PART TWENTY-FOUR

 

The Norwegian Line – 1655 to 1810

 

This is the first of three sections of the twenty-fourth part of the Collett family

 

Updated April 2017

 

This is the family line of Peter Collett (Ref. 24P47) of Oslo

 

This line starts with James Collett of London and, even though his parentage has still to be determined, it should be noted that his family coat of arms has been traced back to 1396.  The same coat of arms has been used by St Paul’s Cathedral School on their current school uniform which dates from the time of Dean John Colet (1466 to 1519) who was appointed Dean of St Pauls in 1504 and who founded the school around 1509 (see Part 18 – The Suffolk Line for his family line).  There are however two unproved options for the parents of James Collett and these are provided as 24H1/1 and 24H1/2 below.

 

Norwegian titles are indicated in italics

 

Part 25 - The Danish Line & Part 26 - The Swedish Line both stem from this line

in the second section - see Ref. 24M35 and Ref. 24N16 respectively

 

Some recent Will discoveries may be related to the earlier Collett members of this family line but, so far, no direct connection has been made.  The three Wills are as follows:

 

Mary Collett, widow of St Botolph Bishopsgate in the City of London, whose Will was proved on 14th January 1658.

 

John Collett, a turner of St Botolph without Aldersgate in London, whose Will was proved on 18th September 1696 – a turner being a person working with wood.

 

Thomas Collett, Captain Steward of His Majesty’s Ship Newcastle, of St Botolph without Aldgate in Middlesex.

 

It therefore seems possible that widow Mary (above) could have been the mother of James Collett (Ref. 24H/2) below and died around three years after he was married, while John (above) could have been his brother as they died within seven years of each other.

 

 

 

24H1/1

JAMES COLLETT married Mary Browne on 16th September 1653 at All Hallows Church, London Wall.  Their son James Collett was born on 19th August 1655 and was baptised that same day at St Margaret Pattens at East Cheap in London.  There was another son, Thomas Collett, who was also born and baptised on the same day at St Margaret Pattens on 17th July 1656, who died the following day.  The parents in both cases were confirmed as James and Mary Collett.  It is this family that has a very similar coat of arms to that of James Collett of Norway.

 

 

 

24I1

James Collett

Born on 19.08.1655 at St Margaret Pattens

 

24I2

Thomas Collett

Born on 17.07.1656; died 18.07.1656

 

 

 

 

24H1/2

JAMES COLLETT was born in 1629 and was a citizen and cooper of London and he married Elizabeth Grigson on 10th August 1654 at St Botolph’s Church Aldgate, although an alternative source claims their marriage took place in Stepney on 30th July 1654.  James was admitted into the Coopers Company on 9th January 1650.  Their son James Collett was baptised on 26th August 1655 at St Botolph Without in Aldgate, when the surname was recorded as Collitt, even though it was as Collett that their remaining children were baptised using the correct spelling of the name.

 

 

 

James Collett of St Botolph Aldgate (the father) died in 1689 and his Will dated 3rd March 1686 and proved on 13th December 1689 in the Commissary Court of London referred to sons James, born in 1655, John of St Botolph who married Elizabeth, and who died in 1707, and Elias of St Botolph who was married to Elizabeth; and his daughters Anne and Mary.  It would appear that his wife Elizabeth, who was born in 1633, had died three years before James, since an Elizabeth Collett was buried at St Mary’s Church in Whitechapel on 15th May 1686, where two of her children were also baptised.

 

 

 

24I3

James Collett

Baptised on 26.08.1655 in London

 

24I4

John Collett

Baptised on 21.03.1658 in London

 

24I5

Anne Collett

Baptised on 03.08.1657 in London

 

24I6

Elias Collett

Baptised on 29.11.1660 in London

 

24I7

Mary Collett

Born circa 1663 in London

 

 

 

 

24I3

JAMES COLLETT was born in London on 18th August 1655, where he was baptised on 26th August 1655 at St Botolph’s Church in Aldgate, the eldest child of James Collett and Elizabeth Grigson.

 

He first visited Norway in 1677 when aged 22 and worked as an agent for English timber merchants. 

 

During that time he lived at Bragernes in Drammen and became the best friend of the son of the Leuch family at Bogstad Gard near Oslo.  The Leuch family were large exporters of timber and proprietors of the best known timber company in Christiania.

 

 

 

While staying at Bogstad Gard James met and fell in love with the young daughter of the family, seventeen years old Karen Leuch, to whom he sent a prayer book with a personal poem in 1685.  Their relationship developed and a year later, on 21st July 1686 at Christiania, James and Karen were married.  The marriage produced nine children and the family lived in a large house that James bought in Oslo at Kirkegaten in 1704.  Just over one hundred years later the Collett House was sold to the Cappelen family who later used it as a bookshop.

 

 

 

The house was eventually demolished in 1938 and given to the Norwegian Folk Museum at Bygdoy where it was rebuilt in 1985.

 

In 2004 one of the rooms in the house was established as a permanent exhibition to display aspects of the life of the Collett family living there during the time of their ownership.

 

The photograph on the right was taken at the Folk Museum during the 2009 Collett Reunion.

 

 

 

Although he built up a flourishing business in Norway, James never took up Norwegian citizenship and often thought about returning to England.  However, for tax reasons, and to concede to his wife’s wishes, he abandoned the idea.  When he eventually died on 29th May 1727 he was one of the wealthiest people in Christiania, and it was there that he was buried on 5th June 1727.  His wife Karen, who was born at Christiania on 5th August 1666, died there on 26th October 1745 and it was there that all their children were born.

