PART THIRTY

 

The Suffolk and Norfolk Line – 1790 to 1990

(including Saxmundham and Diss)

 

Updated July 2015

 

 

This is the family line of Rob Collett (Ref. 30R5) of Lincolnshire

 

 

 

The original first family in this line, that of William Collett and Mary Pretty, was established in 2007 and today has still not been proved.  Further research work carried out in early 2012 revealed two other male Colletts, the brothers Charles and William, who were born within the same decade at Saxmundham.

 

 

 

However, more recent research undertake during the summer of 2012 has thrown up some anomalies which now seem to indicate that Thomas Collett (Ref. 30O6), whose family line is the main branch running through this file, was in no way connected to the aforementioned Collett family of Saxmundham.  Instead, it has now been determined that he came from Essex even though, for some reason in 1881, he said he was born at Bramfield near Halesworth in Suffolk.  Thomas and his five older siblings were all born in Essex to William and Ann Collett, rather than to William Collett and Mary Pretty. 

 

 

 

Just before Christmas in 2012 further, more conclusive, information was very gratefully received from Grant Feltham whose wife is a direct descendant of William Collett (Ref. 30N5), all of which has now been inserted.  This was added to in March 2014 with further details sent in by Grant towards the end of 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

30N1

WILLIAM COLLETT may have been born near Diss in Norfolk or possibly in Essex.  The fact that he was married in 1809 perhaps indicates that he may have been born around 1785-1788.  The marriage between William Collett and Ann Fermow took place in the village of Scole near Diss on 8th November 1809.  Possibly for work reasons, the couple left Norfolk shortly after they were married and settled in Essex.  They initially resided in Brentwood where their first two children were born, before moving to Barking where the next two children were born.  The family’s last known location was Romford, midway between Brentwood and Barking, where the couple’s last two children were born.  It is not known whether any more children were added to their family after 1822.

 

 

 

Baptism records have been located for the two children who were born at Brentwood and for the two children who were born at Barking, but sadly no baptism records have been found for the couple’s two youngest children, both of whom later returned to the Norfolk and the village of Scole with their eldest sister who was married there in 1836.

 

 

 

30O1

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1812 at Brentwood, Essex

 

30O2

William Collett

Born in 1814 at Brentwood, Essex

 

30O3

Eliza Collett

Born in 1816 at Barking, Essex

 

30O4

William Collett

Born in 1818 at Barking, Essex

 

30O5

John Collett

Born in 1820 at Romford, Essex

 

30O6

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1822 at Romford, Essex

 

 

 

 

30N2

Richard Collett, whose place and date of birth is not known, was married to Elizabeth with whom he had at least one child when they were living at Saxmundham.  It is possible, although not proved, that Richard was the older brother of Samuel Collett (below).

 

 

 

30O7

John Collett

Born in 1813 at Saxmundham

 

 

 

 

30N3

Samuel Collett, whose place and date of birth is not known, was married to Mary Ann with whom he had at least one child who was born when they were living at Saxmundham.  It is possible, although not proved, that Samuel was the younger brother of Richard Collett (above).

 

 

 

30O8

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1817 at Saxmundham

 

 

 

 

30N4

Charles Collett (Ref. 18N34) was born at Saxmundham in 1795, the son of John Collett and his wife Elizabeth Thurlow, and the brother of William Collett (below).  It was in 1803 when Charles was eight years old that his father died after he fell from a tree.  It was also in Saxmundham where he was married, and where his children were born.  He married Mary Ann Parker Richardson on 12th April 1815, and it was at the end of that year that their first child was born.  The baptism records at Saxmundham for all of the four children listed below confirm that their parents were Charles and Mary Ann Parker Collett.

 

 

 

30O9

Fanny Charlotte Collett

Born in 1815 at Saxmundham

 

30O10

Susan Collett

Born in 1818 at Saxmundham

 

30O11

Emma Collett

Born in 1820 at Saxmundham

 

30O12

Jane Collett

Born in 1823 at Saxmundham

 

 

 

 

30N5

William Collett (Ref. 18N35) was born at Saxmundham on 14th March 1798 where he was baptised at the parish church on 6th April 1798, the youngest known son of John Collett and Elizabeth Thurlow, and the younger brother of Charles Collett (above).  For details of the ancestors of John Collett (Ref. 18M26) who married Elizabeth Thurlow go to Part 18 – The Suffolk Line 1745 to 1800 where they can be traced back to Henry Colet who was born around 1360.

 

 

 

William was six weeks short of his fifth birthday when his father fell from a tree and died as a result of his injuries.  It is possible that Charles and William were the cousins of the brothers Richard and Samuel (above).  It seems highly likely that William married (1) Mary Pretty at Saxmundham where their two confirmed children Maria and William were born.  The baptism records for those two children gave William’s occupation as that of a bricklayer.  After the birth of their second, perhaps even during the birth of a subsequent child, Mary appears to have died.  During the next few years William married (2) Hannah, with whom he had a further eight children who were also  born at Saxmundham, when once again the baptism records confirmed that William was a bricklayer.

 

 

 

It may be of interest to note that an Ann Elizabeth Pretty who was born at Wortham in 1822, and who married William Collett in 1843, features in Part 20 – The Suffolk to Australia Line (Ref. 20O1).  There is also a common connection with the town of Diss, as both William and Ann (Pretty) were living there in 1881 as were some of the children of William and Mary (Pretty).  Somewhere within all of this may be the information necessary to link the two Collett families together.

 

 

 

At the time of the Saxmundham census of 1841 it was only William, age 40, Hannah, age 37, and their three sons Charles, age 12, William, age 10, and James who was one year old, who were living there.  Two more children were added to the family in the 1840s, so by 1851 the family still residing at Saxmundham was made up of William, who was 52 and born at Saxmundham, whose occupation was that of a journeyman bricklayer, and his wife Hannah, who was 47 and from Little Homsby (?) in Norfolk, together with five of their eight Saxmundham born children, who were Charles, age 23, William, age 21, James, age 10, Georgianna who was six, and Sarah Ann who was two.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1861 William was 60, Hanna was 55, and the only child still living with them was Sarah who was 12.  Of their other child only Georgianna, who was 18, was still living nearby in Saxmundham on that occasion, prior to her later move to London, where she was married.  After a further ten years there was only one William Collett living in Saxmundham on the day of the census in 1871, and he was William Collett who was 75 on that day giving a year of birth around 1795.  No record of his daughter Saran Ann Collett has been found after 1861, so she was probably married during the 1860s.

 

 

 

30O13

Maria Collett

Born in 1821 at Saxmundham

 

30O14

William Collett

Born in 1823 at Saxmundham

 

The following are the children of William and Hannah Collett:

 

30O15

Eliza Collett

Born in 1827 at Saxmundham

 

30O16

Charles Collett

Born in 1828 at Saxmundham

 

30O17

William Collett

Born in 1830 at Saxmundham

 

30O18

Priscilla Collett

Born in 1833 at Saxmundham

 

30O19

John Collett

Born in 1836 at Saxmundham

 

30O20

James Collett

Born in 1839 at Saxmundham

 

30O21

Georgianna Collett

Born in 1843 at Saxmundham

 

30O22

Sarah Anne Collett

Born in 1848 at Saxmundham

 

 

 

 

30O1

Mary Anne Collett was born at Brentwood in Essex during 1812, where she was baptised on 20th June 1813, the likely eldest child of William Collett and Ann Fermow.  Her early life was spent in Essex from where she later returned to the village of Scole near Diss which was probably the home of either her mother or father who were married there in 1809.  It was at Scole on 9th August 1836 that Mary Anne Collett married Joseph Oliff (Oleff) who was born there around 1811.  In 1841 the childless couple was living in Scole when Jos Oliff was 29 and Mary Oliff was 25.  Also living there was Mary Anne’s two brothers John, who was married to Elizabeth, and Thomas who was not yet a married man.

 

 

 

It was a similar situation ten years later in 1851 when Joseh Olef, age 38 and an agricultural labourer from Scole, was living there with his wife Mary Anne who was 37 and from Brentwood in Essex.  Living right next door to the couple was Mary Anne’s brother John with his family, which included Joseph’s brother, John Olef.

