PART TWENTY-ONE

 

The Cornwall Line – 1890 to 2008

 

This is the third of three sections of this family line

 

Updated February 2017

 

This is the family line of the late Terrence James Collett (Ref. 21T13), and it was his wife Sue

who kindly provided the details relating to the twin boys of Terry’s great grandfather

Edward Charles Collett (Ref. 21Q34) whose wife died during their birth

 

 

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Caleb Knight Collett was born at Creed in December 1860 and was four months old by the time of the census on 7th April 1861.  By that date the family had left Creed, where Caleb and his sister Catherine had been born, and had moved less than a mile north to Grampound.  The census record confirmed the children’s parents as John Collett, age 27 of Camborne, and his wife Elizabeth Jane, age 24 from Roche.  John Vivian Collett was working as a tin miner at that time.  Ten years later the family was living at St Ewe when Caleb was ten years old.  However, there was no record of him anywhere in the UK in 1881.

 

 

 

What is known is that, as the oldest son of the family, he was taken under the wing of his mother’s sister Anne Knight and together they emigrated to North America.  It was originally believed that Caleb was never reunited with any member of his direct family, but this seems to be disproved by the information in the next paragraph.  What is still slightly puzzling is exactly what happened to Caleb during the missing years from before 1881 and up to his arrival at Brighton in America with his aunt Anne Knight in early 1885.  It now also transpires that two other siblings joined Caleb in America, and they were his older sister Catherine, who left England in 1891, and his younger brother William who moved there in 1883.

 

 

 

Upon arrival in America he was initially employed in the copper mines of Calumet and Hecla in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  While there he worked under the guidance of Superintendent Vivian who was a distant relation through the marriage of his grandfather William Odgers Collett and his first wife Catherine Vivian.  It was also through his relationship with ‘his uncle’ Superintendent Vivian that Caleb was eventually introduced to his true uncle James Collett (Ref. 21P100) - his father’s half-brother - who was the son of William Odgers and his second wife Jane Miners, by whom he was later employed.

 

 

 

Shortly after he arrived in America, Caleb married (1) Alma Hartman who was born in 1863 and their first child was born towards the end of 1885 while the couple were living at Genoa township.  Caleb and Alma had a further four children but, including their son Ralph who died around six months old, the couple lost a total of three infant children.

 

 

 

Alma Collett nee Hartman died on 22nd July 1903 and during the following year Caleb married (2) Mary Butterfield Blanke in 1904.  Mary may have been a relation of Caleb’s daughter-in-law Mollie Blanke Pike.  By September 1931 local records reveal that Caleb had established his own real estate brokership under the banner of ‘Caleb K Collett – Real Estate Broker’.  He was fairly successful with the business which sold many houses in the Brighton area of Michigan.  Upon his death Caleb was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Brighton where his first wife Alma was buried, together with their baby son Ralph.  His son Gliff was also later buried there with two of his three children.

 

 

 

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Claude Collett

Born in 1885 at Genoa, Michigan

 

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Gliff Knight Collett

Born in 1887 in Michigan, USA

 

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Ralph Collett

Born in 1898 in Michigan, USA

 

 

 

 

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Edith Jane Collett was born at Grampound in 1862 and apart from appearing with her family in 1871 at St Ewe when she was eight, she was not listed in any further census records as Edith Collett because she became a married women very early in her young life.  She was already married and had had her first child by the time of the census in 1881.  It was during the third quarter of the previous year that Edith had married John Wellington at Haslingden near Accrington in Lancashire.  John was an iron-moulder from Kenwyn in Cornwall and was four years older than Edith.

 

 

 

It would appear from the 1881 census return that John Wellington’s own Cornish family had moved to Lancashire some years earlier, and it was to Accrington and the house of his mother, that Edith and John moved once they realised that Edith was with-child.  So according to the Accrington census in 1881, John Wellington, 22 and from Kenwyn in Cornwall, and his wife Edith, age 19 from St Austell, were living with their four-month old son Steven V Wellington at 3 Taylor Street, the home of widow and dressmaker Malinda K Wellington who was 44 and from Roche in Cornwall.  Edith’s occupation was that of a cotton winder.

 

 

 

Also living at that address was Malinda’s married twenty-three years old daughter Emily from Newlyn who was a cotton weaver, and her husband twenty-five years old flagger and slater Thomas Lord from Accrington.  Two other children from Malinda’s marriage were also living there, and they were Mina Wellington , an 18-year old cotton weaver from Kenwyn, and two years old Salome Wellington who was born in Accrington.  The age of the younger child may indicate when Malinda became a widow, and when she moved to Accrington from Cornwall.

 

 

 

In addition to all of that, Edith’s older sister Catherine Collett (above) from St Austell was also staying with the family and was recorded as a visitor, whose occupation was that of a domestic servant.  A few years after that another of Edith’s sisters, Salome Collett, also moved to be with her in Lancashire.

 

 

 

During the next ten years, Edith and her family, together with her sister Catherine, left Accrington and moved to Haslingden to the south of Accrington, where they were living in 1891.  Twenty years later in April 1911, the census return confirmed the Wellington family was still living at Haslingden.  Head of the house John was 52, his wife Edith Jane was 48, and their children at that time were listed as William John 21, James 19, Emily 17, Clifford 14, and Ellen who was twelve.

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at St Ewe in 1865 where he was recorded as living with his family in 1871 at the age of five years.  Ten years later, when he was 16, he was still living with his family who had then settled in Roche, but there appears to be no trace of him living in the UK after that time.  It now transpires that the reason for his absence was that he had emigrated to America in 1883, just prior to his brother Caleb in 1885, and his sister Catherine in 1891. 

 

 

 

At the age of 18 William made the Atlantic crossing on board the steam-ship the SS Alaska and arrived in New York, from Liverpool via Queenstown in Ireland, on 7th May 1883.  His ultimate destination was Michigan and it was there, at Ironwood, that he died three years later on 26th November 1886 at the age of only 22.  There is a memorial to him on his parents’ gravestone in the cemetery at Roche in Cornwall.

 

 

 

 

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Salome Collett was born at St Ewe possibly towards the end of 1868.  A record recently found in Mevagissey Bible Christian Circuit Baptisms would seem to indicate she was baptised Slome (sic) at the Bible Christian Chapel in Paramoor on 2nd June 1869.  The same baptism record confirmed the child Slome Collett was daughter of John and Elizabeth Jane Collett of Paramoor in St Ewe. 

 

 

 

In the 1871 Census it would appear that her name was misinterpreted as she was listed as Florence rather than Salome.  A thorough search through later census records has not revealed anyone of that name of the correct age and place of birth, so it is assumed to be an error.  Just six months after the day of the census and twenty-eight months after Salome was baptised she was subject to a second baptism at St Ewe on 8th October 1871 in a joint ceremony with her sister Lavinia (below).  The parish record confirmed the girls’ parents as John and Elizth Jane of Paramoor in St Ewe and their father’s occupation was recorded as being a husbandman.

 

 

 

Almost ten years later the 1881 Census confirmed that Salome was 12 and that she had been born at St Ewe, and that at that time in her life she was living with her family at Roche.  Sometime later Salome left Cornwall and moved to Lancashire to be with her sister Edith Wellington nee Collett (above) and to seek work in the cotton mills as a cotton winder.

 

 

 

Nine years later, and during the third quarter of 1890, Salome married William Taylor at Burnley with whom she had four children before the end of the century.  At the time of the census in 1891, Salome and her husband were living in Burnley, and with them was Salome’s older sister Catherine Polkinghorne nee Collett (above) and her baby daughter Annie who were awaiting a sailing to America.  The 1891 census return confirmed that William Taylor was 22 and had been born in Burnley and that he and his wife Salome Taylor, also 22 but from St Ewe in Cornwall, were living at 7 Trout Street in Burnley from where William was a joiner and Salome was a cotton winder.

 

 

 

In the census of 1901 Salome Taylor, age 32 and from Cornwall, was living with her family at Brierfield near Burnley in Lancashire.  Her husband William Taylor of Burnley, also 32, was a carpenter and joiner, while their four children were recorded as Lavinia, who was nine and born in Brierfield, James who was eight, Stanley, who was six, and John who was three, all three of them having been born in Burnley.  And it was at Burnley that the family was still living in 1911, when William and Salome Taylor (of St Ewe) were both 42, and their four children were Lavinia 19, James 18, Stanley 16, and John Taylor who was 13.

 

 

 

Salome Taylor nee Collett died on 4th March 1929 when she and William were living at 91 Barden Lane in Burnley and when Salome was 60 years old.  Administration of her personal effects valued at £19 17 Shillings 10d was granted in London on 19th March 1929 in favour of her husband William Taylor, who was described as a manager.

 

 

 

 

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Lavinia Collett was born after the second of April in 1871 at St Ewe.  As a baby of only a few months she was baptised at St Ewe in a joint ceremony with her three-year old sister Salome (above) on 8th October 1871.  At the time of the census in 1881, Lavinia was living with her family at Roche at the age of nine years. 

 

Ten years after, in the census of 1891, she was 20 years old and was one of only three children still living with her parents at Roche. 

 

It was a year later that Lavinia married Richard Henry Blake during the first quarter of 1892, the marriage being registered in St Austell. 

 

 

 

During the next nine years the marriage produced four children for the couple, and a fifth child was born into the family towards the end of the following decade.  In 1901 the family was living at St Wenn in the St Columb district on Cornwall when the couple’s first four children were confirmed as having been born there.  Their daughter of that occasion was listed as Edith Jane Blake, so named after Lavinia’s older sister (above).  The full family was listed as Richard 31, who was a farmer at Criftoe Farm in St Wenn, Lavinia 29, Harry, who was six, Edith, who was four, William, who was three, and Richard who was one year old.  All of them, apart from Lavinia, had been born at St Wenn.

 

 

 

According to the next census in April 1911, Richard Blake was 41, his wife Lavinia from St Ewe was 40, and they were living in the St Columb district of Cornwall with their five children.  They were Harry 16, Janie 14, William 13, Richard 11, and John Vivian Blake who was one year old and named after Lavinia’s father John Vivian Collett.  Of their children, Harry Blake was born in 1894 and died in 1946, Edith Jane Blake was born in 1896, William Blake was born in 1897, Richard Blake was born in 1899, and John Vivian Blake was born in 1909 and died in 1989.

 

 

 

Myrtle Blake, the widow of John Vivian Blake, was born on 20th November 1912 and was 97 in 2009. 

 

Eva, the aunt of Andrée Tuck (Ref. 21R73), visited Myrtle Blake (the first cousin of Andrée’s mother) during February 2010 in an attempt to discover further facts about her mother-in-law Lavinia Blake nee Collett, and in particular, which sister it was that was with her when the photograph of Lavinia and one of her older sisters was taken.  Unfortunately this still remains unknown, although it seems highly likely that it was either Catherine the eldest sibling, who was thirteen years older that Lavinia, or Edith Jane who was nine years older.

 

For completeness a copy of the photograph is shown on the right.

 

 

 

 

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David Knight Collett was born at Roche in 1876 and was four years old in April 1881 when he was living at Roche with his parents.  He was still living at Roche with his parents and his two youngest siblings in 1891 when he was aged 14.  Towards the latter part of the 1890s his work as a policeman took him to Plymouth where he met Ann Broad who was born there in 1875.  David and Ann were subsequently married by banns on 20th February 1900 in the village church at Pelynt near Looe, prior to setting up home at Devonport.

 

 

 

The parish register at Pelynt recorded that David of Devonport was a 23-year old police constable and the son of labourer John Collett, while Ann was 25 and a resident within the parish of Pelynt and the daughter of labourer George Broad.  Ann’s parents George and Edith Broad were the witnesses.

 

 

 

It was also at Devonport where their three known children were later born and where one year after they were married they were living at the time of the census conducted in March 1901.  At that time David K Collett from Roche was 25 and Annie Collett from Plymouth was 26.  The census also recorded that David was employed by the Borough Council as a police constable. 

 

 

 

During the next decade Annie presented David with their three children.  So by April 1911 the family living in Devonport comprised David Knight Collett, age 34 and from Roche, wife Annie who was 36, and their three children John Collett who was 10, Gladys Irene Collett, who was eight, and Eva Phyllis Collett who was two years of age.

 

 

 

Ann Collett nee Broad died on 13th October 1952 at the couple’s home at 27 Leighton Road, Hartley Vale in Plymouth.  Her Will was proved in London on 22nd November that year when her husband was confirmed as David Knight Collett, a retired police sergeant.  Her estate amounted to £857 9 shillings 5d.  It was just over seven years later that David Knight Collett died on 27th February 1960 in the Greenbank Hospital in Plymouth, his death recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 7a 782) during March 1960 when he was 83.  Probate for David Knight Collett of Charene, Austin Crescent, Goosewell Hill, Crownhill in Plymouth names his married daughters Gladys Irene Gardner and Eva Phyliss Small as joint executors of his estate valued at £4, 629 17 Shillings 3d.  From that information it might be safe to assume that his son John Collett had already predeceased him.

 

 

 

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John Collett

Born in 1901 at Devonport

 

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Gladys Irene Collett

Born in 1903 at Devonport

 

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Eva Phyllis Collett

Born in 1908 at Devonport

 

 

 

 

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Richard Knight Collett was born at Roche in 1882 and he was eight years of age by the time of the census in 1891, when he was one of three children still living with his parents at Roche.  When he was old enough, and having left school, Richard became a china clay worker like his father John, with whom he presumably may have worked.

 

Just after the turn of the century Richard was 18 and was still living and working with his father and his mother at their home in Roche.  Sometime shortly after that Richard moved away from the family home and took up lodgings in the village of Bugle to the north of St Austell prior to heading north to Lancashire.

 

 

 

It was on 5th May 1905, at the age of 22, that he left Liverpool on board the steam-ship the SS Cedric bound for New York and arrived there on 14th May 1905.  His ultimate destination was Redridge in Houghton County, Michigan where his older sister Catherine Polkinghorne nee Collett (above) and her family were living, and with whom he was to spend the next eighteen months.

 

 

 

Richard’s intention was to work hard and earn enough money to take back to Cornwall where he would build his own house.  When he left England he was a miner in a china clay works, but by the time he returned to his home country in the autumn of 1906 he was a skilled bricklayer.  His return journey across the Atlantic was via Montreal and Quebec, the crossing to Liverpool being on board the steam-ship the SS Ionian which docked in Liverpool on 29th September 1906.  Rather curiously, once again his age was given as 22, when in fact he was 24.

 

 

 

Two years after he returned from America, on 10th October 1908, Richard married Maud May Nicholls, who was born at Carthew near St Austell in 1887.  He then fulfilled his ambition, when he built his own house named ‘Carbean’ midway between the villages of Carthew and Stenalees to the north of St Austell.  This is a recent photograph of that house.

 

During the following three years Richard and Maud were blessed with the birth of the first three of their ultimate ten children, including a set of twins whose birth was registered in St Austell.  And it was at Carbean that the family was living in April 1911.

 

 

 

On that occasion the family comprised Richard Collett of Roche, age 28, Maud May Collett, who was 24, their twin daughters Enid May and Erna Amy, aged one year and born at St Austell, and baby Maggie Collett who was just three months old and born at Carbean.  The details of the next seven children born into the family after 1911 have been kindly provided by Andrée Salisbury nee Tuck, the daughter of Hazel Collett who was born in 1912, and the granddaughter of Richard Knight Collett.

 

 

 

Only one of the couple’s ten children was born during the Great War, and the reason for that was because Richard served his country in Salonika and Mesopotamia, where he contracted dysentery.  Sadly from that time in his life onwards in his life he suffered with poor health.

 

 

 

Sadly for the family, their eldest daughter Enid May died from meningitis in 1923, and she was therefore the only child missing from the family group photograph (right) taken around 1930.

 

 

Standing at the back left is Hazel and on the right is Maggie.  Eldest daughter Erna is seated in the middle, with latest arrival Eva on her lap.

 

The other four children from the left are William, Cecil (standing in front of Erna), Elizabeth (standing next to Erna), Sydney, and finally Victor on the far right.

 

 

 

Richard Knight Collett died at Carbean in Carthew St Austell on 29th May 1945 from pernicious anaemia when he was around 63 years of age.  However, it was ten years later that his personal effects of £665 were eventually settled by administration at Bodmin on 12th October 1955 in favour of his widow Maud May Collett.  After a further seventeen years Maud May Collett nee Nicholls died during 1972.  By 2010, two of Richard’s and Maud’s daughters were still alive and living in Cornwall, and they were Elizabeth Beryl and Eva Lillian.

 

 

 

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Enid May Collett

Born in 1909 at St Austell

 

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Erna Amy Collett

Born in 1909 at St Austell

 

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Maggie Collett

Born in 1911 at St Austell

 

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Hazel Collett

Born in 1912 at Carbean House, St Austell

 

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William Vivian Collett

Born in 1913 at Carbean House, St Austell

 

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Victor Owen Collett

Born in 1916 at Carbean House, St Austell

 

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Elizabeth Beryl Collett

Born in 1921 at Carbean House, St Austell

 

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Cecil Alwyn Collett

Born in 1925 at Carbean House, St Austell

 

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Sydney Austen Collett

Born in 1927 at Carbean House, St Austell

 

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Eva Lillian Collett

Born in 1928 at Carbean House, St Austell

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Ladock in 1866 where he was baptised on 2nd September 1866, the son of William Collett and his wife Emma Ferrell.  The 1881 Census confirmed that William was 14 and that he was living with his family at Bissick Mill in Ladock, where his father was a corn miller.  Shortly after that time the family moved to Hayle near St Ives, before finally settling down to live in Penryn.

 

By the time of the census of 1891 William, who would have been 24, was no longer living with his family in Penryn and had emigrated to North America.  It was just over five years later that William Collett became a nationalised America citizen on 20th July 1896 at the Circuit Court in Wayne County, Detroit in Michigan. 

 

 

 

It was also while he was in Michigan that he married Louise, the wedding taking place at Detroit on 17th June 1903, when William was 37.  His bride was 28 years old Louise J Westphal, who was born at Port Sanilac in Michigan on 30th September 1875, the daughter of Charles Westphal and his wife Fredericka Schultz.  At this moment in time it has not been established whether or not the marriage produced any children for the couple.

 

 

 

However, new information received from Christine St Johanser during 2010 has revealed that, in his twilight years, William returned to England for a holiday in Penryn in 1938, when he and Louise stayed with Christine’s grandparents.  For their return journey, the couple crossed the Atlantic Ocean on board the SS Queen Mary, sailing out of Southampton on 29th October, and arriving in New York on 3rd November 1938.  The ship’s passenger list, kindly provided by, included the following details.  William Collett was 72 and travelled using his passport no. 56510, his wife Louise Collett was 63, and the couple’s address was given as 5053 23rd Street in Detroit.  Other details included the date that William was nationalised, and Louise’s date and place of birth.

 

 

 

It has since been established that William Collett from Ladock was a resident of Detroit, in Wayne County, Michigan, from 1910 until he died there on 14th December 1956 at the age of 90.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Jane Collett was born at Ladock in 1868, the daughter of William Collett and his first wife Emma Jane Ferrell who died when Elizabeth was only six years old.  Her father, who a corn miller, re-married in 1875 and in 1881, at the age of 12, Elizabeth was living with her new family at Bissick Mill in Ladock.  The family later moved to St Ives, before a final move to Penryn.  Elizabeth had left the family home before 1890 and was not living with her family in April 1891.  She later married Frederick Duggan, after which the couple left Cornwall to settle in Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

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Ellen Maud Collett was born at Ladock in 1875.  By the time of the 1901 Census she was still living in Penryn with her family and was established as a dressmaker.  As Aunt Maud to the younger members of the family, she was known for making their school uniforms and was remembered by them as being a ‘wonderful lady’.

 

 

 

 

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Emily Mary Collett was born at Ladock in 1878.  At the age of 22 she was still living at the family home in Penryn from where she was working as a grocer’s assistant.  Emily Mary Collett from Ladock was living alone at St Marylebone in London in April 1911, although it is known that she eventually emigrated to New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

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Annie Collett was born at Ladock in July 1880.  According to the census of 1901, Annie was aged 20 and was still living with her parents and siblings in Penryn.  Her occupation was that of a dressmaker’s assistant, which probably meant that she was working with her older sister Ellen Maud Collett (above).  At some later time in her life Annie lived just one street away from her brother Arthur James Collett (below) in Falmouth where she lived with her younger unmarried sister Kittie (below).

 

 

 

 

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Kate Collett was born at Hayle in 1882.  She was referred to as Katie in some census records but was known within the family as Kittie.  In 1901 at the age of 18 she was working as a draper’s apprentice while still living with her parents.  Curiously in April 1911, Kate Collett was twenty-seven and was living in Plymouth with Mildred Mary Collett who was nineteen, although it is not known who she was.  However, it is known that Kate never married and lived all her adult life with her sister Annie (above).

 

 

 

 

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Clara Louise Collett was born at Penryn in 1884 but was handicapped from birth and died in 1899 at the age of 15.

 

 

 

 

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Arthur James Collett, who was referred to as James, was born at Penryn in 1886 and was 14 at the time of the 1901 Census and was still attending school.  During the next decade he married Lillie Hutchings of Penryn.  Once married the couple settled in the Penryn area where their children were born.  According to the census of 1911, Arthur James Collett was 24 and was living in Falmouth with his wife and their family.  Lily Collett was also 24, and listed with the couple were their first two children, William Arthur Collett who was two years old, and one year old Thomas Leonard Collett.  Not long after the census day, a further son was added to the family towards the end of that same year.  That might indicate that Lily was already with-child on the 2nd April 1911, the day of the census.

 

 

 

During his working life James continued in his father’s occupation by being a miller and at one stage he and Lillie owned and worked the mill at Tremough Dale in Penryn.  In later life the couple moved to Falmouth where, between 1950 and 1960, they looked after their grand-daughter Christine Collett.  And it was Christine who kindly provided the details of her family line.  James and Lillie were the parents of Leslie Collett who was killed in action over Germany in 1944 flying a Lancaster bomber.  The couple also had other children but they have not been revealed at this time.  It was in 1965, at the age of 78, that the passing of Arthur J Collett was recorded at Falmouth register office (Ref. 7a 37) during the third quarter of 1965.

