PART TWENTY-SEVEN

 

The Harewood Yorkshire Line Ė 1660 to 2008

 

Updated April 2022

 

 

With the April 2011 update of this file and that of Part 36,

this family line can now be traced back to William Collett of Featherstone in 1496.

 

This family line therefore has its origins in Part 36 Ė The Barwick-in-Elmet (Leeds) Line

and it was there that Richard Collett was born, the eldest of the three known

children of Richard Collett (Ref. 36J5).

 

This is the family line of the late John Robert Collett (Ref. 27S17) of New South Wales

in Australia, whose family line is depicted in capitals,

and Christina Hammond nee Collitt (Ref. 27R15) of Hitchin in Hertfordshire

whose family line is identified by the names underlined.

 

This family line has its origins in Part 36 Ė The Barwick-in-Elmet (Leeds line

and it was there that Richard Collett was born, the eldest of the three known

children of Richard Collett (Ref. 36J5).

 

It is also worth noting that some of the early records give the

spelling of the name as Collitt (or Collit) and one branch of the family has

retained this to the present day, as used by the ancestors of Christina Collitt.

 

The new version of this family line, produced in 2018, includes details generously provided

by Robyn Frances Collett (Ref. 27S34) of Woody Point in Queensland, whose family line is in italics.

 

 

 

36K11

RICHARD COLLETT was born at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1667 where he was baptised at All Saintís Church on 6th February 1668, the eldest of the three known children of Richard Collett.In the early 1690s Richard married Hannah with whom he had eight children.During his life he was known as Richard Collitt of Weeton, which was a hamlet midway between Harrogate to the north and Leeds to the south, lying within the parish of Harewood.He was also known as Richard Collett of Harewood.

 

 

 

 

It was also at All Saintís Church in Harewood (pictured on the right) that all of his children were baptised, although it is highly likely that they were born while the family was living at Weeton.

 

That is because St Barnabas Church in Weeton was not built until 1851, when its construction was financed by the Earl of Harewood.

 

 

 

Hannah Collett died at Weeton, five miles east of Otley, in October 1710, and was followed fourteen years later by her husband Richard Collett, who died at Weeton during the first two weeks of April in 1724 and was buried in the grounds of All Saintís Church in Harewood on 12th April 1724.

 

 

 

27L1

Ann Collett

Born in 1695 at Weeton

 

27L2

Ralph Collett

Born in 1696 at Weeton

 

27L3

Hannah Collett

Born in 1698 at Weeton

 

27L4

Richard Collett

Born in 1700 at Weeton

 

27L5

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1701 at Weeton

 

27L6

Margaret Collett

Born in 1703 at Weeton

 

27L7

John Collett

Born in 1705 at Weeton

 

27L8

Charles Collett

Born in 1707 at Weeton

 

 

 

 

27L1

Ann Collett was born at Weeton in 1695, the eldest of eight children of Richard and Hannah Collett.She was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 20th September 1695, when her name was recorded as Ann Collett.Sadly, she was only a few days old when she died.

 

 

 

 

27L2

Ralph Collett was born at Weeton in 1696 and was the eldest son of Richard and Hannah Collett.He was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 26th September 1695 when his name was recorded as Ralph Collett.The only detail of Ralphís life known at this time is that he died at Weeton on 6th June 1710, when he was around 15 years old.His youngest brother Charles (below) died fifteen months later.

 

 

 

 

27L3

Hannah Collett was born at Weeton in 1698 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 24th June 1698 as Hannah Collett, the daughter of Richard Collett.It is understood that she married John Vicars at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 11th September 1718 and died at Dunkeswick, midway between Weeton and Harewood, during February 1769.

 

 

 

 

27L4

Richard Collett was born at Weeton in 1700 and was baptised at All Saintís in Harewood as Richard Collit on 19th January 1701, the son of Richard Collit.Richard was another infant fatality, when he died at Weeton, either in January that same year, or the following year.

 

 

 

 

27L5

THOMAS COLLETT was born at Weeton in 1701 and was baptised at All Saintís in Harewood as Thomas Collit on 12th March 1701, the son of Richard Collit.He later married Priscilla Waite a Just over four years after they were married, Priscillaís father died, and his Will proved on 20th October 1729 included the following.Joseph Waite, yeoman of Swindon, in the parish of Kirkby Overblow, do give to my son-in-law, Thomas Collitt and his wife Priscilla Collitt, Two Shillings and Six Pence each.To my grandchildren Richard Collitt, Joseph Collitt, and Mary Collitt, Ten Shillings to be shared amongst them. Also, Ten Pounds shared amongst them when they reach 21.t All Saintís Church in Kirkby Overblow on 27th May 1724, where Priscilla was born during 1703, the daughter of yeoman farmer Joseph Waite.Kirkby Overblow is situated four miles north of Harewood.

 

 

 

The contents of the Will provided further confirmation that Thomasí son John had died prior to that time, and that his daughter Ann was born between the making of the Will and the death of Joseph Waite, with no opportunity to amend the document to include her name.Unfortunately, the baptism records for most of the children simply record the parentsí names as Thomas Collett and Mrs Thomas Collett.Thomas Collett died at Weeton during the month of March in 1787 and was buried at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 30th March 1787.At the time of his death, he was referred to as a farmer.His wife Priscilla had died over twenty-four years earlier, when she passed away at Weeton and was buried at Harewood during February 1763.

 

 

 

The Land Tax records for Thomas Collett for the years from 1785 to 1786 state that he was the occupier of land at Weeton owned by Edwin Lascelles, with payable tax of Seven Pounds Ten Shillings. After Thomas died in 1787, the next Land Tax schedule for 1789, showed the occupier as John Collett (his son) with tax on Seven Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Three Pence.That was the largest sum of money paid by any tenant farmer in Weeton. The name of John continued to appear in the Land Tax records, right up to his death in 1811.Thomasí son John Collett, who lived all of his life at Weeton, could not therefore for be John Collitt of Middle Field.

 

 

 

27M1

Richard Collitt

Born in 1725 at Weeton

 

27M2

Joseph Collitt

Born in 1726 at Weeton

 

27M3

John Collitt

Born in 1727 at Weeton

 

27M4

Mary Collitt

Born in 1728 at Weeton

 

27M5

Ann Collitt

Born in 1729 at Weeton

 

27M6

Hannah Collitt

Born in 1730 at Weeton

 

27M7

Margaret Collitt

Born in 1732 at Weeton

 

27M8

Thomas Collitt

Born in 1734 at Weeton

 

27M9

Elizabeth Collitt

Born in 1738 at Weeton

 

27M10

Hugh Collitt††††† †††††††††††† twin

Born in 1740 at Weeton

 

27M11

Joshua Collitt††††††††††††††† twin

Born in 1740 at Weeton

 

27M12

JOHN COLLITT

Born in 1742 at Weeton

 

 

 

 

27L6

Margaret Collett was born at Weeton in 1703 but was baptised as Margaret Collett at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 30th March 1704, the daughter of Richard Collett.She was around seven years of age when she died at Weeton on 7th March 1711.

 

 

 

 

27L7

John Collett was born at Weeton in 1705, the second youngest son and seventh child of Richard and Hannah Collitt.It was as John Collett that he was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 7th February 1705, the son of Richard Collett.It was also at All Saintís Church that, as John Collett, he married Susan Mallory (Susannah Mallorie) on 30th August 1726.The couple had eight children while they were living at Dunkeswick, and all of them were baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood.See also Ref. 27M11 for another Collett/Mallory marriage.John Collett was a farmer living at Dunkeswick, near Harewood, at the end of 1778 when he died, following which he was buried at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 3rd January 1779.It was just a few weeks later that his wife Susan died at Dunkeswick during February 1779.

 

 

 

27M13

John Collett

Born in 1727 at Dunkeswick

 

27M14

Ralph Collett

Born in 1729 at Dunkeswick

 

27M15

Susannah Collett††††††††† twins?

Born in 1731 at Dunkeswick

 

27M16

Ralph Collett ††††††††††††††† twins?

Born in 1731 at Dunkeswick

 

27M17

Ellen Collett

Born in 1732 at Dunkeswick

 

27M18

William Collett

Born in 1735 at Dunkeswick

 

27M19

Thomas Collett

Born in 1737 at Dunkeswick

 

27M20

Susannah Collett

Born in 1742 at Dunkeswick

 

 

 

 

27L8

Charles Collett was born at Weeton in 1707 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood as Charles Collett on 23rd March 1707, the youngest of the eight children of Richard and Hannah Collitt.Charles was only four years old when he died on 3rd November 1711.

 

 

 

 

27M1

Richard Collitt was born at Weeton on 11th March 1725 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 25th March 1725 (1724/25), the eldest child of Thomas Collitt.It was as Richard Collitt that he was a beneficiary under the terms of the 1729 Will of his maternal grandfather Joseph Waite, when he received one third share of Ten Shillings, and one third of Ten Pounds should he reach the age of twenty-one.

 

 

 

 

27M2

Joseph Collitt was born at Weeton and baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 11th March 1726 (1725/26), the son of Thomas Collitt.It was as Joseph Collitt that he was a beneficiary under the terms of the 1729 Will of his maternal grandfather Joseph Waite, when he received one third share of Ten Shillings, and one third of Ten Pounds should he reach the age of twenty-one. Joseph Collitt was around twenty-four years of age when he died at Weeton on 21st June 1750.

 

 

 

 

27M3

John Collitt was born at Weeton but was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 6th May 1727 (1726/27), the son of Thomas Collitt. Sadly, he only survived for eleven months when, he died at Weeton and was buried at All Saintís Church on 30th March 1728, hence the reason why he was not mentioned in the 1729 Will of his grandfather maternal Joseph Waite.On the day that he was buried, his sister Mary (below) was baptised.

 

 

 

 

27M4

Mary Collitt was born at Weeton in 1728, following which she was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 30th March 1728 (1727/28), the eldest daughter of Thomas Collitt.It was as Mary Collitt that she was named as a beneficiary under the terms of the 1729 Will of her maternal grandfather Joseph Waite, when she received one third share of Ten Shillings, and a further one third of Ten Pounds, on condition that she reached the age of twenty-one.

 

 

 

 

27M5

Ann Collitt was born at Weeton in 1729 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 6th February 1729 (1728/29), a daughter of Thomas Collitt.It seems highly likely that she was born fairly close to the time of the death of her maternal grandfather Joseph Waite, whose Will was proved on 20th October 1729, but without any reference to Ann or Hannah, the daughter of his son-in-law Thomas Collett.Tragically, she only for two years when she died at Weeton, following which she was buried at Harewood on 8th March 1730.

 

 

 

 

27M6

Hannah Collitt was born at Weeton on 6th April 1730 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 31st December 1731 (1730/31), another daughter of Thomas Collitt.Hannah Collett later married John Knapton at Harewood on 1st November 1750.John may have been related to Elizabeth Knapton who married Benjamin Collett (Ref. 36M6) at Barwick-in-Elmet in 1768.Hannah Knapton nee Collett had lived a relatively long life, when she died at Wescoe Hill in Weeton during November 1794.It was during the following year that John Knapton died, after which his Will was proved on 12th August 1795.By that time in their lives, Hannah had given birth to three known children, and they were John Knapton, William Knapton, Mary Knapton, and Sarah Knapton, both daughters identified by their married name of Taylor.

 

 

 

The Will of John Knapton, farmer of Wescoe Hill in the parish of Harewood, included the following: ďMy half share of the copyhold estate, devised to me by my brother Richard Knapton, at Felliscliffe, to my two sons John Knapton and William Knapton.To my son John I give £30. To my daughter Mary Taylor I give £150.To my daughter Sarah Taylor I give £90. To my grandchildren Hannah Smith, Priscilla Smith, and William Smith, I give to each £5.To my granddaughter Hannah I give a further £5 two years after my death.The residue of my personal effects I give to my son WilliamĒ.The witnesses to the signing of the Will were J Barrett, John Collitt, and Elizabeth Smith.It is therefore very likely that the witness John Collitt was in fact Hannahís younger brother John Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

27M7

Margaret Collitt was born at Weeton in 1732 and was baptised on 9th March 1733 (1732/33) at All Saintís Church in Harewood, the daughter of Thomas Collitt.

 

 

 

 

27M8

Thomas Collitt was born at Weeton in 1734 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 23rd March 1735 (1734/35), the son of Thomas Collett.Thomas Collitt was 33 when he died at Weeton during November 1768.

 

 

 

 

27M9

Elizabeth Collitt was born at Weeton in 1738 but was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 19th January 1739 (1738/39), the daughter of Thomas Collitt. However, she died during the following year.

 

 

 

 

27M10

Hugh Collitt was born at Weeton in 1740, the son of Thomas Collitt.He was baptised in a joint ceremony at All Saintís Church in Harewood with his twin brother Joshua (below) on 22nd May 1741 (1740/41).What is known is that Hugh Collett died at Weeton during March 1765, when he would have been nearly 24 years of age and was buried at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 31st March 1765.

 

 

 

 

27M11

Joshua Collitt was born at Weeton in 1740 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 22nd May 1741 (1740/41), the son of Thomas Collitt, in a joint ceremony with his twin brother Hugh Collitt (above).Joshua was around thirty-five years of age when he married Elizabeth Mallory (Mallorie) at Harewood on 12th September 1775, which raises the questions; (a) did he marry late in his life, (b) was that his second marriage, and (c) was Elizabeth related to Susan Mallory who married Joshuaís uncle John Collett (Ref. 27L7) in 1726.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Mallory (Mallorie) was born around 1754 and so was about fourteen years younger than Joshua.It is possible that Joshua and Elizabeth settled in Weeton, near Harewood, where his father Thomas is known to have lived.The first five children were born at Healthwaite Hill, near Weeton, while the last two children were born at South Stainley, five miles north of Harrogate.

 

 

 

Details for six of the coupleís seven children are known, as they were born at Healthwaite Hill and baptised at Harewood.However, nothing is known about the unnamed daughter, although the continuation of this family line is through their son John. The only other detail so far known about Joshua Collitt is that he died on 26th January 1826, and was buried at St Robertís Church in Pannal, two miles south of Harrogate.Elizabeth Collitt was 88 when she died and was buried at Pannal on 10th January 1842.

 

 

 

John Sugdon, a stone-cutter of Pannal, near Harrogate, left a Will proved on 23rd February 1777 in which there is a reference to property with the name ĎThe Garthí which was purchased from Joshua Collitt, the property being inherited by his widow Grace Sugdon.

 

 

 

27N1

Sally Collett

Born in 1776 at Healthwaite Hill

 

27N2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1777 at Healthwaite Hill

 

27N3

a Collett daughter

Born circa 1779 at Healthwaite Hill

 

27N4

Priscilla Collett

Born in 1781 at Healthwaite Hill

 

27N5

John Collitt

Born in 1782 at Healthwaite Hill

 

27N6

Sarah Collett

Born in 1786 at South Stainley

 

27N7

Hannah Collett

Born in 1790 at South Stainley

 

 

 

 

27M12

JOHN COLLITT was born at Weeton in 1742 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 28th January 1743 (1742/43), the youngest child of tenant farmer Thomas Collitt of Weeton.Despite what was previously written here regarding his marriage to Sarah Birks (or Bicks), it is now believed that John remained unmarried throughout his life.It would appear that he worked on the land alongside his father at Weeton, eventually taking over the farm when Thomas died in 1789.That situation continued until John passed away at Weeton and was buried at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 24th November 1811.The parish register at Harewood described him as John Collett of Weeton who was 68, a bachelor and a farmer.During his tenancy from 1789 until 1811, the Land Tax for occupier John Collett was Seven Pounds Nineteen Shillings and Three Pence.Between those two years, John Collett was recorded as one of the three witnesses to the signing of the Will of John Knapton, the husband of Johnís older sister Hannah Collett (above), the Will having been proved on 12th August 1795.

 

 

 

Around 1790-91, John Collitt, while continuing the tenancy inherited from his father, became an owner of property leased to Hugh Barrett who paid land tax of Six Shillings and Six Pence. By 1794, Hugh Barrett had moved on, leaving John Collitt to became both the owner and occupier of the land. Many years later, in the tax records, it is clear that the property comprised 'house and land', so perhaps, it was where John made his home. The history of the plot can be traced back to 1781 and 1782 when it was owned by Joshua Waite and occupied by Joshua Collitt (above). Joshua Collett had moved out by 1783, when he took his family to live in South Stainley.

 

 

 

Although it is confirmed that John Collitt, farmer and bachelor, died in 1811, the rented property continued to be held in the name of John Collitt until around 1815.The likely reason for that is that Joshua's son John Collitt (above) and born in 1782, had taken over the tenancy.He had married Hannah Atkinson in 1808, and the couple were living at Weeton when their first three children were born in 1808, 1810 and 1812.Although the tenancy agreement ended around 1815, the owner/occupied plot continued to be occupied by John and Hannah until 1831.

 

 

 

 

27M13

John Collett was born at Dunkeswick in 1727 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 7th June 1727, the eldest child of John Collett and Susan Mallory.He was later referred to as John Collett of Middlefield Farm, with John followed by his son Thomas, and his son Robert (Johnís grandson) to continue at the farm until 1884.

 

 

 

The above revelation, unveiled in 2022 regarding John Collett (above), means the identity of the John Collett who married Sarah Birks (or Bicks) of Leeds at St Peterís Church in Leeds on 13th February 1758 has now been re-assessed.What is known is that Sarah was 23 when she married John, who was recorded as being 28, his age likely reduced because of the eight-year difference in their ages.To support this, there is a very weathered headstone in the graveyard at All Saintís Church in Harewood that bears the inscription ďSarah Collett wife of John Collett died ...... aged 65 yearsĒ. With Sarah being 23 in 1758, her year of birth could have been 1735, giving the year of her death as 1800.Then, to validate all of this, the parish registers at Harewood include the record that Sarah Collett was buried there on 7th June 1800, and that she was the widow of John Collitt, farmer of Middlefield.And it was thirteen years earlier that John Collett, a farmer of Middlefield, Harewood, passed away during February 1787 at the age of 59.

 

 

 

Middlefield Farm, on the north side of Harewood Avenue, was situated just two miles due east from the centre of Harewood.As a result of their close proximity to the town, all of the children of John and Sarah were said to have been born at Harewood, where they were very likely baptised at All Saintís Church. In each case the father of the child was described as John Collett of Middlefield. What is interesting is that, according to the census of 1881, Middlefield Farm was still being managed by a member of the Collett family, Johnís grandson Robert Collett (Ref. 27O13), the eldest son of Johnís son Thomas - who was in charge of Middlefield Farm up until his death in 1853, when it was taken over by Robert until he passed away in 1884.

 

 

 

27N8

William Collett

Born in 1761 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

27N9

John Collett

Born in 1763 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

27N10

Sally Collett

Born in 1764 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

27N11

Susannah Collett

Born in 1766 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

27N12

Mary Collett

Born in 1767 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

27N13

Edward Collett

Born in 1769 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

27N14

Ann Collett

Born in 1771 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

27N15

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1772 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

27N16

Robert Collett††††††††††††††† twin

Born in 1774 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

27N17

Hannah Collett††††††††††††† twin

Born in 1774 at Middlefield, Harewood

 

 

 

 

27M14

Ralph Collitt was born at Dunkeswick around 1729 and was baptised as Ralf Collitt at Harewood on 1st May 1730 (1729/30), another son of John Collitt, who sadly he died there the following day.

 

 

 

 

27M15

Susannah Collitt was born at Dunkeswick in 1730 but was baptised as Susannah Collett at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 20th March 1731 (1730/31), the eldest daughter of John Collitt and Susan Mallory. Susan only survived for less than nine months after that, when she died at Dunkeswick on 2nd September 1731.

 

 

 

 

27M16

Ralph Collett was born at Dunkeswick 1731 and baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 1st May 1731, the son of John Collett and Susan Mallory.The closeness of the date of his baptism, with that of his soon to be deceased sister Susannah (above), may be an indication that they could have been twins.

 

 

 

 

27M17

Ellen Collett, who was Ellinge Collett, was born at Dunkeswick in 1732 near Harewood, the daughter of John Collett and Susan Mallory. It was as Ellen Collett that she was baptised at All Saintís Church on 25th August 1732 (1731/32).Ellen would appear to have lived all her life at Dunkeswick, where she died in September 1797.

 

 

 

 

27M18

William Collett was born at Dunkeswick around 1735 and it was at Harewood, in All Saintís Church, that he was baptised on 9th July 1736 (1736/37), the son of John Collett and Susan Mallory. It was also at Dunkeswick where William died in May 1779.

 

 

 

 

27M19

Thomas Collett was born at Dunkeswick around 1737, the youngest son of John Collett and Susan Mallory.Like all of his siblings, Thomas was also baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood, and that took place on 9th February 1739 (1738/39).

 

 

 

 

27M20

Susannah Collett was born at Dunkeswick in 1742, the youngest and last child of John Collett and Susan Mallory.She was baptised as Susannah Collett at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 9th April 1742 (1741/42).Susan Collett was around twenty-two years old when she married Elijah (?) Kershaw on 10th October 1764.However, it was less than five years later, during April 1769, that Susan Kershaw died at Dunkeswick, possibly during childbirth.

 

 

 

 

27N1

Sally Collett was born at Healthwaite Hill on 25th September 1776 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 11th October 1776, the eldest child of Joshua and Elizabeth Collett.Sally was in her very late forties when she married William Ware on 17th July 1825.

 

 

 

 

27N2

Elizabeth Collett was born at Healthwaite Hill on 7th October 1777 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 2nd November 1777, the daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth Collett.Elizabeth married William Wright on 14th January 1805 at the Church of St Robert in Pannal, near Harrogate.

 

 

 

 

27N4

Priscilla Collett was born at Healthwaite Hill on 8th April 1781 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 2nd May 1781, the daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth Collett.Priscilla was twenty-eight years old when she died on 3rd May 1809.

