PART TWENTY-ONE

 

The Cornwall Line – 1900 to 2015

 

This is the third of three sections of this family line

 

Updated May 2022

 

This is the family line of the late Terrence James Collett (Ref. 21T25), 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 on 22nd March 1861, with his birth registered at St Austell (Ref. 5c 172) during the second quarter of 1861.  He was the second child of John Vivian Collett and Elizabeth Jane Knight and was two weeks old by the time of the census on 7th April 1861.  By that date the family was recorded at Trevenna in Creed, where Caleb and his sister Catherine had been born.  It was at St Ewe that the family was recorded within the census of 1871, when Caleb Collett was ten years old.  What is known is that nine years later, as the oldest son of the family aged 19, he was taken under the wing of his mother’s sister Anne Knight and together they emigrated to North America during 1880, and were residing at Brighton, five miles west of Detroit, in 1885. 

 

 

 

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 below.  Shortly after he arrived in America, Caleb K Collett married (1) Alma C Hartman on 2nd December 1882 at Brighton, Livingston County in Michigan. Caleb from England was 21 and Alma from Genoa Township was 19.  It was during the next twelve months, that Caleb’s brother William Collett (below) crossed the Atlantic to join them in 1883.  Towards the end of 1885, Alma presented Caleb with the first of their children who was born after the couple had moved to Alma’s home-town of Genoa, three miles north-west of Brighton.  Only three children are named below from an undefined number of off-spring, because three of them are known to have suffered an infant death, one of them being Ralph, included in the list.  However, seven years before he was born, Caleb was reunited with his older sibling Catherine Collett, who sailed from England in 1891.  At the time of the birth of his unnamed son in 1894, and son Ralph in 1898, Caleb’s occupation was that of a carpenter.

 

 

 

Caleb Knight Collett 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 that 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.

 

 

 

The American census in 1900 revealed more about the family than was previously known.  On that occasion, the family was recorded at Brighton in Livingston County, where Caleb Collett was 39 and a carpenter, his wife Alma Collett was 37 and born in July 1863 of German parents, their son Claude Collett was 16 and born during November 1884, and Gliff Collett was 14.  While the census return indicated that Caleb had settled in America in 1880, it also stated in error that Alma had given birth to only two children, both living.

 

 

 

Five years after the birth and infant death of her last known son Ralph Collett, Alma Collett nee Hartman died on 22nd July 1903.  During the following year, Caleb Knight Collett from England, aged 42, and the son of John V Collett and Elizabeth J Knight, married (2) Mary A Blanke, formerly Butterfield, from Green Oak, aged 50, and the daughter of Abel F Butterfield and Anna A Denell, on 9th March 1904.  Mary may have been related to Mollie Blanke Pike who became Caleb’s daughter-in-law in 1920, when she married Gliff Knight Collett.  For the census in 1910, Caleb and Mary were living at 37 Grand River Street in Brighton, when Caleb K Collett from England was 49 and a farmer having his own account, who had been married to 59-year-old Mary A Collett from Michigan for five years.  Living on the farm with the couple, was Mary’s older sister Martha Butterfield aged 67.  Twenty years later, Caleb was a widower who was again living in Brighton, but at 180 Grand River Avenue, when his property had a value of $3,000, and when he was a Justice of the Peace at the County Office.  Unlike the census in 1910 when there was clearly an error regarding the much later date that he had first arrived in America, in 1930 the date he entered America was more realistically recorded as 1880.

 

 

 

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, on 10th November 1945 at the age of 82, Caleb was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Brighton, when his father was confirmed as John Collett. where his first wife Alma was buried, together with their baby son Ralph.  His son Gliff Knight Collett 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 1886 at Brighton, Michigan

 

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Collett male

Born on 31.03.1894 in Brighton, Michigan

 

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Ralph Collett

Born in 1898 in Brighton, Michigan

 

 

 

 

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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, aged 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 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 Elizabeth 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 Collett 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, the marriage of Salome Collett and William Taylor was recorded at Burnley register office (Ref. 8e 491), 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, aged 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 and 10 Pence 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. 21R76), 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, aged 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 and 5 Pence.  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 and 3 Pence.  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, although in the Roche census of 1911, his place of birth was recorded as West Goonbarrow, the same as his third child.  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 House that the family was living in April 1911.

 

 

 

On that occasion, the family comprised Richard Collett from West Goonbarrow, Roche, who was 28 and a clay labourer, Maud May Collett from Carthew who was 24, their twin daughters Enid May and Erna Amy, aged one year and also born at Carthew, and baby Maggie Collett who was just three months old and had been born at West Goonbarrow, just prior to moving into Carbean House.  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 Carthew, St Austell

 

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Erna Amy Collett

Born in 1909 at Carthew, St Austell

 

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Maggie Collett

Born in 1911 at West Goonbarrow, 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.  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 from Penryn was 24 and an accountant with a corn and flour merchant when she was still living in Penryn with his wife and their family.  Lily Collett was also 24, and their first two children were 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 Collett was born at Tregony possibly near the end of 1867, while her birth was recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 151) during the first quarter of 1868.  It was also as Alma Collett, later that same year, that she was baptised at Cuby-with-Tregony on 27th September 1868, the first child of George Collett and Louisa Jenkins who was married on 24th February 1867.  It is therefore possible was she was a honeymoon baby.  Within the Tregony census of 1871, Alma was living with her parents, when she was three years old.  Ten years later Alma Collett from Tregony was 14 and was one of three servants at Polmenna Farm, the 120-acre holding of farmer Walter H Wevell and his large family to the south of Lostwithiel.  No record has been located for Alma in 1891, but by 1901 she was still unmarried at the age of 26.  That year’s census recorded that she had been born at Tregony and was living at Kenwyn where she was employed as a domestic housemaid. 

 

 

 

Just under two years after that census day, the marriage of Alma Collett and (1) George Henry Tamblyn was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 220) during the first three months of 1903.  Eight years later, the young family was residing at Gwithian, Connor Downs, Hayle in Cornwall for the census in 1911.  George Tamblyn from Lostwithiel was 37 and a labourer, his wife Alma Tamblyn from Tregony was stated to be 38 instead of 43, and their three children were Stanley Tamblyn aged six years, daughter Jessie Tamblyn who was five, and Gladys Tamblyn who was one year old.  The first children had been born at Phillack, Hayle, the last at Truro.  Towards the end of that year, the birth of the couple’s last child was recorded at Redruth register office (Ref. 5c 336) during the fourth quarter of 1911 as Lawrence J C Tamblyn.  The earlier births of their two daughters were both recorded at Truro register office, Jessie Louisa B Tamblyn (Ref. 5c 187) during the first quarter of 1906, and Alma Gladys Tamblyn (Ref. 5c 120) during the third quarter of 1909.