 

 

 

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William Arthur Collett

Born in 1908 at Penryn

 

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Thomas Leonard Collett

Born in 1909 at Penryn

 

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Albert Leslie Collett

Born in 1911 at Penryn

 

 

 

 

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Alma Maud Collett was born at Tregony in 1867 where she was living with her parents George and Louisa Collett in 1871 when she was three years old.  Ten years later she was 14 and was working as a general servant at Polmenna Farm, the 120-acre holding of farmer Walter H Wevell in Lostwithiel.  No record has been located for Alma in 1891, but by 1901 she was still a spinster at the age of 26.  That year’s census recorded that she was born at Tregony and was living at Kenwyn where she was employed as a domestic housemaid.

 

 

 

However, spinster Alma Maul Collet (sic) died on 29th December 1938 while she was a patient attending the Portsmouth City Hospital in Portsmouth.  Her personal effects amounted to just £24 12 Shillings 5d.  Whether she was Alma M Collett from Tregony has still to be determined.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Harriet Collett was born at Tregony, her birth recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 146) during the third quarter of 1869, following which she was baptised at Cuby-with-Tregony on 14th November 1869, the second child of George and Louisa Collett.  She was one year old in the Cuby census of 1871 and suffered the loss of her father when she was only about eight years of age.  By the time of the following census of 1881 Mary H Collett was 12 and still attending school, while living with her widowed mother at St Winnow.  On leaving school Mary entered into domestic service and, on the day of the of the next census in 1891 when she was 21, she was employed as a housemaid at a property on Tregolls Road in the St Clements area of Truro, not far from where her widowed mother was also recorded.  It was eighteen months later when, at the age of 22, Mary Collett married William Allen at St Pauls Church in Truro on 2nd October 1892.  Mary’s father was confirmed as George Collett, while her husband was 24 and described as the son of John Allen.

 

 

 

William Allen, the son of John and Mary Ann Allen, was baptised at Truro on 11th August 1869.  By the time the census was conducted in 1901 Mary had given birth to two children.  On that day the family was living on St Clements Hill in the St Clement district of Truro where William Allen was 30 and a painter, his wife Mary Harriet Allen from Tregony was 29, and their two children were Lillian Maud Allen who was five and William Ernest Allen who was three.  Four more children were added to their family over the next decade, although only three of them survived.  The baptism of the first of them Barry John Allen took place at St Paul’s Church in Truro on 31st May 1903, and it has he who was absent from the family in 1911.  The following child Marian Frances Allen was baptised there on 29th January 1905 and the next Lesley Nelson Allen on 26th January 1908, also at St Paul’s Church.  In each case the parents were recorded as William John Allen and his wife Mary.

 

 

 

Curiously in the census of 1911 Mary Harriet Allen was recorded as Polly Allen aged 42 from Truro.  On that day the family living at 8 St Clement Hills comprised, in addition to Mary (Polly), William John Allen who was 43, Lillian Maud Allen aged 16, Ernest John Allen aged 13, Marian Frances Allen who was six, Nelson Leslie Allen who was three and Kathleen Louisa Allen who was one year old, her birth recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 114) during the first quarter of 1910.  The death of Mary H Allen nee Collett, aged 70 years, was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 374) during the second quarter of 1940.  Her husband survived her by over twenty years, when the death of William J Allen aged 93 was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 7a 163) during the second quarter of 1962.

 

 

 

 

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Emma Rachel Collett was born at Cuby-with-Tregony, with her birth as Emma Rachael Collett was recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 144) during the last quarter of 1870.  A few months later Emma R Collett and her family were still residing in Cuby-with-Tregony but tragically, following the death of her father when she was around seven or eight years old, Emma’s mother took the family to at Bridgend near Lostwithiel in the district of St Winnow, where they were living in 1881 when Emma was 10 years old.  During the next year or so Emma’s mother took her children to live in Truro, where they were certainly living from 1883 onwards.  However, by 1891 when Emma was then 18, she was a general domestic servant at the Truro home of licenced victualler Henry Buck at Quay Street in the St Mary parish of the town.  It was almost five years later that Emma Rachel Collett married Frederick Hoskin Trewhela with whom she had five children.  Their wedding was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 232) during the first three months of 1896.

 

 

 

Once married the couple initially settled in West Teignmouth in Devon where certainly the couple’s first three children were born, as confirmed by the census in 1901.  Frederick H Trewhela from Tresillian was 25 and a gentleman’s outfitter’s assistant, Emma R Trewhela from Tregony was 27 (in reality she was nearer 30), Doris G Trewhela was four, Sidney G Trewhela was one years old, while Florence M Trewhela was still under one year old.  The next census in 1911 revealed the couple had been married for fifteen years, during which time they had given birth to five children, all living.  By that time in their lives, they were residing at 95 Bramshott Road in Portsmouth, where Fred Hosking Trewhela was 37, Emma Rachel was 40, Doris Gwendoline was 14, Sidney Gordon was 12, Florence May was 11, Blanche Evelyn was six and Ivy Kathleen was four years old.  Emma R Trewhela nee Collett suffered a premature death thirteen years later when in her early forties, following which she was buried in the grounds of St Mary’s Church in Truro on 2nd May 1924.

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Tregony in 1872.  He was named after his father who died shortly after 1876.  At the time of the census of 1881 he was eight years old and was living at Bridgend near Lostwithiel with his fatherless family.  In the 1891 Census for Truro St Clement his age was given as 17, by which time he was working as a shoemaker, while still living with his widowed other.  Ten years later he was a married man of 28 from Tregony, when he was still employed as a shoemaker.  He and his wife, Maud M Collett from Truro, were living within St Clement Urban on the eastern fringe of the city of Truro.

 

 

 

The couple continued to live in the Truro area for the next six years and, during that period in their life, they were blessed with at least two children.  Towards the end of the decade the family moved to Saltash within the St Germans registration district, where they were living in 1911.  George Collett was 38, Maud Mary Collett was 36, and their three children were Dorothy Florence Maud Collett who was nine, Gladys May Collett who was six, and Violet Gwendoline Collett who was two years old.  The census return also confirmed that Maud had given birth to four children, with only the three named below still living in April 1911.

 

 

 

21R83

Dorothy Florence Maud Collett

Born in 1901 at Truro

 

21R84

Gladys May Collett

Born in 1904 at Truro

 

21R85

Violet Gwendoline Collett

Born in 1908 at Saltash, St Germans

 

 

 

 

21Q104

Joshua Collett was born at Tregony in 1875 and was six years old at the time of the 1881 Census when he was living with his widowed mother and brothers and sister at Bridgend near Lostwithiel.  His age in 1891 was stated as being 15 at a time when the family was living at East Rosewin Row in Truro St Clement, and when Joshua had already left school and was working as an errand boy.  Ten years later Joshua was still living with his family but at Mitchell Hill, St Clement Urban in the city of Truro where he was working as a butcher.  He was 23 and was still a bachelor, whose place of birth was given in the census of 1901 as Truro, although no record of him has been found in Britain after that time.

 

 

 

 

21Q105

William James Collett was born at Tregony in 1877.  His father George Collett died shortly after he was born and in successive censuses he was living with his widowed mother Louisa.  For the first of them in 1881, at the age of four years, the family was living at Bridgend near Lostwithiel and by the time he was 14 they had moved to Truro St Clement where they were living in 1891, by which time he was employed as an errand boy.

 

 

 

Just after the start of the century William James Collett married Mary Elizabeth Goodman at St Paul’s Church in Truro St Clements on 31st March 1900.  William was described as being 22, a bachelor and a gardener residing at Mitchells Hill, the son of deceased George Collett, a mason.  Mary was 21 and a spinster with no occupation living at St Clements Hill, the daughter of labourer William James Goodman.  The couple signed the register in their own hand, while one of the witnesses was Henry Bohenna – a name with previous links to the Collett family one hundred years earlier.

 

 

 

Like other members of the family, William and Mary were living at St Clements Urban on the outskirts of Truro one year after they were married.  According to the census in March 1901, William gave his age as 23, his place of birth as Tregony, and that he was employed as a gardener.  His wife Mary was 22, and by that time Mary had given birth to the couple’s first child who was under one year old.  Over the following four years two more children were added to the family.  By April 1911 William and his family were still living in Truro, where he was 32 and from Tregony, Mary Elizabeth Collett from Ladock was 30, and their three children were William Leonard Collett who was ten, James Gordon Collett who was eight, and Olive Mary Collett who was six years old.

 

 

 

William James Collett was living at 13 Prospect Place in Truro when he died 12th December 1952, while it was not until 12th May 1954 that his Will was proved at Bodmin when Mary Elizabeth Collett, widow, was named as executor of his personal effects amounting to £1,005.

 

 

 

21R86

William Leonard Collett

Born in 1900 at Truro

 

21R87

James Gordon Collett

Born in 1902 at Truro

 

21R88

Olive Mary Collett

Born in 1904 at Truro

 

 

 

 

21Q106

John Collett was born at Lostwithiel in 1880, the base-born child of widow Louisa Collett and a man whose surname was very likely Smith.  It was as John Smith, a boarder from Devonport, that he was living with his mother and his half-siblings at Bridgend near Lostwithiel in 1881.  Interestingly, John Smith aged ten years and born in Cornwall was named as Johnny Collett in the next census of 1891, by which time his mother had taken the family to live at East Rosewin Row in Truro St Clement.  When he was only 20 years of age John became a married man as confirmed by the census conducted at the end of March 1901.  On that day, John Collett from Plymouth (Devonport) was 20 and working as a market gardener living at Albion Place in Truro with his wife Emily Collett who was also 20 and from Plymouth.

 

 

 

It is currently not known what happened to John and Emily after March that year, as no record of the couple has been found in the next census in 1911, by which time Emily may have presented John with one or more children.  However, it does seem highly likely that the couple remain in Truro for the whole of the rest of their lives, since it was at Truro register office (Ref. 7a 225) that the death of Emily Collett, aged 79, was recorded during the second quarter of 1960.

 

 

 

 

21Q107

Sidney Collett was born at Truro around 1884, although no record of his birth or baptism have been found.  There is also a query over who his parents were.  One option is that he was the second of three base-born sons of the widow Louisa Collett.  Certainly, in the census of 1891, Sidney Collett aged seven years was named as the son of Louisa Collett of East Rosewin Row in Truro St Clement.  It was at Mitchell Hill in Truro that Sydney Collett from Truro was 16 when he was one of the three sons still living with Louisa Collett.

 

 

 

 

21Q108

Stanley Collett was born at Truro in 1888, his birth recorded there (Ref. 5c 129) during the last three months of that year.  There is a question as to who his parents where, although within the census return completed in 1891 he was described as the son of widow Louisa Collett.  However, it is also possible that he was raised by his grandmother, being the base-born son of Louisa’s eldest daughter Alma Maud Collett (above), who never married.  According to the census in 1891 Stanley Collett aged three years and born in Cornwall was living with Louisa Collett at East Rosewin Row in Truro St Clement.  Ten years later it was a similar situation when son Stanley Collett from Truro was 12 years of age and still living in Truro St Clement with his mother Louisa but at Mitchell Hill in the town.

 

 

 

Before the end of the following decade Stanley sailed to Canada on board the ship The Royal George which docked in Quebec in August 1911.  The passenger list confirmed that he was 23 and a waiter, whose intended destination was Montreal.  Four months after that, on 26th December 1911, Stanley Collett married Minnie Pascoe at Montreal.  Once married the couple settled in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts in the province of Quebec where their daughter was born and where Minnie, who was born at Truro in 1890, died during January 1965.  Almost exactly four years later Stanley Collett passed away on 22nd January 1969 while he was still residing in Sainte Agathe.

 

 

 

21R89

Viola M Collett

Born on 31.10.1921 at Sainte Agathe, Quebec

 

 

 

 

21Q113

Percy Collett was born at Tregony in 1889, the eldest child of Edwin Collett by his first wife Martha Jane Truscott of Tregony.  In the Truro & Probus census of 1891 Percy was one year old but tragically, shortly after the census day, his mother died during the birth of Percy’s brother Edwin (below).  For the next couple of years it would appear that Percy and his brother Edwin were looked after by their grandparents in Tregony.

 

 

 

A few years later Percy’s father married for a second time, presenting Percy with four half-brothers and one half-sister.  By March 1901, Percy and his new family were living in the Walthamstow area of north London, when he was 11 years old.  Towards the end of the next decade, it would appear that Percy left the family home in Walthamstow when he sailed to North America.

 

 

 

On leaving school Percy is believed to have joined the Royal Navy and was attached to HMS Majestic.  The battleship was re-commissioned at Portsmouth in February 1907 but was transferred to Devonport in June 1908.  In 1911 she was taken out of service for a refit, and it may have been at that time that Percy ended his service with the navy, since he emigrated to Canada not long after that.

 

 

 

After a few years in Canada, where he worked as a longshoreman, the Canadian name for a dock worker, he entered America in 1913.  According to the US Records, it was at Detroit in Michigan that he entered the country.  However, it was only in 1940 that it was revealed that he had entered the country illegally.

 

 

 

Four years later Percy Collett married Clara Laura Schwers in Detroit on 9th January 1917.  Clara was born at Wisconsin on 19th June 1896 and already had a daughter Grace Schwers, whom Percy subsequently adopted.  Over the following years Clara presented Percy with two sons.  Later in their life, and following the marriage of their daughter Grace, Percy and Clara looked after the youngest of her three children, Darlene Hobbs.

 

 

 

It would appear that the couple lived their whole life together in Detroit where Percy worked for the Ford Motor Company, and it was there also that he died on 16th May 1958.  All of the information on Percy and his family has been kindly provided by his granddaughter Judith Ann Safford nee Collet, the daughter of Jack Edwin Collett.

 

 

 

21R89

Grace Collett (adopted)

Born before 1917

 

21R90

Jack Edwin Collett

Born on 03.06.1918

 

21R91

William Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

21Q116

Edwin Llewelyn Collett was born at Tregony on 21st November 1891, but after the fifth of April that year.  He was the second son of Edwin Collett and his wife Martha Jane Truscott who died around the time of the birth, or a little while after.  Faced with looking after two very two young sons on his own, it would seem that Edwin’s father sought help from his late wife’s parents who appear to have taken the boys into their home in Tregony.  Edwin’s father later remarried and, around 1897, he and his new family moved to Walthamstow, taking Edwin’s brother Percy (above) with them.  For whatever reason, Edwin chose to remain with his grandparents, and it was within the Walthamstow area of London that his family was living in 1901.

 

 

 

Having stayed with his maternal grandparents, it was at their home in Tregony in March 1901, that nine years old Edwin L Collett from Tregony was confirmed as living in the census return.  His grandparents were recorded as 67 years old John Truscott, a farmer and dairyman from Tregony, and his wife 68 years old Nancy Truscott from Cuby.  With the passing of his grandparents during the first decade of the new century, Edwin then went to live with his aunt Fanny Ann Polkinghorne, the former Fanny Ann Truscott and the older sister of his mother Martha Jane Truscott.  That arrangement may even have been put in place prior to the deaths of his grandparents.

 

 

 

So in the census in April 1911 Edwin Collett from Tregony was living at the home of the Polkinghorne family at Sunny Corner in the village of Withiel to the west of Bodmin.  Edwin was described as being 19 and a nephew, and his occupation was that of a carpenter working with his uncle.  Head of the household was Charles Polkinghorne who was 49 and from St Breock, who was a carpenter in the building trade.  His wife of seventeen years was Fanny Polkinghorne aged 51 from Tregony St George.  Also working with his father was the couple’s 14 years old son John James Polkinghorne, and completing the family was Olive Polkinghorne who was 18.

 

 

 

It may be of interest that Charles Henry Polkinghorne, the son of James and Ann Polkinghorne, married Fanny Ann Truscott in Penzance during December quarter of 1893, just four years after Catherine Collett (Ref. 21Q84) married Stephen Polkinghorne, the son of Stephen Polkinghorne and Mary Ann Knight in 1889.

 

 

 

During the third quarter of 1915, Edwin L Collett married Gladys H Lidgey in Truro (Ref. 5c 278), and just over one year later their daughter Martha was born, and was named after Edwin’s mother, whom he had never known.  Edwin Collett was 85 when his death was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 21 0696) during June 1977.  He spent the last eleven years of his life as a widower, following the death of his wife Gladys H Collett nee Lidsey during the second quarter of 1956, her passing recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 7a 206) when she was 64.  It was on 2nd June 1956 that Gladys Harriet Collett of Staddon House, Mitchell Hill in Truro, and the wife of Edwin Llewelyn Collett, passed away while a patient at the Royal Cornwall infirmary.  Administration of her estate, amounting to £223 5 Shillings was granted to her husband E L Collett, journeyman carpenter.

 

 

 

21R92

Martha D Collett

Born during Sept – December 1916

 

 

 

 

21Q117

George Odgers Collett was born at Truro in 1894, the eldest child of Edwin Collett by his second wife Florence Hannah Pill.  He was only around four or five years old when his parents left Cornwall and moved to Walthamstow in London, where they were living in 1901, when George was six years old, and again in 1911 when he was 16.

 

 

 

It was on 5th April 1917 at the church of St Philip in Dalston, within the London Borough of Hackney, that George Hodges (sic) Collett married Edith Anne Richardson, whose family came from Whitby in Yorkshire.  In addition to the incorrect recording of his second name, the marriage register also confirmed that George was 22 years of age, the son of Edwin Collett, and that Edith was 27 and the daughter of Joseph Richardson.  Their marriage was blessed with the birth of a son during the following year.  George was an aircraft engineer, which may seem unlikely in Walthamstow but, apparently, there was something of an aviation industry in that part of London around that time.  As the industry declined, he joined London Transport earning his living as a bus driver working out of the Leytonstone and Walthamstow depot. 

 

 

 

It would appear that George and Edith lived all their life together at Walthamstow, since it was there that George Odgers Collett died during 1956 at the age of 61.  His wife lived the life of a widow for the next twenty years, when Edith Anne Collett nee Richardson died in 1976, aged 90.

 

 

 

21R93

Clifford George Collett

Born in 1918 at Walthamstow

 

 

 

 

21Q119

Jack Collett was born at 16 Clacton Road in Walthamstow in 1899 where he and his family were living in March 1901 when Jack was one year old.  During the next few years the family moved home and in April 1911 they were living at 12 Devonshire Road in Walthamstow.  The census return that year confirmed that Jack Collett was eleven years old.  When the war started in 1914 Jack became a second class air mechanic F/20396 with the newly formed Royal Navy Air Service (RNAS) and served on the HMS Airship C27 based at Pulham in Norfolk.  Sadly the airship was attacked by three German seaplanes and was shot down on 11th December 1917 causing the death of all five members of its crew which included Jack Collett.

 

 

 

That was the second airship to be shot down during the war, following which its sister ship, the Airship C26, was sent out on a rescue mission, but ran out of fuel.  As a result it was forced to land in Holland where the crew was imprisoned until the end of the war.  Jack was eighteen when he died and his next-of-kin were named as his parents Edwin and Fanny Collett of 1 Cornwallis Road in Walthamstow.  The Royal Flying Corps was formed in 1913 and had an army and a navy element, with a Military Wing and a Naval Wing, that being the RNAS.  The airship base at Pulham had been secretly built in 1913, where the airships were affectionately known as the Pulham Pigs.

 

 

 

 

21R1

Heather Wanda Rookledge Collett was born at Christchurch near Bournemouth on 18th February 1926.  She was educated at Earlsfield in South West London and after at Carshalton High School for Girls.  She married O E Glenser in 1954 with whom she had two children.  Heather died at Carshalton in 2003 and her husband had passed away ten years earlier in 1993.

 

 

 

 

21R2

Joy Beryl Rookledge Collett was born on 5th September 1927 and that may have taken place at Christchurch, just after which her parents moved to London.  She was the second child of actor Charles Harcourt Collett and his partner Else Goodwin-Rookledge whose previous marriage had been annulled on the grounds of her husband being a bigamist.  Charles was unable to secure a divorce from his first wife, hence the partnership.  They must therefore have been difficult times for Charles and Elsie since in January 1928, when Joy was around four months old, they decided that she should be given up for adoption. 

 

 

 

Joy later married Barry Layzell with whom she had a daughter Lorraine Layzell who was born in 1954.  Lorraine went onto marry John Calvert, and they in turn had a son Daniel Calvert who was born in 1986.  In 2009 Joy was a widow and it was only through ‘surfing the net’ and coming across the Rookledge website (www.rookledge.com) that Joy contact her brother Gordon Charles Rookledge Collett (below) which resulted in her place in this family being confirmed.  At the time of the death of Joy Beryl Layzell when she was 86, on 17th February 2013, she was residing in the Hounslow area of London.

 

 

 

 

21R3

Nigel Harcourt Rookledge Collett was born at Wandsworth in South West London on 14th October 1929.  He was educated at Carshalton High School for Boys and he married Patricia Thatcher in 1956.  Nigel died in 1989 and Patricia died at Maidstone in 2003.  All of their children were born in Kent.

 

 

 

21S1

Ian Harcourt Rookledge Collett

Born in 1960 in Kent

 

21S2

Caroline Rookledge Collett

Born in 1961 in Kent

 

21S3

Keith Charles Rookledge Collett

Born in 1963 in Kent

 

21S4

Heather Rookledge Collett

Born in 1965 in Kent

 

 

 

 

21R4

Jean Margaret Rookledge Collett was born at Clapham on 5th November 1932.  Like her older sister Heather, Jean also attended school at Carshalton.  She married Patrick E Kisbee in 1958 with whom she had three children Christopher Kisbee born in 1960, Ann Kisbee born in 1962 and Gillian Kisbee born in 1964.  Patrick died at East Sussex in 1990.