 

 

 

 

27N5

John Collitt was born around 1782, the only son of Joshua Collitt and his wife Elizabeth Mallory.Unlike his three known sisters, no baptism record has so far been found for him at All Saintís Church in Harewood.It was also at Harewood that John married Hannah Atkinson on 5th December 1807, at a time when Hannah was already pregnant with Johnís child, which was born less than five months after they were married.The witnesses at the wedding ceremony were John Whitaker and C B Brooke, when the couple were both described as being Ďof this parishí.Hannah had been born around 1786.

 

 

 

John and Hannah had a total of eleven children over the years following their wedding.The early ones, up to 1814 were born at Weeton and baptised at Harewood, while the later ones were born after the family moved to Ainderby Steeple, near Northallerton.Certainly, the parish record for the birth of their daughter Priscilla, confirmed the family was residing at Weeton.The reason for that is, upon the death in 1811 of land owner and occupier John Collitt, farmer and bachelor of Weeton, and Johnís uncle (the younger brother of Joshua Collitt), John and Hannah took over the tenancy of the farm until after the birth of the coupleís fourth child.Although the tenancy agreement ended around 1815, the owner/occupied plot (the same plot that John's father Joshua had occupied from around 1775) continued to be occupied by John and Hannah until 1831.By 1832, although still owned by them, it was then occupied by J Gill.John and Hannah left Weeton and moved to Ainderby Steeple around 1816, after which, the Land Tax schedule continue to register John Collitt as the occupier up until 1831.

 

 

 

At the time of the first national census in June 1841 John and his family were living at Swalefield House in Ainderby Steeple (Swalefield House, East Gilling).John and Hannah were both recorded with a rounded age of 55, while still living with them were six of their children, the four eldest also having rounded ages.Joshua Collitt and Thomas Collitt were both 30, Priscilla Collitt and John Collitt were both 25, Ralph Collitt was 15, and Sarah Collitt who was 14.The coupleís missing youngest child, Isabella Collitt, was recorded at Leake within the Thirsk & Knapton, living with John Meek, aged 56 and from Morton-on-Swale, and his wife Elizabeth Meek who was 54.It therefore seems highly likely that Isabella was either staying with relatives or had already entered into domestic service.

 

 

 

It was also at Ainderby Steeple, nine months later, that John Collitt died on 26th March 1842, where he was also buried.Nine years later his widow Hannah Collitt was 65 when she was living in Morton-on-Swale near Northallerton with three of her children.They were Ralph Collitt 27, Sarah Collitt 25, and Isabella Collitt who was 22.Also listed as a visitor was Hannahís older son William who was 29, together with four others; John Stapleton 30, Frances Peart 25, William Woodward 18, and Robert Dixon 17.

 

 

 

Hannah was still alive in 1861 at the age of 75, when she had living with her at Northallerton her granddaughter Sarah Jane Collitt who was 14.She was the daughter of Hannahís son John Collitt.Still living with her, and her granddaughter, was her unmarried youngest son William Collitt.Hannah Collitt nee Atkinson died almost one year later when she passed away on 19th February 1862, following which she was buried in the churchyard at Ainderby Steeple.

 

 

 

27O1

Joshua Collitt

Born in 1808 at Weeton, nr Harewood

 

27O2

Thomas Collitt

Born in 1810 at Weeton, nr Harewood

 

27O3

Priscilla Collitt

Born in 1812 at Weeton, nr Harewood

 

27O4

John Collitt

Born in 1814 at Weeton, nr Harewood

 

27O5

Mary Collitt

Born in 1816 at Ainderby Steeple

 

27O6

Hannah Collitt

Born in 1818 at Ainderby Steeple

 

27O7

Richard Collitt

Born in 1820 at Ainderby Steeple

 

27O8

William Collitt

Born in 1822 at Ainderby Steeple

 

27O9

Ralph Collitt

Born in 1824 at Ainderby Steeple

 

27O10

Sarah Collitt

Born in 1825 at Ainderby Steeple

 

27O11

Isabella Collitt

Born in 1829 at Ainderby Steeple

 

 

 

 

27N6

Sarah Collett was born at South Stainley, midway between Ripon and Harrogate in 1786, and it was there that she was baptised on 11th January 1787, the daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

27N7

Hannah Collett was born at South Stainley in 1790, and it was there that she was baptised on 4th April 1790, where she sister Sarah (above) had been baptised less than three years earlier.What is curious about the baptism record though, and different from Sarahís, was that the parents were named as Joshua and Hannah Collitt, rather than Joshua and Elizabeth Collett, which may simply be a genuine error.There may have been illness within the family around seventeen years later, since both Sarah and Hannah died in 1807, within five months of each other.Hannah Collett died on 25th October 1807.

 

 

 

 

27N8

William Collett was born at Harewood on 16th August 1761 and was baptised there six days later 22nd August 1761, the son of John Collett and Sarah Birks.William was thirty years old when he died in 1792.

 

 

 

 

27N9

John Collett was born at Harewood on 18th July 1763, where he was baptised on 19th August 1763, the son of John and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

27N10

Sally Collett was born at Harewood on 28th September 1764 and was baptised there on 2nd November 1764 the daughter of John and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

27N11

Susannah Collett was born at Harewood on 3rd July 1766.Just over one month later she was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 13th August 1766, the daughter of John and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

27N12

Mary Collett was born at Harewood on 15th December 1767 where she was baptised on 20th January 1768, the daughter of John and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

27N13

Edward Collett was born at Harewood on 25th October 1769, and it was there that he was baptised on 6th December 1769, the son of John and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

27N14

Ann Collett was born at Harewood on 15th January 1771 and was baptised there on 20th February 1771, the daughter of John and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

27N15

THOMAS COLLETT was born at Harewood on 12th October 1772, where he was baptised on 13th November 1772, the son of John and Sarah Collett.He married Alice Bickerdike at Harewood on 16th December 1802 and it is very likely that all of their children were born at Harewood.Alice was baptised at Otley on 9th September 1778, the daughter of Robert and Ann Bickerdike.When his father died, it may have been Thomas who took on Middlefield Farm in Harewood, because, by June 1841, Thomas and Alice were living at ĎMiddle Field Farmí with some of their children.Farmer Thomas Collett had a rounded age of 65 and his wifeís rounded age was 60.Their children on that occasion were Robert and Thomas, who both had rounded ages of 30, John who was 25 and William who was 20. Living nearby was their daughter Mary, whose age had been rounded up to 25, while their youngest child Catherine, aged 18, was staying at the home of her uncle Thomas Bickerdike, her motherís brother, at Hollin Hall in Harewood.

 

 

 

Ten months later Thomasí wife, Alice Collett nee Bickerdike of Middlefield, died on 21st April 1842 at the age of 64 and was buried in the grounds of All Saintís Church in Harewood.In 1851 William was a widower at the age of 78, the age also coinciding with the year he was born.The census return confirmed that he was still living at Middlefield Farm in Harewood with his unmarried Ďfarmerís sonsí Robert Collett, aged 45, and William Collett, aged 33, and his unmarried daughter Catherine Collett who was 29 and a farmerís daughter.Thomas Collett was described as a farmer of 157 acres, employing four labourers.Living with the family was seventeen-year-old William Mason from Newton in Yorkshire who was a servant and an agricultural labourer.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett of Middlefield died there during May 1853, at the age of 80, and was buried with his wife Sarah in the churchyard of All Saintís Church in Harewood.The single headstone that marks the plot is rather weathered and is difficult to read, although some parts of the inscription are clear enough to identify it as the grave of Thomas and Alice Collett of Middlefield (Farm).Upon his death, Middlefield Farm was passed onto his eldest son Robert.

 

 

 

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Hannah Collett

Born in 1803 at Harewood

 

27O13

Robert Collett

Born in 1806 at Harewood

 

27O14

Ann Collett

Born in 1807 at Harewood

 

27O15

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1809 at Harewood

 

27O16

Thomas Collett

Born in 1811 at Harewood

 

27O17

Mary Collett

Born in 1813 at Harewood

 

27O18

JOHN SCARR COLLETT

Born in 1815 at Harewood

 

27O19

William Collett

Born in 1817 at Harewood

 

27O20

Mary Collett

Born in 1819 at Harewood

 

27O21

Catherine Collett

Born in 1822 at Harewood

 

 

 

 

27N16

Robert Collett was born at Harewood on 24th July 1774 and was one half of a set of twins born to farmer John Collett and his wife Sarah.He was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 5th October 1774 in a joint ceremony with his twin sister Hannah (below).The only other fact known about Robert is that he died at Otley on 17th December 1838 at the age of 63, following which he was buried in the churchyard of All Saintís Church in Harewood.The headstone that marks the grave contains only a reference to Robert, perhaps indicating that he never married.

 

 

 

 

27N17

Hannah Collett was born on 24th July 1774 at Harewood and was a twin sister to her brother Robert (above).The twins were baptised together in a joint ceremony on 5th October 1774, when their parents were confirmed as John and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

27O1

Joshua Collitt was born at Weeton on 24th April 1808, but was baptised at Harewood on 22nd May 1808, the eldest child of John Collitt and Hannah Atkinson.Joshua was around five or six years old when his family moved to Northallerton, where they settled in the village of Ainderby Steeple.Joshua Collitt died on 14th September 1844.Just over three years earlier Joshua Collitt had been living with his parents at Swalefield House in Ainderby (Swalefield House, East Gilling).

 

 

 

 

27O2

Thomas Collitt was born at Weeton on 22nd August 1810 and was baptised at All Saintís Church in Harewood on 30th September 1810, the son of John Collitt and Hannah Atkinson.By the time he was four years old he and his family were living at Ainderby Steeple, just outside Northallerton.Thomas later married Mary Flower around 1850 and they had four children who were all originally thought to have been born at Ainderby Steeple.Mary was baptised at Ainderby Steeple on 1st September 1816, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Flower.It now seems very likely that the children of Thomas and Mary Collitt were actually born while the couple was living at Morton-on-Swale, where the family was residing at the time of the March census in 1851 and again in 1861.That may also have been the reason why the coupleís second child had the middle name Morton, which appears to have been used by him much later in his life and also given to his own son.

 

 

 

Not long after they were married the childless couple were recorded in the 1851 Census as living at the Morton-on-Swale home of Thomasí widowed mother-in-law Mary Flower who was 72. Thomas Collitt was 40 and his wife Mary Collitt was 34.Mary was with-child on the day of the census and the coupleís first son was born almost exactly three months later.During the next seven years Mary presented Thomas with a further three children so, by 1861, the family still living at Morton-on-Swale comprised Thomas Collitt, aged 50, his wife Mary who was 44, and their three sons John Collitt who was nine, Thomas Collitt who was eight, and Joshua Collitt who was two years old.

 

 

 

The missing child, their daughter Mary Hannah Collitt, who would have been six years old, had died just five days before the census that year, on her actual sixth birthday.Still living with the family was Thomasí mother-in-law Mary Flower who was then 82.The house must have been of a considerable size, because there were seven other people living there in 1861.They were Thomasí brother Ralph Collitt (below), who was 37, Louisa Wass 16, Ann Flower 14, Ann Dennis 24, William Johnson 19, James Bennison 21, and James Young 14.

 

 

 

In 1866 Thomas Collitt was implicated in a bribery investigation concerning a general election scandal.Apparently, he was seen at The Harewood Arms in Northallerton, where his brother John Collitt (below) was the publican, and his involvement resulted in the election being declared null and avoid. The official statement issued following conclusion of the investigation determined íThat Charles Henry Mills, Esq., is not duly elected a Burgess to serve in the present parliament for the Borough of Northallerton, and that the last Election for the said Borough, is a void Electioní.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1871, Joshua was the only child of Thomas and Mary still living with them in Morton-on-Swale.The census return that year listed the family as Thomas Collitt, aged 60, Mary Collitt, who was 55, and their son Joshua Collitt who was 12 years old.Their son Thomas Collitt was 18 and was living nearby in Northallerton but, by then, the coupleís eldest son John Collitt, who was 19, had left Northallerton and was recorded as living in the Richmond area of Yorkshire.It was later that John made the big leap, when he moved to London, where he was married.

 

 

 

It was during the following year that Mary Collitt nee Flower passed away sometime in 1872 leaving Thomas as a widower.In the census of 1881, he was still listed as being a married man and by that time in his life Thomas Collitt, aged 70 and formerly a farmer from Morton-on-Swale, was an inmate at the Northallerton Union Workhouse.Two years later, while he was still residing at the Northallerton Union Workhouse, Thomas Collitt died on 2nd March 1883 at the age of 72.

 

 

 

27P1

John Collitt

Born in 1851 at Morton-on-Swale

 

27P2

Thomas Collitt

Born in 1852 at Morton-on-Swale

 

27P3

Mary Hannah Collitt

Born in 1855 at Morton-on-Swale

 

27P4

Joshua Collitt

Born in 1858 at Morton-on-Swale

 

 

 

 

27O3

Priscilla Collitt was born at Weeton on 2nd October 1812, the daughter of John Collitt and Hannah Atkinson.It was at nearby Harewood where Priscilla Collitt was baptised on 1st December 1812 but, by the time she was two years old, her family was living at Ainderby Steeple.

 

 

 

 

27O4

John Collitt was born at Weeton on 3rd March 1814, but was later baptised after the family had moved to Ainderby Steeple, to the immediate west of Northallerton, and it was there, on 3rd July 1814, the son of John and Hannah Collitt was baptised. In was during the third quarter of 1843 (Ref. 24 261) that John Collitt married Isabella Fox, of Coxwold in Yorkshire, at Easingwold, midway between Thirsk and York.The first of their children was born during the following year, and it was at the baptism of the children that the surname was recorded as Collitt.The first two children were born at Morton-on-Swale and baptised at Ainderby Steeple, and the next one born at Kirby Wiske, which lies five miles south of Northallerton.With the exception of daughter Isabel Collitt, the later children were born and baptised at Northallerton.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1851, John and his family were living at Ingram Gate in Thirsk.John Collitt was described as an annuitant aged 36, from Ainderby Steeple. His wife Isabel was also 36, and their three children at that time were Mary H Collitt who was six, Sarah J Collitt who was four, and one-year-old Isabel Collitt.By the end of that census year, the family was living at Northallerton, where the coupleís fourth child was born, and where the next two children were also born. It may have been a problem of over-crowding, that resulted in Johnís daughter Sarah Jane Collitt going to live with her widowed grandmother Hannah Collitt, in Northallerton in 1861.The rest of the family, at that time, was living at The Harewood Arms on the High Street in Northallerton, where John Collitt from Morton-on-Swale was 46 and the inn keeper.His wife Isabella Collitt was also 46 and from Coxwold, and their five children were Mary H Collitt aged 16, Isabel Collitt aged 11, John W Collitt who was nine, Joshua Collitt who was seven, and Priscilla Collitt who was four years old.On that day, the family employed a domestic servant, Mary A Pearson who was 17.

 

 

 

Just over four years later John Collitt died on 29th June 1865, so his widow Isabella Collitt, aged 56, was living alone at Morton-on-Swale near Northallerton in 1871, with just her youngest child for company, that being 14 years old Priscilla A Collitt.Isabellaís occupation at that time in her life was recorded as a licenced victualler.Living not far away was her son Joshua Collitt who was 18.It would also appear that Isabella died shortly after that, because no record of her has been found in the census of 1881.

 

 

 

Sadly, it was later that same year that Isabelle Collitt died.During his life John Collitt was a prominent character in Northallerton, where he was the publican at The Harewood Arms Inn on Northallerton High Street, which still exists today as a Grade II Listed Building, but under its new name of The Tickle Toby Inn.It should be noted that farm John Scarr Collett (below) was the landlord of The Harewood Arms on the Harrogate Road in Harewood during 1861.

 

 

 

27P5

Mary Hannah Atkinson Collitt

Born in 1844 at Ainderby Steeple

 

27P6

Sarah Jane Collitt

Born in 1846 at Ainderby Steeple

 

27P7

Isabel Collitt

Born in 1849 at Kirby Wiske

 

27P8

John William Collitt

Born in 1851 at Northallerton

 

27P9

Joshua Collitt

Born in 1853 at Northallerton

 

27P10

Priscilla Anne Collitt

Born in 1856 at Northallerton

 

 

 

 

27O5

Mary Collitt was born in 1816 and was baptised at Ainderby Steeple on 3rd March 1816 as Mary Collet, the daughter of John and Hannah Collet.Mary later married J Metcalfe.

 

 

 

 

27O6

Hannah Collitt was born in 1818, and it was at Ainderby Steeple that she was baptised on 3rd June 1818 as Hannah Collet, the daughter of John and Hannah Collet.It was around the time that Hannah was aged 21 that she died on 13th April 1839.

 

 

 

 

27O7

Richard Collitt was born in 1820 and was baptised at Ainderby Steeple on 15th May 1820, the son of John and Hannah Collitt.It was originally understood that Richard married Sarah, and that at the age of 43, he died in 1863.Two years earlier the childless couple of Richard and Sarah Collitt was living in the Richmond area of Yorkshire, where was Richard was 41 and his wife Sarah was 40.However, it now appears that he was a different Richard to the one born at Ainderby Steeple.

 

 

 

New information received during 2012 from Christina Hammond, as supplied by Kate Wilson, indicates that Richard Collitt married the much older Eliza Parker from Gainsborough in Lincolnshire around the end of the middle of 1840s. By 1851 the marriage had produced a son, when the family of three was still residing in Gainsborough, where Richard Collitt, aged 30, was working as a chemist and a druggist.That was a profession later followed by his son William and his nephew William Silvester Collitt, the eldest son of Richardís brother William (below).At that time in 1851 Eliza Collitt was 39, while their son John Collitt was three years old.

 

 

 

During the mid-1850s a further son was added to the family, although the possibility of other children being born to the couple in the years in between cannot be ruled out at this time.In the Gainsborough census return for 1861 the age of Richard and his youngest son are not clear, in addition to which the shorting of Richardís christian name has been transcribed as Robt, which may have been Rich, while the familyís surname was recorded as Collett.

 

 

 

Richard would have been 40, his wife Eliza Collett was 48, and their two sons were listed as John Sobby Collett, which was an error for John Selby Collitt, who was 14, and William Collett who would have been around five years of age.Richard Collitt died during the 1860s, following which his widow was still living in Gainsborough by herself in 1871, at the age of 58.No record of her two sons has been found anywhere in England on that occasion.

 

 

 

By 1881 Elizaís eldest son was married with a family of his own and was living in the city of Lincoln, while her youngest son had returned to the family home and was living with Eliza at 14 Bridge Street in Gainsborough.Once again, the pair of them were recorded in the census return as Collett.Eliza was 69 and her place of birth was confirmed as Gainsborough, and by that time in her life she was living off the interest from property.Her son William, aged 25 and also born at Gainsborough, was a chemist and a druggist carrying on the business created by his father.Employed by the two of them was Mary E Illingworth, aged 25, a general domestic servant from Ollerton in Nottinghamshire.

 

 

 

After a further ten years Eliza Collitt was 79 and was still living in Gainsborough, although on that occasion she was living in the house of her son William.It is also known that it was later that same year that she died.In addition to the two known children of Richard and Eliza Collitt, it is understood by the aforementioned Kate Wilson that, prior to their marriage, Richard was the father of a base-born son John Collitt Wilson who was born at Normanton on 29th November 1845.The childís baptism record simply provides the details that he was John Collitt Wilson, the son of Hannah Wilson, while on the birth certificate he was recorded as John Wilson, the son of Richard Collitt.From all accounts he never used the name of Collitt and was always known as John Wilson, and he was the great great grandfather of the husband of Kate Wilson.

 

 

 

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John Collitt Wilson

Born in 1845 at Normanton

 

27P12

John Selby Collitt

Born in 1848 at Gainsborough

 

27P13

William Collitt

Born in 1855 at Gainsborough

 

 

 

 

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William Collitt was born at Ainderby Steeple on 10th March 1822, the son of John Collitt and Hannah Atkinson, although he was baptised there on 28th March 1822 as William Collett.His father died in 1842, and by 1851 he had left the family home, but on the occasion of the census that year he was recorded as a visit at his motherís home in Morton-on-Swale near Northallerton, when he was 29 and described as a grocer not in business.During the next ten years, William returned to live with his elderly mother in the Northallerton area, where he was 38 in the census of 1861.Ten years later in 1871, William Collitt was 49 and was still living in Northallerton, but living with him on that occasion was his nephew Joshua Collitt (Ref. 27P9) who was 18.

 

 

 

He remained a bachelor for almost another four years until, in January 1875, he married Luciana Silvester, when he was 53 and she was only 26. Luciana was baptised at Barnby Dun to the north of Doncaster on 21st January 1849, the daughter of John and Sarah Silvester.The marriage produced five daughters and one son for William and Luciana, and all of them were born at Northallerton.By the time of the census in 1881 the family was living at the High Street in Northallerton, where William was a grocer employing two apprentices.

 

 

 

On that occasion he was 59 and he gave his place of birth as Morton-on-Swale, which is near Bedale and ten miles south-west of Northallerton.The rest of his family at that time comprised his wife Luciana 31, and their five children, the fifth child having just been born and had not been named on the day of the census on the third of April.The other four children were Amy H Collitt who was five, Luciana H Collitt, who was four, William S Collitt, who was three, and Mary G Collitt who was two.The unnamed baby was two weeks old, and she was eventually given the names Florence Hannah.The two apprentices that William employed also lodged with the family and they were William Dawson who was 18 from Kirby Knowle, and Walker Rudd who was 15 and from Kirby Sigston.In the addition to them, the family also employed a general servant Annie Dodds, who was 15, and a monthly nurse, Mary Robson who was 45.

 

 

 

According to the Northallerton census in 1891, the Collitt family was residing at Station Road, where William Collitt from Morton-upon-Swale was 69 and described as a retired grocer, while his wife Luciana was 42 and had been born at Barnby-upon-Don.Living there with the couple were their five children, Ann H Collitt was 15, Luciana S Collett was 14, Mary G Collitt was 12, Florence H Collitt was 10, and Selina R E Collitt was just three years old, all of them born at Northallerton.

