PART TWENTY-ONE

 

The Cornwall Line – 1650 to 1840

 

This is the first of three sections of this family line

 

Updated February 2017

 

 

 

 

 

This was originally entitled The Cornish Rookledge Line but has

now been expanded to include many more Collett families of Cornwall.

The increase in the size of the file means this is the first of three sections

 

 

 

 

 

This was originally the family line of Gordon Rookledge Collett [1933-2012] - the line

being indicated by the names in capitals, to which has been added the line

of Christine St Johanser nee Collett (Ref. 21S60) of New Zealand

(this being indicated by the underlined names)

and the line of David Robert Parsons (see Ref. 21T32)

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to kindly providing the information on his family line,

David has also brought to our attention an excellent website covering births,

deaths and marriages which has been invaluable in updating this file

www.cornwall-opc-database.org

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix B has been added courtesy of Keith Rookledge and this traces the Rookledge family line back from Mrs Elsie Alice Goodwin-Rookledge (Ref. 21Q2).  This can be found at the end of the second section of The Cornwall Line 1840 to 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is possible, although not proved, that John and Richard Collett, who start this line, may have been the sons of Hugh Collett.  If so, it is likely that they may have been born at St Erth near Hayle in Cornwall, where Hugh’s known sons Gilbert and James were baptised on 8th January 1654 and 27th December 1661 respectively.  Gilbert appears not to have lived to see his fourteenth birthday as he was buried at St Erth on 14th December 1667, the parish record stating he was the son of Hugh.

 

 

 

 

 

Hugh’s wife may have been Grace as there are two burial records for St Erth within a year of each other, they being Hugh Collett who was buried there on 5th April 1682 followed by Grace Collett on 29th March 1683.

 

 

 

 

 

The earliest record found so far has been the baptism of Emanuel Collett, the son of Anthony Collett.  He was baptised at Creed on 9th March 1611 and that was curiously followed by the marriage of Anthony Collett and Grace Boskowen on 28th July 1611 at Creed between Grampound and Cuby-with-Tregony.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to these, a set of even earlier records has recently come to light and they centre on the village of St Michael Penkevil and the children of Edward Collett as follows:  Katherina baptised 25th on November 1559, Katherine baptised on 25th October 1560, and Maria and Joanna both baptised on 6th February 1563.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great many of the Collett family in this file had associations with the Roseland village of Philleigh, and in particular the parish church.  The parish of Philleigh (or Filly as it was previously known) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder.  Named from Saint Filly, Philleigh is situated on the beautiful rural Roseland peninsula, which is almost an island in the south of Cornwall.  Bounded by the sea on two sides, the River Fal forms the boundary on the third side.  To the east it is Ruan Lanihorne and Veryan and to the south are Gerrans and St Just-in-Roseland, while villages with the parish of Philleigh include Churchtown, White Lane, and Treworthal, all of which are mentioned later in this family line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Church of St Philleigh was dedicated to St Filius or St. Felicitas.  There was a church in the village from the 13th century, although the present building dates from the 15th century.  It comprises a chancel, nave, south aisle, and a north transept, a portion of which is used as a vestry.  The tower has two stages and has a single buttress at the square of the western angles.  It is finished with battlements and contains three bells.  The churchyard is entered by a lych gate.

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout this family line there are references to the epitaphs on the headstones of the graves within the churchyard of St Philleigh Church.  All of this information was kindly provided by Lynne Sharp (Ref. 21S59) who spent some time there taking photographs of each headstone with a Collett connection.  The information in the photographs, together with Lynn’s accompanying notes, has been invaluable in finalising some of the individual family details.                                 (The full details can be found in Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21I1

Unknown COLLETT male, who may have been the older brother of Elizabeth (below) was most likely born before 1630.

 

 

 

21J1

JOHN COLLETT

Born circa 1650

 

21J2

Richard Collett

Born circa 1650

 

21J3

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1660

 

 

 

 

21I2

Elizabeth Collett may have been born before 1640 and may have been related to the family listed below.  All that is so far known about her is that on 16th July 1661 she married Richard Plemon at Cuby-with-Tregony.

 

 

 

 

21J1

John Collett was the brother of Richard Collett (below) and was most likely born before 1650.  He may also have been the brother of Thomas Collett (below).  Little more is known about John at this time and it is therefore assumed that his first-born son was also named John, since the baptism of an unnamed son for John Collett was baptised at Cuby-with-Tregony on 6th June 1670.  The following year his daughter Elizabeth was also baptised at Cuby-with-Tregony on 25th September 1671 and again, the baptism record only included the name of the father as John Collett.  However, for the baptism of John’s next three children at Cuby-with-Tregony his wife’s name was included as (1) Grace.  Another daughter Jane Collett, was born to John and Grace but the IGI entry contains no details.  Furthermore, it now seems likely that John’s son baptised on 6th June 1670 was in fact Stephen who may have taken up his father’s name as the eldest son.  It is possible, but not proved, that John later married (2) Elizabeth Ball with whom he had another daughter.

 

 

 

21K1

John Collett? - unnamed son

Baptised on 06.06.1670 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

21K2

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 25.09.1671 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

21K3

Grace Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1674 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

21K4

William Collett

Baptised on 06.04.1677 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

21K5

Jane Collett

No date, but parents Jno and Grace Collett

 

21K6

Frances Collett

Baptised on 11.10.1685 at Veryan

 

 

 

 

21J2

Richard Collett may have been born around 1650.  He was a yeoman of Cuby-with-Tregony in Cornwall and on 28th November 1673 he married Margaret at Cuby-with-Tregony.  The IGI for Cornwall provides the date and place of the marriage but gives the bride’s name as Mary Yeoman.  It seems very likely that Richard had a brother John Collett (see above) who was also born prior to 1650.  Five of the six children credited to the couple have been identified in the 1744 Will of their son Richard Collett, the younger, who died in 1750.  This omits any reference to the couple’s second child Henry, who may have died before 1744.

 

 

 

21K7

Thomas Collett

Born in 1674 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

21K8

Henry Collett

Born in 1676 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

21K9

Richard Collett

Born in 1678 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

21K10

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

21K11

Anthony Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

21K12

Hannah Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

21J3

Thomas Collett may have been born around 1660 and was possibly the younger brother of John and Richard (above).  He was married to Jane and they had a daughter Joan who was baptised at Veryan.

 

 

 

21K13

Joan Collett

Baptised on 05.10.1684 at Veryan

 

 

 

 

 

21K1

JOHN COLLETT may have been the unnamed son of John and Grace Collett who was baptised at Cuby-with-Tregony on 6th June 1670, but who may have been much older judging by the age of his future wife.  It therefore seems highly likely that, upon marrying Ann, the couple’s first child was born at Veryan before the family settled in Ruan Lanihorne, where their two other known sons were baptised.  John Collett, who may have been born as early as 1660, is known to have married Ann who was born in 1663, and it is confirmed that both of their younger sons were born at Ruan Lanihorne just a few miles to the south-west of Cuby-with-Tregony, while the baptism of their eldest known child at Veryan confirmed the parents as John and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

21L1

Peter Collett

Baptised on 30.10.1683 at Veryan

 

21L2

THOMAS COLLETT

Baptised on 24.04.1692 at Ruan Lanihorne

 

21L3

Richard Collett

Baptised on 11.10.1702 at Ruan Lanihorne

 

 

 

 

21K2

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Cuby-with-Tregony on 25th September 1671, the eldest daughter of John Collett.  It seems likely that it was at Veryan to the north of Cuby-with-Tregony that Elizabeth Collett gave birth to a son William Collett who was baptised there on 25th December 1704.  He was the son of William Dowerack, but it has not been verified whether Elizabeth and William were ever married.

 

 

 

 

21K6

Frances Collett was baptised at Veryan on 11th October 1685, the baptism record confirming that her father was John Collett but with no name given for the mother.  An unverified entry on the website www.ancestry.com suggests that her mother was Elizabeth Ball.  Her cousin Richard Collett (below) was married to Hannah Ball and it may have been through that relationship that Frances, under her married name of Frances Curgenven, was a beneficiary under the terms of the 1744 Will of Richard Collett.  Also named in the same Will was Frances’ married daughter Rachel Blamey.

 

 

 

Frances Collett married Richard Curgenven who was born at St Michael Caerhays around 1675, the son of William Lean (Curgenven) and Rachel Richards.  They were married during 1711, possibly at Veryan where their first child was born, or at St Michael Caerhays where their subsequent children were born.  It was also at St Michael Caerhays that Richard Curgenven, a yeoman, died on 21st January 1745 and where his Will was proved later that same year.  His wife Frances Curgenven nee Collett died at Veryan on 3rd March 1762. 

 

 

 

The children of Richard Curgenven and Frances Collett were:

 

Peter Curgenven who was born at Veryan on 17th June 1712.  It was there also that he married Jane Langdon on 14th July 1738, while it was at St Michael Caerhays that he died on 12th October 1784.

 

Rachel Curgenven who was born at St Michael Caerhays on 26th December 1713, where she married Benjamin Blamey on 19th February 1736, and where she died on 16th May 1796 when she was 84.  Her husband Benjamin Blaney was born during 1706, was baptised on 18th January 1707, and was buried on 24th October 1790. 

 

Anne Curgenven who was born at St Michael Caerhays around 1715.  She married Zacharias Langdon during 1743 who may well have been the brother of Jane Langdon who married Anne’s eldest brother Peter.

 

Richard Curgenven who was born at St Michael Caerhays on 18th October 1719.  He married Hannah Ball and died at Veryan on 24th October 1791.  Curiously the IGI states that his parents were William Curgenven and Frances Collett.

 

John Curgenven who was born at St Michael Caerhays on 29th May 1721.  It was at Veryan that he married Elizabeth Ball on 12th December 1747, and later Elizabeth Wakeham, before he died there on 27th November 1794.

 

Hannah Curgenven who was born around 1722 or 1723, was buried on 5th April 1799.

 

Sarah Curgenven who was born at St Michael Caerhays on 22nd March 1724.

 

Frances Curgenven who was born at St Michael Caerhays around 1725.

 

 

 

 

21K7

Thomas Collett was born during in 1674 at Cuby-with-Tregony, the eldest child of Richard Collett and Margaret (Mary Yeoman), and was baptised there on 30th November 1674.  He later married Jane with whom he had a least two children, one of which was John Collett who was still alive in 1744.  Thomas Collett died in 1730, and was referred to as the deceased brother of Richard Collett (below) in his Will of 1744, in which his widow Jane and his son John were beneficiaries.

 

 

 

21L4

John Collett

Baptised on 25.11.1694 at Veryan

 

21L5

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 08.09.1700 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

 

 

 

21K8

Henry Collett was born in 1676 and was baptised at Cuby-with-Tregony on 7th December 1676.  The baptism record confirmed that his parents were Richard and Margaret Collett, while neither he nor any widow or offspring were mentioned in the 1744 Will of his brother Richard (below).

 

 

 

 

21K9

Richard Collett was very likely born at Cuby-with Tregony in 1678 and on 15th June 1698 he married Hannah Ball at Veryan.  It would appear that, by the time Richard made out his Will in 1744, he and Hannah had no surviving children, if indeed there were any born to the couple.  Instead the Will of Richard Collett was made on 25th January 1744 and named the following members of his extended family – as listed below.  Richard Collett died at Veryan in May 1750 and was buried there on 31st May 1750, after which the Will was proved on 2nd June 1850.  The beneficiaries under the terms of the Will were: his wife Hannah, Jane the wife of his deceased brother Thomas and their son John Collett of Gorran, his brother John and his two sons Peter Collett and Thomas Collett, his brother Anthony, his wife Elizabeth and their four children Anthony, Richard, Joan and Margery.  Also named were Hannah Dawes wife of Charles Dawes of Gorran – possibly Richard’s sister Hannah, and Frances Curgenven the wife of Richard Curgenven (who was the daughter of John Collett and Elizabeth Ball).  The latter was very likely the sister of Hannah Ball, Richard’s wife, who had married Richard’s brother John Collett.  Another beneficiary named in the Will was Rachel Blamey, the wife of Benjamin Blamey of Veryan.

 

 

 

 

21K10

John Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the brother of Richard Collett (above) as confirmed by his Will made in 1744 and proved in 1750.  Although no birth or baptism records have been unearthed for any of his children, two sons Peter and Thomas are named within the 1774 Will of John’s brother Richard, and described as the sons of the deceases brother.

 

 

 

21L6

Peter Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

21L7

Thomas Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

21K11

Anthony Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was another brother of Richard Collett (above) as confirmed by his Will made in 1744 and proved in 1750.  The same document also named his wife as Elizabeth, together with four of their children, Anthony, Richard, Joan and Margery aka Margaret.  Certainly the baptism records for the children listed below confirm the parents were Anthony and Elizabeth.  The burial of Anthony Collett was recorded at Veryan on 16th February 1716.

 

 

 

21L8

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 24.06.1694 at Veryan

 

21L9

Willmott Collett (female)

Baptised on 16.02.1695 at Veryan

 

21L10

Anthony Collett

Born circa 1697

 

21L11

Joan Collett

Baptised on 09.10.1698 at Veryan

 

21L12

Margaret Collett

Baptised on 06.01.1701 at Veryan

 

21L13

Richard Collett

Baptised on 11.08.1706 at Veryan

 

21L14

Blanche Collett

Baptised on 23.10.1709 at Veryan

 

 

 

 

21K12

Hannah Collett, whose date of birth is known, was named as Hannah Dawe in the 1744 Will of her brother Richard Collett (above), as a result of her marriage to Charles Dawe at Gorran on 8th April 1729.

 

 

 

 

21L1

Peter Collett was born and baptised at Veryan on 30th October 1683, the son of John and Ann Collett.  He later married Sybilla with whom he had at least two children at St Just-in-Roseland.  The only other known fact is that the burial of Peter Collett took place on December 1757.

 

 

 

21M1

Peter Collett

Baptised on 14.01.1715 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

21M2

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 16.07.1722 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

 

 

 

21L2

THOMAS COLLETT (Chollick) may have been born at Veryan on 30th October 1689, but was baptised at Ruan Lanihorne on 24th April 1692, the son of John Collett.  It was at nearby Philleigh that, on 28th February 1715, Thomas Collick (sic) of Ruan Lanihorne married (1) Susanna Sawle of Gerrans.  Tragically Susanna, who was born in 1694, died in 1715 most likely during childbirth, the child also not surviving.  Thomas then married (2) Susanna Furse on 14th July 1716.  Susanna was baptised at Feock on 16th February 1695, the daughter of John and Margery Furse.

 

 

 

Over the following twenty-five years Susanna presented Thomas with fourteen children when they were living at Philleigh and when the youngest child was nineteen, Thomas Collett died and was buried at Philleigh on 30th September 1760.  It was just over five years after that when his widow Susanna Collett nee Furze died of apoplexy at the age of 71, following which she was also buried at Philleigh on 26th November 1765.

 

 

 

The Will of Thomas Collett, yeoman of Philleigh, was made on 6th March 1759, was proved on 28th April 1761, and was transcribed by his fifth great grandson Don R Hender.  In the addition to the Will, other notes made by Don appear to conflict with the information written here in this family line, and they are that his father was another Thomas, instead of John as herein stated, his wife’s maiden name may have been Luke, instead of Sawle or Furse as herein stated, and that he was born around 1700 rather than in 1689.  The transcript of the Will can be found in the folder Legal Documents under Will 1759 Thomas Collett which names his wife Susanna and ten of the fourteen children listed below.

 

 

 

21M3

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 30.07.1717 at Philleigh

 

21M4

Richard Collett

Baptised on 26.04.1719 at Philleigh

 

21M5

Ann Collett

Baptised on 05.02.1721 at Philleigh

 

21M6

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 02.02.1723 at Philleigh

 

21M7

THOMAS COLLETT

Baptised on 03.11.1724 at Philleigh

 

21M8

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 15.02.1726 at Philleigh

 

21M9

John Collett

Baptised on 22.08.1727 at Philleigh

 

21M10

Frances Collett

Baptised on 03.11.1729 at Philleigh

 

21M11

Zacharias Collett

Baptised on 17.08.1731 at Philleigh

 

21M12

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 10.02.1733 at Philleigh

 

21M13

Hugh Collett

Baptised on 21.04.1734 at Philleigh

 

21M14

Joan Collett

Baptised on 25.06.1737 at Philleigh

 

21M15

Benjamin Collett

Baptised on 25.06.1737 at Philleigh

 

21M16

Henry Collett

Baptised on 19.09.1741 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21L3

Richard Collett was baptised at Ruan Lanihorne on 11th October 1702, the son of John Collett.  He later married Anne Crawl at Ruan Lanihorne on 26th March 1733.  And it was also at Ruan Lanihorne that their daughter was baptised although no record has so far been found for their son who was living at Ruan Lanihorne twenty years later. 

 

 

 

21M17

John Collett

Born circa 1734 at Ruan Lanihorne

 

21M18

Anne Collett

Born circa 1734 at Ruan Lanihorne

 

 

 

 

21L10

Anthony Collett was third child and the eldest son of Anthony and Elizabeth Collett of Veryan where the baptism of his six siblings took place, while no such birth or baptism for Anthony has been found there.  He married Jane and the date of baptism of their first child may place Anthony’s date of birth around the early 1690s.  All of their seven known children were baptised at Veryan.  Three Anthony Colletts were buried at Veryan; one on 9th July 1749, the next on 2nd January 1751 and the third on 30th March 1759, possibly two of them being father and son.

 

 

 

21M19

John Collett

Baptised on 24.08.1718 at Veryan

 

21M20

Anthony Collett

Baptised on 08.05.1720 at Veryan

 

21M21

Jane Collett

Baptised on 01.07.1722 at Veryan; infant death

 

21M22

Henry Collett

Baptised on 29.04.1724 at Veryan

 

21M23

Jane Collett

Baptised on 05.06.1726 at Veryan

 

21M24

Mary Collett

Baptised on 09.08.1730 at Veryan

 

 

 

 

21L11

Joan Collett was baptised at Veryan on 9th October 1698, a daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth Collett.  It was also at Veryan where she later married John Mewden on 12th August 1722.

 

 

 

 

21L13

Richard Collett was baptised at Veryan on 11th August 1706, the youngest son of Anthony and Elizabeth Collett.  It was at Veryan that he married (1) Catherine Johns on 30th December 1738 and it was there that they lived and where their children were baptised.  Catherine would appear to have died around 1750 since Richard later married (2) Hannah with whom he a further child who was also baptised at Veryan.  The child’s name might indicate that his daughter Hannah from his first marriage had already died by then, although there is no evidence to support this assumption.