 

 

 

 

21R5

GORDON CHARLES ROOKLEDGE COLLETT was born at Clapham on 3rd December 1933.  He was educated at the Stanley Park School in Carshalton and at Irstead School on the Norfolk Broads for a short time in 1947.  On leaving school Gordon served with the Royal Artillery from 1952 to 1954 after which he entered the world of publishing and later became founder, chairman, and managing director of Gavin Martin Limited, Sarema Press publishers and KGM Limited. 

 

 

 

He married Jennifer Mary Dampier Lush at Carshalton during 1960 with whom he had three children.  Today Gordon lives at Beeches Walk in Carshalton and has an excellent website depicting the milestones in his life – see www.rookledge.com.  Sadly on 8th June 2012 Gordon suffered a stroke from which he never regained consciousness, and despite the most wonderful care, he tragically passed away on 8th September 2012.  During his last three months his family read to him the contents of the monthly Collett Newsletter, in the hope he might still hear what was going on.

 

 

 

21S5

Sarah Louise Rookledge Collett

Born in 1962 in London

 

21S6

GAVIN ALISTAIR ROOKLEDGE COLLETT

Born in 1964 in London

 

21S7

Emma Constance Rookledge Collett

Born in 1966 in London

 

 

 

 

21R6

William John Collett was baptised at Ladock on 25th February 1873, the son of John Hosking Collett and Dinah Ellen Hooper.  Tragically his mother died and was buried on the same day that William was baptised.  However, it is now known that the death of William John Collett was recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 103) during the second quarter of 1873 when he was still under one year old.  The burial of baby John Collett took place at Ladock on 11th April 1873.  It is the lack of his first name which has caused some researchers to have taken this to be a reference to the death of his father, which it was not.

 

 

 

It was previously written here that William J Collett from Falmouth in Cornwall was 27 and a hawker, a married man living at King Street the Plymouth with his wife and daughter in 1901.  His wife was Sarah J Collett from Dartmouth in Devon who was 25, and their son Frederick T Collett was one year old and born at Bristol.  Tragically, William’s wife died nine years later, the death of Sarah Jane Collett, aged 34, was recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 5b 211) during the first three months of 1910.  It is possible that she had an infectious disease because, one year later her husband was recorded in the census of 1911 as being a resident at an institution/hospital in Plymouth.  The census return that year described him as William J Collett from Launceston in Cornwall who was a widower at 38.  New information discovered in January 2017 confirms that shortly after the census in 1911, William J Collett aged 37 died at Plymouth where his death was recorded (Ref. 5b 144) during the second quarter of 1911.  So it seems highly likely that the institution where he was recorded just prior to his passing may well have be a hospital.  All of this must therefore refer to another William J Collett.

 

 

 

21S8

Frederick T Collett

Born in 1900 at Bristol

 

 

 

 

21R8

John Collett was born at Truro St Clement in 1878, the eldest son of James Thomas Collett and Ellen Cowl.  By 1881 he and his family were living on Tresillian Road in St Erme when John was two years old.  Ten years late he was still living in St Erme with his family at the age of 12 years.  By March 1901 he was unmarried at 22 and was living in St Agnes where he was described as Jack Collett of Truro who was working as a carter and horse driver.  It was during the first decade of the new century that John married Elizabeth Mary and by April 1911 the childless couple were living within the Truro registration district when John Collett of Truro was 32 and his wife Elizabeth Mary Collett was 36.

 

 

 

 

21R9

Sidney Collett was born at St Erme, either in the last few days of 1880 or very early in January 1881, with his birth as Sydney Collett recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 143) during the first three months of 1881.  It was on 1st March 1881 that under the name of Sidney Collett he was baptised at Truro, the son of James and Ellen Collett.  It seems highly likely that he was born at Tresillian Road in St Erme where his family was living at the time of the census in 1881 when Sidney was described as being only three months old.  He was still living with his family at Gilles in St Erme on the day of the next census in 1891 when he was ten years of age.  Apparently he was only 19 when he married the widow Catherine Alfreda Burley who was around ten years older than Sidney and already had two children from her first husband.  All of this was confirmed in the Merther census of 1901 and, by which time, Catherine had presented Sidney with the couple’s first child.  Sidney was only 20 and was working as a horseman on a farm, Catherine Collett was 26 and had been born at Gorran, while living with the couple were Sidney’s stepchildren Beatrice Burley, aged eight, and Ethel Burley who was five, together with the couple’s one year old daughter Ellen Collett.

 

 

 

Just over five months after the census day Catherine presented Sidney with the couple’s second child.  The baptism record stated that Sidney was then working as a labourer while living at Carharthen in Merther where his son was born.  Over the next four years two further children were added to the family while they were still living in Merther, but shortly thereafter the family left Merther to settle in Probus.  According to the census in 1911 the family of six was living in the parish of Probus within the Truro registration district, where Sidney Collett from St Erme was 30, his wife Catherine Alfreda Collett was 40, and their children were Ellen Collett age 11, Ernest Edward Collett who was nine, Frederick Collett who was seven, and Lillian Edith Collett who was five.  Curiously the birth of the couple’s eldest son was recorded using the names Ernest and Henry, while the later records suggest he was Ernest Edward, which was also his baptismal name, although it was as Ernest H Collett that he was married in 1924.

 

 

 

The death of Sydney Collett, as Sydney Collett, was recorded at Falmouth register office (Ref. 7a 36) during the second quarter of 1953 when he was 72 years of age.

 

 

 

21S9

Ellen Collett

Born in 1899 at Merther

 

21S10

Ernest Edward Collett

Born in 1901 at Merther

 

21S11

Frederick Collett

Born in 1903 at Merther

 

21S12

Lillian Edith Collett

Born in 1905 at Merther

 

 

 

 

21R11

Edith Collett was born at St Erme in 1884 and was the eldest daughter of James Thomas Collett and Ellen Cowl.  Her early years were spent with her parents at Tresillian Road in St Erme where she was recorded as being six years old in the census of 1891.  Upon leaving school Edith entered into domestic service and had left the family home in St Erme by March 1901 when she was working as a scullery maid in Mylor at the age of 16.

 

 

 

 

21R12

Charles Collett was born at Tresillian in 1886 and was four years old in the census of 1891.  According to the next census in 1901 Charley Collett of Tresillian was 14 and was living in St Erme with his parents.  Tragically within a year he was dead.  Charles Collett was only 15 years old when his death was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 105) during the first three months of 1902.

 

 

 

 

21R13

Gertrude Louisa Collett was born at Tresillian in 1888 and was 12 years old in the census of March 1901 when she was still living with her family in Tresillian.  On leaving school Gertrude headed for London to seek work and by April 1911 she was living and working in Lambeth.  As Gertrude Louisa Collett, she gave her place of birth as Tresillian but said that she was 24.

 

 

 

 

21R14

Blanche Annie Collett was born at Tresillian in 1890 and was ten years old and referred to simply as Annie Collett in 1901 when she living with her family in Tresillian.  No trace of her had been found in the census ten years later either as Blanche Collett or Annie Collett or under a married name.

 

 

 

 

21R15

Beatrice Collett was born at Tresillian in either the last few days of 1893 or early in 1894 as her birth was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 130) during the first three months of 1894.  She was seven years old at the time of the Tresillian census of 1901 and just like her sister Gertrude (above), Beatrice eventually left the family home to seek work, when in 1911 she was living and working in Redruth at the age of 18.

 

 

 

 

21R16

Russell Collett was born at Devonport near Plymouth in 1901, but after 31st March that year.  He was the eldest of three children of baker Sydney Charles Collett of Newton Ferrers and his wife Bessie from Plymouth.  Tragically Russell Collett died in an accident during 1922 when he was only 21 years old.

 

 

 

 

21R17

Ivor Victor Roy Collett was born at Devonport in 1908, the second of the two sons of baker Sydney Charles and Bessie Collett.  Shortly after he was born the family left the Plymouth area when they moved inland to settle in Tavistock, where they were living in April 1911 when he was described simply as Ivor Collett, age two years.  Ivor later became a married man, when he married Bessie Olive Kelly, with whom he had five children, all of them still living in 2010.  The couple’s first child was born in Singapore, the second and the fourth while the family was living in Plymouth, between those two the third child was born at Looe, while their last child was born at Yeovil after the war.

 

 

 

21S13

Sandra Georgina Collett

Born on 08.04.1937 in Singapore

 

21S14

Diana Collett

Born on 05.09.1939 at Plymouth

 

21S15

Bruce Ivor Nicholas Collett

Born on 11.02.1942 at Looe

 

21S16

Paul Ivor Craig Collett

Born on 17.01.1945 at Plymouth

 

21S17

David Ivor Charles Collett

Born on 22.12.1950 at Yeovil

 

 

 

 

21R18

Betty Collett was the third child born to Sydney Charles and Bessie Collett, and it is believed within the family that she was born after 1915.  She later married Charles Clifford Climo who was born on 17th December 1922 and they had a son and a daughter.  At the time of the death of her father in 1951 it was Betty Climo, the wife of Charles Clifford Climo who was granted administration of her father personal effects amounting to £179 4 Shillings 6d.  Tragically Betty Climo nee Collett died from cancer shortly after that time while she was still relatively young.  Her husband Charles died during 1974 and his death was recorded at Bodmin register office (Ref. 21 0048) during the second quarter of that year.

 

 

 

 

21R19

Alpha Harris Collette was born at Lake Charles in Louisiana on 5th May 1895, the eldest of the fifth children of Joseph Harris Collette and Ida King.  He never married and was only 23 when he died on 17th October 1918.

 

 

 

 

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Donald Allan Collette was a twin with his sister Mabel (below) and was born at Lake Charles on 22nd December 1896, the second son of Joseph and Ida Collette.  It was on 3rd September 1926 that he married Alice Dickinson Hester who was born on 7th February 1895 at Hazelhurst in Copiah County, Mississippi.  It was also during the year that they were married that Donald built a house for his bride just down the same street from where his mother lived.

 

 

 

During the following year Alice presented Donald with their only child, who was also born at Lake Charles and who was also given the same name as his father.  During their life together Donald and Alice lived in the house at 729 Iris Street in Lake Charles, where Donald Allan Collette senior died on 11th February 1962 when he was 65.  His widow Alice Dickinson Collette nee Hester survived him by twenty-two years when she passed away at Lake Charles on 9th May 1984 when she was still living in the home built by her late husband on Iris Street.  It is also in that same house that the wife of their only son was living in 2013.

 

 

 

The notice of his passing in the Lake Charles newspaper read as follows:

“Lake Charles, Feb 11th – Donald A Collette 65 life resident of Lake Charles and a member of a pioneer family of the city, died at 4.45 am Sunday at St Patrick’s Hospital.  His body is at Hixson Funeral Home where services will be conducted at 2 pm Monday.  The Rev C W Quaid, pastor at the Simpson Methodist Church of which Mr Collette’s grandfather the Rev Cyrus King was the first pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be in Highland Memory Garden Cemetery.  Mr Collette resided at 729 Iris Street.  Born in Lake Charles on Dec 22 1896 he was the son of Joseph Harris Collette and Ida King Collette.  Surviving are his wife, the former Alice Hester; a son D Allan Collette Jr Lake Charles; three grandchildren, and three sisters, Miss Mabel Collette, Miss Jodie Collette, and Mrs Edith Vicellio, all of Lake Charles.  Mr Collette was a buyer for Kelley, Weber & Co with which firm he had been associated for over 40 years.  He was a member of the American Legion and of its Forty and Eight, and had been active in affairs of W B Williamson Post No. 1.”

 

 

 

In another article the following was written in addition to the details reproduced above:  “Mr Collette was a lifelong member of the Simpson Methodist Church, and had served as a church trustee and chairman of the board of stewards.  He was a charter member of the church-sponsored Boy Scout Troop, senior councillor of the local chapter of the United Commercial Travellers, and a Mason.”

 

 

 

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Donald Allan Collette

Born in 1927 at Lake Charles

 

 

 

 

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Mabel Edna Collette was born at Lake Charles on 22nd December 1896 the twin sister of Donald (above) and the eldest daughter of Joseph and Ida Collette.  She was valedictorian of her high school class and later attended college and, although she had hours toward her PhD in Education, she never completed that degree.  She did however earn an undergraduate and master's degree in education at the Central Elementary School in Lake Charles, where her fellow student was Alice Dickenson Hester who, through their friendship, later married Mabel’s brother Donald (above).

 

 

 

Later Mabel, who never married, served the Governor of the State of Louisiana as The Superintendent of Primary and Secondary Schools.  She was the first and only woman to hold a state-wide office and to have an office in the Capital Building in Baton Rouge.  It was really a big deal at the time, albeit the main reason she secured the job was because most of the men were serving in the Second World War.  She also taught classes at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she lived for most of her adult life.  The last twenty-five years of her life were spent at Lake Charles, where she died.

 

 

 

Edie Collette, as she was known, was always considered the pretty one in the family and during the early 1970s she became the first woman to hold the position of Vice-President at the Calcasieu Marine National Bank on Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

 

 

 

 

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Josephine Collette was born at Lake Charles on 21st August 1902, the third daughter of Joseph and Ida Collette.  She was known within the family as Jodie and, like her sister Mabel (above) she too never married.  She maintained a business career, firstly working for the Calcasieu National Bank in Lake Charles, aka the Calcasieu Marine National Bank, before taking up the post of manager at the Walker Interests in Calcasieu Parish.  Josephine Collette died on 29th March 1978.

 

 

 

 

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Edith Collette was born at Lake Charles on 14th July 1907, the last child of Joseph Harris Collette and Ida King.  It would appear that Edie, as she was known, was around twenty-five years of age when she married Charles Tell Viccellio who sadly died on 1st November 1941.  The short marriage produced two children for Edith and Charles, and they were Charles Day Viccellio, who was born at Lake Charles on 8th July 1933, and Gay Collette Viccellio who was also born at Lake Charles but on 7th January 1939.  Edith never re-married after the death of her husband.

 

 

 

 

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Annie Collett was born at St Gluvias just north of Penryn in 1883.  It is likely that she was the base-born daughter of Elizabeth Ann Collett who was living at St Gluvias with her widowed mother Ann in 1901.  Annie Collett was then seventeen years of age and was working as a dairymaid.  Annie Collett was still living in St Gluvias in 1911 at the age of 27, when once again her place of birth was confirmed as St Gluvias.  Her supposed mother Elizabeth Ann Collett was also still living in the village with her elderly mother Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ellen Collett was born at Mylor Bridge to the north of Penryn in 1885.  She was 15 at the time of the 1901 Census when she was working as an apprentice tailoress with her younger sister Beatrice (below) while living with her family at Gwennap.  In 1911 Mary Ellen Collett was 25 and from Mylor and was still living at Gwennap within the Redruth registration district at that time, while her family by that time were living in the Falmouth area but with her father absent.  Mary is believed to have married into the Allen family of Carharrack, the next village to Gwennap.

 

 

 

 

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Beatrice S Collett was born at Mylor Bridge in 1887 and by the time she was 13 years of age she was living with her family at Gwennap.  She had left school by then and was working with her older sister Mary (above) who were both apprentice tailoresses.  During the early years of the new century the Collett family move to the Falmouth area where they were living in April 1911.  Beatrice Collett of Mylor Bridge was 23 and was still living with her mother and her two brothers.  Her father’s whereabouts has not been discovered.  A little while later Beatrice is understood to have married into the Pope family of Perranwell and the marriage produced two daughters for her, they being Eileen Pope and Phyllis Pope.

 

 

 

 

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William Charles Collett was born at Mylor Bridge in 1888 and was 12 years old in March 1901 and was still attending school, while living with his family at Gwennap.  His family left Gwennap after that and moved to live within the Falmouth registration district where they were recorded in 1911, when William was 22, although his father was absent from the family home on the census day.

 

 

 

It was during the following year that William married Ethel Florence Hunt at Hicks Mill in 1912.  Ethel was the daughter of William John Albert Hunt and Mary Jane Mills who, as children, left Cornwall for Australia where there were married at Bendigo in Victoria in 1887.  And it was at Bendigo that their daughter was born.  However, Ethel returned to Cornwall when she was sixteen years of age.

 

 

 

Once married the couple settled initially in Perranarworthal about two miles west of Mylor Bridge, before moving later to live at Carharrack the next village to Gwennap where William’s parents lived.  William Charles Collett became a prominent Methodist Church preacher in the local community and he and Ethel had four children during the eight years following their marriage.

 

 

 

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William Albert Hayne Collett

Born in 1913 at Perranarworthal

 

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Florence Hazel Collett

Born in 1914 at Perranarworthal

 

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Ethel Vera Collett

Born in 1916 at Perranarworthal

 

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Edgar Sylvester Collett

Born in 1920 at Perranarworthal

 

 

 

 

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Thomas J Collett was born at Stithians in 1895 and was five years old when he was living at Gwennap with his family according to the census of 1901.  During the next ten years it is possible that his father passed away, following which the family move from Gwennap in the Redruth area to the Falmouth area.  By 1911 Thomas Collett of Stithians was 15 and was living with his mother Elizabeth and his sister Beatrice and his brother William (above) within the Falmouth registration district.  Sometime later Thomas Collett married Emmy and they lived at Mylor with their three children.

 

 

 

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Joyce Collett

Born in 1914 at Mylor

 

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David Collett

Born in 1916 at Mylor

 

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Jean Collett

Born in 1920 at Mylor

 

 

 

 

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Stanley Warne Collett was born at Wadebridge on 7th May 1889 and his birth was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 129) during the last three months of that year.  By the time of the census in 1891 he and his parents were residing within the St Columb registration district of Cornwall.  He was the eldest child of Robert Davey Collett and his first wife Elizabeth Ann Warne, and in 1901 he was 11 when the family was once again living in Wadebridge.  It was during the next two or three years that his mother died, perhaps in childbirth, and not long after his father married for a second time. 

 

 

 

On 6th February 1905, at the age of 15, Stanley Warne Collett entered into employment with the Great Western Railway and was assigned a position at St Blazey Station, midway between St Austell and Lostwithiel.  In April 1911 Stanley Warne Collett was 21 when he was still living in the home of his father and his stepmother Jemima.  It would appear that Stanley lived most of his life in the St Austell area, since it was there that the death of Stanley W Collett was registered during the second quarter of 1959 (Ref. 7a 152) at the age of 69.

 

 

 

 

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John Percy Collett was born at St Wenn on 12th April 1892 and was eight years old when he was living with his parents at Wadebridge in 1901.  Shortly after the census John’s mother Elizabeth died and his father Robert Davey Collett was remarried.  In April 1911 John was 19 and was still living with his family who had by then moved to St Austell.  It was twelve years after that when John Percy Collett married Lillian Violet Holberton, the event recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 220) during the third quarter of 1923.  Once married the couple continued to live in St Austell.

 

 

 

When John was 32, Lillian presented him with a son whom he named after his father.  Although not known at this time, it is very likely that John and Lillian had other children besides just the one known son.  Sadly for John and Lillian their son Robert joined the army during the Second World War and he was killed in action in 1944 when he was just twenty years of age.  As his next of kin, John and Lillian were recorded as being of St Austell at the time of the death of their son.

 

 

 

Later in his life, it would appear that John Percy Collett was known by the family simply as Percy.  And it was just after the Second World War that, as Percy Collett, he was visited by his cousin Henry Collett (below) who was on a visit to England from Canada, to where his family had emigrated in 1912.  In 1967, John Percy Collett was living at 25 Bridge Road in St Austell, while it was eight years later that the death of John Percy Collett was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 21 0463) during the third quarter of 1975 when he was 83.

 

 

 

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Robert George Collett

Born in 1924 at St Austell

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Collett was born at Veryan on 24th March 1889, the first of three children born to Edward Charles Collett and Anne Williams John.  Not long after he was born his parents moved the seven miles north to Ladock.  Sadly it was there, during the birth of his twin brothers in 1890 that his mother died.  With his father being unable to cope with his tragic loss, William was placed in the care of his widowed grandmother Grace Collett nee Jewell, while the twins Edward and James (below) were separated and placed with two of their late mother’s brother’s families.

 

 

 

It was with his grandmother Grace Collett that William was living at the time of the Truro & St Just census of 1891, when he recorded as William H Collett of Veryan age two years.  At that same time, William’s father was living and working at Stoke Damerel in Devonport, where he remarried.  He then brought his new wife back to the village of Kea where he was born, and it was only then that Edward admitted to his bride that he already had a son from a previous marriage, which he had omitted to tell her beforehand, and about which she never forgave him.  It is not clear whether Edward also admitted to having had twin sons who had been taken into the care of his late wife’s family.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1901, William was 12 years old and was still living with his father and his stepmother, together with the first four of their ultimate six children.  It was at the end of April in 1908 that William’s father sailed to Canada, leaving the family living in Devonport and awaiting the call to join him there.

 

 

 

According to the census in April 1911, William’s family was still living in the Devonport area, whereas William Henry Collett, age 22 and a gardener, was living at 8 Corporation Road in Devonport, the home of his future parents-in-law, Thomas Henry Watson and his wife Ellen.  It was just over five months later that William married their daughter Bella Ann Watson on 9th September 1911, the marriage being registered at Devonport.  By that time William was no longer a simple gardener, but was a stoker in the service of the Royal Navy.  The marriage certificate also gave his address as 8 Corporation Road in Peverell district of Plymouth, which was also the address given by Bella who said she was 20 years of age instead of her actual age of 18.

 

 

 

Five months earlier Bella Watson, age 18 and from Brealston (a misinterpretation of Brere Alston), was recorded as working as a servant away from her own family, but still within the Devonport area.  Ten years before that she was living with her family at Brere Ferrers on the west bank of the River Tavy, just five miles north of Plymouth.  Bella A Watson was seven years old and her place of birth on that occasion was given as Brere Ferrers, although the birth was registered at Tavistock in 1893.

 

 

 

So from this it seems likely that the love story of William and Bella developed in the following way.  Employee, the younger gardener, falls in love with his boss’ eldest daughter.  Father sends his daughter away to work with another family in another part of the town and out of temptation’s way.  Young love persists, but Dad only gives his permission for the gardener to marry his daughter provided that his prospective son-in-law secures himself a decent job.  So the young gardener commits himself to the Royal Navy for the next twelve years.