 

 

 

Just over one year later, William Collett died on 18th April 1892 and was buried at Northallerton Cemetery.Following a change of address and just after the start of the new century his widow, Luciana Collitt from Barnby-upon-Don was 52 and living on her own means at South Parade in Northallerton with all of her five unmarried daughters.They were Amy H Collitt 25, Luciana S Collitt 24, Mary G Collitt 22, Florence H Collitt 20, and Selina R V Collitt who was 13.All of the girls were confirmed as born at Northallerton, but it was only Luciana and Florence who were in employment.Luciana was a private school governess, while Florence was a draperís cashier.

 

 

 

By the time of the Northallerton census in April 1911, Luciana still had three of her daughters living with her, having suffered the loss of Mary Gertrude who died in 1908.Luciana was 62 and surviving on private means, her daughter Luciana Sarah Collitt was 34 and still working as a school mistress at a nearby private school, Florence Hannah Collitt was 29 and a draperís bookkeeper and cashier, and Selina Rose Victoria Collitt was 23 years old, with no occupation, so was very likely helping her mother with domestic duties.By then her eldest daughter was married and two years later her daughter Florence was married.It was nearly twenty-two years after that census day when Luciana Collitt died on 26th February 1933.

 

 

 

The familyís headstone in the graveyard at Northallerton reads as follows: ďIn loving memory of William Collitt, died 18th April 1892 aged 70 years.Also Mary Gertrude, third daughter of the above died 19th October 1908.Also Luciana Sarah, second daughter of the above died 24th November 1929.Also Luciana, widow of the above died 26th February 1933.Also Selina, youngest daughter of the above, died 18th August 1944Ē

 

 

 

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Amy Helena Collitt

Born in 1875 at Northallerton

 

27P15

Luciana Sarah Collitt

Born in 1876 at Northallerton

 

27P16

William Silvester Collitt

Born in 1877 at Northallerton

 

27P17

Mary Gertrude Collitt

Born in 1878 at Northallerton

 

27P18

Florence Hannah Collitt

Born in 1881 at Northallerton

 

27P19

Selina Rose Victoria Collitt

Born in 1887 at Northallerton

 

 

 

 

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Ralph Collitt was born at Ainderby Steeple in 1824, where he was baptised on 15th November 1824 as Ralph Collett, the son of John and Hannah Collett.In 1851 Ralph was 27 and was still living with his widowed mother, following the death of his father in 1842. It would seem that Ralph never married and in 1861, when he was 37, he was living in Morton-on-Swale at the home of his older brother Thomas Collitt (above).At the time of the next census in 1871, Ralph Collett, aged 47, was living in the area of Yarm, to the south of Stockton.It was six years later that Ralph Collett died on 2nd June 1877.

 

 

 

 

27O10

Sarah Collitt was born at Ainderby Steeple in 1825 and was baptised there on 4th December 1825 as Sarah Collett, the daughter of John and Hannah Collett.Sarah was 25 and unmarried in 1851, when she was still living with her mother at Ainderby Steeple.Just over seven years later Sarah Collett died on 4th December 1858.

 

 

 

 

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Isabella Collitt was born at Ainderby Steeple on 6th January 1829 and it was there also that she was baptised on 2nd February 1829 as Isabella Collett, the youngest of eleven children of John and Hannah Collett.Her father died in 1842, so by the time of the next census, Isabella was still living with her widowed mother at Ainderby Steeple in 1851, when she was 22 years old.Eight years after that day, the marriage of Isabella Collitt and Job Ormston took place at Ainderby Steeple on 27th December 1859, and was recorded at Northallerton (Ref. 9d 856).It was also at Ainderby Steeple, in a property named Mount Etna, where the couple was living in 1861, when Job from Scruton, Yorkshire, was 32 and a farmer of eight acres.His wife Isabella was also 32 and of Ainderby Steeple, as was their baby daughter Sarah E Ormston who was not yet one year old.Twenty years later the family had grown, when by were then living in Morton-on-Swale, just west of Ainderby Steeple.That census day Isabella Ormston, aged 52, gave her place of birth as Morton-on-Swale.Job Ormston was 51 and a farmer of 88 acres, while their children were Sarah Collitt Ormston who was 20, Robert Ormston who was 17, William Ormston who was 14, all of them born at Ainderby Steeple prior to the move to Morton-on-Swale.Completing the family was Edmund Ormston who was 12 years old, who had been born after the family moved to Morton-on-Swale.

 

 

 

Job Ormston passed away during the following decade, leaving widowed Isabella, aged 62, described as a farmer at Morton-on-Swale, where she was still living with four of her children.They were Sarah, Robert, William, and Edmund. It was a very similar situation in 1901, except that by then 73-year-old Isabella only had three children living with her at Morton-on-Swale, Sarah 40, William 34 a farmer, and Edmund 32 another farmer. Isabella eventually gave up the farm and moved to Northallerton with her daughter, where they were residing in 1911.At that time in her life, Isabella was 82 and living on private means, who was being looked after by 50-year-old Sarah Collitt Ormston, who was also living on private means.Both ladies were confirmed as having been at Ainderby Steeple.Twenty months later Isabella Ormston was 83 years of age when she died at Ainderby Steeple on 26th November 1912, where she was buried, with her death recorded at Northallerton register office (Ref. 9d 815).

 

 

 

 

27O12

Hannah Collett was born at Harewood on 26th November 1803 and was baptised there at All Saintís Church on 22nd January 1804, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and Alice Bickerdike.

 

 

 

 

27O13

Robert Collett was born at Harewood on 6th January 1806 and was baptised there on 16th February 1806, the eldest son of Thomas Collett and Alice Bickerdike.Robertís grandfather John Collett was a farmer at Middlefield Farm in Harewood, and the property was inherited by Robertís father at the time of the death of his grandfather.The census of 1841 listed Robert living at ĎMiddle Fieldí with his parents and three younger brothers, when Robert had a rounded age of 30, instead of his actual age of 35.During the next decade Robertís mother died, so by 1851 he was still living at Middlefield Farm in Harewood, with his widowed elderly father, his brother William and his unmarried sister Catherine.Robert Collett was described as being 45 and a farmerís son from Harewood, most likely one of the four men employed on his fatherís 157-acre farm.

 

 

 

With the death of his father during 1853, Robert took over ownership of the farm at Middlefield and, it was during the following year, he married Sarah Clayton.Rather confusingly, two conflicting records of their marriage exist.The first of them was recorded at York (perhaps Yorkshire, rather than the city) on 2nd November 1854, when Robert Collettís age was incorrectly recorded as 36, while his bride Sarah was 40.The other, less detailed record, place the wedding of Robert and Sarah as having taken place at Scarborough, where the event was recorded (Ref. 9d 587) during the last quarter of 1854. In addition to all of that, the Harewood census of 1861 is very interesting since, on that day, Robert Collett of Harewood, aged 55 and a farmer of 197 acres, employing three servants and three labourers, and his wife Sarah Collett from Bradford, aged 48, were staying at The Harewood Arms on the Harrogate Road in Harewood, opposite the entrance to Harewood House.Also recorded at the inn was Robertís younger brother, farmer John Scarr Collett, the temporary landlord, and his wife and their seven children.

 

 

 

Living with the couple in 1861 was Sarahís nephew Joseph Charlesworth who was 10 years of age and born at Bradford, like Sarah, featured later in Sarahís life Ė see below. By 1871 the childless couple was still living at Middlefield Farm in Harewood, where farmer Robert Collett of Harewood was 65 and Sarah Collett from Bradford was 58.The farm at Middlefield was described as being 197 acres and on which Robert, with no sons of his own, needed to employ three men and two boys to help him manage it.Living with the couple at that time were three male farm servants, they being Joseph Brunton of Knaresborough aged 25, James Child aged 16 and John Lawson aged 15, both of them from East Keswick, and Margaret Bullock from East Keswick who was a general domestic servant.

 

 

 

Listed immediately after Robert and Sarah Collett in the 1871 census return were two further Collett families, they being the families of Robertís younger brother John Scarr Collett at Burns Farm, and William Collett at Biggin Farm (below).Ten years later, according to the census in 1881, Robert Collett was listed as being 75 and a farmer of 180 acres employing four labourers.The census return confirmed that he was born at Harewood and that he was married to Sarah who was 69 and from Little Horton, a district of Bradford.The only people listed with them in April 1881 were as follows: Mary Hirst, an unmarried visitor and independent lady aged 55 and born at Seacroft to the east of Leeds; Harriet Smith, an 18-year-old domestic servant from East Keswick and her younger sister Florrie aged 13 from nearby East Rigton; and two Ďindoorsí farm labourers Christopher Kemp 23 of Grimston in York and Thomas Newland 15 of Harewood.

 

 

 

Robert survived for a further three years, when the death of Robert Collett of Harewood was recorded at nearby Wetherby (Ref. 9a 89) during the third quarter of 1884, when he was 78.In the churchyard of All Saintís Church in Harewood is the grave of Robert Collett and his wife Sarah.The headstone confirms that Robert died during 1884, while Sarah died on 25th March 1888 at the age of 75, her death also recorded at Wetherby (Ref. 9a 91).The Will of Sarah Collett, widow of Harewood, was proved at Wakefield on 2nd May 1888 by Joseph Charlesworth of Heaton near Bradford, a merchant and nephew of the deceased, the sole executrix.Joseph was a wool merchant who had been born at Bradford in 1850, the son of Charles Charlesworth (born at Birstal in 1817) and his wife Hannah, who was born at Bradford in 1829.

 

 

 

 

27O14

Ann Collett was born at Harewood on 22nd September 1807 and was baptised there at All Saintís Church on 8th November 1807, the daughter of Thomas and Alice Collett.It would appear that she never married, since it was as Ann Collett that she died at Middlefield Farm, four years after her mother and six years before her father.The headstone that marks her grave in Harewoodís All Saintís Church, states she was the daughter of Thomas and Alice Collett of Middlefield, and that she died on 11th November 1846 at the age of 39.

 

 

 

 

27O15

Elizabeth Collett was born at Harewood on 13th May 1809, where she was baptised exactly three months later on 13th August 1809, the daughter of Thomas and Alice Collett.

 

 

 

 

27O16

Thomas Collett was born at Harewood on 10th March 1811, the son of Thomas Collett and Alice Bickerdike.And it was at Harewood that he was baptised on 19th May 1811.It would appear, although not yet proved, that he married around 1830 by which time he had left Yorkshire and was living in Lancashire.It would also appear that in 1831 Thomas was presented with a daughter Alice who was born at Thornham (midway between Middleton and Rochdale) which, at that time, was part of the town of Middleton, just north of Manchester.However, it seems likely that his wife died many years later, following which Thomas returned to Yorkshire where he married Jane who was born at Hartwith in 1828, Thomas being around seventeen years older than Jane.

 

 

 

Their wedding day may have been around 1849 since, by the time of the census in 1851, they had a daughter who was three months old, who had been born at Thorner, near Leeds, where the three of them were living on the day the census was conducted, although the birth was registered at Tadcaster in January 1851.Thomas Collett from Harewood was 41 and his occupation was that of a tinner, while his while Jane was 23.Curiously no later record of the family has been found after that day.

 

 

 

27P20

Alice Collett

Born in 1831 at Thornham, Lancs.

 

27P21

Christiana Collett

Born in 1851 at Thorner, near Leeds

 

 

 

 

27O17

Mary Collett was born at Harewood in 1813 and was baptised there on 16th May 1813, another daughter of Thomas and Alice Collett of Middlefield Farm.

 

 

 

 

27O18

JOHN SCARR COLLETT was born at Harewood on 26th July 1815, where he was baptised on 3rd September 1815, the son of Thomas Collett and Alice Bickerdike.In the first census of 1841 John Collett was still living with his family at Middlefield Farm in Harewood at the age of 25.Four years later John married Mary Hardcastle at Thorner, near Leeds, on 11th November 1844, when they were both described as being on full age.Mary had been born at Stockton-on-the-Forest, near York, where she was baptised on 4th November 1821, the daughter of Thomas and Jane Hardcastle.By the time of the census in 1851 their marriage had been blessed with three children, with the coupleís eldest daughter Alice being given her grandmotherís maiden-name.

 

 

 

The Harewood census that year listed that family as John aged 35 from Harewood, a farmer of 95 acres employing one labourer, his wife Mary aged 29 from Stockton, and their three Harewood born children.Alice was four, William was two years old, and Ann who was under six months of age.Visiting the Collett family that day was farmerís wife Mary A Hardcastle from Thorner, who was 30, with her infant son Arthur Hardcastle.Mary was Johnís sister-in-law, being the wife of Thomas Hardcastle, his wifeís brother.Two servants were included with the family in that census return and they were Joseph Holmes who was 21 and perhaps the farm labourer employed by John, together with Sarah Whitehead who was 17.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family had been completed by the addition of a further five children, all of them born at Harewood.In 1861 John S Collett from Harewood was 45 and a farmer, employing one man, and the landlord of The Harewood Arms in Harewood, where he and his family were recorded that day.Mary Collett, his wife from Stockton, was 39, and their seven children were Alice 14, William 12, Annie 10, Catherine who was eight, Mary who was five, Jane E Collett who was two years old and Betsy who was under one-year old.In service with the family on that day were two servants, Thomas Metcalf aged 20 and Mary Allenby who was 18.

 

 

 

Tragedy struck the family five years later, when the death of Mary Collett aged 44 was recorded at Otley (Ref. 9a 91) during the fourth quarter of 1866. After that sad event, John and his five youngest daughters continued to live at Harewood, where the family was recorded in the census return for 1871. By that time widower John Scarr Collett from East Keswick was 55 and a farmer Burns Farm, which was situated in the census return between the farms of Middlefield Farm, owned by Johnís older brother Robert, and Biggin Farm, owned by his younger brother William.The census that year described Burns Farm as being 104 acres, on which widower John Scarr Collett employed one man and one boy.Living there with him were his five daughters, Ann P Collett who was 20, Catherine Collett who was 18, Mary Collett who was 15, Jane E Collett who was 12, and Betsy Collett who was ten years old.

 

 

 

A possible error on the census form indicated that the whole family had been born at East Keswick, the family being part of a list of seven names dittoed from the name of James Child of East Keswick, a farm servant employed by Williamís brother Robert Collett at Middlefield Farm.The one boy employed on the farm was live-in farm servant Francis Wells aged 15 and from Knaresborough.

 

 

 

John Scarr Collett was only fifty-seven when, eighteen months later, he died at Harewood on 30th July 1872, his death recorded at Wetherby (Ref. 9a 88) during the third quarter of the year.He was buried in the churchyard of All Saintís Church, where a headstone marks the grave.Eight years after his passing his two youngest daughters sailed to America to start a new life there.It is also known that Johnís eldest daughter Alice married James Young Teale around 1870 and, possibly under the terms of his Will, Alice and her husband took over ownership and management of the bulk of Burns Farm in Harewood, as confirmed by the census in 1881.

 

 

 

27P22

Alice Bickerdike Collett

Born in 1846 at Harewood

 

27P23

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1848 at Harewood

 

27P24

Ann P Collett

Born in 1850 at Harewood

 

27P25

Catharine Collett

Born in 1852 at Harewood

 

27P26

Mary Collett

Born in 1856 at Harewood

 

27P27

Jane Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1858 at Harewood

 

27P28

Betsey Collett

Born in 1861 at Harewood

 

 

 

 

27O19

William Collett was born at Harewood in 1817 and was baptised there on 15th June 1817, the son of Thomas and Alice Collett.At the time of the June census in 1841, William had a rounded age of twenty when living with his family at Middle Field Farm in Harewood.Ten years later in 1851 William was 33 years old and was still a bachelor living with his widowed father Thomas at Middlefield in Harewood, together with his brother Robert (above), and his sister Catherine (below). The occupation of both brothers was that of a farmerís son, presumably working on their fatherís 157-acre farm.So far, no record of William has been found in the census return for 1861, although it must have been shortly after that when he married Betsy Smith of Harewood who was listed with him at Harewood in 1871, together with their only child.William was 53, Betsy was 43, and their daughter Alice Eliza was just six years old and had been born at nearby East Keswick.

 

 

 

It seems highly likely that William and Betsy had inherited Biggin Farm in Harewood, the property previously having been owned by Betsyís late father.Biggin Farm comprised 173.5 acres and William needed to employ two men and one boy to help with the running of it.Living with the family of three at Biggin was Williamís widowed mother-in-law, sixty-five years old Eliza Smith, a former farmerís wife.According to the Harewood census of 1881, William Collett was 63, while his wife Betsy, also of Harewood, was fifty-three.The census recorded the couple as living at Biggin Farm in Harewood where William was a farmer of the same 173 acres who, at that time, was employing one labourer and two boys.Living with them was their unmarried daughter Alice Eliza Collett who was 16, who had been born at East Keswick, the next village to the east of Harewood, and Betsyís mother Eliza Smith aged seventy-five of Seacroft, who was listed as an annuitant.The family was support by sixteen-year-old Alice Dalby who was a domestic servant, and the two boys employed by William to work on the farm were John Wharvill aged eighteen from Leeds and Frederick Hodgson who was fourteen and from Shadwell.

 

 

 

27P29

Alice Eliza Collett

Born in 1865 at East Keswick

 

 

 

 

27O20

Mary Collett was born at Harewood in 1819, the daughter of Thomas and Alice Collett.On the occasion of the first national census in June 1841 Mary was still living in Harewood but not with her family which was living nearby at Middlefield Farm.Mary was unmarried at the rounded age of 25, although she would have only actually been 21 or 22.

 

 

 

 

27O21

Catherine Collett was born at Harewood in 1822 but, for some reason, was not baptised until she was around four years of age.The baptism of Catherine Collett took place at Harewood on 2nd July 1826, the youngest child of Thomas Collett and his wife Alice Bickerdike.She was 18 years old on the day of the census in 1841, when she was living at Hollin Hall in Harewood with uncle Thomas Bickerdike, her motherís brother.Following the death of her mother, Catherine returned to Middlefield Farm to keep house for her elderly father and two older unmarried brothers Robert and William (above), where she was 29 and a farmerís daughter in 1851, Catherine was unmarried and was living with her widowed father at Middlefield in Harewood and her two brothers Robert and William (above).Following the death of her father, the farm at Middlefield was inherited by her brother Robert who also became a married man one year later.

 

 

 

It was those changes that may have prompted Catherine to leave Harewood because, by the time of the next census in 1861, she was 37, a single lady from Harewood and a fundholder, who was residing in a property on Main Street in the village Sicklinghall, midway between Kirkby Overblow and Wetherby, the home of William Mountain aged 45 from Boston Spa.Just over two years after that census day, the marriage of Catherine Collett may have become a married woman, although it is not clear whether it was Seth Fewsdale Elsworth or Joseph Midgley.The married was recorded at Otley (Ref. 9a 178) during the fourth quarter of 1863.

 

 

 

 

27P1

John Collitt was born at Morton-on-Swale near Northallerton on 26th June 1851, and was baptised at nearby Ainderby Steeple on 27th July 1851, the eldest of the four children of Thomas Collitt and Mary Flower.The birth of John Collitt was register at Northallerton (Ref. xxiv 575) during the second quarter of 1851.Just three months before he was born, his parents were living in Morton-on-Swale and it was there also that the family was still living at the time of the census of 1861, when John Collitt was nine years old and his place of birth was confirmed as Morton-on-Swale.However, on leaving school, John left the family home and in 1871 he was 19 and was living and working within the Leeds St Marys area of Yorkshire, where he was described as a student under training as a draperís apprentice, one of six young apprentices on the same course.His place of birth was confirmed as Ainderby Steeple.

 

 

 

Sometime after that he made the long journey down to London where John Collitt married Jane Elizabeth Fine (or Fyne) towards the end of that decade, possibly in 1879.Jane was baptised as Eliza Jane Finn at Great Chart, near Ashford in Kent, on 26th March 1857, the daughter of Reuben and Eliza Mary Finn (or Fyne) of Wapping.Their marriage produced a total of five children for the couple, with all of them born at Walthamstow, with their births recorded at West Ham, Essex.The coupleís first child was born at the home of Eliza Mary Fine just prior to the next census in 1881.

 

 

 

By that time John and his young family were staying at Hoe Street in Walthamstow, in the West Ham district of Essex, the home of Johnís sixty-one-year-old widowed mother-in-law Mary Fine, who still had living there with her, her daughter Margaret Fine aged 17 and a milliner.The Collitt family was listed as John Collitt, aged 29 and a commercial traveller from Steeple in Yorkshire, a reference to Ainderby Steeple near Northallerton, his wife Jane Collitt aged 23 from Middlesex, and their daughter Mary Collitt who had been born that nine months earlier.Living not far away, in the same West Ham area, was Johnís younger brother Thomas (below) who had also travelled down to London from Northallerton.

 

 

 

Over the next ten years a further three children were added to Johnís and Janeís family, and by 1891 they were residing at Albert Road in Walthamstow, within the West Ham registration district of Essex.Commercial traveller John Collitt was 39, Jane Elizabeth Collitt was 33, and their four children on that occasion were listed as Mary Eliza Collitt who was ten, John F Collitt who was seven, Stanley T Collitt who was three, and Ernest H Collitt who was one year old.Not long after that census day, Jane Collitt fell pregnant with the coupleís fifth and final child, who was born at the start of the following year.However, just seven years after the birth, John Collitt was 47 when he died at Walthamstow, when his death was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 160) during the last three months of 1899.

 

 

 

In March 1901 his widow Jane was recorded in the census return as Jane E Collett aged 43 from Wapping, when and the only children still living with her at that time were her eldest daughter Mary E Collett, aged 20, her eldest son John F Collett who was 17 and a junior commercial clerk, and her youngest son Percy F Collett who was nine years old.Of the other members of her family, only son Ernest has been positively identified and he, at eleven years of age, was attending a boarding school somewhere in Surrey.

 

 

 

Also living with Jane and her three children at 45 Warren Road in Leyton on that occasion, was her elderly mother Eliza M Fine, aged 80, who was also from Wapping.Tragically, it was later that same year in 1901 that Jane Elizabeth Collitt nee Fine (or Fyne) died when she was still only 45.