 

 

 

Historical Note:  In 1624 Oslo was badly affected by the Great Fire which destroyed most of the city.  As a result, the city was rebuilt by Christian IV King of Denmark and Norway and renamed Christiania, the name it held until 1925 when it reverted back to being Oslo.

 

 

 

24J1

James Collett

Born on 16.05.1687 at Christiania

 

24J2

Peter Collett

Born on 21.05.1688; died on 22.08.1688

 

24J3

Peter Collett

Born on 15.06.1689; died on 24.06.1689

 

24J4

Anna Collett

Born on 11.08.1690 at Christiania

 

24J5

Peter Collett

Born on 06.08.1691; died on 10.12.1691

 

24J6

PETER COLLETT

Born on 29.07.1694 at Christiania

 

24J7

Maria Collett

Born on 27.11.1695 at Christiania

 

24J8

John Collett

Born on 23.01.1698 at Christiania

 

24J9

Sarah Collett

Born on 03.06.1702 at Christiania

 

 

 

 

24I4

John Collett was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Whitechapel, Stepney in London on 21st March 1658, the son of James and Elizabeth Collett.  He was later referred to as ‘of St Botolph’s Bishopsgate’ and was mentioned in the 1686 Will of James Collett, his father.  John’s own Will, dated 10th August 1707, was proved on 21st October 1721 in the Archdeaconry Court of London, perhaps indicating that he died around 1720.

 

 

 

 

24I5

Anne Collett was baptised at St Botolph Without in Aldgate on 3rd August 1657, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Collett.  She was mentioned in the 1686 Will of James Collett, her father and in the 1707 Will of her brother John Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

24I6

Elias Collett was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Whitechapel, Stepney in London on 29th March 1660, the son of James and Elizabeth Collett.  He first married (1) Katherine and they had a daughter who did not survive.  It is also possible that Katherine also did not survive, since Elias later married (2) Elizabeth.  Elias was a citizen and cooper of London and was referred to in the 1686 Will of James Collett his father and in the 1707 Will of his brother John Collett (above).  Elias’ own Will of 11th October 1725 was proved in December 1725 within a few days of his passing, for which there was a later an annex of Administration dated 14th March 1753.

 

 

 

It was on 9th December 1725 that Elias Collitt (sic) was buried at St Botolph’s Church in Aldgate, and it was there that his son Elias was buried forty-five years later, although no baptism record for him has been located.  It was also at St Botolph’s Church at the start of 1703 that the daughter of Elias and Elizabeth Collett was baptised in error as Elizabeth Collitt, and it was there also that she was buried nine years later when her name was recorded as Collitt.

 

 

 

24J10

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 17.10.1690 at St Botolph’s

 

24J11

Elias Collett

Date of birth unknown at St Botolph’s

 

24J12

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 30.01.1703 at St Botolph’s

 

 

 

 

24I7

Mary Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was later married to become Mary Fisher and as such was mentioned in the 1707 Will of her brother John Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

24J1

James Collett was born at Christiania on 16th May 1687, the eldest child of James Collett and Karen Leuch.  He later married Karen Madsdatter Berg who was baptised on 10th February 1687 and their marriage produced six children.  James Collett, who was a Stadskaptein, died on 4th July 1724.

 

 

 

24K1

Matthias Collett

Born on 10.09.1708

 

24K2

James Collett

Born on 06.09.1710; died 16.01.1711

 

24K3

Karen Collett

Born on 19.10.1711

 

24K4

James Collett

Born on 16.12.1713; died on 27.12.1713

 

24K5

James Collett

Born on 21.10.1715; died on 29.10.1715

 

24K6

James Collett

Baptised on 08.11.1717

 

 

 

 

24J4

Anna Collett was born at Christiania on 11th August 1690 and she married Stadsmajor Anthoni Muller.  The marriage produced nine children, although only five sons and two daughters survived.  Anna died at a relatively young age on 14th November 1729, while Anthoni died nearly twenty years after on 8th June 1748.

 

 

 

 

24J6

PETER COLLETT was born at Christiania on 29th July 1694.  He married Anna Cathrine Rosenberg who was known as Trinchen, and together they had eleven children.  Peter was educated in Copenhagen which, at that time, was the capital of the combined kingdoms of Denmark and Norway.  Peter Collett died on 9th January 1740 and was followed by Anna nearly eight years after on 24th December 1747.  Norway was more or less under Danish administration in the years before 1814 and the connection with Denmark was an important one, particular as the university was in Copenhagen.

 

 

 

24K7

James Collett

Born on 19.08.1723; died on 11.12.1724

 

24K8

Karen Collett

Born on 17.02.1725

 

24K9

Christine Sophie Collett

Born on 24.02.1726

 

24K10

Ditlevine Collett

Born on 19.07.1727

 

24K11

James Collett

Born on 28.08.1728

 

24K12

Peder Collett

Born on 11.12.1729

 

24K13

Anna Collett

Born on 28.03.1731

 

24K14

Johan Collett

Born on 12.02.1734

 

24K15

Mathia Collett

Born on 15.02.1735; died on 11.04.1735

 

24K16

Mathia Collett

Born on 28.05.1737

 

24K17

PETER COLLETT

Born on 14.04.1740

 

 

 

 

24J7

Maria Collett was born at Christiania on 27th November 1695.  She was married to (1) Zahlkasserer Poul Weybye (who was born in 1671) and, following his death on 18th November 1739, she married (2) president magistrate Peter Resen a Justitsraad.  Peter Resen was born on 24th December 1692 and he died on 26th March 1743.  Both of the marriages were cut short by the death of Maria’s husbands and that may have been the reason that there were no children.  Maria Resen nee Collett died on 17th November 1762.