 

 

 

21M25

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 22.11.1739 at Veryan; infant death

 

21M26

Hugh Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1745 at Veryan

 

21M27

Anthony Collett

Baptised on 07.07.1749 at Veryan

 

The following is the child of Richard Collett and his second wife Hannah:

 

21M28

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 04.04.1754 at Veryan

 

 

 

 

21M1

Susanna Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 30th July 1717 as Susanna Cholleck, the daughter of Thomas Cholleck.  She later married Samuel Ward who was born in 1715.  Susanna Ward died when she was 40 and was buried at Philleigh on 20th December 1758, just under two years before the death of her father.  Her husband survived for over forty more years, when he died in 1799.

 

 

 

 

21M2

Richard Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 26th April 1719 although his name was written as Cholick.  The IGI for Cornwall also record the fact that his parents were Thomas Collick and Susanna.  And it was at Philleigh as Richard Collett that he married Bridget Jennings by banns on 26th September 1747, and it was also while the couple were living at Philleigh that all of their children were born and baptised.  Eight years after their wedding day, Richard’s younger brother Hugh (below) married Bridget’s sister Hannah Jennings.  Richard was still alive in 1760 when he was a beneficiary under the terms of his father’s Will.

 

 

 

It was twenty-five years later that Richard Collett died of the fever at Philleigh, where he was buried on 24th September 1785 aged 67.  Richard’s wife Bridget had died nearly four years earlier and was buried at Philleigh on 26th December 1781 aged 66.  The burial record confirmed that she was the wife of Richard Collett.

 

 

 

21N1

Ann Collett

Baptised on 02.10.1748 at Philleigh

 

21N2

John Collett

Baptised on 15.04.1750 at Philleigh

 

21N3

Bridget Collett

Baptised on 30.12.1753 at Philleigh

 

21N4

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 02.11.1755 at Philleigh

 

21N5

Amos Collett

Baptised on 02.11.1760 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21M3

Ann Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 5th February 1721 although her name was written as Cholick.  The IGI for Cornwall also record the fact that her parents were Thomas Collick or Collett and Susanna Sawle.  It was as Ann Collett that she was married by banns to Cornelius James of Key at Philleigh on 14th June 1747, and twelve years later she was simply referred to as Anne by her father in his Will of 1759.

 

 

 

 

21M4

Thomas Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 2nd February 1723 as Thomas Chollick, the son of Thomas Chollick.  It is very likely that he did not survived for long, since the next son born to Thomas Collett was also given the name Thomas.

 

 

 

 

21M5

THOMAS COLLETT was the son of Thomas Collett and was baptised on 3rd November 1724 at Philleigh where he later married Mary.  And it was also at Philleigh that the couple lived and where all of their children were born and baptised.  He was also a beneficiary under the terms of his father’s Will made in 1859.  Thomas Collett died of ‘old age’ at Philleigh when he was 73, and was buried there on 29th April 1796.  Mary also died there, but seven years later, and was buried on 20th March 1803 aged 82. 

 

 

 

21N6

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 19.10.1746 at Philleigh

 

21N7

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 12.06.1748 at Philleigh

 

21N8

Richard Collett

Baptised on 30.09.1750 at Philleigh

 

21N9

Mary Collett

Baptised on 31.10.1752 at Philleigh

 

21N10

John Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1755 at Philleigh

 

21N11

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 19.03.1758 at Philleigh

 

21N12

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 30.03.1760 at Philleigh

 

21N13

Jenny Collett

Baptised on 14.03.1762 at Philleigh

 

21N14

John Collett

Baptised on 22.09.1763 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21M6

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 15th February 1726, the daughter of Thomas Collett.  Tragically she was only four years old when she died at Philleigh, where she was buried on 16th October 1730, when she was described as the daughter of Thomas Collett and Susanna Sawle.

 

 

 

 

21M7

John Collett was the son of Thomas Collett and was baptised on 22nd August 1727 at Philleigh where he later married Susanna Langdon on 21st June 1752.  Susanna was also born in 1727 and her sister Mary Langdon was married to John’s brother Benjamin Collett (below) at Philleigh in 1760.  It was also at Philleigh that the couple’s five sons were born and where John died of an ulcerous sore throat and putrid fever in 1766.  He was aged 39 and was buried at Philleigh on 28th July 1766.  Seven years earlier John had been named in his father’s Will of 1759.

 

 

 

Almost nine years after his death, John’s widow Susanna was remarried to John Oates (or Oats) at Philleigh on 28th February 1775.  Two years later Susanna gave birth to a daughter Susanna Oates in January 1777 who sadly died when she was just thirty months old and was buried at Philleigh on 16th June 1779.  Susanna herself survived until just after the turn of the century when she also died at Philleigh and was buried there on 20th March 1800.  She was 73 and she died of consumption.  John’s marriage to Susanna was just one of many ties between the Collett family and the Langdon family.

 

 

 

21N15

Peter Collett

Born circa 1753 at Philleigh

 

21N16

Henry Collett

Born circa 1755 at Philleigh

 

21N17

Roger Collett

Born circa 1758 at Philleigh

 

21N18

John Collett

Born circa 1761 at Philleigh

 

21N19

BENJAMIN COLLETT

Born circa 1763 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21M8

Frances Collett was the daughter of Thomas Collett and she was baptised on 3rd November 1729 at Philleigh where she later married Isaac Bohenna on 11th June 1752.  It was simply as Frances, the daughter of Thomas Collett that she was named as a beneficiary in his Will of 1759.

 

 

 

 

21M9

Zacharias Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 17th August 1731, the parish register confirming his parents as Thomas and Susanna Collett who, it is believed, was Thomas Chollick and his second wife Susanna Furse.  It was at Philleigh on 19th April 1756 that he was married by banns to Mary Bartley from Veryan.  Mary Collett nee Bartley was born at Gorran on 12th February 1734 and died of a disorder of the liver while still a resident of Philleigh and was buried there on 29th October 1797.  Her husband survived her by eighteen years and was also buried at Philleigh on 18th March 1815 aged 84.  Zacharias was one of the ten children of Thomas Collett named in his Will of 1759.

 

 

 

21N20

Grace Bartley Collett

Baptised on 27.12.1756 at Philleigh

 

21N21

Mary Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1758 at Philleigh

 

21N22

Zacharias Collett

Baptised on 25.04.1761 at Philleigh

 

21N23

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 25.04.1761 at Philleigh

 

21N24

Frances Collett

Baptised on 30.11.1769 at Philleigh

 

21N25

Hannibal Collett

Baptised on 13.03.1772 at Philleigh

 

21N26

William Collett

Baptised on 30.10.1774 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21M10

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 10th February 1733, the daughter of Thomas and Susanna Collett.  It was previously written here that she later married Thomas Williams and that she died prior to the death of her father in 1760, since she was one of four children not named in his Will of 1759.  However, another record at Philleigh states that Elizabeth Collett was buried on 4th March 1733, which raises the question, who was the Elizabeth Collett who married Thomas Williams.

 

 

 

 

21M11

Hugh Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 21st April 1734, the son of Thomas and Susanna Collett.  On 30th June 1755 he married Hannah Jennings who was the sister of Bridget Jennings who eight years earlier had married Hugh’s older brother Richard Collett (above).  All four of their daughters were born and baptised at Philleigh.  Hugh was also named in his father’s Will made in 1759.

 

 

 

21N27

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 11.04.1757 at Philleigh

 

21N28

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 15.04.1759 at Philleigh

 

21N29

Bridget Collett

Baptised on 01.01.1761 at Philleigh

 

21N30

Jennifer Collett

Baptised on 12.02.1764 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21M12

Joan Collett was baptised on 25th June 1737 at Philleigh in a joint ceremony with her brother Benjamin (below), who may have been her twin.  Five months before her twenty-first birthday she married Thomas Ward.  The wedding took place at Philleigh on 30th January 1759 where the couple appear to have lived all the rest of their lives together and where all of their children were born.  Two months after she was married Joan’s father made his Will in which she was named as one of his three surviving daughters.  Both Joan and Thomas were noted as being of the parish of Philleigh at the time of their wedding.  Joan Ward nee Collett died of dropsy at the age of 69 while living at Philleigh, where she was buried on 20th June 1807.

 

 

 

21N31

Samuel Ward

Baptised on 09.09.1759 at Philleigh

 

21N32

Elizabeth Ward

Baptised on 15.02.1761 at Philleigh

 

21N33

Susanna Ward

Baptised on 04.07.1762 at Philleigh

 

21N34

Thomas Ward

Baptised on 25.12.1763 at Philleigh

 

21N35

John Ward

Baptised on 01.09.1765 at Philleigh

 

21N36

Jenny Ward

Baptised on 01.11.1768 at Philleigh

 

21N37

James Ward

Baptised on 08.04.1771 at Philleigh

 

21N38

Rebecca Ward

Baptised on 10.01.1773 at Philleigh

 

21N39

Anne Ward

Baptised on 09.10.1775 at Philleigh

 

21N40

Mary Ward

Baptised on 01.03.1778 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21M13

Benjamin Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 25th June 1737 in a joint ceremony with his sister Joan (above), their parents being confirmed simply as Thomas and Susanna Collett.  It was two days after his father had died that Benjamin married Mary Langdon at Philleigh on 2nd November 1760 at a time when she was already with child.  Benjamin was therefore one of the seven sons named by his father in his Will of 1759.  Eight years earlier Benjamin’s brother John (above) had married Mary’s sister Susanna Langdon.  All of their children were born and baptised at Philleigh, and it was also there that Benjamin died and was buried on 3rd October 1800.  The cause of death was stated as ‘water in the chest’.  His wife Mary, being 5 years old than Benjamin, had died nine years earlier and was buried at Philleigh on 23rd March 1791 aged 59.  The cause of death was given as putrid fever.

 

 

 

21N41

Theodosius Collett

Baptised on 11.05.1761 at Philleigh

 

21N42

Lucretia Collett

Baptised on 05.06.1763 at Philleigh

 

21N43

James Collett

Baptised on 08.04.1765 at Philleigh

 

21N44

Michael Collett

Baptised on 24.04.1768 at Philleigh

 

21N45

Anne Collett

Baptised on 30.09.1770 at Philleigh

 

21N46

Rosamund Collett

Baptised on 04.02.1774 at Philleigh

 

21N47

Rosemunda Collett

Baptised on 06.05.1781 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21M14

Henry Collett was baptised on 19th September 1741 at Philleigh, the son of Thomas and Susanna Collett.  The next record in the life of Henry Collett was as a beneficiary under the terms of his father’s Will of 1759.  It was in Philleigh seven years later that Henry was married by banns to Susanna Bohenna on 27th November 1766.  Susanna was born on 1st November 1747 at Philleigh and was the daughter of Joshua Bohenna and Lucretia Langdon.  It would appear the couple lived all their lives together at Philleigh, since it was there that all of their children were born and baptised, and it was there where Henry was buried on 30th May 1824 aged 83.  Five years later Susanna Collett nee Bohenna died at Philleigh, where she was buried with her husband on 11th February 1829.

 

 

 

21N48

William Collett

Baptised on 05.07.1767 at Philleigh

 

21N49

William Collett

Baptised on 15.05.1769 at Philleigh

 

21N50

James Collett

Baptised on 08.03.1771 at Philleigh

 

21N51

Hugh Collett

Baptised on 23.05.1773 at Philleigh

 

21N52

John Bohenna Collett

Baptised on 30.01.1775 at Philleigh

 

21N53

Peter Collett

Baptised on 31.03.1777 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21M15

John Collett was most likely born at Ruan Lanihorne around the end of 1733 or the beginning of 1734, following the marriage of his parents Richard Collett and Anne Crawl in the March of 1733.  This is based on the fact that his younger sister Anne Collett (below) was baptised at Ruan Lanihorne at the start of 1735.  It was around 1755 that he married (1) Susanna with their son was born towards the end of that year at Ruan Lanihorne, where he was baptised.  Many years later, and following the death of his wife Susanna, John married (2) Mary who was twenty-seven years younger that John.

 

 

 

John Collett died on 9th July 1810 at the age of 77 and was buried with his wife Mary in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church in the village of Philleigh.  The headstone also included the details of the passing of Mary Collett which took place on 28th January 1802 when she was 41 years of age.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

21N54

Henry Collett

Baptised on 26.12.1755 at Ruan Lanihorne

 

 

 

 

21M16

Anne Collett was most very born at Ruan Lanihorne, where she was baptised on 18th January 1735, the daughter of Richard and Anne Collett.  Anne was twenty-six years of age when she married Richard Staple at Mylor on 11th June 1761.  Once they were married the couple settled in Mylor, where all of their children were born and baptised.  The children for whom a baptism record has been found were Rebecca Staples who was baptised on 25th July 1762 who married James Williams at Mylor on 13th December 1788, Philippa Staple baptised on 16th September 1764 who died on 7th February 1765, Eleanor Staple baptised on 24th November 1765, Philippa Staple baptised on 3rd August 1767, Ann Staple baptised on 9th September 1768 who died on 16th August 1769, Richard Staple baptised 23rd October 1769, and John Staple who was baptised on 10th October 1773 who died at Mylor on 30th April 1777.

 

 

 

 

21M19

John Collett was baptised at Veryan on 24th August 1718, the eldest child of Anthony and Jane Collett.  He later married (1) Mary with whom he had a daughter of the same name but baptised with the Collitt spelling of the surname.  It would appear that no long after the birth, Mary may have died giving birth to a subsequent child.  Some years later John Collett married (2) Honour Johns at Veryan on 8th July 1750, by which time Honour had already given birth to the couple’s first of ten children, all of them baptised at Veryan.

 

 

 

21N55

Mary Collett

Baptised on 16.04.1738 at Veryan

 

The following are the children of John and Honour Collett:

 

21N56

Susan Collett

Baptised on 23.01.1750 at Veryan

 

21N57

John Collett

Baptised on 25.09.1752 at Veryan

 

21N58

Jane Collett

Baptised on 24.05.1755 at Veryan

 

21N59

Mary Collett

Baptised on 12.04.1757 at Veryan

 

21N60

Anthony Collett

Baptised on 02.02.1759 at Veryan

 

21N61

Honour Collett

Baptised on 02.03.1761 at Veryan

 

21N62

Rachel Collett

Baptised on 23.10.1763 at Veryan; infant death

 

21N63

Ann Collett

Baptised on 14.09.1766 at Veryan

 

21N64

Henry Collett

Baptised on 25.12.1768 at Veryan

 

21N65

Rachel Collett

Baptised on 04.02.1771 at Veryan

 

 

 

 

21M20

Anthony Collett was baptised at Veryan on 8th May 1720 and he later married Joan Thomas at Veryan where two dates are recorded for their wedding day.  The first of them was 13th July 1760, the second being 9th September 1760.  Further records at Veryan indicate that their marriage produced two daughters who were also baptised there and that it was there also that Anthony Collett was buried on 5th March 1777.  Another record confirms that an alternative Anthony Collett was buried at Veryan on 21st September 1811, but he is more like to be his nephew Anthony Collett who was born in 1759 and the son of Anthony’s brother John Collett (above).

 

 

 

21N66

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 13.08.1761 at Veryan

 

21N67

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 16.02.1766 at Veryan

 

 

 

 

21M24

Mary Collett was the youngest child of Anthony and Jane Collett who was baptised on 9th August 1730 at Veryan, where she later married John Profit on 19th July 1753.

 

 

 

 

21N1

Ann Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 2nd October 1748 and it was there that she was married to Thomas Dowerick on 12th February 1771.  Following the wedding the couple left Philleigh and settled in Veryan.  It may be of interest to note that there are other possible spellings of the surname Dowerick within this family line, and all or some of them may relate to the same family.  The variations are Dowerack, Dowrack, Dowrick, and Downick.

 

 

 

 

21N2

John Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 15th April 1750, the son of Richard and Bridget Collett.  It has not yet been proved, but it seems very likely that he married Rachel Plummer at Ruan Lanihorne, just a short distance from Philleigh, on 25th November 1779.  It would appear from burial record at Ruan Lanihorne where he was buried on 24th September 1823, that he was aged 71 and was living at Cornelly at the time of his death.  Just over three years later his son John junior died at Cornelly and was buried at Ruan Lanihorne on 14th November 1826 aged 36.  His wife Rachel also died at Cornelly at the age of 84 and was also buried at Ruan Lanihorne nearly seven years after her husband on 3rd January 1830.

 

 

 

21O1

John Collett

Born in 1790 at Ruan Lanihorne

 

 

 

 

21N3

Bridget Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 30th December 1753 and sadly only survived for a few months and was buried at Philleigh on 17th April 1754.  The burial record confirmed her parents as Richard and Bridget Collett.

 

 

 

 

21N4

Thomas Collett was baptised on 2nd November 1755 at Philleigh and, despite what was previously written here, he appears not to have married Elizabeth Bray at Egloshayle near Wadebridge on 26th June 1774.  That particular Thomas Collett was a resident of St Breock near Wadebridge on the north Cornish coast, whose identity has not yet been confirmed.  What is now known though, thanks to Mick Underhill, is that Thomas Collett from Philleigh was a bachelor when he was married by banns to Elizabeth Tonkin at Feock on 15th December 1785.  Elizabeth was a spinster from Feock, while the witnesses were John Withiell and Andrew Shepherd.  The marriage produced at least the six children named below, who were all baptised at Veryan, the first son named after Thomas’ father.

 

 

 

21O2

Richard Collett

Baptised on 12.03.1788 at Veryan

 

21O3

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 12.03.1790 at Veryan

 

21O4

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 14.06.1791 at Veryan

 

21O5

Joseph Collett

Baptised on 01.10.1794 at Veryan

 

21O6

Mary Collett

Baptised on 14.06.1796 at Veryan

 

21O7

Martha Collett

Baptised on 26.12.1798 at Veryan

 

 

 

 

21N5

Amos Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 2nd November 1760.  He married Elizabeth Oates by banns at Gerrans on 22nd April 1783.  The witnesses at the ceremony were Thomas Collett, Amos’ older brother, and Richard Sillwood.  Elizabeth Oates was very likely the niece of John Oates who married the widow Susanna Collett nee Langdon in 1775 (Ref. 21M7).  It would appear that Amos and Elizabeth lived the majority of the life at Gerrans where all but two of their children were born and baptised.  Only son Amos and daughter Mary were baptised at Philleigh.  Amos was a witness at the wedding of his daughter Catherine on 4th January 1810 when she marriage her cousin ‘one step removed’ Roger Collett the son of the late Peter Collett (below).

