PART TWENTY-NINE

 

The Turkdean to Australia Line

 

Updated April 2014

 

 

 

Within the 1996 Supplement to The Collett Saga by Margaret Chadd there are details on pages 29 and 30 of the Gloucestershire - Perth Collett family.  This branch of the family was reproduced for the Collett Family History website in 2006 using the details provided therein.  However, a chance record found during an investigation into an update for Part 5 - The Tewkesbury Line in 2012 revealed an error in the details of the Gloucestershire to Perth family.  This relates to William Collett (Ref. 29N5) of Turkdean, the son of William Collett (Ref. 29M4) of Turkdean and his wife Hannah Deane.  William, the son, was a shoemaker who raised his family in Charlton Kings, and who eventually took his family to live in Wales.  Whereas the William Collett who married Susan James in Cirencester in 1859 [incorrectly referenced 29N5] was born at Cirencester, where he was the son of mason William Collett.

 

 

 

This means that the mention of William entering the army and becoming a sergeant with the 66th Gloucestershire Foot Regiment during the Crimea War relates to another William, so far unidentified.  In order to avoid a major re-write of this family line a new appendix has been included at the end of this file which provides the details of the family of William Collett of Turkdean, Charlton Kings, and Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29L1

JOSEPH COLLETT was possibly born around 1765.  He married Hannah Price on 16th November 1786 at Turkdean, just a few miles from Bourton-on-the-Water.  All of their children were also born and baptised at Turkdean.  At the time of the first national census in June 1841 Hannah Collett, a widow of 85, was still living in Turkdean with just her unmarried daughter Jane Collett as her companion.  Living close by was he married son William with his family.

 

 

 

29M1

Henry Collett

Baptised on 06.05.1788 at Turkdean

 

29M2

Hester Collett

Baptised on 06.07.1790 at Turkdean

 

29M3

Jane Collett

Baptised on 26.06.1796 at Turkdean

 

29M4

WILLIAM COLLETT

Baptised on 23.02.1800 at Turkdean

 

 

 

 

29M1

Henry Collett was baptised at Turkdean on 6th May 1788.  He married Elizabeth Ransford at Notgrove on 17th October 1814, and it was there that the couple initially settled and where their first child was born, before the family moved to Turkdean where the remainder of their children were born.  Henry and Elizabeth were still living in Turkdean in 1841, where they were recorded in the census with the same rounded age of 50.  Ten years later it was the same situation except that by then Henry Collett of Turkdean was 62 and his wife Elizabeth was 61.  Elizabeth Collett nee Ransford died during the 1850s, so by 1861 widower Henry Collett of Turkdean was 72 and was still living in the village of Turkdean, where it is assumed he passed away during the next few years.

 

 

 

It may be interesting to note that in 1831, seventeen years after Henry married Elizabeth Ransford, that Thomas Collett married Mary Ransford at nearby Bourton-on-the-Water.  See Part 14 – The John Kyte Collett Line, Ref. 14M24.

 

 

 

29N1

Maria Collett

Born in 1815 at Notgrove

 

29N2

Sarah Collett

Born in 1818 at Turkdean

 

29N3

Priscilla Collett

Born in 1820 at Turkdean

 

 

 

 

29M3

Jane Collett was born at Turkdean and was baptised there on 26th June 1796, the third child of Joseph Collett and Hannah Price.  It was previous understood that she married John Austin at Notgrove on 2nd September 1819.  However, that may now be incorrect since, in the census of 1841, unmarried Jane Collett, age 45, was living with her widowed mother Hannah in Turkdean.

 

 

 

 

29M4

WILLIAM COLLETT was baptised at Turkdean on 23rd February 1800, where he married Hannah Deane on 6th April 1833 and where both their sons were born.  This was confirmed in the Turkdean census of 1841 when William, age 40, and Hannah, age 35, were living there with their two sons Henry Collett, who was seven, and William Collett who was three years old.  What happened to the family after that time is not known, except that it would appear that both Hannah and her eldest son passed away, perhaps during the birth of a third child for Hannah, who also did not survive.

