PART TWO

 

The Second Gloucestershire Line - 1550 to 1830

 

This is the first of three sections of Part Two of the Collett family

 

Updated April 2016

 

 

This part deals with a line of the Collett family that runs parallel to the one depicted in Part One.  It is unusual in that it is connected to it by the marriage below of John Collett (Ref. 1F9) and Elizabeth Venfield in 1593 at the beginning and by the marriage of Harry James Collett (Ref. 2P29) and Alice Louisa Collett (Ref. 1P54) in 1909 at the end.

 

In succeeding to establish the starting point of this line, a life long ambition has been achieved.  All of the years of perseverance and determination to unearth the link has been rewarded, the results of which are contained within the contents of the three sections of Part Two.

 

Very special thanks must also go to Gordon John Collett (Ref. 3Q5) of Boston in Lincolnshire, who unwittingly provided the details that enabled the missing link to be found.  John contacted me in December 2001 via the Collett website of Don Collett of Australia to whom my earlier work had been given.  In seeking my help with his own family line, John kindly sent me all the information he and his son Martin Collett (Ref. 3R3), also of Australia, had amassed.  And it was from clues provided therein that I was able to make the final link.

 

This part of the family history is therefore jointly dedicated to Martin and to John Collett.

 

More recently, in 2015, vital new information was generously provided by Geoff Collett (Ref. 2R16) of Coughton in Warwickshire.  Geoff’s research has established his earliest known ancestor as Richard Collett (Ref. 2J9) in 1687, and from whom his later ancestors settled in the village of Coughton where they have been living for nearly 125 years.  What is of particular interest is that Joshua has always been included as part of the main body of this file, while the more recent Coughton family had been featured in an appendix at the end of this file, with no obvious connection to Joshua, until now.  The work of updating the file to pull the two ends together has not only resulted in a major change to this family line, but has had a significant impact of Part 33 – The Bourton-on-the–Water Line.  Within that family line was the missing link between Joshua and Coughton, which has now been inserted here.  The branch of the family removed from Part 33 and transferred to Part 2 is that of the Collett-Brain families, within which there is a Henry Collett (Ref. 33L2) whose year and place of birth were very similar to Henry Collett (Ref. 2L4), hence the reason for the incorrect placing of the details.

 

 

 

2F1

JOHN COLLETT (Ref. 1F9) was born in 1548 at Over Slaughter.  He married Elizabeth Venfield of Naunton in 1583.  He was joint Lord of the Manor of Over Slaughter with Gyles Venfield who was possibly Elizabeth’s brother.  In 1591 John Collett, with his brother Thomas Collett (Ref. 1F8) and Richard Perratt they were listed as Trustees of the Lands of Upper Slaughter which were purchased and conveyed for the repair of the church and the relief of the poor.  John’s son Anthony (below) married Margaret Perratt who is likely to be Richard Perratt’s daughter.  John Collett died in Naunton in 1605 and his Will was proved later that same year.

 

 

 

2G1

John Collett

Born in 1584 at Naunton

 

2G2

Sarah Collett

Born in 1586 at Naunton

 

2G3

Henry Collett

Born in 1588 at Naunton

 

2G4

Edmund Collett

Born in 1590 at Naunton

 

2G5

Alice Collett

Born in 1592 at Naunton

 

2G6

ANTHONY COLLETT

Born in 1594 at Naunton

 

 

 

 

2G1

John Collett born circa 1584 at Naunton and was mentioned in the 1608 Visitation.  He married Anne Peart and was Lord of the Manor.  As the nephew of Anthony Collett (Ref. 14F1), vis-a-vis the son of Anthony’s older brother John Collett, ‘John Collett of Naunton’ was named as one of three trustees to Anthony’s Will of 1627 for which he was paid five shillings and was also a witness at the signing of the Will.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

John died in 1641 and was buried at Naunton and his Will was proved that same year.  The couple had no children and after his death Anne lived in Bourton-on-the-Water, although her body was returned to Over Slaughter for burial on 3rd September 1678.  John’s Will referred to his natural brother Edmund Collett (below) and his wife Esther and their four children, his eldest brother Henry Collett (below) and his wife Judith Collett, both of Upper Slaughter, and their sons Henry Collett, Edmund Collett, and Richard Collett, and their five daughters.

 

 

 

It also referred to Henry Collett of Nethercott and his son Anthony Collett and three other children, John Collett - the eldest son of brother Anthony Collett (below) and the rest of Anthony’s children, his sister Sarah Thorne (below) and her husband Edmund Thorne and their children, and cousin John Collett of Gloucester.  The sole executor of the Will was John Collett’s youngest brother Anthony Collett (below) of Nether Slaughter.

 

 

 

 

2G2

Sarah Collett born circa 1586 at Naunton married Edmund (or Edward) Thorne and had a son Edmund plus other children.

 

 

 

 

2G3

Henry Collett of Upper Slaughter was born circa 1588 at Naunton and married Judith.  They had nine children all baptised at Naunton.  Later in their lives Henry and Judith were referred to as being ‘of Slaughter’.  Henry’s cousin Henry Collett (Ref. 14G2), of Bourton-on-the Water and the husband of Ann Lombard, made his Will in 1645.  In that document he bequeathed to ‘Henry Collett and Judith Collett of Slaughter’ an annual supply of wood to the value of five shillings per annum.  The Will stipulated a time limit for the offer of the wood which would cease when the second son reached the age of 21 years, and that would have been around 1648.  Sadly Judith’s husband Henry Collett also died later in the same year as their benefactor in 1645, so it was she alone that benefited from the Will. 

 

 

 

2H1

Henry Collett

Baptised on 17.12.1608 at Naunton

 

2H2

Alice Collett

Baptised on 29.07.1610 at Naunton

 

2H3

John Collett

Baptised on 01.12.1611 at Naunton

 

2H4

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 20.02.1613 at Naunton

 

2H5

Edmund Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1618 at Naunton

 

2H6

Ann Collett

Baptised on 26.11.1620 at Naunton

 

2H7

Joan Collett

Baptised on 17.12.1622 at Naunton

 

2H8

Brigid Collett

Baptised on 06.10.1625 at Naunton

 

2H9

Richard Collett

Born circa 1628 at Naunton

 

 

 

 

2G4

Edmund Collett was born circa 1590 at Naunton and married Esther Brown and they had four children.  The family lived in Gloucester.

 

 

 

2H10

Edmund Collett

Date unknown

 

2H11

John Collett

Date unknown

 

2H12

Sarah Collett

Date unknown

 

2H13

Elizabeth Collett

Date unknown

 

 

 

 

2G5

Alice Collett was born circa 1592 at Naunton.  She died in 1625 never having married and was living at Winchcombe at the time of her death.  Her Will was proved in 1625.  The Winchcombe connection could be associated with John Thorne and his wife Elizabeth both referred to in the Will of John Collett (above) as ‘of Winchcombe’.  See also Sarah Collett (above) who married into the Thorne family.

 

 

 

 

2G6

ANTHONY COLLETT of Nether Slaughter was born circa 1594 at Naunton.  He married Margaret Perratt of Over Slaughter on 9th October 1614.  Margaret was the daughter of Nicholas Perratt and was born at Naunton in 1595.  Anthony was referred to as a Yeoman of Lower Slaughter.  He died at Bourton-on-the-Water before 1648.  His Will, proved at Gloucester in 1648, makes no reference to his eldest son John Collett (below) even though he was named in the 1641 Will of his brother John Collett (above) for which Anthony was the sole executor.  All of the other children, including Elizabeth the widow of Anthony Collett (below), were mentioned in Anthony’s Will, for which his son Thomas Collett (below) was the sole executor.  (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

2H14

John Collett

Born in 1615 at Lower Slaughter

 

2H15

Edward Collett

Baptised on 04.06.1617 at Bourton

 

2H16

Anthony Collett

Baptised on 12.02.1618 at Bourton

 

2H17

Thomas Collett

Born in 1619

 

2H18

Nicholas Collett

Born in 1621

 

2H19

Anne Collett

Born in 1623

 

2H20

William Collett

Baptised on 12.08.1624 at Bourton

 

2H21

Margaret Collett

Born in 1625

 

2H22

RICHARD COLLETT

Baptised on 03.12.1627 at Bourton

 

 

 

 

2H12

Sarah Collett, whose date of birth is not known, later married to become Sarah Lovatt.

 

 

 

 

2H14

John Collett was born in 1615 and may have died between 1641 and 1648 since he was not mentioned in his father’s Will of 1648 (above), but was a beneficiary under the terms of the Will of his uncle John Collett (Ref. 2G1).

 

 

 

 

2H15

Edward Collett was baptised on 4th June 1617 at Bourton on the Water.  He received two cattle and some household items in the Will of Anthony Collett (above) his father.

 

 

 

 

2H16

Anthony Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 12th February 1618 and he married Elizabeth Guyle in 1643.  Anthony died in 1648 as confirmed in the 1648 Will of his father Anthony Collett (above) in which Elizabeth was referred to as ‘my daughter-in-law, late wife to Anthony Collett deceased’.  Her son John Collett (below) was the only grandchild referred to in her father-in-law’s Will, her first born son Anthony Collett (below) already having passed away while still a baby.  Elizabeth Collett nee Guyle, who died in 1651, is very likely to have been with-child at the time of the death of her father-in-law Anthony Collett (above), because a third son Richard Collett (below) was born soon after the Will was made with no mention of that child.  That also indicates that Anthony Collett died in 1648 before the birth of his third child.

 

 

 

2I1

Anthony Collett

Baptised on 09.01.1644 at Gloucester

 

2I2

John Collett

Born in 1646

 

2I3

Richard Collett

Born in 1648

 

 

 

 

2H17

Thomas Collett was born around 1619 and he married Elizabeth Mason of Ayfred at Upper Slaughter on 4th March 1644.  The marriage produced seven children for the couple and in 1650 Thomas purchased the Old Parsonage at Lower Slaughter where the family lived.  Thomas was sole executor of the Will of his father Anthony Collett in 1648.  Thomas, who was referred to as ‘yeoman of Lower Slaughter, died at Lower Slaughter in 1684.  His own Will dated 1683, for which son Anthony Collett (below) was sole executor, was proved at Gloucester in 1684.  The Will included a request that he buried at Bourton-on-the-Water.  All of their children were mentioned in Thomas’ Will, in which his brother Richard Collett (below) and landlord William Roberts were named as overseers.  When Elizabeth Collett nee Mason died in 1693 she too was buried at Bourton.  The property known as ‘The Old Parsonage’ was still owned by this Collett family in 1896.

 

 

 

2I4

Anthony Collett

Born in 1645 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I5

Thomas Collett

Born in 1646 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I6

William Collett

Born in 1648 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I7

Edmund Collett

Born in 1650 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I8

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1651 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I9

Margaret Collett

Born in 1653 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I10

John Collett

Born in 1655 at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2H18

Nicholas Collett was born in 1621 and he died shortly after he was born.

 

 

 

 

2H19

Anne Collett was born in 1623 and by the time of the death of her father Anthony Collett in 1648 she had not married.

 

 

 

 

2H20

William Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 12th August 1624 and was the son of Anthony according to the IGI.  Whilst there are no details available at this time relating to William, it is of particular interest that, after him in this line, there are no members of the family with the same christian name for over one hundred year.  He may therefore be the missing link between this family line and that of the Collett family of Bourton-on-the-Water detailed in Part 33, in which there is a William Collett in successive generations.  For this to be true, this William Collett could be the grandfather of William Collett (Ref. 33J1) who was born around 1685 at Bourton and it would seem logical, knowing family traditions, that within the missing generation there was a William Collett who was probably the father of William (Ref. 33J1).  Further work needs to be done to verify this assumption.

 

 

 

 

2H21

Margaret Collett was born in 1625 and by the time of the death of her father Anthony Collett in 1648 she had not married.

 

 

 

 

2H22

RICHARD COLLETT, an elder of Nether Slaughter and a Yeoman, was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 3rd December 1627.  He married Elizabeth Hunt of Lower Slaughter with whom he had seven children.  He inherited land at Westcote from his father Anthony Collett who died in 1648 and that was later passed onto son Joshua Collett (below) in 1715.  In 1683, and just eight days prior to the marriage of his eldest son John Collett to Elizabeth Green, Richard and son John signed a marriage indenture, that being a charter between the two Collett men and the father and brother of Elizabeth Green, they being Henry Green and Jeremiah Green.  The Marriage Indenture 1683 related to land at Westcote.  (see Legal Documents)

 

 

 

Richard Collett died at Westcote on 6th August 1715 aged 89, and his Will dated 18th February 1714, was proved that same year.  In the Will Richard’s son Thomas Collett (below) was referred to as ‘Thomas of Sherborne’.  Henry Akerman was named in the Will together with his wife Sarah nee Collett (below) with their children, as was son-in-law John Eldridge, the husband of Margaret (below), and his sons, son William Collett (below) and his children and daughter Elizabeth Smith nee Collett (below) who had no children.  However, there was no reference to daughter Margaret Eldridge nee Collett, the late wife of John Eldridge, who had presumably died prior to 1714; likewise for Elizabeth’s husband John Smith for whom there was also no reference.  Curiously Richard’s sons John and Joshua were named as joint executors of the Will which was dated 18th February 1714, that being six years after son John had reputedly passed away.  Richard’s and Elizabeth’s youngest son William (below) married Elizabeth Hunt (Ref. 2J5) the daughter of Elizabeth Collett and John Hunt.

 

 

 

2I11

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1658 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I12

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 02.09.1660 at Upper Slau.

 

2I13

Joshua Collett

Baptised on 12.10.1661 at Bourton

 

2I14

Paris Collett

Baptised on 12.09.1662 at Upper Slau.

 

2I15

Sarah Collett

Born in 1663 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I16

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1665 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I17

Margaret Collett

Born in 1667 at Lower Slaughter

 

2I18

William Collett

Born in 1669 at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2I1

Anthony Collett was baptised at St Nicholas Church in Gloucester on 9th January 1644, the eldest son of Anthony Collett and Elizabeth Guyle.  Tragically he died on 26th May 1646 when he was only two years old.