 

 

 

It would appear that Alma’s husband may have been a casualty of the First World War since, during the second quarter of 1919, the marriage of Alma Tamblyn and William Tonkin was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 321).  Also there, eight years later, was recorded the marriage of Alma G Tamblyn, most likely the daughter of Alma Tamblyn nee Collett, and William Waters during the fourth quarter of 1927 (Ref. 5c 291).

 

 

 

Care should be taken when considering the origins of Alma Collett since, also born in 1868, was another of the same name whose birth was also recorded at Truro.  Initially, the daughter of George and Louisa was believed to be Alma Maud Collett, whose birth was recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 193) during the last three months of 1868.  However, she was baptised on 1st March 1868 and was the daughter of James Collett and his wife Ellen, who later, again as Alma Maud Collett, married Tom James Smith at St Austell on 20th July 1892, when again her father was confirmed as James Collett.  Another Alma Maud Collett, a spinster, 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 and 5 Pence.

 

 

 

 

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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 labourer George Collett and his wife Louisa.  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.

 

 

 

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Dorothy Florence Maud Collett

Born in 1901 at Truro

 

21R85

Gladys May Collett

Born in 1904 at Truro

 

21R86

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 St Clements, where he was 32 and from Tregony, who was working as a jobbing gardener, 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.

 

 

 

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William Leonard Collett

Born in 1900 at Truro

 

21R88

James Gordon Collett

Born in 1903 at Truro

 

21R89

Olive Mary Collett

Born in 1904 at Truro

 

 

 

 

21Q106

John Collett was born at Lostwithiel in 1880, the base-born child of Louisa Collett, widowed in 1877, 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.  He was the first of three sons born to the widow Louisa Collett.  Interestingly, John Smith aged ten years and born in Cornwall was named as Johnny Collett in the next census of 1891, when he and his two younger siblings were living with their mother, who 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.  It is known that his youngest sibling Stanley had sailed to Canada in 1911, so maybe John and Emily had done the same.  However, even if the couple had emigrated, it would appear that at some time in the future, they may have returned to England, 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.  It is possible 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.  No record of any members of the household have been identified within the census of 1911, with the possibility that they had already sailed to Canada.

 

 

 

 

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 were, because the father of his older siblings suffered a premature death in 1877.  Within the census of 1891, Stanley Collett was described as the son of widow Louisa Collett (formerly Jenkins), the mother of his older siblings, who was only 29 years old when she was made a widow.  One option could be that he was raised by his grandmother, as the base-born son of one of Louisa’s two eldest daughters, but that seems unlikely since all of the daughters of Louisa (Jenkins) Collett and George Collett married and had children of their own.  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 at the age of 81, while he was still residing in Sainte Agathe.

 

 

 

21R90

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.

 

 

 

21R91

Grace Collett (adopted)

Born before 1917

 

21R92

Jack Edwin Collett

Born in 1918

 

21R93

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.

 

 

 

21R94

Martha D Collett

Born during Sept – December 1916

 

 

 

 

21Q117

George Odgers Collett was born at Truro, either at the end of 1894 or early in 1895, the eldest child of Edwin Collett by his second wife Florence Hannah Pill.  His birth was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 150) during the first three months of 1895.  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 Odgers 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.

 

 

 

21R95

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 by 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 believed to have been born in Kent, although their births were recorded in Surrey.

 

 

 

21S1

Ian Harcourt Rookledge Collett

Born in 1960 in Kent/Surrey

 

21S2

Caroline Rookledge Collett

Born in 1961 in Kent/Surrey

 

21S3

Keith Charles Rookledge Collett

Born in 1963 in Kent/Surrey

 

21S4

Heather Rookledge Collett

Born in 1965 in Kent/Surrey

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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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/Surrey

 

21S6

GAVIN ALISTAIR ROOKLEDGE COLLETT

Born in 1964 in London/Surrey

 

21S7

Emma Constance Rookledge Collett

Born in 1966 in London/Surrey

 

 

 

 

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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 just two months old.  The burial of baby William John Collett took place at Ladock on 11th April 1873.

 

 

 

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.  It seems highly likely that the institution where he was recorded, just prior to his passing, may well have been 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 at Gilles 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.  The banns of marriage of John Collett of the parish of St Erme, a bachelor, and Elizabeth Mary Gill, a spinster of the parish of Newlyn East, were read on 28th August, 4th and 11th September 1904.  The wedding ceremony was conducted at the parish church in Newlyn East on 6th October 1904, when John Collett was 26 and a labourer residing in St Erme, the son of James Collett, a maltster, and when Elizabeth Mary Gilly was 30 and the daughter of Thomas Gilly, a foreman with the Great Western Railway.  The two witnesses were Thomas Gilly and Edith Collett, John’s younger sister (below).  By April 1911, the Elizabeth had given birth to two children who were born at Zelah, five miles north-east of Truro, with the family residing at nearby Perranzabuloe.  Also, by then, John’s father-in-law may have found a new job of work for him, since John Collett from Truro, aged 32, was a packer employed by the Great Western Railway Company.  Elizabeth Mary Collett was 36 and born at Newlyn East (four miles north of Zelah), while their two offspring were both recorded as being four years of aged, when they were born one year apart.  They were Beatrice Mary Collett and William John Collett.

 

 

 

The birth of the eldest child was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 115) during the second quarter of 1906.  It was a year after, that the birth of William John Collett was recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 120) during the second quarter of 1907.  Their daughter Beatrice Mary Collett never married and lived all her life in Cornwall, where her death was recorded during 1991, when her date of birth was recorded as 21st April 1906.

 

 

 

21S9

Beatrice Mary Collett

Born in 1906 at Zelah, near Perranzabuloe

 

21S10

William John Collett

Born in 1907 at Zelah, near Perranzabuloe

 

 

 

 

21R9

Sydney Collett was born at St Erme, either in the last few days of 1880 or very early in January 1881, with his birth 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, as Sydney Collett, 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 this was confirmed within the Merther census of 1901 and, by which time, Catherine had presented Sydney with the couple’s first child.  Sydney Collett of St Erme was 20 years of age 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 Sydney’s stepchildren Beatrice Burley aged eight from Truro, and Ethel Burley who was five and from St Austell, together with the couple’s one-year-old daughter Ellen Collett who had been born at Truro.

 

 

 

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 at Benton Berron within the parish of Probus within the Truro registration district, where Sidney Collett from St Erme was 30 and still a horseman on a farm, his wife Catherine Alfreda Collett from Gorran was 40, and their children were Ellen Collett aged 11 from Kenyon, Ernest Edward Collett who was nine, Frederick Collett who was seven, and Lillian Edith Collett who was five, and all of them born at Merther. 

