PART THREE

 

The Chedworth Line - 1800 to 1970

 

Updated May 2016

 

 

The July 2009 update was thanks to new information, photographs, and drawing received

from David Martin of Pontefract in Yorkshire

 

On Saturday 6th November 1999 Martin John Cairns of Abingdon in Oxfordshire and Elizabeth Charlotte Gegg (Ref. 3R12) from Cirencester in Gloucestershire were married at Park United Reform Church in Reading.

 

Nothing very surprising in that you might think, until you realise that both young people descended from branches of the Gloucestershire Collett family.

 

This section of the family history is a link line between Part Two starting at Henry Collett (Ref. 2M23) of Chedworth and coming forward in time through the Gegg family and eventually arriving at Part One with Martin Cairns (Ref. 1S9).  Martin’s mother is my youngest sister Mary Cairns nee Collett (Ref. 1R4).  Thus another important loop line is established.

 

Grateful thanks go to Brian Gegg (Ref. 3Q6) for kindly providing the information on the Gegg family that connects the latter day Colletts of Chedworth with the Cairns family of the 21st Century.

 

Thanks must also go to Ivor Clucas of Herefordshire for supplying more recent information relating to his wife Marion Young (Ref. 3S1) who is a direct descendent of Richard Collett (Ref. 3N1).

 

 

3M1

HENRY COLLETT (Ref. 2M23) was baptised on 7th July 1794 at Notgrove, the son of Henry Collett and Mary Rowland.  It was also at Notgrove where he married Mary Ann Margetts on 31st July 1815.  It may be of interest that Henry’s nephew William Collett, the son of his brother Robert Collett (Ref. 2M24), married Elizabeth (Betsy) Margetts from Stowell in Wiltshire shortly after 1861.  All of the children of Henry and Mary Ann were born at Chedworth but, as the parent’s were opposed to the ordinance of infants, the births were simply registered at the Chedworth Independent Church.  Henry and his sister Elizabeth (Ref. 2M21) were the only two children of Henry Collett and Mary Rowland not to benefit from the 1818 Will of their grandfather William Rowland (see Ref. 10K1).

 

 

 

Henry’s occupation was that of a shoemaker like that of his father Henry Collett and his brother Richard Collett (Ref. 2M25).  Through the 1830 Will of his father, Henry junior inherited his father’s cottage at Naunton.  And according to 1832 Electoral Roll, Henry was listed as a Freeholder as can be seen from the contents of following document and that of his own Will of 20th February 1850. (see Will in Legal Documents)

 

 

 

The Chedworth census of 1841 listed nearly the whole family, with just the eldest son Richard and deceased daughter Sarah missing.  Henry was 46, Mary was 45, Robert was 23, Henry was 20, John was 19, Philip was 15, Mary was 12, the second Sarah was nine, Eliza was six and Jane was five.  The following year the Commutation of Tithes map dated 1842 indicated that Henry Collett was the owner of a house and orchard on Green Lane near Bleakmoor, Chedworth.  He was for many years the Deacon at Chedworth, where he was buried following his death on 16th March 1850.

 

 

 

In the 1851 Census for Chedworth, Henry’s widow Mary Ann Collett was listed as being 55 years of age and her occupation was described as being that of a grocer.  Her place of birth was confirmed as having been Notgrove.  With her on that occasion were her two youngest children, Eliza who was 16 and Jane who was 15, both of whom were confirmed as having been born at Chedworth.  There was also a visitor staying with the family at that time who was Esther Rose aged 58 of no stated place of birth.

 

The magnificent painting shown on the right is of Mary Ann Collett, formerly Margetts, and was drawn and painted by A Betts in 1853, as detailed on the bottom right of the picture.  On the top left of the painting (but not visible here) is a pencilled note by the Rev. Sidney John Martin that this was his mother’s mother’s mother.  His mother was Sarah Blanche Gegg, and her mother was Sarah Martha Collett, the daughter of Mary Ann Margetts.

 

Mary Ann Margetts was born at Notgrove around 1796 and she died in 1866 at the age of 70.  So this drawing was made when she was around 57 years of age.

 

 

 

Henry’s Will was proved in the same year that he died and referred to his brother Richard Collett (Ref. 2M23) of Notgrove a shoemaker, and his friend John William Cornley, to whom he jointly bequeathed three cottages and gardens at Chedworth Laines and two cottages and gardens in Lower Chedworth. 

 

 

 

The Will stated that all of these properties were purchased from Richard Harris and that his own dwelling house had been purchased from Joseph Wilson.  The adjoining orchard (on the opposite side of Green Lane from the cottage) was purchased from Simon Wilson.  Other premises and orchard in Naunton purchased from John Wood were also bequeathed to the pair.  The estate was to be sold by the trustees and converted into Parliamentary stocks and public funds, the dividends and interest from which would be paid to his Henry’s wife Mary Ann until her death, after which it would go to his children.

 

 

 

The references in Henry’s Will to Richard Harris and John Wood are interesting in that there appears to be many ties between the two respective families and the Collett family.  For example: Samuel Collett (Ref. 2L16) married Martha Harris around 1785, Hannah Collett (Ref. 2M14) married William Harris in 1796, and Jane Collett (Ref. 2M29) married Thomas Harris in 1831.  And then there was Ann Collett (Ref. 2L15) who married Joseph Wood in 1783, Mary Collett (Ref. 2L22) married his brother John Wood in 1789 and Jane Collett (Ref. 2M15) married another John Wood in 1820, possibly the son of the first John Wood.

 

 

 

3N1

Richard Collett

Born in 1816 at Chedworth

 

3N2

Robert Collett

Born in 1818 at Chedworth

 

3N3

Henry Collett

Born in 1820 at Chedworth

 

3N4

John Collett

Born in 1822 at Chedworth

 

3N5

Philip Collett

Born in 1826 at Chedworth

 

3N6

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1828 at Chedworth

 

3N7

Sarah Collett

Born in 1830 at Chedworth

 

3N8

Sarah Martha Collett

Born in 1832 at Chedworth

 

3N9

Eliza Collett

Born in 1834 at Chedworth

 

3N10

JANE COLLETT

Born in 1835 at Chedworth

 

 

 

 

3N1

Richard Collett was born at Chedworth on 4th April 1816.  On 11th March 1839 he married (1) Sophia Burge who was born at Arlington on 1st June 1807, the daughter of James Archer Burge and Mary Williams.  Richard and Sophia were both recorded in the census returns for 1841 and 1851 as residents of Naunton.  By 1851 the family living at Naunton was listed as Richard Collett, age 34, a tailor of Chedworth, his wife Sophia, age 43 and of Arlington, and their daughters, Jane Collett who was 10 and Sophia Collett who was nine, both of them from Naunton, their son Walter Collett who was eight and of Lower Slaughter, and daughters Helen Collett, also of Lower Slaughter who was seven and Mary Collett of Naunton who was four years old.

 

 

 

One year after the death of his first wife at Stow-on-the-Wold during September 1855, Richard married (2) Mary Williams at Birmingham during the third quarter of 1856, although she was recorded as Mary Ann at the time of the registration of the birth of her children with Richard Collett, and again in the subsequent census returns.  It was previously thought that Mary Ann may to have been either Mary Ann Collett (Ref. 14M15), the daughter of Robert Collett and Mary Ann Kyte born at Bourton-on-the Water on 28th July 1828, or Mary Baylis, the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Baylis who was born around 1830/31, since all of their children were born at Naunton.  However, it might now appear that she may have been related in some way to Richard’s mother-in-law, Mary Burge nee Williams, the wife of James Archer Burge, the parents of his first wife Sophia.

 

 

 

For further details of Mary Ann Collett (Ref. 14M15) and her family

see Part 14 – The John Kyte Collett Line

 

 

 

Five years prior to their wedding day, the census in 1851 recorded Mary Williams as being 21 and born at Naunton, when she was employed as a servant at a house in Guiting Power.  Once she was married to Richard, Mary Ann took up work with her husband as a tailoress, as confirmed by the 1861 Census for Naunton, in which Richard Collett was listed as 45 and a tailor, while his wife Mary Collett of Naunton was 32 and a tailoress.  The only children with them were Thruby (sic) Collett who was three and Fred Collett who was one year old, both of them born at Naunton.  Ten years later the family was recorded living in the village of Guiting Power in 1871 when tailor Richard was 54.  Mary Ann Collett was 42 and four of their children were residing with the couple.  They were Harry T Collett who was 12, Fred Wm. Collett who was 10, Frank Edw. Collett who was eight and Charlotte L Collett who was two years of age.  Apart from father Richard (Chedworth) and his daughter Charlotte (Shipton), all of the other members of the household were said to have been born at Naunton.  The last child of Richard and Mary Ann was also born while the family was still residing in Guiting Power, sometime after which they moved to Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

The later census records indicate that son Walter was born at Andoversford, which is near Shipton Oliffe & Shipton Sollars, where both he and his half brother Henry Truby Collett were baptised and where their sister Charlotte was born and baptised.  By the time of the census in 1881 the family, minus all of Sophia’s children and Fred William Collett, were living at Middle Row, Woodman Inn at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Richard Collett by then was 63 and was still working as a tailor, while his wife was 51, and their eldest son Henry T Collett was 22, both of them described as labourers.  Living there with them were their daughters Charlotte aged 12 and Ada who was eight years old.  Also living with the family in 1881 was boarder Hannah Moulder who was 76 and from Notgrove.  Living and working in Naunton on that occasion was the couple’s youngest son Frank Edward Collett.

 

 

 

By 1891 Richard, at the age of 75, was still working as a tailor, and he and his wife Mary Ann, age 60 and a laundress, had returned to live in Naunton.  Living there with them were their two youngest children Charlotte aged 22 who had been born at Shipton Oliffe and Ada who was 19 and born at Guiting Power.  The occupation for both girls was given as a laundress, which very likely indicates that they were working for their father.  It seems highly likely that Richard Collett died during the last decade of the century, and probably during the second quarter of 1894, the event recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 217).  The recorded age of that particular Richard Collett was 74 rather than 78.  Not long after his death his widow Mary Ann Collett married widower James Hopcraft.  James was a general dealer from Banbury, the son of James and Anne Hopcroft, and the husband of Hannah S Hopcraft who was seven years older than James.

 

 

 

In 1881 James aged 45 and Hannah aged 52 were living in Bourton-on-the-Water, while twenty years later it was James Hopcraft from Banbury who was 65 and Mary Ann Hopcraft from Naunton who was 70 who were residing at Naunton.  Living with the elderly couple were James’ daughter-in-law Charlotte Lavinia Collett of Shipton Oliffe and his granddaughter Nora Lockley from Naunton.  According to the census ten years later James Hopcraft was 75 and living in Bourton-on-the-Water in April 1911 and still living with him was Mary Ann Hopcraft who was 80.  The former wife of Richard Collett passed away in 1919 when her death as Mary Ann Hopcraft aged 89 was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 450) during the final three months of that year.

 

 

 

3O1

Jane Collett

Born circa June 1840 at Naunton

 

3O2

Sophia Collett

Born circa September 1841 at Naunton

 

3O3

Walter Collett

Born circa 1842 at Lower Slaughter

 

3O4

Helen Collett

Born circa 1844 at Lower Slaughter

 

3O5

Mary Collett

Born circa December 1846 at Naunton

 

The following are the children of Richard Collett by his second wife Mary Williams:

 

3O6

Henry Truby Collett

Born circa 1858 at Naunton

 

3O7

Frederick William Collett

Born circa 1860 at Naunton

 

3O8

Frank Edward Collett

Born circa 1863 at Naunton

 

3O9

Charlotte Lavinia Collett

Born in 1868 at Shipton Oliffe

 

3O10

Ada Collett

Born in 1872 at Guiting Power

 

 

 

 

3N2

Robert Collett was born on 17th May 1818 at Chedworth, the son of Henry Collett and his wife Mary Ann Margetts.  It was at St Andrew’s Church in Chedworth that Robert married Martha Spencer of Caudle Green, near Cheltenham on 27th March 1842.  The witnesses at the wedding were Robert’s father Henry Collett, and Mary Ann Spencer who was likely to be the bride’s mother, whilst it is known from the records that Martha’s father was blacksmith Robert Spencer.  Curiously within the IGI there are two entries for the wedding of Robert Collett and Martha Spencer.  The first with the details above, the second at the Christ’s Church in Chalford near Stroud, which took place on 14th February 1842. 

 

 

 

It should also be noted that within Part 13 – The South Africa Line there is another Robert Collett (Ref. 13N19) who was baptised at Stroud on 10th May 1818, and it was previously thought that it was he who had married Martha Spencer at Chalford, which is only a few miles from Stroud.  However, his father’s name was James Collett, so this has been discounted.

 

 

 

Although all of their children were baptised at either Chedworth Congregational Chapel or Chedworth Independent Church, their place of birth varied from Caudle Green to Brimpsfield near Cheltenham, to Northleach and Chedworth.  According to the census of 1851 Robert Collett, age 32 and from Chedworth, was working as a cordwainer (a shoemaker), while his wife was Martha who was 29 and also born at Chedworth.  At that time in their lives, they and their family were living at Gadbridge in Chedworth, and living in the next dwelling to the family was Robert’s brother Henry Collett (below).

 

 

 

Robert’s and Martha’s children were listed as Robert Collett who was eight years old, and Adolpha Collett who was seven, both of them born at Brimpsfield, and Anna (Hannah) aged three and Sarah who was one year old, and both of them born at Northleach.  The couple’s missing daughter Ann, age four years and was born at Northleach, was living at the Chedworth home of her grandmother, the widow Ann Spencer aged 55 and three of her own children.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861 the family was still living in Chedworth and comprised shoemaker Robert Collett, age 42, his wife Martha 39, Ann Collett 15, Hannah M Collett 13, Sarah M Collett 11, Philip H Collett who was nine, Mary Ann Collett who was three, and Jane Collett who was seven months old, and on that occasion the place of birth of all of the children was confirmed as Chedworth. 

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1871, only three of their children were still living in the family home at Chedworth by that time.  Daughter Ann Collett was 25 and was a domestic servant, her brother Philip was 19 and was a shoemaker, and the youngest sibling was Jane, who was 10 years old.  Their parents were listed as Robert Collett, age 52 and a shoemaker, and Martha Collett, age 49, who was a dressmaker.  By that time, Robert’s and Martha’s eldest son Robert was married and had started a family of his own.  In 1871 he was living in Gloucester and staying there with him and his family on the day of the census was Robert’s and Martha’s daughter Mary Ann Collett, age 13, who was one of the children absent from their home in Chedworth.

 

 

 

 

 

By 1881 Robert’s wife Martha, then aged 59, was a widow living alone at Pancake Hill in Chedworth, while she was continuing her occupation as a dressmaker.  Robert Collett died on 17th December 1876 and was buried at Chedworth, as detailed on his gravestone, while Martha died over thirty years later in 1909.  Martha appears to have left Chedworth by 1891 when, in the census that year, she was listed as Martha Collett of Chedworth who was 69 and living in the Cheltenham area.  After a further ten years, Martha Collett from Chedworth was 79, and was living in Great Somerford, three miles south-east of Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

 

 

 

3O11

Robert Collett

Born on 01.12.1842 at Caudle Green

 

3O12

Adolpha Collett

Born on 19.03.1844 at Caudle Green

 

3O13

Ann Collett

Born on 17.10.1845 at Northleach

 

3O14

Hannah Maria Collett

Born in 1846-1848 at Northleach

 

3O15

Sarah Martha Collett

Born on 31.10.1849 at Northleach

 

3O16

Philip Henry Collett

Born on 25.03.1852 at Chedworth

 

3O17

Alfred Collett

Born on 06.02.1855 at Chedworth

 

3O18

Mary Ann Collett

Born on 20.02.1858 at Chedworth

 

3O19

Jane Collett

Born on 04.09.1860 at Chedworth

 

 

 

 

3N3

Henry Collett was born at Chedworth on 31st March 1820.  He was twenty-four when he married his cousin Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 2N40) on 5th November 1844 in the presence of his brother John Collett and Mary Wilson. 

 

See Ref. 2M24 for a family connection through the earlier marriage of Moses White and Catherine Wilson. 

 

Elizabeth Collett was born on 16th April 1824 and was baptised at Chedworth on 21st June 1824, the eldest child of Robert Collett and Sarah Wilson. 

 

 

 

When she only just eighteen years of age Elizabeth gave birth to a base-born child Fanny Collett who, it appears, was rejected by her mother’s new family.  As a result of their separation the life of Fanny Collett can be found in Part 2 – The Secondary Line (Ref. 2O67).  Six months later, while working as a servant at a house in Cirencester she appeared in court and was sentenced on 19th June 1843 to a year in Gloucester Gaol.  The sentence however was reduced at the Trinity Session on 27th June 1843 to just two calendar months at Northleach (Committal Ref. Q/Gc5/7 Summer Assizes) presumably because of the need for her to care for her six-month old daughter Fanny.  In the event, she only served one week and was released on 4th July 1843, possibly into the care of her cousin Henry to whom she was later married.  All of their children were born at Chedworth, but none of them were baptised due to the Henry’s objection to the ordinance of infants.

 

 

 

In the census of 1851 Henry Collett, a cordwainer, and his wife Elizabeth and their children were living at Gadbridge in Chedworth.  By 1861 the family had grown but was still living at Chedworth where all of the children were born.  The census entry listed the following family details.  Henry Collett, age 41, was a boot and shoemaker, Elizabeth Collett, age 36, was a shoe binder, Rhoda Collett was 15, Amelia Collett was 14, Mary Ann Collett was 10, John Collett was seven years old, Sarah Collett was five, Eliza Ann Collett was two, and Hubert Collett was just ten months old.  In addition to the family, Walter Collett, age 18 and a nephew from Naunton, was also living with them.  He was working with his uncle Henry as an apprentice shoemaker.  Daughter Betsy was missing from the family home in 1861 as she was visiting her father’s sister Sarah Martha Gegg nee Collett (below) at Hawling, Sarah having married John Gegg.  Daughter Fanny Collett was also absent from the family home in 1861 as she was living at the Chedworth home of 83 years old widow and fund holder Elizabeth Wilson of Chedworth.

 

 

 

In March 1863 Elizabeth wrote a birthday letter to her daughter Amelia who was to become sixteen years of age on the following day.  That fascinating letter is included as Appendix One at the end of this family line.

 

 

 

By 1871 the family had been extended by a further four children, so the family comprised Henry 51, Elizabeth 46, John 17 a shoemaker like his father, Eliza 12, Hubert 10, and the four new arrivals, Sophia Collett, who was nine, Priscilla Collett, who was seven, Henry M Collett, who was three, and Ebenezer Collett who was two years old.  According to the Census of 1881 the family were living at Chapel Hill in Chedworth.  Henry, aged 61, was a boot-maker as was son John Henry, aged 27.  The only other members of the family still living at home were his wife Elizabeth, age 56, daughter Priscilla, age 19, son Henry, age 13 and a farm labourer, and Ebenezer William who was 12 and a scholar.

 

 

 

Henry Collett died on 1st May 1887, aged 67, and Elizabeth Collett died almost ten years later on 17th January 1897, aged 72.  Both were buried in the family grave in Chedworth Congregational Chapel graveyard with three of their children, Fanny, Mary Ann, and Sophia.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

Fanny Collett – see Ref. 2O67

Born on 31.12.1842 at Chedworth

 

The following are the children of Henry and Elizabeth Collett:

 

3O21

Rhoda Collett

Born on 08.07.1845 at Chedworth

 

3O22

Amelia Collett

Born on 13.03.1847 at Chedworth

 

3O23

Betsy Collett

Born on 20.02.1849 at Chedworth

 

3O24

Mary Ann Collett

Born on 14.02.1851 at Chedworth

 

3O25

John Henry Collett

Born on 18.11.1853 at Chedworth

 

3O26

Sarah Collett

Born on 23.01.1856 at Chedworth

 

3O27

Eliza Ann Collett

Born on 25.07.1858 at Chedworth

 

3O28

Hubert Collett

Born on 12.06.1860 at Chedworth

 

3O29

Sophia Collett

Born on 01.12.1861 at Chedworth

 

3O30

Priscilla Collett

Born on 03.02.1864 at Chedworth

 

3O31

Henry Martin Collett

Born on 16.05.1867 at Chedworth

 

3O32

Ebenezer William Collett

Born on 06.12.1868 at Chedworth

 

 

 

 

3N4

John Collett was born at Chedworth on 18th April 1822 and he was a grocer and mealman.  During 1845 he married (1) Mary Ann Silk at Bristol and the following year their first child was born at Stonehouse near Stroud.  The birth certificate for their daughter Martha Ann Collett confirmed the child’s parents as grocer John Collett and Mary Ann Collett formerly Silk.  It was during the following year that the couple’s second child was born at Stonehouse, the child being baptised at Painswick as the son of John Collett and Mary Ann Collett formerly Silk.  Not long after the birth of their first two children, John and Mary Ann emigrated to Australia with Martha and John, and it was there that the couple’s third child was born at Donta Galla in Victoria.

