PART NINETEEN

 

The Oxfordshire International Line - 1550 to 2010

and including a branch of the family in Bishopsgate & Shoreditch

 

Updated May 2017

 

This family line starts in Suffolk and progresses through Oxfordshire to Australia,

Canada, South Africa and the United States of America

 

It is the family line of the late Leon Christopher Collett (Ref. 19S15) of Melbourne in Australia,

which is depicted by the names in capitals, and Andrew (Andy) David Collett (Ref. 19T4)

also of Melbourne, whose line is depicted by the names underlined

 

It seems inconceivable that, with the early Ipswich connection, this line is not in some way linked to the

Part 18 – The Main Suffolk Line since Westerfield is virtually a part of Ipswich.

 

An earlier generation of this file included two options for its origins.

However, it now seems certain that its origins lie in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line

starting with John Collett (1553-1599)

 

The alternative, and now abandoned option, was a line of Richard, Richard and William,

and the last of these three was believed to have been a quartermaster in Cromwell’s Army.

 

 

19G1

JOHN COLLETT (Ref. 18G5) was born at Grundisburgh in 1554, the eldest son of Thomas Collett (Ref. 18F1) and Joan.  He married Joan Dameron in November 1577 at Westerfield near Ipswich, and it there also that all of their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

Joan was the daughter of John Dameron and Margaret Phesse and she was baptised on 25th April 1557 at Westerfield.  John Collett died on 24th March 1600 and was buried that same day, while Joan died nearly twelve years later and was buried on 18th February 1612 with her husband at Westerfield.  Their son John Collett was one youngest son and seventh of their eight children.

 

 

 

The full family details are provided in Part 18 – The Main Suffolk Line (Ref. 18G5).

 

 

 

19H1

JOHN COLLETT (Ref. 18H14)

Born on 23.04.1588 at Westerfield

 

 

 

 

19H1

JOHN COLLETT was born at Westerfield on 23rd April 1588, where he was baptised on 28th April 1588.  He was only twelve years old when his father died in March 1600, and he was only one of three of the eight children to be mentioned in the Will.  see Will in Legal Document

 

 

 

He later married Elizabeth Rivers of Chattisham around 1618 and the marriage produced five children for John and Elizabeth, all of which were born at Westerfield.  John Collett of Tuddenham was named in the Ship Money Return of 1640, and was also referred to in the 1646 Will of his brother Philologus Collett (Ref. 18H13).

 

 

 

19I1

John Collett

Born around 1619 at Westerfield

 

19I2

WILLIAM COLLETT

Baptised on 10.10.1620 at Westerfield

 

19I3

Hazadiah Collett

Baptised on 13.05.1623 at Westerfield

 

19I4

Obadiah Collett

Born during 1627 at Westerfield

 

19I5

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 26.05.1629 at Westerfield

 

19I6

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 22.05.1632; died 24.06.1632

 

 

 

 

19I2

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Westerfield in 1620 and was baptised there on 10th October 1620, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Rivers.  His early schooling was undertaken at Ipswich and later at Gonville College in Cambridge under Messrs How, Steffe and Clarke for five years.

 

 

 

On 17th October 1643 he was admitted to Caius College in Cambridge under a sizar, which was a scholarship according to need during which the student worked his passage.  The surety was offered by a Mr Moore.  During the year 1647/1648 William acquired his Bachelor of Arts degree, achieving Master of Arts status in 1652.  He later became a Clerk in Holy Orders.

 

 

 

William was the second son of John Collett gentleman of Westerfield to enter holy order, the first being his older brother John Collett about whom nothing is currently written here.  William is believed to have died in 1682.  It therefore seems very unlikely that this was the same William Collett who fought in Cromwell’s Army at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. 

 

 

 

19J1

NATHANIEL COLLETT

Born circa 1655 at Ipswich

 

 

 

 

19I6

Elizabeth Collett was born at Westerfield, where she was baptised on 22nd May 1632, the youngest known child of John Collett and his wife Elizabeth Rivers.  Sadly it was one month later that she died and was buried at Westerfield on 24th June 1632, when she was recorded as Elizabeth the daughter of John Collet (sic).

 

 

 

 

19J1

NATHANIEL COLLETT is thought to have been born around 1655, and his baptism took place at St Mary Elms in Ipswich on 17th January 1657, when his father was named as William Collett.  He married Elizabeth Godden at St Mary Stoke in Ipswich in 1682, and they were the parents of John Collett who was baptised at St Mary Stoke in Ipswich four years later when the child could have been a few years old. 

 

 

 

19K1

JOHN COLLETT

Born circa 1680 at Ipswich

 

 

 

 

19K1

JOHN COLLETT was born at Ipswich, possibly around 1680, where he was baptised at St Mary Stoke on 26th September 1686, the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Collett.  He later married the widow Hannah Cooper nee Hungerford on 2nd July 1700 at Aston Rowant in Oxfordshire, which lies between Thame and High Wycombe.  John Collett was described as a carpenter from Ipswich, while his bride was described as the daughter of George.  The couple’s first child was born at Aston Rowant, the next three at Kingston Blount, with the last five children having been born at Lewknor – all within two miles of each other.  His youngest child was around nine years old when John Collett died at Lewknor on 3rd October 1730.

 

 

 

In 2016 it was discovered in Boyd’s Register that a John Collett married Hannah Moors in Lewknor during 1700, while rather confusing it was at Thame that John Collett of Sydenham (in Surrey) married Ann Cooper by licence – also on 2nd July 1700.  Four years later, and also at Thame, the marriage between Mary Collett from Merton and John Goss was recorded on 18th Feb 1704.  This may be significant, because in 1804 William Collett (Ref. 19m2) – see Appendix B, was living in Dinton, the tenant of a property owned by another John Goss.

 

 

 

FOOTNOTE:  It is possible that some of the child listed below, those born in Lewknor, were the children of John Collett and Hannah Moors, since the details for all of the children simply give the names of the parents as John and Hannah.  The only caveat to this is, if the Lewknor children, headed by daughter Hannah, were the children of John & Hannah Moors, why is there no son called John amongst them.

 

 

 

19L1

Anna Collett

Born in 1702 at Aston Rowant

 

19L2

John Collett

Born in 1704 at Kingston Blount

 

19L3

Mary Collett

Born in 1705 at Kingston Blount

 

19L4

George Collett

Born in 1707 at Kingston Blount

 

19L5

Hannah Collett

Born in 1710 at Lewknor

 

19L6

Nathaniel Collett

Born in 1713 at Lewknor

 

19L7

Stephen Collett

Born in 1716 at Lewknor

 

19L8

RICHARD COLLETT

Born in 1719 at Lewknor

 

19L9

Martha Collett

Born in 1721 at Lewknor

 

 

 

 

19L1

Anna Collett was born at Aston Rowant in Oxfordshire on 12th July 1702, the daughter and eldest child of John and Hannah Collett

 

 

 

 

19L2

John Collett was born at Kingston Blount in Oxfordshire on 9the July 1704, the eldest son of John and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

19L3

Mary Collett was born at Kingston Blount on 20th March 1705, the daughter of John and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

19L4

George Collett was born at Kingston Blount on 14th March 1707, the son of John and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

19L5

Hannah Collett was born at Lewknor in Oxfordshire on 14th January 1710, the daughter of John and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

19L6

Nathaniel Collett was born at Lewknor on 4th October 1713, the son of John and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

19L7

Stephen Collett was born at Lewknor on 3rd June 1716, the son of John and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

19L8

RICHARD COLLETT was born at Lewknor on 21st June 1719, the youngest known son of John and Hannah Collett.  He married Mary Burgess on 10th November 1745 at Drayton St Leonards near Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, where the family appears to have lived for many years.  Their second and third sons were both born at Lewknor, perhaps indicating that they made a return to Richard’s place of birth.  However, the connection with Drayton St Leonards was also later maintained, as the marriage of their second son took place there in 1781.  Richard Collett died on 16th February 1787 and was buried at Drayton St Leonard four days after on 20th February, while his wife Mary Burgess survived as a widow for a further ten year, when she passed away during 1797.

 

 

 

19M1

Ann Collett

Born on 25.12.1749 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19M2

Mary Collett

Born circa 1753 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19M3

John Collett

Born on 19.01.1756 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19M4

RICHARD COLLETT

Born on 10.11.1758 at Lewknor

 

19M5

Stephen Collett

Born on 19.07.1761 at Lewknor

 

 

 

 

19M1

Ann Collett was born on 25th December 1749 at Drayton St Leonards where she married William King on 19th August 1770.  It is possible that this marriage produced a son John King who in 1811 was ordered to pay £20 to support the base born child of Mary Collett (Ref. 19N6).

 

 

 

 

19M2

Mary Collett was very likely born at Drayton St Leonards, the birth taking place around 1753.  It is possible that Mary later married Edward Smith at Chinnor on 11th July 1774.

 

 

 

 

19M3

John Collett was born on 19th January 1756 at Drayton St Leonards where he married Hannah Stacey on 24th June 1782.  It would appear that the couple continued to live at Drayton after they were marriage, since that was where their son was born and where he was living into his old age while working as a carpenter.  Hannah Collett nee Stacey died during August 1802 when her youngest known child was only five years old.  John Collett had survived her by nearly twenty-four years, when he died during February 1826.  The earlier than expected date of death his wife close to her fortieth birthday might indicate that she died during the birth of the couple’s final child who also did not survive.

 

 

 

19N1

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 16.07.1786 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N2

Ann Collett

Born on 30.12.1787 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N3

Stephen Collett

Born on 15.01.1792 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N4

Hannah Collett

Born on 10.12.1797 at Drayton St Leonard

 

 

 

 

19M4

RICHARD COLLETT was born on 10th November 1758 at Lewknor.  It was at Drayton St Leonards on 25th June 1781 that he married Mary Bridges who was born in 1765.  Richard died at Dorchester-on-Thames in 1811 aged 53, his death coinciding with that of his eldest grandson Richard Collett (Ref. 19O1).  The baptism record for son Thomas Collett born in 1790 indicates that his father Richard Collett was a pauper.  Furthermore, at the time of Richard’s death in 1811, the Dorchester Poor Law Book stated that his widow Mary Collett was given money.

 

 

 

19N5

John Collett

Born in 1781 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N6

MARY COLLETT

Born in 1782 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N7

Ann Collett

Born in 1784 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N8

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1785 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N9

James Collett

Born in 1786 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N10

Thomas Collett

Born in 1790 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N11

Samuel Collett

Born in 1795 at Drayton St Leonard

 

 

 

 

19M5

Stephen Collett was born at Lewknor on 19th July 1761, the youngest known child of Richard Collett and Mary Burgess.  There is a record of a Stephen Collett, age 72, who died at 10 Rose Alley in Bishopsgate in London during December 1833, who was buried at the Church of St Botolph in Bishopsgate on 15th December 1833.  This would indicate that he was born in 1761, the same as Stephen Collett of Lewknor.  No evidence has so far been found that confirms this Stephen was the one born in Lewknor, the details of his life and family have been included in the Appendix A at the end of this family line.

 

 

 

 

19N3

Stephen Collett was born at Drayton St Leonard on 15th January 1792, the son of John and Hannah Collett.  He later married (1) Elizabeth Arnold and the first of their four known children was born at Drayton in 1816.  At the baptism of all four children the parents’ names were recorded as Stephen and Elizabeth with the surname Collet.  By the time of the census in 1841 Stephen and Eliza Callett (sic) both had a rounded age of 45, while still living with the couple was their eldest daughter Eliza Callett who was 25, who had with her Eliza Callett who was four years old and her base-born daughter.  Upon the death of Elizabeth Collett just after 1841 Stephen married (2) Christian Smith at Drayton St Leonard, near Wallingford on 30th October 1844.  

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1851, Stephen Collett was a carpenter at the age of 59, when he was living with his wife Christeen (sic), age 58 and from Berrick (Berrick Salome), at Drayton St Leonard in Oxfordshire where he was born, although it was within the Abingdon registration district of Berkshire at that time. 

 

 

 

Ten years later, in 1861, Stephen and Christian were still living at Drayton St Leonard, then within the Abingdon & Nuneham Courtney registration district, where they were both recorded as being 69 years of age, and Stephen from Drayton St Leonard was still continuing his occupation as a carpenter.  It was during the 1860s that Christian Collett passed away, so by the time of the next census in 1871, Stephen Collett, age 79, was a widower and a retired carpenter living with his married daughter Emma Greenaway and her husband at Dorchester within the Wallingford & Cholsey registration district of Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

Stephen was described as the father-in-law of William Greenaway who was 55 and a farm labourer from Dorchester, while his daughter was Emma Greenaway who was 54 and born at Drayton like her father, who was nurse.  Living with the couple on that day in 1871 was Emma’s grandchild Emma Wildes.  It was four years later that Stephen Collett died at Dorchester at the age of 83, his death recorded at Wallingford (Ref. 2c 212) during the second quarter of 1875.  Probate of the Will of Stephen Collett late of Dorchester in the County of Oxford who died on 14th April 1875 was proved at the principal registry by John Goodenough of Shillingford, a brewer’s man, and William Greenaway of Dorchester labourer, the executors.  His personal effects were valued at under £200.

 

 

 

19O1

Emma Collett

Born in 1816 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19O2

Ann Arnold Collett

Born in 1818 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19O3

Catherine Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1820 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19O4

Eliza Collett

Born in 1825 at Drayton St Leonard

 

 

 

 

19N5

John Collett was born at Drayton St Leonard on 9th September 1781, the son of Richard and Mary Collett.  His children’s baptism records provide the name of his wife as Hannah Collett, who was formerly Hannah Goodall, born in 1786 who died in 1847.  At the time of the first national census in Great Britain, John and his family were living in the Dorchester area of Oxfordshire.  The age of John Collett was rounded down to 55 when he would have been 59 and his occupation was that of an agricultural labourer.  His wife Hannah was also 55, and living with them were sons John Collett aged 29, and Felix Collett aged 21, and their daughter Susan Collett who was 25, and she had with her, her base-born daughter Jane Collett who was three years old.

 

 

 

19O5

Richard Collett

Born in 1809 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O6

John Collett

Born in 1810 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O7

Susanna Collett

Born in 1813 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O8

Richard Collett

Born in 1816 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O9

Felix Collett

Born in 1819 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

 

 

 

19N6

MARY COLLETT was born on 24th November 1782 at Drayton St Leonards, the daughter of Richard and Mary Collett.  She married Jonathon Vaughan at Warborough on 31st January 1813 by which time she already had a base born son by an unknown father.  However, the Quarter Sessions record of 1811 stated “Richard Wilsdon labourer £20 and John King farmer £20, both of Chalgrove (near Dorchester in Oxon) to answer for the child of Mary Collett of Dorchester”.

 

 

 

There may be a link between John King referred to in the Quarter Sessions record and William King who married Ann Collett (Ref. 19M1).  It is therefore possible that John was William’s son, making him the cousin of this Mary Collett.  As Mary Vaughan, she then had a further five children all born at Warborough where Jonathon Vaughan died on 25th December 1839, followed by Mary on 4th April 1850.

 

 

 

19O10

RICHARD COLLETT

Born in 1809 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O11

Ann Vaughan

Born on 21.08.1814 at Warborough

 

19O12

Benjamin Vaughan

Born on 16.07.1815 at Warborough

 

19O13

James Vaughan

Born on 12.04.1818 at Warborough

 

19O14

John Vaughan

Born on 12.03.1820; died 19.02.1841

 

19O15

Henry Vaughan

Born on 18.08.1822; died 05.04.1826

 

 

 

 

19N8

Elizabeth Collett was born at Drayton St Leonard in 1785, the daughter of Richard and Mary Collett.  She later married James London on 25th October 1806 in Oxfordshire.  It is established that she had at least one child, her daughter Hannah London, who was born at Whitchurch in Oxfordshire in 1809 with whom Elizabeth was living in 1871.  By that time in her life Elizabeth London was 84 and described as the mother-in-law of John Lewendon, his wife being Hannah Lewendon.  Ten years earlier, when she was 74, Elizabeth London gave her place of birth as Drayton in Oxfordshire, as she did in the 1881 Census for Whitchurch, age the age of 94.  It was three years later that Elizabeth London nee Collett died during the last quarter of 1884, her death being recorded at the nearby Bradfield register office.

 

 

 

 

19N10

Thomas Collett was born at Drayton St Leonard in 1790, the son of Richard Collett and his wife Mary Bridges.  With Drayton St Leonard being a small village near the town of Dorchester-on-Thames it was perhaps inevitable that late in his life he referred to his place of birth as Dorchester.  He married Hannah from Durham and by the time of the first national census in 1841 Thomas and Hannah were living in the Staines area of Middlesex with their daughter Mary.  Thomas was 48, Hannah was 49, and Mary was 15.  Ten years later their daughter may well have been married, because the couple was still living in Staines area, but alone.  Thomas Collett, age 60 and from Dorchester Oxon, was an agricultural labourer living in the village of Harlington [abutting London Airport] with Hannah also 60 from Durham.

 

 

 

19O16

Mary Collett

Born in 1825

 

 

 

 

19N11

Samuel Collett may have been born at Drayton St Leonards near Dorchester-on-Thames in 1795, but was certainly baptised at Dorchester on 31st May 1795, when he was named as the son of Mary Collett, who it is assumed, was the wife of Richard Collett of Dorchester.  Rather late in his life, it would seem that Samuel married Jane who was sixteen years younger than himself, and this would appear to have happened during the 1840s.  By the time of the census in 1851, Samuel Collett from Dorchester was living at Smiths Gardens in the St Mary Lambeth area of London, where he was working as a meal-man.  He was 54, and living there with him was his wife Jane Collett who was 38 and from Hertfordshire.

 

 

 

 

19O1

Emma Collett was born at Drayton St Leonards in 1816, where she was baptised on 18th August 1816, the eldest child of carpenter Stephen Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  Her youngest sister Eliza (below) died in 1826 and when Emma gave birth to a base-born daughter ten years later she gave her the same name in honour of her late sister.  By the time of the census in 1841 when the child was four years old, unmarried Emma Collett was 25 when she was living at Drayton, the only sibling still living with her parents.  The baptism of Eliza Collett at Drayton St Leonards on 15th October 1837 simply named Emma Collett as the only parent.  During the couple of years after the census day in 1841 Emma’s mother died and her father re-married.

 

 

 

It was just less than two years after the census in 1841 that Emma Collett married farm labourer William Greenaway on 10th April 1843 when the witnesses were William Hicks and Hannah Wilkinson.  Emma presented William with four children, although her base-born daughter was not living with Emma and her Greenaway family in 1851.  The census that year listed the family as William, who was 36, Emma, who was 33, Jn Greenaway who was seven, Ann Greenaway who was five and Charles Greenaway who was under one year old.  Only Charles was still living with the couple in 1861 when he was 12 and William was 45 and Emma was 46.

 

 

 

All of their children had left the family home in Dorchester by 1871 and, following the death of Emma’s stepmother, her widowed father Stephen was living with the couple.  William Greenaway was 55 and a farm labourer from Dorchester, his wife Emma Greenaway from Drayton was 54 and a nurse, while her father Stephen Collett was 79.  Living with the couple on that day in 1871 was Emma’s grandchild Emma Wildes.  The pair of them was still living in Dorchester ten years later, although by then Emma’s father had passed away.

 

 

 

19P1

Eliza Collett

Born in 1837 at Drayton St Leonards

 

 

 

 

19O2

Ann Arnold Collett was born at Drayton St Leonards in 1818 and it was there where she was baptised the daughter of Stephen Collett and his wife Elizabeth Arnold.

 

 

 

 

19O3

Catherine Elizabeth Collett was born at Drayton St Leonards in 1820 and was baptised there on 10th October 1820, the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

19O4

Eliza Collett was born at Drayton St Leonards in 1825 and was the youngest known child of Stephen and Elizabeth Collett.  She was baptised at Drayton on 27th March 1825 but tragically the following year on 1st August 1826.

 

 

 

 

19O5

Richard Collett was born in 1809 at Dorchester-on-Thames.  It was also at Dorchester that died in 1811, the same year that his grandfather Richard Collett (Ref. 19M5) died.

 

 

 

 

19O6

John Collett was born at Dorchester in 1810 and it was there that he was baptised on 21st October 1810, the son of John and Hannah Collett.  At the time of the June census in 1841 John Collett was 29 and an agricultural labourer living in Dorchester with his parents, his brother Felix, and his sister Susan, together with Susan’ base-born daughter Jane Collett.  It would appear that both of his parents died during the 1840s, since by the time of the census in 1851 farm labourer John Collett aged 39 and from Dorchester was living at Scotts Row in Dorchester with his unmarried sister Susan and her daughter Jane.  The three of them were still living together at Scotts Row ten years later in 1861, when John was 49, Susan was 47, and Jane was 22.  What happened to Susan after this time is not known for sure, except that she was not living with her brother by 1871.

 

 

 

Instead bachelor John Collett was 59 when he was recorded as still living at Scotts Row in Dorchester, and the only person living with him at that time in his life was his niece Jane Collett who was 32 and acting as his housekeeper.  It was the same situation ten years later in 1881, when unmarried John was listed as being 69 years old and a farm labourer living at Scotts Row.  Living with him once again was his niece Jane Collett.  She too was born at Dorchester, and was listed as an unmarried tailoress of 42 years.  John Collett died during the 1880s as he was not listed as living in Dorchester or anywhere else in 1891.

 

 

 

 

19O7

Susanna Collett was born at Dorchester in December 1813, the daughter of John and Hannah Collett.  When she was around twenty-five years of age she gave birth to a daughter out of wedlock, following which both Susanna and her daughter Jane continued to live at the home of Susanna’s parents in Dorchester.  In June 1841 Susan Collett was recorded with a rounded age of 25 in the first national census, while her base-born daughter Jane was three years old.  On that occasion she was living at the Dorchester home of her parents, together with her two brothers John and Felix.

 

 

 

During the next decade both her parents passed away, and her brother Felix left the family home to be married.  So by the time of the next census in 1851 it was just 35 years old Susan and her thirteen years old daughter living at Scotts Row in Dorchester, with her unmarried brother John Collett, a farm labourer, as the only bread-winner.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861 it was the same situation, with the three of them still living at Scotts Row.  By that time Susan Collett was listed in the census as being unmarried at 47, the head of the household, who was a farm servant receiving parish relief.  Her unmarried daughter Jane was 22 and a last (?) maker, while Susan’s brother John was 49 and an agricultural labourer.  Lodging with the family was George Davies, another agricultural labourer from Dorchester.  In the dwelling immediately adjacent to where Susan was living, was her younger brother Felix Collett (below) with his family.

 

 

 

With no further record of Susan or Susanna Collett found in any subsequent census returns it is possible that she eventually married, or that she perhaps died while still in her early fifties.  What is known for sure is that her daughter Jane continued to live with her uncle John Collett at Scotts Row in Dorchester up until his death sometime during the 1880s.

