PART THREE

 

The Chedworth Line - 1800 to 2000

 

Updated August 2020

 

 

On Saturday 6th November 1999 Martin John Cairns of Abingdon in Oxfordshire and Elizabeth Charlotte Gegg [3R11] 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 – The Second Gloucestershire Line, starting with Henry Collett (Ref. 2M23) of Chedworth and coming forward in time through the Gegg family and eventually arriving at Part One - The Main Gloucestershire Line, with Martin Cairns (Ref. 1S9) the son of Mary Cairns nee Collett (Ref. 1R4).  Thus, another important loop line is established.

 

Grateful thanks go to Brian Reginald Gegg [3Q20] 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 [3R1] who is a direct descendent of Richard Collett [3N1].  The July 2009 update was thanks to new information, photographs, and drawing received from David Martin of Pontefract in Yorkshire.  Other valuable contributions are acknowledged within the body of the file.

 

 

HENRY COLLETT [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 parents 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 (below) 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 the drawing was very likely produced 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 was born in 1816 at Chedworth

3N2 – Robert Collett was born in 1818 at Chedworth

3N3 – Henry Collett was born in 1820 at Chedworth

3N4 – John Collett was born in 1822 at Chedworth

3N5 – Philip Collett was born in 1826 at Chedworth

3N6 – Mary Ann Collett was born in 1828 at Chedworth

3N7 – Sarah Collett was born in 1830 at Chedworth

3N7 – Sarah Maria Collett was born in 1832 at Chedworth

3N9 – Eliza Collett was born in 1834 at Chedworth

3N10 – JANE COLLETT was born in 1835 at Chedworth

 

Richard Collett [3N1] was born at Chedworth on 4th April 1816, the first-born child of Henry Collett and Mary Ann Margetts.  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.  The couple’s first child was born one year after their wedding day, as confirmed by the census in June 1841.  On that day, Richard Collett was 25 and living at Naunton Mill in the village, a tailor, who had a young apprentice working with him, fourteen-year-old Charles Evans.  At that same time, his wife Sophia Collett, and daughter Amy Jane Collett aged one year, were visiting the family of Sophia’s younger brother Nathan Burge at Beckford near Winchcombe. By 1851, the family living at Naunton was listed as Richard Collett, aged 34, a tailor of Chedworth, his wife Sophia, aged 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.  Tragically, their youngest child was only nine years of age when her mother died, the death of Sophia Collett, nee Burge, recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 40) during the third quarter of 1855.  One year after being widowed, the marriage of widower Richard Collett, aged 40 and the son of Henry Collett, and (2) Mary Williams, aged 30 and a spinster, the daughter of Benjamin Williams, was conducted at Birmingham on 7th July 1856.  His second wife was recorded as Mary Ann Collett at the time of the registration of the birth of her children with Richard Collett, and again in the subsequent census returns.  It is possible that Mary and Williams were in some way related to the family of Richard’s first wife, since Sophia Burge’s mother was Mary Burge who maiden name was also Williams.  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 the home of the Hambidge family in Guiting Power

 

Once she was married to Richard, Mary Ann took up work with her husband as a tailoress, as confirmed by the census in 1861 when the young family was residing at Summer Hill in Naunton.  At the time, Richard Collett from Chedworth was 45 and a tailor, while his wife Mary Collett of Naunton was 32 and a tailoress.  The only children living there with them were Truby Collett who was three and Fred Collett who was one year old, both of them born at Naunton.  As regards Richard’s older children from his first marriage, the two eldest daughters, Jane and Sophia were working together as general domestic servants for a family at Bristol Road in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham.  His third child, his son Walter, was an apprenticed shoemaker living and working with Richard’s brother Henry (below) at Chedworth, while of his two youngest daughters, Ellen was also living nearby in Naunton, at the Summer Hill home of the Comley family.  Sadly, four years prior to that same census day, Richard’s last child by Sophia, Mary had died.  Mary Ann presented Richard with two more children during the 1860s, the first of them born at Naunton, before the family moved to Shipton Oliffe, where their fourth child was born, prior to another move to Guiting Power, where the family was recorded 1871.  Again, Richard Collett from Chedworth was a tailor at the age of 54, while his wife Mary Ann Collett from Naunton was 42.  Listed with the couple was four of their five children, with the fifth and last child born during the following year when they were still residing in Guiting Power.  The four current children that census day were described as Henry T Collett who was 12, Frederick William Collett who was 10, Frank Edward Collett who was eight, all three of them born at Naunton, while daughter Charlotte L Collett was two years of age and born at Shipton.  Sometime after the birth of their last child, the family 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 Mary Ann’s son Frederick 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, aged 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 three years later, since the death of Richard Collett was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 196) during the second quarter of 1894, although his age was said to be 74, rather than 78.  After three years as a widow, the second marriage of Mary Ann Collett and widower James Hopcraft was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 286) during the third quarter of 1897.  James was a general dealer from Banbury, the son of James and Anne Hopcroft, and the former 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 James Hopcraft from Banbury was 65 and a dairyman, and his wife Mary Ann Hopcraft from Naunton was 70 when they 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 who was eight years of age.  According to the census ten years later, James Hopcraft was 75 and a licenced peddler living in Bourton-on-the-Water in April 1911 and still living there 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

 

The following are the children of Richard Collett by his first wife Sophia Burge:

3O1 – Amy Jane Collett was born in 1840 at Naunton

3O2 – Sophia Collett was born in 1841 at Naunton

3O3 – Walter Collett was born in 1842 at Lower Slaughter

3O4 – Ellen Collett was born in 1844 at Lower Slaughter

3O5 – Mary Collett was born in 1846 at Naunton

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

3O6 – Henry Truby was born in 1858 at Naunton

3O7 – Frederick William was born in 1860 at Naunton

3O8 – Frank Edward was born in 1862 at Naunton

3O9 – Charlotte Lavinia Collett was born in 1840 at Shipston Oliffe

3O10 – Ada Collett was born in 1840 at Guiting Power

 

Robert Collett [3N2] was born on 17th May 1818 at Chedworth, the son of Henry Collett and his wife Mary Ann Margetts.  It should also be noted that, within Part 13 – The South Africa Line, there is a third Robert Collett (Ref. 13N19) of a very similar age, who was baptised at Stroud on 10th May 1818, the son of James Collett and Priscilla Golding, who later married Louise Glanville Brown, from Port Isaac, in Cardiff.  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 a Robert Collett and a Martha Spencer, the first as detailed above, the second at the Christ’s Church in Chalford, near Stroud, which took place on 14th February 1842.  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, aged 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, aged 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 unmarried Chedworth born children.  Ten years later in 1861 the family was still living in Chedworth and comprised shoemaker Robert Collett, aged 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 an unemployed domestic servant, her brother Philip was 19 and a shoemaker, and the youngest sibling was Jane, who was ten years of age.  Their parents were listed as Robert Collett, aged 52 and a shoemaker, and Martha Collett, aged 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 and, on that census day in 1871, he was living in Gloucester with his family, who also had living there with them, Robert and Martha’s daughter Mary Ann Collett, aged 13, who was one of the children absent from their home in Chedworth

 

Just over five years later, Robert Collett died on 17th December 1876 and was buried at Chedworth, as detailed on his gravestone.  The death of Robert Collett was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 105), when he was 58 years old.  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.  Not long after that census day, Martha appears to have left Chedworth when she moved to Cheltenham, where she was recorded in 1891 at the home of her eldest married daughter.  Head of the household at Painswick Lawn in Cheltenham, was William Groom from Norfolk who was 50 and a bread baker, whose wife Adolpha Groom aged 47, was the former Adolpha Collett.  Their four children were Alfred, William, Philip and Harriet.  William’s mother-in-law was described as Martha Collett from Chedworth, a widow who was 69.   Later on, Martha travelled to Wiltshire to live at Great Somerford, near Malmesbury, with her third child, married daughter Ann and her husband David.  Martha Collett, a widow from Chedworth, was 79, when recorded in the Great Somerford census of 1901, at the home of David and Ann Tanner.  Just under eight years later, Martha Collett nee Spencer was still living with her daughter at Great Somerford, when she passed away at the age of 87, her death recorded at Malmesbury register office (Ref. 5a 76) during the first three months of 1909

 

3O11 – Robert Collett was born in 1842 at Caudle Green

3O12 – Adolpha Collett was born in 1844 at Caudle Green

3O13 – Ann Collett was born in 1845 at Northleach

3O14 – Hannah Maria Collett was born in 1847 at Northleach

3O15 – Sarah Martha Spencer Collett was born in 1849 at Northleach

3O16 – Philip Henry Collett was born in 1852 at Chedworth

3O17 – Alfred Collett was born in 1855 at Chedworth

3O18 – Mary Ann Collett was born in 1858 at Chedworth

3O19 – Jane Collett was born in 1860 at Chedworth

 

Henry Collett [3N3] 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 Second Gloucestershire Line [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 return listed the following family details.  Henry Collett, aged 41, was a boot and shoemaker, Elizabeth Collett, aged 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, aged 18 and a nephew from Naunton, was also living with them.  He was working with his uncle Henry as an apprentice shoemaker, the eldest son of Henry’s eldest brother Richard (above).  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, aged 56, daughter Priscilla, aged 19, son Henry, aged 13 and a farm labourer, and Ebenezer William who was 12 and a scholar.  Henry Collett died on 1st May 1887, aged 67, his death recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 105).  Four years after being made a widow, Elizabeth from Chedworth was 66 and living at Fosse Bridge in Chedworth.  On that census day in 1891, three of her children were recorded with her, and they were her married daughter Sarah Maguire, and two of her unmarried sons, John Collett 37 and Ebenezer W Collett who was 22.  Six years later, Elizabeth Collett died at Chedworth on 17th January 1897, aged 72, when her death was also recorded at Northleach register office (Ref. 6a 172).  Both she and her husband were buried in the family grave in Chedworth Congregational Chapel graveyard with three of their children, Fanny, Mary Ann, and Sophia (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

The following is the base-born child of unmarried Elizabeth Collett [2N40]:

