PART TWENTY-EIGHT

 

The Faringdon Line

 

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

 

Updated November 2021

 

 

This is the family line of Bob Collett (Ref. 28Q57) of Stratton St Margaret in Swindon.  To date no direct ancestral link to any other line has been found but it does have two ‘sideways’ connection by marriage with Part One – The Gloucestershire Main Line.  These can be found at John Willis (Ref. 28P90) and Robert Martin Collett (Ref. 28R45).

 

Faringdon has always been part of the County of Berkshire.  However, following local government boundary changes, it became part of Oxfordshire in April 1974.

 

In addition to Bob Collett of Stratton who supplied the bulk of the initial information, thanks must also go to David Considine of Hillingdon in Middlesex, Pam Kuyt of Cookstown in Canada, June Keating of Carterton in New Zealand, Susan Hoskins (Ref. 28P65) of Lincolnshire in England, Heather Preston (Ref. 28P10) of New South Wales in Australia, Kathy Belcher (Ref. 28P94) of Florida in South Africa, Thomas George Collett (Ref. 28R26) of Cranwell in Lincolnshire, Darren Stephen Collett (Ref. 28R72) of Swindon and very recently Terry Collett (Ref. 28R31) of Horsham in Sussex, who have all been instrumental in providing some of the details.

 

Many of the more recent Australian Collett family members in this line are still alive in 2007 and therefore only brief outlines of their personal details are available.

 

The line of BOB COLLETT can be traced by the names in capital letters, while the family line of THOMAS G COLLETT can be traced by names in upper case that are underlined

 

 

 

 

During a visit to the records office in 2011 and more recently in 2013, Dave Considine unearthed many more Collett records with a Faringdon and Buscot connection, some of which have now been incorporated into this family line.  However, for some of them no direct link has been found but by listing them here there is a chance that the link may be made at some time in the future.  Of these, the very earliest is that of the marriage of Elizabeth Collett to Henry Mundaye at Great Coxwell on 22nd February 1638.

 

 

 

The next early record of any Collett found within in the marriage register of 1653 to 1710 was that of the marriage of Sarah Collet to William Bevis which took place at Faringdon on 1st December 1694.  From that marriage, according to the IGI, they had a son William Bevis who was baptised at Great Faringdon on 10th November 1695.  It is possible that Sarah was the sister of John Collett who starts this family line (Ref. 28I1).

 

 

 

Two later unconnected records have also been found.  The first relates to the Faringdon baptism of John Collett on 19th January 1752 who was the son of John Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  The second is the baptism of James Collett at Faringdon on 22nd September 1796 who was the son of James Collett and his wife Jane.  Where they fit into this family line has yet to be determined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28I1

JOHN COLLETT was born at Faringdon around 1665.  He married Elizabeth Petty who was born around 1670 but at Evenlode near Stow-on-the Wold in Gloucestershire.  The first known son Anthony was born at Longcot near Faringdon, while their next two sons were baptised at Buscot which lies between Faringdon and Lechlade.

 

 

 

Please note that the order of the date of birth of the first three children does not correspond to the children’s reference numbers.  To place them in their correct order would require the complete re-ordering of the whole of the three sections of this family line which would be a mammoth task.

 

 

 

28J1

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1698 at Buscot

 

28J2

Anthony Collett

Born in 1690 at Longcot, nr Faringdon

 

28J3

William Collett

Born in 1695 at Buscot

 

28J4

Thomas Collett

Born in 1696 at Buscot

 

28J5

Mary Collett

Born in 1700 at Buscot

 

28J6

Anthony Collett

Born in 1702 at Buscot

 

28J7

Henry Collett

Born in 1705 at Buscot

 

28J8

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1706 at Buscot

 

 

 

 

28I2

John Collett (above) possibly had a brother who in turn had a son named Anthony who was born sometime before the end of the eighteenth century.

 

 

 

 

28J1

JOHN COLLETT was born at Buscot on 15th September 1698 where he was baptised on 13th October 1698, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  He later married (1) Margaret and it was at Faringdon that their son was born, although it is likely that Margaret did not survive the ordeal.  The subsequent death of his wife allowed John to marry (2) Mary Breach at Faringdon on 8th July 1726 with whom he had a further three sons.

 

 

 

28K1

Richard Collett

Born in 1725 at Faringdon

 

The following is the child of John Collett and his second wife Mary Breach:

 

28K2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1727 at Faringdon

 

28K3

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1728 at Faringdon

 

28K4

William Collett

Born in 1730 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28J2

Anthony Collett was born in 1690 at Longcot to the south of Faringdon, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Petty.  It was also at Longcot on 19th May 1717 that he married Sarah Jacobs who was born in Faringdon during 1690.  It may be assumed that they lived all their life at Faringdon as that was where all six of their children were born.  Furthermore, within the Faringdon burial records is the burial of Anthony Collett on 14th September 1741, and it has been assumed that this refers to the husband of Sarah Jacobs. 

 

 

 

Their children are listed below in the order that they were baptised although it would appear from their ages upon being married that the majority of them were a few years old when they were baptised.  One such example is their son John who was married during 1742 following his baptism only fourteen years earlier in 1728.

 

 

 

28K5

Betty Collett

Baptised in 1722 at Faringdon

 

28K6

Anthony Collett

Baptised in 1725 at Faringdon

 

28K7

John Collett

Baptised in 1728 at Faringdon

 

28K8

Sarah Collett

Baptised in 1732 at Faringdon

 

28K9

Ann Collett

Baptised in 1734 at Faringdon

 

28K10

William Collett

Baptised in 1737 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28J3

William Collett was baptised at Buscot on 13th February 1694, the baptism record confirming that his parents were John and Elizabeth Collett.  William later married Elizabeth and all of their children were born and baptised at Buscot, when they were described as Willm and Eliz Collett.

 

 

 

28K11

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised in 1727 at Buscot

 

28K12

Martha Collett

Baptised in 1728 at Buscot

 

28K13

Ann Collett

Baptised in 1731 at Buscot

 

28K14

John Collett

Baptised in 1733 at Buscot

 

28K15

Jane Collett

Baptised in 1736 at Buscot

 

 

 

 

28J4

Thomas Collett was baptised at Buscot on 13th September 1696, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  In the autumn of 1727 two gentlemen by the name of Thomas Collett were married at Faringdon within a few weeks of each other.  Which one was this particular Thomas has not been determined, so the details of both weddings are included here.  The first of them was Thomas Collett who married Elizabeth New on 16th October, and the other was Thomas Collett who married Jane Carter on 3rd November 1727.

 

 

 

All of the children listed below were baptised at Faringdon, when their parents were named as Tho and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

28K16

Thomas Collett

Baptised in 1730 at Faringdon

 

28K17

Maria Collett

Baptised in 1733 at Faringdon

 

28K18

Esther Collett

Baptised in 1734 at Faringdon

 

28K19

Ann Collett

Baptised in 1736 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28J5

Mary Collett was baptised at Buscot on 26th September 1700, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.  If Mary was around eight to ten years old when she was baptised, she may have been the Mary Collett who gave birth to a base-born Charles who was baptised at Buscot on 17th October 1710.  Sadly, it was within the following week that he died and was buried at Buscot on the 24th October 1710.

 

 

 

28K20

Charles Collett

Born in 1700 at Buscot; died 1700

 

 

 

 

28J6

Anthony Collett was baptised at Buscot on 26th October 1702, the son of John Collett and Elizabeth Petty.  He may have been a few years old when he was baptised since it is established that he married Joan around 1717/1718, following which the couple settled in Great Coxwell where their two known children were born and baptised.  Their daughter Mary was baptised there on 31st August 1718, as was their son Richard who was baptised on 24th April 1720, both recorded as the children of Anthony and Joan Collett.

 

 

 

28K21

Mary Collett

Born in 1718 at Great Coxwell

 

28K22

Richard Collett

Born in 1720 at Great Coxwell

 

 

 

 

28J7

Henry Collett was baptised at Buscot on 12th August 1705, the youngest son of John and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

28J8

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Buscot on 30th November 1706, the last known child of John Collett and his wife Elizabeth Petty.

 

 

 

 

28K1

Richard Collett was born at Faringdon in 1725 and was the only known child of John Collett and his first wife Margaret who most likely died during the birth or shortly thereafter.  It was also at Faringdon on 5th May 1745 that he married Elizabeth Gough who, as Betty Goffe, had been born on 29th May 1727 the daughter of Robert and Sarah Goffe.  All of their children were born and baptised at Faringdon when they were described as the offspring of Richard and Betty Collett.

 

 

 

28L1

Sarah Collett

Born in 1745 at Faringdon

 

28L2

Martha Collett

Born in 1747 at Faringdon

 

28L3

William Collett

Born in 1748 at Faringdon

 

28L4

Letitia Collett

Born in 1751 at Faringdon

 

28L5

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1753 at Faringdon

 

28L6

Lucy Collett

Born in 1755 at Faringdon

 

28L7

Alan Collett

Born in 1757 at Faringdon

 

28L8

Isaac Collett

Born in 1761 at Faringdon

 

28L9

Dinah Collett

Born in 1763 at Faringdon

 

28L10

Deborah Collett

Born in 1769 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28K2

Thomas Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 7th May 1727, the eldest of the three sons of John Collett by his second wife Mary Breach.

 

 

 

 

28K3

JOHN COLLETT was born at Faringdon in 1728 and was baptised there on 26th January 1729, the second son of John and Mary Collett.  It was originally reported here that John had married Lettice Evans at Faringdon on 19th August 1751 and that Letitia Evans was the daughter of Thomas Evans and was born on 18th November 1725 at Ramsbury, south-east of Swindon.  However, new parish register transcripts produced by the Wiltshire Family History Society and kindly supplied by Stephen Carpenter in 2019, includes the marriage of John Collett, a labourer from Faringdon, and Elizabeth Heavens, a spinster of Longcot near Faringdon, which took place at Longcot on 9th October 1751, when the first bondsman was William Hewitt, a cordwainer of Longcot.  