 

 

 

While the new arrival was still under two years of age, Mary Ann Collett nee Silk died in Victoria during 1853, possibly even during the birth of a further children who also did not survive.  Faced with the prospect of living alone in a strange land with three young children to look after John Collett decided to return to England.  Once back in Gloucestershire, and nearly two years after the death of his first wife, John Collett married (2) Sarah Rowland at Charlton Kings near Cheltenham on 8th May 1855.

 

 

 

That married produced a further four children for John who, by that time, had returned to his home village of Chedworth where the four children were born, the first of them being given the second Christian name of Rowland.  Sarah Rowland (Ref. 10M5) was John’s first cousin once removed, she being the niece of Mary Rowland who married Henry Collett, who were the parents of this John Collett’s father Henry Collett (Ref. 2M23).

 

 

 

Further details of the connections with the Rowland family line are provided in

Part 2 (1550 to 1775) – The Secondary Line commencing with Henry Collett (Ref. 2L16)

and Part 10 – Other Branch Lines commencing with reference 10M5 for Sarah Rowland

 

 

 

By 1861 the family comprised John Collett, age 38 and born at Chedworth, who was working as a grocer and bacon factor, his wife Sarah, age 35 and from Sevenhampton, their sons Henry Collett, age 13 and a ploughboy who was born at Painswick, and John R Collett who was five and born at Chedworth, and their daughters Mary E Collett, who was 10 and born at Donta Galla in Victoria, and Ruth Collett who was two years old and also born at Chedworth.

 

 

 

The family are known to have lived at High House in Chedworth, where it is assumed that all four of their children were born.  Not living with the family on that occasion, but still living in Chedworth was the John’s first born child, Martha A Collett who was 15.   Ten years later in 1871 the family comprised John aged 48, Sarah aged 45, John Rowland aged 15 and a grocer like his father, Clara who was nine and Emily who was seven.  Living with them at this time in 1871 was John’s sister Sarah Martha Gegg nee Collett (below) aged 38 a carpenter’s wife, and nieces Eliza Ann Gegg 13 and one year old Emily Constance Gegg, both of Hawling.  John Collett was a prominent figure in Chedworth life around that time, as can be seen by the following.

 

 

 

It was at the start of the following year that the residents of Chedworth began to discuss the shortage of available space for new graves at the village churchyard.  As a result of their concerns, a Vestry meeting was held in the schoolhouse on 9th February 1872 at which the main topic was the sale of a piece of waste land.  The land belonged to the Highway in the Parish of Chedworth and had, until recently, been in the occupation of Mr. Avery Newman. It was proposed by Mr Theyer Townsend and seconded by Mr John Collett that the land be sold, and that a preference be given to the Reverend M Cunningham in the purchase of the said land.  The proposal received the full support of all those present.

 

 

 

The land, which was the subject of the discussion, was an old quarry just east of the former Congregational Chapel, although there is no evidence available to suggest that it was ever used as a graveyard.  However, the following announcement was made by the Reverend Cunningham during the month of May that same year.  This stated that:

 

 

 

“The Burial Ground at the lower end of Chedworth being so very full, we have purchased a piece of land formerly belonging to this parish an exhausted stone quarry and, by altering the road and removing walls etc, under the direction of the Surveyor of Roads (Mr. Stephens) and the way-warden (Mr. Brunsden), have considerably enlarged the said burial place.  This burial ground is open to all persons belonging to this village, and especially to those persons whose departed ones are enclosed therein, without respect to sect or party.”

 

 

 

The announcement continued This burial ground is not private property nor does the minister, nor any other, derive the least advantage from it whatever, as there are no charges, nor fees of any kind excepting three shillings which is paid to the Grave Opener.  The expenses incurred in the purchase of the land and in making the alterations exceed £30; and any assistance rendered towards defraying the above sum by any person will be gratefully acknowledged.”

 

 

 

According to the Chedworth Vestry Records a total of fifty-five local residents gave a donation towards to £30, the smallest contribution being six pence, up to £2, with a half crown being the most often given.  The total amount of money raised through that exercise by the autumn of 1873 was Ten Pounds and One Shilling.

 

 

 

Included in the list of donations were the following members of the Collett family: John Collett – 10s; his brother Henry Collett (above) – 3s; and Henry’s children Rhoda Collett – half-crown, Amelia Collett half-crown, Betsy Collett – 1s, Mary Ann Collett - half-crown, John Collett – 1s 6d; William Collett (Ref. 2N42) – 6s and his wife Mrs W Collett – 1s 6d.  Three other Colletts were included on the list, but to date they have not been clearly identified, and they were Mary Collett and S Collett, who each gave a half-crown, and S M S Collett who gave one shilling.

 

 

 

Seven years later, according to the census of 1881, the three youngest daughters of grocer and mealman John Collett were all still living at the family home in Chedworth with their parents.  Ruth was 21, Clara was 18, and Emily was 16, and the older two girls were listed as shop workers, who were presumably working in their father’s shop at that time.

 

 

 

John and Sarah were still living at Chedworth ten years later when John was 68 and Sarah was 63.  And still living in Chedworth were two of their unmarried daughters, Ruth age 32, and Clara who was 29.  Within the next few years it is assumed that both John and Sarah passed away, since there is no record of either of them in the next census in 1901.

 

 

 

3O33

Martha Ann Collett

Born on 30.04.1846 at Stonehouse

 

3O34

Henry Collett

Born in 1847 at Stonehouse

 

3O35

Mary Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1851 at Donta Galla, Victoria

 

The following are the children of John Collett and his second wife Sarah Rowland:

 

3O36

John Rowland Charles Collett

Born in 1856 at Chedworth

 

3O37

Ruth Collett

Born in 1859 at Chedworth

 

3O38

Clara Collett

Born in 1862 at Chedworth

 

3O39

Emily Collett

Born in 1864 at Chedworth

 

 

 

 

3N5

Philip Collett was born at Chedworth on 4th April 1826.  He died on 1st March 1844 and was buried at Chedworth as detailed on his gravestone.  Philip is therefore the only child of Henry Collett (Ref. 2M18) not to be mentioned in his Will of 1850.

 

 

 

 

3N6

Mary Ann Collett was born at Chedworth on 17th June 1828.  She later married to become Mary Ann Norton and her Chedworth gravestone gives details that she died in America on 11th June 1851, as did her sister Eliza (below), but five years later.  Her husband was very likely her cousin and the son of Sophia Collett and George Norton (Ref. 2M17).

 

 

 

 

3N7

Sarah Collett was born at Chedworth on 5th December 1830 but sadly died on 2nd August 1831 aged just nine months, following which she was buried at the Congregational Chapel in Chedworth on 5th August 1831.

 

 

 

 

3N8

Sarah Martha Collett was born at Chedworth on 29th May 1832, the daughter of Henry and Mary Ann Collett who was nine years old in the census of 1841.  On leaving school in Chedworth she was living and working in Cheltenham in 1851 when she was described as Sarah Collett, age 21 (sic) from Chedworth.  At the age of twenty-three she married John Gegg of Hawling during 1855, Sarah being John’s first wife.  John, who was baptised at Withington on 24th April 1831, was the eldest son of Joseph Gegg and his wife Harriett Taylor.  He was also the first of three Gegg brothers to marry Collett girls.  His younger brother Joseph Gegg married Sarah’s younger sister Jane Collett (below), while John’s youngest brother Charles Gegg married Martha Ann Collett who was the niece of the two Collett sisters.

 

 

 

During his life John Gegg was a builder, a carpenter, and an estate agent to Lord Francis Pelham Clinton-Hope at Hawling in Gloucestershire.  It would appear that the couple initially settled in Withington where their first child was born, but within two years the family was living at Hawling where their remaining children were born.  Sadly their eldest son, who was born at Hawling in 1860, died there that same year.

 

 

 

By April 1861 the family living at Hawling comprised John Gegg who was 38, his wife Sarah Martha Gegg who was 28, and their first two children Mary Jane Gegg aged 4 and Eliza Ann Gegg aged 3.  Also living with the family was niece Betsy Collett (Ref. 3O23) aged 12 and of Chedworth, who was the daughter of Sarah’s brother Henry Collett (above).

 

 

 

At that time John Gegg was listed as a carpenter and builder who had been born at Withington, while Sarah’s place of birth was confirmed as Chedworth.  In addition to Sarah’s niece, also living with them on that occasion were two members of her husband’s family.  These were John’s mother Harriett Gegg aged 54 of Withington and his brother Charles Gegg aged 16 of Withington.  Harriett was still recorded as being married as he husband Joseph was at the family home in Withington at that time.  While being residents of Hawling, John and Sarah and their family lived in a private house where the couple remained for the rest of their lives together. 

 

 

 

For the census of 1871, Sarah Martha Gegg was listed as visiting the Chedworth home of her brother John Collett (above) where she was aged 38 and was described as a carpenter’s wife.  With her were two of her daughters Eliza Ann Gegg 13 and Emily Constance Gegg who was one year old.  At that same time John was 48 and was at home in Hawling with his daughter Jane who was 14.  Both were confirmed as having been born at Withington.

 

 

 

In April 1881 carpenter John Gegg of Withington aged 50, had eight men working for him at Hawling.  His family at this time comprised his wife Sarah 48, and four of his five children.  They were dressmaker Eliza Annie Gegg, age 23, Emily who was 11, Sarah who was nine, and George who was eight.  The missing child was the couple’s eldest daughter Mary Jane Gegg who would have been 24, and who was not married for another three years.

 

 

 

Ten years later, according to the census of 1891, John Gegg was 60 years of age, his wife Sarah M Gegg was 58, and still living with them at Hawling was their daughter Sarah, who was recorded as being 19 and from Hawling. 

 

By that time John’s youngest son George Lambert Gegg was 18 and had left the family home in Hawling and was living and working in Gloucester.

 

It was during the next decade that Sarah Martha Gegg died at the age of sixty-three, when she passed away at Hawling on 9th November 1895.

 

Judging by her appearance in the photograph of her on the right, it seems very likely that it was taken only a few years before she died, perhaps even on the occasion of the marriage of one of her older daughters.

 

 

 

Sometime during the next ten years two things happened in John’s life.  One of them was that his daughter Sarah left the family home in Hawling, and the other was that John married (2) Margaret Reeve in 1898.  Four years later, Margaret’s sister Jane Reeve married John’s brother Joseph, following the death of his wife Jane Gegg formerly Collett (below).  John was still living at Hawling in March 1901 and at the age of 70 he was described as an employer.  Living with him was his new wife Margaret Gegg who said she 54 and from Charlton near Malmesbury.  Margaret had inflated her age by five years since her actual age at that time was 49.  Also living at Hawling at that same time was John’s youngest son who was using his second name of Lambert.  He was married by then and had a wife and three children of his own. 

 

 

 

John Gegg died on 8th July 1908, so by the time of the Chedworth census of 1911 Margaret was a widow.  On that occasion she gave her age correctly as 59 and her place of birth was once again confirmed as Charlton.  That age corresponded with her age of 29 thirty years earlier in 1881, when she was living at Pink Lane in Charlton with her brother farmer Charles and sister Lucy, both girls being described as farmer’s daughters.  Their parents were James and Elizabeth Reeve who, at that time, were living at Bowling Green Farm in Cirencester with the rest of their siblings, including their youngest sister Jane Reeve, who was 18.  Margaret Gegg nee Reeve was approaching her eightieth birthday when she died on 23rd January 1932.

 

 

 

Prior to his marriage to Sarah Martha Collett, when he was 20 years old, John Gegg was an apprentice carpenter working with Richard Margetts in Withington.  Richard, who was baptised on 4th December 1808, was the son of James and Ann (nee Maisey) Margetts and was the cousin of Mary Ann Margetts who married Henry Collett (Ref. 2M22).  The Maisey family was also connected to the Rowland family of Naunton as detailed in Part Ten – Other Branch Lines under Ref. 10L6 Rowl.

 

 

 

It may be of interest that the Margetts name appears again as a further link

to the Collett family in Part Nine – The Aldsworth Line (see Ref. 9O54)

 

 

 

3O40

Mary Jane Gegg

Born in 1856 at Withington

 

3O41

Eliza Annie Gegg

Born in 1858 at Hawling

 

3O42

Joseph Henry Gegg

Born in 1860 at Hawling; died 1860

 

3O43

Emily Constance Gegg

Born in 1869 at Hawling

 

3O44

Sarah Blanche Gegg

Born on 18.07.1871

 

3O45

George Lambert Gegg

Born in 1873

 

 

 

 

3N9

Eliza Collett was born on 18th June 1834 at Chedworth, the daughter of Henry and Mary An Collett.  She was recorded as being six and 16 in the Chedworth census returns for 1841 and 1851 and, sadly by the later she and her sister Jane (below) were the only members of the family still living there with their widowed mother.  Two years later Eliza married David Trotman at Chedworth on 4th July 1853.  The witnesses at the wedding ceremony were her uncle William Collett (Ref. 2M14 or 2M27), her father having already died by then, her sister Jane Collett and Elizabeth Margetts, a relation of her father’s wife and very likely the future husband of William Collett of Chedworth (Ref. 2N31) her father’s nephew.  At the time of the marriage David, the son of John Trotman, was a bachelor and a labourer. 

 

 

 

The couple emigrated to America shortly after they were married and tragically that was where Eliza Trotman nee Collett died on 20th May 1856.  Her gravestone at Chedworth confirms the details that she died in America just three years after she was married, as did her sister Mary Ann (above) who had passed away five years earlier.  Three years later, on 5th July 1859, David Trotman was married to Esther Hall, at which time he was recorded as being a widower and a labourer.  The Trotman name also occurred in 1817 in Part One – The Main Line 1800 to 1880 (Ref. 1M3).

 

 

 

 

3N10

JANE COLLETT was born at Chedworth on 15th December 1835, the last child born to Henry Collett and Mary Ann Margetts who was five in the Chedworth census of 1841 when she was living there with her parents.  By 1851 Jane was 15 when it was just her and her sister Eliza (above) who were still living there with her widowed mother.  It was just over seven years later that she married Joseph Gegg on 22nd September 1858 at Sheep Street Chapel in Cirencester.  Joseph, who was baptised on 23rd June 1833 at Withington, was the son of Joseph and Harriett Gegg and the younger brother of John Gegg who married Jane’s older sister Sarah Martha Collett (above). 

It is not known when this photograph of Jane was taken,

although it may have been on the occasion of her marriage to Joseph Gegg.

 

 

 

Charles Gegg, the youngest brother of both Joseph and John Gegg, married Martha Ann Collett (below) the niece of Jane and Sarah Martha Collett.  Jane’s husband Joseph Gegg was a grocer in Cirencester from 1859 to 1912 where he died on 11th August 1922.  Although the couple lived all of their life together at Cirencester, all of their children were born at Chedworth, where one of them also died.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1871 for Cirencester Joseph was 37, Jane was 34, and listed with them were their three surviving children, Eliza K Gegg, age 11, Joseph H Gegg, who was nine, and Alfred F Gegg who was seven, with the couple’s youngest daughter having suffered an infant death two years earlier.  Ten years later, at the time of the 1881 Census, the family was living at 183 Gloucester Road in Cirencester and was listed as grocer Joseph aged 47 of Withington, his wife Jane 44 of Chedworth, and their four children Eliza aged 21, Joseph aged 20, Alfred aged 17 and Frederick who was nine.

 

 

 

Jane Gegg died in Cirencester on 2nd April 1898 while she and her husband were living at 11 Tower Street.  By March 1901 widower Joseph Gegg of Withington was 67 and was living at Cirencester where he was described as a retired grocer.  Following the death of his wife, Joseph Gegg married the much younger (2) Jane Reeve in 1902.  Jane was the sister of Margaret Reeve who had already married Joseph’s widowed brother John Gegg (above) in 1898.  Jane was born at Charlton near Malmesbury in 1862 and was the youngest daughter of farmer James Reeve who managed the 160 acre Bowling Green Farm at Cirencester.

 

 

 

Nine years later in April 1911 Joseph was 77 and was still living in Cirencester with his much younger wife Jane Gegg who was 53.  In just the same way that her sister Margaret had inflated her age by five years in the 1901 Census, Jane did exactly the same by saying she was 53 when in fact she was 48.

 

 

 

The father of Joseph Gegg, John Gegg (above), and Charles Gegg (below) was Joseph Gegg (senior).  He was born at Shipton Oliffe in 1798 and died in 1888.  He was a shoemaker in Withington, eight miles north of Cirencester.  He married Harriett Taylor (1806 to 1887) at Withington on 27th September 1826 and was involved in the foundation and running of the Methodist Church.  Other children of that marriage were Henry Gegg baptised on 20th May 1827, Richard Gegg baptised on 21st February 1829 who was later a baker and grocer, Reuben Gegg baptised on 15th September 1835, and Elizabeth Gegg (see below), all of whom were born at Withington. 

 

 

 

In 1881 Joseph Gegg (senior) was a retired shoemaker, and living with him and his wife Harriett at Withington was their grandson John B Gegg who was working with his grandfather as a shoemaker’s apprentice.  John B Gegg was born on 21st June 1865 and was the base-born son of Joseph’s and Harriett’s daughter Elizabeth Gegg, the boy’s father being John Bowls, a farmer’s son from Withington.

 

 

 

3O46

Eliza Kate Gegg

Born in 1859 at Chedworth

 

3O47

JOSEPH HENRY GEGG

Born in 1861 at Chedworth

 

3O48

Alfred Frank Gegg

Born in 1863 at Chedworth

 

3O49

Emily Minnie Gegg

Born in 1866 and died in 1869 at Chedworth

 

3O50

Frederick George Gegg

Born in 1871 at Chedworth

 

 

 

 

3O1

Jane Collett, who was also known as Amy Jane, was born at Naunton around June 1840.  On 20th November 1871 at St Peter’s Parish Church in Cheltenham she married James Thomas Smith, a railways goods checker.  James was born in December 1846 at Longcot near Faringdon in Berkshire where he was christened on 3rd January 1847.  He was the son of John Smith and Mary Townsend.

 

 

 

By 1881 Amy and James had moved to Birmingham and were living at 44 Half Cardigan Street in Aston with their five of their six children.  Living with the family at that time was Amy’s brother Fred Collett (below) who also worked on the railway, as a goods porter.  At a later time Amy and James lived at Great Smith Street.  Five of their six children were born while they were living in Birmingham.  Only Theodore, the oldest child, was born at Brize Norton near Witney in Oxfordshire.  According to the 1871 Census for Brize Norton, James was a groom and that was also his stated occupation at the time of his marriage to Amy.  Amy Jane Smith nee Collett died during 1924.