2O67 – Fanny Collett was born on 13th December 1842 at Chedworth

The following are the children of Henry Collett and his wife Elizabeth Collett:

3O21 – Rhoda Collett was born in 1845 at Chedworth

3O22 – Amelia Collett was born in 1847 at Chedworth

3O23 – Betsey Collett was born in 1849 at Chedworth

3O24 – Mary Ann Collett was born in 1851 at Chedworth

3O25 – John Henry Collett was born in 1853 at Chedworth

3O26 – Sarah Collett was born in 1856 at Chedworth

3O27 – Eliza Ann Collett was born in 1858 at Chedworth

3O28 – Hubert Collett was born in 1860 at Chedworth

3O29 – Sophia Collett was born in 1861 at Chedworth

3O30 – Priscilla Collett was born in 1864 at Chedworth

3O31 – Henry Martin Collett was born in 1867 at Chedworth

3O32 – Ebenezer Collett was born in 1868 at Chedworth

 

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 [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 [2M23]

 

Further details of the connections with the Rowland family line are provided in Part 2 – The Second Gloucestershire Line 1550 to 1775, commencing with Henry Collett [2L16] and Part 10 – Other Branch Lines. commencing with Sarah Rowland [10M5]

 

By 1861 the family comprised John Collett, aged 38 and born at Chedworth, who was working as a grocer and bacon factor, his wife Sarah Collett, aged 35 and from Sevenhampton, their sons Henry Collett, aged 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.  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.  The family are known to have lived at High House in Chedworth, where it is assumed that all four of their children were born.  Ten years later in 1871, the family was made up of John who was 48, Sarah who was 45, John Rowland who was 15 and a grocer like his father, Clara who was nine and Emily who was seven.  Living with them at that time, was John’s married sister Sarah Martha Gegg nee Collett (below) who was 38 and the wife of a carpenter, and his two nieces Eliza Ann Gegg aged 13 and one-year-old Emily Constance Gegg, both of Hawling.  Coincidentally, on that same day, John’s own daughter Ruth Collett aged 12 and from Chedworth, was a visitor at the Hawling home of carpenter John Gegg, Sarah Martha’s husband.  Also, described as a visitor, was Jane Collett from Naunton who was 30, Amy Jane Collett being the first-born child of John’s eldest brother Richard (above)

 

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, which stated:

 

“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.  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, only the three youngest daughters of grocer and mealman John Collett were 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 aged 32, and Clara who was 29.  Three years after that census day, Sarah Collett died at Chedworth, her death recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 197) during the second quarter of 1894, at the age of 68.  Four years after being widowed, John Collett died at Chedworth, with his death recorded at Northleach register office (Ref. 6a 360) during the second quarter of 1898, when he was 76 years old

 

The following are the three children of John Collett and his first wife Mary Ann Silk:

3O33 – Martha Ann Collett was born in 1846 at Stonehouse

3O34 – Henry Collett was born in 1847 at Stonehouse

3O35 – Mary Elizabeth Collett was born in 1851 at Donta Galla, Victoria

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

3O36 – John Rowland Charles Collett was born in 1856 at Chedworth

3O37 – Ruth Collett was born in 1859 at Chedworth

3O38 – Clara Collett was born in 1862 at Chedworth

3O39 – Emily Collett was born in 1864 at Chedworth

 

Philip Collett [3N5] 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

 

Mary Ann Collett [3N6] 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)

 

Sarah Collett [3N7] 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

 

Sarah Martha Collett [3N8] 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, aged 21 (sic) from Chedworth.  At the age of twenty-three she married John Gegg of Hawling during 1855, Sarah being John’s first wife.  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 Margetts, nee Maisey, and was the cousin of Mary Ann Margetts who married Henry Collett [2M22].  The Maisey family was also connected to the Rowland family of Naunton as detailed in Part 10 – Other Branch Lines.  It may be of interest that the Margetts name appears again as a further link to the Collett family in Part 9 – The Aldsworth Line [9O54].  John Gegg was baptised at Withington on 24th April 1831, 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 who was four and Eliza Ann Gegg who was three.  Also living with the family was niece Betsy Collett [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.  They 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 her 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, aged 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 below, 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

 

3O40 – Mary Jane Gegg was born in 1856 at Withington

3O41 – Eliza Annie Gegg was born in 1858 at Hawling

3O42 – Joseph Henry Gegg was born in 1860 at Hawling; died in 1860

3O43 – Emily Constance Gegg was born in 1869 at Hawling

3O44 – Sarah Blanche Gegg was born in 1871 at Hawling

3O45 – George Lambert Gegg was born in 1873 at Hawling

 

Eliza Collett [3N9] was born on 18th June 1834 at Chedworth, the daughter of Henry and Mary Ann 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 [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 [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 1 – The Gloucestershire Main Line 1800 to 1880 [1M3]

 

JANE COLLETT [3N10] 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 the photograph (below) of Jane was taken, although it may have been prior to 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, aged 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 14 and working with his grandfather as a shoemaker’s apprentice.  The boy had also been living with his grandparents at Withington in 1871, aged five years.  John B Gegg was born at Withington 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.  His birth, as John Bowls Gegg, was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 330) during the third quarter of that year.  John Bowles Gegg married Alice Martha Brown in a grand event at Downton on the Wiltshire county boundary with Hampshire in 1895, when John Bowles Gegg was 30 and said to be the son of John Gegg (sic), while Alice was 27 and the daughter of William Brown.  Alice was born at Sherborne, Dorset, in early 1868, the daughter of William Brown and Martha Jane Chapman.  In the census of 1901, John B Gegg from Withington was 35 and working as a grocer and a confectioner, while residing at Forton Road, Alverstoke in Hampshire, with his wife Alice who was 33.  Staying at the same address were sisters Sarah and Mary Brown, Alice’s two younger unmarried sisters.  During the next decade John and Alice travelled to the north of England and, according to the census in 1911, they were recorded at Gosforth in Cumberland where, John B Gegg from Withington was 45 and a fancy draper and boot dealer.  Alice was 43, and it was also at Cumberland that the death of John B Gegg was recorded at Whitehaven during the summer of 1929 when he was 64.  It was there to, that Alice passed away in 1943

 

3O46 – Eliza Kate Gegg was born in 1859 at Chedworth

3O47 – JOSEPH HENRY GEGG was born in 1861 at Chedworth

3O48 – Alfred Frank Gegg was born in 1863 at Chedworth

3O49 – Eliza Kate Gegg was born in 1866 at Chedworth; died in 1869

3O50 – Frederick George Gegg was born in 1871 at Chedworth

 

Amy Jane Collett [3O1] was born at Naunton Mill in the first half of 1840, with her birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. xi 14) during the second quarter of that year.  She was the first child of Richard Collett by his first wife Sophia Burge.  Just over a year after she was born, the census in 1841 confirmed that her father was living at Naunton Mill in that village, while one-year-old Amy Jane Collett and her mother were visitors at the Beckford home of her marriage brother Nathan Burge and his young family.  Ten years later Jane Collett from Naunton was still living there, together with her parents and four younger siblings.  Upon the death of her mother and her father marrying for a second time, Amy Jane and her sister Sophia (below) sought work in Birmingham and in 1861 were working together as general domestic servants for the same family at Bristol Road in Edgbaston, when Jane Collett was 21.  After a further ten years, Jane Collett from Naunton was 30, with no stated occupation, and a visitor at the Hawling home of carpenter John Gegg 40 and his daughter Jane Gegg 14.  Also visiting the Gegg household was Ruth Collett from Chedworth who was 12.  Later that same year, on 20th November 1871 at St Peter’s Parish Church in Cheltenham Amy Jane Collett 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

 

Of their six children, only the second child Eliza Ann Smith has been taken forward.  The details for the other five children are as follows, starting with Theodore Lovedin Smith who 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.  The couple’s third child was 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.  Next was Albert Jack Smith born at Aston in 1876 who, whilst employed as a railwayman he lived 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.  And the last child was Katherine E Smith who was born at Aston in 1885, who is believed to have married travelling salesman Charles H Taylor in September 1912 at Aston

 

3P1 – Eliza Ann Smith was born in 1873 at Birmingham

 

Sophia Collett [3O2] was born at Naunton in 1841, the second of the five children of Richard and Sophia Collett, and her birth was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. xi 27) during the third quarter of the year.  She was nine years old in the Naunton census of 1851, and five years later her mother died, after which her father re-married.  That second married produced a number of half-siblings but, by 1861, both Sophia and her eldest sister Amy Jane (above) had joined forces when they left the family home in Naunton, and instead, were working together as general domestic servants for the same family at Bristol Road in Edgbaston, Birmingham, when Sophia Collett was 19

 

Walter Collett [3O3] was born at Lower Slaughter in 1842, the only son, among four daughters, of Richard Collett and Sophia Burge, with his birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. xi 37) during the last quarter of that year.  He was eight years old in the Naunton census of 1851, and five years later his mother died, followed a year later by Walter’s youngest sister.  It was also in 1857, that his father married for a second time, when Walter started an apprenticeship with his uncle Henry Collett [3N3], his father’s younger brother.  It was at Chedworth in 1861, that Walter Collett from Naunton was 18 years of age and confirmed as an apprentice shoemaker, living and working with Henry Collett.  For whatever reason, Walter was around twenty-two years old when he was baptised at Shipton Oliffe & Shipton Sollars on 19th March 1865, just one week before his half-brother Henry Truby Collett (below) and three years before his half-sister Charlotte (below) were both baptised there.  Six years later, in 1871, Walter Collett from Lower Slaughter was 28 and a shoemaker, was single and a lodger at the home of John Swallow and his wife Jane at Fox Hill in Guiting Power, when his father and his stepmother also living in Guiting Power that day.  Jane Swallow’s maiden name was Dowler and she was the aunt of the lady who Walter eventually married.  Curiously in the census of 1881 Walter, still unmarried, gave his age as 34 and place of birth as Andoversford, which is only one 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 [10O1] on 12th March 1891, the event recorded at Winchcombe (Ref. 6a 101).  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 that event which 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, on that occasion to Highfurze in Tidmington, one mile south of Shipston.  Sarah, who was then aged 30, gave her place of birth as Sevenhampton, when 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 Collett was listed as a shoemaker aged 46, while Sarah A Collett was aged 40 and of Brockhampton.  At the same time in 1891, Sarah’s thirteen-year-old daughter Bertha Maud Dowler, was also living near Winchcombe at Gretton, but with her maternal grandparents William and Anne Dowler [10N6 Rowl] in Part 10n – 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 Annie Collett, aged eight years, who was born at Winchcombe.  Walter Collett, then aged 57 and of Lower Slaughter, was still working as a shoemaker, while Annie Collett was described as being aged 49 and from Brockhampton.  Not long after that census day, the three of them left Gloucestershire when they travelled north-west to the Evesham area of Worcestershire.  And it was at Evesham register office (Ref. 6c 304) that the death of Walter Collett was recorded during the second quarter of 1910, at the age of 64.  One year after his passing, his widow and daughter were recorded at Cow Honeybourne, to the east of Evesham on the day of the census in 1911.  Sarah Anne Collett from Brockhampton was 59 and her daughter Beatrice Collett from Winchcombe was 18.  In addition to being confirmed as a widow, Sarah was described as a domestic housekeeper, while Beatrice was not credited with any occupation.  It should be noted that both Walter Collett and Sarah Anne Dowler were the great great grandchildren of William Rowland [10K1] and Mary Stiles.  See Part 10 – Other Branch Lines for full details of the connection between the two families