 

 

 

Over the following eight years, John and Lettice continued to live in Faringdon, where four of their five children were born and baptised.  Sometime around the end of the decade, the family left Faringdon when they moved to the village of Little Faringdon, six miles to the north-west and just north of Lechlade.  And it was while they were living there that their last child was born, even though he was baptised at Faringdon.  All five of their children’s baptisms recorded the parents’ names as John and Lettice Collett.

 

 

 

28L11

Mary Collett

Born in 1752 at Faringdon

 

28L12

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1755 at Faringdon

 

28L13

Jane Collett

Born in 1757 at Faringdon

 

28L14

John Collett

Born in 1758 at Faringdon

 

28L15

ROBERT COLLETT

Born in 1762 at Little Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28K4

William Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 5th February 1730, the last of the three sons for John Collett and Mary Breach.

 

 

 

 

28K5

Betty Collett was born at Faringdon sometime after 1717 before 1722 where she was baptised as Betty Collett on 1st July 1722 the eldest daughter of Anthony and Sarah Collett.

 

 

 

 

28K6

Anthony Collett may have been born at Faringdon around six or seven years before he was baptised there on 7th March 1725 when he was named as the son of Anthony Collett and his wife Sarah.  It seems highly likely that Anthony was still in his late teenage years when he married Ann Millard at Buscot on 25th December 1735, after which they settled in Buscot where their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

It is possible, but not proved, that Anthony’s wife may have died after 1756, following which he returned to live in Faringdon where he may have been married for a second time.  Certainly, an Anthony Collett married Letitia Castle at Great Faringdon on 30th July 1764 and six months later the first of their two daughters were born.  The baptism details of the two children have therefore been included here for completion.  There also exists the burial record for an Anthony Collett which took place on 30th June 1788.

 

 

 

28L16

John Collett

Born in 1737 at Buscot

 

28L17

Mary Collett

Born in 1740 at Buscot

 

28L18

Martha Collett

Born in 1742 at Buscot

 

28L19

James Collett

Born in 1745 at Buscot

 

28L20

Thomas Collett

Born in 1748 at Buscot

 

28L21

Betty Collett

Born before 1756 at Buscot

 

The following are the two daughters of Anthony Collett and his second wife Letitia Castle:

 

28L22

Mary Collett

Baptised on 09.12.1764 at Faringdon

 

28L23

Hannah Collett

Baptised on 21.10.1767 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28K7

JOHN COLLETT may have been born at Faringdon in the early 1720s and was therefore around seven or eight years when he was baptised at Faringdon on 24th October 1728 when he was confirmed as the son of Anthony and Sarah Collett.  It was previously written here that John may have been married first to Susanna, and then to Lettice.  This has now been determined to be incorrect.  However, it seems very likely that it was this John who married Susannah Baker at Great Faringdon on 8th July 1742.  All of their nine children were born and baptised at Faringdon when their parents were confirmed as John and Susanna Collett.

 

 

 

28L24

James Collett

Born in 1743 at Faringdon

 

28L25

Richard Collett

Born in 1745 at Faringdon

 

28L26

Martha Collett

Born in 1746 at Faringdon

 

28L27

Henry Collett

Born in 1748 at Faringdon

 

28L28

Stephen Collett

Born in 1750 at Faringdon

 

28L29

Hannah Collett

Born in 1752 at Faringdon

 

28L30

Stephen Collett

Born in 1757 at Faringdon

 

28L31

Maria Collett

Born in 1760 at Faringdon

 

28L32

John Collett

Born in 1764 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28K8

Sarah Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 13th August 1732, the baptism record confirming that she was the daughter of Anthony and Sarah Collett.  It seems likely that she was a few years old when she was baptised, as were most of her siblings.

 

 

 

 

28K9

Ann Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 7th April 1734, the daughter of Anthony and Sarah Collett.  Ann was most likely a few years old when she was baptised since she married William Neal at Great Faringdon on 12th November 1750.  This may indicate that she was born nearer 1730.  Over the following years Ann presented William with three known daughters, and all of them born and baptised at Faringdon.  Martha Neal was baptised on 2nd June 1751, Mary Neal was baptised on 3rd February 1756, and Elizabeth Neal was baptised on 30th March 1760.  This is the family line of Vicki Martin nee Purcell from Adelaide in Australia.

 

 

 

 

28K10

William Collett was born at Faringdon in 1736 and was baptised there on 6th February 1737, when his parents were confirmed as Anthony and Sarah Collett.  Although not verified at this time, it does seem likely that William married (1) Margaret Sadler with whom he had two children at Faringdon in 1761 and 1764.  Margaret may have died allowing William to marry (2) Elizabeth Mikson (Nixon) at Faringdon on 9th September 1778.

 

 

 

28L33

Sarah Collett

Baptised on 12.02.1762 at Faringdon

 

28L34

William Collett

Baptised on 10.02.1765 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28K11

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Buscot on 18th January 1727 when she was recorded as the daughter of Wm and Eliz Collet.  Elizabeth was twenty-four years of age when she married John Leggett at Buscot on 26th September 1750.  Elizabeth Collett was a spinster of Buscot, while John was a yeoman of Buscot.  The bondsman for the couple was Abraham Goulding from Lechlade.  At least three children were born to the couple over the following years, all of them baptised at Buscot.  They were John Leggett baptised on 14th June 1752, Ann Leggett baptised on 21st April 1754, and Elizabeth Leggett baptised on 22nd February 1756.  In each case, the parents were confirmed as John and Elizabeth.

 

 

 

 

28K12

Martha Collett was baptised at Buscot on 18th July 1728 when she was recorded as the daughter of Willm and Eliz Collet.

 

 

 

 

28K13

Ann Collett was baptised at Buscot on 30th September 1731 when she was recorded as the daughter of Wm and Eliz Collet.

 

 

 

 

28K14

John Collett was baptised at Buscot on 9th December 1733, the eldest son of Willm and Eliz Collet.

 

 

 

 

28K15

Jane Collett was baptised at Buscot on 21st March 1736, the last known child of William and Elizabeth Collett.  She was twenty-two when she married Richard Jones at Buscot on 7th October 1758.  Jane Collett was a spinster of Buscot, with Richard being a maltster of Buscot.  The bondsman was Thomas Money, a labourer from Faringdon.  As far as can be determined, two of their children suffered premature deaths, with the burial of Mary Jones on 19th August 1760 and the burial of Robert Jones on 1st October 1768.  On both occasions the parents were confirmed as Richard and Jane Jones.

 

 

 

 

28K16

Thomas Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 26th July 1730, the eldest child of Thomas Collett and Jane Carter.

 

 

 

 

28K17

Maria Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 29th April 1733, the eldest daughter of Thomas and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

 

28K18

Esther Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 22nd May 1734, the daughter of Thomas and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

 

28K19

Ann Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 4th April 1736, the youngest know child of Thomas Collett and his wife Jane Carter.

 

 

 

 

28K21

Mary Collett was baptised at Great Coxwell 31st August on 1718, the daughter of Anthony and Joan Collett.  It was also at nearby Faringdon, where Mary Collett of Faringdon married Thomas Pyeman, a tailor also of Faringdon, on 10th July 1749, when she was almost thirty-one years of age.  The bondsman for their marriage was Thomas Jacob of Faringdon.  Twenty-eight years after that day, another Mary Collett married Thomas Albumun at Great Coxwell on 19th December 1767, but who she was has still to be confirmed.

 

 

 

 

28L1

Sarah Collett was born at Faringdon in 1745 where she was baptised on 10th November 1745, as the eldest daughter of Richard and Betty Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L2

Martha Collett was born at Faringdon in 1747.  She was the daughter of Richard and Betty Collett and was baptised at Faringdon on 30th August 1747.  It may be interesting to note that another Martha Collett, the daughter of John Collett and his wife Susannah was baptised at Faringdon on 7th January 1746, although that family has not been identified at this time.

 

 

 

 

28L3

William Collett was born at Faringdon in 1748 where he was baptised on 23rd October 1748, the baptism record stating that he was the son of Richard and Betty Collett.  William married Rachel, possibly at Buscot, around 1770 since it was there that they settled and it was there that all of their children were born and baptised at the Church of St Mary (on the right).  Buscot lies between to the west of Faringdon is situated just two miles south-east of Lechlade.

William’s wife Rachel was born in 1750 and may have been Rachel Thatcher who was baptised at Charney Bassett on 20th October 1750, the daughter of John Thatcher.

 

 

 

28M1

Betty Collett

Born in 1771 at Buscot

 

28M2

Ann Collett

Born in 1773 at Buscot

 

28M3

Sarah Collett

Born in 1776 at Buscot

 

28M4

Rachel Collett

Born in 1780 at Buscot

 

28M5

John Collett

Born in 1781 at Buscot

 

28M6

William Collett

Born in 1785 at Buscot

 

 

 

It was originally thought that William had married Elizabeth Walker at Faringdon on 29th April 1771.  However, that William, with his wife Elizabeth, lived at Clanfield in Oxfordshire about four miles to the north of Faringdon, where all of their children were born and baptised. 

 

 

 

For the continuation of the family line of William Collett and Elizabeth Walker

see Part 39 – The Clanfield Oxfordshire Line (Ref. 39L1)

 

 

 

 

28L4

Letitia Collett was born at Faringdon either in late 1751 or early 1751, and it was there also that she was baptised on 10th March 1751, the daughter of Richard and Betty Collett.  An alternative date is also listed on the IGI which gives the year as 1750.

 

 

 

 

28L5

Elizabeth Collett was born at Faringdon where she was baptised on 4th February 1753, the daughter of Richard and Betty Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L6

Lucy Collett was born at Faringdon in 1755 and was baptised there on 19th October 1755, the daughter of Richard and Betty Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L7

Alan Collett was born at Faringdon in 1757 and it was there that he was baptised as Allen Collett on 7th August 1757, the son of Richard and Betty Collett, although the baptism entry appears to have spelt his name as Allen.

 

 

 

 

28L8

Isaac Collett was born at Faringdon in 1761 where he was baptised on 28th June 1761, the son of Richard Collett and his wife Betty.