 

 

 

 

30O2

William Collett was born at Brentwood in Essex during 1814 and it was there also that he was baptised on 3rd July 1814, the eldest son of William Collett and Ann Fermow.  Four years later the couple named another of their sons William, so this very likely indicates that this particular William did not survive beyond infancy.

 

 

 

 

30O3

Eliza Collett was born at Barking in Essex in 1816 where she was baptised on 5th May 1816, the daughter of William and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

30O4

William Collett was born at Barking in Essex during 1818 and was baptised there at St Margaret’s Church on 14th June 1818, the second son of that name to be born to William and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

30O5

John Collett was born at Romford in Essex during 1820 and was very likely the son of William Collett and his wife Ann Fermow.  Like his sister Mary Anne (above) John also returned to the roots of his parents when he settled in Scole near Diss where he married Elizabeth around 1838 and where all of their children were born.  Their first child was born during the following year, so by the time of the Scole census in June 1841 John was 21 and was living there with his wife, who was 24, and their one-year old daughter Emma.  Elizabeth may well have been expecting the couple’s second child on the day of the census since their son was born later that same year.  Living nearby were two other members of John’s family, namely his sister Mary Anne and his younger brother Thomas (below). 

 

 

 

Four more children were added to the family while they were still living in Scole, so by 1851 the census that year provided the confirmation that John Collett, age 30, was from Romford in Essex, and that he was an agricultural labourer.  All of the other members of his family had been born at Scole and they were his wife Elizabeth, who was 33, and their four children who were Emma Collett, age 11, William who was nine, Thomas who was five and Elizabeth who was one year old.  Living with the Collett family was unmarried John Olef (Oliff) from nearby Wortham who was 48 and a pauper of unsound mind.  He was described as brother, which was a reference to the fact that he was John’s brother-in-law, being the brother of his sister’s husband who was living immediately adjacent to the family in the dwelling next door.  That couple was recorded as agricultural labourer Joseph Olef (Oliff) from Scole, while his wife was Mary Anne Olef (Oliff) nee Collett from Brentwood in Essex.

 

 

 

Shortly after the census day in 1851 Elizabeth presented John with their last child, as reflected in the next census in 1861.  The family was still living in Scole where John Collett was 40, Elizabeth Collett was 42, and just four of their five children were still living there with them on that occasion.  They were William, age 19, Thomas, age 16, Elizabeth age 11, and Bertha who was nine.  Their eldest child Emma Collett, who was 22, was living and working nearby within the same Depwade & Diss registration district.

 

 

 

By the time of the census of 1871 William and Elizabeth had either left the country or had died, since no record of the couple has been found that year, even though the location of some of their children has been uncovered.

 

 

 

30P1

Emma Collett

Born in 1839 at Scole, near Diss

 

30P2

William Collett

Born in 1841 at Scole, near Diss

 

30P3

Thomas Collett

Born in 1845 at Scole, near Diss

 

30P4

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1849 at Scole, near Diss

 

30P5

Bertha Collett

Born in 1851 at Scole, near Diss

 

 

 

 

30O6

THOMAS COLLETT was born at Romford in Essex during 1822, and was also most likely the son of William and Ann Collett.  By the time of the census in 1841 Thos Collett, age 18, was living within the Depwade & Diss registration district not far from his married sister Mary Anne Oliff (above) and his married brother John (above) who were living in the village of Scole just north-east of Diss.  It was nearly ten years later that he married Maria Candler at Rickinghall near Diss, where she was born in 1825.  The Diss area census of 1851 recorded the couple living there with their first child Walter who was not yet one year old, while Thomas Collett was 28 and from Romford, and his wife Maria was 26.

 

 

 

Over the next decade three more children were added to their family, as confirmed in the census return for Diss in 1861.  Thomas Collett was 38, Maria Collett was 36, and their four children were Walter, who was ten, Thomas, who was six, Anna Maria, who was two, and Ellen Mary who was not yet one year old.  On that occasion Thomas’s place of birth was simply recorded as Essex.

 

 

 

Thomas and Maria may well have been expecting the arrival of another child on the day of the census, because later that year a third son was added to their family, and after a further three years the couple’s last child was born.  The Diss census in 1871 recorded the family as Thomas Collett from Romford, age 48, Maria Collett, age 46, Walter Collett, who was 20, both of whom had been born at Rickinghall, Ellen Collett, who was 11, Christopher Collett, who was nine, and Louisa Collett who was six years old, the three of them born at Diss.

 

 

 

In 1881 the family was living in PH (private house) Denmark Street in Diss and comprised head of house Thomas Collett, a domestic gardener who was 57, who curiously said he was born at Bramfield, just south of Halesworth, in Suffolk, his wife Maria Collett nee Candler, age 56 and born at Rickinghall, their son Christopher Collett age 19, who was a brush-maker, and their daughter Louisa who was recorded incorrectly as Lansin Collett, age 16, who was a dressmaker.  Both of the children were confirmed as having been born in Diss

 

 

 

Also living with the family at that time was Maria’s brother John Candler, listed as ‘brother-in-law’ in relation to the head of house.  He was 60 years of age and his place of birth was also Rickinghall, and was recorded on the census return as being blind and with no occupation.  In addition to John Candler, Thomas and Maria had two nieces living with them.  They were Emma Collett, age 13, who had been born at Luton near Gillingham in Kent, and Florence Cameron who was seven and born at Cavendish Square in London. 

 

 

 

Emma Collett was the eldest child of Thomas’ nephew Thomas Collett (Ref. 30P3) and his wife Rachel Ledger who were residing at North Marsh in Gillingham in 1881, while Florence, who would have been born during 1873, may have been the daughter of a younger married sister, either on Thomas’ side of the family or Maria’s.

 

 

 

According to the Diss census in 1891 it was just Thomas and Maria who were still living there, when Thomas Collett was 68, and his wife was 66.  After a further decade the couple was still living in Diss St Mary where Thomas was still working as a jobbing gardener at the age of 78.  On that occasion his place of birth was again given as Romford in Essex, while Maria was confirmed as being 76 and from Rickinghall.

 

 

 

30P6

Walter Collett

Born in 1851 at Rickinghall

 

30P7

Thomas Candler Collett

Born in 1854 at Diss

 

30P8

Anna Maria Collett

Born in 1858 at Diss

 

30P9

Ellen May Collett

Born in 1860 at Diss

 

30P10

CHRISTOPHER COLLETT

Born in 1861 at Diss

 

30P11

Emma Louisa (Lansin) Collett

Born in 1864 at Diss

 

 

 

 

30O7

John Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1813 and was originally thought to have been the son of William Collett and Mary Pretty (above).  However, the John Collett who was baptised at Saxmundham on 15th August 1813 was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

This therefore is the story of John Collett of Saxmundham who was married on three occasions.  He first married (1) Mary Ann Randal at Saxmundham on 24th May 1836, and it was there also that their four identified children were born and baptised.  Sadly their eldest daughter was not living with the couple at Saxmundham in June 1841, when John and Mary both had a rounded age of 25, and their second daughter Elizabeth was one year old.  Two more children were added to the family over the next four years, although it would appear that Mary Ann died during the birth of the fourth child, or shortly thereafter.  With young children to care for, John then married (2) Hannah, as confirmed by the census of 1851.

 

 

 

John Collett, age 37, was still living in Saxmundham at that time, and with him was Hannah Collett whose age was 57, which may have been an error in transcription since she was only 21.  Living with them were his two surviving children Elizabeth who was 12, and James who was eight years old.  His youngest son Chester may have died around the time that John lost his first wife.  The next Saxmundham census in 1861 only contained details of John and Hannah who were 47 and 31 respectively, this highlighting the error in Hannah stated age ten years earlier.

 

 

 

No record of any children arising from his second marriage has been found, and it is also curious that in 1871 John Collett of Saxmundham was married to (3) Harriet by then, she being around the same age as John.  So that year the pair of them were living together in Saxmundham, where they were both 56.  It was at Mill Lane in Saxmundham that John Collett, age 67, was living with his wife in 1881, from where he was working as a carter.  Harriet Collett was also 67, and had been form at Bramfield in Suffolk.  Living there with them was Robert Crisp who was 40 and a labourer born at Saxmundham, who was described as a nephew of John Collett.  Robert was in fact the son of John’s cousin Mary Ann Crisp nee Collett (below).