 

3P2 – Bertha Maud Dowler was born on 29th December 1877 at Winchcombe

3P3 – Beatrice Dowler Collett was born in 1892 at Winchcombe

 

Ellen Collett [3O4] was born at Lower Slaughter in 1844, her birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. xi 8) during the second quarter of 1844.  She was seven years old in the Naunton census of 1851 and, five years later, her mother died.  Her widowed father Richard then re-married and he and his new wife were living at Summer Hill in Naunton in 1861, by which time Ellen had already moved out of the family home.  However, Ellen was also living on Summer Hill, but at the home of the Comley family, where Ellen Collett from Lower Slaughter was 18 and employed as one of the three servants at the premises.  Curiously, Ellen was also described as an annuitant.  It is possible that she was the Ellen Collett who was later married at Cheltenham in 1868

 

Mary Collett [3O5] was born at Naunton, the last of the five children of Richard Collett and his first wife Sophia Burge, her birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. xi 34) during the fourth quarter of 1846.  She was living with her parents at Naunton in 1851 at the age of four year, but died six years later in early 1857, a year after her mother suffered a premature death

 

Henry Truby Collett [3O6] was born at Naunton in 1858, his birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 7) during the third quarter of that year.  He was three years old in the Naunton census of 1861, the eldest of two sons living with Richard Collett and his second wife Mary Williams at Summer Hill.  He was baptised at Shipton Oliffe & Shipton Sollars near Andoversford in Gloucestershire four years later on 26th March 1865 one week after his half-brother Walter (above) and three years before his half-sister Charlotte Lavinia Collett (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 T Collett aged 22 was a labourer and was still living with his parents Richard and Mary Ann and his sisters Charlotte and Ada at Middle Row, Woodman Inn, at Bourton-on-the Water.  It was immediately prior to the census day in 1891, when the marriage of Henry Truby Collett and Henrietta Guy, from Frampton-on-Severn, was recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 95).  Henrietta was the daughter of labourer Thomas Guy, with whom the newly-wed couple was living in 1891, when general labourer Harry Collett was 31 and Henrietta Collett was 30.  By the end of the century, Henrietta provided Henry with five children, 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 Truby George 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 from Naunton was 52 again working as a plate-layer with the Great Western Railway.  Living with him in Gloucester was his wife Henrietta who was 50, and just their three youngest children, Harry T G 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, aged 19, was still living and working in Gloucester not far from her family, at the home of Sidney Wellington and his wife Maud, with whom she was employed as a general domestic servant.  Her sister Elsie Mary Collett, who was 18 and also born in Gloucester, was also a general servant, living and working within the Westbury-on-Severn district of Gloucester, at the home of elderly John and Clara Stephens.  It was at the marriage of Henry’s youngest child Sidney, that the groom’s father was referred to as Henry Truby Collett, as it was fourteen years earlier, for the marriage of his older son Albert.  It was in 1941, at the age of 83, that the death of Henry T Collett was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 57) during the fourth quarter of that year

 

3P4 – Florence Ada Lavinia Collett was born in 1891 at Gloucester

3P5 – Elsie Mary Collett was born in 1892 at Gloucester

3P6 – Harry Truby George Collett was born in 1895 at Gloucester

3P7 – Albert Edward Charles Collett was born in 1890 at Gloucester

3P8 – Sidney Arthur John Collett was born in 1900 at Gloucester

 

Frederick William Collett [3O7] was born at Summer Hill in Naunton in 1860, his birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 157) during the third quarter of that year, as simply Fred Collett.  It was also as Fred Collett that he was one year old in the Naunton census of 1861, when living at Summer Hill with his parents Richard and Mary Collett, and his older brother Truby Collett (above).  By 1871, Frederick William 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 Frederick William Collett from Naunton in Gloucestershire was 30 and a railway carman, 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 aged 58 and Thomas J Smallwood aged 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 gainfully employed as a railway carman.  Kate Collett was 38 and her place of birth was stated as being 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 again working as a railway carman in 1911.  Wife Kate from Burford was 48 and son Fred W Collett was 18.  Their absent daughter Florence was most likely married by then

 

3P9 – Florence Ada Collett was born in 1887 at Birmingham

3P10 – Fred William Collett was born in 1892 at Birmingham

 

Frank Edward Collett [3O8] was born at Naunton in 1862, his birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 10) during the third quarter of the year, but only as Frank Collett.  However, when he was baptised at Shipston Oliffe on 26th March 1865, he was confirmed as Frank Edward Collett the son of Richard and Mary Ann Collett.  Three years later, his young sister Charlotte Lavinia Collett (below) was born at Shipston Oliffe, but after that the family settled in Guiting Power, where they were recorded in 1871.  That was the only occasion in his life when Frank Edward Collett, aged eight years, was recorded living with his parents.  His family then settled in Bourton-on-the-Water, where they were recorded on the day of the census in 1881.  On that day, 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 siblings moved sometime later during that decade.  It was around three-and-a-half-years later that the marriage of Frank Edward Collett and Fanny Maria Grover, from Great Barrington, was recorded at Winchcombe (Ref. 6a 209) during the fourth quarter of 1884.  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 Edward 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.  Three years earlier, and when the family was still living at Naunton, Fanny gave birth to a daughter who did not survive long enough to be named, with her birth and death recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold during the third quarter of 1887.  It was just after that tragic event, that the family moved to Birmingham, where the enlarged family was residing at 44 Gordon Street in Bordesley, on the day of the census in 1901

 

The census that month listed the family as Frank Collett aged 38 and still employed as a carman by the Midland Railway, his wife Fanny Collett who was 34 and from Barrington, their son Albert Collett aged 15 who was described as a railway carman’s assistant – perhaps indicating that he was working with his father, plus daughters Alice and Elsie, who were eleven 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 as a railway carman employed by the Midland Railway; 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 Midland 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.  Thirteen years following that census day, the death of Frank E Collett was recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 33) during the second quarter of 1924, when he was 61

 

3P11 – Alfred Fred Collett was born in 1885 at Naunton

3P12 – an unnamed Collett daughter was born in 1888 at Naunton; died in 1888

3P13 – Alice Maria Collett was born in 1889 at Bordesley, Birmingham

3P14 – Elsie Fanny Collett was born in 1891 at Bordesley, Birmingham

 

Charlotte Lavinia Collett [3O9] 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 in 1894 and three years later her mother married 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, although it is established that they were never married.  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, a widower and a labourer working on a farm, his servant Lottie (Charlotte) Wilks from Shipton who was 43, single and a domestic housekeeper, and their son Joseph Wilks (born Joseph Truby Collett) who was eight years of age and born at Naunton.  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 37) during the second quarter of 1954 when she was 85

 

3P15 - Joseph Truby Wilks Collett was born in 1903 at Naunton

 

Ada Collett [3O10] was born at Guiting Power in 1872, the last child of Richard Collett and Mary Ann Williams, her birth recorded at Winchcombe (Ref. 6a 8) during the fourth quarter of that year.  Shortly after she was born her family moved to Bourton-on-the Water where, in 1881, Ada was eight years of age and with her family at Middle Row, Woodman Inn, in the town.  By 1891 she was one of two children still living with her parents at Naunton, the other being Charlotte (above) when Ada Collett from Guiting Power was 19 and a laundress

 

Robert Collett [3O11] was born on 1st December 1842 at Caudle Green, just south of Brimpsfield, midway between Gloucester and Cirencester.  However, he 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 Collett and Martha Spencer of Chedworth and was eight years old in 1851, when he was living with his family at Gadbridge in Chedworth.  On that census day, both he and his sister Adolpha were recorded as having been born at Brimpsfield, although later in her life, his sister stated that she was born at Birdlip, within the same location as Caudle Green and Brimpsfield

 

The whereabouts of Robert Collett, aged 18, at the time of the census in 1861, has not been determined, but it is established that seven years later, the marriage of Robert Collett and Jane Bennett was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 109) during the first three months of 1868.  Jane had been born at Cirencester during the summer of 1843, where her birth was recorded (Ref. xi 16), the eldest child of George and Jane Bennett.  The couple’s first child was born at the start of the following year, but was living with his maternal grandparents on the day of the census in 1871 at North Cerney, where he had been born.  By that time, his parents were residing at Wotton-St-Mary within the Kingsholm district of Gloucester.  Robert Collett from Northleach was 28 and a blacksmith, and his wife Jane Collett from Cirencester was 27, and had only just presented Robert with their second, 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 a scholar, who was presumably helping his wife look after their latest baby.  Four more Gloucester-born children were added to the family during the next decade, which was recorded living at Fosse Bridge Villa on the Oxford Road in North Hamlet of Gloucester city in 1881.  Robert Collett, aged 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 were all six of their children.  They were, Harry G Collett who was 12 and born at North Cerney, Mary J Collett who was 10, 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.  After that census day, Jane presented Robert two more children to complete their family, but then Robert died when his youngest child was only four years of age