 

 

 

 

28L9

Dinah Collett was born at Faringdon in 1763 and was baptised there on 15th January 1764, the daughter of Richard and Betty Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L10

Deborah Collett was born at Faringdon in 1769 and it was there also that she was baptised on 2nd July 1769, the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L11

Mary Collett was born at Faringdon in 1752, where she was baptised on 19th April 1752, the daughter of John and Lettice Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L12

Elizabeth Collett was born at Faringdon and it was there also that she was baptised on 13th July 1755 as the child of John and Lettice Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L13

Jane Collett was born at Faringdon and baptised there on 3rd April 1757, the baptism record confirming that she was the daughter of John and Lettice Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L14

John Collett may have been born at Faringdon in 1758, where he was baptised on 15th April 1759, the son of John Collett and his wife Lettice.  It seems that John was not yet eighteen years old when it was likely that he was forced to married the very pregnant Elizabeth Willis.  John and Elizabeth were married at Great Faringdon on 6th September 1775, with the son born before the end of that same year.  Tragically though, that first child had died within six months.  John Collett was baptised at Buscot on 9th January 1776, and died and was buried there on 23rd May 1776.  Three years later the couple’s second son, Charles Collett was baptised at Buscot on 24th January 1779 when, as with their first child, he was confirmed as the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Two years later the same couple had another son baptised at Buscot, and that was John Collett who was baptised there on 16th June 1781.  Nothing further is known about the family, except that sons Charles and John carried forward the Collett name.

 

 

 

28M7

John Collett

Born in 1775 at Buscot; died 1776

 

28M8

Charles Collett – leads to Part 34

Born in 1779 at Buscot

 

28M9

John Collett

Born in 1781 at Buscot

 

 

 

 

28L15

ROBERT COLLETT was born at Little Faringdon and baptised in Faringdon on 3rd January 1762, the youngest child of John and Lettice Collett.  Two months before his nineteenth birthday he married Mary Harris at Faringdon on 11th November 1780.  Mary was seven months pregnant at the time of the wedding and two months later she gave birth to the first of three children who were all born virtually born nine months apart.  All of their children were born at Faringdon except William who was born at Little Faringdon.  Robert Collett died on 22nd July 1800.  It may be of interest that in Little Faringdon, near Lechlade, is Colletts Farm and, since it was Robert’s father who is believed to be the first of that surname to settle in the village, it is possible that it was John Collett, or son Robert Collett, who established Colletts Farm. 

 

 

 

28M10

Jane Collett

Born in 1781 at Faringdon

 

28M11

Mary Collett

Born in 1781 at Faringdon

 

28M12

Thomas Collett

Born in 1782 at Faringdon

 

28M13

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1785 at Faringdon

 

28M14

Robert Collett

Born in 1786 at Faringdon

 

28M15

LEONARD COLLETT

Born in 1789 at Faringdon

 

28M16

Mary Collett

Born in 1791 at Faringdon

 

28M17

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1793 at Faringdon

 

28M18

Sarah Collett

Born in 1796 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28L16

John Collett was born in 1737 and was baptised at Buscot on 10th December 1737, the eldest child of Anthony and Ann Collett.  He later married Elizabeth and it was at Buscot that the couple settled and where their children were born and baptised.

 

 

 

28M19

Betty Collett

Born in 1762 at Buscot

 

28M20

Mary Collett

Born in 1762 at Buscot

 

28M21

William Collett

Born in 1764 at Buscot

 

28M22

Ann Collett

Born in 1766 at Buscot

 

28M23

John Collett                   twin

Born in 1768 at Buscot

 

28M24

Thomas Collett             twin

Born in 1768 at Buscot

 

 

 

 

28L17

Mary Collett was born in 1740 and was baptised at Buscot on 27th July 1740, the eldest daughter of Anthony and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L18

Martha Collett was born in 1742 and was baptised at Buscot on 21st December 1742, the daughter of Anthony and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L19

James Collett was born in 1745 and was baptised at Buscot on 5th January 1746, the son of Anthony Collett from Faringdon and his wife Ann.

 

 

 

 

28L20

Thomas Collett was born in 1748 and was baptised at Buscot 15th November 1748, the son of Anthony and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L21

Betty Collett may have been a few years old when she was baptised at Buscot on 22nd February 1756, the last child of Anthony Collett and his wife Ann.

 

 

 

 

28L24

James Collett was born at Faringdon in 1743 and was baptised there on 24th July 1743, the eldest child of John and Susanna Collett.  There is a possibility that it was this James Collett who married Mary Sheppard at Faringdon on 6th March 1783.  The Faringdon baptism records include five daughters of James and Mary Collett after 1783 which were very likely the children of Mary Sheppard who would need to be some years younger than James Collett born in 1743.  For completeness those five children are listed here but may need to be relocated at some time in the future.

 

 

 

28M25

Ann Collett

Born in 1784 at Faringdon

 

28M26

Mary Collett

Born in 1792 at Faringdon

 

28M27

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1793 at Faringdon

 

28M28

Sophia Collett

Born in 1798 at Faringdon

 

28M29

Maria Collett

Born in 1801 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28L25

Richard Collett was born at Faringdon where he was baptised on 3rd February 1745 as Richard Collett, the son of John and Susanna Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L26

Martha Collett was born at Faringdon in 1746 and it was there also that she was baptised on 7th December 1746, the first daughter of John and Susannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L27

Henry Collett was born at Faringdon in 1748 where he was baptised on 7th April 1748, the son of John and Susannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L28

Stephen Collett was born at Faringdon in 1750 and was baptised there on 11th February 1750, the son of John and Susannah Collett.  The birth of a subsequent son into the family after seven years who was also named Stephen suggests that Stephen born in 1750 very likely died while he was still a young child.

 

 

 

 

28L29

Hannah Collett was born at Faringdon in 1752 baptised on 12th April 1752, the second daughter and sixth children of John and Susanna Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L30

Stephen Collett was born at Faringdon in 1757 and was named after his late brother who had died while he was still very young.  He was baptised at Faringdon on 24th April 1757, the son of John and Susanna Collett.  Stephen Collett was arrested on 13th February 1794 and was imprisoned in Newgate Gaol for stealing a loaf of bread from Goddards Baker Shop.  He subsequently appeared at the Old Bailey on 21st February 1794 when his place of birth was confirmed as Berkshire and his age as 38.  It was on 24th February that he was sentenced to one week in Newgate and was fined one penny.  The court record also described him as being 5 feet 4 inches tall, of fair complexion, with dark brown hair.

 

 

 

 

28L31

Maria Collett was born at Faringdon in 1760 where she was baptised on 20th July 1760, the youngest daughter of John and Susanna Collett.

 

 

 

 

28L32

John Collett was born at Faringdon during 1764 and it was there that he was baptised on 9th June 1764, the last child of John Collett and his wife Susanna Baker.

 

 

 

 

28M1

Betty Collett was born  at Buscot in 1771, where she was baptised on 10th February 1771, the first of the six children of William Collett and his wife Rachel, who may have been Rachel Thatcher.

 

 

 

 

28M2

Ann Collett was born at Buscot in 1773 and was the second child of William and Rachel Collett, who was baptised at Buscot on 12th September 1773.

 

 

 

 

28M3

Sarah Collett was born at Buscot in 1776 and it was there that she was baptised on 14th July 1776 as the daughter of William and Rachel Collett.

 

 

 

 

28M4

Rachel Collett was born at Buscot in 1780 where she was baptised on 9th April 1780, the baptism record confirming that her parents were William Collett and his wife Rachel.

 

 

 

 

28M5

John Collett was born at Buscot in 1781 where he was baptised on 9th September 1781.  He was the son of William and Rachel Collett, and it is worth highlighting that another John Collett was also baptised at Buscot earlier that same year, he being the son of John Collett and his wife Elizabeth (below).

 

 

 

 

28M6

William Collett was born at Buscot in 1785 and was baptised there on 4th December 1785, the son of William and Rachel Collett.  It was also at Buscot where William married Susannah Lovesey on 14th April 1814, Susannah having been born at Little Faringdon around 1792.  The witnesses at the wedding were William Lovesey and John Fisher, with William possibly being Susannah’s father, or her brother.  The marriage produced ten known children for the couple, all of whom were born and baptised at Buscot.  The family was living at Broadlease Cottage in Buscot on the day of the census in 1841, while the adjacent dwelling was Broadlease Farm where members of the family were most likely employed.  However, on that occasion William would have been around 55 years of age, and Susannah around 50, but the census return is off such a poor quality it is not clear to see.  Their children on that day were Rachel who was 20, Hester who was 15, Martha who was 13, Jane who was eight, and Elizabeth who was three years of age.  Also living with the family was William’s father William Collett who was 90, and Anne Rison who was 80, both of whom were described as agricultural labourers.

 

 

 

By that time the family had suffered the loss of daughter Elizabeth, the younger Elizabeth being named in her honour.  It is also likely that the other three eldest missing children were already married by then.   Ten years later, in 1851, the depleted family was still living in Broadlease Cottage in Buscot.  Missing from the family were daughters Sarah, Rachel, and Martha, who were all married by then.  Also, absence was the youngest daughter Elizabeth who, like her older sister and namesake, would appear not to have survived.  William Collett of Buscot was 65 by then, and was still working as an agricultural labourer.  At that time, and very likely some years earlier and certainly for the next ten years at least, he was employed by Horatio Weston on Broadlease Farm in Buscot.  The farm comprised 340 acres and farmer Weston employed six men, four women, and three boys.  Four of them, two men and two women, came from the Collett family in their tied cottage.

 

 

 

William’s wife was recorded as Susanna Collett who was 59 and her place of birth was confirmed as Little Faringdon.  Still living with William and Susannah in 1851, were three of their children, they being Esther Collett aged 26, Thomas Collett aged 21, and Jane Collett who was 18, and all three of them were employed by farmer Horatio Weston as agricultural labourers.  Also living with the family in 1851 was William and Susannah’s granddaughter Anne Collett who was five years old and born at Buscot.  She was very likely the base-born child of their daughter Hester ‘Esther’ Collett.