 

 

 

 

2I4

Anthony Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1645, the son of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Mason.  He was named as the eldest son in the 1683 Will of his father Thomas Collett and sole executor of the Will.  Anthony was married and is known to have had the two sons listed below, although there may also have been other children from the marriage.  Anthony Collett died at Lower Slaughter in 1722.

 

 

 

2J1

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1670 at Lower Slaughter

 

2J2

Anthony Collett

Date of birth unknown at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2I5

Thomas Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1646.  He was referred to as Thomas of Slaughter in later years.  He received an inheritance of £40 under the terms the 1683 Will of his father Thomas Collett.  He was also named as overseer of the Will with his father’s landlord William Roberts.

 

 

 

 

2I6

William Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1648, the son of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Mason.  He died in 1693.

 

 

 

 

2I7

Edmund Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1650.  He was known to have married, as the 1683 Will of his father Thomas Collett, referred to his son Edmund Collett and his daughter Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

2J3

Elizabeth Collett

Born circa 1670 at Lower Slaughter

 

2J4

Edmund Collett

Date of birth unknown at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2I8

Elizabeth Collett was born at lower Slaughter in 1651 and she married John Hunt in 1683.  Both are mentioned in the 1683 Will of her father Thomas Collett, which also indicated that Elizabeth was with-child as the inheritance of £10 was to be paid ‘within six months of issue’ and then only if Elizabeth survived.  Elizabeth’s husband John Hunt was very likely the nephew of Elizabeth Hunt who married Elizabeth Collett’s uncle Richard Collett (Ref. 2H22).  Their daughter Elizabeth Hunt married William Collett (see Ref. 2I18) who was her mother’s cousin.  It is possible that John and Elizabeth Hunt also had another daughter, Mary Hunt who was baptised at Little Compton on 23rd September 1688, who later married Richard Collett (Ref. 2J9), although this still needs to be confirmed.

 

 

 

2J5

Elizabeth Hunt

Born in 1684 at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2I9

Margaret Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1653 and she married Edward Dassett in 1673.  Both Margaret and her son Richard Dassett are referred to in the 1683 Will of her father Thomas Collett.

 

 

 

 

2I10

John Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1655 and he married Edy around 1675-80.  The couple and their son John were named in the 1683 Will of John‘s father Thomas Collett.

 

 

 

2J6

John Collett

Born 1676-1680 at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2I11

JOHN COLLETT of Naunton was born in 1658, the eldest son of Richard Collett and Elizabeth Hunt.  He married (1) Margaret Thomas and later (2) Elizabeth Green of Upper Slaughter at Bourton-on-the-Water on 17th July 1683.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry Green and the brother of Jeremiah Green.  Just eight days prior to the marriage of John and Elizabeth a Marriage Indenture was drawn up on 9th July 1683 between the Collett and Green families.  That document was entitled ‘The Additional Charter No. 42921’ and today it can be found in the British Library in London.  A transcript of the document has been produced for the Collett website.  (see Legal Documents)

 

 

 

All of the children came from the second marriage and were born and baptised at Upper Slaughter as confirmed on page 36 in Pedigree Six of The Collett Saga by Margaret Chadd and validated by the details in the IGI.  However, within The Collett Saga, on page 27, Margaret suggests that John’s first wife was indeed Margaret Thomas but, that after that relationship, he married the widow of Mr K Akerman with whom he had two children, a son Thomas and a daughter Mary who married W Cooke.  Interestingly John’s sister Sarah Collett (below) married Henry Akerman in 1692. 

 

 

 

As regards the three named children of John and Elizabeth Collett (listed below), there are some who doubt that John and Richard were brothers and the two male siblings of Mary Collett.  However, despite the suggestion that Richard Collett was the son of Joshua Collett (Ref. 2I13) and his wife Elizabeth Hawkes, the IGI record for Upper Slaughter lists all three of them as the children of John and Elizabeth even though there is less than nine months between the baptism of John and Richard.

 

 

 

John Collett, who was referred to as ‘a tenant of Lower Slaughter’, was originally understood to have died at Naunton in 1707 even though he was named as joint executor, with his brother Joshua (below), in his father’s Will which was made in 1714.  This may indicate that he was still alive in 1714, while one year later the marriage of John Collett and Catherine Akerman took place at Naunton on 8th May 1715.  This raises the question, were the aforementioned Thomas Collett and Mary Collett the two children of John Collett and Catherine Akerman.

 

 

 

2J7

first child – exact details unknown

Born in 1684 at Upper Slaughter

 

2J8

John Collett

Baptised in 1686 at Upper Slaughter

 

2J9

RICHARD COLLETT

Baptised in 1687 at Upper Slaughter

 

2J10

Mary Collett

Baptised in 1690 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2I12

Thomas Collett was baptised on 2nd September 1660 at Upper Slaughter.  He was later referred to in the 1715 Will of his father Richard Collett as Thomas of Sherborne and through which he inherited £31, the bulk of the estate at Westcote passing to Thomas’ younger brother Joshua (below).  He married Joan and they had four children.  All four are likely to have been born at Sherborne since it was there that Thomas was buried on 3rd February 1732 aged 68, followed by Joan who was buried there on 9th June 1740.  It seems very likely that there were other children born to the couple since, in the Will of their son Thomas there was a reference to two kinswomen.  One of these was his sister Elizabeth Hitchman nee Collett and the other was Sarah Jones who was very likely another sister.

 

 

 

2J11

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 05.08.1692 at Sherborne

 

2J12

Sarah Collett

Date of birth unknown at Sherborne

 

2J13

Richard Collett

Baptised on 14.05.1698 at Sherborne

 

2J14

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown at Sherborne

 

 

 

 

2I13

Joshua Collett was a yeoman of Westcote and was baptised on 12th October 1661 at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Under the terms of the 1715 Will of his father Richard Collett, Joshua inherited land at Westcote.  Joshua was also joint executor of the Will with his older brother John Collett (above).  Joshua Collett married Elizabeth Hawkes and, although no record of any children has been found, one source claims they had a son Richard.  However, the only Richard of the right age, who was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 10th February 1687, was the son of Joshua’s brother John Collett by his second wife Elizabeth Green (above).  Joshua Collett died at Westcote during 1729 and his own Will was written in 1723 and was proved shortly after his death in 1729.

 

 

 

 

2I15

Sarah Collett was born in 1663 and she married Henry Akerman in 1692 at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Henry was referred to as ‘son-in-law’ in the 1715 Will of Sarah’s father Richard Collett.

 

 

 

 

2I16

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1665 at Bourton-on-the-Water and she married John Smith.

 

 

 

 

2I17

Margaret Collett was born in 1667 and she married John Eldridge.

 

 

 

 

2I18

William Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1669, the youngest son of Richard Collett and Elizabeth Hunt.  It was around 1704 that William married Elizabeth Hunt (Ref. 2J5).  Elizabeth was the daughter of John Hunt and Elizabeth Collett (above) who was born in 1684, Elizabeth being William’s cousin.  This therefore means that Elizabeth Hunt was the niece of ‘Uncle William Collett’ when they were married.  William Collett died on 24th February 1751, while his wife survived him by sixteen years when she passed away on 1st March 1767.  In addition to the children listed below, it is also believed that Elizabeth presented William with three other children all of whom suffered an infant death.  One of them may have been born in 1714, with the others likely to have been born between 1721 and 1727.

 

 

 

2J15

John Collett

Born in 1706 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

2J16

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1708 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

2J17

Richard Collett

Born in 1710 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

2J18

Mary Collett

Born in 1712 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

2J19

Ann Collett

Born in 1716 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

2J20

Thomas Collett

Born in 1718 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

2J21

William Collett

Born in 1721 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

2J22

Joseph Collett

Born in 1727 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

 

 

2J1

Thomas Collett, whose date of birth is believed to be around 1670, was the son of Anthony Collett.  He was married to Jane and he died in 1755 leaving no children of his own.  The Will of Thomas Collett, a yeoman of Lower Slaughter, was made on 8th March 1746 and was proved by his widow Jane Collett on 4th June 1755.  Apart from Jane, who was also the sole executor of his estate, the other members of his family named within the Will were (a) his kinsman Thomas Collett, the eldest son of his brother John Collett, (b) Ann Collett, the daughter of his brother William Collett, and (c) kinsman William Collett, the son of his brother William Collett.  See Will in Legal Documents

 

 

 

 

2J2

Anthony Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was a younger son of Anthony Collett.  It would seem that he married late in his life, probably to a wife who was many years younger than him.

 

 

 

2K1

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

2J3

Elizabeth Collett was born around 1670 and was the daughter of Edmund Collett.

 

 

 

 

2J5

Elizabeth Hunt was born in 1684 and she married her ‘uncle’ William Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

2J8

John Collett was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 28th May 1686, the son of John Collett (1658-1707) and his second wife Elizabeth Green.  Although not proved, John may have married and had a son Henry (1707-1788) who later married his younger cousin Sarah Collett (1717-1757), the eldest daughter of John’s brother Richard (below).  Knowing that his father was a tenant of Lower Slaughter, it is possible that John was the John Collett mentioned in the history of Upper Slaughter in the following way.

 

 

 

“In 1729, under the leadership of the lord of the manor, the landholders of Upper Slaughter reached an agreement with those of Lower Slaughter to promote a parliamentary enclosure and, although the competing claims of the two villages and litigation between the lords of the manors seem to have delayed the business, a separate award was made for each parish under an Act of 1731.  Of the 1,640 acre enclosed in Upper Slaughter, 709 acres were allotted to the lord of the manor, 225 acres to the rector, and 211 acres to John Collett.  Ten other allotments were made, ranging from ½ acre to 138 acres.”

 

 

 

In an earlier paragraph, the Collett family was also mentioned, as follows:  On a less exalted social level the Collett family is noteworthy. It was settled in the village by the early 16th century, (fn. 54) and was active there in 1961.  In the 17th and 18th centuries several branches of the family between them formed a considerable proportion of the population, and farmed much of the land.”

 

 

 

 

2J9

RICHARD COLLETT of Upper Slaughter and Notgrove was baptised on 10th February 1687 at Upper Slaughter, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Green.  He married Anne Male on 22nd October 1716 at Charlton Abbotts in Gloucestershire, after which the couple settled in the village of Notgrove where all of their children were born and baptised.  Notgrove is a Gloucestershire village nestling amongst the quiet country lanes of the Cotswolds.  Within the churchyard are many Collett memorials, although most are of such an age that the inscriptions are virtually impossible to decipher.  Richard Collett died at Notgrove on 15th October 1752 at the age of 64.

 

 

 

Doubt has been raised that Richard Collett who was born in 1687 was not the brother of John Collett the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Green.  Instead an alternative source claims that Richard was the son of john’s brother Joshua Collett and his wife Elizabeth Hawkes.  That source also suggests that Richard Collett, born in 1687, died during 1741 and that in 1720 he married Mary Hunt, who was born in 1699 and who died in 1754, their daughter Sarah later marrying Henry Collett in 1746.  This raises the question, was Mary Hunt the second wife of Richard Collett.

 

 

 

2K2

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 01.09.1717 at Notgrove

 

2K3

RICHARD COLLETT

Baptised on 25.09.1719 at Notgrove

 

2K4

Henry Collett

Baptised on 09.03.1721 at Notgrove

 

2K5

John Collett

Baptised on 07.09.1724 at Notgrove

 

2K6

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 04.03.1726 at Notgrove

 

2K7

Anne Collett

Baptised on 17.10.1730 at Notgrove

 

2K8

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 22.04.1733 at Notgrove

 

2K9

Mary Collett

Baptised on 26.11.1738 at Notgrove

 

 

 

 

2J10

Mary Collett was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 26th July 1690, the daughter of John Collett and Elizabeth Green.  Although not yet verified, it is likely that Mary married Thomas Brain at Little Rissington on 17th February 1717, the first known marriage between the Collett and Brain families.  The second such marriage took place on 11th October 1780 at Barton-on-the-Heath in Warwickshire when Henry Collett (Ref. 2L4) married Margaret Brain.

 

 

 

 

2J11

Elizabeth Collett was born at Sherborne where she was baptised on 5th August 1692.  It was also at Sherborne that she married John Hitchman who was a blacksmith.  Upon the death of her brother Richard Collett (below) Elizabeth’s husband John inherited much of his estate.  A couple of years later Elizabeth and John both benefited from the Will of Elizabeth’s other brother Thomas Collett (below) when they were bequeathed a cottage with an orchard.  Elizabeth and John are known to have had a son Thomas Hitchman who, upon their passing, inherited the cottage and the orchard left to them by his uncle Thomas Collett (below).  It may be interesting to note that, in addition to the reference to him in Thomas Collett’s 1777 Will, Thomas Hitchman was also named in the Marriage Indenture of Thomas Collett (Ref. 14L11) and Ann Tilling in 1796.

 

 

 

 

2J12

Sarah Collett was born at Sherborne although the date is not known and so far no baptism record has been found.  She later married Mr Jones and was referred to as kinswoman Sarah Jones of Northleach in the 1777 Will of her brother Thomas Collett (below).  As there was no mention by name of Sarah’s husband, it might be assumed that he had already passed away by 1777.

 

 

 

 

2J13

Richard Collett was baptised on 14th September 1698 at Sherborne.  He remained a bachelor all his life and left a Will proved in 1777.  In the Will Richard made reference to his brother Thomas Collett (below) but with no children of his own he left much of his estate to kinsman John Hitchman, the husband of sister Elizabeth Collett (above).  The Hitchman name also appears four times in the Will of Thomas Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

2J14

Thomas Collett was born at Sherborne where he married Elizabeth.  It is thought that he may have been married twice, the second time also to an Elizabeth.  Elizabeth (1) died on 30th May 1762 while Elizabeth (2) died on 25th January 1798, and both at Sherborne.  In his Will made on 11th October 1777 and proved in 1779 – which he signed with a cross - he referred to two kinswomen.  The first was Sarah Jones of Northleach, while the second was Elizabeth Hitchman wife of John Hitchman who was Thomas’ sister (above).  In addition to being given one house and orchard which, upon her death, was to pass to her son Thomas Hitchman, Elizabeth was also named as sole executor. (see Will in Legal Documents).  Others mentioned in the Will were Thomas’ wife Elizabeth Collett, Thomas Hitchman of Sherborne who inherited the freehold estate at Coopers Hill, and John Hitchman of Sherborne the husband of sister Elizabeth Hitchman nee Collett (above). 