 

 

 

Ten years later John Collett from Saxmundham was 77 when he was still living at the Lovis Lane home of his married daughter Elizabeth Wright with her husband William.  John Collett was described as having no occupation.

 

 

 

30P12

Charlotte Collett

Born in 1837 at Saxmundham.

 

30P13

Elizabeth Anne Collett

Born in 1839 at Saxmundham.

 

30P14

James Collett

Born in 1842 at Saxmundham.

 

30P15

Chester Collett

Born in 1844 at Saxmundham.

 

 

 

 

30O8

Mary Ann Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1817, where she was baptised on 12th January 1819, the daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann Collett.  It was also at Saxmundham when Mary was 17 that she married the much older William Crisp on 9th July 1834.  Previously it was stated here that Anne Collett had married George Steffe (Stiffe) Crisp of Lowestoft, where their children were born.  It is now known from information received from Tony Copsey that this was incorrect, and that it was Anne Wells who married George S Crisp on 19th September 1822. 

 

 

 

The census of 1841 placed William and Mary Crisp living at Saxmundham, by which time they had three children.  William’s rounded age was 50, while his wife’s rounded age was 30, and their three children were Alethea Crisp, who was four, Mary Crisp, who was two, and Robert Crisp who was under one year old.  One more child was added to their family during the following year, but the birth may have coincided with the death of William Crisp as his widow Mary remarried shortly thereafter.  By 1851 Mary Ann Crisp nee Collett was living at Saxmundham with her new husband, where she also had three of her four children living with her. 

 

 

 

It seems likely that her daughter Mary Crisp had not survived, while Mary Ann’s other three children were described as Alethea Crisp, age 15 and ‘wife’s daughter’, Robert Crisp, age 11 and ‘wife’s son, and Ellen Crisp who was eight years old and also ‘wife’s daughter’, and all of them born at Saxmundham.  Whilst the baptisms of the three female siblings have been found, it seems rather odd that no baptism record for Robert Crisp has been found.  Alitha’ Crisp was baptised on 6th November 1836, Mary Ann Crisp was baptised on 29th July 1838, and Ellen Crisp was baptised on 6th August 1843.  The parents in each case were named as William and Mary Ann Crisp.

 

 

 

On leaving school Robert Crisp joined the Royal Navy, as confirmed by the census in 1861 which included Robert Crisp from Saxmundham who was 23 as serving with the Royal Navy at sea and in ports abroad.  On leaving the navy during the 1870s Robert became a labourer and in 1881 he was staying with John Collett (above) and his wife Harriet at Mill Lane in Saxmundham.  He was 40 and was curiously described as John’s nephew when he was actual the son of John’s cousin. 

 

 

 

 

30O9

Fanny Charlotte Collett was born at Saxmundham during 1815, where she was baptised on 24th December 1815, the eldest child of Charles Collett and his wife Mary Ann Parker Richardson.

 

 

 

 

30O10

Susan Collett was born at Saxmundham in late 1817 or very early in 1818 and was baptised there on 20th February 1818, the daughter of Charles and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

30O11

Emma Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1820 and it was there also that she was baptised on 14th June 1820, the daughter of Charles and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

30O12

Jane Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1823 and was baptised there on 21st March 1824, the daughter of Charles and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

30O13

Maria Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1821 where she was baptised on 24th July 1822, the daughter of bricklayer William Collett and his first wife Mary Pretty.

 

 

 

 

30O14

William Collett was born at Saxmundham during 1823, where he was baptised in 9th November 1823, the son of bricklayer William Collett and his first wife Mary.  What happened to him thereafter has not been determined, as no record of him has been found in any subsequent census returns.

 

 

 

 

30O15

Eliza Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1827, where she was baptised on 27th January 1828, the eldest child of bricklayer William Collett and his wife Hannah.

 

 

 

 

30O16

Charles Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1828 and was baptised there on 13th January 1829, the eldest son of William and Hannah Collett.  On leaving school Charles initially became a baker and in 1851, when he was 23, he was unmarried and was still living in Saxmundham with his parents.  During the next few years he met Caroline Collier who was baptised at Yoxford on 26th June 1831, who already had a base-born son John born during 1851, and to whom he was married at Yoxford on 5th August 1855, the event recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 891).  By 1861 Charles Collett, age 36 (sic) and from Saxmundham, was a bricklayer residing at Yoxford within the Blything & Westleton registration district with his wife Caroline, who was 31, and their first two children.  Richard Collett was four years old and his sister Amelia was two, and both of them had been born after the family settled in Yoxford. 

 

 

 

Two further children were added to the family over the next four years, but tragically Charles died during January 1864, following which he was buried at Yoxford on 25th January 1864, aged just 35.  Sadly he died before the birth of his last child.  Six years later the census in 1871 recorded his family as living at the workhouse in Bulcamp near Blythburgh where Caroline, was 40 and a widow, and her four children were Richard, who was 15, Amelia, who was 13, Rosanna, who was 10, and Mary who was six years of age.  Further tragedy hit the family just three days after the census in 1871, when Caroline Collett nee Collier passed away.

 

 

 

30P16

Richard Henry Collett

Born in 1856 at Yoxford

 

30P17

Amelia Collett

Born in 1858 at Yoxford

 

30P18

Rosanna Collett

Born in 1861 at Yoxford

 

30P19

Mary Collett

Born in 1864 at Yoxford

 

 

 

 

30O17

William Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1830 where he was baptised on 20th February 1831, the son of William and Hannah Collett.  He was 10 years old at the time of the census in 1841 when he was living with his family in Saxmundham.  William was 21 on the occasion of the Saxmundham census of 1851 when he was still living there in the family home, from where he was employed as a labourer.  For some curious reason in the census return he was not listed immediately after his older brother, in age order, but had been added after the entry for his youngest sister Sarah who was only two years of age.

 

 

 

 

30O18

Priscilla Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1833 and was baptised there on 7th April 1833, the daughter of William and Hannah Collett.  With no later record of her it is assumed that she suffered an infant death.

 

 

 

 

30O19

John Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1836 and was baptised there on 24th July 1836, the son of William and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

30O20

James Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1839, where he was baptised on 6th May 1840, the son of William and Hannah Collett.  He was one year old and 10 years old in the two subsequent census returns when on both occasions he was living with his family in Saxmundham.  By 1861 he had left Saxmundham, possibly heading for London like his sister Georgianna (below).  It was in the St Pancras area of the city, at 87 George Street, that he was living with his wife and child in 1871.  At that time in his life he was a coachman age 42, although he gave his place of birth as Bury St Edmunds.  Sadly his wife was simple named as Mrs Collett from Wilton in Wiltshire, while their offspring was also not named even though the child was five years old.

 

 

 

30P20

a Collett child

Born in 1865 in London

 

 

 

 

30O21

Georgianna Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1843 and was baptised there on 5th January 1844, the daughter of William and Hannah Collett.  By the time of the census in 1851 Georgianna was attending school in Saxmundham where her family was still living and where she was six years of age.  Ten years later Georgianna was 18 and, whilst she was still living and working in Saxmundham, she was not residing at the same address as her parents and younger sister Sarah.

 

 

 

It was around four years later that she married James E Akers from Lambeth in Surrey, and in each census thereafter she was recorded as Georgina Akers from Saxmundham.  Over the years she gave birth to eight children, the first five being born in the Paddington district of London.  In 1871 the Akers family in Paddington was recorded as James and Georgina, both 26, with their first three children William, who was four, James, who was two, and Elizabeth who was one year old.

 

 

 

Three more children were added during the next decade, so by 1881, when the family was living at 9 Buckingham Terrace in Kensington James E Akers was a railway timekeeper at 36, his wife Georgina was 37, and their six children were William, age 14, James, age 12, Elizabeth, age 10, Adelaide, who was eight, Charles, who was seven, and Harry who was three.  Also listed as a visitor at their home was Rosa Collett who was 20 years old and from Yoxford, the daughter of Georgianna’s older brother Charles (above).