 

 

 

19P2

Jane Collett

Born in 1838 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

 

 

 

19O8

Richard Collett was born at Dorchester in February 1816, the son of John and Hannah Collett.  It was also at Dorchester that he married Sally Stanley on 5th February 1837.  In the Census of 1881 they were living alone, except for a lodger, at Fulmer near Uxbridge.  Richard was listed as a 64 years old gardener born at Dorchester and Sally as 63 and born at Burnham near Slough.

 

 

 

 

19O9

Felix Collett was born at Dorchester on 17th January 1919 where he was baptised one week later on 24th January, the youngest known son of John Collett and Hannah Goodall.  In June 1841 Felix was 21 and was working with his father and brother john as an agricultural labourer when he was still living at the family home in Dorchester.  Just less than six years after that, when he was working as a brewer, he married Sarah Carter on 24th March 1847, Sarah having been born in 1826 at Denchworth near Wantage.  Over the following few years Sarah presented her husband with four known children while the couple was living in Dorchester. 

 

 

 

In 1851 the census that year shown the couple residing at a dwelling in Daveys Road in Dorchester where Felix Collett from Dorchester was a farm labourer, his wife Sarah from Denchworth in Berkshire was 25, and their two children were Alice who was two years of age and George was just two months old.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1861 the couple were recorded at Scotts Row in Dorchester, living right next door to Felix’s sister Susan and his brother John (above).  Felix Collett was 39 (sic) and a carter, while his wife Sarah was 35 and an agricultural labourer from Denchworth.  Their four children were named as Alice Collett age 13 who was a servant, George Collett, age 12 who was a plough boy, James Collett, who was nine and attending school, as was Hannah Collett who was five years old.  Lodging with the family on that day was drainer John Oberton from Tring.  By the time of the next census in 1871 Felix’s wife had died so he was recorded as a widower at the age of 51.  Living with him in Dorchester at that time were just his two youngest children, James who was 18 and Hannah who was 14.

 

 

 

During the next decade James and Hannah left home, Hannah to marry James Holliday.  As a result of that Felix went to live with Hannah at her new home in Upper Field in Dorchester.  The census return in 1881 described Felix Collett as father-in-law to head of the household James Holliday, and listed him as being aged 61 years, born at Dorchester, and having the occupation of a farm labourer and carter. 

 

 

 

It was only a brief time that he was living with his daughter since it was in Oxford that Felix Collett died during the last quarter of the following year.  His death was recorded at the Headington Register Office (Ref. 3a 442) when his age was stated as being 65, rather than 63.

 

 

 

19P3

Alice Collett

Born in July 1847 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19P4

John George Collett

Born in 1849 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19P5

James Collett

Born in 1853 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19P6

Hannah Collett

Born in 1856 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

 

 

 

19O10

RICHARD COLLETT was born at Dorchester where he was baptised on 29th October 1809, the base-born son of unmarried Mary Collett.  It was unclear as to who his father was, and so it was decreed at the 1811 Quarter Sessions that the cost of rearing the child should be borne by two ‘suspects’, John King and Richard Wilsdon, each being charged £20.  It may have been the ignominy of being a Collett within the Vaughan family that forced a division between Richard and his mother Mary, which eventually lead to his separation from the family.

 

 

 

On 12th February 1830 Richard enlisted as a farrier with the First Brigade Artillery of the Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regiment and on 5th March that year he travelled on the Castle Huntley to Madras.  Seven years later he was a bombardier with the Log Roll Madras Artillery.  He married Mary Elizabeth Rowland on 5th January 1835 at Nagapore, Madras in India.  Mary, born in 1820 was the daughter of James Rowland born in 1800 of Yorkshire and Elizabeth Foulstone (1804-1848).  The baptism records for all of their children provide confirmation that Richard was part of C Troop Horse Artillery.

 

 

 

History relates that C Troop Horse Artillery left Madras in September 1841 to travel to China to take an active part in the storming of Ching Kiang Fu only returning to Madras in January 1843.  Participation in this campaign earned Richard the China Medal for the 1842 First Opium War.  Richard was invalided out of military service to the European Veterans on 31st May 1850 and six years later he died of effusion in the chest on 10th June 1856 aged 46.  He was buried on 11th June 1856 at St Thomas’ Mount in Madras.  His wife Mary died from dysentery on 21st January 1865 aged 44 and was also buried at St Thomas’ Mount.  Upon his death, Richard’s military record shows he left an estate in money and effects amounting to the princely sum of 14 pounds 12 shillings and 5 pence.

 

 

 

19P7

Sarah Collett

Born on 22.11.1835 at Nagapore, India

 

19P8

Richard Collett

Born on 09.10.1839 at Bangalore, India

 

19P9

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 11.08.1841 at Bangalore, India

 

19P10

JOHN COLLETT

Born on 08.01.1847 at Jaulnah, India

 

19P11

James Collett

Born on 18.11.1849 at Jaulnah, India

 

19P12

Jane Collett

Born on 17.08.1852 at Jaulnah, India

 

 

 

 

19O12

Benjamin Vaughan was born on 16th July 1815 at Warborough.  According to the Census of 1881 for Warborough he was aged 67 and married to Martha also 67 but born at Kingston in Berkshire.  Benjamin was an agricultural labourer and shepherd.  Living with them was son Henry Vaughan aged 25 and an agricultural labourer born at Warborough.

 

 

 

 

19O13

James Vaughan was born on 12th April 1818 at Warborough.  In the 1881 Census for that village, James was listed as aged 64 and a married agricultural labourer living at the home of his son 30 years old Abraham Vaughan and his family.  Abraham was born at Warborough and was married to Sarah Hester aged 29 of Henley in Oxfordshire.  In addition to the couple’s six children, Sarah’s mother Eliza Hester aged 68 and from Chieveley in Berkshire, was living with them.

 

 

 

 

19O14

John Vaughan was born at Warborough on 12th March 1820 but died shortly before his twenty-first birthday on 19th February 1841.

 

 

 

 

19O15

Henry Vaughan was born at Warborough on 18th August 1822 and survived for less than four years when he died on 5th April 1826.

 

 

 

 

19P2

Jane Collett was born at Dorchester in 1838 and was the base-born daughter of unmarried Susanna (Susan) Collett of Dorchester.  Jane was three years old in the June census of 1841, when she was living with her mother at the Dorchester, Overy home of her grandparents.  Following the death of her grandparents during the 1840s, Jane and her mother took over the family home at Scotts Row in Dorchester, which they shared with Jane’s uncle John Collett, her mother’s older brother.  This was confirmed in the census of 1851 and 1861 when Jane was listed as being 13 and 22 respectively.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following decade Jane’s mother either died or left Scotts Row to be married.  By 1861 it was just Jane Collett, age 32, who was living with her uncle John, and this was repeated ten years later in 1881, when once again the pair of them were living at Scotts Row when Jane was 42.  Where Jane went after the death of her uncle is not known, as she has not been identified within the census of 1891.  However, by March 1901, Jane Collett from ‘Wallingford in Berkshire’ was 62 and was living in Middlesex where she was employed at a hand-wash laundry.  Ten years later unmarried Jane Collett, age 71 and from Dorchester in Oxfordshire, was living as an inmate at an institution in Brentford in Middlesex.

 

 

 

 

19P3

Alice Collett was born at Dorchester in July 1847, the daughter of Felix Collett and Sarah Carter.

 

 

 

 

19P4

John George Collett was born at Dorchester-on-Thames on 13th April 1849, the eldest son of Felix and Sarah Collett.  He married Susan Dyer on 14th October 1873 at Dorchester-on-Thames, Susan having been born at Winterbourne Stoke in Wiltshire on 12th November 1853.  In 1881 the couple was living in the village of North Stoke just to the south of Wallingford.  George Collett was a County Police Constable, age 32, and his wife Susan was 27.  With them were four of their first five children, their second son George Fitzroy Collett having already died by that time.  They were James Collett, who was seven and who had been born at Wheatley near Oxford, Cecil Collett, who was four and born at Rotherfield Greys, George Collett, who was two and born at Rotherfield Peppard (both near Henley), and Richard Collett who was just two months old and born at North Stoke.

 

 

 

Sometime after April 1881 the family left North Stoke and moved the short distance north to Bensington, now called Benson.  During their time at Bensington a further two children were added to the family, following which a further move, five miles north, took the family to Nuneham Courtney where their last child was born.  Sometime during the next decade George’s work as a village policeman took him from Nuneham Courtney to the village of Islip near Bicester, to the north of Oxford.  The census return for 1891 listed the family as George Collett 42, and his wife Susan who was 37.

 

 

 

Living there with them were their seven children, James F C Collett who was 17, Cecil Collett who was 14, George Arthur Collett who was 12, Richard Collett who was 10, Albert Ernest Collett, who was seven, Pamela Alice Collett, who was five, and Septimus Octavian Collett who was four years old.  From Islip the family made a final move to Hailey just north of Witney, and it was while they were living there that George eventually retired from the police force, only to enter into the world of farming.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century, and according to the 1901 Census, George Collett, age 52 and born at Dorchester, was no longer a policeman but was living with his family at Hailey near Witney where he was working as a farmer.  Living with George was his wife Susan, who was 47 and born at Winterbourne, together with their three youngest children.  They were Albert, age 17, who was born at Benson, Pamela who was 15 and also born at Benson, and Septimus who was 14, who was born at Nuneham Courtney.  By that time in their lives their son George was a soldier in the army.

 

 

 

During the next decade George and Susan left the village of Hailey and moved into the nearby town of Witney, where they were living in early April 1911.  George was 62 and Susan was 58, and still living with the couple was their youngest son Septimus Octavius Collett who was 24.  Two years later while still residing at Witney, George Collett died on 24th March 1913 at the age of 64.  Susan had survived her husband by over twenty-eight years, when she died at the age of was 88 at Oxford on 20th December 1941.

 

 

 

19Q1

James Felix Carlo Collett

Born on 09.01.1874 at Wheatley

 

19Q2

George Fitzroy Collett

Born on 29.10.1875 at Rotherfield Greys

 

19Q3

Cecil Collett

Born on 15.01.1877 at Rotherfield Peppard

 

19Q4

George Arthur Collett

Born on 17.02.1878 at North Stoke

 

19Q5

Richard Collett

Born on 04.02.1881 at North Stoke

 

19Q6

Albert Ernest Collett

Born on 26.07.1883 at Benson

 

19Q7

Pamela Alice Collett

Born on 27.08.1885 at Benson

 

19Q8

Septimus Octavius Collett

Born on 07.02.1887 at Nuneham Courtney

 

 

 

 

19P5

James Collett was born at Dorchester around 1853, the son of Felix Collett and Sarah Carter.  He married Susannah Elizabeth Herd on 11th February 1877 in Bermondsey, London, although the marriage was recorded in error under the name of Callett.  James Callett was 24, the son of Felix Callett, while his bride was the daughter of Joseph Valentine Herd, after whom Susannah’s two children were named.  The marriage only produced two children and by the time of the census in 1881 the couple was living at 28 Brook Mews North in the Paddington area of London with their two young children.  On that occasion James Collett from Dorchester was 29 and was employed as a domestic butler, as he had been at the time of the birth of his daughter in 1878.  His wife Susannah E Collett was from Bermondsey and was 28.

 

 

 

The couple’s eldest child was Alice J Collett who was two years old who had been born while they were living in Paddington, while their youngest child James V Collett was under one year old and had been born at Shinfield, near Reading in Berkshire. 

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was still living in Paddington at 40 Portnall Road, where Jas Collett from Dorchester was 38 and a domestic butler, Susannah was 36, and their two children were Alice J Collett was 12 and Jas V Collett from Reading was 10.  Initially it was believed that James Collett died during the 1890s, while in the next census of 1901 Susannah was recorded as still being married, rather than being a widow.  He was still alive when she died in 1924, so it is assumed that it was his work which resulted in his absence in both 1901 and 1911.  The census in March that year for St George Campden Hill in Kensington included Susannah E Collett from Bloomsbury who was 45 living at 38 Kensington Place with her two children.  They were Alice J Collett from Paddington who was 22 and a hose woman working for a draper, and James V Collett from Reading in Berkshire who was 20 and employed as a commercial clerk.

 

 

 

During the next decade daughter Alice left the family home, presumably to be married.  So by the time of the 1911 Census in April that year it was just Susannah Elizabeth Collett, aged 56, who was a store keeper with a catering business who was still living at 38 Kensington Place in Campden Hill with her son James Valentine Collett who was 30.  The census return continued to affirm that Susannah was still a married women and that she had been married for thirty-three years, during which time she had given birth to just the two known children listed below.

 

 

 

Susannah Elizabeth Collett nee Herd died on 26th December 1924, just a few months after her son James.  Curiously probate for her personal effects, valued at £138 10 Shillings, was granted on 17th January 1925 to her husband James Collett, a bath-chair man, who has not been located after the census in 1891.  At the time of her death she was at 28 Marloes Road in Kensington, although she was described as Susannah Elizabeth Collett of 78 Campden Street in Kensington, the home of her widowed daughter-in-law Alice Mary Collett nee Birch.

 

 

 

19Q9

Alice Josephine Collett

Born in 1878 at Paddington

 

19Q10

James Valentine Collett

Born in 1880 at Shinfield, Berks

 

 

 

 

19P6

Hannah Collett was born at Dorchester in 1856 the youngest child of Felix and Sarah Collett.  She was recorded as Hannah Collett aged five years and 14 in the 1861 and 1861 census returns, when living with her parents in the first of these, and then living with her widowed father in the second.  Hannah married James Holliday in 1875, their marriage recorded at Wallingford (Ref. 2c 460) during the first three months of that year.  By 1881 she and James were living at Upper Field in Dorchester with their two young sons.  Hannah was referred to as Annie Holliday and was confirmed as being aged 24 and born at Dorchester, while her husband James was 25 and a farm labourer and carter also born at Dorchester.  Living with them, in addition to their two children James Holliday 5 and George Holliday 4, was Hannah widowed father Felix Collett who was also a farm labourer and a carter on a farm.

 

 

 

 

19P7

Sarah Collett was born at Nagapore in Madras.  The register for the baptism recorded the event on 5th June 1836 as Sarah daughter of Richard Collett Farrier Horse Artillery and Eliza his European wife, born on 22nd November 1835, baptised by C Jefferson Chaplain Nagpur.

 

 

 

 

19P8

Richard Collett was born at Bangalore in Madras on 9th October 1839.  The register for the baptism recorded the event on 9th October 1839 as Richard son of Richard Collett Rough Rider with C Troop H A and his wife Mary Eliza born this day and baptised by S J M Tuvor Chaplain.

 

 

 

 

19P9

Elizabeth Collett was born at Bangalore in Madras.  The register for the baptism recorded the event on 29th December 1841 as Elizabeth daughter of Richard Collett Gunner with C Troop H A and his wife Eliza, born on 11th August 1841 baptised by W Tuyens Joint Chaplain.

 

 

 

 

19P10

JOHN COLLETT was born at Jaulnah in Madras on 8th January 1947.  The register for his baptism recorded that the event took place on 6th June 1847 and that John was the son of Richard Collett Bombardier with C Troop H A and his wife Eliza.  The baptised was conducted by William Nagle with sponsors Edward Kelly, Thomas Cribb and Jane Kelly.  John married Rachael Moreino on 3rd December 1866 and just over three years later their son was born while the couple was still in India.

 

 

 

19Q11

CHRISTOPHER HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1870 in India

 

 

 

 

19P11

James Collett was born at Jaulnah in Madras.  The register for the baptism recorded the event on 5th March 1850 as James son of Richard Collett C Troop H A and his wife Elizabeth, born on 18th November 1849.

 

 

 

 

19Q1

James Felix Carlo Collett was born on 9th January 1874 at Wheatley near Oxford.  In 1881 he was listed as being seven years old and born at Wheatley.  At that time he was living with his family at North Stoke near Wallingford.  Around 1898 he married Annie Florence Ostertag who was born at Barnsbury near Islington in London in 1881 but after 3rd April.  Florence was the daughter of Ulrich Ostertag, who was born in Alsace, and Elizabeth Robinson of Stafford.  In 1881 just prior to her birth, Ulrich was a cook aged 22 who was living at 48 Wardour Street in Soho with his wife who was 25 and employed as a kitchen maid.

 

 

 

Once married, the couple remained living near Florence’s parents at Barnsbury for a while and it was there that the first of their four daughters was born.  Sometime over the next year or so the family of three moved south of the River Thames and settled for a short while in Southwark.  Another moved followed not long after the birth of their second child which saw the family return to Oxfordshire and the village of Ramsden just north of the village of Hailey near Witney where James’ parents were living at that time.

 

 

 

According to the 1901 Census the James, age 27 and of Wheatley, was living with his wife and two daughters at Ramsden Entire in Oxfordshire.  His occupation at that time was that of a licenced victualler.  His wife Florence of Barnsbury in London was aged 20 and their two children were aged two years and under twelve months respectively.  By April 1911 the family was once again living in north London, the census that year confirming they were residing at 2A Fourth Avenue, Bush Hill Park in Enfield within the Edmonton registration district of Middlesex.

 

 

 

The census return confirmed that James and Annie had been married for thirteen years and had given birth to five children.  James Felix Carlo Collett from Wheatley was 37 and a typewriter travelling salesman, his wife Florence was 29, and with them were their five children.  They were Dorothy who was 12 and born at Barnsbury, Gladys Florence Collett who was 10 and born at Southwark, Harold Albert Collett was nine and born at Heston, Alexander Carl Collett was seven and born at Lampton and Stanley Frank Collett who was born at Cork in Ireland who was five years of age.  James Felix Carlo Collett died on 7th June 1944.

 

 

 

19R1

Dorothy Collett

Born in 1898 at Barnsbury, London

 

19R2

Gladys Florence Collett

Born in 1900 at Southwark, London

 

19R3

Harold Albert Collett

Born in 1902 at Heston, Middlesex

 

19R4

Alexander Carl Collett

Born in 1904 at Lampton, Middlesex

 

19R5

Stanley Frank Collett

Born in 1905 at Cork, Ireland

 

 

 

 

19Q2

George Fitzroy Collett was born on 29th October 1875 at Rotherfield Greys near Henley, where he died almost a year later on 27th September 1876.

 

 

 

 

19Q3

Cecil Collett was born on 15th January 1877 at Rotherfield Peppard near Henley and by the time of the census in 1881 he was living with his family at North Stoke near Wallingford, where he was four years old and his place of birth was confirmed as Rotherfield Peppard.  Ten years later he was 14, by which time he and his family were living at Islip near Bicester.

 

 

 

Before the end of the century Cecil had joined the Life Guards and was recorded in the 1901 Census as Trooper Cecil Collett, age 23.  His place of birth was given simply as Henley and he was based somewhere in Berkshire at that time.  It would appear that within the next couple of years Cecil may have been invalided out of the army and that he most likely returned to the family home in Witney.  It was while he was there that he met and married Agnes in 1903.  Agnes was five years old than Cecil, having been born at Witney in 1872. 

 

 

 

Shortly after they were married the couple were living at Windsor in Berkshire where their first son was born.  Within a short while though, the family moved to Devon where they initially settled in Newton Abbot, and it was there that their second son was born.

 

 

 

By the time of the 1911 Census the family of four had moved to Dorset and was living in the village of Broadmayne just two miles south of Dorchester, from where Cecil was employed at Warmwell House in the next village of Warmwell.  Warmwell House was the home of Lady Eva Lillian Cecilia Wynford, age 25, of Belgravia in London and her two daughters Mary Janet Grace Best, age three years, and Eva Constance Edith Best who was two.  It was there that Cecil was recorded on the day of the census as Cecil Collett a married man of 34 from Henley-on-Thames.  He was described as an army pensioner, while position at Warmwell House was that of a domestic servant and butcher.

 

 

 

His family on that same day, residing at Fernside in nearby Broadmayne, comprised his wife Agnes Maria Collett, who was 39 and from Witney whose husband was ‘living in private service’, and their two sons Wilfred Cecil Collett, who was six and born at Windsor, and Ronald Eric Collett who was four and born at Newton Abbot.  The census also confirmed that Cecil and Agnes had been married for eight years.  It is understood that a further son was born into the family and that may have taken place after April 1911 or, if it happen between 1906 and 1911 then the child did not survive since there was no child of that with the family in April 1911.

 

 

 

During their life Cecil and Agnes ran a holiday hotel at West Bay in Dorset.  It is possible, but not known for sure, that they owned the George Hotel, the management of which was later taken over by their eldest son Wilfred.  An entry in the Kelly’s Directory of 1935 stated that proprietor of The George Hotel in West Bay was Mrs A M Collett ideal for family and commercial customers.

 

 

 

19R6

Wilfred Cecil Collett

Born in 1904 at Windsor

 

19R7

Ronald Eric Collett

Born in 1906 at Newton Abbot

 

19R8

Kenneth Collett

Born possibly after April 1911

 

 

 

 

19Q4

George Arthur Collett was born on 17th February 1878 at North Stoke and was given the same Christian name as his deceased older brother.  In 1881 he was listed as being two years old and born at North Stoke, where he was living with his family at that time.  After first moving to Benson, the family was living in Islip near Bicester in 1891 when George Arthur Collett was 12.

 

 

 

During the next ten years he left the family home, which by March 1901 was at Hailey near Witney, and instead was living and working in Bicester Market End where there was already an established Collett family.  Further work needs to be done to determine whether or not there was a family link that attracted George to go there.  At that time he was 21 and his place of birth was confirmed as North Stoke.  His occupation was recorded as being that of a policeman, as was his father George before his retirement from the police force.

 

 

 

Over the next decade George left Oxfordshire altogether and moved south to London where, in April 1911, at the age of 32 he living in Croydon when once again his place of birth was confirmed as North Stoke.  Also living in Croydon at that time was his future wife Elizabeth Rose Winifred Powell who was also 32.  From this information it seems very likely that they were married during the following twelve months, with their first child being born at Croydon during the following year.  The couple spent nearly fifty years together before George died on 13th February 1960.

 

 

 

19R9

Cyril Collett

Born in 1913 at Croydon

 

19R10

Connie Collett

Date of birth not known

 

19R11

Major Collett

Date of birth not known

 

19R12

Gladys Collett

Date of birth not known

 

19R13

Doris Collett

Date of birth not known

 

 

 

 

19Q5

Richard Collett was born on 4th February 1881 at North Stoke, the son of George Collett and Susan Dyer, which was confirmed by the census in 1881 when Richard was recorded as being two months old.  Over the next ten years Richard’s family first moved to Benson, and after to Islip near Bicester where the family was living in 1891.  Richard Collett from North Stoke was 10 years old on that occasion.

 

 

 

So keen was he to enter the army, like his older brother Cecil (above), that Richard added three years to his stated age when he attested for the 3rd Royal Berkshire Militia Regiment at Reading on 1st April 1896.  The details he gave on that occasion are as follows: born at North Stoke near Wallingford in Berkshire; age 18 years and one month; a baker by trade; 5 feet 9¼ inches tall; 134 lbs in weight; fresh complexion; brown eyes and dark brown hair.  He had a scar on his left eye and one on his sacrum. 