 

 

 

After a further ten years William and Susannah were still occupying Broadlease Cottage in 1861, the last property before entering the Oldfield area of Buscot.  William was still employed as an agricultural labourer on Broadlease Farm, even at the age of 77.  All of his children had left home by that time, but still living there with him and Susan, aged 68, was their grandson John W Collett who was 18 and another agricultural labourer, and their granddaughter Anne Collett who was 15 and a servant in their home.  John Wheeler Collett was the base-born son of their second daughter Rachel, while Anne was the base-born daughter of William and Susan’s younger daughter Hester.

 

 

 

It was eight years later that William died at Buscot, when the death of William Collett was recorded at Faringdon (Ref. 2c 185) during the last three months of 1869.  His age was recorded in error as 87.  His passing was confirmed in the next census of 1871, in which Susan Collett aged 82 (sic) and from Little Faringdon, was a widow living at the Buscot Wick home of her married granddaughter Anne Hart nee Collett.  The only recorded death in Berkshire of a Susannah Collett during the following decade, was for a Susan Collett whose death was recorded at Abingdon-on-Thames (Ref. 2c 190) after she died there on 25th June 1875.

 

 

 

28N1

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1815 at Buscot

 

28N2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1817 at Buscot

 

28N3

Sarah Collett

Born in 1819 at Buscot

 

28N4

Rachel Collett

Born in 1821 at Buscot

 

28N5

William Collett

Born in 1823 at Buscot

 

28N6

Hester Collett

Born in 1824 at Buscot

 

28N7

Martha Collett

Born in 1828 at Buscot

 

28N8

Thomas Collett

Born in 1829 at Buscot

 

28N9

Jane Collett

Born in 1832 at Buscot

 

28N10

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1837 at Buscot

 

 

 

 

28M8

Charles Collett was born around the end of 1778 or during the first few days of 1779 at Buscot, where he was baptised on 24th January 1779, the child of John Collett and Elizabeth Willis.  It now seems highly likely that he later moved to Appleford near Abingdon-on-Thames, where he married Mary Sandall and had six children.

 

 

 

Further details for Charles Collett and his family

can be found in Part 34 – The Appleford Berkshire Line (Ref. 34M1)

 

 

 

 

28M9

John Collett was born at Buscot in 1781 and was baptised there on 17th June 1781, another son of John Collett and Elizabeth Willis.  Not a great deal is known about the long life of John Collett, except that he was a widower in the Buscot census of 1851, when he was recorded as being 69 years of age.  At that time, he was a lodger at the Church Lane home of groom William Barnard, aged 36, and his wife Esther, both of them from Buscot, as was their daughter Priscilla Barnard aged two years.  Although the census return stated that John had no occupation, it also stated that he was supported by his son, which may well have been a reference to his son-in-law William Barnard, possibly making Esther Barnard aged 28, the former Esther Collett.  The problem here is, that the marriage of William Barnard and Esther Laggett was conducted at Buscot on 16th April 1846, when Esther’s father was named as John Laggett.

 

 

 

He was still a lodger living in Buscot in 1861 when he was 79 and working as an agricultural labourer.  However, by that time his daughter Esther had passed away, perhaps during the birth of a second child, and his son-in-law William had remarried, wife being the slightly older Hannah Laggett from Buscot, who was 54 and had living with her and William, her two daughters Esther and Sarah Laggett, also born in Buscot.  William Barnard, aged 46, was still employed as a groom while, ten years later, he was a distiller and a grocer, living in the same family group when Esther and Sarah were described as his nieces, rather than stepdaughters.

 

 

 

 

28M10

Jane Collett was born at Faringdon on 17th January 1781 where she was baptised on 19th January 1781, the eldest child of Robert and Mary Collett.  It would appear that she never married and that she may have been the J Collett, a female of 79 who died as an inmate at the Reading Union Workhouse during 1861.

 

 

 

 

28M11

Mary Collett was born at Faringdon and was baptised there on 9th November 1781.  As the second child of Robert and Mary Collett it would seem that she did not survive since a later daughter born to the couple was also given the name Mary.

 

 

 

 

28M12

Thomas Collett was born at Faringdon where he was baptised on 24th July 1782, the son of Robert and Mary Collett.  He later married Mary Pawling and their son William was born at Langford, just north of Little Faringdon.  Thomas and Mary were still alive and living within the Cirencester, Faringdon & Northleach registration district in June 1841 when both of them were recorded in the census as being 55.   It may be of interest to note that Sarah Pawling, who was born in 1790 at Grafton near Clanfield, just across the River Thames in Oxfordshire, may have been the sister of Mary Pawling.  That may be of particular significance because Sarah Pawling married Thomas Collett who was born at Clanfield in 1791 and they and their family feature in Part 39 – The Clanfield Oxfordshire Line.

 

 

 

28N11

William Collett

Born in 1814 at Langford

 

 

 

 

28M13

Elizabeth Collett was born at Faringdon and was baptised on 9th March 1785, the daughter of Robert and Mary Collett.  She married William Bond and their daughter Sarah Bond was born at Highworth to the west of Faringdon in 1826.

 

 

 

 

28M14

Robert Collett was born at Faringdon and it was there also that he was baptised on 31st December 1786, the son of Robert and Mary Collett.  The first national census indicated that he had moved from Faringdon to Abingdon-on-Thames where certainly his children were born.  The 1841 census for Abingdon listed Robert as 55 and his wife Elizabeth as 50.  However, still living with the couple were their two daughters Esther who was 25 and Ann who was 20.  It is very likely that Robert and Elizabeth had more than just the two children listed below.

 

 

 

28N12

Esther Collett

Born in 1815 at Abingdon-on-Thames

 

28N13

Ann Collett

Born in 1820 at Abingdon-on-Thames

 

 

 

 

28M15

LEONARD COLLETT was baptised at Faringdon on 30th August 1789, the son of Robert Collett and Mary Harris.  He married Elizabeth Scott on 15th November 1812 at Faringdon, Elizabeth having been born at Kidlington north of Oxford in 1791.  All of their children were baptised at Faringdon, even though the IGI simply stated the location as Berkshire on each occasion.  At the time of the census in 1841, Leonard and his wife Elizabeth were both listed with a rounded age of 50.  Living with them at that time at Grove Lodge in Faringdon were nine of the couple’s fourteen known children and they were Jane aged 25, Sarah aged 15, Ann aged 14, William aged 12, Henry aged 10, Betsy who was eight, Esther who was six, Ellen who was four, and baby Clara who was only three months old.  Leonard’s wife was obviously helping him with his shoemaker business, since Elizabeth was described as being a shoe binder.  Five years later Leonard Collett’s occupation was that of a game keeper when his son Robert was married in London during 1846.

 

 

 

During that decade some of the older children left the family home in Faringdon to make their own way in the world.  By 1851 the family still living in Faringdon comprised Leonard 61 and Elizabeth 60, together with five of their children, they being William 22, Elizabeth 18, Esther 17, Ellen 15, and Clara who was ten years old.  Of their ‘missing’ children at that time, Charles and Robert were married and were living in London where sister Ann was also living and working and was soon to be married, while the other two absent daughters Jane and Sarah were both married by that time in 1851.

 

 

 

It is interesting that Leonard’s son Henry was also in London on the actual day of the census on 30th March 1851, as that was the same day that he became a married man.  By the time of the census in 1861, only the couple’s youngest daughter Clara was still living with her parents.  Leonard was 72, Elizabeth his wife was 71, and daughter Clara was 20 years of age.  Leonard Collett died nine years later on 17th April 1870, whilst he was living at The (Grove) Lodge in Faringdon.

 

 

 

The Faringdon census of 1871 confirmed that Elizabeth Collett was a widow of eighty years, and that living with her at Grove Lodge was her thirty years old daughter Clara, together with her base-born son Leonard Collett who was seven years old.  Elizabeth Collett nee Scott died at Faringdon just over four years later, when she passed away on 15th January 1875. 

 

 

 

28N14

Jane Collett

Born in 1815 at Faringdon

 

28N15

Charles Collett

Born in 1817 at Faringdon

 

28N16

Mary Collett

Born in 1818 at Faringdon

 

28N17

Eliza Collett

Born in 1820 at Faringdon

 

28N18

George Collett

Born in 1821 at Faringdon

 

28N19

Sarah Collett

Born in 1823 at Faringdon

 

28N20

Robert Collett

Born in 1824 at Faringdon

 

28N21

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1827 at Faringdon

 

28N22

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1829 at Faringdon

 

28N23

Henry Collett

Born in 1830 at Faringdon

 

28N24

Elizabeth (Betsey) Collett

Born in 1832 at Faringdon

 

28N25

Hester (Esther) Collett

Born in 1834 at Faringdon

 

28N26

Ellen Collett

Born in 1836 at Faringdon

 

28N27

Clara Collett

Born in 1840 at Faringdon

 

 

 

 

28M16

Mary Collett may have been born at Faringdon on 30th October 1791, where she was baptised on 9th November 1791, the second daughter of that name of Robert and Mary Collett.  It was also at Faringdon that she married William Hunter on 16th February 1811.

 

 

 

 

28M17

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Little Faringdon on 30th October 1793, the youngest son of Robert and Mary Collett.  He married Ann Maisey on 29th November 1824 at Fulbrook, Burford in Oxfordshire.  She was the daughter of Stephen Maisey and Ann Butler (1776-1831) and was born on 12th January 1806 at Shilton, just south of Burford.  Once married the couple settled in the village of Alvescot just five miles from Burford.  By the time of the first national census in 1841 their family was almost completed, although their surname was incorrectly recorded with a single T.  William Collet was 45, his wife Ann was 36, and living with them at Alvescot were six of their seven children.  Only the couple’s eldest son Stephen was missing, he having died shortly after he was born.  Elizabeth Collet was 14, George Collet was 11, Mary Collet was nine, Harriet Collet was seven, Ann Collet was four, and Lucy Collet was two years of age.