 

 

The death of Robert Spencer Collett was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 293) during the second quarter of 1889, when he was 46 years old.  That sad event was confirmed in the next census in 1891, when Jane Collett was recorded as a widow at the age of 47, when she was living at Oxford Road within the St-John-the-Baptist district of Gloucester, her income arising from people boarding at the house.  Living there with her was her eldest son Harry Collett who was 22, together with her five youngest children, and they were Ellen Collett who was 14, Robert Collett who was 12, Kate Collett who was nine, Emily Collett who was eight, and Albert Collett who was five years old.  On that day, Jane had one gentleman, Robert Scoon a draper from Scotland, boarding there.  The two older children, missing from the Collett household on that occasion in 1891, were Jane’s eldest daughter Mary and her second oldest son Frederick, both of whom were living within the Kingsholm area of Gloucester, where the family had been living twenty years earlier.  To avoid any confusion, it needs to be noted that daughter Martha, was indeed given the birth name of Martha Kate, as recorded at Gloucester, but who later referred to herself as Kate Martha, which was how she was recorded from 1891 onwards.  By March 1901, widow Jane Collett, aged 57 and from Cirencester, was living at 87 Oxford Road in the Gloucester parish of St-John-the-Baptist.  As ten years prior to that, she was not listed with any occupation, whilst living there with her that day, were just two of her children, Ellen Collett who was 24 and also had no stated job of work, and Albert E Collett who was 15.  Eighteen months later, the death of Jane Collett was recorded at Gloucester register officer (Ref. 6a 334) during the last three months of 1902, when she was 59, following which her unmarried daughter Ellen moved to Cheltenham where she was working in 1911

 

3P16 – Harry George Collett was born in 1868 at North Cerney

3P17 – Mary Jane Collett was born in 1871 at Gloucester

3P18 – Frederick William Collett was born in 1873 at Gloucester

3P19 – Ellen Louisa Collett was born in 1876 at Gloucester

3P20 – Robert Spencer Collett was born in 1878 at Gloucester

3P21 – Martha Kate Collett was born in 1880 at Gloucester

3P22 – Emily Louisa Collett was born in 1883 at Gloucester

3P23 – Albert Edward Collett was born in 1885 at Gloucester

 

Adolpha Collett [3O12] was born at Caudle Green, near Brimpsfield, 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 and her place of birth was recorded as Brimpsfield, midway between Gloucester and Cirencester.  At the age of 17, Adolpha Collett had left Chedworth by 1861 and was living and working for the large Sharland family at their Cirencester home of Gosditch Street in the town.  Adolpha was a house servant, one of four servants employed by Thomas Sharland, a draper, when her place of birth was recorded as Birdlip.  Birdlip, Caudle Green and Brimpsfield are all within a short distance of each other.  Five years later, Adolpha was in Suffolk where she met her future husband, the marriage of William Groom and Adolpha Collett recorded at Plomesgate (Ref. 4a 116) during the third quarter of 1866.  The couple later settled back in Gloucestershire, but not before Adolpha had given birth to a son, who was born while the newly married couple were still living at Saxmundham, in Suffolk.  By 1881 Adolpha Groom, aged 37 and from Chedworth, was a dressmaker living with her husband William Groom, aged 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 and her husband William Groom was 50 and a bread baker, who were still residing at Painswick Lawn in Cheltenham.  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.  Staying with the family at that time in her life, was Adolpha’s elderly widowed mother Martha Collett from Chedworth, who was 69.  Nearly seven years later, the death of William Groom was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 247) during the last three months of 1897, at the age of 56.  Her loss was confirmed in the census of 1901, when Adolpha Collett was a widow aged 57, who was a dressmaker with her own account, who again said she had been born at Birdlip.  She and the two youngest members of her family were still living in Cheltenham; Philip J Groom was 21 and Harriet C Groom was 16, both born at Cheltenham.  On the day of the next census in 1911, Adolpha Groom, a widow from Caudle Green, was a dressmaker aged 67, when she was living at the Chedworth home of her nephew Charles Beames.  He was Robert Charles Beames who was 33 and a stonemason from Chedworth, the eldest son of Adolpha’s widowed younger sister Hannah Maria Beames (below), who was also living at the same dwelling.  Adolpha later return to Cheltenham and, eight years later, the death of Adolpha Groom, nee Collett, was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 487) during the final quarter of 1919, when she was 75

 

Ann Collett [3O13] was born at Northleach on 17th October 1845, her birth recorded at Northleach (Ref. xi 40), the third child of Robert Collett and Martha Spencer.  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 maternal grandmother and widow, Ann Spencer aged 55 and of Chedworth, where Ann Collett was described as being four years old and born at Northleach.  Completing the household were three of Ann’s unmarried children, Sarah Spencer 26, Reuben Spencer 23 and Elizabeth Spencer 21, all of whom had been born at Chedworth.  Ann later returned to the family home in Chedworth, and it was there that she was living in 1861, when she was 15 and, on that occasion, the eldest of the six children still living with their parents.  Ten years after that census day, Ann Collett from Northleach was 25 and a domestic servant out of employment, when she was one of three children still living at the Chedworth home of her parents.  Now, in 2020, we know what became of Ann Collett after 1871, thanks to Barry Regan married to Monica Lesley Regan, nee, Compton, of the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia USA, just outside Roanoke.  Monica was born at Chippenham in Wiltshire, her mother’s side of the family coming from the Gloucestershire line of the Collett family.  Her mother’s grandmother was Ann Collett of Northleach who married David Tanner (born on 7th February 1845 and from Great Somerford, where he was baptised on 8th March 1846) on 14th May 1873 at nearby Malmesbury.  David Tanner, the son of Richard and Eliza Tanner, was a well-known stonemason in that area of Wiltshire and he and Ann had one daughter Martha Tanner, later Martha Lewis, the grandmother to Monica Lesley Compton.  Monica also provided the photograph of Ann Collett, her great grandmother (below)

 

 

Armed with this new information, it was then straightforward to track the family which was residing in Great Somerford in 1881, where David Tanner had been born, who was 35 and a mason.  His wife Ann Tanner was also 35 and from Northleach and their daughter Martha Tanner was six years old and born at Startley, just west of Great Somerford.  The birth of their daughter was recorded at Alderbury in Wiltshire (Ref. 5a 330) during the second quarter of 1875.  It was exactly the same situation in 1891, except that by then the family home was at Sunny Bank in Great Somerford, where David was a builder aged 45, Ann was also 45, and Martha was 16 and still attending school.  Six years later, the marriage of Martha Tanner and William John Lewis was recorded at Malmesbury register office (Ref. 5a 359) during the fourth quarter of 1897, the wedding ceremony conducted at the Church of St Peter & St Paul in Great Somerford.  William John Lewis died on 13th September 1927, with his Will proved in Wiltshire on 7th January 1928, when his widow Martha Lewis was the beneficiary.  David and Ann were both 55 years old in the Great Somerford census of 1901, when the only member of the family living there with them, was Ann’s widowed mother Martha Collett from Chedworth who was 79, who passed away during the following decade.  For the first time, in the next Great Somerford census in 1911, David Tanner was 65 when described as a builder and a farmer, as he had been in 1901, while Ann Tanner was 66.  Eight years after that day, the death of David Tanner was recorded at Malmesbury register office (Ref. 5a 34) during the last three months of 1919, when he was 73.  By 1911, the couple’s married daughter had already given birth to five children, all of them born at Startley with Great Somerford, like Martha Lewis.  William John Lewis was a blacksmith in 1901, and a shoeing and general smith in 1911, while their five children were Percy Lewis (born 1898), Ethel Annie Lewis (born 1900), William Cecil Lewis (born in 1902), Muriel Alice Lewis (born in 1903), and Gladys Lewis (born in 1907) who married Leslie W Compton in 1936, their wedding recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 5a 51) during the third quarter of the year, with the birth of their daughter Monica Lesley Compton also recorded there (Ref. 5a 25) during the second quarter of 1943, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Lewis.  Just over twenty-three years after being born, the marriage of Barry A Regan and Monica L Compton was also recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 7c 14) during the third quarter of 1966, just after the England football team had won the World Cup

 

Hannah Maria Collett [3O14] 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, aged 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.  It was near the end of the decade, that the marriage of Hannah Maria Collett and George Beames was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 166) during the last three months of 1870.  They were very likely married at Chedworth, where George was born, the son of Charles and Mary Beames.  A few months later, Hannah presented George with their first child just prior to the day of the Chedworth census in 1871, when stonemason George was 24, Hannah was 23 and Mary May Beames was a new-born baby.  It was at Pancake Hill in Chedworth that the enlarged family was living in 1881, where George was 36 and a stonemason, Hannah M Beames was 33, Mary M Beames was ten, Martha K Beames was nine, Margaret E Beames was five, Robert C Beames was three and Sarah J Beames was two years old, every member of the family had been born at Chedworth.  After a further decade, the family was residing at Well Hill in Chedworth, where the family members were recorded as stonemason George Beames was 46, Hannah was 43, Mary was 20, Robert Charles was 13, Sarah was 12, plus two new arrivals George H Beames who was nine and Dora A Beames who was seven.  According to the following Chedworth census in 1901, only three of their children were still living at the family home, and they were Robert Charles Beames who was 23 and a stonemason, working with his father, George Heman Beames who was 19 and a painter, and Dora Augusta Beames who was 18.  Six years later, Hannah Maria was made a widow, when the death of George Beames was recorded at Northleach register office (Ref. 6a 286) during the fourth quarter of 1907.  That sad event may have led to his eldest son Robert inheriting the family stonemason business, because in 1911, unmarried Robert Charles Collett, aged 33, was head of the household and a stonemason working in the building industry.  Living at the same address with him, was his widowed mother Hannah Beames from Northleach who was 64, and her widowed older sister Adolpha Groom from Caudle Green who was 67

 

Sarah Martha Spencer Collett [3O15] was born at Northleach on 31st October 1849, where her birth was also recorded (Ref. xi 74).  However, upon being 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), she was referred to simply as Sarah Martha Collett, the daughter of Robert Collett and Martha Spencer.  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, and that was because she was a general servant, and the only servant, at the Cheltenham home of middle-aged couple Edward and Caroline Lowe, when as Sarah Collett from Northleach she was 21.  Around thirty months later, the marriage of Sarah Martha Collett and John Graham from Tewkesbury was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 195) during the last three months of 1873, with whom she had three children before the end of the decade.  It was at Theresa Street in South Hamlet, Gloucester, that the family was recorded in the census return in 1881.  John Graham from Tewkesbury was 33 and an engine fitter, Sarah Graham from Northleach was 31, and their three children were named as Harry Graham who was three and born in Birmingham, John Graham who was, and William E Graham who was one-year-old, both of them born at Stafford. 