 

 

 

On 21st November 1896 as No.4666 he was posted from the Depot of the 49th Regimental District of the Berkshires to the 2nd Battalion, but only remained with that unit until the following year.  Under authority of a War Office letter dated 11th December 1897 he was transferred to the 1st Life Guards with effect that date as No.2036 when he joined his new corps in London. After a period of ceremonial duties in London, and following the declaration of hostilities against the Boer Republic, the 1st Life Guards were sent to South Africa in a combined Household formation with the 2nd Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards.

 

 

 

The regiment arrived in South Africa around 4th November 1899 and saw action in the relief of Ladysmith and the capture of the Boer Laage at Paardeburg.  They returned to England in August 1900, where Richard was granted the Queen’s South Africa Medal with bars for Paardeburg, Dreifontein, Johannesburg, Cape Colony, and the Relief of Ladysmith.  According to the census in March 1901 Richard Collett, age 23 (sic) and born at North Stoke, was serving as a trooper with the First Life Guards and was based in Kent.

 

 

 

During the next three years of his military service he spent a period of 21 days in ‘the glasshouse’ for some undisclosed offence in February 1903, before being transferred to the Army Reserve at Regents Park Barracks on the 29th October 1904.  However, between those two dates bachelor Richard Collett, age 22 and a trooper with the 1st Life Guards, married (1) Dorrene Louisa Dark, a spinster of 21, at the St George Hanover Square Register Office in London on 9th December 1903.  Richard was confirmed as the son of farmer George Collett, while Dorrene‘s father was named as William Dark, deceased, an officer in the British Army.  The address for both the bride and the groom was given as 11 Montpelier Square in Knightsbridge, while the witnesses were Fanny Couldrey and P W Leversha.

 

 

 

Eighteen months after they were married it would appear that Dorrene had an adulterous affair with one Richard Smith which, upon its discovery by her husband, resulted in Richard Collett filing a petition for divorce on 24th August 1905.  This was submitted to the Probate, Divorce & Admiralty Division of The High Court of Justice and read as follows:

 

 

 

I Richard Collett of the Borough Police Station Reading in the County of Berkshire, Police Constable, the petitioner make oath and say as follows

1 - that the statements set out in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 6 of the said Petition dated 11th day of August 1905 are true

2 - that the statements set out in paragraphs 4 and 5 are true to the best of my knowledge information and belief

3 – that there is not any collusion or connivance between me and my wife Dorrene Louisa Collett in any way whatever

4 – that there have been no previous proceedings in the Divorce Division of the High Court of Justice with reference to my marriage with the said Dorrene Louisa Collett by or on behalf of either of the parties to the marriage.

Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that his said marriage may be dissolved and that he may have such further and other relief in the premises as may seem meet.

 

 

 

The Decree Nisi was granted on 11th January 1906 and was followed by the Decree Absolute which was passed by the High Court of Justice on 23rd July 1906, as followed:

”Before the Honourable Sir Henry Bargrave Deane, Knight, one of the Justices of the High Court, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, in the County of Middlesex, on the 23rd day of July 1906 in the case of Collett against Collett and Smith.  Referring to the Decree made in this cause on the 11th day of January 1906 whereby it was decreed that the Marriage had and solemnised on the 9th day of December 1903 at the Register Office in the district of St George Hanover Square in the County of London between Richard Collett, the Petitioner, and Dorrene Louisa Collett then Dark spinster, the Respondent be dissolved by reason that since the celebration thereof the said Respondent had been guilty of Adultery with the Co-Respondent Richard Smith unless sufficient cause be shown to the Court why the said Decree should not be made absolute, within six months from the making thereof – and no such cause having been shown, the judge on application of the said Petitioner by his final Decree pronounced and declared the said Marriage to be dissolved”

 

 

 

Over the next twenty months Richard continued to serve with the Army Reserve until his final discharge on 31st March 1908, having served a total of 12 years’ military service.  It was during the previous year that divorced Richard had married (2) Margaret Gibbons on 10th April 1907.  Margaret was born on 2nd December 1883 at Lancaster Gate in Paddington, and it was there that they were married.  Just over a year after they were married Margaret presented Richard with the first of their three children, the child being born at Reading, where the family was living at 27 Upper Crown Street in 1911.  The census that year recorded the family as Richard Collett, age 30 and from North Stoke in Oxfordshire, who was a police constable with Reading Borough Police, his wife of three years Margaret Collett, age 28, who said she was born at Lancaster Mews in Paddington, and their daughter Margaret Alice Collet who was two years old and born at St Giles in Reading.  Their abode was described as comprising four rooms.

 

 

 

Three years later, with War declared against Germany, Richard re-enlisted for short service with the 1st Life Guards at Reading on the 3rd September 1914.  At that time he was a Police Constable living at 6 The Forbury in Reading.  On that occasion he gave his correct age of 33 years and 8 months, which underlined the fact that he had lied about his age when joining the army in 1896.  Having joined the Life Guards, he was given the Service No.3079 and was duly promoted to Acting Corporal on 19th September 1914.  Whilst serving at Hyde Park Barracks on 13th October 1915 he was reprimanded for neglect of duty and reported by the RSM.

 

 

 

On 12th August 1916 he reverted to the rank of trooper and was transferred to the Military Mounted Police where he was immediately promoted to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal, No. P3712.  It was just under one month later that Richard was finally sent overseas, sailing out of Southampton on 8th December 1916 and arriving at Le Havre the following day.  There he joined his unit at Rouen where he served until being posted to 18th Corps in January 1917.  In December 1917 he was posted to the Army Headquarters and serves with them until the end of the war.  After peace was secured Richard was transferred to back to England for demobilisation on 1st June 1919 and was eventually discharged from his duties on 30th June 1919.

 

 

 

Later in his life, and just twenty-one months prior to his death, Richard was on holiday with his extended family in Canada when he wrote down his memories from his time in the service of the British Army, and this has been reproduced in Appendix C at the end of this file.

 

It is likely that the photograph on the right was taken after the First World War, possibly around 1919 or 1920, and shows Richard with his second wife Margaret and their two daughters Margaret and Pamela.

 

Richard Collett died at Brighton in Sussex on 24th August 1961.  Following the death of her husband it would appear that Margaret emigrated to Canada, where she was reunited with her son Major and his family.  And it was at Burlington in Ontario that Margaret Collett nee Gibbons died on 30th July 1982.

 

 

 

19R14

Margaret Alice Collett

Born on 06.05.1908 at Reading

 

19R15

Pamela Joan Collett

Born on 02.02.1916 at Reading

 

19R16

Major Stewart Collett

Born on 08.02.1925 at Wokingham

 

 

 

 

19Q6

Albert Ernest Collett was born on 26th July 1883 at Bensington near Wallingford.  The name of his birthplace was later shortened to Benson as confirmed by the 1901 Census in which Albert was aged 17.  At that time he was still living with his parents at their home in Hailey near Witney from where he was working as a brewer’s clerk.  Seven years later he married Millicent Kate Harris on 4th May 1908 with whom he had four children.  According to the census in 1911 Albert Ernest Collett from Bensington was 27 when he was residing at 1 Sunnyside, Woodstock Road in Witney from where he was working as an assistant manager for a brewery with ten branches.  With him was his wife Millicent Kate Collett who was 24 and their son Guy Sidney Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

Albert Ernest Collett died on 19th January 1940 when he and his wife were residing at 128 Warwick Street in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.  Probate for his estate of £651 16 Shillings 2d was settled at Birmingham on 9th February 1940 in favour of his widow Millicent Kate Collett.  She suffered another tragedy in the family three years later when she received the sad news that her son Cecil had been killed in action while in the service of the Royal Marines.

 

 

 

19R17

Guy Sidney Collett

Born on 15.10.1909

 

19R18

Mary Millicent Collett

Born on 20.11.1912

 

19R19

Cecil Ernest Collett

Born on 08.02.1915

 

19R20

Dennis Albert Collett

Born on 04.05.1920

 

 

 

 

19Q7

Pamela Alice Collett was born on 27th August 1885 at Bensington (Benson).  By 1901 she was 15 when she was living with her parents at Hailey near Witney.  On leaving school she later became a school teacher but during her first period of employment she was a ‘teacher monitoress’ at the National School in Hailey.  She later married James (Jim) Lutener when she was in her early twenties.  James B Lutener was born at Middlesbrough in Yorkshire around 1880 and was the son of James Lutener of Durham and his wife Emily.  According to the census of 1901 James was an engine fitter aged 20 and was living with his family in York at that time.

 

 

 

James Lutener senior was 52 and his occupation was that of a railway machinist, his wife Emily from Lincolnshire was 50, and the only other member of the family at that time was James’ younger brother Arthur who was 14 and an errand boy who had been born at Aycliffe in County Durham.  The marriage produced three children for the couple and these were Florence and Jim who were born prior to the Great War, and Cecil who was born two years after.  This might indicate that Jim Lutener senior was away on active service during the war years.

 

 

 

By the time of the April census of 1911, Pamela Alice Lutener was recorded as being 25, her husband James Biott Lutener was 30, and with the couple at Witney was their first child Florence Emily who was listed as being just one year old since she was nearly three months short of her second birthday.  While their daughter was born at Witney, it seems likely that their two sons may have also been born there.  Pamela Alice Lutener nee Collett died at Witney where her death was recorded (Ref. 20 3012) during the first quarter of 1980.  Twenty-two years earlier her husband James Biott Lutener, of Park View in Bladon, had passed away on 20th June 1958, when probate of his Will valued at £704 was granted to his widow Pamela.

 

 

 

It is understood that the name Lutener was derived from a corruption of the name of the village of Lewknor in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

19R21

Florence Emily Lutener

Born on 26.06.1909 at Witney

 

19R22

James Lutener

Born on 17.05.1913 at Witney

 

19R23

Cecil Lutener

Born on 12.02.1920 at Witney

 

 

 

 

19Q8

Septimus Octavius Collett was born on 7th February 1887 at Nuneham Courtney north of Dorchester-on-Thames.  By the time of the 1901 Census he was 14 and was living with his parents at Hailey, near Witney, where he was working with his father George who was a farmer.  He later married (1) Lily Fenemore (Fanimore), their marriage recorded at Witney register office (Ref. 3a 1377) during the first three months of 1911.  The witnesses at the wedding were John Holland and Harriet Pratley.

The marriage produced four children for the couple and a few weeks after they were married the census of 1911 recorded Septimus and Lily as both being 24 and living at Witney.

 

 

 

During the First World War Septimus served with the Royal West Kent Regiment, service number 201764 and, having survived the ordeal, he was presented with the Victory Medal.

 

 

 

In his younger days Septimus was a policeman, possibly in Pershore, but upon his retirement he purchased The Brandy Cask public house [shown above] in Pershore where he lived with his second wife.  It was in 1943 that Septimus married (2) Eileen Dowler, the wedding recorded at Warwick register office (Ref. 6d 2138) during the third quarter of the year. Towards the end of his life, when he was in poor health, he and Eileen were living in the village of Wadborough, less than three miles west of Pershore, where it is assumed he later died.  His death was recorded at Pershore register office (Ref. 9d 160) during the second quarter of 1957 when he died on 2nd June at the age of 70 years.

 

 

 

19R24

Kathleen Collett

Born in 1915

 

19R25

Stanley Collett

Born circa 1920

 

19R26

Gordon Collett

Born on 24.07.1924

 

19R27

Eileen Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

19Q9

Alice Josephine Collett was born at Paddington in 1878, the only daughter of James and Susannah Elizabeth Collett.  When she was two years old she was living with her family at 28 Brook Mews North in Paddington where she may also have been born.  By the time of the census in March 1901 her father was absent from the family home at 38 Kensington Place in Campden Hill in Kensington when Alice was 22 when she was working as a hose woman for a draper.  On that occasion it was just Alice and her brother James (below) who were still living with their mother.

 

 

 

It was three years later that Alice Josephine Collett married George Frederick Lockhart and Camden on 30th August 1904.  The marriage produced two children; Ivy Josephine Lockhart who was born during in 1907 and George Howard Lockhart who was born in 1911 who died in 1944.  Alice Josephine Lockhart nee Collett died at Camden in 1947.

 

 

 

 

19Q10

James Valentine Collett was born at Shinfield, near Reading in Berkshire in 1880, although his birth was recorded at Wokingham (Ref. 2c 394) during the third quarter of that year.  He was under one year old at the time of the census in 1881 when he was living at 28 Brook Mews North in Paddington with his family.  Upon leaving school he became a commercial clerk, as confirmed by the census in 1901 when he was 20 years of age and was living at 38 Kensington Place in Campden Hill in Kensington in London with his mother Susannah and his sister Alice (above).  Where his father James was on that day is not known even though it is established that he was still alive when James died in 1924.  James Valentine Collett was still a bachelor ten years later when he was 30 and was still living with his mother at 38 Kensington Place in Campden Hill. 

 

 

 

Towards the end of 1919 James V Collett married Alice M Birch, the wedding recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 319) during the last three months of the year, after which the couple settled at 78 Campden Street in Kensington, where they were recorded in 1920.  The couple was also listed in the Electoral Roll of 1924 for Kensington as James Valentine Collett and Alice Mary Collett.  However, it was during that same year that James Valentine Collett died at the age of 44.  His death was recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 126) during the third quarter of the year.

 

 

 

Just a few months after his death, James’ mother passed away and the administration of her estate was granted to her husband James Collett, a bath-chair man.  It is also interesting that it would appear that his mother was living with James’ widowed at the time of her death on Christmas Day in 1924, as her address was given at 78 Campden Street, even though she died elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

19Q11

CHRISTOPHER HENRY COLLETT was born in 1870.  He was a lawyer and married Annie Maude Hart on 26th March 1894 in India.  Christopher Henry Collett died around 1898, following which Annie re-married to become Annie Sterling.

 

 

 

19R28

JOHN CHRISTOPHER HART COLLETT

Born on 18.10.1894 in India

 

 

 

 

19R4

Alexander Carl Collett was born at Lampton in Middlesex during 1904, the fourth child of James Felix Carlo Collett and Annie Florence Ostertag.  He and his family were living at 2A Fourth Avenue, Bush Hill Park in Enfield in April 1911 when Alexander Carl Collett was seven years old.  The death of Alexander C Collett was recorded at Leighton Buzzard register office (Ref. 3b 354) during the third quarter of 1934 when he was 30.

 

 

 

 

19R5

Stanley Frank Collett was born at Cork in Ireland on 3rd August 1905.  He was the last of the five children of James and Annie Collett, who was five years old in 1911 when the family was residing at 2A Fourth Avenue, Bush Hill Park in Enfield.  It was in the first quarter of 1937 that he married Dorothy Gwen Chase, the event recorded at Luton register office (Ref. 3b 831).  Dorothy was born on 10th April 1914 and she died in 2003 at the age of 89.  The death of Stanley Frank Collett was recorded twelve years earlier at Bedford register office (Ref. 9 163) during the second quarter of 1991 when he was 85.

 

 

 

 

19R6

Wilfred Cecil Collett was born at Windsor on 6th May 1904, the eldest of the three children of Cecil and Agnes Collett.  Shortly after he was born his parents moved to Newton Abbot in Devon where Wilfred’s brother was born.  Sometime prior to 1911 the family of four moved again, that time to Broadmayne to the south of Dorchester in Dorset.  According to the census of 1911, the family was living at Fernside in the village of Broadmayne where was Wilfred Cecil Collett was six years old and his brother Ronald was four.  At some later date Wilfred’s parents moved to coastal resort of West Bay, not far from Bridport, where they took over the running of the George Hotel.  Whether the premises had been purchased by the Collett family has not been determined, but it is known that Wilfred eventually took over the management of the hotel.

 

 

 

By the time of his retirement Wilfred was residing within the county of Somerset, and it was at Mendip register office (Ref. 23 1244) that the death of Wilfred Cecil Collett was recorded during the first three months of 1981 when he was 76.

 

 

 

 

19R13

Doris Collett, whose date of birth is not known at this time, is known to have married H P Bishop in China.  She later died in the United States of America.

 

 

 

 

19R14

Margaret Alice Collett was born at Reading on 6th May 1908, the eldest of the three children of Richard Collett and his wife Margaret Gibbons.  She was two years old in the Reading census of 1911 and when her father was re-enlistment into the army in 1914 Margaret and her parents were living at 6 The Forbury in Reading.  She later married Percival Barney and they had three children Brian Barney, Pamela Barney, and Gordon Watson Collett Barney, all of whom lived in Toronto.

 

 

 

 

19R15

Pamela Joan Collett was born at Reading on 2nd February 1916 the daughter of Richard and Margaret Collett.  She married Harold Cheeseman on 3rd April 1936 and they had three sons.  Ian Howard Cheeseman who was born on 4th November 1937 at Crawley in West Sussex who later married in Canada, but who was living in Rhodesia in the 1960s, and Peter Cheeseman and Stewart Cheeseman, the latter being married at Oshawa in Ontario.

 

 

 

 

19R16

Major Stewart Collett was born on 8th February 1925 at Wokingham in Sussex, the last of the three children of Richard and Margaret Collett.  Rather curiously his birth was recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 2c 602) during the first quarter of 1925.  He married (1) Joan Dorothy Brown at Horsham in West Sussex.  Joan was born at Cheam in Surrey on 12th October 1925 and died at Scarborough in Ontario on 13th April 1976.  Their first two children were born while they were still living in England.  The others were born after the family had emigrated to live in Canada.  After the death of Joan, Major married (2) Heather Summerfield in Toronto.

 

 

 

19S1

Carol Jacqueline Collett

Born on 17.07.1942 at Crawley

 

19S2

Roger Stewart Collett

Born on 18.06.1944 at Crawley

 

19S3

Carl Collett

Born on 07.07.1966 at Ontario, Canada

 

19S4

Stefanie Victoria Collett

Born on 24.05.1968 at Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

 

19R17

Guy Sidney Collett was born on 15th October 1909 and that may have taken place at Witney where he was living in 1911 at the age of one year.  The family’s address on that occasion was 1 Sunnyside on the Woodstock Road in Witney.  It was during the second quarter of 1937 in Warwick (Ref. 6d 1975) when he married Thelma Doris Cole who was born in Staffordshire with her birth recorded at Lichfield register office (Ref. 6b 475) during the second quarter of 1910.  Their marriage produced two children for the couple.  The death of Sidney Guy Collett was recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon register office (Ref. 9c 2410) during the second quarter of 1973 when he was 63.

 

 

 

19S5

Rebecca Collett

Born circa 1940; died in 1970

 

19S6

Rodney Guy Collett

Born in 1944 at Stratford-upon-Avon

 

 

 

 

19R18

Mary Millicent Collett was born on 20th November 1912 and possibly at 1 Sunnyside, Woodstock Road in Witney where her parents were living in April 1911.  She later married Charles Oliver Wise.  The marriage produced two daughters for the couple, and they were Jane Mary Wise who was born on 28th April 1940 and Susan Lindsey Wise whose date of birth is not known.  Mary Millicent Wise nee Collett died during 1999.

 

 

 

 

19R19

Cecil Ernest Collett was born on 8th February 1915 and he was killed during the Second World War on 13th March 1943 at Dieppe in France.  The record of his death is included in the Collett website folder entitled WW2 Collett Fatalities and is reproduced below.

 

 

 

Cecil Ernest Collett was a Sergeant PLY/X101104 with the Royal Marines and was born on 8th February 1915 and was the son of Albert Ernest and Kate Millicent Collett.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial – Panel 83, Column 3.

 

 

 

 

19R20

Dennis Albert Collett was born on 14th May 1920 and he married Olive Leah Buckingham in 1947, with whom he had two children.  Their marriage was recorded at Witney register office (Ref. 6b 2626) during the third quarter of that year.  The only other information so far known about the couple at this time is that they jointly ran a bookshop at Farnham in Surrey during the 1950s and 1960s.  During the summer of 2010, ninety-year old Dennis was staying at a nursing home in the Petersfield area of Hampshire.

 

 

 

In 2011 a magazine article about the Second World War was received from Brian Foster in Australia, and the reference to ‘D A Collet’ is believed to none other but Dennis Albert Collett.  The main focus of the item was the purchase of 64 North American B25 Mitchell bombers by the exiled Dutch Government to equip a Royal Air Force squadron.  One of those planes in particular, which was still flying in 2004, was serial number FR193 assigned to 32 Dutch Squadron based at Dunsfold in Surrey on 10th August 1944.  It was on the evening of 8th September 1944 that all three squadrons of 139 Wing were sent to attack enemy gun positions around Boulogne, with Mitchell FR193 being flown by Flying Officer D A Collet.

 

 

 

19S7

Jennifer Christine Collett

Died in 29.11.1999

 

19S8

David Geoffrey Collett

Born on 24.04.1954

 

 

 

 

19R21

Florence Emily Lutener, who was known as Flossie, was born at Witney on 20th June 1909 and was one year old at the time of the 1911 Census when she was living at Witney with her parents.  She lived a long life and passed away on 28th August 2004.

 

 

 

 

19R22

James Lutener was born on 17th May 1913 and this may have taken place at Witney where his parents were living in April 1911.  He was known as Jim and he later married, the marriage producing two sons for him and his wife.  James died on 28th October 1998 and it was his son Hugh who kindly provided the brief details of his father’s and his grandfather’s families.

 

 

 

19S9

Hugh Lutener

Born on 08.06.1946

 

19S10

Paul Brian Lutener

Born on 12.01.1950

 

 

 

 

19R23

Cecil Lutener, who was born on 12th February 1920, is known to have died in September 1998 just a few weeks before his brother Jim (above).

 

 

 

 

19R24

Kathleen Collett, who was known in the family as Kath, was born in 1915, the eldest child of Septimus and Lily Collett, and she married Francis Alfred Davis on 24th June 1939.  Francis, who was known as Frank, was born in 1914 and died in 1981.  During the war years between 1940 and 1946 Kathleen presented her husband with three children.  It is understood that Kathleen was living at Pershore in Worcestershire during 2007.

 

 

 

19S11

Andrea Jane Davis

Born in September 1940

 

19S12

Warren Davis

Born in June 1944

 

19S13

Kevin Davis

Born in May 1946

 

 

 

 

19R25

Stanley Collett, who was known in the family as Stan, may have been born around 1920.  Very little is known about him except that he married Kathleen with whom he had a daughter Anne Collett who later married to become Anne Jones.  Stan was a builder and built and lived in two houses in Worcester.

 

 

 

19S14

Anne Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

19R27

Eileen Collett, whose date of birth in not known, was the daughter of Septimus Octavius Collett and his first wife Lily Fanimore.  She later married Maurice Taylor and it was their son Andy Taylor who kindly provided this new information about his Collett family.

 

 

 

 

19R28

JOHN CHRISTOPHER HART COLLETT was born on 18th October 1894 in India, where he married Florence May Ritchie during 1929.  John died at Rockhampton in Australia in 1958 and Florence died later at Sydney in 1998. In 2012 John’s daughter, Evangeline Veruthey was married to a retired psychiatrist, when they were living in Las Vegas, USA.  It was John’s youngest son, John W Collett, who provided new family information between 2012 and 2015.  By the time of the latter, the married daughter of J W Collett and his wife Denise, had already purchased a property in the village of Bradninch, just north of Exeter in Devon, where they were living at that time, where John and Denise were hoping to visit later that same year.