 

 

 

Over the next five years a further two children were added to the family, and by the time of the next census in 1851 only the three youngest children were still living with William and Ann.  William Collett from Little Faringdon was 55 and an agricultural labourer, Ann Collett was 45 and from Shilton, Lucy Collett was 12, William Collett was nine, and Joseph Collett was five, all three of them confirmed as having been born at Alvescot.  After another decade had passed it was only the couple’s two youngest sons who were still living at Alvescot with William, who was 65, and Ann, who was 55.  Exactly eight months later Ann died when she was still only 55, following which she was buried at Alvescot on 7th December 1861.

 

 

 

Ten years later William Collett appeared in the 1871 Census for Alvescot living there with his married son George and his family in which he was described as being a widower aged 75 and a former agricultural labourer.  Following the death of his wife William had remained a widower until his own death on 3rd November 1880.  Like Ann, William was also buried at St Peter’s Church in Alvescot, although the parish burial record noted that he was living at Witney at the time of his death.

 

 

 

The surname Maisey appears connected to the Collett on a number of occasions – see Ref. 1O47 for Sarah Maisey who was baptised at Fairford on 30th June 1811 and Ref. 3N8 for Ann Maisey who married James Margetts around 1805. 

 

 

 

William Collett’s father-in-law Stephen Maisey was baptised on 15th November 1773 at Shilton (married on 19th January 1804 and died in 1855) and was the son of John Maisey born at Black Bourton, Oxon on 9th March 1736 who married Ann Betts on 14th August 1763 at Shilton.  His father was another Stephen Maisey (born circa 1710), the 6x great grandfather of Jennie Cordner who has kindly provided many details relating to numerous branches of the Collett family over the past couple of years.

 

 

 

28N28

Stephen Collett

Born in 1825 at Alvescot

 

28N29

Elizabeth Ann Collett

Born in 1827 at Alvescot

 

28N30

George Collett

Born in 1829 at Alvescot

 

28N31

Mary Collett

Born in 1832 at Alvescot

 

28N32

Harriett Collett

Baptised on 20.04.1834 at Alvescot

 

28N33

Anne Collett

Born in 1837 at Alvescot

 

28N34

Lucy Collett

Born in 1839 at Alvescot

 

28N35

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1842 at Alvescot

 

28N36

Joseph Collett

Born in 1846 at Alvescot

 

 

 

 

28M18

Sarah Collett was born at Faringdon during 1796 or the few years before that, and was baptised there on 19th June 1796, the youngest child of Robert and Mary Collett.  Sadly, she did not survive and was buried there during March 1799.

 

 

 

 

28M19

Betty Collett was born at Buscot in 1762 where she was baptised on 3rd October 1762 the eldest child of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Her sister Ann and her two twin brothers all suffered infant deaths and it was on 5th November 1769 that Betty also died at the age of seven.

 

 

 

 

28M20

Mary Collett was born at Buscot in 1762 and was baptised there on 6th January 1763, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

28M21

William Collett was born at Buscot in 1764 where he was baptised on 17th February 1765, the son of John and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

28M22

Ann Collett was born at Buscot in 1766 and it was there also that she was baptised on 2nd October 1766, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Sadly, she survived for just over three weeks after her christening, when she died at Buscot on 26th October 1766.

 

 

 

 

28M23

John Collett was the twin brother of Thomas (below) who was born at Buscot in 1768 where he was baptised with his brother on 3rd July 1768.  Tragically it was nine days later that he died, just two days after his twin brother.

 

 

 

 

28M24

Thomas Collett was the twin brother of John (above) who was born at Buscot in 1768 where he was baptised with his brother on 3rd July 1768.  Tragically it was just seven days after that when he died and just two days before the death of his twin brother.

 

 

 

 

28M25

Ann Collett was born at Faringdon during 1784 where she was baptised on 12th January 1785, the eldest child of James Collett and Mary Sheppard.

 

 

 

 

28M26

Mary Collett was born at Faringdon possibly in the late 1780s and was baptised there a few years later on 30th September 1792 when she was named in error as the daughter of James and Mary Collott.

 

 

 

 

28M27

Elizabeth Collett was born at Faringdon during 1793 and it was there also that she was baptised on 14th June 1793, the daughter of James and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

28M28

Sophia Collett was born at Faringdon in 1798 where she was baptised on 30th November 1798, another daughter of James and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

28M29

Maria Collett was born at Faringdon on 17th June 1801 and was baptised there on 6th June 1801, the youngest of the five known daughters of James Collett and his wife Mary Sheppard.

 

 

 

 

28N1

Mary Ann Collett was born at Buscot in 1815, her birth recorded at Faringdon, and who was baptised at Buscot on 16th July 1815, the first-born child of William Collett and Susannah Lovesey.

 

 

 

 

28N2

Elizabeth Collett was born at Buscot in 1817 and her birth was also recorded at Faringdon, and she too was baptised at Buscot on 27th April 1817, the second daughter of William and Susannah Collett.  Around the time that she was twenty years of age, her parents gave birth to their last child, who was also given the name of Elizabeth which, up to now, may have indicated that early daughter of the same name had not survived.  However, Elizabeth Collett from Buscot was unmarried and a cook aged 34 in 1851, who was employed at the Charlton, in Kent, home of elderly George Whitmore, Knight Commander of The Guelphre Order and Lieutenant General of the Royal Engineers.

 

 

 

 

28N3

Sarah Collett was born at Buscot in 1819 and was baptised there on 7th March 1819, another daughter of William and Susannah Collett.  Sarah Collett was around eighteen years old when she became an expectant mother, albeit unmarried.  Her base-born daughter was born at Buscot, the birth of Elizabeth Collett recorded at Faringdon in 1838.  It was also at Buscot, on 14th November 1846, that she married William Morehen, the son of Thomas Morehen, while Sarah’s father was confirmed as William Collett.  When the wedding was recorded at nearby Faringdon (Ref. vi 319), William’s surname was written as Morchen, but within the census of 1851 the surname was recorded as Mooring.  Married Sarah Mooring from Buscot was 32, and with her at Langford near Faringdon was her daughter Elizabeth Collett, who was 13, and described as wife’s daughter, who had been born at Buscot.  Also with Sarah that day, were her two sons.  Thomas Mooring was four years of age and born at Lechlade, while William Mooring was one year old and had been born at nearby Kelmscott, across the River Thames in Oxfordshire.  Her husband was absent from the family home that day.

 

 

 

No obvious recorded of Sarah and her family has been in 1861 and 1871.  However, in 1881, Sarah Mooring from Buscot was 62 when she and her husband William Mooring from Langford, also 62 and a general labourer, were living within the St Helen’s parish of Abingdon-on-Thames.  They were described as the mother and father-in-law of their daughter Martha Susan Bartlett, nee Mooring from Longworth who was 27, and the wife of James Bartlett who was 38 and a general labourer.  The couple’s three children were Arthur J Bartlett, who was nine, Agnes A Bartlett who was six, and Henry E Bartlett who was one year old.  Sarah and William’s youngest son, Charles Mooring, was also recorded there as a married man aged 22 from nearby Shippon, and described as the brother-in-law of William Mooring.  Completing the household was Sarah and William’s youngest child, their daughter Eliza Mooring who was 20 and also born at Shippon.

 

 

 

Sarah Mooring was still living at Abingdon-on-Thames when she died at the age of 82, her death recorded there (Ref. 2c 212) during the first quarter of 1901.  No record of her daughter Elizabeth Collett has been found after 1851, which may mean that she was married by 1861, by which time she would have been 23.

 

 

 

28O1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1838 at Buscot

 

 

 

 

28N4

Rachel Collett was born at Buscot either at the end of 1820 or at the start of 1821, and it was also at Buscot where she was baptised on 18th February 1821, the daughter of William and Susannah Collett.  In the Buscot census of 1841 Rachel Collett was 20 when she was living at Broadlease Cottage with her family.  It was during the following year that she gave birth to a base-born child, the son of the much younger John Wheeler who was only sixteen years old.  About seven or eight years later, when Rachel was around 28, she married Henry Hollick who was born at Shellingford in Berkshire in 1821. 

 

 

 

The wedding would have taken place around 1849, and three years earlier Henry Hollick was serving with the 50th Regiment of Foot in the First Anglo-Sikh War when he was wounded in both legs by grapeshot during the Battle of Sobraon on 10th February 1846.  As a result of his injuries Henry was invalided out of the army, all as confirmed in his Chelsea Pension records, which also included reference to the medals he had earned during his service.  The Battle of Sobraon was fought between the forces of the British East India Company and the Sikh Khalsa Army, the army of the Sikh Empire of the Punjab. The Sikhs were completely defeated on the day that Henry was shot, marking it as the most decisive battle of the First Anglo-Sikh War.

 

 

 

The first of the couple’s three child, Martha Hollick, was born at Shellingford which lies midway between Faringdon and Stanford in the Vale.  Their next two children were born at Bromley by Bow following a move to London.  However, according to the census in 1861, Rachel’s illegitimate son John W Collett, aged 18 and from Buscot, was living with his grandparents William and Susan Collett at Broadlease Cottage on Broadlease Farm in the Oldfield area of Buscot.  At that time in his life, John Wheeler Collett was working with his grandfather as an agricultural labourer for Horatio Weston at Broadlease Farm.  The household was completed by Rachel’s niece Anne Collett, aged 15 and a servant, who was the base-born daughter of her sister Hester (below).

 

 

 

In 1881 Rachel and Henry were living at the Denton and Gutsum Varnish Works on the Albert Embankment at Lambeth in London.  Henry, aged 59 was listed as a Chelsea Pensioner from Faringdon, while his wife Rachel was also from Faringdon.  The only member of the family living with them at that time was their youngest daughter Ruth Hollick (born in 1865) who was 16 and a machinist, who had been born at Bromley in Bow.  By that time, their son Harry Pinel Hollick, who was living in Chelsea, was married with two children of his own, as described below. 