 

 

 

 

2J15

John Collett was born on 2nd March 1706, the eldest child of William Collett and Elizabeth Hunt.  All that is currently known about him is that he died on 4th January 1783.

 

 

 

 

2J16

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1708, the eldest daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett.  She was around 65 years of age when she died in 1773.

 

 

 

 

2J17

Richard Collett was born in 1710, the son of William and Elizabeth Collett, who died in 1779.

 

 

 

 

2J18

Mary Collett was born in 1712, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett, who died in 1786.

 

 

 

 

2J19

Ann Collett was born in 1717, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Collett, who died in 1786.

 

 

 

 

2J20

Thomas Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 25th January 1718, the son of William Collett and Elizabeth Hunt.  It was originally thought that he married Sarah Ball who was born in 1726, but more recent information suggests that it was Sarah Bates that he married at Bromsgrove in Worcestershire on 1st June 1748.  All of the children of Thomas and Sarah were born and baptised at Bromsgrove.  Their eldest son John Hunt Collett was named after his maternal great grandfather John Hunt, the husband of Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 2I8).  Thomas Collett died and was buried at Bromsgrove in 1790, while his widow Sarah survived for another fourteen years, when she died in 1804 and was also buried at Bromsgrove.

 

 

 

2K10

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1749 at Bromsgrove

 

2K11

John Hunt Collett

Born in 1750 at Bromsgrove

 

2K12

Richard Collett

Born in 1754 at Bromsgrove

 

2K13

Thomas Collett

Born in 1760 at Bromsgrove

 

 

 

 

2J21

William Collett was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 25th June 1721, one of the eight children of William Collett and Elizabeth Hunt.  The only other known fact about William is that he died in 1745.

 

 

 

 

2J22

Joseph Collett was born in 1727, the last child of William Collett and his wife Elizabeth Hunt, who later died in 1795.

 

 

 

 

2K1

John Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was born at Lower Slaughter, the son of Anthony Collett.  He was married and his son was born at Lower Slaughter where John died in 1795.

 

 

 

2L1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1779 at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2K2

Sarah Collett was baptised on 1st September 1717 at Notgrove and was the daughter of Richard Collett of Upper Slaughter and Notgrove and Ann Male.  And it was at Upper Slaughter that she married her cousin Henry Collett by licence on 12th September 1746, when both of them were described as being ‘of this parish’.  It was also at Upper Slaughter that the children of Sarah and Henry Collett were baptised.  It is possible, although not proved, that Sarah’ husband, Henry Collett (1707-1788) may have been the son of her father’s brother John Collett (Ref. 2J8).

 

 

 

2L2

Richard Collett

Baptised on 12.10.1747 at Upper Slau.

 

2L3

Mary Collett

Baptised on 26.12.1749 at Upper Slau.

 

2L4

Henry Collett

Baptised on 26.12.1751 at Upper Slau.

 

2L5

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 17.03.1754 at Upper Slau.

 

2L6

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 14.03.1756 at Upper Slau.

 

 

 

 

2K3

RICHARD COLLETT was baptised on 25th September 1719 at Notgrove where he married Anne Didcote on 26th March 1744.  The first child was born and baptised at Notgrove, the remainder at the neighbouring village of Salperton.  Whilst there may be children missing during the years between 1745 and 1757, it is confirmed that Anne died on 23rd July 1772.

 

 

 

2L7

Mary Collett

Baptised on 30.09.1745 at Notgrove

 

2L8

JOB COLLETT

Born circa 1755 at Salperton

 

2L9

John Collett

Born in 1757 at Salperton

 

2L10

Anne Collett

Born circa 1758 at Salperton

 

2L11

Betty Collett

Baptised on 18.04.1762 at Salperton

 

 

 

 

2K4

Henry Collett was baptised on 9th March 1721 at Notgrove.  He married Mary Fluck of Cold Aston (only one mile from Notgrove) on 6th May 1746 at Aston Blank (also known as Cold Aston).  Henry died on 2nd June 1796 and Mary who was born in 1722 died on 3rd November 1793 aged 71, both of them at Notgrove.  All of their children were born and baptised at Notgrove.  This family is the subject of Pedigree Seven on page 39 of The Collett Saga.

 

 

 

2L12

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 05.05.1747 at Notgrove

 

2L13

Richard Collett

Baptised on 14.04.1749 at Notgrove

 

2L14

Ann Collett

Baptised on 17.08.1751 at Notgrove

 

2L15

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 05.03.1754 at Notgrove

 

2L16

Henry Collett

Baptised on 03.12.1756 at Notgrove

 

2L17

Henry Collett

Baptised on 05.12.1758 at Notgrove

 

2L18

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 12.06.1762 at Notgrove

 

2L19

Jane Collett

Baptised in 1763 at Notgrove

 

2L20

Robert Collett

Baptised on 28.04.1765 at Notgrove

 

2L21

Mary Collett

Baptised on 26.01.1768 at Notgrove

 

 

 

 

2K5

John Collett was baptised on 7th September 1724 at Notgrove where he married Ann Harman on 9th October 1750.  Both of their known children were born and baptised at Notgrove, where John Collett died on 16th September 1796, and where Ann Collett nee Harman died on 16th September 1775.  The garden of the property in which John and Ann lived was subject to a Notgrove Enclosure Award of one and one-half penny in 1770.

 

 

 

2L22

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 19.11.1752 at Notgrove

 

2L23

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 14.10.1759 at Notgrove

 

 

 

 

2K7

Anne Collett was baptised on 17th October 1730 at Notgrove.  She married Richard David Larner of Ampney St Mary on 9th April 1757 at Notgrove.  Anne Larner nee Collett died on 27th July 1769.

 

 

 

 

2K9

Mary Collett was baptised on 26th November 1738 at Notgrove where she married William Trew on 22nd March 1761.  Mary Trew nee Collett died on 6th November 1793.

 

 

 

 

2K10

Elizabeth Collett was very likely born at Bromsgrove in 1749, following the marriage there of her parents, Thomas and Sarah Collett, during June of the previous year.  She later married the Reverend L Edwards.  Elizabeth by died at Bromsgrove in 1775 at the age of 26, and was followed by her husband who died there in 1809.

 

 

 

 

2K11

John Hunt Collett, named after his maternal great grandfather John Hunt (Ref. 2I8), was born at Bromsgrove in 1750, where he was baptised on 1st March 1751, the eldest son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  Sadly, he was only 24 when he died in 1774.

 

 

 

 

2K12

Richard Collett was born at Bromsgrove in either late 1753 or early 1754, and it was there that he was baptised on 10th May 1754, the son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  He later married Mary Wilson who was born in 1756, and who was the daughter of J Wilson.  Once married, the couple continued to live in Bromsgrove where their two known children were born and baptised.  The parish records confirm that Richard Collett was the churchwarden at St John the Baptist Church in Bromsgrove in 1778.  It was also at Bromsgrove that Richard Collett died and was buried in 1808.

 

 

 

2L24

John Collett

Born in 1775 at Bromsgrove

 

2L25

Mary Collett

Born in 1777 at Bromsgrove

 

 

 

 

2K13

Thomas Collett was born at Bromsgrove in 1760, and it was there also that he was baptised on 20th October 1760, the son of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  He later married Mary Moore, although he died at the relatively young age of 32 in 1792.

 

 

 

 

2L1

Thomas Collett was born in 1779 at Lower Slaughter where he married Elizabeth Turner just after the turn of the century.  Therefore there may have been children born to the couple prior to the three children listed below.

 

 

 

2M1

Thomas James (Turner) Collett

Born in 1811 at Lower Slaughter

 

2M2

John Collett

Born in 1813 at Lower Slaughter

 

2M3

Joseph Collett

Born in 1815 at Lower Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2L2

Richard Collett was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 12th October 1747, the eldest child of cousins Henry and Sarah Collett.  Sadly he was only ten years old when he was buried at nearby Aldsworth on 6th June 1757.

 

 

 

 

2L4

Henry Collett was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 26th December 1751, the surviving son of Henry Collett and Sarah Collett.  He was twenty-nine when he married Margaret Brain on 11th October 1780 at Barton-on-the-Heath in Warwickshire, where Margaret had been born in 1759.  Once married the couple settled in Upper Slaughter, where all of their children were baptised.  Henry Collett died in 1828 and his Will was proved on 29th December 1828 in which he was referred to as ‘Henry Collett Yeoman of Upper Slaughter’. 

 

 

 

2M4

John Brain Collett

Baptised on 18.01.1783 at Upper Slaughter

 

2M5

Henry Collett

Baptised on 14.08.1792 at Upper Slaughter

 

2M6

Carolina Collett

Baptised on 06.02.1795 at Upper Slaughter

 

2M7

Keziah Collett

Baptised on 24.12.1797 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2L7

Mary Collett was baptised 30th September 1745 at Notgrove where she married William Parker on 12th August 1768.  Mary Parker nee Collett died in 1778.

 

 

 

 

2L8

JOB COLLETT was born around 1754, the son of Richard and Ann Collett.  He was baptised at Salperton and, according to the IGI, the ceremony took place on 10th July 1757 and was a joint baptism with his brother John (below).  However, it would appear from the parish register that the baptism actually took place of 1st July 1757.  Sometime when he was in his twenties, Job moved from Salperton to nearby Bibury, and it was there on 3rd January 1780 that he married Susannah Harden when both of them were described as being of Arlington Row.  While Job signed his name in the parish register, his wife made her mark with a cross.

 

 

 

The witnesses at the wedding ceremony were William Porter and Samuel Burge.  For another Burge connection, see Job’s sister Anne (below) who also moved to Bibury around that time.  It was also at Bibury that all of their children were born and baptised.  Job Collett died in 1839 at the age of 85 years, following which he was buried at Arlington in Bibury on 22nd May 1839.  According to Bibury parish records, Susannah would have been born around 1755 since, at the time of her death two years before her husband on 4th March 1837, she was 82 years of age.

 

 


 

2M8

John Collett

Born in 1782 at Bibury

 

2M9

ELIZABETH COLLETT

Born in 1785 at Bibury

 

2M10

Thomas Collett

Born in 1788 at Bibury

 

2M11

Richard Collett

Born in 1791 at Bibury

 

 

 

 

2L9

John Collett was possibly born around 1757 and was baptised at Salperton in Gloucestershire on 10th July 1757 in a joint ceremony with his brother Job (below), the children of Richard and Ann Collett.  The only other known fact about John, is that he died six months later on 5th January 1758.

 

 

 

 

2L10

Anne Collett was possibly born around 1758 and was baptised at Salperton on 17th August 1760, the daughter of Richard and Anne Collett.  The baptism date has been taken from the IGI, but differs from that shown in the parish register, which gives the date as 15th August 1760.  It was previously believed that Anne married William Perry at Notgrove on 5th August 1780.  However, that has now been disproved by the fact that Anne never married during her life, even though she is known to have given birth to three base-born children.  It would appear that Anne and her brother Job (above) both left Salperton in the late 1770s, when they moved into the nearby village of Bibury.  For Anne, that may have been around the end 1779, when she discovered that she was with-child. 

 

 

 

The Bibury parish records show that Job Collett was married there in January 1780, while Anne’s first base-born child was baptised there in the month of May that same year.  The child’s father was named as John Burge, who was very likely related to Samuel Burge, who had been a witness at the wedding of her brother Job just four months earlier.  Within the next two years Anne Collett gave birth to her second child out of wedlock, and on the occasion of the baptism of that child the father was named as Thomas Martin.

 

 

 

Anne was around forty years of age when she conceived her third child, although for that particular child the Bibury baptism entry stated that the child was the son of Anne Collett, and of a father not named.  Just over forty years later, according to the Bibury census of 1841, Anne Collett was 85 and was living at the Arlington Row home of her nephew Thomas Collett and his wife Mary Coates, Thomas being the son of Anne’s brother Job.  It was just nineteen months later on 6th January 1843 that Anne Collett died at Bibury.  She was 87 and the death certificate stated that the cause of death was simply ‘old age’.  During her later life, in the 1800s, the name of Anne Collett was included in the parish poor list on more than one occasion.

 

 


 

2M12

Mary Collett

Born circa 1780 at Bibury

 

2M13

Elizabeth Collett

Born circa 1782 at Bibury

 

2M14

Edmund Collett

Born circa 1799 at Bibury

 

 

 

 

2L13

Richard Collett, who was referred to asof Lower Slaughter’ was baptised at Notgrove on 14th April 1749, the eldest son of Henry Collett and Mary Fluck.  He married Elizabeth Cooke of Notgrove by licence on 29th May 1773 at Notgrove.  Richard Collett was buried at Notgrove on 30th March 1832 aged 83 and, at that time, he was described as 'of Minchinhampton'.  All of the children of Richard and Elizabeth were born and baptised at Notgrove.  In 1770 the garden of the property in which Richard was living at that time was subject to a Notgrove Enclosure Award of two pennies. 

 

 

 

According to the parish register the family moved from Notgrove to Lower Slaughter in 1786 and therefore Richard must have had his association with Minchinhampton much later in his life.  Elizabeth, who was born in 1748, died at Lower Slaughter and was buried at Notgrove in 1841 aged 93.  Earlier that same year, according to the census conducted in June 1841, Elizabeth Collett was living at lower Slaughter with her married daughter Hannah Harris living in the property next door.  The census that year allocated rounded ages to adults, so Elizabeth Collett was recorded as being 95.

 

 

 

2M15

Mary Collett

Baptised on 11.01.1775 at Notgrove

 

2M16

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 17.09.1777 at Notgrove

 

2M17

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 20.06.1780 at Notgrove

 

2M18

Richard Collett

Baptised on 09.01.1782 at Notgrove

 

2M19

Robert Collett

Baptised on 06.02.1784 at Notgrove

 

2M20

Jane Collett

Baptised on 13.07.1785 at Notgrove

 

2M21

Mary Collett      (twin)

Baptised on 13.02.1786 at Notgrove

 

2M22

Henry Collett    (twin)

Baptised on 13.02.1786 at Notgrove

 

2M23

William Collett

Baptised on 14.10.1788 at Notgrove

 

 

 

 

2L14

Ann Collett was baptised on 17th August 1751 at Notgrove where she married Joseph Wood on 4th April 1783.  Ann Wood nee Collett died on 21st July 1789.