 

 

 

Certainly by the time of the next census in 1851 it was just William Collett of Turkdean, who was 51 and a stonemason, and his son William Collett, who was 13 and also of Turkdean, who were the only members of the family still living in Turkdean.

 

 

 

29N4

Henry Collett

Born in 1833 at Turkdean

 

29N5

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born in 1837 at Turkdean

 

 

 

 

29N1

Maria Collett was born at Notgrove where she was baptised on 13th August 1815, the eldest child of Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth Ransford.  Just after she was born her parents moved back to her father’s village of Turkdean, where she was brought up.  It was therefore for that reason that in her adult life she said she was born at Turkdean.

 

 

 

It was also at Turkdean that she married Thomas Lawrence on 2nd November 1836, and by June 1841 the marriage had produced the couple’s first two children.  On that occasion the family was living within the Northleach, Bibury & Chedworth registration district, where Thomas Lawrence was 30, Maria Lawrence was 25, and their two children were Violetta Lawrence, who was four, and Eli Lawrence who was one year old.

 

 

 

Three more children were added to their family during the 1840s, so by 1851 the family living within the Northleach & Chedworth area comprised Thomas Lawrence, age 40, Maria Lawrence from Turkdean who was 36, Ann Lawrence, who was 13 – previously Violetta, Eli Lawrence, who was 11, Samuel Lawrence, who was nine, Emma Lawrence, who was four, and Priscilla Lawrence who was two years old. 

 

 

 

It is possible that Maria Lawrence nee Collett died shortly after 1851, because by 1861 Thomas Lawrence was a widower still living in the Northleach & Chedworth registration district but with just four of his children.  They were Violetta Ann Lawrence, age 23, Eli Lawrence, age 21, Samuel Lawrence, age 19, and Priscilla Lawrence who was 11.

 

 

 

 

29N2

Sarah Collett was born at Turkdean in 1818 where she later married Caleb Merchant on 7th June 1837.  By the time of the June census in 1841 Sarah had presented her husband with a daughter.  At that time the family of three was residing within the Northleach, Bibury & Chedworth registration district, where Caleb Merchant was 25, his wife Sarah was 20, and their daughter Emma Merchant was three years old.  No record of the family has been found after that time.

 

 

 

 

29N3

Priscilla Collett was born at Turkdean during the first few weeks of 1820, and it was there that she was baptised on 26th March 1820, the third daughter of Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth Ransford.  By June 1841 Priscilla had left her family home in Turkdean, where her parents were both still living, and was recorded as being 20 years of age, while she was still living and working in the same village.  Both of her sisters (above were married by then and her own absence from the next census very likely indicates that she too was married by 1851.

 

 

 

 

29N4

Henry Collett was born at Turkdean in 1833 where he was baptised on 17th November 1833, the eldest son of William Collett and his wife Hannah Deane.  Henry was seven years old in the Turkdean census of 1841, but he appears to have died during the next few years, as did his mother, since he was not living with his widowed father and younger brother in 1851.

 

 

 

 

29N5

WILLIAM COLLETT was born at Turkdean on 24th August 1837 and was baptised there on 10th September 1837, the son of William Collett and Hannah Deane.  By the time of the census in 1841 he was three years old when he and his family were still living in Turkdean.  Sadly during the next decade both his mother and his older brother Henry (above) appear to have died, with just William, age 13, living with his father at Turkdean in 1851.  Ten years later William Collett from Turkdean was 22 and was married to Sarah, the couple having settled in Charlton Kings near Cheltenham.

 

 

 

Since the publication of this family line in 1996 by Margaret Chadd in the Supplement to The Collett Saga it has been proved that William Collett, a shoemaker from Turkdean, did not emigrate to Australia in 1864, but that it was a different William Collett, who was a labourer of Cirencester who did.  The continuing life story set out from hereon relates to that other, so far unidentified William Collard Collett, while the details of shoemaker William Collett from Turkdean can be found in the appendix at the end of this file.