 

 

 

 

24J8

John Collett was born at Christiania on 23rd January 1698.  He married Ambrosia Michelsen the daughter of George Michelsen a priest of the Danish Norwegian Church in London where she had been born on 17th February 1702.  Although the couple lived in Oslo, John was trained and worked in London where, at Stepney, he set himself up as a timber broker in 1720.  He became a very rich man and established himself as a leading member of the Scandinavian community in London.  Ambrosia tragically died on 24th July 1740 whilst still relatively young and before the couple had had any children.  Upon his death on 12th January 1759, John Collett was referred to as being of St Botolph Bishopsgate.  His Will, dated 13th August 1756, was proved on 15th January 1759.

 

 

 

Historical Note:  The Church of St Botolph Bishopsgate survived the Fire of London in 1666, but was later demolished in 1725.  A new church was built that same year and it was there in 1795 that the poet John Keats (1795-1821) was baptised.

 

 

 

 

24J9

Sarah Collett was born at Christiania on 3rd June 1702.  She was 25 years old when, on 1st June 1727 at Akershud in Oslo, she married Etatsraad Lorentz Albrightsen Angell who was born on 21st January 1692.  The marriage produced two daughters for the couple while they were living in Trondheim, following which Lorentz died on 19th March 1751, followed five years later by Sarah who died on 14th August 1756.  Both of them were buried in Trondheim Cathedral where a plaque in the floor of the cathedral includes the inscription “Lorentz Albrightsen Angell og Hustru Sara Collet”.  The same plaque lists other members of the Angell family.

 

 

 

 

24J10

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at St Botolph Without in Aldgate, London on 17th October 1690, but nearly one year later she died on 13th September 1691 the daughter of Elias and Katherine Collett.

 

 

 

 

24J11

Elias Collett, whose date of birth has not been determined, was the son of Elias Collett by either his first wife Katherine or his second wife Elizabeth.  It seems likely that he was born between 1691 and 1702, and that he later married Mary around the time of the death of his father, in whose Will of 1725 he was named.  Elias Collett died in London and was buried at St Botolph’s Church on 22nd April 1770, where his father was also buried.  Elias and Mary had eight children who were all baptised at St Botolph Without in Aldgate.

 

 

 

24K18

Elias Collett

Baptised on 07.11.1728 at St Botolph’s

 

24K19

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised on 21.05.1730 at St Botolph’s

 

24K20

Martha Collett

Baptised on 20.08.1731 at St Botolph’s

 

24K21

John Collett

Baptised on 08.09.1732 at St Botolph’s

 

24K22

Mary Collett

Baptised on 25.04.1736 at St Botolph’s

 

24K23

Penelope Collett

Baptised on 26.05.1737 at St Botolph’s

 

24K24

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 07.07.1739 at St Botolph’s

 

24K25

Thomas Collett

Baptised on 24.01.1740 at St Botolph’s

 

 

 

 

24J12

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at St Botolph Without in Aldgate on 30th January 1703, the daughter of Elias and Elizabeth Collett.  Sadly she was only nine years old when she died on 24th May 1712, following which she was buried at St Botolph’s Church.

 

 

 

 

24K1

Matthias Collett was born on 10th September 1708.  He married Beate Love, but the marriage did not produce any children for the couple.  Matthias who was an Amtmann died on 24th March 1759.  Beate was born in 1703 and she died on 4th October 1777.

 

 

 

 

24K3

Karen Collett was born on 19th October 1711.  She married Raadstuskriver Iver Tyrholm and they had two sons and four daughters.  Iver was born on 26th April 1700 and died on 19th July 1763, while Karen had died two years earlier on 23rd February 1761.

 

 

 

 

24K6

James Collett was baptised on 8th November 1717 and he died on 3rd June 1738 before his twenty-first birthday.

 

 

 

 

24K8

Karen Collett was born on 17th February 1725.  She married Poul Heltzen (known as Hellesen) and they had seven children, including four sons and three daughters.  Poul was born on 25th March 1711 and he died on 10th May 1772.  Karen lived for a further thirteen years and died on 19th September 1785.

 

 

 

 

24K9

Christine Sophie Collett, who was known as Stinchen, was born on 24th February 1726 and she later married Hieronimus Johann Schultze.  Tragically, Christine died on 6th April 1756 before they had any children, while Hieronimus, who was born in 1716, survived for another forty-seven years before he died on 27th September 1803.

 

 

 

 

24K10

Ditlevine Collett was born on 19th July 1727.  She married president magistrate Nicolai Feddersen who was twenty-eight years her senior and the marriage produced one daughter and four sons, one of whom died as a child.  Ditlevine died on 18th November 1803, while Nicolai, who was born on 18th October 1699, died on 4th March 1769.

 

 

 

 

24K11

James Collett was born at Christiania on 28th August 1728, the son of Peter Collett and Anna Cathrine Rosenberg.  It was on 10th November 1756 in Christiania that James married Karen Leuch, the daughter of Peder Leuch and Anne Cathrine Hellesen.  It seems highly likely that Karen was the granddaughter of the timber company family (see Ref 24I1).  Karen was born at Christiania on 19th December 1733 and died there on 30th September 1758.  Her untimely death, three months before her twenty-fifth birthday, occurred only eight days after the birth of their second child. 

 

 

 

James bought the estate at Flateby in Enebakk which was well-known for the society parties his son John Collett held there in the late 1790s and which are documented in history books.  James Collett died at Christiania during that period and passed away on 15th November 1794, and was buried there on 21st November 1794.

 

 

 

24L1

Peter Collett

Born on 18.08.1757

 

24L2

John Collett

Born on 22.09.1758

 

 

 

 

24K12

Peder Collett was born on 11th December 1729.  He never married but bought the farm at Ronnebaeksholm in Denmark which was taken over by his brother John Collett (below) in 1763 following the death of Peder on 8th January 1763.  Fourteen years later the farm was sold but was later re-acquired by the Collett family through the efforts of Peter Ferdinand Collett (Ref. 24N13).