 

 

 

 

2L15

Hannah Collett was baptised on 5th March 1754 at Notgrove where she died on 18th February 1776 aged 23.

 

 

 

 

2L16

Henry Collett was baptised on 3rd December 1756 at Notgrove where he died on 3rd February 1757.

 

 

 

 

2L17

Henry Collett was baptised on 5th December 1758 at Notgrove where he married Mary Rowland (Ref. 10L2) on 1st January 1787.  His occupation was that of cordwainer/shoemaker at which he was still known to be working in 1836.  Mary was baptised on 15th April 1765 at Naunton, the daughter of William Rowland (Ref. 10K1) born circa 1740 who married Mary Stiles on 24th October 1762 at Naunton.  Mary Rowland’s older brother William Rowland (Ref. 10L1) married Sarah Jane Collett (Ref. 33M5) in 1813, Jane being the daughter of William Collett (Ref. 33L1).

 

 

 

Details of the Rowland family are provided in

Part 10 – Other Branch Lines commencing with Robert Wake Rowland (Ref. 10J1)

 

 

 

Later in 1846 there was another marriage between the two families, on that occasion it was John Collett (Ref. 3N4) and Sarah Rowland (Ref. 10M5).

 

 

 

Details of this family connection are provided in

Part 3 – The Chedworth Line commencing with the reference Ref. 3N4

 

 

 

And there was yet another connection between the family of Mary Rowland and a later generation of the Collett family and that was Walter Collett (Ref. 3O3) and his wife Sarah Ann Dowler (Ref. 10O1).  Both of these were the great great grandchild of Henry Collett who married Mary Rowland in 1787.

 

 

 

Details of this family connection are provided in

Part 10 – Other Branch Lines ending with the reference 10O1

 

 

 

Mary’s father William Rowland (Ref. 10K1) died in 1818 and his Will made on 31st March and proved on 30th October 1818 does not refer to daughter Mary Collett (the wife of Henry) nor to his own wife Mary Rowland who had passed away in 1813 aged 69, and for whom there is a gravestone in the Naunton graveyard confirming this.  All of the children of Henry Collett and Mary Rowland listed below, with the exception of Elizabeth Collett, were beneficiaries under the 1818 Will of their grandfather William Rowland.  The four daughters Hannah, Jane, Sarah and Eliza, and son Robert each received £1, while the other members of the family each inherited a house (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

What is of interest is an earlier Will of William Rowland (Ref. 10K1) made on 1st July 1808 in which both his wife Mary Rowland and daughter Mary Collett nee Rowland are mentioned.  That may therefore point to the latter having died during the birth of her youngest daughter Eliza Collett (see Will in Legal Documents). 

 

 

 

It was obviously the earlier than expected deaths of William’s wife and his daughter that resulted in the need for him to rewrite his Will in the months leading up to his own death.  All of the children of Henry and Mary Collett were born and baptised at Notgrove where Henry Collett died on 10th July 1840, Mary having died before 1818 as described above.  In his Will, made and signed at Notgrove on 17th November 1830, Henry left his cottage and land at Naunton rented by William Chandler to Henry Collett his eldest son.  The aforementioned Will of William Rowland also makes reference to William Chandler as a tenant.

 

 

 

All of the nine other children were also named in Henry’s Will with the youngest daughter referred to as Eliza Collett.  Henry’s son Richard Collett was named as sole executor and Robert Rowland (Ref. 10L4) of Naunton, Mary Rowland’s brother, was named as trustee (see Will in Legal Documents).  It was at the house of Robert Rowland (Ref. 10L4) that a group of protestant dissenters, including Henry Collett and his family, met to worship following receipt of a certificate of approval signed by the Bishop of Gloucester in 1797.  In the following months a chapel was built and completed in 1800 which was replaced in 1850 by the chapel that is still there today (see Bishop’s Certificate in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

Also of interest is an entry in the Naunton Chapel Good Works Fund which records that, on 10th May 1806, the daughters of Henry Collett were each given four shillings to “encourage the girls singing”.  The girls were referred to as “Hannah” who would have been 18 years of age, “Betty” 16, “Sophia” 14, and “Mary” who was three.

 

 

 

2M24

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 18.11.1787 at Notgrove

 

2M25

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 24.01.1790 at Notgrove

 

2M26

Sophia Collett

Baptised on 15.06.1792 at Notgrove

 

2M27

Henry Collett

Baptised on 07.07.1794 at Notgrove

 

2M28

Robert Collett

Baptised on 23.04.1797 at Notgrove

 

2M29

Richard Collett

Born in 1800 at Notgrove

 

2M30

Mary Collett

Born in 1803 at Notgrove

 

2M31

Jane Collett

Born in 1808 at Notgrove

 

2M32

Sophia Sarah Collett

Baptised on 08.04.1810

 

2M33

Eliza Collett

May be a reference to Sophia Sarah

 

 

 

 

2L18

Samuel Collett was baptised on 12th June 1762 at Notgrove.  He married Martha Harris at Cheltenham on 7th October 1788.  Eight years later Samuel’s niece Hannah Collett (Ref. 2M16) married William Harris at Aldsworth and, while the first child of Samuel and Martha was born at Notgrove, there is a record at Aldsworth for the baptism of Henry Collett, the son of Samuel and Martha in 1792.  The remainder of their children were born at Cheltenham, where the family must have lived most of their life.

 

 

 

2M34

Henry Collett

Baptised on 17.01.1792 at Notgrove

 

2M35

Mary Collett

Baptised on 22.01.1794 at Cheltenham

 

2M36

William Collett

Baptised on 22.03.1797 at Cheltenham

 

2M37

Hannah Collett               twin

Baptised on 11.04.1798 at Cheltenham

 

2M38

Sarah Collett                 twin

Baptised on 11.04.1798 at Cheltenham

 

2M39

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 05.02.1800 at Cheltenham

 

2M40

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1805 at Cheltenham

 

 

 

 

2L19

Jane Collett was born in 1763 at Notgrove where she married Thomas Cooke on 28th December 1785.  Thomas was very likely the brother of Elizabeth Cooke who married Jane’s brother Richard Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

2L20

Robert Collett was baptised at Notgrove on 28th April 1765, the son of Henry Collett and Mary Fluck.  He married Elizabeth Clarke by licence on 1st April 1784 in the neighbouring village of Naunton, where their two sons were born and baptised.  Elizabeth was born at Naunton in 1763 and it is understood that Robert was slightly older, perhaps even born as early as 1759 making him anything up to five years old when he was baptised.

 

 

 

In 2002 Martin Collett (Ref. 3R3) from Australia raised the question that perhaps Robert Collett had married Hannah Hall rather than Elizabeth Clarke, but to date no proof has been provided to support this theory, although it has since been established that Richard, the son of Robert and Elizabeth, married Anne Hall.

 

 

 

2M41

Howell Collett

Baptised on 05.12.1784 at Naunton

 

2M42

Richard Collett

Baptised on 14.05.1786 at Naunton

 

 

 

 

2L21

Mary Collett was baptised on 26th January 1768 at Notgrove where she married John Wood on 21st March 1789.  There are other links between the Collett and Wood families as detailed in Part 3 – The Chedworth Line (Ref. 3M1)

 

 

 

 

2L22

Joseph Collett was born at Notgrove in 1752 where he was baptised on 19th November 1752.  He married Elizabeth (Betty) Beauchamp on 21st January 1776 at Cold Aston (also known as Aston Blank), where all of the children were born and baptised.  Elizabeth was born on 9th June 1754, the daughter of Benjamin and Esther Beecham at either Aston Blank or possibly Temple Guiting.  Joseph Collett died at Aston Blank on 4th March 1824 aged 72.

 

 

 

2M43

Ann Collett

Baptised on 10.11.1776 at Aston Blank

 

2M44

Esther (Hester) Collett

Baptised on 31.12.1780 at Aston Blank

 

2M45

John Collett

Baptised on 27.09.1782 at Aston Blank

 

2M46

Richard Collett

Baptised on 17.07.1785 at Aston Blank

 

2M47

Mary Collett

Baptised on 06.06.1788 at Aston Blank

 

2M48

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 03.01.1790 at Aston Blank

 

2M49

Richard Collett

Baptised on 16.12.1792 at Aston Blank

 

2M50

Betty Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1795 at Aston Blank

 

2M51

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 08.04.1798 at Aston Blank

 

 

 

 

2L23

Elizabeth Collett was baptised on 14th October 1759 at Notgrove where she married David Thornhill on 21st March 1778.

 

 

 

 

2L24

John Collett was born at Bromsgrove on 10th July 1775 and was baptised there on 11th August 1775, the eldest child of Richard and Mary Collett.  John’s father was the churchwarden at the Church of St John the Baptist in Bromsgrove in 1778, and it therefore seems highly likely that it was at that same church that John was baptised.  It was also at Bromsgrove, at the age of 21, that John Collett married (1) Mary Harman on 17th November 1796.  Mary was the daughter of James Harman and Sarah Patchett, and was born on 21st July 1774. 

 

 

 

The marriage produced six children for John and Mary, all of whom were born at Bromsgrove.  Tragically Mary Collett nee Harman died on 4th March 1813 and it would appear that her last born child, her son James who was five years old when she died, was given his mother’s maiden name by way of a tribute.  Shortly after her death, Richard married (2) Mary Freer and that may have been at the time that he was a Major in the North Worcestershire Volunteers and was posted to Newfoundland, where he went in 1815 accompanied by the whole family.

 

 

 

It was after the family had arrived in Newfoundland that Mary Freer presented John with a further four children, although the details of only three of them are known.  Tragically, it seems likely that, John Collett died had before the birth of the last child.

 

 

 

This is the family line of Bonnie Brown and Max Collett of Newfoundland, the continuation of which is provided in Part 32 – The Newfoundland Line.

 

 

 

 

2M1

Thomas James (Turner) Collett was possibly born at Lower Slaughter in 1811.  As Thomas James Collett, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett he was baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 7th January 1812.  He married Elizabeth Amelia Allen at Stow-on-the-Wold during the second quarter of 1846 (Ref. 11 523), Elizabeth having been born at Northleach around 1813.  The marriage resulted in the birth of five children while the family was residing in Stow-on-the-Wold.  Thomas James Collett died in 1879, his death recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon during the second quarter of that year (Ref. 6d 389).  Elizabeth Amelia Collett nee Allen passed away just over five years after her husband, when her death was recorded at Stratford during the third quarter of 1884.

 

 

 

2N1

Elizabeth Amelia Collett

Born in 1847 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

2N2

Thomas James Collett

Born in 1848 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

2N3

Mary Hall Collett

Born in 1849 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

2N4

Martha Jane Collett

Born in 1851 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

2N5

John Hall Collett

Born in 1854 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

 

 

 

2M2

John Collett was born in 1813 and possibly at Lower Slaughter.  He was however, baptised at Bourton-on-the-Water on 13th July 1813, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

2M3

Joseph Collett as born at Lower Slaughter in 1815.  In the late 1850s he married Eliza from Lower Swell and by 1861 the childless couple was living at Upper Slaughter within the Bourton-on-the-Water & Stow-on-the-Wold registration district, where Joseph of Lower Slaughter was 46 and his wife was 38.  It is believed that the couple had three children, although in the census of 1871 only daughter Mary Eliza was living with her parents at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Joseph was 56, Eliza was 48, and their daughter Mary Eliza Collett was six years old.  For whatever reason, perhaps for the purpose of attending school, Joseph’s and Eliza’s son Thomas was nine years old in 1871 and was living at the Market Place home of the Walton family at Stow-on-the-Wold.  The census that year gave his place of birth as Slaughter, while he was living with William Walton and his wife Anne, formerly Anne Collett (Ref. 2N27) of Somerford Keynes, when he was described as a nephew and a scholar.

 

 

 

William Walton was a master tailor and a draper with a shop on Stow Market Place, where he employed nine men.  However, his son Walter Walton was an out of work ironmonger, which is of interest simply because it was as an ironmonger that Thomas Collett appeared in subsequent census returns.  It is also of interest to note that, working for William Walton, in 1871 at his tailor’s shop, was his niece Emily Collett (Ref. 2O39) from Guiting (Guiting Power) who was described as an assistant in a tailor’s shop.  Emily was 16 and was the daughter of John Collett of Somerford Keynes and his wife Elizabeth, John being the brother of Anne Walton nee Collett.

 

 

 

Joseph Collett’s relationship to the Anne Walton, nee Collett, went back many generations, and it was through it that his son Thomas was living at Stow-on-the-Wold with the Waltons in 1871, and that in turn made the way for Joseph’s widow to be living there ten years later, following the death of Joseph in 1880.  William Walton became a widower during the 1870s, so by the time of the census in 1881 the following situation was confirmed.  The widow Eliza Collett from Lower Swell, who was 58, was a visitor at the Stow home of widower William Walton of Longborough in Gloucestershire.  William was 60 and he was the postmaster and a tailor living at Market Place.  No further record of Eliza Collett has been discovered after 1881.

 

 

 

2N6

Thomas Collett (twin)

Born in 1861 at Upper Slaughter

 

2N7

Mary Collett                  (twin)

Born in 1861; possible infant death

 

2N8

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1864 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2M4

John Brain Collett (previously Ref. 33M11) was born at Upper Slaughter in 1782 and was baptised there on 18th January 1783, the eldest child of Henry Collett and Margaret Brain.  He married Ann Lea on 24th December 1812 at Upper Slaughter where their children were born.  Ann was the daughter of Thomas Lea of Kirkham Farm in Upper Slaughter and his wife Esther Burford.  By the time of the census in June 1841 the family living at The Square in Upper Slaughter comprised John and Ann Collett who had rounded ages of 55 and 50 years respectively, and their five children John and Sarah Collett, both with a rounded age of 20, Henry Collett who was 15, Jane Collett who was 13 and Hester Collett who was 10 years of age.  On that same day John’s son George was living and working at Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

2N9

John Brain Collett

Baptised on 24.12.1816 at Upper Slaughter

 

2N10

George Collett

Born during 1820 at Upper Slaughter

 

2N11

Sarah Collett

Born during 1822 at Upper Slaughter

 

2N12

Henry Collett

Baptised on 18.08.1824 at Upper Slaughter

 

2N13

Jane Elizabeth Collett

Born during 1827 at Upper Slaughter

 

2N14

Hester Margaret Collett

Baptised on 25.07.1831 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2M6

Carolina Collett (previously Ref. 33M13) was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 6th February 1795, the daughter of Henry Collett and Margaret Brain.  Tragically she only survived for a few years, when she died at Upper Slaughter on 8th May 1800.