 

 

 

The family was still living in Kensington when the couple’s last two children were born.  So according to the Kensington census of 1891 James and Georgina were 47, William E Akers was 25, James A Akers was 22, Charles E Akers was 17, Harry R Akers was 13, Arthur J Akers was nine, and Sydney T akers was eight years old.

 

 

 

 

30O22

Sarah Anne Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1848, where she was also baptised on 8th July 1848, the last known child of William and Hannah Collett.  On the occasion of the Saxmundham census of 1851 she was two years old and ten year after that she was 12, when she was still living at Saxmundham with her elderly parents.  It seems likely that she married Daniel English within the Plomesgate area (Ref. 4a 1058) around 1870 after which the couple initially settled in Saxmundham, where their first two daughters were born, before moved to Willingale in Epping Forest area of Essex where their third child was born.  However, by the time of the census in 1881 the family was residing at Beddington Lane in the Beddington district of Croydon where Daniel English from Middleton in Suffolk was 40 and an agricultural labourer, Sarah from Saxmundham was 33, and their three children were Clara who was 10, Georgiana (also name of Sarah’s older sister above) who was nine and Beatrice who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

 

30P2

William Collett was born at Scole, near Diss, during the latter half of 1841, or perhaps even in the first few months of the following year.  He was the second child and eldest son of John and Elizabeth Collett.  He was nine years old in the Scole census of 1851 and was 19 ten years later when he was still living with his family in Scole.  Sometime during the second half of the 1860s he married Emma Mercy.  The wedding may well have taken place after William had settled at Chatham in Kent where Emma was born around 1849, and where the couple’s first child was born.

 

 

 

All of this was confirmed in the census of 1871 when the young family was residing within the village of Lidsing, between Chatham and Maidstone.  William Collett, age 28, was an agricultural labourer who had been born at Scole in Norfolk, his wife Emma M Collett, was 22, and their son Charles W Collett was two years old.  The dwelling in which they were living was on Darland Road in Lidsing, and lodging there with them was Charles Cutts who was also 28 and an agricultural labourer from Scole.

 

 

 

On the day of the census Emma was due to give birth to the couple’s second child who was born sometime before the end of 1871.  In the end that was William’s and Emma’s last child, since William died not long after she was born.  The census in 1881 included Emma Collett from Chatham who was a widow at the age of 32, living at Queens Road in Chatham, from where she was working as a dressmaker.  Living there with her was her two children, Charles W Collett who was 12, and Bertha E Collett who was 10.  Their place of birth was simply given as Gillingham.

 

 

 

It was as Emma Mercy Collett of Chatham that she was recorded in the Chatham census returns for 1891, when she was 41, and again in 1911 when she was 62, while she was simply Emma M Collett, age 52, in 1901.  On all three occasions she had living with her, her unmarried son Charles.

 

 

 

30Q1

Charles William Collett

Born in 1868 at Chatham, Kent

 

30Q2

Bertha Emma Collett

Born in 1871 at Lidsing, Kent

 

 

 

 

30P3

Thomas Collett was born at Scole near Diss in 1845 and was the third child of John and Elizabeth Collett.  All his early years were spent with his family at Scole where he was five in 1851 and was 16 by 1861.  On leaving school it seems he joined his older brother William (above) when they both left Norfolk for work in Kent.  Although about four years difference in their ages, both brothers would appear to have married around the same time during the mid-1860s.  The wedding of Thomas Collett and (1) Rachel Ledger very likely took place in Chatham, where Thomas’ brother also married his wife.  It may even have been a double wedding, and the two brides might even have been sisters as the surname of William’s wife is not known at this time.  Rachel was the daughter of Edward and Eliza Ledger, and was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Chatham on 23rd July 1848.

 

 

 

Thomas and Rachel then settled in the Luton area of Gillingham where all of their children were born.  The first two children were born prior to the Gillingham census of 1871, which recorded the family as Thomas Collett, age 24, Rachel Collett, age 22, Emma Collett who was three, and William Collett who was one year old.  Within a year of the census day in 1871 Rachel presented Thomas with a second son, and he was followed by two further children during the next decade.  By 1881 the family was living at North Marsh in Gillingham where the occupation of Thomas Collett from Diss was that of a shepherd.

 

 

 

Thomas was 36, his wife Rachel from Chatham was 33, and the four children living with them were William, age 11, John who was nine, Florence who was six, and Frederick who was three.  Also living with the family at that time was Rachel’s mother, the widow Eliza Ledger, age 67 and from Lenham in Kent.  Thomas’ and Rachel’s eldest daughter Emma Collett, age 13, was staying with her great uncle Thomas Collett (Ref. 30O6) at his private house on Denmark Street in Diss, he being Emma’s grandfather’s brother.  Also not listed with the family in 1881 was the couple’s youngest son at that time Thomas who would have been one year old.

 

 

 

During the next decade three more children were added to the family, although curiously two following sons were both named Thomas after their father.  Tragedy hit the family at the time of the birth of the last child, when sadly Rachel appears to have given her life during the birth.  The Gillingham census in 1891 listed Thomas Collett, age 45, as a widower looking after six of his nine children.  They were recorded as John Collett, age 18, Frederick Collett, age 12, Thomas H Collett, age 11, Thomas E Collett who was seven, Charles E Collett who was six, and Jessie E Collett who was two years old..  At that same time Thomas’ eldest daughter Emma Collett was 23 and was living and working nearby in Gillingham, although no trace has been found of his missing children William and Florence.

 

 

 

Between 1891 and 1901 Thomas married (2) Ann Sarah who was born at Wimbish near Saffron Walden in Essex around 1850.  Because of the couple’s advancing years there were no children arising from the relationship, so in March 1901 the family still living in Gillingham comprised Thomas Collett, age 54 from Diss, who was working as a general dealer in poultry, his wife Ann Sarah, who was 50, Frederick Collett, age 23 and from Luton in Kent, who was an excavator in the dockyard, as was his brother Thomas Henry Collett who was 21 and also from Luton, Thomas Edwin Collett, age 17 from Gillingham, who was an apprentice engine fitter, and Jessie Elizabeth Collett who was 12.  Thomas’ missing youngest son Charles was 19 and was already a private in the Royal Marine by that time.

 

 

 

Thomas Collett from Scole near Diss died during the first decade of the new century, leaving his second wife still living in Gillingham in April 1911.  Ann Sarah Collett was 60, and living there with her were two of Thomas’ unmarried sons Fredrick Collett, who was 32, and Henry Thomas Collett who was 30, both confirmed as having been born at Gillingham.  At that same time Jessie E Collett was 22 and was living and working in the Edmonton area of London.

 

 

 

30Q3

Emma Collett

Born in 1867 at Luton, Kent

 

30Q4

William Collett

Born in 1869 at Luton, Kent

 

30Q5

John Collett

Born in 1871 at Luton, Kent

 

30Q6

Florence Collett

Born in 1874 at Luton, Kent

 

30Q7

Frederick Collett

Born in 1877 at Luton, Kent

 

30Q8

Thomas Henry Collett

Born in 1879 at Gillingham

 

30Q9

Thomas Edwin Collett

Born in 1882 at Gillingham

 

30Q10

Charles E Collett

Born in 1884 at Gillingham

 

30Q11

Jessie Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1888 at Gillingham

 

 

 

 

30P4

Elizabeth Collett was born at Scole in 1849, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collett.  She was one year old and 11 years of age in the two Scole census returns in 1851 and 1861.  Upon leaving school Elizabeth and her sister Bertha left Norfolk to seek employment in London, and it was there that they were living and working in 1871.  Elizabeth Collett from Norfolk was 20 when she was working at The Rectory in Marylebone, where her younger sister Bertha was also recorded.

 

 

 

 

30P5

Bertha Collett was born at Scole in 1851, the last child of John and Elizabeth Collett.  Bertha was born after the census day in 1851 and was nine years old in the Scole census of 1861.  By 1871 Bertha and her sister Elizabeth were both living and working at The Rectory in Marylebone, where Bertha was 18.

 

 

 

 

30P6

Walter Collett was born at Rickinghall in late 1850 or early 1851, since he was recorded as being under one year old in the Diss census of 1851 when he was living there with his parents Thomas and Maria Collett.  Ten years later it was the same situation, except by then Walter was 10 years old, and in 1871 he was 20.  It was shortly after that when he married Harriet who was born in 1845 at Eye in Suffolk, with whom he had a son.