 

 

 

27Q1

Mary Eliza Collitt

Born in 1880 at Walthamstow

 

27Q2

John Fine Collitt

Born in 1883 at Walthamstow

 

27Q3

Stanley Thomas Collitt

Born in 1887 at Walthamstow

 

27Q4

Ernest Harold Collitt

Born in 1889 at Walthamstow

 

27Q5

Percy Frank Collitt

Born in 1892 at Walthamstow

 

 

 

 

27P2

Thomas Collitt was born at Morton-on-Swale near Northallerton during the summer of 1852, his birth was registered at Northallerton (Ref. 9d 391) during the third quarter of 1852.He was then baptised at nearby Ainderby Steeple on 24th October 1852.He was the second child of Thomas Collitt and his wife Mary Flower.In the Morton-on-Swale census of 1861, Thomas Collitt was eight years old, when he and his family were residing at Swale Field.He had left the family home by 1871 but was still living not far from his parents.Thomas Collitt, aged 18 and from Morton-on-Swale, was an apprentice draper living and working with draper George Oxendale at his home in Station Road in Northallerton.

 

 

 

By 1881 he was still a bachelor at the age of 27, by which time he had moved south to Oxfordshire, where he was living and working in the picturesque Cotswold town of Burford.At that time in his life Thomas Collett was a draper and an outfitter living on the main High Street through the centre of the town.Once again, he gave his place of birth as Morton-on-Swale.

 

 

 

Sometime during the remainder of 1881 Thomas emigrated to Australia, and it was there that he married Anne Marion Jones on 30th January 1882 at St Paulís Church in Geelong near Melbourne, Victoria.Their marriage indicated that they were both residing in Geelong at the time of the wedding, and that Thomas was a draper and Annie a milliner.Annie was born at Bath in 1854, the second daughter of George Gee Jones, a coachman/gentleman, and his wife Mary Bayford, although her parents were married at the Church of England Cathedral in Ripon, Yorkshire on 5th February 1843.Thanks to her occupation as a high-class milliner, Annie and her mother sailed to Australia with an assisted passage paid for by some benefactor.It may also be of interest that mother and daughter made the journey around the time that Thomas left England for a new life.

 

 

 

To go with that new life in Australia, Thomas adopted the name of the village of his birth as a second forename, the same name being given to one his sons.It would appear that he and Annie were only together for ten years, when Thomas Morton Collitt died at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne on 4th July 1892, at the age of 39, the cause of death being an of apoplexy (a stroke).However, during those years Annie presented Thomas with three children when the family was living within the Prahran district of Melbourne.

 

 

 

With three young children to support, Annie later married Thomas Fowell Buxton during 1894.It was thirty-two years later that Anne Marion Buxton died from diabetes on 26th October 1926 and was buried at St Kilda Cemetery along with her first husband Thomas Morton Collitt and her mother Mary Jones.

 

 

 

During the ten years that they were married Thomas and Annie were recorded in the various Melbourne Directories in the following way.In 1883 Mrs Annie M Collitt was residing at 110 Chapel Street in Prahran, while her husband Thomas Collitt was recorded at Athol Street in Prahran.The following year Thomas Collitt and his wife Mrs Annie M Collitt were living at 122 Chapel Street in Prahran, as they were in 1885 and 1886.From 1887 to 1889 Mr T Collitt was a silk mercer living with his family at 118 Chapel Street in Prahran.Just after that there was an entry for a T Collitt, a land agent, residing at 6A Green Street in Prahran, which may or may not have been Thomas Morton Collitt.

 

 

 

In 1890 and 1891 Mr T Collitt, a silk mercer, and his wife Mrs Annie Collitt were living with their family at 118A Chapel Street in Prahran, but that was the last mention of Thomas.Upon his death in July 1892 Annie left Prahran when she travelled the short distance south to settle in the St Kilda district of Melbourne, where she was recorded in both 1892 and 1893 prior to her change of name to Buxton.The entries for both those years listed her as Mrs Annie Collitt, a milliner at 12 Royal Arcade, Bourke Street in St Kilda.

 

 

 

27Q6

Elsie Marion Collitt

Born in 1883 at Prahran

 

27Q7

Thomas Morton Collitt

Born in 1884 at Prahran

 

27Q8

Herbert Bayford Collitt

Born in 1886 at Prahran

 

 

 

 

27P3

Mary Hannah Collitt was born at Morton-on-Swale early in 1855, her birth registered at Northallerton (Ref. 9d 415) during the first two months of that year.It was at Ainderby Steeple that she was baptised on 9th March 1855, the only daughter of Thomas Collitt and Mary Flower.By the time of the Morton census in 1861, which was conducted on the seventh day of April, Mary Hannah Collitt had died two days earlier, and had been buried at Ainderby Steeple on 5th April 1861 at the age of just six years.

 

 

 

 

27P4

Joshua Collitt was born at Morton-on-Swale near Northallerton on 24th July 1858, the youngest child of Thomas Collitt and Mary Flower. His birth was registered at Northallerton (Ref. 9d 413). In the Morton-upon-Swale census of 1861, he was two years old when he and his family were residing at Swalefield. By 1871, he was 12 years of age, attending school, and was still living with his family which, at the time, was living in Northallerton.After another ten years, Joshua Collitt had made his way south to London, following in the footsteps of his older brother John (above).According to the census in 1881 he was working as a draperís assistant at the age of 23, when he was living at the home of his employer, draper William Cheyne from Scotland, at Bay Lodge on The Green in West Ham. Joshuaís place of birth was simply recorded as Yorkshire.Six years later, the marriage of Joshua Collitt, aged 29 and of Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough, the son of Thomas Collitt, and Mary Ann Curry, also 29 of Northallerton and the daughter of George Curry, took place at St Johnís Church in Middlesbrough on 15th October 1887.This followed the reading of banns at Northallerton on 25th September 1887.

 

 

 

Two children were then born to the couple before the next census day in 1891, both of them born after the couple had set up home in Northallerton.From the census that year, it is established that the family was living on the High Street in Northallerton when Joshua Collitt (again born in Yorkshire, as was every member of the household) was a married man aged 31 (sic), whose occupation was that of a draperís assistant.His wife Mary Ann Collitt was 32, son Sydney Thomas Collitt was two years of age, and daughter Mary R Collitt was one-year old.Living with the family was Hannah J Evans who was 20, and Barbara H Hodgson who was 17, both most likely domestic servants.

 

 

 

During the next decade, Joshua ceased to be a draperís assistant when, according to the census conducted in 1901, he was a draper aged 42 who had been born at Ainderby Steeple, who was still living and working at Market Row, High Street in Northallerton with his wife and their two children. Mary Ann Collitt aged 42 was a milliner, and their children Sydney T Collitt was 12 years old, and Mary R Collitt was 10 years of age, all three of them were confirmed as having been born at Northallerton.The family was earning extra income by letting out rooms, with two boarders staying there that day.They were Edith A Holland who was 21, and Clara Boocock who was 19, both of them working with Mary Ann Collitt as millinerís assistants.Once again, the family had a live-in domestic servant, Mary H Young from Northallerton who was 24.

 

 

 

The four members of the family were still together ten years later in 1911, by which time they had moved to the Chorlton-cum-Hardy census registration district of Manchester, when they were recorded at Whalley Range in South Manchester, two miles south-west of the city centre.Joshua Collitt from Ainderby Steeple was 53 and a drapery warehouseman, Mary Ann Collitt from Northallerton was 50 and employed by the local electrical power supply company, Sydney Thomas Collitt from Northallerton was 22, and Mary Rebecca Collitt also from Northallerton was 20.Neither of them had an occupation recorded against the name, so maybe it was Sydney who was working with the electricity board.

 

 

 

27Q9

Sydney Thomas Collitt

Born in 1888 at Northallerton

 

27Q10

Mary Rebecca Collitt

Born in 1890 at Northallerton

 

 

 

 

27P5

Mary Hannah Atkinson Collitt was born at Morton-on-Swale during the spring of 1844 and was baptised at nearby Ainderby Steeple on 11th June 1844, the eldest child of John and Isabella Collitt.The birth of Mary Hannah Atkinson Collitt was registered at Northallerton (Ref. xxiv 427) during the second quarter of 1844.Sadly, she was only nineteen years of age when she died, following which she was buried at Ainderby Steeple on 20th July 1864, when she was simply recorded as Mary Hannah Collitt.The Yorkshire Gazette, published on 25th July 1863, included an obituary for Mary Hannah Collitt, the daughter of John Collitt, who was born in 1844.

 

 

 

 

27P6

Sarah Jane Collitt was born at Morton-on-Swale in 1846, her birth registered at Northallerton (Ref. xxiv 456) during the third quarter of 1846. It was at Ainderby Steeple where she was baptised on 27th July 1846, the daughter of John and Isabella Collett.Sarah was four years old in the Thirsk census of 1851, and with three further children added to her family during the next ten years, it was Sarah who made room by living with her grandmother Hannah Collitt, nearby in Northallerton.Sarah Jane Collitt was 14 by the time of the census in 1861, when it was confirmed that she was living with seventy-five- year-old Hannah Collitt and her son William at Northallerton.

 

 

 

When Sarah Jane was around twenty years old, she married John Handley who was a butcher from Middleham in Yorkshire, where he was born in 1843.By the end of the century, Sarah and her family were living in Middleham within the Leyburn registration district as recorded in the March census of 1901. John Handley, aged 57, was a butcher with his own account, his wife Sarah J Handley was 54, and living with them were seven of their children.They were Mary H Handley, aged 34, who was a milliner, Fred Handley, aged 27, who was a butcher, Harry Handley, aged 23, who was a Post Office assistant, Priscilla Handley who was 22, Alfred Handley, aged 19, who was a solicitor's law clerk, George Handley who was 16, and Edith Handley who was 13.

 

 

 

The next census in 1911 confirmed that John Handley, aged 67, and his wife Sarah Jane Handley, aged 64 and from Morton-on-Swale, had been married for forty-five years.John from Middleham, was described as a retired and living on his private means.Still living with the couple was their son unmarried Harry, aged 34, and their unmarried daughter Edith who was 23, both having been born at Middleham.

 

 

 

It was just over one year later that John Handley died during the second quarter of 1912, his death recorded at the Leyburn register office.The extension of this family line leads to Jim Woollison of Stagsden in Bedford who, in 2010, kindly provided details of his family from his great grandmother Sarah Jane Collitt to the present day.

 

 

 

 

27P7

Isabel Collitt was possibly born at Kirby Wiske, five miles south of Northallerton, since that was given as her place of birth at the time of her marriage.Her birth was registered at Thirsk in Yorkshire (Ref. xxiv 633) during the second quarter of 1849, but with the name Isabel Collitt.No baptism record has been located for her but, in the Thirsk census of 1851, again as Isabel Collitt one-year-old, she was living there with her parents at Ingram Gate in Thirsk.Her place of birth was confirmed as Kirby Wiske, while her parents were John Collitt and his wife Isabella, who was expecting the birth of the coupleís fourth child Collitt and was one year old in the Thirsk census of 1851.Ten years later she was living with her family at The Harewood Arms on the High Street in Northallerton when she was 11.By the time of the census in 1871 her father had died and Isabel Collitt was 21 and living and working in nearby Ripon.

 

 

 

It was four years later during 1875, that Isabella Collitt married Chilton Fawcett at Stockton-on-Tees, the son of William and Elizabeth Fawcett.Chilton was born at Thirsk in 1852, where he was baptised on 13th June 1852, the son of William and Elizabeth Fawcett.By 1881, joiner and inn keeper Chilton Fawcett, was living with his family at The Masons Arms in Northallerton.Isabel was 31 and her place of birth was then given as Thirsk, the same as her husband.

 

 

 

At that time Isabel had two young children, Chilton Fawcett who was one years old, and Harold Fawcett who was only one month old.Supporting the family was nurse Mary Middleton 67, and Lily Fowler who was a servant aged 15 and from Northallerton, as was the nurse.On that occasion Isabellaís first-born child, Bessie Fawcett aged three years, was living at Whitworth with Isabellaís younger married sister Priscilla A Milner nee Collett (below), while she cared for her new born son.

 

 

 

Also living with the family, was Polly Fawcett aged 24 and a dressmaker, who was Chiltonís cousin from Morton-on-Swale.

 

Chilton Fawcett died just over ten years later on 2nd June 1892 and was buried at Northallerton Cemetery.

 

Isabel Collitt Fawcett, who was born in 1849, had survived her husband by forty years, when she died on 22nd November 1932 and was buried in the churchyard of All Saintís Church in Northallerton, as pictured here.

 

 

 

Members of the family of Isabella Fawcett nee Collitt are listed on a headstone as follows:In memory of Robert Fawcett who was killed in action in France on 22nd August 1918 aged 33 years.In loving memory of Isabel, wife of Chilton Fawcett, died 11th November 1932 aged 83 years.In loving memory of Isabel Collitt, daughter of Chilton and Isabel Fawcett of Northallerton, born 15th July 1887, died May 1889.Also, Tom, their son, born 4th March 1890, died April 8 1893.

 

 

 

In the same graveyard is the headstone marking the grave of Chilton Fawcett and his parents.The epitaph reads as follows: ďIn affectionate remembrance of Elizabeth, wife of William Fawcett of Northallerton who died 18th January 1879 aged 59 years.Her end was peace.Also Chilton FAWCETT, son of the above who died 2nd June 1892 aged 40 years.Also the above named William FAWCETT who died 20th January 1894 aged 73 years.Also Eliza Jackson, widow of the above William FAWCETT who died 10th July 1914 aged 80 yearsĒ

 

 

 

 

27P8

John William Collitt was born at Northallerton in 1851, where he was baptised on 9th November 1851, the son of John and Isabel Collitt.His birth was registered at Northallerton (Ref. xxiv 573) using the Collett spelling of his name, during the last three months of 1851.During the fourth quarter of that same year, the birth of John Collitt was also recorded there, but he was the son of Thomas and Mary Collitt. In 1861 John was nine years old when he was living with his family at Northallerton, but it is not known where he was in 1871, when he would have been 19.Perhaps he was in military service with the army or the navy.When he was 30 years old, John W Collitt was a bachelor and a boarder at the home of labourer Robert Hare at 5 Golden (Colden) Street in Stockton-on-Tees.His place of birth was confirmed as Northallerton and his occupation was that of a grocerís assistant.Also living in Stockton-on-Tees at that time was Johnís married younger brother Joshua Collitt (below).Sadly however, less than one year later the death of John William Collitt took place at Northallerton, following which he was buried at Northallerton Cemetery during the month of January in 1882.

 

 

 

 

27P9

Joshua Collitt was born at Northallerton in 1853, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 9d 418) during the second quarter of the year.It was there also that he was baptised on 14th August 1853, the youngest son of John and Isabella Collitt.Joshua was seven years old in the Northallerton census of 1861, when he was living there with his family.Joshua was still in Northallerton in 1871, when he was 18 and living with his uncle William Collitt (Ref. 27O8), not far from where his widowed mother Isabella and his youngest sister Priscilla were living at that time.

 

 

 

During the middle of the 1870s, Joshua became a married man in Stockton-on-Tees.According to the census in 1881, he was recorded as Joshua Collett, head of the house and married, while living at 3 Mill Lane in Stockton-on-Tees, by which time he was a general shop manager at the age of 27.Joshuaís wife was Eleanor Collett aged 30 and from Stockton, and by that time the marriage had produced three children for the couple.They were Eleanor A Collett who was four, Joshua R Collett who was three, and Miriam Collett who was one year old, all three having been born at Stockton.The Collett family was supported by two servants, and they were Ellen Mitchell 18, and Margaret A Mellanby 17 who was a cook.It was later revealed that the R is their sonís name was for Rose, which may have been Eleanorís maiden-name.

 

 

 

Something happened during the latter half of the 1880s which resulted in the coupleís three oldest children being absent from the family home in Stockton family, as confirmed by their absence on the day of the census in 1891.It is possible that they were simply being housed with other members of the family, to make room in the dwelling for four new arrivals.One year earlier, the Kellyís Directory for Stockton-on-Tees included the following information.Joshua Collitt, of 3 Mill Lane, was a hardware merchant, in addition to which there was a cross-reference to the company of Richardson & Collitt, hardware merchants of Prince Arthur Street.

 

 

 

The Collitt family listed at 3 Mill Lane in the census of 1891, comprised Joshua aged 37, Eleanor aged 40, with Florence H Collett who was nine, Lilian Collett who was five, James Edwin Collett who was three, and William Henry Collett who was one-year old.No record of absent son Joshua has been found, while daughters Eleanor and Miriam were staying with Joshuaís married sister Priscilla Anne Milner Hawes on the River Ure, in North Yorkshire.However, those same three children were once again back living with the family by the time of the next census in 1901, but at East Hartburn, a suburb of Stockton in County Durham.

 

 

 

The census return recorded the family as Joshua Collett who was 47 and from Northallerton, a general merchant in fancy goods, his wife Eleanor who was 50, together with their six children.They were Eleanor A Collett aged 24 and an artist and musician, Joshua R Collett aged 23 and an assistant general merchant working with his father, Miriam Collett aged 21 and a dressmaker, Florence Collett aged 18 and a clerk working for her father, Lillian who was 14, and James who was 12, both of them still at school.It would appear from the absence of the coupleís youngest son William Henry Collett, that he may have suffered an infant death, since he would have been ten years old in 1901.

 

 

 

Ten years later, in April 1911, the family still living in the Stockton area was made up of Joshua 57, Eleanor 60, plus three of their children, they being Florence Isabella Collett 28, Lillian Collett 24, and James Edwin Collett 23.Also living with Joshua and Eleanor, was their grandson Stanley Rose Collet who was five years old and born at Stockton-on-Tees.It is now known that Stanley was indeed the son of Joshua Rose Collitt whose wife Harriet, whom he had married in 1904, had just given birth to their second child fifteen miles north of Stockton at Hesleden in County Durham.The later death of Joshua Collett, aged 71, was recorded at Middlesbrough register office (Ref. 9d 768) during the first three months of 1925. Two years prior to his passing, his eldest and unmarried daughter Eleanor died in 1923 and her Will proved in 1924 named Joshua Collitt as the sole executor of her estate.

 

 

 

27Q11

Eleanor Amelia Collitt

Born in 1876 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27Q12

Joshua Rose Collett

Born in 1878 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27Q13

Miriam Collett

Born in 1879 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27Q14

Florence Isabella Collett

Born in 1881 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27Q15

Lillian Collett

Born in 1885 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27Q16

James Edwin Collett

Born in 1888 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27Q17

William Henry Collett

Born in 1890 at Stockton; infant death

 

 

 

 

27P10

Priscilla Anne Collitt was born at Northallerton in 1856, the youngest child of John and Isabella Collitt, her birth registered at Northallerton (Ref. 9d 455) during the second quarter of the year.She was four years old in 1861 when she was living with her family at The Harewood Arms on the High Street in Northallerton and, following the death of her father, she was 14 in 1871 when she was Priscilla A Collitt, the only child still living with her widowed mother.

 

 

 

It was at the start of 1881 when Priscilla Annie Collitt was residing at Spennymoor, the banns of marriage were read on 30th January, followed by her wedding to draper Christopher Milner at Askrigg, North Yorkshire on 13th February 1881.Just a few weeks later, at the time of the census that year, the couple was living at 18 Clyde Terrace in Whitworth, Durham, where Priscilla A Milner from Northallerton was 24 and a dressmaker.On that occasion her husband Christopher Milner was 28 with no stated occupation.Staying with the couple was Frances Johnson who was 19, and Bessie Fawcett who was three years old, a likely relative of Chilton Fawcett who married Isabella Collitt, Priscillaís older sister (above).

 

 

 

Sometime after that, the couple moved to Hawes in North Yorkshire, where Christopher continued his work as a draper. The census in 1891 identified the couple residing at Bridge Street (over the River Ure) as Christopher Milner who was 38, and his wife Priscilla Annie Milner who was 34. By then Priscilla had given birth to three sons, and they were Cyril George Milner who was nine, Percy C Milner who was six, and Carl Dugdale Milner who was four. All five members of the family were noted as having been born in Yorkshire.Staying with the family that day, were two nieces of Priscilla Anne Collitt, and they were Eleanor Amelia Collitt, aged 14, and Miriam Collitt who was 11.They were from Stockton-on-Tees and two of the seven children of Priscillaís older brother Joshua Collitt and his wife Eleanor (above).

 

 

 

 

27P12

John Selby Collitt was born at Bridge Street in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, at the start of 1848, the first child born to Richard Collett and his wife Eliza Parker, with his birth registered at Gainsborough (Ref. xiv 352) during the first two months of that year.It was also in Gainsborough, at Holy Trinity Church, where he was baptised on 5th March 1848.He was three years of age at the time of the Gainsborough census of 1851, when the three members of the family were still living on Bridge Street in Gainsborough, where his father was a chemist and a druggist.He was 14 in 1861 and, by the time of the census in 1871, Johnís father had died and John Selby Collitt, aged 23 and from Gainsborough, was the only one of that surname, still living in the City of Lincoln.Eighteen months after that census day, the marriage of John Selby Collitt and Margaret Miller Blair was recorded at Louth in Lincolnshire (Ref. 7a 890) during the third quarter of 1872.

 

 

 

Just a few years later John married Margaret from Louth in Lincolnshire and the marriage produced at least six children, although not all of them survived.The first five children were all born while the family was still living in Lincoln, with the last child born when the family was temporarily living at Boston in Lincolnshire.On the occasion of the census in 1881, John S Collitt from Gainsborough was 33 and was living at 115 Portland Street within the parish of St Peter at Gowts in Lincoln, from where he was a managing engineer with the company of E & M Maker.His wife Margaret M Collitt was 35, and their three children were Edith E Collitt who was five (who had been baptised at the Lincoln Church of St Peter at Gowts), Arthur Collitt who was three, and Bernard Collitt who was one-year-old.Perhaps coincidentally, the family employed a servant Emma Parker from Little Garthorpe who was 19 and who may have been a relative of Johnís mother. Tragically, the coupleís first-born child had died and was buried within days of being baptised.