 

 

 

3P1

Theodore Lovedin Smith

Born in June 1872 at Brize Norton

 

3P2

Eliza Annie Smith

Born in March 1873 at Birmingham

 

3P3

Mary Aminda Smith

Born in March 1875 at Aston

 

3P4

Albert Jack Smith

Born in 1876 at Aston

 

3P5

Amy Grace Smith

Born in 1878 at Aston

 

3P6

Katherine E Smith

Born in 1885 at Aston

 

 

 

 

3O3

Walter Collett was believed to have been born at Lower Slaughter during December 1842, the birth being registered at Stow-on-the-Wold that year.  However, for some reason he was not baptised until in his twenties.  What is known is that he was baptised at Shipton Oliffe & Shipton Sollars on 19th March 1865 just one week before his half brother Henry Collett (below) and three years before his sister Charlotte (below) were both baptised there.  Over the years following his birth Walter was recorded as living at Naunton in 1851 aged eight years and born at Lower Slaughter, and at Chedworth in 1861 where he was an apprentice boot and shoe maker at the home of his boot and shoe maker uncle Henry Collett (Ref. 3N3).  In the census that year he gave his place of birth as Naunton and his age as being 18 years.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871 Walter was then a cordwainer, was single and a lodger at the home of John Swallow and his wife Jane at Fox Hill in Guiting Power.  Jane’s maiden name was Dowler and she was the aunt to the lady that Walter would eventually marry.  Curiously in the Census of 1881 Walter, still unmarried, gave his age as 34 and place of birth as Andoversford which is only a mile from Shipton Oliffe & Shipton Sollars where he was baptised.  At that time in 1881 his occupation was a cordwainer and he was a boarder at the Cross Keys Inn in Cross Keys Lane in Gloucester St Mary Crypt where the landlord and father of two children was John Evans of Treforest.

 

 

 

Walter Collett married Sarah Anne Dowler (Ref. 10O1) on 12th March 1891 at Winchcombe.  Sarah was the daughter of herdsman William Dowler of Naunton and Anne Preston of Sevenhampton.  She was born at Brockhampton on 26th February 1851, the birth being registered at Northleach.  She was baptised one month later at St Andrew’s Church in nearby Sevenhampton on 23rd March 1851.  In her previous years she was recorded as living at Brockhampton in 1851, at Roel (?) in Gloucestershire in 1861, and at Kineton near Temple Guiting in 1871.  On 11th April 1874 Sarah was a witness at the wedding of her brother John Dowler and Phoebe Woodward at St James’ Church in Longborough near Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

 

 

At the end of 1877 Sarah gave birth to a base-born child and it may have been this event that forced the family to leave Gloucestershire.  By 1878 the Dowler family had moved to neighbouring Warwickshire and were living at High Furze Farm in Shipston-on-Stour where Sarah was a domestic cook.  By the time of the next census in 1881 the family had moved again, this time to Tidmington, one mile south of Shipston.  Their surname was recorded incorrectly as Dowles and they were living at Highfurze in Tidmington.  Sarah, who was now aged 30, gave her place of birth as Sevenhampton and she was still working as a cook domestic for her herdsman father William Dowler and his wife and family.

 

 

 

Also listed as living with the Dowler family in 1881 was Sarah Ann's illegitimate daughter Bertha Maud Dowler aged four years, who was born on 29th December 1877 at Winchcombe.  The child’s birth certificate did not reveal the name of the father.  Twenty-four days after they were married, Walter and Sarah were living at North Street in Winchcombe as recorded in the census carried out on 5th April 1891 and in which Walter was listed as a shoemaker aged 46, while Sarah was aged 40 and of Brockhampton.  At the same time in 1891 Sarah’s 13 years old daughter Bertha was also living in Winchcombe, but with her grandparents William and Anne Dowler (Ref. 10N6 Rowl) in Part Ten – Other Branch Lines.

 

 

 

Ten years later on 31st March 1901, Walter and his wife Annie (Sarah) were living at Longborough just north of Stow-on-the Wold with their only daughter Beatrice Collett, aged eight years, who was born at Winchcombe.  Walter then aged 57 and of Lower Slaughter was still working as a shoemaker, while Annie was listed as aged 49 of Brockhampton.  By the time of the census of 1911 Walter had died, while Sarah and daughter Beatrice had left Longborough and were living in the Evesham registration district.  The census recorded that Sarah Anne Collett of Brockhampton was a widow at 59, and that her daughter was 18 and from Winchcombe.  It should be noted that both Walter Collett and Sarah Anne Dowler were the great great grandchildren of William Rowland (Ref. 10K1) and Mary Stiles.

 

 

 

See Part Ten – Other Branch Lines for full details of the connection between the two families.

 

 

 

3P7

Bertha Maud Dowler

Born 29.12.1877 at Winchcombe

 

3P8

Beatrice Collett

Born on 17.09.1892 at Winchcombe

 

 

 

 

3O6

Henry Truby Collett was born at Naunton in 1858 and was three years old in the Naunton census of 1861.  He was baptised at Shipton Oliffe & Shipton Sollars near Andoversford in Gloucestershire fourteen years later on 26th March 1865 one week after his half-brother Walter (above) and three years before his sister Charlotte (below) was baptised there.  Around that time the family was residing in Shipton Oliffe and by 1871 they were living in the village of Guiting Power when Harry T Collett was 12 and working as a farm servant.  At the time of the next census in 1881 Henry aged 22 was a labourer and was still living with his parents Richard and Mary Ann and his sisters Charlotte who was 12 and Ada who was eight at Middle Row, Woodman Inn at Bourton-on-the Water.  It was around 1890 that Henry married Henrietta from Frampton-on-Severn, with whom he had five children by the end of the decade, and all of them born in Gloucester.

 

 

 

According to the census in March 1901 Henry Truby Collett from Naunton was 42 and a railway platelayer employed by the Great Western Railway, his wife Henrietta from Frampton was 40, and they were living within the St Nicholas district of Gloucester with their five children.  Florence A L Collett was nine, Elsie May Collett was eight, Harry Thos Geo Collett was six, Albert E C Collett was two, and Sidney A J Collett was one year old.  Ten years later in April 1911, Henry Truby Collett of Naunton was 52 and his wife Henrietta was 50 and still living with in Gloucester was Harry T J Collett, who was 16, Albert E Collett, who was 12, and Sidney A J Collett who was 11.

 

 

 

The couple’s two eldest children had already left the family home for work reasons by the time of the census in 1911.  Florence Ada Lavinia Collett, age 19, was still living and working in Gloucester not far from her family, while her sister Elsie Mary Collett who was 18 and born in Gloucester was living and working within the Westbury-on-Severn district of Gloucester on that occasion.  It was at the marriage of Henry’s youngest child Sidney that he was referred to as Henry Trilby Collett, the first and only known record of the second forename spelt that way, while it was as the more usual Henry Truby Collett fourteen years earlier for the marriage of his older son Albert.

 

 

 

3P9

Florence Ada Lavinia Collett

Born in 1891 at Gloucester

 

3P10

Elsie Mary Collett

Born in 1892 at Gloucester

 

3P11

Harry Thomas George Collett

Born in 1894 at Gloucester

 

3P12

Albert Edward Charles Collett

Born in 1898 at Gloucester

 

3P13

Sidney Arthur John Collett

Born in 1900 at Gloucester

 

 

 

 

3O7

Frederick William Collett was born at Naunton in 1860 and was one year old in the Naunton census of 1861.  By 1871 Fred Wm Collett was 10 years of age when he and his family were living in Guiting Power.  On leaving school it would appear that he moved north to Birmingham where he was living at the home of his married sister Amy Jane Smith nee Collett (above) at 44 Half Cardigan Street in the Aston district of the city.  At that time he was working as a railway goods porter.  Five years later Frederick William Collett, aged 26 and the son of Richard Collett, married Kate Bedwell, aged 24 and the daughter of James Bedwell, on 22nd August 1886 at St Mary’s Church in Birmingham.  The marriage produced at least two children born in Birmingham, the first of whom was recorded with the couple in the next census in 1891.  By that day the family was living at Artillery Street in Bordesley where Fred Wm Collett from Naunton in Gloucestershire was 30, his wife Kate Collett from Burford in Oxfordshire was 28 and their daughter Florence Ada Collett was three years of age.  Boarding with the family were John Knight age 58 and Thomas J Smallwood age 24.

 

 

 

Just over one year later Kate presented Fred with a son who was given his father’s name, as confirmed in the census of 1901 when the family was residing at Lawrence Street Terrace in Birmingham.  Frederick W Collett from Naunton was 40 and was still working for the railways.  Kate Collett was 38 and her place of birth was curiously stated as being West Ledouis or Westle Douris.  Their two children were listed as Florence A Collett who was 13 and Fred W Collett who was eight years of age.  During the next decade the family moved to 45 Gopsall Street within the Duddeston area of Birmingham.  And it was there as Fred W Collett of Naunton aged 50 that he working as a carman in 1911.  Wife Kate from Burford was 48 and son Fred was 18.  Their absent daughter Florence was most likely married by then.

 

 

 

3P14

Florence Ada Collett

Born in 1887 at Birmingham

 

3P15

Fred William Collett

Born in 1892 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

3O8

Frank Edward Collett was born at Naunton during 1863 and the only occasion when he was recorded living with his parents Richard Collett and Mary Ann Williams was on the day of the census in 1871.  At that time he was eight years of age and living with the family in the village of Guiting Power.  The family later settled in Bourton-on-the-Water, where they were recorded on the day of the census in 1881, when Frank E Collett from Naunton was 18 and an agricultural labourer living with the family of William and Sarah Gleed in Naunton, to where Frank’s parents and two youngest moved in the 1880s.  It was around three years later that Frank Edward Collett married Fanny Maria from the Cotswold village of Great Barrington.  Once married the couple initially settled in Naunton, where their first child was born, before moving to Birmingham where a further three children were born.

 

 

 

It was at Bordesley village within the Aston area of Birmingham that Frank and Fanny were living at 6 Leeds Place in 1891.  Frank Ed. Collett from Naunton was 28 and a carman working for the Midland Railway.  His wife Fanny Maria Collett was 25, their son Albert Fred Collett also from Naunton was five years of age and their Birmingham born daughter Alice Maria Collett was one year old.  Fanny may have been with-child on the day of the census since she presented Frank with another daughter later that year.  At some other time she also gave birth to a fourth child who did not survive, and by March 1901 the enlarged family was residing at 44 Gordon Street in Bordesley.

 

 

 

The census that month listed the family as Frank Collett aged 38 and still employed as a carman by the Midlands Railway, his wife Fanny Collett aged 34, son Albert Collett aged 15 who was described as a Ry carman’s assistant – perhaps indicating that he was working with his father, plus daughters Alice and Elsie who was 11 and nine years old respectively.  To supplement the household income Fanny had a boarder living with the family, William Smith who was twenty-six and another railway carman.  It was the next census in 1911 that confirmed the couple had given birth to four children, with just three living by then.  At that time in their lives Frank and Fanny were living at 45 Gordon Street in Bordesley, off Garrison lane and not far from the London-Birmingham mainline railway.

 

 

 

Living at the six-roomed dwelling were: Frank Edward Collett from Naunton who was 48 and still working on the railway as a carman; Fanny Maria Collett from Great Barrington who was 45 and working at home, although no trade was given; unmarried Albert Fred Collett who was 25 and also from Naunton who was a carter with the Midlands Railway; Alice M Collett who was 21 and a shorthand typist with a public company; and Elsie Fanny Collett who was 19 and a relief stamper for a stationery company.  Both daughters were confirmed as having been born in Birmingham, while the census return also stated that frank and Fanny had been married for 26, during which time they had lost one of their four children.

 

 

 

3P16

Albert Fred Collett

Born in 1885 at Naunton

 

3P17

Alice Maria Collett

Born in 1889 at Bordesley, Birmingham

 

3P18

Elsie Fanny Collett

Born in 1891 at Bordesley, Birmingham

 

 

 

 

3O9

Charlotte Lavinia Collett was born at Shipton Oliffe in 1868 and was baptised on 20th November 1868 in the parish church at Shipton Oliffe in Sollars, also known as Shipton Oliffe and Shipton Sollars.  The parish records confirmed that she was the child of Richard and Mary Ann Collett, while it was at Northleach that the child’s birth was registered (Ref. 6a 376) during the last quarter of 1868.  According to the census in 1871 Charlotte L Collett was two years old and living with her family in Guiting Power, where her baby sister Ada was born within the next couple of years.  Following the birth, the family first settled in Bourton-on-the-Water, where Charlotte was 12 in 1881, and later returned to Naunton where Charlotte was 22 in 1891.  Her place of birth was confirmed as Shipton Oliffe and her occupation was that of a laundress, like her sister Ada.

 

 

 

Her father died at Naunton within the next three years and her mother was then remarried to widower James Hopcraft, and it was with her mother and her new husband that unmarried Charlotte Lavinia Collett aged 32 and from Shipton Oliffe was living at Naunton in 1901.  When James and Mary Ann Hopcraft moved to Bourton-on-the-Water spinster Charlotte remained in Naunton where she took up employment as the housekeeper for John Wilkes.  However, within two years of the 1901 census Charlotte became pregnant and gave birth to a son at the end of March in 1903.  By April in 1911 both mother and child were using the surname Wilks when living at the home of John Wilks.  The census that year recorded the three members of the household at Naunton as widower John Wilks from Milton-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire who was 63, Lottie Wilks (formerly Collett) from Shipton who was 43 and her son Joseph Wilks (born Joseph Truby Collett) who was eight years of age. 

 

 

 

The death of John Wilks aged 66 was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 406) during the third quarter of 1914.  What happened to Charlotte and Joseph immediately after that is not currently known, although it was as Charlotte L Collett that her death was recorded at North Cotswold register office (Ref. 7b 474) during the second quarter of 1954 when she was 85.

 

 

 

3P19

Joseph Truby Wilks Collett

Born in 1903 at Naunton

 

 

 

 

3O11

Robert Collett was born on 1st December 1842 at Caudle Green near Cheltenham, but was later baptised at the Chedworth Congregational Chapel on 9th July 1843, even though his parents were still living at Caudle Green when his sister Adolpha (below) was born.  He was the eldest child of Robert and Martha Collett of Chedworth and he was eight years old in 1851, when he was living with his family at Gadbridge in Chedworth.

 

 

 

The whereabouts of Robert Collett, age 18, at the time of the census in 1861 has not been determined, but it is established that he later married Jane Bennett.  By the time of the census in 1871 the couple was residing within the Kingsholm district of Gloucester.  Robert Collett was 28, and his wife Jane Collett from Cirencester was 27, and she had only just presented Robert with the first of their children, Mary J Collett, who was one month old.  Living with the family of three on that occasion was Robert’s younger sister Mary Ann Collett who was 13, and who was presumably helping his wife look after their baby.

 

 

 

However, it would appear from the next census in 1881, that Mary A Collett was not the couple’s first child, since in that year’s census Mary had an older brother.  He was Henry, who back in 1871 may have been Harry Collett who was two years old  and who was living within the Cirencester registration, perhaps even staying with his maternal grandparents, following the recent birth of his sister Mary.

 

 

 

The full census in 1881 recorded the family living at Fosse Bridge Villa on the Oxford Road in North Hamlet of Gloucester city.  Robert Collett, age 38 and from Caudle Green, was employed as a turn-cock at the local waterworks, his wife Jane was 37 and from Cirencester, and with them on that occasion was six children.  They were Henry G Collett, who was 12 and born at North Cerney, Mary J Collett who was 10 and born in Gloucester, as were Frederick W Collett who was seven, Ellen L Collett who was four, Robert S Collett who was two, and Martha K Collett who was five months old.  Jane would appear to have been with-child on the day of the census since at the end of that year or very early in the following year she gave birth to another daughter.

 

 

 

Two further children were added to the family over the four years after that but then, tragically it would seem, that Robert Collett died before the end of the decade, since by the time of the census in 1891 and again in 1901 his wife Jane Collett was recorded as a widow.  Jane Collett was 47 in April 1891, when she was living in the St John the Baptist district of Gloucester.  Living there with her were her five youngest children, together with her eldest son who was listed as Harry Collett aged 22.  The other children were Ellen who was 14, Robert who was 12, Kate who was nine, Emily who was eight, and Albert who was five years old.

 

 

 

This raises some questions.  Had Martha K Collett, age five months in 1881, died during her first year?  Had the couple’s next child been given the name Kate after her deceased older sister?  Or were the two names in the two census returns a reference to just one child, with her age being recorded in error as nine in 1891, when she was actually ten.  The latter is the favoured option, since in 1901 there was a Kate M Collett living in Gloucester who was 21.  The two children missing from the Collett household on that occasion in 1891 were Jane’s eldest daughter Mary and her second oldest son Frederick, were both living within the Kingsholm area of Gloucester at that same time, where the family had been living twenty years earlier.

 

 

 

By March 1901, widow Jane Collett, age 57 and from Cirencester, was living at 87 Oxford Road in the parish of St Catherine in Gloucester.  She was not listed with any occupation, and living with her then were just two of her children, and they were Ellen Collett who was 24, and Albert E Collett who was 15.  With her daughter Ellen moving to Cheltenham during the first decade of the new century, Jane Collett, age 69, was living alone in Gloucester in April 1911, although it still needs to be confirmed that this was the widow of the late Robert Collett.

 

 

 

3P20

Henry George Collett

Born in 1868 at North Cerney

 

3P21

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1871 at Gloucester

 

3P22

Frederick William Collett

Born in 1873 at Gloucester

 

3P23

Ellen Louisa Collett

Born in 1876 at Gloucester

 

3P24

Robert Spencer Collett

Born in 1878 at Gloucester

 

3P25

Martha Kate Collett (or Kate Martha)

Born in 1880 at Gloucester

 

3P26

Emily M Collett

Born in 1883 at Gloucester

 

3P27

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1885 at Gloucester

 

 

 

 

3O12

Adolpha Collett was born at Caudle Green on 19th March 1844, although she was baptised at the Chedworth Congregational Chapel on 26th May 1844, the eldest daughter of Robert and Martha Collett of Chedworth.  It would appear that sometime during the following year her family left Caudle Green and settled in Northleach where they lived until the end of 1849.  By the time of the census in 1851, Adolpha and her family were living at Gadbridge in Chedworth where she was seven years old.  At the age of 17, Adolpha had left Chedworth and was living within the Cirencester area according to the census of 1861.  It was around five years later that she married William Groom, and their first son was born at Saxmundham in Suffolk, before the family moved to Cheltenham, where the couple’s next three sons were born. 

 

 

 

By 1881 Adolpha Groom, age 37 and from Chedworth, was a dressmaker living with her husband William Groom, age 40, who was a baker from Loddon in Norfolk.  At that time they and their family were living at 3 Painswick Lawn Cottages in Cheltenham, their four sons being Alfred Groom, Edward Groom, William Groom, and Philip Groom.  It was at Chedworth just over three years later, that Adolpha gave birth to daughter, Harriett, who was born on 23rd November 1884.  Upon being baptised at Chedworth Independent Church on 14th August 1887, her father was listed in the Register of Baptisms as ‘William Groom of Cheltenham’.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1891 Adolpha Groom was 47, her husband William was 50, and living with them were four of their children; Alfred W Groom, who was 23, William M Groom, who was 13, Philip J Groom, who was 11, and Harriet C Groom who was six years old.  During the following decade William Groom passed away leaving Adolpha as a widow in the census of 1901.  She and the two youngest members of her family were still living in Cheltenham, where Adolpha was 57 and a dressmaker with her own account, but when curiously she gave her place of birth as Birdlip near Cheltenham.  Philip J Groom was 21 and Harriet C Groom was 16.  And it was at Cheltenham eighteen years later that Adolpha Groom nee Collett died during the final three months of 1919.  The event was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 487) when she was 75.

 

 

 

 

3O13

Ann Collett was born at Northleach on 17th October 1845.  Perhaps for health reasons, her baptism was delayed by over six years, when on 2nd May 1852, she was baptised in a combined ceremony at the Chedworth Congregational Chapel with her two much younger siblings, Sarah Martha Collett, and Philip Henry Collett (both below).  Although not listed as living at the home of her parents at Gadbridge in Chedworth in 1851, she was in fact living nearby at the home of her grandmother and widow, Ann Spencer, where she was listed as being four years old 4 and born at Northleach.

 

 

 

She later returned to the family home in Chedworth, and it was there that she was living in 1861, when she was 15, and again in 1871, when she was 24.  In the latter census return she was described as Ann Collett and her occupation was given as servant, while still living with her parents as their oldest child.  With no record of her in the census of 1881 as Ann Collett, it may be safe to assume that she was married by then.