 

 

 

 

24K13

Anna Collett was born at Christiania on 28th March 1731, the daughter of Peter Collett and Anna Cathrine Rosenberg.  It was at Copenhagen in Denmark on 22nd November 1754 that Anna married Peder Elieson of Hafslund, the son of Iver Elieson and Karen Mortensdatter Leuch.  During their short life together Anna presented Peder with two sons and three daughters.  Anna Elieson nee Collett died at Hafslund, Sarpsborg, on 12th September 1772, while Peder, who was born on 30th June 1727, died there five months later on 2nd February 1773.  Two of their three daughters married their cousins, they being the two sons of James Collett (above) and his wife Karen Leuch.

 

 

 

Their daughter Karen Elieson, who was known as Kaja, was born at Christiania on 24th March 1760 and she married Peter Collett (Ref. 24L1), while another daughter, Marthine Christine Sophie Elieson, who was known as Tina, was born at Hafslund, Sarpsborg on 15th December 1764 and she married Peter’s brother John Collett (Ref. 24L2).

 

 

 

 

24K14

Johan Collett was born on 12th February 1734.  He married Else Elisabeth Jensen and they had eleven children.  Upon the death of his brother Peder Collett (above) in 1763, Johan bought the farm at Ronnebaeksholm but sold the property fourteen years later in 1777.  Else Jensen was born on 19th December 1746 and died on 10th March 1788, while Johan Collett died on 22nd May 1806.

 

 

 

24L3

Peter Collett

Baptised on 04.07.1767

 

24L4

Mathias Collett

Born in 1768 and died in 1768

 

24L5

James Collett

Born in Oct 1769; died in Jan 1778

 

24L6

Anne Cathrine Magdalene Collett

Born on 16.11.1770; died on 14.12.1777

 

24L7

Jonas Collett

Born on 25.03.1772

 

24L8

Johan Collett

Bapt on 27.12.1773; died on 26.02.1774

 

24L9

Johan Collett

Born on 22.03.1775

 

24L10

Karen Mathia Collett

Born in Aug 1776; died on 31.12.1777

 

24L11

Ulrikke Cathrine Mathia Collett

Baptised on 02.11.1778; baby death

 

24L12

James Collett

Baptised on 06.08.1787; baby death

 

24L13

Ditlevine Dorothea Elisabeth Collett

Baptised on 29.08.1787; baby death

 

 

 

 

24K16

Mathia Collett was born on 28th May 1737.  She married (1) Morten Leuch of Bogstad Gard who was born on 15th April 1732 and who was only thirty-six when he died on 24th January 1768.  And it was at Bogstad Gard that Mathia lived all her married life - see photographs below taken during the 2009 Reunion visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is of interest to note that Mathia’s grandfather James Collett (Ref. 24I1) had married Karen Leuch of Bogstad Gard in 1686, and that her older brother James Collett (above) married another Karen Leuch around 1755 who was very likely the sister of Mathia’s husband Morten.  Following the death of her husband Morten, Mathia married (2) Bernt Anker and continued to live at Bogstad Gard, the property then being taken over by the Anker family.  What is of particular note, is that during a dinner party Bernt presented John Collett, the son of Mathia’s brother James and his wife Karen Leuch, with the deeds of Ulleval Gard, a large farmland just outside Oslo.  Bernt Anker was born on 22nd November 1746 and he died on 22nd April 1805, just less than four years after Mathia died on 21st July 1801.  There were no children arising from either of Mathia’s marriages.

 

 

 

 

24K17

PETER COLLETT was born on 14th April 1740.  He married (1) Maren Kirstine Holmboe who was born on 4th February 1745 and with whom he had two children before she died on 21st March 1769.  Prior to the wedding Peter had already purchased Buskerud Gard in 1762 where he had his family lived.

 

 

 

Following the death of his first wife, Peter then married (2) Johanne Henriche Ancher with whom he had a further nine children. 

 

When Peter died on 16th March 1785 the property at Buskerud Gard passed to his eldest son Peter Collett (Ref. 24L14) and was later passed down to two of his sons.

 

The property was eventually sold by Albert Peter Severin Collett around 1833 and since then it has become a vocational high school.  This photograph was taken during the 2009 Reunion.

 

 

 

The Collett plaque on the family tomb at the Nykirke Church near Buskerud Gard includes the three family inscriptions ‘Maren Christine Collett fodt Holmboe * 4 2 1745 + 21 3 1769’, her daughter Maren Kristine Collett * 1775 + 1775’, and her husband Peter Collett herre til Buschrud Gaard * 14 4 1740 + 16 3 1785’.  Only the year givens given for the birth and death of daughter Maren conflict with the actual dates.

 

 

 

24L14

PETER COLLETT

Born on 08.08.1766

 

24L15

Anne Cathrine Collett

Born on 19.02.1768

 

The following are the children of Peter Collett by his second wife Johanne Henriche Ancher:

 

24L16

Christian Ancher Collett

Born on 30.04.1771

 

24L17

Maren Kirstine Collett

Born on 11.10.1772; died on 09.03.1773

 

24L18

Christopher Collett

Born on 02.10.1773

 

24L19

John Collett

Born on 22.12.1774

 

24L20

Karen Magdalene Collett

Born on 25.04.1776

 

24L21

Maren Christine Collett

Born on 25.05.1777

 

24L22

Mathia Bernhardine Collett

Born on 13.01.1779

 

24L23

James Henrik Collett

Born on 12.07.1781

 

24L24

Otto Collett

Born on 01.09.1784

 

 

 

 

24K18

Elias Collett was born in London and was baptised on 7th November 1728 at St Botolph Without in Aldgate, the eldest child of Elias and Mary Collett.  Judging by the name given to his first child it was very likely that it was Susannah Boswell to whom he was married around 1755.  Their marriage produced at least the five children listed below, the first four of whom were baptised at St Botolph Without in Aldgate, with the last being baptised at St Mary’s Church in Whitechapel, Stepney.