 

 

 

During the 1880s three further children were born into the family which, after their short time in Boston, had settled near Johnís brother William (below) in Gainsborough.The census in 1891 recorded the family living at Tennyson Street as John Selby Collitt who was 43 and a draughtsman working for a mechanical engineering company, Margaret M Collitt who was 44, Edith E Collitt who was 15 and a pupil teacher, Bernard Collitt who was 11, Maud H Collitt who was eight, Sydney Collitt who was six, and William Collitt who was three years old. There were two other people at the dwelling, the first being Margaretís elderly widowed mother Rachel Blair from Yorkshire who was 76 and living on her owns means, the other being Eliza A Elviss, aged 17 and a general domestic servant. Missing son Arthur had suffered an infant death in 1882.

 

 

 

By March 1901 the family was reduced further with the absence of son Bernard.The remainder of the family were still living in Gainsborough, but at Eastbourne Terrace on Trinity Street. John Selby Collitt was a mechanical engineerís draughtsman at the age of 53, Margaret M Collitt from Louth was 54, Edith E Collett was 25 and a schoolteacher, Maud H Collitt was 18 and a pupil teacher, Sydney Collitt was who was an apprentice to an engine fitter at the age of 16, and William S Collitt who had been born at Boston and was 13 and still at school.The birthplace of the older children was confirmed as Lincoln.

 

 

 

At the end of the following decade, it was just John and Margaretís two unmarried daughters who were the only offspring still living with them at All Saints Gainsborough.John Selby Collitt was 63 and still working as a draughtsman, but for an agricultural mechanical engineer, Margaret Miller Collitt was 65, Edith Eliza Collitt was 35 and still employed as a teacher, as was Maud Helen Collitt who was 28.Fourteen years later, John Selby Collitt was 77 when he died at Gainsborough, his passing recorded at Lincolnshire register office (Ref. 7a 679) during 1925.His Will was proved at Lincoln on 3rd December 1925, which confirmed he died on 28th August 1925, and that the two beneficiaries were William Selby Collitt, and Edith Eliza Collitt.John was buried at Gainsborough on 31st August that year.It was during the following year that Johnís widow passed away, when Margaret Miller Collitt was buried at Gainsborough on 18th October 1926, when she was 81.Her Will was proved at Lincoln on 7th April 1927 when the sole beneficiary was her daughter Edith Eliza Collitt.The probate documentation also confirmed that Margaret had died on 15th October 1926.

 

 

 

It may be of interest that there was another Collitt family living at 10 Hawksworth Street in Gainsborough in 1891 and that was the family of chain-maker Uriah Collitt who was born at Dudley in 1856 and his wife Johanna Ashman.Their details, and those of their ten children can be found in the appendix to Part 48 Ė The Dudley West Midlands Line under Ref. 48/o1.

 

 

 

27Q18

Florence Margaret Collitt

Born in 1873 at Lincoln

 

27Q19

Edith Eliza Collitt

Born in 1875 at Lincoln

 

27Q20

Arthur Collitt

Born in 1877 at Lincoln

 

27Q21

Bernard Collitt

Born in 1879 at Lincoln

 

27Q22

Maud Helen Collitt

Born in 1882 at Lincoln

 

27Q23

Sydney Collitt

Born in 1884 at Lincoln

 

27Q24

William Selby Collitt

Born in 1888 at Boston

 

 

 

 

27P13

William Collitt was born at Gainsborough in 1855 where his birth was recorded (Ref. 7a 620) during the third quarter of that year.It was also shortly after he was born that he was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Gainsborough on 15th August 1855, the son of Richard and Eliza Collitt nee Parker.The Gainsborough census of 1861 is not clear enough to confirm his age when he was living in the town with his family.Following the death of his father during the next decade no trace of William has been discovered in 1871.However, ten years later in 1881, he was once again living with his widowed mother at 14 Bridge Street in Gainsborough, from where his occupation was that of a chemist and a druggist like his father before him.He was 25 and the census confirmed he had been born at Gainsborough.

 

 

 

His mother was still living with him at Bridge Street in Gainsborough in April 1891 when chemist William Collitt was 35 and Eliza Collitt was 79, while it was later that same year that she passed away.Working for the two of them was domestic servant Alice E Blakey aged 21.Following the death of his mother it would appear that he never married and in 1901, when he was 45, he was still working as a chemist and a druggist when residing at Hickman Street in Gainsborough.Also listed at the same address were three other people, and they were two domestic servants Elizabeth J Johnson who was 29 and Sarah E Burkinshaw who was 16.The other person was 10-year-old Lilian I Kirk from Everton in Nottingham, who was described as a visitor.On that occasion his place of birth was confirmed as Gainsborough, where he was still living in 1911 at the age of 55.

 

 

 

It was thirty-seven years later when the death of William Collett was recorded at Claro register office (Ref. 2c 87) during the last three months of 1948 at the age of 93.The Claro Rural District Council was dissolved a few years after his passing, when it was absorbed into Harrogate

 

 

 

 

27P14

Amy Helena Collitt was born at Northallerton on 28th August 1875, following the marriage of her parents William Collitt and Luciana Silvester at the start of that same year.In 1881 Amy was five years old when living at the High Street in Northallerton with her grocer father and the rest of her family.Ten years later she was recorded in error as Ann H Collitt who was 15, and the following year her father died in 1892.Nine years after that, in March 1901, she was still unmarried at 25 and was still living with and supporting her widowed mother with her four sisters. However, during the following year she married James Rust Sturdy with whom she had had two children by the time of the census in 1911.The family at that time was still living in Northallerton and was made up of James Rust Sturdy, who was 35, Amy Helene Sturdy, who was also 35, Marjorie Silvester Sturdy, who was seven, and Amy Eileen Sturdy who was five.It was on 10th August 1969 at the age of 84, that Amy Helena Sturdy nee Collitt passed away.

 

 

 

 

27P15

Luciana Sarah Collitt was born at Northallerton on 8th August 1876, the second child of William and Luciana.It was as Luciana H Collitt, who was four years old, that she was recorded in the census of 1881, but was correctly shown as Luciana S Collitt aged 14 and 24 respectively, in the Northallerton census returns for 1891, and 1901, when she was living at the family home Station Road and South Parade.At the time of the latter, her occupation was that of a governess at a private school.She was still unmarried in April 1911, when she was one of three sisters who were still living with her widowed mother at Northallerton.On that occasion she was recorded as Luciana Sarah Collitt at the age of 34 who was a school mistress at a private school.Luciana was only 53 when she died on 24th November 1929.

 

 

 

 

27P16

William Silvester Collitt was born at Northallerton on 10th August 1877, the only son of William Collitt and Luciana Silvester.His birth was registered at Northallerton (Ref. 9d 642).When he was three years old, and as William S Collitt, he was living with his family at the High Street in Northallerton where his father ran a grocerís shop.Ten years later his family was still living in Northallerton, while 13 years old William S Collitt was a chorister attending Ripon Cathedral School, fourteen miles to the south of Northallerton.During the following year his father died at Northallerton in 1892.

 

 

 

Around the end of the century William travelled to London from Yorkshire when he initially settled in the Chelsea area, where he was living in 1901 at Kings Road, aged 23, from where he was working as a chemistís assistant.He later left London when he moved to Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, although it was at Tendering register office (Ref. 4a 732), just north of Clacton, where his marriage to Elsie Agate Harris was recorded, Elsie having been born in 1883.The marriage took place on 26th March 1906, after which the couple was in the Teddington area of Middlesex where their first two children were born, with a third added just prior to the census in 1911. By that time the family was living at Clacton, within the Tendring registration district, where their daughter was born.

 

 

 

The census return listed the family of five as William Silvester Collitt aged 33 and from Northallerton who was a retail chemist, his wife Elsie Agate Collitt who was 27 and from Strand in Middlesex, their two Teddington born sons were Stanley Silvester Collitt who was four, and Kenneth William who was three years old, and their daughter Phyllis Mary Collitt who was just one month old.Elsie Agate Collitt nee Harris died on 26th February 1940, while her husband William Silvester Collitt survived for a further fifteen years when he died on 10th January 1955, his death recorded as Essex register office (Ref. 4a 625), when he was 77 years old.

 

 

 

27Q25

Stanley Silvester Collitt

Born in 1906 at Teddington

 

27Q26

Kenneth William Collitt

Born in 1907 at Teddington

 

27Q27

Phyllis Mary Collitt

Born in 1911 at Clacton-on-Sea

 

 

 

 

27P17

Mary Gertrude Collitt was born at Northallerton in 1878 and was two years old in the census of 1881 when she was living with her parents in the High Street at Northallerton.At the age of 13, in 1892, her grocer father William Collitt died and, by 1901, Mary G Collitt, aged 22 with no occupation, was one of four daughters of the widow Luciana Collitt still living with their mother at South Parade in Northallerton.Tragically on 19th October 1908, at the age of 29, Mary Gertrude Collitt died at Northallerton, where she was buried in the family grave with her father.The medical records confirm that she died in the North Riding lunatic asylum.Furthermore, the Borthwick Institute for Archives in York has stated that, on being admitted, she was described as an imbecile, having very likely suffered brain damage at birth or some similar affliction.

 

 

 

 

27P18

Florence Hannah Collitt was born at Northallerton on 24th March 1881.On the third of April in 1881, the day of the national census, the daughter of William and Luciana Collitt had not been named and was simply recorded in the census return as unnamed daughter of two weeks, when she was actually only ten days old.Florence H Collitt was ten years old in 1891 and sadly, during the following year, her father died.As a result of that tragedy, Florence was recorded as living with her widowed mother in 1901, at South Parade in Northallerton when she was 20 and a draperís cashier.It was a similar situation again in 1911, when she was 29 and described as a draperís bookkeeper and cashier.It was two years after that census day when Florence H Collitt married Wilfred Glynn Burton (aka Wilf), the event recorded at Northallerton register office (Ref. 9d 1383) during the second quarter of 1914.Her granddaughter Agneta Burton, from Hertfordshire, made contact in the autumn of 2016.

 

 

 

 

27P19

Selina Rose Victoria Collitt was born at Northallerton on 14th April 1887, the youngest child of William Collitt and Luciana Silvester.She and her family were recorded at Station Road in Northallerton on the day of the census in 1891 but, one year after, when Selina R V Collitt was just four years old, her father died at Northallerton in 1892.Over the following two decades Selina remained living with her mother at Northallerton which, in 1901, was at South Parade when she was 13, and again in 1911 when was 23 with no occupation.It seems that she never married since, it was as Selina Rose Victoria Collitt that she died on 18th August 1944 at the age of 57, following which she was buried in the family grave at Northallerton.

 

 

 

 

27P20

Alice Collett was born in 1831 in the civil parish of Thornham.Alice married George Firth of Pilsworth which, like the township of Thornham, was dissolved in 1894 and became part of Bury.According to the 1881 Census, Alice Firth aged 49 and George Firth aged 56 were living at Stakehill in Thornham.Living with them was niece (sic) Alice Collett nee Wild aged 29 who was actually the wife of Aliceís cousin William (below), and with her were her two sons Robert Collett aged five, and John Collett who was four, both of them born at Thornham.

 

 

 

 

27P22

Alice Bickerdike Collett was born at Harewood in 1846, the first child of farmer John Scarr Collett and Mary Hardcastle, her birth recorded at Otley (Re. 23 471) during the last three months of that year.Alice was living at Harewood with her parents in 1851 at the age of four years, and again ten years later when she was 14, although on that day the family was staying at the Harewood Arms.Alice later married James Young Teale of Harewood around 1870, with whom she had five children before April 1881.Also, by that time, her father had been dead for nearly eight years, following which Alice and James Teale had inherited part of the farm holding previously owned by him up until his death in 1872.

 

 

 

The census return for Harewood in 1881 confirmed that Alice Bickerdike Teale was 34 and from Harewood and that her husband James Young Teale was 41 and also from Harewood.It also confirmed that James was a farmer of 75 acres at Burns Farm, employing one labourer.Burns Farm had previously been recorded as 104 acres when under the ownership of John Scarr Collett, so it is likely that the residual acreage may have been passed to another member of his family at the time of his death.

 

 

 

All of the children of Alice and James Teale, apart from the eldest child, had been born at Harewood, and they were James Teale who had been born at Leeds who was nine, Alice Teale who was seven, Mary Teale who was six, Jane Teale who was four, and baby Young Teale who was just four months.Living in the adjacent property at Biggin Farm was Aliceís uncle William Collett, the younger brother of her father, and close by also was Middlefield Farm which was still owned and managed by her uncle Robert Collett, Williamís older brother.

 

 

 

 

27P23

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Harewood in 1848, the second of seven children and the only son of John Scarr Collett and Mary Hardcastle, whose birth was recorded at Otley (Ref. 23 565) during the second quarter of 1848. It was at Harewood that he was living with his family in 1851, when he was said to be two years old, and again in 1861 at the age of 12, but at the Harewood Arms, where his father was the landlord.Sometime during the following few years his mother died and by the time of the census of 1871 he had left the family home at Middlefield in Harewood, where his widowed father and his younger sisters were still living.Although no trace of William has been found in the census of 1871, it was shortly after that when he married Alice Wild at Middleton near Rochdale in Greater Manchester, possibly around 1873.Alice Wild was born at Thornham in 1851 and was baptised at Shaw on 27th April 1851, the daughter of Joseph Wild and Sarah Greenwood.It was also at Thornham that the two sons of William and Alice were both born.On the birth certificate of his second son John in 1877, Williamís occupation was stated as being that of a farm bailiff.

 

 

 

Whatever happened to William in either 1871 or 1881 or thereafter, is not known but, by the time of the census in 1881, his wife was described as being married, rather than a widow.His absence in each case may indicate that he was a soldier and was serving with the army overseas.The census of 1881 listed Alice Collett and her two sons as living at the family home of farm labourer George Firth and his wife Alice, at Stakehill in Thornham.Alice Firth was formerly Alice Collett who was born at Thornham in 1831, the daughter of Thomas Collett of Harewood (Ref. 27O16), and the cousin of William Collett.

 

 

 

Williamís wife Alice Collett was 29 and her sons Robert and John were five years and four years old respectively, all three confirmed as having been born at Thornham.Alice was working as a preparer at the local bleach works and, rather curiously, she was referred to as being the niece of the head of the household, while her two sons were described as nephews.That may have been a simple way of explaining that Alice Collett was the wife of George Firthís cousin-in-law William Collett.Seven years later the Leeds Mercury newspaper published the following announcement on 24th March 1888.ďWILLIAM COLLETT, son of John Collett, late of Burns Farm, Harewood near Leeds, communicaeo with Messrs. Ward and Sons, Solicitors, he will hear something to his advantage.ĒHowever, history will show that William never responded to the article Ė see below.

 

 

 

Three years later William Collett was again absent from the family group, as confirmed in the census return for 1891.By that time Ďmarriedí Alice and her two sons were still living at Thornham at the Stakehill home of her brother Jonathan Wild from Thornham who was 32, who had three young children with him.The census return that year incorrectly recorded the age of Alice Collett as 28 instead of 38, although by then she was described as the domestic housekeeper for her widowed brother.Listed with her were her two sons who were described as the nephews of Jonathan Wild, and they were Robert Collett who was 15 and John Collett who was 14, both of them employed as labourers at the nearby bleach works.After a further six years, another announcement was printed in the Leeds Mercury on Saturday 31st July 1897 which read as follows: ďIf WILLIAM COLLETT, son of John Scarr Collett formerly of Burns Farm in Harewood, near Leeds, or his children will communicate with Messrs. Wards and Sons, Solicitors, Leeds, they will hear of something to their advantage. The said William Collett is supposed to have lived at Blue Pits, at Manchester about fourteen years ago and was last heard of in Leeds.ĒIt is not known if William ever contacted the firm of solicitors.

 

 

 

During the next twelve months Aliceís youngest son John left the family home at Stakehill when he enlisted with the British Army in 1898 at the age of 21 and was later married.Within his military records his parents were both named as his next-of-kin and living at 124 Stakehill in Castleton near Manchester.So, by the time of the census in 1901 Alice Collett from Thornham was 49 and was still living at the Middleton home of her brother Jonathan Wild.On that occasion she was not recorded as married or widowed, when she was described as a worker, while still living there with her was her eldest son Robert who was 25 and also from Thornham, a carter at the local bleach works.Also staying at the same address was Aliceís granddaughter, the first-born child of her son John, one-year old Jessie Collett.During the next decade Aliceís son Robert was married and by 1911 she was still living at the home of her widowed brother and his five adult children in Middleton.Alice was 58 and still acting as the housekeeper for her brotherís family.It was at Oldham where Alice Collett died and where her passing was recorded (Ref. 8a 1401) during the first three months of 1927 when she was 75.

 

 

 

FOOTNOTE:The non-appearance of William, with his wife in any census during their married life, may indicated that the marriage had failed after their two sons had been born.The newspaper announcement in 1897 saying that he was last heard in the Leeds area, coupled with Alice being married in 1891 and a widow in 1911, may point towards the death of William Collett at Bramley in Leeds being the husband of Alice Collett nee Wild.His death was recorded at Bramley register office (Ref. 9b 254) during the second quarter of 1904.

 

 

 

27Q28

Robert Collett

Born in 1875 at Thornham

 

27Q29

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1877 at Thornham

 

 

 

 

27P24

Ann P Collett was born at Harewood in 1850, her birth recorded as simply Ann Collett at Otley (Ref. 23 559) during the third quarter of that year.It was at Harewood where Ann was living with her parents in 1851, when under one-year old, but in 1861 it was at the Harewood Arms that she and her family were recorded in the Harewood census that year, when Annie Collett was 10 years old.Sometime after April 1861 Anneís mother, Mary Collett nee Hardcastle, passed away while she was still in her early forties, perhaps even during the birth of a further child for the family.At that time the family was living at Burns Farm in Harewood and it was there that Anne was still living with her widowed father John Scarr Collett in April 1871.

 

 

 

The census that year confirmed Ann P Collett was 20 years old and the eldest unmarried daughter of John Scarr Collett, the farmer of 104 acres at Burns.Possibly by the enumeratorís error on the census form, Anneís place of birth, like that of all of her four sisters (below) and her father, was stated as being the adjacent village of East Keswick, rather than Harewood, as indicated in the previous census returns and her fatherís baptism record.Just eighteen months after the 1871 census day Anneís father died, at which point she became head of the house and presumably took over the care of her younger sisters.Anne Collett was married six years later and by 1881 Burns Farm had been taken over by Anneís eldest sister Alice Bickerdike Teale and her husband.

 

 

 

It was on 29th September 1878 at the Parish Church of St Peter in Leeds that spinster Anne Collett, aged 30 and from Chapeltown, was married by banns to widower, and father of one son, John Kehoe.Chapeltown is a suburb in the north-east part of Leeds, while Johnís address was given as Nile Street in Leeds.John was born at County Carlow in Ireland during 1840 and would have been around ten years older than Anne.However, their marriage certificate gave his age as 37, while his occupation was that of a groom.His father was named as Michael Kehoe, a farrier Ė having previously been a coachman in 1870, while Anneís father was confirmed as farmer John Scarr Collett.John and Ann both signed the register in their own hand.

 

 

 

John Kehoe had first married Sarah Kellett in Leeds on 7th June 1870 by whom he had a son James William Kellett Kehoe who was born in 1872.At the time of the census in 1871, the childless couple was living at Chapeltown (Chapel Allerton) where John was 31 and Sarah was 35.Tragically, Sarah Kehoe nee Kellett died in Leeds during the first three months of 1877.It is interesting to note that a certain Atkinson McEllroy from County Tyrone in Ireland was a witness at both of the weddings of John Kehoe.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881, Ann and John were living at 6 Providence Place in the Chapel Allerton district of Leeds, and just five miles south of Harewood.During the two and a half years they had been married Anne had added to Johnís family with the birth of a daughter and his second son.The full family comprised John Kehoe, aged 39 from Ireland, who was a labourer working on highways, Anne Kehoe, aged 29 from Harewood, Johnís eldest son from his first marriage James Kehoe aged nine years from Leeds, Catherine Kehoe who was two, and baby John Kehoe who was just nine months old.Both of Annís children had been born at Moor Allerton.

 

 

 

It was the same situation ten years later when the family was still living at Chapel Allerton.John Kehoe was 50, Annie Kehoe was 38, and the three children were James William Kellett Kehoe, who was 19, Catherine Kehoe, who was 12, and John Kehoe who was 10.After a further ten years the census of 1901 recorded only two children living with the couple at Chapel Allerton.By that time in his life John Kehoe, aged 58 and from Ireland, was employed as a coachman, Annie from East Keswick was 50, James W K Kehoe was 29 and a postman, while Catherine Kehoe was 20.Both she and her half-brother were listed as having been born at Moor Town.Where Annieís son John was at that time is not known.

 

 

 

According to the April census in 1911 John and Annie Kehoe were residing at 5 Providence Square in Leeds.Living there with them was Ann's sister Mary Collett (below) who was unmarried at the age of 54 and was working as a cook.By that time Annieís son John was a married man living in York with his wife Louise Kehoe nee Spencer from Ipswich in Suffolk.The childless couple, at that time, were both recorded as being 29.John Kehoe had married Violet Louise Spencer in Ipswich in 1910, and it was in 1914 that their son John William Kehoe was born.John was a gardener at Middlethorpe Lodge in the Dringhouses area of York.

 

 

 

His older half-brother James William Kellett Kehoe was 39 in 1911, by which time he was married to Minnie (Jefferson), aged 34, and had three children.Kathleen Sarah was four, Esme was three, and Ronald Jefferson Kehoe was just ten months old.The family was living in Leeds not far from Jamesí father John and his stepmother Annie.Tragically both James and his father passed away less than a year later when they both died during the first quarter of 1912.James was 40 and John was 77.