 

 

 

Martha Hollick was born in 1851 at Shellingford, where her father had also been born.  It was at Stepney in London that Martha married Edward Vinten on 25th December 1870 and, by the time of the census three months later in 1871, the couple was living in the Poplar & Bow district of London.  Edward was born at Rainham in Essex and was the son of James Vinten and Caroline Shilleto.  In 1871 he was 22, while his wife Martha was 19.  Ten years later and their marriage had produced five children for the couple.  The census in 1881 placed the family living at 2 Church Street in the Middlesex area of London, where Edward, aged 33 and from Rainham, was an omnibus coachman, Martha was 19, and their children were Harry Vinten who was eight and being taught at home, Rachel Vinten who was six, Frederick Vinten who was five, both of whom were attending a local school, and all three of them born at Bow.  Martha’s and Edward’s two youngest children had been born after the family moved to the Chelsea area of London, and they were Martha Vinten who was one year old, and Minnie Vinten who was nine months old.  One other person was lodging at the house, and that was Henry Morris aged 29, who was an omnibus conductor.

 

 

 

Harry Pinel Hollick was born at Bromley by Bow in London in 1856, the only son of Rachel Collett and Henry Hollick.  He later married Ann Margaret Jenkinson at Mile End in London during 1877.  Their first child was born at Poplar, although all of the couple’s other eleven children were born after the family had settled in the Fulham and Chelsea area of London.  The first census after they were married showed that the couple was living at 63 Seaton Street in Chelsea, and by which time their marriage had been blessed with the first two of the ultimate twelve children.  Harry Hollick was 24 and an omnibus driver, although rather curiously his place of birth was recorded as Bon in Germany, instead of Bow in London.  Living with him was his wife Ann Margaret Hollick of Limehouse, and their two daughters, Margaret J Hollick who was two and Nellie E Hollick who was not yet one year old, both girls born at Chelsea.  The absence of their couple’s eldest daughter Martha Margaret Hollick would perhaps suggest that she had suffered an infant death, hence the reason why their second child was named Margaret

 

 

 

Their full family of children was made up of Martha Margaret Hollick, Margaret Jane Hollick, Nellie Elizabeth Hollick, Harry William Hollick, Peter William Hollick, Ellen Hannah Hollick, William John Hollick, Henry George Hollick, John George Hollick, Annie Matilda Hollick, George Edward Hollick, and Ruth Francis Hollick.  The couple’s eldest son Harry William Hollick had a son of the same name who was bought up by his grandparents, Harry and Margaret, as their own son.  Annie Matilda Hollick later married Thomas Henry Farrington, and they had Harry George Kitchener Farrington, who was the father of Tony Farrington who kindly provided the details of his family from his great great grandmother Rachel Collett.

 

 

 

28O2

John Wheeler Collett

Born in 1842

 

 

 

 

28N5

William Collett was born at Buscot in 1823 and was baptised there on 27th April 1823, the baptism record confirming that he was the son of William and Susannah Collett, their seventh child.  Although he was not living with his family at Buscot in 1841, when he would have been eighteen years old, it was around three years later, on 26th May 1844 at Eaton Hastings, that William Collett married Charlotte Lockey of Buscot.  Charlotte had been born at Buscot in 1826, and was the daughter of George Lockey, and the sister of George Lockey who, eight years later, married Hester Collett, William’s younger sister (below).

 

 

 

It was also at Eaton Hastings that the couple initially settled after they were married, and where their first six children were born.  The village of Eaton Hastings lies on the south bank of the River Thames, downstream from Lechlade, and just two miles east of Buscot.  And it was there that the family was still living at the time of the census in 1851 when William Collett, aged 28, was working as a gamekeeper.   His wife Charlotte was 25 and, despite having four children, she was described as a labourer.  The children were William Collett who was six years old, Maria Collett who was five, Elizabeth Collett who was three, and Mary Collett who was only seven months old.  Lodging with the family at Eaton Hastings on that occasion was farm worker Jonathan Cattrick who was 30 and from Alvescot.

 

 

 

Two further children were born into the family while they continued to live in Eaton Hastings, but then William was offered another gamekeeping job in the Great Barr area of the West Midlands near Walsall.  That prompted the family to leave Eaton Hastings around 1856 and it was at Great Barr that the couple’s seventh child, another daughter, was born.  She was baptised at Aldridge in Staffordshire in 1858, when she was named Susan Collett after her grandmother Susannah Collett nee Loosey.

 

 

 

The Great Barr census in 1861 placed the family living at Hardwick within the parish of Aldridge, near Walsall where Susan’s birth had been recorded.  William Collett was 38 and a gamekeeper, Charlotte was 35, William was 16 and an agricultural labourer, Elizabeth was 13 and still attending school, Mary was 10, Harriet was seven, Ann was five, and Susan was three years old and born at Great Barr.  The five eldest children were confirmed as having been born at Eaton Hasting, whereas William and Charlotte were said to have been born in Berkshire, but at Brightwell (sic) and not Buscot.  The couple’s absent eldest daughter Maria, was living and working close by on that day.  Two years later Charlotte presented her husband with their last child, George, while they were still living at Hardwick, his birth also recorded at Walsall.  Not long after the birth, William and Charlotte returned to their roots and were back living at Eaton Hastings for the latter years of they life.

 

 

 

When baby George was four years old, his father died at Eaton Hastings, with the death of William Collett recorded at Faringdon (Ref. 2c 155) during the second quarter of 1867, when he was 44 years of age.  By the time of the census in 1871, Charlotte Collett of Buscot was a widow aged 45 who was living in a tied farmhouse in Eaton Hastings, where she was working as an agricultural labourer.  Living there with her on that occasion were her two youngest children, Susan Collett who was 13, and George Collett who was seven years old, their place of birth said to be Great Barr, rather than Aldridge and Hardwick, respectively.  Just three years after that census day, Charlotte died at Eaton Hastings, when her death was recorded at Faringdon (Ref. 2c 168) during the second quarter of 1874, at the age of 49.  What happened to Susan, aged 16, and George who was only ten is not currently known.

 

 

 

28O3

William Collett

Born in 1844 at Eaton Hastings

 

28O4

Maria Collett

Born in 1845 at Eaton Hastings

 

28O5

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1847 at Eaton Hastings

 

28O6

Mary A Collett

Born in 1850 at Eaton Hastings

 

28O7

Harriett Collett

Born in 1853 at Eaton Hastings

 

28O8

Ann Collett

Born in 1855 at Eaton Hastings

 

28O9

Susan Collett

Born in 1857 at Aldridge, near Walsall

 

28O10

George Collett

Born in 1863 at Hardwick, near Walsall

 

 

 

 

28N6

Hester Collett was born at Buscot in 1825, another daughter of William and Susannah Collett, who was baptised there on 13th March 1825 as Hester Collett, but often referred to as Esther.  It was also as Hester Collett, aged 15, that she was recorded with her family at Broadlease Cottage in Buscot at the time of the census in 1841.  It was also while she was still living at Buscot that, it is understood, she gave birth to a base-born daughter when she was around 21 years old.  By the time of the census in 1851, and at the age of 26 when she was named as Esther Collett of Buscot, she was still living with her parents at Broadlease Cottage in Buscot village.  At that time in her unmarried life, she was an agricultural labourer working for Horatio Weston at Broadlease Farm where her father worked, together with her two siblings, Thomas and Jane (both below).  Also recorded living with the family on that daytime was five-year-old Anne Collett, the base-born daughter of Hester Collett and George Lockey.

 

 

 

It was ten months later and again recorded as Esther Collett, that she married George Lockey at Buscot on 26th January 1852, their wedding day recorded at Faringdon (Ref. 2c 325).  Esther was confirmed as the daughter of William Collett, with George the son of George Lockey senior.  He was also the brother of Charlotte Lockey who, eight years earlier, had married Esther’s older brother William Collett (above).  George was born around 1831 and was therefore in his mid-teenage years when their base-born daughter was conceived.

 

 

 

Following her marriage to George Lockey, the couple moved to Lower Swell in Gloucestershire, and it was there at Chalk Hill Cottage that they were living at the time of the census in 1861.  Gamekeeper George from Eaton Hastings was 30, his wife Esther from Buscot was 36, and their six children were Edward Lockey who was nine, George Lockey who was seven, Harriet Lockey who was five, Elizabeth Lockey who was three, Fanny Lockey who was two, and William Lockey who was four months old.  Esther’s earlier illegitimate child was living at Broadlease Cottage on Broadlease Farm in the Oldfield area of Buscot, the home of her parents William and Susan Collett.  She was described as Anne Collett, aged 15 and from Buscot was a servant in their home.  Also staying there with his grandparents was John Wheeler Collett from Buscot who was 18 and an agricultural labourer, the illegitimate son of Esther’s older sister Rachel Collett (above).

 

 

 

Twenty years after that the Lockey family was still living in Lower Swell in 1881, but by then their dwelling place was Braggs Lodge.  George Lockey, aged 49 and from Eaton Hastings, was still working as a gamekeeper, his wife Esther was 55, and living with them were five of their children, plus a grandchild, who was very likely the base-born child of their daughter Fanny Lockey.  Fanny was 22, and her child was Arthur Lockey who was six years of age.  The other children of George and Esther were William Lockey aged 25 a slater maker, Harry Lockey aged 15 and a domestic groom, Dennis Lockey aged 12 and an agricultural labourer, and Susan Lockey who was nine years old.

 

 

 

28O11

Anne Collett

Born in 1846 at Buscot

 

 

 

 

28N7

Martha Collett was born at Buscot in 1827 and was baptised there on 14th October 1827, the baptism record confirming her parents were William and Susannah Collett.  In 1841 Martha was 13 years of age and was living with her family at Broadlease Cottage.  During the next decade she left the family home in Buscot where her family of farm workers was still living at Broadlease Cottage in 1851.  She married William Claydon of Great Sampford in Essex, where he was born in 1827.  Together they had nine children the first being Louisa Claydon born at Camberwell in 1858 and the rest being born at Battersea between 1859 and 1870.  For the 1881 Census, Martha and William Claydon were living at 56 Bridge Road West in Battersea, where Martha was 53 and from Buscot, while her husband William was 54 and a dairyman from Great Sampford.  Living with them that day were five of their children, all of whom were born at Battersea, and they were William Claydon, Georgina M Claydon, James Henry Claydon, Alice Claydon, and Ada Susan Claydon.