 

 

 

24L25

Elias Boswell Collett

Baptised on 29.03.1756 at St Botolph’s

 

24L26

Mary Collett

Baptised on 27.03.1758 at St Botolph’s

 

24L27

John Collett

Baptised on 19.02.1760 at St Botolph’s

 

24L28

Susannah Collett

Baptised on 17.03.1762; died 09.01.1765

 

24L29

Penelope Boswell Collett

Baptised on 29.11.1764 at St Mary’s

 

 

 

 

24K19

Elizabeth Collett was born in London on 21st April 1730, and was baptised at St Botolph Without in Aldgate on 21st May 1730, the eldest daughter of Elias and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

24L1

Peter Collett was born at Christiania on 18th August 1757, the eldest of two sons of James Collett and Karen Leuch.  Sadly just after his first birthday his mother died, having given birth to his brother John (below), just a week earlier.  He married his cousin Karen (Kaja) Elieson, whose sister Tina married his brother John Collett (below).  After the death of her husband at Christiania on 25th March 1792, Karen was married for a second time to Poul Peter Lindemann.  Karen, who had been born on 24th March 1760, died at Holleby, Tune on 20th March 1823, and was the daughter of Anna Collett (Ref. 24K13) and Peder Elieson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24M1

Karen Christiane Collett

Born on 06.09.1784

 

24M2

James Collett

Born on 06.06.1787

 

24M3

Martine Johnette Collett

Born on 27.08.1789

 

24M4

Anna Mathia Ditlevine Collett

Born on 15.10.1791; died on 19.11.1791

 

 

 

 

24L2

John Collett was born at Akershus, Christiania on 22nd September 1758, the same day that he was baptised there, the second son of James Collett and his wife Karen Leuch who tragically died eight days after he was born.  It is known that he later worked in London at the company of Collett and Gram.  However in 1794, and following the death of his father James Collett, John returned home to Norway to become head of the family business in Christiania.  A little while later, when the London company was experiencing financial difficulties, it was taken over by Boulton and Pelly.  The same company also acquired a great deal of the Collett family estate in Norway as part of the transaction.

 

 

 

It was in Christiania on 5th February 1783 that John Collett married his cousin Marthine Christine Sophie Elieson, who was known as Tina, and it was her sister Kaja Elieson who married John’s brother Peter Collett (above).  Sadly, the marriage of John and Tina did not produce any children of their own.  However, the couple did adopt two children from within the immediate Collett family.  The first of them was John’s much younger cousin Otto Collett (Ref. 24L24), who was only six months old when his father died in March 1785.  The second, seven years later, was John’s niece Martine Johnette Collett (Ref. 24M3), the youngest surviving daughter of John’s older brother Peter (above) following his death in March 1792 when Martine was only two years of age.  What is very interesting is that Otto later married Martine his niece in 1808.

 

 

 

During his life, John Collett was a well-known figure, both in England and Norway, and it is noted in Norwegian history that he was the man that brought new farming methods into the country from England.  He owned a large number of farms including one at Ulleval Gard, plus the estate at Flateby purchased by his father James Collett at which he often held parties during the 1790s.  In 1799 a British professor in history and political economy, Thomas Malthus, made a journey to many European countries.  He stayed for one month in Norway, at Ullevål Gard in Christiania, where he talked to Tina Collett.  She told him that living conditions for the people in Norway was improving.  People were not so unclean as before and, because of that, the child-death rate was not so high. 

 

 

 

It is understood that John established the Akers Sogneselskap on 4th June 1807, the 200th anniversary of which was celebrated in 2007 and, the following year, the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Collett was celebrated in 2008.  Upon the death of John Collett the family business was taken over by his adopted son, his cousin Otto Collett, who also became the owner of the estate at Flateby.  John Collett died at Christiania on 3rd February 1810, while Tina, who was born at Hafslund, Sarpsborg, on 15th December 1764, the daughter of Anna Collett and Peder Elieson, died sixteen years later while in Christiania on 21st August 1826.

 

 

 

The close family association between cousins John and Otto is reflected in the fact that they, together with John’s wife Tina all share the same grave in the grounds of the Old Aker Church in Oslo, which was restored in 2007, and where a single metal cross on a stone base is engraved with their three names.  Of further interest is the later engraving on the stone base.  The epitaph there reads: Martine Janette Collett født Collett født d. 27 August 1789, død d. 25 Marts 1865 the translation of which is, Martine Janette Collett nee Collett born on 27th August 1789 died on 25th March 1865.  It is believed that the cross was purchased by Martine after her husband Otto died in 1833, and it was when she died over thirty years later that her name was added to the stone base.

 

 

 

The property at Ulleval Gard was a gift to John Collett from Bernt Anker, the second husband of Mathia Collett (Ref. 24K16) of Bogstad Gard.  The family story states that as John was sitting down to dinner he found a document on his plate which were the deeds to the property.  Featured below on the left is the main Collett House at Ulleval Gard, now a school, while on the right is a smaller house on the Ulleval estate.  Both photographs were taken during the 2009 Collett Reunion visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24L3

Peter Collett was baptised on 4th July 1767.  He married (1) Margrethe Caroline Holm who was baptised on 25th July 1766, but she died shortly after the death of their only daughter.  Peter then married (2) Christine Sophie Constance von Wickede but they had no issue.  Christine was born on 22nd December 1777 and died on 2nd July 1830, Peter already having passed away seven years earlier on 21st April 1823.