 

 

 

In 1881 the family was living at the Beehive Yard in Denmark Street in Diss where Walter was a shop porter at the age of 30.  His wife Harriet, age 36, was a brush-maker like her brother-in-law Christopher Collett (below).  Living with them was their son Ernest Collett who was eight years old, having been born at Diss.  Also listed with the family was a young visitor by the name of Frederick Cameron who was 10 years old who had been born in West London.  It is possible that Frederick was the nephew of Walter’s father Thomas Collett, and the brother of Florence Cameron the niece who was living in Denmark Street with the same Thomas Collett.

 

 

 

The census in 1891 confirmed that the family of three were still residing in Diss, when Walter was 40, Harriet was 48, and Ernest was 18.  What happened to Walter after that time is not know, except that Harriet Collett from Eye was living alone in Diss in 1901 when she was 57.  She was still there ten years later when she was 68.

 

 

 

30Q12

Ernest Collett

Born in 1873 at Diss

 

 

 

 

30P7

Thomas Candler Collett was born at Diss during 1854 where he was baptised on 27th May 1855, the son of Thomas Collett and Maria Candler.  The Diss census in 1861 listed Thomas with his family was the age of six years.  Ten years later Thomas was no longer living with his family, although no alternative return has been unearthed for him anywhere within the census of 1871.

 

 

 

In 1881 unmarried Thomas Collett, age 28 and from Diss in Norfolk was a railways goods porter who was boarder at the home of Marshall Green at Vimeria Cottage in Luscombe Street in Lambeth.  It was during the next few years that he married Elizabeth of Scole near Diss.  However, in 1878 Elizabeth had given birth to daughter while she was still with her parents in Scole.  Once they were married the couple, together with Elizabeth’s daughter, moved to London where Thomas continued to work for the railway company and where his stepdaughter adopted the Collett name.

 

 

 

The family of three was residing within the Kennington area of London in 1891, when Thomas and Eliza were both 36, and daughter Lottie was 12 years old.  Ten years after that Thomas was once again living in the Lambeth area of London, where he was still employed as a railway porter.  He and Elizabeth were both 46, while Lottie was 22 and was working as a machinist.  Presumably Lottie was married during the following years, since it was just Thomas Candler Collett and his wife Eliza Louisa Collett who were living alone in Lambeth in 1911 when they were 56.

 

 

 

30Q13

Lottie Collett

Born in 1878 at Scole, near Diss

 

 

 

 

30P8

Anna Maria Collett was born at Diss in 1858, and it was there also that she was baptised on 3rd April 1859 the daughter of Thomas and Maria Collett. In the Diss census of 1861 Anna Maria Collett was two years old and one of the four children living there with her parents.  No further record of her has been found which may suggest that she did not survive beyond infancy.

 

 

 

 

30P9

Ellen May Collett was born at Diss in 1860 and was baptised there on 3rd June 1860, the daughter of Thomas and Maria Collett.  By the time of the census in early April 1861 she was recorded as being under one year old when she and her family were still living in Diss, which is where she was living with her parents in 1871 at the age of 11.  At the age of 20 she was in service as a housemaid at the home of unmarried Harriet Simpson 69 of Leeds at her home in St Johns Road in Palgrave.  While she was working there she gave birth to a base-born daughter who was born at Palgrave to the south of Diss.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the census in 1891 Ellen M Collett, age 29 and from Diss, was living and working in Cavendish Square in St Marylebone, London.  In March 1901 unmarried Ellen M Collett from Diss was employed a servant at a residence in St Marylebone in London at the age of 40.  Working alongside her as a maid was her daughter Nellie Collett from Diss who was 19, but where she was in 1891 has yet to be discovered.  Whatever happened to Nellie is not known, but by April 1911 Ellen Mary Collett from Diss, age 50, had retired to the town of her birth, where she was living with no other Collett.

 

 

 

30Q14

Nellie Collett

Born in 1881 at Palgrave near Diss

 

 

 

 

30P10

CHRISTOPHER COLLETT was born at Diss in 1862, where he was baptised on 6th April 1862, the son of Thomas and Maria Collett.  The was nine years old in 1871, and by 1881 he was listed as being aged 19 and a brush maker, while still living at home with his parents at Denmark Street, PH in Diss.

 

 

 

On 23rd March 1883 he married Rachel Otley of Tostock, which lies east of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.  It seems very likely that some, if not all, of their children were born at Diss.  Certainly the couple were living in Diss at 36 Fair Green in 1918, as confirmed by the record of the death of their son Christopher William who died there, which also stated that he had been born there.

 

 

 

The next census in 1891 confirmed that the family was still living in Diss, where Christopher was 29, his wife Rachel was 28, and their four children were then Ellen M Collett who was seven, Thomas F Collett who was five, Charles C Collett who was three, and Joseph O Collett who was under one year old.  Christopher appears never to have left Diss, because he was still living there with his family in 1901.

 

 

 

However, the census that year incorrectly recorded the family under the spelling Collet.  So Christopher was 39 and a town postman, Rachel was 38 and from Tostock while every other member of her family had been born at Diss.  And they were Charles who was 13, Joseph who was 10, Walter who was eight, Christopher who was four, and Maria who was under one year old.  One source suggests that Maria had a twin brother who did not survive, nor did a reputed daughter, whose name is not known, possibly because she died in childbirth.

 

 

 

During the years after 1901 Rachel died, possibly at the same time as her unnamed daughter.  So by the time of the next census in 1911 Christopher Collett was a widower at the age of 49, when the only children still living at Diss with him was his son Christopher, who was 14, and his daughter Maria who was 11, born of them confirmed as being born at Diss, like their father.  Christopher Collett senior was approaching 90 years of age when he died during 1951.

 

 

 

30Q15

Ellen Mary Collett

Born in 1883 at Diss

 

30Q16

Thomas Frederick Collett

Born in 1885 at Diss

 

30Q17

Charles Chandler Collett

Born in 1887 at Diss

 

30Q18

JOSEPH OTLEY COLLETT

Born in 1890 at Diss

 

30Q19

Walter Chandler Collett

Born in 1893 at Diss

 

30Q20

Christopher William Collett

Born in 1897 at Diss

 

30Q21

Maria Chandler Collett

Born in 1900 at Diss

 

30Q22

Harry Collett

Born in 1902 at Diss

 

30Q23

a daughter – infant death

Date of birth unknown at Diss

 

 

 

 

30P11

Emma Louisa Collett was born at Diss in 1865 and was baptised there on 5th March 1865, the daughter of Thomas and Maria Collett.  It was as Louisa, age six years, that she was recorded with her family in 1871, while rather curiously in 1881 she was described as Lansin Collett, age 16.  At that time she was a dressmaker living at home with her parents at PH Denmark Street in Diss.

 

 

 

 

30P12

Charlotte Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1837 and was baptised there on 22nd April 1838, the eldest child of John and Mary Ann Collett.  Her absence from the census in 1841, when her parents and younger sister Elizabeth were living in Saxmundham, very likely indicates that she suffered an infant death.

 

 

 

 

30P13

Elizabeth Anne Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1839 and it was there also that she was baptised on 20th October 1839, the daughter of John Collett and his wife Mary Ann Randal.  The three of them were recorded in the Saxmundham census of 1841, when Elizabeth was one year old, and she was still there with her parents in 1851 when she was 12.  She later married William Wright and in 1891 they were residing at Lovis Lane in Saxmundham when Elizabeth’s widowed father was staying with them.  William Wright was 61 and an ironwork labourer, Elizabeth Wright was 57 and from Saxmundham, while her father John Collett was 77 with no occupation.  Also living with them on that occasion was William Wright’s niece Caroline Secrett who was 12 and from nearby Leiston.

 

 

 

 

30P14

James Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1842, although unlike his three siblings no baptism record for him has been found.  However, in 1851 he was eight years old when he and his sister Elizabeth (above) were living at Saxmundham with their father John Collett and his second wife Hannah.  No obvious record of James has been found after that time.