 

 

 

On leaving school William Collett went straight into the army and eventually reached the rank of a sergeant with the 66th Gloucestershire Foot Regiment with whom he is known to have fought in the Crimea War between 1854 and 1856.

 

 

 

It is now believed that it was actually William Collard Collett who married Susan James on 15th May 1859 in Cirencester, and on that occasion William was recorded as a labourer of Prices Row in Cirencester while Susan, who was born in 1830 and whose father William James was a farmer, was of Cricklade Street in Cirencester.  The couple’s first two children were original thought to have been born at Cirencester, although no record of William, Susan or their eldest son Francis has been found anywhere in Great Britain in 1861, so this might mean that the couple had already left Cirencester by then.  Furthermore no record of the birth or baptism of their first two children has been located in Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

It was as a sergeant that he was placed in charge of a group of convicts being transported to Perth in Australia.  For the sea journey to Australia, on board the ship Clara, William was accompanied by his wife and their two children.  The Clara berthed at Freemantle in Western Australia on 12th April 1864.

 

 

 

Upon the ship’s arrival William and Susan must have decided to settle in Perth, since all of their remaining children were born there.  Following the birth of the couple’s last child the family appear to have moved to Freemantle where, from 1875 to 1881, William was Prison Warder at the Freemantle gaol.  He then joined the Pensioner Force of the police department as sergeant-in-charge of the station at Roeburne and was later the recipient of a grant of land in Newcastle Street in Perth.

 

 

 

A few years later, and upon his retirement from the police force where he had been employed from 1884 to 1889, William was working in the service of Government House as a clerk and tax collector back in Perth.  Towards the end of his life he acquired further property in Perth at Palmerston Street.  William Collett died in Perth on 29th July 1906 and was followed two years later by his wife Susan who died in 1908.

 

 

 

29O1

Francis William Collett

Born in 1860 at Cirencester

 

29O2

FREDERICK COLLETT

Born in 1863 at Cirencester

 

29O3

Thomas Alfred Collett

Born in 1865 at Perth

 

29O4

Alice Maria Collett

Born in 1867 at Perth

 

29O5

James Henry Collett

Born in 1872 at Perth

 

 

 

 

29O1

Francis William Collett was born at Cirencester on 13th September 1860 and he sailed to Australia in 1864 with his parents, where he later married Mary Cooper in 1888.  During his life Francis was a pharmacist, a coroner, a justice of the peace and freemason.  It seems likely that the couple lived in Perth where Francis died in 1921.  To date it has not been determined whether the marriage produced any children.

 

 

 

 

29O2

FREDERICK COLLETT was born on 7th December 1863 and that may have been at Cirencester.  The following year he sailed to Australia with his parents during 1864.  He was educated at the Perth Boys Church of England School and later became a cabinet maker, and later a building inspector.  He married Harriett Budd on 29th October 1882, and later in his life he owned property in the suburbs of Perth.  And it was there in Perth that Frederick Collett died on 1st March 1943.

 

 

 

29P1

Frederick William George Collett

Born in 1884 at Perth

 

29P2

Ernest Budd Collett

Born in 1886 at Perth

 

29P3

Lionel Collett

Born in 1888 at Perth

 

29P4

Ethel Collett

Born in 1891 at Perth

 

29P5

Arthur Collett

Born in 1893 at Perth

 

29P6

HAROLD REGINALD COLLETT

Born in 1894 at Perth

 

29P7

Hilda Collett

Born in 1896 at Perth

 

29P8

Norman Collett

Born in 1898 at Perth

 

 

 

 

29O3

Thomas Alfred Collett was born at Perth in 1865, following his parents’ arrival in Australia the previous year.  During his life he worked as a pearler and as a farmer.  It is not known whether he ever married, but it is known that he died in Perth during 1955.