 

 

 

It is established from his naval records that William Henry Collett first entered the Royal Naval on 12th March 1907, although the actual start date for his continuous twelve years of service did not happen until 27th July 1911, less than two months before he married Bella Watson.  His initial basic training was carried out on the land-based barracks of HMS Vivid I and HMS Vivid 2 at Devonport.  Later he was attached to the armoured cruiser HMS Cornwall and after that he was assigned to HMS Active. 

 

 

 

The same naval record stated that prior to his entry into the service in July 1911, he had been working as a gardener’s assistant, that he was 5 feet 6¾ inches tall, with dark brown hair and brown eyes, having a fair complexion and a small scar over his right eye.  For his first five months service he held the rank of stoker class II, after which he was promoted to stoker class I.

 

 

 

It is understood within the family that during his time in the navy, he was flogged with a cat-of-nine-tails for insubordination and that the injuries he sustained resulted in blood poisoning, from which he later died.  Whilst there is no apparent mention of this in his naval record, it does state that he was discharged from the service on 5th February 1914, suffering with tuberculosis, and that he received a pension eleven days later on 16th February.  The death of William Collett was registered at Tavistock in Devon during the second quarter of 1917.

 

 

 

The family photograph of William (on the right) shows him wearing his naval uniform.  However, the name on the cap is misleading, since it is established from his naval records that he could not have been attached to the cruiser HMS Ringarooma named on the cap band. 

 

This was a Pearl-class cruiser and was launched in Glasgow at the end of 1889 – the year William was born.  In April 1890 the vessel was renamed Ringarooma and became part of the Auxiliary Squadron of the Australian Station, arriving in Sydney in September 1891.  It was in 1904 that the HMS Ringarooma returned to British waters, and two years later it was sold for scrap to a ship breaker in Scotland.  That happened one year before William joined the Royal Navy.

 

 

 

Thanks to Sue Collett (Ref. 21T13) the following family story can be told, which seems to clear up this anomaly.  “In the photograph above William is wearing a naval uniform with a hat band marked HMS Ringarooma.  William did not serve on this vessel, which was sold for scrap in 1906.  However, in the 1891 census William's father Edward Charles Collett was working as a general servant and gardener at Oatlands, near Stoke Damerel in Devon.  The owner of that property was John E Scott, the father of Robert Falcon Scott, Scott of the Antarctic.  On 21st December 1901 Scott sailed for the Antarctic from New Zealand in the Discovery, escorted by The Ringarooma and The Lizard.  How the hat came into the possession of William is not known, perhaps via his father as a gift from the Scott family.”

 

 

 

It is also interesting that not far from where Sue and her husband Terry live in Tasmania, is the village of Ringarooma, less than forty miles to the north-east of Launceston.  And this is the road sign as you enter the village.

 

Why a ship built and launched in Scotland carried the name of a Tasmanian village has still to be determined, but it may have some connection with the Antarctic expedition.

 

 

 

It is known that the marriage of William Collett and Bella Watson produced definitely two children, and possibly even three children, before William’s untimely death, a couple of months after the birth of the couple’s last child.  Sadly for the couple, their first child died within five months of being born.  Following their loss, it is possible that Bella was already pregnant with William’s second son at the time of the death of their first child, since one internet record, so far unconfirmed, relates to the birth of a child with exactly the same name, who was born during the second quarter of 1915.

 

 

 

The first William W T Collett was born during the third quarter of 1914, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Watson.  The death of the same child was recorded during the final quarter of that same year.  The second and unconfirmed birth of William W T Collett, mentioned on ancestry.com, took place between April and June in 1915.

 

 

 

The birth of Edward Collett was registered at Tavistock during the first quarter of 1917, when once again the mother’s maiden name was given as Watson.  With the death of her husband just a few months later, Bella Ann Collett nee Watson, remained a widow for just one year when, in the second quarter of 1918, she married Frank Cleave.

 

 

 

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William W T Collett

Born in 1914 at Tavistock

 

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Edward C Collett

Born in 1917 at Tavistock

 

 

 

 

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Edward Charles Collett was one half of a set of twins born to Edward Charles Collett and his first wife Ann Williams Johns after they had arrived at Ladock from Veryan.  Edward and his twin brother James (below) were born on 25th May 1890 at Ladock, although sadly their mother did not survive the ordeal and was buried later that same week.  It was on 5th June 1890 that the twins were baptised at the Church of St Symphorian in Veryan, where presumably their mother was buried, since that was where she had been born and baptised.  Following her death, the twins and their older brother William (above) were all cared for separately by different members of the extended family.  For Edward that meant going to Portloe, near Veryan, to live with his uncle, and his late mother’s brother, James Caddy Johns.

 

 

 

By the time of the census on 5th April 1891, Edward was confirmed as living at the Portloe, near Veryan, home of his uncle James Caddy Johns.  The census return recorded the household as James C Johns, age 42 who was a fisherman, his wife Phoebe Johns who was also 42, their sons Edward Johns 11 and Thomas Johns who was six, together with nephew Edward C Collett who was only ten months old.

 

 

 

Edward was still living there in 1901, at the age of 10, and again in 1911.  On that occasion the family was listed as James Caddy Johns and Phoebe Johns, both 62, Thomas Johns, age 26, and Edward Collett who was 20.  So far, all that is known about Edward is that he married Sarah Stansfield during 1928, the marriage being registered at Truro during the second quarter of that year.  It is not known if the marriage produced any children for the couple, but it is established that Sarah Collett nee Stansfield, died in 1965, while Edward Charles Collett is believed to have died during 1970.

 

 

 

 

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James Arthur Collett was born at Ladock on 25th May 1890, but was baptised at Veryan on 5th June 1890, the twin brother of Edward (above), and the son of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Williams Johns who tragically died during the birth.  After the death of his mother James was separated from his two brothers William and Edward, when he went to live with his uncle, Arthur Caddy Johns, one of the brothers of his late mother, at Portloe near Veryan, and it was there that James was living in 1891, and again in 1901.  On the latter occasion James Collett, age 10 years, was confirmed as living with the family of Arthur Johns at Portloe near Veryan, where Arthur was a general labourer.

 

 

 

After a further ten years James was still living at Portloe with the Johns family.  Arthur Caddy Johns was 50, his wife Elizabeth was 45, and living there with them were their four children, Henry Johns age 24, Lilian Johns who was 19, Clarence Johns who was 13, and Ernestine John who was seven, plus James Collett from Ladock who was 20.

 

 

 

Three years later James Arthur Collett emigrated to Australia, when he sailed from England on the Orient Line ship ‘Osterley’ on 7th May 1914, bound for Fremantle.  He was joined there in 1916 by Frances Mary Ebbett, the daughter of coastguard Fred Ebbett and his wife Grace Matthews whom he had met when her father was stationed at Portloe.  Frances Ebbett was only 10 years old when her mother died in 1899 when the family was living at Coastguard Cottage number 4 at Chideock in Dorset. James and Frances were married on 7th June 1916 and took up residence at Manjimup, midway between Bunbury and Albany in Western Australia.

 

 

 

Their marriage produced two children for James and Frances, James who was born during 1917, and Hazel who was born two years later.  James Arthur Collett died in 1962, while his wife Frances Mary Collett nee Ebbett, who had been born in 1889 the daughter of Thomas Ebbett and Grace Matthews, had died three years earlier during 1959.

 

 

 

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James Frederick Collett

Born in 1917 at Manjimup, WA

 

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Hazel Jean Collett

Born in 1919 at Manjimup, WA

 

 

 

 

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Henry Lake Collett, who was known as Harry, was born at Plymouth on 9th February 1893, the eldest of the ten children of Edward Charles Collett of Kea and his second wife Ann Bowden Gribble of Devonport.  By the time of the census in 1901, Henry and his family were still living in the Plymouth area, where he was eight years old.  Nine years later, on 19th April 1910, Henry volunteered to serve in the Royal Navy, but on his application form he gave his date of birth as 1892, rather than 1893, to ensure that he was accepted.  However, he was discharged from the navy during March in the following year, when he returned to live with his family in Plymouth. 

 

 

 

The reason for his leaving the navy so shortly after joining, was that he discovered that he suffered from excessive sea sickness.  The Plymouth census on 2nd April 1911 confirmed that ‘Harry Collett’, age 18, was once again living in the Devonport area of the town with his family.  By that time though, his father and sister Beatrice were absence from the family group, his father having already sailed to Canada to seek a new life for the family, while Beatrice had gone to stay with an uncle in New York State in the USA.  The photograph above of Harry was taken on 12th September 1938 at Sardis in British Columbia, alongside his mother Ann who passed away exactly three months after.

 

 

 

Less than three weeks later Henry Lake Collett sailed from England on 20th April 1911, when he emigrated to Canada to be reunited with his father.  He sailed out of Liverpool on the White Star Line ship the SS Montrose, which arrived at Quebec on 2nd May 1911.  The Canadian immigration form placed him as #10 on the passenger list, with just seven dollars in his pocket.  The Canadian Census in June 1911 described Edward Collett and his son Henry Collett as lodgers at a house in District 1, Sub-District 62, in Calgary, Alberta. 

 

 

 

It was during 1914 that Henry’s mother Annie, together with Henry’s sisters Ann and Winnie and brother Alfred sailed from Liverpool to start a new life with her husband and her eldest son Henry in Calgary.  According to the census of 1916, Henry was recorded as ‘Harry Collett’ age 23, and by that time he was still living in the West Calgary family home with his parents and the rest of his family, but again without his sister Beatrice who had been married for three years by that time and was living in America.

 

 

 

It was probably around that time in their lives that Henry, in co-operation with his brother Alfred, added the “e” to the end of the Collett name.  That was done either to improve their employment opportunities with employers having a French background or simply because they preferred the more elegant sound of the name with the terminal “e”.  The only member of Henry’s family not to continue to use the Collette spelling of the name, was his eldest son Robert, who lived his life as Robert Collett.

 

 

 

It was also at Calgary during 1916 that Henry Collett married (1) Elizabeth Peach.  Elizabeth was born at Nottingham in England on 29th August 1889, the daughter of lace-maker Edwin Peach and from Lenton, and his wife Hannah from Greasley.  In the census of 1901 Elizabeth Peach, age 12, and her brother Edwin, age 25, were living in Nottingham with their parents, age 52 and 48 respectively.  It was also during 1911, that Elizabeth sailed to Canada to join her married sister Mrs Fred Brooks, at Grassy Lake in Alberta.  From there she later moved to Calgary where she first met Henry Collett.

 

 

 

The marriage of Henry and Elizabeth resulted in the birth of eight children at Calgary between 1917 and Elizabeth’s untimely death on 3rd June 1930.  She died from the result of a long-term illness that had afflicted her since the birth of the couple’s last child over six months prior to her passing.

 

 

 

Following the death of his first wife, Henry made some changes to his family.  Firstly, his son Robert, who loved farming, went to live with his grandparents on their farm in Rosedale in British Columbia, while Henry’s daughter Lorraine went to Vancouver in British Columbia, where her Aunt, Anne Bowden Way nee Collett, and her Uncle Jack Way raised her.  When that happened, Henry employed a number of temporary housekeepers to help look after the remaining six children. 

 

 

 

The last of the temporary housekeepers was Eleanor Mary Mackee, who was a recent immigrant from Birmingham in England.  She became very attached to the children, and they to her, whom they treated as their own mother.  It was therefore from that early relationship that Henry Collett eventually married (2) Eleanor Mary Mackee, the wedding taking place during 1931.  That marriage produced a further four children for Henry, including initially a set of twins, which were followed by another two sons, the first of which sadly did not survive beyond a few months.

 

 

 

Eleanor Mary Mackee, who was known as Nellie, was born on 9th December 1901 at Birmingham in England, the first daughter of William T Mackee (born London 1876) and Florence Deborah Antill (born Battersea, London 1875). She lived in the Birmingham area until around 1930.  Times were difficult and she and two other women signed up for an opportunity to secure job training in Alberta, Canada.  Her two companions backed out of the trip at the last minute, so Eleanor proceeded by herself on the long trip to the Agricultural School at Olds in Alberta.  Following the training she sought employment in the Calgary area and, after having several jobs on different farms, she accepted the job as housekeeper for recent widower, Henry Lake Collette in Calgary.  In that job she took over the care of Henry’s six children ranging in age from two years old Ronnie to 13 years old Grace.  Sometime after she arrived, Henry was placed in a sanatorium to treat tuberculosis, so Nellie also cared for him on his return home.

 

 

 

Henry Lake Collett was a member of the Crescent Masonic Lodge in Calgary for sixty years.  In 1949 he and Eleanor joined the Unity Chapter of the Eastern Star, where he served as Patron on a number of occasions, including 1972 when Eleanor served as Grand Matron.  He was also significantly involved in church affairs.  At an earlier time, in the 1920s, he was a lay preacher in the Anglican (Episcopal) Church and served as Superintendent of the St. Michael’s and All Angels Sunday School.  In the 1930s he and Eleanor became interested in spiritualism, and he was a member of the Calgary Spiritualist Church for forty-four years, and was ordained as a minister in 1954. 

 

 

 

Henry Lake Collett died at Calgary in Alberta on 11th May 1978, some days after suffering serious burns in a house fire, while his wife Nellie survived him by just over twenty-two years.  Nellie loved to travel and made many trips to visit her family and friends in England and Australia, and to see her children in Canada and the United States.  It was on Christmas Day in 2000 that she died at the age of 99.

 

 

 

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Robert David Collett

Born on 21.08.1917 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Grace Doreen Collette

Born on 03.09.1918 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Winifred Louise Collette

Born on 04.01.1921 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Vince Henry Collette

Born on 04.02.1922 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Alan Ross Collette

Born on 28.02.1925 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Lorraine Ruth Collette

Born on 03.03.1926 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Victoria Elizabeth Collette

Born on 24.05.1928 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Ronald James Collette

Born on 14.11.1929 at Calgary, Alberta

 

The four children of Henry Lake Collett from his second marriage to Eleanor Mary Mackee were:

 

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Patrick George Collette             twin

Born on 20.07.1933 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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John Wilfred Collette                 twin

Born on 20.07.1933 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Frederick Collette

Born during 1938 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Terrence Robert Collette

Born on 13.07.1943 at Calgary, Alberta

 

 

 

 

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Beatrice Collett was born in Plymouth in 1894, the eldest daughter of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble.  She was seven years old in the census of 1901, when she was living in the Devonport district with her family.  She was a favourite of her mother’s family and it was in 1910 that she emigrated to the United States to live with them. 

 

 

 

Beatrice sailed into New York Harbour on the White Star Line ship the SS Adriatic on 19th August 1910 and her entry into the country was recorded on Ellis Island.  It was originally believed that she went to live with her Uncle Harry Gribble and his family at Rochester in New York State, but more recent information indicates that it was to Churchville in New York State that she moved, where she was a servant at the home of another uncle, Harry Widger.  And it was while she was living there that she met and married Cline Thurston in 1913, following which the couple settled in Rochester.

 

 

 

In the British Census of 1911, it was just Beatrice’s mother Annie Collett and her five siblings who were still living in the Devonport area of Cornwall.  By that time her father Edward had already sailed to Canada to establish a new life at Calgary for the family.  Later that same year, in May 1911, Beatrice’s older brother Henry Lake Collett (above) joined his father in Canada, and three years after that the rest of Beatrice’s family sailed to Canada in 1914 to be reunited with Edward and his son Henry. 

 

 

 

Beatrice was known as Beatty, and Aunt Beatty, and from her marriage to Cline she had two daughters at Rochester, the eldest being Dora Thurston who was married twice.  At the time of her second marriage she became Dora Ledermann, and that produced two daughters, Nelma Ledermann, and Diane Ledermann. 

 

 

 

Prior to the birth of their second child, the United States Census in 1920, recorded the family living at Monroe in New York State, when Beatrice Thurston was 25, her husband Cline Thurston was 27, and their daughter Dora Thurston was six years old.  Beatrice’s and Cline’s second daughter was Nelma Thurston, and following the later death of her husband, Beatrice moved to a retirement community in St. Petersburg in Florida to be near her daughter Nelma and her son-in-law Gus.  And it was there that she died in 1980.

 

 

 

 

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Alfred George Collett was born in 1895, the son of Edward and Annie Collett.  Unlike all of his other siblings, who were born in Plymouth, the record of his birth indicates that he was born at Stoke Damerel to the west of Plymouth.  The birth was registered during the third quarter of 1895, although he only survived for a few months, when his death was recorded at Plymouth during the last quarter of that same year.

 

 

 

 

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George Edward Collett was born at Plymouth on 16th October 1896, the son of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble.  He was four years old in the census of 1901, and was 14 in the Devonport census of 1911.  By that time his father had sailed to Calgary in Canada, ahead of the rest of the family joining him there in 1914, and by which time his sister Beatrice was already living in America.  It was on 8th January 1913 that George sailed from Bristol on the passenger ship ‘HMT Royal Edward’ bound for Halifax in Nova Scotia.  The Royal Edward was notable for being the first troopship to be torpedoed during the First World War, when it was sunk on 13th August 1915 in the Aegean Sea, with the loss of 935 lives.

 

 

 

Following the outbreak of war back in England, George enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force.  That took place at Calgary on 13th May 1915 when he was 18 years old, although his army record indicate that he gave his date of birth as 16th October 1889.  The other details show that he was born at Plymouth, that his father was Edward Charles Collett, and that he was a postman living at 2226-32 Street West in Calgary.  It was possibly during his military career that George added the last E to his surname.

 

 

 

Private George Edward Collette served as a machine-gunner with the 56th Battalion of the COEF, when his army service number was A446884.  As a machine-gunner he served on the frontline where he was seriously wounded and gassed during the trench-warfare, causing the loss of a lung and dreadful facial injuries which needed facial reconstruction surgery after the war.

 

 

 

Once removed from the frontline action, George returned to Canada on board the ship ‘Olympic’.  The ship sailed out of Southampton on 7th December 1918 and arrived in Canada one week later on 14th December 1918.  On the passenger list George Collett was shown as returning to Canada as there was no suitable employment for him in England.  His home address was simply Calgary, and his mother was named as his next-of-kin.

 

 

 

Despite his terrible injuries, George was placed in the Reserve Unit of Gamead on his return to Calgary.  However, with just one lung, it was later realised that George could not tolerate the damp atmosphere of the Canadian west-coast or the extreme cold of the prairie winters, so he ended up living most of his life in Kamloops in British Columbia where the dry climate was more suitable for his health and wellbeing.  It was on 10th November 1928 that George Edward Collette married (1) Catherine (Cathy) Philp Davidson at Delburne in Alberta.  Catherine was the daughter of James Philp Davidson and Helen Hume Crocket, both of them born in Scotland.  The marriage did not endure and eventually George and Cathy were divorced.

 

 

 

Twenty-three years after his first marriage George married (2) Sarah Melvina MacNaughton, nee Irvine, at Kamloops on 2nd August 1952 when she confirmed was a divorcee, whereas George said he was a bachelor.

 

Sarah, who was known as Mac, was born on 2nd March 1909 and was living with her parents Edward Irvine, born Scotland, and Annabella Demeau, born Gaspe in Quebec at Matapelia in British Columbia at the time of the census in 1911.

 

 

 

Sarah was a nurse’s aide and cared for and looked after George, both of whom were recorded together in the electoral roll for Kamloops in 1953.  She continued to look after George at Kamloops right up until his death there on 2nd February 1988 at the age of 91, his military marker stone is shown above.  It was just over two years after the passing of her husband that Sarah died on 29th September 1990, following which she was buried next to George at Hillside Cemetery in Kamloops (Section W, Row 48, Lot 29 and Sub-Lot E), when her name was recorded in the cemetery register as Sarah Melvina Collette, there being no headstone to mark her grave.  The same record gives her place and date of birth as being at Mann Settlement in the Province of Quebec during 1909.

 

 

 

 

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Ann Bowden Collett was born at Plymouth on 30th December 1897, the daughter of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble, her birth being recorded ay Plymouth register office (Ref. 5b 253) during the first three months of 1898.  At the time of the census in 1901 Annie B Collett was three years old when she was living with her family at Devonport in Plymouth.  Ten years later the family was still living in Devonport, although by then her father had made the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to Canada in preparation for the family’s subsequent move there.  In the census of 1911, Annie Collett was 13 and was living at Devonport with her mother and four of her five siblings.

 

 

 

Annie and the rest of her family sailed out of Liverpool on 2nd May 1914 on board the SS Canada, to be reunited with her father and her older brother Harry.  The ship’s passenger listed included her as A B Collett, and described her as a servant.  Ann was not living with her family at the time of the census in 1916, but it was there in Canada during 1919 that Annie Bowden Collett married Jack Way with whom she had a son Francis Edward Way who was born in 1921 at Vancouver, where he died in 1988.

 

 

 

Later on, Annie was also stepmother to Lorraine Ruth Collette, the daughter of her brother Henry Lake Collett, whose (first) wife had died in 1930 leaving the girl’s father unable to look after his eight children without help from his family.  Lorraine was later adopted by Annie and Jack to become Lorraine Ruth Way, who later went on to marry Melvin (Mel) R Bergman who was born on 30th January 1917 and who died at Chilliwack on 17th February 2013.

 

 

 

Ann Bowden Way nee Collett died at Vancouver, British Columbia in 1974, the cause of death being congestive heart failure following a bout of shingles.  Her husband Jack Way had already died by then, he having passed away in 1962.

 

 

 

 

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Elsie May Collett was born at Plymouth during the third quarter of 1899, the daughter of Edward and Annie Collett.  Sadly it was only a year later that her death was recorded at Plymouth during the third quarter of 1900.

 

 

 

 

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Winifred Collett was born at Plymouth in 1902, the daughter of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble.  She was recorded in the Devonport census of 1911 as ‘Winnie Collett’ aged eight years and at that time she was living with her mother and her four of her siblings, since her father was in Canada and her sister Beatrice (above) was in America. 

 

Three years later in 1914, Winifred she sailed from Liverpool to Canada with her mother and the rest of the family, where they were reunited with her father and brother Henry (above).