 

 

 

21O8

Bridget Collett

Baptised on 23.03.1784 at Gerrans

 

21O9

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 11.03.1786 at Gerrans

 

21O10

Betsy Collett

Baptised on 28.12.1786 at Gerrans

 

21O11

Amos Collett

Baptised on 29.06.1789 at Philleigh

 

21O12

Asenath Oates Collett

Baptised on 26.04.1791 at Gerrans

 

21O13

Nancy Collett

Baptised on 22.04.1793 at Gerrans

 

21O14

Margery Collett

Baptised on 28.12.1795 at Gerrans

 

21O15

Philip Collett

Born during 1797 at Gerrans

 

21O16

Mary Collett

Baptised on 12.08.1799 at Philleigh

 

21O17

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 16.08.1801 at Gerrans

 

21O18

Philippa Collett

Baptised on 11.10.1804 at Gerrans

 

21O19

William Oates Collett

Baptised on 18.10.1807 at Gerrans

 

 

 

 

21N6

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 19th October 1746 where she married by banns Thomas Williams of Truro on 1st January 1769.

 

 

 

 

21N7

Susanna Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 12th June 1748 but she only survived for just over six years and was buried at Philleigh on 23rd November 1754.

 

 

 

 

21N9

Mary Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 31st October 1752 where she also died and was buried on 28th May 1769 aged 17.  The burial record confirmed that she was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.  The cause of death was given as ‘fever of worms’ from which other children also died around that same time.

 

 

 

 

21N11

Thomas Collett may have been born at Philleigh in 1756 but was not baptised there until 19th March 1758, the son of Thomas and Mary Collett.  It is possible, although not proved, that Thomas Collett born around 1754 later married Ann.  Their son Thomas was born around 1790 and he later married Susan Carpenter at St Gerrans in 1822.  Thomas and Susan subsequently moved to the America during the 1830s and ultimately settled at Waynesville in Warren County, Ohio, where they raised a large family.  However, there are apparently no living male descendants of Thomas and Susan who bear the Collett name today.  That is according to Brad Feldmaier in America, the 3x grandson of Thomas and Susan Collett, who provided these brief details in 2014.  Another option for Thomas, born circa 1790, is Thomas Collett (Ref. 21O4) who was baptised at St Veryans in 1791, but he was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett, not Thomas and Ann Collett as recorded by Brad’s ancestor in the family history drawn up in 1946.  So there are still some unanswered questions regarding the Ohio branch of this family.

 

 

 

21O20

Thomas Collett

Born circa 1790 at St Gerrans

 

 

 

 

21N12

Susanna Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 30th March 1760 and it was there on 23rd December 1783 that she married labourer John Parkin of Ruan Lanihorne.

 

 

 

 

21N13

Jenny Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 14th March 1762 and died within a few months and was buried at Philleigh on 6th July 1762.  The burial record confirmed her parents as Thomas and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

21N14

John Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 22nd September 1763 and was the son of Thomas and Mary.  It was at Philleigh that he married the widow Mary Bohenna on 25th April 1796.  The parish record at the time of his marriage gave John’s occupation as being that of a farmer.  Mary was formerly Mary Ward and it was on 8th October 1791 at Philleigh that she had married Thomas Bohenna who was a weaver.  Three years later Thomas Bohenna died of consumption on 12th October 1794 aged 26.  Thomas who was born in 1768 was very likely a nephew of Susanna Bohenna who had married Henry Collett (Ref. 21M14) in 1766.  It seems also seems likely that John and Mary only had the one child that was born at Philleigh, before Mary died there and was buried there on 10th January 1802.  The cause of death was consumption.

 

 

 

21O21

Mary Collett

Baptised on 25.06.1797 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21N15

Peter Collett was born around 1751 and was the son of John and Susanna Collett of Philleigh. At round 30 years of age he married Asenath Bohenna on 6th February 1781 at Philleigh.  At the time of their wedding Peter’s occupation was recorded as being that of a labourer.  That was the third link between the Collett family and the Bohenna family.  Peter’s and Asenath’s two known sons were baptised at Philleigh.

 

 

 

Peter Collett served as a parish clerk at Philleigh during the three years prior to his early death in December 1785.  And it was there that he was buried on 12th December 1785 aged 35.  The cause of death was given on the burial record as rheumatism.  Like his brother John (above) the only other reference so far found relating to Peter is through the Will of his brother Henry Collett (below).  By the time of the death of Henry in 1809 Peter had already passed away, since the Will referred to nephews Roger and James as ‘the sons of my late brother Peter Collett deceased’.

 

 

 

A lease document dated 8th April 1844 for a property at Polglaze (see Peter’s brother Henry below) referred to previous occupiers as the late Peter Collett, then Asenath Collett his widow.  The property, together with a tenement at Churchtown (within the parish of Philleigh) was occupied by Peter’s son James Bohenna Collett up until his death and by his widow thereafter until her death.

 

 

 

21O22

Roger Collett

Baptised on 17.03.1782 at Philleigh

 

21O23

James Bohenna Collett

Baptised on 02.02.1784 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21N16

Henry Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 26th December 1755.  New information recently discovered may provide a clue to the fact that Henry could have married Elizabeth Withiell at Philleigh on 16th August 1792.  The only additional detail in the parish register stated that Henry was a farmer and that would correspond to Henry being “a yeoman of Philleigh”.  Henry would have been thirty-seven at the time of the marriage and, if Elizabeth was a similar age, that may then account for why the marriage appears not to have provided the couple with any children.  This assumption has been deduced from Henry’s Will, as no children are mentioned.  Seventeen years after he was married Henry died from consumption and was buried at Philleigh on 8th December 1809.

 

 

 

His Will has been helpful in providing a better picture of parts of his extended family.  Firstly it refers to his wife, although unfortunately not by her name.  It then makes reference to a surviving brother John and a deceased brother Peter and his two sons, the three gentlemen being the main beneficiaries with each having an equal share in Henry’s estate.  There was also a mention of Henry’s mother Susanna and his stepfather John Oats to whom she was married in February 1775 after Henry’s father died in 1766.  The Will stipulated that John Oats should receive five pounds after the death of Henry’s wife and for the money to be taken out of the estate.

 

 

 

The Will indicated that, at the time of writing the document, Henry owned three dwellings in White Lane at Polglaze in the parish of Philleigh, in one of which he lived with his wife.  The other two dwellings were rented to James Barnicoat and Richard Richards.  James Barnicoat was the husband of Henry’s cousin Anne Collett (Ref. 21N45).  The witnesses to the signing of the Henry’s Will were Hannibal Collett and William Collett who were also his cousins – see Ref. 21N25 and 21N26.

 

 

 

Henry’s younger brother Roger (below) had already died by the time Henry made his Will although the absence of any reference to his youngest brother Benjamin (below) thirty years later is slightly curious.  Furthermore the lack of any direct heirs in the Will may indicate that Henry and his wife had no children or that they had died before reaching adulthood.

 

 

 

At an earlier time on 2nd February 1789 Henry Collett a yeoman of Philleigh entered into a lease with Peter Calmel of Park Place, St James in Westminster for a dwelling house with stable and hog-sty in White Lane in Polglaze which was formerly occupied by the late John Langdon.  A later lease document dated 11th July 1793 made reference to the newly built houses and fields of Henry Collett within the Barton of Trelonk near Philleigh, in addition to listing other property at Polglaze and Churchtown tenement, both within the parish of Philleigh.

 

 

 

 

21N17

Roger Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 26th December 1758.  At the age of twenty-two Roger was taken ill with consumption from which he died and was buried at Philleigh on 23rd September 1780.

 

 

 

 

21N18

John Collett was born around 1761 and was the son of John and Susanna Collett of Philleigh.   His existence within the family has initially been confirmed by reference to him in the Will of his younger brother Henry (below) who died in 1809.  In the Will he was bequeathed an equal share of Henry’s estate with Henry’s two nephews, the sons of another brother Peter Collett (below).  At the start of the following year on 4th January 1810 John was one of the witnesses at the Gerrans wedding of his brother Peter’s son Roger Collett to Catherine Collett the daughter of Amos Collett and Elizabeth Oates.  No further information on John has so far been found.

 

 

 

 

21N19

BENJAMIN COLLETT was born at Philleigh in 1763.  He married Thomasina Hill on 19th February 1792 at St Winnow in Cornwall.  At sometime between the start of the new century and 1825 the family moved from St Winnow to Lostwithiel.  And it was at Lostwithiel where Thomasina died and was buried on 27th May 1825 aged 66.  Benjamin lived the next sixteen years as a widower before he also died at Lostwithiel where he was buried on 16th April 1841 aged 77.

 

 

 

21O24

Mary Hill Collett

Born in 1792 at St Winnow

 

21O25

Eliza Collett

Born in 1794 at St Winnow

 

21O26

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1797 at St Winnow

 

21O27

Susanna Collett

Born in 1799 at St Winnow

 

 

 

 

21N22

Zacharias Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 25th April 1761.  Very little is known about him except that in his old age he was living at Tresillian and that he was buried at Merther on 4th April 1837 aged 77.  However, it seems very likely that he may have been married twice in his life, the first marriage producing a son John when Zacharias was thirty years of age.  A new record recently discovered states that Zacharias Collett married (2) Mary Jenkins on 24th April 1808.  Mary would appear to have been many years younger than her husband since their two known children were born when Zacharias was around 55 and 59 respectively.  At the time of the birth of those two children Zacharias and Mary were living at Tresillian Bridge in Merther.  Mary Collett nee Jenkins died at the age of 75 and was buried at Merther on 30th October 1850, ten years after her daughter Mary Ann was buried there.

 

 

 

21O28

John Collett

Born circa 1792 at Merther

 

The following are the two children of Zacharias Collett and Mary Jenkins:

 

21O29

John Collett

Born in 1816 at Merther

 

21O30

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1820 at Merther

 

 

 

 

21N24

Frances Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 30th November 1769.  She was nearly thirty-three years old when she married James Sye at Philleigh on 31st July 1802.

 

 

 

 

21N25

Hannibal Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 13th March 1772.  He was a shoemaker and married Ann Harris on 25th March 1799 at Philleigh where all their children were later baptised.  Ann was originally believed to have died during 1818 at Philleigh, where she was buried on 21st April 1818.  However, the recent discovery of an old headstone in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church has proved that was not the case, and that that Ann Collett was a different individual altogether.  The inscription on the single headstone of the joint grave reads as follows:  “In memory of Hannibal Collett who died 20th February 1853 aged 81.  Also Ann wife of the above died 5th May 1866 aged 93”.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

21O31

Mary Collett

Baptised on 09.02.1800 at Philleigh

 

21O32

Betsy Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1801 at Philleigh

 

21O33

Nancy Collett

Baptised on 26.06.1803 at Philleigh

 

21O34

Joanna Collett

Baptised on 14.04.1805 at Philleigh

 

21O35

Alexander Harris Collett

Baptised on 27.07.1806 at Philleigh

 

21O36

Hannibal Collett

Baptised on 11.05.1808 at Philleigh

 

21O37

Alexander Collett

Baptised on 10.12.1809 at Philleigh

 

21O38

Joanna Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1812 at Philleigh

 

21O39

William Collett

Baptised on 17.09.1815 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21N26

William Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 30th October 1774.  He was a shoemaker and on 11th February 1804 he married the much younger Ann Davey at Philleigh, who had been born there around 1785.  Their first child was baptised at Philleigh in a joint ceremony with Joanna Collett, the daughter of William’s brother Hannibal (above).  All of William’s and Ann’s other children were also baptised at Philleigh.

 

 

 

Ann Collett nee Davey may have died during the birth of a sixth child for the couple, still she died at Philleigh on 3rd April 1818.  So William was a widower with five young children when he was forty-four years old.  By the time of the census in 1851 William Collett of Philleigh was still residing there at the age of 76, when he was recorded as a master shoemaker and journeyman.  Also still living there with him was his married son John Collett, age 41, with his family.  William Collett was still living at Philleigh when he died three and a half years later on 19th December 1854.

 

 

 

The Will of William Collett, master shoemaker of Philleigh, referred to just four of his five children, the missing child being his first offspring, his daughter Mary, who may have suffered a premature death.  The Will was written after 1839, since his youngest daughter Fanny was referred to by her married name of Fanny Chipman.

 

 

 

21O40

Mary Collett

Baptised on 14.04.1805 at Philleigh

 

21O41

Robert Davey Collett

Baptised on 29.03.1807 at Philleigh

 

21O42

John Collett

Baptised on 21.05.1809 at Philleigh

 

21O43

Fanny Collett

Baptised on 01.03.1812 at Philleigh

 

21O44

William Collett

Baptised on 24.11.1816 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21N30

Jennifer Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 12th February 1764.  It seems very likely that she may have married late in her life, as a Jennifer Collett married Robert Ward at St Just in Roseland on 9th November 1800.  Jennifer’s aunt Joan Collett (Ref. 21M12) had married a Thomas Ward in 1759.

 

 

 

 

21N37

James Ward was baptised at Philleigh on 8th April 1771 and it was there that he married Elizabeth Johns on 28th October 1802.  It was also at Philleigh that all of their children were born.  That was the first time the surname Johns appears in this family line, but it may be of interest that many more followed and were linked with the Collett family on numerous occasions, both as a forename and a surname.

 

 

 

21O45

Edward John Ward

Baptised on 25.09.1803 at Philleigh

 

21O46

James Ward

Baptised on 10.03.1805 at Philleigh

 

21O47

Elizabeth Ward

Baptised on 23.11.1806 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21N38

Rebecca Ward was baptised at Philleigh on 10th January 1773.  It would seem that she never married and died in 1851.

 

 

 

 

21N42

Lucretia Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 5th June 1763 where, on 26th April 1789, she married John Langdon of St Michael Penkevil.  See Ref. 21M7 and 21M13 for earlier links between the two families.  It is also very likely that John Langdon was the son of the late John Langdon who was referred to as such in the lease agreement of February 1789 relating to property at White Lane in Polglaze in the parish of Philleigh occupied by Henry Collett (Ref. 21N16) who was Lucretia’s cousin once removed.

 

 

 

 

21N43

James Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 8th April 1765.  Just before his fourth birthday he was taken ill and died and was buried at Philleigh on 23rd March 1769.  The burial record confirmed his parents were Benjamin and Mary Collett and that he died of fever of the worms.

 

 

 

 

21N45

Anne Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 30th September 1770 and it was there that she married carpenter James Barnicoat of Cuby-with-Tregony on 28th May 1791.  In 1809 at the time of the death of Henry Collett (Ref. 21N16) James and Anne were living in a dwelling in White Lane in the parish of Philleigh.  That property was part of the estate of Henry Collett in whose Will James Barnicoat was named as a tenanted.

 

 

 

 

21N46

Rosamund Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 4th February 1774.  She survived for less than three months and was buried at Philleigh on 24th April 1774.  The burial record listed her as Rosamonda Collett the daughter of Benjamin and Mary.

 

 

 

 

21N47

Rosemunda Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 6th May 1781.  At the age of five years she died and was buried at Philleigh on 17th October 1781.  The burial record confirmed her parents Benjamin and Mary.

 

 

 

 

21N48

William Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 5th July 1767, the eldest child of Henry Collett and Susanna Bohenna.  Sadly he only survived for a few days, since he was buried at Philleigh on 10th July 1767.

 

 

 

 

21N49

William Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 15th May 1769, and was the second child of Henry Collett and Susanna Bohenna.  It was also at Philleigh that William later married Susanna Yelland on 9th July 1796.  At the time of his wedding he was working as a labourer.

 

 

 

 

21N50

James Collett was baptised on 8th March 1771 at Philleigh where he was buried on 15th August 1788 at the age of 17.  The burial record confirmed he was the son of Henry and Susanna Collett and that he died from consumption.

 

 

 

 

21N51

Hugh Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 23rd May 1773.  Towards the end of 1796 Hugh had a premarital relationship with Rebecca Mills who ended up being with child.  As a result, Hugh and Rebecca were married on 2nd January 1797 at Gorran near Mevagissey.  Rebecca was the daughter of Roberts Mills and Elizabeth Cock and was born at St Ewe where she was baptised on 21st February 1775.  After just over four months into their married life together Rebecca presented her husband with a son who was baptised at Philleigh, as were all of their subsequent children.  Hugh’s occupation was that of a blacksmith, a trade that was handed down through many generations of the family.

 

 

 

Sometime during 1808 and 1809 Hugh and Rebecca and their family moved from Philleigh and returned to the village where they were married.  And it was at Gorran where their last two children were born, even though they were still baptised at Philleigh.  It seems likely that the family was affected by an illness in 1837, and as a result Hugh’s and Rebecca’s two youngest children died.  First Grace died on 5th May and was followed by Joshua on 17th June.  Both were buried in the same grave at St Philleigh Church where a single headstone marks the grave.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census on 6th June 1841, Hugh Collett was recorded as a blacksmith of 67 in the village of St Michael Penkevil, just across the water from Philleigh where his wife Rebecca was still living with a rounded aged of 65.  Rebecca Collett died at Philleigh during May 1845 and was buried there on 19th May 1845 at the age of 72, and was followed by her husband who died at Treworthal on 9th June 1845.  Two days later on 11th June 1845 Hugh Collett was buried at Philleigh with his wife.  The fact that Hugh Collett of Philleigh was in St Michael Penkevil in 1841 and Treworthal in 1845, probably indicates that it was his occupation as a blacksmith that required him to travel around that part of Cornwall to obtain work.

 

 

 

21O48

Peter Collett

Baptised on 21.05.1797 at Philleigh

 

21O49

James Collett

Baptised on 06.11.1798 at Philleigh

 

21O50

Rebecca Collett

Baptised on 02.11.1800 at Philleigh

 

21O51

Francis Cock Collett

Baptised on 29.05.1803 at Philleigh

 

21O52

Hugh Collett

Baptised on 08.12.1805 at Philleigh

 

21O53

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 01.11.1807 at Philleigh

 

21O54

Grace Collett

Born circa 1810 at Philleigh

 

21O55

Grace Collett

Born circa 1812 at Gorran

 

21O56

Joshua Collett

Born circa 1817 at Gorran

 

 

 

 

21N52

John Bohenna Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 30th January 1775.  He married Mary Odgers who was born at Gerrans in 1770.  Their wedding took place at Gorran on 3rd March 1807, and it was at Gorran that they settled and where their children were born.  Mary was actually the widow of Jacob Whetter whom she had married in 1796 at Gerrans.  Jacob was born at Gorran on 28th September 1771 but died there in October 1805.  There were two witnesses at the marriage of John and Mary in 1807, one being his younger brother Peter Collett (below).   The other witness and named first in the register may have been attached to the church but it was John Oates, the second husband of Susanna Collett and therefore the brother-in-law of John Bohenna Collett’s own father Henry who was still alive at that time.  John Bohenna Collett died during 1846.

 

 

 

21O57

William Odgers Collett

Born in 1810 at Gorran

 

21O58

Mary Odgers Collett

Born in 1812 at Gorran

 

21O59

Margery Odgers Collett

Born in 1815 at Gorran

 

 

 

 

21N53

Peter Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 31st March 1777.  The only later reference that has so far been found for Peter is that he was very likely the Peter Collett who was one of the witnesses at the 1807 wedding of his older brother John Bohenna Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

21N61

Honour Collett was baptised at Veryan on 2nd March 1761 where she later married John Banfield Harris on 6th November 1791.  She was one of the children of John Collett and Honour Johns.