 

 

 

 

3O14

Hannah Maria Collett was born in 1848 at Northleach, but within two years she and her family were living in Chedworth.  The Chedworth census of 1851 listed her as Anna Collett of Northleach, age three years, who was living with her parents at Gadbridge in Chedworth.  She was still living there ten years later when, in the census return for 1861, she was recorded as Hannah M Collett who was 13, but after a further ten years she was no longer living at Chedworth with her family.  So it is possible that she may have been married by then, at the age of 23.

 

 

 

 

3O15

Sarah Martha Collett was born at Northleach on 31st October 1849 and was baptised at the Chedworth Congregational Chapel on 2nd May 1852 in a joint ceremony with her sister Ann Collett (above) and brother Philip Henry Collett (below).  Sarah Collett was one year old in the census of 1851, when she was living at Gadbridge in Chedworth with her family.  It was there also that she was living ten years later, when she was recorded as Sarah M Collett who was 11 years old.  Like her sister Hannah (above, Sarah was also missing from the family home in Chedworth in 1871, so she too might have been married by that time, even at 21.

 

 

 

 

3O16

Philip Henry Collett was born at Gadbridge in Chedworth on 25th March 1852 and was baptised at the Chedworth Independent Church on 2nd May 1852.  He appeared in the Chedworth census of 1861 as Philip H Collett aged nine years, and again in the next census for Chedworth in 1871, when he was 19.  On leaving school he became a shoemaker, working with his father Robert, as confirmed by the census in 1871.  It was around five years later that Philip married Catherine May Cooke, and their first two children were both baptised at Chedworth Congregational Chapel.  Philip and Catherine were recorded in the Register of Baptisms as being ‘of Cheltenham’ for both of their children, even though their son was born at Birmingham, while their daughter was born after the couple had settled in Cheltenham.

 

 

 

In 1881 the family was living at 2 Portman Terrace in Cheltenham, when the census return confirmed that Philip H Collett, age 29 and from Chedworth, was a boot and shoemaker, while his wife Catherine M Collett, age 30, was born at Road in Somerset.  Their two children were listed as Robert H Collett aged three years and from Birmingham, and Kate M Collett who was under one year old and from Cheltenham.  It was during the following year that Catherine presented Philip with their third child, while the family was still living in Cheltenham.

 

 

 

There may have been other children born into the family after that, but by 1888 when the couple’s last child was born the family was living at Bisley in Surrey.  However, not long after that Philip’s work took him to the Oxfordshire village of Kingham, which lies midway between Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton.  And it was there that the family was living at the time of the next census in 1891.

 

 

 

It would also appear from the census return that the couple’s only daughter Kate had suffered an infant death not long after the census day in 1881.  So the family living at Kingham in 1891 comprised Philip H Collett, age 39, his wife Catherine M Collett, age 40, and their three sons Robert H Collett, age 13, Frederick W Collett, who was eight, and Philip D Collett who was two years old and born at Bisley near Woking in Surrey.  The birth of Philip Douglas Collett was recorded at the Chertsey register office (Ref. 2a 54) shortly after he was born.

 

 

 

Ten years later, when the census of 1901 was conducted the family was still living in Kingham, by which time the couple’s eldest son Robert appears to have been out of the country in 1901, perhaps even serving abroad with the army.  So, on that occasion, the remainder of family was recorded as Philip H Collett, age 49 and from Chedworth, who was a superintendent of house, his wife Catherine M Collett, age 50 who was working at the same establishment as the matron, and their two youngest sons who were listed as Frederic W Collett, age 18 from Cheltenham, who was a publisher’s assistant, and Douglas Collett who was from Bisley in Surrey who was still attending school at the age of 12.

 

 

 

Over the following decade it would appear that Philip’s and Catherine’s youngest son left home to be married, and that event may have coincided with the family’s move back to the Midlands, and the Shirley area to the west of Solihull where Philip Collett from Chedworth was 59, his wife Catherine Collett from Road in Somerset was 60, and their unmarried son Frederick Collett, age 28 and from Cheltenham were living in April 1911.

 

 

 

Just over five months after the census Philip Henry Collett died at 54 Benton Road in Sparkhill, midway between Birmingham and Solihull, on 23rd September 1911 at the age of 59, his death being recorded at the Solihull register office (Ref. 6d 642) during the last three months of that year.  Administration of his estate amounting to £160 18 Shillings was granted to his widow Catherine May Collett on 26th October 1911, when the date of his passing was stated as being 9th October 1911.

 

 

 

3P28

Robert Henry Collett

Born on 01.09.1877 at Birmingham

 

3P29

Kate Marianne Collett

Born on 10.05.1880 at Cheltenham

 

3P30

Frederick W Collett

Born during 1882 at Cheltenham

 

3P31

Philip Douglas Collett

Born on 01.04.1889 at Bisley, Surrey

 

 

 

 

3O17

Alfred Collett was born at Chedworth on 6th February 1855 and was baptised at the Chedworth Congregational Chapel on 8th April 1855, the son of Robert and Martha Collett.  However, with no record of him living with his family at Chedworth in any subsequent census, it is highly likely that he did not survive.

 

 

 

 

3O18

Mary Ann Collett was born at Chedworth on 20th February 1858, but was baptised at the Chedworth Independent Church nearly three years later on 4th November 1860.  She was baptised in a joint ceremony with her younger sister Jane Collett (below).  By the time of the Chedworth census in 1861 Mary A Collett was listed with her parents as being three years old.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1871, Mary A Collett, who was 13 and from Chedworth, was living with her married brother Robert Collett at his home in the Kingsholm district of Gloucester, following the birth of his first child, also named Mary A Collett.  By 1881, at the age of 23, Mary Ann Collett of Chedworth, was unmarried and was a servant and a nurse maid at the home of Daniel Rutter Pitt, a provisions merchant, at 93 Dyer Street in Cirencester.  It is not clear where she was at the time of the census in 1891 but, by April 1901, she was still a spinster and was then a domestic cook working and living in Cirencester.

 

 

 

 

3O19

Jane Collett was born at Chedworth on 4th September 1860 and was baptised at the Chedworth Independent Church on 4th November 1860, the same day as her sister Mary Ann (above).  Jane was the youngest child of Robert and Martha Collett, and was under one year old at the time of the census in 1861, when she was living at Chedworth with her family.  She was still living there ten years later in 1871, when she was 10 years old.

 

 

 

 

3O21

Rhoda Collett was born at Chedworth on 8th July 1845 as a honeymoon baby, being born exactly nine months after the marriage of her parents, cousins Henry Collett and Elizabeth Collett.  She herself never married and lived at Badger Cottage on Chapel Hill in Chedworth with her brother John Henry Collett (Ref. 3O25). 

 

In 1881 she was the servant at 3 Chesterton Terrace in Cirencester, the home of 73 years old Eliza Brewin a lady of independent means.  By 1901 she was housekeeper to her brother John Henry Collett (below), and by April 1911 she was 65 and living at Chedworth, where she was born.

 

 

 

Rhoda Collett died on 15th May 1940, aged 95, and was buried in the family grave in the graveyard of Chedworth Congregational Chapel along with her brother John Henry Collett and sister Eliza Ann Collett (below).  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

The picture on the right is of Badger Cottage in Chedworth where Rhoda lived most of her life with her brother John.  The photograph was taken during the summer of 2010 and was kindly provided by Barbara Edmonds and Michael Stuart Collett (Ref. 3R7).

 

 

 

 

3O22

Amelia Collett, known as Melly by the family, was born on 13th March 1847 at Chedworth, where she married Andrew Lloyd Scotford during 1874.  Andrew was also born at Chedworth, on 12th March 1844, the son of Thomas and Emily Scotford, and it was there also that he was baptised on 14th April 1844.

 

According to the Chedworth census of 1881, Andrew was a carpenter who was 37 who had been born at Chedworth, while his wife Amelia was 34.  Living with the couple were their four children, who were all born at Chedworth.

 

At that time in 1881, the family was living at Hill Close in Chedworth. 

 

 

 

Their four children on that occasion were Mary Scotford who was six, Andrew Scotford who was five, Agnes Scotford who was one year old, and baby Flora Scotford who was just five 5 months.  Four more children were added to the family during the next eight years, but then tragedy struck the family, when Andrew died in 1888.

 

 

 

So by the time of the Chedworth census in 1891 Amelia Scotford, age 44, was a widow who had seven of her eight children living there with her.  And they were Andrew H Scotford 15, Agnes E Scotford 11, Flora E Scotford 10, Fanny E Scotford who was eight, Sophia A Scotford who was six, John L Scotford who was four, and Ellen C Scotford who was one year old.

 

 

 

Amelia Scotford was still living at Chedworth in March 1901 when she was 54.  By that time she only had three of her eight children living with her, the youngest of whom was John L Scotford who was 14 and a teamster working on a farm.  This very likely indicates that Amelia eighth children had suffered an infant death, otherwise Ellen Scotford would have been eleven years old

 

 

 

The two other children were Agnes Scotford, who was 21, and Sophia Scotford who was 16.  Of her other children, eldest son Andrew Henry Scotford, age 25, was an asylum attendant, and Fanny Scotford, age 18, was a general domestic servant living and working in Cirencester.

 

 

 

Ten years later in April 1911, Amelia was 64 and the only member of her family still living with her was her youngest surviving child, John Lloyd Scotford who was 24.  Amelia spent the last thirty-five years of her life as a widow, which came to an end when she died in 1923.

 

 

 

This is the family line of Bob and Ann Scotford of Severn Beach near Bristol.

 

 

 

 

3O23

Betsy Collett was born at Chedworth on 20th February 1849, a daughter of Henry Collett through his marriage to his cousin Elizabeth Collett.  At the age of 12 she was listed in the 1861 Census and was described as the niece and visitor at the Hawling home of John Gegg a carpenter and builder from Withington.  John had previously married Sarah Martha Collett (Ref. 3N8) who was Betsy’s aunty.

 

By the time she was 22 in 1871 Betsy was working as a servant at the home of James Lawrence, a commercial traveller from Nailsworth, and his family in the Chesterton Tything district of Cirencester.

 

 

 

In the Census of 1881 she was referred to as Betty and was working as a housemaid/domestic at 2 Oakley Villa in Cirencester, the home of William Brewin a retired seed merchant.  In 1884 she became the second wife of William King who was eleven years older than Betsy.  He was a baker in Cirencester who was born in 1838 and who already had a son Joe from his previous marriage.  His marriage to Betsy produced a daughter Nell King and a son William King who later became a literary critic and buyer for Blackwells Book Shop in Oxford. 

 

 

 

In April 1911 Betsy of Chedworth was 62, and her husband William was 73, and at that time the couple were living at Axminster in Devon.  After her husband died in 1917 Betsy moved back to Chedworth to live with her sister Mary Ann (below) at Gilgal at the top of Pancake Hill.  Also following the death, William’s son Joe took over management of the family bakery business in Cirencester.  Betsy King nee Collett died on 17th January 1936, aged 86, and was buried in a tomb in Chedworth Independent Church graveyard.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

3O24

Mary Ann Collett, also known as Polly, was born on 14th February 1851 at Chedworth and she was eight years old and 18 respectively in the census records for Chedworth in 1861 and 1871.  However, no record of Mary Ann (or Polly) has been found in the later census records of 1901 and 1911.  She never married and died on 1st December 1923 when she was 72 years of age.  She was buried in the family grave in the churchyard of Chedworth Congregational Chapel with her parents Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 2N27) and Henry Collett (Ref. 3N3), her sister Sophia (below), and half-sister Fanny (above).  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

3O25

John Henry Collett was born on 18th November 1853 at Chedworth, where he died on 16th April 1937 at the age of 84.  According to the census returns for both 1881 and 1891 he was listed as a shoemaker living at Badger Cottage at the bottom of Chapel Hill in Chedworth. 

 

In 1901 he was listed as being a boot maker with his own account working at home, where his sister Rhoda Collett (above) was his housekeeper.  It would appear that he never married and at the age of 57 he was still living at Chedworth in 1911 with just his sister Rhoda Collett for company.

 

 

 

Following his death in 1937, John Henry Collett was buried in the family grave in the churchyard of Chedworth Congregational Chapel with his sisters Rhoda Collett and Eliza Ann Collett (below).  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

3O26

Sarah Collett was born at Chedworth on 23rd January 1856, a daughter of Henry Collett and his cousin Elizabeth Collett.  In the 1871 Census she was aged 15 and was a servant at the home of widow Mary Sly aged 62 a farmer of 9 acres at Chedworth. 

 

Sarah later married Thomas Maguire and they lived at Perth in Scotland.  She only returned to live in Chedworth following the death of her husband in 1920 and it was there that Sarah died in 1946. 

 

 

 

 

3O27

Eliza Ann Collett was born at Chedworth on 25th July 1858, another daughter of cousins Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  By 1881, at the age of 22, she was working as a maid at 5 Keynsham Bank in Cheltenham the home of Henry Humphries a builder and surveyor employing 51 men. 

 

Ten years later she was 32 and was still living and working in Cheltenham, and at the time of the 1891 Census her two brothers Hubert and Henry (below) were both staying with her. 

 

 

 

Sometime after this Eliza left Cheltenham and exchanged Gloucestershire for Surrey where she was living at the end of March 1901.  Her place of birth was confirmed as Chedworth, and she was 42 and was still working in domestic service at Hook near Chessington.  She never married and five years later in 1906 she was living at ‘Old Dene’ in Dorking where she was nanny to Harry Hylton-Foster.  Harry later became Sir Harry Hylton-Foster the Speaker of the House of Commons from 1959 until he died on 2nd September 1965.

 

 

 

This was confirmed five years later in the April census of 1911.  In this Eliza was recorded as being 52 and from Chedworth in Gloucestershire.  Sir Harry was married to the daughter of the First Viscount Ruffside [Clifton Brown] who was the Speaker from 1943 to 1951.  Eliza eventually returned to Chedworth where she lived with her sister Rhoda and her brother John Henry (both above).  Eliza Ann Collett died on 25th June 1946 when she was 87 years of age.  She was buried in a family grave in the churchyard of Chedworth Congregational Chapel with her siblings Rhoda and John Henry.  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

3O28

Hubert Collett was born at Chedworth on 12th June 1860 and was ten years old in the Chedworth census of 1871.   Within the next decade he left school and moved out of the family home and moved to south Wales.  At the age of 20 he was working as a telegraph clerk in Aberavon in Glamorgan and was residing at a large house in the High Street there.

 

Within the next ten years he returned to the Cheltenham area where he was living and working in 1891 at the age of thirty.  At that time he was living with his sister Eliza (above) and his younger brother Henry Martin Collett (below).  Shortly after 5th April that year he married Hannah Phillipine Cross with whom he had two children during the next four years. 

 

 

 

Hannah was born on 15th September 1869 at Kimbolton near Leominster in Herefordshire and was the daughter of farmer John Cross of Pudleston near Leominster and his wife Phillipine who was born at Calais in France.  Hubert and Hannah initially settled in Cheltenham where their daughter was born, before moving the short distance east to Charlton Kings where their son was born and where the family was living in March 1901.  The census conducted at the end of that month listed the family as Herbert (sic) Collett, age 41 and from Chedworth, his wife Hannah P Collett, who was 31, and their two children, Anne P Collett, who was eight years old, and Cecil J Collett, who was five.

 

 

 

The next census in April 1911 confirmed that Hubert was employed as a civil servant and was fifty years old and born at Chedworth.  The census details also confirmed that he and his family were living at a house named ‘St Brandon’ on Haywards Road in Charlton Kings.  Hubert had been married for 19 years to Hannah Phillipine Collett aged 41 of Kimbolton in Herefordshire, and their two children were described as Anne Priscilla Collett aged 18 of Cheltenham and Cecil John Collett aged 15 of Charlton Kings.

 

 

 

Very little else is known about Hubert except it is established that he sat on the jury at the inquest into the death of a woodsman named Isaac Norman, who was killed in an accident in 1889.  However, it is known that Hubert Collett died in 1940.  His widow survived for a further ten years, and it was at ‘Inglenook’ 12 St Julian’s Avenue at Ludlow in Shropshire that Anna Phillipine Collett died on 21st March 1950.  Administration of her estate, valued at £2,692 15 Shillings, was granted at Birmingham on 15th May 1950 to her daughter Anne Priscilla Collett, a spinster.

 

 

 

3P32

Anne Priscilla Collett

Born in 1892 at Cheltenham

 

3P33

Cecil John Collett

Born in 1895 at Charlton Kings

 

 

 

 

3O29

Sophia Collett was born at Chedworth on 1st December 1861 and was referred to Sophy for must of her life.

 

She never married like so many other members of her family before her. 

 

Sophy died on 12th January 1885 when she was only 23 years of age. 

 

She was buried in a family grave in the churchyard of Chedworth Congregational Chapel with her parents Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 2N27) and Henry Collett (Ref. 3N3), her sister Mary Ann and half-sister Fanny (both above).  (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

 

 

3O30

Priscilla Collett was born at Chedworth on 3rd February 1864 and was known as Prit within the family. 

 

She married Oliver Bliss who was a carpenter by trade and who like Prit was also born in Chedworth during 1864. 

 

The marriage produced for the couple:

 

three sons, Alec (born 1899), Allen (born 1902), and Geoffrey (born 1907);

 

and two daughters Eileen (1894-1998) and Margaret (1896-1974). 

 

 

 

The Chedworth census of 1901 recorded that Oliver Bliss was 37 and a carpenter, his wife Priscilla was also 37, and their three children at that time were Eileen who was 6, Margaret who was 4, and baby Alec who was just one year old.  Ten years later the family living at Chedworth comprised Priscilla and Oliver who were both 47, and three of their five children Eileen 16, Allen 8, and Geoffrey who was 3.  Missing daughter Margaret was 14 and was listed within the Hastings registration area at that time, but it seems that son Alec may have died while still a child since no 1911 record of him has been found anywhere in the UK at that time.

 

 

 

The family lived at Bliss Cottage in Chedworth where Oliver died in 1930, and was followed by Priscilla twenty-four years later in 1954.  It was Priscilla’s daughter Eileen Hambidge nee Bliss who we have to thank for providing the names of the individuals in the photographs displayed in this family line.  Thanks also go to the brothers John and Anthony Collett who kindly made the photographs available for use in this file.

 

 

 

 

3O31

Henry Martin Collett was born on 16th May 1867 at Chedworth, and it was there that he spent the early years of his life.  In 1871 he was three years old, and by April 1881 Henry had left school and was working as a farm labourer at the age of thirteen.  At that time he was still living with his family at Chapel Hill in Chedworth.  Within the next decade he left the family home and by 1891 he was recorded in that year’s census as living with his older siblings Eliza Ann and Hubert (above) in Cheltenham.  And it was at Cheltenham that he met his future wife Elizabeth to whom he was married in 1892.  Elizabeth had been born at Cheltenham in 1866.

 

 

 

Within a year of being married the couple were living at Birmingham where their first child was born.  Over the next seven years Elizabeth presented Henry with a further three children, all of them born in Birmingham.  So by 1901, according to the census that year, Henry M Collett of Chedworth was 33 and his occupation was that of a carpenter.  He was living in Birmingham with his wife Elizabeth, who was 34, and their first four children, Olive who was seven, Jessie who was six, Henry who was three, and Alfred who was one year old.

 

 

 

During the next decade a further two children were added to the family which was living at 37 Montpellier Street in the Sparkbrook district of Birmingham between Balsall Heath and Small Heath in April 1911.  Montpellier Street is still there today, just off the A4540 Highgate Road.  At that time the complete family was made up of head of the house Henry Martin Collett 43 of Chedworth who had been married to Elizabeth, 44 and from Cheltenham, for nineteen years.  Henry was described as being a carpenter and a joiner.  The couple’s children were Olive Elizabeth, age 17, Jessie Priscilla, age 16, Henry Garth, age 13, Alfred Martin, age 11, Hubert John who was three, and their latest arrival Susan who was just one month old, and all of them born at Birmingham.  Henry Martin Collett died in 1946.