 

 

Thanks to the aforementioned Barry Regan in Connecticut, we now know more about the family of Sarah Martha Spencer Graham.  After she married John Graham at Chedworth on 25th December 1873, they moved about quite a bit in England while raising a family of five sons.  They were Harry (born 1877 at Ladywood, Birmingham); John (born 1879 at Marston, Staffordshire), William Ewart (born 1880 also at Marston); Robert (born 1883 in London) and Bertram Albert (also born in London in 1885).  Shortly after Bertram was born, for whatever reason, they decided to emigrate to America and did so according to 1900 US census, which stated the family had settled in Connecticut in 1886.  At that time, Connecticut was a thriving industrial centre, offering new opportunities for John and his family.  Between 1886 and the 1900 US census John and Sarah had a daughter Eliza (born 1890 in Connecticut) and another son Henry born there in 1892, although he was one of two children missing from the family in the Bridgeport, Fairfield, census in 1900.  This stated that John and Sarah had given birth to eight children, of whom only six were still alive.  Just prior to that census day, the couple’s third son Robert had become a married man, both he and his wife Daisy B Graham, their daughter-in-law, still living with John and Sarah

 

John Graham subsequently died on 22nd April 1918 and was buried at Bridgeport, Connecticut where he and Sarah resided.  It was the 1910 US census that confirmed John and Sarah were living at Bridgeport along with just three of their children.  After being widowed, Sarah lived with her unmarried son William as confirmed in the US 1920 and 1930 census when.  For the latter, at Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, Sarah M Graham from England was 80 years old, while William E Graham from England was 49 and a die maker at a machine shop

 

Philip Henry Collett [3O16] 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, aged 29 and from Chedworth, was a boot and shoemaker, while his wife Catherine M Collett, aged 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 just 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.  The family living at Kingham in 1891 comprised Philip H Collett, aged 39, his wife Catherine M Collett, aged 40, and their three sons Robert H Collett, aged 13, Frederick W Collett, who was eight, and Philip D Collett who was two years old and born at Bisley near Woking in Surrey.  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, aged 49 and from Chedworth, who was a superintendent of house, his wife Catherine M Collett, aged 50 who was working at the same establishment as the matron, and their two youngest sons who were listed as Frederic W Collett, aged 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 West Midlands and to Walmley, south of Sutton Coldfield, where Philip Collett from Chedworth was described as being 59 and a former boot maker who was unable to work because he paralysed by then.  His wife Catherine Collett from Road in Somerset was 60 and, completing the family was their unmarried son Frederick Collett, aged 28 and from Cheltenham.  Not long after that son Frederick was married, with Philip and Catherine then moving south to Sparkhill, midway between Birmingham and Solihull.  Just over five months after that census day, Philip Henry Collett died at 54 Benton Road in Sparkhill, 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

 

3P24 – Robert Henry Collett was born in 1877 at Birmingham

3P25 – Kate Marianne Collett was born in 1880 at Cheltenham

3P26 – Frederick William Collett was born in 1882 at Cheltenham

3P27 – Philip Douglas Collett was born in 1889 at Bisley, Surrey

 

Alfred Collett [3O17] 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, whose birth was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 9).  He was around two-and-half-years-old when he died at Chedworth, his death also recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 27) during the third quarter of 1857

 

Mary Ann Collett [3O18] was born at Chedworth on 20th February 1858, her birth recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 20).  It was nearly three years later, on 4th November 1860, that she was baptised in a joint ceremony with her younger sister Jane Collett (below) at the Chedworth Independent Church.  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 still attending school when she was living with her married brother Robert Collett at his home in the hamlet of Wotton-St-Mary, within the Gloucester parish of St Mary de Lode, following the birth of his first child, Mary Jane 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.  No obvious record of Mary Ann has been found within the census returns for 1891 and 1901, whilst it was during 1908 that the death of Mary Ann Collett aged 49, was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 86) in the last three months of that year

 

Jane Collett [3O19] 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 Collett and Martha Spencer, 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

 

Rhoda Collett [3O21] 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.  Her birth was recorded at Northleach (Ref. xi 11) and she was five years old in the Chedworth census of 1851.  By the time she was 15, she had left school but was not credited with any form of job of work according to the Chedworth census of 1861.  Shortly thereafter, Rhoda entered into domestic service and in 1871, she was the only servant at the Cheltenham home of the widow Elizabeth Arkell and her family, when she was 25.  After a further ten years, Rhoda Collett (pictured below) from Chedworth was 35 and the servant at 3 Chesterton Terrace in Cirencester, the home of 73-year-old Eliza Brewin, a lady of independent means.  It is also of interest, that Rhoda’s sister Betsy was a servant at the Cirencester home of William Brewin, with another sister, Mary Ann, being the servant of Sarah Brewin in Cirencester over two decades.  She was still in service in 1891, but at Dollar Street in Cirencester when she was 45 and the cook

 

 

By 1901, Rhoda was reunited with her younger brother John Henry (below), who was the head of the household at Chedworth, where they had both been born.  Their home on that occasion was Badger Cottage on Chapel Hill which boot maker John had inherited on the death of his widowed mother.  John Collett was 47 and 55-year-old Rhoda Collett was his housekeeper.  It was the same situation in 1911, when the two siblings with still residing at Badger Cottage in Chedworth.  Unmarried Rhoda Collett lived a long life and was 95 years old when she died at Badger Cottage in Chedworth on 15th May 1940, after which she 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 photograph of Badger Cottage (above) was taken during the summer of 2010 and was kindly provided by Barbara Edmonds and Michael Stuart Collett [3R8]

 

Amelia Collett [3O22], 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.  By the time of the Chedworth census in 1891 Amelia Scotford, aged 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’s eighth child 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, aged 25, was an asylum attendant, and Fanny Scotford, aged 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

 

Betsy Collett [3O23] 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 ([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)

 

Mary Ann Collett [3O24], also known as Polly, was born on 14th February 1851 at Chedworth, her birth recorded at Northleach (Ref. xi 38), the fourth child of Henry Collett and his cousin Elizabeth Collett.  She was one month old in the Chedworth census of 1851, eight years of age and 18 respectively, in the census records for Chedworth in 1861 and 1871.  According to the census in 1891, Mary Collett was 40 years of age and working as a cook in the employment of Sarah Brewin at Queen Lane in Cirencester, where she was again in 1901.  That year, Mary Collett from Chedworth was 50 and still a cook, one of two domestic servants employed by 86-year-old Sarah Brewin from Lynesack, County Durham, who was living on her own means.  She never married and died on 1st December 1923 when she was 72 years of age, the death of Mary A Collett recorded at Northleach register office (Ref. 6a 68).   She was buried in the family grave in the churchyard of Chedworth Congregational Chapel with her parents Elizabeth Collett [2N27] and Henry Collett [3N3], her sister Sophia (below), and half-sister Fanny (above) (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

John Henry Collett [3O25] was born on 18th November 1853 at Chedworth, where he died on 16th April 1937 at the age of 84.  He was simply John Collett aged seven years in the Chedworth census of 1861, and was 17 and a shoemaker in 1871.  According to the next census conducted in 1881, unmarried John H Collett was a boot maker aged 27, the eldest of the four children still living at Badger Cottage, at the bottom of Chapel Hill, in Chedworth.  Following the death of his father, Henry Collett in 1887, John remained living with his widowed mother at Fosse Bridge in Chedworth, where 37-year-old John Collett was a shoemaker in 1891, the eldest of the three children still living with Elizabeth Collett.  Six years later his mother passed away, leaving John, aged 47, a boot maker with his own account working at home, with just his older unmarried sister Rhoda Collett (above) as his housekeeper in 1901.  It was the same situation in 1911, when John and Rhoda were still living together at Chedworth, when the boot maker was 57.  Following his death, recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 5) 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)

 

 

Sarah Collett [3O26] was born at Chedworth on 23rd January 1856, a daughter of Henry Collett and his cousin Elizabeth Collett.  At the age of five years, Sarah and her family were living at Gadbridge in Chedworth and, upon leaving school, according to the census in 1871, she was 15 years old and a servant at the home of widow Mary Sly, aged 62, a farmer of nine-acres at Chedworth.  By 1881, Sarah was still unmarried when she was 25 and a domestic servant at the Cheltenham home of Alexander W Smith and his wife Beatrice, at Keynsham Par on London Road.  Although no record of her marriage to Thomas Maguire has been found, they were married during the 1880s since Sarah Maguire from Chedworth, was living there at Fosse Bridge in 1891 with her mother and two younger brothers.  With no stated occupation, she was confirmed as being married at the age of 35.  All we know about Sarah after that time, is that she and Thomas lived at Perth in Scotland, from where she returned to live in Chedworth in 1920, following the death of her husband, where Sarah died in 1946

 

 

Eliza Ann Collett [3O27] 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 that, 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

 

 

That was confirmed five years later in the April census of 1911, 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)

 

Hubert Collett [3O28] 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 Hubert Collett, aged 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

 

3P28 – Anne Priscilla Collett was born in 1892 at Cheltenham

3P29 – Cecil John Collett was born in 1895 at Charlton Kings

 