 

 

 

 

21N65

Rachel Collett was baptised at Veryan on 4th February 1771, the youngest child of John and Honour Collett.  It was also at Veryan where she married James Merrifield on 17th December 1796.

 

 

 

 

21N56

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Veryan on 13th October 1761, the elder of the two known daughter of Anthony and Joan Collett.  She later married John Nott at Veryan on 28th March 1796.

 

 

 

 

21N57

Catherine Collett was baptised at Veryan on 16th February 1766 and was the youngest known child of Anthony and Joan Collett, who married Thomas Ball at Veryan on 21st June 1801.

 

 

 

 

21O1

John Collett was born around 1790 and that event may have taken place at Ruan Lanihorne or Cornelly where he later lived with his parents John and Rachel Collett.  All three of them died while living at Cornelly and all three were buried at Ruan Lanihorne.  John junior was buried on 14th November 1826 aged 36, following his father who was buried in 1823 but before his mother, who died just over three years after.

 

 

 

 

21O3

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Veryan on 12th March 1790.  She was the daughter of Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Tonkin, but tragically she died just a month later and was buried at Thomas’ home village of Philleigh on 21st April 1790.

 

 

 

 

21O8

Bridget Collett was born at Gerrans around 1790 where she was married by banns to William Dingle of Philleigh on 11th April 1809.  The witnesses at the ceremony were her father Amos Collett and her sister Betsey James nee Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

21O9

Catherine Collett was baptised at Gerrans on 11th March 1786 where, on 4th January 1810, she married her cousin Roger Collett of Philleigh - see Ref. 21O22 below.

 

 

 

 

21O10

Betsy Collett was born at Gerrans in 1786 and was baptised there on 28th December 1876.  And it was at Gerrans that Betsey (sic) married Henry John James of Philleigh by banns on 11th July 1808.  The witnesses at the ceremony were Betsey’s father Amos Collett and Richard Sillwood who must have been a lifelong friend of Amos Collett since he was also the witness at his own wedding.

 

 

 

 

21O11

Amos Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 29th June 1789 and was the oldest son of Amos and Elizabeth Collett of Gerrans and was one of only two of their twelve children baptised at Philleigh.  It would appear that it was late in his life that he became a married man.  Bachelor Amos Collett would have been around forty-four when he married the widow Elizabeth Lamerton at Philleigh on 24th February 1834.  Elizabeth had been born Elizabeth Dash, the daughter of Joseph Dash and Catherine Huddy, and was baptised at St Just-in-Roseland on 7th April 1805.  Previously she had been married to William Lamberton who was born in 1786, that marriage taking place at St Clement on 11th April 1829.  However, William Lamberton died at St Clement just over a year later on 22nd June 1830.

 

 

 

The baptism records at Philleigh confirmed that all of the children of Amos and Elizabeth Collett were born at Treworthal within the parish of Philleigh, where Amos worked as a boatman.  The first census in 1841 listed the family living at Treworthal as Amos Collett, age 50, and Elizabeth Collett who was 35, together with their daughters Elizabeth and Catherine who were seven and under one year old, while their surviving son Charles was three.  Missing from the family was the couple’s eldest son who had sadly died when he was only five months old.

 

 

 

In addition to suffering the death of their first son in 1837, Amos and Elizabeth lost the remainder of their children during the 1840s, the first three as a result of an outbreak of typhus fever in the summer of 1842.  The couple’s last child was born in 1843 but died in early 1847.  So by the time of the next census in 1851 it was just Amos and Elizabeth who were recorded as still living in Treworthal, but having lost all five of their children.  The Treworthal census in 1851 listed Amos as being aged 62 and of Gerrans who was working as a farmer and a boatman, while his wife Elizabeth was 46, had been born at St Just and was recorded as being a shopkeeper.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1861 Amos was 71 and Elizabeth was 56, when the couple was living at Philleigh-in-Roseland where Amos Collett was the inn keeper, most likely at the Roseland Inn (on the right) which is still there to this day.  However, it was just over two years later that Amos Collett died on 25th December 1863 at the age of 74, following which he was buried in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church.

 

According to the census in 1871 Elizabeth Collett, a widow of 66, had taken over the role of the inn keeper at the Roseland Inn and had staying there with her, her distant cousin William Dash, the great great grandfather of Clive Dash who in 2014 provided the new information for the update of the family.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett, formerly Lamberton nee Dash, was a widow for just less than eight years when she passed away on 18th May 1871 at the age of 66 and was buried with her husband at St Philleigh.  A single headstone in churchyard carries the names of both Amos and Elizabeth, and in addition to which there is a reference to their five children who died in their infancy, although not by name.  (see Headstone Epitaphs).  It is interesting to note that at the time of the census in 1861 Robert Collett (Ref. 21P53), age 17 and the second son of William Collett Asenath Downick, was employed by Joseph Dash, a farmer of 50 acres employing one boy, as a carter at Treleggan Farm in Gerrans.  That Joseph Dash was the brother of Elizabeth Collett Dash, who had married Grace Ward at Gerrans on 2nd June 1827.

 

 

 

21P1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1834 at Treworthal

 

21P2

Charles Collett

Born in 1836 at Treworthal

 

21P3

Charles Collett

Born in 1838 at Treworthal

 

21P4

Catherine Collett

Born in 1840 at Treworthal

 

21P5

Elizabeth Ann Collett

Born in 1843 at Treworthal

 

 

 

 

21O13

Nancy Collett was baptised at Gerrans on 22nd April 1793.  She married very late in her life when she wed widower Thomas Ball at Gerrans on 19th December 1840.  Thomas of Trewithian was the son of George Ball and both father and son were employed as carpenters.  Nancy was recorded as being of Treleggan and her father was confirmed as the farmer Amos Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  It would appear that Nancy and Thomas were only together for less than ten years, since on 4th December 1851 widower Thomas Ball was married for a third time to Ann Billing Collett (Ref. 21P62).  The wedding took place at Philleigh and Ann was Nancy’s niece two-times removed.

 

 

 

 

21O15

Philip Collett was born in 1797 at Gerrans.  By the time of the 1841 census his rounded age was stated as being 45, although in reality it would have been 43.  At that time Philip was living in the Bodmin, St Austell & Truro registration district.

 

 

 

 

21O16

Mary Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 12th August 1799 and it was there that she married Samuel Thomas of Treworlas on 5th August 1824.  The parish register stated that her place of residence was Treworthal in the parish of Philleigh, which was where it is known that her brother Amos Collett also lived.

 

 

 

 

21O18

Philippa Collett was baptised at Gerrans on 11th October 1804.  She later married Amos Escott at Philleigh on 22nd October 1832, with whom she had at least five of children.  Amos Escott was a shoemaker who was born at Philleigh around 1808.  In the census of 1841 he was 30 years old, while his wife Philippa was 35 (both rounded ages).  Living with the couple at Philleigh were their first five children, they being William, who was eight, Amos, who was seven, James, who was five, Elizabeth, who was three, and Asenath who was one year old.

 

 

 

Further children may have been added to the family after June 1841, but what happened exactly is not known. It may even have been that Philippa died giving birth to the couple’s next child.  However, by 1851 Amos Escott, age 42, was living in Treworthal with his second wife Johanna Escott 39 from Gorran, and children Phyllis Escott 11, and John Escott who was eight, both children born at Philleigh. 

 

 

 

One of Philippa’s sons, James Escott was 15 in 1851 and was living in the Redruth & Illogan area of Cornwall, with what looks like his younger sister Elizabeth who was listed as Biddy Escott.  What is known for sure is that James eventually emigrated to New Zealand, but finally settled in Australia.  Today this line extends to Ros Escott of Australia who is the great granddaughter of James Escott.  Ros is also connected to the Collett family via Ann Collett who was her 4x great grandmother who married Thomas Dowerick at Philleigh in 1771, whose descendents also married into the Escott family.

 

 

 

 

21O22

Roger Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 17th March 1782 and before he reached his fourth birthday his father Peter Collett had died.  Roger married his cousin Catherine Collett at Gerrans on 4th January 1810 by banns.  Roger was described as being a bachelor of Philleigh, while Catherine was recorded as being of the parish of Gerrans - see Ref. 21O9 above.  It was at Gerrans that Catherine was baptised on 11th March 1786.  She was the daughter of Amos Collett and Elizabeth Oates and her father was one of the witnesses at her wedding, together with his Roger’s uncle John Collett who was very likely representing his late father Peter Collett.  During the year prior to their wedding Roger had been a beneficiary under the terms of the Will of another of his father’s brother, Henry Collett who had no children of his own.

 

 

 

At the time of the first national census for Philleigh, Roger’s rounded age was given as 55, as was that of his wife Catherine.  Ten years later the census of 1851 gave a more accurate record of Roger’s age, that being 69, while Catherine was 66.  In 1851 the couple were living at White Lane in the parish of Philleigh where Roger was a shopkeeper selling tea, tobacco, and fruit.  His place of birth was given as Philleigh, while Catherine’s was Gerrans.  Catherine must have died during the 1850s as she was not listed in the census of 1861 with Roger who was 78.  It has not been determined whether or not they had any children and it would appear that Roger died before 1871 as he was not listed in that year’s census record.

 

 

 

 

21O23

James Bohenna Collett was born at Philleigh where he was baptised on 2nd February 1784, his parents confirmed as Peter and Asenath Collett.  His second name came from his mother’s maiden name and the strong links between the two families.  Just as his brother Roger (above) had, James also benefited from the Will of his uncle Henry Collett who died in 1809.  He married Elizabeth Olivey at Gerrans on 4th January 1821 when the witnesses at the ceremony in the parish church were William and Richard Olivey, and when groom James was confirmed as a bachelor of Philleigh.  Once married, James and Elizabeth leased land at Church Town in the parish of Philleigh, where the family was still living in 1841.

 

 

 

At the time of the birth of James’ first child at Philleigh he was recorded as being a farmer, as he was again four years after his death on the occasion of the marriage of his daughter Susanna in 1848.  And it was also at Philleigh that all of the couple’s children were baptised.  In the Church Town (Philleigh) census of 1841 the couple’s rounded ages were given as 55 for James and 50 for Elizabeth.  On that day their children were recorded as Catherine, Susanna and Grace, which may indicate that their son Peter had not survived.  Ten months later James Bohenna Collett died at Philleigh during the first half of April in 1842, where he was buried on 14th April that year.  Following the death of her husband, Elizabeth Collett of Philleigh, a widow, took out a fourteen-year lease on a tenement property in Church Town (in the parish of Philleigh) for a rent of £96, the lease being signed on 8th April 1844.  The property was leased from Sir Charles Lemon of Carclew, having previously been leased to her husband prior to his death.  By 1851 widow Elizabeth was 61 and was living at Veryan in the St Just & Truro registration area at the home of her daughter Susanna Rundle nee Collett.  And it was same situation ten years later in 1861 when she was 71 years old.  However, she too must have passed away shortly after that time. 

 

 

 

21P6

Lucretia Bohenna Collett

Baptised on 04.11.1821 at Philleigh

 

21P7

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 06.03.1823 at Philleigh

 

21P8

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 05.09.1824 at Philleigh

 

21P9

Grace Olivey Collett

Baptised on 28.01.1827 at Philleigh

 

21P10

Peter Collett

Baptised on 28.01.1831 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21O24

Mary Hill Collett was born at St Winnow in the latter part of 1792 or very early in the following year, since she was baptised at St Winnow on 27th January 1793.

 

 

 

 

21O25

Eliza Collett was born at St Winnow in late 1794 or early 1795 where she was baptised as Eliza Collett on 8th March 1795.  It would appear that she never married and at the age of 44 she died and was buried with her mother at Lostwithiel on 3rd April 1839.  The burial record registered her name as Eliza Collett.

 

 

 

 

21O26

THOMAS COLLETT was born in 1797 at St Winnow and was baptised there on 2nd April 1797.  He became the Reverend Thomas Collett and in 1825 he married Frances Knighton at Dawlish in Devon where all three of their children were born.  The only baptism record found for a Frances Knighton in Devon was in 1792 under the name of Cecilia Frances Knighton although curiously no parents’ names were entered.  The later census records confirm that she was born at Dawlish in 1792.  According to the census in 1841 the family was complete and was still residing at Dawlish within the Newton Abbot & Teignmouth registration district of Devon.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett was 40, as was his wife Frances, while their three children were named as Mallison Collett, who was 14, Charles Collett, who was 12, and Emily Collett who was nine years old.  Ten year later the couple’s second son Charles was missing from the Dawlish when the census in 1851 listed the family as Thomas, who was 54, Frances, who was 58, Mollisson H Collett who was 24, and Emily Collett who was 19.  Charles Collett, age 23 and from Dawlish, was living and working in the Windsor area of Berkshire on that occasion.

 

 

 

By 1861 all of the couple’s children had left the family home in Dawlish, leaving just Thomas, age 64, and Frances who was 69 and born at Dawlish.  And it was at Dawlish seven years later that Thomas Collett died in 1868, followed the year after by his widow Frances Collett nee Knighton.

 

 

 

21P11

Mollison Henry Collett

Born in 1827 at Dawlish

 

 

21P12

CHARLES BENJAMIN COLLETT

Born in 1829 at Dawlish

 

 

21P13

Emily Ellen Collett

Born in 1831 at Dawlish

 

 

 

 

 

21O27

Susanna Collett was born at St Winnow in 1799 and it was there that she was baptised on 26th August 1799.  A little while after she was born her family to Lostwithiel.  It was while at Lostwithiel that she gave birth to a base-born son William Collett Furze.  The child was baptised at Lostwithiel on 6th July 1824 and on the following day Susannah married the boy’s father William Furze.

 

 

 

 

21O28

John Collett was possibly born in 1792 and the event may have taken place at Merther, although no records have so far been found to confirm this.  What is known is that at the marriage of John Collett junior and Catherine Hoskin at St Allen in 1849 the groom’s father was recorded as labourer John Collett.  It is therefore possibly that John initially married (1) Sally Hoskin, the wedding taking place at Falmouth on 17th July 1811.  No children have been found from the marriage and so there is a chance that Sally died soon after they were married.

 

 

 

John Collett later married (2) Jennifer Thomas at Ruan Lanihorne on 2nd March 1820 with whom he had at least five children.  The baptisms of their children were conducted at the church in Merther although the last three children were born while the family was living at St Erme and Tresillian.  On the occasion of the baptism of two of his children John was listed as a labourer, whilst for the third he was described as a husbandman.  In census in June 1841 John had a rounded age of 50, while Jennifer was 45, and listed with them was their daughter Betsy aged 15 (rather than 17), and sons John 15, James who was five, and Charles who was three years old.

 

 

 

John’s estimate date of birth has been calculated from the fact that he died in 1864 and was buried in the churchyard at Merther on 28th August 1864 aged 73.  His burial record suggested that he was living at St Erme at the time of his death.  John’s wife Jennifer died at Tresillian fourteen years later at the age of 87 and, like many other members of the family, she was also buried at the Church of St Coan at Merther on 7th June 1878.  All that remains of the church today is a derelict ruin covered by ivy and other vegetation.

 

 

 

21P14

Peter Thomas Collett

Baptised on 10.06.1821 at Merther

 

21P15

Betsy Collett

Baptised on 16.01.1823 at Merther

 

21P16

John Collett

Born in 1825 at Merther

 

21P17

James Collett

Born in 1833 at Merther

 

21P18

Charles Collett

Born in 1837 at Tresillian

 

 

 

 

21O29

John Collett (previously Ref. 21P14) was born at Merther in 1816 but was baptised at Probus on 23rd June 1816, the son of labourer Zacharias Collett and Mary Jenkins.  He later married Mary who was born at Helston in 1825 and, judging by the age of their first child, their wedding took place around 1849.  So by the end of March 1851 John and Mary Ann were living within the Truro & Probus area with their son Charles was under one year old.  During the next two decades the couple added a further five children to the family which by 1871 according to the Truro, St Clement census comprised John, age 53, Mary, age 45, Charles 21, Mary 19, Clara 18, John 16, Harriet 13, and Henry who was eight years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1881 John Collett was 64 and his wife was 55, when they were living at Tresillian Road in St Erme where John was a cordwainer (a shoemaker).  Also living with them were their four adult children.  It is possible that there were other children born to John and Mary who are not listed below, but on that occasion they were Clara 28, John 26, Harriet, age 23 an infant’s schoolmistress, and Henry, age 17, who was a carpenter.  All of them had been born at Tresillian, where their father also said he had been born.

 

 

 

According to the Truro, St Clement census of 1891 John was 74 years old, his wife Mary Ann was 64, and the only one of their children still living with them at that time was their bachelor son John who was 36 who was married four years later.  In the census of 1901 John Collett of Merther was 84 and he was described as being a grocer and shopkeeper at St Erme, just north of Merther.  His wife Mary was 74 and her place of birth was confirmed as Helston.  Living with them on that occasion was Sarah G Collett, the wife of their son John who must have been away on business, who had with her, her two young daughters.

 

 

 

John Collett died in the December of the following year, at which time he was still recorded as running a grocer’s shop in St Erme.  However, his body was taken back to Merther where he was buried on 18th December 1902.  It must have been during the following eight years that John’s widow Mary died, since there was no record of her in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

21P19

Charles Collett

Born in 1850 at Probus

 

21P20

Mary A Collett

Born in 1851 at Probus

 

21P21

Clara Collett

Born in 1852 at Tresillian

 

21P22

John Collett

Born in 1854 at Tresillian

 

21P23

Harriet Collett

Born in 1857 at Tresillian

 

21P24

Henry Collett

Born in 1863 at Tresillian

 

 

 

 

21O30

Mary Ann Collett (previously Ref. 21P15) was born in 1820 and was baptised at Merther on 13th February 1820, the daughter of labourer Zacharias Collett and Mary Jenkins.  She was living at Probus at the age of 20 when she died and was buried at Merther on 23rd July 1840, where her mother was buried ten years later.

 

 

 

 

21O32

Betsy Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 1st November 1801.  She was still a spinster at the age of 39 when she was living with her sister Nancy (below) in the St Austell & Truro registration district.

 

 

 

 

21O33

Nancy Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 26th June 1803 and was still a spinster at the age of 37 and was living with her sister Betsy (above).

 

 

 

 

21O34

Joanna Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 14th April 1805 but only lived for a further thirteen months after that date and was buried at Philleigh on 13th May 1806.

 

 

 

 

21O35

Alexander Harris Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 27th July 1806, the son of Hannibal Collett and Ann Harris.  He survived for less than two years and was buried at Philleigh on 5th March 1808.