 

 

 

 

 

3P34

Olive Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1893 at Birmingham

 

3P35

Jessie Priscilla Collett

Born in 1895 at Birmingham

 

3P36

Henry Garth Collett

Born in 1897 at Birmingham

 

3P37

Alfred Martin Collett

Born in 1899 at Birmingham

 

3P38

Hubert John Collett

Born in 1907 at Birmingham

 

3P39

Susan Collett

Born in March 1911 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

3O32

Ebenezer William Collett, who was referred to as Ebby by the family, was born at Chedworth on 6th December 1868. According to the two censuses of 1871 and 1881 Ebenezer was two years and twelve years old respectively and was living with his family at Chapel Hill in Chedworth.  By the time of the census of 1891 he was listed as being 22 and was working as an agricultural labourer, while he was still living in Chedworth.  And it was at Chedworth where he later married (1) Elizabeth who was born at Northleach in 1873.

 

 

 

The census of 1901 confirmed that Ebenezer was born at Chedworth, that he was 32, and that he was a carpenter on a farm, although it is known that he later became estate carpenter at Ampney Crucis.  In March 1901 Ebenezer was living at Village Street in Ampney St Mary with his twenty-seven years old wife Elizabeth H Collett and their one year old son Ebenezer W Collett who was born at Chedworth.  Ebenezer’s wife Elizabeth, who was also known within the family as Eliza, tragically died while giving birth to the couple’s second son Henry John Collett in April 1903 at Ampney Crucis.

 

 

 

A little while after the death of his wife Ebenezer married (2) Fanny and within the next few years the family returned to Ampney St Mary where they were living in April 1911.  The census that year recorded that Ebenezer Collett of Chedworth was 42, his wife Fanny of Burford was 51, and his two sons were Ebenezer William Collett of Chedworth who was 11 and Henry John of Ampney Crucis who was seven.

 

 

 

Ebenezer’s new wife Fanny had been born in 1860 at Burford in Oxfordshire, where she had a nephew Alfred Francis who for many years was the undertaker at Burford, while Alfred’s wife was a teacher at Burford Primary School.  The 1931 marriage certificate of Ebenezer’s son Henry John Collett confirmed that the boy’s father Ebenezer Collett had been a carpenter.  It was thirteen years after that happy event that Ebenezer William Collett senior died in 1944.

 

 

 

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Ebenezer William Collett

Born on 27.07.1899 at Chedworth

 

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Henry John Collett

Born on 02.04.1903 at Ampney St Peter

 

 

 

 

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Martha Ann Collett was born at Stonehouse near Stroud on 30th April 1846.  Her birth certificate confirmed she was the daughter of John Collett, grocer, and his wife Mary Ann Collett nee Silk.  Shortly after, or at the time she was born, her mother died and her father remarried and within three years of being born her family emigrated to Australia, but returned to England after just a few years.  By the time of the census of 1861 Martha A Collett had left the family home in Chedworth and was lodging at Cirencester with her sixty-six years old grandmother Mary Anne Collett.  On that occasion the census recorded the pair staying at the home of Joseph Gegg and his wife Jane (formerly Collett) where Martha met her future husband.  At that time Martha employed as a draper’s assistant.

 

 

 

Six years later in 1867 she married Charles Gegg who was born at Withington in 1844.  Charles was the son of Joseph and Harriett Gegg and he worked as a carpenter for his older brother John Gegg.  During their life together Charles and his wife Martha were commonly known within the family as Charlie and Patti.  By 1871 the couple was listed in that year’s census as being 26 and 24 respectively, while living within the Northleach registration district.  It would appear that the marriage between Charles and Martha produced just one child for the couple born shortly after they were married, but the boy suffered an infant death. 

 

 

 

According to the census in April 1881 the couple was living alone at Brockhampton Quarry near Sevenhampton to the east of Cheltenham.  Charles was a carpenter at 36 and his place of birth was confirmed as Withington.  His wife Martha was described as a dressmaker aged 34 who had been born at Stonehouse.  However, around two years later the couple were blessed with the birth of a daughter Ethel M Gegg. 

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in 1891 the couple was still living at Sevenhampton, when Charles was 46 and Martha was 44, and with them was their seven years old daughter Ethel.  Just after the turn of the century Charles Gegg of Withington was 56 and was still working as a carpenter while living at Sevenhampton with his wife Martha A Gegg of Stonehouse who was 54 and was still working as a dressmaker.  Living with them and supporting her mother was Ethel M Gegg 17 who was born at Sevenhampton and who was described as a mother’s help.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1911 Martha Ann Gegg was 64 and was living at Sevenhampton within the Northleach registration district with her husband Charles who was 66, and their daughter Ethel Marion Gegg aged 27.  Living with them at that time was Constance Gegg aged 12 of Hawling, who was the daughter of George Lambert Gegg (below) and his wife Edith.

 

This is a photograph of Martha taken during the latter part of her life.

 

Her husband Charles Gegg died at Brockhampton on 12th January 1915.  Five years later Martha died at which time her daughter Ethel, then 36, moved to Brockhampton to live with Sarah Blanche Gegg.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Collett was born at Stonehouse in 1847 but was baptised at Painswick, the only son of John Collett and his first wife Mary Ann Silk.  While he was still very young his family emigrated to Australia where they lived for a couple of years, but where tragically Henry’s mother died in 1853.  That sad event prompted his father to return to England, where he was remarried in 1855.  Once back in Gloucestershire the new family made their home at Chedworth where Henry’s father John was born.

 

 

 

Henry later married the slightly older (1) Sarah Ann Long of Huntley and the 1881 Census recorded the couple as living at Hill Cottages in Cowley just south of Cheltenham.  Henry’s details stated that he was a baker aged 33 of Painswick which means he followed a similar career to that of his father John Collett (Ref. 3N4) who was a grocer and meal man in Chedworth.  His wife Sarah Ann was listed as being 40 years of age and born at Huntley just west of Gloucester.  At that time they were living at the home of Sarah Ann’s 60 years old mother Sarah Long who was born at Cowley and whose occupation was that of a beer retailer.  However, sometime during the 1880s Henry’s wife must have died because living with him thereafter was his second wife (2) Mary, although when and where they were married has still to be discovered.

 

 

 

In 1891 Henry Collett, a master baker from Stonehouse, was 44 and still residing at Hill Cottages in Cowley with his new wife Mary Collett from Elkstone who was 42.  Boarding with the couple was William Saight who was 40 and a carter from Withington.  Ten years later the Cowley census of 1901 listed baker Henry Collett aged 53 still married to Mary Collett aged 52 from Elkstone.  Sadly Mary suffered some mental illness during the next decade and was admitted into a lunatic asylum in Gloucester on 8th April 1910, where she was recorded in the census the following year.  On the census day Mary Collett was described as being married at the age of 61 and a patient at Gloucester Lunatic Asylum on Horton Road in the Barnwood parish of Gloucester.  On that same day in 1911 her husband Henry Collett was 63 and was once again living in Chedworth, where he was described as a married man and a retired baker.  What happened to Henry after 1911 is not known, but his wife Mary Collett died on 21st March 1924 at the age of 74 when she was still an inmate at the asylum.

 

 

 

It may be interesting to note that there were other members of the Collett family living in Cowley in 1881 and two of them were also listed in the census as being residents at Hill Cottages like Henry and Sarah Collett (above).  The first, and eldest of them, was Richard Collett who was born around 1810 at Fyfield near Eastleach Martin who had moved there to be married in 1840 and who remain there for the rest of his life.  Living with him from the time of the death of her husband was his sister Elizabeth Lafford nee Collett of Fyfield.

 

 

 

Also living at Cowley but at the ‘school’ was George Richard Collett, the eldest son of the aforementioned Richard Collett.  Living George was his wife Emily and their six children (at that time) two of which had been born at Cowley.  George produced a Collett Family Bible but sadly this did not reveal any clues as to whether his line was in any way connected to the Chedworth Colletts or any other Collett family of Gloucestershire.  Further work is therefore still needed to determine whether there was a link.

 

For more details on the families of Richard Collett of Fyfield (Ref. 47M9)

and George Richard Collett of Cowley (Ref. 47N14) see

Part 47 – The Fyfield & Eastleach Martin Line.

 

 

 

 

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John Rowland Charles Collett was born at Chedworth in 1856, the eldest of the four children of John Collett and Sarah Rowland.  By the time he was 15 he had left school and was working as a grocer with his father, but ten years later, at the time of the census in 1881, he was no longer living with his family at Chedworth.  It was nearly six years later, on 3rd January 1887 at St James’ Church in Cheltenham, that John Rowland Charlie Collett aged 30 and the son of John Collett married his cousin Elizabeth Johanna Wake Rowland who was 28.  Elizabeth was born at Charlton Kings in 1858 and was the eldest daughter of grocer Benjamin Rowland and his wife Annie Tarry; Benjamin being the brother of John’s mother Sarah Rowland.  In 1881 Elizabeth was 22 and was a dressmaker living at Bath Road in Cheltenham with her family, when her father’s occupation was that of a butcher.

 

 

 

Further details of this further connection with the Rowland family line can be found in

Part 10 – Other Branch Lines for Elizabeth Johanna Wake Rowland (Ref. 10N1)

 

 

 

The couple’s only known child was born just over a year after they were married and, according to the Cheltenham census of 1891, John was referred to as Rowland Collett aged 35, his wife Elizabeth Collett was 32, and their daughter Daisy G Collett was three years old.  Ten years after that, in March 1901, John Rowland Collett of Chedworth was recorded in the census as living at 2 Exmouth Buildings in the St James district of Cheltenham.  At that time in his life he was 45 and was a furniture dealer having his own account, and was working at home in Cheltenham.  With him there, was his wife Elizabeth from Cheltenham, who was 42, and their daughter Daisy Gladys Collett who was 13 and born at Cheltenham.

 

 

 

The home at 2 Exmouth Buildings had on one side the Exmouth Arms Inn, and on the other side was living Elizabeth’s mother Ann Rowland, a grocer aged 73, with her two sons John, age 39 and a pork butcher, and David, age 37, who was a mealman.  Looking after the three of them was Elizabeth’s younger sister Ruth Rowland, age 31, who was described as a domestic servant.  The three members of the Collett family were still living at Cheltenham ten years later in 1911.  John Rowland Collett was 55 and his wife was listed as Elizabeth J Collett who was 52.  Still living with them was their daughter who was 23.  Ten years later John Rowland Collett was 65 years of age when he died during late September 1921, following which he was buried in Cheltenham on 1st October 1921.  It was only three months after his passing that his widow Elizabeth Johanna Wake Collett nee Rowland also passed away and was buried with her husband on 18th January 1922.  She was 63.

 

 

 

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Daisy Gladys Wake Collett

Born in 1888 at Cheltenham

 

 

 

 

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Ruth Collett was born at Chedworth in 1859, the daughter of John Collett and Sarah Rowland.  At the time of the census in 1881, Ruth was an unmarried shop woman and, at the age of 22, she was still living with her parents and her sisters Clara and Emily at Chedworth.  Her father was a grocer and mealman, and it therefore seems very likely that Ruth was employed by him to work in his shop. The photograph on the right may have been taken around that time.

 

In 1891 Ruth was 32 and she was still living in Chedworth with her sister Clara (below), with whom she was also still living ten years later in 1901 at the age of 42.  The Chedworth census information indicated that she was “living on her own means” following the deaths of both of her parents.

 

 

 

It would appear that neither of the two sisters ever married and by April 1911 they had both left Chedworth and were recorded as still living together but in Swindon, where Ruth Collett from Chedworth was 52.  It was also in Swindon that Ruth Collett died in 1932 at the age of 72 (Ref. 5a 5), her death being recorded there during the first three months of that year, and virtually straight after the recording of the death of her sister Clara.

 

 

 

 

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Clara Collett was born in 1862 at Chedworth where, in 1881, she was an unmarried shop woman aged 19 still living with her parents John and Sarah Collett and sisters Ruth and Emily.  John was a grocer and mealman and it seems likely that Clara was employed by him.  In both 1891 aged 29 and 1901 aged 39 Clara was still living at Chedworth with her sister Ruth (above) and the census information for the latter census indicated that she was “living on her own means” following the death of her parents.  It is likely that Clara never married and remained a living companion with her sister.  Between 1901 and 1911 the two of them moved away from Chedworth and settled in Swindon where they were living together in 1911 when Clara was 49.  Clara Collett died at Swindon during the first quarter of 1932 at the age of 70 (Ref. 5a 4), just immediately prior to the death of her sister Ruth.

 

 

 

 

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Emily Collett was born in 1864 at Chedworth.  In 1881 she was 17 when she was living with her parents John and Sarah Collett and her two older sisters Ruth and Clara.  Upon being married she became Emily Cripps and it may have been during childbirth that she suffered a premature death in 1889 when she was only 35 years old.  She was living at Stroud, where her death was recorded (Ref. 62 295) during the final quarter of 1899.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Jane Gegg was born at Withington in 1856, the eldest of the five surviving children of builder John Gegg and his first wife Sarah Martha Collett.  She was four years old and 14 years of age when she was living at the family home in Haling in both 1861 and 1871.  It was thirteen years later, in 1884 that she married James (Jim) Dowler.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Annie Gegg was born at Hawling in 1858, the daughter of John and Sarah Gegg.  She was three years old in 1861 when she was living with her family in Hawling, but ten years later, age the age of 13, she was one of two siblings with their mother visiting their uncle John Collett at Chedworth in 1871.  In 1881 when she was 23 and unmarried she was still living with her family at Hawling.  It was during the following years that she married M Greening.

 

 

 

 

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Emily Constance Gegg was born at Hawling in 1869, another daughter of John and Sarah Gegg.  At the time of the census in 1871 Emily, who was one year old, and her older sister Eliza (above), together with their mother, were recorded in the village of Chedworth, where they were visitors at the home of their mother’s brother John Collett.  By 1881 she was 11 years of age, and it was nine years later that she married William Franklin in 1890.  Tragically it was during the following year that she died, very likely during childbirth.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Blanche Gegg was born at Hawling on 18th July 1871.  At the age of nine in April 1881 she was living with her family at Hawling, but sometime during the next decade her mother passed away.  So by 1891 Sarah was 19 and was living with her widowed father at the family home in Hawling, within the Winchcombe registration district.  She continued to live with her father until she was 28.  However, in 1893 Sarah gave birth to a base-born daughter Norah Dowler.  The child was born at Station House in Notgrove on 17th October 1893 and the birth certificate confirmed the mother as Sarah Gegg who was a grocer.  In the end the child was brought up by Jim and Mary Jane Dowler nee Gegg, above, as one of their own.

 

 

 

Sarah continued to live with her father at Hawling until he remarried when she was 28.  So it was just before the end of the century that she left Hawling and moved to Cheltenham.  And it was there, in April 1901 that she was living at the age of 29 and where she was employed as a general farmhouse helper at Arle Court Farm, the home of Frank and Amy Brown.

 

 

 

Around two and a half years later she married Harry Martin at Winchcombe on 3rd September 1903.  Harry was ten years younger than Sarah, having been born in 1881.  Within a year of them being married Sarah presented her husband with a son.  This was Sidney John Martin who was born at Winchcombe and who later became the Reverend Sidney John Martin whose own son, David Anthony Martin, kindly provided the details of his family.  By April 1911 the Martin family was still living in Winchcombe where Sarah Blanche of Hawling was 39, her husband Harry was 29, and their son Sidney John was six years old.  It would appear that Sarah and Harry lived all of their married life together at Winchcombe, since it was there that Sarah Blanche Martin nee Gegg died on 11th September 1951.

 

 

 

 

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George Lambert Gegg, who was known as Bert by his family, was born at Hawling in 1873, and it was at Hawling that he was living with his family at the time of the census in April 1881 when he was eight years old.  He was the only son and the youngest of the five surviving children of John Gegg and his first wife Sarah Martha Collett.  Ten years later at the age of 18 George was living and working in Gloucester.  His occupation was that of a carpenter, like his father before him.  It was during August 1894 that he controversially married Edith Maud Mary Cheater at a registry office, when she was already five months pregnant with his first child, who was born just four months after they were married.  Edith was only 18, having been born at Southampton in 1876, the eldest of the three children of publican and farmer William Howard Cheater and his wife Ellen Pritchard, and it was her mother who took it very badly that her daughter was married under such circumstances.  It was only around sixteen years later that the tension between mother and daughter was eased. 

 

 

 

Following their wedding day the couple settled in Hawling where, over the next five years, Edith presented George with three children.  This was confirmed by the Hawling census of 1901 in which carpenter George Gegg 27 was recorded under his second name of Lambert, his wife Edith M M Gegg of Southampton was 24, and their three children were Lambert J H Gegg 5, George D Gegg 4, and Constance E S Gegg who was two years old.  All three children and their father were confirmed as having been born at Hawling.  Over the following years a further four children were added to their family, and they were Robert, Dorothy, Albert Edward – later known as Ted, and Gertrude.

 

 

 

Tragically George Lambert Gegg, who is reputed to have been a groom and farmer during his life, died at Hawling nine years later in 1910 and around the time of the birth of his last child.  Following his death the majority of his family was residing at Charlton Kings near Cheltenham in April 1911.  His widow Edith Gegg was 34, and with her there were just four of her seven children.  They were George, who was 14, Dorothy, who was four, Albert, who was two, and Gertrude who was just ten months old.

 

 

 

Also in 1911 George’s and Edith’s eldest daughter Constance Gegg, known as Connie, and from Hawling, was 12 years old.  By that time in her life she was living in Withington within the Northleach registration district, where she was staying with her maternal grandparents, Howard and Ellen Cheater, who were 62 and 63 respectively.  She may have been there helping to support her grandparents in their old age, or to relieve overcrowding in the family home in Charlton Kings, following the recent arrival of her baby sister.  So it may have been the sad loss of Edith’s husband that brought her closer to her mother once again.

 

 

 

What had happened to the couple’s eldest child, Lambert, is not known, but it is established that their son Robert, who was born at Shornhill, west of Withington, was initially listed with his family in 1911 at the age of six years, but that the detail was crossed out.  It is therefore possible that he was living somewhere else at that time, although no record of a Robert Gegg born in 1904 has been located.  However, he lived in Withington for much of his early life, where he worked as a gardener.  He was married twice, the second time to Sadie, when they moved to the High Wycombe area of Buckinghamshire where they were jointly employed by a family.  It was at nearby Beaconsfield that the couple settled, where their children were born, and where they were still living when they both died during the 1980s.  Although no details are known regarding his first wife, it was only after his death that it was discovered amongst his papers that he had been married prior to marrying Sadie.

 

 

 

After the death of George Lambert Gegg, his widow married (2) Fennel Stevens during the first few months of 1913.  Once again by that time Edith was with-child, and in March 1913 their daughter Vivian Pearl Stevens was born.  Further tragedy struck the family, when in 1914, Edith Maud Mary Stevens died in the Workhouse Infirmary in Charlton Kings, following which her daughter Vivian Pearl was taken in by the girl’s grandparents Howard and Ellen Cheater.

 

 

 

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Lambert John Howard Gegg

Born in 1894 at Hawling

 

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George Douglas Gegg

Born in 1896 at Hawling

 

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Constance E S Gegg

Born in 1898 at Hawling

 

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Robert Ernest Gegg

Born in 1904 at Shornhill, Withington

 

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Dorothy Gegg

Born in 1906 at Rendcomb

 

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Albert Edward Gegg

Born in 1908 at

 

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Gertrude Gegg

Born in June 1910

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Kate Gegg was born in 1859 at Chedworth even though her parents lived all their married life together at Cirencester.  In 1871 Eliza was 11 and ten years later in April 1881 she was 21 and was still living with her parents at 183 Gloucester Road in Cirencester where her father was a grocer.  She later married Frank Jones who was the brother of Gertrude Jones who married Eliza’s brother Frederick George Gegg (below).  According to the census of 1911 Eliza and Frank were living in the Cirencester area with their daughter.  Eliza Kate Jones of Cirencester was 51, her husband Frank Christopher was 53, and daughter Kate was 23.