 

 

 

24M5

Christine Elise Caroline Collett

Baptised on 22.11.1799; died in 1800

 

 

 

 

24L7

Jonas Collett was born on 25th March 1772 and died on 3rd January 1851.  He married his cousin Maren Christine Collett (below), who was known as Tina, and they had twelve children.  Tina, who was born on 25th May 1777 and died on 6th November 1860, was the daughter of Peter Collett (Ref. 24K17) and Johanne Ancher.  Jonas Collett of Buskerud, and his brother Johan (below), were two of twenty-one men who met on 16th February 1814 to draw up a Constitution for Norway, which was eventually signed at Eidsvoll on 17th May 1814 by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly, that day now being celebrated in Norway as Constitution Day.

 

 

 

24M6

Henriette Collett

Born on 14.08.1799

 

24M7

Johan Collett

Born on 28.12.1800

 

24M8

Caroline Petrea Collett

Born on 11.03.1802; and died in 1804

 

24M9

Caroline Petrea Collett

Born on 23.01.1804

 

24M10

Martine Christine Sophie Collett

Born on 12.10.1805

 

24M11

Elisabeth Collett

Born on 28.11.1806

 

24M12

Peter Jonathan Collett

Born in 1808; and died in 1809

 

24M13

Karen Mathia Octava Collett

Born in 1810; and died in 1811

 

24M14

Cathrine Karen Mathia Collett

Born on 16.04.1812

 

24M15

Jonas Tinus Collett

Born on 14.02.1814

 

24M16

Peter Collett

Born on 28.11.1818

 

24M17

Eugene Thora Octava Collett

Born on 16.04.1825

 

 

 

 

24L9

Johan Collett was born on 22nd March 1775, the son of Johan Collett and his wife Else Elisabeth Jensen. 

 

He married Thomasine Christiane Birgithe de Stockfleth and they had eleven children.  Christiane, as she was known, was born on 3rd July 1782 at Stromso, Drammen in Buskerud, and died on 27th April 1829 at Huseby, Lier in Buskerud where most of her children were born.

 

Amtmann Johan Collett had died two years earlier on 19th June 1827 in Christiania, following which he was buried on 23rd June at Vår frelsers Gravlund in Christiania.

 

 

 

Together with his brother Jonas Collett (above), Johan was an active participant in the process of creating the Norwegian Constitution at Eidsvoll from 11th April until 17th May 1814.  In the Oslo VG newspaper on 10th May 2014 the president of the Norwegian Parliament, Olemic Thommesen, stated that Johan Collett, who participated at Eidsvoll in 1814 and gave Norway a constitution, is one of his ancestors.

 

 

 

24M18

Tom John Collett

Born on 09.09.1804 at Sandaker, Lier

 

24M19

Hanna Elisea Collett

Born on 07.03.1806 at Sandaker, Lier

 

24M20

Holger Gustav Collett

Born on 17.10.1807 at Sandaker, Lier

 

24M21

Sophie Augusta Collett

Born on 20.10.1809 at Lier, Buskerud

 

24M22

Sophie Augusta Collett

Born on 09.02.1811 at Huseby, Lier

 

24M23

Peter Jonas Collett

Born on 12.09.1813 at Huseby, Lier

 

24M24

Marthine Jeanette Collett

Born on 29.09.1815 at Huseby, Lier

 

24M25

Johan Christian Collett

Born on 23.07.1817 at Huseby, Lier

 

24M26

Caroline Collett

Born on 11.09.1819 at Huseby, Lier

 

24M27

Carl Emil Collett

Born on 19.07.1821 at Huseby, Lier

 

24M28

Elise Caroline Collett

Born on 08.08.1823 at Huseby, Lier

 

 

 

 

24L14

PETER COLLETT was born on 8th August 1766.  He married Eilerine Severine Bendeke and they had eleven children.  Eilerine was born on 7th October 1777 and died on 7th December 1857.  He was still very young when he inherited the family estate at Buskerud Gård, following the death of his father Peter Collett (Ref. 24K17) in 1785.  When Peter died on 27th July 1836 the property may have passed to his eldest son Peter Collett (Ref. 24M32), but what is known for sure is that Peter’s son John Collett (Ref. 24M36) was the owner at some stage, most likely after the death of his older brother Peter (Ref. 24M32).  The Collett plaque on the family tomb at the Nykirke Church near Buskerud Gard includes the two family inscriptions ‘Hoiesterets Assessor Peter Collett * 8 8 1766 + 27 7 1836’ and ‘Enkefru Eilerine Severine Collett fodt Bendeke * 7 10 1777 + 7 12 1857’.  The plaque also includes the name of their son John Collett (Ref. 24M36) and his wife Johanne.

 

 

 

A pamphlet published in 1948 by the Drammen Museum includes a short history of the Collett family and their life in Buskerud and their ownership of Buskerud Gård.  The same document refers to Peter Collett (1766-1836) and his remarkable book collection which was left to the University in Christiania (Oslo) with exception of books on law, technology and finance which were left to the county of Buskerud.  The university received 3,100 books while Buskerud 1,406 had catalogued books, many of them unique and of great value.  Peter Collett served as a judge on the bench of the Supreme Court of Norway from 1814, when the court was created by the government of the new Norwegian state.  In 1827 he was nominated as a candidate by Parliament to become Chief Justice to the Supreme Court. Another candidate, who was nominated by the King, was Norway's sharpest legal mind at that time, namely Christian Magnus Falsen (1782-1830).  The King had the power to appoint the Chief Justice, but there was a state of armistice between the two and the King tried to avoid directly provoking Parliament.

