brighton Pier.  Living with Robert’s family at Hammersmith in 1881 was Robert’s aunt France Collett and her brother, uncle John Collett.  They were an older sister and a younger brother of Robert’s father, and by 1891 they too were living in the Kemp Town area of Brighton, so it is possible Robert was visiting them for health reasons

 

Why he and his wife continued to live apart from one another, remains a mystery, while it has been confirmed that Emily Collett aged 41 and from Brompton was still living in Bradford in 1901 and again in 1911, when she was recorded as Emily Maria Collett aged 51 and from Brompton.  The only other known fact about her is, that she died in Wiltshire in 1916, where the death of Emily Maria Collett, ‘the wife of Robert William Collett’ was recorded at Bradford-on-Avon register office (Ref. 5a 111) during the third quarter of 1916, when she was 56 years of age.  It is now understood that shortly after 1891 Robert may have been become mentally ill and was possibly admitted into a home, hence the reason he has not been identified within the census conducted in 1901.  Certainly, that was the case ten years later, when R W Collett was a patient at St Andrew's Hospital for Mental Diseases on Billing Road in Northampton.  At the age of 59 he was described as being married and a former medical practitioner who had been a lunatic for many years.  His place of birth was incorrectly stated as Sheffield, a mistake for Shepherds Bush one assumes.  It was also while he was still a patient at St Andrew’s Hospital that he died in 1929, when his estate passed to his unmarried sister Catherine Hester Collett (above).  All previous reference to Robert possibly having fathered a son prior to his marriage to Emily has now been removed as incorrect

 

Alfred Collett [18P35] was born at Shepherds Bush in 1854 and was a twin with his brother Arthur.  In the Hammersmith census of 1861 Alfred and Arthur were both six years old when living with their family at St Stephen’s Parsonage.  Ten years later they were both still living with their family when they were 16, at a time when the family was then living in St Stephen’s Vicarage in Hammersmith.  By the time of the next census in 1881 Alfred Collett, aged 26, was listed as a civil engineer who was still living at the home of his father the Reverend William Lloyd Collett at the vicarage in Coverdale Road in Hammersmith.  It is not known at this time, as to the whereabouts of his twin brother Arthur Collett, of whom no records have been found in any of the British census records after 1871.  Alfred Collett was a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers (M.I.C.E.) and it may have been his work that resulted in him sailing to South America in the early 1880s, where he was later joined by his sister Jessie Susette Collett (below).  And it was in Argentina at St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Buenos Aires on 29th April 1886, that Alfred married Ida May Wilkinson, following the publishing of banns at that church.  Ida was the daughter of James Wilkinson.  The witnesses at the wedding did not include Alfred’s sister Jessie, suggesting that she had travelled to South America after that time.  The cathedral record confirmed that Alfred and Ida were both from England, that they were both residents of Buenos Aires at the time of their marriage, and that the witnesses were W. Tudor, John Joseph Bithell, Mary Tudor, Agnes Woodhouse, Catherine Tudor, Augusta Lennox Robertson, Henry Dickinson, and Chas. B. Wilkinson, with the service being conducted by the officiating minister Arthur George Lennox Robertson, assistant chaplain

 

18Q12 – Reginald Collett was born after 1886 in Argentina

 

Isabel Augusta Collett [18P37] was born at Shepherd’s Bush in 1856 and was four years old in the Hammersmith census of 1861, when she was living at St Stephen’s Parsonage with her family.  On that occasion she was listed as Isabella A Collett.  It was ten years later that she was recorded as Isabel Augusta Collett, aged 14, who was living with her family at St Stephen’s Vicarage in Hammersmith.  By 1881 Isabel A Collett, aged 24 and unmarried with no stated occupation, was still living with her parents at the vicarage in Coverdale Road in Hammersmith.  However, sometime after that she headed north to Oxford where, in 1891, she was listed as Isabel A Collett, aged 34 and from Shepherd’s Bush, living within the St Clement & Headington census registration district.  It would appear that, like three of her sisters, she never married and by 1901 she was still living in Oxford St Giles when, as Isabel A Collett, she was 44 and from Shepherd’s Bush with no stated occupation. 

 

During the first decade of the new century Isabel left Oxford and retired to Devon, where she was living in 1911.  The census that year recorded Isabel Augusta Collett, aged 54 and from Shepherd’s Bush, living alone in Newton Abbot on the south coast of the county.  It was over twenty-five years later that Isabel Augusta Collett, spinster of East Wyke, South Zeal near Okehampton in Devon died on 24th August 1935 when administration of her personal effects of £14,367 14 Shillings 3d was granted to her sister, the widow Jessie Suzette Collett- Mason, on 23rd October that same year.  It would appear that, like three of her sisters, she never married and by 1901 she was still living in Oxford St Giles when, as Isabel A Collett, she was 44 and from Shepherd’s Bush with no stated occupation.  During the first decade of the new century Isabel left Oxford and retired to Devon, where she was living in 1911.  The census that year recorded Isabel Augusta Collett, aged 54 and from Shepherd’s Bush, living alone in Newton Abbot on the south coast of the county.  It was over twenty-five years later that Isabel Augusta Collett, spinster of East Wyke, South Zeal near Okehampton in Devon died on 24th August 1935 when administration of her personal effects of £14,367 14 Shillings 3d was granted to her sister, the widow Jessie Suzette Collett- Mason, on 23rd October that same year

 

Jessie Susette Collett [18P38] was born at Shepherds Bush on 18th June 1860, and was ten months old in the Hammersmith census of 1861.  She was the tenth child and youngest daughter of William Lloyd Collett of Little Ilford in Essex, the Vicar of St Stephen’s Church in Shepherd’s Bush, and his wife Frances Harriet Smith of Charlton in Kent.  Ten years later, in the census of 1871, when she would have been 10 years old, she was missing from the family home at St Stephen’s Vicarage in Hammersmith.  However, ten years after that in 1881 she was one of four children still living with her parents at the vicarage on Coverdale Road in Hammersmith, when she was 20 years of age.  It would appear that, before the next census in 1891, Jessie may have been persuaded to leave England for South America by her brother Alfred (above), who had already travelled to that distant continent sometime before 1886.  However, she was not a witness at Alfred’s wedding in April that year, perhaps indicating that she had arrived in the country after 1886.  What is known though is that she married James Collett Mason by the publishing of banns at St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Buenos Aires on 20th August 1887, and that her married brother Alfred Collett (above) was a witness at the ceremony.  James was born on 27th October 1853 at Chorlton in Manchester, the youngest child of William Wallis Mason (born in 1806) and his wife Mary Anne Poole and the great grandson of William Wallis Mason and his first wife Mary Collett of Eyke (Ref. 18M7).  Jessie’s great grandfather was Robert Collett of Eyke (Ref. 18M9), the brother of Mary Collett, thus confirming that Jessie and James were in fact distant cousins

 

The cathedral record confirmed that Jessie Susette Collett from England was a resident in the Belgrano district of the city, while James Collett Mason, who was also from England, was living in Santa Fe Province.  The witnesses at the service were recorded as J. Palmer Smythies, Alfred Collett, John Joseph Bithell, O. P. S. Nancy, J. G. Russell, and T. W. Hubbard.  The officiating minister at the ceremony was Waite Hockin Stirling, the Bishop of the Falkland Islands.  It may be of interest that James Collett Mason is credited as having an estancia (farm) called ‘Santa Micaela’ in San José de la Esquina in the Province of Santa Fe.  Jessie and James’ first child, their daughter Margaret Marion Collett-Mason, was born while the couple was living in Buenos Aires, while their next four children were born at Rosario in Argentina.  It was the couple’s youngest child, William Collett Mason, who inherited everything from his father to the detriment of his siblings.  It was sometime after the birth of the couple’s last child that James Collett Mason and his family returned to England where he became a Justice of the Peace.  Burkes Landed Gentry [2001] states that he lived at Nieuport Hall in Eardisley in the County of Herefordshire, whereas the 1963 version of Debrett when listing his daughter Asceline Frances Collett Mason, referred to him as the late James Collett Mason JP of Ashurst Place, Langton Green in Kent.  It was also at the time of the marriage of his eldest daughter in 1918 that his address was given as Nieuport Hall, Eardisley

 

In early 1911, prior to the census that year, James sought official approval to incorporate Collett as part of the family’s surname.  This was granted and was in evidence by the end of March 1911 when the census was conducted that year.  From the date of approval, the name was hyphenated as Collett-Mason, so James became James Collett Collett-Mason and Jessie became Jessie Susette Collett-Mason.  Certainly, at the time of the census in Great Britain in 1911, Jessie was recorded as Jessie Susette Collett-Mason, head of the household at The Hoo in Aspley Guise in Bedfordshire.  She was 50 and had been born at St Stephens, Uxbridge Road in London.  Living there with her were her two daughters ‘Aseclin Francis’ and Kathleen Lucy who were both listed as being 19 and born in Argentina.  At that same time Jessie’s youngest son William, aged 15, was attending a school in Kent.  Where James was on that day has not been determined.  It was on Saturday 14th December 1929 that Jessie’s husband died while the couple was living at Ashurst Place, Langton Green to the west of Tunbridge Wells.  The following announcement of his passing was printed in The Times newspaper on Tuesday 17th December 1929.  “On December 14, 1929 at Ashurst Place, near Tunbridge Wells, of pneumonia, James Collett Mason, loved husband of Jessie Collett-Mason, aged 76.  Funeral service today (Tuesday) at Langton Green Church, Kent at 2.30 p.m.”

 

His widow Jessie was still alive in 1935 when she was given the estate of Isabel Augusta Collett, her older sister (above), to administer.  However, it was towards the end of the following year that Jessie S Collett-Mason died on 15th December 1936 when she was 76.  Her death was recorded at Upton-on-Severn in Worcestershire (Ref. 6c 183) during the last quarter of that year.  The Will of Jessie Susette Mason-Collett was proved in London on 29th April 1937 and this confirmed that she had been living at Melton Lodge in Malvern at the time of her death and that probate was granted to her son William Wallace Collett Collett-Mason, of no occupation, and Paul Braddon a solicitor.  Her personal effects amounted to £8,823 14 Shillings 6d.  While James’ second daughter was Ascelein, his uncle Henry Ward Mason (born at Beverley in 1812) had a son Asline Collett Mason who was born at East Barnet in 1858 who later died in Australia during 1921.  Details about him can be found under James’ daughter Ascelein Frances Collett Mason (Ref. 18Q14), after whom she was presumably named

 

18Q13 – Margaret Marion Collett Mason was born in 1888 in Argentina

18Q14 – Ascelein Margaret Collett Mason was born in 1890 in Argentina

18Q15 – Kathlees Lucy Collett Mason was born in 1892 in Argentina

18Q16 – Augusta F Collett Mason was born in 1893/4 in Argentina

18Q17 –Guillermo Wallis Collett Mason was born in 1895 in Argentina

 

Bernard Stockwell Collett [18P39] was born at Shepherd’s Bush in 1866 and was baptised on 3rd March 1866 at St Stephen’s Church where his father William Lloyd Collett was the vicar.  He was five years old in the census of 1871 when he and his family were still residing at The Vicarage in Shepherd’s Bush, and ten years later in 1881 he was 15 years of age when he was a boarder at The Priory School, High Street in Marlborough, Wiltshire.  It was around two and a half years later that his death was recorded at Fulham (Ref. 1a 124) during the third quarter of 1883 when he was 17

 

Phillis Carthew Collett [18P40] was born at St Mary Abbot in Kensington, London in 1873, the eldest child of Charles Preston Collett and Lucy Ellen Daniels.  Around 1875 her family left London and moved to Devon where in 1881, they were living at Highclere House on the Warberry Road in Tor-Moham, a parish of Torquay, where Phillis Carthew Collett was seven years old.  Following the death of her family during the 1880s, it would appear that Phillis may have been educated at Cheltenham, since that was where she was recorded in the census of 1891 when she was 17 years old.  It is curious that in the next census of 1901 Phillis C Collett, aged 26, and her brother Arthur P Collett, aged 20, were staying with the Borthwick family at 35 Palmerston Place in Edinburgh, while it was twenty-one years after that when their brother Charles Morden Collett (below) married the eldest daughter of Alexander and Katherine Borthwick.  After a ten years Phillis Carthew Collett from London was described as being 37 and a spinster living on private means in the census of 1911, when she was recorded as a boarder at 3 The Grove in Westward Ho In North Devon.  Staying at the same address was her sister Margaret Morden Collett who was 36.  The boarding house was being managed by widow Susan Pennington who was 55 and her two adult children.  Following the death of her aunt Ellen Anna Collett of Swanton Morley Street, off Valerie Road in Bournemouth on 12th June 1921 probate of her estate worth £16,337 14 Shillings 9d was granted to Phillis Carthew Collett, a spinster, and Charles Alfred Morton Lightly, a solicitor.  It was also as Phillis Carthew Collett that she died at the Forbes Fraser Hospital in Bath on 20th April 1938, when her home address was recorded as Heatherlands in Ilsington near Newton Abbot in Devon.  Her Will was proved in London on 23rd June 1938 when her brothers Charles Morden Collett and Arthur Preston Collett, both retired Indian Civil Servants were granted administration of her personal estate of £7,891 8 Shillings 9d

 

Charles Morden Collett [18P42] was born in 1876 at Torquay, just after his parents arrived there from London.  At the age of four years, Charles M Collett was living with his family at Highclere House, Warberry Road in Tor-Moham.  His father died when Charles was around ten or eleven years of age, and by the time of the census in 1891 he was being educated at Upton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire when he was 14.  It is unclear what happened to Charles after 1891, with no record of him located within either of the census returns from 1901 and 1911.  However, it was while he was in Bombay on 21st October 1922 that he married Evelyn Grace Stanhope Borthwick who was born at Winchester on 27th October 1878.  Evelyn S Borthwick was 22 at the time of the census in 1901 when she was living with her parents at 35 Palmerston Place in Edinburgh.  Her father Alexander Borthwick was 62 and the Chief Constable of Police, his wife being the much young Katherine Borthwick who was 45.  Coincidentally on that occasion, staying with the family that day, were two of Charles’ siblings, Phillis C Collett (above) and Arthur P Collett (below), so the two families were known to each other well before Charles married the Borthwick’s eldest daughter.  Charles and Evelyn remained in India after they were married, but just for the next nine months

 

After that they then sailed back to England on board the ship Matiana which sailed out Calcutta and into the Port of London, arriving on 26th August 1923.  The passenger list confirmed that Charles was 47 and that the couple’s temporary address in England was the East India United Services Club at 16 St James Square in Seething Wells, Surbiton.  In 1934 and following the death of his mother during the previous year, Charles Morden Collett of no occupation was named with his brother Arthur Preston Collett (below) as the joint executors of her estate.  The same pair was also named in their sister’s Will of 1938, following the death of Phillis Carthew Collett (above) in April that year.  Charles Morden Collett was residing at 15 Wellswood Park in Wellswood, Torquay when he passed away on 31st January 1946 and five months later his Will was proved in London.  Probate of his personal effects amounting to £10,489 11 Shillings 10d was granted jointly to his widow Evelyn Stanhope Grace Collett, his unmarried sister Laura Lesley Collett (below) and William Stanley Richards, a solicitor.  His wife survived him by thirteen years and at the time of the death of Evelyn Stanhope Grace Collett on 15th April 1959 she was living in Flat 3 at Bourne House, 189 Sloane Street in London SW1.  Following her passing her considerable estate of £91,397 13 Shillings 7d was proved in London on 26th June 1959 and placed in the hands of Martins Bank Limited and David Henry Fitzroy Somerset, a private secretary

 

Laura Lesley Collett [18P43] was born at Torquay on 11th October 1878 and was two years old at the time of the census in 1881 when she was living with her family at Warberry Road in Tor-Moham in Torquay.  Almost ten years later her father Charles Preston Collett died and so by April 1891 Laura was 12 and was living with her widowed mother and younger brother Arthur (below) at Highclere in Tor-Moham, Torquay.  No trace has been found of her mother, but by April 1911 Laura Lesley Collett was 32 and was living at Lewisham in London when her occupation was that of a teacher of Swedish gymnastics.  By 1935, when Laura was 56 and still a spinster, she was living in Mozambique but returned to England on board the Union Castle mail steamship Dunbar Castle which sailed from Beira in Mozambique via Durban and Cape Town, arriving at Southampton on 12th August 1935

 

Arthur Preston Collett [18P44] was born at Torquay on 10th September 1880, the son of Charles Preston Collett and his wife Lucy Ellen Daniels.  He was seven months old on 3rd April 1881 when he was living with his family in Warberry Road at Tor-Moham in Torquay.  Ten years later, and following the death of his father, Arthur was recorded as being 10 years old when he was still living with his widowed mother and sister Laura (above) at Highclere in Tor-Moham, Torquay.  Around the time he was 19 Arthur Preston Collett was admitted as a scholar into Queens College in Cambridge, when he was confirmed as the son of high court judge Charles Collett of Madras.  Prior to going to Cambridge, Arthur had attended Malvern College, from where he matriculated.  In March 1901 he and his sister Phillis C Collett (above) were recorded in the census that month with the Borthwick family at 35 Palmerston Place in Edinburgh, their eldest daughter Evelyn becoming Evelyn Collett through her married to Charles Morden Collett (above) in 1922.  Arthur entered the I.C.S. during 1903 and served in the United Provinces as Magistrate and Collector. By 1911 he was Deputy Commissioner, and in 1914 was Joint Magistrate.  Arthur was appointed Private Secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor in 1915, and was on military service during the Great War from 1916 to 1919. On leaving the army he continued to work as Magistrate and Collector in 1920, a post he held until 1827.  During the years from 1928 to 1932 he was the Opium Agent and Commissioner of Income Tax in the United Provinces, after which he retired and resided at The Lodge in Hollesley, near Woodbridge in Suffolk

 

Following the death of his mother in 1933, Arthur Preston Collett was named with his brother Charles Morden Collett (above) as the joint executors of her estate.  In addition to all of this, it is known that Arthur Preston Collett married Sheila MacKinnon, with whom he had three children, who were born in India.  After the birth of their third and apparently last child, the family sailed from Bombay to London on 1st April 1926.  The passenger list named the family as Arthur P Collett, aged 45, Sheila Collett, aged 28, Phillis Anne Collett who was three, Anthony F Collett who was one and Sheila C Collett who was just three months old.  Arthur and Sheila were living at Felixstowe in 1945 when they receive the sad news that their daughter, Petty Officer Wren Phillis Anne Collett of the Royal Navy, had been killed during the Second World War.  Arthur Preston Collett of Brackenbury Lodge on Cliff Road in Felixstowe died on 25th March 1954 at the age of 73, his death recorded at Samford register office (Ref. 4b 1064).  Probate of his personal effects of £5,719 1 Shilling 11d was granted to Sheila Collett, his widow, to Geoffrey Barham Sankey and James Gutch Swift, solicitors

 

18Q18 – Phillis Anne Collett was born in 1922 in India

18Q19 – Anthony Farquar Charles MacKinnon Collett was born in 1924 in India

18Q20 – Sheila Candace Collett was born in 1926 in India

 

Edward Pyemont Collett [18P45] was born in Leicestershire in 1862, the eldest of three sons of Henry Pyemont Collett of Suffolk and Isabella Lamb Frazer of Wolverhampton.  Shortly after he was born his parents moved to Norfolk, and in 1871 they were living within the Wisbech & Terrington St Clement district of the county when Edward was eight years old, but was listed in the census as Edward Pyewood Collett.  Ten years later, at the age of 18, Edward from Leicester, was a medical student studying dentistry at Hastings, where he was living with his family at 12 Springfield Road.  On that occasion his mother and youngest brother were both absent, so it was just his father and his brother Henry (below) who were there at that time.  It was five years later that Edward Pyemont Collett married Aurora Beatrice Landi from London at St Ann’s Church in Westminster during 1886.  Once married, the couple settled in the Chorlton-cum-Hardy district of Manchester where Edward took up work as a dentist.  It was while they were living there that Aurora presented Edward with two children, while the couple was living at Keppell Road in Chorlton-cum-Hardy. 

 

In 1891 the family of four living at Chorlton-cum-Hardy was recorded in the census return as follows.  Edward P Collett was 28, his wife Aurora B Collett was 27, and their two children were Nora Collett who was three, although she was incorrectly noted as Flora, and Henry R P Collett who was under one year old.  Both of the children were sent to private schools, so in March 1901, it was only Edward and Aurora that were recorded as living at Chorlton-cum-Hardy.  Edward P Collett, aged 38, from Hinckley in Leicestershire, was a dentist, while his wife Aurora B Collett from London was 37.  Their daughter Nora Collett, aged 13, was attending a school in Sussex, with her brother Robert at a school in Harrogate at the age of ten.  Both children were confirmed as having been born at Chorlton-cum-Hardy.  By the time of the next census in April 1911, the family had moved to Bucklow near Knutsford in Cheshire, and also by that time, Edward’s daughter Nora was married to John Cooke and they were living at Tynemouth in Northumberland.  Living at Bucklow were Edward Pyemont Collett 48, Aurora Beatrice Collett 47, and their son Henry Robert Pyemont Collett who was 20

 

18Q21 – Nora Collett was born in 1887 at Chorlton-cum-Hardy

18Q22 – Henry Robert Pyemont Collett was born in 1890 at Chorlton-cum-Hardy

 

Henry Francis Collett [18P46] was born in 1864 after his parents, Henry Pyemont Collett and Isabella Lamb Frazer had moved to Norfolk.  In the census of 1871, the family was recorded as living within the Wisbech & Terrington St Clement registration district, where Henry Francis Collett was six years old.  However, during the next few years the family moved to Hastings on the south coast.  By 1881 Henry F Collett from Norfolk was still attending school at the age of 16, while he was living at the family home at 12 Springfield Road in Hastings St Leonards.  What happened to Henry after that time has not yet been discovered, but no record of him has been found in the census returns for 1891, 1901, and 1911.  His absence may be a result of the fact that he spent some time in his life living in America and may have been a frequent traveller across the Atlantic Ocean.  Certainly, there is a record of Henry F Collett aged 27 sailing on the ship Etruria from New York which arrived at Liverpool during February 1892.  On the passenger list his occupation was stated as being involved in mining

 

John Anthony Collett [18P47] was born in 1866, the youngest of the three sons of Henry Pyemont Collett and Isabella Lamb Frazer.  There is some confusion concerning his place of birth.  The favoured option is Norfolk, since it is known that his father was attached to the Church of St Mary in Tilney-cum-Islington near King’s Lynn in 1867, where the family was living in 1871 when, as John Anthony Collett, he was four years old.  The confusion arises from the next census in 1881 when John A Collett, aged 13, was attending Norton House College at Luton in Bedfordshire, and the census return gave his place of birth as Leicester.  That may have been an error on the part of the college, although it is established that his older brother Edward (above) was born in Leicestershire.  Perhaps for reasons of military service, no record of John has been located within the census of 1891, but in March 1901 he was still a bachelor at 34, when living at Dawlish in Devon.  Following the death of his father sometime during the previous few years, John was living with his widowed mother Isabella, who was described as living on her own means, while John had no stated occupation.  With his mother passing away just after 1901, John moved from Dawlish to Bristol, where he was recorded in April 1911 as John Anthony Collett from Norfolk who was unmarried at the age of 44

 

Charles Hubert Edgar Collett [18P48] was born at Brightwell-cum-Foxhall in Suffolk on 30th December 1862, and was baptised there on 12th July 1863, the son of Charles and Eliza Collett.  According to the census in 1881 Charles Hubert Edgar Collett was born at Paddington in London in 1862.  The census return also indicated that he had followed his father into the world of finance and at the age of 18 years he was a stockbroker’s clerk working in London while living at the family home in 13 Windsor Road in Ealing

 