 

 

 

19S15

Evangeline Collett

Born on 12.03.1930

 

19S16

LEON CHRISTOPHER COLLETT

Born on 03.07.1936 in India

 

19S17

John W Collett

Born after 1936

 

 

 

 

19S2

Roger Stewart Collett was born on 18th June 1944 at Manor House in Crawley, West Sussex.  He married Linda Blowing at Highland Creek near Toronto in 1965. 

 

 

 

19T1

Scott Douglas Collett

Born on 11.02.1967 at Scarborough, Canada

 

19T2

Leah Collett

Born on 11.01.1972 at Scarborough, Canada

 

19T3

Karen Lisa Collett

Born on 16.02.1976 at West Hill, Canada

 

 

 

 

19S4

Stefanie Victoria Collett was born on 24th May 1968 at Burlington, Ontario.  She married (1) Roger Allard in May 1986 at North York in Ontario.  She later married (2) John William Bryan on 11th April 1992 at Dahlonega in Georgia, USA.  That second marriage for Stefanie produced two children, they being Collette Virginia Bryan who was born on 1st October 1993 and Heather Bryan who was born on 30th May 1996.  Stefanie then married for a third time (3) David Eugene Brotheridge on 11th November 2000 at Marietta in Georgia.

 

 

 

 

19S6

Rodney Guy Collett was born on 28th June 1944, his birth being recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon register office (Ref. 6d 1983) when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Cole.  He was the son of Guy Sidney Collett and Thelma Doris Cole.  Nothing further is known about his life, except that he died in Wales in 1971, his premature death at the age of only 26 years being recorded at the East Glamorgan register office (Ref. 8b 2134) during the first three months of that year.

 

 

 

 

19S8

David Geoffrey Collett was born on 24th April 1954 and he married Christine Barbara Mortimer.  In the summer of 2010 David and Christine were living at Southsea in Hampshire, and living there with them are their daughter Maria and her fiancé.

 

 

 

19T4

Andrew David Collett

Born on 13.03.1979

 

19T5

Leah Christine Collett

Born on 13.02.1981

 

19T6

Steven Denis Collett

Born on 09.08.1983

 

19T7

Maria Michelle Collett

Born on 06.06.1989

 

 

 

 

19S14

Anne Collett was the daughter of Stanley and Kathleen Collett and upon her married she became Mrs Anne Jones.

 

 

 

 

19S15

LEON CHRISTOPHER COLLETT was born on 3rd July 1936 in India, the only son of John Christopher Hart Collett and Florence May Ritchie. 

 

At the age of sixteen (in 1952) he received the Rotary Prize as the High School’s ‘Best All-Rounder’, and this was followed by

 

He later studied at Pacific Union College in Angwin in California where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1960.

 

 

Leon married Catheryne Davis Kaltenbach (USA/Aus) in Sydney on 10th May 1962.

 

 

 

Leon continued with his studies and in 1966 he secured a Commonwealth University Scholarship with which he attended the University of New South Wales in Kensington where in 1968, he became a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours.  This was followed by further success when he was awarded a CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship that same year.

 

 

 

Eight years after this Leon was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy at the same university in 1976 for his thesis entitled ‘Respiratory physiology of two turbinid gastropod molluscs in relation to their ecology’.

 

 

 

During his working life as a scientist in the field of hydraulics and the environment Leon wrote many books and articles on the subject, some of which were co-written with various colleagues. From 1971 to 1977 Leon was employed by the New South Wales Fisheries as a senior biologist, during which time, and together with a colleague David Pollard, he co-wrote ‘Guidelines for the establishment of underwater parks and reserves in Australian waters’ which became recognised as a seeding initiative on this topic in Australia.  It also led to a National Conference on this subject in 1978, and the subsequent establishment of marine parks and reserves in several States.

 

 

 

Another joint publication released during this period in his life was entitled ‘Guidelines for the protection and management of estuaries and estuarine wetlands’ and this paved the way for a number of subsequent worthwhile outcomes and careers.  It was also adopted by the Metropolitan Waste Disposal Authority in Sydney to limit the use of wetlands around the city for the disposal of waste.

 

 

 

On leaving the NSW Fisheries, Leon worked as a project leader for the Marine Pollution Studies Group in Melbourne where he was the co-author of a book relating to the pollution of sea grasses in eastern Australia which was published in 1978.  In addition to this, and during the years between 1974 and 1978, Leon served as a member of the council on the Marine Science Association of Australia.

 

 

 

By 1981 Leon was working for the Port Phillip Bay as their Technical Director.  Five years later in 1986 Leon was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy while at the University of Melbourne in Parkville in Victoria.  It was also around this time that he was appointed Executive Officer to the Director-General of the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands.

 

 

 

Also during the 1980s he was involved in a number of environmental projects, including the establishment of the Point Cook Marine Park, the St Kilda Tourism Development Plan, and the beautification of Geelong and Lakes Entrance waterfronts.

 

 

 

In 1991 Leon was appointed to the post of Senior Executive with the Melbourne Water Corporation and the Melbourne Parks & Waterways Authority.  During this period in his life he wrote ‘A Solution to Urban Run-off’ which was published in 1992, and the following year he co-wrote ‘The Urban Waterway Challenge’ with two fellow scientists.

 

 

 

A further book followed in 1995 which was entitled ‘Ecology impacts of groundwater discharges to catchment streams and Port Phillip Bay’ which formed part of a major project managed by Leon under the name of the Port Phillip Bay Environmental Study.  During the previous year (1994) Leon was appointed Manager of Corporate Risk Management with the County Fire Authority.

 

 

 

The photograph of Leon (above) was taken during June 2006 while he and Catheryne were in England for the second Collett Reunion at Shepton Mallet.  All of the photographs included in the reunion file were taken by Leon and kindly donated for displaying in this way.  (see Shepton Mallet June 2006)

 

 

 

Five years earlier in March 2001 Leon had joined the staff at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) as National Program Coordinator. The AFAC is responsible for the provision of fire and emergency services throughout Australia and New Zealand.  He was a well-respected member of the team and represented the AFAC at many national forums, committees, and events, and was always keen to share his experiences and knowledge to benefit the industry and the communities it served.

 

 

 

After many years within the fire and emergency services sector, particularly through his long association with the fire services in Victoria, Leon was able to use his amazing intellect and particular analytical ability to raise awareness of problems and, more importantly, pose solutions on how to address them.

 

 

 

Leon was responsible for managing the AFAC Strategic Information Management Strategy Group, Data Management Group and, Business Management Group.  In addition to this, Leon played a key role in supporting the Chief Executive Officer on many strategic issues, including analysis of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Reform Agenda; the impacts for the industry of the COAG Bushfire Inquiry and the formulation of the partnership arrangements between AFAC member agencies and the Pacific Islands Fire Service Association.

 

 

 

After working there for almost six years Leon retired at the end of 2006.  However, even in his retirement Leon remained an active member of the community.  An occasional panel member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Leon enjoyed the opportunity to use his expertise to guide public policy and community benefit decisions.

 

 

 

Through his work, Leon had also been involved with the Australasian Assembly of Volunteer Fire Brigade Associations Inc which, upon his retirement, stated that ‘he was an excellent scientist’.  During his time with the Fire Authority, Leon had also worked closely over many years with the Fire Service in the United Kingdom.  In addition to all of this, Leon was an active member of the Planning Panels Victoria in a juridical role, the organisation which manages the conduct of individual panels appointed by the Minister for Planning.

 

 

 

Outside his business interests, Leon’s passions included attending the gym, building his consultancy business (Collett Consulting), reading, cooking, listening to classical music, and writing a book on Gosses Bluff – a meteor crater in the McDonald Ranges.

 

 

 

Collett Consulting was involved in many area of working including: Coastal Zone Management (Federal and State Governments); Land Use Planning; Catchment Management; Water Conservation; Risk Management (Federal and State Governments); and Emergency Management (Federal and State Governments).

 

 

 

Tragically, only one year into his retirement, Leon died rather unexpectedly on 30th November 2007.  A tribute to him by the AFAC read as follows: ‘Leon made a wonderful contribution to AFAC and the fire industry, but more importantly he made a fantastic contribution to the lives of those around him, and he will be dearly missed’.  Included in Appendix D at the end of this line are other tributes to Dr Leon C Collett.

 

 

 

Such was Leon’s standing in the community, that in 2007 he was nominated for the prestigious award of Australian of Year for 2008 which, sadly in this case, and in accordance with the rules and regulations, could not be presented posthumously.

 

 

 

19T8

JACQUELENE MARCELLE COLLETT

Born on 17.07.1963 at Sydney, Aus

 

 

 

 

19T1

Scott Douglas Collett was born at Scarborough in Ontario on 11th February 1967, and he later married Paula in 1998.

 

 

 

 

19T2

Leah Collett was born at Scarborough in Ontario on 11th January 1972, and she later married Russ Blunsdon.

 

 

 

 

19T3

Karen Lisa Collett was born on 16th February 1976 at West Hill in Ontario.

 

 

 

 

19T4

Andrew David Collett, who is known as Andy, was born on 13th March 1979.  He is married to Catherine Elizabeth Radford and in the summer of 2010 they celebrated the birth of their first child.  Andy and Catherine currently live in Melbourne, and it is thanks Andy that the new details about himself, his siblings, his father, and his grandfather have now been included in this family line.

 

 

 

19U1

Chloe Elizabeth Collett

Born on 06.07.2010 at Melbourne, Aus

 

 

 

 

19T5

Leah Christine Collett, who is known as Christine, was born on 13th February 1981.  In 2010 Leah is undertaking a degree course at Cambridge University

 

 

 

 

19T6

Steven Denis Collett was born on 9th August 1983 and in 2010 he was living at Farnham in Surrey with his partner, where their son was born.

 

 

 

19U2

Jason Collett

Born on 16.07.2010 at Farnham, Surrey

 

 

 

 

19T7

Maria Michelle Collett was born on 6th June 1989 and in 2010 she is engaged to be married and is living with her fiancée at the Southsea home of her parents David and Christine.

 

 

 

 

19T8

JACQUELENE MARCELLE COLLETT was born at Sydney on 17th July 1963.  She married Michael Barron at Melbourne on 20th November 1983 and they have two children, both of them born in Melbourne.  Sophie Alice Barron was born on 13th February 1996 and Alexandra Olivia Barron was born on 4th April 2000.  Jacquelene works in the field of Pathology and Cytology, while Michael is a Barrister/Senior Council & Company Secretary with a large Australian mining company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX A

 

 

 

All of the following information relating to Stephen Collett who died at Bishopsgate in London in 1833 at the age of 72, has been received from Valerie (surname not supplied), and it was originally thought it might relate to Stephen Collett (Ref. 19M5) who was born at Lewknor in 1761.  But this has not yet been proved.

 

 

 

The alternative might be that Stephen may have been the son of Peter Collett and his wife Deborah Collett of Bishopsgate.  It is also understood that Peter may have been a Huguenot Collett or Colet and very possibly a nonconformist, hence the reason for not being able to locate his baptism record, or a record of his marriage.

 

 

 

 

19m5

Stephen Collett and his wife Mary were living at 10 Rose Alley in Bishopsgate in London at the time of his death in December 1833, following which he was buried at the St Botolph’s Church in Bishopsgate on 15th December 1833.  This would indicate that he was born in 1761, the same as Stephen Collett of Lewknor.  However, his life story is as follows, whereas in contrast, nothing so far is known about the life of Stephen from Lewknor.

 

 

 

Although no record of the marriage has so far been found, Stephen Collett married the widow Mary Taylor, the daughter of William and Sarah Dalby, who was born within the parish of All Hallows the Great, where she was baptised on 12th October 1755.  What is known is that Mary had previously been married to Joseph Taylor on 10th June 1776 at St Giles Church in Cripplegate, London, with whom she had a son who lived with Stephen and Mary after they were married. 

 

 

 

Judging by the birth of their first child, Stephen would appear to have married Mary when he was in his early twenties, that is, after 1781 and before 1786.  This would also mean that Mary was some years older than Stephen, perhaps having been born around 1755.  All of their children were born in London during the ten years between 1787 and 1797, by which time Mary would have been in her forties.

 

 

 

Stephen Collett was a wine cooper by trade, as were his two eldest sons Richard and Nathaniel, together with his grandson William, the son of Richard.  In addition to which, up to the 1850's, Stephen and his family had worked in various occupations ranging from coopers and plumbers, to carpenters and carmen.

 

 

 

It has been confirmed that Stephen and Mary had seven known children, although there is a possibility that there were eight.  However, the information on the latter child is that he suffered an infant death in 1803, while his year of birth is unknown.

 

 

 

Following the death of Stephen Collett in 1833, his widow Mary left the Bishopsgate area of London, when she moved to Newington in Surrey, just south of Southwark.  It was there that she lived with her married daughter Mary Cooper, and it was there also, at 17 George Street in the census of 1841, that she was looking after her two grandsons, the children of her deceased daughter Margaret Trewick. 

 

 

 

Mary died later that same year, when she passed away on 17th November 1841 at the age of 86.  Three weeks after her death in Newington, her body was taken back to Bishopsgate for burial at the Church of St Botolph, where she was buried with her husband on 5th December 1841.  Following her death, the Trewick boys she had been looking after also left Newington, when they too returned to the Bishopsgate and Shoreditch area to live with their Collett and Taylor cousins, where they became very attached to their uncle Richard William Dalby Collett.

 

 

 

19n1

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1787 at St Martin-Vintry

 

19n2

Richard William Dalby Collett

Born in 1790 at Bishopsgate

 

19n3

Nathaniel Stephen Collett

Born in 1792 at Bishopsgate

 

19n4

John Stephen Collett

Born in 1793 at Bishopsgate

 

19n5

Stephen Collett

Born in 1796 at Bishopsgate

 

19n6

Nathaniel Samuel George Collett

Born in 1797 at Peckham

 

19n7

Margaret Sarah Collett

Born in 1797 at Bishopsgate

 

19n8

Peter Collett – not confirmed

Born in 1800; died 1803 at Bishopsgate

 

 

 

 

19n1

Mary Ann Collett was born whilst her parents were living in the London parish of St Martin Vintry.  However, the parish church was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666, and was never re-built.  It was therefore at All Hallows Church, where her mother was baptised thirty-two years earlier, that Mary Ann Collett was baptised on 7th October 1787, the eldest child of Stephen Collett and his wife Mary Taylor, nee Dalby. 

 

 

 

It would appear that Mary Ann never married, and in the census of 1841 Mary A Collett was living in the St Olave Southwark district of London, just across the River Thames in Surrey and opposite the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster.  It was also close by, in the neighbouring area of Newington, that her widowed mother was living at that time.

 

 

 

Sometime after the death of her mother in December 1841, Mary Ann left Southwark, when she moved across the river and, by the time of the next census in 1851 she was living in the Westminster parish of St James, at the age of 63.  It was later during that decade that she passed away.  However, in addition to all of this, there is a possibility that Mary Ann was married and became Mary Ann Cooper.

 

 

 

 

19n2

Richard William Dalby Collett was born within the Bishopsgate district of London, and was baptised there at St Botolph’s Church on 24th May 1790, the eldest son of Stephen and Mary Collett.  It was as ‘Richard William Dolbey Collett’ that he married Ann Tows at Old Church in St Pancras on 17th November 1811.  Ann Tow or Tows, was born in 1787 and was baptised at the same church in 1788, the daughter of William and Mary Tow.  The first of their children was born while the couple was living at Bishopsgate and he was baptised at St Botolph’s Church.  Sometime during the following years the family moved to nearby Shoreditch and, as a result, all of their other children were baptised at St Leonard’s Church.

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census in June 1841, Richard and Ann were recorded as still living within the Shoreditch, Holywell & Moorfield district of London at King’s Head Square in Shoreditch.  Richard and Ann were both given a rounded age of 50, while with them were their five surviving children.  And they were, Stephen and Jane, who were both given the rounded age of 20, Elizabeth who was 15, William who was 14, and Richard who was eight years old.  Two other people were recorded at the address and they were sisters Ann and Phoebe Brown who were both aged around 15.  Ten years later, in 1851, the family was still living in King’s Head Square, when Richard Collett from Shoreditch was head of the household, aged 61 and working as a cooper (a barrel maker), his wife Ann was 60, and the only children still living there with the couple were two of their sons, William Collett who was 24, and Richard Collett who was 18.

 

 

 

After a further decade the census in 1861 stated that Richard Collett from Bishopsgate, rather than Shoreditch - as stated ten years earlier, was 71 and a cooper who was still living at 1 King’s Head Square in Shoreditch, within the Borough of Tower Hamlets, London.  With him that day was his wife Ann Collett from St Pancras who was 70 and two of their unmarried Shoreditch born children.  William Collett, aged 34, was a cooper like his father and his grandfather, and Elizabeth Collett who was a milliner whose age was incorrectly recorded as 32 instead of 36.  It may be of interest to note that thirty years earlier a dwelling in King’s Head Square, in Shoreditch, had been the home of Richard’s youngest sister Margaret Sarah Trewick (nee Collett) and her family.

 

 

 

And it was at Shoreditch St Leonards that the couple was still living in 1871 when cooper ‘Richd Collett’ was 82 and laundress Ann Collett was 81, both described as born at Shoreditch.  Only one of their children was with them on that occasion, and that was their unmarried daughter Elizabeth Collett.  She was recorded as a dressmaker aged 46 who was also from Shoreditch, who was presumably looking after her elderly parents as their housekeeper.  Two other Collett males were staying with the family, and they were described as sons, although they were more likely the grandsons of Richard and Ann because of the large differences in their ages.  JOHN COLLETT who had been born in Reading was 27 and an engineer, while his brother WILLIAM COLLETT of Shoreditch was 24, whose occupation was also that of a cooper, the main trade within the family.  Through a process of elimination, it is possible that John, born in 1843, and William, born in 1846, were the base-born children of unmarried daughter Elizabeth – under whose name they were listed as ‘son’ in the 1871 census, or her older sister Jane about whom very little is known.  Furthermore, it is very curious that no earlier or later record of the two men has been found to date.

 

 

 

Two years later the death of Richard William Dalby Collett was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 138) during the first three months of 1873.  Not long after his passing his widow and his daughter Elizabeth went to live with son William at 18 Ipswich Road in Shoreditch, where they were all living in 1881 when Ann was 93.  Living at 17 Ipswich Road was the family of another of Ann’s sons, Richard and his wife and son, and it was also at that address where her unmarried daughter Elizabeth was living in 1911.  Ann Collett, widow, was still living at 18 Ipswich Road in 1881 at the age of 93, although shortly after that she passed away.

 

 

 

19o1

Stephen William Collett

Born in 1816 at Bishopsgate

 

19o2

Thomas Richard Collett

Born on 10.10.1818 at Shoreditch

 

19o3

Jane Collett

Born on 31.07.1820 at Shoreditch

 

19o4

Elijah John Collett

Born on 11.10.1822 at Shoreditch

 

19o5

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 27.12.1824 at Shoreditch

 

19o6

William Collett

Born on 14.01.1827 at Shoreditch

 

19o7

Richard Collett

Born on 14.09.1829 at Shoreditch

 

19o8

Richard John Collett

Born on 20.11.1832 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

19n3

Nathaniel Stephen Collett was born at Bishopsgate in 1792, where he died that same year, following which he was buried at St Botolph’s Church.  Although no baptism record has been found, his burial record confirmed that he was the son of Stephen and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

19n4

John Stephen Collett was born at Bishopsgate in 1793, where he died that same year, following which he was buried at St Botolph’s Church.  Like his brother, Nathaniel (above), no baptism record has been found, but his burial record confirmed that he was the son of Stephen and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

19n5

Stephen Collett was born at Bishopsgate and was baptised at St Botolph’s Church on 16th May 1796, the son of Stephen and Mary Collett.  According to the census in June 1841 there were just two Stephen Colletts living in England of around the right age.  The first of them had a rounded age of 45 and was living at St Ives in Huntingdonshire with his wife Sarah and their daughter Ann, while the other was 43 and had been born at Over in Cambridgeshire and was living in the Poplar area of London with his wife Edith and their eight children.  That couple was married by banns at All Saints Church in Poplar on 20th June 1824 when the records confirm that Stephen Collett married Edith Anderson.

 

 

 

What happened to Stephen Collett of Bishopsgate is not known for sure, but the death of Stephen Collett was recorded at Greenwich (Ref. 1d 416) during the third quarter of 1858.

 

 

 

Stephen William Collett is known to have died in 1875, and this would have made this Stephen around eighty years old when he died which is possible, but also unlikely.  Therefore, there is every chance that the S W Collett who died in 1875 may well have been the younger Stephen William Collett (below) who was also born at Bishopsgate, but in 1816, although his death is understood to have taken place in 1858.

 

 

 

 

19n6

Nathaniel Samuel George Collett was born at Peckham in 1797, the son of wine cooper Stephen Collett and his wife Mary.  It would appear that his parent’s time in Peckham was short-lived, since before and after he was born the family was living in Bishopsgate.  It would also appear that Nathaniel retained his links with Bishopsgate, as that was where he was married when he was around 21.  It seems highly likely that his bride was already expecting the birth of their first child on the day they wed.

 

 

 

It was at St Botolph’s Church in Bishopsgate that he married the slightly older Hannah Howard on 18th July 1818, although at the time of the birth of the couple’s last child sixteen years later, Hannah’s surname was recorded as Harward.  Of their nine known children, the first four are believed to have been born while the couple were living in the Camberwell area of London.  The baptism records for two of the four confirmed they were baptised at St Giles Church.  The other five children were born after the family had settled in Shoreditch, where at least two of them were baptised at St Leonards Church, the last child having been baptised at Holywell Mount Independent Church in Shoreditch.

 

 

 

The census in 1841 set the family in a rather odd order with father and eldest son first and second and then Nathaniel’s wife, followed in age order by her younger children.  On that occasion the large family was recorded at Kings Head Square in Shoreditch.  Nathaniel Collett senior had a rounded age of 45, while Nathaniel junior was 15, both of them working together as coopers (barrel makers).

 

 

 

The remainder of the family was listed as Hannah Collett who was 49, daughters Hannah and Sarah who both had a rounded age of 20, Charlotte and Clara (Clarissa), both with a rounded age of 15, John who was 14, Henry who was 11, Mary who was nine and George who was seven years old.  During the next decade Hannah Collett nee Howard died, whilst it would appear that three of her four eldest daughters left the family home in Shoreditch, presumably to be married.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851, Nathaniel S Collett, age 55 and from Peckham, was a widower living at 11 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch in the Tower Hamlets area of London.  His occupation at that time in his life was that of a journeyman cooper.  Living there with him were four of his children, they being unmarried Sarah J Collett, age 31, Henry Collett who was 20, Mary Anne Collett who was 18, and George Collett who was 16.