 

 

 

 

28N8

Thomas Collett was born at Buscot during 1829 and it was there later that same year on 27th September 1829 that he was baptised, only the second son in a family of girls of William and Susannah Collett.  He was 11 years old in 1841 and was 21 in 1851 when, on both occasions, he was living at Broadlease Cottage in Buscot with his parents.  By 1851 Thomas Collett was a farm worker at Horatio Weston’s Broadlease Farm where his father, and sisters Esther (above) and Jane (below) all worked.  Just over three years later he became a married man and left the village of Buscot.

 

 

 

On 25th December 1854 at Highworth he married (1) Mary Hughes of Gloucestershire who was also born in 1829.  The marriage produced two children who were both born at Coleshill near Highworth.  In early 1857 Thomas and Mary, with son Henry and daughter Elizabeth, sailed to Australia on board the ship ‘Grand Trianon’.  The ship’s passenger list included the following details.  Thomas and Mary Collett both aged 27 and their children Henry and Elizabeth both recorded as being one year old, although Henry would have been around 15 to 18 months, while Elizabeth was probably only three to six months old.

 

 

 

Also on the same passenger list for the journey was part of the Stranks family from Thomas’ home village of Buscot.  They were mother Esther (Hester) Stranks nee Betts, her daughter Elizabeth aged 18, and her son Nathaniel who was six.  See earlier reference to Betts family name at Ref. 28M15.  Her husband Thomas Stranks had made the journey during the previous year with their two other children on board the ship ‘Sultana’ which arrived at Victoria in January 1856.  Accompanying them on the voyage was his older brother Nathaniel, his wife and an older sister.

 

 

 

However, perhaps as a result of ill health following their long journey, which would have taken three to four months, Thomas’ wife and baby daughter both died within a year of them arriving in Victoria in May 1857.  Mary Collett nee Hughes died on 16th April 1858 at Moorabin and was buried at Great Brighton in Victoria, with baby Elizabeth Jane having died nine months earlier on 31st July 1857.   Following the death of his wife, Thomas married (2) Elizabeth Stranks the eldest daughter of Thomas Stranks and Esther Betts who had coincidentally travelled half way round the world with Thomas and his family from January to May in 1857.  Elizabeth Stranks was born at Hardwick, north of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, and was baptised on 19th August 1838 at the parish church in Hardwick.

 

 

 

The wedding ceremony, which took place at the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Broadmeadows in Victoria on 2nd January 1860, was conducted by Samuel Bracewell in the presence of Elizabeth’s father Thomas Stranks and Joseph Hughes.  All eleven of the children of Thomas and Elizabeth were born at Victoria in Australia but at seven different locations – see individual entries for exact details.   Thomas Collett died on 4th July 1902 at Benambra in Victoria at the age of 73, and it was there also that he was buried.  Being nine years younger than her husband, Elizabeth lived for a further twenty-seven years before she died on 26th April 1929 at East Bairnsdale in Victoria and was buried the following day at Bairnsdale.

 

 

 

28O12

Henry Thomas Collett

Born in 1855 at Coleshill, Wiltshire

 

28O13

Elizabeth Jane Collett

Born in 1856 at Coleshill, Wiltshire

 

The following were the children of Thomas Collett and his second wife Elizabeth Shranks:

 

28O14

Eliza Matilda Collett

Born in 1860 at Yuroke, Victoria

 

28O15

Salome Collett

Born in 1864 at Moorabbin, Victoria

 

28O16

William Collett

Born in 1866 at Brighton, Victoria

 

28O17

Esther Collett

Born in 1869 at Brighton, Victoria

 

28O18

Susannah Collett

Born in 1871 at Broadmeadows, Vic.

 

28O19

Susannah Collett

Born in 1872 at Broadmeadows, Vic.

 

28O20

George Collett

Born in 1874 at Campbellfield, Victoria

 

28O21

Thomas Collett

Born in 1876 at Campbellfield, Victoria

 

28O22

Frederick John Collett

Born in 1878 at Shepparton, Victoria

 

28O23

Herbert Ebenezer Collett

Born in 1880 at Numurkah, Victoria

 

 

 

 

28N9

Jane Collett was born at Buscot towards the end of 1832 and was baptised the following year on 24th February 1833 at the parish church in Buscot, the parish record confirming she was the daughter of William and Susannah Collett.  In 1841 Jane was eight years of age when she was living with her family and her grandfather at Broadlease Cottage.  Her father, her sister Esther, and brother Thomas, were all employed by farmer Horatio Weston, as confirmed in the next census of 1851, when the family was still living at Broadlease Cottage, adjacent Broadlease Farm in Buscot.  Jane was 18 years old at that time and was also described as an agricultural labourer, so was most likely working with the other members of her family.

 

 

 

It was original believed that, just a few years later, Jane married William Monk of Watchfield which lies midway between Faringdon and Swindon.  William was born in 1836 and all of the couple’s three children were born at Shrivenham between 1858 and 1861.  The only member of the family located in 1881 was Albert Monk aged 20 of Shrivenham, an apprentice to coach and carriage builder Thomas Hill of 26 Marlborough Road in Swindon.

 

 

 

However, this is now considered to be incorrect and new research indicates that Jane Collett, said to be 23 when she was nearer 25, married farmer Thomas Brown, aged 20, who was the son of Stephen Brown, at the Church of St Mary in Buscot on 19th May 1858.  Later that same year their first child Sarah Ann Brown was born, the birth being registered in the parish records during the third quarter of the year, perhaps indicating that Jane was already with-child on her wedding day.  On 28th February 1859 Thomas Brown, his wife Jane, and their daughter Sarah Ann sailed out of Plymouth harbour on the ship ‘The Herald’ to a new life in Australia.

 

 

 

Three months later their three-month sea voyage ended when they disembarked at Melbourne on 1st June.  Once there the family initially settled in Cape Schank in Victoria where Thomas secured employment with John Barker Esquire.  There was work for one year, for which Thomas was paid sixty-five pounds.  After the family’s arrival in Australia the marriage produced another three children for Thomas and Jane, one of which was Martha Brown who married Alexander McKelvie in 1885 at Brighton, Victoria.

 

 

 

 

28N10

Elizabeth Collett was born at Buscot in 1837, the last child born to William Collett and Susannah Loosey.  At the time of the census in 1841 Elizabeth Collett was three years old when she was living with her family at Broadlease Cottage in Buscot.  However, with no record of her in the following census of 1851 it has been assumed that she died sometime during the 1840s.

 

 

 

 

28N14

Jane Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 16th April 1815, the eldest daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth Collett.  According to the census in 1841, Jane was 25, and was working as a dressmaker while still living with her parents at Grove Lodge in Faringdon.  It was later that same year when Jane Collett married Thomas Harris and by 1851 their marriage had produced three children for the couple.  The census return that year placed the family living in Coxwell Street in Faringdon from where Thomas Harris, aged 38, was a master mason employing four men, his wife Jane Harris was 36, their two daughters were Kate Elizabeth Harris who was eight and Lydia Harris who was one year old, and their son Jesse Harris was four.  All three children were described as being scholars at home.  Staying with the family was Jane’s younger brother William Collett, aged 22, who was confirmed as brother-in-law to head of the household Thomas.  All occupants of the dwelling had been born in Faringdon.

 

 

 

 

28N15

Charles Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 26th January 1817, the son of Leonard and Elizabeth Collett.  By June 1841 Charles was married with two children.  The census that year listed the young family living at Faringdon as Charles Collett, aged 25, his wife Elizth Collett, who was also 25, when their two children were Henry Collett, who was four, and Elizth Collett who was not yet one year old.  During the next ten years a further three children were added to the family with all of them born after the family had settled within the Marylebone district of London.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1851 they were residing within the Marylebone registration area where Charles and Elizabeth were both 35, their son Henry was 14 and their daughter Elizabeth who was referred to as Ann, was ten years old.  The three new additions to the family were Thomas who was eight, Clara who was six, and Emma who was two, all of whom were confirmed as having been born in London.  On leaving school the couple’s eldest child left home to secure employment, so was the only absentee at the time of the Marylebone & Christchurch census of 1861.

 

 

 

The census return that year listed the family as Charles and Elizabeth who were both 44, Ann Collett who was 20, Thomas Collett who was 18, Clara Collett who was 15, Emma Collett who was 12, and Alice L Collett who was six years old.  It is not clear from the census of 1861 where their absent son Henry was living and working at that time, although it is established that he was married and had already started a family of his own.  However, three years later he was one of the witnesses at the wedding of his sister Elizabeth in 1864.  On that same occasion the occupation of Charles Collett was confirmed as a shoemaker, the same trade as his father before him.

 

 

 

Between 1864 and 1871 Charles’ wife died after which Charles went to live with his married son Henry and his family.  In 1871 shoemaker Charles Collett, aged 56 and from Berkshire, was living at 39 Boston Place in Marylebone, the home of shoemaker Henry Collett who was 34 and also from Berkshire.  Living there with them was Henry’s wife Elizabeth and their five children.  Just over seven years later Charles Collett from Faringdon died in London, where his death was recorded at the Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 4) during the final quarter of 1878, when his age was estimated to be 63 rather than 61.

 

 

 

28O24

Henry Collett

Born in 1836 at Faringdon

 

28O25

Elizabeth Ann Collett

Born in 1840 at Faringdon

 

28O26

Thomas Collett

Born in 1842 at Marylebone, London

 

28O27

Clara Collett

Born in 1845 at Marylebone, London

 

28O28

Emma Collett

Born in 1848 at Marylebone, London

 

28O29

Alice L Collett

Born in 1854 at Marylebone, London

 

 

 

 

28N16

Mary Collett was born at Faringdon on 14th September 1818, where she was baptised on 11th October 1818 the daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth Collett.  Although Mary would have been 22 by the time of the census in 1841 and could have been married by then, it is more than likely that she died while she was still very young, as a second Mary was born into the same family in 1827.

 

 

 

 

28N17

Eliza Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 9th July 1820, the daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

28N18

George Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 26th October 1821, the son of Leonard and Elizabeth Collett.  On leaving school George left Faringdon to seek work in London where he was recorded in the census of 1841 in error as being only 15 years old, a rounded age, rather than his actual which was nearer 19.  With George on that day in June 1841 was his younger brother Robert, when the brothers were lodging at the Neptune Court, Rotherhithe, home of elderly seaman James Rennison and his wife Rebecca, and when they were both described as being apprentice coopers.