 

 

 

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Minnie Kate Jones

Born in 1887

 

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Christopher Jones

Dates unknown

 

 

 

 

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JOSEPH HENRY GEGG, who was referred to as Harry by the family, was born at Chedworth in 1861 when his parents were living at Cirencester where his father was a grocer.  In the 1871 Census for Cirencester Joseph was nine years old.  By 1881 he was 20 and was employed by his father as an assistant grocer while still living with the family at 183 Gloucester Road in Cirencester.  A few years later in the mid to late 1880s Joseph married Alice Frances Hiscock with whom he had three children.  In 1891 the census for Cirencester listed the family as Joseph 30, Alice 22, and baby Gladys Frances Juliet who was one year old.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was still living at Cirencester and comprised Joseph 40, Alice 31, Gladys 11, Jessie 9, and Reginald Victor who was four.  By April 1911 the family was still living in Cirencester where Joseph Henry was 50, his wife Alice Frances was 42, and their three children were Gladys Frances 21, Jessie May 19, and Victor Reginald aged 14.  Joseph Henry Gegg lived a long life and died in 1945 at the age of 84.

 

 

 

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Gladys Frances Juliet Gegg

Born in 1889

 

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Jessie May Gegg

Born in 1891

 

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VICTOR REGINALD GEGG

Born in 1896

 

 

 

 

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Alfred Frank Gegg was born in 1863 at Chedworth and was recorded as being aged seven years in the Cirencester census of 1871.  Ten years later in 1881 he was 17 and was still living with his parents at 183 Gloucester Road in Cirencester where he was working alongside his older brother Joseph (above) in his father’s grocer shop.  He later married Sally Clappen but they had no issue.  Unlike his brother Joseph, Alfred only lived to be 63 when he died in 1926. 

 

 

 

 

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Frederick George Gegg was born in 1871 but after 2nd April and, unlike his older siblings who were born at Chedworth, it seems very likely that he was born at Cirencester where his parents were living in 1871.  Ten years later the family’s address in Cirencester was confirmed as 183 Gloucester Road when Frederick was nine years old.  He later married Gertrude Emily Jones.  Gertrude’s brother Frank had previously married Frederick’s sister Eliza Kate Gegg (above).  Frederick George Gegg died in the same year as his brother Alfred (above), this being 1926 when he was 55.


 

 

 

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Elsie Gegg

Dates unknown

 

 

 

 

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Theodore Lovedin Smith was born at Brize Norton in June 1872.  He married Florence Cope in September 1898 at Aston and in 1901 he was a railwayman at Wolverhampton.  They had two daughters Doris and Gladys.  Florence died in 1947.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Annie Smith was born at Birmingham in March 1873 and she married Edward Lawrence Florida from Newport in South Wales in June 1899 at Aston.  Around the time of her wedding Eliza was a book binder although later in her life she was involved in market gardening.  Edward was the son of George Lawrence Florida and Rosa Jane Davies and was born in Newport in June 1874.  He was a carpenter with the Great Western Railway in Newport but was sent to work in Birmingham where he met Eliza. 

 

 

 

Edward collapsed and died of a heart attack in Shaftesbury Street in Newport when just fifty years of age in December 1924 and was buried in Malpas churchyard.  Immediately prior to his untimely death he had visited the Empire Exhibition at Wembley.  Following his death, Eliza married (2) Albert Thomas Wright on 20th February 1926 at St Marks Church in Newport.  Albert, who was a railway guard, was born on 5th October 1864 at Lea near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.  Albert Thomas Wright died on 21st December 1950 at Newport and was buried in the churchyard at St Woollos.  Eliza died in 1957, the cause of death being a stroke, and she too was buried in the churchyard at Malpas.


 

 

 

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Jessie Lawrence Florida

Born on 08.08.1899

 

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Mona Lawrence Florida

Born in August 1909

 

 

 

 

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Mary Aminda Smith was born at Aston in March 1875 where she married Timothy David Troman in September 1897.  Timothy was employed as a jewellery craftsman and he and Mary had two children, Stan Troman and Grace Troman who worked as a Council employee and who married Mark.

 

 

 

 

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Albert Jack Smith was born at Aston in 1876.  Whilst employed as a railwayman he living at Brislington in Bristol.  He married Tilly with whom he had two children Jack Smith and May Smith.  May worked in a dress shop and is known to have married when in her fifties.

 

 

 

 

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Katherine E Smith was born at Aston in 1885, the last child of Amy Jane Collett and James Thomas Smith, who is believed to have married travelling salesman Charles H Taylor in September 1912 at Aston.

 

 

 

 

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Beatrice Collett was born at Winchcombe on 17th September 1892 and at the time of the 1901 Census she was listed as being aged eight years and of Winchcombe while living with her parents Walter and Annie Collett at Longborough near Stow-on-the-Wold.  During the next few years her father died, following which she and her mother moved to live in the Evesham area.  And it was there they were recorded in April 1911 when Beatrice was 18.  She later married a Mr Holtom and in her later years she lived at 2 Greenway Road in Blockley in Moreton-in-Marsh. 

 

 

 

 

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Albert Edward Charles Collett was born at Gloucester on 22nd April 1898, the second son and fourth child of Henry and Henrietta Collett.  On the occasion of the Gloucester census in both 1901 and 1911 he was recorded with his family respectively as Albert E C Collett who was two and Albert E Collett who was 12.  He was 26 when he married Dorothy Beatrice Gibbins at St Stephen’s Church in Gloucester on 23rd August 1924.  Dorothy was 27 and had been born on 9th November 1898, the daughter of Alfred Albert Edward Gibbins, while Albert Edward Charles Collett was confirmed as the son of Henry Truby Collett.  At this moment in time it is not known if the marriage produced any children for Albert and Dorothy.  What is known is that Dorothy Beatrice Collett nee Gibbins was 80 years of age when she passed away in 1977, her death recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 22 1683) during September that year.  The death of widower Albert Edward C Collett aged 81 was also recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 22 2170) in March 1980.

 

 

 

 

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Sidney Arthur John Collett was born at Gloucester in 1900 the youngest child of Henry Truby Collett and his wife Henrietta.  When Sidney was one year old he and his family were recorded in the census of 1901 at the Gloucester parish of St Nicholas, while they were still there in 1911 when Sidney A J Collett was 11.  The birth of Sidney Arthur J Collett was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 330) during the second quarter of 1900.  He was 38 when he was married using his full name of Sidney Arthur John Collett at Maisemore, just north of Gloucester on 1st August 1938.  The record on that day confirmed he was the son of Henry Trilby (?) Collett, while his bride was Phyllis Shepherd aged 33, the daughter of Frederick Shepherd. 

 

 

 

After twenty-six years together Sidney and Phyllis were residing at 1 Swinley Cottages in Maisemore when Sidney Arthur John Collett died at the Gloucester Royal Hospital on 20th October 1964.  Administration of his estate of £1,050 was granted in favour of his widow Phyllis Collett by the probate office in Gloucester on 8th December 1964.  She survived her husband by nineteen years, when the death of Phyllis Collett nee Shepherd, aged 78, was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 22 1721) during September 1983.  The death certificate also confirmed that she had been born on 26th April 1905.

 

 

 

 

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Florence Ada Collett was born at Birmingham in 1887, her birth recorded there (Ref. 6d 336) during the third quarter of that year.  In the census conducted in 1891 the family was identified at Artillery Street in Bordesley where Florence Ada Collett was three years of age, the only child living with her parents Frederick William Collett and Kate Bedwell.  After a further ten years Florence A Collett was 13 and still living with her family, but at Lawrence Street Terrace in Birmingham.  Just over seven years later Florence Ada Collett from Birmingham married either Charles Burton or John William Proctor at Aston (Ref. 6d 731) during the third quarter of 1908.

 

 

 

 

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Fred William Collett was very likely born at Artillery Street in Bordesley, Birmingham on 22nd July 1892, the only known son of Frederick William Collett and Kate Bedwell.  His birth was recorded in Aston, Birmingham (Ref. 6d 255), during the third quarter of that year, while it was on 7th August 1892 that he was baptised there, the son of Fred Wm and Kate Collett.  By 1901 Fred W Collett was eight years of age and living with his family at Lawrence Street Terrace in Birmingham, while it was at 45 Gopsall Street in Duddeston, Birmingham in 1911 by which time Fred W Collett was 18.  Fourteen years after that Fred W Collett from Birmingham married Amy I M Noble at Birmingham (Ref. 6d 1003) during the second quarter of 1925.  Nothing further is currently known about Fred and Amy, except that Fred William Collett was living in Weston-super-Mare when he died at the age of 87.  It was at Weston register office (Ref. 22 1207) that his passing was recorded during the month of September in 1979.

 

 

 

 

3P19

Joseph Truby Wilks Collett was born at Naunton as Joseph Truby Collett on 24th March 1903, the base-born son and only child of Charlotte Lavinia Collett from Shipton Oliffe.  He and his mother were taken in by widower John Wilks (1848-1914) from Milton-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire at his home in Naunton, for whom his mother was the housekeeper.  The birth of Joseph Truby Collett was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 431) during the second quarter of 1903 and he was eight years old in the Naunton census of 1911 when he was named as Joseph Wilks.  At the time of his marriage to Clara Reeves at North Cotswold register office (Ref. 6a 2098) during the third quarter of 1940 he was recorded as Joseph T W Collett.  Very little else is known about Joseph except that the death of Joseph Truby W Collett was recorded at North Cotswold register office (Ref. 22 1966) during December 1983 when he was 80 years old.

 

 

 

 

3P20

Henry George Collett was born at North Cerney in 1868, the eldest child of Robert Collett and his wife Jane Bennet.  By the time of the census in 1871 Henry’s parents and his sister Mary (below), were living in the Kingsholm district of the City of Gloucester.  It was possibly because of the recent birth of his sister that Henry was staying with his grandparents on the day of the census, since Harry Collett, age two years, was recorded in the Cirencester & Cotswold area of the county.

 

 

 

Over the next ten years four more children were added to the family which, by the time of the next census in 1881, was living at Fosse Bridge Villa in Oxford Road, in North Hamlet Gloucester.  It was on that occasion that he was recorded as Henry G Collett from North Cerney who was 12 years old.  During the latter years of the 1880s, Henry’s father died, and by 1891 Harry Collett, age 22, was the eldest of the six children still living in Gloucester with his widowed mother.

 

 

 

It was around 1895 that he married Fanny who was born in Birmingham in 1868, and by the time of the next census in 1901, the marriage had produced two children for the couple.  Harry Collett from North Cerney was 32, and his occupation was that of a grocer’s assistant, while he and his family were still living in Gloucester.  It is possible that it was at the same grocer’s shop that his younger brother Robert (below) was employed as a clerk.  His wife Fanny was also 32, and their two children at that time were William who was three, and Harry who was one year old, both boys having been born at Gloucester.


 

 


 

It would appear from the next census that Fanny was probably expecting Harry’s third child on the day of the census in 1901, with the child being born later that same year at Gloucester.  In addition to that child, two more children were added to the family during the next two years, after which the family moved to Charlton Kings near Cheltenham, where Robert’s sisters Ellen and Martha were also living in 1911.  The family by that time living at Parkville on Lyefield Road comprised Harry G Collett who was 42, his wife Fanny who was also 42 and their six children.  They were William R Collett aged 13, Harry G Collett aged 11, Emily M Collett who was nine, Ethel F Collett who was eight, Albert E Collett who was seven, and Charles S Collett who was two years old.

 

 

 

It was under the name Harry George Collett that his estate of £698 4 Shillings was settled at Gloucester on 2nd September 1952.  The administration of his estate confirmed that he had died on 11th July 1952 while a patient at The Delancey Hospital in Cheltenham, while his home address was 19 Cleeve View Road in Cheltenham.  It was his eldest son William Robert Collett, a cashier, who the assigned as the administrator of his father’s personal effects.


 

 

 

3Q3

William Robert Collett

Born in 1897 at Gloucester

 

3Q4

Harry George Collett

Born in 1899 at Gloucester

 

3Q5

Emily May Collett

Born in 1901 at Gloucester

 

3Q6

Ethel F Collett

Born in 1902 at Gloucester

 

3Q7

Albert E Collett

Born in 1903 at Gloucester

 

3Q8

Charles S Collett

Born in 1908 at Gloucester

 

 

 

 

3P21

Mary Jane Collett was born in the hamlet of Wootton within the parish of St Mary-de-Lode in Gloucester on 2nd March 1871, the eldest daughter of Robert and Jane Collett, and was one month old in the census of 1871 when she was living with her parents in the Kingsholm district of Gloucester.  As Mary J Collett she was 10 years old in 1881 when she and her family were living at Fosse Bridge Villa, Oxford Road, in the North Hamlet district of the city of Gloucester.  Mary’s father died around five years later, and by the time of the census in 1891 Mary had left the family home in Gloucester and instead was recorded as living within the Kingsholm area of Gloucester, where Mary J Collett was 20.  Her brother Frederick (below) was living nearby, a patient at the Gloucester Lunatic Asylum in Wootton St Mary within the Kingsholm registration district.

 

 

 

Mary Jane, who was only five feet tall, was known within the family as Polly.  It was just over two years later that Mary Jane married baker Charles George Guest from Churchdown in Gloucester on 18th September 1893.  By the time of the Gloucester census in 1901 their marriage had produced four children for the couple.  Charles Guest was 29, Mary Guest was 30, Albert Guest was six, Harold Guest was four, Percival Guest was two, and Charles Guest was still under one year old.  Tragically around the time of his second birthday Charles junior died, with the next child born into the family in early 1904 also being given the name of Charles.  In addition to him, two further children were added to the family in the years up to the census in 1911.

 

 

 

It was the occupation of Charles George Guest as a baker that took the family to Cinderford in the Forest of Dean in the spring of 1910, and it was there that the couple’s last child was born.  At Cinderford the family resided at 24 Littledean Hill Road from where Charles was the manager of the Co-operative Wholesale Society Bakery department in the town.  The house remained the home of the Guest family until the death of Mary Jane Guest nee Collett on 22nd May 1946 when she was living there with her married son Albert and his family.

 

 

 

According to the census return for 1911 the enlarged family was living at 24 Littledean Hill Road in Cinderford, within the Westbury-on-Severn registration district.  Charles Guest was 39, Mary Guest, was 40, Albert Guest was 16, Harold Guest was 14, Percival Guest was 12, Charles Guest was seven, Dorothy Guest was five, and Edward Guest was only eleven months old.  More details of their seven children are as follows.  Albert Robert Guest was born on 23rd March 1895 and died on 9th February 1965.  He was the father of Pamela (Pam) Green nee Guest, born in 1932, who kindly provided these new details, and her two brothers John Guest, who was born in 1924, and Michael Guest who was born in 1928, both of whom are living in Australia in 2013. 

 

 

 

The other six children of Charles and Mary Jane were: Harold Charles George Guest was born on 17th September 1896 and was awarded an MBE during his later life;  Percival John Guest was born on 16th December 1898 and he was killed in France during the First World War on 27th May 1918, his name one of those listed on the on Soisson Memorial; Charles Victor Guest was born on 27th November 1900 and he died on 22nd November 1902; Charles Victor Guest was born on 7th January 1904 and was awarded an OBE during his life; Dorothy May Guest was born on 21st August 1906 and died on 2nd September 1906; and Edward Reginald Guest was born in May 1910 and was killed in action in France during the Second World War on 19th August 1944, where he was buried at the Bayeux Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

3P22

Frederick William Collett was born at Gloucester in 1873, the third child, and second son of Robert and Jane Collett.  In 1881 he was Frederick W Collett, age seven years, living with his family at Fosse Bridge Villa in Oxford Road, North Hamlet of Gloucester.  In the census of 1891, and following the death of his father just a few years earlier, Frederick had moved out of the family home in Gloucester, and was an inmate at the Gloucester County Lunatic Asylum at Wootton St Mary within the Kingsholm registration district of Gloucester, where his sister Mary Jane (above) was recorded at that time.  Fredk Wm Collett was 18 on that occasion, when he was described as an idiot and an errand boy.  By the time of the next census in 1901 he was still a patient at the Lunatic Asylum, when he was recorded as Fredk Willm Collett, age 28, having no occupation.  It was the same situation ten years later in the census of 1911, when unmarried Frederick William Collett, age 38, and from Gloucester was recorded as living at an institution within the Barnwood sub-registration district, as he had been ten years earlier.  It was nearly nine years later that Frederick William Collett died at the age of 47, his death being recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 333) during the last three months of 1920.

 

 

 

 

3P23

Ellen Louisa Collett was born at Gloucester in 1876, the daughter of Robert and Jane Collett.  It was as Ellen L Collett that she was listed with her family in the census of 1881, when she was four years old.  At that time the family was living at Fosse Bridge Villa in Oxford Road, North Hamlet of Gloucester.  With the death of the father around five years later, Ellen continued to live with her mother in Gloucester well into her twenties.  In the census of 1891 she was 14, and ten years later in 1901 Ellen Collett, age 24, was one of only two children still living at the home of her mother in Gloucester.  Sometime after that Ellen Louisa Collett left Gloucester and was recorded as being 35 in the April census of 1911, and at that time in her life she was a spinster living in Cheltenham.  It was also in Cheltenham that her married sister Martha Kate Berry (below) was living.

 

 

 

 

3P24

Robert Spencer Collett was born at Gloucester in 1878, the third son of Robert Collett and his wife Jane, and was two years old in the North Hamlet, Gloucester census of 1881.  He was living with his family at Fosse Bridge Villa in Oxford Road, where his father died before Robert reached ten years of age.  In 1891 Robert was living with his widowed mother in Gloucester at the age of 12, but eight years later he became a married man.  It was during the first three months of 1899 that Robert Spencer Collett married Vitilene Emma Griffiths in Gloucester where the event was recorded (Ref. 6a 467). 

 

 

 

According to the Gloucester census in March 1901 Robert Collett, age 22 and from Gloucester, was a clerk working for a grocer in the city.  By that time his marriage had been blessed with a daughter who, it would appear later, would be the couple’s only child.  Robert’s wife was named in error as Vihlena Collett, who was also 22 and from Gloucester, while their daughter Daisy Collett was just four months old.  It was the same situation ten years later when, on the occasion of the census in 1911 Robert Collett was 32, as was his wife Vitilena Collett, while their daughter Daisy Collett was 10 years old.

 

 

 

It was as Robert Spencer Collett that his death was recorded on 16th October 1924, when he was living at 19 Furlong Road in Gloucester with his wife.  His estate was valued at £429 1 Shilling 11d and his Will was proved at Gloucester on 31st October 1924, when the money was bequeathed to his widow Vitilena Emma Collett.  She survived her husband by a further seventeen years and when Vitilene Emma Collett nee Griffiths passed away on 1st February 1942 she was still living at 19 Furlong Road.  The Will of Vitilena Emma Collett was proved at Gloucester on 10th March 1942 when the sole executor was named as Florence Annie Carter, the wife of Peter Thompson Carter, the estate being valued at £687 4 Shillings 10d.


 

 

 

3Q9

Daisy Florence Collett

Born in 1900 at Gloucester

 

 

 

 

3P25

Martha Kate Collett (or Kate Martha Collett) was born at Gloucester in November 1880, the daughter of Robert and Jane Collett.  Martha K Collett was five months old in the census of 1881 when she was living with her family at Fosse Bridge Villa in Oxford Road, North Hamlet of Gloucester.  It was as Kate Collett, age nine years, that she was recorded in 1891 living with her widowed mother.  By 1901 she was Kate M Collett, age 21 from Gloucester, who was living in Minchinhampton where she was working as a domestic house.  Although not confirmed, it seems likely that Kate was married sometime during the next ten years, since a Martha Kate Berry who was born at Gloucester, was living near her unmarried sister Ellen Louisa Collett in Cheltenham.  According to the census in 1911 Martha was 30, but curiously no one of the Berry name was living with her on that occasion.