 

 

 

 

29O4

Alice Maria Collett was born at Perth in 1867, where she married Fred Parkes.

 

 

 

 

29P1

Frederick William George Collett was born at Perth on 23rd July 1884 and he married Ethel Butcher who was born in 1883.  Ethel died at the time of the birth of their first and only child in 1913.  It was perhaps the trauma of losing his wife that caused Frederick to react badly when in the service of the army during the First World War. 

 

 

 

He was Private 7755 with F Company of 2nd Depot Battalion Australian Imperial Force and was subject to a court martial on 3rd January 1916, followed by a second one month later on 1st February 1916.  History repeated itself during the Second World War when again Private V/29393 Frederick William Collett of the Training Battalion of 1st Australian Army Service Corp was court-martialled on 11th August 1944.  Frederick never re-married and was a widower for the fifty years of his life up until his death on 14th July 1963.

 

 

 

 

 

29Q1

Arthur Frederick Collett

Born on 01.01.1913 at Perth

 

 

 

 

29P2

Ernest Budd Collett was born at Perth in 1886.  He married Kathleen Mary, possibly at Perth, where it is known their two sons were born.  In 1944, at the time of the death of their son Malcolm during the Second World War, Ernest and Kathleen were living at Burnside in South Australia.  Sometime after they left Australia to live in South Africa, where Ernest died n 1970.

 

 

 

29Q2

Helen Collett – married Mr Gibbs

Date of birth unknown

 

29Q3

Marcia Collett – married Mr Muir

Date of birth unknown

 

29Q4

Norman Budd Collett

Born on 12.02.1914 at Perth

 

29Q5

Malcolm Ernest Collett

Born in 1922 at Perth

 

 

 

 

29P3

Lionel Collett was born at Perth in 1888 and he died in 1967.

 

 

 

 

29P4

Ethel Collett was born at Perth in 1891 and she died in 1914.

 

 

 

 

29P6

HAROLD REGINALD COLLETT was born at Perth on 26th September 1894 and he married Hilda Muriel Tipping shortly after the First World War in which Harold saw active service.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirms that: he was born at Perth; he enlisted at Perth; his service number was 855; and his father and next-of-kin was Fred Collett.  Hilda Collett nee Tipping died on 9th April 1949, and thirty years later was followed by Harold Reginald Collett who died on 1st January 1980.

 

 

 

29Q6

Douglas Harold Collett

Born on 25.06.1920 at Perth

 

29Q7

Clive Hepburn Collett

Born on 05.07.1923 at Perth

 

29Q8

GEORGE SELWYN COLLETT

Born on 16.08.1924

 

29Q9

Ernest Lindsay Collett

Born on 21.04.1927

 

 

 

 

29P7

Hilda Collett was born in 1896 and she died in 1978.

 

 

 

 

29P8

Norman Collett was born around 1898 and he married Ivy. 

 

 

 

 

29Q1

Arthur Frederick Collett was born at Perth on 1st January 1913.  He played an active role in the Second World War as confirmed by his military record, although his army record stated that his date of birth was 6th January 1913.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirmed that: he was born at Perth; he enlisted at Perth; his service number was 46950; and his wife and next-of-kin was June Collett.

 

 

 

He married (1) June Nellie Howard around 1945 with whom he had two children, but from whom he was later divorced.  It was in 1977 that Arthur married (2) Mrs June (Junie) Mildred Blitz nee Markland.

 

 

 

Arthur had many interests and was a champion sports car driver and was an advertising agent and was involved with vintage cars.  He won his first race in 1949 in an MG TC and was still racing at the age of 75 years.  His second wife Junie was a talented craftsperson and together the couple built their own studio at Kalamunda.  They were both clay-potters, painters and gardeners, while Junie was skilled in embroidery and making porcelain dolls.  Junie Collett nee Markland died in 1992.

 

 

 

On 6th March 1989 Arthur and Junie attended the Family Dinner at the Mansion House given by Sir Christopher Collett The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London and the father of Margaret Chadd.