 

 

 

 

2M8

John Collett was born in 1782 at Arlington in the parish of Bibury, the eldest of the four known children of Job Collett of Salperton and Susannah Harden of Arlington Row in Bibury.  It was also at Bibury that John was baptised on 8th March 1782.  He enlisted for military service at Winchester on 25th September 1803 and was medically discharged on 12th April 1823 as a result of diseased lungs.  During his time in the Guards, he fought in Spain and more importantly at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815 for which he received a medal.  Further details of his military service have been documented by Barbara Chambers (Ref. 2N25) in 'The Adventures of Private John Collett 1st Regiment of Foot Guards (Grenadier Guards) 1803-1823'.  Barbara, who now lives in Dunbar, is currently preparing a new web page for the website www.british army research napoleonic wars.co.uk

 

 

 

 

2M9

ELIZABETH COLLETT was born at Arlington in 1785 and was baptised on 17th May 1785 at Bibury, the only known daughter of Job and Susannah Collett.  Elizabeth’s only child, William Collett, was born out of wedlock, the father being John Iles a farmer of Saddlewood in the parish of Hawkesbury in Gloucestershire.  Details included in the Bastardy Bond state that Elizabeth was living and working in Hawkesbury.  (see Bond 1809).  It is therefore more than likely that she worked on John Iles’ farm where she may have been in service with the Iles family and had living quarters in the house.  The suggestion of a link between the Iles family and that of Collett, even if only as an employer/benefactor, occurs in Part 1 – The Main Line, when Charles Collett (Ref. 1O30) who was born in 1846, has Iles as a second christian name.

 

 

 

It was much later in her life that Elizabeth married John Haynes at Bibury on 11th November 1826.  By that time she was only six months from her forty-second birthday so, as a result, the marriage produced no children for the couple.  Instead Elizabeth Haynes died ten years later on 1st December 1836 at Arlington.  John Haynes, who was born in 1786, died on 10th March 1864 in the Northleach Union Workhouse.

 

 

 

2N15

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born on 10.03.1809 at Bibury

 

 

 

 

2M10

Thomas Collett was born at Bibury in 1788 where he was baptised on 21st September 1788, the son of Job and Susannah Collett.  It was also at Bibury that Thomas Collett married Mary Coates of Quenington on 16th September 1811.  By the time of the census in 1841 the marriage of Thomas and Mary had produced ten children for the couple, and all except one of them was baptised at the parish church in Bibury, the odd one being Joseph who was baptised at Taynton near Burford in Oxfordshire.  The census that year listed Thomas as 55, although it was common practice in the first national UK census for adult ages to be rounded to the nearest five years.

 

 

 

Thomas’ wife Mary also had a rounded age of 55, and Thomas was recorded as working as an agricultural labourer.  Thomas was also the founder member of the Arlington Baptist Church, the couple having originally been members of the Baptist Church at Fairford.  Living with Thomas and Mary in June 1841 at Arlington Row in Bibury were their daughters Mary, age 12, and Martha, who was 10, their married son John and his wife Mary, and 85 years old Ann Collett.  It is very likely that she Anne Collett, the aunt of Thomas Collett, being the younger sister of his father Job Collett who had only died two years earlier in 1839 at Bibury.  Only one other member of the family of Thomas and Mary was also still living in Arlington at that time, and that was the couple’s eldest son Richard, who was also married by then.

 

 

 

Unlike the later census records, the 1841 Census did not include address details.  However, it has subsequently been determined that Thomas Collett and his family did actually live at Arlington Row in Bibury, as stated above.  By the time of the next census in 1851, Thomas and his wife Mary were both aged 65 and were still living at Arlington Row in Bibury.  Also still living there with them at that time was their daughter Martha Collett 19, together with their son Joseph Collett who was 28 and listed as ‘a journey miller of Faringdon’.  In addition to the two children, Thomas’s and Mary’s older married son John, and his wife Mary from Down Ampney, and their son William, were also sharing the accommodation with them.  It was just six years later that Mary Collett nee Coates died and was buried at Bibury on 18th May 1857, and she was followed one year later by her husband Thomas who was buried with her on 17th April 1858.

 

 

 

2N16

Richard Collett

Baptised on 12.04.1812 at Bibury

 

2N17

Mary Ann Collett

Baptised on 12.12.1813 at Bibury

 

2N18

John Collett

Baptised on 07.05.1815 at Bibury

 

2N19

Ann Collett

Baptised on 24.05.1818 at Bibury

 

2N20

Job Collett

Baptised on 18.03.1821 at Bibury

 

2N21

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 24.11.1822 at Bibury

 

2N22

Susannah Collett

Baptised on 11.07.1824 at Bibury

 

2N23

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 06.08.1826 at Bibury

 

2N24

Mary Collett

Baptised on 04.01.1829 at Bibury

 

2N25

Martha Collett

Baptised on 01.05.1831 at Bibury

 

 

 

 

2M11

Richard Collett was born in 1791 at Bibury, the last of the four known children of Job Collett of Salperton and Susannah Harden of Arlington Row.  And it was there also that he was baptised on 4th September 1791.  Richard never married and died during February 1812, following which he was buried at Bibury on 20th February 1812.

 

 

 

 

2M12

Mary Collett was born around 1780 and was baptised at Bibury on 22nd May 1780, the first of three base-born children of Anne Collett.  The father of the child was named as John Burge who may well have been related to Samuel Burge, who was a witness at the wedding of Mary’s uncle Job Collett to Susannah Harden at Bibury in January 1780.

 

 

 

 

2M13

Elizabeth Collett was born at Bibury around 1782, where she was baptised on 29th January 1783, the daughter of unmarried Anne Collett.  The father’s name on that occasion was given as Thomas Martin.

 

 

 

 

2M14

Edmund Collett was born at Bibury sometime after 1783 and before 1799, and was baptised at Bibury on 26th May 1799, the son of unmarried Anne Collett by an unnamed father.  No later record of Edmund has been found.

 

 

 

 

2M15

Mary Collett was baptised on 11th January 1775 at Notgrove where she died on 3rd February 1778, the eldest child of Richard Collett and Elizabeth Cooke.

 

 

 

 

2M16

Hannah Collett was baptised on 19th September 1777 at Notgrove, the second child of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.  She later married William Harris at nearby Aldsworth on 5th April 1796 with whom she had five children.  This could be another link to Part 9 – The Aldsworth Line.  However, in the census of 1841 widow Hannah Harris, aged 60 – a rounded age, was living at Lower Slaughter in a dwelling immediately adjacent to that of her elderly mother Elizabeth Collett who died not long after.

 

 

 

 

2M17

Thomas Collett who was a farmer was baptised at Notgrove on 20th June 1780, the third child and eldest son of Richard Collett and Elizabeth Cooke.  He married Mary Fletcher on 24th February 1807 at Sherborne in Gloucestershire.  Sherborne and Aldsworth, where Thomas’ sister Hannah (above) was married, straddle the A40 road six miles west of Burford on the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire county boundary.  The first four children were baptised at Somerford Keynes near Cirencester, with the later children being born after the family moved to the Kineton and Temple Guiting area north of Notgrove, those later children being baptised at Temple Guiting. 

 

 

 

It is likely that Mary Fletcher was the sister of Anne Fletcher who married Thomas’ younger brother Henry Collett (below).  There is also a further link, insofar as the children of that marriage were also born and baptised at Somerford Keynes and Temple Guiting.  It is also likely that the sister of Mary and Anne Fletcher was Susanna Fletcher who married Mr Waine and whose son Joseph Waine married Jane Collett (Ref. 9M23) at Aldsworth in 1840.  In the first national census in June 1841, a Thomas Collett, age 60, was living in the Winchcombe & Guiting registration district with his son John Collett who was 25, who had with him his one year old son John.

 

 

 

2N26

Anne Collett

Born in 1807 at Somerford Keynes

 

2N27

Thomas Cooke Collett

Born in 1809 at Somerford Keynes

 

2N28

Richard Joseph Collett

Born in 1810 at Somerford Keynes

 

2N29

John Collett

Born in 1816 at Somerford Keynes

 

2N30

Mary Fletcher Collett

Born in 1818 at Temple Guiting

 

2N31

Thomas Cook Collett

Born in 1821 at Temple Guiting

 

 

 

 

2M18

Richard Collett, who was referred to asof Condicote and Naunton’ was baptised on 9th January 1782 at Notgrove.  He married Mary Humphries on 30th September 1822 at Guiting Power.  Mary was born in 1786 and was thirty-six when she married Richard who was forty, and it was probably their advanced ages that resulted in no children being born to the couple.  It seems very likely that Mary Humphries was actually Mary Elizabeth or Elizabeth Mary.  Either that or Richard had a second wife named Elizabeth but it seems unlikely when considering their ages at the time they both died – see below.

 

 

 

Richard’s occupation was that of a farmer at Naunton and, although he died on 16th January 1860 at Latter Place in London, a grand marble plaque inside St Andrews Church at Naunton bears his name and that of his wife, as detailed here.  In Memory of Richard Collett of Dale House in the parish and formerly of Condicote who died January 16th 1860 aged 78 years also of Elizabeth his wife who died September 4th 1862 aged 76 years”

 

 

 

 

2M19

Robert Collett was born at Notgrove and was baptised there on 6th February 1784, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

2M20

Jane Collett was born at Notgrove and was baptised there on 13th July 1785.  In 1820 she married John Wood and in the 1850 Will of Henry Collett (below) – Jane’s cousin - there was a reference to land purchased from John Wood (see Wills in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

 

2M21

Mary Collett was baptised at Notgrove on 13th February 1786 in a joint ceremony with her brother Henry (below).  It is therefore possible that she and Henry were twins, the children of Richard Collett and Elizabeth Cooke.  Mary lived most of her life at Lower Swell near Stow on the Wold, where she died in 1825 having never married.

 

 

 

 

2M22

Henry Collett was baptised at Notgrove on 13th February 1786 in a joint ceremony with his sister Mary (above).  It is therefore possible that he and Mary may have been twins, the children of Richard Collett and Elizabeth Cooke.  Henry married Anne Fletcher at Somerford Keynes on 14th January 1808.  At the time of the baptism of Henry’s and Ann’s son James Robert Collett in 1817, Henry was described as being a farmer.  Ten years earlier in 1807 the parish Terrier for Somerford Keynes indicated that Croft House, with 290 acres of the former Southby estate, was occupied by Richard Collett.  He may have been Henry’s older brother Richard (above) who would have been twenty-six years old.

 

 

 

In the Census of 1851 Henry was 65 and was living at Daglingworth near Cirencester where he was working as a farm bailiff.  It would appear that the family moved about a lot during their life, judging by the different places that the children were baptised.  The first four were baptised at Somerford Keynes, the next child at Kineton near Temple Guiting, and the last two at Fairford.

 

 

 

Henry Collett died on 15th December 1852 at Daglingworth aged 66 and was buried at the Sheep Street Independent Cemetery in Cirencester.  The cause of death on the death certificate was stated to be Cludin disease of the liver and jaundice.  Anne was born on 9th May 1784, the daughter of Joseph and Susannah Fletcher.  She died on 19th October 1865 at 7 Palmer’s Terrace, Holloway in London at the home of her son Richard John Collett (below) and was buried at Norwood Cemetery.  The cause of death was hydrothorax.

 

 

 

2N32

Henry John Collett

Born in 1809 at Somerford Keynes

 

2N33

Susannah Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1810 at Somerford Keynes

 

2N34

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1812 at Somerford Keynes

 

2N35

Phoebe Ann Collett

Born in 1814 at Somerford Keynes

 

2N36

James Robert Collett

Born in 1816 at Kineton

 

2N37

Nathaniel George Collett

Born in 1820 at Northleach

 

2N38

Nathaniel George Collett

Born in 1822 at Fairford

 

2N39

Richard John Collett

Born in 1825 at Fairford

 

 

 

 

2M23

William Collett was born at Notgrove where he was baptised on 14th October 1788, the son of Richard Collett and Elizabeth Cooke.

 

 

 

 

2M24

Hannah Collett was baptised on 18th November 1787 at Notgrove.  She married Thomas Hawker at Chedworth on 11th November 1805.  In the 1830 Will of her father Henry Collett she was referred to as Hannah Hawker.  Hannah was also a beneficiary in the 1818 Will of her grandfather William Rowland (Ref. 10K1).

 

 

 

 

2M25

Elizabeth Collett was baptised on 24th January 1790 at Notgrove where she married Mr Carroll as confirmed in the 1830 Will of her father Henry Collett.  Curiously Elizabeth and her brother Henry (below) were the only children of Henry Collett and Mary Rowland not to be named as beneficiaries in the 1818 Will of their grandfather William Rowland.

 

 

 

 

2M26

Sophia Collett was baptised on 15th June 1792 at Notgrove where she married George Norton on 5th June 1815, as confirmed in the 1818 Will of her grandfather William Rowland and the 1830 Will of her father Henry Collett.  It would seem very likely that Sophia and George had a son born between 1816 to 1826 and that he married his cousin Mary Ann Collett (Ref. 3N6) born in 1828, the daughter of Henry Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

2M27

Henry Collett was baptised on 7th July 1794 at Notgrove where he married Mary Ann Margetts on 31st July 1815.  It may be of interest that Henry’s nephew William Collett, the son of his brother Robert Collett (below), married Elizabeth (Betsy) Margetts from Stowell in Wiltshire shortly after 1861.  The married of Henry and Mary Ann Margetts produced a total of nine children, and all of them born at Chedworth in Gloucestershire.  As the parent’s were opposed to the ordinance of infants, the births were simply registered at the Chedworth Independent Church.  Henry Collett died on 16th March 1850 aged 55 and was buried at Chedworth, as detailed on his gravestone.  His death was recorded in the Northleach registration district.  Henry’s Will was made and signed on 20th February 1850 at Chedworth, the details of which are provided in Part 3 – The Chedworth Line.