 

 

 

 

27P25

Catharine Collett was born at Harewood in 1852 and her birth was recorded at Otley (Ref. 9a 118) during the third quarter of the year.She was eight years old at the time of the Harewood census of 1861, when the whole family was staying at the Harewood Arms.Shortly after that, it would appear that her mother passed away, so by the time of the census in 1871, Catharine and her four sisters were living with their widowed father at Burns Farm in Harewood where Catharine was 18 years old and described as a farmerís daughter.During the month of July in the following year Catharineís father died leaving her and her four sisters at Burns Farm.However, that arrangement may have only existed for a few years since, by 1881, the occupants/owners of the Burns Farm was Catherineís older married sister Alice Bickerdike Teale and her husband.

 

 

 

It was at the parish church in Headingley, Leeds, on 2nd June 1877 that Catharine Collett, spinster of 24 and from Headingley, was married by banns to bachelor and gamekeeper, George Gregory.George was also 24, the son of William Gregory who was also a gamekeeper.Catharineís father was recorded in the parish register as farmer John Scarr Collett.The witnesses at the ceremony were Catharineís younger sister, Jane Elizabeth Collett, and Edmund Wainwright.The bride and groom, and the two witnesses, all signed the register in their own hand.

 

 

 

Once they were married, Catharine presented George with a son while the couple was still living in Leeds.The birth of Herbert Scarr Gregory was recorded at Leeds (Ref. 9b 610) during the second quarter of 1878.It was in the following year that most likely George travelled to America alone, ahead of his wife and son who both sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to New York on board the ship Britannia during 1880.The shipís passenger list included the name of Cath Gregory aged 30 from England.The family of three then settled in Rochester, New York County, where further children were added to their family.In 1892 English born Catharine Gregory aged 39 and her son Herbert S Gregory aged 14 were recorded in Rochester City, Ward 09 ED 04, together with New York born Osmond Gregory who was 11, Maude Gregory aged nine, and Florence Gregory who was five years of age.At that same time Catharineís husband was George Gregory from England was 42 and recorded at Elmira City, Ward 04, ED 02.

 

 

 

The next census in 1900 included the whole family living together within Election District 2, Rochester City, Ward 10, Monroe County, New York.George Gregory was 47 and had been married to Catharine for 22 years.She was also 47 and her birth was stated as being July 1853, while her husbandís birth was recorded as May 1853.The census return also confirmed the couple had given birth to four children, all of them still living with George and Catharine.They were Herbert S Gregory aged 22, Osmond G Gregory aged 19, Maude Gregory 18 and Florence who was 14 and born in July 1886.

 

 

 

Eldest son Herbert left the family home during the next few years and was not living with his family in 1905.That year the home was still at Rochester where George was 52 and Catharine was 51, Osmond G Gregory was 24, Maude was 22 and Florence E Gregory was 19.The next family record that has been found was the military draft record of 1917 for George Osmond Gregory from Rochester whose date of birth was recorded as 24th October 1881.Three years later the census in 1920 included Catharine Gregory, aged 56, still living at Rochester with just two of her children.They were Osmond George Gregory who was 35 and Maude Gregory who was 33.

 

 

 

It would appear that widow Catharine Gregory nee Collett passed away during the next five years, since the Rochester census of 1925 listed Osmond as the head of the household when just sister Maude was living there with him.Unmarried Osmond and Maude were still living together at Rochester in 1940 when Maude was described as head of the household at the age of 56, while her brother was named simply as George Gregory who was 58.The death of Maude Gregory was recorded at Rochester on 3rd February 1960 at the age of 76.

 

 

 

 

27P26

Mary Collett was born at Harewood, perhaps towards the end of 1855, but it was at Otley (Ref. 9a 112) where her birth was recorded during the first three months of 1856.In the Harewood census of 1861 she was living with her family at the Harewood Arms at the age of five years.Sadly, her mother died while she was still in her early years and so, by 1871, she was living at Burns Farm in Harewood with her widowed father John Scarr Collett and four of her five sisters, when she was 15 years old.Towards the end of the following year her father died, and eventually Burns Farm was taken over by Maryís eldest sister Alice and her husband James Young Teale.By 1881 Mary would have been twenty-five and her absence from the census that year as Mary Collett initially led to the conclusion that she may have been married by then.However, it is now established that Mary never married and in April 1911, as Mary Collett aged 54, she was living with her married sister Annie Kehoe (above) at 5 Providence Square in Leeds, from where she was working as a cook.

 

 

 

 

27P27

Jane Elizabeth Collett was born at Harewood in 1858, her birth registered at Otley (Ref. 9a 118) during the third quarter of 1858.She was two years old in 1861 when she was living with her family at the Harewood Arms in the village.Over the next few years her mother died, leaving Jane in the care of her widowed father and her sisters.According to the census in 1871 Jane E Collett was 12 years old and attending the local village school, while living with her four sisters and her father at Burns Farms in Harewood.The census return that year incorrectly gave her place of birth as nearby East Keswick, when all the earlier records stated it was at Harewood.

 

 

 

Eight years after the death of her father John Scarr Collett, during the summer of 1872, Jane and her younger sister Betsey (below) sailed to America on the ship Republic, which arrived in New York in 1880.The passenger list confirmed that Jane E Collett was 22.Three years earlier Jane Elizabeth Collett was a witness at the Headingley Parish Church wedding of her sister Catharine Collett (above) to George Gregory on 2nd June 1877.

 

 

 

 

27P28

Betsey Collett was born at Harewood either at the end of 1860 or early in 1861, since her birth was registered at Otley (Ref. 9a 105) during the first quarter of 1861.She was the last child born to John Scarr Collett and Mary Hardcastle and may have been born while her family was staying at the Harewood, where they were recorded in 1861, when Betsey was only a few months old.Betsey was only a couple of years old when her mother died at Harewood, following which she was looked after by her widowed father and her four older sisters (above) until her father died in September 1872 when Betsey was just 11 years old.

 

 

 

Eighteen months prior to the death of her father, Betsey was living with him and her sisters at Burns Farm in Harewood and at the age of ten she was attending the village school.It is assumed that Betsy was looked after by her older sisters when their father passed away, although it was in 1880 that she sailed into New York on the ship Republic with her older sister Jane (above) when she was 20 years of age.

 

 

 

 

27P29

Alice Eliza Collett was born in 1865 at East Keswick which is only two miles east of Harewood.She was listed as unmarried and aged 16 in the Census of 1881 and was still living with her parents at Biggin Farm in Harewood.

 

 

 

 

27Q1

Mary Eliza Collitt, who was known as May, was born at Walthamstow in East London on 25th June 1880, the eldest child of John Collett and his wife Jane Elizabeth Fine.Her birth was registered at West Ham, Essex (Ref. 4a 144) during the third quarter of the year.At the time of the census in 1881, Mary and her parents were living at Hoe Street in Leyton, the home of her widowed grandmother (Eliza) Mary Fine.On that occasion she was correctly recorded as Mary Collitt who was only nine months old.

 

 

 

Ten years later she and her family were living at Albert Road in Walthamstow, where May Eliza Collitt was 10 years old.At the age of 20, May E Collett, was living with her widowed mother Jane, at 45 Warren Road in Walthamstow, following the death of Maryís father just before the start of the new century.According to the census return in 1901, Maryís place of birth was Walthamstow, the same as her two younger brothers John and Percy (below).Still living with the family was Maryís grandmother Eliza M Fine.

 

 

 

It was during the following year that as Mary Eliza Collitt she married Frederick John Appleford, their wedding recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 474) during the second quarter of 1902.Their two sons were Cyril John Appleford who was born early in 1903, and Dorothy Olive Appleford who was born on 7th April 1906.By the time of the next census in 1911, the family of four was living in Croydon, Surrey, where Frederick John Appleford from Hackney was 32 and working as a general clerk at a cycle and motor accessory dealership.His wife May Eliza Appleford from Walthamstow was 29, when the two children were Cyril John who was eight, and Dorothy Olive who was five.Living with the family on that occasion was Maryís younger brother, Percy Frank Collitt (below) who was 19 and working with Frederick Appleford at the same cycle and motor accessory dealership. Just over thirteen years after that census day, Mary Eliza Appleford, nee Collitt, was only forty-four years old when she died on 16th September 1924, her death recorded at the Surrey register office (Ref. 2a 276).

 

 

 

 

27Q2

John Fine Collitt, who was known as Jack, was born at Walthamstow in 1883, the second child and eldest son of John Collitt of Northallerton and Jane Elizabeth Fine of Wapping.His birth was registered at West Ham (Ref. 4a 194) during the last quarter of the year.It was as John F Collitt that he was living with his family at Albert Road in Walthamstow on the day of the census in 1891, when he was seven years old.Ten years later, and following the death of his father at the end of 1899, John F Collett, aged 17 and from Walthamstow, was a junior commercial clerk living with his widowed mother Jane E Collett at 45 Warren Road in Walthamstow.

 

 

 

John was the only member of the family listed as having an occupation, the other members of the household being his older sister May E Collett (above), his brother Percy F Collet (below), and his grandmother Eliza M Fine.So far, no obvious record of John or Jack has been found in 1911.However, it is established that he married Amy Currey with whom he had two sons who both born in England, possibly somewhere in London, although the younger son, named after his maternal grandmother, is known to have emigrated to New Zealand in 1951.

 

 

 

On 2nd July 1937 a John Frederick Collett of 113 Park Road in Leyton died there, although it took until 24th February 1939 to resolved the administration of his personal effects of £71 14 Shillings and 7 Pence in London.On that occasion his widow was named as Alice Doris Collett, who may have been his second wife, if at all he was in fact the John F Collitt of Leyton or Walthamstow.With his son carrying the family name of Fine or Fyne, it is possible that John F Collitt was in fact John Fine or Fyne Collitt, and therefore the above information would not apply here.

 

 

 

27R1

Dennis Percival John Collitt

Born in 1920 in London

 

27R2

Donald Fine or Fyne Collitt

Born in 1922 in London

 

 

 

 

27Q3

Stanley Thomas Collitt was born at Walthamstow in 1887, the son of John Collitt and Jane Elizabeth Fine.His birth was registered at West Ham (Ref. 4a 283) during the second quarter of the year.He was recorded in the census of 1891 living with his family at Albert Road in Walthamstow as Stanley T Collitt aged three years, his place of birth confirmed as Walthamstow.Following the death of his father just before the end of the century, it is curious that no obvious record of Stanley Collitt has so far been located within the 1901 Census, when his widowed mother and three of his siblings were living at 45 Warren Road in Walthamstow.However, ten years later in 1911, he was simply Stanley Collitt from Walthamstow aged 24, unmarried, and living and working in the Wandsworth area of London. He was described as a soldier and driver who was a visitor at the home of the Earl family comprising Fredrick Earl aged 47 and a stoker at the local gas works, his wife Kate who was 44, and their two unmarried daughters Emily aged 21, and Phyllis aged 14, both general domestic servants.By that time in her life, daughter Emily Earl was already looking forward to her marrying Stanley Collitt.

 

 

 

Within nine months of the census day in 1911, the marriage of Stanley Thomas Collitt was recorded at Walthamstow register office (Ref. 1d 1212a) during the last quarter of the year. His marriage to Emily Carl resulted in the birth of two daughters.According to Kelly's Directory and the Post Office directory, Stanley was managing a public house in Islington in 1934 and four years later in 1938 he was residing at 164 Barnsbury Road in Islington.By the time of his death, twenty-three years later, he was living at Bucklow in Cheshire in 1961, not far from Warrington, where his eldest daughter died in 1998.The death of Stanley Thomas Collitt, at the age of 74, was recorded at Cheshire register office (Ref. 10a 127)

 

 

 

27R3

Ivy Emily E Collitt

Born in 1913 at Walthamstow

 

27R4

Joyce Beryl Collitt

Born in 1920 at Walthamstow

 

 

 

 

27Q4

Ernest Harold Collitt was born at Walthamstow on 18th October 1889, the son of John Collitt and Jane Elizabeth Fine.His birth was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 276).He was one-year-old in the Walthamstow census of 1891, when he and his family were living at Albert Road, and was around ten years old when his father died.In the Beddington census in 1901, Ernest H Collitt from Walthamstow was eleven years of age when he was attending the Warehousemen, Clerks and Drapers School at Purley in Surrey.That was a charitable institution for the orphans of those formerly involved in the drapery trade, as Ernestís father had been prior to his death.Today, the school is the Royal Russell School.

 

 

 

Ten years after that, Ernest was listed in the census of 1911 as Ernest Collitt aged 21 from Leytonstone, who was living and working in the Bethnal Green area of London, when he was an assistant drapery warehouseman.He married Dorothy Adelaide Louise Garwood on 24th June 1920, with whom he had two children, the first of them being a honeymoon baby.Dorothy had been born on 24th August 1890.During the Second World War Ernest took his family from London to the relative safety of Holland-on-Sea near Clacton.It is understood that he was unaware that his Ďone-step removedí uncle William Silvester Collitt (Ref. 27P16) had moved to Clacton many years before the First World War.It was a surprise therefore, to both families, when following the wedding in 1949 of Ernestís daughter Edna to Kenneth William Collitt (below), they discovered they were related.Ernest Harold Collitt was 65 years of age when he died on 22nd March 1955, his death recorded at Essex register office (Ref. 4a 660). It was almost exactly sixteen years later that his widow passed away on 17th March 1971 at the age of 80, the death of Dorothy Adelaide Louise Collitt was recorded at register office (Ref. 4a 1646).

 

 

 

27R5

Edna Doreen Collitt

Born in 1921 at Hackney

 

27R6

Gordon John Collitt

Born in 1924 at Hackney

 

 

 

 

27Q5

Percy Frank Collitt was the fifth and last child of John Collitt and Jane Elizabeth Fine and he was born at Walthamstow, his birth recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 322) during the first three months of 1892.His father died at the end of 1899 and in the census of 1901, Percy F Collett aged nine years and born at Walthamstow, was living with his widowed mother at 45 Warren Road in Walthamstow, with his sister May and brother John (both above).According to the next census in 1911, Percy Frank Collitt from Walthamstow was 19 years old and was living at the Croydon home of his married sister Mary Eliza Appleford (above), when he was working as a postal despatch clerk, alongside his brother-in-law Frederick Appleford, at the same cycle and motor accessory dealership in Croydon.

 

 

 

During the First World War, Percy was Private G/16220 with the 12th Battalion East Surrey Regiment.It was on 30th June 1916 that Percy died from the injuries he sustained on the frontline in Belgium, following which he was buried at the London Rifle Brigade Cemetery at Comines-Warneton in Hainaut, Belgium.The headstone that marks his grave includes his name as Percy Frank Collett, rather than how the family spelt it.However, according to his great niece Christina Hammond in April 2014, the family will be changing the headstone to read as Percy Frank Collitt.

 

 

 

 

27Q7

Thomas Morton Collitt was born at Prahran in Melbourne during 1884, the second of the three children of Thomas Collitt and his wife Anne Marion Jones.It seems likely that his second named derived from the place of birth of his father, that being Morton-on-Swale in Yorkshire.

 

Thomas junior was only eight years old and was living with his family at 12 Royal Arcade, Bourke Street in St Kilda, Melbourne, when his father died.Two years later his mother remarried, when she wed Thomas Fowell Buxton in 1894.Thomas Morton Collitt later married Amy Hilda Harrison, when he was around 25, and that the marriage produced just one child.The couple were only married for around sixteen or seventeen years when Thomas Morton Collitt died in Australia during 1926, following which he was buried at Coburg Cemetery on 16th September 1926.

 

 

 

27R7

Albert Collitt

Born in 1911 in Australia

 

 

 

 

27Q9

Sydney Thomas Collitt was born at Northallerton near to the end of 1888, with his birth registered at Northallerton (Ref. 9d 612) during the first month of 1889. Sydney Thomas Collitt, was the first-born child of Joshua Collitt and Mary Ann Curry, and was baptised at Northallerton on 13th January 1889.He was living with his family in 1891, 1901, and 1911, for the latter the family had left Northallerton, and instead was living at Whalley Range in South Manchester, when he was 22 and an electrician working for the local power supply company.It was not far from South Manchester that the later death of Sydney Thomas Collitt was recorded at Cheshire register office (Ref. 10a 104) during 1954, when he was 65 years old.

 

 

 

 

27Q10

Mary Rebecca Collitt was born at Northallerton on 17th April 1890, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 9d 638) during the second quarter of the year, the youngest child of Joshua Collitt and Mary Ann Curry. When she was baptised at Northallerton on 2nd May 1890 she was recorded as Mary Rebecca Collett, daughter of Joshua and Mary Ann.However, that was the only time her surname was spelt that way, when she was Mary R Collitt aged one year at Northallerton High Street in 1891 and again as Mary R Collitt in 1901 at Market Row, High Street in Northallerton, at the age of ten years.After leaving school in the middle of the following decade, Mary Rebecca Collitt from Northallerton had no job of work when she was 20 years old in the census of 1911, by which time the family had moved from Allerton and was living in the Whalley Range district of South Manchester.

 

 

 

Much later in her life, forty-one-year-old Mary was still living in the Manchester area of Lancashire when she was married.The wedding of Mary Rebecca Collitt and William H Harrison was recorded at the Manchester South register office (Ref. 8d 257) during the second quarter of 1931.It is interesting that when her brother Sydney Collitt (above) died in 1954, his death was recorded at Cheshire register office, where the death of Mary Rebecca Harrison was also recorded (Ref. 10a 346) during the quarter of 1970, when she was 80.

 

 

 

 

27Q11

Eleanor Amelia Collitt was born at Stockton-on-Tees in 1876, the eldest child of Joshua and Eleanor Collett.Her birth was registered at Stockton (Ref. 10a 66) during the last three months of that year.In 1881, as Eleanor A Collett aged four years, she was living at 3 Mill Lane in Stockton with her family, where her father was a general shopkeeper.Missing from the family home in Stockton in 1891 were Eleanor and her two siblings Joshua and Miriam (below).On that census day, sisters Eleanor and Miriam staying at the home of their uncle Christopher Milner, aged 38 and a draper, at Bridge Street in Hawes (in the centre of the North Yorkshire National Park) where Eleanor A Collett was 14 years old and simply described as niece, as was Miriam.Her uncle Christopher had a fairly good standing within the local community, to such an extent that he was able to employ two female domestic servants.

 

 

 

However, by the time of the census in 1901, all three children were back living with their parents and the rest of the family, which had left Mill Lane and moved to East Hartburn in Stockton by then.Eleanor A Collitt from Stockton was 24 and was described as an artist and a musician.By 1911 Eleanor was married, but from the great many of that name born in Stockton in 1876, it is not a simple task to identify which married Eleanor was previously Eleanor A Collett.Eleanor Amelia Collett never married and she died at Stockton-on-Tees on 10th November 1923 when she was only 46, following which her Will was proved at Stockton on 10th March 1924, when her father was named as the sole executor of her personal effects.

 

 

 

 

27Q12

Joshua Rose Collett was born at Stockton in 1878, the eldest son of Joshua and Eleanor Collett.His birth was recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 76) during the second quarter of that year.He was three years of age in the census of 1881, when he was living with his family at 3 Mill Lane in Stockton.Ten years later in 1891, Joshua and his two sisters Eleanor and Miriam were all absent from their parentsí house in Stockton, most likely making space for four younger siblings born during the 1880s.While his two sisters have been identified in the census that year, as staying at the Hawes (North Yorkshire) home of their fatherís married sister Priscilla Ann Milner, no such record has been found for Joshua.However, ten years after that, he was once again living with his parents and their enlarged family, but at East Hartburn in Stockton.On that occasion in March 1901, Joshua R Collett, aged 23, was working with his father who was a merchant in fancy goods, when Joshua was described as an assistant general merchant.

 

 

 

Three years after that census day, the marriage of Joshua Rose Collitt and Harriet Ann Roberts was recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 151) during the third quarter of 1904, and by 1911 the couple had given birth to two sons.According to the census that year, Joshua Rose Collitt from Stockton-on-Tees was 33 and an agent for an optician, who was living at Wingate in County Durham.With him was his wife Harriet Ann Collitt, also from Stockton-on-Tees, who was 33 and working as a milliner, and their seven-month-old son William Gordon Collitt, born at Hesleden, to the east of Wingate, who was very likely named after Joshuaís late brother who suffered an infant death.The coupleís older son Stanley was five years of age and staying with Joshuaís parents at that time.

 

 

 

Joshua Rose Collitt died in 1928 when he was fifty years old, his death recorded at Durham register office (Ref. 10a 101).His Will was proved on 28th November 1928 at West Hartlepool register office, when the sole executor was Stanley Rose Collitt.The probate documentation also confirmed that Joshua died on 20th August 1928.

 

 

 

27R8

Stanley Rose Collitt

Born in 1905 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27R9

William Gordon Collitt

Born in 1910 at Hesleden, Cty Durham

 

 

 

 

27Q13

Miriam Collett was born at Stockton in 1879, and that may had taken place at 3 Mill Lane in Stockton where the family was living in 1881 when Miriam was one year old.By the time she was 11, Miriam and her older sister Eleanor were staying with their fatherís older sister at Hawes in North Yorkshire.The census that year recorded her as Miriam Collett.On completing her education, Miriam returned to Stockton, and in 1901 she was once again living with her family in the East Hartburn area of the town.By that time Miriam Collett was 21 and a dressmaker.

 

 

 

A couple of years later, Miriam married John Alfred Holmes Tweedy, following which the couple moved to Hartlepool where they were living in 1911.During the previous years, Miriam had presented her husband with two children, so the family was recorded as John A H Tweedy 30, Miriam Tweedy, 31, Elsie Tweedy who was six, and John Alfred Tweedy who was three years old.

 

 

 

 

27Q14

Florence Isabella Collett was born at Stockton in 1881, but after the census day which fell on the third of April that year.It is also very likely that she was born at 3 Mill Lane in Stockton, where her family was living at the time of the census.In 1891 Florence H Collett was nine years old while living with her family in Stockton, and ten years later she was 18.By that time her family was living in the East Hartburn area of Stockton, and Florence was working for her father.He was a general merchant in fancy goods, and her occupation was recorded as a clerk to a general merchant.According to the next census in April 1911, Florence Isabella Collett was 28 and was still unmarried and living with her parents in Stockton.It is possible that sometime after that she married, although no details are currently known to confirm or deny this.