 

 

 

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 later death of Sidney 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.

 

 

 

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Ellen Collett

Born in 1899 at Merther

 

21S12

Ernest Henry Collett

Born in 1901 at Merther

 

21S13

Frederick Collett

Born in 1903 at Merther

 

21S14

Lillian Edith Collett

Born in 1905 at Merther

 

 

 

 

21R10

Ellen Collett was born at St Erme in 1882, the third child and eldest daughter of James and Ellen Collett.  Her birth was registered at Truro (Ref. 5c 149) during the last quarter of the year, and it was at Truro that she was baptised on 6th March 1883.  The St Erme census in 1891 recorded Nellie Collett aged eight years, living at Gilles in St Erme with her family.  Ellen Collett was seventeen years old when she died, her death recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 135) during the first quarter of 1900.

 

 

 

 

21R11

Edith Collett was born at St Erme in 1884 and was the eldest daughter of James Thomas Collett and Ellen Cowl.  Her birth was registered at Truro (Ref. 5c 145) during the last quarter of the year.  It was then on 27th January 1885 that she was baptised at Truro.  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 16 and working as a scullery maid at the Carlew home in Mylor, the home of retired Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Tremayne and his wife Emma, where Edith Collett was one of the fourteen servants employed at the hose that day.  Five years later, the marriage of Edith Collett, a spinster, and William Henry Powell Horwell, a widower, took place at St Erme on 24th November 1906, the event recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 245) when Edith was 22 and the daughter of James Collett, and William was 36 and the son of John Horwell.  They had three children, Charles Hart Collett Horwell born at St Erme in 1908, Charles Kenny Horwell born at Truro in 1911, and Opre Horwell born at Newton Abbot in 1914, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  The two older children were staying with their maternal Collett grandparents at St Erme in 1911.

 

 

 

 

21R12

Charles Collett was born at St Erme possibly at the end of 1886 or at the start of 1887, with his birth registered at Truro (Ref. 5c 133) during the first three months of 1887.  He was four years old in the St Erme census of 1891.  According to the next St Erme census in 1901, Charley Collett of Tresillian (sic) was 14 and was living in St Erme with his family.  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, just two years after his eldest sister Ellen Collett died aged 17.

 

 

 

 

21R13

Gertrude Collett was born at St Erme in 1889, although her birth was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 136) during the second quarter of that year, but only as Gertrude Collett.  Again, as simply Gertrude Collett, she was two years of age in the St Erme census of 1891, when living with her family at Gilles. At the age of 12 years, Gertrude she was still living with her family in St Erme where, curiously, her place of birth was recorded as Tresillian, as it was for some of her other siblings born at St Erme.

 

 

 

 

21R14

Blanche Annie Collett was born at St Erme either at the end of 1890 or early in 1891, with her birth recorded at Truro (Ref. 5c 143) during the first quarter of 1891, but as only Annie Collett.  It was as Blanche Annie Collett who was only a few months old that she was living with her family at Gilles in St Erme. She was ten years old and referred to simply as Annie Collett in 1901 when she was still living with her family in St Erme.  Eight years after that census day, the marriage of Blanche Annie Collett and John James Mitchell was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 229) during the second quarter of 1909.  Two years later, as Anne Mitchell aged 21, Blanche Annie was staying with her parents at St Erme, confirmed again as the place of her birth.  The couple’s only known child was born at Truro two years later, with the birth of Avis I Mitchell was recorded there (Ref. 5c 230) during the third quarter of 1913, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.

 

 

 

 

21R15

Beatrice Collett was born at St Erme 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.  At the age of eighteen, she was living and working as a housemaid at Gwennap in the Redruth census of 1911, when her place of birth was recorded by her employer, elderly Edward Beauchamp, as St Erme.  Beatrice was one of six domestic servants, which included two footmen, employed by Edward 77, his wife Louisa 67, and their unmarried daughters Louisa and Violet Beauchamp.  It was much later in her life when the marriage of Beatrice Collett and Richard J Stephens was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 231) during the first three months of 1932.  Beatrice Stephens was 72 when she died in Cornwall during 1966 (Ref. 7a 94).

 

 

 

 

21R16

Russell Clifford Collett was born at St Rudmere within the Plympton area of south Devon, with his birth recorded at Plympton register office (Ref. 5b 185) during the third quarter of 1901.  He was the eldest of three children of baker Sydney Charles Collett of Newton Ferrers and his wife Bessie Rogers from Plymouth.  At some time before 1908, the family moved north to the village of Buckland Monachorum, near Tavistock, where his brother Ivor (below) was born, and where the family of four was residing in 1911, when Russel Collett was nine years old and attending school.  Tragically, Russell died in an accident when he was only 23 years of age, with the death of Russell Clifford Collett was recorded in Devon (Ref. 5b 324) during 1924.

 

 

 

 

21R17

Ivor Victor Roy Collett was born at Buckland Monachorum (ten miles north of Plymouth) in 1908, the second of the two sons of baker Sydney Charles and Bessie Collett, whose birth was recorded at Tavistock register office (Ref. 5b 312) during the third quarter of that year.  It was also at Buckland Monachorum that he and his family were living in 1911, when Ivor Collett was two years of age.  Ivor later became a married man in 1936, when the marriage of Ivor Victor Roy Collett and Bessie Olive Kelly was recorded at Devonport register office (Ref. 5b 846) during the spring that year.  They had a total of five children, all of whom were 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.  Just after his wedding day, Ivor was a civil servant working for the British Government, when he sailed out of the Port of London on 26th May 1936 on board the P & O ship Ranchi, bound for Singapore, as a married man.

 

 

 

21S15

Sandra Georgina Collett

Born in 1937 in Singapore

 

21S16

Diana Collett

Born in 1939 at Plymouth

 

21S17

Bruce Ivor Nicholas Collett

Born in 1942 at Looe

 

21S18

Paul Ivor Craig Collett

Born in 1945 at Plymouth

 

21S19

David Ivor Charles Collett

Born in 1950 at Yeovil, Somerset

 

 

 

 

21R18

Betty Collett was the third child born to Sydney Charles Collett and Bessie Rogers, and was born into the family after an eleven-year gap back to the birth of her brother Ivor (above) in 1908.  The birth of Betty Collett was recorded at Devonport register office (Ref. 5b 569) during the fourth quarter of 1919, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Rogers.  She later married Charles Clifford Climo who was born on 17th December 1922 and they had a son and a daughter.  No record of their marriage, or the birth of their son, has been found.  However, the birth of Sheila E Climo was recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 7v 687) during the last quarter of 1950, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.