Anthony Keeling Collett [18P49] was born at Cromhall near Wootton-under-Edge on 22nd August 1877, the eldest son of the Reverend William Michael Collett and Alice Burnett.  His birth was recorded at Thornbury (Ref. 6a 217).  He was three years old in the census of 1881 when he was living with his family at The Rectory in Cromhall.  Ten years later, and following the apparent separation of his parents, Anthony was 13 years of age when he was living with his married mother at Claremont Crescent in Weston-sure-Mare.  He was educated at Bradfield College in Berkshire and, on 26th January 1896, was an elected scholar at Oriel College in Oxford on payment of £10.  It was at Oriel College where he matriculated on 22nd October 1896.  Two years later in 1898, he obtained a Third Class in Classical Moderations and, after a further two years, a Second Class in Final Classical School in 1900.  1900 was also the year he was made Bishop Fraser’s Scholar.  During that period in his life, he also attended the University of Berlin.  The following year Anthony was 23 and was living at Theale in Berkshire where he was working as a journalist.  Following that he worked for The Globe and, four years later in 1905, he was on the staff of the St James’ Gazette.  He was later employed by the magazine County Gentleman and that was followed by over twenty years writing for The Times.  He was initially a writer on nature, but held the position of leader writer from 1908 to 1922.  According to the London census conducted in 1911, Anthony Collett was 33, single, and a journalist, who was living as a boarder in the Lincoln’s Inn area of the city

 

He lived most of his adult life in London, but travelled to Italy, Wales and Scotland.  During the First World War he enlisted as a private with the Post Office Rifles.  After gaining a commission, Anthony saw active service in France where he was involved in the battle at Vimy Ridge.  Following an injury, he was invalided back to England and spent the last part of the war in the Historical Section of the War Office.  His love of nature lead to him writing a number of books on the subject.  In May 1920 Anthony Keeling Collett, a journalist, was granted permission through the probate service to settle the Will of his aunt Bertha Emily Wright near Collett, the older sister of his father, who died in hospital in Felixstowe earlier that year.  He never married and it was on 22nd August 1929 that Anthony Keeling Collett died of a wasting illness, while attending a London nursing home.  The official notice of the proving of his Will contained the following details.  He was described as Anthony Keeling Collett of The Oxford & Cambridge Club in Pall Mall, London, while his place of residence was 5 Collingham Gardens in Earls Court, London.  Probate was granted in London on 3rd October 1929, when Christopher Edward Nicholl, a schoolmaster, and George Sidney Freeman, a journalist, were named as the executors of his estate of £3,074 10 Shillings 9d

 

John Colet Collett [18P50] was born at Cromhall on 30th August 1880, the youngest of the two sons of the Reverend William Michael Collett and Alice Burnett, His birth was recorded at Thornbury (Ref. 6a 212).  In 1891, at the age of ten years, John C Collett was at school in Oxford, where he was a boarder at Bevington Road.  From 1893 to 1897 he was educated at Rossall School in Fleetwood, near Blackpool, following which he became a student studying civil engineering at Heysham.  That situation was confirmed in the census of 1901, in which he was listed as being from Cromhall, aged 20 years, and a civil engineering student, whilst being a boarder at the home of the Elliott family in Heysham, near Lancaster.  Ten years later, he was again living with his mother, but at Rugby in Warwickshire, when John Colet Collett from Cromhall was 30 and a civil engineer.  He was known within the family as Jack Collett and worked as a railway engineer, his work taking him to Russia and China in the early years of the twentieth century.  He eventually married Ardie O’Brien, although they never had any children. Curiously though, on one of his overseas outings, the passenger list named his travelling companion as Ellen Collett.  On that occasion in 1931, John Collett, an engineer of 51, and Ellen Collett who was 46, arrived in the Port of London on the ship Highland Chief which had sailed from River Plate in South America.  Their intended address was given as 49 Grosvenor Street in London W1, while their last country of permanent residence was given as Uruguay.  Their long sea voyage had been in a First-Class cabin

 

So was Ardie O’Brien, the second wife of Jack Collett since, in their later years together, Jack and Ardie spent time in a villa that they owned at Rapallo in Italy, which was still part of Jack’s estate when he passed away.  John Colet Collett died on 24th July 1960 at Via Privata Ghizolfo, 22 Rapallo in Italy, his wife having already died by then.  Probate of his personal effects amounting to £46,958 4 Shillings 8d was handled by the National Provincial Bank Limited at their Lincolns Inn Branch in Carey Street, London WC2.  His Will was proved at Bristol on 10th October at which time the executors of his estate were named as Francis Stephen Perry, a medical practitioner, and Margaret Clare Monk, the wife of Christopher William Monk.  Under the terms of his Will his estate was divided between just three individuals, one of them being his nephew, the aforementioned Francis Stephen Perry.  As a result, many of the antiques and personal possessions of John Colet Collett were passed to his nephew, one of which was an embroidered silk wallet containing his passport and the visiting card of the Viceroy of Canton.  The passport was issued by the Foreign Office in London on 25th January 1912, at which time John Colet Collett was 31 and a civil engineer travelling to Russia.  The many different hand stamps clearly demonstrate that he travelled a great deal during 1912 and 1913

 

Ada Wright [18P51] was born on 8th August 1884 at 2 Craven’s Terrace off Albert Street in Kingston-upon-Hull.  She married Walter Benson on 27th July 1907 at the Newport Registration Office in Monmouthshire.  Walter was the son of Thomas Boulton Benson and Selina Stanton Mumby and was born on 29th November 1885.  Once they were married Ada and Walter moved to Scotland and it was while they were in Glasgow that their first child was born.  Shortly after the family of three moved to the Manchester area and while they were living at 11 Walton Road in Blackley their second child was born.  A final move took the family just one mile from Blackley to Harpurhey where Ada’s and Walter’s remaining children were born.  During his life Walter was a musician and it was his work that eventually was the cause of his death.  Tragically on 6th October 1926, while working as a musical director for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), he was killed in a motorcycle accident in Aberdeen where he was buried.  Ada remained living at Harpurhey after her husband’s death and, twenty-five years later, it was there that she passed away on 18th May 1951 aged 66

 

18Q23 – Selina Benson was born in 1908 at Glasgow

18Q24 – Ernest Walter Benson was born in 1910 at Blackley, Lancashire

18Q25 – Francis William Benson (twin) was born in 1912 at Blackley, Lancashire

18Q26 – Edna Benson was born in 1912 at Blackley, Lancashire

18Q27 – Hector Benson was born in 1913 at Blackley, Lancashire

18Q28 – Myra Benson was born in 1917 at Blackley, Lancashire

 

Florence Mary Collett [18P54] was born at Edmondsley near Chester-le-Street in County Durham 1874, the eldest child of Charles Collett and Elizabeth Alice Field who were married in Suffolk during the first three months of that same year.  Not long after she was born her parents moved to Sunderland, but by 1881 the family was living at 4 Johnsons Place in the Holy Trinity district of Hull, where Florence was recorded as being six years old.  They were only at Hull for a short while, as the family finally settled in Ipswich where they were living at the time of the census in 1891.  However, by that time Florence had already left the family home and was living at 53 Lordship Park in Stoke Newington, where she was employed as a general servant to Otto Schallert, a journalist editor who was born in Germany, and his wife Barbara from Essex.  Five years later, in 1896, she married James Johnson at Billericay in Essex with whom she had six children up to 1910.  They were all born while the couple was living at Chelmsford in Essex, and they were Charles Thomas Johnson (born 1898), Frederick Edward Johnson (born 1899), Annie May Johnson (born 1901), William Henry Johnson (born 1904), Elizabeth Mabel Johnson (born 1907), and Florence Lydia Johnson who was born in 1910. 

 

By the time of the census in 1901 Florence and her husband James were living at Friars Place in New London within the Moulsham area of Chelmsford with four children; Albert Ernest Johnson, aged 14 who was James’ son from his first wife Annie Sophie Jacobs who died in 1893, Charles Johnson who was three, Frederick Johnson who was two, and Annie Johnson who was just five months old.  Both James and his eldest son were coach painters.  It would appear that, after the birth of their sixth child, the family moved the very short distance to 4 Spains Croft, The Chase in Widford, just outside Chelmsford, where they were living in April 1911.  With Florence and James on that occasion were five of their six.  They were Charles 13, Frederick 12, William who was seven, Elizabeth Mabel who was four, and Florence Lydia who was one year old. James Johnson was still a coach painter, but by that time, he was working on his own account.  Their missing eldest daughter Annie May was staying at her grandparents' house in Ipswich, where she was recorded simply as May Johnson, who was ten years old.  It is thought that Florence Mary Johnson nee Collett died at Chelmsford in 1933, when she was 59

 

Elizabeth Honor Collett [18P55] was born at Sunderland in 1876 and moved with her family, first to Hull and then to Ipswich where they were living in 1890.  It was nine years later that she married William Hallows at Islington in London in 1899, William having been born at Romford in Essex in 1877.  In March 1901 Elizabeth and her husband were living in Romford with their first child, William Henry Hallows, who was only two months old.  Over the next decade Elizabeth presented William with three more children, but sadly only one of their four children survived.  The aforementioned William Henry Hallows was born at Romford in January 1901, but he died at Camberwell in 1906.  By March 1911 Elizabeth, aged 34, and her husband William, aged 33, were living in the Camberwell area of London.  They were described as having been married for twelve years, during which time they had had four children although only one of them was still alive.  That was Walter Hallows who was two years old, who had been born at Camberwell. 

 

It is very likely that the couple’s missing two children were Cyril Joseph Hallows, who was born at Romford in 1903, the same year that he died there, and Charles Frederick Hallows, who was born at Camberwell in 1904, and who died there in 1906, during the same quarter of that year as their first child William Henry Hallows.  It was on 7th December 1937 in his home at Maple View, 25 Beech Street, Romford in Essex, that William Hallows died at the age of 60, following which probate was granted in favour of his widow Elizabeth Honor Hallows for his personal effects valued at £913 17 Shillings 3d.  Five years earlier their only surviving child Walter Hallows had married Ann C Stanton at Romford in 1932 with whom he had three children who were all born at Romford.  They were Brian D Hallows (born 1933), Ann Hallows (born 1935) and Patrick Hallows (born 1939).  Elizabeth Honor Hallows nee Collett outlived her husband by twenty-seven years, when she passed away on 24th August 1964.  At the time of her death Elizabeth’s home was at 11 Vine Street in Romford, although it was at Hainault Lodge in Hainault, Essex where she died.  Administration of her personal effects of £3,360 was granted to her son Walter Hallows, a sign writer

 

Charles Frederick W Collett [18P56] was born at Sunderland in 1879 and two years later his family were living in the Holy Trinity district of Hull at 4 Johnsons Place.  In 1890 the family had returned to their Suffolk roots and was living at Vine Cottage in St George’s Ipswich.  Ten years later Charles, at the age of 21, was still living with his family in the St Margaret’s area of Ipswich where he was working as a coach painter.  It was just two years after that when Charles became a married man at Ipswich.  His wife Emma was born at Sproughton to the west of Ipswich in 1878 and, after they were married, the couple lived at 316 Foxhall Road in Ipswich, where their only known child was born, and where the family of three was residing in April 1911.  By that time in his life Charles from Sunderland was 31 and a coach builder and a blacksmith.  His wife of seven years Emma was 32, while their daughter Elizabeth Collett was only seven months old, described as the only child of the couple.  The death of Charles F Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 827) during the third quarter of 1966, when his age was incorrectly recorded as 89

 

18Q29 – Elizabeth Collett was born in 1910 at Ipswich

 

Maria Collett [18P57] was born at 4 Johnsons Place in Kingston-upon-Hull in 1881, although the birth took place after 3rd April, the day of the census that year.  She was the youngest of the four children of Charles Collett of Halesworth and his wife Elizabeth Field from Ipswich.  Not long after she was born her parents left Hull and returned to Suffolk, and by 1891 the family was residing at Vine Cottage within the St George’s district of Ipswich, where Maria Collett was nine years old.  Tragically Maria Collett was just 19 years old when she died at Britannia Road in Ipswich on 15th November 1900, following which she was buried at St Margaret’s Church in Ipswich on 20th November 1900

 

William Collett [18P60] was born during the latter months of 1846, and within six months of the marriage of his parents.  No baptism has been found but tragically he died when he was two years old and was buried at Mettingham on 24th December 1848, the eldest child of William Collett and his wife Mary Ann Bradnum

 

Maud Matilda Collett [18P61] was born at Mettingham at the end of 1847, her birth being recorded at Wangford during the first quarter of the following year.  She was the eldest surviving child of William Collett of Mettingham and Mary Ann Bradnum of Kirby Cane.  She was three years old in the census of 1851 when she was one of only two children living at Mettingham with her parents.  The second child was her sister Harriet (below), and not her brother Benjamin who was older than Harriet.  Upon leaving the village school in Mettingham it would appear that it was arranged for Matilda to enter domestic service with the Boggis family at Home Farm in Gorleston.  That was confirmed by the census in 1861 which placed Matilda Collett, aged 13 and from Mettingham, as a servant to James and Charlotte Boggis.  Home Farm was 200 acres and James Boggis employed eight men and two boys to help him manage the land.  It would also appear that the Boggis family had only moved to Gorleston three or four years earlier, since the two eldest children had been born at Kirby Cane, where Matilda’s mother was born.  So, it is likely it was through that connection that Matilda was taken on by the family.  Within the next ten years Matilda made her way to London and by 1871 she was working in domestic service at the home of ‘factor of paper hangings’ Charles Weedon and his wife Maria at 323 Caledonian Road in Islington.  It also seems very likely that she secured work for her two younger sisters, since they were both working together in Islington by 1881.  In July 1876 a certain Maud Matilda Collett was one of the witnesses at the Burgh Castle wedding of Matilda’s younger brother Joseph Collett (below) and she was more than likely this Matilda Collett

 

According to the census of 1881 Matilda was still a spinster at the age of 34, when she was still working as a domestic servant for Charles Weedon, but at 13 Thornhill Square in Islington.  Her place of birth was confirmed as Mettingham.  It was also around that time in her life that Matilda became pregnant by a so far unknown gentleman, the child being born at Gorleston later that same year.  Following the birth of her son Matilda returned to live with her parents who, in 1891, were living in Porter’s Lane in Burgh Castle.  Matilda Collett from Mettingham was 44 and was working as a charwoman.  The only other occupant at her parents’ home was George J Collett, aged nine years and from Gorleston, who was described as the grandson to head of the household William Collett.  However, just a few months prior to the next census in 1901 Matilda’s son, aged around 19, must have died by some means, since his death was recorded at Yarmouth during the last quarter of 1900.  So the census in the following March listed just unmarried Matilda Collett, aged 54 and from Mettingham, as continuing to work as a charwoman, while a servant at the home of farmer John H Chapman and his wife Susan at St Johns Road in Belton Entire in the parish of All Saints, just one dwelling from the Kings Head Inn.  By the time of the census of 1911, Matilda Collett from Mettingham was still living and working at the home of the Chapman family in Belton.  At that time Matilda was 65, while Susan Chapman, aged 69, was a widow and had living with her, her daughter Beatrice Chapman who was 35.  It was during the first three months of 1925 that Matilda Collett died at the age of 77, her death being recorded at Stow register office (Ref. 4a 1070) near Bury St Edmunds

 

18Q30 – George James Collett was born in 1881 at Gorleston

 

Emma Collett [18P62] was born at Mettingham on 14th September 1848, where she was buried three days later on 17th September 1848.  It is understood that she was the daughter of William Collett and Mary Ann Bradnum

 

Charlotte Collett [18P63] may have been a twin sister to Emma (above) and was most likely born in 1848, the daughter of William Collett and Mary Ann Bradnum, who registered the birth at Mutford during first three months of the following year.  Curiously though, and the same as her brother Benjamin (below), she was not recorded living with her family in the Mettingham census of 1851.  By 1861, at the age of 12, Charlotte Collett from Mettingham was already working as a servant at the Burgh Castle home of her uncle and aunt James (24) and Mary Bradnum (25).  She was still living in that same area ten years later, as confirmed by the Mutford & Gorleston census of 1871, when she was recorded as Charlotte Collett, aged 22.  Just over three weeks after the census day, Charlotte married John William Jackson at Burgh Castle on 25th April 1871.  He had been born at Reedham in 1842, the son of agricultural labourer James Jackson and his wife Mary Ann Sales.  Four year later Charlotte’s brother William Collett (below) married John’s sister Elizabeth Jackson

 

During the following decade Charlotte presented John with six children.  The first three were born while they were living at Somerleyton in Suffolk, while the second three were born after the family had settled in the village of Cantley in Norfolk, where they were living at the time of the census in 1881.  John Jackson, aged 39, was a plate layer working on the railway which passed through Cantley, his wife Charlotte was 33 and from Mettingham, and their six children were Louisa who was nine, Matilda who was seven, Sarah who was six, James who was four, Dinah who was three and Kate who was one year old.  Two further children were added to the family during the following five years, but by 1891 two of the couple’s older children had left home by then.  The family recorded in the census of 1891 comprised John 50, Charlotte 43, Matilda 17, James 14, Dinah 13, Kate 11, Alice who was eight and Violet who was four years old.  It is of some significance that Charlotte’s daughter Sarah Anna Jackson married Thomas William Collett (Ref. 18Q42) at Yarmouth in 1898, he being the son of Charlotte’s brother William Collett (below).  John William Jackson died during 1925, while his widow Charlotte Jackson nee Collett survived him by ten years, when she died in 1935 at the age of 85

 

Benjamin Collett [18P64] was born at Mettingham in early 1850, the second surviving child and eldest son of William Collett and Mary Ann Bradnum.  The birth was registered at Wangford during the second quarter of 1850.  Curiously though, he was not listed with his family at the time of the census a year later in 1851, whereas he was 11 years old ten years later in 1861.  By the time of the census in 1871, he had already moved out of his parent’s home, which by then was at Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth.  At that time in his life he was a seaman on board the fishing boat ‘Royal Oak’.  Two years later Benjamin married Emily Turvey Pearson at Burgh Castle on 30th April 1873, the event being recorded at Mutford Registration District during the second quarter of 1873.  Emily was born at Burgh Castle, the daughter of agricultural labourer James Pearson and his wife Mary Ann, and her birth had also been registered at Mutford R D during the second quarter of 1852.  Benjamin Collett was also a witness at the marriage of his younger brother Joseph (below) who was married at Burgh Castle in 1876.  During the following years Emily presented Benjamin with six children, four of them born before the next census in 1881, although the youngest of the three died just two weeks before the census day.  According to the census that year, Benjamin Collett, aged 30 and a fisherman from Mettingham, was living with his family at 12 Manor House in Burgh Castle.  On that occasion he was the third hand on board the fishing boat ‘Allah’.  His wife Emily was 28, and their three surviving children were Selina Collett, who was six, George Collett, who was three, and Jessie Collett who was two years old, all three of them having been born at Burgh Castle.  Also living with the family was Emily’s widowed mother Mary Ann Pearson aged 63 of Norwich

 

It was during the next decade, that it would appear Benjamin Collett died, since he was not listed in the census returns for 1891 and 1901.  Curiously, no burial record has been found for him at Burgh Castle, so it is possible that he died while at work at sea.  However, just a few months after the census conducted in 1881, the death of Benjamin Collett, who was 31 years of age, was recorded at Pancras (Ref. 1b 99) during the third quarter of 1881.  In 1891 the widow of Benjamin Collett was still living in a dwelling in the High Road (High Street) at Burgh Castle, when the family was recorded as Emily J Collett, aged 38, the head of the household and a laundress, her son George W Collett 13, Jessie Collett 12 and Louis Collett who nine years old.  Ten years later it was only Emily, aged 48, who was living at Holly Cottage in the High Street at Burgh Castle, with just her youngest child.  Louis Collett was 18, and was not credited with an occupation, whereas his mother was described as a washer and laundress on that occasion.  After a few more years Emily’s son Louis was married and started a family of his own.  However, by April 1911, Louis and his wife and their two daughters were still living in the High Street at Burgh Castle, and still living there with them was his mother Emily who was 58

 

18Q31 – Selina Margaret Collett was born in 1874 at Burgh Castle

18Q32 – George William Collett was born in 1877 at Burgh Castle

18Q33 – Jesse Benjamin Collett was born in 1878 at Burgh Castle

18Q34 – Arthur Herbert Collett was born in 1881 at Burgh Castle

18Q35 – Louis Arthur Collett was born in 1882 at Burgh Castle

 

Harriet Collett [18P65] was born at Mettingham in early 1851 and her birth was recorded at Wangford during the first quarter of that year.  Furthermore, she was only a few weeks old by the time of the census at the end of March in 1851, when she was living at Mettingham with her parents and her older sister Matilda (above).  In the next census of 1861 Harriet, aged 10, was still living at Mettingham with her large family.  However, sometime between 1866 and 1870 Harriet and her family left Mettingham, when they moved nearer to Great Yarmouth, to settle at Burgh Castle.  With the family having twelve children, there may well have been an over-crowding issue in the new Collett household which prompted the older members to leave.  Certainly, by the time of the census in 1871, Harriet, aged 19, and her younger sister Sarah (below) were living within the Yarmouth Southern district of the town.  By that time both girls had entered into world of domestic service. 