 

 

 

29R1

Harvey Peter Collett

Born on 28.09.1953

 

29R2

Kate Harriet Collett

Born on 17.11.1958

 

 

 

 

29Q4

Norman Budd Collett was born at Perth on 12th February 1914 and he played an active part in the Second World War with the Royal Australian Air Force.  He was married before the start of the war, although to date no name has been attributed to his wife.

 

 

 

His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirmed that: he was born at Perth on 12th February 1914; he enlisted at Adelaide; his service number was 416091; and his next-of-kin was E Collett - this may have been his father Ernest, but is more likely to be his wife about whom nothing is known.

 

 

 

 

29Q5

Malcolm Ernest Collett was born at Perth 2nd March 1922.  Like his brother Norman Budd Collett he too took an active part in the Second World War.  Judging by his military service number he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force after his brother.  His service number was 416414 and at the time he was killed on 22nd May 1944 at the age of 22, he was a Flying Officer.

 

 

 

His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirmed that: he was born at Perth on 2nd March 1922; he enlisted at Adelaide; his service number was 416414; and his next-of-kin was Ernest Collett.

 

 

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission recorded his death as follows: Flying Officer Malcolm Ernest Collett, the son of Ernest Budd Collett and Kathleen Mary Collett of Burnside in South Australia, died on 22nd May 1944 and was buried at Caserta War Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

29Q6

Douglas Harold Collett was born at Perth on 25th June 1920 and he played an active part in the Second World War.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirmed that: he was born at South Perth; he enlisted at Adelaide; his service number was 27144; and his father and next-of-kin was Harold Collett.  Douglas married Mary on 20th May 1950, Mary having been born on 16th January 1929.  There is some uncertainty about the Christian names of the first two of their four children.

 

 

 

29R3

Ian Dennis Collett

Born in 1953

 

29R4

Wendy Ann Collett

Born on 03.09.1955

 

29R5

John Scott Collett

Born on 17.01.1958

 

29R6

Charles Collett

Born on 03.09.1963

 

 

 

 

29Q7

Clive Hepburn Collett was born at Perth on 5th July 1923 and he was involved with the armed forces during the Second World War.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirmed that: he was born at Perth; he enlisted at Adelaide; his service number was 416654; and his wife and next-of-kin was Jean Collett.

 

 

 

It was towards the end of the war that he married Jean Howie on 3rd June 1944, Jean having been born on 1st September 1922.  Together with his brothers, Clive managed the Collett family vineyard at Douglas Gully Road in McLaren Flat in South Australia, which operated under the name Woodstock Winery & Coterie.  In the mid 1990s Clive lived on Clipper Street in Victor Harber in South Australia.

 

 

 

29R7

Robert John Collett

Born on 07.07.1946

 

29R8

Peter James Collett

Born on 21.06.1947

 

29R9

Bruce Phillip Collett

Born on 06.05.1950

 

29R10

Susan Jean Collett

Born on 19.08.1952

 

29R11

Sally Anne Collett

Born on 07.12.1958

 

 

 

 

29Q8

GEORGE SELWYN COLLETT was born on 16th August 1924 and was a merchant seaman.  He later married Margaret (Peg) Jean Andrew who was born on 10th November 1921.  It is known that at sometime in their life the family lived in Adelaide.  By the mid 1990s George was living on Old Coach Road in Urrbrae in South Australia.

 

 

 

29R12

ANDREW CLIVE COLLETT

Born on 08.08.1950

 

29R13

Diana Rosemary Collett

Born on 07.02.1955

 

 

 

 

29Q9

Ernest Lindsay Collett was born on 21st April 1927 and he later married Iris Elaine Guthrie who was born on 24th February 1927.