 

 

 

This is the family line of (1) Elizabeth Charlotte Gegg (Ref. 3R12) and (2) Gordon John Collett (Ref. 3Q12) of Lincolnshire and his son Martin John Francis Collett of Queensland in Australia.

 

 

 

Details of the continuation of this family line are provided in

Part 3 – The Chedworth Line commencing with the reference Ref. 3M1.

 

 

 

 

2M28

Robert Collett was baptised on 23rd April 1797 at Notgrove.  Robert was a beneficiary in the 1818 Will of his grandfather William Rowland.  He married (1) Sarah Wilson on 22nd April 1822 at Chedworth.  The marriage was witnessed by Moses White and Sarah’s aunt Catherine Wilson, both of whom were married there in October 1823 and the witnesses at their marriage were Robert Collett and Mary Wilson, another of Sarah’s sisters.  The name Wilson occurs many times around that period, not least of which was the reference to land that was purchased by Henry Collett (above) from Simon Wilson, as stated in the Will of the same Henry Collett.  See also Ref. 3N3 for another link to the Wilson name.

 

 

 

All of Robert and Sarah’s children were born at Chedworth, where Robert was a cordwainer and shoemaker during his working life.  According to the Chedworth census in 1841 Robert’s rounded age was 40, while Sarah’s was 35, when living with them were their three children Elizabeth, who was 15, John, who was also 15, and William who was 10.  Just over nine years later Sarah Collet nee Wilson died at Chedworth on 5th September 1850 at the age of 47.  Her mother, Elizabeth Wilson ‘a venerable widow’ and owner of Fields Farm in Chedworth, died in October 1867 at the aged of 93.  She had been married to Joshua Wilson.  The 1842 Commutation of Tithes Map shows Elizabeth Wilson as owning Fields Farm, comprising Quarry Piece, Orchard House, yard and garden, Home Piece, Far Piece, and two enclosures totalling nine acres three rods and 13 perches.

 

 

 

The Will of Robert’s brother Henry Collett (above) mentioned a dwelling house purchased from Joseph Wilson and he could be the father of Joshua Wilson who was married to the Elizabeth Wilson referred to above.  Following Sarah’s death, Robert married (2) Mary Knapp of Chedworth Lower End on 22nd March 1852 as witnessed by his son William and his future daughter-in-law Elizabeth Margetts from Stowell.  Mary was born around 1813 and also at Stowell in Wiltshire, the daughter of gamekeeper Thomas Knapp.

 

 

 

On 30th March 1851 and prior to the wedding, Robert was residing at Chedworth Fields where he was listed as a cordwainer aged 53 and a widower of Notgrove, and had living with him his son William, age 21 and a cordwainer of Chedworth.  Also living with them was their granddaughter Fanny Collett (Ref. 3O19), who was eight years old and the base-born child of Robert’s daughter Elizabeth.

 

 

 

According to the 1861 Census for Chedworth, Robert Collett, age 65, was a shoemaker from Notgrove, and was living with his younger wife Mary, age 48 and from Stowell, and his son William who was 31 and a shoemaker journeyman.  Robert enjoyed only thirteen years with his new wife before his death at Chedworth on 27th August 1864, at the age of 67, where he was buried as detailed on his gravestone. 

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband, Mary moved in with her stepson William, as confirmed by the 1871 Census for Chedworth, which described her as Mary Collett, age 57 and born at Stowell, the housekeeper to William Collett who was 41.  Less than two months after the census Mary Collett nee Knapp died at Chedworth on 25th May 1871.  A single headstone marks the grave of Robert Collett at Chedworth, on which both of his wives are also mentioned, as follows:

 

In

The Memory Of

Robert Collett who died

Aug 27th 1864 aged 67 yrs

Sarah Collett

wife of Robert Collett

departed this life 5th Sept 1850

and Mary his second wife

who died 25th May 1871

 

 


 

2N40

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1824 at Chedworth

 

2N41

John Collett

Born in 1827 at Chedworth

 

2N42

William Collett

Born in 1829 at Chedworth

 

 

 

 

2M29

Richard Collett was born at Notgrove in 1800.  Very little is known about him except that he married Jane and was a shoemaker like his father, as confirmed in the 1851 Census for Notgrove.  Richard, age 51 and from Notgrove, was listed as a cordwainer, while his wife Jane was 43 and had been born at Chedworth.  By 1861 Census the couple had moved to Miller Villa in Bourton-on-the-Water where Richard was a retired grocer.  This may mean that he took over the job of grocer from his deceased brother’s wife Mary Ann Collett (above) who was listed as a widow and grocer in the 1851 Census for Chedworth, see Part 3 – The Chedworth Line.  Richard was a beneficiary in the 1818 Will of his grandfather William Rowland.  In the 1830 Will of his father Henry Collett, Richard was named as being the executor and in the 1850 Will of his brother Henry Collett (above) he was joint beneficiary (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

 

2M30

Mary Collett was born around 1803 at Notgrove and was baptised there in 1806.  She married Thomas Mason of London on 14th September 1823 at St Mary’s Church in Cornhill in the City of London.  Mary’s married name was confirmed in the 1830 Will of her father Henry Collett.  Mary Mason nee Collett died on 3rd November 1858 and was buried at Notgrove.  Mary was also a beneficiary in the 1818 Will of her grandfather William Rowland.

 

 

 

 

2M31

Jane Collett was born around 1808 at Notgrove.  She married Thomas Harris of Lower Slaughter on 28th May 1831 at Notgrove.  Like her siblings, Jane was also a beneficiary in the 1818 Will of her grandfather William Rowland.  Thomas was a carpenter and a wheelwright.

 

 

 

 

2M32

Sophia Sarah Collett was baptised on 8th April 1810 at Notgrove where she married George Williams on 25th December 1834.  Within the 1830 Will of her father Henry Collett there was a reference to Sophia’s sister Sophia Norton (above), but no reference to Sophia Sarah Collett.  She did however appear as a beneficiary in the 1818 Will of her grandfather William Rowland, although she was listed as Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

2M33

Eliza Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is expected to be after 1810.  As Eliza she was not only a beneficiary in the 1818 Will of her grandfather William Rowland, but was also mentioned in the 1830 Will of her father Henry Collett (see Will in Legal Documents).  However, there is a question over whether Eliza was a family name for Sophia Sarah Collett, as there was already an earlier Sophia in the family. 

 

 

 

 

2M34

Henry Collett was baptised on 17th January 1792 at Notgrove, the son of Samuel Collett and Martha Harris.  However, there was also a baptism record at Aldsworth for Henry Collett on 26th March 1792 who was also the son of a Samuel Collett and his wife Martha.  So far though, nothing has been discovered to place the Aldsworth threesome in any of the Collett family lines, so it is possible that they were the same three individuals depicted here.

 

 

 

 

2M41

Howell Collett was baptised at Naunton on 5th December 1784, the eldest son of Robert Collett and Elizabeth Clarke who were married on the April that same year.  It would appear that Howell left Gloucestershire after the turn of the century when he may his way to London.  On 12th December 1808 when he was twenty-four years old he married Mary Guderidge (Gutteridge) at St Mary’s Church on the St Marylebone Road in the Marylebone district of London.

 

 

 

 

2M42

Richard Collett was born at Naunton where he was baptised on 14th May 1786, the son of Robert Collett and Elizabeth Clarke.  Richard was a blacksmith and on 16th April 1812 at Moreton-in-Marsh he married Ann Hall who was born around 1788.  At that time Richard was already established as a blacksmith in the hamlet of Buckland, just south of the town Broadway across the county boundary in Worcestershire.  Their marriage produced many children for Richard and Ann, all of whom were born in the hamlet of Buckland and, for four of them their baptism was carried out at the Church of St Michael and All Angels in Broadway.

 

 

 

In the first national census held in June 1841 Ann Collett had a rounded age of 55 when she was living within the Cheltenham and Winchcombe area of Gloucestershire.  Her husband appears to have been away from home, since the only suitable Richard Collett was also 55 and was recorded in the Headington area of Oxford.  And with him was his son Robert who was 14.  This would not be unreasonable, since Broadway lies on the main road to and from Oxford, which was just thirty miles away.  As regards his other children, the two eldest sons Richard and George may have been living within the Cheltenham and Winchcombe areas respectively near to their mother, when both of them were given a rounded age of twenty-five.

 

 

 

Rather strangely, the three younger members of the family, Francis, Selena, and Lavinia were still living at the family home in Buckland in 1841, where blacksmith Francis, who was 21, was looking after his two younger sisters.  The couple’s only other known child, Ann Collett, was 20 and she was living and working in Buckland not far from the family home.  Ten years later blacksmith Richard and his wife Ann were listed in the Winchcombe census of 1851 as being 66 and 62 respectively, Winchcombe being just five miles south of Buckland.  By the time of the census of 1861 Richard and Ann had returned to the Broadway area where Richard Collett was 74 and his wife was 72.  Richard died during the following decade and, it was after that when, Ann died while still at Broadway in 1870.

 

 

 

2N43

Richard Collett

Born in 1815 at Buckland

 

2N44

George Collett

Born in 1817 at Buckland

 

2N45

Francis Collett

Born in 1820 at Buckland

 

2N46

Ann Collett

Born in 1822 at Buckland

 

2N47

Selena Collett

Born in 1824 at Buckland

 

2N48

Robert Collett

Born in 1826 at Buckland

 

2N49

Lavinia Collett

Born in 1827 at Buckland

 

 

 

 

2M44

Esther Collett was baptised at Aston Blank on 31st December 1780, the daughter of Joseph and Betty Collett.   It was also at Aston Blank on 28th October 1804 that she married Thomas Braggington by licence, although on that occasion she was recorded as Hester Collett.  Thomas was born at Wenlode in Worcestershire.

 

 

 

 

2M45

John Collett was baptised on 27th September 1782 at Aston Blank.  He married Hannah Leech on 23rd December 1802 at Sherborne.  The first two children were born and baptised at Sherborne, the next two at Notgrove, and the remainder at Aston Blank.  Whilst John appeared in the 1841 Census for Aston Blank, his wife did not as she had died three years before and was buried at Aston Blank on 18th October 1838.  Widower John was living with his daughter Sarah, the other members of the family having already left the family home.

 

 

 

2N50

Jane Collett

Born in 1803 at Sherborne

 

2N51

Joseph Collett

Born in 1804 at Sherborne

 

2N52

Jane Collett

Born in 1806 at Notgrove

 

2N53

Eliza Collett

Born in 1808 at Notgrove

 

2N54

Harriett Collett

Born in 1810 at Aston Blank

 

2N55

John Collett

Born in 1811 at Aston Blank

 

2N56

Ann Collett

Born in 1813 at Aston Blank

 

2N57

William Collett

Born in 1815 at Aston Blank

 

2N58

Henry Collett

Born in 1818 at Aston Blank

 

2N59

Sarah Collett

Born in 1821 at Aston Blank

 

 

 

 

2M46

Richard Collett was born at Aston Blank where he was baptised on 17th July 1785.  He only lived seven short years before he died at Aston Blank on 25th October 1792.

 

 

 

 

2M47

Mary Collett was baptised on 6th June 1788 at Aston Blank.  According to the church records, in 1795 Mary was one of twelve children attending the village school at the church, the school being funded by a charity.   She later married Abraham Webling from Oxfordshire on 14th October 1807 at Aston Blank.

 

 

 

 

2M48

Samuel Collett was baptised on 3rd January 1790 at Aston Blank.  Just like his sister Mary (above), Samuel also attended the village school at the church in Aston Blank as confirmed by the church record of 28th March 1796.  At the time of the 1841 Census, Samuel was 50 and was an agricultural labourer living at Johnson Cottage in Aston Blank.

 

 

 

 

2M49

Richard Collett was baptised at Aston Blank on 16th December 1792 and was the son of Joseph and Betty Collett.  Although no specific evidence has been found, it seems very likely that Richard married Ann with whom he had a son Edwin who was baptised In Cirencester at the start of 1832.  However, no record of any member of the family has been discovered within any census thereafter.

 

 

 

2N60

Edwin Collett

Baptised on 24.01.1831 at Cirencester

 

 

 

 

2M51

Joseph Collett was baptised on 8th April 1798 at Aston Blank where he married Ann Still on 23rd February 1820 and where the children were born and baptised.  Ann was born on 5th May 1799 at Aston Blank, the daughter of William and Rebecca Still.  Joseph Collett died at Aston Blank on 12th December 1836 at the relatively young age of 38.  Following the death of her husband, his widow Ann Collett married (2) Thomas Shaw at Aston Blank.

 

 

 

2N61

Henry Collett

Born in 1820 at Aston Blank

 

2N62

Harriett Collett

Born in 1822 at Aston Blank

 

 

 

 

2N1

Elizabeth Amelia Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1847, her birth registered there during the first three months of that year (Ref. 11 411).  She married Thomas Alward at Stratford-upon- Avon during the second quarter of 1875 (Ref. 6d 767).  He was born at Solihull in Warwickshire in the first three months of 1847 (Ref. 16 532), while it was at Stratford-upon-Avon that he died during the second quarter of 1932 (Ref. 6d 2).  The 1891 Census included Elizabeth and Thomas who had living with them at Solihull Elizabeth's younger unmarried sister Martha Jane Collett (below) who was described as a visitor.  It was only seven years later that Elizabeth Amelia Alward nee Collett died at Solihull during the second quarter of 1898.  Following the death of his wife Thomas continued to have his sister-in-law Martha Jane Collett living with him, as confirmed in the next two census returns in 1901 and 1911.

 

 

 

 

2N2

Thomas James Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold during the last three months of 1848.

 

 

 

 

2N3

Mary Hall Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold where her birth was recorded during the fourth quarter of 1849 (Ref. 11 388).  She married Reuben Pritchett at Alcester in Warwickshire in the last three months of 1871 (Ref. 6d 1081).  Reuben was born at Solihull in the latter months of 1850 (Ref. 16 530).  Mary Hall Pritchett nee Collett died at Bromley in Kent during the third quarter of 1932 (Ref. 2a 612).