 

 

 

 

27Q15

Lillian Collett was born at Stockton-on-Tees in 1885, the daughter of Joshua and Eleanor Collett.She was five years old in the Stockton census of 1891 when the family was residing at 3 Mill Street, and was 14 in the East Hartburn (Stockton) census in 1901, when she was still attending school and living with her parents.By April 1911 Lillian Collett was 24, when she was unmarried and was still living with her parents in Stockton.

 

 

 

 

27Q16

James Edwin Collett was born at Stockton-on-Tees on 2nd April 1888, the youngest surviving child of Joshua and Eleanor Collett.His birth was recorded at Stockton (Ref. 10a 51) during the second quarter of that year. He may have been born at Mill Street in Stockton St Thomas, where James Edwin Collett was three years of age.After a further ten years, 12-year-old James E Collitt was recorded with his family, less his younger brother William who had suffered an infant death.By 1901 the family was living within the parish of East Hartburn in Durham when James was possibly still at school, as he was not credited with a job of work.In the following census of 1911, James Edwin Collett was 23 and a harbour dealer, who was still living at the family home which, by then, was once again in the St Thomas area of Stockton-on-Tees.

 

 

 

It was just over one year later that the marriage of James Edwin Collitt and Evelyn Hannah Thomas was recorded at Stockton-on-Tees register office (Ref. 10a 193) during the third quarter of 1912.Evelyn was also born at Stockton-on-Tees, the daughter of William and Jane Thomas, whose birth recorded there (Ref. 10a 71) during the second quarter of 1889. On completing her schooling, Evelyn entered domestic service and, in 1911, at the age of 21, she was employed as a housemaid, when she was staying with her aunt and uncle, Alice and Henry Clark in Stockton-on-Tees.

 

 

 

As far as we know, Evelyn presented James with two children while the couple was living within the Durham South-Eastern area where their births were recorded, when their motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Thomas.James Edwin Collett was living in Yorkshire when he died, his death recorded there (Ref. 1b 2019) during 1970.For the last twenty-two years of his life, he had been a widower, following the death of Evelyn Hannah Collitt, nee Thomas, which was recorded at Durham register office (Ref. 1a 590) in 1948 when she was 59, and eight years after her two children were married within weeks of each other.

 

 

 

27R10

Edwin Frank Collett

Born in 1916 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27R11

Evelyn Collett

Born in 1919 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

 

 

 

27Q18

Florence Margaret Collitt was born at Lincoln towards the end of 1873, the eldest of the seven children of John Selby Collitt and Margaret Miller Blair.Her birth was registered there (Ref. 7a 507) during the last three months of the year, where she was also baptised on 7th November 1873. It was also during the last quarter of the same year that her death was recorded there (Ref. 7a 301).Her tiny body was buried at Canwick Road, Old Cemetery in Lincoln on 18th November 1873.

 

 

 

 

27Q19

Edith Eliza Collitt was born at Lincoln in 1875, her birth registered there (Ref. 7a 512) during the second quarter of the year.She was then baptised at the Lincoln Church of St Peter at Gowts on 18th July 1875, the eldest surviving child of John and Margaret Collitt.She never married and was her parentsí constant companion until her father died in 1925 and her mother passed away during the following year.Edith Eliza was the joint beneficiary under the terms of her fatherís Will, with her youngest brother William Selby (below), and was the sole beneficiary under the terms of her motherís Will which was only proved in 1927.During her life, Edith had lived and worked at Tennyson Street in Gainsborough as a pupil teacher in 1891 at the age of only 15, ten years later as an assistant elementary schoolteacher at 25, and as an uncertified teacher when she was 35 at All Saints Church School, where her sister Maud (below) was the head teacher.

 

 

 

 

27Q20

Arthur Collitt was born at Lincoln in 1877, the third child and eldest son of John and Margaret Collitt.His birth was registered at Lincoln (Ref. 7a 537) during the first quarter of the year, and was baptised at Lincoln on 26th May 1877. On the day of the census in 1881, the family was living at 115 Portland Street within the parish of St Peter at Gowts in Lincoln, where Arthur was three years of age.Tragically, just twelve months later, Arthur died and his infant death was recorded at Lincoln (Ref. 7a 285) during the second quarter of 1882, after which he was buried on 6th April 1882 at Old Cemetery on Canwick Road in Lincoln. The Lincolnshire Chronicle printed a death notice on the following day, confirming the sad event and naming the childís parents as John S Collitt and Margaret M Collitt.

 

 

 

 

27Q21

Bernard Collitt was born at Lincoln on 31st August 1879, where his birth was registered (Ref. 7a 547) during the third quarter of the year.He was the eldest surviving son of John Selby Collitt and Margaret Miller Blair, who was baptised at Lincoln on 26th September 1879.Bernard was one year old in the Lincoln census of 1881, when he and his family were residing at 115 Portland Street within the parish of St Peter at Gowts in Lincoln.He was eleven years of age in 1891, by which time he was attending school, with his family then living at Tennyson Road in Lincoln.No record of him has been found in Great Britain in 1901, but eight years later Bernard Collitt emigrated to Canada, sailing across the Atlantic onboard the SS Virginian.The passenger list included his details as follows.Aged 29, the reason for him travelling to Montreal in Quebec was for work purposes, having been offered a position in a drug store.His occupation in England was that of a chemist, which was to be the same in Canada.

 

 

 

Ten years after his arrival in Canada, Bernard Collitt from Lincoln in England was 39 and a lone traveller, when he arrived at St Albans, Franklin County in Vermont, USA, from Montreal.His transit manifest confirmed that he was a chemist, that his wife was Mabel Collitt, and their home address in Montreal was 538 Dorchester Street West, having disembarked from the SS Sicilian at St Johns on 30th December 1918. After a further two years, chemist Bernard Collitt and the husband of Mabel Collitt, was 42 and was again the subject of a transit manifest dated 6th September 1921.Once again, his port of arrival was St John, when the onward destination was New York.Unfortunately, the document is of such a poor quality that other details are not legible.

 

 

 

Another trip to New York was recorded in 1926.However, on that occasion his solo passage had started out from Liverpool in England onboard the SS Franconia on 11th December 1926.The passenger list provided his details as Bernard Collitt aged 47, a chemist, a Canadian citizen born at Lincoln in England, whose permanent place of residence was Montreal in Canada.Thirty years later, when Bernard was 77, he was again visiting family in England, with his return journey to Montreal recorded as follows.It was on the ship Carinthia of the Cunard Line which departed from Liverpool on 31st August 1956.By that time in his life, he was retired and his marital status was single (widower Ė see below). His final sea voyage across the Atlantic was two years later, when he was on board the Canadian Pacific liner, Empress of Britain, sailing out of the Port of Liverpool on 5th September 1958 for his return to home in Montreal.His date of birth was confirmed on the passenger list as 31st August 1879.

 

 

 

Bernard Collitt from Lincoln in England, died at Outremont, Montreal, Canada, on 28th December 1967, at the age of 88.Seventeen years earlier, his wife Mabel Rose Collitt had also died at Outremont on 11th June 1950, aged 75, and had been buried at CimetiŤre Mont-Royal Cemetery. Sixteen years earlier, Mabel Collitt, a housewife, had made the journey from Liverpool on the SS Letitia of the Anchor-Donaldson Line to Montreal, leaving the Port of Liverpool on 21st September 1934, when she was 59 and her year of birth was recorded as 1875, as it was on the day she died.

 

 

 

 

27Q22

Maud Helen Collitt was born at Lincoln in 1882, where her birth was registered (Ref. 7a 513) during the last three months of that year. It was also in Lincoln that she was baptised on 30th October 1882, another daughter of John and Margaret Collett.She was around five or six years old when her family moved to Gainsborough where, as Maud H Collitt, aged eight years in the census of 1891, she and her family were living on Tennyson Street in Gainsborough.On completing her education, Maud became a pupil teacher, which was how she was described in the Gainsborough census of 1901 when she was 18 and still living with her family, but at Eastbourne Terrace on Trinity Street in the town.After a further ten years, Maud Helen Collitt was 28 and the head teacher at All Saints Church School in Gainsborough, where her older sister Edith Eliza (above) was also a teacher.Both unmarried daughters were still living with their parents within the Gainsborough parish of All Saints in 1911. Maud Helen Collitt never married and was only 48 years old when she died, her death recorded at Lincolnshire register office (Ref. 7a 990) in 1931.

 

 

 

 

27Q23

Sydney Collitt was born at Lincoln in 1884, his birth recorded there (Ref. 7a 557) during the third quarter of the year. He was the sixth child of John and Margaret Collitt and was baptised at Lincoln on 21st September 1884.By the time he was six years of age, he and his family were living at Eastbourne Terrace on Trinity Street in Gainsborough.Upon leaving school, and at the age of sixteen in 1901, Sydney Collitt was an apprentice to an engine fitter who was still living at the family home which, by then, was at Eastbourne Terrace, Trinity Street, Gainsborough.Where he was in 1911 has still to be determined, although three years later Sydney Collitt married Alice Frow, their marriage recorded at Lincoln register office (Ref. 7a 1355) during the second quarter of 1914.

 

 

 

It was also at Lincoln, near the end of that same year, when Alice gave birth to a daughter, with the birth of Margaret Edith Collitt recorded at Lincoln register office (Ref. 7a 911) during the last quarter of 1914.Margaret was subsequently baptised at Saxilby-with-Ingleby on 24th April 1915, a few miles north-west of the City of Lincoln.Many years later, Alice Collitt nee Frow, passed away on 5th April 1954 at the age of 62, and was buried at the Kirton-in-Lindsey Cemetery in North Lincolnshire. Nineteen years after being widowed, Sydney Collitt was still living in the town of Kirton-in-Lindsey, when he died on 23rd June 1973 aged 88, and was buried with his later wife in the Kirton-in-Lindsey Cemetery.

 

 

 

It was during the second quarter of 1937, that the marriage of Margaret Edith Collitt from Lincolnshire and Frederick J Bateman (1911-1951) from Walsall was recorded at the Staffordshire Wednesbury register office (Ref. 6b 1506). No record of any children has been found, nor that of the death of Margaret Edith Bateman, although there is a chance that she remarried after being widowed and married for only fourteen years.

 

 

 

27R12

Margaret Edith Collitt

Born in 1914 in Lincolnshire

 

 

 

 

27Q24

William Selby Collitt was born at Boston in Lincolnshire during 1888 and was the last of the seven children of John Selby Collitt and his wife Margaret Miller Blair. His birth was registered at Boston (Ref. 7a 463) during the second quarter of the year, but only as William Collett, the Selby name added later.Shortly after he was born, his family settled in Gainsborough where again in the census of 1891, he was recorded with his family at Tennyson Street as simply William Collett from Lincolnshire who was three years of age.It may have been during his school days that Selby was included in his name, since by 1901 William Selby Collitt had finished school and was 13 years old when living with his family at Eastbourne Terrace, Trinity Street in Gainsborough.He eventually travelled to London where he secured the position of a civil servant with the office of the Union of South Africa.It was there that he was working in 1911 at the age of 23, when his place of birth was confirmed as Boston in Lincolnshire, when he was living within the Lambeth area of London.His later marriage to Lena C Hadfield was recorded at the Godstone Surrey register office (Ref. 2a 525) during the second quarter of 1922. No children have been found, with Williambeing 76 years old when he died in 1964, the death of William Selby Collitt being recorded at Sussex register office (Ref. 5h 18).

 

 

 

 

27Q25

Stanley Silvester Collitt was born at Teddington on 9th July 1906, the eldest of three children of William Silvester Collitt and Elsie Agate Harris.However, his birth was recorded at Kingston-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 507). It is likely the birth took place while the couple were living within the London area, and before the family moved to Clacton-on-Sea.And it was at Clacton that the family was living in April 1911 when Stanley Silvester Collitt was four years old.It was fifty years later that the marriage of Stanley Silvester Collitt and Louisa Beatrice Sanders was recorded at the Middlesex Wood Green register office (Ref. 5f 1743) during the third quarter of 1961. They were only married for sixteen years, when Stanley Silvester Collitt died during August 1977, with his death recorded at Middlesex register office (Ref. 12 0502).

 

 

 

 

27Q26

Kenneth William Collitt was born at Teddington on 29th September 1907, the second child of William Silvester Collitt and Elsie Agate Harris, whose birth was also recorded at Kingston-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 461) during the last three months of the year.Just after he was born his family left Teddington and moved south to settle in Clacton-on-Sea, and it was there that his family was recorded at the time of the census in 1911.The census return included Kenneth William Collitt from Teddington, aged three years, living at Clacton with his parents William and Elsie Agate Collitt, his brother Stanley Silvester Collitt and sister Phyllis Mary Collitt.

 

 

 

It was thirty-eight years later, on 24th September 1949 and unbeknown to him at that time, that Kenneth William Collitt married Edna Doreen Collitt (Ref. 27R5) who was the daughter of his cousin, one-step removed, Ernest Harold Collitt (above).How that happened, quite simply, stemmed from Ernest Harold Collitt losing his father when he was ten years old and, as a result, he did not have any knowledge of his wider family.The marriage produced three children for Kenneth and Edna, and it was on 18th August 2001 that Kenneth William Collett passed away, his death recorded at Essex register office (Ref. 4651A A84C).His widow Edna died seven years later on 7th December 2008.Kennethís and Ednaís two sons are both married and have Collitt children of their own.

 

 

 

27R13

Stephen Kenneth Collitt

Born in 1953 at Colchester, Essex

 

27R14

Trevor William Collitt

Born in 1955 at Colchester, Essex

 

27R15

Christina Margaret Collitt

Born in 1960 at Colchester, Essex

 

 

 

 

27Q27

Phyllis Mary Collitt was born at Clacton-on-Sea on 6th March 1911 the youngest of the three children of William Silvester Collitt and Elsie Agate Harris.In the Clacton census of 1911, Phyllis Mary Collitt was just one month old, while living there with her family, and was baptised there on 26th April 1911. Phyllis lived to celebrate her ninetieth birthday in 2001, but sadly she died just five days later on 11th March 2001.During her long life, she had married Cyril Coles, who was affectionately called Tiny, with whom she had a daughter.Angela Coles was born on 30th March 1942 and she married Robin Studd in 1968.An alternative source gives Phyllisí husbandís name as William Coles.

 

 

 

 

27Q28

Robert Collett was born at Thornham in 1875 and was the first child from the marriage of William Collett and Alice Wild.It was at Oldham that the birth of Robert Collett was recorded (Ref. 8d 706) during the second quarter of 1875. In 1881 Robert was five years old and was living with his mother Alice and his younger brother John Collett (below) at the home of George Firth and his wife Alice Firth nee Collett (Ref. 27P20) at Stakehill in Thornham.No trace of Robertís father has been found in any census after 1861, which may indicate that he was working abroad or had passed away.By 1891 Robert Collett of Thornham was 15 and a labourer at the nearby bleach works when he was still living at Stakehill, with his mother Alice and his brother John (below), at the home of Jonathan Wild his motherís older brother, for whom she was acting as his housekeeper.

 

 

 

Ten years later in March 1901 Robert was still living with his mother at the Stakehill, Middleton home of Jonathan Wild where Robert from Thornham was 25 and a carter at the local bleach works.According to the next census in April 1911, Robert Collett was a married man living at Middleton with his wife Mary Ann Collett.Robert was 36, while his wife was ten years older at 46.On that occasion Robertís place of birth was recorded as Castleton.For clarification, Castleton is an area of Rochdale, while nearby Thornham and Middleton maybe one and the same place, since Thornham does not exist today.The death of Robert Collett was recorded at Middleton (Ref. 8d 670) during the second quarter of 1937 when he was 61.

 

 

 

 

27Q29

JOHN COLLETT was born at Thornham on 17th March 1877, the second known son of William Collett and Alice Wild, whose birth was recorded at Oldham (Ref. 8d 753) during the second quarter of that year.By the time he was four years old, according to the Thornham census in 1881, John Collett from Thornham was living with his mother and brother Robert (above) at the Stakehill home of farm labourer George Firth and his wife, the former Alice Collett (Ref. 27P20).His mother was described as the niece of George Firth, while her two sons were referred to as his nephews.In 1891 John Collett of Thornham was 14 years old and a labourer at the local bleach works, where his older brother Robert (above) was also employed.At that time, he was still living at Stakehill with his mother Alice and brother Robert, but at the home of their motherís brother Jonathan Wild, a widower with three young children, every member of the household confirmed as born at Thornham.

 

 

 

During the early 1890s he joined the army as a single man, when he stated his parents were his next-of-kin and living at 124 Stakehill in Middleton.It would appear he served a minimum term because, by the time he became a married man he was working as a blacksmith.It was on 23rd July 1898 that John Collett married Eliza Shepherd at the Primitive Methodist Church on Morton Street in Middleton, the event recorded at Oldham register office (Ref. 8d 1230) during the third quarter of 1898.John was described as being a bachelor at 21, whose occupation was that of a journeyman blacksmith, residing at 124 Stakehill in Middleton, his father being William Collett (deceased) a farm labourer.Eliza was 18 years of age, a cardroom hand who was living at 2 Barrowfields in Middleton, the daughter of Edward Shepherd (deceased), a general labourer.The witnesses were Robert Collett, Johnís older brother (above) and Ann Shepherd, Elizaís sister.Again, on the day of the next census in 1901, John was working as a blacksmith and a farrier, while residing at George Street in Gorton.John Collett from Thornham was 24 and his wife Eliza Collett from Middleton was 21.Eliza had been born at Middleton in 1879, the daughter of Edward and Lizzie Shepherd of 9 Taylor Street in Middleton.

 

 

 

It was at Gorton, within the district of Manchester, where the couple was living for the birth of their first four children and, on the day of the census in 1901, Eliza had already presented John with their first child and was already carrying his second child, the birth of which was due shortly after.Possibly because of that impending event, their one-year-old daughter Jessie Collett was staying with her grandmother Alice Collett at nearby Stakehill in Middleton.Sadly though, the child may have been with her grandmother because she was poorly since, it was at the end of that same year, when she died.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1911, the family was residing at 13 Grasmere Street, Longsight, near Gorton.That was the first occasion when John Collett gave his place of birth as Middleton, when he was 34 and an electric car driver, employed by Municipal Tramways.His wife of twelve years, and also from Middleton, was 31 and it was confirmed that she had given birth to four children, with one of them having died by then.Their three sons were recorded as Robert Collett who was nine, James Collett who was seven and John Collett who was three years of age, all three of them born at Gorton.Living with the family was Alice Firth, a widow of 78 from Middleton, who was described as a great aunt, the former Alice Collett (Ref. 27P20).Not long after that, John and Eliza and their three sons emigrated to Australia, where their family was added to, with the birth of another four children, twins Ernest and Edward, daughter Doris and youngest son Frank.

 

 

 

It was on 27th September 1912, that the SS Roscommon arrived in Brisbane from Lancashire.The shipís passenger list included the Collett family as, John aged 35 and a tram driver, Eliza aged 32, Robert aged 10, James who was eight and John who was four years old.The family settled at McConnell Street in Bulimba, a district of Brisbane, where John worked as a drayman and, it was there also that the coupleís final four children were born.At the time of the birth of their last child, Frank, the family was still residing at McConnell Street, when his birth certificate confirmed the father as John Collett, a labourer, aged 43 years and 4 months from Manchester, England, and his wife Eliza Collett nee Shepherd who was 42 years and 3 months from Middleton, England.It was Eliza who was the informant of the birth, which was registered at the Brisbane General Registry Office on 13th November 1920, when her son was nine days old.The coupleís six previous children were recorded as Robert 18, James 16, John 12, Ernest and Edward five years and Doris Hazel who was one year old.

 

 

 

During 1925-26 the family moved to a banana farm at Bald Knob about seven kilometres from Landsborough, up the Maleny Plateau Road.It was a hard life.Eldest son Robert (known as Bob) was an apprentice jeweller and went to work and live in Sydney.Second son James (aka Jim), was an apprentice watchmaker and went to Cairns to work for McDonnel jeweller.John (aka Jack) was an apprentice sailmaker in Brisbane but went with the family to help work the banana plantation.The four youngest children attended the Bald Knob State School.The health of John Collett senior continued to decline, the farm was difficult, and crops failed.Jack obtained work as a powder monkey at the Blue Metal Quarry.That left the twins, Ernest and Edward, aged only 14, to helped out where they could to support the family.

 

 

 

It was during the following year, when the twins were 15, that John Collett died on 1st April 1930 while he was a patient at the Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Maleny.The following day he was buried at Witta in the Sunshine Coast Region of Queensland.Whilst no home address was indicated on the death certificate, the document does contain lots of useful information about his family, as follows.His age was recorded as 53 years and the cause of death was chronic fibroid tuberculosis and chronic myocarditis, with which he had suffered for the previous five years, plus circulatory failure for the last four days of his life.His father was confirmed as farmer William Collett and his mother was confirmed as Alice Wild. The death was recorded at Nambour, to the north of Maleny, the nearest register office to where he had been living.

 

 

 

The death certificate also stated that John had been born at Middleton in Lancashire, England, and that for the last 17 years of his life he had been living in Queensland.His wife was named as Eliza Shepherd to whom he had been married for 21 years. Finally, the certificate included the names and ages of his seven surviving children.The list comprised: Robert aged 28, James aged 26, John aged 22, twins Edward and Ernest aged 15, Doris aged 11 and Frank who was nine.

 

 

 

When John passed away, Eliza moved off the farm with Doris and Frank and into a rented house in Maleny, where they attended the local school.Just over twelve years later, during the month of May in 1942, widowed Eliza Collett (nee Shepherd) married local farmer Friedrich W Fels of Levington Road in Eight Mile Plains.Eliza was 75 years old when she died in 1953, after which her ashes were placed with those of her daughter Doris, in the family plot at Brisbaneís Mount Thompson Crematorium.The ashes of Elizaís second husband, Fred Fels, are also in the same family plot.