Sophia Collett [3O29] was born at Chedworth on 1st December 1861 and was referred to as Sophy for most 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, not long after the photograph (below) was taken.  She was buried in a family grave in the churchyard of Chedworth Congregational Chapel with her parents Elizabeth Collett [2N27] and Henry Collett [3N3], her sister Mary Ann and half-sister Fanny (both above) (see Headstone Epitaphs)

 

 

Priscilla Collett [3O30] 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 six, Margaret who was four, 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 who was eight, and Geoffrey who was three.  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

 

Henry Martin Collett [3O31] 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.  According to the census in 1901, 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, aged 17, Jessie Priscilla, aged 16, Henry Garth, aged 13, Alfred Martin, aged 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

 

3P30 – Olive Elizabeth Collett was born in 1893 at Birmingham

3P31 – Jessica Priscilla Collett was born in 1895 at Birmingham

3P32 – Harry Garth Collett was born in 1897 at Birmingham

3P33 – Alfred Martin Collett was born in 1899 at Birmingham

3P34 – Hubert John Collett was born in 1907 at Birmingham

3P35 – Susan Collett was born in 1911 at Birmingham

 

Ebenezer William Collett [3O32], 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 Ebenezer W Collett who was 22 and working as an agricultural labourer, while he was still living in Chedworth with his widowed mother Elizabeth and his older brother John, who also had staying with them Chedworth-born Sarah Maguire, their married sister from Scotland.  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

 

3P36 – Ebenezer William Collett was born in 1899 at Chedworth

3P37 – Henry John Collett was born in 1903 at Ampney St Peter

 

Martha Ann Collett [3O32] 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.  The photograph of Martha Ann (below) was taken during the latter part of her life

 

 

Her husband Charles Gegg died at Brockhampton on 12th January 1915.  After nearly seven years as a widow Martha died, at which time her daughter Ethel, then 36, moved to Brockhampton to live with Sarah Blanche Gegg.  The Will of Martha Ann Gegg, nee Collett, was proved in Gloucester on 23rd December 1921, following her death on 30th October 1920, when the beneficiary was name as Ethel Marion Gegg.  Ethel remained a spinster until 1942, when the marriage of Ethel M Gegg and Thomas R Barlow was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 105) during the first three months of that year

 

Henry Collett [3O34] 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 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 [47M9] and George Richard Collett of Cowley [47N14] see Part 47 – The Fyfield & Eastleach Martin Line

 

John Rowland Charles Collett [3O36] 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 [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, aged 39 and a pork butcher, and David, aged 37, who was a mealman.  Looking after the three of them was Elizabeth’s younger sister Ruth Rowland, aged 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 years of age

 

3P38 – Daisy Gladys Wake Collett was born in 1888 at Cheltenham

 

Ruth Collett [3O37] was born at Chedworth in 1859, the daughter of John Collett by his second wife Sarah Rowland.  It was at Northleach, where the birth of Ruth Collett was recorded (Ref. 6a 24) during the second quarter of 1859.  She was two years of age in the Chedworth census of 1861 and, at the age of 12, when she was still attending school, Ruth was a visitor at the Hawling home of her uncle John Gegg, a carpenter and the husband of Sarah Martha Collett, her father’s younger sister.  Another visitor, at the home of John Gegg, was (Amy) Jane Collett, Ruth’s much older cousin, the eldest child of Ruth’s oldest uncle Richard Collett.  According to the next census, conducted in 1881, Ruth was an unmarried shop woman and, at the age of 22, she was still living with her parents and her two younger 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 below may have been taken around that time

 

 

By 1891, unmarried Ruth Collett was 32 and described as a grocer’s assistant still living at the Chedworth home and grocer’s shop of her elderly parents, one of only two children still residing with the couple, the other being Ruth’s younger sister Clara (below).  Following the deaths of both of their parents during the 1890s, the census in 1901 revealed that Ruth Collett was again living at Chedworth, where she was recorded as being 42 and living on her own means, who still had living with her, her sister Clara Collett.  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 at Blunsden to the north of Swindon, where Ruth Collett from Chedworth was 52 and existing on private means.  It was also at Swindon register office, that the death of Ruth Collett aged 72 was recorded (Ref. 5a 96) during the first three months of that year, virtually straight after the death of her sister Clara was also recorded there during the same quarter of 1932

 

Clara Collett [3O38] 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 the Blunsden area just north of Swindon where they were living together in 1911, when Clara was 49.  The death of Clara Collett was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 5a 76) during the first quarter of 1932 at the age of 70, just immediately prior to the death of her sister Ruth whose passing was also recorded during the first quarter of 1932

 

Emily Collett [3O39] 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

 

Mary Jane Gegg [3O40] 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

 

Eliza Annie Gegg [3O41] 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, at 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

 

Emily Constance Gegg [3O43] 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

 

Sarah Blanche Gegg [3O44] 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.  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, after which, 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.  That 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

 

George Lambert Gegg [3O45], who was known as Bert by his family, was born at Hawling in 1873, while it was at Winchcombe that his birth was recorded during the second quarter of that year.  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.  That 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

 

3P39 – Lambert John Howard Gegg was born in 1894 at Hawling

3P40 – George Douglas Gegg was born in 1896 at Hawling

3P41 – Constance E S Gegg was born in 1898 at Hawling

3P42 – Robert Ernest Gegg was born in 1904 at Shornhill, Withington

3P43 – Dorothy Gegg was born in 1906 at Rendcomb

3P44 – Albert Edward Gegg was born in 1908 at Duntisbourne

3P45 – Gertrude Maud Gegg was born in 1910; died 1911 at Charlton Kings

 

Eliza Kate Gegg [3O46] 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, although they also had a son, Christopher Jones.  Eliza Kate Jones of Cirencester was 51, her husband Frank Christopher was 53, and daughter Kate was 23.  Minnie Kate Jones was born at around 1887 and she later married William Clappen and they had two children, Frances and Josephine Clappen.  William was very likely a member of Sally Clappen’s family who married Minnie’s uncle Alfred Frank Gegg (below)

 

JOSEPH HENRY GEGG [3O47], 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.  Only their son has been taken forward, with the details of their two older daughters provided here.  Gladys Frances Juliet Gegg was born at Cirencester in 1889 and it was there she was living with her parents in 1891, 1901 and again in 1911.  She never married and died in 1959.  Jessie May Gegg was born at Cirencester in 1891 where she was living with her family in 1901 and 1911 and, like her older sister, she too never married and died in 1931

 

3P46 – VICTOR REGINALD GEGG was born in 1896 at Cirencester

 

Alfred Frank Gegg [3O48] 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

 

Frederick George Gegg [3O50] was born towards the end of 1871 and, unlike his older siblings, who were born at Chedworth, his birth was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 115) during the fourth quarter of that year.  It was also at Cirencester that his family had been living on the census day earlier that year.  Ten years later the family’s address in Cirencester was confirmed as 183 Gloucester Road, when Frederick G Gegg was nine years old.  On leaving school and the family home, Frederick became a photographic artist who was a lodger at Park Street in Stow-on-the-Wold in 1891, when he was 19.  Before the end of the century, Frederick married Gertrude Emily Jones from Birmingham.  Gertrude’s brother Frank had previously married Frederick’s sister Eliza Kate Gegg (above).  Once married, Frederick and Gertrude set up home in Evesham, where the family was living in 1901 and 1911, when Frederick’s occupation was that of a photographer aged 29 and 39 respectively; his place of birth confirmed as Cirencester on both occasions.  Fifteen years later, the death of Frederick George Gegg, aged 54, was recorded at Worcester register office as having taken place on 20th December 1925, with his Will proved there on 25th March 1926, the sole beneficiary being his widow, Gertrude Emily Gegg.  It was also during 1926, that his older brother Alfred Frank Gegg (above), passed away.  Their two Evesham born children were Frederick Kitchener Gegg who was born in 1900 and Elsie Gertrude Jane Gegg who was born in 1903

 

Eliza Annie Smith [3P1] 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.  Of the couple’s two daughters, only the eldest has been taken forward.  The younger daughter was 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 her working life 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 11th July 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

 

3Q1 – Jessie Lawrence Florida was born in 1899 at Newport, Wales

 

Beatrice Dowler Collett [3P3] was born at Winchcombe on 17th September 1892, her birth recorded at Winchcombe register office (Ref. 6a 295).  At the time of the census in 1901, Beatrice Collett was listed as being aged eight years and of Winchcombe, when she was living with her parents Walter Collett and (Sarah) Annie Collett at Longborough, near Stow-on-the-Wold.  During the first decade of the new century, the family of three moved to the village of Cow Honeybourne, east of Evesham in Worcestershire, where Beatrice’s father died in 1910.  In the census, for Cow Honeybourne the following year, Beatrice Collett was 18, with no stated job of work, who was living there with her widowed mother Sarah Anne.  It was simply as Beatrice Collett that, five years later, she married Richard F Holtom, their wedding recorded at the Warwickshire register office in Shipston-on-Stour (Ref. 6d 5) during the second quarter of 1916.  Their marriage produced five children, the births of all of them recorded at Shipston-on-Stour, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  They were Douglas F Holtom (1917), Geoffrey Holtom (1918), Ronald D Holtom (1922), Leslie B Holtom (1927) and Daphne B Holtom (1929).  In her later years, it is known was Beatrice Holtom lived at 2 Greenway Road at Blockley, near Moreton-in-Marsh

 

Harry Truby George Collett [3P6] was born at Gloucester in 1895, his birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 110) during the first three months of that year.  He was the third child and eldest son of Henry Truby Collett and Henrietta Guy.  As Harry Truby Collett and Harry T G Collett respectively, in the Gloucester City censuses of 1901 and 1911, he was living there with his family aged six years and 16 years.  Having already left school by the time of the latter, his occupation was that of a general labourer involved with the sewing of sheets.  Harry was in his late twenties, when the marriage of Harry T G Collett and Maud Harris was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 44) during the third quarter of 1924.  Just under one year later, Harry and Maud had a son who was also born at Gloucester, believed to be their only child

 

3Q2 – Frederick H Collett was born in 1925 at Gloucester

 

Albert Edward Charles Collett [3P7] 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