 

 

 

When James left the family home in Saxmundham he did not travel very far, and in 1861 he was living and working in the Blything & Westleton registration district which included Leiston.  The census that year recorded him in error as James Callett from Saxmundham who was 17.  It was in that same area of Suffolk that he was living ten years later, by which time he was married to Elizabeth.

 

 

 

It was in Leiston that they were living in 1871 with the first of their three children.  James was 27, his wife was 31, and their son James was under one year old.  However, on that occasion the family was listed under the incorrect spelling ‘Collitt’.  Two more sons were added to the family during the next decade while they continued to live at Leiston, but tragically James Collett died during that same period.  His death was confirmed in the census of 1881 when Elizabeth was described as a widow.  At that time she was 41 and a shoe binder from Norwich, and living with her at Mill Corner in Leiston were her three sons James, age 10, Charles who was eight, and William who was five.  Also lodging with the family was widower Robert Halls, age 49, a carpenter from Easton in Suffolk.

 

 

 

With her eldest son living school and heading to London for work, Elizabeth, age 51, was still living in Leiston in 1891 with just her two sons Charles who was 18, and William who was 15.  By 1901 her son James had returned to Leiston from London and was a married man, as was her son Charles, whereas her son William was not listed within the census of 1901 or 1911.  For the former, Elizabeth Collett from Norwich was 62 and was still living in Leiston, as she was in the latter at the age of 71.

 

 

 

30Q24

James Collett

Born in 1870 at Leiston

 

30Q25

Charles Collett

Born in 1872 at Leiston

 

30Q26

William Collett

Born in 1875 at Leiston

 

 

 

 

30P15

Chester Collett was born at Saxmundham in 1844 and was baptised there during 1845, the last known child of John and Mary Ann Collett.  Tragically both mother and son died shortly after.

 

 

 

 

30P16

Richard Henry Collett was born at Yoxford during 1856, the only known son of Charles and Caroline Collett.  It was at Yoxford that Richard, age four years, was living with his family in 1861.  It was less than three years later that his father died, so by 1871 he and his three sisters (below) and their widowed mother were inmates at the Bulcamp Workhouse near Blythburgh, Richard was 15 years old on that occasion.  Sadly three days after the census Richard’s mother died leaving him and his three siblings orphaned.  What happened to the children then is not known.  Towards the end of the 1870s Richard married (1) Catherine Hoten who was born at Pinxton in Derbyshire, the fourth child of Levi and Delina Hoten.  Once married the couple settled in the town of Eastwood which lies just north-west of Nottingham, on the county boundary between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

 

 

 

It was at Eastwood that their daughter was born and where the family was residing at Princes Street when the census was conducted in 1881.  Richard H Colleth (sic) from Yoxford was 23 and his occupation was that of a plasterer.  His wife Catherine was 20 and her place of birth was incorrectly interpreted as Lenton in Nottinghamshire, whilst their Eastwood born daughter Bertha was not yet one year old.  Two more children were born into the family during the 1890s while they were still living in Eastwood.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1891 the family of five was living within the Burton-on-Trent area where Richard H Collett from Saxmundham was 34, Catherine his wife was 30, Bertha Collett was 10, Rose A Collett was eight, and John Hy Collett was five years old.  Sometime during the next decade Catherine Collett and Richard became estranged, and by the time of the next census in March 1901 Catherine had departed with her two daughters, while Richard was living at 20 Blenheim Street in the Chelsea St Lukes area of London where he had living with him Rose Trussler from Frensham in Surrey.  Rose Ellen Trussler was the daughter of agricultural labourer Frederick Trussler and his wife Ann who were living at Heath Cottages on Gong Hill in Frensham in 1881 when Rose was eight years old. 

 

 

 

At the end of the century Richard was unable to marry Rose because he was still legally married to Catherine.  However, the census return for 1901 described the members of his household as Richard H Collett, age 44 and from Saxmundham, who was still working as a plaster, Rose Collett (sic), who was 28 and from Frensham – county not stated, and Richard’s son John Hy Collett, who was 15 and from Eastwood, who was working as a caterer with the Pattison Fire Guard.  By that time Rose Trussler had presented Richard with their first child, their son Richard, who was just six months old and had been born after the couple had moved to Chelsea.

 

 

 

Not long after 1901 the family left Chelsea, when it seems likely that Richard’s work took him elsewhere.  During the first decade of the new century Rose presented Richard with four more children, as confirmed by the census in 1911, when the family was living in Croydon.  Richard Henry Collett was 55, Rose Ellen Collett was 38, Richard Frank Collett was 10, Ernest Frederick Collett was eight, Albert Edward Collett was seven, Ronald Arthur Collett was two, and Alec Sydney Collett was eight months old.  The two sons Ernest and Albert were recorded as having been born at Eltham in Kent.

 

 

 

What happened to Catherine Collett nee Hoten after she separated from Richard is not known precisely, but it is known that in 1919 she bigamously married for a second time while she was still officially married to Richard.  However that arrangement only last for three short years, when she died during 1922.  It was only then that Richard Collett was free to marry Rose Ellen Trussler, which he did in 1923.  During the years they spent together they had a total of eight children, although two of them died during infancy.  Richard and Rose were living at Coulsdon in Surrey when he died in 1943 at the age of 87, with Rose passing away five years later in 1948 when she was 72.

 

 

 

30Q29

Bertha Collett

Born in 1880 at Eastwood, Notts

 

30Q30

Rose Amelia Collett

Born in 1882 at Eastwood, Notts

 

30Q31

John Henry Collett

Born in 1885 at Eastwood, Notts

 

The following are the children of Richard Collett had with Rose Trussler:

 

30Q32

Richard Frank Collett

Born in Sept. 1900 at Chelsea

 

30Q33

Ernest Frederick Collett

Born in 1902 at Eltham

 

30Q34

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1903 at Eltham

 

30Q35

a Collett child

Born circa 1904 in London?

 

30Q36

a Collett child

Born circa 1906 at Croydon?

 

30Q37

Ronald Arthur Collett

Born in 1908 at Croydon

 

30Q38

Alec Sydney Collett

Born in August 1910 at Croydon

 

30Q39

a Collett child

Born circa 1912 at Croydon?

 

 

 

 

30P17

Amelia Collett was born at Yoxford during 1858 where she was baptised on 5th September 1859, the only known daughter of Charles and Caroline Collett.  In the Yoxford census of 1861 Amelia was two years old when she was living there with her family.  Sadly three years later her father died, following which she and her widowed and three siblings went to live in the workhouse in Bulcamp, where the family was recorded in the census of 1871 when Amelia was 13.  Just three days after the census was conducted Amelia’s mother died leaving her four children as orphans.  Ten years later Amelia Collett from Yoxford said she was 25 when she was a general servant at 484 Edgware Road in the St Marylebone district of London, the home of surgeon dentist Alfred W Wright and his very large family.  It was seven years later that she married Thomas William Halliwell at Kensington on 6th August 1888.

 

 

 

 

30P18

Rosanna Collett was born at Yoxford in 1861 but after the seventh of April that year, the daughter of Charles and Caroline Collett, although tragically her father died when she was still only three years old and her mother died when she was 10.  That happened three days after the census in 1871 when Rosanna and her three siblings were inmates with their mother at the Bulcamp Workhouse near Blythburgh.  Like her sister Amelia (above) Rosanna also moved to London to seek work, and in 1881 she was employed as a domestic servant.  However, on the day of the census she was a visitor at the home of railway timekeeper James E Akers at 9 Buckingham Terrace in Kensington.  His wife was Georgina Akers who was 37, who had been born at Saxmundham, the former Georgianna Collett (Ref. 30O19).  Therefore Rosa Collett from Yoxford, who was 20 years old in 1881, was visiting her father’s sister on that occasion.

 

 

 

It was later that same year, during the second quarter, that Rosanna Collett married John Pitt in the St Saviour district of London.  By 1891 the couple was living at 80 Portobello Road in North Kensington, and with them their first three children.  The full household comprised John Pitt, age 28, Rosa Pitt, age 32, John C Pitt, who was eight, Henry R Pitt, who was six, and Percy E Pitt who was four years old.  Ten years later Rosa was described in the Kensington census of 1901 at Rose Pitt, who was 42 and from Suffolk, who was living there with just three of her four sons John Charles Pitt, who was 18 and a railway porter, Percy Edward Pitt, who was 15 and a van boy, and William E Pitt who was 10 years old..