 

Ten years later Harriet was still unmarried at the age of 29, but by then she was a domestic servant at the north London home of George Pavely and his wife Mary.  George was a wholesale bookbinder employing 100 hands, while living at 132 Queens Road in Hornsey, Middlesex.  It is possible that Harriet never married because in the census of 1901, at the age of 50, she was still working for the George Pavely at his home in the St Pancras area of London.  How long she worked for the Pavely family is not known, but in April 1911 she was employed as a domestic cook at the home of elderly Thomas Edmund Oldacre and his even older wife Jane.  Unmarried Harriet Collett was 56 and was one of eight people listed at the dwelling at 7 Hillmarton Road in Islington, North London, while her place of birth was incorrectly recorded as Bungay in Suffolk.  It was just over seven years later that Harriet Collett died at Islington where her death was recorded during the third quarter of 1918 (Ref.  1b 232)

 

Joseph Collett [18P66] was born at Mettingham at the start of 1852, with his birth being registered at Wangford between January and March that year.  He was nine years old in the Mettingham census of 1861 when he was still living there with his family.  During the last years of that decade his parents, William and Mary Ann Collett, took the family to live at Burgh Castle where Joseph, aged 18, was living and working in 1871.  However, on that occasion he was a fisherman living at Bull Way in Burgh Castle, at the home of journeyman tile-maker Thomas Stannard and his wife Eliza.  It was just over five years later that he married the widow Elizabeth Penrose at Burgh Castle on 26th July 1876.  Elizabeth, who had been made a widow at the age of 21, was born at Burgh Castle during the third quarter of 1857, the daughter of Thomas Lock or Lack.  The witnesses at their wedding were Benjamin Collett and Maud Matilda Collett.  Benjamin was most likely Joseph’s brother (above), while Maud may have been his older unmarried sister Maud Matilda (above).  The marriage of Joseph and Elizabeth produced six children, the first born at Burgh Castle, prior to the family settling in Gorleston, from where Joseph continued his occupation as a fisherman.  It was his work at sea, that was the reason why he was missing from the family on the days of the census in both 1881 and 1891.  In the first of these, his wife and their first two children were living at 5 Manby Road in Gorleston.  Elizabeth Collett from Burgh Castle was 25 and was working as a charwoman, Susan Collett also from Burgh Castle was two years old, and Mary Ann Collett from Gorleston was only a few weeks old.  The birth of the first child had been registered at Mutford (Ref. 4a 842) during the second quarter of 1879, while the younger child’s birth had been registered there (Ref. 4a 854) during the first three months of 1881

 

Four more children were added to the family over the next eight years, and by the time of the census in 1891 Elizabeth and her young family were residing at 2 Back Wall Reach in Gorleston.  Once again Elizabeth’s husband was confirmed as being away at sea, so the family comprised Elizabeth, aged 35, Susan who was 12, Mary Ann who was 10, Alice who was seven, Georgina Kate who was four, Joseph Thomas who was three, and George Henry who was one year old.  According to the next census, conducted in 1901, Joseph Collett, aged 48 and from Suffolk, has been positively identified as the master of a fishing boat working out of Durness, Loch Eriboll in Sutherland, at the most northerly tip of Scotland.  No record of any other member of his family has been found in 1901, or at another time thereafter.  As regards three of the four youngest children, the birth of Alice Collett was recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 845) during the third quarter of 1883, the birth of Georgina Kate Collett was recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 940) during the third quarter of 1886, and the birth of George Henry Collett was recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 929) during the third quarter of 1889

 

18Q36 – Susan Collett was born in 1879 at Burgh Castle

18Q37 – Mary Ann Collett was born in 1881 at Gorleston

18Q38 – Alice Collett was born in 1883 at Gorleston

18Q39 – Georgina Kate Collett was born in 1886 at Gorleston

18Q40 – Joseph Thomas Collett was born in 1888 at Gorleston

18Q41 – George Henry Collett was born in 1889 at Gorleston

 

William Collett [18P67] was born at Mettingham in 1854, and was baptised there on 2nd September 1854, the son of William and Mary Ann Collett.  He was eight years old in 1861 when living at Mettingham with his family.  By 1871 the family was living at Burgh Castle where William was 17 years old.  It was during the first quarter of 1875 that he married Elizabeth Jackson at Loddon in Norfolk, where the marriage was registered.  Elizabeth was born at Reedham in Norfolk during 1853, and was the daughter of agricultural labourer James Jackson and Mary Ann Sales.  She was also the sister of John William Jackson who married William’s sister Charlotte Collett (above).  Once married, the couple spent the first few years of their life together living at Wheatacre, between Beccles and Lowestoft.  And it was there that their first two children were born, although it was only the second child who was baptised at All Saints Church in Wheatacre when the baptism record revealed that William’s occupation was that of a fisherman.  The young family later moved to Lowestoft where two further children were born before 1881.  By the time of the census that year William, aged 28, was employed as a fisherman and was living with his family at 2 Hervey Street in Lowestoft.  His wife was 27 and their four children at that time were their two sons Thomas who was five and Frank who was three, both born at Wheatacre in Norfolk, and their daughters Frances Beatrice Collett who was one year old, and Dinah Daisy Collett who was just three months old.  Both girls had been born after the family had moved to Lowestoft.  Tragically it would appear that Frances Beatrice died shortly after 1881, since the very next child born into the family was also named Beatrice Collett

 

A total of five children were born into the family during the 1880s, so by the time of the census in 1891 Elizabeth Collett was 38 and was then living at 26 Trafalgar Road in West Gorleston with her eight surviving children.  They were Thomas W Collett 14, Frank Collett 13, Daisy Collett who was nine, Beatrice Collett who was eight, Ethel Collett who six, George Collett who was five, Louis Collett who was four, and Albert Collett who was one year old.  No record has been found of her husband William in 1891 so, as a fisherman, he may well have been at sea on the day of the census in 1891, since he was back with his wife and family at Gorleston for the census in March 1901.  At the age of 47, William Collett of Mettingham was working as a skipper at the local seaman’s mission in Gorleston, while he and his family were residing at 150 Bells Road in Gorleston.  His wife Elizabeth was 47 and from Reedham, and the children still living with their parents were Ethel 16, George 15, Lewis 13, all three of them born at Lowestoft, and Albert 11, and Jessie who was nine, both of them born at Gorleston.  Ten years later in 1911 the family was still living in Gorleston, where William and Elizabeth were both 57, and the only children still living with them on that occasion were Lewis 23, Albert 21, and daughter Jessie who was 19.  It was twenty-two years later, that the death of William Collett was recorded at Hartsmere register office in Suffolk (Ref. 4a 1405) during the first three months of 1933, at the age of 78

 

18Q42 – Thomas William Collett was born in 1876 at Wheatacre

18Q43 – Frank Ernest Collett was born in 1877 at Wheatacre

18Q44 – Frances Beatrice Collett was born in 1879 at Lowestoft

18Q45 – Dinah Daisy Collett was born in 1880 at Lowestoft

18Q46 – Beatrice Frances Collett was born in 1882 at Lowestoft

18Q47 – Ethel Mary Collett was born in 1884 at Lowestoft

18Q48 – George Collett was born in 1885 at Lowestoft

18Q49 – Lewis James Collett was born in 1887 at Lowestoft

18Q50 – Albert Charles Collett was born in 1889 at Gorleston

18Q51 – Jessie Collett was born in 1891 at Gorleston

 

Sarah Collett [18P68] was born at Mettingham in 1855 and was recorded as being six years old in the Mettingham census of 1861 where it is known she and her family were living up to 1866.  Unlike her siblings, no registration of her birth has been found to date.  In the years after 1866 the family moved to Burgh Castle, but perhaps because of the cramped conditions, Sarah and her older sister Harriet left home to enter domestic service in Great Yarmouth.  The 1871 census for the Yarmouth southern district listed Sarah Collett, aged 15 and from Mettingham, as a servant living and working at the King Street home in Yarmouth of house builder James Howard and his wife Bessie.  Her obvious absence from the next census in 1881 as Sarah Collett very likely indicates that she was married during the second half of the 1870s

 

Henry Collett [18P69] was born at Mettingham during mid-February in 1856, where he was baptised one month later on 21st March 1856, the son of William and Mary Ann Collett.  Tragically it was exactly two weeks later that he was buried there on 4th April 1856 at just seven weeks old

 

Dinah Collett [18P70] was born at Mettingham in 1857, with her birth recorded at Wangford (Ref. 4a 683) during the second quarter of that year.  She was later baptised at Mettingham on 8th November 1857, the daughter of William and Mary Ann Collett.  Dinah was five years old in the Mettingham census of 1861, following which her family moved to Burgh Castle in the late 1860s, where Dinah was 13 at the time of the Burgh Castle census of 1871.  Dinah later joined up with her sister Jemima (below) and the two of them headed for London to find work, where their older sister Matilda was already gainfully employed.  Matilda was working in the Islington area of London and it may have been Matilda who arranged for her two younger sisters to enter into domestic service in that area.  By 1881 Dinah Collett, aged 23 and of Mettingham, was working as a nurse to four years old Cecil J Benson at the home of his parents Joseph and Rebecca Benson at 57 Hilldrop Road, where he sister also worked.  Joseph Benson was a Baptist Minister, while both he and his wife were credited as being the managers of a firm of coal merchants.  Dinah was still being employed by the Benson family ten years later in 1891, but thereafter may have been married

 

George Collett [18P71] was born at Mettingham in 1858, and it was there also that he was baptised on 14th November 1858, the son of William and Mary Ann Collett.  George was two years old in the 1861 Census for that village and was living there with his parents.  He was still with his parents ten years later when he was 12, by which time the family was living at Burgh Castle.  Burgh Castle overlooks Breydon Water on the eastern edge of the Norfolk Broads and close to the North Sea, so it made sense that George’s occupation was that of a fisherman.  It was at Burgh Castle on 29th August 1880 that he married Eliza Kerrison who was born at Belton, where she was baptised on 21st May 1858, the daughter of George and Eliza Sarah Kerrison.  According to the 1881 Census, fisherman George Collett and his wife Eliza were both 22 and were living less than two miles north of Belton in Burgh Castle at 3 High Road.  Also living in Burgh Castle at that time were George’s parents William and Mary Ann Collett, and his brothers Benjamin and Joseph (above).  On that census day, Eliza was well into the pregnancy for the first of her three children when the couple was still living at the High Street in Burgh Castle.  Eliza may have been with her parents when she gave birth to her second child at Belton, while the couple’s last known child was born at Gorleston.  Very shortly after the birth, George Collett suffered a premature death, with his passing being recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 493) during the second quarter of 1888, when he was 29

 

The death of her husband prompted Eliza to return to her own family home in Belton and, it was there at St Johns Road, that she and two of her three children were living, with Eliza’s parents in 1891.  The census that year confirmed that Eliza Collett was a widow at 31, when she was living with Margaret M Collect, who was six, and George Collect, who was three, at the home of her father and mother, George and Sarah Kerrison who were 68 and 69 respectively.  Eliza’s mother died during the 1890s and, by March 1901, she and her son were still living with her widowed father, and her brother George Kerrison, at St Johns Road in Belton.  Eliza Collett was 42 and from Belton, and was described as a laundress and a washer, having her own account at home.  Her son George Collett, who was 13, was listed as having been born at nearby Gorleston.  Later that same year Eliza’s father, who had been a gardener, passed away and was buried at Belton on 6th August 1901.  Following the death of her father, Eliza was perhaps forced to leave the dwelling at St Johns Road and, by April 1911, she and her son were residing at 68 Suffield Road in Gorleston, where Eliza Collett of Belton was 52 and George B Collett of Gorleston was 23

 

18Q52 – Eliza Collett was born in 1881 at Burgh Castle

18Q53 – Margaret Matilda Collett was born in 1884 at Belton

18Q54 – Benjamin George Collett was born in 1888 at Gorleston

 

James Collett [18P72] was born at Mettingham in 1860, where he was baptised on 14th October 1860, the son of William and Mary Ann Collett.  He was listed as being under one year old in 1861 and was 10 years old in 1871 when, for the later census, he was living with his family at Burgh Castle.  No record of him has been found in 1881 when, like some of his siblings, he may have been a fisherman out at sea on the day of the census that year.  Despite his absence in 1881, it was just over two years later that he married Hannah Priscilla Adams at Burgh Castle on 17th May 1883.  Hannah was born either late in 1862 or very early in 1863, since her birth was registered in Yarmouth during the first quarter of 1863, when she was recorded as the daughter of John and Harriet Adams.  The witnesses at the wedding were Hannah’s father John Adams and Jemima Collett, James’ younger sister (below).  The first five years of their married life together was spent in Gorleston, but thereafter the family lived for a few years in West Hartlepool where the couple’s fourth and fifth children were born.  Around the middle of the decade, Hannah temporarily returned to Suffolk for the birth of her sixth and last child, shortly after which she rejoined her family in the north of England.  The birth of their first child was recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 900) in the second quarter of 1884, the second child’s birth was recorded there (Ref. 4a 933) in the third quarter of 1887, and her third child during the third quarter of 1889 (Ref. 4a 921).  The birth of all six children confirmed the mother’s maiden name as Adams

 

So, it was, in the April census of 1891, that the family was living at 1 Belgrave Terrace in the Stranton district of West Hartlepool, not far from James’ two younger brothers, the unmarried Cornelius Collett and the married Henry Collett (both below).  James Collett was 30 and a labourer at a cement works, his wife Hannah P Collett from Yarmouth was 27, and their four children on that occasion were James E Collett who was seven, Edward J Collett who was three, Maude M Collett who was one year old, and Cecil H Collett was just a few months old.  After the birth of their last two children the family was living in South Shields by 1901, as confirmed by the census that year.  However, whether James had returned to life as a fisherman is not known for sure, as he was absent from the family home at 12 Beethoven Street, nor has he, or any member of his family, been found in Great Britain within the census of 1911.  The census in 1901 listed the family as Priscilla Collett, who was 38 and from Yarmouth, James Edward Collett aged 17 who was a steward on a trawler, John Edward Collett aged 13 who was a draper’s errand boy, Maud M Collett who was 11, Cecil H Collett who was 10, Arthur B Collett who was eight, and Alice B Collett who was five years of age.  The census also confirmed that four of the children had been born at Gorleston, with the other two born at West Hartlepool

 

Thanks to David Elias, of Perth in Western Australia, we now know that the family left the British Isles three years later, bound for Cape Town in South Africa.  It is also possible that it was there where James was in 1901, paving the way for his family to join him.  It also appears that James and his two eldest sons, James and Edward, made the sea journey, prior to the remainder of the family travelled there around 1904, although no passenger list for then has been unearthed.  Certainly, it is established that Hannah Priscilla Collett, together with Maud May Collett, Cecil Henry Collett, Arthur Benjamin Collett and Alice Beulah Collett travelled on the S S Galacian of the Union Castle Line on 26th March 1904

 

18Q55 – James Edward Collett was born in 1884 at Gorleston

18Q56 – John Edward Collett was born in 1884 at Gorleston

18Q57 – Maud May Collett was born in 1887 at Gorleston

18Q58 – Cecil Henry Collett was born in 1889 at West Hartlepool

18Q59 – Arthur Benjamin Collett was born in 1892 at West Hartlepool

18Q60 – Alice Beulah Collett was born in 1895 at Gorleston

 

Jemima Collett [18P73] was born at Mettingham in 1862, and was baptised there on 12th October 1862, the youngest daughter of William and Mary Ann Collett.  Her parents moved to Burgh Castle in the late 1860s and it was there she living with her family in 1871 aged eight years.  Sometime during the 1870s Jemima and her sister Dinah (above) followed their older sister Matilda into London for the purpose of seeking work.  Both girls were lucky enough to be taken on by coal merchant and baptist minister Joseph Benson and his wife at their home at 57 Hilldrop Road in Islington.  Jemima was listed as being aged 18 in 1881 and from Mettingham when she was employed as a domestic servant.  Two years after that she returned to Burgh Castle for the wedding of her older brother James Collett (above) who was married there in May 1883 when Jemima Collett was named as one of the two witnesses.  It would appear that Jemima never married since, at the age of 48, Jemima Collett of Mettingham had returned to work for the Benson family at 57 Hilldrop Road (Holloway) in Islington where she was the cook.  Jemima Collett of 1 Bryanstone Road in Hornsey, London, was 80 when she died on 24th February 1943 as a patient at Hornsey Hospital.  Administration of her personal effects of £818 11 Shillings 10d was grant to her unmarried niece Matilda Mary Collett, the eldest daughter of Jemima’s youngest brother Henry Collett (below)

 

Cornelius Bradnum Collett [18P74] was born at Mettingham in 1863, the son of William Collett and Mary Ann Bradnum.  It was also at Mettingham that he was baptised on 10th April 1864.  During the late 1860s the family moved to Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth where he was listed as being seven years old in 1871.  On leaving school he joined the crew of the ‘Joseph & Henry’ a fishing boat sailing out of Great Yarmouth, as recorded in the 1881 Census when he was 16 years old.  A little while later he gave up being a fisherman and made the long journey north to Durham with his brother Henry (below) and was recorded as living with him and his wife Mary and their first child at 21 Wards Terrace in the Stranton area of West Hartlepool in 1891.  Cornelius was 27 and described as a boarder.  Also living nearby in West Hartlepool in 1891 was his other brother James Collett (above) with his wife and their first four children.  It was also after he had moved to the north of England that he met his future wife.  A short while after that, during the third quarter of 1892, the marriage of Cornelius Bradnum Collett and Elizabeth Taylor was recorded at South Shields (Ref. 10a 1007).  Elizabeth was born at Crook in County Durham in 1872 and was the daughter of coalminer John Taylor and his wife Elizabeth.  Their marriage produced five children, the first of which was born at Gorleston, but was baptised seventeen months later at Kirkley, near Lowestoft.  There then followed a family move and a long journey north, back to Hartlepool, as confirmed by the census in 1901, when Cornelius Bradnum Collett, aged 37 and from Mettingham, was recorded as being a man-in-charge of a wheeling steel works in West Hartlepool, while he and his family were living at 38 Winter Street.  However, by that time, Elizabeth had given birth to three more children after arriving there, the first of which, did not survive

 

Cornelius’ wife was confirmed as Elizabeth Collett, aged 28 and from Crook in County Durham and, shortly thereafter, she gave birth to her last child, who sadly died with a few months that same year.  The couple’s three surviving children were Elizabeth Collett, who was seven and who had been born at Gorleston, Grace Collett, who was three, and Mary Collett who was two years old, both of them born at West Hartlepool.  Working with Cornelius, at the steel works, was his nephew George William Collett (Ref. 18Q30), who was a steel millwright and the son of Benjamin Collett (above).  It was as George Collett, aged 23 and from Burgh Castle, that he was lodging with Cornelius’ brother Henry Collett (below).  During the next decade, the family left West Hartlepool and moved to Tynemouth registration district where Cornelius resumed his former occupation as a fisherman.  And it was at 25 Princes Street in North Shields that Cornelius and his family were residing in April 1911.  Cornelius B Collett of Mettingham was 47, his wife Elizabeth of Crook was 39, and just two of their daughters were recorded with them.  They were Grace and Mary who were 13 and 12 and both of them confirmed as born at West Hartlepool.  The couple’s eldest daughter had already started work by then and was listed in the census across the River Tyne in South Shields, where she was noted as being 17 and from Gorleston.  Cornelius Bradnum Collett was still living in the Tynemouth area when he died in 1934, his death recorded at Tynemouth register office (Ref. 10b 218) during the third quarter of that year, at the age of 70.  His wife survived him by just over seventeen years when the death of Elizabeth Collett nee Taylor was recorded at Tynemouth (Ref. 1b 560) during the first three months of 1952

 

18Q61 – Elizabeth Julie Collett was born in 1893 at Gorleston

18Q62 – Cornelius William Collett was born in 1895 at West Hartlepool

18Q63 – Grace Hilda Collett was born in 1897 at West Hartlepool

18Q64 – Mary Ann Collett was born in 1898 at West Hartlepool

18Q65 – Cornelius Collett was born in 1901 at West Hartlepool

 

Henry Collett [18P75] was born at Mettingham on 24th November 1865 and was baptised there on 11th February 1866, the youngest son and last of the twelve surviving children of William and Mary Ann Collett.  Sometime after he was born his family moved to Burgh Castle where he was recorded as five years old in the 1871 Census.  In 1881 Henry was the only child still living with his parents at 14 Butt Way in Burgh Castle.  At the aged 15, he was working as a general labourer and the place of his birth was confirmed as having been at Mettingham.  Towards the end of the 1880s Henry travelled north to Durham with his brother Cornelius (above) and they both settled down to live at West Hartlepool.  It was there that Henry met Mary Timms Mitchell, whom he married during the second quarter of 1890, when the event was recorded at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 242).  By the time of the census in 1891, their marriage had produced their first child.  Mary had been born at West Hartlepool in 1870 and was the daughter of block and mast maker Thomas Mitchell and his wife Eliza.  The census return for West Hartlepool in 1891 placed the family living at 21 Wards Terrace in the Stranton area of West Hartlepool.  General labourer Henry Collett, from Suffolk, was 25, his wife Mary T Collett from Durham was 20, and their baby daughter Matilda M Collett was just three weeks old.  Living with the young family, as a boarder, was Henry’s brother Cornelius Collett (above), also from Suffolk and, living nearby in the same registration district, was Henry’s older brother James Collett (above).  Over the next eight years a further four children were added to the family although, sadly, one of them, the couple’s second daughter, Maud Mary, did not survive and died towards the end of 1896

 

Ten years later, according to the March census of 1901, the family of six was still living at Stranton in West Hartlepool, but at 26 Bentley Street.  Henry Collett, aged 35, was employed as a jobbing bricklayer, and his place of birth was confirmed as Mettingham and his wife Mary was 30 and her place of birth was confirmed as West Hartlepool in Durham.  All four of their children were also recorded as having been born there, and they were Matilda Collett who was ten, William Collett who was eight, John Collett who was five, and Charles Collett who was two years old.  Staying with the family that day, as a boarder, was Henry’s nephew George William Collett (Ref. 18Q30), the son of his older brother Benjamin (above).  Three more children were added to the family during the following decade.  Perhaps it was three or four years later, that the family moved from West Hartlepool, when they settled in the parish of Throston in Hartlepool, where the couple’s last two children were born, all as confirmed in the census of 1911 when they were residing at 194 Hart Road.  Henry Collett from Mettingham was 45 and working as a labourer for a cement manufacturer.  Living there with him was his wife Mary Timms Collett who was 41 and from West Hartlepool and six of their children.  They were Matilda Mary Collett who was 20, John Arthur Collett who was 15, Charles Albert Collett who was 12 years old, and Albert Edward Collett who was eight years of age, all of them born at West Hartlepool.  The two younger children, born after the move to Hartlepool, were George Richard Collett who was three and Cecil Benjamin Collett who was one year old.  Of their missing son William, who would have been 18, has not been found anywhere in Great Britain at that time, so there is a chance that he was in the army and possibly undertaking military service abroad

 

The family later moved to Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham where all of their children were married.  It was also there that Henry (Harry) Collett was living in 1936 when he died at the age of 71, his death being registered at Stockton during the final three months of that year.  Four years later his son George Richard Collett was killed in 1940 while serving with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War.  His parents and his wife were all named within his military records, which confirmed that Harry and Mary lived at Stockton-on-Tees.  After a further seven years, Mary Timms Collett nee Mitchell passed away in 1947 aged 77, the event being registered at Durham South-East Registration District during the second quarter of that year.  In January 2011 new information about this family, and their youngest son Cecil Benjamin Collett, was received from Sue Hammler nee Collett, Cecil’s daughter.  The source of the information was the Family Bible which she holds, together with a conductor’s baton inscribed with the name of her grandfather Henry Collett.  The baton, decorated in silver and inscribed with the words "Presented to Mr H Collett in 1889" was handed down to Sue from her father, who indicated that it had been given to his father by an orchestra from either Philadelphia or Pittsburg.  In addition to being a bricklayer, Henry Collett may have also been an accomplished musician.  However, it seems unlikely that he was presented with the baton in America during the year prior to his marriage to Mary Timms Mitchell, so it is more likely that the orchestra was visiting England at that time

 

18Q66 – Matilda Mary Collett was born in 1891 at West Hartlepool

18Q67 – William Henry Collett was born in 1893 at West Hartlepool

18Q68 – Maud May Collett was born in 1894 at West Hartlepool

18Q69 – John Arthur Collett was born in 1896 at West Hartlepool

18Q70 – Charles Albert Collett was born in 1899 at West Hartlepool

18Q71 – Albert Edward Collett was born in 1902 at West Hartlepool

18Q72 – George Richard Collett was born in 1907 at Hartlepool

18Q73 – Cecil Benjamin Collett was born in 1909 at Hartlepool

 

Mary Ann Collett [18P76] was born at Mettingham in 1843 just seven months after her parents were married there.  She was baptised at Mettingham on 14th April 1843, the eldest child of Henry Collett and Maria Myall, and was eight years old in 1851 when she was living with her family at Low Road in Mettingham

 

Maria Collett [18P77] was born at Mettingham in late December 1844, and was baptised there on 29th December 1844, the second daughter of Henry and Maria Collett.  Sadly, Maria did not reach her first birthday, when she died on 3rd October 1845 and was buried at Mettingham two days after, at the age of 10 months

 

Eleanor Collett [18P78 was born at Mettingham in late 1846 or early 1847, and was baptised there on 7th February 1847, the only surviving daughter of Henry and Maria Collett.  In 1851 Eleanor was listed with her parents and her sister Mary Ann (above) and her brother James (below) at Low Road in Mettingham as Ellen Collett aged four years.  Following the death of her mother in February 1854, Eleanor continued to live with her father, who married for a second time four months later.  By the time of the census of 1861 she was living with her father and her stepmother and her brother James (below) at Great Road in Mettingham where she was recorded as Eleanor Collett at 13 years of age, when she had already started work as a silk weaver.  Also living with the family in 1861 was Maria Collett who was seven.  She was Eleanor’s cousin, the base-born daughter of her aunt Susan Collett, the younger sister of her father Henry Collett.  It seems likely that Eleanor was married by the time of the census in 1871, since no record of her as Eleanor or Ellen Collett has been located

 

James Collett [18P79] was born at Mettingham in 1849, the only surviving son of Henry and Maria Collett, and was baptised at Mettingham on 10th March 1850.  In the following year, and at the time of the census in 1851, James Collett was one year old while living at Low Road in Mettingham with his family.  Upon the death of his mother, when James was four years old, his father remarried and, in the census of 1861, James was 12 and was living at Great Road in Mettingham with his father, his stepmother, his sister Eleanor, and his cousin Maria.  It is not known at this time what happened to James after 1861, but no record of him has been located in any of the census returns after that date

 

Walter Collett [18P80] was born at Mettingham during May in 1851, the son of Henry and Maria Collett.  Walter was baptised there on 9th June 1851, but tragically lost his life only six months later, following which he was buried at Mettingham on 4th January 1852 when he was only seven months old

 

George Collett [18P81] was born at Mettingham around the end of July 1853, the last child born to Henry Collett and Maria Myall.  Sadly, he died at Mettingham during the first week of October that same year, and was buried there on 9th October 1853 at the age of 10 weeks

 