 

Sidney Arthur John Collett [3P8] 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, following which he was buried at Maisemore.  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

 

Florence Ada Collett [3P9] 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

 

Fred William Collett [3P10] 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 136), 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 and had the occupation of a cost clerk with Drewy surgical manufacturers.  Fourteen years after that, Fred W Collett from Birmingham married Amy I M Noble at Birmingham (Ref. 6d 99) during the second quarter of 1925.  Around one year later, Amy presented Fred with a son while they were still living in the Birmingham area of the country. 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

 

3Q3 – Graham Frederick Collett was born in 1926 at Birmingham

 

Joseph Truby Wilks Collett [3P15] 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

 

Harry George Collett [3P16] was born at North Cerney, either at the end of 1868 or early in 1869, the eldest child of Robert Collett and Jane Bennett.  His birth was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 258) during the first three months of 1869.  By the time of the census in 1871, his parents and his just-born baby sister Mary (below), were living in the Kingsholm district of the City of Gloucester, when two-year-old Harry Collett from North Cerney was living there with his grandparents, George and Jane Bennett and their three youngest children.  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 Harry G Collett from North Cerney who was 12 years old.  During 1889, Harry’s father died and, by 1891 Harry Collett, aged 22 and a grocer’s assistant, was the eldest of the six children still living at Oxford Road in Gloucester with his widowed mother.  It was during the second quarter of 1895, that the marriage of Harry G Collett from North Cerney and Fanny Phillips from Birmingham was recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 238).  Fanny had been born in Birmingham in 1868 and in 1891 she was 22 and a general domestic servant at the home of the large Smith family on London Road within the Wotton St Mary parish of Gloucester.  By the time of the next census in 1901, the marriage had produced the first three 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 Collett was also 32, and their three children at that time were William who was three, Harry who was one year old, and Emily Collett who was five months old, all of them born at Gloucester

 

Two more children were added to the family during the next two years, when they were still living in Gloucester.  Then, during the following five years, the family moved to Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham, where the couple’s last two children were born, and where Robert’s unmarried sister Ellen was also living in 1911.  The family by that time, living at Parkville on Lyefield Road, comprised Harry G Collett from North Cerney who was 42 and the manager of a grocer’s shop owned by the Co-Operative Society, his wife Fanny Collett from Birmingham 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, when 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.  The death of Harry G Collett was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 7b 147), when he was 83 years of age

 

3Q4 – William Robert Collett was born in 1897 at Gloucester

3Q5 – Harry George Collett was born in 1899 at Gloucester

3Q6 – Emily May Collett was born in 1901 at Gloucester

3Q7 – Ethel F Collett was born in 1902 at Gloucester

3Q8 – Albert E Collett was born in 1903 at Charlton Kings

3Q9 – Charles S Collett was born in 1908 at Charlton Kings

 

Mary Jane Collett [3P17] was born in the hamlet of Wotton 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 eight 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 and working at Drew Lane in Churchdown, Gloucester, where Mary J Collett was 20 was the youngest of five servants at the home of the Jones family.  Her brother Frederick (below) was living nearby, a patient at the Gloucester Lunatic Asylum in Wotton 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.  The later death of Mary J Guest was recorded at the Forest of Dean register office (Ref. 6a 18) during the second quarter of 1946, when she was 75 years of age

 

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

 

Frederick William Collett [3P18] was born at Gloucester in 1873, the third child and second son of Robert and Jane Collett.  His birth was recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 175) during the third quarter of that year.  In 1881 he was Frederick W Collett, aged 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.  Frederick William 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 Frederick William Collett, aged 28, having no occupation.  It was the same situation ten years later in the census of 1911, when unmarried Frederick William Collett, aged 38 and from Gloucester, was recorded as living at Gloucester County Lunatic Asylum, an institution within the Barnwood sub-registration district of Gloucester, 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 recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 118) during the last three months of 1920

 

Ellen Louisa Collett [3P19] was born at Gloucester in 1876, the daughter of Robert and Jane Collett, her birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 41) during the second quarter of the year.  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 aged 24 was looking after her elderly widowed mother, one of only two children still living at the home on Oxford Road in Gloucester.  Towards the end of the following year, her mother passed away, and that was when Ellen was forced to seek employment, resulting in her leaving Gloucester for pastures new.  At the age of 35, Ellen Louisa Collett was still single when she was a general domestic servant employed by fifty-year-old Pattie Pyne at her home in Prestbury, near Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, in the April census of 1911

 

Robert Spencer Collett [3P20] was born at Gloucester in 1878, the third son of Robert Collett and Jane Bennett, with his birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 81) during the third quarter of that year, using his full name.  He 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 the marriage of Robert Spencer Collett and Vitilena Emma Griffiths was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 169).  According to the Gloucester census in March 1901 Robert Collett, aged 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 as Vitilena 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 he died on 16th October 1924, when he was living at 19 Furlong Road in Gloucester with his wife.  The death of Robert S Collett was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 100) at the age of 46.  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 Vitilena 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

 

3Q10 – Daisy Florence Collett was born in 1900 at Gloucester

 

Martha Kate Collett [3P21] was born at Gloucester near the end of 1880, the daughter of Robert and Jane Collett, her birth recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 260) during the last three months of that year.  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.  Sometime after that day, Martha Kate was henceforth known as Kate Martha, and it was as Kate Collett, aged nine years, that she was recorded in 1891 living with her widowed mother, following the death of her father two years earlier, at Oxford Road in Gloucester.  By 1901 she was Kate M Collett, aged 21 and from Gloucester, who was living in Minchinhampton, where she was working as a domestic housemaid for elderly couple Charles and Isabella Bowstead.  Three years later, the marriage of Kate Martha Collett and George Atkins-Green was recorded at the Staffordshire Lichfield register office (Ref. 6a 111) during the second quarter of 1904.  George had been born at Burntwood in Staffordshire, where the couple set up home, and where their children were born.  By 1911, Kate Martha Atkins-Green, aged 30 and from Gloucester, had given her husband three children.  George Atkins-Green was 37 and a colliery clerk, Herbert Spencer Atkins-Green was six, John William Atkins-Green was three and Charles Robert Atkins-Green was one-year-old.  Three more children were added to the family after 1911, all of the births recorded at Lichfield register office, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett on each occasion.  In the second quarter of 1913, it was Nellie E Atkins-Green (Ref. 6b 52), in the third quarter of 1915, it was Albert E Atkins-Green, and during the second quarter of 1921, the last child was Hilda M Atkins-Green.  Curiously, all three birth were also recorded there under the singular surname of Green, and with different reference numbers

 

Emily Lizzie Collett [3P22] was born at Gloucester in 1883 and was six years old when her father Robert Spencer Collett died, the last of his children by his wife Jane Bennett.  The birth of Emily Lizzie Collett was recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 186) during the first quarter of 1883.  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, near the end of 1951 she took her own life, her death recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 7b 83) during the first three months of 1952, when she was 68.  The details of her suicide were 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 L 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 [3Q10], 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.”

 

Albert Edward Collett [3P23] was born at Gloucester on 18th July 1885, and that 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 member of the household who 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 aged 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

 

3Q11 – Phyllis Mabel Collett was born in 1911 at West Bromwich

 

Robert Henry Collett [3P24] 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 Cooke.  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

 

3Q12 – Robert Henry Collett was born in 1904 at Medway, Kent

3Q13 – May Catherine Collett was born in 1906 at Medway, Kent

 

Kate Marianne Collett [3P25] was born at 2 Portman Terrace in Cheltenham on 10th May 1880, the only daughter of Philip and Catherine Collett, her birth recorded at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 246).  It was also at Portman Terrace that Kate M Collett was eleven months old in the census of 1881, although no further record of her has been found

 

Frederick William Collett [3P26] was born at Cheltenham during 1882, the son of Philip and Catherine Collett, his birth recorded using his full name at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 190) during the first three months of the year.  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, aged 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 Walmley, to the south of Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, where Frederick Collett, aged 28 and from Cheltenham, was still a bachelor and a bookseller’s assistant.  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

 

Philip Douglas Collett [3P27] 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 recorded at the Chertsey register office (Ref. 2a 54), 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, aged 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 confirmed as Bisley in Surrey.  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, aged 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 [49P13]

 

3Q14 – Denis Frederick Jack Mildon Collett was born in 1911 at Poole, Dorset

3Q15 – Eric Philip Douglas Collett was born in 1914 at Poole, Dorset

3Q16 – Peggy N Collett was born in 1916 at Poole, Dorset

 

Anne Priscilla Collett [3P28], 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.  That 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

 

Cecil John Collett [3P29] 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 provided 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

 

Olive Elizabeth Collett [3P30] 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

 

Jessie Priscilla Collett [3P31] 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

 

Alfred Martin Collett [3P33] 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

 

Hubert John Collett [3P34] 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

 

Ebenezer William Collett [3P36] 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, that time to nearby Ampney Crucis where Ebenezer’s brother Henry John Collett (below) was born.  Sadly, it was also around that time, when 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

 

Henry John Collett [3P37], 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 seven years.  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 weeks 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.  That 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

 

3Q17 – Gordon John Collett was born in 1932 at Burford, Oxfordshire

3Q18 – Christopher Francis Michael Collett was born in 1933 at Burford, Oxfordshire

3Q19 – Andrew Stephen Collett was born in 1949 at Burford, Oxfordshire

 

Daisy Gladys Wake Collett [3P38] 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

 

Lambert John Howard Gegg [3P39], 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, aged 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

 

George Douglas Gegg [3P40] 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, aged 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

 

Constance E S Gegg [3P41], 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, aged 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

 

Robert Ernest Gegg [3P42], 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

 

Albert Edward Gegg [3P44], 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

 

VICTOR REGINALD GEGG [3P46] 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, aged 14.  He later married Millicent Ann Manners after the First World War with whom he had three children.  He died in 1989.  Of his two daughters, 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.  The youngest of the two daughters was Susan Margaret Gegg was born in 1946 and she married Roger Sinclair Dyer who was born in 1945.  Their marriage produced two children, Caroline Jane Dyer (born in 1970) and Christopher James Dyer (born in 1975)