 

 

 

Also lodging with the family were two brothers, John Cheshire, age 19, who was a casual labourer, and James Cheshire who was 15 and a post boy.  Despite the twelve-year difference in their ages, it was nine years later that Nathaniel’s daughter Sarah Jane married lodger John Cheshire.  The house at 11 Pleasant Row must have been of a reasonable size, because also listed at the same address but living there separately was the widow Christiana Pleen who, age 65, was a monthly nurse.  And it was during the following year that Nathaniel Samuel George Collett died at Islington in 1852.

 

 

 

Thirty years after Nathaniel and his family had lived at 11 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch, the occupier of the dwelling in 1881 was Frederick William Collett (Ref. 62M42) who was born at Shoreditch in 1833, the son of William Collett (Ref. 62L12) from Melksham and Harriet Mence from London St Pancras.  And ten years earlier, William’s cousin Andrew William Collett (Ref.31M14) had been living at 5 Pleasant Row in 1871.

 

 

 

19o9

Hannah Collett

Born in 1817 at Camberwell

 

19o10

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1819 at Camberwell

 

19o11

Charlotte Agnes Collett

Born in 1822 at Camberwell

 

19o12

Nathaniel Samuel Collett

Born in 1822 at Shoreditch

 

19o13

Clarissa Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1826 at Camberwell

 

19o14

John Collett

Born in 1828 at Shoreditch

 

19o15

Henry Collett

Born in 1830 at Shoreditch

 

19o16

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1833 at Shoreditch

 

19o17

George Collett

Born in 1834 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

19n7

Margaret Sarah Collett was born at Bishopsgate on 14th July 1797.  It was nearly three years later that she was baptised at St Botolph’s Church on 14th April 1800, the youngest daughter of Stephen Collett and his wife Mary Taylor nee Dalby.  Margaret was thirty when she married John Trewick at St Saviour’s Church in Southwark on 1st January 1828.  John was a lawyer, and had been born in Northumberland in 1788, the son of John and Jane Trewick of Ovingham, to the west of Newcastle-on-Tyne.  The marriage is known to have produced two known children for the couple.

 

 

 

It was during the first year of their marriage that Margaret presented John with their first child, Stephen John Richard Trewick who was born at Shadwell in Middlesex during December 1828.  Just over two years after they were married Margaret gave birth to the couple’s second son, John Richard Trewick.

 

 

 

He was born at Southwark in 1830, following which he was baptised in 1831 at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch.  On that occasion Margaret and John and their family was living at Kings Head Square in Shoreditch, when also living with the family was Margaret’s brother.  It was also at Kings Head Square that Margaret’s eldest brother Richard W D Collett and his wife Ann were still living at the time of the census in 1861.

 

 

 

Margaret Sarah Trewick nee Collett died on 10th July 1838 while she was living at Richardson Street in Bermondsey, the cause of death being meningitis.  Five days later she was buried at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Bermondsey on 15th July 1838.

 

 

 

Following the death of their mother, her two sons Stephen and John, aged ten and seven years respectively, were taken into the care of their grandmother Mary Collett.  This was a time in their lives when their father had been abandoned and had become a pauper who was living in the workhouse.  As regards her two sons, John Richard Trewick died at Shoreditch in 1895, while Stephen John Richard Trewick died in 1906, when he was living at West Ham in Essex.  Margaret was the great great grandmother of Valerie, who provided much of this information.

 

 

 

 

19o1

Stephen William Collett was born at Bishopsgate prior to mid-1816, following which he was baptised there at St Botolph’s Church on 11th August 1816.  The parish register confirmed that he was the son of Richard William Dalby Collett and Ann Tows who were married in November 1811.  In the Shoreditch district census of 1841 he was simply described as Stephen Collett, with a rounded age of 20 years, who was still living at the family home with his parents.  It was eight years later that Stephen married Jane Martha Coe of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire.  The wedding took place during 1849 at St Mary’s Church in Islington, where one of the witnesses was a Mr King or Dr King.  Once married the couple travelled to the south coast of England and settled in the Sussex town of Hastings.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1851 Stephen Collett from ‘London City’ was 33 and a house decorator who was living at 4 Beach Cottage in Hastings St Mary in the Castle with his wife Jane Collett who was 31 and born at Shoreditch (?).  However, the marriage only lasted for just less than ten years, when Stephen William Collett died at Stoke Newington on 10th December 1858, following which he was buried at Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington, where many dissenters and nonconformists are buried.

 

 

 

The 1856 edition of the Post Office Directory for the London area included an entry for Stephen William Collett, a plumber of 3 Frederick Place, Goswell.

 

 

 

The death of Stephen William Collett was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 226) during the final quarter of 1858 and probate of his personal effects valued at under £300 was granted in London on 8th January 1859 with the following statement.  The Will of Stephen William Collett of 3 Frederick Place, Goswell Road in Middlesex, a painter and glazier, died 10 Dec 1858 at the above address, was proved by the oath of Jane Martha Collett, widow, the sole relict and executrix.

 

 

 

 

19o2

Thomas Richard Collett was born at Shoreditch on 10th October 1818 and baptised at the Church of St Leonards in Shoreditch when he was one month old on 15th November that same year.  By June 1841 he was 22 and a married man with a two-year old daughter living at an institution in Chad Place, St Pancras, with Caroline his wife who was 25.  Ten years later the next census in 1851 identified Thomas Collett from Shoreditch as 32 and a cook’s shopkeeper living at Chads Place in St Pancras and, according to the census return that year, his wife Caroline Collett was from Crayford in Kent and was 36.  Their daughter Ann Collett was 11 years of age and born at St Pancras.  No further record of any member of the family has been found after that time.

 

 

 

The birth of daughter Ann Collett was recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1 260) during the first three months of 1840, while she was baptised at Old Church in St Pancras on 23rd February that year when he parents were confirmed as Thomas and Caroline Collett.  It is possible that Ann never married, since the death of an Ann Collett aged 75 was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 143) during the second quarter of 1915.

 

 

 

19p1

Ann Collett

Born on 29.01.1840 at St Pancras

 

 

 

 

19o3

Jane Collett was born at Shoreditch on 31st July 1820, and was baptised at St Leonard’s Church on 10th September 1820, the third known child and eldest known daughter of Richard and Ann Collett.  In the Shoreditch census of 1841 Jane Collett, age 20, was still living there with her family.  It would appear that Jane never married, although no obvious record for her has been identified in the next three census returns.  However, by 1881 Jane Collett, age 60 and from London, was a visitor at the home of elderly ‘gentleman’ and widower John R Miller from Kent and his two unmarried daughters, at 1 Wootton Mount on the Old Christchurch Road in Christchurch, Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

19o4

Elijah John Collett was born at Shoreditch on 11th October 1822, where he was baptised at St Leonards Church on 17th November 1822 when he was confirmed as the son of Richard William Dalby Collett and Ann Collett.  No other record of him has been found, nor was he living with his family in June 1841.

 

 

 

 

19o5

Elizabeth Collett was born at Shoreditch on 27th December 1824, and was baptised at St Leonard’s Church 17th April 1825, the daughter of Richard and Ann Collett.  She was listed in the Shoreditch census of 1841 as Elizabeth Collett, age 15, when she was still living with her parents at the family’s home.  By 1851 Elizabeth from Shoreditch, at the age of 23, was a servant at the home of Robert Lancaster Ranes and his wife Sophia in St Martin-in-the-Fields.  However, by 1861 she was once again living with her parents at 1 King’s Head Square in Shoreditch, where her younger brother William (below) was also living at that time.  Elizabeth was unmarried and her place of birth was confirmed as Shoreditch, while her occupation was that of a milliner.  Curiously her age was recorded as 32, when in fact she was 36.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett, spinster of Shoreditch, was more accurately recorded in the next census in 1871, when she 46.  Once again she was living at the family home in Shoreditch, the only child still living there with her parents.  Following the death of her father during the 1870s, Elizabeth and her mother left King’s Head Square when they moved to 18 Ipswich Road in Shoreditch, the home of Elizabeth’s brother William (below).  And it was there that all three of them were living at the time of the census in 1881. 

 

 

 

On that occasion, yet again, Elizabeth’s age was incorrectly recorded as being 51, which may have been a misinterpretation of 57, even though she was 56.  She had no occupation, but was described as the sister of head of the household William Collett.  In order to provide some income, it would appear that the Collett family took in tradesmen as boarders, since staying at the house was Philip Marr, a gas works labourer, and Harry Will, who was a carpenter.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett of Shoreditch was still living with her brother William Collett at Ipswich Road in Shoreditch ten years later in 1891 when she gave her age as 64.  Her brother died at the end of that same year, whilst no record of Elizabeth has been found within the census of 1901.  However, in April 1911 Elizabeth Collett from Shoreditch was residing at the home of Walter John Little at 17 Ipswich Road in Dalston, Shoreditch.  Previously, in 1881, that same address had been the home of Elizabeth’s brother Richard and his family.  In 1911 Elizabeth was 87 and her occupation was that of a milliner.  Walter John Little was 31, as was his wife Ada Emily Little, while their son Walter Henry was three years old.  The census return indicated that the couple had been married for seven years and that they were related to Elizabeth Collett, which may have been an enumerator error.  Also living at that same address was Rebecca Stafford, a widow of 72 from Shoreditch.  It was just over two years later that Elizabeth Collett died, when her death was recorded at Shoreditch register office (Ref. 1c 122) during the second quarter of 1913. 

 

 

 

 

19o6

William Collett was born at Shoreditch on 14th January 1827, and it was there that he was baptised on 11th February 1827 at the Church of St Leonard, when his parents were confirmed as Richard William Dalby Collett and his wife Ann.  In the census of 1841 William Collett was 14, when he was still living with his family in the Shoreditch area of London.  Ten years later, when William was 24, he was unmarried and still living at the family home with his parents and younger brother Richard (below).  William was still a bachelor by the time of the census in 1861, when he was still living with his parents at 1 King’s Head Square in Shoreditch.  By that time in his life he was 34, and was working with his elderly father as a cooper.

 

 

 

Where William was in 1871 has not been discovered, but by the time of the census in 1881 he was head of the household at 18 Ipswich Road in Shoreditch.  The census return listed him as being unmarried at 54, and a cooper who was born at Shoreditch.  Living with him at that time was his widowed mother Ann Collett, following the death of William’s father during the previous years, and his unmarried sister Elizabeth (above).  It is also interesting to note that living (next door possibly) at 17 Ipswich Road was William’s brother Richard (below), together with his wife and son.

 

 

 

William’s mother died just after 1881, following which his sister Elizabeth continued to live with him.  In 1891 William Collett, age 66 (sic), was still living on Ipswich Road in Shoreditch when the census that year confirmed that his sister Elizabeth Collett was still living there with him.  It was later that same year that William Collett died at Shoreditch at the age of 64, when his death was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 107) during the final three months of 1891.

 

 

 

 

19o7

Richard Collett was born at Shoreditch on 14th September 1829, where he was baptised on 1st November 1829 at St Leonard’s Church, the son of Richard and Ann Collett.  The fact that the next child born to Richard and Ann was given the same name very likely indicates that this Richard did not survive beyond a few years or even a few months.

 

 

 

 

19o8

Richard John Collett was born at Shoreditch on 20th November 1832, and was baptised there at St Leonard’s Church on 3rd March 1833, the son of Richard William Dalby Collett and his wife Ann.  It was as Richard Collett, aged eight years, that he was recorded in the 1841 Census, the youngest son of Richard and Ann Collett living with them in the Shoreditch, Holywell & Moorfield census registration district, at that time.  Richard Collett, age 18, was one of only two children still living in that same area with his parents in 1851. 

 

 

 

Seven years after the census day, Richard J Collett married Sarah Ann Gardner at the Church of St John the Baptist in Shoreditch on 7th November 1858, and during the following year their son Richard was born and was baptised at the same church.  Rather strangely, no record of the family has been found in Great Britain at the time of the census in 1861.  However, by 1871 the family of three were living within the Shoreditch & West Haggerstone district of London.  Richard J Collett was 38, his wife Sarah Collett was 37, and by that time their son Richard Collett was 11 years old.

 

 

 

It was at 17 Ipswich Road in Shoreditch that the family was living in 1881, while at 18 Ipswich Road was Richard’s older brother William (above).  Rchd Collett, as he was recorded in the census, was 48 and a joiner from Shoreditch.  His wife Sarah Collett was 46 and also from Shoreditch, while their son was listed with them as Rchd Collett from Shoreditch, whose occupation was that of a valuer at the age of 22.  Just over one year later their son Richard Stephen Collett left the family home to be married.  The census in 1891 confirmed that Richard J Collett was 58 and that his wife Sarah was 57.  It was seven years after that when Richard John Collett died at the age of 65, his death was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 82) during the last three months of 1898.

 

 

 

19p2

Richard Stephen Collett

Born on 12.04.1859 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

19o9

Hannah Collett was born at Camberwell in 1818, the eldest child of Nathaniel Samuel Collett and his wife Hannah Howard, not long after her parents were married in July that year.  However, it was not until 25th February 1821 that she was baptised at the Church of St Giles in Camberwell.  By the time of the first national census in June 1841 Hannah, at 23 years of age, was still unmarried and living with her family in Shoreditch, although her rounded age in the census return was 20.  Five years later she was married by banns to George Scowen at St Paul’s Church in Canonbury on 8th February 1846.  Hannah’s father was confirmed as Nathaniel Samuel Collett and George’s father was named as Thomas Scowen.  She was 54 when she died, her death recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 155) during the second quarter of 1875.

 

 

 

 

19o10

Sarah Jane Collett was born at Camberwell in 1819, and was baptised there at St Giles Church on 11th July 1819, when her parents were confirmed as Nathaniel Samuel and Hannah Collett.  Like her sister Hannah (above), Sarah also had a rounded age of 20 in the Shoreditch census of 1841 when she was still living with her mother and the rest of her family, excluding her father and brother Nathaniel (below).

 

 

 

Following the death of her mother during the 1840s, Sarah J Collett at 31 was the eldest child still living with her widowed father at 11 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch in 1851.  Although she was described as a laundress, and her place of birth was given as Shoreditch, it is very likely she was acting as housekeeper for her father and her three younger siblings, Henry, Mary, and George (below).  What is of special interest is that living with the family in 1851 was a lodger, John Cheshire, to whom Sarah Jane was married nine years later.

 

 

 

It was in 1860 when Sarah Jane Collett was 40 that she married the much younger John Cheshire who was around 30 years of age.  The event was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 384) during the second quarter of that year when the two witnesses were George Blyth and Ellen Barnes.  Ten years later the census in 1871 included Sarah J Cheshire (Chesher) age 51 and her husband John age 41 living in Bethnal Green.  On that occasion they had two children living with them who would have been prior before they were married.  They were Sarah Cheshire who was 15 and Mary Ann Cheshire who was 12.

 

 

 

 

19o11

Charlotte Agnes Collett was born at Camberwell in 1822, and it was there also that she was baptised at St Giles Church on 9th January 1825, the daughter of Nathaniel Samuel and Hannah Collett.  She was listed with her mother in the census of 1841 as 15 years old, the same age also given for her sister Clara (below) and her brother Nathaniel (below) who was away with their father at that time.  It would appear that Charlotte never married, although it would seem that she was in a long-term relationship which resulted in the birth of a daughter around 1863.  When the child was eight years of age she was named as Agnes Stokes in the census return for 1871 when she was living at Finsbury in London with her parents, Henry Stokes, a baker from Cambridgeshire who was 39, and Charlotte Stokes from Bishopsgate who was 46.

 

 

 

However, ten years later, according to the census in 1881 unmarried Charlotte Collett from Shoreditch was 58 when she was living at 11 Hill Street in the Middlesex area of London.  That was the home of Henry Stokes, an unmarried baker from Cambridge who was 48.  Living with the couple was their daughter Agnes C Stokes, possibly Agnes Collett Stokes, who was 17 and who had been born at Clerkenwell.  Charlotte did not have an occupation, whereas her daughter was described as an industrial machinist.

 

 

 

Agnes Stokes was baptised at Clerkenwell on 19th August 1863, the daughter of Henry Stokes and Charlotte Agnes Stokes who were living at 53 St John’s Lane in Clerkenwell at that time.  Unmarried Agnes Stokes was 48 in 1911 when she was employed as a domestic servant at an orphanage and boys home at 46 – 48 Buckingham Place in Brighton.

 

 

 

19p3

Agnes Collett (later Agnes C Stokes)

Born in 1863 at Clerkenwell

 

 

 

 

19o12

Nathaniel Samuel Collett was born at Shoreditch in 1822 and was baptised at St Giles Church in Camberwell on 26th May 1822, the fourth child and the eldest son of Nathaniel and Hannah Collett.  On leaving school around the end of the 1830s, it would appear that Nathaniel worked with his father who was a cooper.  Whether for reasons of over-crowding in the family home, or for work related reasons, Nathaniel and his father were not recorded in the census of 1841 with the rest of their family.  Instead Nathaniel, age 15, and his father were living close by.

 

 

 

On 25th April 1850 Nathaniel Samuel Collett of West Street, a bachelor and a cooper of full age, was married by banns at the Church of St John in Hackney to spinster Sophia Kienlen of Napier Terrace.  He was confirmed as the son of Nathaniel Samuel Collett, while she was the daughter of Thomas Adolphus Kienlen, a graveviner, and it was he and his wife Fanny Eliza who signed the church register.  The register was also signed by the bride and groom.

 

 

 

Almost one year later cooper Nath’l Sam’l Collett of Shoreditch was 28, as was his wife Sophia Collett from Hackney, when they were living at 17 Grove Terrace in Hackney.  Just a few months after that Sophia presented Nathaniel with a daughter who was baptised on 9th July 1851 at St John’s Church in Hackney.  Four years later their son was born at Hackney and baptised on 23rd September 1855 at the Church of St Barnabas in Homerton.  However, two and a half years later the family was completely wiped out.  That tragedy happened during “The Great Stink of London”, a serious outbreak of cholera which brought the city to a standstill in 1858.

 

 

 

First Nathaniel Samuel Collett aged 35 died during March 1858, after which he was buried at St Barnabas Church in Homerton on 21st March 1858.  He was followed in quick succession by his son, whose death was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 201) during the third quarter of 1858, and his wife who was buried at St Barnabas Church on 12th August 1858.

 

 

 

19p4

Eliza Fanny Collett

Born in 1851 at Hackney

 

19p5

Nathaniel Thomas Collett

Born in 1855 at Hackney

 

 

 

 

19o13

Clarissa Elizabeth Collett was born at Camberwell around 1826 although, unlike most of her older siblings who were baptised shortly after they were born, she was five years old when she was baptised in a joint ceremony with her younger brothers John and Henry (below).  That event took place at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch on 19th September 1831 when the children’s parents were named as Nathaniel Samuel Collett and his wife Hannah.  In June 1841 she was named in the census as Clara Collett with a rounded age of 15, the same age as her sister Charlotte (above), when they were living in Shoreditch with their mother.

 

 

 

 

19o14

John Collett was born at Shoreditch in 1828, the son of Nathaniel and Hannah Collett, and was baptised with his sister Clarissa (above) and his brother Henry (below) at St Leonard’s Church on 19th September 1831.  John was still living at Shoreditch with his family in 1841 when he was 14 years old.

 

 

 

 

19o15

Henry Collett was born at Shoreditch on 30th October 1830, where he was baptised on 19th September 1831 at St Leonard’s Church, the son of Nathaniel Samuel and Hannah Collett.  On that same day his two older siblings were also baptised with Henry, and they were Clarissa Elizabeth Collett and John Collett (above). The census of 1841 gave his age as 11, when he was living there with his mother and seven of his eight siblings.  With the death of his mother over the following few years, Henry continued to live with his widowed father, and in 1851 just a year before his father died, Henry was living at 11 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch with his father and three siblings, Sarah, Mary, and George.  Unmarried Henry Collett, age 20 and born at Shoreditch, was working as a porter for a tobacconist at that time in his life.

 

 

 

A certain Henry Collett died in London in 1895, when his death was recorded at the Mile End register office (Ref. 1c 409) at the age of 64.  Whether this was Henry Collett from Shoreditch still needs to be determined.

 

 

 

 

19o16

Mary Anne Collett was born at Shoreditch on 15th February 1833, and it was at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch that she was baptised on 11th March 1833, where he parents were recorded as Nathaniel Samuel and Hannah Collett.  In 1841 she was nine years old Mary Collett, living at Shoreditch with her mother, and ten years later she was 18 when she was still living there with her father, following the death of her mother a few years earlier.   At that time in her life Mary Anne Collett was a waistcoat maker.  On 5th August 1865 Mary Ann Collett married Edwin Ladd at St Barnabas Church in Homerton when her father was confirmed as Nathaniel Samuel Collett and his father was Richard Ladd.

 

 

 

 

19o17

George Collett was born at Shoreditch on 22nd June 1834, the last child of Nathaniel Collett and his wife Hannah Harward (Howard), as confirmed by his baptism record dated 2nd October 1834 at Holywell Mount Independent Chapel in Shoreditch.  By the time of the census in 1841 he was seven years old, when living at Shoreditch with his family, and was 16 in 1851 when he was still living there, but of that occasion he was one of four siblings living with his widowed father.  In 1851 George Collett was a cooper’s apprentice, and since his father was a cooper, it is logically to assume that father and son were working together.

 

 

 

 

19p2

Richard Stephen Collett was born at Shoreditch on 12th April 1859, and was baptised there at the Church of St John the Baptist on 8th May 1859, the only known child of Richard John Collett and his wife Sarah Ann Gardner.  Where he and his family were in 1861 is not known, but ten years later, when Richard was 11, he was living with his parents in the Shoreditch & West Haggerstone area of London.  It was on 27th September 1882 at All Saints Church in Haggerstone that Richard, age 23, married Clara Duke, age 21, with whom he had two daughters.  Clara was the daughter of John Duke.  In March 1901 the family of four was residing at 51 Fountayne Road in Hackney where Richard was 41 and a fire insurance surveyor.  His wife Clare was 39, while his daughters were Clara Holly Collett who was 17 and born at Shoreditch and Dorothy Lillian Collett who was 11 and born at Hackney.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1911 Richard Collett was 51 and was still living at 51 Fountayne Road in Stoke Newington with his wife Clara who was 49 and their daughter Dorothy Lilian Collett who was 21.  Richard’s place of birth was recorded as Kingsland in London, while his occupation was that of an insurance surveyor.  The census return also confirmed that the couple had been married for twenty-eight years, during which time Clara had given birth to two children.  Also visiting the family in April 1911 was Richard’s future son-in-law Stanley Holt, age 21, who eventually married his youngest daughter Dorothy Lilian Collett.

 

 

 

Richard S Collett was residing in the Edmonton area of London when he died in 1923 at the age of 64, and it was at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 524) that his death was recorded during the third quarter of that year.  Probate of the personal effects of Richard Stephen Collett was granted at London on 17th October 1923 with the following statement.  Richard Stephen Collett of 51 The Grove in Palmers Green, Middlesex, died on 23rd September 1923 with probate grant to his widow Clara Collett.  His estate was valued at £1,262 10 Shillings.

