The Norwegian Line – 1655 to 1810


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


Updated March 2019


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, only documented from around the early 1700s, has similar features to that of John Colet (1466 to 1519) in Part 18 – The Suffolk Line.  John was Dean of St Pauls in 1504 and it was he who founded the St Paul’s Cathedral School for Boys around 1509.  Today, the school still carries the same coat of arms.  New research, carried out by Professor Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard – husband of Camilla Cathrine Collet (Ref. 25R5), has come to the conclusion that James Collett of Norway was the son of James Collett and Mary Browne (Ref. 24H1) and NOT the son of London cooper James Collett and Elizabeth Grigson.  Peter also contemplates that there may be a link between the Norway Collett family and that of John Collett (Ref. 52G1) in England who married Susanne Ferrar of Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire during 1600.


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 (Aldgate) 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.





JAMES COLLETT married Mary Browne on 16th September 1653 at All Hallows Church, London Wall.  Their two known sons James and Thomas were both baptised at St Margaret Pattens at East Cheap in London, within a year of each other.  On both occasions, the parents were confirmed as James and Mary Collett.  Twenty years after the birth of the younger of their two sons, the baptism of George Collett, the son of James and Mary Collett, was recorded on 25th June 1676 at St Botolph Without Aldgate, just a short distance from St Margaret Pattens.  Whether he was a very late arrival for James Collett and Mary Browne has still to be determined.  There is speculation that James Collett, a barrister of the Middle Temple, was the husband of Mary Browne.  Furthermore, twenty years prior to the wedding of James Collett at All Hallows in 1653, a certain John Collett, the son Thomas Collett, a barrister of the Middle Temple, was also baptised at All Hallows in 1633.  Details of the family of that Thomas Collett and his wife Martha Sherington (Ref. 52I2) can be found in Part 52 – The England to Baltimore & Ohio Line.  As a result, there is some speculation that The Norway Line may have its earlier origins in the Collett family in Part 52, even though no positive direct link has yet been discovered.





James Collett

Born on 18.08.1655 at St Margaret Pattens



Thomas Collett

Born on 17.07.1656 at St Margaret Pattens



George Collett

Born on 25.06.1676 at St Botolph Aldgate






JAMES COLLETT was born in London on 18th August 1655 and was baptised the day after at St Margaret Pattens, the first child born to James Collett and Mary Browne.  He first visited Norway in 1677 when he was 22 years of age, where he worked as an agent for an English timber merchant.  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 Collett from London and Karen Leuch were married.  Their 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.





James Collett

Born on 16.05.1687 at Christiania



Peter Collett

Born on 21.05.1688; died on 22.08.1688



Peter Collett

Born on 15.06.1689; died on 24.06.1689



Anna Collett

Born on 11.08.1690 at Christiania



Peter Collett

Born on 06.08.1691; died on 10.12.1691




Born on 29.07.1694 at Christiania



Maria Collett

Born on 27.11.1695 at Christiania



John Collett

Born on 23.01.1698 at Christiania



Sarah Collett

Born on 03.06.1702 at Christiania






Thomas Collett was born in London on 17th July 1656 and was also baptised that day at St Margaret Pattens, where he was buried on 18th July 1656.  He was the second son of James Collett and Mary Browne.






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.





Matthias Collett

Born on 10.09.1708



James Collett

Born on 06.09.1710; died 16.01.1711



Karen Collett

Born on 19.10.1711



James Collett

Born on 16.12.1713; died on 27.12.1713



James Collett

Born on 21.10.1715; died on 29.10.1715



James Collett

Baptised on 08.11.1717






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.






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.





James Collett

Born on 19.08.1723; died on 11.12.1724



Karen Collett

Born on 17.02.1725



Christine Sophie Collett

Born on 24.02.1726



Ditlevine Collett

Born on 19.07.1727



James Collett

Born on 28.08.1728



Peder Collett

Born on 11.12.1729



Anna Collett

Born on 28.03.1731



Johan Collett

Born on 12.02.1734



Mathia Collett

Born on 15.02.1735; died on 11.04.1735



Mathia Collett

Born on 28.05.1737




Born on 14.04.1740






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.






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.






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.






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.






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.






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






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.






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.






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.






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.





Peter Collett

Born on 18.08.1757



John Collett

Born on 22.09.1758






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).






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).






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.





Peter Collett

Baptised on 04.07.1767



Mathias Collett

Born in 1768 and died in 1768



James Collett

Born in Oct 1769; died in Jan 1778



Anne Cathrine Magdalene Collett

Born on 16.11.1770; died on 14.12.1777



Jonas Collett

Born on 25.03.1772



Johan Collett

Bapt on 27.12.1773; died on 26.02.1774



Johan Collett

Born on 22.03.1775



Karen Mathia Collett

Born in Aug 1776; died on 31.12.1777



Ulrikke Cathrine Mathia Collett

Baptised on 02.11.1778; baby death



James Collett

Baptised on 06.08.1787; baby death



Ditlevine Dorothea Elisabeth Collett

Baptised on 29.08.1787; baby death






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.






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.






Born on 08.08.1766



Anne Cathrine Collett

Born on 19.02.1768


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



Christian Ancher Collett

Born on 30.04.1771



Maren Kirstine Collett

Born on 11.10.1772; died on 09.03.1773



Christopher Collett

Born on 02.10.1773



John Collett

Born on 22.12.1774



Karen Magdalene Collett

Born on 25.04.1776



Maren Christine Collett

Born on 25.05.1777



Mathia Bernhardine Collett

Born on 13.01.1779



James Henrik Collett

Born on 12.07.1781



Otto Collett

Born on 01.09.1784






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.