 

 

 

 

2N4

Martha Jane Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold during the second quarter of 1851 (Ref. 11 415).  It would appear from the census records that she never married and in the Solihull census of 1891 unmarried Martha Jane Collett was 40 when she was living with her married sister Elizabeth Alward (above) and her husband Thomas.  It was as Martha J Collett, age 50, that she was still living with her brother-in-law in 1901 following the death of her sister three years earlier.  Martha Jane was 59 in 1911 when she was continuing to live at the Solihull home of Thomas Alward.  It was at Solihull where she was still residing over eight years later, when her death was recorded there during the last three months of 1919 (Ref. 6d 742).

 

 

 

 

2N5

John Hall Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1854 where his birth was recorded during the first three months of the year (Ref. 6a 326).  He married Jane Wilson at West Bromwich, where the event was recorded (Ref. 6b 1093), Jane having been born at Lutterworth in Leicestershire at the end of 1853 (Ref. 7a 3).  It would appear that the marriage produced two daughters, the first of them born in Norfolk, the second after the family had settled in Bedford.  John Hall Collett died in 1904 following which his death was recorded at Bedford register office (Ref. 3b 207) during the first quarter of the year. After a further twenty-three years his widow Jane Collett nee Wilson passed away and her death too was recorded at Bedford register office (Ref. 3b 309) during the fourth quarter of 1927.

 

 

 

2O1

Jane Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1875 at Freebridge Lynn

 

2O2

Mary Henrietta Collett

Born in 1877 at Bedford

 

 

 

 

2N6

Thomas Collett was born at Lower Slaughter in 1861 but after the seventh of April, the census day that year.  He is understood to have been one half of a set of twins born to Joseph and Eliza Collett, his twin sister Mary appearing not to have survived beyond infancy since she was missing from the family in 1871.  Perhaps it was for the reason of being close to his school in Stow-on-the-Wold, that nine-year old ‘Thomas Collett of Slaughter’ was living with the family of master tailor and draper William Walton at the Market Place in Stow at the time of the census in 1871.  Thomas was described as nephew, the relationship being through Anne Walton nee Collett.  Also living at the Walton family home at that time was niece Emily Collett (Ref. 2O39) from Guiting (Guiting Power) who was 16 and who was employed as an assistant in William Walton’s drapers shop.  Emily was the niece of William’s wife Anne Walton nee Collett.

 

 

 

Ten years later, according to the census of 1881, Thomas Collett of Lower Slaughter was nineteen years old and was an apprentice ironmonger working and living with ironmonger John Fisher at his home at 34 Winchcombe Street in Cheltenham.  The wife of John Fisher was Mary Ann Collett, the eldest daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 2N30).  Thomas’ interest in ironmongery may have come from Walter Walton, the son of William and Anne Walton who, in 1871 was an out-of-work ironmonger.  By 1891 Thomas Collett, age 28 and from Slaughter, was living and working in the Ashton-under-Lyne area of Staffordshire where he was unmarried and continuing to work as an ironmonger.  It would appear that he was still a bachelor ten years later in March 1901, by which time he was living in Wolverhampton where he was described as Thomas Collett, age 38 and from Slaughter, an ironmonger’s assistant.  No record of him has been found in the next census in 1911.

 

 

 

 

2N8

Mary Elizabeth Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1864 and was living at Bourton-on-the-Water with her parents Joseph and Eliza Collett in 1871, when she was described as Mary Eliza Collett at six years of age.  Her father died in 1880 and her widowed mother was living in Stow-on-the-Wold in 1881.  By that time Mary was working in domestic service across the county boundary in Oxfordshire.  As Mary Elizabeth Collett, age 16 of Upper Slaughter, she was a general domestic servant living and working with farmer Thomas Henry Powell and his family at Churchill Grounds Farm House in Churchill.  Four years later in 1885 Mary Elizabeth married Henry Sanger, who was the brother of Fanny Sanger who was married to John Makin.  The marriage of Mary and Henry produced two children, Arthur Sanger who was born in 1886 who died in 1914, and Helena Collett Sanger who was born in 1890 and who died in 1968.

 

 

 

 

2N9

John Brain Collett (previously Ref. 33N14) was born at Upper Slaughter where he was baptised on 24th December 1816.  He married Mary Ann who was born around 1820 at Great Rissington, and all of their children were born at Upper Slaughter.  By 1851 the family was living at Upper Slaughter and comprised John B Collett, age 34 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Mary Collett was 29 and from Great Rissington, and their two young daughters were Ann Collett who was four, and Caroline Collett who was two.  Ten years on from then and the family had grown by three more children, so in 1861 John Brain Collett, age 44, was a farmer of 52 acres at Upper Slaughter.  His wife’s name in the census return was recorded as Mary Jane Collett, age 40 of Great Rissington, rather than Mary Ann, and their children were listed as Annabelle B Collett 14, Caroline S Collett 12, John Brain Collett who was nine, Mary Ann Collett who was four, and George Edward Collett who was only one year old, and all of them born at Upper Slaughter.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1871 two additional children had been born into the family.  John was 54 and his wife Mary Ann was 50, while their eldest daughter Ann/Annabelle must have married and moved away by then as there was no record of her living at Upper Slaughter.  The couple’s second daughter was listed as Caroline Sarah Collett 22 and her siblings at that time were John Brain Collett 19, Mary Jane Collett 14 (rather than Mary Ann), George Edward Collett 11, and new arrivals Margaret Ellen Collett, who was eight, and Francis William Collett who was four years old, all of Upper Slaughter.

 

 

 

John Brain Collett died on 14th March 1880 at the age of 63, following which he was buried at Upper Slaughter where a headstone in the churchyard of St Peter’s Church marks his grave.  As a consequence, in the census of 1881, Mary Ann Collett was described as a widow of 60 years living in the village of Upper Slaughter with her youngest son Francis William, age 14, who was a carpenter’s apprentice.  Mary Ann’s two other sons had left the family home by then.  Eldest son John Brain Collett was married and was still living at Upper Slaughter, while George Edward Collett was still a bachelor but was living at Deptford in London.  Within the next few years Mary’s son Francis was married so by 1891 Mary, who was then 70, was listed in the census records as still living Upper Slaughter but with her son and his young family.  Mary Ann Collett died at Upper Slaughter on 13th July 1895 and was buried at St Peter’s Church with her husband.

 

 

 

2O3

Annabelle Collett

Born in 1846 at Upper Slaughter

 

2O4

Caroline Sarah Collett

Born in 1848 at Upper Slaughter

 

2O5

John Brain Collett

Born in 1851 at Upper Slaughter

 

2O6

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1856 at Upper Slaughter

 

2O7

George Edward Collett

Born in 1859 at Upper Slaughter

 

2O8

Margaret Ellen Collett

Born in 1862 at Upper Slaughter

 

2O9

Francis William Collett

Born in 1866 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2N10

George Collett (previously Ref. 2n1 in the Guiting Power appendix) was born at Upper Slaughter during 1820, the second child of John Brain Collett and Ann Lea.  He was absent from his family’s home at The Square in Upper Slaughter in June 1841, by which time George was already working as a butcher’s apprentice at the Bourton-on-the-Water home of George and Mary Smith.  It was just over five years later on 15th October 1846 that he married (1) Elizabeth Emms at Stanway, four miles to the north of Guiting Power.  Once married the couple settled in Guiting Power where, around one year later, Elizabeth presented George with a daughter Mary Ann Cooper Collett.  Tragically before any further children were added to the family, Elizabeth died - perhaps even during the birth of their daughter.

 

 

 

2O10

Mary Ann Cooper Collett

Baptised on 30.11.1847 at Guiting Power

 

 

 

When his daughter Mary Ann was around three years old widower George Collett married (2) Ann Butler at Guiting Power on 30th September 1850.  Nine years earlier, on the day of the census in 1841, Ann Butler, born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1832, was the fifth child of her parents in a family of six sons and three daughters.  The census shows that the family was living at Bourton where her father was an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

That second marriage produced a further eight children for George, and all of them were born and baptised at Guiting Power.  However, just over six months later, and at the time of the Guiting census of 1851, the family only comprised George, age 30, his second wife Ann, who was 20, and his daughter Mary Ann who was three years old.  Ten years later the Guiting census of 1861 revealed the larger family as George Collett, age 39, a butcher and a farmer from Slaughter, his wife Ann Collett from Bourton who was 30, Mary Collett who was 13, Jane Collett who was nine, Emily Collett who was seven, George Collett who was six, John W Collett who was four, Ann Collett who was three, and baby Hester Collett who was eight months old.  The five oldest children were all attending the village school at that time.  Two more children were added to the family over the next five years, but sadly George died not long after that.

 

 

 

It was during 1868 that George Collett died at Guiting Power aged 48, following which he was buried in the churchyard there.  Three years after losing her husband his widow Ann, age 39, was still living at Guiting Power in 1871, but with just her five youngest children for company.  They were John W Collett, age 14, Annie E Collett, age 12, Esther M Collett, age 10, James F Collett, who was seven, and Ellen F Collett who was four years old. 

 

 

 

Thanks to Geoffrey Edward Collett (Ref. 2R16) it is now known that widow Ann Collett nee Butler married Job Lanchbury on 17th November 1875.  Job was a widower who was ten years younger than Ann, who had three children by his first wife.  As a result, the marriage was not approved of by Ann’s eldest son George Edward who subsequently left Gloucestershire, to settle in the area just south of Birmingham where he was married just over one later.  In the census of 1881 Job and Ann, together with Job’s three children, were recorded living at Sudeley Park Cottage within the parish of Sudeley Manor.  Job Lanchbury was 39 and a farm servant, his wife Ann was 49, and the three children were named as Joseph E Lanchbury who was 15 and an under game keeper, Ellen F Lanchbury was 14 and Aldwin J Lanchbury was 11, both of them still attending school.  Absent from the family home that day was Job’s eldest son Thomas Lanchbury, who later married Ann’s eldest daughter Jane Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

In addition to this, Ann’s three eldest Collett children, including Jane, have also been identified within the 1881 census.  The two daughters were both living and working in Cheltenham, but at separate addresses, while married son George was residing within the Birmingham area.  Of the remainder of her children only Annie E Collett of Guiting has been located, and she was 23 and working as a cook and a domestic servant at 1 Elliot Terrace in Plymouth, the home of non-practicing surgeon Aldborough Lloyd Williams and his family.  In the churchyard at Guiting Power is a flat memorial stone commemorating the deaths of two of the daughters of George Collett and Ann Butler.  Unfortunately the old weathered stone slab does not reveal which two daughters they are, although they are likely to be two from Ann, Hester and Ellen.

 

 

 

Further information received from the aforementioned Geoff Collett in 2016 states that the grandmother of the former Labour Member of Parliament Lord Edward (Ted) Stanley Bishop (1920-1984), life peer Baron Bishopston of Newark in Nottinghamshire, was the daughter of George Collett of Guiting Power.

 

 

 

2O11

Jane Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 08.02.1852 at Guiting Power

 

2O12

Emily Collett

Baptised on 04.09.1853 at Guiting Power

 

2O13

George Edward Collett

Baptised on 06.05.1855 at Guiting Power

 

2O14

John William Collett

Baptised on 15.02.1857 at Guiting Power

 

2O15

Ann Eliza Collett

Baptised on 26.12.1858 at Guiting Power

 

2O16

Hester M Collett

Born circa 1860/61 at Guiting Power

 

2O17

James Frederick Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1863 at Guiting Power

 

2O18

Ellen Frances Collett

Baptised on 20.05.1866 at Guiting Power

 

 

 

 

2N14

Jane Elizabeth Collett (previously Ref. 33N17) was born around 1827 and she later married James Cambray.  At the time of the 1871 Census Jane’s and James’ eldest daughter Sarah Anne Cambray was recorded as working as a housemaid at the home of Rector Edward Francis Witts the son of the Reverend Francis Edward Witts the author of “The Diary of a Cotswold Parson”.  By a strange coincidence, also visiting the Witts household on 2nd April in 1871 was Amy Collett (Ref. 14N10), age 21, of Upper Slaughter, whose occupation was also that of a housemaid, whose older sister Harriet Collett (Ref. 14N6) was employed there in 1861.

 

 

 

 

2N15

WILLIAM COLLETT was born out of wedlock on 10th March 1809 at Bibury and was baptised on the following day, 11th March 1809.  His mother, who was residing at Hawkesbury at the time of the child’s conception, returned to the family home in Bibury to be cared for by her mother before and after the child was to be born.  However, in order to satisfy the strict requirements of the parish elders, William’s father John Iles had to agree to sign a Bastardy Bond to support his son while living in the village of Bibury.  The bond amounted to the princely sum of £40, which was to cover his education and welfare and any damaged he might cause within the parish.

 

 

 

The Bond was signed and sealed by John Iles in front of the Thomas Davis Churchwarden and William Powell Overseer of the Poor of the Parish of Bibury.  It was dated the ninth day of March in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Nine, the day before William was born.  It stated - “Whereas Elizabeth Collett of the Parish of Hawkesbury but now residing in the Parish of Bibury, single woman is big and pregnant with a bastard child and declares that the bounder John Iles is the father of such child which if born in the said Parish of Bibury will become chargeable thereto.”  (See Bond 1809 in Legal Documents).

 

 

 

Before he reached eighteen years of age William married Hannah Stockwell on 25th December 1826 at Bibury.  Two things were significant about the marriage to Hannah, who was nine years older than William, he being only 17 years old on their wedding day.  The first was that it took place just over a month after William’s mother Elizabeth Collett married John Haynes, while the second was that the first child of William and Hannah was born within seven months of the date of the marriage.  That perhaps indicates that the families, or more likely the parish elders, who had overall control of the child, deemed that the marriage should take place for the sake of respectability.

 

 

 

Hannah Stockwell was the daughter of John and Alison Stockwell, who was baptised at Bibury on 26th February 1800.  All of William and Hannah’s children were baptised at Arlington Baptist Church in Bibury and it seems likely that their first child died before reaching its first birthday as their second child was given the same name, although she was referred to as Fran in 1841.  In the census that year for Bibury William was 35 and his occupation was stated as being that of an agricultural labourer.  His wife Hannah was 40, and four of their children were listed as living with the couple.  They were Fran Collett, who was 14, Elizabeth Collett, who was 11, William Collett, who was six, and Hannah Collett who was three years old.