 

 

 

29R14

David John Collett

Born on 10.02.1949

 

29R15

Jeffery Lindsay Collett

Born on 11.05.1950

 

29R16

Barbara Anne Collett

Born on 27.11.1952

 

 

 

 

29R2

Kate Harriet Collett was born on 17th November 1958.  She married David Hammett who was born in 1956 and with whom she had a daughter Collette Estelle Hammett born on 9th July 1986.

 

 

 

 

29R3

Ian Dennis Collett was born in 1953 and he married (1) Mary Beamish on 30th May 1980, with whom he had two children.  He later married (2) Christina Margaret Chapman on 18th August 1991.

 

 

 

29S1

David Collett

Born on 16.12.1980

 

29S2

Alexi Collett

Born on 21.01.1983

 

 

 

 

29R4

Wendy Ann Collett was born on 3rd September 1955, but suffered a premature death when she died on 2nd November 1982, aged 27.

 

 

 

 

29R5

John Scott Collett was born on 17th January 1958.  He later married and the marriage produced two daughters for John and his wife.

 

 

 

29S3

Mary Ann Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

29S4

Sophia Anne Laura Collett

Born on 24.06.1995

 

 

 

 

29R6

Charles Collett was born on 3rd September 1963 and he later married Mary Warnest.

 

 

 

29S5

Matilda Collett

Born on 15.05.1992

 

 

 

 

29R7

Robert John Collett was born on 7th July 1946 and he died in 1995.

 

 

 

 

29R8

Peter James Collett was born on 21st June 1947 and he married Rosemary Rutter on 28th March 1969.

 

 

 

29S6

Angela Jean Collett

Born on 19.10.1975

 

29S7

Steven James Collett

Born on 15.04.1980

 

29S8

Katherine Jane Collett

Born on 21.10.1981

 

 

 

 

29R9

Bruce Phillip Collett was born on 6th May 1950 and he married Susan Graeber on 7th April 1982.

 

 

 

29S9

Thomas Giles Collett

Born on 16.08.1987

 

 

 

 

29R10

Susan Jean Collett was born on 19th August 1952 and she married Charles Alexander Nilsen on 18th May 1974.  The couple had two children Kristopher Charles Magnus Nilsen, who was born on 16th April 1982, and Marina Stephanie Nilsen, who was born on 20th September 1984.

 

 

 

 

29R11

Sally Anne Collett was born on 7th December 1958 and she later married John Rayner.  The married produced one daughter for the couple, that being Phillipa Kate Rayner who was born on 27th April 1994.

 

 

 

 

29R12

ANDREW CLIVE COLLETT was born on 8th August 1950 and he later married Megan Hender.  He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honour’s List on 26th January 2014 for significant service to the law, as a supporter of Indigenous legal rights, and through contributions to professional organisations.

 

 

 

29S10

HARRY HENDER COLLETT

Born on 19.10.1990

 

29S11

Darcy George Hender Collett

Born on 15.07.1992

 

 

 

 

29R13

Diana Rosemary Collett was born on 7th February 1955 and she married Peter Tooth with whom she had two children Yvan Vithal Tooth, who was born on 25th January 1980), and Christie Siobhan Tooth who was born on 22nd August 1982.

 

 

 

 

29R14

David John Collett was born on 10th February 1949 and he married Judith Ann Fowler who was born on 18th February 1949.

 

 

 

29S12

Claire Collett

Born on 14.06.1976

 

29S13

Simon Collett

Born on 28.12.1978

 

29S14

Louise Collett

Born on 05.07.1981

 

 

 

 

29R15

Jeffery Lindsay Collett was born on 11th May 1950 and he married Ruth Ann Hutchinson on 16th December 1972 who was born on 30th April 1952.