 

 

 

 

3P26

Emily M Collett was born at Gloucester in 1883 and may have been only three years old when her father Robert died.  In 1891 she was recorded as being eight years old in the census that year, when she was living with her widowed mother in the St John the Baptist district of Gloucester.  No record of her has been found in the census of 1901, but by 1911 she was still unmarried at the age of 27, when Emily Collett from Gloucester was living alone in the city of Gloucester where she worked in an office. 

 

Emily never married and used to enjoy holidays with her cousins in Rhodesia and often brought back native-made beaded gifts for her nieces.  Sadly in 1951 she took her own life which was reported in the newspaper at the time under the headline ‘Woman Who Took Own Life was Depressed’:

 

 

 

“Death from asphyxia from coal-gas poisoning, the deceased having taken her own life while the balance of her mind was disturbed, was the verdict recorded by the City Coroner Mr Trevor Wellington at the inquest yesterday afternoon on Miss E M Collett, age 68, of 26 Parkend Road (in Gloucester).  The verdict was in accordance with the evidence of Doctor E N Davey who had made a post-mortem examination.  Evidence of identification was given by Daisy Florence Collett, clerk, of 19 Furlong Road, Gloucester, a niece.  She said her aunt had been depressed for some time past as the result of an illness a year or more ago.  On Wednesday afternoon the witness had been told her aunt had been found dead in bed.”

 

 

 

 

3P27

Albert Edward Collett was born at Gloucester on 18th July 1885, and this very likely took place at Oxford Road where his family was living in 1881, and where he and his mother were living in 1901, following the death of his father Robert Collett not long after Albert was born.  At the time of the census in 1891, as the youngest child in the family, Albert was five years old when he was living with his mother in the St John the Baptist area of Gloucester and five of his siblings.

 

 

 

In the March census of 1901, Albert E Collett was still living with his widowed mother Jane Collett, at the family home at 87 Oxford Road in the St Catherine parish of Gloucester.  The only other member of the family still living there with them as Albert’s older sister Ellen Collett who was 24.  Albert, who was 15 and had been born at Gloucester, was the only one of the household that was in employment.  On leaving school, it would appear that he was possibly working at the offices of a local newspaper, because his occupation was listed as a junior clerk (press).

 

 

 

It was at the end of that decade that Albert Edward Collett married Mabel Eveline Longmore at West Bromwich, the event being recorded there (Ref. 6b 1240) during the second quarter of 1910.  Just less than one year later Albert Edward Collett age 25 and from Gloucester was living in West Bromwich on the day of the census in April 1911.  Living with him was his wife Mabel Eveline Collet who was also 25.  The couple had no children at that time, although Mabel was pregnant with their only child, who was born later that same year.

 

 

 

After the Second World War Albert and Mabel were residing at 48 Nicholls Street in West Bromwich when Albert Edward Collett died as a patient at Hallam Hospital in the town on 1st August 1952.  Probate of his Will was granted to his widow Mabel Eveline Collett at Birmingham, when his estate was valued at £2,121 10 Shillings 5d.  His wife was born on 16th February 1886 and she died at West Bromwich in 1969 at the age of 83, when her death was recorded (Ref. 9b 1753) during the third quarter of that year.


 

 

 

3Q10

Phyllis Mabel Collett

Born in 1911 at West Bromwich

 

 

 

 

3P28

Robert Henry Collett was born at Birmingham on 1st September 1877, but was baptised at Chedworth, the eldest child of Philip H Collett and his wife Catherine M Collett.  However, by 1880 he and his family were living in Cheltenham where his sister Kate was born that same year.  According to the census of 1881 Robert and his family were living at 2 Portman Terrace in Cheltenham from where his father was a boot and shoemaker, when Robert H Collett from Birmingham was three years old.  After a few years Robert’s family left Cheltenham when they moved to Kingham in Oxfordshire, where Robert H Collett was 13 in 1891.

 

 

 

It is not clear where Robert was at the time of the next census in 1901, when he would have been 23, so perhaps he was in the army and serving overseas, like many young men at that time of the Boer War.  However, he was once again living in England shortly after that, since he married Edith Lillian Hollis at Medway in Kent where the marriage was recorded during the last three months of 1903 (Ref. 2a 1291). with whom he had two children before the next census day in April 1911.

 

 

 

Edith Lillian was six years younger than Robert, having been born around 1883.  The census in 1911 recorded the family of four still living in the Medway area of Kent.  Robert’s place of birth was again confirmed as Birmingham and his age was 33, compared to his wife who was 27.  Listed with them were their two children Robert Henry Collett who was six years old and May Catherine Collett who was four and was named after Robert’s mother.  Tragically it was just less than ten years later that Robert Henry Collett died at Chatham in Kent while based at Brompton Barracks.  Administration of his estate of £180 18 Shillings was granted to his widow Edith Lilian Collett, which confirmed his date of death as 26th January 1921 while at 22a Block, WO Quarters at Brompton Barracks, where he was most likely a Warrant Officer at the age of 43.


 

 

 

3Q11

Robert Henry Collett

Born in 1904 at Medway, Kent

 

3Q12

May Catherine Collett

Born in 1906 at Medway, Kent

 

 

 

 

3P30

Frederick W Collett was born at Cheltenham during 1882, the son of Philip and Catherine Collett.  After Cheltenham his family lived in Surrey for a short while before moving to Kingham in Oxfordshire where they were living in 1891, when Frederick W Collett was eight.  It was as Frederic W Collett, age 18 from Cheltenham, that he was still living with his family in 1901, when the census that year confirmed that he was employed as a publisher’s assistant. 

 

 

 

During the next decade Frederick and his parents moved again, on that occasion to the Shirley area of the Midland to the west of Solihull where Frederick Collett, age 28 and from Cheltenham, was still a bachelor.  However, it was during the last quarter of that same year that Frederick Collett married Florence Elizabeth Merritt, the event being registered at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 1001).  It would appear that Frederick and Florence lived all of their married life in Cheltenham, since it was there on 1st January 1950 that Florence Elizabeth Collett died.  Her Will was proved at Gloucester on 22nd February that same year.

 

 

 

 

3P31

Philip Douglas Collett was born at Bisley near Woking in Surrey on 1st April 1889 to Philip H Collett, a boot and shoe maker from Chedworth, and his wife Catherine M Collett of Road in Somerset.  Shortly after he was born his birth was registered at Chertsey, following which his parents left Surrey and settled in the Oxfordshire village of Kingham, and it was there he was living with his family in 1891 when he was described as Philip D Collett, age two years from Surrey.  Philip was still living there ten years later in 1901, although for some reason on that occasion he was recorded in the Kingham census by his parents as simply Douglas Collett, a schoolboy of 12 years.  His place of birth was named in error at that time as Birley in Surrey, rather than Bisley.

 

 

 

It was ten years later, and during the first three months of 1911, that Philip Douglas Collett married Ella Wilmot Mildon who was born at Kings Worthy near Winchester in 1888, the daughter of domestic gardener George Richard Mildon and his wife Emma. The marriage took place at Salisbury when the two witnesses were named as Walter E Earney and Lotta Lodge.  The fact that no member of either family was present might be because Ella was already with-child, since shortly thereafter they settled in the Poole area of Dorset where their son was born just a few months later. 

 

 

 

The census at the end of March 1911 confirmed that the childless couple was living within the Poole registration district when Philip Douglas Collett from Bisley was 22, as was his wife Ella Wilmot Collett whose place of birth was recorded as Kingsworthy.  Over the following years Ella presented Philip with a total of three children who were all born while the couple was still residing within the Poole area.  One other member of the Collett family was also recorded as living within that same census area in 1911 and he was bachelor Reginald Collett, age 20, who had been born at Dorchester in Dorset.  For further information about Reginald and his branch of the Collett family go to Part 49 – The Kirtlington (Oxon) to California Line under Ref. 49P13.


 

 

 

3Q13

Denis Frederick Jack Mildon Collett

Born in 1911 at Poole

 

3Q14

Eric Philip Douglas Collett

Born in 1914 at Poole

 

3Q15

Peggy N Collett

Born in 1916 at Poole

 

 

 

 

3P32

Anne Priscilla Collett, who was referred to as Nancy, was born at Cheltenham in 1892.  So far no record of Nancy, or her mother and father, nor her brother Cecil, has been found in the 1901 Census.  On 4th February 1910, when she was 17 years of age, Nancy entered service with the General Post Office.  This was confirmed by the April census of 1911 in which she was listed as Anne Priscilla Collett aged 18 of Cheltenham who, at that time, was living with her parents at ‘St Brandon’ in Haywards Road in Charlton Kings.  Her occupation was stated as being that of a Post Office assistant.  Following the death of her father in 1940, Anne’s mother Anna Phillipine Collett was living at Inglenook, 12 St Julian’s Avenue at Ludlow in Shropshire when she died ten years later.  And it was Anne Priscilla Collett, a spinster, who was the sole executor of her estate.  The only other known fact about Anne Priscilla Collett is that she died during 1978 at the age of 85. 

 

 

 

 

3P33

Cecil John Collett was born at Charlton Kings in 1895.  No record of him or his family has been found anywhere in Britain in 1901 but by April 1911 they were back living at Charlton Kings.  The census at that time recorded Cecil as being 15 and not in employment, so perhaps he was still at school.  He was still living with his parents at their home in Haywards Road in Charlton Kings at a house named ‘St Brandon’.

 

 

 

A few years later, around the time of the start of the Great War, Cecil wrote a letter to his parents before he departed for Cairo to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.  Later in the campaign he ended up in France.  As Sapper C J Collett 452448 he was a member of 74th Division of the Signals Regiment of the Royal Engineers.  Sadly Cecil died on 4th November 1918 one week before the Armistice was signed by the Germans. 

 

 

 

He was buried in the churchyard at Yarpole north-west of Leominster and the inscription on his headstone indicates that he died from the effects of gas poisoning.  And it was at that same churchyard in Yarpole that Cecil’s grandparents John and Phillipine were also buried.  John and Phillipine were the great grandparents of John Cross who kindly provide this new information about Hubert Collett and his two children Nancy and Cecil.

 

 

 

Upon the death of John’s great aunt Anne Priscilla [Nancy] Collett (above) in 1978 John Cross was presented with a First World War Memorial plaque made out in the name of Nancy’s brother Cecil John Collett.

 

 

 

 

3P34

Olive Elizabeth Collett was born at Birmingham on 4th September 1893 where she was living with her parents in April 1901 at the age of seven.  Ten years later, after leaving school, she was working with her sister Jessie (below) as a pawnbroker’s assistant at the age of 17, while she was still living with her family at 37 Montpellier Street in the Sparkbrook district of Birmingham.  It is likely that she never married since the death of an Olive Collett aged 95 died at Birmingham where her passing was recorded (Ref. 32 514) during December 1988.

 

 

 

 

3P35

Jessie Priscilla Collett was born at Birmingham on 25th January 1895 and in 1901 at the age of six years that was where she was recorded as living with her family.  Like her sister Olive (above), Jessie also took up employment as a pawnbroker’s assistant on leaving school.  At sixteen years of age in April 1911 she was still living with her parents at the family home at 37 Montpellier Street in Sparkbrook, just south of Birmingham’s city centre.  It would seem that she never married, since she was recorded as Jessie Priscilla Collett at the time of her death at Birmingham (Ref. 32 0461) during the last three months of 1978 when she was 83.

 

 

 

 

3P37

Alfred Martin Collett was born at Birmingham in 1899, a son of Henry and Elizabeth Collett.  Alfred was one year old in the Birmingham census of 1901 and by 1911 he and his family were living at 37 Montpellier Street in the Sparkbrook district of Birmingham where Alfred Martin Collett 11 years old.  Alfred Martin Collett was only 17 when he died, his premature death recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 337) during the third quarter of 1916.

 

 

 

 

3P38

Hubert John Collett was born at Birmingham in 1907, the youngest son of Henry Martin Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  He was three years old in the census of 1911, but tragically died during the summer of 1914 when he was only seven years of age.  His death was recorded at the Aston register office (Ref. 6d 386) during the third quarter of the year.

 

 

 

 

3P40

Ebenezer William Collett was born on 27th July 1899 at Lower Chedworth and was baptised at the Chedworth Independent Church on 3rd September 1899.  Not long after he was born his family left Chedworth and by March 1901 they were living in village street at Ampney St Mary where Ebenezer was one year.  Within a year or so the family moved again, this time to nearby Ampney Crucis where Ebenezer’s brother Henry John Collett (below) was born.  Sadly it was also around this time that the boys’ mother died, following which the family returned to live at Ampney St Mary.

 

 

 

By April 1911 Ebenezer was eleven and he was living at Ampney St Mary with his brother and his father who had taken a second wife by then.  Ebenezer later married Daisy Bickham but they had no children of their own.  Instead they adopted (1) Ivor from Barnoldswick in Lancashire who was later known in the family as Bill after his adopted father, and (2) Judy Bickham the illegitimate daughter of Daisy’s sister. 

 

 

 

The family lived at Ledbury in Herefordshire where Ebenezer worked in the grocery trade.  The family later moved to Swansea where they had their own grocery shop.  Ebenezer died at Swansea in 1974 aged 75, Daisy having died eight years earlier in 1966.

 

 

 

 

3P41

Henry John Collett, who was known as Jack by the family, was born at Ampney St Peter on 2nd April 1903.

 

Sadly his mother Elizabeth H Collett (Eliza) died during the birth and by the time of the census of 1911 his father had remarried and the family were living at Ampney St Mary where Jack was listed as Henry John Collett aged 7.

 

Jack later joined the army on 4th September 1922 when he enlisted at Warley in the West Midlands and became Private 6003325 with the Essex Regiment. 

 

His military record stated he was born at Ashbrook which was another name for Ampney St Mary but is no longer used today. 

 

 

 

The record also stated that he was a labourer, the son of Ebenezer William Collett of Ashbrook near Cirencester, and that he was five feet six and a half inches tall, weighed 115 pounds, and had a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

 

 

 

During his military career, which lasted until he was discharged on 3rd September 1929, he served in East India for three week in December 1923 with the 1st Battalion followed by five years and four months in India with the 2nd Battalion.  His military conduct was exemplary and he was only discharged with a disability pension when he ceased to fulfil army medical requirements.  This was as a result of wounds he received whilst in action in India which left him with only one lung.

 

 

 

He married Violet Bridges on 3rd August 1931 at Ducklington just south of Witney in Oxfordshire and according to the marriage certificate was a clothier living at Ampney St Peter.  Violet was born midway between Faringdon and Witney at Langford on 28th March 1905 and at the time of the marriage was living with her shepherd father Albert Bridges and her mother Ada nee Whittock at Home Farm in Cokethorpe south of Witney.  Prior to the wedding she was in service at Hatherop Castle and later took up the role of cook at Burford Cottage Hospital.

 

 

 

Henry later became a baker at Scott’s in the High Street at Burford.  He died from a heart attack on 31st December 1975 while living at 3 Wydom Way in Burford.  The death certificate recorded he was a retired baker.  Present at the death was son Gordon John Collett who at that time was living at South Terrace, Station Road in Brize Norton.  Rightly or wrongly, Henry’s death certificate gave his place of birth as Ampney Crucis rather than Ampney St Peter.  His wife Violet passed away on 9th April 1988 at Widford midway between Burford and Asthall.  Present at the death was son Gordon John Collett who was then living at Plumado, Station Road in Brize Norton.

 

 

 

3Q16

Gordon John Collett

Born in 1932 at Burford

 

3Q17

Christopher Francis Michael Collett

Born in 1933 at Burford

 

3Q18

Andrew Stephen Collett

Born in 1949 at Burford

 

 

 

 

3P42

Daisy Gladys Wake Collett was born at Cheltenham in 1888 and was the only known child of John Rowland Charles Collett and his cousin Elizabeth Johanna Wake Rowland.  Her birth as simply Daisy Gladys Collett was recorded at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 423) during the second quarter of 1888.  Daisy G Collett was three years old in the Cheltenham census of 1891 and by 1901 she and her family were living at 2 Exmouth Buildings in Cheltenham, next door to Daisy’s grandmother Ann Rowland.  That year she was included on the census return as Daisy Gladys Collett from Cheltenham who was 13 years of age, and she was still there with her parents in April 1911 when she was 23.

 

 

 

Both of her parents were still alive when Daisy was married in 1918.  That happy event was the first time her full name was used, since it was as Daisy Gladys Wake Collett aged 28 and the daughter of John Rowland Charles Collett that she married Stanley Augustus Atkins aged 27, the son of August Atkins.  That took place on 26th December 1918 at St Mary’s Church in Cheltenham and was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 992).  The marriage produced three children over the next seven years, but tragically the youngest child was only two years old when Daisy Gladys Wake Atkins died at the end of July 1927 at the age of 39, following which she was buried at Cheltenham on 4th August 1927.  

 

 

 

 

3P43

Lambert John Howard Gegg, who was known as Howard, was born at Hawling during December 1894, just four months after his parents were married.  It was as Lambert J H Gegg, age five years, that he was recorded with his family in the Hawling census of 1901.  Where he was in 1911 has not been discovered, but five years later he married Aileen Mary Robins-Masters in 1916.  The marriage is known to have produced four children for the couple, while Howard died in 1968.

 

 

 

 

3P44

George Douglas Gegg was born at Hawling in 1896 and was four years old in the Hawling census of 1901 when he was recorded with his family as George D Gegg.  Following the death of his father in 1910 George Gegg, age 14, was living with his widowed mother at Charlton Kings.  He was married twice in his life, the second time to Hilda Alice Taylor, and he died in 1970.

 

 

 

 

3P45

Constance E S Gegg, who was known as Connie, was born at Hawling in 1898.  She was two years old at the time of the Hawling census of 1901, but sadly after her father died in 1910 her mother took the family to live in Charlton Kings, while Connie Gegg, age 12 years, went to live with her elderly grandparents Howard and Ellen Cheater at Withington, where she was recorded in 1911.  It was later that she married Reginald (Reg) Wood.

 

 

 

 

3P46

Robert Ernest Gegg, who was known as Bob, was born at Shornhill, near Withington, in 1904.  Whilst he was missing from the family home at Charlton kings in 1911, there was an entry for him on the census return stating that he was born at Shornhill, and that he was four years old.  Where he actually was on that occasion has not been discovered.  She was married twice in his life, the first time in 1927 when he married Daisy, and later Sadie with whom he had two children, Pamela Gegg and David Gegg.  And it was David’s daughter Sarah Gegg who kindly provided more details about the Gegg family.

 

 

 

 

3P48

Albert Edward Gegg, who was known as Ted, was born in 1908, just two years before his father died.  By April 1911 Albert Gegg, aged two years, was living at Charlton Kings with his widowed mother and three of his seven siblings.  He was around 24 years old when he married Clarice Amy Ockwith in 1932, with whom he had a daughter Joan who was born in 1933.  Joan later married Graham Parker and they had four children.  It is thanks to Joan Parker nee Gegg, together with Sarah Gegg (above),  that the Gegg family detailed have been expanded.

 

 

 

 

3P50

Minnie Kate Jones was born at around 1887 and was referred to as Kate aged 23 in the census of 1911 when she was living with her parents at Cirencester.  She later married William Clappen and they had two children, Frances and Josephine.  William was very likely a member of Sally Clappen’s family who married Minnie’s uncle Alfred Frank Gegg (Ref. 3O48).

 

 

 

 

3P52

Gladys Frances Juliet Gegg was born at Cirencester in 1889 and it was there she was living with her parents in 1891 aged one year, in 1901 aged eleven and again in April 1911 when she was 21 and still living with her parents.  She never married and died in 1959.

 

 

 

 

3P53

Jessie May Gegg was born at Cirencester in 1891 where she was nine in 1901 and 19 in 1911 when she was still living there with her family.  She never married and died in 1931.

 

 

 

 

3P54

VICTOR REGINALD GEGG was born at Cirencester in 1896 and was four years old in 1901 when he was recorded as Reginald Victor Gegg.  Ten years later in the census of 1911 for Cirencester he was listed as Victor Reginald Gegg, age 14.  He later married Millicent Ann Manners after the First World War with whom he had three children.  He died in 1989.