 

 

 

27R16

Jessie Collett

Born in 1899 at Gorton, Manchester

 

27R17

ROBERT COLLETT

Born in 1901 at Gorton, Manchester

 

27R18

James Collett

Born in 1904 at Gorton, Manchester

 

27R19

John Collett

Born in 1907 at Gorton, Manchester

 

27R20

Edward Collett †††††††††††† twin

Born in 1915 in Brisbane, Queensland

 

27R21

Ernest Collett †††††††††††††† twin

Born in 1915 in Brisbane, Queensland

 

27R22

Doris Hazel Collett

Born in 1919 in Queensland, Aus.

 

27R23

Frank Collett

Born in 1920 in Queensland, Aus.

 

 

 

 

27R1

Dennis Percival John Collitt was born in England in 1920 and probably in London, the son of John (Jack) Collett and Amy Currey.All that is so far known about Dennis is that he did not emigrate to New Zealand with his brother Donald (below), and that around 1990 he was living on Canvey Island, which would correspond with his death in Essex during 2003.

 

 

 

 

27R2

Donald Fine or Fyne Collitt was born in London on 24th November 1921, the son of John (Jack) Collett and his wife Amy Currey.His second forename was derived from his maternal grandmother Jane Eliza Fine or Fyne.The birth of Donald F Collitt was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 91 during the first three months of 1922, when his motherís maiden-name was recorded as Curry.His father died when Donald was only fifteen years of age in 1937, and it was during the Second World War that he married Joyce Lillian Lowman with whom he had two daughters. Their marriage was recorded at the Essex Rochford register office (Ref. 4a 1657) during the third quarter of 1943, where the births of their two children were also later recorded.When their youngest child was around four years old, Donald had already made plans for his family to emigrate to New Zealand.

 

 

 

Early in 1951, Donald made an advance trip to New Zealand, to prepare for the day when his family would make the same journey later on.It was as 29-year-old draughtsman Donald F Collitt that he sailed out of the Port of London on board RMS Rangitiki of the New Zealand Shipping Company Limited on 29th January 1951, bound for Wellington, where he arrived on 4th March 1951.Six months later, his wife and daughters sailed out of Southampton on 28th August 1951 aboard the SS Arawa, when the passenger list included them as Mrs Joyce L Collett who was 28, Miss Marian N Collett who was six years old, and Miss Julia M Collett who was five years of age.

 

 

 

What happened to the family after 1951 is not known at this time, but the records in New Zealand state that Donald was made a widower upon the death of Joyce Lillian Collitt nee Lowman in 1971 at the age of 49.Twenty-eight years later Donald Fyne Collitt died in New Zealand during 1999, when his date of birth was confirmed as 24th November 1921.In 2014, contact was made by Christina Hammond with one of Donaldís daughters, so it is hoped to bring this branch up to date over the coming months.

 

 

 

27S1

Marian Norma Collitt

Born in 1944 at Rochford, Essex

 

27S2

Julia M Collitt

Born in 1946 at Rochford, Essex

 

 

 

 

27R3

Ivy Emily Earl Collitt was born at Walthamstow on 24th October 1913, the eldest of the two daughters of Stanley Thomas Collitt and his wife Emily Earl, her birth recorded at Walthamstow register office (Ref. 1d 1309), when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Carl.She never married and was living in Cheshire when she died at the age of 85, the death of Ivy Emily E Collitt recorded at Warrington register office (Ref. 3461B B58C) at the end of December 1998.

 

 

 

 

27R4

Joyce Beryl Collitt was born at Walthamstow on 8th February 1920, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1d 1847), when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Earl.She was the youngest daughter of Stanley Collett and Emily Earl.Much later in her life, when she was 46 years of age, she married David Watkin-Jones, their marriage recorded at Islington register office (Ref. 5c 1768) during the third quarter of 1966.They were married for twenty-two years, up until her she passed away in Devon at the age of 68.The death of Joyce Beryl Watkin-Jones was recorded at Honiton register office (Ref. 21 1294) during the summer of 1988.Her husband was six years younger, having been born on 6th March 1926, and he was 70 when the death of David Watkin-Jones was recorded at Sussex register office (Ref. 4541C C36E) in 1996.

 

 

 

 

27R5

Edna Doreen Collitt was born at Hackney on 17th March 1921, the daughter of Ernest Harold Collett and Dorothy Garwood.On 24th September 1949 she married Kenneth William Collitt who, it was later revealed, was the son of William Silvester Collitt her distant relation, although they did not know they were related at that time.The details of the continuation of this family can be found under Ref. 27Q25.

 

 

 

 

27R6

Gordon John Collitt, who was known as John, was born at Hackney on 2nd May 1924, the son of Ernest Harold Collett and Dorothy Garwood.His birth was recorded at Barnet register office (Ref. 3a 701) in Middlesex, when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Garwood.During his life he emigrated to Canada, and it was there that he died on 21st June 1996.

 

 

 

 

27R7

Albert Collitt was born in Australia during 1911, the son of Thomas Morton Collitt and his wife Amy Hilda Harrison.All that is currently known about his is that he was a married man who had a son, and that he died in 1993.

 

 

 

27S3

Geoffrey Wayne Collitt

Born in 1945 in Australia

 

 

 

 

27R8

Stanley Rose Collitt was born at Stockton-on-Tees on 10th December 1905, the eldest child of Joshua Rose Collitt and Harriet Ann Roberts, whose birth was recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 58) during the first three months of 1906. In the census conducted in 1911, five-year-old Stanley Rose Collett from Stockton was staying with his grandparents Joshua and Eleanor Collett within the parish of St Thomas in Stockton.On that same day, Stanleyís parents and his younger brother William (below), were recorded in the census for Wingate in County Durham, not far from Hesleden, where William was born seven months earlier.Seventeen years later, the marriage of Stanley Rose Collitt and Elsie E Doyle was recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 231) during the third quarter of 1928. It was at the same time that year, when Stanleyís father died, although there was a chance that he may have attended his sonís wedding celebration.

 

 

 

Two children were born to the couple in the early years of their life together in Stockton-on-Tees, with a third added later, after the family of four had moved north to Durham.In every case, the motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Doyle.Stanley was 79 years old when he died, the death of Stanley Rose Collitt recorded at Yorkshire register office (Ref. 2 3261) in 1985.

 

 

 

27S4

Jean Rose Collitt

Born in 1929 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27S5

William David Collitt

Born in 1933 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

27S6

Marie A Collitt

Born in 1945 at Durham

 

 

 

 

27R9

William Gordon Collitt was born at Hesleden on 15th August 1910 and his birth was recorded at the Easington register office in County Durham (Ref. 10a 517). He was seven months old in the Wingate, County Durham, census of 1911, where he was living there with just his parents, a couple of miles west of Hesleden.His older brother Stanley (above) was fifteen miles to the south, staying with his paternal grandparents at Stockton-on-Tees. The name of William Gordon Collitt, born in 1910, was a member of the Merchant Navy during the Second World War.It was three years after the war, when William became a married man.The marriage of William Gordon Collitt and Enda Ellerby was recorded at Middlesbrough register office (Ref. 1b 1383) during the fourth quarter of 1948.Most likely, because of his advanced years, the couple only had one child, their daughter Pamela A Collitt, whose birth was recorded at Durham South-Eastern register office, when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Ellerby.William lived a long life and was 94 years and 2 weeks of age when he passed away on 28th August 2004 at West Hartlepool. The death of William Gordon Collitt was recorded at Durham register office (Ref. 351/1 K66).

 

 

 

27S7

Pamela A Collitt

Born in 1953 at Durham

 

 

 

 

27R10

Edwin Frank Collitt was born at Stockton-on-Tees on 15th November 1916, the older of the two children of James Edwin Collett and Evelyn Hannah Thomas, his birth recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 144) during the last three months of the year.Edwin was around twenty-four-years of age when he married 20-year-old Kathleen Broadbent, the event recorded at Durham South-Eastern register office (Ref. 10a 267) during the last quarter of 1940, and not long after his sister Evelyn (below) was married there.Kathleen Broadbent was born on 7th July 1920, her birth recorded at Middlesbrough register office (Ref. 9d 1321) during the third quarter of 1920.The births of their four children were also recorded at the Durham South-Eastern register office, when their motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Broadbent.Edwin lived his whole life in County Durham, and it was at Durham register office (Ref. 3481F F47) that his death was recorded during 1994.Kathleen was 84 years old when she died in Durham, where her death was recorded during 2004 (Ref. 350/L A16).

 

 

 

27S8

Christine Collitt

Born in 1945 at Durham

 

27S9

Pauline Collitt

Born in 1947 at Durham

 

27S10

Edwin Collitt

Born in 1949 at Durham

 

27S11

Kenneth Collitt

Born in 1951 at Durham

 

 

 

 

27R11

Evelyn Collitt was born at Stockton-on-Tees on 17th October 1919 and her birth was also recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 216) during the fourth quarter of that year.She was the daughter of James ad Evelyn Collett and the sister of Edwin (above).The two siblings were both marriage during the same year, around a year after the start of the Second World War.The marriage of Evelyn Collitt and Charles Leaper Wilson, born on 11th October 1916, was recorded at the Durham South-Eastern register office (Ref. 10a 284) during the third quarter of 1940.Her brotherís wedding took place within the next few months. Evelyn gave birth to a son followed by a daughter, the births of both of them were recorded at Durham South-Eastern register office, when their motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collitt.They were David G Wilson (Ref. 10a 137) during the second quarter of 1942, and Barbara A Wilson (Ref. 1a 877) during the first three months of 1951.Evelyn Wilson, nee Collitt, was recorded at Durham register office (Ref. 1 1460) during 1990.The later death of Charles Leaper Wilson was also recorded at Durham register office (Ref. 3501B B13) during 2002.

 

 

 

 

27R13

Stephen Kenneth Collitt was born at Colchester in Essex on 17th May 1953, the eldest of three children of Kenneth William Collitt and Edna Doreen Collitt.His birth was recorded at Colchester register office (Ref. 4a 725), when his motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collitt.Stephen was twenty-five when he married Gillian Ruby Scrivener on 22nd May 1978, and they have two children.Gillian was born on 11th August 1956.In 2010 Stephen and Gillian were living in Essex, and it is thanks to Stephen and his sister Christina (below), that much of the detail regarding their family line has been gathered and generously provided for inclusion here.

 

 

 

27S12

Hannah Georgina Collitt

Born in 1981 at Colchester

 

27S13

Andrea Beth Collitt

Born in 1985 at Colchester

 

 

 

 

27R14

Trevor William Collitt was born on 11th November 1955, the second son of Kenneth William Collitt and Edna Doreen Collitt, whose birth was also recorded at Colchester register office (Ref. 4a 639), his motherís maiden-name confirmed as Collitt.Trevor married Julie Rose Blenko on 16th December 1978, with whom he has three children, Julie having been born on 5th June 1957.

 

 

 

27S14

James William Collitt

Born in 1980 at Colchester

 

27S15

Zena Rose Collitt

Born in 1982 at Colchester

 

27S16

Tessa Louise Collitt

Born in 1992 at Colchester

 

 

 

 

27R15

Christina Margaret Collitt, who is known as Nit, was born on 27th November 1960, the daughter of Kenneth William Collitt and Edna Doreen Collitt, Kenneth and Edna being distantly related.Christinaís birth was recorded at Colchester register office (Ref. 4a 912), when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Collitt.It was also at Colchester register office that, thirty-one years later, the marriage of Christina and Roger Sidney Hammond was recorded (Ref. 9 2314) for their wedding day on 27th June 1992. Roger was born on 20th April 1961 and they have three children, with the family at Hitchin, Hertfordshire, in 2010.The children are William G Hammond who was born on 2nd December 1993, Gabrielle R Hammond who was born on 8th June 1995, and Lucinda (Lulu) A Hammond who was born on 24th August 1998.

 

 

 

It is thanks to the tremendous amount of information received from Christina Hammond nee Collitt, and her brother Stephen Collitt (above), that the story of her family from Ralph Collett (Ref. 36I1) and Anne Vevers in the 1600s can be told in such detail.

 

 

 

 

27R16

Jessie Collett was born at Middleton in Manchester in 1899, the eldest child of John Collett of Thornham and Eliza Shepherd of Middleton.Her birth was recorded at Oldham (Ref. 8d 705) during the last quarter of 1899.In March 1901, just before the birth of her brother John (below), Jessie Collett was one-year old and was staying with her grandmother Alice Collett at Stakehill in Middleton.Tragically, it was later that same year that the death of Jessie Collett aged two years was recorded at Chorlton in Lancashire (Ref. 8c 540) during the final quarter of 1901.Chorlton is today Chorlton-on-Medlock.

 

 

 

 

27R17

ROBERT COLLETT, who was known as Bob, was born at Gorton in Manchester during 1901, the eldest surviving child of John and Eliza Collett.His birth was recorded at Chorlton register office (Ref. 8c 843) during the last three months of 1901.Robert was nine years of age in the Longsight Manchester census of 1911 when he and his family were identified at 13 Grasmere Street just west of Gorton.He was eleven years old when he and his family emigrated to Queensland in Australia, and it was there also where he was an apprentice jeweller and went to work and live in Sydney.He later married Alice Lydia Dalley with whom he had two children.

 

 

 

27S17

JOHN ROBERT COLLETT

Born in 1932 in Sydney

 

27S18

Beverley Mary Collett

Born in 1937 in Sydney

 

 

 

 

27R18

James Collett, who was known as Jim, was born at Gorton in Manchester in 1904, his birth recorded at Chorlton register office (Ref. 8c 866) during the first quarter of 1904.He was seven years old in April 1911 when, the census that month, placed him and his family living at 13 Grasmere Street in the Longsight area of south Manchester and not far from Gorton, his confirmed place of birth.Two years afterwards, his parents emigrated to Australia, taking James and his two brothers with them.On leaving school and, from the family home at McConnell Street in Bulimba, Jim was an apprentice watchmaker and went to Cairns to work for McDonnell jeweller.His family moved to Bald Knob in 1925, following which, on 28th February 1927, Jim married Eileen May Losberg, the half-sister of Kathleen Anastasia Boardman, who married Jimís brother Edward Collett (below).Their marriage produced two children for Jim and Eileen, and it was on 7th July 1988 that Eileen May Collett nee Losberg passed away.

 

 

 

27S19

Yvonne Eileen Collett

Born in 1927 at Townsville, Australia

 

27S20

Marillyn Collett

Born in 1943 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

27R19

John Collett, who was known as Jack, was born at Gorton in Manchester in 1907, while his birth was recorded at Chorlton register office (Ref. 8c 797) during the fourth quarter of that year.He was three years of age in the census of 1911 when he was living at 13 Grasmere Street in Longsight, Manchester.Within the next two years his parents emigrated to Australia and settled at McConnell Street in Bulimba, Queensland.In 1925 the family moved to Bald Knob, where they had a banana farm.Prior to the move, Jack was an apprentice sailmaker in Brisbane, but accompanied his family to Bald Knob and helped with the work on the banana plantation.He later worked as a powder monkey at the Blue Metal Quarry and, three years after his father passed away, John Collett married Gladys Huet on 6th October 1933.Gladys presented Jack with five children when they were residing in Brisbane.Gladys Collett nee Huet died at Gladstone in Queensland on 3rd June 1980 and four years later John Collett also died in Gladstone on 29th June 1984.

 

 

 

27S21

Jack Collett

Born in 1934 at Brisbane

 

27S22

Mervyn Collett

Born in 1936 at Brisbane

 

27S23

Valerie Collett

Born in 1938 at Brisbane

 

27S24

Kevin Collett

Born in 1939 at Brisbane

 

27S25

Barry Collett

Born in 1943 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

27R20

Edward Collett was born at Brisbane in 1915 after his parents had emigrated to Australia from England towards the end of 1912.He and his twin brother Ernest (below) were the sons of John and Eliza Collett.Upon the death of his father, John Collett, in 1930, the age of the twins was revealed as 15 years, confirming that they were born in 1915.It was during 1946 when Edward Collett, known as Ed, married Kathleen Anastasia Boardman, who was the half-sister of Eileen May Losberg who had married Edwardís older brother James Collett (above).Over the following five years Kathleen gave birth to three children while the family was living in Brisbane.Kathleen Collett nee Boardman died in 1970 and, after twenty-nine years as a widowed, Edward Collett died at Currumbin in Queensland during 1999.

 

 

 

27S26

Edward Charles Collett

Born in 1947 at Brisbane

 

27S27

Stepheny Eliza Collett

Born in 1949 at Brisbane

 

27S28

Edwina Amanda Collett

Born in 1951 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

27R21

Ernest Collett was known as Ern and was born at Brisbane in 1915, one of twin sons born to John and Eliza Collett from England.The year of birth of the twins was revealed on their fatherís death certificate in 1930, which stated they were 15 years old. And it was in Australia, during 1945, where he married Violet Grace Carlsen, who was known as Grace.Their three children and later family members were all born in Brisbane, where Grace died in 1992, followed by Ernest, who passed away during 2003.

 

 

 

27S29

Lorraine June Collett

Born in 1946 at Brisbane

 

27S30

Robert John Collett

Born in 1948 at Brisbane

 

27S31

Dianne Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1950 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

27R22

Doris Hazel Collett was born during 1918 at the family home on McConnell Street in Bulimba and initially went to school at Bulimba. Later on, she attended Bald Knob and Maleny state schools after her family had left Bulimba. She was 12 years old when her father died at Maleny in 1930. After the death of her father, the family moved to Eight Mile Plains, a suburb of Brisbane, where Doris worked in the Post Office and the Clay family shop.It was at the latter where she met and became good friends with Grace Carlsen (her brother Ernís wife to be), eventually sharing a house with Grace.Doris contracted cerebral meningitis and passed away on 21st August 1943 at 24 years of age.Her ashes are in a family plot purchased by her older brother Jim Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

27R23

Frank Collett was born at McConnell Street in Bulimba, Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, on 4th November 1920, the son of labourer John Collett aged 43 years and 4 months.Frank was nine years of age when his father died on 1st April 1930.The death of his father subsequently resulted in the family moving to Eight Mile Plains, in Brisbane, where, on finishing his schooling, Frank was employed as a truck driver by the Clay family, delivering farm materials and groceries.His older sister Doris was already working at the Clay family shop, so very likely arranged for her brother to join the family business. He met his future wife when the Klein family moved to a farm at Eight Mile Plains.However, before he became a married man, Frank had enlisted with the army on 18th March 1941 when he was a truck driver aged 20 years and three months.His army record stated that he had been a member of the Citizen Military Forces from 18th March 1941 until 29th September 1942.The following day he entered service with the Australian Imperial Force, with whom he served until 17th December 1945.

 

 

 

After peace was declared and, upon being discharged from duty, his military records contained the following personal details.He was demobbed at Redbank, in Queensland, as a married man and was discharged with nil disabilities, apart from a scar on his left palm.He was 5 feet 8Ĺ inches tall, weighing 11 stone, with blue eyes, a fair complexion, and light brown hair.He had served a total of 1,736 days with the AIF, 440 in Australia and 975 overseas, and had reach the rank of sergeant, service number QX40603.

 

 

 

It was during the war, when he was 23, that Frank Collett had married Doris Hazel Klein at Murwillumbah in New South Wales and, after completing his military service in New Guinea, he became a carpenter.It was through his newfound skills that Frank built the family home, and the furniture, at 165 Ninth Avenue, St Lucia in Brisbane.He was also a keen gardener and had a marvellous vegetable patch.Frank also entertained family and friends, playing the piano accordion and harmonica.At the time of his death, on 18th February 2001, aged 80, he and Doris were residing at 60 Agnes Street in the Birkdale district of Brisbane.

 

 

 

The marriage of Frank and Doris Hazel produced three children, as listed below.And it was Robyn who contacted Brian Collett through the website www.collettfamilyhistory.net in 2018.The information kindly supplied by Robyn has enabled this family line to be extended to include her and her two sisters, where nothing was known previously.When Frank Collett died, on 18th February 2001, he was at the Sylvan Woods Nursing Home in Birkdale, where the cause of death was carcinoma of the lungs Ė five months, ischaemic heart disease Ė suffered for the past 20 years, and dementia for one year.The informant of his passing was his wife D H Collett of 60 Agnes Street, Birkdale.His funeral was conducted at the Mount Thompson Crematorium on 21st February 2001.

 

 

 

27S32

Margaret Anne Collett

Born in 1945 in Brisbane

 

27S33

Helen Dianne Collett

Born in 1948 in Brisbane

 

27S34

Robyn Frances Collett

Born in 1953 in Brisbane

 

 

 

 

27S1

Marian Norma Collitt was born in 1944, the older of the two daughters of Donald Fine Collitt and Joyce Lillian Lowman.Her birth was recorded at the Essex Rochford register office (Ref. 4a 1005) during the third quarter of the year, when her motherís maiden-name was confirmed as Lowman.She was six years old when, as Miss Marian N Collitt, her name was on the passenger list of the SS Arawa of the Shaw-Saville & Albion Company that sailed out of Southampton on 28th August 1951, bound for Wellington in New Zealand.She was accompanied by her younger sister Julia (below) and their mother Mrs Joyce L Collett aged 28 and a housewife.

 

 

 

 

27S2

Julia M Collitt was born in 1946 with her birth recorded at Rochford, Essex, register office (Ref. 4a 1268) during the first three months of that year, the younger of the two daughters of Donald Fine Collitt and Joyce Lillian Lowman.The record of her birth also confirmed that her motherís maiden-name was Lowman.She was five years old when, as Miss Julia M Collitt, her name was on the passenger list of the SS Arawa of the Shaw-Saville & Albion Company that sailed out of Southampton on 28th August 1951, bound for Wellington in New Zealand.She was accompanied by her older sister Marian (above) and their mother Mrs Joyce L Collett aged 28 and a housewife.

 

 

 

 

27S3

Geoffrey Wayne Collitt was born in Australia during 1945 and was the son of Albert Collitt.No further details are known about his mother, or whether he had any brothers or sisters.He later married Anne Constance Ide in 1970 with whom he had five children.