 

 

 

All four of her sons had been born in Kensington, and the absent child was already living and working away from home by that time.  Henry Rupert Pitt was 16 and was also working on the railway at Malvern, where he was a telegraph porter.

 

 

 

 

30P19

Mary Collett was born at Yoxford in 1864, the youngest of the four known children of Charles and Caroline Collett, although by the time she was born her father had already died when he was only 35.  By the time she was six years old Mary and her three older siblings were living at the workhouse in Bulcamp with their widowed mother who died three days after the census in 1871.  In 1881 the only possible Mary Collett was a servant in the house of coachman Charles Wall and his family at 2 Bolton Road in the St Marylebone area of London.  On that occasion she was listed in the census as Maria Collett from Paddington (sic) who was 16.

 

 

 

 

30Q1

Charles William Collett was born at Chatham in Kent during 1868, and was the only son of William and Emma Mercy Collett.  When he was two years old he and his parents were living at Darland Road in the village of Lidsing south of Chatham and Gillingham.  It was there that his sister Bertha (below) was born, and there also that his father died during the 1870s.  Following the death of his father his mother never remarried, but took her young family to living at Queens Road in Chatham, where they were living in 1881 when Charles W Collett was 12 years old and was still attending school.  On that occasion his place of birth was given as Gillingham, like that of his sister.

 

 

 

Charles William Collett was not married by the time he was in his forties, and therefore it is possible that he remained a bachelor all his life.  In 1891 he was 22 and was living with his mother in Chatham.  It was the same situation in 1901 when he was 32 and was employed as a labourer and a hand driller working in the Chatham shipyards, when once again his place of birth was recorded as Gillingham.  He was still living at Chatham with his elderly mother in 1911 when he was 42.

 

 

 

 

30Q2

Bertha Emma Collett was born after 2nd April 1871 when she and her family were living at Darland Road in Lidsing near Gillingham in Kent.  She was the second child and only daughter of William and Emma Mercy Collett.  While she was still very young her father died, or was killed in an accident at work, so by 1881 she was living with her widowed mother and brother Charles (above) at Queens Road in Chatham.  She was 10 years old and her place of birth was given in the census return as Gillingham.  Upon leaving school she set out to seek work, and in 1891 she was recorded as Berth E Collett, age 20, when she was living and working in the Medway & Rochester registration district of Kent.  With no record of her as Bertha Collett after that time it must be assumed that she was married before 1901.

 

 

 

 

30Q8

Thomas Henry Collett was born at Gillingham in Kent, the son of Thomas Collett and his first wife Rachel Ledger.  It was original thought that he was born in 1879 although he was not living at North Marsh in Gillingham with his family in 1881.  It is therefore possible that he was born just after the census day that year.  Sadly his mother died when he was around seven years of age, so at the age of 11 he was living at Gillingham with his widowed father and the rest of his family in 1891.  His father remarried during the next few years and in 1901 Thomas Henry Collett, who was 21 and employed as an excavator in the nearby dockyard, was still living with his father and his new stepmother at Gillingham.

 

 

 

He was still living there with them ten years later, when the census of 1911 recorded him as Henry Thomas Collett from Gillingham who was 30, the first suggestion that he may have been born in 1881.  After that it is not known for sure what happened to him.  However, there is a recorded in 1939 of a Thomas Henry Collett, the husband of Emily Collett, who died on 12th January 1939.  His address was stated as being 3 Mereway Road in Twickenham and his effects valued at £140 16 Shillings 5d were subject to administration in London on 17th March that year.  Whether this was Thomas Henry Collett, the son of Thomas and Rachel, still needs to be confirmed.

 

 

 

 

30Q11

Jessie Elizabeth Collett was born at Gillingham in 1888 the youngest child of Thomas and Rachel Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Medway register office (Ref. 2a 580) during the fourth quarter of that year.  However, either during the birth or shortly thereafter Jessie’s mother died leaving her widowed father at Gillingham with six of his nine children in the census of 1891 when Jessie E Collett was two years old.  Before 1901 her father re-married and the census that year named Jessie Elizabeth Collett, age 12, living at Gillingham with her father and her stepmother Ann.  Ten years later Jessie E Collett from Gillingham was 22 and was living and working in the Edmonton area of London.

 

 

 

 

30Q12

Ernest Collett was born at Diss during 1873, the only child of Walter and Harriet Collett.  In 1881 he was eight years old when he was living with his parents at Beehive Yard in Denmark Street in Diss.  He was still living with them ten years later when he was 18, although no record of him has been found in the next census in 1901.  However, just after 1901 he married Mercy Kate Pooley from Diss, who presented him with a daughter during the following year.

 

 

 

No further children were added to their family, so in April 1911 the family that was still residing in Diss was listed as Ernest Collett from Diss, who was 38, Mercy Kate Collett, also from Diss who was 28, and their daughter Ellen Pooley Collett aged eight years and born in Diss.

 

 

 

30R1

Ellen Pooley Collett

Born in 1902 at Diss

 

 

 

 

30Q15

Ellen Mary Collett was born in 1883 and her place of birth may have be Diss or Tostock where her parents Christopher Collett and Rachel Otley were married in March 1883.  In the Diss census of 1891 Ellen M Collett was seven years old, although by the time she was 17 she had left Diss and her family.  What is known is that she later married to become Ellen Mary Howlett, her husband coming from Southend, and together they had a son Fred.

 

 

 

 

30Q16

Thomas Frederick Collett was born at Diss in 1885, the eldest son of Christopher and Rachel Collett.  It was as Thomas F Collett that he was recorded with his family in Diss in 1891 when he was five years of age.  On leaving school he left his family in Diss, and in March 1901 he was working as a grocer’s assistant in the Camberwell district of London.  The census return that year listed him as Thos Fredk Collett from Diss in Norfolk, who was 17 (sic).  No positive record of him has been found so far in the census of 1911, but it is understood that later that same year he married Rose Bradley, and that they lived at Romford in Essex.  Thomas Frederick Collett died in 1967.

 

 

 

30R2

Bessie Collett

Born in 1912 and lived in Canada

 

 

 

 

30Q17

Charles Chandler Collett was born at Diss in 1887 and was three years old in the Diss census of 1891 when he was included with his family as Charles C Collett, the son of Christopher and Rachel Collett.  Ten years after that he was still living at Diss with his family was he was simply Charles Collet (sic), age 13, who was already working as an errand boy.  By April 1911 Charles was living and working in Coventry, when the census confirmed he was 23 and from Diss.  It was also after that in Coventry, that he married Lizzie and where they settled and had three daughters, about whom nothing more is known, except that Charles Chandler Collett died during 1971.

 

 

 

 

30Q18

JOSEPH OTLEY COLLETT was born at Diss in 1890 and was under one year old on the day of the Diss census in 1891, when he was living there with his parents Christopher Collett and Rachel Collett nee Otley.  On that occasion he was recorded as Joseph O Collett.  Ten years later in 1901 he was just Joseph Collet (sic), age 10. 

 

 

 

Upon leaving school he left Diss and moved to South Wales, probably to seek employment.  And it was at Newport in Monmouthshire that he was living and working in April 1911, when he was described as Joseph Collett from Diss in Norfolk who was 20.  He later married (1) Dorothea Colbeck and later still and during the Second World War he married (2) Janet Oddy.  His first three children were born as a result of his first marriage, with the fourth child being from the second.  Joseph Otley Collett died in 1953.

 

 

 

30R3

Christopher Collett

Born in 1928 at Diss

 

30R4

Patricia Collett

Born in 1929 at Diss

 

30R5

ROBERT OTLEY COLLETT

Born in 1931 at Diss

 

The following is the son of Joseph Otley Collett and his second wife Janet Oddy:

 

30R6

Timothy John Collett

Born in 1945 at Diss

 

 

 

 

30Q19

Walter Chandler Collett was born at Diss in 1893, the son of Christopher and Rachel Collett.  In the Diss census of 1901 he was eight years old and living there with his family.  Following the death of his mother during the few years after that, Walter was not living with his widowed father in 1911, nor has a record of him been found in Great Britain census conducted that year.  What is known about him is that he married Dolly at Sanderstead.