Emma Porter [18P82] was born at Ilketshall St Andrew in 1857 and was baptised there on 9th August 1857, the daughter of James Porter and Mary Ann Collett.  It was her cousin Henry (Harry) Collett (Ref. 18P85) who Emma married at St Margaret’s Church in Toft Monks on 27th September 1881.  Harry was the oldest son of Mary Ann’s brother Robert Collett and his wife Eliza Barber.  The village of Toft Monks, just north of Beccles, was where Emma parents were living at that time.  During the year before she was married Emma, at the age of 23, was working as a cook at the Parsonage House in Hellesdon, the home of the Curate of Hellesdon and Drayton, thirty-eight years old Charles A Hope from Tasmania and his Suffolk wife Louisa Hope.  The photograph below was taken on the occasion of her 90th birthday during the summer of 1947.  In the picture directly behind Emma is her eldest son Robert James Collett (Ref. 18Q74), next to him to the right is his only son also Robert Collett (Ref. 18R29) who was always known as 'Bobs' like his father.  In front of him, seated, is his mother Bessie [Elizabeth Teresa Collett nee Hamblin], while next to him is Emma’s second son William Walter Collett (Ref. 18Q75) – the grandfather of Mary Ann Dunn who kindly provided the photograph.  Standing next to William on the far right is Mary Ann’s father Philip Robert Walter Collett (Ref. 18R30) with his wife Babs [May Lillian Collett nee Read] seated in front of him.  Next to Babs, and seated in front of William, is his wife Florence Maud Collett nee Death

 

 

On Emma's right is her daughter Dorothy Alice Collett (Ref. 18Q78), sitting in front of her husband Walter Ramsay, and standing next to him their son Harry.  Seated on the far left is Gladys Collett nee Finney, who was married to William Geoffrey (Ref. 18R31), who took the photograph.  In the front are Geoffrey’s and Gladys' daughter Simone Hilary Collett (Ref. 18S23), and Mary Ann Collett, aged nine, the aforementioned Mary Ann Dunn (Ref. 18S22).  The picture was taken in William’s and Flo's garden in Ipswich.  Missing from the family gathering was Emma's daughter Mabel May Collett (Ref. 18Q77), who had already emigrated to Australia by then, and her third daughter Beattie [Beatrice Emma Collett] (Ref. 18Q76) who had died during the previous year at the age of 60.  See Henry Collett (below) for more details of the family of Emma Collett nee Porter

 

William Charles Porter [18P83] was at Ilketshall St Andrew during 1860, and it was there also that he was baptised on 8th July 1860, the fourth child and second son of James Porter of Ellough and Mary Ann Collett of Mettingham.  In the census conducted during the following year, nine-month-old William Porter was living with his family at Tooks Common in Ilketshall St Andrew.  Around five years later his family moved to Ringsfield near Beccles where two more children were added to the family, before moving to 16 High Road in nearby Worlingham, where they were recorded as living at the time of the census in 1871 when William was ten years of age.  Between 1873 and 1880 William’s parents moved the three miles north of Beccles to the village of Toft Monks, where they finally settled and where they were recorded as living at 7 Bull’s Green in 1881 when agricultural labourer William Porter was 20 years old.  And it was at Toft Monks later the following year that William Charles Porter married (1) Georgiana Sutton on 17th October 1882, the daughter of Charles Sutton and Mary Ann Snowling.  The witnesses were Charles Grimmer and Alice Sutton.  Eighteen months earlier, Charles L Grimmer of Burnt House Farm in Haddiscoe, one mile north of Toft Monks, was recorded in the census of 1881 as a veterinary surgeon and a farmer of 171 acres employing six men and two boys.  Supporting his family was domestic servant Georgiana Sutton, aged 18, from Gillingham in Norfolk

 

Georgiana was born at Gillingham near Beccles during the last quarter of 1863, the birth being recorded at the Loddon registration office.  According to the census in 1891, the family was living at Rant Score in East Lowestoft and, by then, the couple’s nine-year marriage had already produced four children.  At that time the family comprised general labourer William Porter 30, his wife Georgiana Porter 28, William C Porter who was nine, Ethel Porter who was six, Beatrice Porter who was three, and John Porter who was one year old.  Rant Score is still a thoroughfare in Lowestoft today.  Later that same year Georgiana presented William with a third daughter, Alice Jane Porter who was born in October, and exactly two years after that the couple’s final child and their third son, Charles James Porter was born in October 1893, both children being born while the family was living in Lowestoft.  Sadly, it was during the birth of their last child, that Georgiana Porter died in Lowestoft, and it was on 9th October 1893 at Toft Monks, that William buried his wife.  It was nearly eight years later that widower William Charles Porter married (2) Richanda Duffield of 4 Eastern Square in Lowestoft.  She was the widow of James Thomas Duffield, and was formerly Richanda Blowers, the illegitimate daughter of Emma Blowers and John Mobbs, who was born at Oulton on 2nd April 1866.  The wedding ceremony took place at the Sailors & Fishermen Bethel in Lowestoft on 20th July 1901.  Four months earlier, widower William Porter, aged 40, was a watchman serving on board the fishing boat Emblem, sailing out of Lowestoft Harbour.  Historical note:  The ‘Emblem’ from Lowestoft was captured by a German submarine on 25th July 1915 and was destroyed

 

Only four of his five children have been identified in the 1901 Census, and the absence of son John may indicate he had already died by then.  William (Charles) Porter of Toft Monks was 20 and an agricultural labourer at Carlton Colville, Ethel (Elvina) Porter was 16 and a general domestic servant at the home of Samuel Read at 112 London Road in Kirkley, near Carlton Colville, while Beatrice (Georgiana) Porter was 13 and was still attending school in Toft Monks, while living there with her uncle Harry Porter.  Of the two youngest children, Alice Porter of Lowestoft was nine years old and may have been suffering with poor health, since she was living as a boarder with sick nurse Jemima Allen at her home at 8 Wesley Street in Lowestoft, while her brother Charles J Porter, age seven and from Lowestoft, was living at Toft Monks with his late mother’s parents, that is his Sutton grandparents.  Following his marriage to Richanda Duffield, the couple initially lived at Kirkley near Carlton Colville, where Richanda presented William with the first of their two children.  Edith Laura Porter was born at Kirkley on 17th February 1902, was baptised at St Peter’s Church in Kirkley on 23rd May 1902, but died before the end of June that same year.  By the time of the birth of their second child, William and Richanda were living at 6 Fir Terrace in Fir Lane in Lowestoft, where Herbert William Porter was born on 20th January 1905.  It was also at that same address that the family was living in April 1911

 

The record of the family in that year’s census return was curious to say the least.  William Porter was a boat owner’s labourer, but he gave his age as 53, instead of 50, and his place of birth as Toft rather than Ilketshall.  His wife was listed as Richanda Porter who said she was 45 and not married, and living with them was Charles Porter aged 16, William’s youngest son from his first marriage, and Bertie Duffield, aged six years, who was actually Herbert William Porter, together with Maud Duffield, aged 15, a child from Richanda’s first marriage, who was described as William’s niece, rather than his stepdaughter.  William Charles Porter was still living at 6 Fir Terrace in Fir Lane, Lowestoft when he died on 15th December 1914 at the age of 54.  His eldest son, William Charles Porter, is of particular interest.  Firstly, he married Frances Matilda Duffield at St Margaret’s Church in Lowestoft on 14th January 1908, Frances being the daughter of the aforementioned James Thomas Duffield and Richanda Blowers the latter, by then, being married to William’s father.  William was born at Toft Monks on 31st January 1884, where he was baptised on 23rd March 1884 at Lowestoft Primitive Methodist Church, which raises the question as to why his parents recorded him as being nine years old in 1891, and why he said he was 20 in 1901.  His wife Frances was born at Pakefield on 5th December 1889.  Frances died at Lowestoft on 31st May 1959, and was following by William who died in 1972.  The marriage produced issue for William and Frances, and from one of them there came a grandson for the couple, Robert Porter who, in 2010 was a tour guide at Adnam’s Brewery in Southwold where he met Brian Collett, to whom he generously provided all of the details regarding the Porter family and their earlier connection with the Collett family

 

Harry Porter [18P84] was born at Ringsfield in 1867, where he was baptised on 17th March 1867, the youngest surviving son, and eighth of the nine children of James Porter and Mary Ann Collett.  By the time of the census in 1871 Harry was four years old and was living with his family at 16 High Road in Worlingham, near Beccles.  During the next decade his family moved to 7 Bull’s Green in Toft Monks where he was 14 in 1881 and was living there with his parents and his older brother William Porter.  Harry, and his brother, and his father, were all employed as agricultural labourers at that time.  It would appear that he followed the example set by his sister Emma (above) by marrying one of his cousins.  It was at Toft Monks on 4th April 1896 that Harry Porter married Alice Edith Collett (below).  In addition to being his cousin, Alice Edith Collett was also his sister-in-law, she being the sister of Henry Collett who married Harry Porter’s sister Emma porter (above).  The wedding was recorded at Loddon in Norfolk (Ref. 4b 433) when the witnesses were named as Stephen James Grimson and Jane Blake

 

Once married, Harry and Alice Porter settled in the village of Toft Monks, where a total of eight children were born to the couple, although only five of them survived.  And it was there that the family was living at the time of the census in March 1901, when Harry Porter was a dealer in fowls.  According to that year’s census return, Harry was 34 and from Ringsfield, while his wife Alice was 33 and from Mettingham.  By then only two children were living with them, their first-born child Charles, having already died.  The two surviving children were Mary Ann Porter who was three and James Porter who was only one year old, both of them confirmed as having been born at Toft Monks.  During the next decade five more children were added to the family but only three of them survived.  So by the time of the next census in April 1911 the family at Toft Monks near Beccles was made up of Harry Porter, aged 44, Alice Porter, aged 43, Mary Ann Porter who was 13, James Porter who was 11, John Porter who was nine, Robert porter who was five and William Porter who was two years old.  In addition to this, the same census return stated that the couple had been married for fifteen years and included the names of the three children who had died even though they were ruled through. They were Charles, Harold and George who were the couple’s fifth and sixth children.  Harry Porter died at Toft Monks, where he was buried on 5th December 1941, while his wife survived him by fifteen years, when she was buried at Toft Monks on 10th October 1956

 

Maria Elizabeth Collett [18P85] was the base-born daughter of Susan Collett and was born at Mettingham around 1853.  In order avoid the shame brought of her family, the child was taken from Susan and placed in the care of the family of her older brother Henry Collett (above), he having lost a baby daughter called Maria some years earlier, and a baby son in the previous year.  It was while in his care that Maria Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Mettingham on 16th April 1854.  By the time of the census in 1861, Maria Collett was seven years old and was living at Great Road in Mettingham with her uncle Henry Collett, his second wife Catherine, and her two cousins Eleanor and James (above).  She was not actually living at Mettingham with the couple ten years later in 1871, but instead she was living nearby at Shipmeadow, where she was living and working at the home of elderly sisters Mary Ann Draper and Hannah Draper.  The sisters were unmarried and described as retired farmers and money lenders from Mettingham.  Their housekeeper was 21 years old Rosa Roe from Bungay, while Maria Collett from Mettingham was 18, and was employed as the domestic indoor servant.  During the following years it is anticipated that she was married, as no record of her as Maria Elizabeth Collett has been found in 1881

 

Albert Collett [18P86] was born at Mettingham in 1857, the first child born to Robert Collett and his first wife Eliza Barber.  Sadly, Albert died shortly after he was born and was buried at Mettingham on 11th November 1857

 

Henry Collett [18P87] was born at Mettingham in 1859, where he was baptised on 20th June 1859, the eldest surviving son of Robert and Eliza Collett.  Henry was one year old by the time of the census in 1861, although he was better known as Harry.  And it was as Harry Collett that he was listed in the census returns for 1871, 1881 1891, and 1901, although he was Henry Collett in the April census of 1911.  Harry Collett was 11 in 1871 and ten years later, at the age of 21, his occupation was that of a railway porter.  At that time, he was a lodger at the Mutford Bridge home in Oulton, Suffolk, of coal porter George Ratcliffe and his wife Elizabeth.  Six months later on 27th September 1881, Harry married his cousin Emma Porter (above) at Toft Monks, just two miles north of Beccles.  Emma was born in 1857 and was baptised at Ilketshall St Andrew on 9th August 1857, the daughter of James Porter and Mary Ann Collett.  Harry gave his occupation on that occasion as being a railway signalman.  The witnesses to the marriage were Emma’s father James Porter, who made his mark, and Alice Porter.  It seems very unlikely that Alice was in fact Harry’s sister Alice Collett, who was married to Emma’s brother, as she would have been only fourteen years of age in 1882.  Following their wedding the couple spent a short time living south of the Stour estuary at Mistley in Essex, but later moved north to Ipswich with their children, where they appear to have spent the rest of their lives together.  By the time of the Ipswich census of 1891 the family comprised Harry Collett, aged 31, his wife Emma Collett, who was 32, and their four children, who at that time were Robert Collett, who was seven, William W Collett, who was six, Beatrice E Collett, who was four, and Mabel M Collett who was one year old

 

According to the next census in 1901, the family was living in the St Mary Stoke area of Ipswich.  Harry was confirmed as being 41 and born at Mettingham, while he was employed as a ticket collector.  His wife Emma was 42 and from Ilketshall St Andrew, and their eldest son Robert, aged 17, had been born while the couple was living at Mistley.  All of the couple’s younger children had been born after the family moved to Ipswich, and they were William W Collett, aged 16, Beatrice E Collett, aged 14, Mabel M Collett, who was 11, and Dorothy A Collett who was five years old.  By April 1911 the family was still living within the Ipswich area, where Henry Collett of Mettingham was 51 and his wife Emma was 53.  Three of their children had left home by that time and they were Robert James, who was living nearby in Ipswich, although recorded in error as Robert James Collett from Mistley, William Walter who was married by then, and Beatrice Emma who was living and working in the Sudbury area of Suffolk.  The two children still living at Ipswich with their parents were the two youngest girls, Mabel May Collett, who was 21, and Dorothy Alice Collett who was 15.  Henry (Harry) Collett survived for another six years after the census day, when he died during 1917 at the age of 58.  His widow Emma lived on for a further thirty-three years, until her death in 1950 when she was aged 93.  See photograph (above) of Emma surrounded by her family at her 90th birthday party in the garden of her son William in Ipswich in 1947

 

18Q74– Robert James Collett was born in 1883 at Mistley, Essex

18Q75– William Walter Collett was born in 1884 at Ipswich

18Q76– Beatrice Emma Collett was born in 1886 at Ipswich

18Q77– Mabel May Collett was born in 1889 at Ipswich

18Q78– Doris Alice Collett was born in 1895 at Ipswich

 

Alice Edith Collett [18P88] was born at Mettingham in 1867, the year before her mother died.  By the time of the census of 1871 Alice and her family were living at Broome.  Alice was listed as being three years old and was living with her father Robert Collett, her stepmother Ellen, her brother Harry (above), and her half-sisters Clara and Ellen (below).  Ten years later, at the time of the census of 1881, the Alice and her family were living at the Black Horse Inn at Ditchingham, to where the family had moved from Broome in 1872.  Alice was listed as being 13 and born at Mettingham in Suffolk, and by that time she had left school and was working as a silk winder.  In 1891 Alice was 23 and was unmarried, while living within the Beccles & Wangford census registration district of Suffolk.  Just over five years later at Toft Monks near Beccles that Alice Edith Collett married her cousin Harry Porter on 4th April 1896.  Harry was the younger brother of Emma Porter who married Alice’s brother Henry Collett (above), Harry being the son of Mary Ann Collett and James Porter.  For more details of their family see Harry Porter (above)

 

Clara Elizabeth Collett [18P89] was born at Broome near Bungay in 1869, the first child of Robert Collett with his second wife Ellen Beckett who were married at Mettingham on 16th December 1868.  Clara and her family were still living in Broome at the time of the census in 1871, when she was two years old, but during the following year the family moved to Ditchingham near Bungay.  Clara’s father took over the running of the Black Horse Inn at Ditchingham, and it was there that the family was living in 1881, by which time Clara was twelve and was still attending school although she was also described as a silk winder, like her older sister Alice (above).  Just under ten years later Clara married Alfred Elden with whom she is reputed to have had around thirteen children, even though only nine of them are listed below.  Alfred was a bricklayer, the son of bricklayer George and Rachel Elden of Broome where Alfred was also born in 1869.  Around the time that Alfred was ten years old his mother died, possibly during childbirth.  Alfred was twelve years old in 1881 and was living with his widowed father and his three brothers and younger sister at Broome.  Two older sisters had already left the family home by then, or had not survived

 

In 1871 the Elden family of Broome comprised George aged 34, Rachel aged 31, Caroline Elden who was eight, Edward Elden who was six, Susannah Elden who was five, and Alfred who was one year old.  Ten years later George was 43, Edward was 17, Alfred was 12, Eleanor was 10, Jeffrey George was five, and Bertie Joseph was four years old.  Alfred and Clara were still living in Broome in 1891 where, over the next seven years, three of their surviving children were born.  Alfred Elden was 21 in 1891, while his wife Clara E Elden was 22.  It was after the birth of son Alfred in 1897 that the family left Norfolk and moved south to Ipswich, where the couple’s remaining children were born, and where they were living in 1901 and 1911.  The census of 1901 recorded the family was Alfred and Clara who were both 31, and their six children Donald who was nine, Margaret who was eight, Alfred who was four, Bertie who was three, Reginald who was one year old, and baby Horace who was under one year old.  Over the next decade a further three children were added to the family.  By April 1911, the family comprised Alfred and Clara Elizabeth who were 42, and their nine children.  They were Donald Edward Elden aged 19, Margaret Kate Elden aged 18, Alfred George Elden aged 14, Bertie Arthur Elden aged 13, Reginald James Elden aged 12, Horace Redvere (?) Elden aged 10, Arthur Sydney Elden who was seven, and Frank Ernest Elden who was six years old

 

Just immediately prior to the census day in 1911, Clara had given birth to the couple’s latest child, and the baby boy, who was presumably only a few hours old, was unnamed on the day of the census, being recorded as ‘not yet named’.  One of the couple’s missing child, was Harold Robert Elden who, in 1911, was 16 and a baker’s assistant, who was living in Ipswich at the home of Clara’s stepmother, her father’s second wife, the former Ellen Beckett. The names of the other two ‘missing children’ of Clara and Alfred Elden are likely to be Clara Eleanor Elden and Sidney Albert Elden, although no records have been so far found to support this.  It is therefore possible that they did not survive beyond childhood.  Clara’s husband Alfred Elden died in 1947, while Clara Elizabeth Elden nee Collett lived a very long life before her passing in 1963 when she was around 93 years of age

 

Ellen Elizabeth Collett [18P90] was born at Broome in 1870 and was baptised at Ditchingham on 28th August 1870, the daughter of Robert and Ellen Collett.  By 2nd April 1871 she was less than one year old and, in the census return, she was referred to as Elizabeth, while living with her father Robert, her mother Ellen and her three siblings Harry, Alice, and Clara (above).  At the age of ten years, and as Elizabeth, she was living with her family at the Black Horse Inn at Ditchingham where her father was the beer retailer.  By 1891 she was listed as Ellen E Collett aged 20 and born at Broome where she was living with her parents at that time.  It was originally believed that she had married Henry Bird shortly after the 1891 Census, but it is now established that Ellen Elizabeth Collett died at Broome on 2nd August 1893 at the age of 23, and that it was her younger sister Florence (below) who married Henry Bird

 

Horace Collett [18P91] was born at Broome in 1872 and was nine years old in April 1881 when living with his family at The Black Horse Inn in Ditchingham.  By 1891 Horace Collett of Broome was 18 and had left the family home and was living and working within the Hartney Wintney & Farnborough registration area.  That may indicate he had joined the army and that could also be the reason he was not listed in the UK in 1901.  Curiously there was one other Collett living in the same area in 1891.  That was Owen Collett, who was 19, of whom no other record has been found either before or after 1891, and including the census of 1911.  According to the census of 1911, unmarried Horace was thirty-nine and was once again living at the home of his widowed mother Ellen, who had since moved to Ipswich with her two youngest sons Arthur and Sidney (below).  On that day, Horace Collett from Ditchingham was employed as a labourer at an iron foundry.

 

The aforementioned connection to the army may be very relevant, since Horace Collett, a pioneer with the Royal Engineers, was killed in East Africa on 22nd February 1918.  Probate of his Will valued at £515 14 Shillings 6d was granted in London on 7th June 1918 to his widow Mary Ethel Collett, when the home address was recorded as Rodbridge Corner, near Long Melford to the west of Ipswich.  The military record for Horace Collett confirmed his service number was 288317 and that he was buried at the Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery.  Curiously though, in addition to this, his name was included on a brass plate in St Hildeburgh’s Church at Hoylake in Cheshire, having originally been in Holy Trinity Church in Hoylake until it was demolished in the 1970s.  This therefore raises the question as to whether he was the Horace Collett from Broome, which now seems unlikely – see below.  The death record of one Horace Collett has been discovered during 2015, which contains the following details.  He was 82 at the time of his passing, which was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 754) during the second quarter of 1954 and which provides a date of birth of around 1872

 

Florence Collett [18P92] may have been born at Broome like her brother Horace (above), although she was baptised at Ditchingham on 26th September 1873, the daughter of Robert and Ellen Collett.  By the time of the 1881 Census Florence was aged 8 and was living with her parents at the Black Horse Inn at Ditchingham.  She was also still living with her parents ten years later at their home in Broome at the age of 18, but fifteen days after the census day in 1891 she was married.  Florence married Henry Bird at the parish church in Broome on 20th April 1891.  The parish register confirmed that Henry Bird of Ditchingham was 21 and a labourer, while Florence was 19 (?) and a domestic servant from Broome whose father was labourer Robert Collett.  The witnesses at the church were Robert Collett and Rose Saws.  Over the next seven years Florence presented her husband with three children while they were living in Broome.  They were William Bird, Marion Bird and Ellen Bird.  In March 1901 the census for the village of Broome recorded the Bird family as Henry aged 31 of Ilketshall St Lawrence (?) and just his two oldest children, William who was eight and Marion who was five.  It may have been the absence of Henry’s wife Florence that resulted in the couple’s youngest child, three-year old Ellen Bird, staying nearby in Broome with her grandmother Ellen Collett

 

According to the 1901 Census for the London Borough of West Ham Florence Bird, aged 29 and from Broome, was recorded there with her new husband George Bird of Ditchingham, the brother of her previous husband Henry.  George was 30 and was a carpenter’s labourer, while living with the couple was their daughter Alice M Bird who was one year old and born at Islington.  That situation would appear to indicate that her marriage to Henry Bird had only lasted for about seven years, following which she had ‘runaway’ to London with his brother.  Four further children were added to the family over the next ten years, and by April 1911 the larger family was living at 25 Poplar Walk in Lambeth.  George Bird was a gardener aged 39 from Norfolk, his wife Florence from Norfolk was 38, and their five children were Alice, aged 11, George who was nine, Gladys who was six, Ivy who was three, and Grace who was one year old.  The first three children had been born at Islington, the next at Dulwich, and the last at Norwood

 

Kate Collett [18P93] was born at Ditchingham in 1874 and was baptised there on 6th March 1874, the daughter of Robert Collett and his second wife Ellen.  At the time of the census in 1881 Kate was seven years old and living with her family at the Black Horse Inn at Ditchingham.  During the next decade her family left Ditchingham and moved to Broome where they were living in 1891, but with Kate absent at that time.  Kate was around 24 years of age when she married Charles Bloomfield, the wedding taking place at Loddon in Norfolk in 1898.  The couple initially lived at Broome where their first child was born, before moving to 5 Small Lea Cottages in Cheshunt.  The move to Hertfordshire was very likely the result of Charles taking up employment as a carman with the London & North Eastern Railway

 

 

The photograph above was kindly supplied by Steve Keeble and is believed to have been taken around 1924, possibly even on the occasion of Kate’s fiftieth birthday.  The Cheshunt census in March 1901 recorded Charles Bloomfield of Suffolk as 29, Kate Bloomfield of Broome (sic) as 27, and their son as Arthur Bloomfield who was just one year old.  Living with the family was boarder Arthur Cranfield who was 22 and a stockman from Suffolk.  Sometime during the next year or so the family left Cheshunt and moved to 11 Kings Road in nearby Waltham Cross to be closer to the railway station.  And it was while the family was living there that Kate presented Charles with their second child Percy Bloomfield in 1903.  According to the census of 1911, the family was still living at 11 Kings Road, from where Charles was still working as a carman.  The census return recorded that Charles Bloomfield of Wingfield in Suffolk was 39, and that his wife of twelve years Kate, was 37 and from Ditchingham in Norfolk, while their two sons were eleven and seven respectively.  Living with the family as boarders on that occasion were two bachelors, carpenter Charles Miller, 37 from Notting Hill, and 28 years old John Clark from Watford, a worker at the Royal Gunpowder Factory