 

 

 

29S15

Christopher Mark Collett

Born on 16.08.1977

 

29S16

Nicholas Dean Collett

Born on 14.02.1979

 

29S17

Gregory Jason Collett

Born on 24.01.1981

 

29S18

Richard James Collett

Born on 29.11.1982

 

 

 

 

29R16

Barbara Anne Collett was born on 27th November 1952 and she married Larry Wayne Podmore on 3rd January 1976.  The marriage produced four children, Naomi Dianne Podmore, who was born on 8th September 1979, Philip Lindsay Podmore, who was born on 14th May 1981, Anita Beth Podmore, who was born on 2nd March 1983, and Karina Ann Podmore who was born on 27th October 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

WILLIAM COLLETT, shoemaker of Turkdean

 

 

 

The details relating to another William Collett, who was a labourer at Cirencester, can be found in the main body of this file at (Ref. 29N5), and that he was very likely William Collard Collett, the son of farmer William Collett.  At this moment in time the birth and/or baptism record for both William Colletts have still to been found.  However, it is known from the record of the marriage of William the shoemaker that his father was William Collett, which then raises the issue that they were very likely the father and son of the same name recorded at Turkdean in 1841 and 1851.

 

 

 

William Collett was three years old and 13 years of age in the Turkdean census returns for 1841 and 1851.  At the time of the former he was living there with his parents, William and Hannah, and his brother Henry, but for the latter it was just him and his father, following the assumed deaths of his mother and older brother.  It is established that William, the labourer of Cirencester, together with his wife Susan and their first two children, emigrated to Australia in 1864, and therefore he was probably William Collard Collett.

 

 

 

 

29n5

William Collett, the shoemaker, was born at Turkdean around 1838, the second son of William and Hannah Collett (Ref. 29M4).  In the Turkdean census of 1841 William was three years old and in 1851 he was 13, when living at Turkdean with just his father.  Nine years later William Collett from Turkdean married Sarah Ann Browning Hall at Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham on 30th May 1860, and all of their children were born and baptised at Charlton Kings.

 

 

 

The census return that they completed at Charlton Kings around ten months later confirmed that William Collett from Turkdean was 22 and his wife Sarah Ann Collett was 23, although their surname was written as Callett.  On that occasion Sarah was due to give birth to the couple’s first child, and that would be followed by a further three children all born at Charlton Kings before the end of the decade.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1871 William Collett and his wife Sarah A Collett were both 33 years old, and their four children living with them at Charlton Kings were Minnie Collett, who was nine, William H Collett, who was four, Arthur Collett, who was three, and Lily A Collett who was two years old.  The five year age gap between their first and second child might indicate that there had already been an infant death in the family.

 

 

 

The family was then extended by a further three children during the 1870s, so by 1881 the family residing at Mill Lane in Charlton Kings was made up of boot and shoemaker William Collett from Turkdean, who was 43, his wife Sarah Ann Collett, age 42, a dressmaker from Cheltenham, and their eight children.  They were Minnie J Collett, age 19, a dressmaker working with her mother, William H Collett, age 14 and an errand boy, Arthur Collett, age 13 and another errand boy, Lillie Annie Collett who was 12 and still attending school, Ada Collett who was eight, Christopher T E Collett who was seven, Frederick C Collett who was four, and Alice Kate Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

Not long after that the family moved out of Charlton Kings and headed west into Wales where they settled, and where they were living in 1891.  The census for Ystradyfodwg near Pontypridd recorded the family name as Collet, with the head of the household as William Collet from Turkdean in Gloucestershire, who was 53, as was his wife Sarah Ann.  Only five of their children were still living there with them, and they were Arthur Collet, age 23, Lily Annie Collet, age 22, Chris Henry, age 17, Frederick Ernest Collet, who was 14, and Alice Kate Collet who was 12.

 

 

 

William was a shoemaker working for himself, his unmarried son Arthur was an agent for a building society, Lily Annie was a domestic servant, while Chris Henry and Frederick Ernest were both coalminers.  Lodging with the family were three more coalminers, John W Sheepway, William Davies, and George F Adams who was 17 and from Charlton Kings.  No record of their eldest son William Henry Collett has been found in any census after 1881 so it would appear he left the family around the time they moved to Wales.