 

 

 

 

21O36

Hannibal Collett was born at Philleigh in 1806 where he was later baptised on 11th May 1808.  He married Philippa Williams at Philleigh on 13th November 1833.  Around the time that the couple was married, and also at the time of the baptism of their first child at Philleigh, Hannibal was employed as a publican at an inn in Philleigh.  What does seem curious is that their two sons appear to have been born at Camborne where Hannibal’s brother Alexander (below) was a farmer, but baptised at Philleigh.  Just over five years after they were married, Hannibal Collett (junior) was involved in a case of theft that was heard at the Cornwall Quarter Session on 12th July 1839.  The charge related to potatoes being stolen from the yard of Hannibal’s father Hannibal Collett (senior).

 

 

 

The report on the case read as follows:  Wednesday July 3 1839 - Richard Buddle, 14 years, was charged with having stolen a quantity of potatoes, the property of Hannibal Collett, jun. of Philleigh.  The prosecutor (Hannibal Collett) kept potatoes in his father’s yard, some of which the prisoner took and was seen by the prosecutor’s cousin, John Collett (Ref. 21O42), carrying them into his house in a bag.  When asked by the prosecutor why he took them, he replied “because he was starving”.  The prosecutor said that the boy’s family was very poor.  Guilty.  One month’s hard labour.’

 

 

 

Although baptised at Philleigh, the two known children of Hannibal and Philippa were born at Camborne as confirmed in the later census records, and one of them was still living with his parents in 1851.  At that time in their lives Hannibal Collett was 42, his wife Phillippa (sic) Collett was 39, and their son Martin Collett was 16, when they were recorded at Philleigh within the Truro St Just census registration district.

 

 

 

For whatever reason, it would appear that Hannibal was referred in error as Henry at the time of the census in 1861, in which he was 52 and his wife Philippa was 49, while they were still living at Philleigh.  Not long after that the couple left Philleigh and in 1871 they were recorded at Grampound, midway between Truro and St Austell, where Hannibal Collett was 62, and Phillippa (sic) Collett was 59.

 

 

 

However, another move took place during the next decade since, according to the census in 1881, they were residing within the St Stephen-in-Brannel area of Cornwall to the west of St Austell.  Hannibal was a farm labourer aged 74 living with his wife Philippa who was 75 and also born at Philleigh.  Towards the end of the following year Philippa Collett died, when her death was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 88).  She was 71, which would correspond with her stated age in the earlier census returns, and therefore she would not have been 75 in 1881, but more likely nearer 69.

 

 

 

21P25

Martin Williams Collett

Baptised on 16.11.1834 at Philleigh

 

21P26

John Collett

Born at Camborne, date unknown

 

 

 

 

21O37

Alexander Collett was born at Philleigh and was baptised there on 10th December 1809, the son of Hannibal Collett and Ann Harris.  He was a farmer at Camborne around the time that he married (1) Susan Harris as confirmed in the Philleigh parish records, where their second child was baptised.  It seems highly likely that Susan was a niece of Alexander’s mother Ann Harris, which may have made them cousins.  While the Harris name had previously been given as a forename to Alexander’s late brother and namesake, the name Harris was again used as a forename for Alexander’s eldest son and one of his daughters.  Over the following years there were many other marriages between the Collett and Harris families.

 

 

 

By the end of 1847 the family was living at Polmenna Farm in Philleigh but from 1850, for the next couple of years, they were living at White Lane in the parish of Philleigh where Alexander was working as a labourer at the age of 41.  The full census return in 1851 listed the family as Alexander, his wife Susan aged 35 of Woolwich in Kent, and their five children.  They were Joseph, who was seven, William, who was six, Mary Ann, who was three, Thomas, who was one year old, and Amelia who was two months old.  The first three children were confirmed as having been born at Camborne, while the two later arrivals were born at the family moved to Philleigh.  Also living with the family was Susan’s widowed father Joseph Harris aged 71 who was described as a Chelsea Pensioner, a labourer and a miner of Probus.  According to the census return Alexander and his family were living in the house immediately next door to his cousin William Collett (below).

 

 

 

Sometime during 1853 the family moved again, that time just around two miles west of Philleigh to Feock.  Feock may have been a hamlet with no church as all of Alexander’s and Susan’s children continued to be baptised at nearby Philleigh.  During the latter years of the decade the family moved again, that time to the village of Kea to the south of Truro.  And it was there that the family was recorded as living in the census of 1861, when Alexander Collett was 51, and his wife Susan was 45.

 

 

 

By that time a further five children had been added to the family, so the children then living with their parents were Joseph, age 17, John S Collett, age 16, Mary Ann, age 13, Thomas, age 11, Amelia, age 10, Nancy, who was nine, Susan H Collett, who was seven, Elizabeth, who was four, Catherine, who was two, and Emily who was under one year old.

 

 

 

It would appear that Susan died during the next decade, since by 1871 Alexander Collett, age 60, was a widower still living at Kea, but with just his five youngest children for company.  They were Susan Harris Collett, age 17, Hannibal, age 16, Elizabeth, age 14, Catherine, age 12, and Emily who was 10.  Not long after that Alexander married (2) Catherine, and that may have coincided with his move from Kea, the ten miles north to Penhale.  It was while living at Penhale that Catherine died aged 63 and was buried at nearby St Enoder on 13th March 1878.

 

 

 

In the St Enoder area census three years after her death in 1881, widower Alexander was aged 71 and was living at Higher Penhale where his occupation was that of a plantation keeper and woodman.  His place of birth was confirmed as having been Philleigh.  Living at the same address were his three unmarried daughters Nancy, Susan and Emily, all three listed simply as plantation keeper’s daughter.  Alexander survived his second wife by ten years and was buried with her at St Enoder on 29th July 1888 aged 80.

 

 

 

21P27

Joseph Harris Collett

Born in 1843 at Camborne

 

21P28

William John Langdon Collett

Born in 1844 at Camborne

 

21P29

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1847 at Camborne

 

21P30

Thomas Collett

Born in 1849 at Philleigh

 

21P31

Amelia Collett

Born in 1850 at Philleigh

 

21P32

Nancy Collett

Born in 1851 at Philleigh

 

21P33

Susan Harris Collett

Born in 1853 at Philleigh

 

21P34

Hannibal Collett

Born in 1854 at Feock

 

21P35

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1856 at Feock

 

21P36

Catherine Collett

Born in 1858 at Feock

 

21P37

Emily Collett

Born in 1861 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21O38

Joanna Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 1st November 1812 and her rounded age in June 1841 was 25 when she was still living at Philleigh in the St Austell & Truro registration district.  And four months later at Philleigh on 14th October 1841 Joanna married Nicholas Langdon.

 

 

 

 

21O39

William Collett was born in 1815 at Philleigh where he was baptised on 17th September 1815, the youngest son of Hannibal and Ann Collett.  In the census of 1851 William Collett from Philleigh was still a bachelor living in Philleigh at the age of 35.  It was during the next decade that William married Catherine Gillman who was born at Gorran, the daughter of James Gillman from Woolwich in Kent.  Both William and his wife were over forty when they married so it seems highly likely that that the daughter living with the couple in 1861 was their only child.  Once they were married the couple initially settled in Gerrans, just over two miles south of Philleigh.

 

 

 

The census in 1861 placed the three of them living on Treleggan Farm at Gerrans.  William was 46 from Philleigh, a farmer of 80 acres employing one man, his wife Catherine from Gorran was also 46, and their daughter was one year old Mary A Collett who was born at Gerrans.  Living with the family on that occasion was Catherine’s father James Gillman, who was described as being 85, blind, a Greenwich pensioner from Woolwich.  The family was supported by domestic servant Jane Rawling who was 28 and from Creed.

 

 

 

Also living at the adjacent property belonging to Joseph Dash, a farmer of 50 acres employing one boy, was Robert Collett (Ref. 21P53) who was 17 and from Philleigh.  He was a carter at Treleggan Farm, and very likely the one boy employed by Joseph Dash.  Robert Collett was the second son of Asenath Downick and William Collett, and in turn William was the cousin of William Collett and his wife Catherine, thus making Robert the nephew one-step-removed of William.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871, a William and Catherine Collett were both 55 when they were living within the St Columb area of Cornwall, near Newquay, although their daughter Mary was not with them at that time.  During the next few years Catherine died, and a few years after that her daughter Mary Ann was married.  By the time of the census in 1881, widower William Collett was 65 and a retired farmer living with his married daughter Mary Ann Gill and her husband John Tearle Gill, a farmer at Trethurffe Farm in Ladock.  He was still living with his daughter at Trethurffe Farm ten years later when he was 76, and it was there during 1893 at the age of 77, that William Collett died.  He was buried at St Enoder on 28th June 1893, where his brother Alexander (above) had been buried during 1888.

 

 

 

21P38

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1859 at Gerrans

 

 

 

 

21O41

Robert Davey Collett was born at Philleigh and was baptised there on 29th March 1807, his second name coming from his mother’s maiden name.  He married Grace Dingle on 1st June 1833 at Philleigh where all of their children were all born and baptised and where Robert was employed as a shoemaker.  The baptism records for their children in 1837 and 1844 indicated that the family was living in the village of Treworthal in the parish of Philleigh, where Robert was continuing his work as a shoemaker.  That was confirmed in the 1841 Census in which Robert and Grace had rounded ages of 30, while their children were Thomas, who was seven, Robert, who was five, William, who was four, and Anne who was one year old.  During the following year Robert’s and Grace’s son Robert Davey Collett died at the age of seven and was buried in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church in Philleigh.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

According to the census of 1851 the family were living at Treworthal.  Head of the household Robert was aged 44 and his place of birth was confirmed as having been Philleigh.  At that time his occupation was listed as being a shoemaker and a farmer.  His wife Grace was 41 and also born at Philleigh, and their children on that occasion were William, age 13, Ann, age 11, James, who was eight, Francis, who was six, and Richard who was four years old, all of them confirmed as having been born at Philleigh.  It must be assumed that their daughter Frances had already suffered an infant death by that time.

 

 

 

Ten years later and three of the couple’s older children had left the family home, but they had been replaced by four new children who were all born at Treworthal and baptised at the parish church of St Philleigh in Philleigh.  The family in early April 1861 comprised Robert 54 and Grace 51, and their children Anne age 21, James age 18, Francis age 16, Richard age 14 and Eliza who was nine.  Tragedy once again struck the family a few years after the census day, when Richard’s and Grace’s daughter Elizabeth Grace Collett died in 1864 at the age of twelve years.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1871 the only children still living with Robert and Grace were Ann, James and Francis.  The census that year placed the family of five residing at Filley (sic) in the Truro sub-district of St Just, where head of the household R D Collett was 64 and working as a cobbler, his wife Grace Collett was 61, daughter Ann Collett was 31, and the two sons James Collett and Francis Collett were 28 and 25 respectively.

 

 

 

By 1881 Robert and Grace were still living at Treworthal with their unmarried daughter Anne.  At the age of 74 Robert was continuing his occupation as a boot and shoemaker and working with him was his 40 years old daughter Anne who was a boot binder.  His wife Grace was aged 72.  Just two months after the census day Robert’s and Graces’ son William died and was buried at St Philleigh Church.  A headstone marks the grave, which also includes the details of the deaths of both his parents who were buried with him just a few years after.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

It was just three years later that Robert Davey Collett died on 10th March 1884 at the age of 77.  He was buried in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church and the gravestone that marks the grave also includes the passing of his wife Grace who died on 1st February 1888, aged 78.  The effect of the death of both of her parents in such a short time may well have adversely affected their daughter Anne who had given her life to care for them in their old age, since she too died eight months after losing her mother.  This situation was confirmed at Bodmin during the probate process for Robert Davey Collett, a shoemaker, which stated that Anne Collett, a spinster, was named as the sole executor of his personal effects valued at £129 1 Shilling 5 Pence.

 

 

 

21P39

Thomas Collett

Born in 1833 at Treworthal

 

21P40

Robert Davey Collett

Born in 1835 at Treworthal

 

21P41

William Henry Collett

Born in 1837 at Treworthal

 

21P42

Anne Collett

Born in 1840 at Treworthal

 

21P43

James Collett

Born in 1842 at Treworthal

 

21P44

Francis Collett

Born in 1844 at Treworthal

 

21P45

Frances Collett

Born in 1845/6 at Treworthal

 

21P46

Richard Davey Collett

Born in 1847 at Treworthal

 

21P47

Elizabeth Grace Collett

Born in 1851 at Treworthal

 

 

 

 

21O42

John Collett was born at Philleigh where he was baptised on 21st May 1809.  At the age of 30 John Collett witnessed the theft of potatoes from his cousin of Hannibal Collett (above), the publican of an inn at Philleigh.  That resulted in a hearing at the Cornwall Quarter Sessions on 12th July 1839, at which John Collett was confirmed as the witness to the crime.  John Collett was a shoemaker and one year later on 11th August 1840 he married servant girl Eliza Willis of Trewithian, the daughter of farmer Robert Willis.  The ceremony took place at Gerrans and the witnesses were John Johns and William Collett who may have been John’s father or his brother (below).  In the first national census John and Eliza were recorded living with their first born child.  His and his wife’s rounded ages were 30 and 35 respectively and their daughter Grace was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

John’s mother died sometime before 1851 and the census that year confirmed that John and Eliza and their two children were living with John’s widowed father William Collett at Philleigh.  John Collett of Philleigh, age 41, was working as a shoemaker journeyman like his father.  His wife Eliza from Lugan in Cornwall was 46 and their two children were Grace who was nine and John who was seven.  Almost ten years later John suffered the loss of his wife Eliza and the mother of his two children.

 

 

 

It was just six weeks before the day of the census in early April 1861 that Eliza Collett of the parish of Philleigh died on 22nd February 1861 at the age of 75, following which she was buried in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church.  So by the time of the census John Collett was a widower aged fifty-one.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)  Living with him in the St Just, Truro registration district which included Philleigh in April 1861 was John’s daughter Grace who was 19, and his son John who was 17, both of them confirmed as having been born at Philleigh.

 

 

 

21P48

Grace Collett

Born in 1841 at Philleigh

 

21P49

John James Collett

Born in 1843 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21O43

Fanny Collett was born at Philleigh where she was baptised on 1st March 1812.  Twenty-seven years later she was still living at Philleigh when she married William Chipman on 1st June 1839.  It seems highly likely that Fanny presented her husband with a daughter fifteen months after they were married.  However, at a later time in the child’s life it would appear that she altered her name for some reason.  The thinking behind this assumption is the fact that in Truro on 10th August 1863 Mary Chipman Collett married Alfred Richards, with Mary having been born at St Just on 12th September 1840.

 

 

 

21P50

Mary Chipman Collett

Born on 12.09.1840 at St Just

 

 

 

 

21O44

William Collett was born in 1815 at Philleigh where he was baptised on 24th November 1816, the son of William and Ann Collett.  Just over two months before the census in 1841 William married Asenath Downick at Philleigh on 27th March 1841. By the time of the census William and Asenath were both 25 and, unbeknown to them at that time Asenath would give birth to the couple’s first child towards the end of that year.

 

 

 

During the following nine years a further four children were added to the family while they were living at White Lane in Philleigh.  So by 1851 the family living at White Lane was William, age 34, who was an agricultural labourer, his wife Asenath, who was 34 and a shopkeeper from Veryan, Mary Ann, who was nine, John, who was eight, Robert, who was seven, and James who was five.  Also living with the family was uncle and widower James Lie, age 81 and from Philleigh, who was an agricultural labourer and a pauper.  Where their daughter Sarah J Collett was at that time remains a mystery, while living in the property immediately next door to William and his family in 1851, was his cousin Alexander Collett (above) with his family. 

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861, the family comprised William and Asenath, who were both 44, and their children who were Mary, aged 19, John, aged 18, James, aged 15, and Sarah who was 13.  However, by 1871 when William and Asenath were both 54, they were still living at White Lane in Philleigh, where William was a farm labourer.  The only child still living with them was their youngest daughter S J Collett, age 16.  The age of their daughter, Sarah J Collett, is a cause for concern.  In 1851, when she would have been three, she was missing from the family.  In 1861 she was listed with them at the age of 13, but by 1871 she 16, rather than 23.

 

 

 

Also at that time in 1871, living next door to William and Asenath, was Asenath’s younger brother William Downick who was 49 and also a farm labourer like his brother-in-law.  He was married to Elizabeth, and living with the couple was their six children ranging in age from 6 to 21.  And just three premises away from William and Asenath was travelling draper James Collett (Ref. 21P67) who was 34 and from Gorran, and with him his second wife Cecilia and the two children from his first marriage.  James’ father, James Collett, was the cousin one-step-removed of William Collett.

 

 

 

During the following decade Asenath died, after which William would appear to have followed his brother Robert Davey Collett (above) who left Philleigh when he moved to the nearby village of Treworthal, although still within the parish of Philleigh.  In 1881 widower William Collett at the age of 64 was still working as an agricultural labourer, and the only person living at Treworthal with him was his housekeeper, 35 years old spinster Ann Greet of Philleigh.

 

 

 

21P51

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1841 at Philleigh

 

21P52

John Kitto Collett

Born in 1842 at Philleigh

 

21P53

Robert Davey Collett

Born in 1843 at Philleigh

 

21P54

James Henry Collett

Born in 1845 at Philleigh

 

21P55

Sarah J Collett

Born in 1847 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21O47

Elizabeth Ward was baptised at Philleigh on 23rd November 1806 and she later married her second cousin Hugh Collett (below) who was born at Philleigh on 8th December 1805.  Hugh was the grandson of Henry Collett whose sister Joan Collett was Elizabeth’s grandmother.  See Hugh Collett for the full details.

 

 

 

 

21O48

Peter Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 21st May 1797 and was conceived out of wedlock when he was born just over four months after his parents had married.  Peter was a blacksmith and he married Margery Broad at Ruan Lanihorne on 26th August 1820.  Margery was born at Charlestown, overlooking St Austell Bay, and was baptised there at Holy Trinity Church on 16.03.1794, the daughter of John and Catherine Broad.  Once married Peter and Margery settled in Philleigh, where all of their children were born.  And it was at Philleigh where the family was still living in June 1841.  Blacksmith Peter’s rounded age was 40, whereas his wife, who was 45, was referred to as Margaret.  With the couple were their daughters Susanna, Jane and Catherine and their son Peter.  The absence of their first son Samuel and daughter Catherine in 1841 and all of the following census records would seem to indicate they were both subject to infant death. 

 

 

 

By 1851 the family was living at Church Town in the Philleigh and comprised Peter aged 54 who was then a master blacksmith from Philleigh, his wife Margery, age 57 and from St Austell, their married daughter Jane Ward, who was 25, and their son Peter who was 15.  Also living with the family at that time was the couple’s nephew Francis Collett, age 17.  He was an apprentice blacksmith from Gorran and was presumably being trained by his uncle Peter.  Francis eventually married Peter’s youngest daughter Catherine, even though they were cousins.