 

Tragically, it was just three years later that Kate was made a widow when Charles died as a result of an accident while working on the railway.  That happened in 1914 when he suffered a fatal head injury caused by a collision with an overhead beam.  Of their two children, very little is known about Percy, except that he died in 1936.  As regards Arthur Bloomfield, he volunteered for the army in 1915 but, being below the minimum age, he said he was older in order to be accepted.  He joined a Norfolk Regiment and gained the crossed guns emblem of a marksman.  In 1916, he was sent to France and was given the role of a Lewis Gunner in trenches.  During the Battle of the Somme in August that same year, Arthur sustained a serious shrapnel injury to the head which resulted in his return to England for recuperation and his ultimate retirement from the army.  It was a few years late in 1922 that Arthur Bloomfield married Winifred Jackson with whom he had two children.  Their first child was Audrey, who was born in 1923 and who died in 1979.  It was around the birth of the second child that sadly Winifred died.  Dorine was born in 1928 just prior to the death of her mother, following which Arthur returned to live in Suffolk with his two daughters.  Majuba Cottage in Beccles, where Arthur and the girls settled, had previously been owned by the late Henry Keable, Arthur’s uncle through marriage to his aunt Maria Bloomfield.  Upon the death of Henry Keable in 1924, the property was purchased by Mr H Theobald for £580 and was eventually rented by Arthur Bloomfield from 1928

 

At the time of the sale in 1924, Majuba Cottage, at Swines Green, off Ingate Place in Beccles was described as being ‘A well-built freehold dwelling house containing 2 sitting rooms, kitchen and 3 bedrooms, with offices in rear, stable, cart shed, piggeries, granary, fowl houses, and other outbuildings AND valuable enclosure of productive land, the whole containing 3 roods and 35 perches, well adapted for a Poultry Farm, Market Garden or Building Purposes, having a frontage of 252 feet upon the High Road’.  It was built in 1901 of bricks made from clay from the Beccles brick kilns.  Arthur’s mother Kate also lived with the family at Majuba Cottage, where she acted as mother to her two granddaughters.  That arrangement continued for a further five years, until the passing of Kate Bloomfield nee Collett while she lay in her bed at Majuba Cottage in 1933 at nearly 60 years of age.  Her son Arthur Bloomfield was 75 years old when he died in 1974.  All of this information has been kindly provided by Steve Keeble who was born in 1960, the son of Dorine Bloomfield and Stanley Charles Keeble who were married in 1959.  Sadly, Dorine Keeble nee Bloomfield passed away in hospital, following a very brief illness, on Saturday 30th June 2012 at the age of 84

 

Robert Collett [18P94] was born at Ditchingham on 17th March 1876 and very likely at the Black Horse Inn in Ditchingham where his family was living in 1881 when Robert was six years old.  His birth was recorded at Ditchingham (Ref. 26 103) when his parents were named as Robert and Ellen Collett.  By the time he was 16, he was a brick labourer, living with his family at Woodton, just north-west of Bungay.  No trace of Robert Collett has been found so far in the 1901 Census, nor have any details been unearthed about him at any time thereafter.  What became of him is not known at this time if, in fact, he did survive beyond his teenage years

 

Jessie L Collett [18P95] was born at Ditchingham in 1878 and was three years old in 1881 when living with her family at the Black Horse Inn in Ditchingham.  Upon leaving school, she entered into domestic service and by 1901 she was living and working in the St Margaret’s district of Ipswich where, at 23 years of age, she was employed as a parlour maid, at which time she was referred to as Jessie.  Two years later Jessie Collett married Edwin Abbott during the final quarter of 1903, the event recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4a 1966), and by April 1911 she had given birth to three children.  The census that year placed the family at 28 Upland Road in the St John's district of Ipswich.  Jessie Abbott from Ditchingham was 33 and had been married to Edwin, also 33, for seven years.  Their three children were named as Florence Abbott who was six, Olive Abbott who was four and Monica Abbott who was two.  It was as Jessie L Abbott aged 61, that her death was recorded at Ipswich register office (Re. 4a 1504) during the first three months of 1939

 

Arthur Collett [18P96] was born at Ditchingham in 1883.  Sometime before 1889, his family left Ditchingham and moved to Broome, where they were living in 1891 when Arthur was seven years old.  Ten years later, at the age of 17, Arthur was working as a railway porter when he living with his widowed mother, Ellen Collett, and his youngest brother Sidney (below) at her home in Broome.  In April 1911, Arthur was still not married at the age of 27, when he was still living with his mother Ellen who had settled in Ipswich by that time.  On that census day, Arthur Collett from Ditchingham, was employed by the Ipswich Borough Council as a tramway motor man

 

Sidney Walter Collett [18P97] was born at Broome near the end 1888 or early in 1889, with his birth recorded at Loddon (Ref. 4b 224) during the first months of the latter.  He was the youngest child of Robert Collett and Ellen Beckett, and it was also at Broome, that he was living with his widowed mother Ellen in 1901 at the age of 12.  Also still living in the family home at Broome was Sidney’s older brother Arthur (above).  By the time of the census of 1911, Sidney Collett was 22 when he and his mother and two brothers, Horace and Arthur, were residing in the Ipswich area of Suffolk.  Also living there with them was Sidney’s nephew Harold Eldon from Broome, the child of one of his married sisters.  At that time in his life Sidney Collett from Broome was employed as a domestic chauffeur.  It was just four years after that day, when Sidney became a married man, with the marriage of Sidney W Collett and Ethel M Mallett recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 1619) during the second quarter of 1915.  Ethel May Mallett had been born at Ipswich on 12th April 1889, the fourth child of Joseph T Mallett and Jessie Mallett.  Their marriage produced two sons for Sidney and Ethel, the birth of both boys recorded at Ipswich, where their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Mallett.  The eldest son appears not to have married, his birth recorded (Ref. 4a 1973) during the second quarter of 1916, who was later mentioned in the Will of his father, following his death on 19th August 1950 at the Borough General Hospital in Ipswich, when Sidney, Ethel and Ralph had been residing at 17 Ringham Road in the town.  The death of Sidney W Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 643), when he was 61 years old.  The Will of Sidney Walter Collett was then proved at Ipswich on 29th September 1950, when the two beneficiaries of his estate, amounting to £1,952 6 Shillings, were Ethel May Collett, widow, and Ralph Edwin Collett a commercial clerk.  Ethel May Collett survived her husband by nearly twenty-seven years, when her death was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 10 2396) in the spring of 1977.  However, she had suffered the loss of her eldest son five years earlier, when the death of Ralph Edwin Collett was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. b 2956) at the start of 1972, aged 55

 

18Q79 - Ralph Edwin Collett was born on 14th March 1916 at Ipswich

18Q80 - Sidney Victor Collett was born in 1921 at Ipswich

 

George Collett [18P98] was born at Mettingham in 1859 and was baptised there on 29th May 1859, the eldest child of Christopher Collett of Mettingham and his wife Lucy Jones.  George was one year old in the Mettingham census in 1861 when he was living there with his parents.  He was still with his parents ten years later when the family was living at Wrentham, north of Southwold, when he was 11 years old.  When George was in his early-to-middle teenage years his younger brother Walter Henry Collett died when he was around three or four years old and that tragic event may have been the reason why his family moved north to Lancashire shortly thereafter.  By the time of the census in 1881, George Collett, aged 22 and from Mettingham, was living at 65 Rowbotham Street in Manchester.  He was a boarder at the home of Henry Cooper who was a railway porter, while George himself was a railway ticket collector.  It was at Barton-upon-Irwell during the first quarter of 1884 that George married Matilda (Martha) Jane Higginbottom.  She was born at Morton Green in Patricroft (Eccles) in 1857, and was the daughter of labourer Joseph Higginbottom and his wife Mary Ann.  The marriage produced three children prior to the next census in 1891, when the family was living at 24 New York Street in the Pendleton area of Salford and comprised George Collett from Mettingham, who was 32 and a ticket collector, his wife Matilda J Collett, who was 34, and their children Florence M Collett who was six, George Collett who was two, and Walter Collett who was under one year old.  At the time of the birth of son Walter, George was a rail ticket collector living at Seedley Road in Pendleton

 

Within a couple of years of the census George’s wife presented him with their fourth and last child while they were still living at Pendleton.  However, during the next few years the family moved to 86 Church Street in Pendleton, as confirmed in the census of 1901, when George’s place of birth was listed as Mettingham in Suffolk.  George Collett was 42 and was a bus man for a railway company, and his wife Martha J Collett from Morton Green Lanes (?) was 45 and a hardware dealer.  All four of their children were living with them at that time, and they were Florence Collett, aged 16, George Collett, aged 12, Walter Collett, aged 10, and Ernest Collett who was seven.  All three boys were still attending the local school.  Another family move seems to have taken place during the first decade of the new century, most likely after their daughter gave birth to a daughter out of wedlock

 

By the time of the next census in 1911, the family was living at Shore, Blackpool, not far from Fylde where the child had been born.  George of Mettingham was 53, his wife Martha Jane was 55, and their unmarried children were Florence Mary 26, George 22, Walter 20, and Ernest Victor who was 17.  All three of George’s sons were confirmed as having been born at Pendleton.  Also listed with the family was six months old Gertrude Lucy Collett, the first grandchild for George and Martha.  The death of George Collett was recorded at Fylde register office (Ref. 8e 878) during the first quarter of 1928, when he was 68.  Seven years earlier, Martha Jane Collett had died at Blackpool on 11th November 1921, following which her Will was proved at Blackpool on 26th January 1922, the beneficiaries being named as George Collett and George Collett, her husband and eldest son

 

18Q81 - Florence Mary Collett was born in 1884 at Patricroft, Eccles

18Q82 - George Collett was born in 1888 at Pendleton, Salford

18Q83 - Walter Collett was born in 1890 at Pendleton, Salford

18Q84 - Ernest Victor Collett was born in 1893 at Pendleton, Salford

 

Ann Catherine Collett [18P99] was born at Chediston in 1862, the second child and eldest daughter of Christopher Collett and Lucy Jones, but was not baptised there.  Her mother was born at Chediston and it is therefore highly likely that Ann was born at the home of her maternal grandparents, since she was the only child of Christopher and Lucy to be born there.  Not long after she was born her family was living at Cuckholds Green in Wrentham near Southwold, and around the time of the death of her brother Walter Henry Collett (below) in 1873, Ann and her family moved to Lancashire.  The move was confirmed in the census of 1881 when the family was living at 33 King Street in Barton-upon-Irwell.  Ann was recorded as Catherine Collett, aged 18, who by that time had entered into domestic service upon leaving school.  However, whilst her occupation was stated as being that of a general domestic servant, she was also described as being unemployed at that time.  Her father died at the end of 1882 and six years after that her mother remarried to become Lucy Bower, and with no trace of her in 1891 it is assumed that she was married by then

 

Frederick Christopher Collett [18P100] was born at Wrentham near Southwold on 24th July 1866, and was baptised there on 29th July 1866, the son of Christopher and Lucy Collett.  And it was at Cuckholds Green in Wrentham that Frederick C Collett, aged four years, was living with his family in 1871, and was already attending the village school.  Around 1874 the family travelled to Lancashire where they were living in 1881.  By then Fred C Collett, aged 14, had left school and had begun work as a domestic groom, while still living with his family at 33 King Street in Barton-upon-Irwell.  His father died towards the end of 1882 and, six years later, his mother was remarried to become Lucy Bower.  So, by the time of the next census in 1891, the only Colletts still living in the Barton-upon-Irwell area were Frederick, together with his two brothers Henry and Walter William (below).  For whatever reason, at that time in their lives, both Frederick and brother Walter took up using their second names, so in the census return Frederick was recorded as Christopher Collett from Wrentham who was 24.  It was just over four years later at Barton-upon-Irwell, during the last three months of 1895 that Frederick Collett married Margaret Jane Challoner from St Asaph in Flintshire, near Denbigh in North Wales, where she was born around 1870 to bricklayer Joseph Challoner and his wife Elizabeth.  Shortly after they were married the couple settled in Wigan where their children were born.  By the time of the census in 1901 the marriage had produced their first children.  The census returned confirmed that Frederick C Collett, aged 33, was a green grocer living at 39 Darlington Street in Wigan

 

At that time his wife Margaret J Collett was 30, and their daughter Fanny Collett was four years old.  During the following year the family was expanded by the birth of a second daughter while the family was still living in Wigan, and before they moved to the Ormskirk area of Lancashire.  And it was at Hoscar Lathom, three miles north-east of Ormskirk, that the family was living at the time of the April census in 1911.  Frederick Collett was 44, Margaret Collett was 40, Fanny Collett was 14, and Clara Collett was eight years old, both confirmed as born at Wigan.  It would appear that Margaret died prior to the passing of her husband, since Frederick Christopher Collett was living at West View in Hoscar Lathom when he died on 6th February 1939, his death being recorded at Ormskirk register office that same quarter.  Probate was completed less than a month later at Liverpool on 1st March, when his unmarried daughter Fanny Collett was named together with canal toll clerk Thomas Barrow.  His estate was valued at £448 14 Shillings 6d.  The reference to the canal is very interesting since Hoscar Lathom sits of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

 

18Q85 - Fanny Collett was born in 1896 at Wigan

18Q86 - Clara Collett was born in 1902 at Wigan

 

Walter Harry Collett [18P101] was born at Wrentham in 1868, but was not baptised until he was around two years old when he was baptised in a joint ceremony with his baby brother Alfred (below) on 10th July 1870, the son of Christopher and Lucy Collett.  That was confirmed in the Wrentham census of 1871, when Walter H Collett was two years old.  His delayed baptism may have had something to do with Walter being a poorly child because, two years after his family had move north to Lancashire, Walter Harry Collett died at Winton in Eccles, his death being recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell during the second quarter of 1876

 

Alfred Collett [18P102] was born at Wrentham in 1870 where he was baptised in a joint ceremony with his older brother Walter (above) on 10th July 1870, the son of Christopher and Lucy Collett.  Alfred was one year old in the Wrentham census of 1871 when he was living at Cuckholds Green with his family.  Towards the middle of the 1870s his family moved north to Manchester, and in 1881 they were living at 33 King Street in Barton-upon-Irwell where schoolboy Alfred was 11.  His father died at the end of the following year, and it is also possible that Alfred Collett was another victim of whatever had killed his father and his older brother Walter (above), since no record of him has been found after 1881

 

Henry Collett [18P103] was born at Wrentham in 1872, the son of Christopher and Lucy Collett, whose birth was registered at Blything during the third quarter of that year.  No baptism record for him has been found at Wrentham, although it is known that he was born just prior to the death of his brother Walter (above) at Wrentham.  Henry was one year old when his brother died, and at that time his parents had swapped living in Suffolk for a new life in Lancashire.  It was at 33 King Street in Barton-upon-Irwell that Henry Collett was eight years old in the census of 1881, when he was living there with his family and attending the local school.  Following the death of his father in 1882, his mother married Samuel Bower in 1888 and in 1891 Henry Collett of Wrentham was 18 when he was working as a carter while he was a lodger at the home of labourer Richard Atkinson and his wife Sarah at 5 Dudley Street in Barton-upon-Irwell.  Also, a member of the Atkinson family was their daughter Catherine who was 19 in 1891, and it was with her the Henry began a friendship that resulted in them being married.

 

It was around eighteen months later at Barton-upon-Irwell that Henry Collett married Catherine Atkinson during the third quarter of 1893.  Catherine was born at Bolton in 1871.  Over the next eight years Catherine presented Henry with four children and, according to the census in 1901, three of them were born at Patricroft in Eccles, within the Barton-upon-Irwell registration district.  The census return that year listed the family as living at 12 Hampton Groves in Eccles.  Henry and Catherine were both 28, and at that time in his life Henry from Wrentham was a house painter and decorator.  Their children were recorded as Bertha Collett who was six, Christopher Collett who was five, and Elsie Collett who were two years old.  During the next year the couple’s last child was born at Winton, whereas on the occasion of the census in 1911 the place of birth of all four of the children was stated as being Winton in Eccles, which was where Henry’s parents had originally settled after their move from Suffolk, and where his youngest brother Walter (below) was born, together with his two children

 

The census return in April 1911 placed the family living at 54 Liverpool Road in Eccles, within the Barton-upon-Irwell registration district where it comprised Henry and Catherine, who were both 39, and their five children.  Bertha Collett was 16, Christopher Collett was 15, Elsie Collett was 12, while Dora Collett was eight years old.  At that time in his life Henry was continuing to work as a house painter.  Staying with the family on the day of the census was Alfred Collett, aged 12 and from Winton, who was Henry’s nephew, being the son of his brother Walter William Collett (below).  Nothing is known about the family after 1911, except that Catherine Collett nee Atkinson died during the first three months of 1953, and that her death was recorded at the Barton-upon-Irwell registration office

 

18Q87 - Bertha Collett was born in 1894 at Patricroft, Eccles

18Q88 - Christopher Henry Collett was born in 1896 at Patricroft, Eccles

18Q89 - Elsie Collett was born in 1898 at Patricroft, Eccles

18Q90 - Dora Collett was born in 1903 at Winton, Eccles

 

Walter William Collett [18P104] was born at Winton in Eccles in 1874, the youngest son of Suffolk couple Christopher Collett of Mettingham and Lucy Jones of Chediston.  His parents had only just moved to Lancashire when he was born, and that move also happened following the death of his older brother Walter Henry Collett, after whom he was named.  Following a short period living in Winton the family moved from there to 33 King Street in Barton-upon-Irwell before 1881, since it was there that they were living at the time of the census that year.  Walter Collett was six years old by then, and was attending the local school.  That reference to him in the census of 1881, appears to be the last occasion in his life when he was noted in public records as Walter Collett.  From the subsequent records thereafter, it looks as though, as an adult, that he opted to use his second name of William instead.  His father died at Barton-upon-Irwell towards the end of 1882, and in 1888 his mother married Samuel Bower.  By the time of the census in 1891 ‘William Collett’, aged 16, was working as a labourer at a timber merchant while he was living with his mother Lucy Bower at the home of Samuel Bower at 9 Elizabeth Street in Barton-upon-Irwell

 

It was less than four years later that William Collett married Eda Jones who was born at Salford in 1870, the daughter of Francis Jones, a clerk at a paint works, and his wife Sarah.  The marriage was registered at Barton-upon-Irwell during the first quarter of 1895.  Once they were married William and Eda lived much of their early life together in Winton in Eccles.  The marriage produced just two children for the couple at Winton, and the four members of the family were living at 22 Worsley Road in Eccles by March 1901.  ‘William Collett’ of Winton was 26 and a salesman at a timber yard, his wife Eda from nearby Salford was 31, their daughter Lillian Collett was four, and their son Alfred Collett was two years old.  Things were slightly different ten years later, perhaps because William’s mother, Lucy Bower, had died at Barton-upon-Irwell just a few weeks prior to the census and, following her death, his stepfather Samuel Bower, aged 66, was staying with the Collett family in early April 1911.  In order to accommodate Samuel, William’s son Alfred was staying with his brother Henry (above).  At that time the family was living at 5 Byron Street in the Patricroft area of Eccles, where William Collett was 36 and a house painter, Eda Collett was 40, and Lillian Collett was 14.  However, on that occasion their son was not living with the family but, later on, he joined his father in the family business of W Collett & Son, Painters & Decorators, who certainly worked together up until the Second War World.  The death of William Collett was recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 8c 587) during the second quarter of 1943, when he was 68.  Two years later, William’s widow was reported in a local newspaper printed in 1945, to be residing at Lynwood Avenue in Patricroft, in an article about the promotion of son Alfred to Lieutenant-Colonel.  It was near the end of that same year, when the death of Eda Collett, aged 76, was recorded at Stockport register office (Ref. 8a 57) during the last three months of 1945

 

18Q91 - Lillian Collett was born in 1896 at Winton, Eccles

18Q92 - Alfred Collett was born in 1898 at Winton, Eccles

 

Alfred Ernest Collett [18P105] was born at Brooke, near Loddon in Norfolk during 1854, the eldest child of Charles Collett and Ellen Rix, who was baptised there on 23rd October 1854.  Not long after he was born his father’s work as a domestic servant took the young family to Hampstead in London, where they lived until around 1862, as confirmed by the Hampstead census in 1861 when Alfred A A Collett was six years old.  Following the birth of his second brother at Hampstead, the family returned to Brooke, where another brother was added to his family.  Two more children were born into the family after it had moved into Norwich around 1865 but, tragically, after that, Alfred’s mother died and for a short while the young children were looked after by their father within the Parish of St Margaret in the West Wymer district of Norwich.  It was there that they were living in 1871 when Alfred Collett from Brooke was 17.  Ultimately though, it would appear that the family was eventually split up and, by 1881, Alfred from Brooke was 26 and working as a brewer’s servant, while residing at Bartholomew Street within the Holy Sepulchre area of Norwich.