 

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’s personal effects amounting to £179 4 Shillings and 6 Pence.  Tragically, Betty Climo nee Collett died from cancer shortly after that time when 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.

 

 

 

 

21R20

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.”

 

 

 

21S20

Donald Allan Collette

Born in 1927 at Lake Charles

 

 

 

 

21R21

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.

 

 

 

 

21R23

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.

 

 

 

 

21R26

Annie Jane Collett was born at St Gluvias, just north of Penryn, on 2nd November 1883, before the family settled in Mylor Bridge.  Her birth was registered at Falmouth (Ref. 5c 179) during the last quarter of 1883, and it was at St Gluvias where she was baptised on 4th January 1884, the first of the five children of William Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth Ann.  At the age of seven years, Annie J Collett was living with her family at Goonreath in Mylor.  According to the next census in 1901, Annie Collett from St Gluvias was seventeen years of age when she was working as a dairy-maid at the Lane End home in St Gluvias of her spinster aunt Jane Bath aged 32 and from St Gluvias who was the keeper of the dairy.  Jane Bath was the younger sister of Annie’s other, the former Elizabeth Ann Bath.  It was exactly the same situation in 1911, when 27-year-old Annie Collett was still living with dairy keeper Jane Bath in St Gluvias, but as a general domestic servant.  Annie never married and lived all her life in the same county, and it was many years later that the death of Annie Jane Collett was recorded in Cornwall during 1969, when she was 85.

 

 

 

 

21R27

Mary Ellen Collett was born at Mylor Bridge, to the north of Penryn, on 21st January 1886, her birth registered at Falmouth (Ref. 7a 120).  Upon being baptised at St Gluvias on 2nd April 1886, Mary Ellen was confirmed as the daughter of farm labourer William Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth Ann, residing in Mylor.  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, as a general domestic servant employed by elderly grocer John Henry Tregoning and his wife Bessie, Mary Ellen Collett was 25 and from Mylor and was still living at Gwennap.  By that time Mary’s family had already left Gwennap, and was living in the Falmouth area, but with her father absent.  Previously, Mary was believed to have married into the Allen family of Carharrack, the next village to Gwennap.  However, that may not be correct, since the death of Mary Ellen Collett was recorded at Cornwall during 1972.

 

 

 

 

21R28

Beatrice Sarah Collett was born at Mylor Bridge in 1887 and her birth was registered at Falmouth (Ref. 5c 159) during the second quarter of the year.  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.  Over three years later, the marriage of Beatrice S Collett and Thomas H Pope was recorded at Falmouth register office (Ref. 5c 334) during the last three months of 1914. Thomas hailed from Perranwell and their marriage produced two daughters for the couple, they being Phyllis M Pope and Beatrice Eileen Pope.  The births of the two daughters were recorded at Falmouth register office (Ref. 5c 210) towards the end of 1915, and (Ref. 5c 174) during the summer of 1919, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  The later death of Beatrice S Pope was recorded in Cornwall during 1964, when she was 77 years old.

 

 

 

 

21R29

William Charles Collett was born at Mylor Bridge on 6th March 1889, with his birth registered at Falmouth (Ref. 5c 149) during the second quarter of 1888.  As William Charles Collett, son of labourer William Henry Collett and Elizabeth Ann Collett, he was baptised at St Gluvias on 31st May 1889.  He 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.  The births of their first two children were recorded at Redruth, with the births of the two later children recorded at Falmouth, all four confirming that the mother’s maiden-name was Hunt.

 

 

 

21S21

William Albert Hayne Collett

Born in 1913 at Perranarworthal

 

21S22

Florence Hazel Collett

Born in 1914 at Perranarworthal

 

21S23

Ethel Vera Collett

Born in 1916 at Perranarworthal

 

21S24

Edgar Sylvester Collett

Born in 1920 at Perranarworthal

 

 

 

 

21R30

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.

 

 

 

21S25

Joyce Collett

Born in 1914 at Mylor

 

21S26

David Collett

Born in 1916 at Mylor

 

21S27

Jean Collett

Born in 1920 at Mylor

 

 

 

 

21R31

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.  He was the eldest son of Robert Davey Collett and Elizabeth Ann Hancock, and was born approximately nine months after their wedding day.  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 70.

 

 

 

 

21R32

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.

 

 

 

21S28

Robert George Collett

Born in 1924 at St Austell

 

 

 

 

21R36

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 aged 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, aged 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, aged 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.  As a result, 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. 

She 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. 21T25) 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.

 

 

 

It is known that the marriage of William Collett and Bella Watson definitely produced 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 child was William W T Collett whose birth was recorded at Tavistock register office (Ref. 5b 638) during the third quarter of 1914, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Watson.  The death of the same child was also recorded at Tavistock (Ref. 5b 466) 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.

 

 

 

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William W T Collett

Born in 1914 at Tavistock

 

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Edward Charles 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.  The twins’ birth was registered at Truro (Ref. 5c 130) during the second quarter of 1890.  Edward and twin James (below) were born at Ladock on 25th May 1890, 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, aged 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, aged 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, when his birth was registered at Truro (Ref. 5c 130), and was baptised at Veryan on 5th June 1890 in a joint ceremony with his twin brother Edward (above).  They were the sons of Edward Charles Collett, a labourer of Ladock, and his wife 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, aged 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 aged 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, W Aust

 

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Hazel Jean Collett

Born in 1919 at Manjimup, W Aust

 

 

 

 

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Henry Lake Collett, who was known as Harry, was born at 61 Palmerston Street, Millbridge, 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.  His birth was recorded at Stoke Damerel register office (Ref. 5b 341) during the first quarter of the year, and was baptised at Stoke Damerel Parish Church on 26th October 1893, when his father was a coachman living at 61 Palmerston Street.  By the time of the census in 1901, Henry and his family were still living in the Plymouth area, where Henry L Collett was eight years old.

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 later.

 

 

 

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’, aged 18, was living at 21 Corporation Road with his family when, as a member of the Royal Navy, he was a cook’s mate working for an officer.  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. 