 

 

 

 

28N19

Sarah Collett was born on 19th February 1823 at Faringdon, where she was baptised on 12th April 1823, the daughter of Leonard Collett and Elizabeth Scott.  At the time of the Faringdon census in 1841 Sarah was 15 when she was still living with her family at Grove Lodge in the town, where her father was a shoemaker.

 

 

 

 

28N20

Robert Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 30th August 1824, the son of Leonard and Elizabeth Collett.  By June 1841 Robert was living and working at Rotherhithe in London with his brother George (above) when he was incorrectly noted as being 14 years old and an apprentice cooper.  The census that month recorded the brothers lodging at the home of seaman James Rennison and his wife Rebecca at Neptune Court in Rotherhithe.  It was five years later at St Mary’s Church in Bermondsey, London that Robert Collett married Eleanor Myers on 10th May 1846.  Robert was described as being of full age, a bachelor and a cooper of Cherry Garden Street in Bermondsey, the son of game keeper Leonard Collett.  Eleanor was a spinster of James Place and the daughter of Robert Myers, a foreman at the docks.  Robert Collett signed the marriage register, while his bride made the mark of a cross.  The witnesses at the ceremony were Benjamin Phillips and John Wise, which raises the question, was John Wise related to the Wise family who a few years later married into the Collett family – se Ref. 28N30.

 

 

 

Four years after they were married Robert and Eleanor were living at Rotherhithe, by which time their marriage had produced three children for the couple.  Robert Collett from Faringdon was 25, Eleanor (Elenor) was 24, and their three daughters were Eleanor (Elenor) who was four, Anne who was three, and Eliza who was one year old.  Whilst two more children were added to the family during the next five years, sadly Robert’s wife and their eldest daughter of the same name were no longer alive by the time of the census in 1861.  On that occasion the family was living at 13 Lower Street in Stepney, Tower Hamlets in London when widower Robert Collett from Faringdon was 36 and a journey cooper, daughters Ann and Eliza were 12 and 10 respectively, son Robert was eight, and the youngest child was Mary Ann who was six.  That census stated that the four children had been born in Bermondsey.

 

 

 

It was Robert’s work as a journeyman cooper that then took him and his family to Hackney, where they were residing at the time of the census in 1871.  Robert Collett from Berkshire was incorrectly stated as being 51, and the only one of his children still living with him was his son Robert who was 19.  Living there with them was Eliza Frist, who was 42, and her two children Henry Frist aged 19, and Benjamin Frist who was 14.  After a further ten years Robert Collett, a cooper aged 56 and from Faringdon, was living alone at 57 Tarling Street in the St George in the East district of London.

 

 

 

28O30

Eleanor Collett

Born in 1847 at Bermondsey, London

 

28O31

Anne Collett

Born in 1848 at Bermondsey, London

 

28O32

Eliza Sarah Collett

Born in 1850 at Bermondsey, London

 

28O33

Robert Collett

Born in 1852 at Bermondsey, London

 

28O34

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1854 at Bermondsey, London

 

 

 

 

28N21

Mary Ann Collett was baptised at Faringdon on 5th June 1827, the second daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth Collett to be given the name of Mary, perhaps indicating that the couple’s first Mary suffered a childhood death.  In 1841 Ann was 14 when living with her family at Grove Lodge in Faringdon.  Ten years later she had left Grove Lodge and was living and working in London.  The census in 1851 recorded her as Ann Collett from Faringdon, aged 23 and residing in the St Pancras & Regents Park district of the city.

 

 

 

She married Joseph Smallwood possibly that same year, since the first of their children was born during 1852.  The child was born at Epsom where all of their later children were also born.  It is interesting that the children’s names recorded in the next three census returns varied between their first and second forenames.  The Epsom census in 1861 listed the family as Joseph aged 35, Ann aged 34, Ann Smallwood who was eight, Emily Smallwood who was seven, and Frederick C Smallwood who was under one year old.  Their son William Leonard Smallwood, aged six, was staying with family in Faringdon on that occasion.  Ten years later Joseph was 45, Ann was 44, and their children were Emily Smallwood 17, William L Smallwood 16, Charles H Smallwood who was eight, Edgar Smallwood who was six, Reginald Smallwood who was four, Alfred Smallwood who was two, and Harry Smallwood who was under one year old.

 

 

 

By 1881 Ann Smallwood and her family were living at 6 Goldstone Street in Hove, Sussex.  The census details that year confirmed that she was 53 and that she had been born at Faringdon.  Although the census return stated that she was married, she was also listed as head of the household, so her husband may have been away on business at the time.  Her family, who were all confirmed as having been born at Epsom in Surrey, comprised Sarah E Smallwood [Emily], aged 27 and an unmarried schoolteacher, Charles H Smallwood, aged 18 and a draper and shopman, Joseph E Smallwood [Edgar], aged 17 and a boot maker, Thomas R Smallwood [Reginald], aged 15 and a painter, and scholars Ernest A Smallwood [Alfred] aged 13, and Benjamin H Smallwood [Harry] aged 10.

 

 

 

What is very interesting is that there was a visitor at the house and he was Frederick Beams who was seven years old and also born at Epsom.  See another member of the Beams family at Ref. 28O64.  Ann’s eldest son had already left home to be married by 1881.  He was shoemaker son William Leonard Smallwood, aged 26 from Epsom, who was living at Ellen Street in Hove with his wife Louisa and two sons, both of whom were born in Brighton.

 

 

 

In 1891 Ann Smallwood, aged 63 and from Faringdon, was residing in the Steyning & Shoreham registration district, where other members of her family were also living.  By the time of 1901 Census William Leonard Smallwood’s family had increased to four sons and four daughters with the family living at Hastings.  It seems very likely that William Leonard Smallwood had a younger brother Leonard Smallwood who was also born at Epsom in the mid-1850s and that Leonard married Ann Collett’s youngest sister Clara Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

28N22

WILLIAM COLLETT was baptised at Faringdon on 7th June 1829, another son of Leonard and Elizabeth Collett.  In June 1841 William was 12 years old and was living at Grove Lodge in Faringdon with his shoemaker family and the rest of his family.  By the time of the census in 1851 William, at the age of 22, was living with his married sister Jane Harris nee Collett at her family’s home at Coxwell Street in Faringdon, when his occupation was recorded as assistant to clerk to guardians.  Having moved to Nantwich in Cheshire during the next couple of years, it was there that he married Hannah Pick on 8th November 1855 at The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.  Hannah was born in 1827 at nearby Willaston which lies midway between Nantwich and Crewe. 

 

 

 

At the time of their marriage, William was recorded as being an Attorney's Clerk and Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths.  He was also recorded as being a Relieving Officer for Nantwich Poor Law Union Workhouse.  It was at Nantwich that the couple’s six children were born, and all at number 16 Hospital Street.  And it was at that address where the family was living in 1871.  William of Faringdon was aged 42 as was his wife Hannah, and their children were Eliza J aged 14, William John 12, Leonard 10, Emma, who was six, Thomas, who was two, Walter who was just two months old.

 

 

 

However, it would appear that the family was split up after William died, possibly around 1876 but certainly before April 1881.  In the 1881 Census Hannah was living at 16 Hospital Street with her sons William James aged 21, who was working as a chemist’s assistant, and Leonard aged 19, who was a joiner’s apprentice.  Of their four other children, daughter Emma was 18 and was working as an apprentice confectioner with spinster and confectioner Ann Fitton in her shop at 4 High Street in Nantwich. 

 

 

 

Hannah’s eldest daughter Eliza Jane was 24 and her youngest son Thomas was 12, and they were living with Hannah’s older brother James Pick at his London Road home in nearby Willaston.  Although William’s and Hannah’s youngest son Walter featured in the 1871 census, there was no record of him thereafter so it must be assumed that he suffered an infant death.  The couple’s oldest daughter Eliza Jane aged 24, and son Thomas aged 12, were both living with Hannah’s older brother James Pick at his London Road home in nearby Willaston. 

 

 

 

James Pick aged 64 was the superintendent registrar of births, marriages and deaths.  Living with him in April 1881 were his two sisters Eliza A Pick aged 61 and Jane Pick aged 47, all three having been born at Wistaston which is about half a mile north of Willaston.  The record stated that Hannah’s daughter Eliza Jane Collett was an assistant school mistress, while son Thomas was still attending school.  Their relationship to head of the house James Pick was stated as being niece and nephew.

 

 

 

28O35

Eliza Jane Collett

Born on 18.03.1857 at Nantwich

 

28O36

William James Collett

Born on 12.04.1859 at Nantwich

 

28O37

LEONARD COLLETT

Born on 17.04.1861 at Nantwich

 

28O38

Emma Collett

Born on 16.01.1863 at Nantwich

 

28O39

Thomas Collett

Born on 28.11.1869 at Nantwich

 

28O40

Walter Collett

Born on 25.01.1871 at Nantwich

 

 

 

 

28N23

Henry Collett was born at Faringdon in 1830 and was recorded as being 10 years old in the census of 1841, when he was living with his family at Grove Lodge in Faringdon.  He was one of only three children of the fourteen children of shoemaker Leonard Collett and his wife Elizabeth for whom no baptism record has been found, the other two being his younger sisters Ellen and Clara.  Ten years later, on the same day that the 1851 Census was conducted, Henry Collett from Faringdon married Frances Ann Hawkins, the daughter of George Hawkins.  The wedding ceremony took place on 30th March 1851 at St Marylebone in London where Francis had been born in 1827, and the couple’s first child was born not long after they were married.

 

 

 

All of their children were born in London, except Alice who was born at Epsom in Surrey.  According to the census in 1861, Henry and his family were living at 3 Meards Court in the Strand & St Anne Soho district of London.  Henry from Faringdon was 32 and a military tailor, his wife Frances Ann was 33 and had been born at St Georges Hanover Square, and at that time they had four children.