 

It was during the last quarter of 1888, when the marriage of Alfred E Collett and the older Sophia Nobes was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 387), whose age varied from census to census.  In 1891 the childless couple was living in the West Wymer district of Norwich when Alfred was 37 and Sophia was 45.  Being that much older than Alfred, there never was any chance of children and, in 1901, it was just the two of them still living in Norwich, where Alfred Collett from Brooke was 46 and a gardener, while Sophia Collett from Knodishall in Suffolk was 56.  After a further decade they were still living in the West Wymer area of Norwich, at 38 Exeter Street, where Alfred from Brooke was 56 and a gardener who had been married to Sophia, aged 69, for twenty-two years.  The couple was still residing in Norwich when first Sophia passed away, followed eleven years after by her husband.  Sophia Collett of 12 Ashbourne Street in Norwich and the wife of Alfred Ernest Collett died on 23rd March 1927, her death recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 4b 190) when she was 85.  Curiously administration of her personal effects valued at £122 11 Shillings 5d was granted to Horatio William Nobbs, a corporation labourer, which raises the question, why was it not her husband?  The death of Alfred E Collett aged 83 was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 4b 141) during the second quarter of 1938

 

Charles George Collett [18P106] was born at Hampstead in London early in 1858, the second child of Charles and Ellen Collett.  It was also at Hampstead (Ref. 1a 497) where the birth of Charles George Collett was recorded during the first three months of 1858.  In the Hampstead census of 1861 Charles G Collett was three years old.  After the death of his mother around 1868 when the family was living in Norwich, Charles and his five siblings were living in West Wymer, Norwich in 1871, when he was 14 and his place of birth was confirmed as London.  Charles was only one of two children still living with his father at the Jolly Butchers Inn on Ber Street in Norwich in 1881, when he was incorrectly recorded as Charles Collett junior aged 21 and born at Brooke, rather than being aged 23 and from Hampstead.  Also, in error, his younger brother Herbert (below) was said to have been born at Hampstead when, in fact, it was he who had been born at Brooke, both of them working as agricultural labourers.  A little while later Charles married Jessie who was born at Devonport in Plymouth around 1860.  Curiously, in the Norwich & Conisford census of 1891, the childless couple gave the census enumerator incorrect ages when they said they were 29 and 28 respectively, when in fact they were nearer 32 and 30, and Charles was working as a bricklayer and Jessie’s county of birth was recorded as Kent.  More accurate ages were offered at the time of the next census in 1901.  On that occasion Charles Collett from Brooke was 42 and was employed as a bricklayer’s labourer, while his wife Jessie was 40 and was described as a charwoman.  The next Norwich census in 1911, raises a major question.  Charles G Collett was 52 and a bricklayer’s labourer, who said he was born at Brooke, obviously where he was raised from an early age.  However, instead of his status being married or widowed, he was recorded as being single

 

Herbert Albert Collett [18P108] was born at Brooke, near Loddon in Norfolk, following which his birth was recorded at Loddon (Ref. 4b 197) during the third quarter of 1863, as Herbert Collett.  He was seven years old in the West Wymer Norfolk census of 1871, when his birthplace was confirmed as Brooke.  With two older brothers born at Hampstead in London, it is perhaps not surprising that the census return completed in 1881 gave the birth place of Herbert Collett, aged 16, as Hampstead, rather than Brooke or Loddon.  At that time in his life, he was employed as an agricultural labourer, when Herbert, his widowed father Charles, and older brother Charles junior (above) were boarding at the Jolly Butchers Inn at Ber Street in Norwich.  Tragically, just four years after that day, the premature death of Herbert Albert Collett, aged 21, was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 92) during the second quarter of 1885.  This was the only occasion when Albert had been added to his name

 

George Collett [18P109] was born at Norwich in 1866, the fifth child of Charles and Ellen Collett.  He was only a couple of years old when his mother died and for a few years he was raised by his father, with whom he was living in Norwich in 1871 when he was four years old.  However, by the time of census in 1881, George was 15 and a servant at the home of gardener Jonathan Hall and his wife at Eaton Park in Eaton St Andrew in Norwich.  On that occasion his place of birth was recorded as Earsham, near Bungay, where his father was born, so it seems likely that it was his father who arranged for him to be with the elderly couple.  No census record has been found in 1891, that included George Collett from Norwich, who would have been around 25 years of age, but it does appear that it was towards the end of that same year, when he married Ellen Wise Humbley of Kentish Town, the event recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1b 77) during the last three months of 1891.  Ellen was the daughter of John and Sarah Humbley, with whom she was living in 1891, at the age of 22, when she was a dressmaker.  Their first child was born at Kentish Town, the next at Wood Green, north of Haringey, and the third at Manor Park in the East Ham area of London, where the family was living in 1901.  George Collet from Norwich said he was 33, instead of 35, when his occupation was that of a coach smith, his wife Ellen W Collett was 31, Herbert R Collett was nine, Margaret P Collett was two, and Charles L Collett was only four months old

 

The birth of Herbert Robert Collett was recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 143) during the first three months of 1892, his death recorded at Southwark (Ref. 5d 377) during the third quarter of 1951, when he was 59.  The birth of Margaret Priscilla Collett was recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 416) during the fourth quarter of 1898.  The birth of Charles Leslie Collett was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 255) during the last quarter of 1900.  The marriage of Margaret P Collett was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 802) during the final quarter of 1945, the groom being Thomas E Lancaster

 

18Q93 - Herbert Robert Collett was born in 1892 at Kentish Town

18Q94 - Margaret Priscilla Collett was born in 1898 at Wood Green, London

18Q95 - Charles Leslie Collett was born in 1900 at Manor Park, East Ham

 

Eliza Collett [18P110] was born at Norwich in 1868, the last of the six children born to Charles Collett and Ellen Rix.  Tragically, her mother died, either during the birth or shortly thereafter and, by 1871, Eliza aged two years was living with her father and her five brothers in Norwich.  During the years that followed her father appears not to have been able to care for his children, resulting in the family being broken up.  By 1881, Eliza Collett from Norwich, was 12 years old and was living with John and Susan Waites, and their daughter Rosina, at their home in Russell Street in Norwich Higham.  No record of her has been found after that time, so it is likely that she was married by 1891

 

Sarah Ann Collett [18P111] was born at Fressingfield in 1843.  While the Suffolk Marriage Records show that her parents Benjamin Collett of Fressingfield and Sarah Ann Spalding of Earl Soham were married at Fressingfield on 26th December 1843, Sarah Ann Collett was baptised there on 9th July 1843.  Therefore, there is a strong possibility that Sarah Ann Spalding, the base-born child of Sarah Ann Spalding who was born or baptised at Fressingfield on 23rd December 1842, was the same child as Sarah Ann Collett, since only one of them has been identified in the census of 1851.  On that occasion, Sarah Ann Collett was eight years old and was living with her parents at their home in New Street in Fressingfield, although she was not living there ten years later in 1861 when she would have been 18.  One year later in 1862, Sarah Ann’s father died and during the following year she married William Brundish of Fressingfield.  William was born on 14th December 1844, the son of Charles Brundish and Cecilia Celia Mayhew.  The couple’s first four children were born while they were still living at Fressingfield as confirmed by the census in 1871 which listed the family as William 29, Sarah Ann 28, Mary seven, William five, George four, and Jane Brundish who was two years old

 

Shortly after 1871 the Brundish family left Suffolk when they moved to the south of England and settled in Erith in Kent where the couple’s next two children were born.  By the time of the next census in 1881 the family was living at 25 Bottle Road in Erith.  By that time, Sarah Ann’s mother, Sarah Collett, aged sixty-two was living with the family.  William Brundish, at 39, was head of the house and a general labourer, while Sarah Collett of Fressingfield was referred to as his mother-in-law.  According to the census in March 1901 Sarah A Brundish was 58, William Brundish was 59, and at that time the couple from Fressingfield were still living in Erith, where William was working as a general labourer

 

Samuel Collett [18P112] was born at Fressingfield during September 1844, the first son of Benjamin Collett and Sarah Ann Spalding.  Tragically he only survived for a few months, when he died and was buried at Fressingfield on 17th May 1845 as Sam Collett aged eight months

 

Jane Collett [18P113] was born at Fressingfield in 1845 where she was baptised at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church on 30th November 1845, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Collett.  Unlike her brother Samuel (above) who suffered an infant death before she was born, Jane survived for a few years when she died at Fressingfield during November in 1848, where she was buried on 19th November 1848, aged three years

 

Sam Collett [18P114] was born at Fressingfield in 1846 and was baptised as Sam Collett the son of Benjamin and Sarah Collett on 15th March 1846.  His absence from the census of 1851, coupled with the absence of his three immediately adjacent siblings perhaps indicates that all four of them suffered infant deaths

 

Matilda Collett[18P115] was born at Fressingfield during August 1847, where she was baptised on 31st October 1847.  The baptism record at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church confirmed she was the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Ann Collett.  Matilda was the couple’s third known child to suffer an infant death, when she died at Fressingfield and was buried there on 25th February 1849 at the age of one year and six months

 

Edward Collett [18P116] was born at Fressingfield in 1849 and it was there that he was baptised on 13th March 1849, the son of Benjamin and Sarah Collett.  Sadly, he only survived for less than a week after he was baptised, when he died and was buried at Fressingfield on 19th March 1849

 

Harry James Collett [18P117] was born at Fressingfield on 14th October 1850, and was baptised there on 20th July 1851, the son of Benjamin and Sarah Collett.  According to the census in 1851 Harry Collett, who was four months old, was living with his parents and his sister Sarah at New Street in Fressingfield.  Sadly, it later that same year that Harry James Collett died at Fressingfield, where he was buried on 21st December 1851 aged just one year

 

Jane Collett [18P118] was born at Fressingfield in 1852, where she was baptised on 14th August 1853, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Collett.  Jane was seven years old by the time of the census in 1861 when she was living there with her parents.  Her father died at Fressingfield during 1862 so by 1871, and at the age of 19, she was still living there with her widowed mother and her brother Anthony (below).  Jane continued to live at Fressingfield until the mid-1870s when she became a married woman.  Jane Collett was the great great grandmother of Glen Dersley who kindly provided some of the details regarding Jane’s father and her grandfather.  In the census of 1901, there were just two Janes who were born at Fressingfield around 1852 and both were living in Norfolk at that time.  The first, and most likely, was Jane Day who was 29 and living at Barnham Broom near Wymondham, while the other was Jane Doggett who was 28 and living in Norwich who was a charwoman, perhaps indicating an unmarried status.  Living with Jane Day, was her husband Henry Day 51, who was an ordinary agricultural labourer from Stratton St Michael, and their two sons Edward John Day 11, and Frederick Leonard Day who was seven

 

Keziah Collett [18P119] was born at Fressingfield in 1856 and was baptised there on 10th August 1856, the youngest daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Collett.  According to the census in 1861, Keziah was four years old while living with his parents in Fressingfield.  During the following year her father died, but before that and just after Christmas in 1861 Keziah Collett died at Fressingfield, where she was buried on 29th December 1861

 

Anthony Harry Collett [18P120] was born at Fressingfield on 18th February 1858 but was not baptised there until 14th September 1862 in a joint ceremony with his brother William (below).  In the Fressingfield census of 1861, Anthony was two years old when living there with his family.  It was during the following year that his father Benjamin Collett died, so in the census of 1871 when Anthony was 12 years of age, he was still living at Fressingfield with his widowed mother Sarah and his older sister Jane (above).  No further record of Anthony or Harry Collett has been found after that time

 

William Collett [18P121] was born at Fressingfield on 3rd June 1862, and it was during that same year that his father died.  He was baptised there in a joint ceremony with his brother Anthony (above) at the church of St Peter’s and St Paul’s on 14th September 1862, the last of eleven children of Benjamin and Sarah Collett.  However, like five of his siblings before him, William Collett died on 21st March 1863 and was buried at Fressingfield during the following day, when he was described as being nine months old

 

Henry Collett [18P122] was born at Westport, County Mayo in Ireland in 1848, the first of five children of William and Ann Collett.  His father was a private with the Dragoon Guards and when Henry was around one year old, he was transferred from Ireland to Wales and was based at Brecon Barracks in 1851.  Henry was two years old by that time and was living with his mother and baby sister Bethia in the St Mary district of Brecon.  Within the next ten years his father was retired from the guards and during that decade the family moved from Brecon to Dartmoor, from Dartmoor to Fressingfield, and finally to Whitehaven.   It was at St Bees in Whitehaven that Henry, aged 12, was living with his family in 1861.  Following the death of his father during the 1860s, Henry eventually left his family to take up the occupation of a joiner, and by 1871 he was living and working in Kendal where he appears to have spent the rest of his life.  It was also during the first quarter of the previous year that Henry married (1) Isabella Bousfield.  The marriage was conducted at Kendal, where Isabella was baptised on 16th February 1851, the daughter of Robert and Ann Bousfield

 

The newly married couple was recorded in the Kendal census of 1871 when Henry Collett and his wife Isabella Collett were both 22.  By the time Isabella was very likely pregnant with their first child.  During the next two decades Isabella presented Henry with at least six children, although there was a gap of ten years between the fifth and the sixth child.  Within that time period, other children may have been added to the family, but did not survive.  In 1881 the family was confirmed in that year’s census as living at 10 Serpentine Road in Kendal.  Henry Collett from Ireland was 32 and a house carpenter, his wife Isabella from Kendal was also 32, and by that time they had five of their children with them, and all of them born at Kendal.  They were Ann Collett who was nine, Mary E Collett who was seven, Maggie Collett who was five, William H Collett who was four, and Robert Collett who was one year old.  Also living with the family as a boarder, was unmarried Sarah Armstrong, aged 24, a woollen weaver from Kendal

 

On the day of the Kendal census in 1891, Henry and Isabella were expecting the imminent birth of their ninth and last child, although only three of them survived to live a full life.  In fact, four of the nine children passed away in 1892 and 1893.  However, in 1891, the family living in Kendal comprised, joiner Henry Collett and Isabella Collett, both 42 years old, and six of their children, Ann Collett who was 19, Mary E Collett who was 18, Margaret Collett who was 16, William H Collett who was 14, Robert B Collett who was 11, and John F Collett who was one year old.  Where missing daughter Isabella was that day, has still not been determined, since it was in 1893 that she was buried in Cumbria.  Not long after that census day, Isabella gave birth to another daughter, who died in 1893, and herself passed away during the following year, with the death of Isabella Collett recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 445) during the first quarter of 1894, when she was 45.  One year later, during the first quarter of 1895, widower Henry Collett married (2) Mary Alice Foster, a widow, the event recorded at Leeds (Ref. 9b 561).  Mary came into the marriage with three children, one born at Bradford, the younger two born at Leeds.  Mary Alice Lancaster had been born at Scarborough in 1859, the eldest daughter of William and Emma Lancaster

 

That second marriage for Henry, produced a further son for him, who was born at Kendal during the following year.  Just after the start of the new century, Henry and Mary were still living in Kendal, when the only members of their respective families, still living with them, were Mary’s three children,  Henry and Mary’s young son, and Henry’s two surviving sons by Isabella, the younger one dying within the next two months.  Henry Collett from Ireland was 52, and a joiner and a carpenter, his wife Mary A Collett from Scarborough in Yorkshire was 42, Edith F Foster 18, Nellie F Foster 17 and Robert F Foster 13, William Henry Collett who was 24, Robert B Collett who was 21, and Harold Collett who was four years old.  William and Robert were joiners, probably working with their father

 

By April 1911, Henry’s son William was himself a married man, leaving his only other surviving son Harold, still living at Kendall with Henry and Mary.  The census that year listed the three of them as Henry Collett from Westport in County Mayo, Ireland, who was 63 and a joiner, Mary Alice Collett from Scarborough who was 53, and Harold Collett from Kendal who was 14 and already working as a shop assistant for an ironmonger.  One of Mary’s Foster children was again living there with them, and that was Nellie Foster from Leeds who was 27 and a machinist in the production of horse clothing.  The death of Henry Collett was recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 1045) during the first three months of 1931, at the age of 82.  He was buried on 23rd March 1931 and his Will was proved at Carlisle on 26th May 1931, which confirmed he passed away on 20th March and that the main beneficiary was his widow Mary Alice Collett, together with a second beneficiary, Thomas Farran.  Almost exactly seven years later, Mary Alice Collett died in Westmorland on 21st March 1938, at the age of 79, and was buried on 24th March 1938.  Her Will was processed on 26th April 1938, when the sole beneficiary was her son Robert Henry Foster

 

18Q96 - Ann Collett was born in 1871 at Kendal

18Q97 - Mary Elizabeth Collett was born in 1872 at Kendal

18Q98 - Margaret Collett was born in 1875 at Kendal

18Q99 – William Henry Collett was born in 1877 at Kendal

18Q100 - Robert Bousfield Collett was born in 1880 at Kendal

18Q101 - Edward Compston Collett was born in 1883 at Kendal

18Q102 - Isabella Collett was born in 1887 at Kendal

18Q103 - John Frederick Collett was born in 1889 at Kendal

18Q104 - Ruth Bousfield Collett was born in 1891 at Kendal

The following is the child of Henry Collett and his second wife Mary Alice Foster:

18Q105 - Harold Collett was born in 1896 at Kendal

 

Bethia Ann Collett [18P123] was born at Mullingar, the county town of Westmeath in Ireland, during 1850.  She was the eldest daughter of William and Ann Collett, and it was originally believed that she may have been named after her paternal grandmother Bertha Philpot.  However, it is now known that her name was Bethia.  At one year old she was living with her mother and brother Henry (above) at St Mary Brecon, while her father was billeted with the Dragoon Guards in the Brecon Barracks, when her name was recorded as Bethiah Collett on that occasion.  Over the next few years, the family moved around England as a result of her father’s service with the army.  In 1861 the family had settled in St Bees in Whitehaven when, as Bethia Ann Collett, she was ten years old.  And it was also as Bethia Ann Collett that she was recorded in the census of 1871 when she was living at 103 Scotch Street in St Bees with her widowed mother and three of her younger siblings.  At that time, she was 21 and was working as an assistant stationer.  It was on 25th December 1872 at the Church of St John the Baptist in the Parish of Skelsmergh in Westmorland that Bethia Ann Collett married John William Tanner who was born at Kendal in Westmorland on 10th December 1849.  John was 23 and was a cloth finisher of Skelsmergh, the son of Thomas Tanner who was a bobbin turner.  Bethia was also 23 and of St Thomas, Kendal, the daughter of William Collett deceased.  The witnesses were Joseph Smallwood Tanner and Isabella Wilkinson and the marriage was registered at Kendall.  It was also in Kendal that Bethia’s brother Henry Collett had been married two years earlier and where he living with his wife from that day forward

 

By the time of the census in 1881 railway porter John Tanner, aged 31, and his wife Bethia, who was also 31, were residing at West Gate Cottage in Barrow-in-Furness with their children Albert V Tanner who was eight, Walker K Tanner who was six, Edith A Tanner who was four, John W Tanner who was two and Francis H Tanner who was just ten weeks old.  John’s occupation as a railway porter was again confirmed two years later at the birth of the couples’ seventh child Beatrice Tanner in 1883.  However, it was only four years later, and after the birth of her eighth child, that the death of Bethia Ann Tanner nee Collett was recorded in 1887 at the age of only 37.  It seems likely that she died in childbirth, since it was at that same time when her ninth child, her son Edwin Tanner, was born who also did not survive the ordeal.  According to the next census in 1891 railway porter John Tanner was a widower living at 28 Settle Street in Barrow-in-Furness with his five surviving children.  They were Albert V tanner who was 18 and a billiards marker, Edith A Tanner who was 14 and a nurse/domestic servant, John W Tanner who was 12 and a milk boy, Beatrice E tanner who was seven and Fredrick J Tanner who was six years of age.  To help John look after his family was servant Agnes E Clarke who was 23, and it was she who John married later that same year.  Agnes Ellende Clarke was born at Ulverston in Lancashire in 1868.  On the occasion of the marriage of his daughter Beatrice in 1914 John Tanner was employed as a shipyard storekeeper.  And it was twelve years after that when John William Tanner passed away in 1926 at the age of 77

 

Their children were:  Albert Vernon Tanner [18Q106] was born in 1873 at Kendall; Walter Kitchen Tanner [18Q107] was born in 1874 at Barrow-in-Furness; Edith Ann Tanner [18Q108] was born in 1876 at Kendall; John William Tanner [18Q109] was born in 1878 at Barrow-in-Furness; Francis Henry Tanner [18Q110] was born in 1880 at Barrow-in-Furness; Arthur Henry Tanner [18Q111] was born in 1881 at Barrow-in-Furness; Beatrice Eleanor Tanner [18Q112] was born in 1883 at Barrow-in-Furness; Frederick James Tanner [18Q113] was born in 1884 at Barrow-in-Furness; and Edwin Smallwood Tanner [18Q114] was born in 1887 at Barrow-in-Furness

 

John Collett [18P124] was born at Dartmoor in Devon during 1851, the son of William and Ann Collett.  By the time of the census in 1861 John’s father had retired from serving with the Dragoon Guards and the family was then living in St Bees in Whitehaven, where John was nine years old.  After a further ten years, and following the death of his father prior to 1871, John was living at 103 Scotch Street in St Bees with his widowed mother and three of his siblings, where he was 19 and an unemployed grocer.  Where nothing was previously known about John Collett after 1871, it is thanks to Brian Eddleston that, it is now established that John married Isabella Landell, their wedding recorded at Berwick (Ref. 10b 695) during the last three months of 1874.  One year later Isabella presented John with a son whose birth was also recorded at Berwick (Ref. 10b 410) during the last quarter of 1875, with the child baptised at Berwick-on-Tweed in Northumberland on 5th December 1875, father John Collett, mother Isabella.  Within the next three months John Collett suffered a premature death, his death recorded at Berwick (Ref. 10b 262) during the first three months of 1876, when he was only around twenty-five years of age.  According to the census in 1881 John’s widow Isabella Collet (sic) from Hawick in Northumberland was 30 and a servant at the home of worsted spinner Walter Walker and his wife Margaret E Walker at 22 Highfield Terrace in Halifax.  On that same day her son William Collett from Berwick-on-Tweed was five years old when he was living with his paternal grandmother, the widow Ann Collett, at her home at 41 Hawke Street in Barrow-in-Furness.  William was described as her grandson, while also recorded at that address was William’s uncle, William Collett, his late father’s younger unmarried brother

 

Within the next six months the widow Isabella Collett married Job Barker, the event recorded at Halifax (Ref. 9a 552) during the third quarter of the year and a year later she gave birth to a daughter, Martha E Barker who was born at Halifax in 1882.  That situation was confirmed in the next census of 1891, by which time Isabella’s son William had returned to live with his mother and stepfather in Halifax.  Job Barker was 39 and worsted mill worker, Isabella was 40, their daughter Martha was nine, and job’s stepson was William Collett who was 15.  During the second half of that decade Isabella’s son left home to be married, and he was replaced by the arrival of two of her nieces, the daughters of her first husband’s sister Elizabeth.  So on the day of the census in 1901 Job and Isabella were residing within the Queensbury-Halifax registration district where their daughter Martha E Barker aged 19 was a worsted spinner, as was niece Elizabeth Creber who was 15 and from Barrow, while her sister Annie Creber also from Barrow was 11 who was still attending school.  On that occasion Isabella from Berwick was 49, as was Job Barker who was a warehouseman at a local worsted mill

 

18Q115 - William Collett was born in 1875 at Berwick-on-Tweed

 

William Collett [18P125] was born at Fressingfield in 1855, the son of William Collett of Fressingfield and his wife Ann.  In 1861 William was five years old when he was living with his family at St Bees in Whitehaven.  Ten years later according to the census in 1871, and following the death of his father, William was 15 and was living with his widowed mother and his family at 103 Scotch Street in Whitehaven.  During the following decade his mother moved to live at Barrow-in-Furness and it was with her at 41 Hawke Street in Barrow that William was living in 1881 when he was 25 and a labourer at a local foundry.  In addition to his mother Ann, aged 52, four other people were staying at that address, the first of which was William’s nephew William Collett from Berwick-on-Tweed, the five-year old son of William’s late brother John Collett.  The other three were all married boarders, and they were Charles Littlewood, Job Roberts and Agnes Irving.  It was eighteen months later, during the third quarter of 1882, when William Collett married Frances Nelson at Barrow-in-Furness, Frances having been born at Whitehaven in 1861.  During the following year Frances gave birth to a daughter who sadly died when she was only three years old, by which time she also had a son.  