 

 

 

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’ aged 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, aged 12, and her brother Edwin, aged 25, were living in Nottingham with their parents, aged 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 in 1917 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Grace Doreen Collette

Born in 1918 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Winifred Louise Collette

Born in 1921 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Vince Henry Collette

Born in 1922 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Alan Ross Collette

Born in 1925 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Lorraine Ruth Collette

Born in 1926 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Victoria Elizabeth Collette

Born in 1928 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Ronald James Collette

Born in 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 in 1933 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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John Wilfred Collette                 twin

Born in 1933 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Frederick Collette

Born in 1938 at Calgary, Alberta

 

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Terrence Robert Collette

Born in 1943 at Calgary, Alberta

 

 

 

 

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Beatrice Annie Collett was born at 61 Palmerston Street, Millbridge, Plymouth on 8th April 1894, the second child and eldest daughter of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble.  Her birth was recorded at Stoke Damerel register office (Ref. 5b 301) during the second quarter of that year, and was baptised at the Stoke Damerel Parish Church on 15 July 1894, when her parents Edward Collett, a coachman, and Annie Bowden, were living at 61 Palmerston Street within the Millbridge district of Plymouth.  She was seven years old in the census of 1901, when she was living in Plymouth 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, having set out from Southampton on 10th August 1910, with her entry into America was recorded on Ellis Island.  The ship’s manifest described Beatrice Collett as a domestic who was 18 years of age (sic) and from Plymouth, when he home address was confirmed as 21 Corporation Road, whose onward address was Churchville in New York State.  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 living at 21 Corporation Road.  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 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 possibly born at 61 Palmerston Street, Millbridge in 1895, the son of Edward and Annie Collett.  Unlike all of his younger siblings, who were born within the Plymouth area of Devon, the birth of Alfred George Collett, like that of his two older siblings, was recorded at Stoke Damerel register office (Ref. 5b 316) during the third quarter of 1895.  He only survived for a few months, when his death was also recorded at Stoke Damerel during the last quarter of that same year (Ref. 5b 206).

 

 

 

 

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George Edward Collett was born at Mount View Cottage in Hartley, to the north of Plymouth town centre, on 15th October 1896, the son of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble.  His birth was recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 5b 132) and he was baptised on 25th February 1898 at Holy Trinity Church, when his father’s occupation was that of a coachman.  He was four years old in the census of 1901, and was 14 and still at school, when living at 21 Corporation Road with his mother in 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 Mount View Cottage in Hartley, Plymouth on 30th December 1897, the daughter of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble, her birth recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 5b 253) during the first three months of 1898.  She was also baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 25th February 1898 in a joint ceremony with her older brother George (above), At the time of the census in 1901 Annie B Collett was three years old when she was still living with her family at Mount View Cottage.  Ten years later the family was living at 21 Corporation Road, 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 still at school when she was living 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 on 6th July 1899 at Mount View Cottage within the Hartley district of Plymouth, her birth recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 5b 215) during the third quarter of 1899, the daughter of Edward and Annie Collett.  Curiously, when she was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Plymouth on 3rd October 1899 her father was named as Edwin (sic) Charles Collett, a coachman, and his wife Ann Bowden, of Hartley.  Sadly, she was only eleven months old when her death was recorded at Plymouth (Ref. 5b 129) during the third quarter of 1900, with her being buried within the grounds of St Pancras Church in Pennycross on 4th July 1900, at a time when her family was living at Mount View Cottage in Hartley.

 

 

 

 

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Winifred Louisa Collett was born at Mount View Cottage, Hartley, Plymouth on 10th July 1902, the daughter of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble, her birth recorded there (Ref. 5b 209) during the third quarter of that year.  Winifred was nearly three months old was she was baptised at St Pancras Church in Pennycross on 5th October 1902, with the family still living at Mount View Cottage in Hartley.  She was recorded in the 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).  The passenger list of the SS Canada described Winifred Collett aged eleven, as travelling to Calgary in Alberta where her father had been living for the past six years.  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 21 Corporation Road within the Plymouth parish of Pennycross on 9th September 1904, the youngest surviving son of Edward Charles Collett and Ann Bowden Gribble.  His birth was recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 5b 296) and it was at St Pancras Church in Pennycross where he was baptised on 6th November 1904 when his family’s home address was 21 Corporation Road and his father was still working as a domestic coachman.  In 1911 he was six years old when living at 21 Corporation Road with his mother and four siblings.  Three years after that Alfred, aged nine years, 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 six 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 in 1931 at Sardis in Chilliwack

 

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Neil Frederick Collette

Born in 1939 at New Westminster, BC

 

 

 

 

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Christopher Thomas Collett was born at 21 Corporation Road, Pennycross, Plymouth in 1905, the youngest son of Edward and Annie Collett.  His birth was recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 5b 243) during the third quarter of that year, as was his death (Ref. 5b 157).

 

 

 

 

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Florence Eveline Collett was born at 21 Corporation Road, Pennycross, Plymouth in 1907; and was the tenth and last child born to Edward Charles Collett and his second wife Annie Bowden Gribble.  She was just two years of age, when the death of Florence Eveline Collett was recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 5b 213) 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.

 

 

 

 

21R51

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.

 

 

 

 

21R52

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 as 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.

 

 

 

 

21R53

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.  Their only known child was born four years later.  Thirty-one years after that, the 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.

 

 

 

21S47

Ian J Collett

Born in 1937 at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

 

 

 

 

21R54

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.  His birth was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 198), with Collins confirmed as his mother’s maiden-name.  Richard studied at Exeter University before joining the Royal Air Force and serving in India during the Second World War.  In 1944 he was photographed at Bangalore Race Course, as the goalkeeper for the army team.  On his return to England, he married Dora Hinge, who was known as Betty, who came from Sussex and was born on 8th January 1916, and with whom he had two children.  Richard was also a Principal Medical 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, including the Wakefield area of West Yorkshire, where the couple’s second son was born.  His last career position was with the Ministry of Defence at Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.  Like his brother Percy (below), Richard Grenville Collett was still living in Buckinghamshire, at Amersham, when he passed away on 12th August 1990 at the age of 78.  His death was recorded at Buckinghamshire register office (Ref. 19 941), after which he was buried at the Chilterns Cemetery in Amersham.

 

 

 

21S48

Richard William Collett

Born in 1947 at St Just-in-Roseland

 

21S49

Rosemary Ann Collett

Born in 1953 at Lower Agbrigg, Yorks.

 

 

 

 

21R55

Douglas Percival Collett was born on 20th July 1919 when his birth was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 153) when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collins).  He was known in the family as Percy and was the younger of the two sons of Richard Collett and Martha Collins.  It is possible that he was born at St Just-in-Roseland, where his brother Gren (above) was born.  Percy joined the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of war in 1939, and was posted to North Africa and later Ireland.  After the war, he studied at Bristol University and became a school teacher in Slough until he retired.  He never married and spent his remaining years at Marlow in Buckinghamshire, close to where his brother’s family also lived.  When he passed away at Marlow on 22nd November 1996, at the age of 77, his death was recorded at Buckinghamshire register office (Ref. 3271a a29c).

 

 

 

 

21R57

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.

 

 

 

 

21R58

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.