 

 

 

Winifred Collett married Edward Anstey in the 1920s with whom she had two children, Edna Anstey and Edward Anstey.  The children were only a few years old when, tragically, Winnie died in 1929 from tuberculosis.  That is believed to have happened at Calgary in Alberta, where her two children were born.

 

 

 

 

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Alfred John Collett was born at Plymouth on 9th September 1904, the youngest surviving son of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble.  In 1911 he was six years old when living in the Devonport area of Plymouth with his mother and four siblings.  Three years after that Alfred and his family left Liverpool bound for Canada aboard the SS Canada, where they were reunited with his father and brother Henry (above) who had gone out there a few years earlier to pave the way for the family to settle there.  Alfred was incorrectly recorded as being ten years old in the Canadian census of 1916, when he and his family were living in West Calgary.  This photograph of him was taken at family’s farm in Delburne, Alberta.

 

 

 

Alfred attended cadet school in 1917, while it is understood that sometime later, perhaps around 1918 to 1920, he and his brother Henry added an E to the end of their surname to make it look more stylish, and to improve their chances of getting a job with a garage owner who liked French people.  In the end they were not offered employment on that occasion, but decided to keep the name all the same, which was then passed onto their children.

 

 

 

It was on 28th December 1926 at the Church of the Nazarene in Delburne, Alberta that Alfred John Collette married Muriel Doris Stoness, Muriel having been born on 13th October 1905 in Ontario.  The marriage certificate confirmed the following details.  That Alfred was 22 and a bachelor from Rosedale in British Columbia, who had been born in Plymouth, England, a farmer and the son of Edward Charles Collette and Ann Bowden Grobble.  While Muriel, a spinster of 21 and a nurse from Delburne, had been born at Perth Road in Ontario, the daughter of William Thomas Stoness and Nellie Clough.  The witnesses at the ceremony were George Collette of Delburne and Gladys Stoness, also of Delburne.  After they were married, the couple initially settled in the Sardis district of Chilliwack where their first son was born, before moving to New Westminster in British Columbia, where their second son was born.

 

 

 

It was while Alfred John Collette was living at Calgary that he died on 28th January 1956, the cause of death being an arteriosclerosis of the heart.  His death certificate confirmed that he died at home at 1317, 19th Avenue, North West, Calgary at the age of 51 years 4 months 19 days, that his occupation was that of a postal clerk, and that the informant was D A W Collette of 11560, 80th Avenue, Edmonton in Alberta.  Alfred John Collette was buried at Queen’s Park Cemetery where a simple stone marks his grave.

 

 

 

His widow survived him by over thirty-three years, when Muriel Collette died at Red Deer, Alberta on 7th November 1989.  During his life Alfred had been a heavy smoker and had started the habit when he was just twelve years of age.  That obviously had an effect on his life, linked to which, his family believed that he died relatively young at 52 because of the hard work that his father had forced him to do. 

 

 

 

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Donald Alfred William Collette

Born on 17.08.1931 at Sardis in Chilliwack

 

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Neil Frederick Collette

Born on 09.01.1939 at New Westminster, BC

 

 

 

 

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Christopher Thomas Collett was born at Plymouth in 1905, the youngest son of Edward and Annie Collett.  His birth was registered at Plymouth during the third quarter of that year, as was his death.

 

 

 

 

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Florence Eveline Collett was born at Plymouth in 1907; and was the tenth and last child born to Edward Charles collett and his second wife Annie Bowden Gribble.  It would appear that she did not live long enough to see her second birthday, since she died at Plymouth, where her death was recording during the first quarter of 1909.

 

 

 

 

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James Roy Collett was born at Camelford on 3rd April 1902, the eldest of the five children of James Henry Collett and Elizabeth Jane Buse, his birth recorded at Camelford register office (Ref. 5c 11) during the second quarter of 1902.  As James R Collett from Camelford, he was nine years of age in the census of 1911, by which time he and his family were living in Tintagel.  During his life, he was twice married, the first time to (1) Elizabeth R Bennett which was recorded at Camelford register office (Ref. 5c 31) during the last three months of 1925.  It was nearly ten years after that when he married (2) Alberta K Pethick, that event also recorded at Camelford register office (Ref. 5c 21) during the third quarter of 1935.  It is not yet known whether either of those marriages produced any offspring for James, but it is known that James Roy Collett was 72 when he died in March 1975, his passing recorded at Camelford register office (Ref. 21 0190).

 

 

 

 

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Kathleen Collett was born at Camelford in 1904, her birth recorded at Camelford register office (Ref. 5c 9) during the second quarter of 1904.  Not long after she was born her family settled in Tintagel, where Kathleen was seven years old in the Tintagel census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born at Tintagel on 2nd April 1906 and was five years old in 1911 in the Tintagel census that year. His birth, like all of his siblings, was recorded at Camelford register office (Ref. 5c 9) and it was at Bodmin register office (Ref. 21 0010) that Richard Collett married Kathleen Martin during the first quarter of 1976.  That may have been his second marriage, while it was when he was living at Bodmin that he died in 1994 at the age of 88.

 

 

 

 

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Angelina Collett was born at Tintagel in 1908 and her birth was recorded at Camelford register office (Ref. 5c 9) during the second quarter of that year.  In the Tintagel census of 1911 she was two years of age, while later on in her life she was referred to an Lena (Lina).  Tragically she was only 24 when she died, following with she was buried in the graveyard at St Menefreda Church in St Minver Highlands.  The same grave was also used many years later for the burial of her parents, where a single headstone marks the plot.

 

 

 

 

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Francis Thomas Collett was born at Tintagel during the first three months of 1910, his birth recorded at Camelford register office (Ref. 5c 7).  He was the youngest known child of policeman James Thomas Collett and Elizabeth Jane Buse, and was one year old in the Tintagel census of 1911.  He was later known as Frank and it was as Frank T Collett married Margaret Mary Flynn, as recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 112) during the second quarter of 1932.  The later death of Frank T Collett was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 7a 239) during the last quarter of 1968 when he was reported as being 57.  Margaret Mary Collett died on 10th January 1987, aged 75, at St Illogan in Cornwall, where curiously Frank Thomas Collett died on 8th December 1966 when he was 57.  The stated age of her husband seems to suggest that one of the years, 1966 or 1968, is an error.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Grenville Collett, who was always known as Gren, was born at St Just-in-Roseland on 22nd February 1912, the eldest of the two sons of Richard Collett and Martha Collins.  Richard joined the Royal Air Force and served in India during the Second World War.  On his return he married Dora Hinge, who was known as Betty Hinge, who came from Sussex and was born on 8th January 1916 and with whom he had two children.  Richard was also a Principal Hospital Officer with Her Majesty’s Prison Service who, on moving away from St Just after the birth of their first child, lived at various locations in England.  Richard Grenville Collett was 79 when he passed away on 12th August 1990.

 

 

 

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Richard William Collett

Born in 1947 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

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Rosemary Ann Collett

Born in 1953

 

 

 

 

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Douglas Percival Collett, whose precise date of birth is not known, was known in the family as Percy and was possibly born at St Just-in-Roseland around the time of the First World War, the second of the two sons of Richard Collett and Martha Collins.  No further details about him or his life are currently known except, that it was a few years after the death of his older brother Richard (above), when Douglas Percy Collett passed away.

 

 

 

 

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Hermina Mary Collett was born at Bristol on 14th April 1901 the eldest of the two known daughters of William Henry Collett married Gertrude Katherine (Kate) Bremner or Brenner.  However, she was not living with her family in nearby Clifton on the day of the census in 1911, instead at the age of nine years, Hermina Mary Collett from Bristol, was recorded at 109 Stokes Croft in Bristol, the home of her maternal grandmother Emily Louisa Brenner and her aunt Emily Mary Brenner.

 

 

 

 

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Grace Collett was born at Bristol on 23rd June 1904, the younger of the two daughters of William and Gertrude Collett.  When she was six years old Grace was living with her parents within the Clifton area of Bristol and it was twenty-six years after that when she married Albert Falconer Fry.  Their wedding was recorded at Weston-Super-Mare register office (Ref. 5c 955) during the first quarter of 1937.  Grace Fry nee Collett was just over one-hundred years of age when she passed away, her death recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. C70d 479/1c 66) during November 2004.

 

 

 

 

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Leslie Harold Collett was born in Victoria, Australia during 1898, and was the eldest child of William Hosking Collett and Hannah White.  It is evident that he was married, and that the marriage produced at least one son, since Richard William Collett of Melbourne, who was born in 1962, was his grandson.  The only other known fact about Leslie is that he died during November 1956 at the age of 58, and was buried at Fawkner Memorial Park in Coburg Cemetery in Victoria on 19th November 1956.  The grave, plot No. 1142, where he was buried, was also the last resting place of his parents and his sister Myrtle (below).

 

 

 

 

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Albert Edward Collett was born at Truro, either at the end of 1901 or early in 1902, the only known son of Albert and Elizabeth Collett, whose birth was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 125) during the first three months of 1902.  It was at Kenwyn that nine-year old Albert Edward Collett was living with his parents in 1911.  He later married Dorothy W Tonkyn, the event recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 241) during the second quarter of 1932.  They were married for forty-six years when the death of Albert E Collett, aged 66, was recorded at Truro (Ref. 7a 213) during the third quarter of 1968.

 

 

 

 

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Myrtle Ivy Collett was born in Victoria, Australia in 1900, and was the daughter of William Hosking Collett and Hannah White.  She was later married, when she became Myrtle Ivy Curtis, but was tragically the first of her family to die in Victoria in 1934, before both of her parents and her brother Leslie (above).  Following her death, possibly in childbirth, Myrtle was buried in Fawkner Memorial Park on 24th September 1934, at the age of only 34.  The same graveyard plot [No. 1142] at the Coburg Cemetery in Victoria was also used to bury her parents and her brother.  No details are currently available about her life and her husband.

 

 

 

 

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Eleanor Mary Hooker was born at Hackney on 19th March 1887.  She married Thom Parsons on 29th July 1911 at Shoreditch with whom she had two children, Stanley Thomas (see below) and Constance (born 1920).  Both Eleanor and Thom died at Loughton in Essex, Eleanor on 10th September 1965 followed less than two years later her husband in June 1967.

 

 

 

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Stanley Thomas Parsons

Born on 22.07.1914 at Hackney, London

 

 

 

 

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Richard John Collett was born at Stoke Damerel in Devonport during 1908, the third child of Francis Henry Collett and Clara Thompson.  He was most likely born at 47 Ford Hill in Stoke where, as Richard Collett, he was living with his family in 1911 at the age of two years.  The only additional information currently known about him is through the probate process following the death of his mother in 1965 during which Richard John Collett was described as a storehouse assistant at the HM Dockyard in Plymouth.

 

 

 

 

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Claude Collett was born in 1885 at Genoa five miles north-west of Brighton in Michigan.

 

 

 

 

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Gliff Knight Collett was born in Michigan in 1887.  He later married (1) Beulah Jolly on 3rd May 1908 and after she died in early 1920 Gliff married (2) Mollie Blanke Pike later that same year on 24th November 1920.  Gliff’s first wife Beulah was buried at the Old Village Cemetery in Brighton, while Gliff was buried at Fairview Cemetery with his parents and other family members, including two of his own children.  The third child Jack was buried at the Old Village Cemetery with his mother.

 

 

 

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Vaughn Collett

Born on 10.10.1910 in Michigan

 

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Josephine Collett

Born during 1915 in Michigan

 

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Jack Collett

Born in Michigan, date unknown

 

 

 

 

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Ralph Collett was born in Michigan in October 1898.  Sadly he only survived for a few months before he died in the spring of the following year and was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Brighton.

 

 

 

 

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Enid May Collett was one half of a set of twins born to Richard Knight Collett and Maud May Nicholls in St Austell in 1909, the twin sister being Erna Amy Collett (below).  Both daughters were recorded as being one year old in the St Austell census of 1911.

 

The family lived in the house called ‘Carbean’ and it was there tragically that Enid May Collett died at the age of fourteen in 1923.

 

The cause of death was meningitis.

 

 

 

 

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Erna Amy Collett was born at St Austell in 1909, and was the twin sister of Enid May Collett (above), the two eldest children of Richard and Maud Collett.  By the time of the census in April 1911, Erna and her parents were living at the family home ‘Carbean House’ in St Austell which was built by her father.

 

 

 

It was in 1933 that Erna married Howard J Rundle, who was known as Owen, and their marriage produced two children.  The first of them was David Richard C Rundle who was born in 1935, and who married Shirley E Higgs in 1960.  They had a son James R Rundle in 1962, but sadly were later divorced, following which David did not remarry.

 

 

 

Erna’s and Howard’s daughter, Marcia J Rundle was born in 1944.  She married Terence Leonard Hodge in 1966, and their son was Matthew Leonard Hodge.  He was born in 1973, and in 2008 he married Sarah.  Unlike her twin sister Enid, Erna Amy Rundle nee Collett lived a long life and died in 2000 when she was 91.  The last twenty years of her life was spent as a widow, since her husband Owen Rundle died during 1980.

 

 

 

 

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Maggie Collett was born at St Austell during January 1911, and was three months old in the St Austell & Roche census of 1911, when she and her family were living at Carbean House.  She was the third child of Richard and Maud Collett.

 

This picture of her was taken at family gathering around 1930.

 

It was about eight years later that she married Thomas Henry Jenkin in 1938.  During their life together Maggie presented Thomas with a son, Richard Vivian Jenkin who was born after the Second World War in 1948.

 

Maggie Jenkin nee Collett died in 1997.

 

 

 

Her son Richard married Patricia R M Rowe in 1969 and the first of their two daughters, Tracey, was born later that same year.  Two years later their second daughter, Nicola Jenkin, was born in 1971.  It is known that Tracey was married, and that Nicola married Craig Shore around 1992, with whom she has a daughter, Courtney Ria Shore who was born in 1994.

 

 

 

 

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Hazel Collett was born at Carbean House in 1912, the fourth daughter of Richard Knight Collett of Roche and his wife Maud May Nicholls from Carthew. 

 

Carbean House was built by her father and was situated between the villages of Carthew and Stenalees, just a few miles to the north of St Austell.

 

In the census of 1911 the family was recorded as living at Carbean House within the St Austell & Roche registration district.

 

This photograph of Hazel was taken when she was around eighteen years old and is an extract from the circa 1930 family group photograph.

 

 

 

Hazel married John Daniel Tuck, who was also born in 1912, following which she presented her husband with four children while the couple was still living in Cornwall.  The first of them was Edwin John Colin Tuck who was born in 1938.  He was known as Colin and he married Vera Geraldine Penno in 1966, and he died in 1993. 

 

 

 

They had Phillipa Louise Tuck, who was born in 1967, who later married David Gilfillan in 1997, but who were divorced not long after their son Ruaridh Gilfillan was born around 1998.  Colin and Geraldine also had Annette Marie Tuck around 1970, who married Louis Parsons in 2000, and their daughter Wenna Colleen Parson was born later that same year.  During the following years Annette also gave birth to a son, Charlie Parsons, but was later divorced from Louis Parsons.

 

 

 

The second child of Hazel Collett and John Tuck was Kathryn Dawn Tuck who was born in 1943, who died in 2006.  She married (1) Ian Wilkinson Jardine in 1964, and they were divorced around ten years later. They had Lindsay Jane who was born in 1965, and she married Simon Peter O'Connell in 1996.  Their marriage produced Katie Jane O’Connell in 1991 and Benedict John O’Connell in 1994.  Kathryn and Ian also had Helen Jardine in 1967, and Clare Kathryn Jardine in 1970.  Clare married Hasan Tigoglu circa 2000 and had twins Alexander Eren and Gabriella Elif in 2001.  Well over ten years after she was divorced Kathryn Dawn Jardine nee Tuck (2) married Roy Bonney in 1989, but they divorced.

 

 

 

Hazel’s and John’s third child was Daniel Vivian Tuck who was born in 1949 and sadly died in 1965, when he was only sixteen years old.

 

 

 

The couple’s fourth and last child was Andrée Linda Tuck who was born in Cornwall in 1956.  Andrée married Trevor Anthony Salisbury in 1976, and they had a daughter Aimee Jane, who was born in 1978.  Aimee married Darren Keith Willcock in 2007, and they had Joseph Ruan Willcock who was born in 2009.  Andrée and Trevor also had another son, Anthony John Daniel who was born in 1987, and a daughter, Hannah Eve, who was born in 1993.

 

And it is thanks to Andrée Salisbury (pictured on the right) that this line of the Collett family has been opened up, and now includes such a great deal of interesting information regarding her mother’s family, as well as that of her grandfather and his siblings.

 

 

 

Hazel Tuck nee Collett died in 2007, after spending the previous twenty-one years as a widow, following the passing of her husband John Daniel Tuck in 1986.

 

 

 

 

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William Vivian Collett was born at Carbean House in 1913.  It was in 1937 that he married Audrey Jenkin, with whom he had a son and two daughters.  Coincidentally, the year after William married Audrey, his sister Maggie Collett (above) married Thomas Henry Jenkin, although they were not related in anyway.  William Vivian Collett died in 1997.

 

 

 

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Vivian Glen Collett

Born in 1939

 

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Catherine Ann Collett

Born in 1940

 

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Grace Collett

Born in 1957

 

 

 

 

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Victor Owen Collett was born at Carbean House near Carthew on 7th July 1916, a son of Richard Knight Collett and Maud May Nicholls.  Victor was around 21 years of age when he married Anne Nicholls at St Austell in 1937, following which they had four children, two born before the Second World War and two after, most likely indicating that Victor served with the armed forces during the war.  Victor Owen Collett was 73 when he died on 28th September 1989.

 

 

 

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Victor Vivian Anthony Collett

Born in 1938

 

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Harriet Patricia Collett

Born in 1939

 

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Sheila Collett

Born in 1944

 

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Margaret Ann Collett

Born in 1946

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Beryl Collett was born at Carbean House in 1921.  She married Gerald V Rowe in 1940, and the marriage produced two children for Elizabeth and Gerald.  Their first daughter was Alison J Rowe, and she was born in 1946.  She married Frederick J Stephens in 1966, with whom she had Donna Stephens in 1968 who married Kevin L Ewings in 1993.  They have since been divorced, and Donna is now married to Steven Lobb, and has a daughter Tegen, who was born around 2007.

 

 

 

Alison and Fred Stephens also had a son Garry Stephens who was born in 1972.  He married Karen A Parsons in 1999, and they had a son Ewan Stephens, who was born in 2009.  Elizabeth’s and Gerald Rowe’s second daughter was Vivienne M Rowe who was born 1950.  She married Neil R Macleod in 1973, and they had a daughter Cheryl Louise Macleod who was born in 1981, who married Patrick Ada, and in 2008 their child Khy Ada was born.

 

 

 

 

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Cecil Alwyn Collett was born at Carbean House in 1925.  He married (1) Constance Eva Burley in 1947, and over the next seven years Constance presented her husband with two daughters.  Constance Collett nee Burley died in 1979 and, during the following year, Cecil married (2) Constance Daniell.  That second marriage for Cecil endured for a further thirteen years, until Cecil Alwyn Collett died in 1993.

 

 

 

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Molly E Collett

Born in 1950

 

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Barbara Cheryl Collett

Born in 1954

 

 

 

 

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Sydney Austen Collett was born at Carbean House during 1927, but tragically he died in 1948 when he was only 21.

 

 

 

 

21R79

Eva Lillian Collett was born at Carbean House in 1928, the youngest of the ten children of Richard Knight Collett of Roche and his wife Maud May Nicholls from Carthew.  Eva married William John Tonkin around 1953, and presented her husband with three children.  The three children were Elizabeth Jill Tonkin who was born in 1955 and who lives with her partner Patrick Sargeant; Sheila Ann Tonkin who was born in 1959, who married Robert W Rowett in 1984 and they have two children, Tegen Beth Rowett born in 1986, and Bronnen Eve Rowett born in 1993; and Karen Eve Tonkin who was born in 1961, who lives with her partner Kevin Tyrone Ackrell and their a son Robert Jowan who was born in 1996.

 

 

 

 

21R80

William Arthur Collett was born at Penryn on 22nd October 1908, the son of Arthur James Collett and Lillie Hutchings.  In April 1911, he and his family were living in Falmouth when William was two years old.  Very little is known about William after 1911, except that he lived a long life and passed away at the age of 73, his death recorded at Kerrier register office in Cornwall (Ref. 21 0221) during the month of December 1981.  The Kerrier district was formed in 1974 as a merger of the Borough of Helston and the urban district of Camborne and Redruth.

 

 

 

 

21R81

Thomas Leonard Collett was born at Penryn in 1909, the second of three known son of Arthur James Collett and his wife Lillie Hutchings.  He was one year old at the time of the census in 1911 when he was living with his family in Falmouth.  Later in his life Thomas married Kathleen and the marriage produced a daughter for the couple.

 

 

 

21S60

June Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

21R82

Albert Leslie Collett, who was referred to as Leslie, was born at Penryn in 1911 but after the April census day that year.  His parents Arthur James Collett and Lillie Hutchings, together with his two older brothers, were living in Falmouth in April 1911

 

 

 

He was a pilot with the Royal Air Force during World War Two and reached the rank of Squadron Leader.  As Squadron Leader Albert Leslie Collett service number 4588 he was killed in action over Germany on 27th April 1944 while flying an RAF Lancaster bomber of 83 Squadron out of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.  Within the Church of St John the Baptist in the village of Great Hale, to the east of Sleaford in Lincolnshire, is a memorial on the wall which commemorates whose who lost their life during the Second World War.  Listed amongst the names is that of A Leslie Collett, who was presumably billeted with his wife and child somewhere in that vicinity.

 

 

 

He was awarded the Air Force Cross and was buried at the Durnbach Cemetery which lies thirty miles south of Munich.  His grave was Grave Number 3.  His personal military record appears not to have updated by that time since it was only his parents, James and Lillie Collett, who were named as his next-of-kin.  Whereas it is now known that he was married and had a daughter Christine Collett who was born in Lincolnshire.  Today Christine St Johanser lives in New Zealand and has been instrumental in providing details of her family.