 

 

 

Mr Falsen had been one of the leading actors in the process that resulted in the signing of the Norwegian Constitution on 17th May 1814.  His contemporaries nicknamed him ‘The Father of the Constitution’.  He had served two terms, having been elected three times, in the Norwegian Parliament after 1814, and been in public office in Norway since 1802 at the age of 20 years.  Although there was no doubt about his dedication to work for Norway, his popularity had dwindled since 1814, resulting from his political activity where he had made a 180-degree turnabout on several issues which had been discussed in the Constitution.  Gradually the farmers, the public servants, the priesthood and the Parliament had turned against him.  In short, he was the most unpopular public servant in Norway.  He wanted to become Chief Justice and was well qualified for the post, his qualifications recognised by the King.  However, Parliament did all it could to block Falsen as Chief Justice when they found out that Peter Collett was both able and willing to take the post.  So the Parliament's list of candidates contained the name of Peter Collett and five others, but not Falsen.

 

 

 

Closer examination of Peter's qualifications uncovered that he had been on the Supreme Court and had had 15 cases in the court where he had been a party.  He had lost 13 of them and had been fined once for illegally attempting to block the other party from bringing the case to court.  As a consequence, Peter Collett withdrew his candidacy and resigned from the court, his resignation accepted in January 1830.  He was not very popular among the public, and Parliament refused to give him a pension.  One member of Parliament considered him to be one of the least popular public servants of his time.  Ironically it was later that same year in 1830 when Christian Magnus Falsen died of a stroke during one of his first meetings in court.

 

 

 

If we travel forward in time to 1914 we discover the second marriage of Johan Collett, the great grandson of the unpopular Peter Collett, and Kathleen Ragnhild Falsen, the great granddaughter of the unpopular Christian Magnus Falsen. The union of these two great grandchildren of the most unpopular Norwegian public servants of the late 1820's resulted in the birth of three daughters, one of which was Kathleen Collett (Ref. 24P22) the mother of Johan Peter Hancke who kindly provided this new information.

 

 

 

24M29

Petronelle Elisabeth Cathrine Collett

Baptised on 24.02.1796; died in 1797

 

24M30

Mathia Collett

Baptised on 08.02.1797; died in 1797

 

24M31

Elisabeth Christine Collett

Born on 31.03.1798

 

24M32

Peter Collett

Born on 14.02.1799

 

24M33

Anne Cathrine Hedvig Collett

Born on 13.01.1801

 

24M34

Ulrikke Charlotte Wilhelmine Collett

Born on 19.12.1802

 

24M35

Bernt Anker Collett

Born on 08.08.1803

 

24M36

JOHN COLLETT

Born on 02.09.1807

 

24M37

Theodora Christiane Collett

Born on 16.11.1809

 

24M38

Peter Nicolai Collett

Born on 04.11.1811

 

24M39

Otto Collett

Born on 05.04.1813

 

 

 

 

24L15

Anne Cathrine Collett, who was known as Thrine, was born on 19th February 1768.  She married Peter Nicolai Arbo and they lived at the Arbo family home at Gulskogen Gard where their marriage produced no children for the couple.  Peter Arbo was born on 6th November 1768 and he died on 16th September 1827, while Thrine survived her husband by over eighteen years when she died on 27th January 1846.

 

The house and surrounding parklands at Gulskogen Gard are today part of the Drammen Museum, and the photograph below was taken during the Collett Reunion visit of 2009.  This portrait of Thrine was painted by the Danish painter Jens Juel and can be seen in the house alongside a portrait of her husband which was also painted by Jens Juel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24L16

Christian Ancher Collett was born on 30th April 1771.  He married Anna Karine Bie and they had five children.  Bergraad Christian was the director of a silver mine at Kongsberg.  His wife Anna was born on 7th May 1775 and died on 3rd February 1856, while Christian died twenty-three years earlier on 10th January 1833.

 

 

 

24M40

Mariane Collett

Born on 10.11.1800; died on 11.01.1822

 

24M41

Johanne Benedicte Collett

Born on 14.01.1802

 

24M42

Tharald Einar Anker Collett

Born on 23.11.1805

 

24M43

Karen Marthelene Collett

Born circa 1807-09; buried 05.08.1809

 

24M44

Karen Martine Christine Collett

Born on 04.02.1812

 

 

 

 

24L18

Christopher Collett was born on 2nd October 1773 and he became a lieutenant first class.  He married Anne Cathrine Elisabeth Arbo and they had five children.  Anne was born on 17th September 1775 and was the brother of Peter Nicolai Arbo who married Christopher’s sister Anne Cathrine Collett (above).  Christopher died on 17th December 1815 and Anne died on 1st November 1833.

 

 

 

24M45

Peter Nicolai Arbo Collett

Born in 1803 and died on 02.01.1806

 

24M46

Peter Nicolai Arbo Collett

Born on 21.05.1806; died on 04.10.1811

 

24M47

Herman Christian Collett

Born on 14.03.1807

 

24M48

Johan Henrik Collett

Born on 24.09.1808; died on 07.02.1809

 

24M49

Otto Martinus Collett

Born on 09.01.1811; died on 04.05.1812

 

 

 

 

24L19

John Collett was born on 22nd December 1774.  He married Marie Christiane Rosen who was born on 30th April 1796 and the couple had three children.  Marie was twenty-two younger than John so when he died on 29the September 1824 she lived a widow’s life for the next sixty-two years, dying just thirteen days before her ninetieth birthday.