 

 

 

 

21R59

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).

 

 

 

 

21R59

Albert Edward Collett was born at Truro, either at the end of 1901 or early in 1902, the only known son of Albert Collett and Elizabeth Rogers, 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 from Truro 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.  It is likely that they only had one child, the birth of Armorel J Collett recorded at Truro register office (Reg. 5c 124) during the first quarter of 1938, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Tonkyn.  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.  Six years earlier, their daughter married Edward T Carlyon, their wedding recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 7a 526) during the third quarter of 1962.

 

 

 

21S50

Armorel J Collett

Born in 1938 at Truro

 

 

 

 

21R60

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.

 

 

 

 

21R62

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.

 

 

 

21S51

Stanley Thomas Parsons

Born in 1914 at Hackney, London

 

 

 

 

21R63

Francis Thompson Collett was born at Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Plymouth, during the first six months of 1905, the eldest of the three children of Francis Henry Collett and Clara Thompson.  His birth was recorded at Devonport register office (Ref. 3b 312) during the second quarter of the year.  His father was a Royal Navy Seaman and was absent from the family home at 47 Ford Hill in Stoke (Damerel) in 1911, when Francis Collett was six years of age.  Tragically, it was also at 47 Ford Hill that he died shortly after that census day, with the death of Francis T Collett aged six years recorded at Devonport register office (Ref. 5b 204) during the second quarter of 1911.

 

 

 

 

21R64

Elizabeth Collett was born at Stoke Damerel in 1906, her birth recorded at Devonport register office (Ref. 5b 303) during the second quarter of the year, the only daughter of Francis and Clara Collett.  It was as Betsy Collett who was five years old, that she was living with her two brothers, and their mother, at 47 Ford Hill in Stoke Damerel, their father having a posting abroad with the Royal Navy.

 

 

 

 

21R65

Richard John Collett was born at Stoke Damerel on 13th January 1909, the third child of Francis Henry Collett and Clara Thompson.  His birth was recorded at Devonport register office (Ref. 5b 293) during the first quarter of 1909.  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.  It was again as simply Richard Collett that his marriage to Constance M Savage was recorded at Bodmin register office (Ref. 5c 143) during the last quarter of 1934, although no issue has been found.  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.  Twenty-eight years later, the death of Richard John Collett was recorded at Devon register office during 1993.

 

 

 

 

21R66

Claude Collett was born in 1885 at Genoa, five miles north-west of Brighton in Michigan, the first-born child of Caleb Knight Collett married (1) Alma C Hartman.

 

 

 

 

21R67

Gliff Knight Collett was born at Brighton in Livingston County, Michigan on 1st September 1886, the sole surviving child of Caleb Knight Collett from England and Alma C Hartman from Michigan.  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.

 

 

 

21S52

Vaughn Collett

Born in 1910 in Michigan

 

21S53

Josephine Collett

Born in 1915 in Michigan

 

21S54

Jack Collett

Born in Michigan, date unknown

 

 

 

 

21R69

Ralph Collett was born at Brighton in Livingston County, Michigan on 8th September 1898, the last known child of carpenter Caleb Knight Collett and Alma C Hartman who died in 1903.  Sadly, Ralph only survived for a few months before he died in the spring of the following year and was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Brighton, where other members of his family were buried.

 

 

 

 

21R73

Enid May Collett was one half of a set of twins born to Richard Knight Collett and Maud May Nicholls in Carthew in 1909.  As the second-born twin, her birth was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 94, 11) immediately after that of her twin-sister Erna Amy Collett (above) during the third quarter of 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.  The next child born into the family, Maggie (below), was interestingly born at West Goonbarrow, from where a two-mile stretch of railway linked it to Carbean, and was used by the clay works where the girls’ father was employed.  In the census of 1911, Maggie and her father Richard were both recorded as born at West Goonbarrow.

 

 

 

 

21R74

Erna Amy Collett was born at Carthew in 1909, and was the twin-sister of Enid May Collett (below), the two eldest children of Richard and Maud Collett.  The birth of Erna Amy Collett was entered in the St Austell register office recorded immediately before that of her twin-sister (Ref. 5c 94, 10) during the third quarter of 1909.  By the time of the census in April 1911, one-year-old Erna and her parents were living at the family home ‘Carbean House’ within the St Austell & Roche census registration district, the house only recently completed by her father.  Twenty-two years after that census day, Erna Amy Collett married Howard J Rundle in 1933.  He 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.

 

 

 

 

21R75

Maggie Collett was born at West Goonbarrow, Roche during January 1911 and, by the time she was three months old, Maggie and her family were living at Carbean House in Roche.  She was the third child of Richard and Maud Collett from Carthew, whose birth was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 79) during the first quarter of that year.  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.  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, their wedding recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 199) during the third quarter of that year.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

21R76

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.  In the census of 1911, the family was recorded as living at Carbean House within the St Austell & Roche registration district.  Eighteen months later, Hazel’s birth was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 156) during the last three months of 1912, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Nicholls.

 

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

 

 

 

It was during the second quarter of 1935 that Hazel Collett married John Daniel Tuck, who was also born in 1912, their wedding recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 221).  Following that day, Hazel gave birth to 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 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.

 

 

 

 

21R77

William Vivian Collett was born at Carbean House on 16th November 1913, with his birth recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 173), his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Nicholls.  It was during the fourth quarter of 1939 that the marriage of William V Collett and Audrey G D Jenkin was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 371), with whom he had a son and two daughters.  Coincidentally, the year before William married Audrey, his sister Maggie Collett (above) married Thomas Henry Jenkin, although they were not related in anyway.  After the birth of the couple’s first child in Cornwall, the family of three moved to Salisbury in Wiltshire, where the two daughters were born.  William Vivian Collett died in 1997, when his death was recorded at the Wiltshire register office.

 

 

 

21S55

Vivian Glen M Collett

Born in 1940 at Redruth

 

21S56

Kathryn Ann Collett

Born in 1942 at Salisbury, Wilts.

 

21S57

Grace Collett

Born in 1957 at Salisbury, Wilts.

 

 

 

 

21R78

Victor Owen Collett was born at Carbean House near Carthew on 7th July 1916, a son of Richard Knight Collett and Maud May Nicholls.  His birth was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 141), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Nicholls.  Victor was around 21 years of age when he most likely married a member of his mother’s family, when the wedding of Victor Owen Collett and Ann Nicholls was conducted at St Austell in 1937.  The event was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 239) during the last three months of 1937.  Their marriage produced four children for Victor and Ann, 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, his passing recorded at the Somerset Mendip register office.