 

 

 

21S61

Christine Collett

Born circa 1944 at Lincolnshire

 

 

 

 

21R83

Dorothy Florence Maud Collett was born at Truro in 1901, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 123) during the last quarter of that year.  She was nine years old in the census of 1911 when she and her family were residing in Saltash in Cornwall.

 

 

 

 

21R84

Gladys May Collett was born at Truro in 1904 and was baptised at St Paul’s Church in Truro on 27th July 1904.  Within the next couple of years her parents George and Maud took the family to live at Saltash where Gladys was six years old in 1911.

 

 

 

 

21R85

Violet Gwendoline Collett was born at Saltash in 1908, following which her birth was recorded at St Germans register office (Ref. 5c 40) during the first three months of that year.  The census in 1911 confirmed she was born at Saltash, where she and her family were living, when she was two years of age.

 

 

 

 

21R87

James Gordon Collett was born in 1902 at Truro and was eight years of age in the Truro census of 1911.  During the third quarter of 1926 James G Collett married Olivia Burrows, the event recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 263).

 

 

 

 

21R89

Grace Collett was born before 1917 as Grace Schwers, the daughter of Clara Laura Schwers of Wisconsin who married Percy Collett of Truro in Detroit on 9th January 1917.  Once they were married, Percy adopted his wife’s daughter.  It was originally believed that Grace Collett married Reginald John Hobbs who was born in Gloucester in 1905, the son of Arthur Edwin Hobbs of Tewkesbury and Mary Lavinia Collett (Ref. 21Q38) of Treworthal.  However, that was Grace Doreen Collett (Ref. 21S31), the daughter of Henry Lake Collett.  It is established though, that Grace and her husband had three children, all born in America, and that the youngest of them, Darlene, lived with Grace’s parents Percy and Clara Collett.

 

 

 

 

21R90

Jack Edwin Collett was born at Detroit in the State of Michigan, USA on 3rd June 1918, the eldest of two sons of Percy Collett, from Truro in England, and his wife Clara Laura Schwers from Wisconsin.  He was named jointly after his father’s brother Jack, who was killed in the Great War, and his grandfather Edwin Collett.

 

 

 

It was just prior to the start of the Second World War that Jack married Margaret Armstrong in Detroit, where the couple were living, and where they continued to live thereafter.  However, at the outbreak of the war, when Jack enlisted with the United States Marine Corps, it was required that married men needed to obtain the permission of their wives, which Margaret did.  

 

 

 

During the years that he served with the Marine Corps, Jack he reached the rank of Master Sergeant.  It must have been during a period of home leave that the couple’s first child was conceived.  Upon finally returning home after the war, Jack became a fire fighter in Detroit, where both of his daughters were born.  It was during 1969 that Jack and Margaret eventually left Detroit, when they moved to live at Livonia in Michigan, and it was there that Jack Edwin Collett died on 7th March 1987.

 

 

 

21S62

Mary Jacquelyn Collett

Born on 11.01.1945 at Detroit

 

21S63

Judith Ann Collett

Born on 11.07.1947 at Detroit

 

 

 

 

21R91

William Collett was born at Detroit, possibly around 1920 or shortly thereafter.  He was the second son born to Percy Collett and his wife Clara Laura Schwers.  At the start of the Second World War, William enlisted with the United States Navy.  The only other information currently known about William is that he had a son of the same name, that he lived in Livonia like his brother Jack (above), that he died in 2009, and that he had a grandson.

 

 

 

21S64

William Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

21R93

Clifford George Collett, referred to as Cliff, was born at Walthamstow during August 1918, the son of George Collett and his wife Edith Anne Richardson.  Cliff developed an interest in communications which developed during his time of service with the Royal Air Force.  He served in England, South Africa, and in Europe where he was involved on day two of D-Day landings.  After the war he worked for Marconi Communications, which he did for the rest of his working life.

 

 

 

It was just after the start of the Second World War when he married Constance (Connie) Manwaring of Walthamstow, the wedding taking place at St. Barnabas Church in Walthamstow on 27th August 1940. They created their first family home in Gidea Park in Romford, and it was while they were there that their two children were born.  Shortly after the birth of their son the family moved to Chelmsford in Essex, to be near the headquarters of Marconi.  Clifford George Collett died at Chelmsford in 1966.

 

 

 

21S65

Irene Collett

Born in 1946 at Romford

 

21S66

Terence George Collett

Born in 1951 at Romford

 

 

 

 

21S1

Ian Harcourt Rookledge Collett was born in Kent in 1960 and he married and had a son also born in Kent

 

 

 

21T1

Andrew Harcourt Rookledge Collett

Born in 1982

 

 

 

 

21S3

Keith Charles Rookledge Collett was born in Kent in 1963 and he married and had two sons both born in Kent.

 

 

 

21T2

Benjamin Charles Rookledge Collett

Born in 1992

 

21T3

Harrison James Rookledge Collett

Born in 1995

 

 

 

 

21S5

Sarah Louise Rookledge Collett was born in 1962 and she partnered with Stephen Blanchard in 1990 at Clapham.  The partnership produced three children all born at Clapham: Thomas James (1992); Catherine Rose (1994); and Lillian Emma Tamar (1997).

 

 

 

 

21S6

GAVIN ALISTAIR ROOKLEDGE COLLETT was born in 1964 and he partnered with Judith Wise in 1999 while living at Crystal Palace where their first child was born.

 

 

 

21T4

Ruby Tiir Rookledge Collett

Born in 2004

 

21T5

Rose Emerald Rookledge Collett

Born in 2006

 

21T6

George Charles Rookledge Collett

Born on 21.08.2008

 

 

 

 

21S7

Emma Constance Rookledge Collett was born in 1966 and in 2004 was living in north London.

 

 

 

 

21S9

Ellen Collett was born at Merther in 1899, her birth recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 134) during the last three months of that year.  She was the eldest child of Sidney Collett and Catherine Alfreda Burley and was one year old in the Probus census of 1901 when her place of birth was confirmed as Merther like her three siblings below.  Curiously though, the Probus census of 1911 described her as Ellen Collett aged 11 who had been born at Kenyon in Cornwall.

 

 

 

 

21S10

Ernest Edward Collett was born in 1901 after the census day that year, his birth recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 113) as Ernest Henry Collett during the third quarter on that year.  However, it was as Ernest Edward Collett that he was baptised at Cartarthen in Merther on 20th September 1901, the son of Sidney and Catherine Elfrida (Alfreda) Collett.  It was also as Ernest Edward Collett aged nine years that he was living with his family at Probus in 1911.  He was nearly twenty-three when he became a married man, the marriage of Ernest H Collett and Alfreda S Armstrong recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 286) during the second quarter of 1924.

 

 

 

 

21S11

Frederick Collett was born at Merther on 14th June 1903 and his birth was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 103) during the third quarter of that year.  During the latter part of the first decade of the new century his parents took the family from Merther to Probus where Frederick was seven years old in 1911.  The wedding of Frederick Collett and Hilda J Bone was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 214) during the first three months of 1928.  The couple was married for fifty-one years and by that time they were living in the Bodmin area, where the death of Frederick Collett was recorded during the second quarter of 1979.  It was his death certificate which confirmed his date of birth.

 

 

 

 

21S12

Lillian Edith Collett was born at Merther either very late in 1905 or early in 1906, since her birth was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 106) during the first quarter of 1906.  Shortly after she was born the family moved to Probus where Lillian Edith was five years of age in the Probus census of 1911 when it was confirmed she had been born at Merther. 

 

 

 

 

21S13

Sandra Georgina Collett (previously Ref. 21T7) was born in Singapore on 8th April 1937, the eldest of five children of Ivor Victor Roy Collett and Bessie Olive Kelly.  She later married to become Sandra Georgina Matthews.

 

 

 

 

21S14

Diana Collett (previously Ref. 21T8) was born at Plymouth on 5th September 1939, the daughter of Ivor Victor Roy Collett and Bessie Olive Kelly.  She later married to become Diana Campbell.

 

 

 

 

21S15

Bruce Ivor Nicholas Collett (previously Ref. 21T9) was born at Looe in Cornwall on 11th February 1942, the eldest son and third child of Ivor Victor Roy Collett and Bessie Olive Kelly.  It was Bruce’s daughter Yvonne Rogers nee Collett who made contact during 2010, following her brother Dennis finding their grandfather Ivor on the Collett website while surfing the internet.

 

 

 

21T7

Yvonne Susanne Olivia Collett

Born on 06.06.1968

 

21T8

Dennis Nicholas Collett

Born on 11.03.1971

 

 

 

 

21S16

Paul Ivor Craig Collett (previously Ref. 21T10) was born at Plymouth on 17th January 1945, the second of three sons, and the fourth child of Ivor Victor Roy Collett and Bessie Olive Kelly.

 

 

 

 

21S17

David Ivor Charles Collett (previously Ref. 21T11) was born at Yeovil on 22nd December 1950, the last child of Ivor Victor Roy Collett and Bessie Olive Kelly.

 

 

 

 

21S18

Donald Allan Collette was born at Lake Charles on 4th November 1927, the only child of Donald Allan Collette senior and his wife Alice Dickenson Hester.  It was during the early 1950s that he married Anna Dean Connell who was born at Jackson in Louisiana on 28th March 1931.  All four of their children were born at Lake Charles and in 2013 Alice Dickenson Collette was residing at 729 Iris Street in Lake Charles, the family home built by her late father-in-law, the first Donald Allan Collett.

 

 

 

21T9

Alice Anne Collette

Born in 1953 at Lake Charles

 

21T10

Allyson Dean Collette

Born in 1958 at Lake Charles

 

21T11

Donald Allan Collette III

Born in 1960 at Lake Charles

 

21T12

Hugh Connell Collette

Born in 1969 at Lake Charles

 

 

 

 

21S19

William Albert Hayne Collett was born at Perranarworthal on 21st July 1913, the son of William Charles Collett and Ethel Florence Hunt.  Nothing is so far known about him and his life, except that his death was recorded at Camborne-Redruth register office (Ref. 21 0153) in March 1976 when he was described as William Albert H Collett aged 62.

 

 

 

 

21S20

Florence Hazel Collett was born at Perranarworthal in 1914.  And it was Florence’s married daughter Gloria Waterfield of Staines in Middlesex who kindly provided the information regarding the family of her grandfather William Charles Collett.

 

 

 

 

21S22

Edgar Sylvester Collett was born at Perranarworthal in 1920 but he tragically killed in a road accident when he was just fifteen years of age in 1935.

 

 

 

 

21S26

Robert George Collett was born in 1924 and that event probably took place at St Austell where the birth was recorded during the third quarter of that year (Ref. 5c 143) around one year after his parents John Percy Collett and Lillian Violet Holberton were married and where both of his parents were still living in 1944.  Curiously though, whether in error or not, his mother’s maiden name was stated on the birth record as Mead, so she may have been a widow when she married Robert’s father.  He would have been around 16 or 17 when he signed up to serve his King and Country in the Second World War.  He eventually joined the 5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry where he was Private Collett 14519019.  Tragically he was killed in action while in France on 27th August 1944 just after the Normandy landings.  He was twenty years old and was buried at the St Desir War Cemetery at Calvados and his next-of-kin were named as his parents John Percy and Lillian Violet Collett of St Austell.

 

 

 

 

21S29

James Frederick Collett was born at Manjimup in Western Australia in 1917, the year after his parents James Arthur Collett and Frances Mary Ebbett from England were married in Australia.  James later married the widow Cecilia Wallis, formerly Cecilia Donnelly, in 1947 and their son Terrence James was born in 1948.  Cecilia T Donnelly was also born in 1917, to parents Francis Donnelly and Hilda Ganfield, and it was as Cecilia T Collett that she died in 1997. 

 

 

 

James Frederick Collett sadly passed away on 16th April 2012 at the age of 95.  With his health failing fast, he had been in a Nursing Home for the last couple of months, but before that he was still quite good for his age.  Thanks to the care he received from one of his nieces he was able to stay in his own little unit until just before Christmas 2011, following which he then moved into the low care section of the local Retirement Village.  He was a lovely man, a real gentleman, always cheerful and happy to talk to all of his friends and relatives.  He had a difficult life at times, having contracted various tropical diseases during the war which recurred during the following years and then, after the war, contracting polio, the symptoms of which stayed with him for the remainder of his life.  He also took wonderful care of his wife for many years.

 

 

 

21T13

Terrence James Collett

Born in 1948 in Australia

 

 

 

 

21S31

Robert David Collette, who was known as Bob, was born at Calgary in Alberta on 21st August 1917, the first child of Henry Lake Collett and his wife Elizabeth Peach.  At the age of 14, and following the death of his mother, he went to live with his grandparents where he worked on their small dairy farm in Rosedale in British Columbia. 

 

It was while he was there that he first learned his father had added the extra “e’ to the Collett name, after his grandfather had told him that he was spelling of his signature incorrectly.  From that day forward Bob reverted to the former spelling of his ancestral name as Collett.  This photograph of him was taken at Sardis in 1938.

 

 

 

He continued to operate the farm at Rosedale after the death of his grandmother in 1938 and after the death of his grandfather in 1943.  Bob was around 44 years old when he married Mary Raglar in 1961, following which he happily continued to work as a farmer until he retired in 1991.  He is also believed to have lived within the Sardis area of British Columbia, not far from Chilliwack, where again he spent his time in dairy farming.  Just two years after he retired from farming, he suffered a fatal heart attack while out riding on his bicycle, which resulted in his death on 7th September 1993.

 

 

 

 

21S32

Grace Doreen Collette was born at Calgary, Alberta on 30th September 1918, the eldest daughter of Henry Lake Collett and his first wife Elizabeth Peach.  It was Grace Doreen Collett, rather than Grace Collett (Ref. 21R89), who married Reginald John Hobbs who was born in Gloucester in 1905, the son of Arthur Edwin Hobbs of Tewkesbury and Grace’s Aunt Mary Lavinia Collett (Ref. 21Q38) of Treworthal. 

 

 

 

The wedding took place during 1939, Reginald having emigrated to Canada from England to get away from his alcoholic father.  Once they were married Grace and Reginald moved to Banff in Alberta, where they had two children.  Lavinia Hobbs was born in 1940, and Robert Hobbs was born in 1942. Grace died in 1974. Reginald died soon after.  After the Second World War, Reginald’s mother sailed over to Canada from England to spend some time with her son and his family at Banff.  Grace Doreen Hobbs nee Collette died on 26th March 1974, and was followed shortly after by her husband.

 

 

 

 

21S33

Winifred Louise Collette, who was known as Winnie, was born at Calgary on 9th January 1920, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  During the Second World War she met an English pilot, Robert Curdling, who was undergoing training at Calgary with the Royal Air Force.  And it was at Calgary that they were married on 5th April 1943.

 

 

 

Once his period of training was complete, Robert returned to England, to where Winnie emigrated and where they were reunited later that same year.  Winnie courageously sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on board the Cunard White Star liner ‘Boskoop’ from Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada to Liverpool in England, at the height of the German submarine attacks, eventually arriving safely on 27th October 1943.  After the war they lived near Robert’s family at Southbourne near Bournemouth in Hampshire, on the south coast of England, where they had one child, Michael Curdling, who was born in 1949.

 

 

 

In 1975 Winnie travelled back to Calgary to visit her family and to celebrate her father’s eighty-second birthday.  Her husband Robert died on 28th October 1976, and during 1998 she moved to Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire, to be near her son Michael, his wife Anne, and their daughter Anneka.  Winifred Louise Curdling nee Collette died in Lytham St Anne’s on 9th December 2004, at the age of 84.

 

 

 

 

21S34

Vincent Henry Collette, who was known as Vince, was born at Calgary on 4th February 1922, the second son and fourth child of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  Vince was an easy-going person who served in the Canadian Air Force during World War Two, spending some of the time in England.  After the war he was a bus driver for the City of Calgary Transit System, where he worked for many years.  In 1949 he married Barbara Munro, with whom he had three children.  Sadly, the couple was divorced in 1977.  Vince was a lover of camping and fishing, and remained very active until his sudden death on 25th April 1991.  When he died, it was felt as a terrible loss to the family.

 

 

 

21T14

Kathleen Collette

Born in 1952

 

21T15

Randall Collette

Born in 1955

 

21T16

Timothy Collette

Born in 1959

 

 

 

 

21S35

Alan Ross Collette was born at Calgary on 28th February 1925.  He was a skilled motorcar mechanic working for the City of Calgary Maintenance Department, and spent a number of years in the 1950s working on the Distance Early Warning (DEW) Radar Line built in the Canadian north to counter the possible threat of a Soviet attack.  It is known that he accepted an assignment to carry out his work in Africa in the latter part of his life.  Alan married Ella Simpson in 1950, with whom he had three children, before Ella died in 1969.  Alan then re-married, but he and his second wife became estranged from the family.  The date of his death is not known by the wider family.

 

 

 

21T17

Ross Edward Collette

Born in 1951

 

21T18

Ian Collette

Born in 1952

 

21T19

Heather Lynne Collette

Born in 1955

 

 

 

 

21S36

Lorraine Ruth Collette was born at Calgary on 3rd March 1926 and was the fifth of the eight children of Henry Lake Collett and his wife Elizabeth Peach.  Lorraine was four years old when her mother died in June 1930, following which her father sent her to live in Vancouver with her Aunt and Uncle, Annie Bowden Collett and her husband Jack Way.  They virtually brought her up as their own children, and because of that she was later adopted by them, from whence she was known as Lorraine Ruth Way.  She later married Melvin R Bergman who was born on 30th January 1917, and who died only recently on 17th February 2013, this photograph of Lorraine being taken just after at that sad time at the celebration of his life.

 

 

 

 

21S37

Victoria Elizabeth Collette, who was known as Vicki, was born at Calgary on 24th May 1928.  She married Harvey Poffenroth in 1951 and settled on his family’s farm at Okotoks in Alberta, where they raised five children.  Corrine Poffenroth was born in 1953, Rhonda Poffenroth was born in 1954, Brian Poffenroth was born in 1955, Kevin Poffenroth was born in 1957, and Joan Poffenroth was born in 1958.  Tragically Victoria’s and Harvey’s son Brian was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1970.

 

 

 

 

21S38

Ronald James Collette, who was known as Ronnie, was born at Calgary on 14th November 1929, and was the last child born to Henry Lake Collett, and his first wife Elizabeth Peach, who tragically died from a heart disease when Ronald James was just over six months old.  It was therefore Henry Lake Collett’s second wife, Eleanor Mary Mackee, who raised Ronald as if he was her own child.  He trained as a telegrapher and was employed by the Canadian National Telegraph for many years, first in Calgary, and then in Edmonton, Alberta.  In 1959 he married Marguerite Weder in Edmonton.  Marguerite, who was born in 1922 and was a chiropractor, died in 1984.  As a child, Ronald was very musical and learned to play both the violin and the French horn.  Later in his life he was also a prolific letter writer and was a regular visitor and helper to his stepmother Eleanor.  Ronald James Collette died on 24th February 2003.

 

 

 

 

21S39

Patrick George Collette, who is known as Pat, was the twin brother of John Wilfred (below) who was born at Calgary on 20th July 1933, they being the first two children from the second marriage of Henry Lake Collett to Eleanor Mary Mackee.  After working in the electronics industry for some years, Patrick returned to the University of Alberta to complete a degree in Electrical Engineering. 

 

He later emigrated to the United States of America where he worked at a number of major electronics firms, first at Baltimore in Maryland, and then in Merrimack in New Hampshire.

 

 

 

It was during 1961, while he was working in Baltimore, that he married Donna Ross who was born on 15th July 1937.  The first of their four children was born while the couple were still living in Baltimore, whereas the next three children were all born after the family had settled in Merrimack.

 

 

 

21T20

Murray Ross Collette

Born on 27.06.1964 at Baltimore, MD

 

21T21

David Patrick Collette

Born on 24.09.1967 at Merrimack, NH

 

21T22

Wayne Michael Collette

Born on 15.03.1969 at Merrimack, NH

 

21T23

Daryl Stephen Collette

Born on 31.10.1972 at Merrimack, NH

 

 

 

 

21S40

John Wilfred Collette, who is known as Jack, was born at Calgary on 20th July 1933, the second twin of Henry and Eleanor Collette.  Jack and his twin brother Patrick (above) were two very gifted boys who both excelled at school.  After completing high school, he attended the University of Alberta, graduating first in his class in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. 

He was accepted by the graduate school at the University of California in Berkeley and received his PhD in 1958.  He worked in a variety of research and development fields for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware for thirty-nine years, rising to the position of Director of Science Affairs for the Central Research Dept.

 

 

 

It was in 1952 that Jack married Sylvia Smith, a recent émigré from England, with whom he had three children.  The first child was born when the couple were living at Calgary, the second after they had moved to Berkeley in California, while their last child was born at Wilmington, in Delaware. 

 

 

 

Sylvia Mary Smith was born at Colne in Lancashire, England on 4th August 1934, the daughter of Jack Smith and his wife Nora Cox.  The family moved south to Worthing in Sussex soon after her birth, and lived there throughout the Second World War while her father served with the Royal Navy.  After the war, her father, a plasterer by trade, looked for employment overseas and in 1950 the family moved to Calgary in Canada.  Although Sylvia had already graduated from her English Secondary School, she elected to attend Grade 12 at the local high school.  It was here that she met Jack Collette.  Sylvia was a gourmet cook and an accomplished seamstress, creating many beautiful items of needlepoint and petit point, and sewing unique clothes for her granddaughters.

 

 

 

In 1990, Jack developed a second career, becoming actively involved in systemic improvement of science education in the state of Delaware.  From 1996 to 2004, he co-led a major National Science Foundation grant program that raised student achievement in science.  His contributions to Delaware were recognized by the establishment of the John W. Collette Education Resource Center to support staff development of teachers in Delaware public schools.

 

 

 

Jack and Sylvia became US citizens in 1969.  Sylvia Mary Collette nee Smith died on 5th November 2006, and almost two years later, during October 2008, Jack married Courtenay Forbes a recent widow whom he had met at his retirement community.