 

 

 

There was no record of their son Joseph, who would have been 10, or their daughter Harriet, who would have been eight, or the second William who would have been two years old.  To register two children with the same name seems curious, but the names of both sons named William born to William and Hannah were listed in the Bibury Parish Records on page 61 entry no. 488 and page 76 entry no. 603 respectively.

 

 

 

Sometime after the 1841 birth of their last child Ruth, William and Hannah left Bibury and set up home at Chelworth midway between Cirencester and Malmesbury, as confirmed by the 1851 Census for Chelworth, District 3b of Crudwell in the Malmesbury area of Wiltshire.  What may be of interest was that ten years earlier Chelworth was the home of James Collett born in 1791 and his wife Anne born 1801 and their four children Joseph and Mary both born in 1826, Elizabeth born in 1829, and Henry born in June 1840.

 

 

 

The 1851 Census recorded William Collett, age 42, as head of the household, an agricultural labourer who was born at Bibury.  With him was his wife Hannah who was 50 and also born Bibury, who was described as undertaking domestic duties.  Living with them was their son William Collett, age 17 and a farm labourer born at Bibury, and their daughters Hannah, age 13 and an agricultural labourer, and Ruth who was nine, both of them born at Bibury.  Also living with the family at that time was Mary Burnall aged 44 an agricultural labourer born at Dursley in Gloucestershire, who was described as “married sister” which could mean that she was Hannah’s sister so being the former Mary Stockwell.

 

 

 

A further ten years on and the family was still living within the Crudwell area, but rather than District 3b for Chelworth, it was District 4 of the Malmesbury Eastern registration district, which was listed simply as ‘cottage’.  William Collett, as head of the household, was 50 and an agricultural carter born Bibury.  His wife Hannah was 60, also of Bibury, and with them was just one of their children, their daughter Ruth Collett who was 19 and a house servant born at Bibury.  Also included in the census with the family was unmarried visitor Ann Collett, age 19, who was another house servant who had been born at Bibury.  Who she was still needs to be determined.  On that occasion their absent son William, who would have been 27, was a sailor fighting in the China Wars with HMS Chesapeake.

 

 

 

However, during the next ten years William and Hannah moved home and by the time of the 1871 census William Collett, age 61 and an agricultural labourer born at Bibury, together with his wife Hannah who was 70 and also of Bibury, were living at Coates just two miles west of Cirencester.  It seems very likely that the move was prompted by the return of their son William, from the far-east, and his marriage to Caroline Ruth Watts at St Matthews Church in Coates in April 1866.

 

 

 

Sometime after April 1871 William and Hannah appear to have moved to a new home one mile south of Coates in the hamlet of Tarlton.  Alternatively, it may have been there that they were living anyway, since Tarlton lies within the parish of Coates and its residents attended St Matthews Church.  The death of William Collett on 16th November 1873 was recorded within the St Matthews Church parish register when he was described as ‘William Collett aged 63 of Tarlton’.

 

 

 

By April 1881 his widow Hannah Collett, age 80, was living at the High Street in Kemble midway between Coates and Chelworth.  Curiously on that occasion she gave her place of birth as Wootton-under-Edge which is not far from Dursley where her sister Mary was born – see 1851 Census details above.  With Hannah on that day in April 1881 was visitor and married daughter Ruth Parslow, age 39 and of Bibury, with her son William Charles Parslow who was three years old and born at Sherston Magna near Malmesbury.

 

 

 

2O19

Sarah Ann Collett

Baptised on 24.06.1827 at Bibury

 

2O20

Sarah Ann Collett

Baptised on 27.07.1828 at Bibury

 

2O21

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 07.03.1830 at Bibury

 

2O22

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 28.07.1831 at Bibury

 

2O23

Harriett Collett

Baptised on 24.03.1833 at Bibury

 

2O24

WILLIAM COLLETT

Baptised on 13.07.1834 at Bibury

 

2O25

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 28.01.1838 at Bibury

 

2O26

William Collett

Baptised on 07.04.1839 at Bibury

 

2O27

Ruth Collett

Baptised on 26.09.1841 at Bibury

 

 

 

 

2N16

Richard Collett was baptised on 12th April 1812 at the parish church in Bibury, the eldest of ten children of Thomas Collett and Mary Coates.  Sadly he suffered an infant death and was buried at Bibury six month later on 13th October 1812.

 

 

 

 

2N17

Mary Ann Collett was baptised on 12th December 1813 at the parish church in Bibury, the oldest daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.  Previously it was believed that she died in Bibury at the age of 25 where she was buried on 12th July 1839.  However, new information suggests that she was only seven months old when she died and that she was buried on 3rd July 1814.

 

 

 

 

2N18

John Collett was baptised on 7th May 1815 at the parish church in Bibury, the son of Thomas and Mary Collett.  He married Mary who was born in 1817 at Down Ampney on the Gloucestershire border with Wiltshire.  In the 1841 Census for Arlington and Bibury, John was 25 and his wife Mary was 24, and at that time they were living at the Arlington Row home of John’s parents, Thomas and Mary Collett.  Also listed within the same household was John’s two sisters Mary and Martha, and the family’s maiden great aunt Anne Collett.  It was the same situation ten years later, except that by then Mary had presented John with the couple’s only known child.  John and Mary were both recorded in the 1851 Census as still living with John’s parents at Arlington Row, where they were both 35, while their son William was eight years old.  Also still living at the house was John’s younger brother Joseph and his sister Martha.

 

 

 

2O28

William Collett

Born in 1842 at Arlington, Bibury

 

 

 

 

2N19

Ann Collett was baptised at the parish church in Bibury on 24th May 1818, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.  She was not recorded as living at the family home in Arlington Row, Bibury in the 1841 Census so had moved away by then.  At some time in her young life, Ann had travelled to the Isle of Wight and may have been later joined there by her younger sister Mary Collett (below), since it is known that both girls were married there.  Ann was the first to be married, when she wed Richard Clarke on 9th July 1848 at Northwood, just outside Cowes.  After they were married Ann and Richard continued to live on the island, and it was there, at West Cowes, four years later, that Ann’s sister Mary was married.

 

 

 

 

2N20

Job Collett was baptised on 18th March 1821 at the parish church in Bibury, the son of Thomas and Mary Collett.  Curiously in the 1841 Census, Job Collett from Bibury was listed as being 15, rather than 19, when he was living and working at Highworth near Swindon.  However, it is possible that his stated age was 19, but had been misinterpreted as 15.  The only other record so far found for Job is within the census return for Bilston in Wolverhampton in 1861.  In that he was listed as Job Collett, age 42 and from Bibury in Gloucestershire.  His was unmarried and living in lodgings in Bilston, from where he was employed as a labourer at a local colliery.

 

 

 

 

2N21

Joseph Collett was baptised at Taynton near Burford on 24th November 1822, the youngest son of Thomas Collett and Mary Coates.  By the time of the next census in 1851, Joseph Collett was staying at the house of his father, Thomas Collett, in Bibury and was listed as a miller of Faringdon at the age of 28.  Around the middle of the 1850s Joseph married Eliza Porter, although curiously she was not with her husband on the day of the census in 1861 at Withington.  By that time Eliza had given birth to the couple’s first child and he and his father were recorded within the Northleach & Chedworth registration at the time.  Joseph Collett was 40, and his son Thomas Collett was three years old and had been born at Withington.  Four more sons were added to the family during the 1860s and into the 1870s while they were still living in Withington.

 

 

 

By the time of the next Withington census in 1871, Joseph Collett, age 51, gave his place of birth as Bibury, by which time he was working as an agricultural labourer.  Living there with him was his wife Eliza Collett, age 38 and from Withington, his son Thomas Collett, a plough boy of 13, also from Withington, his son William Collett who was seven and from Withington, and his son Henry Collett who was eight months old and also born at Withington.  Living with the family was Eliza’s elderly father, William Porter, who was 68 and an agricultural labourer from Quenington.  Two more children were born into the family at Withington after 1871 but, sometime around 1876, Joseph Collett died.

 

 

 

The death of Joseph Collett was confirmed in the Withington census of 1881 when his widow Eliza Collett, age 47 and an agricultural labourer, was living in the hamlet of Foxcote, which is known as the source of the River Coln, within the parish of Withington.  By that time her eldest son Thomas was no longer living with the family as he would have been 23.  Every member of the household, including Eliza, had been born at Withington and they were William, who was 16 and a farmer’s boy, Henry Joseph, who was 10, Jesse who was seven, and George who was four.

 

 

 

After that time no record of sons Thomas and Jesse have been found, although it has now been established that Jesse Collett died within six months of the census day in 1881.  By the time of the next census in 1891 Eliza Collett was 54 when she was living with her married son William at Foxcote.  It was also with William at Foxcote that she was still living in 1901 at the age of 68.  Following the death of William’s wife during the first decade of the new century, Eliza and her widowed son went to live in Withington at the home of William’s brother-in-law Charles Messenger.  That was confirmed by the census in 1911 when widow Eliza Collett was 77 and her widowed son William was 47.  It must therefore be assumed that Eliza Collett nee Porter died at Withington during the next few years.

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1857 at Withington

 

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William Collett

Born in 1864 at Withington

 

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Henry Joseph Collett

Born in 1870 at Withington

 

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Jesse Collett

Born in 1873 at Withington

 

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George H Collett

Born in 1876 at Withington

 

 

 

 

2N22

Susannah Collett was baptised on 11th July 1824 at the parish church in Bibury.  She was not recorded as living at the family home in Arlington Row in Bibury in 1841, when she would have been 16 years old.  However, it seems very likely that she was already working as a domestic servant at the nearby Quenington home of land surveyor Nicholas Webb.  The census that year recorded her as Susana Collett, age 15 and born within the county of Gloucestershire, who was a farm servant to the five members of the Webb family, Quenington being less than two miles from where she was born.  All that is known about Susannah is that she married Henry Poole on 10th April 1847, after which the couple is known to have later settled in Aberdare.

 

 

 

 

2N23

Elizabeth Collett was baptised on 6th August 1826 at the parish church in Bibury, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.  Like her sister Susannah (above), she too was not recorded as living at the family home in Bibury in 1841.  During the 1840s Elizabeth married Richard Howard, and by 1851 the couple had been blessed with the arrival of two children.  The census that year placed the family living in the Cadoxton-Juxta-Neath area of Wales, to the east of Swansea.  Elizabeth from Gloucestershire was 24, her husband Richard was 25, and their two children were Neamiah Howard who was two, and Ezra Howard who was one year old.  Their marriage was only short-lived, when Elizabeth died during 1856.

 

 

 

 

2N24

Mary Collett was born at the end of 1828 and was baptised on 4th January 1829 at the parish church in Bibury.  She was recorded as being 12 years of age in the census of 1841 for Arlington, when she was living with her parents and younger sister Martha (above) at Arlington Row in Bibury.  She was not listed with her family in the 1851 Census for Bibury, although it is known that, up to a few years before then, she had still been living at Arlington Row with her parents.  It seems highly likely that, possibly around the time she was twenty, Mary had joined her older sister Ann (above) who was married on the Isle of Wight in 1848.  What is known for sure is that it was at West Cowes on the Isle of Wight that Mary Collett married Jacob Chambers on 20th October 1852, and it was there, on the Isle of Wight, that the couple settled and spent the early years of their married life together.

 

 

 

This is the family line of sisters Jill Chambers, of Stamford in Lincolnshire, and

Barbara Chambers of Dunbar in Scotland.  Jill’s website deals with the Swing Riots of 1830

(www.swingriotsriotersblacksheepsearch.com), while Barbara’s contains information about the Napoleonic Wars (www.britisharmyresearchnapoleonicwars.co.uk)

 

 

 

 

2N25

Martha Collett was baptised on 1st May 1831 at the parish church in Bibury, the last of the ten known children of Thomas Collett and Mary Coates.  She was recorded as being aged 10 years and 19 years respectively in the 1841 and 1851 Arlington and Bibury Census returns, when she was still living at the family home with her parents at Arlington Row on both occasions.  For the latter, her place of birth was confirmed as Arlington.  It would appear that upon the deaths of her parents in the late 1850s Martha Collett took over the house at Arlington Row.  She was nearly thirty-nine when she married the much younger George Hicks on 19th February 1870.  Whilst George was thirteen years younger than Martha, it was very likely her advanced years that was the reason why the marriage did not produce any children for the couple. 

 

 

 

Martha and George, an agricultural labourer from Cricklade, were confirmed as living at Arlington in 1871 when they were 39 and 25, in 1881 when they were 48 and 35, in 1891 when they were 58 and 45, and again in 1901 when Martha was 68 and George was 55.  There were still living at Arlington Row in 1911, by which time Martha was 79 and George was 65.  It was just three years later that Martha died at Arlington Row in 1914.

 

 

 

 

2N26

Anne Collett was very likely a honeymoon baby born just nine months after her parents Thomas Collett and Mary Fletcher were married at Sherborne on 24th February 1807.  Anne was baptised at Somerford Keynes on 12th December 1807.  Anne married William Walton from Longborough in Gloucestershire and in 1871 the couple were settled in Stow-on-the-Wold where William had a tailor and draper shop on the Market Place, where he employed nine men.  Anne was 63 by then and her place of birth was confirmed as Somerford Keynes.  In addition to their 22 years old son Walter Walton, who was an out of work ironmonger, two members of the Collett family were living with the family, together with a domestic servant. 

 

 

 

Assisting William in the shop was his 16 years old niece old Emily Collett from Guiting, the daughter of Anne’s brother John Collett (below).  Also living there at the age of nine years was Thomas Collett (Ref. 2N6) who was described as a nephew and a scholar from Lower Slaughter, who was the only known son of Joseph Collett (Ref. 2M3) and his wife Eliza.  Supporting the household was Ann Burrow 14, a general servant from Little Compton in Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

During the next decade Anne Walton nee Collett died at Stow-on-the-Wold, leaving her husband William to continue with the running of the tailor’s shop, perhaps with help from Emily Collett at least for a few more years.  By 1881 widower William Walton was 60 and had taken on the additional duties of postmaster while still living and working from the premises in the Market Place.  The only person with him at that time was the widow Eliza Collett who was 58 and from Lower Swell who was the mother of Thomas Collett who had been living with William and his wife ten years earlier.