 

 

 

21S58

Victor Vivian Anthony Collett

Born in 1938 at St Austell

 

21S59

Harriet Patricia Collett

Born in 1939 at Redruth

 

21S60

Sheila Collett

Born in 1944 at Redruth

 

21S61

Margaret Ann Collett

Born in 1946 at Redruth

 

 

 

 

21R79

Elizabeth Beryl Collett was born at Carbean House in 1921, her birth recorded at St Austell (Ref. 5c 170) during the third quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Nicholls.  She married Gerald V Rowe in 1940, the event recorded at St Austell (Ref. 5c 351) during the last quarter of the year.  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 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.

 

 

 

 

21R80

Cecil Alwyn Collett was born at Carbean House on 5th June 1925, another son of Richard and Maud Collett, whose birth was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 129) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Nicholls.  He married (1) Constance Eva Burley in 1947, with their wedding recorded at St Austell during the summer of that year (Ref. 7a 382), and over the next seven years Constance presented her husband with two daughters, their birth recorded at Redruth when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burley.  Constance Collett nee Burley died in 1979 and, during the following year, Cecil married (2) Constance Daniell, the marriage recorded at St Austell during the third quarter of 1980 (Ref. 21 0529).  That second marriage for Cecil endured for a further thirteen years, until Cecil Alwyn Collett died in Cornwall during 1993.

 

 

 

21S62

Molly E Collett

Born in 1950 at Redruth

 

21S63

Barbara Cheryl Collett

Born in 1954 at Redruth

 

 

 

 

21R81

Sydney Austen Collett was born at Carbean House during 1927, with his birth recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 130) during the second quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Nicholls.  Tragically, he died in 1948 when he was only 21, the death of Sydney A Collett recorded in Cornwall (Ref. 7a 167).

 

 

 

 

21R82

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.  The birth of Eva L Collett was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 5c 123) during the last three months of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Nicholls.  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 son Robert Jowan who was born in 1996.

 

 

 

 

21R83

William Arthur Collett was born at Penryn on 22nd October 1908, the son of Arthur James Collett and Lillie Hutchings.  His birth was recorded at Falmouth register office (Ref. 5c 125) during the last quarter of the year.  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 record of his death, also included his date of birth as above.  The Kerrier district was formed in 1974 as a merger of the Borough of Helston and the urban district of Camborne and Redruth.

 

 

 

 

21R84

Thomas Leonard Collett was born at Penryn on 23rd December 1909, the second of three known sons of Arthur James Collett and his wife Lillie Hutchings, with his birth recorded at Falmouth register office (Ref. 5c 126).  He was one year old at the time of the Penryn census in 1911 when he was living with his parents and older brother William (above) who were awaiting the arrival of the family’s third child.  Later in his life, and possibly in Penryn, Thomas Leonard Collett married Kathleen H Meek, their wedding recorded at Falmouth register office (Ref. 5c 233) during the first quarter of 1931.  The birth of their only child was also recorded at Falmouth, but may have been born in Penryn.

 

 

 

21S64

June R Collett

Born in 1931 at Falmouth, (Penryn)

 

 

 

 

21R85

Albert Leslie Collett, who was referred to as Leslie, was born at Penryn in 1911, the youngest child of Arthur James Collett and Lillie Hutchings who were living in Falmouth in April 1911, prior to Albert being born.  The birth of Albert Leslie Collett was recorded at Falmouth register office (Ref. 5c 248) during the summer of 1911, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hutchings.  He was twenty-six years of age when the marriage of Albert L Collett and Daphne V Bone was recorded at the Norfolk Docking register office (Ref. 4b 801), during the fourth quarter of 1937.  With war on the horizon in Europe, Leslie was already a member of the air force and was eventually based at Sleaford in Lincolnshire where the couple settled and where their daughter was born.  The birth of Christine Collett was recorded at Sleaford register office in Lincolnshire (Ref. 7a 1190), whose mother’s maiden-name was recorded as Bone.  Today, as Christine St Johanser, she lives in New Zealand and has been instrumental in providing details of her family.

 

 

 

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.  Inside the Church of St-John-the-Baptist in the village of Great Hale, to the east of Sleaford in Lincolnshire, there 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 after he became a married man, since it was only his parents, James and Lillie Collett, who were named as his next-of-kin.

 

 

 

21S65

Christine Collett

Born in 1941 at Sleaford, Lincolnshire

 

 

 

 

21R86

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.

 

 

 

 

21R87

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.

 

 

 

 

21R88

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.

 

 

 

 

21R89

William Leonard Collett was born at Truro towards the end of 1900, his birth recorded there (Ref. 5c 121) during the last three months of the year.  He was the eldest of the three children on William and Mary Collett.  He was baptised at St Paul’s Church in Truro on 12th December 1900.  He was ten years of age in the Truro census of 1911, when he was living there with his family and attending school.  It was during the first quarter of 1924, that the marriage of Leonard William Collett (?) and Amy M Martins was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 224).  No children have been found and when William Leonard Collett was 61 and residing at 10 Prospect Place in Truro, he died there on 31st May 1962, and was buried at Truro Cemetery following his funeral service at St Paul’s Church on 4th June 1962.

 

 

 

 

21R90

James Gordon Collett was born early in 1903, with his birth recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 118) during the first three months of 1903.  It was at St Paul’s Church in Truro that he was baptised on 27th May 1903, the son of William James Collett and Mary Elizabeth Goodman, who was eight years of age and at school in the Truro St Clements 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).  A year later the couple’s only child was born, the birth of Eileen M Collett recorded at Truro register office during the third quarter of 1927, when the child’s mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burrows.

 

 

 

21S66

Eileen M Collett

Born in 1927 at Truro

 

 

 

 

21R93

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.

 

 

 

 

21R94

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.

 

 

 

21S67

Mary Jacquelyn Collett

Born in 1945 at Detroit

 

21S68

Judith Ann Collett

Born in 1947 at Detroit

 

 

 

 

21R95

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.

 

 

 

21S69

William Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

21R97

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.  His birth was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 577), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as 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.

 

 

 

21S70

Irene Collett

Born in 1946 at Romford

 

21S71

Terence George Collett

Born in 1951 at Romford

 

 

 

 

21S1

Ian Harcourt Rookledge Collett was possibly born near the end of 1959, with his birth recorded at the Surrey North-Eastern register office (Ref. 5g 787) during the first quarter of 1960, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Thatcher.  However, the birth was registered under the name of Ian Harcourt Rookledge the first-born child of Nigel Harcourt Rookledge Collett and Patricia Thatcher.  It was during the summer of 1984 at Swale in Kent that Ian Harcourt Rookledge married Janet Harris, with whom he had a son who was born in Kent

 

 

 

21T1

Andrew Harcourt Rookledge Collett

Born in 1982 in Kent

 

 

 

 

21S3

Keith Charles Rookledge Collett was born in the summer of 1963, his birth recorded at the Surrey South-Eastern register office (Ref. 5g 1160) when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Thatcher.  Just as with his two older siblings, his surname was recorded as Rookledge, and it was as Keith Charles Rookledge that his marriage to Rosalynde A Doust was recorded at Maidstone in Kent in August 1989 (Ref. 16 1452), with whom he had two sons, both born in Kent.