 

 

 

 

30Q20

Christopher William Collett was born at Diss in 1897, the son of Christopher Collett and Rachel Otley.  He was four years old in the March census for Diss in 1901 and by April 1911 he was only one of two children still living at Diss with his widowed father, following the death of his mother and two younger siblings.  Tragically he was killed in action during the First World War, when he died on 15th May 1918 in Mesopotamia.  He was buried in the Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery in Iraq.  Christopher was Private 9673 with The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and his military record confirmed that he was Christopher William Collett, age 21 and from Diss, the son of Christopher and Rachel Collett of 36 Fair Green at Diss in Norfolk.

 

 

 

 

30Q22

Harry Collett was born at Diss around the start of the new century and may have been a twin brother to Maria Chandler Collett who was 11 years old in 1911 when she was living with her widowed father in Diss.  The absence of Harry Collett from the family home in both 1901 and 1911 indicates that he did not survive beyond infancy whether he was born before or after the census in March 1901.

 

 

 

 

30Q24

James Collett was born at Leiston in 1870, the eldest son of James Collett of Saxmundham and his wife Elizabeth from Norwich.  He was under one year old on the occasion of the Leiston census of 1871 and was 10 years of age in 1881, by which time his father had died and he was living with his widowed mother and two brothers at Mill Corner in Leiston.  Upon leaving school he set out for London to seek work, and in 1891 he was recorded as James Collett from Leiston who was 20 and residing within the Islington & Upper Holloway district of the city.

 

 

 

Just before the end of the census he met and married Laura from Ipswich, and by March 1901 they were living in Leiston where James, age 30, was working for the local newspaper as a press reader.  His wife Laura, who was also 30, may have been expecting James child on the day of the census, since she gave birth to a son later that same year.  He would appear to be their only child, because in 1911 it was just the three of them living at Leiston, when James and Laura were both 40, and their son Eric James was nine years old.

 

 

 

30R7

Eric James Collett

Born in 1901 at Leiston

 

 

 

 

30Q25

Charles Collett was born at Leiston in 1872, the second of the three sons of James and Elizabeth Collett.  Sometime after the birth of his younger brother tragedy hit the family with the death of his father.  So in 1881 Charles was eight years old when he was living at Mill Corner in Leiston with just his widowed mother and his two brothers.  Ten years later, at the age of 18, Charles was the eldest of the two sons still living at Leiston with their mother.

 

 

 

It was near to the end of the century that Charles married Annie from the village of Parham in Suffolk, where she was born in 1868.  But it was at Leiston that the childless couple were living at the time of the census in March 1901, when blacksmith Charles was 28 and Annie was 32.  Over the next few years Annie presented Charles with two children, and the family of four was still residing in Leiston in April 1911.  By that time Charles was 38, Annie was 40, their son Frederick was eight, and their daughter Florence was seven.

 

 

 

30R8

Frederick Collett

Born in 1902 at Leiston

 

30R9

Florence Collett

Born in 1903 at Leiston

 

 

 

 

30Q29

Bertha Collett was born at Eastwood in Nottinghamshire during 1880, the eldest child of Richard Henry Collett from Suffolk and his first wife Catherine Hoten from Derbyshire.  She was under one year old in the Eastwood census of 1881 when she and her parents were residing at Princes Street in the town.  Following the birth of her two younger siblings at Eastwood the family then moved to Burton-on-Trent, where they were living in 1891 when Bertha was 10 years old.  No more children were added to the family, instead Bertha’s parents faced a personal turmoil which resulted in the family being broken up, with Bertha and her sister Rose (above) staying with their mother, while their brother John travelled to London with the girls’ father.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in March 1901 Bertha was married to George Manners with whom she already had one child.  On that occasion the young family was living at 61 Balcombe Street in the St Marylebone district of London.  It was at St Marylebone that George Manners age 25 had been born, and in 1901 he was employed as a railway carter.  His wife Bertha from Eastwood was 20, and their three week old daughter Bertha A Manners had also been born at St Marylebone.  No record of either of the Bertha Manners has been found within the next census of 1911, although it is believed that the family later moved to Coulsdon in Surrey to be near to Bertha’s elderly father and her stepmother whom he had married after the death of Bertha’s mother and from whom he had been separated for almost twenty years.

 

 

 

Historical Note:  It was at 22b Balcombe Street in St Marylebone that the infamous IRA siege took place over six days in December 1975.

 

 

 

 

30Q30

Rose Amelia Collett was born at Eastwood in Nottinghamshire during 1882, the second child of Richard and Catherine Collett.  She was eight years old when she was living with her family at Princes Street in Eastwood in 1891.  However, it was during the next few years that there was a splitting up of the marriage of her parents when it seems likely that Rose and her sister Bertha (above) went to live with their mother, while her brother John and her family sought a new life in London.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1901 Rose Collett from Nottinghamshire was 18 when she was employed as a general domestic servant at a home in the St Marylebone area of London, but by 1911 she was married and was living in Mansfield.  Rose Amelia Collett married James Hancock with whom she had two children prior to April 1911.  The census return that year confirmed the family as James Hancock, who was 29, Rose Amelia Hancock who was 28 and from Eastwood, John George Hancock who was three and Gerald Hancock who was one year old.

 

 

 

 

30Q37

Ronald Arthur Collett was born at Croydon in 1908, the son of Richard Henry Collett from Suffolk and Rose Ellen Trussler from Surrey who were unable to marry until 1923 and following the death of Richard’s first wife.  Ronald was two years old in 1911 when he was living in the Croydon area with his family.  He later married Susannah May Hendry who was from New Wallbottle in Northumberland and, although it is known that they had the two children listed below while the couple was living near Exeter, no further details are known at this time.  What is known is that Ronald was a sergeant [service no. 5618020] with the Second Battalion Devonshire Regiment and was killed in action in Sicily on 2nd August 1943, following which he was buried at Syracuse War Cemetery in the island of Sicily.

 

 

 

Ron Collett was the great uncle of Jacqui Mee nee Collett who kindly provided the new information for the July 2015 update of this family line.

 

 

 

30S1

James A Collett

Born within the Exeter area

 

30S2

Patricia A Collett

Born within the Exeter area

 

 

 

 

30R3

Christopher Collett was born in 1928, the eldest child of Joseph Otley Collett and his wife Dorothes Colbeck.  He married (1) Kate Elliot and later married (2) Sheila Vernon, with his son Sefton Collett a product of the first married.  Christopher was an accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers.

 

 

 

30S3

Sefton Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

30R4

Patricia Collett was born in 1929, the only daughter of Joseph and Dorothea Collett.  She later married Peter Wright and they had three sons: Geoffrey Wright; Nicholas Wright; and Andrew Wright.

 

 

 

 

30R5

ROBERT OTLEY COLLETT, referred to as Rob, was born in 1931 and was the last child of Joseph Otley Collett by his first wife Dorothea Colbeck.  He married Jean Ellison and in later life moved from Suffolk to Lincolnshire where, in the 1990s, they were farming at The Manor in Spridlington midway between Lincoln and Market Rasen.

 

 

 

 

30R6

Timothy John Collett was born in 1945 and was the only child of Joseph Otley Collett by his second wife Janet Oddy.  He married (1) Bella and (2) Roz and had two children by each wife.

 

 

 

30S4

Christopher Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

30S5

Luisa Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

30S6

Samuel Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

30S7

Sarah Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

During the revision of this file in 2012 a further Collett baptism was found at Saxmundham,

but as yet the parent recorded in the parish register has not been identified.

 

 

30AO1

Elizabeth Collett, who was probably born around 1808, was the mother of Frances Maria Collett who was baptised at Saxmundham on 31st March 1828.  With no father named, it seems likely that Frances Maria was the base-born daughter of unmarried Elizabeth Collett, or Elizabeth may have been a widow whose husband has not been determined.  It is also possible that she was the daughter of Richard Collett (Ref. 30N1) whose son was born at Saxmundham in 1813.

 

 

 

30AP1

Frances Maria Collett

Born circa 1828