 

 

 

19q1

Clara Holly Collett

Born in 1882 at Shoreditch

 

19q2

Dorothy Lilian Collett

Born in 1889 at Hackney

 

 

 

 

19p3

Eliza Fanny Collett was born at Hackney in 1851 but after the census that year.  She was baptised on 9th July 1851 at St John’s Church in Hackney, the eldest child of Nathaniel Samuel Collett and Sophia Kienlen.  She was the only member of her family who survived the London cholera epidemic of 1858 which took from her both her mother and her father, and her baby brother.  Where Eliza was in 1861 has not been determined, but in the census of 1871 Eliza F Collett, age 19 and from Hackney, was a laundress, the only person living with her aunt Sarah Welles at 136 High Street in Hackney.  Sarah Welles, also from Hackney, was a married laundress of 51 whose husband was not recorded with her on that day. It was just over three years after that, at All Saints Church in Clapton Park, when Eliza Fanny Collett married William Henry Parrylane on 25th December 1874.  The deceased father of the bride was named as Nathaniel Samuel Collett and the father of the groom was Christopher Parrylane.  By the time of the census in 1881 there was no Parrylane listed in the census.

 

 

 

 

19q2

Dorothy Lilian Collett was born at Hackney in 1889 the second of the two daughters of Richard Stephen Collett and Clara Duke, has birth was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 473) during the last three months of 1889.  In the census of 1901 when she was 11 her place of birth was noted as Hackney, but in 1911 when she was 21 it was stated as being Stoke Newington.  She married Stanley Charles Holt on 3rd August 1912 at the Church of St Michael and All Angels in Hackney, when her father was confirmed as Richard Collett and his father was named as Alfred Holt.  The bride and the groom were both 22, with Stanley having been born on 8th September 1889.  He lived a long life and died at Worthing in Sussex where his passing was recorded (Ref. 18 2504) during the first three months of 1978.  Dorothy L Holt had already died by then, with her death recorded at Worthing register office (Ref. 5h 605) during the third quarter of 1964 when she was 74.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B

 

 

 

This appendix contains Collett details originally taken from the 1881 Census in the area around

Dorchester-on-Thames, where the individuals have not yet been identified within this family line.

They have been included here in the hope that they might one day be linked to this family line.

 

 

 

 

 

Dwelling - Wheatfield between Stoke Talmage and Adwell, Oxfordshire

 

 

Ap1

Thomas Collett, age 71, was born in 1809 at Stoke Talmage, near Lewknor. He was the head of the house and a carpenter in 1881 when was married to Mary Collett who was 67, who had been born at Wheatfield in Oxfordshire around 1813.  It was their youngest son John who was also a carpenter and a licenced victualler who was living nearby in the hamlet of Postcombe with his family in 1881.  Forty year earlier in 1841 Thomas was 30, Mary was 25, their son Joseph was five, their daughter Elizabeth was four, and James was just under one year old.  Ten years later carpenter Thomas Collett from Stoke Talmage was 42 and was living in Wheatfield with his wife Mary, age 38, and their five children.  Elizabeth was 14, James was 11, William was eight, Sarah was five and John was two years of age.  During the next three years Mary presented Thomas with two more daughters, the first of them later that same year.

 

 

 

In 1861 the family at Wheatfield comprised Thomas who was 51, Mary who was 47, William who was 18 and a carpenter working with his father, Sarah who was 15, John who was 11, Mary Ann who was nine and Pricilla who was six years of age.  According to the census in 1871 Thomas, age 61, and Mary, age 57, only had their two youngest children living with them Wheatfield and they were John who was 21 and Priscilla who was 16.  Staying with the family on that day was Thomas’ granddaughter Elizabeth Meads who was five years old and born in Teddington.  She was most likely the daughter of the couple’s eldest daughter Elizabeth, or even younger daughter Sarah.

 

 

 

Thomas suffered the loss of his wife during the 1880s and by the time of the next census in 1891 he was living alone at Wheatfield, one dwelling from Hill Farm and close to the parish church of St Andrews where his children were baptised.  He was described as being 81, a widower from Stoke Talmage, who was still working as a carpenter.

 

 

 

Ap1/1

Joseph Collett

Born in 1835 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1837 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/3

James Collett

Born in 1839 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/4

William Collett

Born in 1842 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/5

Sarah Collett

Born in 1845 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/6

John Collett

Born in 1849 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/7

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1851 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/8

Priscilla Collett

Born in 1854 at Wheatfield

 

 

 

 

Ap1/6

John Collett was born in 1849 at Wheatfield, between Stoke Talmage and Adwell.  It now transpires that he was the youngest child of carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Mary of Wheatfield.  In the census of 1881 he was 31 and the head of the house, a licensed victualler and a carpenter at The Feathers Inn at the hamlet of Postcombe in the parish of Lewknor.  He was married to Anne Collett, age 27, who was born in 1853 at South Weston, not far from Postcombe.  Their three children living with them at that time were Minnie Collett who was eight, Kate M. Collett who was four and Florence E. Collett who was only eleven months old.  All three children were described as having been born at Postcombe near Aston Rowant, and two years later Anne presented John with their fourth child at Postcombe.

 

 

 

John and his family were still living at and running The Feathers Inn at Postcombe ten years later – which is still there as a working public house in 2014.  However, within the census return for 1891 their children were recorded as being born at Lewknor which was more than likely a reference to where they were baptised in the parish church.  Licenced victualler and carpenter John Collett from Wheatfield was 41, his wife Annie was 37, and their daughters were Kate Collett who was 14, Florence Collett who was 11, and Emma Collett who was seven.  Annie may have been pregnant on the day of the census, since one more child was added to the family later that same year.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following decade John gave up the Feathers Inn when he reverted to being just a carpenter.  That may have simply resulted from him losing the post of landlord of the inn at the end of a term as the tenant.  The family also left Postcombe when that happened, and in 1901 John and his family were living in a dwelling on London Road in Tetsworth near Thame in Oxfordshire.  That was confirmed in the census of 1901 when carpenter John Collett was 51 and Annie Collett was 47, although it was John who was recorded in error as having been born at South Weston, while Annie’s place of place was noted as Postcombe, the same as for her daughters.  By that time the couple’s two eldest daughters were not included, when the three youngest children were named as Florence who was 20, Emma was who 17 and ‘Elenor M Collett’ who was nine years of age.

 

 

 

It was on Wheatfield Street in Tetsworth that the family was still living in 1911 when the census return stated that John and Anne had been married for 35 years and that they had given birth to only four children with just three surviving.  That would indicate they were married in 1875, thus making Kate M Collett as their first child.  This therefore raises the question as to who were the parents of Minnie Collett who was living with the couple in 1881.  Could she have been the base-born daughter of Anne, who took the name Collett when she married John?

 

 

 

From the contents of the earlier census in 1901 it is clear that the couple’s deceased child must have been their eldest daughter Kate who was 14 in 1891 and therefore may have died in childbirth if she was married before the end of the century.  For the remainder of the family recorded in the census of 1911 carpenter John Collett from Wheatfield was 61, Annie Collett was 57 and their daughter Eleanor Mildred Collett was a servant at home at the age of 19.

 

 

 

Ap1/5/1

Minnie Collett – possibly not John’s child

Born in 1872 at Postcombe

 

Ap1/5/2

Kate M Collett

Born in 1876 at Postcombe

 

Ap1/5/3

Florence Edith Collett

Born in May 1880 at Postcombe

 

Ap1/5/4

Emma Collett

Born in 1883 at Postcombe

 

Ap1/5/5

Eleanor Mildred Collett

Born in 1891 at Postcombe

 

 

 

 

Ap1/3

Florence Edith Collett was born at Postcombe during May 1880 and was eleven months old in the census of 1881 when she was living at The Feathers Inn at Postcombe with her parents John and Anne Collett.  She was 11 in 1891 when she and her family was still living at The Feathers Inn, but by the time of the census in 1901, when she was 20, the family was residing at London Road in Tetsworth.  During the summer of 1906 Florence Edith Collett married Percy Charles Cocks, the event being recorded at Thames register office (Ref. 3a 2025) in the third quarter of that year.  Percy had been a member of the army and by 1911 he was an army pensioner working as a hall porter, while residing at 78 Crown Terrace, Church Lane in Aldershot.  Percy was 40 and from Swallowfield, Florence from Postcombe was 30, and by then they had two children.  Frederick Cocks was three and Florence Cocks was two, both of them born at Aldershot.

 

 

 

The couple’s first child Marion Cocks would have been four years old, while two further children were added to the family after that day and they were Hilda W Cocks who was born in 1912 and Alfred Edward M Cocks who was born in 1913 who died in 1994.  The death of Percy C Cocks was recorded at Aldershot register office (Ref. 2b 2) during the first three months of 1947 when he was 76.

 

 

 

 

Ap1/5

Eleanor Mildred Collett was born at The Feathers Inn at Postcombe in 1891, the last child of John and Annie Collett.  By 1901 her family was living on London Road in Tetsworth near Thame when ‘Elenor M Collett’ was nine years old.  She was still living there at Wheatfield Road in 1911 when she was described as Eleanor Mildred Collett, age 19, working as a servant at home with her parents.  Perhaps because she continued to look after her ageing parents, it was sixteen years later that she married Thomas Frank Stevart at St Andrews Church in Kingswood, Surrey, on 11th June 1927.  Eleanor Mildred Collett of Tadworth in Surrey was 34, the daughter of carpenter John Collett, while Thomas was 36 and the son of Thomas Frank Stevart.

 

 

 

 

 

Dwelling - Wycombe Road, Wooburn, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire

 

 

Ap2

William Collett, age 49, was born at Lewknor in Oxfordshire in 1831.  William (Ref. 19p1) and his family are featured in more detail below, starting with his great great grandfather Richard Collett (Ref. 19l1). 

 

 

 

 

19l1

Richard Collett – prior to 2016 very little was known about Richard Collett, except that he was named as the father of William Collett of Haddenham and Dinton in the Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions held at Easter in 1822.  Now, thanks to Shelia Bates, we know he was born at Thame around 1719, and that the details of his marriage are established from the parish records at Haddenham.  They confirm that Richard Collett, bachelor of this parish, of Church End, Haddenham, a shoemaker, married Colleberry Abbott, spinster of this parish, on 10th (no month stated) 1745 by banns in Haddenham in Buckinghamshire.  Colleberry was the daughter of Samuel Abbott and was baptised at Haddenham on 31st December 1720.

 

 

 

Furthermore, it was the Bishops’ Transcripts which provided the details relating to the four children of Richard and Colleberry Collett listed below.  And they were: daughter Eliza Collett who was baptised on 15th September 1746; son William Collett who was born on 5th March, who was baptised on 19th March 1749; daughter Colleberry Collett who was baptised on 10th March 1751; and daughter Mary Collett who was born on 10th January and baptised four days later on 14th January 1753.  Previously Sheila Bates speculated that another Richard Collett was most likely related to Richard of Haddenham, together with a John Collett who may have been the father or the brother of that other Richard Collett – see below.

 

 

 

The Colletts of Haddenham Baptist Church - Haddenham is one of the oldest Baptist Churches in Buckinghamshire, dating at least from 1653.  In 1690 a letter was sent to a Baptist gathering when John Collett and Richard Collett were among the signatories.  In 1702 the church burnt down and was rebuilt with the aid of Joseph Collett, a Baptist minister of Coate.  He returned to Haddenham in 1711 to bury Edward Hoare and encouraged the church members to have their own board of trustees (article in Baptist magazine), but by the mid 1750’s the Baptist Church in Haddenham was in decline and the meeting house in ruins by 1773.

 

 

 

One year after the birth of their fourth child, Richard and Colleberry left Haddenham, when they travelled the short distance to settle in nearby Thame.  However, within a year or two, the family returned to Haddenham where another three children were added to the family.  They were: another Mary Collett who was born on 18th April and baptised on 27th June 1755, most likely indicating her older namesake had suffered an infant death, and perhaps the reason for the family’s return to Haddenham; Richard Collett who was baptised on 27th June 1757 (both of them recorded in the Bishops’ Transcripts); and Susannah Collett who was born and baptised on 18th January 1761 (recorded in the parish records).

 

 

 

Richard Collett died at Haddenham during 1763 and was survived by his widow for another twenty years, when Colleberry Collett nee Abbott passed away in 1783.  On the occasion of their wedding in 1745, the groom was described as ‘Richard Collett of Church End, Haddenham, a shoemaker’.

 

 

 

19m1

Eliza Collett

Baptised on 15.09.1746 at Haddenham

 

19m2

William Collett

Born on 05.03.1749 at Haddenham

 

19m3

Colleberry Collett

Baptised on 10.03.1751 at Haddenham

 

19m4

Mary Collett

Born on 10.01.1753, bapt. 14.01.1753

 

19m5

Mary Collett

Born on 18.04.1755 at Haddenham

 

19m6

Richard Collett

Baptised on 27.06.1757 at Haddenham

 

19m7

Susannah Collett

Baptised on 18.01.1761 at Haddenham

 

 

 

 

19m1

Eliza Collett, who may have been Elizabeth, was baptised at Haddenham on 15th September 1746 the first-born child of Richard and Colleberry Collett.  And it was twenty-four years later when she married Richard Oliver, the son of Richard Oliver, at Haddenham in 1770.

 

 

 

 

19m2

William Collett – the elder, was born at Haddenham on 5th March 1749 and was baptised there on 19th March, the son of Richard Collett and Colleberry Abbott.  As a child, he and his family lived in Haddenham until 1754 when the whole family went to live in Thame.  It was on 5th May 1771 that shoemaker William Collett married (1) Mary Simmonds at Wooburn, the sister of the Reverend John Simmonds.  Their daughter Sarah was born four years later in Haddenham, and she was followed three years later by the birth of a son for William and Mary, who was also born at Haddenham.  Perhaps during the birth of a third child, Mary Collett nee Simmonds passed away sometime after 1778. 

 

 

 

The Dinton, Risborough and Waddesdon Baptists first met at Dinton, south-west of Aylesbury, in 1785 and then, in 1786 they assembled in the house of William Collett at Haddenham (source: Strict Baptist Historical Society).  Waddesdon Hill Particular Baptist Church was opened in 1792 and William Collett was admitted in 1794, having been dismissed from New Land Baptist Church in High Wycombe.  He was approved for the ministry in 1802 and was ordained in 1809 as Pastor of Swanbourne at Winslow Baptist Church.  As the Reverend William Collett of Dinton, he was employed by the Particular Baptist Church at Waddesdon Hill as a village preacher and, among other places, he visited Swanbourne and preached there occasionally over a two-year period.

 

 

 

The Reverend William Collett must have been held in high regard, because a stone tablet was erected inside the Swanbourne Baptist Chapel after his death.  Today there is only photographic evidence of its existence since, sadly, the chapel was later converted into a private residence, and the tablet very likely destroyed.  Unfortunately, the wording on the tablet is not known, although it certainly began ‘In Memory of William Collett’ followed by a further five lines of writing.  However, an article written by Thomas Matthews of Melbourne in 1872 was published in the Buckingham Advertiser on 27th April 1895 as part of a series of articles about the Swanbourne Baptists.  This mentions the tablet and is reproduced in full below.

 

 

 

From Part Two - Reminiscences of the Old Baptist Meeting House in Winslow, Buckinghamshire

 

“After this a Mr William Collett, who was first pastor of the Swanbourne Church, gave Winslow friends his help, and preached about once a month on the Sabbath evening, and more frequently on a week day evening.  He was a dear old Saint, full of grace and truth.  To show the state of feeling of the inhabitants of Winslow then towards those who attended this little sanctuary (especially those who called themselves true church people).  I have seen this good old man, as he was leaving the place to return home, pelted with mud and stones in the public streets by people who prided themselves upon their respectability. Indeed, in my childhood, I have myself been assailed by adults, calling themselves respectable, who have jeeringly called me a long-eared meetinger, because my parents were dissenters.  In fact, at that time the state of Winslow was such that to prevent outbreaks of disturbance in the service at the Meeting house, my father has been obliged to read the Act of Parliament which protects dissenters from molestation in their worship.  This generally had the desired effect in quieting the disturbance.  The dear old Mr Collett continued to preach occasionally at Winslow, until near his death.  When I grew up to manhood, I had the pleasure to erect, and write, a tablet to his memory in the little Chapel at Swanbourne.”

 

 

 

In addition to all of this, it is now known that William was married twice in his life, his son being the offspring from the first of those two marriages, who was eight years old when his father married (2) Mary Hammon at Haddenham during 1786.  Once again, on that occasion, William was described as a shoemaker and Mary was described as a spinster.  It was six years later that their daughter was born at Dinton and this new information has resulted in the details previously included in this family line being inserted here, when prior to this there was no apparent direct link to this family.

 

 

 

According to the Militia Ballot List of 1796 William Collett of Dinton was named therein and was described as a cordwainer (a shoemaker), a reference to William Collett the elder.  In addition to that, and eight years later in 1804, William Collett was still living in Dinton, the tenant of a property owned by John Goss, for which he paid a rent of 5 Shillings 1 Penny.  It was two years after that when his son William was married in Dinton, so he was very likely still living with his father in the family home at Dinton in 1804.  From Dinton, William moved back to Haddenham during the second decade of the new century, and certainly prior to 1820.

 

 

 

Following the premature death of his son William in 1820, William Collett the elder appeared at the Easter Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions at Chesham in 1822 on behalf of his recently widowed daughter-in-law.  William Collett stated that he was 73, that his father’s name was Richard, and that he had a son William, who was the late husband of the pauper Mary Collett (nee Cane).  It was recorded that he had received poor relief for a year, or a year and a half, when he had contracted smallpox while he was living in Haddenham.  He then moved with his son to Dinton where he had lived for 15 or 16 years before moving back to Haddenham after his son had built a house at Haddenham.  William Collett – the elder, died four years later at Swanbourne, on 25th April 1826, where he was also buried.

 

 

 

19n1

Sarah Collett

Born in 1775 at Haddenham

 

19n2

William Collett

Born in 1778 at Haddenham

 

19n3

Susannah Collett

Born in 1793 at Dinton

 

 

 

 

19m3

Colleberry Collett was baptised at Haddenham on 10th March 1751 and she married Robert Cane of Watlington at Haddenham during 1781, and their son Will was born at Watlington on 2nd July 1786.

 

 

 

 

19m5

Mary Collett was born at Haddenham on 18th April 1755, where she was baptised on 27th June 1755, another daughter of Richard and Colleberry Collett.  Mary eventually married Baptist minister the Reverend John Simmonds in 1781, his sister Mary Simmonds having already married Mary’s older brother William (above) ten years earlier.

 

 

 

 

19m7

Susannah Collett was born at Haddenham, where she was baptised on 18th January 1761.  Tragically she did not survive, but it was as Sarah Collett that she was buried at Haddenham that same year.

 

 

 

 

19n1

Sarah Collett was born at Haddenham on 25th July 1775 and was baptised there on 6th August 1775, the daughter of William Collett and his first wife Mary Simmons.  Sadly, she was only seven years of aged when she died at Haddenham in 1782.

 

 

 

 

19n2

William Collett – the younger, was born at Haddenham on 5th April 1778, the son of William Collett of Haddenham, by his first wife Mary Simmonds.  He was also baptised one month later, on 3rd May 1778.  Like his father, William also became a shoemaker upon leaving school.  He was married twice, the first time at Dinton during 1799 to (1) Ann Dolley and later to (2) Mary Cane also at Dinton, on 23rd July 1806, when she was already carrying their first child, who was born six months later.  Mary Cane was the daughter of William Cane and Mary Reed, and was born at Watlington in Oxfordshire on 12th April 1789.  William Collett’s and Mary Cane’s first three children were born in the Buckinghamshire village of Dinton.  Further children were added to the family, although they were born after the family had left Dinton and had settled in nearby Haddenham.

 

 

 

What is of particular interest is the Posse Comitatus of 1798 for the Dinton & Haddenham area of Buckinghamshire which includes both William Collett senior and William Collett junior, who were recorded as cordwainers.  David Collett, the eldest son of William the younger also took up the occupation of a shoemaker.  David and his sister Mary Ann both gave their place of birth as Dinton in the later census returns, while their younger brother Ephraim, on one occasion, stated he was born at Haddenham.  Furthermore, William’s granddaughter, the daughter of his eldest child Ruth Collett, was born at Haddenham.  Curiously though the Baptist Church records at Haddenham do not include the names of William Collett the younger and his wife Mary Collett as being members of that church.

 

 

 

Not long after the birth of his last child William Collett passed away during 1820, leaving his widow Mary as a pauper.  The Easter Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions at Chesham in 1822 recorded that Mary Collett of Haddenham was a widow and a pauper, and that her father-in-law was William Collett.  It is that document which confirms William’s father was William Collett and not Robert Collett and his wife Ann Penn, as previously thought, who can now be found in Part 63 – The Collett-Stratfold-Collet Line (Ref. 63L2) with their son William (Ref. 63M3). 

 

 

 

Mary Collett stated that she was a widow and had been married nearly sixteen years earlier (that was, in 1806), that her husband’s name was William and that he had died two years previously.  The record also included that she had five children (two having not survived), and that she had lived in Dinton for about five years after she was married, where her husband’s father William Collett also lived, both of them having moved there from Haddenham.  Nearly thirty years later Mary Collett, age 68, was still a widow and pauper, according to the census in 1851, when she was still residing at Haddenham with just her unmarried son Ephraim Collett living there with her.  Less than three years later Mary Collett nee Cane died at Haddenham on 21st January 1854 at the age of 71, and was buried in the churchyard of Haddenham Baptist Church.

 

 

 

19o1

Ruth Collett

Born in 1807 at Dinton, nr Aylesbury

 

19o2

David Collett

Born in 1808 at Dinton, nr Aylesbury

 

19o3

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1810 at Dinton, nr Aylesbury

 

19o4

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1813 at Haddenham

 

19o5

Ephraim Collett

Born in 1816 at Haddenham

 

19o6

Emma Collett

Born in 1818 at Haddenham

 

19o7

Emma Collett

Born in 1819 at Haddenham

 

 

 

 

19n3

Susannah Collett was born at Dinton in 1793, according to her stated age in a later census record, and was the daughter of William Collett and his second wife Mary Hammond.  Her father was a strict Baptist and eventually became a minister in Dinton when she was one year old.  It was at Waddesdon Hill Particular Baptist Church that Susannah Collett was proposed and admitted on 21st October 1810, where she was baptised on 11th November 1810 and received into the church on 2nd December that same year.  Her father had left Waddesdon in 1809 to become the first Pastor of Swanbourne, and it was to Swanbourne Particular and Strict Baptist Church that his daughter Susannah was dismissed two years after she was married.

 

 

 

Susannah Collett married Thomas Phillips at Swanbourne on 27th October 1816, following which, on 22nd March 1818, Swanbourne sent a request to Waddesdon to dismiss ‘our sister Phillips’ so that she could join the church at Swanbourne, which she did on Sunday 3rd May 1818.  Susannah was already pregnant with the couple’s first child by then, and three months later she gave with to a daughter Rebecca Phillips, who was born on 25th July 1818 but later baptised at Waddesdon on 16th May 1819 when her parents were recorded as Thomas and Anne Phillips.  Susannah also presented Thomas with a son, Ebenezer Thomas Phillips, who was born on 22nd November 1821 who lived all his life at Waddesdon. 