 

 

 

21T2

Benjamin Charles Rookledge Collett

Born in 1992 in Kent

 

21T3

Harrison James Rookledge Collett

Born in 1995 in Kent

 

 

 

 

21S5

Sarah Louise Rookledge Collett was born in London near the end of 1962, her birth recorded at the Surrey North-Eastern register office (Ref. 5g ?), but as Rookledge and not Collett, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Lush.  Sarah was the eldest of the three children of Gordon Charles Rookledge Collett and Jennifer Mary Dampier Lush.  Very curiously, at the same register office, during the same three months or the same year, the birth of Carol Louise Rookledge was recorded, whose mother’s maiden-name was also Lush.  Sarah Louise partnered with Stephen Blanchard in 1990 at Clapham and their relationship produced three children, all born at Clapham in London.  They were Thomas James (1992), Catherine Rose (1994), and Lillian Emma Tamar (1997).

 

 

 

 

21S6

GAVIN ALISTAIR ROOKLEDGE COLLETT was the only son of Gordon Charles Rookledge Collett and Jennifer Mary Dampier Lush.  While the births of his two sisters have been located in Surrey, no such record has been found for Gavin, either as Collett, or Rookledge his sisters given surname.  It is believed, but not proved, that was born in 1964, but that he partnered with Judith Wise in 1999, which was confirmed at the recording of the births of their two older children.  However, no record of the birth of their son has been located, using the mother’s maiden-name of Wise

 

 

 

21T4

Ruby Tiir Rookledge Collett

Born in 2004 at Croydon, Surrey

 

21T5

Rose Emerald Rookledge Collett

Born in 2006 at Lambeth, London

 

21T6

George Charles Rookledge Collett

Born on 21.08.2008

 

 

 

 

21S7

Emma Constance Rookledge Collett was born in London in 1966, her birth as Emma Constance Rookledge recorded at the Surrey Sutton register office (Ref. 5e 381) during the last quarter of the year, where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Lush.  She was the youngest of the three children of Gordon Charles Rookledge Collett and Jennifer Mary Dampier Lush who was living in North London in 2004.  Eleven years prior to that, the marriage of Emma Constance Rookledge and Omaid Hiwaizi was recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 12 138) during the summer of 1993.

 

 

 

 

21S11

Ellen Collett was bornin 1899 at Merther, a small hamlet two miles east of Truro.  Her birth was 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 Merther census of 1901, when her place of birth was recorded as Truro.  Curiously though, in the Berron Probus census of 1911 she was described as Ellen Collett aged 11 who was attending school, whose place of birth was Benton in Probus.  Ten years later, the marriage of Ellen Collett and William P Moore was recorded at Truro register office (Ref. 5c 262) during the first three months of 1921.  The births of their three children were recorded at Redruth, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  They were Sidney G Moore (Ref. 5c 272 in 1921), Betty Moore (Ref. 5c 257 in 1923), and Peter J Moore (Ref. 5c 212 in 1929).  A fourth child may have been Ellen J Moore, whose birth was recorded at Falmouth in 1937, when again the mother’s maiden-name was Collett.

 

 

 

 

21S12

Ernest Henry Collett was born on 31st July 1901 with 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 school boy Ernest Edward Collett aged nine years that he was living with his family at Berron 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.  The births of their two daughters were recorded at Truro register office, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Armstrong.  It was in Cornwall that they seem to have lived all their life, since it was at Truro Cemetery that Ernest was buried during the month of January in 1973, at the age of 72.  On that occasion he was confirmed as Ernest Henry Collett who was born on 31st July 1901.

 

 

 

21T7

Marjorie J Collett

Born in 1925 at Truro

 

21T8

Audrey J Collett

Born in 1929 at Truro

 

 

 

 

21S13

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 had two daughters and a son, whose births in Cornwall confirmed that the mother’s maiden-name was Bone.  Frederick and Hilda were married for fifty-one years and, at the end of that time, they were living in the Bodmin area, where their daughters were married, and 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 as written above.

 

 

 

21T9

Myrtle Ivy Collett

Born in 1928 at Truro

 

21T10

Phyllis M Collett

Born in 1929 at Truro

 

21T11

Frederick J Collett

Born in 1933 at Falmouth

 

 

 

 

21S14

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. 

 

 

 

 

21S15

Sandra Georgina Collett 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.

 

 

 

 

21S16

Diana Collett 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.

 

 

 

 

21S17

Bruce Ivor Nicholas Collett 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.

 

 

 

21T12

Yvonne Susanne Olivia Collett

Born in 1968 at Dusseldorf, Germany

 

21T13

Dennis Nicholas Collett

Born in 1971 at Hanover, Germany

 

 

 

 

21S18

Paul Ivor Craig Collett 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.  His birth was recorded at Plympton register office (Ref. 5b 314), with his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Kelly.  At the age of 23, Paul Ivor Craig Collett was in Norfolk when he became a married man, his marriage to Caroline M Booty recorded at the North Walsham register office (Ref. 4b 2327) during the third quarter of 1968.  It was most likely, Paul’s job of work that saw him in Norfolk in 1968 and then in Shropshire in 1970, with the birth of Mark Justin Collett recorded at Bridgnorth register office (Ref. 9a 300) during the second quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Booty

 

 

 

21T14

Mark Justin Collett

Born in 1970 at Bridgnorth, Salop.

 

 

 

 

21S19

David Ivor Charles Collett was born at Yeovil on 22nd December 1950, the last child of Ivor Victor Roy Collett and Bessie Olive Kelly.  His birth was recorded at Yeovil register office (Ref. 7c 417) during the first three months of 1951, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Kelly.  He was therefore only approaching his eighteenth birthday when his marriage to Sheila V Budge was recorded at Yeovil register office (Ref. 7c 1398) during the last quarter of 1968.  Not long after they were married, Sheila gave birth to the first of the couple’s two sons, both of whom had their births recorded at Yeovil register office, with mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Budge.  For their eldest son, his birth was recorded during the second quarter of 1969 (Ref. 7c 1940) and, unlike his younger brother Lee, no further record of Sean has been found.

 

 

 

21T15

Sean David Collett

Born in 1969 at Yeovil, Somerset

 

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