 

 

 

21T24

Valerie Jean Collette

Born on 30.08.1953 at Calgary

 

21T25

Martin John Collette

Born on 03.03.1956 at Berkeley, Cal.

 

21T26

Graham Lee Collette

Born on 29.03.1961 at Wilmington, Del.

 

 

 

 

21S41

Frederick Collette was born at Calgary during 1938, the son of Henry and Eleanor Collette, who sadly died that same year.

 

 

 

 

21S42

Terrence Robert Collette, who is known as Terry, was born at Calgary on 13th July 1943, the youngest child of Henry and Eleanor Collette.  He completed his Engineering degree at the University of Alberta before moving to Vancouver in British Columbia, where he worked in the telecommunications industry, from which he retired in 2009. 

 

A man of many interests and activities, Terry and his companion, Janet Magee, continue to travel widely.

 

 

21S43

Donald Alfred William Collette, who is known as Don, was born at Sardis in Chilliwack, British Columbia on 17th August 1931, the eldest and first of two sons of Alfred John Collette (formerly Collett) and Muriel Doris Stoness.  It was around the time that he was born that his father changed his name to Collette in an attempt to secure work. 

By the time he was eight years old his family was living in New Westminster, and it was there on 14th August 1953 that Donald Collette married Mildred Charlotte Moodie who was born in 1932 at New Westminster, British Columbia.  During the next few years the couple left new Westminster, when they moved to Edmonton in Alberta, where their two children were both. 

 

 

 

It was at 11560, 80th Avenue in Edmonton that the couple was residing at the time of the death of Don’s father in 1956, prior to the birth of his two grandchildren.

 

 

 

21T27

Ronald Stephen Collette

Born in 1959

 

21T28

Cynthia Collette

Born in 1961

 

 

 

 

21S44

Neil Frederick Collette was born at New Westminster in British Columbia on 9th January 1939, the youngest child of Alfred John Collette and Muriel D Stoness.  Neil later married Linda Fay Sigurdson on 4th May 1966 at Lundar in Manitoba, with whom he had two children. 

 

Twelve years after he was married, Neil gained a Bachelor of Arts degree at Carleton University in Ottawa.  He also served as a staff sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 3rd August 1961 to his retirement on 4th April 1997.  During his time with the force, he was the officer in charge of the training unit in Manitoba.

 

 

 

In 2013, when this photograph was taken, Neil was living at Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia in Canada, and it is thanks to him and his son David that the full story of their family line has been completed back to Edward Charles Collett who was born at Kea in Cornwall in 1865.

 

 

 

21T29

David Frederick Collette

Born on 26.03.1967

 

21T30

Deidre Fay Collette

Born on 28.01.1972

 

 

 

 

21S45

Richard William Collett, who is known as Bill, was born at St Just-in-Roseland on 28th November 1947, the eldest of the two children of Richard Grenville Collett and his wife Dora (Betty) Hinge.  Richard William Collett married Susan Millyard and was a schoolteacher in other parts of England before eventually returning to Cornwall, following his retirement from teaching in 1998, to settle in Penryn where he and Susan are still living in 2015. 

This photo of Bill was provided by his sister Rose and was a school photograph

 taken during his time at The Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

 

 

 

21T31

Richard Peter Francis Collett

Born in 1985

 

 

 

 

21S46

Rosemary Ann Collett was born on 6th January 1953, the second of the two children of Richard and Betty Collett.  And it was as Rose Evans of St Just-in-Penwith that she kindly provided the new details and photographs for the March 2015 updated of this family line.

 

 

 

 

21S47

Stanley Thomas Parsons was born at Hackney in London on 22nd July 1914.  He married Winifred Margaret Webster at Broughty Ferry in Dundee on 12th January 1946, Margaret having been at Lochee on 9th June 1911.  The marriage produced just one child for the couple who was born at Oxford.  Sadly Stanley and Winifred died within four months of each other.  First Stanley died at Loughton in Essex on 5th September 1993 and was followed by his wife on 20th December 1993 but at Nottingham where she was living with her son.

 

 

 

21T32

Gordon Stanley Parsons

Born on 17.09.1947

 

 

 

 

21S48

Vaughn Collett was born at Michigan on 10th October 1910.  It seems likely from the date of birth of his son that he married around the mid 1930s.  The only other known facts about Vaughn are that he died in 1971 and was buried with his father and his grandparents at Fairview Cemetery.

 

 

 

21T33

Jack Vaughn Collett

Born on 28.06.1938

 

 

 

 

21S49

Josephine Collett was born at Michigan in 1915 and like his brother Vaughn (above) he was buried with his family at Fairview Cemetery when he died in 1988.

 

 

 

 

21S50

Jack Collett was born in Michigan sometime after 1915 and before 1920, which was the year his mother Beulah Collett died.  In the same way that it has not been established when Jack was born, there is also uncertainty about when he died.  However it is known that he was still a child when he died and that he was buried with his mother at the Old Village Cemetery in Brighton.

 

 

 

 

21S51

Vivian Glen Collett was born in 1940, the eldest child, and only son of William and Audrey Collett.  He married Penelope R Godding in 1965, and they had a son, Alexander, who was born in 1970.

 

 

 

21T34

Alexander Paul Vivian Collett

Born in 1970

 

 

 

 

21S53

Grace Collett was born in 1957, the youngest of the three children of William Vivian Collett and his wife Audrey Jenkin.  It is known that she married John B Stephens in 1976, but it is not known if the marriage resulted in any children for Grace and John.

 

 

 

 

21S54

Victor Vivian Anthony Collett, who was known as Tony, was born at St Austell on 27th April 1938, the only son and eldest of the four children of Victor Owen Collett and Ann Nicholls who were married in St Austell during the previous year.  It was during 1962, again in St Austell, that Tony married Janet Philp with whom he had two sons.  Victor Vivian Anthony Collett was 72 years of age when he died on 22nd December 2010.

 

 

 

21T35

Gary Richard Collett

Born in 1963

 

21T36

Robert David Collett

Born in 1966

 

 

 

 

21S55

Harriet Patricia Collett was born on 25th July 1939, was the second child and the eldest of the three daughters of Victor and Ann Collett.  She was 20 years of age when she married Jeffrey Sherman on 1st August 1959 and they had three children.  John Andrew Sherman was born on 12th September 1964 and in 1988 he married (1) Judith Seegers with whom he had three children: Sam Oliver Sherman (born on 31st January 1987); Mia Elizabeth Sherman (born on 2nd August 1991); and Jago Robert Sherman (born on 29th April 1995).  On 20th August 2011 John Andrew Sherman married (2) Suzanne Barter (born on 17th January 1977) and they have one child, Finley Jack Sherman (born on 8th October 2010).

 

 

 

Jeffrey and Harriet’s second child, Paul Jeffrey Sherman, was born on 27th October 1966 and he married Sarah Susan Dicker (born on 3rd November 1967).  They have two children, Harry John Sherman (born on 6th December 1996) and Lois Olivia Sherman (born on 1st February 2000).  Jeffrey and Harriet’s third and last child Clare Jane Sherman who was born on 8th July 1971, who sadly died on 3rd February 2007.  Prior to that Lois gave birth to two children with Angus Chisholm, and they were Oliver Victor Sherman (born on 19th May 1992) and Sophie Harriet Hillary Sherman (born on 29th July 1995).  The latter of these, Sophie, and her partner Liam Swain have one child Isaac Liam Sherman-Swain who was born on 11th January 2015.

 

 

 

 

21S56

Sheila Collett was born on 6th October 1944, the third child of Victor and Ann Collett.  It was on 19th December 1964 when she married Eric Stanley Dugmore (born on 5th June 1944, who died on 3rd February 2014).  Their marriage produced two children, Christine Dugmore (born on 6th February 1966) and Jeremy Dugmore (born on 19th April 1968).  Christine Dugmore later married (1) Andrew Perrett in 1986 and they have two children, Ashley Daniel Perrett (born on 28th December 1988) and Tristan James Dugmore nee Perrett (born on 18th April 1990).  Christine was later divorced, following which she married (2) Vince Iannelli during 1996 with whom she has a daughter Francesca Lucia Ianelli (born on 19th July 1995.)  Sheila and Eric’s son, Jeremy Dugmore, married Donna Malone (born on 23rd June 1967) in 1994.  They have two daughters, Phoebe Elizabeth Ann Dugmore (born on 18th August 1992) and Polly Dugmore (born on 11th April 1997).

 

 

 

 

21S57

Margaret Ann Collett was born on 5th March 1946, was the youngest of the four children of Victor Owen Collett and Ann Nicholls.  She married Colin George Barclay Sellar on 16th July 1966 and they have two daughters.  Tracy Dorothy Sellar was born on 6th February 1969 and Jennie Ann Sellar was born on 14th January 1971.

 

 

 

 

21S58

Molly E Collett was born in 1950, the daughter of Cecil Alwyn Collett and Constance Eva Burley.  She married Clifford Johns in 1968, and they had two children.  Robert Andrew Johns was born in 1970, and Claire Ann Johns was born in 1973.  Robert Andrew Johns married Tera M E Burrows in 1999, and they had Harvey Richard Johns who was born in 2001 and Lowenna Johns, whose year of birth not known.  Claire Ann Johns married (1) Andrew D Williams in 1998, but they were divorced, following which Claire married (2) Steven J Smale in 2003, with whom she has two children, a son and a daughter.

 

 

 

 

21S59

Barbara Cheryl Collett was born in 1954.  She married Michael P Ridgway in 1984, and they had two children, Christopher Ashley Ridgeway in 1985 and Anna Louise Ridgeway in 1988.

 

 

 

 

21S60

June Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of Thomas Leonard Collett and his wife Kathleen.  June Collett was the mother of Lynne Sharp who was still living in Cornwall at the end of 2009.  And it was Lynne who kindly supplied the many photographs of the gravestones in the churchyard at Philleigh.

 

 

 

 

21S62

Mary Jacquelyn Collett was born at Detroit on 11th January 1945, the eldest of two daughters of Jack Edwin Collett and Margaret Armstrong.  She married Lawrence Carpenter and the couple settled in Fenton in Michigan where their five children were born.  By the time of the passing of Mary Jacquelyn Carpenter nee Collett on 6th July 2005, she and Lawrence had thirteen grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

21S63

Judith Ann Collett was born at Detroit on 11th July 1947, the younger of the two daughters of Jack Edwin Collett and Margaret Armstrong.  Judith married James Dwight Safford on 18th August 1972, with whom she has two children.  Today Judith and James live at Grand Blanc in Michigan and currently have two grandchildren.  It is thanks to the information provided by Judith that the line of her family has been traced back to her great grandfather Edwin Collett of Truro.

 

 

 

 

21S64

William Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the son of William Collett of Detroit, where William is known to be living in 2010, and where he is married with a son of his own.

 

 

 

21T37

a Collett son

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

21S66

Terence George Collett, referred to as Terry, was born at Gidea Park in Romford during 1951 and was the son of Clifford and Connie Collett.  Terry later married Susan Lawson and the marriage produced two sons for him and Susan.  Terry established a successful career in education living with his wife Susan in Aylesbury during the seventies and in Milton Keynes since the 1980’s.  It was during the 1990s that Terry and Susan separated.  However, the extended family continued to live in Milton Keynes.  In 2010 and 2011 Terry kindly provided the details of his own family, together with that of his father’s and his grandfather’s, which has enabled this family line to be kept up to date.

 

 

 

21T38

Daniel Benjamin Collett

Born in 1978 at Aylesbury

 

21T39

Matthew Thomas Collett

Born in 1980 at Northampton

 

 

 

 

21T7

Yvonne Susanne Olivia Collett (previously Ref. 21U1) was born on 6th June 1968, the daughter of Bruce Ivor Nicholas Collett.  Today Yvonne is married and is Yvonne Rogers.  Thanks go to Yvonne for kindly providing the information regarding her father and the others members of her immediate family.

 

 

 

 

21T8

Dennis Nicholas Collett (previously Ref. 21U2) was born on 11th March 1971, the son of Bruce Ivor Nicholas Collett.  Today Dennis is married and has two children.

 

 

 

21U1

a Collett child

Date of birth unknown

 

21U2

a Collett child

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

21T9

Alice Anne Collette was born at Lake Charles in Louisiana on 1st July 1953, the eldest of the four children of Donald Allan Collette II and his wife Anna Dean Connell.  In 2013 Alice who is known as Anne, was living in Lake Charles.

 

 

 

21U3

Michael Paul Collette

Born in 1983

 

 

 

 

21T10

Allyson Dean Collette was born at Lake Charles on 29th August 1958, the second daughter of Donald and Ann Collette.  On 9th May 1984 Allyson’s widowed mother passed away at Lake Charles, and that sad event took place just ten days before Allyson married Joseph Michael Nixon on 19th May.  Joe, as Joseph is known, is an attorney and former State Representative to the Texas Legislature (1995-2007) who in 2013 practices election law.  Allyson, who is a piano teacher, is the person responsible for kindly providing of all the new details that has enabled this family line to be extended from Joseph Harris Collett (Ref. 21P27) where previously there were no information after 1881.  Today the family live in Houston, Texas.

 

 

 

Allyson presented Joe with three sons during the first five years of their life together, and they were as follows.  Nicholas Lowery Nixon was born on 16th June 1985, and on 9th May 2009 he married Mary Alison (Ali) Crocker by whom he had a son James Hershell Nixon who was born on 9th August 2012.  Nicholas has a degree in Construction Management from Texas A&M and works for Zachary Construction Company in San Antonio, Texas.  Ali earned a law degree from St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio and currently works for the San Antonio District Attorney's office.

 

 

 

Stewart Allan Nixon was born on 19th September 1987 and he earned a Finance degree from Texas A&M and is currently working in Houston for Calpine a natural gas trading company.  The couple’s third son is Matthew Joseph Nixon who was born on 28th June 1989, and he is currently a Film Student at North Texas State in Denton, from where it is hoped he will graduate very soon.

 

 

 

 

21T11

Donald Allan Collette III was born at Lake Charles on 8th April 1960, the third of the four children of Donald and Anna Collette.  He was known as Don and on 2nd March 1972 he featured in a newspaper article when he was given his Eagle Scout Award in the company of his mother.  He was the third Don Collette to be an Eagle Scout, his grandfather being a Charter Member of Troop 1, the first Boy Scout Troop west of the Mississippi River.  He was tragically only fifty-two when died on 11th April 2012, his obituary being reproduced below.

 

 

 

“Donald Allan Collette III, age 52, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at home in Cutoff, Louisiana.  A mass of Christian burial will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 14 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Larose, La.  Don will be laid to rest at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery.  Father Rholando Grecia will be officiating his services.

 

 

 

Don was born at St. Patrick's Hospital in Lake Charles, La. on April 8, 1960 to the late Donald Allan Collette, Jr. and Dean Connell Collette.  He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Gwen Vedras Collette, his daughter, Sophia Augusta Collette, and his son, Noah Allan Collette, his sisters, Alice Anne Collette, and Allyson Collette Nixon, and his brother Hugh Connell Collette, his nephews, Michael Paul Collette, Nicholas Lowery Nixon, Stewart Allan Nixon, Matthew Joseph Nixon, Hunter Connell Collette, Cameron Connell Collette, Max Colin Collette and his niece Catherine Eileen Collette.

 

 

 

Don was employed as a Project Engineer at Shaw Coastal Inc. in Houma, LA.  His latest project was working on the Inner Harbour Navigation Canal in New Orleans, LA.  He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14 and enjoyed many years of scouting, both as a scout and as a member of the staff at Camp Edgewood.  He represented Barbe High School at Boys' State and was the editor of the school paper, The Barbe Wire.  Don was valedictorian of a class of close to 500 students at Barbe.  He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.  He followed his father not only in his career field, but also his fraternity, Lamda Chi Alpha.

 

 

 

Don was most excited by the achievements of his wife, Gwen and children Sophia and Noah.  They were the light of his life.  He will be greatly missed by family, friends and co-workers.  Pallbearers will be Noah Collette, Hugh Collette, Hunter Collette, Cameron Collette, Stewart Nixon and brother-in-law, Joseph Nixon.  Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Collette, Nicholas Nixon, Matthew Nixon and Steele Viccellio.  Visitation will be at Falgout Funeral Home in Cutoff, LA on Friday from 6 pm - 9 pm and on Saturday from 8 am - noon.”

 

 

 

21U4

Sophia Augustin Collette

Born on 04.06.1991

 

21U5

Noah Allan Collette

Born on 25.08.1995

 

 

 

 

21T12

Hugh Connell Collette was born at Lake Charles on 7th May 1969, the last of the four children of Donald Allan Collette II and his wife Anna Dean Connell.  Hugh’s first marriage produced two son, but on 16th September 2000 he married Shawn Shelton with whom he had a further two children.  Today in 2013 Hugh and Shawn are divorced.

 

 

 

21U6

Hunter Connell Collette

Born on 05.10.1990

 

21U7

Cameron Connell Collette

Born on 10.06.1994

 

21U8

Max Colin Collette

Born on 13.12.2003

 

21U9

Catherine Eileen Collette

Born on 19.10.2006

 

 

 

 

21T13

Terrence James Collett was born in Australia in 1948, the son of James Frederick Collett and his wife Cecilia Wallis.  Today Terry Collett lives in Tasmania with his second wife Susan M Attwood, and it was Sue who kindly provided the vast majority of the information for the September 2011 update of this family line back to Terry’s grandfather James Arthur Collett (Ref. 21R36) and his twin brother Edward Charles Collett.  The photomontage below shows the seven generation of the Collett family from Terry back to William Henry the father of Edward Charles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although no details are available it has been assumed from the photograph that Dion James Collett was the son of Terrence James Collett, and that Hayden James Collett was Terry’s grandson and Dion’s son.  Sadly, on 3rd September 2014 Terrence James Collett passed away peacefully at the age of just 66.  Terry had been poorly for some time but his condition deteriorated very rapidly at the end, after just six days in hospital.  His wife Sue has been his full-time carer during this difficult period in their life together, but that has not stopped her from continuing to supply family details for this family line, as well as many other items of interest relating to other members of the worldwide Collett family.

 

 

 

21U10

Dion James Collett

Born in 1980

 

 

 

 

21T20

Murray Ross Collette was born at Baltimore in Maryland on 27th June 1964, the eldest child of Patrick George Collette and his wife Donna Ross.  Murray graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and has since acquired a private pilot’s license which he likes to utilise as much as possible.  It was at Merrimack in New Hampshire on 17th October 1987 that he married Denise Marie Gamache who was born at Nashua in New Hampshire on 17th December 1962.  It was also while the couple was living at Nashua that their two sons were born.  In 2013 the family was residing at Merrimack and in May that year their son Brian graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics.  At that same time the couple’s youngest son Kevin was attending high school.  It is thanks to Denise that we now know a little more about her family.

 

 

 

21U11

Brian Ross Collette

Born on 30.04.1990 at Nashua

 

21U12

Kevin James Collette

Born on 15.09.1998 at Nashua

 

 

 

 

21T27

Ronald Stephen Collette was born at Edmonton on 1st May 1959, the eldest of the two children of Donald Alfred William Collette and Mildred Charlotte Moodie.  Ronald excelled with his studies and became a Doctor of Medicine, following which he later practiced at Edmonton and Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

21T28

Cynthia Collette was born at Edmonton, Alberta in 1961, the youngest of two children of Donald Alfred William Collette and Mildred Charlotte Moodie.  Cynthia later married Patrick Zelenack and had two children, both born while the couple were living at Edmonton.  They were Shaun Zelenack, and Kendra Zelenack who was born there in 1990.

 

 

 

 

21T29

David Frederick Collette, who is known as Dave, was born at Beausejour in Manitoba on 26th March 1967, the son of Neil Frederick Collette and Linda Fay Sigurdson.  David later married Lynda Ann Witty who was born at Russell in Manitoba on 3rd December 1968.  The daughter of David and Lynda was born while the couple were on Curacao, one of the five islands of Netherland Antilles in the Caribbean.  David was married for a second time during August 2010, and his father has presented him with a set of gold cufflinks that once belonged to his great grandfather Edward Charles Collett.  And it is thanks to the initial contact from David, together with the subsequent help received from his father, that the line of descendents from Edward Charles Collett to the present day has been added to this family tree.

 

 

 

The above photograph Dave shows him flying an Douglas C47 Skytrain during 1989.

 

 

 

21U13

Mackenzie Pauleen Collette

Born on 12.11.1997

 

 

 

 

21T30

Deidre Fay Collette was born at Regina in Saskatchewan on 28th January 1972, the daughter of Neil Frederick Collette and Linda Fay Sigurdson.  In her teenage years Deidre was a model and travelled extensively for modelling assignment.  For one such assignment she received a commission to work in Tokyo, Japan.  She attended Balmoral School for Girls in Winnipeg and then completed a bachelor of science degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.  Following her graduation, Deidre then attended Life College at Atlanta in Georgia, USA where she acquired her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree.  However, she never actively practiced her skills since, not long after, she married Arman Glodjo at Chapel Hill in North Carolina, USA on 9th October 1999 and started a family of her own.

 

 

 

The marriage of Deidre and Arman provided the couple with three children who were all born at Chapel Hill; Greer Lalaith Glodjo, who was born on 25th April 2000, Feanor Finwe Glodjo who was born 8th September 2004, and Lorian Ahinsa Glodjo who was born on 17th August 2006.  The photograph of Deidre above was taken during December 1995.

 

 

 

 

21T31

Richard Peter Francis Collett, who is known as Peter, was born on 12th September 1985, the only child of schoolteacher Richard William Collett and his wife Susan Millyard. 

 

Peter currently lives in Penryn and is a professional actor and a schoolteacher.

 

 

 

 

21T32

Gordon Stanley Parsons was born at Oxford on 17th September 1947.  He married Joy Shaw at Nottingham on 17th August 1974 and it was there that the couple had four children.  Joy Shaw was born at Nottingham on 21st October 1954.  The four children were David Robert Parsons (born 7th August 1979), Christopher Mark Parsons (born 23rd December 1980), Jennifer Louise Parsons (born 2nd February 1984), and Jonathan Ross Parsons (born 27th May 1988).  And it was the aforementioned David Parsons who kindly supplied the details of his family line and provided details of the excellent website of Cornish birth, death and marriages which has been extensively used in the update of this file.