 

 

 

By the time of the first census in June 1841 the family was still living at Swanbourne and comprised Thomas Phillips whose rounded age was 50, Susanna Phillips who was 45 (rounded age), and daughter Rebecca Phillips who was 20 (rounded age).  In the Winslow census of 1851, agricultural labourer Thomas Phillips was 64, his wife Susanna Phillips from Dinton was 58, and their daughter Rebecca Phillips was 32 and a lace-maker, when the three of them were residing at Clack Lane in Swanbourne.

 

 

 

Susannah Phillips nee Collett died four years later on 4th May 1855 and was the great great great grandmother of Sheila Bates who has supplied the new details regarding Susannah Collett and her father the Reverend William Collett of Wycombe, Waddesdon and Dinton, and other Colletts of Buckinghamshire as provided below.

 

 

 

Her daughter Rebecca Phillips, who was married during the 1850s, was admitted to the church and was baptised again in 1859, her husband being the widower John Dumbleton, who was a Pastor.  Susannah’s son Ebenezer Thomas Phillips was a member of the Swanbourne Particular and Strict Baptist Church in 1830 and was admitted to the church in 1842, while it was during the next year when he married (1) Mary Powell and their son Thomas was born in 1846.  Five years later in 1851 Ebenezer became a trustee of the church and on 23rd May 1852 his wife died, after which he married (2) Jane Morris at Swanbourne during the following year.  It was then that he was appointed to the post of deacon in 1863. 

 

 

 

Ebenezer Thomas Phillips died in 1900 while, from his first marriage to Mary, he had a son Thomas Phillips born at Oakley in 1846 who later married Rachel Alderman in 1870.  Ebenezer’s second marriage to Jane produced another three sons, William Phillips (born in 1856), John Phillips (born in 1858), and Edward G Phillips (born in 1860).

 

 

 

FOOTNOTE: In a letter dated 1794, when Susannah was a mere infant, another Susannah Collett of Haddenham was described as one of those who had not joined any church, following which she became a member of Waddesdon Hill and was recorded as being from Monks Risborough.  She was ‘dismissed’ back to Risborough in 1798, and six years later she married Henry Austin at Monks Risborough on 22nd March 1804.  Also married there that same day, was Mary Collett of Risborough and Isaac Bowler, who was most likely the sister of this Susannah Collett, and therefore a double-wedding for the family.

 

 

 

 

19o1

Ruth Collett was born at Dinton, near Aylesbury on 27th January 1807, just six months after her parents William Collett and Mary Cane were married there, when her mother was seventeen years of age.  Ruth was twenty-two when she gave birth to a base-born daughter who was born at Haddenham on 6th August 1829.  She was named as Emma Hebbare, Hebborn being a local surname for the area.  It was later that same year when Ruth married Louis (Lewis) Wheeler, after which daughter Emma took the Wheeler surname.  Over the next thirteen years, Ruth presented Lewis with five children, all born at Haddenham.  They were: Mary Wheeler (born 14th June 1836); Thomas Wheeler (born 1838, buried 28th April 1843); William Wheeler (born 1839, buried 8th March 1842); Josiah Wheeler (born 1841, died after two days and buried 10th November 1841); and Susan(nah) Collett Wheeler (1842-1925) who was baptised in 1861, who married (1) Charles Horton in 1864, and then married (2) John Woodbridge in 1869.

 

 

 

 

19o2

David Collett was born at Dinton on 30th November 1808, the son of William Collett and Mary Cane.  David was a shoemaker like his father, and he married Mary Ann Whitney of Kensington on 23rd December 1830 at Adwell in Oxfordshire, midway between Stoke Talmage and Lewknor.  The marriage produced six known children for David and Mary Ann between 1831 and 1847, and all of them were born at Watlington, apart from the first child who was born at Lewknor and baptised at nearby Adwell.  In 1841 the family living at Watlington comprised David and Mary who were born given the rounded age of 30, and their first four children, William Collett who was nine, George Collett who was six, Thomas Collett who was four, and Ephraim Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was complete, when it was recorded residing at Church Meadow in the village of Watlington within the Henley-on-Thames registration district.  The census of 1851 listed the family as David Collett, who was 42 and a journeyman shoemaker from Dinton, his wife Mary A Collett, who was 41 and from Kensington in London, and their six children.  The two eldest sons were both journeymen shoemakers like their father, William from Lewknor was 19, and George of Watlington was 16.  The other four children were Thomas who was 14, Ephraim who was 11, Richard who was nine and Alice who was four years old.

 

 

 

Only sons Ephraim and Richard were still living with their parents in 1861, and that was after the family had left Watlington and had moved to Wooburn, near High Wycombe.  On that occasion the couple’s youngest child, Alice, was living with her married brother George and helping him with his young family, also nearby in the High Wycombe area.  So the reduced family was, David Collett, who was 52, Mary Collett, who was 51, Ephraim Collett, who was 23, and Richard Collett who was 18.  Also by then, the couple’s eldest son William was married with a family of his own, and he too was living within the High Wycombe area, while actually staying with David and his family at that time was his unmarried younger brother Ephraim Collett who was 43.

 

 

 

Mary Ann Collett nee Whitney was born around 1809, the daughter of Lawrence and Alice Whitney and she died at Watlington during 1868.  That was confirmed by the census in 1871, when David Collett, age 62, was a widower living in the Wycombe District Union workhouse in Saunderton within the Princes Risborough registration district of Buckinghamshire.  It was four years after that when David Collett died during 1875.

 

 

 

19p1

William Lawrence Collett

Born on 18.10.1831 at Watlington

 

19p2

George Collett

Born on 31.01.1835 at Watlington

 

19p3

Thomas Collett

Born on 20.10.1836 at Watlington

 

19p4

Ephraim Collett

Born on 18.05.1839 at Watlington

 

19p5

Richard Collett

Born on 12.04.1842 at Watlington

 

19p6

Alice Collett

Born in 1847 at Watlington

 

 

 

 

19o3

Mary Ann Collett was born at Dinton on 29th September 1810, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.  In 1829 Mary Ann Collett from Dinton married David Small, both of whom were baptised at Haddenham on 29th March 1835.  The marriage produce six children, five of which were born at Haddenham, and they were: Ellen Small (born 1831); a male child (born 1832, buried on 23rd July 1834); George Small (born 1st May 1834, died 1926); Eliza Small (born 1840 at Hayes, Middlesex); Ebenezer Henry Small (born 1843); and Caleb Small (born 1845).

 

 

 

 

19o4

Elizabeth Collett was born at Haddenham on 17th November 1813, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

19o5

Ephraim Collett was born at Haddenham on 7th February 1816, the son of William and Mary Collett.  At the time of the census in 1851 Ephraim was still a bachelor at 34 when he was living with his widowed mother Mary at Haddenham.  Three years later Ephraim’s mother passed away, at which time Ephraim went to live with his older married brother David (above) in Wooburn near High Wycombe where he was recorded at the age of 43.

 

 

 

It was during the following year that Ephraim married Hannah Halley of Watlington at Thame in 1862 and in the census of 1871 the childless couple were 55 and 45 respectively, when they were living at Wooburn Green near High Wycombe.  It was also at Wooburn Green that they were recorded again in the census of 1881.  Ephraim Collett from Watlington (sic) was 65 and a gardener, Hannah Collett from Watlington was 52, and living with them was their niece Isabella Collett who was eight years old and born at Wooburn around 1872.

 

 

 

Isabella Collett was very likely the child of one of Ephraim’s nephew’s, either William Collett or George Collett (below), since there is a suitable gap for the child’s birth in 1872 in both of their families.  Hannah Collett died during the following ten years, so by the time of the Wooburn census in 1891 Ephraim Collett was a widower, living there alone at the age of 75.  During the next decade, Ephraim returned to the village of his birth, and it was at Haddenham that he was residing with a farming family in March 1901 at the age of 84.  He survived for a further six years when he died at Haddenham during 1907 and was buried in the new cemetery at the Haddenham Baptist Church.

 

 

 

 

19o6

Emma Collett was born at Haddenham on 16th May 1818, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.  Tragically she died less than two months later when she passed away on 10th July 1818.

 

 

 

 

19o7

Emma Collett was born at Haddenham on 14th November 1819, the last child of shoemaker William Collett and his wife Mary Cane. 

 

 

 

 

19p1

William Lawrence Collett was born at Lewknor on 18th October 1831, but was baptised at Adwell on 20th November 1831, the eldest son of David and Mary Ann Collett.  Not long after he was baptised his parents left Lewknor when they moved the two miles to Watlington.  By 1852 William was 19 and was working as a journeyman shoemaker, like his brother George (below), who had both taken on that profession from their father.  At that time in his life the family was living at Church Meadow in Watlington.  In the mid-1850s William married Fanny Hollis from Brize Norton at Wooburn, near High Wycombe, where they settled and where all of their children were born.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1861, William was 29 and Fanny was 28.  By that time the marriage had produced four children for the couple, although only three of them had survived and were living with then at Wooburn.  They were Emily Collett who was four, Thomas Collett who was three and Richard Collett who was one year old.  It was their youngest child, son George, who had died just before the census day that year.  Over the next decade four more children were added.  As a result, the family living at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn in 1871 was made up of William, age 39, his wife Fanny who was 38, and their seven children.  Emily was 15, Thomas 13, Richard 12, Alice was seven, Mercy was five, Clara was two, and William who was under one year old.

 

 

 

The next census in 1881 confirmed that the family was living at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn.  Head of the house William was 49 and a cordwainer, a shoemaker like his father, and his wife Fanny Collett was 48 and a boot closer from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.  All of the six children still living with William and Fanny were confirmed as having been born at Wooburn.  And they were Thomas Collett, age 22, unmarried, and also a cordwainer like his father, Alice Collett who was 17 and Mercy Collett who was 15, both of whom were glazing room paper-mill labourers, plus Clara Collett who was 12, William Collett 10, Alfred Collett who was four years old.  The family was still at Wycombe Road in Wooburn at the time of the census in 1891 when, on that occasion, only the couple’s youngest child was still living with them.  Shoemaker William was 59 and rather curiously his place of birth was recorded in error as Wooburn, Fanny was 58, and their son Alfred was 14 and by then he was employed as a labourer.

 

 

 

19q1

Emily Collett

Born in 1856 at Wooburn

 

19q2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1857 at Wooburn

 

19q3

George Francis Collett

Born in 1859 at Wooburn; died 1861

 

19q4

Richard Collett

Born in 1860 at Wooburn

 

19q5

Alice Collett

Born in 1863 at Wooburn

 

19q6

Mercy Collett

Born in 1865 at Wooburn

 

19q7

Clara M Collett

Born in 1868 at Wooburn

 

19q8

William Collett

Born in 1870 at Wooburn

 

19q9

Alfred Ernest Collett

Born in 1876 at Wooburn

 

 

 

 

19p2

George Collett was born at Watlington on 31st January 1835, the son of David and Mary Ann Collett.  He was 16 years old in the Watlington census of 1852 when he was a journeyman shoemaker with his brother William (above), while still living with his parents at Church Meadow.  It was during the summer of 1857 that George married Ann Wood, the event recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 545) during the third quarter of the year.  The witnesses at the wedding were George Bass and Eleanor Cox.  Their daughter was born in 1859 and at the time of the census in 1861, George was 25, as was his wife Ann, their daughter Ruth was one year old, and living with the family at Wooburn near High Wycombe was George’s younger sister Alice Collett who was 14.

 

 

 

During the following decade four more children were added to the family while they were still living at Wooburn.  So by 1871 the family comprised George 36, Ann 36, Ruth 12, Annie 10, George who was seven, Mary who was three, and Charles who was not yet one year old.  Just two more children were added to the family after that.  According to the census in 1881, the family was still living at Wooburn Moor, just outside High Wycombe.  George was a boot maker at 46, and was born at Watlington.  His wife Ann was 47 from Haddenham, near Thame, and was a woollen cloth maker.  Just four of their children were still living with them and they were George 16, Mary 12, Minnie who was six, and Florence who was one year old, and all of them born at Wooburn.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1891, George and Ann were both 57, and still living with them were their youngest daughters Minnie who was 16 and Florence who was 12 years old.  In March 1901 the family was residing at Wooburn Moor in Wooburn when the family was recorded as follows.  George Collett was 66 and a shoemaker with his own account working at home, Ann was 66, Minnie was 25 and Florence was 21, both of them dressmakers with their own account working at home.  Two other people were staying with the family that day, and they were unmarried labourer George Wood who was 62 and from Haddenham, Ann’s brother, and granddaughter May Saunders who was 14 and from Loudwater in Buckinghamshire who was employed at a mill carrying of office duties.  

 

 

 

After a further ten years, the census in April 1911 listed George and Ann Collett still living at Wooburn Moor where they were both recorded as being 76 years of age.  Also still living with the couple was Ann’s brother George Wood who was 71 and an army pensioner.  The census return gave the birth place of the Wood siblings as Haddenham, but the birth place of boot repairer George Collett was stated as being Postcombe rather than Watlington.  It also confirmed that he had been married to Ann for fifty-four years, during which time they had given birth to ten children with only five of them still alive in 1911.  However, only seven of the ten are listed below.

 

 

 

19q10

Ruth Collett

Born in 1859 at Wooburn

 

19q11

Annie Collett

Born in 1861 at Wooburn

 

19q12

George Collett

Born in 1863 at Wooburn

 

19q13

Mary Collett

Born in 1867 at Wooburn

 

19q14

Charles Collett

Born in 1870 at Wooburn

 

19q15

Minnie Collett

Born in 1874 at Wooburn

 

19q16

Florence Collett

Born in 1879 at Wooburn

 

 

 

 

19p4

Ephraim Collett was born at Watlington on 18th May 1839, the son of David and Mary Ann Collett and was 11 years old in 1852 when he and his family was living at Church Meadow in Watlington.  After living in Watlington, his family moved to Henley, and by 1861 when Ephraim was 23, he and his family had settled in High Wycombe.  It was during the years after 1861 that Ephraim married Jane from Wooburn, and by 1871 they had three children and were still living in High Wycombe.  The census that year listed the family was Ephraim 32, Jane 31, and their three daughters Eliza who was six, Polly who was three, and Maud who was one year old.

 

 

 

It was at Wooburn Green where the family was living in 1881.  Ephraim from Watlington was 42 and a paper maker, Jane was 41, and listed with them was Maud who was 11, Ben who was nine, Daisy who was seven, the twins Lily and Eva who were five, Naomi who was one year old, and Ella who was two months old.  It would appear that Lily, one of the twins, did not survive, since she was absent from the family at the time of the next census in 1891 when she would have been 15.  Further children followed and by the time of the census in 1891 Ephraim and Jane were still living in Wooburn with their seven youngest children.  Ephraim was 51, Jane was 50, Ben was 19, Eva 14, Naomi 12, Ella was nine, as was Allan J Collett, Dennis was seven, and Lily A Collett was two years old.

 

 

 

In March 1901, Ephraim Collett from Watlington was a bleacher of wood pulp at the age of 61, and was living at Wooburn with his wife Jane who was 60 and from Wooburn.  Still living with them was just three of their children, Dennis was 16 and a coal carter, Ella Collett who was 20 was a domestic cook, and Lily who was 12 was still at school.  It must have been during the first decade of the new century that Jane died living Ephraim Collett a widower by April 1911.  The only member of his family still living with him at Wooburn was his son Dennis Collett who was 27.

 

 

 

Ephraim Collett from Watlington died in 1921 at the age of 81 when his death was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1030) during the last three months of that year.  Probate for Ephraim Collett of The Meadows in Wooburn Green stated that he was a retired paper-maker who died on 25th December 1921, with probate granted to Henry George Hersee, a builder’s labourer, for his personal effects amounting to £281 11 Shilling.9d.  Henry was the husband of Ephraim’s daughter Ella Collett.

 

 

 

19q17

Eliza Collett

Born in 1864 at Wooburn

 

19q18

Polly Collett

Born in 1867 at Wooburn

 

19q19

Maud Collett

Born in 1869 at Wooburn

 

19q20

Ben Collett

Born in 1871 at Wooburn

 

19q21

Daisy Collett

Born in 1873 at Wooburn

 

19q22

Lily E Collett                    twin

Born in 1875 at Wooburn

 

19q23

Eva Collett                      twin

Born in 1875 at Wooburn

 

19q24

Naomi Collett

Born in 1878 at Wooburn

 

19q25

Ella Collett

Born in 1881 at Wooburn

 

19q26

Allen John Collett

Born in 1882 at Wooburn

 

19q27

Dennis Collett

Born in 1884 at Wooburn

 

19q28

Lily A Collett

Born in 1888 at Wooburn

 

 

 

 

19p5

Richard Collett was born at Watlington on 12th April 1842, the youngest son of David Collett and Mary Ann Whitney.  Richard was nine years old in the Watlington census of 1852, and by the time he was 18 he was one of only two siblings still living with his parents who, by then, were living in Wooburn near High Wycombe in 1861.  Within the twelve months he married (1) Mary Hancock with whom he had a son who was born in England, prior to the family emigrating to America in 1863.  Richard was just one of many from England who became a member of the Mormon Church and sailed to the new world for a fresh start in life.  And it was as a member of that church that Richard eventually took himself a second wife (2) Sarah, while he was still married to Mary.  That was confirmed by the US Census in 1880 for Salt Lake City.

 

 

 

By that time in his life Richard Collett from England was 38 and his occupation was still that of a shoemaker.  His two English born wives were Mary Collett, age 38, and Sarah Collett, who was 36.  Recorded with the three of them were their eight children.  George Collett from England was 17, while the other seven children had all been born after the family had settled in Utah.  Alice Collett was 14, Frank Collett was 12, Ralph Collett was 10, William Collett was six, Mary Collett was five, Rachel N Collett was two, and Fannie Collett was six months old.  Shortly after 1880 two more children were added to the family.

 

 

 

During the next twenty years Richard’s younger wife Sarah died, perhaps during childbirth, so by the time of the census in 1900 Richard Collett, age 58, was living at Precinct 30, Ward 3, in Salt Lake City with his wife Mary who was also 58.  The census return confirmed that the couple had been married for thirty-nine years and that they had entered America in 1863.  Just five of their ten children were still living with them, and they were Alice, who was 32, William who was 27, Rachel, who was 21, Millie, who was 19, and Nellie who was 17.

 

 

 

It was four years later that Richard Collett died at Salt Lake City on 13th July 1904, where he was buried on 16th July 1904.  His death certificate confirmed that he was 62 and the son of David Collett and Mary Whitney of England, although his mother’s name was stated in error as Hitney, and that his occupation was that of a merchant.

 

 

 

19q29

George Collett

Born in 1863 in England

 

19q30

Alice Collett

Born in 1867 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

19q31

Frank Collett

Born in 1868 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

19q32

Ralph Collett

Born in 1870 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

19q33

William Collett

Born in 1873 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

19q34

Mary Collett

Born in 1875 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

19q35

Rachel N Collett

Born in 1878 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

19q36

Fannie Collett

Born in 1879 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

19q37

Millie Collett

Born in 1881 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

19q38

Nellie Collett

Born in 1883 at Salt Lake City, Utah

 

 

 

 

19q2

Thomas Collett was born at Wooburn in 1857 and was three years old in the census of 1861.  He had left school by the time he was 13 when he was working with his sister Emily at the nearby paper-mill in 1871 when they were still living at the family home in Wycombe Lane.  Over the following years he joined his father when he became a boot maker, as he was in 1881 when he was 22 and still living with his family at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn, described as a cordwainer.

 

 

 

Just after the census day in 1881 William married Rosetta Crockett with whom he had seven children.  The wedding was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 769) during the third quarter of that year when the witnesses were Alice Ody and Thomas George Thomas.  Rosetta, or Rose/Rosa as she was known, was born at Wooburn Moor and her birth was registered at Wycombe on 30th December 1857.  Her mother Lucy Crockett, nee Smith, signed the certificate with the mark of a cross.

 

 

 

In 1891 the family living at Elizabeth Cottages on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn was William, age 33 and a boot maker, and Rosa who was also 33 and their first four children.  William was nine, Walter was seven, Fanny was five, and Arthur was one year old.  Ten years later in March 1901 Thomas Collett was 43 and a boot maker with his own account working at home and his wife Rose Collett was 43 when they were still living in Wycombe Lane.  Their son William Collett was 19 and was employed as a railway packer, while Arthur was 11, Lucy was nine, Jack was seven years old, and Tom was one year old.

 

 

 

By April 1911, Thomas Collett was 54, the same age as his wife Rose, and they were still living at Wooburn with William T Collett age 29 who was a plate-layer on the railway, Jack Collett who was 16 and Tom Collett who was 12.  All five members of the household were confirmed as having been born at Wooburn.  Three years later Thomas Collett was no longer a boot maker, but instead he was a postman, as seen in the photograph here taken in 1914, after his two eldest sons William and Walter had enlisted to join in the Great War. The full picture included the two boys in their army uniform, together with his wife Rose.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett died eight years later when his death was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 1324) during the first quarter of 1922 at the age of 65. His widow survived him by many years when Rosetta Collett nee Crockett died in 1949.

 

 

 

19r1

William Thomas Collett

Born in 1882 at Wooburn

 

19r2

Walter George Collett

Born in 1884 at Wooburn

 

19r3

Maud Louisa Fanny Collett

Born in 1887 at Wooburn

 

19r4

Arthur Collett

Born in 1889 at Wooburn

 

19r5

Lucy Maud Collett

Born in 1891 at Wooburn

 

19r6

Jack Collett

Born in 1895 at Wooburn

 

19r7

Tom Collett

Born in 1899 at Wooburn

 

 

 

 

19q7

Clara M Collett was born at Wooburn during 1868, the daughter of William Collett and Fanny Hollis.  She was two years old at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green in 1871 and was 12 in 1881.  It was the end of that decade when Clara M Collett married Charles F Norris from Loudwater in Buckinghamshire.  Once married the couple initially settled at Dartford in Kent, where their two children were born before they went to live at Maidstone in Kent.  The birth of Charles Frederick Norris was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 343) during the first quarter of 1865.

 

 

 

In 1891 the young family was recorded at 4 Belle Vue Cottage in the village of Swanscombe near Dartford as Chas F Norris who was 26, Clara Norris was 22, and their daughter Lucy was six months old.  Staying with the family that day was Clara’s younger brother William (below).  After the birth of their son the family moved to Maidstone and in 1901 they were residing at 83 Willow Street when Chas F Norris was 36 and a paper maker at the local paper mill.  Clara M Norris was 32 and the two children were Lucy who was 10 and Chas L Norris who was six.  Staying with the family was Clara’s niece Fanny Collett from Wooburn Green who was 14 and the daughter of Clara’s older brother Thomas Collett (above) Maud Louisa Fanny Collett. 