Karen Christiane Collett

Born on 06.09.1784



James Collett

Born on 06.06.1787



Martine Johnette Collett

Born on 27.08.1789



Anna Mathia Ditlevine Collett

Born on 15.10.1791; died on 19.11.1791






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.




John’s father James, bought the estate at Flateby in Enebakk and it was there that John was well-known for holding a great many parties after the death of his father in 1794.  It is therefore very interesting, that in 2017, the Enebakk History Association published an article relating to the legal pirate businesses during the Napoleon wars around 1800 in which John Collett took an active part.  This involved Danish and Norwegian ships capturing British commerce ships to offload their cargo, which was then sold, with the British sailors being set free.  The same article included a stock label from Collett’s company “Christiania Caper Compagnie” which was dated 30th April 1808 and signed by John himself.  That company was set up solely for his legal pirate business.  The article concluded by stating the John Collett had a farm called Flateby Estate in Enebakk.




A further article, published by the Enebakk History Association during the spring of 2018, focused on the Collett family’s hunting lodge and farmstead, Flateby Estate.  This was described as an important informal social meeting place for the Norwegian elite from the second half of the 18th century until the 1820’s.  The actual design of the lodge, built around 1756, has been unknown since it was demolished sometime between 1845 and1855.  Previous unknown archival material now shows that the building was typical of the European hunting lodge tradition.  The different rooms where decorated with English, French and Chinese furniture, and on the walls hang a lot of great paintings of the Collett family members.  Flateby should be the most expensive and most delicate house on the Norwegian country-side.




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 was 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.









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.





Christine Elise Caroline Collett

Baptised on 22.11.1799; died in 1800






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.





Henriette Collett

Born on 14.08.1799



Johan Collett

Born on 28.12.1800



Caroline Petrea Collett

Born on 11.03.1802; and died in 1804



Caroline Petrea Collett

Born on 23.01.1804



Martine Christine Sophie Collett

Born on 12.10.1805



Elisabeth Collett

Born on 28.11.1806



Peter Jonathan Collett

Born in 1808; and died in 1809



Karen Mathia Octava Collett

Born in 1810; and died in 1811



Cathrine Karen Mathia Collett

Born on 16.04.1812



Jonas Tinus Collett

Born on 14.02.1814



Peter Collett

Born on 28.11.1818



Eugene Thora Octava Collett

Born on 16.04.1825






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.





Tom John Collett

Born on 09.09.1804 at Sandaker, Lier



Hanna Elisea Collett

Born on 07.03.1806 at Sandaker, Lier



Holger Gustav Collett

Born on 17.10.1807 at Sandaker, Lier



Sophie Augusta Collett

Born on 20.10.1809 at Lier, Buskerud



Sophie Augusta Collett

Born on 09.02.1811 at Huseby, Lier



Peter Jonas Collett

Born on 12.09.1813 at Huseby, Lier



Marthine Jeanette Collett

Born on 29.09.1815 at Huseby, Lier



Johan Christian Collett

Born on 23.07.1817 at Huseby, Lier



Caroline Collett

Born on 11.09.1819 at Huseby, Lier



Carl Emil Collett

Born on 19.07.1821 at Huseby, Lier



Elise Caroline Collett

Born on 08.08.1823 at Huseby, Lier






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.  Therefore, 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.





Petronelle Elisabeth Cathrine Collett

Baptised on 24.02.1796; died in 1797



Mathia Collett

Baptised on 08.02.1797; died in 1797



Elisabeth Christine Collett

Born on 31.03.1798



Peter Collett

Born on 14.02.1799



Anne Cathrine Hedvig Collett

Born on 13.01.1801



Ulrikke Charlotte Wilhelmine Collett

Born on 19.12.1802



Bernt Anker Collett

Born on 08.08.1803




Born on 02.09.1807



Theodora Christiane Collett

Born on 16.11.1809



Peter Nicolai Collett

Born on 04.11.1811



Otto Collett

Born on 05.04.1813






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.









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.





Mariane Collett

Born on 10.11.1800; died on 11.01.1822



Johanne Benedicte Collett

Born on 14.01.1802



Tharald Einar Anker Collett

Born on 23.11.1805



Karen Marthelene Collett

Born circa 1807-09; buried 05.08.1809



Karen Martine Christine Collett

Born on 04.02.1812






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.





Peter Nicolai Arbo Collett

Born in 1803 and died on 02.01.1806



Peter Nicolai Arbo Collett

Born on 21.05.1806; died on 04.10.1811



Herman Christian Collett

Born on 14.03.1807



Johan Henrik Collett

Born on 24.09.1808; died on 07.02.1809



Otto Martinus Collett

Born on 09.01.1811; died on 04.05.1812






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.





Nicoline Cathrine Collett

Born on 02.12.1818



Peter Collett

Born on 30.05.1820



Johanne Christine Collett

Born on 19.02.1822






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).






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.






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.






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






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. 






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.






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.






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.






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.






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.





Frederik Jonas Lucien Bothfield Collett

Born on 25.03.1839



Arthur Collett

Born 08.11.1845; died 20.05.1847






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.






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.





Johanne Collett

Born on 04.05.1833



Thomas Collett

Born on 06.01.1835






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.