 

 

 

The 1861 Census confirmed that Peter Collett was 64 and that he and his wife Margery 67 were residing in Philleigh with their married daughter Catherine who had married her cousin Francis Collett who had been working as an apprentice blacksmith with her father ten years earlier.  However, by that time Peter Collett was no longer a blacksmith, but was a farmer of six acres.  Just over four months later Margery Collett died on 20th August 1861 at the age of 67, and was buried on 23rd August 1861.  Four years later her husband Peter Collett died on 3rd July 1865 aged 68.  He was buried on 6th July 1865 alongside his wife in the same grave in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church, where a single headstone marks the spot.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

The Will of Peter Collett of Philleigh was proved on 21st July 1865.  The Will confirmed that his son-in-law was Francis Collett.  Other members of his family mentioned in the Will were his only surviving son Peter Collett of Phillack, his daughter Jane Ward (formerly Jane Broad Collett), and grandchildren Samuel and Mary Ferrell, the children of Peter’s eldest daughter Susanna.  The witnesses to the signing of the Will were Ann Billing Ball (nee Collett) Peter’s niece, and William Olivey who was probably a relative of Elizabeth Olivey who married James Bohenna Collett (above).  In 1851 bachelor William Olivey of Gerrans was 25 and a farmer of 90 acres employing two labourers, while he was living in the Church Town area of Philleigh.

 

 

 

21P56

Susanna Collett

Baptised on 18.03.1821 at Philleigh

 

21P57

Samuel Collett

Baptised on 02.11.1823 at Philleigh

 

21P58

Jane Broad Collett

Baptised on 30.10.1825 at Philleigh

 

21P59

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 29.08.1827 at Philleigh

 

21P60

Catherine Collett

Baptised on 03.01.1830 at Philleigh

 

21P61

Peter Collett

Born during 1836 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21O49

James Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 6th November 1798, the son of Hugh Collett and Rebecca Mills.  It was also at Philleigh on 4th January 1821 that he married Philippa Whetter who was the daughter of the late Jacob Whetter and his wife Mary Odger, who had been born around 1801.  Upon the death of Jacob Whetter, his widow Mary had married John Bohenna Collett, the brother of Hugh Collett who was James’ father.  James Collett was a blacksmith and he died at Philleigh during the first week of April in 1838 and was buried there on 7th April 1838.  Following his death his widow left Philleigh and moved to the village of Gorran, where she was recorded in the first national census conduct in June 1841.  Philippa Collett had a rounded age of 40, while listed living with her were just three of her children, they being Mary who was ten, Francis who was seven, and Joseph who was two years old.  Sadly, because of her situation, Philippa Collett was described as a pauper.  Philippa and all three of her children were confirmed as having been born at Gorran near Mevagissey.  It was just five years later that Philippa passed away during 1846.

 

 

 

21P62

Ann Billing Collett

Born in 1825 at St Gorran

 

21P63

Susanna Collett

Born in 1827 at St Gorran

 

21P64

Susan Collett

Born in 1829 at St Gorran

 

21P65

Mary Collett

Born in 1831 at St Gorran

 

21P66

Francis Collett

Born in 1833 at St Gorran

 

21P67

James Collett

Born in 1836 at St Gorran

 

21P68

Joseph Collett

Born in 1841 at St Gorran

 

 

 

 

21O50

Rebecca Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 2nd November 1800 where she married yeoman Richard Chenoweth of St Just in Roseland on 22nd July 1820.  It seems very likely that Rebecca was with child at the time of their wedding and that once married the couple returned to Philleigh where their first child was born four months after the day of their marriage.  Over the next five years the family appear to have left Philleigh and moved the three miles south to St Just-in-Roseland where their second child was born before moving back to Philleigh where their third and fourth children were born.  However, sometime during 1826 and 1827 the family made a permanent move to St Just-in-Roseland where the couple’s remaining children were born and where Richard died on 15th April 1878.  Richard had been born at Cubert just south-west of Newquay in Cornwall on 24th July 1788.

 

 

 

21P69

Betsy Chenoweth

Born in November 1820 at Philleigh

 

21P70

Josepha Chenoweth

Born on 24.02.1822 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

21P71

Ann Chenoweth

Born on 31.10.1824 at Philleigh

 

21P72

John Chenoweth

Born on 25.12.1825 at Philleigh

 

21P73

Thomas Chenoweth

Born on 13.02.1828 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

21P74

Richard Philips Chenoweth

Born on 28.02.1830 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

21P75

Francis Collett Chenoweth

Born on 01.04.1832 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

21P76

Peter Collett Chenoweth

Born on 10.08.1834 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

21P77

Simon Chenoweth

Born on 01.05.1836 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

 

 

 

21O51

Francis Cock Collett was born at Philleigh and was baptised there on 29th May 1803.  His second name came from his maternal grandmother’s maiden name.  He married Sarah Johns in 1832 at Leinster in Ireland.  Sarah was born at Polperro in 1812 and may well have been the niece of Elizabeth Johns who married James Ward in 1802 (21N36).  After about three or four years together Sarah presented Francis with their first child who was born while the couple was living at Wexford in Ireland, and not long after that, the young family made their way to Kent and settled in the Seasalter area of Whitstable, where the couple’s next four children were born.  Curiously no record of the family has been found with the Whitstable census of 1841.

 

 

 

Around the middle of the next decade the family left Kent when Francis was offered the job of coast guard on the Scilly Isles, and it was at Tresco that their last four children were born, although not all of them survived beyond childhood.  It was also at Tresco where the family was living when the next census was conducted in 1851.  Francis C Collett from Philleigh was 48 and a Commissioned Boatman and a Revenue Coast Guard.  On that occasion his wife was described as Sally Collett who was 38 and from Talland in Cornwall, possibly a reference to Talland Hill in Polperro.  Listed with the couple were six of their children, daughter Mary having died by then.  The six surviving children were Sarah Johns Collett who was 14 and from Wexford in Ireland who had no occupation, Grace Collett from Seasalter in Kent who was 12 and still attending school, as was Rebecca who was 10, Susannah who was eight and William Francis Collett who was six, while Joseph Mills Collett aged two years had been born after the family had set up home in Tresco.

 

 

 

However, by the time of the census in 1861 only two members of the family were still living in the Scilly Isles, while the remainder of the family had moved to Falmouth, minus daughter Rebecca who was married by then.  It was the two oldest daughters Sarah and Grace, then in their early twenties who had stayed on in Scilly, when Francis aged 59 and Sarah aged 49 were living in Falmouth with their daughter Susan and their sons William, Joseph and Richard.  The couple’s two missing children had been subject to infant deaths prior to that time.

 

 

 

Sometime during the 1860s Francis and Sarah made their final return to the Scilly Isles where there were recorded as living in 1871 aged 68 and 59 respectively.  The only children living with them on that occasion were their unmarried daughter Grace and their youngest son Richard.  Just eighteen months after the census day Francis Cock Collett died at St Mary’s in the Scilly Isles where he was buried on 14th October 1872 aged 70.  At the time of the marriages of four of Francis’ children his occupation was noted in the St Mary’s parish records on each occasion as being a lifeguard.

 

 

 

Following the death of her husband his widow Sarah went to live with her daughter Susan at her home on The Parade in St Mary’s where she was living in 1881.  The census return confirmed that she was 68 years of age and had been born at Polperro.  Her daughter, the widow Susan Rogers, was 38 and had five children under the age of fifteen.  As head of the house, she was the landlady running a lodging house at St Mary’s where her mother Sarah Collett was listed as assistant housekeeper.  There was no census record for Sarah in 1891 so it must be assumed that she had died sometime during the 1880s.

 

 

 

21P78

Sarah Johns Collett

Born in 1836 at Wexford, Ireland

 

21P79

Grace Collett

Born in 1838 at Seasalter, Whitstable

 

21P80

Rebecca Collett

Born in 1840 at Seasalter, Whitstable

 

21P81

Susannah Collett

Born in 1842 at Seasalter, Whitstable

 

21P82

William Francis Collett

Born in 1844 at Seasalter, Whitstable

 

21P83

Mary Johns Collett

Born in 1846 at Tresco, Scilly Isles

 

21P84

Joseph Mills Collett

Born in 1848 at Tresco, Scilly Isles

 

21P85

Richard James Collett

Born in 1852 at Tresco, Scilly Isles

 

21P86

Frances Collett

Born in 1857 at Tresco, Scilly Isles

 

 

 

 

21O52

Hugh Collett was born in 1805 at Philleigh where he baptised on 8th December 1805.  He was a blacksmith and on 12th December 1837 at Philleigh he married his second cousin Elizabeth Ward (see above) who was baptised at Philleigh on 23rd November 1806.  All of their children were born and baptised at St Michael Penkevil just two miles south-east of Truro, which is where the family was living in June 1841, when Hugh Collett was a blacksmith aged 36.

 

 

 

In the census of 1861 the family comprised Hugh 55 and Elizabeth 54, and their children Joshua 23, Ellen 20, James 18, and Hugh who was 14.  Over the next ten years more members of the family left home leaving just Hugh aged 66, his wife aged 65, and son Hugh 24, together in 1871, when both family father and son were working together in the family business as blacksmiths.  And it was at St Michael Penkevil that Hugh Collett died at the age of 74, his death being recorded on 15th February 1879.  Just over five years later his wife Elizabeth also died there aged 77 and her death was recorded on 10th May 1884.  Rather strangely, there was no apparent record of her in the 1881 Census.

 

 

 

21P87

Joshua Collett

Born in 1837 at St Michael Penkevil

 

21P88

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1839 at St Michael Penkevil

 

21P89

Ellen Collett

Born in 1840 at St Michael Penkevil

 

21P90

James Collett

Born in 1842 at St Michael Penkevil

 

21P91

Hugh Collett

Born in 1846 at St Michael Penkevil

 

21P92

Henry Collett

Born in 1848 at St Michael Penkevil

 

21P93

Emma Collett

Born in 1849 at St Michael Penkevil

 

 

 

 

21O53

Susanna Collett was baptised at Philleigh on 1st November 1807.  Tragically she died when she was only nine years old and was buried at Philleigh on 18th January 1816.

 

 

 

 

21O54

Grace Collett was born at Philleigh around 1810, but sadly died a few months after and was buried at Philleigh on 21st May 1811.

 

 

 

 

21O55

Grace Collett was born at Gorran in 1812 and was baptised in Philleigh at St Philleigh Church on 10th January 1813 and was named in the memory of her older sister who had been buried there just one year earlier.  It would appear that, when she was in her mid twenties, Grace was still living in the family home, where she contracted the same illness as her younger brother Joshua (above), since both of them died in 1837.  Grace Collett, daughter of Hugh and Rebecca Collett died on 5th May 1837 aged 24.  She was buried with her brother Joshua in a joint grave in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church where a single headstone marked the plot.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

21O56

Joshua Collett was born at Gorran and like his sister Grace (above) was baptised at St Philleigh Church on 29th March 1818.  He was still apparently living at the family home when he was in his late teenage years, and it was there that he contracted the same illness as his sister Grace (above), since both of them died in 1837.  Joshua was nineteen when he died on 17th June 1837, just over a month after his sister, and was buried with her at Philleigh.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

A joint headstone marks the siblings’ grave in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church in the village there.  The inscription reads “Here lie the mortal remains of Grace daughter of Hugh and Rebecca Collett who died May 5th 1837 aged 25 years.  Also of Joshua her brother who died June 17th 1837 aged 19 years”.

 

 

 

 

21O57

William Odgers Collett was born at Gorran near Mevagissey on 6th July 1810 where he was baptised on 5th August 1810.  William married (1) Catherine Vivian at Camborne on 14th September 1833 with whom he had two sons, John and Henry who were both born at Camborne.  Tragically, just shortly after the birth of their second child Catherine died.  According to the census in June 1841 William was a widower and was living and working in the St Austell & Truro registration district, while his two young sons John, aged seven, and Henry, aged five, were being cared for at Camborne by the Vivian family, William’s mother and father-in-law.  The surname of the two boys was incorrectly recorded as Collet.

 

 

 

On 9th November 1841 William married (2) Jane Miners in Truro.  Judging by the various ages stated for her in subsequent census records Jane was just under ten years younger than her husband and had been born around 1820.  Sometime around 1848 the family took up occupancy of Treluckey Mill near Cuby-with-Tregony (see picture below) where six of their children were born, although it is now known that three earlier children were born at St Michael Caerhayes prior to that.  By 2015, some of the outbuildings at Treluckey Mill have been converted into holiday cottages.

 

 

 

Once he had remarried, William’s two eldest sons from his first marriage John and Henry returned to live with their father and his new wife. 

 

The 1851 Census for the Truro & Probus registration district recorded the two boys as living with William, age 40, and Jane, who was 33, at Treluckey Mill, midway between Cuby-with-Tregony and St Michael Caerhays.

 

And again, just like in 1841, the family surname was also incorrectly written, but on that occasion it was written as Collick, when William’s sons were recorded as John Collick, who was 17, and Henry Collick who was 15. 

 

 

 

The other children listed with William and Jane at Treluckey Mill in 1851 were Mary Collick who was seven, William Collick who was six, George Collick who was four and James Collick who was one year old.

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1861 the family residing at Treluckey Mill was almost complete.  William Collett was 50 and a miller who gave his place of birth as St Ewe, his wife Jane was 41 and from Tregony, while the children then living with them were named as Mary J Collett who was 17 from St Michael Caerhays, George who was 13 and also born at St Michael Caerhays, James who was 12 and still at school, Joshua who was nine and also a scholar, Elizabeth A Collett who was seven, Susan E Collett who was six, Eden who was four and Fanny who was two years old.  All of the younger children were confirmed as having been born at Cuby, a reference to Treluckey Mill.  Missing from the family on the day of the census were William’s three oldest sons who had already left home to make their own way in world by then.

 

 

 

During the next ten years some of the older children left the family home and that may have been the reason why they left Treluckey Mill, because it was at 3 Stanbury Row in Cuby-with-Tregony that the reduced family was recorded on the day of the next census in 1871.  By then the family comprised William Collett from Gorran who was 60 and an aged labourer from Gorran, Jane who was 51 and from Tregony, plus their three daughters, Mary who was 27 and working on a farm, as was Eden who was 13, and Fanny who was 12 and still at school.  Completing the family was their newest son Edwin Collett who was six years old. 

 

 

 

By 1881 William and Jane were 70 and 59 respectively when they were living at 29 Flore Street in Tregony St James with just the couple’s youngest son Edwin who had been born at Cuby-with-Tregony.  Both father and son were employed as agricultural labourers.  At the time of his death in 1895 William Odgers Collett was living at George Street in Kenwyn, on the outskirts of Truro, where he was buried on 6th July 1895 aged 85.  Following the death of her husband Jane moved from George Street to 1 Andrew Place in Truro.  She survived for another five years before she died there and was buried with William at Kenwyn on 14th January 1900 aged 79. 

 

 

 

21P94

John Vivian Collett

Born in 1833 at Camborne

 

21P95

Henry Collett

Born in 1835 at Camborne

 

21P96

George Collett

Born in 1842 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

21P97

Mary J Collett

Born in 1843 at St Michael Caerhays

 

21P98

William Collett

Born in 1845 at St Michael Caerhays

 

21P99

George Collett

Born in 1847 at St Michael Caerhays

 

21P100

James Collett

Born in 1849 at Treluckey Mill, Cuby

 

21P101

Joshua Collett

Born in 1851 at Treluckey Mill, Cuby

 

21P102

Elizabeth A Collett

Born in 1853 at Treluckey Mill, Cuby

 

21P103

Susan E Collett

Born in 1854 at Treluckey Mill, Cuby

 

21P104

Eden Collett

Born in 1856 at Treluckey Mill, Cuby

 

21P105

Fanny Collett

Born in 1858 at Treluckey Mill, Cuby

 

21P106

Edwin Collett

Born in 1864 at Cuby-with-Tregony

 

 

 

 

21O58

Mary Odgers Collett was born at Gorran in 1812 and on 20th December 1832 she married inn keeper Richard Remfrey Harris who was born at Philleigh in 1806.

 

 

 

 

21O59

Margery Odgers Collett was born at Gorran in 1815 and she later married Thomas Hugh during the December quarter of 1851 within the St Austell registration district.

 

 

 

 

21P1

Elizabeth Collett was born at Treworthal but was baptised at Philleigh 15th May 1834.  She was seven years old in the 1841 Census and was living with her family at Treworthal in the parish of Philleigh, where her brother Charles (below) had died less than four years earlier.  It was during the following year that there was an outbreak of typhus fever at Treworthal and within the space of eleven days Elizabeth and two of her younger siblings died.  Elizabeth Collett was buried at Philleigh churchyard with her brother on 15th July 1842.  Two days later her second brother was buried there, followed nine days after that by her sister and the last of the them current batch of children of Amos Collett and Elizabeth Dash.  Just over one year later Amos and Elizabeth were blessed with the birth of their final child, who tragically passed away before reaching four years of age.

 

 

 

 

21P2

Charles Collett was born at Treworthal and was baptised at the parish church in Philleigh on 3rd September 1836.  He was just five months old when he died and was buried at Philleigh church on 5th February 1837.

 

 

 

 

21P3

Charles Collett was born at Treworthal and was baptised at Philleigh on 3rd June 1838.  He was named in memory of his older sibling and namesake who had died during the year before he was born.  Charles was three years old in the Treworthal census of 1841, but it was the typhus fever in 1842 which wiped out Charles and his sibling, following which he was buried at Philleigh on 17th July 1842.

 

 

 

 

21P4

Catherine Collett was born at Treworthal during the summer of 1840 and was baptised at Philleigh on 3rd January 1841.  At the time of the Treworthal census in June 1841 Catherine was recorded as being one year old.  Sadly, just thirteen months later, when she was two years of age, Catherine Collett was yet another victim of typhus fever and was buried at Philleigh church with her siblings on 26th July 1842.