 

 

 

62 Church Road within the parish of Tovil near Maidstone was where the family was residing by the time of the census in 1911.  Charles F Norris was 45, Clara Norris was 42, Lucy Norris was 20 and Charles L Norris was 16.  The death of Charles Frederick Norris was recorded at Maidstone on 31st January 1931 and his Will was proved in London on 18th March 1931, when his personal effects were left to his daughter Lucy Gertrude Larkin, the wife of Richard Larkin who she had married at Maidstone in the summer of 1926.

 

 

 

 

19q8

William Collett was born at Wooburn in 1870, and was one year old and ten years old in the Wooburn census returns for 1871 and 1881.  In 1891 William from Wooburn was 20 and a general labourer when he was lodging with his older married sister Clara Norris nee Collett (above) at 4 Belle Vue Cottage in the village of Swanscombe near Dartford in Kent.  By March 1901 he was a married man with two children.  William Collett from Worburn (sic) was 30 and a fishmonger living at 19 Risborough Road in Maidenhead with his family.  His wife (1) Elizabeth from Wilsford in Wiltshire was 31, his son William was eight and born at Odstock in Wiltshire and his daughter Winifred was five and had been born in Henley.  Sometime during the next couple of years William’s wife died, following which he then married (2) Eva from Wargrave who was much younger.  According to the next census in 1911 and at the age of 40, he was still a fishmonger living in Maidenhead at 20 College Rise with his new wife Eva Collett who was only 22 and his daughter Winifred Collett who was 15 and described as assisting at home.  The census return also confirmed that he and Eva had only been married for four years and had no children, although Eva may have presented William with more children in the subsequent years.

 

 

 

Although not confirmed, it seems highly likely that Eva Collett died on 17th October 1946 when she was staying at The Lamb Inn at Chalgrove in Oxfordshire.  Probate of her Will was granted at Oxford on 5th March 1947.

 

 

 

19r8

William Collett

Born in 1892 at Odstock, Wilts

 

19r9

Winifred Maud Collett

Born in 1896 at Henley-on-Thames

 

 

 

 

19q9

Alfred Ernest Collett was born at Wooburn in 1876, and he was four and 14 years old in consecutive census returns for Wooburn.  Just before the end of the old century Alfred married Mary Edit Drain, the event taking place at Westminster on 26th August 1899 with their first child born around fifteen months after.  Alfred was 23 and the son of William Lawrence Collett, a shoemaker, and Mary was 32 the daughter of James Drain a farmer.  The census in 1901 revealed the family living at 23 Crab Tree Lane in Fulham, London.  At the age of 24 married Alfred E Collett from Wooburn was a painter and paper hanger.  His wife Mary E Collett was 35 and from Southminster in Essex, while their son was Alfred L Collett was four months old and born at Fulham.

 

 

 

Ten years later in April 1911 the family was living at 52 Foord Street in Rochester in Kent where Alfred Collett was 34 and still working as a house painter.  On that occasion his wife was described as Edith Collett from Southminster who was 44, and also by then the couple had three children living there with them.  They were Alfred Collett who was 10, Irene Collett who was eight and Olive Collett who was five and born at Southend, whereas the two older children had been born in Fulham.

 

 

 

19r10

Alfred L Collett

Born in November 1900 at Fulham

 

19r11

Irene Collett

Born in 1902 at Fulham

 

19r12

Olive Collett

Born in 1905 at Southend

 

 

 

 

19q12

George Collett was born at Wooburn near High Wycombe in 1863 and was seven years old in 1871.  On leaving school he took up the occupation of boot maker, the same as his father George Collett with whom he was still living at Wooburn Moor at the age of 16.  George Collett married Charlotte Howard, the event recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 883) during the second quarter of 1889.  Two years later George Collett was 27 and was living at Wooburn Green with his wife Charlotte who was 24.  With them was their first children Alice May Collett who was not yet one year old in the census in 1891.  Tragically Charlotte died shortly after at the age of 28, probably giving birth to a second child who also did not survive, after which George married Alice.  The death of Charlotte Collett was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 443) during the last three months of 1893.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1901 George and Alice were living at Berghess Hill in Wooburn Green, by which time there were four children living with the couple.  George was described as George Collet junior, who was 36 and a postman of Wooburn, and Alice Ann Collet was 37 and from Loudwater.  George’s daughter Alice May was 10 years old, while the new children were George W Collet who was three, Annie Eliza Collet who was two and Frank Collett who was only five months old.  Why he was the only member of the family with the correct spelling of the surname is not known.

 

 

 

The Wooburn Green census in 1911 recorded the family residing at Bonnymede in the village and stated that the couple had been married for fifteen years and had given birth to seven children of which only six were still alive.  George was still a postman at the age of 47 and Alice A E Collett was also 47.  The seven children with them were Alice May age 20, George William Francis age 13, Frank who was 10, Robin Stanley who was eight, Ephraim Richard who was five, Benjamin James Francis who was three and Bernie Eliza Janice who was one year old.  The child who had already died may well have been one of the couple’s first children born before 1901, unless George was mistakenly referring to a child who had died around the time of the death of his first wife.

 

 

 

19r13

Alice May Collett

Born in 1891 at Wooburn

 

The following are the children of George Collett by his second wife Alice:

 

19r14

George William Francis Collett

Born in 1897 at Wooburn

 

19r15

Frank Collett

Born in October 1900 at Wooburn

 

19r16

Robin Stanley Collett

Born in 1902 at Wooburn

 

19r17

Ephraim Richard Collett

Born in 1905 at Wooburn

 

19r18

Benjamin James Francis Collett

Born in 1907 at Wooburn

 

19r19

Bernie Eliza Janice Collett

Born in 1910 at Wooburn

 

 

 

 

19q20

Ben Collett was born at Wooburn in 1871, the son of Ephraim and Jane Collett.  He was aged nine years and 19 years in the next two census returns for Wooburn in 1881 and 1891, when he was living there with his family.  However, no record of him has been found in the census of 1901, so it is possible he was away from England with the army.  It was during the second quarter of 1910 that his marriage to Jessie Cowley was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 1471) when the witnesses were Elizabeth Biggs and William Albert Saunders.  By the time of the census in April 1911 the childless couple was living at Wooburn Lane in Wooburn Green near Maidenhead, the home of Ben’s younger married sister Ella Hersee (below).  The census return confirmed that the couple had only been married for one year and that Ben Collett of Wooburn was 40 and a builder and his wife Jessie was 28 and had been born at west Handley in Derbyshire. 

 

 

 

It is possible, but not proved, that Jessie Collett nee Cowley died prior to 1926, as a record at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 2222) indicates that Ben Collett married a lady by the name of Stallwood.  The death of Ben Collett was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 6a 474) during the first quarter of 1952, although his age was incorrectly recorded as 79.

 

 

 

 

19q21

Daisy Collett was born at Wooburn in 1873, the daughter of Ephraim and Jane Collett.  In 1881 she and her family were living at Wooburn Green, when Daisy Collett was seven years old.  Ten years later, at the time of the census in 1891 Daisy Collett was still living in Wooburn but as a lodger with the family of carter Charles Lewis from Gloucestershire.  She was named as Daisey Collett from Wooburn who was 17 and working at the local paper mill.  It was seven years later that Daisy Collett was married, the event recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 1347) during the last three months of 1898, her husband being William Marshall Read, the witnesses being Albert Edward King and Fanny Louisa Howard.  By March 1901 the couple was living in Taplow with two children.  William Read was 24 and a bricklayer’s labourer from Drinkstone in Suffolk, Daisy read from Wooburn was 26, Esme M (Marshall?) Read was one year old and also born at Wooburn and Cecil B Read was born after the family moved to Taplow, and he was only a few months old.

 

 

 

 

19q24

Naomi Collett was born at Wooburn in 1878.  When she was 21 she was living in the Hammersmith area of London, where she was working as a general domestic servant in March 1901.  It was during the third quarter of the following year that she married George Howard, their wedding recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 1565) in 1902 when the witnesses were Fanny Gertrude Wood and Michael Ludgate.  Seven years later Naomi’s niece Maud Louisa Fanny Collett (Ref. 19r3) married Jessie Ludgate in 1909.  According to the census in 1911 Naomi and her family were living in Wooburn Green, when she had been married for eight years.  George Howard was 34 and a mill hand, Naomi was 32, and their children were Alice Ivy Margaret Howard who was eight, Clare Naomi Winifred Howard who six and Annie May Howard who as five.  Staying with the family on that day were James Howard, age 28, and Albert Wells who was 25.

 

 

 

George Hoards was residing at Normans Cottages in Wooburn when he died on 9th January 1950 when his personal effects of £692 7 Shillings was passed to his widow Naomi Howard.  Just over eleven years after his passing, Naomi Howard of 5 Normans Cottages in Wooburn Green died on 8th February 1961 at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital in Taplow when administration of her estate valued at £453 19 Shillings was granted to her married daughter Alice Ivy Margaret Gosling.

 

 

 

 

19q25

Ella Collett was born during January 1881 at Wooburn Green where she and her family were living for the census in 1881 when Ella was just two months old.  She was still living there with her family in 1891, when she was nine, and again in 1901 when Ella was 20 and a domestic cook.  It was later that year that she married Henry George Hersee, the event recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1510) during the third quarter of 1901.  The witnesses were Thomas John Bass and Mary Ann Price.  By the time of the next census in 1911 their marriage had produced three children.  Insurance agent Henry George Hersee was 38, Ella Hersee of Wooburn Green was 30, and their three children were Elizabeth Maud Hersee who was eight, Lilian Louisa Alia Hersee who was two and Dorothy Pearl Hersee who was six months old.  It is interesting that living with the family at Wooburn Lane in Wooburn Green was Ella’s married brother Ben Collett and his wife Jessie. 

 

 

 

Henry George Hersee died during 1950 when he was living at Newport Pagnell, his wife Ella Hersee nee Collett having passed away during the previous year when administration was granted to Henry George Hersee, a retired fishmonger.

 

 

 

 

19q26

Allen John Collett was born at Wooburn in 1882.  It was as Allen John Collett, age 19 and from Wooburn Green that he was serving with the army as a private in the infantry in March 1901.  At the time of the census in 1911, he was simply listed in the census return as John Collett from Wooburn who was 29, while living in the Maidenhead area of Berkshire with his wife Annie Collett who was 33.

 

 

 

 

19q31

Frank Collett was born at Salt Lake City in the State of Utah during 1868, where he was living with his parents Richard Collett and Mary Hancock in 1880 when he was 12.  During the 1890s he married Lillian May Perry by whom he had a daughter who was born in 1896 and a son for was born in 1899.  Lillian was the daughter of Henry Perry from Canada.  In 1880 Lillie Perry was eight years old when he was living with her widowed father and her family at Henry’s Fork in Sweetwater, Idaho.

 

 

 

In 1900 Frank and Lillian were residing at Precinct 47 in Salt Lake City, where Frank Collett from Utah was 32, and his mother Lilian M Collett, also from Utah, was 28, while the couple’s two children were Marion Collett who was four years old and James P Collett who was one year old.  During the next decade a further four children were added to their family, as confirmed in the next census in 1910.  Frank was 42, his wife May was 37, and their six children were Marion Collett, age 13, James Perry Collett, age 10, Frank F Collett, was eight, Maude Collett, was five, Ruth Collett, was three, and Bruce Collett was one year and three months old.  Their address was simply stated as Ward 5 in Salt Lake City.

 

 

 

Two more children were born into the family at Salt Lake City during the next ten years, and in 1919 and 1918 respectively the couple’s two eldest children were married there.  Following the two weddings their son James and his young wife and their first child were still living with Frank and Lillian May at Salt Lake City in 1920.  Frank was 51, May was 47, Perry was 20 and his wife Eunice was 19, Frank junior was 18, Maude was 15, Ruth was 13, Bruce was 10, while the latest arrivals were Edna, who was eight, and Florence who was four.  The couple’s grandchild was Beth Collett who was only three months old.

 

 

 

It is strange that both the marriage record and the death record for the couple’s eldest child Marion Collett Platts gave her mother’s name as May Freeze, while her father was correctly named as Frank Collett.  After a further twenty years Frank Collett was 72 and his wife May Collett was 66 when they were living alone at Ward 5 in Salt Lake City Precinct on the occasion of the census in 1940.  The census return that year also confirmed that the couple had been residing at the same address in 1935.  It was just three years later that Frank Collett passed away during 1943.

 

 

 

19r20

Marion Collett

Born in 1897 at Utah

 

19r21

James Perry Collett

Born in 1899 at Utah

 

19r22

Frank Collett

Born in 1901 at Utah

 

19r23

Maude Collett

Born in 1904 at Utah

 

19r24

Ruth Collett

Born in 1906 at Utah

 

19r25

Bruce Collett

Born in 1908 at Utah

 

19r26

Edna Collett

Born in 1912 at Utah

 

19r27

Florence Collett

Born in 1916 at Utah

 

 

 

 

19r1

William Thomas Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn on 17th February 1882, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and Rosetta Crockett.  In the census of 1891 William was nine years old and was living with his family at Elizabeth Cottages on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn.  When he was 19 in 1901 he was a packer with the railway and still living at the family home in Wycombe Lane.  He was still a bachelor living at home in 1911 when he was 29 and a plate-layer on the railway.

 

 

 

On 19th May 1913 he was still employed as a plate-layer by the Great Western Railway at Wooburn Green Station when he was injured in an accident that damaged his finger.  It may have been that incident that resulted in him returning to work as a packer, rather than a plate-layer. 

 

At the outbreak of war during the following year he joined the 1st Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Regiment as a corporal, service number 202997, with whom he served on the Western Front.      This photo was taken in 1914 at enlistment.

 

 

 

He first landed in France on 9th December 1916, just after the end of the first Battle of the Somme.  Later in the war William joined the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and was appointed as an officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, an appointment that was rare for someone passing from the rank and file to the position of officer.  Later still, he was promoted to Lieutenant and after the war, in August 1921, he was awarded the Victory Medal and other British medals.

 

 

 

After the war in 1919 William bought Garth Cottage on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green for £500 from a Mister Milner who had been letting the property to William's parents, but then wished to sell the property.  William conducted this purchase while still in France awaiting demobilisation.  It was at Garth Cottage that William Thomas Collett was still living when died in his own bed at eight o’clock on the evening of 21st April 1961.

 

 

 

 

19r2

Walter George Collett was born at Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green during 1884, the second child of Thomas and Rosetta Collett.  He was seven years old in 1891 when he was with his family at Elizabeth Cottages in Wycombe Lane but curiously was absence from the home in 1901 and again in 1911.  Where he was on those occasions has not been discovered, while he was back how at Wycombe Lane in 1914 when he and his older brother both joined the British Army at the start of the Great War.  A photograph was taken around that time with the brothers in their uniforms and with their parents.  In 1921 Walter George Collett married Doris (Dolly) Rackshaw, with whom he two children, and his death was recorded at Wycombe register office in 1958.

 

 

 

 

19r3

Maud Louisa Fanny Collett, who was known within the family as Fanny, was born at Wooburn Green on 24th April 1887, the eldest daughter of Thomas and Rose Collett.  Her birth, using her full name, was recorded at Wycombe (Ref. 3a 658) during the second quarter of 1887.  She was incorrectly entered on the census return in 1891 as being Fanny Collett who was five years old, unless that was a misinterpretation of three.  By the time she was 14 she was absent from the family home in Wycombe Lane and was staying with her aunt Clara Norris nee Collett at 83 Willow Street in Maidstone, Kent, Clara being Fanny’s father’s younger sister.  Clara's husband Charles Norris was a paper-mill worker, while their two children were Lucy and Charles. 

 

 

 

Maud Louisa Fanny Collett later married Jessie Ludgate and in April 1911 the couple had been married for two years and had two children of which only one was still alive.  The couple was living at Wooburn with their surviving daughter Rosa Maud Ludgate who was one year.  Staying with the family was Fanny’s brother Arthur Collett who was 21.  Maud Louisa Fanny Ludgate died at Stepney in 1950.  It may be of interest that Maud’s aunt, Naomi Collett (Ref. 19q24), had a Michael Ludgate as a witness at her wedding in 1902.

 

 

 

 

19r4

Arthur Collett was born at Elizabeth Cottages in Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green on 3rd June 1889 and was the fourth child of Thomas and Rose Collett.  He was one year old and 11 years old in the two census returns for 1891 and 1901 when, on both occasions he and his family were living at Wooburn.  By the time he was 21, according to the census in 1911, Arthur Collett from Wooburn was still living there, albeit with the family of his sister Maud Louisa Fanny Ludgate nee Collett (above).  Arthur was still a bachelor and was working as a shop assistant.  Around three years later Arthur married Eva Louisa Phyllis Robinson during 1914 with whom he had two children.  Eva was born at Finningham in Norfolk in1888 and she died on 6th October 1939 at East Ham in Essex.  Arthur Collett died many years later at Barking in Essex on 10th November 1971.

 

 

 

19s1

a Collett child

Born circa 1915

 

19s2

a Collett child

Born circa 1920

 

 

 

 

19r5

Lucy Maud Collett was born at Elizabeth Cottages on Wycombe Lane in Wooburn Green on 7th January 1891, the youngest daughter of Thomas and Rose Collett.  Curiously she would have been nearly three months old for the census in 1891 when she was absent from the family.  In March 1901, when Lucy was nine years old she and her family were still living at Wooburn, near High Wycombe.  On leaving school she entered into domestic service, and by the time she was 19 in 1911 she was still living and working in Wooburn, but not at the home of her own family.  Six years after that she married Frank Peasley at Wycombe during 1918 and they had two children.  Lucy Maud Peasley nee Collett died during the last quarter of 1974 when her death was recorded at Wycombe register office.

 

 

 

 

19r6

Jack Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1895 the son of Thomas and Rose Collett.  He was seven years old in 1901 and was 16 in 1911 when he was working at the local paper-mill.  Ten years later married Florrie Maskell during 1921 at Wycombe and they had two children.

 

 

 

19s3

a Collett child

Born circa 1925

 

19s4

a Collett child

Born circa 1930

 

 

 

 

19r7

Tom Collett was born at Wooburn Green on 8th September 1899, the last child of Thomas Collett and Rosetta Crockett.  He was one years old in 1901 and was 12 in the Wooburn Green census of 1911 when he was still attending the local school.  Two years later Tom started work as a lay boy in the cutting room at Glory Mill, a Wiggins Teape paper-mill in Wooburn Green.  It was much later in 1925 that Tom Collett married (1) Elizabeth Gertrude Cam at Windsor.  Tragically Elizabeth Gertrude Collett nee Cam died in Windsor Hospital when she was 39, possibly from stomach cancer, although earlier she had contracted rheumatic fever, as a result of which she suffered from a heart condition.  Sometime after the death of his wife Tom married (2) married Beatrice Clara White in 1939, when Beatrice was working at as a secretary in the Administration Department of Glory Mill.  

 

 

 

During the following year, Tom caught his hand in the rolls of paper in Glory Mill, crushing the hand and losing some fingers and by the time he retired he only had one finger on his left hand.  The damage to his hand also meant he was unfit for serve during the Second World War.  In 1960 Tom has appointed to the position of Assistant Mill Manager for Production at Glory Mill in Wooburn.  It was then four years after that when he retired after over fifty years at Glory Mill during which time he had been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to papermaking.  In 1975 he suffered the death of his second wife Beatrice, and it was ten years later that the death of Tom Collett was recorded during the first three months of 1985 when he was still living in Wooburn Green.

 

 

 

19s5

a Collett daughter

Born circa 1930 at Wooburn Green

 

 

 

 

19r9

Winifred Maud Collett was born at Henley-on-Thames in 1896 the second child of fishmonger William Collett and his first wife Elizabeth.  Her birth was recorded at Henley (Ref. 3a 794) during the first three months of that year.  In the census of 1901 Winifred was five years old when living with her family at 19 Risborough Road in Maidenhead.  Her mother died shortly after that, so she was still living with her father and his second wife in Maidenhead in 1911, but at 20 College Rise, when 15-year-old Winifred Collett was assisting in the home.

 

 

 

 

19r16

Robin Stanley Collett was born at Wooburn Green in 1902, the son of George Collett by his second wife Alice.  In 1911 he was eight years old when he was living with his family at a property named Bonnymede in Wooburn Green.  All that is known about him after that time is that his death at the age of 32 was recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 1331) during the first three months of 1935.

 

 

 

 

19r20

Marion Collett was born at Salt Lake City in Utah on 4th June 1897, the eldest child of Frank Collett and Lilian May Perry.  She was four years old in 1900 when she and her family were living at Precinct 47 in Salt Lake City, and by 1910 the family was living at Ward 5 in Salt Lake City, where Marion was 13.  She later married David John Platts in Salt Lake City on 27th September 1919.  David was the son of Charles Platts and Sarah Hilton, and had been born at Salt Lake City on 23rd June 1891.  At the time of their wedding Marion’s father was named as Frank Collett, while it is curious that her mother was listed as May Freeze.  It was the same situation at the time of the death of Marion Collett Platts, when her husband was recorded as David John Platts, her father as Frank Collett, and her mother as May Freeze.  Marion Platts nee Collett died at Salt Lake City on 26th July 1954 at the age of 57, when her date of birth was again recorded as 4th June 1897.

 

 

 

 

19r21

James Perry Collett was born at Salt Lake City during September 1899, the son of Frank Collett and Lilian M Perry.  As James P Collett he was one year old in 1900 when he and his parents were residing at Precinct 47 in Salt Lake City.  Ten years later in 1910 he was listed under his full name of James Perry Collett, when he was 10 and was again living with his family at Ward 5 in Salt Lake City.  By that time, in addition to his older sister Marion, the family had increased with the birth of four more children, Frank F Collett, Maude Collett, Ruth Collett, and Bruce Collett.

 

 

 

He was only 19 when he married Eunice Adeline Tollitt at Salt Lake City on 23rd November 1918.  Eunice was 18, having been born in Utah on 18th June 1901, the daughter of Matthew Harrison Tollitt and his wife who was formerly Carver.  Matthew was the base-born son of Mary Harrison by an unknown father and when he was in his teenage years his mother married Mr Tollitt who subsequently adopted her son.  According to the census in 1920 James Perry Collett and his wife had been blessed with their first child, and all three of them were still living with James’ parents at Salt Lake City.  On that occasion James was recorded as Perry J Collett, age 20, Eunice Collett was 19, and their daughter Beth Collett was three months old, having been born at Salt Lake City during October 1919.

 

 

 

Two children are known to have been born into the family at Salt Lake City after 1920, both of whom did not survive.  The first of them was Marjorie Collett, the couple’s second child, who was born during January 1922, who sadly died prematurely at Salt Lake City on 26th April 1937 at the age of 15 years 3 months and 2 days.  The couple’s sixth child was Beverley Collett who was born at Salt Lake City during April 1928 who tragically died when she was only one month and nineteen days, her death recorded as 19th June 1928.  The death certificates for both girls gave their parents as James Perry Collett and his wife Eunice Tollitt.

 

 

 

A total of ten childre