 

Over the following four years, Frances presented her husband with two more sons, all of the children born while the couple continued to live in Barrow-in-Furness.  By the time of the census in 1891, when William Collett said he was 33, although he was actually 35, he was employed as a railway porter while living at Barrow-in-Furness with his wife Frances who was 29.  Living there with them were their two sons, John W Collett who was four and Thomas H Collett who was two years old.  Not long after the census day that year Frances gave birth to her last child.  The complete family of five was recorded in the Barrow census of 1901 living at Back Hartington Street North.  William Collett from Fressingfield was 44 and a railway checker, his wife Frances from Whitehaven was 38, and their three children were John W Collett aged 14, Thomas H Collett aged 12 and Robert Collett who was nine years old.  Their eldest son John had already left school by then and was working as a railway clerk.  Staying with the family that day in 1901, were two of Frances’ family, they being John B Nelson aged 54 and William Nelson who was 44, both born at Whitehaven and, although they were described as ‘uncles’, they may have been the older brothers of Frances.  The same five members of the Collett family were still living together in Barrow ten years later in April 1911.  William Collett was 53, his wife Frances Collett was 49, and their three sons were recorded as John William Collett, aged 24, Thomas Henry Collett, aged 22, and Robert Collett who was 19.  What is interesting is the William from Suffolk and Frances from Whitehaven were described as being married for twenty-six years, during which time Frances had given birth to four children, with only three surviving, a confirmatory reference to their late daughter Elizabeth

 

18Q116 - Elizabeth Ann Collett was born in 1883 at Barrow-in-Furness

18Q117 - John William Collett was born in 1886 at Barrow-in-Furness

18Q118 - Thomas Henry Collett was born in 1888 at Barrow-in-Furness

18Q119 - Robert Collett was born in 1891 at Barrow-in-Furness

 

Elizabeth Collett [18P126] was born at St Bees in Whitehaven in 1857, the youngest child of William Collett of Fressingfield and Ann from Ravenglass in Cumberland.  She was three years old in 1861 and sometime in the following few years her father died, so by 1871 she was 13 and living at 103 Scotch Street in St Bees with her widowed mother and three older siblings.  It was in late 1876 at Barrow-in-Furness that Elizabeth Collett married Elijah Creber who was born at Dudley in Worcestershire in 1856.  Shortly after they were married Elizabeth gave birth to the first of their children, while the couple was still living in Barrow.  It was also in Barrow, at 30 Cook Street, that the family was living at the time of the census in 1881, not far from where Elizabeth’s mother Ann was living at that time.  Elijah Creber was 24 and a labourer at the local ironworks, his wife Elizabeth was 23, and by then they had two children, Sarah Ann Creber who was four, and William Creber who was one year old and born at Dudley

 

Five more children were added to the family during the next decade, so by 1891 the family living at Barrow was made up of Elijah Creber 34, Elizabeth Creber 33, Sarah Ann Creber 14, William Creber 11, James who was nine, Elijah who was seven, Elizabeth who was five, John who was three, and Annie B Creber who was just one year old.  Just under eight years later Elizabeth Creber nee Collett died during the first three months of 1899, her death recorded at Barrow-in-Furness (Ref. 8e 636) when she was 41.  Two years after that sad event widower Elijah Creber was still living in Barrow according to the census in March 1901 but the only two of his children still living there with him were his son Elijah junior, who was 17 and a brass dresser at the nearby shipyard, and daughter Hannah Creber who was six years old

 

On that same day two of Elizabeth’s daughters were staying with Elizabeth’s sister-in-law Isabella Barker whose first husband John Collett – Elizabeth’s eldest brother (above) - had died in 1876.   The census in 1901 placed the two girls, Elizabeth Creber aged 15 and a worsted spinner and her sister Annie Creber, who was 11, living in the Halifax home of Job and Isabella Barker, where they were described as their nieces.  From the website www.cumbriabmd.org.uk it is now known that Elizabeth Creber Collett had a total of ten children, two more than those named in the census returns for 1881 and 1891, the full list being as follows.  Sarah Ann Creber (born in1876), Elizabeth Creber (born in 1880, who died in 1880), William Creber (born in 1880), James Creber (born in 1881), Elijah Creber (born in 1883), Elizabeth Creber (born in 1886), John Henry Creber (born in 1887), Annie B Creber (born in 1889), Levi Creber (born in 1891, who died in 1891) and Hannah S Creber (born in 1894; who died in 1905 aged 10 years)

 

Henry Collett [18P127] was born at Fressingfield in 1862, where he was baptised on 26th July 1863, the eldest child of George Collett and Harriet Cracknell.  It was in the census of 1871 that he was referred to as Harry Collett aged eight years.  By the time of the 1881 Census he had left the family home in Fressingfield and, at the age of 19, Henry Collett was living and working at Weybread, between Fressingfield and Harleston.  He was described as an industrial farm servant, employed at the home of John and Emily Anness.  The farm holding was one hundred acres for which John Anness employed eight men and one boy, the latter presumably referring to Henry Collett.  There was only one other person living at the farmhouse and that was 18 years old Emily Youell of Pulham Market.  It was at Cratfield on 17th April 1883 that Henry married Elizabeth Randall, the daughter of labourer William Randall of Laxfield and his wife Mary Ann from Bungay.  Elizabeth was born at Cratfield around 1854 and was therefore some years older than her husband.  Two years before they were married, Elizabeth Randall from Cratfield was 26 and was living there with her parents at the time of the census in 1881.  Over the twelve years after they were married, Elizabeth presented Henry with five sons and a daughter.  The first three boys, and her daughter, were all born while the couple was still living at Cratfield

 

In March 1891, the family left Cratfield, when they moved to Redenhall, just outside Harleston, where the couple’s last two sons were born.  The census of 1891 causes some confusion since, Henry Collett from Fressingfield, aged 28 and an agricultural labourer, was already at their new home on Bungay Road in Redenhall, when he must has given the census enumerator the details for his wife.  On that same day, Elizabeth Collett, aged 36, together with her two children, William Collett aged seven and Maria Collett aged four, were listed with her father William Randall of Laxfield, at Bell Lane in Cratfield.  husband and three of their children, while also being recorded visiting her father with two of her children.  The other two members of their family, had already made the moved to Redenhall, and were with their father, they were Henry Collett who was six and George Collett who was two years old.  All four of his children were confirmed as having been born at Cratfield.  Not long after the census day in 1891 Elizabeth gave birth to another son, the first of two boys to be born while the family was living at Redenhall

 

By 1901 the family was together again, Henry and Elizabeth were living at Cloutergate Cottage in Redenhall, but by that time their daughter Maria had already left the family home, and was the only child missing on that occasion.  The full census details revealed that Henry, who was referred to as Harry Collett, was from Fressingfield and working with horses as a teamster of a farm at the age of 38.  On that occasion his ‘older’ wife Elizabeth gave her age as being 42 and confirmed that she had been born at Laxfield.  Living with the couple were their five sons, the oldest three possibly working on the same farm as their father, since each of them was described as being an ordinary farm labourer.  The five boys were William who was 17, Harry who was 15, George who was 12, Charles who was nine, and Ernest who was seven years old, the first three born at Cratfield and the last two at Redenhall

 

Ten years later Henry was still calling himself Harry, the name he very likely used for the rest of his life.  The April census of 1911 confirmed that he and his family were still living at Redenhall.  Harry Collett of Fressingfield was 49, and his wife Elizabeth Collett of Laxfield was 52.  The only children still living with them were the two youngest Charles Collett 19, and Ernest Collett who was 18.  Sons William, Harry and George were all married by then but were still living nearby, William in Redenhall, with Harry and George in Harleston.  Also married by then, with a family of her own, was Harry’s daughter Maria and she and her family were also living at Redenhall at that time.  Harry lived a long life, when the death of Henry Collett was recorded at Blyth (Ref. 4b 731) during the last three months of 1952, when he was 90 years old.  His youngest child, Ernest Collett was 23 when he died in the summer of 1916, his death recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 229), following his birth there (Ref. 4b 226) during the third quarter of 1893.  Four years later, Henry and Elizabeth suffered a second death in the family, when the death of Charles Collett was recorded at Depwade (Ref. 4b 238) during the second quarter of 1920, aged 28.  His birth was also recorded at Depwade (Ref. 4b 231) during the second quarter of 1892

 

18Q120 - William Collett was born in 1883 at Cratfield

18Q121 - Harry Collett was born in 1885 at Cratfield

18Q122 - Maria Collett was born in 1886 at Cratfield

18Q123 - George Collett was born in 1888 at Cratfield

18Q124 - Charles Collett was born in 1892 at Redenhall; died 1920

18Q125 - Ernest Collett was born in 1893 at Redenhall; died 1916

 

Mary Ann Collett [18P128] was born at Fressingfield on 21st June 1864, the eldest daughter of George and Harriet Collett.  She was also baptised there on 29th April 1866, all of which was confirmed by the census in 1871 in which she listed as Mary Ann Collett aged six years.  However, within a year of the census day she died at Fressingfield, where she was buried on 4th February 1872 aged seven years

 

Benjamin Collett [18P129] was born at Fressingfield in 1866 and was baptised there on 29th April 1866 in a joint ceremony with his sister Mary Ann (above).  He was five years old in 1871 and was 15 by the time of the 1881 Census when he was living with his family at Catchpool Gardens in Fressingfield.  It was on 7th October 1890 at Metfield that he married Emily Emma Poppy, the daughter of farmer Robert Poppy and his wife Emily.  Emily Emma Poppy was born on 18th October 1869 and was baptised at Metfield on 1st May 1870, and her marriage to Benjamin was recorded at Hoxne (Ref. 4a 1465) during the last quarter of 1890.  By the time of the next census in 1891 Benjamin Collett, aged 24, and his wife Emily Emma Collett, aged 22, were living at St James South Elham where their only child was born during the weeks and months after the census day that year.  And it was at St James South Elham that their daughter, Emma Emily Collett was baptised on 6th September 1891

 

Sometime after the birth, the family of three moved to Thetford and in 1901 they were living in the village of Barnham near the River Little Ouse.  The census that year recorded that Benjamin Collett, aged 35 and from Fressingfield, was a teamster on a local farm, just like his older brother Harry (above), his wife Emily Emma Collett from Metfield was 30, while their daughter Emma Emily Collett was 10 years old.  It was very likely Benjamin’s work with horses that took the family to the Loddon area of Norfolk over the next few years.  Since it was there that the family was living in 1911.  Benjamin Collett was 43, his wife Emily Emma was 41 and their daughter was correctly recorded as Emma Emily Collett aged 19.  It was just fifteen years later, that the death of Emily Emma Collett, nee Poppy, was recorded at the Norfolk Henstead register office (Ref. 4b 185) during the second quarter of 1926, when she was 56.  The later death of Benjamin Collett was recorded at East Dereham register office (Ref. 4b 336) during the second quarter of 1948, when he was 82

 

18Q126 - Emma Emily Collett was born in 1891 at St James South Elham

 

George Collett [18P131] was born at Fressingfield in 1870 and it was there that he was baptised on 27th November 1870, the son of George and Harriet Collett.  He was living at Catchpool Gardens in Fressingfield with his family in 1881 when he was ten years old.  Although his family then moved to Stradbroke, George was not living with them in 1891.  It was on 14th October 1892 at Fressingfield that George Collett married Eliza Pearce, the daughter of horseman Frederick Pearce.  Their marriage produced just one son for Eliza and George who was born in the village of Metfield to the north-east of Fressingfield.  However, it was around the time of the birth of the child that George may have died, with the death of George Collett at Metfield recorded at Hoxne register office in Suffolk (Ref. 4a 441) during the second quarter of 1898 when he was only 27 years of age.  Following the premature death of her husband, the young widow Eliza Collett married the much older bachelor Thomas Woolnough, an agricultural labourer from Metfield, at Metfield on 20th July 1899.  By the time of the Metfield census in 1901, Thomas was 43 years of age, Eliza from Fressingfield was 29, while living with the couple was Thomas’ stepson and Eliza’s son George Collett from Metfield who was two years old.  Not long after the census day that year Eliza gave birth to the first of her two known children with Thomas Woolnough, with the second child born two years after the first one.  That situation was confirmed in the next census in 1911, when the family was still living in Metfield, but without Eliza’s first-born child Frederick George Collett who had left the family by then.  Thomas was 53, Eliza was 38, Ruth Woolnough was nine and Charles Woolnough was seven years of age

 

18Q127 - Frederick George Collett was born in 1898 at Metfield

 

William Collett [18P132] was born at Fressingfield during May 1872, where he was baptised on 27th October 1872.  It was barely sixteen months later when he died and was buried at Fressingfield on 2nd March 1874, where the burial register recorded that he was one year and nine months old

 

Esau Collett [18P133] was born at Fressingfield in 1874 and was baptised there on 28th March 1874, just twenty-six days after his brother William (above) had been buried there.  Esau, the son of George Collett and Harriet Cracknell, was six years old in 1881 when he was living there with his family at Catchpool Gardens.  Upon leaving school, Esau also left the family home to seek work, and by 1891, at the age of 17, he was living and working at Redlingfield as an agricultural labourer.  Ten years later Esau Collett from Fressingfield was 26 and a boarder at the home of Harry and Fanny Frampton and their family within the Hackney parish of St Matthew in London.  Unmarried Esau was described as a horse-keeper when he was still a bachelor, who was presumably preparing for the day he would be married.  Also, at the same address were brothers George and William Cracknell, who may well have been Esau’s cousins through his mother’s family and whose sister was most probably his future wife.  Just four months after that census day Esau Collett, aged 27 and the son of George Collett, married Mary Ann Cracknell, aged 25 and the daughter of William Cracknell, on 5th August 1901 at the Church of St Michael & All Angels in Stoke Newington within the London Borough of Hackney.  It seems highly likely that Mary Ann was somehow related to Esau’s mother.  Their married resulted in the birth of six children, all born at Clapton, with their births recorded at Hackney register office.  It was also within the London Borough of Hackney that the family was living in 1911.  According to the census return, Esau Collett was 36, his wife Mary Ann Collett was 35, and their six Clapton-born children were Mary Collett who was eight, George Collett who was seven, Edith Collett who was five, Charles Collett who was four, John Collett who was one year old, and baby Frank who was just two months old.  Esau Collett was 84 years old when he passed away in 1958, his death recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 5c 725) during the final three months of that year

 

18Q128 - Mary Ann Collett was born in 1902 at Clapton (Hackney)

18Q129 - George William Collett was born in 1903 at Clapton (Hackney)

18Q130 - Edith Jane Collett was born in 1905 at Clapton (Hackney)

18Q131 - Charles Esau Collett was born in 1907 at Clapton (Hackney)

18Q132 - Albert John Collett was born in 1909 at Clapton (Hackney)

18Q133 - Frank Martin Collett was born in 1910 at Clapton (Hackney)

 

William Collett [18P134] was born at Fressingfield in 1876 and was named after his late brother.  He was the son of George and Harriet Collett and was baptised at Fressingfield on 27th February 1876.  He was four years old and living with his family at Catchpool Gardens in Fressingfield in 1881.  He was still living with his parents ten years later in 1891 when he was 15, but by then the family was recorded at St Cross South Elmham.  After the turn of the century, when William Collett was 25, he was still a bachelor living with his parents, but at Stradbroke, where his occupation was that of a non-domestic groom.  Not long after the census day William Collett married Lydia Frances Jarvis from Corpusty near Aylsham in Norfolk at Haveringland in Norfolk on 1st November 1901, when the groom’s father was confirmed as George Collett.  Once they were married the couple headed for Hackney area of London where they were living when their first four children were born.  By the time of the census conducted at the start of April in 1911 the family of six was residing at 7 Detmold Road in Clapton just a few yards from Clapton Railway Station.  The three-roomed accommodation was occupied by William Collett from Fressingfield in Suffolk, who was 34 and a general labourer employed by London City Council Tramways, his wife of nine years Lydia Frances Collett who was also 34, Mabel Lydia Collett who was nine, Walter James Collett who was six, Grace Maria Collett who was four and Annie May Collett who was one year old.  Living with the young family was their cousin Bertha Crackwell, aged 24, a domestic cook from Stradbroke, and a work colleague of William’s, Thomas Wilding who was 43 and another general labourer working for L C C Tramways

 

Sarah Collett [18P135] was born at Fressingfield in 1878 and was two years old in April 1881 when she was living with her family at Catchpool Gardens in Fressingfield.  Ten year later in 1891 she 12 years old.  When her parents moved to Stradbroke after 1891 Sarah moved with them, and at the age of 22 she was living with them at Stradbroke, from where she was employed as a domestic housemaid

 

James Collett [18P136] was born at Cratfield after his parents moved there from Fressingfield.  He was born in 1881 but after 3rd April.  Their time spent at Cratfield lasted only around five years, since by 1891, his family was living within the Wangford & Bungay registration district, where James was nine.  A further family move took place after that, with the family living at Stradbroke in 1901, when James was 19 and an ordinary farm labourer

 

May Collett [18P137] was born at Cratfield in 1885, the youngest child of George Collett and Harriet Cracknell, and she was five years old in the Wangford & Bungay census of 1891.  Ten years later she had left the family home, which by then was a Stradbroke.  Instead May Collett, aged 15 and from Cratfield, was a general domestic servant at Fressingfield-cum-Withersdale.  An error was made at the time of the next census in 1911.  The census return that year listed May Coblett from Cratfield as 25, and living and working in the Brentford area of Middlesex

 

Elizabeth Collett [18P138] was born at Cawnpore in India on 8th June 1861.  Elizabeth and her sister Sarah (below) were the daughters of Private John Collett of Ilketshall St Andrew who was serving in India with the 54th Regiment at the time of their birth.  In May 1873 the family returned to England and to Ilketshall St Andrew where, in 1874, Elizabeth’s mother died followed in the next year by her father who had only just remarried.  Upon the death of her mother Elizabeth and her two siblings were taken into the family of their father’s brother William Collett, but by April 1881 Elizabeth was living and working in the Streatham area of South London.  By then she was 20 and her place of birth was confirmed as Cawnpore.  She was employed as a parlour maid at Matlock Lodge in Streatham which was the home of John and Ann Saunders.  What is of particular interest is the fact that working as a cook at the same address was 37 years old spinster Elizabeth Collett of Kennington in Surrey.  And as yet it has not been determined if she was an aunt of the younger Elizabeth or some more distant relative

 

Almost exactly ten years later, when Elizabeth was thirty, she married Charles Henry Howard at Camden Town in London on 28th March 1891 with whom she had five daughters and one son.  According to the census of 1901 Elizabeth Howard of India was 39 when she was living at St Pancras with her family.  Shortly after that the family moved out of London and settled in Walton near Felixstowe in Suffolk, and it was there, at 53 Kings Street, that they were living in March 1903 when the couple’s only son was born.  Sadly, the marriage only survived for twelve years when Elizabeth died of exhaustion around September 1903, leaving Charles with a young family to raise.  The tragic event happened while the family was still living at 53 Kings Street in Walton, and occurred around six months after she gave birth to her only son Richard Howard who was born on 10th March 1903.  However, having five daughters to look after, son Richard was taken by Elizabeth’s married sister, Sarah Smith nee Collett (below) to live in London with her and husband William Saunders Smith

 

The birth certificate for Richard Howard confirmed the following details.  That he was born on 10th March 1903 at 53 Kings Street in Walton, and that it was registered at Woodbridge under the sub-district of Colneis.  His father was Charles Henry Howard, a general labourer, and his mother was Elizabeth Howard formerly Collett, and that it was she who registered the birth on 18th April 1903.  A further tragedy struck the family six years later when Charles’ daughter Annie Amelia Sarah Howard died from diphtheria on 15th January 1909 at nine years of age.  On that occasion widower Charles and his daughters were still living at 53 Kings Street in Walton, and the same house was still there in 2008.  Charles Howard died in 1932, after four years of bitter exchanges with William Saunders Smith over his adoption of Charles’ son Richard Howard

 

Sarah Collett [18P139] was born at Maradabad in India on 19th December 1862.  She returned to England with her family in May 1873 and settled in Ilketshall St Andrew where she was orphaned by the deaths of her mother in 1874 and her father in 1875.  Initially Sarah and her sister Elizabeth (above) and brother John (below) lived with their uncle William Collett at Ilketshall St John, but it was at Hornsey in North London that she was living and working by the time of the census in April 1881.  Sarah was confirmed as being 18 and born in India.  The address where she was working as a general servant was 23 Upper Tollington Park which runs from Finsbury Park to the Hornsey Road (A103) which is still there today.  That was the home of Charles W Leach of Wakefield, who was described as a mantle warehouseman.  Five years later, on 3rd April 1886 Sarah married William Saunders Smith at St Lukes Marylebone in London and by March 1901 Sarah, who was recorded as being born at Maradabad, Calcutta in India, was living in the St Pancras area of London at the age of 39.  Just over two years later, and upon the death of her married sister, Elizabeth Howard nee Collett (above), Sarah and William took over the care of her youngest child and only son Richard Howard who was only six months old in the autumn of 1903.  As a result of this, to all intent and purposes he was raised as Richard Howard Smith, the son of Sarah and William, and sadly it was not until he was in his mid-twenties that he discovered the identity of his real parents, and that he had five sisters, although only four of them survived beyond childhood

 

By April 1911, the Smith family was living at 172 Sirdar Road, Noel Park within the Wood Green area of London.  The census that month recorded the occupants of the four-room dwelling as William Smith, aged 53 and from South Moulton in Devon, who was a railway inspector, his British wife of 27 years Sarah Smith, who 49 and was born at Maradabad in India, their niece Alice Collett, aged 16, who was born at Raydon in Suffolk, and their nephew Richard Howard who was eight years old and from Walton in Suffolk.  Alice Mary Collett was the eldest daughter of Sarah’s brother John Christian George Collett (below) and, although she knew who her parents and her siblings in Westleton, she too referred to Sarah and William as Mum and Dad.  It was at that same address that Sarah and William continued to live until the day they died, at which time Richard Howard Smith took over the property and lived there with his wife and their son.   Richard was the grandfather of Louisa Rickett, and it was his son who was her father.  Richard Howard Smith died in 1968 while still living at 172 Sirdar Street.  Many years before his passing Richard had made contact with his sister Elizabeth Jane Howard, with whom he became very close, and who sent flowers and a card on the day of his funeral

 

However, between 1928 and 1932 there were some very bitter exchanges between Charles Howard and William Saunders Smith, as details in letters held by Louisa Rickett.  Charles Howards had written his letter himself, while William Saunders Smith had instructed a solicitor to reply.  From the exchange of correspondence, it seems that Sarah and William were allowed to take Richard to live with them in 1903 on the understanding that he should be brought up to know he had a father and siblings still living.  But it seems that the Smiths did not fulfil that promise.  In addition to which the Howard family was furious that William Smith had signed himself as Richard’s father on his marriage certificate.  When challenged on this, the Smiths claimed they had Richard’s surname changed by a Justice of Peace and that everything was above board

 

John Christian George Collett [18P140] was born at Port William, Calcutta in India on 21st December 1864 and was possibly the only son of John Collett and Mary Penney.  John Collett senior was a private with 54th Regiment serving in India during the 1860s and 1870s.  Like his sisters Elizabeth and Sarah (above) John had returned to England in May 1873 but had tragically lost both parents by 1875, first his mother in 1874, then his father in 1875.  As a result of the first death, the three children of John Collett were taken into the care of their uncle William Collett (Ref. 18O89) and initially lived with him at his home at Ilketshall St John.  Five years later the census in 1881 confirmed that John was 16 and that he was living with his uncle William Collett at Ilketshall St John.  His occupation then was that of an agricultural labourer.  It seems very likely he was working alongside his younger cousin John Collett (below) who was also listed as an agricultural labourer.  He was again living with William and Emma Collett and their son John in 1891, but at Reydon north of Southwold, where John Collett was 26 and still working as an agricultural labourer.  It was when John was in his late twenties that he met Anna (Annie) Meadows who was born in 1872 at Earl Soham near Framlingham and the couple was later married at Wangford Parish Church on 8th February 1893.  The marriage produced thirteen children for John and Annie, made up of eight daughters and five sons.  The couple initially lived at Wrentham, near Southwold, where their first child was born, before the family settled at Willow Marsh in Yoxford, where the next four children were born.  It may have also been at Willow Marsh where all of the remaining children were born

 

According to the 1901 Census John C G Collett, aged 37, had been born at Port William in Calcutta.  He was employed as a yardman working on a farm at Yoxford midway between Blythburgh and Saxmundham with his wife Annie aged 26 of Earl Soham and their five children.  The children at that time were John W G Collett who was seven and from Wrentham, Alice aged five who was born at Yoxford but was at St Pancras in London on the day of the census, Annie E Collett who was four, William S Collett who was two, and Elizabeth C Collett who was not yet one year old.  Also living with the family in March 1901 was a cook and domestic servant by the name of Kate Collett who was aged 26 and born at Great Malvern in Worcestershire.  Who she was, and where she fits into the wider Collett family, has still to be determined.  By the day of the census in 1911, the family was living at Westleton, two miles east of Yoxford, when John Collett from Port William in Calcutta, was 48 and a farm labourer.  His large family comprised his wife Annie who was 39, John who was 17, Annie who was 14, William who was 12, Cissie who was 10, Francis who was nine, Violet who was eight, Ivy who was four, Robert who was two, and Lillian who was under one year old.  It was also at Westleton, where John Christian George Collett died on 14th June 1941

 

18Q134 - John William George Collett was born in 1893 at Wrentham

18Q135 - Alice Mary Collett was born in 1895 at Willow Marsh, Yoxford

18Q136 - Annie Elizabeth Collett was born in 1896 at Willow Marsh, Yoxford

18Q137 - William Saunders Collett was born in 1898 at Willow Marsh, Yoxford

18Q138 - Elizabeth Cissie May Collett was born in 1900 at Willow Marsh, Yoxford

18Q139 - Francis Ernest James Collett was born in 1901 at Yoxford

18Q140 - Violet Hazel Collett was born in 1903 at Yoxford

18Q141 - Ivy Sarah Collett was born in 1906 at Yoxford

18Q142 - Robert Charles Collett was born in 1908 at Yoxford

18Q143 - Lillian Emma Collett was born in 1910 at Yoxford

18Q144 - Claude Victor Collett was born in 1912 at Yoxford

18Q145 - Louisa May Collett was born in 1913 at Yoxford

18Q146 - Dorothy Vera Collett was born in 1914 at Yoxford

 