 

 

 

 

21P5

Elizabeth Ann Collett was born at Treworthal and like all of her siblings she was baptised at Philleigh in a christening ceremony held on 13th August 1843.  By that time in her young life her parents had already suffered the great loss of all of their four earlier children; while further tragedy struck the family before Elizabeth reached four years of age when she died and was buried at Philleigh on 24th March 1847.  The deaths of all five siblings was confirmed by the headstone at the grave of their mother Elizabeth Collett nee Dash and their father Amos Collett, which included the line “Also in remembrance of 5 children of the above who died in their infancy”.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

21P7

Catherine Collett was born at Philleigh in 1822 and it was there that she was baptised a few months later on 6th March 1823.  According to the census for White Line in Philleigh in 1851 Catherine was aged twenty-eight and was a spinster and a school mistress.  Living with her at that time was 14 years old lodger Grace Jell of Philleigh who was the daughter of an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

 

21P8

Susanna Collett was born at Philleigh and was baptised there on 5th September 1824, a daughter of James Bohenna Collett and Elizabeth Olivey.  Just prior to her twenty-fourth birthday she gave birth to a base-born child whose birth was recorded at Truro (Ref. 9 318) during the second quarter of 1848.  From the name given to the child, the father was most likely a member of the Rundle family, while the child’s first forename was very likely a tribute to Susanna oldest sister who may suffered a premature death, although no record of such a death has been found.  The baptism entry for the child recorded that ‘the mother was Susanna Collett, a farmer’s daughter living at Church Town, Philleigh’ and that the said child was ‘privately received into the parish church on 27th August 1848’.  Privately received into the church usually means that the child was baptised at its home address, as opposed to at the church itself.  It is of special interest that Susanna’s sister Grace Olivey Collett (below) married Samuel Rundle in 1850, the brother of James Rundle.

 

 

 

Shortly after the birth of her base-born daughter, Susanna Collett married James Rundle of Veryan, the son of William and Hannah Rundle, who may have been the child’s father, with whom she had two more children before the census in 1851 was conducted.  The census return that year recorded the family of five residing within the parish of Veryan, when James Rundle was 28, his wife Susanna Rundle from Philleigh was 27, and their three children were Lucretia Rundle who was three, James Collett Rundle who was one year old and William H Rundle who was only five months old.  Living with the family was Susanna’s widowed mother Elizabeth Collett who was 61.

 

 

 

Two further child were added to their family before 1854 and either during the birth or shortly after the second of them Susanna Rundle nee Collett died, her death recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 94) during the third quarter of 1854.  Her husband, then with five young children, married the widow Mary Davies who was nine years his senior.  Once married Mary’s son John Webb Davies also came to live with the family which in 1861 was recorded at Veryan and comprised John who was 39, Mary who was 47, William H Rundle who was 10, Susan Rundle who was nine, Alfred Rundle who was seven and John Webb Davies who was 17.  By that time Lucretia, the base-born daughter of Susanna Collett, was 13 years of age and had already entered into domestic service, as had James Collett Rundle at the age of 11, both of them employed in Veryan.

 

 

 

James Rundle senior and his family were once again recorded at Veryan in the census of 1871 and, although daughter Lucretia was still absent, James Rundle junior had returned to the family home by then.  James was 48, his second wife Mary was 57, and his three sons were James Collett Rundle who was 21, William Harry Rundle who was 20 and Alfred Peter Rundle who was 17.  All three sons had been born at Veryan.  Still living with the family was Mary’s son John Webb Davies who was 27.  The death of James Rundle on 24th February 1889 revealed that he and his son William Henry Rundle were carpenters by trade, with probate granted to son William Henry at Bodmin on 28th March 1889.

 

 

 

21Q1

Lucretia Rundle Collett

Born before 01.07.1848 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21P9

Grace Olivey Collett was born at Philleigh where she was baptised on 28th January 1827.  Her second name came from her mother’s maiden name.  She later married Samuel Rundle at Philleigh on 30th April 1850, the son of William and Hannah Rundle and the brother of James Rundle who married Grace’s sister Susanna (above).  According to the subsequent census returns, Grace and Samuel lived at Church Town in Veryan, but never had any children.  Samuel’s occupation was that of a boot and shoe maker up until the late 1870s when, in 1881 he was described as a grocer.  They were still together and residing in Church Town in 1891 when Samuel was 66 and Grace was 65.  Grace Olivey, the beloved wife of Samuel Rundle, died on 7th May 1894 at the age of 67 and was buried in the churchyard at Veryan on 10th May 1894.  Widower Samuel Rundle was 76 and a farm merchant by the time of the census in 1901, when he was living alone in Church Town.  Although no record of him has been located in 1911, it was on 27th August 1913 that Samuel Rundle died at the age of 89, as confirmed by the joint headstone with his wife and the record of his death at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 137) during the third quarter of 1913.

 

 

 

 

21P11

Mollison Henry Collett was born at Dawlish in Devon during the first three months of 1827.  It was there also at the Independent Church that he was baptised as Mollison Collett on 28th March 1827, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and Frances Knighton.  He was still living at Dawlish with his family in 1841, when the census that year listed him as Mallison Collett age 14, and again in 1851 when he was recorded as Mollisson H Collett who was 24.  During the 1850s he left the family home in Dawlish and travelled to London where in 1861 Henry Collett from Dawlish age 33 was lodging in the St George Bloomsbury district of the city.  Only one other Collett was recorded in that same registration area, and that was Julia Collett who was 19.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871 Henry Collett, age 45 (sic) and from Dawlish, was lodging with the widow Ann Sims and her family at 43 Southampton Row in Bloomsbury.  Ann was 55 and her family comprised Emma Sims, who was 26, Edwards Sims, who was 23, and Anne Sims who was 19.  Three other people were also lodging at that address.  Just over seven years later, on 26th June 1878 at Great Queens Street Chapel in St Giles in the Fields and St George in Bloomsbury, bachelor Mollison Henry Collett aged 51, a grocer, married spinster Emma Ann Siems of London who was 34.  By that time Mollison was living at 117 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill near Brixton.  The groom’s father was confirmed as Thomas Collett deceased, a minister, while the bride’s father was named as John George Siems deceased, a carver and gilder.  The marriage register was signed by both of them, and the witnesses were Robert Ireland and Emma’s mother Anne Siems. 

 

 

 

Once they were married the couple lived at 117 Dulwich Road, overlooking Brockwell Park, where they were residing at the time of the 1881 Census.  In the few short years since their wedding day Mollison Henry Collett had changed his occupation from being a grocer and was recorded as a furrier from Dawlish who was 52.  His wife was named as Emma Ann Collett, age 36 and from London.  Like her mother, Emma also took in boarders as a source of income, and staying with the couple on that occasion were three professional people, Eleanor Rigo who was 53 and a British Subject from France, William Bolton, age 35, a general practitioner from Ireland, and widow Elizabeth Tarine, age 55, a ladies attendance from Sherbourne in Somerset.

 

 

 

Sadly for Emma, she was only married to Mollison for just over three years when, during the third quarter of 1881, Mollison Henry Collett died at 117 Dulwich Road, his death being recorded at the Lambeth register office (Ref. 1d 333).  With no trace of his widow after 1881 it is possible that she re-married, since no record of an Emma Collett or Emma Ann Collett has been found in any later census records.

 

 

 

 

21P12

CHARLES BENJAMIN COLLETT was born at Dawlish on 18th March 1829 and was baptised there at the Independent Church on 22nd April 1829, the second son of Thomas and Frances Collett.  In 1841 he was simply named as Charles Collett who was 12 years of age when he was living with his family at Dawlish.  After leaving school it would appear that Charles’ work as a chemist took him to the outskirts of London, where he was recorded in 1851 at Windsor in Berkshire at the age of 23. 

 

 

 

Curiously no obvious record of him has been found within the census of 1861, and by 1871 he was living and working in the St Mary Major district of Exeter in Devon.  The census that year described him as Charles Collett who was 42 and from Dawlish, who was being supported by a domestic servant by the name of Mary Tucker from Exeter who was 65.

 

 

 

Five years later, during 1876, he married the much younger Tamar Harriet Harcourt Brown, who had been born at Plymouth in 1848, the wedding ceremony taking place in the grand setting of Exeter Cathedral.  In the census of 1881 Charles Collett was living at 15 Holy Trinity West Green Road in Tottenham, London.  He was listed in the census as being married, born at Dawlish, aged 52, and a chemist employing one boy.  The only other person listed living with him at that address was a domestic servant, 16-year old Sarah Harris of Bow.

 

 

 

On the day of the census in 1881 his wife Tamar H H Collett, who was listed as being 33 years old, born at Plymouth, and a chemist’s wife, was a visitor at 87 South Street in Exeter St Mary Major.  That was the home of upholsterer William Northam and his family and the connection with the Collett family was through William’s wife Thirza who was also born at Plymouth.  In fact Thirza Northam, formerly Thirza Boon, was the sister of Tamar’s mother Harriet Brown nee Boon.  Tragically Harriet died within a month of giving birth to Tamar so the child was brought up and cared for jointly by her aunt Thirza and her parents John and Mary Boon, Tamar’s grandparents.

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1851 Tamar was three years old and was living at 142 Flora Street in Plymouth with her grandparents and her aunt Thirza Boon.  John Boon was a mason, while 25-year old Thirza was a dressmaker.  Sadly the marriage of Charles and Tamar only lasted for ten years, when Tamar Collett nee Harcourt Brown died during 1886 at the age of 38, possibly during the birth of the couple’s second child, who also did not survive.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1891 Charles and his six year old son and namesake were living in the Lambeth area of London, when Charles Collett senior from Dawlish was 62 and his son was recorded as Charles H Collett.  Tragically Charles Benjamin Collett died nine years later in 1900 when his only son, who had been born at Edmonton, was just fourteen years of age.

 

 

 

21Q2

CHARLES HARCOURT COLLETT

Born in 1884 at Edmonton in Middlesex

 

 

 

 

21P13

Emily Ellen Collett was born at Dawlish during 1831 where she was baptised on 18th December 1831, the only daughter of Thomas Collett and Frances Knighton.  She was nine years old in the Dawlish census of 1841 and was 19 in 1851 when, on both occasions she was still living there with her parents.  By April in 1861 she was no longer living with her elderly parents at Dawlish, but was living and working in the Bromley area of Kent when recorded as Emily E Collett, age 29.

 

 

 

However, it was just over seventeen months later that she married Edward Mason on 18th September 1862 at Bethnal Green with whom she had four daughters.  They were Ada Mason, born in 1863 at Bromley in Kent, Mabel Mason, born in 1867 at Windsor, as was Ethel Mason who was born in 1868, and Constance Mason who was born at Surbiton in 1871. 

 

 

 

Sadly by April 1881 Emily had been made a widow following the death of her husband sometime during the previous decade.  The census at that time recorded that Emily E Mason had been born in Dawlish and was 49 years of age.  Living with her at 44 Brighton Road in Kingston-upon-Thames were her four daughters.  Ada B Mason was 17 and was working as a dressmaker, Mabel B Mason was 14 and was working as a milliner, while Ethel M Mason, age 13, and Constance Mason, who was nine years old were both still attending the local school.

 

 

 

Twenty years later, and just after the turn of the century, Emily Mason from Dawlish was 69 and was living with her daughter Ethel Mason at 77 Landor Road in Stockwell.  Emily was listed as living on her own means, while Ethel, who was 32 and of Windsor, was a spinster working as a commercial clerk.  Ten years earlier in 1891 daughter Ethel, age 22, had been living with her uncle and widower Charles Benjamin Collett at his home at 120a Ferndale Road where she may have been nursing his young son Charles Harcourt Collett who was six years of age.

 

 

 

The elderly widow, Emily Mason from Dawlish, was still residing within the city of London in 1911 where she was recorded in the Borough of Wandsworth at the age of 79.

 

 

 

 

21P16

John Collett was born at St Erme in 1825, was baptised at Probus on 17th July 1825, and was 15 in 1841 when he was living at Tresillian with his family.  He would appear to be the oldest surviving son of John Collett and his second wife Jennifer Thomas.  John was married by banns to Catherine Hosking at St Allen on 27th October 1849 where she was born in 1824.  St Allen is only a short distance from St Erme.  The marriage register stated that the bride was of full age and a spinster, while the groom was a bachelor and maltster of full age, both being residents of Roskief.  The father of the groom was John Collett who was a labourer, and the bride signed her name in front of witnesses John Chapman and William Pellow.  The marriage of John and Catherine produced nine known children while they were residing in the hamlet of St Erme where there was no church, so the children were all baptised at nearby Probus.

 

 

 

For the census of 1861 the family was made up of John 36 and Catherine 37, and their five children Elizabeth, age 10, John, who was nine, James, who was five, Catherine, who was one year old, and Emily who was just three months old.  Four months later their daughter Emily died, so the next child born to the family was given the same name.  That was confirmed by the 1871 Census when the family was listed as John, age 46, Catherine 47, and their remaining children James 15, Catherine 11, Emily who was seven, and Louisa who was five years old.

 

 

 

By 1881 John, with wife Catherine and two of his daughters, was living in Tresillian Road in St Erme, the same road in which his cousin John Collett (above) was also living at that time.  John was aged 55 and was recorded as being an accountant born at St Erme.  His wife Catherine was 56 and the two daughters were Emily who was 18 and Louisa who was 16.  Also living with the family was William Martin who was a maltsman like their son James who was also living in the same road.

 

 

 

John Collett died at Tresillian aged 65 and was buried at Merther on 18th February 1890.  Eleven years later in 1901 his widow Catherine Collett aged 77 was living at St Erme where she was recorded as being a housekeeper.  It was also at St Erme where many of her children were then living at that time.  No trace of Catherine has been found in the census of 1911, so it must be assumed that she had passed away by then.

 

 

 

21Q3

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1850 at St Erme

 

21Q4

John Hosking Collett

Born in 1852 at St Erme

 

21Q5

James Thomas Collett

Born in 1854 at St Erme

 

21Q6

Peter Thomas Collett

Born in 1856 at St Erme

 

21Q7

Catherine Jane Collett

Born in 1858 at St Erme

 

21Q8

Catherine Jane Collett

Born in 1860 at St Erme

 

21Q9

Emily Collett

Born in 1860 at St Erme

 

21Q10

Emily Collett

Born in 1862 at St Erme

 

21Q11

Louisa Collett

Born in 1866 at St Erme

 

 

 

 

21P17

James Collett was baptised at Merther on 16th February 1834, although the baptism record stated that his parents, John and Jennifer Collett, were living at Tresillian at that time.  In the Truro & St Clement census of 1841 James was five years old when he was living with his parents at Tresillian, together with his three siblings, Betsy, John (above), and Charles (below).  Ten years later, according to the census in 1851, James Collett, age 16, was the only child still living with his parents, and still in the Truro & St Clement area.  Shortly after that it would appear that James joined the Royal Navy since, in 1861 he was recorded in the census that year as being a sailor at sea.  Upon his return from his travels he once again settled in the Truro area where he married Mary.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1871, Mary Collett was 28, and although there was no husband listed with her, she said she was married, rather than a widow.  Living with her within the Truro & St Clement district were her three children.  They were Bessie Collett who was six, Eliza Jane Collett who was four, and Caroline Collett who was just one month old.  It was the baptism record for daughter Eliza Jane that confirmed her parents were James and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

On the day of the census in 1871, or shortly thereafter, it seems likely that Mary fell pregnant with her last child, which also may indicate that her husband James was away from the family home for work reasons.  And it was towards the end of 1871 that the couple’s fourth daughter was born.  It is apparent that James Collett not long after 1871, perhaps even before the birth of his last daughter.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881, the widow Mary Collett was living at Boscawen Row within the parish of St Mary’s in Truro.  She was 35 and her place of birth was given at Truro.  Her occupation was that of a boot binder, that being a familiar trade for members of this particular Collett family.  All of the four children living with her at that time had been born at Truro, and they were Bessie Collett age 16, Eliza J Collett age 14, Caroline Collett age 10, and Johanna Collett who was eight years old.  Ten years later in 1891 all of her children had left the family home, leaving Mary Jane Collett alone at Truro at the age of 46.  The only Mary Collett recorded in the census of 1891 was Mary Jane Collett, age 46, who was residing within the Truro & St Clement registration district, but no later record of her has been discovered in the next two census returns for 1901 and 1911.

 

 

 

21Q12

Bessie Collett

Born in 1865 at Truro

 

21Q13

Eliza Jane Collett

Born in 1867 at Truro

 

21Q14

Caroline Collett

Born in March 1871 at Truro

 

21Q15

Johanna Collett

Born in late 1871 at Truro

 

 

 

 

21P18

Charles Collett was born at Tresillian on 28th June 1837, the youngest known son of John Collett and his second wife Jennifer Thomas, who was baptised at St Mary’s Wesleyan Chapel in Truro on 4th July 1837.  It was also at Tresillian that Charles was living with his family at the time of the census in 1841 when he was three years old.  Ten years later Charles was curiously recorded as being 15 years of age, by which time he had already left the family home and was working and living in the Truro St Just area of Cornwall.  After a further ten years, the census in 1861 more accurately recorded him as Charles Collett, age 22, who was living and working in the Redruth & Camborne registration district.  No later record of a Charles Collett of an appropriate age has been found.

 

 

 

 

21P19

 

Charles Collett (previously Ref. 21Q3) was born at Probus in 1850 although in some census records he gave his place of birth as St Erme.  It was around 1875 when he married Emma who was born at Holbeton in South Devon.  Once married the couple settled in Newton Ferrers just a few miles west of Holbeton and it was there that their son was born and where they were living in April 1881.  That year’s census recorded the family at Newton Ferrers as Charles Collett aged 30 whose occupation was that of a joiner, his wife Emma Collett who was 26, and their son ‘Sidney Collett’ who was four years old.  Also lodging with the Collett family was Thomas Jewell, a 39 years old mason from Probus, who may have been related to Grace Jewell who married William Henry Collett (Ref. 21P41) at Philleigh in 1859.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next decade Charles Collett died, leaving his widow Emma with just her son for company.  That was confirmed by the census for Newton Ferrers in 1891, in which Emma Collett was 36, and her son Sidney C Collett was 14.  According to the next census in March 1901, Emma Collett had returned to her home village of Holbeton where she was listed as a retired baker.  By that time her son Sidney was married and had left the family home and was living in nearby Plymouth.  During the following years Emma’s son Sidney moved to the Tavistock area of Devon and, by April 1911, widow Emma Collett, age 57 and from Holbeton, was living with him and his family.

 

 

 

21Q16

Sydney Charles Collett

Born in 1876 at Newton Ferrers

 

 

 

 

21P20

Mary A Collett (previously Ref. 21Q4) was born at Probus in 1851 and was nine years old and 19 in the 1861 and 1871 censuses while she was living with her family in the Truro & St Clement census registration district.  She worked in domestic service and at the age of 29 in 1881 she was still a spinster.  By the time she had left the family home and was employed as a lady’s maid to Sophia Williams the wife of Charles H Williams and his family of High Cross in Truro St Mary.  Mary’s place of birth was confirmed as Probus.

 

 

 

In the census returns for 1901 and 1911 there was a Mary Ann Tregunna who was born at Probus.  In 1901 she was forty-nine and living in the Colan district of Cornwall, and by 1911 she was 59 and living within the St Columb registration district.  It is possible, although not proved, that she may be the former Mary A Collett.  The husband of Mary Ann Tregunna was Philip Tregunna who was born at St Anthony in 1847.  It would appear that he married Mary during the latter half of the 1880 since their eldest child Mabel was born at Kea in 1888.