 

 

 

24M50

Nicoline Cathrine Collett

Born on 02.12.1818

 

24M51

Peter Collett

Born on 30.05.1820

 

24M52

Johanne Christine Collett

Born on 19.02.1822

 

 

 

 

24L20

Karen Magdalene Collett, who was known as Kaja, was born on 25th April 1776.  She married Caesar Laesar Boeck and they had three sons and one daughter.  Tragically both Caesar, who was born on 13th May 1766, and Kaja died on the same day, that being 16th June 1832.  The circumstances of their deaths are not known at this time.  One of their sons, Christian Peter Bianco Boeck, married his second cousin Elisabeth Collett (Ref. 24M11).

 

 

 

 

24L21

Maren Christine Collett, who was known as Tina, was born on 25th May 1777.  She married her cousin Jonas Collett – see Ref. 24L7 (above) for their family details.

 

 

 

 

24L22

Mathia Bernhardine Collett, who was known as Thea, was born on 13th January 1779.  She married Poul Steenstrup who was born on 10th December 1772.  They had eight children, one of which, Peter Severin Steenstrup married Sophie Augusta Collett (Ref. 24M22).  Mathia died on 9th October 1847, while her husband Poul passed away exactly seven years earlier on 9th October 1864.

 

 

 

 

24L23

James Henrik Collett was born on 12th July 1781.  He never married and died relatively young in 1811 when he was 30.

 

 

 

 

24L24

Otto Collett was born on 1st September 1784.  When his father died in March 1785, when Otto was six months old, he was adopted by his older cousin John Collett (Ref. 24L2).  Seven years later, and following the death of John’s brother Peter, John and his wife Tina adopted their niece Martine Johnette Collett (Ref. 24M3).  She was five years younger than Otto, the pair of them raised as the children of John and Tina Collett.  However, it was during 1808 that Otto Collett married his niece and adopted sister Martine Johnette Collett who was born on 27th August 1789.  Sadly their marriage, like that of their adoptive parents, produced no children for the couple.  It was following the death of his cousin and adopted father John Collett in 1810 that Otto took over the family business and also took over ownership of the estate at Flateby.  Otto Collett died on 14th April 1833 and it was thirty-two years later that his wife passed away on 25th March 1865.  A single metal cross in the graveyard of the Old Aker Church in Oslo bears the names of John Collett, his wife Marthine Christine Sophie Collett, and that of Otto Collett which, it is understood was erected by Otto’s widow.  Following her own death the stone base was inscribed with the name of Otto’s wife Martine Janette Collett. An article published in the Oslo newspaper Afterposten on 26th December 2014 told the story of the celebration of Christmas in 1814 held by Otto Collett at Estate Flateby, just outside Oslo, during which there was hunting, dancing and grand dining. 

 

 

 

 

24M1

Karen Christiane Collett, who was known as Kaja, was born at Ellingsrud on 6th September 1784.  She married Iver Steen of Christiania with whom she had one daughter.  Iver was born on 18th September 1784 and died on 28th September 1828.  Kaja died twenty-eight years later on 26th February 1856.

 

 

 

 

24M2

James Collett was born on 6th June 1787, the son of Peter Collett and Karen Elieson.  Tragically on 21st July 1795 aged just eight years he died from drowning when visiting the family in the country.

 

His portrait (on the right) was painted by Heinrich Christian Friedrich Hosenfelder and today hangs in the National Gallery. 

 

 

A Norwegian commemorative postage stamp was issued in 1979 featuring the picture.

 

 

 

 

24M3

Martine Johnette Collett, who was known as Tina, was born on 27th August 1789 and she married her uncle and adopted brother Otto Collett (Ref. 24L24) above.  On her grave stone her name was recorded as Martine Janette Collett.

 

 

 

 

24M6

Henriette Collett was born on 14th August 1799.  She married Frederik Riss of Stiftsamtman and they had one daughter.  Frederik was born on 29th January 1789 and he died on 22nd October 1845.  Henriette Riss nee Collett died on 19th February 1857.

 

 

 

 

24M7

Johan Collett was born on 28th December 1800 and he married (1) Marie Frederikke Thomason with whom he had one son.  Marie, who was born on 4th October 1810, died on 28th March 1839 following which Johan married (2) Margrethe Louise Dirikis from Copenhagen.  That second marriage also produced just one more son for Johan who died on 10th October 1877.  Margrethe was born on 1st September 1801 and she died on 7th September 1859.

 

 

 

24N1

Frederik Jonas Lucien Bothfield Collett

Born on 25.03.1839

 

24N2

Arthur Collett

Born 08.11.1845; died 20.05.1847

 

 

 

 

24M9

Caroline Petrea Collett, who was known as Nanna, was born on 23rd January 1804 at Kongsberg.  Unlike her sister of the same name who was born two years earlier at Kongsberg and who only survived for two years, Nanna lived into her eighties and died on 1st March 1885.  She never married.

 

 

 

 

24M10

Martine Christine Sophie Collett was born on 12th October 1805 at Kongsberg.  She married her cousin Tom John Collett (Ref. 24M18) who was born on 9th September 1804 with whom she had two children.  Tragically Tom died at only thirty-one years of age on 1st March 1835, while Martine lived as a widow for a further 54 years before her death on 20th March 1889.

 

 

 

24N3

Johanne Collett

Born on 04.05.1833

 

24N4

Thomas Collett

Born on 06.01.1835

 

 

 

 

24M11

Elisabeth Collett was born on 28th November 1806.  She married her second cousin Christian Peter Bianco Boeck who was a professor and a doctor.  Christian was the son of Caesar Laesar Boeck and Kaja Collett (Ref. 24L20) and was born on 5th September 1798.  He died on 11th July 1877 and was followed six years after by Elisabeth who died on 21st August 1883.