Harriet Collett [18P141] was born at Ilketshall St Andrew in 1877, nearly two years after the death of her mother’s late husband John Collett.  Harriet Collett was baptised there on 12th August 1877, when the parish register described her as the illegitimate daughter of Charlotte Collett nee Carver.  Therefore, it is not known for sure who the father was.  From the time of the death of Charlotte’s husband’s first wife in 1874, the three children of John Collett from his previous marriage had been cared for by the family of John’s younger brother William Collett.  It therefore probably made sense for Harriet to be placed in the care of another family to enable her mother Charlotte to leave Ilketshall, perhaps in disgrace, to seek work elsewhere.  Because Harriet was not the child of John Collett, she was placed with an apparently unrelated family, as confirmed by the census in 1881 when, at the age of just three years, Harriet Collett was described as a boarder and lodger at the home of farm labourer William Howlett at Black Common in Ilketshall St Andrew.  Ten years later in 1891 Harriet Collett, aged 13, was still living with William Howlett, who by then was a widower, and Harriet was working as his housekeeper.  No record of her has been found in March 1901, by which time she was very likely married

 

George Collett [18P142] was born at Reedham on 21st April 1858, where he was baptised on 9th May 1858, the eldest of the two sons of Charles Collett and Mary Ann Ellis.  Shortly after that his family left Reedham when they moved to Oulton near Lowestoft where he was baptised on 9th May 1858.  It was also there that he was living with his parents in 1861 when George Collett was three years old.  Three years later, and following the birth of his brother Charles (below), George Collett, age six years, was once again baptised, that time in a joint ceremony with his baby brother which took place at Oulton on 28th August 1864.  The boys’ parents were confirmed as Charles and Mary Collett.  George was 13 at the time of the census in 1871, when he and his family were living at 4 Common Lane, Southtown in Gorleston, to the south of Great Yarmouth.  Ten years later, according to the census in 1881, George Collett, aged 23, had left his east coast home and was a seaman with the vessel ‘Robert & Mary’ sailing out of Littlehampton in Sussex on the south coast of England.  On that occasion he gave his place of birth as Oulton where he was living just after he was born and where his brother Charles (below) had been born.  Not obvious record for George Collett of Reedham has been found in any census after that time, and it is possible that he may have been the victim of an accident at sea

 

Charles George Collett [18P143] was born at Oulton near Lowestoft in 1864, the second of two sons of Charles Collett and Mary Ann Ellis.  He was only a few months old when he was baptised at Oulton in a joint ceremony with his older brother George (above) on 28th August 1864.  It was also simply as Charles Collett, aged seven, that he was listed in the census of 1871, by which time he and his family were living at 4 Common Lane, Southtown in Gorleston, and it was at that same address that he and his parents were living in 1881, when Charles was a general labourer at the age of 16.  Three years later, when he was 20, Charles married the much older Lavinia Anna Howlett during the first quarter of 1884 as recorded at Mutford R D.  Lavinia was a dressmaker who was born at Bungay, the birth being recorded at Wangford R D during the second quarter of 1852, the daughter of gardener William and Sarah Howlett.  It may have been out of embarrassment of their 12-year age difference that Lavinia only admitted to being six years older than Charles in the subsequent census returns.  Certainly in 1861, as the eldest child in her family, Lavinia Howlett was confirmed as being nine years old.  It would appear that the first child of Charles and Lavinia may have been a honeymoon baby, as its birth was recorded at Mutford R D during the last quarter of the same year in which they were married.  A further three children were added to the family before the next census in 1891, two of which were born at Southtown to the north of Gorleston.  However, on the day of the census the family was once again living in Gorleston where dairyman Chas Collett, aged 26, was living at 8 Common Lane in Gorleston (the same road in which his parents were living in 1901).  Living there with him was his wife and just three of their four children

 

The census return that year confirmed Charles’ family as Lavinia Collett, who said she was 32 rather than her actual age of 38, Sara Mary Collett, who was six years old, Bertie H V Collett, who was three, and Alb Ed Sidney Collett who was not yet one year old.  The couple’s missing son Leonard was living with Charles’ parents at East Marsh Road in Burgh Castle, where he was recorded incorrectly as George L Collett who was five years old.  It was around two years later that the couple’s fifth and final child was born at Gorleston.  Eight years later in March 1901 Charles Collett from Oulton was working at Barking in Essex, while his wife and five children were still living at Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth.  Charles was 36 years of age and was employed as a general labourer at a chemical works in Barking.  His wife Lavinia Collett, a dressmaker, said she was 42 instead of 48, and confirmed she had been born at Bungay.  Their children were listed as Laurina who was 16, Lionel who was 15, Bertie who was 13, Albert who was listed as Sidney aged 10, and Grace who was eight years old.  By April 1911 the family was residing at 21 Burnt Lane in Southtown and comprised Charles Collett, aged 47 who was a riverside labourer, his wife Lavinia, aged 56, together with just two of their children, they being Albert Edward Sidney Collett, who was 20, and Grace Nellie Kate Collett who was 18.  Charles George Collett died at Southtown sometime between 1911 and 1915, and was followed by his wife Lavinia Ann Collett nee Howlett whose death was recorded at Yarmouth register office during the first three months of 1915

 

18Q147 - Laurina Sarah Mary Collett was born in 1884 at Gorleston-on-Sea

18Q148 - Lionel Charles George Collett was born in 1886 at Gorleston-on-Sea

18Q149 – Bertie Herbert V Collett was born in 1887 at Southtown, near Gorleston

18Q150 - Albert Edward Sydney Collett was born in 1890 at Southtown, near Gorleston

18Q151 - Grace Nellie Kate Collett was born in 1893 at Gorleston-on-Sea

 

Sarah Collett [18P144] was born in 1865 at Ilketshall and was baptised at Ilketshall St Andrew on 18th March 1866, the daughter of William and Emma Collett.  Upon leaving school she entered into domestic service and at the age of 15 she was a housemaid at The Rectory of St John the Baptist Church in Ilketshall St Andrew.  Sarah’s employer was the Rector John Beatty, aged 70 and from Londonderry, and his Irish wife Maria.  Towards the end of that decade Sarah from Ilketshall St Andrew married Charles Minister.  He was the son of agricultural labourer Joseph Minister of Thurlton in Norfolk and his wife Sarah Ann from nearby Thorpe, and was born at Thurlton near Loddon during 1864.  By the time of the census in 1891, Sarah had presented Charles with the first of their four known children.  On that occasion the family of three was living in the village of Thurlton, where they were also recorded in 1901 and 1911.  Charles Minister was 26, his wife Sarah was 25, and their son Sidney C Minister was not yet one year old.  During the following year Charles and Sarah Minister were the witnesses at the 1892 wedding of Sarah’s brother John Collett (below) at Reydon parish church near Southwold.  The Minister family was complete nine years later, when the Thurlton census of 1901 recorded them as farm labourer Charles of Thurlton who was 36, Sarah from Suffolk St Andrews (Ilketshall St Andrew) who was 35, and their four children, Sidney who was 10, Ernest who was eight, Mabel who was six, and Oscar who was three years old.  Ten years later the Thurlton census of 1911 provided the full names of each member of the family.  Charles and Sarah were 46 and 45 respectively, while their children were listed as Sidney Charles Minister, who was 20, Ernest Arthur Minister who was 18, Mabel Emma Minister, who was 16, and Oscar William Minister who was 13 years of age.  Sarah’s place of birth was recorded as St Andrews, with the other members of her family all having been born at Thurlton

 

John Collett [18P145] was born at Ilketshall St Andrew on 26th October 1867, where he was also baptised two months later on 28th December 1867.  The baptism record confirmed that he was the son of William Collett and Emma Rackham.  According to the census of 1881, John was 13 and an agricultural labourer when he was living with his parents at Ilketshall St John.  Also living with the family was John’s older cousin, the orphaned John Collett (above) who was born in India.  John Collett married Louisa Clara Haward on 2nd January 1892 at the parish church in Reydon, within the Blything registration district where the event was recorded during the March quarter of 1892.    Louisa Haward was born at Reydon, the birth being recorded within the Blything registration district in the March quarter of 1869, and was the daughter of George Haward of Wrentham and Matilda Marjoram of Mutford.  The witnesses at the wedding were Charles and Sarah Minister, Sarah very likely being John’s married sister (above).  By the turn of the century Louisa had presented John with the first four of their eight children.  The 1901 Census placed the family as living at 42 Church Street in Southwold.  John was 33 and his occupation was that of a corporation carter, presumably meaning that he was employed by the local council.  Louisa his wife was listed as being 32 and born at Reydon one mile north of Southwold.  The four children living with the couple in 1901 were Lily aged eight, Ellen aged seven, John aged six, and Edith who was five years old.  The first three children had been born while the family was living at Easton Bavents, while the fourth was born after they had moved into Southwold

 

 

The above picture of John Collett was provided by his great great grandson John Davies, and is an extract from a larger photograph which included the two sons of his daughter Edith Florence Davies, together with one of their sons.  The parish of Easton Bavents was located just immediately north of Southwold, but today it does not exist, as the whole area was subject to coastal erosion and has since fallen into the sea.  Of the four children born after 1901, one is known to have been Daisy who was born during September 1907.  The census of 1911 revealed that the family was still living in Southwold, in the Blything registration district, where John Collett from Ilketshall St Andrew was 44 and a locomotive engine driver and railway worker, his wife Louisa Collett from Reydon was 43, and the children still living with the couple were Edith Florence Collett who was 14, Agnes Bessie Collett who was seven, Dorothy Mary Collett who was six, Daisy Evelyn Gertrude Collett who was three, and Ronald Sidney George Collett who was two years of age.  The place of birth of all five children was recorded as Southwold.  The death of Louisa Clara Collett, described as Clara Louisa Collett, was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1602) during the first three months of 1931, when she was 63 years of age.  After a period of sixteen years as a widower, the death of John Collett, aged 79, was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 748) during the fourth quarter of 1947

 

18Q152 - Lillian Emma Collett was born in 1892 at Easton Bavents

18Q153 - Ellen Louisa Collett was born in 1893 at Easton Bavents

18Q154 - William John Collett was born in 1895 at Easton Bavents

18Q155 - Edith Florence Collett was born in 1896 at Southwold

18Q156 - Agnes Bessie Collett was born in 1903 at Southwold

18Q157 - Dorothy Mary Collett was born in 1905 at Southwold

18Q158 - Daisy Evelyn Gertrude Collett was born in 1907 at Southwold

18Q159 - Roland Sidney George Collett was born in 1909 at Southwold

 

William Collett [18P146] was born in the village of Ilketshall St Andrew in 1869 and was baptised at the Church of St John the Baptist on 24th September 1869, the son of William Collett and his wife Emma Rackham.  Sadly, he died there at the age of three weeks and was buried at St John the Baptist Church on 7th October 1869

 

William Collett [18P147] was born at Ilketshall St Andrew during the month of January in 1871, and was baptised at the Church of St John the Baptist on 5th February 1871, the second son of that name born to William and Emma Collett.  The census in 1871 recorded William as being two months old, although tragically he suffered the same fate as his namesake brother two years earlier, when he was buried there on 14th December 1872 at the age of 23 months

 

Robert Collett [18P148] was born at Ilketshall St Andrew in early 1864, the only surviving child of Robert Collett and Lydia Ann Brighton.  Tragically his father and his baby sister died while he was still very young, so by 1871, and at the age of only seven years, he was living at Ilketshall St Andrew with his widowed mother Lydia Ann Collett, and his widowed grandmother Mary Brighton.  It may be of interest that, in his later years, Robert gave his place of birth as Shipmeadow, a village approximately two miles north of Ilketshall St Andrew.  Upon leaving school he became a fisherman like his father, and in early 1881 it would appear that he set sail out of Pakefield near Lowestoft on board the fishing boat ‘Au Revoir’.  By the third of April in 1881 the boat was moored at Falmouth in Cornwall.  According to the census return that day, fisherman Robert Collett of Ilketshall St Andrew was 17, and was one of eight fishermen employed by master fisherman Daniel Colby Adams of Pakefield.  Upon giving up his occupation as a fisherman Robert became a groom employed at Carlton Colville, where it is very likely that he met his future wife.  Also, by that time Robert’s widowed mother Lydia was living at Carlton Colville and had married widower William Artis, following the death of his first wife Amy Girling.  It is therefore significant that Robert Collett married Lois Girling at Carlton Colville on 5th February 1889, the marriage being registered at Mutford R D during the first quarter of that year.  Lois was born at Ilketshall St Lawrence where she was baptised as Louisa Girling on 16th April 1865, the daughter of agricultural labourer Henry and Eliza Girling, Henry being the brother of the late Amy Artis nee Girling.  It was prior to her wedding day that Lois Girling had given birth to a base-born son who continued to carry his mother’s maiden name, although nothing more is known about the child at this time, except that he was the grandfather of Brian Girling

 

Lois Girling was the fifth child of agricultural labourer Henry Girling and his wife Eliza Barber.  Henry was born at Westhall, near Halesworth in 1824, while his wife was from Ilketshall St Margaret, where she was born in 1831.  The couple’s first two children, William and Robert Henry, were born at Ilketshall St Andrew, while the remainder of their children were all born at Ilketshall St Lawrence.  In the Ilketshall St Lawrence census of 1871, Lois Girling was six years old when she was living there with her parents and her six siblings.  An eighth child was added to the family during the following few months, but by 1881 three of the children had left the family home in Ilketshall St Lawrence to make their own way in the world.  They were the eldest son William Girling, who was 25 and married to Eliza with whom he already had four children while living at Mutford Bridge in Oulton, from where William was employed as a railway carman; Charlotte Girling, aged 18, who was a kitchen maid at Bramford Hall near Ipswich, the home of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Scott; and Lois (Louisa) Girling, aged 17, from Ilketshall St Lawrence who was a domestic servant at Lorne Villa in Carlton Colville, the home of farmer Elijah Lee and his wife.. It was around six years after that, when Lois found she was with-child, and in 1888 she gave birth to a son out of wedlock, who was baptised as Henry Robert Girling at Ilketshall St Lawrence on 13th May 1888.  By the time Lois married Robert Collett at Carlton Colville her base-born son had been taken into the care of her older brother Robert Henry Girling, gamekeeper, and his wife Susan, at Ilketshall St Margaret, with whom he was the only child living there with the couple in both 1891 and 1901, when he was three years of age and 13 years old respectively

 

It was while Robert Collett and his wife Lois were still living at Carlton Colville that their first child was born there during the month of August in 1890.  Following the birth of Francis their son, Robert and Lois, moved to Lancashire, very likely for work purposes, since it has been established that the couple wwas living at 15 Carno Street in the Wavertree district of Liverpool West Derby by the time of the census in 1891.  The census return confirmed that Robert Collett from Shipmeadow in Suffolk was 27 and that, at that time in his life, he was employed as a railway porter.  His wife Lois Collett from St Lawrence, Suffolk was 26, and their eight-month-old son Francis W C Collett had been born at Carlton Colville in Suffolk.  Lodging with the family were two other men who were also employed on the railway, and both of them came from Suffolk.  In addition to the Collett household, it is interesting that all of the occupants of the two adjoining houses in Carno Street had also been born within the North Suffolk area, perhaps indicating a mass exodus to the north of England for the promise of work.  It was while Robert and his family were still living at 15 Carno Street in Wavertree that Lois presented her husband with the couple’s second child, who was born during the following year.  During the next year or two, the family left Wavertree when they moved the four miles south to Garston on the east bank of the Mersey River between Liverpool and Widnes.  That move may have coincided with a change of occupation for Robert.  It was also at Garston that a further three children were added to the family

 

By 1901 Robert Collett, aged 37 and from Shipmeadow, was living at 68 King Street in Garston, very close to the docks where he was employed as a dock labourer.  Living at the house with him was his 36 years old wife Lois Collett of Ilketshall St Lawrence, together with four of their five known children.  They were William Collett who was 10 years old and born at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft, Ethel Collett who was five, Albert Collett who was two, and Florence Collett who was 11 months old.  Where their daughter Norah was at that time, remains a mystery.  The only possibility might be Nora K Collett, at Bootle-cum-Linacre but, although she was born within the Liverpool area, she was 11 years old in 1901, rather than eight years of age.  Tragically, two years after the census in 1901, Robert Collett died just when his wife was due to give birth to the couple’s last child.  The death of Robert Collett, aged 39, recorded at West Derby (Liverpool) register office (Ref. 8b 410) during the second quarter of 1903, following his passing on 20th June 1903, means he never saw or held his last child, who was born one month later.  Robert was then laid to rest in Garston on 25th June 1903.  The Will of Robert Collett was proved at Liverpool on 9th July 1903, when Lois Collett was named as the beneficiary.  The family’s new arrival, together with older sons William and Albert, were the only children still living with their widowed mother at Garston in 1911.  At that time in her life, Lois Collett from Suffolk was 45 and a cleaner at the local library, employed by the municipal authority in Garston

 

As regards her other children, nothing has found of daughter Ethel Maude Collett, while her two other daughters, Norah Collett and Florence May Collett, had returned to Suffolk and were living at the home of their grandmother Lydia Ann Artis, formerly Lydia Ann Collett, nee Brighton.  Previously, it stated here, that an unsubstantiated claim suggested a further child, Robert Collett, was born to Robert and Lois sometime shortly after 1901.  This has now been validated, with the discovery in 2020 of the child’s baptism at Garston on 16th August 1903, when the parents were named as Robert and Louisa Collett.  Furthermore, Robert Collett, who had been born on 28th July 1903, was living with his widowed mother at Garston in 1911, together with two older brothers, William and Albert.  The same Robert Collett was still living in Liverpool in 1976, where his death was recorded (Ref. 36 0528) during the spring of that year

 

18Q160 - Francis William Charles Collett was born in 1890 at Carlton Colville

18Q161 - Norah Collett was born in 1892 at Wavertree, Merseyside

18Q162 - Ethel Maude Collett was born in 1895 at Garston, Merseyside

18Q163 - Albert Collett was born in 1897 at Garston, Merseyside

18Q164 - Florence May Collett was born in 1900 at Garston, Merseyside

18Q165 - Robert Collett was born in 1903 at Garston, Merseyside

 

Mary Anne Collett [18P149] was born at Ilketshall St Andrew in 1866, the only known daughter of Robert Collett and his wife Lydia Ann Brighton.  Tragically Mary Anne died at Ilketshall St Andrew when she was only eight months old, and it was there that she was buried on 29th June 1867.  It was also around that time that her father also passed away, although no burial record for has so far been found

 

Ruth Collett [18P150] was born at Norwich in 1883.  She was the oldest of the three children of George Collett and his wife Amy, who sadly died around the time that Ruth was four years old, just after the birth of her brother Philip (below).  That following that tragic event George and his children were living at 43 Mill Street in the Lakenham district of Norwich, where Ruth’s grandmother Lucy Collett was the housekeeper.  Ruth was recorded as a scholar at seven years of age.  Ruth and her family were still living in Norwich ten years later when she was 17.  Her grandmother had passed away by then, and so the housekeeping duties had been taken over by Ruth, who was then caring for the needs of her father and two younger brothers.  When Ruth’s father married for a second time during the first decade of the new century Ruth left Norwich and moved to London, and in April 1911 she was living in the Hackney area of the city at the age of 27, when her place of birth was confirmed as Norwich

 

David Collett [18P151] was born at Norwich in 1885.  Upon the birth of his younger brother Philip (below), when David who only two years old, his mother Amy died.  According to the next census in 1891 David Collett, aged six years, was living at 43 Mill Street in Lakenham, Norwich, with his father and his two siblings, where his grandmother Lucy Collett was the housekeeper for the family.  Following the death of David’s grandmother, David’s father George, together with his three children, were still living in Norwich in 1901, when David was 16 and was working as a labourer at a starch factory.  During the early years of the new century David’s father remarried so by 1911 David who was twenty-six and his brother Philip were recorded as living at Norwich with their father and step-mother Hannah.  With the war starting in Europe, David joined the 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment in which he was Private Collett 6531.  Sadly, not long after the start of the Great War, David was killed in action during the Battle of Loos.  He died on 18th October 1914 and his name is one of the 13,000 listed on the Le Touret Memorial which commemorates those soldiers killed at the Battle of Loos who have no known grave.  The name of David Collett can be found in Panel 8.  David’s army record confirmed that his father and next-of-kin was George Collett of 40 Harford Street, in Lakenham, Norwich, and that his mother had been Amy Collett

 

Philip Collett [18P152] was born at Norwich in 1887 but tragically, either at the time or just after the birth, his mother Amy passed away, leaving Philip and his two older siblings (above) in the care of their father George and his widowed mother, the elderly Lucy Collett.  According to the census in 1891, the family was residing at 43 Mill Street in Lakenham, Norwich, when Philip was three years old.  Over the next few years his grandmother died in her late seventies and by March 1901 Philip and his family were still living in Norwich, where Philip was 13 and Norwich was confirmed as his place of birth, like his two older siblings.  It was during the next few years that Philip’s father was married for a second time and, by April 1901, when Philip was 23, he was still living at Norwich with his father George and stepmother Hannah

 

Annie Collett [18P153] was born between April and June in 1866 and that may have happened at Brentford where her parents, Hammond and Mary Collett, had been married during the spring of 1865.  However, her absence from the census from the Chiswick census in 1871 probably indicates that she had suffered an infant death

 

Hammond Isaac Collett [18P154] was born at Chiswick in 1868, the eldest surviving child of Hammond Collett and his wife Mary Bradford.  As Hammond I Collett, he was two years old in 1871, and was 12 in the Chiswick census of 1881 when he was living with his family at Back Lane.  He was 21 when he was married by banns to Jessie Elizabeth Draper, aged 18, on 22nd June 1890 at the parish church for Turnham Green with Gunnersbury.  Jessie was born in 1873 at Brisbane in Australia and the marriage certificate named her father as William Draper, an engineer, and the daughter of Eliza Baker who, as a witness, made her marked with a cross.  The male witness was H Collett, presumably Hammond’s father, both father and son described as labourers.  The same address was given for both Hammond and Jessie, that being Turnham Green.  The couple lived the early days of their married life in Brentford, where their first two children were born.  It was after they were born, and around the middle of the 1890s, that Hammond and his family settled in the Chiswick area, near to where his parents were still living, and where the couple’s next five children were born.  Towards the end of the century Hammond entered the service of the British Army, initially with the 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, although he later transferred to the Queens Mounted Infantry.  It was during his time with the latter regiment that he saw action in the Second Boer War at Cape Colony from October to December 1899 and the following year in February at Tugela and the Relief of Ladysmith.  He was also involved in the final battle of the War at Transvaal in April 1902

 

However, he may have been on leave at the end of March in 1901 as the census recorded the family living at Chiswick as Hammond Collett, aged 32 who was working as a labourer navvy, his wife Jessie from Brisbane who was 27, and their four sons Hammond Collett (junior) who was nine, William Collett who was eight, John J Collett who was four and Harry Collett who was two years old.   It seems highly likely that Jesse was with-child at the time of the census since latter that same year she gave birth to the couple’s fifth child, and their first of the couple’s three daughters, and all of them born while the family was still living at Chiswick.  It was at 3 Bond Street in Chiswick that the whole family was living in April 1911.  Hammond was 41, his wife Jessie Elizabeth was 38, and their children were Hammond Alexander who was 19, William Alfred who was18, John Isaac who was 14, Jessie Elizabeth who was nine, Rosetta who was six, Rene Rebecca who was four and Albert who was one year old.  Five years later, at the time of the wedding of his eldest son, Hammond Isaac Collett was described as an engineer.  Jessie Elizabeth Collett nee Draper was living in the Brentford area when she passed away in 1938, her death recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 357) at the age of 65 during the first quarter of that year.  She was survived by her husband who continued to live in London for a further thirteen years, the death of Hammond I Collett recorded at Wandsworth register office (Ref. 5d 726) during the second quarter of 1951 when he was 82

 

18Q166 - Hammond Alexander Collett was born in 1891 at Brentford

18Q167 - William Alfred Collett was born in 1893 at Brentford

18Q168 - John Isaac Collett was born in 1897 at Chiswick

18Q169 - Harry Collett was born in 1899 at Chiswick

18Q170 - Jessie Elizabeth Collett was born in 1901 at Chiswick

18Q171 - Rosetta Collett was born in 1904 at Chiswick

18Q172 - Irene Rebecca Collett was born in 1906 at Chiswick

18Q173 - Albert Collett was born in 1910 at Chiswick