 

 

 

Further children followed and they were Edwin, Edith, and Frederick, all born at Merther, before the family moved to Colan where Adolphus Tregunna was born and where the family was living in 1901.  Philip Tregunna was 53 and a cattleman on a farm on that occasion.  Ten years later in 1911 it was only the couple’s son that were still living at the family home in St Columb, and they were Edwin 21, Frederick 16, and Adolphus 14, while their father was 63.

 

 

 

 

21P21

Clara Collett (previously Ref. 21Q5) was born at Tresillian in 1852 and was aged 28 in 1881 when she was still a spinster living with her family at Tresillian Road in St Erme.  She died six years after the census years and was buried at Merther on 9th June 1887.  The burial record stated that she was aged 34 and that she was living at St Erme at the time of her death

 

 

 

 

21P22

John Collett (previously Ref. 21Q6) was born at Tresillian in 1854 and in successive census records he was five years old, 15 and 25 and for the latter he was living with his family at St Erme.  In 1891 John was listed as being aged 36 and was still a bachelor living in St Erme with his parents John and Mary Ann Collett.  He was forty-one years old when he married Sarah Grace Murton at St Clement near Truro on 24th August 1895.  John was described as being from St Erme, and the son of John Collett.  Sarah was aged thirty-eight and was the daughter of James Murton.

 

 

 

For some reason the location of John Collett within the census of 1901 has so far not been revealed.  However, his wife Sarah G Collett who was forty-three and from Perranarworthal just north of Penryn, was living at St Erme with John’s elderly parents John and Mary Collett.  With her were her two daughters, Clara Collett who was two, and Ada M Collett who was one year old.  Their place of birth was given at St Erme.

 

 

 

On the day of the census it seems highly likely that Sarah was expecting her third child which was born later that year.  Sometime after the census John returned to his family and was recorded with them in April 1911.  Also since the previous census, John and his family had left St Erme and were living elsewhere within the Truro registration district. 

 

 

 

John Collett of Tresillian was 56 and his wife Sarah Grace was 53.  Their three children were confirmed as Clara aged twelve, Ada Maud who was eleven, and Charles Glencoe Collett who was nine years old.  Contrary to the previous census information, on that occasion the birth place for all three children was given as Tresillian.  John Collett of Gillies, Tresillian, Probus, died on 16th November 1932, following which probate was granted on 22nd December that same year to William George White, a farmer, and his daughter Clara Collett, a spinster, regarding his personal effects valued at £1,739 2 Shillings.  It is possible, although not proved, that William George White may have been his son-in-law, the husband of daughter Ada, while the absence of any mention of his son Charles might indicate that he was no longer alive.

 

 

 

21Q17

Clara Collett

Born in 1898 at St Erme

 

21Q18

Ada Maud Collett

Born in 1899 at St Erme

 

21Q19

Charles Glencoe Collett

Born in 1901 at Tresillian

 

 

 

 

21P23

Harriet Collett (previously Ref. 21Q7) was born at Tresillian in 1857 and in 1881 at the age of 23 she was working at an infants’ school in St Erme where she was still living with her parents.

 

 

 

 

21P24

Henry Collett (previously Ref. 21Q8) was born at Tresillian in 1863.  By the time he was 17 he was working as a carpenter but was still living in the family home in Tresillian Road in St Erme at that time in 1881.

 

 

 

 

21P25

Martin Williams Collett was born at Camborne in 1834 but was baptised at Philleigh on 16th November 1834.  His second name came from his mother’s maiden name and his baptism record at Philleigh confirmed that his father Hannibal Collett was an inn keeper.  He was 16 in the census of 1851 but was not living with his parents.  Around 1860 he married (1) Mary who was also born at Camborne in 1841, where their first child was born.

 

 

 

During the following years the family moved to Plymouth where their second child was born, before heading north to Lancashire around 1870.  The next two children were born at Stockport, while their fifth child was born at Wigan.  By the time of the 1881 Census, Martin and Mary were living at 49 Greenough Street in Wigan.  Using his full name of Martin Williams Collett he gave his age as 46 and his occupation as being that of a joiner.  His wife Mary confirmed that she was 39, and their five children were respectively given the ages of nineteen, twelve, nine, six years, while baby Charles was just one month old.  The couple’s eldest son was listed as an out of work joiner.

 

 

 

One more child was added to the family six years later when Mary would have been around 45 years of age.  Perhaps that pregnant, late in her life, was also the cause of her death, since three years later Martin was married to Elizabeth who was older than him, presumably a marriage of convenience and a mother figure to look after the young members of his family.  The Wigan census in 1891 recorded the family group as William Collett who was 54, Elizabeth Collett who was 57, Gertrude Collett from Stockport who was 16, Charles Collett who was 10 and Thomas Collett who was three years of age, both sons born at Wigan.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1901, Martin was again recorded under the name of William Collett, who was 69 years of age and from Truro, a widower living in Wigan with his daughter Gertrude and his son Thomas, by which time he was described as a master builder, following his earlier days as a joiner.  In addition to that, William was also described as a grocer and a shopkeeper, while his daughter Gertrude, who was 26, was working for him as a domestic cook.  His son Thomas Collett, who was 13, was still attending school. 

 

 

 

Ten years after that, the census in April 1911 revealed that William Collett from Cornwall was 80 years old when he was still living within the Ince-in-Makerfield area of Wigan with his daughter Gertrude and his son Thomas.  However, it was later that same year when Martin Williams Collett died at 23 Frederick Street (between Chapel Street and Warrington Road A573) in Ince-in-Makerfield on 21st October 1911.  Probate was settled on his personal effects of £268 6 Shillings at Liverpool on 28th November that same year, and placed in the hands of his executors Joseph Nutt, a solicitor’s clerk, and William Darbyshire, a builder.

 

 

 

21Q20

James Collett

Born in 1861 at Camborne

 

21Q21

John Collett

Born in 1868 at Plymouth

 

21Q22

Frederick Collett

Born in 1871 at Stockport

 

21Q23

Gertrude F Collett

Born in 1874 at Stockport

 

21Q24

Charles Collett

Born in 1881 at Wigan

 

21Q25

Thomas Collett

Born in 1887 at Wigan

 

 

 

 

21P26

John Collett was possibly born at Camborne where his brother Martin (above) was born and where his uncle Alexander was a farmer.  However, he was most likely baptised at Philleigh where his brother was baptised and where the family was living shortly after they were born.  It was at Philleigh that John’s father was the publican at the village inn.  No further record of John has so far been located.

 

 

 

 

21P27

Joseph Harris Collett was born at Camborne on 21st September 1843, just prior to his family’s move to Philleigh around 1848.  He was the eldest child of Alexander Collett and Susan Harris and it was at Philleigh that Joseph was living with his family in 1851 aged seven years.  Later in his life his family moved again, that time to Feock where he met and married Emily Gay who was born on 16th September 1847.  By 1871 the marriage had produced the couple’s first child who was born at Feock where Emily was also born.  The 1871 Census confirmed the family living at Feock in the Truro & Kenwyn registration district as Joseph who was 27, Emily who was 23, and their baby son Joseph Harris Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

By April 1881 Joseph Harris Collett was already living and working in America, while his wife and two children were still living at Feock.  Emily aged 33 was described as ‘engaged at home’ which was at Carnon Downs near Feock.  Living with her was Joseph who was 11 and Lena who was eight, both of them born while the family was still living at Feock.  Also living at Carnon Downs at that same time was Emily’s sister-in-law Ellen the wife of Thomas Collett (below) who, like his brother Joseph, was also absent from the 1881 Census.  New information received from Allyson Collette Nixon in early 2013 reveals that the two brothers were very likely attracted to the Colorado Silver Rush, the boom starting at Leadville in 1879 and continuing through the 1880s, during which time 82 million dollars worth of silver was mined.

 

 

 

It therefore seems highly likely that Emily and her two children were reunited with Joseph not long after 1881, once he had become established in the New World.  That would certainly account for why no further record of the family has been found in Great Britain after 1881.  Later on the family settled in Lake Charles in Louisiana, and it was Lake Charles that the Collette Grocery Store was set up, pictures of which still exist today in the possession of the aforementioned Allyson Collette Nixon.  The spelling of the surname, with the additional E, most likely happened after the family had settled in America.  At sometime before the family left England they were living at Lemon Street in Truro, as confirmed by the school books of the couple’s two children.

 

 

 

Joseph Harris Collette was 69 years of age when he died at Lake Charles on 14th July 1913, while his wife Emily Collette nee Gay died almost exactly twelve years later, when she passed away on 13th July 1925.  They were both buried at Orange Grove Cemetery in Lake Charles where the two headstones which mark their graves confirm the Collette spelling of their surname, the same as on the naturalisation papers for Joseph on 12th December 1882 in the county of Clear Creek in the State of Colorado.

 

 

 

21Q26

Joseph Harris Collett

Born in 1869 at Feock

 

21Q27

Lena E Collett

Born in 1873 at Feock

 

 

 

 

21P28

William John Langdon Collett was born at Camborne in 1844 but was not baptised until 11th January 1846.  That took place at Philleigh and his father Alexander was noted as being a farmer at Camborne.  Two years later the family moved to Philleigh where in 1851 William was six years old.  By 1861 William was aged 15 and was working away from the family home at Gwennap near Redruth.  No further record of William has been found in any of the 1871 to 1901 censuses so he may have emigrated and accompanied by his brother Joseph (above).

 

 

 

 

21P29

Mary Ann Collett was born at Camborne in 1847 but shortly after the family moved to Polmenna Farm in Philleigh where Mary Ann was baptised on 25th December 1847.  The Philleigh census of 1851 confirmed that she was aged three years and had been born at Camborne.  She married Stephen Hugo Manuell on 13th April 1865 at Feock.  Mary Ann was aged 18 at the time, while Stephen was 22 and both were living at Carnon Downs.  The parish register recorded Mary Ann’s father as Alexander Collett and Stephen’s father as William Manuell.

 

 

 

 

21P30

Thomas Collett was born at Philleigh in 1849 and it was there that he baptised on 4th November 1849, and there that he was one year old in the census of 1851.  In the 1861 Census he was 11 years old when he was living with his family and his widowed father at Kea.  His place of birth was confirmed as Philleigh.  For many years there was no record of Thomas although it has been established that while he was living with his family at Feock he met and married Ellen who was born there around 1850.  Judging by the age of their only child, the marriage must have taken place at Feock around 1872.

 

 

 

By 1881 Ellen was living at 7 Carnon Downs with her seven years old daughter who was also born at Feock.  Living close by in Carnon Downs was her sister-in-law Emily Collett (above) whose husband was also absent at the time of the census.  Both of the ladies was described as head of the household, but both were also described as being married so had not been made widows by the absence of their respective husbands.  Wherever Ellen’s husband had been has not been revealed, but he was living with his wife again in both 1891 and 1901.  In the former Thomas was 41 and Ellen 40 and they were living within the Truro, Kea registration district with their daughters who was 17 years of age.

 

 

 

By 1901 only Thomas, then 51 and confirmed as born at Philleigh, was living with his wife Ellen who was 50 and born at Feock.  Thomas was a contractor’s foreman working on the Great Western Railway.  At that time at the end of March 1901 the couple were living at Perranzabuloe near Perranporth.  Thomas and Ellen were once again listed in the following census in 1911.  Thomas was 61 and Ellen of Feock was 60, and on that occasion there were living in Truro.

 

 

 

21Q28

Ada J Collett

Born in 1873 at Feock

 

 

 

 

21P31

Amelia Collett was born at White Lane in the parish of Philleigh in 1850 and was baptised at the parish church in Philleigh on 8th June 1851.  In March 1851 the census for Philleigh confirmed that Amelia had been born there and that on the day of the census she was just two months old.  By 1861 the family were living at Kea where Amelia was confirmed as being 10 years old and born at Philleigh.

 

 

 

 

21P32

Nancy Collett was born in 1851 at White Lane in Philleigh and was baptised at Philleigh parish church on 8th August 1852.  In 1861 at the age of nine she was living with her siblings and their father at Kea, her place of birth being confirmed as Philleigh.  By the age of 29 she was still a spinster living at Higher Penhale with her widowed father and two of her younger sisters Susan and Emily (below).  The 1881 Census simply listed her as being a plantation keeper’s daughter who was born at Philleigh.

 

 

 

 

21P33

Susan Harris Collett was born in 1853 at Philleigh where she was baptised on 18th December 1853.  Between her birth and her christening the family left Philleigh and moved the two miles to Feock.  It was her baptism record which included a note that her parents were living at Feock.  Susan, who was very likely named after her mother, or even her grandmother, was seven years old in the 1861 Census for Kea, to where she and her brothers and sisters had moved with their widowed father, following the death of their mother.  The later census in 1881 recorded that she was a spinster at the age of 27 and that she was living with her widowed father at Higher Penhale.  She was described as a plantation keeper’s daughter and her place of birth was recorded as Philleigh.

 

 

 

 

21P34

Hannibal Collett was born in the hamlet of Feock in 1854 but was baptised at the parish church in nearby Philleigh on 1st April 1855.  In 1861 he was six years old but, on the day of the census, was not with his family at Kea, instead he was listed in the St Just & Truro district which included Philleigh.

 

 

 

 

21P35

Elizabeth Collett was born at Feock in late 1856 or early 1857 and was baptised at nearby Philleigh on 4th October 1857, the daughter of Alexander Collett and Susan Harris.  In the 1861 Census for the village of Kea near Truro Elizabeth was four years old.  She was still living in the Truro area with her family in 1871 when she was fourteen, but sometime after she left Cornwall to seek work in London. 

 

 

 

The Middlesex census of 1881 placed Elizabeth Collett from Feock living at 5 Lime Grove in London where she was twenty-four and the general domestic servant at the home of annuitant Anne Norman from Devon.  During the next few years Elizabeth moved out of London and returned to the west country when she settled in the Walcot district of Bath where she set up her own fruit and florist business.  In 1891 she was listed for the first time as Elizabeth A Collett, who was 34 and living at Walcot.  By March 1901 she was once again recorded as Elizabeth A Collett from Truro who was forty-four and living in Bath where she was confirmed as a fruiter and florist.  Ten years later in April 1911, Elizabeth Ann Collett who was born in the Truro area was living alone at Walcot in Bath at the age of 54.

 

 

 

 

21P36

Catherine Collett was born at Feock in 1858 and, like all of her older siblings, she too was baptised at Philleigh, the ceremony taking place on 10th October 1858.  By 1861 she and her family were living at Kea where Catherine was two years old.

 

 

 

 

21P37

Emily Collett was born at Philleigh in 1861 but after 7th April, and was baptised there on 12th July 1863.  By 1881 she was listed as being 20 when she was living with her widowed father and her two spinster sisters Nancy and Susan (above) at Higher Penhale near St Enoder.  She was not working but was listed as a plantation keeper’s daughter.

 

 

 

 

21P38

Mary Ann Collett was born at Gerrans in 1859, the only known child of William and Catherine Collett.  And it was at Treleggan Farm in Gerrans that she was living with her parents in 1861 at the age of two years, when her father was a farmer of 80 acres.  Shortly after her twentieth birthday she married John Tearle Gill of Probus who was twelve years older than Mary Ann.  By 1881, when Mary was 22, she was living with her husband at Trethurffe Farm in Ladock where he was a farmer of 212 acres employing two men and a boy.  Living with the couple was Mary Ann’s widowed father William who was listed as a retired farmer from Philleigh aged 65.  Supporting the household was 23 years old Emily Trenerry a domestic servant, and 55 years old William Hooper who was an indoor farm servant.

 

 

 

During the next ten years Mary Ann presented her husband with two children, so by the time of the census in 1891 Mary A Gill was 31, her husband John T Gill was 44, and their two children were Emily K Gill who was nine, and William Gill who was eight years old.  Still living with the family was Mary Ann’s father William Collett who was 76 who later died in 1893.

 

 

 

 

21P39

Thomas Collett was born at Philleigh on 5th October 1833, where he was baptised on 27th October 1833, the eldest child of Robert Davey Collett and his wife Grace Dingle.  He was a labourer and he married Ann in the mid 1850s.  By 1861 the family living at Philleigh comprised just Thomas aged 27, his wife Ann C Collett aged 25, and their new born daughter Elizabeth.  There was no record or listing for the couple’s first born child Thomas Davey Collett in that census or any later census, so it must be assumed that he had suffered an infant death.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next ten years the family left Philleigh and settled in St Stithians, midway between Redruth and Penryn.  By early April in 1871 the family was living at 18 Sunny Corner in Stithians and had increased in size and was made up of Thomas aged 37 of Philleigh, Ann aged 35 of Veryan and their children Elizabeth aged 10, William aged 8 and Mary who was 5 years of age.

 

 

 

According to the 1881 Census, Thomas was 47 years of age and was an agricultural labourer living at Sunny Corner in St Stithians with his wife and their three surviving children.  His wife was confirmed as Ann aged 45 who had been born at Veryan in 1835.

 

 

 

Ten years later only three members of the family were still living at Sunny Corner and they were Thomas aged 57, Ann aged 55 and their daughter Elizabeth.  Thomas Collett died during the first quarter of 1895, his death being recorded at the Redruth register office (Ref. 5c 173) at the age of 61.  Five years after his passing his wife Ann was recorded as being a widow of 67 (sic) when she was living within the Parish of St Gluvias near Penryn with her unmarried daughter Elizabeth.  The widow Ann Collett was 75 by April 1911, and still living with her was her unmarried daughter Elizabeth Ann Collett who was 50.

 

 

 

During the second decade of the nineteenth century a Daniel Collett and his family were living within the St Gluvias area of Penryn and, although not yet directly connected to this family line, his details and those of his children can be found in Appendix A, at the end of the third section of Part 21.

 

 

 

21Q29

Thomas Davey Collett

Baptised on 31.10.1858 at Philleigh

 

21Q30

Elizabeth Ann Collett

Baptised on 02.02.1861 at Philleigh

 

21Q31

William Hayne Collett

Baptised on 28.12.1862 at Philleigh

 

21Q32

Mary Collett

Baptised on 10.06.1866 at Philleigh

 

 

 

 

21P40

Robert Davey Collett was born on 2nd May 1835 at Philleigh and was baptised there on 7th June 1835, when he was named after his father Robert Davey Collett, his mother being Grace Dingle.  At the age of five years he was living with his family at Treworthal in the parish of Philleigh.  Sadly, on 29th November 1842 at the tender age of just seven years, Robert died and was buried in the churchyard of St Philleigh Church where a gravestone marks the grave.  The same grave and headstone (see Headstone Epitaphs) was later used for Robert’s sister Elizabeth Grace Collett and his brother Richard Davey Collett who passed away in 1861.  His brother William Henry Collett (below) later paid tribute to his lost brother and their father, by naming his first child Robert Davey Collett.