 

 

 

 

21T33

Jack Vaughn Collett was born in Michigan on 28th June 1938.  He was married and the marriage produced five children for Jack and his wife.  Jack Vaughn Collett died on 4th May 1997.

 

 

 

21U14

Jack Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

21U15

Michael Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

21U16

Carol Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

21U17

Patricia Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

21U18

Diane Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

21T35

Gary Richard Collett was born on 12th September 1963, the eldest of the two sons of Victor Vivian Anthony Owen Collett and Janet Philp.

 

 

 

 

21T36

Robert David Collett was born on 31st March 1966, the youngest of the two children of Victor Vivian Anthony Collett and Janet Philp.  He married and has three children, plus a granddaughter who was born to his eldest daughter Samantha, that child being Jax Rickard who was born on 23rd May 2011.

 

 

 

21U19

Samantha Goudge

Born on 19.01.1990

 

21U20

Bethany Eliza Collett

Born on 31.01.1998

 

21U21

Evie Victoria Collett

Born on 24.06.2000

 

 

 

 

21T38

Daniel Benjamin Collett was born at Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire in 1978, the eldest son of Terry and Susan Collett of Milton Keynes.  Daniel was married to Deborah during the first decade of the new century and their union has produced two sons for the couple.

 

 

 

21U22

Joshua Collett

Born during October 2009

 

21U23

Jacob Harry Collett

Born on 10.01.2013 at Milton Keynes

 

 

 

 

21T39

Matthew Thomas Collett was born at the Barrett Maternity Hospital in Northampton during 1980, the youngest of the two sons of Terry and Susan Collett of Milton Keynes.  Matthew has run his own business in Milton Keynes, worked for an international sportsware company and from 2011 was working as a kindergarten teacher at Chiang Mai in Thailand, where he now lives with his partner Annie and their son Akira.

 

 

 

21U24

Akira Max Collett

Born on 23.03.2013 at Chiang Mai

 

 

 

 

21U3

Michael Paul Collette was born on 13th July 1983, the son of Alice Anne Collette.  He lives at Shreveport in Louisiana and on 24th September 2011 he married Laura Anne Deas.

 

 

 

 

21U10

Dion James Collett was born during 1980, the son of Terrence James Collett and his first wife.  From the earlier photomontage in this file it seems highly likely that Dion is the father of Hayden James Collett.

 

 

 

21V1

Hayden James Collett

Born in 2007

 

 

 

 

21U14

Jack Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married Cindy.

 

 

 

 

21U15

Michael Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is currently living in California.

 

 

 

 

21U16

Carol Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married Tim Ross.

 

 

 

 

21U17

Patricia Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married Randall J Wilson who was born on 3rd July 1952.  Randall died three months after his fiftieth birthday on 15th October 2002.

 

 

 

 

21U18

Diane Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married Jim Goodall and is thought to be currently living at Brighton in Michigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix A – The Family of Daniel Collett of St Gluvias

 

 

 

So far in this particular family history research, no direct connection to this family line has been found for Daniel Collett of St Gluvias.  However, it is hoped that by including the details in this appendix that something may be discovered in due course.  Previously the only details known about Daniel had been traced from the IGI and that commenced with the birth and baptism of three of his children by his wife Ann.  However, more recent information received from David Collette in the USA has confirmed the place and date of his marriage to Ann.

 

 

21o1a

Daniel Collett was married to Anne Pearce of Mylor at St Gluvias on 30th March 1812.  Just following their marriage it would appear that the couple initially settled in Mylor where their first child was born and baptised.  However, the other three known children of Daniel and Anne were all born after the family had left Mylor and while the couple was living within the Penryn parish of St Gluvias.  It is also now evident that the fourth child was given his mother’s maiden name as a forename.  Perhaps in the continuous search for work, it seems likely that the whole family eventually left Cornwall altogether, and made the move to the county of Somerset, where three of Daniel’s and Anne’s children settled within a few miles of the city of Bath.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1841 Daniel Collett had already passed away, leaving his widow Ann Collett living at Batheaston in Somerset with six members of her family.  Ann had a rounded age of 50, indicating she was born around 1790, while the six children were named as Betsy Collett who was 25, Daniel Collett who was 20, Francis and Grace who were both listed with rounded ages of 15, Sarah who was 10 and William who was seven years of age.  After a further ten years there were only four children still living with Ann from Mylor in Cornwall, who was 60, at Batheaston and they were Betsy who was 36, Stephen who was 22 (missing in 1841), Sarah who was 20 and William who was 17.

 

 

 

Whilst no record of Ann Collett has been yet been identified within the next two census returns of 1861 and 1871, it was at Bath that her death was recorded (Ref. 5c 499) during the first three months of 1876 at the age of 82.

 

 

 

21p1b

Betsy Collett

Born in 1814 at Mylor, nr Penryn

 

21p2b

Daniel Collett

Born in 1817 at Penryn

 

21p3b

Susan Jane Collett

Born in 1820 at Penryn

 

21p4b

Francis John Pearce Collett

Born in 1822 at Penryn

 

21p5b

Grace Thomas Pearce Collett

Born in 1825 at Penryn

 

21p6b

Stephen Collett

Born in 1828 at Penryn

 

21p7b

Sarah Collett

Born in 1830 at Penryn

 

21p8b

William Collett

Born in 1833 at Penryn

 

 

 

 

21p1b

Betsy Collett was very likely born at Mylor around 1814, where she was baptised on 28th January 1816, the daughter of Daniel Collett and Ann Pearce.  By the time of the baptism of her brother Daniel (below), Betsy and her parents were living at nearby Penryn within the parish of St Gluvias.  By the time of the census of 1861 ‘Betsey’ Collett from Penryn in Cornwall was 46 and a servant living at the home of her brother Daniel Collett (below) and his family, which was a cottage with a garden in London Road at Swainswick within the Bath & Batheaston registration district of Somerset.  From that it would appear she never married.

 

 

 

 

21p2b

Daniel Collett was born in 1818 or slightly earlier, and was baptised at the Church of St Gluvias in Penryn on 5th April 1818, the likely eldest son of Daniel and Ann Collett.  It seems evident that at some time in his life Daniel and his family departed Cornwall and settled in Somerset, and it was somewhere in the Bath area that he married Martha Manning who was born at Batheaston near Bath.  Not long after they were married Martha presented Daniel with their first child so, by the time of the census in 1851 the family of three was recorded at Batheaston.  Daniel Collett was 34, Martha Collett was 30 and their son Francis Collett was two years old.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1861, the marriage of Daniel and Martha had produced five children for the couple, the age of the eldest child perhaps indicating that the couple were married in the mid-1840s.  Daniel Collett from Penryn was 43 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Martha was 40 and from Batheaston, and their first three children had been born at Batheaston.  They were Francis Collett, age 12, who was already working as an errand boy, Stephen Collett, who was nine and at School, and Ann Collett, who was seven and also attending the local school.  The couple’s other two children had been born after they had arrived at Swainswick, where they were living in a cottage with a garden on London Road.  Daniel Collett was four and William Collett was two years old.  Living with the family was Daniel’s unmarried sister Betsey Collett from Penryn who was 40 and a servant.

 

 

 

Ten years later they were still living within the Bath & Batheaston district, when Daniel was 53 and Martha was 50.  The children still living with the couple were Annie 17, Daniel 14, William 12, and new arrival Sarah who was nine years old.  Living separate from the family on that occasion, but living nearby, was their son Stephen Collett who was 19.

 

 

 

By 1881 Daniel was 63 and Martha was 60.  Daniel’s place of birth was simply Cornwall and his occupation was that of a gardener, while Martha was born at Batheaston near Bath.  Living with the couple was two of their three youngest children, they being Daniel Collett who was 24 and a gardener working with his father, and William Collett who was 20 and a general labourer.  On that occasion the family was living at 4 Worcester Villas in the Walcot area of Bath, and the place of birth of the two sons was stated as being Swainswick which is just two miles to the north of Bath.  No record of Daniel or Martha has been found after that time, so it is likely both had passed away by 1891.

 

 

 

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Francis Collett

Born in 1848 at Batheaston

 

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Stephen Charles Collett

Born in 1851 at Batheaston

 

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Ann Collett

Born in 1853 at Batheaston

 

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Daniel Collett

Born in 1856 at Swainswick

 

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William Collett

Born in 1858 at Swainswick

 

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Sarah Collett

Born in 1861 at Swainswick

 

 

 

 

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Susan Jane Collett was born on 31st January 1820 and was baptised at St Gluvias Church in Penryn on 24th February 1822, when her parents were confirmed as Daniel and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Francis John Pearce Collett was born in 1822 and was baptised at St Gluvias Church in Penryn on 23rd June 1822, the son of Daniel Collett and Ann Pearce.  The fact that his two-year old sister Susan (above) was baptised at the end of February that same year perhaps is an indication that he was born during the period March to June 1822.  It was as Francis Collett aged 15 years that he was listed in the census of 1841, by which time he and his family were residing in the Batheaston area of the City of Bath in Somerset.  His father had passed away by then.  Eight years later Francis John Collett married Joanna Stockwell, the event recorded at Bath (Ref. 11 19) during the second quarter of 1849.

 

 

 

While no record of the couple has been positively identified in 1851, by 1861 Francis and Joanna were recorded in the census that year as living within the Bath & Batheaston area close to where Francis’ sister Betsy and his married brother Daniel (above) were both living at that time.  Francis from Cornwall was 39, and his wife Joanna was 44.  It has not been determined whether or not their marriage resulted in any children, although the childless couple was still living in the same area ten years later in 1871, by which time Francis was 48 and Jane (sic) was 54.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1881 Francis Collett was 58 and was married to Joanna who was 65.  At that time the couple were living at Ashley Road in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire.  Francis was a shepherd and he gave his place of birth as being Devonport in Cornwall, while Joanna was born at Melbourne Port in Somerset.  Living with the couple was Joanna’s older sister, the widow Elizabeth Billott aged 75 and also from Melbourne Port.

 

 

 

Joanna Collett nee Stockwell died one year later, her death recorded at Bradford-on-Avon (Ref. 5a 83) during the second quarter of 1882 at the age of 65.  The census in 1891 included Francis Cottell (sic) from Mylor in Cornwall as a widower of 68 living alone at Ashley near Bradford-on-Avon.  Over the next decade he returned to Batheaston was he was residing in 1901.  The census on that occasion described him as being 78 years old and from Cornwall, a retired shepherd.  It was also at Bath that his death was recorded seven years later (Ref. 5c 299) during the third quarter of 1908 when he was 68.

 

 

 

 

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Grace Thomas Pearce Collett was born at Penryn during 1825, although by 1841 she was simply named as Grace Collett aged 15 in the census that year when she was living at Batheaston in Somerset with her widowed mother Ann, her father Daniel having died by then, and five of her siblings.  She was no longer living with her family in 1851 since she had married Thomas John Saxby at Bath where the wedding was recorded (Ref. 11 15) during the last three months of 1848.  Grace’s brother Daniel Collett (above) was one of the witnesses.  Over the following years Grace gave birth to six children, while it was at Frome in Somerset (Ref. 5c 309) that her death was recorded during the fourth quarter of 1896 at the age of 72.  On both the occasion of her death, and that of her marriage, she was recorded as Grace Thomas P Saxby and Grace Thomas P Collett respectively.

 

 

 

 

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Francis Collett was born at Batheaston in late 1848, the eldest child of Daniel Collett and Martha Manning who was baptised at Batheaston on 4th March 1849.  In 1861 he was twelve years old when he was living with his family in a cottage on London Road in Swainswick from where he was working as an errand boy.  Ten years later he had left the family home to make his own way in life.  Although not traced in the census of 1871, it was later that same year when Francis Collett married Emma Burns Jones at Holy Trinity Church in Clapham, within the London Borough of Lambeth, on 7th August 1871.  Both the bride and groom were 22 years of age, the bride’s father named as Joseph Burns Jones, while Francis’ father was confirmed as Daniel Collett.  During the next nine years Emma presented Francis with three children and by 1881 the family was recorded as living at 9 Richmond Place in Plumstead on the south side of the River Thames near Woolwich.  Richmond Road was still there in 2010.

 

 

 

Their first child was born while the couple was living in Nottingham, while the next two were born after the family had initially settled back in Middlesex, London, north of the River Thames.  However, around 1880 the family moved again, to Plumstead, on the Kent side of the river, where in 1881, Francis Collett was a wood-working machinist from Bath aged 32.  His wife Emma was also 32 but from Middlesex, and their three children were Francis F Collett who was six, Kate Laura who was three, and Annie Maud who was one year old.  Emma may have been in the very early stages of carrying her fourth child on the day of the census, since towards the end of that year another son was added to the family.  In addition to that, it seems likely that two more children were born into the family during that decade, although only the second of them survived.  So by 1891, the family residing at Villas Road in Plumstead comprised Francis who was 42, Emma B Collett who was 41, Francis F Collett who was 16, Kate L Collett who was 13, Annie M Collett who was 11, Philip S Collett who was nine and Percy D Collett who six years old.  Once again, on the day of that census, Emma was very likely pregnant with the family’s last child, who was born later that same year.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1901 the family was still living in Plumstead, but was missing their eldest daughter who may have been married by then.  Francis was still employed as a wood-working machinist at the age of 52, the same age as his wife Emma.  The children still living with them were Francis, who was listed as Frederick Collett aged 26 from Nottingham who was working as an electrical machinist, Annie who was 21, Philip who was 18 and a general labourer working at Woolwich Arsenal with his brother Percy who was 16.  Staying with the family that day was the niece of Francis Collett, Lily Collett who was nine years of age and born at Batheaston like her uncle.

 

 

 

According to the census in April 1911, the family continued to live in Plumstead, but by then only son Philip and daughter Lily were still living with Francis and Emma.  Francis Collett from Batheaston was 62 like his wife, their son Philip Collett was 28, and still living with the family was niece Lily Collett from Batheaston who was 19.  At the moment it is unclear who her parents were, although it is known that all of the children of Francis’ brother Daniel Collett (below) were born at Batheaston.  So the most likely possibility is that Lily came into Francis’ family following the loss of their youngest child of the same name, or to ease overcrowding in her own family home, being one of eleven children.

 

 

 

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Francis Frederick Collett

Born in 1875 at Radford, Nottingham

 

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Kate Laura Collett

Born in 1877 at Hackney

 

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Anne Maud Collett

Born in 1879 at Islington

 

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Philip Stephen Collett

Born in 1881 at Plumstead

 

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Percy Daniel Collett

Born in 1884 at Plumstead

 

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Lily Clara Collett

Born in 1885 at Plumstead

 

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Lily May Collett (niece of Francis C.)

Born in 1891 at Batheaston

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Charles Collett was born at Batheaston in 1851, the second son of Daniel and Martha Collett.  In 1861 he was nine years old and was living with his family in the Bath & Batheaston district, but by 1871 at the age of nineteen he had moved out of the family home and was living and working close by his family in the Bath & Batheaston area of Somerset.  Although no record of Stephen has been located in the census of 1881 it was within the next three months that he married Caroline Kate Hutchings.  That took place at Westbury-on-Trym in Gloucestershire on 29th June 1881.

 

 

 

Caroline was born at Eling in Hampshire and was baptised there on 30th May 1858, the daughter of Edward and Jane Hutchings.  Three months before she married Stephen Collett, Caroline was employed as a cook at Durdham Down Hide Lodge in Westbury-on-Trym, the home of widow Elizabeth Thomas of Bristol who was a soap manufacturer.

 

 

 

Once marriage the couple settled in the Clifton area of Bristol where their two daughters were born.  The 1891 Census for Westbury & Barton Regis listed the family as Stephen C Collett 39, Caroline Collett 32, and their daughters Winifred K Collett, who was eight, and Beatrice M Collett who was five.  After a further ten years the family living in the Bristol area was Stephenson (?) C Collett aged 49 and from Bath whose occupation was that of a domestic coachman, his wife Caroline from Eling was 43, tailoress Kitty W Collett was 18, and her sister Beatrice M Collett was 15. 

 

 

 

The family was still complete and living together at 6 Hughenden Road in Clifton in April 1911 when Stephen Charles Collett from Somerset was 59 and was working as a jobbing gardener.  He had been married for twenty-nine years, during which time his wife had given birth to just two children.  Caroline Collett from Hampshire was 52, while the couple’s two daughters were described as Kitty Winifred Collett, who was 27 years old and a domestic servant, and Beatrice May Collett who was 25 and a dressmaker, both of them born in Bristol.

 

 

 

Stephen Charles Collett died during the spring of 1920, his death at the age of 69 was recorded at Bristol register office (Ref. 6a 233) during the second quarter of that year.  He was survived by his wife by six years, when the death of Caroline Collett was also recorded at Bristol register office (Ref. 6a 7) during the second quarter of 1926 when she was 68.  Probate for Caroline Collett of 45 Pembroke Road in Clifton, Bristol, a widow, stated that she died on 16th April 1926 and that administration of her estate of £109 19 Shillings 3d was granted to Humphrey George Wyatt Prideaux, a chartered accountant.  What is very interesting, is that in the 1911 Census Humphrey George Wyatt Prideaux, aged 24 and a chartered account from Bristol, was also living at 6 Hughenden Road in Clifton, and so appears to have been a possible friend and a lodger with the Collett family.

 

 

 

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Kitty Winifred Collett

Born in 1882 at Bristol

 

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Beatrice May Collett

Born in 1885 at Bristol

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Collett was born in 1856 at Swainswick just north of Bath, the third son of Daniel and Martha Collett.  He was recorded living with his parents at Bath & Batheaston in 1861 aged four years, and in 1871 he was 14.  By 1881 the family was living at 4 Worcester Villa in the Walcot area to the north of Bath city centre, by which time Daniel was twenty-four and was working with his father as a gardener.  It would appear that Daniel married Eliza Yeeles, from Halt near Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire, during the next couple of years and he and his wife settled in Batheaston where they raised nine children, although it would seems that not all of them survived to adulthood.

 

 

 

In 1891 Daniel was 34 and Eliza was 31.  At that time they had four children, they being Martha Collett who was six, Frances Collett who was five, Edward M Collett who was four, and Annie Collett who was two years old.  It seems highly likely that the M in Edward’s name may well have been a W.  During the next decade a further six children were added to the family, although by the time of the next census in 1901 the couple’s eldest child was not living at the family home.

 

 

 

By March 1901 Daniel was still living in Batheaston at the age of 44, where he was working as a general labourer.  His wife Eliza, from Kingsdown in Wiltshire, was 41 and she was working as a charwoman to ‘make ends meet’.  Nine of their children were still living at home and they were Frances R Collett, age 16, Edward Collett, age 14 and born at Batheaston, who was employed as a butcher’s apprentice, Annie Collett, age 12, Albert Collett who was nine, Daniel Collett who was seven, Emma Collett who was six, Frank Collett who was four, Percy Collett who was two, and Frederick who was just one year old.

 

 

 

Just six children were still living at Batheaston with Daniel and Eliza by April 1911, when Daniel was questionably 56, rather than fifty-four.  Eliza was 51, Edward 24, Albert 19, Emma 16, Frank 13, Percy 12, and Frederick who was 11.  Towards the end of the Great War, Daniel and Eliza were living at 1 Poplar Cottages in Batheaston.  And it was there that they received the tragic news that their youngest son Frederick Yeeles Collett had been killed in action during August 1918, just three months before peace was achieved.

 

 

 

Footnote:  It is possible that niece Lily May Collett, born at Batheaston but living with Daniel’s older brother Francis (above) in both 1901 and 1911, was in fact another child of Daniel and Eliza Collett.

 

 

 

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Martha Collett

Born in 1884 at Batheaston

 

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Frances R Collett

Born in 1885 at Batheaston

 

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Edward Wilfred Collett

Born in 1886 at Batheaston

 

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Anne Florence Collett

Born in 1888 at Batheaston

 

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Albert Collett

Born in 1891 at Batheaston

 

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Daniel Collett

Born in 1893 at Batheaston

 

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Emma Collett

Born in 1895 at Batheaston

 

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Frank Collett

Born in 1897 at Batheaston

 

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Percy Collett

Born in 1899 at Batheaston

 

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Frederick Yeeles Collett

Born in 1900 at Batheaston

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Swainswick to the north of Bath in 1858.  By 1861 he was two years old, and was twelve years old in 1871 when on both occasions he was living with his parents Daniel and Martha Collett nee Manning at Batheaston.  In the census of 1881 William’s age was given as being 20 rather than twenty-two, at a time he was working as a labourer while still living with his parents at 4 Worcester Villas in Walcot in Somerset.

 

 

 

From the later census records it would appear that he never married and in 1891 he was living near his brother Daniel and his family (above) in Batheaston at the age of 32, and following the deaths of both of his parents.  According to the census of 1901, general labourer William Collett, age 42, was the only Collett living in the Walcot area of Bath.  And it was still in Walcot that he was living in 1911, although, as with the census in 1881, he gave a round age of 50 rather than fifty-two.

 

 

 

 

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Francis Frederick Collett was born at Nottingham in 1875, his birth recorded at Radford (Ref. 7b 223) during the first three months of that year.  Shortly after he was born his parents moved to London and in 1881 were living at 9 Richmond Place in Plumstead when Francis was six years old.  In the following census returns for Plumstead Francis was 16 and 26 respectively.  At the time of the latter census in 1901, Frederick Collett from Nottingham was employed as an electrical machinist.  It was three years later that Francis Frederick Collett married Jessie Louisa Morgan, the event recorded at Woolwich register office (Ref. 1d 2381) during the third quarter of 1904.  By April 1911 the couple was still living in Plumstead but with their five-year old son Sidney, who may have been the first of many children.  Francis Frederick Collett from Nottingham was 36 and his wife Jessie Louisa Collett was 32.

 

 

 

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Sidney Collett

Born in 1905 at Plumstead