 

 

 

Just two sons were still living with the couple ten years later, in March 1901, when the family was still living in Ystradyfodwg.  The occupation of William Collett from Turkdean was once again confirmed as being that of a shoemaker.  His wife Sarah A Collett from Cheltenham was 63 like her husband, and the sons were Christopher N Collett, age 27 and a colliery lamp-man, and Frederick E Collett, age 24, who was a coalminer and hewer.  It is interesting that also living in that same area, and working as a coal hewer, was William Henry Collett (Ref. 5P8) from Malvern who features in Part 5 – The Tewkesbury Line.

 

 

 

Sarah Ann Collett nee Browning Hall died during the first decade of the new century, and by the time of the April census in 1911 widower William Collett was 73.  Still unmarried and living with him within the Pontypridd area were his two sons Christopher H Collett, age 37, and Frederick Ernest Collett who was 34, both confirmed as born at Charlton Kings in Gloucestershire

 

 

 

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Minnie J Collett

Born in 1861 at Charlton Kings

 

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William Henry Collett

Born in 1866 at Charlton Kings

 

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Arthur Collett

Born in 1868 at Charlton Kings

 

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Lily Anne Collett

Born in 1869 at Charlton Kings

 

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Ada Collett

Born in 1872 at Charlton Kings

 

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Christopher Henry Collett

Born in 1874 at Charlton Kings

 

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Frederick Ernest Collett

Born in 1876 at Charlton Kings

 

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Alice Kate Collett

Born in 1878 at Charlton Kings

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Collett was born at Charlton Kings during 1866, and was baptised there on 28th October 1866, when his parents were confirmed as William and Sarah Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Arthur Collett was born at Charlton Kings in 1868, the son of William Collett and his wife Sarah Ann Browning Hall.  He was baptised at Charlton Kings on 29th March 1868.  He and his family continued to live at Mill Lane Charlton Kings where Arthur was three years old in 1871 and was an errand boy in 1881 at the age of 13.  Not long after 1881 he and the family moved to Ystradyfodwg near Pontypridd, where Arthur was 23 in 1891.

 

 

 

Almost immediately after the census Arthur married Verina/Varina with whom he had six children.  By 1901 the almost complete family was living at Winchcombe near Cheltenham, have previously resided in Leckhampton near Charlton Kings.  Arthur Collett from Charlton Kings was 33 and a life insurance agent, his wife Verina was also 33 and from Leckhampton, while their five children were Arthur C Collett, age 11, Wilfred A Collett, who was five, Verina B Collett, who was four, Muriel G Collett, who was two, and Beata M Collett who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

Five years later the couple added their last child to the family but, by the time of the census in April 1911, only the five youngest children were still living with them, and by which time the family was living within the Tewkesbury area.  Arthur and Varina were both 43, Wilfred was 15, Varina Beata was 14, Muriel was 12, Beata was 10, and Ivy Ada was four years old.

 

 

 

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Arthur C Collett

Born in 1891 at Cheltenham

 

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Wilfred A Collett

Born in 1895 at Leckhampton

 

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Varina Beata Collett

Born in 1896 at Leckhampton

 

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Muriel Collett

Born in 1898 at Leckhampton

 

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Beata M Collett

Born in 1900 at Winchcombe

 

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Ivy Ada Collett

Born in 1906 at Winchcombe

 

 

 

 

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Lily Anne Collett was born at Charlton Kings in 1869, where she was baptised as Lily Annie on 30th January 1869, the child of William Collett and his wife Sarah Ann.

 

 

 

 

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Ada Collett was born at Charlton Kings in 1872, and it was there that she was baptised on 28th December 1872, the daughter of William and Sarah Ann Collett.  Tragically she did not live to see her tenth birthday, when she died at Mill Lane in Charlton Kings on 8th June 1882.  It may well have been that sad event which prompted the family to leave Charlton Kings and set up a new home in Wales.

 

 

 

 

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Christopher Henry Collett was born at Charlton Kings in 1874, and like his other siblings he was baptised there on 29th March 1874.