 

3Q20 – BRIAN REGINALD GEGG was born in 1931 at Stroud

 

Jessie Lawrence Florida [3Q1] 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

 

The information on the couple’s eldest child, have been carried forward.  The youngest daughter was Edwina Charles who 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

 

3R1 – Mavis Charles was born in 1922 at Newport, Wales

 

Frederick H Collett [3Q2] was born at Gloucester in 1925, the only known child of Harry Truby George Collett and Maud Harris.  His birth was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 91) during the first three months of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Harris.  He was thirty-three-years -old when the marriage of Frederick H Collett and Ruby E M Barnard was recorded at the City of Gloucester register office (Ref. 7b 70) during the last three months of 1958.  The only record of any children born into a parental partnership with the names Collett/Barnard, took place in the East of England.  Therefore, for completeness, and in case they were the two children of Frederick and Ruby, they have been included here until such time as it can be proved that they are, or are not, the offspring of the couple from Gloucester.  The birth of Valerie Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 45) during the fourth quarter of 1959, while the birth of Bryan Richard Collett was recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 37) ten years later during the fourth quarter of 1969.  In both cases, the mother’s maiden name was Barnard

 

3R2 – Valerie Collett was born in 1959 at Ipswich

3R3 – Bryan Richard Collett was born in 1969 Bedford

 

Graham Frederick Collett [3Q3] was born at Birmingham in 1926, his birth recorded at the Birmingham North register office (Ref. 5d 49) during the second quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Noble.  He was the only known child of Fred William Collett and Amy I M Noble.  It is possible that he was the Graham F Collett who married Joan M Harrison, whose marriage was recorded at Worthing register office (Ref. 5h 110) in Sussex during the third quarter of 1954.  But this has not been proved

 

William Robert Collett [3Q4] was born in Gloucester in 1898, the eldest child of Harry George Collett and his wife Fanny Phillips, 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)

 

Emily May Collett [3Q5] was born at Gloucester towards the end of 1900, the third child and eldest daughter of Henry and Fanny Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 278) during the last quarter of that year.  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.  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

 

Daisy Florence Collett [3Q10] 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 L Collett, aged 68, who had taken her own life, with Daisy being named at the court hearing as the person who identified the body.  See Emily Lizzie Collett [3P22] 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

 

Phyllis Mabel Collett [3Q11] 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

 

Robert Henry Collett [3Q12] 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

 

Denis Frederick Jack Mildon Collett [3Q14] 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

 

Eric Philip Douglas Collett [3Q15] 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

 

Peggy N Collett [3Q16] was born at Poole in 1916 the last of the three children of Philip Douglas Collett and Ella Wilmot Mildon.  It was at the London Battersea register office (Ref. 1d 50) that the marriage of Peggy N Collett and Ronald F Pickard was recorded during the third quarter of 1944.  Ronald’s birth had been recorded at Bromley in Kent at the start of 1912.  Six years later, the birth of Jacqueline T A Pickard was recorded at nearby Lambeth register office (Ref. 5c 61) during the third quarter of 1950, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett

 

Gordon John Collett [3Q17], 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 Leslie Collett 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.  Some years after losing his wife, John left Lincolnshire when he moved to Chipping Norton, and his eldest son Martin, who had previously emigrated to Australia, returned to England and in 2017 was living not far from John at Witney, also in Oxfordshire

 

3R4 – Martin John Francis Collett was born in 1956 at Chipping Norton

3R5 – Paul David Collett was born in 1959 at Chipping Norton

3R6 – Elizabeth Janet Collett was born in 1961 at Chipping Norton

3R7 – Graham Leslie Collett was born in 1963 at Chipping Norton

 

Christopher Francis Michael Collett [3Q18], referred to as Michael, was born in 1933.  He married Marjorie Freeman who was born in 1935 and they lived in Cheltenham.  Like his brother John Collett (above), he too was a keen campanologist and also 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

 

3R8 – Michael Stuart Collett was born in 1957 at Oxford

3R9 – Derek S Collett was born in 1958 at Chipping Norton

3R10 – Edward J Collett was born in 1963 at Chipping Norton

 

Andrew Stephen Collett [3Q19] 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.  See [3O23] for an earlier reference to Blackwells Book Shop and William King who also worked there.  From 2006 until he retired in 2014 Andrew worked at the University of Oxford in the Clinical Trial Service Department.  Following retirement, Andrew and Fran left Oxfordshire when they moved to Bovey Tracey in Devon, as confirmed by Andrew in the autumn of 2018

 

BRIAN REGINALD GEGG [3Q20] was born in 1931, his birth recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 30) during the fourth quarter of that year.  The later marriage of Brian Reginald Gegg and Rosemary Eileen May, who was born in 1929, was recorded at Wokingham register office (Ref. 6a 132) during the third quarter of 1957.  Their two eldest children were Graham Nicholas Gegg who was born at Reading in 1960, who married Margaret S Hemming-Clarke at Gravesend during the spring of 1993, with whom he had two daughters, Charlotte Margaret Stella Gegg who was born in 1994 and Beatrice Rosemary Rachel Gegg who was born in 1996, and Sarah Nicola Gegg who was born in 1964 and married James Michael de Jode at Henley in 1987, who was born in 1963

 

3R11 – ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE GEGG was born in 1972 at Reading

 

Mavis Charles [3R1] 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

 

The first of the couple’s three children was 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.  The two younger sons of Mavis and John Young were David Young (born on 9th April 1951) and John Charles Young (born on 16th September 1952

 

Martin John Francis Collett [3R4] was born at Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire on 4th October 1956, the eldest of the four children of Gordon John Collett and Elizabeth Grace Thornley.  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.  By 2017, Martin and Mandy had left Australia and had resettled in Oxfordshire, living at Witney, not far from Chipping Norton where Martin’s widowed father was also living at that time

 

Paul David Collett [3R5] 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

 

3S1 – Sarah Louise Collett was born in 1988 at Aberdeen

3S2 – Richard David Collett was born on 11th October 1990 at Aberdeen

3S3 – James Collett was born on 22nd April 1993 at Aberdeen

 

Elizabeth Janet Collett [3R6] 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 who, with Cisca, has a daughter Grace who was born on 26th June 2016.  The family lived in Higham Ferrers for a while, before moving to Iepers in Belgium where they run a bed and breakfast hotel

 

Graham Leslie Collett [3R7] was born on 3rd February 1963 at Chipping Norton, the last child of Gordon John Collett and Elizabeth Grace Thornley.  Graham L Collett was thirty-two when he married Vivien Clare Fewtrell, nee Bond, who was born on 27th September 1966, their wedding recorded at the West Oxfordshire register office (Vol. 706) during the spring of 1995.  Vivien already had a son Daniel born on 14th January 1989, and presented Graham with a further three children, all three births recorded at Oxford, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Bond.  However, in 2006 the couple were divorced

 

3S4 – Connor William Collett was born on 30th June 1999 at Oxford

3S5 – Lucy May Collett was born on 12th February 2001 at Oxford

3S6 – Charles Robert Collett was born on 14th January 2004 at Oxford

 

Michael Stuart Collett [3R8] was born in 1957, the eldest of the three sons of Christopher Francis Michael Collett and Marjorie Freeman, his birth recorded at Oxford register office (Ref. 6b 51) during the third quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Freeman.  He later married Vanessa S Hastings who was born in 1959, their marriage recorded at West Oxfordshire register office (Vol. 20 17) during the second quarter of 1982.  Vanessa presented Michael with two children, their birth recorded at Oxford register office, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Hastings.  Michael and Vanessa were later divorced

 

3S7 – James Thomas Collett was born in 1985 at Oxford

3S8 – Jennifer May Collett was born in 1989 at Oxford

 

Derek S Collett [3R9] was born in 1958, his birth recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 6b 9) during the last three months of the year, the second of the three sons of Christopher Francis Michael Collett and Marjorie Freeman.  He married Phyllis H Sandalls, who was born in 1958, their wedding day recorded at Cirencester during the summer in 1977, by which time, the first of their three children attended the wedding.  At the time of the birth of the couple’s three children, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Sandalls. Tragically Phyllis H Collett died aged just 33 years in 1991, and was buried at Chipping Norton Cemetery

 

3S9 – Stephen Collett was born in 1975 at Swindon

3S10 – Cheryl Ann Collett was born in 1979 at Cirencester

3S11 – Rachael Jane Collett was born in 1983 at Swindon

 

Edward J Collett [3R10] was born in 1963, the youngest of the three sons of Christopher Francis Michael Collett and Marjorie Freeman, his birth recorded at Chipping Norton register office (Ref. 6b 37) during the first three months of the year.  As with his two older brothers (above), the record of his birth confirmed that his mother’s maiden name was Freeman.  He later married twenty-year-old Sian E Griffiths, who was born in 1968, their wedding recorded at Sedgemoor in Somerset (Vol. 23) during the summer of 1988.  It is possible they had three children, all born in London, Jack Jonathon Collett in 1993 at Hammersmith, Anna Marie Collett in 1996 at Kensington, and Holly Rosie Collett in 1998 at Lambeth.  In each case, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed at Griffiths

 

ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE GEGG [3R11] was born in 1972, her birth recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 6a 12) towards the end of that year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as May.  She married Martin John Cairns [1S9] on 6th November 1999 at the Park United Reform Church in Reading, the second of the four sons of Mary Collett and Nicholas Cairns of Abingdon-on-Thames.  See Part 1 – The Main Gloucestershire Line for more details of that branch of the Collett Family

 

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.  Their daughter, Abigail Walker, was born on 16th November 2016

 

Rachael Jane Collett was born in 1983, her birth recorded at Swindon register office, the youngest child of Derek S Collett and Phyllis H Sandalls.  Rachael gave birth to a son in 2001, the mother’s maiden name was recorded as Collett, at the Oxford register office near the end of that year

 

3T1 - Lewis Collett was born in 2001 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

 

The following is a transcript taken from a letter written on 12th March 1863 by Elizabeth Collett [3N3 & 2N33] to her daughter Amelia Collett [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