 

 

 

3Q19

BRIAN REGINALD GEGG

Born in 1931

 

3Q20

Janet Millicent Gegg

Born in 1939

 

3Q21

Susan Margaret Gegg

Born in 1946

 

 

 

 

3Q1

Jessie Lawrence Florida was born on 8th August 1899 at Dos Road in Newport.  She attended Crindau Elementary School and was amongst the first intake at the new Higher Elementary School on Stow Hill which she left when aged 14.  She married Edward John Charles on 16th September 1920 at St Mark’s Church in Newport with her sister Mona as the only bridesmaid.  Edward was born on 3rd August 1891 the son of Thomas Charles and Amelia Dix.  Prior to the wedding Jessie worked as a clerk in the office of Lovell’s Sweet Factory, while Edward was a carpenter.  After the couple were married they lived in furnished rooms in Malpas Road but in 1922 prior to the birth of their first daughter the couple moved to Bolton Street to live with Jessie’s parents.

 

 

 

Edward enlisted in the Royal Engineers in Cardiff on 5th August 1914 and saw active service in France.  He was invalided out of the army in 1917 after collapsing while suffering from fever and exposure.  On returning home he was employed at Newport Docks and continued working until he was 70.

 

 

 

Jessie died at Newport in November 1962 thirty-six hours after being taken into St Woollos Hospital with heart pains.  The funeral was conducted at a full-to-capacity All Saints Church which reflected the high regard in which she was held by the local community.  She was buried in Malpas Churchyard.  Edward was deeply affected by the sudden death of his wife and, although he lived on for another twelve years, he never really recovered from the shock.  Tragically he died in May 1974 in the living room at the family home in Walford Street in Newport.

 

 

 

3R1

Mavis Charles

Born on 11.02.1922

 

3R2

Edwina Charles

Born on 21.11.1926

 

 

 

 

3Q2

Mona Lawrence Florida was born in August 1909 at Newport.  She attended Crindau Elementary School and later Brynglas Central School.  On leaving school she worked as a shop assistant at Halse’s Grocers Shop before pleurisy and tuberculosis brought this to an end in the 1930s.  She married travelling salesman Harry A R Hallett at St Michael’s Church in Llantarnam in 1936 and shortly after the wedding they lived for a while at Llantarnam before moving to Brynmill.  At the outbreak of war in 1939 Harry joined the Royal Navy and Mona returned to live with her parents in Bolton Street.  On Harry’s return at the end of the war the couple set up home at Highfield Road in Newport.

 

 

 

Mona and Harry had two children Judith Hallett born on 11.07.1938 and Robert Edward Hallett born on 23rd February 1943 whom was a policeman and later a Baptist lay preacher who married Virginia Harris in 1968.  Mona Hallett died during 1982.

 

 

 

 

3Q3

William Robert Collett was born in Gloucester in 1898, the eldest child of Henry (Harry) George Collett and his wife Fanny, whose birth was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 273) during the first three months of the year.  At the age of three years William was living with his parents in Gloucester but just after 1901 the family moved to Cheltenham, where William R Collett was 13 in 1911.  What exactly happened in the life of William Robert Collett after that is not known at this time, although it is established that he was still alive in 1952 when his father passed away.  It was as the administrator of his father’s estate that William Robert Collett, a cashier, was named at Gloucester on 2nd September 1952.

 

 

 

It was just nine years later that William Robert Collett of 22 Spencer Road in Cheltenham died at Coney Hill hospital in the Barnwood district of Gloucester on 18th March 1961.  Administration of his personal estate of £9,017 5 Shillings 5d was granted to Emily May Jones, the wife of Leslie Frank Jones, on 9th May that same year.  It is now known that Emily May Jones was William’s eldest sister (below).

 

 

 

 

3Q5

Emily May Collett was born at Gloucester in 1901, the third child and eldest daughter of Henry and Fanny Collett.  As Emily M Collett she was nine years old in the census of 1911 when she and her family had settled at Parkville on Lyefield Road in Charlton kings near Cheltenham.  While it was sixteen years later when she married Leslie F Jones at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 1017) during the second quarter of 1926.  Upon the death of her brother William (above) it was Emily May Jones, the wife of Leslie Frank Jones, who was granted administration of his estate on 9th May 1961.

 

 

 

 

3Q9

Daisy Florence Collett was born at Gloucester on 14th November 1900, the only known child of Robert Spencer Collett (1878-1924) and his wife Vitilena Emma Griffiths.  In 1911 Daisy was 10 years old in the census that year when she was living in Gloucester with her parents.  She was 24 and unmarried in the autumn of 1924 when her father died, when the family home was recorded as residing at 19 Furlong Road in Gloucester.  It was also at that same address that Daisy was living with her mother when she passed away in 1942.  Nine years later in 1951 Daisy Florence Collett of 19 Furlong Road was report in the Gloucester newspaper as being the niece of Miss E M Collett, age 68, who had taken her own life, with Daisy being named at the court hearing as the person who identified the body.  See Emily M Collett (Ref. 3P24) for more details.  Daisy never married and was still living in Gloucester when she died during April 1984 at the age of 83.  The record of her death at the Gloucester register office (Ref. 22 1823) also included her date of birth as above.

 

 

 

 

3Q10

Phyllis Mabel Collett was born at West Bromwich during the second half of 1911.  She was the only child of Albert Edward Collett and his wife Mabel Eveline Longmore.  It would appear that, like her parents, she remained living in West Bromwich where she married Frederick Charles King and had a daughter.  It was also at West Bromwich that Phyllis Mabel King nee Collett died on 11th November 1984.

 

 

 

 

3Q11

Robert Henry Collett was born at Medway in Kent during 1904, the eldest of the two children of Robert Henry Collett and Edith Lilian Hollis.  He was six years old in the Medway census of 1911, and other than that, all that is currently known about him is that he died in 1981.

 

 

 

 

3Q13

Denis Frederick Jack Mildon Collett was born at Poole in Dorset in the summer of 1911, the eldest child of Philip Douglas Collett and Ella Wilmot Mildon who were only married during the first three months of that year.  His birth was recorded at the Poole register office (Ref. 5a 469) during the third quarter of 1911.  All that is currently known about him is that he emigrated to Canada just before his nineteenth birthday and arrived in Montreal on 7th June 1930.  It was also in Canada, at Barrie on the western edge of Lake Simcoe in Ontario, that Denis Frederick Jack Mildon Collett died in 1983.

 

 

 

 

3Q14

Eric Philip Douglas Collett was born at Poole in 1914, the son of Philip and Ella Collett.  He followed his older brother Denis (Above) to Canada, arriving there during 1931.  He too died there, at Markham twenty miles north of Toronto.

 

 

 

 

3Q15

Peggy N Collett was born at Poole in 1916 the last of the three children of Philip Douglas Collett and Ella Wilmot Mildon.  No record has been found that suggests she may have followed her brothers to Canada, although it is established that she did marry Ronald F Pickard.

 

 

 

 

3Q16

Gordon John Collett, referred to as John, was born on 22nd May 1932 at Burford and was baptised there at The Church of St John Baptist on 25th June 1932.  He was educated at Burford Primary School and Burford Grammar School following which he served his National Service with the Royal Air Force in Egypt.  It was whilst in Egypt that he met his future wife who was serving with the Women’s Royal Air Force.  He married Elizabeth (Betty) Grace Thornley at Burford Church on 20th August 1955, she having been born on 7th December 1932 and from Teddington.  In the early part of their married life the couple lived at Chipping Norton where all four of their children were born and where John was a part-time retained member of the Oxfordshire County Fire Service from 24th December 1957 to 30th September 1964.

 

 

 

In his spare time John was an enthusiastic campanologist and rang the bells at the churches near where he lived.  He learnt the art of campanology while he was Head Chorister at St John the Baptist Church in Burford, during which time the choir made two recordings on His Master’s Voice records.  John also played football and cricket for Burford while living there and later played cricket while living at Brize Norton.

 

 

 

After a spell working as a buyer for building companies John set up his own roofing business working in the Cotswolds with stone and slate, repairing and restoring roofs for the National Trust and English Heritage.  Upon his retirement youngest son Graham Collett (Ref. 3R6) took over the business.  At the beginning of the twenty-first century John and Betty were living at Boston in Lincolnshire, to where they later returned after spending a couple of years living near Towcester Racecourse in Northamptonshire.

 

 

 

Betty Collett (Elizabeth Grace Thornley) died peacefully in her sleep on the morning of 17th May 2010, at the age of 77.  A service of thanksgiving was held on 28th May at St Botolph’s Church in Boston, locally known as The Stump, where John and Betty were bell-ringers and active members of the church.

 

 

 

3R3

Martin John Francis Collett

Born on 04.10.1956

 

3R4

Paul David Collett

Born on 09.08.1959

 

3R5

Elizabeth Janet Collett

Born on 06.04.1961

 

3R6

Graham Leslie Collett

Born on 03.02.1963

 

 

 

 

3Q17

Christopher Francis Michael Collett, referred to as Michael, was born in 1933.  He married Marjorie who was born in 1935 and they lived in Cheltenham.  Like his brother John Collett (above) he too was a keen campanologist and played football for Burford.  For many years he worked for John Cook at Witney Street in Burford where he lived most of his life.  He and Marjorie moved to the Isle of Wight in their retirement years.

 

 

 

3R7

Michael Stuart Collett

Born in 1957

 

3R8

Derek Collett

Born in 1958

 

3R9

Edward Collett

Born in 1963

 

 

 

 

3Q18

Andrew Stephen Collett was born at Burford on St. Andrew's Day, 30th November 1949, where he lived for the majority of the early part of his life, apart that is for a short time in Oxford.  He married Fran Butler at Witney on 4th April 1981, Fran having been born at Colchester during 1953.  Once married the couple moved to live in Kidlington, to the north of Oxford, to be nearer to Andrew’s place of work at Blackwell’s Book Shop in Oxford where he was the New Titles Manager.  It was at Blackwells that he was employed from 1970 until 2006, and where Fran was employed from 1983 until she retired in 2011.  From 2006 until the present day (March 2012) Andrew has been working at the University of Oxford in the Clinical Trial Service Department.   See Ref. 3O23 for an earlier reference to Blackwells Book Shop and William King who also worked there.

 

 

 

 

3Q19

BRIAN REGINALD GEGG was born in 1931 and he married Rosemary Eileen May who was born in 1929.

 

 

 

3R10

Graham Nicholas Gegg

Born in 1960

 

3R11

Sarah Nicola Gegg

Born in 1964

 

3R12

ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE GEGG

Born in 1972

 

 

 

 

3Q20

Janet Millicent Gegg was born in 1939.  She married (1) Alan Beardmore who was born in 1934 and (2) Alan John Alexander Pritchard who was also born in 1934.  The first marriage produced two children: Howard Beardmore who was born in 1963 and Katherine Beardmore who was born in 1965.

 

 

 

 

3Q21

Susan Margaret Gegg was born in 1946 and she married Roger Sinclair Dyer who was born in 1945.

 

 

 

3R13

Caroline Jane Dyer

Born in 1970

 

3R14

Christopher James Dyer

Born in 1975

 

 

 

 

3R1

Mavis Charles was born at Walford Street in Newport on 11th February 1922 and was baptised at All Saint’s Church, Newport that same year.  She attended Shaftesbury Street Infants and Crindau Elementary Schools before completing her secondary education at Newport High School.  A second class honours degree in history and a diploma in education were achieved while at St Hilda’s College in Oxford which enabled her to take up the occupation of that of a history teacher.  Her first teaching job was at Wolverhampton where she taught at the Bilston Girls Grammar School from 1945 to 1947.

 

 

 

On 1st August 1947 Mavis married John Young at Sirhowey Registry Office in Gwent the son of Wyndham Young and Gladys Lottie Hughes.  John, who was known as Jack and who was born on 23rd July 1919 at Abertillery, was a metalwork and woodwork teacher.  Initially Mavis then worked at various schools in Newport and between 1951 and 1957 she was a part-time teacher at Crumlin Technical College prior to returning to full-time teaching thereafter.

 

 

 

From the day they were married until 1957 the couple lived at 18 Victoria Road, Six Bells in Abertillery where their three children were born.  Jack then built a house in Hafodrynys which they named Rivendell and in which they lived until their retirement in 1981.  At that time the couple then moved to Presteigne where they lived at 8 Scottleton Street.  Shortly after Jack’s death on 9th December 1983, Mavis bought a house with son John and his wife at Monkswood near Usk where she lived until her death in 2001.  Mavis died of an aneurism while in the Neville Hall Hospital at Abergavenny on 15th February 2001.  She donated her body for research at the Cardiff Medical School at the hospital there.

 

 

 

3S1

Marion Young

Born on 03.06.1948

 

3S2

David Young

Born on 09.04.1951

 

3S3

John Charles Young

Born on 16.12.1952

 

 

 

 

3R2

Edwina Charles was born at Newport on 21st November 1926 and baptised at All Saint’s Church.  She obtained a teaching certificate at Stockwell Training College which enabled her to work at schools in Birmingham, Newport, Singapore and Hong Kong.  It was while she was in Hong Kong in 1952 that she married Paul Cheetham.  Paul, who was a textile salesman, was born on 23rd February 1930 and was from Lancashire.

 

 

 

The couple had four children: Simon John Cheetham who was born in 1952 and who died on 13th August 2005; Judith Victoria Cheetham born on 3rd November 1954; Edward Llewelyn Cheetham born in 1958; and Claerwen Marguerite Cheetham born on 22nd October 1959.  Tragedy struck the family in 1974 when their son Edward, then only sixteen years of age, died as a result of a tractor accident while in Ireland and was buried at Port Laoise.  Edwina died on 3rd November 2005 in the Hereford County Hospital and was buried at Eardisley on 10th November 2005.

 

 

 

 

3R3

Martin John Francis Collett was born at Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire on 4th October 1956.  Following an education at Burford Primary and Burford Secondary Schools, Martin joined Lloyds Bank in 1973 and served at branches in Lechlade, Witney, Oxford and Burford.  He married Mandy Anne Prior on 19th July 1986 at Hailey Church in Hailey near Witney in Oxfordshire.  Mandy was born at Witney on 12th March 1960.  The couple emigrated to Australia on 19th February 1997, where they lived on the Gold Coast of Queensland.  Martin continued his employment in banking, working at the Colonial State Bank and later at St George Bank.  Following in his father’s footsteps, he played football and cricket and later became a football referee, eventually being promoted to the rank of first class referee.

 

 

 

 

3R4

Paul David Collett was born on 9th August 1959 at Chipping Norton.  He married Belinda Hughes who was born on 31st March 1961.  At some point the couple moved to Aberdeen where their children were born.  The family later moved to Toddington in Buckinghamshire and then spent two years in Oman where Paul was an engineer working on a new oil refinery.  At the end of the two years in 1999 the family returned to live in Buckingham where they were still living in 2006.

 

 

 

3S4

Sarah Louise Collett

Born on 09.08.1988 at Aberdeen

 

3S5

Richard David Collett

Born on 11.10.1990 at Aberdeen

 

3S6

James Collett

Born on 22.04.1993 at Aberdeen

 

 

 

 

3R5

Elizabeth Janet Collett was born on 6th April 1961 at Chipping Norton.  She married (1) David Mason before later marrying (2) Jonathan Millward on 30th October 1999.  Jonathan was born on 1st March 1965.  Elizabeth had one son, Jonathon Mallows.  The family lived in Higham Ferrers for a while before moving to Iepers in Belgium where they ran a bed and breakfast hotel.

 

 

 

 

3R6

Graham Leslie Collett was born on 3rd February 1963 at Chipping Norton and he married Vivien who was born on 27th September 1966 and who already had a son Daniel born on 14th January 1989.  In 2006 the couple were divorced.

 

 

 

3S7

Connor William Collett

Born on 30.06.1999

 

3S8

Lucy May Collett

Born on 12.02.2001

 

3S9

Charles Robert Collett

Born on 14.01.2004

 

 

 

 

3R7

Michael Stuart Collett was born in 1957 and he married Vanessa who was born in 1959, but from whom he was later divorced.

 

 

 

3S10

James Collett

Born in 1985

 

3S11

Jennifer Collett

Born in 1989

 

 

 

 

3R8

Derek Collett was born in 1958.  He married Phyllis who was born in 1958.  Tragically Phyllis died aged just 33 years in 1991 and was buried at Chipping Norton Cemetery.

 

 

 

3S12

Stephen Collett

Born in 1975

 

3S13

Cheryl Collett

Born in 1979

 

3S14

Rachael Collett

Born in 1983

 

 

 

 

3R9

Edward Collett was born in 1963.  He married Sian who was born in 1968.

 

 

 

 

3R10

Graham Nicholas Gegg was born in 1960 and married Margaret Hemming-Clarke.  The marriage produced two daughters, Charlotte Margaret Stella Gegg who was born in 1994 and Beatrice Rosemary Rachel Gegg who was born in 1996.

 

 

 

 

3R11

Sarah Nicola Gegg was born in 1964.  She married James Michael de Jode who was born in 1963.

 

 

 

 

3R12

ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE GEGG was born in 1972.  She married Martin John Cairns (Ref. 1S9) on 6th November 1999 at the Park United Reform Church in Reading.

 

 

 

 

3S1

Marion Young was born at Abertillery on 3rd June 1948.  Her occupation was that of a statistician.  She married Ivor John Clucas on 24th December 1971 at Willesden Green in London.  Ivor, who kindly provided details of this family line, was the son of Arthur William Clucas and Clarice Olive Brooks and was born on 25th June 1947 at St Martin’s Hospital in Bath.  Ivor’s occupation was that of a fish technologist.  The marriage produced two children: Alan Clucas who was born on 8th April 1975 at Lusaka in Zambia and who later was employed as a computer software design engineer; and Megan Clucas who was born on 20th May 1977.

 

 

 

 

3S4

Sarah Louise Collett was born at Aberdeen on 9th August 1988, the eldest of the three children of Paul David Collett and his wife Belinda Hughes.  It was on 28th April 2012 that Sarah married Oliver Stanley Walker at Crockwell Farm near Canons Ashby in Northamptonshire.

 

 

 

 

3S14

Rachael Collett was born in 1983 and gave birth to a son in 2001.

 

 

 

3T1

Lewis Collett

Born in 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

 

 

 

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

 

 

 

The following is a transcript taken from a letter written on 12th March 1863 by Elizabeth Collett (Ref. 3N3) to her daughter Amelia Collett (Ref. 3O22) immediately prior to her sixteenth birthday.  The letter indicates that Amelia is probably in service and living away from home.  It shows the concern of a mother as her daughter approaches mature womanhood.  It says something about that era, which is sadly lacking today in the twenty-first century.

 

 

 

My dear child,

I hope this will find you quite well as it leaves us at present.  I have been thinking of writing this a month or more, but was so busy.  I expected to hear from you before this but I suppose you are busy too now.

 

 

 

You will be sixteen years old tomorrow, one year nearer eternity.  The Lord grant that as you grow in years you may grow in grace and increase in knowledge of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ which is able to make you wise unto salvation.  You will find many trials and temptations to encounter with in passing through life, but I hope the Lord will give you strength to resist every evil.

 

 

 

My dear child when sinners entice thee consent thou not and remember these words.  Thou God seest me never mind been laughed at by fellow servants or anyone else.  Do what is right in the sight of God and your own conscience.  Let others do as they will, follow no bad example and remember the Sabbath day to keep in holy, frequent no place of amusement on that day and keep good company.  If you should have the misfortune to live with some that sets a bad example you try and set them a good one.  Remember it’s the first wrong step that ruins many young men and women too.  One step taken wrong may ruin your body, soul and character too for life

 

 

 

One wrong step at first leads to many more and be sure mind and honest, touch not a single thing that’s not your own, nor take part with them that do.  May you like Joseph of old when tempted to evils, say how can I do this great wickedness and sin against God.  May the Lord give you grace to do as is the prayer of your affectionate Mother.

 

 

 

The letter continued to talk about the boots that will be the birthday gift from mother to daughter and the celebration of the wedding of the Prince (King Edward VII to Alexandra) that took place on the previous Tuesday when the whole village was supplied with a roast sheep dinner, tea and cake for the women and children and beer, bread and cheese for the men.